Friday, November 1, 2019

Where ARE our Beloved Dead?

This is going to be a tough subject for a myriad of reasons, but it's important enough to risk the possible after effects. I should say right here and now that I will NOT engage in debates. If you like what I say, great ... add to it if you like, but if you don't; please just move on ... no one is forcing you to read this.

Most all of us have lost a friend or loved one in our lives. The anguish is beyond measure. Frequent attempts at consolation, though well meaning, can be detrimental to the loved ones soul. We often hear: "Well, they're with the Lord now." Many birthday memorials send greetings 'to heaven' to their loved ones. But do we really know where they actually are?

It’s something we don’t want to even consider. Many have had hard deaths and to think of our loved ones suffering more is beyond what we can bear, yet ... if we really love them and want to do the best for THEM, should we not take this into serious consideration? This is a subject that could be a BOOK rather than a POST, yet, for the sake of brevity, I will attempt to touch on the ‘highlights’ to get the principle components out there for reflection.

Consider the 'possibility' that some souls (likely most) are in a state of cleansing ... purgatory/limbo or what ever you want to call it. Many verses in the bible both old and new testaments, refer to the cleansing 'fire'. We can't be sure if this is an actual fire or some emotional/spiritual/mental hardship knowing we're separated from God due to choices we could have made differently. But we DO know that NOTHING with the least little speck will enter heaven. So purgatory purges our imperfections and perfects our love making it possible to enter God’s Kingdom.

I believe one of the strongest arguments for a place of purging before heaven is the following: Matthew 12:32 And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. If this sin cannot be forgiven after death, it follows that there are others which can be, and this must be in purgatory: precisely the interpretation of St. Augustine, Pope St. Gregory the Great,  the Venerable Bede, and St. Bernard, among others.

So is it enough to have fond memories of our dearly departed and carry them in our hearts if there is a way to hasten their flight to heaven? I, myself, have always been one to err on the side of caution. If you do something and it winds up being for nothing; no biggie. But if we DON'T do something that could have made a HUGE difference to ourselves or a loved one and we don't do it, it's DEVASTATING. They could still be in a place of cleansing depending on our prayers and sacrifices to help them enter heaven. Souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, they can only pray for others.

So, at least for a moment, I propose that you believe what I’m saying here is actually true (it IS) and we CAN actually assist our dear ones that have passed.  Scripture teaches love is not self seeking and endures all things. So in other words, their ['perfected'] love prevents them from praying for themselves, compelling them instead to pray for those whose salvation hangs in the balance, even at the cost of their own prolonged suffering.

Personally, I have perpetual Masses said for all relatives and friends with the addition of special occasions and perhaps birthdays and the dates of their deaths. You can also pray and offer sacrifices in union with the Passion of Christ. The holy Rosary, Chaplets and other prayers are wonderful and important resources to this end. Our sacrifices only have merit when united to His Sufferings and offered to the Father. We also can intercede to our Blessed Mother and the saints to pray for our loved ones ... many many things can and SHOULD be done for our beloved dead. I think it's doing a great disservice to them to just assume they're in heaven. And if by chance, they ARE already in heaven, I believe God will apply our alms to a soul who has no one to pray for them, so nothing's ever wasted!

So much is upside down in the world today and has been for a long long time. Many act like what is on earth will last forever forgetting about eternity completely. Or worse yet, thinking eternity is nothing more than a nice fairy tale with heaven dangling in the distance to console the weak. It's the earth and all that is in it that will eventually pass away. THIS *IS* the TRUTH. But Jesus has conquered the world and His Death and Resurrection gives us new ETERNAL LIFE in HIM. What a precious gift purchased with a LOVE so abundant and complete that we, as humans, can't even comprehend it! So yes, we remember our dead with much love and sentiment on birthdays, anniversaries and the like; but let's always remember to do ALL we CAN to get them to heaven as quickly as possible and one day, we will know ... each one of us ... how very important this actually IS.

This may be added to, revised or edited as time moves along, in which case I will repost.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

THE ROSARY .... It's Not just for Catholics anymore! ;)

October is traditionally the month of the Holy Rosary and what a treasure trove of history, Scripture and blessings it IS!
Many of us were raised praying this devotion on the life of Jesus. Many of us (especially in our youth) zipped through it with hurried repetition without even considering the mysteries. What a LOSS!!
The Rosary is praying Scripture. I like to think of it as taking Mary's hand and letting her walk me through the life of Jesus. So many protestants just see it as 'vain repetition', but they miss the whole point of the devotion in that our meditation on the mysteries bring us closer to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts almost as if we were there. However, once realized ... more and more non Catholics have taken up rosaries and now join in this most personal devotion with a much better understanding of why and to Whom it is offered.

I've had some times when I got lost in the mysteries practically smelling the hay and animals at the Nativity; or feeling the profound devastation and utter emptiness accompanied with the crashing thunder and lightening when our dear Lord breathed His Last.
If you totally immerse yourself in the mysteries, you will find that the rosary is hardly a chore, but most definitely a total JOY that you will look forward to daily with much love and devotion. This is the goal. To become as close to Jesus and Mary as is humanly possible. If we really love someone, don't we want to know EVERYTHING about them and always wanting to learn more, right?

The whole rosary is actually 20 decades broken into 4 sets of mysteries meditated on different days of
the week as noted below. The Scripture references are also available, should you need a little brush up on what you want to be thinking about as you say the prayers. (The prayers are found in Scripture as well ... yes, even the HAIL MARY!  The only part that isn't in Scripture was added by the Church where we ask Mary to pray for us now and at the hour of our death.) The whole rosary gives honor and glory to God, concentrating on the life and ministry of Jesus.

So actually, when we say a set of mysteries on a particular day, that's really just a 'chaplet' because the WHOLE Rosary, as we said earlier, consists of 20 decades. But if you can do just one set of mysteries a day it will be extremely beneficial for mind, body and soul.

 Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask ... make October the month of a new beginning with greater devotion to Jesus!! BLESSINGS!!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael ~ Archangels

“You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.
“And so it was that not merely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary. It was only fitting that the highest angel should come to announce the greatest of all messages.
He came to announce the One who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers. Thus God’s strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenly powers, mighty in battle.
“Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily by known. But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them, but rather to denote their ministry when they come among us.

Thus, Michael means ‘Who is like God?’; Gabriel is ‘The Strength of God’; and Raphael is ‘God’s Remedy.’

“Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power. So also our ancient foe desired in his pride to be like God, saying: I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven; I will be like the Most High. He will be allowed to remain in power until the end of the world when he will be destroyed in the final punishment. Then, he will fight with the archangel Michael, as we are told by John: A battle was fought with Michael the archangel.
“Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power. So also our ancient foe desired in his pride to be like God, saying: I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven; I will be like the Most High. He will be allowed to remain in power until the end of the world when he will be destroyed in the final punishment. Then, he will fight with the archangel Michael, as we are told by John: A battle was fought with Michael the archangel.


“Raphael means, as I have said, God’s remedy, for when he touched Tobit’s eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus since he is to heal, he is rightly called God’s remedy.”


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The most powerful angels are the seven Archangels—


“And I saw seven Angels
standing in the sight of God…” Revelation 8:2


The battle in Heaven:

Lucifer (his name meant the Bearer of Light) became very arrogant and conceited, he thought himself just as worthy as God “I will ascend above the battling with the dragon, and the dragon was fighting, and so were his angels.
But they did not prevail,
and a place for them was no longer found in heaven.
And he was thrown out, that great dragon,
that ancient serpent, who is called
the devil and Satan, who seduces the whole world.
And he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.” Revelation 12:7-9

There were seven angels from the second lowest choir who were so outraged by the terrible offense to the dignity of the Most High that, though inferior to Lucifer and his legions, positioned themselves between the Throne of God and the offenders, prepared to defend the honor and dignity of God.

On seeing this, God was so moved by their heroic love that he elevated them to the position of highest heaven, standing eternally before the Throne of God to carry out God’s Will. God granted them new gifts and graces.
“And from the throne, lightnings and voices and thunders went forth. And there were seven burning lamps before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.” Revelation 4:5
“Bless Yahweh, all his angels, mighty warriors who fulfill his commands, attentive to the sound of his words.” Psalm 103:20
The good angels who resisted Satan’s temptations were admitted into the immediate vision of God and became firmly rooted in virtue. For this reason, the angels who resisted the first sin are no longer capable of sinning; they have made a permanent and indelible choice to submit to the love of God.
The fallen angels, or devils as we now call them, are likewise permanently rooted in sin. It is not possible for a devil to repent of his sins.
http://www.saintaquinas.com/angels.html

There are three Archangels who are better known as they are mentioned Sacred
Scripture they are are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael…
In the year 1040, St. Celias made an exhaustive study of the approved writings of the Early Church Fathers up to the 4th Century. Through his studies we have come to know seven of the names of the Archangels, the meaning of their names and the sacrament each is the patron of.

The names of the Seven Archangels
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael,
Uriel, Jehudiel,
Sealtiel and Barachiel.

Pope Pius V said in his Bull to the Spanish Clergy, permitting and encouraging the worship of the seven archangels: “One cannot exalt too much these seven rectors of the world, figured by the seven planets, as it is consoling to our century to witness by the grace of God the cult of these seven ardent lights, and of these seven stars reassuming all it’s luster in the Christian republic.” (Les Sept Esprits et l'Histoire de leur Culte; De Mirville's 2nd memoir addressed to the academy. Vol. II. p. 358.)


Fresco of Mary amidst the Seven Archangels St. Maia Degli Church

In the 16th Century, Michelangelo was ordered to adorn the church of St. Maria Degli, dedicated to Mary and the Seven Archangels with a fresco of seven Archangels on the altar.

During the reign of Pope Gregory XIII it was intended to build seven separate chapels there, one for each of the Seven Archangels.

Liturgy to Seven Archangels has been confirmed and was still in practice around the year 1800, it has not been abolished, just not in practice.


Michael the Archangel

His name means
"WHO is like unto God?"

Patron of the Holy Eucharist.

“He is the Leader of the Armies of Heaven. He defends our souls against the infernal enemy when we call on him, but he also defends Our Lord Who is helpless in the Blessed Sacrament”.

Prayer to St. Michael

St. Michael the Archangel
Defend us in this day of battle!
Be our safeguard against
the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray,
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
By the Power of God—
Cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits
Who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

Short version of prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII after seeing a vision of the Church in
our day. To read the long,original version you can find it at:

http://www.traditioninaction.org/religious/b009rpMichael.htm

Stay awhile after Mass and say this prayer to St. Michael...
say it everyday!!! We definitely need his help!!!

The Vision of Pope Leo XIII
and the Origins of the St. Michael Prayer

Pope Leo XIII

Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the above prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere.
When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices - two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:
The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: "I can destroy your Church."
The gentle voice of Our Lord: "You can? Then go ahead and do so."
Satan: "To do so, I need more time and more power."

Our Lord: "How much time? How much power?

Satan: "75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will
give themselves over to my service."

Our Lord: "You have the time, you will have the power.
Do with them what you will."

In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed that this prayer to St. Michael be said at the end of "low" Mass (not "high", or sung Masses) throughout the universal Church, along with the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen); and the practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970, with the introduction of the new rite of the Mass.

However, at the end of his Angelus message given in St. Peter’s Square, Sunday, April 24, 1994, Pope John Paul II urged Catholics to recite this prayer to Saint Michael
"The prayer can fortify us for that spiritual battle about which the Letter to the Ephesians speaks [of]: "Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power."(Ephesians 6:10). And to this same battle that the Book of the Apocalypse refers [to], recalling in front of our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelations 12:7). Surely, this scene was very present to Pope Leon XIII, when, at the end of the previous century, he introduced to the entire Church a special prayer to St. Michael: ‘St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil… ’

"Even if today this prayer is no longer recited at the end of the Eucharistic celebration, I invite all to not forget it, but to recite it in order to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and the spirit of this world."





Oh holy St. Michael
come to our aid
With all the holy angels!
Teach us
to keep the faith
in these times of darkness!
Inspire us to fight
for our souls
and the souls of others!
Teach us to win in silence
and obedience to God.
Teach us to love and be faithful to Mary,
Queen of the Angels!
Amen.


St. Gabriel
Whose name means
“God Conquers”

Patron of the Sacrament of Baptism and of of communications workers

The name Gabriel also means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Luke 1:5-7

Finally, he announced to Mary that she would bear a Son Who would be conceived of the Holy Spirit, Son of the Most High, and Saviour of the world.

Gabriel only appears by name two passages in Luke. Luke 1:10-20;26-38. In the first passage the angel identified himself as Gabriel, but in the second it is Luke who identified him as Gabriel. The only other named angel in the New Testament is "Michael the archangel" (in Jude 1:9). Gabriel is not called an archangel in the Bible. Believers are expressly warned not to worship angels (in Colossians 2:18-19 and Revelation 19:10).

His shared feast day is September 29th, together with Archangel Michael and Raphael.


St. Gabriel is the patron of communications workers.

St. Gabriel is of course, the Archangel of the Annunciation and the Incarnation’s triumph over sin and death.

He is usually depicted with lilies that represent the new purity of the soul through the sacraments of Baptism and Confession, both sacraments made possible by the Redemption. His banner is a declaration of Our Lady’s universal motherhood.

Prayers to St. Gabriel the Archangel

Heavenly Father,
through the salutation of the
Archangel Gabriel,
may we honor the
Incarnation of Your Divine Son.

Through his faithful intercessions
may we strive always to imitate
the holy virtues of the
Mother of our Savior
and respond to our Father,

"Be it done unto me according to Thy Word".

Archangel Gabriel,
please praise our Father for
the gift of His Son,
praying, one day by His grace,
through His Mother,
we may all be one fold,
one Church, one Shepherd.
Amen
~ adapted from the chaplet of St. Gabriel

Oh holy St. Gabriel
come to our aid
with your legion of angels!
Help us to become good servants of Our Lord!
Help us to regain and preserve
our Baptismal purity
that we may become His worthy servants.
When we fall, guide us to repentance
and confession that we may restore it!
Through your intercessions
help our souls become
havens of peace where
Our Lord and Our Lady
love to come and rest. Amen



St. Raphael

Whose name means "God Heals"

Patron of the Sacrament of Penance

Raphael is usually depicted holding a jub of oil for anointing, or a fish which represents the soul and the oil of healing of it’s ailments through the sacrament of confession.

The fish is also a reminder of the story of his protection of young Tobias and healing his father Tobit. See the Book of Tobit which can be found only in the Catholic Bible.

“Tobit, or Tobias, is a book in the Old Testament Apocrypha, written (c.200 - 170 BC) in Hebrew or Aramaic and constructed as a didactic romance. It became popular among Hellenistic Jews and Christians in its Greek translation. The book relates how Tobit, a devout Jew in exile in Assyria, and his son Tobias were rewarded for their piety and good deeds. Tobit buried the bodies of executed Jews in Nineveh. Despite this and other good works, he was blinded. As he prayed for God to end his life, Sarah, a widow whose seven husbands have each been killed by the demon Asmodeus on their wedding night, also entreats God to end her misery.

In answer to these prayers, God sends the angel Raphael to Earth to help them. Tobias marries Sarah and, with Raphael's help, overcomes the demon and restores his father's sight. The demonology, magic, and folklore motifs in the story show affinities with ancient Near Eastern stories from 500 BC on.”

Archangel Raphael is a merciful healer.
He has the power to expel demons.


Prayers to St. Raphael

St. Raphael the Archangel
You are Raphael the Healer,
You are Raphael the Guide,
You are Raphael the Companion,
Ever at human sorrow's side.
St. Raphael, Angel of health,
of true conjugal love,
of joy and Divine light, pray for us!
Amen
~from the chaplet of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.
I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (here mention your special intention), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.




St. Uriel the Archangel

Whose name means
“Fire of God”
"Flame of God,"
"Light of God,"
or even "Sun of God."

Patron of the Sacrament of Confirmation

He carries the Sword of Truth for Soldiers of Christ, which we become through this sacrament.

This archangel enlightens the minds and the hearts of the faithful with the light of divine truths and the fire of divine love.

In some art works, Uriel is often depicted carrying either a book or a scroll, both of which represent wisdom. Another symbol connected with Uriel is an open hand holding a flame, which represents God’s truth.

Fire represents the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the flames of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It also should remind us that our hearts should always burn with love for God like the holiest of Seraphim, like the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

St. Uriel can also be shown carrying the scales by which we are to weigh our actions. It is also a reminder of the Scales of Perfect Justice by which our lives are weighed at our judgement.



Prayer to St. Uriel the Archangel

Oh holy St. Uriel, 
come to our aid with your legion of angels!
Intercede for us
that our hearts
may burn with
the fire of the
Sacred
and Immaculate Hearts.
Assist us in co-operating with the graces of our confirmation
that the gifts
of the Holy Ghost
may bear much
fruit in our souls.

Obtain for us the grace to use
the sword of truth to pare away
all that is not in conformity to
the most adorable Will of God in our lives,
that we may fully participate
in the army of the Church Militant.
Amen


Saint Uriel
"spirit who stood at the gate
of the lost Eden
with the fiery sword",
light up our mind
with the sword of truth
so that our hearts are filled
with the burning
desire of love for the Holy Spirit.
Protect us with your flaming sword against all evil. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
We place all our trust in thee. Amen

Saint Uriel
Angel of Illumination pray for us.




St. Jehudiel

Whose name means "Praise of God"

Patron of the Sacrament of the Sick
(Old Term -- Extreme Unction,
the anointing of the sick and dying)

St. Jehudiel carries the flaming sword of salvation, a symbol of God’s mercy and the crown of the victory of grace which awaits the saints in the next life. It is also a reminder of the crown of sufferings to be endured in this life
imitation of Our Lord.



Prayer St. Jehudiel

Oh holy St. Jehudiel,
you are the powerful and formidable
adversary of Beelzebub.
Come to our aid with your legion of angels!
Accompany us in the combat against
the terrible attacks of hell
which threaten to annihilate
our Holy Mother the Church.

Safeguard us at the hour of death and
console us with your powerful presence.
Intercede for us that we might not perish
without the last sacraments and
may properly prepare to stand
before the terrible seat of judgement.
Remove all jealousy from our hearts
so that each one of us, through conformity

to the Divine Will, become, like you,
a living praise to the glory of God
in this life and in the next. Amen



Prayer To St. Jhudiel Bearer Of God’s Merciful Love

O merciful Archangel, St. Jhudiel, dispenser of God’s eternal
and abundant mercy. Because of our sinfulness, we do not deserve God’s forgiveness. Yet, He continually grants us forbearance freely and lovingly.

Help us in our determination to overcome our sinful habits and be truly sorry for them.

Bring each one of us to true conversion of heart. That we may experience the joy of reconciliation which it brings, without which neither we, as individuals,
nor the whole world can know true peace.

You who continually intercede for us, listen to our prayers. Present to God our Father all these petitions. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.




St. Sealtiel

Whose name means "Prayer of God"

Patron of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
St. Sealtiel carries an incenser which is the symbol of the prayers and offerings of the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass, only through the actions through the ordained.

“And another Angel approached, and he stood before the altar, holding a golden censer. And much incense was given to him, so that he might offer upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God, the prayers of all the saints.
And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended, in the presence of God, from the hand of the Angel.”
Revelation 8:3-4

In the Eastern Orthodox Tradition Archangel Salaphiel is also our primary teacher of prayer. We can pray to Archangel Salaphiel for the Lord to grant us this gift of divine prayer.

Prayer to Archangel Sealtiel for Priests

Oh holy St. Sealtiel
come to my aid with
your legion of angels!
Intercede to our
Almighty and merciful God!
Graciously attend
to my humble prayers;
and make me, whom God
has appointed
to dispense
the heavenly Mysteries
through no merits of my own,
but only through the infinite
bounty of His Mercy,
a worthy minister at His sacred altar;
that what is set forth by my voice may
be confirmed by His Holy Grace.
Pray for me that our good Jesus may
grant me the grace to be a priest after
His own Sacred Heart!
Amen
~ adapted from the Raccolta


Prayer to the Archangel Selaphiel


O Pure and Holy Archangel St. Selaphiel,
you bow to the Almighty Lord offering angelic salutations
of praise and thanksgiving.

Guide us in our prayer.
Like you, we would like
to unceasingly pray and
worship God the right way.

May our lives be like incense
pleasing to God.
While awaiting for the inevitable time
of separation from
this material world,
may we praise the Holy Trinity
in the spirit of
true love and humility
throughout the days of our life in eternity.
Obtain for us these favors _________
and present to God the Father
all these petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord
together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever.



St.Barachiel

Whose name means "Blessings of God"

Patron of the Sacrament of Matrimony

Barachiel carries an abundant basket of bread, the staff of life, symbolizing Christian parenthood and it’s grave responsibilities both spiritual and temporal, to protect and provide for, the children God desires of married couples.
He is also a powerful intercessor for the barren as well as for troubled marriages.

He carries in his hand a book, a reminder of the wealth of instructions in the Holy Scripture, the writings of the saints and Papal encyclicals for husbands, wives and children concerning marriage and family life.

In iconography he is sometimes shown holding a white rose against his chest, or with rose petals scattered on his clothing.

Archangel Barachiel is the angel of God’s blessings.

While asking God to bless all our good efforts, let us also appeal to Archangel Barachiel for help.

However, we must accept the Lord’s blessing not only for prosperity but also for our cross, i.e. the sorrows without which there is no salvation.
May Archangel Barachiel give us strength to carry our blessed crosses.

Through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, His passion, death and resurrection, all His disciples are brought to a transforming union with Him. Through His transformation in love, the soul becomes Christ-like. As such, every Christ-like soul becomes, by adoption, the child of the Father.

St. Barachiel is the Archangel who was assigned by God to keep watch over His adopted children, taking care that He and the choirs of angels assigned to the task guard these transformed souls in all their ways, bearing them up in their hands, "lest they dash their feet against the stone on their way to their heavenly
home." (Psalm 91, 12) -- The Guardian Angels.




Prayer to the Archangel Barachiel

O Powerful Archangel,
St. Barachiel, filled with heaven's
glory and splendor,
you are rightly called God's benediction.

We are God's children
placed under your
protection and care.
Listen to our supplications ______.

Grant that through your loving intercession,
we may reach
our heavenly home one day.
Sustain us and protect us
from all harm --that we may
possess for all eternity
the peace and happiness that
Jesus has prepared for us in heaven.

Present to God the Father
all these petitions through
Jesus Christ our Lord
together with the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
Amen.

Parents Prayer to St. Barachiel

Oh Blessed St. Barachiel,
obtain for us through your intercession,
the fullness of the graces
of the most holy sacrament of matrimony.
Intercede for us most fervently,
in those moments of great duress and temptation,
when we are most unlikely to recall your power
to intercede for us, that through your benevolent love,
you may thwart the efforts of the evil one to harm our marriage, our family and our faith.
Be our bulwark against our weaknesses
that our union may grow stronger,
our family may grow more pious
and our faith may grow deeper.
St. Barachiel come with your legion of angels
to rouse us out of our torpor!
Help us and our children
to do good and grow in the love of God and Mary.
Amen


Information and excerpts for this article were gathered from these sources:

http://www.7archangels.info/

hhttp://findingthewaytotheheart.blogspot.ca/2010/12/holy-archangels-prayers-asking-for.html

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Monday, September 23, 2019

SEPTEMER 23 - Saint Padre Pio's Feast Day

Padré Pio was born of simple, hardworking farming people on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, southern Italy. He was tutored privately until his entry to the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at the age of 15. Of feeble health but strong will, with the help of grace he completed the required studies and was ordained a priest in 1910.

On September 20,
1918 the five wounds of Our Lord's Passion appeared on his body, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. Countless numbers were attracted to his confessional and many more received his saintly counsel and spiritual guidance through correspondence. His whole life was marked by long hours of prayer and continual austerity. His letters to his spiritual directors reveal the ineffable sufferings, physical and spiritual, which accompanied him all through life. They also reveal his very deep union with God, his burning love for the Blessed Eucharist and Our Blessed Lady. Worn out by over half a century of intense suffering and constant apostolic activity in San Giovanni Rotondo, he was called to his heavenly reward on September 23, 1968. After a public funeral, which attracted almost 100,000, his body was entombed in the crypt of Our Lady of Grace Church. Increasing numbers flock to his tomb from all parts of the world and many testify to spiritual and temporal graces received. On May 2, 1999 Pope John Paul II beatified Padre Pio in ceremonies at the Vatican.  

June 16, 2002, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was solemnly canonized a Saint by Pope John Paul II.


John Paul II was the only pope who Padre Pio entrusted with the most private detail of his stigmata




Fr Wojtyla was the only person that Padre Pio ever told about his most painful and bloody wound
In the years after World War II, the young Fr Karol Wojtyla was doing further study in Rome. He journeyed into rural Italy so that he could spend nearly a week in San Giovanni Rotondo and be in the company of Padre Pio. At the time, swarms of people did not buzz around Padre Pio, so the young Fr Wojtyla had the opportunity to speak at length with the Franciscan who called himself the ‘humble friar who prays’.
Decades later, when Fr Wojtyla became the Holy Father, people speculated as to whether Padre Pio had told him that he would be Pope. Pope John Paul II clarified that Padre Pio did not tell him that he would be Pope.


But Padre Pio went further than reading the future for Fr Wojtyla, and did something much more decisive and significant. When Fr Wojtyla asked Padre Pio which one of his wounds (from the stigmata) caused him the most suffering, Padre Pio divulged, “it is my shoulder wound, which no one knows about and has never been cured or treated.”  After the most diligent analysis of Padre Pio’s life, it was revealed that Fr Wojtyla was the only person that Padre Pio ever told about his most painful and bloody wound.  
Padre Pio had his reasons, which are unknown, for not telling the young Pole that he would be the Holy Father. But it’s certain that Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ, and deliberately confided in the priest who would be the Vicar of Christ. It’s like Padre Pio was talking directly to the soul of one who God had ordained would be Pope.  

But there’s something even more unique.  From what we know, Padre Pio did not tell other Popes, such as Paul VI (the reigning Pope when Padre Pio died) about his most excruciating wound. From all ruling popes and all future popes, Fr Wojtyla was the one entrusted with this secret. 


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from: CatholicHerald.co.uk

Sunday, September 22, 2019

St. Therese of Lisieux Novena - 9/22 - 9/30

St Therese of Lisieux
Join us in the novena to St. Therese of Lisieux! Also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus, she is a doctor of the Church and Pope Pius X called her the “greatest saint of modern times.” Needless to say, she is a most powerful intercessor and she is beloved by many who seek her help.
She is one of the most popular saints of our day.


Daily Prayer added to individual days below:
Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…
(State your intentions)
Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God Whom you loved so deeply.
Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our Savior.

St. Therese Novena DAY ONE

Loving God, you blessed St. Therese with a capacity for a great love. Help me to believe in Your unconditional love for each of Your children, especially for me.
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY TWO

Loving God, you loved St. Therese’s complete trust in Your care. Help me to rely on Your providential care in each circumstance of my life, especially the most difficult and stressful.
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY THREE

Loving God, you gave St. Therese the ability to see You in the ordinary routine of each day. Help me to be aware of Your Presence in the everyday events of my life.
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY FOUR

Loving God, You taught St. Therese how to find You through the “little way” of humility and simplicity. Grant that I may never miss the grace hidden in humble service to others.
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY FIVE

Loving God, You gave St. Therese the gift of forgiving others even when she felt hurt and betrayed. Help me to be able to forgive others who have wounded me, especially…
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY SIX

Loving God, St. Therese experienced every day as a gift from You. She saw it as a time to love You through other people. May I, too, see every day as an opportunity to say yes to You.
I accept Your Will, Lord. Help me to accept Your Will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY SEVEN

Loving God, St. Therese offered to You her weakness. Help me to see in my weakness an opportunity to rely completely on You.
I rely on You, Lord. Help me to rely on You more!
I accept Your Will, Lord. Help me to accept Your Will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY EIGHT

Loving God, You loved St. Therese with a powerful love and made her a source of strength to those who had lost faith in You. Help me to pray with confidence for those in my life who do not believe they can be loved.
I reflect You to the world, Lord. Help me to reflect You more clearly!
I rely on You, Lord. Help me to rely on You more!
I accept Your Will, Lord. Help me to accept Your Will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

St. Therese Novena DAY NINE

Loving God, St. Therese never doubted that her life had meaning. Help me to see how I can bless and love everyone in my life. Especially…
I love Your people, Lord. Help me to love them more!
I reflect You to the world, Lord. Help me to reflect You more clearly!
I rely on You, Lord. Help me to rely on You more!
I accept Your Will, Lord. Help me to accept Your Will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see You, Lord. Help me to see You more!
I trust You, Lord. Help me to trust You more!
I love You, Lord. Help me to love You more!
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…


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