Rorate Caeli

Knowledge, discernment, prudence, and love.


  O Lord, who art called the Branch, the Orient, the Splendour of the eternal light, and the Sun of Justice, who art that Tree, of whom Thy beloved disciple speaks as the Tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, and its leaves for the healing of the nations, give Thy grace and blessing on all those various states and conditions in Thy Holy Church, which have sprung from Thee and live in Thy Life.

Give to all Bishops the gifts of knowledge, discernment, prudence, and love.

Give to all priests to be humble, tender, and pure;

Give to all pastors of Thy flock to be zealous, vigilant, and unworldly;

Give to all religious bodies to act up to their rule, to be simple and without guile, and to set their hearts upon invisible things and them only.

Grant to fathers of families to recollect that they will have hereafter to give account of the souls of their children; grant to all husbands to be tender and true; to all wives to be obedient and patient; grant to all children to be docile; to all young people to be chaste; to all the aged to be fervent in spirit; to all who are engaged in business, to be honest and unselfish;

And to all of us the necessary graces of faith, hope, charity, and contrition.
Bl. John Henry Newman 
Twelve Meditations and Intercessions for Good Friday

6 comments:

  1. Bl.John Henry Newman said:

    "Grant to fathers of families to recollect that they will have hereafter to give account of the souls of their children; grant to all husbands to be tender and true; to all wives to be obedient and patient; grant to all children to be docile; to all young people to be chaste"

    THE
    ROAST BEEF
    HOUR

    Cloth of cream
    China plate
    Crystal vases
    Decorate.

    Blossoms orange
    Mums of yellow
    Autumn eve
    A Sunday mellow.

    Sterling silver
    Piney vapor
    Scents the air
    From brass held taper.

    Dad and mom
    Sipping wine
    Roasting beef
    Upon we’ll dine.

    Chilly children
    Crunch on leaves
    Runny noses
    Wiped on sleeves.

    Whipped potatoes
    In glass bowl
    Salad broccoli
    Dinner roll.

    Children sit
    Carving begins
    Under the table
    They kick their shins.

    Dinner music,
    Harpsichord
    Say the grace
    To thank Our Lord.

    Acorn scented
    Breezes tame
    Swirl around
    The candle flame.

    Soon to yield
    To winter’s power…
    But we’ll stay warm
    In the roast beef hour!

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  2. Elizabeth5:12 PM

    Long Skirts: Your poem sure conjures images of family-time around the dinner table, and makes me crave an old-fashioned Roast Beef dinner. Nice.

    Elizabeth

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  3. Elizabeth said:

    "Your poem sure conjures images of family-time around the dinner table,"

    Thank you but I believe in Catholic family life as Bl. John Henry Newman reminds us in his magnificent meditations. I have always tried to make Sunday an important dinner for my family, being the Lord's day and feeding them good food is such a wonderful gift to give. Truth is I don't have crystal or sterling silver but if we use the gifts of God's food for us with prayer and love...well...pinch my toes and call me a jelly donut, it just doesn't get any better than that!! Amen.

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  4. May you have a wonderful dinner with your family this evening, Long-Skirts!

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  5. Make all of the Bishops take an oath renouncing Modernism and when the Pope sees he has about fifteen Catholic Bishops left, an agreement with the SSPX will look even better.

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