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Our diocesan priests retreat 2022

We had our canonical retreat this past week. This was the best attended retreat in all my years. The retreat director was a believer. He wasn’t afraid to speak of Jesus. Great priestly fraternity.

But the best part of the retreat was the rearranging of the schedule diversely from previous years. This time the Holy Hour was a bit more coerced, if you will. Previously it was on it’s own in the schedule. Maybe half or less of the priests showed up. Now there is also the Rosary and Vespers and a conference during the Holy Hour. Everyone came. Ha! There was less time for quiet adoration, but we were before the Most Blessed Sacrament nonetheless. All good.

This new schedule was especially helpful on Wednesday when, immediately after the Holy Hour, well, adoration instead continued while Confessions took place. My station for hearing confessions was right next to Jesus. He’s the One. He’s the only One. Non sum dignus.

Confession for priests? Here’s a blast from the past:

Thanks for that, Father.

Speaking of dearest Mary… surprise, surprise. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (discalced!), had been repainted and was without a title. However, she was presented during the retreat as Mary, Mother of God. I had a good few minutes in front of these two.

More in future posts, but here’s a gem from the retreat:

  • The less one prays, the less one wants to pray. The more one prays, the more one wants to pray.


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Adoration in times of persecution from within

“Blessed are you who stood by me in my trials.”

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Adoration and the Rosary

One day the Rosary will fully be a liturgical prayer. We pray it during Adoration.


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Adoration in thanksgiving

The parish is fearless, showing up whilst the world rages. And so many Confessions. Jesus loves us. He’s happy to be with His Little Flock.


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Adoration during times of revenge

Because the nations always rage against the Lord and His anointed, and we only have a short time before all eternity. The Lord, who is God, He is with us.

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More on Adoration and commentary by Saint Athanasius

From the first letter to Serapion by Saint Athanasius, bishop
(Ep. 1 ad Serapionem 28-30: PG 26, 594-95. 599)

It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name.

We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energizing reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.

Writing to the Corinthians about spiritual matters, Paul traces all reality back to one God, the Father, saying: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.

Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so the graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text: My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him. For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace.

This is also Paul’s teaching in his second letter to the Corinthians: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. For grace and the gift of the Trinity are given by the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we possess the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit himself.


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Adoration on Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

It is forbidden on this day in the TLM to make any commemoration whatsoever. We’ve emphasizing the equality of the Persons of the Most Holy Trinity, the fullness of the faith, the Living Truth, One God.

But of course we begin this feast day with Adoration. No distraction, this. The Holy Spirit so forms us to be members of the Body of Christ, as Saint Paul has it, that we are brought by the Holy Spirit through, with and in Jesus to God the Father. Jesus presents us as a gift to the Father through, with and in Himself, now by grace, then, in heaven, please God, by glory.

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Adoration. Pentecost’s Octave. Mater Ecclesiae.

The Sacred Heart of Holy Redeemer parish 6:00 AM Pentecost.

Meanwhile, the TLM Octave continues on Monday as a 1st Class Feast. Vestments are martyrdom red.

Meanwhile, in the Novus Ordo there is a recent liturgical calendar addition. Monday boasts the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. White vestments for Mary, Mother of the Church.

  • You’ll recall that Benedict’s residence in Vatican Gardens is called Mater Ecclesiae.
  • You’ll recall that mosaic installed above Saint Peter’s Square by Pope John Paul II is Mater Ecclesiae.
  • You’ll recall that Pope Paul VI made a dramatic intervention during the Second Vatican Council (November 21, 1964), so as to declare that Mary is Mother of the Church. There followed a unanimous, thunderous, enduring applause of the Council Fathers, all of them.

Let’s see… where’s the exact quote? Ah, yes: AAS 56 (1964), pp. 1007-1018.

  • “Therefore for the glory of the Blessed Virgin and for our consolation we declare Mary Most Holy Mother of the Church, that is, of all the Christian people, both of the faithful and of the Pastors, who call her most beloved Mother; and we establish that with this title all the Christian people from now on pay even more honor to the Mother of God and address her [the Church’s] supplications to her.”

Meanwhile: Rosary, Rosary, Rosary.

[[ Meanwhile, did you notice? Despite all the bad actors in the world and in the Church, the Lord’s Little Flock continues to stand with the Lord in His trials.]]

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Adoration on Memorial Day Weekend

We are most in union with the members of the Body of Christ living on this side or already on the other side when we are in union with the Head of the Body of Christ Himself. Adoration early in the morning is good for the soul, good for the souls in purgatory, good for souls on this earth, good for the all too worldly souls to assist in their home-coming.


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Adoration prior to SCOTUS chaos

Just because we ask our Lord that individuals might respect the least of the brethren from natural conception to natural death doesn’t mean that we’re political extremists. We love one another as our Lord has loved us. That’s all.

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