Prayer for Spiritual Communion

from the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit:

Blessed Solanus would urge people who couldn't get to Mass or receive Communion to ask Jesus to come spiritually into their hearts. He himself did this throughout the day, even when he did celebrate Mass and receive Communion. A friend of his heard him speak so often about Spiritual Communion that he asked him one day how to actually go about doing it. Blessed Solanus told him:

Those who doubt the efficacy of this form of communion should consider what took place globally when the Holy Father prayed in adoration on live television last week.

Also consider what the Council of Trent said about it.


Litany of Supplication


True God and true man, truly present in this holy Sacrament.
We adore you, O Lord

Our Savior, God with us, faithful and rich in mercy
We adore you, O Lord

King and Lord of creation and of history
We adore you, O Lord

Conqueror of sin and death
We adore you, O Lord

Friend of humankind, the Risen One, the Living One who sits at the right hand of the Father.
We adore you, O Lord


Only begotten Son of the Father, descended from heaven for our salvation
We believe in you, O Lord

Heavenly physician, who bows down over our misery
We believe in you, O Lord

Lamb who was slain, who offer yourself to rescue us from evil
We believe in you, O Lord

Good Shepherd, who give your life for the flock which you love
We believe in you, O Lord

Living bread and medicine for immortality, who give us eternal life
We believe in you, O Lord


From the power of Satan and the seductions of the world
Deliver us, O Lord

From the pride and presumption of being able to do anything without you
Deliver us, O Lord

From the deceptions of fear and anxiety
Deliver us, O Lord

From unbelief and desperation
Deliver us, O Lord

From hardness of heart and the incapacity to love
Deliver us, O Lord


From every evil that afflicts humanity
Save us, O Lord

From hunger, from famine and from egoism
Save us, O Lord

From illnesses, epidemics and the fear of our brothers and sisters
Save us, O Lord

From devastating madness, from ruthless interests and from violence
Save us, O Lord

From being deceived, from false information and the manipulation of consciences
Save us, O Lord


Protect your Church which crosses the desert
Comfort us, O Lord

Protect humanity terrified by fear and anguish
Comfort us, O Lord

Protect the sick and the dying, oppressed by loneliness
Comfort us, O Lord

Protect doctors and healthcare providers exhausted by the difficulties they are facing
Comfort us, O Lord

Protect politicians and decision makers who bear the weight of having to make decisions
Comfort us, O Lord


In the hour of trial and from confusion
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

In temptation and in our fragility
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

In the battle against evil and sin
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

In the search for what is truly good and true joy
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

in the decision to remain in you and in your friendship
Grant us your Spirit, O Lord


Open us to hope, O Lord
Should sin oppress us

Open us to hope, O Lord

Should hatred close our hearts
Open us to hope, O Lord

Should sorrow visit us
Open us to hope, O Lord

Should indifference cause us anguish
Open us to hope, O Lord

Should death overwhelm us
Open us to hope, O Lord

© Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2020

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For Nurses

an Invocation by Msgr. Charles Ramm from his book, "Invocations and Other Prayers" --

Almighty God,
Creator of Life and source of healing and strength,
who has willed that we should be dependent for these gifts,
not only upon Thee, but also upon one another,
and has laid upon us all, in measure, the duty of serving our neighbor,
grant unto these Nurses
who have chosen the difficult and human task of ministering to the sick,
an abundance of Thy grace, to enable them to be constant and generous
in the fulfillment of their blessed calling.

Let the knowledge of their minds and the healing of their hands
be directed by a quick understanding and applied with a
finely measured sympathy.

Give them tact, wisdom, and decision in difficulties and emergencies.
Endow them with discretion and reserve in the intimacies of their
professional relationships; and in their conversation,
with a talent for silence concerning much that they must see and hear.

Teach them to be firm without being harsh;
faithful without being slavish;
accurate without being mechanical;
and kind always.

Finally O Lord,
be pleased to grant to each one that each nurse
may live in Thy love and serve in Thy name,
so that their ministrations to those who suffer in body, soul, or mind,
may be freighted with the richness of Thy blessings,
who art God of all healing and comfort,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Calm during Covid19

image credit: Bernard Allen

Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation.
We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder:
we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars.
  Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives.
Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them.
Like the disciples, we will experience that
with him on board there will be no shipwreck.
Because this is God’s strength:
turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things.
He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies. 
-Pope Francis, from his extraordinary Urbi et Orbi


Lockdown, by Brother Richard

Yes there is fear.
 Yes there is isolation.
 Yes there is panic buying.
 Yes there is sickness.
 Yes there is even death.
But, They say that in Wuhan
after so many years of noise
 You can hear the birds again.
 They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
 The sky is no longer thick with fumes
 But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
 People are singing to each other across the empty squares,
 keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear
 the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
 Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know is busy
 spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood
 So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
 are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
 All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
 All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
 To how big we really are.
 To how little control we really have.
 To what really matters.
 To Love.
 So we pray and we remember that
 Yes there is fear. But there does not have to be hate.
 Yes there is isolation. But there does not have to be loneliness.
 Yes there is panic buying. But there does not have to be meanness.
 Yes there is sickness. But there does not have to be disease of the soul.
 Yes there is even death. But there can always be a rebirth of love.
 Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
 Today, breathe.
 Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
 The birds are singing again
 The sky is clearing,
 Spring is coming,
 And we are always encompassed by Love.
 Open the windows of your soul
 And though you may not be able to touch
 across the empty square,


The New Bioethicist

Speaking in this interview with Crux magazine:

In a place like Britain, where most people do not identify as Christian, the tools of philosophy-that is to say, natural reason-are especially valuable in helping people make sense of the Church’s teaching on moral issues. Before you begin to talk about the theology of the body, you might first need to talk about the teleology of the body. In order to mention faith, you first have to convince people that reason is not in conflict with it.

In this regard, I have often found the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas particularly valuable, for he recognizes that natural reason can bring us to the “preambles of faith.”

Catholic bioethics has been particularly good, you might say, at identifying moral absolutes. But what we are less good at is dealing with issues where there isn’t a firm red line and where determining the right course of action demands a rigorous exercise of the virtue of prudence. Now, to say that is already to invite some measure of confusion. “Prudence” in our ordinary language tends to suggest caution, but the virtue of prudence, or practical wisdom (phronÄ“sis in Aristotle’s Greek), is really about discerning and acting in accordance with the particulars of a given situation. Sometimes that means caution, at other times a more welcoming approach.

It’s important that Catholic bioethics, and the moral life more generally, is not just about condemning everything.

At the same time, it is important to recognize that as Catholics, prudence cannot be reduced simply to a matter of weighing up consequences - we are not utilitarians or proportionalists! We have a firm foundation, and that is the inviolable dignity of the human person, who is body and soul, and who furthermore is given the possibility of union with God through Jesus Christ. In that way, the Church, and the Academy in particular, has a unique perspective to contribute to wider debates in bioethics. We do not simply study social effects of such technologies, but also seek to understand what it means to be a human person made in God’s image.

It is also a good sign that academics and practitioners are increasingly interested in the application of virtue ethics to contemporary issues in healthcare.

The Pontifical Academy for Life is in a good position to continue bearing witness to the Church’s moral teaching on settled matters to the wider world, even as it probes new areas of bioethical reflection.


Blaze 'n' Blaise

To have these feasts back to back- the blessing of candles on Sunday and then being blessed with candles on Monday- in these days when the sun hasn't been out for awhile and then suddenly it is, just in time for these feasts...

...it really goes to show how much more enjoyable life can be when you live the liturgical year in all its idiosyncratic richness.






How to Fast

This list comes in handy for Jan.22, Jan.24, and Lent:

Fast from complaining
Drink only water – no coffee, soda, etc.
Pray a devotional prayer each hour of the day for a specific intention
Fast from television or internet use – instead, spend that time in prayer or spiritual reading
Be extra cheerful during the day, and smile at everyone you meet
Do extra household chores, or tackle some of the chores that you hate the most
Refrain from eating out or having your favorite meal – instead,
eat a nutritious meal that isn’t your preference

Take a cold or lukewarm shower
Give up music in the car
Get out of bed right away, or get up a half hour earlier than usual



Happy St. Ambrose Day!

Now that we have a little one named for this saint, it gives me more pause than I've ever done for this day in the season of Advent. We usually go right from Nicholas to Lucy, and now we have someone else in the mix.

We could celebrate by making a honey recipe:

or reading an excerpt:

or making something out of beeswax:

or studying his hymns:

or pondering this great quote:

"There is your brother, naked, crying, and you stand there confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering."


Gentle men

Caryll Houselander writes of Peace:

How is it then that peace is so rare, even in our soul?  It may be because we lack the courage without which true peace is unattainable, and with or without which the pseudo-peace we have built up in our imagination is unattainable.... The condition of peace is courage, but the moments in which we most long for it are those when courage seems most difficult.  When all that we want is to loosen our hold, to throw off responsibility, to rest.  We want not a sword, but a lap big enough to bury our head on. 
It is comforting then to realize that the courage peace demands is in fact to relax, to throw all our care into the lap of God.  It means that we must take the risk of trusting God's love, believing Christ's word, loving one another...

This is a sentiment very nearly like the notion that St. Joseph's strength and virility is shown in his gentility and peace.


Lucifer is in the Bible

Satan’s anger saps him the way intestinal worms do in the physical body. His wrath consumes what little remains of his energy. For now, he rages, for he knows his time is short. Soon enough he will collapse, dissipated and consumed, a sad and pathetic creature: How you have fallen O Lucifer, O Daystar … Cast down to Sheol, into the pit! (Isaiah 14:12, 15)


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