Posted by: fvbcdm | June 6, 2017

Feast of Saint Norbert (6 June 2017)

We have come to the end of the Easter cycle in our celebration of the Church year, and now the so-called “ordinary time” of the year begins.  It will continue until Advent, when the whole cycle begins again.  I’d like to say something today about the on-going spiritual influence that we should practice in our lives.  Just as we eat several times a day to keep nourishment flowing into our physical organism, so we should be constantly ingesting spiritual food, in the form of learning, thinking about, and praying about the truth of our relationship with God.  I’d like to suggest that we begin by reading three chapters of Saint Matthew’s Gospel—Chapters 5, 6, and 7.  We call these three the Sermon on the Mount.  They contain the entire spiritual and moral teachings of our Divine Lord.  They are capable of producing holiness in anyone who follows them carefully and sincerely.

So let me suggest that you embark upon a private and very informal retreat during this summer and in the month of June in particular—the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Let me suggest that you take up your copy of the New Testament—I certainly hope that you have one in your home—and, before beginning to read, you ask our Lord—as we should always say when approaching Sacred Scripture—“Lord speak to me through this reading.”  Then, begin slowly, prayerfully, attentively, lovingly, to read the Sermon on the Mount—Saint Matthew, Chapters 5, 6, and 7.  Let the words permeate your mind and especially your heart.  And then, let them form in you the desire and the resolve to put them into practice in your daily life.  I guarantee you that you will profit by this and that your spiritual life and your relationship with God will improve.  Thank you for allowing God to love you, God bless you.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.

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