…with love…

Several of the psalms begin with these words: “Sing to the Lord a new song.” That is surprising, because we repeat the same psalms, say these same words again and again. But sung with love, the song really is always new, because love makes everything new all the time. Love never tires. The Holy Spirit can renew the love in our hearts every morning, as well as our faith and trust. The path discovered by Thérèse is a return to the novelty of the Gospel in contrast with our narrow-mindedness, our human limitations, our permanent blocks and hard-heartedness. The Gospel is always new: it always opens up new vistas, new and unforeseeable paths. We will never cease discovering the newness of the Gospel, because we will never cease discovering the ever-new richness of God’s love and mercy.

-Father Jacques Philippe, The Way of Trust and Love

The whisper of a gentle air.

In the inner stillness where meditation leads, the Spirit secretly anoints the soul and heals our deepest wounds.

St John of the Cross

Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel – early early in the morning.

In our daily lives, if the words of St John of the Cross are not our preoccupation, we should really be worried. It isn’t enough to seemingly have the exterior of our lives ordered, offering to God what we think is most pure, most perfect, most orderly….

Rather, the life of Grace, that life of silence where only the whisper of a gentle air is heard, that should be our preoccupation. It’s there that we find God, it’s there that we have confidence for that day of judgment, because it’s there that we will be able to love, to give of ourselves unreservedly…

Te Deum [AUDIO]

First Mass of Father Julius Kappel, FSSP

This photo is taken by my friend, the famous Roman pilgrim, Agnese. She even makes her way up to Germany. I was down in the pews and just enjoyed the graces of the First Mass, the ceremonies, and the fantastic organ:

Click HERE to listen to the recording of the Improvisation sur le Te Deum, by Tournemire. This was played by my friend Father Daniel Kretschmar, a VERY talented musician.

Pray for all these new priests! Mary, protect them. By the way, it’s First Saturday.

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First Friday: July 2019

I pray this month of the Precious Blood will be fruitful for your spiritual life. It is always interesting to see how the Liturgical Year layers itself throughout its time and throughout its devotion. The First Friday devotions seem to take on a life so imbued with the surrounding Liturgical days. I encourage you to pray the Litany of the Precious Blood today, in addition to the First Friday devotions.

Blessed Feast of the Precious Blood!

Today begins Our Lady’s Lent. St. Francis of Assisi kept this Lenten Fast from July 1st until the Feast of the Assumption. It is also suggested that St. Peter Damian, an Umbrian, might have brought this practice about with the reform of clergy and religious during the 11th century in Italy. Another Umbrian kept this fast, as well, (one of my favorites) Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. It was from his life I first learned of this period of penance, which in his time was kept from the Feast of the Precious Blood to Our Lady’s Feast. He would abstain from fruits, most particularly figs (his favorite), during these summer months.

On the first of the year, we recall the first shedding of the Blood of Christ, in His circumcision. We now have this reminder halfway through the calendar year of the salvation that alone comes through the Blood of Christ! Most will not keep this Lent. It will be a hidden Lent, a humble Lent, in imitation of Our Lady of Humility. Join me if you are able. We have much to pray for. In these turbulent times, let us focus primarily on our friendship with Christ!

A relic of the Precious Blood in Weingarten:

We hear in the encyclical Inde a Primis: 

How truly precious is this Blood is voiced in the song which the Church sings with the Angelic Doctor (sentiments wisely seconded by our predecessor Clement VI)

Blood that but one drop of has the world to win

All the world forgiveness of its world of sin. 

Unlimited is the effectiveness of the God-Man’s Blood — just as unlimited as the love that impelled him to pour it out for us, first at his circumcision eight days after birth, and more profusely later on in his agony in the garden, in his scourging and crowning with thorns, in his climb to Calvary and crucifixion, and finally from out that great wide wound in his side which symbolizes the divine Blood cascading down into all the Church’s sacraments. Such surpassing love suggests, nay demands, that everyone reborn in the torrents of that Blood adore it with grateful love.

In addition to taking on some fasts and penance from today’s feast and in preparation for the Assumption of Our Lady, I suggest the daily recitation of the Litany of the Most Precious Blood. Recite the Litany humbly and with true adoration.

Litany of the Precious Blood

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, …
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, …
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, …
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, …
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, …
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, …
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, …
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, …
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, …
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, …
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, …
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs, …
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors, …
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins, …
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, …
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, …
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, …
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, …
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, …
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, …
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life, …
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, …
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, …

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.

Let us pray:
Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.