Easter Devotions for Busy People:
Spend 5 minutes a day during the 40 days of the Easter Season
leading up to Pentecost
Take 5 minutes each day during this season of Lent to reflect
upon your life and the life of our Lord.
Presented in this blog will be a wonderful podcast known as
THEOSIS, originally presented for Lent of 2006 by Fr. Seraphim Beshoner,
Catholic: Under the Hood presented by
SQPN. Each day during Lent a 5 to 7 minute episode will be made available
on an easy-to-use player with notes to go along with it. Each
episode ends with the prayer of St. Ephrem (see below).
Friday, a special
5 minute video
going through the Stations of the Cross
will be presented.
will be made available the player.
ABOUT THE DAILY PODCAST:
THEOSIS presents Lent from the Eastern/Byzantine point of view. There
are several Eastern Catholic Churches, among them the Melkites
and Maronites. I found this podcast to be life-changing and look
forward to listening to them again during this Lent with you.
You can leave comments regarding the podcast after the post. Click here to go directly to the podcast.
Let us become like Christ, since he became like us. Let us
become gods for his sake, since for our sakes he
became human. He
took upon himself the worst, so that he might give us the best.
He became poor that we, through his poverty, might become rich.
He became a slave so that we might regain our freedom. He
descended so that we might be exalted. He was tempted so that we
might be victorious. He was shamed so that he might glorify us.
He died so that he might save us. He ascended so that he might
draw us who were in the depths of sin up to himself. Let us give
and offer all to him who fully gave himself as a ransom and
redemption for us. For no one, understanding this Mystery, can
give anything but oneself and become for his sake all that he
became for ours. – Saint Gregory Nazianzen
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling out our death by death, and upon
those in the tombs, bestowing life. Amen.
readings of the day and meditations on them, visit
The Word Among
website. I start each day using this tool
to meditate and pray on the readings of the day. My
spiritual director clued me into this, informing me that it
was a good way to participate in the mass with the whole
Catholic community, even if I couldn't physically be
Click on the
"Meditations" link to get to the meditation and readings of
terrific resource is the USCCB website.
There you will find the daily readings in text and audio formats,
and you can watch a video meditation.
The Rosary was introduced to me through
the example of a brave and faith-filled young woman,
Marietta Tierney Waite, who, before dying of AIDS, returned
with vigor and zeal to Jesus and Mary. The rosary sustained
her and strengthened her through her immense sufferings. Her
story is told in "The Story in Her Eyes," found on my
to Love CD. The rosary is
the cornerstone of my prayer life and through it I have
found strength, faith, and many graces.
Chaplet of Divine
(best prayed at 3pm daily)
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
was given to Blessed Faustina
by Jesus in a vision and she
was instructed to teach this
prayer to the world as a most
effective means of praying for
the conversion of sinners.
Blessed Faustina is a key
example to me and her
writings have helped to
explain the meaning to
suffering to me, and
demonstrated the great love of
Jesus revealed through His
The Angel of the Lord declared unto
Mary and she conceived of His Spirit.
One Hail Mary
Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be
done to me according to Your Will.
One Hail Mary
The Word became flesh and dwelt
One Hail Mary
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your grace into our hearts, that we to
whom the incarnation of Christ, Your
Son, was made known by the message of
an angel, may, by His Passion and
Cross, be brought to the glory of His
resurrection. Through the same Christ,
our Lord. Amen.
Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, Oh Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come,
before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.
Novena to St. Therese of
Lisieux,The Little Flower
here to pray this novena for nine days, and St.
Therese will send you a rose to let you know that she heard
and interceded for you. St. Therese has heard countless
prayers from me and has been a tremendous source of comfort
for me in times of stress and trouble.
Don Stefano Gobbi's interior locutions
from the Blessed Virgin Mary are compiled in this book and
have touched my life in a profound way. The Blessed Virgin
is a pivitol figure in my spiritual development, molding me
in simplicity and humility (which I oftentimes don't live up
to) and teaching me how to pray through song. My music
ministry is consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. "Come Holy
Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved spouse."
This book is a remarkably
candid diary from Blessed
Faustina concerning her
messages from Jesus and her
extraordinary vision which
produced the painting of
Jesus, represented as the
Divine Mercy (see above).
Blessed Faustina has also had
a profound influence on my
life. When I read her diary,
I felt for the first time like
all the deepest secrets of my
soul had been put down on
paper for me to read, and I
felt understood. I found
reading her diary to be a
very prayerful experience.
years ago, my husband, Rich, decided to join the Melkite Catholic
Church. The Melkite Church is one of many Catholic churches which
are Eastern/Byzantine in their traditions. Icons, chant, language
pregant with meaning - all these things, and more, describe the
Eastern Church. It is a beautiful part of the Catholic Church, one
which Pope John Paul II referred to with his comment of allowing the
Church to breathe through "both lungs." Vatican II strongly
encouraged the Byzantine Churches to restore and practice their
ancient traditions. Their Divine Liturgy was written by St. John
Chrysostom (they also use one by St. Basil the Great on special
Here are my 3
favorite icons: from L to R, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (the name of
my husband's parish),
Rublev's Trinity, and Jesus as Teacher.
Glorious Choral Chant
I love chant from the
Orthodox Church and this chant in particular is from the Ukranian
Orthodox Church. It is very different and really makes me think of
for a sample from
Kiev Seminary Choir.
I have been developing a devotion to
Mother Teresa, particularly since I discovered writings
about her spiritual life.
I have a website
about Mother Teresa which, among other things, lists songs dedicated
to her - visit it
of Saint Ephrem is said three times
a day [except Saturdays and Sundays,
which are relaxed days] during the
time of Lent by the Eastern
of Saint Ephrem – O Lord
and Master of my life, Keep from me
the spirit of discouragement,
carelessness, covetousness, and vain
words. Grant me, Your servant, the
spirit of purity, humility,
patience, and love. May my Lord and
King grant that I might see my own
sins and not judge my brother and
sister, for You are blessed forever
and ever. Amen.
Of all the various observances of Lent
and Easter I have followed,
this website has offered the most meaningful reflections. It is
called Theosis and it is the Eastern, or Byzantine Rite of the
Catholic Church's version of Lent that is observed. This site
contains daily short podcasts with wonderful reflections, plus
prayers and other information, and videos on various icons. Please
visit at isidorescorner.com/theosis
Note that this podcast was made
2006. The start date for Lent of 2009 is the podcast of March 1st.
Join this forum (click on the
Register link in upper right hand corner - you'll need to scroll over to the
right) and then add your prayer requests.
Please share, too, answered prayers and blessings received because of this
forum. You are also welcome to write me at [email protected] and I will
post your prayer requests for you.