‘Take up your abode in the lovable Heart of Jesus, and you will find therein imperturbable peace and the strength to carry out the good desires He gives you. Bring to this divine Heart all your troubles and afflictions, for whatever emanates from the Sacred Heart is sweet: It changes everything into love.” – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Happy Hearts Day!
‘The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life” (John 6:64).
“When you have done something good, remember the words, ‘Without Me you can do nothing'” (John 15:5).” – St. Mark the Ascetic
“Pray persistently about everything, and then you will never do anything without God’s help.” – St. Mark the Ascetic
“A man without prayer is an animal without the use of reason.” – St. Philip Neri
“When passions dominate the intellect, they separate it from God, binding it to material things and preoccupying it with them. But when love of God dominates the intellect, it frees it from its bonds, persuading it to rise above not only sensible things but even this transitory life.” – St. Maximos the Confessor
Today is the March for Life in Washington, DC. There are over 100,000 amazing people in attendance. While I can’t be there to support this wonderful day, I’m elated to see our President speaking there, the first President to ever attend. Most people don’t even know this event takes place every year.
Today I’m in a very optimistic mood for the future of the unborn because we’ve come so far with President Trump in office. I believe he realizes this issue is God’s most important. May He bless this disciple of Christ and keep him, the First Lady and and their family safe. Keep him going, Lord. And dear babies, we’re coming for you, coming to save you from evil and ignorance. In the meantime, I’m with you in spirit, each precious one of you. e.
A reflection on today’s Gospel:
St. Mark describes crowds of people traveling long distances to experience the miracle of Jesus. Crowds so large and desperate, Jesus expected to be crushed by them. Imagine!
How quickly word would spread if Jesus were here with us today, curing the sick and healing the sick of heart. With our technology, word would spread so quickly, Jesus would be crushed during his first appearance. Even if you weren’t sick, imagine touching Jesus! We couldn’t build an auditorium big enough to hold such crowds.
Since Jesus isn’t with us in the physical sense, the “crowds” of today are more like large gatherings. Even with the growing popularity of mega-churches and worship halls, there’s no threat of anyone being “crushed” or “pressed upon.” The only crushing and pressing that comes to mind are among frantic shoppers on Christmas Eve or mobs of rock fans waiting to get good seats to a Stones concert. How sorry we might see ourselves as we enter eternal life, standing before the beautiful Light of the World crying, “You are the Son of God” (Mark 3:11) and recalling the hours we spent seeking material pleasures while Jesus waited in the long line of our life to touch us.
Jesus fulfilled His mission on earth so that we, in the present, can touch Him through faith. He’s reserving a front row seat in eternity for each of us. Follow the road to Him and He’ll make the journey short…no crowds, no long lines – no waiting!
“My little children, your hearts are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.” – St. Jean Vianney
‘There is no affliction, trial, or labor difficult to endure, when we consider the torments and sufferings which Our Lord Jesus Christ endured for us.” – St. Teresa of Jesus