Daily Archives: July 19, 2010

Novena to St. Anna, Day 4

Glorious Saint Anne, I desire to honor you with a special devotion. I choose you, after the Blessed Virgin, as my spiritual mother and protectress. To you I entrust my soul and my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of my family.

To you I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith; my heart, that you may keep it pure and fill it with love for Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and yourself; my will, that like yours, it may always be one with the Will of God.

Good Saint Anne, filled with love for those who invoke you and with compassion for those who suffer, I confidently place before you my earnest petition: . . . .

I beg you to recommend my petition to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, that both Mary and you may present it to Jesus. Through your earnest prayers, may my request be granted. But, if what I ask for should not be according to the Will of God, obtain for me that which will be for the greater benefit of my soul. By the power and the grace with which God has blessed you, extend to me your helping hand.

But most of all, merciful Saint Anne, I beg you to help me to master my evil inclinations and temptations, and to avoid all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the duties of my state of life, adn of practicing all those virtues that are needful for my salvatoin.

Like you, may I belong to God in life and in death through perfect love. And, after having loved and honored you on earth as a truly devoted child, may I, through your prayers, have the privilege of loving and honoring you in heaven with the Angels and Saints throughout eternity.

Good Saint Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for me and obtain my request.

Memorare to Saint Anne

Remember, good Saint Anne, whosename means grace and mercy, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I come before you, sinful and sorrowful. Holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and loving grandmother of the Savior, do not reject my appeal but hear me and answer my prayer. Amen.

Prayer to Sts. Joachim and Ann

Great and glorious patriarch, Saint Joachim, and good Saint Anne, what joy is mine when I consider that you were chosen among all God’s holy ones to assist in the fulfillment of the mysteries of God, and to enrich our earth with the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. By this singular privilege, you have become most powerful with both the Mother and her Son, so as to be able to obtain for us the graces that are needful to us.

With great confidence I have recourse to your mighty protection, and I commend to you all my needs, both spiritual adn temporal, and those of my family. Especially do I entrust to your keeping the particular favor that I desire and look for from your intercession: . . . .

And since you were a perfect pattern of the interior life, obtain for me the grace to pray earnestly, and never to set my heart on the passing goods of this life. Give me a lively and enduring love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me also a sincere devotion and obedience to Holy Church and the sovereign pontiff who rules over her, in order that I may live and die in faith and hope and perfect charity. Let me ever invoke the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and may I thus be saved.

Litany in honor of St. Anne
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, 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 Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Saint Anne, pray for us.
Offspring of the royal race of David, pray for us.
Daughter of the Patriarchs, pray for us.
Faithful spouse of Saint Joachim, pray for us.
Mother of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, pray for us.
Gentle mother of the Queen of Heaven, pray for us.
Grandmother of Our Savior, pray for us.
Beloved of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.
Instrument of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Richly endowed with God’s grace, pray for us.
Example of piety and patience in suffering, pray for us.
Mirror of obedience, pray for us.
Ideal of pure womanhood, pray for us.
Protectress of virgins, pray for us.
Model of Christian mothers, pray for us.
Protectress of the married, pray for us.
Guardian of children, pray for us.
Support of Christian family life, pray for us.
Help of the Church, pray for us.
Mother of mercy, pray for us.
Mother of confidence, pray for us.
Friend of the poor, pray for us.
Example of widows, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Cure of those who suffer from disease, pray for us.
Mother of the infirm, pray for us.
Light of the blind, pray for us.
Speech of the mute, pray for us.
Hearing of the deaf, pray for us.
Consolation of the afflicted, pray for us.
Comforter of the oppressed, pray for us.
Joy of the Angels and Saints, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Harbor of salvation, pray for us.
Patroness of a happy death, pray for us.
Help of all who have recourse to you, pray for us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord

Pray for us, good Saint Anne,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Prayer
Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, You were pleased to choose Saint Anne to be the mother of the Mother of Your loving Son. Grant, we pray, that we who confidently honor her may through her prayers attain to everlasting life. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

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Past versus Present Tense

We interrupt this blog to bring you this special public service announcement about verb tense in writing. . . .

Past and Present tense in fiction and literature.  This concept is often very difficult for students to grasp, and I created the following hand-out and table to help explain it a bit..

All fiction is present tense, whether written or performed.  The only exception is live performance, in which case you would refer to the actor’s performance in the past tense, but not the fiction.

It can be confusing, especially when talking about novels and short stories, since those are usually *written* in *past* tense, but we’re supposed to write *about* them in present tense.

The reason is that when we read something, we re-experience it.  Certainly, with a television show or movie, when we watch it, we re-experience it. It happens again.  So in that case, we might refer to the process of making the show or movie in the past tense, but the action that takes place in it, or the actor’s performances, are present.

Novel or short story or poetry

What the writer “says” is present tense

Fictional events are present tense

Nonfiction

What the writer “says” is present tense

Historical events are past tense

Fictional TV show or movie

Actor’s performance is present tense

Fictional events are present tense

A Live Play or Performance.

Actor’s performance is past tense

Fictional events are present tense

Broadcast News Report

What the News “reports” is present tense

Actual events are past tense

Sports Broadcast

Broadcast is past tense (rarely rebroadcast)

Sports event is past tense

<div class=Section1>
<p class=MsoNormal><span class=GramE><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:
Arial’>Past and Present tense in fiction and literature.</span></span><span
style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>All fiction
is present tense, whether written or performed.&nbsp; The only exception is
live performance, in which case you would refer to the actor’s performance in
the past tense, but not the fiction.<br>
<br>
It can be confusing, especially when talking about novels and short stories,
since those are usually *written* in *past* tense, but we’re supposed to write
*about* them in present tense.<br>
<br>
The reason is that when we read something, we re-experience it.&nbsp; Certainly,
with a television show or movie, when we watch it, we re-experience it.&nbsp;
It happens again.&nbsp; So in that case, we might refer to the process of
making the show or movie in the past tense, but the action that takes place in
it, or the actor’s performances, are present.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
<table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=895
style=‘width:671.25pt;margin-left:4.65pt;border-collapse:collapse;mso-padding-alt:
0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt’>
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<td width=229 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:171.75pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Novel or
short story or poetry<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=312 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:3.25in;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>What the
writer &quot;says&quot; is present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=354 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:265.5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Fictional
events are present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr style=‘mso-yfti-irow:1;height:14.25pt’>
<td width=229 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:171.75pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Nonfiction<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=312 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:3.25in;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>What the
writer &quot;says&quot; is present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=354 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:265.5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Historical
events are past tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr style=‘mso-yfti-irow:2;height:14.25pt’>
<td width=229 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:171.75pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Fictional
TV show or movie<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=312 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:3.25in;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Actor’s
performance is present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=354 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:265.5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Fictional
events are present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr style=‘mso-yfti-irow:3;height:14.25pt’>
<td width=229 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:171.75pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’ x:str=“A Live Play or Performance. “>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>A Live
Play or Performance. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=312 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:3.25in;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Actor’s
performance is past tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=354 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:265.5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Fictional
events are present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr style=‘mso-yfti-irow:4;height:14.25pt’>
<td width=229 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:171.75pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Broadcast
News Report<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=312 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:3.25in;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>What the
News &quot;reports&quot; is present tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=354 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:265.5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Actual
events are past tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr style=‘mso-yfti-irow:5;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes;height:14.25pt’>
<td width=229 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:171.75pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Sports
Broadcast<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=312 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:3.25in;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Broadcast
is past tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
<td width=354 nowrap valign=bottom style=‘width:265.5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
height:14.25pt’>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Arial’>Sports
event is past tense<o:p></o:p></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
<p class=MsoNormal><span style=‘mso-spacerun:yes’>&nbsp;</span></p>
</div>

St. Teresa of Avila on the Eucharist, prayer and our material needs

St. Teresa de Jesus says that, when we pray, we should be concerned with spiritual sustenance, through the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist. We should not be as concerned with our physical sustenance when we pray.

“I know a person with serious illnesses, who ften experiences great pain, who through this bread [the Eucharist] had them taken away as though by a gesture of the hand and was made completely well” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 34, para. 6).

Bishop to Illegals: “Learn English . .. and get in the back of the line”

The Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, AZ, a VP at the USCCB, testified before a congressional subcomittee on immigration reform.   While maintaining existing USCCB policy that “undocumented workers” need to be legalized to provide for fair wages and that the emphasis needs to be on keeping family together, Kicanas also called for rule of law:

<blockquote>Comprehensive immigration reform would honor the rule of law and help restore it by requiring 11 million undocumented to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English, and get in the back of the line. We believe this a proportionate penalty for the offense.</blockquote>