March 30. 2014
MINISTRY OF PRAISE
Dear Friend in Christ,
Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards him who is the fount of mercy. It is a pilgrimage in which he himself accompanies us through the desert of our poverty, sustaining us on our way towards the intense joy of Easter. Even in the “valley of darkness” of which the Psalmist speaks, (Ps 23:4), while the tempter prompts us to despair or to place a vain hope in the work of our own hands, God is there to guard us and sustain us. Yes, even today the Lord hears the cry of the multitudes longing for joy, peace, and love. As in every age, they feel abandoned. Yet, even in the desolation of misery, loneliness, violence, and hunger that indiscriminately afflict children, adults, and the elderly, God does not allow darkness to prevail. In fact, in the words of my beloved Predecessor, Pope John Paul II, there is a “divine limit imposed upon evil,” namely, mercy….
Even now, the compassionate “gaze” of Christ continues to fall upon individuals and peoples. He watched them, knowing that the divine “plan” includes their call to salvation. Jesus knows the perils that put this plan at risk, and he is moved with pity for the crowds. He chooses to defend them from the wolves’ even at the cost of his own life. The gaze of Jesus embraces individuals and multitudes, and he brings them all before the Father, offering himself as a sacrifice of expiation….
It is integral salvation that Lent puts before us, pointing towards the victory of Christ over every evil that oppresses us. In turning to the divine Master, in being converted to Him, in experiencing His mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we will discover a “gaze” that searches us profoundly and gives new life to the crowds and to each one of us. It restores trust to those who do not succumb to skepticism, opening up before them the perspective of eternal beatitude. Throughout history, even when hate seems to prevail, the luminous testimony of His love is never lacking. To Mary “the living fount of Hope” we entrust our Lenten journey, so that she may lead us to her son.
Pope Benedict XVI, His Holiness Benedict XVI reigned as pope from 2005 to 2013
As we prepare for His Holy Season, let us pray:
- That God will be with all as we continue our Lent in preparation for the glorious celebration of Easter.
- That those who are preparing to enter the Church at Easter; that they may find in the Creed of the Church the sustenance to live life to its fullest.
- That the life of every human person, from conception to natural death, will be enshrined and protected in our laws. That all will work together against the increasing threats to the fundamental right to religious liberty.
- We pray for the young people that they may be kept close in friendship with Jesus as they prepare for First Eucharist.
- That the Lord will make haste to deliver those in special need, especially the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the unemployed or those suffering addictions.
- For peace in the world and protection for all Christians who are being persecuted. Protect them and keep them safe.
A Prayer to Remove the Wooden Beam
Grant me tears, O Lord, to blot out my sins;
may I not cease from them,
O God, until I have been purified.
May my heart be burned by the fire of redemption;
grant me pure tears for Mary….
When I contemplate my sins, grant me tears always,
for great are the claims of tears on cheeks.
Grant me tears when rising, grant me tears when resting,
beyond your every gift altogether for love of you, Mary’s Son.
Grant me tears in bed to moisten my pillow,
so that his dear ones may help to cure the soul.
Grant me contrition of heart so that I may not be in disgrace;
O Lord, protect me and grant me tears….
For my anger, my jealousy, and my pride, a foolish deed,
in pools from my inmost parts bring forth tears.
My falsehoods, my lying, and my greed, grievous the three,
to banish them all from me, O Mary, grant me tears.
From a medieval Irish poem
Let us keep in our prayers those who are serving our Country in the Armed Forces:
For all the military that are serving our country that God will protect and watch over them.
For all the military that have been injured. For the “Wounded Warriors” that they may receive the help they need to continue with their lives. Also we pray for those that are their caregivers.
For the repose of the souls of Andrew Hauck and Jason Johnston.
May the Lord be your Protector and your Shield; may there be peace for the people of Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine and our world.
THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
Opening Prayers: (Use your Rosary as guide)
- You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O font of life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty yourself out upon us.
Say THREE times:
- O Blood of water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in you.
Then say ONCE each:
- Our Father…, Hail Mary…, The Apostles’ Creed…
On the Our Father beads say the following words:
- Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On the Hail Mary beads say the following words:
- For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
In conclusion: THREE TIMES recite these words
- Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon me, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, not become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen
PRAYER LIST OF THE SICK
|Rose Anselm||Myrta Izzo||Milazzo’s good friend||Tom Schmitz|
|Gary Caruso||Elsie Johnson||Robert Mullen||Stan Skowneski|
|Mike Conner||Catherine Jurs||Betty Nasca||E. J. Stigliano|
|Donovan Dunn||David Kleehammer||Jo Ann Nicolucci||Helen Stigliano|
|Thomas Dyer||Kailee Kwiecien||Pat Nisdeo||Frances Swalbach|
|Michael Ferris||Michele Lage||Mary Overmeyer||Carol Swanger|
|Nate Foley||Sarah Larson||Tony Pacilio||Maureen Valentine|
|Joyce Gale||Joan Martin||Fr. Philipps||Carl Wheat|
|Maria Gallagher||Teresa Martin||Sara Ridd||Paul Wieczorek|
|Sheri Gates||Carol McNeil||Beverly Ruggles||David Wilkinson|
|Theresa Gusek||Rocco C. Mesiti, Jr.||Linda Ruggles||Dolores Wood|
The Monthly Prayer Request for Priests
Will you pray for a priest each day?
| O Jesus, Eternal High Priest,
keep all Thy priests within the
shelter of Thy Sacred Heart
where none may harm them.
Keep unstained their anointed
hands which daily touch
Thy Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips
purpled with Thy Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their
hearts sealed with the sublime
marks of Thy glorious priesthood.
| Let Thy holy love surround
them and shield them from
the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abun-
dant fruit and may the souls to
whom they ministered here below
be their joy and consolation
and in Heaven their beautiful
and everlasting crown.
O Mary, Queen of the clergy,
pray for us; Obtain for us a
number of holy priests. Amen.
Prayer Suggestions: Mass, Rosary, Fasting, Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy Chaplet,
Observing First Friday and First Saturday of the Month devotions in reparation for sin.
Courtesy of Monthly Prayer Request for Priests – Rochester, New York (www.mprp-roc.org)