Thursday, August 10, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Mary also possessed Christ most perfectly as her only and beloved Son. How was it possible for the Virgin not to shine with sunlike splendor when she carried Christ, the Sun of infinite light, in her virginal womb? If God enclosed the sun in an immense crystal vase, would not that vase seem to be clothed with the very sun? In this way the sun clothes and adorns with its brilliant rays the pure substance of heaven, which it surrounds and engulfs. Just as the sun, glowing within the crystal on every side with its light, so the heavenly Virgin is clothed with Christ, the Sun of justice and glory. This divine vision signifies that, as bride and mother, the most holy Virgin shares in the glory of Christ and God to a high degree, so that no greater sharing or participation can be thought of.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with joyful cries.
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
the great king over all the earth,
Who made people subject to us,
nations under our feet,
*Who chose our heritage for us,
the glory of Jacob, whom he loves.
*God has gone up with a shout;
the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
sing praise to our king, sing praise.
For God is king over all the earth;
sing hymns of praise.
God rules over the nations;
God sits upon his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples assemble
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God,
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
It is as the universal pastor of the Church that I would like to come before the Madonna and to offer her a bouquet of the most beautiful “blossoms” that Jesus has entrusted to my care (cf. Jn 21:15-17). By this I mean all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world who have been redeemed by Christ’s blood, none excluded. That is why I need to have all of you join me there. I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my “golden rose”. With all of us forming “one heart and soul” (cf. Acts 4:32), I will then entrust you to Our Lady, asking her to whisper to each one of you: “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God” (Apparition of June, 1917).
Let us not forget that Jacinta and Francesco will be getting canonised while the pope is there as well.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Often this is associated with saccharine piety and imagines of a feminine Jesus holding a baby lamb. However the readings of the day are filled with powerful imagery!
Reading 2 1Peter 2:20-251 PT 2:20B-25Beloved:
If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God.
For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.
When he was insulted, he returned no insult;
when he suffered, he did not threaten;
instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I cam across this article today, about Ravens and their relationship to the saints. It is a very interesting read that I highly recommend.
In pop culture, ravens are often associated with death or dark arts/supersition or witchcraft. However many people fail to realise how often they appear in the lives of saints and especially in the Bible.
For many new age people, the raven is often seen as a symbol of the Morrigan - an ancient Irish goddess of war and magic. However, in Christian literature going back to the prophet Elijah, ravens are associated with hermits, as well as a symbol of God's Providence as the above article outlines.
The author makes a great connection between the ravens as a symbol of God's Providence, and the need for Christian's to reclaim stewardship of Creation and integration with God's creation. In this sense, it could be read as a flow on from Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si.
May we all have a greater awareness of God's goodness and Providence in creation, and learn to adore him through his creation.