Monday, June 29, 2009

At The End of a Long Day...

Give Me Jesus.
Today was one of those long, non~stop days. It began in my office at 7:45am and ended at 7:00pm.
I came home physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. The thought of blogging was about to be put on a back burner for tonight, until I remembered the song, "Give Me Jesus". That's really all I wanted; the comfort of my pj's, my sofa and Jesus. (OK I had a chicken salad sandwich as well)
I found this version of the song performed by Jeremy Camp. It is the backdrop for a montage put together by a college student named Dan Deavers. The images are beautiful as well as powerful.
As I watched the video and was lulled by Jeremy's beautiful voice, the thought came to me that while I may physically live alone, I come home to Jesus; He is always here waiting.
The song says it all. So I leave you with this beautiful song.
Enjoy and Good Night!

*Just one small warning: the montage does contain some of the more graphic scenes from
The Passion of the Christ; just in case you are watching along with some little eyes.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Keeping the Lord's Day~June 28th

The Woman With a Hemorrhage

Lord Jesus,
Grant me the faith and courage of this woman who dared to touch Your cloak, and of Jairus who interceded for his daughter. Heal the wounds that still bleed deep within my soul so that I may hear you tell me to arise.

Based on Mark 5:21~43

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sunday Snippets ~ A Catholic Carnival #11

Thanks to RAnn for hosting. Click her name to get the details on how to participate in this Catholic Carnival and to read posts by other Catholic bloggers.

This week I have a little bit of everything. First is my Closing On Sundays post. That's right, in my attempt to keep the Lord's Day truly that, I am closing blog shop on Sundays. (which is why this post is being written on Saturday. Read more about where the inspiration for this came from by reading the post.
Next, Mary Rose at True Confessions of a Catholic Prodigal Daughter has started a Ning site for the Year of the Priest. My post, A Community To Honor Our Priests has a link to Mary Rose's blog as well as details on how to participate in the Catholic Priest Appreciation Network.
Finally, in Food For the Soul, I direct you to Abbot Joseph's writings and blog Word Incarnate.
Feel free to comment on any or all of these, I'll be back on Monday to read them as well as all of your wonderful posts!
Have Blessed Sunday!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Solemnity~The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist~Matthias Grunewald

The Canticle of Zechariah

Blessed be the Lord,

The God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
Born of the house of His servant David.

Through His holy prophets He promised of old
That He would save us from our enemies,
From the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers
And to remember His holy Covenant.

This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
To set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship Him without fear,
Holy and righteous in His sight
All the days of our life.

You, My child shall be called
The prophet of the Most High,
For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our Lord
The dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
And the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Big Bird and Satan?

This is a clip from Catholic TV's The Vortex. It talks about the decline of morality in our culture and how the recent move of PBS to remove the televised Sunday Mass for shut-ins. Unfortunately I have known for some time that PBS has their own agenda. Several years ago I did an interview for Rachel's Vineyard. I had asked to be silhouetted to protect my identity. They did this but then proceeded to plaster my first and last name all over the screen. Trained professionals never caught this during several editing sessions~Hmmm...
Anyway this is not why I posted this. I think this clip shows how subtle the Enemy can be. Catholic TV is a free service (although they will try to get you to upgrade for $10 a month).
Click here to see this clip and hear just how Big Bird and Satan are linked.

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Food For the Soul

I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for things that feed my soul. Some time ago I was led to the writings of Abbot Joseph. His blog, Word Incarnate, is a beautiful series of meditations that do feed the soul.
Spiritual reading is an important part of the interior life. Read any of the saints as well as the Church Fathers and you will hear them say that over and over again.
Our lives can be so busy, but as my late pastor used to tell us, "If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy." Spiritual reading doesn't have to take huge amounts of time; a few minutes each day will do. These little spiritual gems only take a few minutes to read and they always give some food for thought.
When I came back to the Church, a good friend told me that it is important to have a "formula" for your spiritual life. That formula is different for each person. My own personal formula consists of daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration twice a week, morning and evening prayer using Magnificat, and some type of short spiritual reading (I like to do this before bedtime).
what I use for spiritual reading varies. Two of the "biggies" I use are Divine Intimacy by the Carmelite priest, Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen and In Conversation with God by Fr. Francis Fernandez-Carvajal. (a dear friend blessed me with entire series of this one for my birthday a few years ago.)
For a small daily dose of good spiritual reading and meditation, please visit Abbot Joseph's site. You can read a short biography of him once you reach his site. (Click on Word Incarnate at the beginning of this post to reach Abbot Joseph's site)
Happy and blessed reading!

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Community To Honor Our Priests

Mary Rose at True Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter has started a Ning(I'm still not sure what that means exactly.) community to honor priests. It's called The Catholic Priest Appreciation Network. I joined yesterday. It was quite simple; all I had to do was e-mail her in order to be invited. She does this to keep the site from being abused or misused in any way. It is a beautiful way for people who love their priests to share their thoughts and stories about these holy men.
If you are interested, click the link above to get to Mary Rose's blog, read her post, and pray about it. Her e-mail on her sidebar if you decide you would like to be a part of this community. She will e-mail you the invite and from there The Catholic Priest Appreciation Network will walk you through the rest of the easy process of setting up your page.
Thank you, Mary Rose for giving us a special way to honor the priests in our lives.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Closing On Sundays

While I was over checking out the posts at Sunday Snippets, I came across this post by Evann. It referenced an e-mail sent by the people at Catholic Vote. (You remember them; they're the ones who put out those great pro-life videos) The e-mail encouraged people to take a rest from the Internet on Sundays.
This got me thinking...
For some time now I have been a bit concerned with the amount of time I spend on this blasted machine. Don't get me wrong, the computer is a wonderful and useful invention that can be used for tremendous good, but as the saying goes, "All things in moderation." I think about the things I could be doing, should be doing instead of staring at this screen.
While I am so grateful that I discovered the blogosphere and am enjoying the writings and comraderie of my new found friends, I think it is time for me to exercise a bit more moderation in this area.
So beginning next Sunday I will be observing a Computer Sabbath. That's right~No Blogging!
What you, my faithful readers will find for a Sunday post is a picture that perhaps represents the Gospel for that day and a prayer. Since RAnn, our hostess for Sunday Snippets puts her post up on Saturday evening, I will do the same.
This is something I have been thinking about for awhile; today's post at Evann's blog was God's way of saying, "OK~ enough with the thinking, now do something and here's what you can do!"
I look forward to discovering the many other fruitful things I can do with Sundays to keep it as our Lord intended.
Because I have trouble doing anything "all or nothing", I will probably allow myself to read the wonderful, faith~filled blogs of all those I follow~but only after sundown as technically that, according to our Jewish ancestors' tradition, begins a new day. (You knew I'd find some way around this :) )
May all of us, no matter how we choose to keep the Lord's Day, choose the things that bring us closer to Him.
God Bless!

Sunday Snippets ~ A Catholic Carnival #10

This week I offer a little bit of everything; some posts from my blogs and I will also direct you to some other Catholic blogs of interest.
Friday began the Year of the Priest as declared by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. You can read my Thankful Thursday~Year of the Priest post; it is my prayer of thanks for the priests in my life. In keeping with this theme, please stop by the Priests in Crisis site where you can read Fr. Gordon MacRae's thoughts on the Year of the Priest. You may also wish to drop him a note of encouragement and prayer in the comments section.
In the Miscellaneous category, those of you with teens or young adults in your family, or those who are single, but feel called to marriage, may want to read Be Satisfied. I originally heard this on EWTN's series with Jason Evert. (The post has a link to Jason's site)
Finally, you can read about my God Moment for this week in the Touch of Our Savior's Hand over at my Blessings For the Day blog.
For other notable posts, check out the Worthy Reads box on my sidebar where I share my favorite posts by other Catholic bloggers.
May God give us holy, humble and happy priests!
A Happy Father's Day to all the Dads!

*Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival is a weekly opportunity to share our best posts with the wider Catholic blogging community. To participate, create a post high-lighting posts that would be of interest to Catholics and link to the host blog at Go to the host blog and link your post with Mr. Linky.Then go visit some of the other contributors.Thanks for participating, and invite your friends.

Thanks to RAnn for hosting.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(St. Louis De Montfort's Consecration)

I, (Name), a faithless sinner -
renew and ratify today in thy hands,
O Immaculate Mother,
the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan,
his pomps and works;
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom,
to carry my cross after Him
all the days of my life,
and to be more faihful to Him
than I have ever been before.

In the presence of all the heavenly court
I choose thee this day,
for my Mother and Mistress.
I deliver and consecrate to thee,
as thy slave, my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior,
and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future;
leaving to thee the entire
and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God,
in time and in eternity.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Daily Prayer to the Sacred Heart

0 Sacred Heart of Jesus, mercifully accept the prayer which I now make to You for help in the moment of my death, when at its approach all my senses shall fail me.

When, therefore, 0 kind and merciful Jesus, my weary and downcast eyes can no longer look up to You, be mindful of the loving gaze which I now turn to You, and have mercy on me, a sinner.

When my parched lips can no longer kiss your most sacred wounds, remember that hour those kisses which I now imprint on You, and have mercy on me, a sinner.

When my cold hands can no longer embrace Your cross, forget not the affection with which I embrace it now, and have mercy upon me, a sinner. When my swollen and lifeless tongue can no longer speak, remember that I called upon You now, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, to you I commend my soul.

0 Sacred Heart of Jesus, filled with infinite love, broken by my ingratitude and pierced by my many sins and yet loving you still, accept this act of consecration that I make to You of all that I am and all that I have. Take every faculty of my soul and body, draw me day by day near and nearer to Your Sacred Heart, and there, as I can bear the lesson, teach me Your blessed way.

0 Sacred Heart of Jesus, Incarnate Son of God, who for our salvation did vouchsafe to be born in a stable, to pass Your life in poverty, trials, and misery, and to die amid the sufferings of the cross, I entreat You, in the hour of my death to say to Your divine Father, "Father forgive Him"; Say to my soul, "This day you to shall be with me in Paradise." My God, my God forsake me not in that hour. "I thirst"-truly, my God, my soul thirsts after You, who are the fountain of living waters. My life passes like a shadow; yet a little while and all will be consummated. Wherefore, my adorable Savior from this moment, and for all eternity, "into your hands I commend my spirit." Lord Jesus, receive my soul.

O Queen of the Holy Rosary and most kind and loving Mother of Perpetual Help, in memory of your Seven Sorrows, intercede for us with your divine Son and beg Him, in honor of His precious blood and sacred passion and death upon the cross, to forgive our sins and grant us the grace of a holy and happy death. Amen. (Say one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.)

LOVE HIM, fervently.
PRAY TO HIM, constantly.
TRUST HIM, in everything.
VISIT HIM, frequently.
RECEIVE HIM, as often as possible.

*Prayers courtesy of Heart to Heart

Particular Priests I Am Praying For

Fr. Michel Hagen~Spiritual Son 2009
Fr. Lorenzo Ricci~Spiritual Son 2010
Priests of St. John the Apostle Parish~Clark,NJ
Priests who serve us in the ministry of Rachel's Vineyard
Monsignor Richard McGuinness~deceased former pastor of St. John's
Priests on my Bloglist
Fr. Gordon MacRae~unjustly imprisoned

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday~The Year of the Priest

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest.
I thank You for the priests in my parish and for those who I am privileged to work with in ministry.
I thank You for the priest who baptized me, gave me my First Communion and heard my first confession.
I thank You for the priest who heard my first confession after 20 years away from You and Your Church.
I thank You for the priest who has been a source of constant help and support through the break up of my marriage.
I thank You for the priests who share their vocations and edify me in my faith through their blogs.
I thank You for the priesthood and for the selfless and courageous men who answer Your call to serve You.
I thank You, Heavenly Father that through the priesthood, Jesus makes himself present to us on the altar each and every day and desires to give himself to us Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion.
I offer You this prayer, Father in Jesus' name.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Be Satisfied

Some time ago I tuned into EWTN's series with Jason Evert and his wife. The show is geared for young people and talks about everything from chastity to abortion. The particular episode I had tuned in for ended with this prayer called Be Satisfied. It is written from the perspective of God speaking to us~speaking to the the person waiting and wondering about their future spouse.
If you have ever heard Chris and his wife speak, either or both of them tell the story of how, after her conversion, she prayed for her future spouse before she even knew who he was. This struck me as something so awesome yet so simple.
Luckily I had DVR's the show, because when I went on line to look for the prayer I could not find it. So one day I sat with pen and paper and my remote and I copied down the prayer from the TV. It was worth all the stops and starts.
I have shared this prayer with people of all ages who are wondering about their future spouse. It can apply to anyone who is single and feels called to the vocation of marriage. I also use it with the teens to whom I give my personal witness.
Share this with your teens. If you are someone single but out of your teen years it may help you as well. For those who are called tomarriage, remember that God knows who it is you should share your life with; ask him to lead you to this person in His perfect time. Pray also for this person~whoever he or she may be. Above all remember that until you are satisfied with God alone, you will not be ready to share yourself with another. Here's the prayer...

Be Satisfied

Everyone longs to give himself/herself completely to someone; to have a deep and committed soul relationship with another, to be loved thoroughly and unconditionally.
But God says...
No, not until you are satisfied, fullfilled and content with being loved by Me alone, with giving yourself totally, unreservedly to Me alone.
I love you, My child, and until you discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.
You will never be united with another until you are united with Me ~exclusively of anyone or anything else; exclusively of any other desires and belongings.
I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing; one that you cannot imagine. I want you to have the very best. Please allow Me to bring it to you. Just keep your eyes on Me expecting the greatest things.
Keep experiencing that satisfaction knowing that I AM. Keep learning and listening to the things I tell you.
You must be patient.
Don't be anxious.
Don't worry.
Don't look around at the things others have.
Don't look at the things you think you want.
Just keep looking up at Me, or you will miss what I want to give you.
And then, when you are ready, I will surprise you with a love far more wonderful than you could ever dream.
You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready(I am working even right this minute to have you both ready at the same time), until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I have prepared for you, you won't be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me...
And this is perfect love.

*Visit Jason Evert's website at Pure Love Club~especially if you have teens in the house!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

If I Fall, I Fall...

I found this over at The Deacon's Bench. Please take about 15 minutes and watch this story of an amazing young man. He has lessons to teach us all. Thanks Deacon Greg and thanks to ESPN to publicizing this story.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Prayer Request

Last Wednesday, I posted a special intentions post for a little boy named Tommy who had been battling Leukemia as well as the effects of the treatment. Tommy died yesterday afternoon. I would ask that you now turn your prayers to his family and friends.

Eternal rest grant him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him; may he rest in Your peace.
Blessed Mother wrap Tommy's family in your mantle of loving protection and console them.

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi

"Oh Sacrament most holy, oh Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine."

Litany in Reparation to Our Lord in the Eucharist

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Sacred Host, offered for the salvation of sinners, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, annihilated on the altar for us and by us, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, despised by lukewarm Christians, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, mark of contradiction, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, delivered over to Jews and heretics, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, insulted by blasphemers, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, Bread of angels, given to animals, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, flung into the mud and trampled underfoot, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, dishonored by unfaithful priests, Have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, forgotten and abandoned in Thy churches, Have mercy on us.

Be merciful unto us, Pardon us, O Lord.
Be merciful unto us, Hear us, O Lord.

For the outrageous contempt of this most wonderful Sacrament, We offer Thee our reparation.
For Thine extreme humiliation in Thine admirable Sacrament, We offer Thee our reparation.
For all unworthy Communions, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the irreverences of wicked Christians, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the profanation of Thy sanctuaries, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the holy ciboriums dishonored and carried away by force, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the continual blasphemies of impious men, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the obduracy and treachery of heretics, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the unworthy conversations carried on in Thy holy temples, We offer Thee our reparation.
For the profaners of Thy churches which they have desecrated by their sacrileges, We offer Thee our reparation.

That it may please Thee to increase in all Christians the reverence due to this adorable Mystery, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee to manifest the Sacrament of Thy Love to heretics, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee to grant us the grace to atone for their hatred by our burning love for Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee that the insults of those who outrage Thee may rather be directed against ourselves, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee graciously to receive this our humble reparation, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That it may please Thee to make our adoration acceptable to Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.

Pure Host, hear our prayer.
Holy Host, hear our prayer.
Immaculate Host, hear our prayer.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

V. See, O Lord, our affliction,
R. And give glory to Thy Holy Name.

Let Us Pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, Who dost deign to remain with us in Thy wonderful Sacrament to the end of the world, in order to give to Thy Father, by the memory of Thy Passion, eternal glory, and to give to us the Bread of life everlasting: Grant us the grace to mourn, with a heart full of sorrow, over the injuries which Thou hast received in this adorable Mystery, and over the many sacrileges which are committed by the impious, by heretics and by bad Catholics.

Inflame us with an ardent zeal to repair all these insults to which, in Thine infinite mercy, Thou hast preferred to expose Thyself rather than deprive us of Thy Presence on our altars, Who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen.

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Sunday Snippets ~ A Catholic Carnival #9

Since today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I thought I would keep to that theme for this week's Catholic Carnival posts. In fact I am going to keep it quite simple. The first is my post for today's solemnity honoring the most precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have included a Litany of Reparation to our Lord in the Eucharist. It's a bit on the long side, but reparation is needed now more than ever.
I will leave you with a beautiful recording of Todd Agnew's, If I Could Sit With You Awhile.

You can read more Catholic posts at This That and the Other Thing. Thanks to RAnn for being our hostess.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Honest Scrap Award

Judy at Ben Makes Ten has graciously awarded me this Honest Scrap award. Thank you, Judy; not just for the award, but for your constant support and friendship. In accepting this award, I am to do the following:
1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award. 2) Share "ten honest things" about myself. 3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me. 4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it :)

I have taken care of #1 on this list ~now for #2 ~10 honest things about myself.

1. I love teaching; it is the one aspect of my job that does not feel like work.
2. I returned to Christ and His Church 7 years ago after being away for about 20 years.
3. I have lived in the states of Connecticut, North Carolina and NJ~NJ is my home state.
4. I am a coffee addict~ I'm sure there is a 12- step program for that somewhere :)
5. I have one younger sister.
6. I started blogging on a whim last November.
7. I am an avid reader with not enough time to read all I want.
8. I attended Catholic school for 12 years.
9. The failure of my marriage has taught me forgiveness and humility.
10. I try to make Christ the center of my life.

I now pass this award on to the following bloggers:

1. Colleen at Thoughts on Grace~ Her blog shines with her faith and she shares her insight into
many things. Check out her Sabbath Moments Meme beginning today.

2. Mary Rose at True Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter~ Mary Rose loves to share her faith;
her posts are so inspiring!

3. Simple Beauty' s blog is great fun; you never know what she will be into next. I love her posts
on modest dressing. She has truly tried to listen to God in this area and the result is beautiful.
Stop by her blog tomorrow around noon for her 4th Street Cafe.

4. Deanna at Home Haven Ministry~ here at this blog you will feel God's touch in Deanna's
charming hospitality. She opens her heart and her home to all of us each day. Her blog is a
lovely example of loving God and neighbor.

5. Violin Mamma at A Rosey Outlook on Life~ That she certainly has. Her blog is as lovely as
she is. She always has a kind and encouraging word to leave in my comment box.

6. Heartfelt Heartlook is always good for some insightful and inspiring blogging. Her faith shines
through her writing.

7. Maria at My Irish Catholic Family is new to the blogging world, but it is clear from her first
few posts that she loves God and her family.

Thank you all for your inspiration and friendship.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Novena To the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the first day of the novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I offer you two versions by two great saints; the shorter form is the one by Saint Padre Pio who offered this prayer for those for whom he prayed. I also found another version by St. Alphonsus Liguori; it is longer and includes beautiful meditations. The links to each are found below.
I have written here before about my own devotion to our Lord's Sacred Heart; I have always found great strength and comfort in this devotion. The heart of our Lord is a safe refuge. I've also included a link with the 12 Promises of Jesus to those who keep devotion to His Sacred Heart.
If you have never prayed this devotion, the novena that begins today and ends with the feast of the Sacred Heart is a good way to start.

St. Padre Pio Novena

St. Alphonsus Liguori Novena

The 12 Promises

A Special Intention

Judy at Ben Makes Ten has spread the request for global prayer for a little boy named Tommy and his family. Tommy is 9 years old and is suffering from Leukemia. Right now he is suffering terribly from the effects of the chemotherapy. The global prayer begins at 9:00pm this evening. Go to Ben Makes Ten for the details of Tommy's battle with this cancer as well as the details for the global prayer intention. There is a link with Scripture passages to use during this time of prayer if you wish.Prayer is a powerful thing. If you are able and available at 9pm, please join in this special prayer intention. Spread the word as well.Thank you and God Bless!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity

Catholic Collect for Trinity Sunday
Let us Pray
[to the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
that our lives may bear witness to our faith]
you sent your Word
to bring us truth
and your Spirit to make us holy.
Through them we come to know
the mystery of your life.
Help us to worship you,
one God in three Persons,
by proclaiming and living our faith in you.
We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, for ever and ever.
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be
world without end.

Sunday Snippets ~ A Catholic Carnival #8

I finally finished Saint Paul by Pope Benedict XVI. You can read my review for Catholic Company here. If you would like a deeper understanding of St. Paul as well as Christianity, this is worth the read.
In the wake of last week's tragic events of the murder of Dr. Tiller, I have gone back into my archives for Defender of Death Becomes Defender of Life. It is the story of Stojan Adasevic; a doctor who performed over 48,000 abortions but eventually converted. His story is quite remarkable and shows that even the most hardened of hearts can be changed.
You can read more posts from other Catholic bloggers and also find out how to join Sunday Snippets at This That and the Other Thing.
Thanks as always, to RAnn for hosting.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Review of St. Paul by Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI declared this past year as the Year of St. Paul. I thought it fitting that I should end this year of celebration in honor of this great saint by reading the Holy Father's book, Saint Paul.
The book is the print version of Pope Benedicts's General Audiences from July 2, 2008 ~ February4, 2009. As these audiences took place on a weekly basis, I would suggest reading the book in similar manner. Each chapter is dedicated to one weekly audience and is an average of 10 pages. While this is not considered long, there is a great amount of information as well as depth in each of these chapters.
The Holy Father takes us from the life of St. Paul before and after his conversion on the road to Damascus, but before doing this, he gives us a glimpse of the religious and cultural environment of Paul's day. The book continues through his conversion, his interaction with Peter and the other Apostles and into the teachings of the saint through his epistles. Pope Benedict also explores some challenging questions, such as Did Paul actually know Jesus during His earthly life? What role did the death and resurrection of Jesus play in Paul's teaching? Another topic explored through the writings and teachings of St. Paul is the differences between Catholics and Protestants in coming to salvation. Pope Benedict does an outstanding job in exploring and explaining these differences in chapters 12~14.
The teaching of Apostolic Succession is brought to light through an examination of the Letters to Timothy and Titus, and finally the Holy Father brings his Catecheses on St. Paul to a close with a look at the life and legacy of this great saint.
This book is by no means an "easy read", but well worth the time and effort. Pope Benedict has given great depth, dimension and insight to St. Paul. After reading this book, St. Paul's writings seem to have more life to them. I am someone who has always had a bit of a hard time grasping all St. Paul was trying to teach. The Holy Father has helped me to do what I think the Church intends for us to do, and that is apply these teachings to our everyday lives.
This quote from the back cover of the book sums up the importance of St. Paul's writings in helping us as Catholic Christians to understand Jesus and the gift of our faith.
"...As the human author of half of the New Testament, Paul is a figure who cannot be overlooked by anyone who wants to understand Jesus Christ and Christianity."
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this great saint and teacher, as well as a deeper understanding of our Christian faith.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

On the Lighter Side

I don't usually post just for the heck of it, but in the wake of all that is going on around us lately, I thought a moment of comic relief was in order. I lifted this from Fr. James Farfaglia. Thanks for starting my day with these cute little ones, father.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.