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Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Chaplet for Teachers

A Chaplet is a form of Christian prayer that uses prayer beads. This Chaplet uses the same prayer beads that are typically used for a five decade Rosary prayer.

This Chaplet is a personal devotion assembled and written by me (James McGuffee).

The creation of this Chaplet is inspired by Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Fratres Scholarum Christianarum).


While holding the Crucifix
"Let us remember that we are in the Holy presence of God."

Opening Beads
  • First Bead - Our Father 
  • Next 3 Beads
  1. Apostle's Creed
  2. Hail Mary
  3. Prayer to St. Joseph for Success in Work

For Each of the Five Decades
  • Reflect on the Blessings of Teaching
  • First Bead - Our Father
  • For each of the next ten beads
  • "Lord, the work is yours." OR "Domine, opus tuum."

  • Prayer to St. Joseph for Sanctification of Labour
  • "Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle, pray for us!"
  • "Live, Jesus, in our hearts! Forever!"

The Five Blessings of Teaching
  1. The Search for Truth
  2. Love of Learning
  3. The Gift of Our Students
  4. Mentoring Service
  5. Communion in Mission

Prayers Used in the Chaplet

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.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my many sins; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, prudence and patience, never surrendering to weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be my motto in life and death.

O God, the creator of all things, you framed the law of labour for the human race. Graciously grant, by the example and patronage of St. Joseph, that we may do the work You provide us and earn the reward You promise. Sustain us with Your grace to live up to our duties in charity and justice.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas (12/25/2012-01/05/2013)

Today (December 25, 2012) is just the FIRST day of Christmas.  To help keep you in the spirit, I'm including Christmas songs for you to listen and enjoy over the next week and a half.  


Celtic Women
    "The First Noel"

JJ Heller
"Wake Up the World"

David Crowder*Band
"Angels We Have Heard on High"

Elvis Presley
"O Come all Ye Faithful"

Tenth Avenue North
"Go Tell It On the Mountain"

Sidewalk Prophets
"Hope Was Born This Night"

Barenaked Ladies
"God Rest You Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings"

Jars of Clay
"Love Came Down at Christmas"

Harry Connick, Jr.
"I Pray on Christmas"

"Joy to the World"

The Concordia Choir
"Noel (an African Spiritual)"

Frank Sinatra
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Salvation from Sin

While reading the 51st Psalm (this weeks lectionary reading from the Psalms) I was struck with the idea that there is a real and important distinction between being saved from the punishment (or consequences) of sin and being saved from sin itself.

I grew up in a faith tradition that emphasized the existence of a real and literal hell that was waiting for unrepentant sinners in the afterlife.  So, the whole point of religion was to avoid hell.  This was done through the saving grace of Jesus.  Thus, Jesus was able to “save me” from hell.

Regardless of your theological belief on the existential reality of an afterlife, reducing the saving acts of Christ to such a simplistic “get out of hell free” pass seems to miss the point entirely.  In Psalm 51, David pleads for salvation from his SIN.  He asks to have the burden of living in sin be removed so that he may live with a clean heart and faithful spirit.

I’m reminded of the example of people in the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.  One of the steps that a person must undertake is to the best of their ability make amends for their actions.  They can’t and don’t try to escape the consequences of their alcoholism.  However, the point of AA isn’t simply to make amends, it is about making a complete change so that a person can live without being an active alcoholic.  By being faithful in the program a person remains alcohol-free and is saved from the power of addiction.

In a similar way each of us have some type of sin in our life that weighs us down or prevents us from being Christ-like to others.  Oh, to be saved from that sin so I am no longer hampered by it – that is the salvation that I long for.

Is this kind of salvation possible?  To me, this is the heart of the Christian message.  Jesus Christ by being completely faithful even in the face of real and deadly consequences shows us the way that sin can be overcome.  By his sacrificial acceptance of death on a cross and the subsequent hope provided by the resurrection he is my savior and Lord and in him is my salvation.