“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Peter 5:8)
Isn’t that so true, today as much as ever? The first place he looks is at Mother Church, and our faithful clergy. This week there was a tabernacle stolen from a church in North Carolina. On this Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we implore her protection of our precious priests, bishops and Pope Francis.
The priests of the Diocese of Rochester for whom we will be praying this week are:
SUNDAY 6/21 Fr. Raymond Fleming
MONDAY 6/22 Fr. Jesus Flores
TUESDAY 6/23 Fr. John Forni
WEDNESDAY 6/24 Fr. Michael Fowler
THURSDAY 6/25 Fr. Ralph Fraats
FRIDAY 6/26 Fr. Ronald Gaesser
SATURDAY 6/27 Redemptorist Fathers & Brothers
Our prayer this week is an act of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate in Your presence eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Your pardon. We declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow You, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Your Law.
We now resolve to expiate every deplorable outrage committed against You; we are determined to make amends for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against You and Your Saints.
We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Your Vicar on earth and Your priest are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Your Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which You have founded. Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood.
We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Your divine honor, the satisfaction You once made to Your eternal Father on the cross and which You continue to renew daily on our altars. We offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth. We sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Your grace, for all neglect of Your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise, to the best of our power, to prevent others from offending You and to bring as many as possible to follow You.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation. By the crowning gift of perseverance, keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to You, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you!
Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie