Thursday, October 15, 2020

Our Lady :))

 



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Friday, October 09, 2020

"Now it is my turn!" - St Therese!


 





"It pains God to make us drink at the fountain of tears, but He knows it is the only way to prepare us to know Him as He knows Himself ... Our suffering never does make Him happy, but it is necessary for us. So, He permits it, while looking the other way, as it were."
- St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face  

 

 

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

St Vincent de Paul

When He smiles, He smiles deep into your soul. 

Deo gratias et Mariae and thank you St Vincent de Paul. 

I will never forget, at least, I task my Angel to remind me always. 

St Vincent de Paul, ora pro nobis.



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Friday, June 26, 2020

Time with Father | The Blessing of No

[7] For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of sobriety.
Non enim dedit nobis Deus spiritum timoris : sed virtutis, et dilectionis, et sobrietatis.

2nd Epistle of St Paul to Timothy Chapter 1


The blessing of the word, "No". The blessing in the word NO.

I asked God to take away my pride. God said, "No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up." 

I asked God to make my handicap child whole. God said, "No. Her spirit is whole but her body is only temporary." 

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, "No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned."

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, "No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you."

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, "No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me." 

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, "No. You must grow on your own. But I will prune you to make you fruitful."

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, "No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things."

I asked God to help me to love others as much as He loves me. God said, "Ah. Now you got the idea." 




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Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Most Holy Face of Jesus


I love you my beautiful Jesus J

The full version of the Litany of the Holy Face. This Litany was composed by Sister Mary of St. Peter, and approved by Mgr. Morlot, Archbishop of Tours, in 1847. By a Rescript dated 27th of January 1853, His Holiness Pope Pius IX grants to all who recite, with a contrite heart, these prayers in honor of the Holy Face of Jesus Christ an indulgence of 100 days for each time; applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Virgin Mary, pray for us.
(After each of the following phrases, say "have mercy on us")
O adorable Face, which was adored with profound respect by Mary and Joseph when they saw Thee for the first time, have mercy on us.
O adorable Face, which in the Stable of Bethlehem didst ravish with joy the angels, the shepherds and the Magi,
O adorable Face, which in the Temple didst transpierce with a dart of love the saintly old man Simeon and the prophetess Anna,
O adorable Face, which was bathed in tears in Thy holy infancy,
O adorable Face, which, when Thou didst appear in the Temple at twelve years of age, didst fill with admiration the Doctors of the law,
O adorable Face, white with purity and ruddy with charity,
O adorable Face, more beautiful than the sun, more lovely than the moon, more brilliant than the stars,
O adorable Face, fresher than the roses of spring,
O adorable Face, more precious than gold, silver, and diamonds
O adorable Face, whose charms are so ravishing, and whose grace is so attractive,
O adorable Face, whose every feature is characterized by nobility,
O adorable Face, contemplated by angels,
O adorable Face, sweet delectation of the Saints,
O adorable Face, masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased.
O adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,
O adorable Face, ineffable mirror of the Divine perfections,
O adorable Face, whose beauty is always ancient and always new,
O adorable Face, which appeasest the wrath of God,
O adorable Face, which makest the devils tremble,
O adorable Face, treasure of graces and of blessings,
O adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemencies of the weather,
O adorable Face, scorched with the heat of the sun and bathed with sweat in Thy journeys,
O adorable Face, whose expression is all divine,
O adorable Face, whose modesty and sweetness attracted both the just and sinners,
O adorable Face, which gavest a holy kiss to the little children, after having blessed them,
O adorable Face, troubled and weeping at the tomb of Lazarus,
O adorable Face, brilliant as the sun, and radiant with glory on the Mountain of Tabor,
O adorable Face, sorrowful at the sight of Jerusalem, and shedding tears on that ungrateful city,
O adorable Face, bowed down to the earth, in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins,
O adorable Face, bathed in a bloody sweat,
O adorable Face, kissed by the traitor Judas,
O adorable Face, whose sanctity and majesty smote the soldiers with fear and cast them to the ground,
O adorable Face, struck by a vile servant, shamefully blindfolded, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thine enemies,
O adorable Face, defiled with spittle, and bruised by innumerable buffets and blows,
O adorable Face, whose Divine look wounded the heart of Peter, with a dart of sorrow and love,
O adorable Face, humbled for us at the tribunals of Jerusalem,
O adorable Face, which didst preserve Thy serenity when Pilate pronounced the fatal sentence,
O adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, and falling in the mire under the heavy weight of the Cross,
O adorable Face, worthy of all our respect, veneration and worship,
O adorable Face, wiped with a veil by a pious woman on the road to Calvary,
O adorable Face, raised on the instrument of most shameful punishment,
O adorable Face, whose brow was covered with Thorns,
O adorable Face, whose eyes were filled with tears of blood,
O adorable Face, into whose mouth was poured gall and vinegar,
O adorable Face, whose hair and beard were plucked out by the executioners,
O adorable Face, which was made like to that of a leper,
O adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was obscured under the dreadful cloud of the sins of the world,
O adorable Face, covered with the sad shades of death,
O adorable Face, washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women and wrapped in a shroud,
O adorable Face, inclosed in the sepulchre,
O adorable Face, all resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the Resurrection,
O adorable Face, all dazzling with light at the moment of Thy Ascension,
O adorable Face, hidden in the Eucharist,
O adorable Face, which will appear at the end of time, in the clouds, with great power and great majesty,
O adorable Face, which wilt cause sinners to tremble,
O adorable Face, which wilt fill the just with joy for all eternity,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.


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Saturday, May 09, 2020

An raibh tú ar an gCarraig | Were You at the Rock?

(c) rachelannetherese
location of a "carraig an aifrinn" | Mass Rock in Ireland


This is very beautiful.

"An raibh tú ar an gCarraig” 

Were You at the Rock?
Or did you yourself see my love.
Or did you see a brightness.
the fairness and the beauty of the woman?

Or did you see the apple.
the sweetest and the most fragrant blossom?
Or did you see my Valentine?
Is she being subdued as they are saying?

O, I was at the rock.
And I myself saw your love
O, I saw a brightness,
the fairness and the beauty of the woman

O, I did see the apple
The sweetest and the most fragrant blossom
and I saw your Valentine
she is not being subdued as they are saying

At first glance, “An raibh tú ar an gCarraig” appears to be a series of questions and answers about a young woman, but in reality, it contains a coded message:

I was at the Mass I saw the Virgin Mary.
I received communion, and said the rosary
I saw the chalice,
And saw the sacrifice of the Mass
And I practiced the faith:
We are not being subdued as they are saying.

https://sites.google.com/site/credo2019/massrock

https://sspx.ca/en/news-events/news/mass-rocks-and-survival-faith-ireland-father-mcmahon-57986


My Jesus, I love You very much. 


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Story of a Family - The Home of St Therese of Lisieux

This is wonderful!!! Deo gratias et Mariae for this
and this too!! there are so many gems here too!!!



http://www.archives-carmel-lisieux.fr/english/carmel/index.php/le-pr%C3%A9

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Cor Jesu sacratissimum, miserere nobis.

I found this online and as today is a Friday, feast of St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, and Fridays are dedicated to Christ's Passion and His Sacred Heart, here is a beautiful reminder of His Sacred Heart revealing Himself to St Margaret Mary Alacoque at Paray-le-Monial, France:

This mural is on the wall of St. Joseph's Chapel, Santa Teresita Carmelite Convent in Duarte, CA.

Some things I want to remember, so I place them here, in this post with references to the source text I copied from:

One morning after she had received Holy Communion she seemed to behold our Lord as “the handsomest, richest, most powerful, most perfect and most accomplished of lovers.” 2 [http://fsspx.com/Communicantes/Jun2004/Salvation_Trust_Thee.htm#2B]

St Catherine of Sienna (if I remember correctly what I read) - also said this of Our Lord.

On another occasion when kneeling before her crucifix she expressed this desire saying: “How happy should I be, my dear Lord, if Thou would imprint in me the likeness of Thy sufferings.” “That I mean to do,” replied our Lord, “provided you do not resist Me, and that on your part you do what you can.” 3 [http://fsspx.com/Communicantes/Jun2004/Salvation_Trust_Thee.htm#2B]

During her novitiate our Lord inspired her to ask for humiliations. He said to her: “Acknowledge then that you can do nothing without Me. My assistance shall never be wanting to you provided that you do always keep your own weakness and nothingness buried in My strength.” 5 
[http://fsspx.com/Communicantes/Jun2004/Salvation_Trust_Thee.htm#2B]

Unsatisfied with the hardships of convent life, St. Margaret Mary wanted to do more penance. Sometimes she did so without receiving her Superior’s permission, and our Lord appeared to reprove her severely for this: “You deceive yourself,” He said to her, “in thinking to please Me by practicing this kind of mortification chosen by self-will, which would rather have the will of Superiors bend before it than bend itself. Know that I … abhor self-will in a religious.”15 This lesson made such an impression on her that she resolved to practice the most exact obedience.
[http://fsspx.com/Communicantes/Jun2004/Salvation_Trust_Thee.htm#2B]



SACRED HEART OF JESUS, SALVATION OF THOSE WHO TRUST IN THEE…
HAVE MERCY ON US!

The Promises of the Sacred Heart

1. “I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.”
2. “I will establish peace in their homes.”
3. “I will comfort them in their afflictions.”
4. “I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death.”
5. “I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.”
6. “Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.”
7. “Tepid souls shall grow fervent.”
8. “Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.”
9. “I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.”
10. “I will give priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.”
11. “Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.”
12. “I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”

The most important one was the revelation received in June 1675, when Christ showed her His Heart, saying,
Behold this Heart which has so loved men, that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself in order to testify to its love. In return, I have received from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and their sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this sacrament of Love.
 
Christ asked for a special feast to be established in honor of His Heart, on which men would receive Holy Communion and make reparation by making honorable amends. In return, He explained to His confidente,
I promise thee that My Heart shall expand Itself to shed in abundance the influence of Its divine love upon those who shall thus honor It and cause It to be honored.
 
After becoming Novice Mistress, St. Margaret Mary worked to communicate this love for the Sacred Heart to the souls entrusted to her. She died in the odor of sanctity on October 17, 1690, at the age of 43, with the name of Jesus on her lips.

[https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/october-17-feast-st-margaret-mary-41427]

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Monday, April 13, 2020

乐在苦中 | Joy in Suffering

Happy Easter! 


(c) rachelannetherese


During Holy Week, I was thinking of this book I read a long time ago: 

Joy in Suffering 乐在苦中 

Today, I watched a sermon by a priest (Fr Couture) and am again reminded of this book.



You can find excerpts from the book here:

http://www.sspxasia.com/Newsletters/2006/Jul-Dec/Joy_in_Suffering.htm

http://www.sspxasia.com/Newsletters/2010/apostle26-Joy_in_Suffering.pdf

http://www.sspxasia.com/Newsletters/2010/apostle24-Joy_in_Suffering.pdf



Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

What will we do, with the time that is given to us?


Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori
(Page 83 of Christian Warfare)

My Jesus, * I believe that Thou art really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. * I love Thee above all things, * and I desire to possess Thee within my soul. * Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, * come at least spiritually into my heart. (Pause)
As though Thou wert already there, * I embrace Thee, * and unite myself wholly to Thee; * permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.
May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ keep my soul unto Everlasting Life. * Amen.
Send Your Angel to Holy Mass
(page 72 of Christian Warfare)

O Holy Angel at my side, go to the church for me,
Kneel in my place at Holy Mass, where I desire to be.
At Offertory, in my stead, take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice, upon the altar throne.
At Holy Consecration’s bell, adore with seraph’s love
My Jesus hidden in the Host, come down from Heav’n above.
Then pray for those I dearly love,
And those who cause me grief,
That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts,
And suffering souls relieve.
And when the priest Communion takes,
Oh, bring my Lord to me,
That His sweet Heart may rest on mine, and I His temple be.
Pray that this Sacrifice Divine, may mankind’s sins efface;
Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home,
The pledge of every grace.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
And of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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Yesterday was Spy Wednesday - How could anyone betray Jesus, how would He have felt? The agony is intense. 

Today is Maundy Thursday - He gives Himself totally to us and yet now, we cannot receive Him - great sacrifice indeed. The prisoner remains a prisoner for most lay people. Praying for all Priests who also have had to shift their work to the online realm, even though it is not real, and does not replace the actual thing, I’m grateful we can still watch and participate from at home even though it is so different and we cannot receive Him who is all life and all LOVE and all justice etc. Totally omnipotent, yet one who imprisons Himself, just to be there for us. Oh, absence does make the heart fonder... 

My reflections for Good Friday / Karfreitag should come in soon, if not later. 

I love you Jesus, my love. I repent of having offended Thee. Never will I offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always and then do with me what Thou wilt. Amen.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Annunciation


I've learnt a lot from this, sharing about Our Lady:



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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Catholic Answer to Epidemics

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!


A sermon given by Fr D Puga (Medical Doctor) at the church of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet, Paris translated by Fr D Couture.

We pray for our Priests. 
We pray for our leaders. 
We pray for the medical frontline. 

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/coronavirus-sermon-saturday-march-7-2020-saint-nicolas-du-chardonnet-paris-55997

Here you find a reproduction of what can be found at the link - the transcript of the above translated video: 
Sermon pronounced on Saturday 7 March 2020 by Fr. Denis Puga, SSPX, at the church of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet for the votive mass “in times of epidemic”.

The Catholic answer to Epidemics

My Dear Brethren,
It has always been the habit of the Church, since the dawn of time on the occasion of public calamity to turn to the Lord, especially in times of epidemic. This is not the first, and it is not the last, no doubt, in the history of mankind. But epidemics always have something worrying about them, because like demons, you cannot see what is attacking you. Thus, the Church turns to the good God, especially through this Mass which is very ancient, which we celebrate to ask the good God to preserve us from evil.

What the Church asks of God

What does the Church ask in these prayers? It asks God, of course, to repel these diseases that attack us, if we are afflicted with them, that we overcome them; if it is the hour of our death, that we prepare ourselves for it. But the Church does not only ask for this, the Church asks for the light of God, she asks that, on the occasion of these events, which are always a little peculiar, which are often the cause of social disorder, the Christian should manifest his faith, the Christian should manifest his virtue which is sometimes put to the test: there can be a danger of lack of trust, of selfishness, of lack of charity. She also asks for assistance to all those who, especially among Christians, in these more difficult times, will have to carry out their duty of state in a Christian way. I am thinking especially of doctors, nurses, all those who care for the sick, because it has always been one of the missions of the Church to concern herself with those who suffer and with the sick. The Church also prays for the public authorities, because this kind of trial, this kind of calamity, demands that we be governed in an upright way, with prudence, with wisdom, even if we do not share, far from it, all the positions and opinions of those who govern us. There are times when we have to ask the good Lord, as St Peter said so well, to enlighten them so that we can submit to wise rules.

The meaning of these events

The Church also prays that we understand the meaning of these events. Our first reflex must be a reflex of supernatural gaze, and this is perhaps the most worrying thing right now, my dear brethren, in these days we are living. It is not so much this epidemic, it is not so much what is happening, it is to see that in the Church, fear has entered, as well as anxiety and lack of faith. It is not the time to empty the holy water fonts, it is not the time to close the churches, it is not the time to refuse communion to the faithful, or even the sacraments to the sick. On the contrary, it is a time to come closer to God, to understand the meaning of these calamities. From time immemorial the Church, on the occasion of plagues and epidemics, has made public processions with manifestations of faith, this has been the occasion for the Church to preach penance. Penance, penance! As you know, this is the very beautiful passage from the Old Testament that we read earlier in the epistle: the sin of pride of King David who wanted to count his people to have the satisfaction of knowing that he was leading a great nation. And the consequence of this was a punishment by God. Yes, because God punishes as a father can punish his children. The punishment for this pride was a terrible plague, but as soon as God saw that hearts were turning towards Him, God made the angel of sickness stop taking revenge.

The Time of Penance

This is the time of penance, the time to return to God, whoever we are, the just and the less just, sinners, all of us must do penance. God does not always punish, and events, calamities, are not always caused directly by God, it can happen in exceptional cases, it is the laws of nature such as earthquakes, epidemics. These are the consequences of the fact that since the original sin, man is no longer master of everything. Yes, man is no longer master of everything, my dear brethren. But God has said with the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ : “I will protect you from these public calamities, I will protect you from them if you are faithful to Me”. The problem today, my dear brethren, is not that we are using human means to try to repel these calamities, that is quite normal, all this is in the order of things; the problem is that we are saying to God “leave us alone, let us control this”. But the only one who has the situation “under control”, as we say today, is the good Lord. So, what does God do? God says, “you don't want my help? Well, you're on your own”, and that is the worst thing, the worst thing.

Let us turn to the good Lord

Let's turn to the good Lord. As I was saying, this is not the first epidemic that the world has known, nor perhaps the most serious. Just think of the Spanish flu at the end of the First World War, which caused more than fifty million deaths, I mean deaths! The Church was in the front line. If you are a little curious go and see the photographic archives of the time, you can see those nuns who were going to take care of the sick and who were already wearing the famous mask that we are talking about today, nothing new under the sun. Christians were in the front line to practice charity, sometimes at the risk of their lives, and this is an opportunity to manifest one's faith. During this terrible epidemic of the Spanish flu, the Church continued to celebrate worship, using the sacraments, sacramentals, recourse to the intercession of the saints, a great tradition of the Church. We must do the same, my dear brethren, let us not be, and it is for us priests that I am speaking, let us not be like those bad shepherds who, when they see the wolf - or the virus - appear in the distance, run away! But let us be like the good shepherd.

Victims with Our Lord Jesus Christ

Dear brethren, we always wonder in front of such events, disasters, because the good ones are also affected, not only sinners, but also the good ones. I was speaking to you a moment ago about the Spanish flu, remember that it was during that flu, which was terrible, that Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the two children of Fatima, died, in quite terrible conditions, and they offered their lives for the conversion of sinners. This is a law that will last until the end of the world. The good Lord needs victims, victims who atone in union with the one who is the Victim par excellence, Our Lord Jesus Christ. 
One day in the Gospel, the apostles questioned Jesus because there had been a massacre in the temple of Jerusalem, Galileans had come to pray, to offer sacrifice, and on that occasion Pontius Pilate had them massacred. This had “challenged”, as we say today, the apostles and disciples of Jesus. “What? Holy men who offer the sacrifice are being massacred? What sin have they done that God should punish them in this way?” In the same way, the apostles asked Jesus because there had been a catastrophe in Jerusalem, a tower had collapsed, the tower of Siloam, and eighteen people had died, and the apostles had asked the question, “What did they do to die like this, coming on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and to be crushed like this under a tower?” What is the answer of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Our Lord said, “Do not think that they were greater sinners than others, but I tell you, if you do not do penance, you will all perish likewise.” This is what Our Lord says.

Calamities are the consequence of sins...

Calamities must make us think that if we do not do penance, we will all perish. God is good, He does not want the death of the sinner but He wants him to convert and live. Public calamities are often the consequence of the sins of public authorities, that is so. Today we can be worried because all the evil laws that are multiplying, all the violations of natural law, the apostasy - even in the Church - that we see today, cannot leave the good God indifferent. In the Old Testament we even saw the Jews who protested to God when he did not punish them, because they said, “But do you no longer love us?” They preferred God's punishment to God's silence, and God’s silence is perhaps the worst thing. 
My dear brethren, all day long on the television sets, we are shown the curves of the sick or o the dead, and it is true that it is impressive, but let us not forget that, for example, recently, in a country not so far from us, in Belgium, in one year three thousand people were euthanized - that is the official figure - and among them children as well were euthanized. And I am not talking about the number of abortions today. These are all sins crying out to heaven. My dear brethren, we have to think about this, we have to do penance: God does not want the death of the sinner, but He wants him to convert and live.

The traditional way of dealing with epidemics

My dear brethren, among you there are people who are coming here perhaps for the first time, I have met some of them this week, and the priests of this parish too. People who have been refused communion in the churches because they asked for it in the traditional way in the mouth, and they come here because they want to receive communion. We see here the weakness, to say the least, of the leaders in the Church, not all of them, fortunately. There is no greater risk of spreading the virus by communion in the mouth than by communion in the hand. Fortunately, there are still some bishops, such as one bishop in the United States, who reminded us of this. In a letter to his faithful, this bishop said: “I consulted a committee of experts, of doctors, before writing this letter, and they say that (communion on the tongue) is not a greater danger for the spread of the disease”. 
Communion is not the source of death, communion is the source of life. There is a right, that was recalled by the Holy See a few years ago, there is a right for the faithful to receive communion on the tongue, one does not deprive those who are in calamity of the sacraments. So, I say to them: you are at home, here, because here you will always find the Church's usual, traditional way of dealing with epidemics. Let us also entrust ourselves to the miraculous medal, wear it, let it be worn, it is a bulwark against all the temptations of the devil. 
In a little while, after this Mass, you will have the possibility, for those who wish, to come to the communion table to receive the blessing with relics that we have, among others, relics of Saint Pius X, Saint Pius V, our dear holy Curé d'Ars, and Saint John Eudes, there is also a relic of Saint Thomas Aquinas that we are celebrating today. This is not done in vain, but it is to receive the protection of these saints, to live a Christian life, to endure illness and to be protected from it if it is God's will.

Becoming like children again

I'll just close by saying that the peculiarity of this disease as we see it today is that it doesn't seem to affect children, or at least not seriously. Perhaps this is a sign from God because in the Gospel Jesus Christ tells us: “unless you become as children again, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”. Not to enter the kingdom of heaven is to be damned, that is the worst of perils, that is the worst of calamities.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Father Denis Puga
A visual history of Pandemics: 

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

The teacher is always quiet during the test. The teacher watches over faithfully.

Thank you Jesus for walking with me (and all of us) as we journey on in this life. 


My Angel, help me to remember: The teacher is always quiet during the test. But is the teacher absent? No. He/She is not absent. He watches over faithfully during the test. 

A good example for this is on one occasion of St. Catherine of Siena's temptation: Our Lord seemed to have forsaken her, while her cell was haunted by frightful figures who whispered evil thoughts in her ear and who pursued her even to the church with their hideous suggestions. When this was overcome, St. Catherine asked Our Lord, where He had been all the time when she had been beset by such horrible temptations.

"Daughter," He replied, "I was in your heart, taking great delight to see love and holy fear and faith so strong in it.

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Quite amazing what CS Lewis wrote:

"How are we to live in an atomic age?" I am tempted to reply: "Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.
"In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us are going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anaesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
"This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds."

- C.S. Lewis, Present Concerns 

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Saturday, March 07, 2020

Strength and Courage on Thabor


An aerial view of Mount Tabor and Lower Galilee. Photo by Mordagan/Israel Tourism Ministry
https://www.israel21c.org/a-perfect-view-of-northern-israel-from-mount-tabor/
On this Saturday of the First Week in Lent (Ember Saturday), I am reminded of this quote from St Bernadette:

The Christian life has not only its combats and its trials, it also has it consolations. And if we have to go from Tabor to Calvary, we come back from Calvary to Tabor with Jesus. It is the foretaste of Heaven. The soul follows only one path from Golgotha to Tabor. It leaves Golgotha to find strength and courage on Tabor. Life is that ladder. 

My Jesus, I love You.

You will be able to find Naim in the distance (towards the right of this picture). I was really amazed at the sight from Mt Tabor. Strength and courage - indeed!

There you go :) Naim from Tabor.

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