Chant – “Become All Flame”
Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, “Abba, as far as I can, I say my little office. I fast a little. I pray. I meditate. I live in peace and as far as I can. I purify my thoughts. What else can I do?”
Then the old man stood up, stretched his hands towards heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire, and he said to him,
“If you will, you can become all flame.”
–Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Sr. Benedicta Ward)
If you will, if you will, if you will, if you will,
You can become all flame, become all flame, become all flame.
You can become all flame:
Become all flame.
“You have a Book? Then read it, reflect on what it says, and apply the words to yourself. To apply the contents to oneself is the purpose and fruit of reading.”St. Theophan the Recluse
“If the mind gets exhausted by praying with words, then pray without them. Words are only prayer’s expression and are always weaker in God’s eyes than prayer itself.”St. Theophan the Recluse
Today’s Gospel – Gospel of John 2:13 – “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
Why was Jesus so angry? I never really understood this passage about Jesus’ anger before. But today, something changed. What? Well, today, I meditated silently for 15mins. after hearing it read. And then, reading it for myself later on, I meditated again. The silence allowed it to speak to me or rather to penetrate my heart space and reveal itself to me. What was going on inside of Jesus and why was He so very angry?Continue reading
This is now the Second Sunday of Lent. However it has been undertaken this year, one thing we probably all have in common is our thoughts…Have I been keeping up with my prayers, my promises, my sacrifices for the Lord? Am I feeling guilty about not doing well enough? Bro. Mark knew well what Walking the Journey with Wisdom (Sophia), the God-given Spirit of Wisdom, involved. Much like his painting, his Music spoke from his heart.
Take a few moments and let your hearts be open to the Wisdom of your Own Journey and Listen to what the Spirit is saying to You…
Traveling with you,
+Theresa – HHC
Ash Wednesday 2021 – Much has happened since the last post made by our dear Bro. Mark. In his humble way and because of his most sincere love of God, neighbor and country, his posts were always so uplifting and served to inspire whomever might read them. He never was concerned with whether or not his Blog had a tremendous following. It only mattered that his words gave hope to the suffering, Suffering he, himself, was well acquainted with.
Bro. Mark had a rare illness called Proteus Syndrome. We lost him to it a few months ago. His loss has been felt deeply; by his family and by his Lay Contemplative Community who shared his Spiritual Vision; The Hermits of The Holy Cross.Continue reading
In the past, I had only used podcasts for background noise to help me fall sleep. But I recently discovered one that I actually use for its content. And as a person with many limitations and physical challenges, I would like to recommend it to all of you who share in the frustrations of being unable to manage the holding of a heavy Bible or the small print of a lighter one. Or even just the inability to sit up in your bed to read one.
Ascension Press has a Catholic Podcast available for FREE now, so we can listen to the Bible read to us, chronologically, for only 15 to 20 minutes a day. And after the Readings conclude, there is even a 5 or 10 minute lesson on why the passages read are important for us. It is offered by Fr. Mike Schmitz and available through many podcast sources; for iPhones, iTunes and on the Website directly.
You can also print out a Free Copy of the Reading Plan for the Entire Year so you will know what each day’s Readings will be ahead of time.
I know it has been something I look very forward to each day and I do hope you will find it helpful.
God Love and Bless you today and always!
Please Pray for Us Hermits of the Holy Cross. Thank You!
Theresa – HHC
In the Holy Liturgy at each Eucharistic celebration the priest, usually quietly, recites “by the mingling of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbles Himself to share in our humanity.” Christ Jesus, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, God made man to share in His own divinity. Christ came to us as a child. One who is so vulnerable, one who is dependent upon others to keep Him protected. Our Blessed Mother & St. Joseph were called for this, the greatest event in human history. A young girls “yes” would change the world by lifting us up into His divinity. We are reminded of this wonderful gift each Advent & Christmas Season. I’m sure this decision by Mary wasn’t taken lightly. How would She be able to tell others. They would have thought She’s lost Her mind. That somehow this Holy Spirit overshadowed Her. The punishment of adultery was stoning. She wasn’t yet married to St. Joseph. They were engaged “betrothed” at the time She was with child. She had to inform Her parents Anna and Joachim. How would they take it? They could have rejected Her too, but thank God for His grace provided to them that their hearts would be open to understanding and acceptance. Christ came to us as a child. Let us give thanks to our Blessed Mother that She said “yes” to God for all of humanity, that we may share in the divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to share in our humanity. Have a blessed Christmas. Stay safe and please think of others first. Please pray for us, the Hermits of the Holy Cross. You are all in our daily prayers. We love you. Merry Christmas!
In Christ Jesus,
In the Gospel of Mark it reads, “Rising very early before the dawn, Christ left and went off to a deserted place, where He would pray.” Before the dawn to a deserted place where He could commune with His Father. The Love between Father and Son is the Holy Spirit. That pure Love that wishes to abide within our heart as well. Christ knocks upon the door of our heart, but it is we who must answer the door. Prayer opens us to relationship with the Blessed Trinity. “The one who loves Me shall be loved by My Father and I will love you and manifest Myself to you.” It may be difficult to trust. It may be difficult to love. God waits patiently for us to open our heart. “For God does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults. For as far as the East is from the West, so far does He remove our sins.” Ps 103 For me, I find my deserted place in my bed since I am now homebound. I tell you this because I want you to understand a deserted place can be anywhere you can be alone with God. It could be a closet space or your bathroom. The object is to find a few minutes each day to be alone with Him. There you may commune with God. Lay everything before His feet. Your senses, your feelings, your intellect. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. You are opening your heart to pure Love. Do not be afraid. You will soon find an inner joy and a peace that can only come from God.
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Your brother in Christ Jesus,
Hermits of the Holy Cross