Hello, all. Back from vacation deep in the Cumberlands. It was quite lovely to get away from everything and be pampered by my Mum and Dad. December was a month of 16-hour workdays including the weekends. Needless to say, I was quite exhausted. It was so nice to sit down for meals in that unhurried way, where eating was a pleasure and conversation was an integral part of the menu.
As the rest of the world is packing up Christmas, we continue to celebrate it with the Eleventh Day of Christmas and looking forward to the Feast of Epiphany this Wednesday. Though it was celebrated in the O.F. Masses yesterday, in the E.F. it was the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. I don't know why this feast was deprecated in the new calendar. The Propers were an exquisite reminder of the supremacy and primacy of Christ, that his Name is Holy. We so desperately need the reminder that His Name is Holy. So easily do we use His Name in vain. Here is an Act of Reparation:
O Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer, Son of the living God, behold, we kneel before Thee and offer Thee our reparation; we would make amends for all the blasphemies uttered against Thy holy name, for all the injuries done to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the irreverence shown toward Thine immaculate Virgin Mother, for all the calumnies and slanders spoken against Thy spouse, the holy Catholic and Roman Church. O Jesus, who hast said: "If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you," we pray and beseech Thee for all our brethren who are in danger of sin; shield them from every temptation to fall away from the true faith; save those who are even now standing on the brink of the abyss; to all of them give light and knowledge of the truth, courage and strength for the conflict with evil, perseverance in faith and active charity! For this do we pray, most merciful Jesus, in Thy name, unto God the Father, with whom Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit world without end. AmenMy weekly Holy Hour is in reparation for the blasphemies and insults to Christ. Have you made a Holy Hour lately? As the new calendar year begins, consider doing so. In my topsy-turvy and frenzied week, I could not live without that precious hour spent for the Lord's sake.