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    1. Live Christ Seminars on Saturday,       June 2
    2. Pentecost on Sunday                           June 1   
    3. Final Day of Pentecost Novena                                                                       Holy Spirit, prayer                                 May 31
    4. Pentecost Novena Day Eight                May 31                                            
    5. Ascension and Graduation Day at St. Pius:   5/31      (A homily)
    6. Pentecost Novena Day Seven           5/30
    7. Pentecost Novena Day Six                5/30
    8. F A I T H                                             5/25  
    9. Pentecost Novena Day Five               5/23     
    10. Pentecost Novena Day Four              5/23     
    11. Pentecost Novena Day Three            5/23   
    12. Pentecost Novena Day Two              5/23
    13. Pentecost Novena! Day One             5/23
    14. Candy Land                                       5/23     
    15. CWA and Cameroon Catholic support ministry    5/23  
    16. 6th Sunday of Easter Homily– A Grace Motto      5/22      (Homily)
    17. Pentecost Novena starts Thursday                      5/21   
    18. Nats Win- Remain secure in 1st                          5/14
    19. May 13/14. Celebrating Fatima Homily                     5/12   
    20. Mary in the first Easter season with Jesus  5/09
    21. 1st Communion and Confirmation               5/08
    22. Asian Pacific Pilgrimage                              5/08
    23. Baseball Parks                                             5/02
    24. The Rising Up Life. Homily 5-7                    5/01
    25. Third Week of Easter Homily                       4/29
    26. Ripping Weather                                          4/26
    27. Deciding to be married in the Church          4/24
    28. A Protestant American pastor’s story           4/24
    29. 2nd Sunday of Easter Homily                4/21
    30. Easter Sunday III Homily and Emmaus Story     4/19
    31. Easter Homily II  Mary Magdalene       4/17
    32. Easter Homily  The Other Mary’s          4/16
    33. The 15th Station: Easter Fulfillment        4/14
    34. Holy Thursday Homily                 4/14
    35. Palm Sunday Homily                4/10
    36. Holy Thursday then and now     4/10
    37. The 14th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    38. The 13th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    39. The 12th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    40. The 11th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    41. The 10th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    42. The 9th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    43. The 8th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    44. The 7th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    45. The 6th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    46. The 5th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    47. The 4th Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    48. The 3rd Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    49. The 2nd Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    50. The 1st Station of the Cross      Holy Week
    51. Wedding Homily for Erin/Kent      3/29
    52. Because By Your Holy Cross       3/27
    53. Redemptive Suffering                   3/26
    54. T’were True                                  3/19
    55. ‘The Jokes of St. Joseph’             3/19
    56. Homily for St. Joseph Day            3/19

Live Christ Seminars on Saturday, Pentecost on Sunday

IMAG0047countrysidegirl-lookingthF4AYAH4ZcadleWe pray for the renewal of our parish on this Saturday of the Pentecost Novena…

in the Live Christ Seminars.

Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6-3-17

Lord, come renew us!  Come and renew the face of the earth, Sweet Spirit and Life to us all!

Lord, I look to Your Presence.  I want to become more holy in You.

As for we, the Church– it’s Happy Birthday time.   A.D. 33 right up to Pentecost 2017 A.D.    IMAG0375_1

 

 

Final Day of Pentecost Novena

IMAG0963_1<  The Holy Comforter descends upon a person (a child’s perspective)   We receive “the aroma of Christ.”  (2 Cor. 2:15) 

DAY NINE OF THE NOVENA.

THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Wait and pray to be clothed from on high”

Regular Daily Prayer of the Novena

O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples. You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1)   The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.”   In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.
I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit.  In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days.  O Jesus You said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church!  O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it.  Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)

Day Nine Meditation

To Be the Aroma of Christ. f8dc862fe5914b98533f9dfbd6c52aa3

 

Christians have Jesus in them.  As 2 Cor. 2:15-16 says, we have the unmistakable “aroma” of Christ, discernible alike to those who are in salvation (in the Lord) and to those who are heading for death, in their separation already from God.   To the former it has the refreshing fragrance of life itself, but to the latter a smell of doom, almost like roses for the coffin (“mortal sin leads to death” 1 Jn. 5:17).   Let us be glad to bear Christ and His fragrance of Truth to all.   0o987

 

Our aroma of Christ will upset those caught up in sin and death, yet they need to be converted, they need to become true.  They need that unity with God.

Let us be glad with those who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, and come and worship the Lord in that joy at Mass.  Let us have an Alleluia Aroma of Christ.

Pray a Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the conclusion of this Novena.

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Pentecost Novena Day Eight

The Great Novena of the Church.  Thursday of the historical Ascension through to Pentecost Sunday.    

THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Wait and pray to be clothed from on high”

DAY EIGHT OF THE NOVENA.

Come Holy Spirit.  Please find in me the openness for Your power to renew and move this servant of Yours.  Help me to care about Your concerns and to be an instrument to the works Your Grace can do in me.  I bow to Thee. Spirit Window.

In the historical account of the witnesses of the Risen and Ascended Jesus, if one were to go back in time, you would find them now on the move towards Jerusalem for the Pentecost Feast.  This old Jewish observance in the Holy City of David would be utterly transformed in this Year of an Ascended Anointed One (in Jesus).  Pentecost would now be known as the day of Spirit Power from On High.    The Birth of the Church and Life in the Spirit for the faithful.

DAY 8 Regular Daily Prayer of the Novena
O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples. You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1)   The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.”   In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.
I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit.  In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days.  O Jesus You said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church!  O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it.  Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)

Day Eight Meditation

Someone once said that we (who are in the Spirit) have the privilege of conviction.  The Holy Spirit will direct us in the way to dislike sin, fight against its control, and instead want to be led to the enlightened and free life in God.  (John 16)   Oswald Chambers said: “Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a person.  It is the threshold of an understanding of God.

Jesus Chrsit said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses the conscience and brings a person into the Presence of God, it is not their relationship with other persons that bothers them, but (how) their relationship (is doing) with God.”  Jesus had pointed out this problem of humanity:  “For they loved praise from men more than praise from God. (John 12).   Think on this.

Lastly, Pray the Lord’s Prayer, a Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to conclude the day’s novena prayers.

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Ascension and Graduation Day at St. Pius: The Connection (A homily)

A Homily for Graduation—   with directions for slides                                                          [Begin with Gospel Slide staying up.  Gospel is Matthew 28:16-20]

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The SPX Graduation and the Ascension/Pentecost Mystery we presently celebrate

Hello class!  For those of you who even joined the school from the start, hello from someone who also came aboard around then to St. Pius and Bowie.  Later, for those of you who were here in the 4th and 6th grade years—I was in Religion Class with you, enjoying your company, and we studied together the things of God.  You were great classes to teach.  Thank you. Then, next, you have gone on to your high achievement, today, adding on a few students, and now being this graduating class of the 8th grade.  Bravo!

“Happy Graduation Day.”  In this same week, in the Church, it is ironically the time in-between the great Ascension of Christ Jesus and the Descent, or sending, of the Holy Spirit from Heaven, to officially start the Church, with people having new life given into their souls at Pentecost.  I see some connections of Graduation to Ascension and Pentecost.

[Slide of the Holy Spirit Window.]

From the Ascension up to Pentecost, people were praying back then in the first Gospel days, for some new big thing to come upon them, as a Gift from Jesus, Who ascended to the Throne of God for us.  That big thing did happen when the Spirit of God was poured out upon them at Pentecost.  Christianity officially began, and people went into a new higher phase of believing and living in Jesus.

In that connection to your graduation, look at the Ascension Mystery as like the commencement exercise for the Church.  As the Church entered into her new realm, her new day, in Christ’ Victory, it was like a graduation into a new maturity and experience.

In this Mass of graduation, you receive diplomas, in recognition and reward for your work done here, as to empower you to head on into something bigger and new ahead.  You go on into a higher phase of living and learning from here, all in the available inspiration of God.

When Christ went to the Throne for us, at the Ascension, He elevated believers to a new place in relationship to God, now as reconciled friends of God, or new sons and daughters risen up in faith.   Jesus also gave out a promise that He and His Spirit would help us to eventually ‘graduate’ all the way to take our own place in Glory with Him.  Eternal life.  THAT is THE GRADUATION of graduations that which God says it is all very possible to those who LIVE by Faith in Him.  That’s an exciting plan to be living in: to have “an inheritance in the saints of light.”  Whatever you do ahead, brothers and sisters, keep your eyes on the prize of that ultimate graduation.  Live to please the Lord in whatever you do, and wherever you are.  And success will find your heart and soul.

[Slide up—The Ascension …like a graduation … a mountainside farewell]

Remember what the prophet Jeremiah advised in the Sprit:  “Do not fall into fear and timidity, but live on with a future and a hope in which God gives you.”  Jer.29:11.

God says He’s our power and hope.

So the Ascension of Jesus with His apostles and disciples was like a graduation, in that, it was the finish of the earthly ministry time of Jesus to His disciples. He was saying—as we heard in tonight’s gospel—but paraphrased here:  ‘Ok, disciples. I will ascend now to Heaven, and you are finished in this time of ministry from me. You have learned much from Me, and now I sent you forth. Go to the next phase of your life in Me.  You are ready.’  That sounds a bit like a graduation speech to me.   And as you heard in tonight’s gospel, He said, ‘Go, spread the good news, baptize, teach, live in Me!’  That’s Jesus’ Great Commission.  Graduations also have commissions or charges, like Jesus’ one on the Mount.  God would have a message to you, tonight, in your graduation, like: “You have learned much, go forth now, to greater things.  I believe in you!”

Graduation is also a bit of a mountain top moment.  So it was at the Ascension on the Mount with Jesus.  Yet you also look back upon how you have come so far and up to this point, and it is a good feeling, isn’t it?  And we the faculty and teachers say:  “Well done with what you’ve done here.  Congratulations.  You did it!”

[Slide up---Ascension Stained Glass window.]

And, with that, there is emotion and tears or feelings in you.  It’s just like Jesus had at His Ascension, and how the people had it in the crowd around Him.  It was a moving farewell, but it also was a great new beginning. Like in this graduation:  there are tears, joy, many feelings, and it’s a high moment: A finish, and a new start.

At the Ascension, Jesus’ Victory was a shared one.  As He won, so did the people.   Know, my brothers and sisters, that as you succeed here tonight, your victory of graduation is something we all feel a share in.   We are glad for you at your achievement thus far.  IMAG0502_1

[Slide up---A New Beginning, A New Phase]

A connection I was trying to make here was in comparing the Ascension Mystery to a Graduation.  Both lead to a new beginning, and onto a new phase.  ‘Get it?  Like the disciples, your graduation towards something new ahead may have a few of you also feeling a little nervous of what challenges lay head.  Yet Jesus says to you and all, like He did on the Mount of the Ascension:  ‘I will send you the power you need. I will give you the Holy Spirit. He will guide you to all things. He will help you.”

Just keep Faith.   You know what FAITH might stand for tonight?   “Forging Ahead, I’ll Trust Him (the Lord)!”  Amen?! F A I T H.

[Slide up--- Deus Lux Mea Est.]

Taking this homily to the final stretch, I have a little Latin phrase for you to use as a reminder of the Spirit’s coming for you in your life ahead.   It is “Deus lux mea est.”  Translated to English, it is “God’s Light mine is.” Or, put in better order:  “God is my light.”

Put personally as a prayer, it can be:  “God, help me believe and see how Your light is on my path ahead.” “Deus lux mea est.”  You have a light to follow, young men and women, as you live soul-fully in your humanity, as we taught you here in this Catholic school. Just know the Glory of God’s light is there to lead His people through, in every new step of the way.”  Deus lux mea est.  God’s Light Mine is.   And that Light of God will lead you to Heaven, too.

Getting into life with God in glory is THE final goal and destination of life; THAT is our ultimate “graduation” hope.

[Slide up---“Pax Et Bonum”]

Lastly, I have one more Latin phrase for you tonight.   It is “Pax et Bonum!”  It translates as Pax/Peace Et/and  with plus Bonum/Goodness.   Pax et Bonum!     Peace and Goodness to you all, this graduation night… +            +

[Last slide up---Blue Ribbon Hat pic of me]

From a fellow Blue Ribbon Hard Hatter, and with these other priestly fathers, and from myself, this former student of the school.  Join me in being an alumnus now.

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Pentecost Novena Day Seven

The great Novena of the Church: Thursday, May 25th to Pentecost Sunday, June 4th.

THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Wait and pray to be clothed from on high”

DAY SEVEN         Opening Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples. You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1)   The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.”   In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.
I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit.  In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days.  O Jesus You said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church!  O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it.  Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)

MEDITATION:    THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FAITH

As the Bible explains:  No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.    This knowledge of faith is possible only in the Holy Spirit.  To be in touch with Christ–the Holy Spirit must first have touched us.  He comes to meet us and kindles faith in us. (Catechism #693)    Our faith in God is all God-breathed.  He is leading us back to holiness.      imag0720

See a flag waving?  It waves only by the aid of the wind into it.   “Never stop flagging in zeal,” says an epistle exhortation of St. Paul.  Let us all open to the fresh breath of The Spirit upon our lives.

 

Finish with Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Pentecost Novena Day Six

The great Novena of the Church: Thursday, May 25th to Pentecost Sunday, June 4th.

THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT    IMAG0047

“Wait and pray to be clothed from on high”

DAY SIX         Opening Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples. You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1)   The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.”   In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.

I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit.  In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days.  O Jesus You said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church!  O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it.  Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)

MEDITATION:   I will exult in the Risen and Victorious Christ

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Mt. 6:21.   Alleluia, Alleluia!  Praise God.

From Pope Francis:   “This Jesus, He is the Risen Traveler that (Who) journeys with us (like the ones heading on the way to Emmaus in the Gospel account)… And here is Jesus today, He is here among us.  He is here in His word, is here on the altar, journeying with us,” said the pope at Rome’s St. Stanislaus parish on May 4th.  “We too can become risen travelers, if His word inflames our hearts, and His Eucharist opens our eyes to The Faith, and nurtures hope and charity in us.  (With the inspiration of the Spirit,) Are we ready to travel this path (some more)?”

CLOSING PRAYERS:    Finish with Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

 

Pentecost Novena Day Five

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THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT        Wait and pray to be clothed from on high

The great Novena of the Church:  Thursday, May 25th to Pentecost Sunday, June 4th.

DAY FIVE           Opening Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples. You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1)   The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.”   In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.

I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit.  In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days.  O Jesus You said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church!  O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it.  Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)

MEDITATION:     FEAST ON THESE SCRIPTURES
“I will put My Spirit within you so that you will obey My laws and do whatever I command”  (Ezek. 36:25-27) (*Also see Isaiah 44:3-35)

“Yet when That One I have spoken to you about comes–the Spirit of Truth– He will guide you into everything that is true.”   (John 16:13)

Finally, brothers (sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure… think on these things.”  (Phil. 4:8)

“And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  (John 8:32)

Finish with Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

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Pentecost Novena Day Four

THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT       Wait and pray to be clothed from on high

The great Novena of the Church:  Thursday, May 25th to Pentecost Sunday, June 4th.

Spirit WindowDAY 4      Opening Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, before your Ascension to Heaven, You did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of Your apostles and disciples. You asked them to “wait for the Promise of the Father…. (and that) in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. (and) you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (From Acts 1)  The Acts of the Apostles’ account tells, then, that the apostles, and Mary, and various men and women, indeed went to Jerusalem to wait on the Gift, devoting themselves with one accord to prayer together.”   In this Novena, O God, I join all others in the Church in these days of devotion and pleading for the power and love of your Spirit.

I ask You, Lord, for our present age, that we might more deeply encounter Your Spirit of renewal in Mother Church. As the hymn goes, “Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.” (Come Holy Ghost) You said: “Ask and you shall receive.” So we now ask for strength in Your Spirit.  In our Easter regeneration, we pray for what You started may increase and be built up strong in our days.  O Jesus You said to Peter:  “Upon this rock I will build my Church… I give to you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,” (from Matt. 16) so we petition You, Come help us who faithfully abide in Your Church!  O Come, Holy Spirit. Do teach us all truth, console us as we go about in this broken world, and please enlighten us in the way we best should live in it.  Help us then, to have courage to live in accord with our vocation of faith and to do so for the Common Good. Help me, and my brothers and sisters in The Fold, to be filled with the Spirit.” (Eph.5:18)

MEDITATION:   Embrace the Light of the Spirit

Scripture says to us, then, “now (that) you are light in the Lord, behave as children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and uprightness and truth.  Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, take no part in the futile works of darkness but, on the contrary, show them up for what they are… Christ will shine on you… Make the best of the present time… recognize what is the will of the Lord… (and) be filled with the Spirit.”  (Ephesians 5 text)

Finish with Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.