Updated: Litany of Transfiguration

 

UPDATE:

Today, August 6, 2012, is the Feast of the Transfiguration.  This Litany is a perfect prayer for today and everyday.

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This is the Litany that I have mentioned.  It is by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. in the August 2008 issue of Magnificat. I found it on at Postscripts From The Catholic Spitfire Grill.

Litany of Transfiguration

When I am tempted to look only at my faults…Let me see only Jesus.

When troubled by the specter of doubt and defeat…Let me see only Jesus.

When I can’t see beyond the frustrations of the moment…Let me see only Jesus.

When the horizon seems distant and dark…Let me see only Jesus.

When I can’t see the point of pursuing what’s good…Let me see only Jesus.

When complaining and cynicism invade my peace….Let me see only Jesus.

When I can’t face my problems…Let me see only Jesus.

When the world looks bleak…Let me see only Jesus.

When others measure and judge me…Let me see only Jesus.

When beset by depression…Let me see only Jesus.

When friendship is far from me…Let me see only Jesus.

When overshadowed by sorrow…Let me see only Jesus.

When I fail to use my freedom…Let me see only Jesus.

When it’s hard to forgive…Let me see only Jesus.

When things don’t make sense…Let me see only Jesus.

When I think I can’t change…Let me see only Jesus.

When confronted by suffering…Let me see only Jesus.

When stress gets me down…Let me see only Jesus.

When it’s hard to go on…Let me see only Jesus.

When blinded by sin…Let me see only Jesus.

When the hardness of life overwhelms me…Let me see only Jesus.

When hope begins to fade…Let me see only Jesus.

Our Father…

Closing Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for allowing me to witness the vision of your Son transfigured on Mount Tabor. May I become what I behold so that my life will radiate the glory and grace that remain your priceless gifts to me in Jesus. Amen.

Photo source:  History Channel; for the background of picture, go here.

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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.

General Thanksgiving by the President of the United States of America — A Proclamation

His Excellency G. Washington issued the following Proclamation in the city of New York past October 3rd:

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

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(signed) G. Washington

How, Why, And When To Pray The Regina Coeli

Now that the Easter Season has begun, we switch from praying the Angelus (here and here) to praying the Regina Coeli until Pentecost.

We begin with the words from EWTN:

V.    Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

R.    For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.

V.    Has risen, as he said, alleluia.

R.    Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V.    Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R.    For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Notably, we don’t pray the Hail Mary in between versicles as we do with the Angelus. Also, the prayer when broken down is prayed faster so that first response and second versicle become a single sentence.  Another change is that the Angelus focuses on the mystery of the Incarnation while the Regina Coeli focuses on the Resurrection.  That, of course, is why we pray the Regina Coeli during the Easter Season.

The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute notes that the Regina Coeli — at 900 years old — is the newest of the so-called Marian Antiphons.  Theologically, just as the Angelus celebrates Mary’s servanthood on earth, the Regina Coeli celebrates her servanthood on heaven:

The words Regina Coeli are best translated Queen in Heaven. It is an Easter title of honor and signifies that the Mother of Christ already participates in the Easter glory of her son. Instead of the usual address for Mary, Ave, the Laetarerejoice, is used. This is an invitation to look to Mary as she lives now: the servant of the Lord on earth has become queen of heaven. In her exaltation, she has become a sign for all who are united with Christ through baptism. As the preface for the August fifteenth feast of the Assumption says, “the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection.” All of the baptized can look forward to this promise. The antiphon reminds Mary, the crowned mother of the redeemer, of the promise fulfilled by using the angel’s words, “He has risen as he said!” (Matthew 28,6) The antiphon ends with a petition for intercession, “pray for us to God. Alleluia!”

We should reflect on this as we pray the Regina Coeli throughout this Easter Season.

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Catholic Boot Camp: Eucharistic Adoration

A long time ago I went to a Third Day/Michael W. Smith concert. Between acts, the preacher Max Lucado spoke. He took as his text Moses’ encounter with God in which God promised Moses anything. Moses had one request — “Show me your glory.” I remember hearing that and instantly picturing a monstrance with Christ present and his glory streaming forth. Everyone else in our group pictured something similar.

Eucharistic adoration is straightforward. A consecrated Host is placed in a monstrance. A monstrance is a specially designed holder for displaying and reverencing the Christ really present in the Eucharist. (You will see several monstrances in the video.) Once the Host is displayed, we reverence it for an hour. Why one hour? Because we are answering Jesus’ question to Peter — “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” — with an enthusiastic yes.  So what do you do? Nothing except worship your God.  Nothing except encounter His love.  Nothing except pour your heart to Him.  Nothing except love Him.   Why? Because Jesus is waiting for you. . . .

(c) http://www.CatholicHQ.com Jeff Lloyd; song: (c) Mercy Me

Praying For People Who Do Evil Things

When I heard about the shooting in Arizona, I recoiled in shock.  My sympathies were with the victims.

A couple of evenings later, my son offered this prayer intention:  “God, please forgive that man who hurt those people in Arizona so he can have a chance at paradise, too.”  I was stunned.

Then I got to thinking.  We offer our prayers easily for those we like or for the loved ones  of those we like.  Offering prayer is a sign of goodwill.  But does the Lord ask more of us?

I think He does.  A passage from A Story of A Soul came to mind:

In order still further to enkindle my ardour, Our Divine Master soon proved to me how pleasing to him was my desire. Just then I heard much talk of a notorious criminal, Pranzini, who was sentenced to death for several shocking murders, and, as he was quite impenitent, everyone feared he would be eternally lost. How I longed to avert this irreparable calamity! In order to do so I employed all the spiritual means I could think of, and, knowing that my own efforts were unavailing, I offered for his pardon the infinite merits of Our Saviour and the treasures of Holy Church.

Need I say that in the depths of my heart I felt certain my request would be granted? But, that I might gain courage to persevere in the quest for souls, I said in all simplicity: “My God, I am quite sure that Thou wilt pardon this unhappy Pranzini. I should still think so if he did not confess his sins or give any sign of sorrow, because I have such confidence in Thy unbounded Mercy; but this is my first sinner, and therefore I beg for just one sign of repentance to reassure me.” My prayer was granted to the letter. My Father never allowed us to read the papers, but I did not think there was any disobedience in looking at the part about Pranzini. The day after his execution I hastily opened the paper, La Croix, and what did I see? Tears betrayed my emotion; I was obliged to run out of the room. Pranzini had mounted the scaffold without confessing or receiving absolution, and the executioners were already dragging him towards the fatal block, when all at once, apparently in answer to a sudden inspiration, he turned round, seized the crucifix which the Priest was offering to him, and kissed Our Lord’s Sacred Wounds three times. . . . I had obtained the sign I asked for, and to me it was especially sweet.

Therese, of course, did not approve of Pranzini’s actions; she only wanted to save his soul — so he would have a chance at Heaven.  My son, then, got it right — Loughner deserves our prayers, but the prayer is that God’s grace will penetrate his heart, followed by repentance, and finally followed by a chance at paradise.

UPDATED (2/13/2011):  The title was changed to focus on evil actions, rather than implying that the person himself is “bad.”

How To Pray When You Can’t Pray

We’ve all experienced it. We get on our knees to pray and our minds and hearts are blank. We wait for the Spirit to move us and He doesn’t. Here is an approach that helps me: A.C.T.S.

A.C.T.S. is an acronym for four types of prayer. All we need to do is pray each type. The first is A for ADORATION. Think about the wonder that God is and respond the only way possible — by adoring Him.

The second is C for CONTRITION. Here we express our contrition for our sins. The Act of Contrition is a good one to use here. Notice how we start with God and then look to ourselves. The contrast alone evokes the contrition.

The third is T for THANKSGIVING. Count your blessings and thank God for each one. Be the tenth leper who thanked Jesus rather than the others who went away.

The fourth and final is S for SUPPLICATION. After thanking God for all of His blessings, ask for blessings for yourself and for others.

Next time your’re on your knees and can’t get started, just remember A.C.T.S.!