- St. Michael the Archangel Story
- History of St. Michael the Archangel Prayer
- St. Michael the Archangel Prayers
- St. Michael the Archangel Apparitions
- The Chaplet of St. Michael Archangel
- Novena to St Micheal the Archangel
- Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »
JUNE, MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART
SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is commemorated on Friday following the second Sunday of the Pentecost. According to the scriptures, the "Sacred Heart of Jesus" denoted the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The "Sacred Heart" is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.
Jesus, who is one with the Father invites his disciples to live in close communion with him, to model their lives on him and on his teaching. He, in turn, reveals himself as "meek and humble of heart". Aside from the liturgical celebrations, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred heart of Jesus has remained one of the most widespread and popular in the church. May we then gaze at the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a humble and meek heart and seek His guidance always.
- Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Consecration to the Sacred Heart
- Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Home
- Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Nine First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Novena to the Sacred Heart
- Miserentissimus Redemptor
- Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Mary Margaret
DEVOTION TO THE TWO HEARTS
Promises and Prophecies
There is evidence that it was the will of Our Divine Lord that devotion to the Sacred heart be reserved for the last ages of the world, so that, in the last great struggle between Himself and Satan, the souls that He loves so dearly may be drawn to Him with renewed warmth, and thus strengthened against the final desperate attacks of the enemy.
In the times preceding the end of the world, Satan and his cohorts were to be loosed upon the earth in a mighty effort to draw as many souls as possible away from God, before the power of Hell would be remarkably restricted, if not completely broken. Satan's mission is one of hate. God wins souls through love. Our Blessed Saviour knew that the hatred which would be rampant in those evil days could be best conquered by a devotion which would inspire love and charity in the hearts of men. It was to serve, as it were, as a magnet and a bulwark of strength by giving men a clearer knowledge of God's deep and abiding love and mercy. It would provide a harbor of peace and security in those days of confusion and anguish, when men's souls would be tried almost beyond endurance.
In all times of great distress or danger, God has provided men with the means to conquer evil, as evidenced by the history of the world, both before the time of Christ, but especially since the Redemption. To mention just one of the instances of divine intervention when a special devotion was given to the world at a crucial period, let us consider the Rosary. In the thirteenth century when the Albigenses were preaching their vicious doctrines against marriage, and the spread of this heresy seriously endangered the morals of the people, Saint Dominic began preaching against them. He had but little success until Our Blessed Lady appeared to him, and told him to encourage devotion to the Rosary. This was done and the heresy quickly disappeared.
Saint Gertrude, in the fourteenth century, who often conversed with the Beloved Disciple Saint John, on one occasion asked him why he, who loved Our Blessed Lord so fervently, had never written anything about the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He explained to her his mission was to expound the Doctrine of the Incarnation and that as for the Love of the Incarnate Word as exemplified by His Divine Heart, it was reserved for the last ages to make it known, "so that the world, carried away by follies, may regain a little of the warmth of early Christian charity by learning of the love of the Sacred Heart."
It was on the feast of Saint John the Evangelist, three centuries later in 1647, that Our Lord appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and made certain promises to those who had a special devotion to His Sacred Heart, which promises were destined to become the means of salvation to so many countless Christians. Regarding this vision , the Saint explained, "I understand that his devotion to the Sacred Heart was a last effort of His love towards Christian of these latter times, by proposing to them an object and a means so calculated to persuade them to love Him."
In 1815, Mother Maria Rafols wrote concerning her own visions at the urgent insistence of Our Blessed Lord, in the hope that many, after reading what He told her, would turn from their evil ways, and have recourse to His Merciful Heart.
Much of what she has written is prophetic, and concerns itself, in part, with the destiny of Spain. Referring to her own Mother House, at Saragoze, Spain, Mother Rafols wrote that the Sacred Heart would perform such wonders there as to win many sinners away from their corrupted lives. It is worthy of note that although the Communists had laid siege to the city of Saragoze, it was never captured, as was foretold by Mother Rafols.
Our Lord promised her also that no matter what means men might invent to destroy the faith in Spain, they would be unsuccessful and that He would reign there until the end of time, because of the love of the just and chaste souls who would always live in Spain. This prophecy, only recently unearthed, must have been of great comfort to the good Christians during the trying days of their Civil War.
So forgotten would be the Word of God in the days to come, that men would even scandalize and pervert innocent children, and endeavor to obliterate His Blessed Name from their memory. This was true in Spain, and is true in many other countries today.
There would be such moral corruption, not only in Spain, but in the entire world, that God would be forced to destroy entire cities, should they fail to reform after His call. This is already being fulfilled and no doubt vastly greater destruction will befall the world before God is appeased.
It was written that these things would be taking place when the documents would be found. They were found in 1931. Our Lord further told Mother Rafols that there is one thing that hurts His Sacred Heart still more, and that is to be forgotten, offended and despised by souls consecrated to Him. They sometimes forget how dearly He loves His chosen ones, how eagerly He waits in the Tabernacle for them to come to Him for inspiration and assistance in the great mission of saving souls. He wants them to be humble and chaste, and to practice true charity towards one another, and thus avoid giving scandal. He desires that His priests be living models of Himself and that they propagate devotion to His Most Sacred Heart.
He says that all men have greater love for one another so that there can be peace on earth, and greater love for Him. The Sacred Heart was very sad because of the sacrileges men would commit on account of their coldness toward Him. He said that many would not only not heed the commands of Holy Mother Church, but would actually persecute Her and seek to destroy Her. Priests and religious would be treated with great disrespect.
He desires that men perform acts of satisfaction to forestall the wrath of Divine Justice, and that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be made a Holy Day of Obligation, and that all the Faithful receive Holy Communion on that Day. (It is a Holy Day of Obligation in Spain.)
To those who devoutly wear the image of His Sacred Heart, He promised great graces and special protection at the hour of their death. He said that in times to come, many souls would propagate the devotion to His Sacred Heart.
- OFFERING TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- AN ACT OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- AN ACT OF CONSECRATION AND REPARATION TO THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- FORM OF CONSECRATION
- AN ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS.
- PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE PASSION OF OUR SAVIOR
- PROMISES OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- NINE FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- EFFICACIOUS NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
- ENTHRONEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS IN THE HOME
- MISERENTISSIMUS REDEMPTOR
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.
St. 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 his journey.
Prayer links with the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, please click on the following links:
- The Archangel Prayers
- Prayer to St. Michael, the Archangel
- Saint Michael the Archangel Story
- How The Prayer Of St. Michael Came To Be Written
- Saint Michael Archangel Apparitions
- Chaplet of St. Michael The Archangel
- Novena To Saint Michael The Archangel
- Litany Of St. Michael The Archangel
- Prayer to St. Gabriel, the Archangel
- St.Gabriel Prayer
- Litany of St Gabriel
- Prayer to St. Raphael, the Archangel
- Saint Raphael Prayer
- Prayer to St Raphael for Healing
- Prayer to St Raphael Before a Trip
- Prayer to St. Raphael: Patron of Travelers & Bearers of the Good News
- Prayer to St Raphael For the Choice of a Good Spouse
- Litany in Honor of St. Raphael
RomanRaccolta, July 23, 1898, supplement approved July 31, 1902, London: Burnes, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1935, 12th edition.
Original - Prayer to St. Michael
"Fight 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.
"These 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.
"Arise 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. Amen.
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.
O 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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PRIEST OF THE MONTH
ST. MICHAEL THANKS THESE SAINTLY AND COURAGOUS PRIESTS IN HEAVEN
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
About Fr. Rookey's Passing - A Saintly Healing PriestCLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO TRIBUTE TO FR. PETER ROOKEY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Peter M. Rookey, OSM.Fr. Peter died peacefully in his sleep in the overnight hours of September 9-10, 2014, at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery, Chicago, IL. The friars of the community had gathered around his bed to offer prayers.Born in Superior, WI, October 12, 1916, he was ninety-seven years of age. He entered the Order at Hillside, IL, in 1930 and was a priest for seventy-three years. (VISIThttp://www.servite.org/about/InternationalCompassionMinistry.aspx )
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
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ST. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture. Read More »
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor..Read More »
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were martyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.Read More »
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years. Read More »
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).
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ST. BONIFACE (755).
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ST. NORBERT (1134).
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ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).
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ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).
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ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).
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ST. EPHREM (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. Read More »
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).
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BLESSED DIANA (1236).
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ST. BARNABAS (60).
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ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).
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ST. LEO III.
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ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).
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ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).
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ST. VITUS (303).
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ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).
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ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).
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ST. BOTOLPH (680).
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STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).
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ST. ROMUALD (1027).
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ST. SILVERIUS (538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.Read More »
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).
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ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France. Read More »
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).
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ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).
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ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).
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ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).
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ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).
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ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).
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ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).
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