Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Prayer Offering for Lent...

"I must become a great saint.  
My Jesus wants it." - St Bernadette 

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"The world is content with setting right
the surface of things;
the church aims at regenerating
the very depths of the heart."

St John Henry Cardinal Newman
The Idea of a University (1852)


A Prayer of Offering for Lent

My God, I know well, you could have saved us at Your word,
without Yourself suffering; but You did choose to purchase us at the
price of Your Blood.  I look on You, the Victim lifted up on Calvaryand
I know that Your death was an expiation for the sins of the whole world. 
My Lord, I offer You myself in turn as a sacrifice of thanksgiving. 
You have died for me, and I in turn make myself over to You.  My wish
is to be separated from everything of this world; to cleanse myself
simply from sin.  Enable me to carry out what I profess.

Source: A Newman Prayer Book
Editor: VF Blehl, SJ (1990)

Monday, March 30, 2020

His love has no sunset...

"Love is never finished."
Pope Benedict XVI

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"The presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is proof that his love for us has no sunset. He is the Desired of the everlasting hills, and he puts into our hearts the desire to live close to him.
The stresses and hurts and partings of life often bear down on us, and we may tend to feel alone as when the sun has gone down. The words of St. Augustine can lift us "He neither rises nor sets because he abides always." So our lives do not have to go down into the shadows.
It was at evening time that the risen Lord restored the desolate spirits of two disciples by revealing his presence to them "in the breaking of the bread." They pleaded with him "Stay with us, for it is towards evening." (Lk 24,29). We too can plead with him, "Lord, be with us, both at sunrise and at sunset..."
In the Holy Eucharist the only Son of God, Jesus Christ, fulfills his promise to be with us always. What consolation, how could we be lonely?  From all the sunsets to all the sunrises "He neither rises nor sets because he abides always." (St. Augustine)."

- from the writings of Msgr. John Moloney, P.P. 
Dublin, Ireland (+2014)

“Every day has been a great day as a priest."
As quoted on the celebration of his
70th Anniversary of priesthood Ordination

Above: Chalice and host painting: Craig Gallagher

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Central point of our life...

Fifth Sunday of Lent*
*Final Lenten Sunday before Palm Sunday

Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless.  
From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God,
are my strength. - Entrance Antiphon (Today's Liturgy)