The Fifth Station of the Cross: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Image courtesy of St Raphael Parish, Surrey.

When God lays a cross upon us, some misfortune, some unexpected burden, instead of thanking Him for this precious gift, too often we rebel against His will. We forget that our Savior never sends a cross alone, but ever sweetens its bitterness, lightens its weight by His all-powerful grace. With reluctance, with unwillingness, Simon bears the cross of His Master. At first his spirit revolted against this injustice, his pride rebelled against this ignominy. But once he accepted with resignation, his soul was filled with heavenly sweetness, he felt not the weight of the heavy beams, he heeded not the jibes of the multitude but pressed on after His Master, proud to be His follower.


The Fifth Station of the Cross by Fr Willie Doyle, the original post can be found:



Christ is Always the Answer

This morning I was able to catch the last 20 minutes of Fr. Riccardo’s broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio.  I loved so much of what he had to say that I had to share his talk with you also.  Please take time to listen to this podcast.  The last 20 minutes he touches on something that reminds me so much of the chaplet of Hannah’s Tears and how we must all unite our sufferings to Christ Jesus.


Remember you are not alone!



Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 16:13-20), Fr. John discusses statistics regarding Catholics and confession and reminds the congregation that God is always merciful.

Direct download: Homily082011.m4a

Staying in touch with the Beloved


I can not seem to find the exact program which Catholic Radio says is #63 Christ is the Answer Fr. Riccardo (I highly recommend listening to this recording, I pray that I can find it in the midst of the wonderful recordings he has).  Please let us know if you find this recording.  Thank you!

His Word Heals

I read in the Gospel the people were amazed at Jesus’ words,

“What is it in his words?” they pondered.

His word has authority and the power to heal

because He Hiimself is the Word spoken by God

before the world came to be.


I pick up His Word spoken, written for us

because I, too, need healing.

I need Jesus to command “Be quiety!”  “Come out of her!”

To still the wounded memories,

the negative thoughts,

to enter those wounded areas and to heal.


I have only to read His Word and ponder,

“What is it in His Words?”

I read, I pray, I whisper them

and let them permeate my brokenness

so I may be made whole.


His Word has the power to do this

and I believe, for I return to them,

listen to them, am drawn to them.


You lead me into the desert to speak to me

and I surrender.  I am emptied in order to be filled.

You have the words of eternal life.

(excerpts from Matthew 4:32-36 NJB and John 6:68 NIV)

{Theresa lives out her vocation as wife, mother to four (and two in Heaven), Classical homeschooler, Secular Carmelite, and part-time ultrasonographer in Pennsylvania.  She shares her fumbling writings at my desert heart when the Spirit nudges her.}

Easter blessings from the Poor Clare Colettines TMD


Dear Little hearts,

There is now an expectancy in the air, we are waiting with the whole Church for the day of Resurrection.

The Easter Vigil is one of the most beautiful of all the Churches celebrations. The readings in our Missals are food for a lifetime….

A new Easter fire opens the celebrations,  and  a new spiritual fire for Christ should awake and ignite within our souls… for Christ has redeemed us, he has brought us out of slavery into freedom, we have all known  an experience of being called out of the ‘ Egypt’ of this world into a new life.

Christ is our Light!!!!!

The blessing of the Fire and the preparation of the Candle are awesome moments…. the truths embodied within them stir our very souls to leap up…

Christ Yesterday and Today.

The Beginning and the End.

The Alpha.

The Omega.

All time belongs to Him and all ages. To Him be glory and power through every age and forever- Amen

By these Holy and glorious wounds,

My Christ the Lord guard and protect us- Amen….

Such words, such reflections are balm upon the soul if we dwell upon them.

Lumen Christi… May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds !!!

And let us respond with total love… Yes, Alleluia !!!

And while we yet wait…. this precious reading ever new from the Breviary for Holy Saturday



From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday

The Lord’s descent into the underworld

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.


He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.


Our shepherd, the source of living water, has departed. At his passing the sun was darkened, for he who held the first man captive is now taken captive himself. Today the Saviour has shattered the bars and burst the gates of death.

He has torn down the barricades of hell and overthrown the power of Satan. Today the Saviour has shattered the bars and burst the gates of death.


Poor Clare Colettines TMD