For the past week we have been listening to the 6th chapter of St. John’s Gospel at Mass (in the Ordinary Form). As a meditation for for these experience I provide two pertinent quotes from the Fathers and two pictures of the Miracles.
For it is not the flesh of man simply, but of God: and it makes man divine, by inebriating him, as it were, with divinity.
St. Theophilus of Antioch, 2nd century
They not understanding what was the bread of peace, quarreled among themselves, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat? Whereas they who eat the bread quarrel not among themselves, for God makes them to dwell together in unity.
St. Augustine, 5th Century
Heirs of God, listen to the reasons of God.
Coheirs of Christ, receive the sayings of Christ,
so that you can give them to the hearts of your children,
and teach them the words of the wise.
I am the Handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.
Think no longer about the past. Do not be the cause of your own crosses. Live joyfully with the Center of every good gift ... the will of God. May this be our mystical food, our comfort, our every good. Let us live in God, for God and with God.
So, let us leave everything in the hands of God and, in this regard, we will be doing everything to fulfill the divine will.
Let us remember that the most holy Virgin is the aqueduct of divine mercy, our advocate and, after Jesus, our hope and our protection.
I have entrusted our congregation and its members to Mary most holy. From heaven, she will see to its protection and will bless it lovingly.
The love of Jesus Christ that I nourish for you urges me to have you participate in the delightful consolations that the Lord has given to me during the missions in Umbria which I completed today. I attribute everything to the efficacy of the Blood of Jesus Christ, the prayers of most holy Mary and St. Francis Xavier, my most beloved protector.
We celebrate the day that God turns the world up side down. It is in Mary and through Mary that the situation of humanity and of the world has been reversed, and we have in some way re-entered into the splendor of the first creation. Mary is the instrument that links Jesus to the human race. God visits earth, comes to us where we are, and raises our humanity now to an incomparable dignity.
The greatest events, human or divine, takes place in absolute silence. The world does not notice or pay attention. The invitation comes from a messenger of God and God's Word takes flesh in the assent of a young girl.
There is nothing to prevent us from doing the will of God. No human deficiency can ever prevent us from doing God's will. Here I am, she says, I come to do your will. We gather in wonder and awe, also like St. Gaspar to fall in love with God's will. For him, her "yes" becomes the aqueduct, the font of all the graces of living water flowing to us in the sacraments.
- How does the world avoid noticing God's will?
- How do I show love for the will of God?
- When was the last time I said, “I am the servant of the Lord?”
 Letter 2752, to Mother Maria Nazzarena De Castris, July 18, 1834
 Letter 2961, to Ignazio Lesinelli, August 28, 1835
 from Letter No. 65 to Countess Lucrezia Ginnasi, May 10, 1813
 from Letter No. 122 to Msgr. Bellisario Cristaldi, August 27, 1815
 Letter No. 293 to Msgr. Bellisario Christaldi, June 5, 1820
So, there is this young woman in a far off place. Not in the centers of power, certainly not in Rome. Insignificant, unknown; who knew her? She was not known by anybody outside her village, but this is where God visited. She recognized the words, “Do not be afraid” –this is what God had said to Abraham, to Joshua, to Daniel. She had heard the echo throughout the centuries: God was building a house. She did not realize it was going to be her. When we think of God building His own house, that God said to David, “I will build a house,” we are thinking of a huge temple even bigger than St. Peter’s; we are thinking of grandeur. But this is where God came –Mary.
Ahaz thought he knew better than God. We all have expectations.
God will take the smallest place. The smallest crumb, the place in the universe that no one expects.
Omnia Christus Est Nobis
Christ is everything for us!
Burying the Alleluia
Sacristy Art I
Sacristy Art II
Sacristy Art III
Sacristy Art IV
Sacristy Art V
Sacristy Art VI
Years in Review
I am a Roman Catholic Priest from California. I spent 13 wonderful years years as a member of the Province of the Pacific in the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The outline of my life can be traced here.