Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Great Graces of Lent

If you have the means or ability to secure the 'The Liturgical Year', or at least Lent, Volume 5 of that work, it is well worth the time you will spend reading it.  In the chapter 'Practice During Lent', Gueranger writes

 'There is one means more whereby we are to secure to ourselves the great graces of Lent; it is the spirit of retirement and separation from the world. Our ordinary life, such as it is during the rest of the year, should all be made to pay tribute to the holy season of penance; otherwise, the salutary impression produced on us by the holy ceremony of Ash Wednesday will soon be effaced.'

A blessed Lent to you. 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday of Quinquagesima Week

Sweet is this present life, but it passes away; terrible O Christ, is thy judgement, and it endures for ever. Let us, therefore, cease to love what is unstable, and fix our thoughts on the fear of what is eternal; saying; Christ have mercy upon us!
- from the Ambrosian liturgy

Let us gratefully use this world; go through it without making it the object of our hope; not waste upon it that love, which God alone deserves; and be ever mindful, that we are not made for this, but for another and happier world.
- from 'The Liturgical Year', Gueranger, Book #4, p. 200.

May you have a fruitful Lent. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Son of God was born, of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, and in piercing cold.

In that hour, vouchsafe O my God to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ and of his Blessed Mother.


From the Saint Andrew novena

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Little Lightning Bug

Summer is here! If the calendar didn't prove it, everything around us does: the early morning and late evening daylight, the ever-increasing outdoor temperatures (and the constantly running AC), the kids out of school, the early garden harvest (sweet peas!) and one of my favorite things: lightning bugs.

Five years ago in early June and in this same blog space, I wrote the following: 
Lightning Bugs 
As a transplant to the Midwest I was in my mid-30s before I saw my first lightning bug. (For all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, it is not a home to lightning bugs!) I've been here 10 years now, and I still thrill to see these slow-fliers for a few weeks each May and June.
On a warm evening as the boys chase them, catch them, and marvel at their little twinkling lights, I can't help but think that perhaps that is precisely why God made lightning bugs: simply for the wonderment and delight of every child...... and every child within the adult who still marvels too.

Our boys are now 12 and 14 years old and not so interested in chasing and catching the little fellas anymore, but we all still enjoy getting a glimpse of their lights and following them as they take their time twinkling about our back yard. 

My good friend, LongSkirts, wrote the following poem about lightning bugs. I love this poem when she posts it each year about this time:


Little lightning bug
O, fellow
Where'd you get
That torch so yellow

Flicking off
Then flicking on
Right above our
Front yard lawn

Giving children
Upon this earth

Keeping lit
Your votive flame
Compline's call
To praise His name

* * *

God Bless You!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Requiem Mass for FSSP priest at St. Marys Assumption

A requiem Mass for Reverend Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murdered in Arizona last week, will be held at St Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, 1126 Dolman St. St. Louis,  at 11:15 am tomorrow, June16th.  All are welcome.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day poem for our Priests

Give thanks to God for our Holy Priests who sacrifice for the salvation of our souls and bring us the Holy Sacraments.  From 'A Father's Day Poem for Priests'

I thank thee Father (gratitude for our priests)

The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech. (Ps. 109:4; Heb. 5:6)
I thank thee Father
for all
thou hast done:
for giving us
God’s only Son;
for all the Sacrifices
thou dost make;
for consecrating
the bread we take
I thank thee Father
for the sacraments:
and Penance
for helping us
to sanctify
our souls’ hunger
to satisfy
I thank thee Father
for thine obedience
for being our shepherd
for thy guidance
for leading us
into pastures green
for lifting our hearts
to things unseen
I thank thee Father
for thy vocation
for spreading
the Gospel
to every nation
for giving thy life
that we might live
I thank thee Father
for all thou dost give
I thank thee Father
for thy selflessness
for all the ways
thou dost bless
our lives
amidst the world’s
for giving thine all
and nothing less
I thank thee Father
for thy guiding light
amidst a world
in dark of night
like our Lord
for shining bright
for being the King’s
trustworthy knight
I thank thee Father
for being there
in times of joy,
or in despair
for thy words
of counsel
and consolation
I thank thee Father
for thy vocation
Amen.  Happy Father's day to our beloved, good and holy priests who bring us the sacraments and guide our paths towards salvation.  Deo Gratias!