THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXLI

PSALM 141

With my voice I have cried to Our Lady: I have humbly entreated her.

I have poured out my tears in her sight: and I have set before her my
grief.

The enemy lieth in wait for my heel: he has spread his net before me.

Help me, O Lady, lest I fall before him: let-him be crushed beneath my
feet.

Lead my soul out of prison: that it may praise thee and sing to the mighty
God forever.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

Bishop Schneider: the Catholic family is the first bulwark against the current great apostasy – Voice of the Family

This address was delivered by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, on 19 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, which is organised by Voice of the Family.

 

The family has been created immediately by God, so the Magisterium of the Church teaches us (cf. Pius XI., Encyclical Divini illius magistri, 12). Pope Leo XIII says in his magisterial encyclical on marriage and family: “Marriage has God for its Author, and was from the very beginning a kind of foreshadowing of the Incarnation of His Son; and therefore there abides in it something holy and religious; not extraneous, but innate; not derived from men, but implanted by nature. Innocent III, therefore, and Honorius III, our predecessors, affirmed not falsely nor rashly that a sacrament of marriage existed ever amongst the faithful and unbelievers” (Concerning Innocent III, see Corpus juris canonici, cap. 8, De divort., ed. cit., Part 2, col. 723. Innocent III refers to 1 Cor. 7:13. Concerning Honorius III, see cap. ii, De transact., (op. cit., Part 2 col. 210).)” (Encyclical Arcanum Divinae, n. 19, 10 February 1880).

“The family therefore holds directly from the Creator the mission and hence the right to educate the offspring, a right inalienable because inseparably joined to the strict obligation, a right anterior to any right whatever of civil society and of the State, and therefore inviolable on the part of any power on earth” (Pius XI., Encyclical Divini illius magistri, 32). Parents are therefore under a grave obligation to see to the religious and moral education of their children (CIC 1917, can. 1113 and CIC 1983, can. 793).

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Source: Bishop Schneider: the Catholic family is the first bulwark against the current great apostasy – Voice of the Family

Reflections on blind activist Chen Guangcheng’s 5th Anniversary arriving in the United States

May 19 marked the five-year anniversary of Chen Guangcheng’s arrival in the United States.  WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn advocated tirelessly for Chen’s release from 2008 until his 2012 release and led an international coalition to free him.  What follows are her personal reflections at the time of this anniversary.

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Source: DEACON FOR LIFE: Reflections on blind activist Chen Guangcheng’s 5th Anniversary arriving in the United States

THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXL

English: Saint Valentine kneeling

English: Saint Valentine kneeling before Our Lady (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PSALM 140

O Lady, I have cried to thee, hear me: incline unto my prayer and to my
supplication.

Let my supplication be directed as incense before thy face: both in the
time of the evening sacrifice and in the morning.

Let not my heart turn aside into spiteful words: and let not the thought of
wickedness upset my mind.

Make me submissive to the good pleasure of thy heart: and let me be
conformed to thy actions.

With the sword of understanding pierce my heart: and with the dart of
charity inflame my mind.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXXXIX

Icon of the Akathist of the Theotokos. Fresco ...

Icon of the Akathist of the Theotokos. Fresco detail, 1644. Church of the Deposition of the Robe of the Mother of God, Moscow Kremlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PSALM 139

Deliver me, O Lady, from all evil: and from the infernal enemy defend me.

Against me he hath drawn his bow: and in his craftiness he hath laid snares
for me.

Restrain his evil power: and powerfully crush his craft.

Turn back his iniquity on his own head: and let him speedily fall into the
pit which he hath made.

But we will rejoice in thy service: and we will glory in thy praise.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXXXVIII

Our Lady of Mercy [pinterest.com]

PSALM 138

O Lady, thou hast tried me and known me: my ruin and my transgression.

Thy mercy is plentiful above me: and thy clemency is great to me.

Thine eye hath beheld mine imperfect being: and thine eyebrows have known
my ways.

We have from the Holy Spirit an abundance of holy desires: and the stain of
sin does not trouble our conscience.

The light of thy mercy makes serene our heart: and the sweetness of thy
peace recreates us.

Glory be to the Father, etc.