27 July 2014
(1) There is no reason that Holiness cannot be the next worldwide revolution. St. Francis was one man whose holiness inspired a whole continent. What could God do with a small group of men and women today who wholeheartedly abandoned themselves to His will in a similar spirit?
(2) The only thing standing between myself and holiness is myself. But I can never overcome myself; after all, I know all my own moves ...Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body? [Rom 7:15-24]
But what if the antagonist-self, faced not protagonist-self, but Christ? What if I crucified myself with Christ so that it was no longer I, but Christ in me? [Gal 2:19-20]
Surely He who has conquered and overcome the world [Jn 16:33] can conquer antagonist-me.
So, Foolish Self, pick up your cross and follow Him whose victory over sin has swallowed up death and gives the victory to us [1 Cor 15:54-57] victory over self, victory over the world, and whose reward is Holy Beatitude in heaven for eternity.
09 June 2014
|by Fabricio Mora|
The Pilgrim's Religious Reflections
The quote from St. Leo that begins Part III of the Catechism: Life in Christ contains powerful language and inspiring phrases: "recognize your dignity" "share in God's own nature" "base condition" "rescued from the power of darkness" "the light of the Kingdom of God." This kind of language catches the mind and lifts it up when really listened to.
Ye children of the Church,
Offer up your praise
At the season of the dawn:
Every morning let us give thanks,
And bow down in adoration,
To the good Being who hath arranged in order,
All the starry lights on high. – Saint Ephraem
Today is the feast day of Saint Ephrem, the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of the Church. St. Ephrem had an amazing reverence for the Incarnation and Our Lady that infused everything he wrote particularly his hymns and poetry. These works were incredibly effective in fighting against heresies that attacked our Lord's Incarnation and the reverence due to Mary as their beauty and fidelity lifted the hearts of the people who sang them during the Mass. In fact, it is to St. Ephrem that we attribute the addition of hymns outside of the Psalms into the Mass.
22 August 2013
The pilgrim was touched by this spiritual reflection of Our Lady as our eye and the eye of the universe who was the first to see the True Light, and by which we may to see all by His Glory through her.
MYSTAGOGY | The Mother of God as "Eye" and "Earth"
by His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou
Every feast of the Mother of God is a matter of joy for the entire Church ...
16 May 2013
O God, the exaltation of the lowly,
who willed that blessed Saint Margaret should excel
in the beauty of her charity and patience,
grant, through her merits and intercession,
that, carrying our cross each day,
we may always persevere in love for you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
—collect for the common for Holy Women
A personal favorite and I hope a friend, St Margaret's early life would feel very much like a contemporary's. She was born to middle-class parents; didn't get along with her step-mother; moved out of the house to live with her boyfriend, Arsenio; had a kid out of wedlock.
She was devout but like St Augustine (and so many of us) her prayers were often to "maker me a saint, but not yet." Then one day while out walking she met her boyfriend's dog and she was compelled to follow until she found Arsenio's murdered body. ...
23 March 2013
[Christ] is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of he heavenly sanctuary.
In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
There seems to me a powerful link here between the reading from Hebrews in today's Office of Readings and Matthew 22 that speaks to priestly celibacy, and I offer a few off the cuff reflections.
28 September 2012
For everything there is a season, and time for every matter under heaven.
—Ecclesiastes 3:1, from the Readings for Friday of the 25th Week of the Year