Monthly Archives: July 2020

Most Holy Virgin Mary

MOST HOLY VIRGIN MARY, today thy beloved children face so many difficulties. Thy blessed picture tells us so much about thee. It reminds us to reach out and help those in need, especially in this time of Covid-19 pandemic and all forms of discrimination around the world. Help us to understand that our lives belong to others as much as they belong to us. The same as thy divine Son, JESUS CHRIST, gave up His life for the love of us! MARY, Mother of all, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God’s grace, we intend to do what we can, starting with prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters, and; extending help the best we can. May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters. May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP. O IMMACULATE MOTHER, bless us, and by thy powerful intercession support our weakness, so that having been faithful in serving thee during this life, we may praise thee, love thee and thank thee eternally in the next. AMEN. HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH THEE…

Divine Mercy

OUR LORD’S PROMISES ATTACHED TO THE PRAYING OF THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY AS REVEALED TO ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA

“I promise that the soul that will venerate this image (of Divine Mercy) will not perish. I also promise victory over (its) enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary, 48)

“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death.” (Diary, 754)

“When hardened sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one.” (Diary, 1541)

“When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as a merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541)

“Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” (Diary, 687)

“Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy…I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.” (Diary, 687)

“To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak.” (Diary, 1521)

“The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion for sinners. Know, my daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” (Diary, 1397)

“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony…I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary, 1320; also, cf. Diary, 1572)

“Souls who spread the honor of My mercy…at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1075)

“The two rays denote Blood and Water…These two rays issued from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. These rays shield souls from the wrath of My Father…I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy…whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment. Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” (Diary, 299-300)

“I desire that the Feast of Mercy…be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter…The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion (in a state of grace on this day) shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (Diary, 699)

“Through this chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, 1731)

“My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world.” (Diary, 1485)
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Note: Excerpts taken from the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, titled Divine Mercy in My Soul, ©1987, Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263.

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO DECLARED COVID-FREE

It was with great joy yesterday that the citizens of San Giovanni Rotondo woke up to the news that the town of Padre Pio has no longer any active cases of Covid-19.

On the 1st of April, the Mayor of San Giovanni Rotondo together with the Archbishop of the Diocese and the Capuchin friars prayed at the tomb of St. Pio and later placed the coat of arms of the town alongside the remains of the great saint, entrusting the town to the protection of the humble friar who lived for over 50 years in the town.

Today we return to the tomb to pray in thanksgiving to St. Pio for the gift of the medical staff who have worked incessantly over recent months, for the families who have lost loved ones and for the people of the town whose great faith and solidarity have contributed to this joyous moment.

St. Padre Pio….Pray for us. Amen

Credits to Irish Center for Padre Pio’s page

According to St. John Chrysostom “He who honours a Priest honours Christ; he who insults a Priest insults Christ.”

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.
In their sorrows, strengthen them.
In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.

THE BROWN SCAPULAR AND THE PROMISES OF OUR LADY

TOMORROW IS JULY 16: FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL. THE DEVOTION TO HER SCAPULAR AND PROMISES.
WHAT DID OUR LADY TELL ST. SIMON STOCK IN HER APPARITION?
THE PROMISES OF OUR LADY.
The feast we celebrate commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin on July 16, 1251 to St. Simon Stock, the first General of the Carmelite Order. Mary promised special blessings and indulgences throughout the centuries for all those who wear her scapular. This devotion began in England and has received the solemn approval of the Church and the constant blessings of the Popes.
1. WHAT DID OUR LADY TELL ST. SIMON STOCK IN HER APPARITION?
“RECEIVE, MY BELOVED SON, THIS SCAPULAR OF THY ORDER; IT IS THE SPECIAL SIGN OF MY FAVOR, WHICH I HAVE OBTAINED FOR THEE AND FOR THY CHILDREN OF MOUNT CARMEL. HE WHO DIES CLOTHED WITH THIS HABIT SHALL BE PRESERVED FROM ETERNAL FIRE. IT IS THE BADGE OF SALVATION, A SHIELD IN TIME OF DANGER, AND A PLEDGE OF SPECIAL PEACE AND PROTECTION.”
2. THE PROMISES OF OUR LADY.
Our Lady promised grace and special blessings for those who devoutly wear her scapular. In particular: She promised THE GRACE OF FINAL PERSEVERANCE, that is, THE SPECIAL HELP FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT IN THE STATE OF GRACE TO REPENT IN THE LAST MOMENT OF THEIR LIFE.
Furthermore, the SABBATINE PRIVILEGE is added to this promise. This privilege consists in THE EARLY LIBERATION FROM PURGATORY, THROUGH THE SPECIAL INTERCESSION AND PETITION OF THE VIRGIN MARY, WHICH SHE GRACIOUSLY EXERCISES IN FAVOR OF HER DEVOTED SERVANTS PREFERENTIALLY ON THE DAY CONSECRATED TO HER, SATURDAY (from the word “Sabbath”, hence, sabbatine).
3. PRACTICAL TIPS:
In order to benefit from the graces promised by Our Lady, the scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel has to be DULY INVESTED BY A PRIEST. If worn out, torn, or as preferred, the scapular CAN BE REPLACED BY A MEDAL with the image of OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL on one side and of the SACRED HEART OF JESUS on the other side. Investiture need not be repeated. Just ask a priest to bless the medal.
The scapular is not an amulet nor a lucky charm (!). Rather, it is a SIGN of Our Lady’s maternal love and protection for us; a SYMBOL of the wedding garment of grace we should have in our soul; and a PLEDGE which carries with it particular obligations such as devotion to her Immaculate Heart and imitation of all Our Lady’s virtues, in particular, her humility, chastity (according to one’s state in life) and piety.
Dear friends, if you still do not wear the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE ONE AND ASK YOUR PARISH PRIEST TO INVEST IT ON YOU, not only as a sign of Our Mother’s love and a pledge to imitate her virtues, but also as a manifestation of our filial love and devotion to Our Lady, who only wants the best for her children.
Let us end this short reflection with St. John Paul II’s words:
MAY OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS. MAY SHE BE THE STAR THAT GUIDES YOU AND NEVER DISAPPEARS FROM YOUR HORIZON. MAY SHE LEAD YOU NOW, THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE AND AT ITS COMPLETION TO A SAFE HAVEN
(St. John Paul II, Address, 9 November 1982).
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death! Amen.
THANKS