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First Friday

SAINT JOHN VIANNEY-Saint Obama

 

2 SAMUEL, Chapter 23, Verse 3-4

3 The God of Israel spoke; of me the Rock of Israel said, “One who rules over humankind with justice, who rules in the FEAR of God, 4 Is like the light at sunrise on a cloudless morning, making the land’s vegetation glisten after rain.”

 

The Rock of Israel (Hebrew: צור ישראל‎, Tzur Yisrael) is a concept in Judaism that alludes to God, and in Zionism and politics, to the cultural and historical heritage of the Jewish people and the foundation of the State of Israel.[1]

 

God fearing leaders are life giving and not life taking for they have a Holy Fear of God. Traditionally in Judaism there are seven names given for God. The seven names of God that, once written, cannot be erased because of their holiness are the Tetragrammaton, El, Elohim, Eloah, Elohai, El Shaddai, Tzevaot.

 

Tetragrammaton is YHWH or I am that I am.

 

El simply means God and is used in the names of IsraEL, AngEL.

 

Elohim means He is power of powers Eloah is the singular form of Elohim.

 

Elohai mean “My God”.

 

El Shaddai means “God Almighty”

 

Tzevaot means “God the armies of Israel”.

Names are important. Most of us remember the elementary school playground and the mean names kids called each other. Author and speaker, Kary Oberbrunner[2], states that we all have a secret name that the One who made us gives us. Oberbrunner said, “My name is Kary, and I have a girl’s name.” He was no stranger to mean names on the playground. He went on to say that each of us has three names:

1.     Our birth name – the name assigned to us when we arrive in this world

2.     Our given names – the names assigned to us as we walk through the world. These names can be positive and negative, ranging from successful, beautiful, star athlete to those names assigned by mean kids, like concentration camp victim, stupid, addict.

3.     Our secret name – the name granted to us by God Oberbrunner said the problem is our birth names and given names don’t ever fill up the void inside us. We pretend and wear masks.

What would God call you? When Christ called his apostles; He revealed to some of them God’s name for them. Sons of Thunder for John and James and for Simon son of John, He called him Peter which means “Rock”.

 

First Friday Promises[3]

 

Those who faithfully complete the First Friday devotion for nine consecutive months are promised the following, as told to Roman Catholic nun St. Margaret Mary Alacoque by Our Lord Jesus Christ:

1.     I will give them all of the graces necessary for their state of life.

2.     I will establish peace in their homes.

3.     I will comfort them in all their afflictions.

4.     I will be their strength during life and above all during death.

5.     I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.

6.     Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.

7.     Tepid souls shall grow fervent.

8.     Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.

9.     I will bless every place where a picture of my heart shall be set up and honored.

10.  I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.

11.  Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.

12.  I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant all to those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

To gain these blessings there are just three simple requirements to complete each month.

Feast of Saint John Vianney[4]

During the French Revolution a small band of Ursuline nuns was imprisoned in the Bastille. To cheer her disconsolate companions, one of the group passed wheaten discs of bread, cut from the loaf of the daily rations, to memorialize the happy days when they were free and could receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. At that time all religious schools and churches were closed, and those who harbored priests were imprisoned. At the Vianney farmhouse near Dardilly, France, fugitive priests were offered a refuge. Here their son was prepared in his tenth year for the reception of Holy Communion by a hunted priest. While tending his father's sheep, John Vianney fashioned a small statue of Our Lady out of clay. He hid it in the hollow of an old tree with this petition: "Dear Lady Mary, I love you very much; you must bring Jesus back to His tabernacles very soon!" On a visit to his aunt at Ecully, John listened to her praises of Father Balley, the parish priest, and he sought the Father's advice regarding his vocation to the priesthood. The pastor appraised the overgrown, awkward youth of faltering speech and devoid of general education. Though John was unable to answer the questions pertaining to earthly science which Father asked him, yet, when the priest put to him the questions of the catechism, his face became luminous with lively interest. He answered every question correctly, and in a manner beyond his years. The amazed pastor took this evidence as a sign from heaven, prophesying, "You will become a priest!" The ensuing years brought many trials to John. He was conscripted; his mother died; he failed often in his studies. Ordained as a Mass priest, August 12, 1815, he remarked to Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy: "Here is your priest, O Blessed Mother! Stay close to me. Help me to be a good priest!" As a curate and as a pastor, St. John Vianney's daily instruction on the catechism found an inspired audience, among whom were noted orators such as Père Lacordaire, O.P., the famed preacher of Notre Dame. The saintly pastor performed many miracles, but the greatest was his own manner of Eucharistic living. It was his Lord, living in Father Vianney, who made him "spend and be spent" in ceaseless service for both sinner and saint in the sacred tribunal of penance.


Things to Do[5]

·The Collect praises St. John Vianney's zeal for souls and his spirit of prayer and penance. Say a special prayer today that by his example and intercession we too may win the souls of our brothers for Christ.

·Say a prayer for priests that they may persevere in their vocation. If you haven't been to confession for a while resolve to do so right away and be sure that you remember to say an extra prayer for your confessor.

·From the Catholic Culture library: Pope John XXIII holds St. John Vianney as a model for the priesthood in this Encyclical.

·June 19, 2009--June 19, 2010 was The Year for Priests declared by Pope Benedict XVI, which held St. John Vianney in particular prominence and example, and he was proclaimed as patron saint of all the priests of the world. Although some links are no longer present, see Catholic Culture's special section for the Year for Priests.

·Read this longer life of the Curé of Ars and also these excerpts from his sermons.

 

Saint Obama

 

Today has also been recognized as “Obama Day” and it seems the left has already begun his canonization.

 

Obama’s frequent appeals to history’s judgment reflect his confidence that history will be kind to him. In the short run, it will: liberals will canonize Obama. Like the faithful Catholics chanting “santo subito” after the death of Pope John Paul II, Obama’s liberal boosters will turn him into Saint Barack, savior of health care and slayer of bin Laden. You might see hints of this already in your liberal friends’ wistful Facebook posts: “I’m really going to miss this guy.” If liberals are calling the shots, Obama’s name will shortly be inscribed on statues and state buildings, and his face will someday appear on coins and currency, while the divisions he sowed and exploited in pursuit of personal glory will be papered over. Generations of schoolchildren will learn about the beloved, barrier-shattering college professor with the megawatt smile who could tell a joke and make a jump shot—not the ambitious, polarizing ideologue whose disdain for half the country was palpable. No mention will be made of his habit of insulting supposedly lazy, ignorant Americans who cling bitterly to their religion, guns, and “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them,” and who fall prey to “anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”[6]

 

In celebration of Barry’s day, I think we should have a beer summit. 


International Beer Day[7] another hedonistic holiday but even the saint enjoyed a beer-check out “Pints with Aquinas”. International Beer Day celebrates the taste of beer and the achievement of beer brewers. Beer is an ancient alcoholic drink brewed mainly from malted barley, hops, yeast and water although it is possible to brew it from other grains such as maize, wheat and rice. Records of beer date back to 4000 BC, making it one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. The three stated goals of the International Beer Day are to: appreciate brewers and servers, enjoy the taste of all beers from around the world, and to unite the world under the banner of beer.  Founded in 2007 by the Association of California Brewers, International Beer Day has become an international event that is observed in more than 50 countries worldwide.  It is held annually on the first Friday of August. 

International Beer Day Facts & Quotes

 

·       International Beer Day began in Santa Cruz, California, in 2007.  It was founded by beer enthusiasts, Jesse Avshalomov and Evan Hamilton.

·       As far back as ancient Egypt, beer was a staple food.  Known as Hqt, heqet or heket, beer was a thick and sweet source of nutrition including vitamins, minerals and protein that was consumed daily by adults and children.

·       On average, a can of beer contains 100-150 calories and 10-15g carbohydrates.

·       I work until beer o'clock - Stephen King 

International Beer Day Top Events and Things to Do 

·       Visit your local watering hole and try a new beer that you have never had.

·       Attending a beer festival to taste beer from around the world and learn more about brewing and craft beers.  

·       Visit a local craft brewery in your state.

·       Try a Orval beer or a Chimay.


Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION TWO-I. THE CREEDS

CHAPTER THREE-I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

ARTICLE 8-"I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"

Paragraph 4. CHRIST'S FAITHFUL - HIERARCHY, LAITY, CONSECRATED LIFE

871 "The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ's priestly, prophetic, and royal office in their own manner, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the world, in accord with the condition proper to each one."

872 "In virtue of their rebirth in Christ there exists among all the Christian faithful a true equality with regard to dignity and the activity whereby all cooperate in the building up of the Body of Christ in accord with each one's own condition and function."

873 The very differences which the Lord has willed to put between the members of his body serve its unity and mission. For "in the Church there is diversity of ministry but unity of mission. To the apostles and their successors Christ has entrusted the office of teaching, sanctifying and governing in his name and by his power. But the laity are made to share in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly office of Christ; they have therefore, in the Church and in the world, their own assignment in the mission of the whole People of God." Finally, "from both groups [hierarchy and laity] there exist Christian faithful who are consecrated to God in their own special manner and serve the salvific mission of the Church through the profession of the evangelical counsels."

I. THE HIERARCHICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH

Why the ecclesial ministry?

874 Christ is himself the source of ministry in the Church. He instituted the Church. He gave her authority and mission, orientation and goal:

In order to shepherd the People of God and to increase its numbers without cease, Christ the Lord set up in his Church a variety of offices which aim at the good of the whole body. the holders of office, who are invested with a sacred power, are, in fact, dedicated to promoting the interests of their brethren, so that all who belong to the People of God . . . may attain to salvation.

875 "How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? and how are they to hear without a preacher? and how can men preach unless they are sent?" No one - no individual and no community - can proclaim the Gospel to himself: "Faith comes from what is heard." No one can give himself the mandate and the mission to proclaim the Gospel. the one sent by the Lord does not speak and act on his own authority, but by virtue of Christ's authority; not as a member of the community, but speaking to it in the name of Christ. No one can bestow grace on himself; it must be given and offered. This fact presupposes ministers of grace, authorized and empowered by Christ. From him, they receive the mission and faculty ("the sacred power") to act in persona Christi Capitis. the ministry in which Christ's emissaries do and give by God's grace what they cannot do and give by their own powers, is called a "sacrament" by the Church's tradition. Indeed, the ministry of the Church is conferred by a special sacrament.

876 Intrinsically linked to the sacramental nature of ecclesial ministry is its character as service. Entirely dependent on Christ who gives mission and authority, ministers are truly "slaves of Christ," in the image of him who freely took "the form of a slave" for us. Because the word and grace of which they are ministers are not their own, but are given to them by Christ for the sake of others, they must freely become the slaves of all.

877 Likewise, it belongs to the sacramental nature of ecclesial ministry that it have a collegial character. In fact, from the beginning of his ministry, the Lord Jesus instituted the Twelve as "the seeds of the new Israel and the beginning of the sacred hierarchy." Chosen together, they were also sent out together, and their fraternal unity would be at the service of the fraternal communion of all the faithful: they would reflect and witness to the communion of the divine persons. For this reason every bishop exercises his ministry from within the episcopal college, in communion with the bishop of Rome, the successor of St. Peter and head of the college. So also priests exercise their ministry from within the presbyterium of the diocese, under the direction of their bishop.

878 Finally, it belongs to the sacramental nature of ecclesial ministry that it have a personal character. Although Chnst's ministers act in communion with one another, they also always act in a personal way. Each one is called personally: "You, follow me" in order to be a personal witness within the common mission, to bear personal responsibility before him who gives the mission, acting "in his person" and for other persons: "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ..."; "I absolve you...."

879 Sacramental ministry in the Church, then, is at once a collegial and a personal service, exercised in the name of Christ. This is evidenced by the bonds between the episcopal college and its head, the successor of St. Peter, and in the relationship between the bishop's pastoral responsibility for his particular church and the common solicitude of the episcopal college for the universal Church.

The episcopal college and its head, the Pope

880 When Christ instituted the Twelve, "he constituted [them] in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from among them." Just as "by the Lord's institution, St. Peter and the rest of the apostles constitute a single apostolic college, so in like fashion the Roman Pontiff, Peter's successor, and the bishops, the successors of the apostles, are related with and united to one another."

881 The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the "rock" of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock. "The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of apostles united to its head." This pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church's very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the Pope.

882 The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, "is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful." "For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered."

883 "The college or body of bishops has no authority unless united with the Roman Pontiff, Peter's successor, as its head." As such, this college has "supreme and full authority over the universal Church; but this power cannot be exercised without the agreement of the Roman Pontiff."

884 "The college of bishops exercises power over the universal Church in a solemn manner in an ecumenical council." But "there never is an ecumenical council which is not confirmed or at least recognized as such by Peter's successor."

885 "This college, in so far as it is composed of many members, is the expression of the variety and universality of the People of God; and of the unity of the flock of Christ, in so far as it is assembled under one head."

886 "The individual bishops are the visible source and foundation of unity in their own particular Churches." As such, they "exercise their pastoral office over the portion of the People of God assigned to them," assisted by priests and deacons. But, as a member of the episcopal college, each bishop shares in the concern for all the Churches. The bishops exercise this care first "by ruling well their own Churches as portions of the universal Church," and so contributing "to the welfare of the whole Mystical Body, which, from another point of view, is a corporate body of Churches." They extend it especially to the poor, to those persecuted for the faith, as well as to missionaries who are working throughout the world.

887 Neighboring particular Churches who share the same culture form ecclesiastical provinces or larger groupings called patriarchates or regions. The bishops of these groupings can meet in synods or provincial councils. "In a like fashion, the episcopal conferences at the present time are in a position to contribute in many and fruitful ways to the concrete realization of the collegiate spirit."

The teaching office

888 Bishops, with priests as co-workers, have as their first task "to preach the Gospel of God to all men," in keeping with the Lord's command. They are "heralds of faith, who draw new disciples to Christ; they are authentic teachers" of the apostolic faith "endowed with the authority of Christ."

889 In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility. By a "supernatural sense of faith" the People of God, under the guidance of the Church's living Magisterium, "unfailingly adheres to this faith."

890 The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. It is this Magisterium's task to preserve God's people from deviations and defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error. Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church's shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. the exercise of this charism takes several forms:

891 "The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful - who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals.... the infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter's successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium," above all in an Ecumenical Council. When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine "for belief as being divinely revealed," and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions "must be adhered to with the obedience of faith." This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself.

892 Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a "definitive manner," they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this ordinary teaching the faithful "are to adhere to it with religious assent" which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it.

The sanctifying office

893 The bishop is "the steward of the grace of the supreme priesthood," especially in the Eucharist which he offers personally or whose offering he assures through the priests, his co-workers. the Eucharist is the center of the life of the particular Church. the bishop and priests sanctify the Church by their prayer and work, by their ministry of the word and of the sacraments. They sanctify her by their example, "not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock." Thus, "together with the flock entrusted to them, they may attain eternal life."

The governing office

894 "The bishops, as vicars and legates of Christ, govern the particular Churches assigned to them by their counsels, exhortations, and example, but over and above that also by the authority and sacred power" which indeed they ought to exercise so as to edify, in the spirit of service which is that of their Master.

895 "The power which they exercise personally in the name of Christ, is proper, ordinary, and immediate, although its exercise is ultimately controlled by the supreme authority of the Church." But the bishops should not be thought of as vicars of the Pope. His ordinary and immediate authority over the whole Church does not annul, but on the contrary confirms and defends that of the bishops. Their authority must be exercised in communion with the whole Church under the guidance of the Pope.

896 The Good Shepherd ought to be the model and "form" of the bishop's pastoral office. Conscious of his own weaknesses, "the bishop . . . can have compassion for those who are ignorant and erring. He should not refuse to listen to his subjects whose welfare he promotes as of his very own children.... the faithful ... should be closely attached to the bishop as the Church is to Jesus Christ, and as Jesus Christ is to the Father":

Let all follow the bishop, as Jesus Christ follows his Father, and the college of presbyters as the apostles; respect the deacons as you do God's law. Let no one do anything concerning the Church in separation from the bishop.

Fitness Friday-The 5 Switches of Manliness: Providing[8]

In case you haven’t noticed men and women are different both physically and mentally. Men’s brains are constructed by our creator differently than women. Men’s brains are uniquely suited for survival and providing for the tribe. If we wish to provide for the tribe we must make use of the male body and mind.

The Providing Brain

The male brain is particularly adept at visual-spatial skills. Men tend to be better than women at rotating objects in their minds to gain a 3-D view and are better able to track moving objects, gauge how fast they’re going, and determine the objects’ proportions and location. Men also have keener long-range vision than women, are more sensitive to objects entering their field of vision, and are better at noticing the small movements of those objects. In fact, there is a correlation between higher testosterone levels and visual-processing speeds. Men’s visual and spatial abilities give them a leg up when it comes to geography, orientation, and navigation–skills that come in handy when out on the hunt or engaging in battle. The male brain is also built with a larger dorsal premammillary nucleus, also called the “defend-your-turf” part of the brain. The circuity of this part of the brain is designed to detect territorial challenges by other males. Men’s brains also include a larger amygdala than women, which can be thought of as an alarm system for possible danger. Thus, men are especially alert to potential threats to themselves and their loved ones.

These inborn proclivities not only helped men in their roles as searchers and scouts, but they may also have been used in ways that then strengthened their ability to envision the future; giving us an ability to track animals or have better math skills.

Men have an innate need to look ahead, to plan, to prepare, to strategize. Or in other words, men have an innate need for vision, for providing.

While we’re no longer hunting antelopes, our brains are still primed to engage in searching, scanning, recognition, and long-term planning. These activities are carried out in the left side of the brain and are fueled by dopamine, the neurotransmitter which neuroscientists have shown motivates the male brain to a greater extent than the female brain.

Flipping the Provider Switch

 

If you’re a single man, you need to have a vision for your own life. If you’re a married man, you need to have a vision for your own life and for your family. Women don’t want a man who’s a domineering oaf, but they also don’t want to feel like they’re always pulling and dragging their husband along. They want a man who’s personally motivated, takes initiative, makes decisions, and has a discernible sense of direction and purpose. A man who is always scouting the way to take care of his family and lead them through the storms of life. I’ve sometimes had that conversation with my wife where I tell her that I feel unhappy, and she asks me what I want out of life and what would make me happy, and all I can answer is, “I don’t know.” That’s a failure of vision. And a failure in being a provider.

 

Having a vision involves growing in self-awareness and awareness of the world around you. The man of vision understands his own strengths and weaknesses, how the world works, and what makes people tick. He looks out from a high point in the landscape, takes in the lay of the land, fixes his sights on where he wants to go, and figures out how to get there. And then he leads and navigates, watching for and surmounting obstacles, until the destination is reached.

 

Here are some suggestions for harnessing your inner-Scout and flipping the Provider Switch:

·        Find your core values

·        Create a blueprint for your life.

·        Keep a journal.

·        Spend some time in solitude. Hike, camp overnight or even rent a hotel room.

·        Find your vocation.

·        Create a daily schedule.

·        Work on becoming fully present in your life.

·        Meditate or pray.

·        Write down your goals each night.

·        Unplug and take periodic technology “fasts” to recharge and clear your mind.

·        Read biographies–by taking in the sweep of another man’s life you can really gain perspective on your own life, what a man is capable of accomplishing, and insight on the paths other men took.

·        Create a morning routine that pumps you up for the coming day.

·        Turn off the radio on the way to work and think about what you want to accomplish that day.

·        Carry a pocket notebook so you can capture your ideas and make to-do lists to keep track of what needs to get done.

·        Practice memorization–memorize a poem or work on remembering names.

·        Keep track of data in your life–when you work out, record how much weight you’re lifting. Write down what you eat. Keep track of your goals or new habits with something like Joe’s Goals.

·        Read up on human psychology, relationships, body language, etc.

·        Educate yourself on things like health insurance and retirement plans (stay-tuned for a post on this).

·        Create a budget and understand exactly what’s going on with your finances.

·        Start an emergency fund.

·        Be prepared for disaster and learn survival skills–like how to handle a weapon, pack a bug-out bag, and forage for food.

·        If you have a family, hold a regular family council. We’ll do a post on this in the future.

·        Talk with your kids one on one to find out what is going on in their lives. Make it casual–like when you’re driving around together.

·        Stay up on politics, news, and current events.

Baked Rockfish for St. Peter in Chains (feast Aug. 1st)[9]

Enjoy with White Wine!

Ingredients:

  5 cups fresh spinach

  2 (6 ounce) fillets rockfish

  10 cherry tomatoes, halved

  1/2 cup vegetable broth

  2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

  1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  salt and ground black pepper to taste

  2 lemon slices

  2 onion slices

  1 teaspoon butter

Directions:

 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

 2. Layer the spinach in the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish. Lay the rockfish atop the spinach. Scatter the tomatoes around the fish. Pour the broth into the dish. Season the fillet with the dill, garlic powder, lemon pepper, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Place the lemon, onion, and butter on the rockfish. Cover the entire dish with aluminum foil.

 3. Bake in preheated oven until the fish flakes easily, 20 to 25 minutes.

Party all Night

All-Night Eucharistic First Friday Vigils to Help Save America

In the wee hours of the morning, while most people are sleeping, a growing number of people are praying in a monthly powerhouse Eucharistic all-night Vigil every First Friday in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein, Illinois. The Vigil, which is intended to draw worshippers from all over the Archdiocese of Chicago, begins Friday at 9 p.m. with Confessions and Mass at 10 p.m. After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and devotional prayers are prayed throughout the evening, but allowing enough quiet and reflection time, and concluding with Benediction shortly before 7 a.m. on the First Saturday.

The purpose of the Vigil is to pray for LIFE, MARRIAGE, FAMILY and for PRIESTS/RELIGIOUS, important elements which form the essence of civilization and fruitfulness. From conception until natural death, LIFE is sacred. Those who attend the Vigil pray for an end to all actions against life: abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and even In-Vitro Fertilization procedures. They pray for the sanctity of MARRIAGE as a permanent covenant between one man and one woman committed to each other for life, which is chaste, open to life and lived according to God's plans. They pray to promote the building up of strong, loving, holy and heroic FAMILIES. They pray for the renewal of the vocation of PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, so that they may be faithful to their vows and the teachings of the Catholic Church, and for the increase of holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Additionally, they pray in reparation against sins committed against LIFE, MARRIAGE, FAMILY and the PRIESTLY and CONSECRATED VOCATIONS. Also, they give Jesus truly and really present in the Holy Eucharist praise and honor because He wants it and deserves it. Finally, they seek the transformation of hearts so that society can be transformed.

This Vigil is part of the St. Therese Marian Vigil Society (STMVS), an emerging Catholic apostolate that helps get started and promotes all-night Eucharistic Vigils nationwide aimed at renewing society and the Church through the restoration of the four root pillars--life, marriage, family and priests/religious vocations. These elements are essential in the cultivating of a culture of life and the restoration of Church and society on various levels. The STMVS has developed a model to help others start their own Vigil, which can be found on the Website of the STMVS: www.vigilsociety.org. There is no need to re-invent the wheel since everything one would need to accomplish this, such as prayers, schedule and more, is on the Website.

The Mundelein Vigil and the St. Therese Marian Vigil Society Apostolate were both founded by a concerned young wife and mother of 5, in response to a feeling that something must be done to combat the attacks on the very essence of our Church and society. The Apostolate is named after St. Therese of Lisieux, the Patroness of the Foundress of the STMVS, and the Blessed Mother to whom the Foundress is consecrated and has a strong devotion. The STMVS is rooted in the observable fact, supported by Church teaching, that an increase in holiness of our shepherds--bishops, priests and religious--leads directly to an increase of holiness among the laity they guide, just as growth in holiness of parents leads to an increase in holiness of children. In addition, to the degree that life and the Church are placed in danger, so is American society at large in danger. To secure the outpouring of divine grace for the strengthening of these four essentials and so help save America from suffering further moral decay, the concerned mother started the first Vicariate/Diocese-wide all-night Vigil and then Apostolate soon after. The first Vigil began on February 6, 2004, with permission from her pastor in Mundelein, Illinois. Both the Vigil and the Apostolate have been endorsed by the local vicariate bishop. The hope, vision and prayer of the Foundress are to spread more Vigils like this based on these four key pillars of LIFE, MARRIAGE, FAMILY, and PRIESTS/RELIGIOUS.

"The nighttime hours were chosen for good reason," says the Foundress. "Giving up sleep is hard, and the greatest sacrifice brings great graces. This is the time of the day when Jesus prayed at Gethsemane. It is also a time when most people are available to pray as the hours don't conflict with their schedules, just their sleep."

"Eucharistic adoration transforms hearts, no doubt about it," she says. "The more people that join us, the more hearts will be transformed. An entire culture can be transformed if only people will hear and respond to 'His voice' and not continue in the hardness of their hearts."

We are all called to be saints, and attending this Vigil is a good start towards that end! DON'T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY!

For more information to help you start your own Vigil in your area modeled after that of the STMVS, go to (www.vigilsociety.org).

You may also contact Nancy Martin at (847) 566-7711 or email her info@vigilsociety.org.

Daily Devotions

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: An increase of the faithful

·       Let Freedom Ring Day 29 Freedom from Racism

·       Religion in the Home for Preschool: August

·       Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan

·       Operation Purity

·       Rosary



 

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