Mary's Little Office

Saturday, February 17, 2018

10. The Second Person as The Son

Crossing The Lawn
St. Benedict's Abbey, Aitchison, Kansas - 1955
You must make your sonship perfect by cultivating the likeness to God. You will learn this in Jesus Christ. Reproduce in yourself His sentiments, His actions, His endurance of suffering; so that He may not be ashamed to acknowledge you as His second self.

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Bound

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Sweet Jesus, I thank thee and yield thee grace for the pains and anguishes and shames and felonies that men did thee, and that by treachery; men binding thee as a thief, without mercy or pity. Lord, I thank thee for those sweet and piteous paces that thou wentest for love of us towards thine own pain and thine own death.
 
I pray thee, Lord, and beseech thee that thou unbind us of the bonds of all our sins, as thou suffered to be bound for love of us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You because
by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father, Hail Mary.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Balcony



It is the moment when Jesus comes forth from the rude mockery of the soldiers, clad in a royalrobe, and wearing the crown of thorns. 

The governor has bidden one of the soldiers lead the prisoner out on a balcony of the palace. An eager throng of people are waiting outside, but they are not all enemies. Among them are a few faithful women, and they are allowed to press close to the balcony. At the sight of her son, treated as a criminal with bound hands, Mother Mary, falls swooning over the balustrade, supported by a younger woman. 

Pilate standing in the doorway behind appeals to the crowd: I find no fault in him. Behold the man. He has been deeply impressed by his interview with Jesus, and is willing to do something in his behalf. His face is good-natured, we see, but with no strength of character in it. He is a handsome man with curling beard carefully trimmed, apparently not a hard man to deal with, but easy-going and selfish. 

He will succumb to the crowds cries to turn Jesus over to them to be Crucified. 


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Meditation on The Passion - 14th Century



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Here we begin Richard Rolle's 14th Century Masterpiece of the Passion of Christ.




1. Sweet Lord Jesu Christ, I thank thee and yield thee grace for that sweet prayer and for that holy orison that thou madest before the holy passion for us on the mount of Olivet.

Adoramus te Christe et benedicimus tibi quia per 
crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
Pater noster.  Ave Maria. 

or 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You because
by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father, Hail Mary

2. Sweet Lord Jesu Christ, I thank thee and yield thee grace for that great fearfulness that thou hadst for our sakes, when thou became so full of anguish that an angel of heaven came to comfort thee, when thou sweatest blood for anguish.


3. I pray thee, Lord, and beseech thee, for thy sweet memory, that thou be mine help in all mine anguish and my temptations, and send me, Lord, the angel of counsel and of comfort in all my needs, that I may turn, through that sweat, out of all sickness of soul and body into life and health.  


Adoramus te Christe et benedicimus tibi quia per 
crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
Pater noster.  Ave Maria. 

or 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You because
by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father, Hail Mary

Our Secret Weapon


Our Secret Weapon

We all have one: an ace up the sleeve to be played only when the chips are down. For you, this card may be the brilliant smile that once financed an orthodontist's kid's education. One flash of those radiant teeth, and everyone in the room agrees to follow you on Twitter.

Or perhaps your secret weapon is a dry wit; the ability to argue with compelling logic; an attractive vulnerability that makes every opponent's heart melt in surrender. Of course, we also win important battles by more conventional means: brute strength, superior authority, retaliation, even blackmail.

As we begin a new Lenten season, we're invited to do spiritual battle using a special tool recommended in today's Collect prayer: self-restraint. How does this squishy-sounding virtue qualify as a weapon? Primarily, it identifies self-will as the real opponent we face in every contest. While obstacles and adversaries may impede our daily agenda, if we give in to the need to dominate, the desire to be proven right, as followers of Jesus we've already handed the victory away. Self-restraint involves reining in my will so that God's will alone gains expression. If it sounds difficult, well, it is. That's why "self control" makes the list of fruits reaped by those who allow the Spirit to act. With such an inside job as this, the indwelling Spirit is a necessary partner.

Fasting, prayer, and almsgiving assist us in saying NO to self and YES to God. Keep your secret weapon within reach this Lent!

Alice Camile

Alice Camille is the author of Working Toward Sainthood and other titles at www.alicecamille.com.



Bishop Robert Barron

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Sunday of Lent



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9. The Second Person, as The Word.


Through The Window, West Berlin, 1962
Photo by Paul Schutzerow
How mysterious are the wonders of Infinite Being! They are utterly beyond our powers of discovery. Thank God for having granted you a glimpse of them as in a glass and in a dark manner, while waiting for the revelation of the perfect day.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Most Amiable Lady



Blessed Art Thou Among Women 
And Blessed is The Fruit of Thy Womb - (Jesus).

8. Jesus Christ and The Father

The Dionne Quintuplets prior to First Holy Communion, Canada, 1940.

Let the love of God predominate in your heart, animate all your life, and drive out all that is opposed to it. This secures the fulfillment of all the law and the pardon of all sins; it is the sum of all religion.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Evening Prayer




In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my God, I thank You for all the graces and blessings bestowed on me during this day. Give me light to see what sins I have committed this day through thought, word, deed, or omission; that I may be truly sorry for them and "be prepared" to avoid sin and it occasions on the morrow.


Examination of Conscience

An Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all of my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all, because they offend You, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

Then say:

Dear Jesus, bless and love me.
Holy Mary, be a Mother to me.
Angel Guardian, watch over me and protect me.
May my patron saint pray for me.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.


Daily Daily Sing to Mary: The Sunday Homily by Bishop Robert Barron

Daily Daily Sing to Mary: The Sunday Homily by Bishop Robert Barron

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Sunday Homily by Bishop Robert Barron



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Our Gospel this week gives us one of the great scenes of healing in the ministry of Jesus, and as is usually the case, the Gospel writer composes the scene in such a way that it becomes an icon of the spiritual life in general. In our sickness, our weakness, our shame, our sin, our oddness—lots of us feel like this leper. And once we’ve been healed by the Lord, we feel the obligation to tell the world about it.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm - Psalm 32:1-11
Reading 2 - 1 Corinthians 10:31 - 11:1
Gospel - Mark 1:40-45

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Old Notes to Children




And The King Loved Her



It is of her that we must understand those words of the Book of Esther: And the King loved her more than all the women. And we must conclude that to love that Mother of fair love and to be loved by her, is happiness, fortune, hope, victory, and life.

My Mother

I put my trust forever,
O Mary, pure in thee.
Then show thyself a mother,
And daily succor me.
And when death's hand shall touch me,
Thy pity I implore;
Oh, lead me, dearest Mother,
To God―for evermore!

"The Virgin Mother"
According to Theology, 1889


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our Lady of Wengen

'Saint Paulus Catholic Church, Wengen, Switzerland
February, 2016


MY MOTHER

                  I put my trust forever,
                  O Mary, pure, in thee.
                  Then show thyself a mother,
                  And daily succour me.
                  And when death's hand shall touch me,
                  Thy pity I implore; 
                  Oh, lead me, dearest Mother,
                  To God―for evermore!


Prayers of an Irish Mother
Brian O'Higgins
38 UP, O'Connell Street, Dublin
1934




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

7. God The Father

God the Father with the Holy Ghost. 
Line engraving by G.M. Pitteri.
The chief characteristic peculiarity of the First Person is Innascibility; i.e. He is unbegotten, unborn, and does not in any way proceed from any other. This belongs to the Father alone; for God the Son proceeds from God the Father, and God the Holy Ghost from the Father and Son jointly.

Adore profoundly this singular and supreme quality in God the Father. No other being has even a resemblance to it.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Postcard To Heaven - 02/06


"She is like a beautiful olive tree in the meadow."

Mary tells us: I am the lovely olive tree from which the soothing oil is ever flowing. I stand in the midst of the meadows so that all can see me and everybody can come to me.

Let us speak to her with St. Bernard: "O Most Loving Mother, keep it in mind that since the beginning of time nobody has heard it said that you ever cast off one that came to you for protection." O Most Gentle Queen, nobody has ever heard of such a thing that a client who went to you for help was left forsaken. So it is not likely that I will be the only poor unfortunate one that came to you and was left an outcast.

Aspiration―O Mary, this is the grace I seek―always to come to you for help.



Sunday, February 4, 2018

6. The Attributes of The Divine Persons

Pilgrims at Lourdes - 1958
We may worship the Father as Creator, the Son as Redeemer, the Holy Ghost as Sanctifier; or we may consider the three Persons as our Father, our Brother, our Beloved. Again, when we feel conscious of our weakness and misery, we may ask the Father to strengthen us; when we are oppressed by the sense of ignorance and blindness and folly, we may ask the Eternal Wisdom to enlighten us; when we tremble for our malice and perversity, we may ask the Spirit of sweetness and Holiness to enkindle in us His heavenly flame.

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