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Day 29-Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Racism
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
At a word from you the devil and his minions flee in terror.
You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all strength.
By the power of your Cross and Resurrection, we beseech you, O Lord
To extend your saving arm and to send your holy angels
To defend us as we do battle with Satan and his demonic forces.
Exorcise, we pray, that which oppresses your Bride, The Church,
So that within ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation
We may turn fully back to you in all fidelity and trust.
Lord, we know if you will it, it will be done.
Give us the perseverance for this mission, we pray.
Amen

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception ... pray for us
St. Joseph ... pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel ... pray for us
(the patron of your parish) ... pray for us
(your confirmation saint) ... pray for us


 
"Freedom from Racism" by Fr. Bill Peckman

As dominant a topic as racism is today, the word is only 140 years in usage. I have been reading the book "The Guarded Gate" by Daniel Okrent. He traces how both nativism and eugenics in 19th Century America and Northern Europe led to the closing of the doors to immigrants in the 1920's USA from groups deemed to be lesser races. Race didn't exclusively refer to the color of one's skin as it does today. Races were divided by religion and nationality as well. It also spread to differentiate people by color of skin as well. The likes of Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge would have been indignant at the idea that a WASP (white/anglo/saxon/protestant) such as himself, would have been put in the same race as Poles, Russians, Slavs, Italians, Spaniards, Irish Catholics, Catholics, or Jews. This type of racism found its most deadly form in the Third Reich in Nazi Germany, where Hitler, being a northern European, also sent Slavs, Poles, Roma (aka Gypsies), Russians, Catholics (especially clergy and seminarians), as well as Jews to the concentration/death camps.

The notion of racism these days fully arises out of eugenics. For those who do not know what eugenics is, it is a belief that humanity can become a super race by eliminating what are considered lesser strains or human weeds. English scientist Thomas Galton began this 'science' based on the extension of the work of his cousin, Charles Darwin. The Nativist movement in the US and the UK picked up on this and found a particular champion in the US with Planned Parenthood Founder, Margaret Sanger. It was she who designated the entirety of those with black skin to be among the lesser of humanity, taking a view of them akin to the slave traders and owners who 50 years prior sought to keep them enslaved.

Racism is another way that Satan sets us against each other. It is another potent dividing line. Although he doesn't address race in his epistles (mainly because the concept is not really existent), St. Paul writes many times how these manmade divisions are inappropriate to the Body of Christ. He says that in Christ, there is no male or female, Jew or Greek, slave of freeman (Galatians 3:28). It takes little effort to imagine he would extend this to the idea that in Christ there are no races, but that all in Christ are one despite man-made differentiations and the superior/inferior delegations we put to them.

Racism is tearing apart our country right now. It is tool used by people with hopes of tearing down this country and reconstituting as a communist or socialist nation. Either ideology needs struggles between an oppressed class and oppressor class to justify upending the system. They have simply borrowed the categories from other totalitarian groups such as the Nazi's and tweaked them to suit the new narrative. They can do this because we have 150 or so years of fomenting the idea of racism.

There have been incidents of racism within the Church. When one looks at the story of Fr. Augustine Tolton, declared venerable by the Church, we see a black man and former slave who was called by God to the priesthood yet could not find an American seminary to take him. I believe that racism in a soft form has largely gutted inner city parishes where the natives refused or failed in evangelizing the new people moving in because they didn't look like them. To be honest, I have heard more than a few times, vile racial slurs from those who claim to be good Catholics. Such things, as St Paul would remind us, are wholly unacceptable behaviors for a follower of Christ and has no place within the Body of Christ.

It is our society that likes dividing the population into separate corporate bodies in order to pit them against each other. Certainly, more nefarious political systems need and thrive upon such divisions. Within the Body of Christ, this is wholly evil. One of the marks of the Church is 'One', that is, that we are one in Christ. That oneness is not subservient to worldly divisions and political jostling. Consider that the Catholic Church has over 1.4 billion members. Those 1.4 billion come from every conceivable culture, language, and skin color. Yet we are called to be one. That oneness starts here and stretches to eternity.

What is needed is that gift of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, to enable us to see one another of Christ sees us. First and foremost, He sees each of as needing God's love and grace.  He sees each of us as redeemable and worth the price of the Cross. We need to see each other in such a light. When someone searching comes upon us, they should not see us looking like the world, but they should see us as stark contrast to the world. We don't seek to divide what is called to be one. Over the years, I have thought it asinine to make judgements about the character of a person based on how much melanin happens to be in a person's skin. Wisdom leads us to truth.  Truth leads us love. God is love. Let us pray for the courage to look at the agent provocateurs who use race (and any other category they can find) to pit against each other and learn to love each other as God loves us.

Prayer of Reparation

My Lord and my God,
We have allowed the temptation of the devil to move our hearts to not see fulfillment in Your goodness.
We have still our tongues in the face of evil.
We have allowed false divisions to wreak destruction on our society and Church.
We have expected You to be pleased with our divisiveness.
We have, at times, been a source of scandal for those searching through our sinfulness and rebellion to You.
In our fear, we have allowed the ancient foe to advance.
We turn to You Lord, in our sorrow and guilt, and beg Your forgiveness for our racism.
We beg for the grace of Your goodness to build up within us what You sought to build up in your apostles in that tempest tossed boat.
We know, Lord, if You will it, it will be done.
Trusting in You, we offer our prayer to You who live and reign forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer of Exorcism 

Lord God of Heaven and Earth,
In Your power and goodness, You created all things.
You set a path for us to walk on and a way to an eternal relationship.
By the strength of Your arm and Word of Your mouth
Cast from Your Holy Church every fearful deceit of the Devil
Drive from us manifestations of the demonic that oppress us and beckon us to racism and entitlement.
Still the lying tongue of the devil and his forces so that we may act freely and faithfully to Your will.
Send Your holy angels to cast out all influence that the demonic entities in charge of racism have planted in Your church.
Free us, our families, our parish, our diocese, and our country from all trickery and deceit perpetrated by the Devil and his hellish legions.
Trusting in Your goodness Lord,
We know if You will it, it will be done in unity with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever.
Amen.

Litany of St. Michael the Archangel

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy, etc.
God the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, one God,
Holy Mary, Queen of the Angels, pray for us, etc.
St. Michael, the Archangel,
Most glorious attendant of the Triune Divinity,
Standing at the right of the altar of Incense,
Ambassador of Paradise,
Glorious Prince of the Heavenly armies,
Leader of the Angelic hosts,
The standard-bearer of God's armies,
Defender of Divine glory,
First defender of the Kingship of Christ,
Strength of God,
Invincible Prince and warrior,
Angel of Peace,
Guide of Christ,
Guardian of the Catholic Faith,
Champion of God's people,
Guardian Angel of the Eucharist,
Defender of the Church,
Protector of the Sovereign Pontiff,
Angel of Catholic action,
Powerful intercessor of Christians,
Bravest defender of those who hope in God,
Guardian of our souls and bodies,
Healer of the sick,
Help of those in their agony,
Consoler of the Souls in Purgatory,
God's messenger for the souls of the just,
Terror of the evil spirits,
Victorious in battle against evil,
Guardian and Patron of the universal Church,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Relying, O Lord, upon the intercession of Thy blessed Archangel Michael, we humbly beg of Thee, that the Sacrament of the Eucharist which we have received may make our souls holy and pleasing to Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


To see the Goals, Methods and Levels of "Let Freedom Ring," go HERE.



SAINT JOHN VIANNEY

 

Mark, Chapter 12, Verse 12

They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the crowd, for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them. So, they left him and went away.

 

It is natural to fear something you cannot control. Christ could not be controlled by the men in charge of the Temple system; so, they feared Him and they feared the crowd that followed Him. Christ’s message was good news to the crowd who were but pawns in the Jewish Temple system of wealth and power. We in times of trouble should be like Tobit and seek to walk all the days of our lives in paths of truth and righteousness. It was Tobit who defied those in power to do an act of mercy by burying the dead. While his neighbors mocked him and saying to one another: “He is still not afraid! Once before he was hunted down for execution because of this very thing; yet now that he has scarcely escaped, here he is again burying the dead!” (Tobit 2:8) Love makes sacrifices. He (Christ) laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our life for our brothers. (1 John 3:16) Most of us by the grace of God are never confronted with such terrors of evil. Yet, we too in our quiet lives can lay down ourselves in service to our brothers.

Feast of Saint John Vianney[1]

During the French Revolution a small band of Ursuline nuns was imprisoned in the Bastille. To cheer her disconsolate companions, one of the group passed wheaten discs of bread, cut from the loaf of the daily rations, to memorialize the happy days when they were free and could receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. At that time all religious schools and churches were closed, and those who harbored priests were imprisoned. At the Vianney farmhouse near Dardilly, France, fugitive priests were offered a refuge. Here their son was prepared in his tenth year for the reception of Holy Communion by a hunted priest. While tending his father's sheep, John Vianney fashioned a small statue of Our Lady out of clay. He hid it in the hollow of an old tree with this petition: "Dear Lady Mary, I love you very much; you must bring Jesus back to His tabernacles very soon!" On a visit to his aunt at Ecully, John listened to her praises of Father Balley, the parish priest, and he sought the Father's advice regarding his vocation to the priesthood. The pastor appraised the overgrown, awkward youth of faltering speech and devoid of general education. Though John was unable to answer the questions pertaining to earthly science which Father asked him, yet, when the priest put to him the questions of the catechism, his face became luminous with lively interest. He answered every question correctly, and in a manner beyond his years. The amazed pastor took this evidence as a sign from heaven, prophesying, "You will become a priest!" The ensuing years brought many trials to John. He was conscripted; his mother died; he failed often in his studies. Ordained as a Mass priest, August 12, 1815, he remarked to Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy: "Here is your priest, O Blessed Mother! Stay close to me. Help me to be a good priest!" As a curate and as a pastor, St. John Vianney's daily instruction on the catechism found an inspired audience, among whom were noted orators such as Père Lacordaire, O.P., the famed preacher of Notre Dame. The saintly pastor performed many miracles, but the greatest was his own manner of Eucharistic living. It was his Lord, living in Father Vianney, who made him "spend and be spent" in ceaseless service for both sinner and saint in the sacred tribunal of penance.

Things to Do[2]

·         The Collect praises St. John Vianney's zeal for souls and his spirit of prayer and penance. Say a special prayer today that by his example and intercession we too may win the souls of our brothers for Christ.

·         Say a prayer for priests that they may persevere in their vocation. If you haven't been to confession for a while resolve to do so right away and be sure that you remember to say an extra prayer for your confessor.

·         From the Catholic Culture library: Pope John XXIII holds St. John Vianney as a model for the priesthood in this Encyclical.

·         Read this longer life of the Curé of Ars and also these excerpts from his sermons.



Total Consecration to St. Joseph-Day 16[3] 

On Day 16 Father Calloway points out that a just man is someone who loves God and proves his love by keeping God’s commandments and directing his whole life towards the service of his brothers, his fellow men. What about you? Do you love God, keep his commandments, and act with honor and charity toward your neighbor?

 

Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, Pray for Us.

Noble offspring of David, Pray for Us.

Light of Patriarchs, Pray for Us.

Spouse of the Mother of God, Pray for Us.

Chaste Guardian of the Virgin, Pray for Us.

Foster Father of the Son of God, Pray for Us.

Zealous Defender of Christ, Pray for Us.

Head of the Holy family, Pray for Us.

 

Joseph Most Just, Pray for Us.

 

Father Calloway emphasizes 

·         Saint Joseph will increase in you the virtue of justice. 

Sometimes to understand something is to examine similar things and opposite things. One way to do this is to look at the synonyms and antonyms of the word “Just”. 

Just=Really, Only, Now, Simply, Good 

Unjust=Unfair, Discriminatory, Biased, Unwarranted, Unreasonable 

Saint Joseph was a man who gave each their due. You could say he really cared, when he was with you; you were his only agenda; and Joseph acted now; he was simple and direct seeking the good God placed in his heart for you. 

Unlike the men of his age and ours he did not seek an unfair advantage; nor did he discriminate; nor was he biased in his mind. He did not seek injury to another that was unwarranted or unreasonable. I think that when Jesus mentioned that if a neighbor asks you to walk a mile with him you should walk two, he was thinking of Joseph the Just. If Joseph was so with his neighbors how do you think he was with God. We cannot be just to others if we begrudge justice to God by halfheartedly spending one hour a week thanking Him and worshiping him. Are you a just man? 

Just and Reverent Man

St. Joseph must have confronted all sorts of events, whether advantageous or adverse and always acted in accord with the Divine Will and strove to give God and others their due. Joseph was a living example of a man who lived the Shema Israel; he loved and put God first.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength.

St. Joseph, the model Christian.[4]

The Church recognizes him as the greatest saint after the Virgin Mary. What is absolutely remarkable is that the most holy place of Nazareth was also home to great discretion, to such a simple almost ordinary life consisting of married and fatherly love. A life turned completely to God, to observing prayers and religious laws. A life marked by obedience to civil laws and daily monotony. We can never meditate enough on this contrast between St. Joseph’s remarkable sanctity and his modest everyday life.

St. Joseph is the “silent” doctor of this Nazarene school. He mastered the art of listening to the voice of God in reciting “Shema Yisrael” (“Hear, O’ Israel”) twice a day. So, his silence was actually an ability to listen and promptly obey. Here are some examples of his unwavering abandonment to Divine Providence: He took his wife (Matt. 1:24); he went up to Judea, to Bethlehem (Luke 2:4); and he took his wife and the child and fled to Egypt (Matt. 2:13). After Herod had died, he returned to Nazareth together with his wife and child (Mark. 2:19-23).

Through the example of his earthly life, Mary’s husband, the father of Jesus and the village artisan, attests to the mystical life. He was “just” because “the just man is the person who prays, lives by faith, and seeks to do good in every concrete circumstance of life,” said St. John-Paul II.

Something that is never explicitly mentioned about St. Joseph is all those years of love and hard work, which remind us of our own daily lives. It’s as if God is telling us through Joseph: Don’t look anywhere else but your actual life for occasions to be sanctified. Don’t leave it to seek out God; don’t think of your own sanctity – just receive it, work humbly and steadfastly on it in all circumstances, since there are so many occasions and so many places to obey the will of God and to generously give yourself to God and others.

St. Joseph’s sanctity is silent, but it doesn’t lack in eloquence. It invites us to listen to the Word, made flesh, which was the center of his life and has now become the center of ours. Father Nicolas Buttet

o   Pray the Litany of St. Joseph.


Saint Obama

 

Today has also been recognized as “Obama Day” and it seems the left has already begun his canonization.

 

Obama’s frequent appeals to history’s judgment reflect his confidence that history will be kind to him. In the short run, it will: liberals will canonize Obama. Like the faithful Catholics chanting “santo subito” after the death of Pope John Paul II, Obama’s liberal boosters will turn him into Saint Barack, savior of health care and slayer of bin Laden. You might see hints of this already in your liberal friends’ wistful Facebook posts: “I’m really going to miss this guy.” If liberals are calling the shots, Obama’s name will shortly be inscribed on statues and state buildings, and his face will someday appear on coins and currency, while the divisions he sowed and exploited in pursuit of personal glory will be papered over. Generations of schoolchildren will learn about the beloved, barrier-shattering college professor with the megawatt smile who could tell a joke and make a jump shot—not the ambitious, polarizing ideologue whose disdain for half the country was palpable. No mention will be made of his habit of insulting supposedly lazy, ignorant Americans who cling bitterly to their religion, guns, and “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them,” and who fall prey to “anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”[5]


 

Daily Devotions/Practices

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face-Tuesday Devotion

·         Pray Day 7 of the Novena for our Pope and Bishops

·         Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel

·         The necessity of being faithful to the end

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Pray for our nation.

·         Rosary.



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