Spirituality

Pat Rubush

For more information concerning Spirituality, email Pat Ruebush at

spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org

When we talk about spirituality, we mean the particular path that a person, an order, or an ecclesiastical community undertakes to reach communion with God and the sanctification of one’s soul.

Our first interest at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission is to help its parishioners  save their souls and fulfill the purpose of their lives.  In so doing, present happiness and peace is found.

We base this journey upon four pillars:  conversion, dedication to prayer, study of God, and charity.

The word conversion refers to a moral change where we orient our lives toward God.  In this way, we become capable of avoiding sin and we receive God’s endless peace and happiness.

Dedication to prayer determines our personal relationship with God and draws us into communion with Him.

The study of God enriches our conversation with Him.  It is through our reading and studying of the Holy Scriptures, the documents of the Magisterium, the Catechism, and other books that our spirituality deepens.

By following St. Francis of Assisi’s example, our community aims to live and experience love, attaining St. Francis’ mystical experience of God and becoming more caring of people within the community.

Calendar of  Spirituality Events


Adoration Chapel:

The Rosary: Weekday mornings at 8:30 am (prior to Mass) & 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. For July, the Wednesday 8:30 am Rosary will be for Priests (In the Adoration Chapel)

Eucharistic Adoration: Every Thursday after Mass.

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday after Mass

Located in the 2-door cabinet in the Adoration Chapel is an assortment of religious material for you to read while in the chapel. Please return it to the cabinet upon leaving. After hours Chapel Access for registered parishioners: Contact Pat Ruebush at 904-261-9347 or 904-225-7321 for the access code. You will be asked to provide your name, email and contact number.


Together in Holiness: A Catholic Marriage Conference that Inspires Spouses and Empowers Parents
Where: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Cody Enrichment Center 4152 Loretto Rd. Jacksonville, FL
When: September 15th, 2018 8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Registration: Early Bird through Aug. 6 $49/couple; $29/individual After August 6 — $59/couple; $35/individual

For information or registration, togetherinholiness.org or call 832-779-1070


Do You Know the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?
NE Florida nonprofit hospitals are joining forces to provide free training to 10,000 families and individuals in Mental Health First Aid. You are invited to learn about the warning signs of mental illness. How to help someone that shows these signs Mental health resources available in NE Florida – To find a class: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/

Rosary Rally for the Preservation of Marriage


On June 23rd, on the steps of the historic courthouse in Fernandina Beach, twenty -five parishioners from St Francis of Assisi and St Michael’s gathered to publicly witness their support and ask for God’s protection for the preservation of marriage – the life-long faithful partnership between one man and one woman for the good and the continuation of humanity. They were led in prayer by Deacon Art Treadwell of St Michael’s as they prayed the Rosary and other prayers to The Blessed Mother and St Joseph. This rally was sponsored by America Needs Fatima and was part of a nationally coordinated campaign where it was expected that 1,000 Rosary rallies simultaneously took place across the United States.

Dr. Mary Soha – Talk on Indian-Native Martyrs of Florida


July 25th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. As our Chapel is dedicated to Florida native martyrs, this lecture will be especially interesting.  For more information on Florida martyrs, check out:


http://www.martyrsoflafloridamissions.org/

http://www.martyrsoflafloridamissions.org/martyrs

http://www.dosafl.com/cause-opens-for-florida-martyrs-who-proclaimed-faith-at-all-cost/

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

FAITH STUDIES

Our faith study,  “Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues”, by Reverend Robert E. Barron begins on August 6th at 6:30 pm in the Cry Room and runs for eight weeks.

Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, glutton and lust: these “seven deadly sins” are patterns of dysfunction that keep us separated from God and ultimately lead to unhappiness. Join us as we embark on Bishop Robert Barron’s exploration of these seven sinful patterns and also learn how practicing countervailing virtues can break the cycle of sin.

To register, contact spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org or  (904)-261-9347 by July 25th.  The cost is $14.95 and can be paid prior to or at the meeting.

Starting on Monday, January 22nd  from  6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.,  we will begin our eight week study of  Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love  by Dr. Edward Sri. Meetings will include a DVD (approx. 30 minutes) and small group discussion. The cost of the  2018 Study Guide is $15.95  Please register by Sunday, January 14th by emailing spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org or calling 904-261-9347

For More on Dr. Sri

The Catholic World Report contains an interview of Dr. Sri on this study at http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/04/07/how-to-respond-to- relativism-with-logic-and-love/

Study of James: Pearls for Wise Living


James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Like the book of Proverbs, it is a book of wisdom, a collection of teachings on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life. These teachings speak loudly to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith.

The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.   James 5:1

There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor? James 4:12

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26

But no human being can tame the tongue-a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:8

You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.   James 5:8


Bringing Back Those Who Wander [From the Catholic faith/church]

It takes:

You working through trials joyfully You adding faith to works

You treating others with respect and leaving the judgment to God You living what you believe

You controlling your tongue You having a relationship with God

You speaking the truth in love, being sincere, and not grumbling

Jeff Cavins

If you would like to borrow the DVD set, James: Pearls for Wise Living, by Jeff Cavins & Sara Christmyer, email

spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org or call (904)261-9347.

Summer Spiritual Enlightenment DVD Series


“Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible”
“The Mass”
“Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”

“James: Pearls for Wise Living”
“Whom Am I to Judge?”


If you would like to borrow one of the above faith studies, please contact spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org or call (904) 261-9347

Women’s Book Club

The Women’s Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month from September through May @ 4 p.m. in the Cry Room. All women are invited to attend. Fiction & non-fiction books are selected by individuals in our group, who then lead the discussion for that particular book. Our readings offer an opportunity for you to strengthen your relationship with God resulting in a more virtuous life.


There will be no Book Club Meetings in June or July 2018


Discussion Wednesday, August 1st at 4:00 pm in the Cry Room

Open My Eyes, Lord by Marie Walter: Marie Walter will be leading our discussion. Open My Eyes, Lord examines through personal life experiences the concept of “God-incidents,” those special, yet sometimes subtle moments of transformation when we become aware of God’s presence. This book focuses on the beauty and power of God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s revelations to us through the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives. If you would like to read the book prior to our meeting, please call (904) 261-9347 or email spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org . All women of the parish are encouraged and invited to attend this exceptional meeting.


Discussion on September 5th in the Cry room at 4:00 pm

The Fulfillment of All Desire – A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of Saints by Ralph Martin. Just shy of 500 pages, this author integrates in his writing, the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis de Sales and St. Augustine. In addition to the book, there is a study guide, The Fulfillment of All Desire Study Guide by Ralph Martin with Emily Stimpson. It offers a brief summary of each chapter and includes questions for comprehension and reflection.

“This is a book to keep at your place of prayer for years to come. Ralph Martin has given us the fruit of years of study of the spiritual life in the great Catholic tradition. It is a treasure chest of quotations of the greatest writers on the journey to God. Careful reading and re-reading will be a source of powerful inspiration for all those on the spiritual journey”. Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C. F. R.

 

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of July 2018


Evangelization—Priests and their Pastoral Ministry:

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

Prayer of  Pope Benedict XVI (Excerpt):

Mary, Mother of the “Yes”, you listened to Jesus, and know the tone of His voice and the beating of His heart. Morning Star, speak to us of Him, and tell us about your journey of following Him on the path of faith.

https://W2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/speeches/s007/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe20070901_preghiera-loreto.pdf (for prayer in its entirety)

Mary, Woman of listening, open our ears; grant us to know how to listen to the word of your Son Jesus among the thousands of words of this world; grant that we may listen to the reality in which we live, to every person we encounter, especially those who are poor, in need, in hardship.

Mary, Woman of decision, illuminate our mind and our heart so that we may obey, unhesitating, the word of your Son Jesus; give us the courage to decide, not to let ourselves be dragged along, letting others direct our life.

Mary, Woman of action, obtain that our hands and feet move “with haste” toward others, to bring them the charity and love of your Son Jesus, to bring the light of the Gospel to the world, as you did. Amen.

Excerpt from the Address of Holy Father Francis on Friday, May 31, 2013// w2.vatican.va/content/Francesco/en/speeches/2013/may/documents/papa- francesco_20130531_conclusione-mese-mariano.html

The Novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost.

The Novena begins on the day after the Solemnity of the Ascension, Friday of the 6th Week of Easter, even if the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the 7th Sunday. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.


Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit (To be recited daily during the Novena)


On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.


Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (To be recited daily during the Novena)


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm


THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

FIRST DAY (Friday after Ascension or Friday of 6th Week of Easter)

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!

The Holy Spirit

Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared–sin? Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


SECOND DAY (Saturday of 6th Week of Easter)

Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Fear

The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

Prayer

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


THIRD DAY (7th Sunday of Easter or transferred Ascension)

Thou, of all consolers best, Visiting the troubled breast, Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


FOURTH DAY (Monday, 7th Week of Easter)

Thou in toil art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Fortitude

By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


FIFTH DAY (Tuesday, 7th Week of Easter)

Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!

The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth–in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, 7th Week of Easter)

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


SEVENTH DAY (Thursday, 7th Week of Easter)

Heal our wounds–our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


EIGHTH DAY (Friday, 7th Week of Easter)

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Saviour: “Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts


NINTH DAY (Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost)

Thou, on those who evermore Thee confess and Thee Adore, in Thy sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.

Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts

Divine Mercy Novena – March 31st – April 7th (Prayer Pamphlet Available in the Narthex)

“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209).

First Day: Good Friday—March 30th

“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me” (Diary, 2010).

Second Day: Holy Saturday—March 31st

“Today bring to Me the souls of priests and religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me the strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them, as through channels, My mercy flows out upon mankind” (Diary, 1212).

Monday, April 2: “Today bring to Me the pagans and those who do not yet know Me. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy” (Diary, 1216).

Tuesday, April 3: “Today bring to Me the souls of heretics and schismatics, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the church, my wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion” (Diary, 1220).

Wednesday, April 4: “Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I put out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is able to receive My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence” (Diary ,1220).

Thursday, April 5: “Today bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death” (Diary, 1224).

Friday, April 6: “Today bring to Me. The souls who are in the prison of Purgatory and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debit to My justice” (Diary, 1226).

Saturday, April 7: “Today bring to Me souls who have become lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will’. For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy” (Diary, 1228).

During the Solemn Novena leading to Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy should be offered each day for the day’s intentions.

The Divine Mercy Novena


Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

“These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.’ The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.”

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”


The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:


First Day

“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.


Second Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,

and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun “us” since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.


Third Day

“Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.” 

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.


Fourth Day

“Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “the pagans.” Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.


Fifth Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “heretics and schismatics,” since He spoke to Saint Faustina within the context of her times. As of the Second Vatican Council, Church authorities have seen fit not to use those designations in accordance with the explanation given in the Council’s Decree on Ecumenism (n.3). Every pope since the Council has reaffirmed that usage. Saint Faustina herself, her heart always in harmony with the mind of the Church, most certainly would have agreed. When at one time, because of the decisions of her superiors and father confessor, she was not able to execute Our Lord’s inspirations and orders, she declared: “I will follow Your will insofar as You will permit me to do so through Your representative. O my Jesus ” I give priority to the voice of the Church over the voice with which You speak to me” (497). The Lord confirmed her action and praised her for it.


Sixth Day

“Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of  Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.


Seventh Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is “victim” souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes “every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,”we recommend the “active” souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.


Eighth Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.


Ninth Day

“Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.” 

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen. 

https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm


OPENING PRAYER

Let us pray. Lord Jesus, you gave your life to show us how completely, how absolutely we are loved. It was not a swift, easy death, but involved prolonged suffering. We recall that death today, not only to remind ourselves of your love, but to call to mind the sins for which you died. As we follow the way of your suffering and death, we ask you to open our hearts and help us see where we have failed, where we have caused suffering for you, for those around us and even for ourselves. We seek reconciliation with you and with one another, and so we prayerfully join you on your final journey.


First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death

Pilate had the authority to execute Jesus or set him free. Unable to find evidence against Jesus, he sentenced him to death and then publicly washed his hands of the whole business.

Reflection: Have I condemned others to suffering, alienation and even death by my indifference or anger? Even though I believe people to be innocent, do I join the crowd to condemn them? Do I try to “wash my hands” of the consequences of my decisions, making excuses and pretending that it isn’t really my fault? Do I try to absolve myself and explain away my guilt instead of throwing myself on God’s mercy? For the times I have failed, Lord have mercy.


Second Station – Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Knowing what was in store for him, Jesus had to carry the instrument of his own suffering and death. Throughout his whole life, he embraced the pain and limitations of being human; now, for our sake, he would take onto himself the final trial of death on a cross.

Reflection: Do I accept the burdens, crosses and responsibilities of my life, or do I find little—and sometimes big—ways to get around them? Am I really willing to bear the cross of just being human, of always being dependent on my Creator? Do I thank God for what I have or grumble about what I lack? Am I a good steward of Creation itself, careful to protect the environment? For my lack of caring, Lord have mercy.


Third Station – Jesus Falls for the First Time

Under the weight of the cross, Jesus stumbles and falls hard to the ground. Despite the pain and growing weariness, he got up to continue on his way.

Reflection: Do I get so discouraged by my failures that I want to give up? Do I try to force my self to be perfect and then hide my mistakes from others? Have I forgotten that failure is an inevitable part of my life? Am I willing to pray to ask God for the courage I need to get up and try again? For times I have slipped up, Lord have mercy.


Fourth Station – Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

As their eyes met, Jesus saw the anguish of Mary’s heart. He did not turn away, even though he could not take away her pain, even though his death was part of the cause of her pain. Instead, he momentarily forgot his own suffering and tried to comfort her.

Reflection: Am I willing to face my family and friends in their difficult times? Have I offered support to others or have I shielded myself from the sufferings around me? Do I cherish my parents, giving them respect and carrying out my responsibilities toward them? For the times I‘ve turned away, Lord have mercy.


Fifth Station – Simon is Forced to Carry Jesus’ Cross

Humiliated and physically exhausted, Jesus accepted Simon’s help.

Reflection: Am I willing to accept the assistance of others with humility and gratitude, or do I resent the offer of help? When I see someone else in need, do I reach out to them or ignore their plight? Am I careful to offer help without acting superior? For the times pride got in the way, Lord have mercy.


Sixth Station – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Dripping with sweat and blood, Jesus’ face showed the strain of his ordeal. Although it did not rescue him from his predicament, Veronica’s gesture brought him a moment of relief.

Reflection: Am I willing to do what I can to ease someone else’s suffering, or will I give up if I can’t “fix” everything for them? Do I try in small ways each day to be thoughtful of others, or have I been wrapped up lately in my own concerns? For my self-centeredness, Lord have mercy.


Seventh Station – Jesus Falls a Second Time

Although Simon helped him and Veronica had just wiped his face for him, Jesus is overcome and stumbles again.

Reflection: Have I taken good care of my own health? Do I treasure my life as a gift from God not to be selfishly abused? Am I careful to avoid those times and places I am tempted to repeat particular sins? For my cooperation with evil, Lord have mercy.


Eighth Station – Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Jesus encounters a group of ritual mourners and bluntly tells them, “Weep not for me, but for yourselves and your children.”

Reflection: Am I willing to tell the truth whenever necessary, even though it may hurt? Have my prayers and religious observances been genuine, and not just for show? For my insincerity, Lord have mercy.


Ninth Station – Jesus Falls a Third Time

The third fall: suffering on top of suffering. Again the pain became unbearable and Jesus collapsed.

Reflection: Has the presence of evil in the world led me to become cynical? Do I make fun of other people and their values? Do! take my own faith for granted? Have I given regular attention to the praise and worship of God? For my lack of fidelity, Lord have mercy.


Tenth Station – Jesus is Stripped of His Clothing

As horrible as it is to imagine, Jesus’ clothing stuck to his open wounds. When they tore off his garments, knives of pain shot through his body.

Reflection: Do I cling to my possessions, career, and friends, making them more important to me than Jesus? Have I been honest in my acquisition of the goods I have? Am I willing to be completely dependent on God for what! need most? For times I’ve put faith in idols, Lord have mercy.


Eleventh Station – Jesus is Nailed to The Cross

The Roman soldiers could have tied Jesus to the cross, but instead they nailed his hands and feet. With hardened hearts, they gave little thought to their cruelty.

Reflection: Have I grown callous to others in my speech and actions? Have I come to accept human cruelty, no longer even being outraged by torture and murder? Do I engage in gossip about the misfortunes of others, or do I try to be a healing presence in the midst of tragedy? For my part in spreading pain, Lord have mercy.


Twelfth Station – Jesus Dies on The Cross

Jesus hung lifeless on the cross, having poured out the last of his vitality. He held back nothing, counted nothing more important than doing the will of God the Father. And he did it for us.

Reflection: Do I appreciate the life God has given me, or do I grow bitter with envy as I think about the possessions and relationships other people have? Can I see areas in my life where I hold back from God? Can I ask for the help to give my whole being in service to the Creator’s will? For my stubbornness, Lord have mercy.


Thirteenth Station – Jesus is Taken off The Cross

Stunned by all they had witnessed, the disciples took Jesus’ lifeless body down from the cross so it might no longer be subject to violation and scorn.

Reflection: Have I honored my promises and commitments? Have I done my share to uphold human dignity, even when it is unpopular to do so? Do I value all human life regardless of age, sex, race and other qualities? For my blindness, Lord have mercy.


Fourteenth Station – Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

With the stone rolled across the tomb opening, all was silent, finished. Those who had conspired against Jesus thought they had won the day. Those who had followed him thought all was lost.

Reflection: Am I willing to hope even when everything seems to be lost? Do I call upon God in the worst of times and offer thanks in the best? Have I let Jesus into my heart and my actions? Do I practice the works of justice and mercy? For the hardness of my heart, Lord have mercy.


FINAL PRAYER

Jesus, your Way of the Cross brought you to the silence of the tomb, but we know that was not the end. We also know that our sinfulness and shortcomings are not the last word, either. As the power of God raised you on the third day, we hope for a share in the salvation you won. Knowing fully what we would do and what we would fail to do, you offered yourself on the cross, For that we thank and praise you, and we come to you confidently asking for the gift of forgiveness. This we do in the name of God our Creator, Jesus our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit our Sanctifier. Amen

NINE FIRST FRIDAYS DEVOTION


When Our Lord appeared to Saint Margaret Mary in 1673, He promised to grant the following favors to all those who practiced devotion to His Sacred Heart:

12 Promises of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary:

1)  I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.

2)  I will give peace in their families.

3)  I will console them in all their troubles.

4)  I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.

5)  I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.

6)  Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.

7)  Tepid souls shall become fervent.

8)  Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.

9)  I will bless those places wherein the image of my Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.

10) I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.

11) Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.

12) In the excess of the mercy of my heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.


A veritable treasure chest of spiritual gems! And what does He ask of us in return?

How to complete the Nine First Fridays Devotion:

On the first Friday of nine consecutive months:

1. Receive Holy Communion on each of the First Fridays;

2. The nine first Fridays must be consecutive;

3. They must be made in honor of and in reparation to His Sacred Heart.

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 FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS DEVOTION

In December of 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucia, giving her the following guaranty of salvation for those who complete the First Five Saturdays Devotion: “I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”

Why Five Saturdays? The five first Saturdays correspond to the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

1) Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception.

2) Blasphemies against her virginity.

3) Blasphemies against her divine maternity, at the same time the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all men.

4) Instilling indifference, scorn and even hatred towards this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children.

5) Direct insults against Her sacred images.

How to complete the Five First Saturdays Devotion: 

On the first Saturday of five consecutive months:

1. Go to confession;

2. Receive Holy Communion;

3. Say five decades of the Rosary;

4. Keep Our Lady company for 15 minutes, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary;

5. Have the intention of making reparation to Our Lady for the offenses listed above.

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MONTHLY DEDICATIONS

The Month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus: Remember that when the priest gives you absolution, you have only 1 thing to think of – the blood of God is flowing over your soul to purify it and make it bright as it was at Baptism.

(St John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests)

St. John Vianney, Pray For Us

July is devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus.


In the past, the feast of the Most Precious Blood of Christ was celebrated on the first Sunday of July as confirmed by past Popes and recalled recently by Pope Benedict XVI in His speech after praying the Angelus on July 5, 2009.[1] He made special mention of Pope John XXIII’s apostolic letter “Inde a Primis” (dated June 30, 1960) which explained the devotion’s significance and approved its litanies.[2]    


The Old fulfilled in the New Covenant

Sacrifice is the highest form of religious worship which man offers to God as an act of praise, thanksgiving, petition or atonement.[3] The most singular and pre-eminent sacrifice of the Old Law was the immolation of the Paschal Lamb which celebrated the sparing of Israel’s firstborn from the fatal sword of the Angel of Death in Egypt at the time of Moses and Pharaoh.

The imagery of sacrificial blood from slain animals is made more vivid and meaningful if we recall Moses’ words from the Book of Exodus, “And he took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he said: This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.” (Exodus 24:8)

This old sacrifice took a new form in the New Testament when the Immaculate Lamb of God offered Himself on the altar of the Cross to redeem mankind from sin and the slavery of Satan. And during the Last Supper, Our Lord offered Himself in an unbloody yet real sacrifice when He uttered the following words:
For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.” (Matthew 26: 28) Truly, this “shedding of blood’ or “pouring out of blood” took place and forms one of the glorious mysteries of our Faith.[4]

 

The Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Catholic doctrine teaches the faithful that the blood of Jesus Christ is part of His Sacred Humanity and hypostatically united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.[5]
  • And as such, it is worthy of adoration and veneration proper to latreutical worship (cultus latriae) which is rendered only to God. In other words, we adore the human nature of Christ because of its intimate and eternal union with the Person of the Divine Word.
  • It is for this same reason that we honor the Most Sacred Heart or the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Devotion to the Precious Blood

This devotion is one of the most ancient of pious Church practices. It is said that the Blessed Virgin venerated the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as she collected the first relics of His Precious Blood on a piece of cloth. On that momentous occasion she united her tears with that of the Word Incarnate on account of not so much of the sensible pain but of His supernatural sorrow for the hard-heartedness of mortals.6]

It was the first of seven Blood-Sheddings of Our Divine Savior, The rest being:

2. The Agony in the Garden

3. The Scourging at the Pillar

4. The Crowning with Thorns

5. The Way of the Cross

6. The Crucifixion

7. The Piercing of His Heart


In his book, The Precious Blood, Father Frederick William Faber, D.D., calls St. Paul the Doctor of the Precious Blood owing to his evident fondness to preach on It in his epistles (Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12).

He recounts that the lives of saints are replete with devotion to the Precious Blood making special mention of St. John Chrysostom, St. Austin, St. Gertrude and St. Catherine of Sienna whom he considered the Prophetess of the Precious Blood for putting emphasis on It as the solution to the ills of her times.

Father Faber also remarks that the Precious Blood makes us appreciate more Christ’s redemption of mankind, His sacrifice and Passion.

It also makes us comprehend the beautiful doctrine and the august realities of the Blessed Sacrament as we kneel in front of the tabernacle in humble adoration.

Over time the Church gave Her blessing to the devotion by approving societies like the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; enriching confraternities like that of St. Nicholas in Carcere, in Rome, and that of the London Oratory; attaching indulgences to prayers and scapulars in honor of the Precious Blood; and instituting commemorative feasts of the Precious Blood, Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent and, since Pius IX, the first Sunday of July.[7]

Sadly, however, the feast was removed from the church calendar in 1969, the argument being that the cultus of the Precious Blood is included in the Mass and Divine Office of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Nevertheless, it is still laudable and salutary to continue to see the month of July as dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, just as Blessed Pope Pius IX intended it to be.[8]


From: https://americaneedsfatima.org/Our-Lord-Jesus-Christ/july-month-of-the-most-precious-blood-of-our-lord.html


 

The unique Heart of Our Lady never knew any love other than the purest love of God.  It never suffered from the multiplicity of superfluous thoughts, aimless desires and vain affections which usually fill and divide the miserable hearts of the children of Adam.  Her heart held one thought, one purpose, one will, one intention, one single affection and one desire only:  to please God and to fulfill in all things and everywhere His adorable will.

Excerpt from “The Admirable Heart of Mary” by Saint John Eudes, Translated from the French by Charles Di Targiani and Ruth Hauser   http://www.liberius.net/livres/The_admirable_Heart_of_Mary_000000374.pdf

The Fourth Fatima Apparition – August 19, 1917 On August 13, 1917, the young seers were abducted by the administrator of the town, who threatened to plunge them into boiling oil unless they revealed Our Lady’s secret given to them during the July 13 apparition. Independently, all three children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, refused to share the secret and were willing to become martyrs. The children were spared from the administrator’s threat. He freed them on August 15. Our Lady appeared to the three children on Sunday, August 19. A portion of her message: continue praying the Rosary every day. Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.

First Angel Apparition – Spring of 1916 Taught by the angel to the children: My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You. (This is commonly known as the Pardon Prayer.) The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of August 2017: That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

ROSARY: Soon the first A-bomb would explode only eight city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption where I was stationed in Hiroshima. To be a survivor of the first atomic bomb in human history, and to have felt its tremendous concussion within the most deadly one-mile radius, gives me the not enviable “advantage” of first-hand experience. Experts have told me that I “ought to be dead”. We all need and desperately want world peace. And what do we do to attain it? International conferences, economic measures, defense production, civil defense training. We do almost everything we can think of, except the most important thing: PRAYER.

 

 

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.


The Prophecy of Simeon

The Flight into Egypt

The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days

Witnessing Jesus Carry His Cross

The Crucifixion of Jesus

Taking Jesus Down from the Cross and Placing His Body in the Arms of Mary

The Burial of Jesus


Special Feast Days in Honor of Mary during the Month of September

Friday, September 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Tuesday, September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary 

Friday, September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows 

 

The Month of October is Dedicated to

The Holy Rosary


Join us in our Adoration Chapel to pray the Holy Rosary every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. Our Rosary is dedicated to your intentions as requested by you prior to our praying.

 

The Month of November is Dedicated to The Souls in Purgatory


  1. For the souls of all the faithful departed.
  2. For the souls of your departed parents and family.
  3. For the souls of your departed friends.
  4. For the souls whose memory has vanished from this world.
  5. For the souls that suffer the greatest torments.
  6. For the souls of those who died unexpectedly or without receiving the Holy Sacraments.
  7. For the souls of those who died in war.
  8. For the souls of those who died of epidemics or famine.
  9. For the souls that shall be delivered from purgatory this very hour.
  10. For the souls that have been long detained in purgatory.
  11. For the souls that did not give proper honor to our Lord.
  12. For the souls that most need prayer.
  13. For the souls of those who persecuted you in your lifetime.
  14. For the souls of those who did not assist others in their need.
  15. For the souls of those who long lived without forgiving their enemies.
  16. For the souls of those who showed great love of their neighbor.
  17. For the souls of those who did not give proper honor to Our Lady.
  18. For the souls that are in great need of assistance.
  19. For the souls that undergo severe torments for their sins against chastity.
  20. For the souls that suffer in purgatory because of me
  21. For the souls of those who suffer for having engaged in sinful conversations.
  22. For the souls of those who were particularly given to mortification and penance
  23. For the souls of consecrated religious who followed the rule in a very zealous way.
  24. For the souls of those who valiantly gave witness to their faith before others.
  25. For the souls of sinners who have become lukewarm.
  26. or the souls of those who received the Holy Sacrament rarely or with indifference.
  27. For the souls of those whose bodies lie in non-consecrated ground.
  28. For the souls of those whose bodies lie in your neighborhood cemeteries.
  29. For the souls of those who prayed little.
  30. For the souls of those who suffer for having been deliberately inattentive during prayers.
  31. For the souls of those who suffer for giving bad example to others.
  32. For the souls of those that leave this world this very moment.
  33. For the souls of those who die a disgraceful or tragic death.
  34. For the souls that are in need of the Church’s prayer because they committed a sacrilege or showed disrespect toward holy objects.
  35. For the souls that had a special devotion to the Most Holy Sacrament.
  36. For the souls that had a special devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
  37. For the souls of those who contributed to the conversion of sinners.
  38. For the souls of those who suffer because of their unyielding and arrogant attitude toward others.
  39. For the souls that atone for their disregard for legitimate authority.
  40. For the souls of those who suffer for having slandered, libeled or told calumnies of others.
  41. For the souls of those who sought their own excessive pleasure and luxury.
  42. For the souls of those who died regretting their sins but without making atonement.
  43. For the souls of the leaders who neglected their duties or abused their power.
  44. For the souls of those who worked for peace in the world.
  45. For the souls of those who contributed to the growth of priestly and religious vocations.
  46. For the souls of those who dedicated themselves to the education of the youth in piety.
  47. For the souls of those who supported missionary works.
  48. For the souls of the Marian Fathers and Brothers.
  49. For the souls of all consecrated religious.
  50. For the souls of popes, bishops, priests, and deacons.

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Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. (Roman Breviary)

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.


We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. Excerpt from Ineffabilis Deus-Pope Pius IX Dec. 8, 1854

On February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirious, at the age of 14, experienced the first of many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the feast day of the Annunciation, March 25, 1858, the 16th  apparition, Bernadette repeatedly asked the Lady her name, the Lady answers, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” This occurred approximately 4 years after Pope Pius IX had declared this dogma.


The angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women…You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus…” Mary answered, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:28,31,38

How does God send messengers to you in your life?

Do you listen?

How might you open your heart and your mind to hear God more clearly?


Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe in my womb leap for joy.” Luke 1:42-44

How is the Holy Spirit moving and working in you?

How are you responding?


“And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothing and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7

Is there room in your inn for Jesus and Mary?


When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thine own soul a sword shall pierce.” Luke 2:22, 34, 35

Have you ever felt like a sword has pierced you all the way to your soul?

How did that experience affect your relationship with God?


After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…And he returned with his parents to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. Luke 2:46,51.

How does Jesus carry on a dialogue with you? Is your prayer and study a dialogue with God?

Italicized questions by Amy Troolin author of “Rosary Meditations: Deeping and Enriching a Remarkable Prayer.”

 


Suggested Advent Reflections For You

The Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the

Blessed Virgin Mary The Annunciation The Visitation

The Nativity The Presentation

The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple


Golden Box: ARK of the Old Covenant

1. Traveled to House of Obed-Edom in the hill Country of Judea (2Sam 6:1-11)

2. Dressed as a priest, David danced and leapt in front of the Ark (2 Sam6:14)

3. David asks “Who am I that the Ark of of my Lord should come to me?”

4. David was shouting in the presence of the Ark (2Sam6:15)

5. The Ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for three months (2Sam6:11)

6. The house of Obed-edom was blessed by the presence of the Ark (2Sam6:11)

7. The Ark returns to its home and ends up in Jerusalem where God’s presence and glory is revealed in the Temple (2Sam6:12;1Ki8:9-11)

Mary: Ark of the New Covenant

Traveled to house of Elizabeth and Zechariah the hill Country of Judea in the hill country of Judea (Lk1:39)

John the Baptist of priestly lineage leapt in his mother’s womb at the approach of Mary (Lk1:41)

Elizabeth asks “Who am I that the mother of of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk1:43)

Elizabeth “cried out” in the presence of Mary (Lk1:42)

Mary remained in the house of Elizabeth for three months (Lk:1:56)

The word “blessed” used three times and surely the house was blessed by God (2Sam6:11) (Lk1:39-45)

Mary returns home and eventually ends up up in Jerusalem where she presents God enfleshed in the Temple (Lk1:56;2:21-22)

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The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus


This name is the cure for all diseases of the soul.

Are you troubled?

Think but of Jesus,

Speak but the Name of Jesus,

The clouds disperse, and peace descends anew from heaven.

Have you fallen into sin? So that you fear death?

Invoke the Name of Jesus, and you will soon feel life returning.

No obduracy of the soul, no weakness, no coldness of heart

Can resist this holy Name;

there is no heart which will not soften and open in tears at this holy Name.

Are you surrounded by sorrow and danger?

Invoke the Name of Jesus, and your fears will vanish.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

To pray to Jesus is to invoke him and to call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him.


Feast Days During The First Week of January


Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1

Most Holy Name of Jesus – January 3

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton – January 4

Saint John Neumann – January 5


Feast Days During The Second Week of January


The Epiphany of the Lord – Sunday

As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him: “Lord, take away my pride; crush my self-love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.”

www.josemariaescriva.info/article/the-epiphany-of-our-lord


Baptism of the Lord – Monday

Jesus’ gesture [of submitting to baptism] is a manifestation of self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude to the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as “his beloved Son.”

CCC 1224


Feast Days During the 4th Week of January


St. Francis de Sales – Wednesday

When we are beset by any particular vice, it is well as far as possible to make the opposite virtue our special aim, and turn every- thing to that account; so doing, we shall overcome our enemy, and meanwhile make progress in all virtue. Thus, if I am beset with pride or anger, I must, above all else, strive to cultivate humility and gentleness, and I must turn all my religious exercises—prayer, sacraments, prudence, constancy, moderation to the same object.St. Francis de Sales—Introduction to the Devout Life

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle—Thursday

We are only Christians if we encounter Christ. Of course, he does not show himself to us in this overwhelming, luminous way, as he did to Paul to make him the Apostle to all peoples. But we, too, can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ’s Heart and feel him touching ours. Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we truly become Christians. And in this way our reason opens, all Christ’s wisdom opens as do all the riches of truth.

“reading Sacred Scripture”—Lectio Divina

“prayer” – Rosary/Divine Mercy/Eucharistic Adoration

“liturgical life of the church” – Mass/Eucharist/Penance

Therefore, let us pray the Lord to illumine us, to grant us an encounter with his presence in our world, and thus to grant us a lively faith, an open heart and great love for all, which is capable of renewing the work. Benedict XVI, General Audience, Wednesday, 3 September 2008

https://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/audiences/2008/documents/hf_ben-xvi_aud_20080903.html

The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family


The Presentation of the Lord—Friday, February 2, 2018

“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34

…There is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church, and this is intensified by modern means of communication. But it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is destined to be a “sign of contradiction.” She does not, because of this, evade the duty imposed on her of proclaiming humbly but firmly the entire moral law, both natural and evangelical. Since the Church did not make either of these laws, she cannot be their arbiter—only their guardian and interpreter. It could never be right for her to declare lawful what is in fact unlawful, since that, by its very nature, is always opposed to the true good of man.

Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (#18) by Pope Paul VI http://w2.vatican.va/content/ paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html

…each individual Christian will be a sign of contradiction amid the al- lurements and maxims of this world, in the measure that he lives his Christian vocation. Excerpt from “A Sign of Contradiction” by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P. http://www.rosary-center.org/1148n2.htm

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This Monday, March 19th is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation,

and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love

with which you embraced the Child Jesus,

we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,

and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;

O most loving father, ward off from us

every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle

with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church

from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,

so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,

and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen


http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/prayer-to-st-joseph-after-rosary.cfm

The month of April is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “with the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

The Holy Spirit is the Person of Love in the life of God. He is also like a breath, an aspiration of infinite Love, from which we draw the breath of life.

On the day of Pentecost the Divine Spirit communicated such an abundance of life to the whole Church that to symbolize it “there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they (the Apostles) were sitting.”

But it is also for us that the Holy Spirit has come, for the group in the Cenacle represented the whole Church. The Holy Spirit came to remain with the Church forever. This is the promise of Jesus Himself. He dwells in the Church permanently and unfailingly, performing in it without ceasing His action of life-giving and sanctification. He establishes the Church infallibly in the truth. It is He Who makes the Church blossom forth with a marvelous supernatural fruitfulness, for He brings to life and full fruition in Virgins, Martyrs, and Confessors those heroic virtues which are one of the marks of true sanctity.

(The Mysteries of the Rosary, Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B.)


The Proper Name of the Holy Spirit

“Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the one whom we adore and glorify with the Father and the Son. The Church has received this name from the Lord and professes it in the Baptism of her new children.

The term “Spirit” translates the Hebrew word ruah, which in its primary sense, means breath, air, wind. Jesus indeed uses the sensory image of the wind to suggest to Nicodemus the transcendent newness of him who is personally God’s breath, the divine Spirit. On the other hand, “Spirit” and “Holy” are divine attributes common to the three divine persons. By joining the two terms, Scripture, liturgy, and theological language designate the inexpressible person of the Holy Spirit, without any possible equivocation with other uses of the terms “spirit” and “holy.”


Titles of the Holy Spirit

When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete,” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus. “Paraclete” is commonly translated by “consoler,” and Jesus is the first consoler. The Lord also called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth.”

Besides the proper name of “Holy Spirit,” which is most frequently used in the Acts of the Apostles and in the Epistles, we also find in St. Paul the titles: the Spirit of the promise, the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord, and the Spirit of God — and, in St. Peter, the Spirit of glory.

Excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church


Symbols of the Holy Spirit

Water. The symbolism of water signifies the Holy Spirit’s action in Baptism.

Anointing. The symbolism of anointing with oil also signifies the Holy Spirit, to the point of becoming a synonym for the Holy Spirit.

Fire. While water signifies birth and the fruitfulness of life given in the Holy Spirit, fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s actions.

Cloud and light. These two images occur together in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

The seal is a symbol close to that of anointing. “The Father has set his seal” on Christ and also seals us in him.

The hand. Jesus heals the sick and blesses little children by laying hands on them. In his name the apostles will do the same. Even more pointedly, it is by the Apostles’ imposition of hands that the Holy Spirit is given.

The finger. “It is by the finger of God that [Jesus] cast out demons.” If God’s law was written on tablets of stone “by the finger of God,” then the “letter from Christ” entrusted to the care of the apostles, is written “with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.” The hymn Veni Creator Spiritus invokes the Holy Spirit as the “finger of the Father’s right hand.”

The dove. At the end of the flood, whose symbolism refers to Baptism, a dove released by Noah returns with a fresh olive-tree branch in its beak as a sign that the earth was again habitable. When Christ comes up from the water of his baptism, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, comes down upon him and remains with him. The Spirit comes down and remains in the purified hearts of the baptized.

Excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Holy Spirit and Our Spiritual Life

Everything depends on the Holy Spirit’s operation in us. The more fully we allow ourselves to be drawn and guided by the Holy Spirit, the closer we shall come to Jesus and His mysteries and graces. The Holy Spirit must draw us to every good thought, word and deed. Every act of faith, of hope and of love for God requires the inspiration and help of the Holy Spirit. If our virtues and our deeds are to be truly perfect and worthy of God, they need the special and continual touch of the Holy Spirit. Even though we are endowed with all the supernatural virtues, we still remain mere apprentices in the spiritual life. We know what we must do; and yet lack the virtue and the faculty to perform these things with ease. The Holy Spirit must guide us. He must seize our intellect and our wills and guide us in prayer, in work, in the decisions we have to make, and in the difficulties we encounter every day. He must share with us His manner of seeing, of loving, of thinking, and of working.

Our works and our conduct will be perfect only when the Holy Spirit has taken complete possession of us. Therefore, in addition to the supernatural virtues of faith, hope, charity, justice, fortitude, temperance and wisdom, He gives us also His seven gifts. Thus He equips the tiny boat of our soul with sails upon which He Himself, the Spirit of God, blows. Our progress across the sea of life is then no longer slow and painful. We are propelled and guided by the Spirit. If the Spirit of God breathes upon the sails of our boat, then our journey will be a happy one. Then through the work and the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives in our soul, we shall come to the Father.

Excerpted from the The Light of the World by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.


Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest)

One of the most widely used hymns in the Church, Veni, Creator Spiritus, is attributed to Rabanus Maurus; (776-856). It is used at Vespers, Pentecost, Dedication of a Church, Confirmation, and Holy Orders and whenever the Holy Spirit is solemnly invoked. A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it. A plenary indulgence is granted if it is recited on January 1st or on the feast of Pentecost.


Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God’s hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow the Father and the Son to know; and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, with Thou, O Holy Comforter, henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.


From CatholicCulture.orgMonth of the Holy Spirit

May is devoted to our Blessed Lady 


Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope

The month of May (Overview – Calendar) is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).

This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.

The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order — by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church.

The practice was granted a partial indulgence by Pius VII in 1815 and a plenary indulgence by Pius IX in 1859. With the complete revision of indulgences in 1966 and the decreased emphasis on specific indulgences, it no longer carries an indulgence; however it certainly falls within the category of the First General Grant of Indulgences. (A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, adding — even if only mentally — some pious invocation.

Excerpted from Enchiridion of Indulgences.


Prayer of the Month – An Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Holy Mary, Mother of God and Virgin, I choose thee this day for my queen, patron, and advocate, and firmly resolve and purpose never to abandon thee, never to say or do anything against thee, nor to permit that aught be done by others to dishonor thee. Receive me, then, I conjure thee, as thy perpetual servant; assist me in all my actions, and do not abandon me at the hour of my death. Amen. — St. John Berchmans

The Month of Mary and the Popes

The pious practice of honoring Mary during the month of May has been especially recommended by the Popes. Pius XII made frequent reference to it and in his great Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy (Mediator Dei) characterized it as one of “other exercises of piety which although not strictly belonging to the Sacred Liturgy, are nevertheless of special import and dignity, and may be considered in a certain way to be an addition to the liturgical cult: they have been approved and praised over and over again by the Apostolic See and by the Bishops” (no. 182).

Paul VI wrote a short encyclical in 1965 using the Month of Marydevotion as a means of obtaining prayers for peace. He urged the faithful to make use of this practice which is “gladdening and consoling” and by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people are enriched with spiritual gifts” (no. 2).

In May of 2002 Pope John Paul II said, “Today we begin the month dedicated to Our Lady a favourite of popular devotion. In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a ‘Marian’ month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives!”


Devotion to Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, as Pope Leo XIII reminded us, is the soul of the Church: All the activity and service of the members of the Church, beginning with the supreme participation of the Blessed Mother in the work of the Church, is vivified by the Holy Spirit as the body, in all its activities, is vivified by its soul. The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, Advocate, and Comforter which Christ Himself sent to be our consolation in the sorrowful mysteries of life, our source of moderation in the joyful mysteries of life, our added principle of exaltation in the glorious mysteries of life.

So He was for the Blessed Mother; so also He is for the least of us; so also He is for the rest of the Church, even for those who are its unconscious but conscientious members.

Wherever there is faith there is the example of Mary, because she lived by faith as the Scriptures remind us….

If, then, piety is the virtue which binds us to the sources of all life, to God, to our parents, to the Church, to Christ, certainly Christian piety binds us, in grateful love, to Mary — or our acceptance of Christ and of the mystery of our kinship with Him is imperfect, partial, and unfulfilled.

— Cardinal John Wright


Mary and Our Spiritual Life

In our observance of the Marian month we should take into account the season of the Liturgical Year which largely corresponds with the fifty days of Easter. Our pious exercises could emphasize Our Lady’s participation in the Paschal mystery and in Pentecost with which the Church begins. The pious exercises connected with the month of May can easily highlight the earthly role played by the glorified Queen of Heaven, here and now, in the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

The following practices which are recommended by the Magisterium are offered as suggestions for honoring Our Lady during Her month.

The Regina Coeli

The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord’s humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah.

The Rosary

Also called the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Rosary is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God. Thus, “the Roman Pontiffs have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to the frequent recitation of this biblically inspired prayer which is centered on contemplation of the salvific events of Christ’s life, and their close association with the Virgin Mother.”

Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary

These consist of a long series of invocations to Our Lady, which follow in a uniform rhythm, thereby creating a stream of prayer characterized by insistent praise and supplication.

Consecration and Entrustment to Mary

The Roman Pontiffs have frequently expressed appreciation for the pious practice of “consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary” and the formulas publicly used by them are well known.

Louis Grignon de Montfort is one of the great masters of the spirituality underlying the act of “consecration to Mary”. He “proposed to the faithful consecration to Jesus through Mary, as an effective way of living out their baptismal commitment.”

The Brown Scapular and other Scapulars

The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer.

Medals

These are witnesses of faith and a sign of veneration of the Holy Mother of God, as well as of trust in her maternal protection.

The Church blesses such objects of Marian devotion in the belief that “they help to remind the faithful of the love of God, and to increase trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

The “Akathistos” Hymn

In the Byzantine tradition, one of the oldest and most revered expressions of Marian devotion is the hymn of the “Akathistos” — meaning the hymn sung while standing. It is a literary and theological masterpiece, encapsulating in the form of a prayer, the universally held Marian belief of the primitive Church.

Excepted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


The Litany of Loretto

Ave MariaThe Litany of the Blessed Virgin–also called the Litany of Loreto–is one of the many Marian litanies, or praises of Mary, composed during the Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds, in the life of the Church, is due its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto, which, according to tradition, was the small cottage-like home where the Holy Family had lived and which was miraculously transported by angels, in 1291, from the Holy Land to its present location in Loreto. It was definitely recommended by Pope Clement VII and approved by Sixtus V in 1587, and all other Marian litanies were suppressed, at least for public use.

Its forty-nine titles (fifty, or fifty-one, or even more, in some versions: with “Mother of the Church” and “Mother of Mercy” and being the ‘official’ ‘newcomers’ in recent times and which are included on the Vatican website version) and invocations set before us Mary’s exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty. Reflection on the titles of the litany, therefore, will unfold before us a magnificent picture of our heavenly Mother, even though we know little about her life.

In form, the Litany of Loreto is composed on a fixed plan common to several Marian litanies already in existence during the second half of the fifteenth century, which in turn are connected with a notable series of Marian litanies that began to appear in the twelfth century and became numerous in the thirteenth and fourteenth. The Loreto text had, however, the good fortune to be adopted in the famous shrine, and in this way to become known, more than any other, to the many pilgrims who flocked there during the sixteenth century. The text was brought home to the various countries of Christendom, and finally it received for all time the supreme ecclesiastical sanction.

Sixtus V, who had entertained a singular devotion for Loreto, by the Bull “Reddituri” of 11 July, 1587, gave formal approval to it, as to the litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, and recommended preachers everywhere to propagate its use among the faithful.

Excerpted from The History of the Litany of Our Lady


(excerpted from Catholic Culture)

The Month of June (Overview  Calendar) is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.

Understood in the light of the Scriptures, the term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The “Sacred Heart” is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.

Excerpted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


The Popes on Devotion to the Sacred Heart

The feast of the Sacred Heart was approved for specified dioceses by Clement XIII in 1765, and extended to the whole Church by Pius IX in 1856. In 1889 Pope Leo XIII elevated it to the rank of first class, and through an encyclical letter in 1899 dedicated the whole Catholic world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart was also an essential component of Pope John Paul II’s hopes for the “new evangelization” called for by the Church.

“For evangelization today,” he said, “the Heart of Christ must be recognized as the heart of the Church: It is He who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation. It is He who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes. It is He who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body. It is He who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life. It is He who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale.”

Here are some of the relevant documents: Leo XIII in his Encyclical Letter Annum sacrum (1889) on the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart; Pius XI in Caritate Christi Compulsi (On The Sacred Heart) and Miserentissimus Redemptor (On Reparation To The Sacred Heart); Pius XII in his Encyclical Letter Haurietis aquas; Paul VI in his Apostolic Letter Investigabiles divitias Christi (1965) and John Paul II in Message on the centenary of the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus(1999), in L’Osservatore Romano, 12 June 1999.


Scriptural Basis for the Devotion

Jesus, who is one with the Father (cf. John 10, 30), invites his disciples to live in close communion with him, to model their lives on him and on his teaching. He, in turn, reveals himself as “meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11, 29). It can be said that, in a certain sense, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a cultic form of the prophetic and evangelic gaze of all Christians on him who was pierced (cf. John 19, 37; Zac 12, 10), the gaze of all Christians on the side of Christ, transfixed by a lance, and from which flowed blood and water (cf. John 19, 34), symbols of the “wondrous sacrament of the Church”(St. Augustine).

The Gospel of St. John recounts the showing of the Lord’s hands and his side to the disciples (cf. John 20,20), and of his invitation to Thomas to put his hand into his side (cf. John 20, 27). This event has also had a notable influence on the origin and development of the Church’s devotion to the Sacred Heart.

These and other texts present Christ as the paschal Lamb, victorious and slain (cf. Apoc 5,6). They were objects of much reflection by the Fathers who unveiled their doctrinal richness. They invited the faithful to penetrate the mysteries of Christ by contemplating the wound opened in his side. Augustine writes: “Access is possible: Christ is the door. It was opened for you when his side was opened by the lance. Remember what flowed out from his side: thus, choose where you want to enter Christ. From the side of Christ as he hung dying upon the Cross there flowed out blood and water, when it was pierced by a lance. Your purification is in that water, your redemption is in that blood”.

Excerpted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


The Sacred Heart and Our Spiritual Life

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a wonderful historical expression of the Church’s piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work.

Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are numerous. Some have been explicitly approved and frequently recommended by the Apostolic See. Among these, mention should be made of the following:

Personal Consecration

Personal consecration, described by Pius XI as “undoubtedly the principal devotional practice used in relation to the Sacred Heart” (Miserentissimus redemptor).

Family Consecration

Family consecration to the Sacred Heart, in which the family, by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony already participating in the mystery of the unity and love of Christ for the Church, is dedicated to Christ so that he might reign in the hearts of all its members (Aliae concessiones).

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, approved for the whole Church in 1891, which is evidently biblical in character and to which many indulgences have been attached (Aliae concessiones).

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart

The act of reparation, a prayer with which the faithful, mindful of the infinite goodness of Christ, implore mercy for the offences committed in so many ways against his Sacred Heart (Aliae concessiones).

The Practice of the First Fridays 

The pious practice of the first Fridays of the month which derives from the “great promises” made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary. At a time when sacramental communion was very rare among the faithful, the first Friday devotion contributed significantly to a renewed use of the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist. In our own times, the devotion to the first Fridays, even if practised correctly, may not always lead to the desired spiritual fruits. Hence, the faithful require constant instruction so that any reduction of the practice to mere credulity is avoided and an active faith encouraged so that the faithful may undertake their commitment to the Gospel correctly in their lives. They should also be reminded of the absolute preeminence of Sunday, the “primordial feast” (Sacrosanctum Concilium), which should be marked by the full participation of the faithful at the celebration of the Holy Mass.

Excepted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy


Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

In the apparitions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus gives these twelve promises for those who are 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.

    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/06_1.cfm


Means to Our Spiritual Goal:


Participating frequently at Mass – Weekdays & Weekend

Receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation & Communion often

Eucharistic Adoration on a regular basis

Attending special liturgical celebrations

Prayer Chain

Praying the Rosary 

Praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

Lectio Divina

Bible Study

Faith Studies

Women’s Book Club

Pilgrimages

Prayer Ministry


Our prayer ministry, established shortly after the inception of our Mission Church, consists of volunteers from our community praying for individuals in need of prayers. Email* is implemented in case of emergency requests for prayers. A Prayer Chain is in effect with a goal of prayers being offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It consists of individuals committed to praying (traditional prayers, reading and reflecting upon the Scripture, the writings of our spiritual fathers, books on spirituality) one specific hour per week for the needs of the universal church, for public authorities and the salvation of the world, for those burdened by tribulation and for the community of St. Francis of Assisi, especially those requesting prayers. If interested, email spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org or call Pat, 904- 261-9347. *If you have no email, we will notify you by phone if interested.

FEAST DAYS

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Born in Japan in 1562; Joined the Jesuits; In 1596, ruler of Japan became suspicious of the Christian missionaries and outlawed Christianity; Crucified, pierced with a lance, on February 5, 1597, in Nagasaki with 25 other martyrs (location came to be known as Martyrs’ Hill); Beatified in 1627; Canonized in 1862

The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain. St. Paul Miki https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-paul-miki-and-companions/

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most tender Mother, pray for us sinners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, perfect model of virtue, pray for us sinners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, road leading to Jesus, pray for us sinners.


Well Known Carmelites:
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) St. Therese of Lisieux
St. John of the Cross


If you would like to borrow a book on one or more of the above saints, please call (904) 261-9347 or email spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”


Prayer for Us Today: “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

Feast Day, Wednesday June 13


A Letter to St. Anthony of Padua by Saint Francis of Assisi: 

I, Brother Francis, send wishes of health to Brother Anthony, my bishop. It pleases me that you teach sacred theology to the brothers, as long as in the words of the Rule you “do not extinguish the Spirit of prayer and devotion” with study of this kind. Argetwebsolutions.com/~friars/archive/ stfrancis/stf t ancis letter o anthony.htm

Brother Anthony of Padua was a former Augustinian religious, who entered the Order after learning of the martyrdom of the first friars. According to the Chronicle of the Twenty-four Generals, the friars asked Brother Anthony of Padua to accept the responsibility of teaching the brothers. Brother Anthony “did not presume to teach…no matter how urgent was the request of the friars, without first obtaining the permission of Blessed Francis.”


St. Anthony’s Teaching on Prayer


1. Obsecratio: Confidently opening one’s heart to God; this is not merely accepting a word but opening one’s heart to God’s presence.

2. Oratio: Speaking with him affectionately, seeing him present with oneself

3. Postulatio: Presenting our needs to him

4. Gratiarum action: Praising and thanking him


Quotes:


“If you want to see the face of Christ, stop and collect your thoughts in silence, and close the door of your soul to the noise of external things.”

St. Anthony of Padua

“The life of the body is the soul; the life of the soul is God.”

St. Anthony of Padua http://www.st-anthony-medal.com/quotes-of-saint-anthony- padua.htm

 

Friday, June 8th – The Sacred Heart of Jesus


Saturday, June 9th – Immaculate Heart of Mary


“O Heart of Jesus living in Mary and by Mary! O Heart of Mary Living in Jesus and for Jesus! O sweet union of these two hearts! Blessed be the God of love Who united Them together! May He unite our hearts to these two Hearts, and may He make these Hearts live in unity in the honor of the sacred unity which exists in the three divine Persons”.

http://www.liberius.net/livres/

The_admirable_Heart_of_Mary_000000374.pdf

St. Joseph the Worker Tuesday, May 1st


Father, in your provident love you have chosen St. Joseph to be the custodian of your Son made man, to surround Him with fatherly love and give us an example of working for a livelihood. Though a descendant of the royal stock of David, he earned his daily bread by the sweat of his brow. Encouraged and consoled by living with Jesus and Mary, he ennobled human toil; practic- ing his trade with zeal and remarkable virtue, he became the teacher of work to Christ the Lord, who did not disdain to be called the son of a carpenter

Lending Library


The Book of Virtues – A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, Edited, with Commentary, by William J. Bennett.

Books from the Joshua Series by Joseph F. Girzone: Joshua, Joshua and the Children, Joshua in the Holy Land

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski—Divine Mercy in My Soul

To borrow these books, Phone (904) 261-9347 or email  spirituality@stfrancisyulee.org

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