Ebb Tide

St. Paul: “We cease not to pray for you and beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will … that you may walk worthy of God, in all things pleasing; being fruitful in all good work.” (Col 1, 9-14, Epistle, Last Sunday after Pentecost)

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, in his beautiful work, “Divine Intimacy” reminds us that this should be our soul’s task all year,

“to adapt and conform itself to God’s holy will, to unite itself to it completely, and being moved in all things by that divine will alone, to act in such a manner as to please Our Lord in everything.  … We should give thanks to ‘the Father who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light.’

“If, with God’s help, we have succeeded in making some progress, there still remains much more and greater work to be done. The Church, therefore has us ask in the Collect, ‘Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people, that by more earnestly seeking the fruit of good works, they may receive more abundantly the gifts of Thy loving kindness.’ So it is, the more we respond to grace, the greater the graces Our Lord will grant us. The more we press on towards Him, the more He will draw us toward Himself, so that the result of this continuous interplay of the divine assistance and our correspondence will be the sanctification of each one of us.

“… Jesus who once came to earth in poverty, hiddenness and pain, to teach us the way to heaven and to redeem our souls, has every right to return glorious at the end of time, to gather the fruit of His labor and His Blood. He will be our judge and will judge us as He Himself has said, according to our love: …”As long as you did it to the least of these My least brethren,  you did it to Me.” His sweet precept of love, love of God and of neighbor, will be the law by which we shall be examined. Blessed shall we be if we have loved, and loved much! …”

“For this reason, it is a great thing for the soul to exercise itself constantly in love, so that, being perfected here below, it may not stay long either in this world or in the next, without seeing God face to face.” (St. John of the Cross, “Living Flame of Love”)

“But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust….  Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt, 5)


~ evensong, for love of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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16 thoughts on “Ebb Tide

  1. NCEnginerd says:

    Would you be willing to email me your last posts then? I am very interested in reading them. But if not, I understand. Thank you.


      • Mary Wood says:

        Dearest Evensong,

        I am so sorry that you aren’t able to continue writing. What you must have suffered at the hand of that poor man! You don’t know how much you have helped me understand the Faith more through your excellent posts. At least we still have your former posts to read.

        May I too enjoin with NCEnginerd the plea that we read your final posts by email? But like the commenter I understand if you can’t.

        God bless and keep you, Evensong. As St Padre Pio said “Pray, hope and don’t worry” – in these evil days hard words but certainly doable.

        With gratitude,

  2. Rosemary says:

    Dear Evensong, Handmaid of Jesus and Mary:

    having just recently found your writings, I send heartfelt thanks for the solid spiritual writing, encouragement
    to live the Catholic life, giving hope and strengthening faith.

    You once posted regret for posting bitter words, but the truth is bracing and it is sweet to learn and know what is from the mouth of the Lord . then it is for one to accept, believe and live it.

    May the most holy, august Trinity lavish His blessings upon you, as I ask in my grateful prayers in your behalf, acknowledging a debt I owe for His gifts bestowed upon me from your hands.

    In my poor opinion, you are wise to suspend posting articles, myself, just yesterday, learning of the torment you endure at the pen of a poor sick man. May he be truly sick and not evil as his posts reveal. May others also not be deceived.

    may the Lord Jesus lay his healing hands upon you and give you comfort and rest and answer the prayers of your heart.

    In the Sacred Immaculate and most chaste hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
    I remain yours cordially,
    Rosemary Vrscay

    • Thank you very much for your kindness.
      I am at a loss in this. So sick at heart.
      I wish I was at liberty to tell all that has happened, so that people could see that I am not over-reacting.
      I’ve been advised that the more I speak of him, the worse this will get. And so it is best to be silent.
      God bless and Mary keep you close,

  3. Kevin Regan says:

    I am very sad to hear you say this. I understand your decision not to post again if it’s because of how it makes you feel. But, let me assure you, you are definitely not (most emphatically) abetting the continuation of this other’s sin of theft and appropriation of your work and if this is the sole reason you are ceasing publication of your work, frankly, that is not an adequate reason. Your work has been beneficial, inspiring, and educational for many of us and the sin of another should not deprive us of your words and deeds of goodness and wisdom. Many of us have eagerly anticipated your evidently forthcoming summations on prophecy and to be deprived of these is, well, heartbreaking.
    If you do in fact decide to publish publicly no more, please let me include my voice as one who would greatly appreciate receiving those posts by email.
    I hope, however, that you’ll reconsider, in light of the good you achieve, and continue to post, for the good you do far outweighs the evil he does of his own accord.
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for your kindness. The man who caused this began over a year ago posting my articles on his site without attributing them to me. Along with a solicitation for money to continue “doing his good work”. This man is a very unstable person who presents much more of a threat than taking my posts. His continuing obsession with me is relentless and escalating. In order to protect myself and end this nightmare, I am taking down any mention of him and the sordid activities he engages in.

      As long as I post new content, he will take it for his blog. I do not believe at this point that he is well enough to stop himself. So I must stop providing content. But he is of no real significance.

      God’s will be done in this. It is now an ebb tide in Catholic life, and in mine as well.

      Our Queen and Mother does not need my articles, she demands my obedience! And I am so blessed to offer her this!

  4. I think quite a few practising Catholics are going though a very difficult time in one way or another now. The devil is indeed throwing everything he has at us, in his last attempt to make us despair. (My husband of 25 years earlier this year completely blindsided me with a divorce).
    But we continue to do God’s work as best we can and thereby thwart the devil. So this is not our work we do, but God’s.
    God bless and enjoy your retreat

  5. Kristen Roesch says:

    Dear Evensong,
    I have been blessed by your site for over a year now. I have taken solace in your mature reflections when burdened with the constant evolving turmoil in our Holy Mother Church and in the world. Your posts have helped restore my peace as I am brought back again to what I treasure above all. I pray that you plan to leave all the articles you have written to date on this blog page for your readers to return to when in need of spiritual refreshment.
    I will pray for you in Mary’s prayer garden. May the garden of her Immaculate Heart also be our oasis, for her faithful children will soon be called to flee to the desert with her. (Rev 12). You are amongst the earlier ones calied into this place. I believe Mary is using you and this situation to alert us as to the immediacy of the times and the urgency of preparedness.
    May all of our ongoing prayers be united in accordance with the Divine Will of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary our eternal Mother.

    • Thank you so much for your kindness. Yes, we do hope to leave at least the more popular posts available.
      May God be with you always, and Our Lady keep you close to her Immaculate Heart,


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