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,...

St Patrick’s Armor of Faith

St Patrick’s Armor of Faith

  I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in me, but I genuinely love the Irish people. Ireland can trace the roots of the church there back to the 5th century and I’m thankful for the legacy of the Catholic faith they have given the church. St Patrick wasn’t Irish either. He’d been carried off as a slave to Northern Ireland from Roman Britain where he wound up caring for his master’s pigs.   Aided by prayers and miracles after six years he returned home to his family…but his heart had been captured by the Irish. Convinced he had a divine call to return and establish the church in Ireland, he spent 21 years preparing himself for that mission. Patrick developed his spiritual disciplines at two monasteries in France, but...

St Joseph, terror of demons

St Joseph, terror of demons

    Today begins the novena to St Joseph. He rivals St Benedict as Patron of a good and peaceful death, he is Protector of the Church, but he is also known as the terror of demons.   Signal graces obtained through St. Joseph’s intercession   • “First, those who invoke him shall obtain from God, by his intercession, the gift of chastity, and shall not be conquered by the temptation of the senses;   • Secondly, they shall receive particular graces to deliver them from sin;   • Thirdly, they shall obtain a true devotion to the Blessed Virgin;   • Fourthly, they shall have a good and happy death, and in that all-decisive moment be defended against the assaults of Satan;   • Fifthly, they shall be delivered when...

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

  Commemoration of St Frances of Rome   Re-blogged from BelloftheWanderer:   St Frances is, One of the greatest mystics of the fifteenth century; born in Rome, of a noble family, in 1384; died there, 9 March, 1440. Her youthful desire was to enter religion, but at her father’s wish she married, at the age of twelve, Lorenzo de’ Ponziano. Among her children we know of Battista, who carried on the family name, Evangelista, a child of great gifts (d. 1411), and Agnes (d. 1413).   —Catholic Encyclopedia   Frances expressed her commitment to Christ by caring first for her husband, children and extended family, then finally for Rome’s poor and sick. Sometimes, she said, a wife must leave God at the altar to find him in her household management....

Prayer, the light of the spirit

Prayer, the light of the spirit

Prayer stands before God as an honored ambassador. It gives joy to the spirit, peace to the heart. I speak of prayer, not words.   It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift not given by man but by God’s grace. The apostle Paul says: We do not know how we are to pray but the Spirit himself pleads for us with inexpressible longings.   When the Lord gives this kind of prayer to a man, he gives him riches that cannot be taken away,   heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. One who tastes this food is set on fire with an eternal longing for the Lord: his spirit burns as in a fire of utmost intensity.   —From a homily by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop, Prayer is the light of the spirit, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol II I pray for...

Our Lady of Arabia

Our Lady of Arabia

    In honor of our Blessed Mother during this season of Lent, comes an opportunity to participate in prayer and alms-giving for our brothers and sisters in need in Arabia. From Bishop Camillo Ballin, mccj Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia in partnership with Aid to the Church in Need:   On behalf of the migrant workers, the children and families and my fellow religious who today serve in Northern Arabia, I appeal to you to join with us to help build the first Catholic cathedral in Awali, Bahrain in Northern Arabia.   The cathedral will be dedicated to Our Lady of Arabia, and will serve some 2.5 million Catholics in the Northern Arabian Peninsula. The new cathedral will be not only a place of worship for our brothers and sisters and a...

Change Me, O Lord

Change Me, O Lord

  Following is one of my essays from a recent required class on Vatican II. In this particular essay we were asked to write a meditation on a point that most stood out to us after reading the “Decree on Ecumenism.” Turns out a great deal of what I learned here, will be the prayer that leads me into Lent. In my earliest days as a follower of Christ, I met a pastor who instructed me on the one prayer God would always answer. Thankful for his input, I was eager to write this wonderful pearl of wisdom in my Bible so as to never forget or lose it. What is that one prayer?   Change me, O Lord.   The more I reflected on the Decree on Ecumenism the more this prayer came to mind, especially as the church fathers instruct us that there can be no...