Monday, August 02, 2021

St Alphonsus Ligouri

 http://rachelanne25.blogspot.com/2007/08/sancta-alphonsum-mariam-ligouri.html

Reposting a post I made a long time ago: 


The Signature of St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri:




Today's the Feast of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri, Doctor of the Church!! One of my favourite saints, and I do really think he is one of the best spiritual writers I've ever read! As a quick search on my blog will show. His Uniformity with the Will of God, Glories of MaryThe Passion and Death of Jesus ChristThe Holy EucharistVictories of Martyrs etc. etc. a whole long list of his ascetical works - so lovingly written with a depth so infinitely beautiful ... has helped me a lot, a lot! And I cannot but Thank God and Mother Mary for one of the greatest Saints of the Church. :) Deo gratias et Mariae!


From the Collect at Mass today:

O God, Who didst kindle in blessed Alphonsus Mary, Thy Confessor and Bishop, burning zeal for the salvation of souls, and through him didst enrich Thy Church with a new offspring: grant, we beseech Thee, that imbued with his saving doctrine and strengthened by his example, we may be able happily to come to Thee. Through our Lord.

An example of one of his beautiful writings:



Affections of Love towards the Heart of Jesus

This was written by St. Alphonsus, but remained unpublished till 1875.


O amiable Heart of my Saviour! Thou art the seat of all virtues, the source of all graces, the burning furnace in which are inflamed all holy souls. Thou art the object of all God’s love; thou art the refuge of the afflicted, and the abode of the souls that love thee, O Heart worthy of reigning over all hearts, and of possessing the affection of all hearts! O Heart that was wounded for me on the Cross by the lance of my sins, and that remained afterwards continually wounded for me on the altar in the Blessed Sacrament, but not by any other lance than that of the love that thou entertainest for me! O loving Heart, that loves men with so much tenderness, and that is so little loved by men! Do thou apply a remedy to so great an ingratitude, inflame thou our hearts with a true love for thee. Ah! Why can I not go all over the world to make known the graces, the sweetness, the treasures that thou dispensest to those who truly love Thee? Accept the desire that I have of seeing all hearts burning with love for thee. O Divine Heart! Be Thou my consolation in trials, my repose in labours, my solace in anxieties, my haven in tempests. I consecrate Thee my body and my soul, my heart and my life, together with all that I am. I unite to Thine all my thoughts, all my affections, all my desires. O Eternal Father! I offer Thee the pure affections of the Heart of Jesus. If Thou dost reject mine, Thou canst not reject those of Thy Son, who is sanctity itself; may they supply what is wanting in me, and may they render me pleasing in Thy eyes!








And his love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, so - ever true, fervent and beautiful!


Here's a prayer from his book, The Holy Eucharist:


A Visit to the Blessed Virgin


(Read the visit of the day, and finish by the following prayer, thereby to obtain the most powerful patronage of Mary:)


Most holy Immaculate Virgin and my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I have recourse to-day,-I, who am the most miserable of all. I render thee my most humble homages, O Great Queen, and I thank thee for all the graces thou hast conferred on me until now, particularly for having delivered me from hell, which I have so often deserved. I love thee, O most amiable Lady; and for the love which I bear thee, I promise to serve thee always, and to do all in my power to make others love thee also. I place in thee all my hopes; I confide my salvation to thy care. Accept me for thy servant, and receive me under thy mantle, O Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or rather obtain me the strength to triumph over them until death. Of thee I ask a perfect love for Jesus Christ. From thee I hope to die a good death. O my Mother, by the love which thou bearest to God, I beseech thee to help me at all times, but especially at the last moment of my life. Leave me not, I beseech thee, until thou seest me safe in heaven, blessing thee, and singing thy mercies for all eternity. Amen. So I hope. So may it be.


Mary, my mother, my hope, my refuge, to thee I recommend myself; to thee I consign my soul: pray to Jesus for me.


Read here, a very beautiful spiritual reading by St. Alphonsus Ligouri on Death. Whence death alone is our only certainty. Memento Mori!

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Holy Week Meditation, The Holy Shroud

Part 1: The Last Supper and the Shroud


What can I offer to Jesus? From one Mass to the next? What else can I offer my Lord?

Part 2: The Last Supper and the Shroud


Cor Jesu sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum, miserere nobis. 
Cor Jesu sacratissimum, miserere nobis.

Be like St. John:
Be a soul of reparation.
Be a consoler of the Sacred Heart. 

St Vincent de Paul on Humility:

The poor are your masters. You are the servant. 
Humility is nothing but TRUTH and pride is nothing but lying.
Be careful to give no credit to yourself for anything;
if you do, you are stealing from God, to whom alone every good thing is due.

The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is HUMILITY.
For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, 
neither does he know how to defend himself from it. 

Go to the poor: you will find God.

We should spend as much time in thanking God for His benefits as we do in asking Him for them. 
Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favourable light at all times and under all circumstances. 

Fear not; calm will follow the storm, and perhaps soon. 

Virtues is not found in extremes, but in prudence, 
which I recommend as strongly as I can. 

There is nothing good that does not meet with opposition, 
and it should not be valued any less because it encounters objections. 

Part 3: The Last Supper and the Shroud


The Holy Shroud, a Powerful Tool of Apologetics

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Monday, December 07, 2020

The Crucifixion of Jesus



https://www.amazon.com/Crucifixion-Jesus-Completely-Revised-Expanded/dp/1590770706

The Crowning of Thorns of Jesus: 


Dr Zugibe said that the crowning of thorns was perhaps the most painful pain since it seriously wounded the trigeminal nerve which is like an electric wire…





The thorns, affecting the Trigeminal nerve, the 5th cranial nerve and it is the main nerve of the face responsible for sensation (e.g. heat and pain). The last picture shows clearly where the trigeminal nerve innervates the face (with the different colours). Note that every region of the face is innervated by the trigeminal nerve, top of head, nose, mouth, sides of face, cheeks etc (!) 

This means that every time Jesus spoke, it must have been very very painful - like many electric shocks(!) 




It is really really wonderful that Jesus managed to speak at all throughout His passion (after scourging, talking to P.Pilate, way of the cross a few times, on the cross (7 times!!) amidst all the other pains caused by all the other tortures Jesus had to go through: scourging, carrying the cross, removal of thorns and putting it back on, the actual crucifixion. This makes all of Jesus's words during his Passion really really really precious!

Here, the SEVEN, the words that sparkled faith throughout the whole world! 



Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love You; Save Souls! Amen.


I have been also watching and reading and hearing about why people need to wear masks or not and the arguments surrounding it. 

I am writing some considerations, for readers to think about:

Wearing of (normal disposable) masks can be considered a sacrifice on the part of the wearer of the mask, why? 

(1) because the wearer of the mask is not protected from the Covid-19 virus or any much other virus
 
- the mask also needs to allow you to breathe and viruses are so so so so so tiny anyway, they can get through the pore sizes and the air spaces all around the mask

(2) if you wear a mask, you are protecting others from whatever you may spit / sneeze / cough / produce 

- anyway, all of us have a microbiome on our surfaces and we have thousands beyond thousands of microorganisms on our skin and inside our GI tract etc everywhere on and in our body 
- and if you wear a mask, you drastically help to decrease the spread of all the icky things that come out of our bodies ... thereby protecting others from what you yourself have in as much as the mask can prevent / decrease the spread of aerosols that we generate 

HENCE, wearing a mask is by far a very sacrificial thing that we can do FOR others, but NOT for ourselves

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Our Lady :))

 



A primer for us, not to be afraid of mRNA vaccines (quite a bold statement for me to make, for many in my feed... but I feel a need to write about this because I hear a lot of fear moving around and my take is that quite a lot of people fear because they may not know or are not clear about the amazing possibilities wrapped in an mRNA molecule - and they managed to find ways to bring very unstable mRNA to our cells - wow - drug delivery!

AND This brings me back to this video: AMAZING -
Could we use our own immune system to attack cancer?
It brings me back to this again! The same feeling!
I feel a great urge to kneel! A laboratory could be the same as the cell of a monk. - Takashi Nagai, examining the brilliant formation of urine crystals while studying a kidney case.
- A Song for Nagasaki by Fr Paul Glynn

I feel absolutely the same.
and yet I do not write clearly as I should, yet.

Cor Immaculatum meum,
refugium tuum!


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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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