Archive for August, 2008

Novena to Mother Teresa, Day 5

August 31, 2008

MOTHER TERESA, MISSIONARY OF THE EUCHARIST

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, every day of your life hinged on the Eucharist. No matter how crowded your days or how waery your body, you made sure to spend long periods of time each day before the Blessed Sacrament.   You confessed that without our Lord in the Eucharist, you would have had no strength to act.

Mother Teresa, teach me to draw my strength only from the presence and the nourishment of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Teach me to know his presence there, to receive him worthily, and to allow myself to be broken and shared for those in need.

Novena Prayer:

Mother Teresa, you came to the aid of so many people during your life on earth. So I come to you now, confident in your willingness to help me in my need. (Mention your request here.) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, servant of the poorest of the poor, pray for us!

Novena to Mother Teresa, Day 4

August 30, 2008

MOTHER TERESA, MISSIONARY OF THE FAMILY

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you asked us to love our families first.  The well-being of families had an important place in your prayers and your work. 

Mother Teresa, by your prayers, help us form our families into communuties of love and life.  Teach us to love and serve our spouses in the same way you loved Jesus, whom you joyfully called your demanding spouse.  Teach us to love and serve our children as you loved the poor whom God called you to serve.  Never let my parents or siblings suffer the poverty of being unloved, forgotten, or unforgiven by me.

Novena Prayer:

Mother Teresa, you came to the aid of so many people during your life on earth. So I come to you now, confident in your willingness to help me in my need. (Mention your request here.) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, servant of the poorest of the poor, pray for us!

Novena to Mother Teresa, Day 3

August 29, 2008

MOTHER TERESA, MISSIONARY OF LIFE

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, in your work for the poor, in your interventions on behalf of criminals on death row, and in your vocal opposition to legal abortion, you spoke out strongly to uphold the dignity of every human life.  You made the witness of your life consistent with your words in a way that few others have achieved.

Mother Teresa, pray for the world we live in, which has forgotten the value of human life.  Pray for the Church, that our courage and our efforts on behalf of life will remain strong.  Pray for me, that I will never fear to acknowledge and defend the sacredness of every person’s life by my choices, my attitudes, my words, my prayer, and my love.

Novena Prayer:

Mother Teresa, you came to the aid of so many people during your life on earth. So I come to you now, confident in your willingness to help me in my need. (Mention your request here.) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, servant of the poorest of the poor, pray for us!

The Doctor of the Church and the Speaker of the House

August 28, 2008

Here we are on the feast of the great St. Augustine, smack dab at a time when his name is being invoked in American politics with a frequency and intensity like it almost certainly never has before! 

The Nancy Pelosi issue is being very well covered elsewhere in the Catholic blogosphere (like here, here, and here) so I won’t rehash it here, other than to say that our bishops are making me proud this week. 

I only want to point out one piece of commentary that could be overlooked, but shouldn’t be.  Though several American bishops have been holding their own this week, this piece in the Chicago Tribune by columnist Kathleen Parker could serve as a fine example of a sober and clear explanation of the most relevant facts.   

Happy feast of Augustine, the Doctor of Grace!

St. Augustine, pray for us.

Novena to Mother Teresa, Day 2

August 28, 2008

MOTHER TERESA, MISSIONARY OF PEACE

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you often repeated the prayer of St. Francis: “Make me an instrument of your peace.”  God answered your prayer in a way that even our violent and self-destructive culture could not miss.

Continue to be a prophet of peace for us today, Mother Teresa.  Guide us along the paths that lead to peace in our world, in our families, in our hearts.  I join my prayer to yours: “Make me an instrument of your peace.”  Pray that I, too, might become an instrument of Christ’s peace to those around me.

Novena Prayer:

Mother Teresa, you came to the aid of so many people during your life on earth. So I come to you now, confident in your willingness to help me in my need. (Mention your request here.) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, servant of the poorest of the poor, pray for us!

Novena to Mother Teresa, Day 1

August 27, 2008

MOTHER TERESA: MISSIONARY OF CHARITY

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, your works of love caught our world’s attention as you radiated God’s thirsting love for humanity.  Calling yourself a tiny pencil in God’s hand, you allowed him to write a bold love letter to the people of the twentieth century.

Teach me to love, Mother Teresa, and show me how to love in the circumstances of my own life.  By your prayers, your example, your simple words so full of wisdom, teach me what it means to love Jesus in other people, to giev until it hurts, especially when he appears to me in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Novena Prayer:

Mother Teresa, you came to the aid of so many people during your life on earth. So I come to you now, confident in your willingness to help me in my need. (Mention your request here.) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, servant of the poorest of the poor, pray for us!

Let’s pray a novena together

August 27, 2008

The feast of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is approaching.  It falls on September 5, which will this year be the 11th anniversary of her death. 

For the nine days leading up to her feast, I’ll be posting the novena to her that appears in my Saints for Our Times: New Novenas and Prayers.

Perhaps we should pray in a special way for people whose lived will be endangered by Hurricane Gustav in the days ahead, for God’s guidance in our political system, for peace in the world, and for a respect for human life in our day.  You’re welcome to join me in the prayer.

Back on Sacred Heart radio

August 26, 2008

One week from today, I’ll be making another appearance on Sacred Heart radio’s Son Rise Morning Show, with Brian Patrick. 

In previous chats, I’ve talked with Brian about how to respond to Mormon missionaries and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.  Now we’re going to try something new, and I’m excited about it. 

Next Tuesday will be the first of a series of once-a-month visits, during which I’ll tell Brian’s listeners about progress being made in particularly interesting causes for canonization.  Since it’s something I pay attention to anyway, it’ll be a treat to get to talk about it to others who might be interested. 

These chats will be happening on the first Tuesday of each month, at about 6:50 am.  (Couldn’t make it any later because of my work schedule.  I’ll be chatting with Brian, then grabbing my car keys to head out!)  Anyone can listen live online here.

We have a cover!

August 22, 2008

For some reason, WordPress is being cranky about accepting it onto this blog, but you can see the cover to Your Guide to Spe Salvi: Saved in Hope on my website homepage already.  Seeing the new cover is always an exciting part of this process (next only to actually getting my copies in the mail and holding ’em in my hands). 

The cover is simple in style, nothing flashy.  But I like it.  It’s eye-catching.  And I think the non-flashiness is appropriate given the nature of the book, a companion to a papal encyclical.  The cover should look a bit more “formal.” 

So this is cool. 

Release of the book is coming in October.

“To walk in the company of the saints”

August 22, 2008

There’s a worthwhile little article from Zenit this week, reporting Pope Benedict’s recent comments about the importance of studying the lives of the saints. 

Noting several feast days happening this month, the Pope said, “Dear brothers and sisters, day after day the Church offers us the possibility to walk in the company of the saints.”  He cites very nice comments from Hans Urs von Balthasar and Jean Guiton, and insists that holiness is “the universal vocation of all those who are baptized.”

The Pope also said, “The period of vacation is certainly a useful time to review the biography and writings of some men or women saints in particular, but each day of the year offers us the opportunity to become familiar with our heavenly patrons.”

To that end, may I humbly suggest that Saints for Our Times: New Novenas and Prayers ain’t a bad place to start! Consider making it a resource to renew your own personal walk in the company of the saints.