Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
How kind is our sacramental Jesus! When you visit him, he forgets your sins and speaks only of his joy, his tenderness, and his love. By the reception he gives to you, one would think he has need of you to make him happy. ~ St. Peter Julian Eymard
Posted by The Hermit at 7:03 PM
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
“The exchange with God becomes real for us in prayer: by his Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell within us. By his word and by the sacraments, Christ gives himself to us. In return, we can surrender everything to him.” ~ Brother Alois of Taize'
Posted by The Hermit at 6:41 AM
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Before you had a being, God loved you. Before your father or mother was born, God loved you: yes, even before the creation of the world, God loved you.... God loved you from eternity.
~St. Alphonsus Liguori
Posted by The Hermit at 4:50 AM
Friday, August 26, 2011
"Our faith has deepened as we've come to understand that when we suffer, Christ is fully able and willing to enter into even our innermost pain and walk that road with us. Furthermore, in trusting Christ and offering up our suffering to unite with His, we somehow become participants in God's unfathomably merciful plan of salvation. We are not simply recipients of God's grace; we are also invited to play a role in the working out of His grace in the world. And we are accompanied by a "cloud of witnesses", to quote
in his letter to the Hebrews – a community of saints to help us on our faith journey by the shining example of their lives on earth and their continued intercession for us in heaven." ~Laura Locke St. Paul
Posted by The Hermit at 6:28 AM
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The beloved of the love of God came through the fountain of life to nourish us back to life and to help us in our dangerous state. The Word is the deepest and sweetest love preparing us for repentance. ~St. Hildegard of Bingen
Posted by The Hermit at 4:18 AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
This wisdom and prudence will guide your steps, nothing will make you fear and peace will reign in your hearts. Then you will be blessed and happy and your happiness will influence others. They will wonder what the secret of your life is and they will discover that the rock which underpins the entire building and upon which rests your whole existence in the very person of Christ, your friend, brother and Lord, the Son of God incarnate, who gives meaning to all the universe. ~Pope Benedict XVI
Posted by The Hermit at 5:06 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Let us be rooted and grounded in charity so that we may comprehend what is the length of eternity, the breadth of liberality, the height of majesty, and the depth of discerning wisdom. ~St. Bonaventure
Posted by The Hermit at 1:15 PM
Monday, August 15, 2011
Belonging to the communion of saints means being connected with all people transformed by the Spirit of Jesus. This connection is deep and intimate. Those who have lived as brothers and sisters of Jesus continue to live within us, even though they have died, just as Jesus continues to live within us, even though he has died.
We live our lives in memory of Jesus and the saints, and this memory is a real presence. Jesus and his saints are part of our most intimate and spiritual knowledge of God. They inspire us, guide us, encourage us, and give us hope. They are the source of our constant transformation. Yes, we carry them in our bodies and thus keep them alive for all with whom we live and work. ~ Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen
Posted by The Hermit at 10:48 AM
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Lord give you peace.
Yesterday marked 10 years to the day that I made my first profession of vows as a diocesan hermit; today marks 4 years to the day since my profession of final vows.
I am writing to thank you for your support of my vocation as I try to be faithful to Christ in this little adventure in Gospel living to which He has invited me. Please continue to pray for me, a sinner, as I try, however falteringly at times, to "press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14).
Be assured of my prayers that you, dear reader, may continue to grow into "the full stature of Christ" (Eph 4:13) which is our common baptismal call to holiness.
May you have a Christ-filled day.
Posted by The Hermit at 2:42 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
To love solitude and to seek it does not mean constantly traveling from one geographical possibility to another. A man becomes a solitary at the moment when, no matter what may be his external surroundings, he is suddenly aware of his own inalienable solitude....From that moment, solitude is not potential---it is actual. ~Thomas Merton
Posted by The Hermit at 5:16 AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
God, give me the courage to be revolutionary as your Son Jesus Christ was... Teach me to stand up free and to shun no criticism. God, it is for your kingdom. ~Henri J.M. Nouwen
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
For the kingdom to come in this world, disciples must have the competence to see and the courage to act, which is a call to do as Jesus did, working for justice through loving service to the poor. ~Constitution of the Congregation of Holy Cross Brothers
Posted by The Hermit at 2:55 PM
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
True spiritual life consists in this: that one keep one's eye on God all the time, long for nothing but God, keep nothing in mind but God, begin every single action in the Lord's name, and direct it to the Lord." ~St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
Posted by The Hermit at 4:47 AM