31 October 2014

I love thy Church, O God


There is a hymn text by the grandson of Jonathan Edwards that is still sung in many churches in North America. 
Rev. Dr. Timothy Dwight

This text by the Rev. Dr. Timothy Dwight IV (1752-1817) is the earliest hymn written by an U.S. American still in regular use.  Dwight reworked Psalm 137 and turned it into a hymn of love for the Lord Jesus Christ's Church.

The full text is never printed in today's hymnals, and it is the full text that most interests me. The theologically interesting note in the text is the identification of the Kingdom of the Lord with the Church on Earth.  The hymn text draws together the individual's Christian action together within the mission and work of the Church as the manifestation and revelation of the Kingdom on Earth.  This is a text a catholic Christian could pray with heart and soul.

The following version is a conglomerate text from several different printings. I suspect that the first edition of this text may be slightly different, but I do not have a copy in hand:

I love thy Kingdom, Lord,
The house of thine abode,
The Church our blest Redeemer saved
With His own precious blood.

I love thy Church, O God.
Her walls before thee stand,
Dear as the apple of thine eye,
And graven on thy hand.

If e’er to bless thy sons
My voice or hands deny,
These hands let useful skills forsake,
This voice in silence die.

Should I with scoffers join
Her altars to abuse?
No! Better far my tongue were dumb,
My hand its skill should lose.

For her my tears shall fall
For her my prayers ascend,
To her my cares and toils be given
Till toils and cares shall end.

Beyond my highest joy
I prize her heavenly ways,
Her sweet communion, solemn vows,
Her hymns of love and praise.

Jesus, Thou Friend divine,
Our Saviour and our King,
Thy hand from every snare and foe
Shall great deliverance bring.

Sure as thy truth shall last,
To Sion shall be given
The brightest glories earth can yield
And brighter bliss of Heaven.

Tim­o­thy Dwight IV
Psalms of Da­vid


30 October 2014

The Savour of Blessedness


“Already is there on you the savour of blessedness, O ye who are soon to be enlightened: already are you gathering spiritual flowers, to weave heavenly crowns withal: already hath the fragrance of the Holy Ghost refreshed you: already are you at the entrance-hall of the King's house: may you be brought into it by the King! 

“For now the blossoms of the trees have budded; may but the fruit likewise be perfected! Thus far, your names have been given in, and the roll-call made for service; there are the torches of the bridal train, and the longings after heavenly citizenship, and a good purpose, and a hope attendant; for he cannot lie who hath said, To them that love God, all things work together for good. 

“God is indeed lavish in His benefits: yet He looks for each man's honest resolve: so the Apostle subjoins, To those who are called according to their purpose. Honesty of purpose makes thee called: for though the body be here, yet if the mind be away, it avails nothing.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem in The Procatechesis 

(as found in Frank Cross,
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem's Lectures 
on the Christian Sacraments)


Fr Paul Wattson IS a saint


I was delighted to read the following this morning:

The bishops also will conduct the canonical consultation on the sainthood cause of Father Paul Wattson. Father Wattson was an Episcopal priest who co-founded the Society of the Atonement, also known as the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement, to further Christian unity. He was received into the Catholic Church as were all men and women in the society at the time, and devised the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, still observed each January. 

I  k n o w  that Father Paul Wattson is a saint. And I pray for the day when the Catholic Church formally recognises Father Paul and Mother Lurana as Saints of the Universal Church.

And a little note, Father Paul conceived of and brought to birth the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, and the Church should return to the observation of this Octave as Father Paul originally designed it.

Please click here to read the article by Mark Pattison on the Catholic San Francisco website.

Our Lady of the Atonement, pray for us.


’Not Enough to Feed the Greediest‘


I am grateful to Andrew Rabel for recently publishing the following quote by Dr. Daisy Kulanday of India who famously said: 

“The earth has enough resources to feed the neediest, 
but not enough to feed the greediest.”

Andrew Rabel's article on Bl Pope Paul VI is one well worth reading: please click here.


28 October 2014

Astounding Thing


A friend sent me a text message about a video linked on the Drudge Report.  

I thought, 'Oh, what now....'  

But I clicked on the link, and it proved to be one of the more astounding things I have seen ... in fact, it is something I never thought I would hear in the USA.  

If this sentiment is truly widespread, then the Democrats are dead.  But this should be no joy-filled tidings for the Republicans because a huge number who used to be part of the GOP loyal base have made their own critique of the "Party of Business" and decided to divorce from the Republican Party.

Curiouser and curiouser...


27 October 2014

If you are a U.S. citizen...


If you are a citizen of the USA, I suggest you read this book:


26 October 2014

Brené Brown on 'Shame'


“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
Brené Brown


Mother refused abortion: Son now Archbishop of Riga


Archbishop Stanckevics
Archbishop of Riga (Latvia) 
"I could share my personal experience because it was proposed to kill me in my mother's womb. But my mother rejected it and for this reason I am alive. I can live to fulfill my vocation and my mission in the world. And if I was killed in my mother´s womb, today there would be another Archbishop in Riga.” 
There are challenging pregnancies, but the Archbishop highlights that there are other options, other than abortion, for mothers dealing with difficult pregnancies.


Bobby McFerrin & the Pentatonic Scale


Bobby McFerrin playing 'The Audience' — a wonderful little video


25 October 2014

A TEDx talk worth hearing & sharing


The following TEDx Houston talk by Brené Brown is one I would dearly love to share with more than a few people I have encountered over the years:

I agree with her assessment of what religion has become in the USAmerican context.


Amish Organic Farming


Amish Farmers Reinvent Organic Farming

A good read.


24 October 2014

Poulenc: O Magnum Mysterium


St. John's, Cambridge


Spirit Daily: Leonard Horowitz


Leonard Horowitz: click the name to go to the article at Spirit Daily, Michael Brown's website.

These are strange days.


23 October 2014

Worthy Access: Mystery of the Body and Blood of the Lord


O you who suspended the heavens over the earth and then came down to save us, who shower your grace upon us in such abundance, and who always give us more than we can ever ask for or even think of: O gracious love of mankind, stretch forth your invisible hand, so bless'd and ever overflowing with mercy and compassion, and bless your servants, cleansing them of every stain of flesh and spirit. By your grace, make them partakers of these gifts, that, offering you this prayer in holiness and justice, we may worthily share in your most holy body and most precious blood that lie here before us.

For you are worshipped and glorified because all glory and majesty, all dominion and power belong to you, to your eternal Father, and to your all-holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

Excerpted from The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Divine Liturgy
New Skete
pp. 116-117


22 October 2014

Pope S. John Paul II


Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II

Oh, Saint John Paul, 
from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! 
Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously 
leading it along the paths of the world 
in order to bring Jesus to everyone 
and everyone to Jesus.

Bless the young, who were your great passion.
Help them dream again,
help them look up high again to find the light
that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan's assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. Saint John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh Saint John Paul, from heaven's window,
where we see you next to Mary,
send God's blessing down upon us all. Amen.


20 October 2014

Government forcing ministers to perform gay marriages


This news is from Idaho in the USA — the last place on earth I would have expected. This one news item could propel the Republicans to a crushing defeat of the Democrats in the USA's general election:  click here. One wonders if the Republican strategists will make effective political use of it in combination with the City of Houston (Texas) government's recent attempts to chill religious speech.

16 October 2014

Stop the Flights

One wants to knock on the White House door 
and ask if any adults are at home.

The Prayer of St. Edmund

O Lord, into thy hands 
and into the hands of thine holy angels,
I commit and entrust this day my soul,
my relatives, benefactors, friends and enemies,
and all thy Catholic people.  

Keep us, O Lord, through the day,
by the merits and intercession
of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all Your saints;
keep us from all vicious and unruly desires,
from all sins and temptations of the devil,
from a sudden unprepared death,
and the pains of hell. 

Illumine my heart with the grace of thy Holy Ghost.
Grant that I may ever be obedient to thy commandments.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee, 
O God, who livest and reignest 
with God the Father and the same Holy Ghost. Amen. 


14 October 2014

The Roman Synod: What is one to do?


Madre Mariana de Jesús

My 'To Do' List for myself :

1. Go to Confession.

2. Acquaint oneself anew with the messages given to Mother Mariana de Jesús Torres in Quito, Ecuador by Our Lady of Good Success.  

3. Make the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows the form with which one prays the Rosary daily. [Use Immaculée's little book from Kibeho, Rwanda for the devotion.]   

Sister Agnes Sasagawa of Akita
4. Reread what Our Blessed Mother said to our dearly belovèd Sister Agnes Sasagawa in Akita, Japan. 

5. Do not engage in public speculation about what is going on with the bishops in the Catholic Church.  [We already know that the smoke of satan has entered the Church.  It should not be too surprising to find out that some bishops have been out back smoking with satan.  Don't dwell on it.]  

6. Dwell on Jesus, our Living Lord and Saviour, and do all in one's power to keep the Lord Jesus at the very centre of every aspect of life.

7. Pray the major litany in The Book of Divine Worship (of the Pastoral Provision of Pope Saint John Paul II) once a week.  Daily pray that the Lord will give all the faithful sufficient grace to beat down satan under our feet.

8.  Say less, pray more.  [Pray for Nurse Nina Pham and all those who battle the Ebola crisis. May our Lord send the Archangel St. Raphael to Nina and all others who are ill with healing balm from the high vault of Heaven.]

9.  “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

10.  Laudetur Jesus Christus ...  nunc et semper. Amen.


13 October 2014

Videos most won't watch

Most won't watch.