30 October 2007

Many Years Cardinal Cordes

Among the 23 new cardinals named today by the Catholic Church was German Monsignor Josef Cordes, who heads the Vatican's charitable works as president of the Pontifical Council ''Cor Unum". He is known among Catholic charismatics and wrote an excellent guide to the Renewal entitled Call to Holiness: Reflections on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, published by Liturgical Press , with a foreword by papal preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa.
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Sacred Heart Rosary

I love going through old prayer books and finding different devotions. Here's one to the Sacred heart of Jesus that uses the Rosary...

Sacred Heart

Rosary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

On the Cross: Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever

On the larger beads: Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Thine.

On the small beads: Sweet heart of my Jesus, make me love Thee ever more and more.

At the end of ten: Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.


O dearest Jesus! Accept this little chaplet which we humbly offer in honor of Thy Sacred Heart, renewing our solemn consecration with the resolution of repairing by an increase of love all the outrages It receives in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.

"Complete" Orthodoxy found in Rome

During my twelve years in the Orthodox Christian church I struggled with my devotional life. I guess it was the lack of variety--all we had was the Jesus Prayer and Kathismata. Was it really necessary to become a 19th Russian peasant to draw closer to my beloved Christ?

While attending a "Western Rite" Orthodox Church I became interested in the Rosary and Sarum Chant arrangements of the Psalms. This led me deeper into the devotions of the west and eventually to the Roman Catholic Church.

I still pray with icons. When I need an Eastern fix I stop by the local Byzantine Catholic parish. Everything I loved about the Orthodox Church is part of the Catholic Church, but I found a COMPLETE Orthodoxy. I have a variety of devotional practices to chose from.

Many Orthodox apologists claim that the East is spiritual while the West is scholastic. This is not the case--just read the Sts. Theresa (of Avila & Liseaux), St. Alphonsus Ligouri, or even Pope John Paul II and one sees a deep spirituality. Look at all the diverse orders of monastics and their devotions. One could spend a lifetime studying the writings of the Western mystics and just scratch the surface.

The Charismatic Renewal is encouraged and growing in the Catholic Church, while it has been repressed and even "disciplined" in Orthodoxy (just ask Fr. Eusebius Stephanou). I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit: healing, prophecy, word of knowledge, etc. I believe in "speaking in tongues" as a devotional practice.

I'll expound on all these points in future postings, so stay tuned.

29 October 2007

Divine Mercy

On October 5th the Catholic Church celebrated St. Faustina Kowalska. The "Chaplet of Divine Mercy" that was given to her is a wonderful devotion that I often pray with my kids.

Using a Rosary start with the Our Father, Hail Mary & Apostles Creed.

On the single bead before each decade: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

On the ten beads of each decade: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Conclude by repeating three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

If you watch EWTN at all you've probably seen the contemporary "worship" version that appears every Saturday at 3pm EST.

You can watch a version of it on GodTube


The DVD is available here...


Another voice in the blogoshpere... so what?

Just what the internet needs... another delusional fool who thinks his thoughts are worth sharing with the universe. Does anything I say really matter? Perhaps not. But my hope is that at tleast one person who reads each post may be edified, enlightened, inspired, even pissed off--any reaction is fine.

"May God in His mercy grant that every day we may be troubled, tried, disciplined, or make some progress." ~ St. Augustine (Sermon 16A, 12)