Today is St. Patrick’s Day.
Lord, Holy Father, show us what kind of man it is who is hanging for our sakes on the cross, whose suffering causes the rocks themselves to crack and crumble with compassion, whose death brings the dead back to life. Let my heart crack and crumble at the sight of him. Let my soul break apart with compassion for his suffering. Let it be shattered with grief at my sins for which he dies. And finally let is be softened with devoted love for him.
Merry Christmas from St. Gerard Majella Church!
Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power, and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries. Amen.
— St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Mother of God, we sing your praises,
but we must praise you even more.
Our speech is too feeble
to honor you as we ought,
for no tongue is eloquent enough
to express your excellence.
Mary, most powerful, most holy,
and worthy of all love.
Your name brings new life,
and the thought of you inspires love
in the hearts of those devoted to you.
–St. Bernard of Clairvaux