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Mary Eclipsing the Eclipse

Thank you dear Mother for taking me to where you wanted me on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. You always let me know where you want me with you on each of your feast days. This time, on April 8, 2024, it would be St. Patrick’s Basilica. What I learned only a week before is that a total solar eclipse would be happening the same day. That’s no coincidence. Comets, binary stars, galaxies, black holes and quasars. God created it all, beautifully made to display his infinite power. Within such majesty, He loves to play for us so we can gaze with constant childlike awe. It’s a never-ending abyss of intense grandeur. Carl Sagan said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” This time, close to home, He wanted His mother to eclipse the eclipse on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The anniversary of your hearing Gabriel tell you, a virgin, that you would conceive by the Holy Spirit’s power, God’s Son, our Saviour Jesus, made a solar eclipse seem insignificant by compariso

St Gregory of Nyssa

The power of God is capable of finding hope where hope no longer exists, and a way where the way is impossible.

2 Cor 4: 16-18

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

Silent and Listening In Adoration

Eucharistic adoration at Holy Canadian Martyrs Church Combermere, Ontario

When we adore Jesus in the Eucharist, it's sometimes hard to pray. To help, enter the Eucharistic silence with just the Psalms or the readings for Mass. No head-bending theology or even lives of the Saints.

Surrounded by silence, don't read anything until you've looked at Jesus for a long, long time just listening to Him. That sometimes lasts an hour. By then, you may not have heard Him say anything, and it's time to go. But He's been soothing and silencing your mind and heart all the while. You'll know it's Him doing it and you'll want to stay longer with Him. 

If you've been practicing silence, interior and exterior, daily you might only need a half-hour. Then you'll find it's easy to talk to Him and pray a psalm. Palms are beautiful prayers because they are words of love from a poor heart.

One time I didn't have to leave Jesus after an hour, and my head was still buzzing with cares and worries. I had finished bugging him about all of them and told Him, "Lord, I'm not leaving until you come to me. You take care of everything."

I gave Him an open door which He opened wider. A beautiful peace settled into my soul. He came, and I just rested in Him. I didn't want to leave. I like praying the penitential psalms when I feel burdened by my sins. Sometimes just a line from the Gospel just settles in my heart and I hear Him tell me something.

So, go to adoration just as you are and be with Him, just as He is, silent and listening. He will come to you in ways beyond your imagination. He wants to be with you and speak to you without a homily or Youtube video or a great saint's words. He wants to just be with you and you will grow in the desire just to be with Him.

ACTS 4:11-12

"This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among human beings by which we must be saved."