Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Pater noster

qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie.
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.

God the Father and the Holy Spirit. From the stained glass collection of Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
Our Father
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

Gloria Patri

et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio,
et nunc,
et semper, et in saecula saeculorum.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning
is now
and will be forever.

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.

'The Cestello Annunciation,' Sandro Botticelli, 1489 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Hail Mary,
full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

reple tuorum corda fidelium,
et tui amoris in eis accende.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.


qui corda fidelium
Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti.
Da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere,
et de eius semper consolatione gaudere.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

Holy Spirit window from Bernini's Altar of the Chair, St. Peter's Basilica

Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of Thy faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray:
Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise,
and ever rejoice in His consolation.
Through Christ our Lord.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A Father's letter

"Although I know well, Margaret,
that because of my past wickedness
I deserve to be abandoned by God,
I cannot but trust in his merciful goodness....

"By the merits of his bitter passion joined to mine
and far surpassing in merit for me
all that I can suffer myself,
his bounteous goodness
shall release me from the pains of purgatory
and shall increase my reward in heaven besides.

"I will not mistrust him, Meg,
though I shall feel myself weakening
and on the verge of being overcome with fear.

"I shall remember how Saint Peter at a blast of wind
began to sink because of his lack of faith,
and I shall do as he did:
call upon Christ and pray to him for help.
And then I trust he shall place his holy hand on me
and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning.

"And finally, Margaret, I know this well:
that without my fault he will not let me be lost.
I shall, therefore, with good hope
commit myself wholly to him.

"And if he permits me to perish for my faults,
then I shall serve as praise for his justice.
But in good faith, Meg, I trust that his tender pity
shall keep my poor soul safe
and make me commend his mercy.

"And, therefore, my own good daughter,
do not let you mind be troubled
over anything that shall happen to me in this world.

Nothing can come but what God wills.
And I am very sure that whatever that be,
however bad it may seem,
it shall indeed be the best."

Sir Thomas More wrote this letter to his daughter from prison. He would enter heaven with the swing of the executioner's axe. St. Thomas More's memory is celebrated on this day.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Lord, the Most High

has done good things for me.

In need I shall cry out to him.

Morning Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours

Friday, June 03, 2005

My son, give me your heart

Note carefully the way I point out to you.
Morning Prayer, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart