Show Notes – A Good Habit 7/16/14

A Good Habit Show NotesIt’s a soggy Friday here in San Antonio, a perfect day to sit down with a good book.  We have some recommendations for you on that score, but first off, let’s talk about Our Lady.

Our lady of mt. carmel and the brown scapular


 I owe a great deal in my early youth to my devotion to the Carmelite scapular.  A mother’s constant diligence and concern for the clothes of her children is beautiful to see.  She always wants them well-dressed…The Blessed Mother of Mount Carmel and of the holy scapular speaks to us of her maternal care, her concern to clothe us spiritually with the grace of God and to help us always keep our garments white…Be vigilant to correspond to your good Mother who is concerned about how you go about dressed, especially with respect to the garment of grace that her daughters and sons should always wear.

-St. John Paul II, Address 15 January, 1989

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Love and Littleness

Sr. Mary Joseph would have turned 92 today, and the sisters in Hanceville would have helped her celebrate with a party and cake (sugar-free, preferably, although this diabetic nun loved candy more than anyone).  But we trust she is celebrating in eternity, with far more festivity and joy than this earth can hold.

Sr Joseph and GM crop

Sr. Mary Joseph of the Eternal Father passed away in 2009, just 4 days after her 87th birthday. She was one of the founding sisters who came down from Ohio with Mother Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 7/9/14

A Good Habit Show Notes
Hello, everyone, and happy feast day!  As we discussed on Wednesday’s show we were celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Atonement.  By happy coincidence, or divine appointment, we are also celebrating the feast today, because at the parish here in San Antonio which bears her name the feast day is always transferred from July 9 to the nearest Sunday.

This unique devotion began with two Episcopalians, Fr. Paul Wattson and Lurana White, who were called by God to found the Society of the Atonement, a religious order in the Continue reading

Ora et Labora

Ora et Labora - this is the well-known motto of St. Benedict. Prayer and Work.  That’s the foundation of monastic life, not just for Benedictines but for all of us.  Our order, which is dedicated to Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, is associated with prayer. In fact, many people think praying is the only thing we do.  But religious life requires work as well.  Here are a few snapshots of how we labored today on this feast of St. Benedict.

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Before we knew it, our Friday had turned into yard day.   Over at Our Lady of the Atonement they’re in the midst of clearing away a lot of limestone to make ready for their new high school.  What used to be a driveway and a beautiful area in front of the church now looks like a war zone, as you can see behind Sr. Grace Marie.  Father said the brick pavers weren’t needed anymore, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for free stuff. While Sr. Mary Peter fired up the lawn mower,  we, armed with our trusty crowbar, went over to collect the free bricks before it got too hot, .  As for what we’re going to do with all those bricks, well, I think we should save that project for winter…


I will espouse you to me forever

Seven years ago today, July 7, 2007, I had the honor and privilege of making my solemn vows as a nun.

I couldn’t believe how appropriate the first reading was at Mass today! It’s from Hosea: Continue reading

To the Sacred Heart

A heart I need, to soothe me and to bless, —
A strong support that cannot pass away, —
To love me wholly, e’en my feebleness,
And never leave me through the night or day.
There is not one created thing below,
Can love me truly, and can never die.
God become man — none else my needs can know;
He, He alone, can understand my cry.

Thou comprehendest all I need, dear Lord!
To win my heart, from heaven Thou didst come;
For me Thy blood didst shed, O King adored!
And on our altars makest Thy home.
So, if I may not here behold Thy Face,
Or catch the heav’nly music of Thy Voice,
I still can live, each moment, by Thy grace,
And in Thy Sacred Heart I can rejoice.

O Heart of Jesus, wealth of tenderness!
My joy Thou art, in Thee I safely hide.
Thou, Who my earliest youth didst charm and bless,
Till my last evening, oh! with me abide,
All that I had, to Thee I wholly gave,
To Thee each deep desire of mine is known.
Whoso his life shall lose, that life shall save; —
Let mine be ever lost in Thine alone!

From the poem To the Sacred Heart, by St. Therese 

If you’d like a little spiritual reading on St. Therese and her devotion to the Sacred Heart click here.

The Mirror

According to Matthew 5:8, the “immaculate heart” is a heart which, with God’s grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore “sees God”. To be “devoted” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, which makes the fiat—“your will be done”—the defining centre of one’s whole life. It might be objected that we should not place a human being between ourselves and Christ. But then we remember that Paul did not hesitate to say to his communities: “imitate me” (1 Cor 4:16; Phil 3:17; 1 Th 1:6; 2 Th 3:7, 9). In the Apostle they could see concretely what it meant to follow Christ. But from whom might we better learn in every age than from the Mother of the Lord?  

-From Cardinal Ratzinger’s Theological Commentary on the Third Secret of Fatima

Today let us honor the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady, the only heart in which Our Lord ever found a perfect return of His Love. Her Heart is like a mirror of purest, clearest glass, which most perfectly reflects, without any distortion, the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Hers is the heart of a Mother – but not just any mother, God chose her to be the Mother of His Son and our Mother, too.  She never tires of consoling our wounded hearts.  Today, we can love and console Her Heart, as well.

If you’d like to listen to a beautiful homily about Our Lady, though it’s not specifically about today’s feast, click here.