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Besoin «urgent» d'orientations pastorales sur Amoris laetitia - Marc Ouellet aux évêques canadiens

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:46:37 GMT

Journaliste: François Gloutnay Le cardinal Marc Ouellet, préfet de la Congrégation pour les évêques et ex-archevêque de Québec, a demandé hier aux évêques canadiens de faire connaître sans délai leur réaction commune à l’exhortation apostolique Amoris laetitia sur la famille et le mariage et d’émettre des orientations sur les applications pastorales qu’entraînent ce texte rédigé par le pape François il y a plus d’un an. Rendu public en avril 2016 après deux rencontres synodales sur la famille et l’Église, le contenu d’Amoris laetitia est toujours débattu dans plusieurs cercles catholiques, principalement en raison de son chapitre 8 consacré à la question des situations «irrégulières», dont celle des divorcés-remariés et de leur accès aux sacrements. «Plusieurs conférences épiscopales ont déjà publié des orientations plus précises pour leur contexte, par souci de clarté et d'inculturation», a dit le cardinal Ouellet à tous les évêques du Canada présents à Cornwall, en Ontario, pour l’assemblée plénière annuelle de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC). «Un tel exercice m'apparait nécessaire et urgent au Canada où l'on constate un écart béant entre l'enseignement officiel de l'Église et le vécu des couples et des familles», a ajouté le cardinal au début de sa conférence. Il a par la suite dressé un sombre portrait de la société canadienne, estimant que cet écart «s'est élargi progressivement après le concile Vatican II sous l'influence d'une culture de la contraception, du divorce et de l'avortement, à telle enseigne que notre pays se signale mondialement par ses législations sur l'avortement sans restriction, l'euthanasie, le pseudo-mariage de personnes de même sexe, le suicide assisté, et que sais-je encore, qui reflète ce que saint Jean-Paul II a déploré comme la culture de mort». Le cardinal, né en 1944 dans le village de La Motte, au Québec, a déploré que les précédentes «interventions magistérielles sur la famille (ndlr: l’encyclique Humanae vitae et l’exhortation apostolique Familiaris consortio) ont reçu un accueil mitigé, voire passivement dissident de la part de théologiens et de pasteurs, ce qui n'a pas favorisé leur mise en œuvre pastorale». Le chapitre 8 Le cardinal Marc Ouellet s’est ensuite longuement attardé au contenu d’Amoris laetitia, un texte qui compte 325 paragraphes et près de 400 notes de bas de page. Il reconnaît que c’est par un chapitre, le huitième, que cette exhortation apostolique s’est «d’abord imposée à l’attention du public, réjouissant les uns, inquiétant les autres, mais ne laissant personne indifférent». Dans ce chapitre intitulé Accompagner, discerner et intégrer la fragilité, «certains y ont vu enfin la bonne nouvelle d’une ouverture, si minime soit-elle, vers un accès aux sacrements pour les personnes divorcées et remariées. D’autres ont regretté une telle ouverture qui risque, selon eux, d’instaurer une rupture avec la doctrine et la discipline traditionnelles de l’Église catholique.» Mais «toute interprétation alarmiste dénonçant un bris de continuité avec la tradition, ou bien laxiste célébrant un accès enfin concédé aux sacrements pour les divorcés remariés,[...]



MILITIA IMMACULATAE (Maximilian Kolbe)

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:35:20 GMT



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Novena to Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, from September 14 to 22, in preparation for the feast of Saint Padre Pio September 23.

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:05:57 GMT



Novena to Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, from September 14 to 22, in preparation for the feast of Saint Padre Pio September 23. PDF



The priest ended my confession with this prayer and wow! It’s so beautiful!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:34:36 GMT

It's worthwhile to take time to pray with and about the prayers of the Church, to learn to appreciate them anew. At the end of my confession the other day, Father said a prayer that I don’t recall ever hearing before. I left the confessional wondering if it was some section of the absolution that I’d never noticed. (The formula for absolution consists of the words that bring about the forgiveness — absolving — of my sins and leave my soul baptism-white again. To save time and keep the confession line moving, many priests will say those words at the same time that the penitent is making the Act of Contrition; I thought maybe I’d just never really heard them before.) As it turns out, though, the prayer he prayed over me is one of the forms of dismissal for the Sacrament: May the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of all the saints, whatever good you do and suffering you endure, heal your sins, help you to grow in holiness, and reward you with eternal life. Go in peace. Father paused and emphasized each of those words “suffering you endure.” And it was so comforting to hear it and to know that the trials I’m facing, even as they’re partly of my own making, can help to heal my sins. That prayer offered us by the Church is almost a summary of how our salvation comes about. We know Jesus is the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (who takes away my sin). The Catechism explains in paragraph 615 and following: By his obedience unto death, Jesus accomplished the substitution of the suffering Servant, who “makes himself an offering for sin,” when “he bore the sin of many,” and who “shall make many to be accounted righteous,” for “he shall bear their iniquities.” Jesus atoned for our faults and made satisfaction for our sins to the Father. And we are invited to participate in all that. The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, but because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, “the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery” is offered to all men. That’s why Father could pray that the sufferings I’m enduring would heal my sins. And that brings hope and perspective — it helps us to see that suffering, while we can’t escape it, can be imbued with purpose and meaning. It’s worthwhile to take time to pray with and about the prayers of the Church, and not become so accustomed to them that we’re tuned out as they are said. Here are the words of Absolution and the five options for the Dismissal: ABSOLUTION Then the priest extends his hands over the penitent’s head (or at least extends his right hand) and says: God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. The penitent answers: Amen. PROCLAMATION OF PRAISE OF GOD AND DISMISSAL After the absolution, the priest continues: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. The penitent concludes: His mercy endures for ever. Then the priest dismisses the penitent who has been reconciled, saying: The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace. Or: May the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of all the saints, whatever good you do and suffering you endure, heal your sins, help you to[...]



Décès du Père René Laurentin, le grand historien des apparitions de Lourdes

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:17:46 GMT

Décès du Père René Laurentin, le grand historien des apparitions de Lourdes 11 septembre 2017 Le Père René Laurentin, prêtre et historien des apparitions de Lourdes, est décédé dimanche 10 septembre 2017. Il allait avoir 100 ans en octobre. Ses obsèques seront célébrées vendredi 15 septembre, à 10h30, en la cathédrale d'Evry. Elle seront présidées par Mgr Michel Dubost, évêque d'Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes, en présence notamment de Mgr Nicolas Brouwet, évêque de Tarbes et Lourdes. Né le 19 octobre 1917 à Tours (France), l'abbé René Laurentin était théologien, exégète et historien. Il était notamment spécialiste des apparitions mariales. Il fut longtemps chroniqueur religieux au Figaro. Ancien expert au Concile Vatican II, membre de l'Académie théologique pontificale de Rome et professeur à l'Université catholique de l'Ouest, il intervint également dans plusieurs universités d'Amérique et d'Italie. En 1996, il reçut le prix de la culture catholique. Le Père André Cabes, recteur du Sanctuaire de Lourdes, rend hommage à l'abbé Laurentin Voici l'hommage qu'a souhaité lui rendre le Père André Cabes, recteur du Sanctuaire de Lourdes, à l'annonce de sa disparition : "Nous ne vous verrons pas à Lourdes le 11 février prochain. Vous nous manquerez : nous aurions voulu fêter ici vos 100 ans, que vous alliez franchir le 19 octobre prochain. Encore l'an dernier, vous nous faisiez l'honneur et la joie d'un temps de parole où vous commentiez le récit des Apparitions. Mais vous voilà parti pour contempler enfin Marie, dont vous avez suivi la trace en tant de lieux de cette terre. Pour nous, bien sûr, nous gardons avant tout mémoire du monument que nous vous devons : cette Histoire des Apparitions en 6 volumes, accompagnés de 7 volumes de documents travaillés avec le cher Dom Bernard Billet moine de Tournay. C'est Mgr Théas, l'évêque du Centenaire, qui vous avait sollicité pour que l'on puisse disposer d'une histoire de Lourdes solidement établie : " Lourdes n'a besoin que de vérité ! ". Vous avez commencé par offrir le magnifique petit volume, Sens de Lourdes, chaleureusement salué par l'évêque : " Cher Monsieur le Professeur, j'ai le souvenir de vous avoir dit ou écrit que vous seriez le théologien de Lourdes. Après la lecture de votre essai, je constate que vous réalisez ma prédiction au-delà de mes espérances… Je veux spécialement vous remercier pour ce que vous dites sur l'ordonnance des apparitions et leur développement progressif. C'est du nouveau et c'est très suggestif… Rien n'a été écrit d'aussi beau, ni d'aussi lumineux. Vraiment, après vous avoir lu, on découvre mieux la solidité et le sérieux du pèlerinage. Vous révélez le mystère de Lourdes et sa place dans la vie de l'Eglise… " L'abbé Laurentin a pu lire les carnets du commissaire retraçant les interrogatoires de Bernadette, et ainsi sont apparues dans leur ordre les paroles de Marie, dessinant un parcours de catéchèse priante. Après l'Histoire des Apparitions, ce fut l'étude des " paroles " de Bernadette, avec l'aide des soeurs de Nevers, et sa vie écrite pour le centenaire de sa mort, en 1979. "Ce que nous retenons e[...]



The Lie of the Apostolate {How I Left My Children Poor}

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 18:06:28 GMT

They said that I should have an apostolate if I wanted my kids to grow in faith. That I should build up the kingdom. Use my skills. Be a leader. Be salt and light to the world. They said that it wasn't enough to love my kids... that God made me for more.  They were wrong.  My family is my apostolate. My home is my headquarters. My husband my fundraiser. If God calls me to do some further outreach, it will only be that which does not leave my family unloved, uncared for, or with only the leftovers of who I am.  My apostolic works have often been excuses... distractions... ways of feeling like a productive Christian while avoiding the harder work. A way of breaking up the boredom of sacrificial work done without devotion.  I would have been a better woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and homeschooler over the last 20 years if I hadn't bought into the idea that I needed to become some kind of minister to the world. Some moms have the gift of being high energy. I am not one of them. And I have expended myself in so many different directions and I was convinced that my outreaches and apostolic works were the moral equivalent of what I was doing at home. I now believe I was wrong.  I once printed out the words of Pope St. John Paul II to recall them in my daily work. He said: "You must never be content to leave them just the crumbs of the feast. You must take of your substance, and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. And you must treat them like guests at your family table." I fancied myself a real winner because I thought I understood his message which was to care for the poor of the world in a way that costs something. I knew what it meant to be on the receiving end of Christ-like sacrificial love and I knew the power of the mercy of Jesus and I wanted to be that for others.  My problem was that I didn't see the hypocrisy of leaving the crumbs for my own children while I fed strangers. I didn't see them as guests. I didn't see them as the poor. I didn't see them. Not through the lens of Christ anyway, but only as a shallow mom.  Oh, how the narcissism of our age seeps into the cracks of our ships!  As we approach Mother Teresa's canonization, I hear her words with a new intensity because I realize that I never fully understood her even though she was bold and simple in her message. I was too busy patting myself on the back for being apostolic. Her words became placards to console myself that I was doing just fine. Point to Jesus. Love all the people. I did. But... it was shallow. It was the easy way out. Kind of like buying pretty trinkets at the Dollar Tree to feel good about saving money instead of showing up for work to pay the bills. An apparent good that distracts from the hard work to which we are really called. It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. — Mother Teresa of Calcutta We are all called to spread the Gospel, but you cannot tell me that spreading the Gospel to my children is not enough. The Church has enough apostolates. What she needs is a revival of sacrificial hardcore love in the domestic church. Not just a put 'em in a good Sunday school so the experts can do it  kind of revival but real transformation. It has always been that way because it is not about numbers... it is about souls.  As parents, we ARE the experts designated by God and by virtue of our vocation and our sacramental graces. And it IS our apostolic work to raise our children to know the love of Jesus Christ. If we have been faithful in that mentorship of love, perhaps someday we will see our children go out and give Gospel witness to all the world - a[...]



Our Lady of Laus, refuge of sinners

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:52:44 GMT



I found this article interesting, it relates the apparitions of Laus in France where Our Lady insisted to Benoite (Benedicta) Rencurel .. practically notably about the importance of sacramental confession... these apparitions lasted for almost 54 years! Our own call to union to God as layperson, must take some time to reflect also on "Benoite, an uncultured country girl, (who) received her mission from Our Lady: For 54 years, she guided pilgrims, and called for conversion and mercy. To the poor and the small, God reveals himself. And Benoite, a laywoman, was the messenger of God. How can we not see in her the very example of the responsible layman?"

The humble shepherdess, the French prelate continued, "was a modern example of the engaged laity in the life of one's community, as called for by the Second Vatican Council. She speaks to men of our time, she guides those who search, those who dig into this interior source for true life."
(image) Laus
Nestled in the southern French Alps lies the small farming village of St. Saint-Etienne d'Avancon. On September 16, 1647, Benoite (Benedicta) Rencurel was born -- the second of three girls-- to very poor parents. When Benoite was only seven years old, her father passed away leaving her family in eve...



Comment on Saint Ignatius of Antioch's Letter to the Ephesians of by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:35:40 GMT



"Ever since I first read the Letters of Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the 1950s, one passage from his Letter to the Ephesians has particularly affected me: “It is better to keep silence and be [a Christian] than to talk and not to be. Teaching is an excellent thing, provided the speaker practices what he teaches. Now, there is one Teacher who spoke and it came to pass. And even what He did silently is worthy of the Father. He who has truly made the words of Jesus his own is able also to hear His silence, so that he may be perfect: so that he may act through his speech and be known through his silence” (15, 1f.). What does that mean: to hear Jesus’s silence and to know him through his silence? We know from the Gospels that Jesus frequently spent nights alone “on the mountain” in prayer, in conversation with his Father. We know that his speech, his word, comes from silence and could mature only there. So it stands to reason that his word can be correctly understood only if we, too, enter into his silence, if we learn to hear it from his silence." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI



Archbishop Chaput’s Address at the Napa Institute Conference—What’s Next: Catholics, America, and a World Made New

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:31:02 GMT

WHAT’S NEXT: CATHOLICS, AMERICA, AND A WORLD MADE NEW+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.Napa Institute, 7.27.17When you spend a couple of years writing a book like Strangers in a Strange Land, your brain ends up as a magnet. It starts collecting all sorts of data like little metal slivers that seem important, but don’t quite fit together as a whole. Here’s an example. A third of American men will sooner or later have an anxiety disorder. So will 40 percent of women. More than 70 percent of American young people are now physically or mentally unfit for military service. At least a third of college seniors, even at our best schools and after years of elite education, can’t make a coherent argument. Nearly half of American men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus. And 16 percent of women in the Navy deployed to shipboard service come back to shore pregnant. That last item may not need a lot of explaining. Human nature is human nature.All these facts are true. All of them come from the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. But they don’t necessarily mean anything. We could just as easily find a bundle of good-news nuggets in exactly the same sources. So what’s my point? It’s this. Benjamin Disraeli famously said that “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Information can be true without telling the whole truth. We live in what Peter Drucker called the world’s first knowledge economy. A Niagara of facts in a 24/7 news cycle. But knowing is not the same as understanding. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom, not knowledge, is the framework of a fully human life; the architecture of interior peace. Scripture is the Word of God, and Ecclesiastes tells us that “the words of the wise in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” Wisdom is more powerful than might and better than the weapons of war (Eccles 9:16-18). Wisdom is more precious than jewels, and once we have it, then knowledge becomes pleasant to the soul (Prov 8:11; 2:10).And that brings us to our topic this morning. My job today is to talk about what’s next; to offer some thoughts about how to live as Catholics in a world that can seem radically new. There’s good news and not so good news. The not so good news is that a “new” world doesn’t automatically mean a good one — or even a little bit better one. The good news is that we make the world. Augustine said it’s no use whining about the times, because we are the times. Our actions matter. Our choices matter. Our lives matter. It’s through us that God acts in society and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is carried forward. So we need to own that mission. And only when we do, will anything change for the better.My remarks today will be brief. I’ll give an overview of where we are as a culture. Then I’ll share some thoughts about how to live in the world we see emerging around us. And I’ll end with some reasons why this point in our history — despite all of its challenges — is really a privileged moment for Christians. This isn’t a time to retreat from the world. We need to engage the world and convert it. And in that work, we have every reason to trust in God and find in him our hope. If you do nothing else after this wonderful Napa conference, I want you to please read and pray over Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.” It’s a great text, filled with energy, very easy to read, and I think the best of his pontificate so far. Francis reminds us how vital it is to believe in Christ’s victory and to lift up our hearts. We need to see the world and its problems as they really are. Otherwise we can accomplish no[...]



Padre Pio’s recipe for joy, according to Pope Francis

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:20:23 GMT

Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz | Jul 27, 2017Celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the saint's arrival at San Giovanni Rotondo are wrapping up.The Jubilee Year in honor of the 100th anniversary of St. Pio’s arrival at San Giovanni Rotondo is drawing to a close.Pope Francis sent Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, to San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, to preside over the ceremony for the closing of the Jubilee Year on July 28.In this context, let’s take a moment to look back at the Holy Year of Mercy, when Pope Francis highlighted Padre Pio as an example of a priest and confessor, and a full-time “servant of mercy” who practiced the “apostolate of listening” and prayer, sometimes to the point of exhaustion.Lessons from Padre Pio on how to pray well Here, we offer some lessons from St. Padre Pio, in the words of Pope Francis during a Jubilee audience for Prayer Groups of Padre Pio in St. Peter’s Square. (February 2, 2016). The Pontiff starts by saying that prayer “is not a nice practice for finding a little peace of heart; nor is it a means of devotion for obtaining useful things from God.” If that were the case, it would be an act of “subtle selfishness.”On the contrary, as he goes on to explain, it involves leaving our own egoism behind, and helps us keep alive true interior happiness.Prayer is, in fact, “a spiritual work of mercy, which means bringing everything to the heart of God,” Pope Francis explained. “St. Pio never tired of welcoming people and listening to them, expending time and energy in order to spread the perfume of the Lord’s forgiveness. He could do this because he was always connected to the source: he ceaselessly quenched his thirst with Jesus Crucified.” – Pope Francis, February 2, 20161. Prayer isn’t aspirin.Prayer isn’t an aspirin you can take to feel better, or a transaction we do with God to get what we want. Pope Francis explains that Padre Pio taught, with his life, that prayer is a spiritual work of mercy, entrusting everything to God, the Father. It is a gift of faith and love.2. Prayer is like bread.Prayer is necessary to sustain us, “just as bread is.” Our attitude when we pray must be one of trust and confidence: “I entrust this to you Take it, You who are the Father,” so that God will take care of those things we carry in our hearts that concern us.3. Prayer is a key that opens God’s heart. Prayer, as Padre Pio loved to say, is “the greatest weapon we have, a key that opens the heart of God.” Pope Francis adds, “It is a simple key. The heart of God is not ‘heavily guarded’ with many security measures.”4. Prayer is the strength of the Church. Pope Francis explains that the heart of God is opened by prayer because He is a Father who cannot resist the voice of his children.Thus, prayer “is the Church’s greatest strength, one which we must never let go of, for the Church bears fruit only if she does as did Our Lady and the Apostles, who ‘with one accord devoted themselves to prayer’ (Acts 1:14), as they awaited the Holy Spirit.”5. Prayer is the recipe for joy The Holy Father, remembering St. Pio, teaches that constant prayer is a part of fighting the good fight. “Otherwise, we risk looking elsewhere for support: relying on means, on money, on power.”Lastly, prayer keeps evangelization alive, and the joy that enlightens the heart and keeps it from growing dull.The pope then ended by declaring that the key to a joyful heart is prayer.Read more: Why pray when praying doesn’t work?Padre PioSt. Pio was a Capuchin friar who dedicated his life to the salvation of souls. He was born in 1887, joined the Capuchin order at the age of 15, and was [...]



Excerpts from the Diary of Saint Faustina

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:03:42 GMT



1127 On one occasion, I saw Satan hurrying about and looking for someone among the sisters, but he could find no one. I felt an interior inspiration to command him in the Name of God to confess to me what he was looking for among the sisters. And he confessed, though unwillingly, "I am looking for idle souls [cf. Si. 33:28; Pr. 12:11]." When I commanded him again in the Name of God to tell me to which souls in religious life he has the easiest access, he said, again unwillingly, "To lazy and idle souls." I took note of the fact that, at present, there were no such souls in this house. Let the toiling and tired souls rejoice.



Silent - David Warren

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:43:22 GMT

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled by many things.”The words are flagged by Cardinal Sarah in his recent book, The Power of Silence [1], the English recension of which has finally fallen into my hands. The passage on Martha and Mary from Luke’s Gospel (10:41) is often cited today, by way of making an excuse.“I am more like Martha,” I’ve heard too many times – often from a woman plausibly busy in the kitchen, or “multitasking” household, parental, marital, and a checklist of professional duties. She is run off her feet, in a peculiarly modern way, for the proliferation of labor-saving devices has added so much to our temporal burden, and to the requirements for speed. The little buzzers are constantly going off, and we are enslaved by everything from our kettles to our cell phones.Sometimes I think the definition of a “soccer mom” is: a woman rolled and kicked about like a football. True, she is essential to the game, and is consistently returned to the center of it, but she is hardly appreciated in her own right. Others take the glory.Even among women, others take the glory, and the primary achievement of feminism (it seems to me) has been to make women into inferior men, judging them by standards unmistakably masculine, then adding back functions unmistakably feminine (such as having babies) as mere pile-on.The modern woman instinctively identifies with Martha, and has for all practical purposes been taught to do so not only by what remains of “society,” but by the contemporary Church struggling to be “relevant.” She is inclined to whine, sometimes, and when she comes upon this passage, she’s right there with Martha.“I am more like Martha” – the saying may be droll. It may thus acknowledge a mite of self-criticism, for perhaps she has fallen behind in her “spiritual life”; and hasn’t yet made the brownies she promised to the church bake sale. (“Jesus is watching.”)The Mary in this story is genuinely irritating, from Martha’s point of view – the life of prayer appears a life of ease – and when Our Lord takes Mary’s side, we have to accept it, yet with a flicker of resentment still. As one such Martha told me, “He is a typical male.”[3]Christ in the House of Martha and Mary by Jan Vermeer, 1654 [National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh]One is supposed at least to smile knowingly. Yet even the capacity to make such a joke proves the criticism valid. For His Kingdom is not of this world, and here we invert that premise, supplanting what is most “important” with what seems more urgent, and must therefore be “prioritized.”It is typical of Cardinal Sarah that he understands Christ’s remark. In his priorities, being precedes doing, and when Christ says, “Mary has chosen the good portion,” He is not making an invidious comparison. He does not deny that household work needs doing, or depreciate it. He (Christ, the Church Fathers, all consecrated priests, and this bishop combined in persona Christi) is saying that we must be Mary before we play Martha.This is not a hard saying, but hard to understand for the modern mind which is, after all, quite distracted, and does not pause to consider things, in the silence that is the condition for contemplation of any kind. We think, to be sure, but only on our feet, when the better part is to think first kneeling. It is what makes modern domestic life so much resemble a situation comedy: In reality, Jesus seems to sketch the outlines of a spiritual pedagogy: we should always make sure to be Mary before becoming Martha. Otherwise, we run the risk of becoming literally bogged down in activism and agita[...]



Stunning story: Miraculous recovery attributed to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:43:09 GMT

A young man's unexplained recovery may be the miracle that leads to the future saint's canonizationIn 2011, Kevin Becker fell from the second floor of a house he shared with a couple of college roommates, fracturing his skull in five places and damaging every lobe of his brain. After an emergency operation he lay stable but unresponsive for nine days. The doctors thought he wouldn’t live; and if he did he would suffer from gross cognitive deficits.Less than three weeks after his injury he was wheeled to the door of the hospital, where he stood up, slung his bag over his shoulder, and walked to the car tossing a football with his brother.This is not the usual way.A week after his injury, the doctors were talking of putting him into a medically induced coma, a last-ditch effort. Days later he opened his eyes, and was soon speaking, standing, and walking normally.After Kevin left the hospital he went to physical rehab, and found that he was five steps ahead of the others there, including those who had been in recovery for six months to a year. On October 11th he took a battery of cognitive tests, and completed them in just two hours rather than the usual six. A month later, his doctor asked him how he thought he’d done. He answered, as he says he would have answered about any test he took, “I think I did OK.” The doctor told him he’d done “not just OK,” but as though he’d never been injured. He was cleared to return to college where he finished his degree; he now works making loans to small businesses.Again, this is not the usual way.I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin Becker speak about his experiences on October 29th of this year, at a celebration of the 800-Year Jubilee of the Dominican Order. During his coma, he remembers waking up in the house he shared with his friends, and hearing someone downstairs. That was odd; he says he’s always the first one up. He investigated, and in the living room he found a young man he didn’t know.“Who are you?”“I’m George, your new roommate.”“That can’t be. I already have two roommates.”“They aren’t around anymore.”“Oh.”He then spent a long timeless day with George. An ardent soccer player who hates staying indoors, Kevin kept trying to leave the house but George wouldn’t let him go. They fought about it, as if they were brothers, but George was adamant. He encouraged him to be patient. Kevin remembers passing the time by doing schoolwork—which he says would surprise anyone who knew him before his accident—and sitting on the couch with George playing a soccer video game called “FIFA.”Eventually he awoke in the hospital.Later, Kevin mentioned his new roommate to his mother, calling him a “good spirit.” After he described him his mother showed him a picture of a man he immediately recognized as George. It was a picture of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that had been sent to his mother by a cousin, who suggested she ask for Frassati’s intercession. (Frassati, a Lay Dominican, died of polio in 1925 at the age of 24, after a life in which his family knew him mostly for his love of mountain climbing, and the poor of Turin knew him as their beloved friend and benefactor.) Becker’s mother did so, and placed the picture at his side. He woke the next day.Pier Giorgio Frassati, a model of charity who annoyed his fatherKevin had never heard Pier Giorgio Frassati’s name before his accident.They say that an encounter with a saint can change your life; it changed Kevin’s. Not only was he completely healed, he says that he’s better than he was before his injury. In school he’d always been the clown sittin[...]



L'échelle du paradis - Dédicace à son bien-aimé frère Gervais, frère Guigues

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:30:52 GMT

L'échelle du paradis Dédicace à son bien-aimé frère Gervais,frère Guigues Le Seigneur soit notre délectation. Ma tendresse pour toi est une dette puisque tu m'as aimé le premier, et je suis bien forcé de t'écrire, puisqu'en m'écrivant tu m'as provoqué : voici donc mes pensées sur les exercices spirituels des cloistriers. Toi que l'expérience fait plus savant que moi la science, tu en seras correcteur et juge. À toi donc l'hommage des prémices de mon labeur : ces premiers fruits d'une plante jeune te sont dus, toi qui, t'arrachant, par un louable larcin, à la servitude de Pharaon, as pris rang dans une solitude délicieuse, parmi ceux qui combattent. Le sauvageon habilement coupé, tu l'as enté, ô prudent, dans l'olivier fécond. ILes quatre degrés des exercices spirituels Un jour, durant le travail des mains, tandis que je songeais aux exercices de l'homme spirituel, voilà que tout à coup j'aperçois quatre degrés : lecture, méditation, prière, contemplation. C'est l'échelle des cloistriers, qui les fait monter de la terre au ciel. Elle a peu d'échelons : elle est très haute cependant, d'incroyable longueur. La base repose sur la terre ; le sommet dépasse les nuées et pénètre les profondeurs des cieux. De ces échelons les nom, nombre, ordre et usage sont distincts. Si avec soin on étudie leurs propriétés, fonctions et hiérarchie, bientôt cette étude attentive paraîtra courte et facile, tant elle recèle d'utilité et de douceur. La lecture est l'étude attentive, faite par un esprit appliqué, des Saintes Écritures. La méditation est l'investigation soigneuse à l'aide de la raison, d'une vérité cachée. La prière est l'élévation du cœur vers Dieu pour éloigner le mal et obtenir le bien. La contemplation est l'élévation en Dieu de l'âme ravie dans le savourement des joies éternelles. — — — Ayant défini les quatre échelons, voyons l'office propre à chacun d'eux. L'ineffable douceur de la vie bienheureuse, la lecture la recherche, la méditation la trouve, la prière la demande, la contemplation la savoure. C'est la parole même du Seigneur. Cherchez et vous trouverez. Frappez et l'on vous ouvrira. Cherchez en lisant, vous trouverez en méditant. Frappez en priant, vous entrerez en contemplant. J'aimerais dire que la lecture porte la nourriture substantielle à la bouche, la méditation la triture et la mâche, la prière la goûte, et que la contemplation est la douceur même qui réjouit et refait. La lecture s'arrête à l'écorce, la méditation dans la moelle, la prière exprime le désir, mais la contemplation se délecte dans le savourement de la douceur obtenue. Pour le mieux saisir, voici un exemple entre bien d'autres. Je lis l'Évangile : Bienheureux les cœurs purs, car ils verront Dieu. Courte maxime, mais pleine de sens, douce infiniment. À l'âme altérée elle s'offre comme une grappe de raisin. L'âme la considère et se prend à dire : cette parole me sera bienfaisante. Recueille-toi, mon cœur, tâche de comprendre et surtout de trouver cette pureté. Oh&nbs[...]



The Glance, by Francois de Sales Pollien, 19th century Carthusian

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 02:14:51 GMT

The Glanceby Francois de Sales Pollien, 19th century Carthusian32. Its easiness. – 33. Its object. – 34. It is the substance of self-examination. – 35. The tap.32. Its easiness – But how am I to get at the true state of my soul? How am I to seize what I may call my heart’s expression? At any moment, if I desire to know where I am, what is the state of my soul, what tone echoes within me I merely ask: where is my heart? By this question I seek solely to know what is the dominant disposition of my heart, which inspires and directs it, and keeps it as it were in its possession. A number of impressions and yearnings and feelings throng about the heart: it is an unfathomable reservoir; but whatever the number and the nature of the dispositions, there is always one that is in an ascendancy. It is not always the same, the heart of man undergoes so many fluctuations! One feeling takes the place of another, one impression drives out another; but it is always one that holds first place, and gives direction to the heart and governs its activity. That is the one, indeed, which gives the true tone of my soul. That is the one I have to seize before all else, if I am to catch my soul’s expression.In order to seize it, I ask myself this simple question: where is my heart? - but, at the very moment of putting this question, the answer comes within me. This question causes me to cast a rapid glance into the innermost centre of my being, and I at once see the salient point; I give ear to the tone echoed by my soul, and immediately catch the dominant note. It is an intuitive proceeding, and is quite instantaneous. There is no need for intellectual enquiries, efforts of will, and ransacking the memory; I hear and see. It is a glance, in ictu oculi. It is simple and rapid. A soul must be quite ignorant of its inner self, and quite unaccustomed to enter in to itself, if it does not experience this.33. Its object – Sometimes I shall see that my dominant disposition is the want of approbation or praise, or the fear of reproach; sometimes, the bitterness that springs from some annoyance from some harmful project or proceeding, or else the resentment caused by some remonstrance; sometimes, the painfulness of being under suspicion, or the trouble felt through some aversion; or, it may be the slackness induced by sensualism, or the discouragement resulting from difficulties or failure; at other times, routine, the product of carelessness or frivolity, the product of idle curiosity and empty gaiety, etc. Or else, on the contrary, it may be the love of God, the desire for sacrifice, the fervour kindled by some touch of grace, full submission to God, the joy of humility, etc. Whether it be good or bad, it is the main and dominant disposition that must be ascertained; for we must look at the good as well as the evil, since it is the state of the heart that it is important to know. I must go directly to the mainspring, which sets all the wheels of the clock in motion.Sometimes it happens that this mainspring is a persistent and continuous disposition, such as bitterness or aversion. But, at other times, it is some merely momentary impression, which, however, was strong enough to impress the heart for a considerable time with some characteristic impulse; such, for instance, as the generous acceptance of a suffering; it was the affair of a moment, yet it imparted something to the heart, which will set it in motion during one or several days.34. It is the substance of self-examination – When I have ascertained this dominant disposition, good or bad, my examination of conscience is substantially finished; I have got what is the essential thing[...]



Pope Francis: “Our true enemy is sin”

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:25:29 GMT

Pope Francis encourages Catholics to be “freed from the chains of evil” in the Sacrament of ConfessionVATICAN CITY — Do you sometimes feel weighed down or unfree after making a mistake or falling into sin?Today Pope Francis said the “true enemy” that prevents us from being interiorly free is “sin.” But, he stressed, we can be “freed from the chains of evil” through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.Addressing the faithful and pilgrims from the window of his study in the Apostolic Palace, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the pope reflected on how the Lord miraculously liberated the two Apostles from prison and persecution.If we turn to the Lord in the Sacrament of Penance, the pope said, he will liberate us interiorly through the power of his grace, and lift the weight we experience from sin.Today’s Angelus address followed a solemn Mass in St. Peter’s Square, celebrated together with the five cardinals whom the pope created yesterday at an ordinary public consistory.Read the pope’s reflection below.Dear brothers and sisters,Good morning. The Fathers of the Church loved to compare the holy Apostles Peter and Paul to two columns, on which the visible construction of the Church rests. Both sealed with their own blood the witness they rendered to Christ through preaching and service to the nascent Christian community. This witness is highlighted in the biblical Readings of today’s liturgy, readings which indicate the reason for their faith, confessed and proclaimed, and then crowned with the supreme proof of martyrdom.The Book of the Acts of the Apostles (cf. 12:1-11) recounts the event of Peter’s imprisonment and subsequent liberation. He had already experienced aversion to the Gospel in Jerusalem, where he had been imprisoned by King Herod “intending to bring him before the people” (v. 4). But he was miraculously saved so he could complete his evangelizing mission, first in the Holy Land and then in Rome, putting all his energy at the service of the Christian community.Paul, too, experienced hostility from which he was liberated by the Lord. Sent by the Risen One into many cities to pagan peoples, he encountered strong resistance by those of his own religion and by the civil authorities. Writing to the disciple Timothy, he reflects on his own life and missionary journey, as well as on the persecutions he endured for the sake of the Gospel.These “liberations” of Peter and Paul reveal the common journey of the two Apostles, who were sent by Jesus to announce the Gospel in difficult and, in certain cases, hostile environments.Both, through their personal and ecclesial experiences, show and tell us, today, that the Lord is always by our side. He walks with us; he never abandons us. Especially in time of trial, God extends his hand to us; he comes to our aid and liberates us from the threat of our enemies.But let us remember that our true enemy is sin, and the Evil One who urges us on to it. When we are reconciled with God, especially in the Sacrament of Penance, receiving the grace of forgiveness, we are freed from the chains of evil and alleviated from the weight of our errors. Thus we can continue along of path as joyful heralds and witnesses of the Gospel, showing that we are the first to have received mercy.To the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles, we address our prayer, which today is especially for the Church in Rome and for this city which has Peter and Paul as patrons. May they obtain for [the Church and city] spiritual and material well being. May the goodness and grace of the Lord sustain the Roman people, that they mig[...]



The saint who walked 3,700 miles to join the Jesuits

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:02:00 GMT

Blessed Peter Kibe was a martyr in 17th-century Japan, but even among these heroes of the faith, he stands out.I wonder if there has ever been a Christian more determined than Blessed Peter Kibe, one of more than 200 Japanese martyrs who have been raised to the altar. Often there’s little that’s known about these heroes of the East, but every once in a while you hit on a real gem, a follower of Jesus Christ whose faith sets a fire in your soul. Blessed Peter Kibe is such a one, a man for the ages and a dear friend of mine.Born of Japanese Christian parents in 1587, Peter was raised in a country already hostile to the faith. Even his family’s noble (samurai) status didn’t protect them. Despite persecutions, Peter entered a Jesuit seminary with hopes of being ordained one day. After graduating, he asked to enter the Society of Jesus but was denied; the superior was concerned that he wasn’t determined enough to persevere in his vocation.Read more: My friends Joe and Vicki protected Jews from the NazisRather than accept this response, Peter made a private vow that he would continue to pursue a Jesuit vocation. He spent eight years working alongside the Jesuit missionaries; when all foreign missionaries were exiled by the anti-Christian Japanese government in 1614, Peter went with them to Portuguese Macao (China) where he was refused ordination because authorities believed the time wasn’t right for native priests.Nothing daunted, Peter looked elsewhere. He sailed to Goa. When he found the doors closed there as well, it seemed time to set off for Rome. On foot. Peter walked all the way from India to the Holy Land along the Silk Road.That’s about 3,700 miles.When he arrived, Kibe became the first Japanese person ever to visit Jerusalem. He then made his way to Rome, convinced the ecclesial authorities of his qualifications, and was ordained a priest six months after arriving in Rome. Asked to make a two-year novitiate with the Jesuits before returning to Japan, Peter managed to convince his superior that there was no time to waste, that the Japanese people needed him immediately.This being the 17th century, though, nothing was ever immediate. It took him 14 months just to get to India. When he finally made it to Macao, he was told that the government would allow no Christians to sail on their ships to Japan. Peter was then chased by pirates all the way to Siam, where he found the same difficulty. For two years, he tried to sail from Siam, then headed to Manila. Still unable to find a ship that would take him to Japan, he built one.The boat was attacked by termites. Peter plugged the holes and set off. Eight years after leaving Portugal, Peter finally had Japan in his sights—and was overcome by a typhoon that smashed his boat to bits.When the victims of the shipwreck pulled themselves together, they found that they were in the same spot from which St. Francis Xavier had launched his mission to Japan some 80 years earlier. With the zeal of Xavier (whose canonization he had attended in Rome), Father Kibe arrived in Japan at last. He spent 24 years trying to become a priest in Japan before he finally set foot on Japanese soil again, all the time knowing that he was headed towards torture and certain death.Kibe managed to minister for nine years under constant threat of death. When he was betrayed by one of his flock, he was brought before Fr. Ferreira (the famous apostate priest of Silence fame). Rather than succumb to Ferreira’s entreaties that he apostatize, Fr. Kibe implored Ferreira to return to the faith. “Let us go to die together,” he begged [...]



From the diary of Saint Faustina

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 02:26:28 GMT



651 O incomprehensible God, how great is Your mercy! It surpasses the combined understanding of all men and angels. All the angels and all humans have emerged from the very depths of Your tender mercy. Mercy is the flower of love. God is love, and mercy is His deed. In love it is conceived; in mercy it is revealed. Everything I look at speaks to me of God's mercy. Even God's very justice speaks to me about His fathomless mercy, because justice flows from love.

652 There is one word I heed and continually ponder; it alone is everything to me; I live by it and die by it, and it is the holy will of God. It is my daily food. My whole soul listens intently to God's wishes. I do always what God asks of me, although my nature often quakes and I feel that the magnitude of these things is beyond my strength. 1 know well what I am of myself, but I also know what the grace of God is, which supports me.

653 April 25, 1936. Walendow. On that day, the suffering in my soul was more severe than ever before. From early morning, I felt as if my body and soul had separated. I felt that God's presence had penetrated my whole being; I felt all the justice of God within me; I felt I stood alone before God. I thought: one word from my spiritual director would set me entirely at peace; but what can I do?-he is not here. However, I decided to seek light in holy confession. When I uncovered my soul to the priest, [134] he was afraid to continue hearing my confession, and that caused me even greater suffering. When I see that a priest is fearful, I do not obtain any inner peace. So I have decided that only to my spiritual director will I open my soul in all matters, from the greatest to the least, and that I will follow his directions strictly.

654 Now I understand that confession is only the confessing of one's sins, and spiritual guidance is a different thing altogether. But this is not what I want to speak about. I want to tell about a strange thing that happened to me for the first time. When the confessor started talking to me, I did not understand a single word. Then I saw Jesus Crucified and He said to me, It is in My Passion that you must seek light and strength. After the confession, I meditated on Jesus' terrible Passion, and I understood that what I was suffering was nothing compared to the Savior's Passion, and that even the smallest imperfection was the cause of this terrible suffering. Then my soul was filled with very great contrition, and only then I sensed that I was in the sea of the unfathomable mercy of God. Oh, how few words I have to express what I am experiencing! I feel I am like a drop of dew engulfed in the depths of the bottomless ocean of divine mercy.

659 During Holy Mass, offered by Father Andrasz, I saw the little Infant Jesus, who told me that I was to depend on him for everything; no action undertaken on your own, even though you put much effort into it, pleases Me. I understood this [need of] dependence.



Pope Francis speaks to priests - by Bishop Robert Barron

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:04:48 GMT

The priest celebrating Mass is speaking, in a sense, on behalf of the entire material creation.I write these words from the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland, where I am conducting a retreat for the good priests of the Dublin Archdiocese. As I look out at these men, I am reminded of so many of my own relatives on both sides of my family (“Gosh, he looks like Uncle Charlie” and “That one is the spitting image of my cousin Terry”), for I am Irish all the way through. Many of the priests who are making the retreat are retired, and it is edifying to see so many who have bravely borne the heat of the day. Do say a prayer for them.The theme that I have chosen for my talks is “Pope Francis Speaks to Priests.” I have culled a number of motifs from the pope’s numerous talks, sermons, and lectures to priests, seminarians, and bishops. Allow me, in the course of this brief article to say just a few words about each one.The first is “encountering Christ.” Drawing from the writings of Padre Luigi Giussani and others, Pope Francis emphasizes that the single most important feature of Christianity is a personal friendship with the Lord Jesus. The Christian faith is not a philosophy or a social theory or an ideology, but rather a living relationship with Jesus. Therefore, I have told the priests of Dublin, make Christ the center of your lives and let every aspect of your life and ministry revolve around your friendship with the Lord.The second theme is “living simply.” Nothing about Pope Francis has so captivated the popular imagination than his gestures in the direction of simplicity of life: paying his own bill at the clerical residence just after his election as pope, riding in the unpretentious Fiat rather than a limo, dining with the homeless, residing in the Santa Marta Hotel rather than the Apostolic Palace, etc. In an address to consecrated religious in 2015, the pope cited his spiritual father Ignatius of Loyola to the effect that poverty is the “wall and the mother of the consecrated life,” mother because it gives birth to greater confidence in God and wall because it keeps out worldliness.The third motif I am exploring is preaching, which Pope Francis emphasizes time and again when he addresses priests and seminarians. The pope once remarked that everyone suffers from preaching, the priests from having to give sermons and the faithful from having to listen to them! In my presentation, I’m stressing that there should always be an element of the surprising and the novel in good Christian preaching, for the preacher is trading in Good News. Something utterly unexpected has happened—namely the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead—and the preacher wants to grab his audience by the shoulders and tell them about it. If he is simply sharing bland spiritual truisms, he is not really preaching.Fourthly, I’m urging the priests of Dublin to be what the pope calls “missionary disciples.” Vatican II was, first and foremost, a missionary council, whose purpose was to push the Church outward, bringing the lumen of Christ to the gentes. Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI all followed this impulse in stressing the centrality of the new evangelization. Pope Francis has rung the same bell in his insistence that the Church must go out to the periferia, to the margins both economic and existential. He offers a funny and wise commentary on the famous scene from the book of Revelation in which Jesus stands at the door and knocks. This represents, says Francis, n[...]



The Hour of Mercy, everyday at 3PM

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:39:27 GMT



Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.

Jesus Said: "I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice. My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant. I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery". (1572)



The still journey - Le voyage immobile : Marthe Robin

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:53:46 GMT

The still journey "The heart of man, it is said, is measured by the welcoming he gives to suffering, for it is in him the imprint of someone other than himself ... Even when suffering comes out of ourselves to enter with its penetrating sting into the consciousness, it is always in spite of the spontaneous wish and the primitive impulse of the fullness of the will. However predictable it may be, so resigned in advance that one offers himself to her blows, so avid, so enamored that one can be of its austere and vivifying charm, it nevertheless remains a foreigner and an importune, it is always different from what we expected, and under its reach, the very one who confronts it energetically, who desires and loves it, cannot at the same time prevent himself from trembling at its approach. Suffering kills something from us to put back something there that is not us. And that is why it reveals to us this scandal of our freedom and of our reason: we are not what we want to be, and to want all that we are, all that we must be, we must understand, that we accept its lesson and its benefits. Thus suffering is in us like a divine seed, like the grain of wheat that must die before germinating, it is the basis for a fuller oeuvre (work). Who has not suffered of a thing, neither knows it, nor loves it. The sense of pain is to reveal to us what escapes knowledge and selfish will, it is to be the way of effective love, because it detracts us from ourselves and of our human tendencies, to give us our brothers and to give us to all. For suffering does not hope in us for its divine effect without an active and pure concurrence on our part. It is an ordeal because it forces the secret dispositions of the will to manifest themselves. Breaking the equilibrium of an indifferent life, it allows us to choose between this personal feeling which leads us to withdraw into ourselves by violently excluding any intrusion, and this goodness which opens up to the fertile sadness and to the seeds which the great waters of trial carry. Support me, O Jesus. Here below, the pain never ends; when it has bruised the body and the heart, it bruises the soul; when it has bruised the heart, it again bruises the soul and the body. It is the spring that raises from the earth, it makes the soul celestial. God inclines towards it to sustain it, and the angel of the holy hopes descends to strengthen and console it". Translated from the French - Marthe Robin : le voyage immobile (english: the still journey), Jean-Jacques Antier ------------------ Texte original Français "Le coeur de l'homme, dit-on, se mesure à l'accueil qu'il fait à la souffrance, car elle est en lui l'empreinte d'un autre que lui... Même quand elle sort de nous pour entrer avec son aiguillon pénétrant dans la conscience, c'est toujours malgré le souhait spontané et l'élan primitif du plein vouloir. Quelque prévue qu'elle soit, si résigné d'avance qu'on s'offre à ses coups, si avide, si épris qu'on puisse être de son charme austère et vivifiant, elle n'en demeure pas moins une étrangère et une importune, elle est toujours autre qu'on ne l'attendait, et sous son atteinte, celui même qui l'affronte énergiquement, qui la désire et l'aime ne peut en même temps s'empêcher de trembler à son approche. Elle tue quelque chose de nous pour y mettre quelque chose qui n'est pas nous. Et voilà pourquoi ell[...]



A mystic from Poland and her conversations with Jesus

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:01:36 GMT

Local bishop gives permission for publication of Alicja Lenczewska's conversations with Jesus.Alicja Lenczewska received an unusual gift from Jesus — she spoke with him not in the usual way of prayer, but in mystical conversations. Now, the bishop of Szczecin, Poland, has authorised the publication of the notes from these conversations.Such an account, and from Poland, might bring to mind the great saint of Divine Mercy, St Faustina. But Lenczewska was born only on Dec. 5, 1934, in Warsaw and died less than 15 years ago.Raised in sufferingAlicja’s father passed away in 1939 and so, along with her elder brother, Alicja was raised by her mother. When the Nazis invaded Poland and took control of Warsaw, the family moved in with relatives near the city of Rzeszów.With the War ended in 1946, they moved to Szczecin, where Alicja completed primary and high school. Despite the hard times, her mother ensured the religious upbringing of the children, making sure they always attended Sunday Mass and prayed together daily.When Alicja graduated from high school, she started to work as a teacher in the village of Bana. Before long, she was promoted to the position of school inspector in Gryfino. Around this time, she became a member of the Communist party. As she later admitted, at that time her life was at variance with the teaching of the Church.Lenczewska earned an MA in Pedagogy in Gdansk and between 1966 and 1975 she worked as a high school teacher of Home Economics and Mechanics in Szczecin.When Alicja’s mother fell ill, she became her caretaker, attending to her until her death in 1984. Losing her mother was traumatic for Alicja, but her sorrow led her, along with her brother, to become involved with the Renewal in the Holy Spirit. She began to discover Jesus and soon realized she wished to dedicate herself to Him.A retreat in Gostyn in 1985 marked the beginning of an astonishing series of graces: During Communion, she was granted the gift of conversations and mystical meetings with Jesus. This gift continued from 1985 to 2012, until her death.She recorded the spiritual advice received and the contents of her conversations with Jesus in two texts, Testimony [Swiadectwo] and A Word of Instruction [Slowo pouczenia]. She wrote of the “magnitude of the great, unique love” of God, which could only make one “cry over one’s ingratitude.” She spoke to Jesus about the role of a confessor in the sacrament; Jesus replied that he is: “My lips, my hands and my heart beating amongst you.”“Everything you have and everything you are is my gift of Love,” Jesus told Alicja. He stressed the significance of the Eucharist, reminding her that He wants to be invited to every person’s life. Moreover, He warned against abusive reception of Holy Communion and its desecration.Alicja’s relationship with Our Lord came to define her whole life. Nothing but his presence and love mattered to her any more; her money and time were spent in service. A spiritual director supported and guided her during these years. Journal entries provide the words of Jesus asking people to pray and have trust. He taught her to work on patience and compassion, so as to react with love to others. As she wrote down in her notebook, “The greatest love is to accept part of My suffering by participating in it.”The conversations with Jesus, as accounted for in the notes, are marked by the simplicity of the message and love.Alicja dedicat[...]



Advice about Confession ( St. Paisios )

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:01:53 GMT



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We all know the importance of Confession, but yet so few take advantage of it. Here Elder Paisios shows us why it is so important.

A young man went to see the Elder. I arrived the moment he was ringing the bell, and waited behind him. After a while, Father Paisios opened the door and came to the fence.

- What's up, young man, what do you want? asked the Elder.

- Father, I would like to see you and get your advice on something.

- Have you gone to confession? Do you have a spiritual father?

- No, Father, I don't have a spiritual father and I haven't gone to confession.

- Well, then you better go to confession and then come to see me.

- Why can't I see you, Father?

-I will explain to you, so you can understand. Your mind is confused and troubled by the sins you have fallen into; as a result, you cannot realize the situation you are in. So, you will not be able to give me a clear picture of your problem. However, if you confess your sins, your mind will clear up and you will see things very differently.
Note how he relates confession to a clearing of the mind. So often we think of it as having our names taken off the list for breaking some kind of law. Elder Paisios is lifting this sacrament to its true value, one of clearing our mind so we can more clearly see God, receive His grace, follow His commandments and understand the spiritual nature of our life.


The story continues as the young man does not take heed of the Elder's advice.

Father, maybe I am confused and troubled and unable to tell you what exactly is wrong with me, but you yourself can understand the nature of my problem and tell me what to do.

- Listen, even if I can see with a certain clarity what is wrong with you, you still have the problem inside you. Since your mind is troubled, you will neither understand, nor remember what I will say to you. If you go to confession and you are tuned in the same spiritual frequency with us, then we will be ale to communicate. So, go to a spiritual father for confession and I will wait for your visit.
Without the cleansing that comes with confession, all the counseling we receive will fall on deaf ears and without the right understanding. We also need to take responsibility for our troubles and be willing to take them to our spiritual father and to offer them to God seeking forgiveness and direction about how to change our lives. Only then will we be able to listen and do something with the advice we receive. In this way the Holy Spirit works to cleanse our mind. It is only when the mind is cleared of our troubles are we able to be open to hear the wisdom of an Elder like Paisios.


Source: Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain, p 120



Cardinal Sarah dares the world to be silent

Mon, 08 May 2017 15:56:19 GMT

Cardinal Sarah dares the world to be silent link “If we do not cultivate this silence, how can we find God?” Ours is a loud age … ours is a restless age. We know the landscape well: the raucous media circus that blurs the line between power politics and viewing pleasure; the teeming internet jungle of tweets about jeremiads and jeremiads about tweets; and a digital presence that multiples itself exponentially, without end. We even internalize it, drawing it into ourselves in greater doses until we not only make noise, but are noise, plugged into the agitation and clamor of the world and unable to watch or click or share our way out of it. But what else is there? Into this milieu marches The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, a powerful new book with a revolutionary message: that what our world wants least but needs most is stillness and silence. Robert Cardinal Sarah of Guinea touched on the subject in his first interview with Nicolas Diat, God or Nothing, where he concluded that for many of us, the “disturbing” sound of silence just doesn’t feel like an option. “We ceaselessly need to hear the noise of the world: today logorrhea is a sort of imperative, and silence is considered a failure.” The Power of Silence, another interview with Diat, unpacks the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of silence, including our reticence to even begin engaging it. The interview unfolds with a numbered series of philosophical fragments, much like the Pensées of the philosopher Blaise Pascal (whom Sarah quotes). “What will become of our world if it does not look for intervals of silence?” Sarah asks. “Interior rest and harmony can flow only from silence. Without it, life does not exist. The greatest mysteries of the world are born and unfold in silence.” In silence, where so many of us see an unsettling absence, Sarah challenges his readers to discover instead the presence of the greatest mystery there is, one which, like the gaze of a lover, the growth of a plant, or the motion of the stars, communicates itself in and through its own silence. “Nothing will make us discover God better than his silence inscribed in the center of our being,” Sarah writes. “If we do not cultivate this silence, how can we find God?” The postmodern world cuts itself off from God precisely to the degree to which its cuts itself off from silence and solitude. “Without silence,” he writes, “God disappears into the noise.” But Sarah also makes it clear that cultivating silence is not just a matter of quieting speech and sounds; it also means quieting our judgments, passions, and thoughts. In fact, the path of exterior silence can painfully reveal the depths of interior noise into which we’ve been plunged – which is precisely why we tend to avoid it. “With its festive appearance, noise is a whirlwind that avoids facing itself,” he writes. “Agitation becomes a tranquilizer, a sedative, a morphine pump, a sort of reverie, an incoherent dream-world. But this noise is a dangerous, deceptive medicine, a diabolic lie that helps man avoid confronting himself in his interior emptiness. The awakening will necessary be brutal.” Read more: Pope Francis and Cardinal Sarah invite us to silence. Does that scare you? Sarah invokes various beautiful images – a temple, a melody, a light, a[...]



Neuvaine à Notre-Dame de Fatima

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:25:36 GMT



Neuvaine en préparation du 100e anniversaire des apparitions de Fatima le 13 mai 1917-2017. De plus, Francisco et Jacinta seront canonisés par le pape François ce jour-là.



Look to the Desert Fathers to fight 7 great temptations, Pope tells priests and religious in Egypt

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:04:02 GMT

In the land where monasticism first flourished, Pope Francis urges priests and religious to battle 7 great temptations with the help of the Desert Fathers.EGYPT — One the second day of his apostolic visit to the land where Christian monasticism first flourished, with spiritual giants such as St. Anthony the Great, St. Paul the Hermit, and St. Mary of Egypt, Pope Francis urged priests and religious to look to the Desert Fathers to fight 7 great temptations.Addressing clergy, religious and seminarians during a prayer meeting at the Coptic Catholic seminary in Maadi, the Pope thanked priests and consecrated men and women for their witness among “many challenges and often few consolations.”He encouraged them to be “a positive force” amid many “prophets of destruction and condemnation,” by not succumbing to 7 great temptations in daily life that can lead priests and religious to become “neither fish nor fowl.”“Resisting these temptations is not easy,” the pope acknowledged, “but it is possible if we are grafted on to Jesus: ‘Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me’ (Jn 15:4).”“The more we are rooted in Christ, the more we are alive and fruitful! Only in this way can we preserve the wonder and the passion of our first encounter with God, and experience renewed excitement and gratitude in our life with God and in our mission.”The quality of our consecration depends on the quality of our spiritual life,” he said.Pope Francis therefore urged priests and religious to “draw upon to the example of Saint Paul the Hermit, Saint Anthony, the holy Desert Fathers, and the countless monks and nuns who by their lives and example opened the gates of heaven to so many of our brothers and sisters.”“We venerate the Holy Cross, the instrument and sign of our salvation. When we flee the Cross, we flee the resurrection!” he said.Here are the 7 great temptations Pope Francis proposed:1. The temptation to let ourselves be led, rather than to lead. The Good Shepherd has the responsibility of guiding the sheep (cf. Jn 10:3-4), of bringing them to fresh pastures and springs of flowing water (cf. Ps 23). He cannot let himself be dragged down by disappointment and pessimism: “What can I do?” He is always full of initiative and creativity, like a spring that flows even in the midst of drought. He always shares the caress of consolation even when he is broken- hearted. He is a father when his children show him gratitude, but especially when they prove ungrateful (cf. Lk 15:11-32). Our faithfulness to the Lord must never depend on human gratitude: “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:4, 6, 18).2. The temptation to complain constantly. It is easy to always complain about others, about the shortcomings of superiors, about the state of the Church and society, about the lack of possibilities. But consecrated persons, though the Spirit’s anointing, are those who turn every obstacle into an opportunity, and not every difficulty into an excuse! The person who is always complaining is really someone who doesn’t want to work. It was for this reason that the Lord said to the pastors: “Lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak kne[...]



Light of the Desert (La Lumiere du Desert) ENG SUB

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:57:50 GMT



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Bénédictines de Martigné, un esprit de liberté / Documentaire KTO

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:18:46 GMT



Une quinzaine de soeurs bénédictines vivent, travaillent et prient à Martigné-Briand, non loin d´Angers, dans un ancien corps de ferme magnifiquement rénové. Une confiturerie et l´hôtellerie constituent leur principal gagne-pain. Leur charisme ? L´ouverture aux autres, aspect très important pour la fondatrice de l´ordre de Ste Bathilde, auxquelles elles appartiennent, une vie intérieure forte, une vraie simplicité et un véritable esprit de liberté ...

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7 Tips for a good confession, from St. Francis de Sales

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:28:11 GMT



Our friendship with God requires returning again and again to the basics

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Mustapha Amari : De l'Islam au "Catho style"

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:00:52 GMT



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MY JUDGMENT BEFORE GOD

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:26:48 GMT



(Dr. Gloria Polo's testimony)

Translated from Spanish to English by Susanna Vallejo.



Un Sauveur vous est né

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 01:18:02 GMT



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