Daily Archives: April 6, 2011

Hour of Mercy: Thirty Days’ Prayer to Mary

Ever glorious and Blessed Mary,
Queen of Virgins, Mother of mercy,
hope and comfort of dejected and desolate souls,
through that sword of sorrow
which pierced thy Heart whilst thine only Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
suffered death and ignominy on the Cross;
through that filial tenderness
and pure love through that filial tenderness
and pure love He had for thee, grieving in thy grief,
while from His Cross He recommended thee
to the care and protection of His beloved Disciple,
St. John, take pity, I beseech thee,
on my poverty and necessities;
have compassion on my anxieties and cares;
assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries.

Thou art the Mother of mercy,
the sweet consolatrix and refuge
of the needy and the orphan,
of the desolate and the afflicted.

Look, therefore, with pity on a miserable,
forlorn child of Eve,
and hear my prayer;
for since, in just punishment of my sins,
I am encompassed with evils
and oppressed with anguish of spirit,
whither can I flee for more secure shelter,

O amiable Mother of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
than to thy maternal protection?
Attend, therefore, I beseech thee,
with pity and compassion to my humble and earnest
request.

I ask it through the infinite mercy of thy dear Son,
– through that love and condescension wherewith
He embraced our nature, when,
in compliance with the divine Will,
thou gavest thy consent, and Whom,
after the expiration of nine months,
thou didst bring forth
from the chaste enclosure of thy womb,
to visit this world
and bless it with his presence.

I ask it through the sores of His virginal Flesh,
caused by the cords and whips
wherewith He was bound and scourged
when stripped of His seamless garment,
for which His executioners afterwards cast lots.

I ask it through the scoffs and ignominies
by which He was insulted,
the false accusations and unjust sentence
by which He was condemned to death,
and which He bore with heavenly patience.

I ask it through His bitter tears and bloody sweat;
His silence and resignation;
His sadness and grief of heart.

I ask it through the Blood
which trickled from His royal and sacred Head,
when struck with His sceptre of a reed,
and pierced with the crown of thorns.

I ask it through the excruciating torments He suffered,
when His hands and feet were fastened
with huge nails to the tree of the cross.

I ask it through His vehement thirst,
and bitter potion of vinegar and gall.

I ask it through His dereliction on the cross,
when He exclaimed:
“My God! my God! why hast Thou forsaken me?”

I ask it through His mercy extended to the good thief,
and through His recommending His precious Soul and Spirit
into the hands of His Eternal Father before He expired.

I ask it through the Blood mixed with water,
which issued from His sacred Side,
when pierced with a lance,
and whence a flood of grace and mercy has flowed to us.

I ask it through His immaculate life,
bitter Passion,
and ignominious death on the cross,
at which nature itself was thrown into convulsions,
by the bursting of rocks,
rending of the veil of the temple,
the earthquake,
and the darkness of the sun and the moon.

I ask it through His descent into hell,
where He comforted the Saints of the Old Law with His
presence,
and led captivity captive.

I ask it through His glorious victory over death,
when He arose again to life on the third day,
and through the joy
which His appearance for forty days after gave thee,
His blessed Mother,
His Apostles,
and His Disciples,
when, in thine and their presence,
He miraculously ascended into heaven.

I ask it through the grace of the Holy Ghost,
infused into the hearts of the Disciples,
when He descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues,
and which they were inspired with zeal
for the conversion of the world
when they went forth to preach the Gospel.

I ask it through the awful appearance of thy Son,
at the last dreadful day,
when He shall come to judge the living and the dead,
and the world by fire.

I ask it through the compassion He bore thee in this life,
and the ineffable joy thou didst feel
at Thine Assumption into heaven,
where thou art eternally absorbed
in the sweet contemplation of His divine perfections.

O glorious and ever-blessed Virgin,
comfort the heart of thy suppliant,
by obtaining for me the graces and the favours
which I now most earnestly solicit.

(Here mention your requests)

And as I am persuaded my Divine Saviour honour Thee
as His beloved Mother, to whom He can refuse nothing,
so let me speedily experience
the efficacy of thy powerful intercession,
according to the tenderness of thy maternal affection,
and His filial,
loving Heart,
who mercifully grants the requests and complies
with the desires of those that love and fear Him.

Wherefore, O Most Blessed Virgin,
beside the object of my present petition,
and whatever else I may stand in need of,
obtain for me also of thy dear Son,
our Lord and our God,
a lively faith,
firm hope,
perfect charity,
the contrition of heart,
unfeigned tears of compunction,
sincere confession,
just satisfaction,
abstinence from sin,
love of God and of my neighbour,
contempt of the world,
patience to suffer affronts and ignominies,
nay, even, if necessary,
an opprobrious death itself,
for the love of thy Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Obtain likewise for me,

O Holy Mother of God,
perseverance in good works,
performance of good resolutions,
mortification of self-will,
a pious conversation through life,
and at my last moment,
strong and sincere repentance
accompanied by such a lively
and attentive presence of mind,
as may enable me to receive
the last Sacraments of the Church worthily,
and to die in thy friendship and favour.

Lastly, obtain, I beseech Thee,
for the souls of my parents,
brethren, relatives,
and benefactors both living and dead,
life everlasting.

Amen.

Hour of Mercy: Psalm 102 (Grail)

.2 O Lord, listen to my prayer
and let my cry for help reach you.
.3 Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Turn your ear towards me
and answer me quickly when I call.

.4 For my days are vanishing like smoke,
my bones burn away like a fire.
.5 My heart is withered like the grass.
I forget to eat my bread.
.6 I cry with all my strength
and my skin clings to my bones.

.7 I have become like a pelican in the wilderness
like an owl in desolate places.
.8 I lie awake and I moan
like some lonely bird on a roof.
.9 All day long my foes revile me;
those who hate me use my name as a curse.

.10 The bread I eat is ashes;
my drink is mingled with tears.
.11 In your anger, Lord, and your fury
you have lifted me up and thrown me down.
.12 My days are like a passing shadow
and I wither away like the grass.

* * *

.13 But you, O Lord, will endure for ever
and your name from age to age.
.14 You will arise and have mercy on Zion:
for this is the time to have mercy,
(yes, the time appointed has come)
.15 for your servants love her very stones,
are moved with pity even for her dust.

.16 The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
and all the earth’s kings your glory,
.17 when the Lord shall build up Zion again
and appear in all his glory.
.18 Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
he will not despise their prayers.

.19 Let this be written for ages to come
that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
.20 for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
He looked down from heaven to the earth
.21 that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
and free those condemned to die.

.29 The sons of your servants shall dwell untroubled
and their race shall endure before you
.22 that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion
and his praise in the heart of Jerusalem,
.23 when peoples and kingdoms are gathered together
to pay their homage to the Lord.

* * *

.24 He has broken my strength in mid-course;
he has shortened the days of my life.
.25 I say to God: “Do not take me away
before my day are complete,
you, whose days last from age to age.

.26 Long ago you founded the earth
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
.27 They will perish but you will remain.
They will are wear out like a garment.
You will change them like clothes that are changed.
.28 But you neither change, nor have an end.”

Planned Parenthood and government bankruptcy or your social security check?

Dear Readers of the General Public,

In the current budget battle between the newly appointed Tea Party caucus of the Republican Party in the House and Senate on the one side and the Democratic Old Guard on the other, one of the main weapons each side has to try and beat the other with is a government shutdown. Now, in principle, a federal government shutdown is a great thing from a conservative perspective, but everyone knows it’s politically very risky. A government shutdown means no Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security checks will be issued during that time. It *does* mean that the Congresshumans will make sure they themselves collect paychecks.

If the Democrats win the budget battle, it means that a government that is currently spending 8 times its revenue (and remember that the government’s “revenue” is our money in taxes) PER MONTH will keep spending that much, if not more, and go bankrupt. It means that, while our government veers towards bankruptcy and funds our entire country on loans from China and the Middle East, much of that money will go to line the pockets of Planned Parenthood, which as Abby Johnson has exposed in her book _UnPlanned_, only operates as a “non-profit” so it doesn’t have to pay taxes. Planned Parenthood is a business, and its business is abortions.

Planned Parenthood makes a great deal of money from government “grants” which supposedly go towards education and “health services.” One such service commonly cited is mammograms. Well, Abby Johnson (who, if you don’t know, is a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who converted last year in the middle of a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil) has stated firmly that Planned Parenthood does not do or refer mammograms as is commonly cited in justifying their grants from the government and the Komen Foundation. Live Action (in a “sting operation” which, unlike some of their others, didn’t require lying), had women calling Planned Parenthood operations around the country, asking to set up appointments for mammograms, and the women were told, “We don’t do that.” Yet Barbara Boxer insisted on the Senate floor, in spite of these revelations, that Planned Parenthood does mammograms. That’s not even getting into “sex education programs” that are little more than pornography for elementary school students.

We’re told Planned Parenthood “does” adoptions. When different Catholic Charities operations have been called to task for involvement with Planned Parenthood, they’ve insisted it’s because Catholic Charities only does adoption referrals, and Planned Parenthood does adoptions. Nope. Wrong. Planned Parenthood only does referrals, not adoptions, and its ratio of adoptions to abortions is something like 1:200. The number of adoption *REFERRALS* Planned Parenthood does is less than 1% of the number of abortions it performs on site. Let’s not forget that those abortions aren’t free, and it’s making a profit on every one. Let’s not forget that abortion, the most common “medical procedure” in the country, is not performed like other “medical procedures.” The women are corralled into a big room like cattle, given the chemicals, and then sit there and wait for the body parts to come out.

This is what your tax dollars are going to fund, while our economy tanks and our government goes bankrupt.

This is what the Demonocrats in the Senate say they’re willing to shut the government down–and take away your Social Security check–to protect. It is far more important to them to kill babies than to provide any of the services and economic “safety nets” that are supposedly so important to liberals.

The problem with “FactCheck.org” and similar projects

It’s a FACT that God exists. It’s a FACT that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for our sins. It’s a FACT that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and the Sacraments. These are not uncertain “beliefs”, opinions, fairy tales or wishful thinking. These are historical facts that I know to be true just as much as I know that Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon or Alexander the Great was educated by Aristotle or Cyrus the Great ended the Babylonian Exile.

The fact that some people choose to ignore the historical evidence for these events–and the Bible alone provides more historical evidence for many events than we have for other things secular historians take for granted, even ignoring the vast field of Biblical archaeology and the corroborations of the Bible in secular histories and extra-canonical religious works from the Biblical era–does not make them any less factual than they are.

Any organization, book, website or school which claims to teach fact without teaching these facts is promoting ignorance. They would balk at the idea of not teaching evolution as scientific fact, yet why do they not teach the Bible as historical fact?