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INTERCESSION IS THE CHARACTERISTIC OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

INTERCESSION IS THE CHARACTERISTIC OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

Every one knows, who has any knowledge of the Gospel, that Prayer is one of its special ordinances; but not every one, perhaps, has noticed what kind of prayer its inspired teachers most carefully enjoin… Yet it is observable, that though prayer for self is the first and plainest of Christian duties, the Apostles especially insist on another kind of prayer; prayer for others, for ourselves with others, for the Church, and the world, that it may be brought into the Church. Intercession is the characteristic of Christian worship.

– St John Henry Newman; In prayer we show our love for others and their needs. P. S. III, 350

 

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ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, CONFESSOR

ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, CONFESSOR

ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: JUNE 21

Aloysius, the son of Ferdinand Gonzaga, Marquis of Castiglione della Stivere, was baptised so quickly, since he was in danger of death, that he seemed to be born to heaven almost before he was born on earth.

HE MADE A VOW OF PERPETUAL VIRGINITY 

He kept this first state of grace so faithfully that it was believed that he was confirmed in it. At Florence, when he was nine years old, he made a vow of perpetual virginity before the altar of the Blessed Virgin, upon whom he always looked as a parent.

AN ANGEL IN THE FLESH

By a special grace of God, he kept this vow untried by any conflict either of mind or body, so he might be truly called a man without flesh or an angel in the flesh. Having transferred to his brother the right to his ancestral rank, he joined the Society of Jesus at Rome.

HE JOINED THE SOCIETY OF JESUS

Even in the novitiate he began to be considered a master of all virtues. His love for God was so ardent that it gradually weakened his body. Including his neighbours also in his marvellous love, while he was eagerly serving them in the public hospitals, he caught a contagious disease. So, slowly consumed by it, on the eleventh day before the Calends of July [1591], having already begun his twenty-fourth year of age, he departed to heaven. Benedict XIII entered him among the saints and commended him as a model of innocence and chastity, and at the same time as the special patron of students.

PRAYER:

O God, bestower of heavenly gifts, who in the angelic youth Aloysius joined wondrous innocence of life to an equally wondrous love of penance; grant, by his merits and prayers, that we who have not followed him in his innocence may imitate him in his penance. Through our Lord…

– From: And Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added]

 

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THE SUPERNATURAL SPIRIT WILL ALWAYS MANIFEST ITSELF AND ACT AS A PROTECTION

THE SUPERNATURAL SPIRIT WILL ALWAYS MANIFEST ITSELF AND ACT AS A PROTECTION

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: THE SPIRIT OF ENVY CANNOT CO-EXIST WITH TRUE APOSTLESHIP

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

The Child of Mary finds his charity put to the test. Even though he may feel no temptation when alone to self-will, pride, passion or unbelief; when he assembles together with others, those evil things which have lain dormant tend to burst into flame. The innate debility of human nature shows itself: Christian simplicity and straightforwardness are strangely forgotten. The larger the numbers grow, the more scope there is for criticisms and disagreements. But, in the Child of Mary, the torch of faith is lighted by the fire of charity. If the flame be strong, the supernatural spirit will always manifest itself and act as a protection of the whole body against the fatal spirit of worldly jealousies and ambitions. Words, attitudes and conduct which are in any way hostile to charity will be completely banished and the spirit of prayer will reign triumphant.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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WE ARE MEANT TO RAISE THE SPIRITUAL LEVEL OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

WE ARE MEANT TO RAISE THE SPIRITUAL LEVEL OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: THE DEGREE OF GRACE OFFERED TO ANY SOUL IS GOD’S SECRET

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

Through supernatural charity, the Child of Mary tries to raise the spiritual level of the whole community. His method is that of direct and persevering contact with souls – quiet, unobtrusive, delicate work. He does not indulge in extremely fervent renunciation of the major abuses and gross evils: rather he tries to develop slowly but steadily an intense Catholic life and outlook, Catholic principles and Catholic feeling, thus cultivating a spiritual atmosphere in which evil finds it impossible to thrive.

The cultivation of a spiritual atmosphere in which evil finds it impossible to thrive

It is the duty of every Child of Mary to promote always the spirit of charity. Mary’s entire army must be saturated with love. The whole idea and spirit of Her Army is one of intense charity and sympathy, which before radiating its warmth outside, must first of all burn brightly and strongly in the domestic hearth itself. He must try always to regard the shortcomings, real or apparent, of others with kindliness, not because he is attracted to a particular person, but because he is anxious to love and serve Jesus through Mary. Real or imagined slights, lack of appreciation of himself or his work, disagreements, rebukes: all these he takes in his stride as steppingstones to selfless service. The basis of all work, in common, must be renunciation of self. Those who are otherwise excellent threaten unity unless they are prepared to moderate their own individuality and adapt themselves completely and harmoniously to the system.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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ZEAL FOR SOULS IS SIMPLY LOVE IN ACTION

ZEAL FOR SOULS IS SIMPLY LOVE IN ACTION

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: HE KNOWS THAT, FOR EVEN THE MOST SERIOUS EVILS, THERE IS A REMEDY, AND ONE ONLY WHICH GOD WILLS HIM TO EMPLOY

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

The love of God is the heart of sanctity. Training in the love of God is, therefore, the principal task of the Child of Mary. Everything is designed to make the flame of Divine Love burn brighter: His every act is made to converge towards God, the supreme Object of his love.

In mind, will and heart, he is united with God and assimilated to Him. Thus seeking God, he relishes and lives the great Truths of his Faith, receiving eventually indomitable strength to overcome every obstacle and perform even heroic acts of virtue. The Holy Spirit comes into his soul with fire and love, making it one with Mary’s love and with Mary’s will to save the world.

Then, the love aflame there bursts forth from soul to soul pressing on daily towards the final objective, the setting of the whole world alight with the Divine Fire. The love of God expresses itself particularly in the exercise of the supernatural love of all men for God’s sake; in other words, in zeal for souls. His whole life is made one long exercise of zeal and, therefore, of love: for ZEAL is simply LOVE in action. Thus, he merits all the graces, privileges and power attached to the ceaseless practice of Divine Charity.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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MY DAUGHTER, NEVER BE HEARD TO SAY “I WISH” OR “I DO NOT WISH”

MY DAUGHTER, NEVER BE HEARD TO SAY “I WISH” OR “I DO NOT WISH”

God gave three counsels to St. Catherine of Genoa which, faithfully followed, would make family life very sweet:

  • “My daughter, never be heard to say, I wish, or I do not wish.
  • “Never make an excuse when thou art asked to perform a work of charity.”
  • “Endeavour always to do the will of others.”

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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MY GOD, POUR FORTH THY GRACE ON THE SOUL WHO IS ABOUT TO OFFEND THEE!

Go you also, Golden Grains, borne on the wings of zeal and friendship; carry the cry of alarm to some pious souls. Say to them that, at this hour, another soul, one of their sisters, a daughter of Jesus Christ like themselves, is just about to fall into sin.

Tell them to cry aloud: –

My God, my God, give thy grace to the soul which is on the point of offending thee!

Oh! what a beautiful mission is that of preventing a mortal sin by prayer! of keeping from falling into the abyss some poor soul, which, perhaps, was about to be for ever separated from thee, my God.

Mortal sin is committed every hour, and God is blasphemed every hour, and every hour God loses a soul.

And for some of these souls all that is wanting is one grace more, which they have not merited, and which a prayer could have obtained for them.

My God, my God, pour forth thy grace on the soul who is about to offend thee.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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