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NOVENA for the ELECTION -- 54 or 56 days (you choose!) ECUMENICAL
Vanitas vanitatum | 9/1/2012 | Vanity

Posted on 09/01/2012 7:05:48 AM PDT by Mad Dawg

Clearly we need to seek, to beg God's help in the coming election. I invite all to join in a "Novena" -- a LONG one -- with just such an intention.

If you start on 9/11 (!) and pray for 56 days, you end the day before election day.
If you start on 9/13 and pray for 54 days... you do the math. :-)

I am asking us to consider ADDING something to our daily prayers. I know you all are busy and I suspect many of you spend a good deal of time in prayer anyway. I do not seek to bind burdens on anyone's back. Though prayer sometimes involves teeth-gritting, that should not be the main theme! The main themes should always be hope, joy, and gratitude, IMHO.

But the prayer of a just man avails much, and we are justified in Jesus! So let us pray! Please consider adding ONE thing -- an act of charity and mercy, a little extra time in prayer and/or with Scripture, maybe a little fast -- or a even little extra physical exercise! But add just one thing to the Glory of our loving God and with a petition that He do HIS will in the coming election.

[Boring technical stuff for non-Catholics. The term "novena" refers to a period of prayer. It derives from, so to speak, riffing on the nine days of prayer between the Ascension and the Pentecost. Hence the name, which pretty much means "niney-thing" -- Mad Dawg translation.

[ Not so long ago, in our tradition, somebody was instructed to pray a novena of 6 novenas -- 3 of petition and 3 of thanksgiving. Good stuff ensued. Thus arose the 54 day novena. With JPII's change of the Rosary, a figure divisible by four is tidier for those who pray the Rosary. Hence my suggestion of 56 days.]


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In the days before the ACLU, presidents did not hesitate to invite the nation to prayer and "humiliation" when the nation faced a crisis or trial. Let us PRAY!
1 posted on 09/01/2012 7:05:55 AM PDT by Mad Dawg
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; bronxville
Say unto the cities of Judah. Cry out to all the world.

Or at least to your ping lists.

2 posted on 09/01/2012 7:07:19 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Dont underestimate the Obama bump - noone ever heard him speak before


3 posted on 09/01/2012 7:08:54 AM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: PatriotGirl827

Pingety-ping!


4 posted on 09/01/2012 7:12:22 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

I am IN!

Thank you so much for organizing this and putting me on the list. It is, INDEED. a spiritual battle and we need to get ourselves in shape and DO it!

PS I’m also praying with Darth Vader (and our other brothers and sisters in Christ), who has some good prayer and terrific scriptures to pray. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2925320/posts


5 posted on 09/01/2012 7:16:23 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: Mad Dawg

Already praying...I’m in!


6 posted on 09/01/2012 7:19:02 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Mad Dawg

Please consider adding ONE thing — an act of charity and mercy, a little extra time in prayer and/or with Scripture, maybe a little fast — or a even little extra physical exercise!

_________________________________________

Excellent...excellent! This WILL get us in shape....lol.


7 posted on 09/01/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: boatbums

You wanna play, uh, pray?


8 posted on 09/01/2012 7:35:39 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thank you. I’ve been posting my thread since late July which you posted on today. Consider it part of your novena. Tell everyone to just come on mine too and post an acknowlegement.


9 posted on 09/01/2012 7:42:11 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Mad Dawg
Please count me in.

I also pray daily with DarthVader:Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (9/1/2012)[Prayer] and daily with Pray For Our American Heroes & Nation
10 posted on 09/01/2012 7:44:02 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: DarthVader

BTTT


11 posted on 09/01/2012 7:45:04 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: DarthVader

Catholic humor:

Oremus is, of course, Latin for “Let us pray.”

Thomas Merton signed a letter “Uncle O’Remus.”


12 posted on 09/01/2012 8:19:24 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg; DarthVader

I have been in vigil mode since November 2008, as I’m sure many here have been. Nevertheless, consider me in with my little offering.


13 posted on 09/01/2012 8:45:11 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. EdmondBurke)
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To: TEXOKIE

I think a lot of us have. The HHS mandate got a lot more to kick it up a notch.

And remember, alms-giving counts as prayer.


14 posted on 09/01/2012 10:01:53 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thanks!!! I am SO in!


15 posted on 09/01/2012 10:05:11 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thank you for the ping. 9/11 will be my first day for this specific request.


16 posted on 09/01/2012 11:54:09 AM PDT by bronxville (A 'media fact checker' equates to an Obama operative.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Any prayer is appropriate here — everyone can pray their own prayer for the election — just do it for the days you choose.

As for me — see the following post.


17 posted on 09/01/2012 12:13:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mad Dawg; nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...
Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


The Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays and Saturdays)
1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

The Luminous Mysteries or Mysteries of Light
(Thursdays) see Rosarium Virginis Mariae
1. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan (II Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 3:17 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Gratitude for the gift of Faith]
2. Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana (John 2:1- 12) [Spiritual fruit - Fidelity]
3. Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with His call to conversion (Mark 1:15, Mark 2:3-13; Luke 7:47- 48, John 20:22-23) [Spiritual fruit - Desire for Holiness]
4. Jesus' Transfiguration (Luke 9:35 and parallels) [Spiritual fruit - Spiritual Courage]
5. Jesus' institution of the Eucharist, as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. (Luke 24:13-35 and parallels, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) [Spiritual fruit - Love of our Eucharistic Lord]

The Sorrowful Mysteries
(Tuesdays and Fridays)
1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46) [Spiritual fruit - God's will be done]
2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1) [Spiritual fruit - Mortification of the senses]
3. The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:2) [Spiritual fruit - Reign of Christ in our heart]
4. The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:17) [Spiritual fruit - Patient bearing of trials]
5. The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:22-39, Luke 23:33-49, John 19:17-37) [Spiritual fruit - Pardoning of Injuries]

The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]


18 posted on 09/01/2012 12:16:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

You bet!


19 posted on 09/01/2012 12:21:47 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Salvation; Mad Dawg

Thank you both. I’m in.


20 posted on 09/01/2012 1:02:26 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Mad Dawg

I will be joining in starting on 9/11.

God is good.


21 posted on 09/01/2012 2:01:02 PM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: FRiends
Litany for Liberty

 

This prayer may be prayed in a group setting led by a leader of prayer, who begins the litany with the introduction and the announcement of each invocation, or if it is prayed individually, the individual prays the entire prayer.

INTRODUCTION

Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition, seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness, and all that holds us back from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.

As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom, which enables us to do the right, let us turn to him with confidence that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy;

Jesus, victor over sin and death... have mercy on us

Jesus, source of light and hope...

Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery...

Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts...

Jesus, healer of body and soul...

Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice...

Jesus, who humble the heart and mind... Jesus, release of captives...

Jesus, voice against violence...

Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden...

Jesus, origin of all authority and power...

Jesus, true lawgiver...

Jesus, unity of order and passion...

Jesus, freedom of the Spirit...

Jesus, obedient Son of the Father.

.. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. Free our hearts.

Free our hearts. For the freedom to love...

For the freedom to believe...

For the freedom to hope...

For the freedom to worship...

For the freedom to serve in charity...

For the freedom to care for the suffering...

For the freedom to comfort the sick...

For the freedom to feed the hungry...

For the freedom to shelter the homeless...

For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel...

For the freedom to walk in chastity...

For the freedom to live in peace...

For the freedom to work in good conscience...

For the freedom to stand in solidarity...

For the freedom to seek justice...

For the freedom to reject sin...

For the freedom to reject coercion...

For the freedom to reject falsehood...

For the freedom to reject evil temptations...

For the freedom to reject injustice...

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace. Give us your grace.

Give us your grace.

CLOSING PRAYER O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,

fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, each human person may be brought to perfection, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.


22 posted on 09/01/2012 4:36:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mad Dawg
Litanies!

Litany Of The Holy Name of Jesus
Fr. Z’s Litany for the Conversion of Internet Thugs (2.0)
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS](Fr Z:) Litany for the conversion of internet thugs

Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART, 10-19-09
Litany of St. John Mary Vianney, (THE CURÉ D'ARS) [Year of the Priest]
Litany of St. Martin de Porres (For an Election Novena - Oct.26 — Nov.3)
A Litany of Irish Saints
Litany of the Holy Spirit for the election of a holy Pope
Litany of the Saints (the Music for the Pope you Heard Today)
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
LITANY OF REPARATION TO OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Litany of Our Lady of Fatima
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

23 posted on 09/01/2012 5:13:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mad Dawg

I have been uniting my rosaries for the intention of the
election. Thank you for this thread, oh the benefit of a novena plus a sacrifice made during the novena is even
better.

The power and grace of the rosary~! Pray the rosary, you do not have to be Catholic. Start with one decade and work up to the five decades if you like. Pray the rosary when you walk, a suggestion. Every day, take the time for the rosary, very important, it is Mary’s request.

It takes me usually...17 minutes to pray one mystery (5 decades).


24 posted on 09/01/2012 8:52:49 PM PDT by stpio
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To: Mad Dawg

Sounds great, count me in please! :D


25 posted on 09/01/2012 9:09:41 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thank You for this Post. Starting now!


26 posted on 09/01/2012 10:37:16 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Salvation

Dear sister! thanks for ping!


27 posted on 09/01/2012 10:42:16 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: All; Mad Dawg

http://www.comepraytherosary.org/


28 posted on 09/01/2012 10:45:38 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thank you SO much!


29 posted on 09/02/2012 5:25:12 PM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (Lord Jesus, direct my mind, possess my heart, transform my life)
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To: Mad Dawg
You've gotta love the Pope's intentions for this month. They are all decided at the beginning of the liturgical year, but dig this!

September 2012

Pope's intentions

General Intention: That politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for the truth.

Missionary Intention: Help for the Poorest Churches. That Christian communities may have a growing willingness to send missionaries, priests, and lay people, along with concrete resources, to the poorest Churches.


30 posted on 09/02/2012 9:39:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; wagglebee

PapaBenXVI is nobody’s fool.

Hey wagglebee, You wanna pray with us?


31 posted on 09/03/2012 12:03:36 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg
I'm trying to bump this every day. Today you get Lepanto.

Remembering Lepanto
The Battle that Saved the Christian West (October 7, 1571: Battle of Lepanto)
Battle of Lepanto: Armada of the Cross
Remember Lepanto
How Europe Escaped Speaking Arabic
Bishop compares election to Battle of Lepanto
Bishop compares election to Battle of Lepanto
The Battle of Lepanto
Civilization in the Balance: The Battle of Lepanto and Election ‘08
LEPANTO

A Call To Prayer: This Lepanto Moment [Repost]
Lepanto, 1571: The Battle That Saved Europe
Celebrating the Battle of Lepanto
Clash of civilizations: Battle of Lepanto revisited
Lepanto, Bertone e Battesimo, Oh My!
Lepanto Sunday
Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval (A Mini-Lepanto in the Philippines)
Swiss Guards at the Battle of Lepanto, 7 October 1571
Battle of Lepanto
LEPANTO, 7 OCTOBER 1571: The Defense of Europe

Battle of Lepanto
Remember Lepanto!
The Battle of Lepanto
On This Day In History, The Battle of Lepanto
The Battle of Lepanto
Chesterton's Lepanto
The Miracle At Lepanto...
Lepanto
The Naval Battle of Lepanto
The Battle of Lepanto

32 posted on 09/04/2012 7:57:39 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; johngrace; To Hell With Poverty; ...

Just a reminder: We begin praying on Tuesday, 9/11.


34 posted on 09/08/2012 2:31:08 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Super!! I’m ready.


35 posted on 09/08/2012 4:53:35 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: Salvation

Once a month, our parish gets together outside and pray that litany, a rosary and sing patriotic songs.


36 posted on 09/08/2012 4:59:26 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Mad Dawg; SumProVita

Dittos


37 posted on 09/08/2012 5:00:49 AM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Salvation

Hey Salvation...I just saw this after responding to Mad Dawg this morning. I have had Lepanto on my mind for the past several days...and believe that prayer for this election will be as important as it was at Lepanto.


38 posted on 09/08/2012 5:01:42 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: Mad Dawg

I’m there!


39 posted on 09/08/2012 5:03:12 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; johngrace; To Hell With Poverty; ...
My “rule”:
Mass daily, or if not Mass, Adoration, or if not Adoration, Spiritual Communion(when I'm too poor for gasoline.)
No alcohol, except Sundays and Solemnities.
10 Memorares daily.

I will set aside the price of a beer daily and give the money to the local pregnancy center.

May God grant me the grace to keep this Novena.

40 posted on 09/10/2012 6:30:55 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

May God grant us ALL the grace to keep this Novena.

Thanks, Mad Dawg!

:-)


41 posted on 09/10/2012 6:35:46 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: Mad Dawg

Amen!


42 posted on 09/10/2012 6:46:33 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Mad Dawg

“No alcohol, except Sundays and Solemnities”

I’ll substitute chocolate for the alcohol. :-)

Other than that, I am committed.

God bless America.


43 posted on 09/10/2012 7:04:41 AM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Running On Empty
“No alcohol, except Sundays and Solemnities”

I’ll substitute chocolate for the alcohol.

Let's not go overboard here ...

:-)

44 posted on 09/10/2012 8:13:02 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Daily Mass, Daily Rosary, Dail Prayers of St. Bridget and of course, daily posting. LOL!

I’ll do no chocolate and two meals a day with a snack.


45 posted on 09/10/2012 8:39:32 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; johngrace; To Hell With Poverty; ...

And so, by God’s grace, we begin. May God prosper the work of our hands and hearts.


46 posted on 09/11/2012 5:32:16 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

May God prosper the work of our hands and hearts.

______________________________

Amen...and alleluia!


47 posted on 09/11/2012 6:46:11 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; johngrace; To Hell With Poverty; ...
Had to post this terrific reading from the "Office of Readings" in the Liturgy of the Hours.

From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot
I shall stand upon my watchtower to see what the Lord will say to me

We read in the gospel that when the Lord was teaching his disciples and urged them to share in his passion by the mystery of eating his body, some said: This is a hard saying, and from that time they no longer followed him. When he asked the disciples whether they also wished to go away, they replied: Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

I assure you, my brothers, that even to this day it is clear to some that the words which Jesus speaks are spirit and life, and for this reason they follow him. To others these words seem hard, and so they look elsewhere for some pathetic consolation. Yet wisdom cries out in the streets, in the broad and spacious way that leads to death, to call back those who take this path.

Finally, he says: For forty years I have been close to this generation, and I said: They have always been faint-hearted. You also read in another psalm: God has spoken once. Once, indeed, because for ever. His is a single, uninterrupted utterance, because it is continuous and unending.

He calls upon sinners to return to their true spirit and rebukes them when their hearts have gone astray, for it is in the true heart that he dwells and there he speaks, fulfilling what he taught through the prophet: Speak to the heart of Jerusalem.

You see, my brothers, how the prophet admonishes us for our advantage: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. You can read almost the same words in the gospel and in the prophet. For in the gospel the Lord says: My sheep hear my voice. And in the psalm blessed David says: You are his people (meaning, of course, the Lord’s) and the sheep of his pasture. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Hear also the prophet Habakkuk in today’s reading. Far from hiding the Lord’s reprimands, he dwells on them with attentive and anxious care. He says: I will stand upon my watch-tower and take up my post on the ramparts, keeping watch to see what he will say to me and what answer I will make to those who try to confute me. I beg you, my brothers, stand upon our watch-tower, for now is the time for battle. Let all our dealings be in the heart, where Christ dwells, in right judgment and wise counsel, but in such a way as to place no confidence in those dealings, nor rely upon our fragile defenses.

48 posted on 09/11/2012 7:10:44 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Fantastic! These readings have always had a special meaning for me...especially that from Habakkuk. Something else from Habakkuk is THIS:

1:2 How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen!
The anguish of a downtrodden people.

(Habakkuk finds the Lord’s toleration of the wicked
very difficult to understand. God’s inactivity is intolerable.)

I cry out to you, “Violence!”

(This is a key word in Habakkuk and it refers to the violation of basic human rights which characterizes the confusion and anarchy of the times.)

but you do not intervene. 3 Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord.

(These evils are best identified with oppression by foreigners.)

2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily.

(The Lord’s words are not meant for Habakkuk’s ears alone; the message is to be written down in letters so big that it can easily be read and at a later date checked to see if it is verified or not (See Isaiah 30:8).)

3 For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.


49 posted on 09/11/2012 8:46:59 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: SumProVita

FR needs a ‘like’ button.


50 posted on 09/11/2012 9:19:22 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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