Two Thumbs Up For The New Translation

The new Mass translation is the talk of the town.  This Church Guy attended Guardian Angels in Clawson, MI.  Except for a couple of “And also with you’s” when we should have been saying “and with your spirit,” we did quite well.  I liked the emphasis on our sinfulness and unworthiness, but I don’t think it was overwhelming.  The priest prayed the third Eucharistic prayer.  The new language brought out a mystery in the liturgy that I had not experienced before.  Overall, 4.5 out of 5.

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Physics Lesson From St. Paul

 

St. Paul:

“A man reaps what he sows.”  Gal. 6:7.

Science:

 Law of Conservation of Matter:  “mass (or matter) cannot be created or destroyed in a chemical reaction.”

Law of Conservation of Energy:    “The amount of energy used to initiate a change is the same as the amount of energy detected at the end of the change. In other words, energy cannot be created or destroyed in a physical or chemical change.”

Funny, how faith and science point to the same reality.  Faith, though, offers a more comprehensive response because,  while science (or, at least some scientists) excludes faith, faith is strengthened by sheer awe at the beauty of creation that science reveals to us.

How To Pray For Your Children

I found this prayer and another like it recently.  It is a good tool for focusing concretely on the life God has for your children and on what each of us as parents can see is pulling them away from that life.  Although one of the elements suggests that it is intended for young children, it can be modified easily for older or adult children.  Indeed, it is possible that the Blessed Mother herself prays this for us (“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”/”Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.”)  Think about that.  Wow!  The source is here (you will have to scroll down quite a bit; search for the word ‘hinder’).

     1.     Pray that NOTHING hinders your child from accepting Christ as his or her Savior early in life. (Mt. 19:14).

2.     Pray that your child learns to know God and to have a deep desire to do His will throughout his or her life. (Ps 119:27, 30, 34, 35).

3.     Pray that your child hears stories from the Bible that will be a basis for decisions throughout his or her life.  (Eccl.12:1; Ps 71:17).

4.     Pray that your child will develop a keen sense of right and wrong and that he or she will truly abhor evil and cling to that which is good.  (Ps 139:23-24).

5.     Pray that your child will increase in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically) and in favor with God (spiritually) and man (socially).  (Luke 2:52).  This prayer covers the total development of his or her full potential.

6.     Pray that your child will develop a thankful heart and a positive mental attitude.  (Ps 126:2-3; Rom 8:31).

7.     Pray that God will protect your child from Satan and his wiles in every area of his or her life.  (John 17:15; Ps 121).

8.     Pray that God destroy the enemies in his or her life whether they be lying, laziness, selfishness, etc.  (Ps 120, Ps 140).

9.     Pray that God would make him or her successful in the work God has set for him or her to do.  (Ps 118:25; Ps 139:9-10).

10.    Pray that he or she develops a strong sense of belonging to a family that is loving an dwells together in unity.  (Ps 133; Col 3:12-14).

11.     Pray that he or she will respect authority.  (Rom 13:1; Eph 6:1-4).

12.    Pray that his or her entire life will be a testament to the greatness and love of Christ.  (Philippians 2:15-16; 1 Thess 5:2-3).

This structure is effective because it focuses on specific struggles and challenges that each child faces. Better discernment leads to better prayer — the temptation to multiply vague generalities is weakened and the prayer becomes a better acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty over the nitty-gritty.  Try it and you’ll see.

A Prayer To Begin The Day

As morning breaks I begin to think of You, Lord, and my desire to serve You joyfully.  With gladness, I consecrate this day to Your Sacred Heart, and offer whatever joys or sacrifices come my way.  Thank You for the graces that You will send — all the love, all the beauty, and all the ways that You will answer my prayers. Today, may I love my enemies, forgive seventy-times seven and show mercy; may I welcome the prodigal, have compassion for the Samaritan, be a peacemaker, and love my neighbor unconditionally.  Take all my heart, mind, and strength, O Lord, that this day may be truly lived for Your greater honor and glory and for the salvation of souls.  Amen.

Prayers to Our Lord.

In A Minute

Dan climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord … ‘God, what does a million years mean to you?’

The Lord replies, ‘A minute.’ 
Dan asks, ‘And what does a million dollars mean to you?’

The Lord replies, ‘A penny.’
‘Dan asks, ‘Can I have a penny?’
‘The Lord replies, ‘In a minute.’