My family . . . the blessings of my life!

My family . . . the blessings of my life!
Sean, Mackenzie, Pat (hubby), me, Jeneah

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reflections from the saints ...St. Charles Borromeo

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.
– St. Charles Borromeo

Vicar of Christ


Your deepest love, your greatest esteem, your most heartfelt veneration, your most complete obedience and your warmest affection have also to be shown towards the Vicar of Christ on earth, towards the Pope.

We Catholics should consider that after God and the most Holy Virgin, our Mother, the Holy Father comes next in the hierarchy of love and authority.
– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, #135

{Liz here}
Oh how much this reflection fits my spirituality!

Being a convert to Catholicism, I find myself frustrated with the Catholics who boastfully *disagree* with teachings of Holy Mother Church, or are *free* with their opinions of *what* the Church should change (i.e., ordination of women, contraception, and abortion just to name a few in my own personal experiences).

I know as Catholics and since we're *human* that God created each of us unique we will have varying *opinions*...I can deal with that!! When I find myself frustrated, is when their opinion of Catholicism that is NOT IN LINE WITH THE POPE & TEACHING OF THE CHURCH.
I get frustrated when those with opinions opposed to *mine* (actually the correct word would be HOLY MOTHER CHURCH), and those people go to extremes to attempt to *help me understand* or to clarify for me. That's fine if their intent is truly for GOOD. Does an opinion or advice coming from truly *good* intent feel a certain way when received? I wonder. I know sometimes, often, after receiving opinions or advice from those who see Catholicism differently than I do, I have a very uncomfortable feeling inside of me. When I compare that feeling to the advice I've received lovingly, I can't help but think that truly loving advice does feel different.

Or are we just so free with our own advice and opinions that we don't discern enough when to share them? I am positive I have shared an opinion or maybe 10,000 opinions that I should not have...

I guess I sorta got off track here...My point after reading & agreeing with this beautiful reflection regarding loving, esteeming, and being completely obedient to the Vicar of Christ on earth was meant to say, "AMEN! I COMPLETELY AGREE, ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA. THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT OF A REMINDER IN MY LIFE THAT AS LONG AS I MAKE SURE THAT *I* STAY IN LINE WITH HOLY MOTHER CHURCH THEN I AM TAKING CARE OF MY FIRST RESPONSIBILITY. WITHOUT TAKING CARE OF ME FIRST, I CANNOT BE A GOOD WITNESS OR EXAMPLE TO MY FAMILY OR ANYONE ELSE...SO I WILL KEEP WORKING ON ME & STAYING OBEDIENT TO MY CATHOLIC FAITH THAT I LOVE AND APPRECIATE SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!!"


Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take away my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me. Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Teresa of Avila
“For mental prayer…is nothing more than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much…Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux
"...So I sought in holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: 'Whosoever is a little one, come to me.' It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up; I must stay little and become less and less."

Magnificat
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.