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Lent is the period of 40
days including weekdays and Saturdays from Ash Wednesday, February 14th through Easter Sunday April
[IMAGE ABOVE IS FROM A SCENE OF THE MOVIE: "THE
PASSION OF THE CHRIST."]
OBJECTIVES FOR LENT
To confess and turn away from all sin in our lives
through Penance/Confession and Prayer.
2) To increase our love for God by attending Mass and
receiving the Body of Christ.
3) To increase our love for our neighbor by forgiving our
neighbor their faults and by doing good works to help our neighbor and the
community. This Lent ask God to give you the Grace to forgive
those who have offended you the most.
for the end of Abortion. Say rosaries for the unborn. Vote prolife.
If your able, pray outside local abortion clinics asking God to save the
lives of the children that will be killed each week there and throughout the
is a penitential practice consisting of refraining from the consumption
of meat and is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age
and older. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the Fridays during Lent
are days of abstinence in which meat is not to be eaten. Pastors
and parents are encouraged to see that children who are not bound by the
obligation to fast and abstain are led to appreciate an authentic sense
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:
addition to abstinence, fasting is to be observed by all Catholics
between the ages of 18-59 years (inclusive).
There are two days for this: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed.
Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken
according to one's needs, but together they should not equal another
full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are
allowed. Note: If a person is unable to observe the above
regulations due to ill health or serious reasons, they are urged to
practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their
5) Watch the movie, "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST," by Act
PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS FOR LENT
The Magnificent Prayers of Saint Bridget on the
Passion of Christ.
The 14 Stations of the Cross by Saint Francis of Assisi.
The Stations of the Cross, from writings of Blessed Anne Catherine
The Prayers and Meditations of the Seven Sorrows of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Dolorous (sorrowful) Passion of Our Lord Jesus
Christ from the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.
Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the
MASS READINGS FOR TODAY
Friday of the Fifth week of Lent
Book of Jeremiah 20:10-13.
hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! let us
denounce him!" All those who were my friends are on the watch for any
misstep of mine. "Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and
take our vengeance on him."
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will
stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to
utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, Let me
witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my
Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the
poor from the power of the wicked!
love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
The breakers of death surged round about me,
the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
the snares of death overtook me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD
and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John
Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?"
The Jews answered him, "We are not stoning you for a good work but for
blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God."
Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and scripture cannot
be set aside,
can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into
the world blasphemes because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works,
so that you may realize (and understand) that the Father is in me and I
am in the Father."
(Then) they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized,
and there he remained.
Many came to him and said, "John performed no sign, but everything John
said about this man was true."
And many there began to believe in him.
SAINT FOR TODAY|
Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Turibius of Mogrovejo
(or Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo) (16 November 1538 – 23
March 1606) was a
Archbishop of Lima.
Mayorga de Campos,
Valladolid, Spain, of noble family
and highly educated, Turibius was named after another Spanish
Turibius of Astorga.
He became professor of law at the highly reputed
University of Salamanca.
His learning and virtuous reputation led to his appointment as
Grand Inquisitor of Spain by King
on the Court of the Inquisition at
During this time, he was ordained priest in 1578 and sent to Peru.
He was named
Archbishop of Lima, Peru, in May
He arrived at
Peru, 600 miles (970 km) from Lima, on 24 May 1581. He began his
mission work by travelling to Lima on foot, baptizing and teaching
the natives. His favourite topic was: "Time is not our own, and we
must give a strict account of it." Three times he traversed the
450,000 square kilometers (170,000 sq mi) of his diocese,
generally on foot, frequently defenceless and often alone; exposed
to tempests, torrents, deserts, wild beasts, tropical heat, fevers
and sometimes threats from hostile tribes; baptizing and
confirming nearly one half million souls, among them
St. Rose of Lima and
St. Martin de Porres.
He built roads, schoolhouses and chapels, many hospitals and
convents, and at Lima, in 1591, founded the first seminary in the
western hemisphere. He inaugurated the first part of the third
Lima Cathedral on 2 February 1604.
Turibius assembled thirteen diocesan synods and three
provincial councils. He was seen as a champion of the rights of
the natives against the Spanish masters. "There was great
opposition to Turibius from the governors of Peru whose authority
he challenged," Elizabeth Hallam has written. "He learned local
dialects so that he could communicate with–-and convert–-the
native peoples, and he was a strong and effective champion of
Years before he died, he predicted
the day and hour of his death. At
he contracted fever, but continued labouring to the last, arriving
at Sana (or Saña) in a dying condition. Dragging himself to the
sanctuary he received the
expiring shortly after on 23 March 1606.
Turibius de Mogrovejo was
Pope Innocent XI
in the year 1679 and was later
Pope Benedict XIII
in the year 1726. His liturgical feast was once celebrated on
April 27, but currently on March 23. His cult was once confined
but now more widespread because of his pioneering reforms.
Turibius is honored together with
Martin de Porres
Rosa de Lima with a
feast day on the
liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA)
on August 23.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT
TURIBIUS, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
St. Basil of Ancyra, Priest and
From the authentic acts of his martyrdom
in Ruinart, Henschenius, and Tillemont, t. 7. p. 375.
Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.
MARCELLUS, bishop of Ancyra,
distinguished himself by his zeal against the Arians, on which account
he was banished by Constantius in 336. 1 Basil, a ringleader of the
Semi-Arians, was introduced into that see, but was himself deposed by
the stanch Arians, in 360; and is mentioned by Socrates to have survived
our saint, though he continued still in banishment under Jovian. The
holy martyr of whom we speak was also called Basil. He was priest of
Ancyra under the bishop Marcellus, and a man of a most holy life, and
unblemished conversation, and had been trained up by saints in the
practices of perfect piety. He preached the word of God with great
assiduity, and when the Arian wolf, who bore his name, attempted to
plant his heresy in that city, he never ceased to cry out to the people,
with the zeal and intrepidity of a prophet, exhorting them to beware of
the snares which were laid for them, and to remain steadfast in the
Catholic faith. He was forbidden by the Arian bishops, in 360, to hold
ecclesiastical assemblies: but he despised the unjust order; and as
boldly defended the Catholic faith before Constantius himself. When
Julian the Apostate reestablished idolatry, and left no means untried to
pervert the faithful, Basil ran through the whole city, exhorting the
Christians to continue steadfast, and not pollute themselves with the
sacrifices and libations of the heathens, but fight manfully in the
cause of God. The heathens laid violent hands on him, and dragged him
before Saturninus the proconsul, accusing him of sedition, of having
overturned altars, that he stirred up the people against the gods, and
had spoken irreverently of the emperor and his religion. The proconsul
asked him if the religion which the emperor had established was not the
truth? The martyr answered: “Can you yourself believe it? Can any man
endued with reason persuade himself that dumb statues are gods?” The
proconsul commanded him to be tortured on the rack, and scoffing, said
to him, under his torments: “Do not you believe the power of the emperor
to be great, who can punish those who disobey him? Experience is an
excellent master, and will inform you better. Obey the emperor, worship
the gods, and offer sacrifice.” The martyr, who prayed during his
torments, with great earnestness, replied: “It is what I never will do.”
The proconsul remanded him to prison, and informed his master Julian of
what he had done. The emperor approved of his proceedings, and
despatched Elpidius and Pegasus, two apostate courtiers, in quality of
commissaries, to assist the proconsul in the trial of the prisoner. They
took with them from Nicomedia one Aslepius, a wicked priest of
Esculapius, and arrived at Ancyra. Basil did not cease to praise and
glorify God in his dungeon, and Pegasus repaired thither to him in
hopes, by promises and entreaties, to work him into compliance: but came
back to the proconsul highly offended at the liberty with which the
martyr had reproached him with his apostasy. At the request of the
commissaries, the proconsul ordered him to be again brought before them,
and tormented on the rack with greater cruelty than before; and
afterwards to be loaded with the heaviest irons, and lodged in the
deepest dungeon. 1
In the mean time, Julian set out from
Constantinople for Antioch, in order to prepare for his Persian
expedition. From Chalcedon he turned out of his road to Pessinunte, a
town in Galatia, there to offer sacrifice in a famous temple of Cibele.
In that town he condemned a certain Christian to be beheaded for the
faith, and the martyr went to execution with as much joy as if he had
been called to a banquet. When Julian arrived at Ancyra, St. Basil was
presented before him, and the crafty emperor, putting on an air of
compassion, said to him: “I myself am well skilled in your mysteries;
and I can inform you, that Christ, in whom you place your trust, died
under Pilate, and remains among the dead.” The martyr answered: “You are
deceived; you have renounced Christ at a time when he conferred on you
the empire. But he will deprive you of it, together with your life. As
you have thrown down his altars, so will he overturn your throne: and as
you have violated his holy law, which you had so often announced to the
people, (when a Reader in the church,) and have trodden it under your
feet, your body shall be cast forth without the honour of a burial, and
shall be trampled upon by men.” Julian replied: “I designed to dismiss
thee: but thy impudent manner of rejecting my advice, and uttering
reproaches against me, force me to use thee ill. It is therefore my
command, that every day thy skin be torn off thee in seven different
places till thou hast no more left.” He then gave it in charge to count
Frumentinus, the captain of his guards, to see this barbarous sentence
executed. The saint, after having suffered with wonderful patience the
first incisions, desired to speak to the emperor. Frumentinus would be
himself the bearer of this message to Julian, not doubting but Basil
intended to comply and offer sacrifice. Julian instantly ordered that
the confessor should meet him in the temple of Esculapius. He there
pressed him to join him in offering sacrifices. But the martyr replied,
that he could never adore blind and deaf idols. And taking a piece of
his flesh which had been cut out of his body that day, and still hung to
it by a bit of skin, he threw it upon Julian. The emperor went out in
great indignation: and count Frumentinus, fearing his displeasure,
studied how to revenge an insult, for which he seemed responsible to his
master. He therefore mounted his tribunal, and ordered the torments of
the martyr to be redoubled; and so deep were the incisions made in his
flesh, that his bowels were exposed to view, and the spectators wept for
compassion. The martyr prayed aloud all the time, and at evening was
carried back to prison. Next morning Julian set out for Antioch, and
would not see Frumentinus. The count resolved to repair his disgrace, or
at least to discharge his resentment by exerting his rage upon the
servant of Christ. But to his thundering threats Basil answered: “You
know how many pieces of flesh have been torn from my body: yet look on
my shoulders and sides: see if any wounds appear? Know that Jesus Christ
this night hath healed me. Send this news to your master Julian, that he
may know the power of God whom he hath forsaken. He hath overturned his
altars, who was himself concealed under them when he was sought by
Constantius to be put to death. But God hath discovered to me that his
tyranny shall be shortly extinguished with his life.” Frumentinus seemed
no longer able to contain his rage, and commanded the saint to be laid
upon his belly, and his back to be pierced with red-hot iron spikes. The
martyr expired under these torments on the 29th of June, in 362. But his
name is honoured both by the Latins and Greeks on the 22nd of March. 2
The love of God, which
triumphed in the breasts of the martyrs, made them regard as nothing
whatever labours, losses, or torments they suffered for its sake,
according to that of the Canticles: If a man shall have given all that
he possesses, he will despise it as nothing. If the sacrifice of worldly
honours, goods, friends, and life be required of such a one, he makes it
with joy, saying with the Royal Prophet, What have I desired in heaven
or on earth, besides thee, O God! Thou art my portion for ever. If he
lives deprived of consolation and joy, in interior desolation and
spiritual dryness, he is content to bear his cross, provided he be
united to his God by love, and says, My God and my all, if I possess
you, I have all things in you alone: whatever happens to me, with the
treasure of your love I am rich and sovereignly happy. This he repeats
in poverty, disgraces, afflictions, and persecutions. He rejoices in
them, as by them he is more closely united to his God, gives the
strongest proof of his fidelity to him, and perfect submission to his
divine appointments, and adores the accomplishment of his will. If it be
the property of true love, to receive crosses with content and joy, to
sustain great labours, and think them small, or rather not to think of
them at all, as they bear no proportion to the prize, to what we owe to
God, or to what his love deserves: to suffer much, and think all
nothing, and the longest and severest trials short; is it not a mark of
a want of this love, to complain of prayer, fasts, and every Christian
duty? how far is this disposition from the fervour and resolution of all
the saints, and from the heroic courage of the martyrs! 3
Note 1. Marcellus wrote a
famous book against the Arians, which Eusebius of Cæsarea and all the
Arians condemned, as reviving the exploded heresy of Sabellius. But
Sabellianism was a general slander with which they aspersed all orthodox
pastors. It is indeed true, that St. Hilary, St. Basil, St. Chrysostom,
and Sulpicius Severus charge Marcellus with that error; but were
deceived by the clamours of the Arians. For Marcellus appealing to Pope
Julius, and repairing to Rome, was acquitted, and his book declared
orthodox by that pope in 341, and also by the council of Sardica, in
347; as St. Hilary (fragm. 3. p. 1308. 1311.) and St. Athanasius (Apol.
contra Arianos, p. 165.) testify. It was a calumny of the Arians, though
believed by St. Hilary, that St. Athanasius at length abandoned and
condemned him. It is demonstrated by Dom. Montfaucon from the works of
St. Athanasius, that he ever defended the innocence of Marcellus. (t. 2.
Collect. Patr.) Moreover, Marcellus being informed that St. Basil had
suggested to St. Athanasius certain suspicions of his faith, in 372,
towards the end of his life, sent to St. Athanasius his most orthodox
confession of faith, in which he explicitly condemns Sabellianism; which
authentic monument was published by Montfaucon. (t. 2. Collect. Patr. p.
55.) If Patavius, Bull, and others, who censure Marcellus, had seen this
confession, they would have cleared him of the imputation of
Sabellianism, and expounded favourably certain ambiguous expressions
which occurred in his book against the Arians, which is now lost, and
was compiled against a work of Aeterius the Sophist, surnamed the
advocate of the Arians.
Serapion, Abbot of Arsinoe
Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume III: March.
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.
HE was abbot of Arsinoe, in Upper Egypt. He governed ten thousand
monks dispersed in the deserts and monasteries near that town. These
religious men hired themselves to the farmers of the country to till
their lands and reap their corn; joining assiduous prayer and other
exercises of their state with their labour. Each man received for his
wages twelve artabes, or about forty Roman bushels or modii, says
Palladius: all which they put into the hands of their holy abbot. He
gave to every one a sufficient allowance for his subsistence during the
ensuing year, according to their abstemious manner of living. The
remainder was all distributed among the poor. By this economy, all the
necessities of the indigent in that country were supplied, and several
barges loaded with corn were sent yearly by the river to Alexandria, for
the relief of the poor of that great city. Saint Serapion was honoured
with the priesthood, and with admirable sanctity applied himself to the
sacred functions of the ministry: yet found time to join his brethren in
their penitential labour, not to lose his share in their charity. His
name is inserted by Canisius in his Germanic Martyrology on this day,
from certain copies of the Greek Menæa. See Palladius, c. 76. p. 760.
Rufin. Vit. Patr. l. 2. c. 18. Sozomen, l. 6. c. 28. 1
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT SERAPION, PLEASE PRAY FOR US TODAY
[SAY YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
SERAPION the Scholastic
CALENDAR OF SAINTS -CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FORUM
Also known as
- Sarapion of Thmuis
monk. Ran the famous catechetical school of
Alexandria, Egypt. Resigned to spend more time in prayer and
penitence. Disciple of Saint
Anthony in the desert. Friend of Saint
Bishop of Thmuis, near Diospolis in the Nile delta in
Arianism. Supporter of
Athanasius, and spoke for him in the council of Sardis in
347. Banished by Emperor Constantius II for his opposition to
Arianism. Named a
Confessor of the Faith by Saint
Macedonianism, which denies the divinity of the
Holy Spirit. Wrote against
Manichaeism, showing that our bodies can be instruments of good
or evil, that it is our choice, and that just and wicked men often
change; it's therefore a lie to think our souls are of God, our
bodies of the devil.
Wrote several learned letters, a treatise on the titles of the
Psalms, and a sacramentary called the Euchologium, a collection of
liturgical prayers. Athanasius wrote several works against Arians at
Serapion's request, but thought so much of Sarapion that he told him
to revise them as he saw fit.
"The mind is purified by spiritual knowledge (or by holy
meditation and prayer), the spiritual passions of the soul by
charity, and the irregular appetites by abstinence and penance." -Serapion's
- c.365-370 of natural causes while in
Saint Wulfran, Archbishop of Sens
Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume III:
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.
[And Apostolic Missionary in Friseland.] HIS father was an officer in
the armies of King Dagobert, and the saint spent some years in the court
of King Clotaire III. and of his mother St. Bathildes, but occupied his
heart only on God, despising worldly greatness as empty and dangerous,
and daily advancing in virtue in a place where virtue is often little
known. His estate of Maurilly he bestowed on the abbey of Fontenelle, or
St. Vandrille, in Normandy. He was chosen and consecrated archbishop of
Sens, in 682, which diocess he governed during two years and a half with
great zeal and sanctity. A tender compassion for the blindness of the
idolaters of Friseland, and the example of the English zealous preachers
in those parts, moved him to resign his bishopric with proper advice,
and after a retreat at Fontenelle, to enter Friseland in quality of a
poor missionary priest. He baptized great multitudes, with a son of King
Radbod, and drew the people from the barbarous custom of sacrificing men
to idols. The lot herein decided, on great festivals, who should be the
victim; and the person was instantly hanged or cut in pieces. The lot
having fallen on one Ovon, St. Wulfran earnestly begged his life of King
Radbod; but the people ran tumultuously to the palace, and would not
suffer what they called a sacrilege. After many words, they consented
that if the God of Wulfran should save Ovon’s life, he should ever serve
him, and be Wulfran’s slave. The saint betook himself to prayer, and the
man, after hanging on the gibbet two hours, being left for dead, by the
cord breaking fell to the ground; and being found alive was given to the
saint, and became a monk and priest at Fontenelle. Wulfran also
miraculously rescued two children from being drowned in the sea, in
honour of the idols. Radbod, who had been an eye-witness to this last
miracle, promised to become a Christian, and was instructed among the
catechumens; but his criminal delays rendered him unworthy such a mercy.
As he was going to step into the baptismal font, he asked where the
great number of his ancestors and nobles were in the next world? The
saint replied, that hell is the portion of all who die guilty of
idolatry. At which the prince drew back, and refused to be baptized,
saying, he would go with the greater number. This tyrant sent afterwards
to St. Willebrord to treat with him about his conversion; but before the
arrival of the saint was found dead. St. Wulfran retired to Fontenelle,
that he might prepare himself for death, and died there on the 20th of
April, in 720. His relics were removed to Abbeville, where he is
honoured as patron. See his life written by Jonas, monk of Fontenelle,
eleven years after his death, purged from spurious additions, by
Mabillon, sæc. 3. Ben. Fleury, b. 41. t. 9. p. 190. See also the history
of the discovery of his relics at St. Vandrille’s, accompanied with
miracles, and the translation to Rouen in 1062, well written by an
anonymous author who assisted at that ceremony, several parts of which
work are published by D’Achery, Spicil. t. 3. p. 248. the Bollandists
and Mabillon. The Bollandists have added a relation of certain miracles
said to have been performed by the relics of this saint at Abbeville. 1
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Saint Wulfram,
please pray for us [say your prayer request.]
The Lives of the Saints. 1866.
Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume III:
THE GLORIOUS St. Joseph was lineally
descended from the greatest kings of the tribe of Juda, and from the
most illustrious of the ancient patriarchs; but his true glory consisted
in his humility and virtue. The history of his life hath not been
written by men; but his principal actions are recorded by the Holy Ghost
himself. God intrusted him with the education of his divine Son,
manifested in the flesh. In this view he was espoused to the Virgin
Mary. It is an evident mistake of some writers, that by a former wife he
was the father of St. James the Less, and of the rest who are styled in
the gospels the brothers of our Lord: for these were only cousin-germans
to Christ, the sons of Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin, wife of
Alphæus, who was living at the time of our Redeemer’s crucifixion. St.
Jerom assures us, 1 that St. Joseph always preserved his virgin
chastity; and it is of faith that nothing contrary thereto ever took
place with regard to his chaste spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was
given her by heaven to be the protector of her chastity, to secure her
from calumnies in the birth of the Son of God, and to assist her in his
education, and in her journies, fatigues, and persecutions. How great
was the purity and sanctity of him who was chosen the guardian of the
most spotless Virgin! This holy man seems, for a considerable time, to
have been unacquainted that the great mystery of the Incarnation had
been wrought in her by the Holy Ghost. Conscious therefore of his own
chaste behaviour towards her, it could not but raise a great concern in
his breast, to find that, notwithstanding the sanctity of her
deportment, yet he might be well assured that she was with child. But
being a just man, as the scripture calls him, and consequently possessed
of all virtues, especially of charity and mildness towards his neighbour,
he was determined to leave her privately, without either condemning or
accusing her, committing the whole cause to God. These his perfect
dispositions were so acceptable to God, the lover of justice, charity,
and peace, that before he put his design in execution, he sent an angel
from heaven not to reprehend anything in his holy conduct, but to
dissipate all his doubts and fears, by revealing to him this adorable
mystery. How happy should we be if we were as tender in all that regards
the reputation of our neighbour; as free from entertaining any injurious
thought or suspicion, whatever certainty our conjectures or our senses
may seem to rely on; and as guarded in our tongue! We commit these
faults only because in our hearts we are devoid of that true charity and
simplicity, whereof St. Joseph sets us so eminent an example on this
In the next place we may admire in
secret contemplation, with what devotion, respect, and tenderness, he
beheld and adored the first of all men, the new-born Saviour of the
world, and with what fidelity he acquitted himself of his double charge,
the education of Jesus, and the guardianship of his blessed mother. “He
was truly the faithful and prudent servant,” says St. Bernard, 2 “whom
our Lord appointed the master of his household, the comfort and support
of his mother, his foster-father, and most faithful cooperator in the
execution of his deepest counsels on earth.” “What a happiness,” says
the same father, “not only to see Jesus Christ, but also to hear him, to
carry him in his arms, to lead him from place to place, to embrace and
caress him, to feed him, and to be privy to all the great secrets which
were concealed from the princes of this world.” 2
“O astonishing elevation! O unparalleled
dignity!” cries out the pious Gerson, 3 in a devout address to St.
Joseph, “that the mother of God, queen of heaven, should call you her
lord; that God himself, made man, should call you father, and obey your
commands. O glorious Triad on earth, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, how dear a
family to the glorious Trinity in heaven, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Nothing is on earth so great, so good, so excellent.” Amidst these his
extraordinary graces, what more wonderful than his humility! He conceals
his privileges, lives as the most obscure of men, publishes nothing of
God’s great mysteries, makes no further inquiries into them, leaving it
to God to manifest them at his own time, seeks to fulfil the order of
providence in his regard, without interfering with any thing but what
concerns himself. Though descended from the royal family which had long
been in possession of the throne of Judæa, he is content with his
condition, that of a mechanic or handicraftsman, 4 and makes it his
business, by labouring in it, to maintain himself, his spouse, and the
divine child. 3
We should be ungrateful to this great
saint, if we did not remember that it is to him, as the instrument under
God, that we are indebted for the preservation of the infant Jesus from
Herod’s jealousy and malice, manifested in the slaughter of the
Innocents. An angel appearing to him in his sleep, bade him arise, take
the child Jesus, and fly with him into Egypt, and remain there till he
should again have notice from him to return. This sudden and unexpected
flight must have exposed Joseph to many inconveniences and sufferings in
so long a journey, with a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater
part of the way being through deserts, and among strangers; yet he
alleges no excuses, nor inquiries at what time they were to return. St.
Chrysostom observes that God treats thus all his servants, sending them
frequent trials, to clear their hearts from the rust of self-love, but
intermixing seasons of consolation. 5 “Joseph,” says he, “is anxious on
seeing the Virgin with child; an angel removes that fear; he rejoices at
the child’s birth, but a great fear succeeds; the furious king seeks to
destroy the child, and the whole city is in an uproar to take away his
life. This is followed by another joy, the adoration of the Magi: a new
sorrow then arises; he is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country,
without help or acquaintance.” It is the opinion of the fathers, that
upon their entering Egypt, at the presence of the child Jesus, all the
oracles of that superstitious country were struck dumb, and the statues
of their Gods trembled, and in many places fell to the ground, according
to that of Isaiah xix. And the statues of the Egyptians shall be shaken
in his presence. 6 The Fathers also attribute to this holy visit the
spiritual benediction poured on that country, which made it for many
ages most fruitful in saints. 7 4
After the death of King Herod, which was
notified to St. Joseph by a vision, God ordered him to return with the
child and his mother into the land of Israel, which our saint readily
obeyed. But when he arrived in Judæa, hearing that Archelaus succeeded
Herod in that part of the country, apprehensive he might be infected
with his father’s vices—cruelty and ambition—he feared on that account
to settle there, as he would otherwise probably have done, for the more
commodious education of the child. And therefore, being directed by God
in another vision, he retired into the dominions of his brother Herod
Antipas, in Galilee, to his former habitation in Nazareth, where the
wonderful occurrences of our Lord’s birth were less known. St. Joseph
being a strict observer of the Mosaic law, in conformity to its
direction, annually repaired to Jerusalem to celebrate the passover.
Archelaus, being banished by Augustus, and Judæa made a Roman province,
he had now nothing more to fear at Jerusalem. Our Saviour being advanced
to the twelfth year of his age, accompanied his parents thither; who,
having performed the usual ceremonies of the feast, were now returning
with many of their neighbours and acquaintance towards Galilee, and
never doubting but that Jesus had joined himself with some of the
company, they travelled on for a whole day’s journey without further
inquiry after him, before they discovered that he was not with them. But
when night came on, and they could hear no tidings of him among their
kindred and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned with
the utmost speed to Jerusalem: where, after an anxious search of three
days, they found him in the temple, sitting among the learned doctors of
the law, hearing them discourse, and asking them such questions as
raised the admiration of all that heard him, and made them astonished at
the ripeness of his understanding: nor were his parents less surprised
on this occasion. And when his mother told him with what grief and
earnestness they had sought him, and to express her sorrow for that,
though short, privation of his presence, said to him: “Son, why hast
thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I sought thee in great
affliction of mind;” she received for answer, that being the Messias and
Son of God, sent by his Father into the world in order to redeem it, he
must be about his Father’s business, the same for which he had been sent
into the world; and therefore that it was most likely for them to find
him in his Father’s house: intimating that his appearing in public on
this occasion, was to advance his Father’s honour, and to prepare the
princes of the Jews to receive him for their Messias; pointing out to
them from the prophets the time of his coming. But though in thus
staying in the temple, unknown to his parents, he did something without
their leave, in obedience to his heavenly Father, yet in all other
things he was obedient to them, returning with them to Nazareth, and
there living in all dutiful subjection to them. 5
Aelred, our countryman, abbot of Rieval,
in his sermon on losing the child Jesus in the temple, observes that
this his conduct to his parents is a true representation of that which
he shows us, whilst he often withdraws himself for a short time from us
to make us seek him the more earnestly. He thus describes the sentiments
of his holy parents on this occasion: 8 “Let us consider what was the
happiness of that blessed company, in the way to Jerusalem, to whom it
was granted to behold his face, to hear his sweet words, to see in him
the signs of divine wisdom and virtue; and in their mutual discourse to
receive the influence of his saving truths and example. The old and
young admire him. I believe boys of his age were struck with
astonishment at the gravity of his manners and words. I believe such
rays of grace darted from his blessed countenance as drew on him the
eyes, ears, and hearts of every one. And what tears do they shed when he
is not with them?” He goes on considering what must be the grief of the
parents when they had lost him; what their sentiments, and how earnest
their search: but what their joy when they found him again. “Discover to
me,” says he, “O my Lady, Mother of my God, what were your sentiments,
what your astonishment and your joy when you saw him again, and sitting,
not amongst boys, but amidst the doctors of the law: when you saw every
one’s eyes fixed on him, every one’s ears listening to him, great and
small, learned and unlearned, intent only on his words and motions. You
now say: I have found him whom I love. I will hold him, and will no more
let him part from me. Hold him, sweet Lady, hold him fast; rush on his
neck, dwell on his embraces, and compensate the three days’ absence by
multiplied delights in your present enjoyment of him. You tell him that
you and his father sought him in grief. For what did you grieve? not for
fear of hunger or want in him whom you knew to be God: but I believe you
grieved to see yourself deprived of the delights of his presence even
for a short time; for the Lord Jesus is so sweet to those who taste him,
that his shortest absence is a subject of the greatest grief to them.”
This mystery is an emblem of the devout soul, and Jesus sometimes
withdrawing himself, and leaving her in dryness, that she may be more
earnest in seeking him. But, above all, how eagerly ought the soul which
has lost God by sin, to seek him again, and how bitterly ought she to
deplore her extreme misfortune! 6
As no further mention is made of St.
Joseph, he must have died before the marriage of Cana, and the beginning
of our divine Saviour’s ministry. We cannot doubt but he had the
happiness of Jesus and Mary attending at his death, praying by him,
assisting and comforting him in his last moments. Whence he is
particularly invoked for the great grace of a happy death and the
spiritual presence of Jesus in that tremendous hour. The church reads
the history of the patriarch Joseph on his festival, who was styled the
saviour of Egypt, which he delivered from perishing by famine; and was
appointed the faithful master of the household of Putephar, and of that
of Pharaoh and his kingdom. But our great saint was chosen by God the
saviour of the life of him who was the true Saviour of the souls of men,
rescuing him from the tyranny of Herod. He is now glorified in heaven,
as the guardian and keeper of his Lord on earth. As Pharaoh said to the
Egyptians in their distress: “Go to Joseph;” so may we confidently
address ourselves to the mediation of him, to whom God, made man, was
subject and obedient on earth. 7
The devout Gerson expressed the warmest
devotion to St. Joseph, which he endeavoured by letters and sermons to
promote. He composed an office in his honour, and wrote his life in
twelve poems, called Josephina. He enlarges on all the circumstances of
his life by pious affections and meditations. St. Teresa chose him the
chief patron of her order. In the sixth chapter of her life she writes
thus: “I chose the glorious St. Joseph for my patron, and I commend
myself in all things singularly to his intercession. I do not remember
ever to have asked of God anything by him which I did not obtain. I
never knew any one, who, by invoking him, did not advance exceedingly in
virtue: for he assists in a wonderful manner all who address themselves
to him.” St. Francis of Sales, throughout his whole nineteenth
entertainment, extremely recommends devotion to him, and extols his
merits, principally his virginity, humility, constancy, and courage. The
Syrians and other eastern churches celebrate his festival on the 20th of
July; the western church, on the 19th of March. Pope Gregory XV. in
1621, and Urban VIII., in 1642, commanded it to be kept a holiday of
The holy family of Jesus, Mary, and
Joseph, presents to us the most perfect model of heavenly conversation
on earth. How did those two seraphim, Mary and Joseph, live in their
poor cottage! They always enjoyed the presence of Jesus, always burning
with the most ardent love for him, inviolably attached to his sacred
person, always employed and living only for him. What were their
transports in beholding him, their devotion in listening to him, and
their joy in possessing him! O heavenly life! O anticipation of the
heavenly bliss! O divine conversation! We may imitate them, and share
some degree of this advantage, by conversing often with Jesus, and by
the contemplation of his most amiable goodness, kindling the fire of his
holy love in our breasts. The effects of this love, if it be sincere,
will necessarily appear in our putting on his spirit, and imitating his
example and virtues; and in our studying to walk continually in the
divine presence, finding God every where, and esteeming all the time
lost which we do not spend with God, or for his honour. 9
Note 1. L. adv. Helvid. c. 9. [back]
Note 2. Hom. 2. super missus est, n. 16. p. 742. [back]
Note 3. Serm de Nativ. [back]
Note 4. This appears from Matt. xiii. 55. St. Justin, (Dial. n. 89.
ed. Ben. p. 186.) St. Ambrose, (in Luc. p. 3.) and Theodoret (b. 3.
Hist. c. 18.) say he worked in wood, as a carpenter. St. Hilary (in
Matt. c. 14. p. 17.) and St. Peter Chrysologus (Serm. 48.) say he
wrought in iron as a smith; probably he wrought both in iron and in
wood; which opinion St. Justin favours, by saying: “He and Jesus made
ploughs and yokes for oxen.” [back]
Note 5. Hom. 8. in Matt. t. 7. p. 123. ed. Ben. [back]
Note 6. This is affirmed by St. Athanasius, (1. de Incarn.) Eusebius,
(Demonstrat. Evang. l. 6. c. 20.) St. Cyril, (Cat. 10.) St. Ambrose, (in
Ps. 118. Octon. 5.) St. Jerom, (in Isai. 19.) St. Chrysostom, St. Cyril
of Alexandria, (in Isai.) Sozomen, (l. 5. c. 20.) &c. [back]
Note 7. See the Lives of the Fathers of the Desert. [back]
Note 8. Bibl. Patr. t. 13. [back]
Saint Joseph, please pray for us [state your prayer
Soldier who pierced the side of Jesus during the
Martyred by order of Pontius Pilate.
Cappadocia in the
relics in the church of Saint Augustine,
soldier, often in a uniform contemporaneous with the artist,
carrying a spear
soldier at the foot of the cross
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Golden Legend, by
Jacobus de Voragine
- When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished." And
bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. Now since it was
preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the
cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn
one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be
taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and
then of the other one who was
crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that
he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier
thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water
flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may (come
to) believe. For this happened so that the scripture passage might
be fulfilled: "Not a bone of it will be broken." And again another
passage says: "They will look upon him whom they have pierced."
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: SAINT LONGINUS, PLEASE PRAY FOR US [SAY
YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
CALENDAR OF SAINTS
"At the evening of life, you will be examined
in love. Learn to love as God desires to be loved and abandon your own ways of
acting." ---Saint John of the Cross|
NEEDFUL COUNSELS CONCERNING SOME ORDINARY TEMPTATIONS.
Of Dryness and Spiritual Barrenness.
SO much for what is to
be done in times of spiritual consolations. But these
bright days will not last for ever, and sometimes you
will be so devoid of all devout feelings, that it will
seem to you that your soul is a desert land, fruitless,
sterile, wherein you can find no path leading to God, no
drop of the waters of Grace to soften the dryness which
threatens to choke it entirely. Verily, at such a time
the soul is greatly to be pitied, above all, when this
trouble presses heavily, for then, like David, its meat
are tears day and night, while the Enemy strives to
drive it to despair, crying out, "Where is now thy God?
how thinkest thou to find Him, or how wilt thou ever
find again the joy of His Holy Grace?" What will you do
then, my child? Look well whence the trial comes, for we
are often ourselves the cause of our own dryness and
barrenness. A mother refuses sugar to her sickly child,
and so God deprives us of consolations when they do but
feed self-complacency or presumption. "It is good for me
that I have been in (334) trouble, for before I was
troubled I went wrong." (a) So if we neglect to gather
up and use the treasures of God's Love in due time, He
withdraws them as a punishment of our sloth. The
Israelite who neglected to gather his store of manna in
the early morning, found none after sunrise, for it was
all melted. Sometimes, too, we are like the Bride of the
Canticles, slumbering on a bed of sensual satisfaction
and perishable delight, so that when the Bridegroom
knocks at the door of our heart, and calls us to our
spiritual duties, we dally with Him, loath to quit our
idle and delusive pleasures, and then He "withdraws
Himself, and is gone," and "when I sought Him, I could
not find Him; I called Him, but He gave me no answer."
(b) Of a truth we deserved as much for having been so
disloyal as to have rejected Him for the things of this
world. If we are content with the fleshpots of Egypt we
shall never receive heavenly manna. Bees abhor all
artificial scents, and the sweetness of the Holy Spirit
is incompatible with the world's artificial pleasures.
Again, any duplicity or unreality in confession or
spiritual intercourse with your director tends to
dryness and barrenness, for, if you lie to God's Holy
Spirit, you can scarcely wonder that He refuses you His
comfort. If you do not choose (335) to be simple and
honest as a little child, you will not win the child's
sweetmeats. Or you have satiated yourself with worldly
delights; and so no wonder that spiritual pleasures are
repulsive to you. "To the overfed dove even cherries are
bitter," says an old proverb; and Our Lady in her song
of praise says, "He has filled the hungry with good
things, and the rich He hath sent empty away." They who
abound in earthly pleasures are incapable of
appreciating such as are spiritual. If you have
carefully stored up the fruits of past consolations, you
will receive more; "to him that hath yet more shall be
given," but from him who has not kept that which he had,
who has lost it through carelessness, that which he hath
shall be taken away, in other words, he will not receive
the grace destined for him. Rain refreshes living
plants, but it only brings rottenness and decay to those
which are already dead. There are many such causes
whereby we lose the consolations of religion, and fall
into dryness and deadness of spirit, so that it is well
to examine our conscience, and see if we can trace any
of these or similar faults. But always remember that
this examination must not be made anxiously, or in an
over-exacting spirit. Thus if, after an honest
investigation of our own conduct, we find the cause of
our wrongdoing, (336) we must thank God, for an evil is
half cured when we have found out its cause. But if, on
the contrary, you do not find any particular thing which
has led to this dryness, do not trifle away your time in
a further uneasy search, but, without more ado, and in
all simplicity, do as follows:--
1. Humble yourself
profoundly before God, acknowledging your nothingness
and misery. Alas, what am I when left to myself! no
better, Lord, than a parched ground, whose cracks and
crevices on every side testify its need of the gracious
rain of Heaven, while, nevertheless, the world's blasts
wither it more and more to dust.
2. Call upon God, and
ask for His Gladness. "O give me the comfort of Thy help
again! My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me." "Depart, O ye unfruitful wind, which parcheth
up my soul, and come, O gracious south wind, blow upon
my garden." Such loving desires will fill you with the
perfume of holiness.
3. Go to your
confessor, open your heart thoroughly, let him see every
corner of your soul, and take all his advice with the
utmost simplicity and humility, for God loves obedience,
and He often makes the counsel we take, specially that
of the guides of souls, to be more useful than would
seem likely; just as He caused the waters of Jordan,
commended by Elijah to (337) Naaman, to cure his leprosy
in spite of the improbability to human reason.
4. But, after all,
nothing is so useful, so fruitful amid this dryness and
barrenness, as not to yield to a passionate desire of
being delivered from it. I do not say that one may not
desire to be set free, but only that one ought not to
desire it over-eagerly, but to leave all to the sole
Mercy of God's special Providence, in order that, so
long as He pleases, He may keep us amid these thorns and
longings. Let us say to God at such seasons, "O my
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;
"--but let us add heartily, "Nevertheless, not my will,
but Thine be done," and there let us abide as trustingly
as we are able. When God sees us to be filled with such
pious indifference, He will comfort us with His grace
and favour, as when He beheld Abraham ready to offer up
his son Isaac, and comforted him with His blessing. In
every sort of affliction, then, whether bodily or
spiritual, in every manner of distraction or loss of
sensible devotion, let us say with our whole heart, and
in the deepest submission, "The Lord gave me all my
blessings, the Lord taketh them away, blessed be the
Name of the Lord." If we persevere in this humility, He
will restore to us His mercies as he did to Job, who
ever spake thus amid all his troubles.
5. And lastly, my
daughter, amid all our dryness let us never grow
discouraged, but go steadily on, patiently waiting the
return of better things; let us never be misled to give
up any devout practices because of it, but rather if
possible, let us increase our good works, and if we
cannot offer liquid preserves to our Bridegroom, let us
at least offer Him dried fruit--it is all one to Him, so
long as the heart we offer be fully resolved to love
Him. In fine weather bees make more honey and breed
fewer grubs, because they spend so much time in
gathering the sweet juices of the flowers that they
neglect the multiplication of their race. But in a cold,
cloudy spring they have a fuller hive and less honey.
And so sometimes, my daughter, in the glowing springtide
of spiritual consolations, the soul spends so much time
in storing them up, that amid such abundance it performs
fewer good works; while, on the contrary, when amid
spiritual dryness and bitterness, and devoid of all that
is attractive in devotion, it multiplies its substantial
good works, and abounds in the hidden virtues of
patience, humility, self-abnegation, resignation and
unselfishness. Some people, especially women, fall into
the great mistake of imagining that when we offer a dry,
distasteful service to God, devoid of all sentiment and
emotion, it is unacceptable to His (339) Divine Majesty;
whereas, on the contrary, our actions are like roses,
which, though they may be more beautiful when fresh,
have a sweeter and stronger scent when they are dried.
Good works, done with pleasurable interest, are
pleasanter to us who think of nothing save our own
satisfaction, but when they are done amid dryness and
deadness they are more precious in God's Sight. Yes
indeed, my daughter, for in seasons of dryness our will
forcibly carries us on in God's Service, and so it is
stronger and more vigorous than at a softer time. There
is not much to boast of in serving our Prince in the
comfort of a time of peace, but to serve Him amid the
toils and hardness of war, amid trial and persecution,
is a real proof of faithfulness and perseverance. The
blessed Angela di Foligni said, that the most acceptable
prayer to God is what is made forcibly and in spite of
ourselves; that is to say, prayer made not to please
ourselves or our own taste, but solely to please
God;--carried on, as it were, in spite of inclination,
the will triumphing over all our drynesses and
repugnances. And so of all good works;--the more
contradictions, exterior or interior, against which we
contend in their fulfilment, the more precious they are
in God's Sight; the less of self-pleasing in striving
after any virtue, the more Divine Love shines forth in
all its purity. (340) A child is easily moved to fondle
its mother when she gives it sweet things, but if he
kisses her in return for wormwood or camomile it is a
proof of very real affection on his part.
Ps. cxix. 67, 71.
b. Cant. v. 2-7.
LET me illustrate what
I have said by an anecdote of Saint Bernard. It is
common to most beginners in God's Service, being as yet
inexperienced in the fluctuations of grace and in
spiritual vicissitudes, that when they lose the glow of
sensible devotion, and the first fascinating lights
which led them in their first steps towards God, they
lose heart, and fall into depression and discouragement.
Those who are practised in the matter say that it is
because our human nature cannot bear a prolonged
deprivation of some kind of satisfaction, either
celestial or earthly; and so as souls, which have been
raised beyond their natural level by a taste of superior
joys, readily renounce visible delights when the higher
joys are taken away, as well as those more earthly
pleasures, they, not being yet trained to a patient
waiting for the true sunshine, fancy that there is no
light (341) either in heaven or earth, but that they are
plunged in perpetual darkness. They are just like
newly-weaned babes, who fret and languish for want of
the breast, and are a weariness to every one, especially
to themselves. Just so it fell out with a certain
Geoffroy de Peronne, a member of S. Bernard's community,
newly dedicated to God's Service, during a journey which
he and some others were making. He became suddenly dry,
deprived of all consolations, and amid his interior
darkness he began to think of the friends and relations
he had parted from, and of his worldly pursuits and
interests, until the temptation grew so urgent that his
outward aspect betrayed it, and one of those most in his
confidence perceiving that he was sorely troubled,
accosted him tenderly, asking him secretly, "What means
this, Geoffroy? and what makes thee, contrary to thy
wont, so pensive and sad?" Whereupon Geoffroy, sighing
heavily, made answer, "Woe is me, my brother, never
again in my life shall I be glad!" The other was moved
to pity by these words, and in his fraternal love he
hastened to tell it all to their common father S.
Bernard, and he, realising the danger, went into the
nearest church to pray for Geoffroy, who meanwhile cast
himself down in despair, and, resting his head on a
stone, fell asleep. After a while both rose up, the one
full (342) of grace won by prayer, the other from his
sleep, with so peaceful and gladsome a countenance, that
his friend, marvelling to see so great and unexpected a
change, could not refrain from gently reproaching him
for his recent words. Thereupon Geoffroy answered, "If
just now I told thee that I should never more be glad,
so now I promise thee I will never more be sad!" Such
was the result of this devout man's temptation; but from
this history I would have you observe:--
1. That God is wont to
give some foretaste of His heavenly joys to beginners in
His Service, the better to wean them from earthly
pleasures, and to encourage them in seeking His Divine
Love, even as a mother attracts her babe to suck by
means of honey.
2. That nevertheless
it is the same Good God Who sometimes in His Wisdom
deprives us of the milk and honey of His consolations,
in order that we may learn to eat the dry substantial
bread of a vigorous devotion, trained by means of
temptations and trials.
3. That sometimes very
grievous temptations arise out of dryness and
barrenness, and that at such times these temptations
must be stedfastly resisted, inasmuch as they are not of
God; but the dryness must be patiently endured, because
He sends that to prove us.
4. That we must never
grow discouraged amid our inward trials, nor say, like
Geoffroy, "I shall never be glad;" but through the
darkness we must look for light; and in like manner, in
the brightest spiritual sunshine, we must not presume to
say, "I shall never be sad." Rather we must remember the
saying of the Wise Man, "In the day of prosperity
remember the evil." (a) It behoves us to hope amid
trials, and to fear in prosperity, and in both
circumstances always to be humble.
5. That it is a
sovereign remedy to open our grief to some spiritual
friend able to assist us. And, in conclusion, I would
observe that here, as everywhere, our Gracious God and
our great Enemy are in conflict, for by means of these
trials God would bring us to great purity of heart, to
an entire renunciation of self-interest in all
concerning His Service, and a perfect casting aside of
self-seeking; but the Evil One seeks to use our troubles
to our discouragement, so as to turn us back to sensual
pleasures, and to make us a weariness to ourselves and
others, in order to injure true devotion. But if you
will give heed to the above instructions you will
advance greatly towards perfection amid such interior
(344) trials, concerning which I have yet one word to
say. Sometimes revulsions and dryness and incapacity
proceed from bodily indisposition, as when excessive
watching, fasting, or overwork produce weariness,
lassitude, heaviness, and the like; which, while wholly
caused by the body, interfere greatly with the soul, so
intimately are they linked together. When this is the
case, you must always remember to make marked acts of
virtue with your higher will, for, although your whole
soul may seem to be sunk in drowsy weariness, such
mental efforts are acceptable to God. At such a time you
may say with the Bride of the Canticles, "I sleep, but
my heart waketh." (b) And, as I have already said, if
there is less enjoyment in such efforts, there is more
virtue and merit. But the best remedy under the
last-named circumstances is to reinvigorate the body by
some lawful recreation and solace. S. Francis enjoined
his religious to use such moderation in their labours as
never to impair the fervour of their minds. And speaking
of that great Saint, he was himself once attacked by
such deep depression of mind that he could not conceal
it; if he sought to associate with his religious he was
unable to talk; if he kept apart he only grew worse;
abstinence and maceration of the flesh overwhelmed him,
and he found no (345) comfort in prayer. For two years
he continued in this state, as though altogether
forsaken of God, but after humbly enduring the heavy
storm, his Saviour restored him to a happy calm quite
suddenly. From this we should learn that God's greatest
servants are liable to such trials, so that less worthy
people should not be surprised if they experience the
a. Ecclus. xi. 25, Vulgate: "In die bonorum ne immemor
sis malorum." English version: "In the day of prosperity
there is a forgetfulness of affliction."
b. Cant. v. 2.
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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD REMEDY FOR ABORTION TO BE OUTLAWED WORLD-WIDE
Over 800 years
ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands,
and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an
idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave
markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this
plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed
their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so
successful at that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free
thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In
gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John of Matha honored Mary
with the title of "Our Lady of Good Remedy." Devotion to Mary under this
ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church
celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often
depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha.
When in need - for whatever reason, but especially where you have had
difficulty obtaining help - invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy, and
you will surely experience the power of her intercession.
(We ask the Virgin Mary to bring end to all abortion.)
O QUEEN OF HEAVEN
AND EARTH, Most Holy Virgin, we venerate thee. Thou art the beloved
Daughter of the Most High God, the chosen Mother of the Incarnate Word,
the Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Sacred Vessel of the Most
Holy Trinity. O Mother of the Divine Redeemer, who under the title of Our
Lady of Good Remedy comes to the aid of all who call upon thee, extend thy
maternal protection to us. We depend on thee, Dear Mother, as helpless and
needy children depend on a tender and caring mother.
O LADY OF
GOOD REMEDY, source
of unfailing help, grant that we may draw from thy treasury of graces in
our time of need.
Touch the hearts of sinners, that they may seek
reconciliation and forgiveness. Bring comfort to the afflicted and the
lonely; help the poor and the hopeless; aid the sick and the suffering.
May they be healed in body and strengthened in spirit to endure their
sufferings with patient resignation and Christian fortitude.
DEAR LADY OF GOOD
REMEDY, source of unfailing help, thy compassionate heart knows a
remedy for every affliction and misery we encounter in life. Help me with
thy prayers and intercession to find a remedy for my problems and needs,
especially for... (Indicate your special intentions here).
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.
Lady of Good Remedy, be ever present to me, and through thy intercession,
may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind, and grow stronger in the
faith and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Good Remedy,
R. That we
may deepen our dedication to thy Son, and make the world alive with His
MORE ON ABORTION:
JOHN OF THE CROSS.
The father of St.
John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and
the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty chose it also for his
portion. Unable to learn a trade, he became the, servant of the poor
in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies.
In 1563, being then twenty-one, he humbly offered himself as a
lay-brother to the Carmelite friars, who, however, knowing his
talents, had him ordained priest. He would now have exchanged to the
severe Carthusian Order, had not St. Teresa, with the instinct of a
Saint, persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of his own
Order. Thus he became the first prior of the Barefooted Carmelites.
His reform, though approved by the general, was rejected by the
elder friars, who condemned the Saint as a fugitive and apostate,
and cast him into prison, whence he only escaped, after nine months'
suffering, at the risk of his life. Twice again, before his death,
he was shamefully persecuted by his brethren, and publicly
disgraced. But his complete abandonment by creatures only deepened
his interior peace and devout longing for heaven.
Reflection. "Live in the world," said St. John, "as if God
and your soul only were in it; so shall your heart be never made
captive by any earthly thing."
PRAYER: Saint John of the Cross, please pray for [state your
information see the works of
St. John of
ST. PETER OF ALCANTARA.
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 19TH
PETER, while still a youth,
left his home at Alcantara in Spain, and entered a convent of Discalced
Franciscans. He rose quickly to high posts in the Order, but his thirst for
penance was still unappeased, and in 1539, being then forty years old, he
founded the first convent of the "Strict Observance." The cells of the friars
resembled graves rather than dwelling-places. That of St. Peter himself was four
feet and a half in length, so that he could never lie down ; he ate but once in
three days; his sackcloth habit and a cloak were his only garments, and he never
covered his head or feet. In the bitter winter he would open the door and window
of his cell that, by closing them again, he might experience some sensation of
warmth. Amongst those whom he trained to perfection was St. Teresa. He read her
soul, approved of her spirit of prayer, and strengthened her to carry out her
reforms. St. Peter died, with great joy, kneeling in prayer, October 18th, 1562,
at the age of sixty-three.
men do not go about barefoot now, nor under-go sharp penances, as St. Peter did,
there are many ways of trampling on the world; and our Lord teaches them when He
finds the necessary courage.
MORE ON SAINT PETER FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS
Saint Teresa of Avila said
concerning Saint Peter of Alcantara that, "The Lord once told me that no one
should ask Him for anything in his name and not be heard."
Saint Peter of
Alcantara, please pray for us today [state your prayer request.]
LADY OF THE ROSARY
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 7TH
HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE,
IS WITH THEE,
BLESSED ART THOU AMONGST WOMEN,
AND BLESSED IS
THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB JESUS,
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD,
FOR US SINNERS
NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH.
SEE SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT'S BOOK ON
THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY
THE VIRGIN MARY POURS OUT SPECIAL
GRACES FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY THE ROSARY!
SAINT PADRE PIO
PRAYED HIS ROSARY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND WOULD SAY AT LEAST 15
DECADES OF THE ROSARY EACH DAY. THE MESSAGE HE WANTED TO LEAVE THE WORLD WITH BEFORE
HE DIED WAS FOR PEOPLE TO PRAY THE ROSARY.
Our Lady of the Rosary
Lady of Victory, Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of the Most Holy
Our Lady of
Diocese of Malaga,
Rosario, Santa Fe,
Surigao del Norte,
Olías del Rey,
Our Lady of the Rosary
Our Lady of the Rosary,
also known as
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,
is a title of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
in relation to the
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on October 7, the anniversary of the
decisive victory of the combined Christian fleet in 1571 at the
Battle of Lepanto,
defeating an Ottoman fleet off western Greece. It was formerly sometimes
known as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.
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Dominican tradition, in 1214,
France attempting to convert the
back to the Catholic faith. The young priest had little success until one day he
received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool
While Mary's giving the rosary to St. Dominic is generally acknowledged as a
legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St.
Dominic, including the 15th century priest and teacher,
Alanus de Rupe.
On December 3,
1836, Fr. Charles Eléonor des Genettes had an interior locution directing him to
dedicate the parish of Our Lady of Victory to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
On October 13,
Our Lady of Fatima
told the shepherd children, "I am the Lady of the Rosary".
during the civil war with the anti-clerical
sacristan Bernardo Martinez reported seeing an apparition of Our Lady who urged
him to pray the rosary and work for peace. One of the appearances was in the
parish church of Our Lady of Victories near
THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS.
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 2ND
GOD does not abandon to mere chance any of His handiworks; by His providence He is everywhere present; not
a hair falls from the head of a sparrow to the ground without His knowledge. Not
content, however, with yielding such familiar help in all things, not content
with affording that existence which He communicates and perpetuates through
every living being, He has charged His angels with the ministry of watching and
safeguarding every one of His creatures that behold not His face. Kingdoms have
their angels assigned to them, and men have their angels; these latter it is
whom religion designates as the Holy Guardian Angels, Our Lord says in the
"Beware lest ye scandalize any of these little ones, for their angels in heaven
see the face of my Father." The existence of Guardian Angels is, hence, a dogma
of the Christian faith : this being so, what ought not our respect be for that
sure and holy intelligence that is ever present at our side; and how great
should our solicitude be, lest, by any act of ours, we offend those eyes which
are ever bent upon us in all our ways !
REFLECTION.-Ah! let us not
give occasion, in the language of Holy Scripture, to the angels of peace to weep
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Today, thank your
guardian angel for his work in which he always strives to keep us close to
Jesus. Ask you guardian angel to guide your steps in the upcoming days,
weeks, months and years.
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin and Patron of the Universal Church.
ST. JOSEPH was by birth of the royal family of David, but
was living in humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the highest
sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His Virgin Mother, and
foster-father and guardian of the Incarnate Word. Joseph, says the Holy
Scripture, was a just man; he was innocent and pure, as became the husband of
Mary; he was gentle and tender, as one worthy to be named the father of Jesus;
he was prudent and a lover of silence, as became the master of the holy
house; above all, he was faithful and obedient to divine calls. His conversation
was with angels rather than with men. When he learned that Mary bore within her
womb the Lord of heaven, he feared to take her as his wife; but an angel
bade him fear not, and all doubts vanished. When Herod sought the life of the
divine Infant, an angel told Joseph in a dream to fly with the Child and His
Mother into Egypt. Joseph at once arose and obeyed. This sudden and unexpected
flight must have exposed Joseph to many inconveniences and sufferings in so long
a journey with a little babe and a tender virgin, the greater part of the way
being through deserts and among strangers; yet he alleges no excuses; nor
inquires at what time they were to return. St. Chrysostom observes that God
treats thus all His servants, sending them frequent trials to clear their hearts
from the rust of self-love, but intermixing seasons of consolation. "Joseph,"
says he, "is anxious on seeing the Virgin with child; an angel removes that
fear. He rejoices at the Child's birth, but a great fear succeeds: the furious
king seeks to destroy the Child, and the whole city is in an uproar to take away
His life. This is followed by another joy, the adoration of the Magi; a new
sorrow then arises: he is ordered to fly into a foreign unknown country, without
help or acquaintance." It is the opinion of the Fathers that upon their entering
Egypt, at the presence of the child Jesus, all the oracles of that superstitious
country were struck dumb, and the statues of their gods trembled and in many
places fell to the ground. The Fathers also attribute to this holy visit the
spiritual benediction poured on that country, which made it for many ages most
fruitful in Saints. After the death of King Herod, of which St. Joseph was
informed in another vision, God ordered him to return with the Child and His
Mother into the land of Israel, which our Saint readily obeyed. But when he
arrived in Judea, hearing that Archelaus had succeeded Herod in that part of the
country, and apprehensive that he might be infected with his father's vices, he
feared on that account to settle there, as he would otherwise probably have done
for the education of the Child; and therefore, being directed by God in another vision, he retired into the dominions of Herod Antipas, in Galilee, to
his former habitation in Nazareth. St. Joseph, being a strict observer of the
Mosaic law, in conformity to its direction annually repaired to Jerusalem
to celebrate the Passover. Our Saviour, now int the twelfth year of His age,
accompanied His parents thither. Having performed the usual ceremonies of the feast,they were returning with many of their neighbors and acquaintance towards
Galilee; and never doubting but that Jesus was with some of the company, they
travelled on for a whole day's journey before they discovered that He was not
with them. But when night came on and they could hear no tidings of Him among
their kindred and acquaintance, they, in the deepest affliction, returned with
the utmost speed to Jerusalem. After an anxious search of three days they found
Him in the Temple, discoursing with the learned doctors of the law, and asking
them such questions as raised the admiration of all that heard Him, and made
them astonished at the ripeness of His understanding; nor were His parents less
surprised on this occasion. When His Mother told Him with what grief and
earnestness they had sought Him, and asked, "Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with
us? Behold Thy Father and I sought Thee in great affliction of mind," she
received for answer, "How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must
be about My Father's business?" But though thus staying in the Temple unknown to
His parents, in all other things He was obedient to them, returning with them to
Nazareth, and there living in all dutiful subjection to them. As no further
mention is made of St. Joseph, he must have died before the marriage of Cana and
the beginning of our divine Saviour's ministry. We cannot doubt that he had the
happiness of Jesus and Mary attending at his death, praying by him, assisting
and comforting him in his last moments; whence he is particularly invoked for
the great grace of a happy death and the spiritual presence of Jesus in that
Reflection. -St. Joseph, the shadow of the
Eternal Father upon earth, the protector of Jesus in His home at Nazareth, and a
lover of all children for the sake of the Holy Child, should be the chosen
guardian and pattern of every true Christian family.
[MENTION YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, spouse of St. Joseph,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, confirmed in grace,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, guardian of the Word Incarnate,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, favorite of the King of Heaven,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, ruler of the family of Jesus,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, spouse of the ever-blessed Virgin,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, foster father to the Son of God,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, example of humility and obedience,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, mirror of silence and resignation,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, patron of innocence and youth,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, exited with Christ into Egypt,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, intercessor for the afflicted,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, advocate of the humble,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, model of every virtue,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, honored among men,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, in whom is the union of all Christian perfections,
Pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Saint Joseph,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray.
Assist us, O Lord,
we beseech Thee,
by the merits of the spouse
of Thy most holy Mother,
that what our unworthiness cannot obtain,
may be given us by his intercession with Thee,
Who livest and reignest with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.
PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH
O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O thou Saint Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain for me from thy divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee, and Jesus asleep in thy arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen!
BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2018|
THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR
ENTRUSTED TO THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE
PRAYER NETWORK (APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER)
Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries,
may be able to practise
their faith in full freedom.
Universal: Say “No” to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist
any lure of corruption.
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual
discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of
exclusion and know how to open new paths.
Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by
responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
Universal: Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which
respects others for their differences.
Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral
work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in
their friendship with their brother priests.
Universal: The treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may
protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
Universal: Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in
their own countries.
Evangelization: The Mission of Religious
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and
be present among the
poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.
Universal: In the Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the
language of conflict.
Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of
faith, may find, in their
dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the
Vatican, 13 February 2017
Queen of Heaven and earth,
most Holy Virgin,
we venerate thee.
Thou art the beloved daughter
of the Most High God,
the chosen mother of the
the immaculate spouse of
the Holy Spirit,
the sacred vessel of the
Most Holy Trinity.
O Mother of the Divine Redeemer,
who under the title of
Our Lady of Good Remedy
comes to the aid of all
who call upon thee,
extend thy maternal protection to us.
We depend on thee,
as helpless and needy children
depend on a tender and caring mother.
Pray the Hail Mary...
O Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
grant that we may draw
from thy treasury of graces
in our time of need.
Touch the hearts of sinners,
that they may seek
reconciliation and forgiveness.
Bring comfort to
the afflicted and the lonely;
help the poor and the hopeless;
aid the sick and the suffering.
May they be healed in body
and strengthened in spirit
to endure their sufferings
with patient resignation
and Christian fortitude.
Pray the Hail Mary...
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
source of unfailing help,
thy compassionate heart knows a remedy
for every affliction and misery
we encounter in life.
Help me with thy prayers and intercession
to find a remedy for my problems and needs,
(Mention your personal intention)
On my part,
O loving Mother,
I pledge myself to a more intensely Christian lifestyle,
to a more careful observance of the laws of God,
to be more conscientious
in fulfilling the obligations of my state in life,
and to strive to be a source of healing
in this broken world of ours.
Dear Lady of Good Remedy,
be ever present to me,
and through thy intercession,
may I enjoy health of body and peace of mind,
and grow stronger in the faith
and in the love of thy Son, Jesus.
Pray the Hail Mary...
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of Good Remedy,
R. That we may deepen our dedication to thy Son,
and make the world alive with His Spirit.
|Unfailing Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots |
Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
[Mention your request here]
I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP
SO THAT HE DOES GOD'S WILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Pray hard for him. If you have time now please say one Hail Mary and One Glory Be for him now.
Pray that he would do God's will while working as President for our country.
That he would protect the unborn, help the poor and keep peace throughout
AMERICA'S GREATEST SIN IS
AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES
Each standard size cross-mark represents 50,000 people killed.
The smaller cross-marks represent less than 50,000 deaths.
The war casualties represent all American combat-related deaths.
Statistics from 1982 World Almanac.|
WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
abortion was legalized in 1973
PRAY THAT ABORTION WOULD BE OUTLAWED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
THE POWER AND THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM PRAYING THE ROSARY
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY
These promises were given by the Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY(by Saint Louis De Montfort)
Graces Derived from Going to Mass
(Note: Assisting at Mass simply means attending Mass. By attending a Mass Catholics are actually assisting in Mass.)
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE PIETA PRAYER BOOKLET, Published in U.S.A. by MLOR Corporation, 1186 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060-9330:
1. The Mass is Calvary continued.
2. Every Mass is worth as much as the sacrifice of our Lord's life, sufferings and death.
3. Holy Mass is the most powerful atonement for your sins.
4. At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation.
5. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.
6. At Mass you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.
7. Assisting devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage.
8. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.
9. He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.
10. You afford the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.
11. One Mass heard during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.
12. You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory.
13. Every Mass wins for you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.
14. You receive the priest's blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.
15. You kneel amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.
16. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
In eternity, we shall fully realize that it was certainly worthwhile to have assisted at Holy Mass daily. PRAY FOR PRIESTS THAT THEY MAY OFFER THE MASS WITH HOLY LOVE AND REVERENCE.**********
"WHY Should I Go To Mass Every Day?""The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!"
For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death. (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).
Padre Pio, the stigmatic priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than without the Mass.
The Cure'd' Ars, St. Jean Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy.
A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death. St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than many after it.
"The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death." (Pope Benedict XV).
Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord, "How can I thank you?" Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS".
Saint Louis De Montfort stresses that people should give there hearts and wills to Jesus through Mary and that by doing this a soul will be able to soar toward God. See Saint Louis's book True Devotion To Mary. Saint Louis warns of the devil's great ability to deceive souls, including souls of saints:
"Because the devils, who are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us. They watch day and night for the favorable moment. For that end they go round about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch from us in one moment, all the graces and merits we have gained for many years. Their malice, their experience, their stratagems and their number ought to make us fear this misfortune immensely, especially when we see how many persons fuller of grace than we are, richer in virtues, better founded in experience and far higher exalted in sanctity, have been surprised, robbed and unhappily pillaged. Ah! How many cedars of Lebanon, how many stars of the firmament, have we not seen fall miserably, and in the twinkling of an eye lose all their height and their brightness! Whence comes that sad and curious change? It was not for want of grace, which is wanting to no man; but it was for want of humility. They thought themselves capable of guarding their own treasures. They trusted in themselves, relied upon themselves. They thought their house secure enough, and their coffers strong enough, to keep the precious treasure of grace. It is because of that scarcely perceptible reliance upon themselves, though all the while it seemed to them that they were relying only on the grace of God, that the most just Lord permitted them to be robbed by leaving them to themselves. Alas! If they had but known the admirable devotion which I will unfold presently, they would have confided their treasure to a Virgin powerful and faithful, who would have kept it for them as if it had been her own possession; nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of justice on herself to preserve it for them".
TRUE DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN MARY, SAINT LOUIS de MONTFORT
THE VIRGIN MARY
Holy Mary, my Queen and sovereign Lady, I give you myself, trusting in your fidelity and your protection. I surrender myself entirely to your motherly tenderness, my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I possess, for the whole of this day, my life, and especially at the hour of my death. I entrust to you once more all my hopes, all my consolations, all my anxieties, all my troubles, my life, my dying breath, so that by your prayers and merits, I may have, in all I do, one only goal, your good pleasure and the holy will of your Son. Amen!
The Chaplet of St. Michael
One day, Saint Michael the Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.
Promises of St. Michael
"Whoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their relations."
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]
[STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.
3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.
9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.
Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
PURPOSE OF THIS WEB SITE
Welcome to this Catholic Spiritual Direction Web Site. It is the intention of this site to lead people to a closer relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit through the promotion of prayer and Christian teaching which will enable Christians to adhere to the straight and narrow path Jesus speaks of in the Gospels. Included in these web pages are the Douay-Rheims Bible and the works of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas
a Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Teresa of Avila, and the works of other saints of the Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (Biography) (1774-1824) Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, are presented here. In time more works from the Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.
|OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT HOME:|
When difficulties come to us at work or at home it important to pray your way through these difficulties. At work, it could be trouble with a supervisor or a co-worker, with the result that misery is brought into our lives. Or at home a wife or a husband, or a child or a relative may be causing you trouble. It is important to pray your way through these difficulties. The different forms of prayers listed above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the bother us the most during our lives. Try these prayers, they work.
And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the current situations that are going on in our lives. On the following web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for yours needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against the assaults of demons. Sometimes it takes the prayers of many people to change things.
SAINT TERESA RECOMMENDS HOLY WATERFrom the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.
"From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body. I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."
The Catholic Church around the world uses Holy Water in every church to make the church a fortress against the demons which assault men and women. The Holy Water is usually situated near every entrance to the church for people to use to anoint themselves with the Sign of the Cross. When an individual puts on Holy Water any demons present will flee. Catholics should put Holy Water in containers and place them in their homes and their offices; by doing so they make their homes and offices fortresses against the demons which are always lurking about. Catholics should also consider carrying the Holy Water in small containers in their pockets to ward off demonic attacks during each day.
GRACE POURED OUT FROM HOLY WATER
"because they include a movement of reverence for God and Divine things; and in this way a bishop's blessing, the sprinkling of holy water, any sacramental anointing, a prayer said in a dedicated church, and anything else of the kind, conduce to the remission of venial sins." Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
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SAINT JOHN XXIII
POPE JOHN XXIII SUMMARY ON WIKIPEDIA
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION TO
SAINT JOHN XXIII.
Saint John XXIII, you spent your life deeply immersed in the truths of the Catholic Faith. You led us by your great example of sacrifice and love as you successively led millions to love Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.
We now ask for your intercession for those who are troubled and in need:
Saint John XXIII, please pray for the Holy Catholic Church and for the following prayer request:
[state your prayer request.]
SAINT JOHN PAUL II
SEE: EWTN Biography on Pope John Paul II
PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION
OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II
O Blessed Trinity, we thank you
for having graced the Church with
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
the tenderness of your fatherly care,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
and the splendor of the Spirit of love
to shine through him.
Trusting fully in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd.
He has shown us that holiness
is the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way of
achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession,
[MENTION PRAYER REQUEST]
and according to your will,
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
for Physical and Spiritual Healing.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy:
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood, most pure offering:
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners:
Atone for us!
Precious Blood, delight of holy souls:
Draw us! Amen.
Are you sick or do you know someone who is ill. Say the prayer above for them everyday. Also, there is greater power of prayer when many people are praying for the sick. Ask many fellow Catholics to join in prayer with you for the sick. You can send prayer requests to Catholic Groups that will join you in prayer at: http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm