Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of La Sallett

(Our Lady of La Salette image retrieved from HERE on 07/29/2017)

Prayer to Our Lady of La Salette

Remember, our Lady of la Salette, true Mother of Sorrows, the tears which thou didst shed for  me on Calvary; be mindful also of the unceasing care which thou dost exercise to screen me from the justice of God; and consider whether thou canst now abandon thy child, for whom thou hast done so much.  Inspired by this consoling thought, I come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of my infidelity and ingratitude.  Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of Reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee too by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in heaven.

Amen.

  • Prayer to Our Lady of La Salette (XIX 436) (2010). The Raccolta. Fitzwilliam, NH: Loreto Publications. [Original work published in 1957].

 

Image of La Salette

Our Lady of La Salette (retrieved from HERE on 07/29/2017)

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Reflecting on the Teachings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and My Reflections on Being an Educator

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

(Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI retrieved from HERE on 06/15/2016)

“At times one has the idea that the mission of a university professor nowadays is exclusively that of forming competent and efficient professionals capable of satisfying the demand for labor at any given time…This sort of utilitarian approach to education is in fact becoming more wide spread…promoted especially by sectors outside the university…We know that when mere utility and pure pragmatism become the principal criteria, much is lost, and the results can be tragic, from the abuses associated with a science that acknowledges no limits beyond itself to the political totalitarianism that easily arises when one eliminates any higher reference than the mere calculus of power.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Young University Professors. Apostolic Journey to Madrid on the occasion of the 26th World Youth Day, August 19th, 2011.

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Prayer to the Holy Trinity: My Struggles With the Trinity and my Idolatry of Knowledge

The Holy Trinity icon

Icon of the Trinity (retrieved from Here on 04/20/2016)

Holiness: From the Old German word meaning ‘whole’.  “The attribute of a being that entirely fulfills the purpose of its existence, and is, thus, at one with itself.  Strictly speaking, only God is holy…” – O’Collins, G.; Farrugia, E.G. (2013).  A Concise Dictionary of Theology (3rd ed.).  Paulist Press, New York.

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The Holy Trinity Icon painted on the ceiling at the Vatopedian Monastery at Agion Oros, Greece (retrieved from Here on 04/20/2016).

“Know, therefore, you who aspire to a knowledge of God, that He is a being superior to anything you can conceive.  The more sensible you are of your inability to comprehend Him, the more you will have advanced in a knowledge of His Being.” – Venerable Louis of Granada, 1883 (2014 reprint).  The Sinner’s Guide.  Tan Books; Charlotte:NC. (page 7)

 

Russian Icon of the Old Testament Trinity

Russian Icon of the Trinity. Andrei Rublev circa 1408-1425. (retrieved from Here on 04/20/2016)/

Prayer to the Triune God

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us Thy servants grace by the profession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and, in the power of Thy divine Majesty, to worship the Unity; we beseech Thee, that by our steadfastness in this same faith, we may evermore be defended from all adversities.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen. – The Raccolta (1957, 2010 reprint). Loreto Publications, Fritzwilliam:NH. (#49)

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Christ our Resurrection, The Apostles Creed, Paul’s Declaration, and a Few Good Books.

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Christ’s Resurrection (retrieved from HERE on 04/02/2016)

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.  [Retrieved from HERE on 04/02/2016]

“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our former man was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For he who has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with him.  For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” The Letter of Paul to the Romans 6:5-11 (RSV – CE, 2nd ed.)

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Prayers to Our Lady, Queen of All Hearts: My Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

Mary Queen of all Hearts

Immaculate Heart of Mary (retrieved from Here on 03/29/2016

Prayer to Our Lady, Queen of All Hearts

O Mary, Queen of all hearts,
Queen of the family,
Queen of the home,
Your heart is the overflowing
treasury of the graces of God;

Your heart is filled with the riches of
The Mysteries of your Son;
Your heart truly believes that
Nothing is impossible with God;
Your heart is the first to receive and welcome
The Lord of all glory into this world;
Your heart receives as children all of those
Redeemed by your Son.

We open our hearts to you.
We open our home to you.
We invite you to reign as Queen of our Family.

O Mother so compassionate,
O Queen so generous,
Strengthen, protect and sustain our family
In the goodness of true love;
In the difficulties and struggles of life, be our refuge;
In the joy and goodness of life,
Teach us to rejoice and give thanks to God;
Overcome all that threatens to separate us
And preserve us in unity;
See the hidden and unspoken needs within our hearts
And in your goodness answer them.

O Mary, Queen of all hearts, we trust in you.
O Mary, Queen of all hearts, we hope in you.
O Mary, Queen of all hearts, we love you and we honor you.
Amen.

(retrieved from HERE on 03/29/2016)

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit: Reflections on Heresy IN Good Works; and the Need for Contemplatives

Holy Spirit

[Holy Spirit painting: Retrieved from HERE on 02/29/2016]

Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Oh, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you.  Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me your orders.  I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.

[Desire Joseph Cardinal Mercier (1851-1926). Pontifical North American College Rome (2008). Manual of Prayers (2nd ed). Midwest Theological Forum: Woodridge, Il. page 237]

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Heresy in Good Works:

Heresy in Good Works! Feverish activity taking the place of God; grace ignored; human pride trying to thrust Jesus from His throne; supernatural life, the power of prayer, the economy of our redemption relegated, at least in practice, to the realm of pure theory: all this portrays no merely imaginary situation, but one which the diagnosis of souls shows to be very common though in various degrees, in this age of naturalism, when men judge, above all, by appearances, and act as though success were primarily a matter of skillful organization.

[Jean-Baptiste Chautard O.C.S.O., D. (1946,2014). The Soul of the Apostolate. Catholic Way Publishing: London, England, UK.  pg 26]

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help: My Experience in Trusting My Work to Our Lord and His Mother

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[Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Stained Glass, retrieved on 02/24/2016 from HERE]

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Mother of perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying.

O Purest Mary, O sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips.

Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary.

O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion fill my soul when I pronounce thy sacred name, or even only think of thee.

I thank God for having given thee, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name.  

But I will not be content with merely pronouncing thy name: let my love for thee prompt me ever to hail thee, Mother of Perpetual help.

[Recite Nine ‘Hail Mary’s’]

[Sullivan, M. (2010).  Illustrated Book of Mary. William J. Hirten Co.: Cumberland, RI.  Page 33]

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My Weakness in Recent Spiritual Battles, and Our Lord’s Divine Mercy

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[Gustave Dore: Idylls of the King, retrieved from HERE on 02/21/2016]

“Since, therefore, you seek the highest degree of perfection, you must wage continual warfare against yourself and employ your entire strength in demolishing each vicious inclination, however trivial.  Consequently, in preparing for the combat you must summon up all your resolution and courage.  No one shall be rewarded with a crown who has not fought courageously” 

[Scupoli, D.L. (1945:2013) The Spiritual Combat Catholic Way Publishing: London, England UK]

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Lovely Lady, Dressed in Blue: My Letter to the Holy Mother of God

Lady Dressed in Blue

[The Blessed Virgin Mary, stained glass window art from Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Retrieved from HERE on 02/18/2016]

To Our Lady:

Lovely Lady dressed in blue,
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little Boy,
Tell me what to say!

Did you lift Him up, sometimes,
Gently, on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way
Mother does to me?

Did you hold His hand at night?
Did you ever try
Telling stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?

Do you really think He cares
If I tell Him things,
Little things that happen?

And do the Angels’ wings  
Make a noise? And can He hear
Me if I speak low? 
Does He understand me now?                                                                             Tell me, for you know.  

Lovely Lady dressed in blue,
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little Boy,
And you know the way.

[Poem by: Mary Dixon Thayer.  Sullivan, M. (2010). Illustrated Book of Mary.  William J. Hiorten Co.; Cuberland, RI]

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Spiritual Combat: The Formation of the Page

 

Gustove Dore

[A Celestial Light by Gustave Dore, 1875. Retrieved from HERE on 02/15/2016]

THE FIRST THING to do when you awake is to open the windows of your soul. Consider yourself as on the field of battle, facing the enemy and bound by the iron-clad law——either fight or die. [Scupoli, D. L. The Spiritual Combat (2013 reprint). Catholic Way Publishing]

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