Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (Russian:
Се́ргий Ра́донежский, Sergii Radonezhsky; 14
May 1314 25 September 1392), also transliterated as Sergey Radonezhsky
or Serge of Radonezh, was a spiritual leader and
monastic reformer of medieval
Together with Venerable
Seraphim of Sarov, he is one of the
Russian Orthodox Church's most highly venerated
The narrative of Epiphanius does not specify the exact birthplace of the
monk, stating only that before the migration from Rostov principality the monk's
family lived "in a village in the area, which is within the Rostov principality,
not very close to the city of Rostov". It is considered that it is the village
Варница) near Rostov. The future saint received the
name of Bartholomew (Варфоломе́й Varfolomei in Russian) in honor of the
Although an intelligent boy, Bartholomew had great difficulty learning to
read. His biography states that a starets
(spiritual elder) met him one day and gave him a piece of prosphora (holy
bread) to eat, and from that day forward he was able to read.
Orthodox Christians interpret the incident as being an
Upon his parents' death, Bartholomew went to
Moscow, where his older brother Stefan was a
monk. He persuaded
Stefan to find a more secluded place to live the
ascetic life. In the deep forest at Makovets Hill they decided to build a
small cell and a church dedicated in honor of the
Thus started the history of the great
Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.
In time, Stefan moved to a
in Moscow. Varfolomei took
monastic vows, taking the name Sergius, and spent more than a year in the
forest alone as a
hermit. Soon, however, other monks started coming to him and building their
own cells. After some time, they persuaded him to become their hegumen,
or father superior, and he was
ordained to the
Following his example, all the monks had to live by their own labor. Over time,
more and more monks and donations came to this place. Nearby, there appeared a
which grew into the town of
Sergiev Posad, and other villages.
When the news of Sergius's accomplishments reached
Philotheus of Constantinople, he sent to him a monastic
During the reign of St.
Dmitri Donskoi, his
disciples started to spread his teaching across central and northern Russia.
They settled intentionally in the most impracticable places and founded numerous
monasteries, of which
Vysotsky monasteries could be mentioned. St. Sergius was also connected with
the foundation of two monastic communities in Moscow,
Simonov monasteries. All in all, the disciples of Sergius founded about 40
monasteries, thus greatly extending the geographical extent of his influence and
authority. However, when
Alexius asked him to become his successor, Sergius declined, preferring to
remain a simple monk.
As an ascetic, Sergius did not take part in the political life of the
country. However, he blessed
Dmitry Donskoy when he went to fight the
Tatars in the
Battle of Kulikovo field, but only after he was certain Dmitry had pursued
all peaceful means of resolving the conflict. Some historians interpreted his
political stance as aspiring to make peace and unite Russian lands under the
leadership of Moscow.
In December 1937,
Pavel Florensky (18821937), a Russian theologian, priest, mathematician,
inventor, philosopher and engineer died in the Soviet Gulag and it is thought he
was condemned by an extrajudicial
NKVD Order No. 00447 to be executed during the 1930s Bolshevik purges after
refusing to disclose the hiding place of Sergius' head which the Bolsheviks
wanted destroyed. It is rumored that Florensky and other theologians were
involved in a plot to save and hide the relics of St. Sergius. The relics were
Pavel Golubtsov, later "Archbishop Sergius," to the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra
(Trinity Cathedral) of the lavra in 1946 when it was reopened.
May 2014 marked 700 years since the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh
(1314-1392), a patron saint of Russia.
Much information about the saint and his acts is taken from the writing of
his life composed in the 15th century, which has come down to us in many later
editions in the 15th to 20th century Russian manuscripts. The memory of Sergius
of Radonezh has lived on thanks to the unique manuscript entitled "The Life of
St. Sergius of Radonezh" written by famous hagiographer
Pachomius the Serb, also known as Pachomius Logothetes. The original
manuscript is housed in the National Library of Russia.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Saint Sergius of
COME TO OUR ASSISTANCE TODAY [SAY YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY OF MERCY (RANSOM).
ST. PETER, of the noble family of Nolasco, was
born in Languedoc, about 1189. At the age of twenty-five he took a vow of
chastity, and made over his vast estates to the Church. Some time after, he
conceived the idea of establishing an order for the redemption of captives. The
divine will was soon manifested. The Blessed Virgin appeared on the same night
to Peter, to Raymund of Pennafort, his confessor, and to James, King of Arragon,
his ward, and bade them prosecute without fear their holy designs. After great
opposition, the Order was solemnly established, and approved by Gregory IX.,
under the name of Our Lady of .Mercy. By the giaace of God, and under the
protection of His Virgin-Mother, the Order spread rapidly, its growth being
in-creased by the charity and piety of its members, who devoted them-selves not
only to collecting alms for the ransom of the Christians, but even gave
themselves up to voluntary slavery to aid the good work. It is to return thanks
to God and the Blessed Virgin that a feast was instituted which was observed in
the Order of Mercy, then in Spain and France, and at last extended to the whole
Church by Innocent XII., and the 24th September named as the day on which it is
to be observed.
REFLECTION.St. Peter Nolasco and his knights were laymen, not priests, and yet
they considered the salvation of their neighbor intrusted to them. We can each
of us by counsel, by prayer, but above alt by holy example, assist the salvation
of our brethren, and thus secure our own.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: OUR LADY OF MERCY,
COME TO OUR ASSISTANCE TODAY [SAY YOUR PRAYER TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER.]
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 23RD
FIRST STIGMATIZED PRIEST IN THE HISTORY
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
PADRE PIO (Francesco Forgione) was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy.
As a child, he showed extraordinary signs of devotion to God. At five
years of age, he dedicated himself to God. He was able to see his guardian
angel and had visits from Jesus and the Virgin Mary as a young boy.
the age of sixteen he was admitted into the Franciscan Capuchins as a novitiate.
His fellow brothers recognized in him his great love of prayer and his great
love for God. On August 10, 1910, at the age of twenty-three, he was
ordained a priest. His parishioners were very impressed by his holiness
and sought his counsel often. After two years of being a priest, he
offered himself as a victim soul for the poor souls in purgatory and God sent
him many physical ailments and suffering which Padre Pio offered up for the
release of the poor souls in purgatory. He suffered throughout his entire
life from temptations, attacks from demons and from physical illnesses.
At the age of
thirty-one, in 1918, he received the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) from
God, after celebrating morning Mass, while praying before the crucifix. He
became the first Catholic priest in the history of the church to receive them.
He had five wounds, in his hands, in his feet and in his side. God gave him many
spiritual gifts including the gift of healing, bilocation (being in two
different places at the same time), prophecy, miracles, the ability to speak in
several languages, the ability to read hearts and a heavenly fragrance which
emanated from his stigmatized wounds. He never sought out these gifts and
did not know why God gave them to him.
Every morning he woke up
at 2:30 a.m. and began to pray the rosary and made preparations for the upcoming
daily Mass. He ate very little food each day, barely enough to survive on.
He heard many confessions throughout each day. Sometimes he would hear
confessions 16 hours a day. People would wait two weeks to go to
confession to him.
He spent most of his
time in the monastery and completely avoided listening to the radio,
reading the newspaper and watching television. He warned people against
watching television. In the monastery he lived a life a complete poverty
and avoided attachment to possessions and other comforts.
News about his holiness
spread throughout the world and millions of people sought him out, many
attending his Masses. He brought about the conversion of thousands of
souls, he freed thousands of souls from purgatory and he healed many sick
people. On September 23, 1968 at the age of eighty-one, he died.
With millions of onlookers, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio,
making him a saint on June 16, 2002.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Are you ill or is a friend or relative of yours
ill? Today ask Saint Padre Pio to ask God for healing for the sick.
Saint Padre Pio, please pray for (state your prayer request).
Saint Padre Pio, pray for us! Pray for the
United States! Pray for the end of abortion! Pray for our sick!
YOUTUBE VIDEO ON PADRE PIO
Prayer of St.
Pio of Pietrelcina after Holy Communion
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have
You present so that I do not forget You.
how easily I abandon You.
me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so
me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without
me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in
me, Lord, to show me Your will.
me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your
me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for
You, a nest of love.
me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life
passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my
strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is
getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the
dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of
me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it’s dangers. I need You.
recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the
Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which
sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if
not by communion, at least by grace and love.
me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but
the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your
Heart, Your Spirit because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You
more and more.
firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love
You perfectly during all eternity. Amen
Prayer for the
Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
You generously blessed Your servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of
the Spirit. You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a
powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son. Endowed with the
gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional for the
salvation of souls. With reverence and intense devotion in the celebration of
Mass, he invited countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ in
the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech You to grant
me the grace of (here state your petition). Amen.
to the Father... (three times).
ST. JOSEPH OF
THE FLYING PRIEST
[The following is from
Butler's Lives of the Saints]
was born the 17th of June, 1603, at Cupertino, a small village of the
diocese of Nardo, between Brindsi and Otranto, six miles from the
coast of the gulf of Tarento. His parents were poor, but virtuous. His
mother brought him up in great sentiments of piety; but treated him
with great severity, punishing him; frequently for the least fault, to
inure him to an austere and penitential life. He was very attentive to
the divine service, and in an age when, the love of pleasure is
generally predominant, he wore a hair shirt, and mortified his body by
divers austerities. He was bound apprentice to a shoemaker, which
trade he applied himself to for some time.
When he was seventeen years of age he presented himself to be received
amongst the Conventual Franciscans, where he had two uncles of
distinction in the Order. He was nevertheless refused because he had
not made his studies. All he could obtain was to be received amongst
the Capuchins in quality of lay-brother; but after eight months he was
dismissed as unequal to the duties of the Order. Far from being
discouraged he persisted in his resolution of embracing a
religious state. At length the Franciscans, moved with compassion,
received him into their convent of Grotella, thus called from a
subterraneous chapel dedicated to God under the invocation of the
Blessed Virgin. This convent was situated near Cupertino. The saint
having finished his novitiate with great fervour, he made his vows,
and was received as lay-brother amongst the Oblates of the Third
Joseph begged to go through a second novitiate, after which he
separated himself more than ever from the company of men, to unite
himself more closely to God by prayer and contemplation. He looked
upon himself as a great sinner, and imagined it was through mere
charity that the religious habit was given him. His patience made him
bear in silence and with joy the severest rebukes for faults which he
had not committed: and, his obedience was such that he executed
without delay the most difficult duties enjoined him. So many virtues
rendered him the object of universal admiration. Being ordained priest
in 1628, he celebrated his first mass with inexpressible sentiments of
faith, of love, and respect.
After having received the priesthood he passed five years without
tasting bread or wine; during which time he lived only on herbs and
dry fruits; and even the herbs that he ate on Fridays were so
distasteful that only himself could use them. His fast in Lent was so
rigorous that for seven years he took no nourishment but on Thursdays
and Sundays, except the holy eucharist which he received every day.
His countenance in the morning was extremely pale, but after the
communion it became florid and lively. He had contracted such an habit
of fasting, that his stomach could no longer bear any food. His desire
of mortification made him invent different instruments of penance.
During two years he suffered many interior trials which tormented him
exceedingly; but to this storm a profound calm succeeded.
report being spread that he had frequent raptures, and that many
miracles were wrought by him, the people followed him in crowds as he
was travelling through the province of Bari. A certain vicar general
was offended at it, and carried his complaints to the inquisitors of
Naples. Joseph was ordered to appear; but the heads of his accusation
being examined, he was declared innocent, and dismissed. He said mass
at Naples in the Church of St. Gregory the Armenian, which
belonged to a monastery of religious. The holy sacrifice being
finished, he fell into an ecstasy, as many eye-witnesses attested in
the process of his canonization.Ή
The inquisitors sent him to Rome to his general, who received him with
harshness, and ordered him to retire to the convent of Assisium.
Joseph was filled with joy at this news, on account of the great
devotion he had to the holy founder of his Order. The guardian of
Assisium treated him also with roughness. But his sanctity shone forth
more and more ; and persons of the highest distinction expressed an
ardent desire to see him. He arrived at Assisium in 1639, and remained
there thirteen years. At first he suffered many trials both interior
and exterior. His superior often called him hypocrite, and treated him
with great rigour. On the other hand, God seemed: to have abandoned
him; his religious exercises were accompanied with a spiritual dryness
that afflicted him exceedingly; the impure phantoms which his
imagination represented to him, joined to the most terrible
temptations, cast him into so deep a melancholy, that he scarce dare
lift up his eyes. His general being informed of his situation, called
him to Rome, and having kept him there three weeks, he sent him back
to his convent of Assisium.
The saint, on his way to Rome, experienced a return of those heavenly
consolations which had been withdrawn from him. At the name of God, of
Jesus, or of Mary, he was, as it were, out of himself. He would
often cry out, " Vouchsafe, 0 my God, to fill and possess all my
heart. Oh that my soul was freed from the chains of the body, and
united to Jesus Christ ! Jesus, Jesus, draw me to yourself ; I am not
able to live any longer on the earth." He was often heard to excite
others to the love of God, and to say to them, "Love God; he in whom
this love reigns, is rich although he does not perceive it."
(1) Ex Proms. Ord. Nerit.
fol. 734, et Summ. p. 51, meet. 194, p. 103, sect. 227.
His raptures were as
frequent as, extraordinary. He had many, even in public, to which a
great number of persons of the first quality were eye-witnesses, and
the truth of which they afterwards declared upon oath. Amongst those,
John Frederick, Duke of Brunswick and Hanover, was one. This prince,
who was a Lutheran, was so struck with what he had seen, that he
abjured his former tenets and embraced the Catholic faith. Joseph had
also a singular talent for converting the most obdurate sinners, and
quieting the minds of such as laboured under any trouble. He used to
say, to some scrupulous persons who came to consult him, "I neither
like scruples nor melancholy ; let your intention be right, and fear
not." He explained the most profound mysteries of our faith with the
greatest clearness ; and this sublime knowledge he owed to the
intimate communication he had with God in prayer.
His miracles were not less remarkable than the other extraordinary
favours he received from God. Many sick owed their recovery to his
prayers. The saint falling sick of a fever at Osipo, the 10th of
August, 1663, foretold that his last hour was near at hand. The day
before his death he received the holy viaticum, and after it the
extreme unction. He was heard often to repeat those aspirations of a
heart inflamed with the love of God : " Oh that my soul was freed from
the shackles of my body, to be reunited with Jesus Christ ! Praise and
thanksgiving be to God ! The will of God be done. Jesus crucified,
receive my heart, and kindle in it the fire of your holy love." He
died the 18th of September, 1663, at - the age of sixty years and
three months. His body was exposed in the church, and the whole town
came to visit it with respect ; he was afterwards buried in the chapel
of the Conception. The heroism of his virtues being proved, and the
truth of his miracles attested, he was beatified by Benedict XIV. in
1753; and canonized by Clement XIII., in 1767. Clement XIV.
inserted his office in the Roman Breviary.
October 4, 1630, the town of Cupertino held a procession on
the feast day of Saint
Francis of Assisi.
Legend holds that Joseph was assisting in the procession when
he suddenly soared into the sky, where he remained hovering
over the crowd. When he descended and realized what had
happened, he became so embarrassed that he fled to his
mother's house and hid. This was the first of many flights,
which soon earned him the nickname, "The Flying Saint." "
SAINT JOSEPH, PLEASE PRAY
FOR (STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST
TO THE SAINT).
The honored name of the Virgin Mary, which is said to mean "star
of the sea," is most fitting for the Virgin Mother. She may well be compared to
a star; for, as a star beams forth its rays without any diminution of its own
luster, so too the Virgin gave birth to a Son with no loss to her virginity. The
departing rays do not lessen the star's brightness, nor Mary's Son her inviolate
maidenhood. She is, therefore, that noble star risen from Jacob and raised by
nature above this great and wide sea. She shines with merits, she enlightens
with her example. You, all you who are cast about upon the sea of temporalities
in storms and tempests more than you walk on solid land, do not turn your eyes
away from the brightness of this star. Think of Mary, call upon Mary, so that
you may experience for yourself how fittingly it was said, "And the Virgin's
name was Mary." -- Pope Innocent XI ordered the feast of this most holy name,
which had already been honored with a special rite in some parts of the
Christian world, to be celebrated each year by the universal Church as a
perpetual memorial of the great blessing of that signal victory won at Vienna in
Austria over the cruel Turkish tyrant who had been grinding down the Christian
people in 1683.
Matins of the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Most Holy Name of Mary
St. Bernard says and we say with him: "Look to the star of the
sea, call upon Mary... in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call
upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your
heart... If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will
not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she
holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she
is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely
reach your destination." (Pope Benedict XVI address at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, September 9, 2007)
Ask the Blessed
Virgin Mary to assist you with your special needs today.
DEAR BLESSED MOTHER,
PLEASE PRAY FOR [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]
of the Holy Name of Mary
private use only.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord,
have mercy. Son of Mary, hear us. Son of Mary, graciously hear us.
Heavenly Father, of Whom Mary is the Daughter, Have mercy on us.
Eternal Word, of Whom Mary is the Mother, Have mercy on us. Holy
Spirit, of Whom Mary is the spouse, Have mercy on us. Divine
Trinity, of Whom Mary is the Handmaid, Have mercy on us.
, Mother of the Living God, pray for us. Mary, daughter of the Light
Eternal, pray for us. Mary, our light, etc. Mary, our sister,
Mary, flower of Jesse, Mary , issue of kings, Mary, chief work of
God, Mary, the beloved of God,
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Mary,
all fair, Mary, light in darkness, Mary, our sure rest, Mary,
house of God, Mary, sanctuary of the Lord, Mary, altar of the
Divinity, Mary, Virgin Mother, Mary, embracing thy Infant God,
Mary, reposing with Eternal Wisdom, Mary, ocean of bitterness, Mary,
Star of the Sea, Mary, suffering with thine only Son, Mary, pierced
with a sword of sorrow, Mary, torn with a cruel wound, Mary,
sorrowful even to death , Mary, bereft of all consolation, Mary,
submissive to the law of God, Mary, standing by the Cross of Jesus,
Mary, Our Lady, Mary, Our Queen, Mary, Queen of glory , Mary,
glory of the Church Triumphant, Mary, Blessed Queen, Mary, advocate
of the Church Militant, Mary, Queen of Mercy, Mary, consoler of the
Church Suffering, Mary, exalted above the Angels, Mary, crowned with
twelve stars, Mary, fair as the moon, Mary, bright as the sun,
Mary, distinguished above all, Mary, seated at the right hand of Jesus,
Mary, our hope, Mary, our sweetness, Mary, glory of Jerusalem ,
Mary, joy of Israel, Mary, honor of our people, Mary, Our Lady
of the Immaculate Conception, Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption,
Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, Mary, Our Lady
of Fatima, Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Mary, Our Lady of the
Miraculous Medal, Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mary, Our Lady of
the Angels, Mary, Our Lady of Dolors, Mary, Our Lady of Mercy,
Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary, Our Lady of Victory , Mary, Our
Lady of La Trappe, Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence,
God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us,
O Lord Jesus. Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Lord Jesus. Son of Mary , hear us. Son of Mary,
graciously hear us. V. I will declare thy name unto my brethren. R.
I will praise thee in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Us Pray.
God, Who beholdest Thy servants earnestly desirous of placing themselves
under the shadow of the name and protection of the Most Holy Virgin
Mary, vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, that by her charitable intercession,
we may be delivered from all evil on earth, and may arrive at
everlasting joys in Heaven, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.
Book of Ezra 1:1-6.
the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of
the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia to
issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom, both by word of mouth
and in writing:
"Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia: 'All the kingdoms of the earth the
LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me, and he has also charged me to
build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people, let him
go up, and may his God be with him!
Let everyone who has survived, in whatever place he may have dwelt, be
assisted by the people of that place with silver, gold, goods, and
cattle, together with free-will offerings for the house of God in
Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and Levites
everyone, that is, whom God had inspired to do so prepared to go up to
build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.
All their neighbors gave them help in every way, with silver, gold,
goods, and cattle, and with many precious gifts besides all their
the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
We were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
Then they said among the nations,
"the LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
they shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke
said to the crowd : "No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed ; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that
those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing
secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken
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.
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!
PRAYER Queen of Heaven and earth, most Holy Virgin, we venerate thee. Thou art the beloved daughter of the Most High God, the chosen mother of the Incarnate Word, the immaculate spouse of the Holy Spirit, the sacred vessel of the Most Holy Trinity. O Mother of the Divine Redeemer, who under the title of Our Lady of Good Remedy comes to the aid of all who call upon thee, extend thy maternal protection to us. We depend on thee, dear Mother, as helpless and needy children depend on a tender and caring mother.
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...
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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.
PHYSICIANS judge to a great extent as to the health or disease of a man by
the state of his tongue, and our words are a true test of the state of our
soul. "By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
condemned," 1 the Saviour says. We are apt to apply the hand quickly to the
place where we feel pain, and so too the tongue is quick to point out what
we love. If you love God heartily, my child, you will often speak of Him
among your relations, household and familiar friends, and that because "the
mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment."
2 Even as the bee touches nought save honey with his tongue, so should your
lips be ever sweetened with your God, knowing nothing more pleasant than to
praise and bless His Holy Name,--as we are told that when S. Francis uttered
the Name of the Lord, he seemed to feel the sweetness lingering on his lips,
and could not let it go. But always remember, when you speak of God, that He
is God; and speak reverently and with devotion,--not affectedly or as if you
were preaching, but with a spirit of meekness, love, and humility; dropping
honey from your lips (like the Bride in the Canticles 3 ) in devout and
pious words, as you speak to one or another around, in your secret heart the
while asking God to let this soft heavenly dew sink into their minds as they
1 S. Matt. xii. 37. 2 Ps. xxxvii. 30. 3 Cant. iv. 11.
hearken. And remember very specially always to fulfil this angelic task
meekly and lovingly, not as though you were reproving others, but rather
winning them. It is wonderful how attractive a gentle, pleasant manner is,
and how much it wins hearts. Take care, then, never to speak of God, or
those things which concern Him, in a merely formal, conventional manner; but
with earnestness and devotion, avoiding the affected way in which some
professedly religious people are perpetually interlarding their conversation
with pious words and sayings, after a most unseasonable and unthinking
manner. Too often they imagine that they really are themselves as pious as
their words, which probably is not the case.
SAINT JAMES says, "If any man offend not in word, the same is, a perfect
man." 1 Beware most watchfully against ever uttering any unseemly
expression; even though you may have no evil intention, those who hear it
may receive it with a different meaning. An impure word falling upon a weak
mind spreads its
1 S. James iii. 2.
infection like a drop of oil on a garment, and sometimes it will take such a
hold of the heart, as to fill it with an infinitude of lascivious thoughts
and temptations. The body is poisoned through the mouth, even so is the
heart through the ear; and the tongue which does the deed is a murderer,
even when the venom it has infused is counteracted by some antidote
preoccupying the listener's heart. It was not the speaker's fault that he
did not slay that soul. Nor let any one answer that he meant no harm. Our
Lord, Who knoweth the hearts of men, has said, "Out of the abundance of the
heart the mouth speaketh." 1 And even if we do mean no harm, the Evil One
means a great deal, and he will use those idle words as a sharp weapon
against some neighbour's heart. It is said that those who eat the plant
called Angelica always have a sweet, pleasant
breath; and those who cherish the angelic virtues of purity and modesty,
will always speak simply, courteously, and modestly. As to unclean and
light-minded talk, S. Paul says such things should not even be named 2 among
us, for, as he elsewhere tells us, "Evil communications corrupt good
manners." 3 Those impure words which are spoken in disguise, and with an
affectation of reserve, are the most harmful of all; for just as the sharper
1 S. Matt. xii. 34. 2 Eph. v. 3. 3 1 Cor. xv. 33.
point of a dart, so much deeper it will pierce the flesh, so the sharper an
unholy word, the more it penetrates the heart. And as for those who think to
show themselves knowing when they say such things, they do not even
understand the first object of mutual intercourse among men, who ought
rather to be like a hive of bees gathering to make honey by good and useful
conversation, than like a wasps' nest, feeding on corruption. If any
impertinent person addresses you in unseemly language, show that you are
displeased by turning away, or by whatever other method your discretion may
indicate. One of the most evil dispositions possible is that which satirises
and turns everything to ridicule. God abhors this vice, and has sometimes
punished it in a marked manner. Nothing is so opposed to charity, much more
to a devout spirit, as contempt and depreciation of one's neighbour, and
where satire and ridicule exist contempt must be. Therefore contempt is a
grievous sin, and our spiritual doctors have well said that ridicule is the
greatest sin we can commit in word against our neighbour, inasmuch as when
we offend him in any other way, there
may still be some respect for him in our heart, but we are sure to despise
those whom we ridicule.
There is a light-hearted talk, full of modest life and gaiety, which the
Greeks called Eutrapelia, and which we should call good conversation, by
which we may find an innocent and kindly amusement out of the trifling
occurrences which human imperfections afford. Only beware of letting this
seemly mirth go too far, till it becomes ridicule. Ridicule excites mirth at
the expense of one's neighbour; seemly mirth and playful fun never lose
sight of a trustful, kindly courtesy, which can wound no one. When the
religious around him would fain have discussed serious matters with S. Louis
at meal-times, he used to say, "This is not the time for grave discussion,
but for general conversation and cheerful recreation,"--out of consideration
for his courtiers. But, my daughter, let our recreation always be so spent,
that we may win all eternity through devotion.
JUDGE not, and ye shall not be judged," said the Saviour of our souls;
"condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:" 1 and the Apostle S. Paul,
"Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, Who both will bring to
light the hidden things of darkness,
1 S. Luke vi. 37.
and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts." 1 Of a truth, hasty
judgments are most displeasing to God, and men's judgments are hasty,
because we are not judges one of another, and by judging we usurp our Lord's
own office. Man's judgment is hasty, because the chief malice of sin lies in
the intention and counsel of the heart, which is shrouded in darkness to us.
Moreover, man's judgments are hasty, because each one has enough to do in
judging himself, without undertaking to judge his neighbour. If we would not
be judged, it behoves us alike not to judge others, and to judge ourselves.
Our Lord forbids the one, His Apostle enjoins the other, saying, "If we
would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." 2 But alas! for the most
part we precisely reverse these precepts, judging our neighbour, which is
forbidden on all sides, while rarely judging ourselves, as we are told to
do. We must proceed to rectify rash judgments, according to their cause.
Some hearts there are so bitter and harsh by nature, that everything turns
bitter under their touch; men who, in the Prophet's words, "turn judgment to
wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth." 3 Such as these greatly
need to be dealt with by some wise spiritual physician, for this bitterness
1 1 Cor. iv. 5. 2 1 Cor. xi. 31. 3 Amos v. 7.
natural to them, it is hard to conquer; and although it be rather an
imperfection than a sin, still it is very dangerous, because it gives rise
to and fosters rash judgments and slander within the heart. Others there are
who are guilty of rash judgments less out of a bitter spirit than from
pride, supposing to exalt their own credit by disparaging that of others.
These are self-sufficient, presumptuous people, who stand so high in their
own conceit that they despise all else as mean and worthless. It was the
foolish Pharisee who said, "I am not as other men are." 1 Others, again,
have not quite such overt pride, but rather a lurking little satisfaction in
beholding what is wrong in others, in order to appreciate more fully what
they believe to be their own superiority. This satisfaction is so well
concealed, so nearly imperceptible, that it requires a clear sight to
discover it, and those who experience it need that it be pointed out to
them. Some there are who seek to excuse and justify themselves to their own
conscience, by assuming readily that others are guilty
of the same faults, or as great ones, vainly imagining that the sin becomes
less culpable when shared by many. Others, again, give way to rash judgments
merely because they take pleasure in a philosophic analysis and dissection
1 S. Luke xviii. 11.
neighbours' characters; and if by ill luck they chance now and then to be
right, their presumption and love of criticism strengthens almost incurably.
Then there are people whose judgment is solely formed by inclination; who
always think well of those they like, and ill of those they dislike. To
this, however, there is one rare exception, which nevertheless we do
sometimes meet, when an excessive love provokes a false judgment concerning
its object; the hideous result of a diseased, faulty, restless affection,
which is in fact jealousy; an evil passion capable, as everybody knows, of
condemning others of perfidy and adultery upon the most trivial and fanciful
ground. In like manner, fear, ambition, and other moral infirmities often
tend largely to produce suspicion and rash judgments.
What remedy can we apply? They who drink
the juice of the Ethiopian herb Ophiusa imagine that they see serpents and
horrors everywhere; and those who drink deep of pride, envy, ambition,
hatred, will see harm and shame in every one they look upon. The first can
only be cured by drinking palm wine, and so I say of these latter,--Drink
freely of the sacred wine of love, and it will cure you of the evil tempers
which lead you to these perverse judgments. So far from seeking out that
which is evil, Love dreads meeting with it, and when such meeting is
unavoidable, she shuts her eyes at the first symptom, and then in her holy
simplicity she questions whether it were not merely a fantastic shadow which
crossed her path rather than sin itself. Or if Love is forced to recognise
the fact, she turns aside hastily, and strives to forget what she has seen.
Of a truth, Love is the great healer of all ills, and of this above the
rest. Everything looks yellow to a man that has the jaundice; and it is said
that the only cure is through the soles of the feet. Most assuredly the sin
of rash judgments is a spiritual jaundice, which makes everything look amiss
to those who have it; and he who would be cured of this malady must not be
content with applying remedies to his eyes or his intellect, he must attack
it through the affections, which are as the soul's feet. If your affections
are warm and tender, your judgment will not be harsh; if they are loving,
your judgment will be the same. Holy Scripture offers us three striking
illustrations. Isaac, when in the Land of Gerar, gave out that Rebecca was
his sister, but when Abimelech saw their familiarity, he at once concluded
that she was his wife. 1 A malicious mind would rather have supposed that
there was some unlawful connection between them, but
1 Gen. xxvi.
Abimelech took the most charitable view of the case that was possible. And
so ought we always to judge our neighbour as charitably as may be; and if
his actions are many-sided, we should accept the best. Again, when S. Joseph
found that the Blessed Virgin was with child, 1 knowing her to be pure and
holy, he could not believe that there was any sin in her, and he left all
judgment to God, although there was strong presumptive evidence on which to
condemn her. And the Holy Spirit speaks of S. Joseph as "a just man." When a
just man cannot see any excuse for what is done by a person in whose general
worth he believes, he still refrains from judging him, and leaves all to
God's Judgment. Again, our Crucified Saviour, while He could not wholly
ignore the sin of those who Crucified Him, yet made what excuse He might for
them, pleading their ignorance. 2 And so when we cannot find any excuse for
sin, let us at least claim what
compassion we may for it, and impute it to the least damaging motives we can
find, as ignorance or infirmity. Are we never, then, to judge our neighbour?
you ask. Never, my child. It is God Who judges criminals brought before a
court of law. He uses magistrates to convey His sentence to us; they are His
interpreters, and have only to
1 S. Matt. i. 2 S. Luke xxiii. 34.
proclaim His law. If they go beyond this, and are led by their own passions,
then they do themselves judge, and for so doing they will be judged. It is
forbidden to all men alike, as men, to judge one another. We do not
necessarily judge because we see or are conscious of something wrong. Rash
judgment always presupposes something that is not clear, in spite of which
we condemn another. It is not wrong to have doubts concerning a neighbour,
but we ought to be very watchful lest even our doubts or suspicions be rash
and hasty. A malicious person seeing Jacob kiss Rachel at the well-side, 1
or Rebecca accepting jewels from Eleazer, 2 a stranger, might have suspected
them of levity, though falsely and unreasonably. If an action is in itself
indifferent, it is a rash suspicion to imagine that it means evil, unless
there is strong circumstantial evidence to prove such to be the case. And it
is a rash judgment when we draw condemnatory inferences from an action which
may be blameless. Those who keep careful watch over their conscience are not
often liable to form rash judgments, for just as when the clouds lower the
bees make for the shelter of their hive, so really good people shrink back
into themselves, and
1 Gen. xxix. 11. 2 Gen. xxiv. 22.
refuse to be mixed up with the clouds and fogs of their neighbour's
questionable doings, and rather than meddle with others, they consecrate
their energies on their own improvement and good resolutions. No surer sign
of an unprofitable life than when people give way to censoriousness and
inquisitiveness into the lives of other men. Of course exception must be
made as to those who are responsible for others, whether in family or public
life;--to all such it becomes a matter of conscience to watch over the
conduct of their fellows. Let them fulfil their duty lovingly, and let them
also give heed to restrain themselves within the bounds of that duty.
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.
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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!
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
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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.
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".
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!
One day, Saint Michael the Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.
Promises of St. Michael
"Whoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their relations."
The Chaplet of St. Michael
O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.
[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]
[STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]
1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.
2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.
3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.
4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.
5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.
6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.
7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.
8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen.
9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven. Amen.
Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.
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.
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 ΓΖΓβΓβ Γ’β¬β’ΓΖΓ’β¬ ΓΒ’Γ’βΒ¬Γ’βΒ’ Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (Biography) (1774-1824) Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,are presented here. In time more works from the Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.
OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT HOME: When difficulties come to us at work or at home it important to pray your way through these difficulties. At work, it could be trouble with a supervisor or a co-worker, with the result that misery is brought into our lives. Or at home a wife or a husband, or a child or a relative may be causing you trouble. It is important to pray your way through these difficulties. The different forms of prayers listed above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the bother us the most during our lives. Try these prayers, they work.
And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the current situations that are going on in our lives. On the following web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for yours needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against the assaults of demons. Sometimes it takes the prayers of many people to change things. http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm
From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.
"From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body. I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."
The Catholic Church around the world uses Holy Water in every church to make the church a fortress against the demons which assault men and women. The Holy Water is usually situated near every entrance to the church for people to use to anoint themselves with the Sign of the Cross. When an individual puts on Holy Water any demons present will flee. Catholics should put Holy Water in containers and place them in their homes and their offices; by doing so they make their homes and offices fortresses against the demons which are always lurking about. Catholics should also consider carrying the Holy Water in small containers in their pockets to ward off demonic attacks during each day.
Saint John XXIII, you spent 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.]
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,
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and according to your will, the graces we implore, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy: Flow upon us! Precious Blood, most pure 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