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God’s Hidden Sweetness   Leave a comment

 “. . . taste the hidden sweetness
which God himself has reserved
from the beginning
for those who love Him.”
St. Clare of Assisi

This message is not simply for Clare’s sisters, her community, but for us all, men and women alike, for it was Clare who most faithfully lived out the ideals and dreams of Francis of Assisi.  Even in her lifetime, her words of wisdom were food for the Brothers Minor and also for those members of the laity who went to the monastery seeking prayer and guidance.

The preceding lines to this verse above, taken from the first letter of St Clare to Agnes are:

“Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance  . . . .” 

They are a beautiful invitation to gaze upon the Lord.

In others words, deliberately and consciously place your mind and thoughts upon eternity, see your life and existence with eternity in view, and allow everything that burdens and distresses you to be seen in God’s magnificent plan for your life.

Place your soul in the light! the Light of God!   And place your heart totally in Jesus Christ, the God man, the Word made flesh.

In your thoughts, in your prayers, look beyond the confines of this world.  It is in this contemplation, this simple gaze, that you will find the hidden sweetness.

Sweetness in the Franciscan tradition is that grace, that touch of God whereby bitterness, that situation, that state which is bitter to us, is changed into sweetness because everything is seen in the light of his love and will.

Practice for the day:  What is the bitterness in my own heart? Pray for grace to find that hidden sweetness which can heal me.

Source:  Poor Clare Colettine Community

See also:  Praying With St. Clare


Posted June 24, 2012 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, Prayer, St. Clare

Then is Now   Leave a comment

A few days ago I had a car accident. It was a one-car accident. A bit of rain had sprinkled on the road – not much but enough. I made an exit from the interstate, braked and skidded, lost control of the car, crossed two lanes of traffic, plowed up lots of grass and came to a stop with much damage to the left front wheel and front underside of the car.

I am so grateful that no one else was hit and that I am not injured. The car is in the shop, I have a rental and today I am not as sore as yesterday.

My husband Tom passed away last May. I don’t feel able to handle so well anymore all that is dished out in my life now, such as this wreck. Life this second year without Tom is much more difficult than the first year.

I knew I would be lonely without him. We really had so much in common in our faith, values, beliefs, and love for similar things, in music, books and all that is beautiful. Early in the marriage, he was very controlling, but he became comfortable in my freedom, setting himself free in my freedom to be. I told him once that I have imagined coming home with him gone, and I cannot tell you the pain that ripped through my heart then. Then is now.

The Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

Posted June 22, 2012 by ouidaofs in Death of spouse, Grief

Sanctus Hosanna   Leave a comment

Posted June 10, 2012 by ouidaofs in Eucharist, Mass, Music

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