I cannot mistrust the grace of God

Sir Thomas More and his Daughter 1844, exhibited 1844 John Rogers Herbert 1810-1890 Presented by Robert Vernon 1847

And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let your mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world.  Nothing can come but what God wills.  And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.            -St. Thomas More

Today’s feast of the martyrs Saints John Fisher and Thomas More was the perfect day to have Padre Martin Scott join us on the radio.  His religious community, Siervos de la Divina Misericordia, is dedicated to the Divine Mercy, and he spoke with us today about learning to love God and trust in His mercy and forgiveness by being merciful and forgiving ourselves. It was a great show, and we encourage you to listen here on iTunes.  We never tire of talking with Padre!

As we talked about in the beginning of the show, this second reading from today’s Office of Readings (for today’s optional feast), is a beautiful lesson in trust, taken from a letter St. Thomas More wrote to his daughter Meg from prison. (The English Works of Sir Thomas More, London, 1557, p. 1454)

Although I know well, Margaret, that because of my past wickedness I deserve to be abandoned by God, I cannot but trust in his merciful goodness.  His grace has strengthened me until now and made me content to lose goods, land, and life as well, rather than to swear against my conscience.  God’s grace has given the king a gracious frame of mind toward me, so that as yet he has taken from me nothing but my liberty.  In doing this His Majesty has done me such great good with respect to spiritual profit that I trust that among all the great benefits he has heaped so abundantly upon me I count my imprisonment the very greatest.  I cannot, therefore, mistrust the grace of God.  Either he shall keep the king in that gracious frame of mind to continue to do me no harm, or else, if it be his pleasure that for my other sins I suffer in this case as I shall not deserve, then his grace shall give me the strength to bear it patiently, and perhaps even gladly.

By the merits of his bitter passion joined to mine and far surpassing in merit for me all that I can suffer myself, his bounteous goodness shall release me from the pains of purgatory and shall increase my reward in heaven besides.

I will not mistrust him, Meg, though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear.  I shall remember how Saint Peter at a blast of wind began to sink because of his lack of faith, and I shall do as he did: call upon Christ and pray to him for help.  And then I trust he shall place his holy hand on me and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning.
And if he permits me to play Saint Peter further and to fall to the ground and to swear and forswear, may God our Lord in his tender mercy keep me from this, and let me lose if it so happen, and never win thereby!  Still, if this should happen, afterward I trust that in his goodness he will look on me with pity as he did upon Saint Peter, and make me stand up again and confess the truth of my conscience afresh and endure here the shame and harm of my own fault.

And finally, Margaret, I know this well: that without my fault he will not let me be lost.  I shall, therefore, with good hope commit myself wholly to him.  And if he permits me to perish for my faults, then I shall serve as praise for his justice.  But in good faith, Meg, I trust that his tender pity shall keep my poor soul safe and make me commend his mercy.

And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let your mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world.  Nothing can come but what God wills.  And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.

Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, pray for us

Show Notes – A Good Habit 4/15/15

A Good Habit Show Notes

Our show on Wednesday was packed with calls – in fact, we may have reached a record!

 

ROSARY IS 'FAVORITE PRAYER' OF POPE JOHN PAUL IIOne of our callers, Tony from Dallas, called to ask about Marian apologetics.  Some of his non-Catholic friends have questions about Our Lady.  No doubt, just about every Catholic has been called on at least once to explain (or defend might be a better term, depending on the attitude of the questioner) Catholic devotion to Mary. 

Sr.Grace Marie mentioned Dr. Scott Hahn’s work on the Ark of the Covenant as a prefigurement of Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant.  More info on that can be found here at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (this website is also a superb resource for many other subjects).  This topic, along with many others, is also covered in a book by Dr. Hahn called Hail, Holy Queen. DownloadedFile

This is also a great time to mention EWTN’s resource library, where you can find lots of helpful information on just about every aspect of the Church’s teaching.  Go here to see their section on Our Lady.  There are many great resources online for apologetics – Catholic Answers and Taylor Marshall’s blog being just two that come to mind. And of course, don’t forget a basic resource, which we sometimes overlook: The Catechism of the Catholic Church.  There may be a tendency among Catholics to assume it’s just a dry, boring read, but the Catechism is packed with beauty because it’s packed with Truth – and if they’re authentic, the two are always found together.  If you don’t have your own copy you need to get one, but you can also read it all online at the Vatican’s website here.

Apologetics can be intimidating for many of us, but try not to look at it as a debate or a battle you must win.  Try falling more in love with our Catholic faith, you’ll naturally want to learn more, read more.  Think about it this way: when you love someone, you naturally want to learn more about them; without even thinking about it you tend to talk about them.  Encourage your love of Christ’s Church and immerse yourself in the beauty of Truth.  Then apologetics may become much less about convincing the “enemy” and much more about speaking the Truth in love.

Show Notes – A Good Habit 4/8/15

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On this week’s episode of  A Good Habit we were joined by Dr. David Delaney, doctor of systematic theology and founder and director of the Mother of the Americas Institute.  Since it was the anniversary of St. John Paul II’s funeral, and since this Sunday the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, it was the perfect time to discuss JPII and the importance of the Divine Mercy message, to which he had such deep devotion.

The topic of Divine Mercy is a popular one, and we got lots of emails during the show asking about the Divine Mercy grace and the plenary indulgence the Church has attached to this feast day.  Please read this article for an explanation of the difference between the Continue reading

Show Notes – A Good Habit 4/1/15

A Good Habit Show NotesIn preparation for Holy Thursday, we were joined last Wednesday by our friend Marge Giangiulio, to talk about two things central to the feast: the priesthood and the Eucharist. Marge has started Eucharistic Adoration in ten parishes to date. She also has another very important apostolate of spiritual motherhood and adoration for priests. It all began with an inspiration during Eucharistic adoration. On this episode she talks about how she started this work, and how you can be a part of it, too.

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If you would like to learn more about the work she began, or how you can get it started in your own diocese, go to: www.prayformypriest.org You can email Marge at: adore10397(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Show Notes – A Good Habit 3/25/15

Shroud_of_Turin_3331Who is the man of the Shroud?  That’s the question our two guests put to you, our listeners.  If you’ve ever had questions about the Shroud of Turin, or perhaps just wanted to learn more, we have good news for you, because San Antonio is blessed to be hosting an incredible exhibit detailing the story behind this ancient and mysterious relic.  This week we spoke with Jose Juan Garrigo, CEO of Immersive Planet and Director of the Shroud Exposition, and Ermal Caushaj, manager of the Exposition. The Shroud Expo is a wonderful museum quality presentation of the history and science behind the Shroud of Turin.  It will be in San Antonio through April 12th, so we strongly encourage you to make time to attend, especially as a preparation for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum.  And bring your friends – you don’t have to be a believer to enjoy the ancient artifacts, the story of the Shroud’s history, or the amazing discoveries which science has uncovered.  There really is something for everyone at this exhibit.  For more information on the exhibit visit www.shroudexpo.com

Show Notes – A Good Habit 11/5/14


A Good Habit Show Notes

On Wednesday we were joined by a one of the most knowledgeable ladies we know on the subject of purgatory – Susan Tassone!  This was a great show, and you’ll want to take notes because it’s packed with information and quotes from the saints that you’ll want to remember.

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Susan has long been an advocate of the holy souls in purgatory, and not only that, she helps us to understand purgatory itself better.  Purgatory is a place that often gets a bad rap, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but what would we do without it?  Who of us will be perfectly fit for heaven at the moment of our death?  Purgatory is a gift of God’s mercy, because it gives us the opportunity to be completely cleansed of any stains of sin so that we can stand before the all-pure, all-holy God.

day_by_daySusan’s latest book, Day By Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, was just released.  It’s a wonderful way to pray for the Church suffering each day, and also learn a little more about purgatory and the teachings of the Church.  She was on EWTN Bookmark last week to talk about her new book.  Susan has many other books you’ll want to add to your library as well, and you can check them out here.  On the show she mentioned a novena she put together using the Catechism’s writings on purgatory.  You can find that novena, along with many other wonderful devotions, in her book Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  Praying for the holy souls is so important!  They need our prayers, and we sure need theirs.  Don’t neglect calling upon the poor souls for help.  They are very powerful advocates who will pray for you now and when they get to heaven.

If you’re interested in having Gregorian Masses offered for your departed loved ones you can visit The Pious Union of St. Joseph to learn more.