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“Today is the Day” via @WindowintheSky

28 February 2013

28 February 2013 Anno Domini

Posted by Nikita Unverzagt at her blog,
The Unpaved Path ~ My Journey Towards God

In the late morning hours on the east coast of the United States I sadden to think about what today brings. The end of the Benedict XVI Era, for many just like me were shocked just a little over two weeks ago he announced he was stepping down as Supreme Pontiff.

I remember just the night prior talking about how the media perceived Papa because he was German and a former Hilter Youth (which was proven that he was forced) that he was aggressive and angry. Many called him the German Shepherd. Yet, if you know as I said to the friend what a true German Shepherd is like (protective to point where he will become aggressive, but obedient and loving) you shall see the name suits Papa. I explained how even though he wanted to retire he took upon the papacy with love and humility.

Could I have even imagined the next morning hearing the news of Papa’s decision to resign? Never in my slightest thought think of it. At first, I was surprised (who would not?) but then I acted just like I did with my great-uncle during his last year, I was calm and understanding. This was my Papa, my spiritual Father whose reign I was baptized under.

During my conversion I fell in love with Papa, he helped me understand the faith through his works, his words, and his example. I cannot tell how many times I would just want to listen to his voice, so calm and fatherly. What a gentle man he was and I never met him, but I knew him.

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Novena for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI – The Last Day

28 February 2013

28 February 2013 Anno Domini

The Fraternity of St. Peter has offered a Novena for Pope Benedict XVI which was originally published in 2007. Please join this Novena which will be prayed from February 14 through February 28 the day of the Holy Father’s retirement.

NOVENA FOR THE POPE

In Latin:

Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri

V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.

Orémus:

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.

In English:

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.

V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.

V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.


Novena for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI – Day Fourteen

27 February 2013

27 February 2013 Anno Domini

The Fraternity of St. Peter has offered a Novena for Pope Benedict XVI which was originally published in 2007. Please join this Novena which will be prayed from February 14 through February 28 the day of the Holy Father’s retirement.

NOVENA FOR THE POPE

In Latin:

Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri

V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.

Orémus:

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.

In English:

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.

V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.

V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.


Farewell to the Servant of the Servants of God – #ThanksPontifex

27 February 2013

 

 

BENEDICT XVI

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 Anno Domini

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I offer a warm and affectionate greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who have joined me for this, my last General Audience. Like Saint Paul, whose words we heard earlier, my heart is filled with thanksgiving to God who ever watches over his Church and her growth in faith and love, and I embrace all of you with joy and gratitude.

During this Year of Faith, we have been called to renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence in our lives and in the life of the Church. I am personally grateful for his unfailing love and guidance in the eight years since I accepted his call to serve as the Successor of Peter. I am also deeply grateful for the understanding, support and prayers of so many of you, not only here in Rome, but also throughout the world.

The decision I have made, after much prayer, is the fruit of a serene trust in God’s will and a deep love of Christ’s Church. I will continue to accompany the Church with my prayers, and I ask each of you to pray for me and for the new Pope. In union with Mary and all the saints, let us entrust ourselves in faith and hope to God, who continues to watch over our lives and to guide the journey of the Church and our world along the paths of history.

I commend all of you, with great affection, to his loving care, asking him to strengthen you in the hope which opens our hearts to the fullness of life that he alone can give. To you and your families, I impart my blessing. Thank you!

Benedict XVI


URGENT REQUEST 2.0 : 4 More Reasons I love being Catholic @FatherZ @CatholicLisa @GVogt4 & YOU

26 February 2013

26 February 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra

Yesterday I was startled with the news that our dear sister in Christ, Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa and the Catholic Bandita Blog) had to move immediately out of her home. I watched as several people on FB basically accused her of relying on others for help and that it would be okay with them if she and her family starved.

After the initial tough news that Lisa and her family’s well-being was at stake, I couldn’t believe she had to be on FB defending herself. As usual I had to make a snotty remark in the comments but then I realized how much time I was wasting with these foolish people and that Lisa and family needed help NOW!

Of course, prayers were first and foremost. then material needs kicked in. She had to get affordable housing for her children and herself. Not an easy task in this day and age. Also, money was an issue as it is with most of us.I jumped on Twitter and ‘spoke’ with a Catholic gentleman George Vogt (@GVogt4) who immediately wrote up a post. I crossposted and then I got on my email and contacted several BIG bloggers.

Immediately and I mean immediately (5 mins after receiving my email) Father John Zuhlsdorf (@FatherZ) posted a piece on his blog in aid of Lisa and her family. Father Z probably won’t be happy that I’m posting this because when it comes to helping people he likes to do it quietly. Mea culpa Father, people need to know.

The ironic thing is that the link to Lisa’s blog was not working and I had to email him again to fix it. By the time I hit send to the email and reloaded his page, he had fixed it. Do you know Father Z gets a minimum of 500 emails a day and more during times like this..(Conclave)? Hmmmm…

During this, George Vogt was in constant contact with me as he obviously has responsibilities in his life but he kept checking in and posting on Twitter and FB throughout the day and this morning.

As for Lisa Graas, as she spends all her time trying to find housing for her family, she is getting on Twitter and FB to thank us and to let us know that they were PRAYING FOR US! When they need the most prayer, when they don;t know what tomorrow will be like, they trust in Christ and they pray for us…. Oh and Lisa put up a post about today;s Mass Readings to continue her blog ministry and loving us with her Passionist heart.

It;s a funny thing, when I have not felt well, I will disappear from the blogoshpere having others help me…Not Lisa…even in this more dire situation, she is there helping us as always…

These are 4 more of the gazillion reasons I LOVE BEING ROMAN CATHOLIC…

Now to the next and 4th reason I love being Roman Catholic. YOU! All of you who have responded immeditately with prayers and donations to help this family. Isn’t it Divine Providence that Lisa’s struggle comes during Lent when we are called to mortification and to almsgiving? Here is an opportunity to use our mortification and to give alms to this family in need. It is also a time to show charity to those who have helped in this cause.

I am giving all of you a little job today. Your Lenten practice today could include the following: PLEASE!

  • First, pray! I want you to keep Lisa Graas and her family lifted in prayer during Lent & beyond. In addition, pray for FatherZ for being FatherZ. Pray for George Vogt as he rose to the occasion immediately without worrying about what he felt like doing at that time.
  • Second, PLEASE GO TO Lisa’s blog, Catholic Bandita by clicking HERE to help out this wonderful family. Even if it is a $1 or 2. As George Vogt says, we can give up a cup of coffee or another pleasure to help out a family in need this Lent. I understand we have hardships. I live on a small income. I tithe to my parish & I try to help others even if it a couple of dollars. The Lord has never let me be without anything. I am not saying that;s why. I am saying that He provides so I can share. Please, please do the same. It was @CatholicTeen who really taught me this.she taught me that giving all to Christ in trust will enable us to help others when the time comes. I didn’t want to to share what I am doing but I know many of you are in the same boat, so rest assured, those singles add up! Please join FatherZ, George Vogt and the countless others trying to help in whatever way we can.If you cannot give but you are on Twitter, FB or have a blog please give by RtT’ing our tweets or crossposting our blogposts. And of course, PRAYER is the best way you can give. Our Corporal works of Mercy of the Church are there to be WORKED! We can do this. Always Catholic readers are the best, for sure! Loyal and kind, you always rise to the occasion.
  • Third, please go to vote in the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards for 2012 and vote for both FatherZ and for Lisa Graas. Please click HEREto vote for Father John Zuhlsdorf for Best Catholic Blog on a daily basis. It can be a way of thanking Father for his hard work and for his kindness and generosity towards Lisa and her family. then click over HERE to vote daily for Lisa in the Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter Category. Lisa (@CatholicLisa) is now running second only to Pope Benedict in this category. Then….

Go to Christ and tell Him you love Him. He will be pleased even though He already knows because His Mother told Him so…

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Please be sure to visit Father Zuhlsdorf’s Blog, What Does the Prayer Really Say? and George Vogt’s Blog, A Talking Donkey


Novena for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI – Day Thirteen

26 February 2013

26 February 2013 Anno Domini

The Fraternity of St. Peter has offered a Novena for Pope Benedict XVI which was originally published in 2007. Please join this Novena which will be prayed from February 14 through February 28 the day of the Holy Father’s retirement.

NOVENA FOR THE POPE

In Latin:

Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri

V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.

Orémus:

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.

In English:

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.

V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.

V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.


Novena for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI – Day Twelve

25 February 2013

25 February 2013 Anno Domini

The Fraternity of St. Peter has offered a Novena for Pope Benedict XVI which was originally published in 2007. Please join this Novena which will be prayed from February 14 through February 28 the day of the Holy Father’s retirement.

NOVENA FOR THE POPE

In Latin:

Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri

V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.

Orémus:

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.

In English:

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.

V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.

V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.


URGENT REQUEST: “You did it for Me”; Help a sister in need via “A Talking Donkey”

25 February 2013

Editor’s Note: Our dear sister in Christ, friend & colleague at AlwaysCatholic is in dire need. We are asking you to help Lisa Graas,(@CatholicLisa CatholicBandita) & her children. Our friend & colleague, George Vogt has written something right away to get the word out. Please read George’s piece and then click over to his blog & follow the link to help. EVERY prayer & dollar helps the Graas family. Thank you for always responding when I ask for help.

God love you,
Sofia

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25 February 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by George Vogt IV at his blog,
“A Talking Donkey”

Lisa Graas, also known as Catholic Bandita and @CatholicLisa can really use our prayers and assistance at the moment.

Although that should really be all the information we need, I want to say that Lisa is a faithful Catholic MOM, who already has some struggles and difficulties that most do not.

Lisa’s open and straightforward blogging has helped many people, including myself, to think and sometimes re-think (and sometime re-re-think) about Who Jesus is and what place we really provide for Him in our lives (as in, do we recognize that it is HE Who has provided us with life and all things in it). She has been a faithful witness to the Catholic Faith and its teachings. Oh yeh, another good convert example.

Now, Lisa and her children are in need of dire prayer and assistance. How dire? Well, they need to find affordable housing as soon as possible.

Please click through to the rest of the post to find out how to help ASAP>>>HERE


Novena for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI – Day Eleven

24 February 2013

24 February 2013 Anno Domini
Second Sunday in Lent

The Fraternity of St. Peter has offered a Novena for Pope Benedict XVI which was originally published in 2007. Please join this Novena which will be prayed from February 14 through February 28 the day of the Holy Father’s retirement.

NOVENA FOR THE POPE

In Latin:

Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri

V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.

Orémus:

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.

In English:

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.

V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.

V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.


The Last Angelus of the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI

24 February 2013

Benedict XVI: “I am not abandoning the Church”

The Prayers of the Angelus

The Angelus

V
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

All
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death.

V
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R
Be it done unto me according to thy word.

All
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death.

V
And the Word was made Flesh.

R
And dwelt among us.

All
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death.

V
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.

R
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V
Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.

All
Amen.

Latin Version:

V
Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;

R
Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

All
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V
Ecce ancilla Domini.

R
Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

All
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V
Et Verbum caro factum est.

R
Et habitavit in nobis.

All
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V
Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.

R
Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

V
Oremus.Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.

All
Amen.

Saying Farewell to Benedict XVI in his last Angelus


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