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THE CREEDS ARE LIGHT IN DARKNESS

THE CREEDS ARE LIGHT IN DARKNESS

It is obligatory to attend Holy Mass every Sunday. The Creed is prayed by all the faithful during these Masses. 

The articles of the Creed are brief enunciations and specimens of some, and of the chief, of the great mercies vouchsafed to man in the Gospel.

They are truths of pregnant significance, and of direct practical bearing on Christian life and conduct. Such, for instance, obviously is ‘one Baptism for the remission of sins,’ and ‘the resurrection of the body’. Such then must be our profession of ‘catholicity’.

And, thus considered, the two, ‘the Catholic Church’ and ‘the Communion of Saints’, certainly suggest an explanation of each other; the one introducing us to our associates and patrons in heaven, and the other pointing out to us where to find the true teaching and the means of grace on earth.

– Bl. John Henry Newman; The Creeds are light in darkness; Ath.II, 65

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O MY LORD JESUS, I ASK THEE TO GRANT ME TWO GRACES

O MY LORD JESUS, I ASK THEE TO GRANT ME TWO GRACES

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS 

O my Lord Jesus Christ, I ask thee to grant me two graces before I die; first, that thou wilt make me feel in soul and body, as much as is possible for me, the pain that thou, my sweet Lord, didst endure in the hour of thy cruel Passion; second, that I may feel in my heart, as much as I possibly can, that excess of love which induced thee to suffer for us, poor sinners, such unheard-of torments. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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“A FAINT FAITH IS BETTER THAN A STRONG HERESY” (ST THOMAS MORE)

“A FAINT FAITH IS BETTER THAN A STRONG HERESY” (ST THOMAS MORE)

“Only faith can guarantee the blessings we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.”  (Second Mass Reading, Hebrews 11:1-2; 8-19)

“…Let us prayerfully reflect on what some holy people have said about ‘faith’:

  • Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with the things that are not at hand. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • Faith is the proof of what cannot be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith. (Pope St Gregory the Great)
  • For when you meet frequently the forces of Satan are annulled and his destructive power is cancelled in the concord of your faith. (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to heaven. (St John Climacus)
  • Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church is often labelled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. (Pope em. Benedict XVI)
  • Someone may object that it is foolish to believe what he cannot see… Yet life in this world would be altogether impossible if we were to believe only what we can see. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. (St Thomas More)
  • How can a man say he believes in Christ if he doesn’t do what Christ commends him to do? (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • I used to pray often during the day, and the love of God and the fear of Him increased in me more and more; my faith began to grow and my spirit was stirred, so that in one day I would say as many as hundred prayers. I used to rise at dawn for prayer, in snow, frost or rain, because of the glow of the Spirit in me. (St Patrick)
  • Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. (Pope St John Paul II)
  • To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. (St Thomas Aquinas)

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, August 2016

 

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LET MY HEART NEVER REST UNTIL IT FINDS YOU

LET MY HEART NEVER REST UNTIL IT FINDS YOU

O loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ,

You move hearts that are harder than rock,

You melt spirits that are colder than ice,

and You reach souls that are more impenetrable than diamonds.

Touch my heart with Your sacred wounds

and permeate my soul with Your Precious Blood,

so that wherever I turn

I will see only my Divine Crucified Lord,

and everything I see

will appear coloured with Your Blood.

 

Lord Jesus,

let my heart never rest until it finds You,

Who are its centre, its love, and its happiness.

By the wound in Your Heart,

pardon the sins that I have committed

whether out of malice or out of evil desires.

Place my weak heart in Your own Divine Heart,

continually under Your protection and guidance,

so that I may persevere in doing good

and in fleeing evil until my last breath.

Amen.

 

– St Margaret Mary Alacoque

 

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A SELECTION OF SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYERS

Please memorise them that you can use them on any occasion and in particular needs.

To the King of ages, immortal and invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, if this ejaculation is recited devoutly every day for a month.

My God and my all.

An indulgence of 300 days.

O God, be merciful to me, the sinner.

An indulgence of 500 days.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when the invocation has been devoutly recited every day for a month.

My God, I love Thee.

An indulgence of 300 days.

My Jesus, mercy.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when this invocation is devoutly recited every day for a month.

My Lord and my God!

The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass or when it is solemnly exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love, are granted: An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a week, if this pious practice is followed daily, on conditions of confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Hail, O Cross, our only hope.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions for the daily repetition of this ejaculation. The faithful who invoke the sacred names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph conjointly, may gain: an indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for the daily repetition of the invocation.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions if this invocation be devoutly repeated daily.

Queen of the most holy Rosary; pray for us.

An indulgence of 300 days.

Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us 

An indulgence of 300 days.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, let me breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.

An indulgence of 7 years for each invocation. A plenary indulgence on the usual condition, for the recitation of each of the foregoing invocations every day for a month.

From a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.

An indulgence of 300 days.

– Selected Indulgenced Prayers from ‘The Raccolta’

 

 

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A FIRM DEFENCE AGAINST THE WILES OF ALL MY ENEMIES, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels

O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, transfix the affections of my inmost soul with that most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, with true, serene, holiest apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, that it may desire Thee, and faint for Thy courts, long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the Refreshment of holy souls, our daily and supersubstantial Bread, who hast all sweetness and savour, and the delight of every taste. Let my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, upon whom the Angels desire to look, and my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savour.

May it ever thirst for Thee, the Fountain of life, the Source of wisdom and knowledge, the Fountain of eternal light, the Torrent of pleasure, the Richness of the House of God.

May it ever yearn for Thee, find Thee, stretch towards Thee, attain to Thee, meditate upon Thee, speak of Thee, and do all things to the praise and glory of Thy holy name, with humility and discretion, with all virtues; a firm defence against the wiles of all my enemies, visible and invisible; a perfect quieting of all my impulses, fleshly and spiritual; a cleaving unto Thee, the one true God; and a blessed consummation of my end when Thou dost call.

And I pray that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me a sinner to that unspeakable Feast where Thou, with Thy Son and Thy Holy Spirit, art to holy ones true light, fullness of blessedness, everlasting joy, and perfect happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

– St Bonaventure

 

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PRAYER FOR CHRIST’S HELP AT EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY

O Christ, You are adored in heaven and on earth, every second, every minute.

You are patience, compassion and mercy itself:

You love the just, have mercy on sinners, call all men to salvation and promise them the future good; receive our prayers this day, and shape our life to Your will, sanctify our souls and bodies, correct our thoughts and make them victorious over temptation and sadness; protect and bless us, so that we may arrive at the unity of faith and knowledge of Your glory.

You who are God, with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.