Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Every second of the three days spanning the Passion and Death of the Lord holds eternal significance. This means that every second as we wait, seemingly powerless on this Holy Saturday, a mystical sacrificial waiting is taking place. Where there is prayerful sacrifice offered through Him in our pain and sorrow as we wait for His rising from the dead, God transforms each of our sacrifices into Sacrament. Our sacrificial and silent waiting for Him throughout Holy Saturday therefore becomes a sacramental waiting which we may offer for the souls of many.
In this way, God enters our powerlessness and makes it Holy.
Monday, April 11, 2022
(Adapted from retreat given by Fr Liam OCD)
Did anything in particular stand out in the Retreat?
Yes. The sessions were profoundly thought-provoking. There are many that I'd like to share but for now, maybe just a couple of statements, and even out of context the Holy Spirit may touch souls through them…
** Christ on the gibbet is the poultice, gently and silently extracting poisons from my soul.
** On the Cross, and through gentleness and powerlessness, Jesus forces the devil to reveal himself. The shocking fury of his lie is revealed in all its horror and hate for Christ's love, present in all humanity. When we look at the tortured Figure on the Cross, we see the depths of that hatred.
** On the tree, Christ names, neutralizes, cleanses all evil, in all of humanity, for all time . He holds the maximum voltage of all humanity's evil and rips apart the veil of lies and hiddenness that the devil uses to retain power over us and to utterly destroy souls.
** My flesh, in all my filth, becomes Christ's Flesh and Jesus shows me how to die praying. HE MAKES THE BRUTALITY OF DEATH INTO AN ACT OF PRAYER, OF ADORATION TO THE FATHER. GOD IS GLORIFIED IN CHRIST'S DEATH. DEATH BECOMES AN OBLATION WHERE LOVE IS POURED INTO ALL HATE, ALL LIES, ALL VIOLATIONS OF INNOCENCE, ALL MANIFESTED IN JESUS' BRUTALIZED NAKED BODY.
** His suffering is necessary to reveal the Truth and in Him, suffering becomes transformative. TO LIVE IN COMFORT, IN LIES, IN COMPROMISE CAN NEVER BE A TRANSFORMATIVE LIFE. ONLY IN “THE THICKET" OF SUFFERING IS OUR SOUL TRANSFORMED. And there, we meet Him.
** THROUGH HIM, OUR SUFFERING IS TRANSFORMED INTO SACRAMENT. WE ARE UNITED IN HIM AND WITH HIM, WE PURCHASE SOULS FOR HIM. IN HIM, WE GIVE OUR ACT OF OBLATION TO OUR FATHER.
Sunday, March 6, 2022
The Mother of God grasps our heartfelt, disordered, tarnished petitions. When the purity of her hands touch them, all the discoloration and tainted motives hidden in them are made clean. Our Mother then presents them in their purest form to the holiness of God.
SHE DOES NOT OFFER GOD A SOLUTION TO OUR PETITIONS. WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE AT THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANA, SHE SAW A NEED, SILENTLY HELD IT AS SHE CARRIED IT TO HER SON THEN SIMPLY TOLD HIM,