Fr. Jim Lee
Pastor

Pastor’s Notebook

Deliver Me, Jesus

It is early Thursday morning, January 7 as I write this. I do not know what the reality of our country will be as you read this 10 days later. It is difficult for me to express the anger and outrage I feel toward Mr. Trump and his inciting the people at the rally and the riot that took place in the chambers of Congress on Wednesday, January 6. I do not know what the outcome will be in the days ahead.

I want to acknowledge that it is not simply Mr. Trump, or BML, or unfettered capitalism or socialism, but rather that our core values as a nation and as a people of faith are being torn apart.

I had to fall on my knees last night and this morning and pray for repentance and forgiveness in my heart so that I could move from anger and outrage to petition and trust in Jesus Christ and the rock foundation of His Church. As Fr. Lou and I prayed evening prayer last night, we prayed Psalm 62. Here is a portion of that psalm:

“In God alone is my soul at rest; my help comes from him. He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress: I stand firm.

“Their plan is only to destroy; to take pleasure in lies. With their mouth they utter blessing, but in their heart they curse.

“In God alone is my safety and glory, the rock of my strength. Take refuge in God, all you people. Trust God at all times. Pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.

“Common folk are only a breath, great men an illusion. Placed in the scales, they rise; they weigh less than a breath.”

These words, inspired by the Holy Spirit and written over 2500 years ago, spoke to my heart in a profound way. As I went to bed and sought to say “yes” to God for all that had been that day, I had to ask forgiveness and also for greater trust.

Therefore I offer to you this prayer, the Litany of Trust. May it be a source of greater abandonment to God not only at this moment, but at those moments in your life when you need to trust God more deeply, no matter what.

LITANY OF TRUST 

From the belief that I have to earn Your love, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that I am unlovable, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the false security that I have what it takes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute, Deliver me, Jesus.
From all suspicion of Your words and promises, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You, Deliver me, Jesus.
From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will, Deliver me, Jesus.
From anxiety about the future, Deliver me, Jesus.
From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, Deliver me, Jesus.
From restless self-seeking in the present moment, Deliver me, Jesus.
From disbelief in Your love and presence, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of what love demands, Deliver me, Jesus.
From discouragement, Deliver me, Jesus. 

That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me, Jesus, I trust in You.
That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in You.
That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You are with me in my suffering, Jesus, I trust in You.
That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church, Jesus, I trust in You.
That Your plan is better than anything else, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You always hear me and in Your goodness always respond to me, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked, Jesus, I trust in You.
That my life is a gift, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You will teach me to trust You, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You are my Lord and my God, Jesus, I trust in You.
That I am Your beloved one, Jesus, I trust in You.

So many things happening in our world—from Covid, to political and social unrest and rioting, to the disintegration of family life through divorce, sexual infidelity, domestic violence, etc., and even our personal lives—are crying out for the Litany of Trust. Let us turn to Jesus to find our true peace, for He is Peace.

In Christ Jesus, through the intercession of Blessed Pier Giorgio, I love you.

Pastor’s Notebook

Deliver Me, Jesus

It is early Thursday morning, January 7 as I write this. I do not know what the reality of our country will be as you read this 10 days later. It is difficult for me to express the anger and outrage I feel toward Mr. Trump and his inciting the people at the rally and the riot that took place in the chambers of Congress on Wednesday, January 6. I do not know what the outcome will be in the days ahead.

I want to acknowledge that it is not simply Mr. Trump, or BML, or unfettered capitalism or socialism, but rather that our core values as a nation and as a people of faith are being torn apart.

I had to fall on my knees last night and this morning and pray for repentance and forgiveness in my heart so that I could move from anger and outrage to petition and trust in Jesus Christ and the rock foundation of His Church. As Fr. Lou and I prayed evening prayer last night, we prayed Psalm 62. Here is a portion of that psalm:

“In God alone is my soul at rest; my help comes from him. He alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress: I stand firm.

“Their plan is only to destroy; to take pleasure in lies. With their mouth they utter blessing, but in their heart they curse.

“In God alone is my safety and glory, the rock of my strength. Take refuge in God, all you people. Trust God at all times. Pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.

“Common folk are only a breath, great men an illusion. Placed in the scales, they rise; they weigh less than a breath.”

These words, inspired by the Holy Spirit and written over 2500 years ago, spoke to my heart in a profound way. As I went to bed and sought to say “yes” to God for all that had been that day, I had to ask forgiveness and also for greater trust.

Therefore I offer to you this prayer, the Litany of Trust. May it be a source of greater abandonment to God not only at this moment, but at those moments in your life when you need to trust God more deeply, no matter what.

LITANY OF TRUST 

From the belief that I have to earn Your love, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that I am unlovable, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the false security that I have what it takes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute, Deliver me, Jesus.
From all suspicion of Your words and promises, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You, Deliver me, Jesus.
From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will, Deliver me, Jesus.
From anxiety about the future, Deliver me, Jesus.
From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, Deliver me, Jesus.
From restless self-seeking in the present moment, Deliver me, Jesus.
From disbelief in Your love and presence, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of what love demands, Deliver me, Jesus.
From discouragement, Deliver me, Jesus. 

That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me, Jesus, I trust in You.
That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in You.
That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You are with me in my suffering, Jesus, I trust in You.
That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church, Jesus, I trust in You.
That Your plan is better than anything else, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You always hear me and in Your goodness always respond to me, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked, Jesus, I trust in You.
That my life is a gift, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You will teach me to trust You, Jesus, I trust in You.
That You are my Lord and my God, Jesus, I trust in You.
That I am Your beloved one, Jesus, I trust in You.

So many things happening in our world—from Covid, to political and social unrest and rioting, to the disintegration of family life through divorce, sexual infidelity, domestic violence, etc., and even our personal lives—are crying out for the Litany of Trust. Let us turn to Jesus to find our true peace, for He is Peace.

In Christ Jesus, through the intercession of Blessed Pier Giorgio, I love you.

From Fr. Lou

The “Super Oblata”

Formerly called the “secret prayer,” it was only really called that because it was prayed in a quiet voice! During the Offertory, there were very often psalms being sung, and so this prayer was prayed as Christ’s Faithful continued the singing (normally antiphonally) of the psalms. Just as the first variable prayer of the Mass, the Collect, collects our prayers into a unified prayer offered to the Father, so the prayer “over the offerings” collects our prayers into one unified prayer of offering to the Father. 

This prayer over the offerings is slightly different, though, in that it is truly an offertory prayer. As Adrian Fortescue puts it in his book The Mass of the Roman Rite, “they have the peculiarity that they are true offertory-prayers. All the old secrets ask God to accept these present gifts, to sanctify them, to give us in return his grace” (p. 312,3).  

As the priest offers the bread and wine beforehand, we have the moment to unite ourselves and our own personal petitions to the offering he has received. Now we pray again together, as one unity. These prayers are specifically about the upcoming sacrifice and normally directly connected to the oblation. In the same way that the Collect and the Post-Communion begin with an invitation to prayer (“Let us pray,”), so too here the priest invites us into the conclusion of the Offertory with “pray, brothers and sisters.” This conclusion of the presentation of the gifts to God, opens into the Eucharistic Prayer, where having offered the gifts, we unite them and ourselves to Christ’s Prayer of Thanksgiving in the Eucharistic Prayer.

For further study see:

The Secret Prayer 

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