Friday, July 29, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--18th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

You gave us bread from heaven, O Lord, having in it all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste.
Wisdom 16:20
We hear similar words near the end of Eucharistic Adoration, just before we are blessed. How fitting it is that after that blessing, we sound out the Divine Praises.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--18th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycles A and B.
Moses prayed to the Lord his God, and said; Moses addressed this prayer to the Lord his God, and declared:  "Why, O Lord, is your anger enkindled against your people? Let the wrath your mind has conceived cease. Remember Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, to whom you swore to give a land flowing with milk and honey." And the Lord was dissuaded from accomplishing the evil which he had threatened to inflict upon his people.
Exodus 32: 11, 15, 13, 14
Moses reminds God of the covenant He made with His people and asks for forgiveness for all. God shows His fidelity to us who truly repent of their sins. 
Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, and presented thereupon burnt offerings and sacrificial victims; he made an evening sacrifice as a fragrant offering to the Lord, in the presence of the sons of Israel.
Cf. Exodus 24: 4, 5
This is also the Offertory for the 24th. Sunday of Ordinary Time for Cycles A and B. Here Moses is an archetype for Jesus and all priests in his pleading for us; the asking of forgiveness through a sacrifice is nothing less than a foreshadowing of the Passion and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--18th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord God of my salvation, day and night have I called out unto you.
Ps. 87:2
As we pray always and everywhere, God hears us. Our saving, sanctifying grace only comes from Him.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--18th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycle A.
The eyes of all look towards you in hope, O Lord; and you give them their food in due season.
V. You open your hand and fill every living thing with your blessings.
Ps. 144:15; V. 16
We revisit the Gradual from the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. God will give us what we need when we need it; His grace will be sufficient.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth
V. My soul will boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear and be glad.
Ps. 32:2; V. 3
There are echoes of the Magnificat and St. Paul's exhortations in these verses.When we speak of God's greatness, we give Him the adoration due Him.

PM: Introit Mondays--18th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two choices; the first is for Cycle A.
All you who are thirsty, come to the waters, says the Lord, and you who have no money, come, drink in gladness.
V. Attend, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
Cf. Isaiah 55:1; V. Ps. 55
God gives freely His grace. Along with life-giving water, He gives His life-giving words.
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me; let them be put to confusion and shame, my enemies who seek my life.
V. Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor, who wish me evil.
Ps. 69:2, 3; V. 4
The beginning of many of the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours, we ask for God's aid. We can only overturn the enemies of God with His power and might.

Friday, July 22, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--17th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are three options; one for each Cycle.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant seeking fine pearls; having found one of great worth, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Matt. 13:45, 46
And what is this "pearl of great price"? It is no less than God and our relationship with Him.
Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns shall be filled with abundance, and your presses shall run with wine.
Prov. 3:9, 10
We must acknowledge God in all we do, for we can do nothing without Him. Blessings shall follow if we do.
Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be open to you; for all who ask, receive, he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened, alleluia.
Luke 11:9, 10 cf. Matt.7:7, 8 and 10:1
We must engage our whole being in our relationship to God. It is only then will we meet Him face to face and see Him as He Is.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--17th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and have not allowed my enemies to rejoice over me; O Lord, I called out unto you, and you healed me.
Ps. 29:2, 3
God has and will prevail over all evil. We give thanks He has saved us and made us whole again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--17th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Rejoice in honor of God our helper; shout for joy to the God of Jacob; intone a most beautiful psalm with the harp.
Ps. 80:2, 3
This hearkens to other Psalms where we sing God's praise. As we prepare to listen to His Good News, "it is right and just" to voice our  love and adoration to Him.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--17th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycles A and C.
In God has my heart placed its trust and I have been helped; and my flesh has flowered anew, and with all my desire I will give thanks unto him.
V. Unto you, O Lord, do I cry; O my God, do not remain silent, depart not from me.
Ps. 27: 7; V. 1
Only in God alone shall we find aid. We are renewed when He answers our prayers; He is never far from us.
The eyes of all look towards you in hope, O Lord; and you give them their food in due season.
V. You open your hand and fill every living thing with your blessings.
Ps. 144:15; V. 16
We revisit the Gradual from Corpus Christi. Our loving God gives us what we need when we need it; all is gift, all is grace, all is good.

Monday, July 18, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--17th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

God is in his holy dwelling place; the God who causes us to dwell together, one at heart, in his house; he himself will give power and strength to his people.
V. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; and let those who hate him flee before his face.
Ps. 67: 6, 7, 36; V. 2
As did the Israelites, we set aside a place where we come to worship Him. Here we will receive His Word and Real Presence, his "power and strength".

Friday, July 15, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--16th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two choices; the first is for Cycles A and B.
You will accept a sacrifice of righteousness, oblations and burnt offerings, placed on your altar, O Lord.
Ps. 50:21
God did accept that kind of sacrifice in the Passion of Jesus Christ. He Who is the the perfect offering is now offered to us.
Mary has chosen for herself the best portion, which shall never be taken away from her.
Luke 10:42
Mary chose to be in full communion with the Real Presence, in a spirit of adoration and contemplation. May we also chose to do likewise.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--16th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

The ordinances of the Lord are right, bringing joy to all hearts, sweeter than honey or the honeycomb. Therefore your servant will observe them.
Ps. 18: 9, 10, 11, 12
A case where God's "foolishness" is better than our wisdom. If we are truly wise, we will obey this "folly".

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--16th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Deliver me from my enemies, O God, and defend me from those who have risen up against me.
Ps. 58:2
Again, another Psalm which echo the final petition of the Lord's Prayer. While we must turn to God always and in all ways, it is even more important when we are at the limits of our being.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--16th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycles A and C.
O Lord, our governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth!
V. For your magnificence is elevated above the heavens.
Ps. 8:2
There is an echo of  St. Paul's letter to the Philippians here. We must always acknowledge Jesus Christ as "King of kings and Lord of lords".
Though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, O Lord.
V. Your rod and your staff have comforted me.
Ps. 22:4
We place our trust in God and Him alone. He will shepherd us through "this vale of tears".

Monday, July 11, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--16th. Sunday Of Oridnary Time

Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the upholder of my soul; turn back all the evil, against my enemies, destroy them in your fidelity, O Lord, the protector of my life.
V. Save me, O God, by your name, and render justice unto me in your strength.
Ps. 53:6, 7; V. 3
Again, there are hints of the the Lord's Prayer here. The seventh petition, being delivered from evil, resonates in this verse.

Friday, July 08, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--15th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

UPDATE: 7/12/2016

There are two choice for this day.
The sparrow has found herself a home, and the turtle dove a nest in which to lay her young:  at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God! Blessed are they who dwell in your house, they shall praise you for ever and ever.
Ps. 83:4,5
If the birds of the air can dwell in the presence of the Lord, so can we. We shall give Him eternal praise and receive an everlasting blessing.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, abides in me, and I in him, says the Lord.
John 6:57
We revisit a Communion antiphon from the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, where His most radical command is met with His most radical promise. His word is worthy, but do we come to receive Him likewise?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--15th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Unto you, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul; O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame; do not allow my enemies to laugh at me; for none of those who are awaiting you will be disappointed.
Ps. 24:1-3
We place our lives into God's hand. In this abandonment do we find total confidence.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--15th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

It is fitting, O God, to sing a hymn unto you on Mount Zion, and our vows shall be carried out for you in Jerusalem.
Ps. 64:2
We praise God in His holy temple and carry out His work in the world. This is the meaning of "Ite, missa est."

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Two Times Three Cubed Time

If those who like math have done the calculation correctly or you remember what time of the year this is, it is that time in my life again.

I have lived another year on this earth, hoping my toil will gain me an everlasting reward.

I am reminded of the old saw that if one does not think birthdays are important, skip having the next one.

I do think it important to mark this passage of time, this rite of existence, this day of my nativity.

It is the time to give thanks that "we live and move and have our being".

It is a time to be grateful for what we have been given.

It is a time to look back and look forward (and maybe even Go Forward).

It is a time to acknowledge the ultimate status quo--that you are.

Pray that I may see the next one.

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--15th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycles A and C.
Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; shield me under the shadow of your wings.
V. Let judgment in my favor come forth in your presence; may your eyes discern what is right.
Ps. 16:8; V. 2
Precious in the sight of the Lord are those whom he loves. He cares for all, as we are worth more than the sparrows or the lilies.
Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
V. Lord, you have blessed your land, you have put an end to Jacob's captivity.
Ps. 84:8; V. 2
This is the basis for the rarely used "B" option of the Penitential Rite in the Liturgy of the Word. We ask for God's forgiveness so we may truly appreciate His bountiful approach to us.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy Birthday To US

God Bless the United States of America!


Originally posted as "Happy 230th. Birthday" 7/4/2006.
Part of post "Independence Day Reprints" 7/4/2007.
Re-posted 7/4/2008.
Re-posted 7/4/2009.
Re-posted 7/4/2010.
Re-posted 7/4/2011.
Re-posted 7/4/2012.
Re-posted 7/4/2013.
Re-posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

Patriotic Serenade

The tune is a German adaptation of the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Samuel Francis Smith created the original lyrics in 1831. True patriot's love expressed (with apologies to Canada).

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.
Originally posted 7/4/2011.
Re-posted 7/4/2012.
Re-posted 7/4/2013.
Re-posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

National Praise And Petition

It was originally a poem by Katharine Lee Bates. The hymn was composed by Samuel A. Ward a decade earlier. The two were combined in 1910.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov'd,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Originally posted 7/4//2011.
Re-posted 7/4/2012.
Re-posted 7/4/2013.
Re-posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

Song For The Day

It is considered the country's "unofficial national anthem" (and sometimes debated that it should be made official).

Whether or not it was Irving Berlin's intention, to me it is more a hymn (and is a hymn nothing more than a prayer set to music) than anything else.

Listen and enjoy.

Then maybe pray these words really come to fruition.


Originally posted 7/4/2008.
Re-posted 7/4/2009.
Re-posted 7/4/2011.
Re-posted 7/4/2012.
Re-posted 7/4/2013.
Re-posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

Birth Certificate

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred. to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. -- And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


Originally posted 7/4/2006.
Part of post "Independence Day Reprints" 7/4/2007.
Re-posted 7/4/2008.
Re-posted 7/4/2009.
Re-posted 7/4/2010.
Re-posted 7/4/2011.
Re-posted 7/4/2012.
Re-posted 7/4/2013.
Re-posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

Let Freedom Ring

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. (Leviticus 25:10)

Originally posted 7/4/2006.
Part of post "Independence Day Reprints" 7/4/2007.
Re-posted 7/4/2008.
Re-posted 7/4/2009.
Re-posted 7/4/2010.
Re-posted 7/4/2011.
Re-posted 7/4/2012.
Re-posted 7/4/2013.
Re-posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

Carroll's Invocation

When I first saw this prayer posted at Fr. Z's Blog (the former WDTPRS) in 2012, I had wanted to bring it to my infinitesimal corner of the universe. Now is a wonderful time to do it. A fedora doff to Fr. John Zuhlsdorf for this small part of American religious history, a prayer just as needed today as it was when first uttered.


We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name. 
We pray Thee, Who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation. 
We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty. 
We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability. We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal. 
Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Prayer For Government, 1791
John Archbishop Carroll (1735-1815)
Archbishop of Baltimore, 1789-1815


Originally posted 7/4/2014.
Re-posted 7/4/2015.

PM: Introit Mondays--15th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

UPDATE: 7/5/2016

There are two options for this day.
When I cried out to the Lord, he heeded my call against my assailants; he who is before the beginning of the world and who endures forever has humbled them. Cast your cares upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.
V. Hear my prayer, O God, and despise not my supplication; be attentive to me and hear me.
Ps. 17, 18, 19, 20, 23; V. 2
This is a call to pray to God always and all the time. As we ask for "our daily bread", we shall receive fish instead of stones.
As for me, I will appear before your righteousness; I will be satisfied when your glory is made manifest.
V. Give heed, O Lord, to my righteousness; be attentive to my supplication.
Ps. 16:15; V. 1
Is this not why we assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? As the Gloria says, "We praise You, we bless You, we adore You, we glorify You, we give you thanks for Your great glory."


Friday, July 01, 2016

National Anthem Sweet

In honor of Canada Day (once upon a time called Dominion Day), I present the lyrics to one of the most melodious national anthems in the world.

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

A history of how the song developed can be found here.


Originally posted on 7/1/2009.
Re-posted on 7/1/2010.
Re-posted on 7/1/2011.
Re-posted on 7/1/2013.
Re-posted on 7/1/2014.

July 2016 Morning Offering Prayer Intentions

Here are the intentions for this month when reciting the Morning Offering:
Universal Intention - Indigenous Peoples.  That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are being threatened, will be shown due respect.
Evangelization Intention - Latin America and the Caribbean. That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
Reflections for these intentions are found here.

PM: Communion Fridays--14th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O taste and see how gracious the Lord is; blessed is the man who trusts in him.
Ps. 33:9
Could this not be the Communion verse for every Mass? To receive the Body and Blood of Christ, His Real Presence, is to taste and see Him.