A Moment with Mary
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Friday, November 11 2011
I am sorry to have to let you know that my father, Thomas Murphy, suffered a heart attack this past Sunday and is currently fighting for his life. I say fighting because I firmly believe he still has a desire to live. My favorite quote is, "if you want God to laugh tell him your plans." However, my dad is a strong man and I believe he can overcome this challenge God has bestowed upon him.
I will do my best to make sure this website is updated because I know it is his life and it is very important to him, but it may be difficult over the next couple of weeks, so I would like to add the following, a poem by Mother Theresa:
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
God Bless You All and especially my Dad,
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Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.
Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.
Source: written by the poet laureate Robert Bridges.
Book of Wisdom 6: 12-16
Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;
Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed,
for he shall find her sitting by his gate.
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care;
because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her,
and graciously appears to them in the ways,
and meets them with all solicitude.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. R
Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you. R
Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you. R
I will remember you upon my couch,
and through the night-watches I will meditate on you:
You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. R
Reading 2 1 Thes 4:13-18
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive,
who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.
The gospels are the heart of scripture. The saints could find no better material than these.
Gospel Mt 25:1-13
Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
'Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.'
But the wise ones replied,
'No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.'
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!'
But he said in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour."
The Lord never asked his disciples to pray with him except when he was in the Garden of Gethsemani, and his closest followers fell asleep as he was in agony. He asked them to stay awake
with him for he knew they needed to be prepared for what was going to happen when Judas came with the soldiers to arrest him. He specifically asked them: "Why are you sleeping?
Wake up, and pray that you may not be subjected to the trial."(Lk 22:46).
Once again in Mark, it is written: When he returned he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Asleep, Simon? You could not stay awake for even an hour?
Be on your guard and pray that you may not be put to the test. The spirit is willing but nature is weak." Going back again he began to pray in the same words. Once
again he found them asleep on his return. They could not keep their eyes open, nor did they know what to say to him. He returned a third time and said to them, "Still
sleeping? Still taking your ease? It will have to do. The hour is on us. You will see that the Son of Man is to be handed over to the clutches of evil men. Rouse
yourselves and come along? My betrayer is near." (Mk 14:37-42)
We do not have to have our eyes open to pray. Some times it helps but at other times we can close our eyes to pray when we are weary or exhausted. We can always have the desire to pray.
The Spirit can always lead us to do the better part. We are always going to be tested or experience trials, but is one hour too much to give to our loving Savior our heart when we know he wants us to be with him? He is always with us in spirit and he greatly desires our love and affection for he is our Friend, both human and divine, who longs to be with us more than
we want to be with him. It is good to remember this so that we can be prepared to stay united with him at all times. Our human nature was made by God and we need to sleep at times when we decide not when it decides especially when our dear
Jesus implores our assistance. Our almighty God needs us at times and this might sound like a contradiction but if we are attune to his Spirit we will be
aware more frequently to turn to him in prayer for our God burns for us. Fr Raymond's O.C.S.O book,You, listed in the sources tells us: You are one who breathes by the God who burns!
We don't realize it but you are causing Almighty God concern right now. Also God is depending on you right now. Realize, right now, you have a God-given career. Every breath, every heartbeat is of major concern of God right now. These points are covered in Father's other book named:
The message of Jesus is plain and simple: We ought to be our true self now and if you act thus, you will be like God. Every moment is an opportunity to be prepared for the next and this can happen when we live united with our God in prayer with ourselves, in service to our family, our church, and yes even our country. At the same time we musn't
forget the poor, the needy, the infirm, yes, all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. In the link below Pope, St Leo, Doctor of the Church, encourages this human and spiritual measures to stay united to God.
Due to the wars, terrorists and immense problems
that Leo faced he strongly advocated the below works of mercy toward
others to show true Christianity:
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY:
feed the hungry;
Give drink to the thirsty;
Clothe the naked;
Shelter the homeless;
Visit the sick;
Visit the imprisoned;
SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY:
To counsel the doubtful;
Instruct the ignorant;
Comfort the afflicted;
Bear wrongs patiently;
Pray for the living and the
We can not imagine Leo's courage and total trust
and abandonment to God when he had to face Attila the Hun.
St. Leo the Great 11/10
The Our Father Prayer
We pray the Lord’s Prayer during the holy mass. This is the perfect prayer with the perfect sacrifice. There are DVD videos in a link below on this prayer.
Praying with one’s heart is the best way whether it is vocal, contemplative, or meditating from scripture. Praying should be most natural, and at times, we can simply remain silent when we find a quiet location. Praying is conversing with God, heart to heart, or simply letting God dictate to us how to keep him company the way God chooses rather than the way we choose.
Our whole life can be a prayer by being dedicated to the service of the Lord and others with our kindness and consecration. We can find God in people, and people in God too, for God' presence is everywhere, and is alive in all living matter, no matter the degree of holiness or sinfulness. Scripture reveals that God's Spirit fills the whole world. Only when our words and actions mirror Jesus, will others see Christ in us.
The Calendar contains the lives of the saints, audio inclusions, and many other devotions. Praying and spiritual reading can motivate and inspire us to experience Christ and be aware of his Spirit that will help us to imitate Christ all the more.
These are God's models that reveal his beauty, virtue and fiery charity and wonderful examples for Christian living.
"The saints are the best interpreters of scriptures because their hearts are closer to God, scripture's primary author." (Peter Kreeft)
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Calendar of Saints
Calendar includes: lfonso Navarrete Benito, Atticus, Christina of Stommelnm, Edwen, Efflam of Brittany, Erlafrid of Hirschau, Felix of Fondi, Felix of Thynissa, Francis Ferdinand de Capillas, Illtyd, Israel, Joseph Khang, Leonard of Noblac, Leonard of Reresby, Leonianus of Autun, Melaine of Rennes, Severus of Barcelona , Stephen of Apt, Winnoc and Josepha Naval Girbes -See Secular Saints below
THE DOCTORS AND SECULAR SAINTS
How Great Thou Art 494
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Rx Then sing my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou are!
When thru the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. Rx
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin! Rx
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou are!
Text and Tune: Stuart K.Hine. b 1899; O Store GUD. 11 etc with refrain: same; 1953,
1981, Manna Music, Inc. Gather GIA, Pub., Inc., Chicago, 1994.
The Sunday’s Divine Praises and Benediction Hymn
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be his Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin, and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.
Holy God, we praise thy name!
Lord of all, we bow before thee;
All on earth they scepter claim,
All in heav’n above adore thee;
Infinite thy vast domain,
Everlasting is thy reign.
Hark! The loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and Seraphim
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the heav’ns with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy Lord!
Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name thee,
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim thee,
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.
Jesus Christ told Sister Pierina, a nun that fostered the Holy Face devotion.
"Whoever gazes upon my face already consoles Me." See link
below. The holy face of Jesus from the Shroud of Turin is considered an
esteemed and sacred relic and can be viewed in the link below.
THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS
Separate websites below
APOSTLES OF THE LORD
The below web site information is taken from the book (322 pages) entitled The Sanctifier by the late Archbishop Luis Martinez of Mexico.
Father wrote and spoke about what happened to him personally, in the style of St Teresa – or better, of St. John of the Cross, from whom he quoted both, among many other doctors
and biblical text extensively.
THE DOCTORS AND HOLY SPIRIT
THE LORD'S PRAYER
There is a catalogue of 26 books, to begin with including one on the doctor of the church, followed by many books by Andrew Murray. These are completed by
24 more books concluding the Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis that is divided into four parts: 1 Counsels on the Spiritual Life, 2 Counsels on the Inner (Interior Life),
3 On Inner Consolation, 4 On the Blessed Sacrament.
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
CATHOLIC SACRED MUSIC
SUPPORT THE POOR
THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD