Friday, April 26, 2019

The Way Back Machine...A Convert's Story

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



The following account is a quick
transcription of a jewel of a find
.

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In the Catholic Archives, there is the 1831 first issue
of The Catholic Telegraph,
out of Cincinnati, OH
and it featured this compelling tale of vice and virtue.

I tried to stay as true to the original text
as this pdf original allowed.

 

THE CATHOLIC TELEGRAPH
Volume 1
October 22, 1831


INTERESTING ANECDOTE
OF A FEMALE CONVERT


     The following is an interesting recital given by a young Lady of her own past errors, and her sincere repentance. “You request,” says she, writing to her friend, “that I would favor you with a short account of my conversion, or rather, of the mercies of God towards me. I comply with your request; and you are at liberty to shew to others the history which I now send you."

     Alas! how unfortunately did I begin my career! My mother loved me tenderly; but, not being satisfied with my conduct at home, she placed me, at the age of ten years, as a pensioner in a convent of religious ladies, distinguished for their happy method of educating youth in the path of perfection. With me, however, their method failed: all my endeavors were directed to the turning of my school-fellows from the line of duty: in this I too often succeeded. The exercises of religion I looked upon with disgust; and it was soon perceived that the practices of piety were, to me, a kind of punishment. The director of the young ladies did every thing to inspire me with sentiments of religion; but his advice was entirely lost upon me. Many of my companions, by his sage direction, were formed into so many saints; while I became a complete demon.

     The time came for preparing us for our first communion; but, though I had received a full instruction in religion, and was much older than the rest, being in my fourteenth year, I was not admitted to the holy table. My mother, who sensibly felt this refusal, sent to have a private interview with me. Our affliction was naturally great; she made me very few reproaches, but expressed her feelings by a flood of tears. I was softened, and promised to amend; but I never fulfilled this promise, persuading myself that it would be impossible to renounce my habits of sin, particularly one dreadful vice to which I was attached. I therefore resolved to play the hypocrite. I deceived the guide of my conscience, and thus contrived, for the time, to satisfy my mother. The illusion, however, did not continue long: a young lady of great piety informed the superior that I offered to lend her some bad books. Upon this, my box was searched, and in it were discovered several obscene publications. My mother was desired to withdraw me, as my diseased sheep infects the whole flock, and I was accordingly removed from the convent. Some months after, my mother had the weakness to yield to my entreaties, and conduct me to the theatre; but this was taking a wrong method to stifle in me the love of the world: my passion increased; from the theatre I flew to the ball, and from the ball to the opera. Thus my ruin was completed.

     My mother died.—l was then twenty years of age, and possessed of a good fortune. The gentleman who married me was deserving of a virtuous wife, and of every domestic happiness; but I proved a continual cross and uneasiness to him, by my little attention to his advice, the indecency of my attire, my extravagance, my passion for gaming, at which I lost considerable sums, and by my  bad choice of company.  I soon lost my husband, my unfortunate husband, whose value I knew not until I no longer possessed him. Alas! I was perhaps the cause of his death, by continuing, as I did, my irregular course of life! I wept, indeed, at his death; but my tears were soon dried up. I again gave myself up to my former vanity: I dashed into the very vortex of worldly society; and the praises which vile flatterers were continually bestowing upon my beautiful hands and handsome figure, inflamed me with a fresh desire of pleasing. The different mirrors, placed at frequent intervals in my apartments, served to fan the flame; I gazed with pleasure, and believed that what my flatterers said was time.

     At length—oh! how admirable was the providence of God in my behalf ! a lady, whose piety was of the most amiable kind, who had lately lost her husband, and, like myself was only twenty-four years of age, sought my acquaintance, solely with a view to bring me back to the path of virtue. At the approach of a solemn festival of the Church, she spoke to me of disposing myself for the sacrament. At this I laughed, and told her that I had never been at confession since I left the convent. She then pressed me in so earnest a manner to speak to her confessor, that through mere complaisance I assented.

     This holy and zealous priest, at my very first address, perceived that I had been a complete worldling; and, by my first replies, no less clearly understood that I was not yet a penitent. He spoke to me of the necessity of converting myself to God, and the best means of promoting my conversion. ‘You must,‘ said he, ‘mortify that body which you have hitherto made your idol; as it is only by this means you can bring it into subjection, and subdue your passions; begin, therefore, by fasting once in the week, from this time.’ I replied, ‘it is impossible for me to fast, I am under the necessity of taking often, some substantial food: fasting would kill me.’ ‘Redeem, then,’ said he,‘ your sins by abundant alms; the poor will pray for you; remember the sums you have squandered in play, and so many useless expenses.’ I answered, ‘my income is much less than it formerly was, and living is more expensive; besides, dress costs me a good deal, and I must appear like others.’ In like manner I objected to prayer and pious reading, alleging, that nothing was so irksome to me as prayer, and that whenever I attempted it I found my mind, entirely occupied with something else.‘ ‘Why, then,’ said the good man, ‘have you presented yourself to me in the confessional, if you will do nothing to which I advise you; if you will neither fast, nor give alms, nor undertake the work of your conversion? Remember, that Jesus Christ has said, ‘unless you do penance you shall certainly perish.’ If you refuse in this life to offer satisfaction to the justice of that God, whom you have so grievously offended, you must suffer eternal punishment in the flames of hell.’

     Having delivered these words with an air of dignity and authority, he paused for a moment. I remained silent, covered with confusion, and not knowing what to say; though at the same time feeling the full force of the truths which he had delivered. He then resumed his address, and said, ‘Are you disposed to perform the penance which I shall now enjoin you, for the purpose of procuring from God the grace of your conversion? It consists not in fasting, or aims, or prayers, or spiritual reading; will you accept of it?‘ ‘Yes,’ l replied, ‘I will, I promise to fulfil it;’ for the grace of God had begun to touch my heart. ‘This, then,’ added he, ‘is the penance I enjoin you each morning and evening for eight days; you will then come to me again, and tell me the effect it has produced in you. First, each morning and night, wash your hands with essenced water, and, at the same time, say to yourself, ‘beautiful hands, you will soon moulder into dust. Repeat these words for the space of half an hour, while you employ yourself in some manual labour. Secondly, after this, for a quarter of an hour, sitting down, with a looking-glass in your hand, or kneeling before a mirror, say, from time to  time, ‘handsome, face and head, you will soon resemble a death's head.’ ‘I advise you, moreover, during these eight days, not to make any visit, except of great necessity.’

    I promised faithfully to fulfil his advice, and he dismissed me with these words, which penetrated to the very bottom of my soul, ‘Go, my child; do! what I have recommended to you; I trust, all will be well with you in a little time.’ As soon as I left the confessional, I threw j myself upon my knees. Alas! this was a posture I had not been in for a long time; I continued in it for more than a quarter of an hour,! agitated in an extraordinary manner, with my heart ready to burst with grief, yet unable to  weep. My charitable friend accompanied me home; I wished to be silent; when she spoke to me, I answered her with a ‘yes' or ‘no.’ But: when we had reached my house, and were now alone in my chamber, pressed her hand, as if a mark of grateful acknowledgement for her charity. She had the consolation to see me pour forth a flood of tears, and I saw that she wept with me. Soon after, I found myself able to open my heart to her; I told her all that the man of God had said to me, and testified the repugnance I felt at performing the penance which I had promised to discharge.

     ‘Take courage,’ said she, ‘begin by taking the mirror in your hands, while I in the next room, will read a chapter in the ‘Following of Christ’ which I have with me; in ten minutes I will return to you. Oh! how long did these ten minutes appear! I had applied no rouge to my face that day, nor did it want any; it was red as scarlet. My good friend returned; I pressed her to let me hear some instructive Iesson from the book she held in her hand. In the chapter which she opened by chance, I found many truths, which seemed written purposely for me. Finding myself touched with them in the most sensible manner, I begged her to procure me the same work, signifying my intent of reading a chapter in it daily. She immediately requested me to accept that very volume the ‘Imitation, or Following of Christ,’ which has now for two years been my favourite book. ‘My friend,’ continued she, ‘will you work one hour with me?’ ‘Have you any work to finish me with?’ I confessed that I seldom employed myself in work, and was a very poor hand at my needle. ‘Well,’ said she, ‘you must now make a beginning; let us each weave some linen for the poor.’ During our work we kept strict silence for a quarter of an hour this was proposed by my friend, no doubt with the intention of giving me the more leisure to repeat interiorly, ‘beautiful hands, you soon moulder into dust.’

     My virtuous friend quitted not her charge; while I, already, happily touched by the grace of God, sighed for the day when I was again to present myself before the man of God, offer him the fruits of his former counsel, and receive from him new lessons of virtue. The holy man blessed God a thousand times for having struck in so forcible a manner my light and irreligious heart; and followed up with ardent zeal, the noble work which he had begun. With that prudence and discretion which form the character of the true shepherd of souls, he conducted this poor strayed sheep back to the fold, by the way of mercy and compassion. At length, he pronounced the happy sentence of reconciliation over me, and admitted me to the banquet of love and mercy. Thus anew day of bright consolation beamed on this child of darkness; a holy life, full of works of mercy for the poor and distressed, succeeded her former days of vanity and folly; the most noble sacrifices fulfilled and confirmed her generous resolution; her piety gained strength from frequent and fervent exercises; and, after two years of happy perseverance in virtue, and the most striking progress in the science of salvation, this young convert was looked up to, in the place where she lived, as a model of perfect piety.

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cornerstone, Keystone, Capstone

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


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The stone the builders rejected
has become the three-in-one.


Cornerstone (or foundation stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. Over time a Cornerstone became a ceremonial masonry stone, or replica, set in a prominent location on the outside of a building, with an inscription on the stone indicating the construction dates of the building and the names of architect, builder and other significant individuals. The rite of laying a Cornerstone is an important cultural component of eastern architecture and metaphorically in sacred architecture generally. – Wikipedia

Keystone is the wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex of a masonry vault or arch, which is the final piece placed during construction and locks all the stones into position, allowing the arch to bear weight. Although a masonry arch or vault cannot be self-supporting until the Keystone is placed, the Keystone experiences the least stress of any of the [other stones], due to its position at the apex….The term is used figuratively to refer to the central supporting element of a larger structure, such as a theory or an organization, without which the whole structure would collapse.  – Wikipedia

Capstone is the top stone: a stone used at the top of a wall or another structure. High point: something considered the highest achievement or most important action in a series of actions. – Encarta

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The Incarnation 
The Resurrection
The Ascension



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, April 22, 2019

A-L-L-E-L-U-I-A

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

A-L-L-E-L-U-I-A 

Such a beautiful word, 
expanded and colored
with the myriad rays
 of God's created light.

The Garden contained a tomb
and the Garderner was a 
light-bearing, glorified
human who challenged
us to observe the Truth.

 Only in the exquisite sound 
of His spoken Word

(John 2:16)

M-A-R-Y

do we, like
Mary Magdalene
come to know that
it is Our Lord
and Savior.

I-AM

Let us ponder 
the meaning of 
our time in the Garden
this 1st Week of Easter.


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Physicist Priests (3)

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


Father Robert Spitzer S.J.
is gifting us with profound wisdom
so needed in this critical time
both for the Church and the world.

One gem is a prayer 
at Mass and Adoration
paraphrased as:

Dear Lord...
I know You are there...
I know You love me...
I know Your Holy Spirit
is there
to guide me...

Speak for Your servant
is listening.

I'm watching Father and Doug Keck
on EWTN right now and they are talking
about The Light Shines On In The Darkness

an episode from 2017-11-29 
and beginning near the 17:00 
mark they're discussing 
human AUTONOMY 
and then Father starts
enumerating the
 three prerequisites
 for mortal sin.

As I pursue a new light
for the work on the
which got a big boost yesterday
(a 50 minute conversation
with our pastor, Fr Richard)
I take this as a sign 
that Numero Uno is watching over us.





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!


* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Physicist Priests (2)

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Thank God
John Polkinghorne
an Anglican Priest

is still with us.

Click below to
experience his wisdom
(and a little speculation)...

FIRST INTERVIEW (NEW ATHEISM?)

SECOND INTERVIEW (ALL THINGS NEW?)

THIRD INTERVIEW (TIME?)

BOTH Top Down 
AND Bottom Up

"Bottom up thinkers try to start from experience and move from experience to understanding. They don't start with certain general principles they think beforehand are likely to be true; they just hope to find out what reality is like."

(That's how I came back to the faith)

Let's pray he crosses the Tiber 
to Rome Sweet Home

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, March 01, 2019

Physicist Priests (1)

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


CLICK for Fr. Andrew Pinsent
(Explaining the gifting of mass to a massless particle
and Catholic contributions to culture)

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Nine Little Letters...Mighty Fine Print...The Bottom Line

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


Back in the 60's
at St. Aloysius School
I was becoming near-sighted.

I failed this original eye test.





Now I think I see
clearly enough
to read the fine print.


Nine little letters...


The Bottom Line
of Truth

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Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Reach Out? A Net Call? An APB?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

But shouldn't that be
 the Holy Spirit's work?

It is difficult enough to get
my local community of
family, acquaintances 
and co-workers
to even discuss
this work, let alone
decide to collaborate
in any way.

So what am I to do?

St. Gabriel,
please help me!


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fr. Winkel Was Close Seven Years Ago Today

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Bearing Witness to the Light LXXXI...Strength as One (SAO)

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



If God wills that I ever break out of this anonymity 
I sense it will be through the instrumentality of some
other West Point graduate(s) who too see(s) the import
of mustering the remnant for a spiritual stand 
against the forces of evil.

Strength as One (SAO),
Eighty-One

was/is the motto
of my graduating class
the Class of  '81.

I spent all four years 
in Company F-1

Flame One


The Marching 100

Why do I sense that my life will
not be complete until I take 
part in a Long March to 
the Washington Mall
for a peaceful and 
holy monstration
of the kingdom, 
and the power,
and the glory
of Our Lord
and Savior
Jesus
Christ

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio


NOTE: I post the following images from the internet although I realize that this does not imply endorsement from either my classmates or my alma mater, The United States Military Academy.



SOURCE: https://strengthasone.com/dc18


                                         ME→ 






President Ronald Regan delivered our Graduation Address on Wednesday, May 27, 1981. In it he provides this poignant reminder of America's spiritual destiny:

"At the end of World War II we alone were at the peak of our military strength—our great industrial capacity was untouched by war's destruction. And it was then that in those dark days that Pope Pius XII said, "America has a great genius for great and unselfish deeds; into the hands of America, God has placed an afflicted mankind." 

We set out to restore the war ravaged lands of our erstwhile enemies as well as our friends. We prevented what could have been a retreat into the dark ages. Unfortunately another great power in the world was marching to a different drum beat..."

Later he adds:


"At Trophy Point I'm told there are links of a great chain that was forged and stretched across the Hudson to prevent the British fleet from penetrating further into the valley. Today you are that chain holding back an evil force that would extinguish the light we've been tending for 6,000 years."




Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light LXXX...The Last Word on Light?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

"In me, this is the battle
between day and night."

or is it

"Here is the battle 
of day against night,
 I see black light. "

Last words of Victor Hugo?

(former Catholic and avowed anti-Christian/humanist
who understood the battle and who seemed to make a choice;
famed author of Les Misérables)

+   +   +

Revelation 22:5
Night will be no more,
nor will they need light from lamp or sun,
the Lord God shall give them light,
and they shall reign forever and ever.

+   +   +

I have never seen this image before,
as Jesus Christ in glory
as the One High Priest

and the Lamp in the City of God.

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, February 25, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light LXXIX...Three on a Match

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Maybe a superstition, 
but is there something more,
something deeper here?

It appears to be first used
in the Rio Grande Valley
of Texas/Mexico
and this is the first mention in print:

"If three men
light their cigarritos
from the same match,
bad luck will surely
overtake one of them soon."

This was written by a US Army officer 
just before the turn of the 20th Century.


Do you think that maybe 
this "curse" is an inversion
of the Trinitarian blessing;
a ploy by the Evil One
to make what is holy, profane?

Seems much like the perversion
of Friday the 13th, which just may
be the date of the most blessed day,
Our Lord's death on Good Friday.

Of course Hollywood 
has its own take on reality
and folklore based superstition.

In the throes of the Great Depression
the regrettable...

THREE ON A MATCH
1932

...ends with a kaleidoscope 
of conflicting emotions that does little
to bring peace of mind to the viewer.





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light LXXVIII...Crucifixion Sun...a Divine Blackout

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


There is great mystery behind
the Sacred Head surrounded and
the Sacred Heart so wounded...

The Light of the world
so put to scorn
that it/He? ceased to shine
in the darkest hours
for all humanity
and all creation.

No eclipse or cloud cover
or sand storm would do
justice to the enormity
of the moment...

...Divine Blackout
is as close as I can
surmise..


"Let there NOT be Light." ???
   
Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light LXXVII...The Roman Candle

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

I never even considered the connection.



We Americans are so blinded by cheap shows
of patriotism that we miss much of what is really
going on around us and certainly much
of the depth
of true understanding.

The Roman candle 
is a case-in-point.

I shot off more than a few of these
brilliantly luminous
fireworks in my life.


But did you know that the name harkens back
to the horrific and brutal death on a stake or a flaming cross,
the cause of sainthood for thousands of early Christians
who Bearing Witness to the Light gave the complete
gift of self to the Church, the Bride of Christ.


"In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and worried to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights. Nero offered his own garden players for the spectacle, and exhibited a Circensian game, indiscriminately mingling with the common people in the dress of a charioteer, or else standing in his chariot. For this cause a feeling of compassion arose towards the sufferers, though guilty and deserving of exemplary capital punishment, because they seemed not to be cut off for the public good, but were victims of the ferocity of one man [Emperor Nero]." 
Tacitus in his Annals





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, February 22, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light LXXVI...Catechism Light/Life/Love

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

49 Without the Creator, the creature vanishes (GS 36). This is the reason why believers know that the love of Christ urges them to bring the light of the living God to those who do not know him or who reject him.

52 God, who "dwells in unapproach- able light", wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son. By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.

2715 ...His gaze purifies our heart; the light of the countenance of Jesus illumines the eyes of our heart and teaches us to see everything in the light of his truth and his compassion for all men. Contemplation also turns its gaze on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Thus it learns the "interior knowledge of our Lord," the more to love him and follow him.

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael