Free book for Lent

A free online version of this book is available here

The procession of the cross that begins and ends each celebration

of the Eucharist should help us to redefine our lives whenever we

witness it. As the Mass begins we join all of our crosses to the

cross of Christ, asking the Lord to have mercy upon us for our

inability to see. We listen to the Scriptures to once again learn

about all the necessary events of our lives, proclaim the Church’s

belief as our own, and give thanks to God as we offer the sacrifice that he has provided for us. We then receive the Living Godbefore the cross leads us back into the world!

Having received the life of Christ in us, we are better able toextend that love to others. I was reminded of this again a few years ago, when I met another family who also had an unplanned child. In the presence of the child they said what a gift they had

been given—like nothing they could have ever dreamed of asking

for, an incredible blessing. Their joy mirrored that of God the

Father, who could not contain himself in heaven when his Son

walked the earth. He opened up the heavens to exclaim, “This

is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew

3:17).

That same Son would experience horrible suffering at the

hands of cruel men. Assured of the love of the Father, he knew

that ultimately the Father would not let him down. When you

and I are finally convinced in the same way that God loves us,

we will welcome whatever comes our way in this life and see it

with a vision that others will marvel at. On that day we will say,

“Alleluia. Praised be God!”

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RCIA Resources

Michael DubruielThe How-To Book of the Mass is the only book that not only provides the who, what, where, when, and why of themost time-honored tradition of the Catholic Church but also the how.

In this complete guide you get:

  • step-by-step guidelines to walk you through the Mass
  • the Biblical roots of the various parts of the Mass and the very prayers themselves
  • helpful hints and insights from the Tradition of the Church
  • aids in overcoming distractions at Mass
  • ways to make every Mass a way to grow in your relationship with Jesus

If you want to learn what the Mass means to a truly Catholic life—and share this practice with others—you can’t be without The How-To Book of the Mass. Discover how to:

  • Bless yourself
  • Make the Sign of the Cross
  • Genuflect
  • Pray before Mass
  • Join in Singing the Opening Hymn
  • Be penitential
  • Listen to the Scriptures
  • Hear a Great Homily Everytime
  • Intercede for others
  • Be a Good Steward
  • Give Thanks to God
  • Give the Sign of Peace
  • Receive the Eucharist
  • Receive a Blessing
  • Evangelize Others
  • Get something Out of Every Mass You Attend

“Is this not the same movement as the Paschal meal of the risen Jesus with his disciples? Walking with them he explained the Scriptures to them; sitting with them at table ‘he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.”1347, Catechism of the Catholic Church

Find more about The How to Book of the Mass here.

Forgiveness and Mercy

Christians are to be forgiving and merciful; we are to live out the

unity Christ died to restore. In the early church, outsiders marveled

at the followers of Christ because of their love for one another.

Sadly, the unity that was the hallmark of the early Church

has been damaged, in some cases seemingly beyond repair. We

who are called to be “merciful” stand idly by while our brothers

and sisters in other parts of the world are offered up as scapegoats.

We who are to share the Good News huddle among our own,

contented to preach to the choir. The problem is this: Jesus died

for all, so that all might be saved. We who follow Our Lord must

live to accomplish his will.

As St. Peter points out, Jesus himself is our example. The

treatment that Jesus received on the cross was worse than most

of us can even imagine but his message of forgiveness did not

change. When Jesus rose from the dead, he did not declare a holy

war against those who had put him to death. Instead he proclaimed,

“Peace,” and sent his followers to the ends of the earth

to preach the gospel, teaching all to believe and trust in him.

The Power of the Cross  – available free at that link.

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Michael Dubruiel Interview

You can listen to an interview program with Michael Dubruiel about the first four chapters of his book, The Power of the Cross. The interview is with Kris McGregor of KVSS radio.

Episode 1 – The Preliminary Lenten Days –

Michael discusses:

Ash Wednesday – Eternal Life or Death?

Thursday – Jesus’ Invitation

Friday – How Much We Need Jesus

Saturday – A Matter of Life and Death

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You can find out more about The Power of the Cross here, including a free download of the book.

Michael Dubruiel’s Books

The procession of the cross that begins and ends each celebration

of the Eucharist should help us to redefine our lives whenever we

witness it. As the Mass begins we join all of our crosses to the

cross of Christ, asking the Lord to have mercy upon us for our

inability to see. We listen to the Scriptures to once again learn

about all the necessary events of our lives, proclaim the Church’s

belief as our own, and give thanks to God as we offer the sacri-

fice that he has provided for us. We then receive the Living God

before the cross leads us back into the world!

Having received the life of Christ in us, we are better able to

extend that love to others. I was reminded of this again a few

years ago, when I met another family who also had an unplanned

child. In the presence of the child they said what a gift they had

been given—like nothing they could have ever dreamed of asking

for, an incredible blessing. Their joy mirrored that of God the

Father, who could not contain himself in heaven when his Son

walked the earth. He opened up the heavens to exclaim, “This

is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew

3:17).

That same Son would experience horrible suffering at the

hands of cruel men. Assured of the love of the Father, he knew

that ultimately the Father would not let him down. When you

and I are finally convinced in the same way that God loves us,

we will welcome whatever comes our way in this life and see it

with a vision that others will marvel at. On that day we will say,

“Alleluia. Praised be God!”

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January 1 – Holy Day of Obligation

It’s a good day to start praying the rosary!

Michael Dubruiel conceived and put together the small hardbound book, Praying the Rosary.  Click on the cover for more information.

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The Gospels show that the gaze of Mary varied depending upon the circumstances of life. So it will be with us. Each time we pick up the holy beads to recite the Rosary, our gaze at the mystery of Christ will differ depending on where we find ourselves at that moment.

Thereafter Mary’s gaze, ever filled with adoration and wonder, would never leave him. At times it would be a questioning look, as in the episode of the finding in the Temple: “Son, why have you treated us so?” (Lk 2:48); it would always be a penetrating gaze, one capable of deeply understanding Jesus, even to the point of perceiving his hidden feelings and anticipating his decisions, as at Cana (cf. Jn 2:5). At other times it would be a look of sorrow, especially beneath the Cross, where her vision would still be that of mother giving birth, for Mary not only shared the passion and death of her Son, she also received the new son given to her in the beloved disciple (cf. Jn 19:26-27). On the morning of Easter hers would be a gaze radiant with the joy of the Resurrection, and finally, on the day of Pentecost, a gaze afire with the outpouring of the Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14) [Rosarium Virginis Mariae, no. 10].

Michael Dubruiel’s How to Book of the Mass

Perhaps you know someone who came back to Mass at Christmas and has some questions.  The How to Book of the Mass  by Michael Dubruiel would be a great gift for them.

Michael DubruielThe How-To Book of the Mass is the only book that not only provides the who, what, where, when, and why of themost time-honored tradition of the Catholic Church but also the how.

In this complete guide you get:

  • step-by-step guidelines to walk you through the Mass
  • the Biblical roots of the various parts of the Mass and the very prayers themselves
  • helpful hints and insights from the Tradition of the Church
  • aids in overcoming distractions at Mass
  • ways to make every Mass a way to grow in your relationship with Jesus

If you want to learn what the Mass means to a truly Catholic life—and share this practice with others—you can’t be without The How-To Book of the Mass. Discover how to:

  • Bless yourself
  • Make the Sign of the Cross
  • Genuflect
  • Pray before Mass
  • Join in Singing the Opening Hymn
  • Be penitential
  • Listen to the Scriptures
  • Hear a Great Homily Everytime
  • Intercede for others
  • Be a Good Steward
  • Give Thanks to God
  • Give the Sign of Peace
  • Receive the Eucharist
  • Receive a Blessing
  • Evangelize Others
  • Get something Out of Every Mass You Attend

“Is this not the same movement as the Paschal meal of the risen Jesus with his disciples? Walking with them he explained the Scriptures to them; sitting with them at table ‘he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.”1347, Catechism of the Catholic Church

Find more about The How to Book of the Mass here.

New Year’s Confession

Perhaps you are considering it.

For a brief, pointed and helpful guide,

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All of Michael Dubruiel’s books listed on Amazon.

The Power of the Cross free download and audio files.

The New Version of the Stations of the Cross link

Christian Meditation

Jesus tells a story about two dead men: one affluent, the other a

beggar. After living a life of luxury, the rich man finds himself suffering

in acute pain; he asks Abraham to send Lazarus (the poor

beggar) to get him a drink. Even in the afterlife, the rich man

thinks that Lazarus should be waiting on him!

Abraham points out the barrier that prevented Lazarus from

doing the rich man’s bidding in the afterlife. Of course, no such

barrier exists among the living. The justice of Lazarus’s reward in

the afterlife also points to the fact that it is no one’s lot to be a beggar

in this life; the surplus of some, as Pope John Paul II has often

preached, belongs to those in need. While he was alive, the rich

man had it within his means to relieve the suffering of Lazarus, but

he did nothing. In the mind of the rich man, Lazarus was exactly

what God wanted him to be—a beggar. In the next life, the tables

were turned: Lazarus was rewarded, and the rich man suffered.

It is a simple message, one that we have heard many times.

It also has a touch of irony: In the story, the rich man begs Abraham

to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn the rich man’s

brothers. Abraham predicts that they still wouldn’t believe.

Notice the reaction of the crowd when Jesus raises Lazarus from

the dead: “So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to

death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going

away and believing in Jesus,” (John 12:10–11).

Jesus sent his disciples out to heal, to liberate, and to invite

others into the kingdom of God. As a follower of Christ, what

am I doing for those Jesus sends to me?

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Christmas Eve Meditation

O LORD AND RULER of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: COME, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

The name of God was so sacred and reverred that it was only spoken by the High Priest and then only once a year. Whenever God was referred to in Scripture His name would not be written but rather “Adonai” the Hebrew word that we translate Lord, in Greek it would be “Kyrios”. In this reverential “O Antiphon” we have a plea for the Lord to come and save us, the mention of Moses who mediated the redemption of the Jewish tribes from slavery and in the midst of battle won the day as long as he could keep his arms outstretched points to the Lord who will come and redeem us with arms

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outstretch from the battle that humanity faces both from evil and death.

Redemption, I wonder how much that enters our mind this final week before we celebrate Christmas? A year ago, shortly after Christmas thousands of people were swept to sea to their deaths by a tsunami. Later in the year thousands have died here in our own country from the effects of deadly hurricanes that struck along the Gulf coast. Not to mention the millions who will not celebrate Christmas this year, whose lives ended from any variety of causes including the unnatural one of sin that infects all of creation, that we call original sin.

The “one thing necessary”–that perfect gift–won’t be lying under the Christmas tree next Sunday. But the name of the day gives you a clue where you and I can find the Divine medicine offered in response to our prayer today–we will find Him with Mary His Mother and St. Joseph (who’s representations stand sentinel in many Catholic Churches on either side of the altar)at Christ’s Mass. Every day can be Christmas–

O Lord, Come!

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One of the most popular posts on this blog continues to be the one regarding the  Blessing of your home with the Epiphany Inscription Over the Doorway of your home, from Father Mark:

The letters have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. They also abbreviate the Latin words “Christus mansionem benedicat.” “May Christ bless the house.” The letters recall the day on which the inscription is made, as well as the purpose of blessing.The crosses represent the protection of the Precious Blood of Christ, whom we invoke, and the holiness of the Three Magi sanctified by their adoration of the Infant Christ. The inscription is made above the front door, so that all who enter and depart this year may enjoy God’s blessing. The month of January still bears the name of the Roman god Janus, the doorkeeper of heaven and protector of the beginning and end of things. This blessing “christens” the ancient Roman observance of the first month. The inscription is made of chalk, a product of clay, which recalls the human nature taken by the Adorable and Eternal Word of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

To bless your home this Epiphany, read the Prologue of Saint John’s Gospel, followed by the Our Father, and the Collect of the Epiphany; then write the inscription for this year above your front door with blessed chalk.

For more books by Michael Dubruiel about prayer and the Mass, go here. 

For a free e-book download of The Power of the Cross by Michael Dubruiel, go here. 

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