Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

First Saturday

The first missionary adventure for the apostles and disciples is successful. Joyfully they return to Jesus. The Lord always waits for me listening as I express my joy in bringing his message to others.

I express that joy in a special way today on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. With her I shall pray the joyful mysteries. In the first mystery she teaches me to accept God’s will with confidence, and not worry about the future. Then she tells me with the hope I have gained from this contemplation, I should seek out those who need help, affirmation.

In the third mystery, the Nativity of the Lord, Mary shows me that if I am wedded to the Holy Spirit I too can bring Jesus into the world for others. Next,the Presentation. Here she was given a preview of the sufferings she would encounter as she witnessed her Son’s heart pierced with a lance for those today who alienate themselves from him by sin. To pray for us now and at the hour of our death became her job description,

The fifth mystery: Jesus is lost then found in the temple. What stress and anxiety challenged her faith. I will pray today with Mary for the many people in the world today who live with stress and anxiety and without faith, without hope.

October 7th, 2017

Memorial of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher

First Friday

Prophets in the Old Testament often called down God’s wrath on cities, the cesspools of evil at the time. In condemning the small towns around the Lake Jesus is following the example of the Old Testament prophets.

He reproaches the towns = and their inhabitants – for remaining closed to his message. Like the towns the most serious sin that I can commit is to put up a wall, to remain so impervious so that message that any conversion will be impossible for me.

The first attitude I must nurture is being opened to the Gospel message, and then to receive it. A missionary is one whom Jesus sends to brings that message to others by words, attitudes or actions.

Behind what the missionary says or does stands the Lord who speaks and acts through him or her. Prayer enables me to become a missionary, to reflect on Jesus’ words and actions so that what he tells me in my contemplation and prayer I can bring to others.

Come, dwell within me, convert me, Sacred Heart of Jesus, especially on this First Friday, and make me a missionary for you to others.

October 6th, 2017

Memorial of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

The seventy-two disciples that Jesus sent out to prepare his way represent the laymen and women in the Church today. He, more than anyone else, realized how difficult the task would be to preach his Gospel. Read his words of instruction. They are still pertinent today.

He stressed the enormity of the work to be done with the small number of workers to do it. Such a proportion must have engendered discouragement. But it was really an appeal to prayer. And prayer leads to self-knowledge.

The disciple then, and the disciple now knows his or her limitations, but prays that the Lord make him or her a co-worker, a collaborator in spreading the Gospel to others.

Women were chiefly responsible for the spread of the Church in the early ages. Women today in Catholic Latin America are chiefly responsible for the spread of Pentecostal churches.

Through the intercession of Mary, I will pray today for an increase of lay disciples, especially women, that they receive peace from prayer so as to say “Peace to this household” in spreading the Gospel message.

October 5th, 2017

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Jesus gives each one of us an invitation to follow him. That invitation comes each day irrespective of our particular vocation in the Church. And the way he calls is personal, suited to each one.

One can get all worked up about following him. But he always pulls us back to a sane realism. To follow him means giving up comforts in our life.

The call can come unexpectedly, out of nowhere, a surprise. Each one should pray to be ready to hear so as to be able to respond, and the response should have no conditions. He never asks us to give up human love, but to love him above all, and that love deepens our human love, one for another.

Often we waste time in giving a response, Prayer conditions us to hear his invitation and to answer it. And the best prayer we can make is to our Lady who was surprised to hear the Father’s call and to answer it with faith.

Reading a short biography of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast it is today, can also show us how he heard and responded to Jesus’ personal call to him.

And it is a day to pray for Pope Francis I.

October 4th, 2017

Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel invites prayerful consideration.

During all of his life Jesus was conscious of his coming passion and death. It was for that reason he came to our world. The Son of God, he was at every moment faithful to the Father. The Son of Man he chose the road that led to Jerusalem where he would suffer and die.

Like him and with him I am invited to say to the Father each moment: “Thy will be done.”

The welcome Jesus received in the Samaritan town was not encouraging. He sent his disciples ahead of him to prepare his coming, but they were not accepted because they were on the way to Jerusalem.

Unfriendliness raged among those who piously worshiped the same God.

The Savior of the world is a victim of rivalries dividing his people whom he has come to save. He admonishes his disciples who wish to take action, Why? Is it because he wished to live his Beatitude:

“Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account”?

Is there a lesson here for me? Along with Mary and my guardian angel I’ll pray about it

October 3rd, 2017

Memorial of the Guardian Angels

In the last few words in today’s Gospel, Jesus affirms that he wishes all be saved, and that especially “the little ones”, whose guardian “angels look upon the face of their heavenly Father,” not be deprived of his saving love.

Children are symbolic of “the little ones” but he invites all to have their confidence in being loved and protected. Jesus places a child before his audience to stress this fact.

He tells them each must become like a child. Such is the condition to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Such is the appeal for daily conversion.

The great plague today for the children of the Lord irrespective of their age is pornography. Our electronic age has made it so accessible and the industry makes a special appeal to the young, to those whose angels Jesus singled out look continuously on the face of our heavenly father.

Today I shall say special prayers of thanksgiving for the Lord’s entrusting me to the care of such an guardian angel, whose face one day I hope to see.

But especially, I shall join with our Blessed Mother Mary in praying that the angels sent to guard the young take special care to protect them from the devil’s favorite enticement – pornography.

October 2nd, 2017

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus gives me two brothers to consider today. Neither is impressive. The first pleases his father; then disappoints him. The second disappoints his father; then pleases him. Both are inconsistent, selfish. The father is patient, loving.

I can identify with both. Sometimes I am all fired up to become involved in a good cause, but then the enthusiasm wanes. At other times I deliberately distract myself from the good, but circumstances put me back on tract.

What’s the solution? The Examination of Conscience.

What a wonderful habit it is to set aside each day some few minutes to think how good and patient the Father is and to thank him for all the gifts he has given to me in the past twenty-four hours.

Next, I ask him to let me see the two brothers in myself. When have I acted like the first? And the second? Where did I go wrong? How am I going to make sure there’ll be no repetitions?

Then, I’ll thank the Father for his patience and love for me, and remind him that without his grace

I cannot help but identifying with each of the two brothers. Finally, I’ll ask Mary, who is full of grace, to obtain that grace for me.

October 1st, 2017

Memorial of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

The seventy-two disciples that Jesus sent out to prepare his way represent the laymen and women in the Church today. He, more than anyone else, realized how difficult the task would be to preach his Gospel. Read his words of instruction. They are still pertinent today.

He stressed the enormity of the work to be done with the small number of workers to do it. Such a proportion must have engendered discouragement. But it was really an appeal to prayer. And prayer leads to self-knowledge.

The disciple then, and the disciple now knows his or her limitations, but prays that the Lord make him or her a co-worker, a collaborator in spreading the Gospel to others.

Women were chiefly responsible for the spread of the Church in the early ages. Women today in Catholic Latin America are chiefly responsible for the spread of Pentecostal churches.

Through the intercession of Mary, I will pray today for an increase of lay disciples, especially women, that they receive peace from prayer so as to say “Peace to this household” in spreading the Gospel message.

September 5th, 2017

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Today we rejoice with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the Annunciation the Angel announced to her what her vocation was to be. “How can this come about…?” Only because the Master of the Impossible will overshadow you, enabling you to do what you could never do on your own. ”Blessed are you who believed,” who lived a life of faith and thanksgiving.

“Do whatever he tells you,” was the advice she gave to the servants at Cana. Only because she lived this advice herself she could give it others. Immaculate Heart of Mary be a model for me in carrying out what He tells me to do.

“Be it done unto me according to thy word.” Such a prayer came from the depths of her Immaculate Heart. How similar it is to the prayer of Jesus, the Sacred Heart, in the Garden of Gethsemani: “Let your will be done, not mine.”

“Rejoice Mary, full of grace,” said the angel at the Annunciation. They were the words that echoed in her heart throughout her life bringing her peace and joy. May our Father send the same peace of Christ and the same joy of the Holy Spirit in my heart and in the hearts of all for whom I pray while saying my rosary today.

August 5th, 2017

Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

So what should I pray for as I reflect on what Jesus tells me in today’s Gospel?

The people of Nazareth were astonished by what he said. Hadn’t he lived with them, undistinguished from them for 30 years? Now he is teaching with authority and working miracles. What gives! Such is the realism of the Incarnation: nothing distinguishing in God made man; nothing apparent in him that singles him out from others.

Jesus allows this incomprehension on the part of his one-time neighbors. He worked no miracles in Nazareth. It was enough for him to have lived in hidden simplicity with them for 30 years.

Faith allows me to see beyond appearances; to recognize and welcome the Lord who comes to me in them each day. They give discrete witness, more convincing than words or actions of his hidden presence in each of them.

August 4th, 2017
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