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PRAYER FOR CATECHISTS

PRAYER FOR CATECHISTS

LET THEM COME TO ME, FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

O Jesus, Friend of children, Who from thy most tender years didst grow visibly in wisdom and in grace before God and men; Who at the age of twelve east seated in the Temple, in the midst of the doctors, listening to them attentively, asking them questions, and exciting their admiration by the prudence and wisdom of thy discourse; Who didst receive so willingly the children, blessing them and saying to thy disciples: “Let them come to Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven,” inspire me as thou didst inspire Blessed Peter Canisius, model and guide of the perfect Catechist, with a profound respect and a holy affection for childhood, a taste and a marked devotion for instructing them in Christian doctrine, a special aptitude in making them understand its mysteries, and love its beauties. I ask this of thee, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

[300 days, once a day. – Pius X., March 15th, 1906.]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

 

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BLESSED BE THE HOUR IN WHICH THE INCARNATE GOD WAS BORN

BLESSED BE THE HOUR IN WHICH THE INCARNATE GOD WAS BORN

PRAYER OF ST COLETTE

For any Spiritual or Temporal Favour

[This prayer was given to St Colette by an Angel, who appeared visibly in the choir before the Religious. It is daily recited in all her Convents. – Life, p. 141. The original copy is still preserved at Besançon.]

Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc.

Blessed be the hour in which the Incarnate God was born; blessed be the Holy Spirit by Whose operation Jesus Christ was conceived; blessed be the glorious Virgin Mary of whom the Word Incarnate was born; through the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mother and in remembrance of the most sacred hour in which the Incarnate Word was born, may the Lord hear my prayers and accomplish my desires. O Jesus, Who art mercy and goodness itself, do not abandon me on account of my sins or punish me as I deserve, but graciously hear my humble prayer, and grant me the favour that I ask for thy honour and the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

 

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NOVENA PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO, PATRON OF STUDENTS DOING EXAMS AND PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL

Because his father had died leaving debts and his family was consequently homeless, Joseph Desa was an unwelcome addition when he was born in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. As a child he was slow witted and had a habit of standing with his mouth open staring into space. He also had a terrible temper, probably born of frustration. Even his own mother thought him worthless. As a young man he joined the Capuchins but was sent away because the ecstasies he experienced made him unsuitable for work. Finally he was accepted by the Franciscans who, seeing his holiness, put him forward to train for the priesthood. Joseph found the studies difficult, and the best he could do was to learn a small portion of the material he was supposed to know, and then pray that that’s what he would be asked. Whilst with the Franciscans he began to levitate in ecstasy at the mention of any holy thing and only a command from his superior could bring him to earth. He was also investigated because of his antigravitiational activities and subsequently moved into seclusion. He then had his own room and chapel and was unable to leave them. Often those in charge even forgot to bring him food but he accepted everything with humility. St Joseph of Cupertino died a holy death aged sixty. He is patron of students doing exams, travellers (especially those undertaking journeys by air), pilots, and is invoked by children, adults and the elderly who are unloved, abandoned or neglected.

FIRST DAY:

Dear St Joseph, you were an unwanted child and were thought worthless even by your own mother. Intercede for all unwanted children that they may come to know they were born out of God’s love for them. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

SECOND DAY:

Dear St Joseph, you were an angry, frustrated child. We pray for all who struggle to express themselves, and that you help us overcome sins of anger. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

THIRD DAY:

Dear St Joseph, you experienced no love in your family and were considered of little account by all who knew you. We pray for all who have experienced the same. May we learn to treat everyone as having the worth they have in God’s eyes. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

FOURTH DAY:

Dear St Joseph, you suffered because you found it difficult to learn. We pray for all those who struggle at school. May they take comfort from the fact that although learning wasn’t easy for you, this didn’t stop you from becoming a saint. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

FIFTH DAY:

Dear St Joseph, you did the best with the intelligence you did have and put the rest in God’s hands. That way you passed all your exams and became a priest. We pray for all those struggling with exams. May we also do our best in everything and trust in God to guide our lives. We pray especially for (mention your request. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

SIXTH DAY:

Dear St Joseph, even the thought or mention of anything holy made you levitate in ecstasy. Grant us something of the understanding and reverence for God and his saints that you had. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

SEVENTH DAY:

Dear St Joseph, only when your superior ordered you to, were you able to come back down to earth. May we too have a love for and obedience to the teachings of the Church. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

EIGHTH DAY:

Dear St Joseph, you were unjustly suspected, confined to your room and neglected by those charged with looking after you. You accepted all this with humility. We pray for all those unjustly imprisoned, and that we too may have the humility to accept injustice for the love of Christ. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

NINTH DAY:

Dear St Joseph, because you could levitate you are the patron of travellers, especially air travellers. We pray for all those travelling that they may safely reach their destinations. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

 

SAY A SHORT PRAYER BEFORE REVISION, WRITTEN HOMEWORK AND OTHER STUDIES

A PRAYER OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS WHO ALWAYS PRAYED BEFORE STUDY:

Bestow upon me, O God, an understanding that knows You, wisdom in finding You, a way of life that is pleasing to You, perseverance that faithfully waits for You, and confidence that I shall embrace You at the last. Amen.

 

WHO IS THE PATRON SAINT FOR COMPUTER USERS AND THE INTERNET?

There is no listed patron but St Isidore of Seville is mentioned and regarded by many as the unofficial patron saint of computer science including the internet.

It is possible that he may well be officially designated as such by the Church authorities. In a sense he is an extraordinary choice considering that he lived in the sixth century, 14 centuries before computers were invented and came into daily usage.

He was born in Seville in Spain and was educated by his brother, a monk, and became one of the most learned men of his time. Possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge which he communicated in his books, he became most influential in clerical and monastic education. His most famous book is called ‘Etymologies’, which is a kind of encyclopedia containing elements of grammar, theology, history, mathematics and medicine.

He shares the unofficial title of ‘Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages’. He succeeded his brother as Archbishop of Seville and presided over Church councils and was noted for his austere life as well as his charity to the poor. He was canonised in 1598; his feast day is on April 4th.

(St Martin Magazine 4/11)

 

CHILDREN’S MORNING PRAYER

Good morning, Jesus,
it’s a great new day,
with lots to do
and lots to play.
It’s nice to know
I’ve a friend like you,
who cares for me
however I do.
At home or school
throughout this day
stay close to me,
dear Jesus I pray.
Amen.

 

“I CAN’T SEEM TO HANDLE THIS! IT’S TOO MUCH!” – A SHORT REFLECTION ON THE SPIRITUAL MEANING OF OUR PROBLEMS

“Why do I have these problems? Why does my life seem so difficult? Why do I have to bear these burdens, this cross?”

YOUR CROSS

The everlasting God has in His wisdom
forseen from eternity the cross that He now
presents to you as a gift from His inmost Heart.

The cross He now sends you He has considered
with His all-knowing eyes, understood with
His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice,
warmed with loving arms and weighed with
His own hands to see that it be not one inch too
large and not one ounce too heavy for you.
He has blessed it with His holy Name,
anointed it with His grace,
perfumed it with His consolation,
taken one last glance at you and your courage,
and then sent it to you from heaven,
a special greeting from God to you,
an alms of the all merciful love of God.

– St Francis de Sales