According to local tradition, the
Cripta de San Antolín at Palencia Cathedral, which supposedly
relics, was finished during the mid-seventh century episcopate
monastery dedicated to him had been built near
by the eighth century. It claimed to possess his head and part of
his body, brought from
by a boat that had navigated the rivers
Aveyron with the aid of an
These conflicting traditions suggest that the martyr of Pamiers is
the same person as the martyr
Antoninus of Syria.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT ANTONINUS,
PLEASE PRAY FOR US TODAY [STATE YOUR PRAYER].
ST. GILES, ABBOT.
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 1ST
SAINT GILES, whose name has been held in great veneration for
several ages in France and England, is said to have been an
Athenian by birth, and of noble extraction. His extraordinary piety and learning drew the admiration of the world upon
him in such a manner that it was impossible for him to enjoy in his own country that obscurity and retirement which was the
chief object of his desires on earth. He therefore sailed to France, and chose
an hermitage first in the open deserts near the mouth of the Rhone, afterward
near the river Gard, and lastly in a forest in the diocese of Nismes. He passed many years in
this close solitude, living on wild herbs or roots and water, and conversing
only with God. We read in his life that he was for some time nourished with the
milk of a hind in the forest, which, being pursued by hunters, fled for refuge
to the Saint, who was thus discovered. The reputation of the sanctity of this
holy hermit was much increased by many miracles which he wrought, and which
rendered his name famous throughout all France. St. Giles was highly esteemed by
the French king, but could not be prevailed upon to forsake his solitude. He,
however, admitted several disciples, and settled excellent discipline in the
monastery of which he was the founder, and which, in succeeding ages, became a
flourishing abbey of the Benedictine Order.
REFLECTION.—He who accompanies the exercises of
contemplation and arduous penance with zealous and undaunted endeavors to
conduct others to the same glorious term with himself, shall be truly great in the kingdom of heaven.
SAINT GILES, PLEASE PRAY FOR US [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
ST. RAYMUND NONNATUS
ST. RAYMUND NONNATUS was born in Catalonia, in the year 1204,
and was descended of a gentleman's family of a small fortune. In his childhood
he seemed to find pleasure only in his devotions and serious duties. His father,
perceiving in him an inclination to a religious state, took him from school, and
sent him to take care of a farm which he had in the country. Raymund readily
obeyed, and, in order to enjoy the opportunity of holy solitude, kept the sheep
himself, and spent his time in the mountains and forests in holy meditation and
prayer. Some time after, he joined the new Order of our Lady of Mercy for the
redemption of captives, and was admitted to his profession at Barcelona by the
holy founder, St. Peter Nolasco. Within two or three years after his profession,
he was sent into Barbary with a considerable sum of money, where he purchased,
at Algiers, the liberty of a great number of slaves. When all this treasure was
exhausted, he gave himself up as a hostage for the ransom of certain others.
This magnanimous sacrifice served only to exasperate the Mohammedans, who
treated him with uncommon barbarity, till, fearing lest if he died in their
hands they should lose the ransom which was to be paid for the slaves for whom
he remained a hostage, they gave orders that he should be treated with more
humanity. Hereupon he was permitted to go abroad about the streets, which
liberty he made use of to comfort and encourage the Christians in their chains,
and he converted and baptized some Mohammedans. For this the governor condemned
him to be put to death by thrusting a stake into the body, but his punishment
was commuted, and he underwent a cruel bastinado. This torment did not daunt his
courage. So long as he saw souls in danger of perishing eternally, he
thought he had yet done nothing. St. Raymund had no more money to employ in
releasing poor captives, and to speak to a Mohammedan upon the subject of
religion was death. He could, however, still exert his endeavors, with hopes of
some success, or of dying a martyr of charity. He therefore resumed his former
method of instructing and exhorting both the Christians and the infidels. The
governor, who was enraged, ordered our Saint to be barbarously tortured and
imprisoned till his ransom was brought by some religious men of his Order, who
were sent with it by St. Peter. Upon his return to Spain, he was nominated
cardinal by Pope Gregory IX., and the Pope, being desirous to have so holy a man
about his person, called him to Rome. The Saint obeyed, but went no further than
Cardona, when he was seized with a violent fever, which prove, mortal. He died
on the 31st of August, in the year 240, the thirty-seventh of his age.
REFLECTION.—This Saint gave not only his
substance but his liberty, and even exposed himself to the most cruel torments
and death, for the redemption of captives and the salvation of souls. But alas!
do not we, merely to gratify our prodigality, vanity, or avarice, refuse to give
the superfluous part of our possessions to the poor, who for want of it are
perishing with cold and hunger? Let us remember that "He that giveth to the poor
shall not want."
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask Saint Raymund
to intercede for your needs today.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION: SAINT RAYMUND, please pray for me today [state your prayer.]
Unfailing Novena To The Virgin Mary
Untier of Knots
How this devotion started?
To show us the mission granted to the Virgin
Mary by Her Son, an artist Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner painted
Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has
been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg,
Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus
(Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by
Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a
comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience,
tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her
obedience, undid it”.
what are these knots? There
are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any
solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding
between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep
hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home.
There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples,
the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or
daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism,
the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah,
the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and
betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.
Day after day, more and more Christians kneel
to pray to Her as soon as they meet the Mother of the Fair Love.
Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases have been healed!
Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many jobs have been given!
Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have been on their
knees praying and giving thanks for graces received from our sweet
Mother. For that reason, Mary Who undoes the knots, Who was chosen by
God to crush the evil with Her feet, comes to us to reveal Herself.
She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families, because
She wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our lives, so
that – as sons of the King – we can receive the promises reserved for
us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory, peace,
blessings and reconciliation.
Then, free from our knots – filled with
happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this
world, like pieces of God’s heart or small bottles of perfume
exhaling mercy and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus
Christ and the Virgin of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry
without any consolation, those who are lonely, tied with knots, who
have no God, no Father nor Mother.
Mother of the Rising Sun, Immaculate, our
Advocate, Helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God and made by
Him our Mother, this is how Mary, Undoer of Knots is presented. Above
all, She comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows all about us,
who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us, praying for each
one of us to Her beloved Jesus.
TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS Virgin
Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid
of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your
beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense
mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me
and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know very well how
desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God
entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I
entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it
away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that
cannot be undone. Powerful
Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My
Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to
undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the
only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble
strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom
from my chains. Hear
my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe
Wednesday of the Twenty-second week in
Letter to the Colossians
an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
to the holy ones and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae: grace to you
and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of
your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. Of this you have already
heard through the word of truth, the gospel, that has come to you. Just
as in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you,
from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth, as
you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow slave, who is a trustworthy
minister of Christ on your behalf and who also told us of your love in
like a green olive tree in the house of God, Trust in the mercy of
God forever and ever.
I will thank you always for what you have
done, and proclaim the goodness of your name before your faithful
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint
Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon's
mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with
him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people
sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of
them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You
are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Messiah. At daybreak, Jesus left and
went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they
came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to
them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom
of God, because for this purpose I have been sent." And he was preaching
in the synagogues of Judea.
Lead me away, meanwhile, my
refuge and my strength, into the heart of the desert as once you led your
servant Moses; lead me where the bush burns, yet is not burnt up, where the
holy soul that… is all aflame with the I fullness of the fire of your Holy
Spirit, and, burning like the seraphim, is not consumed but cleansed…
The soul attains to the holy place where none may stand or take another
step, except he be bare-footed—having loosed the shoe-strings of all fleshly
hindrances… This is the place where He Who Is, who cannot be seen as he is,
is notwithstanding heard to say, "I Am Who Am," the place where, for the
time, the soul must cover her face so that she does not see the face of God,
and yet in humble obedience must use her ears to hear what the Lord God will
say concerning her.
Hide me then in the day of evil, O Lord, in the
secret place of your tabernacle, in the hidden recesses of your face, “far
from the strife of tongues” (Ps 26,5; 30,21); for your yoke is easy
and the burden you have laid on me is light (Mt 11,30). And when you show me
the difference between your service and the service of the world, gently and
tenderly you ask me if it is not better to serve you, the living God, than
to serve strange gods (Cf 2 Chron 12,8). And I, for my part, adore the hand
that lays the load, I kiss the yoke, and I embrace the burden; and it is
very sweet to me to sweat beneath its weight. For masters other than you
have long possessed me… I acknowledge your yoke, and your light burden that
lifts me up and does not crush me down.
IF YOU wish peace and concord
with others, you must learn to break your will in many things. To live in
monasteries or religious communities, to remain there without complaint,
and to persevere faithfully till death is no small matter.MATT. X. 22.
Blessed indeed is he who there lives a good life and there ends his days
in happiness. If you would persevere in seeking perfection, you must
consider yourself a pilgrim, an exile on earth.---HEB. XI. 13.
If you would become a religious, you must be content to seem a fool for
the sake of Christ. Habit and tonsure change a man but little; it is the
change of life, the complete mortification of passions that endow a true
religious. He who seeks anything but God alone and the salvation of his
soul will find only trouble and grief, and he who does not try to become
the least, the servant of all, cannot remain at peace for long. You have
come to serve, not to rule. You must understand, too, that you have been
called to suffer and to work, not to idle and gossip away your time. Here
men are tried as gold in a furnace. Here no man can remain unless he
desires with all his heart to humble himself before God.
CONSIDER the lively examples set
us by the saints, who possessed the light of true perfection and religion,
and you will see how little, how nearly nothing, we do. What, alas, is our
life, compared with theirs? The saints and friends of Christ served the
Lord in hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness, in work and fatigue, in
vigils and fasts, in prayers and holy meditations, in persecutions and
many afflictions.---HEB. XI. 37. How many and severe were the
trials they suffered -- the Apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and
all the rest who willed to follow in the footsteps of Christ! They hated
their lives on earth that they might have life in eternity.---JOHN XIII.
25. How strict and detached were the lives the holy hermits
led in the desert! What long and grave temptations they suffered! How
often were they beset by the enemy! What frequent and ardent prayers they
offered to God! What rigorous fasts they observed! How great their zeal
and their love for spiritual perfection! How brave the fight they waged to
master their evil habits! What pure and straightforward purpose they
showed toward God! By day they labored and by night they spent themselves
in long prayers. Even at work they did not cease from mental prayer. They
used all their time profitably; every hour seemed too short for serving
God, and in the great sweetness of contemplation, they forgot even their
bodily needs. They renounced all riches, dignities, honors, friends, and
associates. They desired nothing of the world. They scarcely allowed
themselves the necessities of life, and the service of the body, even when
necessary, was irksome to them. They were poor in earthly things but rich
in grace and virtue. Outwardly destitute, inwardly they were full of grace
and divine consolation. Strangers to the world, they were close and
intimate friends of God. To themselves they seemed as nothing, and they
were despised by the world, but in the eyes of God they were precious and
beloved. They lived in true humility and simple obedience; they walked in
charity and patience, making progress daily on the pathway of spiritual
life and obtaining great favor with God. They were given as an example for
all religious, and their power to stimulate us to perfection ought to be
greater than that of the lukewarm to tempt us to laxity. How great was the
fervor of all religious in the beginning of their holy institution! How
great their devotion in prayer and their rivalry for virtue! What splendid
discipline flourished among them! What great reverence and obedience in
all things under the rule of a superior! The footsteps they left behind
still bear witness that they indeed were holy and perfect men who fought
bravely and conquered the world. Today, he who is not a transgressor and
who can bear patiently the duties which he has taken upon himself is
considered great. How lukewarm and negligent we are! We lose our original
fervor very quickly and we even become weary of life from laziness! Do not
you, who have seen so many examples of the devout, fall asleep in the
pursuit of virtue!
THE life of a good religious
ought to abound in every virtue so that he is interiorly what to others he
appears to be. With good reason there ought to be much more within than
appears on the outside, for He who sees within is God, Whom we ought to
reverence most highly wherever we are and in Whose sight we ought to walk
pure as the angels. Each day we ought to renew our resolutions and arouse
ourselves to fervor as though it were the first day of our religious life.
We ought to say: "Help me, O Lord God, in my good resolution and in Your
holy service. Grant me now, this very day, to begin perfectly, for thus
far I have done nothing." As our intention is, so will be our progress;
and he who desires perfection must be very diligent. If the strong-willed
man fails frequently, what of the man who makes up his mind seldom or
half-heartedly? Many are the ways of failing in our resolutions; even a
slight omission of religious practice entails a loss of some kind. Just
men depend on the grace of God rather than on their own wisdom in keeping
their resolutions. In Him they confide every undertaking, for man, indeed,
proposes but God disposes, and God's way is not man's.PROV. XIV. 12.
If a habitual exercise is sometimes omitted out of piety or in the
interests of another, it can easily be resumed later. But if it be
abandoned carelessly, through weariness or neglect, then the fault is
great and will prove hurtful. Much as we try, we still fail too easily in
many things. Yet we must always have some fixed purpose, especially
against things which beset us the most. Our outward and inward lives alike
must be closely watched and well ordered, for both are important to
perfection. If you cannot recollect yourself continuously, do so once a
day at least, in the morning or in the evening. In the morning make a
resolution and in the evening examine yourself on what you have said this
day, what you have done and thought, for in these things perhaps you have
often offended God and those about you. Arm yourself like a man against
the devil's assaults. Curb your appetite and you will more easily curb
every inclination of the flesh. Never be completely unoccupied, but read
or write or pray or meditate or do something for the common good. Bodily
discipline, however, must be undertaken with discretion and is not to be
practiced indiscriminately by everyone. Devotions not common to all are
not to be displayed in public, for such personal things are better
performed in private. Furthermore, beware of indifference to community
prayer through love of your own devotions. If, however, after doing
completely and faithfully all you are bound and commanded to do, you then
have leisure, use it as personal piety suggests. Not everyone can have the
same devotion. One exactly suits this person, another that. Different
exercises, likewise, are suitable for different times, some for feast days
and some again for weekdays. In time of temptation we need certain
devotions. For days of rest and peace we need others. Some are suitable
when we are sad, others when we are joyful in the Lord. About the time of
the principal feasts good devotions ought to be renewed and the
intercession of the saints more fervently implored. From one feast day to
the next we ought to fix our purpose as though we were then to pass from
this world and come to the eternal holyday. During holy seasons, finally,
we ought to prepare ourselves carefully, to live holier lives, and to
observe each rule more strictly, as though we were soon to receive from
God the reward of our labors. If this end be deferred, let us believe that
we are not well prepared and that we are not yet worthy of the great glory
that shall in due time be revealed to us.---ROM. VII. 18. Let us
try, meanwhile, to prepare ourselves better for death. "Blessed is the
servant," says Christ,---LUKE XII. 37, "whom his master, when he
cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you: he shall make him ruler
over all his goods."---LUKE XII. 43-44.
THE POWER AND THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM
PRAYING THE ROSARY
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE
These promises were given by the
Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.
Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall
receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and
the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy
vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause
virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant
mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the
world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal
things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the
rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary
devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries
shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His
justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he
shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall
not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are
faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their
death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment
of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been
devoted to the rosary.
10. The faithful children of the rosary
shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
11. You shall
obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the
advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial
court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who
recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of
One day, Saint Michael the
Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God
and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations
corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one
Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic
Promises of St. Michael
"Whoever would practice this
devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an
escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition,
for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his
continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after
death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O
Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail
Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine
Choirs of Angels]
[STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
1. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy
to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.
2. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the
grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian
3. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our
hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.
4. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us
grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
5. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from
evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls
against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.
7. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls
with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us
perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain
the glory of Heaven. Amen.
9. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be
protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come
to Heaven. Amen.
Say one Our Father in honor of each
of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael
and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher
of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our
admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue
deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us
by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every
Pray for us, O glorious St.
Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made
worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who,
by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all
men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of
Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our
enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that
we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the
merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
For each Mass we hear
with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death.
(revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).
Padre Pio, the stigmatic
priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than
without the Mass.
The Cure'd' Ars, St. Jean
Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of
A great doctor of the
Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself
during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same
intention after death. St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this
statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable
than many after it.
"The Holy Mass would be
of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather
than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after
death." (Pope Benedict XV).
Once, St. Teresa was
overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord, "How can I thank
you?" Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS".
Saint Louis De Montfort stresses that people should give
there hearts and wills to Jesus through Mary and that by doing this a
soul will be able to soar toward God. See Saint Louis's book
True Devotion To Mary.Saint Louis warns of the
devil's great ability to deceive souls, including souls of
"Because the devils, who are skillful thieves,
wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us. They watch day
and night for the favorable moment. For that end they go round
about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch from us in one
moment, all the graces and merits we have gained for many
years. Their malice, their experience, their stratagems
and their number ought to make us fear this misfortune immensely,
especially when we see how many persons fuller of grace than we are,
richer in virtues, better founded in experience and far higher
exalted in sanctity, have been surprised, robbed and unhappily
pillaged. Ah! How many cedars of Lebanon, how many stars
of the firmament, have we not seen fall miserably, and in the
twinkling of an eye lose all their height and their brightness!
Whence comes that sad and curious change? It was not for want
of grace, which is wanting to no man; but it was for want of
humility. They thought themselves capable of guarding their own
treasures. They trusted in themselves, relied upon
themselves. They thought their house secure enough, and their
coffers strong enough, to keep the precious treasure of grace.
It is because of that scarcely perceptible reliance upon themselves,
though all the while it seemed to them that they were relying only
on the grace of God, that the most just Lord permitted them to be
robbed by leaving them to themselves. Alas! If they had
but known the admirable devotion which I will unfold presently, they
would have confided their treasure to a Virgin powerful and faithful,
who would have kept it for them as if it had been her own possession;
nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of justice on
herself to preserve it for them".
Mary, my Queen and sovereign Lady, I give you myself, trusting in your
fidelity and your protection. I surrender myself entirely to your
motherly tenderness, my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I
possess, for the whole of this day, my life, and especially
at the hour of my death. I entrust to you once more all my hopes, all my
consolations, all my anxieties, all my troubles, my life, my dying
breath, so that by your prayers and merits, I may have, in all I do, one
only goal, your good pleasure and the holy will of your Son.
OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT
come to us at work or at home it important to pray your way through
these difficulties. At work, it could be trouble with a supervisor
or a co-worker, with the result that misery is brought into our
lives. Or at home a wife or a husband, or a child or a relative
may be causing you trouble. It is important to pray your way
through these difficulties. The different forms of prayers listed
above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy
Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the
bother us the most during our lives. Try these prayers, they
And sometimes, it takes the prayers of
others to help change the current situations that are going on in our
lives. On the following web page, there are several prayer
groups that will pray for yours needs; this a great tool against our
daily problems and against the assaults of demons. Sometimes it
takes the prayers of many people to change things.
PURPOSE OF THIS WEB SITE
Welcome to this Catholic Spiritual Direction Web
Site. It is the intention of this site to lead people to a
closer relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the
Holy Spirit through the promotion of prayer and Christian teaching which
will enable Christians to adhere to the straight and narrow path Jesus
speaks of in the Gospels. Included in these web pages are the
Douay-Rheims Bible and the works of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas à
Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the
Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been
followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These
teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is
dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine
Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great
Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly
descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,The Sorrowful Passion of Our
Lord Jesus Christ,are presented here. In time more works from the
Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.
Saint John XXIII, you spent
your life deeply immersed in the truths of the Catholic
Faith. You led us by your great example of sacrifice and love
as you successively led millions to love Our Lord Jesus Christ
and His Holy Church.
We now ask for your
intercession for those who are troubled and in
Saint John XXIII, please pray for the Holy Catholic
Church and for the following prayer request: [state your
Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the Church
with Saint John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of
your fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of Christ and the
splendor of the Spirit of love to shine through him.
Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the
maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd. He has shown us that holiness is
the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way
of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his
[MENTION PRAYER REQUEST]
and according to your
will, the graces we implore, through Christ our Lord.
Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena for
Physical and Spiritual Healing.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy: Flow upon us! Precious Blood, most pure
offering: Procure us every grace! Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners: Atone for us! Precious Blood, delight of
holy souls: Draw
sick or do you know someone who is ill. Say the
prayer above for them everyday. Also, there is greater
power of prayer when many people are praying for the sick.
Ask many fellow Catholics to join in prayer with you for the
sick. You can send prayer requests to Catholic Groups that
will join you in prayer at: