We can sometimes take our priests for granted, or even complain about them. In this meditation we look at what our priests do for us and how we can help them. We consider:
Jesus Christ, the eternal high priest, instituted the priesthood to continue his priestly ministry down the ages
Priests do so much for us: celebrating the sacrifice of the Mass in order to offer this pure sacrifice to the Father, to leave Christ in the tabernacle and give him to us in holy Communion; forgiving our sins, anointing us when we are in danger of death, teaching us the faith…
St John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, has beautiful things to say about the priesthood
Charity, as St Paul writes, is the greatest of the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13: 13) but it is also one of the hardest to live. A big help in being more kind and generous is to see Christ in everyone around us. In this meditation we consider how:
Christ taught us that whatever we do to the least of our brethren we do to him (cf. Mt 25:40).
Our Lord showed us by his example how to love others and he gave us the New Commandment to love others as he has loved us (John 13:34).
We love others because God first loved us (cf. 1 John 4:19).
The Holy Spirit, also called the Paraclete, is the third person of the Holy Trinity. One of its more popular symbols is that of a dove.
When we were baptised we received along with sanctifying grace and the infused virtues the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Few people truly understand the important role of the Gifts in the spiritual life. In this meditation we consider:
The announcement of the gifts in the prophecy of Isaiah
The nature of the gifts and their relationship with the virtues
The role of the gifts
How we can use each of the Gifts to better advantage in our spiritual life
In the month of November we pray especially for the souls in purgatory, but we should pray for them always. They are forgotten by many here on earth but we can be their good friends by praying and offering Masses and good works for them. In this meditation we consider:
Why some souls go to purgatory
How our prayers and suffrages can help them
The two principal pains these souls undergo and their great happiness
What we can learn from apparitions of two souls in purgatory, one to St Margaret Mary Alacoque and another related in the book Hungry Souls by Gerard van den Aardweg
Our Lady is our intercessor. And, we can ask her to intercede for us using the rosary.
The rosary is a beautiful prayer, in which we honour Our Lady in the Hail Marys and we meditate on the life of Christ in the mysteries. It is also a powerful prayer, which has brought about many great and small blessings over the centuries. In this meditation we consider how:
St Dominic used the rosary to win over the heretics
With the occasion of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross we consider how Christ invites us to take up our own cross and follow him. We cannot be soft and comfort seeking if we want to be Christ’s followers. Rather we must be strong willed in order to be effective in bringing Christ to others. In this meditation we consider:
Christ’s exaltation on taking up his cross
His invitation to us follow him
The difficulties we face in the world, the flesh and the devil
The need to be strong willed and how we can grow in fortitude