“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…Oh how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. “ – Henry David Thoreau

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Parable of the Wedding Banquet

So amazing to have the Gospel translated by Father Barron.

Many graces for you in the other dimension, my friend.

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Lord, Blessed Be Your Name

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God’s People Help The People

Birdy – People Help the People

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Feast of Saint Gertrude the Great, Sunday before Thanksgiving

Saint Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) was one of the first people to pray and devote energy to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.200px-Divine_Mercy_(Adolf_Hyla_painting)2007-08-16  She was a German Cistercian, mystic, and theologian.

Gertrude produced numerous writings, though only some survive today. The longest survival is the The Herald of Divine Love. There also remains her collection of Spiritual Exercises. A work known as Preces Gertrudianae (Gertrudian Prayers) is a later compilation, made up partly of extracts from the writings of Gertrude and partly of prayers composed in her style. It is also very possible that Gertrude was the author of a part of the revelations of  Mechthild the Book of Special Grace.

The importance of the Spiritual Exercises extends to the present day because they are grounded in themes and rites of Church liturgy for occasions of Baptism, conversion, commitment, discipleship, union with God, praise of God, and preparation for death. Gertrude’s Spiritual Exercises can still be used by anyone who seeks to deepen spirituality through prayer and meditation.

Prayer to Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Hail! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary, O my amiable Savior. Consume my heart with that burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Thy love, and let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things, be conformed to Thine. May Thy divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my actions. Amen.

Here an invocation to the Sacred Heart meant to repeat abundantly daily.

Love to you, my dear cosmic travellers!

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Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. . . . Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4,12).

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Offer It Up

What does this phrase mean?

We are priests of God by our baptism. We are not ministerial priests, who offer up the sacrifice of Christ upon the altar at Holy Mass. But, as non-ministerial priests, we do offer something to God: our bodies, our actions, our labor, and even our sufferings.

We can we “offer it up” simply by asking God, in the midst of our suffering, to join our suffering to Christ’s, and to use our suffering.

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Your Soul Can Save Another Soul

From November 1 through November 8, we can help the Holy Souls in Purgatory, —those who have died in grace, yet who failed in this life to make satisfaction for all of their sins. On each of those days that we receive Communion, we can visit a cemetery, pray for the dead, and gain a plenary indulgence, for one soul—thus releasing him or her from Purgatory.

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Am I Willing…to Let It Go

Am I willing…

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Memento Mori

November is the month of Souls. Memento mori, or also memento mortis, “remember death”, is the Latin medieval designation of the theory and practice of the reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits and turning your attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

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