Memorial Day 2009

This morning’s Mass was celebrated to honor those who died for our Nation.  Fr. Michael de Palma reminded us that in the Mass we remember the sacrifice of Jesus who willing died for each and everyone of us.  He said, not all men who die in our country’s wars are openly religious men.  What can be said is that they are spiritual, a reflection of Christ in their willingness to risk and possibly sacrifice their lives.  They shoulder many burdens for all of us, often living out their lives under the most horrific circumstances for the cause of our life, liberty and freedom.

It is entirely fitting that we now remember all of these who in going to battle are actually drawn to the ways of peace.  In actuality they long to return to home, family and that peace for which they are willing to die.  We remember and honor not only them, but their loved ones, who shared in their sacrifice and are the unseen, silence heroes, carrying-on, praying and watching for their return.  Fr. de Palma also remembered the chaplains, who bring God to the side of service men and women and in difficult times and circumstances call to their minds the God who is always present, always merciful and Whose Arms open wide to receive them.

H/T Ed Morrisey for: A memorial you may not have seen

Michelle Malkin leads with giving thanks:


Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

Thanks to Nice Deb for sharing this for the true meaning of Memorial Day:

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Day 4

Day 4

For those beginning this novena late, fear not!  St. Teresa of Avila gives us this prayer for Lost Time:

O my God! Source of all mercy. I acknowledge Your sovereign power.  While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain.  Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.” Amen

Now in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Cohort called the Italica,devout and God-fearing along with his whole household, who used to give alms generously  to the Jewish people and pray to God constantly.One afternoon about three o’clock,  he saw plainly in a vision an angel of God come in to him and say to him, “Cornelius.”He looked intently at him and, seized with fear, said, “What is it, sir?” He said to him, “Your prayers and almsgiving have ascended as a memorial offering before God. Now send some men to Joppa and summon one Simon who is called Peter.He is staying with another Simon, a tanner, who has a house by the sea.”When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier  from his staff,explained everything to them, and sent them to Joppa. The next day, while they were on their way and nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime. He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners.In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky.A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.”But Peter said, “Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean.”The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky. While Peter was in doubt about the meaning of the vision he had seen, the men sent by Cornelius asked for Simon’s house and arrived at the entrance. They called out inquiring whether Simon, who is called Peter, was staying there. As Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said (to him), “There are three men here looking for you. So get up, go downstairs, and accompany them without hesitation, because I have sent them.”  Then Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your being here?” They answered, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, respected by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house and to hear what you have to say.” So he invited them in and showed them hospitality. The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him. On the following day he entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.Peter, however, raised him up, saying, “Get up. I myself am also a human being.” While he conversed with him, he went in and found many people gathered together and said to them, “You know that it is unlawful for a Jewish man to associate with, or visit, a Gentile, but God has shown me that I should not call any person profane or unclean.And that is why I came without objection when sent for. May I ask, then, why you summoned me?” Cornelius replied, “Four days ago  at this hour, three o’clock in the afternoon, I was at prayer in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling robes stood before me and said,’Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your almsgiving remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter. He is a guest in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and you were kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to listen to all that you have been ommanded by the Lord.” Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,  “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word (that) he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached,how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth  with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.We are witnesses  of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and (in) Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised (on) the third day and granted that he be visible,not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”While Peter was still speaking these things, the holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also,for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God. Then Peter responded,”Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the holy Spirit even as we have?”He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  Act 10

God my creator

Breathe on me again

Renew me-Refresh me

Extend my abilities-Give me your gifts

Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

Flow through every fiber of my being

Keep me well

Oh Holy Spirit use me.

Our Father; Hail Mary; Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit…