With the coming of Priest Study Days and my vacation period, this blog will be suspended until I get back. Thanks to all who follow me so faithfully.
Prayer For The Poor Souls
“God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, have mercy on the souls that yearn so ardently to enter into Your joy forever. hasten, please, the day of their deliverance, that they may reach heaven and rejoice in Your presence with Your angels and saints forever and ever. AMEN.”
“There are also many other things that Jesus did… the whole world would not contain the books that would be written.” The evangelist tells us that there were so many things that Jesus said and did that were not recorded in the Gospel. When I think of that, it reminds me that we Catholics hold to both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (those things handed down). Both are part of the deposit of faith.
Lord Jesus, through the life You chose to lead on earth You showed forth the resplendent value of human work, though often done in toil, all Your work was a prayer, a sacrifice pleasing to God. Grant me too, my savior, the grace to realize the magnificent potential of work to transform me, making me ever more patient, diligent, generous and fruitful. And most specially, my Lord, bestow on me the grace to bring to the work of each moment an air of peacefulness and prayerfulness. Through the intercession of St. Joseph, patron of workers, I ask all this through Your holy name. Amen.”
Today is the required Memorial for St. Justin who took the name “Martyr.” As you know, in Greek this word means “witness.” It came to signify a witness to Christianity who gave his/her life for Christ and the Church just as St. Justin did. It is said that Justin was the first Christian philosopher. He studied various philosophies but came to realize that none of them answered the questions of existence the way that Christianity did, so he converted. He ran a School of Philosophy in Rome and used Plato’s works to bolster the Christian faith the way that St. Thomas Aquinas use Aristotle. He was one of the early Apologists in the Church; however, only two of his works have survived.
The Visitation is the Second Mystery of the Joyful Mysteries of the most Holy Rosary. It remembers the day that Mary went to visit her pregnant cousin, Elizabeth. The Gospel for today gives us words we use in the Hail Mary and the Magnificat that we pray at Evening Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. Like Mary we need to always give praise to God and be willing to do God’s will.
“To You before the close of day
Creator of the world we pray
Out of Your kindness help us keep
Watch all around us while we sleep
From all bad dreams defend our eyes
From nightly fears and fantasies
Tread under foot our ghostly foe
That no pollution we may know
O Father this we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ Your only Son
Who with You and the Comforter
Does live and reign forever and ever. Amen.”