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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-06-13, OM, St. Norbert, Bishop
USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-06-13 | Revised New American Bible

Posted on 06/05/2013 9:41:29 PM PDT by Salvation

June 6, 2013

 

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

 

Reading 1 Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a

When the angel Raphael and Tobiah had entered Media
and were getting close to Ecbatana,
Raphael said to the boy,
“Tobiah, my brother!”
He replied: “Here I am!”
He said: “Tonight we must stay with Raguel, who is a relative of yours.
He has a daughter named Sarah.”

So he brought him to the house of Raguel,
whom they found seated by his courtyard gate.
They greeted him first.
He said to them, “Greetings to you too, brothers!
Good health to you, and welcome!”
And he brought them into his home.

Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock
and gave them a cordial reception.
When they had bathed and reclined to eat, Tobiah said to Raphael,
“Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to let me marry
my kinswoman Sarah.”
Raguel overheard the words; so he said to the boy:
“Eat and drink and be merry tonight,
for no man is more entitled
to marry my daughter Sarah than you, brother.
Besides, not even I have the right to give her to anyone but you,
because you are my closest relative.
But I will explain the situation to you very frankly.
I have given her in marriage to seven men,
all of whom were kinsmen of ours,
and all died on the very night they approached her.
But now, son, eat and drink.
I am sure the Lord will look after you both.”
Tobiah answered,
“I will eat or drink nothing until you set aside what belongs to me.”

Raguel said to him: “I will do it.
She is yours according to the decree of the Book of Moses.
Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!
Take your kinswoman;
from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved.
She is yours today and ever after.
And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both.
May he grant you mercy and peace.”
Then Raguel called his daughter Sarah, and she came to him.
He took her by the hand and gave her to Tobiah with the words:
“Take her according to the law.
According to the decree written in the Book of Moses
she is your wife.
Take her and bring her back safely to your father.
And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.”
Raguel then called Sarah’s mother and told her to bring a scroll,
so that he might draw up a marriage contract
stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife
according to the decree of the Mosaic law.
Her mother brought the scroll,
and Raguel drew up the contract, to which they affixed their seals.

Afterward they began to eat and drink.
Later Raguel called his wife Edna and said,
“My love, prepare the other bedroom and bring the girl there.”
She went and made the bed in the room, as she was told,
and brought the girl there.
After she had cried over her, she wiped away the tears and said:
“Be brave, my daughter.
May the Lord grant you joy in place of your grief.
Courage, my daughter.”
Then she left.

When the girl’s parents left the bedroom
and closed the door behind them,
Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife,
“My love, get up.
Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us
and to grant us deliverance.”
She got up, and they started to pray
and beg that deliverance might be theirs.
And they began to say:

“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers,
praised be your name forever and ever.
Let the heavens and all your creation
praise you forever.
You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve
to be his help and support;
and from these two the human race descended.
You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone;
let us make him a partner like himself.’
Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine
not because of lust,
but for a noble purpose.
Call down your mercy on me and on her,
and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”

They said together, “Amen, amen,” and went to bed for the night.

Responsorial Psalm PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. (see 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
Blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Gospel Mk 12:28-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And
to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,

and to love your neighbor as yourself
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; ordinarytime; prayer; saints
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From: Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a (NAB)
Tobit 6:9-10; 7:1bcde, 8bcde-18; 8:4-9a (RSVCE)

Arrival in Media


[9] When they (the angel Raphael and Tobias) approached Ecbatana, [10] the
angel said to the young man, “Brother, today we shall stay with Raguel. He is
your relative, and he has an only daughter named Sarah.”

Sarah’s Hand is Sought in Marriage (Continuation)


[1bcde] (When they) arrived at the house of Raguel, Sarah met them and greeted
them. They returned her greeting, and she brought them into the house. [8bcde]
They received them very warmly; and they killed a ram from the flock and set
large servings of food before them.

Then Tobias said to Raphael, “Brother Azarias, speak of those things which you
talked about on the journey, and let the matter be settled.” [9] So he communi-
cated the proposal to Raguel. And Raguel said to Tobias. “Eat, drink, and be
merry; [10] for it is your right to take my child But let me explain the true situa-
tion to you.

[11] I have given my daughter to seven husbands, and when each came to her
he died in the night. But for the present be merry.” And Tobias said, “I will eat
nothing here until you make a binding agreement with me.” [12] So Raguel said,
“Take her right now, in accordance with the law. You are her relative, and she
is yours. The merciful God will guide you both for the best.” [13] Then he called
his daughter Sarah, and taking her by the hand he gave her to Tobias to be his
wife, saying, “Here she is; take her according to the law of Moses, and take her
with you to your father.” And he blessed them. [14] Next he called his wife Edna,
and took a scroll and wrote out the contract; and they set their seals to it. [15]
Then they began to eat.

[16] And Raguel called his wife Edna and said to her, “Sister, make up the other
room, and take her into it.” [17] So she did as he said, and took her there; and
the girl began to weep. But the mother comforted her daughter in her tears, and
said to her, [18] “Be brave, my child; the Lord of heaven and earth grant you joy
in place of this sorrow of yours. Be brave, my daughter.”

Tobias’ and Sarah’s Wedding Night (Continuation)


[4] When the door was shut and the two were alone, Tobias got up from the bed
and said, “Sister, get up, and let us pray that the Lord may have mercy upon us.”
[5] And Tobias began to pray, “Blessed art thou, 0 God of our fathers, and bles-
sed be thy holy and glorious name for ever. Let the heavens and all thy creatures
bless thee. [6] Thou madest Adam and gayest him Eve his wife as a helper and
support. From them the race of mankind has sprung. Thou didst say, ‘It is not
good that the man should be alone; let us make a helper for him like himself.’
[7] And now, 0 Lord, I am not taking this sister of mine because of lust, but with
sincerity. Grant that I may find mercy and may grow old together with her.” [8]
And she said with him, “Amen.” [9]Then they both went to sleep for the night.

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Commentary:

6:9-17. According to the Law (cf. Num 36:1-13), when a daughter inherits from
her father (cf. Num 27:1-11) she should marry a man of her own tribe, in order
to ensure that her inheritance does not (as a dowry) become the property of
another tribe. It is up to Tobias to marry Sarah because he is the closest rela-
tive (the text does not say whether the earlier husbands were relatives). The
angel points out the advantages of complying with that law: Tobias will get Sa-
rah’s inheritance, but he will also get a beautiful and sensible wife; he encou-
rages him not to delay (v. 12).

Tobias raises weighty objections, not just because he is afraid he will suffer the
fate of the other husbands but because he feels a duty to his elderly parents (vv.
14-15)—as indeed the Law lays down. The angel tells him how these difficulties
can be dealt with: he reminds Tobias of his father’s instruction (v. 15; 4:12) and
tells him how to deal with the demon (vv. 16-17), not only by using parts of the
fish but also by having recourse to prayer (v. 17). The words “she was destined
for you from all eternity”(v. 17) show that the love between the two young people
which leads them to marriage is being guided by divine providence and is part
of a mysterious plan of God’s, an eternal plan. This is borne out by the fact that
Tobias falls in love with the girl even before meeting her (v. 18). St. J. Escrivá
advises young people to put themselves under the protection of the archangel
Raphael: “How frankly you laughed when I advised you to put the years of your
youth under the protection of Saint Raphael: so that he’ll lead you, like young
Tobias, to a holy marriage, with a girl who is good and pretty and rich’, I told you,
jokingly. And then how thoughtful you became! ...when I went on to advise you
to put yourself also under the patronage of that young apostle John; in case
God were to ask more of you” (”The Way”, 360).

The Vulgate, after v. 16, adds the following: “For they who in such manner re-
ceive matrimony, as to shut out God from themselves, and from their mind, and
to give themselves to their lust, as the horse and mule, which have not under-
standing: over them the devil hath power. But thou, when thou shalt take her, go
into the chamber: and for three days keep thyself continent from her, and give
thyself to nothing else but to prayers with her. And on that night lay the liver of
the fish on the fire: and the devil shall be driven away. But the second night, thou
shalt be admitted into the society of the holy Patriarchs. And the third night, thou
shalt obtain a blessing that sound children may be born of you. And when the
third night is past, thou shalt take the virgin with the fear of the Lord, moved ra-
ther for love of children than for lust: that in the seed of Abraham thou mayst
obtain a blessing in children.”

7:1-12. At this point Tobias takes the initiative and asks the angel to speak on
his behalf (v. 8). Raguel is clearly an upright man; he does not hide the situation
from Tobias; he does not want the young man to die, so he tries to delay doing
what the Law lays down (v. 10). Eventually he consents to the marriage: he will
obey the law of Moses (v. 13), despite the possible consequences.

In the Vulgate, Raguel’s decision is influenced by something the angel says to
him: “Be not afraid to give her to this man, for to him who feareth God is thy
daughter due to be his wife. Therefore another could not have her. Then Raguel
said: I doubt not but God hath regarded my prayers and tears in his sight. And I
believe he hath therefore made you come to me, that this maid might be married
to one of her own kindred, according to the law of Moses: and now doubt not but
I will give her to thee.”

7:14-18. This is the first time we find in the Bible a formal marriage contract invol-
ving a written document. In time, this document will be called by Jews the “Ketu-
bah”. For Sarah’s parents the wedding is almost a mournful affair, but they still
hope that things will work out well because they have done everything according
to the Law of the Lord, whom they invoke.

8:1-12. Three things happen in parallel here: the demon flees, chased off by a
puff of smoke (which shows how weak he is when man lets himself be guided
by the word of God), and the angel binds him; Sarah’s father digs a grave for
Tobias (this symbolizes those who are guided by human prudence, not trusting
in divine providence; they are proved wrong); and Tobias and Sarah spend the
night in prayer and win the Lord’s blessing: their prayer praises God, recalling
the creation of man and woman (cf. Gen 2:18) and implores his blessing.

The Church offers this passage (vv. 5-7) as a reading for the rite of marriage, be-
cause it touches on the divine and human aspects of married love. The Second
Vatican Council says that “married love is eminently human love because it is
an affection between two rooted in the will and it embraces the good of the whole
person; it can enrich the sentiments of the spirit and their physical expression
with a unique dignity and ennoble them as the special elements and signs of the
friendship proper to marriage. The Lord, wishing to bestow special gifts of grace
and divine love on it, has restored, perfected, and elevated it. A love like that,
bringing together the human and the divine, leads the partners to a free and mu-
tual giving of self, experienced in tenderness and action, and permeates their
whole lives; besides, this love is actually developed and increased by the exer-
cise of it. This is a far cry from mere erotic attraction, which is pursued in sel-
fishness and soon fades away in wretchedness.

“Married love is uniquely expressed and perfected by the exercise of the acts
proper to marriage. Hence the acts in marriage by which the intimate and chaste
union of the spouses take place are noble and honorable; the truly human perfor-
mance of these acts fosters the self-giving they signify and enriches the spouses
in joy and gratitude’.” (”Gaudium Et Spes”, 49).

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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: Mark 12:28-34

The Greatest Commandment of All


[28] One of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and
seeing that He (Jesus) answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment
is the first of all?” [29] Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord
our God, the Lord is one; [30] and you shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
[31] The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no
other commandment greater than these.” [32] And the scribe said to Him, “You
are right, Teacher; You have truly said that He is one, and there is no other than
He; [33] and to love with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all
the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole
burnt offerings and sacrifices.” [34] And when Jesus saw that he answered wise-
ly, He said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that no
one dared to ask Him any question.

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Commentary:

28-34. The doctor of the law who asks Jesus this question is obviously an upright
man who is sincerely seeking the truth. He was impressed by Jesus’ earlier reply
(verses 18-27) and he wants to learn more from Him. His question is to the point
and Jesus devotes time to instructing him, though he will soon castigate the
scribes, of whom this man is one (cf. Mark 12:38ff).

Jesus sees in this man not just a scribe but a person who is looking for the truth.
And His teaching finds its way into the man’s heart. The scribe repeats what Je-
sus says, savoring it, and our Lord offers him an affectionate word which encou-
rages his definitive conversion: “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” This
encounter reminds us of His meeting with Nicodemus (cf. John 3:1ff). On the doc-
trinal content of these two commandments cf. note on Matthew 22:34-40.

[Note on Matthew 22:34-40 states:

In reply to the question, our Lord points out that the whole law can be condensed
into two commandments: the first and more important consists in unconditional
love of God; the second is a consequence and result of the first, because when
man is loved, St. Thomas says, God is loved, for man is the image of God (cf.
“Commentary on St. Matthew”, 22:4).

A person who genuinely loves God also loves his fellows because he realizes
that they are his brothers and sisters, children of the same Father, redeemed by
the same blood of our Lord Jesus Christ: “This commandment we have from Him,
that he who loves God should love his brother also” (1 John 4:21). However, if we
love man for man’s sake without reference to God, this love will become an obsta-
cle in the way of keeping the first commandment, and then it is no longer genuine
love of our neighbor. But love of our neighbor for God’s sake is clear proof that we
love God: “If anyone says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar” (1 John
4:20).

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”: here our Lord establishes as the guide-
line for our love of neighbor the love each of us has for himself; both love of others
and love of self are based on love of God. Hence, in some cases it can happen
that God requires us to put our neighbor’s need before our own; in others, not: it
depends on what value, in light of God’s love, needs to be put on the spiritual and
material factors involved.

Obviously spiritual goods take absolute precedence over material ones, even over
life itself. Therefore, spiritual goods, be they our own or our neighbor’s, must be
the first to be safeguarded. If the spiritual good in question is the supreme one
for the salvation of the soul, no one is justified in putting his own soul into certain
danger of being condemned in order to save another, because given human free-
dom we can never be absolutely sure what personal choice another person may
make: this is the situation in the parable (cf. Matthew 25:1-13), where the wise
virgins refuse to give oil to the foolish ones; similarly St. Paul says that he would
wish himself to be rejected if that could save his brothers (cf. Romans 9:3)—an
unreal theoretical situation. However, what is quite clear is that we have to do all
we can to save our brothers, conscious that, if someone helps to bring a sinner
back to the way, he will save himself from eternal death and cover a multitude of
his own sins (James 5:20). From all this we can deduce that self-love of the right
kind, based on God’s love for man, necessarily involves forgetting oneself in order
to love God and our neighbor for God.]

30. This commandment of the Old Law, ratified by Jesus, shows, above all, God’s
great desire to engage in intimate conversation with man: “would it not have suf-
ficed to publish a permission giving us leave to love Him? [...]. He makes a stron-
ger declaration of His passionate love for us, and commands us to love Him with
all our power, lest the consideration of His majesty and our misery, which make
so great a distance and inequality between us, or some other pretext, divert us
from His love. In this He well shows that He did not leave in us for nothing the na-
tural inclination to love Him, for to the end that it may not be idle, He urges us by
His general commandment to employ it, and that this commandment may be ef-
fected, there is no living man He has not furnished him abundantly with all means
requisite thereto” (St. Francis de Sales, “Treatise on the Love of God”, Book 2,
Chapter 8).

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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 Tobit 6:10-11,7:1,9-14,8:4-9 ©
Raphael and Tobit entered Media and had nearly reached Ecbetana when Raphael said to the boy, ‘Brother Tobias.’ ‘Yes?’ he answered. The angel went on, ‘Tonight we shall be staying with Raguel, who is a kinsman of yours. He has a daughter called Sarah, but apart from Sarah he has no other son or daughter.’
  As they entered Ecbatana, Tobias said, ‘Brother Azarias, take me at once to our brother Raguel’s.’ And he showed him the way to the house of Raguel, whom they found sitting beside his courtyard door. They greeted him first, and he replied, ‘Welcome and greetings, brothers.’ And he took them into his house. He said to his wife Edna, ‘How like my brother Tobit this young man is!’ Raguel killed a sheep from the flock, and they gave them a warm-hearted welcome.
  They washed and bathed and sat down to table. Then Tobias said to Raphael, ‘Brother Azarias, will you ask Raguel to give me my sister Sarah?’ Raguel overheard the words, and said to the young man, ‘Eat and drink, and make the most of your evening; no one else has the right to take my daughter Sarah – no one but you, my brother. In any case I, for my own part, am not at liberty to give her to anyone else, since you are her next of kin. However, my boy, I must be frank with you: I have tried to find a husband for her seven times among our kinsmen, and all of them have died the first evening, on going to her room. But for the present, my boy, eat and drink; the Lord will grant you his grace and peace.’ Tobias spoke out, ‘I will not hear of eating and drinking till you have come to a decision about me.’ Raguel answered, ‘Very well. Since, as prescribed by the Book of Moses, she is given to you, heaven itself decrees she shall be yours. I therefore entrust your sister to you. From now you are her brother and she is your sister. She is given to you from today for ever. The Lord of heaven favour you tonight, my child, and grant you his grace and peace.’ Raguel called for his daughter Sarah, took her by the hand and gave her to Tobias with these words, ‘I entrust her to you; the law and the ruling recorded in the Book of Moses assign her to you as your wife. Take her; take her home to your father’s house with a good conscience. The God of heaven grant you a good journey in peace.’ Then he turned to her mother and asked her to fetch him writing paper. He drew up the marriage contract, how he gave his daughter as bride to Tobias according to the ordinance in the Law of Moses.
  After this they began to eat and drink. The parents, meanwhile, had gone out and shut the door behind them. Tobias rose from the bed, and said to Sarah, ‘Get up, my sister! You and I must pray and petition our Lord to win his grace and his protection.’ She stood up, and they began praying for protection, and this was how he began:
‘You are blessed, O God of our fathers;
blessed, too, is your name
for ever and ever.
Let the heavens bless you
and all things you have made
for evermore.
It was you who created Adam,
you who created Eve his wife
to be his help and support;
and from these two the human race was born.
It was you who said,
“It is not good that the man should be alone;
let us make him a helpmate like himself.”
And so I do not take my sister
for any lustful motive;
I do it in singleness of heart.
Be kind enough to have pity on her and on me
and bring us to old age together.’
And together they said, ‘Amen, Amen’, and lay down for the night.

Psalm Psalm 127:1-5 ©
O blessed are those who fear the Lord.
O blessed are those who fear the Lord
  and walk in his ways!
By the labour of your hands you shall eat.
  You will be happy and prosper.
O blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife like a fruitful vine
  in the heart of your house;
your children like shoots of the olive,
  around your table.
O blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Indeed thus shall be blessed
  the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
  all the days of your life!
O blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn6:63,68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life;
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!
Or cf.2Tim1:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished death
and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.
Alleluia!

Gospel Mark 12:28-34 ©
One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.

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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
7 posted on 06/05/2013 9:55:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
8 posted on 06/05/2013 9:55:40 PM PDT 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.


9 posted on 06/05/2013 9:57:12 PM PDT 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, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated 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 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]

10 posted on 06/05/2013 9:57:48 PM PDT 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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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.


12 posted on 06/05/2013 9:59:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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June Devotion: The Sacred Heart

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of June is set apart for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "From among all the proofs of the infinite goodness of our Savior none stands out more prominently than the fact that, as the love of the faithful grew cold, He, Divine Love Itself, gave Himself to us to be honored by a very special devotion and that the rich treasury of the Church was thrown wide open in the interests of that devotion." These words of Pope Pius XI refer to the Sacred Heart Devotion, which in its present form dates from the revelations given to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673-75.

The devotion consists in the divine worship of the human heart of Christ, which is united to His divinity and which is a symbol of His love for us. The aim of the devotion is to make our Lord king over our hearts by prompting them to return love to Him (especially through an act of consecration by which we offer to the Heart of Jesus both ourselves and all that belongs to us) and to make reparation for our ingratitude to God.

INVOCATION

O Heart of love, I put all my trust in Thee; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Thy goodness.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART

Devotion to the Sacred Heart was the characteristic note of the piety of Saint Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), Benedictine nun and renowned mystic. She was, in fact, the first great exponent of devotion to the Sacred Heart. In our efforts to honor the Heart of Jesus we have this prayer as a model for our own:
Hail! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary, 0 my amiable Savior. Consume my heart with that burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Thy love, and let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things be conformed to Thine. May Thy divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my actions. Amen.
Saint Gertrude

FOR THE CHURCH

O most holy Heart of Jesus, shower Thy blessings in abundant measure upon Thy holy Church, upon the Supreme Pontiff and upon all the clergy; to the just grant perseverance; convert sinners; enlighten unbelievers; bless our relations, friends and benefactors; assist the dying; deliver the holy souls in purgatory; and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of Thy love. Amen.

A PRAYER OF TRUST

O God, who didst in wondrous manner reveal to the virgin, Margaret Mary, the unsearchable riches of Thy Heart, grant that loving Thee, after her example, in all things and above all things, we may in Thy Heart find our abiding home.
Roman Missal

ACT OF LOVE

Reveal Thy Sacred Heart to me, O Jesus, and show me Its attractions. Unite me to It for ever. Grant that all my aspirations and all the beats of my heart, which cease not even while I sleep, may be a testimonial to Thee of my love for Thee and may say to Thee: Yes, Lord, I am all Thine;
pledge of my allegiance to Thee rests ever in my heart will never cease to be there. Do Thou accept the slight amount of good that I do and be graciously pleased to repair all m] wrong-doing; so that I may be able to bless Thee in time and in eternity. Amen.
Cardinal Merry del Val

MEMORARE TO THE SACRED HEART
Remember, O most sweet Jesus, that no one who has had recourse to Thy Sacred Heart, implored its help, or sought it mercy was ever abandoned. Encouraged with confidence, O tenderest of hearts, we present ourselves before Thee, crushes beneath the weight of our sins. In our misery, O Sacred Hear. of Jesus, despise not our simple prayers, but mercifully grant our requests.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

Only for Love: The Sacred Heart and the Priesthood [Catholic Caucus]

Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART, 10-19-09
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Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today
The Biblical Foundation of Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [Ecumenical]
Heart to Heart (Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion) [St. Margaret Mary Alacoque]
(June) The Month of the Sacred Heart {Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [St. Margaret Mary Alacoque]
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Catholic Devotions: Sacred Heart of Jesus
Pope Urges Jesuits to Spread Sacred Heart Devotion
Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Feast of the Sacred Heart
Catholic Meditation and Devotion: The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Daily Recomendation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus powerful prayer!
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The Love of the Sacred Heart

On the Sacred Heart - "We Adore God's Love of Humanity"
HAURIETIS AQUAS (On Devotion To The Sacred Heart) - Encyclical by Pope Pius XII
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About Devotion To The Sacred Heart:The Story Of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
Rediscover Feast of Sacred Heart, John Paul II Tells Youth

 
 

"Behold this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth."

- Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

Our Lord also made 12 promises to St. Margaret Mary for those that are devoted to His Sacred Heart.

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
  5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
  12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at the last hour.


13 posted on 06/05/2013 10:00:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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June 2013

Pope's Intentions

Mutual Respect. That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.

New Evangelization. That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.


14 posted on 06/05/2013 10:01:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Daily Gospel Commentary

Thursday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time
Commentary of the day
Saint [Padre] Pio de Pietrelcina (1887-1968), Capuchin
Ep 3, 1246, 1010

Love of God and men

I am consumed by a twofold flame: love of God and of people. It's like a volcano inside me that is constantly erupting and that Jesus has put in my heart, small as it is...

My God! Become ever more present to my poor heart and complete the work you have begun in me. In my deepest self I hear the voice insisting: “Sanctify yourself and sanctify others!”

This is what I really want, dear child for whom I'm writing all this, but I've no idea where to begin. Help me. I know Jesus loves you very much and that you deserve it, so talk to him on my account: I ask him for the grace to be a less unworthy son of Saint Francis, who can provide an example to my brethren in such a way that they will preserve their fervor and it will increase in me until it makes me a perfect Capuchin.


15 posted on 06/05/2013 10:04:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thursday, June 06, 2013
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9
Psalm 128:1-5
Mark 12:28-34

It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.

-- Dei Verbum


16 posted on 06/05/2013 10:08:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Just A Minute Just A Minute (Listen)
Some of EWTN's most popular hosts and guests in a collection of one minute inspirational messages. A different message each time you click.

17 posted on 06/05/2013 10:08:50 PM PDT 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 06/05/2013 10:10:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Saint Norbert, Bishop

Saint Norbert, Bishop
Optional Memorial
June 6th

Saint Norbert
Marten Pepijn
1637
Oil on panel
O.-L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp

Saint Norbert was born in Xanten, in what is now Germany, he turned from a worldly life, became a monk and an itinerant preacher, and later founded the Premonstratensians. Through his example and preaching, he worked very hard to implant the religious and moral reforms of Pope Gregory VII. He died Archbishop of Magdeburg.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

 

Collect:
Father,
O God, who made the Bishop Saint Norbert
a servant of your Church
outstanding in his prayer and pastoral zeal,
grant, we ask, that by the help of his intercession,
the flock of the faithful
may always find shepherds after your own heart
and be fed in the pastures of salvation.
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.

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16
"For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I Myself will search for My sheep, and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when some of his sheep have been scattered abroad, so will I seek out My sheep; and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the fountains, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and upon the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I Myself will be the shepherd of My sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice.


Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25-33
Now great multitudes accompanied Him; and He turned and said to them, "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build, and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple".


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St. Norbert (Bishop)
St.Norbert
Image Of St Norbert: A Scientific/Artistic Reconstruction
20 posted on 06/06/2013 7:38:03 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Information:
St. Norbert
Feast Day: June 6
Born: 1080 at Xanten, Germany
Died: 6 June 1134 at Magdeburg, Germany
Canonized: 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII
Patron of: invoked during childbirth for safe delivery; Magdeburg, peace



21 posted on 06/06/2013 7:41:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Norbert

Feast Day: June 06
Born: (around) 1080 :: Died: 1134

Norbert was born in Germany. He was a good child and teenager. Then at the court of Emperor Henry V, Norbert spent all his time making merry and having fun. He only wanted high positions in the court. He was always the first to arrive at parties and celebrations. He was very happy with "the good life."

One day, however, his horse was frightened by a flash of lightning and bolted. Norbert was thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious. When he woke, he began to think seriously about the way he was wasting his life.

Suddenly, God felt very near. Norbert realized that the Lord was offering him the grace to change for the better. He then decided to take life more seriously and went back to the idea he had once had many years before. He had wanted to become a priest. So he studied to become a priest and was ordained to the priesthood in 1115.

Father Norbert worked hard to make others turn from their worldly ways. He gave a good example by selling all that he had and gave the money to the poor. St. Norbert started a congregation to teach people about the faith.

They began their religious life with thirteen brothers and lived in the valley of Premontre. That is why they are called Premonstratensians. They are also called Norbertines, after their founder and they started a movement of change that spread all over Europe.

St. Norbert was made bishop of the city of Magdeburg. He entered the city wearing very poor clothes and no shoes. The porter at the door of the bishop's house did not know him and refused to let him in. He told him to go join the other beggars.

"But he is our new bishop!" shouted those who knew the saint. The porter was shocked and very sorry. "Never mind, dear brother," St. Norbert said kindly. "You judge me more correctly than those who brought me here."

St. Norbert had to defend the truth that Jesus is really present in the Holy Eucharist. His beautiful words about Our Lord's presence in the Blessed Sacrament brought the people back to their holy faith. He was charming and loved all men both great and small alike.

In March, 1133, he and his great friend, St. Bernard (whose feast is celebrated on August 20) walked in an unusual procession. They joined the emperor and his army to accompany the true pope, Innocent II, safely to the Vatican. St. Norbert died at Magdeburg in Germany in 1134.


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Litany in honour of Our Holy Father Norbert:

Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us,

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us,
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary, pray for us,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Queen of the White-robed Order,
Thou who hadst a great love for St. Norbert,
Holy Father Norbert, pray for us,
St. Norbert, whose birth was foretold from Heaven,
St. Norbert, who was marvellously converted by God,
St. Norbert, Mirror of true penance,
St. Norbert, who didst trample earthly pomps under foot,
St. Norbert, Despiser of the world,
St. Norbert, who didst conquer thy passions and affections,
St. Norbert, who didst gain the victory over temptations,
St. Norbert, who didst quell and cast down devils,
St. Norbert, Restorer of peace and concord,
St. Norbert, who didst walk barefoot,
St. Norbert, who didst practise mortification,
St. Norbert, Lover of the Cross,
St. Norbert, Pattern of abstinence,
St. Norbert, most strict Observer of fasting,
St. Norbert, who didst thyself practice and teach silence,
St. Norbert, who didst receive the white habit from the Mother of God,
St. Norbert, Most constant in faith,
St. Norbert, Most firm in hope,
St. Norbert, Most fervent in charity,
St. Norbert, Zealous lover of chastity,
St. Norbert, Model of poverty,
St. Norbert, Mirror of obedience,
St. Norbert, Vigilant teacher of discipline,
St. Norbert, Defender of the true faith,
St. Norbert, choice Vindicator of the Blessed Sacrament,
St. Norbert, Pillar of the Catholic Church,
St. Norbert, Flower of sanctity and brightness of all virtue,
St. Norbert, Light of prayer and contemplation,
St. Norbert, Pattern of perfection,
St. Norbert, Leader of the white-robed army,
St. Norbert, Patriarch of the Premonstratensians,
St. Norbert, Father and protector of thy Order,
St. Norbert, Primate of Germany,
St. Norbert, Worker of miracles,
St. Norbert, wonderful Discerner of spirits,
St. Norbert, Imitator of Jesus Christ,
St. Norbert, Follower of the Apostles,
St. Norbert, who was like to the Martyrs,
St. Norbert, Gem of Pontiffs,
St. Norbert, Glory of Confessors,
St. Norbert, Companion of virgins,
St. Norbert, Colleague of all Saints,
St. Norbert, Admirable in his translation,

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord, 
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord, 
From the neglect of Thy commandments, deliver us, O Lord, 
From the transgression of our vows,
From uncleanness of mind and body,
From the spirit of fornication,
From a proud and sad spirit,
From the snares of the devil,
From overwhelming temptation,
From the disorder of our passions,
From the blindness of self-love,
From the obstinacy of self-will,
From an evil and unprovided death,
Through the wonderful conversion of St. Norbert,
Through his austere penance,
Through his ardent zeal in preaching,
Through his exemplary life,
Through all his virtues,
Through his holy death,
Through his wonderful translation,
Through his glorious crown in Heaven,
Through his merits and intercession,
We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us,  
That Thou wouldst grant us true sorrow and contrition of heart, we beseech Thee, hear us, 
That Thou wouldst grant us a true conversion of life,
That Thou wouldst grant us obedience to our Rule and preserve us in the same,
That Thou wouldst make faith, hope and charity to grow in us,
That Thou wouldst make us zealous observers of our three vows,
That Thou wouldst grant us the gift of prayer,
That Thou wouldst bestow upon us the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy holy Church,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to extend and preserve the Premonstratensian Order,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to strengthen the Abbot General and all the Abbots of the Order with perfect spirit,
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant us the crown of perseverance,
That Thou wouldst give grace to the living and to the departed eternal rest,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord, 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us,
Christ Graciously hear us,
Lord have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,

(secretly)  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 – -

V.  And lead us not into temptation,
R.  But deliver us from evil.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father Norbert,
R.  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V.  O Lord, hear my prayer,
R.  And let my cry come unto Thee.

V.  The Lord be with you,
R.  And also with you.

Let us pray:
O God, Who didst make of Blessed Norbert, Thy Confessor and Bishop, an excellent preacher of the Word, and by his means didst enrich Thy Church with new offspring, grant, we beseech Thee, that through his intercession we may put in practice by Thy grace what he taught us, both in word and work.

Awake, O Lord, in Thy Church the Spirit by Whom St. Norbert, Thy Confessor and Bishop was guided, in order that, filled with the same spirit, we may love what he loved and live as he taught us.

O Lord, grant to us Thy servant’s constancy in Thy faith and service, that, rooted in Divine charity, we may not be conquered by any temptation.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Praised be the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Praised be Jesus Christ.  Amen.


23 posted on 06/06/2013 3:54:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thursday, June 6

Liturgical Color: Green


St. Norbert died on this day in 1134. A worldly person, St. Norbert took his religious vows seriously after nearly dying. Because his fellow monks resisted reforms, he started a new, stricter order that flourished across Europe.


24 posted on 06/06/2013 4:08:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Mark 12
28 And there came one of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all. Et accessit unus de scribis, qui audierat illos conquirentes, et videns quoniam bene illis responderit, interrogavit eum quod esset primum omnium mandatum. και προσελθων εις των γραμματεων ακουσας αυτων συζητουντων ειδως οτι καλως αυτοις απεκριθη επηρωτησεν αυτον ποια εστιν πρωτη παντων εντολη
29 And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God. Jesus autem respondit ei : Quia primum omnium mandatum est : Audi Israël, Dominus Deus tuus, Deus unus est : ο δε ιησους απεκριθη αυτω οτι πρωτη παντων των εντολων ακουε ισραηλ κυριος ο θεος ημων κυριος εις εστιν
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. et diliges Dominum Deum tuum ex tota corde tuo, et ex tota anima tua, et ex tota mente tua, et ex tota virtute tua. Hoc est primum mandatum. και αγαπησεις κυριον τον θεον σου εξ ολης της καρδιας σου και εξ ολης της ψυχης σου και εξ ολης της διανοιας σου και εξ ολης της ισχυος σου αυτη πρωτη εντολη
31 And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Secundum autem simile est illi : Diliges proximum tuum tamquam teipsum. Majus horum aliud mandatum non est. και δευτερα ομοια αυτη αγαπησεις τον πλησιον σου ως σεαυτον μειζων τουτων αλλη εντολη ουκ εστιν
32 And the scribe said to him: Well, Master, thou hast said in truth, that there is one God, and there is no other besides him. Et ait illi scriba : Bene, Magister, in veritate dixisti, quia unus est Deus, et non est alius præter eum. και ειπεν αυτω ο γραμματευς καλως διδασκαλε επ αληθειας ειπας οτι εις εστιν και ουκ εστιν αλλος πλην αυτου
33 And that he should be loved with the whole heart, and with the whole understanding, and with the whole soul, and with the whole strength; and to love one's neighbour as one's self, is a greater thing than all holocausts and sacrifices. Et ut diligatur ex toto corde, et ex toto intellectu, et ex tota anima, et ex tota fortitudine, et diligere proximum tamquam seipsum, majus est omnibus holocautomatibus, et sacrificiis. και το αγαπαν αυτον εξ ολης της καρδιας και εξ ολης της συνεσεως και εξ ολης της ψυχης και εξ ολης της ισχυος και το αγαπαν τον πλησιον ως εαυτον πλειον εστιν παντων των ολοκαυτωματων και θυσιων
34 And Jesus seeing that he had answered wisely, said to him: Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. Jesus autem videns quod sapienter respondisset, dixit illi : Non es longe a regno Dei. Et nemo jam audebat eum interrogare. και ο ιησους ιδων αυτον οτι νουνεχως απεκριθη ειπεν αυτω ου μακραν ει απο της βασιλειας του θεου και ουδεις ουκετι ετολμα αυτον επερωτησαι

25 posted on 06/06/2013 5:35:09 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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28. And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.
31. And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32. And the scribe said to him, Well, Master, you have said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33. And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to hove his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that dare ask him any question.

GLOSS. After that the Lord confuted the Pharisees, and the Sadducees, who tempted Him, it is here shown how He satisfied the Scribe who questioned Him; wherefore it is said, And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

PSEUDO-JEROME; This question is only that which is a problem common to all skilled in the law, namely, that the commandments are differently set forth in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. Wherefore He brought forward not one but two commandments, by which, as by two paps rising on the breast of the bride, our infancy is nourished. And therefore there is added, And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the Lord your God is one God.

He mentions the first and greatest commandment of all; this is that to which each of us must give the first place in his heart, as the only foundation of piety, that is, the knowledge and confession of the Divine Unity, with the practice of good works, which is perfected in the love of God and our neighbor; wherefore there is added, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your soul, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.

THEOPHYL. See how He has enumerated all the powers of the soul; for there is a living power in tire soul, which He explains, when He says, With all your soul, and to this belong anger and desire, all of which He will have us give to Divine love. There is also another power, which is called natural, to which belong nutriment and growth, and this also is all to be given to God, for which reason He says, With all your heart. There is also another power, the rational which He calls the mind, and that too is to be given whole to God.

GLOSS. The words which are added, And with all your strength, may be referred to the bodily powers it goes on: And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

THEOPHYL. He says, that it is like because these two commandments are harmonious one with the other, and mutually contain the other. For he who loves God, loves also His creature; but the chief of His creatures is man, wherefore he who loves God ought to love all men. But he who loves his neighbor, who so often offends him, ought much more to hove Him, who is ever giving him benefits. And therefore on account of the connection between these commandments, He adds, There is none other commandment greater than these.

It goes on, And the Scribe said to him, Well, Master, you have said the truth: for there is one God, and there is none other but he: and to love him with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, cried to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

BEDE; He shows when He says, this is greater than all sacrifices, that a grave question was often debated between the scribes and Pharisees, which was the first commandment, or the greatest of the Divine law; that is, some praised offering and sacrifices, others preferred acts of faith and love, because many of the fathers before the law pleased God by that faith only, which works by love. This scribe shows that he was of the latter opinion. But it continues, And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God.

THEOPHYL. By which He shows that he was not perfect, for He did not say, You are within the kingdom of heaven, but, You are not far from the kingdom of God.

BEDE; But the reason why He was not far from the kingdom of God was, that he proved himself to be a favorer of that opinion, which is proper to the New Testament and to Gospel perfection.

AUG. Nor let it trouble us that Matthew says, that He who addressed this question to the Lord tempted Him; for it may be that though he came as a tempter, yet he was corrected by the answer of the Lord. Or at all events, We must not look upon the temptation as evil, and done with the intention of deceiving an enemy, but rather as the caution of a man who wished to try a thing unknown to him.

PSEUDO-JEROME; Or else, he is not far who comes with, knowledge; for ignorance is farther from the kingdom of God than knowledge; wherefore He says above to the Sadducees, you err, not knowing the Scriptures, or the power of God. it goes on: And no man after that dare ask him any questions.

BEDE; For since they were confuted in argument, they ask Him no farther questions, but take Him without any disguise, and give Him up to the Roman power. From which we understand that the venom of envy may be overcome, but can hardly lie quiet

Catena Aurea Mark 12
26 posted on 06/06/2013 5:36:29 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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Savior in the Powers

From the iconostasis of the Savior-Transfiguration cathedral
Early-middle 16c.
Savior (Spassky) monastery, Yaroslavl, Russia

27 posted on 06/06/2013 5:37:00 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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Daily Readings for: June 06, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who made the Bishop Saint Norbert a servant of your Church outstanding in his prayer and pastoral zeal, grant, we ask, that by the help of his intercession, the flock of the faithful may always find shepherds after your own heart and be fed in the pastures of salvation. 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: June 6th

Optional Memorial of St. Norbert, bishop

Old Calendar: St. Norbert

St. Norbert was born at Xanten near Cologne about the year 1080. As a young cleric he resided at the court of the Archbishop of Cologne and then at that of the emperor where he allowed himself to be influenced by the spirit of the world. But he was won back by grace; caught by a storm during a journey on horseback he made up his mind to take his clerical obligations seriously. After ordination to the priesthood he devoted himself to itinerant preaching.

In 1120, on the advice of the bishop of Laon, he settled in the forest of Voix, not far from Soissons at a place called Premontre, in order to found a community of regular Canons. In 1126 he was sent to what was then one of the outposts of Christendom for he was appointed archbishop of Magdeburg. He died in 1134.


St. Norbert
Although a cleric, Norbert led a very worldly life for a number of years. The decisive change took place suddenly in 1115. While riding one day, he was overtaken by a thunderstorm. A flash of lightning struck the ground before him, the horse threw him, and he seemed to hear a voice upbraiding him for his conduct.

As in the case of St. Paul, the experience wrought a complete transformation. Norbert decided to give away his property and income rights, and to lead a life of abnegation, devoting himself particularly to preaching. In 1120 he founded the Order of Premonstratensians (the first monastery was at Premontre) according to the rule of St. Augustine; approval came from Pope Honorius II in 1126.

In 1125, he was named archbishop of Magdeburg. On July 13, 1126, Norbert entered the city and came barefoot to the cathedral. About to enter the archepiscopal palace, he was refused admission by the porter, who failed to recognize a bishop so poorly dressed. "You know me better and see me with clearer eyes than those who are forcing me to this palace. Poor and wretched man that I am, I should never have been assigned to this place," Norbert answered when the porter later sought his pardon.

Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Patron: Bohemia, peace.

Things to Do:

  • Read the life of St. Norbert written by his first disciple, Hugh, who succeded him in the government of his order.

  • St. Norbert was called the “Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament”. Try making a holy hour today and pray to St. Norbert to help us to have a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, too.

  • For those interested in liturgical music you can read about Norbertine Gregorian Chant. The order has its "own" chant.

  • Read this brief history and overview of the Norbertine Order.

  • The Norbertine order has been around for 900 years. The Canons Regular of Prémontré, otherwise known as the Premonstratensians or the Norbertines, run the parish of Our Lady of England, Storrington. Learn more about their charism here.

28 posted on 06/06/2013 6:52:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Meditation: Mark 12:28-34

Saint Norbert, Bishop

You are not far from the kingdom of God. (Mark 12:34)

If you’re not surprised by Jesus’ words to the scribe, maybe you need to read this passage again! Over and over again, we see Jesus correcting or rebuking the members of Jerusalem’s religious establishment. But not this time. Instead, he listens respectfully to a man who has just asked him what might be another trick question, answers him carefully, and encourages him on his journey of faith. So what does this unusual encounter reveal?

From the scribe’s remarks, we can tell that this fellow was genuinely interested in Jesus. He even agreed with him that loving God and one’s neighbor are equally important. Clearly, he had some understanding of the truth that Jesus was preaching. But Jesus didn’t just congratulate him—he encouraged him to go deeper. He knew that to be “not far” from the kingdom of God is like being an exhausted traveler who finds himself “not far” from an oasis. How will he get to the water? Obviously, he could use a little help!

What the scribe lacks is Jesus. He is close to the kingdom because he knows what God requires of him, but he still hasn’t entered in. To be “in” the kingdom of God means knowing that only Jesus’ perfect righteousness meets the requirements of the commandments: his whole life, from his birth to his death on the cross, was an act of total obedience to God and love of neighbor. To be “in” the kingdom also means to accept the salvation that Jesus is offering. It appears that this scribe had just encountered Jesus, and for all we know, he may have been just moments away from taking that step.

It is tempting to give up on people who seem to be far from God. Yet like the scribe, they may be just one or two steps away! It’s better that we do as Jesus did and meet people where they are instead of trying to judge their spiritual condition. It’s better, too, that we take heart from anything they say or do that reveals a desire for the Lord or an agreement with his words. Rather than despair—or condemn—it is far better to encourage and support.

“Jesus, help me to reach out to those who are searching for you.”

Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9; Psalm 128:1-5


29 posted on 06/06/2013 7:14:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Daily Marriage Tip for June 6, 2013:

“Do what’s natural” is a common approach to many important decisions. Have you considered using a natural method to plan your family? Check out Natural Family Planning (NFP).


30 posted on 06/06/2013 7:32:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Confraternity of Priest Adorers

 on June 6, 2013 11:12 AM |
 
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On the Octave Day of Corpus Christi we keep the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, as given in the Benedictine breviary of the Maurists. It is a fitting conclusion to the Octave and a glorious preparation for the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that will begin with First Vespers. I thought this feast most suitable for presenting once more the Confraternity of Priest Adorers that is a privileged apostolate of our monastery.

Why a new confraternity for priests?

The Confraternity of Priest Adorers of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus responds to the need and desire of many priests, young and old, to unite among themselves specifically for the adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and to support one another in persevering in prayer.

Charter

Its charter, so to speak, is the Priestly Prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper in the Cenacle, given in the 17th chapter of Saint John's Gospel. Therein, Jesus the Eternal High Priest lifts His eyes to heaven and prays to His Father, firstly, for Himself; secondly, for His apostles; and thirdly, for all those who, through the word of His apostles, will come to believe in Him.

Watch One Hour with Me

The Confraternity is a response to the invitation of Jesus, "Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you" (Matthew 11:28), and to His sorrowful reproach in the Garden of Gethsemani, "What, could you not watch one hour with me?" (Matthew 26:40). The Priest Adorers draw further inspiration from the words of the Lord Jesus: "I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning any thing whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

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Tarry in His Presence

The crisis that, in recent years, has so shaken the Church and burdened the hearts of priests with sorrow and uncertainty, requires a powerful spiritual antidote. Our Lord is calling His priests to tarry in His presence. He invites them to abide in the radiance of His Eucharistic Face, close to His Heart. There they will recover the joy of their youth and the certainty of being loved by Christ with an everlasting love.

To Be Near God Is My Happiness

Eucharistic adoration is, in effect, a wellspring of priestly happiness. It is by daily adoration that the priest begins to say, in all truth, with the psalmist: "To be near God is my happiness" (Psalm 72:28) and, "My happiness lies in Thee alone" (Psalm 15:2). There is a correlation between happiness and holiness. A priest faithful to his daily hour of adoration will, like Saint John the Baptist, be a friend of the Bridegroom, "rejoicing with joy" (John 3:29) because of the Bridegroom's voice, and capable of winning souls for Christ.

The centrality of the Eucharist should be apparent not only in the worthy celebration of the Sacrifice, but also in the proper adoration of the Sacrament, so that the priest might be the model for the faithful also in devote attention and diligent meditation -- whenever possible -- done in the presence of our Lord in the tabernacle. It is hoped that the priests entrusted with the guidance of communities dedicate long periods of time for communal adoration and reserve the greatest attention and honour for the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar, also outside of Holy Mass, over any other rite or gesture. "Faith and love for the Eucharist will not allow Christ to remain alone in his presence in the tabernacle". (Congregation for the Clergy, Directory on the Ministry and Life of Priests, 31 January 1994)

Are not such confraternities already in existence?

The 19th and early 20th centuries saw, in fact, the birth of a number of movements for the promotion of Eucharistic adoration, reparation, and priestly holiness. The best known of these is, without doubt, the Association of Priest-Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, founded by Saint Peter Julian, and canonically erected in Rome on 16 June 1887.

The second half of the last century saw many of these fine movements fall into decline, leaving a void in the spiritual life of new generations of priests. The Year of the Eucharist proclaimed by Blessed John Paul II in 2004, and the Year of the Priesthood proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 were an invitation to rediscover and refresh the benefits that accrue to priests who commit themselves to prayer for and with one another, and in particular, to Eucharistic adoration.

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Why the "Eucharistic Face of Jesus"?

In his Encyclical Letter of Holy Thursday, 17 April 2003, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Blessed John Paul II drew the eyes of the Church to the Face of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. He coined a new phrase, one not encountered before in his writings or in the teachings of his predecessors, "the Eucharistic Face of Christ." Thus did Pope John Paul II share with the Church his own experience of seeking, finding, and adoring the Face of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. The human face is a mysterious icon of the heart. It signifies, among other things, a personal presence open to relationship with another. In the Sacrament of His Love, the Face of Christ, the Human Face of God, is turned towards those who seek Him, ready to draw them into a healing and life-giving communion of love with His Sacred Heart.

Who may belong to the new Confraternity?

The Confraternity of Priest Adorers of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus is open to all bishops, priests, deacons, and seminarians.

What are the obligations of a Priest Adorer of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus?

There is but one essential obligation: one continuous hour of adoration each day, beginning and ending with the brief prayers of the Confraternity. This obligation does not bind under pain of sin; it is, nonetheless, a serious engagement, and one not to be put aside lightly.

In times of sickness, the offering of one's weakness and suffering, in union with the immolation of the Lamb, is itself an act of adoration, reparation, and fruitful intercession for one's brother priests.

The hour of adoration may be made before the Blessed Sacrament concealed in the tabernacle, simply exposed in the ciborium, or solemnly exposed in the monstrance.

One may join the Confraternity at any time. Upon joining the Confraternity, and once a year thereafter, the Priest Adorer solemnly pledges to make daily one continuous hour of Eucharistic adoration. He renews his pledge every June on the date most convenient for him, between the feasts of Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

A priest may renew his pledge privately in the presence of one witness; or together with the priests of his Cenacle; or publicly before the faithful in his parish church.

To remain active in the Confraternity of Priest Adorers of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus, the annual pledge of membership must be signed, dated, and returned to Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland, no later than July 1st every year.

Are there meetings?

Wherever possible, the Priest Adorers of a particular region will want to gather once a month, preferably on a Thursday -- the day of the Eucharist and of the Priesthood -- for a Cenacle, that is, one hour of Eucharistic adoration together, an opportunity for Confession, and a time of spiritual support and fellowship.

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Does the Confraternity have any particular patron saints?

Yes. The patrons of the Confraternity are, first of all, Our Lady of Knock (feast 17 August), together with Saint Joseph (feast 19 March), and Saint John the Evangelist (feast 27 December); then, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, virgin and Doctor of the Church (feast 1 October); Saint Peter Julian Eymard, priest (feast 2 August); Saint Gaetano Catanoso, priest (feast 20 September); Blessed Columba Marmion, priest and abbot (feast 3 October); Father William Doyle, S.J., priest (+16 August 1917); and the Venerable Fulton John Sheen, bishop (+ 9 December 1979).

What support will the Confraternity offer its members?

Members of the Confraternity will receive a monthly letter from Silverstream Priory containing a text suitable for meditation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

They will be remembered in Holy Mass on the Third Thursday of every month in Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland.

By virtue of membership in the Confraternity, Priest Adorers and Associate Adorers will share in the Masses, Divine Office, Eucharistic adoration, and other prayers and works of the Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory, under the patronage of Our Lady of the Cenacle.

May layfolk and religious participate in the Confraternity?

Layfolk and religious may associate themselves to the Confraternity of Priest Adorers of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus by becoming Associate Adorers, and by renewing their membership yearly in June, on the date most convenient for them, between the feasts of Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

To remain active Associate Adorers of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus, the annual pledge of membership must be signed, dated, and returned to Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland, no later than July 1st every year.


31 posted on 06/06/2013 9:03:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time



Father Edward McIlmail, LC

 

Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Introductory Prayer:Lord, I come before you humbly. As one who has frequently fallen into sin, I am aware of my weakness. Your great love, though, assures me that your grace can keep me on the path to holiness.
Petition:Lord, help me live according to the New Testament.

1. Getting Beyond Myself: A scribe asks Jesus a pointed question and assumes that there is only a one-step answer. In fact, Jesus goes beyond a one-step response and links love of God with love of neighbor. "Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness" (2 John 1:9). Christianity is not strictly a me-and-Jesus affair; such a faith can fall into self-centeredness and disdain for the world. We are called to be leaven in the world, to bring light to the darkness. Jesus wants us to be his arms and legs and voice in the world. Am I content to say prayers and make weekly Mass ― but to do little else? Might God be asking me to get more involved in the parish? In the school? In some kind of charity work?

2. The Gift of Self Is the Greatest Gift: The scribe senses that burnt offerings are not enough. Burnt offerings are something external to us. We let go of things (money, used clothes, old furniture) much faster than we let go of our time, our way of thinking. We give things but not ourselves. Am I loathe to give more of my time to help the Church? Why?

3. Fear of God’s Demands: The scribes understood that Jesus was raising the bar on religious observance. Sacrificing a sheep or a goat wasn´t enough anymore. Christ wanted them to give of themselves ― and that left them uneasy. The Old Testament sacrifices were giving way to the New Testament sacrifice ― the very sacrifice of self. That´s what Jesus wanted; that´s what Jesus himself gave. He gave himself up to a cross to confound our self-love. Does it scare me to die to myself? To my whims? What is Jesus asking of me that makes me uneasy?

Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know it´s costly for me to let go of my own way of thinking, to give of my time. Help me realize that this may be the more perfect offering that you seek from me.

Resolution:I will offer to do a favor that is costly in personal terms.


32 posted on 06/06/2013 9:09:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Mamang sa Ugbos

 

by Food For Thought on June 6, 2013 ·

In today’s gospel we are again reminded how much God loves us, and how we should love Him and our neighbors wholeheartedly.

For over 23 years the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Concepcion has an apostolate among the indigenous Mangyan people of Occidental Mindoro. In living with them, the Sisters realized that even though they are not Catholics, they love God and their neighbors. They say, Mamang sa Ugbos, which means “God our Father in Heaven is so passionately caring for us; He protects us from harm and provides us everything we need.” They believe that He is always present, everywhere, every moment, and in every event in their lives. Nothing happens without His knowledge and permission. His will is manifested through their rituals and in their dreams. He keeps the community united through their simple obedience and trust of their elders. They practice much sharing that no one is in need. In the evenings they gather to discuss what is best for the whole community. They care for each other as brothers and sisters and as one family. If they commit sins against God and their brothers, they ask the intercession of their ancestors. Isn’t this similar to the practices of the first Christians?

In a world of materialism and consumerism, the Mangyans prove that it is possible to live as one community, sharing and loving one another. They may not enjoy the comforts and luxuries of those living in big cities, but they possess the hearts of God’s children, the ones whom the Lord says “inherit the Kingdom prepared for you.”


33 posted on 06/06/2013 9:23:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

 


<< Thursday, June 6, 2013 >> St. Norbert
 
Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9
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Psalm 128:1-5 Mark 12:28-34
 

THE MARRIAGE DECISION

 
"Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!" —Tobit 7:11
 

In our Western culture, there are secular matchmaking services, ads for singles, and "reality" TV shows for bachelors and bachelorettes battling for a mate. God's Word teaches differently. Ponder these words: "Are you free of a wife [or husband]? If so, do not go in search of one" (1 Cor 7:27). This passage does not say to never get married. What it advises is not to take the marriage decision into our own hands. We are to seek the kingdom of God rather than a mate (see Mt 6:33). We seek to spend ourselves in His service and in trust allow Him to bring our future spouse into our lives in His time.

If God has "decided" (Tb 7:11) that you are to have a married vocation, then He has already "decided" on a mate who is custom-made for you, hand-picked by your Creator. God decided Tobiah and Sarah should be married (Tb 7:11). Rather than feeling impersonally manipulated like a pawn, Tobiah "fell deeply in love with her" (Tb 6:18; see also Gn 2:23). "The love of God" was "poured out in [their] hearts" (Rm 5:5).

There is no better decision than that made by God in the heavenly court. "God is Love" (1 Jn 4:8). What more loving marriage could be found than one created and decided upon by Love Himself? Those joined together by God's decision can forever say with confidence: "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rm 8:31) Allow God to decide on your marriage in His time. May you hear the Lord tell you: "She is yours...Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!...From now on you are her love, and she is your beloved. She is yours today and ever after" (Tb 7:11).

 
Prayer: Father, into Your hands I place my future. I trust in You.
Promise: "Happy are you who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways!" —Ps 128:1
Praise: St. Norbert was fiercely loyal to the Church.

34 posted on 06/06/2013 9:28:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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35 posted on 06/06/2013 9:30:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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