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JESUS, SALVATION’S SUN DIVINE (HYMN)

– Lent –

Jesus, salvation’s Sun Divine,

Within our inmost bosoms shine.

With light all darkness drive away

And give the world a better day.

 

Now days of grace with mercy flow,

O Lord, the gift of tears bestow,

To wash our stains in every part,

Whilst heavenly fire consumes the heart.

 

Rise, crystal tears, from that same source

From whence our sins derive their course,

Nor cease, till hardened hearts relent,

And, softened by your streams, repent.

 

Behold, the happy days return,

The days of joy for them that mourn;

May we of their indulgence share,

And bless the God that grants our prayer.

 

May heaven and earth aloud proclaim

The Trinity’s almighty fame;

And we, restored to grace, rejoice

In newness both of heart and voice. Amen.

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PRAYER: MAY THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE BE PROCLAIMED WITH EVER GREATER LOVE

“On every first Friday to commit as a day of fasting, penance and prayer (e.g. Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration and 40 hours in October) for the intentions of the Universal Church and the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Let us pray

Father in Heaven, you have ordered the Sacrament of Marriage and the gift of life as an image of your Divine Life with the Son in the Holy Spirit. We pray that the teaching of the Church on the true meaning of marriage and human sexuality may be proclaimed with ever greater love, courage and hope in our world and be received in deep gratitude. Amen.

We ask for the intercession of all the Saints in Heaven. Our Lady, Mother of Nazareth – pray for us. Saint Joseph – pray for us. Saint Thomas More – pray for us. St Therese of Lisieux – pray for us. Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin – pray for us.”

(Confraternity of Catholic Clergy)

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Prayers for Today

 

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SOME SUGGESTIONS HOW TO MORTIFY THE FLESH AND THE SENSES IN THIS DAY AND AGE (CHRISTIAN MORTIFICATION)

THESE EXERCISES ARE SUGGESTIONS, NOT MANDATORY. SOME FIND THEY REALLY HELP, THOUGH, TO FOCUS MORE ON THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT, THE LOVE OF OUR LORD JESUS, IN OUR DAILY LIVES.

 

• “Suffer peacefully an affront done to you, a disparaging event or incident, or any type of humiliation, for the sake of the Heart of Jesus that was so humiliated for you. Take any ornament off your clothes that is a sign of worldly importance and make a sacrifice for the Sacred Heart.

• Make every effort to correct the vice you are most prone to indulge in, practise the virtue you are most in need of. Mortify your senses [i.e. drink plain water instead of fizzy drink, take coffee without the usual sugar, wash your hands with cold instead of warm water, etc.] to repair the damage you have done to the divine Heart when you have been too free.

• Accept from the hand of God, willingly and with love, the pains and troubles of this day, offering them to the Sacred Heart as the payment for your sins. Meditate for a quarter of an hour on the Passion of Jesus.

• Put on a medal or an image of the Sacred Heart. If you already have this laudable habit, try to carry it with a real, renewed spirit of faith and devotion. Work to spread, as best as you can, medals, images and other items of the Sacred Heart, so that at least one image is received and exhibited in a house where there were none before.

• In order to imitate the zeal and divine glory that are present within the Sacred Heart do not embark on any action without first putting it before the Lord, renewing, as often as these words are long, your pure intention by repeating, “Everything for you my God, everything for you.” Recite the Creed five times during the day, and make five offerings for the conversion of the millions who do not yet know Jesus Christ.

• Fast from food, mortify your stomach, and stay in uncomfortable positions or postures. Say five ‘Our Fathers’, ‘Hail Marys’ and ‘Glory Bes’ in honour of St Margarita Maria Alacoque, that she may obtain for you the spirit of Christian mortification.

• Do not judge or suspect your neighbour. Keep your distance from any shadow of murmuring. Do not give any reason for discord and avoid any type of argument. Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and ask fervently from His Heart, love for those around you.

• Make allowances for the imperfection of others, and excuse their defects. Bear patiently with those who are annoying or difficult. Perform a good act for those who you dislike or have an innate distaste for.

• Forgive any of your enemies; bless those – through prayer if it cannot be done in any other way – who have offended you. Visit the Sacred Heart, either through an image or the Blessed Sacrament, and ask that all wicked Christians, who have forgotten the ultimate law of love for the enemy, mend their ways.”

– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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A PRAYER FOR ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER: MY SOUL, GIVE THANKS

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.
It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion,
who fills your life with good things,
renewing your youth like an eagle’s.
He does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.
For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.
As a father has compassion on his sons,
the Lord has pity on those who fear him;
for he knows of what we are made,
he remembers that we are dust.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father…

 
 

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PRAYER AND PENANCE ARE THE ONLY SURE WEAPONS TO CONQUER THE TEMPTATIONS OF SATAN

RECENT CHURCH SCANDALS: EXAMINING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE VERY FIRST SCANDALS A.D. 33

“…Why, why is this evil in God’s Holy Church? The answer: because the Church has not followed Christ in the priority He gave by word and example to prayer and penance in His life as the only sure weapons to fight and conquer the power and temptations of Satan.

Christ warned Peter, His first pope-in-waiting, about Satan and his endeavours to corrupt him and in effect the future Church. He stressed that prayer would help Peter defeat Satan. Peter did not heed the warning and advice of his Saviour. In time he succumbed to Satan’s temptations, denying his Lord and Master three times.

Prayer was again neglected in Gethsemane as the Apostles brought by Jesus to support Him in prayer fell asleep. ‘Rise and pray,’ said Jesus ‘lest you enter into temptation’ (Lk 22:46). Was it any wonder the Apostles, future bishops, fled into hiding. Only one, John, stood by Jesus on the Cross. Shamefully one Apostle, Judas, corrupted by money, committed suicide. This was the first scandal in the ‘beginning Church’. Satan had won his first battle.

Other scandals emerged in succeeding centuries because prayer and penance were forgotten, Satan again corrupting Church leaders by worldliness, lust for power and careerism.

YOU AND I CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS DAY AND AGE BY A LIFE OF PRAYER AND PENANCE!

But for God and the Holy Spirit inspiring people like St Francis, St Dominic, St Benedict, St Ignatius Loyola, and St Vincent de Paul to renew prayer and penance the Church would have collapsed…

WHEN WE FORGET PRAYER AND PENANCE THE CHURCH FACES DISASTER

In recent years Christ sent His Blessed Mother to His Church with the same, same message, prayer and penance in Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje. Thankfully in our time Pope Francis bears witness to the vital message of prayer and humble living (penance) in the Church.”
– This is part of a reader’s letter by Fr Con McGillicuddy, Dublin, published in the Catholic Herald issue April 18 2014 [headings in capital letters added afterwards]. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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“A PLANK OF SALVATION AFTER THE SHIPWRECK OF OUR SIN”

“During this Lenten journey we look to St Peter as well as to St Paul, for he too experienced a profound conversion. Peter betrayed Jesus. Yet he repented, turned back to his Lord and shed tears of sorrow. Then he was able to express fresh and lasting love for Our Lord and carry out his great ministry of leadership.

Through the ministry of the Church, first entrusted to Peter, we too can be reconciled to our loving Lord after our betrayals of him. We too can shed tears of repentance and express our new love for him. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the means God has given us: a plank of salvation after the shipwreck of our sin. Through our contrition, confession and satisfaction we are given new life.

Do receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation now, before Easter.”
– From “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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“DEAR LORD, WE ARE NOW IN THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT”

LENTEN PRAYER

Dear Lord, we are now in the holy season of Lent. We begin to realise anew that these are the days of salvation, these are the acceptable days.

We know that we are all sinners. We know that in many things we have all offended your infinite majesty.

We know that sin destroys your life in us as a drought withers the leaves and chokes the life from the land, leaving an arid, dusty desert.

Help us now, Lord, in our feeble attempts to make up for past sin. Bless our efforts with the rich blessing of your grace. Make us realise ever more our need of penance and of mortification. Help us to see, in our ordinary difficulties, in the trials and temptations of every day, the best opportunity of making up for past infidelities.

Every day we are so often reminded in field and wood, in sky and stream, of your own boundless generosity to us. Help us to realise that you are never outdone in generosity, and that the least thing we do for you will be rewarded, full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and flowing over.

Then we shall see, in our own souls, how the desert can blossom, and the dry and wasted land can bring forth the rich, useful fruit that was expected of it from the beginning. Amen.

 

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