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DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

DO NOT CRY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN

ABOUT SAINT MARY GUO LI, WIDOW AND MARTYR (1835-1900)

Mary Guo Li, a native of Hu-jia-che, China (Hebei Province), was a Catholic wife and grandmother, with numerous children and grandchildren, all of whom were raised in the Catholic faith.

In 1900 a Chinese quasi-religious faction known to history as the “Boxers” embarked upon a bloody persecution of Christians in China.

Mary instructed her children and grandchildren that under no circumstances were they to deny their faith, warning two of her sons, “Remember that if you apostatise, I shall no longer be your mother!”

On 29th June 1900, the Boxers raided the family’s home, murdered Mary’s husband Guo Zhinfang, and torched the house.

Sensing that she would soon share her husband’s fate, Mary spent the days that followed preparing herself with the recitation of the rosary, fasting, and spiritual reading.

On 7th July the sixty-five-year-old grandmother was put to death by the Boxers together with three of her daughters and four of her grandchildren. Before being executed, Mary offered a final word of encouragement to her family, telling them, “Don’t cry. We are going to heaven to enjoy eternal life.”

“They are happy whose life is blameless, who follow God’s law.” (Ps 118:1)

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PRAYER TO ST COMGALL

PRAYER TO ST COMGALL

St Comgall – Feast Day: May 10

O glorious St Comgall! from thy throne of light in Heaven, look down on the still favoured children of the Celtic race. Though for centuries persecution almost quenched the light of learning amongst them, yet it never dimmed the light of that faith, which, with other Irish Saints, thou didst preach to them.

Pray on, dear Saint, for them that in these later, happier days, faith and knowledge, hand in hand, may continue to throw a lustre over thy scattered race, so that when the last clouds of oppression shall have passed away for ever, the holy Ireland of the future may not be less holy or less glorious than the Ireland which thou didst bless from Bangor’s shore.

Holy St Comgall, pray for us!

 

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PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH THE WORKER

Dear St Joseph,

you have shown love and care to the Son of God,
you looked after his mother, Mary,
you worked hard for your family,
you led your family to safety,
you never questioned the will of God,
you dedicated your life to the service of God.

May we also show our dedication to God’s Son,
may we honour Mary, our Holy Mother,
may we work hard for our families and communities and may we
strive for justice and peace in the world.
May we truly believe and trust that God will walk alongside us
and will never abandon us on life’s journey.

May we, like you, St Joseph, show others the way to our heavenly Father
and may we, like the Holy Family, be thankful for the countless graces and blessings, which are bestowed on us daily. Amen.

 

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PRAYER TO OUR HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL

PRAYER TO OUR HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL

O holy Angel, to whom the mercy of Our Father in Heaven has confided me here on earth, may I never forget the gratitude I owe thee for thy unfailing goodness, the confidence inspired by thy generous protection, the respect due to thy holy presence!

O constant witness of my daily actions, may I never sadden thy sight! Angel of peace, may I never cause thee to weep bitter tears over me!

O my celestial guide, I wish to invoke thee at all times! In affliction thou wilt dry my tears; in danger thou wilt bear me on thy wings; in temptation thou wilt preserve my innocence; in my falls thou wilt inspire me with repentance; finally, at my last hour, thou wilt console me in my sorrows and introduce me into the eternal tabernacles.

 
 

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VEN. ROSALIE CADRON-JETTE: BEYOND THE JUDGMENTS OF THIS WORLD

VEN. ROSALIE CADRON-JETTE: BEYOND THE JUDGMENTS OF THIS WORLD

MEMORIAL: APRIL 5th

…Venerable Rosalie Cadron-Jette… was born in Lavaltrie, Canada, in 1794. During her lifetime in her part of Canada, who would take care of unmarried pregnant women: shelter them, feed them, and provide medical attention before, during, and after the births of their children? No one, it seems, except Venerable Rosalie.

LOVE AND CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED

Venerable Rosalie grew up on a farm, her father earning a comfortable living. Even at a young age she showed love and care for those in need. She would help orphaned and abandoned children, mend clothes, take food to the hungry and visit the sick. According to the custom at that time, Venerable Rosalie married a man much older than herself: she was 16 and he was 33. She gave birth to 11 children, four of them dying at a young age. However, Venerable Rosalie became widowed at the age of 38, her husband dying from a cholera epidemic.

ONE NIGHT, A FRANTIC KNOCK SHOOK HER FRONT DOOR

The providence of God led Venerable Rosalie to her eventual ministry. One night, a frantic knock shook her front door. Hysterically, a woman begged to be let inside. She screamed that two sailors were chasing her with a hatchet intending to kill her. The woman was hidden in the house and the two sailors arrived. Having not found the woman in the house they eventually left. It later emerged that the woman, whose name was Jean-Marie, was working as a prostitute. Venerable Rosalie encouraged Jean-Marie to change her life. (Many years later Venerable Rosalie received a letter from Jean-Marie thanking her for her help and advice and stating that she had emigrated to the United States and was now happily married).

THE “HARMFUL TALK OF LOCAL PEOPLE”

For many years after her encounter with Jean-Marie, Venerable Rosalie dedicated her life to assisting single pregnant women and prostitutes, this at a time when being single and pregnant created a great stigma. Word spread that Venerable Rosalie helped people in need and the local Bishop asked her to help six children who had become orphans. Within a few days homes had been found for all these children. When more prostitutes and pregnant women were coming to Venerable Rosalie and staying with her to be looked after, some members of Venerable Rosalie’s family confronted her by saying that she was dishonouring the family name and that her reputation was being ruined by the harmful talk of local people.

“I AM STAYING HERE”

“It makes us feel bad to hear the things that people are saying about you. You are going to come home with us”, they said. They picked up her belongings and waited for Venerable Rosalie to come out and come home with them. Instead, Venerable Rosalie said, “Take everything I own, if you want; but as for me, I’m staying here.”

DOING GOD’S WILL

After all, she felt she was doing God’s will by looking after these women. Venerable Rosalie obtained bigger premises and never turned away any woman in need of shelter. Eventually, other caring women joined her in her work, leading to the formation of the Institute of the Sisters of Misericorde. Sadly, Venerable Rosalie then became ill with a kidney disease. As her health worsened she prayed for the pregnant women and prostitutes in need of help and advised her sisters to always love their work of caring for them.

SACRIFICES AND WORKS FOR GOD’S GLORY

Her Bishop came to her with the Blessed Eucharist and said, “My dear child, you may die now; go and receive your crown in heaven which God has lovingly prepared for you to reward you for all the sacrifices and works which you have so generously undertaken for His glory.” The next day, 5th April 1864, Venerable Rosalie died.

The cause for her canonisation was presented to the Vatican. In 2013 Pope Francis declared that Rosalie should be called ‘Venerable’, a step on the road to being declared a saint.

Some years after Venerable Rosalie’s death, one of her sisters declared at a religious meeting that ‘Rosalie placed herself beyond caring about the judgments of the world, when she placed before herself only conforming to the holy will of God.’ Good advice for all of us!

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr. Chris, 4/2017

 

 

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ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE – AN EXAMPLE IN ALL GOOD WORKS

ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE – AN EXAMPLE IN ALL GOOD WORKS

ST ISIDORE; BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – FEAST DAY: APRIL 4

Isidore, a Spaniard by nationality, was born at Carthagena, while his father, Severian, was governor of the province. He received a well-rounded and pious training from his two brothers, Leander, Bishop of Seville, and Fulgentius, Bishop of Cartagena, and he came from his masters a most eminent scholar in all human knowledge and a pattern of all Christian virtues.

A most eminent scholar

After the death of Leander, he was raised to the See of Seville and made Vicar Apostolic of Spain. As a bishop he set an example in all good works and was especially solicitous in restoring ecclesiastical discipline. In a council assembled at Seville, he broke up and destroyed the heresy of the Acephali which was then threatening Spain.

A pattern of all Christian virtues

So great was the universal reputation that he had attained for piety and learning that he had scarcely been dead sixteen years when he merited to be called the Outstanding Doctor. He wrote most useful books full of learning. He presided over the fourth Council of Toledo, the most celebrated of all those convened in Spain. Finally, after having governed his See for about forty years, he went to heaven from Seville, in the year 636.

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

 

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PRAYER ON GIVING ST ANTHONY’S BREAD

PRAYER ON GIVING ST ANTHONY’S BREAD

O glorious Wonder Worker, father of the poor, who by a miracle didst discover the heart of a miser buried in his gold, and who was endowed with a heart ever ready to help the distressed and afflicted – thou who dost ensure a hearing for our prayers by offering them thyself to the Lord; accept in token of our gratitude the alms which we lay at thy feet for the relief of the poor sick children.

May this alms do good to those who suffer and to ourselves. Come to their aid and to ours with the accustomed kindness; help us in our temporal needs, but still more in our spiritual necessities, now and at the hour of our death.

[Indulgence of 100 days, once a day, applicable to the souls in Purgatory.]

– Composed by Cardinal Parocchi

 
 

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