I am not just a social worker

I am not just a social worker

    This is a passage from Fulton J Sheen’s book, “Life of Christ,” which spoke so loudly to me when I read it during Lent because I think it sums up a problem that keeps surfacing in the church today. It’s a commentary on the temptation of Christ in the desert where Satan tempts Him to turn stones into bread, and Jesus replies…that ” man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Our Lord was not denying that men must be fed, or that social justice must be preached; but He was asserting that these things are not first.   He was, in effect, saying to Satan, “You tempt Me to a religion which would relieve want; you want Me to be a baker, instead of a Savior;...

All I Have is Yours

All I Have is Yours

  The saying goes… that it takes a lifetime to be a Catholic. The longer I journey in the faith the better I understand that. For example, eight years ago the first time I read St Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion” , or his,”Secret of the Rosary“, I thought maybe the Lord would have to let me live to be 100 before I really grew beyond the rudiments of the faith; and even then that wouldn’t be long enough. But, I kept asking for more help…more grace…more light. Only after consecrating my life to the Blessed Virgin Mary, understanding (accepting came first) that she is the receptor of all the graces, the sure means, the direct and immaculate way to Jesus, and the perfect guide to Him, did I learn that,...

St John the XXIII and the Breviary

St John the XXIII and the Breviary

  Some beautiful thoughts here on Good Pope John, now a canonized saint. As usual in the weeks leading up to the canonization there were many voices out there, …”both in the Church and in the secular media, who would have us believe that Papa Roncalli was a revolutionary, a modernist, an iconoclast. Nothing could be further from the truth. How exactly did this misrepresentation of Pope John XXIII become so prevalent?” He had a great love and devotion for the – “…exalted quality of the Divine Office, the Church’s daily sacrifice of praise;” Pope John never had any intention of seeing this liturgical practice– guided by the Holy Spirit over the centuries in the Roman Church– overturned. He wrote: The...

“Earths Most Serious Wound”

“Earths Most Serious Wound”

  The Empty Tomb And they went and made the tomb secure, Putting a seal on the stone And setting a guard over it. —Matthew 27:66  “The watch was to prevent violence;the seal to prevent fraud. There must be a seal, and the enemies would seal it.   There must be a watch and the enemies must keep it. The certificates of the death and resurrection must be signed by the enemies themselves.   ….The King lay in state with His guard about Him. The most astounding fact about this spectacle of vigilance over the dead was that the enemies of Christ expected the Resurrection,   but His friends did not. It was the believers who were skeptics; it was the unbelievers who were credulous.”   +PAX post title and quotes via~ Life of...

Except His Heart and His Tongue

Except His Heart and His Tongue

  “Practically everything about the Body of Christ was fastened by nails, or tortured by whips or thorns,   except His Heart and His tongue—-   and these declared forgiveness that very day. But who can forgive sins but God? And who can promise Paradise except Him Who by nature is eternal to Paradise?”   Jesus, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.    +PAX Crucifixion by Hans Baldung Grien Quote: Jesus of Nazareth, Bl Fulton Sheen, p...

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...