Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas   Leave a comment

Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As one sick I come to the Physician of life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to the Light of eternal splendor; poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I beg of You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal my weakness, wash my uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I thus receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, with such reverence and humility, contrition and devotion, purity and faith, purpose and intention, as shall aid my soul’s salvation.

Grant, I beg of You, that I may receive not only the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also its full grace and power. Give me the grace, most merciful God, to receive the Body of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, in such a manner that I may deserve to be intimately united with His mystical Body and to be numbered among His members. Most loving Father, grant that I may behold for all eternity face to face Your beloved Son, whom now, on my pilgrimage, I am about to receive under the sacramental veil, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

~St. Thomas Aquinas

Posted January 29, 2017 by ouidaofs in Prayer, St. Thomas Aquinas

A First Date   Leave a comment

francis3Francis of Assisi did some amazing things during his life, but it wasn’t the extraordinary things that made him a saint and still revered today. Most of Francis’s life was lived simply and ordinarily. How he did those ordinary things, the embrace of a marginalized person outside the Assisi walls, the conversation with a leader of another faith, the nonviolent being-in-the-world, the love of all creation, the simplicity of his needs and desires—this is what made him a saint. The way we live our lives, striving to make our whole lives our prayer, is what will make us saints too. Our lives of Gospel living, our living the Franciscan tradition in the world, deeply in love with God, begins as so many amazing love stories do: with a first date.

—from Daniel P. Horan, OFM,  Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012).

Posted January 17, 2017 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, Saint Francis

My Soul Proclaims the Glory of the Lord and My Spirit Rejoices in God My Savior   Leave a comment

Posted December 25, 2016 by ouidaofs in Christmas, Jesus, Mary

Pray for Me, My Mothers   Leave a comment

My mother passed away 10 years ago today, on the eve of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
She went to God with a shining golden splendor on her face, reflecting back to us the Glory of God.
I remember Our Lady and my mother today. Our Lady of Guadalupe, please pray for my mother.

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Posted December 11, 2016 by ouidaofs in Mary

Expands His Being   Leave a comment

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All beings
are words  of God,
His music, His  art.

Sacred books we are,
for the infinite camps in our souls.
Every act reveals God and expands His Being.
I know that may be hard to comprehend.

All creatures are doing their best
to help God in His birth of Himself.

Enough talk for the night.
He is labouring in me;

I need to be silent for a while,
worlds are forming in my heart.

Meister Eckhart

Posted November 7, 2016 by ouidaofs in Meister Eckhart

Teach Your Children Compassion to Change the World   Leave a comment

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Posted June 15, 2016 by ouidaofs in Love Your Neighbor, Poverty

An Insidious Idol   Leave a comment

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Commerce is supported by keeping the individual at odds with himself and others, by making us want more than we need, and offering credit to buy what refined senses do not want.The masses become shackled; I see how their eyes weep and are desperate – of course they feel desperate – for something some remedy that a poor soul then feels needs to be bought.Meister Eckhart – written 700 years ago
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 As long as we look for some kind of pay for what we do, as long as we want to get something from God in some kind of exchange, we are like the merchants. If you want to be rid of the commercial spirit, then by all means do all you can in the way of good works, but do so solely for the praise of God. Live as if you did not exist. Expect and ask nothing in return. Then the merchant inside you will be driven out of the temple God has made. Then God alone dwells there. See! This is how the temple is cleared: when a person thinks only of God and honors him alone. Only such a person is free and genuine. ~Meister Eckhart

 

Posted May 27, 2016 by ouidaofs in Meister Eckhart, Uncategorized

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