Am image that came to me in prayer this Morning ‘Born Anew’

Jesus says to today in the Gospel “I solemnly assure you no one can enter into God’s Kingdom without being begotten of water and the Spirit” We are to ask the Holy Spirit to be enter into the Womb of Mary. A womb that formed the Pure Flesh of Jesus and us the Eucharistic Flesh of Our Lord.’ The Water Blood and the Fire of the Holy Spirit heal and form us in the Womb of Mary. The Fire of God Love cleanses our Flesh.

The Mountain of Calvary. Mary takes us to the Top of the Highest Mountains. Mary takes us to the tip of the Earth. And there she holds us. Mary spreads out her wings and embrace us at the top of the Highest Mountain with her wings of the Holy Spirit Spirit feeding us with the Milk of the Holy Spirit.

Imagine Today in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to bring you into the womb of Mary.
Allow Mary to take you to the top of the Highest Mountain. For me today in prayer it was Mountain Everest. And see Mary spreading out her Dove Like Wings of the Holy Spirit and holding you safely at the Top of the Highest Mountain.

Working Notes on Mercy for Divine Mercy Sunday some insights on Mercy

I saw this reflection on Mercy on my face book.
“Kýrie eléison: ‘Lord, have Mercy”

The word “mercy” in English comes from the Greek root word “eleos” (Greek eléison). This word has the same root as oil, or more precisely, olive oil (ἔλαιον); a substance which was used extensively as a healing ointment to sooth bruises, burns and minor wounds. Oil was poured into the wound and gently massaged into the injury. The Greek phrase; “Lord, have mercy,” “Kyrie, eleison” could also be translated as ‘Lord, soothe me, comfort me, heal me, remove my pain. In the Old Testament, there are two related words to “mercy;” “checed” meaning “steadfast love” or “rachum” meaning “compassion.” Rachum is also related to “rechem” which means “womb” and can mean the pity or love a parent has for a child. So verses that deal with mercy can also be translated as steadfast love, pity and compassion.

Ironically, the Greek Kyrie predates the Latin liturgy, and besides the Amen, Alleluia and a few other words of Hebrew or Aramaic, the Greek Kyrie is the only non Latin part of the Roman Rite (Novus Ordo or Tridentine). Even among the various lituries of the East and the West, we all ask for God’s mercy. But in the Greek, the phrase contains more emotion, more humility, we ask as children. We ask for comfort from a father, our God to give us His steadfast love.

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. For those of us who are praying the novena, today’s group includes those who do not yet know Christ. When we think that mercy, it isn’t just about judgment and condemnation, it also invokes a sense of healing, soothing and steadfast love. We pray for all to come to know the Divine Mercy of Christ.”

Fr Stefan Begins His Working notes for this Sunday ‘Divine Mercy Sunday and the faith of St Thomas’ Why was Thomas not with the other 10?

Why wasn’t Thomas in the upper room when Jesus appeared?

Fabrice Hadjadj in ‘The Resurrection’ gives some profound insights into Thomas. He writes ‘ So Thomas missed the call of the first apparition in the Upper Room. He spoiled everything. He did not receive the Holy Spirit. And what is worse he does not want to believe what his colleagues tell him, even though their number far exceeds what the law requires for valid testimony. That would be enough to rank him among the unluckiest and most stubborn. But he tries for the gold medal for arrogance to boot. Indeed, he sets such an extreme condition. ‘I won’t believe unless I put my finger into his wounds.’

Thomas is a hothead. Thomas before this event in the upper room in quoted twice in scripture. Both times are about death. ‘The first is when Christ decides to travel to Jerusalem to see his deceased friend Lazarus. Thomas says ‘Let us go, that we may die with him. (Jn 11:16)’ His big question during the last supper. ‘Lord’ he asks ‘we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?’ To which Jesus replies: ‘I am the Way, and the truth and the Life. (Jn 14 5-6)’

‘And so when the ten Galileans barricade themselves behind the doors. He is strolling around the outside, his neck in plain view, his chest an easy target. He is not afraid, not he: the crucifixion is the last word of the Word. He begs the centurions, the scribes, all the doctors of the law that he runs into’ Thomas is begging them to kill him. While all the other apostles are afraid of dying for Christ. Peter denied our Lord to escape death. Thomas is in plain sight saying ‘Kill Me I am with Him.’ Thomas wants to die with Christ. For Thomas Death is the end. Thomas is not all that excited and doesn’t even want Jesus to rise from the dead.

When the apostles tell him ‘They have seen the Lord. That takes the cake. He believes in a cross with no Glory.

Thomas gets his wish. Jesus says ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands, and put your hand, and place it in my side, do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas wanted Jesus to not be an escape route. Thomas wanted Jesus to fully answer the question of pain and suffering in the world. Thomas would have asked this question to Jesus ‘Jesus if you are so living why do innocent children die?’ When Thomas put his hands in the wounds of Jesus he saw that Jesus truly is the answer to question of ‘Why fo innocent children die.’ But more importantly when Thomas put his finger into the wounds of Jesus. He realizes that Jesus turns transform pain and death into Glory. For Thomas that was a message worth celebrating.

‘The one who tends to the most radical doubt suddenly makes a profession of faith more exalted than any other than you can find in the Gospels. He recognizes the Almighty in the Crucified….He is suddenly more confident than the others, so much so that he was the one who went the farthest to Persia, perhaps China, in any case to southern India.’

‘Thomas was not a man of half measures’

Working Notes Fr Stefan Good Friday

Cross is Honey from the Rock. The Cross is the Fire of Christ’s Love.

19:25 ‘Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His Mother and His Mother’s sister. Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary M.”

At the Hospital see the Cross Lived Out every day ‘On the Cross of the Hospital Bed lay her husband of 64 years. At the foot of the bed was his wife Ann, their 3 children and 7 grandchildren, with friends also gathered together, as they watched this good and holy man breath his last breath. (Talk about the beauty of being at the bedside of watching someone you love to God. Also Catholic tradition to pray that we don’t experience an unexpected death.”

Earlier in this Holy Week we read ‘Martha served while Lazarus was among those reclining at table with him. Mary took about a pint of pure nard of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’s feet. and wiped his feet with her hair and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.’ Jesus said that she was anointed Him for his death.

This is an image of the the anointing that a priest give a someone who is about to die in the hospital. The anointing is so that they can offer themselves as a fragrant sacrifice to God.

Words of St Rose of Lima ‘Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty ‘Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of affliction it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them that the gift of grace increases as the struggle increases. Let man not stray and be deceived. There is only one true stairway to Paradise and without the cross they can find to other road to climb to Heaven.’

‘Cross is the stairway to Heaven. No other road to climb to Heaven.’

Pope Francis said this about the Cross ‘Nobody come to battle unless he is fully convinced of Victory Beforehand. If we start without confidence we’ve already lost half the battle. Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne with aggresive tenderness against the assault of evil. The evil spirit of defeatism is brother to the temptation to seperate before it time, the weeds from the wheat. It is the fruit of an anxious and self-centered lack of trust.’

Pope Francis also says ‘It will do us good to stop before the crucifix and look at him and say ‘With you nothing is lost, with you I can always hope.’ The cross gives us Hope.

St Leo the Great says about the cross ‘How marvelous the power of the cross. How great beyond all telling the glory of the passion. Here is the judgement seat of the Lord, the condemnation of the world, the supremacy of Christ crucified.’

St Augustine said about the Cross ‘According he effected a wonderful exchange with us through mutual sharing. We gave him the power to die and he gave us the power to live.’

‘The death of the Lord Jesus Christ should not be a cause of shame for us, rather it ought to be our greatest hope, our greatest glory.’

St Paul said ‘I will glory in nothing except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.’

You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit Father Stefan working on Homily for This Sunday Feb 19

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You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit Father Stefan working on Homily for This Sunday Feb 19

In the Second Reading we are told “Do You not know that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit of God dwells in You?”(1 Cor 3:17-18)

We read in Ephesians 2: 19-22 ‘So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s Household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing in a ‘Holy Temple in The Lord’ in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.’

1 Peter 2:5 we read ‘You also, as living stones are being built up into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’

St Therese the Little Flowers tells us ‘A Soul in a state of Grace has nothing to fear of demons who are cowards.’

St Catherine of Siena was gifted by the Lord to see a soul in a state of grace.
‘It was so beautiful that she could not look at it; the brightness of that soul dazzled her. Blessed Raymond, her confessor, asked her to describe to him, as far as she was able, the beauty of the soul she had seen. St Catherine though of the sweet light of that morning, and of the beautiful colors of the rainbow, but the soul was far more beautiful. She remembered the dazzling beans of the noonday sun, but the light which beamed from that soul was far brighter. She though of the pure whiteness of the lily and of the fresh snow, but that is only an earthly whiteness. The soul she had seen was bright with the whiteness of Heaven, such as there is not to found on earth.’

St Theresa of Avila says ‘In a state of Grace, the Soul is like a well which which flows only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing to God and to Man, rising from the River of Life.’ I think it was St Theresa of Avila who said. ‘The soul in a state of Grace is so beautiful that if you didn’t know better you would think it was God.’

THE CHURCH IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

797 “What the soul is to the human body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church.”243 “To this Spirit of Christ, as an invisible principle, is to be ascribed the fact that all the parts of the body are joined one with the other and with their exalted head; for the whole Spirit of Christ is in the head, the whole Spirit is in the body, and the whole Spirit is in each of the members.”244 The Holy Spirit makes the Church “the temple of the living God”:245

Indeed, it is to the Church herself that the “Gift of God” has been entrusted. . . . In it is in her that communion with Christ has been deposited, that is to say: the Holy Spirit, the pledge of incorruptibility, the strengthening of our faith and the ladder of our ascent to God. . . . For where the Church is, there also is God’s Spirit; where God’s Spirit is, there is the Church and every grace.246
798 The Holy Spirit is “the principle of every vital and truly saving action in each part of the Body.”247 He works in many ways to build up the whole Body in charity:248 by God’s Word “which is able to build you up”;249 by Baptism, through which he forms Christ’s Body;250 by the sacraments, which give growth and healing to Christ’s members; by “the grace of the apostles, which holds first place among his gifts”;251 by the virtues, which make us act according to what is good; finally, by the many special graces (called “charisms”), by which he makes the faithful “fit and ready to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up of the Church.”252

Think how beautiful St Peter’s Church in Rome is? You soul when it is in a state of Grace is infinitely more beautiful. You are a Living Stone in the Temple of The Lord. Holy Spirit make me into a living stone and place me where you want me in the temple of the Lord.

Thought for the day from Pope Francis ‘Soul Institute’ Feb 3 Holy Spirit also makes us Young

Pope Francis preached yesterday, “We do well to take up the dreams of our elders, so that we can prophesy in our day and once more encounter what originally set our hearts afire. Dreams and prophecies together. The remembrance of how our elders, our fathers and mothers, dreamed, and the courage prophetically to carry on those dreams.

This attitude will make our consecrated life more fruitful. Most importantly, it will protect us from a temptation that can make our consecrated life barren: the temptation of survival. An evil that can gradually take root within us and within our communities. The mentality of survival makes us reactionaries, fearful, slowly and silently shutting ourselves up in our houses and in our own preconceived notions. It makes us look back, to the glory days – days that are past – and rather than rekindling the prophetic creativity born of our founders’ dreams, it looks for shortcuts in order to evade the challenges knocking on our doors today. A survival mentality robs our charisms of power, because it leads us to “domesticate” them, to make them “user-friendly”, robbing them of their original creative force. It makes us want to protect spaces, buildings and structures, rather than to encourage new initiatives. The temptation of survival makes us forget grace; it turns us into professionals of the sacred but not fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters of that hope to which we are called to bear prophetic witness. An environment of survival withers the hearts of our elderly, taking away their ability to dream. In this way, it cripples the prophecy that our young are called to proclaim and work to achieve. In a word, the temptation of survival turns what the Lord presents as an opportunity for mission into something dangerous, threatening, potentially disastrous. This attitude is not limited to the consecrated life, but we in particular are urged not to fall into it.”

The Holy Spirit is guiding the Church in new direction. The Holy Spirit is the Soul of the Church. In the Act of the Apostles right after Pentecost Peter tells the crowd “And I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughter shall prophecy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” As Pope Francis said “The mentality of survival makes us reactionaries, fearful, slowly and silently shutting ourselves up in our houses and in our own preconceived notions. It makes us look back, to the glory days – days that are past and rather than rekindling the prophetic creativity born of our founders’ dreams”

The Glory Days are not behind us. The Glory days are ahead of us if only we trust in the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes us forever young and new. When the Holy Spirit is present an old man or woman can have the heart and imagination of a child. In contrast, a young man or woman can be old and harden in their heart. Pope John XXIII despite being an old man had the heart and mind of a young man. The Holy Spirit made him perpetually young.

Come Holy Spirit and help us to be young again. As Jesus said in the Scripture “Unless you are born of water and the spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.