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PRAYER: GRACIOUSLY MAKE THY STRENGTH PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS

O God, who hast promised that thou wilt never be absent from thy Church unto the end of the world, and that the gates of hell shall never prevail against it; graciously make thy strength perfect in our weakness and keep us steadfast in the love of thy Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with the in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

 
 

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“I COMMIT SIN SO OFTEN THAT I FEEL THESE SINS ARE A BARRIER BETWEEN MYSELF AND GOD”

“QUESTION: I commit sin so often that I feel these sins are a barrier between myself and God and while I want God to be part of my life I feel He is excluded and kept away from me by my sins.

ANSWER: There are many people who think like you and are tempted to despair at times, but sins and failures and moral weaknesses are not in themselves a barrier to God. The Gospel tells us how those who were opposed to Jesus accused Him of eating and drinking with sinners – of being in the company of sinners. Jesus Himself said He came to save sinners.

Our God is a God of the weak, of those who fail and who depend on Him to give them strength. This does not mean that He loves those who fail more than others but rather that He helps them more because He sees and understands their need.

St Paul boasted of his weakness, because as he says ‘when I am weak then I am strong,’ – strong with the strength of God who helps him in his weakness. Our Lord reassures that ‘my power is at its best in weakness.’

If we acknowledge our weakness before God then we give God room to work and to help us grow and mature as Christians.”
– This article was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue May 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).

 

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WHEN SHALL WE FINALLY RESEMBLE JESUS CHRIST?

“When shall we resemble Jesus Christ? He knows, He sees, that we desire it, at least; and if our success is so slight or so slow, He knows our weaknesses, and takes count of our good desires.

Courage! The Master whom we have the happiness to love and serve is not like an earthly master.

He proved this when He was amongst us; He proves it still every day to well-intentioned souls, who attach themselves to Him sincerely and generously.

God does not take pleasure in seeing us suffer, but He takes pleasure in acts of submission, love, and patience which suffering gives us occasion to produce.

It pleases Him to see us purified by adversity; it pleases Him above all to count our sufferings, so that not one may go unrewarded.”
– Le Chemin du Ciel

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (2 CORINTHIANS 12:1-10)

I SHALL BE VERY HAPPY TO MAKE MY WEAKNESSES MY SPECIAL BOAST.

Must I go on boasting, though there is nothing to be gained by it? But I will move on to the visions and revelations I have had from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago, was caught up – whether still in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows – right into the third heaven. I do know, however, that this same person – whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows – was caught up into paradise and heard things which must not and cannot be put into human language. I will boast about a man like that, but not about anything of my own except my weaknesses. If I should decide to boast, I should not be made to look foolish, because I should only be speaking the truth; but I am not going to, in case anyone should begin to think I am better than he can actually see and hear me to be.

In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, “My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.” So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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NINE SHORT PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

HOW TO MAKE THE NOVENA:

• Seclude yourself in prayer, at home or in church.

• Request the grace you wish to obtain.

• Begin the novena:
a) say the daily prayer;
b) practise the good deed of each day, with the option of changing
it to another more convenient one.

FIRST DAY:

“This is your mother” (Jn 19:27b).

Kind Mother of Perpetual Help, you suffered the anxieties of life. Hear my prayer. You are a Mother and you desire to help everybody: here is a sinner who runs to you. Good Mother, hurry to help me.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: give alms to a poor person.

SECOND DAY:

“My spirit exults in God my saviour” (Lk 1:47).

Kind Mother of Perpetual Help, help me to always belong to God. All things pass like the wind, but God remains. I want to belong to God and because of this I beg you: help me in this life; help me not to lose God in suffering and need. Kind Mother, increase my faith and trust, and help me with your love.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: do some work at home with love.

THIRD DAY:

“Your will be done” (Mt 6:10b).

Kind Mother of Perpetual Help, you understood and always did what God wanted. Take away my hardness of heart, pride and thinking only of myself. Help me, kind Mother, to follow the will of God, and grant me the grace I ask of you.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: before going to sleep, thank God for everything that happened during the day.

FOURTH DAY:

“You did it to me” (Mt 25:40c).

Mother of Jesus and my Mother, give me a heart that is generous in helping others, merciful in always forgiving, humble and meek in bearing its weaknesses. Jesus said that I should always do the same to Him as I do to others; therefore, help me to love God and my brothers and sisters better. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, help me with the grace I ask of you.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: find something to give to a poor person.

FIFTH DAY:

“For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them” (Mt 18:20).

Kind Mother, how did you live with Jesus and Joseph at home? Make me love my brothers and sisters and accept each one just as he/she is. Give us peace, understanding, kindness and joy so that the spirit of Jesus may remain with us. Kind Mother, ask Him for all of us.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys

Good deed: go see someone, if possible someone sick.

SIXTH DAY:

“Come to me… and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28).

Can a mother forget her child? I know, O Mary, that you never forget us, but I am afraid I will forget you. I ask you to never let me lose God nor the faith, and that I always trust in you. O Mary, happy the one who knows you and runs to you like a child to its mother. Help me in my plea. Amen.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys

Good deed: go into a church and pray for someone.

SEVENTH DAY:

“Let what you have said be done to me” (Lk 1:38b).

Mary, you always did everything God asked of you. So that I may also be like that, help me listen to the Word of God, meditating and living what Jesus taught. Attend my request in this novena, and do not let me be self-satisfied with life.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: read Lk 1:39-56 in the Bible.

EIGHTH DAY:

“He has looked upon his lowly handmaid” (Lk 1:48).

My Lady of Perpetual Help, how many times I become proud, vain and trusting in passing things! Free me from all that could take the place of God in my heart. Mary, please liberate me from this temptation to change God for worldly things and to not take care of God’s dwelling inside me. Kind Mother, help me with the grace of Jesus.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: listen to and converse kindly with an elderly person.

NINTH DAY:

“She treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Lk 2:19).

How many times, O Mary, my heart is sad, upset, full of doubts and anxiety. This happens because I do not seclude myself in the silence of prayer nor try to see what God wants of me. I do not listen to God. Mary, I ask you for the grace to believe that God loves me always, even in pain.

1 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys.

Good deed: spend the day joyfully, not letting anything get you down.

 

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PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLE

O Lord, we bring before You the distress and dangers of peoples and nations, the pleas of the imprisoned and the captive, the sorrows of the grief-stricken, the needs of the refugees, the impotence of the weak, the weariness of the despondent, and the weaknesses of the aging. O Lord, stay close to all of them. Amen.

 

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“WE NEED THE HUMILITY OF FAITH WHICH SEEKS THE FACE OF GOD AND TRUSTS IN THE TRUTH OF HIS LOVE”

TWO GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS

“The Fathers of the of the Church maintained that human beings stand at the point of intersection between two gravitational fields. First, there is the force of gravity which pulls us down – towards selfishness, falsehood and evil; the gravity which diminishes us and distances us from the heights of God.

On the other hand there is the gravitational force of God’s love: the fact that we are loved by God and respond in love attracts us upwards. Man finds himself betwixt this twofold gravitational force; everything depends on our escaping the gravitational field of evil and becoming free to be attracted completely by the gravitational force of God, which makes us authentic, elevates us, and grants us true freedom…”

WE ARE TOO WEAK

“Of ourselves, we are too weak to lift up our hearts to the heights of God. We cannot do it. The very pride of thinking that we are able to do it on our own drags us down and estranges us from God. God himself must draw us up, and this is what Christ began to do on the cross.

He descended to the depths of our human existence in order to draw us up to himself… Only in this way could our pride be vanquished: God’s humility is the extreme form of his love, and this humble love draws us upwards…”

WE NEED TO ABANDON OUR PRIDE

“All these means of ‘ascent’ are effective only if we humbly acknowledge that we need to be lifted up; if we abandon the pride of wanting to become God. We need God: he draws us upwards; letting ourselves be upheld by his hands – by faith, in other words – sets us aright and gives us the inner strength that raises us on high. We need the humility of a faith which seeks the face of God and trusts in the truth of his love.”
– Pope Benedict XVI

 

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