“The Preface is a very ancient, stately prayer, undeniably one of the most beautiful in the liturgy; beautiful in style, rhythm, and cadence. It leads up to the Canon, the most important part of the Mass… ’ In these days of ours when the age spirit sees all things in man, instead of in God; when it refuses to look beyond the visibly scene and exalts man’s ever-changing self into a present deity; when governments are grasping with an absolutism that is quite pagan; it is most necessary that we should daily, standing in this maelstrom of moral evil and political chaos, raise our hearts and our hands to Him, Who alone is High and Holy, the Absolute Sovereign, that inhabiteth Eternity.’”
The Mass, by Rev. J. A. Dunney, 1931
So often, I read a Catholic author or speaker’s commentary about the sin, evil, distractions, lies, and dangers we face from others, organizations, governments, and the world and note the accuracy of the statement.
I then see the date of the quote or excerpt and I’m a bit shocked that it wasn’t yesterday or last month but 10 years ago or, as here, over 50 years ago or even centuries ago.
The Way, The Truth, and The Life is eternal, unchanging, and The Path is the same. Therefore, it stands to reason that, though the instruments and severity may change, our fight is against the same Evil One and his same tricks.
Follow The Word. Pray and contemplate His Passion. Pray to Him, Our Mother, the saints. Do not be afraid. Always remember that Jesus has already won the battle. Ours is to persevere in holiness until our last breath.
"Praying For Our Priests"
I was at Adoration last night and found in the book holder on the back of the pew in front of me this wonderful book. It’s in the format of a Holy Hour but you can pray the 20 Mysteries of The Rosary or The Stations of The Cross if that’s what you like. The focus of each prayer is for our priests who have given their lives in service of Christ and us. Taken as a whole, I have never seen such a powerful, simple, and deep Devotional-type prayer book whose sole aim is praying for our priests, whose work is harder than ever in these times. Please consider obtaining the book, audiocast, CDs, etc. Go to prayingforourpriests.org for more details. Thank you and may God Bless you in your endeavors to help build the Kingdom of God in the Presence of this moment! (Please consider forwarding this to all you know who will join us in praying for our priests, who suffer greatly due to guilt by association, false accusations, dwindling numbers to take their place, lack of respect, and maybe hardest of all, loneliness.)
The one question and the one answer.
Question - “Why Catholic?”
Answer - “The Eucharist.”
Go see the movie “For Greater Glory”
It is the Hand of God at work. At this critical time in our country’s history when the US government is attacking the Catholic Church with the HHS mandate, we have this powerful film, “For Greater Glory”, as a warning of the consequences of a government trying to stamp out religious rights. The Church will prevail, but at what cost?
We must, in any way we can, do everything possible to educate our fellow countrymen before it comes to the point of what it did in Mexico.
I beg you to ponder, meditate, and pray about this quote from the movie - “Who are you if you don’t stand up for what you believe?”
May God bless us all and through His Grace give us all we need to prevail against this evil and all evils we face and confront every day. Amen.
The Church exists and has always existed in order to evangelize.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Washington)
Cardinal Wuerl has written a very good and extremely timely book on our role as Catholics in the “public square”.
"Seek First The Kingdom" (Our Sunday Visitor Books) is a must-read for all Catholics. The subtitle of the book is "Challenging the Culture by Living Our Catholic Faith". As it has been repeated so many times before, if you are Catholic, you are a missionary.
Cardinal Wuerl has the ability in speaking as well as writing to use clear, concise language in explaining our duty to all around us and to our Catholic brethren.
Like scripture, his words are easy to digest and at the same time leave you with much to ponder and consider in our daily actions and inactions.
If your short on funds, pool your money and share a copy with a friend or friends. It may be the most important Catholic read of the year.
May God bless all those who work to live as faithful Catholics in the Kingdom of God, in the here and now.
Obama doubles down (continued)
With a stance like that (Born Alive Infant Act), you can’t be too surprised anymore. Do your own research.
I think it is paramount that everyone in this country, regardless of your leanings, party, religion, do some serious thinking and discernment. Think about the ideas, the speeches, the dusted-up comments, the actions, the inactions, the billions of dollars that did nothing but weaken the US, the posturing, and the bold-faced lies we have heard and lived through.
He was given a chance (a great leap of faith!), and he has stayed the course with fundamentally flawed economic and social policies that have never worked and will never work.
With apologies to John Lennon, all I am saying, is give someone else a chance!!
Life is sacred and not subjective, period.
Lord God, we humbly pray that the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death be recognized by all elected and appointed officials who serve the people of this nation which You have greatly blessed and shown mercy to. Amen.
I am a devout Catholic and work in Chicago. I’ll get ashes tomorrow and like most, I’ll be a bit self-conscious walking among the crowds afterwards.
I’ll look in a mirror or store window to see what it looks like. Inevitably, I’ll see someone who looks as if Father took a handful of ashes and high-fived them on the forehead with it. I’ll have a good laugh inside until I realize my turn is coming someday. Tomorrow could be that day. I promise you this, if it is, I’ll share a smile with you as we pass each other!!
May this Lent bring you closer to Our Lord and change you permanently for the best.
Thank You, Almighty God and Father!
- Thank You for letting me be born and raised in the USA.
- Thank You for the Founding Fathers.
- Thank You for two loving parents.
- Thank You for my teachers.
- Thank You for providing the faith and reseliency that keeps generation after generation going!
- Thank You for Your guiding Hand of Providence in keeping this country free, so we all can express our views and live as we may.
- Thank You for always giving me the option of different Catholic Churches to attend, no matter where I was.
- Thank You for providing really incredible and blessed priests to say Mass, to hear my confession, and to provide excellent homilies, speaking the truths and Truth that need to be spoken!
- Thank You for Perpetual Adoration at our parish, going on 9 years!
Lord, these are but a few of the many thanks I can give. I reserve the two most important for last: Thank You for calling me to be Yours. Above all, thank You for the gift of Your Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
As I said in an earlier post, June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The day it is celebrated is almost always a Friday in June. This year it is celebrated on Friday, July 1st.
Consequently, the following day, Saturday, July 2nd, is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
I will have more on this as we get closer to the date.
FYI - The month of June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. There are some incedible books on topic, devotion, prayers, and litanies.
A rich source of Sacred Heart material is available on the web.
The Priests of The Sacred Heart in Wisconsin have prayer booklets and various sizes of the above portrait available. They have a great mission and ministries throughout the world as well. You can visit them here: