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THE CONSTANT PRAYER OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

THE CONSTANT PRAYER OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

(You can repeat this prayer constantly when going about your daily business, as St Catherine of Siena did.)

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.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2016 in Devotions

 

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THE SACRED HEART WAY

THE SACRED HEART WAY

They say we’re searching for a love we’ll never find.

They’re wrong, so wrong, so wrong!

Jesus’ Love is pure and kind.

We’ll know we’ve found His Love

When joy in our hearts abind.

His Love forgives, lifts us high,

Till our hearts entwine.

Jesus, Jesus my Love,

Enter this feeble heart and stay.

Dying to my selfish self is

The Sacred Heart Way.

And when we pass others by

We’ll smile and say, here, take,

You can have Jesus’ Love too,

Jesus Loves you too.

(Poem from leaflets distributed in Church for the Month of June)

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Devotions

 

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PRAYER TO ST JUSTIN

PRAYER TO ST JUSTIN

St Justin, Martyr; Feast Day: June 1

O God, who through the foolishness of the cross wondrously taught blessed Justin, your Martyr, the lofty wisdom of Jesus Christ, grant that by his intercession we may reject the wiles of error and attain firmness of faith. Through the same Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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IN OUR OWN AGE, THE CALL TO SANCTITY IS MORE IMPERATIVE THAN EVER

IN OUR OWN AGE, THE CALL TO SANCTITY IS MORE IMPERATIVE THAN EVER

For Part 1 please click here.

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

In our own Age, the call to sanctity is more imperative than ever, if only because our race seems to be drifting further and further from God. The Blessed Virgin has appeared, notably at Fatima, to appeal for reparation. God has raised up a great Saint like St Therese of Lisieux to recruit an army of victim souls. The Popes have called upon all members of the Church to seek after integral Catholicism, which necessarily implies the practice of the lay apostolate.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the Providence of God should in these times offer sincere souls a means of sanctity, specially designed for those who must continue to live in the world.

Mary’s Army exists primarily to sanctify its members. To accomplish this, it has devised a unique scheme of spiritual formation designed to bring its members ever closer to God through frequent reception of the Sacraments, regular prayer, the practice of all the virtues and, most of all, devotion to Our Lady.

We are well aware that no one can take the slightest step towards sanctity without grace. Mary’s Army calls all its members to have the greatest devotion to the Holy Eucharist, the very Source of Grace. The Mass is the continuation among men of the Sacrifice of Calvary, containing all that Christ offered to God and all that He acquired for men. From Calvary, every Grace flows: hence, desiring to share plenteously in the gifts of Redemption, the Child of Mary has fervent and frequent recourse to Holy Mass, which he is particularly enjoined to hear in union with and in the spirit of Mary. Through him, Mary will re-enact her prayer on Calvary, the first fruits of which were the earliest converts to the Faith. With Her, he will unite himself to Christ, to be but a single victim, offered to God for the sins of men. [to be continued]

– Excerpts from Holiness Through Mary by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s contact details, please visit the link above (Part 1).

 

 

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ST JOHN OF ST FACUNDUS – A DISTINGUISHED PEACEMAKER

ST JOHN OF ST FACUNDUS – A DISTINGUISHED PEACEMAKER

ST JOHN OF ST FACUNDUS, CONFESSOR; FEAST DAY: JUNE 12

John was born of a noble family at Sahagun in Spain. His parents, after having been childless for a long time, obtained him from God by reason of their holy works and by their prayers.

From his youth, he showed signs of his future sanctity. After being ordained a priest, he gave up, of his own accord, the ecclesiastical benefices with which he had been justly enriched, so that he might serve God in greater peace.

When he fell into a very severe illness at Salamanca, he bound himself by vow to a stricter discipline. To fulfil this vow, he withdrew to a monastery of St Augustine, then especially distinguished for a severe way of life.

When he had been admitted there, he surpassed even those who were most advanced in virtue. Sometimes by sermons, and at other times by private conversations and the sanctity of his life, he restored to peace the citizens of Salamanca, who had been harassed by bloody feuds.

He was more than once freed from imminent danger by the power of God. He was frequently able to behold the presence of Christ the Lord while he was celebrating Mass, to observe the secrets of the heart, and to foretell the future. At length, after having foretold the day of his death, he departed this life in a most holy manner, famous for many miracles before and after his death. When they were duly approved, Alexander VIII numbered him among the saints.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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PSALM 32 – EXULTATE, JUSTI

PSALM 32 – EXULTATE, JUSTI

An exhortation to praise God, and to trust in him.

A psalm for David.

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just: praise be cometh the upright.

Give praise to the Lord on the harp; sing to him with the psaltery, the instrument of ten strings.

Sing to him a new canticle, sing well unto him with a loud noise.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all his works are done with faithfulness.

He loveth mercy and judgment; the earth is full of the mercy of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were established; and all the power of them by the spirit of his mouth:

Gathering together the waters of the sea, as in a vessel; laying up the depths in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of the world be in awe of him.

For he spoke and they were made: he commanded and they were created.

The Lord bringeth to nought the counsels of nations; and he rejecteth the devices of people, and casteth away the counsels of princes.

But the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever: the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom he hath chosen for his inheritance.

The Lord hath looked from heaven: he hath beheld all the sons of men.

From his habitation which he hath prepared, he hath looked upon all that dwell on earth.

He who hath made the hearts of every one of them: who understandeth all their works.

The king is not saved by a great army: nor shall the giant be saved by his own great strength.

Vain is the horse for safety: neither shall he be saved by the abundance of his strength.

Behold the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear him: and on them that hope in his mercy.

To deliver their souls from death; and feed them in famine.

Our soul waiteth for the Lord: for he is our helper and protector.

For in him our heart shall rejoice: and in his holy name we have trusted.

Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in thee.

 

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BEFORE THE EARTH CAME INTO BEING, WISDOM WAS BORN (PROV 8:22-31)

BEFORE THE EARTH CAME INTO BEING, WISDOM WAS BORN (PROV 8:22-31)

The Most Holy Trinity (Year C) – First Reading

The Wisdom of God cries aloud:

The Lord created me when his purpose first unfolded,

before the oldest of his works.

From everlasting I was firmly set,

from the beginning, before earth came into being.

The deep was not, when I was born,

there were no Springs to gush with water.

Before the mountains were settled,

before the hills, I came to birth;

before he made the earth, the countryside,

or the first grains of the world’s dust.

When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there,

when he drew ring on the surface of the deep,

when he thickened the cloud above,

when he fixed fast the springs of the deep,

when he assigned the sea its boundaries

– and the waters will not invade the shore –

when he laid down the foundations of the earth,

I was by his side, a master craftsman,

delighting in him day after day,

ever at play in his presence,

at play everywhere in the world,

delighting to be with the sons of men.

 

The word of the Lord.

 

 

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