An hour at death’s door

This past Friday was the Oratory’s day to participate in the Forty Days for Life.  I was able to get away from the office at a reasonable hour in order to spend an hour or so praying outside Planned Parenthood here in St Louis.

Shortly after I got started praying, the man in the red shirt below started to utter many terrible blasphemies about Our Lord.  I will not repeat them here.  In many respects, I am glad I don’t remember most of them anyway.  Perhaps God’s given me the grace to forget them.  The worst part about this was that he said them not only to me but to one of our priests and our candidates for seminary. The lady on the left, whom I don’t know either, was successful in discussing things with him very calmly and the profanity stopped, allowing the rest of us to pray quietly. I pray that her discussions with him helped to thaw the ice of his heart.

As I meditated on the gospel for the Saturday in the second week of Lent this evening, I couldn’t help but think of this young man.  The gospel reading was that of the prodigal son.


I won’t go into it anymore.  I do ask you dear readers for the following:

  1. Pray for him. Pray that he may have a change of heart and welcome the grace of conversion and the grace of God’s endless mercy.
  2. Pray the Divine Praises (prayer listed below) to make reparation for the terrible things said of Our Lord.
Divine Praises Laudes Divinae
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
Benedictus Deus.
Benedictum Nomen Sanctum eius.
Benedictus Jesus Christus, verus Deus et verus homo.
Benedictum Nomen Jesu
Benedictum Cor eius sacratissimum.
Benedictus Sanguis eius pretiosissimus.
Benedictus Jesus in sanctissimo altaris Sacramento.
Benedictus Sanctus Spiritus, Paraclitus.
Benedicta excelsa Mater Dei, Maria sanctissima.
Benedicta sancta eius et immaculata Conceptio.
Benedicta eius gloriosa Assumptio.
Benedictum nomen Mariae, Virginis et Matris.
Benedictus sanctus Ioseph, eius castissimus Sponsus.
Benedictus Deus in Angelis suis, et in Sanctis suis.

Thank you!


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