Psalm 111, verse 5
He gives food to those who FEAR him, he remembers his covenant forever.
This is probably a reference to the manna in the desert, which elsewhere is seen as a type of the Eucharist.
Preparing for Battle
Know Your Weapons
The weapon of Eucharistic
Outside of Mass, the other great
refuge from the Devil and his wiles is prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. St.
John Bosco used to tell the boys who were under his care:
There are two things the Devil is deathly afraid of: fervent Communions and
frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
you want Our Lord to grant you many graces? Visit him often.
you want Him to grant you only a few? Visit Him only seldom.
you want the Devil to attack you? Rarely visit the Blessed Sacrament.
you want the Devil to flee from you? Visit Jesus often.
you want to overcome the Devil? Take refuge at Jesus’ feet.
you want to be overcome by the Devil? Give up visiting Jesus.
the Blessed Sacrament is essential, my dear boys, if you want to overcome the
Devil. Therefore, make frequent visits to Jesus. If you do that, the Devil will
never prevail against you.
Confession and Holy Communion
One of the Precepts of the
Church is to receive the sacraments of Penance
and Holy Communion at
least once a year, during Lent or Paschaltide. Catholics once dedicated the
three days prior to Lent as a special time to go to confession. Shrovetide
arose from the desire to prepare for the holy asceticism of the Great Fast.
Once Lent begins, however, confession should still be sought out: since Lent is
a time for frequent and frank examinations of conscience, confession is a
sacrament that should be liberally taken advantage of during this time.
Our lives always are better if we
work with God rather than against him. To this end God has assigned an angel to
protect churches and persons for indeed we are the true temples of God. We
should be particularly attentive to our own guardian angels, since they are
specifically assigned to our care. Our guardian angels want to help us
cooperate with the will of God, and they want to keep us from sin. They help us
to comfort others-and they want to keep us safe and from causing harm to
others. They are our best friend in that they always want what’s best for us
even if it does not coincide with the things, we desire the most and they will
undoubtedly help us, especially when we ask them. Learn to ask for what you
need. Our angel helps us to answer Gods call for holiness. As we are the sanctuary
of the Holy Spirit our angel is charged with protecting our temples and keeping
us pure for the presence of God. We must learn to speak to the angels.
evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent for he commands his
angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go. With their hands
they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You can
tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon.
Shrovetide Monday-Carnival Port of Spain, Trinidad
You can’t really understand Trinidad unless you come for Carnival, or mas (for masquerade), as it’s locally known. Trinidad is a melting pot of West African, East Indian, Chinese, South American, and European, which has influenced both its music and Carnival itself. The country’s West African roots gave birth to the steel pan (or steel drum, originally made from empty oil barrels), calypso music, and its more recent souped-up version, soca (“soul-calypso”), which makes this Carnival the loudest and wildest in all the Caribbean.
It’s the national obsession, with
Port of Spain at its heart. Bands and masqueraders begin their preparations a
year in advance. Things start to hum after Christmas, gradually building to a
crescendo of rehearsals, concerts, open-air fêtes, and calypso duels. The final
2-day explosion of color, music, and unbridled excess officially kicks off at 4
A.M. on Carnival Monday with the
“opening day” parade called J’Ouvert (pronounced joo-VAY). Fueled by copious
amounts of beer, revelers covered in mud, grease, body paint, and chocolate
form a mass of happy humanity as they follow trucks blasting soca and “chip”
(dance) until sunrise.
(“old mas”) continues with bands and dancers along a 6-mile parade route. The
glitter and glamorous costumes of “pretty mas” are saved for Shrove Tuesday
(Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. Tens of thousands take to the
streets in costume (often sequined bikinis and feather headdresses), with
groups as large as 3,000 in identical costume following flatbed trucks carrying
steel bands competing for the title of “Masquerade Band of the Year.” Getups
are at their most extravagant for the Kings and Queens Costume Competition—
some can weigh up to 200 pounds (and are attached to wheels for mobility) and incorporate
fog, fireworks, and other special effects. “Pan” bands with as many as 100
musicians perform nonstop in a riotous celebration of King Carnival.
(English: Rose Monday)
is the highlight of the German Karneval
and takes place on the Shrove
Monday before Ash
Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Mardi Gras, though celebrated
on Fat Tuesday, is a similar
is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, Austria,
Switzerland and Belgium (Eupen,
but most heavily in the carnival strongholds which include the Rhineland,
especially in Cologne, Bonn,
In contrast to Germany, in Austria, the highlight of the carneval is not Rosenmontag, but Shrove
name for the carnival comes from the German dialect word roose meaning "frolic" and Montag meaning Monday.
season begins at 11
minutes past the eleventh hour on 11 November and the "street
carnival" starts on the Thursday before Rosenmontag, which is known as Weiberfastnacht ("women's
Thursday). Karneval is prevalent in Roman Catholic
areas and is a continuation of the old Roman traditions of slaves and servants
being master for a day. Karneval
derives from the Latin carnem
levare ("taking leave of meat")
marking the beginning of Lent.
is not a national holiday in Germany, but schools are closed on Rosenmontag and the following Tuesday in the
strongholds and many other areas. Many schools as well as companies tend to
give teachers, pupils and employees the Thursday before Rosenmontag off as well and have celebrations
in school or in the working place on Weiberfastnacht, although every
now and then there are efforts to cut these free holidays in some companies.
usually include dressing up in fancy costumes,
and general public displays with floats. Every town in the Karneval areas boasts at least one parade
with floats making fun of the themes of the day. Usually sweets (Kamelle) are thrown into the crowds lining
the streets among cries of Helau
whereby the cry Kölle
Alaaf is only applied in the Cologne
Carnival – Alaaf stems from or Alle af, Ripuarian
for "all [others] away". Sweets
are thrown into the crowd.
NOVENA TO THE HOLY
Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, through the intercession of Holy Mary, whose
soul was pierced through by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of
her Divine Son, we ask your help in making a perfect Novena of reparation with
Jesus, united with all His sorrows, love and total abandonment.
now implore all the Angels and Saints to intercede for us as we pray this Holy
Novena to the Most Holy Face of Jesus and for the glory of the most Holy
Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Psalm 51, 18-21.
For in sacrifice you
take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse, my sacrifice a
contrite spirit. A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn. In your
goodness, show favor to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem Then you will be
pleased with lawful sacrifice, holocausts offered on your altar.
Face of our Lord and our God, what words can we do to express our gratitude?
How can we speak of our joy? That you have deigned to hear us, that you have
chosen to answer us in our hour of need. We say this because we know that our
prayers will be granted. We know that you, in your loving kindness, listened to
our pleading hearts, and will give, out of your fullness, the answer to our
problems. Mary, our Mother, thank you for your intercession on our behalf.
Saint Joseph, thank you for your prayers.
the merits of your precious blood and your Holy Face, O Jesus, grant us our
petition, Pardon and Mercy.
to the Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity, Godhead indivisible, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our first
beginning and our last end. Since you have made us after your own image and
likeness, grant that all the thoughts of our minds, all the words of our
tongues, all the affections of our hearts and all our actions may be always
conformed to your most Holy Will, so that after having seen you here on earth
in appearances and in a dark manner by the means of faith, we may come at last
to contemplate you face to face, in the perfect possession of you forever in
Pray one (1) Our
Father, (3) Hail Mary’s, (1) Glory Be.
O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine. (Three times)
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of the Catholic Church
II. Transmit the faith:
7 "Catechesis is intimately
linked to the entire life of the Church. Not only the geographical extension
and the numerical increase of the Church, but also and, even more, its interior
growth, its correspondence with the plan of God depend essentially on it
"( TC 13).
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Monday: Litany of Humility
Thigpen, Paul. Manual for Spiritual
Warfare. TAN Books.
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Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 5. Guardian Angels
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