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HOLD ON TO THE GOOD AND STAY IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF YOUR PIOUS ANCESTORS – ST NICHOLAS OF FLUE

HOLD ON TO THE GOOD AND STAY IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF YOUR PIOUS ANCESTORS – ST NICHOLAS OF FLUE

“[On]…21st March one of the saints celebrated by the Church is St Nicholas of Flue, known also as Brother Klaus. He was born in 1417 in the Swiss canton of Unterwalden. At the age of 21 St Nicholas entered the army and took part in the Battle of Ragaz, distinguishing himself as a soldier. He became a member of the lay organisation called the Friends of God. Members sought closeness to Jesus through a disciplined life, especially meditation on His Passion.

Closeness to Jesus

At the age of 30 St Nicholas married Dorothy Wissling, and during twenty years of happy marriage they had ten children. St Nicholas left the army at the age of 37, having always carried his rosary beads with him wherever he travelled. After leaving the army he became a councillor and a judge for his canton.

His Divine Calling

At the age of 50 St Nicholas sensed the call of God to lead a more contemplative life. His wife and children believed that he had this divine calling and did not oppose him. St Nicholas left his family and spent the next 20 years in a remote cottage in Ranft. He prayed most of the night, but in the afternoon was happy to receive visitors.

He prayed most of the night

Although unable to read or write, St Nicholas had the gift of spiritual counsel and natural good judgement. Even top leaders sought his direction on spiritual, personal or political matters. In 1481 St Nicholas played a major role in solidifying the unity of Switzerland through his advice given to those involved in this endeavour. St Nicholas died on 21st March 1487 in Ranft after a short illness. He was beatified in 1669 and canonised by Pope Pius XII in 1947. He is the Patron Saint of Switzerland and of the Swiss Guards who protect the Pope.

A document from that time preserved St Nicholas’ fundamental wisdom:

Always put God first… do not mix in the affairs of others or ally yourself with a powerful stranger. Guard against discord and self-interest… do not let grow among you self-interest, jealousy, hatred, envy and factions, or these will work against you… don’t let innovations and roguery seduce you. Hold on to the good and stay on the road in the footprints of your pious ancestors. If you do that, neither storm nor tempest can harm you and you will overcome much evil.”

– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr. Chris 3/2017

 

 

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ST ANTONIUS OF FLORENCE – HOLY FROM A VERY EARLY AGE

ST ANTONIUS OF FLORENCE – HOLY FROM A VERY EARLY AGE

ST ANTONIUS OF FLORENCE, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – FEAST DAY: MAY 10

Born at Florence of good parents, Antonius even as a child showed signs of great sanctity. At sixteen, he entered the Dominicans and from then on his reputation for outstanding virtue grew.

He became a Dominican Friar

His observance of abstinence and chastity was very strict. He was called Antonius the Counsellor because of his skill in that work. Eugene IV appointed him Archbishop of Florence, but Antonius only accepted reluctantly and out of respect for the authority of the Apostolic See.

He accepted reluctantly

As archbishop, he was eminently prudent, pious, and charitable, and full of gentleness and priestly zeal. He had a thorough, self-taught knowledge of most of the sciences, and wrote many learned books on them. He died on the sixth of the Nones of May in 1459. Adrian VI entered his name on the list of saints.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST JOSEPH’S PRAISES

ST JOSEPH’S PRAISES

VEN. FATHER OLIER’S PRAISES OF SAINT JOSEPH

Hail, Joseph, image of God the Father.

Hail, Joseph, father of God the Son.

Hail, Joseph, treasury of the Holy Spirit.

Hail, Joseph, delight of the Blessed Trinity.

Hail, Joseph, most faithful coadjutor of the Incarnation.

Hail, Joseph, most worthy spouse of the Virgin Mary.

Hail, Joseph, father of all the faithful.

Hail, Joseph, guardian of holy virgins.

Hail, Joseph, greatest lover of poverty.

Hail, Joseph, example of meekness and patience.

Hail, Joseph, mirror of humility and obedience.

And blessed be thine eyes, which have seen the things which thou hast seen.

Blessed art thou above all men:

And blessed be thine ears, which have heard the things which thou hast heard;

And blessed be thy hands, which have touched and handled the Incarnate Word;

And blessed be thine arms, which have carried Him who carries all things;

And blessed be thy breast, on which the Son of God most sweetly rested;

And blessed be thy heart, inflamed with burning love;

And blessed be the Eternal Father, Who chose thee;

And blessed be the Son, Who loved thee;

And blessed be the Holy Spirit, Who sanctified thee;

And blessed be thy spouse Mary, who loved thee as a spouse and a brother;

And blessed be the Angel who watched over thee;

And blessed be for ever all who bless and love thee. Amen.

 
 

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PRAYER TO ST PATRICK, APOSTLE OF IRELAND

PRAYER TO ST PATRICK, APOSTLE OF IRELAND

O blessed St Patrick, glorious Apostle of Ireland, who didst become a friend and father to me for ages before my birth, hear my prayer, and accept the sentiments of gratitude and veneration with which my heart is filled. Through thee I have inherited that faith which is dearer than life. I now make thee the representative of my thanks, and the mediator of my homage to Almighty God. Most holy father and patron of my country, despise not my weakness; remember that the cries of little children were the sounds that rose, like a mysterious voice from heaven, and invited thee to come amongst us.

Listen, then, to my humble supplication: may my prayer ascend to the Throne of God, with the praises and blessings which shall ever sanctify thy name and thy memory in the Irish Church. May my hope be animated by the patronage and intercession of our forefathers, who now enjoy eternal bliss and owe their salvation, under God, to thy courage and charity. Obtain for me grace to love God with my whole heart, to serve Him with my whole strength, and to persevere in good purpose to the end.

O faithful shepherd of the Irish flock, who wouldst have laid down a thousand lives to save one soul, take my soul, and the souls of my countrymen, under thy special care. Be a father to the Church of Ireland and her faithful people. Grant that all hearts may share the blessed fruits of that Gospel thou hast planted and watered. Grant that, as our ancestors of old had learned, under thy guidance, to unite science with virtue, we, too, may learn, under thy patronage, to consecrate all Christian duty to the glory of God. I commend to thee my native land, which was so dear to thee while on earth. Protect it still, and, above all, direct its chief Pastors, particularly those who teach us. Give them grace to walk in thy footsteps, to nurture the flock with the Word of Life and the Bread of Salvation, and to lead the heirs of the Saints thou hast formed to the possession of that glory which they, with thee, enjoy in the kingdom of the Blessed. Through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

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

 
 

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PRAYER TO ST FINIAN

PRAYER TO ST FINIAN

Tutor of the Saints of Ireland, Patron of the Diocese of Meath (Feast: December 12th)

O great St Finian! sainted teacher of the Saints of Ireland! bless our Irish Bishops, Priests, Religious and faithful, so that, illumined by faith, and beaming with charity, in the future, as in the past, they may continue to follow in thy footsteps, imitate thy virtues, and so come to share in thy eternal recompense with all the Saints of holy Ireland. Amen.

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

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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PRAYER TO ST MALACHY

PRAYER TO ST MALACHY

PRAYER TO ST MALACHY

(By St Bernard) 

(Feast, November 3rd.)

O illustrious St Malachy, great was the Divine goodness in thy regard in making thee so humble in thine own eyes, and so noble in the eyes of God. Be to us, O great St Malachy! another Moses or another Elias, filling us with thy heavenly spirit. O thou light! shining in darkness, and lighting up the shadows of our land of exile by the splendour of thy miracles and the glory of thy merits, drive far from our hearts the darkness of sin.

O, morning star! outshining the rest in brightness, vouchsafe to go before us that we also may walk in the ways of light. O heavenly dawn! illumining the earth, bring us with thee to the possession of that glory that thou art now enjoying in Heaven; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, God for ever and ever. Amen.

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

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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LITANY OF THE IRISH SAINTS

LITANY OF THE IRISH SAINTS

To implore their protection in all our wants, but particularly for the existing necessities of the Irish Church.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, Sanctifier of the Elect, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Ireland, pray for us. [“Pray for us” is to be added after each of the following invocations.]

Holy Angels Guardian of Ireland,

Glorious St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland,

St Brigid, Mother of the Churches of Ireland,

St Columba, Saint of the Eucharist,

St Odran, faithful servant of St Patrick,

St Benignus, beloved disciple of St Patrick,

St Laurence O’Toole, assiduous client of Our Lady,

St Kevin, patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin,

St Livinus,

St Rumold,

St Malachy,

St Otteran,

St Carthage,

St Declan,

St Columban,

St Albertus,

St Finbarr,

St Virgilius,

St Frigidianus,

St Kilian,

St Cataldus,

St Flannan,

St Brendan,

St Donatus,

St Eugene,

St Fiacre,

St Fursey,

St Rupert,

St Onchu,

St Caimin,

St Gerald,

St Finian,

St Fechin,

St Marianus,

St Dympna,

St Fedelmia,

St Maura,

St Peregrinus,

St Ibar,

St Ninidh,

St Comulbanus,

St Gelasius,

St Colman,

St Gall,

St Canice,

St Kieran,

St Jarlath,

St Comgall,

St Macartin,

St Enda,

St Fintan,

St Aidan,

St Loman,

St Lupita,

St Fannie,

St Ita,

St Attracta,

St Gobnaita,

St Hya,

St Ethnea,

St Sodelbia,

St Blath,

St Syro,

St Mella,

St Darerca,

St Crea, pray for us.

All ye holy Saints of the Irish Nation, make intercession for us.

That thou, O Lord, wouldst vouchsafe to preserve among us, pure and inviolate, the faith “once delivered” by St Patrick,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant unanimity of sentiment and opinion to our Prelates and Pastors,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to increase among us the fervour of the just, and convert the sinners,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to alleviate our sufferings, and grant us patience in our trials,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and protect the children of St Patrick, in life and death,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to conduct them in triumph to thy heavenly Kingdom.

 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

 

Prayer.

O Lord God of infinite goodness and mercy, Who with the faith didst plant amongst us the true spirit of St Patrick, and propagate it abundantly for ages, we humbly beseech that being “the children of the Saints,” we may never degenerate from their noble sentiments and holy example; but through their powerful intercession, may ever walk worthily in the vocation to which we have been called. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord. Amen.

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

 

 

 

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