Prayer For A Family

Prayer for a Family

 

O dear Jesus, I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family. May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith. I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living and dead.

 

O Mary, loving Mother of Jesus, and our Mother, pray to Jesus for our family, for all the families of the world, to guard the cradle of the newborn, the schools of the young, and their vocations.

 

Blessed Saint Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayer in all the necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which He granted to you, to watch over our home at the pillow of the sick and dying, so that with Mary and you, heaven may find our family

unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

Amen.

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Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha To Be Canonized

Word is spreading quickly that the final miracle needed to confirm Bl. Kateri’s sainthood has been established.  Bl. Kateri is quite amazing.  She was a native american, whose mother was Christian.  Both parents died when she was young.  Her uncle, with whom she lived, persecuted her for her Christian faith.  She persevered, though.  Known as something of a mystic, she was unusually devoted to the Holy Eucharist.  She was also humbled by smallpox-caused disfigurement and partial blindness.  Indeed, “Tekakwitha” means she who “bumps into things.”

Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us!

How Much Is Too Much?

Here is a scenario for your consideration:

A person is offered a job.  The job pays $10,000 per month.  Being the financial type, he knows that he needs $5,000 per month to meet his material needs, as prudence dictates.  Is it moral for him to accept $10,000 per month or should he take the job for $5,000 per month or something in between?

In short, is it moral to earn more than you need?  Surprisingly, I think there is a case to be made that the answer is “no.”  First, we are told that “all is vanity.”  In other words, the only question is whether something brings us closer to Christ — we do his will better — or distracts us from that will.  Second, if God has given us everything we need, why take more?  Every answer to this question amounts to some form of self-assertion — “because I want to . . . .”    Also, what if by taking the extra — that we don’t need — the company has to price its goods and services a little more (or a lot more) than otherwise and thereby puts the service out of the financial reach of another person who might actually need it?  What gives us a priority to the value represented by the surplus?

In a book I read recently about Carthusian monks, one of the novices said that the Carthusian life was the logical extension of what we Catholics believe about material things — take as much as you need, no more, and use what you need to seek Christ.  It’s pretty clear how’d the monk would respond to the scenario above.

Two obvious responses and one clarification.  It will not do to say that “I don’t know what I need.”  That is why the Holy Spirit offers us prudence.  Nor will it do to take the extra 5K with the promise to give it away.  That amounts to unnecessary self-assertion: we would be deciding to take it from the customer or the owners to use as we see fit.  Why does our decision to use the money in a certain way trump theirs?  Because we know God better (been to Confession lately??).  Finally, nothing I’ve said means or suggests that the government should set salaries or, in our example, specify that the could not be higher than 5K.

This should be easy to answer.  It isn’t.

A Compromise Hiding In Plain Sight

Over at American Papist, there is plenty of perplexity over HHS’ decision not to make abortifacients available to 11 year old girls.  The left is outraged; the pro-life side, perplexed.  The answer is hiding in plain sight.  Archbishop Dolan has a quiet meeting with Obama.  Obama is getting hammered on his diktat that Catholic business entities furnish insurance coverage for abortion and contraceptives.  Seen in this context, HHS’ decision is straightforward:  give on “Plan B” and minimize the opposition of the Catholic community re insurance mandates, which are a much bigger deal to Obama.  Although your humble blogger lacks inside information, he knows what 2 + 2 equals.