I give you Fort Knox … Saturday, February 9

Fort Knox (US Army)

Fort Knox (US Army) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation. “And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore.” Acts8:27. Look at your Rosary. It is a gift from your Queen Mother. In the above verse we read about an earthly queen with great wealth and the person she had put in charge of all these riches. It should be important to us that our Queen Mother has intrusted to us the riches of her Rosary. The Mysteries it helps us meditate on are greater than any in the treasury of Queen Candace. The subject Candace put in charge of all this wealth was no doubt trustworthy and took the position seriously. When we look at our Rosary do we see riches or just a pretty string of beads? Do we see wonders or things tedious to think on? Do we see plastic or glass or more and purer gold than that in Fort Knox?

Today … Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerick. As a young lay woman in Coesfeld, Germany, Anne was employed as a seamstress, daily attended Mass, visited the Blessed Sacrament, and in the late evening spent hour upon hour praying on her knees. Around midnight, she would leave her home to make the Stations of the Cross by candlelight at a series of wayside shrines outside her village, along a lengthy path that wound through the pine woods, taking over two hours to complete. She offered her devotions especially for the souls in purgatory, who in turn assisted her, as she explained: “Whenever I do something for them, they pray for me.” In her interior life, she drew much inspiration from the liturgical ceremonies of the Church, especially those of Holy Week. At the age of twenty-eight, Anne Catherine entered an Augustinian convent. But in 1811, after nine years of religious life, she was forced to leave when her convent was suppressed by Napoleon, who controlled the region. Soon afterward, she fell ill, and spent her remaining years bedridden. In this state of suffering, she received numerous visions, private revelations, and the mystical gift of the stigmata.

Saints … Saints possess gold that the world knows nothing about.



  1. You and I must be on the same wavelength! I drew some ‘gold’ from that Ethiopian eunuch as well: http://reflectionsofacatholicchristian.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/finding-christ-in-the-gospel/

    We humans are so easily deluded! We think we know what’s valuable, and we think we know what’s inconsequential, and generally we get it completely backward. These ‘delusions’ I speak of are “in the air” so to speak. Money, sex, power, prestige, revenge, popularity — we think these things are important. Not our fault! We’re all trained to think what we think (and to think that our thoughts are original!!).

    That’s why prayer is so important. Every now and then you get a glimpse, a flicker of truth — but the flicker is drowned by all the delusions that surround us. In order to preserve the flicker, and allow it to turn into a flame, you must pray. Prayer is the antidote to delusion.

    I suspect that Blessed Anne Catherine understood this. She certainly wasn’t ‘lukewarm’ about her prayer life. She learned what all the saints learn — and all the saints teach us the same thing, if only we have ears to hear.



    • Yes, its a fact of spiritual life that things aren’t always what they seem. Learning this, and remembering it once we have learned it, is as hard as the world and the flesh and the devil know how to make it. All three of these things drill into us the “reality” of the world daily and for all our life. But prayer IS the key. There are only two things that, if we always do them, we’ll never lose sight of God or lose touch with the real needs of those around us, ourselves included. Love and pray. If we can manage this, with God’s help, we’ll be an evangelizing power-house won’t we? ~ God bless. 🙂

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