Sunday, March 23, 2008
Victimae Paschali Laudes
May you praise the Paschal Victim, immolated for Christians.
The Lamb redeemed the sheep: Christ, the innocent one,
has reconciled sinners to the Father.
A wonderful duel to behold, as death and life struggle:
The Prince of life dead, now reigns alive.
Tell us, Mary Magdalen, what did you see in the way?
I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ,
and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one:
The Angelic witnesses, the winding cloth, and His garments.
The risen Christ is my hope: He will go before His own into Galilee.
We know Christ to have risen truly from the dead:
And thou, victorious King, have mercy on us.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL WITH HIS ABUNDANT GRACES THIS EASTER SEASON!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
"....and they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments on it; and he sat upon it. And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest!" Mark 10:7-10
Thursday, March 13, 2008
So, Easter season ahead is very welcome. Very welcome.
God bless you all this beautiful season!
P.S. I just noticed that my Avon calendar in the kitchen says for the month of March: "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at time."
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
We adore you, O Christ, when we do not get our own way, R.
We adore you, O Christ, in the midst of day-to-day aggravations, frustrations, and annoyances, R.
We adore you, O Christ, when we live deprived of recognition or gratitude, R.
We adore you, O Christ, when dealing with others who exalt themselves and demean us, R.
We adore you, O Christ, in the face of worry, anxiety and fear, R.
We adore you, O Christ, when we forgive others and show them mercy, especially when it hurts, R.
(taken from Magnificat, March 2008)
More litany to follow another time.
We need light and clarity, both for ourselves and for those around us. This is our big responsibility. The Christian has been placed by God as a lamp to light up, for others the way towards God. We ought to educate ourselves to face the rush of people who are going to press upon us with a specific and urgent question: 'Well then, what must I do?' [Escriva, Furrow, 221] Children, relatives, colleagues, friends, they all look to our behaviour and we have the responsibility of leading them to God. And so that the blind person's guide is not himself also blind [Matt15:14], it is not enough to have second-hand knowledge or mere hearsay. To lead our friends and relatives to God, a vague and superficial knowledge of the route is not enough; we need to have walked it ourselves........."
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Prayer is indispensable for us, for if we neglect our dealings with God, little by little our spiritual life begins to languish. If you abandon prayer you may at first live on spiritual reserves and, after that, by cheating. (St. Escriva, Furrow, 445)
Excerpt from Vol 2 In Conversation with God, Monday, Fourth Week of Lent
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Rejoice, O Jerusalem...
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is called Lætare (Rejoice) Sunday, from the first words of the liturgy [Introit] above. Since it is in the middle of Lent, like Gaudete Sunday midway through Advent, Lætare reminds us of the Event we look forward to at the end of the penitential season. As on Gaudete Sunday, rose-colored vestments may replace violet, symbolizing, the Church's joy in anticipation of the Resurrection.
In England, this Sunday is known as Mothering Sunday, a custom that arose during the Middle Ages, because the Epistle for the day said, "But Jerusalem which is above, is free, which is the mother of us all" [Galatians 4:26]. The Church is "Jerusalem which is above."
On Lætare Sunday people went to Church where they were baptized (their mother church); and visited their own mothers, as well, often bringing gifts of flowers and simnel cakes (so-called because they were made with fine white flour, or simila.) There are many different recipes for this cake, but all are fruit-cakes covered with almond paste. Mothering Sunday reminds us of the American Mother's Day, although the latter is a holiday honoring mothers which was originated in the early twentieth-century, and though similar, it is unrelated to the Lenten tradition of Mothering Sunday.
Even if we don't celebrate this day as Mothering Sunday (or maybe just don't like fruitcake!) it would be appropriate, on the "Rejoice" Sunday, to have a special treat for the Sunday meal in honor of our Mother, the Church.