Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saint Luke, Evangelist

Saint Luke the Evangelist from the Lindisfarne Gospels

Saint Luke was probably the author, or at least the source, of the Acts of the Apostles, as well.

Saint Luke, please pray for us!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Much Too Early To Speak Of Victory

But yesterday's rebellion by the bishops at the Synod over the issue of publication of the reports of the working groups, all of which contradicted the homosexualist language of the Relatio, was a heartening sign. It shows that the majority of the world's bishops are at least orthodox Catholics. It was a tactical victory, which one hopes will shift the momentum in Synod towards a realistic discussion of what can be done within the framework of unchangable doctrine (some coming directly from the lips of Our Lord Himself) with regard to pastoral care for the family in an age where all factors militate against it. But as Churchill said after the surrender of the remains of the Afrika Korps, it isn't the end. It isn't even the beginning of the end. Hopefully, it is the end of the beginning!

Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque

The Catholic Encyclopedia

The Twelve Promises Of Our Lord To Saint Margaret Mary For Those Devoted To His Sacred Heart

1-I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2-I will establish peace in their families.
3-I will console them in all their troubles.
4-They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially
at the hour of their death.
5-I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6-Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
7-Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8-Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9-I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10-I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
11-Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in
My Heart, never to be effaced.
12-The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall
receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace
of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without
receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that
last hour.

Read also the explanations of the promises by Father Joseph McDonnell, SJ.

The Secret of Saint Margaret Mary, translated by Frank Sheed

A Salutation To the Sacred Heart, by Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque

Hail, Heart of Jesus, save me!
Hail, Heart of my Creator, perfect me!
Hail, Heart of my Saviour, deliver me!
Hail, Heart of my Judge, grant me pardon!
Hail, Heart of my Father, govern me!
Hail, Heart of my Spouse, grant me love!
Hail, Heart of my Master, teach me!
Hail, Heart of my King, be my crown!
Hail, Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me!
Hail, Heart of my Shepherd, guard me!
Hail, Heart of my Friend, comfort me!
Hail, Heart of my Brother, stay with me!
Hail, Heart of the Child Jesus, draw me to Thyself!
Hail, Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross, redeem me!
Hail, Heart of Jesus in all Thy states, give Thyself to me!
Hail, Heart of incomparable goodness, have mercy on me!
Hail, Heart of splendor, shine within me!
Hail, most loving Heart, inflame me!
Hail, most merciful Heart, work within me!
Hail, most humble Heart, dwell within me!
Hail, most patient Heart, support me!
Hail, most faithful Heart, be my reward!
Hail, most admirable and most worthy Heart, bless me!

There is a more in-depth life of Saint Margaret Mary at Pierced Hearts

Saint Margaret Mary's Prayer of Consecration To the Sacred Heart

I, ( your name. . .), give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ my person and my life, my actions, pains, and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being save to honor, love, and glorify the Sacred Heart.

This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to Him.

I therefore take Thee, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death.

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God Thy Father, and turn away from me the strokes of His righteous anger. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in Thee, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty; but I hope for all things from Thy goodness and bounty.

Do Thou consume in me all that can displease Thee or resist Thy holy will. Let Thy pure love imprint Thee so deeply upon my heart that I shall nevermore be able to forget Thee or to be separated from Thee. May I obtain from all Thy loving kindness the grace of having my name written in Thee, for in Thee I desire to place all my happiness and all my glory, living and dying in true bondage to Thee.

Saint Margaret Mary, please pray for us!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saint Gerard Majella, Confessor

Patron of women in childbirth or having a difficult pregnancy (and also of good confessions).


Saint Gerard Majella, please pray for us!

Saint Hedwig

The Catholic Encyclopedia tells us about the life of this saintly wife of the Duke of Silesia.

Saint Hedwig, please pray for us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Saint Teresa Of Avila

Today is the feast of this great Carmelite reformer and mystic.

Prayer Of Saint Teresa of Avila To Redeem Wasted Time
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Thy sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that Thou, Lord, can, in an instant, turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that Thou canst do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Thy grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before Thee in "wedding garments." Amen.

Saint Teresa of Avila, please pray for us!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saint King Edward the Confessor

Model of Christian kingship!

Saint King Edward, please pray for us!

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