Saturday, April 22, 2017

Help me, teach me, invite me

And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus to carry his cross. Mark 15:21

Simon of Cyrene, help me
to come to the aid of others,
to overcome my reluctance when
 it seems too inconvenient;
when I think I'm too busy
or too afraid, or too shy, 
or it just seems so awkward.

Help me when
I think I am better than the stranger,
the accused, the shunned;
when I think that they don't deserve my help.

Help me to overcome 
my own exhaustion,
my laziness,
my feelings of inadequacy,
and uncertainty.

Help me to put aside my own interests,
my prejudices and pride.

Help me so that 
I can step up to the task, 
without having to be dragged in.

Help me, dear reluctant saint,
to carry my own cross,
my own brokeness,
so that I may help carry others.

Dear Saint of Cyrene, pray for me.

"Now, while Simon labours under the cross with Jesus, ... someone - a woman - forces her way through the rabble, even through the guard of Roman soldiers surrounding Him, and comes face to face with Christ. She is driven by compassion." The Way of the Cross, Caryll Houslander

Good saint of the veil,
teach me your compassion for the suffering,
especially when their appearance, all bruised and beaten,
repulses me.

Teach me to recognize the splendor
and the majesty of Christ
hidden there in their weakness,
in their humility and in their shame. 

Good saint of the veil,
teach me your courage in the midst of chaos,
your readiness to serve, to comfort and to console
to wipe away the grime, the filth, the tears
in all circumstances,
but especially when it is not easy.

Teach me to look with eyes of mercy
upon the faces of the suffering
and see Christ hidden there.

Dear Saint Veronica, pray for me.

"Christ goes on His way; no word is spoken now; Mary follows Him in the crowd. ... Mary remains silent, she does not lift a hand; only when He is suffering no more will she anoint His body. She simply accepts this supreme gift of His love, His suffering given to her. It is a complete communion with Him. They are as completely one now as they were when He was the child in her womb, and her heart was the beating of His heart." The Way of the Cross, Caryll Houselander.

 Dearest Mother Mary,
Your acceptance, your yes,
let it be my own.

Invite me to walk the way with you.
He is the Way, the Truth, the Life!
Invite me to see with your soul
the good in that awful Friday.

 Invite me there, beneath the Cross,
 to see the good that comes from suffering,
His and our own united to His.

Invite me to become one with Him
as you and He are one.
Invite me into your deep and abiding
trust and unwavering hope.

When tempests
arise and I'm tossed about,
remind me that He is always there,
in the midst of the storm;
that I am never alone.

Invite me there at the foot of the cross,
to hold Him in my arms
as you cradle Him, lifeless, in your own,
knowing that Sunday comes.

Invite me there to the empty tomb,
to share your peace
and your love,
and to experience your joy
at the Resurrection.

And the Life to come.

Dear Blessed Virgin, my Mother, my Queen, pray for me.


  1. Dear Catholic Crusader,

    Five hundred years ago in 1517, Martin Luther made public his 95 complaints against the Roman Catholic church (hereafter, RCC). Today, we shall do likewise, with another 95 reasons. However, in this critique, we will exclusively fixate on the nucleus of all Catholic doctrine called, Transubstantiation. This teaching is built on the premise that when the priest utters “This is my body” over bread and wine that the “combustible” syllables of these four words ignite with such power and energy that, unbeknownst to our cognizant senses, the substance of bread and wine miraculously change (“by the force of the words” says the Council of Trent; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1375). They are then abruptly replaced with something else entirely; namely, the very body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ in some mysterious form which leaves only the outward appearance of bread and wine (i.e., the color, shape, size, taste, weight and texture -- or "accidental" properties, remain unchanged in objective reality). It is claimed that the supernatural power that creates this miracle on a daily basis, 24 hours a day in Masses worldwide, “is the same power of Almighty God that created the whole universe out of nothing at the beginning of time” (Mysterium Fidei, 47). The question is: does the sacred rhetoric of Jesus lead us to conclude He intended it be recited like a magician recites his incantations? (Reason 6, 74). That at the recitation of these four words, the world is obligated to be transfixed on Transubstantiation???

    We should think that a rollercoaster of 95 reasons against this doctrine should at least pique your curiosity, let alone make you wonder if, like the calmness of a ferris wheel, you can so calmly refute them. The issue is far from inconsequential, since it’s claimed our very eternal destinies are at stake. So while sensitive to the fact that many are captivated by this doctrine, we are persuaded that the theological framework of the Bible conveys a persistent and vigorous opposition to this theory. God's word tells us to, "study to show yourself approved" (2 Tim 2:15) and we have indeed done just that.

    The almost “romantic fidelity” to Transubstantiation springs forth from the opinion that consuming the “organic and substantial” body of Christ in the Eucharist is necessary for salvation (CCC 1129 & 1355; Trent, "Concerning Communion", ch. 1 and “Concerning Communion Under Both Kinds”, ch. 3; Canon 1; Mysterium Fidei, intro). Our burden here is to safeguard the gospel (Jude 1:3). If a religious system professing to be Christian is going to demand that something be done as a prerequisite for eternal life, it is vital to scrutinize this claim under the searchlight of Scripture and with “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16). Proverbs 25:2 says, "the honor of a king is to search out a matter". We shall do likewise.

    Determined to test all things by Holy Writ (1 Thess 5:21; Acts 17:11, 2 Cor 10:5), the following 95 reasons have been compiled to an extravagant length to provoke you to consider the cognitive complexities of this doctrine which we conclude are biblically unbearable. We are so convinced the Bible builds a concrete case against this superstition, that we will not allow the things we have in common to suppress the more urgent need to confront the differences that divide us, such as Transubstantiation. We are told this issue directly impacts our eternal destiny, so it must not be ignored. The Lord Jesus came to divide and conquer by the truth of His word. He said, "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division" (Luke 12:51-53).

    For the full essay of 95 reasons, kindly e-mail me at

    1. Not really sure what your motive is in posting the above comment - other than mucking up my blog with anti-Catholic rubbish for your own self aggrandizement. However, I'd advise you to research why Catholics believe what they do, with an open mind instead wasting your time attempting to disprove the tenets of the faith, (the Truth cannot be disproven). You may wish to begin by reading the Gospel of John, Chapter 6, paying particular attention to verses 30-68.

      In the meantime, I'll pray an Ave for you!