Anything Is Possible

These arms must appear on our banners and at all costs we must keep this rule as regards our house, our clothes, our speech, and (which is much more important) our thoughts. So long as this is done, there need be no fear, with the help of God, that religious observances in this house will decline, for, as Saint Claire said, the walls of poverty are very strong. It was with these walls she said, and with those of humility, that she wished to surround her convents, and assuredly, if the rule of poverty is truly kept, both chastity and all the other virtues are fortified much better than by the most sumptuous edifices. Have a care to this, for the love of God; and this I beg of you by His Blood.

From the book: The Way Of Perfection

Saint Teresa of Avila

Two Footprints Will Carry You

There are times in our Walk with God that we see only Two Footprints.

The older we get, looking back, we wonder how is it that we got through the tumultuous times. Some of those times, for some of us, feels like closing the book after the last page, clicking the off button on the remote control when the movie has ended. Thinking to yourself, “That is a crazy story, or we say, “I cannot imagine having to go through what it is that he/she went through.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for those times in my life where I made the decision to see only Two Foot Prints. By choosing to acknowledge only Two Footprints, I have knowledge of Your Presence in my life and the ability to want You to instruct me in all that I say and all that do. Amen.

Last Trumpet

You remember the lovely story of Saint Charles Borromeo, who loved to play cards. One day he was observed in his game of cards when someone nearby said to him, “What would you do if Gabriel were to sound the last trumpet now? “He said, “I would go on playing cards, “because he was playing cards with the Lord. Is there something in your day or mine from which He is excluded?

From the Book: Reflections With Father Leo Clifford O.F.M.

Being Roman Catholic, I have experienced criticism, hateful words, questions, and quizzical looks.

In a day and age where everyone is supposed to be accepting, tolerant and to let one live their life, why is it that when it comes to Catholicism many have a disgust look? Is it because of the scandals? The presumption that Roman Catholics are stuck up? Too rigid?

The Mother Church – the only One True Church of Jesus Christ has been under fire for decades.

As a Roman Catholic, I am not in agreement with what has happened in the Church with the sex abuse scandal and other wrongdoings. I believe that whoever has committed crimes, should be brought to justice.

The Roman Catholic Church, as a whole, should not be condemned due to the acts of some very selfish people who decided to commit some of the most erroneous acts.

God did not to do this, Jesus Christ did not do this, the Blessed Mother Mary did not to do this, the Saints did not do this and, the parishioners and the all the Roman Catholic Priests did not commit these unspeakable crimes.

If a father molests his children that does mean that all fathers in the world are sexual abusers? If a mother beats her child, does that mean that every single mother in the world is going to beat their child? Because a teacher loses patience with students and decides to physically harm them, does that mean that every single educator in the world will have a finger pointed at them for being possibly abusive?

One bad cop means that all cops are bad? A Doctor who goes into the operating room under the influence, does that mean that every single doctor is going to be performing surgeries intoxicated?

The point being made is this, not everyone should be put into the same category because someone has done something wrong. We are all individuals, and there are more good Priests and religious people in the world than there are corrupt.

Let’s remember that the reason the Roman Catholic Church is the only True Church of Jesus Christ is due to the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

How About You and Me?

How about you and me? As we go on our unremembered way down here in this valley of tears, how real has the Lord become for you and me? Have we discovered Him to be what He is – Our changeless friend, the companion of our exile, the lover of our soul, Our Father and Our God? Surely, if you and I believe what we say we believe, we cannot begin a day without some thought of Him. The new day, freshly minted from His Hand, in love, to you and me, given us so that we may discover Him. And He’s in us, wanting to share all the trivia of our waking hours, wanting to be part of everything. Is there something in your day or mine from which He is to be excluded?

From the book: Reflections With Father Leo Clifford

Holy Poverty

My daughters must believe that it is for their own good that the Lord has enabled me to realize in some small degree what blessings are to be found in holy poverty. Those of them who practice it will also realize this, though perhaps not as clearly as I do; for, although I had professed poverty, I was not only without poverty of spirit, but my spirit was devoid of all restraint. Poverty is good and contains within itself all the good things in the world. It is a great domain – I mean that he who cares nothing for the good things of the world has dominion over them all. What do kings and Lord’s matter to me if I have no desire to possess their money, or to please them, if by doing so I should cause the least displeasure to God? And what do their honors mean to me if I have realized that the chief of a poor man consists in his being truly poor?

From the book: The Way Of Perfection Saint Teresa Of Avila

Isn’t That Our Problem? We Always Want Things To Make Sense In Our Terms.

“Well, my dear friends, you don’t need to have much imagination to imagine Our Lady in the seventh month, the eighth month, the ninth month, with life stirring within Her. As like all mothers-to-be, She was crocheting and knitting and preparing for the birth of the child. And then one morning, a selfish, moody, compulsive man who had authority from God, decided that his people should be enrolled. Joseph would go and do his duty; Mary would go with him. They arrived in a crowded city. Every door is closed; every face is hard. There is no room for them in the inn. They have to go into a stable to bring forth the Child. You know what the Franciscans have done with the crib. It is so romantic; it is so inspiring. What was the reality? Put yourself in Our Lady’s place. Where is the angel now? Where is God now? Was she forgotten, neglected, and abandoned because She had to bring forth a child in a stable? It did not make sense. But She believed. Isn’t that our problem? We always want things to make sense in our terms. We have to understand; we have to be able to fathom; we have to be on top of every situation. Our Lady is our model in Faith; in accepting by faith what She could not understand.

Well, She was about over that shock when She got in for another one. She had to take the Child to Egypt. If there was a bad word for the Jews, it was “Egypt,” because She knew what God had to do to get His people out of Egypt. And now send them back into Egypt?

It doesn’t make sense by our sophisticated standards. And She went; and She stayed; and She returned when the Angel told Joseph, “to Nazareth. “And She saw Him grow up through the difficult years of adolescence. She saw Him become 25, She saw Him become 30, doing nothing for the salvation of the world by our standards. And then He went out and surrounded Himself with people who did not understand Him; people who were obtuse, selfish, unthinking and ambitious.

At the end, one of them betrayed Him and died in despair at his own hand; another one denied Him and the rest ran away and left him to die alone.”

From the book: Reflections With Father Leo Clifford O.F.M.