Aid to The Church in Need: Syria

Aid to The Church in Need: Syria

Fear and Loneliness in Syria Thursday, July 26, 2012   A priest from Damascus has described his efforts to minister to people suffering “the depths of fear and loneliness” amid gunfire and bombs in a city running short of bread, gas and electricity.     Speaking by telephone in an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the priest told how he celebrated Mass on Sunday, July 22nd to the sound of shooting and explosives and how afterwards people rushed forward to “embrace me with emotion.”     Describing daily life as “very difficult”, the priest, who asked not to be named for safety reasons, said that people had been trying to get by without bread and other foodstuffs, gas and electricity, all in...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine      When I get to 1,000 I’ll stop counting. Joining the ladies at Suscipio         Moments of Gratitude   :: the red hibiscus concealing a cardinal’s nest {279} :: crickets who chirp in perfect time {280} :: setting a baby frog free from the ‘chlorine lake’ {281} :: turned over plant pots with lizards racing across the rims {282} :: half a piece of carrot cake on my splurge night {283} :: 30 minutes on the treadmill to pay for it {284} :: restful Sunday with no guilt reading {285}     Beauty in the Ordinary   :: to save money I’d been cutting my little...

A Little Birdie Told Me

A Little Birdie Told Me

  Today needed to be a quiet day.   During the summer I try to swim in the morning before the sun rains down it’s merciless afternoon heat and the thunderstorms roll in. Generally, I swim for thirty minutes during which time I pray the rosary. The rule I make for myself is reminiscent of my old swimming coach who, during our training sessions, wouldn’t let our feet touch the ground. Back then I could go for hours…now thirty minutes will do.   Peace came swiftly this morning; the quiet so healing it made me realize that during my prayer time this week, I let my feet touch the ground. I didn’t glide in the stroke I was trained in… to trust and rest in Him.   Close to the end of the swim, I noticed a red cardinal...

Saint Pantaleon

Saint Pantaleon

  Saint Pantaleon of Nicomedia Physician and Martyr (†303) I spend an inordinate amount of time in hospitals and nursing homes surrounded by medical professionals whose gifts and talents I am most grateful for, but this saint’s life points us also…to the Great Physician.   According to the martyrologies, Pantaleon was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and had been instructed in Christianity by his Christian mother, Saint Eubula; however, after her death he fell away from the Christian church, while he studied medicine with a renowned physician Euphrosinos; under the patronage of Euphrosinos he became physician to the Emperor Maximian or Galerius.[1]     He was won back to Christianity by Saint Hermolaus...

In My Pocket

In My Pocket

  The Annunciation c. 1620 Giulio Cesare Procaccini     What is cheap grace?   It is the deadly enemy of the church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace is a grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ- living and incarnate.   Costly grace is-   the treasure hidden in the field: for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all he has. It is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets… and follows Him.   Costly grace is the incarnation of God.   —Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer     +PAX...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine      Some Monday’s I can spring out of bed with my moments of gratitude on the tip of my tongue ready to be poured out like honey, other mornings .. I can’t seem to find any stream in the desert. On mornings like this I take my prescription– only it’s not found in my medicine chest. It’s in the Word of God where all my hope rests. Joining the women at  Suscipio.   Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to things that are unseen; for things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. —2 Corinthians...

Silent Solidarity

Silent Solidarity

Our Lady of Knock Ireland     It’s odd. I’ve posted this three times. Twice my site crashed and this morning the post just disappeared along with the comments. So here it is–a fourth time— to express my sorrow and prayerful support for the victims and families of the Colorado movie massacre. I had mentioned in the original post that words are not always helpful in times of tragedy.  Sometimes the best comfort we can offer is a prayerful silent solidarity as modeled for us in the Blessed Mother’s apparition at Knock one rainy evening on August 21st, 1879. The Irish were suffering especially bleak times, but there in the midst of their sorrows, her silent presence strengthened her people. There are at least two unusual...

In My Pocket

In My Pocket

    Sometimes ~ prayer is an inner struggle, and sometimes it means surrendering one’s whole being.  At a given moment, it becomes simply resting in God in Silence That is perhaps one of the high points of prayer.   —Roger of Taizé        +PAX...

Whether Accepted or Rejected

Whether Accepted or Rejected

      Pope: Church Must Preach What God Says Not What People Want to Hear By John-Henry Westen   VATICAN CITY, July 16, 2012, (Life Site News) In a  homily delivered in the town of Frascati in Italy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI noted that the Apostles were called by Christ to preach the truth even if people don’t want to hear it. He said:   Jesus sends them out two by two and gives them instructions. … The first instruction concerns the spirit of detachment: the Apostles must not be attached to money and comforts. Jesus warns the disciples that they will not always receive a favourable welcome: at times they will be rejected, and may also be persecuted. But that should not affect them: they must speak in the name of Jesus and preach...

Multitudes on Monday

Multitudes on Monday

Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine        The Virgin of Carmel Moretto da Brescia c. 1522 Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice                                       Joining the women at Suscipio –       ~As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.  —Genesis 8:22   God keeps His promises and is faithful to His word, no matter how many challenges and disappointments seem to contradict His plan {247} the precise tilt of the earth ( 23 1/2 °) is why we have our four seasons {248} life is not random…He decreed it  {249] and it will continue until He...

What Do You Want for Your Birthday ?

What Do You Want for Your Birthday ?

  I thought, What if the Lord asked me that today? How would I answer Him? My first thought was there’s probably a “right” answer a saint would know to give. But, since it’s just –me–and I’m very far from that, I’ll sit on His lap as His daughter, and ask from my heart:     ~ Lord, grant me wisdom in the affairs of life, so that others may see You and not my own foolishness Wisdom abides in the mind of a man of understanding, but is not known in the heart of fools —Proverbs 14:33 ~ Lord, grant Your favor and blessing to my family, children and friends   For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. —Psalm 5: 12 ~ Lord , grant me...