Humor of the Day:
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
From the Memorae Prayer:
…Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; …
With all that I have reflected on, the closer I have come to a near agape-type love for our Blessed Virgin Mary. This young woman of probably 15 years of age when asked to give birth to the Messiah. Her response was only total and absolute abandonment of herself, for the glory of the lord.
Mary had to endure, in my opinion, true and brutal torture. Maybe not physically, but definitely mentally. She had to leave her country with a newborn baby to manage. She had to witness her own, as well as Jesus’ ridicule and threats during His public ministry. Mary had to watch as her only son be scrourged and murdered because of His words that threatened the religious-political figures of the time.
There is no reason Mary will not be there for us. I believe she is there, along with the Holy Spirit at our greatest times of need. All we have to do is ask her to wrap us in her arms and protect us, as a mother would do for any son. Between the three in one Godhead and Mary, there is nothing more that anyone could ask for – or want.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
From the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Prologue to the Rule, Chapter 2:
… Concerning Those Who Do Not Do Penance
But all those men and women who are not doing penance and do not receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and live in vices and sin and yield to evil concupiscence and to the wicked desires of the flesh, and do not observe what they have promised to the Lord, and are slaves to the world, in their bodies, by carnal desires and the anxieties and cares of this life (cf. Jn 8:41).
These are blind, because they do not see the true light, our Lord Jesus Christ; they do not have spiritual wisdom because they do not have the Son of God who is the true wisdom of the Father. Concerning them, it is said, “Their skill was swallowed up” (Ps 107:27) and “cursed are those who turn away from your commands” (Ps 119:21). They see and acknowledge; they know and do bad things and knowingly destroy their own souls.
See, you who are blind, deceived by your enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil, for it is pleasant to the body to commit sin and it is bitter to make it serve God because all vices and sins come out and “proceed from the heart of man” as the Lord says in the gospel (cf. Mt 7:21). And you have nothing in this world and in the next, and you thought you would possess the vanities of this world for a long time.
But you have been deceived, for the day and the hour will come to which you give no thought and which you do not know and of which you are ignorant. The body grows infirm, death approaches, and so it dies a bitter death, and no matter where or when or how man dies, in the guilt of sin, without penance or satisfaction, though he can make satisfaction but does not do it. …