Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for February, 2019

Posted February 1, 2019 by pussywillowpress
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Blessed February!

Here is our Holy Father’s prayer intention for this month
dedicated to the Holy Family or the Passion of Our Lord,
as found here.

Human Trafficking
For a generous welcome
of the victims of human trafficking,
of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

May God bless your prayer!


Sanctifying Table & Closet…

Posted November 16, 2018 by pussywillowpress
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According to St. Gertrude,
one can participate in the salvation of souls
and the sanctification of saints,
glorifying God,–
by eating breakfast!
(and lunch and supper)–
uniting that action
to the humility of the Second Person of the Godhead
Who subjected Himself to our human limitations
(including eating and drinking)
out of love for His Father and for humanity.

Jesus gave her prayers to that end:

Before Eating:
O LORD Jesus, I take this food
in that same love wherewith Thou hast sanctified it,
when in Thy most holy Humanity
Thou deigned to eat and to drink
to the glory of God the Father,
and for the salvation of the whole human race;
beseeching Thee that,
in union with Thy divine love,
it may tend to the increase of glory,
and salvation of all Thine elect
in Heaven, on earth, or in Purgatory.

While Eating:
MAY the virtue of Thy divine love
incorporate me wholly into Thee,
0 my most loving Jesus !

While drinking:
O MOST loving Jesus, pour into my heart
and preserve within me
the energy of Thine own most glowing charity
may it pervade all my substance,
and flow evermore
through every faculty of my body and soul,
to Thine eternal praise and glory! Amen.

What an easy way to make an eternal impact!

So–what about the other little daily things–
surely those can serve eternity too?

There are indulgences attached to things as simple
as raising the mind to God in the midst of daily life.

But what about specifics?
What about getting dressed?

Priests have vesting prayers,
but those don’t really transfer…
Surely Religious have prayers for putting on their habits,
but those weren’t accessible.


St. Francis de Sales came through:

As we begin to dress,
we will make the Sign of the Cross and say:

Cover me, Lord, with the cloak of innocence
and the robe of love.
My God, do not let me appear before you
stripped of good works.

And Scripture has a lot to say about what we wear.
These are now posted on our closet door
(the best saved for last):

you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
~Galatians 3:27

clothe yourselves
with the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision
for the desires of the flesh.
~Romans 13:14

put on the new self,
which in the likeness of God
has been created
in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
~Ephesians 4:24

For this corruptible body
must put on incorruption;
and this mortal body
must put on immortality.
~I Corinthians 15:53

For indeed in this house we groan,
longing to be clothed with our dwelling from Heaven,
inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.
For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened,
because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed,
so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by immortality.
~II Corinthians 5:2-4

…To place on those who mourn in Zion,
a diadem instead of ashes,
to give them oil of gladness
in place of mourning,
a garment of praise
instead of a listless spirit
~Isaiah 61:3

You changed my mourning into dancing;
You took off my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness
~Psalm 30:11

[My God] has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
and wrapped me with a robe of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
And a bride bedecked with her jewels.
~Isaiah 61:10

I wore honesty like a garment;
justice was my robe and my turban;
~Job 29:14

I am sending forth
the promise of My Father upon you;
but you are to stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high.
~Luke 24:49

For You have girded me
with strength for battle;
You have subdued under me
those who rose up against me.
~2 Samuel 22:40, Psalm 18:39

Therefore take unto you the armour of God,
that you may be able to resist in the evil day,
and to stand in all things perfect.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of justice,
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
In all things taking the shield of faith,
wherewith you may be able to extinguish
all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.
And take unto you the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).
~Ephesians 6:13-17

I wish women to be decently dressed,
adorning themselves with modesty and dignity,
not with braided hair or gold or pearls,
but with good works
such as become women professing godliness.
~I Timothy 2:9

Let not theirs be the outward adornment
of braiding of the hair, or of wearing gold,
or of putting on robes;
but let it be the inner life of the heart,
in imperishableness of a quiet and gentle spirit,
which is of great price in the sight of God.
I Peter 3:3

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other
and forgive whatever grievances
you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity”
~Colossians 3:5–14


Posted October 22, 2018 by pussywillowpress
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Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 96: 1-3, 7-8, 10, John 21:15-17


“Oh hearer (by implication, obedient one),
son of the dove (effervescence)
do you sacrifice yourself for Me?…
Then pasture/shepherd/supervise my little male sheep
(the sacrificial offerings),
My entire flock.”

Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
for they see directly before their eyes,
the Lord restoring Zion (the Church).
Announce His salvation day after day.
Tell His glory among the nations;
among all peoples,
His wondrous deeds.”

Be a watchman,
leaning forward,
peering into the distance
to spy the restoration
God is even now bringing about
in His Church.
Raise your voice to cry aloud,
trumpet the Good News for all to hear!
Be one straining to hear,
to see,
focused on God,
on the Good,
effervescing with what you see and hear,
servant of the Message
and of those who need so desperately to hear it,
forgetful of self.
God will take care of you.
You pour yourself into what He’s doing.
And you will be at Home.

In Whom Do I Trust?

Posted October 12, 2018 by pussywillowpress
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Blessed Friday!

The readings for the 29th Friday in Ordinary Time:
Galatians 3:7-14, Psalm 111:1-6, Luke 11:15-26

Thought #1

If I replace the word “faith” with “confidence in God”
(He can make of me what pleases Him)
and “Law” with “confidence in self”
(I can make myself holy),
St. Paul is simply laying out the foundational truth
of distrust of self and confidence in God,
extending it back to the great Abraham.

Abraham lived the Law without being legalistic.
His keeping of the Law was a result of his faith, not a substitute for it.

Brothers and sisters:
Realize that it is those who have faith [confidence in God]
who are children of Abraham.
Scripture, which saw in advance that God
would justify the Gentiles by faith [confidence in God],
foretold the good news to Abraham, saying,
Through you shall all the nations be blessed.
Consequently, those who have faith [confidence in God]
are blessed
along with Abraham who had faith [confidence in God].
For all who depend on works of the law [confidence in self] are under a curse;
for it is written, Cursed be everyone
who does not persevere in doing all the things
written in the book of the law [confidence in self] .
And that no one is justified before God by the law [confidence in self] is clear,
for the one who is righteous by faith will live.
But the law [confidence in self] does not depend on faith;
rather, the one who does these things will live by them.
Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law [confidence in self] by becoming a curse for us,
for it is written, Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree,
that the blessing of Abraham might be extended
to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,
so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith [confidence in God].
Galatians 3:7-14

Thought #2

It is to the extent that I am divided against myself
that I am at risk of eternal loss
(and loss in this life as well).

Peace is all about integration, unity within.
If I am divided, I will be conquered.
I must fight for peace.

Thought #3

The person who is relieved of a demon
can expect it to return.
The person who throws off a vice
can expect renewed temptation.
A swept, clean house
is not enough.
It must be inhabited, guarded.
Secular rehabilitation programs can’t provide that.
Only God can.
Why do we keep confessing the same sins?
Because the demon keeps coming back.
We can expect secular programs to only make matters worse in the long run,
as the demon brings with it seven more, more evil than itself.

Proving God’s Glory

Posted October 9, 2018 by pussywillowpress
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Blessed Tuesday!

Readings for St. Denis & Companions:
II Corinthians 6:4-10, Psalm 126:1-6, Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus’ followers are irrepressible–
the more adversity the world throws at them,
the more brilliantly they shine–
not with their own light,
but with His.
The worse things become,
the more obvious it becomes that the glory belongs to God,
not to them.
He is glorified in His works–
in mankind
more than in the rest of the splendors of Creation
put together.

Your mission,
should you choose to accept it,
is to let the Goodness and Power of God
be put to the test in your life
to demonstrate His glory
in overcoming the most severe obstacles and opposition–
like the Energizer bunny that just keeps going,
the Timex watch that
“Takes a lickin’ & keeps on tickin'”,
the crash dummy,
quality control…
all on display for all to witness.

Jesus Wanted Brothers (& Sisters)

Posted May 27, 2018 by pussywillowpress
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The only Son of God died for us,
so that He might not remain alone.
He Who died as the only Son
did not want to remain the only Son.

For the only Son of God made many sons of God.
He bought brothers for Himself by His Blood;
He made them welcome by being rejected;
He ransomed them by being sold;
He honored them by being dishonored;
He gave them life by being put to death.
~St. Augustine (Sermo 171)

A family asked their children
if they’d rather have a new baby brother or sister–
or a puppy.
The children chose the puppy.

I can relate.
As a child, I probably would’ve chosen a kitty.
But that just shows how far I was
from the Heart of Jesus.

He didn’t want to remain an only Son!
He didn’t want to be an only Child.

And this was no slight preference!
He was so passionate about acquiring a large family
that “He bought brothers for Himself by His Blood”!
He counted no price too high to pay
for brothers (& sisters)…
for you.

The Sacred Heart and the Church

Posted April 22, 2018 by pussywillowpress
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…a husband is head of the wife,
just as Christ is the Head of the Church,
being Himself Savior of the body
~Ephesians 5:23-24

if the man is the head,
the woman is the heart,
and as he occupies the chief place in ruling,
so she may and ought to claim for herself
the chief place in love.
~Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, paragraph 27

From this it follows that the Church, Jesus’ Bride,
is (mystically) His Heart.

That puts a whole new perspective
on devotion to the Sacred Heart!

Man put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
He received it on His Heart-
that’s where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque saw it
when Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart to her, burning with love.

The Church is crowned with thorns
(hedged about with thorns–
protected from invasion as a “garden enclosed”, cf. Song of Songs 4:12),
burning with love,
pierced with a sword.

Mary, her heart pierced with a sword at her Son’s crucifixion,
is its exemplar.

To enter into Jesus’ Sacred Heart,
to be enfolded in His love and mercy,
is to enter into His Church,
to be enfolded within Her.

This fits with the revelation of Divine Mercy as well,
the Blood and Water, Baptism and the Eucharist
(and, by extension, all the Sacraments),
flowing from Jesus’ Heart,
the Church.

Note that Jesus’ Heart is crowned–
the Church is crowned.
The Head does not reserve all glory to Himself.
He has made a gift of His Crown to His Beloved,
not as His superior,
but as His ambassador.
She bears His authority in perfect communion with Him.
As He does only what He sees His Father doing (John 5:19),
so She does only what She sees Him doing.
The two become one.

This is what it means
to be married.

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