Saturday, August 14, 2004
Of the Oblation of Christ Upon the Cross, and of Resignation of Self
The Voice of the Beloved
As I of my own will offered myself unto God the Father on the Cross for thy sins with outstretched hands and body, so that nothing remained in Me that did not become altogether a sacrifice for the Divine propitiation; so also oughtest thou every day to offer thyself willingly unto Me for a pure and holy oblation with all thy strength and affections, even to the utmost of thine heart. What more do I require of thee than thou study to resign thyself altogether to Me? Whatsoever thou givest besides thyself, I nothing care for, for I ask not thy gift, but thee.
As it would not be sufficient for thee if thou hadst all things except Me, even so whatsoever thou shalt give Me, if thou give Me not thyself, it cannot please Me. Offer thyself to Me, and give thyself altogether for God, so shall thy offering be accepted. Behold I offered Myself altogether to the Father for thee, I give also My whole body and for food, that thou mightest remain altogether Mine and I thine. But if thou stand in thyself, and offer not thyself freely to My will, thy offering is not perfect, neither shall the union betwixt us be complete. Therefore ought the freewill offering of thyself into the hands of God to go before all thy works, if thou wilt attain liberty and grace. For this is the cause that so few are inwardly enlightened and made free, that they know not how to deny themselves entirely. My word standeth sure, Except a man forsake all, he cannot be My disciple. Thou therefore, if thou wilt be My disciple, offer thyself to Me with all thy affections.
Over at Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group, St. Maximilian Kolbe is off the front page (I put him up on Thursday), and an image of the Assumption is up now.
The Assumption has always been dear to me, in part because my parish for 30 years was Our Lady of the Assumption in Lynnfield. Also we have not had an important feast of the Blessed Mother since July 16th, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
And I relish the Assumption in part because it is a seasonal signpost, a reminder that summer is winding down, that back-to-school shopping should kick into high gear, that sweet corn is available in New England now, and that the apples are ripening on the trees (which means fresh cider in about a month!). The days are noticably growing shorter now. You can see that the leaves of some sickly trees are turning yellow already, a month or more before everything else turns.
I recommend a daily holy hour of Eucharistic Adoration to everyone who can spare the time. It is good, if the Blessed Sacrament is not available for adoration (beyond presence in the Tabernacle) to spend an hour or so with the Blessed Mother, either in a church or chapel with a large representation of her, or at home in private (with or without an icon). I am blessed to be spending much of my time near St. Francis Chapel at the Prudential Center, which has Adoration every weekday afternoon, and has a large round bas relief of the Blessed Mother (with candles in front of it, no less).
I have been working on a prayer book recently, and in the last week completed my chapter on an hour with the Blessed Virgin. In fact, as I'm typing this, I have just completed such an hour (hour and 15 minutes actually) using my prayer book chapter.
Here are some prayers that will allow you to spend some time praising the Blessed Mother and asking for her intercession.
The Salve, Regina
The Hail, Mary
Ave, Regina Caelorum
Alma Redemptoris Mater
The Regina Caeli
The Obsecro Te
The O Intemerata
Stabat Mater Dolorosa
The text of all of them can be found at Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group under Files/Catholic Prayers/Marian Prayers
The Blessed Mother is a wonderful source of grace, our own foster mother (especially needful for those of us who have lost their earthly mothers), and a very powerful advocate and intercessor. My late pastor Father Dan Flaherty used to, in necessity, take his prayers to her.
If you are not making progress with the Son directly, try Mom, His Mother, and ours.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Not that it never happens to Republicans ( I recall some guy from Maryland in the early '80s) , but Massachusetts had two openly gay Democrat congressmen at one point (out of only a dozen districts at that time), and there is one whose ual identity seems rather murky even now. And given that their ideology is in favor of things like gay "marriage" and ual liberation generally, it is hardly surprising.
This particular governor has had various scandals that have never quite seemed to stick. And he infamously conspired in that immoral (and only "legal" because of the all-Democrat or liberal state Supreme Court) swindle that deprived the GOP of a US Senate seat it should legitimately have picked up in 2002.
Matt Drudge has all the sordid details.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
An image of her is now on the front page of Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
The front page image at Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group, features a holy card image of St. Lawrence today. It is not great sacred art, but it does depict his griddle very clearly. During my holy hour at the chapel today, I noticed that the altar was adorned with a red cloth for this martyr's feast day.