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“THREE WAYS BY WHICH THE GRACE OF GOD REAWAKENS THE SOUL”

BY ST ANTHONY, ABBOT

“I think that there are three ways by which the grace of God reawakens the soul of the children of men. Some, moved by divine promises and by an innate instinct towards good, do not know of delay in following the call of God and are imitators of the Patriarch, Abraham, who was the first to be shown such a way in the following words: ‘Leave your country, your kindred and your father’s house for a country which I shall show to you’ (Gen 12:1). The soul which is disposed to such promptness will easily acquire the virtues, his heart being ready to welcome the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

The second way is that of those who, reading in the Sacred Scriptures the torments reserved for sinners and the holy promises made to the just, with a sober will, reconcile their life to the call of God.

The third way is the way of sufferings which God, in the kindness of His heart, grants in order to correct those whose heart is hardened by vice and sin; so that the soul may reawaken under the lash of sufferings and, repentant, may reach the point of doing good.”

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PRAYER TO BE FREED OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

PRAYER TO BE FREED FROM THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

O meek Saviour and Prince of Peace, implant in me the virtues of gentleness and patience. Let me curb the fury of anger and restrain all resentment and impatience so as to overcome evil with good, attain Your peace, and rejoice in Your freedom and love.

O Model of humility, divest me of all pride and arrogance. Let me acknowledge my weakness and sinfulness, so that I may bear mockery and contempt for Your sake and esteem myself as lowly in Your sight.

O Teacher of abstinence, help me to serve You rather than my appetites. Keep me from gluttony – the inordinate love of food and drink – and let me hunger and thirst for Your justice.

O Lover of purity, remove all lust from my heart, so that I may serve You with a pure heart and chaste body.

O Father of the poor, help me to avoid all covetousness for earthly goods and give me a love for heavenly things. Inspire me to give to the needy, just as You gave Your life that I might inherit eternal treasures.

O Exemplar of love, keep me from all envy and ill-will. Let the grace of Your love dwell in me that I may rejoice in the happiness of others and bewail their adversities.

O zealous Lover of souls, keep me from all sloth of mind or body. Inspire me with zeal for Your glory, so that I may do all things for You and in You. Amen.

 
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POPE ST PIUS V’S STRICTLY VEGAN LIFESTYLE

“St Pius was a man of sterling quality: he was a person who was serious, methodical and very rigorous. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church understood this immediately, when the newly elected Pope brusquely refused the proposal of organising a party for his rise to the Papal throne.

THE FOOD OF THE DOMINICAN MONKS THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES

Also his food was very simple: at the Pontifical Court, the food which the new Pope wanted to be put on the table, day after day, was connected to his being part of the Dominican Order, which adopted a strict and prohibitive diet: no meat, no dairy products, no eggs, and this was for three hundred and sixty five days of the year!

REFUSING TO BE DOMINATED BY THE HUMAN PALATE

He himself was reluctant to eat all those foods which were too agreeable or elaborate. One of his favourite dishes was bread cooked with olive oil. This was made of stale bread, garlic, oil, salt and pepper.

VEGAN FOR 55 YEARS

During his final illness, St Pius V, notwithstanding physical weakness, wanted to observe the Lent in its entirety. One of his domestics, seeing him so debilitated, had the wild chicory he habitually ate, seasoned with some meat sauce. As soon as the Pope had noticed this he showed himself very displeased: ‘Do you wish, my friend,’ he said ‘that for the few days I have left of my life, I will transgress the law of abstinence which I have observed inviolably during the course of 55 years?'”
– This article was published in “De Vita Contemplativa” Year VII, Number 5, May 2013. [Headings added.]

 
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MARY’S PRAYERS AND LOVE HAVE SNATCHED MANY SOULS FROM THE CLUTCHES OF HELL

“If people do what I tell you many souls will be saved…”

MANY SOULS GO TO HELL BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO ONE TO PRAY FOR THEM

“Our Lady said to the children at Fatima, ‘if people do what I tell you many souls will be saved and there will be peace.’ Our Lady asked us at Fatima to pray and make sacrifice for sinners. She said that many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray for them and make sacrifices for them. Lucy describes the Vision of Hell as follows:

THE VISION OF HELL

‘We saw as it were a vast sea of fire, in which were plunged, all blackened and burnt, demons and souls in human form like transparent embers. Raised into the air by the flames, they fell back in all directions, like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or poise, amidst loud cries and horrible groans of pain and despair which caused us to shudder and tremble with fear. The demons were distinguished by the horrible and repellent forms of terrible unknown animals, like embers of fire, black yet transparent.

This scene lasted an instant, and we must thank Our Heavenly Mother who had prepared us beforehand by promising to take us to Heaven with Her; otherwise I believe that we should have died of fear and terror.’ Our Lady said: ‘You have seen Hell where the soul of poor sinners go, to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.’

Saint Alphonsus (Doctor of the Church) teaches that Devotion to Mary is necessary for Catholics in order to save their souls. He also teaches that Mary has snatched many souls from the clutches of Hell and saved them for Heaven because these persons have repeated during their lifetime some little act of devotion to Our Lady – for example, praying three Hail Mary’s to Our Lady every day, or fasting on Saturdays in Her honour. (See Saint Alphonsus’s book ‘Glories of Mary’, Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 8.) Thus we can see why God wants to even better establish devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the world because thereby many more souls would be saved. God furthermore wants mankind to realise that God grants graces to us through Mary. As Pope Leo XIII taught, all graces come from God, through the Sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, through the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to us.”
– This article entitled “Vision of Hell” was published in the Fatima Center’s booklet “Our Lady’s Urgent Appeal”, 1982. More information on the Fatima Center can be found on http://www.fatima.org (external link).

 
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PRAYER TO ST DENIS AND HIS COMPANIONS

ST DENIS, BISHOP AND MARTYR (INVOKED AGAINST MIGRAINES) AND HIS COMPANIONS; MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 9

St Denis lived in the third century; he was one of seven bishops sent to convert Gaul, became bishop and was martyred, perhaps in 251.

PRAYER:

Father,
you sent Saint Denis and his companions
to preach your glory to the nations,
and you gave them the strength
to be steadfast in their sufferings for Christ.
Grant that we may learn from their example
to reject the power and wealth of this world
and to brave all earthly trials.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 
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JOHN THE BAPTIST LEAPED FOR JOY – THE BLESSINGS OF THE “HAIL MARY”

Hail, Mary…

“This heavenly salutation draws down upon us the blessings of Jesus and Mary in abundance, for it is an infallible truth that Jesus and Mary reward in a marvellous way those who glorify them. They repay us a hundredfold for the praises we give them. ‘I love them that love me… that I may enrich them that love me and fill their treasures’ (Prov. 8:17, 21). Jesus and Mary have always said: ‘We love those who love us; we enrich them and fill their treasuries to overflowing.’ ‘He who soweth in blessings, shall also reap blessings’ (2 Cor 9:6).

Now, if we say the Hail Mary properly, is not this a way to love, bless and glorify Jesus and Mary?

In each Hail Mary we bless both Jesus and Mary: ‘Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.’

By each Hail Mary we give our Lady the same honour that God gave her when He sent the Archangel Gabriel to greet her for Him. How could anyone possibly think that Jesus and Mary, who often do good to those that curse them, could ever curse those that bless and honour them by the Hail Mary.

Both Saint Bernard and Saint Bonaventure say that the Queen of Heaven is certainly no less grateful and conscientious than gracious and well-mannered people of this world. Just as she excels in all other perfections, she surpasses us all in the virtue of gratitude; so she would never let us honour her with love and respect without repaying us one hundredfold. Saint Bonaventure says that Mary will greet us with grace if we greet her with the Hail Mary.

Who could possibly understand the graces and blessing which the greeting and tender regard of Our Lady effect in us? From the very first instant that Saint Elizabeth heard the greeting that the Mother of God gave her, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and the Child in her womb leaped for joy. If we make ourselves worthy of the greeting and blessings of Our Lady we shall certainly be filled with graces and a flood of spiritual consolations will come down into our souls.”
– St Louis de Montfort

 
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30th SEPTEMBER, GOSPEL READING (LUKE 9:46-50)

THE LEAST AMONG YOU ALL, THAT IS THE ONE WHO IS GREAT.

An argument started between the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them, “Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.”

John spoke up. “Master,” he said “we saw a man casting out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.” But Jesus said to him, “You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
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