Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Lamp, Lenten Feasts, and Admiration

We've had such a beautiful time with our church family for Laetare Sunday and the Feast of St. Joseph. We've entered Passiontide but as our pastor reminds us, Lent is 40 days but Eastertide is 50.  Might I suggest Ten Easter Eggs for the little ones in your family? I'm so delighted it's still in print. I wonder if total sales have exceeded 100,000. They were close to 90,000 in 2019 and I've not received a statement since.

Below is Michael's cousin--there's definitely a family resemblance though Michael cannot grow such an impressive beard (his brother can). I can't wait to see Max et. al. during Easter break and have a celebratory reading of his letter to the editor published in its entirety in The Lamp. I might be asking him for advice on publishing in Catholic magazines next. So proud of him. And he's so proud of his father, looking very cool posing next to his Alfa Romeo. Ah, those were the days of fast cars and our guardian angels working overtime. Deo gratias! 

It's definitely spring here with pollen everywhere. I took this picture from the porch where I was hanging out the wash and looking in to see Jules cuddling up to Michael. Such a sweetie. 

And today--Happy Feast of the Annunciation and the Feast of the Good Thief Dismas! Legend tells us that Good Friday occurred on Mar. 25th and I love its circularity (I wrote about it when it did happen in 2016) and this is what Ap. Fulton Sheen said about St. Dismas in Life of Christ

“A dying man asked a dying man for eternal life; a man without possessions asked a poor man for a Kingdom; a thief at the door of death asked to die like a thief and steal Paradise. One would have thought a saint would have been the first soul purchased over the counter of Calvary by the red coins of Redemption, but in the Divine plan it was a thief who was the escort of the King of kings into Paradise. If Our Lord had come merely as a teacher, the thief would never have asked for forgiveness. But since the thief's request touched the reason of His coming to earth, namely, to save souls, the thief heard the immediate answer: 'I promise thee, this day thou shalt be With Me in Paradise' (Luke 23:43) It was the thief's last prayer, perhaps even his first. He knocked once, sought once, asked once, dared everything, and found everything. When even the disciples were doubting and only one was present at the Cross, the thief owned and acknowledged Him as Saviour.”

Friday, March 19, 2021

Litany of St. Joseph and Litany of Humility

I've been reciting the Litany of St. Joseph since last year when I consecrated myself to Jesus through him, placing myself under his protection. Truly, I am thankful for his fatherhood given how much I have longed for my own father in the wake of our fractured family life. It is only after our conversion that I have had  consolation in having spiritual fathers--St. Patrick, St. Alphonsus, St. Padre Pio--but St. Joseph is the perfect father. One of my favorite titles of St. Joseph is "Terror of demons" and the reason for it is St. Joseph's humility, so I often pair his litany with the Litany of Humility, which I still find very difficult to recite regularly but somehow God gives me the grace to do so. And He continues to transform me. So today on St. Joseph's Feast Day, I post both litanies. Happy Feast Day! Deo gratias!   

Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, pray for us.
Light of patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Watchful defender of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Joseph most just, pray for us. 
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most valiant, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workmen, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the afflicted, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us!

V. He made him the lord of His household, R. And prince over all His possessions.

Let Us Pray
O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Some wonderful books for you to learn more about St. Joseph in this year dedicated to him, the first in the Church's 2,000-year history. I've copied the lace cards from: Holy Card Heaven

O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wrongedDeliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspectedDeliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,
   Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Laetare Sunday 3/14 was Pi Day, yesterday John 3:16 Day, and today St. Patrick's Day, which also happens to be my baptism day! Born in Christ! 

Here's a hymn, translation of St. Patrick's breastplate, most beautifully sung by the Corpus Christi Male Chorale. It might be the best 5 minutes you spend today! A happy day to you!

I bind unto myself today

The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility.

 I bind to me these holy powers.
Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Text attr: Patrick, c. AD 372-466; Hymn by Cecil F. Alexander (AD 1818-1895); Music by Charles V. Stanford (AD 1852-1924)

Saturday, March 13, 2021


This time, last year, was the beginning of the pandemic and I knew Laetare Sunday's High Mass would be canceled because Father didn't call the boys for Altar serving practice. Thankfully I was able to make my consecration to St. Joseph in the church. It was the last time I would be in our beloved Stella Maris church until it was reopened for public Masses again in May. Still, what a long Lent because of the many restrictions to avoid the spread of Covid. I have learned much, chiefly to not trust the so-called experts, but to rely on common sense and our Lord. 

2020 was truly a year of the apocalypse because it unveiled so much. Consider that many world leaders simulated a pandemic in Oct. 2019, how it's still being used to usher in a new world order, and even influence the outcome of US elections. And worst of all, our church leadership is just as worldly, going along with the recommendations that governments impose. The reason we're in this mess is because we've turned away from God Almighty. The devil is having a field day with his deceptions, distortions, and divisions. I wouldn't be surprised if there will be a vaccine mandate, a switch to digital-only currency, and a world where big corporations control everything. And we give them control willingly. RESIST! Let us pray to be renewed, especially our families because as Pope St. John Paul II said in a homily, "As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live." Let us emulate the Holy Family. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou wilt renew the face of the earth.

Monday, March 8, 2021


Peach blossoms, buzzing bees, honey, German shepherd puppies, and kids home for Spring Break! So wonderful to see young people thriving in their studies, growing in their faith and virtues and having a wonderful time together. We'll see them in a couple of months--this time together is too short but the time apart goes quickly too.

On this first Saturday, I listened to the Parable of the Prodigal Son on EWTN (10 min mark) and the priest gave a wonderful homily on how this is the essence of Christianity. Our God seeks us out, longs to wrap us in His Love and Mercy. This was one of the first Gospel stories I heard when we first went to church 12 years ago and how it resonates because I was dead, but now am alive; for I was lost, and now am found. And I loved the story he shared about Mother Angelica!

March is one of my favorite months and this month is going to be extra-special with three High Masses to celebrate Laetare Sunday, the Feast of St. Joseph, and the Annunciation. I've always thought Annunciation should be as big a deal as Christmas but I only know of one place that goes all out and that's Ave Maria, FL.