Archive for January 8th, 2009

1 Chron 16:27- Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Praise and magnificence are before him: strength and joy in his place.
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O worship the King, all glorious above,O gratefully sing His power and His love;Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space,His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.The earth with its store of wonders untold,Almighty, Thy pow’r hath founded of old;Established it fast by a changeless decree,And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.O measureless might! Ineffable love!While angels delight to worship Thee above,The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise!

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YOUR HEART IS BUT A MASS OF PRIDE- St. John Vianney

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

YOUR HEART IS BUT A MASS OF PRIDE
You will tell me, perhaps, that you never judge people except by what you see or after you have actually heard or been the witness of some action: “I saw him doing this action, so I am sure. I heard what he said with my own ears. After that, I could not be mistaken.”
But I shall reply by telling you to begin by entering into your own heart, which is but a mass of pride wherein everything is dried up. You will find yourself infinitely more guilty than the person whom you are so boldly judging, and you have plenty of room for fear, lest one day you will see him going to Heaven while you are being dragged down to Hell by the demons.” Oh, unfortunate pride,” says St. Augustine to us, “you dare to judge your brother on the slightest appearance of evil, and how do you know that he has not repented of his fault and that he is not numbered among God’s friends? Take care rather that he does not take the place which your pride is putting you in great danger of losing.”
Yes, my dear brethren, all these rash judgments and all these interpretations come only from a person who has a secret pride, who does not know himself, and who dares to wish to know the interior life of his neighbour, something which is known to God alone. If only, my dear children, we were able to arrive at the stage of eradicating this first of the capital sins from our hearts, our neighbour would never do any wrong according to us. We should never amuse ourselves by examining his conduct. We should be content to do nothing else save weep for our own sins and work as hard as we could to correct them.
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AN ACT OF REPARATION FOR BLASPHEMIES AGAINST THE Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

AN ACT OF REPARATION FOR BLASPHEMIES AGAINST THE B. V. M.

Most glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, turn
shine eyes in pity upon us, miserable sinners; we are sore
afflicted by the many evils that surround us in this life, but
especially do we feel our hearts break within us upon hearing the
dreadful insults and blasphemies uttered against thee, O Virgin
Immaculate. O how these impious sayings offend the infinite
Majesty of God and of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ! How
they provoke His indignation and give us cause to fear the
terrible effects of His vengeance! Would that the sacrifice of our
lives might avail to put an end to such outrages and blasphemies;
were it so, how gladly we should make it, for we desire, O most
holy Mother, to love thee and to honor thee with all our hearts,
since this is the will of God. And just because we love thee, we
will do all that is in our power to make thee honored and loved by
all men. In the meantime do thou, our merciful Mother, the supreme
comforter of the afflicted, accept this our act of reparation
which we offer thee for ourselves and for all our families, as
well as for all who impiously blaspheme thee, not knowing what
they say. Do thou obtain for them from Almighty God the grace of
conversion, and thus render more manifest and more glorious thy
kindness, thy power and thy great mercy. May they join with us in
proclaiming thee blessed among women, the Immaculate Virgin and
most compassionate Mother of God.

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Fr Cranky – Stunning Silence

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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We fast in order that we might listen to God – Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: catholic, fasting |

Do Christians Fast?

Luke 5:33-39,

Do Christians fast? Yes, but differently. Some may entertain the practice of fasting in order to get God to hear them. We, on the other hand, fast in order that we might listen to God. The striving to gain God’s ear is tantamount to putting a band-aid on a gaping wound, or a new patch on an old wine skin. Getting us to listen is harder work. Then we have to realize that we are a new creation, new wineskins filled with a stunning new wine.

Fasting is only important if it gets us to listen to God, to hunger for God, to thirst for God alone. Fasting form food is nice, but fasting from other pursuits, media, activities, radios, TVs, etc is also important. If we do not hunger for God, we are only depriving our bodies and going hungry. If we hunger for God, he is already there.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S
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Fr. Cranky says it – listen up!

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: Catholicism, Christianity, Denominations, Eucharist, Mass, Pied Piper of Hamelin, Priest, Religion and Spirituality |

I found this:

A new rite forms during Mass called the dismissal of children, when the priest has to don his best pied piper voice and invite all the children in the audience (let’s not really call it a congregation) to come up front. This takes about 5 minutes. Then he may or may not choose to interact with them with all the ensuing hilarity of the little darlings saying the cutest things. (Wasn’t it W.C. Fields who said to never work with children? Smart man.) Then we have the oh-so-cutesy exit music for them because like all good modern parishes we have cover music for everything. Those parents who decide they want to keep their kids in sight and in Mass are then glared at by the tolerant/intolerant progressives because how dare they contaminate the purity of our adult gathering with children. Don’t they know when their kids are to be dismissed? Why won’t they send their children to our friendly re-education camps? The Liturgy of the Word must be sterile and devoid of children, just like our homes and marriages. Don’t remind us of life as we listen to the Word of God. The whole sad episode takes 5 or more minutes and completely breaks any kind of solemnity or prayerful attitude that might have been built up – but hey, we never really needed that anyway, this is a modern celebration of the Eucharist! We’re all meant to be happy (and childless)!8

You should read the whole article.

http://frcranky.blogspot.com/

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