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I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
"I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life"
"I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life"
"I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life"
 
 
 


Reproduction of Jesus Christ from The Holy Shroud of Turin, considered the most exact image by experts in the scientific research field; painting by Ariel (Haroutin) Agemian; (1904-1963); http://shroudstory.com
 
From a treatise On the Ascent of the Mind to God by Saint Robert Bellarmine

Incline my heart to your decrees

Sweet Lord, You are meek and merciful. Who would not give himself wholeheartedly to Your service, if he began to taste even a little of Your fatherly rule?

What command, Lord, do You give Your servants? Take My yoke upon you, You say.

And what is this yoke of Yours like? My yoke, You say, is easy and My burden light.

Who would not be glad to bear a yoke that does not press hard but caresses?

Who would not be glad for a burden that does not weigh heavy but refreshes? And so You were right to add: And you will find rest for your souls.

And what is this yoke of Yours that does not weary, but gives rest?

It is, of course, that first and greatest commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.

What is easier, sweeter, more pleasant, than to love goodness, beauty and love, the fullness of which You are, O Lord, my God?



Is it not true that You promise those who keep Your commandments a reward more desirable than great wealth and sweeter than honey?

You promise a most abundant reward, for as Your apostle James says: The Lord has prepared a crown of life for those who love Him.

What is this crown of life? It is surely a greater good than we can conceive of or desire, as Saint Paul says, quoting Isaiah:

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Truly then the recompense is great for those who keep Your commandments.

That first and greatest commandment helps the man who obeys, not the God who commands.

In addition, the other commandments of God, perfect the man who obeys them.

They provide him with what he needs. They instruct and enlighten him and make him good and blessed.



 


Is it not true that You promise those who keep Your commandments a reward more desirable than great wealth and sweeter than honey?

You promise a most abundant reward, for as Your apostle James says: The Lord has prepared a crown of life for those who love Him.

What is this crown of life? It is surely a greater good than we can conceive of or desire, as Saint Paul says, quoting Isaiah:

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Truly then the recompense is great for those who keep Your commandments.

That first and greatest commandment helps the man who obeys, not the God who commands.

In addition, the other commandments of God, perfect the man who obeys them.

They provide him with what he needs. They instruct and enlighten him and make him good and blessed.

 
 

Moses receiving the Tablet of the Law by Joao Zeferino da Costa; 1868; http://commons.wikimedia.org


Is it not true that You promise those who keep Your commandments a reward more desirable than great wealth and sweeter than honey?

You promise a most abundant reward, for as Your apostle James says: The Lord has prepared a crown of life for those who love Him.

What is this crown of life? It is surely a greater good than we can conceive of or desire, as Saint Paul says, quoting Isaiah:

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Truly then the recompense is great for those who keep Your commandments.

That first and greatest commandment helps the man who obeys, not the God who commands.

In addition, the other commandments of God, perfect the man who obeys them.

They provide him with what he needs. They instruct and enlighten him and make him good and blessed.


 
 


Reproduction of Jesus Christ from The Holy Shroud of Turin, considered the most exact image by experts in the scientific research field; painting by Ariel (Haroutin) Agemian; (1904-1963); http://shroudstory.com
 
From a treatise On the Ascent of the Mind to God by Saint Robert Bellarmine

Incline my heart to your decrees

Sweet Lord, You are meek and merciful. Who would not give himself wholeheartedly to Your service, if he began to taste even a little of Your fatherly rule?

What command, Lord, do You give Your servants? Take My yoke upon you, You say.

And what is this yoke of Yours like? My yoke, You say, is easy and My burden light.

Who would not be glad to bear a yoke that does not press hard but caresses?

Who would not be glad for a burden that does not weigh heavy but refreshes? And so You were right to add: And you will find rest for your souls.

And what is this yoke of Yours that does not weary, but gives rest?

It is, of course, that first and greatest commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.

What is easier, sweeter, more pleasant, than to love goodness, beauty and love, the fullness of which You are, O Lord, my God?


 

Moses receiving the Tablet of the Law by Joao Zeferino da Costa; 1868; http://commons.wikimedia.org
 


Is it not true that You promise those who keep Your commandments a reward more desirable than great wealth and sweeter than honey?

You promise a most abundant reward, for as Your apostle James says: The Lord has prepared a crown of life for those who love Him.

What is this crown of life? It is surely a greater good than we can conceive of or desire, as Saint Paul says, quoting Isaiah:

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Truly then the recompense is great for those who keep Your commandments.

That first and greatest commandment helps the man who obeys, not the God who commands.

In addition, the other commandments of God, perfect the man who obeys them.

They provide him with what he needs. They instruct and enlighten him and make him good and blessed.



 
 
 


Saint Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit and Doctor of the Church, canonized June 29, 1930 by Pope Pius XI; commons.wikimedia.org
 
If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation.

This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. If you reach this goal, you will find happiness. If you fail to reach it, you will find misery.

May you consider truly good whatever leads to your goal and truly evil whatever makes you fall away from it.

Prosperity and adversity, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, honors and humiliations, life and death, in the mind of the wise man, are not to be sought for their own sake, nor avoided for their own sake.

But if they contribute to the glory of God and your eternal happiness, then they are good and should be sought. If they detract from this, they are evil and must be avoided.

From a treatise On the Ascent of the Mind to God by Saint Robert Bellarmine; (Ante exsilium, nn 1-3: PG 52, 427-430); www.liturgies.net
 
 
 
 
 
September 17 (New calendar) / May 13 (Traditional calendar) - " I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Saint John 14:6) - Saint Robert Bellarmine (b.1542-d.1621) - From a treastise On the Ascent of the Mind to God
 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
X
HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
X
DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.