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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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SI QUAERIS

SI QUAERIS

THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY IN HONOUR OF ST ANTHONY – “SI QUAERIS”

(This prayer of praise in honour of St Anthony was composed by St Bonaventure. It is sung frequently in the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua and every Tuesday throughout the world.)

If then you ask for miracles,
death, error, all calamities,
leprosy and demons fly,
and health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
and lifeless limbs do you restore;
while treasures lost are found again,
when young and old your aid implore.

All dangers vanish at your prayer,
and direst need does quickly flee;
let those who know your power proclaim,
let Paduans say: these are of thee.

To Father, Son, may glory be
and Holy Spirit, eternally.

Pray for us, blessed Anthony.
Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Lord God, may the votive commemoration of blessed Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy for your people. May they always be strengthened with his spiritual assistance and deserve eternal rewards.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

I adore thee, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one in Divinity, equal in glory, coeternal in majesty. Thou art the true and only God, and there is no other God but thee.

Thou art to be adored and worshipped, to be feared and reverenced, as three Persons and as One God.

Thou art the same mighty Lord and Omnipotent God who alone knowest the faith and conscience of all men.

O God, be merciful to me a sinner; to me a sinner, who for a very number of my offences am not worthy to raise my eyes to heaven, nor to look up to thee, O God, Father Almighty.

And, O most merciful God the Son, our Maker and our Redeemer, coeternal and coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, who camest into this world to save sinners, do thou take pity on me, who am a sinner, weighted down under the burden of all my offences and evil habits.

O God of mercy, take thou from me all my offences, past, present, and future; send down from heaven thy holy helping Spirit, so that my iniquity and my sin may not master me, but that I may have strength to do the penance which is pleasing to thee, and may thus deserve to obtain thy mercy.

O God, who alone art all wise, thou knowest what is best for me a sinner; do with me what seems good in the eyes of thy Majesty.

O loving Father and merciful God, receive the supplications of thy servant; and may the prayers which I, a wretched sinner, offer now in thy sight rise up unto the ears of thy mercy. Amen.

O Holy Trinity, be my stay. Hear me, listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry. Thou art my living God. Thou art my all-holy Protector. Thou art my loving Lord. Thou art my just judge. Thou art my help in time of need. Thou art my guide to the heavenly kingdom. Thou art my true light. Thou art my holy joy. Thou art my ample portion. Thou art my everlasting salvation. Thou art my full life. Thou art my unspotted victory. Thou art my future hope. Thou art my accomplished redemption. Thou art my perfect charity. Thou art my holy resurrection. Thou art my life eternal. Thee I ask, thee I beg, thee I beseech, that I may live for thee; that I may come to thee; that I may rest in thee. Do thou hear me. Listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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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 FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

PRAYER FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

PRAYER FOR HOLY THURSDAY (MAUNDY THURSDAY):

PRAYER TO APPRECIATE THE MASS

O Lord Jesus,
in order that the merits of Your sacrifice
on the Cross
might be applied to every soul of all time,
You willed that it should be renewed
upon the altar.
At the Last Supper, You said:
“Do this in remembrance of Me.”
By these words
You gave Your Apostles and their successors
the power to consecrate
and the command to do what You Yourself did.
I believe that the Mass is
both a sacrifice and a memorial –
reenacting Your Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Help me to realize that the Mass
is the greatest gift of God to us
and our greatest gift to God.
At every Mass I attend
grant me the grace
to participate fully, actively and consciously
so as to give the greatest glory to God
and achieve the highest benefits for myself,
my relatives, friends and benefactors
as well as all humankind.
Amen.

 

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IT IS NOT THE VIRTUE, BUT THE MOTIVE FOR VIRTUE, WHICH GOD REWARDS

IT IS NOT THE VIRTUE, BUT THE MOTIVE FOR VIRTUE, WHICH GOD REWARDS

Commentary on Matthew 5:43-48

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour, and shall hate your enemy.'” And so forth.

But I say to you: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” Many people, measuring the precepts of God by their own weakness rather than by the strength of his Saints, think it is impossible to perform what they command. They say it is enough if the virtuous do not hate their enemies. To love them is to command more than human nature can bear. We ought to realise that Christ did not command impossible things, although he did command perfect things: David did it to Saul and Absalom; Stephen the Martyr prayed for his enemies who stoned him; Paul wished to be anathema for the sake of his persecutors. This, too, Jesus taught and did when he said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven. If observing the commandments of God makes man a son of God, then is man a son of God not from his nature but from his will. “Therefore when you do an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may be honoured by men.” The man giving an alms and sounding a trumpet is a hypocrite. He who fasts that he may disfigure his face, and that its emaciation may show the emptiness of his stomach – he, too, is a hypocrite. So, too, is he a hypocrite who prays in the synagogues and on the corners of streets, for the sole purpose of being seen by men.

The danger of vain-glory

From all this we may conclude that hypocrites do what they do that they may be glorified by men. It seems to me that, he, too, is a hypocrite who says to his brother, “Let me cast the speck out of your eye,” for he does this through vain-glory, that he may seem just. Wherefore, the Lord says to him: “Hypocrite, first cast out the beam from your own eye.” It is not the act of virtue, but the motive for virtue, which has the reward from God. And if you swerve even but a little from the straight way, it matters not whether you stray to the right or to the left, since you have lost the true way.

– From: St Jerome, Book 1, Commentary on Matthew, Ch. 5-6

(see also: Examination of Conscience, Spiritual Direction, Confession)

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Words of Wisdom

 

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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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