Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The building block...

Do this in memory of Me.
He sent them  ... so that as sharers in His power they might
make all peoples His disciples, sanctifying and governing them

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“No Christian community
can be built up unless it has
its basis and center in the
celebration of the
most Holy Eucharist.”

Decree on the Ministry and Life of the Priests, 6
Vatican II Document

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St Philip and St James
Apostles, Martyrs

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Sts Philip and James, pray for us!

You are strangers and aliens no longer. 
No, you are fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God.
You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone. Through Him the whole structure 
is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in Him you are being built
into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit. - Ephesians 2:19-22

Monday, May 2, 2016

After the great and wondrous prayers...

No one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely,
Jesus Christ, alleluia. – I Cor 3:11 (Today’s Communion Antiphon)

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"You shall see the Levites bringing loaves and a cup of wine, 
and placing them on the table. So long as the prayers of supplication 
and entreaties have not been made, there is only bread and wine. 
But after the great and wonderful prayers have been completed, 
then the bread is become the Body, 
 and the wine the Blood, of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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'And again:'  Let us approach the celebration of the mysteries. 
This bread and this wine, so long as the prayers and supplications 
have not taken place, remain simply what they are. But 
after the great prayers and holy supplications have been sent forth, 
the Word comes down into the bread and wine - 
and thus His Body is confected." 
-"Sermon to the Newly Baptized" ante 373 A.D.

St Athanasius
Alexandria ~ c. 297-373
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
 "The Father of Orthodoxy"
Battled against Arianism*  
(*heresy that denies divinity of Christ)

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You will not see anyone who is really striving after 
his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading.  
And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon 
be observed by his progress."  - St Athanasius

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St Athanasius, pray for us!

Orthodoxy, a classic by G. K. Chesterton, builds on the many themes of the Father and Doctor of Orthodoxy, St Athanasius. Go here to obtain a free ebook. (There are other excellent free, full version online books here, too.) Hat tip: Catholic Fire

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Your whole day... an act of worship...

Et regni eius non erit finis - "His kingdom will have no end."
Doesn't it fill you with joy 
to work for a kingdom like that? - St Josemaria Escriva

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"Keep struggling
that the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar
really becomes the centre and the root
of your interior life,
and so your whole day will turn into an act of worship -
an extension of the Mass you have attended 
and a preparation for the next. 

Your whole day will then be an act of worship
that overflows in aspirations,
visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the offering up
of your professional work and of your family life. 

St Josemaria Escriva
Excerpt from The Forge, 69

Painting above:  Simone Martini

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Consider a May altar in your home this year...

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Beneath her statue in its niche,
(Let busy skeptics gaze and glower!)
Engather flowers, fresh and sweet,
Proclaim this Mary's hour....

Poppies for her mother-heart
Wounded past the mind's belief,
Lilies for her purity,
Lilacs for her grief,

For this the fairest blooms were plucked
And placed below her image there,
To offer beauty as a gift
And fragrance as a prayer.

Columbia Journal. May 1954.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Liturgy: above all, adoration ...

Praise be to the LORD... the LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy,
and I will give thanks to him in song. - Psalm 28:7


"The liturgy is, above all, adoration. 
The Church is the work of God, God's action; 
it is recognition of what God does for men.
And the adoration that the liturgy expresses, especially the Eucharist,
is the acknowledgment of God,
that everything comes from Him,
that everything that belongs to us must find Him."

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares

Pope Pius V tirelessly worked to promote the true faith
and Divine Worship.  He standardized the Holy Mass
by promulgating the 1570 edition of the Roman Missal.
Pope St. Pius V
Italy  ~ 1504-1572
Dominican*, Church Reformer
"Pope of the Rosary"
*His decision to keep wearing his Dominican habit
led to the custom of the pope wearing a white cassock.
Feast Day - April 30


"All the evils in the world are due to
lukewarm Catholics." ~ St Pius V

St Pius V, pray for us!
More on St Pius V: 
Click here: St. Pius V - YouTube (2 mins)

Probably the act for which Pius V will be longest remembered is his exemplary and unparalleled leadership at the time of the Battle of Lepanto.

In 1565, the Knights of Saint John defended Malta against a tremendous attack by the Turkish fleet and lost nearly every fighting man in the fortress. It was Pope Pius V who sent encouragement and money with which to rebuild their battered city. The pope called for a crusade among the Christian nations and appointed a leader who would be acceptable to all. He ordered the Forty Hours Devotion to be held in Rome, and he encouraged all to say the Rosary.

When the Christian fleet sailed out to meet the enemy, every man on board had received the sacraments, and all were praying the Rosary. The fleet was small, and numerically it was no match for the Turkish fleet, which so far had never met defeat. They met in the Bay of Lepanto on Sunday morning, October 7, 1565. After a day of bitter fighting, and, on the part of the Christians, miraculous help, the Turkish fleet - what was left of it - fled in disgrace, broken and defeated, its power crushed forever.

Before the victorious fleet returned to Rome, Pope Pius V had knowledge of the victory through miraculous means. He proclaimed a period of thanksgiving, placed the invocation, "Mary, Help of Christians" in the Litany of Loreto and established the feast of Our Lady of Victory (later changed to Our Lady of the Rosary) in commemoration of the victory.

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ALSO worth noting ...

St Pius V inserted the Adoro Te Devote among the prayers of preparation and thanksgiving for the Mass into the Missal reformed by him in 1570.  (Prior to that, the text had remained unknown for two centuries since St Thomas Aquinas penned it.) From that date, the hymn was used in the universal Church as one of  the most loved Eucharistic prayers of the clergy and the Christian people.  Spend some time today meditating on its beauty and truth and express your gratitude for its preservation.  ***(This hymn is the inspiration of the TITLE of this blog - see verse two).

Words: St Thomas Aquinas, Translation: Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J.

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.

Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;
Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.

In cruce latebat sola Deitas,
At hic latet simul et Humanitas,
Ambo tamen credens atque confitens,
Peto quod petivit latro pœnitens.

Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor:
Deum tamen meum te confiteor.
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
In te spem habere, te diligere. 

O memoriale mortis Domini!
Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!
Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.

Pie Pelicane, Jesu Domine,
Me immundum munda tuo sanguine:
Cujus una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.

Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ.

 Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.

Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God's Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth Himself speaks truly or there's nothing true.

On the cross Thy godhead made no sign to men,
Here Thy very manhood steals from human ken:
 Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.

I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call thee Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.

O thou our reminder of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness man was meant to find.

Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what Thy bosom ran
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.

Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on thee face to face in light
And be blest for ever with Thy glory's sight. Amen.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Each drop, precious...

  "Love does not stay idle."
- St Catherine of Siena, Letter T82


Precious Blood,
Ocean of Divine Mercy:
Flow upon us! 

Precious Blood,
Most pure Offering:
Procure us every Grace! 

Precious Blood,
Hope and Refuge of sinners:
Atone for us! 

Precious Blood,
Delight of holy souls:
Draw us! Amen.

Prayer of
St Catherine of Siena
Italy  ~ 1347 -1380
Doctor of the Church
Reformer, mystic, writer
Third Order Dominican
FEAST DAY - April 29

“Be who God meant you to be and 
you will set the world on fire." St Catherine of Siena

"Proclaim the truth and 
do not be silent through fear." ~ St Catherine of Siena

 "I treasure your knowing how to
give the world a kick." ~  St Catherine of Siena

St Catherine of Siena, pray for us!