CATHOLIC
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

 



 Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven

"Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven." --Saint Pope Pius X

Saint Teresa of Jesus Jornet

Teresa Jornet e Ibars (January 9, 1843-August 26, 1897) was the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly better known as the Little Sisters of the Poor (not to be confused with another congregation of the same English name, the Little Sisters of the Poor, founded in France by St. Jeanne Jugan). She was born to a Catalan farm family, Francisco Jornet and his wife, Antonieta Ibars.

From a young age, Teresa demonstrated a strong concern for the poor, often bringing them to the home of an aunt, where they were sure to receive assistance. She later moved to the nearby city of Lleida, living with another aunt, as she pursued her education. She began a teaching career in Barcelona's suburbs, but felt drawn to the monastic life. She applied for admission to the Poor Clares near Burgos, but anti-clerical laws then in effect prevented her from entering religious life. Thus, Teresa devoted herself to her teaching, and became a Carmelite tertiary to develop her spiritual life. After Teresa's father died, she contracted a severe illness which kept her homebound for a prolonged period.

Her spiritual director, the Reverend Saturnino López y Novoa, encouraged Teresa to undertake the care of the many elderly people of the region who were living in solitude and poverty. This answered a strong sense of futility Teresa had been feeling in her life, and she accepted the challenge.

In 1872, she opened the first house to this end in the city of Barbastro. Among the small group of helpers who enabled this was her own sister, María. On January 27 of the following year, this small group took the habit and became a religious congregation, with Teresa taking the name of the great foundress of the Carmelite Order to which she had previously belonged, Teresa of Jesus. She was elected the first superior of the new community.

The new community's members dedicated themselves to the care of their aged charges. Mother Teresa of Jesus taught her Sisters to sacrifice their own personal comforts for that of the men and women for whom they cared, to the point of denying themselves even coats in the winter, which could be given to them. In addition to her intense commitment, she was noted for a strong air of serenity all her life, all of which drew many young women to join in her work.

An outbreak of cholera hit Spain in 1897. Teresa joined other members of the congregation in their non-stop care of the victims of this plague. By the time it had ended, twenty-four Little Sisters and seventy of their patients had succumbed to the disease. Worn out by this effort, Teresa retired to the house in Liria, south of Valencia. It was there that she died, on August 26. By the time of her death, the congregation had grown to fifty houses.

Pope Pius XII beatified her in 1958 and she was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI in 1974. Her feastday is celebrated on August 26, the anniversary of her death.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  SAINT TERESA OF JESUS JORNET, PLEASE PRAY FOR US [STAT YOUR PRAYER.]

 

 

MASS READINGS FOR TODAY

Friday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time

First Letter to the Corinthians 1:17-25.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside."
Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.



Psalms 33(32):1-2.4-5.10ab.11.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
Praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
With the ten stringed lyre chant his praises

For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.

The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations;
He foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
The design of his heart, through all generations.





Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 25:1-13.
Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.'
While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!'
But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

____________

Commentary of the day
Saint Theodore the Studite (759-826), monk at Constantinople
Small Catechism, no. 130 (Migne 1993, p. 279)

Every time is the right time

       My brothers, there is a time for sowing and a time for harvesting, a time for peace and another for war, a time for labor and another for rest (cf. Eccl 3). But all times are right and every journey is worthwhile for the salvation of the soul, at least if we wish it to be. Therefore, let us always be moving towards the good, ready to move, full of eagerness, putting words into deeds. For, says the apostle Paul, “it is not those who hear the law who are just in the sight of God; rather, those who observe the law will be justified” (Rom 2:13)… Is this the time for spiritual warfare? Then we should fight vigorously and pursue with God’s aid the devilish thoughts that rise up inside us. If, on the other hand, it is time for spiritual harvest, we should enthusiastically gather in the crops and collet together into spiritual barns provisions for eternal life…

       It is always the time for prayer, for tears, for reconciliation after a failing, always time to take the Kingdom of heaven by storm. Why delay? Why set aside till later? Why put off our improvement from day to day? “For the world in its present form is passing away” (1Cor 7:31)… Are we going to live forever?... Doesn’t the example of the ten virgins make us tremble? “The Bridegroom is coming,” says the Gospel, “go out to meet him.” And the wise virgins went out to meet him with lamps alight and went in to the wedding feast; whereas the foolish virgins, delayed by their lack of good works, cried out: “Lord, Lord, open the door for us. But he said in reply: Amen, I say to you, I do not know you” and he added: “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” So we should stay awake and rouse the soul to soberness, compunction, holiness, purification and illumination so as to prevent death from shutting the door and no one being there to open it to us or help us.

 

 

ST. LOUIS, KING

FEAST DAY:  AUGUST 25TH

[Butlers Lives of the Saints] 

The mother of Louis told him she would rather see him die than commit a mortal sin, and he never forgot her words. King of France at the age of twelve, he made the defence of God’s honor the aim of his life. Before two years, he had crushed the Albigensian heretics, and forced them by stringent penalties to respect the Catholic faith. Amidst the cares of government, he daily recited the Divine Office and heard two Masses, and the most glorious churches in France are still monuments of his piety. When his courtiers remonstrated with Louis for his law that blasphemers should be branded on the lips; he replied, “I would willingly have my own lips branded to root out blasphemy from my kingdom.” The fearless protector of the weak and the oppressed, he was chosen to arbitrate in all the great feuds of his age between the Pope and the Emperor, between Henry III. and the English barons. In 1248, to rescue the land which Christ had trod, he gathered round him  the chivalry of France, and embarked for the East. There, before the infidel, in victory or defeat, on the bed of sickness or a captive in chains, Louis showed himself ever the same, the first, the best, and the bravest of Christian knights.  When a captive at Damietta, an Emir rushed into his tent brandishing a dagger red with the blood of the Sultan, and threatened to stab him also unless he would make him a knight, as the Emperor Frederick had Facardin. Louis calmly replied that no unbeliever could perform the duties of a Christian knight. in the same captivity, he was offered his liberty on terms lawful in themselves, but enforced by an oath which implied a blasphemy, and though the infidels held their swords’ points at his throat, and threatened a massacre of the Christians, Louis inflexibly refused. The death of his mother recalled him to France; but when order was restablished, he again set forth on a second crusade. In August, 1270, his army landed at Tunis, and, though victorious over the enemy, succumbed to a malignant fever. Louis was one of the victims. He received the Viaticuin kneeling by his camp-bed, and gave up his life with the same joy that he had given all else for the honor of God.

 

REFLECTION:  If we cannot imitate St. Louis in dying for the honor of God, we can at least resemble him in resenting the blasphemies offered against God by the infidel, the heretic, and the scoffer.

 

MORE INFORMATION ON SAINT LOUIS OF FRANCE FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  SAINT LOUIS, PLEASE PRAY FOR THE END OF ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES AND PROLIFE PRESIDENT.  [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]

 

 

ST. BARTHOLOMEW, APOSTLE.

FEAST DAY: AUGUST 24TH

SAINT BARTHOLOMEW was one of the twelve who were called to the Apostolate by our Blessed Lord Himself. Several learned interpreters of the Holy Scripture take this Apostle to have been the same as Nathaniel, a native of Cana, in Galilee, a doctor in the Jewish law, and one of the seventy-two disciples of Christ, to whom he was conducted by St. Philip, and whose innocence and simplicity of heart deserved to be celebrated with the highest eulogium by the divine mouth of our Redeemer. He is mentioned among the disciples who were met together in prayer after Christ’s ascension, and he received the Holy Ghost with the rest. Being eminently qualified by the Divine Grace to discharge the functions of an apostle, he carried the Gospel through the most barbarous countries of the East, penetrating into the remoter Indies. He then returned again  into the northwest part of Asia, and met St. Philip at Hierapolis, in Phrygia. Hence he travelled into Lycaonia, where he instructed the people in the Christian faith; but we know not even the names of many of the countries in which he preached. St. Bartholomew’s last removal was into Great Armenia, where, preaching in a place obstinately addicted to the worship of idols, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom. The modern Greek historians say that he was condemned by the governor of Albanopolis to be crucified. Others affirm that he was flayed alive, which might well enough consist with his crucifixion, this double punishment being in use not only in Egypt, but also among the Persians.

REFLECTI0N.—The characteristic virtue of the apostles was zeal for the divine glory, the first property of the love of God. A soldier is always ready to defend the honor of his prince, and a son that of his father; and can a Christian say he loves God who is indifferent to His honor?

INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Today ask Saint Bartholomew to intercede with God for your needs.

MORE ON SAINT BARTHOLOMEW FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS

 

 
 
 

ST. ROSE OF LIMA

FEAST DAY: AUGUST 23RD

[Butler's Lives of the Saints]

 THIS lovely flower of sanctity, the first canonized Saint of the New World, was born at Lima in 1586. She was christened Isabel, but the beauty of her infant face earned for her the title of Rose, which she ever after bore. As a child, while still in the cradle, her silence under a painful surgical operation proved  the thirst for suffering already consuming her heart. At an early age she took service to support her impoverished parents, and worked for them day and night. In spite of hardships and austerities, her beauty ripened with increasing age, and she was much and openly admired. From fear of vanity she cut off her hair, blistered her face with pepper and her hands with lime. For further security she enrolled herself in the Third Order of St. Dominic, took St. Catherine of Siena as her model, and redoubled her penance. Her cell was a garden hut, her couch a box of broken tiles. Under her habit Rose wore a hair-shirt studded with iron nails, while, concealed by her veil, a silver crown armed with ninety points encircled her head. More than once, when she shuddered at the prospect of a night of torture, a voice said, "My Cross was yet more painful." The Blessed Sacrament seemed almost her only food. Her love for it was intense. When the Dutch fleet prepared to attack the town, Rose took her place before the tabernacle, and wept that she was not worthy to die in its defence. All her sufferings were offered for the conversion of sinners, and the thought of the multitudes in hell was ever before her soul. She died A.D. 1617, at the age of thirty-one.

REFLECTION.—Rose, pure as driven snow, was filled with deepest contrition and humility, and did constant and terrible penance. Our sins are continual, our repentance passing, our contrition slight, our penance nothing. How will it fare with us ?

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  SAINT ROSE, PLEASE PRAY FOR MY REQUEST [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST.]

 

LITANY IN HONOUR OF
SAINT ROSE OF LIMA
[STATE PRAYER REQUEST]

[We ask for a prolife President and Vice President]

[We ask that abortion would be outlawed in the U.S.]

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, 
pray for us.

St. Dominic, glorious Patriarch,
pray for us.

St. Rose, prepared by the dew of heavenly grace,
pray for us.

St. Rose, in whom the grace of God was not fruitless,
pray for us.

St. Rose, from infancy illustrious for holiness,
pray for us.

St. Rose, in whom the grace of God, was not fruitless,
pray for us.

St. Rose, from infancy illustrious for holiness,
pray for us.

St. Rose, foolish to the world but chosen by God, 
to confound the wise,
pray for us.

St. Rose, dear to the Virgin Mary, while yet a child,
pray for us.

St. Rose, consecrated to Christ by a vow of virginity,
pray for us.

St. Rose, who didst abhor worldly vanities,
pray for us.

St. Rose, who didst despise beauty,
pray for us.

St. Rose, who didst disdain all things to gain Christ,
pray for us.

St. Rose, shining example of an angelic life,
pray for us.

St. Rose, lily among the thorns,
pray for us.

St. Rose, nailed to the Cross of Christ,
pray for us.

St. Rose, model of patience and mortification,
pray for us.

St. Rose, who didst fast almost beyond human strength,
pray for us.

St. Rose, crowned with sharp nails,
pray for us.

St. Rose, who didst gain unnumbered victories over demons,
pray for us.

St. Rose, victim of many calumnious tongues,
pray for us.

St. Rose, refreshed by heavenly consolations,
pray for us.

St. Rose, favored by appearances of the Mother of God,
pray for us.

St. Rose, devoted to heavenly contemplation,
pray for us.

St. Rose, inflamed with seraphic love of God,
pray for us.

St. Rose, ardently zealous for the salvation of souls,
pray for us.

St. Rose, whose charity was not extinguished by persecutions,
pray for us.

St. Rose, whose didst exhale the sweet fragrance of Christ,
pray for us.

St. Rose, dying in the love of Jesus and Mary,
pray for us.

St. Rose, who wast brought to Him whom thou didst love,
pray for us.

St. Rose, first Flower of sanctity in America,
pray for us.

St. Rose, ornament of Christian virgins,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
spare us  O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray for us St. Rose.
That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.
 
Let Us Pray. 

Almighty God, 
the author and giver of all good things, 
who didst will that Blessed Rose 
should be prepared by the dew of grace from Heaven, 
and should bloom in America 
as a beauteous flower of virginity and patience, 
grant to us Thy servants 
to be drawn by the perfume of her virtue, 
that we may deserve to become 
a sweet fragrance of Christ, 
who liveth and reigneth
world without end.

Amen.
 

THE QUEENSHIP OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

FEAST DAY:  AUGUST 22ND

FROM THE VISIONS OF ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH, FROM THE BOOK: THE LOWLY LIFE AND BITTER PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS BLESSED MOTHER

Our Lady's Burial

    Before reaching the grotto, the litter was set down. Four of the Apostles bore the coffin in, and placed it in the hollow of the tomb. All went, one by one, into the grotto where they knelt in prayer before the holy body, honoring it and taking leave of it. Then the tomb was shut in by a wicker screen that extended from the front edge of the tomb to the top of the vaulted wall above. Before the entrance of the grotto, they made a trench which they planted so thickly with blooming flowers and bushes covered with berries that one could gain access to it only from the side, and that only by making his way through the under-wood.

    On the night following the burial, took place the bodily assumption of the Blessed Virgin into heaven. I saw on this night several of the Apostles and holy women in the little garden, praying and singing Psalms before the grotto. I saw a broad pathway of light descend from heaven and rest upon the tomb. In it were circles of glory full of angels, in the midst of whom the resplendent soul of the Blessed Virgin came floating down. Before her went her Divine Son, the marks of His Wounds flashing with light. In the innermost circle, that which surrounded the holy soul of Mary, the angels appeared like the faces of very young children; in the second circle, they were like those of children from six to eight years old; and in the outermost, like the faces of youths, I could clearly distinguish only the face, the rest of the figure consisting of perfectly transparent light. Encircling the head of the Blessed Virgin like a crown, was a choir of blessed spirits. I know not what those present saw of all this. But I saw that some gazed up in amazement and adoration, while others cast themselves prostrate in fright upon the earth. These apparitions, becoming more and more distinct as they approached nearer, floated over the grotto, and another pathway of light issued from it and arose to the heavenly Jerusalem. The blessed soul of Mary, floating before Jesus, penetrated through the rock and into the tomb, out of which she again arose radiant with light in her glorified body and, escorted by the entire multitude of celestial spirits, returned in triumph to the heavenly Jerusalem.

MORE ON THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY FROM ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI

PRAYER FOR PERSEVERANCE

[Mention your prayer]

Queen of Heaven, most Holy Mary,
I was once a slave of sin,
but now I consecrate myself to thee as thy client forever.
I give myself to thine honor and service for the rest of my life.
Do not reject me as I deserve,
but accept me as thy servant.

I have placed all my hope in thee as my Mother.
I bless and thank Almighty God,
because in His mercy He has given me this confidence in thee.
It is true that in the past I have shamefully fallen into sin;
but I trust that,
through thy prayers and the merits of Jesus Christ,
I have been forgiven.
But yet, my Mother, this is not enough.
One fear I have which troubles me:
that I may fall into sin again and lose the grace of God.

The dangers are constant;
my enemies never sleep;
and new temptations will assail me.
O my Lady, protect me.
Help me in the assaults of Hell,
so I may never again offend thy Divine Son Jesus.

Let not the same thing happen again,
that I lose my soul, Heaven, and God.
This is the grace I beg of thee, O Mary;
this is what I long for;
obtain this grace for me through thy prayers.

Amen.

Thus, I hope.
Thus, may it be.

 

 
 
 

SAINT POPE PIUS X
(1835-1914)

(Pope from 1903 to 1914)

August 21st

His name was Giuseppe Melchior Sarto and he was born at Riese, at Upper Venetia in Italy in 1835.  He entered the seminary at Padua in 1850 and was ordained a priest in 1858.  First he worked as a priest for several years at a parish at Tombolo, Italy.  He was made a pastor at a parish at Salzano in 1867.  He was made a canon at the cathedral of Treviso in 1875.  In 1884 he was made the bishop of Mantua.  In this diocese of Mantua he restored the Catholic faith to the inhabitants by strengthening the seminaries and in making sure the faith was taught accurately to the people by the priests.  In 1893, Pope Leo XIII (r. 1878-1903) made him a cardinal and appointed him patriarch of Venice.  He successfully held this position for ten years.  During the Vatican conclave of 1903 he was elected on August 4th the next Pope of the Catholic Church.  He took the name Pius and adopted the motto Instaurare omnia in Christo, "To restore all things in Christ."  Pope Pius X wrote the encyclical Pascendi Diminici Gregis in September 1910 which he used to oppose Modernism.  He reformed and reorganized the church curia. He promoted daily Holy Communion saying "Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven."  He died on August 20, 1914.  He was beatified on June 3, 1951 and canonized by Pope Pius XII on May 29, 1954.

MORE ON POPE PIUS X (Catholic Encyclopedia)

VATICAN SITE ON POPE PIUS X

CATECHISM OF POPE PIUS X

SOCIETY OF POPE PIUS X

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Pope Piux X, please pray for the welfare of the Catholic Church [mention your own personal prayer request.]

 

 

 
 
 



 

 
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FOR TODAY

Introduction to the Devout Life

Saint Francis of Sales Bishop and Prince of Geneva

PART I.

COUNSELS AND PRACTICES SUITABLE FOR THE SOUL'S GUIDANCE FROM THE FIRST ASPIRATION AFTER A DEVOUT LIFE TO THE POINT WHEN IT ATTAINS A CONFIRMED RESOLUTION TO FOLLOW THE SAME.

CHAPTER IV.
The Need of a Guide for those who would enter upon and advance in the Devout
Life.

    WHEN Tobias was bidden to go to Rages, he was willing to obey his father, but he objected that he knew not the way;--to which Tobit answered, "Seek thee a man which may go with thee:" 1 and even so, daughter, I say to you, If you would really tread the paths of the devout life, seek some holy man to guide and conduct you. This is the precept of precepts, says the devout Avila,--seek as you will you can never so surely discover God's Will as through the channel of humble obedience so universally taught and practised by all the Saints of olden time. When the blessed Teresa read of the great penances performed by Catherine of Cordova, she desired exceedingly to imitate them, contrary to the mind of her Confessor, who forbade her to do the like, and she was tempted to disobey him therein. Then God spoke to Teresa, saying, "My child, thou art on a good and safe road:-- true, thou seest all this penance, but verily I esteem thy obedience as a yet greater virtue:" --and thenceforth S. Teresa so greatly loved the virtue of obedience, that in addition to that due to her superiors, she took a vow of special obedience to a pious ecclesiastic, pledging herself to follow his direction and guidance, which proved an inexpressible help to her. And even so before and after her many pious souls have subjected their will to God's ministers in order the better to submit themselves to Him, a practice much commended by S. Catherine of Sienna in her Dialogues. The devout Princess S. Elisabeth gave an unlimited obedience to the venerable Conrad; and one of the parting counsels given by S. Louis to his son ere he died was, "Confess thyself often,--choose a single-minded, worthy confessor, who is able wisely to teach thee how to do that which is needful for thee." 2

1 Tob. v. 3.
2 "Confesse-toi souvent, eslis un confesseur idoine, qui soit prudhomme, et qui
te puisse seurement enseigner a faire les choses qui te seront necessaires."

     "A faithful friend," we are told in Holy Scripture, "is a strong defence, and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure;"1 and again: "A faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find him."2 These sacred words have chiefly reference, as you see, to the immortal life, with a view to which we specially need a faithful friend, who will guide us by his counsel and advice, thereby guarding us against the deceits and snares of the Evil One:--he will be as a storehouse of wisdom to us in our sorrows, trials and falls; he will be as a healing balm to stay and soothe our heart in the time of spiritual sickness,--he will shield us from evil, and confirm that which is good in us, and when we fall
through infirmity, he will avert the deadly nature of the evil, and raise us up
again.

    But who can find such a friend? The Wise Man answers:--"He that feareth the Lord:" 3 that is to say, the truly humble soul which earnestly desires to advance in the spiritual life. So, daughter, inasmuch as it concerns you so closely to set forth on this devout journey under good guidance, do you pray most earnestly to God to supply you with a guide after His Own Heart, and never doubt but that He will grant you one who is wise and faithful, even should He send you an angel from Heaven, as He sent to Tobias.

1 Ecclus. vi. 14. 2 Ecclus. v. 16. 3 Ecclus. vi. 17.


    In truth, your spiritual guide should always be as a heaven-sent angel to you;--by which I mean that when you have found him, you are not to look upon him, or trust in him or his wisdom as an ordinary man; but you must look to God,
Who will help you and speak to you through this man, putting into his heart and mouth that which is needful to you; so that you ought to hearken as though he were an angel come down from Heaven to lead you thither. Deal with him in all
sincerity and faithfulness, and with open heart; manifesting alike your good and your evil, without pretence or dissimulation. Thus your good will be examined and confirmed, and your evil corrected and remedied; --you will be soothed and strengthened in trouble, moderated and regulated in prosperity. Give your guide a hearty confidence mingled with sacred reverence, so that reverence in no way shall hinder your confidence, and confidence nowise lessen your reverence: trust him with the respect of a daughter for her father; respect him with the confidence of a son in his mother. In a word, such a friendship should be strong and sweet; altogether holy, sacred, divine and spiritual. And with such an aim, choose one among a thousand, Avila says;--and I say among ten thousand, for there are fewer than one would think capable of this office. He must needs be full of love, of wisdom and of discretion; for if either of these three be wanting there is danger. But once more I say, ask such help of God, and when you have found it, bless His Holy Name; be stedfast, seek no more, but go on simply, humbly and trustfully, for you are safe to make a prosperous journey.


CHAPTER V.
The First Step must be Purifying the Soul.

"THE flowers appear on the earth," 1 says the Heavenly Bridegroom, and the time for pruning and cutting is come. And what, my child, are our hearts' flowers save our good desires? Now, so soon as these begin to appear, we need the pruning-hook to cut off all dead and superfluous works from our conscience. When the daughter of a strange land was about to espouse an Israelite, the law commanded her to put off the garment of her captivity, to pare her nails, and to
shave her head; 2 even so the soul which aims at the dignity of becoming the spouse of Christ, must put off the old man, and put on the new man, forsaking sin: moreover, it must pare and shave away every impediment which can hinder the Love of God. The very first step towards spiritual health is to be purged from our sinful humours. S. Paul received perfect purification instantaneously, and the like grace was conferred on S. Magdalene, S. Catherine of Genoa, S. Pelagia, and some others, but this kind of purgation is as miraculous and extraordinary in grace as the resurrection of the dead in nature, nor dare we venture to aspire to it. The ordinary purification, whether of body or soul, is only accomplished by slow degrees, step by step, gradually and painfully.

1 Cant. ii. 12. 2 Deut. xxi. 12.

    The angels on Jacob's ladder had wings, yet nevertheless they did not fly, but went in due order up and down the steps of the ladder. The soul which rises from out of sin to a devout life has been compared to the dawn, which does not banish
darkness suddenly, but by degrees. That cure which is gradually effected is always the surest; and spiritual maladies, like those of the body, are wont to come on horseback and express, while they depart slowly and on foot. So that we must needs be brave and patient, my daughter, in this undertaking. It is a woeful thing to see souls beginning to chafe and grow disheartened because they find themselves still subject to imperfection after having made some attempt at leading a devout life, and well-nigh yielding to the temptation to give up in despair and fall back; but, on the other hand, there is an extreme danger surrounding those souls who, through the opposite temptation, are disposed to imagine themselves purified from all imperfection at the very outset of their purgation; who count themselves as full-grown almost before they are born, and seek to fly before they have wings. Be sure, daughter, that these are in great danger of a relapse through having left their physician too soon. "It is but lost labour to rise up early and late take rest," unless the Lord prosper all we do.

    The work of the soul's purification neither may nor can end save with life itself;--do not then let us be disheartened by our imperfections,--our very perfection lies in diligently contending against them, and it is impossible so to contend without seeing them, or to overcome without meeting them face to face. Our victory does not consist in being insensible to them, but in not consenting to them. Now to be afflicted by our imperfections is certainly not to consent thereto, and for the furtherance of humility it is needful that we sometimes find ourselves worsted in this spiritual battle, wherein, however, we shall never be conquered until we lose either life or courage. Moreover, imperfections and venial sins cannot destroy our spiritual life, which is only to be lost through mortal sin; consequently we have only need to watch well that they do not imperil our courage. David continually asks the Lord to strengthen his heart against cowardice and discouragement; and it is our privilege in this war that we are certain to vanquish so long as we are willing to fight.

 

___________

Main Page for Introduction to the Devout Life:

http://jesus-passion.com/Saint_Francis_de_Sales_Contents.htm

 

 

PRAYERS FOR THE DAY

MORNING PRAYER
AFTERNOON PRAYER
EVENING PRAYER

 

 

Unfailing Novena To The Virgin Mary Untier of Knots

How this devotion started?  

To show us the mission granted to the Virgin Mary by Her Son, an artist Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, his painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.

But what are these knots?
There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.

Day after day, more and more Christians kneel to pray to Her as soon as they meet the Mother of the Fair Love.  Many families have become reconciled! Many diseases have been healed! Many spouses have returned to the Church! Many jobs have been given! Many conversions have taken place! Many Catholics have been on their knees praying and giving thanks for graces received from our sweet Mother. For that reason, Mary Who undoes the knots, Who was chosen by God to crush the evil with Her feet, comes to us to reveal Herself. She comes to provide jobs, good health, to reconcile families, because She wants to undo the knots of our sins which dominate our lives, so that – as sons of the King – we can receive the promises reserved for us from eternity. She comes with promises of victory, peace, blessings and reconciliation.

Then, free from our knots – filled with happiness, we can be a testimony of the Divine Power in this world, like pieces of God’s heart or small bottles of perfume exhaling mercy and love to our neighbor. Like ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Virgin of the fair love, we can rescue those who cry without any consolation, those who are lonely, tied with knots, who have no God, no Father nor Mother.

Mother of the Rising Sun, Immaculate, our Advocate, Helper in moments of affliction, Mother of God and made by Him our Mother, this is how Mary, Undoer of Knots is presented. Above all, She comes as the Queen of Mercy, the one who knows all about us, who has compassion for us and hurries to rescue us, praying for each one of us to Her beloved Jesus.

(source: http://www.maryundoerofknots.com/history.htm)

 


		

PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot...I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!


Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

 

 

ST. JOSEPH, THE WORKER

 

LITANY OF ST JOSEPH

(Approved by Pope St. Pius X in 1909.)

[SAINT JOSEPH, ASK GOD TO BLESS THE U.S. WITH A PROLIFE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT]
[SAINT JOSEPH, PLEASE PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP, THAT HE WOULD FOLLOW OUR LORD AND ALL HIS TEACHINGS.]

[MENTION YOUR PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH]
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us.
 
God the Father of heaven, 
have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
have mercy on us.
 
God the Holy Spirit,
 have mercy on us.
 
Holy Trinity, one God, 
have mercy on us.
 
Holy Mary, 
pray for us.
 
St. Joseph, 
pray for us. 
 
Renowned offspring of David, 
pray for us. 
 
Light of Patriarchs, 
pray for us.
 
Spouse of the Mother of God, 
pray for us.
 
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, 
pray for us.
 
Foster father of the Son of God, 
pray for us.
 
Diligent protector of Christ, 
pray for us.
 
Head of the Holy Family, 
pray for us.
 
Joseph most just, 
pray for us.
 
Joseph most chaste, 
pray for us.
 
Joseph most prudent, 
pray for us.
 
Joseph most strong, 
pray for us.
 
Joseph, most obedient, 
pray for us. 
 
Joseph most faithful, 
pray for us. 
 
Mirror of patience, 
pray for us. 
 
Lover of poverty, 
pray for us. 
 
Model of artisans, 
pray for us. 
 
Glory of home life, 
pray for us. 
 
Guardian of virgins, 
pray for us. 
 
Pillar of families, 
pray for us. 
 
Solace of the wretched, 
pray for us. 
 
Hope of the sick, 
pray for us. 
 
Patron of the dying, 
pray for us. 
 
Terror of the demons, 
pray for us. 
 
Protector of Holy Church, 
pray for us. 
 
Lamb of God, 
who takes away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord. 
 
Lamb of God, 
who takes away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us, O Lord. 
 
Lamb of God, 
who takes away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us. 
 
V. He made him the lord of his household. 
R. And prince over all his possessions. 
 
Let us pray;

O God, in Your ineffable providence
You were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph 
to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother, 
grant, we beg You, 
that we may be worthy to have him 
for our intercessor in heaven 
whom on earth we venerate as our Protector; 
You who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.
(Approved by Pope St. Pius X in 1909.)

 

BEN CARSON DENOUNCES PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR TRYING TO ELIMINATE BLACK PEOPLE:

World's Most Famous Brain Surgeon: Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger "was trying to eliminate black people"

Ben Carson was asked this week about Obama’s support of Planned Parenthood. “You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people,” Carson replied. “That was the whole purpose of it.” That is obviously political hyperbole. But founder Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist, who constantly talked about the need to keep “inferior” types from breeding, even if she did not specify the nature of their inferiority. “[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” 

SEE:  BLACK GENOCIDE SITE:  http://blackgenocide.org/home.html
"Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America."


PLANNED PARENTHOOD USED BIRTH CONTROL AND ABORTION  TO GET RID OF MINORITIES



AMERICA'S GREATEST SIN IS ABORTION


AMERICAN WAR CASUALTIES

Each standard size cross-mark  represents 50,000 people  killed.  The smaller cross-marks represent less than 50,000 deaths.   The war casualties represent all American combat-related deaths.  Statistics from 1982 World Almanac.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR                25,324       
CIVIL WAR                                               496,332    †††††††††
WORLD WAR I                                   116,708    ††
WORLD WAR II                                  407,316    ††††††††
KOREAN WAR                                           54,246    
VIETNAM WAR                                        58,655        

 WAR ON UNBORN CHILDREN  

 OVER   57,762,169   
...since abortion was legalized in 1973

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††







NU
NUMBER OF BABIES MURDERED BY ABORTION DURING THE
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION    


January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001

AROUND 9,000,000

ROUND 9,000,000 
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††



 
PRAY FOR DONALD TRUMP FOR THIS UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

* Ask God to give him the wisdom to do and say the things that are mostly pleasing to the Almighty regarding all issues, political, governmental and moral in regards to governing the United States.

While Donald Trump does not always say and do the right things, he has told us that abortion should be outlawed, that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned.  He recognizes the value of unborn children.

Pray hard for him.  If you have time now please say one Hail Mary and One Glory Be for him now.


Donald Trump on Abortion

ABC:    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-evolving-stance-abortion/story?id=38057176

THE FEDERALIST:   http://thefederalist.com/2016/03/31/4-reasons-donald-trumps-abortion-answer-was-a-betrayal-of-pro-lifers/

FOX NEWS: http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/03/30/trump-women-who-have-abortions-should-be-punished-if-outlawed

 

THE POWER AND THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM PRAYING THE ROSARY

 THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY

These promises were given by the Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.

 1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.

3. The rosary shall be a powerful armour against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.

6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.

10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14. All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus Christ.

15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

________________

THE SECRET OF THE ROSARY(by Saint Louis De Montfort)

  
 

Graces Derived from Going to Mass
(Note:  Assisting at Mass simply means attending Mass.  By attending a Mass Catholics are actually assisting in Mass.) 

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM THE PIETA PRAYER BOOKLET, Published in U.S.A. by  MLOR Corporation, 1186 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, MI  49060-9330:

1. The Mass is Calvary continued.

2. Every Mass is worth as much as the sacrifice of our Lord's life, sufferings and death.

3. Holy Mass is the most powerful atonement for your sins.

4. At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation.

5. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

6. At Mass you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.

7. Assisting devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage.

8. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.

9. He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed.  The power of Satan over you is diminished.

10. You afford the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

11. One Mass heard during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.

12. You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you.  You shorten your Purgatory.

13. Every Mass wins for you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.

14. You receive the priest's blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.

15. You kneel amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.

16. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

In eternity, we shall fully realize that it was certainly worthwhile to have assisted at Holy Mass daily.  PRAY FOR PRIESTS THAT THEY MAY OFFER THE MASS WITH HOLY LOVE AND REVERENCE.

**********

 

"WHY Should I Go To Mass Every Day?"

"The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!"

For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death.  (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).

Padre Pio, the stigmatic priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than without the Mass.

The Cure'd' Ars, St. Jean Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy.

A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.  St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than  many after it.

"The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death."  (Pope Benedict XV).

Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God's Goodness and asked Our Lord, "How can I thank you?"  Our Lord replied, "ATTEND ONE MASS".

**************

  
 

MARIAN PRAYERS

 Saint Louis De Montfort stresses that people should give there hearts and wills to Jesus through Mary and that by doing this a soul will be able to soar toward God.  See Saint Louis's book True Devotion To Mary. Saint Louis warns of the devil's great ability to deceive souls, including souls of saints:

"Because the devils, who are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us.  They watch day and night for the favorable moment.  For that end they go round about us incessantly to devour us and to snatch from us in one moment, all the graces and merits we have gained for many years.   Their malice, their experience, their stratagems and their number ought to make us fear this misfortune immensely, especially when we see how many persons fuller of grace than we are, richer in virtues, better founded in experience and far higher exalted in sanctity, have been surprised, robbed and unhappily pillaged.  Ah!  How many cedars of Lebanon, how many stars of the firmament, have we not seen fall miserably, and in the twinkling of an eye lose all their height and their brightness!  Whence comes that sad and curious change?  It was not for want of grace, which is wanting to no man; but it was for want of humility.  They thought themselves capable of guarding their own treasures.  They trusted in themselves, relied upon themselves.  They thought their house secure enough, and their coffers strong enough, to keep the precious treasure of grace.  It is because of that scarcely perceptible reliance upon themselves, though all the while it seemed to them that they were relying only on the grace of God, that the most just Lord permitted them to be robbed by leaving them to themselves.  Alas!  If they had but known the admirable devotion which I will unfold presently, they would have confided their treasure to a Virgin powerful and faithful, who would have kept it for them as if it had been her own possession; nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of justice on herself to preserve it for them".

TRUE DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN MARY, SAINT LOUIS de MONTFORT

PRAYER TO
THE VIRGIN MARY

 

Holy Mary, my Queen and sovereign Lady, I give you myself, trusting in your fidelity and your protection. I surrender myself entirely to your motherly tenderness, my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I possess,  for the whole of this day, my life,  and especially at the hour of my death. I entrust to you once more all my hopes, all my consolations, all my anxieties, all my troubles, my life, my dying breath, so that by your prayers and merits, I may have, in all I do, one only goal, your good pleasure and the holy will of your Son.  Amen!

 

The Chaplet of St. Michael

One day, Saint Michael the Archangel appeared to Antonia d'Astonac, a most devout Servant of God and told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which should consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the Angelic Choirs.

Promises of St. Michael

"Whoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations, he promised his continual assistance and that all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and all their relations."

 

 

 

The Chaplet of St. Michael

O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.

[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]

  [STATE YOUR PRAYER REQUEST]

 

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.
Amen.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.
Amen.

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
Amen.

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions.
Amen.

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
Amen.

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven.
Amen.

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.
Amen.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.

 

Concluding prayers:

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord.    Amen.

 

 

PURPOSE OF THIS WEB SITE

Welcome to this Catholic Spiritual Direction Web Site.   It is the intention of this site to lead people to a closer relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit through the promotion of prayer and Christian teaching which will enable Christians to adhere to the straight and narrow path Jesus speaks of in the Gospels. Included in these web pages are the Douay-Rheims Bible and the works of Saint John of the Cross, Thomas à Kempis and Saint Louis de Montfort, and the works of other saints of the Catholic faith, all of whose teachings on spiritual direction have been followed by priests, ministers, clergymen, Popes and Saints. These teachings adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site is dedicated to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (Biography) (1774-1824) Mystic, Stigmatist, Prophet, and Great Visionary, a saintly Augustinian nun from Flamske, Germany. Her highly descriptive visions of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, The Sorrowful Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, are presented here. In time more works from the Saints of the Catholic Church will be added to these pages.

 
OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES AT WORK OR AT HOME:

     When difficulties come to us at work or at home it important to pray your way through these difficulties.  At work, it could be trouble with a supervisor or a co-worker, with the result that misery is brought into our lives.  Or at home a wife or a husband, or a child or a relative may be causing you trouble.  It is important to pray your way through these difficulties.  The different forms of prayers listed above, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Saint Michael, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Holy Mass, can move God to assist us with the things the bother us the most during our lives.  Try these prayers, they work. 


 And sometimes, it takes the prayers of others to help change the current situations that are going on in our lives.   On the following web page, there are several prayer groups that will pray for yours needs; this a great tool against our daily problems and against the assaults of demons.  Sometimes it takes the prayers of many people to change things.

http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm
 

SAINT TERESA RECOMMENDS HOLY WATER

From the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila , Chapter 31. 1562 A.D.

"From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body. I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."

The Catholic Church around the world uses Holy Water in every church to make the church a fortress against the demons which assault men and women.  The Holy Water is usually situated near every entrance to the church for people to use to anoint themselves with the Sign of the Cross.  When an individual puts on Holy Water any demons present will flee.  Catholics should put Holy Water in containers and place them in their homes and their offices; by doing so they make their homes and offices fortresses against the demons which are always lurking about.  Catholics should also consider carrying the Holy Water in small containers in their pockets to ward off demonic attacks during each day.

____________

GRACE POURED OUT FROM HOLY WATER

"because they include a movement of reverence for God and Divine things; and in this way a bishop's blessing, the sprinkling of holy water, any sacramental anointing, a prayer said in a dedicated church, and anything else of the kind, conduce to the remission of venial sins."  Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

ORDER HOLY WATER BOTTLES:  http://totallycatholic.com/subcat.php?cid=61&id=190

ALSO SEE: http://www.discountcatholicproducts.com/cath

 

 

SAINT JOHN XXIII

 POPE JOHN XXIII SUMMARY ON WIKIPEDIA

 

    PRAYER OF INTERCESSION TO 
SAINT JOHN XXIII.

Saint John XXIII, you spent your life
deeply immersed in the truths of the
Catholic Faith.  You led us by your great
example of sacrifice and love as you
successively led millions to love Our
Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church. 

We now ask for your intercession for
those who are troubled and in need:

  Saint John XXIII, please pray for the
Holy Catholic Church and for the
following prayer request:
[state your prayer request.]

SAINT JOHN PAUL II

SEE:  EWTN  Biography on Pope John Paul II

PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION
OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you
for having graced the Church with
Saint John Paul II and for allowing
the tenderness of your fatherly care,
the glory of the Cross of Christ
and the splendor of the Spirit of love
to shine through him.

Trusting fully in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us a living image of
Jesus the Good Shepherd.
He has shown us that holiness
is the necessary measure of ordinary
Christian life and is the way of
achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession,

[MENTION PRAYER REQUEST]

and according to your will,
the graces we implore,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
for Physical and Spiritual Healing.

PRECIOUS BLOOD, ocean of divine mercy:
Flow upon us!
Precious Blood, most pure offering:
Procure us every grace!
Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners:
Atone for us!
Precious Blood, delight of holy souls:
Draw us! Amen.
 

 

 

 

Are you sick or do you know someone who is ill.  Say the  prayer above for them everyday.  Also, there is greater power of prayer when many people are praying for the sick.  Ask many fellow Catholics to join in prayer with you for the sick.  You can send prayer requests to Catholic Groups that will join you in prayer at:    http://www.jesus-passion.com/catholic_groups_that_will_pray_for_you.htm




 

  GOOGLE SEARCH /span> /font>

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS




CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL DIRECTION EMAIL


 








SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAGNIFICAT