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GIVE FREELY WHAT THE HELPFUL ANGEL ASKS YOU TO GIVE

To be in this world but not of this world.

Therefore, let us not sleep as others do; but let us watch, and be sober (1Thess5:6)

My child, said a priest to a young girl whom he blessed as she was about to enter the world after years of pious convent education; my child, you will find all through life, at almost every step, an angel of God, who will present himself to you under a thousand forms, offering you true happiness, but always asking something from you in return.

He is called the angel of sacrifice.

Do not refuse him what he will ask from you.

God has put into his hands immense treasures of pure joy, from which he will return a hundredfold all that you give him.

From you, who are still young, he will demand but little: a glance which would only serve to gratify your curiosity; an object of no real value, to which you are too strongly attached; a reading [or viewing] which might have fostered your self-indulgence; some word, some arrangement of your appearance, the only object of which is to please.

My child, do not deny him what he asks of you.

If you refuse him once, you will lose your strength to grant him later what he will grant imperiously.

You will hardly believe me, perhaps, but my experience is this: When we accustom ourselves to give, we become so infatuated with giving that we can never cease.

And whilst we are always giving, he gives also, and his are godly gifts, if we but learn it.

O my child! the more sacrifices we make on earth, the happier we become.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889 (headings in bold added)

 

 

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FROM ALL ETERNITY GOD HAS PREPARED HIMSELF TO BE WITH ME NOW

God’s eye is upon me

“We are extremely unfortunate if we lack sensitivity to the intimate and active presence of God in our life. A great amount of unnecessary anxiety can afflict us if we fail to avert to the personal interest which God has in each one of us, and to the directive influence which God exerts upon us.

We have free will, but we are wise to take note of God’s directive influence

The extent to which God can participate in our lives must largely depend, of course, upon the willingness with which we submit to His guidance. Ordinarily God will respect the free will with which He has endowed us. He will nudge us often, but seldom push.

However, a person who honestly does wish and try to do God’s will, can be confident that he always is on safe ground. He always is headed in the right direction.

Always facing the right direction

A mistake which we sometimes make is to assume that God’s infinite greatness puts Him at a remote distance from ourselves. We tend to think of God much as a worker on the assembly line might think of the president of a great corporation – a far-off person whose responsibilities are too weighty to allow him to get involved in the personal problems of individual workers.

In theory we believe that God loves us and watches over us, but in practice we are not thoroughly convinced that God is totally absorbed (as He really is) in our own petty affairs.

Does God’s infinity make Him remote from me?

Oh, yes, God wants me in heaven and He will parcel out a generous portion of grace to me – whatever that may mean. But that God should keep a minute-to-minute vigil over me, disposing circumstances and events for my greatest good… well, do I really believe that? Do I live by that conviction?

God’s infinity does not make Him remote from me. Quite the contrary. It is precisely because He is infinite that God can concentrate His total attention upon each of us individually. Numbers mean nothing to God. One or a billion, it is all the same to Him.

Numbers mean nothing to God

Neither does the size of a task mean anything to Him. God may have initiated a whole chain of events, a hundred years ago, for the sole purpose of conferring some minor benefit upon me today. He could do so with absolutely no effort.

God is with us every step along the way

Factually, what happens to me today has been planned by God from all eternity. God does not change His procedures from day to day. His plan for the universe, from beginning to end, is as everlasting as God Himself. From all eternity He has taken into account the action and reaction, the cooperation and the resistance of each human will. From all eternity God has evaluated our prayers and our strivings, our obstacles and our handicaps. From all eternity God has prepared Himself to be with me right now in this present need of time.

Right now, in this present need of time

A favourite gadget encountered in science-fiction literature is the ‘time machine’. This imaginary device enables a person to move backward and forward through time; to drop in casually on the Rome of Julius Caesar, or to move forward at will into the twenty-fifth century.

Truth is stranger than fiction

Truth is stranger than fiction. We possess the power to reach all the way back into eternity. The prayers we offer today, the decisions and efforts we make today, extend back through the whole expanse of time to influence God’s eternal creative decrees. The choice I make at this moment had to be noted by God and His own plan adjusted accordingly, from all eternity.

We cannot speak of past or present with respect to God

To be strictly accurate, of course, we cannot speak of past or present with respect to God. With Him there is no past or present, only the eternal NOW. God surrounds time and contains time, even as a clock’s case contains the works. But we have to speak of God in human terms. There is no other way.

Of this we can be certain

Of this we can be certain: As long as we are trying, with reasonable diligence, to do our duty as we see it, God is working along with us. He ‘sticks His finger in’ far more often than we realise. He prepares the way for us, steers us around traps, compensates for our unavoidable ignorance and corrects for our honest mistakes. Except for sin, we never are completely on our own.

Except for sin, we are never on our own

However erratic and at times discouraging our course through life may seem to be, God is ‘gentling’ us onward to our own ultimate good.”

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

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“DESPISE THE MAXIMS OF THE WORLD, THEY ARE ALL FALSE, HOLLOW AND CONTRARY TO DIVINE LAW”

PRAYER: “O Jesus, I do not deserve to live, unless I serve You with all my life.”

PERFECT UNITY WITH JESUS.

THE WORLD IS DEAD TO ME AND I AM DEAD TO THE WORLD.

Do you want perfect unity with Jesus? Then you must renounce the world. Reading the Gospels, it is clear that He launched many an attack on the world through His words and actions. He condemned it, and even excluded it from His divine prayers.

Worldliness then must be seen as the great enemy that you, O Christian, must wholly hate, seeing that it was so hated by our Lord Jesus, Eternal Truth and Infinite Wisdom. Despise the goods of the world, they contain nothing but seductions and the poison of death. Despise the maxims of the world, they are all false, hollow and contrary to divine law. Think nothing of the hatred of the world, if Jesus Christ was treated as a madman, it is no surprise that His followers are likewise treated.

The world is mired in malice, friendship with it means enmity with God, and if you follow the world, you too will become worldly with the worldly, corrupt with the corrupt and damned with the damned. Therefore despise it all, so as to be able to say with St Paul, the world is dead to me and I am dead to the world.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 

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1st MARCH, GOSPEL READING (MARK 10:13-16)

ANYONE WHO DOES NOT WELCOME THE KINGDOM OF GOD LIKE A LITTLE CHILD WILL NEVER ENTER IT.

People were bringing little children to Jesus, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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1st MARCH, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 140)

R. Let my prayer come before you like incense.

1. I have called to you, Lord; hasten to help me!
Hear my voice when I cry to you.
Let my prayer come before you like incense,
the raising of my hands like an evening oblation. (R.)

2. Lord, set a guard over my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips!
To you, Lord God, my eyes are turned:
in you I take refuge; spare my soul! (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom
to mere children!
Alleluia!

 

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“DAYS, MONTHS, YEARS AND CENTURIES PASS, BUT IN THE EUCHARIST THE SACRED HEART HAS NEVER STOPPED BEATING FOR US”

THE MIRACLE OF MIRACLES

The Eucharist! This is the greatest gift of the most generous Heart of Jesus. It is a gift of such magnitude, that though He is omnipotent, He could not have given us a greater one; though He is infinitely rich, He could not have given us more, since He has given us all of Himself.

This is the most prestigious invention of His sagacious love and of His loving wisdom. It is the miracle of miracles, the mystery of mysteries, through which He who is forever in heaven, is also with us forever on earth, becoming the true life in life, the true soul in souls and the true heart in hearts. It is the sign of the love of Jesus, which the Church tells us was born and became man’s companion; in the Blessed Sacrament He became our food, on the cross became man’s redeemer and in heaven becomes his prize! Christian, learn to appreciate this immense treasure, whose holiness all the saints have loved; this sea of all that is good, this heaven on earth.

A FAITHFUL FRIEND

Through the Eucharist the Heart of Jesus is present like a loving father in the midst of his children, like an amorous bridegroom drawing near to the bride and like a faithful friend walking with his friends. Herein is contained the Heart of Jesus, with all its flames of love, with all the graces of His mercy, with all the infinity of its merits. By this method He sends His chosen ones heavenly light, divine inspiration, holy ardour and gentle comfort. Herein the marvels of His infinite charity are worked in the most secret and intimate places. Herein He speaks to, works with, teaches and forms the saints.

KEEPING HIM COMPANY FAITHFULLY

Days, months, years and centuries pass, but in the Eucharist the Sacred Heart, despite all the immeasurable ingratitude, has never stopped beating for us. Come, unite yourself to the Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, stop often and long to visit Him. Make it a habit to keep Him company, talking to Him while He stands among the angels who, bowing, surround His altar. If He is a prisoner out of love for you, so you should be a prisoner out of love for Him, and in this sweet prison of love, you will find the freedom of the children of God.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 

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