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Archive for May, 2007

The Shortening of Days

 

 

IT seems much more than a cliché these days: just about everybody says that time is “flying by.” Friday is here before we know it. Spring is almost over—already—and I’m writing you again in the wee hours of the morning (where did the day go??)

Time seems to literally fly by. Is it possible that time is speeding up? Or rather, is time being compressed?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SIGNS | on May 31st, 2007 | No Comments »

The Flaming Sword


"Look up!" Michael D. O’Brien

 

As you read this meditation, remember that God warns us because He loves us, and wishes "all men to be saved" (1 Tim 2:4).

 
IN
the vision of the three seers of Fatima, they saw an angel standing over the earth with a flaming sword. In his commentary on this vision, Cardinal Ratzinger said,

The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword.The Message of Fatima, from the Vatican’s website

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on May 22nd, 2007 | 1 Comment »

The Descension of Christ


The Institution of the Eucharist, JOOS van Wassenhove,
from Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

 

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION

 

MY LORD JESUS, on this Feast commemorating Your Ascension into Heaven… here You are, descending to me in the most Holy Eucharist.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on May 20th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Fully Human

 

 

NEVER before had it happened. It was not cherubim or seraphim, nor principality or power, but a human being—divine also, but nonetheless human—who ascended to the throne of God, the right hand of the Father.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on May 18th, 2007 | No Comments »

The Eye of the Storm

 

 

I believe at the height of the coming storm—a time of great chaos and confusion—the eye [of the hurricane] will pass over humanity. Suddenly, there will be a great calm; the sky will open up, and we will see the Sun beaming down upon us. It’s rays of Mercy will illuminate our hearts, and we will all see ourselves the way God sees us. It will be a warning, as we will see our souls in their true condition. It will be more than a “wake-up call”.  —Trumpets of Warning, Part V 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on May 11th, 2007 | 6 Comments »

Faustina’s Creed

 

 

BEFORE the Blessed Sacrament, the words “Faustina’s Creed” came to mind as I read the following entry from St. Faustina’s Diary. I have edited the original entry to make it more succinct and general for all vocations…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on May 7th, 2007 | No Comments »

Understanding the “Urgency” of Our Time


Noah’s Ark, Artist Unknown

 

THERE is a quickening of events in nature, but also an intensifying of human hostility against the Church. Yet, Jesus did speak of labor pains which would be "only the beginning." If that is the case, why would there be this feeling of urgency which so many people sense about the days in which we are living, as if "something" were imminent?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, TIME OF GRACE | on May 2nd, 2007 | No Comments »