Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Liturgy: above all, adoration...

 "Christ the Lord hath risen, 
our Joy that hath no end!"
St John of Damascus

 Blessed be the LORD! ... The LORD is my 
strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with
my song I give thanks to him. - 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: 

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 Romeand 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.
Day 9 - Final Day
Novena to St Joseph

Feast Day:  May 1 (Patron of Workers)
St Joseph, pray for us!

Monday, April 29, 2024

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

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

"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

"Do not be satisfied with little things, because 
God wants great things!" St Catherine of Siena

St Catherine of Siena, pray for us!
Day 8
Novena to St Joseph

Feast Day:  May 1 (Patron of Workers)
St Joseph, pray for us!

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Bearing much fruit...

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Alleluia, alleluia.  Remain in me as I remain in you, 
says the Lord.  Whoever remains in me 
will bear much fruit.  Alleluia, alleluia

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 

2074: Jesus says: "I am the vine, you are the branches. 
He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears 
much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." 
The fruit referred to in this saying is the holiness of a life made 
fruitful by union with Christ.  When we believe in Jesus 
Christ, partake in his mysteries, and keep his commandments, 
the Savior himself comes to love, in us, his father 
and his brethren, our Father and our brethren. 
His person becomes, through the Spirit, the living and 
interior rule of our activity, "This is my commandment, 
that you love one another as I have loved you." 
(Bolds added for emphasis)

The Lord's Day is the lord of days... 
but also remembering today... 
these who fully abided in the Vine!
Feast Day April 28th

St Louis de Montfort, pray for us!
St Gianna Molla, pray for us!
St Peter Chanel, pray for us!

Day 7
Novena to St Joseph

Feast Day:  May 1 (Patron of Workers)
St Joseph, pray for us!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

As the soul gazes at Jesus...

 "If only we had the humility to realize that He alone is
Goodness and makes us good. As soon as we come into His 
Presence in the Eucharist, our souls respond to the power 
before them like a sunflower turning towards the sun.

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His silent Presence, hidden in the tabernacle,
says to each one of us, 'I love you.  Come to Me 
all you who labor and are burdened and I will 
refresh you.  Come to the fountain of life and drink. 
Tell Me your problems.  Listen to My voice.  I tug at your 
heart, guiding your way and smoothing your path.'

There is between the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus 
and the soul, a silent exchange of love, sharing of pain, 
an inaudible dialogue between two who know
 each other perfectly and love each other deeply.
It is as if the soul sees itself in a perfect Mirror
and knows clearly its faults and imperfections. 

A strange phenomenon occurs 
as the soul gazes at Jesus. 
Its own reflection becomes brighter. 
Its faults fade away and one day that 'soul is turned -
transformed into the image it reflected' (II Cor 3:18).

This being true, why do we permit our souls 
to die of thirst when the Fountain of Living 
Water is just around the corner?"

Mother Angelica
To Leave and Yet to Stay

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Day 6
Novena to St Joseph

Feast Day:  May 1 (Patron of Workers)
St Joseph, pray for us!