Aggravation … Sunday, June 30

The Gospel of the Lord … Luke 9:51-62

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.  On the way they entered a Samaritan village  to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

And to another he said, “Follow me.”  But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”  But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.  But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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Have you ever noticed how aggravated we get when things don’t go our way? Of course you have, we all have. I even get aggravated with myself for being aggravated. Everybody knows about aggravation. Like the people here in the Samaritan village. They were aggravated because Jesus wasn’t going to stay with them, He was going to Jerusalem instead. And Jesus’ followers, who were aggravated at the Samaritans for being inhospitable. Maybe the ones offering to follow Jesus, or the ones He invited, the ones who had business to take care of first or didn’t want to hear about the downside of being a disciple, these folks were probably aggravated too.

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

Do you think the Good Shepherd ever got (gets) aggravated at the sheep that keep wandering off?

It’s easy to feel aggravated, especially when dealing with others who just don’t seem to understand. It’s easy to feel that way towards self when we act the way we do sometimes even when we know better. And I suppose its easy enough for us to collect favorite aggravations. I know I’ve got a couple. Like when someone asks, “Was Jesus really God?” And I hear the reply, “Yes, He was.” Was? Isn’t He still God? Did something change? Shouldn’t the correct response be, “Yes, Jesus IS God,”? Or when I hear a Catholic talking about “other” denominations, like we’re just one amongst many. I’ve got news. Jesus founded His Church, just one Church. Men founded denominations, plural, later. But then I think that I know what they MEAN regardless how they phrase it, because if you asked the first person if Jesus is God NOW they’d say yes, and if you asked the other person, “Do you mean they’re all alike and that one is as good as another?”, they’d say no and explain the difference. I hope. So now I’m back to being aggravated with myself for being picky.

Do you think Jesus ever got aggravated? Maybe He was aggravated with the Samaritans for not understanding His mission, or with His followers for not understanding the nature of His mission. Perhaps He felt aggravated with those He called for putting off the answer or for making excuses or just plain not listening. Which brings us to the real point, doesn’t it? Its one thing for us to get aggravated with ourselves or others, it’s another to work towards living our lives in such a way as to not be an aggravation for Him.

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Henry Ellis.

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“Play ball!” … Saturday, June 29

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Will we play minor league or “graduate” to the majors?

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” (Refer to C.C.C. 665-667) He went, having made a way for us beginning in the Upper Room and continuing through Calvary and on down to the present day in Holy Mass (it’s all one thing), to prepare a place for us and make sure we have everything we need to get there. I am a Cardinals fan, both the baseball team and the college of, and having watched a few games, given His current Heavenly vantage point? I can assure you Jesus has all the bases covered. But this is no game, this is our eternity. Still, we need a “game plan”, don’t we? And we do. Its called Holy Mother Church. And a Team Manager. We’ve got one of those too. Currently his name is Francis. And our Coach? That’s why Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, to help train us and watch over the game plan. Last but not least every pro team has an Owner, and so do we. (We even have cheerleaders, and this isn’t even football! Heaven is full of ’em, and our Mother is our most energetic fan!) Jesus watches over all the players from His Box Seat in Heaven. I think we’re probably in the ninth inning about now. Scores fluctuate. Don’t pay any attention to the Press, they play favorites and have been wrong before. But guess Who’s gonna win the World Series?

Today …

St. Paul

St. Paul

St. Paul, the indefatigable Apostle of the Gentiles, was converted from Judaism on the road to Damascus. We recruit players! He remained some days in Damascus after his Baptism, and then went to Arabia, possibly for a year or two to prepare himself for his future missionary activity. Having returned to Damascus, he stayed there for a time, preaching in the synagogues that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. For this he incurred the hatred of the Jews and had to flee from the city. He then went to Jerusalem to see Peter and pay his homage to the head of the Church. And he became a most valuable player, one of the first MVP’s. You know, it occurs to me. Did you ever collect baseball cards when you were little? Or maybe even now? Our team has Holy Cards, you know.

Think … Paul compared our Christian life to sports. “Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize ? So run that you may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24. Today might be a good day to review our training schedule.

With Popes in mind … Friday, June 28

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Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver (Colorado), U.S.A.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging at the Pillar. “He was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins.” Isaiah 53:5.  As Pope John Paul II’s beatification cause moves forward, more is coming to light about the late pontiff’s life, including testimonies that he occasionally scourged himself and sometimes prayed nonstop for many hours. John Paul II often put himself through “bodily penance,” said Sister Tobiana Sobodka, a Polish nun who worked for the Pope in his private Vatican apartments and at his summer residence in Castle Gandolfo near Rome. “We would hear it,” said Sister Sobodka, who belongs to the Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “We were in the next room at Castle Gandolfo. You could hear the sound of the blows when he would flagellate himself. He did it when he was still capable of moving on his own.” Emery Kabongo, a secretary of John Paul II, also backed up the claim. “He would punish himself and in particular just before he ordained bishops and priests,” he said. “I never actually saw it myself but several people told me about it.”

The above is taken from an article at Newsmax.com. … Now, I’m not suggesting we follow suite. Perhaps there is more than one way to do “bodily penance”, something other than self-scourging. Something the average person, you and me, can do. And there is a simple answer to the desire to follow Christ in this. Jesus denied Himself. That’s the real crux of the matter. A little self-denial on our part. The Rule of Saint Benedict instructs the monks to live a life of perpetual Lent. Maybe every once in a while we could designate a day or so as our own personal Lent and practice a little self-denial, a little “crushing” of self.
Today …

St. Paul I, Pope

St. Paul I, Pope

Pope St. Paul I. Pope from 757-767. The brother of Pope Stephen II and a Roman, he was educated in the Lateran Palace, became a deacon under Pope Zachary, and wielded considerable influence in his brother’s administration. Elected to succeed Stephen, he took as his primary concern the threat posed to Rome and the Papal States by the Lombards. Paul secured an alliance with the Frankish king Pepin the Short, thereby cementing the relationship between the Holy See and the Frankish Empire which culminated with the historically significant alliance between Pope Leo III and Charlemagne. Paul also opposed the Iconoclast policies of the Byzantine emperor Constantine V, thereby exacerbating further the deteriorating relationship between the papacy and the Byzantine Empire. He died on June 28 at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, in Rome.

Quote … “Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” Pope Paul VI.

Pope Paul VI quotes

 

Ecclesiastes 12:12 for Benedictine Oblates

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Saint Benedict of Nursia and his Rule.

“We desire that this Rule be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers may excuse himself on the ground of ignorance.” From the Rule of Saint Benedict, 66:8.

There are a great many books in the world. Happily there are many that are good and worth pursuing. Study is a wonderful thing. In moderation. Anything can be over done. I used to read the Bible so much that I actually dreamed verses. All night. I love God’s word but, you know, my guess is that He wants me to get a good nights sleep as well as study.

” … Of making many books there is no end: and much study is an affliction of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12:12. Hmm. That’s IN God’s word.

One of the many things that can pose a problem for a lot of people, and this is just my thought based on my experience because I know me better than I know anyone else and this is one of the things that can pose a problem for me, is setting priorities. There is so much that is positive and that would obviously do me good that it’s a hard task at times to set certain things aside in preference to others. I’ve heard it said, and I believe it to be true, that the good can be the enemy of the best. So setting priorities, putting the best before the good, probably needs to be high up the list of priorities, wouldn’t you think?

With priorities in mind and with the intention of putting what’s best first let’s go back to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the passage above. There are a multitude of references in the Rule about readings and study. During Lent, for example, the monks, according to Saint Benedict, were to be given books from the library that they would study as Lent progressed. Reading and study are important. But our good Saint Benedict says to give each monk A book, not five or sixteen or, well, you get the picture.

There are good books available on a wide variety of subjects. Books on how to play better golf, books on how to be a good Oblate, books on how to write books, and more. You know, I always wanted to play golf but never had the time. So I planned to play after retirement. When I got sick back in 2007 and had to “retire” I had time on my hands and started going to thrift stores. I found golf bags and golf clubs galore. In good condition too. I could have had a world-class set of clubs for, oh, say fifty bucks or less. But now? Now that I have time to play? I’ve got so much structural damage that if I tried to swing a club I’d either end up in traction or end up making my chiropractor very rich. So I can’t play golf. And you know what? I can’t read every good book that’s out there either. So once again I’m faced with the setting of priorities. Play golf and hurt myself or don’t play golf and not hurt? Read until my eyes fall out and I dream in chapters or read what’s best while setting what’s good aside?

OK, what was the very first book we had about Benedictine spirituality? What’s the very best book, time-tested and a worthy read, explaining Benedictinism? And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find one volume that would answer to both of these? That would make prioritizing much simpler, wouldn’t it? Find a book like that and we’ll have the best rather than just the good, won’t we?

Want to grow as an Oblate in your spirituality? Want to be a better Oblate of Saint Benedict? Want to set a good priority? Want to simplify without the danger of giving up the best for the good? Want a library that will help you do all of this that you can hold in one hand?

“We desire that this Rule be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers may excuse himself on the ground of ignorance.” From the Rule of Saint Benedict, 66:8.

Now that was simple, wasn’t it?

Who touches us? … Thursday, June 27

Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis knows the origin of real and lasting joy. Listen to him with your heart.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “Everything is joy,” Pope Francis said. “But we Christians, we are not used to talking about joy, about happiness. I think that many times we prefer complaints! What is joy? The key to understanding this joy is in the Gospel: ‘Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit‘. What gives us joy is the Holy Spirit.” What was Mary, Elizabeth, and John all touched by when Mary went visiting? They all experienced joy, John even danced in the womb, but this isn’t what they were touched by. And saying “what” isn’t really appropriate. It was Who they were touched by. And today? The same thing applies to us. When honest joy comes Who are we touched by? But how often do we experience joy? For most it’s probably a rare thing, at least it would seem to be if we take the world around us as evidence. So, when we’re not touched by the Holy Spirit, when we don’t experience our rightful Christian joy, who are we being touched by? When we’re miserable whose touch is that? And there are only three possibilities. The world (“them”), the flesh (“me”), and the devil (“him”). So what’s to do? How do we deal with a joyful or a joyless experience? Well, the joyful experience ought to give us cause for praise, thanksgiving, and humility. Praise to God for being so kind and loving as to bless us, thanksgiving for those same reasons, and humility given the knowledge that we don’t really deserve it. And the others? When we “touch” ourselves with anything but love and joy we need to consider our fallen human nature and pray about it. And as for the world or Satan? An indignant response when touched by the world or the devil might be “Keep your hands to yourself!”

Today …

Bl. Thomas Toan

Bl. Thomas Toan

A martyr in Vietnam. A Vietnamese native, he worked as a catechist until his arrest by authorities. After overcoming the temptations of giving up the faith, he repented his weakness and stood firm. As a result, he was viciously flogged and then left to die from exposure, succumbing after twelve agonizing days. He told the world, the flesh, and the devil “Hands off!” And Who’s hands is he in now?

Think … Those nail scared hands? Don’t ever think that you’ll fall THROUGH those wounds. But you can fall INTO them. It’s a good way to be kept safe from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

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Tombs were made to be empty … Wednesday, June 26

Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb. Lets keep it that way.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection. “And they departed quickly from the tomb in fear and great joy.” Matthew 28:8. Some of the folks on that very first Easter Sunday had a pronounced reaction when confronted with the empty tomb. True, certain unbelievers made excuses and even paid the guards that had been on watch to lie about what had happened, but the people who believed, REALLY believed, had a resurrection all their own. They saw, they knew, they believed, they hoped. These things lay dead in most of us prior to faith. Given faith, when confronted by that empty space, these things came to life in their hearts. And their reaction proves it. They departed the tomb QUICKLY. Having been given new life in Christ we ought to be anxious to leave the death that is sin behind as fast as we can. They departed the tomb, leaving death behind, with a holy fear. A fear that drove them away and put the desire in their hearts never again to return to the ways of death, to sin. And all of this was accompanied with GREAT JOY. Leaving death behind and being brought face to face with THE Life, being given a portion of that life (and what is life without love?) they experienced joy. Joy unspeakable and full of glory. The joy that is a right, a true relationship with the Risen Christ. Life being what it is it’s an easy thing to get sidetracked. That’s normal enough. What’s more important than being sidetracked is getting back on track. Always remember the empty tomb, always flee death, always work out your salvation in fear and trembling, and always, ALWAYS experience the joy.

Today …

Bl. Teresa Fantou

Bl. Teresa Fantou

French martyr, she died in 1794. A member of the Sisters of Charity in Arras, during the French Revolution, she was arrested by republican authorities and guillotined at Cambrai. Teresa and her three companions, Francoise Lanel, Madeleine Fontaine, and Joan Gerard were beatified in 1920.The world is intent upon death, ours and its own. It doesn’t realize that martyrdom, by guillotine or pin pricks, is just another doorway to life for us. Teresa? She knows.

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI … “Joy is the gift in which all the other gifts are included.”

Changing things … Tuesday, June 25

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Christ in Gethsemane. What do WE do in the garden? Putter around at worldly things or talk with God about His world and ours?

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation.” Matthew 26:41. Jesus was tempted just like we are. His answer to temptation? Prayer. Remember that He was and is human as well as Divine. If He needed to pray how much more do we? How much time do we spend fussing about politics or the neighbors (is that fussing or gossip?), and how much time do we spend talking sports or movies? It’s OK to talk about “stuff”, certainly, but how much time do we spend on the “stuff” that could and should be spent in prayer? If our lives are so busy that we don’t have time to talk to God what needs changing? Our lives or God? The world prattles on and on about the latest fad diet and what the starlet wore at the opening. The tube is filled with programs like “Hollywood Insider”. And it’s overflowing with “reality” shows as well. The question for us should be, “Am I more interested in what’s inside Hollywood or what’s inside me? What sort of reality am I overflowing with?” And whatever our answer is our response needs to be talking with God about it. Prayer.

Today …

 

 


St. William of Vercelli

St. William of Vercelli, 1085-1142. Born in Vercelli Italy he was brought up as an orphan and became a hermit on Monte Vergine, Italy, after a pilgrimage to Compostella. He attracted so many followers that a monastery was built. By 1119 his followers were united in the Benedictine congregation, as the Hermits of Monte Vergine (Williamites), which he headed. The austerity of his rule led to dissension among his monks and to restore peace he left. He was taken under the protection of Roger I of Naples who built a monastery for him in Salerno. He founded monasteries throughout Naples, and died at the Guglielmo monastery near Nusco, Italy. He is also called William of Monte Vergine. How much prayer do you think it took him to get through all that?

Think … Prayer changes things, this is true. It also changes YOU.

An Announcement … Monday, June 24

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Pope Pius XII called Pastor Angelicus, was the most Marian Pope in Church history. He made the world aware of the Annunciation in a personal way.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “The Virgin Mary utters that generous word, “be it done”…Immediately the Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, has begun to pulsate with love, divine and human” Pope Pius XII, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 63. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. You know, when you think about it, the entire Bible and all of our precious Catholic Faith is, from beginning to end, one Grand Annunciation. It’s all about the coming of Jesus and the announcing of that coming. The first coming, the second coming, what precedes these, and the personal coming. Your “personal” and my “personal”. Jesus came to Adam and Eve, when God walked with them in the Garden, in a personal way, Genesis 3:8. When the three Hebrew children were cast into the fiery furnace the onlookers saw “the son of man” there in the fire with them, and for those three men that was very personal,Daniel 3:25. And He came to Mary in a very personal way, didn’t He? He does the same for us in Communion, doesn’t He? The Annunciation is more than “Here He is!” It’s “Here I am, with you.”

Today …

St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism “for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand”. He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, and here is yet another “personal “annunciation”, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, “It is I who need baptism from You”. When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when John denounced his adulterous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother. John inspired many of his followers to follow Jesus, giving them their own “personal” annunciation, when he designated Him “the Lamb of God“. Among them was Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John’s preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.

Synonym … “Annunciation” equals “evangelization”. ” …  behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” Matthew 28:20b.

Who do you think Jesus is? Or do you KNOW? … Sunday, June 23

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Arius tried to figure out who Jesus was on his own and got it wrong. Some things never change.

Luke 9:18-24 “Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. … He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

“Who do the crowds say that I am?” The question was controversial 2,000 years ago and seems, for some anyway, to still be open-ended. Is it unanswerable? You know, for what ever else He is or isn’t there’s one thing certain. He’s still an attention getter after all this time. “And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set.” 1 Peter 2:8.

I’ve heard some very interesting, and down right odd, opinions over the years. Like … A misunderstood rabbi, the Archangel Michael manifested in the flesh, a “God” who is a glorified man, a Prophet, a false prophet, just a man with God in him (thank you, Arius, for beginning an error that seems to have no end), only one manifestation of God among many, the Antichrist (go figure that one out), and just some guy. I know of one denominational group that was formed about a hundred years or so ago and the very first question that went ’round the table was “Who is Jesus?” And because they couldn’t make up their minds they split. Even John the Baptist sent a question about the identity of Jesus at one point. “Are you the Promised One or do we look for another?”

So there are lots of opinions and thoughts and discussions and arguments. But for all of this there is only one Truth. St. Thomas answered it when he said “My Lord and my God.” Jesus didn’t correct him, He blessed him. Peter answers Jesus in the above reading when he says “The Christ of God.” Jesus didn’t correct him either. So who and what is Jesus? Lord and God and Christ. And its His Body, the Church, and only His Body the Church, that has the authority, guided by the Holy Spirit, to clarify just what those words mean. For all the complications set forth by the worldly-minded the answer is no harder to understand, from the human perspective, than the catechism. Sadly, folks don’t want to hear this. What they want to hear is debate and new thoughts and contentious rantings. Which tells us what WE are, doesn’t it? We’re fallen. Being fallen, what makes anybody think they can figure out Jesus without help?

      “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself … “

We must accept Him on His terms, not ours. His ways are perfect, ours aren’t. We have to accept that His way is hard and that it will be hard for us as well. If He suffered so will we. If He carried a cross we must do the same. We have to give up our life, handing it over to Him regardless, in order to save it. We MUST be Christians. And THAT’S what WE are. Or it’s what we’re supposed to be. If we are that, if we are truly Christian, we’ll know Who He is just like Peter and Thomas. And all the ramblings of the earthy people with worldly minds who think they have a truth won’t be able to shake us in our conviction, in our personal knowledge. I say personal knowledge because when we REALLY know Him we’ll really KNOW Who He is. No debate.

The Glory of Royalty … Saturday, June 22

The Virgin with saints

The Virgin with saints. Saints? Children of God, the King. Royalty.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation. “Hail, O Queen of Mercy, protect  us from the enemy, and receive us at the hour of death.” *Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gradual* You know, I feel genuinely sorry for people with no Royalty in their lives. It seems to me a sad way to live, with no one of authority and worth to look up to, to turn to. All they have is themselves. And Royalty? The real kind is a sort of trickle-down Divine economy. It begins with the King of kings. And make no mistake, Jesus Christ, God Almighty, IS KING of kings. He is NOT President of presidents, or Chancellor of chancellors, or Chairman of the Board. If He was it would say so someplace so that we could know. What it DOES say is that HE IS KING. Now for the trickle-down Divine economy part. Because He is King his Mother IS Queen Mother. If she isn’t then it would say so someplace so that we could know. If we are, as Believers, children of God (and as believers we are) then we are all related, aren’t we? Which brings us back to my feeling sorry for folks with no Royalty in their lives. If there is no place for Royalty in a person’s life then they are left entirely on their own with no One to turn to, and this is eternally a sad state of affairs. For us to be without Royalty in our lives is to be without lineage, and to be outside the family of God. Because if we’re His children, and this would automatically make us the Queen’s children as well, we are Royal too. If we aren’t then it would say so someplace so that we would know. Happily its up to us to say so. And the King? Gives us over to His loving Mother, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. “When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.” John 19:26.

Today …

St. Consortia

Foundress of a convent endowed by King Clotaire I of Soissons and the Franks. Consortia reportedly cured Clotaire’s daughter of a mortal illness. She has long been venerated at Cluny, in France. See how beautiful real royalty is? King Clotaire gave, by God’s grace, our saint a beautiful convent to further the work of the King of kings. More of the trickle-down economy. When it trickles down, where do we stand? Under the trickle?

Think … “For you are all the children of God by faith, in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26. If God is the Ultimate Royalty (KING of kings), and He is, then what does that make YOU?