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Adoration – reflection by Christopher Osgood – future seminarian

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Adoration
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Why we have shortage of priests

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Priesthood is not a lonely life –

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Fr. Ed in Cleveland writes a great piece on the percieved loneliness of the priesthood versus what it is really like.

(excerpt)
First, does anyone knowingly choose to be lonely? Honestly, who in their right mind would do that? Answer: No one! Therefore, how could anyone logically presuppose that some one is going to be lonely or would choose a lifestyle of loneliness? In what set of circumstances would choosing a ‘lonely lifestyle’ make sense?Sidebar: Answering the call to priesthood is a choice, not a force of the hand or twist of the arm. Somehow over the years answering the call has become equated with being forced to do something against one’s will for the Lord. In response to this somewhat pervasive negative view on answering the call, I have two words: not true!

Second, how does anyone know what makes another person happy? Again, I don’t mean to be mean or condescending but an honest gut reaction I have is: “Who are you to say what makes me happy?” For when one says, ‘you will be lonely and unhappy,’ presupposes the one making the statement knows what will make the person whom he/she is talking about, happy or unhappy and quite frankly, how could anyone presuppose to know this of another person?

see: http://fatherschnippel.blogspot.com/ Called By Name
and http://fathereds.blogspot.com/ Take Your Candle and Go Light Your World

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God longs for the tears of criminals

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God longs for the tears of criminals; He thirsts for the tears of sinners.
St. John Chrysostom

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Emulating the Holy Angels – Praying the Rosary – Pope Leo XIII – AUGUSTISSIMAE VIRGINIS MARIAE

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As often as, in reciting the Rosary,
we meditate upon the mysteries of our Redemption,
so often do we in a manner emulate the sacred duties
once committed to the Angelic hosts.

The Angels revealed each of
these mysteries in its due time;
they played a great part in them;
they were constantly present at them,
with countenances indicative now of joy,
now of sorrow,
now of triumphant exultation.

Gabriel was sent to announce
the Incarnation of the Eternal Word to the Virgin.

In the cave of Bethlehem,
Angels sang the glory of the new-born Saviour.

The Angel gave Joseph command to fly
with the Child into Egypt.

An Angel consoled, with his loving words,
Jesus in His bloody sweat in the garden.

Angels announced His resurrection,
after He had triumphed over death,
to the women.

Angels carried Him up into Heaven;
and foretold His second coming,
surrounded by Angelic hosts,
unto whom He will associate the souls of the elect,
and carry them aloft with Him to the heavenly choirs,
“above whom the Holy Mother of God is exalted.”

To those, therefore, who make use of the pious prayers
of the Rosary in this Sodality, may be well applied
the words with which St. Paul addressed the new Christians:
You are come to Mount Sion,
and to the city of the living God,
the Heavenly Jerusalem,
and to the company of many thousands of Angels.
(Heb. xii., 22).

What more divine, what more delightful,
than to meditate and pray with the Angels?
With what confidence may we not hope
that those who on earth have united with the Angels
in this ministry will one day enjoy
their blessed company in Heaven?

excerpt taken from:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_12091897_augustissimae-virginis-mariae_en.html

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In the freedom and glory of the children of God -St Josemaria Escriva

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My Lord and my God, under the loving eyes of our Mother,
we are making ready to accompany you along this path of sorrow,
which was the price for our redemption.
We wish to suffer all that You suffered,
to offer you our poor, contrite hearts,
because you are innocent,
and yet you are going to die for us,
who are the only really guilty ones.
My Mother, Virgin of sorrows,
help me to relive those bitter hours
which your Son wished to spend on earth,
so that we, who were made from a handful of clay,
may finally live in libertatem gloriae filiorum Dei,
in the freedom and glory of the children of God.

(This is the opening prayer for the Way of the Cross)

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The Wounds of the Church, Intercessory Prayer and the lessons of Mary at Cana

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Pope Leo XIII
augustissimae-virginis-mariae

During His private life on earth He (Jesus Christ) associated her (Mary) with Himself in each of His first two miracles: the miracle of grace, when, at the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in the womb of Elizabeth; the miracle of nature, when He turned water into wine at the marriage – feast of Cana. And, at the supreme moment of His public life, when sealing the New Testament in His precious Blood, He committed her to his beloved Apostle in those sweet words, “Behold, thy Mother!” (John xix., 27).

*********

Yesterday at Adoration
I had thoughts of the Wedding Feast at Cana and
of lessons of intercession from considering the
Heart of the Mother of God,
Mother of the Church.

They have no wine.

Our hearts do not have the grace of clarity of
perception of the needs of others. We may
think we see clearly, but we should learn humilty in perception.
That being said, if we come with that understanding
to Mary with our hope and desire to love
and assist with intercessory
prayer we can be at peace and know
she will purify and correct our offering.

Her Mother’s Heart perceived the needs in all
concerned- in fact she anticipated the need before a crisis
became apparent to all, minimizing the humilation
which may have resulted otherwise.
Jesus relies on her loving perception
of the needs of the many souls He loves.
(I take thee for my all, O Mary give me your heart!)

She confidently expressed the need to Jesus,
knowing His loving Heart already carried the needs of all,
as her Heart listens always to the echos of the Sacred Heart.
Jesus delighted in the loving concern
and confidence of His Mother’s Heart,
delighted also in answering it with an abundance of love
and at the great price of His Precious Blood.

Do whatever He tells you.

These words come from Mary’s lip’s and Heart and so they come
from Holy Mother Church as the condition for receiving
the outpouring of love and mercy of God in all our needs.

Divine Mercy teaches us to trust that what God gives us is the very best always and everywhere.
This cannot be understood apart from the Mystery of the Cross.
Only grace can enable us to see as God sees the paschal mystery at work in our world, in our lives and in ourselves. Your Divine Will is Love and Mercy itself. Jesus, I trust in You.

Efforts to teach us how the Mass becomes our life, and how to live our faith, how to “live the Eucharist” which are not taught in the context of the paschal mystery do not mean anything to us when we experience suffering– either our own or the suffering of others. Corporal works of mercy and spiritual works of mercy must be based on love of God, compassion for others which is shared suffering with the hope of the meaning given to the suffering by the paschal mystery.

God wills to give us all we need. A lot of our work needs to be removing obstacles to it and growing in desiring what God desires in every aspect of life. Our Mother the Church takes us by the hand in her wisdom to enable us to do what He tells us. She also teaches us that God’s ways are not man’s ways. God is love and we do not know love until God reveals His love for us. Works of mercy reveal God’s Face of Love in this suffering world.

When we are uncertain exactly what He is asking of us we should interiorly place ourselves in the position of asking Him to tell us, with contrition, love and confidence and ready to obey His expressed Will with His grace enabling us . That means first of all obedience to the truths of the Faith and the Holy Father.

We should remain in this position interiorly and return to it whenever anything (usually sin or dissipation) pulls us out of it. This a listening posture of heart, which Mary will also teach us. This is a beautiful way of living each moment. Under His wings you find refuge.

The response of Jesus’ Heart was abundance of love, grace and mercy through Mary’s intercession. Can it ever be anything less? Certainly not!

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
***

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You hadn’t really grasped this truth about the presence of the Holy Spirit in you.-St Josemaria Escriva

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Don’t just talk to the Paraclete. Listen to Him!
When you pray, consider how the life of childhood,
which enabled you to realise deeply
that you are a son of God,
filled you with a filial love for the Father.
Think how, before that,
you have gone through Mary to Jesus,
whom you adore as His friend,
as His brother,
as His lover, for that is what you are…
After receiving this advice you realised that
until now you had known that the Holy Spirit
was dwelling in your soul, to sanctify it…
But you hadn’t really grasped
this truth about His presence.
You needed that advice.
Now you feel His Love within you,
and you want to talk to Him, to be His friend,
to confide in Him…
You want to facilitate His work of polishing, uprooting, and enkindling…
I wouldn’t know how to set about it!, you thought.
Listen to Him, I insist.
He will give you strength. He will do everything, if you so want…
And you do want!—Pray to Him:

Divine Guest,Master,Light,Guide, Love,
may I make You truly welcome inside me
and listen to the lessons You teach me.
Make me burn with eagerness for You,
make me follow You and love You.

***#430 The Forge
St. Josemaria Escriva

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Would We Take a Bullet to Save the Priest Who Saves the Life of Our Soul?

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Defend our Priests

(excerpt) the thought occurred to me: would I give up my life for these priests? Fr. E., Fr. V., Fr. B., Fr. P., our Bishops – no brainer – of course! No, this is not what the thought was asking, but rather, would I willingly, freely, give up my life for ANY priest? Not necessarily the ones whom everyone likes and gets along with, but any who have made my life & faith challenging. The one who was accused of a heinous crime; the one who has had difficulty living the faith; the one who ___________ (you fill in the blank).

Would I fight for these priests? Would I willingly, freely,defend my faith and defend these priests?Wow! For those who have offered their very lives for my soul – how much would I defend them?

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Adoration – reflection by Christopher Osgood – future seminarian

Posted on July 12, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Adoration
read also his
Why we have shortage of priests

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Priesthood is not a lonely life –

Posted on July 12, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Fr. Ed in Cleveland writes a great piece on the percieved loneliness of the priesthood versus what it is really like.

(excerpt)
First, does anyone knowingly choose to be lonely? Honestly, who in their right mind would do that? Answer: No one! Therefore, how could anyone logically presuppose that some one is going to be lonely or would choose a lifestyle of loneliness? In what set of circumstances would choosing a ‘lonely lifestyle’ make sense?Sidebar: Answering the call to priesthood is a choice, not a force of the hand or twist of the arm. Somehow over the years answering the call has become equated with being forced to do something against one’s will for the Lord. In response to this somewhat pervasive negative view on answering the call, I have two words: not true!

Second, how does anyone know what makes another person happy? Again, I don’t mean to be mean or condescending but an honest gut reaction I have is: “Who are you to say what makes me happy?” For when one says, ‘you will be lonely and unhappy,’ presupposes the one making the statement knows what will make the person whom he/she is talking about, happy or unhappy and quite frankly, how could anyone presuppose to know this of another person?

see: http://fatherschnippel.blogspot.com/ Called By Name
and http://fathereds.blogspot.com/ Take Your Candle and Go Light Your World

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