Monday, November 30, 2009

St Andrew~The First Called

St Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist, but at John's words: "Behold the Lamb of God", Andrew knew that there was one greater than John that he should follow. When Jesus realized Andrew was following behind him, Jesus asked him: "Whom do you seek?" Andrew inquired of Jesus about where he lived; Jesus simply replied, "Come and see." In a relatively short time this disciple would come to recognize Jesus as Messiah. So it is that St Andrew became the first of Jesus' disciples. He would then tell his brother Peter.
Andrew and Peter would eventually give up their fishing business to follow Christ at all times.
It is believed that Andrew went to Greece after the Ascension of Our Lord. He would be given the crown of martyrdom by being put to death on a cross to which he was tied, not nailed. He would suffer for two days before dying, but continued to preach to those who gathered around him in those two days.

Prayer To St Andrew
O glorious St. Andrew, you were the first to recognize and follow the Lamb of God. With your friend, St. John, you remained with Jesus for that first day, for your entire life, and now throughout eternity. As you led your brother, St. Peter, to Christ and many others after him, draw us also to Him. Teach us to lead others to Christ solely out of love for Him and dedication in His service. Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross and to carry our daily crosses without complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus. Amen.

St Andrew Christmas Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

Imprimatur
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897


Sunday, November 29, 2009

How Can I Prepare The Way For The Lord?

The Annunciation by Caravaggio

As another Advent begins today, this is the question I find myself pondering. The Church teaches us that in the first half of this holy season we are to prepare for Christ's coming at the end of time. Today's readings, especially the Gospel certainly illustrate this. No one knows the hour or the day of our Lord's second coming (despite what the Mayan calendar says), so all the more reason to be prepared~not in anxious worry, but in quiet, prayerful preparation and in hopeful anticipation.
I often think of our Blessed Mother during these four weeks. I guess you could say her Advent lasted nine months! Maybe it was even longer because in reality her whole life led to this moment. When the Angel Gabriel appeared to her to ask her if she would be the Mother of God, she gave her fiat and then began to prepare.
This is what Advent is for; to prepare our hearts and minds for our Lord's coming, not just at Christmas, for in the fullness of time that has already occurred, but also for when He comes again in all His glory at the end of time.
So as this season of preparation, anticipation and hope begins, ask yourself this same question, "How can I prepare the way for the Lord in my own heart?" Ask Our Lady to help you, for it is always her greatest desire to bring us to her Son. The three kings followed the star in Bethlehem, may we find the Christ child by following the light of the Virgin Mary, for the light she reflects is that of Jesus, the Light of the World.

Dear Blessed Mother,

As we begin this holy season, help us to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of your Beloved Son, Jesus. May we give our "yes" to God as you did so that we may give birth to Christ in our own day and time.
We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Have a Blessed Advent!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Daughter Turns One!


Daughter of the King is celebrating its first birthday this weekend! I really can't believe I have been doing this for a whole year already. Then again, I know better; none of this is me. Since very little thought went into starting this blog, I have to believe it is something God wanted me to do. My blog description says this is a place for my Catholic musings, and it is and will continue to be, but I know it has also gone beyond that. The comments, you my readers and followers have left me over this last year have shown me that some of what gets written actually helps and edifies you in your faith. Again, I take very little, if any credit for that. As I have said before I don't consider myself a writer.
The Catholic blogging community is an amazing place, and I am glad to be a part of it. Our good God has rewarded and blessed me with loyal followers and readers who with their own blogs help me on my walk of faith. The Enemy uses this form of technology for his evil ends, it is so good to see that so many use it for the good of glorifying God and furthering His kingdom here on earth. I am sure if St Paul were around today he would have a laptop and a blog!
As you can see, I have made a few changes. The new background is for the Advent and Christmas season we are about to enter. I also made a slight change in my template. I thought I'd move things around a bit. I have also designed a new blog button. You can copy it from the sidebar and paste it to your own blogs if you would like. The picture is a wood carving of Mary Magdalen; the artist is unknown.
As for content, it will remain pretty much the same. However, one change for this season of Advent and Christmastide will be that while I will continue to keep my Sundays as blog~free as possible, I will open my Sunday posts for comments during this sacred season so that we can share our thoughts and prayers as a Catholic and Christian community. I've been thinking of doing a series of meditations or reflections for each of the Sundays. We'll see what the Holy Spirit has in mind for this.
One thing I will not do on this blog is stray from its Catholic content. Anything you read here will always be in line with Magesterial teaching. If it is not, I will rely on those of you among my Catholic readers to correct me (charitably :) I have always welcomed anyone who wishes to read and comment to do so as long as the comments remain charitable. You don't have to agree with what I say, just play nicely in the combox.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you who read and comment on a regular basis. It is only because of you and God's grace that Daughter of the King continues. I am looking forward to another year of posting and sharing thoughts and comments wth you, and maybe a few new readers as well.
May God continue to bless each of you and may we all have a blessed Advent season!

*Here is where it all began, my first post~New Explorations

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009


A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my readers and their families.
God Bless you all!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

St Catherine Of Alexandria:Patroness of East And West

St Catherine of Alexandria with Symbols of her Martyrdom

I have always been captivated by the lives of the saints, but the lesser known ones really seem to get my attention. Such is the case with the saint whose feast we celebrate today~St Catherine of Alexandria.
Not much is known of this woman who was born in the year 282 and died in 305. Although much of her life remains a mystery, enough is known that this saint is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as well as several Orthodox Churches.
She is sometimes known as Catherine of the Wheel because she was sentenced to die by the breaking wheel, an instrument of torture. Legend has it that when she touched the wheel, it broke, so she was beheaded instead.
St. Catherine of Alexandria by Caravaggio

Another legend says that she was carried by the angels to Mount Sinai, where in the 6th century the emperor Justinian built St Catherine's monastery. As intriguing as the legends are, there is very little evidence to support their validity. However this does not diminish her power as an intercessor. Most versions of her legends establish that at the moment of her death, she entreats God to answer the prayers of those who invoke her name.
St Catherine is patroness to many~ philosophers, theologians, schoolchildren, nurses, and those who work with a wheel (potters, spinners etc) are just to name a few.
So no matter what your state in life, say a prayer to St Catherine of Alexandria today, this wise and courageous virgin who went with lighted lamp to meet her Lord.

Monday, November 23, 2009

God's Grace Abounded

God's grace abounded this past weekend here in the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. As I posted last Friday, I would be serving as a team member for a Rachel's Vineyard retreat. Miracles of spiritual and emotional healing occurred all weekend long!
This was our 49th retreat in this archdiocese, and our Lord is always faithful and always shows up to pour out His grace, mercy and forgiveness on those who come to ask for it. I am always amazed at the transformation that takes place in just 3 days; it truly is the Paschal Mystery being lived out.
It is a privilege to serve our Lord in this ministry. My own healing is furthered each time I serve.
Thank you to all of you who prayed for these men and women this weekend. Know that your prayers were heard and answered.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Meditations: Christ The King

As the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King today, I thought I would share this video of Third Day's King of Glory. Enjoy the music and beautiful images, as well as the powerful message of God's love through His Son.



May Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords be praised forever!

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Many Came To Be Healed By Him: A Prayer Request

I would like to ask you, my kind readers, for your prayers this weekend. Our archdiocese is having another Rachel's Vineyard retreat. For those who may be unfamiliar with this ministry, it is for men and women who have suffered from the sin of abortion and its effects. (You can click the above link for more information)
I have the privilege, once again, to serve as a team member for this weekend's retreat. There are 12 men and women coming to receive the healing and forgiveness that only our Lord can give. This the 49th retreat in our archdiocese (Newark, NJ)
Please pray that these men and women allow Christ to come into their hearts to heal and soften them so that they will not only experience His love and forgiveness, but also that of their aborted children. I would ask that you keep the team members in prayer as well, that we may come to serve as humble servants of our Lord, the Divine Physician.
Thank You and God Bless.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fr. Robert Barron On The End Of The World

Fr. Barron is back with his review of the movie 2012. Father brings out and discusses many interesting points made in this movie, but spends some time illuminating the anti~Catholic sentiments portayed. He says that while the movie is based on Biblical facts, it is a twisted version of the Biblical passages that talk about the end of the world. He also discusses how the movie aggressively eliminates God; anyone seen praying is destroyed or eliminated in some way.
As always, you can rely on Fr. Barron's honest and straightforward commentary.

I'm A Guest At Blest!

This week I am the guest blogger at Elizabeth Mahlou's blog, Blest Atheist. Click the link to read my post, Thank God For Good Bible Translations. This was a post I wrote several months ago in response to an article I read by the late Fr. Richard Neuhaus in First Things magazine. It is thanks to him that my Bible of choice is the Douay~Rheims version.
This topic of Bible translations has come up on several blogs I follow, so I thought it a good time to re-post this post here.
Thank you to Elizabeth for having me as a guest on her wonderful blog this week. Enjoy my post and your visit to Blest Atheist.
Please keep Elizabeth's travels in your prayers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fr. Benedict Groeschel: 50 Years A Priest

This is too beautiful not to share. It is the 50th Anniversary video for Fr. Groeschel. It is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful priest.
Thank you, Father Benedict for your service to Christ and His Church.

*Mantilla Twitch to Zeliemum at Spiritual Motherhood for Priests

St Elizabeth of Hungary


St Elizabeth of Hungary came from a royal family; she was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary. As was the custom, she was promised in marriage to the son of another noble family. Elizabeth was sent to Thuringia to be raised with her future husband. However, he died around the time of their betrothal and she married his brother, Ludwig. He was killed in a crusade several years later. The couple had three children.
Elizabeth, who even as a child strived to lead a pious and contemplative life, became a Third Order Franciscan and devoted her life to the care of the sick and the poor. She died at the very young age of 24.
Many miracles, especially of healing, were reported near her grave soon after her death. She was canonized on May 28, 1235.
St Elizabeth is usually depicted as a princess or with roses in her lap. In the case of the roses, there is a legend that as she was carrying bread to the poor on an errand of mercy, the bread she was hiding was turned into roses.
You can read a more detailed account of this saint's life here.

Happy Feast Day St Elizabeth!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In Loving Memory


For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and on the last day I shall rise out of the earth.
~Job 19:25

This Sunday I am breaking from my regular Sunday Meditations in order to remember my grandfather who passed away this Friday. While he will be missed, this is not a sad death~my grandfather lived to be 100 years old and was never seriously ill a day in his life. He also had the full capacity of his very sharp mind right up through his last day. He died at home, peacefully in his sleep on Friday morning. Today my family will celebrate his wonderful life.
I would ask that you pray for the repose of his soul and to keep my family in your prayers as well.
As is my usual custom on Sundays, I am closing comments for this post but thank you in advance for your prayers.

Carlo Johns
July 8, 1909~November 13, 2009

Eternal rest grant him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the faithful departed rest in Your peace.
Amen.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Awards From Kind Bloggers

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Grateful For His Most Precious Gift


Today marks an anniversary of sorts for me. It was seven years ago today that I returned to Mass after being away for almost 20 years. That Sunday in November came at the end of six months of prayerful preparation and a weekend that truly changed my life. (The details of all of this can be found in my reversion story- see sidebar)
From that Sunday forward I knew that I was "home" and had no desire to ever leave again. God had poured so many graces upon me and I was and am grateful for them all, but the one that I am most grateful for is the most precious gift of His Son Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
This gratitude has taken on more meaning these last few days because due to a bout of the flu, I have not been able to attend Mass. This was the first Sunday I have ever missed Mass in these last seven years, I had to forgo my hour of Adoration this week , and daily Mass has also not been possible. It has been in these days of being unable to receive Jesus in this sacrament that I have realized just how precious this gift is and how grateful I am for the privilege of being able to receive Him so often. It made me think of those who live in areas where there is no priest on a regular basis, or those who live in places where they are persecuted for their faith and can not worship freely. I am truly blessed!
God permits all things and so I have been trying to see the lesson He has for me in all of this. Perhaps in these few short years I have begun to take Him for granted and the deprivation would help me to realize just how precious this gift is~ it has. I also need to thank Him more for all He has given for me; this awesome sacrament comes at the price of His very life for me.
Now all of that may or may not be the case, but I am sure of two things: One~absence definitely does make the heart and soul grow fonder, and Two~this minor illness has given me something to offer Our Blessed Lord.
I may not have planned to spend this anniversary in this particular way, but in one of His special ways, our Lord has given me a beautiful gift~the gift of greater gratitude for the gift of His very Self.
The shortest path to Jesus is through our Blessed Mother, so I would like to end this post with this Prayer of Thanksgiving I found by St Cyril of Alexandria.

Thanksgiving Prayer To Our Lady
O most holy Lady, Theotokos, light of my poor soul, my hope, my protection, my refuge, my comfort, and my joy! I thank you for having enabled me to be a partaker of the most pure Body and most precious Blood of your Son. Enlighten the eyes of my heart, O Blessed One who carried the Source of Immortality. O most tender and loving Mother of the merciful God; have mercy on me and grant me a repentant and contrite heart with humility of mind. Keep my thoughts from wandering into all kinds of distractions, and make me worthy always, even to my last breath, to receive the most pure Mysteries of Christ for the healing of my soul and body. Give me tears of repentance and thanksgiving that I may sing of you and praise you all the days of my life, for you are ever-blessed and praised. Amen.

Pope St Leo The Great


Today the Church remembers Pope St Leo the Great. He is a Doctor of the Church, and only one of two Popes to be given the title of "the great", Pope St Gregory being the other. St Leo was elevated to the papal office in 440A.D. He fought against the heresy of Pelagianism which said that grace was not necessary for salvation, but rather something God granted as a bonus to those who earned it by their good works.
Pope St Leo is probably most remembered for convincing Attila the Hun to give up his plans for sacking Rome and withdrawing his troops beyond the Danube River. No small feat!
He wrote 143 letters and 96 sermons in addition to his most famous work, the Tome of St Leo. The Council of Chalcedon based its dogmatic definition of Christ as one Divine Person with two natures, human and divine, on this tome.
His writings cover the entire Liturgical Year, but as we are approaching Advent, I thought I would include one of his writings for that season.

Christian, Remember Your Dignity

Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness.

No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of victory at hand. Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness. Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life.

In the fullness of time, chosen in the unfathomable depths of God’s wisdom, the Son of God took for himself our common humanity in order to reconcile it with its creator. He came to overthrow the devil, the origin of death, in that very nature by which he had overthrown mankind.

And so at the birth of our Lord the angels sing in joy: Glory to God in the highest, and they proclaim peace to men of good will as they see the heavenly Jerusalem being built from all the nations of the world. When the angels on high are so exultant at this marvellous work of God’s goodness, what joy should it not bring to the lowly hearts of men?

Beloved, let us give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in his great love for us he took pity on us, and when we were dead in our sins he brought us to life with Christ, so that in him we might be a new creation. Let us throw off our old nature and all its ways and, as we have come to birth in Christ, let us renounce the works of the flesh.

Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return by sin to you former base condition. Bear in mind who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Do not forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of God’s kingdom.

Through the sacrament of baptism you have become a temple of the Holy Spirit. Do not drive away so great a guest by evil conduct and become again a slave to the devil, for your liberty was bought by the blood of Christ.

(Writing of St Leo courtesy of Crossroads Initiative)


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Meditations: The Widow's Mite

The Widow's Mite: James Tissot


My lips say, "I want to give You all."
Yet I continue to give to You only out of my surplus of my heart,
holding onto those things I think I need.
I need only Your love and Your grace.
Like the poor widow who gave out of her poverty,
I too need to empty my heart to receive the bounty of
Your love and grace.


Take, O Lord Receive

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty,
my memory, my understanding and my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess You have given me.
I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will.
Give me only Your love and Your grace;
with these I will be rich enough,
and will desire nothing more.
~St. Ignatius of Loyola

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Teacher Becomes The Student

Part of being a good teacher requires a good deal of humility. This is not something I was taught in my teaching classes during my college years, but rather a lesson taught to me by the students I would teach. After 24 years in the business of education as well as the return to my faith, I now try to approach my teaching from a point of humility instead of waiting for that inevitable moment when I will be humbled or humiliated. (although that still happens from time to time).
Last month I wrote several posts on parenting and teens written from my own experiences in growing up in a household devoid of a living faith.(see related posts link at the end of this post)
This past week I found myself in the middle of a discussion with one of my 17 year old students. The conversation was enlightening as well as a bit troubling. This young woman and I have had several conversations during the times we have worked together so we are both aware of where we stand on certain issues. In our most recent discussions, she mentioned Oprah, with whom she knows I have a bit of a problem. She said, "I guess you don't like Obama either." To this I responded that it wasn't the people I disliked, but their views and politics. To her Obama statement I responded that he seems to be OK with the killing of countless unborn babies. That's when the conversation got interesting as well as personal. My young friend is extremely wishy washy on the whole life issue. The old line of, "I am pro-choice. I wouldn't have an abortion, but women should have the right to choose." came out of her mouth. So I said what I always say to people who say they are pro-choice, "Finish the sentence, choose what?"(I stole that from Fr. Corapi)No one can ever seem to finish that sentence with what that choice is~DEATH. My young friend as well as every other pro-choice person I have said this to starts babbling a hundred "yes buts..." What seemed to amaze this young woman was my no-nonsense, unfliching, won't back down attitude when it came to where I stand on this issue. To those of you who know my story, the answer to the question going through your head at this point is no, I did not reveal my post-abortive status to her. It wasn't the right time to do so, but I will if I discern that it is necessary.
I do believe this conversation planted some seeds and some food for her thought. So this is what she learned from me during that ten minutes. This is what she taught me...
It brings us back to Oprah and a guest she had on her show some time ago. Because I tend to keep myself a bit out of the loop, I had never heard of Dr. Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture. This brilliant professor from the Carnegie Mellon University died at the age of 47 last year from pancreatic cancer. He is among the pioneers in the work of virtual reality technology.
My young friend was completely taken with this man's work, but even more so with his beautiful humanitarian ethic. She kept saying, Miss Karin you have to read his book!" I promised her I would at least Google him the next day. And so I did; I found the video of his last lecture on childhood dreams. For an hour and sixteen minutes I listened to this man with an amazing mind and love for life and people speak. Dr. Pausch has a wonderful sense of humor and a very charismatic personality. That being said, all through listening to him I kept waiting for him to mention God and how He played into all of this. God was never mentioned. Now I do not know for sure what this man's religious beliefs are so I am not going to comment on them. I took the lecture at face value and applied God to it myself.
I had another session with my young student that afternoon. I told her that I had watched the video. She was surprised I had watched the entire thing. When she asked me what I thought, I told her that I thought he was a brilliant man with a good heart, but there was something missing, the something being God. The conversation came to a bit of a standstill at that point and we went on with the SAT prep she was there to do.
Yes, this young woman was entrusted to me for the purpose of preparing for her college boards, but sometimes God throws a curve ball into my lessons and shows me that there is something more important than Passaged Based Reading and Grammar that needs to be taught. During these times, I usually reserve the last 5 or 10 minutes of the hour for God's lesson plan.
My point in all of this is that our teens are hungry for the Truth even if they don't always realize it. This young woman has a beautiful heart but she is on the slippery slope of the world's values.
The other point being that as adults and teachers we need to be open to and carefully listen to what our teens are saying. They too just might have something to teach us. I really believe that the fact that I took the time to research and listen to someone this young woman was very passionate about has kept the door open to future conversation, and only God knows where that may lead. I don't have to give up my beliefs to listen to someone else's. And maybe, just maybe with some prayer, a heart can be changed.
If you would like to listen to Dr. Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, here is the link to the video. I actually do recomend it; there are some good things in it.

Related Posts
A Plea To Parents
Godly Parents Equal Godly Teens

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Story Of A Priest's Love And Devotion

I have written here before about Father Gordon MacRae, the priest unjustly accused and imprisoned for sexual abuse crimes he did not commit. Father posts each Wednesday on his blog (which ironically he has never seen) These Stone Walls.
His post for today is titled The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Part1. In his post, Father MacRae describes how he has been deprived of the Real Presence of Christ, how he said the Mass to himself in his cell, and only now in recent weeks has been permitted to celebrate Mass publicly in his cell. I read this post and was moved to tears; Father's love for Christ and his thirst for His presence are heart and soul felt. This priest is truly living the Passion of our Lord.
His post is too beautiful not to share. It also reminded me that I should never take our Lord's Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament for granted. You can read Father MacRae's post here. Please say a prayer for him and you may want to leave him an encouraging comment as well. You can also read Father's full story while visiting his site.
"...I was in prison, and you came to me." (Matt. 25:36)

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest,
Grant your imprisoned priests the grace to unite their sufferings to those of Your own bitter and sorrowful Passion. May they endure these sufferings for love of You and Your Church. May You be glorified in them.
Amen.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Feast of All Souls


Michelangelo's The Last Judgment

The Church is made up of the Church Triumphant, the souls in heaven, whose feast we celebrated yesterday for All Saints, the Church Militant, those of us who continue to live our faith and continue our journey here on Earth, and the Church Suffering, whose feast we celebrate today, the Feast of All Souls.
Here is the Church's teaching on Purgatory

III. THE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY

1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.608

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.611
May the Lord bring our loved ones and all the faithful departed to the light and life of His Presence for all eternity.

You can find a Litany for the Holy Souls at the top of my sidebar.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday Meditations: The Solemnity of All Saints

"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us..."
~Hebrews 12:1







Holy men and women, voices of the ages, pray for us.

Have a Blessed Sunday and Feast of All Saints!

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.