Thursday, October 6, 2022

† "...For everyone who asks. . . "


†Saint Quote
"In everything, whether it is a thing sensed or a thing known, God Himself is hidden within."
–St. Bonaventure

†Today's Meditation
"Now surely I do see what an immense effect such a doctrine [of the Holy Trinity] must have upon life. It is no mere question for theologians, but one that concerns every living soul. Whatever is allowed by God's power must be guided by His wisdom and urged on by His love. All that happens to me in life, the little worries and the great anxieties, the crises and the daily annoyances, the sorrows and the joys, the harms that reach me through the sins of others, the great crimes of history, the huge and devastating wars, the partings and loves and the whole cycle of human experience are permitted by Power, which is itself wise and loving. These three Persons determine my life, and, since I walk by faith, I must surely grow very patient in my attitude toward life. For how can I complain or criticize God's Providence, since it all comes under that triple influence of Power, Wisdom, and Love? Under the guidance, then, of this mystery, I can walk through the valley of death or the more perilous borders of sin without loss of courage or hopefulness. Nothing can make me afraid. How these are separate, yet one, I do not know, nor can I reconcile in my concrete experience the claims of each. It is always a mystery, but a mystery in which I believe. Whatever Power allows on earth is designed in Wisdom and attuned by Love."
—Fr. Bede Jarrett, p. 10

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Classic Catholic Meditations

†Daily Verse
"[There is] one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift."
–Ephesians 4:4-7


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St. Bruno

St. Bruno (1030-1101) was born to a noble and prominent family in Cologne, Germany. He was well educated and excelled in his studies, and became a priest around the year 1055. He went on to direct and teach at the episcopal school at Reims for many years, earning a reputation as a learned scholar. After also serving as the chancellor of his archdiocese, he and a few companions left their positions in the diocese in order to follow a path of greater religious observance. In 1084 Bruno settled in the Chartreuse Mountains in France with a small group of scholars who, like himself, desired to become contemplative monks. This was the beginning of the Carthusian order founded by St. Bruno, combining the solitary life of hermits with the conventual life of religious observance. These alpine monks embraced a strictly disciplined life of poverty, labor, prayer, and fasting. After living six years of strict asceticism, St. Bruno was called to Rome by the Pope, who was his former student, to assist with the troubles and controversies rocking the Church. Bruno became a close advisor to the Pope and was allowed to return to monastic life only if he remained nearby within Italy, leading Bruno to establish a second Carthusian monastery there in 1095. St. Bruno wrote many manuscripts and commentaries during his life. His feast day is celebrated on October 6th.


Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 GAL 3:1-5

O stupid Galatians!
Who has bewitched you,
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
I want to learn only this from you:
did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,
or from faith in what you heard?
Are you so stupid?
After beginning with the Spirit,
are you now ending with the flesh?
Did you experience so many things in vain?–
if indeed it was in vain.
Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to you
and works mighty deeds among you
do so from works of the law
or from faith in what you heard?

Responsorial Psalm LK 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75

R. (68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to his people.

Alleluia ACTS 16:14B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,'
and he says in reply from within,
'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.'
I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him?"


Daily Meditation: Luke 11:5-13

What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? (Luke 11:11)

Anyone who is familiar with the comic strip Peanuts knows that Lucy repeatedly plays a trick on Charlie Brown. She holds a football for him so that he can run up and kick it. And Charlie Brown always falls for it—literally. Just as he is about to kick the ball, Lucy pulls it away. Charlie Brown flies into the air and lands on his back. You'd think he might have developed a trust issue after all those falls!

We know that life is not a comic strip. But we may very well have had times where we "got the wind knocked out of us" when a heartfelt prayer was not answered in the way we had hoped for. Or more likely, we have been worn down by a series of everyday disappointments in life or a sense of loneliness or tiredness. We read God's promises in the Bible but don't always see them fulfilled in our lives or in the life of a loved one. God seems unresponsive and our prayers feel mechanical. Put all this together, and you can see how our trust in a good and loving God might start weakening.

Keep in mind, though, that when it comes to prayer, you are not dealing with Lucy. God is good. He is a father in the most perfect, loving sense of the word. He's not going to "pull the ball away" and leave you flat. As Jesus tells us in today's Gospel, if human fathers know how to take care of their children and give them good things, how much more does your heavenly Father want to give you only the best—even if you can't see it right away?

So whatever your needs are, don't be afraid to bring them before your heavenly Father. He loves you more than you can imagine. And even when you feel like you're not getting an answer from him, you can count on him to give you what you need. So don't give up! Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking on heaven's door—and let him show you that he is worthy of your trust.

"Father, sometimes it's hard to trust. Help me see your love today and put my trust in your faithfulness."

Galatians 3:1-5
(Psalm) Luke 1:69-75


From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"Did you experience so many things in vain?"

What is "life in the Spirit"? There's conferences on it, teachings and such. To me, it is living the LIFE of Christ. To me, it is to live a charismatic life, a life that is vibrant in the Holy Spirit. I grew up in such an environment, with retreats, and communities, and these folks that lived in communities during the week, and attended retreats, always seem to be the most vibrant active Christians I know. There's too many dull faces. Too many negatives. Too many pessimistic folks serving a sad portrait of our Lord. Who can we look to as shining lights? Mother Teresa of Calcuta, or Saint Padre Pio, or any saint for that matter. They smiled love. They too had hardships, but they lived all the more for Christ our Lord.


We pray today;
"He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people"

Why does God offer so much mercy? Why does Divine Mercy and the apostle of Mercy, sister Faustina who died at the same age of our Lord at 33 for our Lord's mercy...why is this message being availed to all sinners that seemingly want nothing to do with our Lord?

For the same reason our Lord allowed Himself to be crucified on the cross. His heart is yours?


In the Gospel today we heard our Master and Teacher:
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds"

Ask? Really? But that's all we do, right? Most of our prayers are like "Lord, give me this and give me that", right? But what if we are not asking for what is important, and if it is important, then, why are we not persistent, and by persistence I mean with sincerity, and sacrifices.
On your five fingers of your hand, how many of those fingers of prayer do you give thanks to God and on how many do you ask for things from God?

Every night before bed, I pray the five fingers prayer of Pope Francis:
Thumb: I pray for my family
Index: I pray for all clergy
Middle: I pray for world leaders
Ring: I pray for the forgotten, prisoners, orphans, and more
Pinky: I pray for myself

But all those intercessory prayers are asking for blessings, right?
That's one hand. We have two! Maybe we need a prayer for the other hand, and on that give thanks for something on each finger, right?
Thumb: Thank you for this day.
Index: Thanks for all I met this day.
Middle: Thank you for freedom, of will.
Ring: Thanks for the chances to do God's will.
Pinky: Thanks for watching over me with my guardian angel and blessings.

I don't know, try something different for the Lord, ask for what is important...Himself, His grace, His will to be revealed, for His eyes, His heart, His joy, His very life to be united with yours.

What more could He be asking for as He is extending Himself out to us eternally?

Lord, this day I ask for my heart to be united more intimately with Yours.

I see a lack of love of Your precious Heart. May my heart shine this love between us for the whole world to know that You live for love and love to live.
from yours in Christ our Lord:


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Random Bible Verse 1

Exodus 15:11

[Exodus 15]

11 "Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?


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