Blessing our enemies is non negotiable
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
1M ago
Blessing our enemies is non negotiable.  Many of you I am sure have seen the horrible news about knife attack against Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel in Sydney Australia. One of his priests was also injured, as well as some of the congregation. But Praise God no one was killed.  It is normal and natural to have experienced anger and/or outrage over what happened. No one should ever have to fear being able to attend a place of worship, wondering if they’ll be attacked or killed. What happened was evil and inexcusable. Full stop. It does most matter what religion or denomination they belo ..read more
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You have inviolable dignity
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
1M ago
You have inviolable dignity. You are loved and worthy of love, you were made for love. Jesus restores our dignity to us no matter how often we trample upon it and misuse it. Jesus always offers his hand out to us in love to free us from the dominion and slavery of sin that tries to disfigure and destroy us.  Many of you may be currently inundated with news articles, stories, and online stories regarding the new document from the Dicastry for the Doctrine of Faith on human dignity. As always, people will try to cherry pick only one or two points out of context and misinterpret or misrep ..read more
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Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
1M ago
Wishing you all a very blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! ?  I wanted to share with you all a recent experience of mine with the amazing mercy and love of God. I forgot how it is connected to the promises of the Divine Mercy devotion, and so thought it appropriate today to share it with you.  On Christmas Day 2023 my uncle passed away from cancer. He had been baptised Catholic and had his First Holy Communion as a boy, but was not practicing and more or less an atheist. He had been the driver of a car in an accident when he was younger that killed his sister - and so all his life he blam ..read more
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Evangelise by the witness of your life
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
2M ago
This is one of the truest and simplest statements I have seen. It completely sums up my approach to the faith. We can spend hours and hours online debating with atheists, debating apologetics and theological nuances - but majority of the time it is a waste of a lifetime. Usually these are fuelled by pride and turn into frustrating when we depersonalise our ideological “opponent” and we become uncharitable.  When we truly live our faith, when people see us living out the Beatitudes, when people see the transformation in us that the love of Christ continuously does to us everyday - that is ..read more
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Lenten observance as sharing in the victory of Christ
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
3M ago
In the Office of Readings for today the 1st Sunday of Lent, we have a wonderful reminder from St Augustine that opens up the Gospel reading for us today (Mk 1:12-15). Our union with Christ in baptism has configured us to Christ and joined us to him, so then through him we participate in his life. He allowed himself to be tempted in the desert so as to give us an example of spiritual warefar and show us how to share in his victory over the dominion of sin and the devil.  This is the mystery that we are led into each year through the Holy Season of Lent. We enter into the desert, into the ..read more
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Lent as preparation for the Victory of Love
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
3M ago
As we enter into the Holy season of Lent, I wanted to remind you all as I also remind myself - anything we do during Lent (prayer, fasting, almsgiving) need to be in love. Without love it is all empty and we risk becoming the hypocrites that Jesus specifically warms us not to be in the Gospel for Ash Wednesday (Mt 6:1-6, 16-18).  We fast so that we can learn self control. We do extra prayers or penances so that we can grow closer to God and remember He is always with us, whilst we so often get caught up in the distractions and responsibilities of life that stress us out. We give alms, pe ..read more
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Advent and liturgical formation to prepare for Christ
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
6M ago
Today is the First Sunday of Advent. As we enter into the Liturgical Season of Advent, we can easily lose sight of what the Church teaches us during this time - because it is so overshadowed by the celebration of commercialism in the world as well as other Christians celebrating Christmas early.  But what is Advent and why do we even have it? The Liturgical year is based on the premise that each year we are formed liturgically to live and experience the Paschal Mystery. Each of us is called to live the Life of Christ in our own life as we conform ourselves to Him. So the two hinges of th ..read more
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Prayer, our human emotions and the importance of the Psalms for prayer and intimacy with God
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
7M ago
Recently I have been getting my directees to read one psalm each day, to meditate on it and use it for their mental prayer. This is because the psalms beautifully teach us how to fully pray with all our emotions and to have an intimate boldness with God in prayer that we often forget He wants with us. This is why Jesus himself gives us the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1 - 8, and we see his own intimacy with the Father in prayer in Luke 22:39 - 46 & John 17:1 - 25.  My directee emailed me to share some new insights on prayer and this was my response to him. __________ ..read more
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Martyrdom, Holiness and Reform - the keys of Catholicism
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
7M ago
The other day in the Office of Readings I saw these two wonderful quotes from the 2nd Reading for each of the optional memorials. They are very timely reminders for us all.  St Ambrose excellently explains how as Christians, our everyday life is a form of martyrdom - it is a witness of yess to Christ and no to the world. Etymological the word is from Anxient Greek μάρτυς (mártus = “witness”). So a martyr and witness in Biblical Greek are synonymous and the same word can mean both someone who dies for their faith, or someone who is a witness of their faith through their way of life (Rev 1 ..read more
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Don’t run from your Shepherd, allow him to heal and love you
Ruminations of an Irascible Hermit
by Br Jerome Mary
8M ago
For those who may not know, I’ve been unwell past week and half with bronchitis and asthma issues. On Friday I got taken to emergency by ambulance because I couldn’t breathe and they suspected pneumonia. In the ER that day I honestly thought I was dying, and told Jesus he can take me and I’m ready to go because I love him. But as the priest who gave me the Sacraments of Confession, Anointing of the Sick and Apostolic Pardon said to me: “I don’t think you are going anywhere yet, the Lord still has plans for you”. Thankfully I don’t have pneumonia, but I have a viral infection from Rhinovurus,t ..read more
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