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September 2, 2013
Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.
Responsorial Psalm PS 96:1 and 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13
R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Gospel Lk 4:16-30
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said,
“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
There are special readings for Labor Day so if your church has more than one daily Mass, you might hear them.
From: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Second Coming of the Lord
13. “Those who are asleep”: this expression, already to be found in some pagan
writings, was often used by the early Christians to refer to those who died in the
faith of Christ. In Christian writings it makes more sense, given Christian belief in
the resurrection of Jesus and in the resurrection of the body. It is not just a eu-
phemism: it underlines the fact that death is not the end. “Why does it say that
they are asleep”, St Augustine asks, “if not because they will be raised when
their day comes?” (”Sermon 93”, 6). Hence St. Escriva’s advice: “When facing
death, be calm. I do not want you to have the cold stoicism of the pagan, but the
fervor of a child of God who knows that life is changed, not taken away. To die is
to live!” (”Furrow”, 876).
Even though we have this hope, it is perfectly understandable for us to feel sad
when people we love die. This sadness, provided it is kept under control, is a
sign of affection and piety, but “to be excessively downcast by the death of
friends is to act like someone who does not have the spirit of Christian hope.
A person who does not believe in the resurrection and who sees death as total
annihilation has every reason to weep and lament and cry over those friends and
relations who have passed away into nothingness. But you are Christians, you
believe in the resurrection, you live and die in hope: why should you mourn the
dead excessively?” (Chrysostom, “Hom. on 1 Thess, ad loc.”).
14. “It is appointed for men to die once” (Heb 9:27). However, for a person who
has faith, death does not just mean the end of his days on earth. Our Lord Jesus
Christ died and rose again, and his resurrection is a pledge of our resurrection:
death “in Christ” is the climax of a life in union with him, and it is the gateway
to heaven. And so St Paul tells Timothy, “If we have died with him, we shall also
live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him” (2 Tim 2:11-12).
The resurrection the Christian will experience is not only similar to our Lord’s; his
resurrection is in fact the cause of ours. St Thomas Aquinas explains this as fol-
lows: “Christ is the model of our resurrection, because he took flesh and he rose
in the flesh. However, he is not only our model; he is also the efficient cause (of
our resurrection) because anything done by the human nature of Christ was done
not only by the power of his human nature but also by the power of the godhead
united to that nature. And so, just as his touch cured the leper by virtue of its
being the instrument of his godhead, so the resurrection of Christ is the cause
of our resurrection” (”Commentary on 1 Thess, ad loc.”). Although this passage
of the letter does not say so explicitly, it is implied that we will rise with our bo-
dies, just as Jesus rose with his.
15-17. The religious instruction of the Thessalonians was cut short because St
Paul had to leave the city in a hurry. One of the doubts remaining in their minds
can be expressed as follows: Will the dead be under any disadvantage vis-à-vis
those who are still alive when the Parousia of the Lord happens? The Apostle
replies in two stages: first he says that we will have no advantage of any kind
over them (vv. 15-18); then he makes clear that we do not know when that even
will come about (5:1-2).
In his reply he does not explicitly speak about the general resurrection; he refers
only to those who die “in Christ”. He distinguishes two groups as regards the si-
tuation people find themselves in at our Lord’s second coming—1) those who are
alive: these will be “caught up”, that is changed (cf. 1 Cor 15:51; 2 Cor 5:2-4) by
the power of God and will change from being corruptible and mortal to being in-
corruptible and immortal; 2) those who have already died: these will rise again.
St Paul’s reply is adapted to the tenor of the question; so, when he writes “we
who are alive, who are left” he does not mean that the Parousia will happen soon
or that he will live to see the day (cf. Pontifical Biblical Commission, “Reply” con-
cerning the Parousia, 18 June 1915). He uses the first person plural because at
the time of writing both he and his readers were alive. However, his words were
misinterpreted by some of the Thessalonians, and that was the reason he wrote
the second epistle a few months later (in which he puts things more clearly:
“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to
meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to quickly shaken in mind or excited [...],
to the effect that the day of the Lord has come” (2 Thess 2:1-2). However, even
in the first letter there are enough indications that St Paul was not saying the
Parousia was imminent, for he implies that he does not know when it will hap-
pen (cf. 5:1-2).
To describe the signs which will mark the Lord’s coming, St Paul uses imagery
typical of apocalyptic writing—the voice of the archangel, the sound of the trum-
pet, the clouds of heaven. These signs are to be found in the Old Testament
theophanies or great manifestations of Yahweh (cf. Ex 19:16); on the day of the
Parousia, too, they will reveal God’s absolute dominion over the forces of nature,
as also his sublimity and majesty.
When the Lord Jesus comes in all his glory, those who had died in the Lord
(who already were enjoying the vision of God in heaven) and those who have
been changed will go to meet the Lord “in the air”, for both will now have glori-
fied bodies (cf. 1 Cor 15:43) endowed with the gift of “agility”, “by which the
body will be freed from the heaviness that now presses it down, and will take
on a capability of moving with the utmost ease and swiftness, wherever the
soul pleases” (”St. Pius V Catechism”, I, 12, 13).
After the general judgment, which will take place that day, the righteous will be
“always with the Lord.” That is in fact the reward of the blessed—to enjoy forever,
in body and soul, the sight of God, thereby attaining a happiness which more
than makes up for whatever they have had to do to obtain it, for “the sufferings
of this present life are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed
to us” (Rom 8:18). “If at any time you feel uneasy at the thought of our sister
death because you see yourself to be such a poor creature, take heart. Think
of this: Heaven awaits us; what will it be like when all the infinite beauty and
greatness and happiness and Love of God are poured into the poor clay vessel
that the human being is, to satisfy it eternally with the freshness of an ever-new
joy?” (St. J. Escriva, “Furrow”, 891).
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.
From: Luke 4:16-30
Jesus Preaches in Nazareth
 And all spoke well of Him, and wondered at the gracious words which pro-
ceeded out of His mouth; and they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”  And He
said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to Me this proverb, `Physician, heal your-
self; what we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here also in your own country.’”
 And He said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country.
 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah,
when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a
great famine over all the land;  and Elijah was sent to none of them but only
to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.  And there
were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha; and none of them
was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in
the synagogue were filled with wrath.  And they rose up and put Him out of
the city, and led Him to the brow on the hill on which their city was built, that they
might throw Him down headlong.  But passing through the midst of them He
16-30. For the Jews the Sabbath was a day of rest and prayer, as God comman-
ded (Exodus 20:8-11). On that day they would gather together to be instructed
in Sacred Scripture. At the beginning of this meeting they all recited the “Shema”,
a summary of the precepts of the Lord, and the “eighteen blessings”. Then a pas-
sage was read from the Book of the Law—the Pentateuch—and another from the
Prophets. The president invited one of those present who was well versed in the
Scriptures to address the gathering. Sometimes someone would volunteer and
request the honor of being allowed to give this address—as must have happened
on this occasion. Jesus avails Himself of this opportunity to instruct the people
(cf. Luke 4:16ff), as will His Apostles later on (cf. Acts 13:5, 14, 42, 44; 14:1;
etc.). The Sabbath meeting concluded with the priestly blessing, recited by the
president or by a priest if there was one present, to which the people answered
“Amen” (cf. Numbers 6:22ff).
18-21. Jesus read the passage from Isaiah 61:1-2 where the prophet announces
the coming of the Lord, who will free His people of their afflictions. In Christ this
prophecy finds its fulfillment, for He is the Anointed, the Messiah whom God has
sent to His people in their tribulation. Jesus has been anointed by the Holy Spirit
for the mission the Father has entrusted to Him. “These phrases, according to
Luke (verses 18-19), are His first messianic declaration. They are followed by
the actions and words known through the Gospel. By these actions and words
Christ makes the Father present among men” (John Paul II, “Dives In Misericor-
The promises proclaimed in verses 18 and 19 are the blessings God will send
His people through the Messiah. According to Old Testament tradition and
Jesus’ own preaching (cf. note on Matthew 5:3), “the poor” refers not so much
to a particular social condition as to a very religious attitude of indigence and
humility towards God, which is to be found in those who, instead of relying on
their possessions and merits, trust in God’s goodness and mercy. Thus, prea-
ching good news to the poor means bringing them the “good news” that God
has taken pity on them. Similarly, the Redemption, the release, which the text
mentions, is to be understood mainly in a spiritual, transcendental sense:
Christ has come to free us from the blindness and oppression of sin, which, in
the last analysis, is slavery imposed on us by the devil. “Captivity can be felt”,
St. John Chrysostom teaches in a commentary on Psalm 126, “when it pro-
ceeds from physical enemies, but the spiritual captivity referred to here is worse;
sin exerts a more severe tyranny, evil takes control and blinds those who lend it
obedience; from this spiritual prison Jesus Christ rescued us” (”Catena Aurea”).
However, this passage is also in line with Jesus’ special concern for those most
in need. “Similarly, the Church encompasses with her love all those who are
afflicted by human misery and she recognizes in those who are poor and who
suffer the image of her poor and suffering Founder. She does all in her power
to relieve their need and in them she strives to serve Christ” (Vatican II, “Lumen
18-19. The words of Isaiah which Christ read out on this occasion describe very
graphically the reason why God has sent His Son into the world—to redeem men
from sin, to liberate them from slavery to the devil and from eternal death. It is
true that in the course of His public ministry Christ, in His mercy, worked many
cures, cast out devils, etc.But He did not cure all the sick people in the world,
nor did He eliminate all forms of distress in this life, because pain, which entered
the world through sin, has a permanent redemptive value when associated with
the sufferings of Christ. Therefore, Christ worked miracles not so much to re-
lease the people concerned from suffering, as to demonstrate that He had a God-
given mission to bring everyone to eternal salvation.
The Church carries on this mission of Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am
with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). These simple and
sublime words, which conclude the Gospel of St. Matthew, point out “the obliga-
tion to preach the truths of faith, the need for sacramental life, the promise of
Christ’s continual assistance to His Church. You cannot be faithful to our Lord if
you neglect these supernatural demands—to receive instruction in Christian faith
and morality and to frequent the Sacraments. It is with this mandate that Christ
founded His Church [...]. And the Church can bring salvation to souls only if she
remains faithful to Christ in her constitution and teaching, both dogmatic and
“Let us reject, therefore, the suggestion that the Church, ignoring the Sermon
on the Mount, seeks a purely human happiness on earth, since we know that her
only task is to bring men to eternal glory in Heaven. Let us reject any purely natu-
ralistic view that fails to value the supernatural role of divine grace. Let us reject
materialistic opinions that exclude spiritual values from human life. Let us equal-
ly reject any secularizing theory which attempts to equate the aims of the Church
with those of earthly states, distorting its essence, institutions and activities into
something similar to those of temporal society” (St. J. Escriva, “In Love with the
Church”, 23 and 31).
18. The Fathers of the Church see in this verse a reference to the three persons
of the Holy Trinity: the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) of the Lord (the Father) is upon Me
(the Son); cf. Origen, “Homily 32”. The Holy Spirit dwelt in Christ’s soul from the
very moment of the Incarnation and descended visibly upon Him in the form of a
dove when He was baptized by John (cf. Luke 3:21-22).
“Because He has anointed Me”: this is a reference to the anointing Jesus received
at the moment of His Incarnation, principally through the grace of the hypostatic
union. “This anointing of Jesus Christ was not an anointing of the body as in the
case of the ancient kings, priests and prophets; rather it was entirely spiritual and
divine, because the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him substantially” (”St. Pius
X Catechism” 77). From this hypostatic union the fullness of all graces derives.
To show this, Jesus Christ is said to have been anointed by the Holy Spirit Him-
self — not just to have received the graces and gifts of the Spirit, like the saints.
19. “The acceptable year”: this is a reference to the jubilee year of the Jews,
which the Law of God (Leviticus 25:8) lays down as occurring every fifty years,
symbolizing the era of redemption and liberation which the Messiah would usher
in. The era inaugurated by Christ, the era of the New Law extending to the end of
the world, is “the acceptable year”, the time of mercy and redemption, which will
be obtained definitively in Heaven.
The Catholic Church’s custom of the “Holy Year” is also designed to proclaim
and remind people of the redemption brought by Christ, and of the full form it will
take in the future life.
20-22. Christ’s words in verse 21 show us the authenticity with which He preached
and explained the Scriptures: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hea-
ring.” Jesus teaches that this prophecy, like the other main prophecies in the Old
Testament, refers to Him and finds its fulfillment in Him (cf. Luke 24:44ff). Thus,
the Old Testament can be rightly understood only in the light of the New—as the
risen Christ showed the Apostles when He opened their minds to understand the
Scriptures (cf. Luke 24:45), an understanding which the Holy Spirit perfected on
the day of Pentecost (cf. Acts 2:4).
22-29. At first the people of Nazareth listened readily to the wisdom of Jesus’
words. But they were very superficial; in their narrow-minded pride they felt hurt
that Jesus, their fellow-townsman, had not worked in Nazareth the wonders He
had worked elsewhere. They presume they have a special entitlement and they
insolently demand that He perform miracles to satisfy their vanity, not to change
their hearts. In view of their attitude, Jesus performs no miracle (His normal res-
ponse to lack of faith: cf., for example, His meeting with Herod in Luke 23:7-11);
He actually reproaches them, using two examples taken from the Old Testament
(cf. 1 Kings 17:9 and 2 Kings 5:14), which show that one needs to be well-
disposed if miracles are to lead to faith. His attitude so wounds their pride that
they are ready to kill Him. This whole episode is a good lesson about understan-
ding Jesus. We can understand Him only if we are humble and are genuinely
resolved to make ourselves available to Him.
30. Jesus does not take flight but withdraws majestically, leaving the crowd para-
lyzed. As on other occasions men do Him no harm; it was by God’s decree that
He died on a cross (cf. John 18:32) when His hour had come.
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.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ©
We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching, that any of us who are left alive until the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them; to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.
Psalm 95:1,3-5,11-13 ©
The Lord comes to rule the earth.
O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.
The Lord comes to rule the earth.
The Lord is great and worthy of praise,
to be feared above all gods;
the gods of the heathens are naught.
It was the Lord who made the heavens,
The Lord comes to rule the earth.
Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice,
all the trees of the wood shout for joy
at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
The Lord comes to rule the earth.
With justice he will rule the world,
he will judge the peoples with his truth.
The Lord comes to rule the earth.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.
Luke 4:16-30 ©
Jesus came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.’ And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips They said, ‘This is Joseph’s son, surely?’
But he replied, ‘No doubt you will quote me the saying, “Physician, heal yourself” and tell me, “We have heard all that happened in Capernaum, do the same here in your own countryside.”’ And he went on, ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.
‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah’s day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian, Naaman.’
When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.
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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.
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: II 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
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.
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Sea of Sorrow Oh! on what a sea of sorrow Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother Most Blessed and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother's pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request, Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy Heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please Our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that: every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son, Jesus; keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in Heaven and sing thy glories. Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy Divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never ending joy at His triumph, obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the Sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen. Litany of the Seven Sorrows For private use only. Lord, have mercy on us. Stabat Mater Dolorosa Stabat mater dolorosa Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. Amen. Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows O, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell. Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
Was the Virgin-Mother cast,
When her eyes with tears o'erflowing
Gazed upon her Son aghast,
From the bloodstained gibbet taken,
Dying in her arms at last.
In her bitter desolation,
His sweet mouth, His bosom too,
Then His riven side beloved,
Then each hand, both wounded through,
Then His feet, with blood encrimsoned,
Her maternal tears bedew.
She, a hundred times and over,
Strains Him closely to her breast
Heart to Heart, arms arms enfolding,
Are His wounds on her impressed:
Thus, in sorrow's very kisses,
Melts her anguished soul to rest.
Oh, dear Mother! we beseech thee,
By the tears thine eyes have shed,
By the cruel death of Jesus
And His wounds' right royal red,
Make our hearts o'erflow with sorrow
From thy heart's deep fountainhead.
To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
Now we bend on equal knee:
Glory, sempiternal glory,
To the Most High Trinity;
Yea! perpetual praise and honor
Now and through all ages be.
For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears? Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us
(Seven times each)
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,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Mother bereft of thy Child,
Mother transfixed with the sword,
Mother consumed with grief,
Mother filled with anguish,
Mother crucified in heart,
Mother most sad,
Fountain of tears,
Abyss of suffering,
Mirror of patience,
Rock of constancy,
Anchor of confidence,
Refuge of the forsaken,
Shield of the oppressed,
Subduer of the unbelieving,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Medicine of the sick,
Strength of the weak,
Harbor of the wrecked,
Allayer of tempests,
Resource of mourners,
Terror of the treacherous,
Treasure of the faithful,
Eye of the Prophets,
Staff of the Apostles,
Crown of Martyrs,
Light of confessors,
Pearl of virgins,
Consolation of widows,
Joy of all Saints,
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,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble,
in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Let Us Pray.
Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love
--- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.
Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,
in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary.
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.
Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
Quae maerebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti.
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?
Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?
Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum.
Vidit suum dulcem Natum
dum emisit spiritum.
Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.
Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.
Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.
Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide.
Fac me tecum pie flere,
donec ego vixero.
Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero.
Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere.
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere.
Fac me plagis vulnerari,
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii.
Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii.
Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.
Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.
Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.
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The Seven Swords Rosary Of Our Lady Of Sorrows [Catholic Caucus] Prayer and Meditation
The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows [Catholic Caucus] Prayer/Devotion
Our Lady of Sorrows, part I: "Her Martyrdom was longer and greater than that of all the martyrs"
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Feast of Our Lady/Mother of Sorrows
Homilies on Our Lady of Sorrows
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ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, OF THE DOLOURS OF MARY, The Glories [Sorrows] of Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows - Sep 15
Sea of Sorrow
Oh! on what a sea of sorrow
Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother
Most Blessed and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother's pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,
Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy Heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please Our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that: every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son, Jesus; keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in Heaven and sing thy glories.
Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy Divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never ending joy at His triumph, obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the Sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Litany of the Seven Sorrows
For private use only.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Stabat mater dolorosa
Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. Amen.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows
O, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell.
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.
Persecuted Christians. That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ's love.
Monday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Commentary of the day
Faustinus of Rome (2nd half of the 4th century), priest
The Trinity, 39-40, CCL 69, 340-341 (trans. breviary 12th Sunday)
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me"
Our Savior was truly made the Anointed One according to the flesh, becoming true king and true priest. He was both so that nothing might be lacking in the Savior. Notice therefore that he became king, when he says: “I was set by the Lord as king on Zion, his holy mountain” (Ps 2,6 Vg). Learn that he is also priest from the witness of the Father: “You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek” (Ps 110,4)... He is therefore our Savior according to the flesh, and both king and priest, but his anointing is spiritual and not bodily. The kings and priests of the Jews were given their position by bodily anointing with oil. One man was not both: each was either king or priest. To Christ alone belong perfection and fulness in all things, for he came to fulfill the law also.
Although they could not as individuals be both at the same time, they were called “Messiahs” or “anointed ones” because they had received bodily anointing as kings or priests (cf. Ps 89). Our Savior, on the other hand, who is truly Christ, the Anointed One, was anointed by the Holy Spirit, that he might fulfill what was written of him: “Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows” (Ps 45,8). That he was anointed more than those who share the same name “Messiah” lies in the fact that he was anointed with the oil of gladness, which properly means the Holy Spirit.
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And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
1 Stabat Mater dolorosa iuxta crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius
The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging
The Mother stood grieving beside the cross weeping while on it hung her Son
The sorrowful Mother stood full of tears by the Cross while her Son was hanging there
The mother of sorrows stood in tears beside the cross on which her Son was hanging
Weeping stood the Mother of Sorrows next the Cross, the while her Son hung there
The Mother stood sorrowing by the cross weeping while her Son hung there
The sorrowful Mother stood weeping before the cross where hung her Son
At the cross her station keeping, stood the mournful mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last
2 Cuius animam gementem contristatam et dolentem pertransivit gladius
Through her weeping soul, compassionate and grieving, a sword passed.
He whose sighing soul, saddened and suffering, was pierced by the sword
Her soul, sighing, anguished and grieving, was pierced by a sword
Her grieving heart, anguished and lamenting, was pierced by a sword
Her soul bemoaning, torn by sadness and by pain, and by a sword transpierced.
Whose soul, lamenting, sorrowing and grieving, was pierced by the sword
Her soul, lamenting, inconsolable and sorrowing, was pierced by a sword
Through her soul, of joy bereaved, bowed with anguish, deeply grieved, now at length the sword hath passed.
Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, all his bitter anguish bearing, now at length the sword had passed.
Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, all his bitter anguish bearing, Lo! the piercing sword had passed.
3 O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta Mater Unigeniti
O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of the Only-begotten!
How sad and how afflicted was that blessed Mother of single Son
O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of her Only-begotten Son
O, that blessed one, grief-laden, blessed Mother, blessed maiden, Mother of the all-holy One
Oh how sad and sore distressed was that mother highly blessed, of the sole-begotten One!
4 Quae moerebat et dolebat et tremebat cum videbat nati poenas incliti
Quae moerebat et dolebat Pia Mater dum videbat nati poenas incliti
Who mourned and grieved and trembled looking at the torment of her glorious Child
Who mourned and grieved, the pious Mother, looking at the torment of her glorious Child
She who grieved and suffered, the loving Mother while she observed Her Son’s well-known atonement
How she moaned and wept, the Mother of Piety, as she saw the pains of her divine Son
For she grieved and sorrowed, the pious Mother, as she witnessed the pains of her great Son.
She mourned and lamented and trembled when she saw the pangs of her glorious Son
O that loving Mother’s plight, grieving to behold the sight of her glorious dying Son
O that silent, ceaseless mourning, O those dim eyes, never turning from that wondrous, suffering Son
Christ above in torment hangs; she beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son.
Mournful, with heart’s prostration, Mother meek, the bitter Passion, saw she of Her glorious Son.
5 Quis est homo qui non fleret Matri Christi si videret in tanto supplicio?
Who is the person who would not weep seeing the Mother of Christ in such agony?
Who is he that would not weep if he saw the Mother of Christ in such torment?
Where is the man who would not weep to see the Mother of Christ in such suffering?
What man would not weep if he saw the Mother of Christ in such torment?
Who is he who would not weep to see the Mother of Christ thus, in so much distress?
Who on Christ’s dear Mother gazing, in her trouble so amazing, born of woman, would not weep
Is there one who would not weep, whelmed in miseries so deep Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
Who on Christ’s dear Mother gazing, in Her trouble so amazing, Born of woman, would not weep?
6 Quis non posset contristari Matrem Christi contemplari dolentum cum filio?
Who would not be able to feel compassion on beholding Christ’s Mother suffering with her Son?
Who would not be saddened contemplating the Mother of Christ suffering with her Son?
Who would not share her sorrow, seeing the loving Mother grieving with her Son?
Who would not grieve with her, in contemplating the Holy Mother sorrowing with her Son?
Who would not be seized by sadness contemplating the divine Mother bemoaning her Son?
Who could not be sorrowful to behold the pious Mother grieving with her Son?
Who would not be moved to contemplate the holy Mother sorrowing for her Son?
Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold?
Who on Christ’s dear Mother thinking, Such a cup of sorrow drinking, Would not share Her sorrow deep?
7 Pro peccatis suae gentis vidit Iesum in tormentis et flagellis subditum
For the sins of his people she saw Jesus in torment and subjected to the scourge.
She saw Jesus in torment and subjected to scourging for the sins of His people .
For the sins of Mankind she saw Jesus undergo torment and the lash.
For the sins of His people she saw Jesus in torment and subdued with whips
For His people’s sins in anguish, there she saw the Victim languish, bleed in torments, bleed and die
For the sins of His own nation saw Him hang in desolation, all with bloody scourges rent.
For His people’s sins rejected, Saw her Jesus unprotected, Saw with thorns, with scourges rent.
8 Vidit suum dulcem natum moriendo desolatum dum emisit spiritum
She saw her sweet offspring dying, forsaken, while He gave up his spirit
She saw her own dear Son dying, abandoned, while He gave up the ghost
She saw her dear Son dying, forsaken, as He yielded up His spirit
She saw her sweet offspring die, give up the ghost, abandoned
She saw her sweet Son dying, forsaken, as He gave up the spirit
She saw her sweet Son dying desolate as He gave up the spirit
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, she beheld her tender child, till His Spirit forth he sent.
Saw the Lord’s Anointed taken, saw her Child in death forsaken, heard his last expiring cry
She beheld her gentle Child dying, forsaken and defiled, as his spirit passed away.
Saw Her Son from judgement taken, Her Beloved in death forsaken, Till His Spirit forth he sent.
9 Eia Mater, fons amoris, me sentire vim doloris fac ut tecum lugeam
O Mother, fountain of love, make me feel the power of sorrow, that I may grieve with you
Come then, Mother, fount of love, make me feel the strength of your sorrow so that I may mourn with you
O Mother, fount of love, make me to feel the strength of your grief, so that I may mourn with you
Alas, Mother, fount of love, make me to feel the strength of those pains, that I may weep with thee
In the Passion of my Maker be my sinful soul partaker, may I bear with her my part
O, thou Mother, fount of love, touch my spirit from above, make my heart with thine accord.
Fount of love and holy sorrow, Mother, may my spirit borrow, Somewhat of Your woe profound.
10 Fac ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum ut sibi complaceam
Grant that my heart may burn in the love of Christ my Lord, that I may greatly please Him
Cause my heart to burn in loving Christ the God, that I may please Him
Make my heart burn with love for Christ, my Lord (God), that I may be pleasing to Him
Make my heart burn with the love of Christ-God, and find grace in his eyes
Make my heart to glow within me for the God who came to win me, burn with love for Christ, my Lord
Of his Passion bear the token, in a spirit bowed and broken, bear His death within my heart
Make me feel as thou has felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ our Lord.
Unto Christ with pure emotion, Raise my contrite heart’s devotion, To read love in every wound.
11 Sancta Mater, istud agas, crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide
Holy Mother, grant that the wounds of the Crucified drive deep into my heart.
Holy Mother, may you do this: of the Crucified one fix the wounds in my heart securely
Holy Mother, this I pray, drive the wounds of the Crucified deep into my heart.
Holy Mother, do this for me, imprint the wounds of your crucified Son deeply in my heart.
Holy Mother, thus fix the wounds of Him that is crucified firmly in my heart.
Holy Mother, bring this to pass, transfix the wounds of Him who is crucified firmly onto my heart.
Blessed Mother, cause the sufferings of the Crucified to be fixed deeply in my heart.
Thou, who on the Cross art bearing all the pains I would be sharing, glows my heart with love for Thee
Holy Mother, pierce me through; in my heart each wound renew of my Saviour crucified.
Those Five Wounds on Jesus smitten, Mother! in my heart be written, Deep as in your own they be.
12 Tui nati vulnerati tam dignati pro me pati poenas mecum divide
That of your wounded Son, who so deigned to suffer for me, I may share the pain
Of your wounded offspring, who deigned to suffer so much for me, share his pains with me
Share with me the agony of your wounded Son who deigned to suffer so much for me
Your wounded Son who thus consented to suffer for me share his pains with me
Of your wounded Son who submits to suffer for my sake, let me share the pains
Share with me the pains of your wounded Son who is so gracious to suffer for my sake
By Thy glorious Death and Passion, saving me in wondrous fashion, Saviour, turn my heart to Thee
Let met share with thee his pain, who for all my sins was slain, who for me in torments died.
You, Your Savior’s Cross did bare, You, Your Son’s rebuke did share, Let me share them both with thee.
13 Fac me vere tecum flere crucifixo condolere donec ego vixero
Fac me tecum pie flere crucifixo condolere donec ego vixero
Let me sincerely weep with you, bemoan the Crucified, for as long as I live
Let me, pious one, weep with you, bemoan the Crucified, for as long as I live
Make me to share your pious tears to weep Him that is on the cross as long as I live
Make me with you lovingly to weep, with the Crucified one to feel the pain, as long as I shall live
Make me truly weep with you, and share the suffering of the Crucified, as long as I shall live
Make me truly weep with you, grieving with Him who is crucified, so that I may live
Grant me indeed to weep with you, to suffer with the Crucified, until I depart this life
At Thy feet in adoration, wrapped in earnest contemplation, see, beneath Thy Cross I lie
Let me mingle tears with thee, mourning Him Who mourned for me, all the days that I may live.
In the Passion of my Maker, Be my sinful soul partaker, Weep ‘till death and weep with You
14 Iuxta crucem tecum stare te libenter sociare in planctu desidero
Iuxta crucem tecum stare et me tibi sociare in planctu desidero
To stand beside the cross with you, and gladly share the weeping, this I desire
To stand beside the cross with you, and to join you in your weeping, this I desire
To stand with you beside the Cross and share your grief is my desire
To stand with you beside the Cross and to be your companion in grief is my desire
To stand with thee beside the cross and joined with thee in mourning, I desire
To stand by the cross with you, to be freely joined with you in lamentation, I desire.
I desire to stand with you willingly to accompany you in lamentation before the cross
There, where all our sins Thou bearest in compassion fullest, rarest, hanging on the bitter Tree
By the cross with thee to stay, there with thee to weep and pray, this of thee I ask to give.
Mine with you be that sad station, There to watch the great salvation, Wrought upon the atoning Tree.
15 Virgo virginum praeclara mihi iam non sis amara fac me tecum plangere
Chosen Virgin of virgins, be not bitter with me, let me weep with thee
Virgin of virgins most noble, to me be not now bitter, make me with you to lament
Virgin, most exalted among virgins, be not now ill-disposed towards me, grant that I may grieve with you
O Virgin, most exalted among virgins, be not bitter towards me, let me weep with you
O Virgin peerless among virgins, do not turn away from me, let me weep with you
Virgin of virgins, resplendent, do not now be harsh to me, let me weep with you
Virgin, brightest of virgins, be not cruel to me now: grant me to weep with you
Virgin, of all virgins blest, O refuse not my request: let me in thy weeping share
Thou who art for ever blessed, Thou who art by all confessed, now I lift my soul to Thee
Virgin, of all virgins blest, listen to my fond request: let me share thy grief divine.
Virgin, you of virgin fairest, May the bitter woe Thou bearest, Make on me impression deep.
16 Fac ut portem Christi mortem passionis eius sortem et plagas recolere
Fac ut portem Christi mortem passionis fac consortem et plagas recolere
Grant that I may bear the death of Christ, the fate of his Passion, and commemorate His wounds
Grant that I may bear the death of Christ, share his Passion, and commemorate His wounds
Cause me to bear the death of Christ, of passion make me to be a partner, and the injuries to recollect
Let me bear the death of Christ, be a sharer of his Passion, contemplate His wounds
Let me bear Christ’s death, let me share his Passion, enduring his wounds.
Make me to bear the weight of Christ’s death, join in his Passion and venerate his wounds.
Let me carry Christ’s death, the destiny of his Passion and meditate upon his wounds.
Grant me to bear the death of Christ, to share his Passion and to feel His blows
Make me after thine own fashion Christ’s companion in His Passion all His pain and dying bear
Make me of Thy death the bearer, in Thy Passion be a sharer, taking to myself Thy pain
Let me, to my latest breath, in my body bear the death of that dying Son of thine.
Thus Christ’s dying may I carry, With him in His Passion tarry, And His Wounds in memory keep.
17 Fac me plagis vulnerari cruce hac inebriari ob amorem filii
Fac me plagis vulnerari fac me cruce inebriari et cruore filii
Let me be wounded with his wounds, inebriated by the cross because of love for the Son
Let me be wounded with his wounds, let me be inebriated by the cross and your Son’s blood
Grant me to be wounded by them, and by the cross to be transported and the blood of your Son
Be wounded with in his wounds, with the cross and with his blood be drunk
Make me by his wounds to be wounded, make me with the cross to be inebriated, and also with the flowing blood of the son
Let me be wounded with his wounds, let that cross inspire me with love for your Son
Let me suffer His pain, let me be engulfed by the Cross, for the love of your Son
Let me suffer the wounds of that cross, steeped in love of your son
Wound me with thy Son’s affliction, kindle through his crucifixion zealous love within my soul
Let me with Thy stripes be stricken, let Thy Cross with hope me quicken, that I thus Thy love may gain
Wounded with his every wound, steep my soul till it hath swooned in His very blood away.
May His Wound both wound and heal me, He enkindle, cleanse, strengthen me, By His Cross my hope and stay.
18 Inflammatus et accensus, per te, Virgo, sim defensus in die iudicii
Flammis ne urar succensus, per te, Virgo, sim defensus in die iudicii
Flammis orci ne succendar, per te, Virgo, fac, defendar in die iudicii
Inflame and set on fire, may I be defended by you, Virgin, on the day of judgement
Lest I burn, set afire by flames, Virgin, may I be defended by you, on the day of judgement
Lest I be set afire by flames of death, Virgin, may I be defended by you, on the day of judgement
Lest I burn in the flames of hell, let me be defended by you, O Virgin, on the day of judgement
Lest by devouring flames I be destroyed, Virgin, by thee I may be defended at the day of judgement
Burning in the flames, O Virgin, may I be defended by you, on the day of judgement
Fired and excited by you, O Virgin, let me be defended on the day of the judgement
When I am in fire and I burn, may I be defended by you, Virgin, on the day of the judgement
Thus aflame with fire of love, shield me, Virgin, from above, when I hear the Judgement call
All my heart, enflamed and burning, Saviour, now to Thee is turning; shield me in the Judgement Day
Be to me, o Virgin, nigh, lest in flames I burn and die, in that awful judgment day.
May He, when the mountains quiver, from that flame which burns forever, shield me on the Judgement Day.
19 Fac me cruce custodiri morte Christi praemuniri confoveri gratia
Christe cum sit hinc (iam) exire da per matrem me venire ad palmam vicoriae
Let me be guarded by the cross, armed by Christ’s death and His grace cherish me
Christ, when it is time to pass away, grant that through your Mother I may come to the palm of victory
Christ, when I must go from here, grant through your mother for me to come to the palm of victory
Christ, when I depart hence, grant that through your mother I may come to the victor’s palms
Christ, when from hence I have to go, grant that by Thy mother I may come unto victorious palms
Grant that I may be protected by the Cross, fortified by the death of Christ, strengthened by grace
May I be guarded by the cross, protected by Christ’s death, nurtured by grace
Let me be shielded by the cross, protected by Christ’s death, cherished by grace
Let the cross then be my guard, the death of Christ my watch and ward, and cherish me by heaven’s grace
By Thy Cross may I be guarded, meritless - yet be rewarded through Thy grace, O living Way
Christ, when thou shalt call me hence, be Thy mother my defense, be Thy cross my victory.
Jesus, may your Cross defend me, And your Mother’s prayer befriend me; Let me die in Your embrace
20 Quando corpus morietur fac ut animae donetur paradisi gloria. Amen
When my body dies, grant that to my soul is given the glory of paradise. Amen
When my body dies, may my soul be granted the glory of paradise. Amen
When my body dies, let my soul receive the glory of heaven. Amen
When my body dies, let my soul be given the glory of paradise. Amen
When my body shall die, grant that my spirit will be given glory in paradise. Amen
When in death this body lies, then fit my soul on high to rise to glory in His Paradise
While my body here is lying, let my soul be swiftly flying to Thy glorious Paradise. Amen.
While my body here decays, may my soul Thy goodness praise, safe in Paradise with Thee. Amen.
When to dust my dust returns, Grant a soul, that to You yearns, In Your paradise a place. Amen.
Rhyming English translation van Beatrice E. Bullman
Mother bowed with grief appalling must thou watch, with tears slow falling, on the cross Thy dying son!
Through my heart, thus sorrow riven, must that cruel sword be driven, as foretold - O Holy One!
Oh, how mournful and oppressed was that Mother ever-blessed, Mother of the Spotless One:
She, whose grieving was perceiving, contemplating, unabating, all the anguish of her Son!
Is there any, tears withholding, Christ’s dear Mother thus beholding, in woe - like no other woe!
Who that would not grief be feeling for that Holy Mother kneeling - what suffering was ever so?
For the sins of every nation she beheld his tribulation, given to scourgers for a prey:
Saw her Jesus foully taken, languishing, by all forsaken, when his spirit passed away.
Love’s sweet fountain, Mother tender, haste this hard heart, soft to render, make me sharer in Thy pain.
Fire me now with zeal so glowing, love so rich to Jesus, flowing, that I favor may obtain.
Holy Mother, I implore Thee, crucify this heart before Thee, guilty it is verily!
Hate, misprision, scorn, derision, thirst assailing, failing vision, railing, ailing, deal to me.
In Thy keeping, watching, weeping, by the cross may I unsleeping live and sorrow for his sake.
Close to Jesus, with Thee kneeling, all Thy dolours with Thee feeling, oh grant this - the prayer I make.
Maid immaculate, excelling, peerless one, in heav’n high dwelling, make me truly mourn with Thee.
Make me sighing hear Him dying, ever newly vivifying the anguish He bore for me.
With the same scar lacerated, by the cross enfired, elated, wrought by love to ecstasy!
Thus inspired and affected let me, Virgin, be protected when sounds forth the call for me!
May his sacred cross defend me, he who died there so befriend me, that His pardon shall suffice.
When this earthly frame is riven, grant that to my soul is given all the joys of Paradise!
Thank you for this.
First Monday in September (USA)
Georges de La Tour
Christ in the Carpenter's Shop
1645 -- Oil on canvas, 137 x 101 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
History of Labor Day go to The United States Department of Labor
God our Creator,
it is your will that man accept the duty of work.
In your kindness may the work we begin
bring us growth in this life
and help to extend the kingdom of Christ.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God our Father,
by the labor of man you govern and guide to perfection
the work of creation.
Hear the prayers of your people
and give all men work that enhances their human dignity
and draws them closer to each other
in service of their brothers.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Reading: Genesis 1: 26-2:3
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth." And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had done in creation.
I Thessalonians 4:1-2,9-12
Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
But concerning love of the brethren you have no need to have any one write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brethren throughout Macedonia. But we exhort you, brethren, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you; so that you may command the respect of outsiders, and be dependent on nobody.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
"For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
Feast Day: September 2
Blessed John Du Lau and the September Martyrs
Feast Day: September 2
Born: (early 1700) :: Died: (in 1792)
Blessed John was the archbishop of Arles, in France. We celebrate his feast and the feast of 191 of his companions today because they died as heroes during the French Revolution.
The new law of 1790 said that the government had the power to take over the Catholic Church in France and that the Pope was not the head of the Church any longer. The people were being forced to sign their agreement of the law and make a promise.
If they did not, they were punished and put in prison. Two years later, the punishment became more serious and people were put to death if they did not sign the agreement.
Many brave bishops, priests, religious and lay people would not sign the oath supporting the French constitution. They knew they would be betraying God and his Church. It was a sad time for the people of France.
On September 2, 1792, a crowd of many hundred people began making trouble and broke into a monastery which was now a prison for priests and religious. They asked the priests to sign the oath but the priest refused and they were killed on the spot.
Among the martyrs was Blessed Alexander Lenfant, a Jesuit priest who a few minutes before he died, had been hearing the confession of another priest. Both were killed moments later.
The rioters then went to the Carmelite church which was also being used as a prison. Blessed John, archbishop of Arles, was praying in the chapel when they called for him. He came out and said "I am the man you are looking for." They immediately killed him and all the other bishops and priests who refused to take the oath.
On September 3, the same crowd went to the Lazarist seminary. It was also a temporary prison, with ninety priests and religious. Only four were able to escape.
By the time the terrible Revolution had ended, 1,500 Catholics had been killed. Many were bishops, priests and religious.
Monday, September 2
Liturgical Color: Green
September is the month of Our Lady of
Sorrows. She is depicted in art dressed
in black, and her heart pierced by seven
swords, representing the seven great
sorrows of her life.
I never thought about this before until I read the almanac. Am I remembering correctly, was the Mother of God dressed in black in “The Passion of the Christ”?
|English: Douay-Rheims||Latin: Vulgata Clementina||Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)|
|16.||And he came to Nazareth, where he was brought up: and he went into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the sabbath day; and he rose up to read.||Et venit Nazareth, ubi erat nutritus, et intravit secundum consuetudinem suam die sabbati in synagogam, et surrexit legere.||και ηλθεν εις την ναζαρετ ου ην τεθραμμενος και εισηλθεν κατα το ειωθος αυτω εν τη ημερα των σαββατων εις την συναγωγην και ανεστη αναγνωναι|
|17.||And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written:||Et traditus est illi liber Isaiæ prophetæ. Et ut revolvit librum, invenit locum ubi scriptum erat :||και επεδοθη αυτω βιβλιον ησαιου του προφητου και αναπτυξας το βιβλιον ευρεν τον τοπον ου ην γεγραμμενον|
|18.||The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,||Spiritus Domini super me : propter quod unxit me, evangelizare pauperibus misit me, sanare contritos corde,||πνευμα κυριου επ εμε ου εινεκεν εχρισεν με ευαγγελισασθαι πτωχοις απεσταλκεν με ιασασθαι τους συντετριμμενους την καρδιαν κηρυξαι αιχμαλωτοις αφεσιν και τυφλοις αναβλεψιν αποστειλαι τεθραυσμενους εν αφεσει|
|19.||To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward.||prædicare captivis remissionem, et cæcis visum, dimittere confractos in remissionem, prædicare annum Domini acceptum et diem retributioni.||κηρυξαι ενιαυτον κυριου δεκτον|
|20.||And when he had folded the book, he restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.||Et cum plicuisset librum, reddit ministro, et sedit. Et omnium in synagoga oculi erant intendentes in eum.||και πτυξας το βιβλιον αποδους τω υπηρετη εκαθισεν και παντων εν τη συναγωγη οι οφθαλμοι ησαν ατενιζοντες αυτω|
|21.||And he began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears.||Cpit autem dicere ad illos : Quia hodie impleta est hæc scriptura in auribus vestris.||ηρξατο δε λεγειν προς αυτους οτι σημερον πεπληρωται η γραφη αυτη εν τοις ωσιν υμων|
|22.||And all gave testimony to him: and they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth, and they said: Is not this the son of Joseph?||Et omnes testimonium illi dabant : et mirabantur in verbis gratiæ, quæ procedebant de ore ipsius, et dicebant : Nonne hic est filius Joseph ?||Et omnes testimonium illi dabant : et mirabantur in verbis gratiæ, quæ procedebant de ore ipsius, et dicebant : Nonne hic est filius Joseph ?|
|23.||And he said to them: Doubtless you will say to me this similitude: Physician, heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Capharnaum, do also here in thy own country.||Et ait illis : Utique dicetis mihi hanc similitudinem : Medice cura teipsum : quanta audivimus facta in Capharnaum, fac et hic in patria tua.||Et ait illis : Utique dicetis mihi hanc similitudinem : Medice cura teipsum : quanta audivimus facta in Capharnaum, fac et hic in patria tua.|
|24.||And he said: Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.||Ait autem : Amen dico vobis, quia nemo propheta acceptus est in patria sua.||ειπεν δε αμην λεγω υμιν οτι ουδεις προφητης δεκτος εστιν εν τη πατριδι αυτου|
|25.||In truth I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elias in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the earth.||In veritate dico vobis, multæ viduæ erant in diebus Eliæ in Israël, quando clausum est cælum annis tribus et mensibus sex, cum facta esset fames magna in omni terra :||επ αληθειας δε λεγω υμιν πολλαι χηραι ησαν εν ταις ημεραις ηλιου εν τω ισραηλ οτε εκλεισθη ο ουρανος επι ετη τρια και μηνας εξ ως εγενετο λιμος μεγας επι πασαν την γην|
|26.||And to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarepta of Sidon, to a widow woman.||et ad nullam illarum missus est Elias, nisi in Sarepta Sidoniæ, ad mulierem viduam.||και προς ουδεμιαν αυτων επεμφθη ηλιας ει μη εις σαρεπτα της σιδωνος προς γυναικα χηραν|
|27.||And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian.||Et multi leprosi erant in Israël sub Elisæo propheta : et nemo eorum mundatus est nisi Naaman Syrus.||και πολλοι λεπροι ησαν επι ελισσαιου του προφητου εν τω ισραηλ και ουδεις αυτων εκαθαρισθη ει μη νεεμαν ο συρος|
|28.||And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger.||Et repleti sunt omnes in synagoga ira, hæc audientes.||και επλησθησαν παντες θυμου εν τη συναγωγη ακουοντες ταυτα|
|29.||And they rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they brought him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.||Et surrexerunt, et ejecerunt illum extra civitatem : et duxerunt illum usque ad supercilium montis, super quem civitas illorum erat ædificata, ut præcipitarent eum.||και ανασταντες εξεβαλον αυτον εξω της πολεως και ηγαγον αυτον εως οφρυος του ορους εφ ου η πολις αυτων ωκοδομητο εις το κατακρημνισαι αυτον|
|30.||But he passing through the midst of them, went his way.||Ipse autem transiens per medium illorum, ibat.||αυτος δε διελθων δια μεσου αυτων επορευετο|
(*) κηρυξαι αιχμαλωτοις αφεσιν και τυφλοις αναβλεψιν αποστειλαι τεθραυσμενους εν αφεσει -- belongs to verse 19 in the translations.
How beautiful is that? Incomparable.
Daily Readings for: September 02, 2013
(Readings on USCCB website)
Collect: God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. 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: September 2nd
Monday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time; Labor Day
Old Calendar: St. Stephen of Hungary, king and confessor; St. Agricolus, bishop (Hist)
According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Stephen of Hungary. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on August 16.
Historically today is the feast of St. Agricolus, son of St. Magnus and bishop of Avignon. He built a church in Avignon to be served by the monks of Lerins and also a convent for benedictine nuns. By his blessing he put an end to an invasion of storks.
The son of a Gallo-Roman senator named Magnus, St. Agricolus entered the monastery about the age of 14, possibly after the death of his mother, and acquired a great reputation for piety and learning. Meanwhile, his widowed father, Magnus, received Holy Orders and became a monk. Magnus was named bishop of Avignon 16 years later, and he consecrated his son, who by then had been a priest for quite some time, to become coadjutor bishop. St. Agricolus succeeded his father ten years later and became famous for preaching and aid to the sick and poor. Depicted here with a dragon, St. Agricolus, like Sts. George, Arsacius and Margaret of Antioch, is considered to have done battle with the devil–not utilizing his own weak human will, but shielded with a crucifix, much prayer, fasting and faith in his Redeemer. As bishop of Avignon, St. Agricolus worked all the harder for the sake of his flock. He was named Patron of Avignon in 1647.
— 2009 Saints Calendar, Tan Books and Publishers
22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Physician, cure yourself. (Luke 4:23)
Around this time every year, messages start appearing that urge us to guard against the flu virus. We are told to take vitamins, get a vaccine, stay rested, and be vigilant about washing our hands. Well, if so much effort has to go into strengthening our physical immune system, imagine how important it is that we strengthen our spiritual immune system! Imagine what would have happened if the people of Nazareth had protected their thoughts and attitudes when Jesus came to visit. They might not have been so skeptical when he taught in their synagogue. They might have been more receptive when he told them that God’s promises for a Messiah were now being fulfilled. They might have been more open to the message embedded in all his miracles. They might have opened their hearts to the new life he had come to bring.
How about you? Are you paying attention to your “spiritual immune system”? Think about how the devil, various worldly philosophies, and even your own fallen nature can try to infect your thinking and your loving. They try to spread doubts about God’s love and power. They try to sap your strength in times of temptation. They fill you with fears about what is to come, or they plague you with guilt about what has already happened.
There are two key ways you can strengthen your spiritual immune system. The first is to hold onto the truths of who God is. Every day in your prayer, proclaim his love. Rejoice in his mercy. Believe in his power to heal and transform. Tell yourself that Jesus is risen from the dead and has conquered all sin. The second way is to stay connected to the Lord throughout your day. A vine receives all the life-sustaining energy it needs as it remains connected to its branch. A fruit continues to grow and flourish as it remains linked to the tree that bore it. Just so, you will find all you need to remain spiritually healthy if you stay connected to Jesus.
Feed your mind with his truths. Feed your heart with his love. No spiritual virus can stand against these two defenses!
“Jesus, you are the promised Messiah. You are all good and all loving. Protect me, Lord, from my enemies.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 11-13
Daily Marriage Tip for September 2, 2013:
On this Labor Day, use a labor saving device (washer, microwave, car, blender, etc.) to save some time and do something playful with your honey. Pray for (and thank) those who worked to make your life easier.
In obedience and humiliations
Monday, 02 September 2013 15:25
Chapter LVIII. Of the Discipline of Receiving Brethren into Religion
11 Apr. 11 Aug. 11 Dec.
Afterwards let him go into the Novitiate, where he is to meditate and study, to take his meals and to sleep. Let a senior, one who is skilled in gaining souls, be appointed over him to watch him with the utmost care, and to see whether he is truly seeking God, and is fervent in the Work of God, in obedience and in humiliations. Let all the hard and rugged paths by which we walk towards God be set before him.
Influenced by the popular myth of a quasi–exclusive Benedictine specialisation in the sacred liturgy, people sometimes equate Benedictine life with zeal for the Work of God, and discount the rest of the sentence in Chapter LVIII: ” . . . to see whether he is truly seeking God, and is fervent in the Work of God, in obedience and in humiliations. Let all the hard and rugged paths by which we walk towards God be set before him.” There is more to Benedictine life than the worthy celebration of the choral Office. The choral Office is an image of, and a participation in, the glorious priesthood of Christ “holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26). It presupposes, therefore, an actual participation in the Passion of Christ, who “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7–8). The monk enters into the Passion of Christ by dying to himself daily, even hourly, in obedience and in humiliations, according to the Apostle’s word:
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:8–12)
The Good Thing that Obedience Is
The God–seeking man comes to the monastery to die with Christ; he comes to the monastery to surrender to the embrace of the Cross. “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:12). Unless monastic obedience has a trenchant edge, cutting into the very fabric of ordinary life, it remains theoretical and ineffectual. The novice enters the narrow way of obedience when he begins to find it good no longer to do what he wills, when he wills, in the way he wills. He is making progress in obedience when he begins to find it good that the sound of the bell calls him to die to what he is doing and rise to what is being asked of him. He will discover that obedience is saving him from the tyranny of self and, paradoxically, setting him in the spacious liberty of those who are moved by the Spirit of God. “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy. For thou hast regarded my humility, thou hast saved my soul out of distresses. And thou hast not shut me up in the hands of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a spacious place.” (Psalm 30:8–9)
|“He Who Hears You, Hears Me.”|
Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, "Isn´t this the son of Joseph?" He said to them, "Surely you will quote me this proverb, ´Physician, cure yourself,´ and say, ´Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.´" And he said, "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I love you and thank you for all that you have done for me. And yet, Lord, so many times I have plea-bargained with you and made my prayer conditional on receiving what I ask for. This time, Lord, I want to be completely open –– no strings attached. In this prayer I place myself completely at your disposal, confident of your good will and grace.
Petition: Lord, I welcome you into my soul. Help me to allow you to enter and rule over the house of my soul.
1. Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening: As curious as it seems, our openness to a message often depends quite heavily on our openness to its messenger. Have you ever rejected somebody’s advice outright only to later embrace it when it comes from a different person? Have you disregarded a light from God because he revealed it to you through a person you would not have chosen, or even imagined God would have chosen? This is the common, simple error of the Nazarenes that Christ felt he had to point out to them. What has Christ been trying to tell me recently? Through whom? Am I ready to listen to him and allow him to use whatever messenger he may choose?
2. Open My Heart to Your Message: Initially, the people of Nazareth in today’s Gospel seemed quite receptive to Christ’s message, his delivery, and his authority. What they couldn’t stomach was that they believed him just “one of them.” He would later prove himself “too much for them.” Surely they must have thought that he had forgotten his roots and that his Capernaum fame had gone to his head. But of course, the Nazarenes were neither the first nor the last to fall into the trap of focusing more on the messenger than on the message. This is precisely why Christ brought up the example of Naaman the Syrian, who was rewarded with a cure only after overcoming his rationalism and eating a bit of “humble pie.” (See his story in 2 Kings 5.) Has my hurt pride ever blinded me from listening to what Christ is desperately trying to tell me?
3. Lord, I Trust in You: At one point in his public ministry, Christ would tell his listeners, “If you don’t believe the words that I speak, at least believe the works that I do” (cf. John 14:10-11). Why wouldn’t he at least give his own people from Nazareth the same advice and opportunity? Are a few miracles too much to waste on Nazarene soil? We must remember that faith is a gift. It is given and not bargained for or merited. On Calvary some would taunt him with a similar deal, “If you come down from the cross, then we will believe in you” (Cf. Mark 15:32). We must wonder from whom came the harder blow: from his accusers, or from “his own.” A proud demand is especially ugly and hurtful when it comes from a friend or loved-one.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, I accept your invitation to come to the house of my soul. Help me to see the areas of my life in need of cleaning. Help me to see the areas of my life which prevent you from coming – those rooms that I close to you. Help me be humble enough to let your grace set to work in me.
Resolution: I will console Christ with a total and immediate trust in him and in his plan for my life today, whatever may come.
They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the
eloquent words that he spoke…(Luke 4:22) The original Greek translation of
Luke 4:22 reads “and all bore witness about him and were astonished at the
works of grace…”
When Jesus read the Scriptures in Nazareth, people were already
watching him. What he said disturbed them and made them react so violently
One thing we could say about Jesus is that he is very
purposeful. One would find that he does things for a reason. Here, he does not
beat around the bush. He tells them what is happening. He told them the truth;
that they did not really welcome him. This made them malevolent to the point of
pushing him off the cliff. Jesus knew this would happen but he did not retract.
He said what he said and bravely faced the crowd.
“Our own Catholic faith is tremendously challenging and
stretching. It is continually reminding us that God is bigger than the little
world we inhabit. Are we able to rise to the challenge?” – John Hemer, Jesus’
Rejection at Nazareth
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