Thursday After Ash Wednesday Reflection

“We must cultivate that sacred silence which makes people remember the words of Jesus: See how they love one another. How often we find ourselves speaking of the faults of another. How often our conversation is about someone who is not present. Yet see the compassion of Christ toward Judas, the man who received so much love yet betrayed his own master. But the master kept the sacred silence and did not betray Judas. Jesus could have easily spoken in public—as we often do—telling the hidden intentions and deeds of Judas to others. But he didn’t. Instead, he showed mercy and charity. Rather than condemning Judas, he called him his friend.”
— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

 

Thursday After Ash Wednesday Reflection

Welcome Back + Fish Fry Schedule 2018

Welcome back readers!  I’ve been out a while (end of Lent 2017 was…eventful to say the least).  Nonetheless, I’m hoping to get you back some more great content.

One thing friends and followers will notice in the schedule below is that there are a lot of repeat visits from prior years.  I’m getting close to having attended every parish fish fry in Louisville, so naturally, we will be re-visiting old places and seeing old faces.  That said, those repeats are also good repeats, so I don’t mind going back.  On top of the Friday schedule below, I may even make a venture to a lunch fish fry this Lent.  Stay tuned!

Also, just like last year, I will be posting daily Lenten reflections to go with the fish fry reviews.  Hope you enjoy!

Date Location Address Time
February 16, 2018 St. Margaret Mary 7813 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, Ky., 40222 5:30
February 23, 2018 St. Joseph 1406 E Washington St., Louisville, Ky., 40206 5:00
March 2, 2018 Ascension 4600 Lynnbrook Dr., Louisville, Ky., 40220 6:15
March 9, 2018 Guardian Angels 6000 Preston Hwy., Louisville, Ky., 40219 6:15
March 16, 2018 St. Patrick 1000 N. Beckley Station Rd., Louisville, Ky., 40245 6:30
March 23, 2018 St. Martin of Tours 639 S Shelby St., Louisville, Ky., 40202 6:00
March 30, 2018 St. Paul 6901 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Ky., 40258 6:15
Welcome Back + Fish Fry Schedule 2018

Ash Wednesday Reflection

“If we do not die to ourselves, and if our holiest devotions do not incline us to this necessary and useful death, we shall bring forth no fruit worth anything, and our devotions will become useless. All our good works will be stained by self-love and our own will . . . We must choose therefore, among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin, the one which draws us most toward this death to ourselves, inasmuch as it will be the best and the most sanctifying. For we must not think that all that shines is gold, that all that tastes sweet is honey, or that all that is easy to do and is done by the greatest number is the most sanctifying.”
— St. Louis De Montfort 

 

Ash Wednesday Reflection

March 31st through April 4th Reflections

Since I’m so far behind on reflections, I’m giving you 5 days worth of them today!

March 31st 

“To save our souls we must live according to the maxims of the Gospel, and not according to those of the world.” – Saint Alphonsus

“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, kindles the true light of chastity.”
-St. Augustine

April 1st

“The devil attacks us at the time of prayer more frequently than at other times. His object is to make us weary of prayer.” 
– Blessed Henry Suso, OP

In the parable of the prodigal son, Christ shows us mercy as a love that is “able to reach down to every prodigal son, to every human misery, and above all to every form of moral misery, to sin. When this happens, the person who is the object of mercy does not feel humiliated, but rather found again and ‘restored to value’.” Thus, “mercy is manifested in its true and proper aspect when it restores to value, promotes and draws good from all the forms of evil existing in the world and in man.”  
-St. John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia

April 2nd 

“With every day that passes, I grow more and more convinced how ugly the world is, of how much suffering there is, and, unfortunately, of how it is the good who suffer the most. Meanwhile, we who have been given so many of God’s blessings have repaid Him poorly. This is an awful reality that racks my brain; while I’m studying, every so often I ask myself: will I continue on the right path? Will I have the strength to persevere all the way? In the face of this pang of doubt, the faith given to me in Baptism reassures me of this: by yourself, you will accomplish nothing, but if you place God at the center of all your actions, then you will reach the goal.”
~Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

April 3rd

We should blush for shame to show so much resentment at what is done or said against us, knowing that so many injuries and affronts have been offered to our Redeemer and the saints. – Saint Teresa

“With a humble person, whether he is laughed at or esteemed, praised or blamed, honored or despised, whether people pay attention to him or pass him by, it is all the same to him.”  – The Cure d’Ars

April 4th 

“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin…. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Hope and have confidence in confession.”  -St. Isidore

“If you stay united with Christ, each one of you will be able to do great things. This is why, dear friends, you must not be afraid to dream with your eyes open of important projects of good and you must not let yourselves be discouraged by difficulties. Christ has confidence in you and wants you to be able to realize all your most noble and lofty dreams of genuine happiness. Nothing is impossible for those who trust in God and entrust themselves to Him.”

— Pope Benedict XVI

March 31st through April 4th Reflections

March 30th Reflection

“When the Jews had shouted for Barabbas, and threatened Pilate to denounce him as disloyal to Rome if he released Jesus, the governor made one more attempt to save the life of Christ. He ordered Him to be severely scourged, hoping thereby to move the pity of the Jews. Vain attempt at a fresh compromise with his con science! Pilate only involved himself in deeper guilt, and Christ in a greater agony of suffering. Nothing ever succeeds except a bold, fearless obedience to God’s holy inspirations.”
Father Richard Frederick Clark, S.J.

“Love is an excellent thing, a great good indeed, which alone maketh light all that is burdensome and equally bears all that is unequal. For it carries a burden without being burdened and makes all that which is bitter sweet and savory. The love of Jesus is noble and generous; it spurs us on to do great things and excites us to desire always that which is most perfect.”

— Thomas à Kempis,

March 30th Reflection

March 29th Reflection

“It is undoubtedly true that each of us, men and women, irresponsible and thoughtless as we often are, hold within our hands the happiness and sorrows of others. We cannot help it or escape from it. The power is in us inalienably almost from birth to death—in us, because we are persons—and we are responsible for the use we make of it. Indeed, so mysterious is this power that the very presence of a person who does not realize his responsibility is often the source of the keenest pain of all . . . The failure to exercise the power to give happiness to others is not merely negative in its results; it is the source of the most positive suffering of all. Thus there is no escape from the responsibility involved in the possession of this power. Not to use it where it is due is to destroy all happiness. Strange power, indeed, to be committed to such weak and unworthy hands; yet there could be but one thing worse: that none could interfere with the joys and sorrows of others. We might envy their happiness and pity their sorrows, but we could not help them. It would be a world of isolated individuals wrapped in inviolable selfishness; each must take care of himself and the world must go its way.”

— Fr. Basil W. Maturin

March 29th Reflection

March 28th Reflection

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will. Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and alway be in Your company. Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You. Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile! Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You. Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart. Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love. Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen. 
– Padre Pio’s Prayer After Holy Communion

March 28th Reflection