fills our life with joy and refreshment. Songbirds and birds of prey, squirrels
and rabbits, butterflies and lightning bugs all carry a message worth
discovering in early summer. Do we see and hear them, or do we overlook them,
even despise them? Are they simply an annoyance, or do we come to know, love,
and even serve these fellow creatures by providing protection and habitat?
June: The Sacred Heart of Jesus – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
is the revelation of God’s immense love for us. It is often depicted as a fiery
furnace, pierced and broken, but beating with love. The Sacred Heart is also a
profound reminder of the humanity of our Lord, for his heart is not a mere
symbol, but a true physical reality.
Overview of June
As we begin to feel the warmth of
summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of Trinity Sunday
(June 4), Corpus Christi (June 11), the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(June 16) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 17). God is Love and
the Sacred Heart of Jesus — present on earth in the Blessed Sacrament — is the
human manifestation of God's Love for men.
Appropriately June is considered the
month for weddings where human hearts join and cooperate with the Creator in
bringing forth new life. The family they create is a human reflection of the
Blessed Trinity. Appropriately
June is considered the month for weddings where human hearts join and cooperate
with the Creator in bringing forth new life. The family they create is a human reflection
of the Blessed Trinity.
Pentecost, the Church begins her slow descent from the great peaks of the
Easter Season to the verdant pastures of Ordinary Time, the longest of the
liturgical seasons. Like the lush June growth all around us, the green of the
liturgical season points to the new life won for us by the Redemption of Jesus
Christ, the new life of Charity. For Our Lord came to cast the fire of His love
on the earth, and to that end, sent His Holy Spirit at Pentecost in the form of
tongues of fire. Ordinary Time is the hour to “go out to all the world and tell
the good news.” The feasts of June highlight this expansion of the Church. At
least ten times, the Church vests in the red of the martyrs whose blood is the
very seed of her growth. She also celebrates the feasts of the apostles Peter
and Paul, and the birth of St. John the Baptist, proto-disciple and prophet. We
too are called to be witnesses like the apostles and martyrs. May the Heart of
Jesus inflame our hearts so that we may be worthy of our Baptismal call to
holiness. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special
devotions. The month of June is set apart for devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus. "From among all the proofs of the infinite goodness of our Savior
none stands out more prominently than the fact that, as the love of the
faithful grew cold, He, Divine Love Itself, gave Himself to us to be honored by
a very special devotion and that the rich treasury of the Church was thrown
wide open in the interests of that devotion." These words of Pope Pius XI
refer to the Sacred Heart Devotion, which in its present form dates from the
revelations given to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673-75.
devotion consists in the divine worship of the human heart of Christ, which is
united to His divinity and which is a symbol of His love for us. The aim of the
devotion is to make our Lord king over our hearts by prompting them to return
love to Him (especially through an act of consecration by which we offer to the
Heart of Jesus both ourselves and all that belongs to us) and to make
reparation for our ingratitude to God.
Heart of love, I put all my trust in Thee; for I fear all things from my own
weakness, but I hope for all things from Thy goodness. Saint Margaret Mary
TO THE SACRED HEART
to the Sacred Heart was the characteristic note of the piety of Saint Gertrude
the Great (1256-1302), Benedictine nun and renowned mystic. She was, in fact,
the first great exponent of devotion to the Sacred Heart. In our efforts to
honor the Heart of Jesus we have this prayer as a model for our own: Hail!
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite
treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. Thou art my
refuge and my sanctuary, Oh my amiable Savior. Consume my heart with that
burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those
graces which flow from Thy love, and let my heart be so united with Thine, that
our wills may be one, and mine in all things be conformed to Thine. May Thy
divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my
actions. Amen. Saint Gertrude
most holy Heart of Jesus, shower Thy blessings in abundant measure upon Thy
holy Church, upon the Supreme Pontiff and upon all the clergy; to the just
grant perseverance; convert sinners; enlighten unbelievers; bless our
relations, friends and benefactors; assist the dying; deliver the holy souls in
purgatory; and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of Thy love. Amen.
PRAYER OF TRUST
God, who didst in wondrous manner reveal to the virgin, Margaret Mary, the
unsearchable riches of Thy Heart, grant that loving Thee, after her example, in
all things and above all things, we may in Thy Heart find our abiding home.
Thy Sacred Heart to me, O Jesus, and show me Its attractions. Unite me to It
forever. Grant that all my aspirations and all the beats of my heart, which
cease not even while I sleep, may be a testimonial to Thee of my love for Thee
and may say to Thee: Yes, Lord, I am all Thine; pledge of my allegiance to Thee
rests ever in my heart will never cease to be there. Do Thou accept the slight
amount of good that I do and be graciously pleased to repair all m] wrongdoing;
so that I may be able to bless Thee in time and in eternity. Amen. Cardinal
Merry del Val
TO THE SACRED HEART Remember, O most sweet Jesus, that no one who has had
recourse to Thy Sacred Heart, implored its help, or sought it mercy was ever
abandoned. Encouraged with confidence, O tenderest of hearts, we present
ourselves before Thee, crushes beneath the weight of our sins. In our misery, O
Sacred Heart of Jesus, despise not our simple prayers, but mercifully grant our
Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and
Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954
PicchuExplore the incredible Inca
ruins of Peru’s Machu Picchu, often called “Lost city of the Incas.” Take
an adventurous climb to see the Temple of Condor and Sun Gate -- the end point
for the Inca Trail. Visit in June to take advantage of the dry season and to
avoid the heavy crowds in July and August.
· Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank—May thru October-- Did winter come and go without you getting a chance to see whales? There’s still time: Between May and September, more than 400 orcas swim in the waters around Canada’s Vancouver Island. Or head to the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago about 1,000 miles from Lisbon, where sperm whales gather from May to October. Closer to home, Stellwagen Bank, a submerged sandbank between Cape Cod and Cape Ann in Massachusetts, attracts the endangered North Atlantic right whale to its waters.
· Boat—June 22-24--Visit Hong Kong to experience the excitement of the Duanwu Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. The festival includes dragon boat races in Aberdeen -- one of the first places to host these races in Hong Kong. Fishermen believe that rowing dragon boats during the Duanwu Festival will bring them luck.
Blues Festival-June 8-11-Chicago is the place to visit in June, especially
if you’re a fan of the blues. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues music
festival in the world. Over three days, more than 500,000 people converge on
Grant Park to hear well-renown performers perform on the festival’s five
· Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival—June 15-18--From indie rock to reggae, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, draws thousands of fans every year. Previous notable acts include Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, The Beach Boys and The White Stripes. During this four-day music festival, bands, rappers, musicians and singers perform from around noon until 4 a.m. or later at Great Stage Park, which is located on a 700-acre farm.
June 18 Don’t forget about Dad this month.
Spend some extra time with your father figure by planning a trip to go fly
fishing, rock climbing or skydiving. For a getaway minus the adrenaline-pumping
thrills, we have a few Father’s Day travel ideas like a brewery tour in
Portland, Oregon, or game of golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 2nd First
June 14th Flag Day
June 11th Corpus
June 16th Sacred
Heart of Jesus
June 17th Immaculate
Heart of Mary
June 18th Third
Sunday after Pentecost
June 25th Fourth
Sunday after Pentecost
June 29th Feast of St’s Peter
JUNE 1 Thursday
33, Verse 8
all the earth FEAR the LORD; let all who dwell in the world show him
Reverence is "a feeling or attitude of deep
respect tinged with awe; veneration". The word
"reverence" in the modern day is often used in relationship with
religion. This is because religion often stimulates the emotion through
recognition of God, the supernatural, and the ineffable. Reverence involves a
humbling of the self in respectful recognition of something perceived to be
greater than the self. Thus, religion is commonly a place where reverence is
felt. However, similar to awe, reverence is an emotion in its own right, and
can be felt outside of the realm of religion. Whereas awe may be characterized as an
overwhelming "sensitivity to greatness," reverence is seen more as
"acknowledging a subjective response to something excellent in a personal
(moral or spiritual) way, but qualitatively above oneself" Solomon describes awe as passive, but
reverence as active, noting that the feeling of awe (i.e., becoming awestruck)
implies paralysis, whereas feelings of reverence are associated more with
active engagement and responsibility toward that which one reveres. Nature, science, literature, philosophy, great
philosophers, leaders, artists, art, music, wisdom, and beauty may each act as
the stimulus and focus of reverence.
Thursday after Pentecost
On the first Thursday after Pentecost, the Feast of Our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest is observed on the particular
calendars in Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and England and Wales.
Approval for this feast was first granted by the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 1987. In 2012 the Congregation
sent a letter to all conferences of bishops, offering the feast to be inscribed
in their respective liturgical calendars if they ask for it.
The feast focuses firstly on Jesus’ Priestly Office (Latin:
Munus sacerdotale). He is considered the model for believers, and for the
clergy in particular, with priests acting In persona Christi (“In the person of
Christ”). The laity are thus urged to pray that priests would be more like
Christ, the compassionate and trustworthy high priest (Hebrews 2:17),
ever-living to intercede for humanity before The Father (Heb 7:25).
The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High
Priest, according to the order of Melchizedek. In him the Father has been well
pleased from before all time. As Mediator between God and human beings,
fulfilling his Father’s will, he sacrificed himself once on the altar of the
Cross as a saving Victim for the whole world. Thus, instituting the pattern of
an everlasting sacrifice, with a brother’s kindness he chose, from among the
children of Adam, men to augment the priesthood, so that, from the sacrifice
continually renewed in the Church, streams of divine power might flow, whereby
a new heaven and a new earth might be made, and throughout the whole universe
there would be perfected what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered
into the human heart.
Mass for Jesus Christ Eternal High
Iurávit Dóminus et non paenitébit eum: Tu es sacérdos in
aetérnum secúndum órdinem Melchísedech.
The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change: You are a
priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.
O God, who for your glory and the salvation of the human
race willed to establish Christ as the eternal High Priest, grant that the
people he has gained for you by his Blood, through their participation in his
memorial, may experience the power of his Cross and Resurrection. Who lives and
reigns with you.
The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith.
When they came to the place of which
God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and
bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. Then Abraham put forth his hand and took the
knife to slay his son. But the angel of
the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said,
‘Here am I.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him;
for now, I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your
only son, from me.’ And Abraham lifted
up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket
by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt
offering instead of his son. So, Abraham called the name of that place The Lord
will provide; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be
provided.’ And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from
heaven, and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, says the Lord,
because you have done this, and have not
withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the
stars of heaven and as the sand which is
on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies,
and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves,
because you have obeyed my voice.’
Gospel Matthew 26:36-42
My soul is sorrowful unto death.
Jesus went with the disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.’ And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’ And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’ And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done.’ The Gospel of the Lord.
Cernui – Down in Adoration Falling
of The Most
Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix,
to Priests, Deacons, Religious and the Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix
on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
My beloved Brothers and
Sisters in Christ,
III. Worthy Reception of Holy
Communion – Conforming our life with Christ.
61. From the very beginning,
the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, passed down to us in the Didache – one of
the oldest writings outside the New Testament – describes this ancient practice
in which the priest, just before distributing Holy Communion says: “Whoever is
holy, let him approach, whoever is not, let him do penance” (Didache 10). The
Church has always stressed this perennial doctrine and discipline: before one
receives Jesus Christ in Holy Communion one must be in communion of life,
restored often by God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Penance. Otherwise, instead
of receiving all the graces from Holy Communion, we are partaking of our own
condemnation. Saint Paul declared, “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of
the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.” In
other words, whoever unworthily receives the Eucharist will have to answer for
the Lord’s death. The Apostle further warned, “A person should examine himself,
and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without
discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Cor 11:27-29).
62. Thomas Aquinas painfully
but clearly echoed Saint Paul’s warning in the hymn Lauda Sion Salvatorem
reminding us that the “Bread of Life” becomes the bread of death for those who
consume Jesus in the state of grave sin. “The good partake, the bad partake:
with, however, an unequal share of life and death. It is death to the bad, life
to the good: behold how unlike is the result of like partaking.” When one
receives Holy Communion unworthily, the Sacrament becomes a sacrilege; the
spiritual medicine becomes for that person — it is frightful to say — a form of
spiritual poison. When we do not really believe in Jesus, when we do not really
seek to conform our entire life to Him and receive Jesus even though we know
that we have sinned against Him, then this just leads to a greater sin and
63. In speaking of the
Sacrament of Penance, I wish to gratefully acknowledge the dedication of our
priests who generously offer their time to ensure that the faithful can always
have the opportunity for confession. In the exercise of their ministry, they
are also contributing to helping the faithful prepare worthily for Holy
Communion. Pray for your priests who have faithfully made themselves available
for this very purpose! Pray also that God may bless us with more vocations to
To be continued…
Catechism of the Catholic Church
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
SECTION ONE-"I BELIEVE" -
CHAPTER TWO GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
2-THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION
II. The Relationship Between Tradition and Sacred Scripture
One common source. . .
80 "Sacred Tradition and
Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with
the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well-spring, come
together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same
goal." Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the
mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own "always, to the
close of the age".
. . . two distinct modes of transmission
81 "Sacred Scripture is the
speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy
"and [Holy] Tradition
transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the
apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the
successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they
may faithfully preserve, expound and spread it abroad by their preaching."
82 As a result the Church, to whom
the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not
derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone.
Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments
of devotion and reverence."
Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions
83 The Tradition here in question
comes from the apostles and hands on what they received from Jesus' teaching
and example and what they learned from the Holy Spirit. the first generation of
Christians did not yet have a written New Testament, and the New Testament
itself demonstrates the process of living Tradition.
Tradition is to be distinguished
from the various theological, disciplinary, liturgical or devotional
traditions, born in the local churches over time. These are the particular
forms, adapted to different places and times, in which the great Tradition is
expressed. In the light of Tradition, these traditions can be retained,
modified or even abandoned under the guidance of the Church's Magisterium.
Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself
up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians
believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then
try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel,
Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the
blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus