Category Archives: Prayer

Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion by Cardinal John Henry Newman

EVERY passage in the history of our Lord and Saviour is of unfathomable depth, and affords inexhaustible matter of contemplation. All that concerns Him is infinite, and what we first discern is but the surface of that which begins and ends in eternity. It would be presumptuous for any one short of saints and doctors to attempt to comment on His words and deeds, except in the way of meditation; but meditation and mental prayer are so much a duty in all who wish to cherish true faith and love towards Him, that it may be allowed us, my brethren, under the guidance of holy men who have gone before us, to dwell and enlarge upon what otherwise would more fitly be adored than scrutinised. And certain times of the year, this especially, call upon us to consider, as closely and minutely as we can, even the more sacred portions of the Gospel history. I would rather be thought feeble or officious in my treatment of them, than wanting to the Season; and so I now proceed because the religious usage of the Church requires it, and though any individual preacher may well shrink from it, to direct your thoughts to a subject, especially suitable now, and about which many of us perhaps think very little, the sufferings which our Lord endured in His innocent and sinless soul.

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He loves you with a love that caused his heart to stop.

As we reach the summit of Holy Week I would like to charge again a mediation on John 15:9-11 by Fr. Vincent Serpar:

“Jesus said to his disciples:

As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete”.

John 15:9-11

Nowhere else do we find Jesus expressing such intimacy and vulnerability. What he said to them on Holy Thursday night he showed them on Good Friday. What he said to them he says to you this very moment! He loves you with a love that keeps your heart beating. He loves you with a love that caused his heart to stop. What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about it?”

-Fr. Vincent Serpa
Chaplain of Catholic Answers Apostolate

From Fr. Vincent Serpa’s book “Just a minute, Sixty Seconds a Day with the Gospel”

An Energetic Calm

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In an age where manliness is objected and detracted and man has forgotten how to be a real man our society is in dire need of a real man. Yes, that boisterous, industrious, adventurous, let’s go, make it happen, take-charge type of men. Throughout the history of salvation, there have been many models of true manhood, some of them less perfect than others but all of them obedient and docile to the will of God. That is what true manhood really is: to fulfill the vocation that God has placed in your heart and become a Saint in the process.

One of the great models for sainthood that we find in the bible is the humility and obedience shown by St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. Although there is relatively very little recorded about St. Joseph in the Gospels, we know that he was a righteous man (Matthew 1:19) and that every single time he submitted his whole life to the will of God: take a pregnant teenager as your wife, checked; abandon the place of your youth and emigrate to a foreign country, checked; start all over again by returning the holy family to the promise land, checked; protect the Word incarnate and teach him about God’s commandments and human labor, checked; all in true humility and obedience. What a man’s man!

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of this great Saint. Patron of the Universal Church and in his honor I would like to ask you to pray for another man who is about to start a great journey in the service of God and his Church by entering the seminary to become a priest next fall. His name is Richard Sullivan and he is an amazing young man who like St. Joseph is saying an unconditional yes to the Lord. Pleas visit his blog Age of Discernment and discover in his writing a great love for Jesus, a great love for Mary and great love for the body of Christ through extraordinary love in ordinary things:

http://theageofdiscernment.com

I hope you keep him in your prayers and take a look at his many posts that are full of whimsical observations about life and deep love for NorbertinesJesus.

Help him get to seminary:

http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/help-send-richard-to-the-abbey/300521

St. Joseph, patron saint of the Universal Church pray for us!

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work,
too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.

Amen.

St. Augustine of Hippo

You’re Kind of A Big Deal

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An excerpt from You’re kind of a Big Deal:

God had you in mind before the big bang.
He had you in mind when he created space and time
He had you in mind when he enter space and time to save us
He had you in mind when he hung in the Cross
He had you in mind when he rose from the dead…

-Christopher Stefanick

A Lesson in Forgiveness

Can’t you keep your heart from being moved? Please always remember them in your prayers.

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away”.

Matthew 19:14

Just today:

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians: monitor

Ya Rabbi Yasou

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These are the names of the 21 Coptic martyrs killed in Libya:

1. Milad Makeen Zaky
2. Abanub Ayad Atiya
3. Maged Solaiman Shehata
4. Yusuf Shukry Yunan
5. Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
6. Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
7. Somaily Astafanus Kamel
8. Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
9. Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
10. Girgis Milad Sinweet
11. Mina Fayez Aziz
12. Hany Abdelmesih Salib
13. Bishoy Adel Khalaf
14. Samuel Alham Wilson
15. Worker from Awr village
16. Ezat Bishri Naseef
17. Loqa Nagaty
18. Gaber Munir Adly
19. Esam Badir Samir
20. Malak Farag Abram
21. Sameh Salah Faruq

Their last word was a last act of defiance against evil and last act of  Faith, Hope and Love: “Ya Rabbi Yasou,” or “My Lord Jesus.”

Are we willing to say those words when temptation knocks at our door,  when we see the poor and suffering in our neighbors or when we are called to stand up for our Faith no matter the consequences?

Lets pray that during this lenten season we may grow in faith and fortitude to be that witness of Christ love to others.

St. Ignatius of Antioch pray for us!

Names taken from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles:

http://lacopts.org/story/a-statement-on-the-martyrdom-of-21-coptic-christians-in-libya/

“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard”. Pope Francis

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Family of the Coptic Christian martyred by Islamic terrorists.

Don’t fall into indifference but be steadfast in your prayers for those who are being persecuted in the middle east for professing the name of Christ and those who opposed such extreme acts of human cruelty. May God keep them and protected them and may their life be a light to the world.

Who are the Coptic Christians:

Quote taken from:

http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Vatican.php?id=11684

Life is Beautiful

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“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you
very much. I beg you to spare the life of
unborn baby that I have spiritually
adopted who is in danger of abortion”.

Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”.  

– Jeremiah 1:5

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Yes we are still in Christmas Season! May everyone have a prosperous and blessed 2015!

It has been an amazing year full of challenges and many blessings. I cannot think of a better way to end 2014  with the Divine Office Prayer for today.

If you are wondering what is the divine office?  The divine office or liturgy of the hours are a set of prayers based on scriptures that the Catholic Church sets apart for each day. In doing so the whole Church prays to God for the good of all.

“From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.”

Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.

It is a beautiful meditation and form of worship!

Lord, open my lips.
– And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Taken from http://divineoffice.org.

God Bless,

Caleb