Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jesus is...

 And behold I am with you all through the days that are coming,
until the consummation of the world. - Matthew 28:20

PHOTO CREDIT: Debbie Scalise

“He is the Bread sown in the virgin,
leavened in the flesh,
molded in His passion,
baked in the furnace of the sepulchre,
placed in the churches,
and set upon the altars,
which daily supplies 
Heavenly Food to the faithful."
St Peter Chrysologus
Archbishop, Doctor of the Church
Adult convert
Italy - c. 380-450
FEAST DAY - July 30


"Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil

 cannot rejoice with Christ." ~ St Peter Chrysologus   

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St Peter Chrysologus, pray for us!

Saint Peter Chrysologus is the Doctor of Homilies. His words helped to defeat the attack on Christ's humanity. No doctor said so much in his homilies in fewer words. To hear his sermons after nearly 1500 years is a blessing, each and every time.

Peter was a stalwart witness to the faith. He had a short life but it was long and full of accomplishments. He was the archbishop of RavennaItaly, as a young priest and he expended his energies neutralizing the last forces of paganism of his day.

Chrysologus means "The Golden-Worded".  His prayer when he spoke (from Sermon 96):
  May our God deign to give me the grace of speaking and you the desire of hearing.  To really benefit fruitfully from any conversation or homily, one's heart and mind must be open to receive the communication.

Peter was filled with all the gifts and fruits of the Spirit but even his best efforts to impart his wisdom and knowledge would not benefit anyone unless his listeners were truly docile to grace through their hearts and attentive with their eyes and minds, both exteriorly and interiorly. Our souls have eyes and powerful perceptions that are drawn to God's message when we are open, sincere and desire to learn.

Homilies can be like sweet music to the ear and joy to the heart. The homily during the Catholic Mass is a vital part of the Liturgy of the Word. It follows the reading of the gospel and is the explanation and elaboration on the celebration of the Word. This part of the liturgical service, offered immediately before the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, prepares its members to fully enter into the worship of God. It also prepares us to be empowered and enlighten to fully partake of the holy meal. Each liturgical celebration of the Mass is an extension of the "Last Supper" that the Lord shared with His dear friends. He changed Himself during this meal into precious food that fortifies us and enables us to proceed on our spiritual journey. More importantly, this meal strengthens us and enables us by transforming us into Himself. That's right! Imagine being changed into another Christ? When this happens we'll be able to do and say what Christ would do or say Himself. Is that possible? Believe it! It's Catholic theology. (

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Holy echo...


"The words of Martha, I know that he will rise
again in the resurrection at the last day’ (John 11:24),
echo in our souls as we pray and grieve
for our beloved dead…

In what better place could we pray for the dead
than before the Eucharist, where we can
experience Our Blessed Savior Present?”

S. Tassone

St Martha
Sister to Mary and Lazarus,
Friend of Jesus
Patroness of servants, innkeepers,
homemakers and cooks
FEAST DAY - July 29 

Jesus entered a village, where a woman named Martha
welcomed him into her home. - Luke 10:38


In St Martha's footsteps...
Dorothy Day said: "If everyone were holy and handsome, it would be easy to see Christ in everyone. But it was not Christ's way for Himself.
Ask honestly what you would do when a beggar asked at your house for food. Would you give it on an old cracked plate, thinking that was good enough? Do you think that Martha and Mary thought that the old and chipped dish was good enough for their guest? It is not a duty to help Christ -- it is a privilege."

St Martha, pray for us!

St Martha, say a prayer for me ... To help my heart decide ...
The task I ought to undertake ... With confidence and pride ...
Preserve me from all jealousy ... And help me persevere ...
With love for every neighbor and ... For our Lord Jesus dear. 
 (Composed by James J Metcalfe - Poem Portraits of the Saints - 1956)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unchangeable Beauty

"Through all things, by day and by night, in clear light or in darkness, 
let us live like the Magdelen, always under the eyes 
of Unchangeable Beauty... - Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity

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"In the Eucharist there is a beauty, a hidden loveliness, beyond the beauty of all art.  The Lamb of God comes to the altar of His Bride in the glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit, invisibly escorted by the angels.  Only humble accidents veil the radiance of His flesh. 

Christ is beauty, and He becomes present to make us beautiful.  ...Christ in all His matchless beauty is substantially present in the Eucharist, and His Church strives to worship that beauty with all the accidental beauty of her sacred art - by vestments and vessels, by chant and icons, by the consecrated space of her temples.  The bride knows that no human art can be worthy of her Spouse, who is the eternal Son and Splendour of the Father.  ... the hidden beauty is always greater than the visible forms."

John Saward
From The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty

Monday, July 27, 2015

Two hearts, one

 "A Mass said by Padre Pio is as effective as a missionary journey,"
said Pope Bl Paul VI, because of Padre's great love for Jesus
in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
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"My heart feels as if it were being drawn by a superior force each morning just before uniting with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.

I have such a thirst and hunger before receiving Him that it's a wonder I don't die of anxiety. I was hardly able to reach the Divine Prisoner in order to celebrate Mass. When Mass ended I remained with Jesus to render Him thanks. My thirst and hunger do not diminish after I have received Him in the Blessed Sacrament, but rather, increase steadily.

Oh, how sweet was the conversation I held with Paradise this morning. The Heart of Jesus and my own, if you will pardon my expression, fused. They were no longer two hearts beating but only one. My heart disappeared as if it were a drop in the ocean."

St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, OFM

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nothing is wasted

When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
"Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted."
- John 6:12 (Today's Gospel)
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"Of all the sacraments 
none is more health-giving,
for by It sins are washed away,
virtues are increased,
and the soul is fed with an abundance of all spiritual gifts.
It is offered in the Church 
for the living and the dead,
that all may profit by that which was instituted
for the salvation of all. ...
Lastly, no words suffice to describe
the sweetness of this Sacrament,
in which spiritual delights are tasted at their very source,
and the exceeding charity of Christ in His Passion is called to mind."
St Thomas Aquinas

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