A Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with Indulgenced Exclamations

O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore You, I love You, and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.

Merciful Jesus, I consecrate myself today and always to Your Most Sacred Heart.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I implore, that I may ever love You more and more.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like your Heart.11. From a holy card printed by the Priests of the Sacred Heart in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. This holy card is from 1984 and one should consult the norms for indulgences to determine if the above short prayers are indulgenced.


Whether the Congregation Should Say the Part of the Crowd during the Passion Narratives

Throughout the United States it is common in Novus Ordo liturgies to proclaim the Gospel for Palm Sunday and Good Friday with contributions from the priest, a second reader who is the narrator, a third reader who voices other characters in the Gospel, and the congregation who says the parts of the crowd. Growing up with this format may lead one to conclude this practice is appropriate because the readings are long and it helps keep the congregation engaged or fosters “active” participation in the Mass. Though these are well-intentioned reasons, this method of proclaiming the Gospel appears in discontinuity with the liturgical tradition and the current norms. Continue reading

Should the Sixth Petition of the Our Father Be Translated as “Do not Let Us Fall?”

I am grateful to Catholic World Report for publishing an article I wrote on whether it is best to translate the sixth petition of the Our Father as “do not lead us” or “do not let us fall.” You can read the article HERE.

The article began as a Facebook comment and evolved to a blog post which I submitted to CWR instead. I have reproduced the unrefined Facebook comment below (click “Read More” if you are on the homepage) followed by a comment from another person because there are a few elements I could not incorporate in the CWR article that I may return to later. Fr. Z suggests looking at the Catechism’s explanation and Fr. Hunwicke offers some interesting information on how the Our Father was viewed eschatologically in its fourth petition. Also, it appears the Italian Bishop’s Conference is changing their translation of the sixth petition. Continue reading

A Refutation of Matt Slick’s Exegesis of Matt 16:18

The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus entrusted St. Peter the Apostle with the unique office to be the rock or foundation to keep the Church firm in her faith and this mission has continued through St. Peter’s successors, the popes.1 Several biblical texts support St. Peter’s unique role including Peter being renamed by Jesus, Peter always being mentioned first in the list of the apostles, and Jesus telling Peter to “Feed my lambs.” Matt Slick, the founder of the helpful Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry website, disagrees with the Catholic Church’s position and argues that Peter is not the rock on which Christ built His Church.2 Instead of proving Peter’s preeminence among the apostles, it will be demonstrated that Slick’s argument is not exegetically sound and he does not adequately disprove the Catholic Church’s position. Continue reading

My Review of “The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture.”

Posted here from Catholic Books Review.

This document by the Pontifical Biblical Commission (PBC) is a response to Pope Benedict XVI’s desire, in Verbum Domini no. 19, to see more research into the inspiration and truth of Sacred Scripture. The PBC is currently structured to be a biblical research organization under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Catholic Church but it does not enjoy magisterial authority which means that this document does not officially define or establish any doctrine for the Catholic Church. Continue reading