of Santa Fé, in New Mexico, USA.
A mystery of over 130 years and attracting around 250 thousand
visitors every year. Point of attention : Loretto Chapel
What makes this chapel different from all others is that the
subject of the supposed miracle that took place in it is a
Mark 1:40-45 And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, If you will, you can make me clean. Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, I will; be clean. And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once, and said to him, See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to the people. But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday is April 27th DIVINE MERCY NOVENA STARTS ON GOOD FRIDAY
The Feast of Divine Mercy on April 27 is one of the most important dates in the Church calendar. This focuses on God’s unlimited mercy to everyone especially the greatest sinners.
Jesus revealed to Sister Faustina on numerous occasions that a feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The feast is a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in the divine benevolence the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come. Jesus said: Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.(Diary 300)
God loves us-all of us- no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. The message of divine mercy could be summed up by the ABC:
A-Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B-Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let is flow through others us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C-Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
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FEAST OF STS. MICHAEL, GABRIEL, AND RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS – SEPTEMBER 29th
The feast of the three archangels- Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael- will be commemorated on September 29.
Michael whose name means "Who is like God" was the archangel who fought
against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of
God. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil.
St. Gabriel which means "Strength of God" announced to Zachariah the
forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus.
His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most
familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people. St Raphael
meaning "Medicine of God" is the archangel who took care of Tobias on
Prayer links with the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, please click on the following links:
RomanRaccolta, July 23, 1898, supplement approved July 31, 1902,
London: Burnes, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1935, 12th edition.
Original - Prayer to St. Michael
Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend
us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against
the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of
darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom
Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and
redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.
this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as
already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and
his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there
place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is
called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into
the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men
has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about
with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order
to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and
cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal
glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom
of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of
lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity,
and of every vice and iniquity.
most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness
the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious
hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where
the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the
light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable
impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been
struck, the sheep may be.
then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost
spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate
thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her
defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted
the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to
the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered
that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the
Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they
may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the
dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again
make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.
God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name,
and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of
Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St.
Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and
all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury
of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen."
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APRIL 1 ST. HUGH OF GRENOBLE St. Hugh was born in 1052 in France. He grew up to be tall and handsome, gentle and courteous. APRIL 2 ST. FRANCIS OF PAOLA
St. Francis was born in the tiny village of Paola, Italy, around 1416. His parents were poor but humble and holy.
APRIL 3 ST. RICHARD OF CHICHESTER St. Richard was born in England in 1197. He and his brother became orphans when Richard was very young. APRIL 4
ST. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE This saint was born in 556. Isidore's two older brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, became bishops and saints, too. APRIL 5
ST. VINCENT FERRER A most wonderful Christian hero was St. Vincent Ferrer. He was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1350. APRIL 6
BLESSED NOTKER This Benedictine monk had once been a sickly child. He had a very noticeable speech impediment all his life. Notker was determined not to let it get in his way.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE
St. John Baptist de la Salle was born in Rheims, France, on April 30, 1651. His parents were from the nobility. APRIL 8
ST. JULIE BILLIART
Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in Belgium in 1751. Her uncle, the village school teacher, taught her to read and write.
Waldetrudis was born in Belgium in the seventh century. Her mother, her father and her sister have all been declared saints. APRIL 10
BLESSED ANTHONY NEYROT
Anthony was born in northern Italy in the fifteenth century. He joined the Dominican order in Florence, Italy. The prior at that time was another saint, Antoninus.
St. Stanislaus was born near Cracow, Poland, in 1030. His parents had prayed for thirty years for a child. APRIL 12
ST. JOSEPH MOSCATI
His brother's death made a deep impression on Joseph. He asked Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary for answers. APRIL 13
St. Martin was a priest of Rome who had a reputation for being well-educated and holy. He became pope in July, 649.
The name Lidwina means "suffering." Lidwina was from Holland. She was born in 1380 and died in 1433. APRIL 15
BLESSED DAMIEN OF MOLOKAI
Joseph "Jeff" de Veuster was born in 1840, the son of Belgian farmers. He and his brother, Pamphile, joined the congregation of the Sacred Hearts. APRIL 16
ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE
This French saint, born in 1748, led a most unusual life. He was the son of a store owner and was taught by his uncle, a priest . APRIL 17
ST. STEPHEN HARDING
Stephen was a young Englishman who lived in the twelfth century. He was a good student who liked to learn. APRIL 18
BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION
Barbara was born in France in 1566. She was married to Peter Acarie when she was seventeen. She and her husband loved their Catholic faith and practiced it. APRIL 19
BLESSED JAMES DUCKETT
James Duckett was an Englishman who lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As a young man he became an apprentice printer in London. APRIL 20
ST. AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO
This saint was born near the city of Monte pulciano, Italy, in 1268. When she was just nine years old, she begged her mother and father to let her live at the nearby convent. APRIL 21
Anselm was born in northern Italy in 1033. From his home he could see the Alps mountains. APRIL 22
ST. SOTER AND ST. CAIUS
St. Soter was pope long ago in the times of the Roman emperors. He was a real father to all Christians. APRIL 23
Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. APRIL 24
ST. FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN
This saint's name was Mark Rey. He was born in Germany in 1578. Mark went to the famous University of Freigburg to become a lawyer. APRIL 25
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST
Mark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not among the original twelve apostles, he was a relative of St. Barnabas, an apostle. APRIL 26
This saint lived in ninth-century France. No one knows who his parents were. They left their newborn infant on the doorstep of Notre-Dame convent. APRIL 27
Zita is known as the patron saint of domestic workers. She was born in the village of Monte Sagrati, Italy, in 1218. APRIL 28
ST. PETER CHANEL
St. Peter Chanel was born near Belley, France, in 1803. From the time he was seven, he took care of his father's sheep. APRIL 29
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
Born in 1347, this well-known saint is the patroness of Italy, her country. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children. APRIL 30
ST. PIUS V
This holy pope was born in Italy in 1504. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri. He wanted to become a priest, but it seemed as though his dream would never come true.
Thomas Pandippally is a young portrait of martyr. This 38
year old Cheenkallel-born priest was the sixth of seven children
who gave light on July 12, 1971. Father Pandippally joined
the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate (CMI) Congregation in 1987
and made his first profession on March 19, 1992.
Father Pandippally was actively involved in education and
social services. After taking a bachelor degree in science
from Christ College, Bangalore, Father Pandippally studied
Philosophy at Darsana Philosophate, Wardha and Theology at
Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Poona. After his ordination in 2002
he taught at Jeevandan School at Yellareddy for three years
until he was assigned as the Rector of Aspirants at Nazareth
Bhavanam in Bellampalli. He returned to Yellareddy in April
2007 to become the Director of Jeevadan Centre, Parish Priest
and Correspondent of Jeevadan School.
In his outpouring love, Father Pandippally has watered the
ground with his blood with what appeared to be acts of Hindu
extremists. He was on his way alone to Yellareddy, a village
in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. He was riding
a motorcycle when he was brutally killed by what appeared
to be Hindu extremists according to reports. His corpse was
found the next morning with 18 stab wounds on the body, broken
arms and legs, and gouged out eyes.
Father Pandippally demise was has stirred believers in India
to cry for more protection by the government amid continued
Christian persecution. More than 2,000 Christians gathered
in Hyderabad to protest the death. A wave of violence against
Christians spread over the neighboring state of Orissa as
they were blamed for the murder of a Hindu political leader
Swami Laxmananada Saraswati.
Christian leaders in Andhra Pradesh were terribly shaken
by Father Pandippally’s incident. They were dismal over
the murder Archbishop Marampudi Joji of Hyderabad, India stated
that the Church in India is shocked and deeply saddened by
this barbarous killing, the result of a growing climate of
intolerance and violence against Christians in this country.
Even though Archbishop Joji was saddened by Father Pandippally’s
demise, he called the priest a martyr. He said: He sacrificed
his life for the poor and marginalized. But he did not die
in vain, because his body and his blood enrich the Church
in India, particularly the Church in Andhra Pradesh –
the southeastern state where he died.
OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion (International Center
for Holy Relics) www.HolyRelics.org
“Dear brothers and sisters, our meditation
on the human and spiritual journey of Saint Joseph invites
us to ponder his vocation in all its richness, and to see
him as a constant model for all those who have devoted their
lives to Christ in the priesthood, in the consecrated life
or in the different forms of lay engagement. Joseph was
caught up at every moment by the mystery of the Incarnation.
Not only physically, but in his heart as well, Joseph reveals
to us the secret of a humanity which dwells in the presence
of mystery and is open to that mystery at every moment of
everyday life. In Joseph, faith is not separated from action.
His faith had a decisive effect on his actions. Paradoxically,
it was by acting, by carrying out his responsibilities,
that he stepped aside and left God free to act, placing
no obstacles in his way. Joseph is a just man
(Mt 1:19) because his existence is adjusted
to the word of God.” Pope Bendict XVI, March 18,