A personal lesson on the devout affections of the Passion of Christ –Week 3

A personal lesson on the devout affections of the Passion of Christ –Week 3

  I didn’t make it to the hospital for visitations this week, at least not in the usual way. I was at the hospital, but this time it was with my 90 year old mother who had to endure a painful, but necessary operation that included two incisions: one in her abdomen and one in her upper back. It was a very difficult day. She is a soldier of Christ who has borne many crosses throughout her life including war, all the difficulties that come with family life and for the last 20 years almost constant pain and physical suffering. It is she who has taught me what it means to suffer well. But, it was the next day as I was sitting with her helping her in recovery and together watching the Mass on EWTN, I realized that– though she may never have read...

Why do we perish in our stupidity?

Why do we perish in our stupidity?

    Make no mistake, my brothers: those who corrupt families will not inherit the kingdom of God. If those who do these things in accordance with the flesh have died, how much worse will it be if one corrupts through evil doctrine the faith of God for which Jesus Christ was crucified?   Such a person, because he is defiled, will depart into the unquenchable fire, as will anyone who listens to him.   For the Lord received anointing on his head in order that he might breathe incorruptibility on the Church. Do not be anointed with the evil odor of the teachings of the prince of this world, that he may not lead you captive away from the life that is set before you.   But why is it that we are not all wise when we have received the knowledge of...

The Umbrella

The Umbrella

  I don’t always sense it when I’m in the midst of it, when I’m sitting with a patient who is opening their heart to bare the struggles, pains and sorrows they carry, but I learned through one patient this week, to remember I’m standing on holy ground. Perhaps it was what she said that got me to thinking: All of us need a Simon of Cyrene to help us carry our cross as we follow Jesus on the road to Calvary, Patient’s tears were abundant this week. As I’ve mentioned before many are crying for much more than their physical sicknesses. But through this woman, a light went on for me; like a gentle nudge from the Lord admonishing me to remember how important it is to listen to people on the threshold of despair, people who are...

Devout affections on the Passion of Christ-Week 2

Devout affections on the Passion of Christ-Week 2

  Week two of St Gertrude the Great’s meditations on the Passion of Christ. The Lord revealed to her that prayerfully reading and meditating upon these is very useful and efficacious; more so than many other spiritual exercises. If you missed last week, it’s not a very long prayer and the meditations are quite beautiful. Is it just me or is the Lord encouraging you as well to step up the prayers?   “O Jesus paradise of the delights of God, remember now all the dread and sorrow Thou didst endure when Pilate pronounced on Thee sentence of death;   When the godless soldiers laid the heavy cross on Thy shoulders, and fastened Thee thereon with rude and blunted nails, cruelly stretching Thy sacred limbs so that all Thy bones could be...

Litany of the Lost

Litany of the Lost

  Since St Anthony is the patron of Tuesday’s, I sometimes will offer a novena of nine Tuesdays’ asking his intercession. For many years, he has been my faithful refuge for lost things both spiritual and temporal. Why is Tuesday designated St Anthony’s day? It was on the Tuesday after his death that his body was transferred from Arcella to Padua and buried there in the chapel of Our Lady.   On this Tuesday, innumerable miracles were wrought at his tomb, as though God Almighty wanted to open the floodgates of His graces. And those gates have not been closed to the present time.   This is no exaggeration.   For on Tuesday, June 17, 1231, the day of St. Anthony’s burial at Santa Maria Mater Domini in Padua, all the sick who...

Devout Affections on the Passion of Christ

Devout Affections on the Passion of Christ

    As a devotion for the next ten Friday’s, I will post St Gertrude the Great’s meditations on the Passion of Christ since it was revealed to her that prayerfully reading and meditating upon these is very useful and efficacious; more so than many other spiritual exercises. As those who handle flour cannot avoid contracting some whiteness, so no one, however imperfect his devotion may be, can occupy his mind with the Passion of our Lord without receiving some benefit therefrom. And however cold and lukewarm our devotion, Our Lord will look upon us with greater long-suffering and mercy if we never omit the memory of His Passion.   First Prayer   O Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal sweetness and jubilee of those who love Thee, remember...

One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

  One of these things just doesn’t belong Which of these Catholic voices represent the church’s stance on gay couples? Perhaps we need some help from this classic pre school song Did you guess which one is right? It’s hard to determine because it’s a bit manic to have such opposing representations in our Church today. But this is where we are; and we wonder why our children don’t know the faith? “Ah,” our songstress teacher says pointing to the letter… This is different from all the others.  Yes, it is. Borrowing on this analogy then, I wonder who we will count on as future teachers? Who will be able to spot the one that is not correct Church teaching? See, it doesn’t fit. Did you get it? No? Keep...

Jesus

Jesus

Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus   The Lord Jesus promised, Whatever you ask in my name I will do —John 14:13 His precious name contains everything that the Son of God received in His incarnation, Jesus By assuming our humanity, The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it:   —CCC 2666 The invocation of the holy name of Jesus, is the simplest way of praying always. When the Holy name is repeated often by a humbly attentive heart, the prayer is not lost by heaping up empty phrases, but holds fast to the word “and brings forth fruit with patience.” This prayer is possible “at all times” because it is not one occupation among others but the only occupation: that of loving God which transfigures every action...