Posted by: livingscripture | June 24, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

JUNE 24, 2017

“Christ is my Spouse. He chose me first and His I will be. He made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.”
— St. Agnes

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Our works of charity are nothing but the overflow of our love for God. Therefore, the one who is most united to God loves others the most. To understand and practice this, we need to pray, for prayer unites us with God and overflows upon others.”
— Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

JUNE 23, 2017

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
— St. Thomas Aquinas

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things . . . Every one there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light.”  C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 23, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,

slow to anger, abounding in mercy.

He will not always accuse,

and nurses no lasting anger;

He has not dealt with us as our sins merit,

nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.

  (Psalm 103)

How shall I live this Word

This Psalm describes God’s love that functions with very different rules than those of human love.  In the passage from the Old to the New Testaments, this love manifested itself even more radically, and in Jesus it humanized itself and took visible movement.  This solemnity celebrates the centrality of this experience: the pulsing heart animates Jesus and in it is summarized all the love of God.  Even in death, this love spread and in the Resurrection the heart began to palpitate again.  The Church does not speak of the heart of Jesus merely as a metaphor.  It thinks of a heart of flesh indissolubly bound to the body, to the person of Jesus Christ. That heart moved His body, was immolated and is risen.  The Eucharistic miracle  of Lanciano is very impressive.  A reliquary of the eighth century, analyzed more than a thousand years later, revealed itself to be part of the heart muscle.  The Eucharistic bread becomes body, becomes heart, out of love, to reach everyone.  It is a sign to remind us of how to meet and enter into the heart of Jesus.

Lord, be merciful with us.  Let Your love reach those who remain distant, to those oppressed by sin, or tempted by the demons.  Turn all hearts to You! 

The Voice of Karl Rahner

                                                                                                                  The heart represents the human being in his/her totality.  It is the original center of the human person, that which gives it unity.  The heart is the center of our being, the font of our personality, the principle motive for our attitudes and our choices; the mysterious place of God’s action.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 22, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

JUNE 22, 2017

“For true hearts there is no separating ocean; or, rather, God is their ocean, in Whom they meet and are united; they love, and lose themselves in Him and in each other.”
— St. Théodore Guérin
Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

JUNE 21, 2017

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“[Mary] does not remain locked in her initial troubled state at the proximity of God in his angel, but she seeks to understand. So Mary appears as a fearless woman, one who remains composed even in the presence of something utterly unprecedented. At the same time she stands before us as a woman of great interiority, who holds heart and mind in harmony and seeks to understand the context, the overall significance of God’s message. In this way, she becomes an image of the Church as she considers the word of God, tries to understand it in its entirety and guards in her memory the things that have been given to her.”
— Pope Benedict XVI
Posted by: livingscripture | June 17, 2017

Tenth Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 17, 2017

Saturday of Week X in Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.  (2 Corinthians: 5: 17)

How shall I live this Word

These are beautiful words of Love that God entrusts to us as we enter into the new season of summer and for many, a time of vacation and a slower pace.  It makes us more aware of the beauty so infinitely great of our belonging to Jesus that, as St. Paul says, ‘we are in Christ’! 

We are IN Christ even more deeply than we can be in the air when flying, or in the sea when swimming, or in the country, or in a conversation with a friend, or in silent adoration.  Paul goes further…WHOEVER IS IN CHRIST IS A NEW CREATURE!   And we are new each day with the very newness of Jesus who is God, the Trinity!  Herein is all our joy and all our hope!

O Jesus, You told us You are the LIFE, the life that never ends; grant that my existence may be rooted in You and never give in to what is sinful and destructive.  At every stage of my life, give me a NEW heart each morning so that each day I may give myself over to  Your Word that saves, that LOVES!  Help me to love everyone, doing good with all the sympathy and affection, with understanding love, all those I meet along my day. 

The Voice of Pope Francis on January 25, 2017                                                                                                                  

If we are in Christ, we are new creatures.  This is the revolution Paul lived, but it is always the Christian revolution.  We do not live for ourselves, for our interests, in our image, but in the image of Christ, for Him and like Him, with His heart and His love.  It is an invitation to leave behind our isolation, overcome the temptation to be self-referencing, which impedes us to grasp what the Holy Spirit works outside our spaces.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 16, 2017

Tenth Friday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 16, 2017

Friday of Week X in Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 But we hold this treasure* in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. (2 Corinthians: 4: 7)

How shall I live this Word

We can put many things in earthen vessels, even precious jewels.  If you are not attentive in moving it, it can crash to the ground and break.  Thus, the clay vase is the image of our condition as creatures who are very fragile.  However, the treasure that is in this clay vessel that we are, is SANCTIFYING GRACE,  the indwelling of God Himself who gives extraordinary value and greatness to who we are and what we do.  Certainly, it cannot happen that sin totally annihilates this marvel because it is the power of God that is at work and comes from Him and not from us.

Humility coincides with this known truth.  We must always keep in mind that everything comes from God, all that is good, true, beautiful.

In Jesus’ name we give thanks.  Jesus is the continual thank you to the Father.  The song, the purest praise of the eternal and joyous hymn to the Father is the Word, is Jesus.  we are created for this: to be a drop that reflects and praises the Father through Jesus.

The Voice of Fr. Andrea Santoro, martyred on February 5, 2006 at Trabazon

We must admit that we are broken clay vessels.  Much has been entrusted to us, but in our human fragility, we have let much of this go lost.  On the other hand, we know that the Lord uses fragile vessels as the providential instruments of His plan of salvation.  We can be sure that the treasure that is given to us, will shine, even if we are clay vessels.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 15, 2017

Tenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 15, 2017

Thursday of Week X in Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

For we do not preach ourselves* but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. (2 Corinthians: 4: 5)

How shall I live this Word

Those who preach themselves are the ones who easily show their abilities, or the ones they think they have, aggrandizing what appears, but which in substance is not there.  Paul strongly affirms what He has done with his life converted to the Lord, a continual and total service in serving the brethren by preaching the Gospel to them.

This theme of service does not only belong to Paul but is the deep life of every Christian precisely because Christ Jesus Himself said: “I have not come to be served but to serve”.

Lord, help me to avoid all rhetoric and aggrandizing my small ego.  Teach me humility in serving with love and preaching You with my life.  Make me a true follower of Yours and that is enough. 

The Voice of Francesco Guccini, Famous Italian Singer

The self-interested ‘do goody’, the dignity made of emptiness, hypocrisy that is always right and never in the wrong, is a god who is dead.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 14, 2017

Tenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 14, 2017

Wednesday of Week X in Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not “yes” and “no,” but “yes” has been in him.

 (2 Corinthians: 1: 19)

How shall I live this Word

Paul affirms his sincerity as he writes to the inhabitants of Corinth, a city whose evangelization was difficult due to the citizens who were often prey to tumults and contradictory cultural currents.

The personality of Paul is very expressive as he excludes that there have been any hesitations on his part about the faith and also regarding his whole behavior.  He was all ‘yes’.  This means absolute sincerity that does not hide or close but consents to what is true and good.  This full consent to truth on Paul’s part is certainly the mirror of an upright and strong conscience and also that he continually looked to Jesus Christ, not only as his Savior, but as His model of life as well.

Lord, grant that I may be a ‘Yes’ of full adhesion to what is good and beautiful.  Do not let me live in uncertainty and fear.  Let me never betray You, who are Truth personified. 

The Voice of Pope Francis – June 4, 2013

 Hypocrisy is not the language of truth because truth never goes alone.  It always goes with love!  There is not truth without love.  Love is before truth.  If there is no love, there is no truth.  Some want a truth that is the slave of their interests.  It is a love of self.  This narcissistic idolatry leads us to betray others; to the abuse of trust.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 13, 2017

St. Anthony of Padua

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 12, 2017

Tuesday of Week X in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony of Padua

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5: 16)

How shall I live this Word

The context of this passage is very encouraging and very important.  It is that of the Beatitudes, a passage that many great people of other religions and philosophies have recognized as the highest expression of human spirituality.  It is not by chance that Jesus uses the metaphor of light in this exhortation.  A life that is based on the practice of the Beatitudes is a radiant life.  The Christian is not inspired by some ascetic maxims in the name of a misunderstood humility, where persons try to hide their virtuous behavior.

The followers of Jesus Christ believe in His WORD and try to live it.  They flee every ostentation but what they are in themselves contains the power of God’s grace.

Those who accept it, become the light of witness, the light of a good and beautiful life; something that makes one beautiful and holy makes the heart joyful.

Lord Jesus, help me to always look up, to live Your Gospel.  Grant me to be Your light, though I am little and poor; let me shine with Your praise and glory and bless everyone around me. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

The light of our faith, by giving ourselves, does not go out but becomes brighter.  But it can be dimmed if we do not nourish it with love and works of charity.  Each of us is called to be light and salt in the environment of our daily life, persevering in the task of regeneration.

 

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