Friday, February 27, 2015

So sweet... yes, so sweet!

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow
and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and
the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. - Col 2:8

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“There is more sweetness
in one hour of prayer before Jesus 
in the Blessed Sacrament
than in all the world's crowded theaters,
and brilliant drawing rooms,
and giddy diversions, and social gatherings.”

St Gabriel Possenti
Passionist clerical student
Italy ~1838-1862
Exemplary devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows
Feast Day: February 27

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“Love Mary! She is lovable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity." - St Gabriel 

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Our Lady of Sorrows

St Gabriel is remarkable because he obediently and willingly converted in a very short time from a life of excess and devoted to the pleasures of this world, to becoming inextricably linked to the Passion of Our Lord. He shows us that we are all blessed with the graces to fall in love with Our Lord, no matter what the cost.
Gabriel died at age 24 of tuberculosis and was buried the day of his death. 
A companion in the novitiate, Bernard Mary of Jesus, exclaimed:
"Tears come to my eyes and I ama filled with shame for having been so far 
from the virtues that he attained in such a short time.”

St Gabriel, pray for us! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Persevering in virtue...

"Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us 
from our lethargy." - Pope Francis

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“Make use of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament
as a means of persevering in the practice of virtue. 

Let us go to Him toward evening
and tell Him about our shortcomings,
let us ask Him for help and forgiveness. 
Our Lord loves us, constantly, and His glance
follows us every moment of the day.”

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val,
Servant of God

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"... when the door starts closing a bit because of our weakness and sins, 
confession reopens it." - Pope Francis

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 "Put aside your hatred and animosity. Take pains to refrain from sharp words.
If they escape your lips, do not be ashamed to let your lips produce the remedy,
since they have caused the wounds. Pardon one another so that later on
you will not remember the injury. The recollection of an injury is itself wrong.
It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow 
and poison for the soul. It puts all virtue to flight."— St. Francis of Paola

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Change of heart...

 "Therefore, it is well with me: truly I have but one Heart with Jesus
and what wonder that there should be but
one heart with the multitude of believers." - St John Eudes
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  "Pray that just as Jesus changes the lower
earthly nature of bread and wine
into His body and blood
He might change and transform also
the sluggish, coldness and dryness
of our earthly and arid heart ...
into the fire, tenderness and agility
of the holy divine affections and dispositions
of His divine and heavenly Heart."

St John Eudes
Excerpt from
What We Must Do to Assist Worthily
at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Simply said...

Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness
of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. - Psalm 16:11

"How useful it is every so often
to remain in contemplation before the tabernacle -
without forcing ourselves to think of lofty things!

To be able to tell Jesus simply: 'You are my Master.
You have given me an example.
I want to do as You did.'"

Bl James Alberione

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sharing His Chalice...

 Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold,
now is the day of salvation.
Verse before the Gospel - Today's Liturgy

Collect  (Today's Liturgy)

God of all creation,
who were pleased to give the Bishop Saint Polycarp
a place in the company of the Martyrs,
grant, through his intercession,
that, sharing with him in the chalice of Christ,
we may rise through the Holy Spirit to eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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St Polycarp of Smyrna
Disciple of apostle St John
Friend of Ignatius of Antioch
Apostolic Father 
Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr
Exemplary in catechesis
69-155 AD
FEAST DAY - February 23

Polycarp was denounced to the government, arrested, and tried on the charge of being a Christian. When the proconsul urged him to save his life by cursing Christ, he replied: “Eighty-six years I have served Him, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” 
Earlier, in a Letter to the Philippians...
“Stand fast, therefore, in this conduct and follow the example of the Lord, ‘firm and unchangeable in faith, lovers of the brotherhood, loving each other, united in truth,’ helping each other with the mildness of the Lord, despising no man.”

And wrote on another occasion...

“If we pray to the Lord to forgive us, we ourselves must be forgiving; we are all under the eyes of our Lord and God, and every one of us must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, where each of us will have to give an account.”

St Polycarp, pray for us!