“…that we might praise Him for His work in creatures.” St. Teresa of Avila. The Interior Castle
“Do not give your heart to your money, or say, ‘With this I am self-sufficient.’ Do not be led by your appetites and energy to follow the passions of your heart. And do not say, ‘Who has authority over me?’ for the Lord will certainly be avenged on you…do not be so sure of forgiveness that you add sin to sin.” Ecclesiasticus 5: 1-10
To really feel good about ourselves, and live the law of love, we need to master ourselves and overcome sin.
“Even today, whenever Moses is read, the veil is over the minds of the Israelites. It will not be removed until they turn to the Lord. Now this Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we turn into the image that we reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit.” II Corinthians 3:15-17
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
(The chaplet is prayed using a rosary)
One Our Father
One Hail Mary
The Apostles Creed
On each of the five large beads before each decade, pray:
Eternal Father I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each of the ten small beads of each decade, pray:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
At the end of the chaplet pray three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion is inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is love and Mercy itself. Amen
Divine Mercy, Direct Me
Eternal God, Goodness itself, whose mercy is incomprehensible to every intellect, whether human or angelic, help me, Your feeble child, to do Your holy will as You make it known to me. I desire nothing but to fulfill Your desires. Lord, here is my soul and my body, my mind and my will, my heart and all my love, Direct me according to Your eternal plan. Amen.
You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life gushed forth for souls and the
ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fountain of Life
unfathomable Divine Mercy
envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth
from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us,
I trust in You.
“Give light to my eyes, Lord, lest I sleep in death; and my enemy say: I have overcome him.” Ps 12: 4-5
“Rid yourselves of all you sins; and make a new heart and spirit.” Ezk 18: 31
“I will tell all your marvelous works. I will rejoice and be glad in you, and sing to your name, Most High.” Ps 9: 2-3
Antiphons, for the second Tuesday in Lent, that were omitted from a Mass in NYC.
Leah Libresco gave a spirited talk on her journey to the truth, at the Crossroads Cultural Center, last evening in NYC.
Raised in an atheist home on Long Island, Leah graduated from Yale ’11 and was received into the Catholic Church in 2012.
The gift of her conversion is a terrific story fueled by debate among Christian friends, who she said gave her a “reason to be interested,” along with cold pizza, rounds of toasting, dollops of Lewis, Chesterton and McIntyre — and no doubt draughts of Spirit.
Leah said her “secular humanists” parents wanted to change the world, and that she shared their conviction but “needed to know that she was right.”
She mentioned the need for “constant conversion” allowing one to go from thinking “about God” to “thinking with God.”
“However pure the water may be, ‘whoever drinketh it shall thirst again’. This life cheats our thirst: it cannot quench it. When we get what we want, we always want something else…’He that believeth in me shall never thirst.’ ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!—Lord, who hast walked our roads from Bethlehem to Calvary, so as to experience our human thirsts, I come to thee, I believe in thee. Pour me out the draught of eternity.” Georges Chevrot, The Well of Life (Scepter, 1960)
Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University, presented: At Prayer — Private Prayer and Community Worship, this week at Wallace Hall in NYC. He used slide images of famous artworks throughout his talk (the one in photo by Durer).
A talk on prayer, by a Jesuit, is especially relevant today given the prominent role Jesuits are playing in the Church, and in recent revolutions (Rev. Paolo Dall ‘Oglio S.J., Syria; Rev. David Nazar S.J., Ukraine).
In his remarks Rev. O’Donovan said that Pope Francis was looking for bishops — pastors “who will argue with God on behalf of their people.” He added that the “Pope gave himself a present” with the canonization of Peter Faber.
In describing his support for the Maidan revolution in Ukraine, Rev. Nazar mentions, in blog posts, that he and others prayed “every hour” during the days leading up to Yanukovych’s violent removal from office.
The removal of Yanukovych in Ukraine, and the violent attempts to remove Assad in Syria, are clear violations of the U.N. Charter, International Law and the Gospel. In case there are any doubts about the nature of the opposition in Ukraine—the same opposition supported by Rev. Nazar—here’s a twitter post from one of their members on February 18, 2014: “Dear European Union and United States of America: We no longer need your moral support. Act or fuck off. With EuroLove, From EuroUkraine”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers criteria in this area: “Armed resistance to oppression by political authority is not legitimate, unless all of the following conditions are met: 1) there is certain, grave, and prolonged violation of human rights; 2) all other means of redress have been exhausted; 3) such resistance will not provoke worse disorders; 4) there is well founded hope for success; and 5) it is impossible reasonably to foresee any better solution. (CCC #2243)
John Paul II reminds us in Crossing the Threshold of Hope, that in the struggle for the victory of good in man and in the world, the need for prayer arises. “The Gospel teaches us to call good and evil by name, but it also teaches: “Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good” (cf. Rom 12:21).
“The Church prays for the suffering. Suffering, in fact, is always a great test not only of physical strength but also of spiritual strength. Saint Paul’s truth about ‘completing the sufferings of Christ’ (cf. Col 1:24) is part of the Gospel. It contains the joy and the hope that are essential to the Gospel; but man will not cross the threshold of that truth without the help of the Holy Spirit. Prayer for the suffering and with the suffering is therefore a special part of this great cry that the Church and the pope raise together with Christ.” John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope (Knopf, 1994)
“The Church calls on all its members to renew themselves — which constitutes a fight, a spirited battle, because the evil spirit wants us to deviate from the road towards God.” Pope Benedict XVI, 17 Feb. 2013
Artwork: The Catholic Educator, 1889