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Covered Treasure Chest

Just a little post I would like to call Message from a Friend.

I met Joyce while singing Gregorian Chant on Monday nights and on occasion would share a Liturgy of the Hours song book. She managed to check one out of our public library and when it was time to return it, would automatically re-check it out. Neith of us could afford to purchase it. The night before Joyce passed on to eternal life, she was at a choir party with some members of our Sunday choir and one of our Priests. Somehow, the topic of death came up and Joyce began to tell everyone what to do in case she were to pass on. All were listening and laughing at the colorful laid out plans for burial and the Catholic Mass. The next morning, Joyce was gone. She passed on to eternal life by natural causes in her sleep after spending 70 plus years in exile.

When I received the news of her passing, I was very happy. I don’t mean to sound calloused, but it was a joyful day. Joyce was a soul so full of life and to see her pass on without so much as one sick day or in any amount of suffering was actually, to me, something to hope for in my passing. A friend and I prayed for her soul and then began to comment, laughingly, on how she cheated! She wasn’t sick, she didn’t suffer and the night before was laughing about it. She had a beautiful death.

On now to just a week ago. Last week I walked into the sacristy and located on one of the tables were two beautiful prints. One being the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the other that matched it being the Immaculate Heart of Mary with a not attached to them. The note was from my good friend Joyce’s daughter, explaining that Joyce had asked her to donate the two prints to the church, to be placed in the Adoration Chapel. I looked them over and knew exactly where to place them. I asked our Pastor if it was ok to place them in there and after receiving his okay, contacted the maintenance man immediately to get them hung up. Where I had wanted to place them, was going to be difficult. Beind the drywall was a concrete buttress wall. The chances of getting them up on that wall and having them stay there was not good. God willing, it was done, leaving the maintenance man quite amazed that he was able to place them there.

There was something very special about the prints. More so then being a gift from a friend who had passed on. I had never seen prints like this before and felt a strangely strong but joyful feeling about them. That was last week. The week passed by and work overtook me. Every time I would spend time with our Lord in Adoration, I couldn’t help but look at them and wonder. Two days ago, it hit me. Mama Mary and our Lord are covering their hearts. It’s odd that their hearts would be covered in prints featuring the Sacred Hearts. I posted an update on facebook asking friends if they knew the meaning of the covered hearts. As soon as I hit send, in my heart, I heard our Lord say to me, “Why didn’t you just ask me?” So I did, in prayer. Our Lord said to me, “I got you covered.”. Immediately Matthew 6:21 followed. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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Monday Night Vespers

For the past few weeks, every Monday night, I have been blessed to be a part of singing Vespers and Compline (Night Prayer) in my parish, with the Brothers of the Little Oratory. Granted, I have not been blessed with a singing voice in the least and feel I am a hinder to them rather then special add. LOL But they are most definitely a blessing to our parish and to me.

For my readers who do not know what vespers are, even Vatican II stressed the importance of every Catholic praying the Liturgy of the Hours or otherwise known as Divine Office. Please check out the link HERE. Litergy of the Hours is the official set of daily prayers prescribed by the Catholic Church to be recited at the canonical hours by the clergy, religious orders, and laity. The Liturgy of the Hours consists primarily of psalms supplemented by hymns and readings. Together with the Mass, it constitutes the official public prayer life of the Church. Upon ordination to the Diaconate, the daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours becomes a canonical obligation. The Liturgy of the Hours also forms the basis of prayer within Christian monasticism.
The Liturgy of the Hours, along with the Eucharist, has formed part of the Catholic Church’s public worship from the earliest times.

Praying Vespers on Monday Night is an absolute treat to my soul. Although, I do pray the Divine Office daily. It is prayed in Gregorian Chant, completely in Latin. Last night was the first night I let go of my inhibitions and sung without fear. I have to admit I have never been able to carry a tone but with the help of this group, and the Holy Spirit, I am working on that. As I was praying last night, the Holy Spirit reminded me of something I used to do as a very young child. When I was about four or five, in my parents basement, there was a metal bookcase. More like a utility cabinet that kept books. In it, were my older sisters school books and one of them was the Liturgy of the Hours. I used to take it out and try to read it. Never knowing what it was. I used to ponder about how hard it was to be “Big”. To have to learn all this new stuff. I would sit and stare at the Latin and the voice notes and wonder when I would be able to read them and understand them. I never knew what it was or what it meant. One day, my older sister came home and seen me flipping through the book and said something on the order of “Your Reading Gregorian Chant now? I’ll believe its a miracle when you actually start singing it”. And walked away.

Well??? Here we are. Forty one years later and look! I’m singing Gregorian Chat, the Divine Office, and the glory goes to God.

EDIT TO ADD:

I have to mention the school my older sisters attended was Mother Théodore Guérin High School. Saint Mother Théodore Guérin (1798 – 1856), designated by the Vatican as Saint Theodora, is the foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, a congregation of Catholic nuns. After a standard process of approval within the church often referred to as a “cause for sainthood,” she was beatified by Pope John Paul II in October 1998 and finally canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic church on October 15, 2006, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Thank you for your intercession Saint Theodora. I truly understand how serious our Lord’s intrest is, in my soul and every soul on earth.

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