Shortly after becoming Catholic and assisting daily at Mass, I began going to weekly Confession. The first time I went to confession with Msgr. Reynolds, he asked me to make an act of contrition. I had to say, “I’m sorry father, I don’t know what that is.” He told me what it was and as an example, he recited the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” I didn’t know it, but this was my introduction to Eastern spirituality.
22 February 2014
Let those who hate Him flee from before His face!
As smoke vanish, so let them vanish!
As wax melts before the fire,
so let sinners perish before the face of those who love God,
and sign themselves with the sign of the Cross,
and say joyfully:
Rejoice, most precious and life-creating Cross of the Lord,
which chases demons away through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ
Who was nailed to you, descended into hades and
having trampled down the power of the devil,
gave to us His precious Cross for the routing of all enemies.
Help me forever, most precious and life-creating Cross of the Lord,
with the All-Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary,
the honourable, heavenly, incorporeal Powers,
and with all the saints!
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner!
12 February 2014
06 February 2014
02 February 2014
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; *
your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation *
which you have prepared in the sight of every people:
a light to reveal you to the nations *
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.
31 January 2014
Most Catholics second guess what their bishop does. Few don’t. I would like to number myself among those that don’t, but I am not so fortunate. Please pray that I accept the grace from Our Lady to always assume the best from my bishop, and be more concern with the one thing that I can be certain that God wants him to do: to be a saint.
Why did Pope Venerable Paul VI begin the process that resulted in many indults to allow what he himself said was an abuse, even in places where this abuse was not in practice? We don’t know. I don’t know. Perhaps when I’m pope I’ll understand (I will never understand). Given that he now has the word “Venerable” in front of his name, there must have been a very good reason.
28 January 2014
It is true that receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist is a privilege and not a right. However, if properly disposed and not prohibited by law, sacred ministers cannot deny the Eucharist to those who seek It at appropriate times (cf. CCL 843 §1). The question is: Can a sacred minister deny the Eucharist to someone, who would otherwise be able to receive, solely on the communicants chosen mode of reception?