Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Eternal God in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is love and mercy itself, amen.(closing prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet)

4 Comments:

Blogger Amber said...

Beautiful

April 18, 2007 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Theo said...

Amen!

This brings to mind part of Bob Bennett's song, Savior of the World...
"Make my hands like your hands / If they must be wounded / Let all the pain that I will feel / make me merciful and kind."

May God have all of our sufferings work toward our perfecting and make of us better images of Christ.

Humbled yet again,
--Theo

"Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them." -- Introit form the Requem Mass.

April 18, 2007 5:59 PM  
Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

I'm glad to hear from you, Theo. My prayers are with you for a continued recovery. Your quote from the Requiem Mass reminds me of how much I love Gabriel Faure's Requiem, especially Section VII "In Paradisum" (Into Paradise).

In Paradisum deducant Angeli in tuo
adventu suscipiant te Martyres
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem


May the angels receive them in Paradise,
at thy coming may the martyrs receive thee
and bring thee into the holy city Jerusalem.


Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
aeternam habeas requiem.


There may the chorus of angels receive thee,
and with Lazarus, once a beggar,
may thou have eternal rest.

April 18, 2007 9:40 PM  
Anonymous theo said...

Great to hear from you too, Pilgrim. Thank you for your prayers. I have no doubt that they are effectual!

Faure's Requiem "In Paradisum" is indeed one of the most beautiful liturgical pieces ever composed. As it continues, its richness builds while at the same time its dynamics steadily decrescendo from mezzo-forte through pianississimo.

The heavenly host moves on while the congregation remains behind, longing to hear the richness build, but fated (for now) to remain in these temporal wrappers.

The effect leaves one envious of the newly-departed soul who (unlike we poor earth-bound witnesses) hears the fullness of music that is the great communion of saints. We know that the departed goes with the heavenly host, and that for him or her there is no decrescendo.

Thanks for bringing this to mind.

May God bless you and all who mourn or shall mourn. God is good indeed.

Humbly,
--Theo

April 19, 2007 9:26 AM  

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