The Gift of Burden … Friday, May 31

A young girl carrying the cross

We all have a cross to carry. Get used to it. It’s a gift.

A Rosary Meditation … the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross. “What does he gain who refuses the cross? He increases its weight.” St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church. Jesus carries His cross. Through crowds, across uneven ground, in the dust and heat, with both sweat and blood clouding His eyesight (Is it any wonder Veronica wiped His face?), amidst a jeering crowd, with His persecutors prodding and taunting, and with His mother and a faithful few looking on with hearts torn. How much did His cross weigh? Physically I’m sure it was heavy. I’m just as sure that it was much heavier emotionally.The weight on His shoulders wasn’t anywhere close to the weight on His Heart. We carry heavy crosses too. Many times what goes on around us makes them even heavier, just like it was for Jesus. We don’t have much control over the weight of it, we often can’t do much to make it lighter. Oh, we can seek medical help, confide in our priest and friends, ask for help if we’re willing to set pride and ego aside. But after all that? It’s still heavy. Want to make it even harder to carry? Want to make it heavier? Try setting it aside, try getting out from under it. This is life, and in life there will be crosses. We can’t escape them. In carrying them we are dealing with them. It’s when we try to shake them off or pretend that they aren’t there (denial) that we only make things worse. Jesus didn’t lay His aside even though He could have. We see the results now because we can look back at the Resurrection. It’s hard to look forward and see what blessings ours will bring. But trusting that those blessings are sure if we carry our cross to the end we’ll be able to see the blessing face to Face in the end. Running away never gets us anywhere. Running TO is a different matter. What we carry as we run only makes us stronger. Embrace the cross. It’s not a burden, it’s a gift. Jesus carried His cross to Calvary. If we carry our cross and follow Him we’ll go to Calvary too. And He’ll be there to meet us.

Today …

St. Thomas Du

 

 


St. Thomas Du

St. Thomas Du is a Vietnamese martyr. A native of Vietnam, he entered the Dominicans as a tertiary and aided the Catholic cause in Vietnam until his arrest by authorities. He was tortured and finally beheaded. Pope John Paul II canonized him in 1988. Arrest, torture, death. A big, a heavy cross. We can look back now and see the results. Du died and a saint was born. If he had tried to get out from under his cross, and by denying Christ he could have, where would he be now? If we try to escape our cross where will we be later?

Quote … “Jesus, Mary, The Cross: I want no other friends but these.” ~ St. Bernadette Soubirous ~

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Holiness as our duty … Thursday, May 30

Monument to Pope John Paul II in Poznań

Monument to Pope John Paul II in Poznań. Holiness isn’t something we’re just supposed to look at wishfully and appreciate from a distance. It’s supposed to be what we are. 

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation. “Holiness is not the privilege of the few, but it is the duty of all.” – Bl. Mother Teresa. At eight days of age a male child was to be circumcised. Offerings were to be made. The child was to be presented to the Lord. These things were religious duties commanded by God. It wasn’t something meant just for Jesus. It was for all the males in Israel. “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord.” Exodus 13:2. This is the Old Covenant. We live under the New Covenant. Now we have this: “There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28. Now? We are all, regardless of race or ethnicity or gender or social position or lack of social status or age or education or etc., called to a personal presentation. “Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28. Prior to Christ the “presentation” brought with it a burden of over 600 precepts and much sacrifice. The New Covenant, by way of the death of Jesus, releases us from this. It brings another type of obligation, one that, when done, lightens burdens. Our “presentation” brings us to God as a personal sacrifice. In the Temple people offered animal sacrifice. Now we offer, fully, our self. No other presentation is fitting, no other presentation is enough. He gave us and gives us, presents to us, all of Himself. We should do the same for Him.

Today …

St. Ursula Ledóchowska

St. Ursula Ledóchowska. 1865 – 1939. Beatified: 20 June 1983, Poznan, Poland by Pope John Paul II. Canonized: 18 May 2003, Vatican by Pope John Paul II. Sister Ursula Ledóchowska (1865–1939), was an Austrian-born religious leader. She became a Roman Catholic nun and founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus. She is a prominent member of the Ledóchowski family.

Think … How to be a saint? Present yourself fully to the Lord.

How can you tell? … Wednesday, May 29

Pentecostés. Óleo sobre lienzo, 275 × 127 cm. ...

Look at these people, especially Mary, and ask yourself, “How can you tell?”

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. “”Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful; and kindle in them the fire of thy love.” ~ Pentecost Alleluia ~ Have you ever wondered how you can tell for certain that a Christian has the Holy Spirit actively dwelling in them? Remember what Paul said?

1 If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; 5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. 12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know I part; but then I shall know even as I am known. 13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. … 1 Corinthians 13.

And of course the word “charity” here is synonymous with “love”.

So what did Paul just say? Well, bluntly, the proof of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with speaking in tongues. The early Mormon’s spoke in tongues. It has nothing to do with the ability to prophesy. We know that there are false prophets. It has nothing to do with understanding mysteries or having knowledge. An atheistic scientist fits that description. It’s not a matter of having a faith that can work miracles. Remember that Judas Iscariot, along with the other Apostles who were given gifts, healed people. It’s not about any of that. It’s all about what manifested, bottom line, on that very first Pentecost. When the Holy Spirit was poured out people came to God as a result. And God is Love. Those who love God exude love. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” John 13:35. And that’s how you can tell. It’s by their fruits that you can know them.

OK, now we all go look in the mirror and check ourselves.

Today …  Martyrs of Toulouse. Twelve martyrs put to death by Albigensian heretics near Toulouse, France, on the eve of the feast of the Ascension. Four diocesan priests, three Dominicans, two Benedictines, two Franciscans, and one layman died singing the Te Deum. They were beatified in 1866. Jesus gave His life for us and still does. What began in the Upper Room, was made clear on Calvary, and continues through the Mass even today, His one ongoing sacrifice of Himself, proves His great love for us. We may never be called to spill our blood as these martyrs were but we are all called to a loving martyrdom of self, the spilling of our hearts for love of Him.

Quote … “God did not create a human family made up of segregated, dissociated, mutually independent members. No; he would have them all united by the bond of total love of Him and consequent self-dedication to assisting each other to maintain that bond intact.” ~ Pope Pius XII ~ (Who will be, and I believe is, Pope Saint Pius XII.)

Enough is never enough … Tuesday, May 28

English: Jesus Christ crowned with thorns.

Jesus Christ crowned with thorns. But it wasn’t enough.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “Then he handed Him over to be crucified. And so they took Jesus and led Him away.” John 19:26. Have you ever noticed that, so far as the world is concerned, enough is never enough? Jesus has just been crowned with thorns after having been beaten. He has just suffered through a mock trial that broke nearly every, if not every, Jewish law pertaining to crime and punishment. And during all of this He had been mocked and derided by His own people and the Romans. For someone not guilty, for someone Who had done nothing but good, for someone Who had, at worst, made enemies amongst the self-righteous, you’d think all of this, Him standing before them beaten and wearing a crown of thorns, would be enough. But the world doesn’t work that way. There is never enough gold or power or bombs or drugs or sex or alcohol or murdered babies or fill-in-the-blank. And that’s because sin is all about “me” and “me” is all about what “I” want and “I” always want MORE. Self, self-centered, self- absorbed, self-interest, self-serving, anything and everything but self-control. For the world enough is never enough. Offer this decade of the Rosary that excess stop, and that thorns be plucked OUT rather than shoved IN.

Today … Blessed Robert Johnson was an English martyr. Born in Shropshire, England, he was a servant before he went to study at Rome and Douai, France, receiving ordination in 1576. Returning to the English mission, he served in the area of London for four years, until his arrest. Robert was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn with Blesseds Thomas Ford and John Short. Robert was beatified in 1886. If enough wasn’t enough to satisfy the world with Jesus none of us, as His followers, needs to expect anything less. Just ask Blessed Robert.

Quote … “Politics is a noble activity. We should revalue it, practise it with vocation and a dedication that requires testimony, martyrdom, that is to die for the common good.” Pope Francis I

“What Child is this?” … Monday, May 27

English: The Church of the Nativity in Bethleh...

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Place of Jesus’ birth.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “For today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11. Savior? Christ? The Lord? Like the song says, “What Child IS this?” After the various and wonderful introductions He got, both prior to and after His birth, we might well ask. Certainly here is One that’s, well, different to say the least. The real question then is: Different how? And the answer is as multifaceted as the universe. And more, infinitely more. Not being infinite ourselves lets content ourselves for a few minutes with the differences found in this verse. It mentions David. Jesus is a descendant of David. Certainly not everyone can say this. And it means? Jesus is of royal lineage, and has descended from a man described as having been a “man after God’s own heart.”  “I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my wills.” Acts 13:22b. He is said to be “Savior”. In the past I’ve mentioned a friend of mine who is a Nam vet. He was a Marine (still is on the inside, and always will be) medic. He crawled out into the battlefield, bullets and grenades and etc. all around, and pulled the wounded back to safety. He saved them. A big part of that consisted of bravery. It takes guts and a willingness to sacrifice self to be a savior. And then there’s the title “Christ”, or Messiah, it’s the same thing. The Anointed One. In ancient Israel there were two who were anointed. The king and the high priest. Here is One who fulfills both functions. That doesn’t happen every day. In fact its only happened once. That’s different, isn’t it? Last of all there is the title “Lord.” Lord is what a good Jew would call God rather than pronounce a Name so Holy that it didn’t belong in the mouth of man. Jews still don’t say it and we’ve been asked by Holy Mother Church not to use it ourselves out of consideration for our Elder Brethren. That’s different too, isn’t it? All of this put together? What Child is this? Most precious, very special, One of a kind.

Today …

St. Melangell

 

 


St. Melangell

St. Melangell was a Welsh virgin, also listed as Monacella. The daughter of an Irish or Scottish king, she went to Powys, in central Wales, to become a hermitess. Ysgythrog, the prince of Powys, granted her land after meeting her on a hunting trip, and she founded a community of women, serving as abbess for thirty-seven years. Her shrine remains at Pennant Melangell.

What Child is this? … Important, special, precious, pure, filled with hope and promise, one of a kind, a gift from God to each and every one of us. Never, NEVER, !NEVER! vote for any politician, regardless of party, who has EVER voted for ANY bill, regardless their excuses and rationalizations, that is pro-abortion/murder/infanticide.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity … Sunday, May 26

Luca Rossetti da Orta, The Holy Trinity', fres...

Luca Rossetti da Orta, The Holy Trinity’, fresco, 1738-9, St. Gaudenzio Church at Ivrea (Torino).

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”John 16:12-15.

Three Persons, One God. It’s hard to understand. Difficulty does not disprove, it simply calls for faith.

In explaining the Trinity I’ve often wondered what might have happened had St. Patrick picked a four-leaf clover? 🙂 But that’s out of my hands. Probably it was out of Pat’s too.

St Augustine : Augustine and child
Augustine
and child

I’ve always liked the story of St. Augustine and the Child on the beach, the little boy who was moving the ocean one handful of water at a time. The picture is very childlike, isn’t it? The simplicity of a child gives way to the complexity of being an adult and thinking like an adult when Augustine told the boy that what he was trying to do was impossible. And of course the simple truth is that we can’t do certain things either. Like understand fully the Trinity and its implications. So why worry about it? I can’t run a three-minute mile either, or a one hour mile for that matter, but I don’t worry about it. Some things are better off left to the childlike simplicity of acceptance.

Without trying to really understand it the Trinity has, for me anyway, always been representative of family. Everything that proceeds from the Trinity makes me think of family.

The first thing God created was the angels. A spiritual family all His own. And then came a world meant to be populated by the human family. Everything seems to point towards family, a loving, binding relationship that in turn points back to the Triune Nature of God. Family.

Bl. John Paul II:Man’s need for truth and love opens him both to God and to creatures: it opens him to other people, to life “in communion”, and in particular to marriage and to the family. In the words of the Council, the “communion” of persons is drawn in a certain sense from the mystery of the Trinitarian “We”, and therefore “conjugal communion” also refers to this mystery. The family, which originates in the love of man and woman, ultimately derives from the mystery of God. This conforms to the innermost being of man and woman, to their innate and authentic dignity as persons.”

One more reason, no doubt, to believe that we are created in God’s image.

How do we celebrate something like the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity? Well, one way might be to take part in it. A good way to do that might be to spend time, loving time, with family. I think that by doing this we will give honor to God Who gave us the gift of our family, extended and otherwise, along with the gift of participating in His.

“Don’t worry, be happy” … Saturday, May 25

English: Ascension of Christ

The Ascension of Christ. Remember that leaving always precedes coming back.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “And behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world.” Matthew 28:20. Has the world ended? Of course not. Admittedly it often looks as if it’s about to, and given all the signs it may not last much longer. But remember history. In 1844 lots of folks were scared to death because, due to a misunderstanding of prophecy, they thought Christ was about to return. Thousands gathered on hillsides. There were some selling white robes, “wedding garments”, so that you could be ready to meet Jesus. In the year 1,000 a.d. there was wide-spread panic across Europe. Everybody thought that year would mark the end. I guess it was another version of Y2K. Y1K in this instance. The world is still here and there’s no reason to fret about the end. Its better to expend that energy on being ready. Then the end will take care of itself and we can get on with living our daily lives. Whenever the end transpires it’s still future tense. Until then? Why WOULD we worry? People often concentrate on the end here and miss the beginning of the sentence. “I am with you all days.” There is no reason to worry about the end if we remain with Jesus in the NOW. Sure He left. But it’s just as sure that He’ll come back. Until then He has not left us comfortless. He is here with us in the Eucharist, He is brought to us and represented by the Holy Spirit, and in a very real way He’s here with us through His Body, the Church. And all of this will last until He returns physically. Its like the song: “Don’t worry, be happy.” With Him to be with now and look forward to later why wouldn’t we be happy?

Today …

St. Manuel Moralez

 

 


St. Manuel Moralez

Manuel Moralez was a Seminarian in Durango, MX. On July 29, 1929, Manuel was speaking at a rally and was captured by anti-church forces. Manuel was offered his freedom if he denounced the church. He declined. Manuel is considered a Martyr of the Cristera War. Proving that the world ends for some of us early and that, if you just can’t wait  for the return of Christ, the world is more than willing to provide any of us with a one way ticket into the presence of God.

Think … Many people may be only one act of kindness away from meeting a true Christian.

Even when it hurts … Friday, May 24

Peter Paul Rubens, Flagellation of Christ, Ant...

Peter Paul Rubens “Flagellation of Christ”, Antwerp, Church of St. Paul.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging at the Pillar. “Though He was harshly treated, He submitted, like a lamb led to the slaughter.” Isaiah 53:7. There have been times that I felt myself misused. I’m certain we all have. Everyone suffers slights and insults, both the ones that are intentional and the ones that are, perhaps, simply a matter of our take on things. Some are real, some are imagined. There was nothing imaginary about what happened to Jesus. While its true that the ones responsible for His torture didn’t know what they were doing because they didn’t recognize Him for Who He was, given that the Roman’s knew nothing of a Messiah as the concept was foreign to their pagan religion and the Jews that did realize He was the Messiah didn’t understand that He was God in the flesh, the ones ultimately responsible, Satan and his hoard, knew full well what they were doing and took glee in it. The next time we suffer some sort of emotional scourging, or even a physical one, when we feel misused in some way, we might like to keep in mind that the guilty party probably isn’t fully aware of what they’re doing, we might also like to keep in mind the evil ones (Satan and the fallen angels) that are the basic source. And we should remember Jesus most of all, Who was led like a lamb to slaughter. Remembering the Lamb we need to follow Him even when it hurts.

Today … St. David I of Scotland was the youngest son of Scotland’s virtuous queen, (Saint) Margaret, and succeeded his brother to the Scottish throne in 1124. David’s friend, (Saint) Aelred, abbot  of the English monastery of Rievaulx, was later to recount David’s religious devotion and his generosity to the poor. From his riches he also endowed the founding of several dioceses and many monasteries. David was to express profound remorse for an ill-conceived and ill-fated invasion of England he had ordered on behalf of his niece. He also suffered the sorrow of the premature death of his only son. On Friday, May 22, 1153, as David was nearing death, he received the anointing of the sick and Viaticum, after which he devoted himself to reciting the Psalms with those at his bedside. The next day, the king told those urging him to take a rest from his devotions, “Let me rather think about the things of God, so that my spirit may set out strengthened on its journey from exile to home. When I stand before God’s tremendous judgment seat, you will not be able to answer for me or defend me.” He thus continued with his prayers. David died at dawn on Sunday, May 24, proving that those in political office can be saints. We should pray for the same today, praying for those in office today.

Pope Paul VI said … “It’s an absurd dichotomy to think one can live with Jesus, but without the Church, to follow Jesus outside the Church, to love Jesus and not the Church.”

The Cemetery Miracle

View over a cemetery in Belgium, 2010.

And you think you’ve got problems?

A short while back, just a few days ago, I wrote about my friend William who died of cancer. I was his legal guardian, his friend, and basically all the “family” he had. William had met and married a woman, Rebecca, in a nursing home before I ever met him. I’d like to share about what happened to Rebecca after William’s passing.

While William was living I’d been able to help Rebecca, as his wife, too. After William died I tried to find a legal guardian for her but without much luck. All of the other people involved, caseworkers, caregivers at the group home William and Rebecca lived in, everyone who knew me through William, well, the popular thought was that I should become Rebecca’s guardian. I honestly didn’t think it was a good idea at first. I thought it would be better for Rebecca to have a lady as her guardian, someone who could take her to beauty parlors, talk makeup, things like that. But, like I said, I looked for someone without any luck so I became Rebecca’s guardian. I could tell stories, but there’s only one that I want to tell you about for now.

There were several group homes in the area and every week they’d load a van with residents of one and take them to visit the folks living in one of the others. It worked really well. People made friends and socialized. It was a nice touch. And at one of the other homes Rebecca developed a relationship with one of the guys. Ah ha! Rebecca had a boyfriend. 🙂

Shortly after having found the new beau the nightmares started. Rebecca began having horrible dreams. She was sent to a psychologist who worked with her for a short while and did a very good job of getting to the root of the problem. Rebecca was having bad dreams because she had the boyfriend but needed closure with William. There had never been a funeral, which thing would have helped provide closure, because William had been cremated. We had a memorial service but with one of those you don’t get to walk up to the coffin and say good-bye. The psychologist suggested to Rebecca that she ask me to take her to William’s grave so that she could talk to him, explain that she still loved him but that she had a boyfriend now and say good-bye.

Well, you know, the logic was perfect. I could see that, and knowing Rebecca I understood that this was exactly what she needed. Three cheers for the psychologist. But there was no grave. Unless you counted the dresser drawer I kept the box containing William’s ashes in. You see I’d never explained to Rebecca about the cremation and neither had anyone else. Rebecca, mentally challenged as she was, wouldn’t have understood. Think about it. They burned him up?! Wouldn’t that hurt?! William’s body had been taken to a crematorium in another city, Rebecca knew he’d been taken there and thought that’s where he was buried and we just all kept our mouths shut and let her think that. And that worked just fine. Until now.

Thankfully Rebecca, being challenged in a variety of ways, didn’t have a good concept of time, distance, or direction. The city William had been taken to was a hundred miles away. So, being thankful in this instance, given the circumstances, for Rebecca’s limitations, we set out for a town about thirty miles away. Rebecca wouldn’t know the difference. What I’d do when we got there, honestly I had no clue.

I pulled into a convenience store with the excuse of going in to buy cigars. I smoked back then. So I walk up to the counter, asked for a five pack of Garcia Vega, and said: “Where’s the cemetery?” And the clerk said: “Which one?” And I say: “It doesn’t matter.” I got a really odd look and directions with my cigars. I get back in the car and we stop at Wally World so that Rebecca can buy flowers for William’s grave. So far so good.

Playing it by ear, and prayerfully bending God’s ear all the while, we pulled into the cemetery. Rebecca couldn’t read or write but she could spell and sign her name. I asked Rebecca if she’d recognize William’s name on the headstone if she saw it. (“Please say no, please say no, please God let her say no.”) And Rebecca said: “Yes.”

Great. So here we are in just any ol’ cemetery looking for a nonexistent grave that Rebecca REALLY needs to find so that her nightmares will stop and she can go on with her life. I told her to go look over there while I looked over here. (“Please God, please God, please … “)

Oh, geez, what am I gonna do now? If I ever needed a miracle … And I heard Rebecca call out: “I found it.” OK. Never look a gift miracle in the mouth. I walk over and there was a stone with a very similar name that Rebecca mistook for William’s. (“Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you.”) And Rebecca talked to William, explained things to him, told him she loved him, and gave him flowers. Closure. The nightmares ceased. And limited though she was she was whole again.

There are times in our lives when we don’t have a clue. Maybe we aren’t supposed to. Maybe when we’re clueless it gives us an opportunity to exercise our faith and God the chance to work with us, even with all our limitations. And limited as we are He makes us whole again anyway.

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“His mercy is from generation to generation” … Thursday, May 23

English: Visitation, from Altarpiece of the Vi...

Mary and Elizabeth sharing God, one with the other.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “And holy is His name; and His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.” Luke 1:49-50. Here we find Mary and Elizabeth sharing the Glory of God, one with the other. The truths here in this verse are simple yet profound. Holy is HIS Name. We can appreciate others, give them their due, but we must remember that any goodness in ourselves or others originates with Him and is a result of His holiness and His mercy towards us. And that mercy? It lasts. “From generation to generation on those who fear Him.” Just as there are different ways of expressing love there are different types of fear and ways of expressing them. There is the fear of punishment, which is not a bad fear unless it results in something like scrupulosity. And there is the fear of offending another, not because we dread punishment, but because we love the other person and honestly don’t want to give offense for reason of that love. This sort of fear is basically profound respect. By the way, this is also a good way to look at, to understand, imperfect and perfect contrition. Imperfect contrition, when it is honest contrition, results from fear of punishment. It has its place and its usefulness. Its good. But perfect contrition, based on love, is better. Fearing God can be any number of things. Fear of a Father who punishes justly and for good reason. Fear of offending a Father that we love. Can you ever remember a time when the Blessed Virgin “quaked in her boots”? No. She is, remember, our human example in this life. Mary had what sort of fear of God? Not the dreadful fear of punishment, but the respectful “fear” given out of love to a loving Father. And again, we should copy who?

Today …

St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk

St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk
St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk was a princess and foundress, the daughter of Prince Svyatoslav. At the age of twelve she became a nun and then a recluse. Gifted, she copied manuscripts to raise money for the poor. Euphrosyne also founded a convent at Settse. She went to the Holy Land and died in Jerusalem, Israel. Now who does she remind you of? Maybe she’d make a good prayer partner in your own journey towards perfection. 

In searching for perfection remember … “Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” – William Shakespeare

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