What took me 25,000 words on 65 pages to say in a Masters dissertation, Fr. Ripperger says in 17 minutes.
Oh, so true!!!
To every mama - the nights are so very long. But the years, are so very short.
Read the full piece here: https://herviewfromhome.com/the-nights-are-so-long/
Beautiful words written by Ginger Hughes No Mama's Perfect (Used with permission.)
Today’s Feast - The Conversion of St. Paul
Paul’s own conversion was complete according to the grace of the moment. Not that I have already obtained or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own (Phil 3:12). To speak of Paul’s conversion as the conversion of a sinner in the sense we usually mean is to miss the point entirely. Paul was not a sinner in this sense; he was a deeply religious man, blameless in the keeping of the ...law. Nor is there question of mere outward observance; he strove for purity of heart. In Romans he tells us of his struggle to control his bad instincts, and…the one he actually mentions is a wholly interior one, covetousness. Paul was not a hypocrite, ostentatious, intent only on outward show as the synoptists show us the Pharisees to be; he acted from a sincere heart.
The sudden encounter with the Lord upset his whole range of values and turned his spiritual world upside down. What hitherto he had regarded as a revolting scandal, utterly loathsome even to consider, namely that a man, crucified as felon, condemned by the law, was God’s Messiah, became now his only boast. It is hard for us to grasp the scandal this was for him, we who revere the cross, hailing it as the blessed sign of our redemption. For Paul it was anathema, the clean opposite of every idea he had of the God of his fathers and of the Messiah he could expect. For him the cross was the very symbol of shame and godlessness. His encounter with the Lord changed all this in a moment. The cross became the center of his existence, the only content of his preaching.
His physical blindness was a symbol of the destruction of the worldly wisdom which had blinded him to the truth and was now overcome by the folly of the cross. Paul, unlike the vast majority to whom the same grace was offered, accepted it with all his heart, and God was able to give him the fullness of what he offered. He bowed his whole being before the crucified; everything that had been built up in him, all that of which he had been proud—his Hebrew ancestry, his pharisaical training, the righteousness he had acquired through self-discipline and effort—all was cast aside; it gave him not a scrap of claim to God’s love; he saw clearly that no human creature could earn God’s love, could wave his achievements before God to win his approval.
God gave his love freely in and through the man Jesus. Paul was happy to have no righteousness of his own but only that which comes through Jesus. This is what Paul meant by dying with Jesus; he died to himself and all that had gone before. He accepted being created anew in Christ Jesus. His baptism was the acting out in rite of what had already happened. He had gone down into the waters of death with Jesus and risen with his life. The inmost reality really matched the sign.
Sister Ruth Burrows, o.c.d.
It’s so great to have saintly help!
Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis de Sales. This is small sample of why he is not only a Saint but also a Doctor of the Church. Hope it inspires you!
MEDITATION OF THE DAY
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection
of Unborn Children
When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities—to offer just a few examples—it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for “instead of carrying out ...his role as a cooperator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature” (Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus, May 1, 1991)….
When the human person is considered as simply one being among others, the product of chance or physical determinism, then “our overall sense of responsibility wanes” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 2010 World Day of Peace)….
Human beings cannot be expected to feel responsibility for the world unless, at the same time, their unique capacities of knowledge, will, freedom, and responsibility are recognized and valued….
Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity toward the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away” (Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate, June 29, 2009).
We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries.
From Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Laudato Si’