Sunday, 30 September 2012

HE AND I " If only you spoke to Me as often as the blackbird you hear singing from four o'clock in the morning to ten in the evening without a break."

This picture found in the leaves of a Jerusalem Bible used in the Oratory of the monks.

 HE AND i -Gabrielle B. 1946
July 5 -  He came.
 "Why should you doubt? You were deeply stirred when you saw Me there on your little table. My loving-kindness could go as far as that. Has anyone ever measured the goodness of God?
Won’t you praise this goodness by trying to imitate it? Draw power from it often and ever so simply. If only you spoke to Me as often as the blackbird you hear singing from four o'clock in the morning to ten in the evening without a break. Sometimes he warbles sotto voce, but his pure voice never ceases to rise. And he's only a bird... And little children prattle constantly to their parents, don't they? - without any reason, just for the pleasure of feeling near them.
You, child, shouldn't you speak unceasingly to My loving-kindness, if only to be close to it. It would enrich you more than you ever suspect. Talk to it just for the pleasure of greeting it. Never mind if you don't have a reason. Ask Me to make My loving-kindness known to others through you. O don't lose a single opportunity of being the representative of God's goodness, even if it be only by a gesture. Think about this. Ask Me to help you to think about it; ask Me very simply, your lips to My ear."

Daily Gospel & Reflection, Monday, October 1. 2012

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Job 1:16-22, 1st Reading Psalm 17 Luke 9:46-50 Call to Worship Song The Servant Song Entrance Antiphon The Lord nurtured and taught her; he guarded her as the apple of his eye. As the eagle spreads its wings to carry its young, he bore her on his shoulders. The Lord alone was her teacher. (Deuteronomy 30:

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Liturgy of the Feast Booklet cover of the Angels.

Father Adolphe Tanquerey (+ 1932) was a Sulpician priest and theologian who was born in France. His work The Spiritual Life: A Treatise on Ascetic and Mystical Theology is considered a classic.
The Ange/s
The angels show forth God's greatness and perfection.
"Each symbolises individually some attribute or other of that infinite Being. In some we see his power, in oth­ers his love, in others his strength. Each is a reproduc­tion of some beauty of the divine Original; each adores him and glorifies him in the perfection it portrays" (M. Olier). It is God, then, whom we honour in the angels. They are like mirrors reflecting the perfections of their infinite Creator. Raised to the supernatural order, they share in the life of God . .'.

They have at heart our sanctification. Since we share with them in the divine life, and since we are like them the religious of God in Christ Jesus, they long for our salvation that we may join them in glorifying God and in enjoying the Beatific Vision. Thus it is with joy that they accept those God-given missions to minister to our sanctification ...

They burn with the desire of rallying elect souls to fill the vacant thrones of fallen angels, and to glorify and adore the Almighty in their stead. Victors over demons, they ask but to shield us from the perfidious enemies of our souls. It is our part to ask their timely assistance in order to repel the assaults of Satan. They present our prayers to the Most High by joining their own supplications to our requests. It is, therefore, to our advantage to call upon them, especially in the hour of trial, and above all, at the hour of death, that they may defend us from the attacks of our enemies and conduct our souls to paradise.

Daily Gospel Reflection, Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saints Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels Daniel 7:9-10, 13-44 (or Revelation 12:7-12ab) Psalm 138 John 1:47-51 Call to Worship Song How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place Entrance Antiphon Bless the Lord, all you his angels, mighty in power, you obey his word and heed the sound of his voice. (Psalm 102:20) Opening Prayer God.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Sept 27 Memorial of St. Vincent dePaul. Quote 1945 from Gabrielle Bossis

HE AND I by Gabrielle B.
1945 September 27 - "Do you understand the appalling ingratitude of flying from Him who loves you so dearly?
Find your happiness in serving Me, even in the very smallest details. Nothing that is for love is little. "
"Lord, how can You be touched by such weak things from Your weak creatures?" 

 "Haven't I been your Brother? Don't I know human nature and the life of man on earth? You are so used to picturing Me as the God in heaven that you forget how I toiled, suffered from cold, heat, hunger, just as you do. But I was always more afflicted than you.

When the last day comes and you look for Him who on earth was the poorest and most tortured of men you will recognize the Son of Man and you will understand why He received the greatest weight of glory."

Daily Gospel and Reflection, Thursday, September 27, 2012

Saint Vincent de Paul, priest Ecclesiastes 1:2-11, 1st Reading Psalm 90 Luke 9:7-9 Call to Worship Song Here I Am, Lord Entrance Antiphon The Spirit of God is upon me; he has anointed me. He sent me to bring good news to the poor, and to heal the broken hearted. (Luke 4:18) Opening Prayer God our Father, you gave Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, 25 September 2012


With appreciation ..........


Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey and Home Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Father Mateo CrawleyFather Mateo Crawley-Boevey, was born in Peru to an English father and a Peruvian mother. He was a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the same order to which Saint Damien was a member. It is only recently that I am discovering the beautiful writings of Father Mateo which are really enriching my spiritual life, especially when it comes to love of Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

To those of you who have had your homes enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, you have Father Mateo to thank for this devotion.
Animated by the desire to make the promises of the St Margaret Mary better known, Fr. Mateo conceived the idea of drawing families closer to Jesus, the king of love, by placing the image of His Sacred Heart in a place of honor in the home, thus bringing the family's life into intimate relation with Him.

Sacred Heart Enthronement in Home - MATEO CRAWLEY-BOEVEY,

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home 
 Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur: 1962    


Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC., Founder of the Work of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the home, was born in Peru, South America, on September 18, 1875. At the age of sixteen he joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Valparaiso, Chile, and applied himself with great zeal to promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart. Animated with the desire to make more effective the promises of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary, he conceived the idea of drawing families closer to Jesus, the King of Love, by placing the image of His Sacred Heart in a place of honor in the home and thus bringing the family's life into intimate relations with Him.

   Words: 1363 on Founder, and Words: 727 by Pope Benedict  XV. 
   It is a joy to recall 1947/48 having been introduced to the Enthronement in the family.

Eucharistic Symphony in Gethsemane

Eucharistic Symphony in Gethsemane
Eucharistic Symphony in Gethsemane  | Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, all Christian heads of Churches and Communities,Eucharistic Symphony, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Maestro Armando Pierucci, the 'Eucharistic Symphony' , Mr Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori,  Milan Conservatory of Music

Garden of Gethsemane
On Saturday, 22 September,  in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, all Christian heads of Churches and Communities gathered under the open sky in front of the walls of the Holy City for an extraordinary concert: the world première of the Eucharistic Symphony.

One of the latest compositions of the titular organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem for the Roman Catholic Church, the Italian musician Maestro Armando Pierucci, the 'Eucharistic Symphony' was written upon commission by Mr Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori, the President of the Milan Conservatory of Music. It is inspired by liturgical pieces ordinarily sung during the Eucharistic liturgy from twelve different Christian musical traditions in the Holy City, with twelve corresponding movements and an introduction on a Jewish theme. It will be performed by the Duni Choir and Orchestra of the Matera Conservatory of Music, directed by Maestro Carmine Antonio Catenazzo, with Carlo Rotunno as baritone singer.

In itself a Western piece in nature but using themes in the antique musical modes of the Eastern traditions, no longer in usage in Western music, the Eucharistic Symphony is not only musically unique, but also highly symbolical: it shall give a sight of the beauty and harmony of the rich different Christian traditions interacting precisely “in symphony”, a vision of Christian communion expressed through the art of music. It is meant to be an invitation to all Christians to become more aware of their own Church and liturgical tradition, which reflect their history and cultural identity, as well as to discover with loving care the multiplicity of traditions of other Christian Churches.

To see a video presentation click here:
Many thanks to Jan Bidaud for telling us about this.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Mk 9:30-37; ... “They they did not understand what he said” and “they were afraid to ask him what he meant” Homily Fr. Raymond

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23 September 2012, 16:07
The two phrases: ““They they did not understand what he said”  and “they were afraid to ask him what he meant”

Sun. 25 2012     “....Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples....”   He took them away from their mission of preaching and teaching because the work was often so engrossing and demanding.  In fact, the gospels tell us that they sometimes couldn’t even find time to eat.   So, now he was taking them aside because he had something to tell them that was going to need their full attention; their full concentration  He was going to tell them about his forth-coming passion and death, and this was something he knew very well that they were going to find it hard to understand and even harder to accept. :    In the event this is exactly what did happen.  We read that:  “They they did not understand what he said”  and they were even “afraid to ask him what he meant”.  Here we have a very common trait in human nature: When we are confronted with something unpleasant; something  that’s threatening us and we can’t avoid it; then we tend not to face up to it, we tend to ignore it we hold ourselves in denial of it, we look the other way in the hope that it will disappear.  It is obvious from the gospels that Jesus had to repeat this lesson time and time again to try to drive it home into his disciples bewildered minds: the fact that he was destined to suffer grievously  and be put to death”.  The two phrases: ““They they did not understand what he said”  and “they were afraid to ask him what he meant”,  are at the heart of this passage of the gospels.  They challenge each of us to consider those aspects of Our Lord’s teaching that we find puzzling ourselves; those things that we ourselves are afraid to look at straight in the face.  Such things can be things in our lives that we know, deep down within us, to be at least displeasing to God, if not downright sinful;  It may be some choices we have made or some decisions we are about to make that we suspect God would rather we did not make.  On the other hand it might be about things we know we ought to do but have not done;  some reconciliation, perhaps that we keep on putting off;  some duty or responsibility that we keep on neglecting. It is in ways like these that we find ourselves in the same position as the disciples before the Lord’s prophecy of his passion.  We find the whole thing, consciously or sub-consciously, so repugnant that, although we do not understand we daren’t question it because we really don’t want to understand.
It takes courage to pray the prayer of the Psalmist; "Lord teach me your paths.!"

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Pope in Lebanon 2



Visit to St. Paul's Basilica in Harissa and Signing of Apostolic Exhortation

Papal Journey to Lebanon
14-16 September 2012
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Friday, 14 September 2012

Mr President,
Your Beatitude,
Venerable Patriarchs,
Dear Brother Bishops
and Members of the Special Council of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East,
Distinguished Representatives of the various religious confessions, 
Lebanon  Worship_slideshow

the world of culture and civil society,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Dear Friends,
I thank Patriarch Gregorios Laham for his words of welcome, and the Secretary-General of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterović, for his introduction. My warm greetings go to the Patriarchs, to all the Eastern and Latin Bishops assembled in this beautiful Cathedral of Saint Paul, and to the members of the Special Council of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. I am also gratified by the presence of the Orthodox, Muslim and Druze delegations, as well as those from the world of culture and from civil society. The happy coexistence of Islam and Christianity, two religions that have helped to shape great cultures, is what makes for the originality of social, political and religious life in Lebanon. One can only rejoice in this circumstance, which must absolutely be encouraged. I entrust this wish to the religious leaders of your country. I greet with affection the beloved Greek Melkite community with gratitude for your welcome. Your presence makes my signing of the Post-Synodal Apostolic ExhortationEcclesia in Medio Oriente all the more solemn; it testifies that this document, while addressed to the universal Church, has a particular importance for the entire Middle East.
Providentially, this event takes place on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a celebration originating in the East in 335, following the dedication of the Basilica of the Resurrection built over Golgotha and our Lord’s tomb by the Emperor Constantine the Great, whom you venerate as saint. A month from now we will celebrate the seventeen-hundredth anniversary of the appearance to Constantine of the Chi-Rho, radiant in the symbolic night of his unbelief and accompanied by the words: “In this sign you will conquer!” Later, Constantine signed the Edict of Milan, and gave his name to Constantinople. It seems to me that the Post-Synodal Exhortation can be read and understood in the light of this Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and more particularly in the light of the Chi-Rho, the two first letters of the Greek word “Christos”. Reading it in this way leads to renewed appreciation of the identity of each baptized person and of the Church, and is at the same time a summons to witness in and through communion. Are not Christian communion and witness grounded in the Paschal Mystery, in the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ? Is it not there that they find their fulfilment? There is an inseparable bond between the cross and the resurrection which Christians must never forget. Without this bond, to exalt the cross would mean to justify suffering and death, seeing them merely as our inevitable fate. For Christians, to exalt the cross means to be united to the totality of God’s unconditional love for mankind. It means making an act of faith! To exalt the cross, against the backdrop of the resurrection, means to desire to experience and to show the totality of this love. It means making an act of love! To exalt the cross means to be a committed herald of fraternal and ecclesial communion, the source of authentic Christian witness. It means making an act of hope!

Pope in Lebanon Beirut

Pope urges Lebanon to set an example for co-existence
Pope Benedict XVI (C) and Gregorios III, Patriarch of the Church of Antioch (2nd L from centre), attend a ceremony at the St. Paul Basilica in Harissa near Beirut September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

"Lebanon is called, now more than ever, to be an example," he told political and religious leaders on the second day of a visit that coincided with violent protests across the Muslim world against a U.S.-made film insulting Islam.

By Philip Pullella
and Erika Solomon
Posted 2012/09/15 at 2:23 pm EDT
BEIRUT, Sep. 15, 2012 (Reuters) — 
Pope Benedict urged multi-faith Lebanon on Saturday to be a model of religious peace for the Middle East, as a civil war raged in neighboring Syria, deepening sectarian divisions.

Lebanon - torn apart by a 1975-1990 sectarian civil war - is a religious mosaic of over four million people whose Muslim majority includes Sunnis, Shi'ites and Alawites. Christians, over one-third of the population, are divided into more than a dozen churches, six of them linked to the Vatican.
The German-born pontiff, 85, delivered his morning speech in French at the presidential palace after meeting President Michel Suleiman, a Maronite Christian, Sunni Prime Minister Najib Mikati and parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri, a Shi'ite.
At a rally later in the day, he told thousands of cheering young people not to let discrimination, unemployment and instability drive them abroad and reminded young Syrian Christians in the crowd that "the pope has not forgotten you."   


Catholic faithful listen to Pope Benedict XVI during his trip Saturday to Bkerke, the house of the Maronite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi.          

HE AND I, GB. Not so much to be comforted by the Comforter, but so that He will teach you how to comfort Me

Gabrielle Bossis, HE AND I

May 10 -  Ascension. After Vespers in the empty church. 
"Lord, I rejoice for those in heaven. But the Ascension is sad for our planet."  

 "Make a fervent novena for Pentecost together with My mother and the holy women in the Upper Room. Not so much to be comforted by the Comforter, but so that He will teach you how to comfort Me. Earnestly desire to know how to console Me. Make use of this most gentle way of loving, as though you offered Me a new home with rare flowers and perfumes where a wealthy friend waited for frequent meetings and confidences.

It is your heart that wants the hearts of all men to be Mine. It is your heart that wants to find warmth close to Mine. Then if you have a clear understanding of the Ascension, you will try to follow your Beloved and live less for the things of your planet than for His home in heaven. So don't fail to begin doing now what you will do tomorrow: join in the praises of the All-joyous ones, your  brothers of tomorrow.

You remember that in spite of the fact that I rose from the Mount of Olives, I remained in the midst of My apostles, hidden in the Eucharist, in the heart of My holy mother. Could I have deserted My poor children completely? You, My child, seek Me always in the Eucharist. It is there for you, for everyone. Don't be reticent. Come simply. Give thanks with joy in your heart. Love simply.
Every is so simple with Me..........

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Claire de Castelbajac, That my joy might remain

Translation from French Claire de Castelbajac, That my joy might remain   Corner books .... )posted Friday, November 25, 2011 11:59 p.m.

Blog chaplaincy-icp: Blog of the chaplaincy ICP, Claire de Castelbajac, That my joy might remain

Claire de Castelbajac -
That my joy might remain

A book by Dominique-Marie Douzet
Why write a book about a normal life?
Perhaps to show us that holiness is accessible it is neither fair nor necessary to wait a lifetime to become a martyr, mystic and missionary.
Claire enters Eternity 22 January 1975 to 21 and a half years.
At the age when we say that holiness is for later, what had she done to conquer "all of a sudden the crown as others receive only after many years" the grace to appear before God?
She, with simplicity, love without measure, sketched the life to the fullest, in Espérance lived deep without fear, doing what she had to do.
What a joy - what a relief, too - to be able to recognize in this gentle child and angry at the same time, this exuberant and rebellious teenager, this young woman seeking without finding his vocation fully, no one can say what would have become Claire if she had lived she was just called to eternity.
At his death, rain Thanksgiving: "We do not ask for it, we the pray. "
A convent of Cistercian nuns suffering from a shortage of vocations for 30 years decides to pray through his intercession in the same year, five girls seeking entry - the first name is Claire. Since then, almost every year, a new vocation radiant knocks!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
This course is full of holiness Father Dominique-Marie Douzet - which itself has a nice "debt" to Claire de Castelbajac - began to share with us in this first biography, citing numerous letters of Claire, full of humor bright and exuberant joy.

Friends of stories, do not hesitate to open this book!.... before going maybe a ride to the abbey of Sainte Marie Boulaur, where the spirit of Claire, always present and visible, constantly renewing itself with each new vocation.

Some words of Claire de Castelbajac:

In a letter to his parents:  I love you and I embrace you and I thank you for everything since my conception until death (past, present, future)  " .

A year before his death, a nun:  I would love to have a religious vocation ... are you sure I do not have? I want to be dedicated to God. I want to be alive to praise God. How do I know what is expected of me?  ".

Four months before his death: " I saw so much that I do not know the voice  . "
After his death, his parents found themselves a box on his desk, that person had not read yet. Claire's hand there was a large part: 

"This is spot on, life! '

Françoise thank you for this article! 

  • References    Experiencing God in joy: Claire de Castelbajac - his life, his message , Lauret, 1991.
  • The joy of God's children, Claire de Castelbajac , Abbaye Sainte-Marie Boulaur collection "Sentinels" Téqui, 2006.
  • Claire de Castelbajac 1953-1975: Joy of God, joie de vivre , The Open Book, 2007.
  • Marie-Dominique Dauzet , Claire de Castelbajac: That my joy might remain , Presses de la Renaissance, 2010.

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Luke 6 - Poverty -v- riches: a gem from Joachim Jeremias COMMENT

Hi, William,
It is great with so much revolving or reflecting of illustrating
The only snack is with the PDF and, in fact, I photo the diagram, the picture.

We have the COMMENTS in tandem below,
and move the date line up.

You keep the wheels well soilfor us.
Thank you.
Yours ....
PS. Text as from the graphic;
Treasure is not in the eye of the beholder but in the vision of God.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also [Matt 6:21]
Wealth is incidental (occurring by chance in connection with certain life situations):-
Its possession creates a mystique of treasure in worldly minds, and an obsession created can take
possession of the human spirit. There are those who can balance this with opportunities for charity,
although it is a challenging crossbeam to navigate as the semblance of riches draws man to aspire to
the arrogance of riches. This can lead to greed for those who cannot attain it, like the unrepentant thief.
Poverty is inherent (existing in man as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute):-
It requires a knowing acceptance [else there will be rejection] if it is to open the way to receptivity
and become a professed proverty of charity for the love of God. It is only realized when it embraces
dependence upon the love of God, in true acknowledgement of its helplessness, for its treasure lies
in abandonment to the will of God, in a sense of its own unworthiness, like the good thief.

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To: Donald - - -
Sent: Sunday, 16 September 2012, 14:43
Subject: Poverty -v- riches: a diagram

Dear Father Donald,
Humbly I submit a diagram to illustrate the drama in the life of man as he seeks to attain to the substance of true riches.
The kind comments given by Fr.R, and those added by yourself, have assisted me in trying to determine the direction of aspiration: the human spirit can find - through the grace of God - the way to its soul's fulfilment through poverty or riches, the realisation of its heavenly treasure. However, it can be found only by those who know their need of God, for it has everything do with faith in the Lord Jesus, for His Cross is the frame of the endeavour.
It would need a forum of greater minds than mine to adequately plot the chart of man's endeavour. Indeed, Our God alone is the architect of so great a design!

With my love in Our Lord,


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Sent: Saturday, 15 September 2012, 13:00
Subject: Fw: [Teresa Avila] Luke 6 - Poverty -v- riches: a gem from Joachim Jeremias COMMENT

Where Your Heart Is, Your Treasure Is Also
PS from Fr Raymond
At the end of the Mass this morning he said quote e of "Where you treasure is, your heart is" would illustrate could be from Theresa of Avila.
Broadband has been on and off.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Fr Donald <>
Sent: Friday, 14 September 2012, 21:53
Subject: [Dom Donald's Blog] Luke 6 - Poverty -v- riches: a gem from Joachim Jeremias COMMENT

Dear William,
Thank you for the well expressed,  " Luke 6 - Poverty -v- riches: a gem from Joachim Jeremias", spiraling mind on different point of focus.   
 Very exciting and here my addled brain is trying to sort out paradoxes or reverse.- mirror reflections. Is it possible to illustrate with a diagram?

Meanwhile , Fr. R. offers,
re . Escatological reversal of far times:
Ecclesiastics 20:9-10

"There may be good fortune for a person in adversity,
   but a windfall may result in a loss. 
There is the gift that profits you nothing,
   and the gift to be paid back double". 

Another "quote" which I cannot trace;
"There are those who are poor - yet possess all things
and those who think themselves rich - yet are destitute."

Looking forward.
Danielou also features for today's Feast of Exaltation of the Cross.
Dali sketch 


Posted By Fr Donald to Dom Donald's Blog on 9/14/2012 09:53:00 PM

Dear William,
Thank you for the well expressed,  " Luke 6 - Poverty -v- riches: a gem from Joachim Jeremias", spiraling mind on different point of focus.   
 Very exciting and here my addled brain is trying to sort out paradoxes or reverse.- mirror reflections. Is it possible to illustrate with a diagram?

Meanwhile , Fr. R. offers,
re . Escatological reversal of far times:
Ecclesiastics 20:9-10

"There may be good fortune for a person in adversity,
   but a windfall may result in a loss. 
There is the gift that profits you nothing,
   and the gift to be paid back double". 

Another "quote" which I cannot trace;
"There are those who are poor - yet possess all things
and those who think themselves rich - yet are destitute."

Looking forward.
Danielou also features for today's Feast of Exaltation of the Cross.