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INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

1. 7 years and 7 quarantines to all who accompany the Most Blessed Sacrament with lights and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

2. 5 years and 5 quarantines to those who accompany It without a light, praying as above.

3. 3 years and 3 quarantines to those who, being legitimately hindered from going themselves, send someone in their stead to carry a light.

4. 100 days to those who cannot go themselves, provided they say one Pater and one Ave for the intention of the Pope when they see the Most Blessed Sacrament carried to the sick. – [Innocent XII., Jan.5th,1695]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

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LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE

LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE

THE FOLLOWING INVOCATIONS ARE THOSE USUALLY SAID AT LOURDES DURING THE BLESSING OF THE SICK:

We adore thee, O Lord. We hope in thee, O Lord. We love thee, O Lord.

Health of the Sick, pray for us. Mother of our Saviour, pray for us. Mother most pure, pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Let us adore for ever the Most Holy Sacrament.

Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.

Thou art my Lord and my God.

Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David.

Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Mother of the Author of grace, pray for us. Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

“Show thyself a mother:

May the Word Divine,

Born for us thine Infant,

Hear our prayers through thine.”

Lord, we believe, do thou increase our faith.

Thou art the Resurrection and the Life.

Jesus, save us, we perish.

Jesus, Son of Mary, have pity on us.

Virgin most powerful with God, pray for us. Virgin most merciful, pray for us. Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

O God, come to our assistance, make haste to help us.

Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me whole.

Jesus, Who hast so loved us, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our Refuge, have mercy on us.

Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.

“Show thyself a Mother” etc. (thrice) 

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Father of the poor, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Comforter of the afflicted, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Refuge of sinners, pray for us. Help of Christians, pray for us.

“Spare, O Lord, spare thy people;

Be not angry with us for ever.”

Lord, he whom thou lovest is sick. Lord, let me but see.

Lord, let me hear. Lord, let me rise and walk.

Lord, say but the word, and I shall be healed.

Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception.

“Let us adore,” etc. (thrice) 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Devotions

 

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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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TEN COMMANDMENTS – EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE IN PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION

TEN COMMANDMENTS – EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE IN PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION
  • When did you make your last confession? Was it a good one? Did you conceal a mortal sin? Did you perform your penance?
  • 1st Commandment: Have you since neglected your morning, evening, or meal prayers? Often? Have you said them with wilful distraction? Have you doubted in matters of faith? Were you ashamed to fulfil your religious duties? Have you exposed your faith to danger, for instance, by going to heretical churches, reading heretical books, etc.? Did you deny your religion?
  • 2nd Commandment: Have you taken the name of God in vain? Have you spoken irreverently or mockingly of holy things? Have you cursed yourself or others? Have you sworn falsely, rashly, or in trivial matters? Have you broken your vows?
  • 3rd Commandment: Did you on Sundays or Holy days stay away from Mass wilfully? Did you come too late? How often? Have you done or commanded servile work on such days without necessity? Have you been irreverent in Church?
  • 4th Commandment: (Children): Have you been disobedient towards your parents or disrespectful otherwise? Have you grieved them, neglected to assist them when in need? (Parents): Have you neglected to teach your children their prayers, to send them to church and to a Catholic school? Have you given them scandal by cursing, quarreling, etc., in their presence? Neglected to watch over them: the company they keep, the books they read, etc.?
  • 5th Commandment: Have you struck or wounded others? Did you injure your health by excessive drink, etc.? Did you bear hatred? How long? Did you desire revenge, refuse to forgive? Did you wish others harm? Have you led others into sin? What sins? How many persons? Have you given others bad books to read; shown them bad pictures; taken them to bad places; helped them to steal, etc.?
  • 6th and 9th Commandments: Have you wilfully entertained impure thoughts? desires? How often? Have you recalled with pleasure to mind former sins of impurity? What sins? Did you expose yourself to danger of committing sins of impurity by keeping bad company, reading lewd books, frequenting bad places, dangerous dances, theatres, etc.? Did you wilfully give ear to, or take part in impure conversations, sing immodest songs, boast of immodest actions, etc.? Did you wilfully look at immodest pictures, or cast immodest looks upon yourself or others? Did you sin by immodest touch or action? Was it with yourself or with others? How often? Was it with relatives, perhaps, or with a married person? Did you wilfully desire to commit such sins? Did you lead others to any sins of immodesty?
  • 7th and 10th Commandments: Did you steal? What was it worth? Have you cheated anyone? Have you done or caused damage? To what amount? Did you neglect to make restitution in former cases? Neglect to pay your debts? Retain things found or stolen? Did you have a desire to steal?
  • 8th Commandment: Did you tell lies? Did you make known the hidden faults of your neighbour? Did you, through envy or hatred, tell lies about others? Have you injured them thereby? Have you judged others rashly?
  • Precepts of the Church: Have you gone to confession within the last year? Have you fulfilled your Easter duty by receiving Holy Communion during Easter-time? Did you eat flesh-meat on forbidden days, wilfully? Did you neglect to fast on the days prescribed, without cause? Do you belong to any society forbidden by the Church?
  • The Seven Capital Sins: Have you been proud and thought yourself better than others? Have you been jealous or envious? Have you the habit of drinking to excess? Have you given way to anger?

– From St John’s Sunday Missal, 1952

Please see also: “I would like to have my sins forgiven properly, but I shy away from Jesus in the Sacrament of Confession”, please click here.

 

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL PLEASURES

There is this difference, dearly beloved brethren, between the pleasures of the body and the soul.

Bodily pleasures are greatly desired so long as we do not yet enjoy them, but when they are partaken of to the full our liking for them soon turns to disgust.

Spiritual delights, on the contrary, are a matter of indifference and scorn to us when we do not possess them, but when we begin to experience them then we are filled with desire, and the more we enjoy them, the more we desire them.

In the pleasures of the body desire is delightful, fruition disappointing; in the pleasures of the soul desire is poor, fruition very delightful. The former, when indulged in, soon bring disgust; but the latter we can never have too much.

– From a homily by St Gregory the Great. From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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BEWARE OF THIS TRAP THAT COSTS YOU YOUR INNER JOY!

BEWARE OF THIS TRAP THAT COSTS YOU YOUR INNER JOY!

Our dead

Our dead are not all in the churchyards, entombed under the shadow of the cross, beneath mounds upon which roses bloom.

There are others whom no visible monument reminds us of; they have existed only in the heart, where, alas! they have found a tomb.

Calm reigns about me to-day, and in my solitary room, face to face with my crucifix, I wish to summon you forth. Arise then from the tomb, my beloved dead!

The first to present themselves…

The first to present themselves to me are the sweet years of my childhood, so fresh, so joyous, so innocent.

There were composed of caresses received, of recompenses lavished, of confidence without fear; words of trouble, of danger, or of worry were unknown. They brought me calm joys, pleasures without remorse… and asked in return only a little obedience.

Alas! they are dead… and with them they have borne away many things. What voids have they not left!

Frankness, gaiety, simplicity; I no longer find you in my soul.

Family joys, so true, so expansive, so easy; I find you no more.

Happiness of the fireside, recompense so well earned by days of application, maternal reprimands, so frankly asked and so generously granted, sincere promises to be good so joyously received… are all these for ever at an end, and shall I find them no more?

Shall I find them no more?

And the shade which follows is my simple, confiding faith.

It appeared to me under the form of an angel, covering me with his white wings, pointing God out to me everywhere and in everything.

God who, each morning, prepared for me my daily bread.

God, who prevented my mother from falling ill, and healed her when she suffered.

God, who kept me from harm when I was very good.

God, who saw all, who knew all, who could do all things, and whom I loved with all my heart.

Alas! this simple and confiding faith is dead; it could not live without innocence.

True friendship

And this other phantom is the friendship of my early years.

Friendship of my childhood, friendship of my youth, which afforded me such pious, frank enjoyment, which initiated me to the joys of devotion, which accustomed me to deny myself in order to give pleasure [Mk 8:34; Mt 7:13-14; Mt 5:44-48; Mt 6:19-34; etc.], which destroyed selfishness in my heart by making me feel the desire of living for others.

Friendship of my childhood, friendship of my youth, upon which I relied when I was told of the troubles of life, of the isolation of the heart, of the sinking of the soul… you too are among the dead. An involuntary coolness, an unfounded suspicion which we had not the courage to clear up, an evil report to which we listened… killed this daughter of heaven. I knew that she was delicate, I watched over her, but I did not believe that she was so feeble.

Oh! how very long is the list of the dead who have found a tomb in my heart.

The remedy

You who are still young, upon whom God has lavished all these gifts which I have lost – candour, simplicity, innocence, friendship, devotion… guard these treasures well; and, lest they die, place them under the protection of prayer.

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

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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PSALM 26 – DOMINUS ILLUMINATIO

PSALM 26 – DOMINUS ILLUMINATIO

David’s faith and hope in God.

The psalm of David before he was anointed.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?

Whilst the wicked draw near against me, to eat my flesh.

My enemies that trouble me, have themselves been weakened, and have fallen.

If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. If a battle should rise up against me, in this will I be confident.

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.

For he hath hidden me in his tabernacle; in the day of evils, he hath protected me in the secret place of his tabernacle.

He hath exalted me upon a rock: and now he hath lifted up my head above my enemies.

I have gone round, and have offered up in his tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation: I will sing, and recite a psalm to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.

My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.

Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant.

Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O God my Saviour.

For my father and my mother have left me: but the Lord hath taken me up.

Set me, O Lord, a law in thy way, and guide me in the right path, because of my enemies.

Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to itself.

I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.

 

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