The Unblinding of My Heart

Christ Je-sus heals-
The young man’s blind eyes
To let- him gaze-
Into HIS own eyes
The Sa-vior heals-
OUR spiritual sight
To let- us see-
His bright guiding light

Messi-ah heals-
Our blind eyes to roam
This earth-
In light of our heavenly home
And time-
In light of eternity-
Our lives-
In light of our destiny-

When I- was young-
Christ mudded my eyes
He smeared- it well-
And told me to rise

I washed- and SAW-
“But when?” you might say
He healed- my sight-
At baptism day

(Inspired by comment on John 9:3 in Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, RSV, Second Catholic Edition, Ignatian Press, 2010


Victory in the Spiritual War

(Based on book “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” by Fr. Jacques Philippe)

Spiritual War
Constant – Consistent – Considerably painful
This war is not only against

Temptation – evil – sin – Satan

What do I mean?
One can lose BATTLES, but…
Still win the WAR
To sin is to lose a BATTLE, but…
To regain Christ’s Peace in me
Is to win the WAR
To indulge temptation is to lose a BATTLE, but…
To restore Christ’s Peace in me
Through contrition, confession, absolution, and penance
Is to win the WAR
Jesus calls Satan “father of lies” – “thief” – “murderer” (John 10:10)
Our enemy’s goal
Is to steal and murder our peace

His main weapon: lies

Why this strategy?
He knows that the Holy Spirit can work
In us…
And through us…
ONLY when our heart is peaceful
Consider the sun’s reflection
On a calm lake
The sun’s image is reflected well
On a disturbed lake
The sun’s image is reflected poorly
The more we’re peaceful
The better the Son’s image is reflected in us
The better the Son can act through us
God only speaks and acts in peace
Elijah found God on Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19)
Not in the wind
Nor in the earthquake
Nor in the fire
But in the “gentle breeze”
If we try to fix our problems
Satan will steal our peace
If we pray and wait for God to fix them
We shall be saved
“For thus said the Lord God…
‘In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’” (Isaiah 30:15)

Seek His peace in the Eucharist

Seek transforming peace through the Transubstantiation

Seek comforting peace in Confession

Seek reconciling peace in forgiveness of neighbor

Seek His Face (Psalm 24:6) within you

Smiling upon you

With Unconditioned – Accepting – Peace-giving Love

“The Peace of the Lord be with you always!”

The Fulfillment of Every Desire

Jesus is the “Bread of Life” – He gives Himself as Food (John 6:35)
Christ, Life-giving “Fount of Life” – my soul with strength imbued (John 7:37)

Jesus is “Immanuel” – “God with us” in the flesh (Isaiah 7:14)
Christ, the brand new baby born – The “News” that’s always fresh (Luke 2)

Jesus, “Bridegroom” of our souls – He calls us to His Feast (Matt. 9:15; Luke 14:15)
Christ, the “Servant of the Lord” – Who serves the last and least (Acts 4:29-30)

Jesus, “Savior” of the world – there’s POWER in his Name (Luke 2:11)
Christ, “Good Shepherd” of our souls – Who seeks the lost and lame (John 10:11)

Jesus is the “Son of God” – Who’s also Mary’s son (Matthew 3:17)
Christ, “Messiah”, “Lamb of God” – His death forgiveness won (John 1:41; John 1:29)

Jesus, God and “Son of Man” – Divine and human One (Luke 19:10)
Christ, “I Am” ‘fore Abraham – And ‘fore time was begun (John 8:58)

Jesus, our “Deliverer” – The devil’s plans upended (1 Thessalonians 1:10; John 8:36)
Christ, the “Judge” of you and me – When earthly life is ended (Acts 10:42)

Jesus is the “King of Kings” – Whose Kingdom love bestows
Christ, the very “Lord of Lords” – Who overcomes all foes (Revelation 17:14)

Jesus is the “Lord of All” – “Above all names”, HIS Name
Christ, confessed by every tongue – All knees bent to HIS fame (Philippians 2:9-11)

Jesus, “Lion of Judah’s Tribe” – His Roar gives Satan flight (Revelation 5:5)
Christ, “The Light” of all the world – His foll’wers have life’s light (John 8:12)

Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” – Earth’s peace can’t hold a candle (Isaiah 9:6; Ephesians 2:14)
Christ, “Our Hope” in life’s dismay – There’s nothing He can’t handle (1 Timothy 1:1)

Jesus, “Life” and “Resurrection” – Faith in Him makes clean (John 11:2)
Christ, “The Way, the Truth, and Life” (John 14:6) – “The Door” to pastures green (John 10:9; Psalm 23)

Jesus, “Great High Priest” for us – And “pleasing sacrifice” (Hebrews 4:14; Mark 1:11)
Christ, the Church’s “Cornerstone” – For sin, His life the price (Psalm 118:22; Ephesians 1:22)

Jesus is the “Vine” of life – His branches to enthrall (John 15:1)
Christ, “The Word” with God above – In THIS Word God said ALL (John 1:1)

(Ask Him to come into your heart today, tomorrow, and every day!)

Seek with All Your Heart

If you’re consid’ring seeking God
And if He can be found

Then know He’s seeking you with love (Luke 19:10)

He’s known as Heaven’s “Hound” (Francis Thompson)

“The Lord rewards all those who seek Him…

…honestly” with trust (Hebrews 11:6)

Christ’s promise, “Seek and you shall find” (Matthew 7:7)

Cures restless wanderlust (Jeremiah 2:13)

Go “look for God with ALL your heart” (Deuteronomy 4:29)

Your search will be anointed 

The Lord has pledged that those who “seek”

Will NOT be disappointed (Jeremiah 29:13)

“For all who search will find [Him]” (Proverbs 8:17) Yes! 

His promises are true

With every step you limp toward God

Ten steps He leaps t’ward you (Song of Songs 2:8-9)

See You in Heaven

“I’ll see you in heaven… if not before!” said the

Man with a smile, then he walked out the door

His phrase struck a chord so I said to the Lord, “Let me

See him in heaven… if not before!”

“I’ll see you in heaven… if not before!” This neat 

Greeting reminds us of why we were born

To know, love and serve God by loving our neighbor! So… (Matthew 25; Deuteronomy 6)

“See you in heaven… if not before!”

Please pray that like “leaven” we draw  to His Feet (Matthew 13:33) all

Lost souls to the heavenly hope that’s in store (Colossians 1:5)

To strengthen our hope that again we will meet, I say:

“See you in heaven… if not before!”

God’s Plan for Your Joy

When God created you He planned a path of joy all measured out-

A dream for you He dreamed up long ago (Ephesians 1:4)

God planned each detail of your road to lead you to His Treasure! Doubt?-

Then ask Him, “What’s my path, I long to know!” (Hebrews 11)

God foreordained good works for you to do for sundry suff’ring souls- 

Love’s deeds that wait for you and you alone (Ephesians 2:10)

The path the Shepherd leads you on is not without rough rocks and holes-

Beneath His Wings, protection is well known (Matthew 23:37; Psalm 91)

God’s plan for you is full – chock full! – of hope and “welfare, not of woe”-

He’ll show you step by step the path to tread (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 23)

He’ll arm you with the Spirit’s Sword to strike down lies from mankind’s Foe-

Faith’s Shield repels his firey darts of dread (Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 5:8)

The “road is wide” that leads unprayerful souls to hopeless, endless woe

For you, the “narrow road” God prearranged (Matthew 7)

Although this road will lose you friends, with Christ you’ll ne’er be friendless, no!

Cling close by prayer and you’ll not be estranged

Treat Yourself to a Retreat

At least once a year
Go on Retreat
A time to rest in the Shepherd’s Arms
A time to hear your Beloved call you His Beloved
A time to fall in love again
A time for receiving, not giving
A time for “Ora”, not “Labora”
A time for listening, not speaking
A time to be filled, not to be poured
A time for being, not doing
A time to “BE”
A time to “be still and know that God is God” (and you are not)
A time for receiving the Sap of the Spirit as a branch on Christ the Vine
A time to be pruned by the Vinedresser, through solitude, silence, scripture, sacraments, and spiritual direction
A time of “Marian receptivity”, not “Marthian activity”
So treat your body, treat your mind, treat your soul…
Go on retreat