Faith Central: Catholic Home on the web

:: Faith Today: Lent 2010 ::

Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saints :: Today's Mass :: Divine Office :: News & Inspiration :: Intentions

Book Cover for Saint Patrick: His Confessions and Other Writings-
"Confession of
Saint Patrick
and Other Works"
(click to order)
Saint Patrick's Day Blessings upon you,
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

"Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beneath me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in the hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger...."

[scroll down for the entire prayer, including a link to a broader Saint Patrick's Novena ....]

Saint Patrick, Pray for Us!

-

-

Small Red Jerusalem Cross Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick-
"Saint Patrick"
(click to order)
Saint Patrick is a Catholic Bishop who lived from 385-461, bringing the Catholic Faith to Ireland.

The Patron Saint of the Irish Nation, Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland, and the bulk of the Irish people who now live in America and elsewhere.

Saint Patrick serves as a model for Bishops, Missionaries and for all those Bearing Witness to the Gospel. He also serves as a model for all those rising out of humble beginnings, perhaps subjected to unjust circumstances, whom God rescues, who then accept God's Call to greatness in service to the Kingdom of Heaven. Saint Patrick is, indeed, a model for all Christians making the earthly Journey of Discipleship, seeking a closer union with God through times of suffering and times of well-being, and seeking to live as God's Servant.

Prayer to Saint Patrick Holy Card-
Saint Patrick
Holy Card
(click to order)
Born in Britian, Saint Patrick fell victim to human traffickers, kidnapped and subjected to forced labor in Ireland as a shepherd. The kidnappers attempted to characterize their prisoner as a "slave."

Saint Patrick escaped and responded to God's Call to enter the Catholic Priesthood. He became a Catholic Bishop, returning to Ireland where he had been held captive, bringing the light of Christianity to the Irish people. Tradition holds that Saint Patrick used the three-part shamrock to help explain the Nature of the Holy Trinity, being Three Divine Persons and One God.

Book Cover for Saint Patrick: His Confessions and Other Writings-
"Confession of
Saint Patrick
and Other Works"
(click to order)
As mentioned below, In the Office of Readings for this day's Divine Office, Saint Patrick gives thanks to God for answering his prayers, rescuing him, and making him someone through him peoples could come to God. He notes that, as prophecied, all peoples on earth are to come to God.

God kept him faithful in his times of testing, both as a captive and as a Missionary Bishop enduring the reproaches and persecutions of those opposing his work. Saint Patrick thanks God for both good and hardships, always keeping faith and remaining steadfast.

Saint Patrick gives thanks for God's Gift that he would be allowed to sacrifice to serve as the instrument for bringing the Faith to the Irish peoples, and sees his role within the broader growth of Holy Mother Church through the establishment of a confirmed Body of the Faithful providing its own ordained clergy:

I came to the Irish peoples to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others.

If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for His Name. ... I am deeply in His debt, for He gave me the great Grace that through me many peoples should be reborn in God, and then made perfect by confirmation and everywhere among them clergy ordained for a people so recently coming to believe, one people gathered by the Lord from the ends of the earth.

* * *

This our Faith: believers are to come from the whole world.

Office of Readings, Commemoration of Saint Patrick, The Liturgy of the Hours, According to the Roman Rite, Vol. II, Lent - Easter Season, Catholic Book Publishing Co., New York, 1975, at 1711, 1712 (italics in original).

Note the prayer set out below from Saint Patrick's breastplate. As he sets out surrounded by an alien culture, serving as God's instrument transforming that culture and nation itself into something entirely new, Saint Patrick fearlessly and energetically sets out on this incredible task, seeking full communion with God, and seeking to have Christ surrounding him completely in all that he does, everywhere that he goes, and in all whom he meets. This desire for a complete joining with God is combined with joy that he carries the Faith into what starts out as a purely alien place, indeed the place where he himself had been treated as less than human.

Saint Patrick, in God's Grace, conquers the sin that sought to enslave him, and, as an instrument of God, liberates from darkness and and helps bring into New Life the very nation itself.

Breastplate Prayer of Saint Patrick

[please note: click on the link just below for "Novena to Saint Patrick" for a novena that combines this prayer of Saint Prayer with an introductory prayer honoring him and seeking his intercession]

I bind unto myself today the Power of God to hold and lead,
His Eye to watch, His Might to Stay, His Ear to hearken to my need;
the Wisdom of my God to teach, His Hand to Guide, His Shield to ward;
the Word of God to give me speech, His Heavenly Host to be my guide.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beneath me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in the hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name, the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three, of Whom all nature hath creation;

Eternal Father, Spirit, Word: praise to the Lord of my Salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Amen.

+ Novena to Saint Patrick building upon Saint Patrick's prayer upon his breastplate - Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Washington, D.C.

Saint Patrick Links

+ Novena to Saint Patrick - Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Washington, D.C.

+ "Saint Patrick" - Saint Patrick's Church, Washington, D.C.
+ "Saint Patrick" - USCCB
+ "Saint Patrick" - AmericanCatholic.org

+ Saint Patrick's Cathedral - New York City
+ Saint Patrick's Church - Washington D.C.

Saints of the Day, Saints of March

+ "Saint of the Day" by the USCCB
+ "Saint of the Day" by AmericanCatholic.org
(Franciscans; on rare occasions. slightly different than the official feast day)

+ Saints of the Day, from St. Patrick's Church, Washington, D.C.
+ Saints with Feast Days in March

- Back to the Top -

-


USCCB brief reflection on
Today's Readings, March 17
Small Red Jerusalem Cross Today's Mass
Readings: usccb.org/nab/031710.shtml
+ "For just as the Father has Life in Himself, so also He gave to the Son the possession of Life in Himself. And He gave Him power to exercise Judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear His Voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the Resurrection of Life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation."
Book: What Happens at Mass
"What Happens at Mass"
+ "Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you .... Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.'"
+ "The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great Kindness."

+ Find a Mass world-wide (MassTimes.org)

+ DailyGospel.org Saintly historical commentary, Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

- Back to the Top -

-

Isaiah 1-39
"Ancient Christian
Commentary on Scripture:
Isaiah 1- 39"
Small Red Jerusalem Cross FIRST READING: Isaiah 49:8-15

The Holy Prophet Isaiah proclaims God's Promise that God answers us when we are in need, and cannot forget us any more than a mother could forget her infant. God gives us a Covenant, and helps us on the Day of Salvation.

God Saves and Creates New Life.

He restores the land and "allot(s) the desolate heritages."

God tells prisoners to "Come out!"

He tells those in darkness to show themselves.

Isaiah 40-66
"Ancient Christian
Commentary on Scripture:
Isaiah 40- 66"
The "bare heights," rocky areas, will become rich pastures.

God comforts His People and shows Mercy to the Afflicted.

Isaiah's Message is one of new beginnings, New Life, saving and redemption.

God provides, eliminating want:

"They shall not hunger or thirst, nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them; For he who pities them leads them and guides them beside springs of water. I will cut a road through all my mountains, and make my highways level.

Isaiah explains that " some shall come from afar, others from the north and the west ...."

Saint Patrick, in his life, represented someone lost and desolate whom God rescued, to whom God gave a new life. Saint Patrick went from being a victim of human trafficking to being a leader of the Faith and a Saint. In his new life he served as God's instrument transforming a pagan land, the very one that had victimized him. In Ireland, the human traffickers tried to squander Saint Patrick's life on forced labor, yet Saint Patrick, freed from captivity, returns to transform the land itself into a new life, a new way of life, in the Faith.

As history tells us, Ireland, after discovering the Faith, would itself fall victim as a nation to a kind of enslavement. This enslavement included attempted genocide at the hands of foreigners who used a famine to kill off many Irish, even obstructing others trying to help the victims. For the Irish who fled to America to seek new life, one secular source indicated the life expectancy was five years for an Irish immigrant at one time.

The Faith nurtured by Saint Patrick sustained the Irish, and still does, in Ireland, America, and elsewhere.

Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament © 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C., at times enhanced to provide additional capitalization. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

- Back to the Top -

-

Praying the Psalms with the Early Christians
"Praying the Psalms
with the Early Christians"
Small Red Jerusalem Cross PSALM: 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18

Psalm 145 proclaims: "The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great Kindness."

God is near to all who call upon Him in truth.

So let us pray to Him to be near to us.

- Back to the Top -

-

Small Red Jerusalem Cross GOSPEL: John 5:17-30


USCCB brief reflection on
Today's Readings, March 17
Say "Yes" to Jesus' Invitation to Eternal Life

In this Gospel, Jesus covers a somewhat complex and wide-randing set of concepts and principles.

Jesus speaks of the Work of His Father, and how Jesus is acting in His Father's work, not able to do anything on His own, but rather acting only with the Father.

The Father loves Jesus, and the Father Raises from the dead.

(Note that Jesus is often referred to, not simply as Rising from the dead, but having been Raised from the dead. It is the Father who Raises Jesus from the dead.)

Gospel Of John
"The Gospel of John"
by Dr. Scott Hahn
(click to order)
Jesus likewise can Raise from the dead and give Life to whomever He wishes.

Recall that, even before His own Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Jesus Raises multiple persons from the dead, such as Lazarus. In the broader Salvation History, Jesus calls us all to Eternal Life, Redeeming us on the Cross and inviting us to repent, convert, and follow Him to Eternal Life.

Jesus goes on to reveal that the Father has handed over the Power of Judgment to Jesus. He links this Power of Judgment to the necessity of honoring both Jesus and the Father. One honoring Jesus thereby honors the Father.

Jesus invites us to Eternal Life. In this passage, He starts by using the double-Amen to emphasize the need to listen to His Word:

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears My Word and believes in the One who sent me has Eternal Life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to Life.

Jesus goes to add the necessity of doing Good Works. Jesus promises the time of the Final Resurrection and Final Judgment will come. And he explains how, at that time, we will undergo Resurrection to Eternal Life, or resurrection to eternal condemnation, based upon our good works or wickedness:

For just as the Father has Life in Himself, so also He gave to the Son the possession of Life in Himself. And He gave Him Power to exercise Judgment, because He is the Son of Man. ... the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear His Voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the Resurrection of Life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

And so, we are to hear Jesus, to listen to Him, to Honor Jesus, to reject and avoid wickedness, and to do good deeds. Jesus instructs us, under God's Law, what it means to do good deeds, and what it means to be wicked.

With this passage, recall others, such as Matthew 25 describing the Final Judgment as one in which we are judged by how we treat the poor, Jesus in distressing disguise. Other Gospel passages reaffirm the need to keep Jesus' Commands, God's Law, to avoid perishing, Jesus helps us by telling us to hear His Word, and believe in God the Father, Who sent Him.

Recall how this relationship we have with God is not simply one of Lawgiver with humans engaging in dry analytical parsing of the Law.

The relationship is personal. We get to know Jesus as a Person, One Who is True God and True Man.

Jesus tells us elsewhere how He is the Good Shepherd, that He knows His, and we know Him. The sheep recognize the Voice of the Shepherd.

Recall how Jesus tells us that this Relationship is about Love, and how we show that we love Him by keeping His Commands.

A Priest leading a Holy Hour for young adults once pointed out, Jesus does not say "understand My Commands;" Jesus says "keep my Commands."

So even where our human comprehension, with the self-aggrandizing earthly argumentation of the modern age, fails to grasp all the details and reasons for God's Law, our Love for Jesus still leads us to obey His Law of Love, to seek to be in Communion with Him, to respond "Yes" to His Invitation to grow into our true selves with Him, to say "Yes" to His Invitation to Eternal Life.

As we continue our journey through Lent towards Jesus' Passion, Death, and Resurrection, in this passage there are those already wanting to kill Jesus. His enemies become all the more murderous when they hear Jesus speak of God as His Father.

Meanwhile, as we are presented with this Gospel that integrates Word, Love, and action in service to God, we recall Saint Patrick's example, energetic in bringing God's Word into action, transforming an entire people and culture and inviting them to new life.

- Back to the Top -

-

Small Red Jerusalem Cross Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours)

Liturgy of the Hours II
Liturgy of the Hours
Volume II:
Lent-Easter Season
In the Office of Readings for this day's Divine Office, Saint Patrick gives thanks to God for answering his prayers, rescuing him, and making him someone through him peoples could come to God. He notes that, as prophecied, all peoples on earth are to come to God.

God kept him faithful in his times of testing, both as a captive and as a Missionary Bishop enduring the reproaches and persecutions of those opposing his work. Saint Patrick thanks God for both good and hardships, always keeping faith and remaining steadfast.

Saint Patrick gives thanks for God's Gift that he would be allowed to sacrifice to serve as the instrument for bringing the Faith to the Irish peoples, and sees his role within the broader growth of Holy Mother Church through the establishment of a confirmed Body of the Faithful providing its own ordained clergy:

I came to the Irish peoples to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others.

If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for His Name. ... I am deeply in His debt, for He gave me the great Grace that through me many peoples should be reborn in God, and then made perfect by confirmation and everywhere among them clergy ordained for a people so recently coming to believe, one people gathered by the Lord from the ends of the earth.

* * *

This is our Faith: believers are to come from the whole world.

Office of Readings, Commemoration of Saint Patrick, The Liturgy of the Hours, According to the Roman Rite, Vol. II, Lent - Easter Season, Catholic Book Publishing Co., New York, 1975, at 1711, 1712 (italics in original).

- Back to the Top -

-

Small Red Jerusalem Cross News & Inspiration

Bonaventure: Ths Soul's Journey into God
Saint Bonaventure:
The Soul's Journey
into God
(click here to order)

+ Saints News: Saint Bonaventure: A Man of Action and Contemplation - Pope Benedict XVI
+
Lent: Catechism of the Catholic Church
+ Lent: Papal Message for Lent 2010
+
Bioethics: Human Dignity and Natural Moral Law
+
Abide in God and Keep His Commandments: Pope Benedict on John Chapters 15-16
+ Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Pope Benedict tells Church to evangelize and care for the sick in body and spirit
+ Saint Anthony of Padua: Example to preachers, one of most popular Saints ― Pope Benedict XVI Audience

- Back to the Top -

-

Small Red Jerusalem Cross Prayer Intentions

Pope Benedict's Prayer Intentions for March 2010

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI+ General Intention: World Economy Just and Equitable, Caring for the Poor - "That the world economy may be managed according to the principles of justice and equity, taking account of the real needs of peoples, especially the poorest".

+ Mission intention: African Churches Serving Justice and Reconciliation: - "That the Churches in Africa may be signs and instruments of reconciliation and justice in every part of that continent"

Additional Faith Central Prayer Intentions

+ For additional support and guidance for the development of Faith Central: Catholic Home on the Web
+ For the elderly and infirmed, their protection by the Blessed Mother, and that they be treated with respect, dignity, and love.
+ For respect for human life and the dignity of the human person, from their creation prior to conception, to natural death.
+ That God's Will be obeyed by all actions of government and all government-related actions of the populace
+ For an end to the recession, and for all humanity to work together to bear fruit in service to the needs of all
+ For those of means to divert resources to help those in the human family, locally or abroad, who are hungry, starving, or homeless
+ For peace in the world, and the conversion of the hearts of terrorists.
+ For peace in the world in families, especially for women and men facing crisis pregnancies, their preborn children, and those assisting them, especially their relatives and those volunteers and professionals dedicated to prolife work.
+ For the conversion of the hearts of sinners.
+ For the Faithful Departed, especially the relatives of those praying and those they have met or have known.
+ For the Faithful Departed, especially those with no one praying for them.

- Back to the Top -

-

Keywords: Jesus Christ, Saint Patrick, Confession of Saint Patrick, Saint Patrick's Day, Feast of Saint Patrick, Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Catholic, Irish Catholic, Ireland, Lent, Isaiah, Gospel of John, Psalm 34, Divine Office, Liturgy of the Hours, Daily Readings, Mass, Catholic Faith, Christian, Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Father, Prayer Intentions, Catholic News

- Back to the Top -

Bookmark and Share

Faith Central Site Map Main Divisions
Faith Home | Catholic News | Creed | Sacraments | Mass | Divine Office | Prayers | Devotions

:: Back to the Top ::

© 2007-2010 All Rights Reserved

Steven C. Welsh, Editor and Contributor
Steven C. Welsh, Web Design and Graphic Design


 

Shop for thousands of Catholic gifts at www.aquinasandmore.com

 
 
facebook and Faith Central logos
add us on
facebook
Home | News | Creed
Abuse Scandal | Lent
Catholic Jobs

 

Faith Central Headlines
+
FAITH TODAY: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ VIS: Benedict XVI Recalls the Unshakeable Faith of John Paul II
+ FAITH TODAY: Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop
+ SAINTS NEWS: Saint Bonaventure: A Man of Action and Contemplation - Pope Benedict XVI
+ FAITH TODAY: Second Sunday of Lent
+ HOLY FATHER'S MARCH INTENTIONS: World economy just and equitable, caring for poor; African Churches serving justice, reconciliation
+ BIOETHICS: Pope on Human Dignity and Natural Moral Law
+ HOLY FATHER: Abide in God and Keep His Commandments: Pope Benedict on John Chapters 15-16
+ OUR LADY OF LOURDES: Pope Benedict tells Church to evangelize and care for the sick in body and spirit
+ SAINTS NEWS: Saint Anthony of Padua: Example to preachers, one of most popular Saints ― Pope Benedict XVI Audience
+ VATICAN & LENT: Papal Lenten Message 2010
+ VATICAN NEWS: Lent: Salvation in Christ is the Foundation of Human Justice
+ DELIVERANCE: Prayers of Deliverance: Anima Christi

Catholic Links

[click here to be taken to new site location]

NEWS LINKS