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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-12
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Posted on 11/18/2012 8:26:01 PM PST by Salvation

November 19, 2012

 

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

 

Reading 1 Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,
to show his servants what must happen soon.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
who gives witness to the word of God
and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud
and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message
and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.

John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace
from him who is and who was and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits before his throne.

I heard the Lord saying to me:
"To the angel of the Church in Ephesus, write this:

"'The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand
and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this:
"I know your works, your labor, and your endurance,
and that you cannot tolerate the wicked;
you have tested those who call themselves Apostles but are not,
and discovered that they are impostors.
Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name,
and you have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you:
you have lost the love you had at first.
Realize how far you have fallen.
Repent, and do the works you did at first.
Otherwise, I will come to you
and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent."'"

Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R. (Rev. 2:17) Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.

Gospel Lk 18:35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
"Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!"
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me!"
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
"What do you want me to do for you?"
He replied, "Lord, please let me see."
Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you."
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.


TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; ordinarytime; prayer
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From: Revelation: 1:1-4; 2:1-5

Prologue


[1] The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants
what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his
servant John, [2] who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of
Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. [3] Blessed is he who reads aloud the
words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what
is written therein; for the time is near.

Address and Greeting


[4] John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from
him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who
are before his throne.

Letter to the Church of Ephesus


[1] “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds
the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lamp-
stands.

[2] “’I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you can-
not bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are
not, and found them to be false; [3] I know you are enduring patiently and bea-
ring up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. [4] But I have this
against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. [5] Remember
then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not,
I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

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Commentary:

1-20. After a brief prologue (vv. 1-3) and a letter-style greeting (vv. 4-8), St John
describes a vision which acts as an introduction to the entire book; in it the risen
Christ is depicted with features identifying his divinity and his position as Lord
and Savior of the churches.

In the course of the book Jesus Christ will also appear as God’s envoy, sent to
teach Christians of the time, and subsequent generations (chaps. 2-3), and to
console them in the midst of persecution by proclaiming God’s design for the
future of the world and of the Church (chaps. 4-22).

1-3. Despite its brevity this prologue conveys the scope of the book, its authority
and the effect it hopes to have on its readers.

The “content” of the letter is a revelation made by Jesus Christ about contem-
porary and future events (cf. 1:19; 4:1). Its author, John, gives it its “authority”:
Christ’s revelation has been communicated to him in a supernatural manner, and
he bears faithful witness to everything revealed to him. The book’s “purpose” is to
have the reader prepare for his or her definitive encounter with Christ by obeying
what is written in the book: blessed are those who read it and take it to heart and
do what it says.

God made known his salvific purpose through everything Jesus did and said. How-
ever, after his resurrection Christ continues to speak to his Church by means of
revelations such as that contained in this book and those made to St Paul (cf.
Gal 1:15-16; etc.). These bring the Christian revelation to completion and apply
the saving action of Jesus to concrete situations in the life of the Church. When
revelations reach us through an inspired writer they have universal validity, that is,
they are “public” revelation and are part and parcel of the message of salvation
entrusted by Christ to his Apostles to proclaim to all nations (cf. Mt 28:18-20 and
par.; Jn 17:18; 20:21). Public divine Revelation ceased with the death of the last
Apostle (cf. Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 4).

1. “The revelation of Jesus Christ”: The word in Greek is “apocalypses”, hence
the name often given to this book of Sacred Scripture. Revelation always implies
the unveiling of something previously hidden — in this case, future events. The
future is known to God the Father (the Greek text uses the definite article, “the
God”, which is how the New Testament usually refers to God the Father); and
Jesus Christ, being the Son, shares in this knowledge which is being communi-
cated to the author of the book. It speaks of “the revelation of Jesus Christ” not
only because it has come to John from Christ but also because our Lord is the
main subject, the beginning and end, of this revelation: he occupies the central
position in all these great visions in which the veils concealing the future are
torn to allow Light (Jesus Christ himself: cf. Rev 21:23; 22:5) to dispel the dark-
ness.

“Soon”: as regards how imminent or not all those events are, one needs to
remember that the notion of time in Sacred Scripture, particularly in the Apoca-
lypse, is not quite the same as ours: it is more qualitative than quantitative. Here
indeed “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as
one day” (2 Pet 3:8). So, when Scripture says that something is about to happen
it is not necessarily referring to a date in the near future: it is simply saying that
it will happen and even in some sense is happening already. Finally, one needs
to bear in mind that if events are proclaimed as being imminent, this would have
a desired effect of fortifying those who are experiencing persecution and would
give them hope and consolation.

3. The Book of Revelation is a pressing call to commitment in fidelity to every-
thing our Lord has chosen to reveal to us in the New Testament, in this instance
from the pen of St John.

The book seems to be designed for liturgical assemblies, where someone reads
it aloud and the others listen. This is the preferential place for Sacred Scripture,
as Vatican II indicates: “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures
as she venerated the Body of the Lord, in so far as she never ceases, particular-
ly in the sacred liturgy, to partake of the bread of life and to offer it to the faithful
from the one table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ” (”Dei Verbum”,
21).

“Sacred Scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy.
For it is from it that lessons are read and explained in the homily, and psalms
are sung. It is from the scriptures that the prayers, collects, and hymns draw
their inspiration and their force, and that actions and signs derive their meaning”
(Vatican II, “Sacrosanctum Concilium”, 24).

The situation when St John was writing called for just the sort of exhortations
and warnings this text contains. Its words call for a prompt, committed response
which leaves no room for any kind of doubt or hesitation. They are also a dire
warning to those who try to hinder the progress of the Kingdom of God, a King-
dom which must inexorably come about and which in some way is already with
us.

4-8. Following the prologue (vv. 1-3), a short reflection (vv. 4-8) introduces the
series of seven letters which form the first part of the book (1:4 - 3:22). This in-
troduction begins with a salutation to the seven churches of Asia Minor, located
in the west of the region known at the time as ‘proconsular Asia’, the capital of
which was Ephesus.

The salutation is in the usual New Testament style: it sends good wishes of
grace and peace on behalf of God and Jesus Christ (vv. 4-5, cf. 1 Thess 1:1; 2
Thess 1:2; etc.); it depicts our Lord and his work of salvation (vv. 5-8) and pro-
jects that work onto the panorama of world history.

4. Even though there were other churches in Asia Minor, John addresses only
seven, a number which stands for “totality”, as an early ecclesiastical writer,
Primasius, explains. “He writes to the seven churches, that is, to the one and
only Church symbolized by these seven” (”Commentariorum Super Apoc.”, 1,
1).

Grace and peace are the outstanding gifts of the messianic era (cf. Rom 1:7).
This form of salutation embodies the normal forms of greeting used by Greeks
(”jaire”, grace) and Jews (”shalom”, peace); but here the words mean the grace,
forgiveness and peace extended to men by the redemptive action of Jesus
Christ. Thus, St John is wishing these gifts on behalf of God, the seven spirits
and Jesus Christ.

The description of God as he “who is and who was and who is to come” is an
elaboration of the name of “Yahweh” (”I AM WHO I AM”) which was revealed to
Moses (cf. Ex 3:14), and underlines the fact that God is the Lord of history, of
the past, the present and the future, and that he is at all times acting to effect
salvation.

The “seven spirits” stand for God’s power and omniscience and intervention in
the events of history. In Zechariah 4:10 divine power is symbolized by the seven
“eyes of the Lord, which range the whole earth”. Further on in the Apocalypse
(5:6), St John tells us that the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth are
the seven eyes of the Lamb, that is, Christ. This symbolism (also found in the
Old Testament: cf. Is 11:2ff) is used to show that God the Father acts through
his Spirit and that this Spirit has been communicated to Christ and by him to
mankind. So, when St John wishes grace and peace from the seven spirits of
God it is the same as saying “from the Holy Spirit”, who is sent to the Church
after the death and resurrection of Christ. Patristic tradition was in fact interpre-
ted the seven spirits as meaning the septiform Spirit with his seven gifts as de-
scribed in Isaiah 11:1-2 in St Jerome’s translation, the Vulgate.

2:1-3:22. These chapters, which form the first part of the book, contain seven
letters to the churches already mentioned (cf. 1:11), each represented by an
angel to whom the letter is addressed. In these letters Christ (who is referred
to in various ways) and the Holy Spirit speak: hence the warning at the end of
each, “he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
The first part of that formula is reminiscent of things our Lord said in the Gos-
pels (cf., e.g., Mt 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mk 9:23), while the second part underlines
the influence of the Holy Spirit on the churches: one needs to belong to the
Church, to “feel with” the Church, if one is to understand what the Spirit says
and what is being committed to writing in this book. The book, therefore, must
be taken as the true word of God. All Sacred Scripture needs to be approached
in this way: “Since all that the inspired authors, or sacred writers, affirm should
be regarded as affirmed by the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that the books
of Scripture, firmly, faithfully and without error, teach that truth which God, for
the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the sacred Scriptures. Thus
‘all scripture is inspired by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correc-
tion and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete,
equipped for every good work’ (2 Tim 3:16-17)” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 11).

Although the letters are different from one another, they all have the same basic
structure: there is reference to the past, which is contrasted with the present;
various warnings are given and promises made; then there is an exhortation to
repentance and conversion, a reminder that the end, and Christ’s definitive vic-
tory, will soon come.

1. Ephesus, with its great harbor and commercial importance, was the leading
city of Asia Minor at the time. It was also the center of the cult of the goddess
Artemis or Diana (cf. Acts 19:23ff).

St Paul spent three years preaching in Ephesus and had considerable success
there: St Luke tells us that “the word of the Lord grew (there) and prevailed migh-
tily” (Acts 19:20). In ancient times it was the most important Christian city in the
whole region, especially after the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70. St John spent
the last years of his life in Ephesus, where his burial place is still venerated.

In these letters in the Book of Revelation, Christ is depicted with attributes con-
nected in some way with the circumstances of each church at the time. In the
case of Ephesus the symbols described in the vision in 1:12, 16 appear again.
The seven stars in his right hand signify his dominion over the whole Church, for
he is the one who has power to instruct the angels who rule the various commu-
nities. His walking among the lampstands shows his loving care and vigilance
for the churches (the lampstand symbolizing their prayer and liturgical life). Be-
cause the Church in Ephesus was the foremost of the seven, Christ is depicted
to it as Lord of all the churches.

2-3. In these verses the church of Ephesus is praised for its endurance and for
the resistance it has shown to false apostles. These two attributes — endurance
or constancy, and holy intransigence — are basic virtues every Christian should
have. Endurance means doggedly pursuing good and holding one’s ground
against evil influences; this virtue makes Christians “perfect and complete, lac-
king in nothing” (Jas 1:4). Indeed, St Paul asserts, “we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope” (Rom 5:3-4). In the Epistle to the Hebrews we
read, “For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and
receive what is promised” (10:36). Endurance, patience, is also the first mark of
charity identified by St Paul (cf. 1 Cor 13:4) and one of the features of the true
apostle (cf. 2 Cor 6:4; 12:12). Our Lord has told us that by endurance we will
gain our lives, will save our souls (cf. Lk 21:19). As St Cyprian puts it, patience
“is what gives our faith its firmest basis; it enables our hope to grow to the grea-
test heights; it guides our actions so as to enable us to stay on Christ’s path
and make progress with his help; it makes us persevere as children of God”
(”De Bono Patientiae”, 20).

Another virtue of the church of Ephesus (mentioned again in v. 6) is firm rejection
of false apostles. We know from other New Testament writings especially those
of St Paul (cf. 2 Cor 3:1; Gal 1:7; Col 2:8; etc.) and St John (cf. 1 Jn 2:19; etc.)
that some people were falsifying the Christian message by distorting its meaning
and yet seeming to be very devout and concerned about the poor. Reference is
made here to the Nicolaitans, a heretical sect difficult to identify. However, the
main thing to notice is the resolute way the Christians of Ephesus rejected that
error. If one fails to act in this energetic way, one falls into a false kind of tole-
rance, “a sure sign of not possessing the truth. When a man gives way in mat-
ters of ideals, of honor or of faith, that man is a man without ideals, without
honor and without faith” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 394).

4. “He does not say that he was without charity, but only that it was not such
as in the beginning; that is, that it was not now prompt, fervent, growing in love,
or fruitful: as we are wont to say of him who from being bright, cheerful and blithe,
becomes sad, heavy and sullen, that he is not now the same man he was” (St
Francis de Sales, “Treatise on the Love of God”, 4, 2). This is why our Lord com-
plains that their early love has grown cold.

To avoid this danger, to which all of us are prone, we need to be watchful and
correct ourselves every day and return again and again to God our Father. Love
of God, charity, should never be allowed to die down; it should always be kept
ardent; it should always be growing.

5. This is a call to repentance, to a change of heart which involves three stages.
The first is recognizing that one is at fault — having the humility to admit one is a
poor sinner: “To acknowledge one’s sin, indeed — penetrating still more deeply in-
to the consideration of one’s own personhood — to recognize oneself as being a
sinner, capable of sin and inclined to commit sin, is the essential first step in re-
turning to God” (Bl. John Paul II, “Reconciliatio Et Paenitentia”, 13). Then comes
“love-sorrow” or contrition, which leads us to mend our ways. This is followed by
acts of penance which enable us to draw closer to God and live in intimacy with
him.

Evangelization is always calling us to repent. “To evoke conversion and penance
in man’s heart and to offer him the gift of reconciliation is the specific mission of
the Church as she continues the redemptive work of her divine Founder” (”ibid.”,
23). The church of Ephesus is given a warning that if it does not change its
course it will lose its leading position and possibly disappear altogether.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Luke 18:35-43

The Cure of the Blind Man of Jericho


[35] As He (Jesus) drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside
begging; [36] and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. [37]
They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” [38] And he cried, “Jesus, Son
of David, have mercy on me!” [39] And those who were in front rebuked him, tel-
ling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on
me!” [40] And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to Him; and
when he came near, He asked him, [41] “What do you want Me to do for you?”
He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” [42] And Jesus said to him, “Receive
your sight; your faith has made you well.” [43] And immediately he received his
sight and followed Him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it,
gave praise to God.

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Commentary:

35-43. The blind man of Jericho is quick to use the opportunity presented by
Christ’s presence. We should not neglect the Lord’s graces, for we do not know
whether He will offer us them again. St. Augustine described very succinctly the
urgency with which we should respond to God’s gift, to His passing us on the
road: “’Timeo Jesum praetereuntem et non redeuntem’: I fear Jesus may pass
by and not come back.” For, at least on some occasion, in some way, Jesus
passes close to everyone.

The blind man of Jericho acclaims Jesus as the Messiah—he gives Him the
messianic title of Son of David—and asks Him to meet his need, to make him
see. His is an active faith; he shouts out, he persists, despite the people get-
ting in his way. And he manages to get Jesus to hear him and call him. God
wanted this episode to be recorded in the Gospel, to teach us how we should
believe and how we should pray — with conviction, with urgency, with constancy,
in spite of the obstacles, with simplicity, until we manage to get Jesus to listen
to us.

“Lord, let me receive my sight”: this simple ejaculatory prayer should be often
on our lips, flowing from the depths of our heart. It is a very good prayer to use
in moments of doubt and vacillation, when we cannot understand the reason be-
hind God’s plans, when the horizon of our commitment becomes clouded. It is
even a good prayer for people who are sincerely trying to find God but who do
not yet have the great gift of faith.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass


First reading Apocalypse 1:1-4,2:1-5 ©
This is the revelation given by God to Jesus Christ so that he could tell his servants about the things which are now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, and John has written down everything he saw and swears it is the word of God guaranteed by Jesus Christ. Happy the man who reads this prophecy, and happy those who listen to him, if they treasure all that it says, because the Time is close.
  From John, to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits in his presence before his throne.
  Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, “Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives surrounded by the seven golden lamp-stands: I know all about you: how hard you work and how much you put up with. I know you cannot stand wicked men, and how you tested the impostors who called themselves apostles and proved they were liars. Know, too, that you have patience, and have suffered for my name without growing tired. Nevertheless, I have this complaint to make; you have less love now than you used to. Think where you were before you fell; repent, and do as you used to at first, or else, if you will not repent, I shall come to you and take your lamp-stand from its place.”

Psalm Psalm 1:1-4,6 ©
Those who prove victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Happy indeed is the man
  who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
  nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
  and who ponders his law day and night.
Those who prove victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
He is like a tree that is planted
  beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
  and whose leaves shall never fade;
  and all that he does shall prosper.
Those who prove victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
  shall be driven away by the wind.
for the Lord guards the way of the just
  but the way of the wicked leads to doom.
Those who prove victorious I will feed from the tree of life.

Gospel Acclamation Jn8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Alleluia!
Or Jn8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Alleluia!

Gospel Luke 18:35-43 ©
As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.

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  PRAYERS AFTER
HOLY MASS AND COMMUNION

 


Leonine Prayers
    Following are the Prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, and were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII to pray for the conversion of Russia. Below the normal Leonine Prayers is the longer version of the Prayer to St. Michael, composed by His Excellency Pope Leo XIII to defend against The Great Apostasy.
Latin

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructis ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

    Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et fientes in hac lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium, ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

    Oremus. Deus, refugium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa, et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Joseph, ejus Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi. Per eundum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis, satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.

Vernacular

   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 at the hour of our death. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

   Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this 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.

   Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

   Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.


Complete Prayer to Saint Michael
    The following is the longer version of the vital prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 after his startling vision as to the future of the Church. This prayer was dedicated for the Feast of St. Michael 1448 years from the date of the election of the first Leo - Pope Saint Leo the Great. Everyone is familiar with the first prayer below which was mandated by His Holiness as part of the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass. Below are both the short and longer versions of this poignant prayer which should never be forgotten.

    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

    V: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
    R: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
    V: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
    R: As we have hoped in Thee.
    V: O Lord hear my prayer.
    R: And let my cry come unto Thee.

    V: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls. Amen.


Prayer Before the Crucifix

   Look down upon me, O good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; the while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

Indulgence of ten years; a plenary indulgence if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, Raccolta 201)

Anima Christi - Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee, that with
Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days; if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, seven years Raccolta 131)

Prayer for Vocations

   O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst take to Thyself a body and soul like ours, to teach us the glory of self-sacrifice and service, mercifully deign to instill in other hearts the desire to dedicate their lives to Thee. Give us PRIESTS to stand before Thine Altar and to preach the words of Thy Gospel; BROTHERS to assist the priests and to reproduce in themselves Thy humility; SISTERS to teach the young and nurse the sick and to minister Thy charity to all; LAY PEOPLE to imitate Thee in their homes and families. Amen

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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
8 posted on 11/18/2012 9:00:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
9 posted on 11/18/2012 9:00:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Jesus, High Priest
 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.


10 posted on 11/18/2012 9:03:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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 into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From there 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 ]

11 posted on 11/18/2012 9:31:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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~ PRAYER ~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
 Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we  humbly pray,
 and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
 by the power of God,
 Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
 Amen
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12 posted on 11/18/2012 9:34:59 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


13 posted on 11/18/2012 9:37:40 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Forwarding.

Thank you, dearest Salvation


14 posted on 11/18/2012 9:40:04 PM PST 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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St. Teresa of Avila Interceding for the Souls in Purgatory, from the workshop of Peter Paul Reubens, 1577–1640


II Maccabees 12:43-46: "And making a gathering, he [Judas] sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,) And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."

November Devotion: The Holy Souls in Purgatory

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. As a reminder of our duty to pray for the suffering faithful in Purgatory, the Church has dedicated the month of November to the Holy Souls. The Holy Souls are those who have died in the state of grace but who are not yet free from all punishment due to their unforgiven venial sins and all other sins already forgiven for which satisfaction is still to be made. They are certain of entering Heaven, but first they must suffer in Purgatory. The Holy Souls cannot help themselves because for them the night has come, when no man can work (John 9:4). It is our great privilege of brotherhood that we can shorten their time of separation from God by our prayers, good works, and, especially, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

To Help the Holy Souls in Purgatory:

1. Have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered up for them.

2. Pray the Rosary and or the Chaplet of Divine Marcy for them, or both.

3. Pray the Stations of the Cross.

4. Offer up little sacrifices and fasting.

5. Spread devotion to them, so that others may pray for them.

6. Attend Eucharistic Adoration and pray for them.

7. Gain all the indulgences you can, and apply them to the Holy Souls

8. Visit to a Cemetery

Say here the prayer for the day, click on torch for specific day:

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY


Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

V. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance; 
R. He shall not fear the evil hearing.
 
V. Absolve, O Lord, the souls of the faithful departed from every bond of sin, 
R. And by the help of Thy grace may they be enabled to escape the avenging judgment, 
and to enjoy the happiness of eternal life.  
V. Because in Thy mercy are deposited the souls that departed in an inferior degree of grace, 
R. Lord, have mercy.
V. Because their present suffering is greatest in the knowledge of the pain that their separation from Thee is causing Thee,
R. Lord, have mercy. 
V. Because of their present inability to add to Thy accidental glory, 
R. Lord, have mercy.
V. Not for our consolation, O Lord; not for their release from purgative pain, O God; 
but for Thy joy and the greater accidental honour of Thy throne, O Christ the King,
R. Lord, have mercy.
 
 
V. For the souls of our departed friends, relations and benefactors, 
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those of our family who have fallen asleep in Thy bosom, O Jesus, 
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those who have gone to prepare our place,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. (For those who were our brothers [or sisters] in Religion,)
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For priests who were our spiritual directors,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For men or women who were our teachers in school,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those who were our employers (or employees),
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those who were our associates in daily toil,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For any soul whom we ever offended,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For our enemies now departed,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those souls who have none to pray for them,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those forgotten by their friends and kin,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those now suffering the most,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those who have acquired the most merit,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For the souls next to be released from Purgatory,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
 V. For those who, while on earth, were most devoted to God the Holy Ghost, to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, 
to the holy Mother of God,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For all deceased popes and prelates,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For all deceased priests, seminarians and religious, 
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For all our brethren in the Faith everywhere, 
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For all our separated brethren who deeply loved Thee, and would have come into Thy household had they known the truth,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those souls who need, or in life asked, our prayers,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
V. For those, closer to Thee than we are, whose prayers we need,
R. grant light and peace, O Lord.  
 
 
V. That those may be happy with Thee forever, who on earth were true exemplars of the Catholic Faith, 
R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.
V. That those may be admitted to Thine unveiled Presence, who as far as we know never committed mortal sin,     
R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.  
V. That those may be housed in glory, who lived always in recollection and prayer,
R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.  
V. That those may be given the celestial joy of beholding Thee, who lived lives of mortification and self-denial and penance,
R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.  
V. That those may be flooded with Thy love, who denied themselves even Thy favours of indulgence and who made the heroic act for the souls who had gone before them,
R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.  
V. That those may be drawn up to the Beatific Vision, who never put obstacles in the way of sanctifying grace and who ever drew closer in mystical union with Thee,
R. grant them eternal rest, O Lord.  
 
 
V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, 
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them. 
 
Let Us Pray 
Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaids, N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of grace.  To these, O Lord, 
and to all who rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light and peace, through the same Christ Our Lord.
 
Amen


All Saints or All Souls? Differences should be black and white
All Souls' Day [Catholic Caucus]
Why I Am Catholic: For Purgatory, Thank Heavens (Ecumenical)
Q and A: Why Pray for the Dead? [Ecumenical]
“….and Death is Gain” – A Meditation on the Christian View of Death [Catholic Caucus]
99 & 1/2 Won’t Do – A Meditation on Purgatory
The Month of November: Thoughts on the "Last Things"
To Trace All Souls Day (Protestants vs Catholics)

November 2 -- All Souls Day
On November: All Souls and the "Permanent Things"
"From the Pastor" ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS
Praying for the Dead [All Souls Day] (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
To Trace All Souls Day [Ecumenical]
All Souls Day [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
The Roots of All Souls Day
The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
During Month of Souls, Recall Mystic, St. Gertrude the Great
All Saints and All Souls


15 posted on 11/18/2012 9:40:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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November 2012

Pope's intentions

General Intention: Ministers of the Gospel. That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.

Missionary Intention: Pilgrim Church. That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations.


16 posted on 11/18/2012 9:41:23 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Luke 18:35-43

All the wealth in the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united.

-- Blessed Margaret d'Youville


17 posted on 11/18/2012 9:45:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


18 posted on 11/18/2012 9:46:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Information:
St. Mechtilde
Feast Day: November 19
Born: 1240 or 1241 at the ancestral castle of Helfta, near Eisleben, Saxony
Died: 19 November, 1298



19 posted on 11/19/2012 7:06:08 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Nerses

St. Nerses
Feast Day: November 19
Born: (around) 300 :: Died: 369

Nerses lived in Armenia and was educated at Cappadocia. He married a princess and was the father of St. Isaac the Great.

He was an official in the court of King Arshak. After Nerses' wife died, he was ordained a priest. He became chief bishop of Armenia in 363.

He and St. Basil worked to help the people become more fervent Catholics. They called a meeting of all the Armenian bishops and wanted to help the priests and people grow in holiness.

Bishop Nerses respected the vocation of monks. He wanted new monasteries to begin. He started hospitals and encouraged the rich to be honest and generous.

King Arshak was not living a good life. When he murdered his wife, Olympia, Bishop Nerses publicly condemned this terrible crime. The king sent Bishop Nerses away from his diocese and appointed another bishop.

King Arshak was killed in battle against the Persians. His son became king but the son was more evil than his father. Bishop Nerses corrected him.

The new king pretended to be sorry. He invited the bishop to his palace for supper to show he was sorry. But the food was poisoned and Nerses died right there at the king's table. He is considered a martyr and the Armenians call him "the great."


20 posted on 11/19/2012 7:10:44 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thank you friend in Christ. We need lots of prayer. There are dark times ahead.


21 posted on 11/19/2012 11:41:09 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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Luke
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Luke 18
35 Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging. Factum est autem, cum appropinquaret Jericho, cæcus quidam sedebat secus viam, mendicans. εγενετο δε εν τω εγγιζειν αυτον εις ιεριχω τυφλος τις εκαθητο παρα την οδον προσαιτων
36 And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. Et cum audiret turbam prætereuntem, interrogabat quid hoc esset. ακουσας δε οχλου διαπορευομενου επυνθανετο τι ειη τουτο
37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Dixerunt autem ei quod Jesus Nazarenus transiret. απηγγειλαν δε αυτω οτι ιησους ο ναζωραιος παρερχεται
38 And he cried out, saying: Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me. Et clamavit, dicens : Jesu, fili David, miserere mei. και εβοησεν λεγων ιησου υιε δαυιδ ελεησον με
39 And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me. Et qui præibant, increpabant eum ut taceret. Ipse vero multo magis clamabat : Fili David, miserere mei. και οι προαγοντες επετιμων αυτω ινα σιωπηση αυτος δε πολλω μαλλον εκραζεν υιε δαυιδ ελεησον με
40 And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought unto him. And when he was come near, he asked him, Stans autem Jesus jussit illum adduci ad se. Et cum appropinquasset, interrogavit illum, σταθεις δε ο ιησους εκελευσεν αυτον αχθηναι προς αυτον εγγισαντος δε αυτου επηρωτησεν αυτον
41 Saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see. dicens : Quid tibi vis faciam ? At ille dixit : Domine, ut videam. λεγων τι σοι θελεις ποιησω ο δε ειπεν κυριε ινα αναβλεψω
42 And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole. Et Jesus dixit illi : Respice, fides tua te salvum fecit. και ο ιησους ειπεν αυτω αναβλεψον η πιστις σου σεσωκεν σε
43 And immediately he saw, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. Et confestim vidit, et sequebatur illum magnificans Deum. Et omnis plebs ut vidit, dedit laudem Deo. και παραχρημα ανεβλεψεν και ηκολουθει αυτω δοξαζων τον θεον και πας ο λαος ιδων εδωκεν αινον τω θεω

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35. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36. And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passes by.
38. And he cried, saying, Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
39. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
40. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought to him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41. Saying, What will you that I shall do to you? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42. And Jesus said to him, Receive your sight: your faith has saved you.
43. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

GREG. Because the disciples being yet carnal were unable to receive the words of mystery, they are brought to a miracle. Before their eyes a blind man receives his sight, that by a divine work their faith might be strengthened.

THEOPHYL. And to show that our Lord did not even walk without doing good, He performed a miracle on the way, giving His disciples this example, that we should be profitable in all things, and that nothing in us should be in vain.

AUG. We might understand the expression of being nigh to Jericho, as if they had already gone out of it, but were still near. It might, though less common in this sense, be so taken here, since Matthew relates, that as they were going out of Jericho, two men received their sight who sat by the way side. There need be no question n about the number, if we suppose that one of the Evangelists remembering only one was silent about the other Mark also mentions only one, and he too says that he received his sight as they were going out of Jericho; he has given also the name of the man and of his father, to let us understand that this one was well known, but the other not so, so that it might come to pass that the one who was known would be naturally the only one mentioned. But seeing that what follows in St. Luke's Gospel most plainly proves the truth of his account, that while they were yet coming to Jericho, the miracle took place, we cannot but suppose that there were two such miracles, the first upon one blind man when our Lord was coming to that city, the second on two, when He was departing out of it; Luke relating the one, Matthew the other.

PSEUDO-CHRYS. There was a great multitude gathered round Christ, and the blind man indeed knew Him not, but felt a drawing towards Him, and grasped with his heart what his sight embraced not. As it follows, And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what it was. And those that saw spoke indeed according to their own opinion.

And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth passes by. But the blind man cried out. He is told one thing, he proclaims another; for it follows, And he cried out, saying, Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. Who taught you this, O man? Have you that are deprived of sight read books? Whence then know you the Light of the world? Verily the Lord gives sight to the blind.

CYRIL; Having been brought up a Jew, he was not ignorant that of the seed of David should God be born according to the flesh, and therefore he addresses Him as God, saying, Have mercy upon me. Would that those might imitate him who divide Christ into two. For he speaks of Christ as God, yet calls Him Son of David. But they marvel at the justice of his confession, and some even wished to prevent him from confessing his faith. But by checks of this kind his ardor was not damped. For faith is able to resist all, and to triumph over all. It is a good thing to lay aside shame in behalf of divine worship. For if for money's sake some ale bold, is it not fitting when the soul is at stake, to put on a righteous boldness?

As it follows, But he cried out the more, Son of David, &c. The voice of one invoking in faith stops Christ, for He looks back upon them who call upon Him in faith.

And accordingly He calls the blind man to Him, and bids him draw nigh, that he in truth who had first laid hold on Him in faith, might approach Him also in the body.

The Lord asks this blind man as he drew near, What will you that I shall do? He asks the question purposely, not as ignorant, but that those who stood by might know that he sought not money, but divine power from God. And thus it follows, But he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.

PSEUDO-CHRYS. Or because the Jews perverting the truth might say, as in the case of him who was born blind, This is not he, but one like to him, He wished the blind first to make manifest the infirmity of his nature, that then he might fully acknowledge the greatness of the grace bestowed upon him. And as soon as the blind man explained the nature of his request, with words of the highest authority He commanded him to see. As it follows, And Jesus said to him, Receive your sight. This served only still more to increase the guilt of unbelief in the Jews. For what prophet ever spoke in this way? Observe moreover what the physician claims from him whom he has restored to health. Your faith has saved you. For faith then mercies are sold. Where faith is willing to accept, there grace abounds. And as from the same fountain some in small vessels draw little water, while others in large draw much, the fountain knowing no difference in measure; and as according to the windows which are opened, the sun sheds more or less of its brightness within; so according to the measure of a man's motives does he draw down supplies of grace. The voice of Christ is changed into the light of the afflicted. For He was the Word of true light.

And thus it follows, And immediately he said. But the blind man as before his restoration he showed an earnest faith, so afterwards did he give plain tokens of his gratitude; And he followed him, glorifying God.

CYRIL; From which it is clear, that he was released from a double blindness, both bodily and intellectual. For he would not have glorified Him as God, had he not truly seen Him as He is. But he also gave occasion to others to glorify God; as it follows, And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

BEDE; Not only for the gift of light obtained, but for the merit of the faith which obtained it.

PSEUDO-CHRYS. We may here well inquire, why Christ forbids the healed demoniac who wished to follow Him, but permits the blind man who had received his sight. There seems to be a good reason for both the one case and the other. He sends away the former as a kind of herald, to proclaim aloud by the evidence of his own state his benefactor, for it was indeed a notable miracle to see a raving madman brought to a sound mind. But the blind man He allows to follow Him, since He was going up to Jerusalem about to accomplish the high mystery of the Cross, that men having a recent report of a miracle might not suppose that He suffered so much from helplessness as from compassion.

AMBROSE; In the blind man we have a type of the Gentile people, who have received by the Sacrament of our Lord the brightness of the light which they had lost. And it matters not whether the cure is conveyed in the case of one or two blind men, inasmuch as deriving their origin from Ham and Japhet, the sons of Noah, in the two blind men they put forward two authors of their race.

GREG. Or, blindness is a symbol of the human race, which in our first parent knowing not the brightness of heavenly light, now suffers the darkness of his condemnation. Jericho is interpreted 'the moon,' whose monthly wanings represent the feebleness of our mortality. While then our Creator is drawing nigh to Jericho, the blind is restored to sight, because when God took upon Him the weakness of our flesh, the human race received back the light which it had lost. He then who is ignorant of this brightness of the everlasting light, is blind. But if he does no more than believe in the Redeemer who said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; he sits by the way side. If he both believes and prays that he may receive the everlasting light, he sits by the way side and begs. Those that went before Jesus, as He was coming, represent the multitude of carnal desires, and the busy crowd of vices which before that Jesus comes to our heart, scatter our thoughts, and disturb us even in our prayers. But the blind man cried out the more; for the more violently we are assailed by our restless thoughts, the more fervently ought we to give ourselves to prayer. As long as we still suffer our manifold fancies to trouble us in our prayers, we feel in some measure Jesus passing try. But when we are very steadfast in prayer, God is fixed in our heart, and the lost light is restored. Or to pass by is of man, to stand is of God. The Lord then passing by heard the blind man crying, standing still restored him to sight, for by His humanity in compassion to our blindness He has pity upon our cries, by the power of His divinity He pours upon us the light of His grace.

Now for this reason He asks what the blind man wished, that He might stir up his heart to prayer, for He wishes that to be sought in prayer, which He knows beforehand both that we seek and He grants.

AMBROSE; Or, He asked the blind man to the end that we might believe, that without confession no man can be saved.

GREG. The blind man seeks from the Lord not gold, but light. Let us then seek not for false riches, but for that light which together with the Angels alone we may see, the way whereunto is faith. Well then was it said to the blind, Receive your sight; your faith has saved you. He who sees, also follows, because the good which he understands he practices.

AUG. If we interpret Jericho to mean the moon, and therefore death, our Lord when approaching His death commanded the light of the Gospel to be preached to the Jews only, who are signified by that one blind man whom Luke speaks of, but rising again from the dead and ascending to heaven, to both Jews and Gentiles; and these two nations seem to be denoted by the two blind men whom Matthew mentions.

Catena Aurea Luke 18
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24 posted on 11/19/2012 6:04:48 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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Almanac:

Monday, November 19

Liturgical Color: Green


Today the Church honors St. Agnes of Assisi, virgin. St. Agnes was the sister of St. Clare of Assisi, and followed her to the convent at age 15. Under the direction of St. Francis of Assisi, she helped establish several convents in northern Italy.


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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings for: November 19, 2012
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. 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.

Ordinary Time: November 19th

Monday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

Old Calendar: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, widow; St. Pontianus, pope and martyr

Death does not herald the end of personal existence but rather a new triumphal beginning. Although we are faced with the certainty of death, we are at the same time consoled by the promise of a glorious bodily immortality. What Christ, the Head of the Mystical Body, did for Himself He will also do for His members. The same divine power is always operative within Him.

During the final week of the ecclesiastical year, the language of the liturgy becomes very earnest and impressive. The Last Judgment with all its terrors is approaching. By this reminder the Church desires to make us realize our responsibilities, but she also desires to show us in Christ's judgment His crowning victory and the completion of His work of redemption. We should be inspired with confidence and very great hope at the thought that He who will come to judge us is the very same who came into this world to save us. Throughout the liturgical year the Church never ceases to remind us of this.

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and the commemoration of St. Pontianus (or Pontian). According to the Ordinary Form St. Elizabeth's feast is now celebrated on November 17 and St. Pontianus (or Pontian) is on August 13.


Like a Drop of Water as It Falls into the Ocean
The month of November opens with two Feast Days lived intensely by the Liturgy and by popular piety: All Saints and All Souls. These two feasts give depth to the month traditionally dedicated to praying for those who have crossed the threshold of hope. When we pray for the faithful departed, or better, for those living in the Next World, we are reminded of the ultimate realities of human existence. Authentic Christians are ever more keenly aware of this dimension as they pray for the souls in Purgatory, who are unable to help themselves and rely on our prayers.

“O good Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and take all souls into Heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy ”. With this brief and intense invocation, Our Lady in Fatima asked people to pray to Jesus for the holy souls in Purgatory. Each of us is called to holiness and if we were to take seriously the wonderful vocation to live here in earth in communion with the Lord Jesus, then death would be simply “departing” for Heaven.

Thinking of human freedom there comes to mind what Jesus said: “many are called but few are chosen” (Mt 22, 14). God calls everyone to holiness, but few heed the invitation to a banquet of intimate communion with Jesus, the banquet of eternal life which starts here on earth. We are too distracted by many things, like the guests in Gospel who make excuses with the host saying: “I have bought a piece of land and must go and see it. Please accept my apologies." Another said, "I have bought five yoke of oxen and am on my way to try them out. Please accept my apologies." Yet another said, "I have just got married and so am unable to come." (Lc 14, 18-20). 

We may feel we are entitled to live life without entrusting it day after day to the one who created and redeemed us, without spending it entirely for the Kingdom of God, because there are so many other important things on which apparently it can be spent: success, profit, so-called “well-being”, a career, power… in general anything which favors affirmation of self, among the wide range of opportunities presented by the world today.

And so life is full of concerns which suffocate loving attention for our Lord and God, and interest for him disappears. The believer is tempted to put off prayer until 'after' his radical conversion: when I have more time I will pray, when I have less concerns I will give more thought to others, when I feel like it I will go more often to church…

The life which the saints lived was not about waiting until tomorrow simply because tomorrow does not belong to us. Ours is only the present moment and it is today that we must convert our hearts, refusing compromise with sin, which is the real enemy of happiness, earthly and heavenly. Grave sin stops supernatural life and, consequently, holiness, that is growth in Jesus Christ.

On life's horizon, the believer and every person, has to look at death. Certainly we celebrate earthly birth, surrounding it with much attention, but not to be forgotten either, is the “birth” prelude to the great birth to Heaven! For the believer in Christ, life on earth runs towards eternal Life in God. The saints knew this and their funerals were celebrations, because their death was lived as their “birth” to Heaven.

Life on earth is like a drop of water as it falls down into the ocean waiting to embrace it. It falls in a very short time. What a wonderful, consoling truth for the believer, awareness, certainty that comes from faith, of the promises of the Risen Lord, life does not fall into nothingness, it is joined forever with the infinite love of God, plunged into the boundless sea of His Divine mercy! As the Holy Father Benedict XVI, said with these luminous words: “Today we confirm our hope in eternal life founded on the death and resurrection of Christ. ‘I am risen and will be with you forever, says the Lord, and my hand will support you. Whenever you fall, you will fall into my hands and I will be there even at the door of death. Where no one can accompany you and where you can take nothing with you. There I will be waiting to change the darkness into light” (Benedict XVI, Angelus, 2 November 2008).

— by Mgr Luciano Alimandi, Agenzia Fides

Things to Do:

  • Today would be a good time to meditate on our own last end. Maybe pick up the Imitation of Christ and read Book 1 Chapter 24.

  • Make sure you have your Advent wreath ready, candles and all. Decide what ceremony and prayers you will use with your family.

  • If you are going to make or use an Advent calendar or the Jesse tree gather everything you need today.

  • If you plan to stir-up plum pudding on Sunday be sure you have all the ingredients.


26 posted on 11/19/2012 8:21:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Luke 18:35-43

33rd Week in Ordinary Time

“When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.” (Luke 18:43)

Have you ever used a story in Scripture as a model for your own prayer? It’s an age-old method that can help us experience the Lord here and now. Today’s Gospel story gives us a perfect opportunity to try this out.

The blind man sits by the road­side begging. Aren’t we like that sometimes, quietly resigned to some hardship, infirmity, or pattern of sin—unable to think that God has more in store for us? But when the blind man hears that Jesus is pass­ing by, something changes in him, and he immediately cries out for mercy. All his rational thinking about accepting his lot vanishes as Jesus draws near. We too have heard about Jesus; we may have even experienced his love and power in our lives at dif­ferent points. And now we feel that we can cry out to him again, no mat­ter what we’re struggling with!

The blind man meets resistance as others tell him to be quiet, but he continues calling for Jesus. We too can continue to seek the Lord, even if we feel discouraged, even if other people are telling us it’s hopeless. Jesus has the blind man brought to himself. Our own efforts take us only so far. At some point, we have to let his grace and power draw us to him. Jesus asks what the blind man wants, and he answers from the depths of his heart. We can speak to God from our hearts, laying our needs and desires before him as well. We have the promise of his love, the assurance that he knows our needs and wants to help us in the best way possible.

After he is healed, the man follows Jesus, glorifying God. When we are touched by Jesus, it makes us want to leave all else behind and follow him too. We are filled with grati­tude and want to glorify him with our lives. And just as those who saw what happened to the blind man gave praise to God, so our trans­formed lives can draw other people to Jesus as well. We can all become evangelists, demonstrating the power, love, and glory of God!

“Lord, help me to walk through your word and draw closer to you! Let me see how I am one with all those who have experienced your touch in their lives!”

Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5; Psalm 1:1-4, 6


27 posted on 11/19/2012 8:23:44 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Marriage = One Man and One Woman
Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for November 19, 2012:

(Reader’s Tip) Use the phrase “Praised be Jesus Christ” as the first and last words of each day to your spouse and children.


28 posted on 11/19/2012 8:30:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Nightingale of Helfta

 on November 19, 2012 9:12 AM |
 
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In Sinu Patris

In the monastic calendar today is the feast of Saint Mechtilde of Hakeborn. Known as "the nightingale of Helfta" for her beautiful voice, Saint Mechtilde was fascinated by what she called the cor Dei, the heart of God. The Beloved Disciple speaks of it in his Prologue: "No man has ever seen God; but now His only-begotten Son, who abides in the bosom of the Father, has brought us a clear message" (Jn 1:18). (The same theme of the Son abiding in sinu Patris -- in the bosom of the Father -- runs through all the writings of Blessed Abbot Marmion.) For Mechtilde, as for Saint Gertrude, her student and friend in the thirteenth century Abbey of Helfta, there was but one way into the bosom of the Father: through the pierced side of the Son. Both saints would have us know that the soul who desires to abide in the bosom of the Father must enter through "the narrow gate that leadeth to life" (Mt 7:14), that is, the sacred side of the Crucified, opened by the soldier's lance (Jn 19:24).

Clusters of Holiness

We keep the feast of Saint Mechtilde only a few days after that of Saint Gertrude (November 16th), the friend with whom she shared her quest for God and her experience of fruitful union with the Divine Bridegroom. This suggests that holiness, like grapes, grows in clusters. It pleases the Holy Spirit to communicate His graces from one heart to another. There are no saints in isolation. Saints Mechtilde and Gertrude were not alone in their passion for Christ. They burned with the same love for the Word of God. They hastened to the same abbey church, day after day, to exercise their baptismal priesthood by singing the monastic liturgy they so loved.

Laboring at Charity With Chaste Love

The holiness of Saints Mechtilde and of Gertrude flourished within a Eucharistic organism: a living body assembled by the Holy Spirit around one Altar, for the offering of one Victim, by one Priest. Their holiness flourished in a community of women who were not only mothers and sisters by virtue of the same monastic consecration, but also friends. For them, fraternal charity took on the very human expression countenanced by Saint Benedict in the Holy Rule: "making allowance for one another's weaknesses, whether physical or moral; laboring with chaste love at the charity of the brotherhood; loving their abbot with sincere and humble charity" (RB 72:5, 8, 10).

The Gift of Friendship in Christ

The monastery of Helfta, assisted by the friars of the mendicant Orders, radiated the charism of "friendship in Christ" well beyond its enclosure walls into the wider Church, giving holiness a human face. Friendship forged in the praise of God, in listening to His Word, and in partaking of the adorable Body and Blood of Christ from the same altar, is not the friendship of perfect agreement on all things, nor is it the friendship of sentimental attraction. It is, rather, a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Body of Christ, making the voice of the Body sweeter, and making the face of the Body lovelier. It creates a lasting bond among souls: the bond of a single-hearted passion for Christ.


29 posted on 11/19/2012 8:35:32 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Seeing with Faith
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Father John Doyle, LC

Luke 18:35-43

Now as Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Alpha and the Omega. You have given me life and offer me eternal life with you. You deserve my honor, gratitude and love, and yet you never impose yourself upon me. Thank you for respecting my freedom so that I can offer myself to you. All that I have is yours; I return it to you.

Petition: Lord, grant me greater faith in your constant and continual presence in my life.

1. Begging by the Roadside: How many times in life have we felt like this blind beggar sitting by the roadside, down-and-out and hard on luck – physically, spiritually or emotionally? Witnessing our distress, some people simply walked by without a care. Maybe they tossed us a coin, though they didn’t really help us out of our discouragement or difficulty. Others might have jeered at us or not dared to look at us. Some may even have scolded us, like the people in the Gospel telling the beggar “to be silent.” Just as the blind beggar of today’s Gospel could not give himself what he most desired – sight, we are unable to give ourselves what we most need – faith. Do I regularly ask for an increase of faith? Am I aware of how much I need a strong faith?

2. Jesus Is Passing By: The book of Job tells us that “human beings have a hard service on earth” (Job 7:1). It shouldn’t be surprising, then, when in our lives as Christians we take some real blows and even some falls. God doesn’t want us to become discouraged. He wants us to see these as opportunities to turn to him, the source of the strength and help we need. Other voices will tell us to be quiet and not bother the Master: “After all, you just need to work things out”, “With so much going on, how can you find time to pray?” Jesus constantly passes by. He is the only one who can bring me the peace my heart desires and longs for. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”

3. Lord, Please Let Me See: Jesus promises us that he will listen to our request, just as he did to the blind man. But what should our request be? To have a more comfortable stool so as to sit by the road and beg with ease? To have a beautiful silver cup to collect coins in? Or to see? Often what we really need is not what we ask for in prayer. We need the vision that only the supernatural virtue of faith can give. We need the ability to see everything from God’s vantage point and to see how the difficulties and trials we experience are part of a bigger picture. We need to have the firm assurance of the final victory of the Lamb, Jesus, and the strength to persevere in fidelity. Lord, please let me see… Please increase my faith.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, allow me to praise and glorify you for your constant companionship and for never leaving me alone in my struggles and trials. Increase my faith so that I will be able to experience your love even amidst difficulty and trials.

Resolution:I will pray three “Our Fathers” for an increase of faith among my family members.


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Christ’s Compassion

 

by Food For Thought on November 19, 2012 ·

Reading 1 Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5

Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 And 6

Gospel Lk 18:35-43

In Jesus’ day, the cultural understanding of blindness made a blind person’s disability even harder to bear. The Jews saw blindness as God’s judgment on a sin committed by the blind man himself or by one of his family members. Therefore, as we see in today’s Gospel, no one in the crowd felt any moral responsibility to help the blind man who was crying out to Jesus. They even told him to be quiet because he was making it impossible for them to hear Jesus’ words.

Jesus’ compassion is in marked contradiction of the crowd’s hostility. Jesus wants all of us to have life in its fullness; you remember he expressly says this in John’s Gospel. He wants all people to share in the happiness God has intended for them. He wants all to posses a sufficiency of material blessings so that we will all be free to search and find God and to experience the love of God, who constantly searches for us. Bible Alive points out that in today’s Gospel, “Jesus heals the blind man who then follows Jesus on the way as he realizes he has found not only his sight but the answer to his deepest needs.”

This Gospel incident challenges our own attitude to the millions in our world who are in need. The late Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical, “On Social Concern,” urges us to develop the virtue of solidarity with the poor. “This solidarity,” the Pope writes, “is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at their misfortunes but a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good … to lose oneself for the sake of the other.”

Bible Alive concludes this reflection, with a prayer: “Father, you have given all peoples one common origin and your will is to gather them as one family in yourself. Fill the hearts of all with the fire of your love. By sharing the good things you give us, may we secure justice and equality for every human being, an end to all division, and a human society built on love and peace.”


31 posted on 11/19/2012 8:46:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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32 posted on 11/19/2012 8:47:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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<< Monday, November 19, 2012 >>
 
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
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Psalm 1:1-4, 6 Luke 18:35-43
 

"I LOVE YOU MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY"

 
"You have turned aside from your early love." —Revelation 2:4
 

Think back to the time you first came to Jesus. If you are like most people, you were attracted to Jesus by His personal love for you. You thought of Jesus dying on the cross to forgive your sins, and you were overcome by His love for you. Or perhaps you or a loved one received a healing from Jesus (see Lk 18:43) and you were overwhelmed by His loving-kindness. The love of God was poured out in your heart (Rm 5:5). All you wanted to do was to think of Jesus, be with Jesus, and talk about Jesus.

Fast forward to today. How preoccupied with Jesus are you right now? Is He the Love of your life? Or have you taken your eyes off Jesus and found your joy in something else? If Jesus is no longer your Delight, it's not because He's stopped loving you. Jesus is Love (1 Jn 4:8). He loves you perfectly.

Love must always increase. If our love for Jesus isn't growing, then it has to be abating. If we turn aside from our early love for Jesus, He holds it against us (Rv 2:4). Hence Jesus warned against our love growing cold (Mt 24:12). When our love for Jesus decreases, we don't attract many people to Him.

People are hungry for love. Our blazing love for Jesus can draw many to Jesus. However, our lack of love for Jesus can turn them away from Jesus. There are two weeks left in this Church year. In the next two weeks, grow greatly in love. May you come to "grasp fully…the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love, and experience this love" (Eph 3:18-19).

 
Prayer: Jesus, may I realize how serious it is to turn away from loving You. Pour out Your love in my heart (Rm 5:5). May thousands come to know Your love through the love we share.
Promise: "Jesus said to him, 'Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.' " —Lk 18:42
Praise: Ron owed Norm several hundred dollars. Norm "was moved with pity" and "wrote off the debt" (Mt 18:27).

33 posted on 11/19/2012 8:49:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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34 posted on 11/19/2012 8:50:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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