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!!!


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 []

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 []

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 

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.


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.


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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:

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.

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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