Thank you for the kind comment.
I’m glad that you found credence in my observation / opinion.
Oh, I forgot to mention in my previous post (probably just above this one), that with regard to your “inner locution” or “feeling” in which to pray for Priests following the young men sitting in the pew ahead of you at Mass, indeed that is a G-O-O-D thing. Accept it as a Grace.
The Church is in dire need of new, holy Priests.
Here is a small prayer that I pray every day (or multiple times throughout the day) for Priests. I’ve modified it from the original prayer that I heard years ago, so it is a bit more in tune with the situation going on right now in the Church:
God our Father,
Please send the Church, holy and faithful Priests.
All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
All for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In union with St. Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family and of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
I like to think that it helps.
posted on 01/07/2010 11:59:40 PM PST
(Like a moon without a tide ...)
Beautiful prayer! St. Joseph seems to be on the lay-low in the Catholic Church, so seeing his inclusion was particularly wonderful. (I've already said your prayer!) If we only knew how much prayer benefited the world, we'd start upon rising and not stop until we slept.
As far as The Catholic Knight goes, that's a site I used to visit a long time ago, but then some things were troubling, most of all, the fact he does not identify himself which is like receiving the Body of Christ from a priest with a mask on. Not trustworthy and even a little creepy. And I understand what you are saying in regard to the Anglican faith being included in a positive light on his blog. (The Catholic Knight IS a convert, I'm almost certain, but I can't remember from which faith.)
He does have lovely articles on the wearing of the mantilla and shawls, but he's a little close to the edge on his dislike for the NO mass, however, because, of course, Jesus comes to us through the Eucharist, even if the Host is consecrated in a closet.
In my husband's book
, he has a chapter on Coach Ray Meyer (of the DePaul Blue Demons). I'll include a blurb:
And if there was one thing that separated Ray's career from that of the other Hall of Fame coaches, it was prayer. No matter where they were playing, Ray made sure he went to Mass the day of a game---which created some interesting scenarios ... "Once we got in late to Terre Haute for a game against Indiana State, and when an attending priest found out I hadn't been to Mass yet, I sent the team out for warm-ups with the assistant coach, and he said Mass for me in the rest room. And then there was the time we were waiting for a flight at O'Hare, and Joey found out I hadn't gotten to Mass yet, so he had the team chaplain say it for us in the middle of the airport. Although we didn't intend it at the time, it must have been quite a witness." And, of course, there was the rosary. "The players used to call me 'the man with the beads,' as I was never without one. Before each game, I'd send the team out of the locker room, but I'd join them only after I said a few decades. Then right before tip-off, I'd gather the team around me and we'd say a Hail Mary--even in the late '70s when there were not Catholics among Depaul's starting five. Now ... I say the rosary to ask my wife, Marge [who died in 1986] and my daughter Mariann [who died of cancer in 1996] to help me through each day." He paused, "It's tough now ... tough without Marge. Even at camp ... which I still love ... there are more kids who get in trouble, but that's only because there are more kids from broken homes. But I still try."
Are you familiar with Coach Ray Meyer? I was able to accompany Tom on the interview at Coach's home and that's where the photograph shown was taken. Although it's difficult to see, Coach has a rosary in his hands.
Coach Ray Meyer passed away
at the age of 92 in March of 2006. It wouldn't surprise me to find out he died a saint. He was that
good of a guy! (brilliant sense of humor as well).
posted on 01/08/2010 6:52:06 AM PST
("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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