"Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Go and find him when your strength and patience are giving out, when you feel lonely and helpless. Say to him: "You know well what is happening, my dear Jesus. I have only you.' Come to my aid… And then go your way. Don't worry about knowing how you are going to manage. It is enough to have told our good Lord. He has an excellent memory."
— St. Jeanne Jugan
In the Garden of Gethsemani, before His crucifixion, Jesus asked His Apostles, “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” Spending one hour with Jesus thus became a tradition in the Church.
A Holy Hour can be summed up in a simple story: A visitor to a Catholic parish noticed an old man just sitting in the back of the church with his eyes on the tabernacle. After some time, curiosity got the better of the visitor and he asked the old man,“What are you doing?” The man replied, “ I look at Him, and He looks at me.”
A perfectly good Holy Hour can be made simply by sitting in the presence of God. Place yourself in front of the tabernacle or monstrance, and just be. (cf. Psalm 46:10)
Day and night, Jesus dwells in the Blessed Sacrament, because you are the most important person in the world to Him. Beneath the Sacred Host, Christ is contained; The Redeemer of the World. You grow spiritually with each moment you spend with Jesus. Our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.READ MORE
As faith-filled Catholics, the best reverence and respect we can give Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the gold of our silence. Silence has adrawing quality. It literally draws our hearts to the silent Heart of our Eucharistic Jesus in the MostBlessed Sacrament. That’s the whole reason whyJesus is in the tabernacle– not to be ignored, but tobe adored!READ MORE
As faith-filled Catholics, the best reverence and respect we can give Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the gold of our silence. Silence has a drawing quality. It literally draws our hearts to the silent Heart of our Eucharistic Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. That's the whole reason why Jesus is in the tabernacle– not to be ignored, but to be adored!READ MORE
Pray the Psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours. Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness or seeking an answer you'll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours is an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.
Recite the "Jesus Prayer." Say "Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner"repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.
Meditate using Scripture. Choose a passage from the Bible. Read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and askGod what he wishes for you to draw from that passage.READ MORE
Fatima is famous for its “triads”, that is , groups of three related things: Three shepherds; three days in prison; the revelation of the Holy Trinity; three apparitions of the Angel; three petitions of Our Lady: Meditative Prayer, Penance, Eucharistic Reparation; three parts of the secret of Fatima; three times that the Angels call for Penance at the allegory of the third part of the secret…Now, the hour of mercy is 3:00 p.m., when our Lord Jesus Christ died at the Cross. At this hour of the day, the Mercy of God is stronger and more efficacious, thanks to Meditative Prayer, the chaplet of Divine Mercy.READ MORE
May Jesus, our Lord and Savior, bless you with His peace.
Not too long ago, a man wanted to arrange a funeral here at Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, for his wife. I was more than willing to help him in his time of separation and grief. In his conversation with my staff, he said that he was going to keep the ashes of his wife in his house, to have her close to him, rather than to bury them. At that point, he was informed that as Roman Catholics, we could not agree with his intention, and if he was going to insist, that we could not provide his wife with a Catholic funeral. He insisted, and so ended our dialogue, and there was no Catholic funeral.
Such a scenario is happening more and more in our society. Television advertisements and programs glorify the idea of holding onto the ashes of a deceased member, or of scattering the ashes over the flower bed, in a stream, or on a golf course, where the deceased spent a lot of time.READ MORE
Jesus told His apostles that when they should enter a town or house, that they should bless the town or house with “Peace to this house,” (Lk. 10:5). St. Francis of Assisi would change this greeting to: “May the Lord bless you with peace.”
We know too that when Jesus appeared to the apostles on the first night of the first day of the week, on the day of His resurrection from the dead, that according to St. John, He greeted them with “Peace be with you.” Again He said: “Peace be with you.” (Jn. 20:19a.21a)
Also, during His last supper, according to St. John, Jesus assured His apostles “Peace I leave you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your hearts not be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (Jn. 14:27)
St. Irenaeus teaches his disciples that to be at peace with the world is to be at war with God. To be at peace with Christ Jesus, is to be at war with the world. Probably another of version of “you cannot serve both God and mammon," Mt. 6:24.READ MORE