Archive for July 13th, 2008

We can never be content with what we are doing to serve our God-

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

just as an artist is never satisfied with
the painting or statue he is working on.
Everyone tells him how marvellous it is,
but he thinks: “No. It isn’t quite right.
I wanted it to be better.”

This is how we should feel.
Moreover, the Lord has given us so much.
He has a right to the very best from us… and we must go at his pace.

St. Josemaria Escriva
#385 the Forge
http://www.escrivaworks.org/book/the_forge-point-385.htm

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St. Augustine – Behold, the ears of my heart are before you, O Lord: open them…

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Who shall grant me to repose in you?
By whose gift will you enter my heart;
and so inebriate it that I may
forget my own evils and
embrace you, my only good?
What are you to me?
Let me find grace to speak to you.
What am I to you, that
you should command me to love you…

What you are to me,
answer me for your mercy’s sake,
O Lord my God:
say to my soul- I am your salvation-
(Ps. 35[34],3)
Speak it aloud so that I may hear you.

Behold, the ears of my heart
are before you, O Lord: open them,
and say to my soul, -I am your salvation.-

I will run after that voice, and take hold of you.

St. Augustine

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Youth are yearning and hungering for solid spiritual food-Fr.D.Zehnle WYD08

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The youth are yearning and hungering for solid spiritual food, for people who will honestly present to them the Church’s teaching and the faith of Jesus Christ, for people who sincerely believe what they say. It is as Pope Benedict XVI has said: they hunger for the simple faith that reveals the purpose and meaning to life.The fields are ripe for the sowing. The soil of their hearts is more than ready to take in the Word of God but they need someone to present it to them.They also need to be separated a bit from their ordinary life to muster up the courage to toss aside the “cool” image and speak of the desires of their souls. When they do they listen and absorb well.

Fr. Daren Zehnle
blogging from WYD08

Servant & Steward blogspot
http://dzehnle.blogspot.com/

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“He is not past, He is present now.” – John Henry Newman on the Eucharist

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(excerpt)

It would be both fascinating and rewarding to follow the development of Newman’s belief in the Real Presence and to show how it is central to the development of his understanding of the nature of the Church. Such a scholarly piece of research on Newman’s thinking on the Eucharist would have to start with a discussion of it in the context of the Oxford Movement as a “eucharistic movement”1, and as such opposed to the rationalism and liberalism in religion at Oxford University, which the Tractarians called the religion of the day, and then show how Newman’s understanding of the Eucharist changed and how he was finally led to embrace the full Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist together with the full doctrine on the Church, before characterising his later preaching on the Eucharist.

Expect here something much simpler! Pope John Paul II was called home in the middle of the Eucharistic Year, which began on 7th October 2004. We now recognise it as his last wonderful gift to the Church. Newman the pastor can help us, as he helped his contemporaries – expressed with the late Holy Father: “to contemplate, praise and adore in a special way this ineffable Sacrament … the incomparable treasure which Christ has entrusted to his Church.” (Mane Nobiscum Domine 29) It had been Newman’s aim – as that of Pope John Paul II – to “encourage a more lively and fervent celebration of the Eucharist, leading to a Christian life transformed by love.” (Ibid.)

http://www.newmanfriendsinternational.org/newman/?p=59

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Come,Holy Spirit,come renew the face of the earth! MySpace poll results before WYD08

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Many people will follow them in their sexual freedom
and will cause others to dishonor the way of truth.

And in their desire for profit they will come to you with words of deceit,
like traders doing business in souls:
whose punishment has been ready for a long time and their destruction is watching for them.
— 2 Peter 2:2-3

The article (below) from
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24015418-1702,00.html
is worthy of mention as an example of
how being in a lifestyle of sin and impurity blinds the
heart and mind of a person.

It also calls to mind the question
Why does MySpace seek to be considered the
voice of the young people? To lead them ? To sell them.
MySpace is telling them what they believe. That is not freedom.
We need to stop making moral choices based on the numbers
of persons who make the same choice.

The number of people choosing to do sin and evil for
whatever reason
NEVER makes sin and evil a good for others to choose.

Saying that a given large number of people are grouped together by
their bad choices does not make the choice a good chioice.

This “poll” is just another way of seeking to seduce into sin and error for profit
the young people most vulnerableto peer pressure and the desire to conform.
They are lost sheep without a shepherd. The voice of the Shepherd has been
driven out of the hearts and minds by a contrived media effort- and behind that
effort are the fallen angels seeking to rob these souls of their birthright.

I am a sheep too, so I know.
I am grateful for the Good Shepherd.

Impurity renders people prisoners, captives of vice.
Most of us have been there in varying degrees at some time,
and by the grace of God
and the intercession of the Immaculate Conception
were freed from this bondage
and given the
freedom of the sons and daughters of God.

Pray for the grace of purity and for perseverence.
Please pray for the young people in the whole world,especially at WYD and following it
all around the world.Please pray for all
of us in this atmosphere that is poisoned by impurity
everywhere. Even the people indifferent to the presence
and action of God are recipients of Love and Mercy.
Each one of us KNOWS we have been.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Let this be a reminder to all of us
not to compromise
ourselves in any way.
The battle for the mind, heart and soul is being waged.
Holy Angels of God, come to our assistance, Mary, help us!
Jesus, save us. Amen.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24015418-1702,00.html

Catholic Church branded out out touch
July 14, 2008 12:29am
Article from: Agence France-Presse
A POLL by social networking giant MySpace brands the Catholic Church “out of touch” with young people, just ahead of its World Youth Day event in Sydney.
The online poll, which targeted Australians aged 14 to 24, found 77 per cent of respondents felt the church was out of touch with them.
Of “non Catholic and non-Christian” respondents, 65 per cent said World Youth Day held no relevance to them at all.
More than half (53 per cent) also said they would not participate in World Youth Day events, to be staged across Sydney over six days from Tuesday, because of the church’s stance on sexuality”. But that was not the most emphatic result, as 89 per cent overall rejected the Catholic Church’s teaching that they should remain virgins until they married.
Further poll findings include 61 per cent saying contraception, not abstinence, was their preferred way to prevent the spread of sexual disease and reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy.
“With over one million young Australians on MySpace each month, we can legitimately say that MySpace is the voice of the youth,” Australia and New Zealand MySpace.com vice president Rebekah Horne said in a statement today.

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Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Latin – video

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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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We can never be content with what we are doing to serve our God-

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

just as an artist is never satisfied with
the painting or statue he is working on.
Everyone tells him how marvellous it is,
but he thinks: “No. It isn’t quite right.
I wanted it to be better.”

This is how we should feel.
Moreover, the Lord has given us so much.
He has a right to the very best from us… and we must go at his pace.

St. Josemaria Escriva
#385 the Forge
http://www.escrivaworks.org/book/the_forge-point-385.htm

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

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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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