Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Matthew 25:6

       From the letters of Saint John of Avila to a priest. 

" Domine, quid tibi sum, quia jubes me diligere 
te? Quid tibi sum? Lord, what am I to Thee, 
that Thou shouldst bid me love Thee? What 
am I to Thee?" Why dost thou so fervently 
desire to see and to embrace me? Thou, Who 
dost dwell in heaven in company with those 
who understand so well how Thou shouldst be 
served and loved, dost come to me, who only 
know how to offend Thee or to render Thee 
slack service. Canst not Thou, then, O my 
Lord, be happy without me, that my love
should draw Thee down to me? Oh, blessed 
mayst Thou be, Who being what Thou art, 
hast yet set Thy heart upon such a creature as 
me! Can it be that Thou, King as Thou art, 
dost come here and dost place Thyself in my 
hands, and seem to say: "I died once for thy 
sake and I come to thee now to show thee that 
I do not repent of it, but on the contrary that, 
if there were need, I would give my life for 
thee a second time?" Who could remain 
unmoved by such love? Who could hide 
himself, O Lord, from Thy burning Heart, 
which warms our own by Its very presence, and 
is like a mighty furnace, throwing out sparks 
of fire on all around it? Such a Lord as this, 
dear Reverend Father, visits us from heaven
and we, wretches as we are, hold intercourse 
with Him and receive Him within our breasts! 
 Pray for priests! 
 "St. Augustine says that it is wronging a martyr 
to pray for him after his death, for martyrdom 
makes the soul fly straight to heaven. Let us 
strive to be martyrs by patience, for though our 
pains may be less severe, they yet last longer. 
We ought not to wish for a happy life, but 
prefer a martyrdom on earth; it was our Lord s 
portion, and He wishes ours to be the same. 
Some have died as martyrs for the faith, and 
others have gone to heaven without doing so, 
but we must all be martyrs of love, if we wish 
to arrive there. This love must be a torment 
and a pain to us, because of the offence given 
to God by ourselves and others; it must deprive 
us of all comfort in life, and load our shoulders 
with the cross. It must make us embrace 
hardships and overcome them by the burning 
charity God has kindled in us. This love so 
carries us out of ourselves that it makes us 
perfectly insensible to dishonour, as wine takes 
away the reason of a drunkard. Like all strong 
affection, it makes a man forget himself, and 
care only for his Beloved, Who in this case, is 
God Himself, and His most holy will."
Saint John of Avila, pray for us! 

From Saint John of Avila

"He carried His cross: let us help Him to bear 
it. He was dishonoured, therefore 1 renounce 
honour: He suffered torments, let them come 
to me. He lived wanting many necessaries, let 
me go destitute. Jesus made Himself a stranger 
for me, let me have nothing in which my heart 
can rest. He died for me; may my life be 
a continual death for the love of Him. Oh! 
that I might say, " I live, now not I, but Christ 
liveth in me." (Gal. II. 20.) and that, Christ 
crucified, agonised, and abandoned by all save 
God. Behold Christ Whom I love! Upon the 
cross I seek Him, and away from it I do not 
wish to find Him! He may do with me what 
He will; I choose sorrow for my portion for 
His sake. Let Him decide whether to reward 
me or no; to suffer for Him is all I ask. The 
greatest boon I beg from my Saviour is to send 
me suffering, for it will prove my love for 
Him, and His for me, if He put me on the 
cross on which He stretched Himself. Although 
I seek nothing for myself, yet it is certain if I 
stay upon the cross, He will bear me to His 

To Him be glory, world without end!"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Saint Julian of Norwich

 I saw that [our Lord] is to us everything which is good and comforting for our help. He is our clothing, who wraps and enfolds us for love, embraces us and shelters us, surrounds us for his love, which is so tender that he may never desert us. And so in this sight I saw that he is everything which is good, as I understand.
And in this he showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand….
In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second is that God loves it, the third is that God preserves it. But what did I see in it? It is that God is the creator and protector and the lover. For until I am substantially united to him, I can never have perfect rest or true happiness, until, that is, I am so attached to him that there can be no created thing between my God and me.


I am not at all going to pretend to write about that beautiful virtue which I know nothing about. I once asked a priest about humility or I think I was complaining, yes, that's probably it, anyway, he replied with a chuckle and said, "Ah yes, humility, an elusive virtue." He said more than that of course but that about sums it up.

Here are a few gems that might help some who happen to stumble across this lonely space of the web.

From Saint JoseMaria Escriva:
Allow me to remind you that among other evident signs of a lack of humility are:
  1. Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say
  2. Always wanting to get your own way
  3. Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners
  4. Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so
  5. Despising the point of view of others
  6. Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan
  7. Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own
  8. Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation
  9. Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you
  10. Making excuses when rebuked
  11. Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you
  12. Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you
  13. Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you
  14. Refusing to carry out menial tasks
  15. Seeking or wanting to be singled out
  16. Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige…
  17. Being ashamed of not having certain possessions…

Well, here's to starting over!

Saint JoseMaria Escriva, pray for us!
Abba Macarius the Great said to the brothers at Scetis, when he dismissed the assembly, ‘Flee, my brothers.’ One of the old men asked him, ‘Where could we flee to beyond the desert?’ He put his finger on his lips and said, ‘Flee that,’ and he went into his cell, shut the door and sat down.”

Sunday, May 03, 2015

                "Turn your face to the Sun and the shadows fall behind you."

 Thank you dear Lord a thousand times over for good and faithful priests who guide hearts to You and remind us that there is always hope. Bless them, guide them and keep them. Moreover, thank You for Your mercy!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Will to Love... and Spiritual Warfare

So I have two books, both I will have to read and absorb little by little. They are called Will to Love by Saint Maximillian Kolbe and Unseen Warfare. Both have very good insights and meditations.  When I cracked open the book Unseen Warfare, I found the pages marked in various places throughout the book. The previous owner also left note cards with Bible verses pertaining to certain passages he must have found helpful. One of the note cards is marked, 2-21-1984. I was only seven years old and not even baptized nor did I know anything about the Catholic Church and the communion of Saints. How our lives change! What I find very interesting is where some of the passages are underlined with notes and references to the Bible. They are marked in places that are very helpful to me. I will pray for the previous owner of the book.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"If you are not yet strong enough to seek humiliations, just accept the little reverses that come. When you say or do awkward things, give them to our Lord and tell Him you are glad of them. Say: “All these are humiliations, so they must be good for me.” - Father William Doyle

Saturday, April 11, 2015

When you place yourself in God's presence, endeavour rather to listen to Him, than to speak to Him, and strive more to love Him, than to learn from Him. (Saint John of Avila)