Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding 
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart 
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will...
I have heard your voice, 
and I don't want to harden my heart to resisting, 
by saying 'later... tomorrow.'
Nunc coepi! Now! 
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want, 
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it, 
I want it when you want it.



What Does Christ the King Mean for Us?

8458ff7b-a425-471a-b33a-86f379ef611e By Fr. C. John McCloskey

In 1925 Pope Pius XI introduced the Feast of Christ the King in his encyclical Quas primas. An important part of that document was the pope's repetition of the point that the kingdom of Christ embraces the whole of mankind, not only at the end of time but also now, in the hearts of all women and men:

Since the Ascension God's plan has entered into its fulfillment. We are already at "the last hour." "Already the final age of the world is with us, and the renewal of the world is irrevocably under way; it is even now anticipated in a certain real way, for the Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real but imperfect." Christ's kingdom already manifests its presence through the miraculous signs that attend its proclamation by the Church. (Quas primas, 670)

Today's feast, then, has much real-world, daily-life significance for each of us. It is a hopeful message for today and every day, in spite of the undeniably fallen nature of this world that confronts us all too often.


Attitude of Gratitude: St. Josemaria Escriva's Recipe for Sanctity

691002-04crop By Martin Mazloom

"Although St. Josemaría is remembered for heroically living many different virtues, his spirit of thanksgiving toward God is one that is especially memorable. It is befitting of a simple priest who continues to remind Christians - by his life and works - of their vocation to be children of God. Of the many aspirations St. Josemaría prayed throughout his days, there is one that epitomizes the attitude of gratitude he so intensely kept and encouraged others to keep: Ut in gratiarum semper actione maneamus! May we always remain in an act of thanksgiving!"


How the King of Israel Honors Himself: Christ the King Shares His Crown with Us

ChristKingcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"We can hear our Lord telling us: If you will be ruled by me, then you must let me walk into your life on a regular basis as one in need of your time, your patience, your understanding, your forgiveness. To submit to Christ in this way is to be truly ruled by Him. More than acknowledging His kingship in the abstract, we are honoring it in the concrete, in the heart, mind, and flesh of our neighbor. We are ruled because we are actually surrendering our control, our dominion, over our time and resources, and giving them to Jesus when and where He has need of them."


"Christ the King"

christ-the-king-constantinoplecrop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"Why then do so many people not know him? Why do we still hear that cruel protest: 'We do not want this man to reign over us?' There are millions of people in the world who reject Jesus Christ in this way; or rather they reject his shadow, for they do not know Christ. They have not seen the beauty of his face, they do not realize how wonderful his teaching is. This sad state of affairs makes me want to atone to our Lord. When I hear that endless clamor — expressed more in ignoble actions than in words — I feel the need to cry out, 'He must reign!'"


The Praise of Men (Continued)

cardinalnewman 2 By Fr. Juan Velez

Each one would do well to ask himself: How do I react in the face of ridicule? Whose praise do I seek? And do I seek the praise of men more than that of God? The saints teach us to humble ourselves. We should pray like St. Josemaría: "The more I am exalted, my Jesus, the more you must humble me in my heart, showing me what I've been and what I'll be if you forsake me."


From Outsiders to Friends: A Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints

fra angelico1By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

We are all "outsiders" in some way, and so were each one of the Saints whom we honor today. Saints who had to overcome inclinations to anger, impurity, violence, vengeance—these are the ones whom we praise and honor today. But because they conquered by the Blood of the Lamb, they stand before His throne and cry out in a loud voice, "Salvation comes from our God and from the Lamb." We know, they say, because that was our experience of Jesus.


The Praise of Men

cardinalnewman 2 By Fr. Juan Velez

The Saints are men and women whom the Church sets as standards for living holy lives as children of God. October 9th was the memorial or feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), a renowned Anglican convert and Catholic priest who stands out for his intellectual accomplishments lived with humility and charity.


Prayer that Purifies the Heart: How the Rosary Forms our Interior Life

rosary-madonna-1598 2crop By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Because we too frequently think, feel, and act in fallen ways, the Rosary of our Lady can become the great teacher of our spiritual, emotional, and psychological life. St Josemaria reminds us in Furrow #481 'not to forget the example of the Virgin Mary' at the Annunciation because as 'Mary is recollected in prayer… She is using all her senses and her faculties to speak to God.' This is exactly what the Rosary invites us to do: Offering each sense and faculty to God in prayer, our inner life is purified so that we can learn to see as God sees, love as He loves, and to surrender to Him as Mary did."


Growing Young: St. Therese of Lisieux and Spiritual Childhood

thereseoflisieuxBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Saints have the uncanny ability to startle us with their insights into the basic truths of our faith. Until a holy person comes along and embodies the Gospel, its radical demands might suffer the fate of a museum piece—safely under glass, to be admired but not handled. In Saints we witness how grace works "in the flesh," transforming people like ourselves into icons of the living God—making the "ever ancient, ever new" quality of Gospel teaching strike a new generation with its relevance and urgency."


St. Junipero Serra, a Herald of the Gospel in North America

junipero-serraBy Fr. Juan R. Vélez

"Today Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan and founder of nine of the twenty-one California missions in the 18th century, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at a solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. The canonization of Junipero Serra is a call to personal holiness and evangelization. The saints brought the Catholic Faith to these lands and they taught us by their example of charity and self-sacrifice how to plant the seed of the Gospel."


"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva

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