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THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

Posted on January 31, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Eternal Father…
Our Father…
we ask you to mercifully hear us
for the sake of the love and sufferings
of Jesus, Your Beloved Son
Who always does what pleases You
and for the sake of the Maternal Heart of Mary.
May Your Will not be feared – but loved
and done in the Holy Spirit
on earth as it is in Heaven.
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Jesus Christ has chosen the Church for his Bride. In nuptial love, the Bride of Christ
looks into the eyes of the Bridegroom and calls out: “Splendor and majesty are in his
presence; power and beauty are in his sanctuary.”1
The Wedding Feast of the Lamb described in the Book of Revelation actually
describes the Sacred Liturgy of the Church.2 In the climax of her heavenly worship,
the Bride reflects the image of the Bridegroom – the image of the Word-Made-Flesh,
who is Beauty-Incarnate.
For the world, the maxim, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,”3 is a subjective
statement. For the Bride of Christ, this is a concrete reality of the Incarnation!
Sadly in our own times, the banal and vulgar have invaded our sanctuaries, following
“a misguided sense of creativity.”4 Nothing, therefore, is more important today than
the restoration of the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, the restoration of the sacred.
Hans Urs von Balthasar, the 20th century’s most notable writer on the theology of
beauty, said: “We can be sure that whoever sneers at Beauty’s name…can no longer
pray and soon will no longer be able to love.”5
In order celebrate the Sacred Liturgy with due reverence and beauty, the Church must
be able to “distinguish between the sacred and the profane.”6 When false types of
“inculturation” pollute liturgical worship we must be mindful that “all is not valid; all
is not licit; all is not good.”7 The secular, the cheap, the inferior and the inartistic “are
not meant to cross the threshold of God’s temple.”8
In order to “restore the sacred” we must, first and foremost, contemplate the beauty
of Christ in the Sacred Liturgy – “a sacred action surpassing all others.”9 This begins
with external fidelity to the rubrics, but leads to internal union with Christ, for “those
who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”10
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You shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy -St. John 16f

Posted on January 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Amen, amen I say to you,
that you shall lament and weep,
but the world shall rejoice;
and you shall be made sorrowful,
but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

A woman, when she is in labor, hath sorrow,
because her hour is come;

but when she hath brought forth the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish,
for joy that a man is born into the world.

So also you now indeed have sorrow;
but I will see you again,
and your heart shall rejoice;
and your joy
no man shall take from you.

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During the Hours of the Divine Office we bring before the Father all that is human:

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: Catholicism, Christ, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, Liturgy of the Hours, Religion and Spirituality |

The Divine Office – Cistercian Nuns
In union with Christ and the Church, His Bride, during the Hours of the Divine Office we bring before the Father all that is human: joy and sorrow; hope and anxiety; innocence and sin; patience and anger; life and death. We pray these Hours in the Holy Spirit, Who inspired the texts of the Sacred Liturgy and Whose breath breathes in them.”
Spiritual Foundations of the Constitutions Meherau Congregation Cistercian Order

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33 Salutations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Catholicism, Jesus, Prayer and Spirituality, Religion and Spirituality, Sacred Heart |

Thirty-Three Salutations To the Sacred Heart

Hail, Heart of my Jesus, save me!
Hail, Heart of my Savior, deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge, pardon me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse, love me!
Hail, Heart of my Master, teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King, crown me!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Pastor, keep me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend, caress me!
Hail, Heart of the Infant Jesus, attract me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross, atone for me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus in all its Conditions, give Thyself to me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother, remain with me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable Goodness, forgive me!
Hail, Heart most Glorious, shine forth in me!
Hail, Heart most Amiable, inflame me!
Hail, Heart most Charitable, work in me!
Hail, Heart most Merciful, answer for me!
Hail, Heart most Humble, repose in me!
Hail, Heart most Patient, bear with me!
Hail, Heart most Faithful, make satisfaction for me!
Hail, Heart most Adorable and most Worthy, bless me!
Hail, Heart most Peaceful, calm me!
Hail, Heart most Desirable and most Beautiful, delight me!
Hail, Heart most Illustrious and most Perfect, ennoble me!
Hail, Heart most Holy, Balm most Precious, preserve and sanctify me!
Hail, Heart most Holy and most Salutary, reform me!
Hail, Heart most Blessed, true Physician and Remedy for all our ills, heal me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Consolation of the afflicted, comfort me!
Hail, Heart most loving, ardent Furnace burning with Love, consume me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Model of Perfection, enlighten me!
Hail, Divine Heart, Source of all Happiness, strengthen me!
Hail, Heart of eternal Benediction, call me to Thee!

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source:
http://jscottbaileycssr.googlepages.com/sacredheartdevotions

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The Indwelling of Divine Love: The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart – Fr. Thomas Dubay,S.M.- Letter & Spirit, vol. 4 (2008)

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Indwelling of Divine Love: The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart Thomas S. Dubay, S.M.

http://www.letterandspirit.org/archive/06%20DuBay%209-18.pdf

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The Indwelling of Divine Love: The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart – Fr. Thomas Dubay,S.M.- Letter & Spirit, vol. 4 (2008)

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Indwelling of Divine Love: The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart Thomas S. Dubay, S.M.

http://www.letterandspirit.org/archive/06%20DuBay%209-18.pdf

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Novena of Reparation for Roe vs Wade – Isaiah 13:18f

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

http://love2learnblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/novena-of-reparation-for-roe-vs-wade.html

The fruit of the womb they shall not spare,
nor shall they have eyes of pity for children.
And Babylon, the jewel of the kingdoms,
and glory and pride of the Chaldeans,
shall be overthrown by God
like Sodom and like Gomorrah.

Isaiah 13:18-19

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One in a billion – Fr. Cranky

Posted on January 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I found this quote today:

He did not quiz anyone in line. All he did was state the Church’s teachings at the end of his homily, and leave the decision whether to present themselves for Communion up to them. He also offered the opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance following Mass.Fr. Cranky, Fr. Cranky, Jan 2009

You should read the whole article.

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Fr. George W. Rutler’s Weekly Letter

Posted on January 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fr. George W. Rutler
January 11, 2009
http://www.oursaviournyc.org

The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord celebrates the “new baptism” which Christ offers: not a symbolic washing in a desire for purity, but an actual wiping away of mankind’s original sin, which is the pride which substitutes the illusory affectation of human power for the omnipotence of God. By baptism, man is reborn into innocence. The traditional antiphon for the first Sunday after Easter quotes 1 Peter 2:2, “Like newborn infants…” In Latin the first words are “Quasi modo” and in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel about Notre Dame Cathedral, a crippled infant is abandoned at the cathedral on that day and is named from the antiphon for he seems “almost like” a normal human. Hugo wrote the novel in part to publicize the danger to the great building which had suffered so much damage in the French Revolution. It actually was in danger of being torn down because of its decrepitude and also because its architecture was considered “old fashioned.” Hugo helped inspire the Gothic Revival and saved that great building from the hands of faddists who in their nervous ways resembled those who in recent decades have done so much damage to our own fine churches. In the 1939 film, Quasimodo was portrayed by Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara was Esmeralda. Laughton was reared a Catholic and attended the English Jesuit school Stonyhurst, but lapsed in the course of his personally confused older years. Maureen O’Hara has long been a presence in our archdiocese and once, at the end of a mission I preached, she told me that Laughton returned to the Faith on his deathbed. This she was told by Laughton’s wife Elsa Lanchester who, while an abrupt atheist, knew that his friend would be glad that he had died with the Sacraments. All this is by way of announcing that we have fixed our carillon as a project of our Restoration Fund. After fifty years, the machinery needed replacement. This has been done by the company that installed the original works. The sound of bells, albeit electronically amplified, is an important part of life in our neighborhood, summoning the faithful to worship and reminding passers-by of the hours. It would have been sorely missed. Through advances in computer technology, we can now program the carillon for hundreds of special changes and swings, and hymns according to the liturgical season, and for weddings and funerals. This computerized Quasimodo will not need repairs for at least twenty-five years. So at the start of the new year, the sound of bells will most appropriately celebrate this fiftieth anniversary year of the dedication of our church. It is customary for bells to sound the “Angelus” thrice daily. As not all our neighbors would rejoice with the angels at 6:00 am, the summons is at Noon and 6:00 pm.

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when the President of the World first declared the developement of his policy – Benson The Lord of the World

Posted on January 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Oliver Brand stepped out from the Conference Hall in Westminster on theFriday evening, so soon as the business was over and thePlenipotentiaries had risen from the table, more concerned as to theeffect of the news upon his wife than upon the world.He traced the beginning of the change to the day five months ago whenthe President of the World had first declared the development of hispolicy, and while Oliver himself had yielded to that development, andfrom defending it in public had gradually convinced himself of itsnecessity, Mabel, for the first time in her life, had shown herselfabsolutely obstinate.The woman to his mind seemed to him to have fallen into some kind ofinsanity. Felsenburgh’s declaration had been made a week or two afterhis Acclamation at Westminster, and Mabel had received the news of it atfirst with absolute incredulity.Then, when there was no longer any doubt that he had declared theextermination of the Supernaturalists to be a possible necessity, therehad been a terrible scene between husband and wife. She had said thatshe had been deceived; that the world’s hope was a monstrous mockery;that the reign of universal peace was as far away as ever; thatFelsenburgh had betrayed his trust and broken his word. There had beenan appalling scene. He did not even now like to recall it to hisimagination. She had quieted after a while, but his arguments, deliveredwith infinite patience, seemed to produce very little effect. Shesettled down into silence, hardly answering him. One thing only seemedto touch her, and that was when he spoke of the President himself. Itwas becoming plain to him that she was but a woman after all at themercy of a strong personality, but utterly beyond the reach of logic. Hewas very much disappointed. Yet he trusted to time to cure her.The Government of England had taken swift and skilful steps to reassurethose who, like Mabel, recoiled from the inevitable logic of the newpolicy. An army of speakers traversed the country, defending andexplaining; the press was engineered with extraordinary adroitness, andit was possible to say that there was not a person among the millions ofEngland who had not easy access to the Government’s defence.Briefly, shorn of rhetoric, their arguments were as follows, and therewas no doubt that, on the whole, they had the effect of quieting theamazed revolt of the more sentimental minds.Peace, it was pointed out, had for the first time in the world’s historybecome an universal fact. There was no longer one State, however small,whose interests were not identical with those of one of the threedivisions of the world of which it was a dependency, and that firststage had been accomplished nearly half-a-century ago. But the secondstage–the reunion of these three divisions under a common head–aninfinitely greater achievement than the former, since the conflictinginterests were incalculably more vast–this had been consummated by asingle Person, Who, it appeared, had emerged from humanity at the veryinstant when such a Character was demanded. It was surely not much toask that those on whom these benefits had come should assent to the willand judgment of Him through whom they had come. This, then, was anappeal to faith.The second main argument was addressed to reason. Persecution, as allenlightened persons confessed, was the method of a majority of savageswho desired to force a set of opinions upon a minority who did notspontaneously share them. Now the peculiar malevolence of persecution inthe past lay, not in the employment of force, but in the abuse of it.That any one kingdom should dictate religious opinions to a minority ofits members was an intolerable tyranny, for no one State possessed theright to lay down universal laws, the contrary to which might be held byits neighbour. This, however, disguised, was nothing else than theIndividualism of Nations, a heresy even more disastrous to thecommonwealth of the world than the Individualism of the Individual. Butwith the arrival of the universal community of interests the wholesituation was changed. The single personality of the human race hadsucceeded to the incoherence of divided units, and with thatconsummation–which might be compared to a coming of age, an entirelynew set of rights had come into being. The human race was now a singleentity with a supreme responsibility towards itself; there were nolonger any private rights at all, such as had certainly existed, in theperiod previous to this. Man now possessed dominion over every cellwhich composed His Mystical Body, and where any such cell asserteditself to the detriment of the Body, the rights of the whole wereunqualified.And there was no religion but one that claimed the equal rights ofuniversal jurisdiction–and that the Catholic. The sects of the East,while each retained characteristics of its own, had yet found in the NewMan the incarnation of their ideals, and had therefore given in theirallegiance to the authority of the whole Body of whom He was Head. Butthe very essence of the Catholic Religion was treason to the very ideaof man. Christians directed their homage to a supposed supernaturalBeing who was not only–so they claimed–outside of the world butpositively transcended it. Christians, then–leaving aside the mad fableof the Incarnation, which might very well be suffered to die of its ownfolly–deliberately severed themselves from that Body of which by humangeneration they had been made members. They were as mortified limbsyielding themselves to the domination of an outside force other thanthat which was their only life, and by that very act imperilled theentire Body. This madness, then, was the one crime which still deservedthe name. Murder, theft, rape, even anarchy itself, were as triflingfaults compared to this monstrous sin, for while these injured indeedthe Body they did not strike at its heart–individuals suffered, andtherefore those minor criminals deserved restraint; but the very Lifewas not struck at. But in Christianity there was a poison actuallydeadly. Every cell that became infected with it was infected in thatvery fibre that bound it to the spring of life. This, and this alone,was the supreme crime of High Treason against man–and nothing butcomplete removal from the world could be an adequate remedy.These, then, were the main arguments addressed to that section of theworld which still recoiled from the deliberate utterance of Felsenburgh,and their success had been remarkable. Of course, the logic, in itselfindisputable, had been dressed in a variety of costumes gilded withrhetoric, flushed with passion, and it had done its work in such amanner that as summer drew on Felsenburgh had announced privately thathe proposed to introduce a bill which should carry out to its logical conclusion the policy of which he had spoken.Now, this too, had been accomplished.

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