02 Jun 2010
I’ve listened to this sermon 3 times and gotten something new out of it every time. Deep, beautiful, and not for the faint of heart.
Father ends the sermon with a “homework assignment”:
1. Pray for a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity
2. Ponder the words of the Nicene Creed (below)
3. Ponder preface of the Mass of Trinity Sunday (below)
4. Ponder the words of the Athanasian Creed (below)
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all
22 May 2010
NINTH DAY (Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost)
Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such … Read the rest...read more
21 May 2010
EIGHTH DAY (Friday, 7th Week of Easter)
Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!
The Gift of Wisdom
Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish … Read the rest...read more
20 May 2010
SEVENTH DAY (Thursday, 7th Week of Easter)
Heal our wounds–our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.
The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these … Read the rest...read more
19 May 2010
SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, 7th Week of Easter)
If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of … Read the rest...read more