Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Proper Response to Paris Attacks

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to Thy Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: "Praise be to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever." Amen.


  1. At last! A posting in the aftermath of the bloodbath that gets to the heart of the matter--the only solution is that every soul on earth embrace the Way, the Truth, the Life. Have mercy on us Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

  2. Thank you for this reminder - of what is the most important thing in all this distraction. Here is another prayer, sorry I can't trace where I found it - if I find it I'll let you know the link. This was prayed at the gates of Vienna when Islam was defeated. The language used is plain and sounds harsh but it is truthful.

    “O Lord God of Hosts, Behold us prostrate at the feet of your Majesty, to obtain forgiveness for our sins. Well do we know how we have deserved that the infidels take up arms to oppress us, because the iniquities committed by us every day against your goodness have justly provoked your wrath. O great God, from the depth of our hearts we ask you to forgive us; we execrate sin because you abhor it; it pains us that we have often angered your supreme goodness.

    "For love of you we would rather die a thousand times than commit the
    least act to displease you. Come to our aid, O Lord, with your grace,
    and let not your servants break the pact which we have made with you
    alone. Have pity upon us, have pity on your Church, which the fury and
    strength of the infidels are even now preparing to oppress. Even if it is by our own fault
    that they have broken in on the serenity of these Christian countries,
    and even if all the ills coming upon us are none other than the consequence of our own wickedness,
    still be propitious towards us, O God of all goodness, and despise not
    the work of your own hands. Remember how, to save us from the slavery of
    Satan, you shed all of your Precious Blood.

    “Will you allow it to be trodden underfoot by these dogs? Can it be that you will permit the
    precious pearl of the faith, which you sought out with such zeal and
    rescued with so much suffering, to be thrown to these swine to be
    trampled on? Forget not, O Lord, that if you allow the infidels to
    prevail over us, they will blaspheme your holy Name and mock your power,
    crying out a thousand times, “Where is their God, the God who was
    powerless to save them from our hands?” Let it not be held against you, O
    Lord, that you gave way to the fury of the wolves, just when we were
    calling upon you in our misery and anguish. Great God of battles, come
    to our aid! If you favour our cause, the armies of the infidels cannot
    harm us. Scatter these people that have wanted war! For our part, we ask
    no more than to be at peace with you, with ourselves and with our neighbour . . .”


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