Monthly Archives: April 2012

Litany of Saint Louis de Montfort for Consecrated Slaves of Love.

Litany of Saint Louis de Montfort for Consecrated Slaves of Love.

 Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy,
God the Father, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Eternal Wisdom,have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Mary Our Mother, pray for us.
Mary, Our Queen , pray for us.
Mary , Our Master by Holy Slavery of Love, pray for us.
St. Louis de Monfort, pray for us.
Marian witness and teacher,
Father of True Devotion to Mary,
Faithful friend of the Cross,
Lover of Eternal Wisdom,
Vagabond preacher,
Founder of the Daughters of Wisdom,
Founder of the Company of Mary,
Inspiration of Frank Duff,
Patron saint of the Legion of Mary,
Seeker of prayerful solitude,
Defender against Jansenism,
Slave of Jesus through Mary,
Champion of the Holy Rosary,
Recommender of the Holy Scapular,
Preacher of the secret of Mary,
Student of the Church Fathers,
Religious poet and mystic,
Author of Religious hymns,
Friend of the poor,
Lover of poverty,
Rejecter of worldly ways,
Author of Marian fervor,
Promoter of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary,
Obedient priest,
Inspiration of Mary’s slaves of love,
Inspiration of Popes,
Prophet of the latter times,
Saint who lived the motto “God Alone”,
Interior devotee to Our Lady,
Trustful devotee to Our Lady,
Holy devotee to Our Lady,
Constant and disinterested devotee to Our Lady,
Dedicated apostle of the Baptismal vows,
Imitator of Christ,
Glorifier of God,
Marian biblical scholar,
Trustful child of Mary, 

Let us pray.
Oh God, who inspired Saint Louis de Montfort to practice and preach True devotion to our Queen and Mother, the most Blessed Virgin Mary, grant that we who have consecrated ourselves to our most Blessed Mother, and thereby have also consecrated ourselves to you, will always remember that everything we have, both material and spiritual, are the property of our Heavenly Queen.  Grant us the grace to give her as much as we possibly can, thereby giving glory and honor to you Oh God, alone.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Problem With the Typical Adorer Mindset?

I love being alone or practically alone with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

I love the fact that my scheduled holy hours are in the middle of the night so next to no one bothers me during my time with our Eucharistic Lord.   Other adorers scheduled during more busy daytime hours often complain that when a lot of people go in and out of the chapel, slamming the doors, rustling papers, getting up, fidgeting, whatever they are bothered.

At our chapel we have a beautiful prayer to be prayed each hour aout loud those in the chapel.  More than once I heard complaints about this prayer.  “Why must we be bothered?”  Etc.

This is a problem with our mindsets.  We must have a ZEAL FOR SOULS.  We should rejoice at each unscheduled visitor.  Would that the door of the chapel never stayed closed because SO MANY people were in the chapel ALL THE TIME!  WOULD THAT OCCUPY ADORATION WAS A REALITY! Would that a crowded and noisy adoration chapel was like a symphony to us!

Would that this picture was a not a work of Photoshop

Perpetual Adoration Chapel Cutting Hour Back

I recieved the following email today from a chapel that has been 24/7 for I believe a number of years.  They are cutting back.  Chapel Leader frustration is a problem in many chapels.  Antiquated systems such as phone trees and many, many chapel coordinators is not the answer.  We will have this chapel setup within a few days.  Some of the Adoration Servants chapels have stated their biggest time taker is TOO MANY SUBS VOLUNTEER as can be seen on the “Benficiaries” page of our website
http://john15-5.adorationservants.org/Beneficiaries

Below is a copy of the email (Names changed/removed for privacy)

Dear Steve,
I received a recommendation from the chapel leader [we will call him “Norbert”) in another parish in our diocese to contact you for help.  You set up their chapel with a web site to manage the perpetual adoration schedule and substitute request needs.

I learned on Tuesday, the our perpetual adoration chapel is reducing the schedule to daytime, effective immediately.  After talking with the coordinator, it is clear that she is overwhelmed managing everything with the phone and fewer and fewer hourly coordinators, down to 4, so she is overwhelmed already then a family member’s illness requires her attention; hence the sudden change.  The night adorers are faithful and not the problem, but the night adoration is being eliminated, so that doesn’t make sense to me.  Another adorer advised that she knows the coordinator runs over to the chapel, sometimes multiple times in a day, to cover for people who call her because she cannot get a phone response from anyone to go.

To me it is obvious that email would help tremendously, but that is not being used.  Also, adorers need training in procedures so the coordinator is only truly the contact of last resort.  I inquired of Norbert regarding how his parish was set up with the intention of offering to collect and set up the email procedures his parish uses.  Norbert referred me to you and highly recommends your services.

I looked at your website information and went to see our pastor this morning.  He has given permission for me to inquire and find out if you would set us up for free and if so the timeframe that would be needed to accomplish the task.  

I need to contact the coordinator, write a proposal, and call the pastor Monday to set up a meeting.

Can you advise if you can set us up, how quickly it can be done, and what I need to do to accomplish the task?

The coordinator is to call me back shortly do I will be talking with her this morning. Please reply as soon as you are able.  I would like to be able to meet Monday or as soon after as possible with good news of a plan.

If permission is received from the pastor, I would like to get started as soon after as possible; next week if that is possible with you.

Thank you for your kind service and ministry to the Eucharistic Jesus and adorers!!!!

With kind regards,

Confession of an Adoration Servant

Lord Jesus, in your physical presence this 1AM – 3AM weekly hours I wish to confess my thoughts as to the state of Adoration Servants.  This is Holy Thursday 2012 Oh Lord, 1:10 AM the beginning of the Triduum.  For the last several weeks I have worked extensively on the new Adoration Servants website, I have been active on Twitter and Facebook coming up to speed and seeing the value of the Social Media for your glory.

I address this to you my God as you and I are alone here in this beautiful chapel, my middle of the night oasis once a week for a few hours.  I thought I should address this to my CEO, St. Max Kolbe, but I ask that our discussion be preparation for the several years overdue annual meeting he and I have.

Religious liberty is threatened around the world including my beloved United States.  Christian moral principles are under attack as well.  We have so much political activism and certainly much prayer but I believe Lord, we don’t have near enough prayer.  I remember Lord when I told people during  Proposition 8 that more time should be spent in prayer than in political activism how I was somewhat scoffed at.   Prayer is needed more now for sure.

But when I asked St Max to be my CEO and send me work that interview prayer about this time of night once at Marytown, I was introduced to the adoration organization of that diocese and took over their website. Then instead of promoting the MI at my parish, my pastor asked me to take over management of the Eucharistic Adoration.  Once I saw how very much work it took to manage a chapel, I create the Adoration Servants System.  Over the years being so preoccupied with Eucharistic Adoration has been one of my greatest blessings.  I long, Oh Lord, to get more people involved in Eucharistic Adoration. 

I yearn that Blessed John Paul II’s wish for Perpetual Adoration in all parishes becomes a reality. So impressed was I with Supreme Knight of Columbus Carl Anderson’s speaking on the importance of Adoration, and of supporting John Paul, I became a Knight.  I have tried to meet with Carl Anderson, to no avail so far, but I remain hopeful.

I know Lord, you don’t need me.  You don’t need Adoration Servants.  Most progress was made when I did not try to push anything.  But I did not really try to push things.  During my pilgrimage to the Holy land last October I asked that you help me see your will.  And you introduced me to the religious of the Holy land who I met with about the issues of Perpetual Adoration there and the help they needed.  I took that as an affirmation that this is what I should do.

And now we are a 501(c)(3) and I have some eager board members.  So the public website that looked terrible had to be redone.  I did not want to do it at first because I have done so little to help the chapels the past couple years, using my Master of Theology studies as an excuse, as well as other religious, family, and business activities.  I know some of the dioceses I help could have used more help and maybe I should have taken more of a leadership role there.  But we are where we are.  And as usual, the work of my business providentially worked to the benefit of the adoration systems.  But this prompted other things.  So the revamped website went live Monday of Holy week, perfectly timed for both the seventh anniversary of John Paul’s death—those seven years flew by Lord—as well as giving me the insight of the John 12:1-11 Jesus, Martha, Mary Gospel to augment my other Jesus, Mary, Martha gospel that has been the driving gospel for Adoration Servants.

And so I look at my mission as one that can surely get side-tracked.  Who should I help?  Chapels? Dioceses? Other Eucharistic Ministries?  I said “I” and want to change it to “we” but really it is still me right now.  But the thoughts I have had over the past few weeks and the thoughts so far during this Holy week have are what caused me to confess these words to you hear in your presence.

“Occupy Adoration.”  I loved the premise behind it and the little bit I heard of it on Twitter and Facebook.  I took the domain names and absorbed it into Adoration Servants.  But I saw it as nowhere near what it implies.  To “occupy” adoration cannot mean stopping by to visit you for a few minutes.  It certainly can mean Perpetual Adoration(as defined by the USCCB, not necessarily 24/7 but any regularly reoccurring time).  But even that Lord, really.  Right now it is 1:45AM and I am outside the chapel door because my occasional partner came in and I did not want my typing to bother his prayers.  Are we “occupying” this chapel Lord?  I say in the spirit of the “Occupy” movements we need A LOT more people or A LOT longer time frame than just a couple people an hour even if the hours go around the clock.

But I did that first Occupy Event alone at the Cathedral in LA.  And it was enlightening for me.  I even interviewed an adorer.  But was it news?  Of course not.  Not even close.  Then someone at my parish told me it is too negative.  Too pushy.  I don’t think so.  Not in the context of how it is talked about in the social media.  Not in the parable of the judge and the lady who badgers him that you gave us as an example.  That will be my gospel for Occupy Adoration.

And as you know Lord, I found the Occupy event to try and rally the nation around.  Occupy Adoration on Election Day!!!!  It is the best of both worlds.  Those who feel too much prayer hurts political activism can be politically active until Election Day. Then they can pray.  ALL DAY!!!!  I am going to promote on Election Day, while the polls are open, everyone occupies a chapel with you present as the Blessed Sacrament.  ALL DAY.  No work.  No play.  Just eat, vote, adore and petition you.  Imagine Lord if we could pull that off!!!! Surely the Occupy movement will be occupying the polls, marching the streets, etc.  But we have chapels full to overflowing for the whole day!!!  I think that can be a movement Lord.  I am going to start working on that.

How Lord?  I have to use the social media.  My mom writes good letters to editors.  We have to do that.  We have to push this.  Maybe this could get the Knights moving the way I envision them.  Oh Lord, how the Knights of Columbus could truly be knights  in shining armor, coming to the rescue for the Church through prayer.  Oh what benefits you would give the Knights if all our million members did weekly holy hours, and/or regular days of Adoration  Occupation.  Hmm, Adoration Occupation.  That rings Lord.  What do you think?

I am also not the social butterfly Lord.  I can’t say inspiring things each day on Twitter to get hundreds of followers.    I need to use my contacts though. How to get help.  You know the thoughts I have had the last 24 hours Lord.  I like to believe you inspired them.

I am not going to try and be cuter with images, etc.  What I need to do is get all the adorers to realize they can inspire.  I will try to get all the adorers to  participate.  To organize Adoration Occupations.  But I also have to improve the systems for the chapel leaders.  And for the dioceses.  This certainly includes making use of the Social Networks.   I am going to open up though.  I am going to speak/write from the heart.   So here I go.

I feel good Oh Lord.  I am going to post this on the Adoration Servants blog as I typed.  Going to switch to Adoration Occupation.  Going to concentrate on reaching adorers.  So they can help.  Thank you my God.  I look forward to this Tridium.

Burial Mural at Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

The picture below is a small section of  the mural of Christ’s death and burial inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.  The mural is located at the base of Calvary overlooking the slab where Jesus is said to have been prepared for burial.

It was a blessing to be there last October.

For your Holy Week meditations, a number of large pictures of this multi-scene mural are avalaible at http://www.adorationservants.org/HolySepulchurArt.zip

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The 7th Anniversary of the Death of Blessed John Paul II & Progress Made

I have wrote this a few times today.  You can read it in the letter from the founder on the donation page of www.adorationservants.org.  It is on the newly published www.facebook.com/adorationservants page and now again.

I have been reeluctant to get moving on things since getting 501(c)(3) status and realizing board members were going to want to start doing things.  For reasons written elsewhere I have been working hard to get the servants website revamped so that when people see it they will see something, hopefully, informative and worth looking at.  About a week ago I though it would be nice to make the site live today, John Paul II’s death anniversary, since he means so much to Adoration Servants.  It did not look like that would happen.

Then things came into place and the little things today were wonderful.  First, the Gospel at today’s Mass (Monday of Holy Week) reading was John 12:1-11.  This is another Jesus, Mary, Martha story but one that I never looked at in light of Adoration Servants.  It is a biggy and will affect the Servants ministry from this point on.

I got the revamped site up.  I got a facebook page up.  I made a classic mistake of not knowing what I was doing on facebook some months back doing a profile when I should have done a page.  Now we have both.

This is also the first Holy Week after my October pilgrimage to the Holyland.  What a blessing that trip was.  I pray to go back.

I would like to thank the patron saints of Adoration Servants: Martha, Mary, Peter Julian Eymard, Mother Candide, Max Kolbe, and John Paul II.  Let us do the will of Jesus under the care of the Immaculata.  God alone!