"Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven." --Saint Pope Pius X
FELIX AND ADAUCTUS
FEAST DAY: AUGUST 30TH
Saint Felix was a holy
Catholic priest who lived and served God in Rome. During the
persecution of the Roman emperor Dioclesian, he was arrested for being a
Christian and was sentenced to be beheaded. First upon being
arrested his captors tormented him with various tortures. Then he was
led off for his execution. As he was being led to his place of
execution another Christian in the crowd was inspired by his calmness and
his determination to give his life up for Christ. This Christian then
cried out to the the captors that he was also a Christian and wished to give
his life also for Christ. The captors immediately arrested him.
The name of this second Christian was not known so he was given the name 'Adauctus',
because he was joined to Felix in martyrdom. Their execution occurred
around the year 303. Both Christians were beheaded
When people have prayed to the various martyrs in the Catholic faith, many
miraculous healings have taken place. Today, if you know so one who is
ill ask these two great saint-martyrs to pray for the sick to be healed of
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO.
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
of the Saints]
SAINT AUGUSTINE was born in
354, at Tagaste in Africa. He was brought up in the Christian faith, but without
receiving baptism. An ambitious school-boy of brilliant talents and violent
passions, he early lost both his faith and his innocence. He persisted in his
irregular life until he was thirty-two, Being then at Milan professing rhetoric,
he tells us that the faith of his childhood had regained possession of his
intellect, but that he could not as yet resolve to break the chains of evil
habit. One day, however, stung to the heart by the account of some sudden
conversions, he cried out, "The unlearned rise and storm heaven, and we, with
all our learning, for lack of heart lie wallowing here." He then withdrew into a
garden, when a long and terrible conflict ensued. Suddenly a young fresh voice
(he knows not whose) breaks in upon his strife with the words,"Take and read;"
and he lights upon the passage beginning, "Walk honestly as in the day." The
battle was won. He received baptism, returned home, and gave all to the poor. At
Hippo, where he settled, he was consecrated bishop in 395. For thirty-five years
he was the centre of ecclesiastical life in Africa, and the Church's mightiest
champion against heresy; whilst his writings have been everywhere accepted as
one of the principal sources of devotional thought and theological speculation.
He died in 430.
the lives of the Saints, and you will find that you are - gradually creating a
society about you to which in some measure you will be forced to raise the
standard of your daily life.
PRAYER: One of the sins which greatly troubled Saint Augustine before
his conversion was the sin of "fornication ( sexual immorality)". Many
couples live together in sin today and do not know the eternal consequences of
this sin they commit. Holy Scripture says that fornicators (men and women
who engage in sex before marriage) will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1
Corinthians 6: 9). Let us ask Saint Augustine today
to ask God to pour out the graces which flow from the shedding of the innocent
blood of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, upon those people immersed in the sin of
fornication, for them to have a change of heart and give their lives to Jesus.
and the Seashell
The great Doctor of the Church St.
Augustine of Hippo spent over 30 years working on his treatise De
Trinitate [about the Holy Trinity], endeavoring to conceive an
intelligible explanation for the mystery of the Trinity.
He was walking by the seashore one day contemplating and trying to
understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity when he saw a small boy
running back and forth from the water to a spot on the seashore. The
boy was using a sea shell to carry the water from the ocean and
place it into a small hole in the sand.
The Bishop of Hippo approached him and asked, “My boy, what are
“I am trying to bring all the sea into this hole,” the boy replied
with a sweet smile.
“But that is impossible, my dear child, the hole cannot contain all
that water” said Augustine.
The boy paused in his work, stood up, looked into the eyes of the
Saint, and replied, “It is no more impossible than what you are
trying to do – comprehend the immensity of the mystery of the Holy
Trinity with your small intelligence.”
The Saint was absorbed by such a keen response from that child, and
turned his eyes from him for a short while. When he glanced down to
ask him something else, the boy had vanished.
Some say that it was an Angel sent by God to teach Augustine a
lesson on pride in learning. Others affirm it was the Christ Child
Himself who appeared to the Saint to remind him of the limits of
human understanding before the great mysteries of our Faith.
Through this story, the sea shell has become a symbol of St.
Augustine and the study of theology.
ONICA, the mother of St. Augustine,
was born in 332. After a girlhood of singular innocence and piety, she wasgiven in marriage to Patritius, a pagan. She at once
devoted herself to his conversion, praying for him always, and winning his
reverence and love by the holiness of her life and her affectionate forbearance.
She was rewarded by seeing him baptized a year before his death. When her son
Augustine went astray in faith and manners, her prayers and tears were
incessant. She was once very urgent with a learned bishop that he would
talk to her son in order to bring him to a better mind,
but he declined, despairing of success with one at once so able and so headstrong.
However, on witnessing her prayers and tears, he bade her be of good courage;
for it might not be that the child of those tears should perish. By going to
Italy, Augustine could for a time free himself from his mother’s importunities;
but he could not escape from her prayers, which encompassed him like the
providence of God. She followed him to Italy, and there by his marvellous
conversion her sorrow was turned into joy. At Ostia, on their homeward journey,
as Augustine and his mother sat at a window conversing of the life of the
blessed, she turned to him and said, "Son, there is nothing now I care for in
this life. What I shall now do or why I am here, I know not. The one reason I
had for wishing to linger in this life a little longer was
that I might see you a Catholic Christian before I died. This has God granted me
superabundantly in seeing you reject earthly happiness
to become His servant. What do I here?" A few days afterwards,
she had an attack of fever, and died in the year 387.
REFLECTION.—It is impossible to set any bounds to what per
prayer may do. It gives man a share in the Divine Omnipotence.
St. Augustine’s soul lay bound in the chains of heresy and impurity, both of
which had by long habit grown inveterate. They were broken by his mother’s
SAINT MONICA, PRAY FOR US! [STATE YOUR PRAYER.]
Tuesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
First Letter to the
and sisters: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths
Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except
the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows
what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that
is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given
us by God.
And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,
but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual
realities in spiritual terms.
Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the
Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot
understand it, because it is judged spiritually.
The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not
subject to judgment by anyone.
For "who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?"
But we have the mind of Christ.
LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke
then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them
on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean
demon, and he cried out in a loud voice,
Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you
come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!
Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!" Then
the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of
him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another, "What is there
about his word? For with authority and power he commands the
unclean spirits, and they come out."
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
YOUTUBE: JESUS CAST OUT THE DEMON FROM A MAN FROM THE
MOVIE "JESUS OF NAZARETH"
Commentary of the day A Greek 4th century
homily For the Easter Octave; wrongly attributed to Saint John
Chrysostom (trans. SC 146, p.77f. rev.)
"What have you to do with us, Jesus
not presenting you with a fabrication of unheard of novelty but
the very same thing the prophets wrote about beforehand in the
Old Testament. Haven’t you heard Moses’ cry: “The Lord will
raise up for you among your brothers a prophet like myself”? (Dt
18:18). Haven’t you heard Isaiah proclaim: “Behold, a virgin
shall conceive and bear a son”? (Is 7:14)… Haven’t you heard
David declare: “He will descend like rain on the fleece” (Ps
71:6)… Believe the prophets, then; understand the reality they
show forth and you will find Jesus the Nazarene (Mt 2:23).
Behold, I have shown you the way: let him who wishes follow it!
See, I have lit the torch: come out of the darkness!
Jesus the Nazarene: I speak his name and country… I am not
saying: Jesus, who spread out the vault of heaven, who set
alight the rays of the sun, who traced the constellations in the
sky, who lit the lamp of the moon, who appointed its time to the
day, who assigned its course to the night, who established dry
land on the waters, who checked the sea by his word… Jesus the
Nazarene: he of whom Nathanael exclaimed in his doubt: “Can
anything good come out of Nazareth?” “Jesus the Nazarene,” the
apostle Peter said, “the man whose mission God made known by
accomplishing mighty deeds, wonders and signs through him”… Yes!
“Jesus the Nazarene, the man whom God himself has commended to
you” (Acts 2,22).
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FOR TODAY
Introduction to the Devout Life
Saint Francis of Sales Bishop and
Prince of Geneva
COUNSELS AND PRACTICES
SUITABLE FOR THE SOUL'S GUIDANCE FROM THE FIRST ASPIRATION AFTER A
DEVOUT LIFE TO THE POINT WHEN IT ATTAINS A CONFIRMED RESOLUTION TO
FOLLOW THE SAME.
The First Purification, namely, from Mortal Sin.
THE first purification to be made is
from sin;--the means whereby to make it, the sacrament of penance. Seek
the best confessor within your reach, use one of the many little books
written in order to help the examination of conscience. 1
Read some such book carefully, examining point by point wherein you have
sinned, from the first use of your reason to the present time. And if
you mistrust your memory, write down the result of your examination.
Having thus sought out the evil spots in your conscience, strive to
detest them, and to reject them with the greatest abhorrence and
contrition of which your heart is capable;--bearing in mind these four
things:--that by sin you have lost God's Grace, rejected your share in
Paradise, accepted the pains of Hell, and renounced God's Eternal Love.
You see, my child, that I am now speaking of a general confession of
your whole life, which, while I grant it is not always necessary, I yet
believe will be found most helpful in the beginning of your pursuit
after holiness, and therefore I earnestly advise you to make it. Not
unfrequently the ordinary confessions of persons leading an everyday
life are full of great faults, and that because they make little or no
preparation, and have not the needful contrition. Owing to this
deficiency such people go to confession with a tacit intention of
returning to their old sins, inasmuch as they will not avoid the
occasions of sin, or take the necessary measures for amendment of life,
and in all such cases a general confession is required to steady and fix
the soul. But, furthermore, a general confession forces us to a clearer
selfknowledge, kindles a wholesome shame for our past life, and rouses
gratitude for God's Mercy, Which has so long waited patiently for
us;--it comforts the heart, refreshes the spirit, excites good
resolutions, affords opportunity to our spiritual Father for giving the
most suitable advice, and opens our hearts so as to make future
confessions more effectual. Therefore I cannot enter into the subject of
a general change of life and entire turning to God, by means of a devout
life, without urging upon you to begin with a general confession.
1 S. Francis suggests Grenada, Bruno, Arias, Augez, authors
little known now, though we have the substance of their teaching in
numerous valuable helps for those who are preparing for confession: such
as "Pardon through the Precious Blood," "Helps for Confirmation and
First Communion" (Masters), "Manual for Confession," "Repentance," (Rev.
T. T. Carter), "Hints to Penitents" (Palmer), Brett's "Guide to Faith
and Piety," Crake's "Bread of Life" (Mowbray), "Paradise of the
Christian Soul," etc.
The Second Purification, from all Sinful Affections.
ALL the children of Israel went forth
from the land of Egypt, but not all went forth heartily, and so, when
wandering in the desert, some of them sighed after the leeks and
onions,--the fleshpots of Egypt. Even so there are penitents who forsake
sin, yet without forsaking their sinful affections; that is to say, they
intend to sin no more, but it goes sorely against them to abstain from
the pleasures of sin;--they formally renounce and forsake sinful acts,
but they turn back many a fond lingering look to what they have left,
like Lot's wife as she fled from Sodom. They are like a sick man who
abstains from eating melon when the doctor says it would kill him, but
who all the while longs for it, talks about it, bargains when he may
have it, would at least like just to sniff the perfume, and thinks those
who are free to eat of it very fortunate. And so these weak cowardly
penitents abstain awhile from sin, but reluctantly;--they would fain be
able to sin without incurring damnation;--they talk with a lingering
taste of their sinful deeds, and envy those who are yet indulging in the
like. Thus a man who has meditated some revenge gives it up in
confession, but soon after he is to be found talking about the quarrel,
averring that but for the fear of God he would do this or that;
complaining that it is hard to keep the Divine rule of forgiveness;
would to God it were lawful to avenge one's self! Who can fail to see
that even if this poor man is not actually committing sin, he is
altogether bound with the affections thereof, and although he may have
come out of Egypt, he yet hungers after it, and longs for the leeks and
onions he was wont to feed upon there! It is the same with the woman
who, though she has given up her life of sin, yet takes delight in being
sought after and admired. Alas! of a truth, all such are in great peril.
Be sure, my
daughter, that if you seek to lead a devout life, you must not merely
forsake sin; but you must further cleanse your heart from all affections
pertaining to sin; for, to say nothing of the danger of a relapse, these
wretched affections will perpetually enfeeble your mind, and clog it, so
that you will be unable to be diligent, ready and frequent in good
works, wherein nevertheless lies the very essence of all true devotion.
Souls which, in spite of having forsaken sin, yet retain such likings
and longings, remind us of those persons who, without being actually
ill, are pale and sickly, languid in all they do, eating without
appetite, sleeping without refreshment, laughing without mirth, dragging
themselves about rather than walking briskly. Such souls as I have
described lose all the grace of their good deeds, which are probably few
and feeble, through their spiritual languor.
The mother of Louis told him she would rather see him die than
commit a mortal sin, and he never forgot her words. King of France at the age of
twelve, he made the defence of
God’s honor the aim of
his life. Before two years, he had crushed the Albigensian heretics, and forced
them by stringent penalties to respect the Catholic faith. Amidst the cares of
government, he daily recited the Divine Office and heard two Masses, and the
most glorious churches in France are still monuments of his piety. When his
courtiers remonstrated with Louis for his law that blasphemers should be branded
on the lips; he replied, “I would willingly have my own lips branded to root out
blasphemy from my kingdom.” The fearless protector of the weak and the
oppressed, he was chosen to arbitrate in all the great feuds of his age between
the Pope and the Emperor, between Henry III. and the English barons. In 1248, to
rescue the land which Christ had trod, he gathered round him the chivalry
of France, and embarked for the East. There, before the infidel, in victory or
defeat, on the bed of sickness or a captive in chains, Louis showed himself ever
the same, the first, the best, and the bravest of Christian knights. When
a captive at Damietta, an Emir rushed into his tent brandishing a
dagger red with the blood of the Sultan, and threatened to stab
him also unless he would make him a knight, as the Emperor Frederick had
Facardin. Louis calmly replied that no unbeliever could perform the duties of a
Christian knight. in the same captivity, he was offered his liberty on terms
lawful in themselves, but enforced by an oath which implied a blasphemy, and
though the infidels held their swords’ points at his throat, and threatened a
massacre of the Christians, Louis inflexibly refused. The death of his mother
recalled him to France; but when order was restablished, he again set forth on
a second crusade. In August, 1270, his army landed at Tunis, and, though
victorious over the enemy, succumbed to a malignant fever. Louis was one of the
victims. He received the Viaticuin kneeling by his camp-bed, and gave up his
life with the same joy that he had given all else for the honor of God.
REFLECTION: If we cannot imitate St. Louis in dying for the
honor of God, we can at least resemble him in resenting the blasphemies offered
against God by the infidel, the heretic, and the scoffer.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT LOUIS, PLEASE PRAY FOR THE END OF
ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES AND PROLIFE PRESIDENT. [STATE YOUR
FEAST DAY: AUGUST 24TH
SAINT BARTHOLOMEW was one of the twelve
who were called to the Apostolate by our Blessed Lord Himself. Several learned
interpreters of the Holy Scripture take this Apostle to have been the same as
Nathaniel, a native of Cana, in Galilee, a doctor in the Jewish law, and one of
the seventy-two disciples of Christ, to whom he was conducted by St. Philip, and
whose innocence and simplicity of heart deserved to be celebrated with the
highest eulogium by the divine mouth of our Redeemer. He is mentioned among the
disciples who were met together in prayer after Christ’s ascension, and he
received the Holy Ghost with the rest. Being eminently qualified by the Divine
Grace to discharge the functions of an apostle, he carried the Gospel through
the most barbarous countries of the East, penetrating into the remoter Indies.
He then returned again into the northwest part of Asia, and met St. Philip
at Hierapolis, in Phrygia. Hence he travelled into Lycaonia, where he instructed
the people in the Christian faith; but we know not even the names of many of the
countries in which he preached. St. Bartholomew’s last removal was into Great
Armenia, where, preaching in a place obstinately addicted to the worship of
idols, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom. The modern Greek historians say
that he was condemned by the governor of Albanopolis to be crucified. Others
affirm that he was flayed alive, which might well enough consist with his
crucifixion, this double punishment being in use not only in Egypt, but also
among the Persians.
REFLECTI0N.—The characteristic virtue of
the apostles was zeal for the divine glory, the first property of the love of
God. A soldier is always ready to defend the honor of his prince, and a son that
of his father; and can a Christian say he loves God who is indifferent to His
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Today ask Saint
Bartholomew to intercede with God for your needs.
THIS lovely flower of sanctity, the first canonized Saint of the
born at Lima in 1586. She was christened Isabel, but the beauty of her infant
face earned for her the title of Rose, which she ever after bore. As a child,
while still in the cradle, her silence under a painful surgical operation
proved the thirst for suffering already consuming her heart. At an early
age she took service to support her impoverished parents, and worked for them
day and night. In spite of hardships and austerities, her beauty ripened with
increasing age, and she was much and openly admired. From fear of vanity she
cut off her hair, blistered her face with pepper and her hands with lime. For
further security she enrolled herself in the Third Order of St. Dominic, took
St. Catherine of Siena as her model, and redoubled her penance. Her cell was a
garden hut, her couch a box of broken tiles. Under her habit Rose wore a
hair-shirt studded with iron nails, while, concealed by her veil, a silver
crown armed with ninety points encircled her head. More than once, when she
shuddered at the prospect of a night of torture, a voice said, "My Cross was
yet more painful." The Blessed Sacrament seemed almost her only food. Her love
intense. When the Dutch fleet prepared to attack the town, Rose took her place
before the tabernacle, and wept that she was not worthy
to die in
its defence. All her sufferings were offered for the conversion of sinners,
and the thought of the multitudes in hell was ever before her
soul. She died A.D. 1617, at the age of thirty-one.
REFLECTION.—Rose, pure as driven snow, was filled with deepest
contrition and humility,
and did constant and terrible penance.
Our sinsare continual, our repentance passing, our contrition slight,
our penance nothing. How will it fare with us ?
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT ROSE, PLEASE PRAY FOR MY
REQUEST [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
LITANY IN HONOUR OF SAINT ROSE OF LIMA [STATE PRAYER REQUEST]
[We ask for a prolife President and Vice
[We ask that abortion would be outlawed in the
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 Ghost,have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God,have mercy on us.Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, pray for us.St. Dominic, glorious Patriarch,pray for us.St. Rose, prepared by the dew of heavenly grace,pray for us.St. Rose, in whom the grace of God was not fruitless,pray for us.St. Rose, from infancy illustrious for holiness,pray for us.St. Rose, in whom the grace of God, was not fruitless,pray for us.St. Rose, from infancy illustrious for holiness,pray for us.St. Rose, foolish to the world but chosen by God, to confound the wise,pray for us.St. Rose, dear to the Virgin Mary, while yet a child,pray for us.St. Rose, consecrated to Christ by a vow of virginity,pray for us.St. Rose, who didst abhor worldly vanities,pray for us.St. Rose, who didst despise beauty,pray for us.St. Rose, who didst disdain all things to gain Christ,pray for us.St. Rose, shining example of an angelic life,pray for us.St. Rose, lily among the thorns,pray for us.St. Rose, nailed to the Cross of Christ,pray for us.St. Rose, model of patience and mortification,pray for us.St. Rose, who didst fast almost beyond human strength,pray for us.St. Rose, crowned with sharp nails,pray for us.St. Rose, who didst gain unnumbered victories over demons,pray for us.St. Rose, victim of many calumnious tongues,pray for us.St. Rose, refreshed by heavenly consolations,pray for us.St. Rose, favored by appearances of the Mother of God,pray for us.St. Rose, devoted to heavenly contemplation,pray for us.St. Rose, inflamed with seraphic love of God,pray for us.St. Rose, ardently zealous for the salvation of souls,pray for us.St. Rose, whose charity was not extinguished by persecutions,pray for us.St. Rose, whose didst exhale the sweet fragrance of Christ,pray for us.St. Rose, dying in the love of Jesus and Mary,pray for us.St. Rose, who wast brought to Him whom thou didst love,pray for us.St. Rose, first Flower of sanctity in America,pray for us.St. Rose, ornament of Christian virgins,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.Christ hear us.Christ, graciously hear us.Pray for us St. Rose.That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.Let Us Pray. Almighty God, the author and giver of all good things, who didst will that Blessed Rose should be prepared by the dew of grace from Heaven, and should bloom in America as a beauteous flower of virginity and patience, grant to us Thy servants to be drawn by the perfume of her virtue, that we may deserve to become a sweet fragrance of Christ, who liveth and reignethworld without end.Amen.
Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots
How this devotion started?
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...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
JOSEPH, THE WORKER
LITANY OF ST JOSEPH
(Approved by Pope
St. Pius X in 1909.)
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.
Pope St. Pius X in 1909.)
CARSON DENOUNCES PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR TRYING TO ELIMINATE BLACK
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: http://blackgenocide.org/home.html
"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."
Each standard size cross-mark
represents 50,000 people killed. The smaller
cross-marks represent less than 50,000 deaths. The war
casualties represent all American combat-related deaths.
Statistics from 1982 World Almanac.
ON UNBORN CHILDREN
OVER 57,762,169 ...since
abortion was legalized in 1973
THE POWER AND
THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM PRAYING THE ROSARY
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!
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
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.
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 à
Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the
Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been
followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These
teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is
dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine
Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great
Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly
descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,The Sorrowful Passion of Our
Lord Jesus Christ,are presented here. In time more works from the
Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.
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
SAINT TERESA RECOMMENDS HOLY
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.
Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
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
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: