Friday, May 29, 2009

Pentecost. The great celebration of the Holy Spirit's encounter with the Apostles and the beginning of the Church. It is a time of wonder and sadness for me. A time of wonder because this is Gods gift for mankind until the return of our Lord and Savior. It is a time of sadness because this marks the end of the great celebration of Easter and we return to ordinary time.

So all I can do is offer a prayer:

Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish in it your loving dominion. Enkindle in my tepid soul the fire of your Love so that I may be wholly subject to you. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living, and hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Institution of the Eucharist
, JOOS van Wassenhove,
from Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

I came across this unique imagery concerning the Feast of the Ascension, which we will be celebrating this weekend. The painting above is of Jesus' initiating the first Eucharist. Through Jesus' ascension into heaven, he now returns to us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, each time we celebrate the Mass. He had to leave us to give us this gift, so that He could be with us always.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I love this quote:

"Not 100 in the United States hate the Roman Catholic Church, but millions hate what they mistakenly think the Roman Catholic Church is."

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

The level of misunderstanding of the Catholic Church, to me, is mindbogglingly. Being raised a protestant, the harsh judgment on the Catholic Church and what they "thought" it stood for was pervasive. Even today, the level of judgment on the Church is harsh, especially in the secular media.

My prayer is that people will look objectively at the Church and what it truly is. If they did, I believe that they would come to appreciate and love it as much as I do.

Thanks to McNamara's Blog for bringing this quote of Bishop Sheen's to my attention.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The nuns habit

I read a great story at the Deacons Bench this morning about a return to nuns wearing habits. It is truly a witness to their faith that is inspiring. When we see a nun, it reminds all of us of our connection to the spiritual world around us. And not surprisingly, people tend to be more civilized when a nun is present (less profanity, people are kinder to one another, etc). You can read more at this link.