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Mundane meets Divine – feast of St. Thomas Becket

Captured on my cell-phone camera on the feast of St. Thomas Becket. The shaft of light in the center was especially dramatic in person. Reminiscent of our daily lives, reaching for heaven. Or maybe of Christ reaching down to us. St. Thomas was martyred, and perhaps his death inspired Our Lord to create this sunset today.

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Burning with Love

Captured on my camera phone, candle light reveals detail on a statue of the Sacred Heart. The warm glow is reminiscent of the warmth of Christ's love for us.

Sitivit Sitiri Deus.

God thirsts to be thirsted after.

Christ’s heart burns with an unquenchable, fierce, jealous love for your soul!

Don’t disappoint him!

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Captured on my phone camera on the feast of the Holy Innocents. Note the red tinted candles and red stain on the floor.

The feast of St. John the Beloved

Captured on my phone camera on the feast of St. John the Beloved. As in this picture, the Beloved disciple was truly illuminated by the Light of Christmas.

One of the Lord’s presents: Silence in His Presence

It’s one of those, “I know it’s bad, and I do it anyway” things.

I know I’m supposed to be quiet in the sanctuary and go out to the foyer to talk, but…

The excuses are myriad:

– I’m just saying hi, and then I’m going to finish saying thank you to Our Lord.

– They can’t move stand in the foyer on those cruches, so we’ll just have a quick chat here.

– If I don’t grab her now, she’ll be off to her daughter’s without saying goodbye.

– It’ll just take a minute.

I’ve noticed the whispers after Mass have increased in quantity like an army of middle-school boys with a secret.

And I feel a little responsible.

Like I could make a difference if I really wanted to.

I could silently motion toward the foyer and follow her out.

I could smile and wave.

I could walk out after Mass and make my thanksgiving when I’ve had a chance to say hi to everyone.

Maybe the problem is a lack of reality check.

God is, like, really there.

Fully present.

The Mastermind behind quarks, platypuses, teenagers, and other mysteries.

The Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, said,

“Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the Lord! ”

…and I think he still means it!

Maybe a little sacrifice is in order.

Maybe a “second-day-of-Christmas” present to him.

Silence in his presence.

She was in their eyes marvelously beautiful

…was the reaction of the pagans, who first laid eyes on Judith, an Israelite on her way to save her people.
Read the whole story in the book of Judith, which can be found in Catholic Bibles. This reference is from chapter 10, verse 14.

Emergency Preparedness

Instead of hoarding food and survival equipment, prepare for the future by aligning your heart with Christ’s, your will with his will, your purpose with his purpose.

 
He promises to supply all our needs, according to his riches (read: he gives a lot!), if we seek after him, therefore the true, daily preparation we need to be undertaking as we look toward an uncertain future is a spiritual one.
 
Get to know Christ better, right now.
 
Each day.
 
Make a routine of daily Mass, prayer, holy hours and frequent confession.
 
Fatten up on the Sacraments, as a bear before winter.   As Joseph’s Egypt in the abundant years before famine.
 
If you are truly his, in being and purpose, you will be provided with everything you need.
 
This is true preparation for the future.

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