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Listen Missy! We know you did it – just Confess!

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Listen Missy! We know you did it – just Confess!

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Stripped of self-will and clothed with disinterested love, the little that we give (through living True Devotion consecration)is multiplied…

Posted on March 27, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |


In his treatise, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis wrote:
“For by it (this devotion) we show love for our neighbor in an outstanding way, since we give Him through Mary’s hands all that we prize most highly—that is, the satisfactory and prayer value of all our good works, down to the least good thought and the least little suffering. We give our consent that all we have already acquired or will acquire until death should be used in accordance with our Lady’s will for the conversion of sinners or the deliverance of souls from Purgatory” (section 171).
“It must be noted that our good works, passing through Mary’s hands, are progressively purified. Consequently, their merit and their satisfactory and prayer value is also increased. That is why they become much more effective in relieving the souls in Purgatory and in converting sinners than if they did not pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary.
“Stripped of self-will and clothed with disinterested love, the little that we give to the Blessed Virgin is truly powerful enough to appease the anger of God and draw down His mercy. It may well be that at the hour of death a person who has been faithful to this devotion will find that he has freed many souls from Purgatory and converted many
sinners, even though he performed only the ordinary actions of his state of life. Great will be his joy at the judgment. Great will be his glory throughout eternity” (section 172).
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Song of Solomon 2 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 I am the flower of the field, and the lily of the valleys.
2 As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
3 As the apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow, whom I desired: and his fruit was sweet to my palate.
4 He brought me into the cellar of wine, he set in order charity in me.
5 Stay me up with flowers, compass me about with apples: because I languish with love.
6 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand shall embrace me.
7 I adjure you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and the harts of the, fields, that you stir not up, nor make the beloved to awake, till she please.
8 The voice of my beloved, behold he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart. Behold he standeth behind our wall, looking through the windows, looking through the lattices.
10 Behold my beloved speaketh to me: Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come.
11 For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtle is heard in our land:
13 The fig tree hath put forth her green figs: the vines in flower yield their sweet smell. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come:
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall, shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely.
15 Catch us the little foxes that destroy the vines: for our vineyard hath flourished.
16 My beloved to me, and I to him who feedeth among the lilies,
17 Till the day break, and the shadows retire. Return: be like, my beloved, to a roe, or to a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

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Novena for 4th Anniversary of Death John Paul II

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thanks to Vultus Christi- vultus.stblogs.org/2009/03/four-years.html

Thursday, April 2, 2009 will be the fourth anniversary of the death of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II. In preparation for this anniversary, Dr. Alex Roman, Oblate of Saint Benedict, has graciously authorized Fr. Kirby to share with the readers of Vultus Christi the Akathist he composed for private recitation in honour of the Servant of God.

Akathist
To our Father among the Saints, John Paul the Great, Pope of Rome

Kontakion 1

To you, our great Pastor, Pontiff and Successor of the Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul,
entrusted for many years with the guidance and welfare of Christ’s Holy Church, we
sinful ones gather to sing a triumphant hymn of praise in your honour, thanking the Lord
Jesus Who chose you and consecrated you according to the order of Melchisedek to
confirm us in our faith and, now, to be our speedy intercessor in the mansions of His
Father’s House, and we incessantly sing :

Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing heavenly Protector!

Ikos 1

“Feed my sheep, tend to my lambs that are not of this flock,” the Lord Jesus commanded
Peter before His Ascension to the Right Hand of the Father. “And I will be with you and
the Church unto the consummation of the ages!” Heeding our Lord’s call in your heart,
you took upon your own shoulders the shepherd’s pallium as a new fisher of men in the
footsteps of him who was called “the Rock” by our Lord, and we sing:

Rejoice, Successor to St Peter the Apostle!
Rejoice, Inheritor of his commission!
Rejoice, Rock of faith that was revealed to you by the Heavenly Father!
Rejoice, Preacher of Christ and Him Crucified!
Rejoice, Father of Peace!
Rejoice, Defender of the poor and oppressed throughout the world!
Rejoice, Man of prayer, lost in adoration of the Most Holy Trinity!
Rejoice, fervent in prayer to the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!
Rejoice, devoted son of the Most Holy Virgin Mother of God!
Rejoice, Teacher of the ways of the Lord!
Rejoice, Defender of the Apostolic preaching!
Rejoice, Example of piety, drawing all to new Life in Christ!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 2

O Holy Father, John Paul, your esteemed parents raised you to know and fear the Lord
from a tender age. Your home church was where you first learned unceasing prayer in
the Name of the Lord Jesus. Having suffered the loss of your mother, your father’s long
prayer on his knees throughout the night inspired you to the things that are above by
putting on the Lord Jesus Christ and making no provision for the flesh. Praising the Lord
Jesus Who so willed to raise you in His Spirit, we cry: Alleluia!

Ikos 2

A brilliant scholar of the things of this world, O Holy Father, you surpassed all others in
acquired knowledge and wisdom. But you counted all this as nothing, but for the saving
knowledge in Christ Jesus. Hearing His call to serve Him and those who are being saved
in His Church, you put your hand to the spiritual plough without looking back, but
straight ahead toward the glory of the Holy Trinity, as we sing joyfully:

Rejoice, Ploughman of the Lord, called to bring us the Finest Wheat!
Rejoice, Worker in the Vineyard of the Lord, quenching our spiritual thirst with the
Mystic Wine!
Rejoice, for your Daily Bread is truly Christ in the Holy Eucharist and the Word of God!
Rejoice, for Christ calls you to His holy Priesthood!
Rejoice, for you prefer not mother or father, or brother or sister above the sweet yoke of
Jesus Christ!
Rejoice, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but the Father Who is in
Heaven!
Rejoice, for the Lord reveals His power to you in unceasing prayer!
Rejoice, for He unveils to you His own Wisdom that surpasses that of the world!
Rejoice, for in Christ you have become higher than all your teachers!
Rejoice, for the Holy Spirit comes to make His abode within the temple of your body!
Rejoice, for He strengthens you by His Grace to endure all things for Christ!
Rejoice, for the Heavenly Father embraces you as a well-beloved son!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 3

You saw the stormy clouds of war gathered to crush the innocent from all sides, O Holy
Father! Rather than feel despair, you put on the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of
faith in Christ to ward off the darts of the evil one, inspiring all to raise the Cross as the
symbol of final victory. Standing in awe of your fortitude and courage, we sing:
Alleluia!

Ikos 3

O Holy Father, you ceaselessly gazed at the Saviour, crucified in the Flesh for our
salvation. It was the Lord Jesus Himself that taught you from the Book of His Cross to
have unshakeable faith in His Resurrection which all who partake of the Cup of His
sufferings will also experience. With you, we reach out, like Thomas the Apostle, to
touch the Sacred Wounds of the Lord Jesus in all our trials and tribulations, proclaiming
Him to be our Lord and our God, singing:

Rejoice, Man of God, who constantly stood in spirit on Calvary before the Cross!
Rejoice, O Mystic, lost in meditation on Christ’s most sacred Passion!
Rejoice, Bearer on your own body of the Marks of the Lord Jesus!
Rejoice, Good Samaritan, binding the wounds of others suffering the ravages of war!
Rejoice, new Simon of Cyrene, carrying the crosses of others overwhelmed by pain!
Rejoice, Righteous One, who saved the daughter of Abraham from eternal collapse!
Rejoice, for the little suffering ones of God find in you a ready helper!
Rejoice, for you defend those who cannot defend themselves!
Rejoice, for you are ready to give your life for those for whom Christ gave His!
Rejoice, for you see the Cross dispersing the dark clouds of despair and evil!
Rejoice, for it heralds an eternal victory through Christ our Lord!
Rejoice, for you lead us to worship the place where the Feet of the Lord stood!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Ikos 4

As Archbishop of Cracow in your beloved Poland, you enlivened the flock entrusted to
you that languished under the God-hating yoke. Ensuring that the Church lived her own
life, the life of the Apostles teaching, the Breaking of the Bread and the prayers, you
inspired young people to dedicate their lives to Christ through His Holy Church,
following your selfless and holy example. Bowing before the Hero of the Lord, we cry
out in thanksgiving: Alleluia!

Kontakion 4

The Lord truly blessed his people of Poland with a great pastor and shepherd in you, O
Holy Father John Paul! In you was fulfilled the commandment of the Lord to His
Apostles, “Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the
Son and the Holy Spirit!” As a people baptized by the Apostles to the Slavs, Saints Cyril
and Methodius, the people and Church of Poland leap for joy in having received the
blessing of a new Apostle in our days, singing loudly:

Rejoice, worthy descendant of the mission of Cyril and Methodius among the Slavs!
Rejoice, new and wondrous patron of Cracow and all Poland!
Rejoice, preacher of God’s Word to your people!
Rejoice, inspiring your people to renewed zeal for God!
Rejoice, teacher of love of God through love of country and its people!
Rejoice, great evangelist bringing God’s Word to us through the medium of culture!
Rejoice, venerator of the holy saints and shrines of Poland!
Rejoice, filial client of the Mother of God of Czestochowa!
Rejoice, promoter of the privileges of the Queen of Poland!
Rejoice, Crown of the Saints of Poland!
Rejoice, bringing many saints of Poland to the honours of the altar!
Rejoice, Tireless Advocate at the Throne of Christ for the people of Poland!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 5

The Lord Jesus deigned that not only Poland, but the universal Church as well was to
have you as its Chief Pastor and Teacher, O Holy Father John Paul! As the Holy Spirit
breathed upon the Church’s hierarchs to choose you as the new Successor of St Peter, you were overwhelmed in awe and wonder at the ways of God. We remember still your
appearance before the world for the first time as the Holy Ecumenical Pontiff, blessing us
with your hands extended in prayer over us and we sing, with heads bowed: Alleluia!

Ikos 5

The world gazed in amazement at the new Pontiff at Rome wondering what this all meant
in God’s design for His Church, O Holy Father John Paul. Resigning yourself to Christ
through His Most Holy Mother, as indicated by your motto, “Totus Tuus,” you raised
your hands in thanksgiving and praise to the Lord Jesus Who alone gave you the strength
to be all things to all people, singing:

Rejoice, for the Lord Jesus is our mainstay!
Rejoice, for we are nourished at His Wounded Side!
Rejoice, for His Side pours forth Mercy and Forgiveness!
Rejoice, for the Lord makes up for what is lacking in us!
Rejoice, for He is our bulwark and rampart!
Rejoice, for His yoke is light and very sweet!
Rejoice, for Christ is with us always!
Rejoice, for He will be with us until the end of time!
Rejoice, for the Lord Jesus enters through the hardness of our hearts and bids us,
“Peace!”
Rejoice, for He sends us the Consoler, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from the Father!
Rejoice, for the Holy Spirit reminds us of all that the Lord Jesus taught us!
Rejoice, for it is the Spirit Who prays in us, as we know not how to pray as we ought!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 6

“Woman, behold your son!” the Lord Jesus proclaimed from the Cross at Calvary,
thereby placing us all under the mantle of protection of the Theotokos. You were led to
great veneration for her who nurtures us as the Mother of her Son’s Church, the Body of
Christ, O Holy Father, John Paul. Contemplating the Mother’s role in the Son’s plan for
our salvation, you call on us to invoke frequently the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-
Virgin Mary, crying: Alleluia!

Ikos 6

“Do all that He tells you,” the Mother of God told the servants at the Wedding at Cana in
Galilee. Gazing into her maternal heart to ponder the Word of God made Flesh in her
immaculate Womb, the Most Holy Virgin Mary is our model for contemplation and
submission to the Divine Will of the Holy Trinity, as you taught us many times, O Holy
Father. Seeking to be conformed to Christ in accordance with this Most Holy Model and
our Mother, we join with you in singing:

Rejoice, for your soul, O Mother of God, magnifies the Lord and your spirit exults in
God your Saviour!
Rejoice, for He has looked upon the humility of His maid-servant!
Rejoice, for all generations will call you ‘Blessed!’
Rejoice, for He has done great things for you and Holy is His Name – His Grace is from
generation to generation on all those who fear Him!
Rejoice for He has shown the strength of His Arm and has cast down the proud in the
thoughts of their hearts!
Rejoice, for He has removed the powerful from their thrones, while uplifting the humble,
filling the poor with all manner of good things, and sending the rich away with nothing!
Rejoice, for He has taken to Himself Israel, according to His mercy, remembering His
covenant with Abraham and our fathers!
Rejoice, Mother of God, full of Grace, the Lord is with You and blessed are you among
women!
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, for you have given birth to Christ our Saviour and Redeemer in
accordance with the word of the Archangel!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, teaching us all to praise the Mother of our Lord Jesus incessantly
through her Rule of Prayer, the Rosary!
Rejoice, for you have crowned her many miraculous images throughout the world!
Rejoice, for you call on us to contemplate the Face of Christ with the Virgin Mary!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 7

As Chief Pastor and Shepherd of Christ’s Holy Catholic Church, you took for yourself
the names “John” and “Paul” to signify your desire to emulate the lives of these Saints
and Apostles in the Gospel throughout your pontificate of service and love to God’s
people. You were not content to be a successor of the Apostles, but you also engaged in
zealous apostolic activity to renew the fervor and devotion of Christians living in morally
indifferent and dangerous times. Buoyed by your constancy of faith and your great zeal
for the glory of God and the Church’s welfare, we cry out joyfully: Alleluia!

Ikos 7

O Holy Father, as “John” you were shown to be a new Forerunner crying to those lost in
a spiritual wilderness to make straight the ways of the Lord. Your preaching and
example also brought many to the saving waters of Baptism. Emulating the Beloved
Disciple of the Lord, you likewise taught sublime theology about the Word Who is God.
Praising God for sending us His messenger in you, we pray:

Rejoice, New Prophet of Christ, most zealous for the glory of God!
Rejoice, for you call everyone to the saving waters of Baptism!
Rejoice, for you anoint us with the Oil of Gladness!
Rejoice, you preach the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins in the Name of the Lord Jesus!
Rejoice, for you show us how to open our hearts to the Love of God!
Rejoice, for you indicate the narrow way into the Kingdom of Heaven!
Rejoice, Teacher of Sublime Theology!
Rejoice, Defender of the Orthodox Faith!
Rejoice, Bulwark of the Catholic Church!
Rejoice, Mystic of God the Word Incarnate!
Rejoice, Adorer of Divine Wisdom!
Rejoice, Silent One before the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist on the Altar!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 8

You truly emulated St Paul the Apostle, O Holy Father, by your many visitations to the
Local Church throughout the world! You came from Rome and enlivened the people of
God with the Presence of Christ which you bore and reflected in your person. Who does
not remember attending at least one of your pastoral visits? Who has not been
overwhelmed with the joy of receiving your Apostolic blessing and benediction by your
own hand? We continue to call to you, Holy Father, now that you visit us from Heaven
in spirit and sing reverently: Alleluia!

Ikos 8

Having become all things to all people for the sake of Christ, O Holy Father, you took up
the pilgrim’s staff with the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ to go out and preach the good
news of salvation in His Name to all the world. You spoke to the crowds of millions,
encouraging them to hold fast to their faith in the Lord as Christians worthy of such a
great salvation. The people of old touched their handkerchiefs to the Apostles, and so too
did the people greet you with theirs. We wave to you still with the spiritual white of our
sincere prayers to you, Holy Father, and sing:

Rejoice, Eternal Pilgrim in a world searching for Christ!
Rejoice, for the people press in on you, left and right!
Rejoice, for those suffering from constant spiritual illness receive healing at the touch of
your spiritual blessing!
Rejoice, for you feed the multitudes with the Bread of Life that is eaten, but is never
consumed!
Rejoice, for you indicate the Spiritual Cluster of the Tree of Salvation from which drips
the Mystic Wine!
Rejoice, for by you the Lord Jesus quenches our inner thirst!
Rejoice, for they bring the sick and the lame to you as the Vicar of the Wounded Healer!
Rejoice, for you sorrow and weep over their suffering!
Rejoice, for your presence among them witnesses to Christ the Consoler of heavy hearts!
Rejoice, Man of Peace, that which only Christ can bring!
Rejoice, for you tell the young people of the world about the Peace that is beyond it!
Rejoice, for you call us to be apostles of Christ’s peace and love in a hate-filled and wartorn age!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 9

You are the joy of the Saints of Heaven, O Holy Father John Paul! As the early Church
of Christ took great solace in her sufferings and persecutions from the witness and
intercessions of her Martyrs, whose honour she jealously guarded, so too did you deign to
raise to the honours of the Altar many new witnesses to the love of Christ and
faithfulness to His Church throughout the world. Joining with you in joyfully making
festival in the Lord in honor of the many new Saints and Martyrs of Christ, we earnestly
sing: Alleluia!

Ikos 9

The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Apostles, Prophets, Martyrs, Hierarchs, Venerable
Fathers and Mothers of every nation and every age rejoice to see many of their number
honored through you on earth, O Holy Father! The Great Cloud of Witnesses that the
Holy Spirit has glorified through you lets drop a plentiful rain of Divine Grace by means
of their prayers to the Holy Trinity and by it a rich harvest of souls is reaped by Christ the
Sower. We invoke the intercession of all these, and also your prayers, O Holy Father,
before the Throne of Almighty God, all the while singing with compunction:

Rejoice, for by you those who are famous in God are made known to us!
Rejoice, for we receive the benefit of the prayers of many of the Righteous!
Rejoice, for you assemble a venerable Army to aid us in the day of spiritual battle!
Rejoice, for Christ showers His miracles upon us through His Saints!
Rejoice, for holy before God is the death of His Martyrs in whom He is glorified!
Rejoice, for He will not let His holy ones see corruption!
Rejoice, for, by you, God raised up to honour the holy Martyr Maximilian Kolbe!
Rejoice, for the holy Nun Faustina sings of the Divine Mercy of Christ!
Rejoice, for the voice of the martyrs of the death camps makes a loud and joyful sound!
Rejoice, for you join in prayer to the Mother of God with Saint Pio of Pietrelcina!
Rejoice, for Mother Teresa embraces the poor and suffering of Calcutta still!
Rejoice, for you call on us to become holy and submissive instruments in God’s Hands
for a new evangelization of the world!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 10

As your mother was an Eastern Catholic, you learned early in life concerning the Two
Lungs, Western and Eastern, of the Body of Christ that is the Holy Catholic Church, by
which it must always breathe. You were also mindful of the great mission of the
Apostles to the Slavs, Saints Cyril and Methodius, whom you declared to be patrons of
Europe together with the Holy Father Benedict. Praying to the Lord Jesus that all may be
One in Him through communion with the Successor of St Peter, we sing: Alleluia!

Ikos 10

You were a true Pastor of the Churches of the East in communion with you, O Holy
Father, and entrusted to your care. Your heart also weighed heavily over the rent in the
seamless Garment of the Lord through the separation of the Churches. Embracing the
spiritual ways of the Christian East, you praised its Orthodoxy and the teaching of her
Holy Fathers, making it your own. And we receive your encouragement to us to be true
bridges between East and West, singing in your honor:

Rejoice, Holy Man of the East, praying the unceasing Prayer of Jesus!
Rejoice, for the Mother of God of Czestochowa is like the sun that first rose in the East!
Rejoice, for you esteem and proclaim the Orthodox Faith of the Councils!
Rejoice, for you drank deeply of the still waters of Eastern Christian spirituality!
Rejoice, for you extended a sincere hand of love and repentance to the Orthodox East!
Rejoice, for you pray that all may be one, even as Christ and the Father are One!
Rejoice, for you glorified the New Martyrs and Confessors of communion with Rome!
Rejoice, for you are the first to praise them!
Rejoice, for the cords of the unrighteous are finally broken!
Rejoice, for your Eastern Flock receives their supreme Pastor with great affection!
Rejoice, for you are another Clement and Martin, coming from Rome to be with them!
Rejoice, for you pray that the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father
and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 11

As a truly Apostolic man, you enjoin us to be holy as our Heavenly Father is Holy and to
worship God in the beauty of holiness. You invite the youth of the world to take heart
and be courageous in giving themselves in service to the Church as holy priests and
monastics, as well as servants of the Lord Jesus in the world, witnessing to His salvation
and peace. Looking to you as our eminent example in living the Life in Christ and
experiencing the transfiguring Light of Mt Tabor in the Holy Spirit, we sing: Alleluia!

Ikos 11

Praying ceaselessly to the Lord Jesus and His Most Holy Mother, you invite us to
contemplate the Divine Mysteries of our salvation in silent listening to the Word of God,
O Holy Father. Although your fame spread like wildfire throughout the world, you
continued in self-emptying humility and intercession for all at the Foot of the Cross of
our Lord before the Altar and the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pray for us that we
may also open our hearts to the warmth of the Love of God in purity and sacred
meditation, as we sing:

Rejoice, for holiness becomes the House of God!
Rejoice, for His priests are girded with it!
Rejoice, for Holy is the Lord our God!
Rejoice, for you contemplate the Face of Christ with Mary, His Mother!
Rejoice, for you teach us to pray without hurrying!
Rejoice, for you tell us to linger in thoughtful consideration in our supplications to God!
Rejoice, for you conformed your life to Christ!
Rejoice, for you listen to the Voice of the Father in the stillness of your soul!
Rejoice, for the Holy Spirit finds you filled with the love of the Virgin Mary and so forms
the full stature of Jesus Christ within you!
Rejoice, for Peter joins with his successor in adoring Christ transfigured on Mt Tabor!
Rejoice, for you exclaim to the people of God, “It is good for us to be here!”
Rejoice, for you lead us to Theosis in Christ by the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the
Father!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 12

O Holy Father, you labored for our salvation and sanctification for more than a quarter of
a century on the Apostolic Throne of Peter! Early in your pontificate, you were shot six
times by the enemies of the Church, but God did not allow you to expire, as your time
had not yet come. Amazed at your inner strength and courage, we exclaim: Alleluia!

Ikos 12

Suffering diverse illnesses in your elder years, O Holy Father, John Paul, you endured
hardship and pain rather than take your hand from the spiritual plough of Church
leadership and guidance given to you by the Lord Jesus. Awed by your long-suffering
patience borne in all suffering, we sing:

Rejoice, for you have been crucified with the Lord Jesus so as to share in His
Resurrection!
Rejoice, for you offered up your sufferings for the salvation of His flock!
Rejoice, for you bear on your body the Marks of the Lord Jesus!
Rejoice, for you set an example of suffering in patience for us all!
Rejoice, firm staff of support for the elderly!
Rejoice, solace of the gravely ill and infirm!
Rejoice, for nothing can sway your resolve to serve the Lord faithfully until the end!
Rejoice, for you look to Christ Who was not taken down from the Cross until “It is
finished.”
Rejoice, for millions of those for whom you are their father in Christ gather near your bed
of pain to pray for and with you!
Rejoice, for you blessed us all with your hand before your soul was released into the
Hand of the Father!
Rejoice, for you said you were happy and that we too should be happy!
Rejoice, for you who prayed for us on earth, continues to pray for us in Heaven!
Rejoice, O Holy Father, John Paul, Pope of Rome, great Servant of Christ and our
unfailing Heavenly Protector!

Kontakion 13

May we who honor your holy memory on earth continue to taste the benefit of your
intercession for us in heaven, O Holy Father! Pray for us to deepen our love for the Lord
Jesus Who was Incarnate by the Most Holy Mother of God, lived among us, and was
crucified, died and was buried to rise in glory on the third day, and ascended to heaven
where He sits at the Right Hand of the Father. Pray that we may conform ourselves to
Christ through the Most Holy Virgin Mary to be true Bearers of Christ, witnessing to His
love and salvation to the world, as you did in so pre-eminent a manner. For all this we
pray, exclaiming: Alleluia!

(Kontakion 13 is recited three times, followed by Ikos 1 and Kontakion 1 and the
final prayer).

Prayer to our Father among the Saints, John Paul the Great, Pope of Rome
O Holy Father, John Paul, great Servant of the Servants of God and Pastor of the flock of
Christ’s Holy Catholic Church! We thank our Lord Jesus Christ for the Grace of the
Holy Spirit bestowed on you, His servant and Vicar on earth, throughout your long and
fruitful pontificate as the chief worker in His Vineyard. Pray for us that the Holy Spirit
may remind us of all that you taught us in the Name of the Lord Jesus and God our
Father. Come speedily to our aid with your intercession in all our necessities that are for
our spiritual good in accordance with the Divine Will. Inspire us who honour you on
earth still with the memory of your example, your prayers and your teachings until we
gather with you once again to praise and thank the Lord for His many mercies shown to
us in the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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“Peoples and nations of the entire world need to hear these words. Their conscience needs to grow in the certainty that Someone exists who holds in His hands the destiny of this passing world; Someone who holds the keys to death and the netherworld (cf. Rev 1:18); Someone who is the Alpha and the Omega of human history (cf. Rev. 22:13)—be it the individual or collective history. And this Someone is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8,16)—Love that became man, Love crucified and risen, Love unceasingly present among men. It is Eucharistic Love. It is the infinite source of communion. He alone can give the ultimate assurance when He says ‘Be not afraid!’”

– John Paul II

Reading:
Reparation and the Dual Dimension of Pope John Paul II’s Consecration
by Jerome F. Coniker
www.familyland.org/PDF_Files/42aRepDualDimension.pdf

1. Pope John Paul II has taught us how to enter into that era of peace promised by Our Lady of Fatima. While in New York in 1995, the Holy Father asked families to do two things: pray the Rosary and study the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He continues to tell us, “Take the Gospel to your neighbors!” By vigorously learning the Faith and teaching it to our children and our neighbors, we can truly renew family life and society.
If those of us who have been given the light of the Catholic faith do not make heroic sacrifices now to do what the Holy Father is telling us to do, our society will continue on its “free-fall” into the abyss of immorality, and we will see, before our very eyes, the fulfillment of the “conditional” prophecies of the approved apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima and Akita (Japan). I say “conditional” because that is what they are—conditional to the degree of how we sacrificially respond to Our Lady’s requests.
First, let’s reflect on what Pope John Paul II wrote in his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, with reference to Fatima:
“Perhaps this is also why the Pope was called from a faraway country, perhaps this is why it was necessary for the assassination attempt to be made in St. Peter’s Square precisely on May 13, 1981, the anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima—so that all could become more transparent and comprehensible, so that the voice of God which speaks in human history through the ‘signs of the times’ could be more easily heard and understood.” (p.131)
The Holy Father went on to write:
“On this universal level, if victory comes it will be brought by Mary. Christ will conquer through her because he wants the Church’s victories now and in the future to be linked to her.…
“I held this conviction even though I did not yet know very much about Fatima. I could see, however, that there was a certain continuity among La Salette, Lourdes, and Fatima—and, in the distant past, our Polish Jasna Gora.” (p. 221)
When the Pope was shot
2. “And thus we come to May 13, 1981, when I was wounded by gunshots fired in St. Peter’s Square. At first, I did not pay attention to the fact that the assassination attempt had occurred on the exact anniversary of the day Mary appeared to the three children at Fatima in Portugal and spoke to them the words that now, at the end of this century, seem to be close to their fulfillment.
“With this event, didn’t Christ perhaps say, once again, ‘Be not afraid’? Did he repeat this Easter exhortation to the Pope, to the Church, and indirectly, to the entire human family?”
The Pope went on to say:
“At the end of the second millennium, we need, perhaps more than ever, the words of the Risen Christ: ‘Be not afraid!’ Man who, even after the fall of Communism, has not stopped being afraid and who truly has many reasons for feeling this way, needs to hear these words.
“Nations need to hear them, especially those nations that have been reborn after the fall of the Communist empire, as well as those that witnessed this event from the outside. Peoples and nations of the entire world need to hear these words.
“Their conscience needs to grow in the certainty that Someone exists who holds in His hands the destiny of this passing world; Someone who holds the keys to death and the netherworld (cf. Rev 1:18); Someone who is the Alpha and the Omega of human history (cf. Rev. 22:13)—be it the individual or collective history. And this Someone is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8,16)—Love that became man, Love crucified and risen, Love unceasingly present among men. It is Eucharistic Love. It is the infinite source of communion. He alone can give the ultimate assurance when He says ‘Be not afraid!’” (pp. 221-222)
Fatima
3. When our family lived in Portugal from 1971–1973, we obtained a copy of a letter that Sister Lucia wrote
to the Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria (where Fatima
is located) about Our Lady’s apparition on July 13, 1917. Sister Lucia is the only living seer of Fatima since Jacinta (age 7 at the time of the apparition) and Francisco (age 9) died shortly after they told Our Lady that they would be willing to offer their lives up for the conversion of sinners—for your family and my family.
The vision of hell
4. Lucia’s words:
“Our Lady showed us a large sea of fire which seemed to be beneath the earth. Plunged in this fire were the demons and the souls, who were like embers, transparent and black or bronze-colored, with human forms which floated about in the conflagration, borne by the flames which issued from it with clouds of smoke, falling on all sides as sparks fall in great conflagrations, without weight or equilibrium, among shrieks and groans of sorrow and despair which horrified us and caused us to quake with fear.
“The demons were distinguished by horrible and loathsome forms of animals, frightful and unknown, but transparent and black. This vision vanished in a moment. Providentially, our good Heavenly Mother had promised us in the first apparition to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fright and horror…” (Letter dated August 31, 1941 from Sr. Lucia to the Bishop of Leiria.)
The great Fatima prophecies
5. The following are Sister Lucia’s words, published by the Bishop of Leiria. I have organized them in an outline with an asterisk (*) to indicate the prophecies that have already been fulfilled:
“Shortly afterwards, we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said with goodness and sadness: ‘You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go.
• To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.* [However, more should be done.]
• If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. The war is going to end.* [World War I]
• But if they don’t stop offending God, another and worse one [World War II] will begin in the reign of Pius XI.*
• When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [Jan 25-26, 1938]*, know that this is the great sign that God will give you, that He is going to punish the world by means of war, hunger and persecutions of the Church, and of the Holy Father.*
• To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart; and for the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.*
• If they listen to my request, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace.
• If not:
Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world,*
She will provoke wars and persecutions of the Church,*
The good will be martyred* [Note: there have been more martyrs in this century than in the entire 2000 year history of the Church],
The Holy Father will have much to suffer,*
And various nations will be annihilated. [This has not happened and does not have to happen if we consecrate ourselves in the dual dimension of Pope John Paul II’s consecration.]
• In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.
The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me,* [Pope John Paul II did this on May 13, 1982, in Fatima and on March 25, 1984, in Rome]
And she will be converted,
And a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.’”
The miracle of the sun
6. Our Lady’s final apparition at Fatima took place on October 13, 1917. This was the great “Miracle of the Sun.” Cardinal Joseph Carberry once told me that never before in the history of the world has a public miracle, such as this, ever occurred, one that was prophesied in advance to occur on a specific day, at a specific place, and which was witnessed by over 70,000 people. It was also documented as an historic fact by an atheistic press that was controlled by an atheistic government.
When we lived near Fatima for two years, I had the privilege to study the Fatima message under the instruction of Father Gabriel Pausback, O’Carm., who was the assistant general of the Carmelite Order and author of Saints of Carmel. He introduced me to the Marto’s (Jacinta’s and Francisco’s family) and others who had witnessed the miracle of the Sun.
The “Miracle of the Sun” was not like many other reported apparitions, where some could see the phenomenon and others could not. On October 13, 1917, everyone within a 20 mile radius saw the entire plateau of Fatima bathed in light-shafts of blue, red, yellow and green. Then they saw the sun spinning in the sky, and they ran for their lives when they saw it plummet towards the earth. The fire ball that appeared to be the sun stopped at the tree tops, hovered there for a few minutes and slowly went back into the heavens, leaving everyone present completely dry, when before the event they had been drenched from the rainfall.
Cardinal Carberry also told me that since there has never been a miracle such as this before, the message — which the miracle confirmed — must be of the greatest significance!
Approved Apparitions of Akita
7. Now let’s consider the prophecies of the approved apparitions of Our Lady in Akita, Japan. Let me first give some background on these apparitions.
They started in 1975 and were approved, on April 22, 1984, by Bishop John Shojiro Ito, who at the time was Bishop of Niigata.
The current Ordinary of the Niigata diocese, Bishop Francis Sato, has also approved the apparitions. This approval was documented when our chaplain, Father Kevin Barrett, interviewed Bishop Sato on videotape in March of 1995 at his residence in Japan.
Fr. Kevin Barrett, Family Apostolate Chaplain,
interviewing Bishop Francis Sato of Akita.
The seer, Sister Agnes Sasagawa, like Sr. Lucia of Fatima, submitted in total obedience to the bishop of the diocese where the apparitions occurred. It is important to note that this is the way of the Church, that we are protected from deception by humbly submitting to Church authority.
In the letter of approval issued by Bishop Ito, he quoted Our Blessed Mother as saying:
“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have been seenbefore. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the Bishops and the priests…
“…In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son, I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him and form a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance, and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger…” (taken from the letter of approval by Bishop John Shojiro Ito of April 22, 1984).
St. Kolbe on Obedience
8. What is meant by the “penance” and “courageous sacrifices” which are necessary to prevent chastisement? I believe that the penance and courageous sacrifices that God is asking of us is obedience to the Holy Father, the Pope. The most difficult thing for man to do is to bend his will to lawful authority. This is the greatest reparation for sin we can offer.
The great Polish Marian saint and martyr of Auschwitz, St. Maximilian Kolbe, who started the Knights of the Immaculata movement shortly after he had a vision of Our Lady of Fatima standing over Moscow, said:
“Not in mortification, not in great prayer, not in labor, not in rest, but inobedience is the essence and merit of holiness” (Aim Higher, p. 84).
Obedience is the key. Doing penance and making sacrifices does not just mean praying and fasting. Although there are norms established by the Church for prayer and fasting, they are not the only thing we are supposed to do. Obedience to lawful authority represents the most pleasing penance and constitutes the most heroic sacrifices in order to repair for sin.
As Catholics, we need to humble ourselves and bend our wills to the Holy Father if we want to be holy and receive an outpouring of God’s mercy. Obedience is the key to drawing down God’s mercy upon the families of the world.
Our Lord said in Matthew 7:21:
“It is not those who say, ‘Lord, Lord,’ that will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but those who do the will of My Father.”
The Key to Hope and Mercy
9. Obedience to the Pope and reparation for sin gives us hope.
The messages of both Fatima and Akita have underscored the fact that reparation for sin is the formula for drawing down God’s mercy upon our world. At the Apostolate’s Catholic Familyland, we are seeking to teach families about reparation: what it means and how it should be effected in our daily lives. We have summarized what we call the Marian Multiplier “formula” for bringing down God’s mercy.
The Marian Multiplier
10. First Point: Sin is the cause of all unhappiness. Every sin affects not only the sinner, but the entire world.
Second Point: Grace is more powerful than sin; the Redemption is greater than the Fall. Jesus has conquered satan. We have nothing to fear from the devil if we follow Christ (which also means following His Vicar on earth, the Pope, and the Teaching Magisterium of the Church), love God and neighbor and strive to grow in the grace Jesus won for us on Calvary.
Third Point: Personal holiness is essential for salvation. But our personal holiness alone is not enough to offset the effects of the sins of mankind and bring about a healing of families and world peace.
Fourth Point: Consecration to Jesus through Mary. When enough of us give the little holiness we have to Jesus through Mary, she will be able to purify and multiply it by her incalculable merits to most effectively repair for sins in our age and obtain grace from her Son to convert poor sinners and bring peace and healing into families and the world.
Every sin affects society
11. Reflecting on the First Point, let’s look at what Pope John Paul II said in Section 16 of his document On Reconciliation and Penance:
“In other words, there is no sin, not even the most intimate and secret one, the most strictly individual one that exclusively concerns the person committing it.
“With greater or lesser violence, with greater or lesser harm, every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and on the whole human family.”
In Section 2 of the Apostolic Constitution on indulgences (Indulgentiarum doctrina), dated January 1, 1967, Pope Paul VI states:
“In fact, every sin upsets the universal order God, in His indescribable wisdom and limitless love, has established. Further, every sin does immense harm to the sinner himself and to the community of men.”
This means that when someone sins, it not only hurts the sinner but the entire Mystical Body of Christ. It gives the devil more power to tempt us and to draw us away from God’s will into venial sin, and eventually into mortal sin.
When we think about this, it can be very discouraging. We look around and see sin everywhere, and it seems that so few people are trying to do God’s will. But there is hope.
Reparation—Repairing for Sin
12. If sin is the “bad news” then the Second Point (grace) is truly the heart of the “Good News” of the Gospel. Jesus, by his redemptive sacrifice, has won for us the grace to overcome and to repair for the sin in our lives and in our world.
I believe that the best definition of reparation for sin is from Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution on indulgences. Providentially, former President Ronald Reagan quoted this definition in his welcoming address to Pope John Paul II when His Holiness visited the United States in 1987. In Section 4, Pope Paul VI says:
“By the hidden and kindly mystery of God’s will, a supernatural solidarity reigns among men. A consequence of this is that the sin of one person harms other people just as one person’s holiness helps others.”
In this same document, Pope Paul VI presents a more detailed explanation on reparation and what we must do to repair for sin. His Holiness states:
“The truth has been divinely revealed that sins are followed by punishments. God’s holiness and justice inflict them. Sins must be expiated…
“The full taking away and, as it is called, reparation of sin requires two things:
“Firstly, friendship with God must be restored. Amends must be made for offending His wisdom and goodness. This is done by a sincere conversion of mind [repentance and formation].
“Secondly, all the personal and social values as well as those that are universal, which sin has lessened or destroyed, must be fully made good…[evangelization and catechesis]” (Apostolic Constitution Indulgentiarum doctrina, sections 2–3).
Like the current of a river
13. You can compare the concept of reparation to a river in which people are swimming upstream, against the current, in order to get to Heaven. The more sin there is in the world, the stronger the current becomes (temptation), making it harder for everyone to reach Heaven.
However, when people grow in grace, they are repairing for their own sins and the sins of the whole world. They are helping to make the current run more slowly so that everyone in the family and in the world is able to swim more easily upstream (actual graces) and reach their heavenly goal if they truly will it.
Like a magnetic field
14. Another analogy can be made. Reparation may be compared with magnetic fields. God seeks to attract our free wills by His love and truth (actual grace). The devil seeks to seduce us by his lies and the empty pleasures of evil (temptation). By choosing to sin, man repels God and allows himself to be seduced by the devil. When many people sin, all society feels less attraction to God, and more and more people succumb to the corrupting seduction of the devil (temptation).
However, as more people renounce sin and allow themselves to be drawn to God, gaining grace and merit for their souls and the whole Mystical Body of Christ through
their prayers and good works, they help to increase the attraction (actual grace) felt by all to God and His goodness.
In order for us to grow in grace (Second Point) and offset the effects of sin, we have to develop a prayer life, receive the sacraments and practice the virtues (Third Point). Naturally, the fervor and the love we have for God determines the amount of grace that we receive and therefore, determines the amount of reparation that is made for our own sins and for the sins of the world.
Consecration to Jesus through Mary
15. Now, if the devil is always actively trying to seduce souls away from God by his perverse influence, the Mother of Jesus, the woman of Genesis (cf. 3:15) and of Revelation (chapter 12), is ever more so attracting her children to God. She is the chosen vessel through whom God wishes to crush the head of satan.
The late Cardinal Luigi Ciappi, who served the last five popes as personal theologian and was the primary theological advisor for The Apostolate, explained to us how, in the Fourth Point, our Blessed Mother’s singular holiness helps us to more effectively repair for sin, especially through the power of consecration. In his letter of August 24, 1989, he said:
“How true it is when we give all of our merits to Mary, she multiplies them by her incalculable merits. This puts into motion positive spiritual forces to repair the damage due to sin and significantly change the course of history, if enough make this commitment.
“Mary’s merits can multiply the effects of one person’s holiness and help countless souls. Only heaven knows the depth of holiness a soul must achieve to tip the scales for world peace.”
Mary never ceases to dispense the precious graces of Jesus, her Son, upon her children. And when we entrust to her our prayers, merits, and good works, through consecration, she purifies and multiplies their power to repair for sin and presents them to Jesus on our behalf.
Restoring Order through Reparation
16. When we live a life of reparation for sin, we are growing in union with God. Soon after founding the Apostolate for Family Consecration in 1975, I wrote the following explanation about the effects of “planting seeds” of prayer, charity, and sacrifice, accompanied by the “water and sunshine” of our devout reception of the sacraments in our lives:
“Our meritorious actions help to bring back the spiritual balance in the universe by lessening the control of the forces of evil over our lives and those of our families, our neighborhoods, our schools, our parishes, our dioceses, and indeed, the entire world.
“Every supernaturally good act performed in the state of grace gives us a reward or merit, increasing our capacity for peace and our capacity to know, love and serve God for all eternity. In addition to, and through total consecration to Jesus through Mary, our merits are purified, multiplied and preserved for us throughout our entire pilgrimage on earth.
“Through consecration, we give to our Blessed Mother the privilege of directing our prayers. We more humbly acknowledge the reality that we are God’s children,
confident that Our Heavenly Mother knows better than we what we need in order to more perfectly accomplish God’s will.
“Finally, because of the Church’s intercessory power, many of our meritorious acts can be enriched by the Church through indulgences. Thus we have the power to help release a soul from Purgatory everyday through our plenary (full) indulgences, and relieve the suffering of the Holy Souls through our partial indulgences.”
We need to better understand that indulgences are an added satisfactory effect given to our prayers and good works by the Church as part of the power of the “keys” entrusted to her by Christ in the person of the Apostle Peter (cf. Matt 16:19 and Jn. 20:34). If we are in the state of grace and fulfill one of the norms laid down by the Church, we can continually earn plenary (no more than one a day) and partial indulgences for ourselves and for the souls in Purgatory. Please read #45a for a summary of the norms for indulgences.
The Dual Dimensions of
Pope John Paul II’s Consecration
17. The Third and Fourth Points are incorporated into the dual dimensions of Pope John Paul II’s consecration, which can bring the light of the truth into our dark world so that our families can live in the greatest era of peace and religion the world has ever known.
The dual dimensions of Pope John Paul II’s consecration is Totus Tuus and Consecrate them in Truth.
The first dimension
18. Totus Tuus (Latin for ‘Totally yours’) refers to giving everything to Jesus through Mary, according to the formula of St. Louis de Montfort which the Holy Father wrote about in his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope (p. 213).
If we follow this formula of consecration, which Pope John Paul proclaims and lives, we give the few merits that we have to our Blessed Mother who then takes them and multiplies them by her incalculable merits and presents them to Jesus on our behalf.
St. Louis de Montfort’s formula
19. In his treatise, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, St. Louis wrote:
“For by it (this devotion) we show love for our neighbor in an outstanding way, since we give Him through Mary’s hands all that we prize most highly—that is, the satisfactory and prayer value of all our good works, down to the least good thought and the least little suffering. We give our consent that all we have already acquired or will acquire until death should be used in accordance with our Lady’s will for the conversion of sinners or the deliverance of souls from Purgatory” (section 171).
“It must be noted that our good works, passing through Mary’s hands, are progressively purified. Consequently, their merit and their satisfactory and prayer value is also increased. That is why they become much more effective in relieving the souls in Purgatory and in converting sinners than if they did not pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary.
“Stripped of self-will and clothed with disinterested love, the little that we give to the Blessed Virgin is truly powerful enough to appease the anger of God and draw down His mercy. It may well be that at the hour of death a person who has been faithful to this devotion will find that he has freed many souls from Purgatory and converted many
sinners, even though he performed only the ordinary actions of his state of life. Great will be his joy at the judgment. Great will be his glory throughout eternity” (section 172).
“Mary amassed such a multitude of merits and graces during her sojourn on earth that it would be easier to count the stars in heaven, the drops of water in the ocean or the sands of the seashore than count her merits and graces. She thus gave more glory to God than all the angels and saints have given or will ever give Him. Mary, wonder of God, when souls abandon themselves to you, you cannot but work wonders in them (section 222)!
“Our Blessed Lady, in her immense love for us, is eager to receive into her virginal hands the gift of our actions, imparting to them a marvelous beauty and splendor, presenting them herself to Jesus most willingly” (section 223).
Apostolate’s celibate Catholic Corps member, Jomelia, renewing her
consecration and
commitment to the
Asian missions.
(see pages 622–626)
St. Maximilian Kolbe’s prophecy for modern times
20. “Modern times are dominated by satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over satan. However, assumed into Heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective instruments for the defeat of satan and the spreading of God’s kingdom upon earth.”
The second dimension
21. Let’s now consider the second dimension of Pope John Paul II’s consecration, Consecrate Them in Truth or evangelization and catechesis, which represents his highest priority. Our Lord, in effect, defined “consecration” in John 17 when he said:
Verse 3: “Eternal life is this—to know You.” [catechesis]
Verse 4: “I have glorified You on earth by finishing the work You gave me to do.” [evangelization]
Verse 15: “Protect them from the evil one.”
Verse 17: “Consecrate them in truth. Your word is truth.”
Verse 19: “I consecrate Myself so that they too may be consecrated in the truth.
Verse 21: “That they may be one as We are one.”
When we steep ourselves in the truth, as put forth in Sacred Scripture, the Second Vatican Council documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal documents, etc., we are better disposed to pray, to receive the sacraments and practice virtue—in short, to be holy, gaining ever more grace and merit. Then we can give Our Blessed Mother many more of our graces and merits to multiply by her incalculable merits, putting into motion a tremendous spiritual power that can defeat satan and bring about the era of peace which she promised at Fatima.
The Holy Father referred to this era in the last page of his book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, when he wrote:
“André Malraux was certainly right when he said that the twenty-first century would be the century of religion or it would not be at all.”
I believe that our Holy Father is telling us that if we do God’s will and repair for sin, we will see a century of great religion and evangelization for our children and grandchildren to grow up in. But if we don’t enter into a life of vigorous evangelization, catechesis and prayer, we will see, because of the evil use of modern technology, the darkest age of purification that the world has ever experienced.
Let’s walk with His Holiness over the threshold of hope into the greatest period of light, evangelization, and peace that the world has ever known—that era of peace that Our Lady promised at Fatima.
A Summary —
Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, O.P.
22. The following article from the Pope’s newspaper about the late papal theologian, Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, gives you an idea of His Eminence’s relationship with the papacy and his competency at reading the signs of the times.
Cardinal Ciappi was the master of the papal palace and papal theologian for the last five popes and was our primary theological advisor from 1979 until his death on April 22, 1996. Please read the following with great care.
St. Dominic was the first papal theologian;
St. Thomas Aquinas was the fourth; and Cardinal Luigi Ciappi was the eighty-fourth Dominican theologian
of the Papal household. His Eminence was also the
primary theological advisor of the Apostolate
for Family Consecration.
Excerpts from Pope John Paul II’s homily at Cardinal Ciappi’s funeral, April 25, 1996
23. “Dear brothers and sisters, today in St. Peter’s Basilica we are celebrating the funeral of beloved Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, whom God called to himself last Monday evening after a long life spent in service to the Church and, in particular, to the Holy See. I have felt a personal bond with him since my studies, and I am pleased to honor his memory at this moment, so full of emotion, by my testimony of sincere esteem and deep gratitude.
“His brilliant and keen capacity for theological investigation grew and was quickly noticed.
“With a profound knowledge of the theological thought, he was himself a capable theologian who was able to serve the Church generously, first by teaching dogmatic theology and Thomistic aesthetics. The results he achieved in this task brought him to the attention of Pope Pius XII, who in 1955 wanted him at his side as Master of the Sacred Palace. He was confirmed in this office by Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, who spelled out his duties in the Motu Proprio Pontificalis Domus, and appointed him Theologian of the Papal Household.
“His clear thinking, the soundness of his teaching and his undisputed fidelity to the Apostolic See, as well as his ability to interpret the signs of the times according to God, were qualities that made him a valued collaborator during the intense period of the Second Vatican Council to which he made a significant and balanced contribution.
“His careful scholarly work was always accompanied by an intense spiritual life and prayer, the first and fundamental nourishment of his whole life.”
(Used by permission of L’Osservatore Romano)
Greatest miracle in the history of the world
24. Luigi Cardinal Ciappi’s letter of October 9, 1994, on the next page, is a good summary of this entire treatise. His Eminence talks about the greatest miracle in the history of the world as he addressed our annual Totus Tuus Conference.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Theology of Benedict XVI
Father Mark D. Kirby, O.Cist.

‘We see who Jesus is if we see him at prayer’
“In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God’s own heart is opened up; here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of his hiddenness. That is why St John sums up both the meaning of the Cross and the nature of the new worship of God in the mysterious promise made through the prophet Zechariah (cf. 12:10). ‘They shall look on him whom they have pierced’ (Jn 19.37)”.1
Pope Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Heart of Christ
In July of 1985, 1 was standing in the bookstore of the Abbey of Sainte-Cécile of Solesmes in France when, by a wonderful providence of God, I met the Benedictine scholar, Mother Elisabeth de Solms. The encounter remains unforgettable. I had long studied and used her admirable translation of the Life and Rule of Saint Benedict, as well as her Christian Bible,2 a series of volumes setting the commentaries of the Church Fathers line by line alongside the Scriptures.
The simplicity of so great a woman was a marvel. She engaged me in conversation, asking if I had read the works of Cardinal Ratzinger. I admitted that I was familiar with certain writings of his, surely not with everything published. “Read him”, she said. “You will see. God will make of him a great gift to his Church”. That was 20 years ago.
I began reading Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. I devoured, in particular, his writings on the sacred liturgy in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. I discovered, among other things in the writings of Cardinal Ratzinger, elements of a theology of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In Pope Benedict XVI God has given the Church a shepherd who has contemplated the pierced Heart of the Crucified and already written of it, notably in Behold The Pierced One3 and, more recently, in The Spirit of the Liturgy.
Cardinal Ratzinger’s writings on the Sacred Heart are warm and luminous. Fire and light are characteristic of a theology forged in experience.
Theologians who do not persevere in a humble prayer of amazement and adoration fall inevitably into one of two syndromes. Either they generate heat without shedding any light, or they shine a cold light, one that fails to warm the heart. The true theologian at once warms the heart and illumines the mind.
Recall the words of Jesus concerning John the Baptist: “He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light” (Jn 5:35). In our new Holy Father, God has given the Church “a burning and shining lamp” (Jn 5:35). Those already familiar with his writings and liturgical preaching know what I mean.
Theology itself is a difficult word. Theology of the Sacred Heart thrusts us into deep waters. The Song of Songs assures us that “many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (8:7).
Theology is more than a mere flood of words. All words oblige us, in some way, to wrestle with meaning. Words are the vehicle of meaning. Words wait to be unlocked. The words we use in talking about God, or in talking to God, can be unlocked only in prayer.
Before we can reflect on a theology of the Sacred Heart, we have to ask ourselves this question: “What do we mean by theology?”.
The Greek etymology of the word discloses both God (theós) and word (lógos). Lógos, in turn, has a huge richness: it can mean word, but it also signifies meaning, message, poem and even hymn.
When we speak of theology we mean not one thing but at least three: word from God; word to God; and word about God. All theology, and therefore a theology of the Sacred Heart, is more adequately understood in terms of: God’s self-revealing word addressed to us; the doxological word of Christ and of the Church addressed to God; and the healing word of the Church addressed to the world.
Sacred Heart: God’s Word addressed to us
Theology is, first of all, God’s word addressed to us. Apply this immediately to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The pierced Heart of the Crucified is God speaking a word to us, a word carved out in the flesh of Jesus’ side by the soldier’s lance. It is the love of God laid bare for all to see: “God stepping out of his hiddenness”.4
When we speak of a theology of the Sacred Heart, we mean this first of all: not our discourse about love, but the love of God revealed first to us, the poem of love that issues forth from the Heart of God. This is exactly what St John, whom the Eastern tradition calls, “The Theologian”, says in his First Letter: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” (I Jn 4:10).
The difficulty here is that, in order to receive this word inscribed in the flesh of the Word (cf. Jn 1:14), we have first to stop in front of it, to linger there and to look long at the wound made by love. “They shall look on him whom they have pierced” (Jn 19:37). To contemplate is to look, not with a passing glance, but with the gaze of one utterlyconquered by love. Jeremiah says, “You have seduced me, O Lord, and I was seduced; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed” (20:7).
The call to be an adorer and an apostle of the Sacred Heart is addressed to every Christian. The apostle is, in essence, the bearer of a word, one sent forth and entrusted with a message. The message that the apostle carries into the world is the one he has learned by looking long with the eyes of adoration at the pierced Heart of the Crucified.
The word of Crucified Love is hard to pronounce — not with our lips but with our lives. Adoration is the school wherein one learns how to say the Sacred Heart. It is in adoration that the apostle receives the word of the pierced Heart that, in turn, becomes his life’s message.
Adoration and apostleship together model a spirituality accessible to all Christians: the word received in adoration is communicated in the dynamism of one sent forth with something to say.
Sacred Heart: Our word addressed to God
Theology is, in the second place, our word addressed to God. Applying this also to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we see that all we could possibly want to say to God has already been uttered and is being said eternally through the “mouth” of Christ’s glorious pierced Heart in heaven. It is through the Sacred Heart that the Blood of Christ speaks “more graciously than the blood of Abel” (Heb 12:24).
The Letter to the Hebrews puts it this way: “Christ is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he lives for ever to make intercession for them” (7:25). Christ exercises his priesthood of intercession in “the inner sanctuary behind the veil” (Heb 6:19) by presenting to the Father the glorious wounds in his hands, his feet and his side. The wound in the side of Christ, “great high priest over the house of God” (Heb 10:21), speaks to the Father on our behalf. It is our word addressed to God.
At the core of devotion to the Sacred Heart is a passing-over into the prayer of Christ to the Father, a long apprenticeship to silence by which we begin to let the Heart of Christ speak in us and for us to the Father.
The mystics of the Sacred Heart, in particular St Gertrude and St Mechthilde, speak of offering the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the Father. This means allowing the Sacred Heart to speak for us, to pray in us, to pray through us, taking comfort in what Scripture says, “that we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15).
This suggests a simple way of praying, one accessible to all: “Lord Jesus, I come to be silent in your presence, trusting that your Heart will speak for me, knowing that all I could ever want to say, that all I would ever need to say, is spoken eternally to the Father by your Sacred Heart”.
In this way, everything that prayer can or should express — adoration, praise, thanksgiving, supplication and reparation — finds its most perfect expression.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart, thus understood, is a manifestation in the Church of the Holy Spirit, “helping us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought” (Rom 8:26).5 The Sacred Heart is, in the life of the Church, the organ by which “the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom 8:27).
Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: “We see who Jesus is if we see him at prayer. The Christian confession of faith comes from participating in the prayer of Jesus, from being drawn into his prayer and being privileged to behold it; it interprets the experience of Jesus’ prayer, and its interpretation of Jesus is correct because it springs from a sharing in what is most personal and intimate to him”.6
This is the prayer of the Sacred Heart, the prayer that filled the days and nights of Jesus’ earthly life, the prayer that suffused his sufferings and ascended from the Cross at the hour of his death, the prayer that with him descended into the depths of the earth, the prayer that continues uninterrupted in the glory of his risen and ascended life, the prayer that is ceaseless in the Sacrament of the Altar.
Cardinal Ratzinger wrote that “by entering into Jesus’ solitude”, and “only by participating in what is most personal to him, his communication with the Father, can one see what this most personal reality is; only thus can one penetrate to his identity”.7 The SacredHeart represents and invites us into what is most personal to Jesus: his communication with the Father.
In words that today sound almost prophetic, Cardinal Ratzinger concluded that “the person who has beheld Jesus’ intimacy with his Father and has come to understand him from within is called to be a ‘rock’ of the Church. The Church arises out of participation in the prayerof Jesus (cf. Lk 9:18-20; Mt 16:13-20)”.8
Prayer of the Sacred Heart in the New Testament
The Letter to the Hebrews tells us exactly what was the prayer of the Heart of Christ at the moment he took flesh in the Virgin’s womb: “When Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure’. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God’, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book'” (Heb 10:5-7). This is the first prayer of the Heart of Jesus, “substantially united to the Word of God”.9
The prayer of the Heart of Christ revealed in the Letter to the Hebrews resonates throughout the Fourth Gospel. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: “We could say that the Fourth Gospel draws us into that intimacy which Jesus reserved for those who were his friends” (ibid., 22). The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple belongs, in a special sense, to the friends of the Heart of Jesus.
The liturgy gives us the Gospel of St John on every Sunday and weekday during Paschaltide. Holy Thursday’s Gospel of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper (cf. Jn 13:1-5) becomes Good Friday’s Gospel of the Heart from which flowed blood and water: “They shall look on him whore they have pierced” (cf. Jn 19:34-37).
By continuing to read the Fourth Gospel on Easter Sunday (Jn 20:1-9) and for the 50 days following, the liturgy guides us into the prayer of the Heart of Christ.
The Second Sunday of Easter, that of Divine Mercy, invites us in a particular way to the contemplation of the Sacred Heart. In the Gospel (Jn 20:19-31), the Risen Christ stands before Thomas, inviting him to touch his wounded side. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: “All of us are Thomas, unbelieving; but like him, all of us can touch the exposed Heart of Jesus and… behold the Logos himself. So, with our hands and eyes fixed upon this Heart, we can attain to the confession of faith: ‘My Lord and my God!'”.10
The liturgical lectionary’s repartition of the Fourth Gospel is integral to the mystical pedagogy of the Church. When the liturgical Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus arrives on the Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost, it finds us already prepared, ready and full of desire to pass fully into the prayer of the Sacred Heart.
For Cardinal Ratzinger, “the entire Gospel testimony is unanimous that Jesus’ words and deeds flowed from his most intimate communion with the Father; that he continually went ‘into the hills’ to pray in solitude after the burden of the day (cf., Mk 1:35; 6:46; 14:35, 39)”.11 He notes that “Luke, of all the Evangelists, lays stress on this feature. He shows that the essential events of Jesus’ activity proceeded from the core of his personality and that this core was his dialogue with the Father”.12
Prayer of the Sacred Heart in the Psalms
The psalms also express and communicate the prayer of the Heart of Christ. The Psalter is for the Church a “sacrament” of the prayer of the Heart of Christ to the Father, revealing that prayer and making it present in her.
Jesus intoned two psalms from the Cross, leaving it to his Church to continue them: Psalm 21 in Matthew 21:46, and Psalm 30 in Luke 23:46.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”‘ (Mt 27:46). The Church, imaged in the Mother of Jesus, the beloved disciple and the other holy women at the foot of the Cross (cf. Jn 19:25), prays the psalm through to the end to discover in its triumphant final verses (cf. Ps 21:22-31) the promise of a banquet for the afflicted and the hope of the resurrection: “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; and those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live for ever” (Ps 21:26).
Psalm 30 gives the verse, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (Ps 30:5). Praying it from the Cross at the hour of his death, Jesus adds a single word, a word that rises out of the depths of his Heart and utterly transforms the psalmist’s prayer into one by which the Son entrusts everything to the Father. “Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’. And having said this he breathed his last” (Lk 23:46).
“Jesus died praying…. Although the Evangelists’ accounts of the last words of Jesus differ in details, they agree on the fundamental fact that Jesus died praying. He fashioned his death into an act of prayer, an act of worship…. The last words of Jesus were an expression of his devotion to the Father…. His cry was not uttered to anyone, anywhere, but to Him, since it was of his innermost essence to be in a dialogue relationship with the Father”.13
Prayer of the Sacred Heart in the Liturgy
The prayer of the Heart of Christ at the hour of his sacrifice passes entirely into the heart of the Church, where it is prolonged and actualized “from the rising of the sun to its setting” (Mal 1:11) in the Liturgy of the Hours and in the mystery of the Eucharist.
Cardinal Ratzinger asks if, after the once-for-all Pasch of Jesus, anything more is needed. “After the tearing of the Temple curtain and the opening up of the heart of God in the pierced heart of the Crucified, do we still need sacred space, sacred time, mediating symbols? Yes, we do need them, precisely so that, through the ‘image’, through the sign, we learn to see the openness of heaven. We need them to give us the capacity to know the mystery of God in the pierced heart of the Crucified”.14
It is through the liturgy, first and above all, that we pass over into the prayer of the Sacred Heart, the word to the Father forever inscribed in his pierced side.
Sacred Heart: the Church’s Word to the World
Theology is, finally, a word about God addressed to the world, a word about God addressed to anyone who will listen. The Sacred Heart, pierced in death, becomes a word of life for the world.
“Death, which by its very nature is the end, the destruction of every communication, is changed by Jesus into an act of self-communication; and this is man’s redemption, for it signifies the triumph of love over death. We can put the same thing another way: death, which puts an end to words and to meaning, itself becomes a word, becomes the place where meaning communicates itself”.15
This means that after the mouth of Jesus fell silent in death, there remained the open side and the pierced Heart that speaks of nothing but love, the ultimate and everlasting word about God.
In the final analysis, one “impelled by the charity of Christ” (cf. II Cor 5:14) will have but one message, that of the pierced Heart revealing the love of the Father and “drawing all to himself” (cf. Jn 12:32).
One who has contemplated the message carved in the flesh of Jesus’ side by the soldier’s lance and learned to read it in adoration has but one language in which to speak to the world: the language of the heart.
It is learned not in conferences or classrooms or books, but in silence and in the contemplation of the Pierced One. It is learned especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
The language of the heart encompasses a thousand local dialects, a million accents. Devotion to the Sacred Heart impels the Christian to an inventive charity, a charity ready to explore every dark and treacherous place in search of the lost sheep.
“Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame” (Lk 14:21). “The great gesture of embrace emanating from the Crucified has not yet reached its goal; it has only just begun.”16
Word from God, Word to God, Word for the World
Word of God addressed to us, word addressed to God, word of the Church addressed to the world: herein lies one approach to a theology of the Sacred Heart. The liturgy remains its primary articulation. Together with the Liturgy of the Hours for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the 12 biblical texts provided for the Mass — a First Reading; Psalm, Second Reading and Gospel for each of the three years A, B and C — become a fundamental resource, an inexhaustible treasure waiting to be mined for every one called to hear, to pray and to offer the healing word that is the pierced Heart.
The Sacred Heart is the Heart of God laid bare for man: word from God. It is a human Heart lifted high on the Cross: word to God. It is the Heart of the Church open to all who seek, to all who thirst, to every lost sheep waiting to be found and carried home: word for the world.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the full and irrevocable message of the Father to us. It is everything we ever could or should need to say to the Father. It is all we have to say to one another and to the world.
Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1981 as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, challenges us to nothing less: “In the Heart of Jesus, the center of Christianity is set before us. It expresses everything, all that is genuinely new and revolutionary in the New Covenant. This Heart calls to our heart. It invites us to step forth out of the futile attempt of self-preservation and, by joining in the task of love, by handing ourselves over to him and with him, to discover the fullness of love which alone is eternity and which alone sustains the world”.17

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"It is through loving the cross that we discover His Heart, for divine Love never lives without suffering." St. Bernadette on Love and Suffering

Posted on March 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

St. Bernadette’s personal writings excerpted from:
In Caritate Non Ficta: Saint Bernadette on Love and Suffering

“My own concerns no longer concern me. From now on I must belong entirely to God, and God alone. Never to myself. Why have I come [to the convent], if not to love Our Lord with all my heart. O Jesus and Mary, grant that all my consolation in this world may be to love you, serve you and suffer for sinners.
O Jesus, teach me to understand how exclusive is heavenly Love. Continually dying to myself, peacefully supporting trials, I work, I suffer, and I wish to have no other witness but His Heart. He who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do His Holy Will in all things is not worthy of the beautiful name of Friend.
From here on earth, Love cannot live without suffering. It is through loving the cross that we discover His Heart, for divine Love never lives without suffering. I want my whole life to be inspired by love. He who loves, does all things easily, or, if he suffers, he suffers bravely. Why is suffering necessary? Because on earth, pure love cannot exist without suffering. O Jesus, Jesus, I no longer feel my cross when I think of yours!”
– Saint Bernadette Soubirous
October 1873

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During Adoration today 25 March 2009

Posted on March 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Genesis 42 >>though he knew his brethren, he was not known by them. 9 And remembering the dreams, which formerly he had dreamed, he said to them: You are spies. You are come to view the weaker parts of the land. 10 But they said: It is not so, my lord, but thy servants are come to buy food. 11 We are all the sons of one man: we are come as peaceable men, neither do thy servants go about any evil. 12 And he answered them: It is otherwise: you are come to consider the unfenced parts of this land. 13 But they said: We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Chanaan: the youngest is with our father, the other is not living. 14 He saith: This is it that I said: You are spies. 15 I shall now presently try what you are: by the health of Pharao you shall not depart hence, until your youngest brother come. 16 Send one of you to fetch him: and you shall be in prison, till what you have said be proved, whether it be true or false: or else by the health of Pharao you are spies.

17 So he put them in prison three days.
18 And the third day he brought them out of prison, and said: Do as I have said, and you shall live: for I fear God. 19 If you be peaceable men, let one of your brethren be bound in prison: and go ye your ways and carry the corn that you have bought, unto your houses. 20 And bring your youngest brother to me, that I may find your words to be true, and you may not die. They did as he had said.

21 And they talked one to another: We deserve to suffer these things, because we have sinned against our brother, seeing the anguished of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear: therefore is this affliction come upon us. 22 And Ruben one of them, said: Did not I say to you: Do not sin against the boy: and you would not hear me? Behold his blood is required. 23

And they knew not that Joseph understood, because he spoke to them by an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself away a little while, and wept: and returning he spoke to them. 2

<< Genesis 45 >>Douay-Rheims Bible

1 Joseph could no longer refrain himself before many that stood by: whereupon he commanded that all should go out, and no stranger be present at their knowing one another. 2 And he lifted up his voice with weeping, which the Egyptians and all the house of Pharao heard. \ 3 And he said to his brethren: I am Joseph: is my father yet living? His brethren could no answer him, being struck with exceeding great fear.
4 And he said mildly to them: Come nearer to me. And when they were come near him, he said: I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Be not afraid, and let it not seem to you a hard case that you sold me into these countries: for God sent me before you into Egypt for your preservation. 6 For it is two years since the famine began to be upon the land, and five years more remain, wherein there can be neither ploughing nor reaping. 7 And God sent me before, that you may be preserved upon the earth, and may have food to live. 8 Not by your counsel was I sent hither, but by the will of God: who hath made me as it were a father to Pharao, and lord of his whold house, and governor in all the land of Egypt. 9 Make haste, and go ye up to my father, and say to him: Thus saith thy son Joseph: God hath made me lord of the whole land of Egypt: come down to me, linger not. 10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Gessen: and thou shalt be near me, thou and thy sons, and thy son’s sons, thy sheep, and thy gerds, and all things that thou hast. 11 And there I will feed thee, (for there are yet five years of famine remaining,) lest both thou perish, and thy house, and all things that thou hast. 12 Behold, your eyes, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my mouth that speaketh to you. 13 You shall tell my father of all my glory, and all things that you have seen in Egypt: make haste and bring him to me. 14 And falling upon the neck of his brother Benjamin, he embraced him and wept: and Benjamin in like manner wept also on his neck. 15 And Joseph kissed all his brethren, and wept upon every one of them: after which they were emboldened to ,peak to him.
16 And it was heard, and the fame was abroad in the king’s court: The brethren of Joseph are come: and Pharao with all his family was glad. 17 And he spoke to Joseph that he should give orders to his brethren, saying : Load your beasts, and go into the land of Chanaan. 18 And bring away from thence your father and kindred, and come to me: and I will give you all the good things of Egypt, that you may eat the marrow of the land. 19 Give orders also that they take wagons out of the land of Egypt, for/ the carriage of their children and their wives: and say: Take up your father, and make haste to come with all speed: 20 And leave nothing of your house- hold stuff: for all the riches of Egypt shall be yours.
21 And the sons of Israel did as they were bid. And Joseph gave them wagons according to Pharao’s commandment: and provisions for the way. 22 He ordered also to be brought out for every one of them two robes: but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver with Ave robes of the best: 23 Sending to his father as much money and raiment, adding besides ten he asses to carry off all the riches of Egypt, and as many she asses, carrying wheat and bread for the journey.
24 So he sent away his brethren, and at their departing said to them: Be not angry in the way. 25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Chanaan to their father Jacob. 26 And they told him, saying: Joseph thy son is living: and he is ruler in all the land of Egypt. Which when Jacob heard, he awaked as it were out of a deep sleep, yet did not believe them. 27 They, on the other side, told the whole order of the thing. And when he saw the wagons and all that he had sent his spirit revived, 28 And he said: It is enough for me, if Joseph my son be yet living: Iwill go and see him before I die.

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In full expectation of His power in spite of the burden of my sins I believe with unquenchable hope…

Posted on March 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Gregory of Narek (c.944-1010),
Armenian monk and poet Lamentations of Narek, Elegy 12,1 (SC 78, p.102 rev.)

“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
«Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved»
(Jl 3,5; Rom 10,13).

But I, I do not just call on him: above all else I believe in his greatness.
Not for his gifts do I persevere in my pleading,
but because he is true Life and in him I breathe.
Without him there is neither movement nor advance.
Not so much by the bonds of hope but by the bonds of love
am I drawn.Not for the gifts but for the Giver
do I long.It is not glory that I am reaching out for
but the glorified Lord whom I desire to embrace.
The thirst for life is not what is consuming me
but the remembrance of him who gives life.
The desire for happiness is not why I am sighing,
why I break into sobs from the depths of my heart,
but from the desire for him who prepares it.
It is not for rest I am seeking but for the face of him
who will pacify my suppliant heart.
I am pining, not for the wedding feast,
but because of my desire for the Bridegroom.
In sure expectation of his power
in spite of the burden of my sins,
I believe with unquenchable hope,
while entrusting myself into the hands of the Almighty,
that I shall not simply gain forgiveness
but will see him face to face
thanks to his mercy and pity,
and though I fully deserve to be banished,
I shall come into possession of heaven.
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Patriotic Rosary Prayers
www.priestsforlife.org/prayers/patrioticrosary.htm

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Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Posted on March 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“Distracted” by the Dove of Peace on Mount Carmel
Flos Carmeli (the rest of the story)

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Père Georges David Byers, Chapelain des Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes

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The God to Whom belong the heavens and the earth set His Heart on Israel; God chose a people to be uniquely His own…Vultus Christi

Posted on March 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |



“The vocation of Israel is to discover the holiness of God revealed in the Torah, to contemplate Him through the eyes of a bridal love. The God to Whom belong the heavens and the earth set his heart on Israel; God chose a people to be uniquely His own in view of a covenant by which Israel would become the beloved, the bride of the Eternal One.”

Bride of the Eternal One Vultus Christi

see also:

To Be A Child of God Vultus Christi

Memorial of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin and Martyr Vultus Christi

Collect

God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,who led your martyr Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Crossto the knowledge of your crucified Son in her imitation of him even unto death,grant, by her intercession,that all people may know the Saviour Christ and, through him, come to the vision of you in eternity.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,God forever and ever.

or

Lord God of our fathers,who brought Saint Teresa Benedicta to the fullness of the science of the Cross at the hour of her martyrdom,fill us with that same knowledge and, through her intercession,allow us always to seek after you, the Supreme Truth, and to remain faithful until death to the covenant of love, ratified in the Blood of your Son for the salvation of all men and women.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,God forever and ever.

Proper Readings

Esther 4c:12-16, 23, 25John 4:19-24



General Intercessions

That the Church throughout the world may rejoice in the promise made to Abraham and to his posterity,and ever magnify the Lord, the God of Israel,


to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us.

R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.



That the leaders of nations may not be disheartened by the difficulties that block the road to peace,and that, for the sake of Jerusalem,they may find the common language of reconciliation,

to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us.

R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the survivors of the Holocaust may be comforted;that those who lost loved ones may be consoled;that the sin of anti-Semitism may be eradicated from every heart;and that reconciliation may triumph over enmity,

to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us.

R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That the Jewish people, the first to hear the Word of God,may remain faithful to the covenant, and to the worship of the Lord, the God of Israel,

to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us.

R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That we, like Saint Teresa-Benedicta,may seek the surpassing “science of the Cross” and find it in this and in every celebration of the Holy Sacrifice,

to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us.

R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

Collect at the General Intercessions

Almighty and ever-living Lord,God of Israel,who called Saint Teresa-Benedictato the light of the Gospel,to the solitude of Carmel and to the science of the Cross,mercifully grant that we,by turning to you in every tribulation,may be refreshed with the living water promised by your Son,and be numbered, with all your saints,among those who worship you, according to your desire,in spirit and in truth.Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer Over the Offerings

O Lord our God, who in one single sacrifice have brought to perfection the various victims of the old covenant, receive, we beseech you, our gifts set forth in commemoration of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, for the celebration of the sacrifice of the new and everlasting covenant.Through Christ our Lord.

Preface

Truly it is right and just, our duty and our salvation,always and everywhere to give you thanks,Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,through Christ our Lord.

Christ laid down his life in perfect love,dying not only for his own nation but to gather all your scattered children into one.

Christ’s faithful servant and disciple Saint Teresa Benedicta shared her Master’s destiny with joy,and for the sake of Christ’s name bore hatred and persecution without fear.Strengthened by the Holy Spiritwho gave witness to Christ within her heart,she also was established as a witness to the Master.

Now, as we celebrate her memory we join the host of angels and saintsin their exultant hymn of praise:

Prayer After Communion

Venerating the memory of your martyr Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,we have received the heavenly fruit of the tree of the Cross; grant, we beseech you, most merciful God, that by the strength of this food we may cling faithfully to Christ, until in paradise we partake of the tree of life.Through the same Christ our Lord

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