Lorica (breastplate) of Saint Patrick

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

St. Patrick (ca. 377)

Did anyone else even know this whole thing existed? Is everyone inundated with St. Patrick’s Day messages and totally over them? Is anyone even still reading this? Please don’t pinch me, my blog is wearing green.

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Story of a Soul – Read this book!

Today is a very special day, it is a day to remember Saint Therese of Lisieux.

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For a brief introduction, watch the video below – Father Martin can explain it much better than I!

there is much to say about her and the simple and humble life she led, but I have to tell you how much she has become like a friend to me. Her spiritual autobiography Story of  Soul is the result of her older sister’s wish for her to write about her spiritual journey with Jesus. I think I have read it about 3 or 4 times from beginning to end, and it just fills me with so much joy and enthusiasm for loving Jesus that it could only be filled with the Holy Spirit.

How lovingly she speaks of her savior. Where some Saints’ autobiographies incense in me a  helpless feeling that I couldn’t attain to such holiness, For some reason Saint Therese speaks to me in volumes. Not that it is her, but of course it is God who speaks through her.

If anyone has an itch to read something fulfilling and absolutely dripping with scripture, you won’t be disappointed with Story of  Soul. It is sweet, tender, honest, and completely God-honoring.

Free Kindle edition: http://www.amazon.com/Story-Soul-LHistoire-dune-ebook/dp/B002RKSMC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380647303&sr=8-1&keywords=story+of+a+soul

It is also on the public domain, or at any bookstore / amazon.