My Daily Bread: Holy Indifference 

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CHAPTER 4

Holy Indifference

CHRIST: 

MY CHILD, let Me do with you as I please. I know what is best for you. You think as a human being, so that your judgments are often influenced by your feelings, moods or prejudices.

2. I take better care of you than you could ever take of yourself. Anyone who does not give Me his whole-hearted attention and loyalty, is taking a great risk. I alone can lead you to eternal life. Let Me do with you as I please. Whatever I do will always be best for you.

3. Knowing all things, I know your most important needs. I want you to gain the perfect and unending joy of Heaven. For this reason I will place you at times in a spiritual darkness of doubts and confusion. Then again I will let you enjoy the light of My truth and joy. One day I will console you, and on the next day you may find life hard and sorrowful. But through all these changing conditions, remember that My hand is leading you on toward Heaven.

4. Follow My Will in all things. Be just as ready to experience suffering as to have joy, just as glad to be poor and needy as to be well off. If you prefer My Will in all these things, you will be preferring the Perfect Wisdom and the Highest Good.

THINK:

God made me for the perfect life of Heaven. Whatever He sends me is sent with this goal in view. Some things I can remedy and improve in my daily life, while other things are beyond my control. After I have done my best, I should accept the results as God’s Will for me. Be it hard or easy, pleasant or disagreeable, I can always be sure that God knows, wants and permits what is good for my soul.

PRAY:

My God and my All, You made and control all things in my daily life. How can I forget this truth and complain about anything? Grant me the holy dispositions which you mentioned a moment ago. Make me equally willing to receive from Your hand the sweet and the bitter, the joy and the sorrow. I thank you now for whatever You decide to send me. Only keep me from sin, and I shall fear neither death nor hell. As long as You do not separate me from You forever, nor blot me out of the book of life, whatever suffering comes to me will not hurt me for long. Grant me the grace to see, love, and prefer Your Will in everything that happens to me today. Amen.

 

An Invitation

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An Invitation

Why you are invited to become a Catholic

The man who believes Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the man who knows Jesus Christ founded a Church must seek that Church. Now the Catholic Church maintains it is the Church Christ founded. It traces its existence straight back to the moment when Jesus Christ said to Peter: “And I say to thee: thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My Church …” (Matt. 16:18). It now asks you to examine it closely, to weigh the evidence that it offers to support the claim that it is the one Church Christ founded. It begs you to do this; it prays that you will do this.

If you do so, it guarantees that you will be doing the will of God. You will enjoy the security that should be yours because you are upon the true path to the salvation of your immortal soul. United with Christ in His Church, with Christ Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, you will reap the reward of seeking Christ and taste that peace that surpasses all understanding.

I do not ask of you any more than this—read this little book. If, after reading it, your conscience tells you that you must continue to profess Christianity or Judaism as you have done in the past, you must do so, for each one of us must follow his conscience. There is no one, however, who would wish to turn a deaf ear to the yearning in the heart of Christ “that they may all be one, as Thou, Father in Me, and I in Thee” (John 17:21); that there may be one flock and one Shepherd. Continue reading

St. Gregory Nazianzen

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St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop and Confessor

Doctor of the Church

From his own works, and other monuments of that age. See Gregory of Cæsarea, who wrote his life in 940; Hermant, Tillemont, t. 9; Ceillier, t. 7; also the life of this saint compiled from his works by Baronius, published by Alberici, in an appendix to the life and letters of that cardinal, in 1759, t. 2.

A.D. 389.

ST. GREGORY, who, from his profound skill in sacred learning, is surnamed the Theologian, was a native of Arianzum, an obscure village in the territory of Nazianzum, a small town in Cappadocia, not far from Cæsarea. His parents are both honoured in the calendars of the church: his father on the 1st of January, and his mother, Nonna, on the 5th of August. She drew down the blessing of heaven upon her family by most bountiful and continual alms-deeds, in which she knew one of the greatest advantages of riches to consist: yet, to satisfy the obligation of justice which she owed to her children, she, by her prudent economy, improved at the same time their patrimony. The greater part of her time she devoted to holy prayer, and her respect and attention to the least thing which regarded religion is not to be expressed. His father, whose name also was Gregory, was, from his infancy, a worshipper of false gods, but of the sect called the Hipsistarii, on account of the profession they made of adoring the Most High God; though, at the same time, they worshipped fire with the Persians, and observed the Jewish sabbath and distinction of meats. We find no mention of them but in the writings of our saint.  Continue reading

Proper of the Time and the Vigil of the Ascension

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Proper of the Time and the Vigil of the Ascension

But, after His Resurrection, what must not these privileged men (the Apostles) have felt, when they perceived, as we do, that this beloved Master was soon to leave them? They had, so to speak, been living with Jesus glorified; they had experienced the effects of His divine condescension and intimacy; they had received from his lips every instruction they needed for the fulfilling His will, that is, for the founding, on earth, the Church He had chosen as His Spouse. These happy forty days are fast drawing to a close. The Apostles will then be deprived of Jesus’ visible presence, even to the end of their lives.

We, too, shall feel something of their sadness, if we have kept ourselves united to our holy mother the Church. From the very first day, when she recommenced, for our sakes, the Ecclesiastical Year, during which all the Mysteries of our Redemption, from the Birth of our Emmanuel even to His triumphant Ascension into heaven, were to be celebrated, have not we, also, been living in company with her Jesus, our Redeemer? And now that he is about to close the sweet intercourse which these Seasons and Feasts have kept up between Himself and us, are not our feelings very much like those of the Apostles?  Continue reading