Mary's Little Office

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Book and a Song


John Henry Newman never revealed to the world the secret of his own conversion into the Catholic faith.  Perhaps the answer can be found in this little book that he wrote while still an Anglican.  

The words were set to music and became a popular hymn which is cherished by Protestants and Catholics alike. Click on the sound bar below the book to listen to the music.  To read the book use the tools provided to enlarge and to turn the pages. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All Hail to Thee Dear Mother Mary



All hail to thee, dear and ever-blessed Mother!  We honor thee for God honors thee;  we love thee, for God loves thee;  we obey thee, for thou ever commandest the will of thy Lord.  The passers-by may jeer thee; . . . earth and hell rise up in wrath against thee . . . but all the more dear art thou to our hearts;  all the more deep and sincere is the homage we pay thee;  and all the more earnestly do we pray thee to receive our humble offerings, and to own us for thy children, and watch over us that we never forfeit the right to call thee our Mother.  
(Orestes Brownson 19th century)




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Angelus or Inside the Front Door

Twelve o'clock - six o'clock! The Church bell rings out its deep, clear tones, to recall our minds to Mary. The Angelus! What a sweet and necessary reminder of Heaven.

Our Lady's Story - See bottom of this page.

Recorded at the Kitchen Table - Scottsdale Arizona.

The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;  blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: 
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;  blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
And the Word was made Flesh:
And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;  blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: 
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Years ago I was browsing through a Religious Goods store in Boston when an old cement statue of Our Lady standing behind the front door caught my eye.  I was entirely captivated by her aged beauty.  I was told by the salesman that Our Lady had stood in a nearby convent yard for 80 years and was in need of a new home.  That is how the Lady's peeling paint figure and I met.  From Boston she traveled to Littlemore Farm in Iowa and stood in a shrine that I built with a thousand brick and a summer's labor.  When my wife and I left the farm Our Lady came with us and now stands in her niche to greet all who visit our home.  
The farm shrine stands empty.  The video was taken at Littlemore Farm.





Thursday, June 14, 2018

One Line Prayers


Ejaculations to the Blessed Virgin

Mary. 
(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





Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Short Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help


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 12, 2018

Time Travel - What is a Mystery

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, DANBURY, CONNECTICUT - 1950



What is a Mystery?

A mystery is a truth which we cannot fully understand. 

Why must we believe the mysteries of religion?

We must believe the mysteries of religion because God, who can neither deceive nor be deceived, has deigned to make these truths known in part to us. 
"Blessed are thy that have not seen, and have believed." John 20: 29.


Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith and Practice, 1922.



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Today's Homily by Bishop Robert Barron






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In all the literature of the world, I dont know of a richer account of who we are, what we’re called to be, and what goes wrong with us than the first chapters of Genesis—especially the third chapter, from which our first reading comes. And we see in our Gospel for today that what happens to us in the immediate wake of original sin—alienation, shame, self-centeredness, scapegoating—helps us immensely to understand Jesus and his work.

Mass Readings


Reading 1 - Genesis 3:9-15
Psalm - Psalm 130:1-8
Reading 2 - 2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1
Gospel - Mark 3:20-35

Holy Communion Prayers


1. Say these Prayers slowly, a few words at a time.
2. It is well to stop after every few words that they may sink into the heart.
3. Each prayer may be said several times.






BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION


Prayer for Help
O my God help me to make a good Communion. Mary, my dearest Mother, pray to Jesus for me. My dear Angel Guardian, lead me to the Altar of God.

Act of Faith
O God, because Thou hast said it, I believe that I shall receive the Sacred Body of Jesus to eat, and His precious Blood to drink. My God, I believe that with all my heart.

Act of Humility
My God, I confess that I am a poor sinner; I am not worthy to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus on account of my sins. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Act of Sorrow
My God, I detest all the sins of my life. I am sorry for them, because they have offended Thee, my God who art so good. I resolve never to commit sin any more. My good God, pity me, have mercy on me, forgive me. Amen.

Act of Adoration
O Jesus great God, present on the Altar, I bow down before Thee, I adore Thee.


Act of Love and Desire
Sweet Jesus, I love Thee. I desire with all my heart to receive Thee. Most sweet Jesus, come into my poor soul, and give me Thy Flesh to eat and Thy Blood to drink. Give me Thy whole self, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, that I may live forever with Thee.

O most sweet Virgin Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, lend me, I beseech thee, thy Immaculate Heart to receive my Jesus: that so I may receive Him by thee, by  whom the world received Him.

O Jesus, I offer Thee Thy sinless Mother's Heart, with its perfect dispositions at the moment of Thy Incarnation and all her communions. Come to me now by her, as I came to Thee by her. With her heart let me receive Thee.







AFTER HOLY COMMUNION



O my Queen, thou hast given me Jesus in thy heart, therefore, now, with the same true heart, entertain Him for me. Adore Him, thank Him, and implore Him for the graces thou knows me to need-in particular . . . . .

ACT OF FAITH
O Jesus, I believe that I have received Thy Flesh to eat and Thy Blood to drink, because Thou hast said it, and Thy word is true.

ACT OF ADORATION
O Jesus, my God, my Creator, I adore Thee, because from Thy Hands I came and with Thee I am to be happy forever.

ACT OF HUMILITY
O Jesus, I am but dust and ashes, and yet Thou hast come to me, and my poor heart may speak to Thee.

ACT OF LOVE
Sweet Jesus, I love Thee; I love Thee with all my heart. Thou knows that I love Thee, and wish to love Thee daily more and more.

ACT OF THANKSGIVING
My good Jesus, I thank Thee with all my heart. How good, how kind Thou art to me, sweet Jesus. Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

ACT OF OFFERING
O Jesus, receive my poor offering. Jesus Thou hast given Thyself to me, and let me give myself to Thee:


I give Thee my body, that it may be chaste and pure.


I give Thee my soul, that it may be free from sin.


I give Thee my heart, that it may always love Thee.


I give Thee every breath that I shall breathe. and especially my last; I give Thee myself in life and in death, that I may be Thine for ever and ever.


O Jesus, wash away my sins with Thy precious Blood.


O Jesus, the struggle against temptation is not yet finished. My Jesus, when temptation comes near me, make me strong against it. In the moment of temptation may I always say, "Jesus, mercy! Mary, help!"


O Jesus, may I lead a good life; may I die a happy death. May I receive Thee before I die. May I say when I am dying, "Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul."

Listen now for a moment to Jesus Christ; perhaps He has something to say to you. There may be some promise you have made and broken, which He wishes you to make again and keep. Answer Jesus in your heart, and tell Him all your troubles. Then pray for others.

O Jesus, have mercy on Thy Holy Church; take care of it.


O Jesus, have pity on poor sinners, and save them from hell.


O Jesus, bless my father, my mother, my brothers and sisters, and all I ought to pray for, as Thy Heart knows how to bless them.


O Jesus, have pity on the poor souls in Purgatory, and give them eternal rest.


Sweet Jesus, I am going away for a time, but trust not without Thee. Thou are with me by Thy grace. I will never leave Thee by mortal sin. I do not fear to do so, though I am so weak, because I have such hope in Thee. Give me grace to persevere. Amen.

    

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary


MEMORIAL OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
LUKE 2:41-51

By Bishop Robert barron
Friends, today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of Mary and Joseph finding twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple. When they find him, they upbraid him with understandable exasperation: "Child, why have you treated us like this?" But Jesus responds, "Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?"

The story conveys a truth that runs sharply counter to our sensibilities: even the most powerful familial emotions must, in the end, give way to mission. Though she felt an enormous pull in the opposite direction, Mary let her Son go, allowing him to find his vocation in the Temple. Legitimate sentiment devolves into sentimentality precisely when it comes to supersede the call of God. 

On a biblical reading, the family is, above all, the forum in which both parents and children are able to discern their missions. It is perfectly good, of course, if deep bonds and rich emotions are cultivated within the family, but those relationships and passions must cede to something that is more fundamental, more enduring, more spiritually focused. 

The paradox is this: precisely in the measure that everyone in the family focuses on God’s call for one another, the family becomes more loving and peaceful.

Time Travel - Why did Christ Suffer and Die?

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, DANBURY, CONNECTICUT, 1950



Why did Christ suffer and die?
Christ suffered and died for our sins.

Did Christ suffer and die as God or as man?
Christ suffered and died as man; and, as God, His sufferings were of infinite value.
 
What lessons do we learn from the sufferings and death of Christ?
From the sufferings and death of Christ we learn the great evil of sin, the hatred God bears to it, and the necessity of satisfying for it.

Why should we have great devotion to the Passion of Christ?
We should have great devotion to the Passion of Christ:
1st, To keep us ever mindful of His great love for us.
2nd, To inspire us with sorrow for sin.
3rd, To apply to our souls the graces and merits of His Passion and Death.

Prayer to God's Mother


Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith and Practice, 1922.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Time Travel - What is Mortal Sin

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, DANBURY, CONNECTICUT - 1950


INDEX TO OTHER LESSONS


What is Mortal Sin?

Mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God.
When does one commit a mortal sin?
One commits a mortal sin when he knowingly and willfully breaks the law of God in a serious matter.

We should look upon mortal sin as a most shameful insult to God, and the greatest evil that can befall man.  


Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith and Practice, 1922.


page 15

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time Travel - Who is The Holy Ghost?

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, DANBURY, CONNECTICUT, 1950



Who is the Holy Ghost?
The Holy Ghost is the third person of the Blessed Trinity.

From whom does the Holy Ghost proceed?
The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son.
 
How are we to understand that the "Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son?"
The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son, as the Infinite Love between them, and has the same nature as they.

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).


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Time Travel! - Is Mary Truly the Mother of God?


PAROCHIAL SCHOOL, DANBURY, CONNECTICUT - SEPT 9TH, 1950


INDEX TO OTHER LESSONS



Is the Blessed Virgin Mary truly the Mother of God?

The Blessed Virgin Mary is truly the Mother of God, because the same Divine Person who is the Son of God is also the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On what day was the Son of God conceived and made man? 

The Son of God was conceived and made man on Annunciation day―the day on which the Angel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that  she was to be the Mother of God. Luke I; 26-38.

How is this important event commemorated? 

This important event is commemorated by the first words of the Hail Mary, by the Angelus, and by the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25).

Prayer to God's Mother


Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith and Practice, 1922.


page 15

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Love for Mary



We should love Mary.
Because of her incomparable sanctity. All greatness, all goodness, all perfection merits our esteem and admiration. Now, Mary is holy; she surpasses all the saints in holiness, all the seraphim in splendor. She is beautiful, so beautiful that, as St. Thomas of Villanova says, she has ravished even the heart of God. The Blessed Virgin became so beautiful and so enamored her God that, captivated as it were by her love, He descended into her womb and became man. 

Dull must be the mind and cold the heart that will not love this incomparable Virgin. 

Prayer:

O Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, thou hast all power to change hearts; take mine and change it. Give me a great love for Jesus; give me a great love for thee. Amen.


Short Meditations for Priests
From the French of Rev. A. M. Meley, C.SS.R.
M. H. Gill & Son, Dublin, 1957

Monday, June 4, 2018

Love for Mary


We should love Mary:
  
Because she is the Mother of Jesus: of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ (Matt. I. 16).

Can we love the Son without loving the Mother, above all, a Mother like Mary who so closely resembles her Son? Our love for Jesus would not ring true, it would be of short duration if it were not accompanied by a very special love for the Most Blessed Virgin: these two loves are always inseparable. The more the love of Jesus increases in a heart, the more the love of Mary grows there; and the more a soul loves Mary, the more will it love Jesus. We have instances of this in St. Bernard and St. Alphonsus. St. John Berchmans is another instance: in his ardent desire to be a great friend of Jesus he used to cry out I wish to love Mary! I wish to love Mary! 

Prayer:

O Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, thou hast all power to change hearts; take mine and change it. Give me a great love for Jesus; give me a great love for thee. Amen.


Short Meditations for Priests
From the French of Rev. A. M. Meley, C.SS.R.
M. H. Gill & Son, Dublin, 1957

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Today's Homily by Bishop Robert Barron



Details

To truly understand what Jesus did at the climax of his life—and what the Catholic Church does at every Mass—we must understand the importance of blood sacrifice to Judaism in Jesus time. Everything that Moses did at Mt. Sinai, and all that was done for a thousand years in the temple, was summed up by Christs ultimate blood sacrifice on the Cross, offered for the reconciliation of God and humanity. And this ultimate lifeblood of God, sprinkled by Christ the high priest once for all, is what the Mass re-presents and makes sacramentally present to us.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Exodus 24:3-8
Psalm - Psalm 116:12-18
Reading 2 - Hebrews 9:11-15
Gospel - Mark 14:12-26

Take These With You to Holy Communion Today





BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION


Prayer for Help
O my God help me to make a good Communion. Mary, my dearest Mother, pray to Jesus for me. My dear Angel Guardian, lead me to the Altar of God.

Act of Faith
O God, because Thou hast said it, I believe that I shall receive the Sacred Body of Jesus to eat, and His precious Blood to drink. My God, I believe that with all my heart.

Act of Humility
My God, I confess that I am a poor sinner; I am not worthy to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus on account of my sins. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Act of Sorrow
My God, I detest all the sins of my life. I am sorry for them, because they have offended Thee, my God who art so good. I resolve never to commit sin any more. My good God, pity me, have mercy on me, forgive me. Amen.

Act of Adoration
O Jesus great God, present on the Altar, I bow down before Thee, I adore Thee.


Act of Love and Desire
Sweet Jesus, I love Thee. I desire with all my heart to receive Thee. Most sweet Jesus, come into my poor soul, and give me Thy Flesh to eat and Thy Blood to drink. Give me Thy whole self, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, that I may live forever with Thee.

O most sweet Virgin Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, lend me, I beseech thee, thy Immaculate Heart to receive my Jesus: that so I may receive Him by thee, by  whom the world received Him.

O Jesus, I offer Thee Thy sinless Mother's Heart, with its perfect dispositions at the moment of Thy Incarnation and all her communions. Come to me now by her, as I came to Thee by her. With her heart let me receive Thee.







AFTER HOLY COMMUNION



O my Queen, thou hast given me Jesus in thy heart, therefore, now, with the same true heart, entertain Him for me. Adore Him, thank Him, and implore Him for the graces thou knows me to need-in particular . . . . .

ACT OF FAITH
O Jesus, I believe that I have received Thy Flesh to eat and Thy Blood to drink, because Thou hast said it, and Thy word is true.

ACT OF ADORATION
O Jesus, my God, my Creator, I adore Thee, because from Thy Hands I came and with Thee I am to be happy forever.

ACT OF HUMILITY
O Jesus, I am but dust and ashes, and yet Thou hast come to me, and my poor heart may speak to Thee.

ACT OF LOVE
Sweet Jesus, I love Thee; I love Thee with all my heart. Thou knows that I love Thee, and wish to love Thee daily more and more.

ACT OF THANKSGIVING
My good Jesus, I thank Thee with all my heart. How good, how kind Thou art to me, sweet Jesus. Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

ACT OF OFFERING
O Jesus, receive my poor offering. Jesus Thou hast given Thyself to me, and let me give myself to Thee:


I give Thee my body, that it may be chaste and pure.


I give Thee my soul, that it may be free from sin.


I give Thee my heart, that it may always love Thee.


I give Thee every breath that I shall breathe. and especially my last; I give Thee myself in life and in death, that I may be Thine for ever and ever.


O Jesus, wash away my sins with Thy precious Blood.


O Jesus, the struggle against temptation is not yet finished. My Jesus, when temptation comes near me, make me strong against it. In the moment of temptation may I always say, "Jesus, mercy! Mary, help!"


O Jesus, may I lead a good life; may I die a happy death. May I receive Thee before I die. May I say when I am dying, "Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul."

Listen now for a moment to Jesus Christ; perhaps He has something to say to you. There may be some promise you have made and broken, which He wishes you to make again and keep. Answer Jesus in your heart, and tell Him all your troubles. Then pray for others.

O Jesus, have mercy on Thy Holy Church; take care of it.


O Jesus, have pity on poor sinners, and save them from hell.


O Jesus, bless my father, my mother, my brothers and sisters, and all I ought to pray for, as Thy Heart knows how to bless them.


O Jesus, have pity on the poor souls in Purgatory, and give them eternal rest.


Sweet Jesus, I am going away for a time, but trust not without Thee. Thou are with me by Thy grace. I will never leave Thee by mortal sin. I do not fear to do so, though I am so weak, because I have such hope in Thee. Give me grace to persevere. Amen.


    

The Third Little Visit to Jesus and Mary - Corpus Christi Sunday

Dedication, Introduction & Index
Faith is Visionary. She acknowledges her God in the chalice while the unbelieving see only worthless nourishment.

   
LIVING IN THE PALACE OF THE KING

"My delights are to be with the children of men.
(Prov.8). 

See our loving Jesus: He has died on the Cross for love of us; but this is not enough. In the Most Holy Sacrament He will continue with us even after His death; and He assures us that it is with us men He finds His deepest joys. 


"O men," exclaims St. Teresa, "how can it possibly be that you will continue to offend that God, who tells you that it is in you that He finds His deepest joys!" Jesus delights to be with us. Can it be possible that we do not delight to be with Jesus. And, most of all, we
yes, wewho are so honored as to live in His palace. 

A subject is honored indeed when the King asks him to live in the palace. But here are we, living with Jesus Christ in this house which is His own palace. Let us learn to be grateful to Him. Let us learn to put its true value on this familiar intercourse with Jesus Christ. 


Yes here I am, my Lord and my God before this altar, the place where you rest night and day for love of me. You are the spring from which every good thing flows; you are the doctor that heals every sickness; you are the treasure that makes rich every man who is poor. Here I am at your feet today
a sinner; the poorest of all, the weakest of all; and here I seek your mercy. Have pity on me. 

No. I will not allow my unhappy state to make me lose courage, because I know well that you have come down from Heaven to earth in this Sacrament for this one and only reason
to do me good. 

I will praise you; I will thank you; I will love you; if you want me to ask you for a gift, here is my petition
O listen to meI want never again any more to offend you. I want you to give me the light and grace to love you with all my power.  

O my God, I love you;  I love you with all my soul; I love you with all my affections. O see to it that when I say this I say it truly. Let me say it in this life. Let me say it in eternity. 


And I call you to help me
Mary Most Holy, my Patron Saints, all you Saints and Angels of Heaven. Help me to love my God because He is most beautiful and lovely. 

Aspiration
O Jesus Good Shepherd, O Jesus True Bread, have mercy on us. Feed us, and protect us, and show us good things in the land of the living. 

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION  


Jesus, I believe you are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you; I want you to come to me. Come into my heart; I embrace you; O never depart from me.   


A VISIT TO MARY 

THE GENTLE CHAIN OF LOVE   

Good Angel, lead me to My Mother Mary


"Her bonds are bonds that bring redemption (Eccl.6:3). 

Pelbart, a devoted servant of Mary, tells us that devotion to her is a chain; but the chain is not one of bondage. It is a succession of graces that surely ends in Heaven. Let us ask Our lady and she will bind us; but she will bind us ever more closely with the bonds of love, and of confidence in her protection.


Aspiration
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


Prayer After Each Visit