Prayer to Our Lady on this, her Saturday

St. Louis De Montfort’s Prayer to Mary


Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.

May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest.

Such is, O heavenly Mary, the “best part,” which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee- and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, so be it’s all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it’s all that thou art now doing in Heaven; Amen, so be it-to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.

Stuff you won’t hear at the Gala #2

Thanks to my wife for putting this one in my head earlier today. Run it through the Blendtec with Timman’s near-obsession with Bob Dylan and what have you got?

Bibbity bopitty boo?


Dylan singing Do You Hear What I Hear.

Surprisingly, you can actually understand Bob in this one!

Definitely not gonna hear that in a week. Concert only tickets remain on sale here:

Seeing the Light of Gaudete

I am dropping this post for two reasons…

#1…for my wife.  Just because it’ll engrain (or is it ingrain?) it more in her head from the Columbo episode we watched last night.  As Timman says, “I kid because I love.”

#2…for y’all.  I can say with near certainty that the above song SHALL NOT be sung/played at the 2014 Gaudete Benefit Gala next week!  It’ll be far far better!!

Get your tickets now!!

While you’re visiting, be sure to look for the dark grey rectangle which will allow you to hear a sample of our choirs singing O Sacrum Convivium.

Marc’s view on … Ferguson (repost)

And it’s not Ferguson as in Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins…a name I remember from watching the Chicago Cubs as a yuut.

I know lots of stuff has been written and I’m sure I’m covering other people’s writings in some manner but here I go anyway.

I do not claim to be any expert in the legal field. I have several friends who would be able to cover the details of the law in many topics.  Say what you want about the looters/protestors/thugs/terrorists/whatever.  The greatest tragedy (if I may plug her website name) of all of this is three fold:

One: From what everything I’ve seen (and it’s not all that much), Michael Brown died without the aid of a Catholic priest to administer the sacraments.

Two: All the damage to private and public property is covered under the 7th commandment.  If I go to Baltimore Catechism article #1293, “What sins are equivalent to stealing?”  Answer: “All sins of cheating, defrauding, or wronging others of their property; also all sins of borrowing or buying with the intention of never repaying are equivalent to stealing.”  In addition, article #1301 says, “Are we bound to restore ill-gotten goods?” Answer: “We are bound to restore ill-gotten goods, or the value of them, as far as we are able; otherwise we cannot be forgiven.” I don’t want to try and reconcile this checkbook.  I’m not sure even Bob from Accounttemps could handle that!

Three: I’ve seen many signs on the various news sites that say, “Black lives matter.”  I agree.  ALL lives matter.  But this protest is over a single (as in ONE) person’s death. I guarantee you that we would have no more abortions if the energies and efforts of those protesting the eeeeevil retailers were instead focused on Planned Parenthood. According to this article from LifeSiteNews:

The report found that between 2007 and 2010, nearly 36 percent of all abortions in the U.S. were performed on black children, even though blacks make up only 12.8 percent of the population.

Let’s do a little math exercise. There are roughly 1,200,000 abortions in the US each year.

1,200,000 x 36% = 432,000 black … lives that matter.

432,000 unarmed black babies….every year.

Multiply that times 41 years since Roe v. Wade…

17,712,000 black lives. SEVENTEEN MILLION + (unarmed) Lives that matter…

I think the priority is “juuuust a bit outside” as Bob “Mr. Baseball” Ueker would say.

Let us pray that our society gets their priorities in check.

PS…I couldn’t help but think that perhaps this situation would be better if we would say Merry Christmas (yeah, I know we have 4 weeks until Christmas) vs. the Seasons Greetings arch-o-lights as shown from downtown Ferguson. The seasons in my pantry don’t give a rip if they’re greeted or not!