The Lord, Our Lady, and Some of My Favorite Saints

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I live in southern California, not far from the Pacific Ocean. The name "Blog by-the-Sea" derives its name from the seaside villages on the California coast.

The symbolism of the sea varies. It includes the concept of plunging into the unfathomable sea of the Godhead, and other spiritual meanings of the sea, as well as the literal fact of writing from the southern California coast. The symbolism comes from the legend about St. Augustine that is symbolized in the seashell on Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms, and also from the seashore parable in a letter of St. Paul of the Cross. If you click on the link for "The Sea" on the main page list of subjects, and go back to the earliest entries, you will find more about those themes.

The blog's categories also include other contemplative categories -- "The Dove" and "Living Water" -- that draw from the Scriptures, the writings of the saints, the writings of theologians, and sometimes my own thoughts and analysis. Those generally reflect my own meditations.

Other categories reflect my interest in Church history, current events, and Carmelite spirituality.

I have tried to organize the posts in this blog so that people searching for a particular topic can find it easily. If you do not immediately see what you are looking for, try selecting a category from the Categories list, and use the "find in this page" feature of your browser to search for words in a specific category.

Finally, if you can't find something, feel free to e-mail me. If I have it, I can probably find it for you.

Comments are open, and I read them. I may delete posts that are offensive, rude, or that I think are inappropriate to the purpose of the blog. However, I often approve comments by people who disagree with me. The fact that I allow a comment to be posted does not mean that I agree with it.

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Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

O Heavenly King, comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who art everywhere and fillest all things, the treasury of blessings and giver of life, come and abide in us. Cleanse us from all impurity, and of your goodness save our souls.

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile,
show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

St. Teresa of Jesus, That we may always remember to whom we are speaking when we pray, as we kneel in the presence of the Emperor of heaven and earth, who made us; that we may give ourselves to Him in simplicity and humility, and with complete determination to let Him rule over our lives as His Majesty on the throne in the center of our souls; pray for us.

St. Boniface, That all priests, missionaries, and the whole Church may run the course of our ministries, missions and apostolates without injury to our own souls in the midst of our tempestuous times, that we may go forward unspotted and enlightened toward the splendor of eternity, that the Lamb of God would keep us safe from harm with his sheltering right hand, keeping us from apostasy, and that God the Father may put blazing torches in our hands to enlighten all hearts to the Gospel of the glory of Christ, pray for us.

St. Edith Stein, That we may always humbly accept the truths of faith on the authority of God, asking of God more than individual truths, desiring God himself, all of him who is truth, not caring what others want to do to us because we do not belong to ourselves but to God, asking at His altar what He would have us do as our next duty, pray for us.

St. Catherine of Genoa, That we may lead God-dedicated lives “in the world,” as loyal and dedicated members of the Church, working diligently at the duties that we have to our occupations, to society, to families, and to everyone God brings into our lives; that we may always strive to do our best as unto the Lord, even if only a few other people – or indeed, even if only God – knows; and that we may always be aware of the love of God who will never stop doing us good, pray for us.

St. John of the Cross, That we may walk in faith in the ever-present light of Christ despite the darkness of our own finite senses, that we may bring love to every place where there is no love seeking God’s own infinite love as our reward, and may we see in all things the reflection of our Creator so that all that is beautiful may draw us toward Him, and see all people as God’s instruments for our perfection, so that all may be accepted as God’s will, nothing separating us from His love, pray for us.

Bl. Dionysius of the Nativity, that we might accept the cross that Christ would have us carry, keeping always a concern for people throughout the whole world, including those in distant lands who might wish to do us harm, praying and working always for the spread of the Gospel, and willing to accept what God might will even if it is the loss of our own lives, pray for us.