Who is the disciple Jesus gave His mother to? … Friday, April 12

Crucifixion?

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A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. “And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” John 19:27. Up until the crucifixion Mary had been the responsibility of Jesus. Now, at the end of His earthly life, its time to make continuing provision for His mother. She will stay behind, at least for now. And Jesus gives her to who? “The disciple.” We know this disciple to be the disciple Jesus loved, nameless here. Why nameless? Because we know also that its John. Why not say John? Maybe to leave a blank that you and I HAVE to fill in. We know, no, let’s make it personal … You know, I know, that Jesus loves us. He proved it and He proves it over and over. The only name that anyone can use to fill in this blank is their own. So now, who does Jesus give His mother to? Who is it that takes her into their own home, as their own mother, to keep and care for? If He trusts us so much that He would give us His mother to be ours, if she willingly comes with us to our door, and if we follow Him, what must our attitude be towards this trust and this gift? In one of His parables Jesus spoke of a ruler who went into a far country to take care of business. Before he left he gave each of his servants an amount of money to care for while he was gone. Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:12-28. How much more precious than gold is His, and our, mother? What do we do with such a wonderful gift? Treasure and tend it, or bury it? Remember that we bury corpses. Remember also where He was when He gave us this gift. It obviously means a great deal to Him. We show Him by our living how much it means to us.

Today …

St. Zeno of Verona

St. Zeno of Verona

St. Zeno of Verona. Bishop of Verona, Italy, theological writer. A native of Africa, he was named bishop in 362 and proved an ardent opponent of Arianism. He also promoted discipline among the clergy and in liturgical life, built a cathedral, and founded a convent. Zeno wrote extensively on the virgin birth of Christ and other theological matters. He was the subject of numerous legends. Hard worker, lots going on, lots to do. Zeno probably didn’t have much free time. Many of us don’t. I wonder if he made time for his mother? Being a saint I suppose he did. Do we?

And just how many mothers do we have? …

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~ George Cooper ~

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Who’s Your Mamma? … Thursday, March 28

English: Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter ...

The angel announced a lot more than a simple birth. There was a kingdom coming. It came. It’s still here. It always will be. Don’t be fooled by false prophets. There are many denominations. There is only ONE Holy Mother Church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:32-33. It has always amazed me that so many people, many well-meaning (and more than a few not so well-meaning), honestly believe that the Catholic Church isn’t THE Church and point to all the human mistakes and foibles down through the millennia as “proof”, missing entirely the miracle that THEY just proved without knowing it. “… and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” No starting and then stopping and then starting again. If the Church ever ceased to be the Church, for even one instant, then not only did the angel lie to Mary but Jesus lied to us all. “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18. If Hell can’t overcome Christ’s Church how is that human frailties and foibles stand a chance? Didn’t He tell us bluntly that there would be weeds mixed in with the wheat and that scandals would come? See Matthew 13:26 and Matthew 18:7. So why be surprised when this happens? And why turn a blind eye to the obvious miracle? Someone says, “What obvious miracle?” The miracle is simple and right there in front of us all. For all the human mistakes, for all the weeds, for all the outside forces that have tried to destroy Her, from pagan Rome to modern nations hell-bent on abortion and homosexual marriage and so-called “separation” of church and state and the hate filled curbing of religious liberty, for all the scandals, both the real ones and the ones concocted by an anti-catholic media and press, SHE STILL STANDS! Just like the angel, bringing word directly from God, promised. Just like Jesus said. There has never been a time when the Church wasn’t, not from the time of Her founding til now. There has never been a need for a “Reformation”, a “Restoration”, or any real reason to “Protest”. There have been times when greater faith, in the face of all the satanic obstacles, was needed. And again, that the Church is still here proves that faith WAS given. The Church is the Body of Christ. To overcome Her would mean that Christ Himself, GOD ALMIGHTY, had been bested. Never happened, never will. Don’t listen to the world or the flesh or the devil. Listen to our Holy Mother Church. None of these others speak for God. She does. And she will continue to. (I told you I was back.)

Today … St. Gundelindis. Benedictine abbess of Niedermunster, also called Gwendoline. She was the daughter of the duke of Alsace, France, and a niece of St. Ottilia. OK, I’m partial to Benedictines. She is a simple, a pure example of a truth. And all we need to know about her is that she was. She died in 750. What was she? A Catholic. There are still Benedictine abbesses in 2013. And they’re Catholic. So? So what? Who cares? People with discernment care. Because simple, straightforward little facts like this prove a bigger fact. The Church WAS here. The Church STILL is here.

Quote … ““I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so” ~ St. Augustine ~ People, there are a lot of things wrong with this world. The wrongs stem from many sources. In all of this there is a bark upon which we can float in the stormy sea of hate and doubt that the world engenders. The bark has a name. It is a gift from God and hasn’t changed in two thousand years. The Gift is your Mother, Holy Mother Church. Love your Mother. If you love God you can’t help but love His Body, His Bride. If you love Her you’ll love Him. … www.lovingthechurch.com … “Everyday, Jesus humbles himself just as He did when He came from His heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; everyday He comes to us and lets us see Him in abjection, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Only in God’s Church, only in God’s Church.

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Have you signed up for your wokers compensation? … Saturday, February 16

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Work. Its called that for a reason. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension. “Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19. Work, pure and simple. Jesus ascends , He leaves, and He leaves us with something to do. Faith without works is no doubt dead in more ways than one. Have you ever considered what the faith would be like if all it consisted of was believing with nothing more involved? “Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.” James 2:19. We’d be in poor company if it was just about believing and nothing else, wouldn’t we? Maybe Jesus has given us things to do in order to keep us away from just such companionship. Idle hands are the devils workshop. I had a priest tell me once that old sayings get to be old because they’re true. The “idle hands” thing is one of those I’m sure. A Christian without work to do would probably end up a flabby spiritual mess. Now that’s a pretty picture, isn’t it? Ever see an angel depicted as fat? And no, I’m not picking on the weight impaired. I am one of those. I’m just saying that with faith there has to be work to do. Without work we’d loss our focus and our faith with it. So the next time it looks like there’s nothing to do look again. Some ideas: Go on-line and blog, maybe try to touch someone else in a constructive way. Get out the checkbook and re-figure, because even $5 can make all the difference in the world to a person in a third world country. If you’re physically able maybe you could mow the yard for the old lady down the street. She lives alone and is on fixed income and would be glad for both the company and the chance to have the yard mowed without having it cost money she doesn’t really have. Maybe you could go to a restaurant and, if you’re blessed to have a little cash, pay the tab for the couple across the room. Just tell the waitress, give her the money and, without their knowing it, get up and leave. All of this boils down to one thing: There’s more than one way to carry the Gospel. There’s more than one way to share good news.

Today … St. Daniel. Died in 309, He and four companions, Elias, Isaias, Jeremy and Samuel were Egyptians who visited Christians condemned to work in the mines of Cilicia during Maximus persecution, to comfort them. Apprehended at the gates of Caesarea, Palestine, they were brought before the governor, Firmilian, and accused of being Christians. They were all tortured and then beheaded. When Porphyry, a servant of St. Pamphilus demanded that the bodies be buried, he was tortured and then burned to death when it was found he was a Christian. Seleucus witnessed his death and applauded his constancy in the face of his terrible death; whereupon he was arrested by the soldiers involved in the execution, brought before the governor and was beheaded at Firmilian’s order. All of this sounds like work, doesn’t it? That’s because it was and is.

You know … Everything worthwhile takes effort. The most worthwhile thing of all is God’s Gospel. We ought not be surprised when it costs time, money, talent, blood, sweat, and tears. So we might as well get used to it. And remember. As Christians we have the greatest of workers compensation programs.

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Let go and let God … Tuesday, January 15

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Annibale Carracci – Mocking of Christ – WGA04441 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “And they spat on Him, and took the reed and kept striking Him on the head.” Matthew 27:30. Have you ever had someone do something cruel to you and then, rather than stop when enough was enough, keep right on doing it over and over again? Jesus knows just how that feels. ” … and KEPT striking Him.” The world seems never to know when to let up. Its caught in a cruel loop, and in considering a “cruel loop” we can think in terms of war or pollution or crime or drug trafficking or whatever manifestation sin takes, and the world can’t seem to break away from it. People even include themselves in the loop, punishing their own mind and body as much as anyone else. The men striking Jesus with the reed were doing more damage to themselves than Him. His wounds would be glorious because they tend towards our salvation. Their wounds, without repentance, would lead only to a bad eternity for themselves. Which fact makes the continuance of such cruelty even harder to understand. But, there is always hope on THIS side of eternity. Patterns of abuse, with God’s help, can be broken. But it takes work on our part. God’s help and His grace aren’t free tickets to escape our own downside. Even after forgiveness there are still consequences and struggles. The forgiveness is free, the grace is a gift, His help is always there if we’ll just ask for it and accept it, but all of these things don’t negate consequences in this life or change our free will into something else. There is, after all His gifts, still our part. He tells us that we must WORK out our salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12. And a part of this work is to put down the reed and stop beating ourselves and others over the head with it. And this requires another loop, one that we should pray to be caught up in. His free gift, my willingness and work, His free gift, my willingness and work, His free gift, my willingness …

Today … St. Secundina. Martyred virgin. She was a maiden flogged to death during the persecution under Emperor Trajanus Decius in Rome. She knew what it was like to be the victim of the world’s cruel loop. That also means she knew what it meant to be Christ-like. Maybe the next time the world takes a reed to us she would be a good one to turn to as a prayer partner.

Quote … “To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.” St. Thomas Aquinas. Consider that in taking their hand we’ll both need to let go of the reed first.

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