Posted by: livingscripture | May 28, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

MAY 28, 2017

“Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If, on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver.”
— St. John Chrysostom

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Teresa [of Avila] is as insistent as [St. John of the Cross] that there is no prayer development unless it be accompanied by purification from faults. Given what a love communion with utter Purity demands, one could not conceive the matter to be otherwise: only the pure can commune deeply with the all-pure One. Obvious as this is to the saint, the lesser of us have difficulty in understanding that we have many defects that need to be rooted out. … In working actively at rooting out what is amiss, we are to be guided by the principles of revelation, not by a naturalistic common sense. There are people, says Teresa, who desire penance that they may serve God the better, but they are overly careful about not injuring their health. ‘You need never fear that they will kill themselves . . . their love is not yet ardent enough to overwhelm their reason.’ Going on ‘at a snail’s pace . . . we shall never get to the end of the road . . . So for the love of the Lord, let us make a real effort.'”
— Fr. Thomas Dubay
Posted by: livingscripture | May 28, 2017

Ascension of Jesus

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 28, 2017

ASCENSION OF THE LORD

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,  to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted.  Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the world.  (Matthew  28 : 16-20)

How shall I live this Word?

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven.  With His death and burial, a separation occurred between Jesus and His disciples that His resurrection does not bring back.  Now He has an existence that will no longer be visible to them as it was before, but He will be present in His Church in a new way.  The Gospels express all this through His Ascension into Heaven.  We understand that when we say He rose into heaven, we know that He is speaking of a state and not of a place.  Paradise exists, but we do not have the appropriate words or images to represent it correctly.

In the Ascension, we are saying that Jesus, even as a human being, entered into the world of God.  It is of no use to stare up into the sky.  We must live in the expectancy of His return, carrying out the mission He entrusted to us by bringing His Gospel to the ends of the world and proclaiming it with our life.  He went to Heaven but without leaving the earth.  Heaven already begins on this earth when we love each other as He has loved us; when we help the needy and the weak and share with them as our sisters and brothers.  Jesus tells us He will be with us until the end of the world.  he tells us this in the moment that He is going to the Father and will no longer be visibly present.

 

The Voice of St. Leo the Great  – Ancient Church Father

 The feast of Easter of the Lord’s Resurrection was the motive of great joy for us.  Now His Ascension is the cause of ineffable joy.  Today, in fact, we remember and we celebrate the day on which our poor nature was elevated in Christ, up to the throne of the Father.

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | May 27, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

MAY 27, 2017

“Be brave and try to detach your heart from worldly things. Do your utmost to banish darkness from your mind and come to understand what true, selfless piety is. Through confession, endeavor to purify your heart of anything which may still taint it. Enliven your faith, which is essential to understand and achieve piety.”
— St. John Bosco

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy. Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because justice will have no hold on it.”
— St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
Posted by: livingscripture | May 27, 2017

Sixth Saturday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 27, 2017

SIXTH SATURDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.    (John 16 : 24)

How shall I live this Word?

What Jesus really holds dear to His heart is our joy!  However, it is not a generic joy, but the fullness of joy.  He is the Mediator between us and the Father to obtain for us the same Spirit, the font of true joy.  He is the Spirit of Love between the Father and the Son.  What can fill us with more joy than to feel we are loved by God, with the same Love of the Father and the Son?

Lord, help me to let myself be loved by You!  Amen. 

The Voice of St. Augustine  – Comment on the Gospel of John

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.  This complete joy of which He speaks is certainly not a carnal joy, but a spiritual joy.  It will be complete only when there will be nothing else to add.  Thus, whatever we ask in line with this joy, we must ask in the name of Christ, if we really believe in the value of divine grace; if we really ask for the life of the blessed.  To ask for something else, is to ask for nothing; not because everything else is nothing, but because whatever else we can desire, in comparison to this, is nothing.  We cannot say that humans as such are nothing, in comparison with the spiritual persons who know what they are is by the grace of God; whoever aspires to vain things is nothing.

This is probably the meaning of the phrase, ‘whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you, He does not mean whatever thing, but what is conformable with eternal bliss; this is what is important.  Until now, they had not asked anything in His name because they had not yet known Him as He should be known.  Or in the sense that, whatever they had asked up to then, was nothing compared to eternal life that they should ask for.  Thus, we need to make the effort to ask in His name, not what is nothing, but for complete joy.  He exhorts us saying: Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.  This means, ask in my name what can make your joy perfect, and you will obtain it.  In fact, divine mercy does not delude its elect who persevere in asking for this good.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | May 26, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

MAY 26, 2017

“It is in the company of Jesus that you work for the glory of God.”
— St. John Baptist de la Salle

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Whenever that sacrifice of Christ is memorialized in the Church, there is an application to a new moment in time and a new presence in space of the unique sacrifice of Christ Who is now in glory. In obeying His mandate, His followers would be representing in an unbloody manner that which He presented to His Father in the bloody sacrifice of Calvary. After changing the bread into His Body and the wine into His Blood: He gave it to them (Mark 14:22). By that communion they were made one with Christ, to be offered with Him, in Him, and by Him. All love craves unity. As the highest peak of love in the human order is the unity of husband and wife in the flesh, so the highest unity in the Divine order is the unity of the soul and Christ in communion.”
— Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Posted by: livingscripture | May 26, 2017

Sixth Friday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 26, 2017

SIXTH FRIDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.    On that day you will not question me about anything.   Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.    (John 16 : 22-23)

How shall I live this Word?

“No one will take your joy away from you!”  The joy that Jesus gives is an eternal joy that fills the heart and life, so that there is need of nothing else.  The joy of Jesus is the joy of those who understand and taste suffering, failure, death not as the last word, but as the source of new life.  The joy Jesus gives is not the fruit of our proud conquests, but the gift that flows from His love, crucified and risen.  It is a gift that can fill us at every moment as long as we keep our heart open to receive it and to give it; open like that of Jesus!

Lord, grant that my greatest joy in life may be that of knowingly asking You, “May Your will, not mine, be done”, because it is the greatest sign of what I feel in Your hands and how much I entrust myself to You.  Amen.

 

The Voice of St. Augustine  – Comment on the Gospel of John

 Now we need to explain the words of the Lord:  “Amen, amen I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you”…the expression ‘in my name’, needs to be taken in the real and true sense of what the name of Christ contains and proclaims.  Thus, those who have an idea of Christ that does not correspond with the reality of the only begotten Son of God, do not ask in His Name, even if they pronounce the letters and syllables that make up His name, because when we pray, we ask in the name of the one we have in our mind.  Instead, those who have an idea of Christ in conformity with the truth, ask in the name of Christ, and if the request is not contrary to their eternal salvation, they will obtain what they ask.  However, they will obtain what they should obtain.  In fact, there are things that are not negated but that are deferred to be given at the opportune time.  Thus, in the words, ‘He will give you’, we must understand the benefits that are destined to those who pray rightly.  All the just are listened to when they ask what is for their advantage, not what they ask in favor of their friends or enemies or anyone else:  in fact, the Lord does not say generically, He will give, but ‘I will give you’.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | May 25, 2017

Sixth Thursday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 25, 2017

SIXTH THURSDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

“A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.”  So some of his disciples said to one another, “What does this mean that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”  So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ [of which he speaks]? We do not know what he means.”.                      (John 16 : 16-18)

How shall I live this Word?

This enigmatic discourse will only become clear for the disciples after the Resurrection as it is clear for us as we read the Gospels.  It speaks of two moments.  In the first, the disciples will see Him for a while yet, before He dies and disappears into the tomb.  In the second, they will then see Him as the Risen One.  These are Good Friday and Holy Saturday, two days of mourning that lead to the third day, that of endless joy!  It is the mystery of Easter which imbues every human life!  It is a Mystery that is hard to understand if we are not guided by His Spirit!

We were not made for suffering, for sorrow, for death, Lord, we were not made for this because You did not create them.  They entered the world through sin.  But You have conquered sin and has restored hope so that we would not succumb under pain, under suffering.  The more we remain united to You,  the more we are strengthened with Your power, the more we return to life and to believe in all that is true, beautiful, and good.

The Voice of Rabindranath Tagore

 I desire you, I desire you, only you, this my heart repeats without end.  They are false and empty the desires that continually take me from you.  Like the night in its darkness hides the desire for the light, thus in the depths of my unconsciousness resounds this cry:  I desire you, only you.  Like the tempest seeks its end in peace, even if it fights against peace with all its fury, so too my rebellion fights against your love, and yet it cries out:  I desire you, only you.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | May 24, 2017

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS….PRAY FOR US~

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 24, 2017

SIXTH WEDNESDAY OF EASTERTIDE

SOLEMNITY OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS

WORD of the DAY 

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.  But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.

(John 16 : 12-13)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus speaks no more.  The Spirit will continue to speak and will make His words present to us.  The Spirit does not say anything different than what the Son has said.  However, being Love, He will make our hearts resound with what we have heard from God.  Only love makes the beloved present and makes us understand His words.

Mary, our Powerful Help, take us by the hand and lead us along the road of docility!  Help us to empty ourselves to let the Spirit resound in us, to be His sign of the foreseeing Love of the Father!  O Mary Help of Christians, we entrust ourselves to you!

 The Voice of Pope Francis at the Angelus May 22, 2016

 Jesus knows that the time is close for the realization of the Father’s plan that He will accomplish with His death and resurrection.  Thus, He wants to assure us that He will not abandon us because His mission will be prolonged by the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit will carry on this mission of Jesus; He will guide the Church ahead.  Jesus reveals what this mission is.  Above all, the Spirit will guide us to understand many things that Jesus had yet to say (Cf. John 16:12).  These are not new or special doctrines, but the full understanding of all that the Son heard from the Father and has made known to His disciples.  The Spirit guides us in new life situations with a gaze turned to Jesus.  At the same time, they are open to future events.  He helps us to walk steadfastly in history, rooted in the Gospel and with dynamic fidelity to our traditions and customs.

Posted by: livingscripture | May 23, 2017

NOVENA TO MHC DAY 9

NINTH DAY:

What Eve had destroyed, was created, through you, Holy Mary, once again in the Son, opening Heaven’s gate and giving refuge to the downcast.

 

PRAYER: O Mary, my most gracious Mother, at all times so ready to be the help of Christians, assist me with your powerful patronage throughout my life and especially at the hour of death. Grant that, having loved and revered you on earth, I may sing your mercies in Heaven. Amen.

O God You who established the Mother of Your beloved Son as Mother and Help of Christians, grant, we beseech, that we may live under Your protection, and that the Church may rejoice in Your everlasting peace.

Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Father… 
Hail Mary…
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us.

 

SHORT BIBLICAL READING:

“When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he says to his mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, he says to the disciple: Behold your mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19: 26-27)

Mary Most Holy, lovingly consenting to the immolation of the Victim she bore, was given as a mother to the disciple and to all of us. The Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Mary, Help of Christians, cooperates in the work of the Redeemer to restore the supernatural life in souls.

“Behold, your Mother.” (John 19: 27)

Posted by: livingscripture | May 23, 2017

Sixth Tuesday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 23, 2017

SIXTH TUESDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me,  ‘Where are you going?’   But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.  But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16 : 5-7)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus does not say that He is dying; He says that He is going back to the Father who sent Him.  Only by going can the road to communion with the Father be opened again and He can give us the fullness of His love – He can give us the Spirit.  The disciples are not courageous enough to ask Him where He is going.  Jesus has referred to this many times and it is now time for His radical gift of His life.  They are confused but Jesus reassures them.  In every circumstance is hidden a greater good, a greater communion, the desire to ‘always remain together’:  Love does not die!

Jesus, we are made of earth; we are attached to that which we see, perceive, touch.  Detachments scare us and hearing You tell us that You must go confuses us.  Help us to trust You and to believe that life is not only what we control, there is so much more.  Help us to trust You!

The Voice of St. Augustine

 It is good for you to be deprived of My physical presence, so that you can look for Me and love Me with a love that is freer and more mature.  This way, you will grow and not remain children.

 

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