Tuesday, October 2, 2018

When the Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar. When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration. -St John Chrysostom


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DOING LITTLE THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE When she was little, St Thérèse’s parents took her in an elevator in Paris. She marveled at how, with such great ease, a person could rise such heights so quickly. In her journal she wrote: "I wanted to find an elevator which would raise me to Jesus, for I am too small to climb the rough stairway of perfection. I searched then in the Scriptures for some sign of this elevator, the object of my desires and I read these words coming from the mouth of Eternal Wisdom: 'Whoever is a little one let him come to me.' The elevator which must raise me to heaven is your arms, O Jesus, and for this I have no need to grow up, but rather I have to remain little and become this more and more.” Just as the smallest child is the one the Father picks up in his arms, St Thérèse strove to do the littlest things with the greatest love. She said, “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” Even prayer for her was simple and childlike: “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” So is holiness: “Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be.” Let us pray, that like St Thérèse, we can be little trusting children of God: Our Father....Hail Mary...Glory Be Come with me on retreat: ourladyofcorpuschristi.org


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Sunday, September 30, 2018

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary Pray the holy rosary every day this month to ask Our Lady to intercede for humanity and the Church. The greatest thing you can do to change history the fastest, surest, and most powerful is to pray. The holy rosary is a school of prayer, where you pray the Gospel, you meditate on the life, death, and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is asking the faithful to pray the St Michael prayer, the Sub Tuum Praesidium prayer, and the rosary every day in “the Marian month of October” to deliver us from “the devil’s turbulence.” Pope Francis is “asking the faithful of the whole world to pray so that the Mother of God puts the Church under her protective mantle to preserve her from the attacks of the evil one, the great accuser, and to make [the Church] all the more conscious of the faults, the mistakes, the abuses made in the present and in the past, and more committed to fighting without any hesitation for evil not to prevail.”


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Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Who are you? Which kind of person? Do you sit comfortably before God telling him all your accomplishments, ignoring your many faults, accusing others for their problems, pointing out all your virtues and good deeds, forgetting that his vision pierces through sinew and bone, the same Lord for whom every good grace and action HE ALONE can take glory, and therefore cement yourself in self-justifying hypocrisy, all the while blaming God and everyone else for yours and the world’s wickedness??? OR Are you the one who sees yourself beneath his unfathomable light and inscrutable decrees and recognize the vanity and egotism beneath all your best intentions, replying as the only real response in the face of his perfections, to weep and wash the dust from his toes with your tears, drying them with the hair of your natural gifts which he himself bestowed on you, and anoint him with the oil of humble contrite heart???? Pray now with me the prayer of clarity: “Have Mercy on me God in your kindness, in your compassion wipe out my offense, O wash me more and more from my guilt, and cleanse me from all my sin!” "The prayer of an humble soul at once penetrates the heavens and presents itself before the throne of God. However sinful such a soul may be, God can never despise a heart that repents of its sins, and humbles itself: A contrite and humbled heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise." -St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Come on retreat to begin to see God and yourself clearly. ourladyofcorpuschristi.org


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