The ‘Works’ of God and St Martha

The ‘Works’ of God and St Martha

    Today’s feast of St Martha always brings to mind the importance of both work and prayer; they live in the shadow of one another. Through the years, I’ve learned that there is no fruit my work can bear for the Lord apart from prayer and my longing to understand their interconnection is brought to light through St Benedict and the Holy Rule. Ora et Labora is of course the Latin phrase that many refer to as the monastic practice of prayer and work. But, there is more to St Benedict’s attitude toward work which is given us in Chapter 48 of the Holy Rule, and there I think, I find a third element;   What we find there is really a three-part structure: Ora, Labora et Lectio. Benedict divides up the monastic day into three essential...

Multitudes on Sunday

Multitudes on Sunday

And now we thank you our God, and praise Your Glorious Name   I Chronicles 29:13  Thankful ~   for my baby grandson, born on the feast of St James many prayers after a scary few hours toward the end of labor wisdom of the Dr’s in knowing when to call for an emergency C section the sweetest face and fullest cheeks that could launch a thousand ships of hope  inexpressible joy he has two living great grandmothers, and one great grandfather can’t wait to watch my son be a father to his son waiting to do the special things only a grandmother can do face time!   Praying ~ God will give me way more wisdom for this life changing role than whatever I have for all our children and grandchildren’s protection in a very dangerous world as I have...

A Baby, An Angel and an American Indian Prayer

A Baby, An Angel and an American Indian Prayer

  It appears that my baby grandson will be born sometime on the feast of St James. My daughter-in-law was admitted for induction this evening. I would tell you his name, but the law enforcement family member won’t let me..That’s a story for another day. I’m a mess, but I’ve been keeping myself busy…really busy; and praying. Thought of my dad today at Mass and remembered how it felt when I gave birth to my first and knew he would not know him in this life. How blessed my grandson will be to have both grandparents here to meet him, love him and grow with him. When you’ve lost a parent at a young age, I think you forever visit their memory in a special way with every new life changing encounter. As I was out washing the car...

Thankful, Prayerful, Pondering and Waiting

Thankful, Prayerful, Pondering and Waiting

Thankful   for a quiet uneventful Sunday homemade bread spiritual direction from a wonderful priest rain to counter heat and humidity that I haven’t come up with a menu in two weeks and my husband doesn’t care   Praying for my grandson’s safe delivery; if he doesn’t come on his own by Wednesday, they’ll induce for wisdom in my new role God save America   Reading and Pondering     I thought I had my summer reading all set; had my list of desired titles ready to make an order, but on the treadmill one day, I heard that still small voice:   You didn’t ask me what you should read.. I’m sorry, Lord…I thought I had a good list. What do you want me to read?   For 30 years it’s gone...

Meditation on the Holy Mass

Is this not the answer, the consuming consolation to every question of our lives? We lift up our cries as … “poor banished children of Eve.” We ‘send up our sighs,’ we’ mourn and weep’…We are in the ‘valley of tears.’ Our cry for mercy was heard long ago..when the Father of all sent His only Son that by His life, death and resurrection, He purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Through the beauty and splendor of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we meditate on this mystery which is the salvation of the world.       And I thank you Lord, that in Your sorrowful Passion, you have mercy… on me.   +PAX h/t...

Stage by Stage, What a Journey It’s Been

Stage by Stage, What a Journey It’s Been

  In my younger years, I used to think it was one of the more tedious books of the Old Testament…the Book of Numbers that is. Parts of this fourth book– the interval before the Israelites enter the Promised Land– can literally put you to sleep; like the chapters on the census of Israel numbering the men of war from the first generation of those who left Egypt, or the list of tribes and leaders by armies.   The longer I live and journey in the faith however, the more I’ve grown to appreciate it. You don’t get very far into the book before you see that this census and triumphal march turns disastrous. That first generation had some serious issues. At the root of them, was that they simply didn’t trust God nor did they...

‘By Degrees’ With St Benedict

‘By Degrees’ With St Benedict

    Every year that passes, my love for St Benedict and his Holy Rule grows deeper. His proposed way of life being one of balance and stability becomes ever more meaningful as we look upon a culture similar to the one of his day…”a dark night of history.” History indeed is a great teacher. You know the saying:   Those who don’t look at history are bound to repeat it.   Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre,  renown Scottish moral and political philosopher, speaks of the loss of virtue and Europe going into a new dark ages. (I’m quite sure we can include the America’s in that diagnosis.)  What the world needs now, he says, is a new Benedict to preserve culture and bring new light and a new beginning. Almost...

It’s the Same Grace..The Same Spirit

It’s the Same Grace..The Same Spirit

  “We must keep before our eyes the very source of grace, taking it’s origin in Christ, our head, and flowing through each of it’s members according to the capacity of each. The grace which makes any man a Christian from the first moment of his coming to believe is the same grace which made this man the Christ from His coming to be as a man.   The Spirit through whom men are reborn is the same Spirit through whom Christ was born.   the Spirit by whom we receive forgiveness of sins is the same Spirit who brought it about that Christ knew no sin.   Clearly God knew that He would do all this. The predestination of the saints is the same predestination that reached it’s greatest Glory in the saint above all saints.”...

Trading Faith for Freedom Equals Tyranny

Trading Faith for Freedom Equals Tyranny

  From Msgr. Charles Pope:   On the Fourth of July, in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, and a government that is not representative; freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns.    Distorted and faithless notions – Yet, as Christians we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated and detached from a proper context. Many modern concepts of freedom treat freedom as something that faith limits, not enhances.    Alexis De Tocqueville said: Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. In America today we are seeing the erosion of all three in reverse order.   It’s a wonderful...

My Lord and My God

My Lord and My God

    The apostle Thomas is a kindred spirit–a great saint for our confused times; for he is a curious combination of faith and doubt. Like him, I share times when I am enthused about what the Lord is doing on this journey of faith and joyfully exclaim ~   “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” —John 11:16   But full disclosure forces me to admit that like Thomas, there are times, I wonder where Jesus is taking me ~   “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how can we know the way? “ —John 14:5   Such vacillation I think, is inherent to the human condition. We just want to see, know, understand and then we’d have no problem following, or at least we could make what the world terms...

Time to Wake From Sleep

Time to Wake From Sleep

  In my pocket today, St Paul’s urgent appeal ~ You know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand.   Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;   let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.   But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify it’s desire.   —Romans 13: 11-14   +PAX  Readings for Tuesday the 13th Week in Ordinary Time Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, John Martin,...