Confidence in prayer

Confidence in prayer

  What about confidence in prayer? Coming into the Lenten season and processing through some personally challenging times, it was a question I had, finding wisdom from my reading in Cassian’s Conferences, the book mentioned in Chapter 73 of the Rule of St Benedict. First, St Benedict mentions that if you are hastening on to the perfection of monastic life then; What page, what passage of the Old and New Testament is not the truest guides for human life? But also, he says, what book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator,   Whereby he mentions the Conferences and Institutes. You can access several formats of this work here, as well as a good introduction to this mystic, theologian and...

5-4

After the Supreme Court ruling today, may God have mercy on us. “It’s one thing to know the enemy is coming and try to prepare for it. But that doesn’t make the moment when they came over the hill any easier.    Today, they came over the hill. In a 5-4 ruling, “Gay Marriage” has been imposed nationwide.”   This is the fruit of a spiritual battle that has long planned for the destruction of anything Catholic or Christian in our culture. My father used to say: if you want to dance you have to pay the piano man. And today the piano man came to collect on the wages of sin, but only a few know or understand how high the price will be to dance with this devil. However high the cost, we will win the war and my prayer is that...

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...

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...

With your whole hearts

With your whole hearts

    ….turn to God and He will blot out all your sins. ( Acts 3:19) This from the Canticle in the Divine Office today–Could there be a more appropriate verse for us as a people and nation as we ready ourselves for the coming of our Savior? I can hardly bear the news of late, but I know that our Savior Jesus is the answer, that we have been appointed for such a time as this; as difficult and impossible as the mission seems. St Paul reminds us that “the things he had to undergo in Asia were more of a burden than he could carry, so that he even despaired of life.” They were, he says, “carrying with them their own death warrant, but it taught them,  ….not to rely on themselves, but only on God, who raises the dead to life....