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Five Holy Wounds

Devotion in Honor of the Five Holy Wounds

As I kneel before Thee on the Cross, most loving Savior of my soul, my conscience tells me it is I who have nailed Thee to that Cross with these hands of mine, as often as I have fallen into mortal sin, wearing Thee with my monstrous ingratitude.

My God, my chief and most perfect Good, worthy of all my love, seeing Thou hast ever loaded me with blessings, I cannot now undo my misdeeds, as I would most willingly, but I can and will loathe them, grieving greatly for having offended Thee Who art infinite Goodness. And now, kneeling at Thy feet, I will try at least to compassionate Thee, to give Thee thanks, to ask of Thee pardon and contrition. Wherefore, with heart and lips I say:

(To the Wound of the Left Foot)

Holy Wound of the Left Foot of my Jesus, I adore Thee! I compassionate Thee, O my Jesus, for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for the love whereby Thou was wearied in overtaking me on to way to ruin, and didst bleed amid the thorns and brambles of my sins. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of Thy most Sacred Humanity, in atonement for my sins, all of which I detest with sincere and bitter contrition.

(To the Wound of the Right Foot)

Holy Wound of the Right Foot of my Jesus, I adore Thee! I compassionate Thee, O my Jesus, for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for the love which pierced Thee with such torture and shedding of blood in order to punish my wanderings and the guilty pleasures I have granted to my passions. I offer to the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most Sacred Humanity, and I pray unto Him for grace to weep over my transgressions with burning tears, and to enable me to persevere in the good which I have begun, without ever swerving again from my obedience to the commandments of my God.

(To the Wound of the Left Hand)

Holy Wound of the Left Hand of my Jesus, I adore Thee! I compassionate Thee, O my Jesus, for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for having, in Thy love, spared me the scourges and eternal damnation which my sins have merited. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of Thy most Sacred Humanity, and I pray Him to teach me how to turn to good account my span of life, and bring forth in it worthy fruits of penance, and so disarm the angry justice of my God.

(To the Wound of the Right Hand)

Holy Wound of the Right Hand of my Jesus, I adore Thee! I compassionate Thee, O my Jesus, for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for Thy graces lavished on me with such love, in spite of all my miserable obstinacy. I offer to the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most Sacred Humanity, and I pray Him to change my heart and its affections, and make me do all my actions in accordance with the will of God.

(To the Wound in the Sacred Side)

Holy Wound in the Side of my Jesus, I adore Thee! I compassionate Thee, O my Jesus, for the cruel insult Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee, my Jesus, for the love which suffered Thy side and Heart to be pierced, that the last drops of Blood and water might issue forth, making my redemption to abound. I offer to the Eternal Father this outrage, and the love of Thy most Sacred Humanity, that my soul may enter once for all into that most loving Heart, eager and ready to receive the greatest sinners, and from it may never more depart

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Fear And Trembling

Elijah, on Mount Carmel challenged all the prophets of Baal. With total intervention of God he had won. Then we hear he is hiding in a cave and….

“I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” (1Kings,19:4)

Why? He had “Moved a Mountain” with his faith in God, so it could not be his lack of faith. No. Now what was he afraid of? Seeing his hands, tongue and eyes being used by God. Being His instrument and seeing the “Wine Press” in action. I have to say after pondering this more, its much the same as the Agony of our Lord in the garden. To think at all our Lord was lacking in faith is absurd. Fear of the Lord, not in regards to what He would to to him, Elijah, but what is going to happen to others who refuse Him. Awe in its purest form. Seeing God in action, from the core of the innermost part of his soul is the most humbling experience a man can face, leaving no doubt, zero doubt, He is God and God’s will be done, not his, no matter how painful it will be.

“and a voice said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” (1 Kings, 19:3)

This is God’s consolation, coming to him, assuring him, what he is doing is God’s will and not his own. Ensuring Elijah, I, God, did that, not you. Then allowing Elijah to build fortitude, and continue on to complete the will of God.

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Original – Prayer to St. Michael The Archangel

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”

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Yes Every Second

The other day I wrote about how Mama Mary’s “Yes” joined her will with the will of God. Here

I want to expand on that as I have been pondering it since writing it. For good to take over a soul, For God to be present and the Light to shine bright, it must be nurtured at all cost in order to battle the external evil throughout the world. Be it personal evils, (sins) that tempt us or external evils being that of which the world is falling into to. The excuse of the way society “just is” rather then the way society should be. “But everyone is doing it” should never be used as an excuse to sin or to not try to change it with good. Least society gets to the point of no return and living to do good, becomes more difficult to accomplish. Look at Sodom and Gomorrah.

Mama Mary, living in retrospect to her “yes” to God, grew in supernatural faith, through her humility at every second of her life. The second a woman finds out she is expecting, her entire life changes. She realizes she is no longer alone. Inside of her is another soul. She then does what she was designed to do, nurture it at all cost. Its impossible for a woman to forget she is pregnant. At conception, everything changes in a split second.The woman goes from being a woman, to being a mother. For a man, I can easily say, what a man takes his final vow to become a Catholic Priest, he is no longer just a man, able to do the things he once did before that vow, but rather now must adhere to the vow he took with God. In a split second, he is transformed from man, into so much more. At the very second of her yes, she was no longer Mary. I should say no longer the “Mary” everyone knew, but now in fact, became the Mother of God.

“But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” Luke 1:34

Its very difficult to forget your a mother and even more difficult to forget you have never had relations with a man to bring this child into the world. Every second after the moment of her “Yes”, became even more “Yes” to God. Yes to God, at the Presentation in the Temple, “The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce)* so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” She knew as it had only been a few months earlier that the Angle had presented her with the news but God did not give her the words to express this, (He gave her the Word) I have to say for now, for the safety of the Holy Family, at that time. The event of dialogue was Mary’s “Spiritual Consolation” made manifest in the world in response to her yes to God. She grew in humility by saying yes again to God, by remaining silent and accepting all that came her way.

The finding of Jesus in the Temple and at His response to her: Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Mary in no way could understand our Lords relationship with God the Father. Although being told, she could only understand her love and relationship with God. Just as today, in each and every soul on earth, no one can understand each souls personal love for God, but God. The personal relationship with God the Father known only to Him. Raising the Child, in the Holy Family, with Joseph as step father to our Lord was all she could do to bring a sense of “Normalcy” into the family for external eyes. She was being a Mother and protecting the Child from external forces that might have condemned Him for what His circumstances in life “Looked Like” to external eyes. Our Lord at this moment was allowing Mama Mary to understand His deeper connection to God the Father. Thus at this statement from Him, she was brought back to the first “Yes” and once again said “Yes” to God, by keeping this in her heart and growing in humility. Accepting once again the Will of God. She kept these things in her heart, knowing full well, God in His time, would reveal everything. Not her.

At every second of Mama Mary’s life, the first “Yes” to God, became living “Yes” with God at every second of her life. Including the Crucifixion of her Son. She did not hate. She did not back down from loving God, she simply accepted all that came with the simple first “yes” and followed everything up from that moment on with Yes God. Growing in deep humility for all that came her way, knowing it was the will of God she had said yes to at the first yes.

When we say yes to God, we are saying yes to everything. Not just what we like or what sounds good. We are accepting the struggles, the suffering and the trials with the understanding that God will never abandon us, but is using us for the benefit of others.

When you think your being tested, when the word has you down, never stop saying “Yes Lord”. Simply by saying Yes Lord, your saying no to the evil trying to turn you against Him.

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Our Father

Sing it!

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Yes

“Love God and [then] do what you will.” – Saint Augustine

When you truly love God and his will, then doing what you will, will be doing what God wills.
Love for Him must outweigh all other loves. Your love for Him, must be the “Cornerstone” of your entire life. Be willing then, to allow Him, to love you back.

Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

When Mama Mary said yes to God, her will became Gods will. To think for a second, that she could forget what the Angle Gabriel had told her, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” is like her forgetting she was a woman. Her trust in and love for God was so great, that this event became her life. At the very second she said yes, her will then became God’s will. She held everything from that moment on, in her heart, and even the closeness and unconditional love she had for her Son, our Lord, could not match the love she had for God the Father. Every moment after the Annunciation, in her life, became retrospect back to the moment of saying yes to God.

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Playing Catch With The Lord

Last night, as I was leaving church after singing vespers, one of the members of the group began to talk to me about gifts from our Lord. I pondered was he was saying and then at Mass this morning, the Priests entire Homily was about gifts. He had mentioned that when we are judged but God, it wont be against other souls and what they did or did not do, but what we did with the gifts our Lord had given to us. We will be judged against ourselves.

I couldn’t help but tell my Priest after, that I was taken in by his homily. I compared receiving the gifts our Lord sent to us as playing catch with Him. I could see myself standing at a distance form Him anticipation the next toss. Ready for it and in some times, being distracted by what was going on around me, the truck passing by, a horn in the distance, others playing and wanting to join them rather then play catch with Him and dropping the “ball”.

As I ponder this more, it is like a Married couple on Christmas Eve, wrapping presents for the celebration of Christmas. He tosses a gift, sometimes we catch it, sometimes we drop it. When we receive it, we see it unwrapped and wrap it back up through our works in regards to using it as He needs us to and tie it up nicely by tossing it back to our Lord, in completion. When He receives it, He places it under the Christias Tree. At the end of our life, when we are standing in front of The “Tree”, there will be two piles of gifts. Those wrapped nicely through the word we have done, through our charitable actions and love behind them, and a pile of gifts that remain never wrapped. The gifts we were give to “wrap” that we never finished, the gifts we dropped, the gifts we ignored thinking it wasn’t good enough or it wasn’t want we wanted to give.

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