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CHRIST THE KING: HIS KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD

CHRIST THE KING: HIS KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD

For Part II, “Christ the King Possesses Dominion Over All Creatures”, please click here.

…But, nevertheless, a kingdom of this nature, in a certain special manner, is both a spiritual one, and also pertains to spiritual things, as these words, which we have quoted above from the Bible, most distinctly indicate, and moreover as Christ the Lord confirms them by reason of his own actions. Inasmuch as, on more than one occasion, when the Jews, indeed, when even the apostles themselves, erroneously imagined that it was imminent that the Messiah would set the people at liberty and would restore the Kingdom of Israel, he himself both dispelled and destroyed the fond hope.

Disclaiming the title of King from an encompassing multitude of admirers, he refused both the name and the honour by fleeing from them and by lying hid. In the presence of the Roman governor, he declared that his kingdom was “not of this world.”

It is such a kingdom, indeed, as is represented in the Gospels, into which men prepare to enter by doing penance, but they cannot enter except by faith and by baptism, which, although it is an external rite, nevertheless denotes and produces an interior regeneration. It is opposed in a very special manner to the kingdom of Satan and to the powers of darkness. It demands from its followers not only that, with their souls detached from riches and from worldly affairs, they display mildness of character, and hunger and thirst after justice, but that they deny themselves, and take up their cross.

But since Christ as Redeemer has both purchased the Church with his own blood, and as Priest offered his very self as a sacrifice for sin, and so offers himself in perpetuity, is it not evident to all that his kingly office assumes and participates in the nature of both one and the other office? On the other hand, one errs in a most unseemly manner if one takes away from Christ as man all authority over any kind of civil affairs whatever, since he obtains from the Father such a highly absolute jurisdiction over created things, that all things are placed under his power. Therefore, by our Apostolic authority, we appoint the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ the King, annually…to be observed everywhere in the world. Likewise we enjoin, that the dedication of the human race to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be annually renewed upon that self-some day.

– From the Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, December 11, 1925, from: An Approved Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964.

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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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THE SUN IS SINKNG FAST (HYMN)

The sun is sinking fast,

The daylight dies;

Let love awake, and pay

Her evening sacrifice.

 

As Christ upon the Cross,

In death reclined,

Into his Father’s hands

His parting soul reclined,

 

So now herself my soul

Would wholly give

Into his sacred charge,

In whom all spirits live;

 

So now beneath his eye

Would calmly rest,

Without a wish or thought

Abiding in the breast,

 

Save that his will be done,

Whate’er betide,

Dead to herself, and dead

In him to all beside.

 

Thus would I live; yet now

Not I, but he

In all his power and love

Henceforth alive in me –

 

One sacred Trinity,

One Lord Divine,

Myself for ever his,

And he for ever mine!

– Sol praeceps rapitur

Tr. E. Caswall

 

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JESUS SAID TO THEM: “WHY ARE YE FEARFUL, YE MEN OF LITTLE FAITH?”

The Tempest

“Jesus had entered into a boat, with his disciples. And behold a storm began to upheave the sea, and the bark, invaded by the waves, seemed on the point of being engulfed. But He slept. ‘Lord,’ cried out the terrified disciples, ‘Lord save us, we perish!’ Jesus said to them: ‘Why are ye fearful, ye men of little faith?’ Then, rising, He commanded the winds and the sea, and immediately there was a great calm.

Lord, save us, we perish!

Alas! that bark, those heaving waves, those raging winds, are they not an image of man here below?

A vivid description of our lives here below

As a bark launched on the waves encounters are thousand perils, and struggles with the storm, so man, on the stormy sea of this life is exposed to all kinds of perils and dangers: temptations, scandals, bad advice, dangerous occasions, human respect [the fear of what people might think or say about oneself]: then there are our passions, like furious winds, tossing our bark, and threatening to upset it, in order to engulf it in the waves of sin.

I have lifted up my eyes towards the holy mountains, from thence comes my help

What are we to do, in the midst of a storm, and amidst all those dangers? – “I have lifted up my eyes towards the holy mountains,’ said David ‘it is thence that help will come to me.’ Just as the pilot keeps his eyes fixed on the star which will guide him to the port, so must we always look to Jesus, and address to Him always our cry of distress, and of confidence: ‘Lord, save us, we perish!’

Lord, save me!

No, Lord, I do not rely on myself; for You have said: ‘Cursed is the man who puts his trust in man.’ Let me then always say to You: ‘Lord, save me!’

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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“THE WORLD IS DEAD TO ME AND I AM DEAD TO THE WORLD”

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 the Heart of 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.
PRAYER: O Jesus, I do not deserve to live, unless I serve you with all my life.
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 
 

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“THINK – IF YOU ARE FAR FROM JESUS’ HEART, THOUGH YOU POSSESSED ALL THE RICHES AND HONOURS OF THIS WORLD, YOU WOULD BE DISSATISFIED AND HAVE NOT ONE MOMENT OF REAL PEACE IN LIFE OR IN DEATH”

MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE ON THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS, THE SYMBOL OF THE LOVE WITH WHICH JESUS CONTINUALLY LOVES THE ETERNAL FATHER AND ALL HUMAN BEINGS WITHOUT EXCEPTION

I. The Heart of Jesus! How immeasurable is the dignity and excellence of this most holy Heart! It is enough to say that it is the Heart of a God-Man, which manages to hold in harmony all human and divine perfections; it is the centre of love of men for God. It is the perfect work of the Holy Spirit, which formed it by virtue of the love of an immaculate Virgin, and enriched it with all the gifts the Spirit had to give.

This Heart contains all the light of divine wisdom, all the passion of divine love, all the delights of divine blessedness and all the marvels of divine omnipotence. It is an ever-shining sun that illuminates, raises and perfects all other hearts; it is a precious mine in which treasures of peace and joy, grace and glory, all the riches of heaven, are to be found, an immense chasm of holiness, mercy and love. The saints on earth, after years of reflection, have always found new things to marvel at in this Heart. The chosen ones in Heaven, after long centuries of contemplation, all find new beauty in it. O, a thousand times fortunate are those who know and love it. O, a thousand times ill-fated are those who disparage and abandon it.

II. The Heart of Jesus! What would you, Christian, do without it? You need to love, and this Heart, in which you will see the most sincere and constant affection, is given to you, while all the objects of your love are vain and transient.

You need light in making decisions, strength for your battles and comfort in your misfortunes, and this Heart, in which you will find the wellspring of all that is good and the remedy to all that is bad, is given to you. You need to be saved, and if your heart does not become like that most perfect Heart, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. You need ways to be saved, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the surest way of salvation because it is a continual exercise in loving Him who is eternal life. It is the shortest way, since it goes directly to Jesus Christ. It is the easiest way because it calls you to love, and love overcomes every obstacle. It is the sweetest way, since it is adorned with celestial delights. It is the most honourable way, for it has been trodden by all the greatest saints and even the Queen of saints, Mary! If this Heart were to offer you honour, pleasure and riches on this earth, you would not spare effort or sacrifice to obtain a little of all those things that are like dust that blinds and disappears while, in reality, He offers you real and eternal riches, which are worth more than this whole world, even were there a million worlds. Would you then refuse Him?

III. The Heart of Jesus! Be quick to remove whatever obstacles lie in the path of this most loving Heart, which is coming to meet you and to fill you with gifts. These obstacles may be your sins, your bad habits, your attachment to worldly things, your self-love, your laziness, your tastes and complaints and your uncontrolled passions. Hurry, and use all the methods at your disposal to change.

Pray: Jesus will not deny you what He is so willing to give.

Meditate: in meditating on His qualities and His greatness, the fire of His love will come to you.

Receive it well and often in Holy Communion, all His treasures are contained in this food from Heaven.

Visit Him also in the Blessed Sacrament: therein are all His celestial flames, and you will return time after time, inflamed with love.

Additionally, invoke the Virgin Mary and St Joseph: these two are the depositories and dispensers of all His divine riches, hurry!

O, if you only knew what a precious grace it is that this Heart is offering you by calling you to His love, you would not delay in giving your whole self to Him. Think that if you are far from this Heart, though you possessed all the riches in the world, you would be dissatisfied and have not one moment of real peace in life or in death. Far from this Heart you will be unhappy in time and in eternity. Far from this Heart you will always be a soul without a heart, a heart without a soul, a life without life.
(Mons. Nicola Tafuri)

Wear an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, kiss it often and say, full of trust: “Heart of Jesus, I am yours, save me – (Tuus sum ego, salvum me fac)”.

SHORT PRAYER:

O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
filled with infinitive love; broken
by our ingratitude and pierced
by our sins, yet loving us still;
accept the consecration we
make to you of all that we
are and all that we have.
Take every faculty of our souls
and bodies, only day by day
draw us nearer and nearer to
Your Sacred Heart; and there
as we shall hear the lesson,
teach us Your Holy Way.
Amen.

“I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honoured.”

 

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