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Which Cross will you carry?

Which Cross will you carry?   “The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain” ― Padre Pio   People often balk when they read comments like the above; or when Jesus talks about dying to self and taking up one's cross in order to follow him in life.  What is often forgotten is that anything we give our hearts and mind to, demands the same thing.  People give up everyt

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Faith, Trust and A friend's powerful story

A Friend's Story, on how She learned that She is Never Alone The exercise of faith increases faith. The exercise of confidence causes confidence to grow. One who approaches My tabernacle in faith is giving evidence of a complete reliance on My merciful love. The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is My Heart, open to receive those who will respond to My timeless invitation: “Come unto Me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, becau

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The tragedy and beauty of our lives

The tragedy and beauty of our lives Such a difference in those I meet Lord, some tall, others skinny, and short and fat, with burdens hidden from others, and deep wounds that not seen, yet bleed, it is a wonder that we even begin a new day, up in the morning doing the same routine, over, and over, and over again.  Fatigue and lack of sleep, too much noise, and frantic movement, loud music, and horns, sirens, and planes, TV and Radio, news promoting fear and Lord, how it works……so much fea

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Prodigal son

Prodigal son (The world our heart dwells in) So the “Prodigal son” is by himself, alone, bereft of friends, hungry and literally living in a pig-sty.  Who knows how long he has been away from his family and probably never thought about them, or when he did, it was perhaps in mockery and disdain.  Being thoughtless, he used his money to buy friends and indulged in pleasures that would keep him from thinking any deeper than where the next party or pleasure will come from.  It most likely was

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“Where your treasure is there also will your

“Where your treasure is there also will your heart be” People in general, unless they have some sort of personality disorder, give the impression of wanting to be more truly human.  We admire those who display compassion and empathy, especially when it is directed towards us and we enjoy being around them.  We ponder concepts like ‘justice’ and ‘mercy’, though they are not easily achieved.  Injustice and the seeking of revenge appear to be the stronger force, but that is because when acte

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What we long for, we also fear

What we long for, we also fear I live in the Sacrament of My love as I live in heaven, in a ceaseless state of intercession for all who believe in Me and come to Me with the weight of life’s burdens and sorrows. There is nothing that I will not do for the soul who approaches Me with confidence. A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart-- The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (Kindle Locations 3959-3961). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition. In a truly loving relationship, b

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Being conned, what to do?

Being conned, what to do? October 4—“Above all, confidence! When you have an anxiety and you can do nothing about it, just think, ‘He will straighten that out for me’—and go back into the peace within Me.”   Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 630-632). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.     I received a letter from one of the prisoners that I am corresponding with.  I will call him Jason.  He is 55 years old, and in jail for three different felonies.  Parole violatio

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When life feels cold and dark

When life feels cold and dark and I am naked and shivering within (When I am afraid, I put my trust in you)---Psalm Sometimes I feel fear.  It is when I become strongly aware of the suffering that goes on around me.  On how common it is to have sick friends, people I love who are dying and my own aging as well.  It is as if everything I tell myself about my faith and hope drops away and I am left shivering in a cold dark place.  I do not like it ‘here’, but I also know that it is just like e

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When life feels cold and dark

When life feels cold and dark and I am naked and shivering within (When I am afraid, I put my trust in you)---Psalm 56:3 Sometimes I feel fear.  It is when I become strongly aware of the suffering that goes on around me.  On how common it is to have sick friends, people I love who are dying and my own aging as well.  It is as if everything I tell myself about my faith and hope drops away and I am left shivering in a cold dark place.  I do not like it ‘here’, but I also know that it is just li

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Grace, is in reality, God-seeking each of us

Grace, is in reality, God-seeking each of us in our lives   I remain unknown. I am left alone. Even those who claim to profess the mystery of My real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar forsake Me. I am treated with a terrible indifference, with coldness, and with a lack of respect that causes the angels to weep because they cannot offer Me reparation for the coldness and indifference of human hearts.1 Only men can make reparation for men.2 What is lacking is the loving response of a huma

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Of that yes, we must be afraid

Of that yes, we must be afraid “Jesus is the Lord, and before Him physical death is like sleep: there is no reason to despair. A different [thing] is the death to be afraid of: that of the heart hardened by evil! Of that yes, we must be afraid!” the pope said July 1. “It is the death of the heart.”—Pope Francis There are people who have a strong reaction when it comes to the concept of ‘sin’.   Understandable, because it can be used to instill the wrong kind of guilt.  The concept of sin, in

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When we discover when God is enough

"When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough. "A few years I saw a picture online of a man standing on a dock looking down at the water and the caption said:  'when we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough'.  In my own life, I have found that statement and the things you said here to be quite true.  It seems to me as if we have to get to that point, as God waits patiently for us...and we journey to the very edge and that is where God reveals Himself to

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Bringing Christ to others

Bringing Christ to others May 25, 1937—Rennes, in the train. “Why should you create solitude for yourself if I want you before the public? (then tenderly) My beloved little child, take Me, Me to others. Be Christlike.” Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 354-356). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition. About a year ago, a man came to speak to me about some of his struggles.  Which were heavy, and without letup. Yet he still loved those who hurt him, and reached out to hi

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The Inner Light

The Inner Light (Belongs to no one, but to all) May 19—Paris. In the metro. “I am the Host. You are the monstrance. The golden rays are the blessings I give through you.” Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 352-353).| Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.   Jesus said that he is in the ones that we would normally hate.  In the downtrodden, the poor, those on the fringe.  Yet as soon as we begin to hate any group, they also belong to those on the outer edges. 

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Becoming Jesus

Becoming Jesus 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

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What is the present moment?

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

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Who says!! Thoughts on the aging process

Who says!! 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

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Your longing to love, this is love

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. The Christian

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in each heart, all hearts reside

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,

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Pray in trust

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

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In our falling and rising, God is faithfull

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

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Intolerable Human Situations

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

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The Lord sees all and understands all

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

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The depths of God’s love for us

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

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An expanding awareness of interconnectedness

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. 

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