A Genuine Mystic

A Genuine Mystic

When asked by the interviewer on a recent EWTN program,’ The Interior Life of Pope John Paul II’, how he would describe the pope in a single term, George Weigel, author of ‘Witness to Hope, The Biography of Pope John Paul II’, described His Holiness as…. a genuine mystic. He said that he led the church from the cross and in the spirit of the Apostle Paul lived out the words of Colossians 1:24, Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, that is the Church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now...

A Sailor’s Warning

Red Sky in the Morning, Sailor Take Warning One of the first lessons my father gave me as a young teen when we moved south, was how to watch and interpret the Florida sky. Tampa is the lightening capitol of the world. That was before cable TV, weather radar and cell phones. He made sure I understood cloud formations and wind direction, what the color of the sky could indicate…what to do in case of a tornado if I was driving or at home and of course how to prepare for a hurricaine. I sailed a lot in college and it turns out his directives proved lifesaving on a few memorable instances. My dad’s long gone now, but I can still hear his voice when a storm rolls through, Did you prepare like I taught you? When I look at the tragedies looming across the...

What Does it Mean To be Consecrated to Mary?

The condition to being part of our Lady’s army is to be …little. That is how I came to the Blessed Mother. In my weakness— trembling, falling, stumbling but thirsting for her mercies, I met a woman from the Legion of Mary, the apostolate which credits it’s development to the work of St Louis de Montfort. She knew little of my struggles or what I had recently been though, but she told me to read ‘True Devotion to Mary.’ I made the consecration 5 years ago, and I have seen that Mary’s graces have drawn me closer to Christ in ways I labored to no avail before. Where I was and am impaired, she becomes my tutor. I pray you read it and make the consecration. Remember, if you’re the only one in your household, living the...

From Gangster to Holy Monk

From Gangster to Holy Monk

Saint Peter Armengol is a model of confidence. His life inspires everyone who, amid the crisis of the modern world, needs special graces from Our Lady to remain completely faithful. From Gangster to Convert Peter Armengol was born in Guardia dels Prats, a small village in the archdiocese of Tarragon, Spain in 1238. He belonged to the noble house of the barons of Rocafort, descendants of the counts of Urgel, whose ancestors were directly linked to the counts of Barcelona and the monarchs of Aragon and Castile. Despite the great care taken by his parents regarding his education, young Peter gave himself over to a life of total dissipation, vice and caprice. “Abyssus abyssum invocat” (Deep calleth on deep), say the Scriptures. Thus Peter joined a gang of criminals...

Listen for Your Name

Listen for Your Name

St. Mary Magdalen, You come with springing tears To the spring of mercy, Christ…. What can I say, how can I find the words to tell About the burning love with which you sought Him Weeping at the sepulchre And wept for Him in your seeking?…. For the sweetness of love He shows Himself Who would not for the bitterness of tears. —Anselm of Canterbury She hears Jesus call her name ~ Mary ~ and in a moment she who had come to look for a corpse recognizes her risen Lord. We cannot count on ourselves to find Him…but with burning love we can ask for that faith which is a gift from God and then listen for His voice to call our name. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish...

Stepping Heavenward

Stepping Heavenward

January 15, 1831 How dreadfully old I am getting! Sixteen! Well, I don’t see as I can help it. There it is in the big Bible in father’s own writing: Katherine, born January 15, 1815 I meant to get up early this morning, but it looked dismally cold out of doors, and felt delightfully warm in bed. So I covered myself up, and made ever so many good resolutions. I determined, in the first place, to begin this journal. To be sure, I have begun half a dozen, and gotten tired of them after a while. Not tired of writing them, but disgusted with what I had to say about myself. But this time I mean to go on, in spite of everything. It will do me good to read it over, and see what a creature I am. —Stepping Heavenward Elizabeth Prentiss I thought of this quote...

The Keys to the Empty Tomb

The Keys to the Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb, Jerusalem Alleluia! Blessed Easter Morning! If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain. —1 Corinthians 15:14 The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings. All truths, even the most inaccessible to human reason, find their justification if Christ by His Resurrection has given definitive proof of His divine authority, which He had promised. The Resurrection of the crucified one shows that He was truly, I AM the Son of God and God Himself. —CCC 651, 653 Oh Glorious Lord, we rejoice in Your saving power, we put all our hope in You, for– You hold the keys to life and death. Glory to the Father, to the Son and to Holy Spirit. Amen...

The Same Power

The Same Power

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father, we too might walk in the newness of life. —Romans 6: 3-4 Old man…body of sin. Our corrupt state, subject to sin and concupiscence, coming to us from Adam, is called our old man, as our state, reformed in and by Christ, is called the new man. And the vices and sins which then ruled in us, are named the body of sin. (Challoner) – But~ The old and sinful man we must look upon as crucified with him, and the body of sin, or our sinful body, destroyed. We must look upon ourselves as dead to sin, and that we must sin no more, as Christ...

Tetelestai

Tetelestai

Pietà Michelangelo God’s great plan for sending His Son into the World hinged on Mary’s Fiat IT IS FINISHED because all beginnings Start with a Yes. +PAX

Holy Thursday and A Sinner’s Appeal for Mercy

Holy Thursday and A Sinner’s Appeal for Mercy

What was it, O Judas! that led thee to betray Jesus? Had he cut thee off from the number of the apostles? Had he deprived thee of the gift of healing the sick? When he supped with his apostles did he drive thee from table? When he washed their feet, did he pass thee by? And yet thou was unmindful of these great favors! Thy ungrateful plot has branded thee with infamy: but his incomparable patience and great mercy are everywhere praised. Say, O ye unjust ones! what is it ye have heard from our Savior? Did he not expound unto you the Law and the Prophets? Why therefore, have you plotted how to deliver up to Pilate the Word that is from God, and that came to redeem our souls? They that had enjoyed thy unceasing gifts cried out: ‘Let him be crucified!’ These...

Divine Silence Which Works our Salvation

Divine Silence Which Works our Salvation

Spy Wednesday The day Judas made a bargain with the high priest to betray Jesus for 30 silver pieces (Matt 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:1-6). We are healed by His bruises! O heavenly Physician, who takes upon Himself the sufferings of those He comes to cure! But not only was He bruised for our sins, He was also slaughtered as a lamb; and this not merely as a Victim submitting to the inflexible will of His Father who hath laid upon Him the iniquity of us all, but (as the prophet here assures us) because it was His own will. His love for us, as well as His submission to His Father, led Him to the great Sacrifice. Observe, too, how He refuses to defend Himself before Pilate, who could so easily deliver Him from His enemies: He shall be dumb as a lamb before his...