Thursday, March 31, 2022

A Prayer 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)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Housing our Lord...

You also, like living stones, are being built 
into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, 
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable 
to God through Jesus Christ. - I Peter 2:5  

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"By our little acts of charity 
practiced in the shade
we convert souls far away, 
we help missionaries,
we win for them abundant alms;
and by that means
build actual dwellings 
spiritual and material 
for our Eucharistic Lord."

St Therese of Lisieux


+ Prayer + Fasting + Almsgiving +

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

A ready drop of balm...

"A single moment of tribulation assures an immense
weight of glory. Never to suffer would be
the greatest danger for us." - St Paul of the Cross

Pope Francis’ grandmother’s words (kept in his breviary):

“May these my grandchildren, to whom I have given the best 
of my heart, have a long and happy life, but if on some painful day, sickness or the loss of a loved one fills you with grief,
remember that a sigh before the Tabernacle, 
where the greatest and most august martyr resides,
and a gaze at Mary at the foot of the Cross, can make a drop 
of balm fall on the deepest and most painful wounds.”

Monday, March 28, 2022

Lights, please! ...

"God has placed us all in a dark room, 
hoping that we will have sense enough 
to turn the light on... " - Mother Angelica

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"There are two things I want you to do -
keep close to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist... 
(and) stay close to His Mother.
With those two loves, you will always have 
the light to see what is right and what is wrong."

Mother Angelica
Poor Clare Nun
Founder of EWTN
(Eternal Word Television Network)
Anniversary of Death - 03/27/16
Requiescat in pace

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"We are called to be great saints,
don't miss the opportunity." 
 Mother Angelica

"A soul that trusts God is invincible." 
 Mother Angelica

"God wants you to be in the world, 
but so different from the world that 
you will change it.  Get cracking."
Mother Angelica

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Rejoice-Be encouraged!...

 Fourth Sunday of Lent

The fourth Sunday of Lent is called " Lætare Sunday", taking its name from the opening words of the Mass, the Introit's "Lætare,Jerusalem"— "Rejoice, O Jerusalem".  In celebration, the priests wear rose-colored vestments.  The point is to provide us encouragement as we progress toward the end of the penitential season.  The day is a day of relaxation from normal Lenten rigors; a day of hope with Easter being at last within sight. Instrumental music is permitted, and the altar may be decorated with flowers.

Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae. (Psalm) Laetatus sum in his, quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus. Gloria Patri.

Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. (Psalm) I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: we shall go into the house of the Lord.
Glory be to the Father.

  Prayer over the Offerings (Today's Liturgy)

 We place before You with joy these offerings,
which bring eternal remedy, O Lord,
praying that we may both faithfully revere them
and present them to You, as is fitting,
for the salvation of all the world.
Through Christ our Lord.