The Passion of Christ

More from “Blessed be God” for Friday.  Let the old fashioned words of this prayer wash over you with peace and consolation.  Then go have a holy day.
ANT. O all ye who pass by the way, attend and see if there is any sorrow like unto my sorrow.
V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Let us pray

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who at the sixth hour didst mount the gibbet of the cross for the Redemption of the world and didst shed Thy Precious Blood that our sins might be washed away, we humbly beseech Thee that after our death Thou wouldst suffer us to pass with joy through the gates of heaven. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

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I Was Going to Close Down My Blog

Yep.  This blog was getting me down.  First of all, I don’t have a lot of strong opinions about things.  My temperament is one of a teacher.  I want to impart knowledge about our Catholic Faith.  However, the responsibility of writing a blog that is pithy and attractive is escaping me right now.  Then I feel guilty over the fact that I am not writing as much as I should.  Plus it costs me money every year to keep my name.  Now that I am retired, I am looking at everything we spend to be sure that it is necessary.  Anyhow, I am still praying and thinking about it.

Which brings me to today’s prayer.  I have a Catholic prayer book called “Blessed be God” that I use every single day.  It is pre-Vatican 2, so it has some prayers that one doesn’t hear anymore that I pray quite often.  Today’s prayer was to the Holy Angels and it touched me so much, I thought I’d share it with you today.

“O Holy Angels, watch over us at all times during this perilous life; O holy Archangels, be our guides on the way to heaven; O heavenly choir of the Principalities, govern us in soul and body; O mighty Powers, preserve us against the wiles of the demons; O celestial Virtues, give us strength and courage in the battle of life; O powerful Dominations, obtain for us dominion over the rebellion of our flesh; O sacred Thrones, grant us peace with God and man; O brilliant Cherubim, illumine our minds with heavenly knowledge; O burning Seraphim, enkindle in our hearts the fire of charity.  Amen.”

Have a great day!  May your Guardian Angel be at your side today to guide and protect you.  Praise God!

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Charlie Needs Your Prayers!

He will be having a CT Scan on his face on Wednesday. Last week his jaw started hurting him and then that whole side of his face swelled. He went to the doctor, had an ultrasound (which the ENT Specialist tells us was a waste of time and money) and now has to get a CT. We are hoping that the worse case scenario (a deep tissue tumor) will be ruled out by the scan and that it will be a simple virus that will go away on its own. Anyhow, if you could pray for him and a good diagnosis, we would appreciate it. We will know for sure Thursday afternoon.

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It is time for the Church Militant to rise up!

“My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!” (Excerpt from Church Militant Field Manual).

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Missing Out!

Brilliant!

“The simple fact is, you are not the point of your life. You are not the star of your show. If you live for yourself, your own comfort, your own glory, your own fame, you will miss out on your very…

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Someone said that if they heard that phrase one more time, their head would explode.  Sometimes, it does sound like something someone would say when they don’t know what else to say, especially when the thing that happens is unplanned or unpleasant.  This doesn’t keep it from being true, though.

And, that doesn’t mean that we will know or understand the reason when something unplanned or unpleasant happens.  We might never know on this side of heaven.  God knows, though.  Things happen for a reason, because our God is a God of certainty and order, not a God of unreasonableness or chaos.  Things happen for a reason according to His plan, not ours.  This is where pride can be a stumbling block for us, if we believe that we can control all the outcomes by our behavior and our choices.  Not possible.  We aren’t that good and all-knowing.  Everything we choose to do, we choose with imperfect knowledge of the outcome.  We can pray that we are making the right choices and trust that God will make things turn out for the glory of His will and that is about the extent of our “control.”

To believe that everything happens for a reason, doesn’t negate free-will, either.  We are free to choose and free to make decisions that we hope will impact our lives for good and not harm.  We are especially free to choose those actions which are for the good of our souls and our salvation.  We are not free to think that we are always in control of every outcome in our life.

I remember someone telling me, if I wanted to make God laugh, to make plans.  Do I still plan?  Of course.  Do I still make decisions?  Of course.  Do I get upset when the outcome is not what I expected?  A little.  As I get older, though, I’m getting better at knowing that things happen for a reason.

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God. Not God. These are the Only Choices!

“The strength of the soul consists in its faculties, passions and desires, all of which are governed by the will. Now when these faculties, passions and desires are directed by the will toward God, and turned away from all that is not God, then the strength of the soul is kept for God, and thus the soul is able to love God with all its strength.”

— St. John of the Cross, p. 259 of “Ascent of Mt. Carmel.”

Not everyone is going to heaven.  Let’s get that out of the way.  And, there are probably people who are going to hell who, at this moment, don’t think that it is possible for them.  After all, they were baptized and received their First Holy Communion (especially if they are Catholic) or they have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior (if they are Protestant.)  It’s not enough, though.

We have to make the choice to act like we are baptized or Jesus is our Savior every single minute of our existence on this life.

Dr. Italy likens this to a door.  On one side is Jesus (who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the only way to the Father) and on the other is not-Jesus.  The idea is at the end of our life the door will close and depending upon which side of the door we are standing when it slams shut and locks will determine where we spend eternity.

I don’t know about you, but I tremble when I think about it.  St. Paul told us that we need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.  Pretty scary words.  I mean, have you read Matthew, Chapter 5 and 25?  We all fall short of the beatitudes.  Oh, and by the way, the door is narrow that leads to heaven.  More complications.

And, yet, there is so much hope if (and this is a big “if”) we trust Jesus.  Trust Him in everything, everyday.  Put our daily lives into His loving Hands.  Sometimes, I feel like the woman with the hemorrhage and I touch the hem of His garment and hold on for dear life.  Everyday, we make the choice for God because we don’t know when that door is going to shut.

Choose wisely, friends.

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