We humbly implore your majesty, O Lord, that, just as the blessed Apostle Andrew was for your Church a preacher and pastor, so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen Saint Andrew, pray for us.
Month: November 2018
Greed stifles thanksgiving
“I have been thinking of something that stifles thanksgiving. It is the spirit of greed – the greed of doing, being, and having.…Our “self image” is dependent not on the quiet and hidden “do this for my sake” but on the list the world hands us of what is “important.” It is a long list, and it is both foolish and impossible. If we fall for it, we neglect the short list. Only a few things are really important, and for those we have the promise of divine help: sitting in silence with the Master in order to hear His words and obey them in the ordinary line of duty – for example in being a good husband, wife, mother, son, daughter, or spiritual father or mother to those nearby who need protection and care – humble work which is never on the world’s list because it leads to nothing impressive on one’s resume.” ~Elisabeth Elliot
Wonder and Thanksgiving
It’s Giving Tuesday!
Please help us meet out fundraising goal. Your gift of any amount will help support consecrated life in the Church.
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Thank you and may God bless you in the best possible way.
~ Friends of Little Portion Hermitage Board of Directors: JonMarc, Wendy, Billy, Seth, Matt, Mike
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Aloneness with God
”Aloneness with God differs from rugged individualism. Solitude is for the purpose of loving communion with Christ Jesus. Its objective is not to let one’s ego reign supreme. Its goal is not to go it alone, to have no need for people, or to be in control of life. A contemplative’s persistent efforts to be completely autonomous bespeak withdrawal and isolation rather than growth in communion with God and with all creation in God. The all-embracive receptivity to God essential to the eremitic life indeed requires an uncommon degree of self-reliance, self sufficiency, and independence. But those qualities, when they are mature and healthy, balance with a compassionate solidarity with the world, a realistic knowledge of one’s own needs, and an abiding sense of interdependence with all creatures.” ~From Discerning Vocations to the Apostolic Life, the Contemplative Life, and the Eremitic Life by Marie Theresa Coombs and Francis Kelley Nemeck
The Sacrament of Confession
“When Jesus demands repentance, it is not that he wants to take something from us, to rob us, to make us poorer. No, he rejoices in offering it to us as a gift, which he gives in his great love for our souls. He wants us to repent in order to enrich us, to give us something to fill our souls with joy, and to make us blessed. He is the Physician who has come not for the healthy, but for the sick. He is the Savior who has come to call not the just, but the sinners, to repentance.” ~Eberhard Arnold, “Repentance as Upheaval,” lecture, November 1917
“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.“ ~Charles Spurgeon
Dear Friends of Little Portion Hermitage,
The Board of Directors sends blessings to you and your families on this Thanksgiving Day. We are grateful for you and for God’s many blessings to us, including the blessing of consecrated contemplative life in the Church.
We ask for your (continued!) spiritual and financial support as we, together, move forward toward our goal of establishing a place where prayers in the silence of solitude will be offered for the glory of God, the good of the Church and our world.
JonMarc, Seth, Billy, Wendy, Matt, Mike
The devil is a bad spiritual director
“Remember the devil is a bad spiritual director, and you may always recognise his apparently good suggestions by the disturbances they cause in the soul. Our Lord would never urge you to turn away from a path which is leading you nearer to Himself, nor frighten you with the prospect of future unbearable trials. If they do come, grace will come also and make you abound with joy in all your tribulations.” ~Fr.Willie Doyle
Do whatever he tells you
“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ~Elisabeth Elliot, Quest for Love