Father’s Column 08/20/2017

Posted on August 20, 2017

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Gelobt sei Jesus Christus! Sia lodato Gesù Cristo! Praised be Jesus Christ!

Last Sunday I put out another sign-up sheet to gather the names of those who could sign-up for Adoration, or state their possible interest. We are in particular need for Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.

For the second week in a row, the sign-up sheet disappeared. It was even announced that we would need the form in the office, to please not take it. If you are interested or able to take an hour, I ask that you please contact the Parish Office directly. I have been unable to see if anyone has actually signed up, as the sheet is gone when I go to look for it.

It is my prayer that, rather than discouraging us, this leads us to see the great need that we, our families, our neighborhood, our Country, and our Church have for this important devotion. The father of lies will do all he can to undermine our prayer life, as I preached about last Sunday. Please be generous in considering if you can commit just an hour a week to adoring our Lord exposed in the Monstrance.

I wish you all a blessed week!

 

“And the Virgin’s name was Mary.” Let us speak a little about this name, which is said to mean “star of the sea,” and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star. As a star emits a ray without being dimmed, so the Virgin brought forth her Son without receiving any injury. The ray takes naught from the brightness of the star, nor the Son from His Mother’s virginal integrity. This is the noble star risen out of Jacob, whose ray illumines the whole world, whose splendor shines in the heavens, penetrates the abyss, and, traversing the whole earth, gives warmth rather to souls than to bodies, cherishing virtues, withering vices. Mary is that bright and incomparable star, whom we need to see raised above this vast sea, shining by her merits, and giving us light by her example.

All of you, who see yourselves amid the tides of the world, tossed by storms and tempests rather than walking on the land, do not turn your eyes away from this shining star, unless you want to be overwhelmed by the hurricane. If temptation storms, or you fall upon the rocks of tribulation, look to the star: Call upon Mary! If you are tossed by the waves of pride or ambition, detraction or envy, look to the star, call upon Mary. If anger or avarice or the desires of the flesh dash against the ship of your soul, turn your eyes to Mary. If troubled by the enormity of your crimes, ashamed of your guilty conscience, terrified by dread of the judgment, you begin to sink into the gulf of sadness or the abyss of despair, think of Mary. In dangers, in anguish, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let her name be even on your lips, ever in your heart; and the better to obtain the help of her prayers, imitate the example of her life: “Following her, thou strayest not; invoking her, thou despairest not; thinking of her, thou wanderest not; upheld by her, thou fallest not; shielded by her, thou fearest not; guided by her, thou growest not weary; favored by her, thou reachest the goal. And thus dost thou experience in thyself how good is that saying: ‘And the Virgin’s name was Mary.'” – St. Bernard

 

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