Blogging the Qur’an

Blogging the Qur’an

by Robert Spencer

Suras 97-114
Published: December 21, 2008

Sura 96, “Clots of Blood”
Published: December 14, 2008

Suras 87-95
Published: December 7, 2008

Suras 77-86
Published: November 30, 2008

Suras 72, “The Jinn,” 73, “The Mantled One,” 74, “The Cloaked One,” 75, “Resurrection,” and 76, “Man”
Published: November 23, 2008

Suras 67, “Sovereignty,” 68, “The Pen,” 69, “The Reality,” 70, “The Ways of Ascent,” and 71, “Noah”
Published: November 16, 2008

Suras 63, “The Hypocrites,” 64, “Haggling,” 65, “Divorce,” and 66, “Prohibition”
Published: November 9, 2008

Suras 61, “Battle Array,” and 62, “The Congregation”
Published: November 2, 2008

Sura 60, “She Who Is Tested”
Published: October 26, 2008

Suras 58, “The Pleading Woman,” and 59, “Exile”
Published: October 19, 2008

Suras 54, “The Moon,” 55, “The Merciful,” 56, “The Inevitable,” and 57, “Iron”
Published: October 12, 2008

Sura 53, “The Star”
Published: October 5, 2008

Suras 49, “The Chambers,” 50, “Qaf,” 51, “The Winnowing Winds,” and 52, “The Mount”
Published: September 28, 2008

Suras 47, “Muhammad,” and 48, “Victory”
Published: September 21, 2008

Sura 46, “The Dunes”
Published: September 14, 2008

Suras 43, “Ornaments of Gold,” 44, “Smoke,” and 45, “Crouching”
Published: September 7, 2008

Suras 41, “Explained in Detail,” and 42, “Consultation”
Published: August 31, 2008

Sura 40, “The Forgiver”
Published: August 24, 2008

Sura 39, “Throngs”
Published: August 17, 2008

Sura 38, “Sad”
Published: August 10, 2008

Sura 37, “The Ranks”
Published: August 3, 2008

Sura 36, “Ya Sin”
Published: July 27, 2008

Suras 34, “Sheba,” and 35, “The Angels”
Published: July 20, 2008

Sura 33, “The Confederates,” verses 21-73
Published: July 13, 2008

Sura 33, “The Confederates,” verses 1-27
Published: July 6, 2008

Sura 32, “The Prostration”
Published: June 29, 2008

Suras 30, “The Byzantines,” and 31, “Luqman”
Published: June 22, 2008

Sura 29, “The Spider”
Published: June 15, 2008

Sura 28, “The Story”
Published: June 8, 2008

Sura 27, “The Ant”
Published: June 1, 2008

Sura 26, “The Poets”
Published: May 25, 2008

Sura 25, “The Criterion”
Published: May 18, 2008

Sura 24, “The Light,” verses 21-64
Published: May 11, 2008

Sura 24, “The Light,” verses 1-20
Published: May 4, 2008

Sura 23, “The Believers”
Published: April 27, 2008

Sura 22, “The Pilgrimage”
Published: April 20, 2008

Sura 21, “The Prophets”
Published: April 13, 2008

Sura 20, “Ta Ha”
Published: April 6, 2008

Sura 19, “Mary”
Published: March 30, 2008

Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 83-110
Published: March 23, 2008

Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 60-82
Published: March 16, 2008

Sura 18, “The Cave,” verses 1-59
Published: March 9, 2008

Sura 17, “The Night Journey,” verses 2-111
Published: March 2, 2008

Sura 17, “The Night Journey,” verse 1
Published: February 24, 2008

Sura 16, “The Bee”
Published: February 17, 2008

Sura 15, “Rock City”
Published: February 10, 2008

Sura 14, “Abraham”
Published: February 3, 2008

Sura 13, “The Thunder”
Published: January 27, 2008

Sura 12, “Joseph”
Published: January 20, 2008

Sura 11, “Hud”
Published: January 13, 2008

Sura 10, “Jonah”
Published: January 6, 2008

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 81-129
Published: December 30, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 50-80
Published: December 23, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 30-49
Published: December 16, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verse 29, Part 2
Published: December 9, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verse 29
Published: December 2, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 14-28
Published: November 25, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 6-14
Published: November 18, 2007

Sura 9, “Repentance,” verses 1-5
Published: November 11, 2007

Sura 8, “Booty,” verses 31-75
Published: November 4, 2007

Sura 8, “Booty,” verses 1-30
Published: October 28, 2007

Sura 7, “The Heights,” verses 103-206
Published: October 21, 2007

Sura 7, “The Heights,” verses 1-102
Published: October 14, 2007

Sura 6, “Cattle,” verses 84-165
Published: October 7, 2007

Sura 6, “Cattle,” verses 1-83
Published: September 30, 2007

Sura 5, “The Table,” verses 61-120
Published: September 23, 2007

Sura 5, “The Table,” verses 1-60
Published: September 16, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 104-176
Published: September 9, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 35-104
Published: September 2, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 17-34
Published: August 26, 2007

Sura 4, “Women,” verses 1-16
Published: August 19, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 121-200
Published: August 12, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 64-120
Published: August 5, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 33-63
Published: July 29, 2007

Sura 3, “The Family of Imran,” verses 1-32
Published: July 22, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 222-286
Published: July 15, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 211-221
Published: July 8, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 141-210
Published: July 1, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 75-140
Published: June 24, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 40-75
Published: June 17, 2007

Sura 2, “The Cow,” verses 1-39
Published: June 10, 2007

Sura 1, “The Opening”
Published: June 3, 2007


All prayers

Covenant to be renewed each week

Salute to the Heart of Jesus





Jesus said to St. Mechtilde: Whoever shall breathe a sigh towards Me from the bottom of his heart when he awakes in the morning, and shall ask Me to work all his works in him throughout the day, he will draw Me to him; so that his soul shall have life from Me even as his body has life from his soul, and he shall do all things through Me and by Me. For never does a man breathe a sigh of longing aspiration towards Me without drawing Me nearer to him than I was before.

O MOST loving Jesus, I breathe towards Thee this sigh, drawn from the depth of my heart, beseeching Thee with all my might that Thou wouldst deign Thyself to work in me all my works, whether of body or of soul, to cleanse them all in thy sweetest Heart, and to offer them, in union with Thine Own most perfect works, to God the Father as an eternal thanksgiving. Amen.

O ALMIGHTY God, I sanctify, dedicate, and consecrate to Thee every beating of my heart, and every pulsation of my blood; and I desire to make this compact with Thee, that their every beating shall say to Thee: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; and I beseech Thee to impute this meaning to them, so that they may be before Thy Divine Majesty as the unceasing echo of that heavenly canticle, which seraphims sing without ceasing unto Thee. Amen. Amen.
Salute to the Heart of Jesus

I ADORE, praise, and salute Thee, O most sweet Heart of Jesus Christ, fresh and gladdening as the breath of spring, from which, as from a fountain of graces, sweeter than the honeycomb, floweth ever more all good and all delight. I thank Thee with all the powers of my heart for having preserved me throughout this night, and for having rendered to God the Father praises and thanksgivings in my behalf. And now, O my sweet Love, I offer Thee my wretched and worthless heart as a morning sacrifice; I place it in Thy most tender Heart, and entrust it to Thy keeping; beseeching Thee that Thou wouldst deign to pour into it Thy Divine inspirations, and to enkindle it with Thy holy love. Amen.

It was revealed to St. Gertrude that if anyone commends himself to God, praying to be kept from all sin, God will never forsake him; and even though he be permitted to fall into some grievous fault, the grace of God will sustain him like a staff, and enable him to return more easily to repentance.

O JESUS, full of compassion, I commend to thee my spirit and my soul, in union with that love wherewith thou didst commend Thine Own to the Father on the Cross; and I place them in the most sacred wound of Thy tender Heart, that they may be therein protected from all the snares of the enemy. Thou knowest, O good Jesus, and I know by my own sad experience, how weak and frail I am, so that I could not of myself persevere in good, or resist temptation even for one single hour. Wherefore I pray Thee, by the reverence due to that union wherein Thy manhood is united to the adorable Trinity for our glorification, that Thou wouldst deign to unite my will to Thine, and so to strengthen and secure it, that it may be unable to rebel against Thee. In union with Thy most sinless limbs, I commend to Thee all the members of my body, with all their movements, that they may throughout this day love for Thy glory alone, for Thy praise and Thy love. Amen.

Our Lord revealed to St. Gertrude, that He records with letters of gold in the book of life all those actions which are done purely for the love of God, in union with the Passion of Christ, and for the salvation of all mankind, without thought of our own merit. And although all good works receive from God an abundant reward, those which are done simply and purely for His glory are of far higher merit, and obtain for us a far greater increase of glory.

O LORD, my God, for Thy sake I resolve to perform all my actions, whether outward or inward, purely for Thy glory, and for the salvation of the whole world; with such intention and in such manner as Thou dost desire and enjoin; and in union with that love whereby Thy Son came down from Heaven, and wrought out the whole work of our salvation, especially during His Passion. Wherefore I entirely disclaim all merit, all reward and grace which I might otherwise hope to obtain by these actions, that I may offer to Thee, my God, a pure sacrifice of praise, and give Thee a proof of my love.

The great efficacy of this covenant may be shown thus: Were a person to resolve that by every movement he made he wished to be understood to ratify and approve all the sins that are committed all over the earth, and to be held a partaker of them, it is easy to see what guilt he would thus contract. And if such an intention would have so great influence for evil, why should it not have immense force and merit for good?

O LORD God, my Creator, all my desire is before Thee, and my groaning is not hidden from Thee; but inasmuch as the necessities of this life prevent the constant application of my mind to Thy praise, I make with Thee this covenant, earnestly desiring that it may remain in force throughout this week.

Whenever I look up towards Heaven, I desire and intend to rejoice with Thee in Thine infinite perfections; that Thou art what Thou art, supremely strong and wise and loving and just.

As often as I open or close my eyes, I desire and intend to approve and concur in all the holy actions which Thine Only-begotten Son, and all the Saints in Heaven and just on earth, have ever done, or shall ever hereafter do, to Thy glory, and desire to be held a partaker in them all.

As often as I draw my breath, I offer to Thee the Life and Passion and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the merits and sufferings of all the Saints, to Thine eternal glory, for the welfare and peace of all the whole world, and in satisfaction for the sins of all men.

Whenever I sigh, I intend to detest and abhor every sin, as well my own sins as those which have ever been committed from the beginning of the world against the honour of Thy Name. Would that the slight and worthless offering of my blood might be accepted in satisfaction for them!

Lastly, as often as I move my hand or my foot, so often do I cast myself with entire resignation upon Thy most holy will, desiring that Thou wouldst dispose of me in time and in eternity, according to Thine adorable Will.

Enhanced by Zemantabh

What’s in a Name?

As we enter the Jubilee of Mercy through the holy “door” of Mary let us take to heart the tender words that she spoke to her “Juanito” [her nickname for St. Juan Diego] during her visitations in 1531:

“Know and understand well . . . that I am the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live . . . I am your merciful mother, to you, and to all the inhabitants on this land and all the rest who love me, invoke and confide in me; [I listen] to their lamentations, and remedy all their miseries, afflictions and sorrows . . . Hear me and understand well . . . that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish?”

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I Love Waking Up

I love waking up
In the Heart of Jesus.
Before my eyes even open
I feel You all about me.
You are looking at Me
As Mary looked on You
In slumber serene.

I am stirring.
You are smiling Your "Good morning"
I see You are not alone
I blow my heartfelt kisses
To Your happy entourage.
Heavenly family, you, too,
Welcome me to New Day.

Yes, Sweet Jesus, I am ready.
You’ve watched over me in sleep;
Now, again, I pick up my cross.
Walk the hours of today,
As Light upon my way.

By Joann Nelander

Copyright 2012

Third Sunday of Advent (December 13th, 2015)

The season of Advent is unobserved and forgotten outside the Church. Christmas has become for many merely a pleasant diversion, a fantasia on wintry themes.

Source: Third Sunday of Advent (December 13th, 2015)