What Did the Holy Spirit Work in Me Today?

What Did the Holy Spirit Work in Me Today?

  I’m growing accustomed to his Italian.   Vatican City, May 6,2013/07:00 am  CNA/EWTN News– Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did in them at the end of each day.   “We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day, what did the Holy Spirit do in me?” and “what witness did he give me?” he said during daily Mass on May 6.   He explained that, “it is in this way that we can see how Jesus worked in our hearts. It is the Holy Spirit that opens our hearts to know Jesus.”   The pontiff celebrated the Mass alongside the Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri. Employees who work in the basilica were among those invited to attend the Pope’s morning Mass....

An Army of…Heels

An Army of…Heels

    In this month of May, Mary’s month, I’m renewing my consecration to the Blessed Mother in the method of St Louis de Montfort and re reading True Devotion. It’s probably the fourth time I’ve tackled it, but with each new visit to his work, I find the pages more relevant for our times.   From section 4, on Mary’s part in later times:   But Mary’s power over the evil spirits will especially shine forth in later times, when Satan will lie in wait for her heel, that is her humble servants and her poor children whom she will rouse to fight against him.   In the eyes of the world they will be little and poor, and like the heel, lowly in the eyes of all, downtrodden and crushed, as the heel by other parts...

The Power of Purple

The Power of Purple

 Lydia of Thyatira   Lydia ~ what a beautiful name. And what great taste in color…She was a dealer in purple cloth. In those days, you couldn’t run to the fabric store and comb through rows of cloth to match the swatch for a pillow you need. In those days, color was made from natural dyes found in minute quantities of shellfish.   Historians say it took thousands of crustaceans to make only a yard or so of purple cloth. Lydia was from Thyatira, the city known for it’s expensive production of the purple cloth many of the elite alone could afford to purchase. Powerful Roman senator’s layered the color purple on their tunics. The more layering… the more noble you were.   So, what was this talented, wealthy business woman...

A Lesson in the Spiritual Life

A Lesson in the Spiritual Life

  From; St Faustina’s Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul ~   During Holy Hours today, I asked the Lord Jesus if He would deign to teach me about the spiritual life, and He answered me:   My daughter, faithfully live up to the words which I speak to you. Let go of yourself and abide with me continually. Entrust everything to me and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances or events will ever be able to upset you.    Set little store on what people say. Let everyone judge you as they like. Do not make excuses for yourself; it will do you no harm… Give away everything at the first sign of a demand, even if they were the most necessary things. Do not ask for anything without consulting Me....

Is He Not the Carpenter’s Son?

Is He Not the Carpenter’s Son?

St Joseph the Worker     For 30 years, Jesus lived a hidden life in a humble family, sanctifying the toil that is part of the remedy for sin, teaching us that the difficulties we encounter can be taken up into the cross and become redemptive. Though little is said of St Joseph in the Scriptures, you nevertheless feel the weight of his deeply contemplative, virtuous character. He was ever ready to do the will of God.     In Brothers of Men, René Voillaume of the Little Brothers of Jesus speaks about ordinary work and holiness:     “Now this holiness (of Jesus) became a reality in the most ordinary circumstances of life, those of work, of the family and the social life of a village, and this is an emphatic affirmation of the fact that...