Daily Archives: April 11, 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

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
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.


Hour of Mercy Psalm 51 (Vulgate)

 3 Misérere mei, Deus, secúndum magnam misericórdiam tuam; et secúndum multitúdinem miseratiónum tuárum, dele iniquitátem meam. 

4 Ámplius lava me ab iniquitáte mea,et a peccáto meo munda me. 

5 Quóniam iniquitátem meam ego cognósco,et peccátum meum contra me est semper. 6 Tibi soli peccávi, et malum coram te feci; ut justificéris in sermónibus tuis,et vincas cum judicáris. 

7 Ecce enim in iniquitátibus concéptus sum, et in peccátis concépit me mater mea. 

8 Ecce enim veritátem dilexísti; incérta et occúlta sapiéntiæ tuæ manifestásti mihi. 

9 Aspérges me hyssópo, et mundábor; lavábis me, et super nivem dealbábor. 

10 Audítui meo dabis gáudium et lætítiam,et exsultábunt ossa humiliáta. 

11 Avérte fáciem tuam a peccátis meis,et omnes iniquitátes meas dele. 

12 Cor mundum crea in me, Deus,et spíritum rectum ínnova in viscéribus meis. 

13 Ne projícias me a fácie tua,et spíritum sanctum tuum ne áuferas a me. 

14 Redde mihi lætítiam salutáris tui,et spíritu principáli confírma me. 

15 Docébo iníquos vias tuas, etímpii ad te converténtur. 

16 Líbera me de sanguínibus, Deus, Deus salútis meæ,et exsultábit lingua mea justítiam tuam. 

17 Dómine, lábia mea apéries,et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam. 

18 Quóniam si voluísses sacrifícium, dedíssem útique; holocáustis non delectáberis. 

19 Sacrifícium Deo spíritus contribulátus; cor contrítum et humiliátum, Deus, non despícies. 

20 Benígne fac, Dómine, in bona voluntáte tua Sion,utædificéntur muri Jerúsalem. 

21 Tunc acceptábis sacrifícium justítiæ, oblatiónes et holocáusta; tunc impónent super altáre tuum vítulos.

The Pro-Life Movement is totally wrong

For nearly 40 years, we’ve argued back and forth in the pro-life movement about the best ways to outlaw abortion.

We shouldn’t be trying to outlaw abortion.

We should be demanding citizenship/personhood status for the unborn–and all it takes is one state to do this.

The debate about “outlawing abortion” still presumes the unborn are different from the rest of us. Yes, there is the argument that “Some call abortion ‘murder,’ but I say it’s worse than murder,” as the late Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler of Charleston put it. However, it strikes me how easy it really would be to end abortion in America and other affronts against nascent life.

Personhood just applies existing laws to unborn babies, period. One measure, that could be passed by one state (presuming it met Supreme Court approval), that would completely win the victory for the pro-life movement.

I finally found one of my all-time favorite quotes (and where it’s from)

One of my all time favorite quotes comes from issue #93 of the Marvel GI Joe: A Real American Hero. I paraphrase it from time to time, but can never remember the exact quotation, nor where it came from.

[Side note: moments like this made Larry Hama’s work on the top selling comic book of the 1980’s classic; I was dismayed in my adulthood to find out that he was a typical liberal comic book writer, since his tone was often so conservative].

Trying to find the quotation this evening, I hit upon a summary in the GI Joe Comic Book Archive.

Here’s the set-up. The Joes are in the middle of pursuing the Dreadnoks (a biker gang that work for Cobra) somewhere in New York state, and people start getting out of their cars and complaining that the Joes are blocking traffic. Some yuppie starts whining about the military, and insulting the Joes, and there’s a bit of an altercation, which leads another yuppie to start screaming “Brutality! Kent State! Tianamen Square!”

Roadblock fires his heavy machine gun into the air and yells,

That’s it! I’ve about had it! I want all you pathetic self-centered materialistic yahoos to crawl back into your expensive cars that were built by former Axis Powers to the detriment of American auto workers and start twiddling your useless thumbs… BEFORE I LOSE MY TEMPER!

The reason I thought of it this evening is that apparently Barack Obama responded to criticism of rising gas prices by saying everyone should trade in their cars. I told my wife this, and she asked, “For what?” I said, “Expensive cars made by former Axis powers.”