Thursday, September 18, 2014

Preparation par excellence

 For you, LORD, have never foresaken those who seek you. - Psalm 9:10 b
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How do I prepare myself to receive the Host?  I draw near with my soul, from the moment when I wake up.  I call out for it with my lips, I attract it with my sighs, I long for it, I love it, and with a thousand acts of discipline, I prepare… for it.

My chalice is full to the brim with this lowly blood, drawn and extracted out of love to mingle with His blood on the altar, my Immaculate Lamb, and together they are offered up to God’s throne, asking for grace.

Is it not an undeserved happiness and favor to have an altar within and the freedom to be able to do this for my Jesus without anybody knowing?  My soul’s blood, its life fluid, is also for Jesus.  Power, feelings, and my life, I place them all at the foot of the tabernacle.”

Venerable Conception Cabrera de Armida (+1937)

Excerpt:  Irresistibly Drawn to the Eucharist:  Conchita Cabrera de Armida’s 
Most Beautiful Writings on the Eucharist, Fr Juan Gonzalez Gutierrez, M.Sp.S., 
Society of St Paul, Staten Island, New York, 2002, pg. 12

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Food for the journey...

 "Come, my soul, and think over within you, if the created sun makes
all things so happy at its rising, what will the uncreated sun do,
which is incomparably brighter and more beautiful,
when it rises in pure hearts to be seen and contemplated,
not for a short time but forever?" - St Robert Bellarmine
"The Holy Eucharist is offered to us on our pilgrimage as food so that we do not faint
on the path to the fatherland,
especially at the time when, tired by a long journey,
our forces are apt to wane…
The Lord left His Body in the Eucharist
as a pledge of heavenly beatitude."
 St Robert Bellearmine, “Comments on Aquinas’ O Sacrum Convivum
St Robert Bellarmine
 Italy ~ 1542-1621
Jesuit theologian, writer, and cardinal
Key voice and action in Counter-Reformation
"Prince of the Apologists"
Doctor of the Church
Patron of Canon lawyers, catechists,
students, those with Down's syndrome
FEAST DAY - September 17
From St Robert Bellarmine's treatise On the Ascent of the Mind to God:
  "May you consider truly good whatever leads to your goal
and truly evil whatever makes you fall away from it."
St Robert Bellarmine, pray for us!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One - by Our Lord's voice!

It is you who have stood by me in my trials;
and I confer a kingdom on you, says the Lord,
that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. 
- Luke 22:28-30 (Today's Communion Antiphon)
 Photo Credit:  Lawrence Lew, OP

"There is one God, and one Christ, and one Church,
and one chair, by our Lord's voice founded upon Peter.
To set up another altar, or to constitute another priesthood,
besides the one altar and the one priesthood, is impossible.
Whosever gathereth elsewhere scattereth.
It is adulterous, it is impious, it is sacrilegious,
whatsoever is instituted by man to the breach of God's disposition.
Get ye far from such men:
they are blind, and leaders of the blind..."
 St. Cyprian, The Unity of the Catholic Church
 Sts Cornelius (Pope, Martyr +253)
and Cyprian (Bishop of Carthage, Martyr +258)
FEAST DAY - September 16
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“You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother.... God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith, and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body.... If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.” ~ St. Cyprian, The Unity of the Catholic Church

 Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, pray for us!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Gift of the Queen of Sorrows

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“Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
reign over the afflicted;
become their consolation
through this consecrated Bread,
the gift of the Queen of Sorrows.”

Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey 

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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
September 15
 "In martyrs, the intensity of their love mitigated their sufferings,
but with Mary it was different; the more she loved, the more she suffered,
and the greater was her martyrdom." - Richard of Saint Victor (+1173)
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The Seven Sorrows of Mary:
* at the prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:35);
* at the flight into Egypt (Matt 2:13);
* having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem (Luke 2:48);
* meeting Jesus on His way to Calvary;
* standing at the foot of the Cross (John 19:25);
* Jesus being taken from the Cross;
* at the burial of Christ.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.

(Excerpt: Sabat Mater sequence)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Recognize... and Receive

 Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world adore His sacred Name.

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Sebastiano Ricci

“The event of the Cross and Resurrection
abides and draws everything toward life.” (CCC 1085)

FEAST of the
September 14
"How splendid the cross of Christ! It brings life, not death; light, not darkness; Paradise, not its loss. It is the wood on which the Lord, like a great warrior, was wounded in hands and feet and side, but healed thereby our wounds. A tree has destroyed us, a tree now brought us life. ... With the cross we are freed from the restraint of the enemy and we clutch on to the strength of slavation." ~ St Theodorus the Estudite
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"Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament.

Receive in this bread that which was hanged on the cross; receive in this cup that which was poured from Christ's side. For he will gain death, not life, who thinks Christ is a liar." - St Augustine

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O Jesus, Jesus, I no longer feel my cross
when I think of yours!"

St. Bernadette Soubirous

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 "On the Cross human misery and divine mercy meet. ...The Cross is planted in the earth and would seem to extend its roots in human malice, but it reaches up, pointing as it were to the heavens, pointing to the goodness of God.

By means of the Cross of Christ, the Evil One has been defeated, death is overcome, life is given to us, hope is restored, light is imparted. O Crux, ave spes unica!…" ~ St John Paul II - From homily 09/14/03

Crucifixes in your home serve as powerful reminders of the immensity
of Christ's love and serve as focal points for private prayer.
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 Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world adore His sacred Name.