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

LENT

Lent is the period of 40 days including weekdays and Saturdays from Ash Wednesday, March 6th through Easter, Sunday April 21st.

Picture: Jesus falls while carrying cross and meets His mother. From movie:  Passion of the Christ

 

OBJECTIVES FOR LENT

1) To confess and turn away from all sin in our lives through Penance/Confession and Prayer.

2) To increase our love for God by attending Mass and receiving the Body of Christ.

3) To increase our love for our neighbor by forgiving our neighbor their faults and by doing good works to help our neighbor and the community.   This Lent ask God to give you the Grace  to forgive those who have  offended you the most.

4) Help those who are in need, those who are poor in their finances and pray for those who are spiritually needy.

4) Pray for the end of Abortion.  Say rosaries for the unborn.  Vote prolife.

5) Watch the movie, "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST," by Actor/Director Mel Gibson.

6) Watch the movie, Jesus of Nazareth: 

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50IiF1rTTGQ

 

 

PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS  FOR LENT

1) The Magnificent Prayers of Saint Bridget on the Passion of Christ.

2) EWTN,  Mother Angelica's Stations of the Cross

       The 14 Stations of the Cross, from visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.

   The Way of the Cross, Saint Francis of Assisi

3) The Prayers and Meditations of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

4) The Dolorous (sorrowful) Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR FASTING DURING LENT

ABSTINENCE is a penitential practice consisting of refraining from the consumption of meat and is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older.  Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence in which meat is not to be eaten.  Pastors and parents are encouraged to see that children who are not bound by the obligation to fast and abstain are led to appreciate an authentic sense of penance.  

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:  In addition to abstinence, fasting is to be observed by all Catholics between the ages of 18-59 years (inclusive). There are two days for this:  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed.  Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.  Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.  Note:  If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or serious reasons, they are urged to practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their condition.

 

 

MASS READINGS FOR TODAY 

March 20th, Wednesday

Book of Jeremiah 18,18-20.

 
The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said, "Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word."
Heed me, O LORD, and listen to what my adversaries say.
Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.

 

Psalms 31(30),5-6.14.15-16.

R. (17b)  Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
You will free me from the snare they set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
You will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.

I hear the whispers of the crowd, that frighten me from every side,
as they consult together against me, plotting to take my life.

But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, "You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors."

 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 20,17-28.

 
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way,
Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death,
and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day."
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.
He said to her, "What do you wish?" She answered him, "Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom."
Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can."
He replied, "My cup you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers.
But Jesus summoned them and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

 

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SOURCE:  

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

https://levangileauquotidien.org/main.php

https://dailygospel.org/AM/gospel

https://vangelodelgiorno.org/main.php

 

SAINT FOR TODAY

Saint Martin of Braga

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Saint
Martin of Braga
MartindeBraga-Albelda.jpg
Image of St Martin of Braga in a 10th-century manuscript.
Born 520
Pannonia
Died 580 (age 60)
Venerated in Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church

Saint Martin of Braga (in Latin Martinus Bracarensis, c. 520–580 AD) was an archbishop of Bracara Augusta in Gallaecia (now Braga in Portugal), a missionary, a monastic founder, and an ecclesiastical author. According to his contemporary, the historian Gregory of Tours, Martin was plenus virtutibus ("full of virtue") and in tantum se litteris imbuit ut nulli secundus sui temporis haberetur ("he so instructed himself in learning that he was considered second to none in his lifetime").[1] He was canonized in the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church for his work in converting the inhabitants of Gallaecia to Chalcedonian Christianity, and his feast day is 20 March.

Life

Born in Pannonia, in Central Europe, Martin made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where he became a monk.[2] He found his way to Hispania, decided to settle in Gallaecia. "His intentions in going to a place so remote by the standards of his own day are unknown," writes Roger Collins.[3] But his arrival in Gallaecia was historically significant, for he played an important role in converting the Suevi from their current Arian beliefs to the Roman Catholicism of their Fifth-century king Rechiar. While there he founded several monasteries, the best known of which was at Dumium (modern Dumio);[2] around 550 he was consecrated bishop of Braga, whence comes his surname.[4]

In May 561, Martin attended the provincial First Council of Braga as bishop of Dumio. He presided over the Second Council of Braga held in 572 as archbishop of Braga,[2] having been elevated to the archdiocese between the two events; Laistner notes "His authorship of ten chapters submitted and approved in 572 is certain and there is little doubt that he also compiled the Acts of both Councils."[4]

Works

Martin of Braga was a prolific author. Besides his contributions to the two provincial councils, he translated into Latin a collection of 109 sayings attributed to Egyptian abbots, while at his instigation the monk Paschasius, whom Martin had taught Greek translated another collection of sayings, entitled Verbum seniorum. But for modern scholars, his most interesting works were two treatises he wrote in the final decade of his life, De ira and Formula vitae honestae, because they were adapted from two essays of Seneca the Younger which were subsequently lost. "Martin's tract are valuable evidence that some at least of Seneca's writings were still available in the land of his birth in the sixth century," writes Laistner. Three other short essays on ethics demonstrate his clear familiarity with the works of John Cassian.[4]

Another important work is his sermon, written in the form of a letter to his fellow bishop Polemius of Asturica, De correctione rusticorum, which discusses the issue of rural paganism. Noting that this sermon has often been seen as evidence of Martin's missionary work against rural paganism, Collins asserts that a closer look does not support this thesis, for "there are no points of contact [in this work] with what is known of the indigenous pre-Christian cults of rural Galicia."[5] The influences present in this work have been debated: Laistner sees evidence of the sermons of the Gallic bishop Caesarius of Arles, who lived a generation ago; Collins believes it is modelled on a treatise of Augustine of Hippo on the same topic.[6]

Martin also composed poetry; Gregory of Tours notes that he authored the verses over the southern portal of the church of Saint Martins of Tours in that city.[1]

Moral treatises

  • Formula vitae honestae, or De differentiis quatuor virtutumvitae honestae (Rules for an Honest Life, or On the Four Cardinal Virtues): addressed to Miro, king of the Sueves. From its similarities to other works of Seneca the Younger modern scholars believe that Martin adapted his work from a lost writing of Seneca.[7][8] In the twelfth century, an accident caused the loss of the preface attributing the work to Martin, causing scribes and readers to mistakenly identify the treatise as a genuine work by Seneca. Over the next three centuries, Formula vitae honestae was mistakenly used alongside the Epistle to Seneca the Younger as proof for Seneca's adherence to Christianity.[8][9]
  • (572) De ira (On Anger): also adapted from a work of Seneca.[10]
  • Three linked treatises: the two vices, Vanity and Pride, are taken from a list of eight set out by Saint John Cassian.[8]
    • Pro repellenda jactantia (Driving Away Vanity)
    • De superbia (On Pride)
    • Exhortatio humilitatis (Exhortation to Humility)

Councils and canons

Other works and treatises

  • De correctione rusticorum (On the Reform of Rustics)
  • De trina mersione (On Triple Immersion): addressed to Bishop Boniface, of whom little is known other than that he resided in sixth century Visigothic Iberia. In his letter, Martin denounces the Arian practice of performing baptism in the three names of the Trinity. Martin insists the correct practice is to perform triple immersion in the Trinity's single name.[8]
  • Sententiae Patrum Aegyptiorum (Saying of the Egyptian Fathers): translated by Martin from an anonymous Greek manuscript he carried with him to Iberia.[8] Two translations exist: one by the monk Paschasius, who was instructed in Greek by Martin, and one by Martin himself. The version by Martin is twenty-two sections shorter than Paschasius's, as most of the anecdotes about the daily life of the Egyptian ascetic monks were removed to focus on their moral instruction.[8]
  • Poetry: only three poems by Martin are preserved from history. Two of them are inscriptions for buildings,[8][12] and the third is a six-line epitaph about Martin's own life.[8]

De correctione rusticorum

 
Martin, Archbishop of Braga

In 572, the Second Council of Braga decreed that bishops are to call the people of their church together, so they may be converted to Christianity. After the council, a bishop named Polemius of Astorga wrote to Martin of Braga asking for advice on the conversion of rural pagans. Polemius was especially concerned about their perceived idolatry and sin. Martin's reply was a treatise in the form of a sermon, enclosed in his responding letter to Polemius.

Out of all of Martin's works, De correctione rusticorum (On the Reform of Rustics) is of particular interest to modern scholars. It contains both a detailed catalogue of sixth-century Iberian pagan practices, and an unusually tolerant approach to them by Martin. Alberto Ferreiro attributes Martin's acceptance to his classical education in the East, as well as the influence of philosophers like Seneca and Plato.[13] Martin himself had avoided religious suppression by traveling to Dumiam, in what is now Portugal .[11] He had sailed east around 550, during the period when Justinian I was attempting to reunite the Later Roman Empire through consolidation of the empire's faith. In 529, Justinian had placed the Neoplatonic Academy under state control, effectively signifying the end of pagan philosophical teaching. Later, in 553, Origen was also anathematized, effectively crushing Origenism.[7] The Codex Justinianus enforced Nicaean Christianity over all other rival doctrines.[14] Martin may have chosen to flee east to avoid Rome's anti-intellectual policies, which possible explains his relatively gentle approach to the Suevi in Gallaecia.[7]

Although Martin's training as a monk was based on the ascetic Desert Fathers of the Egyptian desert, he lessened their severe monastic regulations to aid the Iberians to adapt. When converting the Suevi, he avoided enforcing Catholicism, preferring persuasion over coercion.[11] He also wrote his sermon in a deliberately rustic style, incorporating ungrammatical Latin constructions and local vulgarisms[8][note 1].

In his instructions, Martin objects to the astrological custom of naming the days of the week after gods (planets).[16][note 2] Due to his influence Portuguese and Galician (which, at the time, were one single language), alone among the Romance languages, assumed names for the days from numbers and Catholic liturgy, rather than from pagan deities.[17] Galician has largely returned to the earlier nomenclature.[18][circular reference]

Notes

  • From De correctione rusticorum: "Sed quia oportet ab initio mundi vel modicam illis rationis notitiam quasi pro gustu porrigere, necesse me fuit ingentem praeteritorum temporum gestorumque silvam breviato tenuis compendii sermone contingere et cibum rusticis rustico sermone condire." "Since it is necessary to offer them some small explanation for these idols' existence from the beginning of the world to whet the appetite, as it were, I have had to touch upon a vast forest of past times and events in a treatise of very brief compass and to offer the rustics food seasoned with rustic speech."[15]
    1. From De correctione rusticorum: "for the infidels have angered God and do not believe wholeheartedly in the faith of Christ, but are such disbelievers that they place the very names of the demons on each day of the week, and speak of the day of Mars and of Mercury and of Jupiter and of Venus and of Saturn, who never created a day, but were evil and wicked men among the race of the Greeks." [15]

    Sources

  • Decem Libri Historiarum, V.37; translated by Lewis Thorpe, History of the Franks (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1974), p. 301
  • Ott, Michael. "St. Martin of Braga." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 9. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 12 Mar. 2013
  • Collins, Early Medieval Spain: Unity in Diversity 400-1000, second edition (New York: St. Martins, 1995), p. 81
  • M.L.W. Laistner, Thought and Letters in Western Europe: A.D. 500 to 900, second edition (Ithaca: Cornell University, 1957), p. 117
  • Collins, Early Medieval Spain, p. 83
  • Laistner, Thought and letters, p. 118; Collins, Early Medieval Spain, p. 83
  • Follis, E. K. (1992). "St. Martin of Braga : Sources for His Tolerance toward the Rustici in Sixth Century Galicia."(Unpublished doctoral dissertation). The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • Braga, M. & Dumium, P. & Seville, L. & Barlow, C. W.(2010). Iberian Fathers, Volume 1 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 62). Washington: The Catholic University of America Press. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  • Everett Ferguson (2003). Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 365. ISBN 978-0-8028-2221-5.
  • Barlow, C. (1937). "A Sixth-Century Epitome of Seneca, De Ira." Retrieved March 5, 2015
  • Farmer, D.(2011). Martin of Braga. In The Oxford Dictionary of Saints. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 5 Mar. 2015
  • Decem Libri Historiarum, V.37; translated by Lewis Thorpe, History of the Franks (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1974), p. 301
  • Ferreiro, A. (1995). "Braga and tours: Some Observations on Gregory's "De virtutibus sancti martini" (1.11). Journal of Early Christian Studies, 3, 195. Retrieved March 5, 2015
  • Corcoran, S.(2009). Anastasius, Justinian, and the Pagans: A Tale of Two Law Codes and a Papyrus. Journal of Late Antiquity 2(2), 183-208. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved March 6, 2015, from Project MUSE database.
  • (Braga, M. & Dumium, P. & Seville, L. & Barlow, C. W.(2010). Iberian Fathers, Volume 1 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 62). Washington: The Catholic University of America Press. Retrieved March 5, 2015.)
  • Kimminich, E. (1991). "The way of vice and virtue: A medieval psychology."Comparative Drama, 25(1), 77-86. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  • Richard A. Fletcher (1999). The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity. University of California Press. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-520-21859-8.
  • "Names of the days of the week - Wikipedia". en.m.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
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    INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  SAINT MARTIN OF BRAGA

    , PLEASE PRAY FOR US TODAY [SAY PRAYER REQUEST.]

     

     

    SAINT EUPHRASIA, Virgin.

    March 13th

    EUPHRASIA was the daughter of pious and noble parents. After the death of her father his widow withdrew privately with her little daughter into Egypt, where she was possessed of a very large estate. In that country she fixed her abode near a holy monastery of one hundred and thirty nuns. The young Euphrasia, at seven years of age, begged that she might be permitted to serve God in this monastery. The pious mother on hearing this wept for joy, and not long after presented her child to the abbess, who, taking up an image of Christ, gave it to Euphrasia. The tender virgin kissed it, saying, "By vow I consecrate myself to Christ." Then the mother led her before an image of Our Redeemer, and lifting up her hands to heaven said, "Lord Jesus Christ, receive this child under your special protection. You alone doth she love and seek: to you doth she recommend herself." Then leaving her in the hands of the abbess, she went out of the monastery weeping. Some time after this the good mother fell sick, and soon slept in peace. Upon the news of her death,  the Emperor Theodosius sent for the noble virgin to come to court, having promised her in marriage to a favorite young senator. But the virgin wrote him refusing the alliance, repeating her vow of virginity, and requesting that her estates should be sold and divided among the poor, and all her slaves set at liberty. The emperor punctually executed all she desired, a little before his death in 395. St. Euphrasia was a perfect pattern of humility, meekness, and charity. If she found herself assaulted by any temptation, she immediately sought the advice of the abbess, who often enjoined her on such occasions some humbling and painful penitential labor, as sometimes to carry great stones from one place to another; which employment she once, under an obstinate assault, continued thirty days together with wonderful simplicity, till the devil, vanquished by her humble obedience and chastisement of her body, left her in peace. She was favored with miracles both before and after her death, which happened in the year 410, the thirtieth of her age.

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    INTERCESSORY PRAYER: 

    SAINT EUPHRASIA , please pray for the  Catholic Church

     and  for  all it's  members and for my request [say your  prayer

     request.]
     

     

     

    SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FOR TODAY

     

    Introduction to the

    Devout Life

    Saint Francis of Sales Bishop and Prince of Geneva

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

     

    CHAPTER XIV.
    SIXTH MEDITATION.
    On Judgment.

    Preparation.
    1. PLACE yourself in the Presence of God.
    2. Intreat Him to inspire you.

     
    Considerations.
    1. When the time comes which God has appointed for the end of this world, and after many terrible signs and warnings, which will overwhelm men with fear,--the whole earth will be destroyed, and nothing then left.

    2. Afterwards, all men, save those already risen, shall rise from the dead, and at the voice of the Archangel appear in the valley of Jehoshaphat. But alas, with what divers aspects! for some will be glorious and shining, others horrible and ghastly.

    3. Consider the majesty with which the Sovereign Judge will appear surrounded by all His Saints and Angels; His Cross, the Sign of Grace to the good and of terror to the evil, shining brighter than the sun.

    4. This Sovereign Judge will with His awful word, instantly fulfilled, separate the evil and the good, setting the one on His Right Hand, the other on His Left--an eternal separation, for they will never meet again.

    5. This separation made, the books of conscience will be opened, and all men will behold the malice of the wicked, and how they have contemned God; as also the penitence of the good, and the results of the grace they received. Nothing
    will be hid. O my God, what confusion to the one, what rejoicing to the other! Consider the final sentence of the wicked. "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Dwell upon these awful words. "Go," He says--for ever discarding these wretched sinners, banishing them for ever from His Presence. He calls them "cursed:" O my soul, what a curse: a curse involving all other maledictions, all possible evil, an irrevocable curse, including all time and eternity; condemning them to everlasting fire. Think what that eternity of suffering
    implies.

    6. Then consider the sentence of the good. "Come," the Judge says--O blessed loving word with which God draws us to Himself and receives us in His Bosom. "Blessed of My Father"--O blessing above all blessings! "inherit the Kingdom
    prepared for you from the beginning of the world." O my God, and that Kingdom will know no end!
     

    Affections and Resolutions.
    1. Tremble, my soul, at the thought. O God, who will be my stay in that hour when the pillars of the earth are shaken?
     

    2. Abhor your sins, which alone can cause you to be lost when that fearful day comes. Surely I will judge myself now, that I be not judged;--I will examine my conscience, accuse, condemn, punish myself, that the Judge may not condemn me then. I will confess my faults, and follow the counsels given me.

    Conclusion.
    Thank God for having given you means of safety in that terrible Day, and time for repentance. Offer Him your heart, and ask for grace to use it well. OUR FATHER, etc. Gather your bouquet.

     


    CHAPTER XV.
    SEVENTH MEDITATION.
    Of Hell.

    Preparation.
    1. PLACE yourself in God's Presence.
    2. Humble yourself, and ask His Aid.
    3. Picture to yourself a dark city, reeking with the flames of sulphur and brimstone, inhabited by citizens who cannot get forth.

    Considerations.
    1. Even so the lost are plunged in their infernal abyss;--suffering indescribable torture in every sense and every member; and that because having used their members and senses for sin, it is just that through them they should suffer now. Those eyes which delighted in impure vicious sights, now behold devils; the ears which took pleasure in unholy words, now are deafened with yells of despair;--and so on with the other senses.

    2. Beyond all these sufferings, there is one greater still, the privation and pain of loss of God's Glory, which is for ever denied to their vision. If Absalom cared not to be released from exile, if he might not see his father's face, 1 how much sorer will it be to be deprived for ever of the blessed vision of God?

    3. Consider how insupportable the pains of Hell will be by reason of their eternal duration. If the irritating bite of an insect, or the restlessness of fever, makes an ordinary night seem so long and tedious, how terrible will the endless night of eternity be, where nought will be found save despair, blasphemy and fury!

    Affections and Resolutions.
    1. Read the Prophet's descriptions of the terrors of the Lord, 2 and ask your soul whether it can face them--whether you can bear to lose your God for ever?

    2. Confess that you have repeatedly deserved to do so. Resolve henceforth to act differently, and to rescue yourself from this abyss. Resolve on distinct definite acts by which you may avoid sin, and thereby eternal death. Give thanks, offer yourself, pray.

    1 2. Sam. xiv. 32.  2 Isa. xxxiii. 14. "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?"

     

    CHAPTER XVI.
    EIGHTH MEDITATION.
    On Paradise.

    Preparation.
    1. PLACE yourself in the Presence of God.

    2. Invoke His Aid.

    Considerations.
    1. Represent to yourself a lovely calm night, when the heavens are bright with innumerable stars: add to the beauty of such a night the utmost beauty of a glorious summer's day,-- the sun's brightness not hindering the clear shining of moon or stars, and then be sure that it all falls immeasurably short of the glory of Paradise. O bright and blessed country, O sweet and precious place!

    2. Consider the beauty and perfection of the countless inhabitants of that blessed country;-- the millions and millions of angels, Cherubim and Seraphim; the glorious company of Apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and saints. O blessed company, any one single member of which surpasses all the glory of this world, what will it be to behold them all, to sing with them the sweet Song of the Lamb? They rejoice with a perpetual joy, they share a bliss unspeakable, and unchangeable delights. \

    3. Consider how they enjoy the Presence of God, Who fills them with the richness of His Vision, which is a perfect ocean of delight; the joy of being for ever united to their Head. They are like happy birds, hovering and singing for ever within the atmosphere of divinity, which fills them with inconceivable pleasures. There each one vies without jealousy in singing the praises of the Creator. "Blessed art Thou for ever, O Dear and Precious Lord and Redeemer, Who dost so freely give us of Thine Own Glory," they cry; and He in His turn pours out His ceaseless Blessing on His Saints. "Blessed are ye,--Mine own for ever, who have served Me faithfully, and with a good courage."


    Affections and Resolutions.
    1. Admire and rejoice in the Heavenly Country; the glorious and blessed New Jerusalem.

    2. Reprove the coldness of your own heart for having hitherto so little sought after that glorious abode. Why have I so long lingered indifferent to the eternal happiness set before me? Woe is me that, for the sake of poor savourless earthly things, I have so often forgotten those heavenly delights. How could I neglect such real treasures for mere vain and contemptible earthly matters?

    3. Aspire earnestly after that blessed abode. Forasmuch, O Dear Lord, as Thou hast been pleased to turn my feet into Thy ways, never will I again look back. Go forth, my soul, towards thy promised rest, journey unweariedly to that
    hoped-for land; wherefore shouldest thou tarry in Egypt?

    4. Resolve to give up such and such things, which hinder you on the way, and to do such others as will help you thitherwards. Give thanks, offer, pray.

     


    CHAPTER XVII.
    NINTH MEDITATION.
    On the Choice upon to you between Heaven and Hell.

    Preparation.
    1. PLACE yourself in the Presence of God.
    2. Humble yourself before Him, and ask His inspiration.

    Considerations.
    1. Imagine yourself alone with your good angel in an open plain, as was Tobit on his way to Rages. Suppose the Angel to set before you Paradise, full of delights and joys; and on the other hand Hell, with all its torments. Contemplate both, kneeling in imagination before your guardian Angel. Consider that you are most truly standing between Hell and Paradise, and that both the one and the other are open to receive you, according to your own choice.

    2. Consider that the choice you make in this life will last for ever in the next.

    3. Consider too, that while both are open to receive you according to your choice, yet God, Who is prepared to give the one by reason of His Justice, the other by reason of His Mercy, all the while desires unspeakably that you should select Paradise; and your good Angel is urging you with all his might to do so, offering you countless graces on God's part, countless helps to attain to it.

    4. Consider that Jesus Christ, enthroned in Heaven, looks down upon you in loving invitation: "O beloved one, come unto Me, and joy for ever in the eternal blessedness of My Love!" Behold His mother yearning over you with maternal tenderness--" Courage, my child, do not despise the Goodness of my Son, or my earnest prayers for thy salvation." Behold the Saints, who have left you their example, the millions of holy souls who long after you, desiring earnestly that you may one day be for ever joined to them in their song of praise, urging upon you that the road to Heaven is not so hard to find as the world would have you think. "Press on boldly, dear friend,"--they cry. "Whoso will ponder well the path by which we came hither, will discover that we attained to these present delights by sweeter joys than any this world can give."

    The Choice.
    1. O Hell, I abhor thee now and for ever; I abhor thy griefs and torments, thine endless misery, the unceasing blasphemies and maledictions which thou pourest out upon my God;--and turning to thee, O blessed Paradise, eternal glory, unfading happiness, I choose thee for ever as my abode, thy glorious mansions, thy precious and abiding tabernacles. O my God, I bless Thy Mercy which gives me the power to choose--O Jesus, Saviour, I accept Thine Eternal Love, and praise Thee for the promise Thou hast given me of a place prepared for me in that blessed New Jerusalem, where I shall love and bless Thee for ever.

    2. Dwell lovingly upon the example set before you by the Blessed Virgin and the Saints, and strive to follow where they point you. Give yourself up to your guardian Angel, that he may be your guide, and gird up your courage anew to make this choice.

     

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    INTRODUCTION TO THE
    DEVOUT LIFE

    SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES

    PART I.

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

    I.   What True Devotion is . . . 1
    II.   The Nature and Excellence of Devotion . . . 5
    III.  Devotion is suitable to every Vocation and Profession . . . 8
    IV.  The Need of a Guide for those Who Would enter upon and        advance in the Devout Life ...11
    V. The First Step must be Purifying the Soul . . . 15
    VI. The First Purification, namely, from Mortal Sin . . . 18
    VII. The Second Purification, from all Sinful Affections . . . 20
    VIII.  How to effect this Second Purification . . . 22
    IX.   First Meditation--Of Creation . . . 24
    X. Second Meditation--Of the End for which we were Created . . . 27
    XI.   Third Meditation--Of the Gifts of God . . . 30
    XII. Fourth Meditation--On Sin . . . 32
    XIII. Fifth Meditation--On Death . . . 35
    XIV.  Sixth Meditation--On Judgment . . . 38
    XV.  Seventh Meditation--Of Hell . . . 41
    XVI.   Eighth Meditation--On Paradise . . . 43
    XVII. Ninth Meditation On the Choice open to you between Heaven and Hell . . . 45
    XVIII. Tenth Meditation--How the Soul chooses the Devout Life . . . 48
    XIX.  How to make a General Confession . . . 51
    XX. A hearty Protest made with the object of confirming the Soul's resolution to serve God,   as a conclusion to its Acts of Penitence . . . 53
    XXI. Conclusion of this First Purification . . . 56
    XXII. The Necessity of Purging away all tendency to Venial Sins . . . 57
    XXIII. It is needful to put away all Inclination for Useless and Dangerous Things . . . 60
    XXIV. All Evil Inclinations must be purged away . . . 62

     

     

     

    LITANY FOR
    THE SOULS IN PURGATORY

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Let Us Pray.

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

    Amen.

     

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

     

     
     

    THE LITANY OF MARY QUEEN.

    [Mention your prayer request]

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

    Lord, have mercy,
    Lord, have mercy

    Holy Mary,
    pray for us.

    Holy Mother of God,
    pray for us.

    Most honored of virgins,
    pray for us.

    Chosen daughter of the Father,
    pray for us.

    Mother of Christ the King,
    pray for us.

    Glory of the Holy Spirit,
    pray for us.

    Virgin daughter of Zion,
    pray for us.

    Virgin poor and humble,
    pray for us.

    Virgin gentle and obedient,
    pray for us.

    Handmaid of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    Mother of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    Helper of the Redeemer,
    pray for us.

    Full of grace,
    pray for us.

    Fountain of beauty,
    pray for us.

    Model of virtue,
    pray for us.

    First fruit of the redemption,
    pray for us.

    Perfect disciple of Christ,
    pray for us.

    Untarnished image of the Church,
    pray for us.

    Woman transformed,
    pray for us.

    Woman clothed with the sun,
    pray for us.

    Woman crowned with stars,
    pray for us.

    Gentle Lady,
    pray for us.

    Gracious Lady,
    pray for us.

    Our Lady,
    pray for us.

    Joy of Israel,
    pray for us.

    Splendour of the Church,
    pray for us.

    Pride of the human race,
    pray for us.

    Advocate of grace,
    pray for us.

    Minister of holiness,
    pray for us.

    Champion of God's people,
    pray for us.

    Queen of love,
    pray for us.

    Queen of mercy,
    pray for us.

    Queen of peace,
    pray for us.

    Queen of angels,
    pray for us.

    Queen of patriarchs and prophets,
    pray for us.

    Queen of apostles and martyrs,
    pray for us.

    Queen of confessors and virgins,
    pray for us.

    Queen of all saints,
    pray for us.

    Queen conceived without original sin,
    pray for us.

    Queen assumed into heaven,
    pray for us.

    Queen of all the earth,
    pray for us.

    Queen of heaven,
    pray for us.

    Queen of the universe,
    pray for us.

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

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

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

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

     

     
     
    [MENTION YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]

    Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.

    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.

    God the Father of Heaven,
    Have mercy on us.

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

    God the Holy Spirit,
    Have mercy on us.

    Holy Trinity, One God,
    Have mercy on us.

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

    Saint Joseph, confirmed in grace,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, guardian of the Word Incarnate,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, favorite of the King of Heaven,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, ruler of the family of Jesus,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, spouse of the ever-blessed Virgin,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, foster father to the Son of God,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, example of humility and obedience,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, mirror of silence and resignation,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, patron of innocence and youth,
    Pray for us.

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

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

    Saint Joseph, advocate of the humble,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, model of every virtue,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, honored among men,
    Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, in whom is the union of all Christian perfections,
    Pray for us.

    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Spare us, O Lord.

    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.

    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us.

    V. Pray for us, O holy Saint Joseph,
    R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Let Us Pray.

    Assist us, O Lord,
    we beseech Thee,
    by the merits of the spouse
    of Thy most holy Mother,
    that what our unworthiness cannot obtain,
    may be given us by his intercession with Thee,
    Who livest and reignest with God the Father
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, world without end.

    Amen.

    PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH

    O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O thou Saint Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain for me from thy divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee, and Jesus asleep in thy arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me.  Amen!

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    BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH'S VISION:

     THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

     

     

     

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


     

     

     
    PRAYERS FOR TODAY

     

    MORNING PRAYER
    AFTERNOON PRAYER
    EVENING PRAYER

     

       

    MORNING PRAYER:

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

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

     

    LITANY TO SAINT JOSEPH

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

     
    
    

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EVENING PRAYER:

     

    GAELIC LITANY TO OUR LADY
     

    O Great Mary,
    pray for us.

    O Mary, greatest of Maries,
    pray for us.

    O Greatest of women,
    pray for us.

    O Queen of angels,
    pray for us.

    O Mistress of the heavens,
    pray for us.

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

    O Blessed and most blessed,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of Eternal Glory,
    pray for us.

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

    O Mother of Love and Indulgence,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of the Golden Heights,
    pray for us.

    O Honor of the sky,
    pray for us.

    O Sign of tranquillity,
    pray for us.

    O Gate of Heaven,
    pray for us.

    O Golden Vessel,
    pray for us.

    O Couch of Love and Mercy,
    pray for us.

    O Temple of Divinity,
    pray for us.

    O Beauty of virgins,
    pray for us.

    O Mistress of the tribes,
    pray for us.

    O Fountain of gardens,
    pray for us.

    O Cleansing of sins,
    pray for us.

    O Purifying of souls,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of orphans,
    pray for us.

    O Breast of infants,
    pray for us.

    O Solace of the wretched,
    pray for us.

    O Star of the sea,
    pray for us.

    O Handmaid of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of Christ,
    pray for us.

    O Resort of the Lord,
    pray for us.

    O Graceful like the dove,
    pray for us.

    O Serene like the moon,
    pray for us.

    O Resplendent like the sun,
    pray for us.

    O Cancelling Eve's disgrace,
    pray for us.

    O Regeneration of life,
    pray for us.

    O Beauty of women,
    pray for us.

    O Leader of virgins,
    pray for us.

    O Garden Enclosed,
    pray for us.

    O Fountain sealed up,
    pray for us.

    O Mother of God,
    pray for us.

    O Perpetual Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Holy Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Prudent Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Serene Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Chaste Virgin,
    pray for us.

    O Temple of the Living God,
    pray for us.

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

    O Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
    pray for us.

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

    O Cedar of Mount Lebanon,
    pray for us.

    O Cypress of Mount Sion,
    pray for us.

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

    O Blooming like the palm tree,
    pray for us.

    O Fruitful like the olive tree,
    pray for us.

    O Glorious Son-bearer,
    pray for us.

    O Light of Nazareth,
    pray for us.

    O Glory of Jerusalem,
    pray for us.

    O Beauty of the world,
    pray for us.

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

    O Queen of Life,
    pray for us.

    O Ladder of Heaven,
    pray for us.
     

     

     

     

     

     

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

    HISTORY

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

     

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

    O QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, Most Holy Virgin, we venerate thee. Thou art the beloved Daughter of the Most High God, the chosen Mother of the Incarnate Word, the Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Sacred Vessel of the Most Holy Trinity. O Mother of the Divine Redeemer, who under the title of Our Lady of Good Remedy comes to the aid of all who call upon thee, extend thy maternal protection to us. We depend on thee, Dear Mother, as helpless and needy children depend on a tender and caring mother.

    Hail, Mary....

    O LADY OF GOOD REMEDY, source of unfailing help, grant that we may draw from thy treasury of graces in our time of need.
    Touch the hearts of sinners, that they may seek reconciliation and forgiveness. Bring comfort to the afflicted and the lonely; help the poor and the hopeless; aid the sick and the suffering. May they be healed in body and strengthened in spirit to endure their sufferings with patient resignation and Christian fortitude.

    Hail, Mary....

    DEAR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY, source of unfailing help, thy compassionate heart knows a remedy for every affliction and misery we encounter in life. Help me with thy prayers and intercession to find a remedy for my problems and needs, especially for... (Indicate your special intentions here).
    On my part, O loving Mother, I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle, to a more careful observance of the laws of God, to be more conscientious in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life, and to strive to be a source of healing in this broken world of ours.
    Dear Lady of Good Remedy, be ever present to me, and through thy intercession, may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind, and grow stronger in the faith and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.

    Hail, Mary.....

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     
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    ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS.

    December 14th

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

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

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

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

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     ST. PETER OF ALCANTARA.

    FEAST DAY:  OCTOBER 19TH

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

     

    OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

    FEAST DAY:  OCTOBER 7TH

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

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

     

     

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

     

    Our Lady of the Rosary

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

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     

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

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

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

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

     

     
     
    POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2019

    THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2019

    ENTRUSTED TO THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE

    PRAYER NETWORK (APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER)

     

    JANUARY

    Evangelization: Young People and the Example of Mary

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

     

    FEBRUARY

    Universal: Human Trafficking

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

     

    MARCH

    Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

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

     

    APRIL

    Universal: Doctors and their Collaborators in Torn Areas

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

     

    MAY

    Evangelization: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity

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

     

    JUNE

    Evangelization: The Mode of Life of Priests

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

     

    JULY

    Universal: The Integrity of Justice

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

     

    AUGUST

    Evangelization: Families, Schools of Human Development

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

     

    SEPTEMBER

    Universal: The Protection of the Oceans

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

     

    OCTOBER

    Evangelization: A Missionary “Spring” in the Church

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

     

    NOVEMBER

    Universal: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East

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

     

    DECEMBER

    Universal: The Future of the Very Young

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

     

     

    Vatican, 3 January 2018
    Francis
    Original text: Italian

     

     

     
     

    OUR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY

    PRAYER

    Queen of Heaven and earth,
    most Holy Virgin,
    we venerate thee.
    Thou art the beloved daughter
    of the Most High God,
    the chosen mother of the
    Incarnate Word,
    the immaculate spouse of
    the Holy Spirit,
    the sacred vessel of the
     Most Holy Trinity.
    O Mother of the Divine Redeemer,
    who under the title of
    Our Lady of Good Remedy
    comes to the aid of all
    who call upon thee,
    extend thy maternal protection to us.
    We depend on thee,
    dear Mother,
    as helpless and needy children
    depend on a tender and caring mother.

    Pray the Hail Mary...


    O Lady of Good Remedy,
    source of unfailing help,
    grant that we may draw
    from thy treasury of graces
    in our time of need.
    Touch the hearts of sinners,
    that they may seek
    reconciliation and forgiveness.
    Bring comfort to
    the afflicted and the lonely;
    help the poor and the hopeless;
    aid the sick and the suffering.
    May they be healed in body
    and strengthened in spirit
    to endure their sufferings
    with patient resignation
    and Christian fortitude.

    Pray the Hail Mary...


    Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
    source of unfailing help,
    thy compassionate heart knows a remedy
    for every affliction and misery
    we encounter in life.
    Help me with thy prayers and intercession
    to find a remedy for my problems and needs,
    especially for...


    (Mention your personal intention)


    On my part,
    O loving Mother,
    I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle,
    to a more careful observance of the laws of God,
    to be more conscientious
    in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life,
    and to strive to be a source of healing
    in this broken world of ours.

    Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
    be ever present to me,
    and through thy intercession,
    may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind,
    and grow stronger in the faith
    and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.

    Pray the Hail Mary...


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

     
     

     

     

    Unfailing Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

    Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots

    Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.

    [Mention your request here]

    I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

    Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

     

     

     

     
     

    PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP

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

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

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

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

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

     

    SAY THE FOLLOWING PRAYERS:

    Prayer to St. Michael

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

     

     

    SAY THIS PRAY FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

     PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH

    O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O thou Saint Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain for me from thy divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee, and Jesus asleep in thy arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me.  Amen!

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

     

    AMERICA'S GREATEST SIN IS ABORTION

    AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES

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

     WAR ON UNBORN CHILDREN      OVER  59,440,015  
    ...since abortion was legalized in 1973

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    PRAY THAT ABORTION WOULD BE OUTLAWED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

     

    MORE ON ABORTION: 

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

     

     

    THE POWER AND THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM PRAYING THE ROSARY

     THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY

    These promises were given by the Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.

     1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.

    2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.

    3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

    4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

    5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.

    6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

    7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

    8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

    9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

    10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.

    11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

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

    13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

    14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus Christ.

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

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

      
     

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

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

    1. The Mass is Calvary continued.

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

    3. Holy Mass is the most powerful atonement for your sins.

    4. At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation.

    5. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

    6. At Mass you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.

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

    8. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.

    9. He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed.  The power of Satan over you is diminished.

    10. You afford the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

    11. One Mass heard during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.

    12. You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you.  You shorten your Purgatory.

    13. Every Mass wins for you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.

    14. You receive the priest's blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.

    15. You kneel amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.

    16. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

    In eternity, we shall fully realize that it was certainly worthwhile to have assisted at Holy Mass daily.  PRAY FOR PRIESTS THAT THEY MAY OFFER THE MASS WITH HOLY LOVE AND REVERENCE.

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    "WHY Should I Go To Mass Every Day?"

    "The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!"

    For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death.  (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).

    Padre Pio, the stigmatic priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than without the Mass.

    The Cure'd' Ars, St. Jean Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy.

    A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.  St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than  many after it.

    "The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death."  (Pope Benedict XV).

    Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord, "How can I thank you?"  Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS".

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    MARIAN PRAYERS

     Saint Louis De Montfort stresses that people should give there hearts and wills to Jesus through Mary and that by doing this a soul will be able to soar toward God.  See Saint Louis's book True Devotion To Mary. Saint Louis warns of the devil's great ability to deceive souls, including souls of saints:

    "Because the devils, who are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us.  They watch day and night for the favorable moment.  For that end they go round about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch from us in one moment, all the graces and merits we have gained for many years.   Their malice, their experience, their stratagems and their number ought to make us fear this misfortune immensely, especially when we see how many persons fuller of grace than we are, richer in virtues, better founded in experience and far higher exalted in sanctity, have been surprised, robbed and unhappily pillaged.  Ah!  How many cedars of Lebanon, how many stars of the firmament, have we not seen fall miserably, and in the twinkling of an eye lose all their height and their brightness!  Whence comes that sad and curious change?  It was not for want of grace, which is wanting to no man; but it was for want of humility.  They thought themselves capable of guarding their own treasures.  They trusted in themselves, relied upon themselves.  They thought their house secure enough, and their coffers strong enough, to keep the precious treasure of grace.  It is because of that scarcely perceptible reliance upon themselves, though all the while it seemed to them that they were relying only on the grace of God, that the most just Lord permitted them to be robbed by leaving them to themselves.  Alas!  If they had but known the admirable devotion which I will unfold presently, they would have confided their treasure to a Virgin powerful and faithful, who would have kept it for them as if it had been her own possession; nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of justice on herself to preserve it for them".

    TRUE DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN MARY, SAINT LOUIS de MONTFORT

    PRAYER TO
    THE VIRGIN MARY

    Holy Mary, my Queen and sovereign Lady, I give you myself, trusting in your fidelity and your protection. I surrender myself entirely to your motherly tenderness, my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I possess,  for the whole of this day, my life,  and especially at the hour of my death. I entrust to you once more all my hopes, all my consolations, all my anxieties, all my troubles, my life, my dying breath, so that by your prayers and merits, I may have, in all I do, one only goal, your good pleasure and the holy will of your Son.  Amen!

     

     

    The Chaplet of St. Michael

    One day, Saint Michael the Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.

    Promises of St. Michael

    "Whoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their relations."

     

     

     

    The Chaplet of St. Michael

    O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.

    [Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]

      [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]

     

    1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
    Amen.

    2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.
    Amen.

    3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
    Amen.

    4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
    Amen.

    5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

    6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
    Amen.

    7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

    8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.
    Amen.

    9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.
    Amen.

    Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.

     

    Concluding prayers:

    O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

    Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.

    Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord.    Amen.

     

     

    PURPOSE OF THIS WEB SITE

    Welcome to this Catholic Spiritual Direction Web Site.   It is the intention of this site to lead people to a closer relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit through the promotion of prayer and Christian teaching which will enable Christians to adhere to the straight and narrow path Jesus speaks of in the Gospels. Included in these web pages are the Douay-Rheims Bible and the works of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas a Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Teresa of Avila, and the works of other saints of the Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (Biography) (1774-1824) Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, are presented here. In time more works from the Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.

     

     
    OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT HOME:

        
    When difficulties come to us at work or at home it important to pray your way through these difficulties.  At work, it could be trouble with a supervisor or a co-worker, with the result that misery is brought into our lives.  Or at home a wife or a husband, or a child or a relative may be causing you trouble.  It is important to pray your way through these difficulties.  The different forms of prayers listed above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the bother us the most during our lives.  Try these prayers, they work. 


     And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the current situations that are going on in our lives.   On the following web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for yours needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against the assaults of demons.  Sometimes it takes the prayers of many people to change things.

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


     

    SAINT TERESA RECOMMENDS HOLY WATER

    From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.

    "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body. I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."

    The Catholic Church around the world uses Holy Water in every church to make the church a fortress against the demons which assault men and women.  The Holy Water is usually situated near every entrance to the church for people to use to anoint themselves with the Sign of the Cross.  When an individual puts on Holy Water any demons present will flee.  Catholics should put Holy Water in containers and place them in their homes and their offices; by doing so they make their homes and offices fortresses against the demons which are always lurking about.  Catholics should also consider carrying the Holy Water in small containers in their pockets to ward off demonic attacks during each day.

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    GRACE POURED OUT FROM HOLY WATER

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

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    SAINT JOHN XXIII

     POPE JOHN XXIII SUMMARY ON WIKIPEDIA

     

        PRAYER OF INTERCESSION TO 
    SAINT JOHN XXIII.

    Saint John XXIII, you spent your life deeply immersed in the truths of the Catholic Faith.  You led us by your great example of sacrifice and love as you successively led millions to love Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church. 

    We now ask for your intercession for those who are troubled and in need:

      Saint John XXIII, please pray for the Holy Catholic Church and for the following prayer request:
    [state your prayer request.]

     

    SAINT JOHN PAUL II

    SEE:  EWTN  Biography on Pope John Paul II

    PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION
    OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II

    O Blessed Trinity, we thank you
    for having graced the Church with
    Saint John Paul II and for allowing
    the tenderness of your fatherly care,
    the glory of the Cross of Christ
    and the splendor of the Spirit of love
    to shine through him.

    Trusting fully in your infinite mercy
    and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
    he has given us a living image of
    Jesus the Good Shepherd.
    He has shown us that holiness
    is the necessary measure of ordinary
    Christian life and is the way of
    achieving eternal communion with you.
    Grant us, by his intercession,

    [MENTION PRAYER REQUEST]

    and according to your will,
    the graces we implore,
    through Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
    for Physical and Spiritual Healing
    .

    PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy:
    Flow upon us!
    Precious Blood, most pure offering:
    Procure us every grace!
    Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners:
    Atone for us!
    Precious Blood, delight of holy souls:
    Draw us! Amen.
     

     

    Are you sick or do you know someone who is ill.  Say the  prayer above for them everyday.  Also, there is greater power of prayer when many people are praying for the sick.  Ask many fellow Catholics to join in prayer with you for the sick.  You can send prayer requests to Catholic Groups that will join you in prayer at:    http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm

     




     

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