The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds
of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and
Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on
Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately
11:45 a.m. Musical Opening 12:00 p.m.
Rally 1:00 p.m. March 3:00
p.m. (approx) Listen to Silent No More testimonies outside
U.S. Supreme Court 3:30 p.m. Visit your
Representative or Senator to advocate for life
Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President-elect Trump.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City.
Benjamin Watson, Tight End for the Baltimore Ravens.
Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director and founder
of “And Then There Were None”.
Karyme Lozano, Mexican telenovela star.
Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and host
of The Eric Metaxas Show.
Bishop Vincent Mathews Jr., President at Church of God In
Christ World Missions.
On January 22nd, 1973
in the Case of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the
United States. The Court with a 7-to-2 majority ruled in favor of Roe.
The Court deemed abortion to be a fundamental right under the United States
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY FOR ABORTION TO BE OUTLAWED WORLD-WIDE
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 HEAVENAND 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.
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,
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.
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
SHE suffered about the year 304, and is
named in the Martyrologies under the name of St. Jerom, Bede, and
others. She is said in her acts to have been stoned to death, whilst
only a catechumen, praying at the tomb of St. Agnes. [Butler's Lives of
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT EMERENTIANA, PLEASE PRAY FOR
ABORTION TO BE OUTLAWED IN THE UNITED STATES AND FOR
THIS REQUEST [MENTION TO PERSONAL PRAYER REQUEST.]
Saint Vincent Pallotti (April 21, 1795 – January 22, 1850)
was an Italian ecclesiastic, born in Rome, and a
He was the founder of the
Pious Society of Missions
He is buried in the church of San Salvatore in Onda. He was
descended from the noble families of the Pallotti of Norcia and
the De Rossi of Rome. His early studies were made at the Pious
Schools of San Pantaleone, and from there he passed to the Roman
College. At the age of sixteen, he resolved to become a priest,
and was ordained on May 16, 1820.
Vincenzo Pallotti worked selflessly looking after the poor in
areas of the city for most of his life. He had an intense
devotion to the mystery of the Most Blessed
and to the
His contemporaries, including the pope, considered him a saint
during his life. He longed to send missionaries to other parts
of the world and founded the
Union of Catholic Apostolate,
the Society of the Catholic Apostolate. He strongly believed, in
the spirit of
that God wanted to save all people, and it was his intention to
start a Catholic Apostolic Society. Although his visionary
desire to unite the factions in the Church and to encourage lay
apostolic activity did not bear fruit within his lifetime, he
did his utmost to encourage this vision in others. Pallotti was
in fact deemed a patron of Vatican II for his efforts toward
building unity in the Church through such practices as inviting
the people of his community to worship in the Roman parishes of
It does appear that his 'Society of the Catholic Apostolate'
was suppressed by Pope Gregory. It offended some of the
sensibilities of Roman society. Dr. Gaynor seems to suggest that
the Jansenists were at work in this. The decree of dissolution
fell into disuse (went into limbo), when the pope was
enlightened as to the good work done by the Society. However, as
soon as Vincent died in 1850 there was more trouble and
presumably the original decree of dissolution was unearthed.
When Vincent's last defender Cardinal Lambruscini died in 1854,
the name of the Society was abruptly changed to "The Pious
Society of Missions". This lasted until 1947 when "by a gracious
act of the Holy See" the original name of the society was
When Pallotti's body was exhumed in 1906 and 1950, examiners
found his body to be completely incorrupt
still operating internationally. They follow his motto, "The
love of Christ impels us" (Caritas Christi Urget Nos). Members
of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate work as everyday
missionaries to "renew faith and rekindle love." They work to
fulfill the mission of their founder in the modern world. The
Pallottines have major houses in Britain, Germany, New York,
Poland, India, Ireland and several other locations.
Season, a nativity scene that Saint Vincent himself made is put
on display at the Vatican, in the basilica's square, before the
Christmas tree. Vincent promoted the celebration of the Octave
as an act of unity with his Orthodox brethren who celebrate
Christmas on Jan 6th.
SAINT VINCENT, PLEASE PRAY FOR [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
ST. AGNES was but twelve years old when she was led to the altar
of Minerva at Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by
offering incense. In the midst of the idolatrous rites she raised her hands to
Christ, her Spouse and made the sign of the life-giving cross. She did not
shrink when she was bound hand and foot, though the gyves slipped from her young
hands, and the heathens who stood around were moved to tears. The bonds were not
needed for her, and she hastened gladly to the place of her torture. Next, when
the judge saw that pain had no terrors for her, he inflicted an insult worse
than death: her clothes were stripped off, and she had to stand in the street
before a pagan crowd, yet even this did not daunt her. "Christ," she said, "will
guard His own." So it was. Christ showed, by a miracle, the value which He sets
upon the custody of the eyes.
Whilst the crowd turned away their eyes from the
spouse of Christ, as she stood exposed to view in the street, there was one
young man who dared to gaze at the innocent child with immodest eyes. A flash of
light struck him blind, and his companions bore him away half dead with pain and
Lastly, her fidelity Christ was proved by flatter and offers
of marriage. But she answered, "Christ is my Spouse: He chose me first, and His
I will be." At length the sentence of death was passed. For a moment she
stood erect in prayer, and then bowed her neck to the sword. At one stroke her
head was severed from her body, and the angels bore her pure soul to Paradise.
Died-- c. 350?
innocence endeared St. Agnes to Christ, as it has endeared her to His Church
ever since. Even as penitents we may imitate this innocence of hers in our own
degree. Let us strictly guard our eyes, and Christ, when He sees that we keep
our hearts pure for love of Him, will renew our youth and give us back the years
which the canker-worm has
SAINT AGNES, PLEASE PRAY FOR [MENTION YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
DAY: JANUARY 20TH
ST. SEBASTIAN was an officer
in the Roman army, esteemed even by the heathen as a good soldier, and honored
by the Church ever since as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at Narbonne,
Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284, and entered the lists against the
powers of evil. He found the twin brothers Marcus and Marcellinus in prison for
the faith, and, when they were near yielding to the entreaties of their
relatives, encouraged them to despise flesh and blood, and to die for Christ.
God confirmed his words by miracle: light shone around him while he spoke; he
cured the sick by his prayers; and in this divine strength he led multitudes to
the faith, among them the Prefect of Rome, with his son Tiburtius. He saw his
disciples die before him, and one of them came back from heaven to tell him that
his own end was near. It was in a contest of fervor and charity that St.
Sebastian found the occasion of martyrdom. The Prefect of Rome, after his
conversion, retired to his estates in Campania, and
took a great number of his fellow-converts with him to this place of safety. It
was a question whether Polycarp the priest or St. Sebastian should accompany the
neophytes. Each was eager to stay and face the danger at Rome, and at
last the Pope decided that the Roman church could not spare the services of
Sebastian. He continued to labor at the post of danger till he was betrayed by a
false disciple. He was led before Diocletian, and, at the emperor's command,
pierced with arrows and left for dead. But God raised him up again, and of his
own accord he went before the emperor and conjured him to stay the persecution
of the Church. Again sentenced, he was at last beaten to death by clubs, and
crowned his labors by the merit of a double martyrdom.
Reflection.--Your ordinary occupations will
give yon opportunities of laboring for the faith. Ask help from St. Sebastian.
He was not a priest nor a religious, but a soldier.
SAINT FABIAN, POPE, MARTYR
Pope Fabian reigned as Pope from 235 through 236.
It was said that a dove landed on his head during the Papal Conclave.
Pope Fabian fought against the many heresies against the Church and
especially those originating in Africa. He encouraged the use of
catacombs in Rome for Christians to protect themselves. He died in
Let us ask Saints Sebastian and Fabian to help us to be constant in our
faith, especially when we our faced with great opposition.
Fabian and Sebastian, please pray for us today [say your 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,
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,
(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.
Monday of the Third week in Ordinary Time January 23rd
Letter to the Hebrews
is mediator of a new covenant: since a death has taken place for
deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those
who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy
of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear
before God on our behalf. Not that he might offer himself
repeatedly, as the high priest enters each year into the
sanctuary with blood that is not his own; if that were so,
he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of
the world. But now once for all he has appeared at the end of
the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice. Just as it is
appointed that human beings die once, and after this the
judgment, so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins
of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to
bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.
R. (1a) Sing
to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm.
The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of
the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered
his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of
All the ends of the earth have seen the
salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you
lands; break into song; sing praise.
Sing praise to
the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully
before the King, the LORD.
Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Saint Mark 3:22-30.
scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is
possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives
out demons." Summoning them, he began to speak to them in
parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is
divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a
house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to
stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is
divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one
can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he
first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people
utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against
the holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an
everlasting sin." For they had said, "He has an unclean
Commentary of the day /u> Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian Homilies on
Exodus, no.1, 5
“ He drives out
“a new king, a king of Egypt, has come to power” in you. He is
the one who imposes forced labor on you and makes you produce
bricks and mortar for him. He is the one who sets taskmasters
and overseers over you, who forces you on to field work with
whip and lash, constraining you to build his cities. It is he
who urges you to traverse the world over, stirring up land and
seas to satisfy his desires...
This king of Egypt knows
well that war is at hand. He forsees the coming of him who can
“strip his principalities and powers, bravely triumphing over
them and nailing them to the wood of the cross”... He senses
that the hour of the destruction of his people is near. And so
he declares: “The people of Israel is more powerful than we
ourselves!” Would that he could say the same of us and that we
might know ourselves more powerful than he! In what way will he
sense this? If I do not accept the evil thoughts and depraved
lusts he arouses in me; if I repulse his “fire-tipped arrows
with the shield of faith”; if, whenever he suggests something to
my soul, I say to him, calling Christ my Lord to mind: “Get
away, Satan. It is written: 'The Lord, your God, you shall
worship and him alone shall you serve”...
For he comes,
the Lord Jesus..., to bring to submission the “principalities,
dominions and powers”, to submit the children of Israel to the
rage of their enemies..., to teach us once again to see God in
spirit, to abandon Pharaoh's works, to leave the land of Egypt,
to renounce the barbaric customs of the Egyptians, “to put away
the old self with its works and put on the new self, created in
God's way,” “being renewed day by day” in the image of him who
created us, Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power
for ever and ever. Amen.
(Biblical references: Ex 1,8;
Col 2,14-15; Ex 1,9; Eph 6,16; Mt 4,10; Dt 6,13; Col 1,16; Eph
4,22-24; Col 3,9-10; 2Cor 4,16)
"YE have need of patience, that,
after ye have done the Will of God, ye might receive the promise," says
Saint Paul; 1 and the Saviour said, "In your patience possess ye your
souls."2 The greatest happiness of any one is "to possess his
soul;" and the more perfect our patience, the more fully we do so
possess our souls. Call often to mind that our Saviour redeemed us by
bearing and suffering, and in like manner we must seek our own salvation
amid sufferings and afflictions; bearing insults, contradictions and
troubles with all the gentleness we can possibly command.
Do not limit
your patience to this or that kind of trial, but extend it universally
to whatever God may send, or allow to befall you. Some people will only
bear patiently with trials which carry their own salve of dignity,--such
as being wounded in (137)
battle, becoming a prisoner of war, being ill-used for the sake of their
religion, being impoverished by some strife out of which they came
triumphant. Now these persons do not love tribulation, but only the
honour which attends it. A really patient servant of God is as
ready to bear inglorious troubles as those which are honourable. A brave
man can easily bear with contempt, slander and false accusation
from an evil world; but to bear such injustice at the hands of good men,
of friends and relations, is a great test of patience. I have a greater
respect for the gentleness with which the great S. Charles Borromeo long
endured the public reproaches which a celebrated preacher of a reformed
Order used to pour out upon him, than for all the other attacks he bore
with. For, just as the sting of a bee hurts far more than that of a fly,
so the injuries or contradictions we endure from good people are much
harder to bear than any others. But it is a thing which very often
happens, and sometimes two worthy men, who are both highly
well-intentioned after their own fashion, annoy and even persecute one
Be patient, not
only with respect to the main trials which beset you, but also under the
accidental and accessory annoyances which arise out of them. We often
find people who imagine themselves ready to accept a trial in itself who
are (138) impatient of its
consequences. We hear one man say, "I should not mind poverty, were it
not that I am unable to bring up my children and receive my friends as
handsomely as I desire." And another says, "I should not mind, were it
not that the world will suppose it is my own fault;" while another would
patiently bear to be the subject of slander provided nobody believed it.
Others, again, accept one side of a trouble but fret against the
rest--as, for instance, believing themselves to be patient under
sickness, only fretting against their inability to obtain the best
advice, or at the inconvenience they are to their friends. But, dear
child, be sure that we must patiently accept, not sickness only, but
such sickness as God chooses to send, in the place, among the people,
and subject to the circumstances which He ordains;--and so with all
other troubles. If any trouble comes upon you, use the remedies with
which God supplies you. Not to do this is to tempt Him; but having done
so, wait whatever result He wills with perfect resignation. If He
pleases to let the evil be remedied, thank Him humbly; but if it be His
will that the evil grow greater than the remedies, patiently bless His
Gregory's advice: When you are justly blamed for some fault you have
(139) committed, humble
yourself deeply, and confess that you deserve the blame. If the
accusation be false, defend yourself quietly, denying the fact; this is
but due respect for truth and your neighbour's edification. But if after
you have made your true and legitimate defence you are still accused, do
not be troubled, and do not try to press your defence--you have had due
respect for truth, have the same now for humility. By acting thus
you will not infringe either a due care for your good name, or the
affection you are bound to entertain for peace, humility and gentleness
1 Heb. x. 36. 2 S. Luke xxi. 19.
Complain as little as possible of your wrongs, for as a
general rule you may be sure that complaining is sin; sup1 the rather
that self-love always magnifies our injuries: above all, do not complain
to people who are easily angered and excited. If it is needful to
complain to some one, either as seeking a remedy for your injury, or in
order to soothe your mind, let it be to some calm, gentle spirit,
greatly filled with the Love of God; for otherwise, instead of relieving
your heart, your confidants will only provoke it to still greater
disturbance; instead of taking out the thorn which pricks you, they will
drive it further into your foot.
Some people when they are
ill, or in trouble, or injured by any one, restrain their complaints,
because they think (and that rightly) that to murmur betokens great
weakness or a narrow mind; but nevertheless, they exceedingly desire and
maneuvre to make others pity them, desiring to be considered as
suffering with patience and courage. Now this is a kind of patience
certainly, but it is a spurious patience, which in reality is neither
more nor less than a very refined, very subtle form of ambition and
1 "Qui se plaint,
To them we may apply the Apostle's
words, "He hath whereof to glory, but not before God."1 A
really patient man neither complains nor seeks to be pitied; he will
speak simply and truly of his trouble, without exaggerating its weight
or bemoaning himself; if others pity him, he will accept their
compassion patiently, unless they pity him for some ill he is not
enduring, in which case he will say so with meekness, and abide in
patience and truthfulness, combating his grief and not complaining of
As to the trials
which you will encounter in devotion (and they are certain to arise),
bear in mind our dear Lord's words: "A woman, when she is in travail,
hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but as soon as she is delivered
of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for
1 Rom. iv. 2.
joy that a child is born into the world." 1
You, too, have conceived in your soul the most gracious of children,
even Jesus Christ, and before He can be brought forth you must
inevitably travail with pain; but be of good cheer, for when these pangs
are over, you will possess an abiding joy, having brought such a man
into the world. And He will be really born for you, when He is perfected
in your heart by love, and in your actions by imitating His life.
1 S. John xvi. 21.
When you are sick,
offer all your pains and weakness to our Dear Lord, and ask Him to unite
them to the sufferings which He bore for you. Obey your physician, and
take all medicines, remedies and nourishment, for the Love of God,
remembering the vinegar and gall He tasted for love of us; desire your
recovery that you may serve Him; do not shrink from languor and weakness
out of obedience to Him, and be ready to die if He wills it, to His
Glory, and that you may enter into His Presence.
Bear in mind that
the bee while making its honey lives upon a bitter food: and in like
manner we can never make acts of gentleness and patience, or gather the
honey of the truest virtues, better than while eating the bread of
bitterness, and enduring hardness. And just as the best honey is that
made from thyme, a small (142)
and bitter herb, so that virtue which is practised amid
bitterness and lowly sorrow is the best of all virtues. Gaze often
inwardly upon Jesus Christ crucified, naked, blasphemed, falsely
accused, forsaken, overwhelmed with every possible grief and sorrow, and
remember that none of your sufferings can ever be compared to His,
either in kind or degree, and that you can never suffer anything for Him
worthy to be weighed against what He has borne for you.
Consider the pains
which martyrs have endured, and think how even now many people are
bearing afflictions beyond all measure greater than yours, and say, "Of
a truth my trouble is comfort, my torments are but roses as compared to
those whose life is a continual death, without solace, or aid or
consolation, borne down with a weight of grief tenfold greater than
On Greater Humility. ELISHA bade the
poor widow "borrow vessels, even empty vessels not a few, and pour oil
into all those vessels;" 1 and so in order to receive God's Grace in our hearts,
they must be as empty vessel's--not filled with self-esteem. The swallow
with its sharp cry and keen glance has the power of frightening
away birds of prey, and for that reason the dove prefers it to all
other birds, and lives surely beside it;--even so humility drives Satan
away, and cherishes the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit within us,
and for that
reason all the Saints--and especially the King of Saints and His Blessed
Mother--have always esteemed the grace of humility above all other
virtues. We call that vainglory which men take to themselves, either for
what is not in them, or which being in them is not their own, or which
being in them and their own yet is not worthy of their
self-satisfaction. For instance, noble birth, favour of great men,
popular applause, all these are things nowise belonging to ourselves,
but coming from our forefathers, or the opinion of others. Some people
are proud and conceited because they ride a fine horse, wear a feather
in their hat, and are expensively dressed, but who can fail to see their
that if any one has reason to be proud over such things, it would be the
horse, the bird, and the tailor! Or what can be more contemptible than
to found one's credit on a horse, a plume, or a ruff? Others again pride
themselves upon their dainty moustaches, their well-trimmed beard or
curled hair, their white hands, or their dancing, singing and the like:
but is it not a petty vanity which can seek to be esteemed for any such
trivial and frivolous matters? Then again, some look for the world's
respect and honour because they have acquired some smatterings of
science, expecting all their neighbours to listen and yield to them, and
such men we call pedants. Others make great capital of their personal beauty, and imagine that every one is lost
in admiration of it; but all this is utterly vain, foolish and
impertinent, and the glory men take to themselves for such matters must
be called vain, childish and frivolous. You may test real worth as we
test balm, which is tried by being distilled in water, and if it is
precipitated to the bottom, it is known to be pure and precious. So if
you want to know whether a man is really wise, learned, generous or
noble, see if his life is moulded by humility, modesty and submission.
If so, his gifts are genuine; but if they are only surface and showy,
you may be sure that in proportion to their
demonstrativeness so is their unreality. Those pearls which are formed
amid tempest and storm have only an outward shell, and are hollow
within; and so when a man's good qualities are fed by pride, vanity and
boasting, they will soon have nothing save empty show, without sap,
marrow or substance. Honour, rank and dignity are like the saffron,
which never thrives so well as when trodden under foot. Beauty only
attracts when it is free from any such aim. Self-conscious beauty loses its charm, and
learning becomes a discredit and degenerates into pedantry, when we are
puffed up by it.
Those who are
punctilious about rank, title or precedence, both lay themselves open to
criticism and degradation, and also throw contempt on all such things;
because an honour which is valuable when freely paid, is worthless when
sought for or exacted. When the peacock opens his showy tail, he
exhibits the ugliness of his body beneath; and many flowers which are
beautiful while growing, wither directly we gather them. And just as men
who inhale mandragora from afar as they pass, find it sweet, while those
who breathe it closely are made faint and ill by the same, so honour may
be pleasant to those who merely taste it as they pass, without seeking
or craving for it, but it will become very dangerous and hurtful to such
as take delight in and feed upon it. An active effort to acquire virtue
is the first step towards goodness; but an active effort to acquire
honour is the first step towards contempt and shame. A well-conditioned
mind will not throw away its powers upon such sorry trifles as rank,
position or outward forms--it has other things to do, and will leave all
that to meaner minds. He who can find pearls will not stop to pick up
shells; and so a man who aims at real goodness will not be keen about
outward tokens of honour. Undoubtedly every one is justified in keeping
his own place, and there is no want of humility in that so long as it is
done simply and without contention. Just as our merchant-ships coming
from Peru with gold and silver often bring apes and parrots likewise, because these
cost but little and do not add to the weight of a cargo, so good men
seeking to grow in grace can take their natural rank and position, so
long as they are not engrossed by such things, and do not involve
themselves in anxiety, contention or ill-will on their account. I am not
speaking here of those whose position is public, or even of certain
private persons whose dignity may be important. In all such cases each
man must move in his own sphere, with prudence and discretion, together
with charity and courtesy.
1 2. Kings iv. 3,
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To show us the mission granted to
the Virgin Mary by Her Son, an artist Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner
painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting
has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg,
Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus
(Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint
Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison
between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of
disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.
what are these knots? There are the problems
and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of
discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and
children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband
and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots
of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the
family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated
from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion,
depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How
they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and
separate us from God.
Day after day, more and more
Christians kneel to pray to Her as soon as they meet the Mother of the
Fair Love. Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases
have been healed! Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many jobs
have been given! Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have
been on their knees praying and giving thanks for graces received from
our sweet Mother. For that reason, Mary Who undoes the knots, Who was
chosen by God to crush the evil with Her feet, comes to us to reveal
Herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families,
because She wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our
lives, so that – as sons of the King – we can receive the promises
reserved for us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory,
peace, blessings and reconciliation.
Then, free from our knots – filled
with happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this world,
like pieces of God’s heart or small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy
and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin
of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry without any consolation,
those who are lonely, tied with knots, who have no God, no Father nor
Mother of the Rising Sun,
Immaculate, our Advocate, Helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God
and made by Him our Mother, this is how Mary, Undoer of Knots is
presented. Above all, She comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows
all about us, who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us,
praying for each one of us to Her beloved Jesus.
Prayer to Mary, Undoer of 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
JOSEPH, ASK GOD TO BLESS THE U.S. WITH A PROLIFE PRESIDENT AND
VICE-PRESIDENT] [SAINT JOSEPH, PLEASE PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP,
THAT HE WOULD FOLLOW OUR LORD AND ALL HIS TEACHINGS.]
[MENTION YOUR PRAYER 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 Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.Holy Mary, pray for us.St. Joseph, pray for us. Renowned offspring of David, pray for us. Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.Joseph most just, pray for us.Joseph most chaste, pray for us.Joseph most prudent, pray for us.Joseph most strong, pray for us.Joseph, most obedient, pray for us.Joseph most faithful, pray for us.Mirror of patience, pray for us.Lover of poverty, pray for us.Model of artisans, pray for us.Glory of home life, pray for us.Guardian of virgins, pray for us.Pillar of families, pray for us.Solace of the wretched, pray for us.Hope of the sick, pray for us.Patron of the dying, pray for us.Terror of the demons, pray for us.Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.V. He made him the lord of his household. R. And prince over all his possessions.Let us pray;O God, in Your ineffable providenceYou were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother, grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector; You who lives and reigns forever and ever.Amen.
Ben Carson was asked this
week about Obama’s support of Planned Parenthood. “You wonder if
he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret
Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people,” Carson
replied. “That was
the whole purpose of it.” That is obviously political hyperbole.
But founder Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist, who
constantly talked about
the need to keep “inferior” types from breeding, even if she did
not specify the nature of their inferiority. “[We should] apply
a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to
that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose
inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted
to offspring.” “The most merciful thing that the large family
does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
SEE: BLACK GENOCIDE SITE:
"Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of
their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the
population, but 35% of the abortions in America."
Pray hard for him. If you have time now
please say one Hail Mary and One Glory Be for him now.Donald Trump said he would nominate
a justice like Supreme Court Justice Scalia who recently passed.
Justice Scalia always voted against abortion and gay marriage.
Trump said he wanted Roe vs. Wade to be reversed and the
decision on abortion would go back to each individual state.
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY
These promises were given by the
Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.
Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall
receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those
who shall recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy
vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for
souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from
the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire
of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the
rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the
consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by
misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not
perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the
grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die
without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their
life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His
graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of
the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of
glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the
rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during
their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
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
"Because the devils, who
are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us.
They watch day and night for the favorable moment. For that
end they go round about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch
from us in one moment, all the graces and merits we have gained for
many years. Their malice, their experience, their
stratagems and their number ought to make us fear this misfortune
immensely, especially when we see how many persons fuller of grace
than we are, richer in virtues, better founded in experience and far
higher exalted in sanctity, have been surprised, robbed and
unhappily pillaged. Ah! How many cedars of Lebanon, how
many stars of the firmament, have we not seen fall miserably, and in
the twinkling of an eye lose all their height and their brightness!
Whence comes that sad and curious change? It was not for want
of grace, which is wanting to no man; but it was for want of
humility. They thought themselves capable of guarding their
own treasures. They trusted in themselves, relied upon
themselves. They thought their house secure enough, and their
coffers strong enough, to keep the precious treasure of grace.
It is because of that scarcely perceptible reliance upon themselves,
though all the while it seemed to them that they were relying only
on the grace of God, that the most just Lord permitted them to be
robbed by leaving them to themselves. Alas! If they had
but known the admirable devotion which I will unfold presently, they
would have confided their treasure to a Virgin powerful and
faithful, who would have kept it for them as if it had been her own
possession; nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of
justice on herself to preserve it for them".
Mary, my Queen and sovereign Lady, I give you myself, trusting in your
fidelity and your protection. I surrender myself entirely to your
motherly tenderness, my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I
possess, for the whole of this day, my life, and especially
at the hour of my death. I entrust to you once more all my hopes, all my
consolations, all my anxieties, all my troubles, my life, my dying
breath, so that by your prayers and merits, I may have, in all I do, one
only goal, your good pleasure and the holy will of your Son. Amen!
One day, Saint Michael the
Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God
and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations
corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one
Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.
Promises of St. Michael
"Whoever would practice this
devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an
escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition,
for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his
continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after
death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O
Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail
Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine
Choirs of Angels]
[STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
1. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy
to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
2. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the
grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian
3. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our
hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
4. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us
grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
5. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from
evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls
against the snares and temptations of the devil.
7. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls
with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us
perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain
the glory of Heaven.
9. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be
protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come
Say one Our Father in honor of each
of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael
and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher
of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our
admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue
deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us
by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every
Pray for us, O glorious St.
Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made
worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who,
by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all
men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of
Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our
enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that
we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the
merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Welcome to this Catholic Spiritual Direction Web
Site. It is the intention of this site to lead people to a
closer relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the
Holy Spirit through the promotion of prayer and Christian teaching which
will enable Christians to adhere to the straight and narrow path Jesus
speaks of in the Gospels. Included in these web pages are the
Douay-Rheims Bible and the works of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas à
Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the
Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been
followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These
teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is
dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine
Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great
Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly
descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,are presented here. In time more works from the
Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.
When difficulties come to us at work or at home it
important to pray your way through these difficulties. At work, it
could be trouble with a supervisor or a co-worker, with the result that
misery is brought into our lives. Or at home a wife or a husband, or a
child or a relative may be causing you trouble. It is important to pray
your way through these difficulties. The different forms of prayers
listed above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy
Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the
bother us the most during our lives. Try these prayers, they work.
And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the
current situations that are going on in our lives. On the following
web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for yours
needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against the
assaults of demons. Sometimes it takes the prayers of many people to
From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.
"From long experience I have learned that there is
nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from
coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy
water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my
soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is
quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot
possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole
soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once
it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively.
It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from
a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body.
I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the
Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church
are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so
very different from water which has not been blessed."
The Catholic Church around the world
uses Holy Water in every church to make the church a fortress against
the demons which assault men and women. The Holy Water is usually
situated near every entrance to the church for people to use to anoint
themselves with the Sign of the Cross. When an individual puts on
Holy Water any demons present will flee. Catholics should put Holy
Water in containers and place them in their homes and their offices; by
doing so they make their homes and offices fortresses against the demons
which are always lurking about. Catholics should also consider
carrying the Holy Water in small containers in their pockets to ward off
demonic attacks during each day.
Saint John XXIII, you spent
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
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.]
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.
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,
and according to your will,
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy: Flow upon us! Precious Blood, most pure
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners: Atone for us! Precious Blood, delight of
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: