Divine Mercy Novena, Day 2 – From Roaming Catholics

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The Passion – Re-enacted by Doug Barry of Radix

The Passion – Re-enacted by Doug Barry of Radix

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This video may change your life. That’s all I’m going to say…


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Divine Mercy Novena, Day 1 – From Roaming Catholics

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Praying Through Holy Week

Find out how the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist from Duluth pray during Holy Week, and maybe discover something you can use in your prayer life as we walk with Jesus from his entry into Jerusalem, to Calvary and the Resurrection. The unique prayer commitment Fr. Mike suggests in this video follows Jesus through all of his experiences—from suffering to celebration—in this the holiest week of the year.

For more on prayer, check out Oremus: A Guide to Catholic prayer, at http://bit.ly/1YdBZm5.

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Welcome To Holy Week…

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“Clean hands and a pure heart: If we walk with Jesus, we ascend and find the purification that truly brings us to that height to which man is destined–friendship with God Himself.” – Pope Benedict XVI

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The day by day events of Holy Week…

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Stations Of The Cross

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Meditations On The Way Of The Cross

We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 1: Jesus Receives The Sentence Of Death

Station 1

Luke 23: 1-2

Then the whole assembly of them arose and brought him before Pilate. They brought charges against him, saying,”We found this man misleading our people; he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar and maintains that he is the Messiah, a king”

Luke 23:24

With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed. The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 2: Jesus Accepts The Cross

Station 2

Matthew 27: 27-31

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort  around him. They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving a crown of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand.

And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying “Hail King of the Jews!”. They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led hum off to crucify him.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 3: Jesus Falls TheFirst Time

Station 3

Isaiah 53: 4 – 7

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured. While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 4: Jesus Meets Mary, His Mother

Station 4

Isaiah 66: 10

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her: Exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!

Isaiah 12:14

For thus says the lord: Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river, and te wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap. As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you. In Jerusalem you will find your comfort. When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bodies flourish like the grass. The Lord’s power shall be known to his servants, but to his enemies his wrath.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 5: Simon Helps Jesus Carry The Cross

Station 5

Luke 23:26

As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.

Mark 15:21

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufas, to carry his cross.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 6: Veronica Cleanses Jesus’ Face

Station 6

Sirach 6:14-17

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.

A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he wo fears God finds. For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 7: Jesus Falls Again Under The Cross

Station 7

Jeremiah 1:17-19

But do you gird your loins; stand up and tell them all that I command you. Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them. For it is I this day who have made you a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of brass against Judah’s kings and princes, against its priests and people.

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 8: Jesus Speaks To The Women Of Jerusalem

Station 8

Luke 23:27-28

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.

Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep instead for yourselves and your children.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 9: Jesus Falls A Third Time

Station 9

John 12:25-26

Whoever loves his life will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Gather will honor whoever serves me.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 10: Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

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Mark 15:22-24

they brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it.

Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 11: Jesus Is Crucified

Station 11

Luke 23:33-34

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the crimanals there, one on his right, the other on his left.

Then Jesus said,” Father, forgive thm, they do not know what they do.” They divided his garments by casting lots.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 12: Jesus Dies On The Cross

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Mark 15:33-37

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”, which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 13: Jesus’ Mother And Friends Lower His Body From The Cross

Station 13

 Luke 23:50-53

Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdon of God.

He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 14: Jesus’ Mother And Friends Lay His Body In The Tomb

Station 14

Matthew 27:59-60

Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock.

Than he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. 

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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My Three Reasons To Be Catholic

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When someone asks me why I am Catholic, I tell them, “I am Catholic for three reasons…

1 – Eucharist

2 – Eucharist

3 – Eucharist

And for extra measure…

“Everything else revolves around that…”

If a Catholic understands what the Eucharist is, they will never leave.

If a lapsed Catholic figures out what the Eucharist is, they will return home.

If a non-Catholic understood what the Eucharist is, they would not stay away… 

BK

 

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Prayer To St. Joseph

Prayer To St. Joseph

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Have a Blessed St. Patrick’s Day…

Saint Patrick’s Lorica for Protection

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate, Sung by Angelina

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Until we have real feet

“By what authority do I pick and choose among the miracles underlying the faith? “I will take the Virgin Birth, a bit of water-to-wine, and feeding the multitude. Yes, give me a few healing miracles. Of course, I must take the Resurrection. No, thank you; hold the Eucharist, but give me a small bowl of symbolism please.” I was in Christianity’s cafeteria line, picking and choosing among what had been negated and denied for the last 500 years.”

With My Own Eyes

The Eucharist leads a Protestant home to Rome.

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Likely, I discovered C.S. Lewis’ Miracles during college.  Later, in 1992 upon arriving in Oxford, Mississippi for law school, I tend to recall picking up a copy of Lewis’ The Great Divorce from Square Books. Both books forever-after reshaped my imagination, and thus my reading of Scripture.  My Protestant past must have left an impression that the spiritual was something invisible, weak and thin.  It must have, given the impression Miracles and The Great Divorce left on me.  As a Baptist, we denied significant parts of historic Christianity.   Later, in my Reformed tradition, we took that spirit of negation to another level.  Immersed in those traditions, I was a fish that never knows it’s wet.

The spiritual is more solid

The message of The Great Divorce is below the surface.  Lewis did not really believe in regularly-scheduled buses that ran to and…

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Solemn Promises…

Promises, solemn or otherwise, are meant to be kept. A Solemn promise is the same as a vow. A vow is what you took at your wedding. You promised to remain faithful to your spouse until death do you part. To fail to do so can only lead to serious problems. Either in this life or the next. Or both. 

To swear an oath is the same as a vow. If you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in a court of law, and then tell a lie, you can go to jail. And there are spiritual consequences, too. You swore that oath and ended it with “So help me God”. You were also making that promise to God and asking for His help in keeping it.

In Christian faith, a sworn oath, vow or solemn  promise has spiritual consequences. Break it and face serious consequences, either in this life or the next. Or both. 

When you decide to baptize your new child, you decide to make a solemn promise – a vow – to raise your child in the faith. You are swearing to do that. So help you God. 

Think of it as the same as your marriage vow – it is just as important. Would you break you marriage vows? If so, how does that affect your relationship with your spouse? And with God?

Many parents will baptize their children just because that’s what their parents did for them or it’s the “cool” thing to do. 

Except that it’s NOT cool to do that. 

If you are not serious about keeping that promise, don’t baptize your child. To do so does the child no favors, and you will have broken a very serious vow. 

And breaking that vow will lead to serious consequences, either in this life or the next. Or both…

BK

 

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Why We Pray

Why do we need to pray?

It’s true that God knows everything. It’s true that we cannot possibly add to His wisdom. It’s true that we cannot change his mind. God is perfect and perfection cannot change and stay perfect.

So why pray?

Because when we pray, we are not changing God’s mind – we are changing OURSELVES…

We pray to better align ourselves with the will of God – not to have God change to better align Himself to our will.

“Thy will be done…”

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes He says “yes”, sometimes He says “not yet”  and sometimes He says “no”. But He always answers. 

So why does He sometimes say “no”? Because He already knows everything, and part of “everything” is knowing what is good for us and what’s not so good for us. 

How many times have we wished for something and not received it, only to be relieved down the road that the thing we wanted didn’t happen?

What we think we want is based on what we think we know, and what we think we know is limited to what we perceive in our immediate environment in the immediate “right now”. We have no way to see everything in time and creation that affects us. 

But God knows. God sees everything in time, creation and eternity. He knows what will help us and He knows what will hurt us. God is our Father. Father knows best.

It is through a proper mindset toward our prayers (Thy will be done) that we gradually change and become aware that His will is the best thing for us. And it is through that change that we align ourselves with His will for our lives. And it is through that change that we grow closer to Him.

And without that growth in closeness to God, we may have a tough time when, at last, we meet Him face to face…

 

“He who prays is certain to be saved; while he who prays not is certain to be damned.” St Alphonsus Liguori

And, by the way, it is through changing ourselves that we change the world – either in alignment with God’s will or with our own or someone else’s… 

BK 

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Prayer From Cardinal Newman

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.” – Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Offer It Up…

Books upon books have been written about the problem of suffering. Fr. Mike isn’t about to reinvent the wheel in this video, but the wisdom he shares in it ​echoes​ that of the saints. What did the saints and martyrs know about suffering that enabled them to endure so much of it? Christ didn’t give them some mystical superpower; he simply gave their suffering a purpose.

 

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Lead Me Home – My Song For Lent

I wrote and recorded this about 13 years ago. I was inspired by two friends of mine. Each of them had spent decades addicted to drugs, alcohol and and all that goes with that addiction. One lived on the streets most of that time. The other was in the rock music world. Both of them hit bottom and cried out to God. God heard and answered their cries. Both of them became close friends of mine…One is now a priest – he was the pastor of my parish at the time. The other had become our Music Director in the parish. He has since gone home.    To where God led him…

No matter what you have done… No matter how far you have strayed… No matter how dark your soul is…

You can always come home…

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