"Holy Communion is the shortest and
safest way to Heaven." --Saint Pope Pius
Lent is the period of 40
days including weekdays and Saturdays from Ash Wednesday, February 10th through Easter, Sunday
Images are from the movie: "The Passion of the
OBJECTIVES FOR LENT
1) To confess and turn away from all sin in our lives
through Penance/Confession and Prayer.
2) To increase our love for God by attending Mass and
receiving the Body of Christ.
3) To 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 the most.
Pictures above and to the right are from scenes from Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the
movie. Make an effort to watch this movie during Lent.
Movie can be
purchased at Amazon:
PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS FOR LENT
The Magnificent Prayers of Saint Bridget on the
Passion of Christ.
The 14 Stations of the Cross.
of the Cross, from The Passion of the Christ, You Tube
The Prayers and Meditations of the Seven Sorrows of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Dolorous (sorrowful) Passion of Our Lord Jesus
Christ (book) from the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.
for the end of Abortion. Say rosaries for the unborn. Vote prolife.
SAVE BABIES EVERYDAY AT YOUR LOCAL ABORTION CLINIC THROUGH SIDEWALK
GUIDELINES FOR FASTING
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:
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
[IMAGE OF CHRIST ABOVE
IS FROM THE MOVIE 'THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST", by Director Mel
IN THIS YEAR OF 2016 VOTE PROLIFE
THE THREE CANDIDATES BELOW HAVE TOLD US THEY ARE PROLIFE AND WANT
TO REVERSE THE 1973 SUPREME COURT DECISION WHICH LEGALIZED ABORTION.
THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF
BABIES DEPEND UPON YOUR VOTE THIS YEAR.
DOCTOR BEN CARSON
SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
SENATOR TED CRUZ
ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE ON THE INTERNET DONALD
TRUMP SUPPORTS THE FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THE LARGEST
PROVIDER OF ABORTION IN THE WORLD:
"Cruz also specifically called out his opponent
Donald Trump, who he said currently supports taxpayer funding
for Planned Parenthood. Though Trump has said he opposes
abortion, he has defended the women’s health organization,
noting that the majority of the services it provides surround
sexually transmitted disease testing, not abortion."
TRUMP SAID HE SUPPORTS
FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR NON-ABORTION SERVICES:
TRUMP SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR NON-ABORTION
COMMENTARY: Planned Parenthood should be run out of
business and disbanded by the Federal Government for killing
millions of children since 1973 and promoting abortion around
the world. Their founder, Margaret Sanger used abortion
and birth control to try to eliminate people of African origin.
BEN CARSON DENOUNCES PLANNED PARENTHOOD
FOR TRYING TO ELIMINATE BLACK PEOPLE:
DIRECTION IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT:
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Book of Isaiah
says the LORD: If you remove from your midst oppression, false
accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on
the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for
you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like
Then the LORD will guide you always and give you
plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength,
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose
water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for
your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise
up; "Repairer of the breach," they shall call you, "Restorer of
If you hold back your foot on the
sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you
call the sabbath a delight, and the LORD'S holy day honorable;
If you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own
interests, or speaking with malice--
Then you shall delight
in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the
earth; I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your
father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
your ear, O LORD; answer me,
for I am afflicted and poor.
Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant
who trusts in you.
You are my God.
Have mercy on me,
for to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul
of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O LORD, to my
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint
saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He
said to him, "Follow me."
And leaving everything behind, he
got up and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for
him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others
were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes
complained to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink
with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus said to them in
reply, "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Commentary of the day
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (313-350), Bishop of Jerusalem,
Doctor of the Church
Catechesis before baptism, no.1
(trad. Migne 1993, p. 36 rev.)
everything behind, he got up and followed him": Lent leads to
catechumens, those who are preparing for baptism, disciples of
the New Covenant and sharers in Christ's mysteries. Already -
now by your call and soon also by grace - you have been made «a
new heart and a new spirit» (Ez 18,31) to the joy of the
dwellers in heaven. For if, according to the Gospel, the
conversion of one sinner stirs up this joy (Lk 15,7), how much
more will the salvation of so many souls not stir up the
heavenly inhabitants to rejoicing?
You have undertaken a
good, a most splendid journey: set yourselves to running the
race of enthusiasm. The only Son of God is waiting ready to
redeem you: «Come,» he says, «you who are heavily burdened, and
I will give you rest» (Mt 11,28). You who labor under sin, bound
with the shackles of your misdeeds, hear what the voice of one
of the prophets says: «Wash, make yourselves clean, put away
your misdeeds from before my eyes» (Is 1,16) that the choir of
angels may cry to you: «Happy are they whose transgression is
taken away, whose sin is remitted!» (Ps 32,1). You who have
come precisely to light the lamps of faith let your hands be
diligent in guarding the flame so that he who, on our most holy
hill of Golgotha, opened up paradise to the malefactor through
faith (Lk 23,43) may grant you to sing the wedding song.
If there is anyone here who is a slave of sin, let him
prepare himself by means of baptismal faith for the new birth
that will make a free man of him, one of the children of
adoption. Let him forsake the lamentable slavery of his sins to
win the blessed slavery of the Lord... By faith acquire the
first fruits of the Holy Spirit» (2Cor 5,5) so that you can be
received into everlasting dwellings. Come to the sacrament that
will seal you with a view to making you intimates of our Lord.
MY IMITATION OF
The Twenty-Ninth Chapter
How We Must Call Upon and Bless the
Lord When Trouble Presses
BLESSED be Your name forever, O Lord, Who
have willed that this temptation and trouble come upon me. I
cannot escape it, yet I must fly to You that You may help me and
turn it to my good. Now I am troubled, Lord, and my heart is not
at rest, for I am greatly afflicted by this present suffering.
Beloved Father, what shall I say? I am straitened in harsh ways.
Save me from this hour to which, however, I am come that You may
be glorified when I am deeply humbled and freed by You. May it
please You, then, to deliver me, Lord, for what can I, poor
wretch that I am, do or where can I go without You? Give me
patience, Lord, even now. Help me, my God, and I will not be
afraid however much I may be distressed. But here, in the midst
of these troubles, what shall I say? Your will be done, Lord. I
have richly deserved to be troubled and distressed. But I must
bear it. Would that I could do so patiently, until the storm
passes and calm returns! Yet Your almighty hand can take this
temptation from me, or lighten its attack so that I do not
altogether sink beneath it, as You, my God, my Mercy, have very
often done for me before. And the more difficult my plight, the
easier for You is this change of the right hand of the Most
The Quest of Divine Help and
Confidence in Regaining Grace
The Voice of Christ:
MY CHILD, I am the Lord Who gives strength in
the day of trouble. Come to Me when all is not well with you.
Your tardiness in turning to prayer is the greatest obstacle to
heavenly consolation, for before you pray earnestly to Me you
first seek many comforts and take pleasure in outward things.
Thus, all things are of little profit to you until you realize
that I am the one Who saves those who trust in Me, and that
outside of Me there is no worth-while help, or any useful
counsel or lasting remedy. But now, after the tempest, take
courage, grow strong once more in the light of My mercies; for I
am near, says the Lord, to restore all things not only to the
full but with abundance and above measure. Is anything difficult
for Me? Or shall I be as one who promises and does not act?
Where is your faith? Stand firm and persevere. Be a man of
endurance and courage, and consolation will come to you in due
time. Wait for Me; wait -- and I will come to heal you. It is
only a temptation that troubles you, a vain fear that terrifies
you. Of what use is anxiety about the future? Does it bring you
anything but trouble upon trouble? Sufficient for the day is the
evil thereof. It is foolish and useless to be either grieved or
happy about future things which perhaps may never happen. But it
is human to be deluded by such imaginations, and the sign of a
weak soul to be led on by suggestions of the enemy. For he does
not care whether he overcomes you by love of the present or fear
of the future. Let not your heart be troubled, therefore, nor
let it be afraid. Believe in Me and trust in My mercy. When you
think you are far from Me, then often I am very near you. When
you judge that almost all is lost, then very often you are in
the way of gaining great merit. All is not lost when things go
contrary to your wishes. You ought not judge according to
present feelings, nor give in to any trouble whenever it comes,
or take it as though all hope of escape were lost. And do not
consider yourself forsaken if I send some temporary hardship, or
withdraw the consolation you desire. For this is the way to the
kingdom of heaven, and without doubt it is better for you and
the rest of My servants to be tried in adversities than to have
all things as you wish. I know your secret thoughts, and I know
that it is profitable for your salvation to be left sometimes in
despondency lest perhaps you be puffed up by success and fancy
yourself to be what you are not. What I have given, I can take
away and restore when it pleases Me. What I give remains Mine,
and thus when I take it away I take nothing that is yours, for
every good gift and every perfect gift is Mine. If I send you
trouble and adversity, do not fret or let your heart be
downcast. I can raise you quickly up again and turn all your
sorrow into joy. I am no less just and worthy of great praise
when I deal with you in this way. If you think aright and view
things in their true light, you should never be so dejected and
saddened by adversity, but rather rejoice and give thanks,
considering it a matter of special joy that I afflict you with
sorrow and do not spare you. "As the Father hath loved Me, so
also I love you," I said to My disciples, and I certainly did
not send them out to temporal joys but rather to great
struggles, not to honors but to contempt, not to idleness, but
to labors, not to rest but to bring forth much fruit in
patience. Do you, My child, remember these words.
The Thirty-First Chapter
To Find the Creator, Forsake All
O LORD, I am in sore need still of greater
grace if I am to arrive at the point where no man and no created
thing can be an obstacle to me. For as long as anything holds me
back, I cannot freely fly to You. He that said "Oh that I had
wings like a dove, that I might fly away and be at rest!"
desired to fly freely to You. Who is more at rest than he who
aims at nothing but God? And who more free than the man who
desires nothing on earth? It is well, then, to pass over all
creation, perfectly to abandon self, and to see in ecstasy of
mind that You, the Creator of all, have no likeness among all
Your creatures, and that unless a man be freed from all
creatures, he cannot attend freely to the Divine. The reason why
so few contemplative persons are found, is that so few know how
to separate themselves entirely from what is transitory and
created. For this, indeed, great grace is needed, grace that
will raise the soul and lift it up above itself. Unless a man be
elevated in spirit, free from all creatures, and completely
united to God, all his knowledge and possessions are of little
moment. He who considers anything great except the one, immense,
eternal good will long be little and lie groveling on the earth.
Whatever is not God is nothing and must be accounted as nothing.
There is great difference between the wisdom of an enlightened
and devout man and the learning of a well-read and brilliant
scholar, for the knowledge which flows down from divine sources
is much nobler than that laboriously acquired by human industry.
Many there are who desire contemplation, but who do not care to
do the things which contemplation requires. It is also a great
obstacle to be satisfied with externals and sensible things, and
to have so little of perfect mortification. I know not what it
is, or by what spirit we are led, or to what we pretend -- we
who wish to be called spiritual -- that we spend so much labor
and even more anxiety on things that are transitory and mean,
while we seldom or never advert with full consciousness to our
interior concerns. Alas, after very little recollection we
falter, not weighing our deeds by strict examination. We pay no
attention to where our affections lie, nor do we deplore the
fact that our actions are impure. Remember that because all
flesh had corrupted its course, the great deluge followed.
Since, then, our interior affection is corrupt, it must be that
the action which follows from it, the index as it were of our
lack of inward strength, is also corrupt. Out of a pure heart
come the fruits of a good life. People are wont to ask how much
a man has done, but they think little of the virtue with which
he acts. They ask: Is he strong? rich? handsome? a good writer?
a good singer? or a good worker? They say little, however, about
how poor he is in spirit, how patient and meek, how devout and
spiritual. Nature looks to his outward appearance; grace turns
to his inward being. The one often errs, the other trusts in God
and is not deceived.
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".
TRUE DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN MARY,
SAINT LOUIS de
THE VIRGIN MARY
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.
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
THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY(by Saint Louis De
How this devotion
Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots
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
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
PRAYER 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.
very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by
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.
guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
of Knots, pray for me
Chaplet of St. Michael
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Graces Derived from Going to Mass
(Note: Assisting at Mass simply means
attending Mass. By attending a Mass Catholics are actually
assisting in Mass.)
IS FROM THE
PIETA PRAYER BOOKLET,
Published in U.S.A. by MLOR Corporation,
1186 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, MI
1. The Mass is
2. Every Mass is
worth as much as the sacrifice of our Lord's life, sufferings and
3. Holy Mass is
the most powerful atonement for your sins.
4. At the hour of
death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest
5. Every Mass will
go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.
6. At Mass you can
diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to
devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the
8. He supplies for
many of your negligences and omissions.
9. He forgives the
venial sins which you have not confessed. The power of Satan over
you is diminished.
10. You afford the
souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.
11. One Mass heard
during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after
12. You are
preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have
befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory.
13. Every Mass
wins for you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.
14. You receive
the priest's blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.
15. You kneel
amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the adorable
Sacrifice with reverential awe.
16. You are
blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
In eternity, we
shall fully realize that it was certainly worthwhile to have assisted at
Holy Mass daily. PRAY FOR PRIESTS THAT THEY MAY OFFER THE MASS
WITH HOLY LOVE AND REVERENCE.
"WHY Should I Go To Mass Every Day?"
"The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!"
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".
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
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.
JOHN XXIII SUMMARY ON WIKIPEDIA
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION TO
Saint John XXIII, you spent
deeply immersed in the truths of the
Faith. You led us by your great
example of sacrifice and love
successively led millions to love Our
Lord Jesus Christ
and His Holy Church.
We now ask for your
those who are troubled and in
Saint John XXIII, please pray for the
Church and for the
following prayer request:
SAINT JOHN PAUL
SEE: EWTN Biography on Pope John Paul
FOR THE INTERCESSION
OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II
Blessed Trinity, we thank you
for having graced the Church
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
the tenderness of
your fatherly care,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
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
the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way
achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his
[MENTION PRAYER REQUEST]
and according to your
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord.
PRAYERS FOR THE DAY
Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
Physical and Spiritual Healing.
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
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: