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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

 

PRAYER ASKING FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

O Heavenly Father,
through Your Only Begotten Son,
we ask you to send us the Holy Spirit
with the seven gifts:

The Spirit of WISDOM,
in order to seek You alone,
the One who is our end and destiny;

the Spirit of UNDERSTANDING,
in order to understand well Your
holy Word and Will,
recognising the hand
of Your Divine Providence
in every situation of our life;

the Spirit of good COUNSEL,
in order not to err because of doubts
but to follow the certain path;

the Spirit of FORTITUDE,
in order to be faithful in joy and sorrow,
firmly resisting temptations;

the Spirit of KNOWLEDGE,
to be able to tell good from evil
and to be committed
more and more to our duties;

the Spirit of PIETY, for our heart,
inflamed with holy love and true piety,
to encounter in You the peace
that the world cannot give;

the Spirit of HOLY FEAR
so that by always remembering Your
Omnipresence, we may avoid sin
and show that we are worthy
of Your divine assistance.
Amen.

 

PRAYER IN HONOUR OF ST JOHN BOSCO

ST JOHN BOSCO +1888

St John Bosco was born near Castelnuovo in the diocese of Turin in 1815. His early years were most difficult and so, once ordained to the priesthood, he dedicated himself to the education of the young, founding congregations which would instruct youth in both the arts and the Christian life. He also composed pamphlets for the support and defence of religion. St John died in 1888.

PRAYER:

O God, who raised up the Priest Saint John Bosco
as a father and teacher of the young,
grant, we pray,
that, aflame with the same fire of love,
we may seek out souls and serve you alone.
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.

 

DON’T TAKE NOTICE OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE FUN OF YOU BECAUSE YOU LOVE JESUS – FORGET ‘HUMAN RESPECT’

“Mary says: Among the enemies you must fight against, my child, there is one which is small, wretched, foolish, but which can paralyze you.
This enemy seems to be outside of you, but in reality is none other than yourself.
Babies go near the mirror, look at themselves, get frightened at seeing a being that moves, become timid or want to play with it, but…that being which frightens them or fascinates them is none other than their own image.

You do the same when you allow yourself to be vanquished by [what people think of you] human respect: it seems that the others assault you, that they are playing tricks on you, that they persecute you, but in reality it is you who are so weak in your faith that you believe that this can manage to cause you dishonour or damage.
What a shame for you, who are so ennobled by the profession of your faith, to hide it or disparage such greatness for fear of stupid and vile raillery!

When you are seized by an idea, when you believe that something will glorify you, you don’t fear any jesting and, if they jeer at you, you not only don’t accept it, you disdain it.

Are you ashamed of elegant clothing because someone teases you? No, in fact you’re proud of it, you show it off because you are convinced that it is refined; if you were convinced of the contrary, you would be embarrassed to go out dressed like that and it would seem to you that you were the butt of everyone’s gossip.
If, then, you are embarrassed to be seen as a Christian, it is because in reality you are not, you don’t feel it, you don’t live it and your faith is like clothing that barely covers the miserable rags of the world that you haven’t yet thrown away!

But, tell me, isn’t Jesus your glory, your life, your strength?
Are you not convinced that his wisdom vanquishes all human wisdom and that his principles are truth, justice and good? So why do you fear the evil eye of the world and fraternize with it?

In reality, my child, the world laughs at false piety and false faith; even while it fights against a Christian, the world admires him, and if it saw in you a real Christian, the world would not make fun of you. Children do not sneer at the lady who wears an elegant hat, they rather jeer at the lady who wears a hat while wearing a shabby, worn out dress. It’s the same for you.

But even if the world ridicules you, what’s that to you?
Must the world judge you?
What will you respond to the eternal Judge, if he protests that he will be ashamed of whoever is ashamed of him?
So lift your countenance from the abjection into which you have fallen. Remove from your life, from your thoughts, from your practices, from your words all that is not Christian and show before the world with deeds that you love and esteem God above all things.”

“O Jesus, O Jesus, you alone above all things.”

“If in conversation God is offended by complaining or worse by speaking badly of the faith, of the Pope, of priests, of one’s neighbour, intervene energetically and protest or break off the conversation and move away.”
– Don Dolindo Ruotolo