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FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT
From Catholic Encylopedia:
According to present  usage, Advent is a period beginning with the
Sunday nearest to
the feast of
the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first
Sunday may be as
early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3
December, giving the season only twenty-one days.
With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the
During this time the
the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate
thus to make their
abodes for the Redeemer coming in
thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at
death and at
end of the
1) Attend Mass often.
2) Pray. Pray the Rosary, Pray
to the Holy Saints of God and to the Blessed Mother.
3) Go to Confession. Forgive the
sins of other.
4) Do good works to help others,
especially the poor.
MASS READINGS FOR TODAY
12/10/17Second Sunday of
Book of Isaiah
give comfort to my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at
an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of
the LORD double for all her sins.
A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make
straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made
low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see
it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; Cry out at the
top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out
and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!
Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; Here is
his reward with him, his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.
will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD –for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
second Letter of Peter 3:8-14.
do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like
a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard "delay," but he is
patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should
come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens
will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by
fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.
Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons
ought (you) to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which
the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in
which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found
without spot or blemish before him, at peace.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ (the Son of God).
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "Behold, I am sending my
messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert: 'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.'"
John (the) Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of
repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of
Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the
Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy
SAINT FOR TODAY|
St. Melchiades, Pope
From Eus. l. 9, c. 9. St. Optat.
l. 1. St. Aug. See Tillemont.
[Butler's Lives of the Saints]
MELCHIADES, or MILTIADES,
succeeded Eusebius in the see of Rome, being chosen on
the 2d of July, 311, in the reign of Maxentius.
Constantine vanquished that tyrant on the 28th of
October in 312, and soon after issued edicts, by which
he allowed Christians the free exercise of their
religion, and the liberty of building churches. To
pacify the minds of the pagans, who were uneasy at this
innovation, when he arrived at Milan in the beginning of
the year 313, he, by a second edict, ensured to all
religions except heresies, liberty of conscience. Among
the first laws which he enacted in favour of Christians,
he passed one to exempt the clergy from the burden of
civil offices. He obliged all his soldiers to repeat on
Sundays a prayer addressed to the one only God; and no
idolater could scruple at such a practice. He abolished
the pagan festivals and mysteries in which lewdness had
a share. Unnatural impurity being almost unrestrained
among the heathens, the Romans, when luxury and
debauchery were arrived at the highest pitch among them,
began to shun marriage, that they might be more at
liberty to follow their passions. Whereupon Augustus was
obliged by laws to encourage and to command all men to
marry, inflicting heavy penalties on the disobedient. 1
The abuses being restrained by the Christian religion
more effectually than they could have been by human
laws, Constantine, in favour of celibacy, repealed the
Poppæan law. This emperor also made a law to punish
adultery with death. 2 The good pope rejoiced
exceedingly at the prosperity of God’s house, and, by
his zealous labours, very much extended its pale; but he
had the affliction to see it torn by an intestine
division, in the Donatist schism, which blazed with
great fury in Africa. Mensurius, bishop of Carthage,
being falsely accused of having delivered up the sacred
scriptures to be burnt in the time of the persecution,
Donatus, bishop of Cassa-nigra in Numidia, most
unreasonably separated himself from his communion, and
continued his schism when Cecilian had succeeded
Mensurius in the see of Carthage, and was joined by many
jealous enemies of that good prelate, especially by the
powerful lady Lucilla, who was personally piqued against
Cecilian whilst he was deacon of that church. The
chismatics appealed to Constantine, who was then in
Gaul, and entreated him to commission three Gaulish
bishops, whom they specified, to judge their cause
against Cecilian. The emperor granted them these judges
they demanded, but ordered the aforesaid bishops to
repair to Rome, by letter, entreating Pope Melchiades to
examine into the controversy, together with these
Gaulish bishops, and to decide it according to justice
and equity. The emperor left to the bishops the decision
of this affair, because it regarded a bishop. 3 Pope
Melchiades opened a council in the Lateran palace on the
2d of October, 313, at which both Cecilian and Donatus
of Cassa-nigra were present; and the former was
pronounced by the pope and his council innocent of the
whole charge that was brought against him. Donatus of
Cassa-nigra was the only person who was condemned on
that occasion; the other bishops who had adhered to him
were allowed to keep their sees upon their renouncing
the schism. St. Austin, speaking of the moderation which
the pope used, calls him an excellent man, a true son of
peace, and a true father of Christians. Yet the
Donatists, after his death, had recourse to their usual
arms of slander to asperse his character, and pretended
that this pope had delivered the scriptures into the
hands of the persecutors; which St. Austin calls a
groundless and malicious calumny. St. Melchiades died on
the 10th of January, 314, having sat two years, six
months, and eight days, and was buried on the Appian
road, in the cemetery of Calixtus; is named in the Roman
Martyrology, and in those of Bede, Ado, Usuard, &c. In
some calendars he is styled a martyr, doubtless on
account of his sufferings in preceding persecutions. 1
This holy pope saw a door
opened by the peace of the church to the conversion of
many, and he rejoiced at the triumph of the cross of
Christ. But with worldly prosperity a worldly spirit too
often broke into the sanctuary itself; insomuch that the
zealous pastor had sometimes reason to complain, with
Isaiah, “Thou hast multiplied the nation, and hast not
increased my joy.” 4 Under the pressures of severe
persecution, the true spirit of our holy religion was
maintained in many among its professors during the first
ages; yet, amidst the most holy examples, and under the
influence of the strongest motives and helps, avarice
and ambition insinuated themselves into the hearts of
some, who, by the abuse of the greatest graces, became
of all others the most abandoned to wickedness; witness
Judas the apostate in the college of the apostles; also
several amongst the disciples of the primitive saints,
as Simon Magus, Paul of Samosata, and others. But with
temporal honours and affluence, the love of the world,
though most severely condemned by Christ, as the capital
enemy to his grace and holy love, and the source of all
vicious passions, crept into the hearts of many, to the
utter extinction of the Christian spirit in their souls.
This, indeed, reigns, and always will reign, in a great
number of chosen souls, whose lives are often hidden
from the world, but in whom God will always provide for
his honour faithful servants on earth, who will praise
him in spirit and truth. But so deplorable are the
overflowings of sensuality, avarice, and ambition, and
such the lukewarmness and spiritual insensibility which
have taken root in the hearts of many Christians, that
the torrent of evil example and a worldly spirit ought
to fill every one with alarms, and oblige every one to
hold fast, and be infinitely upon his guard that he be
not carried away by it. It is not the crowd that we are
to follow, but the gospel: and though temporal goods and
prosperity are a blessing, they ought extremely to rouse
our attention, excite our watchfulness, and inspire us
with fear, being fraught with snares, and by the abuse
which is frequently made of them, the ruin of virtue. 2
Note 1. See his Lex Julia, and
Lex Poppæa. [back]
Note 2. See Gothofred, ad Cod.
Theod. l. xi. tit. 36. [back]
Note 3. S. Aug. ep. 105, p.
299, et ep. 43, p. 94, et in Brevic. Collat. die 3, c.
12, et 17. Eus. l. 10, c. 5. S. Optat. l. 1, p. 44.
Note 4. Isa. ix. 3. [back]
Juan Diego was born in 1474 in Mexico City and was given the name "Cuauhtlatoatzin"
("the talking eagle") in Cuautlitlán. He was baptized by a Catholic priest
when he was 50 years of age. Juan had been a married man with no children, but
his wife died in 1529. On December 9, 1531, when he was on his way to
morning Mass, the Blessed Mother appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico
City. She told him to tell his Bishop to have a shrine built on this site
where she appeared. Juan went to the Bishop who did not believe him and
the Bishop asked for a sign to know that it was true. On December 12th at
Tepeyac, the Blessed Mother told him to climb the hill and pick flowers that
were growing there in winter time. Juan found roses, which he folded up in
his garment and took to the Bishop. When he showed the Bishop the roses,
an image of the Blessed Mother showed up on his garmet with Our Lady's image
imprinted on it. The bishop had the Catholic shrine built and Juan spent
the rest of his life in devotion and prayer to God and his blessed Mother.
The image below is the image that was imprinted on his garmet. He was
canonized as a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002 at the basilica of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask Saint Juan
to increase our devotion to the Blessed Mother.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
O Virgin of Guadalupe,
Mother of the Americas,
grant to our homes the grace of loving
and respecting life in its beginnings,
with the same love with which
you conceived in your womb
the life of the Son of God.
Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of Fair Love,
protect our families so that
they may always be united
and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon us with pity,
teach is to go continually to Jesus,
and if we fall
help us to rise again and return to Him
through the confession of our faults
and our sins in the Sacrament of penance,
which gives peace to the soul.
We beg you to grant us a great love
of all the holy Sacraments,
which are, as it were,
the signs that your Son left us on earth.
Thus, Most Holy Mother,
with the peace of God in our consciences,
with our hearts free from evil and hatred,
we will be able to bring to all others
true joy and peace,
which come to us from your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
lives and reigns for ever and ever.
(Pope John Paul II.)
ST. AMBROSE, BISHOP.
FEAST DAY: DECEMBER 7TH.
[The following is from the book:
PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINTS, COMPILED FROM "BUTLER'S LIVES" AND OTHER
APPROVED SOURCES. BENZIGER BROTHERS, PRINTERS TO THE HOLY APOSTOLIC SEE.]
was of a noble family, and was governor of Milan AM. 374, when a
bishop was to be chosen for that great see. As the Arian heretics were
many and fierce, he was present to preserve order during the election.
Though only a catechumen, it was the will of God that he should
himself be chosen by acclamation; and, in spite of his utmost
resistance, he was baptised and consecrated. He was unwearied in every
duty of a pastor, full of sympathy and charity, gentle and
condescending in things indifferent, but inflexible in matters of
principle. He showed his fearless zeal in braving the anger of the
Empress Justina, by resisting and foiling her impious attempt to give
one of the churches of Milan to the Arians, and by rebuking and
leading to penance the really great Emperor Theodosius, who in a
moment of irritation had punished most cruelly a sedition of the
inhabitants of Thessalonica. He was the friend and consoler of St.
Monica in all her sorrows, and in 387 he had the joy of admitting to
the Church her son, St. Augustine. St. Ambrose died A.D. 397, full of
years and of honors, and is revered by the Church of God as one of her
REFLECTION.—Whence came to St. Ambrose his grandeur of mind, his clearness
of insight, his intrepidity in maintaining the faith and discipline of the
Church? Whence but from his contempt of the world, from his fearing God alone ?
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask Saint Ambrose to bless the theologians and
priests today with the gift of accurate and holy preaching of the Catholic
AMBROSE, BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS
ST. NICHOLAS OF BARI.
FEAST DAY: DECEMBER 6TH
ST. NICHOLAS, the patron Saint of Russia, was
the end of the third century. His uncle, the Archbishop
of Myra in Lycia, ordained him priest, and appointed him abbot of a monastery;
and on the death of the archbishop he was elected to the vacant see. Throughout
his life he retained the bright and guileless manners of his early years, and
showed himself the special protector of the innocent and the wronged. Nicholas once heard that a person who had fallen into poverty intended to abandon
his three daughters to a life of sin. Determined, if possible, to save their
innocence, the Saint went out by night, and, taking with him a bag of gold,
flung it into the window of the sleeping father and hurried off. He, on awaking,
deemed the gift a godsend, and with it dowered his eldest child. The Saint,
overjoyed at his success, made like venture for the second daughter; but the
third time, as he stole away, the father, who was watching, overtook him and
kissed his feet, saying: "Nicholas, why dost thou conceal thyself from me? Thou
my helper, and he who has delivered my soul and my daughters from hell." St.
Nicholas is usually represented by the side of a vessel, wherein a certain man
had concealed the bodies of his three children whom he had killed, but who were
restored to life by the Saint. He died A.D. 342. His relics were translated in
1807, to Bari, Italy, and there, after fifteen centuries, "the manna of St.
Nicholas" still flows from his bones and heals all kind of sick.
REFLECTION.—Those who would enter heaven must be as little children, whose
greatest glory is their innocence. Now, two things are ours to do : first, to
preserve it in ourselves, or regain it by penance; secondly, to love and shield
it in others.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT NICHOLAS, PLEASE INTERCEDE TO GOD FOR
ME [MENTION YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS:
ST. NICHOLAS, CONFESSOR,
ARCHBISHOP OF MYRA.
acts of Nicholas, published about the year 912 by Metaphrastes, are extant,
translated by Lipoman, Surina, &c. Others much shorter, but imperfect, compiled
by Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople, about the year 840, are published by
Mombritius Falcouius, &c. Another life of St. Nicholas was wrote by John, deacon
of Naples, anno 860, from Methodius and others. (See Murat. Ital. Scriptor. t. i.
part 2, p. 287, and Jos. Assemani, t. v. p. 417.) See several acts of his life,
published by Falconius,, Archbishop of San-Severino, at Naples, in 1751, also
Tillemont, t. vi. Vie de St. Nicholas, et Note 1, 2. Fleury, t. xiii. p. 446.]
THE great veneration with
which this saint has been honoured, both in the Greek and Latin churches for
many ages, and the great number of altars and churches which have been
everywhere erected in his memory, are proofs of his extra-ordinary sanctity, and
of the glory which he enjoys with God. The Emperor Justinian built a church in
his honour at Constantinople, in the quarter called Blaquernae, about the year
430,1 and he was titular saint of four churches in Constantinople.* All accounts
agree that he was a native of Patara, in Lycia. We are told that in his infancy
he observed the fasts of Wednesdays and Fridays refusing to suck the breasts on
those days, which were consecrated to fasting by the
Procop. de AEdific. Justinian, lib. i. c. 6, p. 31, Putignani, Diatr. 1, c. 5,
pp. 37, 52.
(2) Du Cange, Constantinopolis
Christiana, lib. iv. c. 6, n. 67. Codinns Orig. Constan. p. 62.
law of the church, as St.
Clement of Alexandria mentions,¹ and as
Bishop Pkitter proves, in his note upon that pas sage from the Apostolic
Constitutions,² and the canonical epistle of
St. Peter, Bishop of Alexandria and martyr. Also St. Epiphanius
³ and others testify the same. Happy are
they who, from their infancy and innocent age, are inured to the exercises of
devotion, penance, and perfect obedience. St. Nicholas increased his fervour in
these and all other virtues with his years, especially when he had devoted
himself to a religious life in the monastery of Holy Sion, near Myra, of which
house he was made abbot, by the archbishop, its founder. Charity in comforting
and relieving the distressed, seemed his characteristical virtue. Amongst many
other instances, it is related, that when three young virgins were exposed
through distress to the danger of falling into vicious courses, he, for. three
successive nights, conveyed to them through the window a competent sum of money
for a fortune for one of them, so that they were all portioned, and afterwards
happily married. Lycia was a large ancient province of Asia, in which St. Paul
had planted the faith. Myra, the capital, three miles from Patara, and from the
sea, was an archiepiscopal see, founded by St. Nicander, of so great dignity,
that, in later ages, thirty-six suffragan bishoprics were subject to it. This
metropolitan church falling vacant, the holy abbot Nicholas was chosen
arch-bishop, and in that exalted station became famous by his extraordinary
piety and zeal, and an incredible number of stupendous miracles. The Greek
histories of his life agree that he suffered imprisonment for the faith, and
made a glorious confession in the latter part of the persecution raised by
Dioclesian: and that he was present at the great council of Nice, and
there condemned Arianism. The silence of other authors make many
justly suspect these circumstances.
Clem. Alex. Strom. lib. vii. t.ii. p. 877, n. 10 et 15, ed. Oxon. anno 1715. (2)
Constit. Apoat. lib. v. e: mix. et lib, vii. c. xxiv. (3) See Pope Benedict XIV.
in Literia Apostolicia ad Joan. V. Portng. Reg. novre edit. Martyr. Rom.
prsefxis, an. 19, ad 36.
history of the translation of his relics place his death in 342. He died at
Myra, and was buried in his own cathedral. The relics of St. Nicholas were kept
with great honour at Myra, till they were translated into Italy. Certain
merchants of Bari, a sea-port in the kingdom of Naples, situate on the Adriatic
Gulf, sailed in, three ships to the coast of Lycia; and watching an opportunity
when no Mahornetans were near the place, went to the church in which the relics
of St. Nicholas were kept, which stood in a desert place three miles from the
sea, and was guarded by a small community of monks. They broke open the marble
coffin in which the sacred bones lay, and carried them off to their ships ; the
inhabitants, upon the alarm given, pursued them to the shore with horrible
outcries, but the Europeans were got safe on board. They landed at Bari on the
9th of May, 1087, and the sacred treasure was deposited by the archbishop in the
Church of St. Stephen. On the first day, thirty persons were cured of various
distempers, imploring the intercession of St. Nicholas, and from that time the
tomb of St. Nicholas of Bari has been famous for pilgrimages. The authentic
history of this translation, written by John, at that time archdeacon of Bari,
by order of the archbishop, is extant in Surius. The same account is confirmed
by another history of this translation, drawn up at the same time by Nicephorus
of Bari, also an eye-witness, commissioned by the magistrates of the city,
quoted in manuscript by Baronius, and published by Falconiss.t By this history
of Nicephorus, it appears that the Venetians having formed a design of carrying
off the relics of St. Nicholas, certain merchants from Bari, who happened then
to be at Antioch,-prevented them. This enterprise could only be justified by the
laws of a just war, joined with the apprehension of the sacrilegious impiety of
(1) Falcouius, Acta Primigeuia St.
N.colai, p. 131.
Mention is made in a novella
of the Emperor Emmanuel, recorded by Balsamon: and all modern writers, of a
fragrant unctuous matter which issues from the relics of St. Nicholas in his
shrine at Bari, a large quantity of which was found in his sepulchre, near Myra,
in Lycia, when his relics were brought thence.
Nicholas is esteemed a patron of children, because he was from his infancy a
model of innocence and virtue, and to form that tender age to sincere piety was
always his first care and delight. To impress on the minds of' children perfect
sentiments of devotion, religion, and all virtues, with an earnestness in all
duties, is a task often as delicate as it is important. Instructions must be
made sensible, and adapted by similes, parables, and examples, to the weakness
of their capacities. Above all, they are to be enforced by the conduct of those
with whom children converse. They learn their maxims, imbibe their spirit, and
are moulded upon their example. A child which sees those who are about him love
their own ease, and ever seek what best pleases their senses ; still more, if he
observes them to be choleric, peevish, vain, slothful, or impatient, will
naturally cherish these passions, and yield up the government of himself to
them, instead of learning by tractableness, humility, meekness, and self-denial,
to subdue and govern them. And so in all other points. Precepts and exhortations
lose their force when contradicted by example; and whilst the infant sees every
one study to please himself in every thing, in fiat opposition to the rules of
the gospel which he hears preached from their mouths, he seems tacitly persuaded
that such a conduct is reconcile-able with those very maxims which condemn it.
A Saint Who Stopped an Execution
by Jim Forest
was born in about 280 AD in the town of
within the Province of
His life was later embroidered with many legends, yet there are several
stories about him which seem solidly historical.
One of these relates how, while Nicholas
was visiting a remote part of his
several citizens from Myra came to him with urgent news: the ruler of
the city, Eustathius, had condemned three innocent men to death.
Nicholas set out immediately for home. Reaching the outskirts of the
city, he asked those he met on the road if they had news of the
prisoners. Informed that their execution was to be carried out that
morning, he hurried to the executioner’s field. Here he found a large
crowd of people and the three men kneeling with their arms bound,
awaiting the fatal blow. Nicholas passed through the crowd, took the
sword from the executioner’s hands and threw it to the ground, then
ordered that the condemned men be freed from their bonds. His authority
was such that the executioner left his sword where it fell. Later
Eustathius confessed his sin and sought the
forgiveness. Nicholas absolved him, but only after the ruler had
undergone a period of repentance.
In the late 19th century, when Russians
were embroiled in controversy regarding capital punishment, the artist
Ilya Repin made his comment with the painting reproduced [here]. Having
in which St. Nicholas is shown grasping the sword with his bare hand,
Repin reproduced the image, but in a realistic modern style in which
each face reveals various atitudes regarding the
brave intervention—the shocked astonishment of the executioner, the
pious resignation of the prisoner on his knees who is not yet aware his
life has been saved, and the appeal of a red-cloaked flunky representing
the governor, no doubt pointing out that Nicholas would do well not to
In [the June]
issue of In Communion,
several authors reflect on aspects of the death penalty, still a
punishment in many parts of the USA, as it is in China, most Middle
Eastern countries, regions of Africa in which Islam is dominant, and
parts of Southeast Asia.
Needless to say, unlike the prisoners for whom
St. Nicholas intervened, many on death row are guilty of murder. Yet
knowing the disciplines of the early Church, one can safely assume
Nicholas would have intervened for the guilty no less than the falsely
accused. For what good is served by their killing? How is the God of
mercy honored by bloodshed?
In the early Church those being prepared for
baptism had to make promises regarding their future conduct. One of
these was to not kill. This vow was required even of magistrates and
soldiers. It is a requirement long ago abandoned and nearly forgotten,
so that no one in our world is surprised when Christians take the lives
of others or order others to shed blood. What a pity that we who claim
to be followers of Christ give such a flawed witness to the kingdom of
May we live to see the death penalty
abandoned. May our own efforts help speed that day.
SAINT SABAS, ABBOT
SAINT SABAS, one
of the most renowned patriarchs of the monks of Palestine, was born in the
year 439, near Caesarea. In order to settle a dispute which had
arisen between some of his relations, in regard to the administration of his
estate, while still young, he forsook the world and entered a monastery,
wherein he became a model of fervor. When Sabas had been ten years in this
monastery, being eighteen years old, he went to Jerusalem to visit the holy
places, and attached
himself to a
monastery then under control of St. Euthymius, but on the death of
the holy abbot our Saint sought the wilderness, where he chose his dwelling in
the top of a
high mountain, at
the bottom of which ran the brook Cedron: After he had lived here five years,
several came to him, desiring to serve God under his direction. He was at first
unwilling to consent, but finally founded a new monastery of persons all
desirous to devote themselves to praise and serve God without interruption. His
great sanctity becoming known, he was ordained priest, at the age of
fifty-three, by the patriarch of Jerusalem and
made Superior-General of all the anchorites of Palestine. He lived to be
ninety-four, and died on the 5th
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT SABAS, PLEASE PRAY FOR US TODAY [STATE
YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
MORE FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS:
Relics of Saint Sabas:
The relics of St. Sabas in Catholicon (main church) of
the Saba Sea Monastery, West Bank, West Jordan.
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.
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
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.]
LADY OF THE ROSARY
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 7TH
HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE,
IS WITH THEE,
BLESSED ART THOU AMONGST WOMEN,
AND BLESSED IS
THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB JESUS,
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD,
FOR US SINNERS
NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH.
SEE SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT'S BOOK ON
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
Lady of Victory, Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of the Most Holy
Our Lady of
Diocese of Malaga,
Rosario, Santa Fe,
Surigao del Norte,
Olías del Rey,
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
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.
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Dominican tradition, in 1214,
France attempting to convert the
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
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.
On December 3,
1836, Fr. Charles Eléonor des Genettes had an interior locution directing him to
dedicate the parish of Our Lady of Victory to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
On October 13,
Our Lady of Fatima
told the shepherd children, "I am the Lady of the Rosary".
during the civil war with the anti-clerical
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
THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS.
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 2ND
GOD does not abandon to mere chance any of His handiworks; by His providence He is everywhere present; not
a hair falls from the head of a sparrow to the ground without His knowledge. Not
content, however, with yielding such familiar help in all things, not content
with affording that existence which He communicates and perpetuates through
every living being, He has charged His angels with the ministry of watching and
safeguarding every one of His creatures that behold not His face. Kingdoms have
their angels assigned to them, and men have their angels; these latter it is
whom religion designates as the Holy Guardian Angels, Our Lord says in the
"Beware lest ye scandalize any of these little ones, for their angels in heaven
see the face of my Father." The existence of Guardian Angels is, hence, a dogma
of the Christian faith : this being so, what ought not our respect be for that
sure and holy intelligence that is ever present at our side; and how great
should our solicitude be, lest, by any act of ours, we offend those eyes which
are ever bent upon us in all our ways !
REFLECTION.-Ah! let us not
give occasion, in the language of Holy Scripture, to the angels of peace to weep
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Today, thank your
guardian angel for his work in which he always strives to keep us close to
Jesus. Ask you guardian angel to guide your steps in the upcoming days,
weeks, months and years.
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin and Patron of the Universal Church.
ST. JOSEPH was by birth of the royal family of David, but
was living in humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the highest
sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His Virgin Mother, and
foster-father and guardian of the Incarnate Word. Joseph, says the Holy
Scripture, was a just man; he was innocent and pure, as became the husband of
Mary; he was gentle and tender, as one worthy to be named the father of Jesus;
he was prudent and a lover of silence, as became the master of the holy
house; above all, he was faithful and obedient to divine calls. His conversation
was with angels rather than with men. When he learned that Mary bore within her
womb the Lord of heaven, he feared to take her as his wife; but an angel
bade him fear not, and all doubts vanished. When Herod sought the life of the
divine Infant, an angel told Joseph in a dream to fly with the Child and His
Mother into Egypt. Joseph at once arose and obeyed. This sudden and unexpected
flight must have exposed Joseph to many inconveniences and sufferings in so long
a journey with a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater part of the way
being through deserts and among strangers; yet he alleges no excuses; nor
inquires at what time they were to return. St. Chrysostom observes that God
treats thus all His servants, sending them frequent trials to clear their hearts
from the rust of self-love, but intermixing seasons of consolation. "Joseph,"
says he, "is anxious on seeing the Virgin with child; an angel removes that
fear. He rejoices at the Child's birth, but a great fear succeeds: the furious
king seeks to destroy the Child, and the whole city is in an uproar to take away
His life. This is followed by another joy, the adoration of the Magi; a new
sorrow then arises: he is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country, without
help or acquaintance." It is the opinion of the Fathers that upon their entering
Egypt, at the presence of the child Jesus, all the oracles of that superstitious
country were struck dumb, and the statues of their gods trembled and in many
places fell to the ground. The Fathers also attribute to this holy visit the
spiritual benediction poured on that country, which made it for many ages most
fruitful in Saints. After the death of King Herod, of which St. Joseph was
informed in another vision, God ordered him to return with the Child and His
Mother into the land of Israel, which our Saint readily obeyed. But when he
arrived in Judea, hearing that Archelaus had succeeded Herod in that part of the
country, and apprehensive that he might be infected with his father's vices, he
feared on that account to settle there, as he would otherwise probably have done
for the education of the Child; and therefore, being directed by God in another vision, he retired into the dominions of Herod Antipas, in Galilee, to
his former habitation in Nazareth. St. Joseph, being a strict observer of the
Mosaic law, in conformity to its direction annually repaired to Jerusalem
to celebrate the Passover. Our Saviour, now int the twelfth year of His age,
accompanied His parents thither. Having performed the usual ceremonies of the feast,they were returning with many of their neighbors and acquaintance towards
Galilee; and never doubting but that Jesus was with some of the company, they
travelled on for a whole day's journey before they discovered that He was not
with them. But when night came on and they could hear no tidings of Him among
their kindred and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned with
the utmost speed to Jerusalem. After an anxious search of three days they found
Him in the Temple, discoursing with the learned doctors of the law, and asking
them such questions as raised the admiration of all that heard Him, and made
them astonished at the ripeness of His understanding; nor were His parents less
surprised on this occasion. When His Mother told Him with what grief and
earnestness they had sought Him, and asked, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with
us? Behold Thy Father and I sought Thee in great affliction of mind," she
received for answer, "How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must
be about My Father's business?" But though thus staying in the Temple unknown to
His parents, in all other things He was obedient to them, returning with them to
Nazareth, and there living in all dutiful subjection to them. As no further
mention is made of St. Joseph, he must have died before the marriage of Cana and
the beginning of our divine Saviour's ministry. We cannot doubt that he had the
happiness of Jesus and Mary attending at his death, praying by him, assisting
and comforting him in his last moments; whence he is particularly invoked for
the great grace of a happy death and the spiritual presence of Jesus in that
Reflection. -St. Joseph, the shadow of the
Eternal Father upon earth, the protector of Jesus in His home at Nazareth, and a
lover of all children for the sake of the Holy Child, should be the chosen
guardian and pattern of every true Christian family.
[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.
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!
BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
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That the elderly, sustained by families and
Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and
experience to spreading the faith and forming the
Queen of Heaven and earth,
most Holy Virgin,
we venerate thee.
Thou art the beloved daughter
of the Most High God,
the chosen mother of the
the immaculate spouse of
the Holy Spirit,
the sacred vessel of the
Most Holy Trinity.
O Mother of the Divine Redeemer,
who under the title of
Our Lady of Good Remedy
comes to the aid of all
who call upon thee,
extend thy maternal protection to us.
We depend on thee,
as helpless and needy children
depend on a tender and caring mother.
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.
PRAYERS FOR THE DAY
CONTAINING COUNSELS CONCERNING THE PRACTICE OF VIRTUE.
We must be Faithful in Things Great and Small.
THE Bridegroom of the Canticles says that the Bride has ravished His
heart with "one of her eyes, one lock of her hair." 1 In all the human
body no part is nobler either in mechanism or activity than the eye,
none more unimportant than the hair. And so the Divine Bridegroom makes
us to know that He accepts not only the great works of devout people,
but every poor and lowly offering too; and that they who would serve Him
acceptably must give heed not only to lofty and important matters, but
to things mean and little, since by both alike we may win His Heart and
1 Cant. iv. 9. In the English version this passage stands as "one
chain of her
neck;" but in the Vulgate it is "uno crine colli tui."
Be ready then, my child, to bear great afflictions for your Lord, even
to martyrdom itself; resolve to give up to Him all that you hold most
precious, if He should require it of you;--father, mother, husband,
wife, or child; the light of your eyes; your very life; for all such
offering your heart should be ready. But so long as God's Providence
does not send you these great and heavy afflictions; so long as He does
not ask your eyes, at least give Him your hair. I mean, take patiently
the petty annoyances, the trifling discomforts, the unimportant losses
which come upon all of us daily; for by means of these little matters,
lovingly and freely accepted, you will give Him your whole heart, and
win His. I mean the acts of daily forbearance, the headache, or
toothache, or heavy cold; the tiresome peculiarities of husband or wife,
the broken glass, the loss of a ring, a handkerchief, a glove; the sneer
of a neighbour, the effort of going to bed early in order to rise early
for prayer or Communion, the little shyness some people feel in openly
performing religious duties; and be sure that all of these sufferings,
small as they are, if accepted lovingly, are most pleasing to God's
Goodness, Which has promised a whole ocean of happiness to His children
in return for one cup of cold water. And, moreover, inasmuch as these
occasions are for ever arising, they give us a fertile field for
gathering in spiritual riches, if only we will use them rightly.
When I read in the Life of S. Catherine of Sienna of her ecstasies and
visions, her wise sayings and teaching, I do not doubt but that she
"ravished" her Bridegroom's heart with this eye of contemplation; but I
must own that I behold her with no less delight in her father's kitchen,
kindling the fire, turning the spit, baking the bread, cooking the
dinner, and doing all the most menial offices in a loving spirit which
looked through all things straight to God. Nor do I prize the lowly
meditations she was wont to make while so humbly employed less than the
ecstasies with which she was favoured at other times, probably as a
reward for this very humility and lowliness. Her meditations would take
the shape of imagining that all she prepared for her father was prepared
for Our Lord, as by Martha; her mother was a symbol to her of Our Lady,
her brothers of the Apostles, and thus she mentally ministered to all
the Heavenly Courts, fulfilling her humble ministrations with an
exceeding sweetness, because she saw God's Will in each. Let this
example, my daughter, teach you how important it is
to dedicate all we do, however trifling, to His service. And to this end
I earnestly counsel you to imitate that "virtuous woman" whom King
Solomon lauds, 1 who "layeth her hands" to all that is good and noble,
and yet at the same time to the spindle and distaff. Do you seek the
higher things, such as prayer and meditation, the Sacraments leading
souls to God and kindling good thoughts in them, in a word, by all
manner of good works according to your vocation; but meanwhile do not
neglect your spindle and distaff. I mean, cultivate those lowly virtues
which spring like flowers round the foot of the Cross, such as
ministering to the poor and sick, family cares, and the duties arising
therefrom, and practical diligence and activity; and amid all these
things cultivate such spiritual thoughts as S. Catherine intermingled
with her work.
Great occasions for serving God come
seldom, but little ones surround us daily; and our Lord Himself has told
us that "he that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in
much." 2 If you do all in God's Name, all you do will be well done,
whether you eat, drink or sleep, whether you amuse yourself or turn the
spit, so long as you do all wisely, you will gain greatly as in God's
Sight, doing all because He
would have you do it.
1 Prov. xxxi. Those who desire a helpful book will
find one in Mgr. Landriot's
"Femme Forte," a series of lectures on this chapter of Holy Scripture,
well as his "Femme Picuse" is largely imbued with the spirit of S.
Sales, who is frequently quoted in both.
2 S. Luke xvi. 10.
Of a Well-Balanced, Reasonable Mind.
REASON is the special characteristic of man, and yet it is a rare thing
to find really reasonable men, all the more that self-love hinders
reason, and beguiles us insensibly into all manner of trifling, but yet
dangerous acts of injustice and untruth, which, like the little foxes in
the Canticles, 1 spoil our vines, while, just because they are trifling,
people pay no attention to them, and because they are numerous, they do
infinite harm. Let me give some instances of what I mean. We find fault
with our neighbour very readily for a small matter, while we pass over
great things in ourselves. We strive to sell dear and buy cheap. We are
eager to deal out strict justice to others, but to obtain indulgence for
ourselves. We expect a good construction to be put on all we say, but we
are sensitive and critical as to our neighbour's words. We expect him to
let us have whatever we want for money, when it would be more reasonable
to let him keep that which is his, if he desires to do so, and leave us
to keep our gold.
1 Cant. ii. 15.
We are vexed with him because he will not accommodate us, while perhaps he
has better reason to be vexed with us for wanting to disturb him. If we
have a liking for any one particular thing, we despise all else, and
reject whatever does not precisely suit our taste. If some inferior is
unacceptable to us, or we have once caught him in error, he is sure to
be wrong in our eyes whatever he may do, and we are for ever thwarting,
or looking coldly on him, while, on the other hand, some one who happens
to please us is sure to be right. Sometimes even parents show unfair
preference for a child endowed with personal gifts over one afflicted
with some physical imperfection. We put the rich before the poor,
although they may have less claim, and be less worthy; we even give
preference to well-dressed people. We are strict in exacting our own
rights, but expect others to be yielding as to theirs;--we complain
freely of our neighbours, but we do not like them to make any complaints
of us. Whatever we do for them appears very great in our sight, but what
they do for us counts as nothing. In a word, we are like the
Paphlagonian partridge, which has two hearts; for we have a very tender,
pitiful, easy heart towards ourselves, and one which is hard, harsh and
strict towards our neighbour. We have two scales, one wherein to measure
our own goods to the best advantage, and the other to weigh our
neighbours' to the worst. Holy Scripture tells us that lying lips are an
abomination unto the Lord, 1 and the double heart, with one measure
whereby to receive, and another to give, is also abominable in His
Sight. Be just and fair in all you do. Always put yourself in your
neighbour's place, and put him into yours, and then you will judge
fairly. Sell as you would buy, and buy as you would sell, and your
buying and selling will alike be honest. These little dishonesties seem
unimportant, because we are not obliged to make restitution, and we
have, after all, only taken that which we might demand according to the
strict letter of the law; but, nevertheless, they are sins against right
and charity, and are mere trickery, greatly needing correction--nor does
any one ever lose by being generous, noble-hearted and courteous. Be
sure then often to examine your dealings with your neighbour, whether
your heart is right towards him, as you would have his towards you, were
things reversed--this is the true test of reason. When Trajan was blamed
by his confidential friends for making the Imperial presence too
accessible, he replied, "Does it not behove me to strive
to be such an emperor towards my subjects as I should wish to meet with
were I a
1 Prov. xii. 22.
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|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
AMERICA'S GREATEST SIN IS
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The smaller cross-marks represent less than 50,000 deaths.
The war casualties represent all American combat-related deaths.
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WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
abortion was legalized in 1973
PRAY THAT ABORTION WOULD BE OUTLAWED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
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.
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.**********
"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".
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
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.
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.
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 to Heaven.
Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every 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.
SAINT TERESA RECOMMENDS HOLY WATERFrom 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.
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