Archive for June 2013

The Fortnight Begins Today

June 21, 2013

Fortnight-Logo-as-of-June-1Here are some suggestions from the USCCB.

Read Bishop Bambera’s message.

*** Plan to attend our Holy Hour on June 30th ***


Starting on June 14

June 13, 2013

The Novena to St Thomas More, sponsored by the St Thomas More Catholic Parish at St Joseph’s Church in Scranton.  Here are the prayers for the novena.

Holy Hour — June 30th

June 8, 2013


The Guardian of the Redeemer CMF will be hosting a Eucharistic Holy Hour on Sunday, June 30th (during the “Fortnight for Freedom”) starting at 5:00 p.m. at St Monica’s Parish, 8th Street, West Wyoming.  The Holy Hour is in response to the US Bishops’ recent pastoral initiative calling Catholics to prayer and penance with the intention of building a culture that is favorable to life, marriage and religious liberty.  All are welcome (men, women and children).  Light refreshments will be served during a time of fellowship after the Holy Hour.

Deeper into the Heart of Christ

June 3, 2013

During this month of June, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I’m reading an old classic (1953) on the Heart of Christ:  Our Best Friend by Christian Pesch, a German Jesuit (inexpensive used copies are available at both Amazon and AbeBooks).  From the manner in which Pesch writes, one detects a special intimacy in his relationship with Our Lord, which is inspiring to me, and frequently causes me to stop reading in order to reflect.

In the first chapter, he describes an encounter of St Gertrude the Great with St John the Evangelist:

AugustineTuanBaoTwelve centuries after his death, he appeared on the day of his feast to the renowned mystic, the great St Gertrude, and said to her:  “Come with me to rest a while on the bosom of our Saviour where are hid all the treasures of beatitude.”  There the Saint became conscious of the pulsations of the divine Heart, from which she drew unspeakable consolation.  She then asked St John:  “Did you not experience the bliss of these divine pulsations when you rested on our Saviour’s breast at the last supper?”  “I did perceive them,” he answered, “and was deeply moved by them.”  Then St Gertrude replied:  “Why, then, did you keep this a secret, and not record it for our progress?”  John answered:  “It was my duty to write for the nascent Church facts of the uncreated Word of the Father which no man could discover even to the end of time.  But this language of the pulsations of the divine Heart was reserved for later times in order that the aging world, growing cold in love, might again become enkindled at the recitation of such mysteries.”