JESUS, MAY I ALWAYS WANT WHAT YOU WANT.

JESUS, MAY I ALWAYS WANT WHAT YOU WANT.

Loving God entails identifying our will with His Most Divine Will. May we want what He wants in everyting even if it might cost us our wealth, honor, material possessions…life. For this to be a reality, we need to deny ourselves many times during the day to fulfill His Will -and not ours- in the little things so that when Our Lord deems to send us a heavy Cross, we will have the virtue, the strength and God’s grace to surrender to Him our own will. This is what love of God is all about!

Mother Mary, may we always say “Fiat!” to God: “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.”

BE HOLY, FOR I, YOUR GOD, AM HOLY (Lev 20:26, 1 Pet 1:16)

BE HOLY, FOR I, YOUR GOD, AM HOLY (Lev 20:26, 1 Pet 1:16)

God is calling you to serve Him in and from the ordinary, material and secular activities of human life. He waits for us every day, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home and in all the immense panorama of work.
Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.
-St. Josemaria, Conversations, n. 114

Somehow, when one thinks of “holiness”, there is a tendency to excuse one’s self, justifying perhaps that holiness is only reserved for quite a few important people who live in a world apart from normal sinners like us. However, as the then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote:

“BEING HOLY DOES NOT MEAN BEING SUPERIOR TO OTHERS;
indeed, A SAINT CAN BE VERY WEAK AND MAKE MANY BLUNDERS IN HIS LIFE.
HOLINESS IS PROFOUND CONTACT WITH GOD, BEING A FRIEND OF GOD; IT IS LETTING THE OTHER ACT, the One who really can guarantee that the world is good and happy.
If therefore St Josemaría speaks of the common vocation to holiness, it seems to me that he is basically drawing on his own personal experience, not of having done incredible things himself, BUT OF HAVING LET GOD WORK. Therefore a renewal, a force for good was born in the world even if human weaknesses will always remain.
TRULY WE ARE ALL ABLE, WE ARE ALL CALLED TO OPEN OURSELVES TO THIS FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD, NOT TO LET GO OF GOD’S HANDS, NOT TO GIVE UP, TURNING AND RETURNING TO THE LORD, SPEAKING TO HIM AS TO A FRIEND, KNOWING WELL THAT THE LORD REALLY IS THE TRUE FRIEND OF EVERYONE, EVEN OF THOSE WHO CANNOT DO GREAT THINGS ON THEIR OWN.”
-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published in “L’Osservatore Romano,” October 6, 2002.

Dear friends, while we thank Our Lord for the example and dedication of an important saint for our times, LET US ALSO RENEW OUR DESIRE TO STRIVE FOR HOLINESS, TO SEEK, FIND AND LOVE GOD IN LITTLE ORDINARY THINGS OF OUR DAILY LIFE, convinced that, IT IS THERE WHERE HE AWAITS US to CARRY OUT OUR DAILY TASKS FOR LOVE OF GOD. As St. Josemaria said:
DO EVERYTHING FOR LOVE. THUS THERE WILL BE NO LITTLE THINGS: EVERYTHING WILL BE BIG…A LITTLE ACT, DONE FOR LOVE, IS WORTH SO MUCH! ‘GREAT’ HOLINESS CONSISTS IN CARRYING OUT THE ‘LITTLE DUTIES’ OF EACH MOMENT for Love!

MOTHER MARY, TEACH US HOW TO TREAT YOUR SON.

MOTHER MARY, TEACH US HOW TO TREAT YOUR SON.

“Seek God in the depths of your pure, clean heart; in the depths of your soul when you are faithful to him. And never lose that intimacy.

And if ever you do not know how to speak to him or what to say, or you do not dare to look for Jesus inside yourself, turn to Mary, tota pulchra, all pure and wonderful, and tell her: Our Lady and Mother, the Lord wanted you yourself to look after God and tend him with your own hands. Teach me, teach us all, how to treat your Son. Our Lady and Mother, the Lord wanted you yourself to look after God and tend him with your own hands. Teach me, teach us all, how to treat your Son (St. Josemaria, Forge, 84).”

July 25: HAPPY FEAST OF ST. JAMES THE GREATER! Santiago de Compostela Cathedral vid.

July 25: HAPPY FEAST OF ST. JAMES THE GREATER!

Today is a solemnity here in Spain since Santiago or St. James was the one who evangelized this country. Here you have some photos of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which I took (except the 1st and 4th) during a visit 4 years ago.

Pilgrims from all over the world flock to the Cathedral using the different routes of the Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Way) by foot, or by bike for several hundreds of kilometers to gain an indulgence and give an embrace to the statue of St. James as shown in the video. You will also find the tomb of the saint in the said Cathedral.

Happy viewing! Fr. Rolly A.

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July 25: ST. JAMES, APOSTLE.

July 25: ST. JAMES THE GREATER,
1ST APOSTLE TO SUFFER MARTYRDOM,
EVANGELIZED SPAIN. Prayer vid + full text.

“James, from Bethsaida, is called “the Greater” because his vocation to serve Christ preceded that of the other apostle of the same name. He was the son of Zebedee and the brother of John. He was one of the three disciples to witness the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1) and the agony in the Garden (Mt 26:37), aside from other important events of our Saviour’s public life. He and his brother’s impetuous zeal caused the Lord to name them the Sons of Thunder.

James developed his apostolate in Judaea and Samaria. According to tradition he preached the Gospel in Spain. On his return to Palestine about the year 44, he became the first Apostle to suffer martyrdom, at the order of Herod Agrippa. His mortal remains were later brought to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, which became a popular medieval pilgrimage site and a sanctuary of the Faith for all of Europe (F. Fernández-Carvajal. “In Conversation with God, vol. 7, n. 5).”

In the Gospel of today’s Mass, their mother, Salome, thinking that the earthly reign of the Messiah is about to be established, asks that her sons be given the two foremost positions in it.

“Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your Kingdom (mt 20:21).”

Our Lord Christ reprimands them for not having understood the true — spiritual — nature of His Kingdom and not realizing that FOLLOWING HIM FAITHFULLY DEMANDS SERVICE, SACRIFICE, SELF-GIVING EVEN UP TO MARTYRDOM. So he told them:

You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able (MT 20:22).”

Jesus asked them if they were prepared to drink the cup of the Lord, to which they said, Possumus!  (Yes, we can!):

  • The expression “to drink from the same cup” indicates to share the same fate as that of the friend. Jesus asks them to share his own fate by offering them his cup, which in the antiquity is considered as a great sign of union and friendship.
  • The response of the brothers expresses docility and generosity: attitudes which are necessary for all Christians if we are to live up to our faith, follow Jesus till the end and be faithful instruments of spreading Christ’s Good News.

Jesus tells them: “Yes, you will drink from my cup (Mt 20:23),” James and John will participate in his sufferings, and will complete His Passion in their own bodies. James was to die by decapitation on 44. A.D and John was to suffer innumerable trials and persecutions during his life.

  • TO FOLLOW CHRIST, BE ONE LIKE HIM, SHARE HIS LIFE, FATE AND DESTINY IS WHAT OUR CHRISTIAN VOCATION IS ALL ABOUT: TO FOLLOW CHRIST NOT ONLY TO TABOR BUT TO CALVARY AS WELL, CO-REDEEMING WITH HIM BY OFFERING UP ALL THE SACRIFICES, INCONVENIENCE AND PAIN WE ENCOUNTER IN OUR DAILY LIFE TO OUR LORD AND BY DOING SO, UNITED WITH HIM, PAIN, SUFFERING AND EVEN FAILURE ARE CONVERTED INTO PRAYER, JOY AND PEACE.

The great Christian revolution has been to convert pain into fruitful suffering and to turn a bad thing into something good. We have deprived the devil of this weapon; and with it we can conquer eternity.
St. Josemaria, Furrow, 887.

Dear friends: Let us ask Our Lord through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. James, that we may have the same dispositions of generosity and docility telling our Lord: “Possumus!”, yes, Lord, we can and want to drink from your cup, we want to follow you faithfully and share your fate and destiny by being faithful Christians willing to carry our daily cross, without being afraid of the pain, suffering, persecution and even martyrdom as St. James did during his life.

Almighty ever-living God, who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles by the blood of Saint James, grant, we pray, that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith and constantly sustained by his patronage. Through our Lord.  Opening prayer, Mass proper.

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LORD, GIVE ME YOUR LOVE!

LORD, GIVE ME THE LOVE WITH WHICH YOU WANT ME TO LOVE!

A short prayer which St. Josemaria told Our Lord Jesus Christ many times during his lifetime which we could pray as well, for the divine call of loving God with a total love and with our entire being can only be achieved through His grace.

We wish to love you Lord with our all but we cannot without your help. Hence, grant us the love with which You want us to love You and our neighbor, including those who hate or offend us. For we want to love you more than a good mother loves her son, much more than an avaricious person loves his gold, and a lot more than we love ourselves.

Mother of Fair Love, pray for us so we may have no other goal in this life than to love and serve God and the people whom He placed near us!

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