A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reason for hope

In Christ (Lord, be merciful to me - a sinner) our hope is infinite and unconquerable.

And today's world needs hope.

We should therefore heed well what Saint Peter says in today's Epistle (1 Peter 3:15-18):

Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,
but do it with gentleness and reverence...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

False prophets and the true way

A man in California with his own little media empire said the end of the world would start yesterday, leading some believers astray and leading indirectly to much public ridicule of some Christian tenets (and in some cases, of all believers).

But our faith rests not on any mere man, and as today’s Gospel reminds us (John 14:1-12), our way is not dictated by society, real truth is not concocted by clever people, and life is infinitely greater than any on this earth can imagine.

Jesus said to him,
I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father
except through me.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Suffering for doing what is good

If you are patient
when you suffer for doing what is good,
this is a grace before God.

For to this you have been called,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example
that you should follow in his footsteps.

(from today's Epistle - 1 Peter 2:20b-25)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Conduct yourselves with reverence

Conduct yourselves with reverence
during the time of your sojourning,
realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,
handed on by your ancestors,
not with perishable things like silver or gold
but with the precious blood of Christ...

(from today's Epistle 1 Peter 1:17-21)

Happy Mothers' Day

'Madonna with the Christ Child' by Sassoferrato - d. 1685, Roma

(from an earlier post)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Divine Mercy Sunday

Instituted by Blessed Pope John Paul II, who was beatified on this Sunday, and inspired by Saint Faustina Kowalska.

(Image from the website www.sisterfaustina.org)

Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy

gave us a new birth to a living hope

the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable,

undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you
who by the power of God

are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation

that is ready to be revealed in the final time.

In this you rejoice,
although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold

that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Although you have not seen him
you love him;
even though you do not see him

now yet believe in him,
you rejoice

with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith,

the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9

(adapted from a previous post)


Today, the great Pope John Paul the second was solemnly declared to be one of the Blessed.

Ora pro nobis!