A necessity: Devotion to One’s Guardian Angel

I make public with this post a paper I wrote for a class about one year ago.

In many conversations I have had with people in Rome, I keep on recognizing the need for greater devotion to our holy guardian angels. I say this in the positive mode as the converse usually denotes some form of demonic  influence. Read below to see exactly what I mean.

More prayer is needed. We must detach ourselves from the world. Stay clear from Catholics or Christians of any sort who cling to the world, its pleasures, its vanities, all for the sake of honor and recognition.

I don’t want to say more to distract from the work of the Holy Angels.




As mentioned elsewhere, my family made a journal for the whole year filled with memories, advice, and simply consoling notes. Today, my sister put a beautiful picture of the mountains in Colorado and told me to send her a picture of something beautiful.

My initial thought was she surely won’t want to see the Vittorio Immanuele monument. You can look it up; I will never take a photo of it. I try to maintain my principles, most days. I then was preparing the Altars for the Masses this morning and I looked at the Sanctuary. I knew then I needed to post Beauty Himself!

How weak we are and how easily we forget. How easily we grasp at perishable things and people. We can spend 15 minutes, one hour, two hours in the presence of others. Yet we have so many excuses as to why we can’t spend one hour before Our Lord present in the Tabernacles of all the world.

A short visit to the Blessed Sacrament by John Henry Cardinal Newman

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am before. I place myself there.
I adore thee, O my saviour, present here as God and man, in Soul and Body, in true Flesh and Blood.
I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity, Which was conceived in Mary’s womb and lay in Mary’s bosom; Which grew up to man’s estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the twelve, wrought miracles, and spoke words of wisdom and peace; Which in due season hung on the Cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven.
I praise, and bless, and give myself wholly to Him, who is the true Bread of my soul, and my everlasting joy. Amen.

De Profundis

De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuæ intendentes
in vocem deprecationis meæ.
Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est; et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus:
Speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem, speret Israël in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio.
Et ipse redimet Israël ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

From the depths, I have cried out to Thee, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, Lord, were to mark iniquities, who, O Lord, shall stand?
For with Thee is forgiveness; and because of Thy law, I stood by Thee, Lord.
My soul has stood by his word.
My soul has hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch, even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.
And Ge will redeem Israel from all his iniquities

imageEternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
R. and let perpetual light shine upon them:
May they rest in peace
R. Amen.
Let us pray: Most gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the souls of the Faithful Departed. Be not severe in Thy Judgments, but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou, O merciful Savior, send Thy angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

imageRequiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem. Exaudi orationem meam; ad te omnis caro veniet.

Oh Blessed Sacrament, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Have Mercy on Us!

I begin this post with a few tears running down my cheek. They are tears of joy, sorrow, gratitude. I just finished watching a documentary called Desire of the Everlasting Hills. As some may know, it is a documentary which presents the story of three people who lived lives of unchastity according to a disordered sexuality. I would recommend one watch the documentary here. Not only is it fitting for our current situation within the Church and within society, it gives an interesting portrayal of the loneliness of sin and beautiful examples of conversion and perseverance.

I wish to focus on one aspect and that is the role of the Blessed Sacrament in the lives of these three people. I would say when you watch the documentary, think of the Holy Eucharist, Christ in the Tabernacle. See how Christ called these three [unceasingly!] to return to Him, see how He desired (and desires) them, how He desires you! Discussion of the Eucharist will lead to my second point concerning friendship, which I have been meaning to write about for a couple weeks.

I begin by mentioning the advice I received from a sermon on Father Ripperger’s website (www.sentrad.org). It is a great site; if you listen to his sermons make sure to do penance for him as he requests. The advice was to replace, as a subject for meditation, the invocation to the Sacred Heart in the Litany of the Sacred Heart (posted for the recent Novena) with the Most Blessed Sacrament and to meditate on the richness of all the names and attributes we can recognize in this Most Precious Gift.

It is this precisely which made me tear up while watching the film. Often this topic of particular unchastity is made polemic or cast as subjective. This only distracts from the real conversation. The subjective aspect is the experience of those who suffer with such temptations. The objective aspect as Mother Angelica says is that, “God created you and me to be happy in this life and the next. He cares for you and watches your every move. There is no one who loves you who does that.” The words are simple, but true. There is no one who loves you as He does!

More can be said, but I don’t think more should be said. Just watch the video when you have an hour of free time.

A theme that runs through the documentary implicitly is the necessity for friendship.  I come to my second point now. Of course, we learn how to relate to others primarily within the context of our familial life as we grow.  This can be relearned, in my opinion, as well. That, however, is another topic for another post. As we grow older and live our adult lives, it is friendship, built on charity and sacrifice, which will get us to Heaven. Friendship is needed more than anything these days. The Christian cannot live his life well without forming good and holy friendships. The primary friendship must be with Christ, and that is my whole point in writing this post and mentioning the Blessed Sacrament. I would say, it is through charity towards others that we will learn to love God more, to love the Sacred Heart which beats with Love for us each and every day in all the Tabernacles in the world.

This is simple stuff: love of God and love of neighbor. We always try to complicate it. We need to ask the right questions and seek the right answers, but at the expense of losing our focus on Love Eternal? It is a good examination. I’ll leave it at that.

My joy, sorrow and gratitude comes from recognizing Christ’s blaring, yet gentle, love in giving us Himself in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar! I don’t deserve the opportunity to receive Him each and every day at the Holy Mass, and yet He desires me to receive Him worthily and humbly. I can only be and must be sorrowful for my sins in all the ways I have ever said something, acted in some way, or thought one way which proclaimed, ‘I want Christ dead!’ That’s what we do when we sin! We scourge the Precious Body of Our Lord, we mock Him, we crown Him with thorns, we nail Him to the Cross, we pierce His Side and His Heart! May my gratitude increase for His great Mercy!

I have noticed that I say a lot less than I used to and that is challenging for me to accept. But words seem to mean more to me now. Patiently watch the film and think of your own sins. Sinners of all types have one thing in common: we all sin. This documentary is discussing particular journeys from unchastity to a life of fulfillment in Christ, but we are all made to seek God. I hope some advantage comes from watching the film.

May the Heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.


Unusual times call for…Unusual posts!

I know views from the sacristy can be enchanting, but this one tops the charts. A strange course of events led to a lack of power today at the Church! But that’s no problem. It only means we needed more candles! Enjoy the picture of this seemingly early ‘Rorate’ Mass!

ownership: Jacob Stein www.passioxp.wordpress.com

Also, enjoy this image of the whole Church. It isn’t as impressive as a Rorate Mass, but it’s an interesting situation and everyone seemed to love the peace and quiet!

Ownership: Jacob Stein www.passioxp.wordpress.com RORATE ChiesaThanks to our visiting priest for assisting with the evening Mass.

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Happy Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Apolytikion (Fourth Tone)
Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: “The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life.”IMG_20150906_131309

With Our Lady

With Our Lady, hide yourselves in Christ,
as Christ is hidden in the glory of His Father.
With Our Lady, hide yourselves in Christ,
as He is hidden in the bright cloud of the Holy Ghost.
With Our Lady, hide yourselves in Christ,
as He is hidden in the Sacred Species.
With Our Lady, hide yourselves in the Heart of the Lamb,
even as He is hidden in the Tabernacles of the world,
unseen, unknown, and forgotten by men.