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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pro Sanctity Prayer Letter December 2012



Pro Sanctity Movement

            a call to holiness in daily life
11002 N. 204th St.
Elkhorn, NE. 68022
psm@prosanctity.org
402-289-2670 or FAX 402-289-1938
December 2012
 Dear Pro Sanctity Prayer Partners:
 In December the Church celebrates both the advent and Christmas seasons.  I love it that when most say Merry Christmas starting at the beginning of December, it is more common for Catholics to say happy and blessed advent.  The focus on this four week period of preparation is one of the great gifts of the Church. 
 We continue in our new formation manual:  Famished for the Same Bread.  The theme for this month is Famished for the same bread of Eternal Life:  I believe in God, Source of Life.  The scripture for the month is John chapter 6 which focuses more on the Eucharist than any other place in the bible.    Belief in God as the source of life cannot be separated from the Eucharist because where Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist the entire trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is with Him. 
 We are called as Christians to radiate the love of God, aided by His very presence in the Eucharist so that others drawn by our love which comes from Him will also come to believe. 
 Let us pray especially this month for an increased boldness in witnessing to our faith.  It seems that many find it easier during the Christmas season to speak of Christ who became a child in the womb and was born for us.  Let us pray that this will open the doors of opportunity to share our faith with others.  Let us also continue to pray for those affected by recent storms and those who are working to assist them. 
 Thank you for praying with us
Dan and Joan Kash, Marian Lenz, Anne Zugelder
 I am moving back to Omaha this month.  Please send your prayer request to Omaha instead of California. The return envelope will have the Elkhorn address.  Palmira is doing better.  We wish to thank everyone who has sent donations for the prayer letter.  This is a healing ministry that brings comfort and peace to those we are praying for.  Thankyou for your prayers and support.
Anne
Prayer Requests:

Aaron who is recovering from shingles
Leon for his health
Continued recovery for Fr Vaccari's brother
For those impacted by the school shooting in Connecticut including the suspect and his family
for Ken Ramold's intention
Colleen Mc Namara for her health
Upcoming retreats and activities in all of the centers
Kovash family as they move to South Dakota
Students attending the Focus conference in January
Dorothy Brown
John and Francis Monaghan
John and Frieda Zugelder
Those traveling for Christmas
Families Celebrations
Lou Segal
Pattie Romero as she struggles with depression
Aris Gonzales who has cancer
Paula Carmody
Connie Brinker
Family reconcialtion
For Jane to be accepted to 7 Oaks Retirement Facility
Healing for Jane’s sister Tish
Healing for Stephanie who has leukemia
For my family to love the Catholic Faith
For St. Joseph help with our finances
To cherish chastity
Margaret Simspon
Thankyou the selling of Grandma Jean’s house
Thank you for Rachel’s Schooling and for continued help
Mary‘s health
Br. Joel and Fr. Ed who has cancer
Aileen





Lowly Birth

Stars twinkle amid the darkness
Quiet blankets the land
The lowly cave is ready

Jesus steals into time
No notice is given of his birth
Alone the family rejoices

Only the pure of heart come
They come humbly with sincerity
Giving all they have

Gently they lay all before the Child
Gratitude and joy fills them
Lighting up the world
Anne Zugelder                                                             

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

DECEMBER 8 - FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


DECEMBER 8 - FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


O Virgin and Queen, Immaculate Mother of God, your magnificence is incomparable. You are more sublime than the heavens, the stars, and the planets; you are more resplendent than the sun.

You, begotten by the tribe of Aaron, are truly a Virgin from whom your Son, Christ our Lord, so wonderfully blossomed.

According to the flesh, you gave birth to God - the Word; He was incarnated in you who preserved the blossom of your virginity before and after the birth of your Son.You have reconciled us to our Creator, O Mary, our Mother.                               (S. Ephrem)

Tota Pulchra
You are all beautiful, O Mary, and there is no original stain in you. You are the glory of Jerusalem. You are the joy of Israel and the honor of our people. You are the advocate of sinners. O Mary, Virgin most prudent and Mother most merciful, pray for us. Intercede for us with the Lord Jesus.
  
Leader: Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, Your conception
All: Has brought glad tidings to all the world.
Let us pray. O God, Who in the Immaculate Conception of  the Virgin Mary prepared a worthy dwelling place for your Son and, foreseeing His death, preserved Mary from all stain of sin, grant that we too, through her intercession, may walk toward You in holiness and purity of spirit. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
  

O Mary, Virgin most pure and spotless, who came to earth to propose to us anew, in all of its beauty, the ideal of new life in Christ, beckon us.

You show us what we should be, but are not.

Freed from evil before it even touched you, you invite us to the great battle between good and evil in which Christ, by crushing the head of the serpent, won His eternal victory.

This victory can be ours if, obedient to the word of God and hand in hand with you, Mary, we walk on the bright road opened to us by Christ.

Draw us to yourself, Mary, until the day when in joy everlasting we shall be able to contemplate the glorious face of Christ, unveiled forever. Amen.
  

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Nine)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!


DAY NINE
Read and Pause: "…Dear friends, let us invoke the intercession of Mary, 'Our Lady of the Way', so that the joyful proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ may bring hope to the hearts of those who are on the move on the roads of the world….” (October 25, 2011)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Eight)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline
  
Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!


DAY EIGHT
Read and Pause: ….Very dear young people, I entrust you to the protection of St. Joseph and Mary Most Holy; following the invitation of the Virgin Mother "Do whatever he tells you," you will not lack the pleasure of the real celebration and you will be able to take the best "wine," the one that Christ gives for the Church and for the world.” (September 2011)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Seven)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!


DAY SEVEN
Read and Pause: "…Mary teaches us that the good of each one depends on listening with docility to the word of the Son. In those who trust in him, the water of daily life is transformed into the wine of a love that makes life good, beautiful and fruitful." (September 2011)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!




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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Six)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!

DAY SIX
Read and Pause: "…Do not lose courage in face of the needs that seem to extinguish joy at the table of life," he said. "At the Wedding of Cana, when wine was lacking, Mary invited the servants to go to Jesus and she gave them a precise indication: 'Do whatever he tells you.' Treasure these words, the last of Mary's taken up in the Gospels -- virtually a spiritual testament -- and you will always have the joy of the celebration: Jesus is the wine of the celebration!" (September 2011)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Five)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!

DAY FIVE
Read and Pause: By faith, Mary tasted the fruits of Jesus’ resurrection, and treasuring every memory in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19, 51), she passed them on to the Twelve assembled with her in the Upper Room to receive the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14; 2:1-4). …”  (October 17, 2011)
Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

November Pro Sanctity Prayer Letter




Pro Sanctity Movement

            a call to holiness in daily life
11002 N. 204th St.
Elkhorn, NE. 68022
psm@prosanctity.org
402-289-2670 or FAX 402-289-1938

November  2012

Dear Pro Sanctity Prayer Partners:

It is November already.  Although our calendar year is coming to a close, our apostolic year, as well as the year Pope Benedict has christened the Year of Faith is just beginning.  I pray that we all make a special effort to express gratitude and find multiple things to be thankful for as the season encourages us to do. 

We also begin a new formation manual this month:  Famished for the Same Bread.  This wonderful new resource helps us to combine scripture, the catechism, the words of Pope Benedict, and the words of our founder to more fully experience the riches of our faith and the priceless gift of the Eucharist.    The paragraph below is taken directly from the formation manual. 

Excerpt from the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei
9. We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; ... and also the source from which all its power flows.”[14] At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed,[15] and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.

Let us pray especially this month for an increased desire to rediscover our faith, to become aware of the priceless gift that we have been given to have faith in the first place, which is not of ourselves but from God who wanted so much for us to know His love for us that He gave His only Son for our salvation.  Let us also pray for those affected by recent storms and those who are working to assist them. 

Thank you for praying with us
Dan and Joan Kash, Marian Lenz, Anne Zugelder




Prayer Requests:


Vocations
Aging parents
Joan's uncle Leon recovering from brain surgery but in poor health
Struggling families
Pro Sanctity Members and everyone on the east coast struggling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy
Conversion of our nation
Renewal of faith in the Year of Faith
Parishes in South Omaha undergoing transition
Fr Frank's brother John who is struggling with alcoholism
Senior citizens struggling with loneliness
Priests struggling with loneliness that they might cultivate good friendships
Continued healing for Fr Dan Kampschneider
Black Family
Rosman Family
Gray Family
For Dan’s court case yield truth and justice
For Dan’s mother
For Peg for strength in her faith
For Joanna’s job
For James’ clinic
Catholic habitat for Humanity in Rapid City
Dorothy Brown
For the Ahlstrom Family
John and Francis Monaghan
John and Frieda Zugelder
Lee and Irish Gallagher
Gail Brennan
Mary Stemmer
Barbara Wagner
Erica Latiolaif
Alice Laybourne
Alice Jarecki for cataracts surgery













           It Was Good

Death was not of the beginning
My sinfulness makes death a necessity

In the beginning God was
Out of love God created all things
And God saw that it was good

I am filled with goodness
In baptism I am the beloved Son
With God is my heart desire

United with Jesus in Communion
Grace and strength comes
Redemption becomes salvation

Dying comes everyday
In big ways in small ways die
And God saw that it was good
                              Anne Zugelder


           It Was Good

Death was not of the beginning
My sinfulness makes death a necessity

In the beginning God was
Out of love God created all things
And God saw that it was good

I am filled with goodness
In baptism I am the beloved Son
With God is my heart desire

United with Jesus in Communion
Grace and strength comes
Redemption becomes salvation

Dying comes everyday
In big ways in small ways die
And God saw that it was good
                              Anne Zugelder


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Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Four)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!

DAY FOUR
Read and Pause: We want to make our heart like a monstrance, exposing Jesus to all we meet.  Mary, the first monstrance, showed her Son to the Shepherds, the Magi, to all.  Before Jesus was born, Mary brought Him to Elizabeth who rejoiced in Whom she saw.  Elizabeth, in turn, became a monstrance herself and sang the first beatitude and Mary responded with the Magnificat. Together the two women - each bearing Jesus in her heart  - sang a beautiful canticle of praise to the Lord. May our own encounters with others reflect the mystery of the Visitation as we bring our Lord to a waiting world (Giuliana Spigone)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Pray: Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!



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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Three)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline

 Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!


DAY THREE
Read and Pause: We see Mary move in haste to carry out her mission. Bishop Giaquinta says, “ A strong, virile, indomitable will is an essential requirement” if we are to carry on the mission entrusted to us. “Sluggish, weak and apathetic characters who do not wish to move or to make an effort” will do very little for God’s Kingdom.  Blessed is she who trusted that the Lord’s word to her would be fulfilled.”  Our Lady appears to us as someone on whom God has been able to depend, in whom he has placed his trust. Let us ask ourselves if God can count on us. Can God trust us? (Bishop Giaquinta)  


Pause and voice your intentions and then pray:
Pray: Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception (Day Two)


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012
All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!

DAY TWO
Read and Pause: Learn from the Mother of the Lord and our Mother to be humble and at the same time brave, simple and prudent; balanced and strong, not with the force of the world, but with that of truth. Amen.” (October  17, 2011)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray
Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be
the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Novena for the Immaculate Conception 2012


Pro Sanctity Novena in preparation for the
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
November 29-December 8, 2012

All quotes are from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Giaquinta and Giuliana Spigone, prayers from the AO Prayerbook.

1.     Read and Pause
2.     Pause and voice your intentions
3.     Pray Novena Prayer
4.     Option: Write your own reflections and prayers inspired by the Novena. Share with others.
5.     On the 8th of December, pray a closing prayer of thanksgiving for graces given. See prayers at the end of the outline


Intention: We are praying for communion in our community/family, and in our world, as we all hunger for the one same Bread!

DAY ONE
Read and Pause: “…May the Virgin Mary, who was not afraid to answer "yes" to the Word of the Lord, and, after having conceived Him in her womb, went out full of joy and hope, always be your model and your guide. (September 2011)

Pause and voice your intentions and then pray:
Pray: Jesus, through and with Mary, let my heart be the altar where You sacrifice Yourself
the tabernacle where You watch over us
the monstrance where You manifest Yourself to the world. Amen!


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Famished


Famished
by Guglielmo Giaquinta


O my brother, I, too, have a soul
That cries without tears
That shouts even when silent
That seems to laugh, yet is dying.


My soul is famished,
But I desire no more husks;
They do not satisfy me --
They only disappoint.


I do not hunger for bread.
I do not thirst for water.
I am burning only for love.
I need Him alone.


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Monday, November 5, 2012

I Need You


I NEED YOU
 By Servant of God William Giaquinta


I traveled the universe,
Running endlessly,
Searching always;
But You I did not find.
Lord, I am weary.

I have passed through the Red Sea,
I have dwelt in the desert;
I have scaled the mountains.
Lord, I am so tired.

If my search must go on,
I will die along the way,
Worn out from weariness,
Consumed by emptiness.

O Lord, I am worn out:
I need You.


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