Into Your Hands

Into Your Hands

  My Lord and My God: Into Your Hands I abandon the past the present the future what is small and what is great, what amounts to little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal. Amen   +PAX prayer of abandonment via~ Daily Roman Missal 

Christmas in Your Monastery

Christmas in Your Monastery

  Joy in the Liturgy, hope in the canticles of the Church, hymns which give utterance to love, and ease in the heart remembering in the silence of the abbey the humility of Mary, the chastity of Joseph, the love of God.   What joy it gives us to know that we depend on God’s will. Here, there, what does it matter? Wither we may go, wherever we may be, so long as our heart isn’t separated from that of Jesus, what have we to fear? — St Rafael Arnaiz y Baron (+1938) Trappist Monk   Blessed second week of Advent. May you continue to find Christmas in your monastery… Wherever it is. +PAX    ...

St. Francis Xavier and My Boat to China

St. Francis Xavier and My Boat to China

    ST FRANCIS XAVIER, PRIEST (1506-1552) Francis Xavier died in 1552 while waiting to be smuggled into China where he had dreamed of evangelizing. Through a sovereign series of fortunate events he had surrendered his plans to be a scholar in favor of becoming a missionary.   He met St Ignatius of Loyola, as he was about to embark on his career as a theologian and sensed a divine call to join him in the newly forming Society of Jesus. In 1534, he became one of the original seven members of the the Jesuits. One year later he was ordained a priest. Ignatius was about to do what seemed a given; deploy Francis Xavier as a teacher, but reluctantly decided to send him to India to replace a brother who had taken ill.     Unskilled in evangelism...

The End of the Story

The End of the Story

 Christ the King    Though already present in his Church, Christ’s reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled ~   “with power and great glory” by the King’s return to earth.   This reign is still under attack by the evil powers, even though they have been defeated definitively by Christ’s Passover. Until everything is subject to him,   “until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God.” That is why Christians pray,...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. —Isaiah 55:8-9   Yesterday, as I was typing, I began to think, Lord, it makes absolutely no sense to me… I mean, why would you have me telling my story in this format.. Isn’t it a waste of time? Then that still small voice, Since when has anything I’ve asked you to do needed to make sense to you? I smiled. OK, Lord, I’ll just keep typing.   +PAX       To this point in our marriage, K had managed to avoid overnight trips but, that was about to change because of another promotion. He broke the...