Saturday, August 18, 2018

August 20 is the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a Cistercian monk who lived during the Middle Ages. He is a great Saint and Doctor of the Church.  It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His most painful wound, and our Lord answered:

“I had on my shoulder while I bore My Cross on the way of sorrows, a grievous wound which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins.”


Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ

Most loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I, a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.

God bless!
+JMJ+

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Prayer to the Precious Blood, Invoking the Help of Mary

O Sacred Blood, that flowed so copiously seven times for my salvation, I love Thee, I praise Thee, I adore Thee with the deepest feeling of gratitude! The purest fountain from which Thou didst flow makes Thy memory so sweet. O Precious Blood, with trumpet tones Thou speakest to me of the love of my God and Redeemer. How I deplore my coldness and indifference towards Thee! Now, at last, I wish to return love for love, blood for blood, if necessary. As often as my pulse beats, it shall greet Thee, Thou sweet Guest of my soul, and shall return to the arteries warmed and purified by Thy love. As long as the blood courses through my veins, it shall flow only for love of Thee; it shall circulate only for Thy interests and it shall turn cold and stand still only because I am about to love Thee in eternity. Oh, let this stream of Thy love flow through every heart and inebriate it with holy joy!

My dearest Mother Mary, I beseech Thee with confidence, obtain for me, although thy unworthy child, the blessing of God the Father, by covering me with the merits of thy Son Jesus, that I may regain my eternal birthright in Heaven. Clothe me every evening, Sweet Lady of Mt. Carmel, but especially on the eve of my life, with the "Dyed Garments" of the Precious Blood. Amen.



God bless!
+JMJ+

Saturday, June 30, 2018

With July, the month of the Precious Blood, drawing near, I thought it would be most fitting to post this wonderful set of prayers.  The following prayers are set up to pray daily for at least a week, honoring the Precious Blood of our Lord, and beseeching Him, through His sufferings, relief for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.  


Prayers in Honor of the Precious Blood 
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory for Each Day of the Week

For Sunday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and amongst them all especially that soul which is most destitute of aid; and bring it to Thy glory, there to praise and bless Thee forever. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

For Monday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and amongst them all, especially that Soul which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory; that so, it may soon begin to praise and bless Thee forever. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

For Tuesday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and in particular, amongst them all, deliver that one which would be the last to issue from those pains, that it tarry not so long a time before it comes to praise Thee in Thy glory and bless Thee forever. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

For Wednesday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed through the streets of Jerusalem when He carried the crust upon His sacred shoulders, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that Soul which is richest in merits before Thee; that so, on that throne of glory which awaits it, it may magnify Thee and bless Thee forever. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

For Thursday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His Own hand upon the eve of His passion to His beloved Apostles to be their meat and drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and life-giving food of His Own faithful people, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which was most devoted to this mystery of infinite love; that, with Thy Divine Son, and with Thy Holy Ghost, it may ever praise Thee for this Thy wondrous love in Thy eternal glory. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

For Friday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son shed on this day, upon the wood of the Cross, from His most sacred hands and feet, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that Soul for which I am most bound to pray; that the blame rest not with me that Thou bringest it not forthwith to praise Thee in Thy glory and to bless Thee forever. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

For Saturday: Lord God omnipotent, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which gushed forth from the side of Thy Divine Son Jesus in the sight and to the extreme pain of His most holy Mother, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that one amongst them all which was ever the most devout to this great Lady; that it may soon attain unto Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee, world without end. Amen. ***Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Profundis

De Profundis

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord: O Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication,
If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall abide it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and because of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath waited on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night let Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him is plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

God bless!
+JMJ+

Friday, June 22, 2018

Wonderfully Catholic

I wanted to tell you about a new amazing CD, entitled The Call to Arms, composed by FSSP seminarian Daniel Alloy.  It is an album of 12 orchestral pieces he composed over a two-year period--a story told in music.  I encourage you to take a look at it and, if possible, to purchase one as 100% of the purchase goes towards paying for his seminarian costs.
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The Call to Arms digital album is now available online at:   http://www.catholictexts.com/product/danielalloymusic/
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Mr. Alloy describes his work, saying, "Long ago, in a quiet valley of Maridor, a blacksmith named Hugh lived happily with his wife and daughter. One day, he received an urgent call to protect Maridor from a sudden and fearful danger. A great army from Hanidor had invaded, burning, pillaging, and killing all in their path. How did Hugh respond to the call? Where did it take him? And did he ever return home again? Here is his story.

Now unlike many stories, this one is told in the language of music. Each piece is a chapter. That is, each piece tells an important part of this story. But you must use your own wits and imagination to discover what is being told. With that, I invite you to come along on this adventure, and experience it for yourself. I hope that you enjoy it, and, in some small way, may it inspire you to answer your own call when it comes."



The purchase is easy:
-Log in/create an account with catholictexts.com.
-Once you purchase the album, you will receive an e-mail with a link to download the album (high quality and fast-download options available)
This online version is an mp3 music download. CD copies are available in the Immaculate Conception Church Bookstore in Omaha, NE. For bookstore hours, please see latinmassomaha.org.
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Riley bought a copy of the CD from Daniel Alloy when he was at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary for the annual quiz bowl, and my children really enjoy listening to it.  I hope you will stop in and take a look.  This purchase is a simple way to help support one of these wonderful young men while he is in the FSSP seminary. 

God bless!
+JMJ+

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Prayers for those Soon to be Ordained to the Priesthood

On Saturday, May 26 the FSSP will ordain ten new priests in Nebraska.  The names of the 2018 ordinandi for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter are:

Rev. Mr. Martin Adams
Rev. Mr. Stephen Braun
Rev. Mr. Michael Cunningham
Rev. Mr. Christopher Fitzpatrick
Rev. Mr. Graham Latimer
Rev. Mr. Aaron Liebert
Rev. Mr. Daniel Mould
Rev. Mr. Martin Rangel-Garcia
Rev. Mr. Andrew Rapoport
Rev. Mr. Richard Wallace

Additionally Rev. Mr. Seth Phipps will be ordained in the United Kingdom of June 7.
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Please keep all of the men in your prayers, asking God to bless their priesthood and help them become holy priests.  In fact today a friend of mine, Christine, reminded me that if one wishes to pray a novena for these young men, the prayer would begin today.  I know I am posting this reminder late; however, even if you begin on another day, I encourage you to offer your prayers for them as they use these final days, preparing for ordination.  Really any novena prayer would suffice for this intention.  You could also pray St. Catherine of Siena's Prayer for the Church and Priests or the  Prayer for Priests.

I have met many of these deacons, and they are truly wonderful, holy men.  We are so blessed to be a part of the Fraternity of St. Peter.  The impressive formation these men receive is clearly seen.  Thus please join me in praying for them, now and in the years to come, that they may remain steadfast in the True Faith.


The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

We need them in life's early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek them when tasting life's woes.

At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness;
Their dignity stands all alone;

And when we are tempted and wander,
To pathways of shame and of sin,
It's the hand of a priest that will absolve us--
Not once, but again and again.

And when we are taking life's partner,
Other hands may prepare us a feast,
But the hand that will bless and unite us--
Is the beautiful hand of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress;
When can a poor sinner do better,
Than to ask Him to guide thee and bless?

When the hour of death comes upon us,
May our courage and strength be increased,
By seeing raised over us in blessing--
The beautiful hands of a priest.
--Author unknown from an old prayer card

God bless!
+JMJ+

Friday, April 20, 2018

Easter Prayer for Holy Communion

In The Liturgical Year Abbot Gueranger writes,
"Our Savior Himself teaches us . . . He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, hath everlasting life, and I will raise him up in the last day.' [St. John vi 49, 5O, 55]

We shall all resume these bodies of ours on the Last Day, either for glory or punishment eternal; but he that worthily unites himself by holy Communion with the glorious and risen Body of the Man-God contracts an alliance and intimacy with Him which forbid this Divine Guest to leave in corruption these members made His own by the sublime Mystery.

We must, therefore, approach the holy Table during Eastertide with an ardent ambition for our resurrection, knowing as we do that we then receive into our bodies an element which is to preserve them even when turned into dust; and which, moreover, confers on them a right to the qualities or glorified bodies, whose beauty and happiness will be like those of our Jesus, after he had risen from the grave.

Now, if our Redeemer does all this for our bodies by means of holy Communion-----giving them, by it, the pledge of immortality-----what must he not do for our souls, in order to strengthen and increase within them that new life, that Resurrection-----life, which is the fruit of Easter, the object of all our past efforts, the reward of all the victories we have gained over ourselves during the campaign of Lent? Nay, unless this new life be fostered by frequent Communion, it is in danger of growing weak, perhaps even of becoming extinct within us. The Apostle tells us that 'Christ, having risen from the dead, dieth now no more;' [Rom. vi 9] we, then, must die no more, for we are risen with Him. To this end, we must hunger after the Bread of Heaven, of which our Jesus says: 'If any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever.' [St. John vi. 52]"
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During this holy Easter season may we humble ourselves before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, thanking Him and adoring Him especially after receiving Him in Holy Communion.  The following prayer is an Easter prayer to be recited after receiving Holy Communion.
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Act of Adoration after Holy Communion

O infinite majesty! Thou art in me, and I am in Thee. The earth shook when Thou didst rise from the tomb; and now, at this blissful moment, feeling Thee within me, my whole being thrills with delight. Thou art here in my heart; Thou the great God, Whose will alone created the light and Whose almighty power reunited Thy Soul and Body for a glorious Resurrection. I most profoundly adore Thine omnipotence, which is now united to my poor nature. No, my Almighty Father! Thou shalt find no resistance here; Thou art my Sovereign Lord, and I delightedly confess it. Thou hast come down from Heaven to this lowly dwelling of my misery, my nothingness, in order to receive my adoration; Thou shalt have it, dear Lord! the humblest and best I can give: for my soul is overpowered by the wondrous honor Thou art now conferring upon me! Thou art the infinite Being, the Creator and Preserver of all things! I adore Thee as my King and Lord and Master: my happiness and glory is in my total dependence upon Thee; the one ambition of my heart is to serve Thee.  Amen.
Taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Guéranger

God bless!
+JMJ+

Friday, April 6, 2018

For the Feast of the Annunciation

Normally the feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25, but since it fell on Palm Sunday this year, the feast was transferred to Monday, April 9.  There are a few common prayers to recite in our Lady's honor on this important feast, including the Litany of Loreto and the Ave Maria.  A lesser known devotion to pray on the feast of the Annunciation is the "Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary."  This prayer is a chaplet based on St. John's vision of our Lady in Revelations, honoring the 12 stars in our Lady's crown as they symbolize her motherhood and queenship.


The oldest form of praying the chaplet is simply the recitation of 1 Pater, 4 Aves, and 1 Glory Be, repeated three times to honor Mary's virtues of excellence, power and goodness.  Much loved by the holy St. Louis de Montfort, this saint included additional prayers to the chaplet.  He recommended its recitation to all who strove to serve Jesus through Mary.  The following form is that composed by St. Louis de Montfort.  


Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle winthin them the fire of Thy love!

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray. O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit dost instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us by this same Spirit to relish what is right and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

First Crown: The Crown of Excellence
To honor the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, her ineffable Virginity, her purity without stain and her innumerable virtues:

**Recite one Pater; Recite One Ave
Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Lord, the Creator of the world; thou didst give birth to Him Who made thee, and remainest a Virgin forever. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
O holy and immaculate Virgin, I know not with what praise to extol thee, since thou didst bear in thy womb the very One Whom the Heavens cannot contain. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Thou are all fair, O Virgin Mary, and there is no stain in thee.  Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Thy virtues, O Virgin, surpass the stars in number.  Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!
**Recite a Glory Be
Second Crown: The Crown of Power
To honor the royalty of the Blessed Virgin, her magnificence, her universal mediation, and the strength of her rule:

**Recite one Pater; Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee, O Empress of the world! Bring us with thee to the joys of Heaven. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee, O treasure house of the Lord's graces! Grant us a share in thy riches. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee, O Mediatrix between God and man! Through thee may the Almighty be favorable to us. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee who destroyest heresies and crushest demons! Be thou our loving guide. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!
**Recite a Glory Be

Third Crown: The Crown of Goodness
To honor the mercy of the Blessed Virgin toward sinners, the poor, the just, and the dying:

**Recite one Pater; Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee, O refuge of sinners! Intercede for us with God.  Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee, O Mother of orphans! Render the Almighty favorable to us. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee, O joy of the just! Lead us with thee to the joys of Heaven. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary;
Rejoice a thousand times!

**Recite One Ave
Glory be to thee who are ever ready to assist us in life and death! Lead us with thee to the kingdom of Heaven! Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!
**Recite a Glory Be

**Concluding Prayer
Let Us Pray. Hail, Mary, Daughter of God the Father; Hail, Mary, Mother of God the Son; Hail, Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost; Hail, Mary, Temple of the most Holy Trinity; Hail, Mary, my Mistress, my treasure, my joy, Queen of my heart; my Mother, my life, my sweetness, my dearest hope ---- yea, my heart and my soul! I am all thine and all that I have is Thine, O Virgin blessed above all things! Let thy soul be in me to magnify the Lord; let thy spirit be in me to rejoice in God. Set thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in thee and through thee I may be found faithful to God. Receive me, O gracious Virgin, among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children. Grant that for love of thee I may despise all earthly consolations and ever cling to those of Heaven until, through thee, His faithful spouse, Jesus Christ thy Son be formed in me for the glory of the Father. Amen.

God bless!
+JMJ+
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