Christ’s way is for the strong

Stole this quote from a comment over at Church Militant :   “We’re so worried about our image. We’re so concerned about human respect that we smother the Spirit. We don’t want to be considered fanatics, or too pious.     But the pious might not necessarily make it, because the pious are so often scandalized by the ridiculous. Christ’s way is for the strong, the gutsy.     In Our Lord’s time there were an enormous amount of good people but they did not accept Him because He was not comfortable! He did not easily fit into their way of life.     Jesus is giving you such an opportunity to be holy, holier than all the saints that have ever been, because the world is in such need of shining lives,...

Francesca

Francesca

      “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping” Frances of Rome is the first Benedictine name I was given when I made my final oblation in 2010. I say first because, two years later, I was given a second name, Gertrude (after St Gertrude the Great). I now have two Benedictine names and the why of that is a story for another day..But, I’ll give you a clue. It involved a clash with modernism. From Vultus Christi: Married Life and Monastic Conversion   Saint Frances of Rome (1384-1440), more properly called by her own name, Francesca, is the patroness of Benedictine Oblates. The Church has us...

Devout affections on the Passion of Christ-Week 2

Devout affections on the Passion of Christ-Week 2

  Week two of St Gertrude the Great’s meditations on the Passion of Christ. The Lord revealed to her that prayerfully reading and meditating upon these is very useful and efficacious; more so than many other spiritual exercises. If you missed last week, it’s not a very long prayer and the meditations are quite beautiful. Is it just me or is the Lord encouraging you as well to step up the prayers?   “O Jesus paradise of the delights of God, remember now all the dread and sorrow Thou didst endure when Pilate pronounced on Thee sentence of death;   When the godless soldiers laid the heavy cross on Thy shoulders, and fastened Thee thereon with rude and blunted nails, cruelly stretching Thy sacred limbs so that all Thy bones could be...

Call upon Mary

Call upon Mary

  On this feast of The Holy Name of Mary may ~ “…The devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” —Venerable Thomas à Kempis   In these most turbulent days, we are counseled by the saints who knew that, ” In dangers, in straits, in perplexity, call upon Mary. Let her name be always in your mouth and heart. —Saint Bernard   I love this painting by Antonio da Messina, titled, The Virgin Mary Reading c 1460-1462. It depicts the Virgin Mary in her status as Queen of Heaven- characterized by a calm, austere fortitude- quietly sitting and reading. Mary is not being tossed about by the worries and cares of the world under her feet....

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Suspension

An excellent article from Crisis Magazine on the “simmering debate” regarding the suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization:   “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was one of the most dynamic preachers of the Catholic Faith in the twentieth century. Anyone familiar with his work in media knows the power of his influence and example. He was clearly one of the most notable products of the American Catholic revival that began in the 1920s, and the strength of his witness continues to impress today. His books remain eminently approachable, an astonishing achievement for one so gifted academically. Shining through his telegenic smile, one could sense the depth of his faith and his holiness.   The cause of Sheen’s canonization...