Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saint Angela Merici - Doing Something New

My paternal grandparents grew up in southeast Missouri in the decades before Great Depression (my grandfather in St. Francois County and my grandmother in Iron County). Although I don't know anything about my grandfather's early education, my grandmother was always proud that she and her siblings had been educated by the Ursuline Sisters "of the Roman Union" at the Ursuline Academy in their hometown of Arcadia.

When I was a child, I had a chance to visit the old academy with my grandparents and Great-aunt Helen. I remember meeting a few of the sisters who were still in residence, working in the preschool - all that remained of the once thriving boarding and day school.  Along with the old spring house and the Lourdes grotto, I also got to see the remarkably grand St. Joseph's Chapel in which my grandparents had been married in 1946.

It would be nearly two decades before my experience of the Ursulines grew beyond those childhood impressions. In my years as a religious, I had the opportunity to make a retreat at the motherhouse of the Ursuline Sisters of Mt. Saint Joseph and to work with some of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. I appreciate their work and the prophetic stance they've taken in many areas, especially with regard to women's issues and the rights of children. I also recognize that I, personally, owe a debt of gratitude to those sisters serving in Arcadia who, generations ago, formed my grandmother in the Catholic Faith.

Saint Angela Merici, the founder of the Ursulines and whose commemoration is celebrated on January 27, was born in 1470 in the Lombardy region of Italy. A member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, she brought together a group of women who established a sort of "support group" for unmarried girls in their neighborhood. This eventually led to the creation of a school and Angela was invited to do the same work in the city of Brescia. She came to recognize that God was calling her to care for poor girls. Her charitable works became widely known and she had the support of many of Brescia's influential citizens.

Angela recognized that non-aristocratic women, especially those who were unmarried, had practically no options for their lives. Their lack of education and inability to support themselves forced such women to become servants, prostitutes, or beggars. The most recent edition of Butler's Lives of the Saints praises her work, significantly noting that "she was not providing a refuge for women who had failed to find husbands, but asserting the original dignity of all women in a primary relationship to Christ." The young women she brought together formed what would eventually become a new religious community under the patronage of Saint Ursula, a virgin and martyr who was honored as the leader of a group young women who died for their faith in the fourth  or fifth century. The "Company of Saint Ursula" was one of the first communities of teaching sisters in the Church and broke with many of the conventions of religious life: the members had no formal enclosure or convents (early members lived with their families) and they had no religious habit.

Less than five years after establishing the "Company," Angela Merici died in Brescia on January 27, 1540. She was canonized in 1807 and has come to be honored as one of the patrons of those with physical disabilities.

Over the past several days I've been reading Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel"), in which Pope Francis wrote:
Jesus [can break] through the dull categories with which we would enclose him and he constantly amazes us by his divine creativity. Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meanings for today's world. Every form of authentic evangelization is always "new." (from paragraph 11)
These words seem especially significant as we remember this holy and courageous woman. Saint Angela Merici was one of those graced souls in the Church's history who dared to do something new. Although she had her critics (including those noble families who had once supported her became suspicious of her and feared she'd "steal away" their marriageable daughters), she saw that in order to fulfill her vocation she had to set out on new paths. For this reason, she seems an especially important witness for us today, particularly as we become more aware of how widespread human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children really is.

May Saint Angela Merici continue to inspire her spiritual daughters--and each of us--to be open to God's call and to seek out new ways of serving those who most need love: “Act, move, believe, strive, hope, cry out to Him with all your heart, For without doubt you will see marvelous things, if you direct everything to the praise and glory of his Majesty and the good of souls” (Saint Angela Merici).

A prayer in honor of Saint Angela Merici +
Gracious God, following the example of Angela Merici, we ask that you enlighten, direct, and teach us what we must do for love of you and for your people. Bless us as we walk ahead for whatever you call us this day and everyday. Amen.
(from the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland)


Monday, January 19, 2015

Saint Joseph Vaz-Persevering in Gospel Paths

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But the Apostles went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.—Mark 16:19-20

Since his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has, of course, continued the millennia-old tradition of popes canonizing saints. However, he has broken with tradition by waiving the requisite second miracle for some of these holy women and men. As he observed in his recent flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines (on January 15), he specifically chose to move forward with the canonization of some of these saints because of their work as evangelizers. These specially chosen saints include the Counter-Reformation era Jesuit Peter Faber, the Brazilian missionary José de Anchieta, Ursuline Sister Marie of theIncarnation and the bishop François de Montmorency-Laval, who could be honored as the founders of the Catholic Church in Canada. Reflecting on these new saints, Pope Francis explained, “These are people who did a lot of evangelization and who are in line with the spirituality and theology of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’, that is the reason why I chose them.” The day before, on January 14, Pope Francis added another name to this unique list: Joseph Vaz, the “Apostle of Sri Lanka.”
Joseph was born in Goa, India, in 1651. The child of devout parents of a prominent family, he was eventually sent to study at the Jesuit College of St. Paul, in Goa, where he received degrees in both theology and philosophy. Ordained to the priesthood in 1676, he began living among the poor and acquired a reputation as a popular preacher and confessor. He soon opened a Latin school in Sancoale for prospective seminarians and began to feel drawn to serve as a missionary to the small underground Catholic community in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon).

Unable to receive the needed permission from his superiors, Joseph was sent to serve the small Christian community of India’s Canara region. Returning to Goa in 1685, he joined the Congregation of the Oratory (the “Oratorians”) and, finally, in 1686, he began his mission to the Catholics of Sri Lanka, then suffering persecution at the hands of the Dutch (Protestant) colonial authorities.  

Father Vaz conducted a clandestine ministry, working in disguise as he traveled from village to village, preaching and celebrating Mass. After spending time in a colonial prison because of his missionary work, he was eventually joined by other Oratorian priests who built upon the strong foundation laid by Father Vaz. 

Revered by Catholics and Protestants alike for his tireless works of charity, wisdom, and holiness, Joseph Vaz died at Kandy, Sri Lanka, on January 16, 1711. His commemoration is celebrated on January 16.

In his homily at the canonization of Saint Joseph Vaz, Pope Franics reminded us: “In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God’s goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But we also see in him a challenge to persevere in the paths of the Gospel, to grow in holiness ourselves, and to testify to the Gospel message of reconciliation to which he dedicated his life.” This challenge isn’t just the responsibility of select groups within the Church. Each of us is called to do our part to help make the message of God’s love known in our small corner of the world: within our relationships and families, in our schools and workplaces, and, of course, within our church communities. This week, pray for the grace to recognize opportunities to share the Good News of your faith and ask God to bless and protect those missionaries—like Saint Joseph Vaz—who have dedicated their lives to proclaiming the Gospel at home and abroad. 

Thought for the Week: “Humanity is loved by God! This very simple yet profound proclamation is owed to humanity by the Church. Each Christian's words and life must make this proclamation resound: God loves you, Christ came for you, Christ is for you ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’ (John 14:6)!”—Saint John Paul II in Christifedeles laici

A Prayer in Honor of Saint Joseph Vaz +
O God, who gave increase to your Church through the zeal for religion and apostolic labors of Saint Joseph Vaz, grant, through his intercession, that she may always receive new growth in faith and in holiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Pastors-for Missionaries [2])

Originally written for Mayslake Ministries and published on their website the week of January 18, 2015.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys - "Mother of the Colony"

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”—Matthew 19:14

Born at Troyes, France, in 1620, Marguerite was twenty years old when she felt the call to consecrate herself to the service of God. Having joined a group of pious women dedicated to good works, she immigrated to the settlement at Montreal, Canada, in 1652, to tutor the children of the French garrison.

In 1655, Marguerite rallied the people of Montreal to help her construct a chapel that would serve as a place of prayer and pilgrimage outside of the settlement; the stone chapel of Notre-Dame-de Bon-Secours was finally completed twenty years later. To help the children of the colony, Marguerite opened a school in a converted stable in 1658. Here she began teaching the basics of the faith, as well as the rudimentaries of reading and math; older girls were trained in household skills that would enable them to be successful wives and mothers. Her small school began a system of education and service that soon extended across the whole region, gaining Marguerite the title “Mother of the Colony” and “Co-foundress of the Church in Canada.”
Marguerite’s vision and personal holiness attracted other women (from both France and from among the Canadian settlers) who wished to follow her life of prayer, poverty, and service. This soon led to the formation of the Congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame of Montreal, which received canonical approval from the bishop of Quebec, Saint François Laval, in 1676. Mission-schools were also established to serve the Native American communities around Montreal and two Iroquois women sought entrance into the young congregation in 1679.  

Having dedicated the remainder of her life to governing her community and working to secure its rights, Marguerite died in 1700. Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized in 1982, becoming the first Canadian saint. The commemoration of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys is celebrated on January 12.

Marguerite Bourgeoys was a pioneer woman of the New World who dedicated her life to the education of children. Her sole motivation was to form these children, especially young women, in a life of discipleship. Her non-traditional approach to religious life brought her into conflict with Church and government officials, but she was undeterred, confident that she was doing God’s work. C.W. Colby, an historian and biographer would later write, “when the biographer has finished his sketch of… Marguerite Bourgeoys, he had best remain content with his plain narrative. Women like [her] do not ask for eulogy. Their best praise is the record of their deeds, written without comment in the impressive simplicity of truth.”

As we enter the first span of the Season of Ordinary Time, the life and witness of Saint Marguerite stands out as a powerful example of what Pope Francis intends when he encourages every believer to go to the “peripheries” and to seek out new mission fields: “An authentic faith—which is never comfortable or completely personal—always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it" (The Joy of the Gospel, 183). How is God inviting you to live out your faith in these “ordinary” days in extra-ordinary ways?

Shrine of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys
in Montreal's Basilica of Notre Dame
A Prayer in Honor of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys +
Lord God, you teach us that the commandments of heaven are summarized in love of you and love of our neighbor. By following the example of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys in practicing works of charity may we be counted among the blessed in your kingdom.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Liturgy of the Hours: Common of Those Who Worked With the Underpriveleged)

This reflection was originally written for Mayslake Ministries and posted on their website on January 12, 2015.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy to Share My New Book - "Moving Beyond Doubt"

I'm happy to share that my most recent book, "Moving Beyond Doubt," has been released by Abbey Press Publications.

This book, which is part of Abbey Press's new series called "Focus on Faith," explores how faith can enable us to move beyond our feelings of doubt about God, others, and ourselves to a place of peace and joy. It was a joy to work on this book, which is divided into brief affirmations, quotations, and questions/points for reflection.

To learn more about "Moving Beyond Doubt," click here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Saint André Bessette - Saint Joseph's Friend

You who fear the Lord trust him,
And your reward will not be lost.
You who fear the Lord, hope for good things,
For lasting joy and mercy.
You who fear the Lord, love him,
And your hearts will be enlightened.
— Sirach 2:8-10

In these final days of the Christmas Season, there are a handful of “American” Saints that we are celebrating: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (on January 4), St. John Neumann (on January 5), and St. André Bessette (on January 6 in the United States and January 7 in Canada).

“It is with the smallest brushes that the Artist
paints the best paintings.”—Saint André Bessette
Born in Saint-Grégoire d’Iberville, Canada, in 1845, “Brother André” was orphaned at the age of twelve. Unable to attend school, he was forced to support himself and worked as an unskilled laborer in various textile mills in New England. 

In 1867, André returned to Canada and entered the Congregation of Holy Cross as a lay brother. Known for his generosity and credited with many miracles, especially benefiting the sick and poor, he was popularly referred to as the “Miracle Man of Montreal.” He was always quick to attribute his miracles to the intercession of St. Joseph, to whom he had a strong devotion.
In 1904, he began the work for which he is most especially remembered: the construction of a shrine in honor of St. Joseph. Over the decades, this simple wooden structure would evolve into the great Basilica of St. Joseph on Mont-Royal.

Brother André died on January 6, 1937. Shortly before his death, his religious brothers carried him into the still unfinished shrine that he had dedicated his life to building. Today, his remains are enshrined in the basilica dedicated to his beloved St. Joseph. He was canonized in 2010.

In these final days of the Christmas Season, we can continue our reflection on the Incarnation by remembering the life shared by the Holy Family, including the work of St. Joseph, which provided for the needs of Mary and her Child. And, as we think about St. André and his incredible devotion to that humble and righteous man from Nazareth, we can give thanks for many little miracles we experience each day.

Many who only saw Brother André in passing would have seen a small, simple religious brother, without realizing the wonder that he was. It was much the same for St. Joseph whose life of work and prayer were the inspiration for everything that St. André did in his own life, which was itself a miracle of perseverance and faithfulness.

This week, offer a prayer for those hidden saints who live and work all around us. Pray, too, for religious brothers, whose lives of service as teachers, healthcare and social workers, champions of the poor, missionaries, and tradesmen go largely unnoticed. 

A Prayer in honor of Saint André Bessette +
Lord our God, friend of the lowly, who gave your servant, Saint André Bessette, a great devotion to Saint Joseph and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted, help us through his intercession to follow his example of prayer and love and so come to share with him in your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)

Originally written for Mayslake Ministries and posted on their website on January 5, 2015.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Epiphany: From Darkness to Light

In his novel, Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh tells the story of Charles Ryder and the Marchmain family. Near the end of the novel, Ryder has an awakening, an epiphany, as he watches the final act of faith of a man he presumed shared his ambivalence toward Catholicism. Despite himself, Ryder “felt the longing for a sign…the hand moved slowly down his breast, then to his shoulder, and Lord Marchmain made the Sign of the Cross. Then I knew the sign I had asked for was not a little thing, not a passing nod of recognition, and a phrase came back to me from my childhood of the veil of the temple being rent from top to bottom.”

In the ancient world, an epiphaneia was a visible manifestation of a god or the solemn visit of a secular ruler to the cities of his realm. Today’s celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord brings together the quiet realizations of a Charles Ryder with the grandeur of a king’s visit. In this liturgy, we are not passively remembering the journey of the Magi—Epiphany is a dynamic feast celebrating the redemption that has been won for us through the Incarnation of Christ.

The Adoration of the Magi
from the Beuronese murals in the
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
at Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri.

While the visit of the Magi is an unmistakable sign that the salvation offered by the newborn King is for all times and peoples, monastic writers through the ages came to understand the Magi’s journey as a metaphor for conversion. Listening to the voice of the Lord, we move from the darkness of doubt and sin, entering into the light and freedom of the children of God (cf. Isaiah 60:1-6). As Saint Bruno of Segni wrote, “We offer the Lord gold when we shine in his sight with the light of heavenly wisdom. We offer him frankincense when we send up pure prayer before him, and myrrh when, mortifying our flesh with its vices and passions by self-control, we carry the cross behind Jesus” (Sermon 1 on the Epiphany).

The star that guided the Magi still shines in the Gospel, which continues to guide us along our pilgrim way. The Church, and every person of faith, has been entrusted with that same light and we are called to carry that light into the dark places of the world in our prayer, words, and acts of charity. As Pope Benedict  XVI reflected, “How important it is that we Christians are faithful to our vocation! Every authentic believer is always travelling his own personal itinerary of faith, and at the same time, with the little light that he carries within himself, can and must be a help to those alongside him, and even help the one for whom finding the way that leads to Christ is difficult” (Angelus, January 6, 2008).
A Prayer for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord +
O God, who on this day
revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations
by the guidance of a star,
grant in your mercy
that we, who know you already by faith,
may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal) 

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Holy Name of Jesus: What's In a Name?

At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:10-11

Buried deep within the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in the fourth part—“Christian Prayer”—are three brief paragraphs that teach us something fundamental about prayer:
2664: There is no other way of Christian prayer than Christ. Whether our prayer is communal or personal, vocal or interior, it has access to the Father only if we pray "in the name" of Jesus. The sacred humanity of Jesus is therefore the way by which the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray to God our Father.
2665: The prayer of the Church, nourished by the Word of God and the celebration of the liturgy, teaches us to pray to the Lord Jesus. Even though her prayer is addressed above all to the Father, it includes in all the liturgical traditions forms of prayer addressed to Christ. Certain psalms, given their use in the Prayer of the Church, and the New Testament place on our lips and engrave in our hearts prayer to Christ in the form of invocations: Son of God, Word of God, Lord, Savior, Lamb of God, King, Beloved Son, Son of the Virgin, Good Shepherd, our Life, our Light, our Hope, our Resurrection, Friend of mankind. . . .
2666: But the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in his incarnation: JESUS. The divine name may not be spoken by human lips, but by assuming our humanity The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it: "Jesus," "YHWH saves" (cf. Exodus 3:14; 33:19-23; Matthew 1:21). The name "Jesus" contains all: God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation. To pray "Jesus" is to invoke him and to call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him (cf. Romans 10:13).
The Commemoration of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which Catholics celebrate on January 3 and which many Protestant Christians commemorate on January 1, is a relatively late addition to the Church’s calendar. This celebration, which was seen as a duplicate celebration of the Octave Day of Christmas, was even removed from the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar for more than thirty years following the reforms of Vatican II; Saint John Paul II restored the commemorations of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and the Most Holy Name of Mary (September 12) in the new edition of the Roman Missal in 2002 

Although it is appropriately called a “devotional feast,” this commemoration of the Most Holy Name of Jesus is also very much a Christmas celebration (after all, we are still in the Christmas Season.)
As the bold text quoted above points out, in the name of Jesus, we are empowered to call upon God (YHWH—whose name it was forbidden for the People of Israel to speak) in a new and intimate way. This reminds us that in the Incarnation, God became fully human and, as Saint Leo the Great Observed, allowed human beings to become like God (from De Incarnatione 54:3). In the birth of Jesus, Heaven touched earth and humanity was forever transformed. Saint John Paul II celebrated this when he reflected: “It is his name above all that unites us in one household of faith, hope, and love. It is the name of Jesus that transcends every division and heals every antagonism within the human family” (from the visit to the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Los Angeles, California, September 15, 1987).  

The monogram of the Name of Jesus was created by Saint Bernardine of Siena,
a saint remembered for his devotion to the Holy Name:
Iesus Hominum Salvator - Jesus, Savor of Humankind.
Image from the Church of the Gesù,
the mother church of the Society of Jesus.

As we continue our journey through the Christmas Season, take some time to reflect on the gift that we have been given in the Incarnation of Christ symbolized by the name of Jesus:
The name of Jesus, like the Word of God that he is, is a two-edged sword (cf. Hebrews 4:12). It is a name that means salvation and life; it is a name that means a struggle and a cross, just as it did for him. But it is also the name in which we find strength to proclaim and live the truth of the Gospel: not with arrogance, but with confident joy; not with self-righteousness, but with humble repentance before God; never with enmity, and always with charity… the name of Jesus is your life and your salvation. It is your pride and joy, and the pride and joy of your families and your parishes. In this name you find strength for your weaknesses and energy for daily Christian living. In your struggle against evil and the Evil One, and in your striving for holiness, the name of Jesus is the source of your hope, because in the name of Jesus you are invincible!—St. John Paul II

Prayer for the Commemoration of the Most Holy Name of Jesus +
Lord God,
you gave the name of Jesus to your eternal Word,
born of your handmaid, the Virgin Mary.
Open our minds and hearts to receive in our own day
the word you speak to us in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Supplement to the Divine Office for the Society of Jesus)



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

On this New Year's Day, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the World Day of Peace, I want to share with you these wonderful words from Henri Nouwen's Behold the Beauty of the Lord:

The icon of the Virgin of Vladmir has gradually become for me a strong yet gentle invitation to leave the compulsive and divisive milieu of the world, and to enter the liberating and uniting milieu of God... Her eyes look inward and outward at once. They look inward to the heart of God and outward to the heart of the world, thus revealing the unfathomable unity between the Creator and the creation. They see the eternal in the temporal, the lasting in the passing, the divine in the human. Her eyes gaze upon the infinite spaces of the heart where joy and sorrow are no longer contrasting emotions, but are transcended in spiritual unity.

The meaning of Mary's gaze is further accentuated by the bright stars on her forehead and shoulders (only two are visible; one is covered by the child). They not only indicate her virginity before, during, and after the birth of Jesus, but also speak of a divine presence that permeates part of her being. She is completely open to the divine Spirit, making her innermost being completely attentive to the creative power of God. Thus being mother and being virgin are no longer mutually exclusive. On the contrary, they bring each other to completion. Mary's motherhood completes her virginity, and her virginity completes her motherhood. That is why she carries in Greek the highest title that human being has ever received; Theotokos, "The Bearer of God."

Prayer to the Virgin of Vladmir, we learn that although she is not looking at us, she is truly seeing us. She sees us with the same eyes as she sees Jesus. They are the eyes which saw her Lord before she conceived him, contemplated the Word before it became flesh in her and sensed God within before she heard the angel's message. With these eyes the virgin sees the child. Her gaze is not that of a proud mother of an exceptional baby; she sees him with the faithful eyes of the Mother of God. Before seeing him with the eyes of her body, she saw him with the eyes of faith. That is why the Sacred Liturgy continues to praise Mary as the one who conceived God in her heart before she conceived God in her body.

As Mary sees Jesus, so she sees those who pray to her: not as interesting human beings worthy of her attention, but as people called away from the darkness of sin into the light of faith, called to become daughters and sons of God. It is hard for us to relinquish our worldly identity as noteworthy people and accept our spiritual identity as children of God. We so much want to be looked at that we are ill prepared to be truly seen. But the eyes of the Virgin invite us to let go of our old ways of belonging and accept the good news that we truly belong to God.

May this new year be a time of blessing for you and may you always know the protection and care of the Mother of God!

A Prayer for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God +
O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary
bestowed on the human race
the grace of eternal salvation,
grant, we pray,
that we may experience the intercession of her
through whom we were found worthy
to receive the author of life,
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Won,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)