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Posted on 07/01/2010 9:03:55 AM PDT by Mad Dawg
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Did all of you put your shoes out tonight for St. Nicholas?
Came out of the blue, did it? :-D
Joining in prayer...
Beloveds (is that a word?) in the Lord:
(See Latin is SO much better! I could say “Amatae in Domino” and you’d know what I meant and that I was addressing the two of you.)
Anyway, thanks for bumping the thread and for your prayers. This Litany has become really important to me.
This PM at Mass I’ll keep you both in my prayers.
Thanks, your prayers are welcome!
Prayers for the religion forum...
Prayers for the religion forum.
He who put the magic in tree and brook and gentle grasses has this past night leaped from beyond heaven into your heart.
Sedge, creek and rivulet, steep forest and dark -- all sing his praise. Mighty river throbs with his power. Storms light the clouds with his light. Leaves whisper his words.
And now all that power, beyond all known strength, power from which all power comes, it shows itself to us as an infant, drawing delighted love from us, enticing us to joyful service, revealing our own hearts to us and empowering them to do what they have always longed to do (whether they knew it or not), to love, to serve, to make merry music.
Sorry you were under the weather.
Your Christmas greeting to your pagan friend is touching.
That’s lovely! Thank you!
I hope you’re feeling better! Seaman Anoreth has a mild case of Plague, too.
Have you ever sent your friend this?
A Cliché Came Out of Its Cage
You said The world is going back to Paganism. Oh bright
Vision! I saw our dynasty in the bar of the House
Spill from their tumblers a libation to the Erinyes,
And Leavis with Lord Russell wreathed in flowers, heralded with flutes,
Leading white bulls to the cathedral of the solemn Muses
To pay where due the glory of their latest theorem.
Hestias fire in every flat, rekindled, burned before
The Lardergods. Unmarried daughters with obedient hands
Tended it. By the hearth the white-armd venerable mother
Domum servabat, lanam faciebat. Duly at the hour
Of sacrifice their brothers came, silent, corrected, grave
Before their elders; on their downy cheeks easily the blush
Arose (it is the mark of freemens children) as they trooped,
Gleaming with oil, demurely home for the palaestra or the dance.
Walk carefully, do not wake the envy of the happy gods,
Shun Hubris. The middle of the road, the middle sort of men,
Are best. Aidos surpasses gold. Reverence for the aged
Is wholesome as seasonable rain, and for a man to die
Defending the city in battle is a harmonious thing.
Thus with magistral hand the Puritan Sophrosune
Cooled and schooled and tempered our uneasy motions;
Heathendom came again, the circumspection and the holy fears . . .
You said it. Did you mean it? Oh inordinate liar, stop!
Or did you mean another kind of heathenry?
Think, then, that under heaven-roof the little disc of the earth,
Fortified Midgard, lies encircled by the ravening Worm.
Over its icy bastions faces of giant and troll
Look in, ready to invade it. The Wolf, admittedly, is bound;
But the bond will break, the Beast run free. The weary gods,
Scarred with old wounds, the one-eyed Odin, Tyr who has lost a hand,
Will limp to their stations for the last defence. Make it your hope
To be counted worthy on that day to stand beside them;
For the end of man is to partake of their defeat and die
His second, final death in good company. The stupid, strong
Unteachable monsters are certain to be victorious at last,
And every man of decent blood is on the losing side.
Take as your model the tall women with yellow hair in plaits
Who walked back into burning houses to die with men,
Or him who as the death spear entered into his vitals
Made critical comments on its workmanship and aim.
Are these the Pagans you spoke of? Know your betters and crouch, dogs;
You that have Vichy-water in your veins and worship the event,
Your goddess History (whom your fathers called the strumpet Fortune).
-—C. S. Lewis
Sad to hear of your illness.
Prayers and hugs.
It is a less grand and pretentious paganism she affirms. I don’t guess she would even use the word.
She rightly sees, but wrongly understands, the beauty in dingle and dell. And nominal Christianity has let her down horribly. She has Job’s complaint to a certain degree, and needs prayers, love, and exhortation more than anything else.
All y’all. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Ah, I see.
We’re all holding together ... a little snow, a little sneezing, please wash your hands. What do you mean we’re out of wine?
I went out a few minutes ago to unplug our string of Christmas lights and found Yellow Cat, the neighborhood rounder, on the doormat in a ball. “Yeeeeoooowwwrrrrr!” he says, and I felt bad and put some cat food on a napkin for him. Next time I opened the door he had moved on.
Praying for your health and hoping that you had a nonetheless peaceful Christmas day.
That’s absolutely beautiful. It would make a great Christmas card sentiment. I’d put the first two paragraphs on the front and the third on the inside.
Thanks, all. Stomach coming back to more or less nominal.
Yeah, the ol’ Mizris and I have pretty much decided we’re going to use it somehow next Xmastide.
Prayers for the religion forum
Is it blowing up again? Oh dear. The Enemy must have whatever passes for joy in so foul a heart.
Anybody who wants to read stuff I wrote on “Truth” (10 pages + 6 pages of notes) or “Community” (one page, no notes) FRMail me your email addy. They were written for a Lay Dominican audience, so parts may be more than usually obscure.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Today's Biblical Reflection is Many Members in One Body.
The Church of Jerusalem in the Acts of the Apostles is the model of the unity we seek today. As such, it reminds us that prayer for Christian unity cannot be for uniformity, because unity from the beginning has been characterized by rich diversity. The Church of Jerusalem is the model or icon of unity in diversity.
God, from whom all life flows in its rich diversity, you call your Church as the Body of Christ to be united in love. May we learn more deeply our unity in diversity, and strive to work together to preach, and build up the Kingdom of your abundant love to all, while accompanying each other in each place, and in all places. May we always be mindful of Christ as the source of our life together. We pray in the unity of the Spirit. Amen.
Lord, as we approach the celebration of Lent we ask your help.
Help us to pray with new fervor.
Help us to give alms generously.
Help us to fast with a happy heart and a smile on our face.
And lastly, Lord, please help us to keep our silence and not boast!
A Lenten ping for this prayer thread.
Prayer for Preparation for Mass Prayer of St. Ambrose Amen.
Lord, Jesus Christ, I approach your banquet table in fear and trembling, for I am a sinner, and dare not rely on my own worth but only on your goodness and mercy. I am defiled by many sins in body and soul, and by my unguarded thoughts and words. Gracious God of majesty and awe, I seek your protection, I look for your healing, poor troubled sinner that I am, I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy. I cannot bear your judgment, but I trust in your salvation. Lord, I show my wounds to you and uncover my shame before you. I know my sins are many and great, and they fill me with fear, but I hope in your mercies, for they cannot be numbered. Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man, crucified for mankind, look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer, for I trust in you. Have mercy on me, full of sorrow and sin, for the depth of your compassion never ends. Praise to you, saving sacrifice, offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind. Praise to the noble and precious blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, Lord, your creature, whom you have redeemed with your blood. I repent my sins, and I long to put right what I have done. Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins; purify me in body and soul, and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies. May your body and blood, which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy, be for me the remission of my sins, the washing away of my guilt, the end of my evil thoughts, and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and soul, and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies.
Prayer for Preparation for Mass
Prayer of St. Ambrose
Later on I’ll put up Aquinas’s prayers before and after Mass.
Thank you and God Bless. Prayers being said.
Praying in union with others for a blessed Lenten season, in Christ’s Holy Name.
Excellent!! Thanks for the ping. And a delayed thanks for the thread, Mad Dawg.
Κύριε καὶ Δέσποτα τῆς ζωῆς μου, πνεῦμα ἀργίας, περιεργίας, φιλαρχίας, καὶ ἀργολογίας μή μοι δῷς.
Πνεῦμα δὲ σωφροσύνης, ταπεινοφροσύνης, ὑπομονῆς, καὶ ἀγάπης χάρισαί μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ.
Ναί, Κύριε Βασιλεῦ, δώρησαι μοι τοῦ ὁρᾶν τὰ ἐμὰ πταίσματα, καὶ μὴ κατακρίνειν τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, ὅτι εὐλογητὸς εἶ, εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.
O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, idle curiosity, lust for power and idle talk. [Full prostration]
But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love.[Full prostration]
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see mine own faults and not to judge my brother. For blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.[Full prostration]
That is a beautiful prayer.
Sorry I can’t do the full prostration, though. I’d never be able to get up off the floor.
That is a wonderful prayer, full of the humility of Christ. Well worth devoting oneself to.
I love learning when I'm wrong.
You would have guessed right. The word can also mean prudence. It is translated "chastity" here to demonstrate self control. There a many Greek words with shades of meaning which don't translate into English well. The final word of the Our Father, πονηρός (as in ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ), is a good example of this.
|Meditations by Padre Pio
Humility and charity go hand in hand. The one glorifies, the other sanctifies.
Oh my. I’m going to be in a few minutes, and when I wake up, it’ll be Lent.
I feel like I’m going to be climbing a BIG mountain.
We need to keep praying for the separated brethren, as you know. The wrath has many in its grip.
Amen to that!
Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
I can’t imagine a better prayer for the forum:
O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, idle curiosity, lust for power and idle talk.
But grant unto me, Thy servant, a spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love.
Prayers for the religion forum
Maybe, as off-year elections approach and as we in the RF continue talking past one another, just maybe it’s time to crank this thread up again.
Fatima I pinged you because some posts back you asked if this thread were ego stroking or prayer, and you said it had done no good. I’m not so sure.
Of course, prayer isn’t magic. We can’t say it didn’t “work” just because we didn’t get what we asked for. Maybe peace in the RF has to be preceded by peace in our hearts.
But I DO think some bridges seem to have been built.
WOW! Deo Gratias!
Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Fr. Freddy Ocun
Bumping this thread. I believe we need to do some additional praying for the Religion Forum. Some of the threads are degenerating into word-wars.
Amen. thanks, a good prayer under any circumstance.
Thanks for the ping! I just copied the Greek prayer from the 1280s to my journal. It can be a poster for Lent! Unnngh, that “idle curiousity” ...
"But Jesus prayed that we'd be one ... so for the sake of God's own Son ......"
I Corithians 12 ... As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.
And the gospel from Luke 4 ...
Jesus returned to Galilee ... went into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah ...
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.
This was said to Jesus' Jewish community in the synagogue. Not to any of us Gentiles. But our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ fulfilled the Father's plan to present His promise of salvation to the entire world.
Since we were not God's original Chosen People, and perhaps somewhat similar to ceasing the requirement of non-Jews to be circumcised, far be it from us to place restrictions on our Christian brethen who are not Catholic too? Is that not the task of the Holy Spirit?