Praying for the Church while on vacation

Old posts will show that I am not a fan of FrancisChurch.  I find myself on vacation right now.  I haven’t been and won’t be posting much.  So I am praying for the Church and me.  I’m afraid I don’t know what the Church is anymore.  I know my faith but I find Francis’s ideas about Church hard to take.  He’s proposing decentralization. Go for it Francis and we will find ourselve even less unified than before, more will be relavatized.  I’m not sure his intentions are ever bad in my contemplation of Francis.  I think he is right about his emphasis on mercy and pastoral care.  I find him hard to swallow on liturgy, his carelessness and his contempt for all ideas other than his own.  And, he is not the humble paragon the media portrays him to be. I don’t think he is not humble but I also think he can be manipulative, secretive, conniving and not very collegial.  In sum, like all of us he is paradoxical. I also find him quite Protestant.

Anyway, I am just a poor powerless sinner who doesn’t understand.  So, I pray.  I think I need to pray for the Church right now.  It seems to me she needs it. Mary, Mother of the Church, help us.

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Our Father

In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches us to pray.  Prayer is so needed in these times.  I’ve been mocked about praying.  Some see it as a psychological crutch.  Others that I’m talking to my “invisible friend”.  Of course I am talking to my friend and whether He is visible or not depends on your definitions. I see God everywhere.  His hand is in everything.  We are in Him.  We are His children.  I suppose, non-Catholics think that I am cult worshipping in praying to Mary, especially when Jesus told us to pray to His Father.  I don’t think so.  I pray to both, to all, as I believe in a Triune God.  Mary is not on the same level.  However, she intercedes for us now, just as she did then.

Times are strange.  Evil seems to be on the march.  It never really stops marching but you can feel it can’t you?  You can see it and hear it.  We need all the intercessors we can get!!!  Let’s all pray the Our Father tonight, the Rosary and a prayer of our favorite saint asking the Lord to not abandon us and to have Mercy upon the whole world

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Pray for Munich

Dear Mary, Mother of God, The city of Munich has honored and adored you and your son for centuries.  In this an age of forgetfulness, look on them with mercy and ask your son to have mercy on us all.  Amen.

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Our Lady of Fatima

My grandparents  had two big bookshelves in their living room.  They were filled with many different types of books.  One of them was a  history of the apparation at Fatima.  At age seven or eight that was my favorite to read during “down” moments at their house.  I was fascinated.  As an adult, I have not been as fascinated with it, other than when the third secret was revealed and Cardinal Ratzinger wrote his interpretation.  After this, I have been fascisnated by all the conspiracy theories, etc.  Since I believe Pope Benedict tells the truth, I believe the third secret has been revealed.  I also believe there is much more to the story as Lucia had a more complex story than we know.  I am sure all will be revealed in due time about that.

I believe the apparation was real.  I believe we have been living through a period that is about to come to an end next year.  What that means or will look like – I don’t know.  But the increasing violence, the lack of faith, the lukewarmness of the faithful are all part of this experience.  So, I think we should consider praying the Our Lady of Fatima prayers often;

Say the rosary and here are some others:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

and then there is this one which I often say:

Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy.

Oh Mary, Most Holy, please continue to teach  us to pray, intercede for us and help us to love your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen

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Return

My title is sort of a personal pun. After being away from blogging, I’ve returned.  I was gone for two days, looking as if I have abanondoned my blogging but – I have returned.

I traveled to a funeral.  These are always sobering and as I age, increasing in frequency.  In your kindness, say a prayer for my friend and his family.  My friend was a father and grandfather, a husband and brother.  He was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.  At one time he was homeless.  His wife, one of the strongest women I’ve met, practised tough love.  After awhile, she won.  And so did God, he was back in Church and volunteered at a local soup kitchen, helping others.  He was the prodigal son who returned.  Or was he? Perhaps he never was lost.  Does it matter? No, I don’t think so.  My friend loved and was loved.  He gave of himself.  He lived.  He was a child of God, who never abandons his children. God loves and doesn’t lose us.  We lose Him.

I pray to the Lord for my friend’s soul and for His consolation to the family.  I pray, I beg, that the mercy He extends to individuals, He will extend to all.  May we hear His call, that whisper of love in our hearts.  If we do, we will not kill and maim our brothers and sisters.  Lord, do not abandon us – Shepherd Us!

Mary Mother of God, pray for us.

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Day 2 of “Time to Be More Active”

It is heart wrenching to read about the latest terror attack in Nice.  They are all heart wrenching.  But, it is particularly heart wrenching to read about children being mowed down.  My heart goes out to the parents as well as the children who lost a parent or parents.  This must be a crime that calls out to heaven, calls out to all of us.

Mary Mother of God Pray for us.

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of they womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”.

I know I am crying, begging for help.  I am just plain crying too.  It is a valley of tears.  I do feel banished too – why is this happening? Where is the Lord?  We know these are cries throughout all of history during these types of events.  We know the Lord is near, He is with us.  He has not abandoned us.  Although unworthy, we need Him to hear us.  Please pray to Mary, our most powerful intercessor; to the Lord; to the Father that the world will be spared and that we are made more worthy of the promises of Christ.  May the Lord Have Mercy and show us the way. May we have eyes and ears to see and hear the way. Oh Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.

I learned after posting that today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel, please pray for us.

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Time to be More Active

In light of all the terrorists attacks, I think it is time to be more active on my blog.  I have been in a state of ambivalence about blogging.  Some of it has to do with the state of the Church.  Most of it just has to do with daily life.  While I always pray, the world needs public prayer just as much as it needs private prayer.  I hope whoever comes on the page will start praying – whatever faith  you are for peace in this world, the end of hate and the growth of love of neighbor.

Prayer to the Immaculate Queen of Peace taken directly from: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=310

Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.

We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hatred and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.

Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Ame

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

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