03.02.14

Meds

Is 49:15

What, can a woman forget her child that is still unweaned, pity no longer the son she bore in her womb? Let her forget; I will not be forgetful of thee.

1 Cor 4:5

… he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness, and reveal the secrets of men’s hearts…

Mt 6:33 – 34

Make it your first care to find the kingdom of God, and his approval, and all these things shall be yours without the asking. Do not fret, then, over to-morrow; leave to-morrow to fret over its own needs; for to-day, to-day’s troubles are enough.

In Conversation with God:

Tomorrow ‘as yet is not.’ If it comes, it will be more wonderful than we could ever dream, because our Father God has prepared it to sanctify us…

Today is the day we need in which to love, to grow in holiness, through those countless little occurrences that go to make up the texture of our life. Some things will be naturally pleasant, others perhaps less gratifying, but each one of them can be made to shine for God and for eternity, a gem which we will have wrought and polished with human perfection and supernatural meaning…

He who observes the wind will not sow; and he who regards the clouds will not reap… What would have become of the Apostles’ preaching if they had waited and looked for more favourable circumstances? What would have happened, in any successful work of apostolate, if Christ’s followers had stood down in the off-chance of better conditions? Hic et nunc: here and now is where I must love God with all my heart…

Do not be anxious… Fruitless worry does not cancel out the misfortune we dread, but foolishly goes out to meet it. We shoulder a burden without yet having received the grace God would give to enable us to carry it. Worry magnifies the difficulties and diminishes our ability to fulfil the duty of the present moment…

Don’t let us be like the impatient child who skips through the pages of his book to find out how the story ends…

Totus Tuus:

… how many times could we exclaim with St. Paul, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate… For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but the sin which dwells within me.” …

… the saints are molded in Mary. There is a great difference between making a figure in relief by blows of hammer and chisel, and making a figure by throwing it into a mold. Statuaries and sculptors labor much to make figures in the first manner; but to make them in the second manner, they work little and do their work quickly.

St. Augustine calls our Blessed Lady “the mold of God” – the mold fit to cast and mold gods. He who is cast in this mold is presently formed and molded in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ in him. At a slight expense and in a short time he will become God, because he has been cast in the same mold which has formed a God.

… giving ourselves to Mary in order that she help us as a mother to receive and live in the grace of her Son is in no way a distraction from Christ… devotion to Mary intensifies our union with Christ, elevating it into a sharing of the very intimacy with Christ that she enjoyed as his mother…

… nothing touches the depths of our person more than adoration…

Hail Mary, woman of sorrows… Teach us… to stand with you before the innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified…

help us always to account for the hope that is in us… Teach us to build up the world beginning from within: in the depths of silence and prayer, in the joy of fraternal love…

Christ, mercy itself, remains alone with misery. Such is the life of Christ…

St. Thomas speaks of prevenient mercy as a particular act of mercy. Prevenience is… what characterizes mercy (from the Latin prae venire: to com before)…

Sin is a direct attack agains the prevenient mercy of the Father. To sin is to not understand prevenient mercy. It is to reduce it to our level, to bring it down to a manageable size… it is to want to monopolize and exploit it according to our pride… Sin is a direct attack on mercy…

CCC #133

The Church “forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful… to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

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… and always the light falls softly down on the hair of my beloved…

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