Sacred Heart of Jesus Have mercy On Us

Sacred Heart of Jesus Have mercy On Us

Sunday, September 30, 2007

We forge ahead.

This darkness is different.
Your mind is not thoughtfully racing,
for the intellect prefers no particular nor habitual thought.
Nothing plagues the mind at all.
No dread.
No torment.
No repetitious wandering ever past torments.
Just stillness so to speak.
All one hears is quiet.
The absence of cohesive and directed thought altogether.

What happened to yesterday?
All of the cumulative years of pleasant memories and time's integral lessons
just vanish and disappear by the vehicle of an inaudible whisper.

One feels so bereft.
It is beyond the sensation of personal denial or deprivation.
It is an emptiness that does not despair.
It is a depression that is not sad nor gives up on the notion or virtue of hope.
It is a darkened emptiness one arises to in the renewal of once again another morning.
The dark void is aware of the passage of time and all of the substantially good occasions comprising the mandate of one's existence.
It becomes dust in the wind.
Blown away by the unexpected onset of dark emptiness.

No emotional pain exists in this void, for emotion is irrelevant and non existent.

Where did time go?
Where did the jubilation of life disappear to?
When did the vacancy of enlightenment become preferable, comfortable, and ultimately desirable?

Where is HE?
My beloved.
I go to mass because I long for Him.
But I do not find Him perceptibly and intimately.
I know He is there yet He hides from me.

I feel dullness.
Emptiness of what was once a conception of fulfillment and satiation.
Where is the joy?
It is only mysteriously cloaked in this dark nothingness,
the only vehicle that avails true but imperceptible peace.

I feel still.
No fear.
No anxiety.
No panic.
No trepidation.
No palpable pain of woundedness.
No desire for anything that most would embrace as good.

The culture has lost Him.
They have willfully rejected Him.
The majority embrace the lie.
That is how overshadowing and preeminent the deception is.
How sad that so many shall be lost.

What do we do?
Thank Him for His benevolence.
His mercy.
His justice.
His love.
His mother.
Our Mary.

We are nothing.
Miserable and impotent creatures.
We are a joke.
For we think ourselves to be wise in our own estimation.
And the devil laughs.
For pride blinds us severely.
We do not even know we are truly blind,
or that pride has us in darkness,
cut off from the light of Him.

Do you have a home?
Do you have gainful employment?
Do you have money in the bank?
Do you drive a car?
Do you have decent clothes to wear?
Do you have your health?
Do you have healthy children?

What is your loss?
A broken friendship?
A beloved spouse abandoned you?
A lonely night awaits you day after day?
You question the loyalty of your friends?
You suspect some hidden but valuable meaning is missing or escapes the grind of your life?

Your right.

Most will never know the true weight of the cross.

What happened to the days when the sky was always blue?
The curls of innocence and youth were always blond and tender with curl.
I remember the day you were born.
Fresh and new and smelling so pure.

You spit Gerber squash in my face.
You had 5 cute little stuffed kitties.
Clifford the big red dog was your favorite.
Chuckie Cheese was the boring but regular hangout.
I remember sweet little tears.
I remember the precious but delicate hugs.
I remember the innocent but golden prayers.

Time stands still but for a moment of painful and appreciative reflection.
I do not always pro actively reminisce over days of yesterday.
But I bear the scars.
The burden of a mother's love.
The only love that heals and gains freedom for the captive.
The original warrior who birthed Christ.
Remember Winnie the Pooh?
The pink fur coat?
The rocking horse?
The sweet lips that kiss and say I love you Mommy.
Mommy loves you.
For I have earned that honor.
For the Son of God gave it to me.

Evil can creep in.
Attempting to sever our eternal bond.
But it will not prevail.
Those who misuse their free will answer for it in the end.
Just as we do.
But He loves us.
And I love you.

Friday, September 28, 2007

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Greetings friends! Every so often I discover an interesting article online and usually by accident. One of my greatest sources of grief concerning the current climate of the Roman Catholic Church is the presence of any practice that remotely resembles what I term New Age Garbage. New age spirituality and its respective practices is nothing but satanic trash that invites demons into the lives of willful and/or unsuspecting believers. Lack of spiritual discernment and awareness on the part of the clergy and the laity, in addition to a general deficiency in the area of authentic catechesis and adult education, seems to be responsible for the inadequate spiritual condition of the community at large. If we as members of a church community fail to frequent the sacraments and to pray, particularly in the form of Eucharistic adoration and the daily rosary, we make ourselves vulnerable and prey to the deception of the rank fodder constituting demonic spirituality under the guise of new age. Centering prayer? New age. Enneagram method? New age. Twelve step programs? Yes ,believe it or not, new age. Disagree with me all you want, but two pontifical councils in Rome devised a document clearly underscoring and clarifying the substance of new age methodology. Any individual can bury their head in the sand in the name of charismatic manifestation of the Holy Spirit but simultaneously be deceived by the fruits of demonic counterfeits. For example, have you ever met individuals who claim to possess the healing charism but seek certification in the satanic counterfeit of healing arts called reiki? Centering prayer has typically been aligned with contemplative prayer methods, as if the two practices are one and the same, but of course that is a lie and once again you see a demonic alternative paralleled with a Divine gift. No wonder so many persons in modern catholic culture are connoisseurs of prescription meds and modern mental health membership. You conjure up spirits or demons from Lucifer's kingdom via forbidden esoteric and occult practices whether by ignorance or deliberation, and you wonder why your become severely depressed or begin to hear voices. Exposure to the occult whether it be direct or indirect will inevitably lead to mental instability. Let us keep our Bride of Christ, Holy Mother Church, pure and spotless and keeps this counterfeit garbage out of our parishes. Let us band together and tell satan to go home, or go to hell, for that is where he truly belongs.

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Suffering and the Cross part 1

Suffering & Cross What can we learn from suffering? Sometimes we get stuck asking the question “Why do we suffer?” instead of asking “What can we learn through suffering?” When we ask this question, we realize that God allows the things he hates (e.g., sin and suffering) so that the things he loves (e.g., virtues, compassion, love, and new life) may grow. Sometimes suffering is necessary to achieve some good. In the Gospel of John (16:21), Jesus speaks of the suffering of a woman in labor. Although her pain is great, her joy is complete with the birth of her child. Sometimes when we are in the midst of suffering, it is difficult to see the good that can come out of it. However, whether it is the birth of a child or the development of a virtue, good often does follow from suffering. Suffering helps bring us closer to others. Through our own sufferings and heartaches, we come to understand the pain of others. Just as Jesus shared in our sufferings, we too are called to share in the sufferings of others. Suffering helps us to be better Christians and more Christ-like. In many respects, suffering is a gift, as it can teach us to be better Christians by teaching us about patience, humility, and compassion. Think about Job in the Old Testament. Job was a wealthy and revered man who was blessed with good health and a large family. And, in the eyes of the Lord, Job was good and righteous. However, Satan stripped Job of his earthly possessions, his family, and his health. Although Job endured great suffering, he remained steadfast in his faith in God. Moreover, his great suffering helped to purify and strengthen his love for God. Recall too the lives of the saints and martyrs. In Philippians 1:12-13, we read that St. Paul was not concerned with his own suffering; rather, he was pleased that his “imprisonment in Christ’s cause worked out to the furtherance of the gospel.” Likewise, St. Stephen and thousands of other martyrs not only grew closer to God in their suffering, but they chose a life (and death) of great suffering for their love of Christ. In their suffering, they remembered the Lord’s promise that “Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:10-12). And, most importantly, recall the passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As St. Francis de Sales reminds us, “Look intently and frequently on Christ Jesus, crucified, naked, blasphemed, slandered, forsaken and overwhelmed by every kind of weariness, sorrow and labor. Remember that your sufferings are not comparable to his in quality and quantity, and that you can never suffer for his sake anything equal to what he has suffered FOR YOU.” How amazing is God’s love for us! Our powerful, all good, and everlasting Lord – the Creator of the entire world – humbled Himself to take on the form of a man, and not just any man, but a slave. And, He obediently accepted death – death on a cross – because of His infinite love for us (Philippians 2:7-8). Suffering reminds us to look ahead to our eternal life with God. Sometimes, suffering forces us to take a time-out from this life. When we suffer, we are forced to ask the hard questions in life. We are forced to examine the meaning of life, and the meaning of death. And, we are forced to consider that this world makes no sense at all unless there exists some greater plan for us. Through it all, suffering inspires us to look ahead to the possibilities of eternal life – a life of truth, beauty, justice, and love – with God. The Lord reminds us to “Have no fear of the sufferings to come . . . remain faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10).Through our own sufferings, then, we are called to remember the sufferings of other Christians and of Christ Himself. Through our sufferings, we are called to be faithful to God, and to turn to Him for comfort. And, we are reminded that true peace and happiness can NEVER be found in this world; rather, as Christians, we must set our sights on the next world – and our eternal life with God. How are we to endure suffering? In modern society, we are taught that happiness is the ultimate goal. And, moreover, happiness is equated with immediate gratification, pleasures of the body and the palate, and possession of the “conveniences” created by modern technology. In this conception of happiness, suffering doesn’t seem to have a place. Yet, as Christians, we know that we are called to a life of holiness, and that the path to holiness often involves suffering. We believe that Christ saved us by His suffering, and that “we must work out our salvation in the same manner, through suffering and afflictions, enduring the injuries, denials and discomforts we meet with all possible meekness” (St. Francis de Sales). For Christians, then, suffering does have its place. If we are to be holy, we must endure our trials in accord with God’s will. When an evil happens to us, we must do all we can to remedy the situation. If we are at fault, we must humbly admit our transgression. And, if the evil is caused by another, we must bless that person and “never repay injury with injury” (Rom. 12:14, 17). We must be patient in our suffering – we must not complain or seek pity from others. We must consider the suffering of other Christians before us – and of Christ Himself. We must offer up our suffering to Christ. We must remember that our time on this earth is short and our trials shall quickly pass. Above all, we must pray. The great mystic Thomas à Kempis said that we should always let Christ’s promises strengthen and console us. Receiving Him will be a reward beyond all measure. Thomas à Kempis “speaks” for Christ as follows: “You will not labor here for long, nor will you always be burdened with sorrows. . . . The hour will come when blood, sweat and tears will be no more. All that passes away with time is of little importance, and it passes away quickly. Whatever you do, do it well . . . bear adversity with courage. Eternal life is worth all these battles – and more ... Oh, if only you could see the everlasting crowns of the saints in heaven and how much glory they now enjoy – those same saints who, when they were alive, were held in utter contempt by the world and were thought unworthy of even drawing breath . . . Are not all painful labors to be endured for eternal life. It is no small thing to lose or gain the kingdom of God! So, lift your face to heaven. Look at me and all my saints with me, they who in this world have had great contention. They are now joyful, they are now consoled, they are now safe, they are now at rest, and they will forever remain with me in my Father’s kingdom.” What is meant by redemptive suffering? Pope John Paul II wrote: “In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each man, in his sufferings, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ” (Salvifici Doloris). St. Paul likewise realized that his sufferings had redemptive power: “I find joy in the sufferings I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Colo. 1:24). Some people are concerned that St. Paul’s words imply that Christ’s passion was insufficient for our redemption. Before Christ died, He cried out, “It is finished,” meaning that He had accomplished our redemption. But, as Pope Pius XII said in his encyclical on the Mystical Body (Mystici Corporis Christi): “In carrying out the work of redemption Christ wishes to be helped by the members of His Body. This is not because He is indigent or weak, but rather because He so willed it for the greater glory of His spotless Spouse (Church). Dying on the Cross, He left to the Church the immense treasury of the Redemption. Towards this she (the Church) contributed nothing. But when those graces come to be distributed, not only does He share this task of sanctification with His Church, but he wants it, in a way, to be due to her action. What a deep mystery . . . that the salvation of many depends on the prayers and voluntary penances which the members of the Mystical Body offer for that intention, and on the assistance of pastors of souls and of the faithful…” Jesus wants to honor us, the members of His Mystical body by participating in His redemptive mission (Colo.1:24). Compiled by Fr. Herman (Feb. 11’07--the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes).

Suffering and The Cross part 2

Suffering & The Cross The Shrine at Lourdes was chosen last year for the World Day of Prayer, because it was the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In fact, it was on Dec. 8, 1854, that Blessed Pius IX, affirmed that “the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from every stain of original sin.” At Lourdes, Mary, speaking in the local dialect, said: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” With these words, did not the Virgin perhaps wish to express the bond which joins together health and life? Just as death entered the world through original sin, so through the merits of Jesus Christ, God preserved Mary from every stain of sin, and salvation and life came to us (Rom. 5:12-21). The original plan of God for creation was thereby restored in Christ. The great work of Redemption, accomplished through the precious blood of Christ, began with the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In Jesus, every person is called to the fullness of holiness (Col. 1:28). Just as Jesus is the source of life which overcomes death, Mary is the solicitous mother who comes to the assistance of her children, obtaining for them health of body and soul. This is the message that the Shrine of Lourdes constantly presents to devotees and pilgrims. This is also the meaning of the physical and spiritual healings that take place in the grotto of Massabielle. From the day of her apparition to St. Bernadette Soubirous, Mary’s prayers “cured” pain and sickness, restoring health of body to so many of her children. However, her intercession achieved even more surprising miracles in the souls of believers, opening their hearts to re-encounter her Son Jesus, the true response to the most profound aspirations of the human heart. The Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her at the moment of the Incarnation, transforms the souls of countless sick people who turn to Him. Even when they do not obtain health in body, they can always receive something even more important—conversion of heart, the source of peace and of interior joy. This gift transforms their existence and makes them apostles of the cross of Christ, vessels of hope even when confronted with the most difficult trials. Suffering is part of the human condition, and man has to learn to accept and overcome it. But how can we do that, if not through the cross of Christ? In the death and resurrection of the Redeemer, human suffering finds its most profound meaning and its salvific value. The entire weight of the tribulations and sufferings of the human race is condensed in the mystery of a God who, assuming our human nature, denied Himself even to the point of making Himself “sin on our behalf” (2 Cor. 5:21). On Golgotha, He was weighed down with the sins of every human creature and, in the solitude of abandonment, cried out to the Father: “Why have you abandoned me?” (Mt. 27:46). From the paradox of the Cross flows the response to our most unsettling questions. Christ suffers for us. He takes upon Himself the suffering of all and redeems it. Christ suffers with us, giving us the possibility of sharing with Him our own sufferings. United to the sufferings of Christ, human suffering becomes a means of salvation. That is why the believer can say with St. Paul: “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which is the Church” (Col. 1:24). Sorrow, accepted with faith, becomes the door for entering into the mystery of the redeeming suffering of the Lord. This is a suffering which does not take away peace and happiness, because it is illuminated by the splendor of the Resurrection. At the foot of the Cross, Mary suffers in silence, participating in a very special way in the sufferings of her Son. She became the mother of all people, ready to intercede so that every one can obtain salvation. It is not difficult to understand this singular participation of Our Lady in the salvific role of Christ. The miracle of the Immaculate Conception reminds believers of a fundamental truth. It is only possible to attain salvation by participating with docility in the plan of the Father, who willed to redeem the world through the death and the resurrection of His only-begotten Son. He wanted to show how He loves us. He wanted to show the horribleness of sin and the displeasure we earn by our disobedience to His commandments. He wanted us to know the costliness of attaining heaven. He also wanted to tell us how sin is infectious, like a ripple in a lake. With Baptism, the believer is inserted into this salvific plan and is freed from original sin. Sickness and death, although they continue to be present in our earthly existence, nonetheless lose their negative meaning. In the light of faith, the death of the body, conquered by the death of Christ (Rom. 6:4), becomes the obligatory passage to the fullness of immortal life. I recall what Mother Teresa said when she visited our seminary in Madras in the year 1963: “You are to become apostles of joy, to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus through joy. You have heavy crosses waiting for you in your future ministry. Remember the passion of Christ ends always in the joy of Resurrection; so when you feel in your own heart the suffering of Christ, remember the Resurrection has to come, the joy of Easter has to dawn. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Risen Christ.” I know this has been repeatedly told to her sisters. God is love, and we are truly called to become instruments of His love on earth, not to become apostles of compromise of God’s teachings for the sake of peace. We do a disservice to our fellow man if we do not point out their error and ignorance. We are called to lift the veil of untruth and error and show the beauty of God and His plan for human beings. At Christmas in the Eastern Church, there is a practice of embroidering the swaddling clothes with the Sign of the Cross. Also, the figure of the Divine Infant is presented with arms extended, as he would be on the Cross. We have the same kind of baby Jesus in our parish. In those symbolic ways is presented the unity of the mystery of redemption, joy, and sorrow. From the wood of the crib to the wood of the cross, the mystery is one. The poverty, the abandonment, the rejection which Jesus suffered on the Cross, He already experienced at His coming. We need to understand that life should be the same. Just as beneath the Cross there was the comfort of loving hearts, so at Bethlehem He was greeted with the joyful welcome of pure hearts and the song of the angels. When we celebrate His coming every year with special solemnity, we greet Him with the age-old song, “Venite adoremus”, “Come let us adore Him.” Beneath the Cross, our prayer of worship is the same: ‘We adore thee, O Christ, and praise thee.’ In our lives, punctuated by the interplay of Bethlehem joy and Calvary sorrow; we are certain that the same love that made Him come and made Him die for us, is always beside us. This is the mystery of the Cross. Pray to Our Blessed Mother of Perpetual Help that she may help every Christian witness to the fact that the only authentic response to sorrow, suffering, and death is Christ, our Lord, who died and rose for us. Compiled by Fr. Herman April 11, 2004