Teresa Higginson, promoter of devotion to the Sacred Head of Christ


teresahigginson.wordpress.comHIGGINSON, Teresa (1844-1905) teacher, mystic, promoter of devotion to the Sacred Head of Christ.

Few people would now remember the name, Teresa Higginson, and fewer still would know anything about her, but she is an outstandingly interesting example of pre-Vatican Catholic piety. Teresa was a young school teacher believed by many to be a saint, thought by others to be medically and psychologically unsound. She originated, and attempted to spread, devotion to “The Sacred Head as the Seat of Divine Wisdom”. There was agitation for, and resistance to, her canonization in the twenties and thirties.

More info, here: abbotshill.uk/Higginson

Ah Ah Ah The Yeshiva Boys Choir


Ah-ah-ah-Ashrei – The Yeshiva Boys Choir (Gerstner Music)

Ashrei is psalm 145, attributed to King David. It was sung in biblical times in the Temple in Jerusalem. It is part of the Morning and Afternoon service to prepare worshipers for the Call to Prayer (the Barchu).

Psalm 145
Happy are they who dwell in Your house; they will ever praise You!
Happy is the people whose portion is this, whose God is Adonai.
A Song of David:
I will exalt You, my Sovereign God; I will bless Your Name forever.
Every day I will bless You; I will extol Your name forever.
Great is God and worthy of praise; God’s greatness cannot be fathomed.
Each generation will acclaim You to the next; they shall tell of Your mighty acts.
They shall contemplate Your radiant glory; they shall reflect on Your wondrous works.
They shall speak of Your awesome might, and make known Your greatness.
They shall tell all of Your great goodness, and sing of Your righteousness.
“Adonai is gracious and compassionate, endlessly patient, overflowing with love.
Adonai is good to all; God’s compassion shelters all creatures.”
All Your works, Adonai, shall praise You; Your faithful shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your sovereignty, and tell of Your mighty strength,
Proclaiming Your power to all people, and the glorious splendor of Your majesty.
Your reign is everlasting, Your dominion endures through all time.
Adonai, You support the falling; You raise up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all turn to You; You sustain them in time of want.
You open Your hand, satisfying the needs of all creatures.
You are just in all Your ways, gracious in all Your deeds.
Adonai is near to all who cry out, to all who call out in truth.
God will fufill the hope of all the reverent; God will hear their cry and help them.
You preserve those who love, Adonai, but the lawless You bring to grief.
My lips shall declare the glory of Adonai;
let all flesh bless God’s holy name forever and ever.
We will bless God now and always. Halleluyah!

Ashrei yosh’vei veitecha, od y’hal’lucha selah.
Ashrei ha-am shekachah lo, ashrei ha-am she-adonai elohav.
T’hilah l’david,
Aromimcha Elohai hamelech, va-avar’chah shimcha l’olam va-ed.
B’chol yom avar’cheka, va-ahal’lah shimcha l’olam va-ed.
Gadol Adonai um’hulal m’od, v’ligdulato ein cheiker.
Dor l’dor y’shabach ma-asecha, ug’vurotecha yagidu.
Hadar k’vod hodecha, v’divrei nifl’otecha asichah.
Ve-ezuz nor’otecha yomeiru, ug’dulat’cha asap’renah.
Zecher rav tuv’cha yabiu, v’tzidkat’cha y’raneinu.
Chanun v’rachum Adonai, erech apayim ug’dol chased.
Tov Adonai lakol, v’rachamav al kol ma-asav.
Yoducha Adonai kol ma-asecha, vachasidecha y’var’chuchah.
K’vod malchut’cha yomeiru, ug’vurat’cha y’dabeiru.
L’hodi-a livnei ha-adam g’vurotav, uch’vod hadar malchuto.
Malchut‘cha malchut kol olamim, umemshalt’cha b’chol dor vador.
Someich Adonai l’chol hanof’lim, v’zokeif l’chol hak’fufim.
Einei chol eilecha y’sabeiru, v’atah notein lahem et ach’lam b’ito.
Potei-ach et yadecha, umasbi-a l’chol chai ratzon.
Tzadik Adonai b’chol d’rachav, v’chasid b’chol ma-asav.
Karov Adonai l’chol kor’av, l’chol asher yikrauhu ve-emet.
R’tzon y’rei-av ya-aseh, v’et shavatam yishma v’yoshi-eim.
Shomeir Adonai et kol ohavav, v’eit kol har’shaim yashmid.
T’hilat Adonai y’daber pi, vivareich kol basar sheim kod’sho l’olam va-ed.
Va-anachnu n’vareich yah, mei-atah v’ad olam, hal’luyah.

Door Brian Shamash,
Bron: http://youtu.be/29w8qj8EnAE

Alleen God is heilig en de mens op aarde nog niet


Van de Kerk hebben wij het geestelijk leven ontvangen, dat wil zeggen; de genade van God stroomt in ons leven sinds het doopsel. Geestelijk leven gebeurt vanuit God doorheen de Kerk.

Je kunt dat vergelijken met het lichamelijke leven. Dat hebben we van onze ouders ontvangen. Door hun liefde zijn wij beginnen te leven in de moederschoot, en sinds de geboorte zijn wij zelfstandige mensen geworden.

In het algemeen gesproken, zoals ouders ook wel eens fouten maken, hoewel we uit hen voortkomen. Zo ook in de Kerk, de Gemeenschap van alle gedoopten wereldwijd… in het algemene priesterschap en in het sacramentele priesterschap; wij zijn nu nog niet heilig. En allen maken wij fouten.

Maar in de Hemel zijn we pas heilig; volledig opgenomen in Gods Genadeleven. Daar zullen we pas alles begrijpen. God zelf zal ons dan alles laten zien vanuit Zijn genade, liefde en warmte.

Alleen God is heilig en de mens op aarde nog niet; gelovig of ongelovig; priester of leek…