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Friday, October 24, 2014

From Mark Mallett: The Persecution From Within

The Persecution From Within





WHEN I changed the format of my writings last week, there was no intention on my part to cease commenting on the Mass readings. In fact, as I told subscribers to the Now Word, I believe the Lord asked me to begin writing meditations on the Mass readings precisely because He is speaking to us through them, as prophecy now seems to be unfolding in real time. During the week of the Synod, it was incredible to read how, at the very same time that some Cardinals were proposing heresies as pastoral initiatives, St. Paul was affirming his absolute commitment to the Revelation of Christ in Tradition.
There are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! (Gal 1:7-8)
Published in: | on October 23rd, 2014 | 

From Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Lacization?



 
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The term “laicization”, coined by a media bent on sensationalism instead of truth, has been so popularized that even some of our clergy use it to refer to dispensed priests who have lost the rights proper to the clerical state. In the documents for dispensation, there is always the reference to Canon Law, which states that a dispensed priest may not exercise any priestly ministry with the exception of granting Sacramental absolution in danger of death (Canons 976 and 986 paragraph 2). This Sacramental absolution can only be performed by a validly ordained priest, thus laicization of any priest, dispensed or not, is impossible!

The catechism states that ordination “confers an indelible spiritual character” which “cannot be “repeated or conferred temporarily” (CCC#1583). “The vocation and mission received on the day of his ordination mark him permanently” (CCC#1583). Ordination is done once and for all as are Baptism and Confirmation.

So why is it such a difficultly for lay people to give alms for the care of priests who are the most troubled, tempted, discouraged and suffering?

On behalf of the thousands of Catholic priests we care for at Opus Bono Sacerdotii, thank you.

 
Sincerely,
 
Joe

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From The Friars eLetter: The ‘Ripple Effect’ of Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s ‘Yes’ to God







“If it hadn’t been for Fr. Benedict, I don’t know where I’d be.”  These words, spoken by a young man who had lived at the St Francis House for boys founded by Fr. Benedict in the 60’s, have been echoed by the sentiments of countless others during these days of prayer and rememberance.  As Fr. Andrew preached at yesterday’s funeral, “No Fr. Benedict, no CFR’s!” and so without Fr. Benedict, I don’t know where I would be! 

We CFR’s have been powerfully reminded (and perhaps educated) this week that Fr. Benedict’s untiring and faithful “yes” to God for over 60 years has been a source of tremendous grace for thousands, if not millions of people; bishop’s; priests; families in poverty; religious sisters; boys from Children’s Village; viewers of EWTN; readers of his 43 books; homeless men; women in crisis pregnancy and who knows how many more…?  And who knows what the ripple effect of God’s grace has been through the lives of those touched by Fr. Benedict?  Only God.  And that’s how Fr. Benedict would like it. 

So often the news is disturbing and frightening.  War, terrorism, disease, moral confusion.  There is a great deal of fear in our culture.  People feel helpless and hopeless in the face of everything and so do nothing.  But that wasn’t Fr. Benedict’s style!  He was a man of faith and hope, impelled by the love of Christ and so he had to do something.  And he did a lot!

But what is our response?  What is my response?  It must be the same response uttered by Fr. Benedict when he was 17 years old, as he left home to follow Jesus and join the Capuchins.  It must be the same response that then led him (some 30 years later) as he left the Capuchins (his home) to follow Jesus and begin the CFR’s.  The same response he uttered, not without struggle and suffering, for over 60 years. We can almost hear him say it in his unmistakable quiet voice, “Yes Lord.” 

Just the other day I read this quote from St. John Paul II and thought of Fr. Benedict:

The first duty of the consecrated life is to make visible the marvels wrought by God in the frail humanity of those who are called.  They bear witness to these marvels not so much in works as by the eloquent language of a transfigured life, capable of amazing the world  (Vita Consecrata). 

Fr. Benedict wasn’t perfect and nor are any of us.  I’m not called to be Fr. Benedict and nor are you but his powerful “yes” challenges each of us, in our frail humanity, to offer our lives to God wherever we are, with the same passion and generosity.  Fr. Benedict’s life made visible the marvels of God and you know what?  So can we!!  And that’s what amazes the world - the ripple effect of grace!

+ Fr. Emmanuel Mary Mansford, CFR
Harlem, NY
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Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/24/2014

Starlit night
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J.M.J
October 24, 2014
St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

Dear Family of Mary!

September 25, 2014
"Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace - and especially prayer - for all those who are far from my love and the love of my Son Jesus. Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Tomorrow Our Lady gives another message for the world. Now is the time for a last look at the message for September. And what a beautiful message it is. The words alone are filled with beauty: stars, light, radiance, beauty, joy, peace, prayer, love, faith, and gift! It is like exploding fireworks, displaying all the goodness of God.

Our Lady tells us to be like the stars! What does it mean to be like the stars? Stars give off light. They don't do this intentionally. They just do it because they are burning masses of gas and elements and light emits from the burning stuff. (I am not a scientist so don't look for precise info here!) God made the stars to burn. It is part of what is going on in the universe as creation proceeds. But the light they give off apparently reveals what is in them to those who can measure the light waves. So the light carries information as well.

Well, to apply this analogy, we are created just like the stars are created. We live because that is just how God made us! And though we may not burn and emit light (we make heat by burning calories, I guess, but that's not quite the same!) we live, and by our lives we emit something like light, it is information about who we are. And it comes through our actions, our words, our choices and our gifts. This information communicates something about us to others who can perceive it. It communicates the love we have for God, for others and for ourselves. It communicates the beauty, the radiance and peace and the joy of living with God, living for God and living for others.

So, we can give off light, if by light we mean information about who we are. And this information can reveal wonderful stuff, if we are living our lives in imitation of Jesus. It can communicate the love of God for others and the joy of living with God.

Jakov has said: "We often think that if we have material riches, we have everything and we forget all about God. On the contrary without God, we are poor; only those, who have God in their hearts are whole and wealthy....My life began when I felt Jesus and Mary in my heart. My true life began when I was ten years old, at that precise moment when I truly experienced Jesus and the Gospa, when I felt them in my heart." ("A conversation with the Visionaries. By Kresimir Sego.p.64)

I think I understand what Jakov is saying. Life is only a shadow until we encounter God, and live entirely in Him. Only then will life have its true meaning and purpose.  When we do live entirely with God, then what we will communicate to others, as we do all we do in our lives, will be God and His love. We will burn with love for God in our hearts and be filled with God's burning love, and the light that we will emit will be beautiful, joyful, radiant, prayerful, peaceful, faith-filled, love-filled star light!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

PS. I will send out tomorrow's message as soon as I get it!






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Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Mark Mallett: The Testing

The Testing


Gideon, sifting his men, by James Tissot (1806-1932)
FEW fully grasp what took place over the past couple weeks through the Synod on Family Life in Rome. It was not just a gathering of bishops; not only a discussion on pastoral issues: it was a test. It was a sifting. It was the New Gideon, Our Blessed Mother, further defining her army…
Published in: | on October 22nd, 2014 |

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/23/2014


Adoration in Medjugorje
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J.M.J
October 23, 2014
St. John of Capistrano

Dear Family of Mary!

 "Dear Children! Today I invite you to fall in love with the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Adore Him, little children, in your Parishes and in this way you will be united with the entire world. Jesus will become your friend and you will not talk of Him like someone whom you barely know. Unity with Him will be a joy for you and you will become witnesses to the love of Jesus that He has for every creature. Little children, when you adore Jesus you are also close to me. Thank you for having responded to my call."  September 25, 1995

Many people have contacted me, hoping to be able to access the English Mass of October 20, 2014 and so while we are working on the archive, I have transcribed the homily. It is very inspiring!

October 20, 2014 English Holy Mass at St. James Church. Homily given by Fr. Hugh Cummins.

"My name is Fr. Hugh Cummins. I am a Redemptorist Priest from Australia. The group that will be reading and taking part are from Australia, except for the song leader, Steven, who is from Medjugorje!

Yesterday when I was hearing confessions for three hours, the vast majority of those who came were either Canadians or from the United States. So I have decided to celebrate Mass especially for them, for their matters.

In the first reading we had words that I consider really powerful words. "We hold this treasure in earthen vessels that the surpassing power may be of God and not of us." That is in evidence in places like Medjugorje. The Lord chose children who were at that time when Our Lady first appeared, ordinary children, not different from the others, so that the surpassing power of what has happened here is God and not man.

Now two of us Australian priests, Fr. Jack Harris and myself, nine years ago we were invited to go to a city in Indonesia, named Surabaya, with the object of helping them to begin Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. First of all to give a retreat to the priests of the diocese and then to talk to the people. Well it was certainly a case of earthen vessels. We had never heard of the city of Surabaya, even though there are six million people there. And we didn't know a single word of their language or have any knowledge of that country. And yet immense power of God was at work.

First of all among the priests and during the retreat we spoke of especially the messages of Pope St. John Paul II, and his emphasis on the Eucharist. And all night the last night, they had Adoration, when God certainly touched many of those priests, as the future was to show. Then we went to what is called the World Trade Center. Fifteen hundred people were gathered there for two full days. The translator that we had for both for both events, within three months became a bishop for the diocese. He still is. So God was secretly working in amazing ways. He (the translator) fully embraced and was so enthusiastic about this message of Adoration.

Then another remarkable thing was that the chapel for Perpetual Adoration was not yet ready, and so supposedly temporarily we had to begin the Adoration in the chapel of a hospital run by the Holy Spirit nuns. This hospital was a big one, 2,200 patients and staff, 90% of whom were Muslims. So Adoration began, and we had 1500 people so it was very easy to cover all the hours with several adorers, day and night, right through the week. So this Adoration began, and being a hospital, the sick started coming to pray there. They felt it a comforting and beautiful place. But it is dangerous to let Jesus near the sick! Could you imagine what He might do? He started to heal them!! And you might be surprised, but most of those who were healed were actually Muslim people.

But the word spread, and therefore, this apostolate never stopped. The last nine years we have been going back once or twice a year giving retreats to the priests. That is so important. Start with the priests. Giving that retreat to the priests, and during that last night when they are at Adoration, amazing conversions have happened among those priests. And then they give the retreat to the people and it is normal to get a 1000 people on retreat in Indonesia. I am afraid in Australia...one year I came back from the weekend when I was giving a retreat to 1500 people, and the next weekend I was giving a retreat to 12 people in Hobarth, Tasmania. So it is a bit different in the secular western countries than in the very religious country of Indonesia, the beautiful religious family in Indonesia.

Now since then, 45 chapels of Adoration have been established in Indonesia. And almost 40 of them are perpetual, meaning that there are always people adoring in them. So surely God used earthen vessels, very inadequate, very limited vessels, and He showed that the power was through Him. Wonderful things have happened.

Now in Medjugorje Our Lady is also bringing up the power of the Eucharist. We just came from a talk by Vicka, and she emphasized how Our Lady says to put Mass first in our day. But then the Mass continues then through the Adoration in the Adoration Chapel here each afternoon, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and then on certain nights you have the hour of Adoration with everybody there, out in the open. That is the continuation, as Pope Benedict taught. He taught that if we do not do Adoration, we will not fully and richly participate in the Mass. And Pope Francis of course, spends his last hour of every day in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

But it was particularly Pope John Paul II that inspired us in this. Pope John Paul II has so much emphasized Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. In 1989 when he went to Korea for the International Eucharistic Congress there and urged the Korean priests to establish Perpetual Adoration in their parishes, there was one chapel of Perpetual Adoration at that time and now there are 77! In 1989 there were only around 20 chapels of Perpetual Adoration in the entire world. Today there are well over 3000! This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in our time. This is what we need today! We need Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

Listen to a few words of Pope John Paul II. And very importantly, this is for priests. I thought we were going to have about 20, but we only have a few, so I will really have to hammer the message home to these few!! He said, (this is his Encyclical, Ecclesia Eucharistia) - "It is the responsibility of pastors to encourage the practice of Eucharistic Adoration and also to encourage exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in particular!" And then he gives a little personal testimony, he says, "It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the beloved disciple, and to feel the infinite love present in His heart. How often dear brothers and sisters have I, myself, experienced this, and drawn from it, strength, consolation and support. This practice repeatedly posed and recommended by the Magisterium is supported by the example of many saints (and as a Redemptorist, I love the next little bit, where he says...). Particularly outstanding in this regard was St. Alphonsus Ligouri (He is the founder of my congregation) who wrote of all devotions, that of Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments is the greatest and the one dearest God and the most helpful to us."

So in the Gospel we heard the challenge to go out and preach the Good News, to go out and preach the Good News to the whole world, to make disciples of all nations. Well, this is the time for us to go forth from here, not just bringing something personal for ourselves. Our Lady doesn't invite us here just personally for ourselves only. We are meant to go back and to transform things when we go home. And one of the things we can do is to encourage by our example and by our encouragement, the practice of Eucharistic Adoration.

And particularly the priests! Our ministry in Indonesia has been so effective because we start with the priests, and God touches them in extraordinary ways during that retreat. That is why it is so difficult in Australia. I have been three years now assigned in Sydney. I have been working hard, with the full support of Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop who has been recently removed from there. But we haven't gotten a priest there yet who is willing to offer a church for Perpetual Adoration. We don't have it in that huge city of Sydney. Yet in Indonesia we have been able to establish 45. God is showing us that it is not us, it is His power. It is His power and His timing. But I hope the priests here will take up that challenge to try and set up chapels of Perpetual Adoration. That is what the Spirit is saying today.

And you people, you may not be able to set up a chapel of Perpetual Adoration, but encourage the movement and encourage some hours of Adoration in the parishes where you go. I would love to go on and tell you some of the things that have happened in parishes where Perpetual Adoration has begun. Miracles have happened, transformations have happened. Especially in Indonesia, so you can ask Fr. Harris who will say the Mass tomorrow for some examples. But the effects are powerful and wonderful.

So I pray to the Blessed Mother, the Queen of Peace, that she will draw us all to that Adoration Chapel while we are here in Medjugorje. Go to the Adoration out in the open tomorrow night. And through our encounter with Jesus in this holy place, we will have a thirst and a desire to be with Him often, in His wonderful Eucharistic Presence. Amen

"Dear Children! Today I invite you to fall in love with the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Adore Him, little children, in your Parishes and in this way you will be united with the entire world. Jesus will become your friend and you will not talk of Him like someone whom you barely know. Unity with Him will be a joy for you and you will become witnesses to the love of Jesus that He has for every creature. Little children, when you adore Jesus you are also close to me. Thank you for having responded to my call."  September 25, 1995 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014

PS. Today the parish will climb Krizevac, and Mary TV will climb along with them! 8:00 am EDT!





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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/22/2014 - St. John Paul II

Blessed John Paul II
St. John Paul II, pray for us!
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J.M.J
October 22, 2014
St. John Paul II

Dear Family of Mary!!

How can we not be filled with joy on this special feast day! The Pope who ushered the world into the Second Millennium amidst so many difficulties, dangers and challenges and who revealed to us the depths of our Christian faith through his hundreds of writings is now with us as a saintly intercessor. He has not left us, but is now able to be closer to us than ever he was on earth. He is only a prayer away. We can only have confidence knowing he prays for us all.

Our Lady spoke openly a few times in reference to St. John Paul II. She spoke with great love but also with great motherly concern. She wanted her beloved son to courageously fulfill the call he had been given by the Father. And so she gave him direction!

Sunday, November 8, 1981-  The Blessed Virgin kisses an image of the Pope and says:
"It is your father, the spiritual father of all."

Sunday, September 26, 1982 For Pope John Paul II:
"Have him consider himself the father of all mankind, and not only of Christians. Have him spread untiringly and with courage the message of peace and love among all mankind."

Friday, September 16, 1983 "In my messages, I recommend to everyone, and to the Holy Father in particular, to spread the message which I have received from my Son here at Medjugorje. I wish to entrust to the Pope, the word with which I came here: 'MIR', (peace in Croatian), which he must spread everywhere. And here is a message which is especially for him: That he bring together the Christian people, through his words and his preaching; that he spread particularly among the young people, the messages which he has received from the Father in his prayers, when God inspires him."

Truly St. John Paul II was given a gargantuan task. By his faith, his courage, his intense suffering, his tireless travels, his voluminous writings, and his massive teaching, St. John Paul II gave the modern Church a strong renewal of faith and doctrine. He spread the call to peace, and brought the Christian people much closer together, and he never stopped reaching out to the young people! Think of the World Youth Days which he began! He also gave the whole world his loving fatherly presence, calling all men to the project of peace and love. But he never flagged in zeal because he drew his strength from God and from Our Lady. Take for instance the last prayer from his Apostolic Letter "On the Most Holy Rosary". I believe it encapsulates the Holy Father's deep reliance on Mary:

At the start of the twenty-fifth year of my Pontificate, I entrust this Apostolic Letter to the loving hands of the Virgin Mary, prostrating myself in spirit before her image in the splendid Shrine built for her by Blessed Bartolo Longo, the apostle of the Rosary. I willingly make my own the touching words with which he concluded his well-known Supplication to the Queen of the Holy Rosary: "O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death: yours our final kiss as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven". (APOSTOLIC LETTER ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL ON THE MOST HOLY ROSARY. N. 43)

Blessed Bartolo Longo's prayer is the prayer of someone who knows their absolute need for grace, and the unfailing aid of She who is full of grace! St. John Paul II lived "Totus Tuus"! He relied completely on Mary. And his example will lead us to do the same.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
St. John Paul II, pray for us! 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Too many interests behind Asia Bibi’s case: the truth of the facts are covered up

fides
ASIA/PAKISTAN -
Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "There are too many interests at stake behind Asia Bibi’s case. Too many vested interests and too much pressure that, in the end, cover up the truth of the facts", said in an interview with Fides Agency, Haroon Barkat Masih, Director of the "Masihi Foundation", working in Pakistan to improve Christians lives and also in the defense of Christians falsely accused of blasphemy. Following the judgment of appeal that upheld the death sentence for a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, the Director told Fides: "We continue to hope because, as Christians, our faith nourishes hope. We continue to pray for Asia Bibi and for her release, so that the Lord protects and comforts her", said Masih. "But there are many elements that are not conducive to optimism".
According to Barkat, "international pressures and mobilization can be useful", but above all "the political will of the government and of the highest authorities in Pakistan is needed" if one wants to put an end to a history marked by obvious injustices. But current Premier, Nawaz Sharif, "in the past gave ample space to extremist groups and approved the blasphemy law for political calculation: therefore he does not seem the most appropriate to take a stand against these pressures". "Corruption and the desire to exploit the case for economic purposes is another current aspect" adds Haroon Barkat. The director finally recalled that the Supreme Court judgment of conviction can be overturned and that, even in the event of conviction, the President of Pakistan has always power to grant pardons. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/10/2014)

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Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/21/2014



 
    
Blessed are those servants...
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J.M.J
October 21, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

In today's Gospel we learn something about discipleship:

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants."
(Lk 12: 35-38)

Lesson 1: Being a disciple means commitment to Jesus.
Jesus compares discipleship to being a servant, one who waits upon the master and serves him at home. Each servant has his own job to do, and a good servant will be ready to do it, anytime of day or night, as needed. This is a whole life commitment. And disciples are called to just such a commitment to Jesus.

Lesson 2: Being a disciple requires vigilance.
It seems that a servant does not always know his master's business, and must wait for his order, wait for his master to return, wait for an encounter with the master. Disciples are in the same situation. We must learn to wait with watchfulness and be at the ready for the call from the Lord. He may call us to action in the morning, or afternoon, or evening, or even during the night. So we have to have one ear always open, waiting for the summons, the knock on the door of our hearts when it comes. Jesus says we will be blessed if we are vigilant!

Mother Mary has taught us about vigilance as well. Take this message:

November 25, 1988 "Dear children! I call you to prayer, to have an encounter with God in prayer. God gives Himself to you, but He wants you to answer in your own freedom to his invitation. That is why little children during the day, find yourself a special time when you could pray in peace and humility, and have this meeting with God the creator. I am with you and I intercede for you in front of God, so watch in vigil, so that every encounter in prayer be the joy of your contact with God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady teaches us that an encounter with God is priceless. We should wait, with watchful anticipation for such a meeting with God. And so she calls us to "watch in vigil" during our prayer, so that our encounters with God will be filled with the joy of contact with Him! Like the good servants, we must be watchful each day, waiting for the Lord to knock on the door of our heart and come in. To do this we need a special time to pray and we need peace and humility of heart, so that God can reveal Himself to us. Vigilance in prayer is part of being a good disciple!

"Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival." Indeed, blessed are we when the master finds us waiting for Him in prayer, with great expectation and love and longing, because then He can give to us all the graces and healing and insights and wisdom and spiritual gifts and love that He has prepared for us. If He finds us waiting for Him with great desire for an encounter with Him upon His return, He will gird Himself, have us recline at table, and He will wait on us, feeding us with His own Body and Blood, and nurturing us with care. Blessed are we when we wait with watchfulness and vigilance in prayer for the coming of our Lord!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1020/2014 - St. Paul of the Cross


Humility
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J.M.J
October 20, 2014
St. Paul of the Cross

Dear Family of Mary!

Tuesday, November 29, 1983 To Jelena: "Pray!"
For the intention of the group:
"I am your mother full of goodness, and Jesus is your great friend. Do not fear anything in His presence. Give Him your heart, from the bottom of your heart. Tell Him your sufferings, thus you will be invigorated in prayer, with a free heart, in a peace without fear."

Today is the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionists. St. Paul felt that constant prayer was essential for a Christian, and that the Passion and Death of Jesus teaches us everything we need to know to grow in holiness.

I found an article about St. Paul by Fr. David Colhour, CP., who wrote this about St. Paul:

A third and very strong faith conviction which Paul operated under was the belief that God is doing something in everybody's life every single moment of every single day.  We may not always be conscious of it, but below the surface there is always some kind of divine presence and activity sometimes encouraging us and sometimes prodding us.  We may find ourselves fully participating with it, or we may find ourselves even resisting.  Nonetheless, God's presence is there at work.   Paul writes, "Remain in the divine presence in everything you do.  If you are busy at work with your hands, let your mind and heart be inwardly on God".  And in another place, "Be at peace in your sufferings without trying too hard to understand them in your mind.  A true servant of God is praying always.  I don't mean kneeling down, but with loving attention to the divine presence.  In so far as this involves a lack of feeling of God's presence, so much the better."  Strong faith certainly has very little to do with making one  feel okay, rather it is more about finding obedience in a relationship of divine love that is perpetually calling us.   


St. Paul's words are full of comfort and hope. I really feel drawn to the idea that God is constantly at work in our lives, moment by moment, whether we know it or not. I believe we are never left alone by God. Even though we may not feel Him near us, He never leaves us. The Father watches over us, Jesus lives within us, and the Spirit guides and protects us day in and day out. Our job is to believe this, and remain mindful of it, no matter what. "Loving attention to the divine presence!" That is how we can pray always!

I had an experience of the divine presence actively working in my life this past weekend. Denis and I attended a beautiful conference given by Totally Yours Pilgrimages in St. Charles, IL. At one point during a conference session, I discovered that my purse was missing. I looked everywhere and asked all the kind people around me if they had seen it. It was nowhere to be found. As you can imagine, I was really upset. Most of my identity was in that purse. I began to panic. I was just shaking and thinking the worst. But all the people around me began to pray. They were awesome. And Denis stayed calm and prayed as well. So I made the decision to pray, and the thought came to me that the Lord could use this situation for my good, that He can use any situation to bless me and that I should trust Him and be at peace.

Within a few minutes of that grace-filled moment, Denis came walking up with my purse! He found it under a table that we had searched under several times. It was inexplicable. But there was the purse, intact! I cannot describe the relief that washed over me to see my purse. But even more, the peace and joy that I experienced in seeing God's hand at work. He taught me a good lesson. He was working in me and around me throughout that little trial. And He changed everything in a moment. Truly, the Lord made His presence known to me through that experience. He worked through the wonderful people who helped me, through Denis who never gave up, and through even my poor heart by speaking words of great hope when I was the most distressed! I felt I had been given a new life!

St. Paul said: "Be at peace in your sufferings without trying too hard to understand them in your mind.  A true servant of God is praying always.  I don't mean kneeling down, but with loving attention to the divine presence." I experienced the fruit of giving loving attention to the Divine Presence yesterday. Truly Jesus is our friend, and we should fear nothing in His presence!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

From Mark Mallett: Steady as She Goes

Steady as She Goes

 

 


I have spent the day mostly in prayer, listening, speaking with my spiritual director, praying, going to Mass, listening some more… and these are the thoughts and words which have been coming to me since I wrote The Synod and the Spirit.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

From Mark Mallett: The Synod and the Spirit

The Synod and the Spirit


 

AS I wrote in my daily Mass meditation today (see here), there is a certain panic in some quarters of the Church on the heels of the Synod’s somewhat abstract post discussion report (relatio post disceptationem). People are asking, “What are the bishops doing in Rome? What is the Pope doing?” But the real question is what is the Holy Spirit doing? For the Spirit is the one Jesus sent to “teach you all truth.” The Spirit is our advocate, our help, our consoler, our strength, our wisdom… but also the one who convicts, enlightens, and exposes our hearts so that we have the opportunity to always move deeper toward the truth that sets us free.
My spiritual director asked me to begin sharing thoughts on the Synod. And so, I want to reflect in a broader sense on what is happening, touching on various themes that I will address more specifically in the days ahead. There are so many nuances that it is impossible to speak of them in one place without writing a book. So I am going to do this in bits and bites, and more frequently, since I know you don’t have time to read long treatises. But I pray you take a few minutes each day to reflect with me now on what the Spirit is saying to the Church at this hour, asking the Lord to give us the wisdom we need to be faithful to His voice.
The perfect place to begin is in today’s Gospel…
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