"Holy Communion is the shortest
and safest way to Heaven." --Saint Pope Pius X
SUNDAY OF EASTER
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John
the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked,
where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in
their midst and said to them, «Peace be with you.»
When he had said this, he showed them his
hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
(Jesus) said to them again, "Peace be with
you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them
and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and
whose sins you retain are retained."
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was
not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have
seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails
in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into
his side, I will not believe."
Now a week later his disciples were again
inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were
locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to
Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and
put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and
said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe
because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of (his) disciples that are
not written in this book.
But these are written that you may (come to)
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this
belief you may have life in his name.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
"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."
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 . . .
the one who
will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of
Jesus said to Sister Faustina,
"Encourage souls to place great trust in My
fathomless mercy. Let the weak, sinful soul have no fear to
approach Me, for even if it had more sins than there are grains of sand
in the world, all would be drowned in the unmeasurable depths of My
CONFESSION THIS WEEKEND, DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY WEEKEND:
SPECIAL GRACE POURED OUT TO THOSE
WHO GO TO CONFESSION AND TO MASS ON THE WEEKEND OF DIVINE MERCY
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd, 23rd.
"Whoever will go to confession and Holy
Communion on that day will receive complete forgiveness of sin and
Jesus further asked that this Feast of the Divine Mercy be
preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He
gave her an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last
day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He
"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it
was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of
Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let
this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee
to My Mercy."
In 1933, God gave Sister Faustina a striking vision of His
Mercy. Sister tells us: "I saw a great light, with God
the Father in the midst of it. Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus
nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth,
had to look through Our Lords wounds. And I understood that God blessed the
earth for the sake of Jesus." Of another vision on September 13,
1935, she writes: I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath...
about to strike the earth ... I began to beg God earnestly for the world with
words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the
Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...
The following day an inner voice taught her to say this
prayer on ordinary rosary beads:
"First say one: 'Our Father', one
'Hail Mary' and 'I Believe (Apostles Creed)'.
Then on the large beads say the
'Eternal Father, I
offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our
Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.'
the smaller beads you are to say the following words:
'For the sake of His
sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.' "
In conclusion you are to say these
words three times:
'Holy God, Holy Mighty
One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.'
said later to Sister Faustina:
"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have
taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death.
Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened
sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My
infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My infinite Mercy. I want to give
unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy."
One day in the same year, 1935, Sister Faustina wrote to her
spiritual director: "The time will come when this work, which God so
commends, [will be] as though in complete ruin, and suddenly the action of God
will come upon the scene with great power which will bear witness to the truth.
It will he as a new splendor for the church, though it has been dormant in it
from long ago.
This indeed came to pass. On the 6th of March, 1959, the Holy
See, acting on information that was inaccurately presented, prohibited
"the spreading of images and writings advocating devotion to the Divine Mercy in
the form proposed by Sister Faustina." As a result, there
followed almost twenty years of total silence. Then, on the 15th of April, 1978,
the Holy See, after a thorough examination of original documents previously
unavailable to it, completely reversed its decision and again permitted the
devotion. The one man primarily responsible for this reversal of decision was
Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, the Archbishop of Cracow. On October 16, 1978 he was
elevated to the See of Peter as Pope John Paul II. On March 7, 1992, Sr.
Faustina's virtues were declared heroic; on December 21, 1992, a healing through
Sr. Faustina's intercession was declared a miracle; and on April 18, 1993, Pope
John Paul II had the honor to declare the Venerable Servant of God Sister
Faustina Blessed. Sister Faustina Kowalska was declared a Saint by Pope
John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 30, 2000.
(With Ecclesiastical Approval)
The Humble Instrument
On October 5, 1938, a young religious by the name
of Sister Faustina (Helen Kowalska) died in a convent of the Congregation of
Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Cracow, Poland. She came from a very
poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible
years of World War I. Sister had had only three years of very simple
education. Hers were the humble tasks in the convent, usually in the
kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as porter. The Apostle of Divine
Mercy---Saint Faustina Kowalska of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our
Lady of Mercy (1905 -- 1938).
A novena to obtain graces through the
intercession of Saint Faustina Kowalska
0 Jesus, who filled
Your handmaid Saint Faustina with profound veneration for Your boundless
Mercy, deign, if it be Your holy will, to grant me, through her
intercession, the grace for which I fervently pray . . .
My sins render me unworthy of
Your Mercy, but be mindful of Saint Faustina's spirit of sacrifice and
self-denial, and reward her virtue by granting the petition which, with
childlike confidence, I present to You through her intercession.
Saint Faustina, pray for us.
"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
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."
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SAINT OF THE DAY
Pope Francis Prayer
Our Lady of Good Remedy Prayer
Prayers for the Day
Prayer to Our Lady Untier of
Litany of Saint Joseph
Blessings of the Rosary
Blessings of Daily Mass
Chaplet of Saint Michael
Purpose of this Web Site
Overcoming difficulties at
Intercession of Two Great Popes
Prayer to the Precious Blood
SAINT OF THE DAY
ST. GEORGE, Martyr.
Feast Day: April 23.
ST. GEORGE was born
in Cappadocia, at the close of the third century, of
Christian parents. In early youth he chose a soldier's life,
and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him
to the grade of tribune. When, however, the emperor began to
persecute the Christians, George rebuked him at once sternly
and openly for his cruelty, and threw up his commission. He
was in consequence subjected to a lengthened series of
torments, and finally beheaded. There was something so
inspiriting in the defiant cheerfulness oi the young
soldier, that every Christian felt a personal share in this
triumph of Christian fortitude; and as years rolled on St.
George became a type of
successful combat against evil,
the slayer of the dragon, the darling theme of camp song and
story, until "so thick a shade his very glory round him
made" that his real lineaments became hard to trace. Even
beyond the circle of Christendom he was held in honor, and
invading Saracens taught themselves to except from
desecration the image of him they hailed as the
"White-horsed Knight." The devotion to St. George is one of
the most ancient and widely spread in the Church. In the
East, a church of St. George is ascribed to Constantine, and
his name is invoked in the most ancient liturgies: whilst in
the West, Malta, Barcelona, Valencia, Arragon, Genoa, and
England have chosen him as their patron.
What shall I say of fortitude, without which neither wisdom
nor justice is of any worth? Fortitude is not of the body,
but is a constancy of soul; where-with we are conquerors in
righteousness, patiently bear all adversities, and in
prosperity are not puffed up. This fortitude he lacks who is
overcome by pride, anger, greed, drunkenness, and the like.
Neither have they fortitude who when in adversity make shift
to escape at their souls' expense; wherefore the Lord saith,
' Fear not those who kill the body, but cannot kill the
soul.' In like manner those who are puffed up in prosperity
and abandon themselves to excessive joviality cannot be
called strong. For how can they be called strong who cannot
hide and repress the heart's emotion? Fortitude is never
conquered, or if conquered, is not fortitude."---St.
pray for us [state your prayer request.]
FEAST DAY: APRIL 18TH
AURELIUS had persecuted the Christians, but his son, Commodes; who, in 180,
succeeded him, showed himself favorable to them out of regard to his Empress
Marcia, who was an admirer of the faith. During this calm, the number of the
faithful was exceedingly increased, and many persons of the first rank, among
them Apollonius, a Roman senator, enlisted themselves under the banner of the
cross. He was a person very, well versed both in philosophy and the holy
Scripture. In the midst of the peace which the Church enjoyed, he was publicly
accused of Christianity by one of his own slaves. The slave was immediately
condemned to have his legs broken, and to be put to death, in consequence of an
edict of Marcus Aurelius, who, without repealing the former laws against
convicted Christians, ordered by it that their accusers should be put to death.
The slave being executed, the same judge sent an order to St. Apollonius to
renounce his religion as, he valued his life and fortune. The Saint courageously
rejected such ignominious terms of safety, wherefore Perennis referred him to
the judgment of the Roman senate, to give an account of his faith to that body.
Persisting in his refusal to comply with the condition, the Saint was condemned
by a decree of the Senate, and beheaded about the year 186.
REFLECTION.—It is the prerogative of the Christian religion to inspire men with
such resolution, and form them to such heroism, that they rejoice to sacrifice
their life to truth. This is not the bare force and exertion of nature, but the
undoubted power of the Almighty, whose strength is thus made perfect in
weakness. Every Christian ought, by his manners, to bear witness to the sanctity
of his faith. Such would be the force of universal good example, that no
libertine or infidel could withstand it.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT APOLLONIUS, PLEASE PRAY FOR US
[STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin and
Patron of the Universal Church.
was by birth of the royal family of David, but was living in
humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the
highest sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His
Virgin Mother, and foster-father and guardian of the
Incarnate Word. Joseph, says the Holy Scripture, was a just
man; he was innocent and pure, as became the husband of
Mary; he was gentle and tender, as one worthy to be named
the father of Jesus; he was prudent and a lover of silence,
as became the master of the
holy house; above all, he was faithful and obedient
to divine calls. His conversation was with angels rather
than with men. When he learned that Mary bore within her
womb the Lord of heaven, he feared to take her as his
wife; but an angel bade him fear not, and all doubts
vanished. When Herod sought the life of the divine Infant,
an angel told Joseph in a dream to fly with the Child and
His Mother into Egypt. Joseph at once arose and obeyed. This
sudden and unexpected flight must have exposed Joseph to
many inconveniences and sufferings in so long a journey with
a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater part of the
way being through deserts and among strangers; yet he
alleges no excuses; nor inquires at what time they were to
return. St. Chrysostom observes that God treats thus all His
servants, sending them frequent trials to clear their hearts
from the rust of self-love, but intermixing seasons of
consolation. "Joseph," says he, "is anxious on seeing the
Virgin with child; an angel removes that fear. He rejoices
at the Child's birth, but a great fear succeeds: the furious
king seeks to destroy the Child, and the whole city is in an
uproar to take away His life. This is followed by another
joy, the adoration of the Magi; a new sorrow then arises: he
is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country, without
help or acquaintance." It is the opinion of the Fathers that
upon their entering Egypt, at the presence of the child
Jesus, all the oracles of that superstitious country were
struck dumb, and the statues of their gods trembled and in
many places fell to the ground. The Fathers also attribute
to this holy visit the spiritual benediction poured on that
country, which made it for many ages most fruitful in
Saints. After the death of King Herod, of which St. Joseph
was informed in another vision, God ordered him to return
with the Child and His Mother into the land of Israel, which
our Saint readily obeyed. But when he arrived in Judea,
hearing that Archelaus had succeeded Herod in that part of
the country, and apprehensive that he might be infected with
his father's vices, he feared on that account to settle
there, as he would otherwise probably have done for the
education of the Child; and therefore, being directed by God
he retired into the
dominions of Herod Antipas, in Galilee, to his former
habitation in Nazareth. St. Joseph, being a strict observer
of the Mosaic law, in conformity to its
direction annually repaired to Jerusalem to celebrate
the Passover. Our Saviour, now int the twelfth year of His
age, accompanied His parents thither. Having performed the
usual ceremonies of the feast,they were returning with many
of their neighbors and acquaintance towards Galilee; and
never doubting but that Jesus was with some of the company,
they travelled on for a whole day's journey before they
discovered that He was not with them. But when night came on
and they could hear no tidings of Him among their kindred
and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned
with the utmost speed to Jerusalem. After an anxious search
of three days they found Him in the Temple, discoursing with
the learned doctors of the law, and asking them such
questions as raised the admiration of all that heard Him,
and made them astonished at the ripeness of His
understanding; nor were His parents less surprised on this
occasion. When His Mother told Him with what grief and
earnestness they had sought Him, and asked, "Son, why hast
Thou thus dealt with us? Behold Thy Father and I sought Thee
in great affliction of mind," she received for answer, "How
is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be
about My Father's business?" But though thus staying in the
Temple unknown to His parents, in all other things He was
obedient to them, returning with them to Nazareth, and there
living in all dutiful subjection to them. As no further
mention is made of St. Joseph, he must have died before the
marriage of Cana and the beginning of our divine Saviour's
ministry. We cannot doubt that he had the happiness of Jesus
and Mary attending at his death, praying by him, assisting
and comforting him in his last moments; whence he is
particularly invoked for the great grace of a happy death
and the spiritual presence of Jesus in that hour.
-St. Joseph, the shadow of the Eternal Father upon earth, the
protector of Jesus in His home at Nazareth, and a lover of all
children for the sake of the Holy Child, should be the chosen
guardian and pattern of every true Christian family.
LITANY IN HONOUR OF
[MENTION YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
Lord, have mercy on us.
have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ,
Christ, graciously hear us.
Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
spouse of St. Joseph,
Pray for us.
Joseph, confirmed in grace,
Pray for us.
Joseph, guardian of the Word Incarnate,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, favorite of the King of Heaven,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, ruler of the family of
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, spouse of
the ever-blessed Virgin,
Pray for us.
Joseph, foster father to the Son of God,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, example of humility and obedience,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, mirror of silence and
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, patron
of innocence and youth,
Pray for us.
Joseph, exited with Christ into Egypt,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, intercessor for the afflicted,
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
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,
merits of the spouse
of Thy most holy Mother,
that what our unworthiness cannot obtain,
given us by his intercession with Thee,
and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the
one God, world without end.
Prayer to Saint Joseph.
O Saint Joseph,
whose protection is so great, so strong,
before the throne of God,
I place in thee all my
interests and desires.
O thou Saint Joseph,
assist me by thy powerful intercession,
for me from thy Divine Son
all spiritual blessings,
through Jesus Christ,
Our Lord; so that,
having engaged here below thy heavenly power,
offer my thanksgiving
and homage to the most loving
O Saint Joseph,
I never weary
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
and ask Him to return the kiss
when I draw
my dying breath.
pray for me.
FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2017
That young people may respond generously
to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in
the priesthood or consecrated life.
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
the immaculate spouse of
the Holy Spirit,
the sacred vessel of the
Most Holy Trinity.
O Mother of the Divine Redeemer,
who under the title of
Our Lady of Good Remedy
comes to the aid of all
who call upon thee,
extend thy maternal protection to us.
We depend on thee,
as helpless and needy children
depend on a tender and caring mother.
O Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
grant that we may draw
from thy treasury of graces
in our time of need.
Touch the hearts of sinners,
that they may seek
reconciliation and forgiveness.
Bring comfort to
the afflicted and the lonely;
help the poor and the hopeless;
aid the sick and the suffering.
May they be healed in body
and strengthened in spirit
to endure their sufferings
with patient resignation
and Christian fortitude.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
thy compassionate heart knows a remedy
for every affliction and misery
we encounter in life.
Help me with thy prayers and intercession
to find a remedy for my problems and needs,
(Mention your personal
On my part,
O loving Mother,
I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle,
to a more careful observance of the laws of God,
to be more conscientious
in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life,
and to strive to be a source of healing
in this broken world of ours.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
be ever present to me,
and through thy intercession,
may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind,
and grow stronger in the faith
and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Good
R. That we may deepen our dedication to
and make the
world alive with His Spirit.
Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
Acts of the Apostles
devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the
communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done
through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had
all things in common;
they would sell their property and
possessions and divide them among all according to each one's
Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together
in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They
ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every
day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures
I was hard pressed and was falling,
the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:
The stone which the
has become the cornerstone.
LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and
rejoice in it.
First Letter of Peter
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great
mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept
in heaven for you
who by the power of God are safeguarded
through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in
the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a
little while you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold
that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be
for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you
do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an
indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of
(your) faith, the salvation of your souls.
Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John
the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were
locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus
came and stood in their midst and said to them, «Peace be with
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his
side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on
them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit.
you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not
with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to
him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see
the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the
nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."
Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas
was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and
stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and
bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be
unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him,
"My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to
believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not
seen and have believed."
Now Jesus did many other signs in
the presence of (his) disciples that are not written in this
But these are written that you may (come to) believe
that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this
belief you may have life in his name.
CONTAINING COUNSELS CONCERNING THE
PRACTICE OF VIRTUE.
How to possess a rich Spirit amid real Poverty.
BUT if you are really poor, my
daughter, for God's Sake be so in spirit; make a virtue of necessity,
and turn that precious stone poverty to its true value. The brilliancy
thereof is not perceived in this world, but nevertheless it is very
great. Patience then! you are in good company. Our Dear Lord, Our Lady,
the Apostles, numberless Saints, both men and women, were poor, and
although they might have been rich, disdained to be so. How many great
ones of this world have gone through many difficulties to seek holy
poverty amid hospitals and cloisters! What pains they took to find it,
let S. Alexis, S. Paula, S. Paulinus, S. Angela, and many another
witness; whereas to you, my child, it has come unasked--you have met
poverty without seeking it--do you then embrace it as the beloved friend
of Jesus Christ, Who was born, lived and died in poverty, and cherished
it all His Life. There are two great privileges connected with your
poverty, through which you may acquire great merit. First, it is not
your own choice, but God's Will alone, which has made you poor. Now,
whatever we accept simply because it is God's Will is acceptable in His
Sight, so long as we accept it heartily and out of love:--the less of
self the more of God,--and a singlehearted acceptance of God's Will
purifies any suffering very greatly. The second privilege is, that this
poverty is so very poor. There is a be-praised, caressed poverty, so
petted and cared for, that it can hardly be called poor like the
despised, contemned, neglected poverty which also exists. Now, most
secular poverty is of this last kind, for those who are involuntarily
poor, and cannot help themselves, are not much thought of, and for that
very reason their poverty is poorer than that of religious, although
religious poverty has a very special and excellent grace, through the
intention and the vow by which it is accepted. Do not complain then of
your poverty, my daughter,--we only complain of that which is unwelcome,
and if poverty is unwelcome to you, you are no longer poor in spirit. Do
not fret under such assistance as is needful; therein lies one great
grace of poverty. It were overambitious to aim at being poor without
suffering any inconvenience, in other words, to have the credit of
poverty and the convenience of riches. Do not be ashamed of being poor,
or of asking alms. Receive what is given you with humility, and accept a
refusal meekly. Frequently call to mind Our Lady's journey into Egypt
with her Holy Child, and of all the poverty, contempt and suffering they
endured. If you follow their example you will indeed be rich amid your
On Friendship: Evil and Frivolous Friendship.
FFOREMOST among the soul's
affections is love. Love is the ruler of every motion of the heart;
drawing all to itself, and making us like to that we love. Beware, then,
my daughter, of harbouring any evil affection, or you too will become
evil. And friendship is the most dangerous of all affections, because
any other love may exist without much mental communication, but as
friendship is founded thereon, it is hardly possible to be closely bound
by its ties to any one without sharing in his qualities. All love is not
friendship, for one may love without any return, and friendship implies
mutual love. Further, those who are bound by such affection must be
conscious that it is reciprocal,-- otherwise there may be love but not
unicated between the friends as a solid foundation of friendship.
Friendship varies according to these communications, and they vary
according to that which people have to communicate. If men share false
and vain things, their friendship will be false and vain; if that which
is good and true, their friendship will be good and true, and the better
that which is the staple of the bond, so much the better will the
friendship be. That honey is best which is culled from the choicest
flowers, and so friendship built upon the highest and purest
intercommunion is the best. And just as a certain kind of honey brought
from Pontus is poisonous, being made from aconite, so that those who eat
it lose their senses, so the friendship which is based on unreal or evil
grounds will itself be hollow and worthless. Mere sensual intercourse is
not worthy of the name of friendship; and were there nothing more in
married love it would not deserve to bear the name; but inasmuch as that
involves the participation of life, industry, possessions, affections,
and an unalterable fidelity, marriage, when rightly understood, is a
very real and holy friendship. Whatever is founded on mere sensuality,
vanity, or frivolity, is unworthy to be called friendship. I mean such
attractions as are purely external; a sweet voice, personal beauty, and
the cleverness or outward show which have great weight with some. You
will often hear women and young people unhesitatingly decide that such
an one is very delightful, very admirable, because he is good-looking,
well-dressed, sings, or dances, or talks well. Even charlatans esteem
the wittiest clown amongst them as their best man. But all these things
are purely sensual, and the connections built on such foundation must be
vain and frivolous, more fitly to be called trifling than friendship.
They spring up chiefly among young people, who are easily fascinated by
personal attractions, dress, and gossip--friendships in which the tailor
and hairdresser have the chief part. How can such friendships be other
than shortlived, melting away like snow wreaths in the sun!
TO GO TO NEXT CHAPTER SEE:
On Frivolous Attachments
Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots
Prayer to Mary, Undoer of
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never
refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands
never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by
the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast
your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that
exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain,
and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God
entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I
entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the
Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your
hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by
your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator,
Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
[Mention your request here]
I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for
all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God
gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of
my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear
my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
FOR DONALD TRUMP
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.
Donald Trump said he would nominate a
justice like Supreme Court Justice Scalia who recently passed.
Justice Scalia always voted against abortion and gay marriage.
Trump said he wanted Roe vs. Wade to be reversed and the decision on
abortion would go back to each individual state.
THE 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.
Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall
receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those
who shall recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy
vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for
souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from
the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire
of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the
rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the
consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by
misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not
perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the
grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die
without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their
life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His
graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of
the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of
glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the
rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during
their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
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
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.
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".
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
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!
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.
2. By the
intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the
Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of
3. By the
intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the
Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
4. By the
intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may
the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly
5. By the
intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the
Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers
may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the
7. By the
intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities
may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of
Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good
works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.
9. By the
intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the
Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted
in the life to come to Heaven.
Say one Our Father
in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St.
Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher
of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our
admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue
deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us
by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every
Pray for us, O
glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may
be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a
merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most
glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we
ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may
harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into
Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
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
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Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the Catholic
faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been followed
by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These teachings
adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is dedicated
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
(1774-1824) Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet,
and Great Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her
highly descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,
The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
are presented here. In time more works from the Saints of the Catholic
Church will be added to these pages.
DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT HOME:
When difficulties come to us
at work or at home it important to pray your way through these
difficulties. At work, it could be trouble with a supervisor or a
co-worker, with the result that misery is brought into our lives.
Or at home a wife or a husband, or a child or a relative may be causing
you trouble. It is important to pray your way through these
difficulties. The different forms of prayers listed above, the
Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the
Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the bother us the
most during our lives. Try these prayers, they work.
And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the
current situations that are going on in our lives. On the
following web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for
yours needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against
the assaults of demons. Sometimes it takes the prayers of many
people to change things.
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
OUT FROM HOLY WATER
"because they include a movement of reverence for
and Divine things; and in this way a
the sprinkling of holy water, any sacramental anointing, a
said in a dedicated church, and anything else of the kind, conduce to
the remission of venial
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
ORDER HOLY WATER BOTTLES:
SAINT JOHN XXIII
JOHN XXIII SUMMARY ON WIKIPEDIA
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
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.
of Saint Catherine of Siena
Physical and Spiritual Healing.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy:
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood, most pure
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners:
Atone for us!
Precious Blood, delight of
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