Happy Anniversary, Pope Francis!

Viva il Papa! Ad Multos Annos!

Today is the third anniversary of the election of His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God. Long may he reign.

Cool Stuff: Russia and Rome Meet

So if you like keeping track of Church current events, today was quite a historic day.

For the first time in history, the Roman Pope met with the Orthodox Patriarch of Russia.

This is important because one of the things we must pray for as Catholics is unity among the Apostolic Churches. The Apostolic Churches all have real and valid Sacraments, and can all trace themselves back to the Apostles, but we are all separated from each other, due to unfortunate circumstances.

Russia is important because they are the largest of the Orthodox Churches, and therefore the 2nd largest of the Apostolic Churches.

While unity will probably not happen in my lifetime, I do sincerely hope for unity relatively soon. 2054 will mark 1000 years since the Great Schism.

1000 years of separation is too long, especially when Jesus himself commanded that “They may all be one.”

The Orthodox are the Eastern lung of the Church. We are the Western lung. For over 1000 years we were together expressing the truth in our own unique ways.

For over 1000 years we were the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

And so I urge us Latins to learn of our Eastern brethren. Experience the other Divine Liturgies that can trace themselves to Church Fathers and Apostles.

Learn the fullness of the faith and the many ancient ways it can be expressed.

Learn all of this so that one day, we may all be one.

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Litany for the Conversion of Internet Thugs

Taken from the very best, Father Z, of What Does the Prayer Really Say?, probably the best Catholic blog out there.

Litany for the conversion of internet thugs (2.0)
(For private use only, when truly irritated, and when the alternative is foul language.)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Lest internet thugs be eternally tormented by all the fiends of hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they pass eternity in utter despair, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they come to be damned for the harm they cause, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they roast forever in the deepest cinders of hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they suffer the unceasing pain of loss, convert them, O Lord.

Lest devils endlessly increase their physical agony, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils twist their bowels and boil their blood in hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils use them as toys and tools, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils forever gnaw upon their skulls, convert them, O Lord.

Lest the innocent be harmed by the sins of thugs, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent yield to thugs in weakness, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent be drawn into thuggish traps, convert them, O Lord.

From faceless Facebook admin drones, spare us O Lord.
From tweeting Twitter idiots, spare us O Lord.
From loony Wikipedia liars, spare us O Lord.
From from heart-hardened spammers, spare us O Lord.
From liberal nut-case smear-blogging hacks, spare us O Lord.
From thread-dominating combox trolls, spare us, O Lord.
From sophomoric drive-by commentators, spare us, O Lord.

From server memory resource difficulties, spare us O Lord.
From rss feed problems, spare us O Lord.
From DOS attacks, spare us O Lord.
From power outages and surges, spare us O Lord.
From viruses, trojan horses, and all manner of snares, Lord save us.
From wasting our time, Lord save us.
From our own stupidity, Lord save us.

St. Michael, defend us.
St. Gabriel, defend us.
Holy Guardian Angels, defend us.
St. Isidore of Seville, defend us.
St. Francis de Sales, defend us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, defend us.
All ye angels and saints….. GRRRRR.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Christ, Jesus who died for our sins.
R. Please return, and return swiftly.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who according to Thy ineffable plan hast called us into existence to do Thy will amid the vicissitudes and contagion of this world grant, we beseech Thee, both protection for Thy servants who use the tools of this digital age and confusion for evil-doers who abuse their neighbors and Thy gifts.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.