Monday, August 15, 2016

"...All Generations Will Call Me Blessed."

Assumption stained glass window at Holy Cross Church, Kaukauna, WI

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age
to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

- Luke 1: 46-55

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"Come, We are Going for Our People."

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross window at the Carmelite Monastery in Denmark, WI

From the Vatican Website:

Edith Stein was arrested by the Gestapo on 2 August 1942, while she was in the chapel with the other sisters. She was to report within five minutes, together with her sister Rosa, who had also converted and was serving at the Echt Convent. Her last words to be heard in Echt were addressed to Rosa: "Come, we are going for our people."
On 7 August, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to Auschwitz. It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresa Benedicta a Cruce, her sister and many other of her people were gassed.
When Edith Stein was beatified in Cologne on 1 May 1987, the Church honoured "a daughter of Israel", as Pope John Paul II put it, who, as a Catholic during Nazi persecution, remained faithful to the crucified Lord Jesus Christ and, as a Jew, to her people in loving faithfulness."

"One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the cross."

Monday, June 13, 2016

St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us

Stained Glass Window at St. Willebrord Church, Green Bay

Almighty ever-living God, who gave
Saint Anthony of Padua to your people
as an outstanding preacher and an intercessor in their need,
grant that, with his assistance,
as we follow the teachings of the Christian life,
we may know your help in every trial.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

- Collect for the Feast of St. Anthony

Let's also pray for eternal rest for all those massacred in the horrific shootings in Orlando over the weekend. May their families find comfort with God, and may they rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us!

Statue of the Sacred Heart, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Grand St., Manitowoc, WI

I myself will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.
The lost I will seek out,
the strayed I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up,
the sick I will heal,
but the sleek and the strong I will destroy,
shepherding them rightly.

- Ezekiel 34: 15-16

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Three Secrets of Fatima

Painting of Our Lady of Fatima at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Grand Street Site, Manitowoc

From Mystics of the Church:

One wonders whether Our Lady used the word “Secret” because she knew that the three children before her would respect that description as something binding them to silence.
Years later, the surviving child, now known as Sister Lucia, was permitted to provide a written account of their experience and divide the Secret into three separate parts. It is worth noting that at the time of the Apparitions in 1917 all three children were illiterate. Fortunately, the messages, given chiefly to Lucia, were intended for publication at subsequent dates. Francisco was able to see their heavenly visitor but unable to hear her, while Jacinta was too shy to speak. Lucia was advised at the time to learn how to read so that she could fulfil the role of messenger.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Risen Christ

The Risen Christ in the sanctuary at St. Paul's, Wrightstown

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday - The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ

At the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, WI - taken last August

Consider how Your Jesus, after three hours of agony on the cross, is finally overwhelmed with suffering and, abandoning Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head and dies.

- From St. Alphonsus Ligouri's meditations on the Stations of the Cross

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Breastplate

St. Patrick in stained glass at St. Paul Church, Wrightstown

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.