Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holy paradise within grasp!

"The  altar reminds us of the remoteness in which He lives
"beyond the altar," as we might say, meaning divine distance
or "above the altar," meaning divine loftiness, both to be understood
of course not spatially, but spiritually." - Romano Guardini

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"Possessing this treasure of holy Mass,
hope breathes again;
and if we but throw it not away by our own mismanagement,
we have holy paradise within our grasp. 

Well may we, therefore, kiss our altars,
perfume them with incense and holy sweets;
and, what is more, honor them with the utmost reverence
and awe, since through them there cometh so much good."

St Leonard of Port Maurice 
The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass, pg 30

Photo image:  Msgr Gilles Wach incensing altar, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

Monday, October 5, 2015

Inexhaustible spring of mercy...

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16

 “You wanted to stay with us, 
and so you left us
yourself in the Sacrament of the Altar,
and you opened wide your mercy to us.

You opened an inexhaustible spring of mercy for us,
giving us your dearest possession,
the Blood and Water,
that gushed forth from Your Heart” (Diary 1747).

St Maria Faustina
Poland ~ 1905-1938 
Nun, mystic, visionary
Known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy
FEAST DAY – October 5

"If we were to sit for an hour a few feet away from a radioactive
element, how much would that change effect us? The Lord is
infinitely more powerful than this and if we go to Him seeking grace
and mercy, how much more can we hope to be changed?" ~ St Faustina

St Faustina, pray for us -
that we may earnestly say,
Jesus I trust in You!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Eucharist: essential

"The Eucharist is essential for us: it is Christ who wishes
to enter our lives and fill us with His grace." - Pope Francis
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Artist: Mary Jane Miller

"This living with Christ
determines all our being and all our acting,
and it is lived and nourished above all in prayer,
in staying close to the Lord, in Adoration,
in a heart to heart conversation with Him."

Pope Francis
1 Oct 2015, address
Today is Sunday so this celebration takes precedence in our Liturgy.
As a 4c homily reminds, "The Lord's Day" is "the lord of days"..
but today let us also...

St Francis of Assisi
Deacon, Founder, Stigmatist
a.k.a. - "the little beggar"
Italy ~ 1181 - 1226
 Founder: Friars Minor (Franciscans)
Co-founder w/St Clare: Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares)
Founder :  Third Order of Penance (for laity)
Started Eucharistic Adoration in Italy
*FEAST DAY - October 4

Artist: Michael O'Brien

"Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society."
- St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Blessed namesake day, Pope Francis!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Taking our part... in the great Action...

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies 
never come to an end; they are new every morning...  Lam 3:22-23

"I declare, to me nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Masses forever and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words, it is a great ACTION - the greatest action that can be on earth.

...So we, all around, ... each in his place, with his own heart, with his own wants, with his own thoughts, with his own intentions, with his own prayers, separate but concordant, watching what is going on, watching its progress, uniting in its consummation; not painfully and hopelessly following a hard form of prayer from beginning to end, but like a concert of musical instruments, each differing but concurring in a sweet harmony, we take our part with God's priest, supporting him, yet guided by him.

There are little children there, and old men, and simple laborers, and students in seminaries, priests preparing for Mass, priests making their thanksgiving; there are innocent maidens, and there are penitent sinners; but out of these many minds rises one Eucharistic hymn, and the great Action is the measure and the scope of it."

Excerpt from Loss and Gain - Bl John Henry Cardinal Newman's first novel

Image:  The Seven Sacraments:  Communion ~ Pietro Antonio Novelli (1729-1804)

Commit to invite someone this month to 
 this... "greatest of action that can be on earth" ...
and savor the moments - together!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Remembering our holy companions...

"No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent,
for to His Angels God has given command about you, that they guard
you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone." - Psalm 91: 10-12

October 2

Pietro Perugino

   "It was during the Mass at 6:30 in the morning, at the moment of Consecration.  A dazzling light suddenly shone forth...I had the feeling that this adorable splendor was that of the Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.  Struck to the heart I could only repeat, 'My Lord and My God!'

      At the same moment there appeared the outline of the angels in prayer before the shining Host.  They were kneeling all around the altar in a semi-circle, their backs toward us.  There were eight of them… They did not have wings, but their bodies were enveloped in sort of a mysterious luminescence which clearly distinguished them  from humans. 
      Amazed, not believing my eyes, I opened and closed them, rubbed them, but nothing changed.  All eight were there to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament in an attitude of great devotion. ...

      At the moment of Communion, my guardian angel approached me to invite me to advance to the altar.  At that moment, I clearly distinguished the guardian angels of each member of the community close to their left shoulders, and of the height a little smaller than each.  Like my guardian angel they gave truly the impression of guiding and watching over them with sweetness and affection.  This scene in itself opened my eyes to the profound meaning of the guardian angel, better than any theological explanation, even the most detailed.  After dinner I gave a complete account of this vision to the Bishop…  Had they not chosen the Feast of the Guardian Angels to show the example of adoration and to reveal their readiness to lead us to the LordSr Agnes Sasagawa

 Excerpt from:
Akita, The Tears and Message of Mary
John M Haffert

See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way 
and bring you to a place I have prepared. - Exodus 23:20

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 "Beside each believer stands an angel protector and shepherd leading him to life." ~ St Basil

"God's universal providence works through secondary causes . . . The world of pure spirits stretches between the Divine Nature and the world of human beings; because Divine Wisdom has ordained that the higher should look after the lower, Angels execute the Divine plan for human salvation: they are our Guardians, who free us when hindered and help to bring us home."  ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“Let us affectionately love His angels as counselors and defenders appointed by the Father and placed over us. They are faithful; they are prudent; they are powerful.  Let us only follow them, let us remain close to them, and in the  protection of the God of heaven let us abide.” ~St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Angel of God, my guardian dear
to whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this day/night be at my side
to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Beautiful images and prayers to your guardian angel