He laid His Garments aside

He laid His Garments aside

  And now, rising from supper, He laid His garments aside, took a towel, and put it about Him, and then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the feet of His disciples, Wiping them with the towel that girded Him. —John 13:4     “This scene was a summary of His incarnation. Rising up from the Heavenly Banquet in intimate union of nature with the Father,   He laid aside the garments of His Glory,   wrapped about His Divinity the towel of Human nature which He took from Mary; poured the laver of regeneration which is His Blood shed on the Cross to redeem men, and began washing the the souls of His disciples and followers through the merits of His death, Resurrection and Ascension.”    ...

Spy Wednesday

Spy Wednesday

  “The greatest betrayers are those who have been cradled in the sacred associations of Christ and His Holy Church. They alone know where to find Christ after dark.”   At any time..the one who commanded the wind and the waves, placed the stars in the Heavens, He who is the Great ” I AM” .. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh by the fiat of the Blessed Virgin Mary, could have walked away from the humiliation of the cross. But, it was for this He was born.   “Self sacrifice seeks no vengeance…. The whole purpose of His redemptive death, in a certain sense, was to say to all men; Let the others go free.”   His hour had come.   +PAX   Quotes taken from, The Life of Christ, Fulton Sheen pp 409-474 Spy...

On Rusty Arrows and Poison for the Soul

On Rusty Arrows and Poison for the Soul

  I could have copy and pasted this from somewhere…but I needed to type out every word of this myself:   Fix your minds then, on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Inflamed with love for us He came down from Heaven to redeem us….   He Himself gave us an example of perfect patience and love. Put aside your hatred and animosity. Take pains to refrain from sharp words. If they escape your lips, do not be ashamed let your lips produce the remedy, since they have caused the wounds. Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury.   It gets even better.   The recollection of an injury is in itself wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin and and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow and a poison for...

A Time of Visitation

A Time of Visitation

    Besides you know the time has come; the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe. –Romans 13:11   Maybe it’s the season for angels. I don’t know. I usually don’t have time to stop in the hospital chapel after my visits, but today was different. Today I sensed something in my spirit, something palpable, but hard to put in words; that still small voice gnawing at my soul, vying for my my attention, which for several hours had been preoccupied with the stories of God’s dear people. They, who are worn down with the afflictions of physical suffering are many times over my greatest teachers. But today, I somehow knew I was not to pass...

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary

  The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.   Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.   Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary . . .   And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. Hail Mary . . .   Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray:   Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and...

Hero of God

Hero of God

  SAINT GABRIEL—ARCHANGEL   Feast: March 24   The Jews venerated Gabriel as the angel of judgment, and in both Jewish and Christian tradition he is one of the seven archangels. Gabriel is also known to the Mohammedans, who believe him to be the angel who served as the mouthpiece of God in dictating the Koran to their prophet.   Mention of St. Gabriel occurs four times in the Scriptures. He first appears to Daniel in the guise of a man and proceeds to interpret a vision Daniel has had of a ram with two horns, which is overcome by a he-goat. Gabriel explains that the ram is the empire of the Medes and the Persians which will be destroyed by the he-goat, the king of the Greeks (Alexander the Great). This vision came to Daniel in the year 554 B.C.,...

Jesus’ philosophy of life

Jesus’ philosophy of life

 Christ and the Samaritan Woman   Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. —John 4:13-14     “Here was His philosophy of life: All the human satisfactions of the cravings of the body and soul have one defect; they do not satisfy forever. They only serve to deaden the present want; but they never extinguish it. The want always revives again. The waters the world gives fall back to earth again; but the water of life which He gives is a supernatural impulse, and pushes onward even to Heaven itself.   Our Blessed Lord did not attempt to dislodge the world’s broken...

May the Holy Cross be my Light

May the Holy Cross be my Light

    MAY THE HOLY CROSS BE MY LIGHT LET NOT THE DRAGON BE MY GUIDE   BEGONE SATAN, SUGGEST NOT VAIN THINGS TO ME, EVIL IS THE CUP THOU OFFEREST, DRINK THINE OWN POISON.   SAINT BENEDICT…pray for us.   +PAX   Visit here for a short history of Oblates and a list of famous Benedictine Oblates throughout history ( I think they forgot one. I believe Alice Von Hildebrand is also an oblate of St Benedict )   Art: St. Benedict and the cup of poison; oil on wood; end 15th c.; anonymous Austrian master; museum of the Melk Abbey,...