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"Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven."   --Saint Pope Pius X

 

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. 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.

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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!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

 

 

 

MASS READINGS FOR TODAY 

May 25th, Saturday

Acts of the Apostles 16,1-10.

 
Paul reached (also) Derbe and Lystra where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him. On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city, they handed on to the people for observance the decisions reached by the apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number.
They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During (the) night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

 

Psalms 100(99),1-2.3.5.

R. (2a) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.

Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.

The LORD is good:
his kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.

 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,18-21.

Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me."

 

SOURCE:  

http://www.usccb.org/bible/

https://levangileauquotidien.org/main.php

https://dailygospel.org/AM/gospel

https://vangelodelgiorno.org/main.php

 

Divine Mercy
 

On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Sister Faustina Kowalska tells us in her diary under this date: "In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening in the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red, and the other pale, In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me:   'paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.' "

Some time later, Our Lord again spoke to her: "The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross . . . Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."

 

Some time later, Our Lord again spoke to her: "The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross . . . Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him."

GO TO CONFESSION ON SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH OR SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH,  DURING DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY WEEKEND.  JESUS TOLD SISTER FAUSTINA:

"I want this image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy. On that day, the depths of My Mercy will be open to all. Whoever will go to confession and Holy Communion on that day will receive complete forgiveness of sin and punishment. Mankind will not enjoy peace until it turns with confidence to My Mercy."

SAINT MARIA FAUSTINA KOWALSKA, "DIARY, DIVINE MERCY IN MY SOUL.

 

DIVINE MERCY LITANY

Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, fountain gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect, human or angelic, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, source of miracles and wonders, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, descending to earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us, and especially for sinners, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in the founding of the Holy Church, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in our justification through Jesus Christ, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, accompanying us through our whole life, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, embracing us especially at the hour of death, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, accompanying us every moment of our life, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, shielding us from the fire of hell, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in the conversion of hardened sinners, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, astonishment for Angels, incomprehensible to Saints, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, lifting us out of every misery, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His hands, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, crown of all God?s handiwork, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, delight and ecstasy of holy souls, I trust in You
Divine Mercy, inspiring hope against all hope, I trust in You
 

Prayer:
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

 

 

 
SAINT FOR TODAY


May 25th


St. Bede, Confessor and Father of the Church



From the short account he has given of himself in the last chapter of his Ecclesiastical History; his disciple Cuthbert’s relation of his death; his two short anonymous lives extant, one in Capgrave, the other quoted by F. Maihew; also from Simeon of Durham, Hist. Dunelm. c. 14, 15, et l. de Pontif. Eborac. in manuscript. Cotton. Malmesb. de Reg. Angl. l. 2, c. 4; Matt. of West. ad an. 734. See Mabillon, sζc. 3, Ben. p. 1, p. 539. Bulteau, t. 2, p. 316. Cave, Hist. Lit. t. 1. ed. noviss. Ceillier, t. 18, p. 1. Tanner, Bibl. Script. Brit. p. 86, Biographia Brit. t. 1, V. Bede; and Smith in app. after Bede’s Eccl. Hist. p. 791.

Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume V: May.
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

A.D. 735.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  SAINT BEDE, PRAY FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND FOR POPE FRANCIS.


THE CELEBRATED Dom. Mabillon 1 mentioning Bede as a most illustrious instance of learning in the monastic institute, says: “Who ever tudy of every branch of literature, and also to the teaching of others, more than Bede? yet who was more closely united to heaven by the exercises of piety and religion? To see him pray, says an ancient writer, one would have thought he left himself no time to study; and when we look at his books we admire he could have found time to do any thing else but write.” Camden calls him “the singular and shining light,” and Leland, “the chiefest and brightest ornament of the English nation, most worthy, if any one ever was, of immortal fame.” William of Malmesbury tells us, that it is easier to admire him in thought than to do him justice in expression. Venerable Bede, called by the ancients Bedan—who is not to be confounded with a monk of Lindisfarne of the same name, 2 but older—was born in 673, as Mabillon demonstrates from his own writings, in a village which soon after his birth became part of the estate of the new neighbouring monastery of Jarrow, but was gained upon by the sea before the time of Simeon of Durham. St. Bennet Biscop founded the abbey of St. Peter’s at Weremouth, near the mouth of the Were, in 674, and that of St. Paul’s at Girvum, now Jarrow, in 680, on the banks of the river Tyne, below the Caprζ-caput, still called Goat’s-head or Gateshead, opposite to Newcastle. Such a harmony subsisted between the two houses that they were often governed by the same abbot, and called the same monastery of SS. Peter and Paul. St. Bennet was a man of extraordinary learning and piety, and enriched these monasteries with a large and curious library which he had collected at Rome, and in other foreign parts. To his care Bede was committed at seven years of age, but was afterwards removed to Jarrow, where he prosecuted his studies under the direction of the abbot Ceolfrid, who had been St. Bennet’s fellow-traveller. Among other able masters, under whom he made great progress, he names Trumbert, a monk of Jarrow, who had formerly been a disciple of St. Chad, bishop, first of York, afterwards of Litchfield, who had established a great school in his monastery of Lestingan in Yorkshire. The church music or chant Bede learned of John, formerly precentor of St. Peter’s of the Vatican, and abbot of St. Martin’s at Rome, whom Pope Agatho had sent over to England with St. Bennet Biscop. The Greek language our saint must have learned of Theodorus archbishop of Canterbury, and the abbot Adrian, by whose instruction that language became as familiar to several of their English scholars as their native tongue. For an instance of which Bede mentions Tobias bishop of Rochester. How great a master Bede was of that language appears from his Ars Metrica and other works. His poem on St. Cuthbert and other performances show him to have been a good poet for the age wherein he lived. But his comments on the holy scriptures, and his sermons prove that the meditation on the word of God, and the writings of the holy fathers chiefly engrossed his time and attention. 1
His great piety and endowments supplying the defect of age, by the order of his abbot Ceolfrid, he was ordained deacon in 691, at nineteen years of age, by St. John of Beverley, who was at that time bishop of Hexham, in which diocess Jarrow was situated, there being then no episcopal see at Durham. From this time he continued his studies, till, at thirty years of age, in 702, he was ordained priest by the same St. John who was made bishop of Hexham in 685, and bishop of York in 704. In King Alfred’s version Bede is styled mass-priest, because it was his employment to sing every day the conventual mass. He tells us, that the holy abbot and founder St. Bennet Biscop, like the rest of the brethren, used to winnow the corn and thrash it, to give milk to the lambs and calves, and to work in the bakehouse, garden, and kitchen. Bede must have sometimes had a share in such employments, and he was always cheerful, obedient, and indefatigable. But his studies and writings, with assiduous meditation and prayer, must have chiefly employed him. He often copied books. From the time that he was promoted to priestly order he began to compose books; and he had a great school, in which he brought up many eminent and holy scholars, and instructed his fellow monks, who amounted to the number of six hundred. Bede tells us of himself that he applied himself wholly to the meditation of the holy scriptures, and amidst the observance of regular discipline, and the daily care of singing in the church, it was his delight to be always employed either in learning, teaching, or writing. He says, that from the time of his being made priest, to the fifty-ninth year of his age when he wrote this, he had compiled several books for his own use, and that of others, gathering them out of the works of the venerable fathers, or adding new comments according to their sense and interpretation. 3 He gives a list of forty-five different works which he had then composed, of which thirty, and many of those are divided into several books, consist of comments on the Old and New Testament. He wrote several other works after this. All the sciences and every branch of literature were handled by him; natural philosophy, the philosophical principles of Aristotle, astronomy, arithmetic, the calendar, grammar, ecclesiastical history, and the lives of the saints; though works of piety make up the bulk of his writings. The ornaments of rhetoric were not his study; but perspicuity, (the first qualification in writing,) an unaffected honesty and simplicity, and an affecting spirit of sincere piety and goodness of heart and charity run through all his compositions, and cannot fail to please. An honest candour and love of truth are so visibly the characteristics of his historical works, that if some austere critics have suspected him sometimes of credulity, no man ever called in question his sincerity. If on the scriptures he often abridged or reduced to a methodical order the comments of St. Austin, St. Ambrose, St. Jerom, St. Basil, and other fathers, this he did, not out of sloth or for want of genius, (as some later writers have done,) but that he might stick closer to tradition in interpreting the sacred oracles; and in what he found not done by other eminent fathers, he still followed their rules lest he should in the least tittle deviate from tradition. In the original comments which he wrote, he seems in the opinion of good judges, not inferior in solidity and judgment to his ablest masters among the fathers. John Bale, the apostate Carmelite friar, and the sworn enemy of the monks and fathers, who was bishop of Ossory under Edward VI., and died canon of Canterbury under Queen Elizabeth, could not refuse Bede the highest encomiums, and affirms, that he certainly surpassed Gregory the Great in eloquence and copiousness of style, and that there is scarcely anything in all antiquity worthy to be read which is not found in Bede. Dr. John Pitts 4 advances, that Europe scarcely ever produced a greater scholar; and that even whilst he was living, his writings were of so great authority, that a council ordered them to be publicly read in the churches. Folchard, a very learned monk of Christ Church, in Canterbury, and abbot of Thorney, in the days of St. Edward the Confessor, and the Conqueror, originally from Sithiu, in his life of St. John of Beverley, quoted by Leland, says of Bede, “It is amazing how this great man became so perfect in all the branches of those sciences to which he applied himself, whereby he conquered all difficulties, and brought those of his own nation to form right notions; so that from the rude and boorish manners of their ancestors they began to be exceedingly civilized and polite through their desire of learning, of which he not only taught them the grounds whilst living, but in his works left them a kind of Encyclopζdia (or universal library) for the instruction of youth after his decease.” Fuller writes of him: “He expounded almost all the Bible, translated the Psalms and New Testament into English, and lived a comment on those words of the apostle—shining as a light in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” What we most admire in Bede is the piety with which he pursued and sanctified his studies, and the use which he made of them. What he says of St. Chad was a transcript of his own life, that he studied the holy scriptures so as to meditate assiduously on the mysteries of faith and the maxims and rules of piety, treasuring up in his heart the most perfect sentiments of divine love, humility, and all virtues, and diligently copying them in his whole conduct. Hence his life was a model of devotion, obedience, humility, simplicity, charity, and penance. He declined the abbatial dignity which was pressed upon him. Malmesbury gives us a letter of Pope Sergius, 5 by which with many honourable expressions he was invited to Rome, that pope desiring to see and consult him on certain matters of the greatest importance. This must have happened about the time that he was ordained priest. Bede out of modesty suppressed this circumstance. What hindered his journey thither we know not; but we have his word for it that he lived from his childhood in his monastery without travelling abroad, that is, without taking any considerable journey. His reputation drew to him many visits from all the greatest men in Britain, particularly from the pious king Ceolwulp. Ecgbright or Egberct, brother to Eadbyrht, king of Northumberland, who was consecrated archbishop of York in 734, had been a scholar of Bede. At his pressing invitation our saint went to York, and taught there some months, but excused himself from leaving his monastery the following year. 6 This school set up at York became very flourishing, and Alcuin, one of its greatest ornaments, is said to have been himself a scholar of Bede. Our saint died soon after Ecgbright’s accession to the see of York; but lived long enough to write him a letter of advice upon his advancement. Herein he puts him in mind that it was a most essential part of his duty to place everywhere able and learned priests, to labour strenuously himself in feeding his flock, in correcting all vice, and endeavouring to convert all sinners, and to take care that every one knew the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed, and was thoroughly instructed in the articles of our holy religion. He gives it as an important piece of advice, that all among the laity whose lives are pure, (or free from vice,) communicate every Sunday, and on the festivals of the apostles and martyrs, as he says Ecgbright had seen practised at Rome; but Bede requires that the married persons prepare themselves by continence to receive the holy communion, 7 which was formerly a precept repeated in several councils; but is now by disuse looked upon as no more than a counsel, but a counsel which St. Charles Borromeo recommends to be inculcated. Bede died within the compass of a year after he wrote this letter. Cuthbert, called also Antony, one of his scholars, to whom the saint dedicated his book De Arte Metrica, wrote to one Cuthwin a monk, who had formerly been his schoolfellow under Bede, an account of the death of their dear master. This Cuthbert was afterwards abbot of Jarrow, in which dignity he succeeded Huethbert, called also Eusebius, another scholar of Bede. 2


The letter of Cuthbert 8 deserves to have a place in the life of Bede, though it is here something abridged:—“To his most beloved in Christ, and fellow-reader Cuthwin, his schoolfellow Cuthbert wishes eternal salvation in our Lord. Your small present was very acceptable, and your letter gave me much satisfaction, wherein I found what I greatly desired, that masses and prayers are diligently said by you for Bede, the beloved of God, our late father and master. For the love I bear him, I send you in few words an account of the manner in which he departed this world, understanding it is what you desire. He began to be much troubled with a shortness of breath about two weeks before Easter, yet without pain: thus he lived cheerful and rejoicing, giving thanks to Almighty God every day and night, nay, every hour, till the day of our Lord’s Ascension, which was the 26th of May. He daily read lessons to us his scholars; the rest of the day he spent in singing psalms; he also passed all the night awake in joy and thanksgiving, only when he was interrupted by a short slumber; but awakening, he repeated his accustomed exercises, and ceased not to give thanks to God, with hands expanded. O truly happy man! He sung that sentence of St. Paul: It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God; and much more out of holy writ. Being well skilled in English verses, he recited some things in our tongue. He said in English: ‘No man is too wise to consider what good or evil he has done, before the necessary departure:’ that is, to examine the state of his soul sufficiently before his death. He also sung anthems, according to his and our custom; one of which is: ‘O glorious King, Lord of Hosts, who triumphing this day didst ascend above all the heavens; leave us not orphans, but send down the Father’s Spirit of truth upon us: Alleluia.’ When he came to that word ‘leave us not,’ he burst into tears, and wept much; and an hour after he began to repeat the same anthem he had commenced, and we hearing it, grieved with him. By turns we read, and by turns we wept; nay, we always wept even when we read. In such joy we passed the fifty days, and he rejoiced much, and gave God thanks because he deserved to be so infirm. He often repeated, that God scourgeth every son whom he receiveth; and much more out of the scripture; also that sentence of St. Ambrose: ‘I have not lived so as to be ashamed to live among you; nor am I afraid to die, because we have a good God.’ During these days, besides the daily lessons he gave, and the singing of psalms, he composed two works for the benefit of the church; the one was a translation of St. John’s gospel into English, as far as those words: But what are these among so many? the other, some collections out of St. Isidore’s book of notes; for he said, ‘I will not have my scholars read a falsehood after my death, and labour without advantage.’ On Tuesday before the Ascension he began to be much worse in his breathing, and a small swelling appeared in his feet; but he passed all that day pleasantly, and dictated in school, saying now and then, ‘Go on quickly; I know not how long I shall hold out, and whether my Maker will soon take me away.’ To us he seemed very well to know the time of his departure. He spent the night awake in thanksgiving. On Wednesday morning he ordered us to write speedily what he had begun. After this, we made the procession according to the custom of that day, 9 walking with the relics of the saints till the third hour (or nine o’clock in the morning); then one of us said to him: ‘Most dear master, there is still one chapter wanting. Do you think it troublesome to be asked any more questions?’ He answered: ‘It is no trouble. Take your pen and write fast.’ He did so. But at the ninth hour (three in the afternoon) he said to me: ‘Run quickly; and bring all the priests of the monastery to me.’ When they came, he distributed to them some pepper-corns, little cloths or handkerchiefs, and incense which he had in a little box, 10 entreating every one that they would carefully celebrate masses and say prayers for him; which they readily promised to do. They all wept at his telling them, they should no more see his face in this world; but rejoiced to hear him say: ‘It is now time for me to return to him who made me, and gave me a being when I was nothing. I have lived a long time; my merciful Judge most graciously foresaw and ordered the course of my life for me. The time of my dissolution draws near. I desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ. Yes; my soul desires to see Christ my king in his beauty.’ Many other things he spoke to our edification, and spent the rest of the day in joy till the evening. The above-mentioned young scholar, whose name was Wilberth, said to him: ‘Dear master, there is still one sentence that is not written.’ He answered, ‘Write quickly.’ The young man said: ‘It is now done.’ He replied: ‘You have well said; it is at an end: all is finished. Hold my head that I may have the pleasure to sit, looking towards my little oratory where I used to pray; that whilst I am sitting I may call upon my heavenly Father, and on the pavement of his little place sing, Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.’ Thus he prayed on the floor, and when he had named the Holy Ghost he breathed out his soul. All declared that they had never seen any one die with such great devotion and tranquillity; for so long as his soul was in his body, he never ceased, with his hands expanded, to give thanks and praise to God, repeating Glory be to the Father, &c., with other spiritual acts. I have many other things I could relate of him; and I have a thought of writing more amply on this subject,” &c. 3
Ranulph Higden 11 relates the manner of his holy departure: “After teaching all day, it was his custom to watch much in the nights. Finding by the swelling of his feet that death approached, he received extreme unction, and then the Viaticum on the Tuesday before the Ascension of the Lord, and gave the kiss of peace to all his brethren, imploring their pious remembrance after his death. On the feast of the Ascension, lying on sackcloth spread on the floor, he invited the grace of the Holy Ghost; and continued in praise and thanksgiving in which he breathed forth his holy soul.” St. Bede died in the year 735, of his age sixty-two, 12 on Wednesday evening the 26th of May, after the first vespers of our Lord’s Ascension; whence many authors say he died on the feast of the Ascension; for our Saxon ancestors reckoned festivals from the first vespers. Thus from repeating the divine praises here in the most pure and profound sentiments of compunction, humility, zeal, and love, he passed, as it were without intermission, to sing eternally the same praises with affections at once infinitely dilated with inexpressible holy joy, ardour, and love, in the glorious choirs of the blessed, and in the beatific contemplation of God, whom he praised and loved. His feast was kept in England in some places on the 26th of May, with a commemoration only in the office of St. Austin; in others it was deferred to the 27th, on which it occurs in the Roman Martyrology. In the constitution of John Alcock, bishop of Ely, for the festivals of his diocess, printed in 1498 by Pynson, Bede’s feast is ordered to be kept with an office on the 13th of March, the day of his death being taken up by the office of St. Austin. Certain congregations of the Benedictin Order have long kept his office on the 29th of October, perhaps, on account of some translation. On the same day it is celebrated at present in England, and by a special privilege, the office is said by all English priests who live in foreign countries, by an indult or grant of Pope Benedict XIV. given in 1754; which grant, at least with regard to those clergymen or regulars who are in England, was interpreted at Rome to imply a precept. 4
Alcuin 13 having extolled the learning and virtues of this holy doctor, says that his sanctity was attested by the voice of heaven after his death; for a sick man was freed from a fever upon the spot by touching his relics. St. Lullus, archbishop of Mentz, wrote to his scholar Cuthbert, then abbot of Weremouth and Jarrow, to beg a copy of Bede’s works, and sent him a cloak for his own use, and a silk vest to cover the shrine of this great servant of God. At that time a vest was a usual present even to kings. Bede was buried in St. Paul’s church in Jarrow, where a porch on the north side bore his name. In 1020 his sacred remains were conveyed to Durham, and laid in a bag and wooden trunk in the shrine of St. Cuthbert, as Simeon of Durham relates. In 1155 they were taken up by Hugh bishop of Durham, and inclosed in a rich shrine of curious workmanship, adorned with gold, silver, and jewels, as we learn from the appendix to the history of Durham, compiled by Simeon of Durham, who wrote from the memoirs of Turgot the learned prior of Durham in the reign of Edward the Confessor, made archbishop of St. Andrew’s in the reign of the Conqueror, whose declared enemy he was. Hence Turgot’s history has been by some ascribed to him. At the change of religion in England the shrines of the saints were plundered by the royal commissioners, but these were anticipated by private robbers in many places. At the same time the relics were scattered or publicly burnt. This latter part of the commission, which was rigorously executed near the court and in the southern provinces, was not much regarded in the more remote northern counties, where they were usually interred in the churches where their shrines were kept, as we see in St. Cuthbert’s, St. John of Beverley’s, &c. Speed, in his Theatre of Britain, says his marble monument subsisted, when he wrote, in our Lady’s chapel in the western part of the church of Durham. Sir George Wheeler, who died prebendary of Durham, and was a great admirer of Bede, according to his will, is buried within the cathedral, near the foot of Bede’s tomb, and has an inscription, whereas none is now found over St. Bede’s. Mr. Smith has given a type of the remains which are now standing, 14 and another of the altar of St. Cuthbert and St. Bede, delineated from the paintings of the Eastern window. 15 Nevertheless the monks of Glastenbury laid claim to St. Bede’s relics, or a portion of them. 16 Boniface calls St. Bede the lamp of the English church; St. Lullus, Alcuin, and other writers from the time of his death exceedingly extol his learning and sanctity. By Lanfranc and many others he is styled the doctor and father of the English. Trithemius imagined that the title of “Venerable” was conferred on him in his life-time. But Mabillon shows from the silence of all former writers, that it was begun to be given him, out of a peculiar respect, only in the ninth age, when it was used by Amalarius, Jonas, Usuard, &c. 17 He was styled Saint, and placed in foreign Martyrologies long before that time, by Hincmar, Notker, 18 in the litany of St. Gall’s, &c. Rabanus Maurus mentions an altar at Fulde, of which Bede was titular saint. The second council of Aix la Chapelle, in 836, calls him “The venerable, and in the modern times admirable doctor,” &c. 5
It was the happiness of venerable Bede, that receiving his education under the direction of saints, by their example, spirit, and instructions he learned from his infancy the maxims and practice of perfect sanctity. St. Chrysostom 19 wished that parents would breed up their children in monasteries till they are to be produced in the world. Several Roman senators and other noblemen committed the education of their sons to St. Bennet. The most austere and regular monasteries have been chosen by virtuous parents of the first rank, whose principal desire was that their children should be brought up among saints, where their passions would be in no danger of being flattered, and where their minds would be filled with Christian verities and Christ’s spirit, and their hearts formed to piety, grounded in the love, and exercised in habits of all virtues. This is the first and essential advantage which parents are bound to procure their children, upon which their temporal and eternal happiness depends, and all other advantages and qualifications are to be founded. Let them not be neglected, but let this be secured in the first place, and at all rates. 6

Note 1. Tr. des Etudes Monast. t. 1, p. 111, ed. Par. 1692. [back]
Note 2. Vit. S. Cuthbert. c. 37. See Mabil. Anal. t. 4, pp. 521, 522. [back]
Note 3. Bede wrote his Church History of the English in the year 731, the fifty-ninth of his age, at the request of Ceolwulph, (to whom it was dedicated,) a very learned and pious king of the Northumbrians, who three years after Bede’s death resigned his kingdom to his son Edbert, and became a monk at Lindisfarne, where he died in 740. Milton and some others complain of omissions of dates and civil transactions. But Bede’s undertaking was only a history of the English Church; a work suitable to his profession and piety. He speaks sparingly of the British churches, because they fell not directly under his plan. If he relate many visions and miracles, he usually names his vouchers. The best editions of this history are those of Abr. Wheloc with notes, at Cambridge, in 1644; of Peter Fr. Chifflet, a Jesuit, with notes, at Paris, in 1681, and especially of Dr. John Smith at Cambridge, in 1722, in folio, with Bede’s other historical works, as his Chronicle, or on the six ages of the world; his Lives of St. Cuthbert and St. Felix, his Letters to Archbishop Ecgberct, his book on the Holy Places, (p. 315,) his Genuine Martyrology, (p. 327,) first published without the posterior additions of Florus, monk of St. Tron’s, and others, by the Bollandists, (Mart. t. 2, Proleg.) Bede’s Lives of the five first abbots of Weremouth (St. Bennet Biscop, St. Ceolfrid, Estervin, Sigefrid, and Witbert) is accurately published by Sir James Ware, at Dublin, in 1664, and by Henry Wharton, at London, in 1693. The life of St. Cuthbert he wrote both in prose and verse: that of St. Felix he only translated into prose from the poems of St. Paulinus. Several lives published among Bede’s works belong to other authors; that of St. Gregory the Great, to Paul the deacon; those of SS. Columban, Attalus, Eustatius, Bertulfus, and Fara, to Jonas, the disciple of St. Columban; that of St. Vedastus to an anonymous Frenchman; that of St. Patrick to Probus. The other works of Bede are comments on the scripture, and several homilies or sermons; others treat on poesy, grammar, rhetoric, astronomy, music, the art of notation or of memory, the calendar, on Easter or the Equinox, &c. His book on the Holy Places is an abridgment of Adamnan, &c. His hymns and epigrams are lost. The works of Bede were printed at Paris in 1499 and in 1545, in three tomes; and at Basil in 1563, in eight tomes; at Cologne in 1612 and 1688. See Fabricius, Bibl. Lat. 254. Mabillon, sζc. Ben. iii. in Elogio Historico de Beda, ejusque Scriptis; Cave, Hist. Liter, t. 1, p. 612. Tanner, Bibl. Brit. p. 86, and Boston Buriens, p. 29, ap. Tan. in Prζf. Cave calls it a disgrace to our nation that no accurate or complete edition of Bede’s works has been set forth, especially as many genuine valuable writings of this father are found in manuscripts, which have never been published, of which catalogues are given by Cave and Tanner. The former has published Bede’s Prologue to the Canonical Epistles, (p. 614,) pretending that the primacy of St. Peter seems to have been unknown to the author. Bede indeed thinks the epistle of St. James may have been placed first, because the gospel began to be preached at Jerusalem, and because St. James wrote his epistle before St. Peter. But see this prologue more correctly given by Trombelli, a canon regular of St. Saviour, at Bologna, in 1755. (Bedζ Claudii Taurinensis aliorumque Veterum Patrum Opuscula.) This piece is published by the warmest abetters of St. Peter’s supremacy; so far are they from industriously suppressing it, as Cave insinuates. Neither can any one form from it an objection to that article, which no one more manifestly establishes than Bede in many parts of his works. Nor can Bede’s religion as to any other points of controversy in faith be ambiguous to any one who is the least conversant in his writings, especially as to the doctrine of praying for the dead, invoking saints, venerating their relics and holy images, &c., to all which practices he ascribes miracles, &c. He proves that God in the decalogue forbade only idols, not all holy images; for he commanded himself the brazen serpent, &c. (l. De Templo Solom. c. 19, t. 8, p. 40.) His Church History, which is in every one’s hands, may suffice alone to speak for him. See him also on praying for the dead. (Hom. 2, t. 5. Anecd. Martenne, p. 239, &c.) It may seem worth notice that (l. De Nat. Rerum. p. 46. Op. t. 2, p. 37,) he teaches the world and the earth to be round. The Protestants would be unwilling to stand by his verdict or testimony of the church’s faith; though they have not refused him the just tribute of praise. Melanchton (De Corrigendis Studiis) confesses Venerable Bede to have been a person singularly skilled in Greek and Latin; also in mathematics, philosophy, and sacred literature. Bishop Tanner (p. 86,) gives this character of him: “He was a prodigy of learning in an unlearned age, whose erudition we can never cease admiring. If we think that he sometimes failed in his judgment or by credulity, when we take a view of all his writings together, we shall confess that he alone is a library and a treasure of all the arts.” The geography of Bede, even in his descriptions of foreign countries, is incomparably exact, though he never travelled abroad; which shows how careful he was in procuring the best information, which he also discovers in his preface to his history, where he speaks of the sources of his intelligence. [back]
Note 4. De Script. Angl. [back]
Note 5. L. 1, de Reg. c. 3. [back]
Note 6. Bed. ep. Ecgbright, ap. Smith, p. 306. [back]
Note 7. Bed. ep. Ecgbright, ap. Smith, p. 311. [back]
Note 8. Ap. Simeon. Dunelm. Hist. Dunelm. l. 1, c. 15, et ap. Smith, p. 792. [back]
Note 9. Usque ad tertiam horam, ambulavimus deinde cum reliquiis sanctorum, ut consuetude diei illius poscebat, p. 793, ed. Smith. This was the procession of the Rogations on the eve of Ascension-day. [back]
Note 10. Piperem, oraria et incensa. The incense was used to burn at high mass, as Gemmulus, a deacon of Rome, mentions, (Ep. ad S. Bonifac. inter ep. Bonif. 149,) who sent the like present to St. Boniface. Oraria means little cloths to wipe the mouth, as Vossius shows, (c. 3, De Vitiis Serm. c. 31.) Bede by these little presents desired to give tokens of mutual charity, and memorials to put others in mind to remember him in the divine office, as Mabillon and Smith observe. Monks were then allowed, with the abbot’s tacit consent, to leave such little tokens as memorials, as is clear from St. Bennet’s rule. St. Lullus sent to the Abbess Kaneboda a present of pepper, incense, and cinnamon. The epistles of St. Boniface and others furnish several like instances. Such little tokens were intended to put persons in mind to pray for one another. Fortunatus, returning thanks for such a present of herbs, chesnuts, and plums, says, “Munere in angusto cernitur amplus amor.”—L. 11, epigr. 23. See Mabillon, loco cit. § 8. De Xeniolis. Smith, loc. cit. [back]
Note 11. Polychron. l. 5, ad an. 732. [back]
Note 12. This calculation of Mabillon agrees with the saint’s writings and history, and with the Paschal Cycle of that year; though some make him to have lived only fifty-nine years; and the life of Alcuin seems to say that he died in his ninetieth year; consequently that he lived thirty years after he had written his Church History; which system is adopted by Bishop Tanner, who says he died in 762, ninety years old. Bibl. Britan. p. 92. [back]
Note 13. Alcuin, Carm. de Pontif. et Sanct. Eccl. Eborac. v. 1305. [back]
Note 14. App. ad Hist. Bedζ, p. 805. [back]
Note 15. Frontispiece, ib. [back]
Note 16. See Monast. Angl. t. 1, and John of Glastenbury. [back]
Note 17. Mab. ib Elog. Hist. et ap. Smith in App. p. 807. [back]
Note 18. Notker ad 13, Cal. Apr. [back]
Note 19. St. Chrys. l. 3, contr. Vitup. Vitζ. monast. pp. 94, 95, 99, t. 1, ed. Ben. [back]
 

 

SAINT MARY MAGDALEN OF PAZZI

FEAST DAY:  MAY 25TH

ST. MARY MAGDALEN of Pazzi, of an illustrious house in Florence, was born in the year 1566, and baptized by the name of Catherine. She received her first communion at ten years of age, and made a vow of virginity at twelve. She took great pleasure in carefully teaching the Christian doctrine to the ignorant. Her father, not knowing her vow, wished to give her in marriage, but she persuaded him to allow her to become a religious. It was more difficult to obtain her mother's consent; but at last she gained it, and she was professed, being then eighteen years of age, in the Carmelite monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence, May 17th, 1584. She changed her name Catherine into that of Mary Magdalen on becoming a nun, and took as her motto, " To suffer or die;" and her life henceforth was a life of penance for sins not her own, and of love of our Lord, who tried her in ways fearful and strange. She was obedient, observant of the rule, humble and mortified, and had a great reverence for the religious life. She loved poverty and suffering, and hungered after Communion. The day of Communion she called the day of love. The charity that burned in her heart led her in her youth to choose the house of the Carmelites, because the religious therein communicated every day. She rejoiced to see others communicate, even when she was not allowed to do so herself; and her love for her sisters grew when she saw them receive our Lord. God raised her to high states of prayer, and gave her rare gifts, enabling her to read the thoughts of her novices, and filling her with wisdom to direct them aright. She was twice chosen mistress of novices, and then made superioress, when God took her to Himself, May 25th, 1607. Her body is incorrupt.

REFLECTION.—St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi was so filled with the love of God that her sisters in the monastery observed it in her love of themselves, and called her " the Mother of Charity," and "the Charity of the Monastery."

 

PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINT, COMPILED FROM "BUTLER'S LIVES" AND OTHER APPROVED SOURCES.  1899, JOHN, CARDINAL MCCLOSKEY, ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK.

 

 

 

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    Introduction to the

    Devout Life

    Saint Francis of Sales Bishop and Prince of Geneva

    PART I.
    COUNSELS AND PRACTICES SUITABLE FOR THE SOUL'S GUIDANCE FROM THE FIRST ASPIRATION AFTER A DEVOUT LIFE TO THE POINT WHEN IT ATTAINS A CONFIRMED RESOLUTION TO FOLLOW THE SAME.

     

     

    PART II.

    CONTAINING SUNDRY COUNSELS AS TO UPLIFTING THE SOUL TO GOD IN PRAYER AND THE USE OF THE SACRAMENTS.

     

    CHAPTER I.

    The Necessity of Prayer.

    1. PRAYER opens the understanding to the brightness of Divine Light, and the will to the warmth of Heavenly Love--nothing can so effectually purify the mind from its many ignorances, or the will from its perverse affections. It is as a healing water which causes the roots of our good desires to send forth fresh shoots, which washes away the soul's imperfections, and allays the thirst of passion.

    2. But especially I commend earnest mental prayer to you, more particularly such as bears upon the Life and Passion of our Lord. If you contemplate Him frequently in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with Him, you will (65) grow in His Likeness, and your actions will be moulded on His. He is the Light of the world; therefore in Him, by Him, and for Him we shall be enlightened and illuminated; He is the Tree of Life, beneath the shadow of which we must find rest;--He is the Living Fountain of Jacob's well, wherein we may wash away every stain. Children learn to speak by hearing their mother talk, and stammering forth their childish sounds in imitation; and so if we cleave to the Savior in meditation, listening to His words, watching His actions and intentions, we shall learn in time, through His Grace, to speak, act and will like Himself. Believe me, my daughter, there is no way to God save through this door. Just as the glass of a mirror would give no reflection save for the metal behind it, so neither could we here below contemplate the Godhead, were it not united to the Sacred Humanity of our Saviour, Whose Life and Death are the best, sweetest and most profitable subjects that we can possibly select for meditation. It is not without meaning that the Saviour calls Himself the Bread come down from Heaven;--just as we eat bread with all manner of other food, so we need to meditate and feed upon our Dear Lord in every prayer and action. His Life has been meditated and written about by various authors. I should specially commend (66) to you the writings of S. Bonaventura, Bellintani, Bruno, Capilla, Grenada and Da Ponte. (a)

    3. Give an hour every day to meditation before dinner;--if you can, let it be early in the morning, when your mind will be less cumbered, and fresh after the night's rest. Do not spend more than an hour thus, unless specially advised to do so by your spiritual father.

    4. If you can make your meditation quietly in church, it will be well, and no one, father or mother, husband or wife, can object to an hour spent there, and very probably you could not secure a time so free from interruption at home.

    5. Begin all prayer, whether mental or vocal, by an act of the Presence of God. If you observe this rule strictly, you will soon see how useful it is.

    6. It may help you to say the Creed, Lord's Prayer, etc., in Latin, but you should also study them diligently in your own language, so as thoroughly to gather up the meaning of these holy words, which must be used fixing your thoughts steadily on their purport, not striving to say many words so much as seeking to say a few with your whole heart.  One Our Father (67) said devoutly is worth more than many prayers hurried over.

    7. The Rosary is a useful devotion when rightly used, and there are various little books to teach this. It is well, too, to say pious Litanies, and the other vocal prayers appointed for the Hours and found in Manuals of devotion,--but if you have a gift for mental prayer, let that always take the chief place, so that if, having made that, you are hindered by business or any other cause from saying your wonted vocal prayers, do not be disturbed, but rest satisfied with saying the Lord's Prayer, the Angelic Salutation, and the Creed after your meditation.

    8. If, while saying vocal prayers, your heart feels drawn to mental prayer, do not resist it, but calmly let your mind fall into that channel, without troubling because you have not finished your appointed vocal prayers. The mental prayer you have substituted for them is more acceptable to God, and more profitable to your soul. I should make an exception of the Church's Offices, if you are bound to say those by your vocation--in such a case these are your duty.

    9. If it should happen that your morning goes by without the usual meditation, either owing to a pressure of business, or from any other cause, (which interruptions you should try (68) to prevent as far as possible,) try to repair the loss in the afternoon, but not immediately after a meal, or you will perhaps be drowsy, which is bad both for your meditation and your health. But if you are unable all day to make up for the omission, you must remedy it as far as may be by ejaculatory prayer, and by reading some spiritual book, together with an act of penitence for the neglect, together with a stedfast resolution to do better the next day.

    a. S. Bonaventura, Louis of Grenada, and Da Ponte's works are still available and are admirable helps to meditation. Among more modern works might be suggested Isaac Williams on the Passion, Avrillon's Lent Guide, &c. &c.

     

    CHAPTER II.

    A short Method of Meditation.

    And first, the Presence of God, the First Point of Preparation.

    IT may be, my daughter, that you do not know how to practise mental prayer, for unfortunately it is a thing much neglected now-adays. I will therefore give you a short and easy method for using it, until such time as you may read sundry books written on the subject, and above all till practice teaches you how to use it more perfectly. And first of all, the Preparation, which consists of two points: first, placing yourself in the Presence of God; and second, asking His Aid. And in order to place your (69) self in the Presence of God, I will suggest four chief considerations which you can use at first.

    First, a lively earnest realisation that His Presence is universal; that is to say, that He is everywhere, and in all, and that there is no place, nothing in the world, devoid of His Most Holy Presence, so that, even as birds on the wing meet the air continually, we, let us go where we will, meet with that Presence always and everywhere. It is a truth which all are ready to grant, but all are not equally alive to its importance. A blind man when in the presence of his prince will preserve a reverential demeanour if told that the king is there, although unable to see him; but practically, what men do not see they easily forget, and so readily lapse into carelessness and irreverence. Just so, my child, we do not see our God, and although faith warns us that He is present, not beholding Him with our mortal eyes, we are too apt to forget Him, and act as though He were afar: for, while knowing perfectly that He is everywhere, if we do not think about it, it is much as though we knew it not. And therefore, before beginning to pray, it is needful always to rouse the soul to a stedfast remembrance and thought of the Presence of God. This is what David meant when he exclaimed, "If I climb up to Heaven, Thou art there, and if I go (70) down to hell, Thou art there also!" (a) And in like manner Jacob, who, beholding the ladder which went up to Heaven, cried out, "Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not" (b) meaning thereby that he had not thought of it; for assuredly he could not fail to know that God was everywhere and in all things. Therefore, when you make ready to pray, you must say with your whole heart, "God is indeed here."

    The second way of placing yourself in this Sacred Presence is to call to mind that God is not only present in the place where you are, but that He is very specially present in your heart and mind, which He kindles and inspires with His Holy Presence, abiding there as Heart of your heart, Spirit of your spirit. Just as the soul animates the whole body, and every member thereof, but abides especially in the heart, so God, while present everywhere, yet makes His special abode with our spirit. Therefore David calls Him "the Strength of my heart;" (c) and S. Paul said that in Him "we live and move and have our being." (d) Dwell upon this thought until you have kindled a great reverence within your heart for God Who is so closely present to you.

    The third way is to dwell upon the thought of our Lord, Who in His Ascended Humanity looks (71) down upon all men, but most particularly on all Christians, because they are His children; above all, on those who pray, over whose doings He keeps watch. Nor is this any mere imagination, it is very truth, and although we see Him not, He is looking down upon us. It was given to S. Stephen in the hour of martyrdom thus to behold Him, and we may well say with the Bride of the Canticles, "He looketh forth at the windows, shewing Himself through the lattice." (e)

    The fourth way is simply to exercise your ordinary imagination, picturing the Saviour to yourself in His Sacred Humanity as if He were beside you just as we are wont to think of our friends, and fancy that we see or hear them at our side. But when the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is there, then this Presence is no longer imaginary, but most real; and the sacred species are but as a veil from behind which the Present Saviour beholds and considers us, although we cannot see Him as He is. Make use of one or other of these methods for placing yourself in the Presence of God before you begin to pray;--do not try to use them all at once, but take one at a time, and that briefly and simply.

     

    a. Ps. cxxxix. 7. b. Gen. xxviii. 16. c. Ps. lxxiii. 26. d. Acts xvii. 28. e. Cant. ii. 9.

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    CHAPTER III.

    Invocation, the Second Point of Preparation.

    INVOCATION is made as follows: your soul, having realised God's Presence, will prostrate itself with the utmost reverence, acknowledging its unworthiness to abide before His Sovereign Majesty; and yet knowing that He of His Goodness would have you come to Him, you must ask of Him grace to serve and worship Him in this your meditation. You may use some such brief and earnest words as those of David: "Cast me not away from Thy Presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me." (a) "Shew me Thy Ways, O Lord, and teach me Thy paths." (b) "Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy Law: yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart." (c) "I am Thy servant, O grant me understanding." (d) Dwell too upon the thought of your guardian Angel, and of the Saints connected with the special mystery you are considering, as the Blessed Virgin, S. John, the Magdalene, the good thief, etc., if you are meditating in the Passion, so that you may share in their devout feelings and intention,--and in the same way with other subjects.

    a. Ps. li. 11.
    b. Ps. xxv. 4.
    c. Ps. cxix. 34.
    d. Ps. cxix. 125.

     

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    CHAPTER IV.

    The Third Point of Preparation, representing the Mystery to be meditated to Your Imagination.

    FOLLOWING upon these two ordinary points, there ere is a third, which is not necessary to all meditation, called by some the local representation, and by others the interior picture. It is simply kindling a vivid picture of the mystery to be meditated within your imagination, even as though you were actually beholding it. For instance, if you wish to meditate upon our Lord on His Cross, you will place yourself in imagination on Mount Calvary, as though you saw and heard all that occurred there during the Passion; or you can imagine to yourself all that the Evangelists describe as taking place where you are. In the same way, when you meditate upon death, bring the circumstances that will attend your own vividly to mind, and so of hell, or any subjects which involve visible, tangible circumstances. When it is a question of such mysteries as God's Greatness, His Attributes, the end of our creation, or other invisible things, you cannot make this use of your imagination. At most you may employ certain comparisons and similitudes, but these are not always opportune, and I would have you follow a very simple (74) method, and not weary your mind with striving after new inventions. Still, often this use of the imagination tends to concentrate the mind on the mystery we wish to meditate, and to prevent our thoughts from wandering hither and thither, just as when you shut a bird within a cage, or fasten a hawk by its lures. Some people will tell you that it is better to confine yourself to mere abstract thought, and a simple mental and spiritual consideration of these mysteries, but this is too difficult for beginners; and until God calls you up higher, I would advise you, my daughter, to abide contentedly in the lowly valley I have pointed out.

     

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    PART II.

    CONTAINING SUNDRY COUNSELS AS TO UPLIFTING THE SOUL TO GOD IN PRAYER AND THE USE OF THE SACRAMENTS.

    I. The Necessity of Prayer . . . 64
    II. A short Method of Meditation. And first, the Presence of God, the First Point of Preparation . . . 68
    III. Invocation, the Second Point of Preparation . . . 72
    IV. The Third Point of Preparation, representing the Mystery to be meditated to your Imagination . . . 73
    V. Considerations, the Second Part of Meditation . . . 74
    VI.  The Third Part of Meditation, Affections and Resolutions . . . 75
    VII. The Conclusion and Spiritual Bouquet . . . 77
    VIII. Some Useful Hints as to Meditation . . . 78
    IX. Concerning Dryness in Meditation . . . 81
    X. Morning Prayer . . . 83
    XI. Evening Prayer and Examination of Conscience . . . 85
    XII. On Spiritual Retirement . . . 87
    XIII. Aspirations, Ejaculatory Prayer and Holy Thoughts . . . 90
    XIV. Of Holy Communion, and how to join in it . . . 98
    XV. Of the other Public Offices of the Church . . . 101
    XVI. How the Saints are united to us . . . 103
    XVII. How to Hear and Read God's Word . . . 105
    XVIII. How to receive Inspirations . . . 107
    XIX. On Confession . . . 111
    XX. Of Frequent Communion . . . 116
    XXI. How to Communicate . . . 120
     
     

     

     

     

    LITANY FOR
    THE SOULS IN PURGATORY

     

    The just shall be in everlasting remembrance;
    He shall not fear the evil hearing.

    V. Absolve, O Lord, the souls of the faithful departed
    from every bond of sin,
    R. And by the help of Thy grace
    may they be enabled to escape the avenging judgment,
    and to enjoy the happiness of eternal life.

    Because in Thy mercy are deposited the souls that departed
    in an inferior degree of grace,
    Lord, have mercy.

    Because their present suffering is greatest
    in the knowledge of the pain that their separation from Thee is causing Thee,
    Lord, have mercy.

    Because of their present inability to add to Thy glory,
    Lord, have mercy.

    Not for our consolation, O Lord;
    not for their release from purgative pain, O God;
    but for Thy joy
    and the greater honor of Thy throne, O Christ the King,
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the souls of our departed friends, relations and benefactors,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those of our family who have fallen asleep in Thy bosom, O Jesus,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those who have gone to prepare our place,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    (For those who were our brothers [or sisters] in Religion,)
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For priests who were our spiritual directors,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For men or women who were our teachers in school,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those who were our employers (or employees),
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those who were our associates in daily toil,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For any soul whom we ever offended,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For our enemies now departed,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those souls who have none to pray for them,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those forgotten by their friends and kin,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those now suffering the most,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those who have acquired the most merit,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For the souls next to be released from Purgatory,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those who, while on earth,
    were most devoted to God the Holy Ghost,
    to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
    to the holy Mother of God,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For all deceased popes and prelates,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For all deceased priests, seminarians and religious,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For all our brethren in the Faith everywhere,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For all our separated brethren who deeply loved Thee,
    and would have come into Thy household had they known the truth,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those souls who need, or in life asked, our prayers,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    For those, closer to Thee than we are, whose prayers we need,
    grant light and peace, O Lord.

    That those may be happy with Thee forever,
    who on earth were true exemplars of the Catholic Faith,
    grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

    That those may be admitted to Thine unveiled Presence,
    who as far as we know never committed mortal sin,
    grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

    That those may be housed in glory,
    who lived always in recollection and prayer,
    grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

    That those may be given the celestial joy of beholding Thee,
    who lived lives of mortification and self-denial and penance,
    grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

    That those may be flooded with Thy love,
    who denied themselves even Thy favors of indulgence
    and who made the heroic act
    for the souls who had gone before them,
    grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

    That those may be drawn up to the Beatific Vision,
    who never put obstacles in the way of sanctifying grace
    and who ever drew closer in mystical union with Thee,
    grant them eternal rest, O Lord.

    V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
    R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

    Let Us Pray.

    Be mindful, O Lord,
    of Thy servants and handmaids,
    N. and N.,
    who are gone before us
    with the sign of faith
    and repose in the sleep of grace.
    To these, O Lord,
    and to all who rest in Christ,
    grant, we beseech Thee,
    a place of refreshment,
    light and peace,
    through the same Christ Our Lord.

    Amen.

     

    MASSES SAID FOR THE DEAD (25 MASSES A DAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED)http://www.holysouls.com

     

     
     

    THE LITANY OF MARY QUEEN.

    [Mention your prayer request]

    Lord, have mercy,
    Lord,,
    Christ, have mercy

    Lord, have mercy,
    Lord, have mercy

    Holy Mary,
    pray for us.

    Holy Mother of God,
    pray for us.

    Most honored of virgins,
    pray for us.

    Chosen daughter of the Father,
    pray for us.

    Mother of Christ the King,
    pray for us.

    Glory of the Holy Spirit,
    pray for us.

    Virgin daughter of Zion,
    pray for us.

    Virgin poor and humble,
    pray for us.

    Virgin gentle and obedient,
    pray for us.

    Handmaid of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    Mother of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    Helper of the Redeemer,
    pray for us.

    Full of grace,
    pray for us.

    Fountain of beauty,
    pray for us.

    Model of virtue,
    pray for us.

    First fruit of the redemption,
    pray for us.

    Perfect disciple of Christ,
    pray for us.

    Untarnished image of the Church,
    pray for us.

    Woman transformed,
    pray for us.

    Woman clothed with the sun,
    pray for us.

    Woman crowned with stars,
    pray for us.

    Gentle Lady,
    pray for us.

    Gracious Lady,
    pray for us.

    Our Lady,
    pray for us.

    Joy of Israel,
    pray for us.

    Splendour of the Church,
    pray for us.

    Pride of the human race,
    pray for us.

    Advocate of grace,
    pray for us.

    Minister of holiness,
    pray for us.

    Champion of God's people,
    pray for us.

    Queen of love,
    pray for us.

    Queen of mercy,
    pray for us.

    Queen of peace,
    pray for us.

    Queen of angels,
    pray for us.

    Queen of patriarchs and prophets,
    pray for us.

    Queen of apostles and martyrs,
    pray for us.

    Queen of confessors and virgins,
    pray for us.

    Queen of all saints,
    pray for us.

    Queen conceived without original sin,
    pray for us.

    Queen assumed into heaven,
    pray for us.

    Queen of all the earth,
    pray for us.

    Queen of heaven,
    pray for us.

    Queen of the universe,
    pray for us.

    Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
    spare us, O Lord.

    Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
    hear us, O Lord.

    Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    have mercy on us.

    Father, you have given us the mother of your Son
    to be our Queen and Mother.
    With the support of her prayers
    may we come to share the glory of your children
    in the kingdom of heaven.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

     

     
     
    [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.

    God the Father of Heaven,
    Have mercy on us.

    God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    Have mercy on us.

    God the Holy Spirit,
    Have mercy on us.

    Holy Trinity, One God,
    Have mercy on us.

    Holy Mary, spouse of St. Joseph,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, confirmed in grace,
    Pray for us.

    Saint 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.

    Saint 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.

    Saint Joseph, exited with Christ into Egypt,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, intercessor for the afflicted,
    Pray for us.

    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.

    Amen.

    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.  Amen!

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    BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH'S VISION:

     THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

     

     

     

    "At the evening of life, you will be examined in love. Learn to love as God desires to be loved and abandon your own ways of acting."  ---Saint John of the Cross


     

     

     
    PRAYERS FOR TODAY

     

    MORNING PRAYER
    AFTERNOON PRAYER
    EVENING PRAYER

     

       

    MORNING PRAYER:

    THIRTY-THREE PETITIONS IN HONOUR OF THE SACRED HUMANITY
    OF OUR LORD JESUS

    O good Jesus, Word of the Eternal Father, 
    Convert me.
    
    O good Jesus, Son of Mary,
    Make me her child.
    
    O good Jesus, My Master,  
    Teach me. 
    
    O good Jesus, Prince of peace, 
    Give me peace.
    
    O good Jesus, my Refuge,
    Receive me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Pastor,
    Feed my soul.
    
    O good Jesus, Model of patience,  
    Comfort me. 
    
    O good Jesus, meek and humble of heart, 
    Make my heart like unto Thine.
    
    O good Jesus, my Redeemer, 
    Save me.
    
    O good Jesus, my God and my All,  
    Possess me. 
    
    O good Jesus, the true Way, 
    Direct me.
    
    O good Jesus, Eternal Truth,  
    Instruct me. 
    
    O good Jesus, Life of the blessed, 
    Make me live in Thee.
    
    O good Jesus, my Support,
    Strengthen me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Justice,
    Justify me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Mediator,
    Reconcile me to Thy Father.
    
    O good Jesus, Physician of my soul,
    Heal me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Judge,
    Absolve me.
    
    O good Jesus, my King,
    Govern me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Sanctification,  
    Sanctify me. 
    
    O good Jesus, Abyss of goodness, 
    Pardon me.
    
    O good Jesus, Living Bread from Heaven,  
    Satiate me. 
    
    O good Jesus, the Father of the prodigal, 
    Receive me.
    
    O good Jesus, Joy of my soul,  
    Refresh me. 
    
    O good Jesus, my Helper, 
    Assist me.
    
    O good Jesus, Magnet of love,  
    Attract me. 
    
    O good Jesus, my Protector, 
    Defend me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Hope,  
    Sustain me. 
    
    O good Jesus, Object of my love, 
    Make me love Thee.
    
    O good Jesus, Fountain of life,  
    Cleanse me. 
    
    O good Jesus, my Propitiation, 
    Purify me.
    
    O good Jesus, my Last End,
    Let me obtain Thee.
    
    O good Jesus, my Glory,
    Glorify me.
    
    Amen.
    
    V. Jesus, hear my prayer.
    R. Jesus, graciously hear me.
    
    Let Us Pray
    
    O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast said,
    "Ask and you shall receive,
    seek and you shall find,
    knock and it shall be opened unto you,"
    mercifully attend to our supplications,
    and grant us the gift of Thy Divine charity,
    that we may ever love Thee with our whole hearts,
    and may never cease from praising Thee,
    Who livest and reignest world without end.
    
    R. Amen.
    
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    AFTERNOON PRAYER:

     

    LITANY TO SAINT JOSEPH

    Lord, have mercy on us 
    Christ, have mercy on us 
    
    Lord, have mercy on us 
    Christ, hear us 
    
    Christ, graciously hear us 
    
    God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us 
    God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us 
    
    God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us 
    Holy Mary,  pray for us 
    
    St. Joseph, pray for us 
    Blessed offspring of David, pray for us 
    Light of patriarchs, pray for us 
    Spouse of the mother of God, pray for us 
    Chaste custodian of the Blessed Virgin, pray for us 
    Guardian of the Son of God, pray for us 
    Defender of Christ, pray for us 
    Head of the Holy Family, pray for us 
    O Joseph, most just, pray for us 
    O Joseph, most chaste, pray for us 
    O Joseph, most prudent, pray for us 
    O Joseph, most forceful, pray for us 
    O Joseph, most obedient, pray for us 
    O Joseph, most faithful, pray for us 
    Mirror of patience, pray for us 
    Lover of poverty, pray for us 
    Model of laborers, pray for us 
    Patriarch of the home, pray for us 
    Protector of virgins, pray for us 
    Strength of the family, pray for us 
    Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us 
    Hope of the sick, pray for us 
    Patron of the dying, pray for us 
    Terror of demons, pray for us 
    Protector of the church, pray for us 
    
    Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, forgive us O Lord 
    Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world,  hear us O Lord 
    Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. 
    
    Let us pray 
    
    Lord Jesus, through the merits of the devoted spouse 
    of your most holy Mother, help us, we beseech thee, 
    that what of ourselves we cannot obtain, 
    may be granted through the intercession 
    of the Most Holy Patriarch, Saint Joseph. 
    You who reign with God, the Father, 
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and forever.
    
    Amen. 
    

     
    
    

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EVENING PRAYER:

     

    GAELIC LITANY TO OUR LADY
     

    O Great Mary,
    pray for us.

    O Mary, greatest of Maries,
    pray for us.

    O Greatest of women,
    pray for us.

    O Queen of angels,
    pray for us.

    O Mistress of the heavens,
    pray for us.

    O Woman full and replete with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
    pray for us.

    O Blessed and most blessed,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of Eternal Glory,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of Love and Indulgence,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of the Golden Heights,
    pray for us.

    O Honor of the sky,
    pray for us.

    O Sign of tranquillity,
    pray for us.

    O Gate of Heaven,
    pray for us.

    O Golden Vessel,
    pray for us.

    O Couch of Love and Mercy,
    pray for us.

    O Temple of Divinity,
    pray for us.

    O Beauty of virgins,
    pray for us.

    O Mistress of the tribes,
    pray for us.

    O Fountain of gardens,
    pray for us.

    O Cleansing of sins,
    pray for us.

    O Purifying of souls,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of orphans,
    pray for us.

    O Breast of infants,
    pray for us.

    O Solace of the wretched,
    pray for us.

    O Star of the sea,
    pray for us.

    O Handmaid of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of Christ,
    pray for us.

    O Resort of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    O Graceful like the dove,
    pray for us.

    O Serene like the moon,
    pray for us.

    O Resplendent like the sun,
    pray for us.

    O Cancelling Eve's disgrace,
    pray for us.

    O Regeneration of life,
    pray for us.

    O Beauty of women,
    pray for us.

    O Leader of virgins,
    pray for us.

    O Garden Enclosed,
    pray for us.

    O Fountain sealed up,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of God,
    pray for us.

    O Perpetual Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Holy Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Prudent Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Serene Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Chaste Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Temple of the Living God,
    pray for us.

    O Royal Throne of the Eternal King,
    pray for us.

    O Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
    pray for us.

    O Virgin of the Root of Jesse,
    pray for us.

    O Cedar of Mount Lebanon,
    pray for us.

    O Cypress of Mount Sion,
    pray for us.

    O Crimson Rose of the Land of Jacob,
    pray for us.

    O Blooming like the palm tree,
    pray for us.

    O Fruitful like the olive tree,
    pray for us.

    O Glorious Son-bearer,
    pray for us.

    O Light of Nazareth,
    pray for us.

    O Glory of Jerusalem,
    pray for us.

    O Beauty of the world,
    pray for us.

    O Noblest-Born of the Christian flock,
    pray for us.

    O Queen of Life,
    pray for us.

    O Ladder of Heaven,
    pray for us.
     

     

     

     

     

     

    PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY FOR ABORTION TO BE OUTLAWED WORLD-WIDE

    HISTORY

    Over 800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful at that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of "Our Lady of Good Remedy." Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha. When in need - for whatever reason, but especially where you have had difficulty obtaining help - invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy, and you will surely experience the power of her intercession.

     

    (We ask the Virgin Mary to bring end to all abortion.)

    O 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, Dear Mother, as helpless and needy children depend on a tender and caring mother.

    Hail, Mary....

    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.

    Hail, Mary....

    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, especially for... (Indicate your special intentions here).
    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.

    Hail, Mary.....

    V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Good Remedy,
    R. That we may deepen our dedication to thy Son, and make the world alive with His Spirit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MORE ON ABORTION:  http://jesus-passion.com/ABORTION.htm

     

     
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    ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS.

    December 14th

    The father of St. John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty chose it also for his portion. Unable to learn a trade, he became the, servant of the poor in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies. In 1563, being then twenty-one, he humbly offered himself as a lay-brother to the Carmelite friars, who, however, knowing his talents, had him ordained priest. He would now have exchanged to the severe Carthusian Order, had not St. Teresa, with the instinct of a Saint, persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of his own Order. Thus he became the first prior of the Barefooted Carmelites. His reform, though approved by the general, was rejected by the elder friars, who condemned the Saint as a fugitive and apostate, and cast him into prison, whence he only escaped, after nine months' suffering, at the risk of his life. Twice again, before his death, he was shamefully persecuted by his brethren, and publicly disgraced. But his complete abandonment by creatures only deepened his interior peace and devout longing for heaven.

    Reflection. "Live in the world," said St. John, "as if God and your soul only were in it; so shall your heart be never made captive by any earthly thing."

    INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Saint John of the Cross, please pray for [state your prayer request.]

    For more information see the works of St. John of the Cross.

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     ST. PETER OF ALCANTARA.

    FEAST DAY:  OCTOBER 19TH

    PETER, while still a youth, left his home at Alcantara in Spain, and entered a convent of Discalced Franciscans. He rose quickly to high posts in the Order, but his thirst for penance was still unappeased, and in 1539, being then forty years old, he founded the first convent of the "Strict Observance." The cells of the friars resembled graves rather than dwelling-places. That of St. Peter himself was four feet and a half in length, so that he could never lie down ; he ate but once in three days; his sackcloth habit and a cloak were his only garments, and he never covered his head or feet. In the bitter winter he would open the door and window of his cell that, by closing them again, he might experience some sensation of warmth. Amongst those whom he trained to perfection was St. Teresa. He read her soul, approved of her spirit of prayer, and strengthened her to carry out her reforms. St. Peter died, with great joy, kneeling in prayer, October 18th, 1562, at the age of sixty-three.

    REFLECTION.-If men do not go about barefoot now, nor under-go sharp penances, as St. Peter did, there are many ways of trampling on the world; and our Lord teaches them when He finds the necessary courage.

    MORE ON SAINT PETER FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS

     

    INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Saint Teresa of Avila said concerning Saint Peter of Alcantara that, "The Lord once told me that no one should ask Him for anything in his name and not be heard."

    Saint Peter of Alcantara, please pray for us today [state your prayer request.]

     

     

    OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

    FEAST DAY:  OCTOBER 7TH

    HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE,
    THE LORD IS WITH THEE,
    BLESSED ART THOU AMONGST WOMEN,
    AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB JESUS,
    HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD,
    PRAY FOR US SINNERS
    NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH. 
    AMEN!

     

     

    SEE SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT'S BOOK ON THE ROSARY: 
                                                 THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY

     

     

     

     

     

     

    THE VIRGIN MARY POURS OUT SPECIAL GRACES  FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY THE ROSARY! 

    SAINT PADRE PIO PRAYED HIS ROSARY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND WOULD SAY AT LEAST 15 DECADES OF THE ROSARY EACH DAY.  THE MESSAGE HE WANTED TO  LEAVE THE WORLD WITH BEFORE HE DIED WAS FOR PEOPLE TO PRAY THE ROSARY.

     

     

    Our Lady of the Rosary
    Nuestra Seρora del Santisimo Rosario by Damiαn Domingo
    Our Lady of Victory, Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
    Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
    Major shrine Our Lady of Victory Basilica,
    Basilica of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Paris
    Feast October 7
    Attributes Blessed Virgin Mary, Infant Jesus, crown, rosary
    Patronage Rosary, Roman Catholic Diocese of Malaga, Toledo, Rosario, Santa Fe, Melilla, Trujillo, Cαceres, Colombia, Manizales, Puyo, Pastaza, North Carolina, Bohol, Guatemala, Surigao del Norte, Manila, Quezon City, West Virginia, Seseρa, Ontνgola, Olνas del Rey, Montearagσn, Toledo, Lagartera, Huerta de Valdecarαbanos, Brenes

     

    Our Lady of the Rosary

    Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary in relation to the Rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on October 7, the anniversary of the decisive victory of the combined Christian fleet in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, defeating an Ottoman fleet off western Greece. It was formerly sometimes known as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     

    According to Dominican tradition, in 1214, St. Dominic was in Prouille, France attempting to convert the Albigensians back to the Catholic faith. The young priest had little success until one day he received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool against heretics.[1] While Mary's giving the rosary to St. Dominic is generally acknowledged as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic, including the 15th century priest and teacher, Alanus de Rupe.[2]

    On December 3, 1836, Fr. Charles Elιonor des Genettes had an interior locution directing him to dedicate the parish of Our Lady of Victory to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.[3]

    On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the shepherd children, "I am the Lady of the Rosary".[4]

    In 1987, during the civil war with the anti-clerical Sandinista government in Nicaragua, sacristan Bernardo Martinez reported seeing an apparition of Our Lady who urged him to pray the rosary and work for peace. One of the appearances was in the parish church of Our Lady of Victories near Cuapa.

     

     
     
    POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2019

    THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2019

    ENTRUSTED TO THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE

    PRAYER NETWORK (APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER)

     

    JANUARY

    Evangelization: Young People and the Example of Mary

    That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

     

    FEBRUARY

    Universal: Human Trafficking

    For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

     

    MARCH

    Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

    That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted , feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

     

    APRIL

    Universal: Doctors and their Collaborators in Torn Areas

    For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

     

    MAY

    Evangelization: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity

    That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its member s, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

     

    JUNE

    Evangelization: The Mode of Life of Priests

    That priests, through the modest y and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

     

    JULY

    Universal: The Integrity of Justice

    That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and  that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

     

    AUGUST

    Evangelization: Families, Schools of Human Development

    That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.

     

    SEPTEMBER

    Universal: The Protection of the Oceans

    That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

     

    OCTOBER

    Evangelization: A Missionary “Spring” in the Church

    That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the church

     

    NOVEMBER

    Universal: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East

    That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

     

    DECEMBER

    Universal: The Future of the Very Young

    That every country determine to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.

     

     

    Vatican, 3 January 2018
    Francis
    Original text: Italian

     

     

     
     

    OUR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY

    PRAYER

    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,
    dear Mother,
    as helpless and needy children
    depend on a tender and caring mother.

    Pray the Hail Mary...


    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.

    Pray the Hail Mary...


    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,
    especially for...


    (Mention your personal intention)


    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.

    Pray the Hail Mary...


    V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Good Remedy,
    R. That we may deepen our dedication to thy Son,
         
    and make the world alive with His Spirit.

     
     

     

     

    Unfailing Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

    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. 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!

    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

     

     

     

     
     

    PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP

    SO THAT HE DOES GOD'S WILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE

    Pray hard for him.  If you have time now please say one Hail Mary and One Glory Be for him now. Pray that he would do God's will while working as President for our country.  That he would protect the unborn, help the poor and keep peace throughout this world.

    President Trump said during his State of the Union address in January 2019, that he wanted a record number of immigrants to come into the U.S. legally.  This is the way it should be, showing compassion to the poor and the oppressed by allowing them to come into our country legally.  He also alerted us to the fact the many, many drugs are being smuggled into our country from the Southern border which is causing enormous damage to the citizens of this country.

     President Trump is doing his best to protect the unborn from abortion by appointing people to the Supreme Court and to other government positions that will protect the lives of unborn children.  

     He has been under tremendous attack from the Press, Democrats and nasty people in general which is all being orchestrated by demons.  Please pray for him.

     

    SAY THE FOLLOWING PRAYERS:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
    Amen.

     

     

    SAY THIS PRAY FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

     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.  Amen!

    Saint Joseph, terror of demons, pray for President Donald Trump!

     

    AMERICA'S GREATEST SIN IS ABORTION

    AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES

    Each standard size cross-mark  represents 50,000 people killed.  The smaller cross-marks represent less than 50,000 deaths.   The war casualties represent all American combat-related deaths.  Statistics from 1982 World Almanac.
    REVOLUTIONARY WAR                    25,324    †
    CIVIL WAR                                          496,332    ††††††††††
    WORLD WAR I                                   116,708    †††
    WORLD WAR II                                  407,316    †††††††††
    KOREAN WAR                                     54,246   ††
    VIETNAM WAR                                     58,655   ††     

     WAR ON UNBORN CHILDREN      OVER  59,440,015  
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    PRAY THAT ABORTION WOULD BE OUTLAWED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

     

    MORE ON ABORTION: 

    http://jesus-passion.com/ABORTION.htm

     

     

    THE POWER AND THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM PRAYING THE ROSARY

     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.

     1. 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 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 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.

    12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

    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 Christ.

    15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

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    THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY(by Saint Louis De Montfort)

      
     

    Graces Derived from Going to Mass
    (Note:  Assisting at Mass simply means attending Mass.  By attending a Mass Catholics are actually assisting in Mass.) 

    THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE PIETA PRAYER BOOKLET, Published in U.S.A. by  MLOR Corporation, 1186 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, MI  49060-9330:

    1. The Mass is Calvary continued.

    2. Every Mass is worth as much as the sacrifice of our Lord's life, sufferings and death.

    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 consolation.

    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 your fervor.

    7. Assisting devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage.

    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 your death.

    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.

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    "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 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".

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    MARIAN PRAYERS

     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 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".

    TRUE DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN MARY, SAINT LOUIS de MONTFORT

    PRAYER TO
    THE VIRGIN MARY

    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!

     

     

    The 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 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.
    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 perfection.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.

     

    Concluding prayers:

    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 day.

    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.

     

     

    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 a Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Teresa of Avila, 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 (Biography) (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.

     

     
    OVERCOMING 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 change things.

    http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm


     

    SAINT TERESA RECOMMENDS HOLY WATER

    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 each day.

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    GRACE POURED OUT FROM HOLY WATER

    "because they include a movement of reverence for God and Divine things; and in this way a bishop's blessing, the sprinkling of holy water, any sacramental anointing, a prayer said in a dedicated church, and anything else of the kind, conduce to the remission of venial sins."  Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

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    SAINT JOHN XXIII

     POPE JOHN XXIII SUMMARY ON WIKIPEDIA

     

        PRAYER OF INTERCESSION TO 
    SAINT JOHN XXIII.

    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.]

     

    SAINT JOHN PAUL II

    SEE:  EWTN  Biography on Pope John Paul II

    PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION
    OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II

    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.

     

    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 us! Amen.
     

     

    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 prayer at:    http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm

     




     

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