Sunday, December 8, 2013

Complete Trust

"After we have considered the sublime program of sanctification which we should follow, it is very consoling to consider the magnificent texts of today's liturgy. They invite us to have complete trust in God's help. 'The salvation cometh quickly: why art thou wasted with sorrow?... I will save thee and deliver thee, fear not... As a mother comforteth her sons, so will I comfort thee, saith the Lord' (RB) God does not want anxiety or discouragement. If He proposes to us an exalted way of sanctity, He does not leave us alone, but comes to help and sustain us.

Today's Mass shows clearly how Jesus comes not only for the people of Israel, for a small number of the elect, but also for the Gentiles, for all men. 'Behold the Lord shall come to save the nations' (Introit), Therefore, let us have confidence and rejoice, as St. Paul exhorts us: 'Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope' (Ep: Rom 15,4-13). And in order to stimulate our hope in Christ, the Gospel (Mt 11,2-10) presents His wonderful works: 'The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them.'

There is no physical or moral misery which Jesus cannot cure. He asks only that we go to Him with a heart dilated by faith, and with complete trust in His all-powerful, merciful love."

- Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D., "Divine Intimacy", meditation for the Second Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Living Water

"The thirst of which Jesus was speaking is the thirst for truth, for justice, the thirst for peace and true happiness, and above all the thirst for God, the keen, ardent desire for Him. The soul who has tried to drink at the spring of earthly delights has found that they do not serve to quench its thirst; Instead, if they have given the soul a tiny drop of truth, justice, peace, and joy, they have left it more thirsty than before. Only then does the soul understand that God alone is the fountain which can quench its thirst."

- Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D., "Divine Intimacy", meditation for Easter Wednesday

Sunday, January 13, 2013


One theme that has been repeating itself over the last couple weeks in my devotional readings is that of obedience… such a foreign concept in our modern-day relativistic self-indulgent society. We feign respect for our elders and superiors. But in reality we simply tolerate them to the point of our own advancement and self interest.

Contrast this with the life of Christ. Jesus’ entire life was obedience, humility and self-sacrifice. He entered the world, willing Himself to be completely dependent on one of his creatures. He was subject to his parents and learned from them, obeyed their rules and those of the Law of the Moses; He was circumcised and baptized. He who was above all, before all, beyond all, became subject to the law instituted for sinful creatures. He obeyed His Father in all things, never succumbing to temptations, big or small, even to the point of torture and death, all the while praying for mercy for those who knew not what they did or to whom.

It’s truly amazing when you think about it. And yet how often do we, even Christians, find it difficult to obey? The ten commandments, the laws and precepts of the Church, our bosses, our spouses… We grumble inwardly, even if we obey outwardly. And yet our eternal destiny hinges on Christ’s obedience (already accomplished) and our obedience as we choose whether or not to cooperate with His grace in working out our salvation. The first part, the most difficult part, has been done for me. My task is puny in comparison, and yet toilsome. Day after day, minute by minute, I must obey God in the big and in the small tasks of my life. I must always keep my eye on Him who asks that I trust that He is always with me and will never allow me to be tempted beyond what I can bear, and that, with His grace, I can overcome myself and reach to what is above me, was before me, and is beyond me.

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” - Matthew 16:25

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Why Government is Not Enough

"In the course of history, it was often maintained that the creation of institutions was sufficient to guarantee the fulfillment of humanity's right to development. Unfortunately, too much confidence was placed in those institutions, as if they were able to deliver the desired objective automatically. In reality, institutions by themselves are not enough, because integral human development is primarily a vocation, and therefore it involves a free assumption of responsibility in solidarity on the part of everyone. Moreover, such development requires a transcendent vision of the person; it needs God: without him, development is either denied or entrusted exclusively to man, who falls into the trap of thinking he can bring about his own salvation and ends up promoting a dehumanized form of development. Only through an encounter with God are we able to see in the other something more than just another creature, to recognize the divine image in the other, thus truly coming to discover him or her and to mature in a love that 'becomes concern and care for the other'."

- Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth

Sunday, January 6, 2013


"O my Jesus, while I beg You to reveal Yourself to the world, I also beseech You to reveal Yourself more and more to my poor soul. Let Your star shine for me today, and point out to me the road which leads directly to You! May this day be a real Epiphany for me, a new manifestation to my mind and heart of Your great Majesty. He who knows You more, loves You more, O Lord; and I want to know You solely in order to love You, to give myself to You with ever greater generosity."

- Divine Intimacy