Chapter 33, Verse 9
Then this city shall become joy for me, a name of praise and pride, before all the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good, I am doing for them. They shall FEAR and tremble because of all the prosperity I give it.
God promised the restoration of Jerusalem which was
fulfilled in 1948. Furthermore, God imagines the world without war; this is why
He sent His son to bring peace to the world. Yet, we are still at war for our
enemy is not just evil men but the devil and his cohort.
Therefore, when our enemy brings forth horse and chariot and
all manner of evils; do not be afraid for the victory has already been won!
Trust in Jesus who will send St. Michael the Archangel to defend us and cover
us with his strong shield and lead us safely through the midst of our enemy.
Our prayer then is having fought the good fight and having a
lifetime of devotion to the Blood of Jesus that when the last hour of our
earthly life draws near, and we await the awful moment when our soul must leave
our bodies it will be St. Michael that will defend us in our most vulnerable
moments protecting us from the satanic hosts when they make their final assault
upon our souls.
reading: books other than the Bible, is
a discipline. It is reading with a purpose. Sometimes we are inclined to read
the things that we want to but not the things we need to. Challenge yourself to
read something you need to read. Read at least 4 books a year that really give
you what you need. If you don’t know what to read ask someone or get a list of
recommended books or get yourself a spiritual director or careful here ask your
wife. I personally plan to choose a book I need to read at the four Ember Day
fasts for priests. I plan on reading them only 15 minutes a day just before I
go to sleep and what you read should lead you to prayer and in prayer we may
ask God to help us with our reading using a short prayer such as the one Eugene
Boylan proposed: “Jesus give me yourself through this book.” I want to read the
book slowly, absorb it and put the ideas into my personal schema and then put
the ideas into my daily practice of my life during those 3 months until the
next Ember Day fasts. Using this method, I look forward to making real change
in my life; after a year or so then I will ask my wife what books I need to
Thursday in the Octave of Easter or
Easter Thursday is a day for Commemoration of the
departed which is a Slavic tradition. Thursday of the Dead is described as a
universal day for visiting tombs, engaged in most diligently by townspeople,
followed by fellaheen ("peasants"), and then Bedouins. Women
would go to the cemetery before sunrise to pray for the departed and distribute
bread cakes known as kaʿak
("the yellow roll") and dried fruit to the poor, to children, and to
relatives. Children would also receive painted eggs, generally yellow in color.
The sharing of this tradition between Christians and Muslims is thought to date
back to at least the 12th century when Saladin urged Muslims to adopt Christian
customs in order to promote religious tolerance in the region.
Novena for the Poor
ON EVERY DAY OF
THE NOVENA V. O Lord, hear my prayer, R. And let my cry come unto Thee. O God,
the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy
servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that through our devout
supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired, Who livest
and reignest world without end. Amen.
THURSDAY O Lord
God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son
Jesus, which He Himself, on the night before His Passion, gave as meat and
drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His holy Church to be the
perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver
the souls in Purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to
this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefore,
together with Thy divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Thy glory forever. Amen.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
PRAYER OF ST.
GERTRUDE THE GREAT O Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of
Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world
today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory and for sinners everywhere— for
sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my own home and for those within
my family. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE
DYING O Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy
most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, to wash in
Thy Most Precious Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their
agony and who will die today. Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the
Shallow minds are easily scandalized at the thought that, despite Christ Jesus' divine mission and His heroic earnestness in fulfilling it, despite the limitless possibilities of the Sacrifice of Calvary glorified in the power of the Resurrection, even now so many human souls are still sick and diseased, even dead in sin and seemingly lost in impenitence. But think for a moment of some definite astounding force in nature, as for instance lightning, or even better, of so simple a force as the stroke of a hammer or the approach of a lighted match; notice the vast difference in the effects produced on a block of granite, on a cake of ice, and on a keg of powder. Even so, the definite effect of the same graces upon different individual souls depends on the receptivity of each. Yet never doubt, the doors of the treasury of the merits and fruits of Calvary are wide open; the fountains of the Savior are pouring out heavenly waters to purify and cure and refresh souls; the invitation goes out to all:
"Come, eat My bread, and drink the wine which
I have mingled for you. All you that thirst come to the waters, and you that
have no money, make haste, buy, and eat come ye, buy wine and milk without
money! Come! to experience the virtue of the waters, and of the food, and of
the medicine, and of the fire. Come and drink lest you die of thirst! Come and
eat lest your soul hunger and starve! Come, approach the fire of My charity, to
be stirred out of your spiritual coldness and numbness!"
of the Sick
The Apostles must have been astonished at their
power to heal the bodies of the faithful while on the road when Christ sent
them out before His death.
Yet, the greatest power was to come after His death
and resurrection. Jesus made it perfectly clear that the power to forgive sins
is far greater than the power to heal. (Mk. 2:9) Jesus healed people of every
disease as a sign of the greater work of forgiveness of sins. For in the gospel
he states, “That you may know that the
Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sin.” (Mk 2:10) The physical
signs were there for the sake of a spiritual reality. “Is
anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of
the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name
of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick
person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will
is the sacrament we know as the Anointing of the Sick. It must be noted that grave physical
suffering is often accompanied by a great spiritual trial. Sacramental
anointing gives us the grace we need to face our trials. Oils have been used
for millennia to convey the grace and health of God. Anointing helps us
transform physical suffering into something more deeply curative, something
truly releasing. Don’t wait! At the first sign of serious ailment seek the aid
of Christ through this sacrament.
Christian life is a preparation for death. We cannot predict the moment of our
passing, but we should be prepared for it both remotely and near term when our
death is imminent. It is best to prepare far in advance by making a lifetime
habit of confession and reception of the Holy Eucharist. However, if seriously
ill do not wait to take action. Confession must be made while we are still
thinking clearly and have the energy for the task, and we should make
arrangements to receive sacramental anointing. Do not rely on others to do this
for you. It is important for you, if you are able, to contact the hospital
chaplain or priest. Remember there is more after our death for the church
teaches us that after our death there is judgment, heaven and hell.
not be a nilly willy and avoid thinking about death and we should remind
ourselves that death is a normal part of life and we should have a sense of
humor and it is not a license to make others miserable.
should try to get our affairs in order so to make it easier on others.
should choose a Catholic cemetery for the burial of our mortal remains, as a
sign of our belief in the resurrection of the body. Our flesh has been
divinized in baptism, made one the flesh of Jesus in Holy Communion, and so its
repose is a matter of some consequence.
should keep in mind that at our death as said by Cardinal Newman, “Life is
changed, not ended” and “All who ever lived still live.”
Divine Mercy Novena
Seventh Day - Today Bring Me the Souls Who
Especially Venerate and Glorify My Mercy.
Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the
greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God
Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward,
confident in Your Mercy. These souls are united to Jesus and carry all mankind
on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy
will embrace them as they depart from this life.
Father turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your
greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the
Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands
are full of deeds of mercy and their spirit, overflowing with joy, sings a
canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy
according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished
in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them, "I Myself will defend as
My own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death,
those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy."
of the Catholic Church
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
ONE "I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
THREE MAN'S RESPONSE TO GOD
2 WE BELIEVE
176 Faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God who
reveals himself. It involves an assent of the intellect and will to the
self-revelation God has made through his deeds and words.
177 "To believe" has thus a twofold reference: to
the person, and to the truth: to the truth, by trust in the person who bears
witness to it.
178 We must believe in no one but God: The Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit.
179 Faith is a supernatural gift from God. In order to
believe, man needs the interior helps of the Holy Spirit.
180 "Believing" is a human act, conscious and free,
corresponding to the dignity of the human person.
181 "Believing" is an ecclesial act. the Church's
faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. the Church is the
mother of all believers. "No one can have God as Father who does not have
the Church as Mother" (St. Cyprian, De unit. 6: PL 4, 519).
182 We believe all "that which is contained in the word
of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely
revealed" (Paul VI, CPG # 20).
183 Faith is necessary for salvation. the Lord himself
affirms: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does
not believe will be condemned" (Mk 16:16).
"Faith is a foretaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the
life to come" (St. Thomas Aquinas. Comp. theol. 1, 2)
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus
 Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40
Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 17. Spiritual Reading.
Schouppe S.J., Rev. Fr. F. X..
 Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40
Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 22. Anointing of the Sick.
 Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40
Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 39. Preparation for Death.