"Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words."

A special "Thank you!"
Goes out to
John Michael Talbot
for giving us permission
to use his song on our
"Come to the Quiet"
You Tube Video
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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Who Needs Weapons?

...And Francis replied, "My Lord, if we had possessions, we would need weapons to defend them."

Monday, January 30, 2006

St. Francis On Preaching The Gospel...

Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words!

Being Too Sure Of One's Self

When you are too sure of yourself, you are less on guard against the enemy. Be alert, therefore, for the devil. If he can claim even one hair of your head, he will lose no time in making a braid of it.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Love and Wisdom

Where there is love and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

-Admonition 27

Saturday, January 28, 2006

When A Brother Begs

"The bread of alms is holy and blessed bread, sanctified by the praise and love of the Omnipotent. For when a brother begs, he first says, 'Praised and blessed be the Lord our God!' And then he adds, 'Give me an alms for the love of God.' Thus praise sanctifies the bread, and the love of God blesses it."

The Idle Are Like Flies !!!

If Francis found any brother idle, wandering about and living on the labors of others, he expelled him from the company of the brethren, saying, "Go thy way, Brother Fly, since you desire to eat of your brothers' labors and to be lazy in the service of God, like a drone, an idle and useless insect which neither works nor toils, but lives on the spoils and earnings of the good bees."

Friday, January 27, 2006

Mother Teresa: Abortion Destroys Peace !

Thirty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on demand, people from across America plan to gather in the nation's capital on Monday, January 23rd to show their opposition to the ruling. The annual March for Life is expected to draw tens of thousands of people of all ages, faiths, and nationalities.

Given the enormity of the situation, I couldn't help but imagine waking up in the morning to the newspapers headlines, "Nine American cities completely wiped out! No one left alive in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Philladelphia, Detroit, St. Louis or Atlanta."

We saw America's reaction to 9/11 and its aftermath. It's hard to imagine how angry American's would be if these headlines were true. Men, women and children would be lining up to join the armed forces to strike back at the enemy. What enemy is that? Is it China, Afghanistan, or Iraq? What massive firepower must the enemy have employed to inflict such destruction, atomic bombs, biological warfare or perhaps nerve agents? It was none of these. It was abortion.

As of 1996, Americans had slaughtered 32 million innocents, the equivalent of nine major U.S. cities.

Mother Teresa said that If we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people that killing is wrong? After all, any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people love, but to use whatever violence necessary to get what they want.

Sure, everyone's concerned for the children of Indiana and Africa, where thousands of children are dying of hunger and disease every day. Many people are concerned with the violence in our streets and classrooms as well. These concerns are good, but all too often these same people aren't the least bit concerned by those being killed by the deliberate decisions of their own mothers. This is the greatest destroyer of peace today - abortion - which brings people to such blindness.

Does abortion destroy peace and cause blindness toward the sick, the hungry and the naked? Of course it does, when life is regarded so lightly and its disposal becomes so trivial, so clinical, so easy. After all, why should people or nations regard human life as noble or dignified if abortion flourishes? Why agonize over indiscriminate deaths in Bosnia when babies are being killed far more efficiently and out of sight of TV cameras?

Just imagine, the populations of all those major cities combined - all dead....who is left to cry?

Permission to re-publish this article given by Chris Dickson.

On Being Blameless When Receiving The Body And Blood Of Christ

A man stained with sin despises and tramples on the Lamb of God, when, as the apostle says, not discerning the sacred bread, which is Christ, from other food, he eats unworthily by being guilty of unworthy actions; for the Lord has said by his prophet, "Cursed is the man who does the work of God with negligence or fraud." And on account of those priests who will not lay these seriously to heart, we are condemned, when the Lord says, "I will curse your blessings."

Thursday, January 26, 2006

To Those Expecting Glory And Honor

Did not the Lord's flock actually follow him in tribulation and persecution, shame and hunger, sickness and trial and all the rest, and thereby receive eternal life from the Lord? What a great shame, then, that while the saints actually followed in the footsteps of the Lord, we, today's servants of God, expect glory and honor simply because we can recite what they did.

Admonition 6

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Tepid Soul

When soul is tepid and little by little cools to grace, then flesh and blood leap forward to impose their needs.

Mirror of Perfection, 15