Wednesday, March 31, 2010

You Shall Eat this Bread, and Drink the Chalice

"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. And giving thanks, broke, and said: "Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me." In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: "This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me." For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep." (First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians 11:23-30, DRB)



"And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: "Take ye, and eat. This is my body." And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: "Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father." And a hymn being said, they went out unto mount Olivet." (Gospel According to St. Matthew 26:26-30, DRB)



"And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread; and blessing, broke, and gave to them, and said: "Take ye. This is my body." And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave it to them. And they all drank of it. And he said to them: "This is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many. Amen I say to you, that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the kingdom of God." And when they had said an hymn, they went forth to the mount of Olives." (Gospel According to St. Mark 14:22-26, DRB)



"And having taken the chalice, he gave thanks, and said: "Take, and divide it among you: For I say to you, that I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, till the kingdom of God come." And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. In like manner the chalice also, after he had supped, saying: "This is the chalice, the new testament in my blood, which shall be shed for you." (Gospel According to St. Luke 22:17-20, DRB)



"Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came from God, and goeth to God; He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments, and having taken a towel, girded himself. After that, he putteth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. He cometh therefore to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: "Lord, dost thou wash my feet?" Jesus answered, and said to him: "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter." Peter saith to him: "Thou shalt never wash my feet." Jesus answered him: "If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me." Simon Peter saith to him: "Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head." Jesus saith to him: "He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all." (Gospel According to St. John 13:3-10, DRB)

There is a Man on the Cross

"Whenever there is silence around me
By day or by night —
I am startled by a cry.
It came down from the cross —
The first time I heard it.
I went out and searched —
And found a man in the throes of crucifixion
And I said, 'I will take you down',
And I tried to take the nails out of his feet.
But He said, 'Let them be
For I cannot be taken down
Until every man, every woman, and every child
Come together to take me down.'
And I said, 'But I cannot bear your cry,
What can I do?'
And He said, 'Go about the world —
Tell every one that you meet —
That there is a man on the cross.'" ~ Elizabeth Cheney

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Signed with the Cross of Jesus Christ

"To carry the cross, to love the cross, to chastise the body and bring it to subjection, to flee honors, to endure contempt gladly, to despise self and wish to be despised, to suffer any adversity and loss, to desire no prosperous days on earth — this is not man’s way. If you rely upon yourself, you can do none of these things, but if you trust in the Lord, strength will be given you from heaven and the world and the flesh will be made subject to your word. You will not even fear your enemy, the devil, if you are armed with faith and signed with the cross of Jesus Christ." ~ Thomas à Kempis "Imitatio Christi - Imitation of Christ"

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"...that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."

"My dear friends –
at this moment I can only say:
pray for me,
that I may learn to love the Lord more and more.
Pray for me, that I may learn to love his flock more and more
– in other words, you, the holy Church,
each one of you and all of you together.
Pray for me,
that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.

Let us pray for one another,
that the Lord will carry us
and that we will learn to carry one another." ~ His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Papal Inaugural Mass, April 24, 2005

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat mater dolorosa
juxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.


(At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.)

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.


(Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.)

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti!


(O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.)

Quae moerebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti.


(Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.)

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?


(Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ's dear Mother to behold?)

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

(Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother's pain untold?)

Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum.

(For the sins of His own nation,
She saw Jesus wracked with torment,
All with scourges rent:)

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

(She beheld her tender Child,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.)

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

(O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:)

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.

(Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.)

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.

(Holy Mother! pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my Savior crucified:)

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide.

(Let me share with thee His pain,
who for all my sins was slain,
who for me in torments died.)

Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.

(Let me mingle tears with thee,
mourning Him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live:)

Juxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero.

(By the Cross with thee to stay,
there with thee to weep and pray,
is all I ask of thee to give.)

Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere.

(Virgin of all virgins blest!,
Listen to my fond request:
let me share thy grief divine;)

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere.

(Let me, to my latest breath,
in my body bear the death
of that dying Son of thine.)

Fac me plagis vulnerari,
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii.

(Wounded with His every wound,
steep my soul till it hath swooned,
in His very Blood away;)

Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii.

(Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
lest in flames I burn and die,
in His awful Judgment Day.)

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.

(Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
by Thy Mother my defense,
by Thy Cross my victory;)

Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.

(When my body dies,
let my soul be granted
the glory of Paradise. Amen.)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Sion! Behold Thy King!

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the just and saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass." (The Prophecy of Zacharias 9:9, DRB)

"And on the next day, a great multitude that was to come to the festival day, when they had heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried: Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel. And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written: Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy king cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt." (Gospel According to St. John 12:12-15, DRB)



"And they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments upon them, and made him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way: And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest." (Gospel According to St. Matthew 21:7-9, DRB)



"And they brought the colt to Jesus; and they lay their garments on him, and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way. And they that went before and they that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that cometh: Hosanna in the highest." (Gospel According to St. Mark 11:7-10, DRB)



"And they that were sent, went their way, and found the colt standing, as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt? But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon.
And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way. And when he was now coming near the descent of mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen, Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory on high!" (Gospel According to St. Luke 19:32-38, DRB)

Prayer for a Good Confession

For my brethren in Christ who are going or have gone to Confession today:

O my God, by my grievous sins I have re-crucified Thy divine Son to myself and have deserved Thy everlasting wrath in the fires of hell. Even more, I have been most ungrateful by my sins to Thee, my Heavenly Father, Who have created me out of nothing, redeemed me by Thy Son, and sanctified me in the sacraments by Thy Holy Spirit. But Thou hast spared me to make this confession. Receive me back as Thy prodigal son and grant me to confess myself well, that I may begin anew to love Thee with my whole heart and soul, henceforth keeping Thy Commandments and suffering patiently whatever temporal punishment for my sins may remain. I hope by Thy goodness and power to obtain everlasting life in paradise. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


(A good reading for Confession is the Gospel of St. Luke 15:11-32; the Parable of the Prodigal Son.)

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Path that Leads to Christ

"Mary remains ever the path that leads to Christ. Every encounter with her can only result in an encounter with Christ Himself. For what other reason do we continually turn to Mary than to seek for the Christ she holds in her arms — to seek in her, through her and with her the Savior to Whom men, in the perplexities and dangers of life here below, must of necessity have recourse, and to Whom they feel the ever recurring need of turning as to a haven of safety and an all-surpassing source of life?" ~ His Holiness Pope Paul VI, "Mense Maio"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Lorica of St. Patrick

Unfortunately, I was unable to post this on his feast day. But better late than never. God love you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and Peace be to you.
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"I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

"I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

"I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

"I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

"I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

"I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

"Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

"I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation."

~ St. Patrick of Ireland (ca. 377)