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Brother André to become a Saint

Montreal's beloved Holy Cross brother considered a healer by Catholics



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/02/19/montreal-saint-andre.html#ixzz0gF9FMtc6

 

 

Australian Catholics jubilant over news of first saint | Mary MacKillop

Blessed Mary MacKillop

News of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Mary MacKillop is being greeted with great excitement

Australian Catholics jubilant over news of first Saint

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=15681

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/100223/saint-mary-mackillop-pope-benedict?page=0,1  


   

  


    

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Abandon superficiality in favor of complete conversion, says pope

http://www.catholiccourier.com/cc/index.cfm/news/world-nation/abandon-superficiality-in-favor-of-complete-conversion-says-pope/

   


  

 AND GOD SAID "NO"


I asked God to take away my pride,

And God said "No."

He said it was not for Him to take away,

But for me to give up.


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,

and God said, "No."

He said her spirit is eternal,

While her body is only temporary.


I asked God to grant me patience,

And God said, "No."

He said patience is a by-product of tribulation.

It isn't granted - it is earned.


I asked God to give me happiness,

And God said "No."

He said He gives blessings,

Happiness is up to me.


I asked God to spare me pain,

And God said "No."

He said, "Suffering draws you apart from

Worldly cares and brings you close to Me."


I asked God to make my spirit grow,

And God said "No."

He said I must grow on my own,

But he will prune me to make it fruitful.


I asked God if He loved me,

And God said "Yes."

He gave me His only Son, who died for me,

And I will be in heaven someday

Because I believe.


I asked God to help me love others

As much as He loves me,

And God said,

"Ah, finally you have the idea."

.....by Claudia Minden Welsz

.

The battle for Catholic culture begins with us, and there is no time like the present to don the armor of spiritual warfare. We either believe and practice what the Church teaches or we live as part of the shadow church, falsely trading on the Name Catholic for its benefits without at the same time shouldering the crosses that this entails. Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

  


 

 Fallacies and Fashions

http://www.fallaciesandfashions.com/

 Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. - GK Chesterton

   


  

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The Infant of Prague and Childhood Innocence

                              http://gkupsidedown.blogspot.com/2010/03/infant-of-prague.html

  


 

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60-second reflections on the timeless wisdom of The Rule of St. Benedict.

 


Happy Mother's Day dear Mother Mary 

 


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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. 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.

 

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit

 

 

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

 


On my knees 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.

To be recited daily during the Novena

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

 

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 of 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.

(To be recited daily during the Novena)


FIRST DAY (Friday, May 14th)

 

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, May 15th)

 

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 (Sunday May 16th)

 

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, May 17th)

 

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

The Gift of Fortitude

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, May 18th)

 

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, May 19th)

 

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, May 20th)

 

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, May 21st)

 

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, May 22nd, 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

 

 


  

Blessed Mother in prayer

 

Catholic Prayers

 http://www.scborromeo.org/prayers.htm

 

  


The Miracle Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus, I accept Thee as my Lord God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit.

Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood, and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit, I love Thee Lord Jesus, I praise Thee Lord Jesus, I thank Thee Jesus, I shall follow Thee every day of my life. Amen.

Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.

Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word with all your heart, Jesus will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see.

Prayer © 1993 Servite Fathers, O.S.M.  

 


 

"JUST CHECKING IN"

 

A minister passing through his church 
In the middle of the day, 
Decided to pause by the altar 

And see who had come to pray. 

Just then the back door opened, 
A man came down the aisle, 
The minister frowned as he saw 
The man hadn't shaved in a while.

His shirt was kinda shabby 
And his coat was worn and frayed, 
The man knelt, he bowed his head, 
Then rose and walked away. 

In the days that followed, 
Each 
 noon  time came this chap, 
Each time he knelt just for a moment, 
A lunch pail in his lap. 

Well, the minister's suspicions grew,  
With robbery a main fear, 
He decided to stop the man and ask him, 
'What are you doing here?' 

The old man said, he worked down the road. 
Lunch was half an hour. 
Lunchtime was his prayer time, 
For finding strength and power.


'I stay only moments, see, 
Because the factory is so far away; 
As I kneel here talking to the Lord, 
This is kinda
   what I say: 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, 
HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. 
SO, JESUS, THIS IS JIM CHECKING IN TODAY.' 


The minister feeling foolish, 
Told Jim, that was fine. 
He told the man he was welcome 
To come and pray just anytime 

Time to go, Jim smiled, said 'Thanks.' 
He hurried to the door. 
The minister knelt at the altar, 
He'd never done it before. 

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, 
And met with Jesus there. 
As the tears flowed, in his heart, 
He repeated old Jim's prayer: 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, 

HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. 
SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME CHECKING IN TODAY.' 

Past noon one day, the minister noticed 
That old Jim hadn't come. 
As more days passed without Jim, 
He began to worry some. 

At the factory, he asked about him, 
Learning he was ill.

The hospital staff was worried, 
But he'd given them a thrill. 

The week that Jim was with them, 
Brought changes in the ward. 
His smiles, a joy contagious. 
Changed people, were his reward. 

The head nurse couldn't understand 
Why Jim was so glad, 
When no flowers, calls or cards came, 
Not a visitor he had. 

The minister stayed by his bed, 
He voiced the nurse's concern: 
No friends came to show they cared. 
He had nowhere to turn. 

Looking surprised, old Jim spoke 
Up and with a winsome smile; 
'the nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, 
That he's in here all the while
  


Everyday at noon He's here, 
A dear friend of mine, you see, 
He sits right down, takes my hand, 
Leans over and says to me:

 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM, 
HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP, AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.

ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, 
I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND SO JIM, THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN TODAY.'

   


  

 

The Liturgical Calendar 2010 & 2011

http://www.wf-f.org/LiturgicalCalendar-info.html

 


 

Local Priests from Rochester, NY

 Called to serve: The journey to priesthood

http://www.catholiccourier.com/cc/index.cfm/photo-video/meet-the-priests/

 

 


   

Atheism Aside: Peter Hitchens' Journey to Faith

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/July/Atheism-Aside-Peter-Hitchens-Journey-to-Faith/

 

 


 

Sub Tuum

We fly to thy patronage,
O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
3rd Century; Oldest Known Prayer to Mary

http://www.churchyear.net/motherofgodprayers.html

  

 


 

 

Baseball hat Benedict: Pope sports a very casual cap

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1297981/Peak-fashion-Stylish-Pope-Benedict-steps-white-baseball-cap-matching-robe.html

 

 


 

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DESSERT NUNS

http://www.desertnuns.com/

 


 

Culierski Family

http://www.cukierski.net/index.shtml

 


  

See full size image

 

  

Brother André to become a Saint

Montreal's beloved Holy Cross brother considered a healer by Catholics



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/02/19/montreal-saint-andre.html#ixzz0gF9FMtc6

 

 

Australian Catholics jubilant over news of first saint | Mary MacKillop

Blessed Mary MacKillop

News of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Mary MacKillop is being greeted with great excitement

Australian Catholics jubilant over news of first Saint

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=15681

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/100223/saint-mary-mackillop-pope-benedict?page=0,1  


   

  


    

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Abandon superficiality in favor of complete conversion, says pope

http://www.catholiccourier.com/cc/index.cfm/news/world-nation/abandon-superficiality-in-favor-of-complete-conversion-says-pope/

   


  

 AND GOD SAID "NO"


I asked God to take away my pride,

And God said "No."

He said it was not for Him to take away,

But for me to give up.


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,

and God said, "No."

He said her spirit is eternal,

While her body is only temporary.


I asked God to grant me patience,

And God said, "No."

He said patience is a by-product of tribulation.

It isn't granted - it is earned.


I asked God to give me happiness,

And God said "No."

He said He gives blessings,

Happiness is up to me.


I asked God to spare me pain,

And God said "No."

He said, "Suffering draws you apart from

Worldly cares and brings you close to Me."


I asked God to make my spirit grow,

And God said "No."

He said I must grow on my own,

But he will prune me to make it fruitful.


I asked God if He loved me,

And God said "Yes."

He gave me His only Son, who died for me,

And I will be in heaven someday

Because I believe.


I asked God to help me love others

As much as He loves me,

And God said,

"Ah, finally you have the idea."

.....by Claudia Minden Welsz

.

The battle for Catholic culture begins with us, and there is no time like the present to don the armor of spiritual warfare. We either believe and practice what the Church teaches or we live as part of the shadow church, falsely trading on the Name Catholic for its benefits without at the same time shouldering the crosses that this entails. Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

  


 

 Fallacies and Fashions

http://www.fallaciesandfashions.com/

 Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. - GK Chesterton

   


  

See full size imageSTANDING ON MY HEAD

The Infant of Prague and Childhood Innocence

                              http://gkupsidedown.blogspot.com/2010/03/infant-of-prague.html

  


 

See full size image

 Ave Maria Radio

http://www.avemariaradio.net/

 

 


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Catholic.net

 http://www.catholic.net/ 

 


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ONE MINUTE MONK

  http://www.oneminutemonk.com/ 

  

60-second reflections on the timeless wisdom of The Rule of St. Benedict.

 


Happy Mother's Day dear Mother Mary 

 


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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. 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.

 

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit

 

 

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

 


On my knees 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.

To be recited daily during the Novena

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

 

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 of 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.

(To be recited daily during the Novena)


FIRST DAY (Friday, May 14th)

 

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, May 15th)

 

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 (Sunday May 16th)

 

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, May 17th)

 

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

The Gift of Fortitude

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, May 18th)

 

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, May 19th)

 

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, May 20th)

 

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, May 21st)

 

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, May 22nd, 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

 

 


  

Blessed Mother in prayer

 

Catholic Prayers

 http://www.scborromeo.org/prayers.htm

 

  


The Miracle Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus, I accept Thee as my Lord God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit.

Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood, and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit, I love Thee Lord Jesus, I praise Thee Lord Jesus, I thank Thee Jesus, I shall follow Thee every day of my life. Amen.

Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.

Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word with all your heart, Jesus will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see.

Prayer © 1993 Servite Fathers, O.S.M.  

 


 

"JUST CHECKING IN"

 

A minister passing through his church 
In the middle of the day, 
Decided to pause by the altar 

And see who had come to pray. 

Just then the back door opened, 
A man came down the aisle, 
The minister frowned as he saw 
The man hadn't shaved in a while.

His shirt was kinda shabby 
And his coat was worn and frayed, 
The man knelt, he bowed his head, 
Then rose and walked away. 

In the days that followed, 
Each 
 noon  time came this chap, 
Each time he knelt just for a moment, 
A lunch pail in his lap. 

Well, the minister's suspicions grew,  
With robbery a main fear, 
He decided to stop the man and ask him, 
'What are you doing here?' 

The old man said, he worked down the road. 
Lunch was half an hour. 
Lunchtime was his prayer time, 
For finding strength and power.


'I stay only moments, see, 
Because the factory is so far away; 
As I kneel here talking to the Lord, 
This is kinda
   what I say: 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, 
HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. 
SO, JESUS, THIS IS JIM CHECKING IN TODAY.' 


The minister feeling foolish, 
Told Jim, that was fine. 
He told the man he was welcome 
To come and pray just anytime 

Time to go, Jim smiled, said 'Thanks.' 
He hurried to the door. 
The minister knelt at the altar, 
He'd never done it before. 

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, 
And met with Jesus there. 
As the tears flowed, in his heart, 
He repeated old Jim's prayer: 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, 

HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY, BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. 
SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME CHECKING IN TODAY.' 

Past noon one day, the minister noticed 
That old Jim hadn't come. 
As more days passed without Jim, 
He began to worry some. 

At the factory, he asked about him, 
Learning he was ill.

The hospital staff was worried, 
But he'd given them a thrill. 

The week that Jim was with them, 
Brought changes in the ward. 
His smiles, a joy contagious. 
Changed people, were his reward. 

The head nurse couldn't understand 
Why Jim was so glad, 
When no flowers, calls or cards came, 
Not a visitor he had. 

The minister stayed by his bed, 
He voiced the nurse's concern: 
No friends came to show they cared. 
He had nowhere to turn. 

Looking surprised, old Jim spoke 
Up and with a winsome smile; 
'the nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, 
That he's in here all the while
  


Everyday at noon He's here, 
A dear friend of mine, you see, 
He sits right down, takes my hand, 
Leans over and says to me:

 

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM, 
HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN, SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP, AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.

ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, 
I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND SO JIM, THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN TODAY.'

   


  

 

The Liturgical Calendar 2010 & 2011

http://www.wf-f.org/LiturgicalCalendar-info.html

 


 

Local Priests from Rochester, NY

 Called to serve: The journey to priesthood

http://www.catholiccourier.com/cc/index.cfm/photo-video/meet-the-priests/

 

 


   

Atheism Aside: Peter Hitchens' Journey to Faith

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/July/Atheism-Aside-Peter-Hitchens-Journey-to-Faith/

 

 


 

Sub Tuum

We fly to thy patronage,
O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
3rd Century; Oldest Known Prayer to Mary

http://www.churchyear.net/motherofgodprayers.html

  

 


 

 

Baseball hat Benedict: Pope sports a very casual cap

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1297981/Peak-fashion-Stylish-Pope-Benedict-steps-white-baseball-cap-matching-robe.html

 

 


 

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