Friday, May 24, 2024

May 24
The month of Mary: A Marian Month


Saint of the day:
Saint Sarah the Egyptian

Gypsy's Pilgrimage in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer


Ember Friday

MARY, MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS

 

Exodus, Chapter 20, Verse 18-20

Now as all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blast of the shofar and the mountain smoking, they became afraid and trembled. So they took up a position farther away and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we shall die.” Moses answered the people, “Do not be AFRAID, for God has come only to test you and put the fear of him upon you so you do not sin.”


The Israelite’s were afraid and preferred to have Moses mediate for them with God rather than having a real relationship with God.

 

What is love? In his text On Loving God, St. Bernard surveys the four types of love that Christians experience as they grow in their relationship with God: loving one's self, selfish love, loving God as God, and loving one's self in God. St. Bernard reminds us that not only did God give us life, but He gave us Himself. For indeed, "God deserves to be loved very much, yea, boundlessly, because He loved us first, He infinite and we nothing, loved us, miserable sinners, with a love so great and so free." St. Bernard reminds us that we are indebted to God for his love and His sacrifice. Not only should we love God because it is what He deserves, but also because loving God does not go without reward. Loving God is to our advantage. The Lord rewards those who love Him with the blessed state of the heavenly Fatherland, where sorrow and sadness cannot enter. St. Bernard's medieval prose is poetic and full of clever imagery. His work is as beautiful as it is knowledgeable.

 

Emmalon Davis, CCEL Staff Writer

 

Friday after Pentecost-Ember Day[1]

EPISTLE. Joel ii. 23-27.

THUS, saith the Lord God: O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful, in the Lord your God: because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down for you as in the beginning. And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years which the locust, and the bruchus (beetle), and the mildew, and the palmerworm have eaten: My great host which I sent upon you. And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled: and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, Who hath done wonders with you, and My people shall not be confounded forever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and My people shall not be confounded forever, saith the Lord Almighty.

GOSPEL. Luke v. 17-26.

At that time: It came to pass on a certain day, as Jesus sat teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed, into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when He saw, He said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this Who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?

And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering He said to them: What is it you think in your hearts? Which is easier to say, thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?

But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (He saith to the sick of the palsy): I say to thee, Arise, take up thy bed and go into thy house. And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay; and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished; and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things to-day.

Ember Friday-Meditation on the Crucifixion[2]

Another Form of Prayers for The Stations

(For Private Use.)

PREPARATORY PRAYER.

RECEIVE, O holy Trinity, this my dutiful service, which I offer unto Thee in union with the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Virgin, and all the saints, to the glory of Thy divine majesty, in satisfaction for my sins, in remembrance of our redemption, and to obtain for the departed rest, for the living grace, and for all everlasting glory. To Thee be praise, and honor, and glory, O blessed Trinity, forever and ever. Amen.

FIRST STATION.

CHRIST IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH. He willingly submitted to that unjust judgment, that He might deliver thee from the sentence of everlasting damnation.

·         The wicked have said, reasoning with themselves, but not right: Let us lie in wait for the just, for He is contrary to our doing: He boasteth that He hath the knowledge of God, and calleth God His Father. Let us see if His words be true. If He be indeed the Son of God, He will deliver Him out of our hands. Let us condemn Him to a most shameful death.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

God spared not His own Son. But delivered Him up for us all. He was offered up, because He Himself desired it. And He opened not His mouth.

O Lord, hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Prayer.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who out of the bosom of the Father didst descend from heaven to earth, and didst shed Thy most precious blood for the remission of our sins, we humbly beseech Thee that in the day of judgment we may be found worthy to stand at Thy right hand, and to hear Thee say unto us, “Come, ye blessed” Amen.

SECOND STATION.

THE CROSS IS LAID UPON CHRIST. “The wicked have wrought upon my back” (Ps. cxxviii.). Hail, our King! Thou only hadst pity on our sins, and wast led, in obedience to Thy Father, to be crucified, and as a gentle lamb to the slaughter. To Thee be glory, hosanna; to Thee be triumph and victory; to Thee the crown of highest praise and honor.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. And by His bruises we are healed. The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. For the wickedness of His people hath He struck Him.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

THIRD STATION.

CHRIST FALLS THE FIRST TIME UNDER THE CROSS. How great must be the weight of our sins, under which He fell, Who bears all things by the word of His power!

·         Our Lord Jesus Christ humbled Himself unto death, even the death of the cross; for which cause God also hath exalted Him, and hath given Him a name which is above all names.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Surely, He hath borne our infirmities. And carried our sorrows. He was branded for our iniquities. He was bruised for our sins.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

FOURTH STATION.

CHRIST IS MET ON HIS WAY BY HIS BLESSED MOTHER AND ST. JOHN. Oh, how sharp a sword of grief must have pierced the heart of His Mother and of His loving disciple when they met Jesus thus! Dost thou, too, share with them their sorrow and grief?

·         Oh, all ye that pass by, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow: therefore, do I weep, and my eyes run down with water, because the Comforter, the relief of my soul, is far from me. My eyes have failed for weeping, my bowels are troubled, my heart is turned within me, for the desolation of my Son, because the enemy hath prevailed.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Great as the sea is thy grief. Who shall heal thee? A sword of grief hath pierced thine own soul. That out of many hearts’ thoughts may be revealed.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

FIFTH STATION.

THE CROSS IS LAID UPON SIMON OF CYRENE. This man was compelled to carry the cross after Jesus. How great an honor to have carried it willingly! Art thou ready to bear the cross of Christ?

·         It behooveth us to glory in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom is our salvation, who is our life and resurrection, and through Whom we are saved and delivered.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. By Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. O faithful cross, thou peerless tree! No forest yields the like of thee, leaf, flower, or bud.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

SIXTH STATION.

CHRIST IS MET BY VERONICA. How excellent a mirror did Veronica obtain in the image of the face of Christ! Do thou ever contemplate thyself in that mirror?

·         Behold, we have seen Him without beauty or comeliness, despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with infirmity, and His look was as it were hidden and despised; whereupon we esteemed Him not. His appearance is without honor among the living, and His beauty among the sons of men; yet He is beautiful above all the children of men, by Whose bruises we are healed.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

O Lord God of hosts correct us. Show us Thy face, and we shall be saved. Turn not away Thy face from us. Neither leave Thy servants in displeasure.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

SEVENTH STATION.

CHRIST FALLS DOWN AT THE GATE OF JUDGMENT. How wilt thou be able to stand before Him in the day of judgment?

·         They delivered Me into the hands of the ungodly, and thrust Me among the wicked, and did not spare My soul. The strong men gathered themselves against Me. and stood over Me like giants, gazing upon Me with fierce looks; and, beating Me with cruel stripes, they mocked Me.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

But I am a worm, and no man. The scorn of men and the outcast of the people. All they that see Me laugh at Me. They spoke against Me with their lips, and wagged their heads.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

EIGHTH STATION.

WOMEN LAMENT OVER CHRIST. Where are the tears with which thou dost bewail thy sins rather than the loss of any earthly good?

·         Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For, behold, the days shall come in which they say, blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall upon us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

The breath of our nostrils, Christ the Lord. Is taken in our sins. The crown of our head hath fallen. Woe unto us, for we have sinned.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

NINTH STATION.

CHRIST FALLS FOR THE LAST TIME AT MOUNT CALVARY. Oh, how often is Christ pressed down by the weight of our sins!

·         My people, what have I done to thee, or wherein have I molested thee? Answer thou Me. I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and thou hast prepared for Me a cross; I led thee through the wilderness forty years, and fed thee with manna, and thou hast beaten Me with buffets and scourges; I gave thee a royal sceptre, and thou hast given My head a crown of thorns. What could I have done more for thee that I have not done?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

He is led like a sheep to the slaughter. And, as a lamb before His shearers, He is dumb. He delivered His soul unto death. That He might give life unto His people.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

TENTH STATION.

CHRIST IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS, AND IS GIVEN VINEGAR AND GALL TO DRINK. Art thou unkind and inconsiderate to the poor? What thou dost to them thou dost to Christ.

·         My people, what have I done to thee, or wherein have I molested thee? Answer thou Me. I brought thee out from the house of bondage to the promised land; and when I came to thee from the bosom of My Father, thou didst lead Me to the death of the cross. I planted thee My choicest vine, and thou wast made unto Me exceeding bitter; I gave thee to drink out of the rock the water of salvation, and thou madest Me to drink vinegar and gall. What could I have done more for thee that I have not done?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

My strength hath dried up like a potsherd. And my tongue hath cleaved to My jaws. They gave Me gall to eat. And when I was thirsty, they gave Me vinegar to drink.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

ELEVENTH STATION.

CHRIST IS FASTENED TO THE CROSS WITH DREADFUL NAILS. How strong are the bands of love with which Jesus hath bound Himself unto thee! How dost thou bind thyself in return unto Him?

·         My people, what have I done unto thee? I exalted thee with great power, and thou didst hang Me on the gibbet of the cross; I made thee higher than all nations, and thou hast loaded Me with reproaches and curses; I opened before thee the Red Sea, and thou hast opened My side with a spear. What could I have done more for thee that I have not done?

Our Father. Hail Mary.

What are these wounds in the middle of Thy hands? With them was I wounded in the house of those that loved Me. They have pierced My hands and My feet. And have numbered all My bones.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

TWELFTH STATION.

CHRIST DIES UPON THE CROSS. Consider what Jesus said and did when He was dying. Oh, that thou too mayst die like Him!

·         Behold how the just man dieth, and no man layeth it to heart; and the righteous are taken away, and no one considereth. The just man is taken away from before the face of evil, and the memory of him shall be in peace.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Christ became obedient unto death for us. Even the death of the cross. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

THIRTEENTH STATION.

THE BODY OF CHRIST IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS, AND LAID UPON THE KNEES OF HIS MOTHER. Consider the vehement anguish of Mary’s soul when she received in her arms the dead body of her Son taken down from the cross, and laid Him on her knees. Love caused her so great grief, and made her truly a martyr. What love and sympathy dost thou feel for thy Savior?

·         To what shall I compare thee, or to whom shall I liken thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? To what shall I equal thee, O virgin daughter of Sion? Great as the sea is thy desolation. O mother of mercy make me to share with thee the death of Christ; make me a partaker of His passion.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

Through thee, O Virgin Mary, may we obtain salvation. From the wounds of Christ. O holy Jesus, grant me to obtain, through Thy Mother, The crown of victory.

FOURTEENTH STATION.

THE BODY OF JESUS IS BURIED. Consider, O my soul, how the body of Jesus was wrapped in spices, and laid in a new tomb. With what honor dost thou receive Jesus thy Redeemer daily, either sacramentally or spiritually? Art thou always endeavoring to be, as it were, a new tomb for the reception of Jesus, bright with the beautiful ornaments of virtue?

·         I am counted among them that go down to the pit; I am become as a man without help, free among the dead. O good Jesus, I come here with the women to Thy tomb, sorrowing and lamenting that hitherto I have shown myself so unworthy: confirm and establish the kingdom of Thy grace in my heart.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

My flesh shall rest in hope. Thou wilt not give Thy holy one to see corruption. Arise, O Lord, and help me. And deliver me from my sins.

O Lord hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, etc.

COMMENDATION.

Look down, O Lord, we beseech Thee, upon this Thy family, for which Our Lord Jesus Christ did not refuse to be delivered into the hands of wicked men, and to endure the torment of the cross. Amen.

PRAYER ON THE HOLY WINDING-SHEET OF CHRIST’S BODY.

 

O Lord Jesus Christ, “Who didst leave the marks of Thy passion on the holy winding-sheet in which Thy most sacred body was wrapped by Joseph when taken down from the cross, mercifully grant that through Thy death and burial we may be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Amen.

MEDITATIONS ON THE LITURGY FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM FOR EACH OF THE EMBER DAYS AFTER PENTECOST.

Written by Monsignor Martin B. Hellriegel, originally published in the journal Orate Fratres Vol. XVIII, May 14, 1944, No. 7, pp. 299-305, later reprinted in Vine and Branches, Pio Decimo Press, 1948.

These meditations are attached to the 1962 Extraordinary Form liturgy. The current lectionary has different readings and prayers not specific to the Ember Days.

Prayer: EMBER FRIDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Station "With the Twelve Apostles"

They found them clean vessels and one in love (response).

We are resting upon the blessed Apostles, the twelve pillars of the Church of God. May we never depart from them. The Church prays today for that grace: "We who by the Holy Ghost have been gathered within the (apostolic) fold, may we in no wise be disturbed by any attack of the foe."

Yesterday's response to the first lesson is a beautiful tribute to the apostolic protectors on this ember Friday. "The fire of God," so reads the response, "came not to destroy, but to enlighten; not to consume, but to shine, and found the hearts of the disciples’ clean vessels. And the Holy Ghost gave them the gifts of His grace. He found them one in love, and the overflowing grace of the Godhead shone through them, alleluia."

He found their hearts clean vessels full of charity and love. No wonder the Holy Spirit replenished such hearts with the gifts of His grace. Where purity is, there is the vision of God; where charity and love are, there is God Himself. Purity and charity, these are the jewels that adorn the twelve apostolic pillars upon whom we rest. Purity and charity, these are the two channels through which flows freely the transforming life of the Godhead.

"O children of Sion, rejoice and be joyful in the Lord your God, because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you, as in the beginning" (epistle).

The holy apostles with whom we celebrate this day are indeed our "teachers of justice." If we adhere to them, if we absorb their purity and charity, the dew of the Holy Ghost will descend upon us, as it did in the beginning--on the day when "He found their hearts clean vessels and one in love."

In many ways we resemble the sick man in today's gospel; the palsy of human affections and uncharitableness is responsible for our lameness in the things of God. May these twelve strong apostolic men take hold of us this morning and "let us down into the midst before Jesus" that we may obtain from Him health of mind and heart and a new infusion of His Spirit of purity and charity.

May the eucharistic fire of God make our hearts clean vessels, and fill them with such a degree of love that the Holy Ghost will also give to us His gifts and the overflowing grace of His Godhead.

Prayer Source: Orate Fratres/Worship: A Review Devoted to the Liturgical Apostolate , The Liturgical Press 

Australia and Our Lady Help of Christians[3]

When Cardinal Patrick Moran of Sydney wrote his History of the Catholic Church in Australia, he recalled the laying of the foundation stone of what was to become the first cathedral in this land. His eminence declared: "Who was the patron selected by the people and their newly arrived pastor, Father Therry, for the Mother Church? Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, under the special invocation of Help of Christians, was chosen patroness. In choosing Mary, the young Church was following a sure Catholic instinct. But why the particular title of Help of Christians?

Events had happened in Europe only several years earlier, and this no doubt was still fresh in people's minds. Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pope Pius VI who died in goal, after which Pope Pius VII was elected. Just a short time later, he too was jailed by Napoleon, who kept him prisoner at Fontainebleau, 35 miles from Paris. The Holy Father vowed to God that, if he were restored, he would institute a special feast in honor of Mary. Military reverses forced Napoleon to release the Pope, and on May 24th, 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later, the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians, be kept on the 24th of May.

Australia became the first nation in the world to have, Mary, Help of Christians as Patroness: the first church to celebrate May 24th on a national scale (elsewhere the feast was restricted to Rome and specified places); and the first country to have a mother-cathedral under the same title.

Mary Help of Christian’s patroness of Australia and of the Military Ordinariate (Feast: 24th May)

Almighty God deepen in our hearts our love of Mary Help of Christians. Through her prayers and under her protection, may the light of Christ shine over our land. May Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace. Grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens. Bless especially the men and women of the Australian Defense Force and their families. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

Things to Do:

·         Make a virtual visit to the chapel of Our Lady, Help of Christians at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

·         Read more about Our Lady, Help of Christians.

·         Travel via the Internet to the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians built by St. John Bosco as a monument to the Virgin Mary, with the title Help of Christians, as the mother church and spiritual center of the Salesian Congregation.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

SECTION TWO-THE LORD'S PRAYER

Article 3-THE SEVEN PETITIONS

2803 After we have placed ourselves in the presence of God our Father to adore and to love and to bless him, the Spirit of adoption stirs up in our hearts seven petitions, seven blessings. the first three, more theological, draw us toward the glory of the Father; the last four, as ways toward him, commend our wretchedness to his grace. "Deep calls to deep."

2804 The first series of petitions carries us toward him, for his own sake: thy name, thy kingdom, thy will! It is characteristic of love to think first of the one whom we love. In none of the three petitions do we mention ourselves; the burning desire, even anguish, of the beloved Son for his Father's glory seizes us: "hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done...." These three supplications were already answered in the saving sacrifice of Christ, but they are henceforth directed in hope toward their final fulfillment, for God is not yet all in all.

2805 The second series of petitions unfolds with the same movement as certain Eucharistic epicleses: as an offering up of our expectations, that draws down upon itself the eyes of the Father of mercies. They go up from us and concern us from this very moment, in our present world: "give us . . . forgive us . . . lead us not ... deliver us...." The fourth and fifth petitions concern our life as such - to be fed and to be healed of sin; the last two concern our battle for the victory of life - that battle of prayer.

2806 By the three first petitions, we are strengthened in faith, filled with hope, and set aflame by charity. Being creatures and still sinners, we have to petition for us, for that "us" bound by the world and history, which we offer to the boundless love of God. For through the name of his Christ and the reign of his Holy Spirit, our Father accomplishes his plan of salvation, for us and for the whole world.


Apostolic Exhortation[4]

Veneremur 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,

I. The Graces of Holy Communion

i. Holy Communion changes and transforms us into “Alter Christus”

36. This Eucharistic Christ gives life to those that receive Him, assimilates them and transforms them into Himself. Jesus called Himself the “Bread of Life” precisely to make us understand that He does not nourish us as ordinary food does; rather, as He possesses life, He gives it to us. Being assimilated by Jesus in Holy Communion makes us like Him in our sentiments, desires, and our way of thinking. In Holy Communion, His heart nourishes our hearts; His pure, wise and loving desires purify our selfish ones, so that we not only know what He wants, but also start wanting the same more and more. Saint Paul aptly wrote, “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20). Through the Eucharist, we really become not only an Alter Christus – Another Christ – but indeed Ipse Christus, Christ Himself. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a homily on Corpus Domini speaks of this divine assimilation:

“The purpose of this communion, of this partaking, is the assimilation of my life with His, my transformation and conformation into He who is living Love. Therefore, this communion implies adoration; it implies the will to follow Christ, to follow the One who goes ahead of us” (Homily, Corpus Domini, 2005).

37. Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to leave us His presence under the appearance of bread and wine? He reveals the reason in His discourse on the Bread of Life:

“Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (Jn 6:57).

He wants to be nourishment of higher order of life within us, a capacity to love and act like Him, even to “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).

38. Bread and wine are also powerful symbols that convey eloquently Jesus’ invitation to walk the same path of sacrificial love. The grains of wheat that are used for making bread had to go through a grueling process. They are plucked, thrashed, crushed, and ground up, kneaded and shaped, and finally, they are thrown to be baked in an oven. In a similar way, the grapes are plucked and smashed. Their juice is purified and bottled. Then they are left until maturity. If we look up at the Crucified Jesus on the Cross, we can see a similar grueling process He went through in His Passion and Death; this is what true love really means. Every time we come to the Eucharist; we are invited to imitate this sacrificial love of Christ.

To be continued

Which are the fruits of the Holy Ghost? They are the twelve following:

1. Charity.

2. Joy.

3. Peace.

4. Patience.

5. Benignity.

6. Goodness.

7. Longsuffering.

8. Mildness.

9. Faith.

10. Modesty.

11. Continency.

12. Chastity.

These fruits should be visible in the Christian, for thereby men shall know that the Holy Ghost dwells in him, as the tree is known by its fruit.

Notice I have placed the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in stairstep fashion so we may reflect on them seeing that by concentrating on each step of our growth in the spirit we may progress closer and closer to our heavenly Father. Today we will be focusing on the fifth step which is mildness.

Fitness Friday-Water[5]

In order to prevent dehydration, anyone who exercises (especially athletes) should drink water before, during, and after the workout.

The following tips can help ensure your body has the hydration it requires for optimum exercise performance and recovery. These are general guidelines and may need to be increased for high-intensity or endurance activities or races.

If you are a serious athlete, you may want to weigh yourself before and after workouts to keep track of your fluid losses. Doing so will help you develop an individual hydration schedule.

Before Exercise

·  Drink at 16 ounces of water about two to three hours before exercising.

·  Drink 8 ounces of water about 30 minutes before exercising.

During Exercise

·  Drink 8 ounces of water every 15 to 30 minutes during exercise

·  If exercising longer than 60 minutes, drink about 12 ounces of a sports drink that contains a mixture of carbohydrates every 20 to 30 minutes.

After Exercise

·  Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water 30 minutes after exercise.

·  If you weighed yourself before exercise, weigh yourself again and drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound of body weight lost.

Throughout the Day

·  Drink at least one-half to three-fourths of your body weight in ounces of clean water throughout the entire day.

·  Drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every cup of soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol consumed. These beverages are acidic and contribute to additional water loss in the body.

Important notes:

·  The body can only utilize about 12-16 ounces of water at one time. Thus, when rehydrating, drink 16 ounces of water every 30 to 60 minutes.

·  Drink water BEFORE you get thirsty. When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Thus, drink water regularly throughout the day.

·  In preparation for a sports performance, the time to really focus on proper hydration is the three days prior to the event.

Water is important as well as caution in the Sun: Today is “Don’t Fry Day”-but if you do it is better to fry in this life then in the next.

NIC’s Corner-Check out British Columbia

May 24 - 26, 2024 

Feast of the Flowering Moon is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in historic, downtown Chillicothe, Ohio.  

The festival offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment for residents and visitors to Chillicothe, Ohio. Featured activities include Native American music and dancing, crafters, exhibitors, Mountain Man Encampment with working craftsmen and demonstrations, entertainment and much more. 

Historic Gettysburg Homes Open for Overnight Stays | Gettysburg National Military Park[6]

 

For those of you who have an interest in Civil War history, you may be interested to hear that you can stay overnight at both the Michael Bushman and John Slyder houses on the Gettysburg battlefield starting May 24th, 2024.

Gettysburg National Military Park is located in southern Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg battlefield is free to visit and open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset (weather permitting).

The Historic Bushman House was built in 1808 and restored and updated in 2017. The house is set back from the roadways and nestled within landmarks such as Little Round Top and Devil's Den, according to the NPS website. The Bushman house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and has a fully equipped and updated kitchen. You'll also be happy to hear it has air conditioning and central heating for added comfort. Click the following link for a full screen virtual tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=JLG3ydrb1Wv

·         The World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is observed today.

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Protection of Life from Conception until natural death.

·         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



[1] Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.

[2] Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.

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