Mary, Mother of the Word Incarnate

Mary, Mother of the Word Incarnate
Pray for us, oh Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Beautiful Struggle

“…I am joyful, for example, about you. I see your struggles and do you know why seeing your struggles makes Me joyful?  Because you are trying to be good.  We, in heaven, observe the struggle for improvement and We send you all manner of little rewards and assistances.  We are with you in your struggles, more than you can imagine.  My heart beats with such tenderness for you when you struggle.  My child, you must not take this struggling as a sign that you are failing, but rather as a sign that you are succeeding.  There is little struggle in badness, you see.  There is a quiet, ominous acceptance or acquiescence.  So do not be afraid.  As long as you have the desire to serve Me, I will meet you there, at that initial desire, and I will bring with Me everything you need to succeed.  My child, I will make it easy for you.  It is not in My nature to confuse, so you must believe that confusion does not come from Me.  Bitterness, hatred, deceit do not come from Me.  Does that mean you will never experience these things?  No.  It is part of your earthly cross that you will encounter these things.  What I am telling you is that you must bring these things to Me.  I will take them from you and you will be free of them.  You may encounter these things again, perhaps within the hour.  Come back to Me, in your heart, where I remain, and I will take them from you again.  You see, My little dear one, your struggles are Mine now.  I am stronger, wiser, more able for these things and I want to remove any negative thoughts from you.  I seek to heal you and renew you. I can do this if you will let Me.  I do not make this promise for now, this moment.  I make this a lifetime pledge to you. When you experience a difficulty with your emotions, you bring it right to Me.  And that’s where it will end.  I do not want My children troubled by obsessions.  And because you belong to Me, and seek to serve Me, this is a right I bestow upon you.  You may think of it as an advance on your eternal inheritance.  I intend to give you a portion of the peace We enjoy in heaven.  This is my gift to you and is a special concession for the difficult times you are living.  Bring your troubles to Me, little soul of My heart.  I, your God, wish to bring you relief.”

-Volume Two of “Directions for Our Times As Given to ‘Anne,’ a lay apostle - Conversations with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.”


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A 25 Year-old's take on Sacrificial Love

Heather King, mystic and all-around lover of humanity, posts an email she received from a young man who sees himself and others clearly. A quote:

"...he came to save us. Saved? Saved from whom? In my estimation—ourselves."

"Every so often, out of the blue, I receive an email so beautiful, so true, so painful, and so.." Read the rest there.:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What is Pope Francis doing?

Yesterday, Zenit published three really good articles. Two, by Father Frank Pavone and Archbiship Chaput, explicitly address Pope Francis's Big Interview while the first is an address the Pope himself gave on church unity. 

Pope Francis believes in the unity of the church. He asks, "Do I live this unity? Or don't I care because I'm closed in in my small group or in myself? Am I one of those who "privatize" the Church for my own group, my own nation, my own friends?" 

We all can fall into the trap of "privatizing" the church, making it a church of our own image. Whether our priorities are "traditional" liturgy, guitar masses, pro-life work, women's rights, gay rights, feeding the poor...whatever it is, there is a danger in making your work the work of "your" church. I'm reminded of the saying that there are ditches on both sides of the road. We always must remember that the road, that is, the way, is Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life. 

The church, as the body of Christy, is bigger than us, bigger than our goals and agendas. It is the Sacrament of Salvation through which Christ has established his field hospital (in the words of Pope Francis, which is such a terrific image).


On the Unity of the Church
VATICAN CITY, September 25, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is the translation of Pope Francis' address during his weekly General Audience today held in St. Peter's Square.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the "Creed" we say "I believe in One …  Church," that is, we profess that the Church is one and this Church is, in herself, unity. However, if we look at the Catholic Church in the world we discover that she has almost 3,000 dioceses scattered in all the Continents: so many languages, so many cultures! Yet the thousands of Catholic communities form a unity. How can this be?
We find a synthetic answer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which states: the Catholic Church spread around the world "has only one faith, only one sacramental life, only one apostolic succession, one common hope, the same charity" (n. 161). Unity in faith, in hope, in charity, unity in the Sacraments, in the Ministry: they are as pillars that support and hold together the one great edifice of the Church. Wherever we go, even in the smallest parish, in the most isolated corner of this earth, there is the one Church; we are at home, we are in the family, we are among brothers and sisters. And this is a great gift of God! The Church is one for all. There isn't a Church for Europeans, one for Africans, one for Americans, one for Asians, one for those who live in Oceania, but it's the same one everywhere.  Read the rest there...
Pope Francis and 'The Interview'
"we need to open our hearts all of us and let God lead us where he needs us to go through the words of the Holy Father"
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
PHILADELPHIA, September 25, 2013 (Zenit.org) - 
[...]
Some people grasped at the interview like a lifeline – or a vindication.  One person praised the Holy Father for stressing that the "Church must focus on compassion and mercy, not on enforcing small-minded rules."  She added that "we're at last free from the chains of hatred that have ruled the Catholic Church for so many years and led to my unease in bringing my own children into that Church."
More common though were emails from catechists, parents and everyday Catholics who felt confused by media headlines suggesting that the Church had somehow changed her teaching on a variety of moral issues.
I heard from a mother of four children – one adopted, another disabled from birth — who'd spent years counseling pregnant girls and opening prolife clinics.  She wanted to know why the Pope seemed to dismiss her sacrifices.  Read the rest on Zenit's site.

Priest for Life Director: I Am Not Alarmed by the Pope's Interview
Says Francis' Comments Strengthen, Not Weaken, Church's Abortion Stance
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is a reflection written by Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

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From the beginning of his pontificate, I have been encouraged by the approach of Pope Francis to pro-life issues. For him, it is all about integrating the Church's teaching and practice of faith and morals, and it all centers on connecting with the human person as we connect with Christ. His desire to wash the feet of prisoners and walk among the poor is precisely the spirit that connects him and all of us with our poorest and weakest neighbors, the unborn. The Pope's emphasis on "context" and "balance" is precisely what prevents us from saying that his focus on the poor and marginalized means less focus on the unborn. This is precisely the kind of disconnected thinking the Pope opposes.  Read more there...



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Edith Stein on the intersection of Truth and Love

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross says to us all: Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie.

Friday, February 22, 2013

"...in the silence of the heart..."


"God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be...."
- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday, December 23, 2012