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ST GREGORY BARBARIGO, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST GREGORY BARBARIGO, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST GREGORY BARBARIGO, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: JUNE 18

Gregory Barbarigo, born in Venice of an ancient and noble house, was graduated with high honours at the university of Padua, where he received doctorates in both canon and civil law.

At the age of nineteen, while attending the Peace Congress at Munster at the instance of the Apostolic Nuncio, Fabio Chigi, he decided to consecrate himself to the service of the Church. After Gregory was ordained to the priesthood, it was this same Chigi, now raised to the papal throne as Alexander VII, who nominated him to the Bishopric of Bergamo, then created him a cardinal and finally transferred him to the Bishopric of Padua.

UPROOTING OF VICE AND THE PROMOTION OF VIRTUE

In carrying out his pastoral duties, he imitated the zeal of St Charles Borromeo and laboured until the end of his life at the task of putting into effect the admonitions and decrees of the Council of Trent concerning the uprooting of vice and the promotion of virtue. He enlarged the seminaries of both Bergamo and Padua; he added to the prestige of the latter city, particularly, by establishing a library there, and also a printing press for the purpose of publishing books for the peoples of the Near East in their own languages. He took special pains to promote catechetical instructions and made it a special point to visit every village of his diocese, teaching and encouraging wherever he went.

He was remarkable for his works of charity and holiness of life, being so generous to the needy and the poor that he sold his furniture, his clothing and even his bed in order to help them. At length, after a short illness he fell asleep peacefully in the Lord on June 15, 1697. Famous for merit and virtue, he was beatified by Clement XIII and added to the list of saints by John XXIII.

PRAYER:

O God, who have willed that Blessed Gregory, your Confessor and Bishop, be renowned for the care of his flock and compassion for the poor, favourably grant that we who honour his merits may imitate the example of his charity. Through our Lord…

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

 

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AN ACT OF CONFIDENCE

AN ACT OF CONFIDENCE

O gentle and loving St Anthony, flame of charity, obtain for us the grace to abandon ourselves entirely to the Divine Will under the trials which now oppress us.

O blessed Saint! none have ever invoked thee with confidence without obtaining some consolation.

We, therefore, place in thy hands our present petition, that thou mayest present it to thy dear Infant Jesus, Who can refuse thee nothing, and we doubt not that we shall find comfort in our trouble, unworthy though we may be of this favour. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

Thus the Christian pierces through the veil of this world and sees the next. He holds intercourse with it; he addresses God as a child might address his parent, with as clear a view of him, and with as unmixed a confidence in him; with deep reverence indeed, and godly fear and awe, but still with certainty and exactness: as St Paul says, ‘I know whom I have believed’, with the prospect of judgment to come to sober him, and the assurance of present grace to cheer him.

– St John Henry Newman; Realisation of the Unseen World. (P. S. VII, 211)

 
 

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GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, my God, I will put myself without reserve into Your hands. What have I in heaven, and apart from You what do I want upon earth? My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the God of my heart, and my portion for ever. Amen.
– Bl. John Henry Newman

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-4)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-4)

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY. 

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “Say this when you pray:

‘Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.’”

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

 

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I SALUTE, I ADORE, I LOVE THEE

I SALUTE, I ADORE, I LOVE THEE

I salute, I adore, I love thee, O Sacred Face of my Jesus, Saviour of mankind, outraged anew by blasphemers, profaned in the Adorable Sacrament of thy love, insulted by the abominations committed before thee, and I offer thee, through the heart of thy Blessed Mother, the worship of all the Angels and Saints, as sweet incense in thy sight, humbly beseeching thee, by the virtue of that look with which thou didst regard fallen man and resolve to raise him up to the kiss of peace with thee, to repair and renew in our souls thine image disfigured by sin. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
 

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MAY THE EVIL OF INTEMPERANCE CEASE

MAY THE EVIL OF INTEMPERANCE CEASE

PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART FOR IRELAND 

O most Sacred and most Loving Heart of Jesus! to which the Irish nation is most solemnly dedicated, preserve our nation in faith, in purity, and in charity. Through all its trials, its sorrows, its persecutions in the past, it remained faithful to the teaching of its great Apostle, St Patrick. May the former glory of its apostolic faith again appear.

May it become again the seat of learning and religion. May the rising generation see its rights restored. May the zeal of its holy priesthood increase. May the purity of its daughters preserve its stainless character. May the honour of its sons remain unsullied. May the evil of intemperance cease. May the spirit of infidelity and rationalism never reach its shores. May its attachment to the See of Peter, and its obedience to ecclesiastical superiors, never suffer diminution. May sanctity be its atmosphere and may it daily render greater glory and honour to thee, Most Sacred Heart, to which every Irish heart is, and will ever be, most devotedly attached. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

 

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HOW GREAT, O MY JESUS, IS THY EXCESSIVE CHARITY!

HOW GREAT, O MY JESUS, IS THY EXCESSIVE CHARITY!

PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 

How great, O my Jesus, is thy excessive charity! Thou hast prepared for me thy most Precious Body and Blood as a divine banquet, wherein thou givest me thyself without reserve. What hath urged thee to this excess of love? Nothing but thy own most loving Heart. O adorable Heart of my Jesus, furnace of divine love, receive my soul into the Wounds of thy most Sacred Passion, that in this school of charity I may learn to make a return of love to that God Who has given me such wonderful proofs of His love.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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ALMIGHTY EVER-LIVING GOD…

ALMIGHTY EVER-LIVING GOD…

SUNDAY MASS, COLLECT – 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C

Almighty ever-living God,
who in the abundance
of your kindness
surpass the merits and the desires
of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us
to pardon what conscience dreads
and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
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.

 

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PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL 

Glorious Archangel, St Raphael, great Prince of the Heavenly Court, illustrious by the gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities, and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favour is for my greater good. I ask especially for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost.

(Please click here for the instructions for a novena to SS Gabriel and Raphael) 

 

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