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“God wishes to test you like gold in the furnace. The dross is consumed by the fire, but the pure gold remains and its value increases. It is in this manner that God acts with his good servant, who puts his hope in him and remains unshaken in times of distress. God raises him up and, in return for the things he has left because of love for God, he repays him a hundredfold in this life and with eternal life hereafter.”  – Saint Jerome Emiliani (1481-1537)


My notes on Father Mark Lawlor’s “Pastor’s Reflection” from 18 Jan 2009:

The English word “Catholic” is originally from the Greek word Katholikos, which means universal or whole. The word “church” is from the Latin word Ecclesia, which in scripture refers to the gathered assembly of God.

The Catholic Church, therefore, refers to the Universal People of God. Consider the following three states of the church:

* Church Triumphant – the Saints in Heaven

* Church Suffering – – the souls in purgatory

* Church Militant – the faithful on earth

Endure in faith while God refines your character.

Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions,

knowing that affliction produces endurance,

and endurance, proven character,

and proven character, hope.

~ St. Paul, Romans 5:3-4

~ Endure in faith while God refines your character ~

Know that afflictions produce the following fruits:

  1. endurance
  2. proven character
  3. hope

Thank you for the gift of life and for this brand new day. Help me to make the most of it by doing Your will for me. Amen.

With the knowledge of the Old Testament, Jude and the other apostles preached with much committed to memory. They memorized it and so can I – with the help, grace and direction of the Lord our God.

Show me Thy ways Oh Lord, Teach me Thy paths, I beg of thee.

We can imitate the great Saints by believing in their power to intercede for us at the throne of God. These friends, these Apostles, these Saints are heroes – men and women to follow and to believe in.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.” – Rev 3:6

When you enter the church, open your eyes – give yourself time to look around. What you want to do is  to look. to see – with the eyes of faith.

Saints, Statues and Icons – look beyond the wood, paint and metal; look deeply to see the belief that each represents.

Just as He helped St. Paul, Jesus will help me. He will guide me to see with new eyes that which the Lord our God wishes for me to see.

Father you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus you died for me and call me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit —

I begin my reflection.

May all my thoughts and inspirations have their origin in you and be directed to your glory.

Doubtless, we all go through times where we feel we are in the midst of a great storm and that our boat is about to sink. The violent squall the disciples experienced on the lake, described in today’s Gospel, just about sank them, with waves even breaking into the boat. The disciples, however, had an ace in the hole; they had Jesus with them. Upon their request, He comes to their rescue, God Almighty, and saves them from their calamity.

Their fear is normal and natural. Yet, like them, we Christians  Catholics are called to live more than a normal, natural life; we are called to put our trust in the supernatural, as Abraham did, even when we don’t understand what is happening on the natural level.

Christ tells us that, with faith, we will be able to keep our eye on the prize and make it through all the storms and challenges that come our way.

But always with His help! We can’t go it alone. “Without me, you can do nothing,” Our Lord reminds us.

Not only will Christ help us make it through the roughest of times, but we can help each other through an offering of prayer, a compassionate ear, and other ways that present themselves. To be an ambassador for Christ is our Christian vocation. Let us go now and live this vocation as best we can.

Daily Ignatian Reflection

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  • John 14:21
    "Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."
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The Past

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  • Matrimony Monday, 20 July 2009
    While the nature of matrimony as both a natural and supernatural institution is covered in the entry on Marriage, matrimony can also be considered primarily from the point of view of its sacramental celebration and the nature of the sacramental bond.
  • Subsidiarity Tuesday, 6 January 2009
    The social teaching of the Church is based on the human person as the principle, subject and object of every social organization. Subsidiarity is one of the core principles of this teaching. This principle holds that human affairs are best handled at the lowest possible level, closest to the affected pesons.
  • Anointing of the Sick Monday, 5 January 2009
    Anointing of the Sick is that sacrament which is administered to strengthen Christians who are in danger of death from sickness or old age. The Apostle James refers to this sacrament when he says, "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer […]
  • Trinity Thursday, 30 October 2008
    It is not easy to describe the Trinity, let alone understand this great mystery of the Catholic Faith. Perhaps the most important thing we can say about the Trinity is that the one and only God is truly a dynamic and self-sufficient community of love, and is therefore the source, model and goal of all other love. Thus does God reveal Himself as Father, Son a […]
  • Abortion Friday, 25 July 2008
    Abortion is the greatest single scourge of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, claiming far more innocent lives than any other threat, including war, poverty, starvation and natural disasters. This grave moral evil is also the centerpiece of the contemporary culture wars which divide most Western nations, particularly the United States, whic […]
  • Rosary Tuesday, 22 July 2008
    The Rosary is one of the most widespread devotional practices in the Catholic world, and has been more often encouraged and recommended by popes through the ages than any other devotion save the Mass itself. Strongly associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and relying on the power of her intercession with her Divine Son, the Rosary makes use of a simple str […]
  • Apologetics Thursday, 24 January 2008
    As soon as one understands that apologetics comes from the Greek word for defense (apologetikos), the term becomes very easy to understand. Apologetics is a branch of study which aims to explain and justify Christian doctrine, demonstrating its reasonableness in the face of objections by those who do not accept it. Doing apologetics means defending the faith […]
  • Modernism Thursday, 17 January 2008
    As the name implies, Modernism is an ideology by which religious truths, and especially Catholic teachings, are derived and interpreted in accordance with personal religious experience, under the influence of the spirit of the current age. First emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Modernism was condemned by Pope St. Pius X in 1907. It resurfa […]


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A Quote

When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice. - Deuteronomy 4:30