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Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Wastefulness
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 Wastefulness" by Fr. James Altman

Dear family, maybe you, like me, would hear your mom say something to the effect, "Finish what's on your plate, don't waste it, you know there are people starving in Africa." It's safe to say that when it came to peas and carrots, I was not much concerned about who might be starving. Frankly, if they were hungry, I gladly would have shared my excess peas and carrots.

The same anti-wastefulness doctrine would be drilled in many ways, "Quit standing there with the refrigerator door open" - "Close the door, we're not heating the outside" - "Don't waste your money on that." Whatever it might be, we came to understand that wastefulness was a bad thing. In these "green" times, the culture really has hammered us with wasting any natural resources.

Further, depending on the gravity of what was wasted, the consequences could be great indeed. If we failed to work hard in school, we will have "wasted" our opportunity to get a good education. If we failed to further God-given talents in any other field, like music or sports, we might hear, "What a waste." Pope St. John Paul II said, "Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it."

If we failed to take advantage of any opportunity for such development, it would be an opportunity "wasted." Who among us would want to bear the brunt of the accusation, "What a waste"? Jesus the Lord taught about wasting talents in the Parable of the Talents, and we all know what became of the guy who buried his talents in the back yard: "Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth" (Matthew 25:30).

Ironically, when I was younger, there was a phrase bantered about, essentially as a badge of honor, "I got wasted," when referring to having done some hard partying. Somehow "getting wasted" was a good thing. To my shock, when researching the theology of waste, one search turned up the following: "Guidance on Cannabis Waste Management Requirements." Seriously? What's this world coming to?

Dear family, we all know we are supposed to eat our food, conserve energy, take good care of our bodies, and make something of the talents God has given us. We probably all do a credible job at not being wasteful in those departments. Rather, at the Last Judgment, the thing that likely will be the downfall of many is something few people even think about: wasted time. Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, said: "Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time." Unfortunately, it seems not many pay attention to this waste of time until they run out of time. We all have heard the line: "On their deathbed nobody ever says I wish I would have spent another day in the office!" What I never have heard anyone say is "I wish I would have spent another day in church."

So much of our thought processes about waste, maybe all of them, consider waste only as regards to temporal things. Do we ever consider waste regarding preparation for eternity? How much time do we waste that better could be spent in prayer and contemplation of eternal truths upon which our salvation actually depends? Perhaps if we spent more time in prayer and contemplation, we would not feel so great a need to waste so much time immersed in activities that do not promote an increase of grace in our lives. Perhaps we would not waste so much time on the accumulation and maintenance of temporal goods and spend a lot more time in accumulation and maintenance of spiritual goods. Unfortunately, sometimes trying to tell someone this is like "talking to the wall," as the saying goes. In other words, it may seem like "you're wasting your breath!"

St. Vincent de Paul said, "Our business is to attain heaven; everything else is a sheer waste of time." That pretty much says it all. How many of us devote even a small portion of time, much less spend adequate and sufficient time, on the business of attaining heaven? How many of us hear and follow the voice of the Good Shepherd Himself who told us point blank, "When (Jesus) returned to His disciples He found them asleep. He said to Peter, 'So you could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test'" (Matthew 26:40-41).

Do we not know that the time for testing is upon us?! Are we even attempting to waste less time on frivolous and temporal matters and spend more time on the only thing that counts?

Even this thought does not give us the fullness of our calling, our duty of service to others. All of us are called to suffer for others, to suffer for their souls. That is why the great Archbishop Sheen said, "Much suffering in hospitals is wasted." It is why Mother Angelica said, "Suffering in itself does not make us holy. It is only when we unite it, out of love, to the suffering of Christ that it has meaning. Suffering without love is wasted pain." It is why Pope St. John Paul II said, "each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ."

Dear family, time is the only thing we cannot buy. No amount of money can perpetually delay our inevitable suffering and death. When that time comes for all of us, we will be called to account for our time. Did we waste it, or did we make good use of it? Did we take the toughest times of suffering and offer it up to share in the redemptive suffering of Christ? Let us once again stop and ponder those ultimate words of St. Vincent de Paul, "Our business is to attain heaven; everything else is a sheer waste of time."
 
Prayer of Reparation

My Lord and my God, we have allowed the temptation of the devil to move our hearts toward a gross waste of time. We have fallen into countless and endless distractions when we have not lived up to the call of our baptism by not giving back to You a just tithing of our time. We cling to so many meaningless distractions that fill up our day, leaving little energy to spend time with You. In our weakness, we have been weak in faith, and clung to our time as if it were our own, even to the point of acting like the rich fool who himself did not realize: "his time was up." Why is it we are afraid to come to You in time, so we can be with You in eternity? We turn to You Lord, in our weakness, and beg Your forgiveness for our selfish waste of the time You have given us. We love You, Lord, and we beg for the courage to live out our lives giving generously to You of our time, especially our time in suffering, as St. Paul urged us to do: "Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16). 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 wastefulness. 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 wastefulness 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. Joseph

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 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.
Illustrious son of David, etc.
Light of the patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Watchful defender of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most valiant,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of workmen ,
Glory of domestic life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the afflicted,
Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy 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.

He made him the lord of His household,
And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray.
O God, Who in Thine ineffable providence didst choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most Holy Mother, grant that as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in Heaven, Thou Who livest and reignest forever and ever. R. Amen.

 
Daily Checklist

__ Prayer for Freedom from the Devil
__ Daily reflection and prayers
__ Litany of the day
__ Pray a Rosary
__ Divine Mercy Chaplet
__ Spiritual or corporal work of mercy
__ Fast/abstain (according to level)
__ Exercise (according to level/ability)
__ Refrain from conventional media (only 1 hr. of social)
__ Examination of conscience (confession 1x this week)
 

Tobit, Chapter 8, Verse 18

Blessed are you, for you have made me happy; what I FEARED did not happen. Rather you have dealt with us according to your abundant mercy.

 

Our Holy Father states that peace can only come when we confront the truth.[1]

Jesus declared “I am the truth” (John 14: 6) and told Pontius Pilate “For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (John 18: 37). Because he is the Son of God, Jesus is the truth about who God is, and, because he is fully human, he is the truth about the human person.

 

What is that truth? First, that God is Love, love that is willing to give all, even life itself, for the good of the beloved. Second, that the human person is precious to God, precious enough to die for. When this truth is denied, the human person becomes subhuman, an object, or a threat. It becomes easy to destroy a mass of cells viewed as a threat. The human person may seem like a cancer on humanity and be treated as such, rather than as an individual for whom Jesus suffered and died.

 

We are created in the image and likeness of God, and we have a choice: To do good or to do evil.  Daily we must decide if we are for ourselves and pursue the things of the world or are we going to follow Christ by picking up our cross daily.

 

Tobit[2]

  1. In the middle of the night, Raguel sent a servant to see if Tobias was still alive.  When he was told that they were sleeping peacefully, he told the servants to fill in the grave.
  2. The next morning, Raguel prepared oxen and rams for the wedding feast that would last fourteen days.  He swore an oath that Tobias could not leave until it was over.
  3. Because Tobias was involved with the wedding celebration, he sent Azariah to Gabael to retrieve the money.  They each held half of a bond, so there were no questions on either side.  Gabael even returned with Azariah to the wedding feast.
  4. As the days wore on, Tobias knew that his parents would be starting to worry about his lengthy absence.  He didn’t want to waste any time in getting back home.
  5. His assumptions were correct. Tobit and Hannah were seriously worrying.  They thought the worst and Hannah, especially, was very upset.  She cried night after night – all night long.
  6. At the end of fourteen days, arrangements were made for the newlyweds to leave.  Raguel was true to his word. He gave Tobias half of his estate.  The other half would be theirs when both parents were deceased.
  7. Both parents blessed the newlyweds and kissed them goodbye.
  8. Edna gave Tobias some extra advice on how to treat her daughter, but the parting was in peace.
  9. Each day, Hannah stood by the road waiting and watching, hoping to see some sign of Tobias.
  10. As the travelers approached Nineveh, Azariah suggested they go on ahead to make things ready for Sarah.
  11. As soon as Hannah saw them, she started yelling with joy.  Hugs and kisses were exchanged by all.
  12. When Tobias kissed his father, he spread the gall from the fish over his father’s eyes.
  13. Apparently, it was very irritating for eyes.  In rubbing his eyes, Tobit wiped off the white film, and he was able to see.
  14. Tobit and Tobias both rejoiced and praised God with all their might.
  15. His parents’ joy was unbounded once they heard about Sarah.  They heartily welcomed her with open arms into their family.
  16. All the Jews of Nineveh shared in their joy.  They celebrated their wedding for another seven days.

Novena of St. Ann[3]

 

Daily Prayer to Saint Ann

 

O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

 

Our Father, . . . Hail Mary . . .

 

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death. Good St. Ann, intercede for me.

 

FIFTH DAY

 

Hail, all-powerful Lady. By God’s special favor, grant consolation to those who invoke you. Procure for them the eternal riches of heaven, and like a good mother, success in their temporal affairs as well.

 

Good St. Ann, obtain my deliverance from the punishment which my sins deserve. Obtain for me success in my temporal affairs; especially see to the salvation of my soul.

 

St. Ann, by your influence with Mary’s son Jesus, you have won the gift of conversion for many sinners. Will you then abandon me, who have chosen you as my mother? No, St. Ann. Your name alone, which signifies grace, assures me of the help of your prayers, and these prayers will surely procure pardon and mercy from Jesus. You will pray for me now and at the hour of my death.

Every Wednesday is Dedicated to St. Joseph

The Italian culture has always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass. You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.

·         Devotion to the 7 Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph

·         Do the St. Joseph Universal Man Plan.

·         The Year of St. Joseph

 

Daily Devotions

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Total Consecration to St. Joseph Day 12

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary




[2]http://www.biblewise.com/bible_study/characters/tobit-and-tobias.php

[3]Blessed Sacrament Fathers, ST. ANN’S SHRINE, Cleveland, Ohio

 


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