Archive for July 2010

If you enjoy a creative protest…

July 24, 2010

…you’ll really appreciate this one.  I’d like to see more of these — and bigger!

Of course Georgia’s clueless legislative wonder, Tyrone Brooks, doesn’t agree (see his quote in the article).  Some Civil Rights proponent he is!!!

Mary Meets Dolly

July 19, 2010

Mary Meets Dolly looks like a great reference site for the Catholic perspective on issues involving the manipulation of human life.  It’s written by a clinical molecular biologist in collaboration with her father who is a [Catholic] theologian.

I first learned about this site via our local Catholic radio station, WQOR (JMJ750) which brodcasts on 750AM.  Last Friday, Brian Patrick was interviewing Rebecca, the website’s author, on his “Son Rise Morning Show.” (7am to 8am)

Local Catholic radio:  You better listen!  I strongly encourage you to listen!

Prayer request

July 17, 2010

Prayers are requested for Christian’s father-in-law.  He’s in the ICU with renal failure and complications.  Please pray for God’s healing and mercy for him, and peace for his family.

For fathers

July 17, 2010

Over at the Ignatian Spirituality blog, Tim shares some lessons he’s learning as he spends more time than usual with his girls.

Entrusting oneself to God

July 13, 2010

Last week Pope Benedict XVI presided at the commissioning of a new fountain dedicated to St Joseph in the Vatican Gardens.  His speech included the following:

…Entrusting oneself to God does not mean seeing everything clearly according to our own criteria, it does not mean doing what we have planned; entrusting oneself to God means emptying oneself of oneself, renouncing oneself, for only those who accept to lose themselves for God can be called “just”, like St Joseph, that is, can conform their will to God’s and so fulfill themselves. 

Novena Prayer to St Benedict

July 11, 2010

Novena Prayer to St Benedict

O glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of all virtues, pure vessel of God’s grace! Behold me, humbly kneeling at your feet. I implore your loving heart to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in all the dangers which daily surround me. Shield me against my enemies, inspire me to imitate you in all things. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may shun whatever God forbids and avoid the occasions of sin.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces of which I stand so much in need, in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. Your heart was always so full of love, compassion, and mercy towards those who were afflicted or troubled in any way. You never dismissed without consolation and assistance any one who had recourse to you. I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, in the confident hope that you will hear my prayers and obtain the special grace and favor currently requested by our holy and faithful priest, Fr Leo McKernan.

Help me, O great St. Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to be ever submissive to His holy will, and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.

Litany of St Benedict

July 11, 2010

Litany of St Benedict

Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us; Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of Virgins, pray for us.

Holy Father St Benedict, pray for us.
Father most renowned, pray for us.
Father most affectionate, pray for us.
Father most patient, pray for us.
Father most merciful, pray for us.
Man of great fortitude, pray for us.
Man of venerable life, pray for us.
Disciplined man of prayer, pray for us.
Flower of piety, pray for us.
Flower of sanctity, pray for us.
Flower of chastity, pray for us.
Bright light of the world, pray for us.
Star of religion, pray for us.
Mirror of perfection, pray for us.
Teacher of silence, pray for us.
Example of poverty, pray for us.
Master of obedience, pray for us.
Paradigm of humility, pray for us.
Model of abstinence, pray for us.
Kind instructor of monks, pray for us.
Firm in faith, pray for us.
Strong in hope, pray for us.
Fervent in charity, pray for us.
Pure in mind, pray for us.
Chaste in body, pray for us.
Free from passions, pray for us.
Instrument of the miraculous, pray for us.
Revealer of the secrets of the heart, pray for us.
Foreknowing the future, pray for us.
Pattern of trust in the presence of evil, pray for us.
Confident in the Lord’s providence, pray for us.
Adorned with the grace of God, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Raised to the height of angelic glory, pray for us.
Rapt in the ardor of contemplation, pray for us.
Joined to the choirs of angels, pray for us.
Exalted among the Patriarchs, pray for us.
Made companion among the Prophets, pray for us.
Associated to the college of Apostles, pray for us.
Adorned with the roses of Martyrs, pray for us.
Decorated with the labors of Confessors, pray for us.
Honored among Abbots, pray for us.
Placed over the choir of Monks, pray for us.
Crowned with the lilies of Virgins, pray for us.
Patriarch of Western Monasticism, pray for us.
Patron of a happy death, pray for us.
Patron of many pontiffs, pray for us.
Patron of Europe, pray for us.
United to the company of all the Saints, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V.  Intercede for us, O holy Father, St Benedict
R.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
O most holy Abbot Benedict, father and guide of monks, and intrepid warrior against evil, intercede for our salvation and the salvation of all mankind.  Raise up, O Lord, in your Church the Spirit which animated St Benedict, and being filled with the same Spirit, may we seek to love what he loved and to practice what he taught.  Grant us, we ask you O Lord, perseverance in doing your will, that in our days, the people serving you may increase both in dedication to prayer and in zeal for the Gospel.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.