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Posted by james0235 on May 31, 2009

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

Acts 2:1-11 NAB


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The Ascension of the Lord

Posted by james0235 on May 21, 2009

In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with the them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Acts 1:1-11 NAB

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Thank You St. Joseph

Posted by james0235 on March 15, 2008

saintjoseph.jpgBecause this year March 19th falls in Holy Week the Solemnity of St. Joseph is moved to today, the 15th. I am sure that the Patron of the Universal Church and the Guardian of the Redeemer does not mind being bumped for the Lord.

Saint Joseph was never a particular favorite of mine. For many years I gave almost no thought at all to him. That began to change a few years back. At that time I was considering adoption for reasons that I won’t go into here. But, even though I was excited about it I was also a little bit uneasy. I began to think about the fact that I may never have a biological child.

And then I began to think about St. Joseph, the Foster Father of the Lord. I would find myself spending more and more time kneeling in front of an image of him and meditating on his role in the Holy Family. Over time I noticed my uneasiness slipping away and being replaced by a feeling of peace.

Circumstances changed. We never adopted a baby. And I very well may end up having a biological child some day. Or adopting. Or both for that matter. But, I know that no matter what happens it is through the intercession of St. Joseph that the uneasiness that I previously felt will not return and I will continue to seek his intercession that I might have a Holy Family of my own some day.

Father, you entrusted our Savior to the care of Saint Joseph. By the help of his prayers may Your Church continue to serve its Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (1970 Roman Missal)

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The Circumcision of the Lord

Posted by james0235 on January 2, 2008

Yesterday, the 1st of January, was a Holy Day of Obligation. It was the Octave Day of Christmas – the 8th day of Christmas. In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite it is also known as the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. But, in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite it is known as the Feast of the Circumcision.

Even though the name has been changed and the Blessed Mother is now more emphasized the Octave Day of Christmas is still a celebration of the Circumcision of the Lord. The Gospel Reading makes this clear:

When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
(Luke 2:21 NAB)

When we look at what the Old Testament has to say about circumcision it becomes clear why we celebrate this event on the 8th day of the Nativity:

This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you that you must keep: every male among you shall be circumcised. Circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and that shall be the mark of the covenant between you and me. Throughout the ages, every male among you, when he is eight days old, shall be circumcised, including houseborn slaves and those acquired with money from any foreigner who is not of your blood. (Genesis 17: 10-12 NAB)

We celebrate the Circumcision of the Lord on the 8th day because the Lord was circumcised on the 8th day in obedience to the Mosaic Law.

Now that we know why we celebrate the Circumcision on the 8th day of Christmas another question comes to mind: why do we celebrate it at all?

Because it is the first time Christ shed his blood for us. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen explains it better than I ever could:

In the Circumcision of the Divine Child there was a dim suggestion and hint of Calvary, in the precocious surrendering of blood. The shadow of the Cross was already hanging over a Child eight days old. He would have seven bloodsheddings of which this was the first, the others being the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns, the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, and the Piercing of His Heart. But whenever there was an indication of Calvary, there was also some sign of glory; and it was at this moment when He was anticipating Calvary by shedding His blood that the name of Jesus was bestowed on Him.

A Child only eight days old was already beginning the bloodsheddings that would fulfill His perfect manhood. The cradle was tinged with crimson, a token of Calvary. The Precious Blood was beginning its long pilgrimage. Within an octave of his birth, Christ obeyed a law of which He Himself was the Author, a law which was to find its last application in Him. There had been sin in human blood, and now blood was already being poured out to do away with sin. As the East catches at sunset the colors of the West, so does the Circumcision reflect Calvary.

Must he begin redeeming all at once? Cannot the Cross wait? There will be plenty of time for it. Coming straight from the Father’s arms to the arms of His earthly mother, He is carried in her arms to His first Calvary. Many years later He will be taken from her arms again, after the bruising of the flesh on the Cross, when the Father’s work is done.

(The Life Of Christ pp. 37-38 )

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Prayer For Priests

Posted by james0235 on January 1, 2008

With today being the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God I think it is a good time to begin this particular Novena:



O Mary, Mother of Jesus

you were with Jesus

at the beginning of His life and mission.

You stood beside Jesus when He was lifted

on the cross and gave His life for all.

We ask you now to be with our priests,

who give themselves in service to God’s people.

Intercede for them that they may grow in holiness;

proclaim God’s word with courage;

celebrate the sacraments with joy;

and be among God’s people as Jesus,

the Good shepherd, was.

We offer this prayer to God, the Father,

through your intercession,

in the name of your Son, Jesus,

and through the power of the Holy Spirit.



Taken from the Dec. 16, 2007 Bulletin of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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St. John Of The Cross

Posted by james0235 on December 14, 2007

In the General Roman Calendar today is the Memorial of St. John of the Cross. However, among the Carmelites today ranks higher. For the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance (O. Carm.) today is a Feast. And for the Discaled Carmelites (O.C.D.) today actually ranks as a Solemnity.stjohnofthecross.jpeg

The Mass offered by the Carmelites today would be very much like that offered by any other priest. But, there would be a few differences. First, the different rankings of the day mean that in most parishes (where it is celebrated as a Memorial) the Gloria and the Creed would not be used. The O. Carm. would use the Gloria today because it is a Feast, and the O.C.D. would use both the Gloria and the Creed because it is a Solemnity.

But, there is another difference I noticed. While the propers for the Mass are mostly the same in the Roman Missal and the Carmelite Missal the Carmelite Missal has two Prefaces for St. John of the Cross that don’t seem to appear in the Roman Missal:


The Father Has Given Us All Things in Christ

Father, all powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
as we honour Saint John of the Cross
through your beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, your eternal Word, you made all things,
and you clothed them with his beauty and goodness.
He is the fullness of revelation and grace;
in him you have placed all Wisdom within our reach,
and in him you make us
possessors of all heaven and earth.
In the mystery of his death and resurrection
he has reconciled mankind to you,
restoring us to your friendship
and reuniting all creation with you, its Maker.
And now he reigns in everlasting glory among his saints
as head and bridegroom of his Church.

With their great company and all the angels
we praise your glory as we cry out with one voice:

Holy, holy, holy Lord…


St John of the Cross as our Guide to Union with God

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
as we honour St John of the Cross.

His life and teaching set before us anew
the mystery of Christ’s Cross and victory.
He taught us
to make up what is wanting in Christ’s passion,
and to share and proclaim
the joy of his resurrection.
Inwardly strengthened by
the living flame of your Spirit,
he ascended in darkness the heights of divine union
as he sang canticles of your love,
the Church’s greatest treasure.

In our joy we sing to your glory
with all the choirs of angels:

Holy, holy, holy Lord…

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