Friday, August 27, 2010

Penance

CARITATE CHRISTI COMPULSI
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI
ON THE SACRED HEART
 
25. Penance then is, as it were, a salutary weapon placed in the hands of the valiant soldiers of Christ, who wish to fight for the defense and restoration of the moral order in the universe. It is a weapon that strikes right at the root of all evil, that is at the lust of material wealth and the wanton pleasures of life. By means of voluntary sacrifices, by means of practical and even painful acts of self-denial, by means of various works of penance, the noble-hearted Christian subdues the base passions that tend to make him violate the moral order. But if zeal for the divine law and brotherly love are as great in him as they should be, then not only does he practice penance for himself and his own sins, but he takes upon himself the expiation of the sins of others, imitating the Saints who often heroically made themselves victims of reparation for the sins of whole generations, imitating even the divine Redeemer, who became the Lamb of God "who taketh away the sins of the world").

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

Praying for our children

Today is the feast of St Monica. St Monica was a suffering wife and mother, but she did not despair. She prayed unceasingly for her wayward son and alcoholic husband. Her prayers were answered, and so too can ours!


St Monica, pray for our children

Please check out the new prayer blog www.prayforchildren.blogspot.com this is a new prayer initiative which seeks to encourage parents, grandparents, and basically anyone interested in children, to pray. Being a child in todays world is not easy. Lets stop complaining about our children and start praying!


Prayer to St Monica
Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. Amen.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Feast Day

Today we celebrate the feast of St Genesius. Remember to celebrate! Some of you will be asking who is this St Genesius?

Giovanni Battista Pozzo: The Conversion of St Genesius
Santa Susanna, Rome


According to an ancient Roman tradition, St Genesius was an actor of some renown who was martyred for the Christian faith. Genesius was a gifted actor, comedian and playwright and the leader of a troupe of actors. When Diocletian initiated his great persecution, Genesius, who was a pagan, hatched a grand scheme to construct a play parodying the Christian faith.

Approaching members of the Christian community Genesius managed to persuade them that he wanted to convert. It is a credit to his acting skills that he managed to convince the Christian leaders who at this time would have been very wary of infiltration by spies. Genesius was accepted, enrolled as a catechumen, and he began the period of instruction which would eventually lead to baptism. Given that Christians were now living in fear of their lives, Genesius’ scheme was risky – if caught in a raid his plan could cost him his life. He was particularly interested in baptism – the concept of water washing away sinfulness and the old way of life fascinated the Romans whose love of water and bathing led them to be open to its spiritual significance. Discussing the sacrament at great length with his teachers, Genesius decided that this would form the theme of his comedy. When he had done enough research he abandoned the catechumenate. Gathering his troupe of actors he explained the scenario of his farce, and together they composed the comedy: Roman mimes and pantomimes were mostly improvised.

As he had hoped the emperor was present at the performance and Genesius himself led his troupe of actors in the farce: he was playing the role of a sick man confined to bed who was crying out for baptism. As the play grew more outrageous – to the delight of the emperor, an actor playing a priest came on stage to “baptize” the ailing catechumen. As the actor poured the water over his head, Genesius was suddenly struck by the grace of God: he saw the truth of Christianity and began to profess his faith in Jesus Christ. It soon became clear to the emperor and the audience that he was no longer acting.

According to the Acts, Genesius addressed the emperor himself and called on him to embrace Christianity:

I came here today to please an earthly Emperor but what I have done is to please a heavenly King. I came here to give you laughter, but what I have done is to give joy to God and his angels. From this moment on, believe me, I will never mock these great mysteries again. I now know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true God, the Light, the Truth and the Mercy of all who have received his gift of baptism. O great Emperor, believe in these mysteries! I will teach you, and you will know the Lord Jesus Christ is the true God.”



Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially…., commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray:
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayer for Healing through the intercession of St Genesius

Lord Jesus,
you took pity on the blind Bartimaeus
and healed him;
you raised Lazarus from the dead
and freed Mary Magdalen from seven
devils to count her among your disciples.
You made the blind see, the deaf hear,
the dumb speak, the lame walk,
you cleansed lepers and cast out demons.
You preached the Good News to the poor
and bless those who are faithful to you.
Through the intercession of your
faithful martyr, Genesius,
grant your healing and consolation to the sick.
Give them the strength to carry their Cross
in union with you.
(We remember in particular _________.)
Help us to remain faithful to you in health
and in suffering, conformed to your Cross;
open our hearts to your will
so your grace may transform our lives.



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Danielle Bean on Jennifer Aniston's Latest Movie

I like Danielle Bean (how can a mother of 8 do so much?) Check out latest column in the Washington Post. She is responding to "The Switch", Jennifer Aniston's latest movie.

The Fraternity of St Genesius

The Corona of St Genesius


What is The Fraternity of St Genesius?

What do we do?

The Fraternity of St Genesius is a family of prayer. We pray for those involved in cinema and the arts. This is an area in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be heard. Our culture has become so coarse, and destructive. We need to respond to this situation with prayer. If you are a person of prayer, why not join us in our mission of prayer. There are no meetings etc., you can just do your bit at home. Members commit to daily prayers, simple as that. To find out more go to our website. Sorry this is so brief, I am using some else's computer.




Oline Tridium for Feast of St Genesius, Day 2

Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially…., commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray:
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


 
Prayer for Healing through the intercession of St Genesius

Lord Jesus,
you took pity on the blind Bartimaeus
and healed him;
you raised Lazarus from the dead
and freed Mary Magdalen from seven
devils to count her among your disciples.
You made the blind see, the deaf hear,
the dumb speak, the lame walk,
you cleansed lepers and cast out demons.
You preached the Good News to the poor
and bless those who are faithful to you.
Through the intercession of your
faithful martyr, Genesius,
grant your healing and consolation to the sick.
Give them the strength to carry their Cross
in union with you.
(We remember in particular _________.)
Help us to remain faithful to you in health
and in suffering, conformed to your Cross;
open our hearts to your will
so your grace may transform our lives.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Online Tridium

Please join us in saying these prayers as we prepare for the feast of St Genesius. To find out more about St Genesius go to http://www.stgenesius.com/. In this time of persecution you will find him very relevant.



Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially…., commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray:
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Healing through the intercession of St Genesius

Lord Jesus,
you took pity on the blind Bartimaeus
and healed him;
you raised Lazarus from the dead
and freed Mary Magdalen from seven
devils to count her among your disciples.
You made the blind see, the deaf hear,
the dumb speak, the lame walk,
you cleansed lepers and cast out demons.
You preached the Good News to the poor
and bless those who are faithful to you.
Through the intercession of your
faithful martyr, Genesius,
grant your healing and consolation to the sick.
Give them the strength to carry their Cross
in union with you.
(We remember in particular _________.)
Help us to remain faithful to you in health
and in suffering, conformed to your Cross;
open our hearts to your will
so your grace may transform our lives.


I'm Back, for the moment

My computer is still out of action. I am currently blogging on someone else's computer. Hopefully it will all be sorted within the week.

I can not believe that I have temporarily lost access to http://www.stgenesius.com/. I had worked on an online novena leading up to the feast of St Genesius on August 25th, but I can not upload it! So I suppose, it will just have to wait 'til next year.

I was in Cork on holidays with my family, we had a great time. We were blessed with great weather, and spent loads of time on Inchydoney beach. I did scan the congregation at Sunday mass in Clonakilty for the "boycotting mother of a monk", but I didn't see her.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Prayer and Penance

Remember to do your bit.

Computer Trouble

My computer has died. So I have been silenced. I am also going on holidays with my family. Will be back blogging as soon as possible.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major



Today, where we remember the dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, the liturgy invites us turn our gaze to Mary, Mother of Christ. Always look to Her, dear young people, following her example in faithfully carry out God's will. " BENEDICT XVI

St. Mary Major is important to Christendom for three reasons:

(a) It stands as a venerable monument to the Council of Ephesus (431), at which the dogma of Mary's divine Motherhood was solemnly defined; the definition of the Council occasioned a most notable increase in the veneration paid to Mary.

(b) The basilica is Rome's "church of the crib," a kind of Bethlehem within the Eternal City; it also is a celebrated station church, serving, for instance, as the center for Rome's liturgy for the first Mass on Christmas. In some measure every picture of Mary with the divine Child is traceable to this church.

(c) St. Mary Major is Christendom's first Marian shrine for pilgrims. It set the precedent for the countless shrines where pilgrims gather to honor our Blessed Mother throughout the world. Here was introduced an authentic expression of popular piety that has been the source of untold blessings and graces for Christianity in the past as in the present.
http://www.catholicculture.org/


Prayer

Lord, pardon the sins of Your people.
May the prayers of Mary, the mother of Your Son,
help to save us
for by ourselves we cannot please You.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Irish Bishops are Handing Over Catholic Schools



I really hope they know what they are doing, but I don't think they do.

3 August 2010: Bishops’ Council for Education response to the Department of Education & Skills examination of areas for possible divesting of patronage of Catholic primary schools The Irish Bishops

03 August, 2010 - Publication of detail on areas for possible divesting of catholic primary school patronage Department Of Education

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

An Interview with Robert Duvall

My favourite program on EWTN is World Over with Raymond Arroyo. In this episode Raymond interviews actor/director Robert Duvall. Duvall speaks about his life, his work and the portrayal of faith and redemption in his films. The interview starts at 28.45 into the video. I also include the trailer to Get Low, Duvall's new movie. It looks quite entertaining.







She's Got Talent

Found this at Faith and Family Live. I love it. Could it be the next Youtube hit?

Felicity wanted to go on "American Gots Talent" (as she called it). I asked her if we could instead write a song together, record it, make a music video, and put it on youtube. She agreed! We wrote it in the living room, recorded in the basement, and filmed in the backyard (thanks uncle Brian!). Enjoy! -from YouTube page



St Jean Marie Vianney, pray for us


Act of love of the Curé of Ars

I love you,
O my God,
and my only desire
is to love you
until the last breath of my life .

I love you,
O God infinitely lovable
and I would rather
die loving you
to live a moment
without love .

I love you,
O my God ,
and I wish the sky
that for happiness
to love you perfectly .

I love you,
Oh my God ,
I apprehends and hell
because we will never
the consolation of loving you .

O my God,
if my tongue can not say
at any time that I love you ,
at least I want
my heart repeat
as many times as I breathe .

Oh , give me grace
suffer in loving you ,
to love you suffering
and expire one day
loving you
and feeling
I love you .

And the more I approach my end ,
more I beg you
increase my love
and perfect .
Amen !

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Event Reminder


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The Pope's Prayer Intentions for August

Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for August is: "That those who are without work or homes or who are otherwise in serious need may find understanding and welcome, as well as concrete help in overcoming their difficulties".


His mission intention is: "That the Church may be a 'home' for all people, ready to open her doors to any who are suffering from racial or religious discrimination, hunger or wars forcing them to emigrate to other countries".

A Film about Dr. Oscar Biscet, Cuba's forgotten hero.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August : The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Feast of St Genesius

Immaculate Heart of Mary
by Charles Bosseron Chambers


August is a special month for The Fraternity of St Genesius. On August 25th will will celebrate the Feast of St Genesius. August is also the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (the work of the Fraternity is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary).

Prayer

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary,
we consecrate ourselves –
our hearts, minds, will and lives
and all those works we undertake
so they may be for the glory of God,
for the sake of the Gospel
and the salvation of souls.
Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy,
give to our hearts the dimensions of yours
and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

Let us pray:

Eternal Father, you sent your Son among us to make of us one people dedicated to your will and restored through grace to sing forever of your glorious works. As he offered his life on the Cross for our sake, laying down his life for his friends, accept the gift we make of our prayer and sacrifices, offered in union with him, for those in the theatrical and cinematic arts. Grant us the grace to fulfill our obligations to you and our neighbour, building up the Body of Christ, the Church, and trusting in the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

St Genesius, pray for us.


(Part of the daily prayers recited each day by dedicated members of the Fraternity of St Genesius)



Archbishop Fulton Sheen Comes to the Silver Screen

The film "Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: Servant of All" was developed by The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation to ensure this hero lives on to inspire new generations. The Foundation's mission is to make known the life, works and thoughts of Archbishop Sheen — and this film is perhaps its most important effort in leading others to a deeper relationship with God and His Church using Sheen's example. The goal of the film is to fill viewers with the same zeal for the Church that Archbishop Sheen himself experienced.





Prayer for Canonization of Fulton Sheen

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness,
You raise up within the Church in every age men and women
who serve with heroic love and dedication.
You have blessed Your Church through the life
and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.
He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son,
Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit
in touching the hearts of countless people.

If it be according to Your Will,
for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls,
we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint.
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard , Apostle of the Eucharist, pray for us

Saint Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1839)


The Our Father paraphrased by Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Our Father Who art in Heaven
In the heaven of the Eucharist, to You Who are seated on the throne of grace and love, be benediction, and honor, and power and glory for ever and ever!

Hallowed be Your Name
first in myself, through the spirit of Your humility, obedience, and charity. May I in all humility and zeal make You known, loved and adored by all men in the Holy Eucharist.

Thy Kingdom come
Thy Eucharistic kingdom. Rule forever over us for Your greater glory through the power of Your love, the triumph of Your virtues and the grace of a Eucharistic vocation in my state as a layman. Grant me the grace of Your love so that I may be able to effectively extend Your Eucharistic kingdom everywhere and realize the desire You expressed: 'I have come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled!' O that I might be the incendiaries of this heavenly fire!

Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
Grant me the grace to find all my joy in wanting You alone, in desiring You alone and in thinking of You alone. Grant that by denying myself, I may find light and life in obeying Your good, acceptable and perfect Will. I will what You will. I will it because You will it. I will it as You will it. I will it as long as You will it. Keep my thoughts and desires purely from You, for You and in You.

Give us this day our daily bread
You are our Eucharistic Lord and You alone will be my food and clothing, my riches and glory, my remedy in illness and my protection against all evil. You will be all things to me.

And forgive us our trespasses
Forgive me Jesus, for I am sorry for all my sins just as they stand in Your eyes.

As we forgive those who trespass against us
For anyone who has offended me in any way, with my whole heart I forgive them and desire for them the gifts of Your love.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
Deliver me Jesus, from the demon of pride, impurity, discord and complacency. Deliver me from the cares and worries of life so that with a pure heart and a free mind I may joyfully spend my life and devote all that I am and all that I have in the service of You my Eucharistic Lord.

Amen
In You, O Lord Jesus, have I hoped; let me not be confounded forever. You alone are good. You alone are powerful. You alone are eternal. To You alone be honor and glory, love and thanksgiving forever and ever.
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