Saturday, June 10, 2006

Thirty-Three Salutations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Another wonderful devotion shared by Sue C.

Source:
Catholic Traditions

Hail, Heart of my Jesus-----save me!
Hail, Heart of my Savior-----deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge-----pardon me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse-----love me!
Hail, Heart of my Master-----teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King-----crown me!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor-----enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Pastor-----keep me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend-----caress me!
Hail, Heart of the Infant Jesus-----attract me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross-----atone for me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus in all its Conditions-----give Thyself to me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother-----remain with me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable Goodness-----forgive me!
Hail, Heart most Glorious-----shine forth in me!
Hail, Heart most Amiable-----inflame me!
Hail, Heart most Charitable-----work in me!
Hail, Heart most Merciful-----answer for me!
Hail, Heart most Humble-----repose in me!
Hail, Heart most Patient-----bear with me!
Hail, Heart most Faithful-----make satisfaction for me!
Hail, Heart most Adorable and most Worthy-----bless me!
Hail, Heart most Peaceful-----calm me!
Hail, Heart most Desirable and most Beautiful-----delight me!
Hail, Heart most Illustrious and most Perfect-----ennoble me!
Hail, Heart most Holy, Balm most Precious-----preserve and sanctify me!
Hail, Heart most Holy and most Salutary-----reform me!
Hail, Heart most Blessed, true Physician and Remedy for all our ills-----heal me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Consolation of the afflicted-----comfort me!
Hail, Heart most loving, ardent Furnace burning with Love-----consume me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus, Model of Perfection-----enlighten me!
Hail, Divine Heart, Source of all Happiness-----strengthen me!
Hail, Heart of eternal Benediction-----call me to Thee!

A Prayer for the Husband


Used with permission.

Prayer for the Husband

Precious Father, Strength of my spouse,

I give You all the praises!

Father, I pray for my husband, _____________ .

Hold him by the hand as he treads the path

you so carefully prepared for him.

Lift him up when he feels downhearted

and heavily burdened.

Carry him through the times when he thinks

there is no way out of a gloomy situation.

Put a smile on his heart, a twinkle on his face

even when You put him to the test.

Yes, Father, let him be a mirror of your love,

a reflection of Your wisdom and strength...

I know he's not perfect, forgive his sins.

I forgive his imperfections.

Thank you for my husband, ____________ ,

Your greatest gift to me.

Most of all, thank you for You,

You who bless and bind us with Your Love.

We praise you forevermore,

with Your Son and the Holy Spirit,

Amen.


-Easter Almuena, Sept. 23, 2002

Easter is a Catholic Homeschooling mom.. She and her husband Joe live in Hawaii along with their five wonderful children. Easter is a very gifted writer and inspirational woman. I am proud and privileged to call her my friend.

The Power of the Mass

Hat tip to Sue C. for sharing the following:

Source: I believe this is from The Pieta Prayer Booklet and quotes from saints.

The Power of the Mass

The Power of the Mass At the hour of death the Holy Masses you have heard
devoutly will be your greatest consolation.

Every Mass will go with you to Judgement and will plead for pardon for you.

By every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less, according to your fervour.

By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass you render the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.

Through the Holy Sacrifice, Our Lord Jesus Christ supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.

He forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all your unknown sins which you never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.

Through the Holy Mass you are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Holy Mass devoutly, offering it to Almighty God in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thanking God for the favours bestowed on him, etc., you afford that Saint or Angel a new degree of honour, joy and happiness, and draw his special love and protection on yourself.

Every time you assist at Holy Mass, besides other intentions, you should offer it in honor of the Saint of the day.

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Quotations Regarding the Mass "The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!" - Pope Paul VI

For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death. (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).

A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death. St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than many after it.

"The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death" - Pope Benedict XV

Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord "How can I thank you?" Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS."

The Blessed Virgin Mary once told Her faithful servant Alain: "My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they've heard Masses."

"When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary - a joy, a fragrance, a well being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt." - Saint Jean Vianney

"If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy." - Saint Jean Vianney

"There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us." - Saint Jean Vianney

"When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee." - Saint Jean Vianney

"The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross." - Saint Thomas Aquinas

"It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass." - Saint Pio

"The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass." - Saint Gregory

"The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass." - Saint Augustine

"When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar." - Saint John Chrysostom
"Nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Mass forever, and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words; it is a great action. The greatest action that can be on earth. It is. . .the evocation of the Eternal." ~ St. John Henry Newman

"When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men, but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration!"
~St. John Chrysostom

"If there is anything divine among man's possessions which might excite the envy of the citizens of heaven (could they ever be swayed by such a passion), this is undoubtedly the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by means of which men, having before their eyes, and taking into their hands the very Creator of heaven and earth, experience, while still on earth, a certain anticipation of heaven.

How keenly, then, must mortals strive to preserve and protect this inestimable privilege with all due worship and reverence, and be ever on their guard lest their negligence offend the angels who vie with them in eager adoration!" ~ Pope Urban VII in 1634

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Attacking EWTN...This Time From the Extreme Right

A special mahalo to my dear mom for bringing this appalling article to my attention.

Recently, I read the best selling book by
Raymond Arroyo on Mother Angelica. The book was really a tribute to a remarkable woman and religious nun.

In the book Mr. Arroyo writes about the multitude of sufferings that Mother Angelica endured in her goal of bringing orthodox Catholic programming to the world over (no pun intended). It was dismaying to say the least, reading about certain liberal-minded bishops and priests who criticized Mother Angelica's fight to keep orthodoxy in the Church and of their plans to take over the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Well, at the heels of that story, comes another attack and this time it is from the extreme right.

Christopher Ferrara has written a book entitled
EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Ferrara, he is an attorney and if I am correct, the president of
The American Catholic Lawyers Association and also defender/supporter of Fr. Nicholas Gruner of the Fatima Crusade.

Again for those of you unfamiliar with Fr. Gruner, he is a priest who has been continously critical of our late Holy Father John Paul II for not revealing the third secret of Fatima, and the belief that Russia was never consecrated, among other reasons. I do not believe he is a priest in good standing with the Catholic Church at the present time.

Getting back to the Ferrera's book, I have not read the book nor do I intend too. However, I did read a recent article in
Catholic Family News a Catholic newspaper associated Fr. Gruner and the Fatima Crusade. The article entitled "A Review of EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong" by Edwin Faust, not only praises the Ferrara book but also hurls personal attacks on people who have appeared on EWTN.

The following are excerpts of the article. But I hope you take the time to read the Faust article in its entirety:



"...As Mr. Ferrara demonstrates through the marshalling of incontestable facts, EWTN has become the agent of New Church, a term he uses to denote that collection of modernist propositions, liturgical aberrations and disciplinary lapses that counterfeits the Faith, yet enjoys the benediction of the hierarchy."
"I recall the first time I tuned in to EWTN,...and quite by accident, back in the (relatively) good old days when Mother was at the helm. The first image on the screen was that of a layman — I forget his name — holding a Bible in his lap and expounding some meaning he had extracted from the text. I did not then know of the existence of “Catholic” network and assumed the program to be a Protestant religious broadcast, an assumption based not only on the preaching of a layman, a former Protestant minister who had yet to surrender the pulpit, but on the ethos of the scene. It lacked the sensus catholicus. My imminent changing of the channel was arrested, however, by a program break during which a picture of the Pope flashed on the screen ac-companied by some adulatory words. This surprised me, as did the subsequent appearance of a Franciscan who was hosting the next segment."
"He had a long white beard — too long, I thought — that lent him an air of studied eccentricity, and a supercilious expression in his large, sad eyes, as though he were wearied by his own words and impatient of the necessity of having to speak them."
As you can probably guess, he is referring to Fr. Benedict Groeschel.



..."As I said, I first saw Father Groeschel in EWTN’s better days, but even then there was a great deal of temporizing and much that was unsound. The network has, for instance, promoted from its inception the cult of John Paul II. As Mr. Ferrara shows, fidelity to the cult has required the suppression of all criticism of the late pope’s words and actions; what is worse, it has required that papal behavior which can only be described as scandalous be made the measure of orthodoxy. The network has been far less concerned about defending the Faith than it has been about defending the vagaries of John Paul II."
Well, now he got tired of attacking Fr. Groeschel so he decides to take the next aim at our late Holy Father John Paul II in more detail:



"The network has praised the introduction of pagan rites into papal Masses, such as the use of Aztec dancers during the beatification Mass for Juan Diego in Mexico City and the Pope’s cleansing by sacred smoke and feathers by a female Indian during his beatification of the martyrs Juan Bautista and Jacinto de Los Angeles.

Nothing the late Pope ever said or did has evoked a censorious response from EWTN’s sycophantic commentators: not his kissing of the Koran, nor his syncretistic World Day of Prayer celebrations, nor joint liturgies with pro-abortion heretics claiming episcopal status, nor his turning over Catholic churches to schismatic sects. All that could not be tortuously interpreted as acceptable was glossed over or completely ignored."
..."In chapter after chapter, he (Ferrera) details the network’s attempts to destroy the traditional Rosary, jettison the Fatima Message, paganize the liturgy, cooperate in creating a new 'Hebrew' branch of the Church, discredit those who uphold the traditional Faith, and pander to modern decadence with a ridiculous 'cool Catholicism.' The latter project is especially distressing, as it strips the Church of her dignity and pants after youth like an old woman donning the latest fashions in a futile and fatuous attempt to be hip. No effort at ingratiation could be more effective in inciting the contempt of the young than New Church’s 'cool Catholicism.'
Attacking Greg Popchak's and Scott Hahn's teaching on sexual morality and the Holy Trinity the article continues:



"The most distressing chapter in the book, for me, at least, is that which deals with sexual Gnosticism. Mr. Ferrara first examines the bizarre notions put forth by EWTN’s resident sexologist Greg Popcak, who reveres sex as a sacrament and has abandoned all sense of Catholic modesty — and all sense, period — in his hyperbolic hymns to Eros. Popcak even makes sexual analogies to the godhead in words so shockingly indecent that it is painful to read them. Yet, it is not the unthinkable and unspeakable aberrations of Popcak that most disturb me, but the feminization of the Holy Ghost promoted by Scott Hahn, the former Protestant minister turned chief preacher and theologian of EWTN..."
Well it seems that one major problem that both Ferrera and Faust have with EWTN stems from the fact that there are so many former Protestant ministers now Catholic apologists regularly featured on EWTN:



..."EWTN features several converted Protestant ministers who feel free, as Mr. Ferrara notes, to “do theology.” The network provides them with an electronic pulpit and a huge congregation. They represent a new phenomenon in the Catholic Church: the lay preacher. These lay preachers have absorbed and transformed EWTN into the Protestant ethos from which they have supposedly departed. They demote magisterial doctrine to “traditional models” that one can adhere to or not, according to one’s private judgment. Hahn’s Trinitar-ian tinkering is symptomatic of the cultural disintegration of the Catholic Church. EWTN, far from promoting the Faith, chronicles its demise.

In his conclusion, Mr. Ferrara advises those who support EWTN to cease doing so, for the network has become the compromised agent of the modernist New Church. He encourages all who would be true to the Faith to seek out the Traditional Latin Mass and sound priests and teachers; to adhere to the defined dogmas of the Faith and not be seduced by novelties."
Well, here it is, at the crux of their whole beliefs is the following:



..."He also regards the diabolical disorientation of New Church in the light of Fatima. The blessings that would have resulted from the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary have become the curse brought upon us by a disobedient hierarchy. It is precisely EWTN’s compromise with that hierarchy that has made the network the vehicle for an adulterated Faith. “The Church can never be restored by a compromise with Modern-ism,” Mr. Ferrara writes. This sentence should be-come the ruling precept in all our dealings with church authorities in these perilous times."

On a personal note, I have been watching Mother Angelica and all the wonderful people on EWTN since its inception in the 1980's. This year marks the 25th anniverary of this extraordinary network specifically for Catholics and those wanting to learn more about Catholicism.

I continue to pray for Mother Angelica, all the folks at EWTN and also for her detractors and critics. I hope you do too.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Prayer Offering My Suffering To God

Thanks again Becca!

Source:
Suffering in Holiness

O Most Loving God,

I thank You for all that You have done for me and those whom I love, including the most holy and redemptive suffering in the Jesus' passion.

I offer up all my sufferings, past, current and future, the large and the small, everyone of them to You in love for my good and the good of the world.

I ask that You bless my sufferings, curing those that You want cured and helping me bear in holiness those sufferings that I endure.

Help me to understand what Your will is for me about Suffering.

I give myself to You, mind, body, and soul. May everything I do always glorify You.

Amen.

Offering it Up (or "Making a Good Intention")

Hat tip to my friend Becca for sharing the following:

Source:
The Fish Eaters
Offering it Up (or "Making a Good Intention")
So, how do Catholics "offer up" their sufferings and sacrifices? In both formal and informal ways.

Formally, many Catholics make the Morning Offering to give to Our Lord that day's efforts, works, joys, sufferings, intentions, etc. (the form may vary). At the Mass, we exercise our lay priesthood by consciously, silently, privately offering ourselves up, along with the Son, to the Father during the Offertory.

Informally, we "offer it up" by simply asking God in our own words to use a suffering as it occurs; we often do this for specific intentions (ex., "Use this pain, Lord, for the salvation of my brother..."). We might follow the example of the young St. Thérèse of Lisieux and make use of Sacrifice Beads, or the extraordinary among us might make the Heroic Act of Charity for the souls in Purgatory.

It's quite a discipline to react to suffering this way! In mental or physical pain? Drop something on your toe? Putting up with a co-worker who is making your life a living Hell? Enduring the constant ache of arthritis? Standing in line at the grocery and hating every minute of it? Spill the milk? Accept these things in peace, and ask God to use them for the good of the Church or for a more specific intention close to your heart. This isn't easy to do (and I in no way claim to be good at it), but it does make the suffering more meaningful and less -- well, less insufferable!

You'll find that it is not uncommon to hear one Catholic tell another who is suffering to "offer it up" as a way of dealing with his suffering. It should be remembered, though, that while it is most definitely good to tell someone to "offer it up," it is also easy -- and that we are called, too, to comfort those who are suffering, to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to care for the sick, etc. Telling someone to offer it up without also helping him to deal with the temporal and emotional effects of whatever they are going through is not the fully Christian thing to do.

And always help the suffering to retain (or regain) Hope that his suffering is not in vain. Assure him that he will partake of "the consolation":

2 Corinthians 1:5-7
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ doth our comfort abound. Now whether we be in tribulation, it is for your exhortation and salvation: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation: or whether we be exhorted, it is for your exhortation and salvation, which worketh the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. That our hope for you may be steadfast: knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation.
Another verse for those who suffer:

Romans 8:16-18
For the Spirit Himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified with Him. For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us.
See also the Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-10


Necessary and Voluntary Mortifications

"Mortification" is the act of dying to oneself by killing off the sinful desires of the flesh as taught by St. Paul:

Romans 8:13-14
For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

I Corinthians 9:25-27
And every one that striveth for the mastery refraineth himself from all things. And they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown: but we an incorruptible one. I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air. But I chastise my body and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

Galatians 5:18-25
But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest: which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Colossians 3:5
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is the service of idols.
Mortification is practiced by doing what all Christians must -- fulfilling our duties, no matter how unpleasant; avoiding near occasions of sin (those situations that tempt us to sin); denying ourselves that which is evil, etc.

It can also mean voluntarily taking on unpleasant things that aren't a matter of duty or of directly fighting off evil habits, but which simply subject the flesh in order to increase humility, express contrition, and build up the Body of Christ. These acts of mortification can include offering to God small acts, such as: fasting or practicing abstinence when not bound to; denying oneself an ordinary pleasure simply for the sake of God, such as giving up cream or sugar for your coffee for a time; taking on an unpleasant task one isn't bound to take on; sitting on the hard chair rather than the soft one, etc. And they can include offering to God acts that appear (to worldly eyes) more extreme and apparently bizarre -- the wearing of hairshirts, sleeping on a hard mattress or the floor, self-flagellation, etc.

These sorts of external voluntary mortifications that aren't a matter of duty and which don't fight an evil habit directly are only beneficial insofar as they arise from the desire for humility, for penance, and to build up the Body of Christ, and insofar as they actually do lead to humility and penance. More extreme forms of mortifications should only be practiced with the guidance of a good spiritual director.


The Ultimate in "Offering it up": Victim Souls
This page can't be complete without mentioning "victim souls." A victim soul is someone who's been chosen by God to participate in Christ's Passion in a very special way by manifesting the signs of His sufferings, often in their very bodies. Suffering for the sake of love is their vocation, and such suffering is willingly accepted for the benefit of the Church. The attitude and plea of the victim soul is summed up by this prayer of St. Catherine of Siena:

The only cause of my death is my zeal for the Church of God, which devours and consumes me. Accept, O Lord, the sacrifice of my life for the Mystical Body of Thy holy Church.

St. Lydwine of Schiedam, the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) were three other such souls, and there have been many more. Often, but not necessarily, these souls receive the stigmata on their palms or feet, the wounds left by the crown of thorns, wounds in their sides as if made by a lance, stripes on their bodies as if caused by scourging, and other bodily phenomena that recall His Passion.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Parents May Lead Children and Others to Anger

Thanks to Sue of Catholic Community for sharing the following:

By modeling anger. (See Proverbs 22:24­25.)

By not having marital harmony. (See Genesis 2:24 [a statement repeated four times in the Bible], Hebrews 12:15.)

By consistently disciplining in anger. (See Psalm 6:1, 38:1.)

By being inconsistent with discipline. (See Ecclesiastes 8:11.)

By having double standards. (See Matthew 23:1­4, Philippians 4:9.)

By not admitting when wrong. (See Matthew 5:23­26, Job 32:2, James 5:16.)

By constantly finding fault. (See Job 32:2­3.)

By reversing God-given roles. (See Ephesians 5:22­25, Genesis 3:16.)

By not listening to the child’s opinion or the child’s side of the story. (See Proverbs 18:13, 17.)

By comparing the child to others. (See II Corinthians 10:12.)

By not taking time to talk with the child. (See Hebrews 13:16.)

By not praising the child. (See II Corinthians 2:6­8, Revelation 2­3.)

By failing to keep promises. (See Matthew 5:37, Colossians 3:9, Psalm 15:4.)

By scolding the child in front of others. (See Matthew 18:15, John 21:15­17.)

By giving too much freedom. (See Proverbs 29:15, Galatians 4:1­2.)

By being too strict. (See James 3:17.)

By making fun of the child. (See Job 17:1­2.)

By abusing the child physically. (See I Timothy 3:3, Titus1:7, Numbers 22.)

By calling names. (See Ephesians 4:29.)

By having unrealistic expectations. (See I Corinthians 13:11.)

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Invocation to the Holy Spirit for the Family

Another hat tip to Melissa C. for sharing this wonderful prayer.


Oh Holy Spirit, come into every fiber of our being and inflame our hearts with the fire of Thy love. Oh breath of God, come help us to be meek and humble of heart. Oh Holy Spirit, come into our life and be the every breath we take.

In the morning, when we open our eyes, come Holy Spirit.

When we offer our morning prayer, come Holy Spirit.

As we begin our daily responsibilities, come Holy Spirit.

As we prepare for Holy Mass, come Holy Spirit.

When we are weak in our prayers, come Holy Spirit.

When we have family quarrels, come Holy Spirit.

In the midst of great turmoil, come Holy Spirit.

In our work, our play and throughout the day, come Holy Spirit.

When our day is finished and we retire to bed, come Holy Spirit.

When our hearts are wounded, come Holy Spirit.

During our family prayer and activities, come Holy Spirit.

When we despise and ridicule one another, come Holy Spirit.

During our studies and quiet time, come Holy Spirit.

When we are fearful and feel unloved, come Holy Spirit.

When the evil one attacks us, come Holy Spirit.

When we fall into temptation, come Holy Spirit.

When we are disobedient to the teaching of the Church, come Holy Spirit.

When we humiliate one another, come Holy Spirit.

When we are not truthful to one another, come Holy Spirit.

When we criticize one another, come Holy Spirit.

When we abandon our children and abuse them, come Holy Spirit.

When we are not living our marriage vows and our marriage suffers, come Holy Spirit.

When our hearts are prideful and we lack in charity, come Holy Spirit.

When we are angry and refuse to forgive, come Holy Spirit.

When we are jealous and envy the gifts that others have, not recognizing our own gifts, come Holy Spirit.

When our faith is weak and we are nervous and restless, come Holy Spirit.

When we have addictions and are codependent on those things that destroy our relationship with God, come Holy Spirit.

When there is no love in our family and our children turn away from God, come Holy Spirit.

When the spirit of fornication, adultery and divorce dwells in our hearts, come Holy Spirit.

When we need financial guidance, come Holy Spirit.

When we prepare to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, come Holy Spirit.

In our poverty, our illness and when we are homeless, come Holy Spirit.

When our loved ones leave this world and when tragedy happens, come Holy Spirit.

When we are without family, come Holy Spirit.

When we lack wisdom and discernment, come Holy Spirit.

At the moment of our death, come Holy Spirit.

Now and forever and in every need that we have, come Holy Spirit.

Oh Holy Spirit, God speaks through You. He gave You to us, therefore, You are our Helper, our Consoler, our Comforter. You are our everything and You know our every need. Come and bless this humble prayer that we offer You as a family. Come Holy Spirit, please accept and hear our prayer. Come Holy Spirit, come to us as a family. Amen.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Prayer for Your Parish Priest

(to be said when he receives communion)

O Lord, may Thou find shelter and rest gently within the heart of Thy Priest________. Make him, O Lord, a priest according to Thy heart: meek, humble, zealous, so that all he does will be for Thine honor and glory. Mold him into a man of prayer and labor, insensible to earthly things, and sensible only to Thy love and to the graces of the Holy Ghost. Amen.