Monday, October 31, 2016

A Scary Quote

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us! 
Happy Hallowe'en! Save some candy for the kids, OK?


Originally posted 10/31/2007.
Re-posted 10/31/2008.
Re-posted 10/31/2009.
Re-posted 10/31/2010.
Re-posted 10/31/2011.
Re-posted 10/31/2012.
Re-posted 10/31/2013.
Re-posted 10/31/2014.
Re-posted 10/31/2015.

PM: Introit Mondays--32nd. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my supplication, O Lord.
V. O Lord, God of my salvation, day and night have I cried before you.
Ps. 87:3; V. 2
Learning to "pray unceasingly" is a great way to seek the face of God. It is this dialogue with Him that allows us to become more made "in His image and likeness".

Friday, October 28, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

You have made known unto me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy at the sight of your countenance, O Lord.
Ps. 15:11
W no longer have to fear seeing the face of God. In seeing the face of Christ, we see the Father and are elated beyond description.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; and your youth shall be renewed like the eagle's.
Ps. 102:2, 5
We do well to remember all that God has done for us, especially loving and forgiving us. "Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who created heaven and earth."

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycles A and B.
By the Word of the Lord, the heavens were established, and all the power therein by the Spirit of his mouth.
Ps. 32:6
Here is a perfect example of the Trinity at work. The co-equal persons of our Triune God, by the power of love, bring forth creation.
O Lord, how good and delightful your Spirit is in us!
Wisdom 12:1
We are animated by grace. It is by that grace we recognize our goodness and the ultimate good, God.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

We have received your mercy, O God, in the midst of your temple; even as your name, so does praise extend to the ends of the earth.
V. All that we have heard, we have now seen, in the city of our God, on his holy mountain.
Ps. 47:10, 11; V. 9
The mercy we have received is the Death and Resurrection of Christ. From the mountain that was Calvary, we recall the saving mysteries in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass.

Monday, October 24, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--31st. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the first is for Cycle A and B.
Abandon me not, O Lord my God, do not depart from me; come to my assistance, O Lord, mainstay of my deliverance.
V. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger; chastise me not in your wrath.
Ps. 37:22, 23; V. 2
We realize our dependence on God for our lives. We plead to God for forgiveness, with mercy do we wish to be considered.
Your mercy extends to all things, O Lord, and you despise none of the things you have made. You overlook the sins of men for the sake of repentance. You grant them your pardon, because you are the Lord our God.
V. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for my soul confides in you. 
Wisdom 11:24, 25, 27; V. Ps. 56
Again we see the Introit from Ash Wednesday, the plea to extend mercy to us. We pray that God will take pity on us in spite of our sinful ways.

Friday, October 21, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

We shall rejoice in your salvation; and in the name of the Lord our God shall we place our pride.
Ps. 19:6
Only in God shall we find all we seek. It is in His saving power that we are able to do good.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord, grant me life according to your word, so that I may learn your commandments.
Ps. 118:107, 125
We ask God for sustenance spiritually and materially. In return, we offer back what He has given us.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion.
Ps. 147:1
We are the crowing achievement of God's creation. As in Him "we live, move, and have our being", "it is truly right and just, always and everywhere" to give Him adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two choices; the first is for Cycle A and B.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, this I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord.
V. To gaze in delight upon the Lord's beauty, and to be sheltered in his holy temple.
Ps. 26:4
This is how we are to adore the Lord. This is communion in its simplest form.
The righteous cried out for help, and the Lord heard them; and he delivered them out of all their troubles.
V. The Lord is near to all the broken-hearted, and he shall save the contrite in spirit.
Ps. 23:18; V. 19
Only in God alone is our salvation. He is never far away from us, even as we wander off in sin.

Monday, October 17, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--30th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice; seek the Lord and be strengthened; seek his face for evermore.
V. Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; declare his deed amongst the gentiles.
Ps. 104: 3, 4; V. 1
It is only in God where will we find the grace to live our lives as He intends.As we gaze upon His face when we dwell in His house, our hearts find their rest in Him.

Friday, October 14, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord our governor, how admirable is your name in all the earth!
Ps. 8:2ab
The admirable name is that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We would do well to follow the advise in Philippians 2.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

I shall meditate upon your commandments which I greatly love; I will extend my hands towards your commandments which I greatly love.
Ps. 118: 47, 48
Here the Psalmist focuses on the Law of the Lord. He is actually praying to Jesus, the fulfillment of that Law; we should do likewise.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Praise the Lord, O my soul; I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing in honor of my God as long as I have being.
Ps. 145:2
Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord. Let man, who was made in the image and likeness of God, lead the chorus.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance.
V. Unto you have I cried, O Lord; O my God, be not silent with me, lest I become like those who go down into the grave.
Ps. 27:9, V. 1
God will not forget us, the apple of His eye. He Who holds us in the palm of His hand will hear ans answer our sincere prayers to Him.

Monday, October 10, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--29th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

I have called out because you answered me, O God; incline your ear and hear my words; keep me, O Lord, like the apple of your eye; protect me under the shadow of your wings.
V. Hear my just cause, O Lord; attend to my supplication.
Ps. 16:6, 8; V. 1
There is only one God Who hears our prayers. That same God cherishes our being; with a fatherly love He cares for us.

Friday, October 07, 2016

PM: Communion Fridays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Remove from me all scorn and contempt, for I have kept your commandments; for your law is the object of my meditations.
Ps. 118:22, 24
A final, small examination of conscience before reception of Communion. Are we being totally honest with God and ourselves, or are we being deceiving by saying we have not sinned?


Battle of Lepanto (c. 1572), 
by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)

Today's feast commemorates this battle.

Dr. Thursday's favorite poet published this work in 1911.

White founts falling in the courts of the sun,
And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run,
There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard,
It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips,
For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,
And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross,
The cold queen of England is looking in the glass;
The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass;
From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun,
And the Lord upon the Golden Horn is laughing in the sun.
Dim drums throbbing, in the hills half heard,
Where only on a nameless throne a crownless prince has stirred,
Where, risen from a doubtful seat and half attainted stall,
The last knight of Europe takes weapons from the wall,
The last and lingering troubadour to whom the bird has sung,
That once went singing southward when all the world was young,
In that enormous silence, tiny and unafraid,
Comes up along a winding road the noise of the Crusade.
Strong gongs groaning as the guns boom far,
Don John of Austria is going to the war,
Stiff flags straining in night-blasts cold
In the gloom black-purple, in the glint old-gold.
Torchlight crimson on the copper kettle-drums,
Then the tuckets, then the trumpets, then the cannon, and he comes.
Don John laughing in the brave beard curled,
Spurning of his stirrups like the thrones of all the world.
Holding his head up for a flag of all the free.
Love-light of Spain - hurrah!
Death-light of Africa!
Don John of Austria
Is riding to the sea.
Mahound is in his paradise above the evening star,
(Don John of Austria is going to the war.)
He moves a mighty turban on the timeless houri's knees,
His turban that is woven of the sunset and the seas.
He shakes the peacock gardens as he rises from his ease,
And he strides among the tree-tops and is taller than the trees,
And his voice through all the garden is a thunder sent to bring
Black Azrael and Ariel and Ammon on the wing.
Giants and the Genii,
Multiplex of wing and eye,
Whose strong obedience broke the sky
When Solomon was king.
They rush in red and purple from the red clouds of the morn,
From temples where the yellow gods shut up their eyes in scorn;
They rise in green robes roaring from the green hells of the sea
Where fallen skies and evil hues and eyeless creatures be;
On them the sea-valves cluster and the grey sea-forests curl,
Splashed with a splendid sickness, the sickness of the pearl;
They swell in sapphire smoke out of the blue cracks of the ground,-
They gather and they wonder and give worship to Mahound.
And he saith, 'Break up the mountains where the hermit-folk can hide,
And sift the red and silver sands lest bone of saint abide,
And chase the Giaours flying night and day, not giving rest,
For that which was our trouble comes again out of the west.
We have set the seal of Solomon on all things under sun,
Of knowledge and of sorrow and endurance of things done.
But a noise is in the mountains, in the mountains, and I know
The voice that shook our palaces - four hundred years ago:
It is he that saith not 'Kismet'; it is he that knows not Fate;
It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey at the gate!
It is he whose loss is laughter when he counts the wager worth,
Put down your feet upon him, that our peace be on the earth.'
For he heard drums groaning and he heard guns jar,
(Don John of Austria is going to the war.)
Sudden and still - hurrah!
Bolt from Iberia!
Don John of Austria
Is gone by Alcalar.
St Michael's on his Mountain in the sea-roads of the north
(Don John of Austria is girt and going forth.)
Where the grey seas glitter and the sharp tides shift
And the sea-folk labour and the red sails lift.
He shakes his lance of iron and he claps his wings of stone;
The noise is gone through Normandy; the noise is gone alone;
The North is full of tangled things and texts and aching eyes,
And dead is all the innocence of anger and surprise,
And Christian killeth Christian in a narrow dusty room,
And Christian dreadeth Christ that hath a newer face of doom,
And Christian hateth Mary that God kissed in Galilee,
But Don John of Austria is riding to the sea.
Don John calling through the blast and the eclipse
Crying with the trumpet, with the trumpet of his lips,
Trumpet that sayeth ha!
Domino gloria!
Don John of Austria
Is shouting to the ships.
King Philip's in his closet with the Fleece about his neck
(Don John of Austria is armed upon the deck.)
The walls are hung with velvet that is black and soft as sin,
And little dwarfs creep out of it and little dwarfs creep in.
He holds a crystal phial that has colours like the moon,
He touches, and it tingles, and he trembles very soon,
And his face is as a fungus of a leprous white and grey
Like plants in the high houses that are shuttered from the day,
And death is in the phial, and the end of noble work,
But Don John of Austria has fired upon the Turk.
Don John's hunting, and his hounds have bayed -
Booms away past Italy the rumour of his raid.
Gun upon gun, ha! ha!
Gun upon gun, hurrah!
Don John of Austria
Has loosed the cannonade.
The Pope was in his chapel before day or battle broke,
(Don John of Austria is hidden in the smoke.)
The hidden room in man's house where God sits all the year,
The secret window whence the world looks small and very dear.
He sees as in a mirror on the monstrous twilight sea
The crescent of his cruel ships whose name is mystery;
They fling great shadows foe-wards, making Cross and Castle dark,
They veil the plum├Ęd lions on the galleys of St Mark;
And above the ships are palaces of brown, black-bearded chiefs,
And below the ships are prisons, where with multitudinous griefs,
Christian captives, sick and sunless, all a labouring race repines
Like a race in sunken cities, like a nation in the mines.
They are lost like slaves that swat, and in the skies of morning hung
The stair-ways of the tallest gods when tyranny was young.
They are countless, voiceless, hopeless as those fallen or fleeing on
Before the high Kings' horses in the granite of Babylon.
And many a one grows witless in his quiet room in hell
Where a yellow face looks inward through the lattice of his cell,
And he finds his God forgotten, and he seeks no more a sign -
(But Don John of Austria has burst the battle-line!)
Don John pounding from the slaughter-painted poop,
Purpling all the ocean like a bloody pirate's sloop,
Scarlet running over on the silvers and the golds,
Breaking of the hatches up and bursting of the holds,
Thronging of the thousands up that labour under sea
White for bliss and blind for sun and stunned for liberty.
Vivat Hispania! Domino Gloria!
Don John of Austria
Has set his people free!
Cervantes on his galley sets the sword back in the sheath
(Don John of Austria rides homeward with a wreath.)
And he sees across a weary land a straggling road in Spain,
Up which a lean and foolish knight forever rides in vain,
And he smiles, but not as Sultans smile, and settles back the blade...
(But Don John of Austria rides home from the Crusade.)
G.K Chesterton


Originally posted 10/7/2006.
Re-posted 10/7/2010.
Re-posted 10/7/2011.
Re-posted 10/7/2012.
Re-posted 10/7/2013.
Re-posted 10/7/2014.
Re-posted 10/7/2015.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

PM: Offertory Thursdays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Remember me, O Lord, you who dominate all authority; put the right words on my lips, so that my speech may be convincing in the presence of the King.
Esther 14:12, 13
What an appropriate prayer as the Litany of the Eucharist begins. Reminds one of the dialogue between priest and congregation--"Pray, brothers and sisters,..../May the Lord...."

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

PM: Alleluia Wednesdays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

Let those who fear the Lord put their trust in him; he is their help and their protection.
Ps. 113:11
"Our help in in the name of the Lord, who created heaven and earth." This is the only being in which we can place all of our cares, worries, and anxieties.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

PM: Gradual Tuesdays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

There are two options; the second is for Cycles B and C.
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 return to a Gradual from the 16th. Sunday of Ordinary Time. Even when death confronts us, God will be there to see us through it.
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.
V. Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron.
Ps. 132:1; V. 2
One of the marks of the Catholic Church is unity, or oneness. How well do we express that as the Body of Christ, the new People of God?

Monday, October 03, 2016

PM: Introit Mondays--28th. Sunday Of Ordinary Time

O Lord, if you were to take into account our iniquities, who would withstand the test? But forgiveness abides with you, O God of Israel.
V. Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Ps. 129: 3, 4;  V. 1, 2
God is both loving and merciful. Like the Prodigal Father, he will restore us to our rightful place if we are repentant.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

October 2016 Morning Offering Prayer Intentions

Here are the intentions for this month when reciting the Morning Offering:
Universal Intention - Journalists.  That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
Evangelization Intention - World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.
Reflections for these intentions are found here.