Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Gossip
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.
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
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
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.
of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, etc.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness,
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
Blood of Christ, victor over demons,
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs,
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors,
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying,
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life,
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory,
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor,
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.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.
Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
__ 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)
1 Maccabees, Chapter 3, Verse 6-7
6The lawless were
cowed by FEAR of him, and all
evildoers were dismayed. By his hand deliverance was happily achieved, 7and
he afflicted many kings. He gave joy to Jacob by his deeds, and his memory is
Maccabees was a defender of the weak that were oppressed by renegades and by
the kings of the region. To understand this better let’s look at the words
a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of
1. A person who behaves in a rebelliously unconventional manner.
Archaic a person who abandons religion, an
How many of us have at times been cowed by the fleshes
weakness or the world as professed by the media and given in to false prophets
that spout the culture of death. We must
stand with the Church and not be cowed and show ourselves as people trusting in
God in the midst of troubles.
in God in the Midst of Troubles
Saint Augustine, 354 –430 A.D. had something to say about the private storms in our lives. St. Augustine was a philosopher and theologian who tells us, “Don't forget the presence of Christ. When you have to listen to abuse, that means you are being buffeted by the wind; when your anger is roused, you are being tossed by the waves. So when the winds blow and the waves mount high, the boat is in danger, your heart is imperiled, your heart is taking a battering. On hearing yourself insulted, you long to retaliate; but the joy of revenge brings with it another kind of misfortune—shipwreck. Why is this? Because Christ is asleep in you. What do I mean? I mean you have forgotten His presence. Rouse him, then; remember Him, let Him keep watch within you, pay heed to Him. Now what was your desire? You wanted to get your own back. You have forgotten that when Christ was being crucified, He said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Christ, the sleeper in your heart, had no desire for vengeance in his. Rouse Him, then, call him to mind.”
There will be encounters we cannot envision; cannot see for
they lie around the bend in the roads of our life. Sometimes it takes only the
ringing of the telephone to change an entire well-made plan, bringing us to
truths we hope we never hear such as the death of a beloved relative or the
news that someone we care deeply for has an incurable illness. There might be a
knock on the door that brings life-changing news that will break our
hearts. But it is in the midst of
uncertainty and trials, as we teeter on the brim of a chasm wondering what to
do, imploring God with weakening hope to come forth for us, that we can see we
are stronger than we thought. Through faith, we are able to pull
ourselves up from the edge of unspeakable hardship to keep ploughing forward on
our heaven bound journey. It is a time when we can understand and measure our
capacity to endure, to assess our strength and continue through life’s fiercest
turbulence. We look at those who are surviving terrible calamities and
adversities and we cannot understand how they persevere, how they can put one
foot in front of the other and move on, running toward a goal that others
cannot see. These are the people with great faith, who are willing to "let
go of the branch" and depend on Jesus Christ and His promises. “God
is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we
will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let
the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” -Psalm
not let your faith be swallowed up by fear.
Do not wallow in self-pity, for Almighty God knows your circumstances and what
you are going through. Take your supplications to God, and find the
solace and comfort you need to overcome. Be always mindful that in the
middle of the violent storms that steal away your joy, batter your dreams, and
flatten your hopes, you will find the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ Who says "I
will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” -Hebrews 13:5.
International Youth Day
Youth Day seeks to raise awareness to the cultural and legal issues faced by
youth throughout the world. The United Nations
defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, although locally,
youth can be interpreted in a more flexible manner. In 1995, the General
Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted the World Program of Action for
Youth with the intention of establishing guidelines and policies for action and
support that would lead to a brighter future for tomorrow's youth. The World Program
of Action for Youth, which consists of 15 priority areas, including education,
employment, hunger and poverty, health,
environment and drug abuse,
paved the way for the UN's declaration of International Youth Day in 1999.
Since its inception on August 12, 2000, International Youth Day has served to
increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to the youth to
actively participate in society. In 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council
further expanded each of the 15 youth priority areas by developing goals and
targets for monitoring youth progress, an expansion that now serves as the
basis for International Youth Day's annual theme. Each year, the theme is
selected based upon immediate and relevant issues that youth are facing today.
Youth Day Facts & Quotes
the 1.8 billion youth in the world today, half survive on less than $2 per day.
people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered,
they can be key agents for development and peace.
If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be
impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to
participate fully in the lives of their societies. - Kofi Annan,
Secretary-General of the United Nations.
out the United States Congresses program for youth: www.congressionalaward.org
Tomorrow is Filet Mignon Day
Do it today FAST tomorrow
” When you’re a failure in Hollywood, that’s like starving to
death outside a banquet hall, with smells of Filet Mignon driving you crazy.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
There is a cut of meat that is the very definition of luxury and
decadence, one that falls from the lips of the common people and the rich
debutante royalty of Hollywood in equal measure. Filet Mignon is French for
“dainty fillet” and first found its way into the world in the 1906 book,” The Four Million”. Filet Minion
Day celebrates the history of this steak and the delicious role it has played
in exquisite meals. Tenderloin. The very word implies a rich and succulent meal
that absolutely melts on the tongue, but even in this most perfect cut of meat,
there is a portion that is unquestionably the best. This portion is the fabled
Filet Mignon. This delicious cut is served in 4 to 8oz portions and comes
prepared in one of three varieties, seared in a pan, grilled over coals or the
most famous, wrapped in bacon. The bacon is typically added to enrich the piece
with fat, as Filet Mignon tends to leanness. Even though it comes from the
tenderloin, there are still multiple cuts of Filet Mignon one can choose to
indulge in. The prime cut is the most popular and is available from any form of
cattle, the Angus Cut, however, comes specifically from vegetarian fed beef and
is far and away one of the best forms of beef available. If you’re truly
feeling decadent, you can purchase a 32oz whole Filet Mignon Roast. It may set
you back about $65 a pound (That’s $130) but it’ll be worth every succulent
How to Celebrate
Filet Mignon Day
If you don’t have a talent with cooking, you can head out to
your local steakhouse and enjoy an expertly prepared cut of Filet Mignon. If
you’re feeling more adventurous you can head down to your local butcher and get
an excellent cut of meat that you can prepare yourself! Marinate it in a
wonderful sauce while you get the coals ready, wrap it in bacon, and set it
upon the grill to cook. Gently though! Filet Mignon is best-served medium rare
so that the soft tender nature of the meat will be preserved. This is just the
first step on enjoying Filet Mignon Day, but it doesn’t have to be the last!
carpetbag steak combines two of the country’s most celebrated products: fresh,
sea-bright oysters and (ideally) free-range, grass-fed beef. The name of this
specialty derives from the shape of the finished dish. Although many recipes
call for broiling the steaks or grilling them over charcoal, those methods tend
to dry out the meat and prevent its beefy juices from mingling into the oozy
lushness of the salty oysters. Better to sauté the steaks for a moistly tender
result with maximum flavor contrast. Carpetbag Steaks
equipment: Kitchen string and a trussing needle or small satay-type skewers 4
filet mignon steaks, each about 2 inches thick or 7 to 8 ounces Salt and
freshly ground black pepper 8 medium-size oysters, as freshly shucked as
possible 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 to 3 anchovy fillets (optional), finely mashed
1. Using a very
sharp knife with a thin blade, cut a 2-inch-long horizontal slit on the edge of
each steak to make a pocket about 2 inches deep.
salt and pepper onto both sides of each oyster. Slip 2 oysters, side by side,
into the pocket of each steak.
3. Close the
opening of each pocket, either by sewing it shut using kitchen string and a
trussing needle, or by fastening it with a small skewer. Pat the steaks dry on
both sides with paper towels.
4. Heat 3
tablespoons of the butter in a large, heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron or
copper, over moderate heat. When the bubbling subsides, arrange the
oyster-stuffed steaks in the skillet, making sure that they do not touch one
5. Cook the
steaks on one side until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes, then turn them over
and lightly brown them on the second side, about 3 to 4 minutes time. Reduce
the heat to low and cook the steaks, turning them frequently, 7 minutes longer
for very rare steak, or 9 to 10 minutes for medium-rare. Anything more cooked
than that will hardly be worth eating. Transfer the steaks to individual
6. Melt the
remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and stir in the parsley. Spoon
some of the parsley butter over each steak before serving. If you like the edgy
sophistication that anchovies can impart, stir the mashed fillets into the
parsley butter before spooning it over
of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
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