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  • The Twelve Apostles of the Catholic Church: St. Thomas [Catholic Caucus]

    12/01/2010 9:55:09 AM PST · 7 of 7
    Carolina to Salvation

    I love St. Thomas. He is my companion at Holy Hour each week. I say his words as I fall on my face: My Lord and my God. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament puts us all very close to St. Thomas, I think, when we affirm our belief in the Real Presence of Christ gazing at him in the monstrance. It looks like foolishness to the world, but for me, it’s everything. Adoration, like St. Thomas, is the fruit of the Passion and Death of Christ.

  • Five Anglo-Catholic bishops resign (in the UK to join the Ordinariate)

    11/08/2010 7:33:05 AM PST · 6 of 8
    Carolina to marshmallow

    What will be interesting (read: infuriating, though I pray not), is to see how the British Catholic hierarchy reacts. Let’s pray they don’t stonewall and impede.

  • On the Churchís Birthday, Letís Pray for Our Priests (Archbishop Charles Chaput) [Catholic Caucus]

    05/25/2010 2:15:13 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    Carolina to schmootman
    You seem to display a dismissive attitude toward prayer. I hope I am not misreading you when you say that we must pray but also seek Truth. Are you saying that prayer and Truth are exclusive? How so when at its heart, prayer is participation in the interior life of the Author of Truth.

    Yes, the Mass is perfect prayer because of its self-sacrificial nature in the Body and Blood of Christ, but can only be so if people are predisposed to its sanctifying nature.

    I'm not lecturing you about prayer, only reminding you that that is our true weapon. Invoking the saints to pray with us is more efficacious than going about in bitterness. Only in humility and sanctity will this Church be reformed from within. The condition upon which the Holy Spirit can work with amazing results is for the faithful to have humble hearts, not bitter hearts.

    There are a few weeks left in this Year for Priests and so the exhortation to pray for our priests is most needful. They are our alter Christus. They need prayers for their sanctification. My spiritual director tells me all the time that when the faithful are mired in anger and bitterness toward a priest or bishop and refuse to pray for them the enemy rejoices. There is nothing that he likes more than a weak priest.

    You can focus on the betrayal, or you can unite your suffering with that of Christ's for the sanctification of his holy priests. Which do you think has more salvific power?

  • On the Churchís Birthday, Letís Pray for Our Priests (Archbishop Charles Chaput) [Catholic Caucus]

    05/25/2010 11:12:59 AM PDT · 18 of 28
    Carolina to schmootman
    Until Catholic pew-sitters recognize that the American Church has been high-jacked by socialists(and worse), the corruption will just grow and grow.

    All the more are we called to pray, no? If the faithful aren't praying, then, yes, corruption grows. With prayer, room for the Holy Spirit to act grows. Without prayer and acquiescence to despair or cynicism, then the enemy wins.

  • On the Churchís Birthday, Letís Pray for Our Priests (Archbishop Charles Chaput) [Catholic Caucus]

    05/25/2010 11:10:29 AM PDT · 17 of 28
    Carolina to schmootman
    Archbishop Chaput lost all credibility when he defended CCHD last fall.

    Does it follow then that we should not pray for priests?

    Furthermore, does it follow that just because he has lost credibility in your eyes that he should no longer attempt to fulfill the duties of his office to strengthen the brethren?

    Last time I checked, he is still an Apostle of the Church, imperfect as he is, yet conformed to Our Lord Jesus Christ by virtue of his ordination and consecration.

  • First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants

    01/06/2010 3:50:09 PM PST · 10 of 38
    Carolina to Harley
    i didn’t see a Deputy Director of Style and Outfit Coordinator? or a Deputy Director of Shoe Selection and Dazzle Control?

    She needs an Undersecretary to the Deputy Director for Belt Coordination

  • Bishop Henry, it's not your call (Calgary's Bishop Suspends TLM Over H1N1) (Catholic Caucus)

    12/02/2009 6:40:58 PM PST · 36 of 36
    Carolina to GovernmentShrinker
    Here is your nonsense from the Bishop himself in one of the exchanges:

    Participation in the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is a source and means of grace even apart from the actual reception of Holy Communion. It has also been long understood that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy communion during mass, it is possible to make a spiritual communion that is also a source of grace. Spiritual communion means uniting oneself in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshiping him present in his Body and Blood.

    Nevertheless, the current pandemic circumstances do not warrant the non-reception of the Body and Blood of the Lord in favour of a spiritual communion.

    Wishing you all the best, I remain,

    Sincerely yours in Christ,

    + F. B. Henry Bishop of Calgary.

  • Bishop Henry, it's not your call (Calgary's Bishop Suspends TLM Over H1N1) (Catholic Caucus)

    12/02/2009 4:51:34 AM PST · 31 of 36
    Carolina to GovernmentShrinker
    One thing you need to understand about this story is that many of the TLM faithful were making a "spiritual communion", meaning, attending Mass but not partaking of the physical communion.

    The Bishop said that's not good enough. He stated that the severity of this epidemic was not serious enough to eschew physical communion; that the faithful were required to TAKE communion in the hand.

    So, in spite of the congregation having come up with a peaceful solution to the non-distribution by tongue, the Bishop said it's not good enough and is forcing people to communion in the hand.

    There's more to this story than just non-compliance, or disobedience. There is also the matter of the Bishop thumbing his nose at the CDW which the voice of the Pope in the matters of liturgy. The Pope is the highest legislator in the Church. The Congregation is his right arm. Church liability ranks below this blatant and scandalous action against the office of the Pope.

  • Bishop Henry, it's not your call (Calgary's Bishop Suspends TLM Over H1N1) (Catholic Caucus)

    12/01/2009 4:11:32 PM PST · 11 of 36
    Carolina to GovernmentShrinker

    Because the Vatican has already said that it is not licit to deny communion on the tongue over swine flu fears.

  • White House seeks to fix ailing airline industry- Transportation Secretary LaHood holding forum...

    11/11/2009 1:36:46 PM PST · 10 of 47
    Carolina to Nachum

    Fly the bankrupt skies of ClunkerAir.

  • Provision for Anglicans published, celibacy question answered

    11/09/2009 10:19:10 AM PST · 4 of 5
    Carolina to NYer
    Both the Apostolic Constitution and the norms for implementing it are dated November 4, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, and are signed by Cardinal William Joseph Levada and Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria S.J., respectively prefect and secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

    Pope Benedict XVI is the one that signed the Apostolic Consitution.

    At the bottom of the A.C.:

    "Given in Rome, at St. Peter’s, on November 4, 2009, the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo.

    BENEDICTUS PP XVI"

    The accompanying Complementary Norms is the one signed by Card. Levada and Abp. Ladaria.
  • Bishop criticizes Ďslavishly literalí English translation of missal

    10/25/2009 11:04:55 AM PDT · 84 of 105
    Carolina to Unam Sanctam
    Here's a radical thought. So what if the language is not understandable? What will happen? We are talking about sacred things. This is Jesus speaking with the Father through the priest.

    Why must it be in street language? Maybe, just maybe, if the language were to employ toughie words, we might encounter mystery again. Our minds might be awakened to what is truly happening at Mass.

    And that isn't so that so-and-so can now get up into the ambo and do his or her thing. Or to be the first EMHC up to the sanctuary and get to hold the ciborium.

    We're talking about our Salvation...our eternal destiny. And perhaps in recovering mysterious words, we'll get our eyes off our navels and allow heaven's momentary lifting of the veil to pierce our eyes and hearts so that we may fall on our faces and worship God as he truly deserves to be loved and adored.

    We have had 40 long years of wretched vernacular. Has it made us more reverent? Has it made us day-by-day fall on our faces in adoration of the ineffable gift that is Christ in the Blessed Sacrament? Instead, our belief in the Real Presence has eroded and we have lost what is most important in worship, and that is humility. It is in humility that God fills our souls because we know who we are and Who He is.

    So use the hard language. Let God's transcendence push your borders, let him grow you in your understanding of the depth of His Otherness. Then you'll know who you truly are.

  • Fourteen Easy Ways to Improve the Liturgy

    08/19/2009 1:06:31 PM PDT · 59 of 64
    Carolina to AKA Elena

    Lex orandi, lex credendi.

  • Fourteen Easy Ways to Improve the Liturgy

    08/19/2009 10:27:01 AM PDT · 53 of 64
    Carolina to NYer
    Here's something radical. Why not actually chant the Propers of the Mass? You know, the Introit, the Gradual and Alleluia, the Offertory Verse and the Communion Verse.

    For example, instead of a "gathering song" (gag) have the choir chant the Introit. For this coming Sunday (unfortunate minimalist translation): Listen, Lord, and answer me. Save your servant who trusts in you. I call to you all day long, have mercy on me, O Lord.

    The Anglican Use Gradual (which we use in our Novus Ordo Masses): Bow down, O Lord, thine ear to me and hear me: O my God, save Thy servant that trusteth in Thee; have mercy upon me. O Lord, for I have called daily upon Thee.

    How many parishes' music directors ever consider the Propers? They're mostly ignored and yet they should be primary in the music of the Mass. They're integral to the structure of each Sunday's Mass. Yet hardly any parish uses this most proper option.

    Instead we have the four-hymn sandwich. A hymn, however dignified and stately and beautiful is no match for the actual Proper that belongs to those parts we've been accustomed to hearing and singing a liturgical song.

    The structure of the Mass is compromised when all we rely on are the hymns. To recover what is truly Catholic, recover the Propers. Plain and simple. Then you get away from this debate on stylistic choices.

    Fr. Columba Kelly has been writing them for years in a hermeneutic of continuity with tradition. They're simply breathtaking and in the vernacular. The Arbogast Complete English Propers has them. And Richard Rice has just complete the Simple Choral Gradual for the whole church year that is accessible for choirs and parishes that are not yet able to do Gregorian chant.

    These are free! No longer does your parish have to be slaves to the OCP/GIA monopoly on church music. These people are offering this to the church for free. And the music is gorgeous.

    And no, I do not work for the CMAA. Just an ordinary and obscure musician working in the hermeneutic of continuity and for the reform of the reform.

    Sancta Cecilia, ora pro nobis.

  • Benedict is About Relationship with Christ, Not Rules

    07/22/2009 6:58:15 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Carolina to xjcsa
    How many Catholics see things this way?

    Not very many as evidenced by almost all Catholics present at Mass going up for Communion every Sunday and hardly anyone at Confession lines.

  • Outrage in Connecticut ó Committee Hearing on Bill to Dictate Catholic Church Operations

    03/10/2009 5:37:43 PM PDT · 39 of 47
    Carolina to Salvation
    Announcement via Hartford Courant.

    Tabled so that Attorney General could examine the bill's constitutionality. The interesting thing is that the withdrawal was requested by proponents of the bill.

  • A priest no more: Bozek laicized

    03/10/2009 7:10:30 AM PDT · 15 of 36
    Carolina to steadfastconservative
    This is also one of the most serious punishments, short of excommunication, that can be imposed on a priest.

    IIRC, the lay board was excommunicated by Abp. Burke. Since then, a couple of the members have reconciled with the Church.

  • Kmiec's epic fail in Time (point-by-point critique of his flawed arguments)

    02/23/2009 12:15:47 PM PST · 6 of 9
    Carolina to NYer
    Fr. Z made this very important observation:
    Catholic theologians and pastors are looking at ways of keeping our voice in the public square. This is a major component of Pope Benedict’s vision for his pontificate. He is trying to revitalize Catholic identity so that within the Church we know who we are and what we believe so that to the outside we have something worth while to say and contribute in the public square.

    Kmiec’s article is set against this vision: Catholic teaching matters for Catholics, but it shouldn’t bind Catholics in public discourse.

    What Kmiec is really saying (as he proceeds from a false reading of the Holy See’s statement) is that if the Pope said what he said, then once your Catholic faith impedes you from reaching compromises with people who don’t share your religious views, you can no longer meaningfully participate in public life....

    Kmiec fogs this distinction and tried to make the Pope look like an extremist. Savvy Catholics, like Kmiec and Pelosi and Kerry and Kennedy and Cuomo and Sebelius and Granholm and Dodd and Biden, etc., must set aside the urgings of extremists and filter out the interpretations of hard-liners in order to save their version of the Church’s message in the public square.

    That is his true agenda.

  • They have no respect for the dead (Planned TLM Requiem for Priest Cancelled) (Catholic Caucus)

    02/23/2009 12:08:34 PM PST · 5 of 21
    Carolina to nickcarraway

    Someone needs to contact the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

  • Kmiec in Chicago Trib: GOP Shows 'No Interest in Family, Work or Neighborhood'

    02/19/2009 7:30:49 AM PST · 18 of 48
    Carolina to AnAmericanMother

    CNA had a report a couple of weeks ago that a Kmiec ambassadorship would not fly whatsoever.

  • Kmiec in Chicago Trib: GOP Shows 'No Interest in Family, Work or Neighborhood'

    02/19/2009 7:27:38 AM PST · 16 of 48
    Carolina to AnAmericanMother
    Has the Vatican ever refused an ambassador's credentials?

    Yes, Argentina's and France's nominees were not accepted due to behavior not consonant with Catholic teaching.

  • Woman priest wants (excommunication) decree lifted (photo alert!)

    02/09/2009 7:08:40 AM PST · 16 of 44
    Carolina to NYer
    The priesthood is not about power. No one has the right to become a priest. Women's ordination is not about equity or justice. These women are deluded. And the press is playing right along by calling them women priests. They are not ordained just because they acted out a rite that sorta resembled true Ordination.
  • Pope to Announce New Archbishop of New York

    02/03/2009 5:41:47 PM PST · 50 of 55
    Carolina to markomalley

    I say Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City.

  • Commentary on the "Ave Maris Stella" (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/08/2008 1:56:32 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    Carolina to Pyro7480
    It's one of my favorite chants, P. All summer long for TLM, I've been playing improvisations and variations on Ave Maris Stella. Did I tell you that our parish has gone to weekly TLM and monthly Missa Cantata? It's pretty awesome.
  • Latin, Prayers, Chilly Dorms at School in France

    05/20/2008 2:17:27 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    Carolina to Pyro7480
    Here's the You Tube video of Chavagnes with the school choir singing Josquin Desprez' Veni creator spiritus. It shows icons that the young men created as well as pictures of them around the college. Wonderful formation for them!
  • CHARTRES PILGRIMAGE: YOUTH PRAY TOGETHER IN LATIN

    05/14/2008 6:09:44 AM PDT · 11 of 18
    Carolina to magdalen
    Well, the article began with the usual template:
    "Religion may well be in decline among European youth...
    Oooooo, cue in ominous music
    ...to revive the Tridentine Latin Mass, was seen as a turning back of the clock by some liberal Catholics but greeted with jubilation by some conservative Catholics.
    That's right, it's always about liberals versus conservatives....the swinging pendulum, right, left, right, left.
    Instead of facing east with his back to the congregation, the priest now faced them and recited the words in the local language rather than Latin.
    Yes, because we can't worship if we can't see the priest's lovely face.

    BUT, the article got much better as the story unfolded. I have a feeling two people wrote this article. The first wretched boring part was from the editor who had to put in the standard party line, and the second, more fully developed part was from the poor writer who did his best to present an engaging story.

  • Mary Magnifies the Lord (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/13/2008 2:49:32 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    Carolina to SkyDancer
    I guess my problem the way I see it is all the various focusing on saints and Mary.

    Think of the Saints as signposts on our pilgrimage to God. That we have a particular devotion to a Saint is partly due to how that Saint overcame a circumstances similar to what we're struggling with at the moment.

    For mothers, especially those with children who are suffering, meditating on Virgin Mary's obedience and surrender to God's will strengthens us in our time of trial. We can ask for her intercessions because we know that God endowed her with special grace to suffer along with Christ at the foot of the Cross. It is God who is the source of our strength, but the knowledge of the Saints in heaven praying for us gives us hope now.

    Some may say that dead people can't hear so Saints can't hear our pleas. The Saints are more alive than we are here on earth by virtue of the fact that they are beholding God face-to-face. We see darkly here. They are now in the resplendent light of Truth. We are not severed from the Saints because we belong to the One Body of Christ. It is not irrational to believe that they hear our petitions through the Holy Spirit who probes each man's thoughts and heart. Our unity in the Holy Spirit has a practical side. Thank the Lord for that! God bless, SkyDancer.

  • Mary Magnifies the Lord (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/13/2008 2:03:53 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    Carolina to SkyDancer
    Why is Mary more venerated than Jesus?

    Because there is a difference between adoration and veneration. If what you are doing is just venerating Jesus then it's not enough. God is to be adored, completely and wholeheartedly, and He alone. Catholics worship God alone. We honor or venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints. Their lives of heroic virtue and exemplary holiness are meant for our joy, hope, and encouragement. Honoring the Saints in no way detracts from God's glory...their honor is reflected glory.

    Furthermore, all the Saints point toward God. We know that their lives are masterpieces of the Holy Spirit (as Pope Benedict likes to refer to the Saints). What God through the Holy Spirit does in their lives he desires for our own ordinary lives. The saints witness to the transformative power of God in their lives, in other words, the beauty of holiness and the holiness of beauty....what we are all called to live. In times of my own failure, I can look at the lives of the Saints and know that their perseverence was the grace of God in their lives. All I have to do is to ask for that same grace. (I do not have because I do not ask)

  • God's calling, Maryland women feel compelled to join priesthood despite opposition from RC officials

    08/22/2007 1:44:13 PM PDT · 36 of 76
    Carolina to NYer
  • Lord, please donít hear this prayer: a reprise (George Weigel)

    08/05/2007 12:03:23 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    Carolina to livius
    LOL! I was subjected to a batch of this soft-lefty babbling just this morning. I do not say the response to the ones I consider really outrageous, and I notice other people do not, either.

    Did it mention "distribution of wealth"? We got pummeled with that one today.

  • As church grows, priestly ranks shrink

    08/02/2007 2:03:20 PM PDT · 3 of 17
    Carolina to Greg F

    He’s not yet a priest. He’s a seminarian.

  • The Handmaid of Humanity: Mary, Woman of Salvation History(Catholic Caucus)

    03/03/2007 10:27:14 AM PST · 3 of 4
    Carolina to stfassisi

    Thanks for this article on First Saturday. God bless.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:50:09 PM PST · 10 of 12
    Carolina to All

    Prayer to the Sorrowful Mother

    St. Alphonsus de Liguori

    O my afflicted Mother! Queen of martyrs and of sorrows, thou didst so bitterly weep over thy Son, who died for my salvation; but what will thy tears avail me if I am lost? By the merit, then, of thy sorrows, obtain me true contrition for my sins, and a real amendment of life, together with constant and tender compassion for the sufferings of Jesus and thy dolours. And if Jesus and thou, being so innocent, have suffered so much for love of me, obtain that at least I, who am deserving of hell, may suffer something for your love. "O Lady," will I say with St. Bonaventure, "if I have offended thee, in justice wound my heart; if I have served thee, I now ask wounds for my reward. It is shameful to me to see my Lord Jesus wounded, and thee wounded with Him, and myself without a wound." In fine, O my Mother, by the grief thou didst experience in seeing thy Son bow down His head and expire on the cross in the midst of so many torments, I beseech thee to obtain me a good death. Ah, cease not, O advocate of sinners, to assist my afflicted soul in the midst of the combats in which it will have to engage on its great passage from time to eternity. And as it is probable that I may then have lost my speech, and strength to invoke thy name and that of Jesus, who are all my hope, I do so now; I invoke thy Son and thee to succour me in that last moment; and I say, Jesus and Mary, to you I commend my soul. Amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:43:11 PM PST · 8 of 12
    Carolina to All

    PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

    Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in "our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places". Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers unto the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of "the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan." Bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit "so that he may no longer seduce the nations". Amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:42:44 PM PST · 7 of 12
    Carolina to All
    At the end of the decades:

    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 valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward 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. Amen.

    Closing:
    O God whose only begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant that we beseech Thee while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord Amen.

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:41:54 PM PST · 6 of 12
    Carolina to All
    The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crucifixion of Our Lord

    Reflections for each Hail, Mary:

    1. The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.
    2. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
    3. "This day you will be with Me in paradise."
    4. "Woman, behold your Son. Son, behold your Mother."
    5. "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
    6. "I thirst."
    7. "It is finished."
    8. "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."
    9. The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.
    10. Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:41:22 PM PST · 5 of 12
    Carolina to All
    The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:  Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary

     

    Reflections for each Hail, Mary:

    1. One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution.
    2. The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders.
    3. Weak and exhausted from loss of blood, lack of food and rest, Jesus falls three times under the cross.
    4. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother causing untold anguish in the Hearts of Son and Mother.
    5. The countenance of Jesus is disfigured with blood and sweat, with dust and spittle.
    6. Veronica wipes His face, leaving on her towel the image of His countenance.
    7. Fearing that Jesus might die on the way, the soldiers force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus.
    8. Jesus speaks to weeping women; "Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and your children."
    9. "If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me."
    10. Father, by the merits of this painful journey to Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:40:47 PM PST · 4 of 12
    Carolina to All
    The Third Sorrowful Mystery:  Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns

     

    Reflections for each Hail, Mary:

    1. Pilate asks, "Are You a king?" Jesus answers: "I am a King, but My kingdom is not of this world."
    2. In the praetorium, the soldiers place an old purple robe on Jesus in mockery of His claim to be a king.
    3. They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully press it down upon His head.
    4. In His bound hands they place a reed, as a sceptre, in mockery of His kingship.
    5. Kneeling before Him in derision, they spit on Him, and cry out: "Hail, King of the Jews!"
    6. Taking the reed from His hand they strike Him on the head, driving the thorns more deeply into His scalp.
    7. Pilate brings Jesus before the people, hoping His pitiful sight will soften them: "Behold the man!"
    8. Their response: "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
    9. Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride.
    10. Father, by the merits of this painful humiliation, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:40:12 PM PST · 3 of 12
    Carolina to All
    The Second Sorrowful Mystery:  Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar


    Reflections for each Hail, Mary:

    1. Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.
    2. The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.
    3. The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.
    4. Pilate can "find no cause in Him", yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.
    5. The scourge is made of leather thongs to which are attached small sharp bones.
    6. Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.
    7. The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.
    8. Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.
    9. The prophesy of Isiah is fulfilled: "He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins."
    10. Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:39:42 PM PST · 2 of 12
    Carolina to All
    The First Sorrowful Mystery:  The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane


    Reflections for each Hail, Mary:

    1. Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: "Stay here, while I go yonder and pray."
    2. Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, "My soul is sorrowful unto death."
    3. Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.
    4. He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.
    5. So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.
    6. An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.
    7. "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done."
    8. Finding the disciples asleep: "Could you not watch one hour with me?"
    9. Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.
    10. Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/02/2007 4:39:09 PM PST · 1 of 12
    Carolina
    The Sorrowful Mysteries

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    03/01/2007 6:34:54 PM PST · 9 of 11
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    03/01/2007 6:34:27 PM PST · 8 of 11
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    PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

    Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in "our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places". Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee, the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven. Pray therefore the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church. Offer our prayers unto the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; take hold of "the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan." Bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit "so that he may no longer seduce the nations". Amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Rosary for Lent

    03/01/2007 6:33:54 PM PST · 7 of 11
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    At the end of the decades:

    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 valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward 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. Amen.

    Closing:
    O God whose only begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant that we beseech Thee while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord Amen.

    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.

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    03/01/2007 6:32:43 PM PST · 6 of 11
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    The Fifth Luminous Mystery:  The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

    During the meal Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take this and eat it,” he said. “This is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. “All of you must drink from it,” he said, “for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, to be poured out in behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink this fruit of the vine from now until the day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s reign.” Then, after singing songs of praise, they walked out to the Mount of Olives. A final mystery of light is the institution of the Eucharist, in which Christ offers his body and blood as food under the signs of bread and wine, and testifies “to the end” his love for humanity (Jn 13:1), for whose salvation he will offer himself in sacrifice. (RVM, 21)

    Hail Mary...(ten times)
    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

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    03/01/2007 6:32:07 PM PST · 5 of 11
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    The Fourth Luminous Mystery:  The Transfiguration of Our Lord

    About eight days after saying this, he took Peter, John, and James, and went up onto a mountain to pray. While he was praying, his face changed in appearance and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly two men were talking with him — Moses and Elijah. They appeared in glory and spoke of his passage, which he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem. Peter and those with him had fallen into a deep sleep; but awakening, they saw his glory and likewise saw the two men who were standing with him. When these were leaving, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, how good it is for us to be here.   Let us set up three booths, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not really know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and the disciples grew fearful as they entered it. Then from the cloud came a voice which said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” When the voice fell silent, Jesus was there alone. The disciples kept quiet, telling nothing of what they had seen at that time to anyone. The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on Mount Tabor. The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father commands the astonished Apostles to “listen to him” (cf. Lk 9:35 and parallels) and to prepare to experience with him the agony of the Passion, so as to come with him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit.   (RVM, 21)

    Hail Mary...(ten times)
    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

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    03/01/2007 6:31:18 PM PST · 4 of 11
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    The Third Luminous Mystery:  The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

    After John’s arrest, Jesus appeared in Galilee proclaiming the good news of God. “This is the time of fulfillment. The reign of God is at hand! Reform your lives and believe in the Gospel!” Another mystery of light is the preaching by which Jesus proclaims the coming of the Kingdom of God, calls to conversion (cf. Mk 1:15) and forgives the sins of all who draw near to him in humble trust (cf. Mk 2:3-13; Lk 7:47- 48): the inauguration of that ministry of mercy which he continues to exercise until the end of the world, particularly through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which he has entrusted to his Church (cf. John 20:22-23) (RVM, 21).

    Hail Mary...(ten times)
    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

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    03/01/2007 6:30:40 PM PST · 3 of 11
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    The Second Luminous Mystery:  The Wedding at Cana where Christ manifested Himself

    The second mystery of light is the first of the signs, given at Cana (cf. Jn 2:1- 12), when Christ changes water into wine and opens the hearts of the disciples to faith, thanks to the intervention of Mary, the first among believers.   He reveals himself as Lord and miracle worker.  

    In the mystery  of light, apart  from the miracle at  Cana, the presence of Mary  remains in the background.  The Gospels make only the briefest  reference to her  occasional  presence at  one moment  or  other  during the preaching of Jesus (cf. Mk 3:31-5; John 2:12), and they give no indication that she was present at the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Yet the role she assumed at Cana in some way accompanies Christ throughout his ministry. The revelation made directly by the Father at the Baptism in the Jordan and echoed by John the Baptist is placed upon Mary’s  lips  at  Cana, and it becomes the great  maternal  counsel which Mary  addresses to the Church of every age: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5). This counsel is a fitting introduction to the words and signs of Christ’s public ministry and it forms the Marian foundation of all the “mysteries of light” (RVM, 21).

    Hail Mary...(ten times)
    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

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    03/01/2007 6:30:11 PM PST · 2 of 11
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    The First Luminous Mystery:  The Baptism of Our Lord

    Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John   tried to refuse him with the protest, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me!” Jesus answered him, “Give in for now; we must do this if we are to fulfill all of God’s demands.” So John gave in. After Jesus was baptized, he came directly out of the water. Suddenly, the sky opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove, and hover over him. With that, a voice from the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son. My favor rests on Him.” The Baptism in the Jordan is first of all a mystery of light. Here, as Christ descends into the waters, the innocent one who became “sin” for our sake (cf. 2Cor 5:21), the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son (cf. Mt 3:17 and parallels), while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out.   (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 21)

    Hail Mary...(ten times)
    Glory be...
    O, my Jesus...

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    03/01/2007 6:29:26 PM PST · 1 of 11
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    The Luminous Mysteries

    Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light”. Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (Jn 8:12). Yet this truth emerges in a special way during the years of his public life, when he proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom....  Each of these mysteries is a revelation of the Kingdom now present in the very person of Jesus.
    ~ Pope John Paul II