Another lesson: devout affections–fourth prayer

Another lesson: devout affections–fourth prayer

  “God never makes a mistake.” These were the words from a Carmelite friend that the Lord used to guide me today. I met her at Mass submerged in and pining over my own struggles, when she stopped me and asked if I’d heard that a mutual friend of ours, had died. I was caught off-guard and very surprised by the news. Just before Christmas this dear friend– a convert to the faith at the age of 80– had, on the request of her family, begun considering a move to the Midwest where they all reside. It was becoming too complicated to help her from afar in the aging process . She resisted for many reasons and until the last minute tried to find another affordable place to accommodate her and her precious pet cat. None could be found; so...

Development of the faith, not alteration

The timing of the Office of Readings to current affairs in the church seems, well, providential: From the instruction by St Vincent of Lerins, priest: Is there to be no development of religion in the Church of Christ? Certainly there is to be development and on the largest scale. Who can be so grudging to men, so full of hate for God as to try and prevent it? But — It must truly be development of the faith, not alteration of the faith. Development means that each thing expands to be itself, while alteration means a thing is changed from one thing into another. The understanding, knowledge and wisdom of the Church, he says, whether of individuals or the Church as a whole, should through time count on making “great and vigorous progress,” but,...

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

  Commemoration of St Frances of Rome   Re-blogged from BelloftheWanderer:   St Frances is, One of the greatest mystics of the fifteenth century; born in Rome, of a noble family, in 1384; died there, 9 March, 1440. Her youthful desire was to enter religion, but at her father’s wish she married, at the age of twelve, Lorenzo de’ Ponziano. Among her children we know of Battista, who carried on the family name, Evangelista, a child of great gifts (d. 1411), and Agnes (d. 1413).   —Catholic Encyclopedia   Frances expressed her commitment to Christ by caring first for her husband, children and extended family, then finally for Rome’s poor and sick. Sometimes, she said, a wife must leave God at the altar to find him in her household management....

Nazareth is a kind of school…

Nazareth is a kind of school…

  …where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his gospel.   It’s the mystery inherent in those quiet years of Jesus’ childhood that for me, makes this statement so intriguing. Oh, to know what was going on in that house from day to day. (In Nazareth) we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate Him. What were the conditions and circumstances that “surrounded and affected His life on earth?” Here, everything speaks to us, everything has meaning. Here we can learn the importance of spiritual discipline for all who wish to follow Christ.   As Pope Paul VI...

What is a Family?

What is a Family?

  On this the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, father said in Mass this morning that from the beginning, there’s always been trouble for the family. For Jesus, the moment He was born, He was threatened with death. Joseph, the great guardian of the Holy Family, fled to Egypt after the Lord appeared to him in a dream revealing Herod’s wicked plan. The enemy hates families, especially ones intent on living out a life of obedience to God– to the best of their ability. Here’s why he hates the domestic church so much:   The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and an image of the communion of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children, it reflects the...