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Holy Thursday 2017


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Why are we hated by so many for loving our Lord? Because there are many who refuse to face reality.  So many do not know Him.

“There can be no Eucharist without the priesthood, just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist” – St. John Paul II

This Holy Thursday, I pray for our Priests and for the laity to pray for our Priests, to look deeper into the need for all of them and to seek to understand our Lord in the Eucharist in a more profound way, then one had known before.

Please read St. Pope John Paul II – ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA in its relationship to the Church. Also, to pray for vocations to the Priesthood, and for all our Priests today.

A Prayer for Priests
By St. Therese of Lisieux

O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and
everlasting crown.

Amen.

 

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Mass Of The Lords Supper


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Today I spend, as I have for all of Lent, in preparation. Deep prayer, cleaning my home,  and looking forward to the Meal tonight. One I will not be cooking but must allow the Priest to “cook”. I smile as I write this hearing the worlds of a Priest friend on Facebook of mine who often would speak of “Slaving over a hot altar”.  Mass Of The Lords Supper.

44. With the celebration of Mass on the evening of Holy Thursday, “the Church begins the Easter Triduum and recalls the Last Supper in which the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, showing his love for those who were his own in the world, he gave his body and blood under the species of bread and wine offering to his Father and giving them to the Apostles so that they might partake of them, and he commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to perpetuate this offering.” [50] Please see here

As I was praying the Divine Office  last night, the antiphon before the Cantical of Mary struck me with awe.

“The Master says: My hour is close at hand; I and my disciples shall celebrate the Passover in your house.”

Immediately I was taken to that day. My house? Your coming HERE? To my house? I have to clean! I have to make sure you all are well pleased! What shall I make for you? What shall I do for You? The King is coming HERE! Press the linens! Sweep the floors clean! Prepare this home for Him and His Apostles!

Today, I know that my Lords house, is my house and His house is a house of prayer. At the beginning of lent, the cleaning of our souls is that day in which we hear that He will be coming to celebrate with us and all the time during Lent, is time of preparation for His entering into us. Just as our beautiful Mother Mary said yes, we welcome Him into a clean dwelling, that He may do with it as He sees fit, as we are to do for every Meal in His house.

 

 

 

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Help Needed! Young Man Wants To Join The Abbey


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I was contacted by Richard and asked to share this. What better way then on this blog. Glory to God! Lets do this! Please if you can help, even by sharing this, any little amount of Charity would help! Especially your prayers & sharing his story. We NEED Priests! Please help. God bless you.

Father, we’re your people, the work of your hands.
So precious are we in your sight that you sent your Son, Jesus.
Jesus calls us to heal the broken-hearted,
to dry the tears of those who mourn, to give hope to those who despair,
and to rejoice in your steadfast love.
We, the baptized, realize our call to serve.
Help us to know how.
Call forth from among us priests, sisters, brothers and lay ministers.
With our hearts you continue to love your people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen

Read the comments from here

Pax Christi! My name is Richard Sullivan. I am 25 years old, and I have accepted God’s call to the postulancy at the Norbertine Order of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, California. Please help me pay off $19,000 of student loans by May 13th, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

By the time I was thirteen, I felt a call to God’s service in the Catholic priesthood. About two years ago, I felt this calling in my heart, stronger than ever. This path has been a beautiful one, full of God’s goodness and Love.

The Norbertines are an order based on community and sacrifice. They were founded by St. Norbert of Xanten, and follow the Rule of St. Augustine. “Priests from St. Michael’s Abbey give spiritual direction and retreats to many different religious communities in California, and internationally” (from website).

Daily life consists of praying the Divine Office, Mass, Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. There is also a Prepatory High School on site where the members teach and serve. Please visit their website to learn more: http://www.stmichaelsabbey.com. If this goal is met, I will join the postulancy program on August 27th, the Feast of St. Monica.

It is no secret that college debt has been a hindrance to vocations. Despite working full time and supporting myself, the amount far exceeds what I can pay off in order to enter the Abbey. This is why I humbly ask you for help. Please support my answer to God’s call by donating $50-$250? However, any and all amounts are greatly appreciated. I have no doubts that God will see this goal met, as nothing is impossible for Him, and He can not be outdone in generosity. Be assured of my prayers and sincere gratitude. May God bless and keep you, and Our Lady keep you tucked safely under her mantle.

Here is the link to donate: Help Send Richard to the Abbey

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Pray For Vocations – Norbertine Life at St. Michael’s Abbey


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Hail Mary, full of grace;
all generations call you blessed.
Hail Mother of God; when asked by the angel
to bear the Son of the Most High,
filled with faith, you responded:
“Let it be done unto me.”

Holy Mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast at Cana,
you prompted your Son to perform his first sign.

Be with us as we discern our life’s work
and guide us in the way we are called to follow
in the footsteps of your Son.

Holy Mother of the Savior, at the foot of the cross
you mourned the death of your only Son.

Bless and embrace the loving parents of all priests,
deacons, brothers and sisters.

Holy Mother of the Good Shepherd,
turn your motherly care to this nation.

Intercede for us to the Lord of the harvest
to send more laborers to the harvest
in this land dedicated to your honor.

Queen of Peace, Mirror of Justice, Health of the Sick,
inspire vocations in our time.

Let the word of your Son be made flesh anew
in the lives of persons anxious to proclaim
the good news of everlasting life.
Amen.

St. Micheal’s Abbey – Silverado CA – Norbertines – KNOCK HERE to enter

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Will There Be Faith?


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Last night as I was in Adoration, in front of our Lord in the tabernacle, I was praying the Divine Office. As I got to the antiphon: “When the Son of Man comes to earth, do you think he will find faith in men’s hearts?” and answered with a knee jerk response of no, and felt a feeling of darkness come over me for the state of the world and myself. It was as if our Lord was telling me “wrong answer.” And when I thought of it deeper and pondered it, The answer no to this question came with “pride” and is not through humility. As I started to continue, I heard in my heart “The gates of hell shall not prevail” and I stopped in my tracks and said “Wait one minute!”.

Yes! I exclaimed. YES! When the Son of Man comes to earth, he will find faith in men’s hearts! Because He said so! His entire “Mission” was to instill that faith in men’s hearts. To not lose hope, to not lose the true love for others and to be charitable and with His grace, “All things are possible with God”. He surely did not die and raise from the dead for this beautiful faith to die as He did. NO! Thus the reason He died for her, the Church, so she could live on to teach with Him, with the Holy Spirit all that He had done in love and continues to do.

How miserable of a world would it be, not to find faith in the hearts of one single soul. How unbearable life would be to not find one ounce of compassion or true charity and love. As I look around today at the state of the world, and since my conversion, as bad as it had gotten in regards to what I have seen in myself and others, our Lord was there and still is, the entire time with His consolation to pull me through. To see love as it is. To see compassion. To see faith and to hold on to hope, knowing His word is true: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”. For as long as there is our Lord, there is the Church He gave to us.

This is the job for the laity He has for us. To continue, strong in the faith. To teach our children to be strong in the faith so their children and their children for generation after generation can continue to have Him in their hearts. We must be strong against the temptations in this world. We can only place our faith and trust in our Lord to see to all our needs. When we do, everything, all “things” that can never bring true happiness are replaced with joy. We must fight the evil in this world with love and true faith in Him. Without fear of what may happen to us. It’s not a battle in the physical sense, but the spiritual truth in which all must adhere to our Lord and not the things the world is tempting us with.

If we learn that nothing is ours but the faith, and we live by this truth, we learn to let go of all we grab on to in this world, allowing God to hold on to us as He seeks to do.

I thank my Grandparents generation for living the faith. The family motto was always “Scattered but never lost”. It held the “family” together through the most horrific times. They never relied on anything or anyone but our Lord. They celebrated the Saints days. They attended daily Mass. All the Sacraments were considered major celebrations. Their love for one another was through the love they had for our Lord. All through World War I, the great depression and then World War II. They faced the most uncertain times with the certainty of our Lord. My Great Uncle becoming a priest, ordained in 1930 Slovakia. Surviving the Nazis and then the Communist Occupation, NEVER placing his faith in the governments that came and went, but solidly in our Lord. Never seeing “freedom” again in his nation of Slovakia but knowing TRUE “Freedom” through our Lord. This faith, is still here today. This faith, is here in my heart. I am not alone. As we live through this Great Depression of Faith in society, we must come to understand that no matter what may come, the Faith our Lord has given to us shall always be. Never give up hope. NEVER lose your faith! It is truly, all you have. Nurture it and teach it to your children that it is all they have.

“When faced with this abyss of evil, I can only respond with an abyss of love.” Blessed John Paul II in Nazi Occupied Poland, announcing to his friend he has chosen the life of Priesthood

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