"Holy Communion is the shortest
and safest way to Heaven." --Saint Pope Pius X
VERONICA WIPES THE BLOODY EXHAUSTED FACE OF OUR
LORD JESUS CHRIST
Lent is the period of 40 days
including weekdays and Saturdays from Ash Wednesday, March 1st through Easter,
Sunday April 16th.
IS FROM SCENE OF THE MOVIE: "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST."
OBJECTIVES FOR LENT
To confess and turn away from all sin in our lives through Penance/Confession
increase our love for God by attending Mass and receiving the Body of Christ.
increase our love for our neighbor by forgiving our neighbor their faults and by
doing good works to help our neighbor and the community. This Lent
ask God to give you the Grace to forgive those who have offended you
4) Pray for the end of Abortion. Say rosaries
for the unborn. Vote prolife.
5) Watch the movie, "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST," by Actor/Director Mel
The Picture above is from a scene from Mel Gibson's
"The Passion of the Christ" movie. Make an effort to watch this
movie during Lent.
is a penitential practice consisting of refraining from the consumption
of meat and is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age
and older. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the Fridays during Lent
are days of abstinence in which meat is not to be eaten. Pastors
and parents are encouraged to see that children who are not bound by the
obligation to fast and abstain are led to appreciate an authentic sense
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:In
addition to abstinence, fasting is to be observed by all Catholics
between the ages of 18-59 years (inclusive).
There are two days for this: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed.
Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken
according to one's needs, but together they should not equal another
full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are
allowed. Note: If a person is unable to observe the above
regulations due to ill health or serious reasons, they are urged to
practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their
He arrived at
Peru, 600 miles (970 km) from Lima, on 24 May 1581. He began his
mission work by travelling to Lima on foot, baptizing and teaching
the natives. His favourite topic was: "Time is not our own, and we
must give a strict account of it." Three times he traversed the
450,000 square kilometers (170,000 sq mi) of his diocese,
generally on foot, frequently defenceless and often alone; exposed
to tempests, torrents, deserts, wild beasts, tropical heat, fevers
and sometimes threats from hostile tribes; baptizing and
confirming nearly one half million souls, among them
St. Rose of Lima and
St. Martin de Porres.
He built roads, schoolhouses and chapels, many hospitals and
convents, and at Lima, in 1591, founded the first seminary in the
western hemisphere. He inaugurated the first part of the third
Lima Cathedral on 2 February 1604.
Turibius assembled thirteen diocesan synods and three
provincial councils. He was seen as a champion of the rights of
the natives against the Spanish masters. "There was great
opposition to Turibius from the governors of Peru whose authority
he challenged," Elizabeth Hallam has written. "He learned local
dialects so that he could communicate with–-and convert–-the
native peoples, and he was a strong and effective champion of
Years before he died, he predicted
the day and hour of his death. At Pacasmayo
he contracted fever, but continued labouring to the last, arriving
at Sana (or Saña) in a dying condition. Dragging himself to the
sanctuary he received the Viaticum,
expiring shortly after on 23 March 1606.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT
TURIBIUS, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin and Patron of the Universal
by birth of the royal family of David, but was living in
humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the
highest sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His
Virgin Mother, and foster-father and guardian of the
Incarnate Word. Joseph, says the Holy Scripture, was a just
man; he was innocent and pure, as became the husband of
Mary; he was gentle and tender, as one worthy to be named
the father of Jesus; he was prudent and a lover of silence,
as became the master of theholy house; above all, he was faithful and obedient
to divine calls. His conversation was with angels rather
than with men. When he learned that Mary bore within her
womb the Lord of heaven, he feared to take her as hiswife; but an angel bade him fear not, and all doubts
vanished. When Herod sought the life of the divine Infant,
an angel told Joseph in a dream to fly with the Child and
His Mother into Egypt. Joseph at once arose and obeyed. This
sudden and unexpected flight must have exposed Joseph to
many inconveniences and sufferings in so long a journey with
a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater part of the
way being through deserts and among strangers; yet he
alleges no excuses; nor inquires at what time they were to
return. St. Chrysostom observes that God treats thus all His
servants, sending them frequent trials to clear their hearts
from the rust of self-love, but intermixing seasons of
consolation. "Joseph," says he, "is anxious on seeing the
Virgin with child; an angel removes that fear. He rejoices
at the Child's birth, but a great fear succeeds: the furious
king seeks to destroy the Child, and the whole city is in an
uproar to take away His life. This is followed by another
joy, the adoration of the Magi; a new sorrow then arises: he
is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country, without
help or acquaintance." It is the opinion of the Fathers that
upon their entering Egypt, at the presence of the child
Jesus, all the oracles of that superstitious country were
struck dumb, and the statues of their gods trembled and in
many places fell to the ground. The Fathers also attribute
to this holy visit the spiritual benediction poured on that
country, which made it for many ages most fruitful in
Saints. After the death of King Herod, of which St. Joseph
was informed in another vision, God ordered him to return
with the Child and His Mother into the land of Israel, which
our Saint readily obeyed. But when he arrived in Judea,
hearing that Archelaus had succeeded Herod in that part of
the country, and apprehensive that he might be infected with
his father's vices, he feared on that account to settle
there, as he would otherwise probably have done for the
education of the Child; and therefore, being directed by God
in another vision, he
retired into the dominions of Herod Antipas, in Galilee, to
his former habitation in Nazareth. St. Joseph, being a
strict observer of the Mosaic law, in conformity to itsdirection annually repaired to Jerusalem to celebrate
the Passover. Our Saviour, now int the twelfth year of His
age, accompanied His parents thither. Having performed the
usual ceremonies of the feast,they were returning with many
of their neighbors and acquaintance towards Galilee; and
never doubting but that Jesus was with some of the company,
they travelled on for a whole day's journey before they
discovered that He was not with them. But when night came on
and they could hear no tidings of Him among their kindred
and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned
with the utmost speed to Jerusalem. After an anxious search
of three days they found Him in the Temple, discoursing with
the learned doctors of the law, and asking them such
questions as raised the admiration of all that heard Him,
and made them astonished at the ripeness of His
understanding; nor were His parents less surprised on this
occasion. When His Mother told Him with what grief and
earnestness they had sought Him, and asked, "Son, why hast
Thou thus dealt with us? Behold Thy Father and I sought Thee
in great affliction of mind," she received for answer, "How
is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be
about My Father's business?" But though thus staying in the
Temple unknown to His parents, in all other things He was
obedient to them, returning with them to Nazareth, and there
living in all dutiful subjection to them. As no further
mention is made of St. Joseph, he must have died before the
marriage of Cana and the beginning of our divine Saviour's
ministry. We cannot doubt that he had the happiness of Jesus
and Mary attending at his death, praying by him, assisting
and comforting him in his last moments; whence he is
particularly invoked for the great grace of a happy death
and the spiritual presence of Jesus in that hour.
-St. Joseph, the shadow of the Eternal Father upon earth,
the protector of Jesus in His home at Nazareth, and a lover
of all children for the sake of the Holy Child, should be
the chosen guardian and pattern of every true Christian
LITANY IN HONOUR OF ST.
[MENTION YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ,
have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ,
hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
spouse of St. Joseph, Pray for us.
Joseph, confirmed in grace, Pray for us.
Joseph, guardian of the Word Incarnate, Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, favorite of the King of Heaven,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, ruler of the family of
Jesus, Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, spouse of
the ever-blessed Virgin, Pray for us.
Joseph, foster father to the Son of God, Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, example of humility and obedience,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, mirror of silence and
resignation, Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, patron
of innocence and youth, Pray for us.
Joseph, exited with Christ into Egypt, Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, intercessor for the afflicted, Pray
Saint Joseph, advocate of the humble,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, model of every virtue,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, honored among men,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, in whom is the union
of all Christian perfections, Pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away
the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the
world, Have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O
holy Saint Joseph, R. That we may be made worthy of
the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray.
Assist us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the
merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother,
that what our unworthiness cannot obtain, may be
given us by his intercession with Thee, Who livest
and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
Prayer to Saint Joseph.
O Saint Joseph,
whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt
before the throne of God, I place in thee all my
interests and desires. O thou Saint Joseph, do
assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain
for me from thy Divine Son all spiritual blessings,
through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that,
having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may
offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving
of fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary
contemplating thee, and Jesus asleep in thy arms;
I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for
me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw
my dying breath. Saint Joseph, Patron of
departing souls, pray for me.
Queen of Heaven and earth,
most Holy Virgin,
we venerate thee.
Thou art the beloved daughter
of the Most High God,
the chosen mother of the Incarnate Word,
the immaculate spouse of the Holy Spirit,
the sacred vessel of the Most Holy Trinity.
O Mother of the Divine Redeemer,
who under the title of
Our Lady of Good Remedy
comes to the aid of all
who call upon thee,
extend thy maternal protection to us.
We depend on thee,
as helpless and needy children
depend on a tender and caring mother.
O Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
grant that we may draw
from thy treasury of graces
in our time of need.
Touch the hearts of sinners,
that they may seek
reconciliation and forgiveness.
Bring comfort to
the afflicted and the lonely;
help the poor and the hopeless;
aid the sick and the suffering.
May they be healed in body
and strengthened in spirit
to endure their sufferings
with patient resignation
and Christian fortitude.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
thy compassionate heart knows a remedy
for every affliction and misery
we encounter in life.
Help me with thy prayers and intercession
to find a remedy for my problems and needs,
(Mention your personal
On my part,
O loving Mother,
I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle,
to a more careful observance of the laws of God,
to be more conscientious
in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life,
and to strive to be a source of healing
in this broken world of ours.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
be ever present to me,
and through thy intercession,
may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind,
and grow stronger in the faith
and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.
Book of Jeremiah
says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people: Listen to my
voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk
in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.
But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed. They walked in the
hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their
faces, to me. From the day that your fathers left the land
of Egypt even to this day, I have sent you untiringly all my
servants the prophets. Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid
heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their
fathers. When you speak all these words to them, they will
not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not
answer you. Say to them: This is the nation which does not
listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction.
Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from
R. (8) If today you hear his
voice, harden not your hearts.
let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of
our salvation. Let us come into his presence with
thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the
LORD who made us. For he is our God, and we are the
people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
Oh, that today
you would hear his voice: “Harden not your hearts as at
Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the desert, Where
your fathers tempted me; they tested me though they had seen
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
according to Saint Luke 11:14-23.
was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had
gone out, the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed.
Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of
demons, he drives out demons." Others, to test him, asked
him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and
said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid
waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is
divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say
that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then,
drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive
them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by
the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of
God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards
his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger
than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on
which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not
with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me
"BLESSED are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of God;" 1 and if so, woe be to the rich in
spirit, for theirs must be the bitterness of hell. By rich in spirit I
mean him whose riches engross his mind, or whose mind is buried in his
riches. He is poor in spirit whose heart is not filled with the love of
riches, whose mind is not set upon them. The halcyon builds its nest
like a ball, and leaving but one little aperture in the upper part,
launches it on the sea, so secure and impenetrable, that the waves
carry it along without any water getting in, and it floats on the sea,
superior, so to say, to the waves. And this, my child, is what your
heart should be--open only to heaven, impenetrable to riches and earthly
treasures. If you have them, keep your heart from attaching itself to
them; let it maintain a higher level, and amidst riches be as though you
had none,--superior to them. Do not let that mind which is the likeness
of God cleave to mere earthly goods; let it always be raised above them,
not sunk in them. There is a wide difference between having poison and
being poisoned. All apothecaries
1 S. Matt. v. 3.
have poisons ready for special uses, but they are not
consequently poisoned, because the poison is only in their shop, not in
themselves; and so you may possess riches without being poisoned by
them, so long as they are in your house or purse only, and not in your
heart. It is the Christian's privilege to be rich in material things,
and poor in attachment to them, thereby having the use of riches in this
world and the merit of poverty in the next. Of a truth, my daughter, no
one will ever own themselves to be avaricious;--every one denies this
contemptible vice:--men excuse themselves on the plea of providing for
their children, or plead the duty of prudent forethought:--they never
have too much, there is always some good reason for accumulating more;
and even the most avaricious of men not only do not own to being such,
but sincerely believe that they are not; and that because avarice is as
a strong fever which is all the less felt as it rages most fiercely.
Moses saw that sacred fire which burnt the bush without consuming it, 1
but the profane fire of avarice acts precisely the other way,--it
consumes the miser, but without burning, for, amid its most intense
heat, he believes himself to be deliciously cool, and imagines his
insatiable thirst to be merely natural and right.
1 Exod. iii. 2.
If you long earnestly, anxiously, and persistently after what
you do not possess, it is all very well to say that you do not wish to
get it unfairly, but you are all the time guilty of avarice. He who
longs eagerly and anxiously to drink, though it may be water only,
thereby indicates that he is feverish. I hardly think we can say that it
is lawful to wish lawfully to possess that which is another's:--so doing
we surely wish our own gain at the expense of that other? and he who
possesses anything lawfully, surely has more right to possess it, than
we to obtain it? Why should we desire that which is his? Even were the
wish lawful, it is not charitable, for we should not like other men to
desire what we possess, however lawfully. This was Ahab's sin when he
sought to acquire Naboth's vineyard by lawful purchase, when Naboth
lawfully desired to keep it himself;--he coveted it eagerly,
continually, and anxiously, and so doing he displeased God. 1 Do not
allow yourself to wish for that which is your neighbour's until he
wishes to part with it,--then his wish will altogether justify yours,--
and I am quite willing that you should add to your means and
possessions, provided it be not merely with strict justice, but kindly
and charitably done.
1 I Kings
If you cleave closely to your
possessions, and are cumbered with them, setting your heart and thoughts
upon them, and restlessly anxious lest you should suffer loss, then,
believe me, you are still somewhat feverish;--for fever patients drink
the water we give them with an eagerness and satisfaction not common to
those who are well. It is not possible to take great pleasure in
anything without becoming attached to it. If you lose property, and find
yourself grievously afflicted at the loss, you may be sure that you were
warmly attached to it;--there is no surer proof of affection for the
thing lost than our sorrow at its loss. Therefore, do not fix your
longings on anything which you do not possess; do not let your heart
rest in that which you have; do not grieve overmuch at the losses which
may happen to you;--and then you may reasonably believe that although
rich in fact, you are not so in affection, but that you are poor in
spirit, and therefore blessed, for the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.
XV. How to exercise real Poverty, although actually Rich.
THE painter Parrhasius drew an
ingenious and imaginative representation of the Athenians, ascribing
sundry opposite qualities to them, calling them at once capricious,
irascible, unjust, inconstant, courteous, merciful, compassionate,
haughty, vain-glorious, humble, boastful, and cowardly;--and for my
part, dear daughter, I would fain see united in your heart both riches
and poverty, a great care and a great contempt for temporal things. Do
you take much greater pains than is the wont of worldly men to make your
riches useful and fruitful? Are not the gardeners of a prince more
diligent in cultivating and beautifying the royal gardens than if they
were their own? Wherefore? Surely because these gardens are the king's,
to whom his gardeners would fain render an acceptable service. My child,
our possessions are not ours,--God has given them to us to cultivate,
that we may make them fruitful and profitable in His Service, and so
doing we shall please Him. And this we must do more earnestly than
worldly men, for they look carefully after their property out of
self-love, and we must work for the love of God. Now self-love is a
restless, anxious, over-eager love, and so the work done on its behalf
is troubled, vexatious, and unsatisfactory;--whereas the love of God is
calm, peaceful, and tranquil, and so the work done for its sake, even in
worldly things, is gentle, trustful, and quiet. Let us take such a quiet
care to preserve, and even when practicable to increase, our temporal
goods, according to the duties of our position,--this is acceptable to
God for His Love's Sake. But beware that you be not deceived by
self-love, for sometimes it counterfeits the Love of God so cleverly
that you may mistake one for the other. To avoid this, and to prevent a
due care for your temporal interests from degenerating into avarice, it
is needful often to practise a real poverty amid the riches with which
God has endowed you. To this end always dispose of a part of your means
by giving them heartily to the poor; you impoverish yourself by whatever
you give away. It is true that God will restore it to you, not only in
the next world, but in this, for nothing brings so much temporal
prosperity as free almsgiving, but meanwhile, you are sensibly poorer
for what you give. Truly that is a holy and rich poverty which results
from almsgiving. Love the poor and poverty,--this love will make you
truly poor, since, as Holy Scripture says, we become like to that we
love. 1 Love makes lovers equal. "Who is weak and I am not weak?" 2 says
St. Paul? He might have said, Who is poor and I am not poor? for it was
1 "Their abominations were
according as they loved." Hosea ix. 10. 2 2 Cor. xi. 29.
love which made him like to those he loved;
and so, if you love the poor, you will indeed share their poverty, and
be poor like them. And if you love the poor, seek them out, take
pleasure in bringing them to your home, and in going to theirs, talk
freely with them, and be ready to meet them, whether in Church or
elsewhere. Let your tongue be poor with them in converse, but let your
hands be rich to distribute out of your abundance. Are you prepared to
go yet further, my child? not to stop at being poor like the poor, but
even poorer still? The servant is not so great as his lord; do you be
the servant of the poor, tend their sickbed with your own hands, be
their cook, their needlewoman. O my daughter, such servitude is more
glorious than royalty! How touchingly S. Louis, one of the greatest of
kings, fulfilled this duty; serving the poor in their own houses, and
daily causing three to eat at his own table, often himself eating the
remains of their food in his loving humility. In his frequent visits to
the hospitals he would select those afflicted with the most loathsome
diseases, ulcers, cancer, and the like; and these he would tend,
kneeling down and bare-headed, beholding the Saviour of the world in
them, and cherishing them with all the tenderness of a mother's love.
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary used to mix freely with the poor, and liked
to dress in their homely garments amid her gay ladies. Surely these
royal personages were poor amid their riches and rich in poverty.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. In
the Day of Judgment the King of prince and peasant will say to them, "I
was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat, I was naked, and ye clothed Me;
come, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world." 1 Everybody finds themselves sometimes deficient in what they
need, and put to inconvenience. A guest whom we would fain receive
honorably arrives, and we cannot entertain him as we would; we want our
costly apparel in one place, and it all happens to be somewhere else:
all the wine in our cellar suddenly turns sour: we find ourselves
accidentally in some country place where everything is wanting, room,
bed, food, attendance: in short, the richest people may easily be
without something they want, and that is practically to suffer poverty.
Accept such occurrences cheerfully, rejoice in them, bear them
willingly. Again, if you are impoverished much or little by unforeseen
events, such as storm, flood, fire, drought, theft, or lawsuit; then is
the real time
1 S. Matt. xxv.
to practise poverty, accepting the
loss quietly, and adapting yourself patiently to your altered
circumstances. Esau and Jacob both came to their father with hairy
hands, 1 but the hair on Jacob's hands did not grow from his skin, and
could be torn off without pain; while that on Esau's hands being the
natural growth of his skin, he would have cried out and resisted if any
one had torn it off. So if our possessions are very close to our heart,
and storm or thief tear them away, we shall break forth in impatient
murmurs and lamentations. But if we only cleave to them with that
solicitude which God wills us to have, and not with our whole heart, we
shall see them rent away without losing our sense of calmness. This is
just the difference between the clothing of men and beasts; the beast's
clothing grows on its flesh, and man's is only laid on so that it may be
laid aside at will.
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,
But 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.
Prayer to Mary, Undoer of
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.
[Mention your request here]
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 refuge!
was asked this week about Obama’s
support of Planned Parenthood. “You wonder if he actually knows
the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was
trying to eliminate black people,” Carson
“That was the whole purpose of it.” That is obviously political
hyperbole. But founder Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist, who
constantly talked about
the need to keep “inferior” types from breeding, even if she did
not specify the nature of their inferiority. “[We should] apply
a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to
that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose
inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted
to offspring.” “The most merciful thing that the large family
does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
SEE: BLACK GENOCIDE SITE:
"Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in
America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks
make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America."
Pray hard for him. If you have time
now please say one Hail Mary and One Glory Be for him now.Donald Trump said he would nominate a
justice like Supreme Court Justice Scalia who recently passed.
Justice Scalia always voted against abortion and gay marriage.
Trump said he wanted Roe vs. Wade to be reversed and the decision on
abortion would go back to each individual state.
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY
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
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 life.
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 paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the
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.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in
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
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
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 joy.
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".
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 saints:
"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".
Holy 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. Amen!
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 Choirs.
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 relations."
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Emmerich
(1774-1824) 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.
DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT HOME: When difficulties 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 work.
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
From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.
"From long experience I have learned that there is
nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from
coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy
water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my
soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is
quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot
possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole
soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once
it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively.
It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from
a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body.
I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the
Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church
are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so
very different from water which has not been blessed."
The Catholic Church around the world uses Holy Water in every church to
make the church a fortress against the demons which assault men and
women. The Holy Water is usually situated near every entrance to
the church for people to use to anoint themselves with the Sign of the
Cross. When an individual puts on Holy Water any demons present
will flee. Catholics should put Holy Water in containers and place
them in their homes and their offices; by doing so they make their homes
and offices fortresses against the demons which are always lurking
about. Catholics should also consider carrying the Holy Water in
small containers in their pockets to ward off demonic attacks during
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 need:
Saint John XXIII, please pray for the Holy Catholic Church and for the
following prayer request: [state your prayer request.]
O 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 intercession,
[MENTION PRAYER REQUEST]
and according to your will,
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy:
Flow upon us! Precious Blood, most pure
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners:
Atone for us! Precious Blood, delight of
Are you 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