This is going to be a very odd post. It is going to start with an apology and explaination, move into a profound religious experience, and conclude with a prayer to the Blessed Mother.
To all of those who follow this blog, and thought that I fell off the edge of the earth, don’t worry; the earth is round and I am still on it. I have not posted in quite a while because this past week has been nuts. My family and I am invloved in our local 4-H Club and we are in a mad rush to complete our projects before the County Fair opens in 48 hours. This is my “excuse” for not posting. Life should be back to normal next Tuesday, so check back then and read Part 2 of the History of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.
On to the religious experience. This blog was created with the intent to promote growth in religious vocations- as well as my own vocation. Yesterday, when I was serving Holy Mass at the Basilica of Holy Hill I had one of those “experiences” that God sends to challenge and edify us. I was kneeling next to the side of the Altar, at the Consecration. During the Elevation of the Chalice, I looked up and saw my reflection in the Chalice. It was like I was being offered up to God along with the Blood of Christ. I recalled the words of Fr. Peter Berger, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese. He reminded us, at our camp, that we too must be offered up, along with the bread and wine, during the Mass. This experience has really had a profound influence on me. Thank You Jesus !!!!!!!!!!!
I will conclude with a short prayer to the Blessed Mother. I found it on the back of a prayer card in the gift shop at Holy Hill.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Most Blessed and Immaculate Virgin, Ornament and Splendor of Mount Carmel, thou who regardest with particular goodness those who wear thy scapular, benignly look upon me also, and cover me with the mantle of thy maternal protections. Fortify my weakness with thy strength, illuminate the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom, increase Faith, Hope and Love within me, adorn my soul with such graces and virtues that it may be always precious to thee and thy Divine Son; assist me in life, console m at the hour of death with thy most loving presence and present me to the most august Trinity as thy son and devout servant, to eternally praise and bless thee in heaven. Amen. Hail Mary, twice: Glory Be, once.
(300 days indulgence, once a day). With Ecclesiastical approbation.
Thank you and don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on her special day.