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DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES: RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 97)

DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES: RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 97)

DEDICATION OF THE CHURCHES OF STS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES – NOVEMBER 18

R.: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations.

1. Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation. (R.)

2. The Lord has made known his salvation;
has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love
for the house of Israel. (R.)

3. All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
ring out your joy. (R.)

4. Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp,
with the sound of music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
acclaim the King, the Lord. (R.)

Alleluia, alleluia!

We praise you, O God, we acknowledge you to be the Lord. The glorious company of the apostles praise you.

Alleluia!

 
 

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“LORD JESUS, I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD, GOD AND SAVIOUR”

The Miracle Prayer 

The Miracle Prayer

The Miracle Prayer

“Lord Jesus, I come before You, just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Your Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self. Lord Jesus, now and forever, I invite You into my life. Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord, God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit. Come, Lord Jesus, cover me with Your precious blood and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I love You, Lord Jesus. I praise You, Lord Jesus. I thank You, Lord Jesus. I shall follow You every day of my life. Amen. Mary, my mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.

[From “The Secret of Happiness”, The Fifteen Prayers of St Bridget of Sweden (14th century)]

Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel, until you come to the point when you sincerely mean each word with all your heart. Similar prayers like this are found on this blog; for instance the Baptismal Vows, which are prayed by all Catholic believers, and renewed by all faithful at least once a year, at Easter (the time after our Lord’s redemptive suffering, after his rising from the dead, which made it possible for us to be called and chosen (John 15:16) and to be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:5) through faith; our faith and that of our household, which is a gift of God, a grace, and not something that we have achieved of ourselves, therefore we cannot boast of it (Ephesians 2:8,9) ), but humbly acknowledge that we cannot ever thank the Lord for his gift enough. Thanks be to God. Praise the Lord.

 

 

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ST DOMINIC – “COME TO MEET HIM, YOU ANGELS”

St Dominic, Confessor; [Memorial: August 8]

Dominic was born at Calaruega in Spain, of the noble family of Guzman, and received his liberal arts and theological training at Palencia. He became, first, a canon of the church of Osma, and after that, the founder of the Order of Preachers.

The founder of the Order of Preachers [Dominicans]

His capacity and courage were very conspicuous in converting the heretics who were attempting to corrupt the people of Toulouse. Going to Rome, he sought the approbation and confirmation of his Order from Pope Innocent III. He obtained his approval from Innocent’s successor, Honorius III. When, by his efforts, countless men began to lead a religious and holy life, at Bologna, in the year of Christ 1221, leaving to his brethren charity, humility and poverty as his true patrimony, while these words were being said, “Come to his aid, you saints of God, come to meet him, you angels,” he fell asleep in the Lord on the eighth day before the Ides of August. Pope Gregory IX added him to the number of the saints.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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PEOPLE’S OPINIONS WILL PASS AWAY, BUT THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD WILL REMAIN WITH US

Let all your life, every hour, be a perpetual prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord…irrespective of what the world says about that.

Let us joyfully and cheerfully dig all those little furrows which Providence has entrusted to each of us.

Let us not allow ourselves to be delayed or disturbed by ambitious thoughts which whisper in our ears, “You could do something better;” by the deceitful desires of a false zeal which would persuade us to desert our daily task; by a ridiculous desire to propagate more beautiful flowers than our neighbours.

Let us occupy ourselves with one thing alone – that is, “to do well what is our duty to do, because God requires no more from us.”

Now, this “doing well” may be summed up in four words: “act purely, actively, joyfully, completely.”

 

How do we please God? – By acting purely, actively, joyfully, completely.

But then we may be forgotten, despised, wrongly understood, calumniated, persecuted… What matters it? This contempt, these injuries will pass away, but the friendship of God will remain with us. And we will have merited it by our patience and fidelity.

The friendship of God!

The friendship of God! Oh! who can say all that is contained in it of sweetness, of joy, of strength, of consolation? No human friendship, in its most ardent dreams, has ever even formed the faintest idea of that sweetness of God’s friendship, rendered more sensible by the Eucharistic union in our souls.

I can also understand this expression of a loving soul: “With the prospect of heaven in a short time, and holy communion every day, how can anyone think of complaining?

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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THE ANGELS OF THE FIRESIDE: THE ANGEL OF SMALL SACRIFICES

How to attain a happy home and a content family

The Angel of Small Sacrifices

Have you never seen her at work? Have you never, at least, felt her influence?

In every Christian family, and in all pious communities, God has placed the Angel of Small Sacrifices, in order to be the image of his Providence in the household. Her duty is to remove all thorns, to lighten all burdens, and to share all fatigues.

She has for her motto these gracious words: God makes no noise, because noise effects no good.

Thus she is like a ray of sunlight, lightning, warming, giving life to all, but inconveniencing no one.

We feel that she is near us, because we no longer experience those misunderstandings which we formerly met with, those rancorous thoughts, those deliberate coolnesses which make family life unhappy; because we no longer hear those harsh words which wound so deeply; because affectionate sentiments mount readily from the heart to the lips, and life becomes sweeter.

Who, then, has taken from us that self-love which would not yield; that egotism which had a place in the most sincere friendship; that self-indulgence, in short, which always sought for ease?

The Angel of Small Sacrifices has received from heaven the mission of those angels, of whom the prophet speaks, who removed the stones from the road, lest they might bruise the feet of travellers.

And that of the angels who, according to the simple legend of the early Christians, scattered rose-leaves beneath the feet of Jesus and Mary during their flight into Egypt…

But, like them, she is invisible; she does her work in secret.

 

The Angel of Small Sacrifices works in secret

If there is one place less commodious than another, she chooses it, saying, with a sweet smile, How comfortable I am here!

If there is some work to be done, she presents herself simply to perform it, with the joyous manner of one who finds her happiness in so doing.

If it is an object of trifling value, she deprives herself of it in order to give it to her who the evening before manifested a desire to possess a similar one.

How many oversights are repaired by this unknown hand!

How many neglected things are put in their places, without our ever seeing how they came there!

How many little joys are procured for others without their ever having mentioned to any one the happiness which they would give them!

Who has thus known how to do good in secret?

Who has thus known to divine the secrets of the heart?

 

Who has thus known to divine the secrets of the heart?

Should a dispute arise, she knows how to settle it by a pleasant word, which wounds no one, and falls upon the slight disturbance like a ray of sunlight upon a cloud.

Should she hear of two estranged hearts, she has always some means of reuniting them without their being able to show her any gratitude; she does everything sweetly, simply, and naturally.

But who can tell the thorns which have torn her hands, the pain which has racked her heart, the humiliations which her charity has borne?

And yet she is always smiling. Does sacrifice cause her joy?

Have you never seen the angel of small sacrifices at work? On earth she is called a mother, a friend, a sister, or a wife. In heaven she is called a saint.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“I GIVE THEE ALL I POSSESS” – THE ENTIRE SURRENDER TO GOD

Suscipe – Offering Prayer to Our Lord

O my God! Thou hast made me very rich indeed.

My heart has treasures of love; I give them to thee!

I have a family, and thou knowest how I love them. If thou willest that death should lead them to heaven before me, my God, I say, but I say weeping: I give them to thee!

I have friends… If it is thy will that they should forget me; believe me guilty of wrong; withdraw from me, leaving my heart so isolated, that will be very painful and hard to bear; I give them to thee!

I have worldly goods, which afford me a certain degree of ease, and permit me to indulge in the sweet pleasure of giving alms to others poorer than I… If thou willst to take them from me degrees, even reducing me to absolute want; I give them to thee.

I have members that thou hast given me… If thou willest that paralysis should render my arms useless, that my eyes should cease to see the light of day, that my tongue may no longer articulate a word, O my God, I give thee all!

In exchange grant my thy love and thy grace, and then… nothing more but heaven.

Accept, O Lord, my Mind.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Prayers for Today

 

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O MY GOD, GRANT THAT I MAY PASS THROUGH LIFE UNNOTICED!

Spiritual solids rather than milk

Oh! my God, prayed a generous soul, grant that I may pass through life unnoticed!

This is the wish, or rather the end, of all souls which are deeply devoted and courageous.

Small virtues need the applause of others to sustain them, as little children require encouragement to walk; great virtues go alone through the world, spreading good, performing great acts of self-sacrifice, and never even imagining that what they do is heroic.

Great virtue walks unaided

Oblivion should be especially the motto of a Christian woman. The end of all her efforts should be to gain the protection of God, the love of her family, and the blessing of the poor – nothing more. To attain them there are three means: fidelity, devotedness, and benevolence. 

A mother once remarked: I desire to have a son who shall be spoken of by everyone, and a daughter whom nobody speaks of. This is the true limit of a mother’s hope.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889

 

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