ST. SEBASTIAN was an officer
in the Roman army, esteemed even by the heathen as a good soldier, and honored
by the Church ever since as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at Narbonne,
Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284, and entered the lists against the
powers of evil. He found the twin brothers Marcus and Marcellinus in prison for
the faith, and, when they were near yielding to the entreaties of their
relatives, encouraged them to despise flesh and blood, and to die for Christ.
God confirmed his words by miracle: light shone around him while he spoke; he
cured the sick by his prayers; and in this divine strength he led multitudes to
the faith, among them the Prefect of Rome, with his son Tiburtius. He saw his
disciples die before him, and one of them came back from heaven to tell him that
his own end was near. It was in a contest of fervor and charity that St.
Sebastian found the occasion of martyrdom. The Prefect of Rome, after his
conversion, retired to his estates in Campania, and
took a great number of his fellow-converts with him to this place of safety. It
was a question whether Polycarp the priest or St. Sebastian should accompany the
neophytes. Each was eager to stay and face the danger at Rome, and at
last the Pope decided that the Roman church could not spare the services of
Sebastian. He continued to labor at the post of danger till he was betrayed by a
false disciple. He was led before Diocletian, and, at the emperor's command,
pierced with arrows and left for dead. But God raised him up again, and of his
own accord he went before the emperor and conjured him to stay the persecution
of the Church. Again sentenced, he was at last beaten to death by clubs, and
crowned his labors by the merit of a double martyrdom.
Reflection.--Your ordinary occupations will
give yon opportunities of laboring for the faith. Ask help from St. Sebastian.
He was not a priest nor a religious, but a soldier.
SAINT FABIAN, POPE, MARTYR
Pope Fabian reigned as Pope from 235 through 236.
It was said that a dove landed on his head during the Papal Conclave.
Pope Fabian fought against the many heresies against the Church and
especially those originating in Africa. He encouraged the use of
catacombs in Rome for Christians to protect themselves. He died in
Let us ask Saints Sebastian and Fabian to help us to be constant in our
faith, especially when we our faced with great opposition.
Fabian and Sebastian, please pray for us today [say your prayer
ST. CANUTUS, KING OF DENMARK, M.
FEAST DAY: JANUARY 19TH
[From his life, faithfully written by AElnoth, a monk of Canterbury, who had
lived twenty-four years in Denmark, and wrote in 1105. It was printed at
Copenhagen, in 1602. See also Saxo Grammaticus, the most elegant and judicious
of the Danish historians.]
DIED: A.D. 1086.
ST CANUTUS, or KNUT, the fourth of that name,
King of Denmark, was natural son of Swein III. whose great uncle Canutus had
reigned in England. Swein having no lawful issue, took care of the education of
Canutus, who being endowed with excellent qualities both of mind and body,
answered perfectly well the care of his preceptors and governors. It is hard to
say, whether he excelled more in courage, or in conduct and skill in war ; but
his singular piety perfectly eclipsed all his other endowments. He scoured the
sea of pirates, and subdued several neighbouring provinces which infested
Denmark with their incursions. The kingdom of Denmark was elective till the year
1660 ; wherefore, when Swein died, many pitched upon our saint, whose eminent
virtues best qualified him for the throne; but the majority, fearing his martial
spirit, preferred his eldest natural brother Harald, the seventh king of that
name, who, for his stupidity and vices, was commonly called the Slothful.
Canutus retired into Sweden to King Halstan, who received him with the greatest
marks of kindness and esteem ; but the king could never induce him to undertake
any expedition against Denmark; on the contrary, the Christian hero employed all
his power and interest in the service of his country. Harald dying after two
years' reign, Canutus was called to succeed him.
Denmark had received the
Christian faith long before ; some say in 826, but wanted a zealous hand at the
helm, to put the finishing stroke to that good work. St. Canutus seems to have
been pitched upon by providence for this purpose. He began his reign by a
successful war against the troublesome barbarous enemies of the state, and
by planting the faith in the conquered provinces of Courland, Samogitia, and
Livonia. Amidst the glory of his victories, he humbly prostrated himself at the
foot of the crucifix, laying there his diadem, and offering himself and his
kingdom to the King of kings. After having provided for its peace and safety,
and enlarged its territories, he married Eltha, or Alice, daughter of Robert,
Earl of Flanders, by whom he had a pious son, St. Charles, surnamed the Good,
afterwards also Earl of Flanders. His next concern was to reform abuses at home.
For this purpose, he enacted severe, but necessary laws, for the strict
administration of justice, and repressed the violence and tyranny of the great,
without respect of persons. He countenanced and honoured holy men, granted many
privileges and immunities to the clergy, to enhance the people's esteem of them;
and omitted nothing to convince them of their obligation to provide for their
subsistence by the payment of tithes. His charity and tenderness towards his
subjects made him study by all possible ways to ease them of their burdens, and
make them a happy people. He showed a royal magnificence in building and
adorning churches, and gave the crown which he wore, of exceeding great value,
to the church of Rosehild, in Zealand, his capital city, and the place of his
residence, where the kings of Denmark are yet buried. He chastised his body with
fasting, discipline, and hair-cloths. Prayer was his assiduous exercise. When
William the Conqueror had made himself master of England, Canutus sent forces to
assist the vanquished : but these troops finding no one willing to join them,
were easily defeated in the year 1069. Some time after, being invited by the
conquered English, he raised an army to invade this island, and expel the
Normans ; but through the treacherous practices of his brother Olas, or Olaus,
was obliged to wait so long on the coast, that his troops deserted him. The
pious king, having always in view the service of God, and judging this a
proper occasion to induce his people to pay tithes to their pastors, he proposed
to them either to pay a heavy fine, by way of punishment for their desertion, or
submit to the law of tithes for the pastors of the church. Their aversion to the
latter made them. choose the tax, to the great mortification of the king, who,
hoping they would change their resolution, ordered it to be levied with rigour.
But they, being incensed at the severity of the collectors, rebelled. St.
Canutus retired for safety into the Isle of Fionia, and was hindered from
joining his loyal troops, by the treachery of one Blanco, an officer, who, to
deceive him, assured his majesty that the rebels were returned to their duty.
The king went to the church of St. Alban, the martyr, to perform his devotions,
and return God thanks for that happy event. This the rebels being informed of by
Blanco, they surrounded the church with him at their head. In the mean time the
holy king, seeing the danger that threatened his life, confessed his sins at the
foot of the altar, with great tranquillity and resignation, and received the
holy communion. His guards defended the church doors, and Blanco was slain by
them. The rebels threw in bricks and stones through the windows, by which they
beat down the shrines of certain relics of St. Alban and St. Oswald, which St.
Canutus had brought over from England. The saint, stretching out his arms before
the altar, fervently recommended his soul into the hands of his Creator : in
which posture he was wounded with a javelin, darted through the window, and fell
a victim to Christ. His brother Benedict, and seventeen others, were slain with
him, on the 10th of July, 1086, as Elnoth, a contemporary author, testifies, who
has specified the date of all the events with the utmost exactness. His wicked
brother Olas succeeded him in the kingdom. God punished the people during eight
years and three months of his reign with a dreadful famine, and other
calamities; and attested the sanctity of the martyr by many miraculous cures of
the sick at his tomb. For which reason his relics were taken up out of their
obscure sepulchre, and honourably entombed towards the end of the reign of Olas.
His successor, Eric III., a most religious prince, restored piety and religion,
with equal courage and success, and sent ambassadors to Rome, with proofs of the
miracles performed, and obtained from the pope a declaration, authorising the
veneration of St. Canutus, the proto-martyr of Denmark. Upon this occasion a
most solemn translation of his relics, which were put in a most costly shrine,
was performed, at which AElnoth, our historian, was present. He adds, that the
first preachers of the faith in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, were English
priests ; that the Danes then zealously embraced the Christian religion, but
that the Swedes still continued more obstinate, among whom Eschil, an
Englishman, received the crown of martyrdom, whilst he was preaching Christ to
certain savage tribes.
SAINT CANUTUS, PRAY FOR US [STATE YOUR
St. Prisca, Virgin and Martyr
was a noble Roman lady, and after many
torments finished her triumph by the sword, about the year 275. Her
relics are preserved in the ancient church which bears her name in Rome,
and gives title to a cardinal. She is mentioned in the sacramentary of
St. Gregory, and in almost all western Martyrologies. The acts of her
martyrdom deserve no regard: St. Paul, in the last chapter of his
epistle to the Romans, salutes Aquila, a person of Pontus, of Jewish
extraction, and Priscilla, whom he and all churches thanked, because
they had exposed themselves for his sake. He mentions the church which
assembled in their house, which he attributes to no other among the
twenty-five Christians whom he saluted, and were then at Rome. This
agrees with the immemorial tradition at Rome, that St. Peter consecrated
an altar, and baptized there in an urn of stone, which is now kept in
the church of St. Prisca. Aquila and Priscilla are still honoured in
this church, as titular patrons with our saint, and a considerable part
of their relics lies under the altar. Aquila and Priscilla were tent
makers, and lived at Corinth, when they were banished from Rome under
Claudius: she who is called Priscilla in the Acts of the Apostles, the
Epistles to the Romans, and first to the Corinthians, is named Prisca in
the second to Timothy. See the Roman Martyrology on the 18th of January
and the 8th of July; also Chatelain, not. p. 333.
Saint Prisca, please pray for us [state your prayer.]
ANTONY, PATRIARCH OF MONKS
FEAST DAY: JANUARY 17TH
following teaching is from the Book:PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINTS,
compiled from "Butler's Lives" and other approved sources, Benziger Brothers,
SAINT ANTONY was born in the year 251, in UpperEgypt. Hearing at Mass the words, "If thou wilt be perfect, go,
sell what thou hast, and give to the poor," he gave away all his vast
possessions. He then begged an aged hermit to teach him the spiritual life. He
also visited various solitaries, copying in himself the principal virtue of
each. To serve God more perfectly, Antony entered the desert and immured himself
in a ruin, building up the door so that none could enter. Here the devils
assaulted him most furiously, appearing as various monsters, and even wounding
him severely; but his courage never failed, and he overcame them all by
confidence in God and by the sign of the cross. One night, whilst Antony, was in
his solitude, many devils scourged him so terribly that he lay as if dead. A
friend found him thus, and believing him dead carried him home. But when Antony
came to himself he persuaded his friend to carry him, in spite of his wounds,
back to his solitude. Here, prostrate from weakness, he defied the devils,
saying, "I fear you not; you cannot separate me from the love of Christ." After
more vain assaults the devils fled, and Christ appeared to Antony in glory. His
only food was bread and water, which he never tasted before sunset, and
sometimes only once in two, three, or four days. He wore sackcloth and
sheepskin, and he often knelt in prayer from sunset to sunrise. Many souls
flocked to him for advice, and after twenty years of solitude he consented to
guide them in holiness--thus founding the first monastery. His numerous miracles
attracted such multitudes that he fled again into solitude, where he lived by
manual labor. He expired peacefully at a very advanced age. St. Athanasius, his
biographer, says that the mere knowledge of how St. Antony lived is a good guide
to virtue. He died in the year 356.
more violent were the assaults of temptation suffered by St. Antony, the more
firmly did he grasp his weapons, namely, mortification and prayer. Let us
imitate him in this if we wish to obtain victories like his.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Today let us call upon Saint
Antony to help us overcome all our spiritual difficulties and to help us ward
off the assaults of the demons (which never sleep).
ST. PAUL was born in Upper Egypt, about the
year 230, and became an orphan at the age of fifteen, being very rich and highly
educated. Fearing lest the tortures of a terrible persecution might endanger his
perseverance, he retired into a remote village. But his pagan brother-in-law
denounced him, and St. Paul, rather than remain where his faith was in
danger, entered the barren desert, trusting that God would supply his wants. And
his confidence was rewarded ; for in the spot to which Providence led him he
found the fruit of the palm-tree for food, and its leaves for clothing, and the
water of the spring for drink. His first de-sign was to return to the world when
the persecution was over, but tasting great delights in prayer and penance, he
remained the rest of his life, ninety years, in penance, prayer, and
contemplation. God revealed his existence to St. Antony, who sought him for
three days. Seeing a thirsty she-wolf run through an opening in the rocks,
Antony followed her to look for water, and found Paul. They knew each other at
once, and praised God together. When St. Antony visited him, a raven brought him
a loaf, and St. Paul said, " See how good God is ! For sixty years this bird has
brought me half a loaf every day ; now thou art come, Christ has doubled the
provision for His servants." Having passed the night in prayer, at dawn of day
Paul told Antony he was about to die, and asked to be buried in the cloak given
to Antony by St. Athanasias. Antony hastened to fetch it, and on his way back
saw Paul rise to heaven in glory. He found his dead body kneeling as if in
prayer, and two lions came and dug his grave. Paul died in his one hundred and
REFLECTION.—We shall never repent of having trusted in God for he cannot fail
those who lean on him ; nor shall we ever trust in ourselves without being
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT PAUL THE
HERMIT, PRAY FOR US TODAY [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
St. Felix of Nola, Priest and Confessor
IT is observed by the judicious Tillemont, with regard
to the life of this saint, that we might doubt of its wonderful circumstances,
were they not supported by the authority of a Paulinus; but that great miracles
ought to be received with the greater veneration, when authorized by
St. Felix was a native of Nola, a Roman colony in
Campania, fourteen miles from Naples, where his father Hermias, who was by birth
a Syrian, and had served in the army, had purchased an estate and settled
himself. He had two sons, Felix and Hermias, to whom at his death he left his
patrimony. The younger sought preferment in the world among the lovers of
vanity, by following the profession of arms, which at that time was the surest
road to riches and honours. Felix, to become in effect what his name in Latin
imported, that is happy, resolved to follow no other standard than that of the
King of kings, Jesus Christ. For this purpose, despising all earthly things,
lest the love of them might entangle his soul, he distributed the better part of
his substance among the poor, and was ordained Reader Exorcist, and, lastly,
priest, by Maximus, the holy bishop of Nola; who, charmed with his sanctity and
prudence, made him his principal support in those times of trouble, and designed
him for his successor. 1 In the year 250, the Emperor Decius raised a bloody
persecution against the church. Maximus, seeing himself principally aimed at,
retired into the desert, not through the fear of death, which he desired, but
rather not to tempt God by seeking it, and to preserve himself for the service
of his flock. The persecutors not finding him, seized on Felix, who in his
absence was very vigilant in the discharge of all his pastoral duties. The
governor caused him to be scourged; then loaded with bolts and chains about his
neck, hands, and legs, and cast into a dungeon, in which, as St. Prudentius
informs us, 2 the floor was spread all over with potsherds and pieces of broken
glass, so that there was no place free from them, on which the saint could
either stand or lie. One night an angel appearing in great glory, filled the
prison with a bright light, and bade St. Felix go and assist his bishop, who was
in great distress. The confessor seeing his chains fall off, and the doors open,
followed his guide, and was conducted by heaven to the place where Maximus lay,
almost perished with hunger and cold, speechless, and without sense: for,
through anxiety for his flock, and the hardships of his solitary retreat, he had
suffered more than a martyrdom. Felix, not being able to bring him to himself,
had recourse to prayer; and discovering thereupon a bunch of grapes within
reach, he squeezed some of the juice into his mouth, which had the desired
effect. The good bishop no sooner beheld his friend Felix, but he embraced him,
and begged to be conveyed back to his church. The saint taking him on his
shoulders, carried him to his episcopal house in the city, before day appeared,
where a pious ancient woman took care of him. 3
Felix, with the blessing of his pastor, repaired
secretly to his own lodgings, and there kept himself concealed, praying for the
church without ceasing, till peace was restored to it by the death of Decius, in
the year 251. He no sooner appeared again in public, but his zeal so exasperated
the pagans, that they came armed to apprehend him; but though they met him, they
knew him not; they even asked him where Felix was, a question he did not think
proper to give a direct answer to! The persecutors going a little further,
perceived their mistake, and returned; but the saint in the mean time had stept
a little out of the way, and crept through a hole in a ruinous old wall, which
was instantly closed up by spiders’ webs. His enemies never imagining any thing
could have lately passed where they saw so close a spiders’ web, after a
fruitless search elsewhere, returned in the evening without their prey. Felix
finding among the ruins, between two houses, an old well half dry, hid himself
in it for six months; and received during that time wherewithal to subsist by
means of a devout Christian woman. Peace being restored to the church by the
death of the emperor, the saint quitted his retreat, and was received in the
city as an angel sent from heaven.
Soon after, St. Maximus dying, all were unanimous for
electing Felix bishop; but he persuaded the people to make choice of Quintus,
because the older priest of the two, having been ordained seven days before him.
Quintus, when bishop, always respected St. Felix as his father, and followed his
advice in every particular. The remainder of the saint’s estate having been
confiscated in the persecution, he was advised to lay claim to it, as others had
done, who thereby recovered what had been taken from them. His answer was, that
in poverty he should be the more secure of possessing Christ. 4 He could not
even be prevailed upon to accept what the rich offered him. He rented a little
spot of barren land, not exceeding three acres, which he tilled with his own
hands, in such manner as to receive his subsistence from it, and to have
something left for alms. Whatever was bestowed on him, he gave immediately to
the poor. If he had two coats, he was sure to give them the better; and often
exchanged his only one for the rags of some beggar. He died in a good old age,
on the fourteenth of January, on which day the Martyrology, under the name of
St. Jerom, and all others of later date mention him. Five churches have been
built at, or near the place, where he was first interred, which was without the
precincts of the city of Nola. His precious remains are at present kept in the
cathedral; but certain portions are at Rome, Benevento, and some other places.
Pope Damasus, in a pilgrimage which he made from Rome to Nola, to the shrine of
this saint, professes, in a short poem which he composed in acknowledgment, that
he was miraculously cured of a distemper through his intercession. St. Paulinus, a Roman senator in the fifth age,
forty-six years after the death of St. Damasus, came from Spain to Nola,
desirous of being porter in the church of St. Felix. He testifies, that crowds
of pilgrims came from Rome, from all other parts of Italy, and more distant
countries, to visit his sepulchre on his festival: he adds, that all brought
some present or other to his church, as wax candles to burn at his tomb,
precious ointments, costly ornaments, and such like; but that for his part, he
offered to him the homage of his tongue, and himself, though an unworthy victim.
5 He everywhere expresses his devotion to this saint in the warmest and
strongest terms, and believes that all the graces he received from heaven were
conferred on him through the intercession of St. Felix. To him he addressed
himself in all his necessities; by his prayers he begged grace in this life, and
glory after death. 6 He describes at large the holy pictures of the whole
history of the Old Testament, which were hung up in the church of St. Felix, and
which inflamed all who beheld them, and were as so many books that instructed
the ignorant. We may read with pleasure the pious sentiments the sight of each
gave St. Paulinus. 7 He relates a great number of miracles that were wrought at
his tomb, as of persons cured of various distempers and delivered from dangers
by his intercession, to several of which he was an eye-witness. He testifies,
that he himself had frequently experienced the most sensible effects of his
patronage, and, by having recourse to him, had been speedily succoured. 8 St.
Austin also has given an account of many miracles performed at his shrine. 9 It
was not formerly allowed to bury any corpse within the walls of cities. The
church of St. Felix, out of the walls of Nola, not being comprised under this
prohibition, many devout Christians sought to be buried in it, that their faith
and devotion might recommend them after death to the patronage of this holy
confessor, upon which head St. Paulinus consulted St. Austin. The holy doctor
answered him by his book, On the Care for the Dead: in which he shows, that the
faith and devotion of such persons would be available to them after death, as
the suffrages and good works of the living in behalf of the faithful departed
are profitable to the latter. See the poems of St. Paulinus on his life,
confirmed by other authentic ancient records, quoted by Tillemont, t. 4. p. 226.
and Ruinart, Acta Sincera, p. 256. Muratori, Anecd. Lat.
Note 1. St. Paulin. Carm. 19, 20. See Natali. 4. [back]
Note 2. De Cor. hymn. 5. [back]
Note 3. Paulin. Carm. 19. [back]
Note 4. Dives egebo Deo; nam Christum pauper habebo. Paulin. Carm. 20. Natali S.
Felicis 5. [back]
————————— Ego munere linguæ.
Nudus opum, famulor, de me mea debita solvens,
Meque ipsum pro me, vilis licet hostia, pendam.
Note 6. Nat. 1, 2, &c. [back]
Note 7. Nat. 9, 10. [back]
Note 8. St. Paulin. Ep. 28 and 36. Carm. 13. 18. 21, 22, 23. 29. &c. [back]
Note 9. St. August. Ep. 78. olim 137. and lib. De curâ pro mortuis, c. 16.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT FELIX,
PLEASE PRAY FOR US [STATE YOUR PRAYER.]
Queen of Heaven and earth,
most Holy Virgin,
we venerate thee.
Thou art the beloved daughter
of the Most High God,
the chosen mother of the Incarnate Word,
the immaculate spouse of the Holy Spirit,
the sacred vessel of the Most Holy Trinity.
O Mother of the Divine Redeemer,
who under the title of
Our Lady of Good Remedy
comes to the aid of all
who call upon thee,
extend thy maternal protection to us.
We depend on thee,
as helpless and needy children
depend on a tender and caring mother.
Pray the Hail Mary...
O Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
grant that we may draw
from thy treasury of graces
in our time of need.
Touch the hearts of sinners,
that they may seek
reconciliation and forgiveness.
Bring comfort to
the afflicted and the lonely;
help the poor and the hopeless;
aid the sick and the suffering.
May they be healed in body
and strengthened in spirit
to endure their sufferings
with patient resignation
and Christian fortitude.
Pray the Hail Mary...
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
thy compassionate heart knows a remedy
for every affliction and misery
we encounter in life.
Help me with thy prayers and intercession
to find a remedy for my problems and needs,
(Mention your personal intention) On my part,
O loving Mother,
I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle,
to a more careful observance of the laws of God,
to be more conscientious
in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life,
and to strive to be a source of healing
in this broken world of ours.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
be ever present to me,
and through thy intercession,
may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind,
and grow stronger in the faith
and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.
Pray the Hail Mary...V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Good Remedy,R. That we may deepen our dedication to thy Son, and make the world alive with His Spirit.
Friday of the Second week
in Ordinary Time January 20th
Letter to the Hebrews 8:6-13.
and sisters: now our high priest has obtained so much more
excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant,
enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had
been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second
one. But he finds fault with them and says: "Behold, the
days are coming, says the Lord, when I will conclude a new
covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It
will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day
I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of
Egypt; for they did not stand by my covenant and I ignored them,
says the Lord. But this is the covenant I will establish
with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will
put my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their
hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and
kinsman, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know me, from
least to greatest. For I will forgive their evildoing and
remember their sins no more." When he speaks of a "new"
covenant, he declares the first one obsolete. And what has
become obsolete and has grown old is close to disappearing.
us, O LORD, your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
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.
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.
Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they
came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named
apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them
forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons:
(he appointed the twelve:) Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he
named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip,
Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who
betrayed him. __________
Commentary of the day Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the
Church Homilies on the Song of Songs, no. 84, 1.5
“He called those
whom he wanted... so that they would be with him”
"Nightlong in my
little bed I sought him whom my soul loves” (Sg 3:1). It is a
great good to seek God; in my opinion the soul knows no greater
blessing. It is the first of its gifts and the final stage in
its progress. It is inferior to none, and it yields place to
none. What could be superior to it, when nothing has a higher
place? What could claim a higher place, when it is the
consummation of all things? What virtue can be attributed to
anyone who does not seek God? What boundary can be set for
anyone who does seek him? The psalmist says: “Seek his face
always” (Ps 104:4). Nor, I think, will a soul cease to seek him
even when it has found him.
It is not with steps of the
feet that God is sought but with the heart's desire; and when
the soul happily finds him its desire is not quenched but
kinkled. Does the consummation of joy bring about the consuming
of desire? Rather it is oil poured upon the flames. So it is.
Joy will be fulfilled (Ps 15:11) but there will be no end to
desire, and therefore no end to the search...
soul among you who is seeking God may know that she has been
forestalled, and that she was found before she was sought...
This is what you are urged to do by the goodness of him who
anticipates you, who sought him, and loved you before you loved
him (1Jn 4:10). You would not seek him or love him unless you
had first been sought and loved. Not only in one blessing have
you been forestalled but in two, being loved as well as being
sought. For the love is the reason of the search, and the search
is the fruit of the love, and its certain proof. You are loved
so that you may not suppose you are sought to be punished. You
are sought so that you may not complain you are loved in vain.
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"YE have need of patience, that,
after ye have done the Will of God, ye might receive the promise," says
Saint Paul; 1 and the Saviour said, "In your patience possess ye your
souls."2 The greatest happiness of any one is "to possess his
soul;" and the more perfect our patience, the more fully we do so
possess our souls. Call often to mind that our Saviour redeemed us by
bearing and suffering, and in like manner we must seek our own salvation
amid sufferings and afflictions; bearing insults, contradictions and
troubles with all the gentleness we can possibly command.
Do not limit
your patience to this or that kind of trial, but extend it universally
to whatever God may send, or allow to befall you. Some people will only
bear patiently with trials which carry their own salve of dignity,--such
as being wounded in (137)
battle, becoming a prisoner of war, being ill-used for the sake of their
religion, being impoverished by some strife out of which they came
triumphant. Now these persons do not love tribulation, but only the
honour which attends it. A really patient servant of God is as
ready to bear inglorious troubles as those which are honourable. A brave
man can easily bear with contempt, slander and false accusation
from an evil world; but to bear such injustice at the hands of good men,
of friends and relations, is a great test of patience. I have a greater
respect for the gentleness with which the great S. Charles Borromeo long
endured the public reproaches which a celebrated preacher of a reformed
Order used to pour out upon him, than for all the other attacks he bore
with. For, just as the sting of a bee hurts far more than that of a fly,
so the injuries or contradictions we endure from good people are much
harder to bear than any others. But it is a thing which very often
happens, and sometimes two worthy men, who are both highly
well-intentioned after their own fashion, annoy and even persecute one
Be patient, not
only with respect to the main trials which beset you, but also under the
accidental and accessory annoyances which arise out of them. We often
find people who imagine themselves ready to accept a trial in itself who
are (138) impatient of its
consequences. We hear one man say, "I should not mind poverty, were it
not that I am unable to bring up my children and receive my friends as
handsomely as I desire." And another says, "I should not mind, were it
not that the world will suppose it is my own fault;" while another would
patiently bear to be the subject of slander provided nobody believed it.
Others, again, accept one side of a trouble but fret against the
rest--as, for instance, believing themselves to be patient under
sickness, only fretting against their inability to obtain the best
advice, or at the inconvenience they are to their friends. But, dear
child, be sure that we must patiently accept, not sickness only, but
such sickness as God chooses to send, in the place, among the people,
and subject to the circumstances which He ordains;--and so with all
other troubles. If any trouble comes upon you, use the remedies with
which God supplies you. Not to do this is to tempt Him; but having done
so, wait whatever result He wills with perfect resignation. If He
pleases to let the evil be remedied, thank Him humbly; but if it be His
will that the evil grow greater than the remedies, patiently bless His
Gregory's advice: When you are justly blamed for some fault you have
(139) committed, humble
yourself deeply, and confess that you deserve the blame. If the
accusation be false, defend yourself quietly, denying the fact; this is
but due respect for truth and your neighbour's edification. But if after
you have made your true and legitimate defence you are still accused, do
not be troubled, and do not try to press your defence--you have had due
respect for truth, have the same now for humility. By acting thus
you will not infringe either a due care for your good name, or the
affection you are bound to entertain for peace, humility and gentleness
1 Heb. x. 36. 2 S. Luke xxi. 19.
Complain as little as possible of your wrongs, for as a
general rule you may be sure that complaining is sin; sup1 the rather
that self-love always magnifies our injuries: above all, do not complain
to people who are easily angered and excited. If it is needful to
complain to some one, either as seeking a remedy for your injury, or in
order to soothe your mind, let it be to some calm, gentle spirit,
greatly filled with the Love of God; for otherwise, instead of relieving
your heart, your confidants will only provoke it to still greater
disturbance; instead of taking out the thorn which pricks you, they will
drive it further into your foot.
Some people when they are
ill, or in trouble, or injured by any one, restrain their complaints,
because they think (and that rightly) that to murmur betokens great
weakness or a narrow mind; but nevertheless, they exceedingly desire and
maneuvre to make others pity them, desiring to be considered as
suffering with patience and courage. Now this is a kind of patience
certainly, but it is a spurious patience, which in reality is neither
more nor less than a very refined, very subtle form of ambition and
1 "Qui se plaint,
To them we may apply the Apostle's
words, "He hath whereof to glory, but not before God."1 A
really patient man neither complains nor seeks to be pitied; he will
speak simply and truly of his trouble, without exaggerating its weight
or bemoaning himself; if others pity him, he will accept their
compassion patiently, unless they pity him for some ill he is not
enduring, in which case he will say so with meekness, and abide in
patience and truthfulness, combating his grief and not complaining of
As to the trials
which you will encounter in devotion (and they are certain to arise),
bear in mind our dear Lord's words: "A woman, when she is in travail,
hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but as soon as she is delivered
of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for
1 Rom. iv. 2.
joy that a child is born into the world." 1
You, too, have conceived in your soul the most gracious of children,
even Jesus Christ, and before He can be brought forth you must
inevitably travail with pain; but be of good cheer, for when these pangs
are over, you will possess an abiding joy, having brought such a man
into the world. And He will be really born for you, when He is perfected
in your heart by love, and in your actions by imitating His life.
1 S. John xvi. 21.
When you are sick,
offer all your pains and weakness to our Dear Lord, and ask Him to unite
them to the sufferings which He bore for you. Obey your physician, and
take all medicines, remedies and nourishment, for the Love of God,
remembering the vinegar and gall He tasted for love of us; desire your
recovery that you may serve Him; do not shrink from languor and weakness
out of obedience to Him, and be ready to die if He wills it, to His
Glory, and that you may enter into His Presence.
Bear in mind that
the bee while making its honey lives upon a bitter food: and in like
manner we can never make acts of gentleness and patience, or gather the
honey of the truest virtues, better than while eating the bread of
bitterness, and enduring hardness. And just as the best honey is that
made from thyme, a small (142)
and bitter herb, so that virtue which is practised amid
bitterness and lowly sorrow is the best of all virtues. Gaze often
inwardly upon Jesus Christ crucified, naked, blasphemed, falsely
accused, forsaken, overwhelmed with every possible grief and sorrow, and
remember that none of your sufferings can ever be compared to His,
either in kind or degree, and that you can never suffer anything for Him
worthy to be weighed against what He has borne for you.
Consider the pains
which martyrs have endured, and think how even now many people are
bearing afflictions beyond all measure greater than yours, and say, "Of
a truth my trouble is comfort, my torments are but roses as compared to
those whose life is a continual death, without solace, or aid or
consolation, borne down with a weight of grief tenfold greater than
On Greater Humility. ELISHA bade the
poor widow "borrow vessels, even empty vessels not a few, and pour oil
into all those vessels;" 1 and so in order to receive God's Grace in our hearts,
they must be as empty vessel's--not filled with self-esteem. The swallow
with its sharp cry and keen glance has the power of frightening
away birds of prey, and for that reason the dove prefers it to all
other birds, and lives surely beside it;--even so humility drives Satan
away, and cherishes the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit within us,
and for that
reason all the Saints--and especially the King of Saints and His Blessed
Mother--have always esteemed the grace of humility above all other
virtues. We call that vainglory which men take to themselves, either for
what is not in them, or which being in them is not their own, or which
being in them and their own yet is not worthy of their
self-satisfaction. For instance, noble birth, favour of great men,
popular applause, all these are things nowise belonging to ourselves,
but coming from our forefathers, or the opinion of others. Some people
are proud and conceited because they ride a fine horse, wear a feather
in their hat, and are expensively dressed, but who can fail to see their
that if any one has reason to be proud over such things, it would be the
horse, the bird, and the tailor! Or what can be more contemptible than
to found one's credit on a horse, a plume, or a ruff? Others again pride
themselves upon their dainty moustaches, their well-trimmed beard or
curled hair, their white hands, or their dancing, singing and the like:
but is it not a petty vanity which can seek to be esteemed for any such
trivial and frivolous matters? Then again, some look for the world's
respect and honour because they have acquired some smatterings of
science, expecting all their neighbours to listen and yield to them, and
such men we call pedants. Others make great capital of their personal beauty, and imagine that every one is lost
in admiration of it; but all this is utterly vain, foolish and
impertinent, and the glory men take to themselves for such matters must
be called vain, childish and frivolous. You may test real worth as we
test balm, which is tried by being distilled in water, and if it is
precipitated to the bottom, it is known to be pure and precious. So if
you want to know whether a man is really wise, learned, generous or
noble, see if his life is moulded by humility, modesty and submission.
If so, his gifts are genuine; but if they are only surface and showy,
you may be sure that in proportion to their
demonstrativeness so is their unreality. Those pearls which are formed
amid tempest and storm have only an outward shell, and are hollow
within; and so when a man's good qualities are fed by pride, vanity and
boasting, they will soon have nothing save empty show, without sap,
marrow or substance. Honour, rank and dignity are like the saffron,
which never thrives so well as when trodden under foot. Beauty only
attracts when it is free from any such aim. Self-conscious beauty loses its charm, and
learning becomes a discredit and degenerates into pedantry, when we are
puffed up by it.
Those who are
punctilious about rank, title or precedence, both lay themselves open to
criticism and degradation, and also throw contempt on all such things;
because an honour which is valuable when freely paid, is worthless when
sought for or exacted. When the peacock opens his showy tail, he
exhibits the ugliness of his body beneath; and many flowers which are
beautiful while growing, wither directly we gather them. And just as men
who inhale mandragora from afar as they pass, find it sweet, while those
who breathe it closely are made faint and ill by the same, so honour may
be pleasant to those who merely taste it as they pass, without seeking
or craving for it, but it will become very dangerous and hurtful to such
as take delight in and feed upon it. An active effort to acquire virtue
is the first step towards goodness; but an active effort to acquire
honour is the first step towards contempt and shame. A well-conditioned
mind will not throw away its powers upon such sorry trifles as rank,
position or outward forms--it has other things to do, and will leave all
that to meaner minds. He who can find pearls will not stop to pick up
shells; and so a man who aims at real goodness will not be keen about
outward tokens of honour. Undoubtedly every one is justified in keeping
his own place, and there is no want of humility in that so long as it is
done simply and without contention. Just as our merchant-ships coming
from Peru with gold and silver often bring apes and parrots likewise, because these
cost but little and do not add to the weight of a cargo, so good men
seeking to grow in grace can take their natural rank and position, so
long as they are not engrossed by such things, and do not involve
themselves in anxiety, contention or ill-will on their account. I am not
speaking here of those whose position is public, or even of certain
private persons whose dignity may be important. In all such cases each
man must move in his own sphere, with prudence and discretion, together
with charity and courtesy.
1 2. Kings iv. 3,
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To show us the mission granted to
the Virgin Mary by Her Son, an artist Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner
painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting
has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg,
Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus
(Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint
Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison
between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of
disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.
what are these knots? There are the problems
and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of
discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and
children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband
and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots
of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the
family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated
from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion,
depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How
they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and
separate us from God.
Day after day, more and more
Christians kneel to pray to Her as soon as they meet the Mother of the
Fair Love. Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases
have been healed! Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many jobs
have been given! Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have
been on their knees praying and giving thanks for graces received from
our sweet Mother. For that reason, Mary Who undoes the knots, Who was
chosen by God to crush the evil with Her feet, comes to us to reveal
Herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families,
because She wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our
lives, so that – as sons of the King – we can receive the promises
reserved for us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory,
peace, blessings and reconciliation.
Then, free from our knots – filled
with happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this world,
like pieces of God’s heart or small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy
and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin
of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry without any consolation,
those who are lonely, tied with knots, who have no God, no Father nor
Mother of the Rising Sun,
Immaculate, our Advocate, Helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God
and made by Him our Mother, this is how Mary, Undoer of Knots is
presented. Above all, She comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows
all about us, who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us,
praying for each one of us to Her beloved Jesus.
Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who
never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose
hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are
moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your
heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of
knots that exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am,
my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God
entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I
entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the
Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your
hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by
your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator,
Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
[Mention your request here]
I beg you to undo it for the glory of God,
once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only
consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength,
the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from
my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe
JOSEPH, ASK GOD TO BLESS THE U.S. WITH A PROLIFE PRESIDENT AND
VICE-PRESIDENT] [SAINT JOSEPH, PLEASE PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP,
THAT HE WOULD FOLLOW OUR LORD AND ALL HIS TEACHINGS.]
[MENTION YOUR PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH]
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.Holy Mary, pray for us.St. Joseph, pray for us. Renowned offspring of David, pray for us. Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.Joseph most just, pray for us.Joseph most chaste, pray for us.Joseph most prudent, pray for us.Joseph most strong, pray for us.Joseph, most obedient, pray for us.Joseph most faithful, pray for us.Mirror of patience, pray for us.Lover of poverty, pray for us.Model of artisans, pray for us.Glory of home life, pray for us.Guardian of virgins, pray for us.Pillar of families, pray for us.Solace of the wretched, pray for us.Hope of the sick, pray for us.Patron of the dying, pray for us.Terror of the demons, pray for us.Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.V. He made him the lord of his household. R. And prince over all his possessions.Let us pray;O God, in Your ineffable providenceYou were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother, grant, we beg You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector; You who lives and reigns forever and ever.Amen.
Ben Carson was asked this
week about Obama’s support of Planned Parenthood. “You wonder if
he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret
Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people,” Carson
replied. “That was
the whole purpose of it.” That is obviously political hyperbole.
But founder Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist, who
constantly talked about
the need to keep “inferior” types from breeding, even if she did
not specify the nature of their inferiority. “[We should] apply
a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to
that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose
inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted
to offspring.” “The most merciful thing that the large family
does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
SEE: BLACK GENOCIDE SITE:
"Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of
their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the
population, but 35% of the abortions in America."
Pray hard for him. If you have time now
please say one Hail Mary and One Glory Be for him now.Donald Trump said he would nominate
a justice like Supreme Court Justice Scalia who recently passed.
Justice Scalia always voted against abortion and gay marriage.
Trump said he wanted Roe vs. Wade to be reversed and the
decision on abortion would go back to each individual state.
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY
These promises were given by the
Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.
Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall
receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those
who shall recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy
vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for
souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from
the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire
of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the
rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the
consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by
misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not
perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the
grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die
without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their
life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His
graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of
the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of
glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the
rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during
their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at
death. (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).
Padre Pio, the stigmatic
priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than
without the Mass.
The Cure'd' Ars, St. Jean
Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy.
A great doctor of the
Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself
during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same
intention after death. St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this
statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable
than many after it.
"The Holy Mass would be
of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather
than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death."
(Pope Benedict XV).
Once, St. Teresa was
overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord, "How can I thank
you?" Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS".
Louis De Montfort stresses that people should give there hearts and
wills to Jesus through Mary and that by doing this a soul will be able
to soar toward God. See Saint Louis's book
True Devotion To Mary.Saint Louis
warns of the devil's great ability to deceive souls, including souls of
"Because the devils, who
are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us.
They watch day and night for the favorable moment. For that
end they go round about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch
from us in one moment, all the graces and merits we have gained for
many years. Their malice, their experience, their
stratagems and their number ought to make us fear this misfortune
immensely, especially when we see how many persons fuller of grace
than we are, richer in virtues, better founded in experience and far
higher exalted in sanctity, have been surprised, robbed and
unhappily pillaged. Ah! How many cedars of Lebanon, how
many stars of the firmament, have we not seen fall miserably, and in
the twinkling of an eye lose all their height and their brightness!
Whence comes that sad and curious change? It was not for want
of grace, which is wanting to no man; but it was for want of
humility. They thought themselves capable of guarding their
own treasures. They trusted in themselves, relied upon
themselves. They thought their house secure enough, and their
coffers strong enough, to keep the precious treasure of grace.
It is because of that scarcely perceptible reliance upon themselves,
though all the while it seemed to them that they were relying only
on the grace of God, that the most just Lord permitted them to be
robbed by leaving them to themselves. Alas! If they had
but known the admirable devotion which I will unfold presently, they
would have confided their treasure to a Virgin powerful and
faithful, who would have kept it for them as if it had been her own
possession; nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of
justice on herself to preserve it for them".
Mary, my Queen and sovereign Lady, I give you myself, trusting in your
fidelity and your protection. I surrender myself entirely to your
motherly tenderness, my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I
possess, for the whole of this day, my life, and especially
at the hour of my death. I entrust to you once more all my hopes, all my
consolations, all my anxieties, all my troubles, my life, my dying
breath, so that by your prayers and merits, I may have, in all I do, one
only goal, your good pleasure and the holy will of your Son. Amen!
One day, Saint Michael the
Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God
and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations
corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one
Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.
Promises of St. Michael
"Whoever would practice this
devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an
escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition,
for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his
continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after
death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O
Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail
Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine
Choirs of Angels]
[STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
1. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy
to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
2. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the
grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian
3. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our
hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
4. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us
grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
5. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from
evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls
against the snares and temptations of the devil.
7. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls
with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us
perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain
the glory of Heaven.
9. By the intercession of St.
Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be
protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come
Say one Our Father in honor of each
of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael
and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher
of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our
admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue
deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us
by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every
Pray for us, O glorious St.
Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made
worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who,
by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all
men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of
Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our
enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that
we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the
merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the
Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been
followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These
teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is
dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine
Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great
Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly
descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,are presented here. In time more works from the
Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.
When difficulties come to us at work or at home it
important to pray your way through these difficulties. At work, it
could be trouble with a supervisor or a co-worker, with the result that
misery is brought into our lives. Or at home a wife or a husband, or a
child or a relative may be causing you trouble. It is important to pray
your way through these difficulties. The different forms of prayers
listed above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy
Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the
bother us the most during our lives. Try these prayers, they work.
And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the
current situations that are going on in our lives. On the following
web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for yours
needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against the
assaults of demons. Sometimes it takes the prayers of many people to
From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.
"From long experience I have learned that there is
nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from
coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy
water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my
soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is
quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot
possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole
soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once
it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively.
It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from
a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body.
I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the
Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church
are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so
very different from water which has not been blessed."
The Catholic Church around the world
uses Holy Water in every church to make the church a fortress against
the demons which assault men and women. The Holy Water is usually
situated near every entrance to the church for people to use to anoint
themselves with the Sign of the Cross. When an individual puts on
Holy Water any demons present will flee. Catholics should put Holy
Water in containers and place them in their homes and their offices; by
doing so they make their homes and offices fortresses against the demons
which are always lurking about. Catholics should also consider
carrying the Holy Water in small containers in their pockets to ward off
demonic attacks during each day.
Saint John XXIII, you spent
deeply immersed in the truths of the
Catholic Faith. You led us by your great
example of sacrifice and love as you
successively led millions to love Our
Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.
We now ask for your
those who are troubled and in need:
Saint John XXIII, please pray for the
Holy Catholic Church and for the
following prayer request: [state your prayer request.]
Trinity, we thank you
for having graced the Church with
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
the tenderness of your fatherly care,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
and the splendor of the Spirit of love
to shine through him.
fully in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd.
He has shown us that holiness
is the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way of
achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession,
and according to your will,
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy: Flow upon us! Precious Blood, most pure
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners: Atone for us! Precious Blood, delight of
sick or do you know someone who is ill. Say the
prayer above for them everyday. Also, there is greater
power of prayer when many people are praying for the sick.
Ask many fellow Catholics to join in prayer with you for the
sick. You can send prayer requests to Catholic Groups that
will join you in prayer at: