When I was at a low point, I sat in a pew. Outreaching into the hymnal, a paper fell out. It read:
Soul Of Christ:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, flood my senses. Water from Thy side, strengthen me.
O gracious Jesus, hear me calling; within Thy wounds hide me. O gracious Jesus, never leave me; protect me from all evil. O loving Jesus, call me to You, where I may praise You always.
I cried deeply knowing I was being cleansed, released, strengthened. Joy is what we need to radiate under all earthly pressures. This all coinciding with Ascension Thursday – truly amazes. Pentecost is Sunday, when the Holy Spirit came from the Soul of Jesus, 40 days after, it was the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday.
Pope Visits Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome first day after his election.
O Mother of all peoples; you know all their sufferings and their hopes.
You maternally feel all their struggles between good and evil, between the light and the darkness which shake the world.
Receive our cry, directed in the Holy Spirit straight to your Heart and, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, embrace the individuals and peoples which most look for this embrace, together with the individuals and peoples to whose trust you attend in a particular way.
Take the entire human family under your maternal affection, O Mother, we entrust it to you. May the time of peace and liberty approach for all, the time of truth, justice and hope.
by St. John Chrysostom
Let all pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward; let any who came after the third hour be grateful to join in the feast, and those who may have come after the sixth, let them not be afraid of being too late; for the Lord is gracious and He receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him who comes on the eleventh hour as well as to him who has toiled since the first: yes, He has pity on the last and He serves the first; He rewards the one and praises the effort.
Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet. The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness. Let no one grieve over his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed; let no one weep over his sins, for pardon has shone from the grave; let no one fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free: He has destroyed it by enduring it, He has despoiled Hades by going down into its kingdom, He has angered it by allowing it to taste of his flesh.
When Isaiah foresaw all this, he cried out: “O Hades, you have been angered by encountering Him in the nether world.” Hades is angered because frustrated, it is angered because it has been mocked, it is angered because it has been destroyed, it is angered because it has been reduced to naught, it is angered because it is now captive. It seized a body, and, lo! it encountered heaven; it seized the visible, and was overcome by the invisible.
O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are abolished. Christ is risen and the demons are cast down. Christ is risen and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life is freed. Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
” Devotion to the Holy Spirit is bound up with devotion to the Sacred Heart. The Holy Spirit is, so to speak, the spiritual heart of God, his substantial love. The Holy Spirit formed the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is his throne where he reigns as king. The Holy Spirit is also the gift of the Sacred Heart. It’s graces are won for us by the sufferings and merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus must reign within human souls and societies through the Holy Spirit.”
– Father Leo Dehon – Founder of the Priest of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus
And so we pray, come Holy Spirit Come from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and enlighten the hearts and minds of your church as we pray for a new pope. Amen.
Like many Marian feasts, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary celebrates the protection of Christians through the intercession of the Mother of God.
Salve Regina by Choeur des moines de saint benoit-du-lac
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Almighty, everlasting God, who by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary to become a dwelling-place meet for thy Son: grant that as we rejoice in her commemoration; so by her fervent intercession we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
In 1883, Pope Leo XIII officially dedicated the month of October to the Holy Rosary.
Say the Rosary daily. Reach out and share it with others. Remember how it changed you and what effects you saw in your life when you began saying the Rosary. There is a before and after effect when you hear it and memorize it. It has changed my prayers in such a profound way and has deepened our family’s prayer life and connections spiritually. Read an article where reader questions Rosary and Rote Prayer. Not just words, real conversations going on in the universe with the Rosary.
Try and add Crusade of the Family Rosary into your prayer circle this month.
For the Crusade of the Family Rosary
O Queen of the most holy Rosary: with hearts full of confidence we earnestly beseech you to bless the Crusade of the Family Rosary. From you came the grace to begin it. From you must come the grace to win souls to it. We beg you to bless this Crusade so that from every home the incense of this prayer will daily rise before you, O admirable Mother.
O Queen of Homes: by the power of the Rosary we beseech you to embrace all the members of our family in the love of your Immaculate Heart. May you abide with us and we with you, praying to you while your pray for us. May you preside in our homes as once you did at Nazareth with Jesus and Joseph, filling them with the holiness of your presence and inspiration.
O Queen of Peace: it is you who have placed the Rosary in our hands. It is you who bid us to recite it daily. By the power of the Family Rosary we beseech you to obtain peace for us–peace within our hears, our homes, our country, and throughout the world. Through the daily recitation of the Family rosary we beg you to keep sin from our souls, enmities from our hearts, and war from our shores. By the graces received from the devotion of the Family Rosary we pray to be made helpful to one another in following the paths of virtue so that we may be found worthy to be called children of your family, children of your home. Amen.
Sometimes it is hard to push ourselves to do the work we need to complete. Seeing a spiritual purpose in that work can help. This prayer to St. Joseph, patron of workers, helps us call to mind that all of our labor is, in fact, part of our struggle on the road to heaven.
Prayer for Fidelity to Work
Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God, disregarding difficulties and weariness; to work, above all, with purity of intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes death, and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, patriarch Joseph. This will be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.
THIS CAME TO ME FROM A FRIEND.
The Lord is my Shepherd = That’s Relationship!
I shall not want = That’s Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That’s Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters = That’s Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul = That’s Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That’s Guidance!
For His name sake = That’s Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
= That’s Testing!
I will fear no evil = That’s Protection!
For Thou art with me = That’s Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me = That’s Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
Enemies = That’s Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil = That’s Consecration!
My cup runneth over = That’s Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life = That’s Blessing !
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord = That’s Security!
Forever = That’s Eternity!
Face it, the Lord is crazy about you.
Send this to people you are crazy about..
I thought this was pretty special, just like YOU!!!
What is most valuable,
Is not what we have in our lives, but
WHO we have in our lives!