Union with God

Intimate Union with God in the Eucharist
In “The Q&A Guide to Mental Prayer,” Connie Rossini writes, “Blessed Marie-Eugène, OCD, says that there are three ways to intimate union with God. The first (in hierarchical order) is the Eucharist, the second is contemplation, and the third is supernatural obedience (obeying authority with the motive of obeying Christ himself).
Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange describes this union with God when we receive the Blessed Sacrament:
“Communion is, therefore, the most perfect act of the interior life, and if we prepare ourselves for it with humility, zeal, and meekness, we shall find there the most efficacious means for union with God. While our body receives the body of Christ, our soul is united to His soul, our intelligence to His light, our heart to the everburning sun of His love. Our Lord unites Himself to us to assimilate us to Himself, to make of us other Christs. Every Communion that is not sacrilegious and sterile increases the degree of charity in us. Who then can measure the effects of daily Communion, above all of fervent daily Communion?”(From “Knowing the Love of God,” Chapter 18)
Fr Kieran Kavanaugh explains in his commentary on The Way of Perfection that, “On account of the presence, St. Teresa prizes the time after Communion as a privileged time for the prayer of recollection.”
If you are not yet receiving infused contemplation, take heart that with each Communion, you are experiencing the highest union with God available in this life. Don’t miss the great gift of prayer after receiving the Eucharist. Be recollected and converse lovingly with Him after Communion.
Daily mental prayer disposes you to have more fervent Communions, and each fervent Communion, in turn, helps to deepen your mental prayer.
Connie continues, “Jesus reserves nothing from you in the Blessed Sacrament. He gives himself fully. If you fully gave yourself to him in preparation for the reception of the Eucharist, you could theoretically become a saint through one Communion. However, very few people would be able to prepare themselves so perfectly without having a deep prayer life, usually one that includes contemplation. More frequently, your reception of the Eucharist becomes more efficacious as your prayer deepens.”

Shared from Facebook group: Authentic Contemplative Prayer

Uniting my Heart to the Will of the Father

“Teach me, my Lord, to be kind and gentle in all the events of my life; in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted. Let me forget myself, so that I may enjoy the happiness of others. Let me always hide my little pains and heartaches so that I may be the only one to suffer from them. Teach me to allow suffering to make me patient, not irritable; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow or proud or overbearing. May no one be less good for having come within my influence; no one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble, for having been a fellow traveler with me, on our journey towards Eternal Life..”

A letter to YOU, from the Poor Clare Colettine’s TMD

Dear readers, below is a copied email that we received today from the Poor Clare Colettine’s, Wales, UK.  They have been part of our group of religious intercessors since we have been online…   Please feel free to write them and get on their daily mailing list.  They have beautiful reflections each day that will build your courage as a Catholic Christian.  God bless!

 

The Casket of Saint Colette

J+M+A

 

Dear Little Hearts,

In response to the tears and pain of many mothers and those desiring to be mothers, we are inspired by the Holy Spirit to begin this new simple initiative.  This casket will be placed upon the altar every Saturday at St. Colette’s celebration and the praying of the (St. Colette) chaplet.  This casket is for the names of unborn life that was lost through miscarriage, and for children who died in their early years.  The names will not be read out in public, but will be placed in the casket for the community to pray over… the casket will be placed next to the relic veil of Saint Colette.   If you have any names that you would like to send us, please do so, we are here for you.

Lovingly all your sisters

 

Prayer after loss of a Child

My Darling child, you have gone to Heaven to be eternally happy, and are now in the company of the Holy Innocents there.  It was a thing hard for me to understand when you were taken from my arms, for parting with you has caused me grief that few can know.  Yet in all my grief I am happy very happy for you, because I know the joy that is yours.  Your joy is now my joy too, because I feel I had a part in bringing it to you.  Now that you are in Heaven, I realize that you are mine in a truer sense than you could ever be on earth.  I cannot lose you through sin.  While parting with you was hard, I would not wish you back, because I know that you are happier than I could ever make you here with me.  Help me, as you now can with your intercession, that I may be completely faithful to all my duties here on earth and merit to receive you again in eternal joys where there will be no more sorrow or parting from those we love.  Amen 

 

Prayers of a Mother

You are still my baby and will surely regard the prayers of your Mother who bore you.  So darling, with confidence I speak to you.  Intercede for me to obtain the favor that I here ask as a Mother through her child who stands before the throne of God.  But, if what I ask is not according to the wisdom and loving designs of Almighty God for me and others, then ask Him to grant what is best according to His good pleasure and to give me the wisdom and faith to conform my will to HIS.  AMEN

Poor Clare Colettines TMD

Email:  community@poorclarestmd.org

*Edited and corrected with humility..