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November 29th, 2015

Book : The Mystic Of Mystics

The Mystic of Mystics

About The Author Liam Ó Comáin

This is a new book by Liam Ó Comáin, an Irish poet born from the town of Limavady in County Londonderry, also known as County Derry. Liam now resides in Derry City along with his wife, Sheila and their four children – three boys and a girl – namely Saoirse, Canice, Gaelan, and his daughter, Labhan.

The author, now retired, has written and published a number of books on poetry, Irish politics, pigeon racing, and the mystical aspect of Christianity.

Content of The Mystic Of Mystics Book

In this publication – THE MYSTIC OF MYSTICS – Liam introduces St. Juan de la Cruze (or in English – St. John of The Cross) who is considered one of the best if not the greatest writer of prose and poetry pertaining to the spiritual life.

The author refers to Juan/John as a close friend and admits his admiration for the saint’s prose and poetry but especially for the wisdom of the contents. As a person who has always probed existence and its meaning the author acknowledges the contribution made by the thinking of this Doctor of The Catholic Church to the perspective and the faith which he now holds and practices. For although baptised a Christian, the author in his past has tread the highways and the bye-ways of atheism and agnosticism. Liam is also a member of The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS).

The book is an important introduction by Liam to a friend whom he refers to as the mystic of mystics and in so doing advocates that Christianity must return to its mystical roots as it struggles against the evil of modern secularism emanating from the activity of satan. Here Liam is in accord with the thinking of Fr.Rahner and the importance of contemplation or mysticism to the Church as the Body of Christ.

The book also includes modern prayers and post-modern poems which relates to the topic of mysticism and St.John of The Cross. This book can also be purchased via Amazon website going to Buy The Mystic Of Mystics Book Online.

Book Review by John Dunlop

Liam Ó Comáin,the Limavady born poet and author now a Derry resident has just published his most recent book via United pc Publishers and its contents refer to the mysticism of the great Carmelite Doctor of the Catholic Church and Spanish-born Saint Juan de la Cruz.

The subject known in English as St.John Of The Cross is considered as one of the greatest poets and writers on the subject of spirituality in the history of humanity. His writings are considered number one on the subject of contemplation to the extent of strongly influencing non-Catholic experts and non-Christian experts on the subject of mysticism.

The title of the book is The Mystic Of Mystics and it is sub titled The Mystical Revolutionary.The author emphasises that humanity,today, requires knowledge of and implementation of mystical living for its overall benefit.

The subject for the general public is unravelled by the authors presentation of clarification of the Saints thought in a simple format. The book also includes poems,meditations,and prayers relating to the subject. The price of the book is eleven pounds and seventy pence and can be obtained from Amazon, Waterstones, Smiths and other book websites and suppliers.

May 25th, 2014

Beware Of The Bad Results Of Repetition

Beware of the bad results of repetition

All of us do pray. We have many standard prayers like the Lord’s Prayer and the Rosary. Most of us also go to Church everyday or on Sundays to attend the Holy Mass and receive the Holy Eucharist. Have you ever thought that the repetitive nature of these have made us look at these or do these in a more casual way, without giving the utmost reverence to these which they rightfully deserve?. Consider the following 3 areas where we should never allow repetition to reduce their immense importance.

1. The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, our central prayer, the prayer taught by Jesus Christ, the prayer which is said most number of times by any Christian in his life. There is no doubt that all of us know this prayer by heart. But I really doubt that each time we utter this prayer, are we focusing on the real meaning of the words said here? Or are we just doing vain repetitions with our mouth with ten other things in our mind?

Human mind is weak by itself and its restless. Even while praying, it can ponder away across many topics making the prayer just a vain repetition. But my friends, even that vain repetition has some value as you are repeating the words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ. But just imagine how much more value, more meaning, you can add to your prayers if you really sink in to what your mouth is uttering?

When you say ‘our Father in Heaven’ do also remember that you are calling our God as your almighty father who reigns in Heaven. When you say ‘hallowed be your name’, please really wish for that. Please wish that HIS name will be honored all over the world. When you say ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.’, you are proclaiming that you are waiting for HIS kingdom and HIS will on earth, just as it’s in heaven.

‘Give us this day our daily bread’ is asking him just for today’s meal as you are not concerned what will happen tomorrow or day after. You are sure that the immense mercy and protection and love of our GOD will protect you and your family in the days to come too. ‘Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors’ is a huge one. It should really make us think about those who had hurt us but to whom we are yet to forgive. Just like the parable, the master will forgive our sins according to the scale of our forgiveness level. ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’ is a humble request to the LORD to keep us away from all those evil eyes and instances of sin and to protect our souls from darkness. We should ask LORD to wash each of our senses in HIS holy blood from the Cross so that no impurity enter us through them.

2. Rosary (Hail Mary)

This prayer also has great importance as its taken from the words of God’s messenger, the angel who visited Mary. We say this prayer 50 times in a normal rosary and I wonder how many among those really count! I have seen people saying this prayer thinking about the food in the oven. Most housewives do pray the Rosary everyday but are all the Hail Marys said with the utmost reverence and concentration? Or is it just for our mind’s satisfaction that I have done my Rosary today?

‘Hail Mary, full of grace’… stop there, remember our Heavenly Mother, she is now being called by the Angel as the one who is full of Grace. Yes, Mother Mary was so filled with Grace than anyone else at that time in this World. ‘Our Lord is with you’…yes, she never did anything against God’s will and He was there with her all through her life, sometimes as Her heavenly dad and sometimes as her earthly son. ‘Blessed are you among woman’… she was the most blessed one among all the woman in the World and you sure know that’s not an easy achievement. Her every action was God-driven and she was so pure in body and soul that she was chosen to give birth to our LORD here on Earth. ‘Blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus’ …stop there, imagine the baby Jesus twisting in her small womb, how blessed a mother she is to have our Lord as her son. And we can also see the greatest of the greatest, the king of Kings, who is humbling himself to just a human baby form inside Mary’s womb.

‘Holy Mary, Mother of God’ has a significance. I know many who still don’t accept the huge importance of Mother Mary in the savior’s plan. They are reluctant to admit that she is our God’s mom. My friends, if you accept Jesus as your God, never be shy in proclaiming this truth that Mary is the Mother of GOD. ‘Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death’ – this one needs some explanation. Ever wondered why we say this line, especially why we point towards the time of our death? Make no mistake friends, the devil will surely come near you in your last moments on Earth and make you remember each and every sin you had committed here on Earth. He will show all those in front of your eyes when your whole life flashes in front of you and seeing all those, you just feel you are never going to make it to heaven and hell is waiting for you.

That’s the time our Mother will come to our Bed with all the angels to help us drive Satan away. She will make sure that we wont be desperate in our last moments here and will pray for our souls to the almighty God so that we go through a calm silent peaceful death. You can make it out yourself if you see different people in their last moments, some are so noisy and frightened while other are so calm and full of joy as they can internally see Heaven waiting for them.

3. Holy Eucharist

Many receive Holy Eucharist everyday, but did that make you consider this as less important in any of those days? Here is one more instance when repetition can deceive you to lower your reverence towards the body of our GOD. What do you feel when the Holy Eucharist touches your tongue? You just receive it, go to your place, kneel there, say your standard prayer and sit back in your seat?

My friend, it’s the Creator of the Universe who is in your mouth now, no one else. The one who has created you and everything else in this world has agreed to come inside you in the form of bread and wine. When you glimpse at the Eucharist, imagine the beating heart of Jesus that you are going to receive. When Eucharist melts inside your mouth, imagine Christ moving all over your body, his flesh and blood combining with your flesh and blood and you are just becoming another Christ here and you sure know that is a huge responsibility. Keep the temple of God clean and away from sin as Jesus now lives inside you.

Conclusion

We cannot live our life without repetition of all the above. They are prayers and sacraments which definitely need to be done a lot many times repetitively. But we just have to be very careful that this repetition is not reducing the glory, the honor, the reverence and the involvement of our complete mind that these prayers and sacraments surely need from us. Don’t let that reduce even by 1%. Ask this blessing from Our God during your next prayer, I am sure the almighty God will give this wonderful blessing to each and every one of you and that will make this humanly impossible task, that I am urging you to do, possible. God bless you all. Amen.

– – – written by Georgy N Joseph

June 23rd, 2013

How Often You Visit Jesus?

How often you visit Jesus

Jesus is in our tabernacles, and this fact we call the Real Presence. The same Jesus who was sheltered by Mary Immaculate within her virginal body, is in the little body of white Host. The same Jesus Who was whipped, crowned with thorns, and crucified as a Victim for the sins of the world, remains in the ciborium in the Host as a Victim Sacrificed for our salvation.

The same Jesus who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He now is gloriously reigning at the right hand of the Father, resides on our altars, surrounded by a multitude of countless adoring Angels – a sight that Blessed Angela of Foligno beheld in a vision.

Thus Jesus is truly with us. “Jesus is there”. The holy Cure of Ars could not finish repeating these three words without shedding tears. And St. Peter Julian Eymard exclaimed with joyful fervor, “There is Jesus”. Therefore all of us should go visit Him. And when St. Teresa of Jesus heard someone say, “If only I had lived at the time of Jesus… if only I had seen Jesus… If only I had talked with Jesus…” she responded in her spirited way, “But do we not have in the Eucharist the living true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for more?”

How saints kept visiting Jesus

The Saints certainly did not seek for more. They knew where Jesus was, and they desired no more that the privilege of keeping inseparable company with Him, both in their affections, and by bodily presence. Being ever with our beloved – is this not one of the primarily thing true love calls for? Indeed it is and therefore we know that visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Eucharistic Benediction were the secret yet evident loves of the Saints.

The time of paying a visit to Jesus is wholly the time of love – a love we will resume practicing in Paradise, since love alone “does not come to an end” (I Cor. 13:8). St. Catherine of Genoa made no blunder in saying, “The time I have spent before the tabernacle is the best spent time of my life.”

St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, apostle of the Immaculate Virgin, used to make an average of ten visits a day to the Blessed Sacrament – a practice he began as a young student. During the school year, during the intervals between classes, he would hasten to the chapel so that in the mornings he managed to make five visits to Jesus. During the rest of the day he made five more visits. Among these, one was what he considered always a compulsory stop during the afternoon walk. It was in a church (in Rome) where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed.

Also, St. Robert Bellarmine during his youth, when on his way to and from school, used to pass a Church four times. Thus, four times a day he would stop and pay a visit to Jesus.

How often does it happen that we pass by a Church? Are we perhaps rather thoughtless and callous? The saints hoped they would meet a church along the road they were taking; whereas, we are quite indifferent, even if we find churches before us. Ven. J.J Olier wrote; “When there are two routes to get me to a certain place, I take the one on which I meet more churches, in order to be nearer the Blessed Sacrament. When I see a place my Jesus is, I am so happy, and I say, ‘You are here, My God and my All.”

St. Alphonsus Rodrigues was a door keeper. His duties often took him by the chapel door; and then he would never fail to at least look in to give our Lord a loving glance. When he left the house and when he returned, he always visited Jesus to ask His blessing.

The angelic youth, St. Stanislaus Kostka took advantage of every free moment to hurry off to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. When he simply could not make it, he would turn to his Guardian Angel and tell him quietly, “My dear Angel, go there for me?” And what a truly angelic assignment! Our guardian Angel would be quite glad to comply. In fact, we could not ask him to do us a nobler and more agreeable favour.

St. Augustine has left us an account about his mother, St. Monica, which tells how, every day, besides attending Mass, she went twice to visit Our Lord once in the morning and once in the evening. Another holy mother of seven children used to do the same, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi. And St. Wenceslaus, King of Bohemia, used to make frequent trips, day and night, even in the rigors of winter, to visit the Blessed Sacrament in churches.

Perhaps these examples astonish us and might seem to us exceptional, even among saints. But that is not the case. Visits to the blessed Sacrament are acts of faith and love. Whoever has the greater faith and love, feels more strongly the need of being with Jesus. And what did the saints live by if not by faith and love?

One day a resourceful catechist said to his young pupils, “If an angel were to come to you from heaven and tell you, Jesus in person is in such and such a house and waiting for you, would you not at once leave everything in order to hasten to Him? You would interrupt any amusement or anything that occupied you; you would count yourself fortunate to be able to make a little sacrifice in order to go and be with Jesus. Now be sure and do not forget, that Jesus is in the tabernacle, and He is always waiting for you, because He wants to have you near and desires to greatly enrich you with His graces.”

Let us learn from the saints to love our visits to Jesus in the Eucharist. Let us make these visits. Let us linger with Him, talking with Him affectionately about what is in our heart. He will fondly look upon us and draw us to His heart. ‘When we speak to Jesus with simplicity and with all our heart’ said the holy Cure of Ars, “He does like a mother who holds her child’s head with her hands and covers it with kisses, and caresses.”

– – – written by Fr. Stefano Manelli

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