Monthly Archives: March 2010

Coming Together In Prayer…

On Friday, we will start the Divine Mercy Novena for our special intention of God’s mercy upon the legal proceedings against Rosario’s assailant.

History and information about the novena can be found here.

Each day has a specific prayer intention, to which we will be adding our special intention above.  You may visit the EWTN website for the daily prayers, and we will also be posting the prayers here on the blog.

Thank you for your continued support.

UPDATE: We would also ask that you add the Skorka family to our list of special intentions.  Their youngest son, Adam, who has a rare mitochondrial disease, was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma this week.  This is a very difficult time for the entire family and they are in much need of God’s mercy and comfort.

Please email me if you have any questions (ceciliamschwartz[at]gmail[dot]com).

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Holding Onto Hope

The last week of Lent is always full of trials and it is easy to lose hope.  But Easter is not off in the distance – it is at our doorstep.  There is still reason to hope!

The legal side of Rosario’s situation has been a looming source of anxiety from the beginning.  Now that the process is underway, those fears and anxieties are magnified.  Rosario faced one of her major fears at the preliminary hearing when she saw her assailant, but she still has many other concerns, particularly testifying at the trial.

There is another legal step – the pre-trial – that will be taking place in April, which means there is still hope that there will be a plea and the case will not go to trial.  This is where you come in, dearest prayer warriors.

Please pray for everyone involved, especially for the prosecutor that she will have wisdom and good judgment throughout this process.  Pray for the defense attorney that he will have wisdom in advising his client.  And pray for the defendant that she will claim responsibility for her actions so there will be no need for a trial.  Pray that Rosario will have peace throughout this next month of waiting.  Pray that she will have the strength to hold onto hope and that she will be rewarded in her faithfulness by not having to endure testifying at trial, which would be much more intense than the preliminary hearing.

Rosario is still in need of much healing, but some wounds can’t be healed until there is closure.  Please join your prayers with ours as we ask God to bring about that closure sooner rather than later and without going to trial!

Beginning next week Friday, you will have the opportunity to join us in the Divine Mercy Novena, which we will be praying for the intentions mentioned in this post and that God will have mercy on Rosario and on the defendant.  I’ll send more information on the novena in the coming days.

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

This is a powerful prayer that is dear to my heart. It was written by St. Patrick and it’s said that he prayed it every morning. I want to share it with you today as we celebrate St. Patrick’s day! St. Patrick, pray for us.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.



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From March 2: Face to Face

Today Rosario is flying to California for a preliminary hearing. There she will see her assailant face to face. On Thursday, Rosario will testify to the events which led to her being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, undergoing surgery for eight hours, repairing holes to her esophagus and lungs. Many months later she is still recovering, making slow but steady progress in body, mind, and spirit.

Rosario has some anxiety regarding all of this, testifying, seeing her assailant for the first time since that fateful, almost fatal day. She will not be alone. Her sisters, Cecilia and Angelica, are accompanying her. Friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord will be there for her. Of course we know that the Lord will be there for her as well, just as He was that day.

Yet, for all the defacto support, we still need prayers to get her over this hump. This is just a hump or a bump, but at times seems like a mountain to climb. Pray that Rosario’s testimony will bring out the truth of the events, pray that justice will be done, and pray that the Holy Spirit will give her courage and peace. It has been prayer from all of you that have brought her this far. The Lord God has honored that prayer.

Also, pray for her assailant and all those involved. That hearts and minds will be changed and conversions made. Pray that the hearing will not be delayed so as not to add to the anxiety and expense of the trip.

Pray for mom and dad as well. We can’t be there. We used up all our vacation, sick and personal time last summer following her admission and during recovery. It is difficult for us not to be there for her. But mostly, pray for Rosario.

Thank you all for your support.

As Rosario would say: “God is Sovereign”.

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