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I do not promise you happiness in this life- but in the next.

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I look for no happiness beyond my own interior where God dwells.
I rejoice that God dwells within me;
here I abide with Him unendingly.
St. Faustina D454

Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette-
I do not promise you happiness in this life, but in the next.
And after I had heard and seen, I fell down to adore before the feet of the angel, who shewed me these things. 9 And he said to me: See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them that keep the words of the prophecy of this book. Adore God. Rev 22:8B
St. Faustina, & St. Bernadette, please pray for us.
O Immaculate Conception,
Mary, My Mother,
Come possess my spirit, soul, and body,
come take over my entire personality and life,
come replace me with yourself.
Incline me to constant adoration and thanksgiving in union with
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass everywhere in the world.
Make my heart one with your heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
being sacrificed at every instant,
giving praise to the Father,
and pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.
Holy Mother Mary,greatest and most wonderful mother of all time,
grant that I may entrust my life to you each day.
Mary, font of generosity and dedication,
grant that I may be joined with you at the foot of the greatest crosses of the world,
experiencing the redeeming pain of the death of your Son,
so that I might enjoy the triumph of the Resurrection for eternal life.

Have mercy on me, O God , have mercy.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
purify, heal and sanctify my entire being
that I may be consecrated entirely to you through Mary.

Deo Gratias!

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Prayer is the principal activity of the nascent Church.

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Prayer, therefore, is the principal activity of the nascent Church. It is through prayer that she receives her unity from the Lord and allows herself to be guided by his will, as the decision to cast lots for the one to take Judas’ place shows (cf. Acts 2:25).f

from Pentecost Homily of Pope Benedict 11 May 2008
(for about two weeks prior to Pentecost nascent kept coming to mind. I was trying to understand what to referred to. I’ll check date if possible, but more than once 2-3 times, like 1Peter4:17 keeps coming to mind.)

Entire homily in English. I read it but while listening to Fr Z. I heard the word nascent which I had missed in reading it.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The account of the event of Pentecost that we heard in the first reading is placed by St. Luke at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles. The second chapter is introduced with these words: “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together” (Acts 2:1). These words refer to the previous chapter in which Luke described the little group of disciples that assiduously gathered in Jerusalem after Jesus’ ascension into heaven (cf. Acts 1:12-14). It is a description that is rich in details: The place “where they lived” — the cenacle — is an environment “in the upper room”; the 11 apostles are listed by name, and the first three are Peter, John and James, the “pillars” of the community, already integrated into this new family, no longer based on family bonds but on faith in Christ.
The total number of persons, which was “about 120,” a multiple of the 12 of the apostolic college, clearly alludes to this “new Israel.” The group constitutes an authentic “qāhāl,” an assembly on the model of the first covenant, the community convoked to hear the voice of the Lord and to walk in his ways. The Book of Acts emphasizes that “all of them devoted themselves with one accord to prayer” (1:14). Prayer, therefore, is the principal activity of the nascent Church. It is through prayer that she receives her unity from the Lord and allows herself to be guided by his will, as the decision to cast lots for the one to take Judas’ place shows (cf. Acts 2:25).
This community found itself gathered together again in the same place, the cenacle, on the morning of the Jewish feast of Pentecost, a feast of the covenant, in which there was commemorated the event on Sinai where, through Moses, God proposed that Israel be his property among all the nations, to be a sign of his holiness (cf. Exodus 19). According to the Book of Exodus, that ancient covenant was accompanied by a terrifying sign of power on the part of the Lord: “Mount Sinai,” one reads there, “was all wrapped in smoke, for the Lord came down upon it in fire. The smoke rose from it as though from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently” (Exodus 19:18).
We find the elements of wind and fire again at the Pentecost of the New Testament but without the resonances of fear. In particular the fire takes the form of tongues that come to rest upon all the disciples, “who were all full of the Holy Spirit” and on account of that outpouring, “began to speak in other languages” (Acts 2:4). We have here the community’s true “baptism” with fire, a kind of new creation. At Pentecost the Church is not constituted by a human will, but by the power of the Spirit of God. And it immediately appears how this Spirit gives life to a community that is at the same time one and universal, thus overcoming the curse of Babel (cf. John 11:7-9). Only the Spirit, in fact, which creates unity in love and in the reciprocal acceptance of diversity, can liberate humanity from the constant tension of an earthly will-to-power that wants to dominate and make everything uniform.
“Societas Spiritus,” society of the Spirit: This is what St. Augustine calls the Church in one of his sermons (71, 19, 32: PL 38, 462). But already before him, St. Irenaeus formulated a truth that I would like to recall here: “Where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God, and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and every grace, and the Spirit is truth; to distance yourself from the Church is to reject the Spirit” and thus “to exclude yourself from life” (Adv. Haer. III, 24, 1). Beginning with the event of Pentecost, this connubium or “marriage” is manifested between the Spirit of Christ and his mystical body, that is, the Church.
I would like to reflect on a particular aspect of the Holy Spirit, on the intertwining of multiplicity and unity. The second reading speaks about this, treating of the harmony of the different charisms in the communion of the same Spirit. But already in the passage from Acts that we have listened to, this intertwining reveals itself with extraordinary evidence. In the event of Pentecost it is made clear that multiple languages and different cultures belong to the Church; they can understand and make each other fruitful. St. Luke clearly wants to convey a fundamental idea, namely, in the act itself of her birth the Church is already “catholic,” universal. She speaks all languages from the very beginning, because the Gospel that is entrusted to her is destined for all peoples, according to the will and the mandate of the risen Christ (cf. Matthew 28:19). The Church that is born at Pentecost is not above all a particular community — the Church of Jerusalem — but the universal Church, that speaks the language of all peoples. From her, other communities in every corner of the world will be born, particular Churches that are all and always actualizations of the one and only Church of Christ. The Catholic Church is therefore not a federation of churches, but a single reality: The universal Church has ontological priority. A community that is not catholic in this sense would not even be a Church.
In this regard it is necessary to add another aspect: that of the theological vision of the Acts of the Apostles in respect of the journey of the Church from Jerusalem to Rome. Luke notes that among the peoples represented in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost there are also “foreigners from Rome” (Acts 2:10). At that time Rome was still distant, “foreign” for the nascent Church: It was a symbol of the pagan world in general. But the power of the Holy Spirit will guide the steps of the witnesses “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8), to Rome. The Acts of the Apostles ends precisely when Paul, by providential design, arrives at the empire’s capital and proclaims the Gospel there (cf. Acts 28:30-31). Thus the journey of God’s Word, begun in Jerusalem, arrives at its goal, because Rome represents the whole world and thus incarnates the Lucan idea of catholicity. The universal Church is realized, the catholic Church, which is the continuation of the chosen people and makes its history and mission her own.
At this point, and to conclude, John’s Gospel offers us a word, which accords very well with the mystery of the Church created by the Spirit. The word spoken twice by the risen Jesus when he appears in the midst of the disciples in the Cenacle on Easter evening: “Shalom — Peace to you!” (John 20:19, 21). The expression “shalom” is not a simple greeting; it is much more: It is the gift of the promised peace (cf. John 14:27) and is won by Jesus with the price of his blood, it is the fruit of this victory and his struggle against the spirit of evil. It is thus a peace “not as given by the world” but as God alone can give it.
On this feast of the Spirit of the Church we would like to thank God for having given to his people, chosen and formed from all nations, the inestimable gift of peace, of his peace! At the same time we renew the awareness of the responsibility connected with this gift: the Church’s responsibility to constitutionally be a sign and an instrument of the peace of God for all peoples. I tried to be a conveyor of this message when I recently went to the headquarters of the U.N.
to speak to the representatives of the nations. But one must not only think of these “summits.” The Church realizes her service to the peace of Christ above all in her ordinary presence and action among men, with the preaching of the Gospel and with the signs of love and mercy that accompany it (cf. Matthew 16:20).
Among these signs, the sacrament of reconciliation must naturally be emphasized, the sacrament that the risen Christ instituted at the same time that he gave his disciples the gift of his peace and his Spirit. As we heard in the passage from the Gospel, Jesus breathed upon his disciples and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you forgive are forgiven them and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:21-23). How important and, unfortunately, how insufficiently understood is the gift of reconciliation that brings peace to hearts! Christ’s peace spreads only through the renewed hearts of men and women who have been reconciled and made themselves servants of justice, ready to spread peace in the world only with the force of truth, without compromising with the mentality of the world, because the world cannot give Christ’s peace: This is how the Church can be a ferment of that reconciliation that comes from God. She can do this only if she remains docile to the Spirit and bears witness to the Gospel, only if she carries the cross like Jesus and with Jesus. This is precisely what the saints of every age testify to!
In light of this word of life, dear brothers and sisters, may the prayer that today we address to God in spiritual union with the Virgin Mary become ever more fervent and intense. May the Virgin who listens, the Mother of the Church, obtain for our community and for all Christians a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit the Paraclete. “Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur, et renovabis faciem terrae — Send forth your Spirit and everything will be recreated and you will renew the face of the earth.” Amen!
[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic] Courtesy

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The Power of Christianity is in the Cross-Amata Means Beloved

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by Sister Mary Catharine Perry, O.P.

Anniversary!!!- also, I saw a cardinal on the way to work today, heard him singing!

Be steadfast in true friendship, because there is nothing so precious in human relations. It is a great consolation in this life to have a friend to whom we can open our heart.
— St. Ambrose

Thursday, May 15, 2008St. Isidore the Farmer (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:Psalm:Gospel:
James 2:1-9
Psalm 34:2-7
Mark 8:27-33

Zeph 3:17
The Lord your God is in your midst.
A victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy.
He will be silent in His love.
He will make a song of joy over you
as in the time of a holy feast.

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The Pierced Heart of the Crucified from which flows Life in abundance

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Psalm 125 next >
In convertendo. The people of God rejoice at their delivery from captivity.
1 When the lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted.
2 Then was our mouth filled with gladness; and our tongue with joy. Then shall they say among the Gentiles: The Lord hath done great things for them.
3 The Lord hath done great things for us: we are become joyful.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a stream in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 Going they went and wept, casting their seeds.
7 But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves

+from Vultus Christi 14MAY2008

The Johannine Fatherhood of the Priest
The priest is called to fatherhood; he refuses this fatherhood or minimizes it at the peril of his own soul because it was for this priestly fruitfulness that he was chosen by Christ. The priest is called to cherish the Mystical Body of Christ and to nourish it, to play an indispensable role in the transmission of divine life.
Spiritual fatherhood is actualized sacramentally in preaching, in hearing confessions, and in the celebration of the other sacraments, above all in offering the Eucharist.
There is also a hiddeb aspect to the fatherhood of the priest: suffering and the secret prayer that pleads the Blood of Christ over every sorrow and every wound opened by sin. The fatherhood of the priest – his “Johannine” fatherhood — grows out of his contemplation of the pierced Heart of the Crucified. It is the wound from which flows life, “life in abundance” cf. Jn 10:10).
The Marian Motherhood of the Consecrated Woman
The consecrated woman, be she in a monastery or in an “apostolic” congregation, is called to spiritual fecundity, to the joys and sorrows of a real motherhood of souls.
Just as the fatherhood of the priest is “Johannine,” the motherhood of the consecrated woman is “Marian.” The sister who hesitates before the motherhood to which Christ calls her or who, at some level, resists growing into it, is spiritually contracepting. She risks becoming the barren wife so often lamented in Scripture. The sister who says ‘yes’ to the fecundity willed for her by Christ enters deeply into the Mystery of Mary and of the Church. The fruitfulness of spiritual motherhood is rarely visible, obliging the consecrated woman to live an intense faith, an austere hope and, at times a crucifying love. The reality is that on the other side of eternity every sister made fruitful in Christ will be called Mother and, appearing before the face of God will be able to say, “Here am I, and the children God has given me” (Heb 2:13).
+Neh 11:2
And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell in Jerusalem.

+future,yes! and even now!
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Douay-Rheims Bible-Latin Vulgate online – link to Psalms

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Seven Mysteries of the Holy Spirit -from Vultus Christi

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Seven Mysteries of the Holy Spirit

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And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus

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St. Therese’ Prayer to the Holy Face

O Jesus, who in Thy bitter Passion didst become
“the most abject of men, a man of sorrows”,
I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon
there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead;
but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper!

Nevertheless, under those disfigured features,
I recognize Thy infinite Love
and I am consumed with the desire to love Thee
and make Thee loved by all men.
The tears which well up abundantly in Thy sacred eyes
appear to me as so many precious pearls
that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls
of poor sinners by means of their infinite value.

O Jesus, whose adorable face ravishes my heart,
I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy divine image
and to set me on fire with Thy Love,
that I may be found worthy to come to
the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven.

St, Matthew 17:5-8
5 And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.
6 And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. 7 And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not.
8 And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus.

The CD of the Holy Rosary in Latin with Pope Benedict XVI

Father Lombardi said Benedict XVI decided to record the CDs in Latin because “wehave received requests not only from Italy but from places such as Germany and othercountries. So we have used this language for the rosary which everyone understandseasily and because it is the universal language of the Church.”Benedict XVI has a deep devotion to Mary, the spokesman said, noting that thePontiff prays the rosary walking every day with his secretaries.He “invites us to us this prayer,” Father Lombardi affirmed, “simple, humble, daily,which everyone can pray with devotion and which helps us also to meditate on themysteries of the life of Christ together with Mary, who is obviously the personclosest to Christ

Ave Maria!
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With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved me.

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And they shall say to him: What are these wounds in the midst of thy hands? And he shall say: With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved me.

Zechariah 13:6
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Readings from Diocesan Anniversary Mass – 40 years 2May

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1st reading
Isaiah 60 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 ARISE, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
2 For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and kings in the brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up thy eyes round about, and see: all these are gathered together, they are come to thee: thy sons shah come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side.
5 Then shalt thou see, and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the. strength of the Gentiles shall come to thee.
6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord.

Ps 96
Proclaim to al lthe nations the marvelous deeds of the Lord.

Psalm 96 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 A canticle for David himself, when the house was built after the captivity. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing ye to the Lord and bless his name: shew forth his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all people.
4 For the Lord is great, and exceedingly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Praise and beauty are before him: holiness and majesty in his sanctuary.
7 Bring ye to the Lord, O ye kindreds of the Gentiles, bring ye to the Lord glory and honour:
8 bring to the Lord glory unto his name. Bring up sacrifices, and come into his courts:
9 adore ye the Lord in his holy court. Let all the earth be moved at his presence.
10 Say ye among the Gentiles, the Lord hath reigned. For he hath corrected the world, which shall not be moved: he will judge the people with justice.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, let the sea be moved, and the fulness thereof:
12 the fields and all things that are in them shall be joyful. Then shall all the trees of the woods rejoice
13 before the face of the Lord, because he cometh: because he cometh to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with justice, and the people with his truth.

2nd reading
Eph 1:3-14

Ephesians 1 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
2 Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:
4 As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.
5 Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:
6 Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace, 8 Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him, 10 In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him. 11 In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will. 12 That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ: 13 In whom you also, after you had heard the word of truth, (the gospel of your salvation;) in whom also believing, you were signed with the holy Spirit of promise, 14 Who is the pledge of our inheritance, unto the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.

Holy Gospel St. John 17:11,17-23

THESE things Jesus spoke, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said:
And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou has given me; that they may be one, as we also are.

They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19 And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
20 And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me;
21 That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me

CL 1987
Gaudium et Spes Vat. II

Adoro Te Devote
Love as Strong as Death
Set me as a seal upon your heart– for love is a strong as death.

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Prayer of Padre Pio

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Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak
and I need your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for you are my life
and without You I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for you are my light
and without You I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close;
and life passes; death, judgment and eternity approaches.
It is necessary to renew my strength so that I will not stop along the way,
and for that I need You.
It is getting late and death approaches.
I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.
Oh how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread,
so that Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness,
the force which sustains me, the unique Joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death I want to remain united to You,
if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for;
Your love, Your grace, Your will, Your heart, Your Spirit, because I love You
and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth
and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity!

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