Monthly Archives: April 2014

Te Deum!

God, we praise you; Lord, we proclaim you!

You, the Father, the eternal –all the earth venerates you.

All the angels, all the heavens, every power –

The cherubim, the seraphim – unceasingly, they cry:

“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts:

heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory!”

 

The glorious choir of Apostles –

The noble ranks of prophets –

The shining army of martyrs – all praise you.

 

Throughout the world your holy Church proclaims you.

– Father of immeasurable majesty,

– True Son, only-begotten, worthy of worship,

– Holy Spirit, our Advocate.

 

You, Christ:

– You are the king of glory.

– You are the Father’s eternal Son.

– You, to free mankind, did not disdain a Virgin’s womb.

– You defeated the sharp spear of Death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to those who believe in you.

– You sit at God’s right hand, in the glory of the Father.

– You will come, so we believe, as our Judge.

 

And so we ask of you: give help to your servants, whom you set free at the price of your precious blood.

Number them among your chosen ones in eternal glory.

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Desolation

During any reading of the Passion, there are two things that touch my heart.  Yesterday, was no different.

First, I always cringe when we are “the Crowd” and I have to read the part that says “Crucify Him.”  Second, I am always struck by the utter desolation that is in the cry of Jesus.  “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”

About the first:  my sins crucified my Lord.  And that is part of the reason that I cringe.  I might not have been there, on the scene, but I was there.  When His arms were stretched out, He saw me and He saw every sin I would ever commit.  Yes, He died for me. Personally.

About the second:  Life is a spiritual roller coaster.  We are either in a period of Consolation or in a period of Desolation or somewhere in between at any given point of our lives.  The periods of Consolation are awesome and a time of great spiritual joy.  The periods of Desolation are dry and sterile.  Sometimes when I am there, I don’t think I will ever experience great spiritual joy again.  Then I remember Jesus on the Cross.  “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”  And, that gives me strength to begin the ascent again, up the hill of the roller coaster, to a period of Consolation.

I am going to be making my weekend Ignatius Retreat: Consoling the Heart of Jesus beginning on Thursday evening.  & I will not be back on here again until Easter Monday.

I hope this Holy Week is a time of great consolation to you.  That’s my plan for me.

 

 

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Sunday’s Comin’

forty days for life40 Days for Life is over on Sunday.  I thought this was quite appropriate so I decided to share.

 

Reflection by Fr. Frank Pavone

This meditation, based on a sermon I once heard, is adapted for pro-life concerns.

It’s Friday. Jesus is on the cross. He has been killed by his enemies; he is off the scene.

But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Abortionists continue their work 3,300 times a day, tearing off the arms and legs of little babies and crushing their heads.

But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Pro-abortion groups receive blood money from billionaires who are as deceived as they are.

But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Liars attempt to speak for all women and hide the pain of abortion, and ignore the evidence of how it harms women, and call abortion a blessing.

But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. People of hardened hearts guard the clinics and usher desperate women in to have their abortions, while keeping them from the pro-life people who want to give them hope.

But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

Hope does not mean that we ignore or minimize the evils around us. It means, rather, that we see the whole picture, which is that evil is conquered because of what happened one Sunday morning.

We are called to proclaim, celebrate, and serve that victory, waiting in joyful hope for Christ’s return and the full flowering of the Culture of Life!

Indeed, Sunday’s comin’!

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Been Thinking of Purgatory a Lot, Lately.

Here is a good quote that was in My Morning Offering this morning.  Let’s remember to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, especially those who have no one else to pray for them.

“The greatest suffering of the souls in purgatory, it seems to me, is the awareness that something in them displeases God, that they have deliberately gone against His great goodness. I can also see that the divine essence is so pure and light-filled- much more than we can imagine- that the soul that has but the slightest imperfection would rather throw itself into a thousand hells than appear thus before the divine presence.”
— St. Catherine of Genoa, pp.41

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The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted

and those who are crushed in spirit He saves.  (Psalm 34: 19)

I am surely among the brokenhearted and the crushed in spirit, these days.

It seems that these words at Mass today were directed to me and even Father’s short homily seemed to touch my soul in a special way and made me shed a tear.  But, not just for me. . .for my mother who is suffering so much now from pain and has shut me out of her life.  I’m not so concerned about me–the fourth commandment has always been a favorite of mine because it has a promise attached to it.  I’m concerned because she has shut everyone out of her life except my brother who actually lives near her.  No church friends come to visit (because she doesn’t want them;) no reception of the sacraments because she doesn’t want “them” to bring her the Eucharist or the priest to visit; no visits from grandchildren and great-children because she doesn’t want anyone around.

I think I would want people around who could possibly make me forget my misery for a while.  I know I would surround myself with family and friends.

I am going to talk to Father on Wednesday about what is reasonable for me to do to try to help.  My two brothers and my sister gave up their faith a long time ago, so she is surrounded by Protestants who wouldn’t dare to offer to call her parish pastor and let them know that she is very, very ill and needs the consolation of the sacraments, even though she doesn’t think so.

More from the Psalm:  The Lord redeems the lives of His servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.

Pray for mom, please, and for me that I may find peace for myself.  There is still a little girl in me that wants my mom. . .

 

 

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I Think It is Amazing. . .

How the Lord will bring some things together for me.  Especially when I am struggling or praying over something hard.

Here is the morning meditation from The Morning Offering:

“Temptation to a certain sin, to any sin whatsoever, might last throughout our whole life, yet it can never make us displeasing to God’s Majesty provided we do not take pleasure in it and give consent to it. You must have great courage in the midst of temptation. Never think yourself overcome as long as they are displeasing to you, keeping clearly in mind the difference between feeling temptation and consenting to it.”
— St. Teresa of Avila

 

And here is an article that I found before I read this meditation:

http://restlesshart.com/why-i-love-confession/

See what I mean?

 

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