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ST LUKE, EVANGELIST

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST – FEAST: OCTOBER 18

Luke was a physician of Antioch. He knew Greek and was a disciple of the Apostle Paul. Luke wrote the Gospel from holy tradition (word of mouth) and compiled the Acts from what he, personally, had seen. He never married and lived eighty-four years.

PRAYER:

Father,

you chose Luke the evangelist to reveal

by preaching and writing

the mystery of your love for the poor.

Unite in one heart and spirit

all who glory in your name,

and let all nations come to see your salvation.

Through our Lord…

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HE STARTED WEARING THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF FAITH

HE STARTED WEARING THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF FAITH

One of the most famous examples of our Lady’s granting spiritual favours to the wearers of the Miraculous Medal occurred less than ten years after it had been struck.

Alphonse Rathisbonne was a French Jewish who had no religion. When his brother Theodore became a Catholic and then a priest, Alphonse was filled with aversion. He was a typical intellectual of the nineteenth century, a worshipper of humanity, who sneered at anything spiritual.

HE SNEERED AT ANYTHING SPIRITUAL 

In November, 1841, Alphonse found himself in Rome although his itinerary had not called for a stop in the Eternal City. There he met Baron de Bussiere. The Baron urgently requested him to wear the Miraculous Medal and to recite daily the prayer of St Bernard, the Memorare. Alphonse did so in the spirit of accepting a dare and without the slightest bit of faith.

HE DID SO IN THE SPIRIT OF ACCEPTING A DARE

On January 20,1842,Monsieur de Bussiere saw Alphonse walking along the street and invited him into his carriage. They stopped at S. Andrea della Fratee because the Baron wished to see a priest there. In order to kill time, Alphonse entered the church.

HE WAS WALKING AROUND LISTLESSLY, UNTIL… 

He was not very much interested and was walking around rather listlessly. Suddenly the church seemed to be plunged into darkness and all the light concentrated on one chapel. Very much startled, he saw there our Blessed Mother bathed in glorious light, her face radiant. He advanced towards her. She motioned with her right hand for him to kneel. As he knelt, he realised at last the sad state of his soul. He perceived that mankind had been redeemed through the Blood of Christ, and he was seized with a great longing to be taken into the Church of Christ. The Blessed Virgin spoke not a word, but these things came to him as he knelt before her. Alphonse was baptised by Cardinal Patrizi, vicar of Pope Gregory XVI. The Holy Father, as Bishop of Rome, ordered an official inquiry, and after four months the authenticity of the miracle was recognised. Alphonse Maria Rathisbonne, as he was named after his baptism, devoted the remainder of his life to winning over his fellow Jews to Christ.

– From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2019 in Devotions

 

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BEADS OF THE SACRED HEART

BEADS OF THE SACRED HEART

Composed of Five Tens in honour of the Five Wounds

MANNER OF RECITAL:

On the Cross say: The “Anima Christi” or an “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”.

Say on each large bead:  

“Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto thine.”

[300 days’ Indulgence, each time.]

On the small beads:

“Sweet Heart of Jesus, be thou my love.”

[300 days’ Indulgence.]

At the end of the ten:

“Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.”

[300 days’ Indulgence, each time.]

Conclusion:

“O Lord Jesus, Who in the plenitude of thy mercy hast redeemed us by thy Precious Blood, grant to the souls of thy servants eternal rest. Amen.”

[These prayers are a treasury of Indulgences and require no special beads.] 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THE VICTORY WAS AN ANSWER TO ALL THE PRAYERS

THE VICTORY WAS AN ANSWER TO ALL THE PRAYERS

From this holy devotion of the Rosary countless benefits have been showered the length and breadth of Christendom. Among these most certainly can be reckoned that famous victory which the Christian princes, aroused by the plea of Pope St Pius V, won over the vastly superior power of the Turks at Lepanto.

THE VICTORY OF LEPANTO 

As this victory was won on the very day on which the confraternities of the most holy Rosary throughout the world were offering up their rosaries, as they had been asked to do, there can be no doubt that this victory was an answer to their prayers.

PERPETUAL THANKSGIVING 

So convinced of this was Gregory XIII that he proclaimed that for so singular a blessing there should be offered everywhere on earth perpetual thanks to the blessed Virgin, under the title of the Rosary. He decreed also that in every church where an altar of the Rosary had been erected, its office should be celebrated in perpetuity under the rite of a double major. Other pontiffs also have granted almost innumerable indulgences to the recitation of the Rosary and to Rosary Confraternities.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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THE RISE OF THE ROSARY

THE RISE OF THE ROSARY

It was the time when the impious heresy of the Albigensians was spreading throughout the district of Toulouse, striking its roots more deeply day by day. Saint Dominic, who had but recently laid the foundations of the Order of Preachers, threw all his strength into the task of extirpating the wicked error.

HE THREW ALL HIS STRENGTH INTO EXTIRPATING THE WICKED ERROR

To make his victory the more certain, he sought constantly and in earnest prayer the aid of the most blessed Virgin Mary, whose dignity had been most shamefully attacked by the heretics. It is given to her to destroy all heresies throughout the world.

PREACHING DEVOTION TO THE ROSARY 

Dominic was admonished by her – as everyone will recall – to preach devotion to the Rosary as a special weapon against heresy and vice. It is astounding with what great fervour of soul, and with what happy results he carried out this assignment. The recitation of the Rosary has a fixed pattern, in which fifteen decades of the Angelic Salutation are separated by the Lord’s Prayer , which is inserted between each decade. During each decade, we meditate upon a particular mystery of our redemption. From the time of the Albigensian heresy onwards, this holy method of prayer began to be marvellously propagated and promoted by Saint Dominic. The sovereign Pontiffs, themselves, in encyclical letters have, from time to time, confirmed the fact that Dominic was the founder and author of the Rosary.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2019 in Devotions

 

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THE BLUE SCAPULAR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

THE BLUE SCAPULAR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

This scapular was revealed by Our Divine Lord and the Blessed Virgin to the Ven. Ursula Benincasa, of the Order of Theatines, at Naples,

  1. to honour the Immaculate Conception
  2. to obtain the conversion of sinners.

Those invested in this scapular can gain all the Indulgences granted to any Religious Order, or to any person or place. By reciting six Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glorias, in honour of the Most Holy Trinity, and our Immaculate Lady, may be gained all the Indulgences of Rome, of the Portiuncula, of Jerusalem, and of St James of Compostella.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2019 in Devotions

 

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THE SCAPULAR OF MOUNT CARMEL

THE SCAPULAR OF MOUNT CARMEL

1. Secures one the special protection of the Blessed Virgin in all the necessities of life, at the hour of death, and in Purgatory.

2. It should be worn day and night over the shoulders. It must be received from a person duly authorised to confer it, and the recipient’s name must be entered on the register of the Confraternity.

3. No special prayers are ordained, but in order to secure the favour of being released from Purgatory on the first Saturday after death, chastity according to one’s state must be observed, and the Little Office of Our Lady daily recited. The blessing of the first scapular extends to those which are afterwards substituted. 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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