Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Protection During the Night

Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this house,
and drive from it all snares of the enemy.
May Thy holy Angels dwell herein to keep us in peace,
and may Thy blessing be on us always. Amen

Morning Prayer, Feast of the Archangels

Jacob had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God's messengers were going up and down on it. And there was the Lord standing beside him and saying: "I, the Lord, am the God of your forefather Abraham and the God of Isaac."

Genesis 28: 12-13a

Monday, September 27, 2010

An Act of Resignation

My Lord God,
even now I accept at thy hands,
cheerfully and willingly,
with all its anxieties, pains and sufferings,
whatever kind of death
it shall please Thee to be mine.

Evening Prayers

Friday, September 24, 2010

Reading, Week 1 Friday, Morning Prayer

Never let evil pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.
Ephesians 4: 29-32

Thursday, September 23, 2010

[M] St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Reading: Song of Songs 8: 7

Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor floods sweep it away.
Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love,
he would be roundly mocked.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Week 1, Wed. Morning Reading

Do to no one what you yourself dislike. Give to the hungry some of your bread, and to the naked some of your clothing. Seek counsel from every wise man. At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans. Tobit 4:15a. 16a. 18a. 19

Monday, September 20, 2010

Prayer: Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions, Martyrs

O God,
you have created all nations
and you are their salvation.
In the land of Korea
your call to Catholic faith
formed a people of adoption,
whose growth you nurtured
by the blood of Andrew, Paul, and their companions.
Through their martyrdom and their intercession
grant us strength
that we too remain faithful to your commandments
even until death.

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.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Chapter 23 - Meditation on Death

9. Live on earth as a pilgrim and a stranger, unconcerned with the world's business. Let your heart remain free and lifted up to God, for you have not here a lasting city. Persevere in prayer, sending your aspirations daily up to God, so that at the hour of death your soul may depart from this world and go to its Lord.
The Imitation of Christ (Thomas A Kempis)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Our Lady of Sorrows

Where are the prayers which you addressed to me? My clothes were sparkling. Behold them soaked with tears. Oh, if you would know how the world today is plunged into sin. It seems to you that the world sins no longer, because here you live in a peaceful world where there is no confusion or perversity.
If you knew how lukewarm they are in their faith, how many do not listen to Jesus. Oh, if you knew how much I suffer, you would sin no more. Oh, how I need your prayers. Pray!

B.V.M. 11/6/83

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ant. 1

What a great work of charity! Death itself died when life was slain on the tree.

Monday, September 13, 2010

James 3

The harvest of justice is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

1 Timothy

Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. But for that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life. To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Imitation of Christ

In silence and stillness the devout soul advances and learns the hidden truths of Scripture. There it finds the salutary tears that wash away the guilt of sin, so that it grows more intimate with God as it severs itself from the clamor of the world. The more you keep away from friends and acquaintances, the more our Lord and His Angels will draw near to you.
It is better to lead a solitary life and to look to the welfare of your soul, than to work miracles and neglect yourself. It is praiseworthy for a devout person seldom to go out, to avoid being seen and to have no desire for the company of others.
Thomas A Kempis

Reading, Friday Morning Prayer, Week III

Therefore I am content with weakness, with mistreatment, with distress, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ; for when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12, 10