Monthly Archives: April 2012

Reflections from the weekend.

This past weekend was great. The weather was wonderful and we were able to grill outside on Sunday. God truly blessed us with a great day. The day started off with me going to the final RCIA class of the year. My wife who also went through the program and has been on the team for a few years now she was not able to do it because of our new baby, so I filled in. It was a great experience overall. I was able to lead a few of the classes, my favorite of the section I got to teach on Prayer. Prayer is an essential part of Catholic life. A prayer can be as simple as saying Thank you God. One book that I recommend is “To Whom Shall We Go? Lessons From the Apostle Peter” by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Arch Bishop of New York, not just for it’s section on ways to pray but because it is a great book to assist in living a wonderful and fulfilling spiritual and Christian Life. I have read a few of Cardinal Dolan’s books and have been pleased with them all. Now to get back to my weekend, after the RCIA class, my wife, daughter, and I attended Mass. I get such a warm feeling at Mass with my family sitting there and knowing God is smiling down at us. We have taken my daughter since the first week she came home from the hospital and she has been great every time so far, thank God. Our Deacon who is in charge of the RICA program stopped by our pew as he always does on Sundays and asked my wife if she would be on the RICA team next year again and she said yes she would be on the team again. The deacon suggested we do it as a team and said that he knows it will be good because as he sees it, as a married couple we are a great team. That made my heart fill with happiness, I know my wife and I are great team but to hear someone actually validate this point is a wonderful testament to our marriage. In many ways this was a blessed and wonderful weekend.

As I stated in an earlier post about the items being collected for mothers in need, I go the name of the organization so that if you are able to help you can contact them. Friends of the Unborn in Quincy, MA.

Peace,

The Wretch

Husband’s Prayer

O gracious Father, Maker and Preserver of heaven and earth, who in the beginning didst institute matrimony, thereby foreshadowing the mystical union of the Church with our Savior Christ, who, during His ministry upon earth, did honor marriage with His first miracle: help me, I pray Thee, by Thy grace to live in holiness and purity with the wife whom Thou hast given me. Mortify in me all violence of earthly passion, all selfishness and inconsiderateness (here name any besetting sin which may be a hindrance to you), that I may love her as Christ loved His Church, cherish and comfort her as my own body, and have as great care for her happiness as for my own. Grant that we may live in peace, without contention; in unity, without discord. [Give us, O Lord, discreet heart and understanding minds, to bring up our children in Thy faith and fear, that they may be obedient to Thee and to Thy commandments, and to all that Thou requirest of them in their duties towards their parents.] And give us, O Lord, a sufficiency of those things necessary to maintain ourselves and our family according to that rank and calling wherein Thou hast placed us, without excess or vainglory, in singleness and pureness of heart. Grant this for Jesus Christ’s sake, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

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This couldn’t be said any better.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan was asked by Time Magazine. Who is the most influential person?  His answer is the best anyone could think of.   The  video is after the article.

http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1567284585001_0,00.html

Enjoy,
The Wretch

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Once again he showed me he was listening.

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"The Incredulity of St Thomas" by Caravaggio

Sometimes I feel like St. Thomas, doubting if my prayers will be heard, knowing full well they are. This morning as sometimes happens to me all the worries in my life came rushing into my mind all at once, so I prayed for the Lord to be with me. I know that he is always by my side but I pray to feel his presence and as always he answered. While on my way to work this morning, I stopped in traffic not two minutes from my house behind a car that had a bumper sticker that said pray the rosary. I did not think much of it and kept driving, the second time I stopped in traffic I was behind a car with a sticker with a dove representing the Holy Spirit. Then light dawned on my thick skull, he is all around me no matter all my worries and strife the Lord will be there. I was also listening to Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s Homily from last Sunday and heard a great poem that he shared with his the attendees at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. I will post it below. This poem summed up why I should not worry so much and carry the crosses the Lord has given me, for with him they will be lifted from me.

Peace and love of the Lord be with you.

The Wretch

“Jesus of the Scars”

A poem by Edward Shillito (1872-1948), a Free Church minister in England during World War I:

If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow,
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.
The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace.
If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know to-day what wounds are, have no fear,
Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign.
The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

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A Father’s Blessing

Father,
I thank you for the gift of my family
for whom I now pray
and upon whom I now ask you
to shower your blessings.
With St. Joseph as my guide,
may I always be ready
to spend my life for them.

Bless my wife whom you have given to me as my spouse,
sharing in your wondrous work of creation.
May I see her as my equal
and treat her with the love of Christ for his Church.
May Mary be her guide
and help her to find your peace and your grace.

Bless my children with your life and presence.
May the example of your son
be the foundation upon which
their lives are built,
that the Gospel may always
be their hope and support.

I ask you, Father, to protect and bless my family.
Watch over it so that in the strength of your love
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the gift of your peace and,
as the Church alive in this home,
always bear witness to your glory in the world.
Amen.

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Sunday reflection.

It is the start of new week and God is good. This past week has brought a lot of God’s love to me. On Monday I attended a Men’s Faith Meeting in Weymouth, we had a wonderful speaker Jim Orcutte, he is man of great faith and a great example for other men. Jim helps the poor. He likened the love that our Lord has for us as the love one has for their child. I know that is an amazing love, because the little girl trying to get to sleep in the next room has all the love in my heart that I can give. Then on Wednesday I attended my monthly Cursillo reunion, there I was able to gain strength spiritually and mentally for the challenges I face in my faith life. Friday by far was the greatest day, the Lord delivered my wife and daughter safely home from their trip to visit family. I was thinking today how blessed I am for my daughter and wife and everything in life we are blessed to have. My parish St. Bernadette’s in Randolph, MA will be collecting baby items for mothers in need. I will get the information on how to donate and post the information here as soon as I can. These mothers and babies need everyone’s help and support. John 15:12 NASB “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”

May Christ’s Love be in your heart,

The Wretch

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Thank God It’s Friday! Welcome Home!

I have been looking forward to today all week, my wife and daughter have been away visiting my in-laws in Western, PA., and they are coming home today.  Although I missed them very much while they were away, I was very happy that my daughter and wife were able to spend time with my in-laws. When I spoke to my grandmother-in-law this week she sounded so happy to have my baby girl rolling around her floor.  I was also glad to hear that they took her to their church, Elim Lutheran Church in Anita, PA.  The church is their family church and is a beautiful old church.  I want her to know that even though we are Catholic and they are Lutheran we are all Christians, I want her to see the great faith of her great-grandmother in a small church in Pennsylvania is just as strong as any persons faith that I have met, she is someone who lives by the words of Christ  and is a great example for any faithful person. (John 15:12 NASB “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”).  I have been to a service at her church and was moved by the faith of the handful in the congregation, they were once larger in numbers but with people moving away and younger people and people in my generation that have lost their way attendance has dwindled but the faithful carry on.  It is sad and wonderful all at the same time, sad because the lack of people and wonderful because the people there are so faithful and truly are there for the right reasons.  I pray every day that they are able to keep this congregation of faith together.  Matthew 18:20 NASB “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”.  I know his plan will be what is best for this church and the faithful that gather there.  Christ look down upon all of your faithful followers at Elim Lutheran Church and smile upon them with your love.  Amen.

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Faithfully Yours,

The Wretch

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PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS

O God, Who did cause the children of Israel to traverse the Red Sea dryshod; Thou Who did point out by a star to the Magi the road that led them to Thee; grant us we beseech Thee, a prosperous journey and propitious weather; so that, under the guidance of Thy holy angels we may safely reach that journey’s end, and later the haven of eternal salvation.
Hear, O Lord, the prayers of Thy servants. Bless their journeyings. Thou Who art everywhere present, shower everywhere upon them the effects of Thy mercy; so that, insured by Thy protection against all dangers, they may return to offer Thee their thanksgiving. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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My iPhone Music.

As I grow in faith I find my music tastes have expanded to include Gospel Music. I wanted to share my top 10 Gospel songs on my iPhone. On a side note most of the songs I have were suggested to me by my Amazing wife.

1. “Who am I?” –Elivs Presley, Words & Music by Carl Stuart Hamblen by R. Goodman

2. “How Great Thou Art”— I have this by several different artists but my favorite is Elvis, It is based on a Swedish poem by Carl Gustav Boberg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Great_Thou_Art_(hymn)

3. “Amazing Grace”, again Various artists including Johnny Cash, Words & music John Henry Newton

4. “Sing Low Sweet Chariot”, Etta James, first written by Wallis Willis

5. “Immaculate Marry”, Kathryn Crosweller, written by Abbe Gaignet

6. “Peace In the Valley”, Elivs Presley, written by Thomas A. Dorsey

7. “Where Could I Go But to the Lord”, Elvis Presley Words & music by J.B Coats

8. “Here I Am, Lord”, St. Louis Jesuits and Dan Schutte, Words and Music by Daniel L. Schutte

9. “It’s No Secret (Take 13)”, Elvis Presley, Words and Music by Carl Stuart Hamblen

10. “Where You There, When Then They Crucified My Lord?” , Johnny Cash, The original author is unknown, but it was an African-American spiritual song

That is my top ten but I have many others that I like as well.

The Wretch.

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My First Post!

I think the best way to to start off my newest endeavor with a prayer.  I found this on the website catholic.org and it really struck me as a great little prayer to read in the mornings.

Good Morning God!
You are ushering in another day,
untouched and freshly new.
So here I am to ask you, God,
if You’ll renew me too.

Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday
and let me try again dear God
to walk closer in Your way.

But Lord, I am well aware,
I can’t make it on my own.
So take my hand and hold it tight,
for I cannot walk alone.

Peace,

The Wretch

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