Michigan ~ Day 23

Hmm… I had no trouble sleeping in today. As promised, today is an Audrey Assad day.

It is currently 1630, and I am sitting in the cafe. I went upstairs to take my shower at about 0915. Tim was there in his Sunday best, about to head out to church as well.

Breakfast was sourdough toast with butter, sauteed kale/swiss chard with oyster sauce, and sardines. I stopped by Sharon’s to load some laundry, and then headed to Mass. Father exhorted us to search for and recognize the Lord’s presence in our challenges and tragedies. It was much needed.

I went to the internet cafe for a little bit for a soy chai latte, but it was crowded, so I went back to the farm for lunch and to put my laundry in the dryer.

Mother messaged me on google to ask if I was online, and that turned out to be a good thing even though I didn’t have time to talk, because I’d completely forgotten that I was leaving for Holy Hour… She messaged me at 1443, so it was perfect timing.

Holy Hour began with O Salutaris, then some quiet time during which I was able to pray the first half of my rosary. At some point, we prayed the Liturgy of the Hours. The antiphon was, “What better can e we do than take refuge in the Lord! His love will never fail, alleluia,” and the reading was Galatians 6:7 – 8.

We continued with the Litany for Liberty, which I’d like to share:

Chris the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition,
seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness, and all that holds us back
from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.
As Chris is our great model for that inner freedom, which enables us to do the right,
Let us turn to him with confidence
that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, victor over sin and death…
Jesus, source of light and hope…
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery…
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts…
Jesus, healer of body and soul…
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice…
Jesus, who humbles the heart and mind…
Jesus, release of captives…
Jesus, voice against violence…
Jesus, courage for the lowly and downtrodden…
Jesus, origin of all authority and power…
Jesus, true lawgiver…
Jesus, unity of order and passion…
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit…
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.

For the freedom to love…
For the freedom to believe…
For the freedom to hope…
For the freedom to worship…
For the freedom to serve in charity…
For the freedom to care for the suffering…
For the freedom to comfort the sick…
For the freedom to feed the hungry…
For the freedom to shelter the homeless…
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel…
For the freedom to walk in chastity…
For the freedom to live in peace…
For the freedom to work in good conscience…
For the freedom to stand in solidarity…
For the freedom to seek justice…
For the freedom to reject sin…
For the freedom to reject coercion…
For the freedom to reject falsehood…
For the freedom to reject evil temptations…
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace.

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.

We proceeded with Benediction, and prayed A Prayer For Our Nation by Bishop Hebda:

Loving Father,

Your Living word reminds us
that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”
and today that truth resonates in the depths of our hearts.

In these challenging times,
we implore You to guide these United States of America, a nation born
“with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”

Help us always to be faithful to our pledge to be one nation under God,
to cherish the freedoms that You have inscribed on our hearts,
recognizing them indeed as the “blessings of liberty.”

Strengthen us as we strive to give joyful witness
to the truth that each human life is sacred and a gift from You.
Endow those who serve us in government with wisdom and integrity
and a deep appreciation of conscience as Your voice within us.
Help them to be faithful to our roots as a nation and to overcome
the pressure to become collaborators in the culture of death.

In Your love for this land, protect our freedom to live out our faith
and to follow the kindly light of conscience,
as echoed faithfully in the teachings of the Church.

Through the maternal intercession of our diocesan Patroness,
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
may our hearts be moved only by the gentle whisper of Your voice and may our consciences be ever open to truth and sensitive to justice.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

I read something at breakfast this morning in Brede that I want to share with you all sometime… I don’t currently have Brede with me, so that will have to wait until tomorrow’s post. I’m also working on a short video blog of the intern cabin so that ya’ll can see how it currently stands, unfinished in places as it is.

Well, I’m going to head back to the cabin, which is sans internet, and see what the plan is with regards to dinner tonight. As far as I know, Jill, Josie, Chris, Kelly, Ben, and I are going to the Legs Inn for dinner… Peace out!

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