CATHOLIC VITAMIN D: DEVOTION with MATTHEW BAUTE
Among the gifts of this form of evangelization in new media, is the gift of talking with, being inspired by and getting to know ‘saints in the making.’ Certainly, our show for Catholic Vitamin D for Devotion has one of the folks journeying toward sainthood. He’s the composer and musician and singer MATTHEW BAUTE.
His website (found at www.songsforprayer.com ) describes his one mission: to compose and sing music that helps people to pray. And from (faithful, continuing, not-always emotional) praying comes increasing love for the Lord. And with that growing love comes a growing devotion. There you have it – the thrust of our show today.
I hope you get a chance to listen to our interview with Matthew. He isn’t ‘just’ a singer. He’s a teacher, a formator… he’s a Catholic deeply in love with his faith. When we weren’t recording, Matthew told me off-line that he is so honored to be asked to be a Confirmation sponsor for a young teen. Matthew told me he gave the teen a Christmas present in advance of the Confirmation. The gift? A Book of Christian prayer – the slender volume Liturgy of the Hours. This is a book that has Morning and Evening Prayer — the same prayers done by priests, deacons, nuns and many of the faithful. Matthew promised the youth that he, Matthew would offer that person a free training session in how to pray with the worldwide Church. This is a wonderful example of what it means to help others grow in devotion and love of the Lord.
During Matthew’s visit to Catholic Vitamins, he shared a special prayer that is a part of his devotional life. He offered to send it and we include it here in case you’d like to print this or make a copy for your own use.
Lord, you have given us special gifts and talents to serve our brothers and sisters. May the ministry you have entrusted to us grow into a beautiful work, pleasing in your sight. May all we say and do be an outpouring of your love.
Bless every person to whom we have the privilege of ministering. Sing and speak, teach and heal through us.
Guide us and keep us on the path you have laid out for us.
Use us however you wish, and deliver us from all anxiety and worry. Purify our motives and grant in us only the desire to love.
SORROWFUL MOTHER’S MINISTRY
During our time together, Matthew made special mention of a special healing and reconciliation ministry. It’s called OUR SORROWFUL MOTHER’S MINISTRY. About each month, they have a retreat which features Adoration, Mass, Reconciliation and prayer ministry. Matthew will be appearing from time to time at these retreats. You can find more information at www.osmm.org
Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry was founded by Debbie Pryor and Vanessa Keck as a way to bring others closer to their Catholic faith. Through the years it has evolved into a ministry of healing and reconciliation. They, along with the help of over twenty community members, hold monthly retreats that strive to inform and engage retreatants in the faith of the Catholic Church. More importantly, they bring people closer to our Lord and our Blessed Mother through the Holy Mass, Adoration and prayer. Healing services led by the many gifted priests we are blessed to host bring peace, healing and reconciliation to many. Individuals are able to meet with prayer teams for private prayer. OSMM is found at: 331 N. 7th Street, Vandalia, IL 62471
And from their website, here is a list of planned retreats:
February 10-12, 2012 – OSMM welcomes Fr. Greg Cleveland as he explains the Discernment of Spirits and the spiritual teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
April 13-15, 2012 – During this Divine Mercy retreat, we remember the many promises of God’s Mercy given to St. Faustina of Poland just 75 years ago.
April 27-29, 2012 – Come hear Fr. Philip Scott as he explains how possible and ESSENTIAL it is to forgive our parents or caregivers for mistakes made.
June 17-25, 2012 – Hear the account of Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga who lived amidst the horror of the 100 days of slaughter in Rwanda less than 20 years ago.
July 13-15, 2012 –
July 27-29, 2012 –
August 10-12, 2012 –
August 17-27, 2012 – Come venerate the relics of St. André Bessette, who was cannonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 17, 2010.
September 7-9, 2012 –
September 14-16, 2012 – Join us for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows at OSMM with Fr. Mark Baron of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.