Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, June 27, 2014


In hora mortis meae voca me, et jube venire ad te.

At the hour of my death, call me,
and bid me come to you.

Thou inward Stranger/ Whom I have never seen/ Deeper and cleaner/ Than the clamorous ocean.../ Hold me in Thy Hand!
Thomas Merton, "Stranger"

...lo, I am with you always, even unto the end...(Matt. 28:20)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
 Ne permittas me separari a te.
Never let me be separated from you.

Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi, the feast of God with us.

"My church is never empty so long as the ruby burns in the sanctuary lamp; my church is filled with all times and all places." 
--Richard Rodriguez, "Irish Catholic," Political Passages, J. Bunzel, ed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Within your wounds, hide me.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Passio Christi, conforta me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
We see the word is "conforta." Perhaps we would better translate it as "form," or "shape," or "fashion." When we suffer, we are formed in Christ's image. And as Thomas Merton points out, without Christ, human suffering is just misery.