Saturday, November 24, 2007
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Let GOD arise and let His enemies be scattered: and let them that hate Him flee from before His Face!
As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the Presence of GOD (Ps 67:1-2). Judge Thou, O' Lord, them that wrong me: overthrow them that fight against me.
Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and be confounded that devise evil against me. Let them become as dust before the wind: and let the Angel of the Lord straighten them. Let their way become dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord pursue them.
For without cause they have hidden their net for me unto destruction: without cause they have upbraided my soul.
Let the snare which he knoweth not, come upon him: and let the net which he hath hidden, catch him: and into that very snare let him fall. But my soul shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall be delighted in His Salvation (Ps 34:1, 4-9).
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.
O' Most Glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in our wrestling against principalities and powers against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Ephes 6:12). Come to the aid of men, whom GOD created incorruptible, and to the Image of His own Likeness He made him (Wis 2:23); and from the tyranny of the devil He bought him at a great price (Cor 7:23).
Fight the battles of the Lord today with the Army of the Blessed Angels, as once thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of pride, and his apostate angels; and they prevailed not: neither was their place found anymore in Heaven. But that great dragon was cast out, the old serpent, who is called the devil and satan, who seduceth the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him (Apoc 12:8-9).
Behold, the ancient enemy and murderer strongly raises his head! Transformed into an angel of light, with the entire horde of wicked spirits he goes about everywhere and takes possession of the earth, so that therein he may blot out the Name of GOD and of His Christ and steal away, afflict and ruin into everlasting destruction the souls destined for a Crown of Eternal Glory. On men depraved in mind and corrupt in heart the wicked dragon pours out like a most foul river, the poison of his villany, a spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy; and the deadly breath of lust and of all iniquities and vices. Her most crafty enemies have engulfed the Church, the Spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, with sorrows, they have drenched her with wormwood; on all her desirable things they have laid their wicked hands.
Where the See of the Blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth have been set up for the light of the gentiles, there they have placed the throne of the abomination of their wickedness, so that, the Pastor having been struck, they may also be able to scatter the flock. Therefore, O' thou unconquerable Leader, be present with the people of GOD and against the spiritual wickedness which are bursting in upon them; and bring them the victory.
The Holy Church venerates thee as its Guardian and Patron; and it glories in the fact that thou art its Defender against the wicked powers of earth and hell. To thee the Lord has assigned the souls of the redeemed to be placed in Heavenly bliss. Beseech the GOD of Peace to crush satan under our feet, that he may no more be able to hold men captive and to harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may quickly come to our aid, that thou mayest seize the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and satan and that having bound him, thou mayest cast him into the bottomless pit, so that he may no more seduce the nations (Apoc 20:3).
Hence confiding in thy protection and guardianship, by the sacred authority of our ministry, we confidently and securely begin the task in the Name of Jesus Christ our GOD and Lord, of driving away the attacks of diabolical deceit.
LEADER: Behold the Cross of the Lord, flee away ye hostile forces.
ALL: The lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David hath conquered
LEADER: May Thy mercy, O' Lord, be upon us.
ALL: Since we have hoped in Thee.
LEADER: O' Lord, hear my prayer.
ALL: And let my cry come unto Thee.
LEADER: The Lord be with you,
ALL: And with thy spirit.
LEADER: LET US PRAY:
O' GOD and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we invoke Thy Holy Name, and we humbly implore Thy mercy, that by the intercession of the Mother of GOD Mary Immaculate Ever Virgin, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of Blessed Joseph the Spouse of the same Blessed Virgin, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and of all the Saints, Thou wouldst deign to afford us help against satan and all the other unclean spirits and against whatever wanders throughout the world to do harm to the human race and to ruin souls, through the same Christ Our Lord, Amen.
We exorcize thee, O' every unclean spirit, satanic power, infernal invader, wicked legion, assembly and sect; in the Name and by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ (+); may thou be snatched away and driven from the Church of GOD and from the souls made to the Image and Likeness of GOD and redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb (+). Most cunning serpent, thou shalt no more dare to deceive the human race, persecute the Church, torment GOD's elect and sift them as wheat (+). The Most High GOD commands thee (+). He with whom in your great insolence, thou still claimest to be equal; He who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Tim 2:4).
GOD the Father commands thee (+), GOD the Son commands thee (+), GOD the Holy Spirit commands thee (+). The Majesty of Christ, the Eternal Word of GOD made flesh, commands thee (+); He Who to save our race outdone through thy envy, "humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death" (Phil 2:8). He who has built His Church on the firm rock and declared that the gates of hell shall never prevail against Her, because He will dwell with Her "all days even to the end of the world" (Mat 28:20). The Sacred Sign of the Cross commands thee (+), as does also the power of the Mysteries of the Christian Faith (+), the Glorious Mother of GOD, the Virgin Mary, commands thee (+); She who by Her humility and from the first moment of Her Immaculate Conception, crushed thy proud head. The faith of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of the other Apostles command thee (+). The Blood of the Martyrs and the pious intercession of all the Saints command thee (+).
Thus, cursed dragon and thee diabolical legion, we adjure thee by the Living GOD (+), by the True GOD (+), by the Holy GOD (+), by the GOD "who so loved the world that He gave up His Only Son, that every soul believing in Him might not perish but have life everlasting" (John 17:1-3); stop deceiving human creatures and pouring out to them the poison of eternal damnation; stop harming the Church and ensnaring her liberty. BEGONE, satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of man's salvation. Give place to Christ in whom thou hast found none of your works; give place to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church acquired by Christ at the price of His Blood. Stoop beneath the powerful Hand of GOD; tremble and flee when we invoke the Holy and terrible Name of Jesus, this Name which cause hell to tremble, this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of Heaven are humbly submissive, this Name to which the Virtues, Powers and Dominations of Heaven are humbly submissive, this Name which the Cherubim and Seraphim praise unceasingly repeating: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, the GOD of Armies!
LEADER: O' Lord, hear my prayer,
ALL: And let my cry come unto Thee
LEADER: May the Lord be with thee,
ALL: And with thy spirit.
LEADER: LET US PRAY:
GOD of Heaven, GOD of Earth, GOD of Angels, GOD of Archangels, GOD of Patriarchs, GOD of Prophets, GOD of Apostles, GOD of Martyrs, GOD of Confessors, GOD of Virgins, GOD Who has power to give life after death and rest after work, because there is no other GOD than Thee and there can be no other, for Thou art the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, of whose Reign there shall be no end. We humbly prostrate ourselves before Thy Glorious Majesty and we beseech Thee to deliver us by Thy Power from all the tyranny of the infernal spirits, from their snares, their lies and their furious wickedness; deign, O' Lord, to grant us Thy powerful protection and to keep us safe and sound. We beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
LEADER: From the snares of the devil,
ALL: Deliver us O' Lord.
LEADER: Grant that Thy Church may serve Thee in secure liberty,
ALL We beseech Thee, hear us.
LEADER: Deign to crush down the enemies of the Holy Church,
ALL: We beseech Thee, hear us.
LEADER: Holy Water is sprinkled in the place where he may be.
ALL: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May GOD rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O' Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of GOD, cast into hell satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls, Amen.
LEADER: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, (Repeat 3 times)
ALL: Have mercy on us.
NOTE: (+) denotes that the Sign of the Cross is to be made: "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen," between the prayer, as indicated.
Source: Catholic Apologetics Information
Monday, November 19, 2007
People: And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Leader: Let us pray. O God, who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to savor what is right, and always to rejoice in his consolation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Leader: O Mary, conceived without sin,
People: Pray for us who have recourse to you.
Leader and People: Lord Jesus Christ, who has glorified your mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, immaculate from the first moment of her conception, grant that all who devoutly implore her protection on earth may eternally enjoy your presence in heaven. Lord Jesus Christ, who for the accomplishment of your greatest works have chosen the weak things of the world, that no flesh may glory in your sight, and who for a better and more widely diffused belief in the Immaculate Conception of your Mother, have wished that the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine Laboure, grant, we ask you that filled with like humility, we may glorify this mystery by word and work. Amen.
Leader and People: Immaculate Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus and our mother, we have confidence in your powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested often through the Miraculous Medal. We your loving and trustful children, ask you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this novena if they will be for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. (Here privately form your petitions.) You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word, and deed may tend to his greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the queen of angels and of men. Amen.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL
Leader and People: Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we unite ourselves to you under your title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your motherly affection for us and a constant reminder of our filial duties towards you. While wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son. Most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment of our lives so that like you we may live and act according to the teaching and example of your Son. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death so that in union with you we may enjoy the happiness of heaven forever. Amen.
Leader: O Mary, conceived without sin,
People: Pray for us who have recourse to you.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Source: Association of the Miraculous Medal
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Potest Imprimi: William Condon, SS. CC., Provincial - Imprimatur: + Moses E. Kiley, Archbishop of Milwaukee
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
There are two ways -
First: we can impose sacrifices upon ourselves. Surely, if the little children of Fatima did, we too can endure deprivations in eating and drinking, in rest and recreation; we too can bear up with heat and cold. And why should we hesitate to imitate them even in their afflictive penances, according to our state of life and generosity?
Secondly, if we would do penance, we must accept the trials God sends in His divine Providence. These trials are a more perfect penance because they are unsought for; they are more effective more crucifying, because they are often constant and irremovable; they are safer, being proofs against vanity and illusion; they are the end of all the other sacrifices, the real purpose of the penances we inflict upon ourselves. Voluntary restraint paves the way for voluntary acceptance of every day trials:
- Trials through bodily sufferings: sickness, accidents, infirmities, age; even the inclemencies of weather and climate constitute an annoying cross;
- Trials on the economic side: in business, in the raising of crops, reverses, losses, failures, poverty and stress.
- Trials in the family: from the rearing of children, the insubordination of youth; the inevitable frictions, quarrels, differences, separations, the death of loved ones - all heavy crosses.
- Trials in intellectual and vocational pursuits: mental sufferings, worries, the hardships of learning, the tests and trials that are examinations, the anguish of the vocation problem, disappointments heartbreaks bitterness...
- Trials in the apostolate: the pastor toils and wears himself out only to reap indifference, forgetfulness, ingratitude.
- Trials even in the spiritual and interior life: trials in prayer, dryness, temptation, apparent abandonment by God...
Yet, to be of value, these trials must not only be endured, they must be accepted:
- With resignation, since they come from heaven, even if they are the result of the ill will of men, even if they are distateful and repugnant, even while we endeavor to rid ourselves legitimately from them. "Not my will, but Thine be done", should be the watchword.
- We should endure our God-given trials with love. The prayer of the children of Fatima before making or accepting a sacrifice can well be our prayer too: "O my Jesus, I offer this for the love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, for the Holy Father, and in reparation for all the wrongs done to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
- We should receive our trials with gratitude. "Yet more, O Lord, yet more", was the fervent reaction of the saints in the midst of sufferings. They realized that no better lot can befall the disciple and the child than that of resembling his Master and his Mother.
- We should bear our trials with the intention of applying the satisfactory merits of our sufferings to souls, to beg graces for them; we should offer our sacrifices for specific intentions, for the specific intentions recommended by Our Lady. This counsel is as sound theologically as it is simple in practice. It is sound, for in complying with it we can imitate the Divine Model und unite ourselvers with Him, offering Himself and His life and Passion for the expiation of sin. It is simple: even little children can understand und practice it. Parents and teachers fulfill their sacred mission when they teach their litte ones "to offer it up".
Saturday, August 25, 2007
We hail and adore the Holy Wound of Thy left Hand, and in this Wound we give to Thee the Poor Souls in Purgatory and all those in error and nonbelievers, those poorest of the poor who don't know Thee. For the sake of these souls, O Dearest Jesus, send many good workers into Thy vineyards, that they all may find their way to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We hail and adore the Holy Wounds of Thy Holy Feet, and in these Wounds we give Thee the hardened sinners, who love the world more than Thee, especially those who must die today. O Dearest Jesus, don't let Thy Precious Blood be lost to them. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We hail and adore the Holy Wounds of Thy Most Sacred Head, and in these Wounds we give Thee the Poor Souls in Purgatory and the enemies of Holy Mother Church, all those who today still make bloody persecutions on Thy Mystical Body. We pray Thee, O Dearest Jesus, convert them, summon them, as Thou didst summon Saul to Paul, that there may soon be one Flock and one Shepherd. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We hail and adore the Wounds of Thy Most Sacred Heart, and in this Wound we give Thee the Poor Souls in Purgatory, our souls and all for whom Thou wishest us to pray, especially all the suffering and oppressed, all the persecuted and abandoned. Grant to them all, O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Light and Thy grace. Fill all of us with Thy Love and Thy true Peace. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Heavenly Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary we offer Thee Thy most-loved Son and ouselves with Him, in Him, and through Him, completeley according to His intentions and in the name of, for and from all creatures from the beginning to the end of the world. Amen!
"My dear little soul, if you knew how much I love this prayer you would pray it often. You can save the WORLD with it!" (Words of Christ to Mother Maria Graf, Appenzell, Switzerland, feast of St. Maurice, 1961)
Imprimatur: Friburgi Helv., die 30.10.1964 R. Pittet, Vic. Gen.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I adore Thee as my first beginning; I aspire after Thee as my last end. I give Thee thanks as my constant benefactor; I call upon Thee as my sovereign protector.
Vouchsafe, O my God, to conduct me by Thy wisdom, to restrain me by Thy justice, to comfort me by Thy mercy, to defend me by Thy power.
To Thee I desire to consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings; that henceforward I may think only of Thee, speak of Thee, refer all my actions to Thy greater glory, and suffer willingly whatever Thou shallt appoint.
Lord, I desire that in all thigs Thy will may be done, because it is Thy will, and in the manner that Thou willest.
I beg of Thee to enlighten my understanding, to inflame my heart, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul.
Give me strength, O my God, to expiate my offenses, to overcome my temptations, to subdue my passions, and to acquire the virtues proper for my state.
Fill my heart with tender affection for Thy goodness, hatred of my faults, love of my neighbor, and contempt of the world.
Let me always remember to be submissive to my superiors, condescending to my inferiors, faithful to my freinds, and charitable to my enemies.
Assist me to overcome sensuality by mortification, avarice by alms-deeds, anger by meekness, and tepidity by devotion.
O my God, make me prudent in my undertakings, courageous in dangers, patient in affliction, and humble in prosperity.
Grant hat I may be ever attentive at my prayers, temperate at my meals, diligent at my employments, and constant in my resolutions.
Let my conscience be ever upright and pure, my exterior modest, my conversation edifying, and my comportment regular.
Assist me that I may continually labor to overcome nature, to correspond with Thy grace, to keep Thy commandments, and to work out my salvation.
Discover to me, O my God, the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.
Grant that I may prepare for death; that I may fear Thy judgments, escape hell, and in the end obtain heaven; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thee, the Father everlasting, all the earth doth worship.
To Thee all the angels, to Thee the heavens, and all the powers,
To Thee the cherubim and seraphim cry out without ceasing:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts.
Full are the heavens and the earth of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious choir of the apostles praises Thee:
The admirable company of the prophets praises Thee;
The white-robed army of martyrs praises Thee.
Thee, the holy Church throughout the world doth confess.
The Father of infinite majesty,
Thine adorable, true, and only Son,
Also the Holy Ghost, the comforter,
Thou, O Christ, art the king of glory,
Thou art the evelasting Son of the Father,
Thou, having taken upon Thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the virgin's womb.
Thou, having overcome the sting of death, hast opened to believers the kingdom of heaven.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Thou, we believe, art the judge to come.
We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.
And govern them, and exalt them for ever.
Day by day we bless Thee.
And we praise Thy name for ever: yea, for ever and ever.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, to keep us without sin.
Have mercy on us, O Lord; have mercy on us.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; as we have trusted in Thee.
In Thee, O Lord, have I trusted; let me not be confounded for ever.
V. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
R. And worthy to be praised, and glorified for ever.
V. Let us bless the Father and the Son, with the Holy Ghost.
R. Let us praise and magnify Him for ever.
Let us pray. O God, of whose mercies there is no number, and the treasure of whose goodness is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most gracious majesty for the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Thy clemency; that as Thou grantest the petitions of those that ask Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the rewards to come. Through Jesus Christ...
Friday, August 10, 2007
Whoever you are, Christian reader, that designs to approach the holy Sacrament of Penance, remember that you are going to undertake a work on the good performance of which, more than any other duty, your eternal welfare depends.
Therefore, retire apart from every external source of distraction, place yourself in the presence of God, and humbly adore Him. Represent to yourself that this may be the last confession you will ever have the opportunity of making. Let this reflection induce you to discharge every part of your duty, both as to the examination of your conscience, your sorrow for your sins, your firm purpose of amending your life, and the sincerity of your confession, in the most perfect manner possible. Begin by imploring the light and grace of almighty God, who alone can discover to you the malice of your sins, and give you true repentence. For this end you may pray as follows:
Supreme and adorable majesty, God of heaven and earth, I firmly believe that Thou art present, and that Thou seest me and knowest the disposition of my heart. I adore Thee, and render Thee my humble homage, acknowledging thee for my God, my Creator, and my Sovereign Redeemer. In testimony of this, my faith, I prostrate my soul and body before the throne of Thine infinite majesty, and offer Thee adoration which is due Thee alone. O Father of lights, who enlightenest every man that cometh into the world, send into my heart a ray of light, of love, and of sorrow, that I may know, detest, and confess the sins which I have committed against Thee! I desire to see my sins in all their enormity, and just as they are in Thy sight, I wish to detest them for the love of Thee, and to confess them with the same sincerity as I should be glad to do at the moment of my death. But, my God, this knowledge of my sins, and these dispositions of sorrow for them, and sincerity in declaring them to Thy minister, can come only from the hand of Thy bounty. Since, then, in Thy desire that the sinner should not die, Thou didst send Thy Son into the world to purchase his forgiveness, I implore this grace through the merits of Jesus Christ, who died upon the cross of my sins, and who is now sitting at Thy right hand, where He continually shows Thee in my behalf the wounds which he endured for me.
Mother of my God, who art so charitable to sinners that desire to repent, assist me by thine intercession. My holy angel, who hast been a spectator of all my crimes, help me to discover the sins which I have committed against my God. My blessed patron and all ye saints of heaven, pray for me, that I may bring forth fruits of penance. Amen.
Jesus, my God and Saviour, I offer Thee the examination which I am going to make, that Thy divine justice may be glorified in it. I look to Thee with confidence for the grace to do it well. Thus, therefore, in the spirit of charity, in order to please Thee, and to accomplish Thy holy will, together with every intention that can procure Thee the greatest honor and glory, I undertake it.
O Lord Jesus, lover of our souls, who, for the great love wherewith Thou hast loved us, willed not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, I grieve from the bottom of my heart that I have offended Thee, my most loving Father and Redeemer, unto whom all sin is infinitely displeasing, who hast so loved me that Thou didst shed Thy blood for me, and endured the bitter torments of a most cruel death. O my God! O infinite Goodness! would that I never offended Thee! Pardon me, O Lord Jesus, most humbly imploring Thy mercy. Have pity upon a sinner for whom Thy blood pleds before the face of the Father.
O merciful and forgiving Lord, for the love of Thee, I forgive all who have ever offended me. I firmly resolve to forsake and flee from all sins, and to avoid the occasions of them: and to confess, in bitterness of spirit, all those sins which I have committed against Thy divine goodness, and to love Thee, O my God, for Thine own sake, above all things and for ever. Grant me grace so to do, O most gracious Lord Jesus!
What thanks do I not owe to Thee, my God, not only for having created me, redeemed me, and called me to the bosom of Thy Church, but still more for having waited for my return, whilst I was wandering from Thee in the miserable paths of sin, for having so often pardoned me as I hope thou hast done this day, and for having preserved me from so many other sins, into which I should have fallen had I not been prevented by Thy gracious hand. But my enemies will not cease to tempt until death, and if Thou support me not, alas! I shall soon begin again to offend Thee more grievously than ever. Grant me, then, through the merits of Jesus Christ, the precious grace of final perseverance. This divine Saviour has assured me that whatever we ask in His name Thou wilt grant to us. I entreat Thee therefore, through all that Thy dear Son has suffered for me, never to let me forsake Thee any more. I feel the greatest confidence that, if I continue to pray for His grace, I shall obtain it, because Thou hast promised to hear our prayers. But I tremble with fear lest, in some unguarded moment, I should forget my dependence on Thee, fail to involke Thy help, and thus relapse into my former misery. Grant therefore that, under all my temptations, I may have instant recourse to Thee, by invoking the holy names of Jesus and Mary. Thus, O my God, I may confidently hope to die in Thy grace, and to love Thee for ever in heaven, where I shall be sure never to be separated from Thee, and to be consumed in the fire of Thy holy love for all eternity. Amen.
From: The New Marian Missal for Daily Mass by Sylvester P. Juergens, S.M., Doctor of Sacred Theology, Regina Press, New York, Imprimatur C. Eykens, vic. gen., Antverpiae, 24 Februarii 1963
Sunday, July 22, 2007
By the devout recital of this prayer for the above space of time, we may mercifully hope to obtain our lawful request. It is particularly recommended as a proper devotion for every day in Lent, and all Fridays throughout the year.
Ever glorious and blessed Mary, Queen of virgins, Mother of mercy, hope and comfort of dejected and desolate souls, through that sword of sorrow which pierced thy tender heart, whilst thine only Son, Christ Jesus, our Lord, suffered death and ignominy on the cross; through that filial tenderness and pure love He had for thee, grieving in thy sorrows, whilst from His cross He recommended thee to the care and protection of His beloved disciple, St. John; take pity, I beseech thee, on my poverty and necessities; have compassion on my anxieties and cares; assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries. Thou art the mother of mercies, the sweet consolatrix and refuge of the needy and the orphan, of the desolate and the afflicted. Cast, therefore, an eye of pity on a miserable, forlorn child of Eve, and hear my prayer, for since, in just punishment of my sins, I now find myself encompassed by a multitude of evils, and oppressed with much anguish of spirit, whither can I fly for more secure shelter, O amiable Mother of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, than under the wings of thy maternal protection? Attend therefore, I beseech thee, with an ear of pity and compassion, to my humble and earnest request. I ask it through the bowels of mercy of thy dear Son, through that love and condescension wherewith He embraced our nature, when, in compliance with the divine will, thou gavest thy consent; and whom, after the expiration of nine months, thou didst bring forth from thy chaste womb, to visit this world, and bless it with His presence. I ask it through the anguish of mind wherewith thy beloved Son, our dear Saviour, was overwhelmed on Mount Olivet, when He besought His eternal Father, "to remove from Him, if possible, the bitter chalice" of His future passion. I ask it through the threefold repetition of His prayers in the garden, whence afterwards with sorrowful steps and mournful tears thou didst accompany Him to the doleful theatre of His death and sufferings. I ask it through the stripes and sores of His virginal flesh, occasioned by the cords and whips wherewith He was bound and scourged, when stripped of His seamless garment for which His executioners afterwards cast lots. I ask it through the scoffs and ignominies by which He was insulted, the false accusations and unjust sentence by which He was condemned to death, and which He bore with heavenly patience. I ask it through His bitter tears and bloody sweat, His silence and resignation, His sadness and grief of heart. I ask it through the blood which trickled from His royal and sacred head when struck with the sceptre of a reed and pierced with His crown of thorns. I ask it through the excruciating torments He suffered when His hands and feet were fastened with large nails to the tree of the cross. I ask it through His vehement thirst and bitter potion of vinegar and gall. I ask it through His dereliction on the cross, when He exlaimed: "My God! My God! why hast Thou fortsaken Me?" I ask it through His mercy extended to the repentant thief; and through His recommending His precious soul and spirit into the hands of His eternal Father, before he expired, saying: "All is comsumated." I ask it through the blood mixed with water, which issued from His sacrted side when pierced with a lance, and whence a flood of grace and mercy has flowed to us. I ask it through His immaculate life, bitter passion, and ignominious death on the cross, at which nature itself was thrown into convulsions, by the bursting of rocks, rending of the veil of the temple, the earthquake and darkness of the sun and moon. I ask it through His descent into hell, where He comforted the saints of the Old Law with His presence, and led captivity captive. I ask it through His glorious victory over death, when he arose again to life on the third day; and through the joy which His appearance for forty days after gave thee, His blessed mother, His apostles, and the rest of His disciples, when in thine and their presence, He miraculously ascended into heaven. I ask it, through the grace of the Holy Ghost, infused into the hearts of His disciples when He descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues, and by which they were inspired with zeal in the conversion of the world, when they went to preach the Gospel. I ask it through the awful appearance of thy Son at the last dreadful day, when He shall come to judge the living and the dead, and destroy the world by fire. I ask it through the compassion He bore thee in this life, and the ineffable joy thou didst feel at thine assumption into heaven, where thou art eternally absorbed in the sweet contemplation of His divine perfections. O glorious and ever-blessed Virgin, comfort the heart of thy suppliant, by obtaining for me:
(Here mention or reflect on your lawful request, with the reservation of its being agreeable to the will of God, who sees whether it will contribute towards your spiritual good.)
And as I am persuaded, my Divine Saviour doth honor thee as His beloved mother, to whom He refuses nothing, because you ask nothing contrary to His honor, so let me speedily experience the efficacy of thy powerful intercession, according to the tenderness of thy maternal affection, and His filial loving heart, who mercifully granteth the requests, and complieth with the desires of those that love and fear Him. Wherefore, O most Blessed Virgin, besides the object of my petition, and whatever else I may stand in need of, obtain for me also of thy dear Son, our Lord and our God, a lively faith, firm hope, perfect charity, true contrition of heart, a horror of sin, love of God and my neighbor, contempt of the world, patience to suffer affronts and ignominies: nay, even, if necessary, an opprobrious death itself, for love of thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Obtain likeweise for me, O sacred Mother of God, perseverance in good works, performance of good resolutions, mortification of self-will, a pious conversation through life, and, at my last moments, strong and sincere repentance, accompanied by such a lively and attentive presence of mind, as may enable me worthily to receive the last sacraments of the Church, and die in thy friendship and favor. Lastly, obtain, I beseech thee, for the souls of my parents, brethren, relatives, and benefactors, both living and dead, life everlasting. Amen.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
- "May the most just, the most high and the most lovable will of God be in all things done, praised and evermore exalted."
- The Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity and Contrition (all four);
- "Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, O hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished chrildren of Eve; to thee do we sigh, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, O most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!"
- "We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin."
- "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here; ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide, Amen."
- (a) "The faithful who spend at least a quarter of an hour reading Holy Scripture with the reverence due to the Word of God and after the manner of spiritual reading, or
(b) "who read at least a few verses of the Gospel and further kiss the book of the Gospels, devoutly reciting one of the following invocations: Through the Gospel's words may our sins be blotted out - May the reading of the Gospel be our health and protection - May Christ, the Son of God, teach us the words of the Holy Gospel."
The last way to gain a plenary indulgence at the hour of death can be obtained by doing something only ONCE DURING LIFE. If we have done this one thing, then, for invoking the name of Jesus with a contrite heart and with resignation to death as wage of sin, we may obtain a plenary indulgence at the moment of death.
This one thing is to perform some special exercises of devotion in honor of the Immaculate Virgin Mary ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, in order to atone for blasphemies whereby the name and preprogatives of the same blessed Virgin are reviled, FOR EIGHT CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.
Our Lady's Confirmation
Moreover, each time that we make this practice we gain a plenary indulgence. This was proclaimed on June 13th, 1912, just five years to the day before Our Lady of Fatima appeared for the seocnd time.
In her apparitions Our Lady asked for reparation to her on the First Saturday of the month, and promised to COME AT THE HOUR OF DEATH to those who would do a certain thing on the first Saturday for ONLY FIVE consecutive months, namely:
Say the Rosary, receive Holy Communion in a spirit of reparation, and spend fifteen minutes thinking about one or more mysteries of the Rosary.
Three years after the apparitions of Fatima, Pope Benedict XV, without taking away the plenary indulgence each time anyone made an act of reparation in honor of Our Lady on a First Saturday, added the PLENARY INDULGENCE AT THE HOUR OF DEATH for those who would renew the practice on eight consecutive first Saturdays.
Does ist not seem that this devotion of the "First Saturdays" has more importance than some of us are wont to attach to it?
And it is so easy! Just fifteen minutes of thought, which might even be made and related to attending Mass; the Rosary; and Holy Comunion.
Extraordinary, isn't it?
Why don't YOU begin... next First Saturday?
Know all will happen?
Your life will change.
Blue Army of Our Lady, Washington, N. J. 07882, Imprimatur: Most Rev. Geo. W. Ahr, Bishop of Trenton
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
This devotion to Jesus Crucified owes much to the humble Franciscan lay brother, Fra Leopoldo, who died in odour of sanctity in 1922. Gifted with a deep sense of mental prayer, he became the confident of Jesus Crucified who inspired him the prayer of the DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED. Approved and granted indulgences, the prayer was translated into various languages and distributed by the millions of copies throughout the world. By granting extraordinary graces to those who practise it, God has shown that it was extremely agreeable to Him. In 1912, Fra Leopoldo became acquainted with Fra Teodoreto, a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools'Institute. Henceforth Our Lord revealed to his confident that He had chosen this Institute to diffuse the DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED.
Our Lord to Leopoldo: Go and write down that it is I, your Jesus, who has guided you when you wrote the words of the saintly DEVOTION / ADORATION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED. You shall tell the members of the pious Union that I love them immensely, that their work is rather light as compared to the infinite reward I have in store for them.
You could not have shown me more love than by distributing the leaflets of the Adoration, so that they reach generous souls who will make repartion to my Divine Person (10-X-1908).
When I ask you if you love me, I do not mean you only and directly. My wish is to be loved through the Devotion to the Most Holy Crucifix which I want spread throughout the whole world (1-1-1909).
The penance I give you is to make me loved throughout the whole world by means of the Devotion (13-1-1909).
In truth, I tell you, the homes where this Devotion is practised shall be blessed (19-1-1909).
After your death, I will show you all the souls who have obtained salvation through the Devotion. A soul dedicated to this saintly Adoration shall not be damned (1-V-1909).
Those who practise the Adoration of the Most Holy Crucifix with faith and love shall enjoy eternal happiness (23-VIII-1909).
Be it known to you, Leopoldo, that I, your tender love, Jesus Crucified, rejoice with a noble and sublime happiness at being glorified through you on earth when you instil the saintly Devotion / Adoration. If I desire so much having it known, it is that, without this Cross sanctified by my Precious Blood, nobody would enter Paradise (16-XII-1909).
You shall hear of the great marvels I will operate in those practising the saintly Devotion (18-1-1912).
I will give a very ardent faith to those who will practise the saintly Adoration and I will continue to feed them with it (7-1-1913).
Do you know why I love you so? It is because, in addition to your loving me, you make me loved as much as you can through my Devotion (19-XI-1908).
Leopoldo, as long as you practise the saintly Adoration, you may rest assured that no evil will ever befall you (18-VI-1918).
Continue working in my vineyard, strive constantly to spread my Devotion more and more, because it is my own. Remember that holy enterprise: instil and diffuse the saintly Adoration throughout the whole world.
The souls who love me shall find me near them in the saintly Adoration, and I will be their sanctification. Here are the graces and blessings I will grant profusely to my devotees. I will grant them the gift of tears, the compunction of the heart, and the food most necessary to their souls.
The Blessed Virgin Mary to Fra Leopoldo: You rank first among the merchants of the world because your product, the Devotion to Jesus Crucified, is so agreeable to God that it gathers for yourself inestimable treasures for eternal life.
ADORATION OF THE HOLY WOUNDS
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your left Hand. I beg your mercy for the poor sinners and for the dying, especially for those who are not willing to be reconciled with you.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your right Foot. I beg of You the grace that in all the clergy and among the persons consecrated to You may spring up numerous flowers of sanctity.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your left Foot. I pray to You for the liberation of the souls in Purgatory, especially those who during their lifetime were the most devoted to your holy Wounds.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of Heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your Sacred Side and I beseech You to bless all the persons who recommend themselves to my prayers, and to grant their request.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, your Holy Face has been disfigured by the wickedness of men and by our sins. You have taken upon yourself the chastisment that brought us peace. The crown of thorns lacerated your Skull, your venerable Brow, your Sacred Head, Temple of the Divine Wisdom. I love You and I adore You, Lord Jesus. The Wound of your bruised Shoulder, the Wounds of your torn Knees and those inflicted by your atrocious Falgellation are all mouths loudly proclaiming your love, amiable Saviour. I associate my humble life to your merits and sorrows, Host of Mercy, with You I offer myself to the glory of the Father. Amen.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, deign to enrich these prayers with the merits of your Passion. Grant me sanctity of life, the grace of receiving the Sacraments at the hour of my death, and eternal glory. Amen.
AFTER EACH ADORATION, SAY:
- Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, pray for us.
- My Jesus, pardon and mercy, through the mertis of your Holy Wounds.
- Eternal Father, I offer You the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to heal those of our souls.
PATER: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, an lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
AVE: Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with Thee, blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
GLORIA: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,world without end. Amen.
The Blessed Virgin Mary to Marie-Marthe Chambon: My daughter, my Son, your Divine Spouse, suffers no longer! He is resurrected and glorious. His Wounds are henceforth the source to which the souls will come to draw innumerable graces, and the dwelling where the most miserable will find shelter. Be prepared to worship these glorious Wounds.
If it is wealth you seek, you must draw them from the Holy Wounds of my Son. All lights from the Holy Spirit flow out of the Wounds of Jesus, but you will receive those gifts in proportion to your humbleness. You can easily free the souls in Purgatory and open to them the door of heaven by offering the Holy Wounds to God the Father on their behalf. If I am in heaven and also the other saints, we all owe it to the merits of the Divine Wounds of my Son. By exploiting these Holy Wounds, you too shall become great. It is through my Immaculate Heart that the Holy Wounds of my Son must be honoured.
The Blessed Virgin Mary to Fra Leopoldo: Those who like to worship my Divine Son, Jesus Crucified, gain merits not only from Him but also from Me, his Mother. I fill their hearts with the sweetest consolations.
Continue doing as you do now: love my Son and make Him loved through the Devotion to the Holy Crucifix, by inviting people to practise it. Your mission is to introduce the Holy Devotion / Adoration to the Most Holy Crucifix into all the Christian families, under the leadership of the Holy Father.
Our Lord to Saint Gemma Galgani: Behold, He said to her, showing her His Wounds, these are works of love; of infinite love! They show to what extent I have loved you.
Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis: Today, live within my Wounds, with my Wounds. They sadden you? See them in their glory. No other devotion is greater. They are all myself. They are my Heart, my Limbs, my Head. To love the Father and the Spirit, borrow my Heart; to love your Jesus, offer Him his Passion.
Our Lord to Marie-Marthe Chambon: Here is the source from which you must draw everthing; it is rich, especially for you. Just lie in the Wound of my Side. It is the Wound of my love from which very ardent flames spring up. Come into my Heart, you shall fear nothing. Stretch out your hand to gather my treasures. Take them because my Heart is overflowing with them. I cannot hold them any longer, so great is my desire to give them.
Our Lord to Josefa Menendez: Behold my Wounds, worship them, kiss them. Souls are not the ones who have inflicted them upon Me. It is love. Do you know who thrust this crown into my Head? It is love. Do you know who transpierced my Heart? It is love. Offer often to my Father the Blood from my transpierced heart. By their fidelity and love, may the pious souls know how to heal the wounds inflicted to me by sinners.
DEPTH OF THIS DEVOTION AS REVEALED BY PAUL THE APOSTLE
"Though Jesus possessed the nature of God, ... He laid it aside to take the nature of a slave and become like other men. When He had assumed human form, He still further humbled Himself and carried his obedience so far as to die, and to die upon the Cross! That is why God has so greatly exalted Him and given Him a name above all others... so that everyone should acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and thus glorify God the Father" (Ph. 2, 6-11).
"To those who are on the way to destruction, the mystery of the Cross is nonsense, but to us who are to be saved, it means all the power of God" (I Cor, 1, 18).
"Christ Jesus who died, or rather who was raised from the dead, is at God's right hand, and anctully pleads for us. Who can separate us from Christ's love" (Rom. 8, 34-35)?
AIMS OF THE DEVOTION
- To make reparation for the many outrages that Jesus Christ suffers from the impious, blasphemers, and unthankful, who would like to see Him banished from the schools, the families, and society.
- To awaken in the hearts sorrow for sin, gratitude and love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, and a desire to receive Him frequently in the Holy Communion.
- To obtain Christian life in the families, a good education for the young people, the converion of sinners, and salvation for the dying.
- To introduce everywhere the Holy Crucififx or the Holy Face of Jesus, as reproduced from the Holy Shroud of Turin.
The Union of the Most Holy Crucifix and of the Most Holy Virgin Immaculate, founded in Turin, at the House of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, by archiepiscopal decree of May the 9th, 1914, and placed under the high patronage of H. E. Rev. Mons. Angelo Bartolomasi, is an Association that has its purpose to awaken in Catholics, and especially in the Catholic youth, the spirit of christian piety, religious reparation and holy zeal. The Union includes three categories:
CATECHISTS, PROPOTERS, ASSOCIATES.
The Catechists teach the Christian Doctrine. They hold meetintgs and have special feasts and regulations.
The Promoters are the faithful who help in the work of the Catechists and do their best in performing what is herewith mentioned: 1 - Practise every day the "DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED" and work with zeal to diffuse by all menas this devotion, 2 - Receive the Holy Communion at least once a month.
The Associates are the faithful Christians who do their best to practise every day the "DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED".
In order to be admitted as Promoter or as Associate to the Union, it is necessary to send to the Presidency an application with the following indications: Name and Surname - Address - Category (Promoter, Catechist or Associate - He or she).
We pray the Lord to bestow his graces upon the Director and the members of the pious Union of the Most Holy Crucifix, canonically founded in Turin, because priests, through voice and example, and laymen, with sanctity of life, ought to always "Forget everything but Jesus Christ and his Crucifixion" (I Cor, 2, 2).
From the Vatican, January 18, 1915 - Benedict XV, Pope
THE COMPANIONS OF JESUS+, 3505, Bagot Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H1X 1C4, Telephone: (514) 376-8502
Friday, June 01, 2007
"Jesus has loved me and has given himself up for me" (Ga. 2, 20).
Chaplet of Mercy
This chaplet begins with the following aspirations:
- O Jesus, Divine Redeemer, be merciful to us and to the whole world.
- Holy God, Strong God, Immortal God, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
- Grace and mercy, o my Jesus, in the present dangers; cover us with your most precious Blood.
- O Eternal Father, be merciful to us through the Blood of your only Son; be merciful to us, we beseech You.
"MY JESUS, PARDON AND MERCY; THROUGH THE MERITS OF YOUR HOLY WOUNDS".
On the larger beads of the rosary we say:
"Eternal Father, I offer you the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ; to heal those of our souls".
ORIGIN OF THE INVOCATIONS
Sister Marie-Marthe Chambon, the humble lay sister of the Visitation of Chambéry who died in odour of sanctity, March 21, 1907, attests having received the two invocations together with magnificent promises from Our Lord Jesus Christ.
- I will grant all that is solicited from Me through the invocation of my holy Wounds. This devotion must be spread.
- In truth, this devotion comes not from earth but from heaven. It can obtain everything.
- My holy Wounds support the world... ask me to like them constantly, for they are the source of graces. One must invoke them often, attract others to them and instill this devotion in the souls.
- When you suffer sorrows, promptly confide them to my Wounds and they will be alleviated.
- The following aspirations must be repeated often to sick persons: "My Jesus, pardon and mercy..." etc. This prayer will soothe both body and soul.
- And the sinner who will say: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ..." etc., will obtain conversion.
- My Wounds shall heal yours.
- There shall be no death for the souls who will pass out in my Wounds. They give the true life.
- For each word of the Chaplet of Mercy that you will pronounce, I will allow a drop of my Blood to fall upon the soul of a sinner.
- The soul who will have honoured my holy Wounds and will have offered them to the Eternal Father for the souls in Purgatory shall be accompanied by the Blessed Virgin and the Angels at the hour of their death and I, in my radiant glory, will receive them and crown them.
- The holy Wounds are the treasure of treasures for the souls in Purgatory.
- The Devotion to my Wounds is the remedy to these times of iniquity.
- Fruits of sanctity pour out of my Wounds.
- By meditating upon them you shall acquire new food for love.
- My child, if you dip your actions in my holy Wounds, they shall acquire value; your smallest actions covered with my Blood shall satisfy my Heart.
- My holy Wounds must be offered to my Eternal Father. Through them the Church shall triumph, being helped by my Immaculate Mother.
Note: The leaflets are distributed FREE OF CHARGE to whoever asks for them. However all voluntary offerings to help promote the diffusion of the Devotion will be gratefully accepted.
The Companions of Jesus +, 3505, Bagot Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H1C 1C4, Telephone: (514) 376-8502
Monday, May 21, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Father in heaven, we come to you with our friend, Jude Thaddeus, to thank you for the gift of life, for the gift of faith, and especially for the gift of experiencing the love of Christ at work in us. Fill us with a spitit of joyous hope as we search for your will in our lives.
We believe in your fatherly love that has constantly been our source of strength in time of trial. Help us to realize that it is through these trials we triumph by the power of him who loved us and gave his life for us.
As we now ask for your mercy and grace, so we now forgive all who have injured us. We place all our failures to forgive and forget into your healing hands.
St. Jude, pray with us, that our trust in our heavenly Father may be unwavering.
Hear us and help us.
St. Jude, pray with us, that we may receive the gift of faith that moves mountains.
Hear us and help us.
St. Jude, pray with us, that we may persevere in asking for the light of the Holy Spirit.
Hear us and help us.
O God, the Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus was a faithful servant and friend of your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ. His name has been forgotten by many because of the name of a traitor who delivered our beloved Master into the hands of his enemies. But your Church honors him and invokes his intercession universally as the patron of those in difficulty who have found no other help. Grant that through Saint Jude's intercession we may know your will for us, have the strength to do it, and enjoy the consolation of your Holy Spirit as well as your blessings in time and in eternity. Heavenly Father, may Saint Jude intercede for us in all our necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your needs known). With him and all the saints may we praise you with your Son and Holy Spirit forever. Amen.
St. Jude Thaddeus, pray for us.
And for all who invoke your aid.
(Cum Permissu Superiorum) Dominican Fathers, Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, 1909 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60608
Monday, April 02, 2007
Let us pray:
O blessed Lady, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we ask thee to make intercession for Holy Mother Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their needs, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God, obtain for us from thy Son the grace of keeping our faith, a fervent hope in the midst of the trials of life, and charity to love God above all things and to love the least ones of God's flock. Amen
Taken from: Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Dominican Fathers, 1909 S. Ashland Ave. Chicago, Ill. 60608
Cum Permissu Superiorum
Saturday, March 24, 2007
"People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord anymore, for He is already too much offended!" (Our Lady of Fatima, Oct. 13, 1917)
"Continue the Rosary, my children. Say it every day..." (Our Lady of Fatima, Sept. 13, 1917)
"This (Brown Scapular) shall be to you and all carmelites a privilege, that anyone who dies clothed in this shall not suffer eternal fire: and if wearing it they die, they shall be saved." (Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1251)
Hail, Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. (Lke 1:28,42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God (Matt.&Lke 2:11),
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
I, N., a faithless sinner - renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faihful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.
(Saint Luis Grignion de Montfort)
Blue Army of Our Lady, Washington, N.J. 07882; Imprimatur Most Rev. George W. Ahr, Bishop of Trenton
Thursday, March 15, 2007
- Not to think unkindly of others.
- Not to speak unkindly of others, or to others.
- Not to act unkindly towards others.
There is a penalty attached to every violation of the rules, a double penalty, which consists of: (a) Saying a short prayer for the victim of our unkindness, and (b) performing some act of kindness toward that person that same day. If the latter is impracticable, a second short prayer will suffice. The prayer may be as short as "My Jesus, Mercy", or "Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine", or as long as an "Our Father".
Simple enough, isn't it? And how easy. Of course, we shall all want to join. And how much happier we should all be for it -- we, and all those with whom we come in contact. What must one do to join? Simply make up one's mind to be a member, and begin immediately to keep the rules.
Should anyone be sufficiently enthusiastic to want to spread the Fraternity, by trying to persuade his friends to become members -- as we shall all want to do -- he will by that very fact become an "Apostle of Kindness".
The Patron and Model of the Fraternity of Kindness is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, burning with love for all mankind.
The reward for the faithful observance of the rules, is, here below to scatter sunshine broadcast wherever we go; to be beloved by our associates, and, what is more important, by the Loving Heart of our Redeemer with all that this implies; and, then one day to hear those joyous words: "Come, ye blessed of my Father; possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for ... whatsoever ye did to the least of my brethren, ye did it unto Me."
A.M.D.G. - Nihil Obstat: T. K. Gorman, Censor Deputatus; Imprimatur: John J. Cantwell, Bishop of Los Angeles and San Diego
Frederick Pohlman, Campaigners for Christ the King, 1825 First Avenue, New York City
Friday, March 09, 2007
LET US PRAY
O God! the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, hear our supplications and through Thy infinite love and mercy graciously grant to the soul of Thy servant departed the remission of all his (her) sins by which he (she) may have deserved the severity of Thy divine justice and punishments in the world to come. Vouchsafe to his (her) grace and mercy before Thy divine Tribunal and let him (her) attain to everlasting rest and happiness through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer in Honor of the Five Sacred Wounds of Our Saviour for the Departed Souls
Go before our actions, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with Thy inspiration, and follow after them with Thy help, that every prayer and work of ours may begin from Thee and through Thee be likewise ended. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Eternal rest give unto them. O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
1. - We offer unto Thee O eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to Thee in purgatory, the most Precious Blood shed on Calvary from the wound in the left foot of Jesus Thy Son, our Saviour, and the sorrow of Mary, His Most Loving Mother, in beholding it.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Eternal rest.
II. - We offer unto Thee, O eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to Thee in purgatory, the most Precious Blood shed on Calvary from the wound in the right foot of Jesus, Thy Son, our Saviour, and the sorrow of Mary, His Most Loving Mother, in beholding it.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Eternal rest.
III. - We offer unto Thee, O eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to Thee in purgatory, the most Precious Blood shed on Calvary from the wound in the left hand of Jesus Thy Son, our Saviour, and the sorrow of Mary, His Most Loving Mother, in beholding it.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Eternal rst.
IV. - We offer unto thee, O eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to Thee in purgatory, the most Precious Blood shed on Calvary from the wound in the right hand of Jesus Thy Son, our Saviour, and the sorrow of Mary, His Most Loving Mother, in beholding it.
Our Faher. Hail Mary. Eternal rest.
V. - We offer unto Thee, O eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to Thee in purgatory, the most precious Blood and water flowing on Calvary from the pierced side of Jesus Thy Son, our Saviour, and the sorrow of Mary, His Most Loving Mother, in beholding it.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Eternal rest.
LET US PRAY
And now to give greater value to our feeble prayers, turning to Thee, most loving Jesus we humbly pray Thee thyself to offer to the eternal Father the sacred wounds of Thy most Precious Blood and Thy agony and death, and do thou also, Mary, Virgin of sorrows, present, togeher with the most sorrowful passion of thy well-beloved Son, the sighs, tears, and all the sorrows suffered by thee through His sufferings, so that through their merits the souls who suffer in the most ardent flames of purgatory may obtain refreshment and, freed from this prison of torment, may be clothed with glory in heaven, there to sing the mercies of God for ever. Amen.
Prayer For Our Benefactors
O Father of mercy and God of all consolation! have pity on the souls in purgatory, who sigh for Thee, the Fountain of Life. Look upon the face of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and on account of the mertis of His bitter passion deliver from their pains the souls of our Priests, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and spiritual and temporal benefactors. Remember, merciful Father, they are Thy children. Let Thy justice be satisfied by the great sufferings they have hitherto undergone. Let Thy boundless mercy remit their remaining debt, that being soon delivered, they may forever love and praise Thee in union with all the elect. O merciful Jesus, shorten through the merits of Thy holy passion the term of their suffering; and since they are unable to discharge their debt, do Thou redeem them by the value of Thy Precious Blood, that, released from their suffering, they may rejoice forever. Amen.
Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin, so that by Thy aid they may deserve to escape the judgment of wrath, and come to the enjoyment of beatitude in eternal ight.
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto Thee. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit. Amen.
Nihil Obstat ARTHUR J. SCANLAN, S.T.D., Censor Librorum - Imprimatur + FRANCIS CARDINAL SPELLMAN, Archbishop of New York - Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Cacella, 443 East 135th Street - Bronx, N. Y. 10454
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Arouse in our hearts some spark of that divine love which so inflamed your soul, so that we may desire nothing more than to please God all the days of our lives. And just as you were lifted up from the earth in ecstacy on hearing the sweet names of Jesus and Mary, pray that we, too, may detach ourselves from the things of earth, realize the vanity of the world, detest our sins and obtain pardon for them.
Strengthen our faith, O good St. Joseph, revive our hope and inflame our love, so that we may have Jesus always in our minds and hearts, and after a good Christian death may merit to enjoy His glory with you in Paradise. Amen.
Imprimi potest: Rev. L. E. Cotty, S.T.L. - Imprimatur: + James J. Navagh, Bishop of Ogdensburg, Jan. 25th, 1958.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
- Merciful Jesus, I consecrate myself today and always to Your Most Sacred Heart.
- Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore, that I may ever love You more and more.
- Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!
- Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
- Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.
- Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like your Heart.
Priests of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Monastery, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130, USA