Monday, September 29, 2014

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why I pray for people and for vocations

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"We must take the power of prayer on faith. We shall never know till the last day all the answers there have been to our prayers, nor how they have told upon the Church for hundreds and hundreds of years.

"Look, for example, at St. Stephen's prayer, when he was stoned to death. It obtained the conversion of St. Paul, who was holding the clothes of Stephen's murderers. Only think of all St. Paul has done, and continues to do daily, and will go on doing till the end of the world...

"So, perhaps, somebody asks the prayers of the Confraternity [so that] obstacles to his vocation to the religious life or the ecclesiastical state may be removed, and it is granted some Friday evening to our prayers. He becomes a priest: he saves hundreds of souls; these souls save others, some by becoming priests themselves, some by becoming nuns, some by becoming holy fathers and mothers in the world; and so the prayer goes on spreading and spreading, and may very likely be found actually at work in the dead of that night when all the earth will be awakened to see our Lord coming in the east.

"Thus you must not look too much to visible fruits and to public results."

Father Frederick Faber, C.O.

All for Jesus
Page 18

Friday, September 26, 2014

A time for everything, and the timeless in our hearts

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed
for the sons of men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time,
and has put the timeless into their hearts,
without man’s ever discovering,
from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Today's First Reading
26 September 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autumn Spirituality

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"What might it mean to live a spirituality of autumn? Yesterday the presider at our Jesuit community Mass, Peter Schineller, SJ, offered three brief suggestions, which I thought I might use as jumping-off points. Maybe you'd like to add some insights of your own.

"First, it means a balance of light and darkness. As we move into autumn (at least here in the United States) daytime grows shorter. Darkness comes earlier. In our lives there is always a natural interplay of light and darkness. A few days ago, I was reading "Story of a Soul," the autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, where she describes the dramatic ups and downs in her spiritual life as she tries to enter the Carmelite monastery early. Even in the lives of the saints light and darkness co-exist.

"Second, it means a letting go, as the trees let go of their leaves. What are you called to let go of this season? Possessions? Grudges? Status? Can you shed them gently? When I was growing up, there was a large maple tree on the corner of one of the streets in our neighborhood, which always turned red before the others--from the very top down. There were other trees whose fallen leaves blanketed the lawns and streets in our neighborhood with reds, oranges and yellows. As with a tree that sheds its leaves, perhaps your letting go might make things more beautiful for the world.

"Third, it means an acceptance of deaths, large and small. We are of course all going to die, at some point. There is a real impermanence, a fragility, a fleetingness, of our lives, which we see more and more as we grow older. But in between then and now, in between today's life and the final death, we are asked to die a series of little deaths. What needs to die within you so that you may live?

"How can the season invite you closer to God?"

Father James Martin, S.J.

Evening Meditation
24 September 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Being rebuilt

"We want to be rebuilt but sometimes we think rebuilding is more about dusting the cave than creating the explosions that burst the cave open."

Father Denis Robinson, O.S.B.

Homily for Monday of the 25th
Week in Ordinary Time

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
22 September 2014
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