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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
All the rest and refreshment you need flows from the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Christ. Why do you seek water from cisterns that are dry when you can have living water? Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will give you rest.
Monday, July 1, 2019
Take refuge in the hidden Eucharistic Heart of Jesus whose Heart beats for you in the joy of silence.
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Saturday, June 8, 2019
Please pray for the soul of dear friend who suffered with depression and last night took his own life. He wrote me last Thanksgiving, offering me a place to go when I am away from my family: “I want you to count me as your friend. You are my friend, and, anything you need, please ask. I would like you to feel free to call me anytime just to chat. My house is always open to you. Just text or call. Besides your job as a priest. I enjoy a lot my time with you. I guess I just wanted to tell you that I’m here for you my friend.”
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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Today we pruned our roses. For a while they will look like ugly stubble and smell like manure fertilizer. Life is like that. We clipped off each flower but in time three more will take its place. In order to be beautiful you first have to go through the stink of ugliness. Be patient. God is working. “Every branch that does bear fruit God prunes, that it may bear more fruit” John 15:2
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Friday, May 10, 2019
“This one has a chalice!” said the man at the X-ray machine at the airport. All five security guards suddenly looked up at me in terror. The head guard, with a trembling voice, said, “sir, may I ask you to come to our back room. We have a few questions for you.” “I don’t understand, it’s just a chalice! It’s not a bomb.” Just a chalice? Not dangerous? I reviewed in my mind the words I just said. Wait a minute! There is nothing more dangerous, nothing more likely to change the face of the earth, to rock the world, than the blood of Christ outpoured. It most certainly is a weapon. It is the source, summit, and center of accessing and diffusing across all time and space THE HOLY LOVE OF GOD!!! “Excuse me?” I was momentarily awakened out of my interior sermon. The guard was asking me where and when I got it. Suddenly I realized they weren’t stopping me because they thought I was dangerous but because they thought I might be stealing precious artifacts, although my chalice is only three years old and obviously not ancient. There had been some precious artifacts stolen recently in Peru, and the ministry of culture had a most wanted list with pictures of things stolen. Mine was not on the list. Nonetheless I have to say I was tempted when they asked me my name to say, “Me? My name is Fr Samuel Medley, but they call me Indiana Jones!” They took some pictures, asked more questions, and eventually told me I could go. But wow, what a homily my heart told me in the meantime. Never under estimate the Blood of the Lamb.
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Monday, May 6, 2019
So blessed to meet old friends and new from Family Missions Company posted in Northern Peru but happened to be visiting Lima for the weekend.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Jesus to St Faustina: “Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (Diary, No. 300) “I want the image solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.” (Diary, No. 341) “This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies.” (Diary, No. 420)
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Sunday, April 7, 2019
“The best way to show our gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful sister is like the sunshine of God’s love, the hope of eternal happiness, the flame of burning love.” -St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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Saturday, April 6, 2019
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Congratulations to this young couple who got engaged right here under the Blue Dome of our Marian Prayer Gardens this Saturday. Our prayers go with you.
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Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Today at our noon Mass some people will be making their consecration to Jesus through Mary. Let us pray for greater devotion to Our Lady that greater devotion to Jesus may multiply. Hail Mary....
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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Mighty Women: Fr Sam Medley, our director, just finished serving as retreat master for these amazing consecrated women from the Apostles of the Interior Life. Book your retreat with us. There are accommodations, sumptuous cuisine, and priests for offering Mass, confession, spiritual direction, and giving reflections. Contact us for more information.
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Friday, March 8, 2019
Always seek the blessing of the poor Today a beggar prayed over me and gave me his blessing. What a grace to receive the blessing of a poor man. I have always felt that even if I give some meager charity to those in need that their prayers for me would unlock the floodgates of the Lord, and thereby obtain blessings I could not with my own weak petitions. In these moments I feel the words of Tobit 12:9, “for almsgiving saves from death, and purges all sin.” Alms works away at the miserly selfishness lurking in our hearts, opens new paths of purity and truth, cleanses us of ‘entitled’ grumblings, and inspires deep in our hearts joyful gratitude at the gift of Life. It is not only prayer and fasting that casts out demons, but heartfelt almsgiving that saves us from the fires and hardened curses of hell.
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God Our Loving Father uses Lent to take us by the hand and guide us back to the right path. For each of these respond: Lord, guide us back to you+ When we use good and healthy pleasures too much that they become dominant or excessive... When we seek comfort from passing things forgetting our eternal destination... When we seek our own pursuits, forsaking the needs of the poor members of our family or community... When instead of merely keeping up with friends and family, we spend too much time on social media, forgetting prayer... When instead of just enjoying a show for evening relaxation we binge watch, keeping us from living life or needful rest... When things don't go our way and instead of waiting patiently we react with irritation or guile... When legitimate authority in our life directs us toward the common good yet we rebel or resist correction... When we turn from gratitude and joy to slump into complaining or self-pity... When we lose sight of God's hand failing to trust him, lapsing into vain anxiety and worry... When we forget God is in charge and needlessly brood over human politics and divisive rancor... When the Holy Spirit inspires us to intercede for others yet we procrastinate in obstinacy... O God Our Loving Father, guide us always in your merciful path, help us to trust in your ways and always seek your face, that when this earthly life is over we may rejoice with you in eternal life, through Christ Our Lord. Mary Mother of Jesus be a mother to us now+
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Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Ash Wednesday fasting: For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Giving up for Lent? You certainly will give up if you attempt something that is too difficult. Don’t hate thyself. You don’t go into the gym after staying away for a while and attempt to lift some weight too heavy you never could lift before. You would injure yourself and have to recover and would be discouraged in the future to get in shape. Out of guilt some people line up big and heavy penances for Lent, things they might not really be ready for, and then when they fail because it was too much to begin with, they feel a failure and more guilty when they started. Instead I find it is better to look at your state in life at what you should be doing anyway and to do it if it is close enough for you to try. Like a physical weight your body can lift while still being a challenge, spiritually this will not only make you stronger but be an encouragement because of the little victories you will have. This way you’re planning not only to succeed incrementally but permanently change your habits. Good pointers for penances that could permanently change you? Be S.M.A.R.T. Make sure it is: S - specific - don’t say you’ll “give up negativity” or “be holier” for Lent. What exact practices are you going to do? M - measurable - how many more minutes will you pray? How many acts of kindness will you do for your family? A - attainable - don’t attempt something you can’t do. Be realistic about what you’re capable of. If you’ve never been able to do it before there might be a step in between point A and C that you are missing - B. R - relevant - it should be something that helps you be a better you, not turn a businessman into a monk, not take you away from charity toward your family but enkindle it. If you are committing habitual sin you shouldn’t focus on something else but stop what you shouldn’t be doing anyway. T - time sensitive - daily, weekly, monthly, at least once during Lent (like confession) etc. putting a time limit on it makes you accountable.
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Friday, February 22, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
I’m not sure why (I really wish I knew) but after a deep healing retreat, after I feel totally poured out, after walking with people through the deep valleys of their pains and sorrows, I find I have to come here and water the grass a bit with my eye’s waters. It is a strange joy. Empty and full and the same time. Like I’m dying and being born at the same time. May God be glorified in all of it.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Ministering to priests, especially to those who have allowed themselves to mature, reveals the spirituality of emptiness, of futility, of being poured out like of a libation. If a priest is living the grace of his ordination his soul will most surely begin to start singing the words of psalm 22, a psalm of hope and victory covered in ignomy: “Eloi eloi lamech sabachtani!, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It will feel like he has nothing left over, like he has been spent and consumed. He will ask, “Am I in crisis? Is there something wrong with me? Have I displeased God somehow” and will be accustomed to valley walking his journey through low spots, acquainted with misery, rejection, abandonment, and loss. The reason for this is that his identification with Christ is as shepherd and servant, and his poor priestly heart becomes conformed more and more to Jesus’ Sacred Heart, which is pierced by our offenses, broken open by our rejection of his friendship and presence, and abandoned in ingratitude of the many. Being conformed to Christ fully means being crucified with him. However, the consolation and intimacy given to those who allow themselves to grow in Christ’s priesthood is beyond any explanation. It is a compensation and comfort for such desolation. At times there is a delay or lapse in such consolation to allow the priest to long and ache for eternity, for real life, to begin. It is at these times priests are in need of great prayer, intercession, and sacrifices. Today is a Friday, or day of penance in the life of the Church. Join me in praying and sacrificing today for priests. Our Father...Hail Mary....Glory Be
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Man and Woman There is only xx and xxy chromosomes. There’s only two combinations. Science clearly shows only two genders. If anyone says otherwise they are fabricating and deluding themselves. They also have no compassion on people who confused and and drowning in the self hatred that causes them to reject their own manhood/masculinity womanhood/femininity. God don’t make junk and he made you glorious with a body that has a gender written into every cell of your body. To deny this is denying every cell of your body and a gender difference that is as deep as your soul. If we continue on a path of delusion as a society we will reap great destruction. God forgives always. Nature never forgives. It will be like trying defy gravity by jumping off a building. Do not perpetuate the confusion. Speak the truth in love.
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Friday, February 1, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019
No, I don’t normally have a huge ‘last supper’ picture in front of my desk but yeah it’s kinda awesome.
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Sunday, January 27, 2019
I believe in the Apostolic Church! This means having a real faith that is tested and matured by trial yet consoled by God. Image: St Timothy with his grandmother by Rembrandt Do not be discouraged. Never give up hope. I caught myself saying the other day, “Poor leadership and litigation could destroy the Church!” Immediately astonished as this came out of my mouth that I forgot the promise of the Lord, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” (Matthew 16:18), I prayed for courage and hope. Then I remembered: I say on Sunday in the creed, “I believe in God,” and then moments later, “I believe in One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church.” I am not only saying I believe in the divine nature of the Church, the head of the mystical Body, Jesus Christ, but also in His power to save, heal, elevate, or sanctify the members. So we are assailed by the weakness of the Church, indeed even our own weakness but we do not despair. Here I think of St Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:7-10: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” Also the Second Vatican Council (LG8): The Church, embracing in its bosom sinners, at the same time holy and always in need of being purified, always follows the way of penance and renewal. The Church, "like a stranger in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God.”
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