Archive for February, 2008

A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you

Posted on February 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Isaiah Chapter 26
1
On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
2
Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith.
3
A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you.”
4
Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
5
He humbles those in high places, and the lofty city he brings down; He tumbles it to the ground, levels it with the dust.
6
It is trampled underfoot by the needy, by the footsteps of the poor.
7
The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level.
8
Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls.
9
My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice.
10
The wicked man, spared, does not learn justice; in an upright land he acts perversely, and sees not the majesty of the LORD.
11
O LORD, your hand is uplifted, but they behold it not; Let them be shamed when they see your zeal for your people: let the fire prepared for your enemies consume them.
12
O LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.
13
O LORD, our God, other lords than you have ruled us; it is from you only that we can call upon your name.
14
Dead they are, they have no life, shades that cannot rise; For you have punished and destroyed them, and wiped out all memory of them.
15
You have increased the nation, O LORD, increased the nation to your own glory, and extended far all the borders of the land.
16
O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
17
As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
18
We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.
19
1 But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.
20
Go, my people, enter your chambers, and close your doors behind you; Hide yourselves for a brief moment, until the wrath is past.
21
See, the LORD goes forth from his place, to punish the wickedness of the earth’s inhabitants; The earth will reveal the blood upon her, and no longer conceal her slain.
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The Incomparable Value of the Priestly Vocation

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A priest who says the Mass in this way — adoring, atoning, pleading, giving thanks, identifying himself with Christ and who teaches others to make the Sacrifice of the altar the centre and root of the Christian life really will show the incomparable value of his vocation, the value of that character with which he has been stamped and which he will never lose.
-St. Josemaria Escriva
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the only true wisdom is the Wisdom of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ himself

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Wisdom is the Cross, and the Cross is Wisdom.

Making the assumption that all human beings desire happiness, and that “wisdom” (in a natural sense) is the way to achieve this, St. Louis DeMontfort discusses various forms of wisdom, and states that the only true wisdom is the Wisdom of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ himself. It then becomes the life-long quest of all Christians to seek to acquire this Wisdom, or, in other words, to seek to know and love Jesus Christ, the Eternal Wisdom of God. He proposes four principal means to achieve this:
1. An ardent desire to do so

2. Constant prayer for this grace

3. “Universal” mortification

4. A tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

see also EWTN series ” Divine Wisdom”
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A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Isaiah Chapter 26
1
On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.
2
Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith.
3
A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you.”
4
Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
5
He humbles those in high places, and the lofty city he brings down; He tumbles it to the ground, levels it with the dust.
6
It is trampled underfoot by the needy, by the footsteps of the poor.
7
The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level.
8
Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls.
9
My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice.
10
The wicked man, spared, does not learn justice; in an upright land he acts perversely, and sees not the majesty of the LORD.
11
O LORD, your hand is uplifted, but they behold it not; Let them be shamed when they see your zeal for your people: let the fire prepared for your enemies consume them.
12
O LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.
13
O LORD, our God, other lords than you have ruled us; it is from you only that we can call upon your name.
14
Dead they are, they have no life, shades that cannot rise; For you have punished and destroyed them, and wiped out all memory of them.
15
You have increased the nation, O LORD, increased the nation to your own glory, and extended far all the borders of the land.
16
O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
17
As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
18
We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.
19
1 But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.
20
Go, my people, enter your chambers, and close your doors behind you; Hide yourselves for a brief moment, until the wrath is past.
21
See, the LORD goes forth from his place, to punish the wickedness of the earth’s inhabitants; The earth will reveal the blood upon her, and no longer conceal her slain.
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The Incomparable Value of the Priestly Vocation

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A priest who says the Mass in this way — adoring, atoning, pleading, giving thanks, identifying himself with Christ and who teaches others to make the Sacrifice of the altar the centre and root of the Christian life really will show the incomparable value of his vocation, the value of that character with which he has been stamped and which he will never lose.
-St. Josemaria Escriva
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If we understood God, He would be very small – Video – St Josemaria Escriva

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Forge, “To fight once more”, 430 http://www.escrivaworks.org/book/the_forge/point/430

Don’t just talk to the Paraclete. Listen to him!When you pray, consider how the life of childhood, which enabled you to realise deeply that you are a son of God, filled you with a filial love for the Father. Think how, before that, you have gone through Mary to Jesus, whom you adore as his friend, as his brother, as his lover, for that is what you are…After receiving this advice you realised that until now you had known that the Holy Spirit was dwelling in your soul, to sanctify it… But you hadn’t really grasped this truth about his presence. You needed that advice. Now you feel his Love within you, and you want to talk to him, to be his friend, to confide in him… You want to facilitate his work of polishing, uprooting, and enkindling…I wouldn’t know how to set about it!, you thought. Listen to him, I insist. He will give you strength. He will do everything, if you so want… And you do want!—Pray to him: Divine Guest, Master, Light, Guide, Love, may I make you truly welcome inside me and listen to the lessons you teach me. Make me burn with eagerness for you, make me follow you and love you.

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St. Josemaria Escriva- In Love with The Church- A Priest Forever

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Synopsis
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• Number 34: When saying Mass a few days ago I paused to reflec….
• Number 35: The sacrament of Holy Orders is going to be confer….
• Number 36: They probably know more about a wide range of secu….
• Number 37: I can understand this surprise, but it would be in….
• Number 38: The priesthood leads one to serve God in a state w….
• Number 39: To accomplish so great a work — the work of r….
• Number 40: A priest is no more a man or a Christian than any ….
• Number 41: While it indeed presupposes the sacraments of Chri….
• Number 42: I cannot understand why some priests are so eager ….
• Number 43: In a word: they ask the priest to learn how not to….
• Number 44: We must remember that all of us priests, saints or….
• Number 45: And especially I will say, using the words of the ….
• Number 46: The priest carries out two acts: the principal one….
• Number 47: The Sacrifice of Calvary is an infinite expression….
• Number 48: Finally, we give thanks to God our Lord for the wo….
• Number 49: A priest who says the Mass in this way — ador….
• Number 50: I do not wish to conclude on a sombre note which m….

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the only true wisdom is the Wisdom of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ himself

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Wisdom is the Cross, and the Cross is Wisdom.

Making the assumption that all human beings desire happiness, and that “wisdom” (in a natural sense) is the way to achieve this, St. Louis DeMontfort discusses various forms of wisdom, and states that the only true wisdom is the Wisdom of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ himself. It then becomes the life-long quest of all Christians to seek to acquire this Wisdom, or, in other words, to seek to know and love Jesus Christ, the Eternal Wisdom of God. He proposes four principal means to achieve this:
1. An ardent desire to do so

2. Constant prayer for this grace

3. “Universal” mortification

4. A tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

see also EWTN series ” Divine Wisdom”
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St. Josemaria Escriva- online works

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

422 The Way
Jesus is your friend. The Friend. With a human heart, like yours. With loving eyes that wept for Lazarus.And he loves you as much as he loved Lazarus.

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Opus Dei (“Work of God,” in Latin) is a hierarchical institution of the Catholic Church, a personal prelature. Its purpose is to contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church. Specifically, it educates people about the universal call to sanctity and the sanctifying value of ordinary work. Opus Dei was founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá in 1928.

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Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI

Posted on February 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Pictures Appearing of New Shrine to be Staffed by FI’s!!

Pictures are starting to appear on the web of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe which Archbishop Raymond Burke is building in La Crosse, WI. The ones below are from New Liturgical Movement. Creative Minority also has a post. A beautiful slide show done by the architect, Duncan Stroik, is well worth a peak. A truly a beautiful shrine!

When the church is dedicated this coming summer it will stand as a counter-example to those who say, in this day and age, it cannot be done, and will inspire us to even greater feats of art and architecture.
see Fi News.

from Creative Minority:

If anyone is still in the “it just can’t be done any more” school of beautiful liturgical art and architecture, this will gently nudge them out of it. The building partakes of a recognizable language of classical architecture, with its great baldachino framing the mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the rear wall behind in much the same way that the baldachino of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome frames the great Chair of Peter. Of particular interest is the level of design and craft found in the baldachino itself, where a coffered dome forms the underside of the canopy. It has been many decades indeed since something this sophisticated has been built in the United States. In the architecture of the new springtime, this building proves that not only has the ground warmed, but the seeds are sprouting and coming to flower.

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