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St. Alphonsus’ Spiritual Maxims for Christians part II July 31, 2014

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I’m finishing what I started yesterday, St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s Spiritual Maxims for Christians:

He who thinks of hell, which he has deserved, finds every trouble easy to bear.

He who loves poverty possesses all things. In the things of this world we must choose the worst; in the things of God we must choose the best.

An obedient soul is the delight of God.

True charity consists in doing good to those who do us evil, and in thus gaining them over.

It is a great Grace of God to be called to his Holy Love.

God does not leave a single good desire unrewarded.

All attachment, even to good things (except to God), is bad.

Let us be grateful, and first of all to God. Let us therefore resolve to deny him nothing, making choice of those things which are most pleasing to him.

The most beautiful prayer is when in sickness we unite ourselves to the Will of God.

A holy life and sensual pleasures cannot agree together.

He who trusts in himself is lost; he who trusts in God can do all things.

And what greater delight can a soul have than to know that it is pleasing God.

God is ready to give Himself to those who leave all for His love.

The only way by which we can become Saints is the way of suffering.

It is by aridity and temptations that God tries those who love Him.

No one can be lost who loves God and trusts in Him.

Let us beg of God to give us a tender devotion to His Divine Mother.

He who looks on Jesus crucified suffers everything in peace.

He who loves God most in this world is the happiest. All that is not done for God, turns to pain.

No kind of disquietude, although for a good end, comes from God. [We should consider this with regard to things that upset us, even when we may learn a good deal in the process. And, yes, that regards reporting on affairs in the Church. That is the sad reason some souls have decided in the past year to stop blogging, or to avoid assiduously any coverage of this papacy.  That is a tragic comment on how bad things are]

It is enough that we do not stand still; we shall arrive in the end.

He who desires only God is rich and happy; he is in want of nothing, and may laugh at all the world.

Nothing can satisfy one whom God does not satisfy.

God, God, and nothing more.

We must overcome all to gain all.

———–End Quote———-

Oh, Lord, if your Church in this country only had one bishop like Saint Alphonsus!  Please send us one such great, saintly bishop!  So many souls would be edified!  So many would have their faith strengthened!  Have mercy on us, we are weak and pitiful and need help to be strong!  Send us helpers!  We will love you as best we can even amidst all the present difficulties, but great Saints would help us so much!

REMINDERS: Special Adoration at Mater Dei Aug 1, and All Night Vigil at Carmel! July 31, 2014

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Mater Dei Latin Mass parish in Irving will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 7am until 6:30pm this Friday, Aug 1.  This is for the special intention of praying and offering penance for the persecuted Christians in the Mideast.

In addition, there is the regular All Night Adoration at the Dallas Carmel starting at 5 and going till 7am on Saturday.  So, you could go hardcore adoring for 24 hours, and possibly change the world!  How awesome is that?!

Of course, every time we pray and fast, we change the world, at least a tiny bit, into a better place.  More on the Mater Dei Adoration below:

Eucharistic Adoration  Friday, August 1 – 7:00a – 6:30p Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish 2030 East State Highway 356, Irving, TX 75060 Masses at 6:30a and 12:10p | No Adoration during Mass The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. Please sign up as soon as possible, as we will only be able to offer Adoration at times when people are signed up. Please check the parish website on Thursday, July 31st, for confirmed Adoration times

Adoration is a great work of charity to Our Eucharistic Lord!  But tied in with this ongoing persecution in the Middle East, it is also a great spiritual work of mercy if we offer our prayers and penance for those suffering this fireball nightmare genocide!

I pray many readers (myself included – with my big mouth) are able to assist at one or the other of the Adorations.  Other area parishes like St. Mark also have 24 hour Adoration on Friday, or for shorter periods, so get out at least to a parish near you!

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Of course, we can always go visit Jesus in the Tabernacle. We should not wait for specific Eucharistic Adoration to do that!

But this Friday is a special event, for a special purpose.  I pray there is just a huge storm of prayers to Heaven for these suffering brethren.

Spiritual maxims from the great Saint Alphonsus July 30, 2014

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St. Alphonsus is without doubt one of my favorite Saints, if for no other reason that his copious writings are full of such wonderfully edifying, truly helpful material.  Volume III of his Ascetical Works, the Great Means of Salvation and Perfection, contains a list of useful spiritual maxims for Christians.  I pray you find them as useful as I have!  These are brief statements of piety that can be returned to again and again, and should be.  They can serve as a check on our activities, state of conscience, and advancement (or lack thereof) in the interior life.

I will  break this up into two parts with part two, God willing, coming tomorrow. 
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Spiritual Maxims for Christians:

Of what use will it be to gain the whole world and to lose one’s soul?

Everything has an end; but eternity has no end.

All may be lost, provided God be not lost.

No sin, however small, is a “light” evil.

If we desire to please God, we must deny ourselves.

That which is done for our own satisfaction is all loss.

In order to save ourselves we must be in constant fear of falling.

Let me die, so that I may please God.

The only evil that we ought to fear is sin.

All that God wills is good, and therefore to be desired. [That can be very hard to accept, especially when we are suffering]32-alphonsusvxeprov

He who desires nothing, but God, is happy and contented with everything that happens.

I ought to imagine to myself that there are no others in the world but God and myself.

The whole world cannot satisfy our heart; God alone can satisfy it.

All good consists in loving God. And loving God consists in doing His Will.  

All our riches are in prayer.  He who prays obtains everything that he can desire.

Let us consider that day lost on which we omit our mental prayer.  “He who leaves off praying,” says St. Teresa, “casts himself into hell of his own accord.”  [Now I feel really bad about missing that Angelus!]

Let us not pass a day without reading some spiritual book.

To be humble of heart and not merely in word, it is not sufficient to say that we are deserving of all contempt, but we must also be glad when we are despised.  And what has a Christian learnt to do, if he cannot suffer an affront for God’s sake?  When you are insulted, take it all cheerfully.

———–End Quote————

More tomorrow!  Otherwise, the post would get a little long and the maxims themselves possibly watered down due to sheer weight of numbers.

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The necessity of keeping the soul disengaged that God’s Holy Will may operate in it July 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, reading, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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In these times, we have so much to keep us distracted.  Neutral and even good things like telephones, radios, the internet, Catholic blogs, etc, can become both a distraction and a source of emotions that can make us lose our peace.  I am not counseling giving up all of the above by any means (although some Saints might!), but we have to keep things in proper perspective and not allow nominally useful tools, or even very good things, to derail us in our pursuit of virtue.  With so much upsetting news of late, I thought a reminder from Dom Lorenzo Scupoli might be of some use, mostly to myself, but perhaps to some of you, as well. Bear in mind that the following is written primarily for contemplative religious, but has application for those of us in the world, as well.

If we are truly cognizant of the priceless worth of the immortal soul, that sublime temple of God Himself, let us take are that nothing of the world intrude therein. Placing our hope in the Lord, we should wait with a firm confidence for His Coming, and realize that He will certainly enter the soul unattached to worldly things and ready to receive Him alone.  Alone, having no desire but the presence of God; alone, loving only Him; alone, void of all will but the will of Heaven.

Let us learn to do nothing to please ourselves, that we may merit in the soul of the human the presence of the Divine, the comprehension of Whom is far beyond the horizons of created intellects.  [Very, very hard, but this is the path of union with the Divine Will.  We cannot possibly do this ourselves, we can only turn our will over to God and let him work through us to bring about such a powerful, intimate union.]

Let us follow exactly the prescriptions of our spiritual father and of those who govern us in the place of God, that every suffering and good work offered to God may be prudent and salutary.  [Salutary and universally applicable guidance for all of us]

It is sufficient that we keep ourselves ever ready and willing to suffer for love of Him all that He wills and the manner in which He wills it. Whoever acts solely in conjunction with the dictates of his own will would do much better were he to remain in peace, attentive to what God wills to perform in him.  Therefore, we must always avoid attachments of the will which should ever be free and in perfect harmony with the Divine. [When I think of the genocide ongoing in the Mideast, I think how hard it is sometimes to submit to the Will of God.  But it is when pious souls do so, especially under the most awful of conditions, that massive torrents of Grace flow and that Grace has, in past instances, resulted in a great flowering of the Church.  The blood of martyrs waters the Church and makes it grow.  It is one of the profound and difficult paradoxes, if you will, of our Faith, that when it seems to be crushed out of existence, it suddenly flowers anew.  So we must always retain the virtue of hope, even amidst the worse of news]

And since we ought not to act according to our own desires, let us not consciously attach our wills to any one thing; but if we should desire something , let it be in such a way as to leave us as unperturbed as if we had desired nothing, should our desire fail to materialize. [Certainly great advice, especially with regard to earthly/material things.]

For our desires are our chains, and to be entangled in them is to be a slave. To free ourselves from desires, therefore, is to free ourselves from tyranny.  [!!!]

God demands that our souls be alone and unattached that He may manifest His manifold wonders in them, glorifying them even in this life by His Divine Power.

O Holy Solitude!  O desert of happiness!  O glorious hermitage, where a soul may find its God!  Let us not only run to such an exalted place, but beg the wings of a dove that we may fly to it and find there a holy repose. Let us not stop by the wayside; let us not tarry on the way for frivolous conversation; let us leave the dead to bury their dead, forsaking the land of the lifeless for the land of the living.

———-End Quote———-

I am not so ideological or unaware of myself that I do not recognize that someone could easily rebut to me, regarding much of the above “physician, heal thyself.”  And they would be right.

But I shall continue trying to improve.  I don’t know about you, but I have experienced periods where I think there has been some real positive growth in virtue, and others where I have advanced more slowly, or maybe even gone backwards a bit.  But I keep trying.  I know there are at present a number of things – attachments – I need to work on.  And there are positive spiritual works, especially with regard to prayer and meditation, that I need to improve.

So pray for your blogger!  He tries!  He may make a number of mistakes, but tries very hard to always put forward both news and reflections that will help people deal with the ongoing crisis and advance in the spiritual life.  I pray I do not fail to be edifying too often.

And please excuse this public examination of conscience!  I think it necessary sometimes to air such things, bearing my soul, so that readers can gain a little insight into my motivations.

 

MUST SEE: Chilling vision of Purgatory and Hell July 29, 2014

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I was sent the below by a reader Michael M.  It is the testimony of Marino Restrepo, of whom I knew nothing before watching the video.  I have done a bit of research on him and it seems his testimony and overall theology/eschatology are quite solid if a bit novel on some of the particulars (I am not saying these novelties are bad, they are simply things I hadn’t heard before, on topics that are not doctrinal).  It’s a fascinating and moving account.  I came away wanting to do a very thorough examination of conscience and general Confession.  There is an article from Spirit Daily on him here.  Some excerpts regarding what Mr. Restrepo was told by the Lord regarding the future of the Church:

“Religions are going to be a private activity that can not be  publicly exhibited and will be watched and controlled by the governments,” he claims. “The true Church will live practically as in the beginning of Christianity. He told me that the conversion of Israel has to take place before Jesus will come again.

“That conversion will happen overnight and there is going to be much confusion among the Jews. Many of them will kill each other once the conversion starts. The Lord said that the same way the Berlin Wall fell, so it will be the conversion of the Israelites. He said that the time was not very far. But I learned something about His time: It has absolutely nothing to do with human time at all.”

As for Christians, says Marino: 

“Many will fall away from the faith within the next years. The Lord is cleaning up the house. A lot of dirt is going to be uncovered. All that was hidden is going to come to light. Many will lose their faith. Our Church may become smaller, but it will become a Church of real believers. The times we are facing will not be possible to endure without a faith that is radically centered [as with the apostles; praise God!] in perfect obedience.”

Nothing really radical there. I think many pious souls believe we are headed towards a great reduction in the Church in many regards – in public role and scope, size, etc.  But I think, as Pope Benedict alluded, the smaller Church will be much purer, more fervent, and holy.  Aside from the revelations regarding Israel’s conversion, which are fascinating if certainly not doctrinal, all of the above is pretty much obvious to anyone with eyes to see.

Before I post the video, I will say Mr. Restrepo does talk about his life before his miraculous experience and conversion.  He was lost in many of the same sins many of us have fallen into – drug use, fornication, the whole rock n’ roll debacle.  I wouldn’t say there is really any problematic content, morally, but it is straight and to the point, so caution is advised for children or viewing near children:

 

I found the descriptions of spiritual warfare, and the amassing of “backing” from either demons or angels depending on our sins or virtues, quite compelling.  It speaks to my sensus fidei, you could say.

Mr. Restrepo’s book, upon which this talk is based, is pretty highly recommended in Catholic mystical circles.  That’s not my main cup of tea, although I do read such things on occasion, but I wonder if readers have any comments or thoughts on this man and his experience?

Good Catholic links! July 28, 2014

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Shifting modes from my preferred method of brutally honest, no-holds barred “interreligious dialogue,” some good Catholic links for you. I think one is a repost, but it’s good enough to post again.

First, I blogged about the Requiem Mass of Jaime Leano, God rest his soul. His widow has had a business for a while selling hand-made Rosaries and other Catholic jewelry, hand-painted Nativity sets, Confirmation gifts, Chaplets, and much more.  Again, that business is jmjtcards.com.  My wife really likes the Rosaries, they are very well made and durable, which is really hand when you have a lot of kids, who tend to destroy more flimsy Rosaries in no time no matter how much you counsel them to be gentle and respectful.  There are also rose earrings, pendants, rings, and many other times. Maybe you have an anniversary or birthday coming up, or just need something for yourself?  Go check it out, I think you’ll like what you find!   A few samples below:

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Just a quick note on buying items, due to the recent tragedy, orders may be processed a bit more slowly while things are sorted out. I don’t know that for sure, it just seems reasonable. I’m sure you can get all details at the website.

Next, this site has a huge number of Catholic books uploaded on line in .pdf and other formats.  There are books ranging from the famous, like The Imitation of Christ, to the rather unknown, and everything in between.  There are books on lives of the Saints, books on Catholic Doctrine, some historical, famous spiritual writings by Saints and others – many really good books are available, for free.

So go check that out, too.

Dominus vobiscum!

REMINDER: First Friday All Night Adoration at Carmel Friday Aug 1 – and pray for persecuted Catholics! July 28, 2014

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The monthly First Friday at the Carmel starts at 5pm on Friday, Aug 1. Two TLMs during the night, at 8pm and 3am.  Adoration ends with NO Mass at 7am.  Join the nuns as they storm Heaven!  Pray for persecuted Christians!  Gain a plenary indulgence!  I haven’t been for some time, but I plan on staying quite a while this Friday, God willing!

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Details on the indulgence, thanks to MJD:

On a hot July evening in the year 1216 Saint Francis of Assisi at prayer devoured by his love for God and a thirst to save souls was visited upon by Our Blessed Savior and Our Blessed Mother. Our Lord spoke to him “Francis you are very zealous for the good souls. Ask me what you want for their salvation.” Francis answered that he wanted an indulgence to all those who enter this church,(The Portiuncula)  who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. Our Lord consented to Francis’ wish, but only after he received approval from Pope Honorius III. The pope granted this petition, and this indulgence has been extended to all parish churches throughout the world from noon August 1 until midnight on August 2.

The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi (for oneself or for a departed soul) are as follows:

* Sacramental confession (during eight days before or after the dates below)

* Participation in the Mass and Eucharist.

* Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the pope’s intention.

The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to be missed, not only for yourself but for the many souls suffering in purgatory.

The dates are from noon on August 1 until midnight on August 2, the feast of Our Lady of the Angels.

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As a reminder, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has implored all of its apostolates to make Aug 1 a day of special prayer and penance for the suffering Catholics in the Mideast.  If you’ve never been to an All Night Vigil at the Carmel before, I can think of no better way to meet this great spiritual work of mercy for our suffering brethren.  Please consider coming, it is an awesome experience!  Hearing the nuns pray in that beautiful chapel, seeing souls staying for hours before the Blessed Sacrament, it is so edifying, and it will have such an incredible, beneficent effect!

I pray I see you there!

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Two good sermons on the martial arts July 25, 2014

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I am just about out of time for the day, but hope you will enjoy the sermons below, both related to the martial arts, or Christianity’s more militant side.  The first is a good history of the Battle of Vienna of 1683, that awesome battle in which King Jan Sobieski and his winged hussars stopped islam’s final attempt (until now) to advance into the heart of Europe.  This priest is nothing if not a great story teller (but also very much more)!

The second is not historical, but examines aspects of serving in the military today.  Father starts off with a description of the life the martyr Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, who refused to fight for the immoral Nazi regime.  Sadly, our own country has veered so far into immorality, and the military in particular has been used as a vehicle to advance that immorality, that the proud tradition of military service in the United States is now more morally questionable than ever.  “Wars are punishments for the sins of the worlds.” Father considers just and unjust wars, and the distinction between fighting in them.  Many of the wars the US has fought over the past few decades, with our very troubling defense policy, are highly suspect (if not outright damnable) from a just war standpoint.  Thus, volunteering to serve in the US military is increasingly problematic.

This video may be controversial, I don’t know, but I think the points raised deserve the most serious examination:

You might bear in mind this priest is most well-suited by personal experience to speak on this topic.  I shall leave it at that.

 

Leo XIII’s prayer of Exorcism against satan and the rebellious angels July 25, 2014

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Via the estimable Fr. Peter Carota. Pope Leo XIII (can a lay person start a cause of canonization?!?, because I sure think he needs one!), in response to a waking vision he had of the Church suffering mightily under the oppression of satan and internal dissent and strife, instituted not only the well-known prayer to St. Michael the Arcangel (which the good pope caused to be recited after every Mass), but also the following short form of exorcism against satan and his rebellious angels.  Fr. Peter Carota prays this every day.  In these times when the Church, and so many souls, are under such awful attack from satan and all his minions – human and demonic – perhaps we should consider offering this prayer from time to time, especially when we feel especially tempted or under duress of any form:

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Most glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph. 6.12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has created to His image and likeness, and whom He has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into Heaven. Pray, therefore, the God of Peace to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit, that he may no more seduce the nations (Apoc. 20.2-3).

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In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, [and powerful in the holy authority of our ministry]*, we confidently undertake to repulse the attacks and deceits of the devil.

*Lay people omit this text

Psalm 67

Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.Cyprian-imposing-Justina_14-century-manuscript

As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord! Flee, bands of enemies.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Offspring of David has conquered.
V. May Thy mercy descend upon us.
R. As great as our hope in Thee.

(The crosses (+) below indicate a blessing to be given if a priest recites the Exorcism; if a lay person recites it, they indicate the Sign of the Cross to be made by that person.)

We drive you from us, whoever you may be, unclean spirits, Satanic powers, infernal invaders, wicked legions, assemblies, and sects. In the name and by the virtue of Our Lord Jesus Christ +. May you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God and from the souls redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb +.

Cease by your audacity, cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the Church, to torment God’s elect, and to sift them as wheat +. This is the command made to you by the Most High God +, with Whom in your haughty insolence you still pretend to be equal +. The God Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth (I Tim. 2.4). God the Father commands you +. God the Son commands you +. God the Holy Ghost commands you +. Christ, the Eternal Word of God made Flesh, commands you +. He Who to save our race, outdone through your malice, humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death (Phil. 2.8). He Who has built His Church on the firm rock and declared that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her, because He dwells with Her all days, even to the consummation of the world (Matt. 28.20). The hidden virtue of the Cross requires it of you, as does the power of the mysteries of the Christian Faith +. The glorious Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, commands you +. She who by Her humility and from the first moment of Her Immaculate Conception crushed your proud head. The faith of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of the other Apostles commands you +. The blood of the Martyrs and the pious intercession of all the Saints command you +.

Thus, cursed dragon, and you, wicked legions, we adjure you by the living God +, by the true God +, by the holy God +, by the God Who so loved the world, as to give up His only-begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him may not perish but may have life everlasting (St. John 3.16). Cease deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal perdition. Cease harming the Church and hindering her liberty. Retreat, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man’s salvation. Cede the place to Christ in Whom you have found none of your works. Cede the place to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church acquired by Christ at the price of His Blood. Stoop beneath the all-powerful Hand of God. Tremble and flee at the evocation of the Holy and terrible name of Jesus; this Name which causes hell to tremble; this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of Heaven are humbly submissive; this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly, repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the God of Hosts.

V. O Lord hear my prayer.H092_Devil-2
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. May the Lord be with thee.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

God of Heaven, God of earth, God of Angels, God of Archangels, God of Patriarchs, God of Prophets, God of Apostles, God of Martyrs, God of Confessors, God of Virgins, God who has power to give life after death and rest after work, because there is no other God than Thee and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, of Whose reign there shall be no end. We humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy glorious Majesty and we supplicate Thee to deliver us from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies, and their furious wickedness. Deign, O Lord, to protect us by Thy power and to preserve us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

V.  From the snares of the devil,Peter_martyrdom of_GIOTTO di Bondone.jpg
R.  Deliver us, O Lord.

V.  That Thy Church may serve Thee in peace and liberty,
R.  We beseech Thee to hear us.

V.  That Thou would crush down all enemies of Thy Church,
R.  We beseech Thee to hear us.

(Holy water is sprinkled in the place where we may be.)

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Christ Conquers All

Christ Conquers All

Nice Video on Clear Creek Abbey July 25, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, priests, religious, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
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I can’t believe we still haven’t made it up there to Clear Creek Abbey.  I have been wanting to go for years, but events have managed to intervene to prevent it.

Sort of a promotional video below, but it’s nice.  It gives a nice, if very brief, overview of their horarium and apostolate.

Nice upload by Video Sancto:

It is very true how much of our own efforts out in the world, and even our own sanctity, is due to the prayer of monastics.  Thus, the Church has been so gravely wounded by the collapse in religious life over the past several decades.  When the Church has experienced decadence and decay in the past, it has been from holy monasteries and convents that reform, even restoration, has come.  The monks of Cluny played a huge role in re-evangelizing the Church after a long period of decadence in the 900s and 1000s. That set the stage for a period of glorious piety in the 1100s and 1200s.

May God be so beneficent as to grant us such a restoration again!  And may we have so many more holy, pious religious!

 

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