Christ is Risen
Present Among us!
The following article by Gerhard Cardinal Müller appeared in Thursday’s, April 9, 2020, edition of LifeSiteNews. Cardinal Müller served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 until 2017.
Dear Sisters and Brothers!
Not one of us has ever experienced a comparable situation as we are facing today. Because of the terrible Corona epidemic, public life is drastically restricted. We can no longer celebrate the liturgy in church on Sundays and even now in the Holy Week and at Easter.
By Dom Prosper Gueranger
The past four weeks seems to have been but a preparation for the intense grief of the Church during these two. She knows that men are in search of her Jesus, and that they are bent on His death. Before twelve days are over, she will see them lay their sacrilegious hands upon Him. She will have to follow Him up the hill of Calvary; she will have to receive His last breath; she must witness the stone placed against the sepulchre where His lifeless Body is laid. We cannot, therefore, be surprised at her inviting all her children to contemplate, during these weeks, Him who is the object of all her love and all her sadness.
Beloved, I wish I could share the video below with the entire world and every soul in it. I agree with every word and am so very grateful for the passion and urgency with which it was said. Please, whether you are a layman, priest, bishop or cardinal, and whatever your sentiments may be toward Michael Voris, I beg you to watch this talk, to share it with all you know, and, most of all, to live its message. Here at the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, we are praying with you and for you to “hold nothing back from God” even as we strive to do the same.
God bless you and grant you the grace to “offer up” Oreo cookies – and, with them, your entire life.
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
The following reflection from the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, we have taken from the wonderful and faithful Timman at The Saint Louis Catholic, which he, in turn, has taken from, in his words, from the venerable Fisheaters blog:
Meditation on Death
Chapter 23 of “The Imitation of Christ”
By Thomas á Kempis (d. A.D. 1471)
Very soon the end of your life will be at hand: consider, therefore, the state of your soul. Today a man is here; tomorrow he is gone. (I Machabees 2:63) And when he is out of sight, he is soon out of mind. Oh, how dull and hard is the heart of man, which thinks only of the present, and does not provide against the future! You should order your every deed and thought, as though today were the day of your death. Had you a good conscience, death would hold no terrors for you; (Luke 12:37) even so, it were better to avoid sin than to escape death. (Wisdom 4:16) If you are not ready to die today, will tomorrow find you better prepared? (Matthew 24:44) Tomorrow is uncertain; and how can you be sure of tomorrow? Of what use is a long life, if we amend so little? Alas, a long life often adds to our sins rather than to our virtue!
Would to God that we might spend a single day really well! Many recount the years since their conversion, but their lives show little sign of improvement. If it is dreadful to die, it is perhaps more dangerous to live long. Blessed is the man who keeps the hour of his death always in mind, and daily prepares himself to die. If you have ever seen anyone die, remember that you, too, must travel the same road. (Hebrews 9:27)
Beloved, I am sending you an announcement and a video which, in my Jewish upbringing and Evangelical Protestant background, I could never have imagined.
First the announcement: I will be speaking at the glorious Sacred Liturgy Conference in Spokane, Washington, this coming summer, June 9-12, 2020, together with a company of magnificent holy men of God that one can rarely find together under one roof. Here is the information for those of you who, by God’s grace, may be able to attend:
Here, dear ones, from their press release, is a simple taste of the treasure that awaits those who attend:
This year’s theme is “Incarnation in the Eucharist”. We are overjoyed to have on our faculty His Eminence Gerhard Cardinal Müller. Cardinal Muller will give the keynote address and will celebrate the Pontifical Mass of Corpus Christi, Eucharistic Procession, and Benediction at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
“For more information including schedule, full list of speakers and to register please visit www.sacredliturgyconference.org. Space is limited and an “Early Bird Special” rate is available through March 1, 2020.”
Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple
Purification of the Blessed Mother
Beloved, there is a beautiful homily for this glorious feast (actually three feasts in one) on the website of Rorate Caeli given last year at the beautiful Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France by the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/02/fontgombault-sermon-for-candlemas-2019.html.
Tonight, at the Priory of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, as we prayed Vespers for this most special feast, I was struck by the exquisite beauty of the Verse, Magnificat Antiphon, and Collect. I’ve copied them for you below:
♦ Verse: It had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit. R. That he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
♦ Magnificat Antiphon: An aged man carried a Child, but the Child guided the aged man. The Virgin who had given birth to Him remained a virgin after childbearing; Him Whom she bore she adored.
♦ Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly beseech Thy majesty, that as Thine only-begotten son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so too Thou wouldst grant us to be presented unto Thee with purified souls. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.