Grace at every turn…

Sometimes, the Jesus Prayer is enough. Sometimes just enough is more than enough.

A wise and attentive confessor tonight gave me a penance that consisted solely of that prayer, once for every year of Christ’s mortal life, and a commitment to praying it whenever my mind was not directly engaged in my daily duties. I consider it a sign of hope for the larger Church that a Roman Catholic priest assigns me what is normally considered “sole property” of the Eastern Orthodox (“Hesychasm”). He even had dozens of the prayers cards in the confessional ready to be taken by penitents, so my penance was probably not a one-off.


Jesus Prayer posterEmail

With every breath, with every beat, with every break… pray. Sometimes enough is more than enough.

Also, say hello to my new favorite saint (i.e. a new member of the favorite saints who play pray for me on the God-Help-Us-Somehow-Even-God-Can-Get-This-Schlub-Elliot-To-Heaven Team):

onuphriusSt. Onuphrius

We know of the life of St. Onuphrius from the testimony of the monk Paphnutius.  The saintly hermit had lived in the desert for sixty years when Paphnutius visited him. … 

For a long time he fed only on vegetables which could rarely be found in the wilderness and after that, when he had overcome by patience and faith violent attacks of temptations by demons and when his heart was fortified and centred upon the love of God, an angel of God brought him bread for nourishment. Besides that, by the good Providence of God, a palm tree grew next to his cell which brought forth dates in abundance and a spring of water began to flow there.

However, Onuphrius said, his face shining: “I mostly feed and quench my thirst on the sweet words of God.”  To Paphnutius’ question: “How do you receive Communion?” the hermit replied that an angel of God brings him Holy Communion every Saturday.

If you like the cut of his jib (and that beard!), join me in seeking his intercession and support. If nothing else, realize that, at every Mass, it may be the same angels bringing you the Bread of Life that ministered to St. Onuphrius.

Angel Offer Mass


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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2 Responses to Grace at every turn…

  1. Wow. That. Is quite.a.consolation. I can’t even.

  2. Flambeaux says:

    St Onophrio has been a friend of mine for many years. I discovered a devotion to him when I was looking for work a decade ago and a passing acquaintance handed on a brochure about him.

    And, yes, the Jesus Prayer I find a very fruitful devotion. May it help you draw closer to the Lord and Lover of us All.

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