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Confirmation Prayer Apr. 21st, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
Holy Spirit, may your abunant grace fill all those receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. Open their hearts to your gifts that they may live as true disciples of Jesus Christ. Give them and all your people the fire of your joy, the strength of your courage and the consolation of your hope. May your gifts transform us all into loving and faithful servants for the good of the entire Church and the everlasting glory of God. Amen.

The above prayer was printed on the worship aids for the Confirmation Mass I attended last week. May God bless all those confirmed or to be confirmed... the future of our Church!

Apr. 14th, 2013 @ 09:25 pm
"It is written: 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'"
--Jesus in Matthew 4: 4 (cf Deuteronomy 8: 3)

Is it fair to interpret this to mean that we live on God's love for us? John 1 tells us that Jesus is the word incarnate. As Christians, we know that Jesus is God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity. 1 John 4 tells us that God is love. The Word is Jesus, Who is God, Who is Love.

Where would we be without God's love? It's sort of scary to imagine such a situation! Indeed, there very easily could be no bread... or water, or air, or the myriad gifts of God upon which we depend. Perhaps even worse, there would be no hope of Heaven. Even as far as earthly human activity goes, where would we be if we lacked love as a motivating factor? What purpose would there be to life with no love for either God or man? How awful the world would be if everyone simply served himself or herself.

Thanks be to God that He loves us, despite our failings!

Catechism of the Catholic Church - 2515 Mar. 10th, 2013 @ 09:52 am
On this Laetare Sunday, I offer the following quote from the CCC:

Etymologically, "concupiscence" can refer to any intense form of human desire. Christian theology has given it a particular meaning: the movement of the sensitive appetite contrary to the operation of the human reason. The apostle St. Paul identifies it with the rebellion of the "flesh" against the "spirit". Concupiscence stems from the disobedience of the first sin. It unsettles man's moral faculties and, without being in itself an offense, inclines man to commit sins.

Teresa of Avila Oct 15 Feast Day Oct. 16th, 2011 @ 10:50 am

"This holy Mother," he writes, "had been desirous of obtaining some insight into the beauty of a soul in grace. Just at that time she was commanded to write a treatise on prayer, about which she knew a great deal from experience. On the eve of the festival of the Most Holy Trinity she was thinking what subject she should choose for this treatise, when God, Who disposes all things in due form and order, granted this desire of hers, and gave her a subject. He showed her a most beautiful crystal globe, made in the shape of a castle, and containing seven mansions, in the seventh and innermost of which was the King of Glory, in the greatest splendour, illumining and beautifying them all. The nearer one got to the centre, the stronger was the light; outside the palace limits everything was foul, dark and infested with toads, vipers and other venomous creatures.

"While she was wondering at this beauty, which by God's grace can dwell in the human soul, the light suddenly vanished. Although the King of Glory did not leave the mansions, the crystal globe was plunged into darkness, became as black as coal and emitted an insufferable odour, and the venomous creatures outside the palace boundaries were permitted to enter the castle.

"This was a vision which the holy Mother wished that everyone might see, for it seemed to her that no mortal seeing the beauty and splendour of grace, which sin destroys and changes into such hideousness and misery, could possibly have the temerity to offend God. It was about this vision that she told me on that day, and she spoke so freely both of this and of other things that she realized herself that she had done so and on the next morning remarked to me: 'How I forgot myself last night! I cannot think how it happened. These desires and this love of mine made me lose all sense of proportion. Please God they may have done me some good!' I promised her not to repeat what she had said to anyone during her lifetime."

~Introduction to the Interior Castle, Saint Teresa of Avila
Volume 2, The Collected Works of Teresa of Avila (ICS EDITION)
page 268
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Current Music: You make me feel so good, Cobra Starship

St Therese of Lisieux, Feast Day Oct 1 Oct. 3rd, 2011 @ 09:04 pm

"The power of prayer is really tremendous. It makes one like a queen who can approach the king at any time and get whatever she asks for"

~The Story of a Soul, p. 136
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: "And He shall Purify" from Handel's Messiah, Charlie Wilson's War arrangement
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» Feast Day of St Therese of Lisieux, Oct 1

"Jesus saw fit to enlighten me about this mystery. He set the book of nature before me and I saw that all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realised that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay.

“It is just the same in the world of souls—which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to he the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be. "

~The Story of a Soul, p. 20
» Happy Valentine's Day
"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoso believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

University of Utah Singers, arr. Bob Chilcott

"For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."

King's College Choir (Cambridge), arr. John Stainer

John 3: 16-17

2000 years later, God still wants our love and still gladly offers His love to us. 2000 years later, many people ignore Him and despise Him. 2000 years later, His own disciples still fail Him and betray Him in His hour of need. But He still lives and still loves. It's no accident that belief in Jesus hasn't just fallen to the wayside after 2000 years. It's no accident that true heroes sacrifice their lives for Him, hoping to love Him at least a fraction as much in return.

You will very likely meet people in your day who will say they will love you. They may even be willing to die for you, even if they wouldn't outright say that. But there will only be one Man who is so loving and self-giving that He would sacrifice Himself for someone who would not even love Him back.

"God is love." --1 John 4: 8
» Eucharist = Thanksgiving
You have not quite finished your work yet. If you have received Holy Communion, you have still your Thanksgiving to make. And even if you have not received Holy Communion, you have still to thank Our Lord for allowing you to serve this Mass. Thank Him simply and carefully. Ask Him to make you understand better and better, what a wonderful favour he has given to you: ask Him to help you to serve more perfectly every time; ask Him to make you remember it all day long. Then say a Hail Mary, and ask our Blessed Lady to take care of you, so that she will always be proud and happy to see you waiting on Her Divine Son at the Altar.

--How to Serve the Latin Mass - Correct Mass-Serving Made Easy, by Rev. H.E. Calnan, D.D.
» Quaerere Deum - to seek God

"What gave Europe’s culture its foundation - the search for God and the readiness to listen to him - remains today the basis of any genuine culture."

Collège des Bernardins, Paris
Friday, 12 September 2008

» something I have just learned
"This will mean that our mortification wil be found in anticlimax just as much as in climax, in reaction just as much as in action. It is a matter of common experience that souls who have braced themselves to meet a particular trial, who have endured the suffering with courage while the crisis lasted, go suddenly to bits in the period immediately following."

Dom Hubert van Zeller, Suffering: The Catholic Answer
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