Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Please pray for a good friend of mine.Thanks!

Thursday, April 22, 2004

I didn't post much about Lent...too much happened, but here is something from Good Friday:

I walked into the Church on Good Friday about 45 minutes before the Celebration of Our Lord's Passion. The Church was pretty full, and absolutely silent. Only one voice was heard...a little girl behind me who said "Mama, where is Jesus? Where is Jesus?" The Tabernacle was empty. The Holy Father said in his encyclical on the Eucharist, everyone, whether consciously or unconsciously, yearns for the Eucharist. He is right. One gets the feeling of almost suffocating from the realization the Christ is not Truly Present in the Tabernacle on Good Friday.
I ran into my former religion teacher today at the Archabbey. His ordination is only about 2 months away, and of course he is glowing! Here is something from St. John Vianney on the priesthood that my brother in Christ gave me awhile ago:
“Oh how great is a priest! The priest will not understand the greatness of his office till he is in Heaven. If he understood it on earth, he would die, not of fear, but of love.”

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Spring fever has set in at highschool just in time for the pre-final cramming to begin. I think there must be an ongoing competition between teachers to see how much information can be stuffed into student's brains before June 9th. Sr. Chem Teacher has almost finished the book...we're coming alarmingly close to the chapter on nuclear chemistry. She periodically hands out AP and college level worksheets just to see how much we are capable of. When faced with a formula (college) that took up the entire blackboard, she remarked "oh come on now! This is way over our heads, so let's do it!" Meanwhile, we are about to begin translating some of the 7 books on the Gallic Wars in Latin class..that should be fun!

Ok. Quite enough complaining for one night! Mea culpa! On the bright side, lunch table discussions have become quite interesting. Half my friends claim to be atheists, and the other half are strong Catholics so we find a lot to talk about. One of my friends carries the New Testament, I carry the CCC and the latest issue of Envoy, so we're all set for whatever may come!

Sorry this post is so scattered...more later when my thoughts clear from the intricasies of Latin and redox reactions...

Sunday, April 18, 2004

My seminarian friend gave me these beautiful words from St. Faustina's diary for Divine Mercy Sunday:

I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it. Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord's wounds. And I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus.

Quite astounding. It left me speechless. Divine Mercy Sunday has to be one of the most beautiful Feasts of the entire year. It isn't celebrated in the East, but I tend to "breathe with both lungs" and celebrated Mercy Sunday anyway!

I've had a lot of 'fessing up to do in the past few days. My good friend very gently helped me understand that I lack confidence in a big way, and need to learn to trust! Today is Thomas Sunday in the East which I feel is very appropriate. Perhaps St. Thomas will help me turn from my lack of confidence to trust in the King's Divine Mercy. I read a few days ago a quote from a Saint who said that the one thing we owe God more than anything else is TRUST!

Today was my youngest sister's baptism. Please keep her in your prayers. She currently attends an evangelical church, and hopefully will find her way home to Catholicism one of these days. Until then...
All you who have been baptised into Christ
have put on Christ!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alluia!