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Sanctifying Table & Closet…

November 16, 2018


According to St. Gertrude,
one can participate in the salvation of souls
and the sanctification of saints,
glorifying God,–
by eating breakfast!
(and lunch and supper)–
uniting that action
to the humility of the Second Person of the Godhead
Who subjected Himself to our human limitations
(including eating and drinking)
out of love for His Father and for humanity.

Jesus gave her prayers to that end:

Before Eating:
O LORD Jesus, I take this food
in that same love wherewith Thou hast sanctified it,
when in Thy most holy Humanity
Thou deigned to eat and to drink
to the glory of God the Father,
and for the salvation of the whole human race;
beseeching Thee that,
in union with Thy divine love,
it may tend to the increase of glory,
and salvation of all Thine elect
in Heaven, on earth, or in Purgatory.

While Eating:
MAY the virtue of Thy divine love
incorporate me wholly into Thee,
O my most loving Jesus!

While drinking:
O MOST loving Jesus, pour into my heart
and preserve within me
the energy of Thine own most glowing charity
may it pervade all my substance,
and flow evermore
through every faculty of my body and soul,
to Thine eternal praise and glory! Amen.

What an easy way to make an eternal impact!

So–what about the other little daily things–
surely those can serve eternity too?

There are indulgences attached to things as simple
as raising the mind to God in the midst of daily life.

But what about specifics?
What about getting dressed?

Priests have vesting prayers,
but those don’t really transfer…
Surely Religious have prayers for putting on their habits,
but those weren’t accessible.


St. Francis de Sales came through:

As we begin to dress,
we will make the Sign of the Cross and say:

Cover me, Lord, with the cloak of innocence
and the robe of love.
My God, do not let me appear before you
stripped of good works.

And Scripture has a lot to say about what we wear.
These are now posted on our closet door
(the best saved for last):

you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
~Galatians 3:27

clothe yourselves
with the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision
for the desires of the flesh.
~Romans 13:14

put on the new self,
which in the likeness of God
has been created
in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
~Ephesians 4:24

For this corruptible body
must put on incorruption;
and this mortal body
must put on immortality.
~I Corinthians 15:53

For indeed in this house we groan,
longing to be clothed with our dwelling from Heaven,
inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.
For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened,
because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed,
so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by immortality.
~II Corinthians 5:2-4

…To place on those who mourn in Zion,
a diadem instead of ashes,
to give them oil of gladness
in place of mourning,
a garment of praise
instead of a listless spirit
~Isaiah 61:3

You changed my mourning into dancing;
You took off my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness
~Psalm 30:11

[My God] has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
and wrapped me with a robe of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
And a bride bedecked with her jewels.
~Isaiah 61:10

I wore honesty like a garment;
justice was my robe and my turban;
~Job 29:14

I am sending forth
the promise of My Father upon you;
but you are to stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high.
~Luke 24:49

For You have girded me
with strength for battle;
You have subdued under me
those who rose up against me.
~2 Samuel 22:40, Psalm 18:39

Therefore take unto you the armour of God,
that you may be able to resist in the evil day,
and to stand in all things perfect.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of justice,
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
In all things taking the shield of faith,
wherewith you may be able to extinguish
all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.
And take unto you the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).
~Ephesians 6:13-17

I wish women to be decently dressed,
adorning themselves with modesty and dignity,
not with braided hair or gold or pearls,
but with good works
such as become women professing godliness.
~I Timothy 2:9

Let not theirs be the outward adornment
of braiding of the hair, or of wearing gold,
or of putting on robes;
but let it be the inner life of the heart,
in imperishableness of a quiet and gentle spirit,
which is of great price in the sight of God.
I Peter 3:3

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other
and forgive whatever grievances
you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity”
~Colossians 3:5–14

From Thy Bounty…

October 19, 2011

When my prince & I dine together, we begin with a spontaneous prayer (which usually ends up being mostly the same each time anyway ;)), but lately I’ve begun using the standard Catholic meal prayer when I eat alone (breakfast & lunch).

Bless us O Lord,
and these Thy gifts
which we are about to receive
from Thy bounty
through Christ, our Lord.

One line has been standing out to me: “from Thy bounty.”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the underlying instinct that “there’s not enough for me” (I’m sure the “reduce your carbon footprint” campaign didn’t help). Mom still recalls how mortified she was when the school informed her that I was writing with a little piece of pencil lead, insinuating that she was depriving me of necessary school supplies. It wasn’t that I needed a new pencil–stray pencils were easy enough to find (hallways, playground, school bus, etc.). But this stub of lead was still usable. I couldn’t bear to part with it. Waste not, want not, you know…

That has other ramifications, of course, (being a packrat is just one) which have followed me into adulthood.

Preparing (and listening to) RCIA presentations has introduced me to the truth at God created the world for man–for me–to provide the things I need. He created enough for me.

Logically I can grasp that. Changing my underlying instinct is quite another matter. I’ve been bringing this to prayer for quite a while.

Well, this week the farm where I usually get eggs (via a friend who’s their neighbor) was low…and so were we. Comparing the upcoming cooking projects with the number of eggs we had left & was not exactly reassuring (and with our dietary restrictions, adapting the menu isn’t trivial!). Should I make the deviled eggs I normally take for snacks at adult ed (which we host)? I was inclined to conserve (hoard).

…from Thy bounty

I stopped.

“Well, Lord, You own the chickens on a thousand hills!
(apologies to Psalm 50:10!)
I’m going to take a chance and be generous.”

I put an egg on to boil (I know, that doesn’t sound very generous,
but when I made more I always had leftovers).

Within hours my friend called. Her neighbor has three dozen eggs today. Would I like her to bring some when she brought her daughters for crochet advice?

Would I?!

…from Thy bounty…

Thank You, God, for eggs
from Thy bounty!

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