“Through my rising from the dead, offer the resurrection of your own body at the general resurrection. Offer the resurrection of each member of your family, of all those who have passed before you and those who will outlive you, and of all the people you have ever known—all of them. Let them be like a procession around my resurrection for the glory of God the Father.”
Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 1341-1344).
Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition
Two kinds of scandals
"Each soul is the object of My special love.
That is why I am so grateful to those who are
resourceful and bringing back sinners to Me.
Keep this in mind then. I gave My life for them in
the most atrocious torture, for these poor beloved ones.
A humble repentance and they are already on My heart.
So speak gently to them. Speak with tenderness.
A brusque remark could drive them farther away. ---He and I March 6th 1947
Some people have a hard time unders
If I do something wrong and am judged on my ‘sin’, I have no recourse since it is true. Of course in the human situation, we have to put up safeguards because when we judge it can be faulty or simply wrong. So we have the concept “beyond reasonable doubt”. When humans judge, in court or otherwise it is hard to pinpoint the actual truth of the matter.
Before God, judgment coincides with absolute truth, there is no need for “the beyond reasonable doubt” clause. Infinite Trut
Death of a classmate
Just read about the death of another classmate. His name was Bill Baldwin. I did not know him very well. I guess during my entire time at Cristobal High we may have interacted twice. So like many classmates, he is more or less a stranger. However, I do feel a deep connection with those I graduated with. Over the years I still think of them, even if I do not have any kind of personal connection. Unless prayer is considered a form of being with. So when I hear of a death,
In the adversities that I experience, I remind myself that the time
or doing battle has not yet come to an end. I arm myself with patience, and in this way I defeat my assailant. ---Faustina’s diary 509
In dealing with life patience is very important. Many do not understand how one-sided we can be in dealing with the world. It is easy to react but that will often cause more problems than actually helping. We can be more driven by our past than we realize, some to
MAY 2021 Monastery Retreat House Newsletter
Hello My Friends,
Time is going by so fast, that it feels like I am writing a newsletter every week. We cannot slow it down, so might as well enjoy the ride, no matter how fast it seems to be going by.
The community is doing well. Everyone in the infirmary is still trucking along. Fr. Tom Francis is a real inspiration to the community, who at 92 is still going to every office, and eating the communal meal with the monks. He tells me tha
Praying for the dying
My union with the dying is still as close as ever. Oh, how incomprehensible is God’s mercy that the Lord allows me, by my unworthy prayer, to come to the aid of the dying. I try to be at the side of every dying person whenever I can. Have confidence in God, for He is good and inconceivable. His mercy surpasses our understanding: Divine Mercy Diary 880
The ‘Chaplet of Mercy’ is a very popular prayer at this time. It is easy to see why this is so since when
Prayer of Exhaustion
I am often tired or even exhausted. I have always been low energy in many ways. I have never really understood it. Even when young and in good shape, I would find myself drained to the point that I could hardly bear it. As I age it is the same, possibly a little worse but not much. So now I have what I call the prayer of exhaustion. I may try to read when I feel that way but for the most part, I just sit with it and that ‘lack-of-energy’ simply becomes my prayer. I sit w
Intimacy of Christ Jesus
“In the Host, My heart is beating as it did on earth, as it does in heaven. There are not many hearts of Christ. There is only one.” (He and I by Gabrielle Bossis) Pauline books
For Roman Catholics, the Eucharist is the center point of our lives. Christ Jesus, present fully in the Eucharist. Today for many, that is still a scandal, it is too intimate to comprehend and perhaps for many something fearful. Unconditional love is longed for and feared by our species. Fo
The receiving and giving love and mercy
We love always to our fullest capacity. Though at first, it may be hesitant and fearful, to open up to love takes courage. We also love out of need and of course instinct. However, as we mature and our ability to have an open heart develops, we can slowly learn to love others for themselves alone; as rare as that may be.
This week in the Catholic liturgy we celebrate ‘Mercy Sunday’. A feast that focuses on the depth of God’s love for us
I believe that one reason that human relationships can be so frustrating is because we
unconsciously seek a finite relationship to satisfy the need for the Infinite.
The human journey is a difficult one. The further we go from the center,
I believe the more chaotic it gets. This is not about ‘religion’,
but about a deep spirituality that allows one to live out of one's tradition
in a life-giving way for oneself as well as for others.--Br.MD
Monastery Retreat House Newsletter April 2021
Life at the Monastery
“Rest is in Him alone. Man knows no peace in the world;
but he has no disturbance when he is with God.”
― Bernard of Clairvaux, On Loving God
Hello My Friends,
I would like to wish you all a blessed Easter, from everyone here at the Monastery!
This is the time of year to really spend some time pondering, about what Easter really means to us as Christians. As Jesus went through Holy Week, it was an exper
We have our Easter Vigil at 4:20 AM. Before the pandemic, we would have around 150 people come for our Vigil service at that time. For the last two Easter’s, we have done it without guest. The experience is two-sided. We miss the guest and will be glad when we can have them back. It is also nice to be by ourselves for the first time, well, ever. Next year, the chances are that we will have friends, our very good friends, back with us.
The lighting of the ‘fire’ is a hig
I broke the cycle of evil and death
Yes, my child, as you sit with me in my tomb,
you experience the coldness of death,
the emptiness left when life is poured out,
it was a horror for me, it was not pretended,
for I took it all on out of love,
all the deaths of all my children throughout time,
and still, carry that within my heart,
for love never forgets, and is stronger than death.
My death seems to be the end, yet in my sufferings, like in death,
I took on