The oft-quoted advice of St. Francis is “Preach and if necessary use
words.” Sometimes words are very necessary, but we are reluctant to use
them. The first time I was invited to speak to catechists at a national
convention, I didn’t think I could do it. As an extreme introvert, I
needed time to ponder this. Besides, according to a newspaper article,
public speaking is the number one human fear. A friend counseled, “If
you can teach, you can talk.” I said yes to the invitation. I managed to
speak without fainting on the stage, and I continue to speak to
audiences. Admittedly, for the first few times before a talk, I was
awake all night, filled with dread. I still have nightmares that I’m
facing an audience and my prepared talk is missing! Once when Fr. Eugene
LaVerdiere was addressing a large audience, his microphone fell to the
floor. He remained as cool as a cucumber. Afterwards I commented to him
on how comfortable he appeared speaking compared to my stage fright. He
said, “Look at it this way. Those people are ready to love you.” This
helped. Now speaking has become one of my main ministries, and I
actually enjoy it. click to continue
This popular prayer, a favorite of many Catholics, dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the first Latin word of the prayer, "memorare," which means "remember." The Memorare is of unknown authorship, although it has been attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) and, with more reason, to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153). St. Bernard's sermons on Mary were famous, and it was his Cistercian monks in the monastery of Citeaux in the 12th century who popularized the name "Our Lady" for Mary. The Memorare has also been attributed to the French cleric Claude Bernard (1588-1641), known as the "poor priest" of Paris, whose homilies contain passages that echo its words. No matter who wrote this prayer, it was Father Bernard who did much to popularize it, teaching it in hospitals and prisons, where Mary's intercession was effective in working miracles of grace. The first manuscript of the Memorare a…
I recently received the gift of tickets to see Andre Rieu. The concert isn’t scheduled for another six months so I've stored the tickets away until I need them. Imagine if I lose them!
Or if I forget I even had them! I will never experience the true joy the gift was intended to bring me. Nor could I genuinely show appreciation to my generous gift giver. God has provided us with spiritual gifts with which to live the spiritual life.
Over the next 7 months, the 10 Minute Daily Retreat will reflect on 7 of these gifts; one every month.
In June, we will reflect on the gift of Wisdom.
'Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.' Proverbs 4:6 Join us on our journey! Reflections can be sent by email. Details on:
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
Note: In each of the above you will find an alternative First Reading, Responsorial Psalm and Second Reading that may be used in Year C. The Gospel below is always used in Year C. Gospel Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition) As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bod…