Do Not Look For Excuses

“Do not look for other excuses. Try it, and find out by your own experience. Do not wait until tomorrow. Today, go and spend a few moments with Jesus, whether He is within the tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance.

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Let your weary and wounded heart be penetrated by the peaceful atmosphere of the  sanctuary and your soul be bathed in the light streaming forth from the Eucharistic Sun.

And, tomorrow, I am sure, you will return.”

(From The Holy Eucharist – Father Jose Guadalupe Trevino)

Don’t Look Now, But…

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ISIS CRUCIFIXION

When 22 people died outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, the media coverage was wall to wall.  The cry went up that something must be done! Journalists followed the investigation.  Press briefings were scheduled regularly. With broken hearts, we pored over color photographs of the victims, many of them only children, and we listened to bystanders describe their horror.  The world grieved as the story unfolded for a week.

Five days later, 29 Christians in Egypt died when terrorists attacked their bus. Forty-two others were seriously injured and the assassins got away.  That story vanished in less than 48 hours.  No color photos.  No interviews with authorities. No tragic details.

Here’s what you probably never heard.  The Christian group of parents, grandparents, and children were traveling in two buses to pray at a monastery. Their vehicles were stopped by terrorists outside the town of Minya.  After the buses were…

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The Eucharist

“The greatest source for growth in devotion to Our Hearts [the Hearts of Jesus and His Mother Mary] is the Eucharist. I wish My people attend Mass often, daily if possible. What a great gift I have given to My people in the Eucharist!

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Yet so many of My people are indifferent to the treasures contained in the Mass. Think of it! My people are privileged to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass together with Me! And yet how many prefer to do other things rather than attend Mass. How this attitude offends My Sacred Heart!”

(From Tell My People: Messages from Jesus and Mary as given to Father Edward Carter, S.J.)

A COMMUNION PRAYER

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O my God
As you have given yourself to me
Now let me give myself to Thee
I give you my body that it may be chaste and pure
I give you my soul that it may be free from sin
I give you my heart that it may always love you
I give you every breath that I shall breathe
And especially my last
I give you myself in life and in death
That I may be Thine forever and ever
Amen.

His Secret!

“And now listen, here is a secret, My secret: You who long for happiness, love Me! Tell Me all your troubles: yesterday’s griefs, today’s anguish, and the trials of the future.

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Confide all your treasures, your hearts, your little ones, and especially your hope for the return of those gone away, to Me. Confide everything to Me. Keep My secret of unalterable peace: love Me with an immense love.”

(From Twenty Holy Hours by Rev. Mateo Crawley-Boevey)