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“I GIVE THEE ALL I POSSESS” – THE ENTIRE SURRENDER TO GOD

Suscipe – Offering Prayer to Our Lord

O my God! Thou hast made me very rich indeed.

My heart has treasures of love; I give them to thee!

I have a family, and thou knowest how I love them. If thou willest that death should lead them to heaven before me, my God, I say, but I say weeping: I give them to thee!

I have friends… If it is thy will that they should forget me; believe me guilty of wrong; withdraw from me, leaving my heart so isolated, that will be very painful and hard to bear; I give them to thee!

I have worldly goods, which afford me a certain degree of ease, and permit me to indulge in the sweet pleasure of giving alms to others poorer than I… If thou willst to take them from me degrees, even reducing me to absolute want; I give them to thee.

I have members that thou hast given me… If thou willest that paralysis should render my arms useless, that my eyes should cease to see the light of day, that my tongue may no longer articulate a word, O my God, I give thee all!

In exchange grant my thy love and thy grace, and then… nothing more but heaven.

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Prayers for Today

 

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WHY DO SOME PEOPLE TURN TO “CHRISTIANITY-LIGHT”?

Can we content ourselves with such an unreal faith in Christ, as in no sufficient measure includes self-abasement, or thankfulness, or the desire or effort to be holy?

For how can we truly feel our need of his help, or our dependence on him, or the nature of his gift to us, unless we know ourselves?

How can we in any sense be said to have that “mind of Christ”, to which the Apostle exhorts us, if we cannot follow him to the height above, or the depth beneath; if we do not in some measure discern the cause and meaning of his sorrows, but regard the world, and man, and the system of Providence, in a light different from that which his words and acts supply?

Obedience to God’s commandments, which implies knowledge of sin and of holiness, and the desire and endeavour to please him, this is the only practical interpreter of Scripture.

Without self-knowledge you have no root in yourselves personally; you may endure for a time, but under affliction and persecution your faith will not last.

This is why many in this age (and every age) become “atheists”, heretics, schismatics, disloyal despisers of the Church.

They cast off the form of truth, because it never has been to them more than a form.

They endure not, because they never have tasted that the Lord is gracious; and they never have had experience of his true power and love, because they never got to know themselves properly, never known their own weakness and need.

– Bl. John Henry Newman  [title added]

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“RENDER TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S” (MT 22:17-21) – ON MAN’S IMAGE WHICH WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF THE TRINITY

Tell us therefore what dost thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites? She’s me the coin of tribute. And they offered him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this? They said to him: Caesar’s. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God, the things that are God’s.

” On the threefold image of God: ‘Show me the coin of tribute’

Note that the image is threefold: of likeness, of creation (in which man is created, namely reason), and of restoration, by which the created image is restored, namely the grace of God which is infused into the mind to be renewed.

The image of likeness is that according to which man was made in the image and likeness of the whole Trinity.

By memory he is like the Father, by understanding like the Son, by love like the Holy Spirit.

So St Augustine says, ‘Let me remember you, understand you, and love you.’

Man was made in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26-27): his image in the understanding of truth, his likeness in love of virtue.

The light of God’s countenance is the grace of j stification, whereby the created image is imprinted.

The light is the whole and true good of man, whereby he is marked like a penny with the king’s image.

That is why the Lord adds in this Gospel: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, etc. It is as if he said: ‘As you give back to Caesar his image, so give back your soul to God, enlightened and signed with the light of his countenance.'”

– St Anthony of Padua

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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WE HAVE TO RECAPTURE THE SIMPLICITY OF CHILDHOOD TO QUALIFY FOR HEAVEN

The clean of heart

“It is only my own opinion, but I feel that we pedagogues make a mistake when, in our preaching and teaching, we equate chastity with purity or cleanliness. The usage seems an unsound one from a psychological standpoint. The constant emphasis upon ‘impurity’ in connection with sex, especially in the instruction of children, can lead to a distorted and unwholesome attitude toward the beautiful and sacred act of procreation.

It is true that St. Paul in some of his epistles excoriates sins of uncleanness, but he is condemning the sexual perversions of the pagans, a source of danger to his converts [rather than the sacred act of procreating]. Our own adoption of purity as as a synonym for chastity may stem from heresy rather than from the Bible.

For ten centuries or so the Christian Church was troubled by heretical sects collectively known as Cathari, from the Greek word which means ‘puritan’. The Cathari maintained that all things material, including human bodies, are the creation of the devil. Only spiritual substances, such as the human soul, are the work of God. The devil enslaves souls by imprisoning them in physical bodies.

Logically the Cathari condemned marriage, since to conceive new bodies was to do the devil’s work for him. The Cathari initiate was ‘pure’ only if he abjured sexual intercourse. It may be that the linking of cleanliness with chastity is a practice which ‘leaked in’ from the Cathari vocabulary to our own.

Blessed are the clean of heart

These thoughts are by way of introduction to the sixth beatitude in which Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.’ To Him, a clean heart is a heart in which there is no guile, a heart simple and sincere, a heart free from pretence and self-deception.

Jesus clarified the sixth beatitude for us on the occasion of blessing a group of small children. ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,’ Jesus said, ‘for such is the kingdom of heaven. Amen I say to you, who ever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it’ (Luke 18:16-17).

We all are familiar with the purity of heart which is mirrored in the eyes of a small child. It is the purity of an utterly candid nature, loving, trustful and undevious.

We adults who have experienced and perhaps have contributed to the evils in which the world abounds, may find it hard to preserve or to recapture the simplicity of childhood. Yet, we must somehow do so if we are to qualify for heaven.

An undivided love for God

An undivided love for God is the basis, the only basis, for the cleanness of heart to which Jesus refers. If God’s will is for us the ultimate measure of all things, then we necessarily shall possess the singleness of purpose which makes for sincerity.

Danger signals

What are some of the danger signals which indicate that we may be lacking cleanness of heart?

• .One such indicator is an excessive preoccupation with the opinions of others and an over anxiety to make a good impression. God’s opinion of us is the only one which really matters. If we love God and are doing our honest best for Him, we have no reason to be ashamed of our true self. It is this self, and not a deceptive mask, which we should display to one and all.

• Another symptom of a tainted heart is an attitude of selfish calculation, best expressed d in the question, ‘What’s in it for me?’ We expend effort only for personal reward and cultivate as friends principally those who can contribute to our social or financial advancement.

• Most of all, uncleanness of heart manifests itself in a tendency to ‘play down’ the evil of sin in a facility for excusing ourselves from culpability for sin.

These are a few of the basic insincerities which exclude us from our Lord’s commendation, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart.’ Probably there is none of us completely without blemish. With God’s grace and our own determined striving, we can and we must repair the ruptures in our hearts.”

– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966 – “One Step Enough”

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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OUR LORD JESUS HIDDEN IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IS RECEIVED ONLY BY THOSE WHO ARE BORN AGAIN IN SPIRIT

ON A LIFE HIDDEN IN GOD

“No part of Our Saviour’s mortal life approaches more nearly to the Eucharistic life, than that of Nazareth. In His apostolic and suffering life, in spite of His humiliations, one can still say of Him: Behold the Man! For He shows Himself when He teaches, and He is exposed before the crowd at His crucifixion.

But at Nazareth He is hidden and unknown; and those who, meeting Him in the exercise of His public life, remember to have seen Him as a workman, can only express their astonishment that a man so obscure should have any virtue, any knowledge: What! Is not this the carpenter’s son? It would seem as if He had not even a name… It is because Jesus is a Host, a Living Bread, under the appearance of poverty, lowliness, and passive submission.

AT NAZARETH AND IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, THE INCARNATE WORD IS HIDDEN IN THE MIDST OF HIS OWN PEOPLE.

At Nazareth and in the Blessed Sacrament, the Incarnate Word is hidden in the midst of His own people. He is received only by those who are the children of God, and who are born again in the spirit. Only to those who seek it with a pure and sincere heart does He give this grace of discovering His beauty and splendour, in the midst of the shades with which He surrounds Himself.”
– Mere Marie-Therese

 
 

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