March 10—Crossing the Saint-Nicolas, Nantes.
“I am no longer on earth, so take My place.”
Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 306-307).
Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.
I do believe, that the Lord does speak to us today, through certain men, and women. These communications are based on the Lord’s desire to draw us deeper into communication with Himself, based on his revelation of the Father to humanity. For to see Jesus, is to see the Father. Jesus
What is the present moment?
Live, then, in the present moment. Choose to be faithful to Me in the little things that I give you and ask of you from minute to minute, from hour to hour, and from day to day.3 It is foolish to pin your hopes and to spend your energy on an imaginary good, when the real good that I offer you is here and now.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart--
The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (Kindle Locations 3220-3223). Angelico Press. Kindle E
Thoughts on the aging process and the spiritual journey.
A very good friend, who is also a man filled with wisdom wrote a piece about retirement and how he was dealing with it. Some of it was coming from a place of struggle, but it ended up well. One statement jumped out at me and I responded to it. I would like to share it. It comes, of course, from a Christian point of view.
Interesting post. I do believe that as we age there are questions that we have to face, even if they can
Your longing to love—this is love
February 14—In a car. “You saw My kindness in the face of that young girl? Be like that always. If My followers were good to one another, the face of the world would be transformed.” “Your longing to love—this is love . . .” “In your soul there is a door that leads to the contemplation of God. But you must open it.” February 17—“Don’t
Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 284-288).
Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.
I believe that in each heart, all hearts reside
My friendship is not earned, it is not something acquired by measuring up to the standards of perfection that you have set for yourself. My friendship is pure gift.1 It is the gift of My Sacred Heart and I offer it freely. So few souls understand this. You are sanctified by living in My friendship. All the rest is secondary. Love Me and believe in My unconditional love for you. Trust Me. Show Me that you have confidence in My merciful goodness,
In our falling and rising, we begin to experience grace
Faith in My fatherhood will be the path of healing for many, who, like you, were kept from growing up in freedom and joy beneath the gaze of their father. I want to banish fear from your life. I want you to feel loved and surrounded by My presence as Father—a presence that supports you, that will not hold you back from becoming the man that I have always wanted you to be; a presence that will allow you, in turn, to become a father, a
Intolerable Human Situations
(What to say, what to do?)
Give Me the full attention of your heart—the ear of your heart—and I will speak to you.1 I will show you the way in which you are to walk and I will give you My light about the things that weigh upon you, or sadden you, or perplex you.2 Bring everything to Me and I will give you in exchange My grace and My love. It is fear more than anything else that prevents you from coming into My presence with confidence, with hope, and with a quiet
The Lord sees all and understands all
Of the sins cast into the fire of My Heart, nothing remains. They are completely annihilated—reduced, not to ashes, but utterly destroyed and forgotten. Love makes Me do this. When a soul laden with sin, even with sins against My divine Person—blasphemy, sacrilege, and revilement—comes to Me with a repentant and broken heart, My love envelopes that soul and purifies her in My Blood.1 I am the Savior
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speak
This hard to believe, the depths of God’s love for us
….I abhor sin and its ravages in My creatures. Sin given to Me ceases to exist; it is forever
lost in the infinite ocean of My mercy, but sin clung to and held close to oneself
becomes a poison, a cancer that spreads, destroying the spiritual organism that I designed for holiness and for eternal beatitude.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart
--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer). Angelico Press. Kindle Ed
Pray in trust
Pray using My Mother’s Rosary, even when you feel that your prayer is empty or mechanical, or when you are beset by distractions. The decision to pray pleases My Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of My Mother.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu:
When Heart Speaks to Heart--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer
Discipline is needed for any endeavor that is given priority in one’s life. For people of all faiths or those who are seeking, for many of them, prayer and medita
An expanding awareness of interconnectedness
“Beginning today I entrust you with a particular grace of intercession for the souls I will send to you. You will intercede also for all those whom I shall make you see in your prayer. Pray, pray with confidence and boldness, and I shall answer you each time.”
― In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer
It is easy to forget as Christians, the need to strengthen our connection with our brothers and sisters.
You will become both Light, and Fire
When you come to adoration, hold yourself before My Eucharistic Face like a mirror before
the sun. Thus will you capture the radiance, of my Countenance and the fire
that blazes in My Heart; thus will you become both light and fire for
souls plunged into darkness and hearts grown cold.
--In Sinu Jesu (When Heart Speaks to Heart).
No matter what religion one follows, or what spiritual path traveled upon, if it is not done in a mindful manner, it c
A beautiful, drizzly, morning
(My first sighting of our box turtle)
After Lauds, and Mass, I was on my way to our refectory, to do one of my duties, morning dishes. It was for me a beautiful morning. It was cloudy and rainy. When the sky is overcast it brings out the green in our grass, bushes, and trees. For me, it almost becomes a dark jade green color. It brings me peace to see rainy weather, and I guess, I love it more than sunshine. As I was walking towards the refectory, I noticed
Anticipation and joy
When I was in boot camp in 1967, (I was in the Navy for four years)…I felt locked up there, and when I looked out at the people driving along the freeway, I thought how wonderful their lives must be, how free and in my mind’s eye, how easy. It was because I was in a very stressful place. I was 18 and it was the first time I was away from family. I did my boot camp in San Diego. It got better after a few weeks, but I never lost that moment of looking out at all the
The estranged couple
They sat stiffly close together
yet so far apart no warmth nor light,
looking to the left and right,
or with a nervous movement seeking
a comfortable place to simply sit,
trapped next to each other.
The longing there to be seen and heard,
yet each only wanted to speak seeking understanding,
yet for themselves only,
each in too much pain to
present to the other.
Both a victim of the other,
blame screaming with each movement,
each recoiling from the others con
A man’s journey towards healing and sobriety
✝ Whoever does not meditate, is like someone who never looks in the mirror before going out, doesn't bother to see if he's tidy, and may go out dirty without knowing it. The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his faults, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order.—Padre Pio
I was talking to one of our retreatants about the importance of self-know
Memories of Panama, Midway Island, and homesickness and nostalgia
Memories are very interesting, giving both pleasure and pain. The pleasant ones, those based on our past can bring out a sweet melancholy that for me can’t quite be pinpointed. Thoughts and pictures from the past that can be wiped clean, leaving only what was good, fun and actually healing on many levels. This experience of melancholy I believe, at least for me, is the sadness of seeing my past getting longer than my future. A
We can all be channels of God’s love as revealed in Christ Jesus.
“Never think that your imperfections and failures are, in any way,
an impediment to the work of My merciful love in your soul.
You have only to give them to Me with confidence
and they are consumed in the blaze of
My Heart’s love for you. When I ask certain things of you,
it is not to burden you, but to offer you a sure way
of obtaining the support of My grace.”
In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart
We can entrust ourselves to God’s love at any time
“So many souls make little or no progress in the holiness that I desire for them because they do not trust in My grace. They attempt to change themselves by making use of purely human means and forget that I am all-powerful, all-merciful, and ready at every moment to heal and sanctify those who entrust themselves, with their weaknesses and sins, to My most loving Heart. I do not ask for perfection from those whom I have chosen to be My friends
Not Pie in the Sky but to live simply in This-Day “…Every pain has its end and then life in freedom begins…where everything is returned …Pray for the strength of faith: trust in the love of the Heavenly Father…Faith makes you live according to what is good and then the light of God’s love always comes at the desired moment”--(Our Lady of Medjugorje 2 April 2018)
I know many people who have very hard lives. Health issues, family, and money problems. The list for some, can go on, and on. Then
Self-Absorption Do not give in to feelings of discouragement. This causes you to focus even more on yourself and on your limitations. Rather, look to Me.
Seek My Face and rely on the faithful love of My Heart for you….What I ask of you is to trust in my merciful love.
In Sinu Jesu Pg. 79 (7/24/08)
Failure is a constant in my life as a Christian. In Proverbs, it says that the just man will fall seven times a day and rise again (Proverbs 24:16). That is not a small number. This appl
In Sinu Jesu
(When Heart Speaks to Heart)
In Christianity, the central core is the revelation that ‘The Infinite’, the ‘Wholly Other’; ‘That which cannot be named’; is revealed to us as a deeply personal loving God, In Jesus Christ. Many prefer Deism, an impersonal force who made the Universe, then left it alone. A relationship does not enter into the equation, nor any concept of love, obedience and humble service to the creator.
Christians often forget the depth of God
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis Part 2
So the second part of the Prayer of St. Francis is the fruit of working through the first part. The necessity of self-knowledge and an ever-deepening trust in God’s mercy. This allows us to listen so that we truly become instruments of peace in God’s hands.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis Part 1
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
The human experience for everyone is a rough journey. We can often hide from others what is going on inside of us; we can smile when in reality there is a war going on within. We experience injustice, injury, doubt and yes despair. We can also go through periods where we are filled with darkness and sadness. In some instances, these inner variations can be a mystery to us. So how can we be instruments
Ann Sullivan, RIP
I first met Ann Sullivan, in 1995, and hired her to work in our kitchen. My first impression of her was mixed. She gave off the impression of a woman who had been through a lot and had some rough edges. Yet at the same time, she had a good sense of humor and had a streak of stubbornness, that I liked. She worked in our kitchen and was a good worker and for the most part got along well with the others who work there as well.
One day her humor came out. I walked in to se