The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;

it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whatever you do, do it with joy. Then you do good and you do it well. If, instead, you act with sadness, even if through it you do good, it is not you who do it.” St Augustine Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. “Do not allow yourselves to be offended by the imperfect while you strive of the perfect.” - St. Augustine (the liturgy documents -226) “Faith is not a thing one loses, we merely cease to shape our lives by it” – bernanos (Fr. Murphy) Following are the pieces from Hildegarde that I promised you. 1. Be ablaze with enthusiasm! Let us be an alive burnt offering for the Kingdom of God. 2. You are a spark from God's brilliance. Sparks emerge from God like the rays of the sun. God has established us as living, burning sparks. Fan your spark into a flame that can light the flame for others. MASTURBATION But perhaps the most penetrating description of the habit of masturbation is in a letter of C.S. Lewis, quoted by Leanne Payne in The Broken Image: "For me the real evil of masturbation would be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and even grandchildren) and turns it back, sends it back into the prison of himself, there to keep a harem of imaginary brides. And this harem, once admitted, works against his ever getting out and really uniting with a real woman. For the harem is always accessible, always subservient, calls for no sacrifices or adjustments, and can be endowed with erotic and psychological attractions which no real woman can rival . "3 This quotation can be applied to women as well as men, expressing the meaning of masturbation as a personal flight from reality into the prison of lust. It does not surprise me at all that few people claim fatherhood for themselves. The pains are too obvious, the joys too hidden. And still, by not claiming it I shirk my responsibility as a spiritually adult person. Yes, I even betray my vocation. Nothing less than that! But how can I choose what seems so contrary to all my needs? A voice says to me, “Don’t be afraid. The Child will take you by the hand and lead you to fatherhood.” …they not only need me to be their father, but also show me how to be a father for them. –p. 138 Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri J.M. Noewen)

“If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for 2 things: 1 is the receiving of Holy Communion. And the other is suffering.” – Faustina (divine mercy) "For verses are not as people imagine, simply feelings...they are experiences. For the sake of a single verse, one must see many cities, men and things, one must know the animals, one must feel how the birds fly and know the gesture with which little flowers open in the morning." -Rainer Maria Rilke If you could only see what you are missing – Luzar All we know of heaven (Remy Rougeau) “These things were extraordinary. But where they miraculous? In a sense, all of life swims and glitters. If a miracle was prodigious, something highly unlikely to occur in the natural course of events, then blossoms, incense, singing, and books were not supernatural. If miracles were the result of an incredible combination of natural factors providentially arranged, all of life was miraculous.”

"But when the Invisible, having clothed Himself in the flesh, becomes visible, then represent the likeness of Him who has appeared... When He who having been the con substantial Image of the Father, emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant (Phil. 2:6-7), thus becoming bound in quantity and quality, having taken on the carnal image, paint and make visible to everyone Him who desired to become visible. Paint His birth from the Virgin, His baptism in the Jordan, His transfiguration on Mount Tabor... Paint everything with words and with colors, in books and on boards."
First Treatise, cap, 8. Pg 94: 1237D - 1240A: and Third Treatise, cap. 8 94: 1328D. By Saint John of Damascus.

"No one could describe the Word of the Father But when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He consented to be described, And restored the fallen image to its former state by uniting it to divine beauty. We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images."
By Saint Theophanes.

"The Son of God became the Son of Man so that man also might become the son of God."
St. Irenaeus of Lyons.

"Similarly, through His image, we contemplate the physical appearance of the Christ, His miracles and His passion. This contemplation sanctifies our sight and, thereby, our soul. We consider ourselves fortunate and we venerate this image by lifting ourselves, as far as possible. beyond this physical appearance to the contemplation of divine glory."
Third Treatise, cap. 12, Pg 94: 1333 and 1336. By saint John of Damascus. “Seriousness is not a virtue… It is really a natural trend or lapse into taking one’s self gravely… It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity… A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” G.K. Chesterton, from his Orthodoxy (from the article Henri J. M. Nouwen “Circus Diary – Part I: Finding the

Trapeze Artist in the Priest.” P. 13 of New Oxford Review) Because of this, the Psalmist concludes by inviting the faithful "to cultivate the 'fear of the Lord,' the beginning of wisdom," the Holy Father added. "Fear and terror are not concealed under this term, but earnest and sincere respect, which is the fruit of love, genuine and active adherence to the liberating God." (Benedict Zenit) True "compassion" leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.
"True compassion leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear." Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae, 1995

I find my happiness in pastoral work. It is for this that I am a bishop, and not to write books, still less to pay court to the great, or to waste my time among the rich. It is true...that this is not the way to become a cardinal, but if one could become a saint, would it not be better still? - Saint Eugene Leave nothing undared for the Kingdom of God. - Saint Eugene Learn who you are in the eyes of God. - Saint Eugene “Letters To A Young Poet” (excerpt) How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. So you must not be frightened, if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have

ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall… Our calling in our lives is to make of our life a work of art – Bernard lonergan (Fr. Walter Burghardt) says, "Our homilies, when they're done correctly, are simply Gospel reflections of our lives and the lives of those we love" (From G.David Bline) Prayer for the Redemption of Sexual Desire
Lord, I praise you and thank you for the gift of my sexual desires. By the power of your death and resurrection, untwist in me what sin has twisted so that I might know and experience sexual desire as you created it to be—as the desire to love freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully. Amen. (West, “What Is
the Theology of the Body?” (May, 07, 2004).)

Live out of your imagination, not your history. ~Stephen Covey~

“I hope you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you. Something worth living for—maybe even worth dying for. Something that energizes you, enthuses you, and enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be – that’s for you to find, to choose, to love. I can just encourage you to start looking, and support you in the search.” Sr. Ita Ford, M.M., murdered in El Salvador in 1980, Maryknoll Book of Prayer “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is. Desiderius Erasmus (1466 - 1536)

Das Herz der Welt – von Balthasar (God’s repeated calling and the soul’s continued wariness in response)

Soft it approaches, almost inaudible and yet quite unavoidable: a ray of light, an offer of power, a command that is more and less than a command – a wish, a request, an invitation, an enticement: brief as an instant, simple to grasp as the glance of two eyes. It contains a promise: love, delight and a vision extending over an immense and vertiginous distance. Liberation from the unbearable dungeon of my ego. The adventure I had always longed for. The perfect feat of daring in which I am sure to win all only by losing all. The source of life opening up inexhaustibly to me, who am dying of thirst! The gaze is perfectly tranquil, having nothing of magical power or of hypnotic compulsion: a questioning gaze which allows me my freedom. At the bottom of it, the shadows of affliction and of hope alternate. I lower my eyes; I look to one side. I don’t want to say “no” in the face of those eyes. I give them time to turn away.… These “ghostly hours” recur more and more seldom, and the enveloping layers of everyday life grow stronger and thicker around me…. I seal myself off from God and this becomes my usual state – my second nature. Maybe this is the habit of sin, the habit of evil. The Beauty of people is in this fidelity to the wonder of each day. Jean Vanier 109 community and growth The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. Jean Vanier 100 Work
"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have." - John D. Rockefeller III "There is something very beautiful in work which is well and precisely done. It is a participation in the activity of God, who makes all things well and wisely, beautiful to the last detail." - Jean Vanier

2 Corinthians 9:12
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one” C.S. Lewis quotes
“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.” Henri Nouwen quotes “Friendship

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it's the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.”

Henri Nouwen quote
“Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or repressed. But you have to keep searching for your body's deeper need, the need for genuine love. Every time you are able to go beyond the body's superficial desires for love, you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration and unity.”

Henri Nouwen quote “The kiss of God is the gift of the Spirit.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Devotion to Christ When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. – Henri Nouwen “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” - C.S. Lewis “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson “Keep returning to those to whom you belong and who keep you in the light.” (The Inner Voice of Love, page 46) “One very important way to befriend our sorrow is to take it out of its isolation, and share it with someone who can receive it.” (Here and Now, page 45) “Both prayer and friendship . . . need to become less dependent on fleeting emotions and more rooted in lasting commitments.” (Sabbatical Journey, page 7)

“One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.” (Bread for the Journey, April 28) “. . . we always have a choice to live the moment as a cause of resentment or as a cause for joy.” (Here and Now, page 27-28) Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Saint Francis De Sales 1567 This ‘blessing’ was prayed over Henri Nouwen by his spiritual mentor: May all your expectations be frustrated. May all your plans be thwarted. May all your desires be withered into nothingness. That you may experience the powerlessness and the poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God the Father, the Son and the Spirit. St. Theresa's Prayer: May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.... May you be content knowing you are a child of God... Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and everyone of us. Chapter XII – Chesterton – Heretics “But charity means pardoning what is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all.” The Virtue of hope exists only in earthquake and eclipse. Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate. Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new, and yet it is the law of all progress that progress is made by passing through some stages of uncertainty – and that may take a very long time. And, so, I think it is with you. Your ideas mature

gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time and grace will make you tomorrow. Only God can say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give God the benefit of believing that the Spirit is leading you. Accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. -Teilhard de Chardin “Christ on the cross bows his head, waiting for you, that he may kiss you; he stretches out his arms, that he may embrace you; his hands are open that he may enrich you; his body is spread out, that he may give himself totally; his feet are nailed, that he may stay there; his side is open for you that he may let you enter there.” -Bonaventure – Soliloquy
The world today is hungry not only for bread but hungry for love; hungry to be wanted, to be loved. — Bl. Mother Teresa

“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.” –Ezra Pound (American Poet)

Writing to Save the Day
Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write. Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be "redeemed" by writing about it. By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys. Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes for others too.

Thelema or wish of God for each person, which includes a strong sense of God’s desire and love for the person. Describing this sensation form the soul’s perspective, von Balthazar writes: “I’m being inquired after; my presence is desired, needed even – or so it seems. Somewhere there exists a bright image of me, an image of what I could have been, of what I am still (but how?) capable of becoming.”1
“There are no others who can fill the vacancy of you, whom we have really loved, whom suddenly and unexpectedly departed and whom is with us no more. In true love no one can replace another, for true love, loves the other person in that depth where he is uniquely and irreplaceably himself.” -Karl Rahner

“Within the beautiful the whole person quivers.” Balthazar


McIntosh – Christology From Within 59

“The work of the Supreme Artist is more excellent than any work of human art.” -St. Bonaventure “God’s very essence is beauty. Indeed, ‘God is the very essence of beauty.’ In other words, God is beautiful by essence; His creatures are beautiful by participation in His Beauty.” –St. Thomas Aquinas “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” -Albert Einstien “Every experience of beauty points to infinity.” -Balthazar “The one who created us is waiting for our response to the love that gave us our being. God not only says: ‘you are my beloved.’ God also asks: ‘Do you love me?’ and offers us countless chances to say ‘yes.’”. –Henri Nouwen High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. In Tribute To Columbia February 1, 2003 Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns. ~ Edward de Bono

"The Father spoke one Word, which was His Son, and this Word He always speaks in eternal silence, and in silence must It be heard by the soul." -- John of the Cross, Maxims on Love 21 (From Mike Woost – Christmas 2007)
“We call you 'Father' because you begot us in the mystery of a tremendous love affair between you and God. Because you participate in the one priesthood of Christ. You are wedded to the Church, his bride . . . We call you 'Father' and we are your 'family.' We need you desperately. . . to serve us, to feed us with the Eucharist, to heal us with anointing, to reconcile us to God and one another in penance, to witness our unions of love in marriage, to preach God's Word. . . Teach us how to love. Teach us how to pray. Inflame our hearts with the desire to wash the feet of our poor brethren, to feed them love, and to preach the gospel with our lives." Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Mother Teresa had the gift of communicating God's love to others. She radiated the joy of loving Jesus even in the midst of her severest trials. After a brief encounter with Mother Teresa, those who were discouraged or in despair would go away full of consolation and hope. To her Sisters she wrote, "Remember that the passion of Christ ends always in the joy of the 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!" Francis de sales we attract people more with honey than with vinegar John xxiii a caress is better than a scratch Karl Rahner Rahner prays not to know the whole truth: "Don't tell me everything that You are; don't tell me of Your Infinity -- just say that you love me, just tell me of Your Goodness to me.

The plain truth emerges that if a man does not find God in his fellow men he does not find God at all. This message lies in these three lines of poetry: “I sought my soul, my soul I could not see; “I sought my God, but God eluded me; “I sought my brother – and found all three.” William Barclay

Dear Jesus, Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus. Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be you shining on others through us. Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching not by word, but by our example by the catching force the sympathetic influence of what we do the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen. Mother Teresa

Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.

If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us. All spiritual growth comes from reading and reflection. By reading we learn what we did not know; by reflection, we retain what we have learned. Reading the holy Scriptures confers two benefits. It trains the mind to understand them; it turns man’s attention from the follies of the world and leads him to the love of God. Two kinds of study are called for here. We must first learn how the Scriptures are to be understood, and then see how to expound them with profit and in a manner worthy of them. A man must first be eager to understand what he is reading before he is fit to proclaim what he has learned. The conscientious reader will be more concerned to carry out what he has read than merely to acquire knowledge of it. For it is a less serious fault to be ignorant of an objective than it is to fail to carry out what we do not know. In reading we aim at knowing, but we must put into practice what we have learned in our course of study. No one can understand holy Scripture without constant reading, according to the words: “Love her and she will exalt you. Embrace her and she will glorify you.” The more you devote yourself to a study of the sacred utterance, the richer will be your understanding of them, just as the more the soil is tilled, the richer the harvest. Some people have great mental powers but cannot be bothered with reading; what reading could have taught them is devalued by their neglect. Others have a desire to know but are hampered by their slow mental processes; yet application will teach those things which the clever fail to learn through laziness. The man who is slow to grasp things but who really tries hard is rewarded; equally he who does not cultivate his God-given gifts and sinning by sloth. Learning unsupported by grace may get into our hears, but it never reaches the heart. It makes a great noise outside but serves no inner purpose. But when god’s grace touches our innermost minds to bring understanding, his word which has been received by the ear sinks deep into the heart
As Max Lucado writes: "If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your picture would be in it. In short, He's "crazy about you."

"Time spent in prayer is never wasted, however urgent the duties that press upon us from every side".
taken from a recent address of Pope Benedict XVI


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you. David Wagoner Copyright 1976

“You won’t die from lack of sex but you can die from lack of love” (paraphrased?) “The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood.
Contemplation is essentially a listening in silence, an expectancy... In other words, the true contemplative is not the one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect or anticipate the world that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and when he is "answered," it is not so much by a world that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God. Thomas Merton. Contemplative Prayer. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1969: 90
To bless means to say good things. We have to bless one another constantly. Parents need to bless their children, children their parents, husbands their wives, wives their husbands, friends their friends. In our society, so full of curses, we must fill each place we enter with our blessings. We forget so quickly that we are God's beloved children and allow the many curses of our world to darken our hearts. Therefore we have to be reminded of our belovedness and remind others of theirs. Whether the blessing is given in words or with gestures, in a solemn or an informal way, our lives need to be blessed lives. Henri Nouwen “Eternal life” does not merely mean a life that lasts forever but rather a new quality of existence, fully immersed in God’s love, which frees us from evil and death and places us in never-ending communion with all our brothers and sisters who share in the same love. -Pope Benedict XVI

“There were other things which more fully took up my mind in their company – to talk and laugh and do kindnesses to each other; to read pleasant books together; to make jokes together and then talk seriously together; sometimes to disagree, but without any ill feeling, just as one may disagree with oneself, and to find that these very rare disagreements made our general agreement all the sweeter; to be sometimes teaching and sometimes learning; to long impatiently for the absent and to welcome them with joy

when they returned to us. These and other similar expressions of feeling, which proceed from the hearts of those who love and are loved in return, and are revealed in the face, the voice, the eyes, and in a thousand charming ways, were like a kindling fire to melt our souls together and out of many to make us one.” The Confessions of St. Augustine Book IV Chapter 8 “There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know him and to speak to others of our friendship with him.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
"Our happiness, our destiny is to discover the God of love whom we find and continually rediscover in others who reflect and embody His love. One Christ loving himself. All of us are frail and fickle apart from the power and dignity God invests in them and us. Should we be tempted to displace or forget God's love, may we always find Him coming to us in friends who love us. Human warmth, friendship and affection open us up so we can grasp the God of beauty and fire that lies beyond them. They teach us GOD in words and signs our humanity can understand. The Spirit takes us from there." –Augustine Confessions part IV section 4 "A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile when a man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." Antoine Saint-Exuprey “Lord, may I have balance and measure in everything – except in love.” St. Josemaria Escriva – Tommy and Cara's invitation. "The fatherhood of God is a fatherhood mediated by the Son and including brotherly union in the Son. If, therefore, Christian brotherhood is to be vitally realized, both a vital knowledge of the fatherhood of God and a vital joining with Jesus Christ in a unity of grace is necessary." Benedict XVI

Jesus said No… you feed them, let the children come to me, no you can’t call down the fire upon them, and finally when peter said depart from me lord… Jesus said NO. That’s enough about me, let’s talk about you, what do you think of me.” Archbishop Niederauer "Authentic moral teaching is based on objective truth, not polling." George Niederauer (2008-09-05). "Archbishop Addresses Recent Comments Made by House Speaker Pelosi", Catholic San Francisco, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. Retrieved on 2008-10-05. Your not in danger of dying in the poor house, but you are in danger of being stingy. George Hugh Niederauer Radical – radix – down to the roots “things are in the saddle and ride mankind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Ode Inscribed
to W.H. Channing

Affirmation is to convince us of how much God loves us. Archbishop Niederauer

“I thank God that I am not like…” A Christian should not complete this sentence Bitter Zeal is a bogus imitation of charity. Hell is seeing every other human being as a rival. “Well he is a Lion.” Chronicles of Narnia (Sometimes we try to domesticate God, but he is the other). The Christian is “Always in Love and Always in Trouble” discernment and prayer – right kinds of love and the right kinds of trouble. Prayer is a test of life and life is a test of prayer. St. Ignatius Prayer: “I have an appointment that I’ve broken a couple of times and I really need to keep it today.” “Stress addiction” We do not tidy up our lives and then invite Jesus in for a visit. He is in the mess and he can do the tidying up. “I look at the good God and the Good God looks at me.” St. John Vianney Prayer is “Good for Nothing.” For our own sake. You don’t have to fill the “dead air” like in radio. Patience. What’s the wrost thing about being mother Theresa. “I never have to wait for anyting... the poor have to wait for everything” BP. BOB Brown asked her.

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.
Charles de Foucauld
(let Jesus say this to You) Twin evils: Victimhood and entitlement Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. If I have ventured wrongly, very well, life then helps me with its penalty. But if I haven't ventured at all, who helps me then? ~ Søren Kierkegaard (born 5 May 1813)

1) The infinitely beautiful god rouses our love and makes us beautiful (St. Augustine, Confessions, 3.6, 9.4) hans urs von balthasar Holiness through ministry; ministry not alongside holiness, but as the form of priestly holiness. Responsible activity in the service of man and intimacy with God are not in competition with each other. The service of others is the articulation of one's being-consumed for God, of one's being grasped by Him, of one's being-with-Him. -- Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, "Priestly Ministry: A Search for Its Meaning," Emmanuel 76 (1970)

prison cell, in which one waits, hopes - and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent” Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes

"At the first coming Christ was our redemption; in the last coming he will appear as our life; in this middle coming, he is our rest and consolation."

-St. Bernard
"Of all the things I've Lost, I miss my mind the most!"

Take to heart your own words that you said to me: "God will meet you in the angst… he often is born in the mess of life." And remember that Christ must've appeared to be "terribly powerless" while hanging from the cross. But we know that he wasn't. Chris Marcic replying to my quote.

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Tuesday, November 4

Litany of the Counsel of the Saints
(from the Nov '08 issue of Magnificat) This litany is a meditation on what some of the saints have spoken or written. As we listen to these saints, we pray for a deeper personal participation in their sanctity. This litany represents only a small sampling of the vast communion of saints (the selection is limited due to space constraints). Feel free to add your favorites to it. One option is to sing the litany and it's response. R: (Saint's name), pray for us. Holy Mary, Mother of God: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." R. Saint Gabriel the Archangel: "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." R.

Saint Joseph: [pause in reverent silence] R. Saint John the Baptist: "Jesus must increase; I must decrease." R. Saint Peter: "Lord, you know that I love you." R. Saint Paul: "We had accepted within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might trust not in ourselves but in God who raises the dead." R. Saint Mary Magdalene: "I have seen the Lord!" R. Saint Ignatius of Antioch: "There is water living and speaking in me, saying from within me, 'Come to the Father.'" R. Saint Justin Martyr: "The greatest grace God can give someone is to send him a trial he cannot bear with his own powers - and then sustain him with his grace so he may endure to the end and be saved." R. Saint Irenaeus of Lyons: "The glory of God is man fully alive." R. Saint Agatha: "Lord Jesus Christ, you created me, you have watched over me from infancy, kept my body from defilement, preserved me from love of the world, made me able to withstand torture, and granted me the virtue of patience in the midst of torments." R. Saint Cyprian: "Our union with Christ unifies affections and wills." R. Saint Athanasius: "It is the Father's glory that man, made and then lost, should be found again; and, when done to death, that he should be made alive, and should become God's temple." R. Saint Ephrem the Syrian: "O Jesus, in that hour when darkness like a cloak shall be spread over all things, may your grace shine on us in place of the earthly sun."

R. Saint Cecilia: "To die for Christ is not to sacrifice one's youth but to renew it. Jesus Christ returns a hundredfold for all offered him, and adds to it eternal life." R. Saint Basil: "Through the Holy Spirit paradise is restored. We can address God as our Father with confidence; we can share in the grace of Christ." R. Saint Gregory Nazianzen: "Each of us can say to the tempter, 'Unlike you, I have not yet become an outcast from heaven through my pride. By my baptism I have become one with him. It is you that should fall prostrate before me.'" R. Saint Gregory of Nyssa: "Ideas create idols; only wonder leads to knowing." R. Saint Ambrose: "Every soul who has believed both conceives and generates the Word of God and recognizes his works. Let the soul of Mary be in each one of you to magnify the Lord." R. Saint John Chrysostom: "Jesus Christ gave you all; he left nothing for himself." R. Saint Augustine: "We have been promised something we do not yet possess. It is good for us to persevere in longing until we receive what was promised, and yearning is over." R. Saint Peter Chrysologus: "Peace is the plenitude that fulfills our desires. As Christ left the world, he wished to leave the gift he wanted to find when he returned." R. Saint Leo the Great: "Let us be raised to the one who made the dust of our lowliness into the body of his glory." R. Saint Patrick: "I arise today through the strength of Christ with his baptism, through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial, through the strength of his

Resurrection with his Ascension." R. Saint Benedict: "What is more delightful than this voice of the Lord calling to us? See how the Lord in his love shows us the way of life." R. Saint Columba: "Loving Savior, inspire in us the depth of love that is fitting for you to receive as God." R. Saint Gregory the Great: "We have been truly set free from subjection to sin because we are united to him who is truly free." R. Saint Maximos the Confessor: "God made us so that we might become partakers of the divine nature and sharers in his eternity, and so that we might come to be like him through deification by grace." R. Saint Bede the Venerable: "We should rejoice that the Lord deigns to visit our hearts, and that he deigns to illumine this Passover of our good actions by his benevolent presence." R. Saint Anselm: "God who made all things made himself of Mary, and thus he refashioned everything he had made." R. Saint Bernard: "In the measure that grace's kingdom is extended, sin's power is weakened." R. Saint Dominic: "I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you more effectively than during my life." R. Saint Francis of Assisi: "May I feel in my heart, as far as possible, that abundance of love with which you, Son of God, were inflamed." R. Saint Anthony of Padua: "Let us pray that the Lord Jesus Christ pour his grace into us by means of which we ask for and receive the fullness of true joy." R.

Saint Clare: "Live and hope in the Lord, and let your service be according to reason." R. Saint Thomas Aquinas: "The life of man consists in the love that principally sustains him and in which he finds his greatest satisfaction." R. Saint Gertrude the Great: "Once again I give you thanks for your merciful love, kindest Lord, for having found another way of arousing me from my inertia." R. Saint Bonaventure: "God created all things not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it." R. Saint Catherine of Siena: "When we love something we don't care what sort of abuse or injury or pain we might have to endure to get it; we are concerned only with satisfying our desire for the thing we love." R. Saint Joan of Arc: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter." R. Saint Bernardine of Siena: "If we but recollect the name of Jesus, it is to fight with confidence - for this name subjects all the fury of our enemies to us." R. Saint Catherine of Genoa: "God lets the soul share his goodness so that it becomes one with him. The nearer the soul comes to him, the more it partakes of what is his." R. Saint Thomas More: "The brothers of the patriarch Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred." R. Saint Angela of Merici: "Strengthen, O Lord, my senses and my affections that they may not stray into any betrayal of trust." R.

Saint Francis Xavier: "God our Lord knows the intentions which he in his mercy has wished to place in us, and the great hope and confidence which he in his goodness has wished that we should have in him." R. Saint Ignatius of Loyola: "As long as obedience is flourishing, all the other virtues will be seen to flourish and bear fruit." R. Saint Teresa of Avila: "Be joyful for there is someone who loves your God as he deserves, who knows him as her only Son." R. Saint Charles Borromeo: "The candle that gives light to others must itself be consumed. Thus we also have to act. We ourselves are consumed to give a good example to others." R. Saint Saint Catherine De' Ricci: "You have been reborn with him through a holy desire to live a new life, looking at yourselves as reflected in his life." R. Saint John of the Cross: "You considered / That one hair fluttering at my neck; / You gazed at it upon my neck / And it captivated You." R. Saint Aloysius Gonzaga: "As God is above all created things, honors, possessions, so should our internal esteem of his Divine Majesty surpass our esteem or idea of anything whatever." R. Saint Philip Neri: "My Jesus, if you want me, cut the fetters that keep me from you." R. Saint Robert Southwell: "Jesus, possess my mind with your presence and ravish it with your love, that my delight may be to be embraced in the arms of your protection." R. Saint Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi: "Who doesn't know what God is, should apply

to Mary. Who doesn't find mercy in God, should apply to Mary. Who doesn't have conformity of will, should apply to Mary." R. Saint Francis de Sales: "We must fight our battle between fear and hope in the knowledge that hope is always the stronger because he who comes to our help is almighty." R. Saint Jane Frances de Chantal: "Oh, how happy is the soul that freely lets herself be molded to the likeness of this divine Savior." R. Saint Isaac Jogues: "My hope is in God, who needs not us to accomplish his designs. We must endeavor to be faithful to him." R. Saint Peter Claver: "Man's salvation and perfection consists in doing the will of God, which he must have in view in all things, and at every moment of his life." R. Saint Vincent de Paul: "But for divine grace I would be in temper hard and repellant, rough and crabbed." R. Saint John Eudes: "With his own hand God the Father has impressed on Mary's heart a perfect semblance of the divine qualities of his love." R. Saint Claude de la Colombiere: "My Jesus, let me live in your heart and pour all my bitterness into it where it will be utterly consumed." R. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque: "All my pleasure in this land of exile is that of having every kind of suffering found on the cross, deprived of every other consolation except that of the Sacred Heart." R. Saint Louis de Montfort: "In Mary alone, by the grace of Jesus Christ, man is made godlike as far as human nature is capable of it." R. Saint Paul of the Cross: "The soul whom God wants to draw to deepest union with

him by means of holy prayer, must pass through the way of suffering during prayer." R. Saint Alphonsus Liguori: "We must love God in the way that pleases him, and not just in a way that suits ourselves. God wishes people to empty themselves of everything and to be filled with his divine love." R. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: "O Jesus, sure joy of my soul, give me but a true love of you. Let me seek you as my only good." R. Saint John Vianney: "The soul can feed only on God; only God can suffice it; only God can fill it; only God can satiate its hunger. Its God is absolutely necessary to it." R. Saint John Neumann: "Though God hates sin more than any other thing, he loves us poor miserable sinners. He ardently desires the welfare of our souls as if his own happiness depended on it." R. Saint Peter Julian Eymard: "Abide in the home of the divine and fatherly goodness of God like his child who knows nothing, does nothing, makes a mess of everything, but nevertheless lives in his goodness." R. Saint John Bosco: "What tenderness there is in Jesus' love for man! In his infinite goodness, he established, with each of us, bonds of sublime love! His love has no limits." R. Saint Therese of Lisieux: "You alone, O Jesus, could satisfy a soul that needed to love even to the infinite." R. Saint Bernadette Soubirous: "O Mary, Mother of Sorrows, I am the child of your sorrows. My tender Mother, here is your child, who can do no more. Have pity on me." R.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini: "Stretch every fiber of my being, dear Lord, that I may more easily fly toward you. May your Spirit which one breathed over the chaos of the earth give life to all the powers of my soul." R. Saint Maximilian Kolbe: "Shall the urge for complete and total happiness, inherent to human nature, be the only need to remain unfulfilled and unsatisfied? No, even this longing can be fulfilled by the infinite and eternal God." R. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: "Holy realism has a certain affinity with the realism of the child who receives and responds to the impressions with unimpaired vigor and vitality, and with uninhibited simplicity." R. Saint Katherine Drexel: "May your faith be increased so as to realize the fact that you are never alone, wheresoever you may be, that the great God is with you, in you." R. Saint Faustina: "Jesus, I trust in you." R. Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: "If the soul longs for nothing else than to love its God then don't worry and be quite sure that this soul possesses everything, that is possesses God himself." R. Compiled by Peter John Cameron, O.P. Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on! Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me. I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou shouldst lead me on; I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead Thou me on! I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years! So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on. O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone,

And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I Have loved long since, and lost awhile! Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod, Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God. To rest forever after earthly strife In the calm light of everlasting life. -J.H. Newman Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning If I lack'd anything. "A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here"; Love said, "You shall be he." "I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear, I cannot look on thee." Love took my hand and smiling did reply, "Who made the eyes but I?" "Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame Go where it doth deserve." "And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?" "My dear, then I will serve." "You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat." So I did sit and eat. -- George Herbert Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” -Pedro Arupe SJ
Steve Chandler said, "The worldʼs best kept secret is that on the other side of your fear there is something safe and beneficial waiting for you. If you pass through even a thin curtain of fear you will increase the confidence you have in your ability to create your life." Mark Twain said, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not- absence of fear."

Befriending Our Inner Enemies
How do we befriend our inner enemies lust and anger? By listening to what they are saying. They say, "I have some unfulfilled needs" and "Who really loves me?" Instead of pushing our lust and anger away as unwelcome guests, we can recognize that our anxious, driven hearts need some healing. Our restlessness calls us to look for the true inner rest where lust and anger can be converted into a deeper way of loving. There is a lot of unruly energy in lust and anger! When that energy can be directed toward loving well, we can transform not only ourselves but even those who might otherwise become the victims of our anger and lust. This takes patience, but it is possible. –Henri Nouwen Email

Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the
way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk. St. Therese
The fruit of silence is prayer, The fruit of Prayer is faith, The fruit of faith is love, The fruit of love is service, The fruit of service is peace. -Mother Teresa

I find myself endurable only when I can forget myself, when I can get away from myself by prayer and find life in You. But how can I do this if You never show Yourself to me, if You remain ever so distant? Why are You so silent? Why do You enjoin me to speak with You, when You don’t pay any attention to me? Isn’t your silence a sure sign that You’re not listening? Or do You really listen quite attentively, do You perhaps listen my whole life long, until I have told You everything, until I have spoken out my entire self to You? Do you remain so silent precisely because You are waiting until I am really finished, so that You can then speak Your word to me, the word of Your eternity?

-Karl Rahner, S.J., “Encounter with Silence.”
“If you wish to feel this in your heart, go into your room and shut out the noise of the world. As it is written: “in the privacy of your room, feel the sorrow and compassion deeply.” In your room you will find what you often let slip outside. A room continually used grows sweet; ill-kept it breeds boredom. If you stay in your room and keep it well when you first turn to God, then later on it will become a beloved friend and a dear comfort.” Imitation of Christ “What is most striking in all this is that, when in solitary prayer with God, we are also with our fellowmen. And what enables us to meet others in authentic depth is precisely begin able to encounter God in silent prayer.” Yves Raguin Attention to the Mystery: Entry into the Spiritual Life “To know to talk with Jesus is a great art, and to know how to cling to him is great wisdom. Be humble and peaceful and Jesus will be with you; be devout and quite and he will remain with you.” Imitation of Christ

At the Foot of the Cross Jesus I run away from your cross leaving you there hanging between desolation and rejection. Draw me to you that I may be one with you. Jesus I stand at a distance for fear of being swept up into your embrace. Call me to you with a voice that I will recognize and answer. Jesus I stand at the foot of your cross like a parched land waiting for the rain. Let me thirst for your love as much as you thirst for mine. Jesus I hang on the wood of my cross. Help me to let go to reach out in love as you did. Gilles Cote

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton (quotes from the shack) Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets – Paul tournier “The soul is healed by being with children.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky “Sadness is a wall between two gardens.” Kahlil Gibran “Oh my soul, be prepared to meet Him who knows how to ask questions.” - T. S. Eliot “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” _ Blaise Pascal “Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God.” - G. K. Chesterton “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it knows and loves the One who is leading it.” - Oswald Chambers
“Every life well lived reveals something of the mystery of God.” - Fr. Michael J. Denk Funeral Homily "The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

"I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book." —Groucho Marx “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “The trick is not trying to solve the problem before you’ve figured out whiat it is.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark “Every accident is just a creative opportunity in disguise.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark

To me, creativity is, first and foremost, all about courage – a willingness to take risks, to try new things, and to share the experience with others.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark “how do you turn these random idesas into an act? Deadlines! He laughed… of course, they always come too fast, but without them, your mind is not focused. With them, on the other hadn, your panicked mind starts coming up with crazy ideas it never would have otherwise. If you have two days to design a transition from a trapeze act to a tramboline, you will think of something!” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark “It may be difficlt to learn to put your trust in antoehr person, but it’s often easier than having the confiedense to trust yourself.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark “David was inside the stone – I just needed to chip away all the pieces that weren’t david.:” Somethimes the shape of whati it is we want to create already exists, I had reflected, thinking boaut the form of my own life and the way I wanted it to look. Maybe it was as simple as chipping away the parts of myself that no longer fit.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark “Don’t fight it! If you work, with it, it’ll work with you. now you're doing it! You can muscle it everywhere, but it’s far better to learn to flow with the wheel and use it to your advantage.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark We face our fears every day. The fact is, we WANT to scare ourselves some – to readch our limists and then go beyond them. We have to shove ourselves off the cliff before we start to fly.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark Analyzing humor is like trying to dissect a frong. the frog tends to die in the process.” Mark Twain You can do it, but

“Everybody is creative and everybody is talented, I just don’t think everybody is disciplined.” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark

At cirque you have to touch the crowd every night. And to do that, you need to find the little pearl inside yourself and give it to the audience. When you are teaching someone, you help them find that pearl. And when I see them find it and share it with an audience, I feel I’ve achieved something. Think abohtu how pearls are made – from a grain of sand, an irritant. Everything I like about myself today started with a grain of sand. Ebign to tall for gymnastics switching to synchro, losing my fiancé. These were all difficult in their won way, but each time, I made a decision to go forward, to use them to make me better. We all have these grains of sand. But we need to nurture them, make them beautiful ” Cirque du Soleil: The Spark “A neurotic who learns to laugh at himself amy be on the way to self-managemtne, perhaps to cure.” Gordon W. Allport The individual and his religion

“To be sure, a human being is a finite thing, and his freedom is restricted. It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.”
“Man is capable of defying and braving even the worst conditions conceivable.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.” “One of the main features of human existence is the capacity to rise above such conditions, to grow beyond them. Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “I view my life as being abundant with meaning and prupose. The attitude that I adopted on that fateful day has beocm emy personal credo for life: I broke my neck, it didn’t break me.” A student Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” P. 172 swimmer good for homily “Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “But everyhgin great is just as difficult to realize as it is rare to find.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Ethics of Spinoza. Even though conditions such as lack of sleep, insufficient food and various mental stresses may suggest that the inmates were bound to react in certain ways, in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone.” Victor Frankl “Human life, under any circumstances, never ceases to have a meaning, an dthat this infinite meaning of life includes suffering and dying, privation and death.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “and now the dream had come true, but could we truly believe it?” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “The crowning experience of all, for the homecoming of man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, there is nothing he need fear anymore except God.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Nietzsche “Sunday Neurosis, that kind of depression which afflicts people wh o become aware of the lack of content in their lives when the rush of the busy week is over and the void within themselvesbecomes manifest. Not a few cases of suicide can be traced backt to thisexistential vacuum. Such widespread phenomenoa as depression, aggression and addiction are not understandable unless we recognize the existential vacuum underlying them. This is also tru of the crises of pensioners and aging people.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day, and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment… one should not search for abstract meaning of life. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself – be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself – by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love – the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself… We can discover this meaning lin linfe in three different ways: 1) by creating a work or doing a deed. 2) by experiencing something or encountering someneone. 3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.” Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.” The mother of a boy who had died at the age of eleven years was admitted to my hopstial department after a suicide attempt. Dr. kurt kocourek invited her to join a therapeutic group, and it happned that I stepped int toe hroom where he was conducitna psychodrama. Shwe was telling her story. At the death of her boy she was left alone with another, older son, who was crippled, suffering form the effects of infantile paralysis. The poor boy had to be moved around in a wheelchair. His mother, however, rebelled against her fate. But when she tried to commit suiceide together with him, it was the crippled son who prevented her from doing so: he liked living! For him, life had remained meaningful. What was it not so for his mother? How could her life still have ameaning? And how could we help her to become aware of it?” Improvising, I participated in the discussion , and questioned another womin in the group. I asked her how old she was and she answered, “Thirty,” I replied, “No, you are not thirty but instead eighty and lying on oyur deathbed. And now you are looking back on your life, a life which was childless but full of financial success and social prestige.” And then I invited her to imageing what she would feel in this situation. “What will you thin kof it? What will you say to yourself?” Let me que what she actually said from a tape which was recofded druign that session. Oh, I married a millionaire, I had an easy life full of wealth, and I lived it up! I flirted with men, I teased them! But now I am eighty.; I have no children of my own. Looking back as an old woman, I cannot see what al lthaqt was for; actually, I must say, my life was a failure!” I then invited the mother to the handicapped son to imagen herself similiarly looking back over her life. Let us listen to what she had to say as recorded on the tape: “I wishede to have children and this wich has been granted to me; one boy died; the other, however, the crippled one, would have been sent to an institution if I had not taken over his care. Though he was crippled and helpless, he is after all my boy. And so I ahv emade a fuller life possobel for him: I have made a better human being out of my son.” At this moment, there was an outburst of tears and, crying, she continued; As for myself, I can oly look back peacefully on my life; for I can say my life was full of meaning, and I have tried thard to fulfill it; I have done my best – I have done the best for my son. My life was no failure!” Viewing her life as if from her deathbed, she had suddenly been able to see the meaning in it, a meaning which even included all of her sufferings. By the sme token, however, it had become clear as well athat a life of short duration, like that, for example, of her dead boy,

coud be so rich ain joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life lasting eighty years. Victor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning.”
"To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant." Cardinal Newman

I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book.” —Groucho Marx

“you cant help getting older, but you don’t have to get old” George Burns “The secret of life is to let oneself be carried to God.” John XXIII “If we let Christ into our lives we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautifu, and great.” Benedict XVI
10:32amElaine Funny story...while getting ready to go to church yesterday, Sean said "Mike...shoe off...funny" He was referring to when you took off your shoe in church and asked people to touch your feet! I couldn't believe that he remembered this and that was what came to his mind when I told him it was time to get dressed for church. Thought you'd like to know...

GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED: 1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats. 2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair. 3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person. 4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. 5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food. 6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair. 7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time. 8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. 9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts. 10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap. GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED: 1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. 2) Wrinkles don't hurt. 3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts. 4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground. 5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside. 6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy. GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD 1) Growing up is mandatory; growing old is optional. 2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get. 3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there. 4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. 5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions. 6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician. 7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE: 1) You believe in Santa Claus. 2) You don't believe in Santa Claus. 3) You are Santa Claus. 4) You look like Santa Claus. SUCCESS: At age 4 success is . . not peeing in your pants. At age 12 success . . . is having friends. At age 16 success is . . having a drivers license. At age 35 success is . . . having money. At age 50 success is . . . having money. At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers license. At age 75 success is . . having friends. At age 80 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.

Pat foley – you are the best preacher this parish has had in 40 years. I’m serious – that halt homily you gave a couple weeks ago….. Mark Twain once said “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Some people are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
Speak only good of the dead
I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I'd never run out of nerve. Never. Evel Knievel

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. ~Author Unknown A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Catching a yellow-jacket in your shirt at seventy miles per hour can double your vocabulary. ~Author Unknown Burn rubber, not your soul, baby. ~Craig Fernandez and Reggie Bythewood, Biker Boyz
Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly. “If you're going to repair a motorcycle, an adequate supply of gumption is the first and most important tool. If you haven’t got that you might as well gather up all the other tools and put them away, because they wont do you any good. Gumption is the psychic gasoline that keeps the whole thing going. If you haven’t got it there’s no way the motorcycle can possibly be fised. But if you have got it and know how to keep it there’s

absolutely no way in this whole world that motorcycle can keep from getting fixed.” Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

Many men go FISHING their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau

1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." Henry David Thoreau People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE PRIESTHOOD. By St John Chrysostom. "For the priestly office is indeed discharged on earth,but it ranks amongst heavenly ordinances; and very naturally so:for neither man, nor angel, nor archangel, nor any other created power, but the Paraclete Himself, instituted this vocation, and persuaded men while still abiding in the flesh to represent the ministry of angels. Wherefore the consecrated priest ought to be as pure as if he were standing in the heavens themselves in the midst of those powers." (p46,-Vol IX,NPNF). (After referring to Elijah on Mt Carmel)..."There stands the priest, not bringing down fire from Heaven, but the Holy Spirit:and he makes prolonged supplication, not that some flame sent down from Heaven may consume the offerings, but that grace descending on the sacrifice may thereby enlighten the souls of all, and render them more (refined) than silver purified by fire. Who can despise this most awful mystery, unless he is stark mad and senseless?" (p47,IBID). "...and what priests do here below God ratifies above,and the Master confirms the sentence of His servants. ...For indeed what is it but all manner of heavenly authority which He has given them when He says,'Whose sins you remit they are remitted,and whose sins you retain they are retained.' What authority could be greater than this? 'The Father has committed all judgement to the Son',But I see it all put into the hands of these men by the Son."(IBID) "...when one is required to preside over the Church, and be entrusted with the care of so many souls, the whole female sex must retire before the magnitude of the task,and the majority of men also;..."(p40,IBID). "I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea." (p.49, IBID).

"The divine law indeed has excluded women from this ministry, but they endeavour to thrust themselves into it; and since they can effect nothing of themselves, they do all through the agency of others..."(p.49,IBID). "And all men are ready to pass judgement on the priest as if he was not a being clothed with flesh, or one who inherited a human nature..."(p.52,IBID). "For there are many other qualities, Basil, besides those already mentioned, which the priest ought to have, but which I do not possess: and above all, this one:-his soul ought to be thoroughly purged from any lust after the office: for if he happens to have a natural inclination for this dignity, as soon as he attains it a stronger flame is kindled, and the man being taken completely captive will endure innumerable evils in order to keep a secure hold upon it, even to the extent of using flattery, or submitting to something base and ignoble,..."(p.50,IBID). "But I am of (the) opinion one ought to exercise so much caution in the matter, as to shun the burden of the office," (IBID). "And in saying this I am not in opposition to the blessed Paul, but in complete harmony with his words.For what says he? 'If any man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work.' Now I have not said that it is a terrible thing to desire the work,but only the authority and power." (IBID). "For he who does not desire to be exhibited in possession of this authority, does not fear to be deposed from it, and not fearing this will be able to do everything with the freedom which becomes Christian men." (IBID).

Quotes on the Priesthood
Quotes by St. John Vianney: “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.” “A good shepherd, a pastor after God’s heart, is the greatest treasure which the good Lord can grant to a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of divine mercy.” “O, how great is the priest! … If he realized what he is, he would die… God obeys him: he utters a few words and the Lord descends from heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host…” “Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. Who put him there in that tabernacle? The priest. Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life? The priest. Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for its journey? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest, always the priest. And if this soul should happen to die [as a result of sin], who will raise it up, who will restore its calm and peace? Again, the priest… After God, the priest is everything! … Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is.” “Were we to fully realize what a priest is on earth, we would die: not of fright, but of love… Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption on earth… What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the

administrator of his goods … Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest, and they will end by worshiping the beasts there … The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you.” “There is little love of God in that parish; you will be the one to put it there.” [his bishop] “[Lord,] grant me the conversion of my parish; I am willing to suffer whatever you wish, for my entire life!” “Upon his arrival, he chose the church as his home. He entered the church before dawn and did not leave it until after the evening Angelus. There he was to be sought whenever needed.” [his biographer] “One need not say much to pray well.” “We know that Jesus is there in the tabernacle: let us open our hearts to him, let us rejoice in his sacred presence. That is the best prayer.” “Come to communion, my brothers and sisters, come to Jesus. Come to live from him in order to live with him… Of course you are not worthy of him, but you need him!” “It was not possible to find a finer example of worship… He gazed upon the Host with immense love.” [his congregation] “All good works, taken together, do not equal the sacrifice of the Mass since they are human works, while the Holy Mass is the work of God.” “The reason why a priest is lax is that he does not pay attention to the Mass! My God, how we ought to pity a priest who celebrates as if he were engaged in something routine!” “What a good thing it is for a priest each morning to offer himself to God in sacrifice!” “The grace he obtained [for the conversion of sinners] was so powerful that it would pursue them, not leaving them a moment of peace!” [his biographer] “It is not the sinner who returns to God to beg his forgiveness, but God himself who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him.” “This good Saviour is so filled with love that he seeks us everywhere.” “I will charge my ministers to proclaim to sinners that I am ever ready to welcome them, that my mercy is infinite.” [SJV said of Christ] “The good Lord knows everything. Even before you confess, he already knows that you will sin again, yet he still forgives you. How great is the love of our God: he even forces himself to forget the future, so that he can grant us his forgiveness!” “I weep because you don’t weep. If only the Lord were not so good! But he is so good! One would have to be a brute to treat so good a Father this way!” [to “lukewarm” confessors] “Everything in God’s sight, everything with God, everything to please God… How beautiful it is!” “My God, grant me the grace to love you as much as I possibly can.” “The great misfortune for us parish priests is that our souls grow tepid.” “I will tell you my recipe: I give sinners a small penance and the rest I do in their place.” [to a confrere]

“My secret is simple: give everything away; hold nothing back.” “Today I’m poor just like you, I’m one of you.” [when he lacked money for the poor] “I no longer have anything. The good Lord can call me whenever he wants!” “There are no two good ways of serving God. There is only one: serve him as he desires to be served.” “Do only what can be offered to the good Lord.” “After giving us all he could, Jesus Christ wishes in addition to bequeath us his most precious possession, his Blessed Mother.” [above quotes are taken from the Holy Father’s Letter Proclaiming a Year for Priests on 150th Anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney 06/16/09] “What is the priest? A man who holds the place of God, a man clothed with all the powers of God… At the consecration the priest does not say, ‘This is the Body of our Lord.’ He says, ‘This is my Body.’ Behold the power of the priest! The tongue of the priest makes God from a morsel of bread! It is more than creating the world… The Blessed Virgin cannot make her Divine Son descend into the host. A priest can, however simple he may be… How great is the priest! He will only rightly understand himself in heaven… To understand it on earth, would make one die, not of fear, but of love… [below quotes are from 15 Days of Prayer with The Curé of Ars by Pierre Blanc] “I have nothing else to prove to you except the indispensable obligation we have to become saints.” “Wherever the saints go, God goes with them.” “In order to do things well, we must do them as God wants them done, in perfect conformity with His plans.” “Those who are led by the Holy Spirit have righteous ideas. When we are led by a strong God of light, we cannot make a mistake… The eye of the world sees no further than a lifetime, the Christian sees to the depth of eternity.” “To love God with all of our heart is to be ready to lose our life rather than offend Him, it is to love nothing that shares our heart.” “Man is poor and he needs to ask God for everything.” “The only happiness that we have on earth is to love God and know that God loves us.” “The soul can only nourish itself with God. Only God can satisfy it, only God can fill it. Only God can satisfy its hunger.” “We can’t love God without giving Him evidence of it through our works.” “The people who practice devotion, confess, and take Communion, but don’t do the work of Faith and Charity, are similar to trees in bloom! You believe that there will be as much fruit as there are flowers…but there is such a difference!” In response to a question about how to pray: “It makes no difference, we don’t need to speak in order to pray. We know that the Good God is there, we open our heart to Him, we take pleasure in His presence, that is the best prayer.”

“Through prayer, we are united to God.” “God doesn’t lose sight of us in the same way as a mother doesn’t lose sight of her child who is learning to walk.” “Our crosses unite us to our Lord, they purify us, they detach us from this world, they carry the obstacles from our hearts, they help us live our lives like a bridge helps us cross a body of water.” “Man does not live by bread alone, he lives by prayer, faith, adoration, and Love (God).” “The cross is the key that opens the door, the lamp that illuminates heaven and earth, it is the ladder to heaven. The cross is the wisest book we could read; those who don’t know this book are ignorant.” “How tender and consoling are the thoughts of the holy Presence of God… If we have faith, we would see Jesus Christ in the Sacrament.” “He is there in the sacrament of His Love.” “What could one think when we see the manner in which the majority of Christians believe in our churches? Some of their temporal affairs, others about their pleasures; this one is asleep, and that one finds the time long; one turns his head, another yawns, one scratches himself, one thumbs through his book, and yet another looks to see if it will all soon be over with.” “The earth is too small to offer something that could satisfy the soul: it thirsts for God. Only God could satisfy it.” “I know that the confession of your sins causes you a moment of humiliation. Is it really humiliating to confess your sins? The priest knows, more or less, what you may have done. I am much guiltier than you: don’t be afraid to confess…” “… at the moment of absolution, the Good God throws our sins over His shoulder, that is, He destroys them. They will never reappear. The sins that we hide will all reappear. In order to hide them well, we must confess them.” “I will give my ministers the responsibility to proclaim, to mankind, that I am always ready to receive them, that my mercy is infinite.” “Hell has its origins in the goodness of God.” Of the Blessed Mother, he said, “I loved her even before I knew her. She is my oldest love.” “The three divine Persons contemplate the Blessed Virgin Mary.” “When our hands have touched herbs, they perfume all that they touch. Let us pass our prayers through the hands of the Blessed Virgin, she will perfume them!” On the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: “What happiness! I always thought that the Catholic truths were always lacking this ray of light. It is a gap that cannot remain in religion.” “I think that, at the end of the world, the Virgin Mary will be very quiet, but as long as the world exists, we tug at her from all sides…” “Only the Holy Spirit can lift our soul and carry it to heaven.” The Holy Spirit “magnifies our outlook, just as eyeglasses magnify objects.”

“Those who are led by the Holy Spirit have righteous ideas.” “Each morning we must say: ‘My God, send me your Holy Spirit, so that He will make me know what I am and what you are.’” “You must never scorn the poor, for this scorn falls onto God. Often, we believe that we are helping a poor person and it turns out that it’s our Lord.” “You want to pray to the Good God, to spend your day in the church; but you think that it would be useful to work for a few poor people that you know and who are in great need: that is much more pleasing to God than your day spent at the foot of the holy tabernacles.” “You are so lazy! You could work. You are young. You have strong arms.” “It’s not austerity that weakens me, slander is hurtful in other ways.” “They don’t think that they are doing something bad. I increased my politeness and thoughtfulness towards them and I gave more alms to those I was in the habit of helping.” “He truly said something that hurt me, and I truly prayed to God for him. I must take care of him.” “If we only knew how much the Lord loves us, we would die from pleasure! I don’t believe that there are hearts hard enough to not love when they see themselves loved so much!” “They give up their eternity for the fluff of the world.” “Happy is the Christian who is educated and enters into the spirit of the Church.” “I don’t see the will of God in it, but Monsignor does. We don’t have any other choice but to obey.” “… to be united with God! Let us seek to be united and to unite. Human speech is filled with unity. Error is the obstacle to union, there is no union possible between wrong and truth.” “Don’t make a mistake; you, as confreres and religious brothers, are obligated to lead a life that is more perfect than regular Christians.” “We always find enough people to buy banners or statutes, but the preference should be for the salvation of souls through missions. You don’t know all of the good that they do. In order to appreciate their effect, you must be in my shoes as a confessor.” “…there is no true love if the man ‘marries her out of convenience, through ambition or because of her beauty,’ for the woman is not a object in service of man and his desires.” “Each person has their own imperfections and faults.” “Your children remember much more about what they see you do than what you’ve told them to do.” “It would be very self-indulgent to forbid your children to do what you do yourself!” “Virtue passes from the mother’s heart into the heart of the children who willingly do what they see is being done.” He compares prayer to “a gentle conversation between a child and his father.” “You take better care of your animals in the stable… than you do of your poor children!”

“They are small, but their prayers are big to God. To not let the children pray is to steal a great pleasure away from the Good God.” “By dying, we make restitution. We give back to the earth what it has given us… A small pinch of dust, the size of a nut – that is what we will become. That is truly something of which to be proud!” “Death is the union with God. In heaven, the love of God will fill and flood everything.” “The saints’ preaching is their example.” “The saints didn’t all start off well, but they all finished well.” 69. …These are the prayers he addressed to heaven as he began his parochial ministry: "My God, make the sheep entrusted to me come back to a good way of life. For all my life I am prepared to endure anything that pleases you." (76) 70. And God heard these fervent prayers, for later our saint had to confess: "If I had known when I came to the parish of Ars what I would have to suffer, the fear of it would certainly have killed me." (77) 71. Following in the footsteps of the great apostles of all ages, he knew that the best and most effective way for him to contribute to the salvation of those who would be entrusted to his care was through the cross. It was for them that he put up with all sorts of calumnies, prejudices and opposition, without complaint; for them that he willingly endured the sharp discomforts and annoyances of mind and body that were forced upon him by his daily administration of the Sacrament of Penance for thirty years with almost no interruption; for them that this athlete of Christ fought off the powers of hell; for them, last of all, that he brought his body into subjection through voluntary mortification. 72. Almost everyone knows his answer to the priest who complained to him that his apostolic zeal was bearing no fruit: "You have offered humble prayers to God, you have wept, you have groaned, you have sighed. Have you added fasts, vigils, sleeping on the floor, castigation of your body? Until you have done all of these, do not think that you have tried everything." (78) 74. …"A terrible disaster strikes us Cures"—the holy man complained—"when our spirit grows lazy and careless"… 75. Because of human liberty and of events beyond all human control, the efforts of even the holiest of men will sometimes fail. But a priest ought to remember that in the mysterious counsels of Divine Providence, the eternal fate of many men is bound up with his pastoral interest and care and the example of his priestly life. Is not this thought powerful enough both to stir up the lackadaisical in an effective way and to urge on to greater efforts those who are already zealous in the work of Christ? 76. Because, as is recorded, "he was always ready to care for the needs of souls," (80) St. John M. Vianney, good shepherd that he was, was also outstanding in offering his sheep an abundant supply of the food of Christian truth. Throughout his life, he preached and taught Catechism. 77. The Council of Trent pronounced this to be a parish priest's first and greatest duty and everyone knows what immense and constant labor John Vianney expended in order to be equal to carrying out this task. For he began his course of studies when he was already along in years, and he had great difficulty with it; and his first sermons to the people kept him up for whole nights on end. How much the ministers of the word of God can find here to imitate! For there are some who give up all effort at further study and then point too readily to his small fund of learning as an adequate excuse for themselves. They would be much better off if they would imitate the great perseverance of soul with which the Cure of Ars prepared himself to carry out this great ministry to the best of his abilities: which, as a matter of fact, were not quite as limited as is sometimes believed, for he had a clear mind and sound judgment. (81) 78. Men in Sacred Orders should gain an adequate knowledge of human affairs and a thorough knowledge of sacred doctrine that is in keeping with their abilities. Would that all pastors of souls would exert as much effort as the Cure of Ars did to overcome difficulties and obstacles in learning, to strengthen memory through practice, and especially to draw knowledge from the Cross of Our Lord, which is the greatest of all books.

This is why his Bishop made this reply to some of his critics: "I do not know whether he is learned; but a heavenly light shines in him." (82) 79. This is why Our predecessor of happy memory, Pius XII, was perfectly right in not hesitating to offer this country Cure as a model for the preachers of the Holy City: "The holy Cure of Ars had none of the natural gifts of a speaker that stand out in men like P. Segneri or B. Bossuet. But the clear, lofty, living thoughts of his mind were reflected in the sound of his voice and shone forth from his glance, and they came out in the form of ideas and images that were so apt and so well fitted to the thoughts and feelings of his listeners and so full of wit and charm that even St. Francis de Sales would have been struck with admiration. This is the kind of speaker who wins the souls of the faithful. A man who is filled with Christ will not find it hard to discover ways and means of bringing others to Christ." (83) 80. These words give a wonderful picture of the Cure of Ars as a catechism teacher and as a preacher. And when, towards the end of his life on earth, his voice was too weak to carry to his listeners, the sparkle and gleam of his eyes, his tears, his sighs of divine love, the bitter sorrow he evidenced when the mere concept of sin came to his mind, were enough to convert to a better way of life the faithful who surrounded his pulpit. How could anyone help being moved deeply with a life so completely dedicated to Christ shining so clearly there before him? 81. Up to the time of his blessed death, St. .John M Vianney held on tenaciously to his office of teaching the faithful committed to his care and the pious pilgrims who crowded the church, by denouncing evil of every kind, in whatever guise it might appear, "in season, out of season" (84) and, even more, by sublimely raising souls to God; for "he preferred to show the beauties of virtue rather than the ugliness of vice." (85) For this humble priest understood perfectly how great the dignity and sublimity of teaching the word of God really is. "Our Lord"—he said—"who Himself is truth, has as much regard for His word as for His Body." 84. …on the occasion of this centenary, God wants to cast new light on the wonderful power of the apostolic spirit, that sweeps all in its path, as it is exemplified in this priest who throughout his life was a witness in word and deed for Christ nailed to the cross "not in the persuasive language devised by human wisdom, but in a manifestation of spiritual power." (88) 85. All that remains for Us to do is to recall at a little greater length the pastoral ministry of St. John M. Vianney, which was a kind of steady martyrdom for a long period of his life, and especially his administration of the sacrament of Penance, which calls for special praise for it brought forth the richest and most salutary fruits. 86. "For almost fifteen hours each day, he lent a patient ear to penitents. This work began early in the morning and continued well on into the night." (89) And when he was completely worn out and broken five days before his death and had no strength left, the final penitents came to his bed. Toward the end of his life, the number of those who came to see him each year reached eighty thousand according to the accounts. (90) 87. It is hard to imagine what pain and discomfort and bodily sufferings this man underwent as he sat to hear Confessions in the tribunal of Penance for what seemed like endless periods of time, especially if you recall how weakened he was by his fasts, mortifications, sicknesses, vigils and lack of sleep. 88. But he was bothered even more by a spiritual anguish that took complete possession of him. Listen to his mournful cries: "So many crimes against God are committed"—he said— "that they sometimes incline us to ask God to end this world!... You have to come to the town of Ars if you really want to learn what an infinite multitude of serious sins there are. . . Alas, we do not know what to do, we think that there is nothing else to do than weep and pray to God." 89. And this holy man could have added that he had taken on himself more than his share of the expiation of these sins. For he told those who asked his advice in this regard: "I impose only a small penance on those who confess their sins properly; the rest I perform in their place." (91) 90. St. John M. Vianney always had "poor sinners," as he called them, in his mind and before his eyes, with the constant hope of seeing them turn back to God and weep for the sins they had committed. This was the object of all his thoughts and cares, and of the work that took up almost all his time and efforts. (92)

91. From his experience in the tribunal of Penance, in which he loosed the bonds of sin, he understood just how much malice there is in sin and what terrible devastation it wreaks in the souls of men. He used to paint it in hideous colors: "If we"—he asserted—"had the faith to see a soul in mortal sin, we would die of fright." (93) 92. But the sufferings of souls who have remained attached to their sins in hell did not add to the strength and vigor of his own sorrow and words as much as did the anguish he felt at the fact that divine love had been carelessly neglected or violated by some offense. This stubbornness in sin and ungrateful disregard for God's great goodness made rivers of tears flow from his eyes. "My friend"—he said—"I am weeping because you are not." (94) 93. And yet, what great kindness he displayed in devoting himself to restoring hope to the souls of repentant sinners! He spared no effort to become a minister of divine mercy to them; and he described it as "like an overflowing river that carries all souls along with it"95 and throbs with a love greater than that of a mother, "for God is quicker to forgive than a mother to snatch her child from the fire." (96) 94. Let the example of the Cure of Ars stir up those who are in charge of souls to be eager and wellprepared in devoting themselves to this very serious work, for it is here most of all that divine mercy finally triumphs over human malice and that men have their sins wiped away and are reconciled to God. 97. As this Encyclical of Ours draws to a close, We want to assure you, Venerable Brethren, of the high hopes We have that these centenary celebrations will, with the help of God, lead to a deeper desire and more intensive efforts on the part of all priests to carry out their sacred ministry with more ardent zeal and especially to work to fulfill "the first duty of priests, that is, the duty of becoming holy themselves.'' (100) 106. On the occasion of this centenary celebration, We would also like to exhort paternally all of the faithful to offer constant prayers to God for their priests, so that each in his own way may help them attain holiness. 119. Confident that this centennial celebration of St. John M. Vianney throughout the world will stir up the pious zeal of priests and of those whom God is calling to take up the priesthood, and will make all the faithful even more active and interested in supplying the things that are needed for priests' life and work, with all Our heart We impart the Apostolic Blessing to each and every one of them, and especially to you, Venerable Brethren, as a consoling pledge of heavenly graces and of Our good will. Given at Rome, at St. Peter's, on August 1, 1959, the first year of Our Pontificate. JOHN XXIII [numbers in parentheses are from cause for sainthood for JMV -- Pope Pius XI] "O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in you."

Others: “Let the whole of mankind tremble, the whole of the world shake, and the heaven’s exalt when Christ, the Son of the living God, is present on the altar in the hands of a priest.”

St. Francis of Assisi

“Ask the Lord to send out laborers does not mean to pray, ‘Lord, send someone,’ but rather, ‘Make me worthy of being sent so that I may approach this work not because it pleases me and is what I have programmed for myself, but it is the work that you are giving me.’ And, in fact immediately after the text reads: ‘He summoned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to drive them out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness’ (Matthew 10:1).”

Cardinal Martini from Moses and Jesus

“O Jesus. I pray for your faithful and fervent priests: For your unfaithful and tepid priests: For your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields. For your tempted priests: For your lonely and desolate priests: For your young priests: For your dying priests: For the souls of your priests in Purgatory. But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me: The priest who baptized me; The priests who absolved me from my sin: The priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion: The priests who taught and instructed me: All the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially...), O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart. And Bless them abundantly in time and in Eternity. Amen.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

" I feel in me the vocation of the Priest. I have the vocation of the Apostle. Martyrdom was the dream of my youth and this dream has grown with me. Considering the mystical body of the Church, I desired to see myself in them all. Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that the Church had a Heart and that this Heart was burning with love. I understood that Love comprised all vocations, that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and a word, that it was eternal! Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: O Jesus, my vocation, at last I have found it...My vocation is Love!"

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne fall autumn

“When husband and wife devote themselves generously to the education of their children, guiding and steering them towards the discovery of God’s loving plan, they prepare the spiritually fertile ground from which vocations for the priesthood and consecrated life spring and mature. This shows how closely tied and mutually enlightening marriage and virginity are, beginning with their joint rootedness in Christ’s nuptial love,” said Benedict XVI.

"No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true." from The Scarlet Letter

One must pass thru solitude and dwell in it to receive God's grace. It is there that one empties oneself, that one drives before oneself all that is not God, and that one completely empties this little house of our soul to leave room for God alone. In doing this, do not fear being unfaithful toward creatures. On the contrary, that is the only way to serve them effectively." ~~Raphael Brown, Franciscan Mystic pg. 126
"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do" - Pope John XXIII
Know yourself, control yourself, and give yourself, Socrates, and Jesus

THE FATHER AND THE CHILD The Father spoke; Come, child, let us journey together. Where shall we go, Father? To a distant land, another kingdom. So the journey will be long? Yes, we must travel every day. When will we reach our destination? At the end of your days. And who will accompany us? Joy and Sorrow. Must Sorrow travel with us? Yes, she is necessary to keep you close to Me. But I want only Joy. It is only with Sorrow that you will know true Joy. What must I bring? A willing heart to follow Me. What shall I do on the journey? There is only one thing that you must do-stay close to Me. Let nothing distract you. Always keep your eyes on Me. And what will I see?

You will see My glory. And what will I know? You will know My heart. The Father stretched out His hand. The child, knowing the great love her Father had for her, placed her hand in His and began her journey. Cynthia Heald - "A Woman's Journey to the Heart of God."
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” Abraham Lincoln Ralph Waldo Emerson. "You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." During the Revolutionary War, Arthur Tonne tells us, Peter Miller was pastor of a church in Pennsylvania. Living near his church was a fellow who enjoyed abusing Miller. Eventually the hostile was arrested for treason by George Washington. He was tried and found guilty. His sentence was hanging. The pastor immediately journeyed to General Washington to plead for pardon for the condemned man. The general was not impressed. "Merely because he is your friend," said Washington, "I cannot free him." Miller replied, "If anything, he is my enemy." Washington was moved. "If you have walked sixty miles to plead for the life of an enemy, then I must indeed pardon the prisoner." Immediately the Reverend raced to the place of execution. As he arrived, the spy was being brought out to the scaffold. Seeing the pastor, he shouted derisively, "Here comes the pastor to gloat over my hanging." Miller replied, "No. I bring you your pardon." enemies are our best friends, for they allow us to transcend ourselves. Perhaps in this Liturgy we should say once more with feeling, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." The Christ never meant those words to be spoken as glibly as we speak them. You are your own worst enemy. Judge not Thank God for the people in your life that you judge – they are pointing out something in you that needs to be accepted Confession: experiencing the Father’s mercy Lent: good time for penance Facing my own wrong chioices and confessing them to the one who does not condemn

Dearest Lord Jesus, Saviour and friend, three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day." Let's see how we might (1) see our triune God more clearly, (2) love such a God more dearly, (3) follow that God more nearly. Know love and serve
A PRIEST To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures; To be a member of each family, yet belonging to none; To share all suffering; to penetrate all secrets; To heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; To return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; To have a heart of fire for Charity, and a heart of bronze for Chastity To teach and to pardon, console and bless always. My God, what a life; and it is yours, O priest of Jesus Christ. —Lacordaire

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest.
We need them in life's early morning, We need them again at its close; We feel their warm clasp of true friendship, We seek it while tasting life's woes. When we come to this world we are sinful, The greatest as well as the least. And the hands that make us pure as angels Are the beautiful hands of a priest. At the altar each day we behold them, And the hands of a king on his throne Are not equal to them in their greatness Their dignity stands alone. For there in the stillness of morning Ere the sun has emerged from the east, There God rests between the pure fingers Of the beautiful hands of a priest. When we are tempted and wander To pathways of shame and sin

'Tis the hand of a priest that absolve us. Not once but again and again. And when we are taking life's partner Other hands may prepare us a feast But the hands that will bless and unite us, Are the beautiful hands of a priest. God bless them and keep them all holy, For the Host which their fingers caress, What can a poor sinner do better Than to ask Him who chose them to bless When the death dews on our lids are falling, May our courage and strength be increased By seeing raised o'er us in blessing The beautiful hands of a priest.
When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you'll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of. ~ Richard Carlson (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
If you do not understand my silence you will never understand my words (sam) Belito

When asked why he had become a Catholic, G. K. Chesterton famously replied, "To get rid of my sins."

“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. Mark Twain

A good meal makes a man feel more charitable toward the world than any sermon. Arthur Pendenys Fervet olla, vivit amicitia: While the pot boils, friendship endures. (Meaning the man who gives good dinners has plenty of friends). Latin Proverb
Never eat more than you can lift. Miss Piggy

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --A. Einstein
“The priest who has not kept near the fires of the tabernacle can strike no sparks from the pulpit.” –Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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