Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our True Daily Bread

"Lord, restore us by these Easter mysteries. May the continuing work of our Redeemer bring us eternal joy…." (Mass Prayer in the Season of Easter)

The greatest of the Easter mysteries is the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, we enjoy the real presence of the Risen Christ. In the Blessed Sacrament, we enjoy the comfort of His real presence on our altar. The Eucharist renews our spiritual vitality in a way that nothing else could come close to. It is our true Daily Bread. St. Ambrose, doctor and father of the Church asks, "Why receive once a year that which is offered daily?"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bread of life and Mammon

"I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst." (John 6: 35)

You cannot serve God and mammon. Both are mutually exclusive. If you pick up one, you drop the other. The Bread of life destroys hunger for mammon in our lives. Hunger for mammon destroys hunger for the Bread of life. It is either one or the other. Never the two at the same time. These words of Jesus in John 6: 35 is well a tested principle like the Beatitudes. If you ask, "Is it true?' You try it and see for yourself.

Lord, let your flesh which is the Bread of life destroy in me all hunger and thirst for mammon. Amen!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Persecution 2

"Once they had scattered, they went from place to place preaching the good news." (Acts 8: 4)

The persecution ushers in missionary activity. Like the crucifixion of Jesus, t he persecutors did not foresee the consequence otherwise they would not have persecuted the disciples of Jesus.

"All things work together for good to those who love God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5: 10)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

St. Anslem

"Father, you called St. Anslem to study and teach the sublime truths you have revealed. Let your gift of faith come to the aid of our understanding and open our hearts to your truth…." (Opening Prayer on the feast of St. Anslem)

God called St. Anslem.

He called Peter and Paul.

He called Augustine and Ignatius.

Is God calling me?

God called St. Anslem to learn and to teach the sublime truths of faith. What is my vocation? I love to learn and to communicate.

The gift of faith comes to the aid of our intellect and opens our heart to God's truth.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gift of Faith

"Merciful Lord, hear the prayers of your people. May we who have received your gift of faith share forever in the new life of Christ…." (Prayer at Mass)

The gift of faith is one of the most important gifts we receive from our merciful Father.