A Gentle Breaking of the Heart.

“To brood on evil makes the heart brazen; but to destroy evil through self-restraint and hope breaks the heart. There is a breaking of the heart that is gentle and makes it deeply penitent, and there is a breaking that is violent and harmful, shattering it completely. Vigils, prayer, and patient acceptance of what comes constitute a breaking that does not harm but benefits the heart, provided we do not destroy the balance between them through excess. He who perseveres in them will be helped in other ways as well; but he who is slack and negligent will suffer intolerably on leaving this life. A self-indulgent heart becomes a prison and chain for the soul when it leaves this life; whereas an assiduous heart is an open door.” ~St. Mark the Ascetic

Let Us Pray,

We come to Thee, dear Lord, with the Apostles, saying, “Increase our faith.” Give us a strong and lively faith in the mystery of Thy real presence in the midst of us. Give us the splendid faith of the centurion, which drew from Thee such praise. Give us the faith of the beloved disciple to know Thee in the dark and say, “It is the Lord,” Give us the faith of Peter to confess, “Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.” Give us the faith of Magdalen to fall at Thy feet crying, “Rabboni, Master.” Give us the faith of all Thy saints, to whom the Blessed Sacrament has been heaven begun on earth. In every communion increase our faith; for with faith, love, and humility, and reverence, and docility, and all good, will come into our souls. Dearest Lord, increase our faith. Amen  (Source: Prayer Book For Religious)

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le vent nous portera….

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Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (April 29th, 2015)

Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (April 29th, 2015).

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“Life is the greatest bargain – We get it for nothing.”

~Yiddish proverb

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Veils in Church

“You’ve probably heard it before. Chapel veils are the sexist leftovers of a chauvinistic Church, St. Paul was blinded by his bigoted culture, yadda yadda. The women who cover their heads during worship probably have husbands who think they ought always to be pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen. No one will come out and say it straight, but the social bubble that will suddenly surround your family sends the message: you are a nasty, brutish caveman, and if your wife were not so submissive and weak she’d leave you faster than you can say “First Corinthians Eleven.”….

“When attending Mass or in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, a woman covers her head because she is a life-bearing vessel. Think about it. The chalice is veiled until the consecration because it holds the living blood of Christ. The ciborium in the tabernacle is veiled between Masses because it holds the living Body of Christ. The monstrance is traditionally covered in a canopy during procession because it holds the living Christ. Life-bearing vessels are veiled because they are sacred. By divine decree, the source and summit of all life was once in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The incarnation, God’s great shout out to motherhood, is the climax of creation.”

http://www.catholicgentleman.net/2014/10/wife-wearing-men-veils-mystery-femininity/

Veils

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On Top of Mount Si

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With my best climbing buddy Aydan!

 

Une grande montée avec mon petit-fils!

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Ride This Train

…to heaven!

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