Saturday, January 28, 2012

Back at the Board

Sorry for the silence here... got distracted, but I'm back at the key board and wanted to post a few things.

First, I was with the Men's ACTS team this morning and mentioned a book and Scripture verse as a point for prayer this week. I wanted to share that point for prayer with everyone.

The Scripture verse was from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, verses 46 to 52. The big question from Jesus is in verse 51: "What do you want me to do for you?"

It's a powerful question and one that Jesus wants to ask every one of us: "FrC, what do you want me to do for you?"

Here's a link to Amazon and that book that mentioned: An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, by Father Timothy Gallagher, OVM.

Also, I was thinking about all the Saints of our Catholic tradition and I wanted to pass along a great book that I think everyone might enjoy. It's called Holiness is Always in Season, it's by Pope Benedict XVI.  I recommend it to you.

Secondly, someone forwarded on to me this great clip of an interview with the actor Mark Wahlberg.  Turns out Marky Mark's a good Catholic.  Here's a link to it on YouTube.

So, I offer these things for everyone. Stay in touch here, I'm back on the posting bandwagon.

Peace and prayers to you.


Monday, January 16, 2012

From the Homily on Sunday

Many have asked for those two prayers that I mentioned during the homily on Sunday.  Below are links to the prayers; there are also links to biographies of the two men who composed those prayers.

Father Thomas Merton's Prayer
Father Thomas Merton's Bio

Blessed John Henry Newman's Prayer
Blessed John Henry Newman's Bio

Remember: Desire and Surrender. With those two things in our hearts, God will reveal to us what he wants from us and it will be as clear as the morning sun.

Peace to you.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Jesus in da hiz-ouse!!

Come on and lollygag for a little while with the Lord!

Eucharistic Adoration in Church from 8:30am - 10pm today, Friday, Jan 6.

It's quiet; solitary; and full of peace for you!

"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Name of Jesus

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. This feast day has it's origin with St. Bernardine of Siena in the 15th century. The name of Jesus has been reverenced from the earliest days of Christianity and really is an extension of the Second Commandment.

In Christian art, the name of Jesus is often represented by certain letters. We call these Christograms.

Here are some we might see on a regular basis:
1. IHS or IHC or JHS - (we see this a lot around all things Jesuit) it's the letters of the name of Jesus written in Greek. I don't have a Greek font on my computer so the letters would be IHSOUS. (Sometimes, Is were written as Js. And the difference between the S and the C has to do with whether or not it's the Greek capital letter or lower case.)
2. INXI or NIKA - again, Greek letters representing Greek words that mean "Jesus Christ Conquers".
3. XP - these are the Greek letters chi and rho. These are the first two letters of the word Christ written in Greek.

For our prayer today, we can take a few minutes and offer the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus. Click here for that litany and prayer.

Peace to you today.