“Those who remember Christ’s sufferings Read the rest…
“There are more tears shed Read the rest…
“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, Read the rest…
Come, virgins chaste; pure brides, draw near:
Let Earth exult and Heaven hear
The Hymn that grateful accents raise,
Our song of joy in Rita’s praise.
By fast her sinless frame is weak;
Her livid flesh the scourges streak.
In pity for her Savior’s woes,
Her days and even nights are closed.
The thorn-wound on her brow is shown,
The crimson rose in winter blown,
And full-ripe figs on frozen tree
At Rita’s wish the wonders see.
The widowed spouse and wedded wife
The way to heaven see in her life;
The way secure our Rita trod,
In life’s dim day, through paint o God.
Praise to the Father and the Son,
Praise to the Spirit, Three in One;
O grant us grace in heaven to reign
Through Rita’s prayer and life-long pain.
Thou hast signed thy servant Rita
With the sign of thy Love and Passion.
O God! who didst deign to confer on St. Rita for imitating Thee in love of her enemies, the favor of bearing her heart and brow the marks of Thy Love and Passion, grant we beseech Thee, that through her intercession and merit, we may, pierced by the thorns of compunction, ever contemplate the sufferings of Thy Passion, who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
This is the translation of the hymn of Lauds, office of Saint Rita, approved by Decree of S.C.R. 24 November 1900.
In this hymn to St. Rita, what most speaks to my heart? Why? If this were God’s word for me, what would be my response to Him?
“Set my heart on the Kingdom? Read the rest…
“When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, Read the rest…
The Spirit of God rests upon me,
The Spirit of God consecrates me,
The Spirit of God bids me go forth to
proclaim his peace, his joy.
The Spirit of God sends me forth,
Called to witness the kingdom of Christ
among all the nations;
Called to proclaim the good news of
Christ to the poor.
My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.
In your time of prayer, consider each line of the above antiphon and ask two questions: How does this line apply to the Blessed Virgin Mary? How does this line apply to me?
“From the psychological point of view, Read the rest…
“It is not enough for Christian parents to nourish only the bodies of their children; Read the rest…
“I travel, I work, suffer my weak health, meet with a thousand difficulties, Read the rest…