New Feature: Now You Can Ask for Prayers

We are launching a new feature: you can ask us to pray for you.  From the beginning of creation, religious people have prayed for each other.  From the earliest days of Christianity, the words of Saint Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians invited Christians to pray unceasingly.  “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Prayer can be many things.  Silent time with God.  Reading his Word in the bible.  Going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist.  Receiving other sacraments.  Singing, praising, thanking.

But perhaps the most common way people experience prayer is by asking God for his loving intercession into our lives.  We ask others to pray on our behalf.  We ask God for many things ourselves.  But there is a powerful feeling knowing that we can ask others to pray with and for us.

To help in making the statement that prayer is powerful, The DePorres Pages is launching a new feature where you can pray for others.  Simply click the “Request Prayer” button to submit your intention.  You can also email a prayer request to prayer@deporres.net.  Twice a day your intentions will be remembered.

You can also pray for these intentions yourselves.  To do so, just click the “pray” button.  You can reply to the request to let people know you have prayed for them.  Also, because thanksgiving and praise are important parts of prayer, if you want to submit a “praise report” for prayers answered, or to express thanksgiving, you can do that as well.

Let us pray for each other.

Hypocrite: Homily for Thursday, August 17, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here.

Readings for Today

I am a hypocrite.  I say one thing and do another.  I believe in the forgiveness of God, but I do not forgive.  I proclaim a belief in grace, but I ignore grace.  Truth be told I am a sinner.  Today’s gospel focuses on being a hypocrite.  There is a man who has been granted great mercy but cannot show it to others.  Why? How is it that this happened? How did the man wind up in this situation?

It may have been for a reason the man thought was good.  If he could scrape together even a little bit of money, perhaps he could see his image go up in the opinion of the king.  There are times when we get so focused on one goal, we allow it to overtake the way we act.  The man who was forgiven did harm.  He sinned against human dignity.  He failed to appreciate the mercy of the.  And when it comes to God our king, we can do the same.

 

Limits: Homily for Monday, August 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

We all have a limit.  There are, for each of us, those moments where we have come to the end of our rope.  There is that one bad thing too much, the one challenge too many, the one bad comment.  There comes for all of us that moment where we have had it.  Moses, the great prophet, the Law-giver, has met his limits with the people.  He cannot take it anymore.

Moses lasted a lot longer than I would have.  All the people have done since they left Egypt (where they were slaves) is complain.  They were afraid.  Take us back.  We have no food.  We don’t like this manna.  We want meat.  We hate all this meat.  Take us back.  And, yeah, did I mention they were SLAVES in Egypt?

Spiritually it is easy to see when someone hits their limits.  We hit our limits when we try to do everything on our own.  Just work harder, we think.  Just do more.  The apostles hit their limits too.  Feed them yourselves.  Jesus teaches a lesson about true food.  Trust me.  Let me show you how God feeds people when God is in charge.

Daily Prayer: July 22, 2017

St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled.

My dearest lady, well you know by your own life how a sinful soul can be reconciled with its creator, what counsel a soul in misery needs, what medicine will restore the sick to health.

It is enough for us to understand, dear friend of God, to whom were many sins forgiven, because she loved much.

Most blessed lady, I who am the most evil and sinful of men do not recall your sins as a reproach, but call upon the boundless mercy by which they were blotted out.

This is my reassurance, so that I do not despair; this is my longing, so that I shall not perish.

I say this of myself, miserably cast down into the depths of vice, bowed down with the weight of crimes, thrust down by my own hand into a dark prison of sins, wrapped round with the shadows of darkness.

Therefore, since you are now with the chosen because you are beloved and are beloved because you are chosen of God, I, in my misery, pray to you, in bliss; in my darkness, I ask for light; in my sins, redemption; impure, I ask for purity.

Recall in loving kindness what you used to be, how much you needed mercy, and seek for me that same forgiving love that you received when you were wanting it. Ask urgently that I may have the love that pierces the heart; tears that are humble; desire for the homeland of heaven; impatience with this earthly exile; searing repentance; and a dread of torments in eternity.

Turn to my good that ready access that you once had and still have to the spring of mercy.

Draw me to him where I may wash away my sins; bring me to him who can slake my thirst; pour over me those waters that will make my dry places fresh. You will not find it hard to gain all you desire from so loving and so kind a Lord, who is alive and reigns and is your friend.

For who can tell, beloved and blest of God, with what kind familiarity and familiar kindness he himself replied on your behalf to the calumnies of those who were against you? How he defended you, when the proud Pharisee was indignant, how he excused you, when your sister complained, how highly he praised your deed, when Judas begrudged it.

And, more than all this, what can I say, how can I find words to tell, about the burning love with which you sought him, weeping at the sepulchre, and wept for him in your seeking?

How he came, who can say how or with what kindness, to comfort you, and made you burn with love still more; how he hid from you when you wanted to see him, and showed himself when you did not think to see him; how he was there all the time you sought him, and how he sought you when, seeking him, you wept.

But you, most holy Lord, why do you ask her why she weeps?

Surely you can see; her heart, the dear life of her soul, is cruelly slain.

O love to be wondered at;

O evil to be shuddered at;

you hung on the wood, pierced by iron nails, stretched out like a thief for the mockery of wicked men; and yet, ‘Woman,’ you say, ‘why are you weeping?’ She had not been able to prevent them from killing you, but at least she longed to keep your body for a while with ointments lest it decay.

No longer able to speak with you living, at least she could mourn for you dead. So, near to death and hating her own life, she repeats in broken tones the words of life which she had heard from the living.

And now, besides all this, even the body which she was glad, in a way, to have kept, she believes to have gone.

And can you ask her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’

Had she not reason to weep?

For she had seen with her own eyes–if she could bear to look–what cruel men cruelly did to you; and now all that was left of you from their hands she thinks she has lost.

All hope of you has fled, for now she has not even your lifeless body to remind her of you.

And someone asks, ‘Who are you looking for? Why are you weeping?’

You, her sole joy, should be the last thus to increase her sorrow. But you know it all well, and thus you wish it to be, for only in such broken words and sighs can she convey a cause of grief as great as hers. The love you have inspired you do not ignore,

And indeed you know her well, the gardener, who planted her soul in his garden. What you plant, I think you also water.

Do you water, I wonder, or do you test her?

In fact, you are both watering and putting to the test.

But now, good Lord, gentle Master, look upon your faithful servant and disciple, so lately redeemed by your blood, and see how she burns with anxiety, desiring you, searching all round, questioning, and what she longs for is nowhere found.

Nothing she sees can satisfy her, since you whom alone she would behold, she sees not.

What then?

How long will my Lord leave his beloved to suffer thus?

Have you put off compassion now you have put on incorruption? Did you let go of goodness when you laid hold of immortality?

Let it not be so, Lord.

You will not despise us mortals now you have made yourself immortal, for you made yourself a mortal in order to give us immortality.

And so it is; for love’s sake he cannot bear her grief for long or go on hiding himself. For the sweetness of love he shows himself who would not for the bitterness of tears.

The Lord calls his servant by the name she has often heard and the servant knows the voice of her own Lord.

I think, or rather I am sure, that she responded to the gentle tone with which he was accustomed to call, ‘Mary’. What joy filled that voice, so gentle and full of love.

He could not have put it more simply and clearly:

‘I know who you are and what you want; behold me; do not weep, behold me; I am he whom you seek.’

At once the tears are changed; I do not believe that they stopped at once, but where once they were wrung from a heart broken and self-tormenting they flow now from a heart exulting. How different is, ‘Master!’ from ‘If you have taken him away, tell me’; and, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him,’ has a very different sound from,

‘I have seen the Lord, and he has spoken to me.’

But how should I, in misery and without love, dare to describe the love of God and the blessed friend of God? Such a flavour of goodness will make my heart sick if it has in itself nothing of that same virtue.

But in truth, you who are very truth, you know me well and can testify that I write this for the love of your love, my Lord, my most dear Jesus.

I want your love to burn in me as you command so that I may desire to love you alone and sacrifice to you a troubled spirit, ‘a broken and a contrite heart’.

Give me, 0 Lord, in this exile, the bread of tears and sorrow for which I hunger more than for any choice delights.

Hear me, for your love, and for the dear merits of your beloved Mary, and your blessed Mother, the greater Mary.

Redeemer, my good Jesus, do not despise the prayers of one who has sinned against you but strengthen the efforts of a weakling that loves you.

Shake my heart out of its indolence, Lord, and in the ardour of your love bring me to the everlasting sight of your glory where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God, for ever. Amen.’

– Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), Doctor of the Church

Daily Prayer: July 21, 2017

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi,

We seek your prayer and intercession to use our gifts and talents to their fullest ability.  Just as you became known for service to the poor and needy, diplomat, scholar and preacher, so too, for us, ask Jesus to help us use our gifts. Pray we may be mindful of the poor.  Ask for grace so we may share the gospel.  Help us to grow deeper in love with Jesus.  In all things, help us to do the will of Christ which you so faithfully did in your life.  We pray through Christ our Lord.

Daily Prayer for Thursday, July 20

A prayer for rest

O God,

you have given us the power to do many things.  Sometimes we can become so busy with activity that we forget to take time to step away and rest.  You reminded the disciples often of this need.  Help us to rest, so that we might remember again those things that are really important.  Help us to relax, and so recharge ourselves by opening up to the power of rest.  Help us always to remember to value those moments of rest, whether it is vacation, a day off, or even just a small break.  Help us to make a retreat, either great or small, so that we can come to know you better.  Help us to remember that value that the people in our lives have.  Let us never become so busy we forget them.  Help us always to be open to your priorities in our lives.  Lead us away for a while with you.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, who is Lord, forever and ever.  Amen.

Daily Prayer for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This prayer comes from the United States Bishops’ Website.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?”
–Romans 10: 13-15

Heavenly Father,

Pour forth your Holy Spirit to inspire me with these words from Holy Scripture.

Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my
relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I
might truly believe in and live the Good News.
Open my heart to hear the Gospel and grant me the confidence to proclaim the Good News to others.

Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go
forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions.

In moments of hesitation, remind me:

If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel?

If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed?

If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim?

God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear the call of the New Evangelization to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel and boldly witness to the saving grace of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Contrition: Daily Prayer for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Daily Prayer for Monday, July 17, 2017

On the Dominican Calendar, today is the day we celebrate Blessed Ceslaus, OP.

LITANY OF BL. CESLAUS
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Blessed Ceslaus, our saint compatriot, pray for us.
Brave follower of the catholic faith, pray for us.
Adornment and pride of Silesia and whole Poland, pray for us.
Our defender and advocate before God, pray for us.
Devout propagator of the worship of Virgin Mary, pray for us.
Founder of dominican convents, pray for us.
Missionary converting heretics and sinners, pray for us.
Beautiful flower of chastity, pray for us.
Master of inner and active life, pray for us.
Model of sacrifice and heroic virtues, pray for us.
Conqueror of bad habits, pray for us.
Labourer for God, working for the sake of humanity, pray for us.
Generous provider of the poor, pray for us.
Comforter of the sad and the miserable, pray for us.
Healer of the sick in body and soul, pray for us.
Zealous teacher and educator of youth, pray for us.
Sower of christian culture, pray for us.
Prudent host of temporal and eternal matters, pray for us.
Miraculous saviour of the city of Wrocław, pray for us.
Heavenly guardian of our Homeland, pray for us.
You who were united with God by the frequent prayer, pray for us.
You who indulged in penance and mortification, pray for us.
You who controlled yourself and were full of serenity, pray for us.
You who permeated the situation of others in order to help them, pray for us.
You who constantly followed the path of truth and honesty, pray for us.
That we may work on improving and salvation of the soul, pray for us.
That we must beware of pride, greed and selfishness, pray for us.
That we shall avoid all sins and wickedness, pray for us.
That we shall be consistent, prudent and faithful to God people, pray for us.
That we must beware of impiety and barbarism, pray for us.
That we may faithfully fulfill our duties, pray for us.
That we have gone through life doing good, pray for us.
That we may praise God with you eternally, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. Pray for us, O Blessed Ceslaus.
R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.
Let us pray.
O God, Whose will is our sanctification, through the intercession of blessed Ceslaus, support us with Your grace, that we may in all circumstances of life be able to know Your will and to serve You with perseverance. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Daily Prayer for Sunday, July 16, 2017

O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord.
Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee.
All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers,
All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious choir of the Apostles,
The wonderful company of Prophets,
The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee:
The Father of infinite Majesty;
Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man,
Thou didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb.
Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all
believers.
Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge.
We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy
Precious Blood.
Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.

V.  Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thy inheritance!
R.  Govern them, and raise them up forever.

V.  Every day we thank Thee.
R.  And we praise Thy Name forever, yes, forever and ever.

V.  O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R.  Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.

V.  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R.  O Lord, in Thee I have put my trust; let me never be put to shame.