April 6 Meditations: Five Sorrowful Mysteries

April 7, 2010

Originally posted 4/7/2010.

Jesus aches with unspeakable sorrow in the garden. His agony when He was before Him the sins of the world, for which He would be cruelly tortured on the Cross! In His human sensual will He naturally abhorred death [Lk 22:42], but His divine will permitted this to be so. He is our Lord and our God–we must also do the will of the Father and be perfect as He is [Mt 5:48]. The Holy Spirit works in me to give me the grace to delete my dirty music (and I thank St. John Chrysostom the Great especially for interceding for me in this matter), and detach myself from things that draw me away from the risen Prince of Peace and ensnare me under the tyranny of the prince of this world. St. Raphael, pray for me, a sinner. Thank You Lord for incorporating me into the Church which Your only-Begotten Son purchased with the same precious Blood [Lk 22:42] He sweated out in the garden [Lk 22:44]. Keep me vigilant, Lord.

May the merits of Christ’s suffering at the pillar [Mt 27:26] obtain eternal life for me and those I love, especially my immediate family. May I obtain mortification of my weak flesh by meditating on this Second Sorrowful Mystery.

How forcefully do we push the crown of thorns into the scalp of the uncreated King of Kings! They clothed Him in a scarlet robe [Mt 27:28]. May He make our scarlet souls as white as snow, pure and radiant like the light with which He shone in front of the three chief Apostles on Mt. Tabor. Sts. Moses and Elijah, pray for us!

God give me strength to carry the Cross, the Cross so heavy. When I fall, sweet Lord Jesus, pick me up. Be merciful, Lord! I wish to take up my Cross daily and follow You [Lk 9:23] wherever you may lead me, and one day venerate the precious wood of the True Cross discovered by St. Helena.

Forgive us, Lord. We pierce Your Sacred Heart. We crucify You, driving sharp nails through You when we willfully disobey You. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer: have mercy on us poor sinners! Amen. I cannot thank You enough for bringing me into your Mystical Body, the Church, the sole Ark of salvation. May you rescue all mankind from the deadly waters of the flood! Bring everyone onto the one Ark. Thank you, my good Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. Amen.

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Holy Week 2010: Answered Prayer!

April 1, 2010

Originally posted 4/1/2010.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Happy Holy Thursday to you and yours!

I thank and praise the Lord our God and all His saints for answering my prayers. I’ve been saying the Rosary and praying especially to Sts. Joseph the Just, Raphael the Archangel, Christopher the Martyr of Lycia (†251), Peregrine Laziosi of Forli (1260-5/1/1345), and my guardian angel. I often recite the Jesus prayer and invoke the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Without the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I would not have been running, doing crunches, and using the elliptical this week. If not for the grace of God, I would have taken a nap last evening and not worked out more intensely than usual. If not for the merciful Lord hearing my prayer, I would not have been so focused on my responsibilities. If not for the intercession of the aforementioned saints (esp. Sts. Mary, Raphael, and Peregrine Laziosi), my skin would not be nearly as clear as it is right now–praise God!

My brothers and sisters, pray for me, a sinner, that I may grow much more intimate with the indwelling Trinity this Holy Week as I get initiated into the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, to which the merciful triune God has called me. Pray, my brothers and sisters, that I may always keep and be mindful of my baptismal promises and grow ever stronger in my devotion to the Lord our God. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.

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