Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
From the Third Nocturne of Matins of the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I was the nail in Your hand.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Whose goodness fails me never;
I nothing lack if I am His,
and He is mine forever.
With gentle care He leads me,
And where the verdant pastures grow
With Heav'nly food He feeds me.
But yet in love He sought me,
and on His shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing brought me.
With You, dear Lord, beside me,
Your Cross before to guide me.
Your saving grace bestowing;
And O what joy and true delight
From Your pure chalice flowing!
Your goodness fails me never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Your praise
Within Your house forever.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
"We must always have courage,
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
"We begin to pray, believing that it is our own
initiative that compels us to do so. Instead, we
learn that it is always God’s initiative within us …"
St John Paul II
The Humble Prayer of Repetition
Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B. (12/06) - http://vultus.stblogs.org/
"Today a God–seeking soul shared with me that she used to think of the
prayer of repetition as second rate. Her ideal was to remain perfectly still,
empty, and receptive before God. Unable to attain her ideal, she fell to the
humble prayer of repetition, and now has come to recognize its value. She often
prays the Chaplet of the Eucharistic Face of Christ
(see below). Like others, she has found that this humble prayer of seeking,
desire, supplication, and praise anchors her in the presence of Our Lord. The
repetition of its invocations (like the prayers of the Rosary) binds her gently,
but effectively, to God. This soul's experience corresponds to my own.
The prayer of repetition is pleasing to
God because it is intrinsically humble. One accepts one's
inability to be perfectly still, entirely receptive, and totally absorbed in
adoration, and then one accepts to make use of the poor man's prayer: the same
well–loved phrases burnished by repetition. As the
heart is enkindled by the Holy Spirit, each repeated prayer becomes like a grain
of incense thrown on an incandescent charcoal. Its fragrance is
for God alone.
Folks who see themselves as theologically sophisticated and enlightened
often disdain what I call les petits moyens, "the little means." They
sniff condescendingly at people who pray rosaries, chaplets, and litanies.
Better to pray that way, I say, than to abandon prayer altogether.
The humble prayer of repetition bears sweet
fruits. One fine day — or in the middle of the night — one wakes
to discover that the heart is praying by itself. Deep within, a spring has begun
to flow, irrigating one's secret parts. Thus does the grace of Christ begin to
heal what is wounded, to refresh what is weary, to make new what is
Chaplet of the Eucharistic Face of Christ.
it on ordinary rosary beads. Apart from the opening antiphon, which was composed
by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Office of
, it is entirely
drawn from Sacred Scripture. It incorporates all four steps of lectio
divina: lectio (the Word heard); meditatio (the Word repeated);
oratio (the Word prayed), and contemplatio (the Word's embrace). Corpus
O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is received, the memory of His passion is renewed, the soul is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given us, (alleluia).
Before each decade:
soul is thirsting for God, the strong and living God;
shall I enter and see the Face of God? (Ps 41:3).
On the Hail Mary beads:
is Thy Eucharistic Face, O Lord, that I seek;
not Thy Face from me (cf. Ps 26:8-9).
After each decade:
O God our protector,
look upon the Face of Thy Christ (Ps 83:10).
In conclusion, three times:
Father, glorify the Eucharistic Face of Thy Son, that Thy Son may glorify Thee (cf. Jn 17:1).
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
* at the flight into Egypt (Matt 2:13);
* having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem (Luke 2:48);
* meeting Jesus on His way to Calvary;
* standing at the foot of the Cross (John 19:25);
* Jesus being taken from the Cross;
* at the burial of Christ.
Touch my spirit from above;