November 17, 2012
These Sabbath Moments are times of grace, when in experiencing God in quiet, in nature, or in our daily duties our faith in Him is strengthened. Do we seek Him as much as He seeks us? Join Colleen at Thoughts on Grace for more Sabbath Moments.
Since this is the Year of Faith I’m using the Catechism of the Catholic Church as references in my articles, and probably will also use quotes from some of the Vatican II documents in addition to my Scripture references.
Whenever I write most posts I recall the presence of God and ask help from my guardian angel so my actual writing, no matter the subject, contains many Sabbath Moments for me. A lot of my posts take me several hours to complete because I want to do God justice in my writing and that takes much care.
Recently I started watching Michael Voris’ The Vortex at Church Militant TV. You can subscribe to email notifications, which I did. On November 16th he posted a 3 minute commentary about Catholics failing to witness to the Gospel. In it, he quoted from Pope St. Piux X’s speech at the canonization of St. Joan of Arc in 1908.
In our time, more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men. All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the Prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. [ Zech. 13: 5-6] I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries.
After studying various papal documents for various reasons since 1997 what strikes me is how timeless and prophetic they are. What Pope Pius X said or wrote during his pontificate that spanned the turn of the twentieth century is valid and powerful for today and will continue to be so into the future. What Pope Benedict XVI writes during his pontificate will be valid many hundreds of years from now.
The words of the Pope at St. Joan of Arc’s canonization pierce my soul. And serendipitously, they apply to the series I have started on the nine ways we share in the sins of others. This happens to me a lot – confirming sources – and must be the work of God. I start down an avenue of thought and all sorts of supporting resources arrive on my desktop or present themselves in books I’ve owned for years or pop into my mind from Sacred Scripture. Whenever that happens I see the hand of God confirming what I think He is asking me to do.
We can rejoice that when we are doing God’s will for us, He is shoveling mountains of help on us. The Sabbath Moment is in recognizing it and letting our hearts leap forward to Him in thanks and praise.
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