Our Lady and Sheen

Sacramental Saturday and Peace

 

 

Hopefully, the following prayer is familiar to all Catholics:

“God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son
has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”

The prayer of absolution that is prayed over the penitent during the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the reason we go to confession, in a way, so that we know that we are forgiven for the crimes we have committed against God.

Today turned out to be an extremely rough day for me, in addition to needing to go to Reconciliation, I had an encounter that upset me very greatly, one of those flubs that is a mixture of truth, misunderstanding, hurt feelings, and the like that occur on this Earth.  I hadn’t felt this bad in a long time, especially knowing that it was something that could have been avoided.  Which leads me back to the Sacrament.

I have heard the prayer of absolution many times in my life, in that I live my life more like a St. Peter than a St. John.  Today, however, while the priest was praying over me, I heard clearly the “pardon and peace” portion of the prayer.  And while I know that I was mostly there for the “I absolve you” to hear this was a great relief at a time that I needed it most.  Not only does the Lord our God wish to give us absolution and pardon, but between the two He wishes us peace.

In Philippians 4:7 we hear clearly from St. Paul of the “peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  And we trust in this, the scriptures and the teachings of the Fathers reiterate God’s desire for us to rest in Him, and seek peace in Him.  Not a lack of suffering as some would say, but rather an acceptance of God’s great Love for us.  In John 14:27 Jesus Himself tells us, “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled: nor let it be afraid,” which is important enough to be repeated at the Sign of Peace during the Mass.

Continually we hear of peace, and the scriptures are many: Isaiah 26:3, Ephesians 6:23, John 20:19, and so on.  There are two that I wish to mention, briefly.

Immediately following Confession today, I went to the Adoration Chapel and prayed Vespers.  The first Psalm, Psalm 122, and in that Psalm we hear shouted by the Psalmist:  “Peace be to your homes! May peace reign in your walls, in your palaces, peace!” and again “For love of my brethren and friends I say: ‘Peace upon you.'”  It was a great validation of the feeling I had received.

Finally, at the end of the school year this year, a parent gave me a cross with 2 Thessalonians 3:16 written on it: “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”

Christians will complain, sometimes about the hard things in life.  The crosses we bear, the torments we encounter, are indeed trying sometimes, as St. Peter tells us.  Sometimes, however, the hardest things to accept in our Holy Faith are Joy and Peace, both of which God, who is Joy and who is Peace wants us to have.  Sometimes it’s joy and peace in suffering, sometimes, however it’s just having joy and peace.

Let us remember that the Gospel is the Good News!  It is not just the news.  Archbishop Sheen, Blessed Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa knew the joys of life in their own ways, but always in God’s infinite Love for us.

Archbishop Sheen, united with Our Lady whom you loved dearly, pray for us that peace may be in our homes and in ourselves.

“In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure.” Psalm 4:9

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June 18, 2011 Posted by | Sacramental Saturday | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Confirmation

Tonight we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish with the Bishop. This was the first time that we’ve also had a baptism during the same liturgy, so we sang the litany of the saints.

Last summer, as I was preparing for my pilgrimage I read a book about St. Martin of Tours and discovered he was the first non-martyr included in the Roman Calendar. He also was included in the litany of saints that we sang. The more I discover my Catholic faith, I learn that St. Martin of Tours was possibly the most awesome choice I could have made for a patron at my Confirmation. In addition I hear my given names in the litany which is always very nice!

This year, in addition to instructing the high school students in the faith, I was able to sponsor one of them. We had many deep discussions about choosing a name, the meaning of confirmation, and what it meant to stand up and be Catholic in a world in which we are hated for the message of love we preach. This young man impressed me, because once he decided on Jerome, we had a last class in which I admonished the students to pray for the gifts of the Spirit and the courage to live them out. When we were working on re-finishing a dresser (wood working seemed appropriate right after the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker) he volunteered that he was really hitting spiritual bootcamp with St. Jerome. I don’t know if I’ve been more proud of a student in a long while.

Its days like these that make all the work feel worth it!

May 7, 2011 Posted by | Sacramental Saturday | , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Feast of St. Francis De Sales… again!

This morning I had the opportunity to serve at a low Mass in the extraordinary form.  In the “Old” Calendar today, as opposed to last Monday, is the feast of St. Francis De Sales, the great saint of the poor.

Early this week I had seen, “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly,” which was inspiring to me.   I struggle, like we all should, to attain a life of heroic virtue and saintly attitudes, and fail one less time than I will hopefully succeed.  But always as the great saint also reminds us, “Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.”

These quotes seemed very inspiring in that this week I have been having a lot of confession related issues, especially embarrassment from repeat visitors to the ‘box.’ (I know, I know, “What, do you want whole new sins?”)  Then today I saw my friend Christine pointing me over to NCRegister’s posting on a new Apple app that has received an imprimatur here… which led me to the Mea Culpa app…. which brought us to the moral of the story:

“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.” –St. Isidore of Seville

In the words of Fr. Corapi, I hope that I am “not preaching to the choir, but rather, confirming the brethren!”

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Feast, Sacramental Saturday | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sacramental Saturday – – – BIG NEWS!

The First Sunday of Advent, 2011 (November 27, 2011) will unveil the use of the new translation of the Roman Missal in English!  You and your friends will have a lot of catechesis available to you, and if you don’t ask your priests!

Check out a major resource here: http://www.usccb.org/romanmissal/

And the story from WDTPRS here

Praise the Lord, and pass the books.

August 21, 2010 Posted by | Sacramental Saturday | , , | 1 Comment

Sacramental Saturday, Penitential Rite B

As a reminder, these texts can all be found at http://usccb.org/romanmissal.  Please also remember that these translations have not come into effect yet.

This one is a fun one for me because I have never heard the Penitential Rite B used in Mass.  Currently, this is the form that would be prayed at Mass:

Priest: Lord, we have sinned against you: Lord, have mercy.

People: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Lord, show us your mercy and love.

People: And grant us your salvation.

There is a pretty large difference in what we will see:

Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord.

People: For we have sinned against you.

Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy.

People: And grant us your salvation.

I like this, it is very poetic.  Maybe I will see it used in Mass sometime!

July 24, 2010 Posted by | Sacramental Saturday | , , , | Leave a comment

Sacramental Saturday

The sacraments are important, and the ordinary way to salvation.  I have decided to dedicate a small portion of my blog directly to them.  The next few posts about the sacraments will be to help with a smoother transition to the new translation of the ordinary form of the Mass.  You can find out much more about the new translation for the Mass at: http://usccb.org/romanmissal/

In today’s segment, we’ll be looking at the Confiteor, you know, the prayer that you pray near the beginning of Mass that acknowledges that you are a sinner and asks for forgiveness.  Yup! Turns out that has a name, and the name is Confiteor!  (It comes from the first word in the Latin “Confiteor Deo”)

Ok, currently we say (parts that are changing have been bolded by the USCCB):

I confess to almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned
through my own fault,

in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord, our God.

But now, there have been just a few minor changes, and we will say:

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done
and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore
I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

So, this post is mostly just my opinion on things, I don’t have a liturgical degree, nor am I ordained, so take it or leave it, but the important part is to know the translation is coming.

Ok, the “therefore” may be just a better grammar choice than “and,” but the other parts of the prayer change the emphasis slightly.  First, by saying “greatly sinned,” we hopefully realize, that we have truly hurt God.  This comes from 1 Chronicles 21:8.  Also, the other change is instead of just saying that I have sinned “through my fault,” taking ownership, we slow down, and we reiterate that the sins we’ve committed are OUR sins, and not someone elses.

In the text here also is “and, striking their breast, they say:” as we say “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.”  We build up, in a way, the understanding we have of our sins.  It’s almost like when you’re in love, and you’re like “I love her, I love her… oh my gosh! I realllly love her! This is insane how much I love her!”  Instead, we say to God that we are sorry for our sins, and that we really love Him, in a building way.  Also, this is very much like the threefold redemption of St. Peter, who, as we do in all our sins, denied knowing Christ.

Just some meditations on the upcoming changes.  Again, do not begin using the new translation until it’s time to use the new translation!

July 17, 2010 Posted by | Sacramental Saturday | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sacramental Saturday

The sacraments are important, and the ordinary way to salvation.  I have decided to dedicate a small portion of my blog directly to them.  The next few posts about the sacraments will be to help with a smoother transition to the new translation of the ordinary form of the Mass.  You can find out much more about the new translation for the Mass at: http://usccb.org/romanmissal/

The first part of the translation I will deal with is probably the most commonly used expression during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (other than Amen, which is staying the same, I promise!).  Just as a reminder, the translations are NOT in effect currently, so don’t begin saying these things until it’s time!

Currently during Mass when the priest says “The Lord be with you,” we all respond “And also with you.”  This is said quite a few times, also after “The Peace of the Lord be with you always.”  We have all had it drilled into us as an immediate response. But now, we will see a new response that we must learn, ready? Here it is:

“And with your spirit.”

Phew, did everyone survive that? Oh, good! Its an undramatic change for us all of us, because its the same length, but its worth practicing! So when you’re with you’re faithful Catholic friends, greet them with “peace be with you,” and have them respond “and with your spirit.” It may not be liturgically correct, but I think its a good greeting to exchange between friends. (If it’s not at all correct, some one correct me in charity.)

Why are we changing this little thing? Well, it is to bring us closer to the Latin prayer, which, despite what some “Spirit of Vatican II” folks might say, is the official language of the Church. In Latin, the response is, “Et cum spiritu tuo,” meaning, “and with your spirit,” so, voila!

See, we’ve finished one whole part of the translation and it wasn’t that scary! Now we build enthusiasm, and it will be an excellent transition!

July 10, 2010 Posted by | Sacramental Saturday | , , , , , | Leave a comment