Mary's Little Office

Monday, July 16, 2018

Why Must You Believe?

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome - 1950


10. Why must you believe whatever God has revealed? 

I must believe whatever God has revealed, because God is the very Truth and can neither deceive nor be deceived.
This, I think, you can easily understand' but a great difficulty will at once occur to you―viz.:

11. How are you to know what God has revealed?
I am to know what God has revealed by the testimony, teaching and authority of the Catholic Church.
But why the Catholic Church? Where does the Catholic Church get the authority and the power to teach me? Show me that clearly, and I will at once submit my mind to it, and believe whatever it teaches me. If it is the Church founded by Jesus Christ, I must of course believe all it says. 

This will be proved in lesson 84.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Our Lady of Wengen

We are soon leaving for Switzerland to visit our son and family. This little video was taken at the pasture brook in Wengen on our visit two years ago.  

Sancta Maria, Ora pro nobis.
(Holy Mary, Pray for us).

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Sunday Homily

For many people in the West, liberty seems to trump everything. We avatars of the egodrama, we worshippers at the altar of freedom, say that our choice is supreme. We don't want anyone to constrain our pursuit of money, success, power, influence, safety, or physical health. But what matters in the end is not to place our wills in the position of ultimate concern. Everything in nature, history, science, and our careers is, in the end, summed up in Christ.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Amos 7:12-15
Psalm - Psalm 85:9-14
Reading 2 - Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel - Mark 6:7-13

Sheltering the Divine Outcast

Over the great Road of Life the Divine Outcast of the world wanders day and night. Before each heart-door He begs for admittance. Watch Him as He walks up the lane and taps with infinite tenderness on the crimson casements of the throbbing pulses of the world. Before some, He stands and waits; moss-covered are the steps and moldy is the casement; there is no life within, no response to the loving pleadings of the Outcast. He turns sadly away. Through lordly mansion-gates He passes, and on the marble steps before the heavy oaken door He stands expectant. Music and song and laughter reach the Outcast's ear. He knocks but no one hears; so, heart-sore and weary, He moves away. 

I'll shelter Thee when it's sunshine,
I'll shelter Thee when it's grey,
I'll shelter Thee through the night Lord,
I'll shelter Thee all the day.
No one will ever dislodge Thee
From this home within my soul,
Here I will turn, and love Thee
Till my heart beats the final toll.

Sheltering the Divine Outcast
Pellegrini & Co., 1932

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tonight's Prayer

Hail Salvation of the World, Word of the Father, Sacred Host, True Life, Live Flesh, Whole Deity, True Man, Body of our Lord Jesus Christ: Thou, who made hast made me out of the slime of the earth, have mercy on me a sinner, now and in the hour of my death.  Amen.
Notate Bene, London, 1790

Short Indulged Prayers

Ejaculations to the Blessed Virgin

(Ind. of 25 days, each time.―Clement XIII. Sept. 5, 1750.)

Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me. 
(Ind. of 50 days, once each day.―Leo XIII. March  29, 1894.)

Mary our hope, have pity on us. 
(Ind. of 300 days, each time.―Pius X. Jan 8, 1906.) 

My Mother, my trust. 
(Ind. of 300 days, each time.―Benedict XV. Sept. 6, 1915.)

Our Lady of the most Holy Sacrament, pray for us. 
(Ind. of 300 days, each time, before the Blessed Sacrament exposed.―Pius X.  Jan 10, 1906.)

The Man of God
Fr.  Callan & McHugh
Authors of "Blessed Be God."
P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1928

Bless Your House

Swiss Evening - December, 1947 

BLESS, O Lord Almighty, this place so that in it may reign health, purity, victory, strength, humility, kindness, sweetness, observance of rule and continued acts of thanksgiving to God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  May this blessing remain in this place with all who dwell in it and forever.  Amen.

Prayers of an Irish Mother
Brian O'Higgins
38 UP, O'Connell Street, Dublin

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mary in Two Minutes or Remember Us in Your Prayers

Praying Before a Crucifix

 Necedah, Wisconsin, 1950

Why do we pray before the Crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?
We pray before the Crucifix and the images and relics of the saints because they enliven our devotion by exciting pious affections and desires, and by reminding us of Christ and of the saints, that we may imitate their virtues. 

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Monday, July 9, 2018

A Special Good Night Prayer!

Our Lady Composing The Magnificat - Sandro Botticelli

My Queen and my Mother, bless me with thy pure and holy hand―
     That I may have a good night's rest, 
     That I may wake betimes in the morning, and have the grace and energy to rise promptly and continue the work thy divine and beloved Son has entrusted to my feeble hands.

Mary's Little Prayer Index

Why Do We Believe the Saints Will Help Us?

Jesuits in San Jose, California

Why do we believe that the saints will help us?
We believe that the saints will help us because both they and we are members of the same Church, and they love us as their brethren.

How are the saints and we members of the same Church?
The saints and we are members of the same Church, because the Church in heaven and the Church on earth are one and the same Church, and all its members are in communion with one another.
Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Prayer Index

Are We Obliged to Make Open Profession of Our Faith?

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Hyde Park - London, 1950

Are we obliged to make open profession of our faith?
We are obliged to make open profession of our faith as often as God's honor, our neighbor's spiritual good, or our own  requires it. "Whosoever," says Christ, "shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven." 

"With the heart we believe unto Justice; but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

What are the chief causes of the loss of faith?
The chief causes of the loss of faith are: 
1st, Indifference concerning the truths of religion;
2nd, Neglect of religious duties; 
3rd, The reading of books hostile to the faith; 
4th, Attendance at non-Catholic schools and taking part in non-Catholic worship.

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

The Sunday Homily

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This week's Scriptures illuminate the identity and mission of a prophet—a calling that belongs to all the baptized by virtue of our Baptism. God appoints the prophets to a specific mission. This mission is to speak God's word of truth. God's word of truth is not a private or personal opinion, but the Word of God communicated through human words. The prophet speaks God's word of truth to those within and those outside the Church. Prophets do not seek to proclaim a message that is easy to be accepted, but seek to speak God's word of truth, no matter how hard it might be to hear and accept. Christ is the paradigmatic example of the identity and mission of the prophet.

Reading 1 - Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalm - Psalm 123:1-4
Reading 2 - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Gospel - Mark 6:1-6

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What is Holy Communion

Ray Bolger receiving Holy Communion.

What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament which contains the body and blood, soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine.  
Holy Eucharist―Good grace or Thanksgiving.

By what other names is the Holy Eucharist known?
The Holy Eucharist is also known as the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of the Altar, Holy Communion, and Viaticum.

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Monday, July 2, 2018

Daily Daily Sing to Mary


The Manual of Children of Mary - 1930 

Daily, daily sing to Mary,
Sing, my soul, her praises due;
All her feasts, her actions worship
With the heart's devotion true.
Lost in wond'ring contemplation,
Be her Majesty confess'd:
Call her Mother, call her Virgin,
Happy Mother, Virgin blest.

She is mighty to deliver;
Call her, trust her lovingly;
When the tempest rages round thee,
She will calm the troubled sea.
Gifts of heaven she has given,
Noble lady! to our race:
She, the Queen, who decks her subjects
With the light of God's own grace.

Sing, my tongue, the Virgin's trophies,
Who for us her Maker bore;
For the curse of old inflicted
Peace and blessing to restore.
Sing in songs of praise unending,
Sing the world's majestic Queen;
Weary not, nor faint in telling
All the gifts she gives to men.

All my senses, heart, affections,
Strive to sound her glory forth;
Spread abroad the sweet memorials 
Of the Virgins's priceless worth.
Where the voice of music thrilling?
Where the tongue of eloquence
That can utter hymns beseeming
All her matchless excellence?

All our joys do flow from Mary,
All then join her praise to sing;
Trembling sing the Virgin Mother,
Mother of our Lord and King.
While we sing her awful glory,
Far above our fancy's reach;
Let our hearts be quick to offer
Love the heart alone can teach.

Holy Mary, we implore thee
By thy purity divine:
Help us, bending here before thee,
Help us truly to be thine.
Thou, unfolding wide the portals
Of the kingdom in the skies,
Holy Virgin, hast to mortals
Shown the land of Paradise.

Thou when deepest night infernal
Had for ages shrouded man,
Gavest us that life eternal
Promised since the world began.
God in thee hath showered plenty
On the hungry and the weak;
Sending back the mighty, empty,
Setting up on high the meek.

Thine the province to deliver 
Souls that deep in bondage lie;
Thine to crush, and crush for ever
Life-destroying heresy.
Thine to show that earthly pleasures,
All the world's enchanting bloom,
Are out-rivalled by the treasures
Of the glorious life to come.

Teach, oh! teach us, holy Mother,
How to conquer every sin,
How to love and help each other,
How the prize of life to win.
Thou to whom a Child was given
Greater than the sons of men,
Coming down from highest heaven
To create this world again.

Oh! by that Almighty Maker,
Whom thyself a virgin bore;
Oh! by thy supreme Creator,
Linked with thee for evermore;
By the hope thy name inspires;
By our doom reversed through thee;
Help us, Queen of Angel choirs,
Now and through eternity.

What is Faith


What is Faith?
Faith is a Divine virtue by which we firmly believe the truths which God has revealed.

Is Faith necessary for salvation?
Faith is necessary for salvation, for our Lord says, "He that believeth not shall be condemned." Matt. 16: 16.
"Without faith, it is impossible to please God." Heb. 11: 6.
Is Faith alone sufficient for salvation?
Faith alone is not sufficient for salvation, for without good works it is dead and useless, as the body without the soul, is dead and worthless. James 2: 26.

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922 (Page 47).

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Show Us Where??

Look down, O Mother Mary, From thy bright throne above, Cast down upon thy children One only glance of love; And if a heart so tender With pity flows not o'er, Then turn away, O Mother, And look on us no more.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Come Holy Ghost


Will the Holy Ghost abide with the Church forever?
The Holy Ghost will abide with the Church forever, and guide it in the way of holiness and truth.

Is not the Holy Ghost everywhere?
As God, the Holy Ghost is everywhere; but, as the Spirit of Truth and the Sanctifier of souls, He is especially in the Church and its members.
What should we practice devotion to the Holy Ghost?
We should practice devotion to the Holy Ghost, because He is the Sanctifier of souls, and with His divine aid we can do all that is necessary for eternal life.

Is the Holy Ghost equal to the Father and the Son?
The Holy Ghost is equal to the Father and the Son, being the same Lord and God as they are. 

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922 (Page 47).

Friday, June 29, 2018

Women in The Church by Bishop Robert Barron

America magazine recently published a fascinating survey regarding the attitudes of women in the Church. They were kind enough to publish a few of my reactions to the study, but I would like, in this video, to offer a fuller response to their findings.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Put Yourself on Mary's Map

Look down, O Mother Mary, From thy bright throne above, Cast down upon thy children One only glance of love; And if a heart so tender With pity flows not o'er, Then turn away, O Mother, And look on us no more.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Father Brown

The Gate of Mercy

O Queen of heaven and earth! Thou art the gate of mercy ever open, never closed. The universe must perish before he who invokes thee from his heart is refused assistance.―Blessed Henry Suso.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

But Only God Can Make a Tree

Alligator Juniper Silhouette - Mogollon Rim, Arizona 

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest;
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
a nest of robins in her hair,

Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree. 

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