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Litany of Intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel




Lord, have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.  Christ have mercy.

Christ,  hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us,
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us,
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us sinners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Queen of heaven,                                       Pray for us sinners
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, vanquisher of Satan,                                pray for us sinners           
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most dutiful Daughter,                            pray for us sinners              
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
most pure Virgin,                                       pray for us sinners            
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most devoted Spouse,                               pray for us sinners
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most tender Mother,                                 pray for us sinners            
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, perfect model of virtue,                           pray for us sinners            
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, sure anchor of hope,                                 pray for us sinners           
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, refuge in affliction,                                     pray for us sinners          
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, dispenser of God’s gifts,                           pray for us sinners          
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, tower of strength against our foes,      pray for us sinners          
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our aid in danger,                                       pray for us sinners         
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, road leading to Jesus,                                pray for us sinners            
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our light in darkness,                                 pray for us sinners         
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our consolation at the hour of death,   pray for us sinners                   
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, advocate of the most abandoned sinners, pray for us sinners

For those hardened in vice, with confidence we come to thee, O Lady of Mount Carmel.
For those who grieve your Son,                          “
For those who neglect to pray,                            “
For those who are in their agony,                        “
For those who delay their conversion,                 “
For those suffering in Purgatory,                           “
For those who do not know you, with confidence we come to thee, O Lady of Mount Carmel.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hope of the Despairing, intercede for us with thy Divine Son.

Let us pray.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, glorious Queen of Angels, channel of God’s tenderest mercy to man, refuge and advocate of sinners, with confidence I prostrate myself before you, beseeching you toobtain for me [ insert your request here]. In return I solemnly promise to have recourse to thee in all my trials, sufferings, and temptations, and I shall do all in my power to induce others to love and reverence you and to invoke you in all their needs. I thank you for the numberless blessings which I have received from your mercy and powerful intercession. Continue to be my shield in danger, my guide in life, and my consolation at the hour of death. Amen.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel





Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of her visitation, and she is considered the patroness of the Carmelite Order. July 16 is also the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which often begins with a recitation of the prayer. It can, however, be recited at any time for any need, usually as a novena, and can also be recited in a group as a much longer prayer known as the Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (Repeat three times)Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (Repeat three times)

Say this for three consecutive days





Sea Sunday





This Sunday is SEA SUNDAY, when the Church prays for those who live and work at sea.


Thought for the week



                                                                                      Bl. John Henry Newman   

“God knows what is my greatest happiness, but I do not. There is no rule about what is happy and good; what suits one would not suit another. And the ways by which perfection is reached vary very much; the medicines necessary for our souls are very different from each other. Thus God leads us by strange ways; we know He wills our happiness, but we neither know what our happiness is, nor the way. We are blind; left to ourselves we should take the wrong way; we must leave to it Him.” (Bl. John Henry Newman) 





Spiritual blindness



1. Jealousy and Envy.

One of the Capital sins is Envy. A definition for envy: “You feel bad because somebody else has something that you do not have and when something bad happens to this person, you rejoice.” Cain killed Able due to envy.  Saul tried to kill young David because of envy. Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt due to the envy of his brothers. Finally, one of the principal reasons for the condemnation, crucifixion, and death of Jesus was the envy of some. Have you ever given into jealousy or envy in your life? Time to repent.

2. Bitter Anger.

Anger does not fulfill the justice of God. When the passion of anger has gotten control of your life, it is probably best not to speak and react towards others; this could prove catastrophic. We have to learn to cope with our anger and learn the techniques to extinguish that fire and calm down.

3. Impurity

 Without a doubt one of the chief causes of modern spiritual blindness is a rapidly increasing viewing and addiction to pornography. One of the principal reasons is the ease of access to pornography. A half a decade ago, porn was available mostly through magazines. However, no matter where one turns, today he is literally bombarded with impure images: T.V. programs and commercials, Cable, Movies, Magazines, Newspaper advertisements, and most especially the easy access to Internet—the sources never end!

It is like an avalanche that has started and in full force. There is barely anything in the world that militates more fiercely against growth in the spiritual life then giving in to impurity.  

St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, asserts that impurity causes spiritual blindness and leads even to hating God. Many will reject God, the Church, the reception of the Sacraments because they have become addicts—to one of the tentacles of the ugly octopus of impurity, especially internet porn!May God save us, heal us and restore our sight!

Three Remedies to Spiritual Blindness

As Jesus healed the blind two thousand years ago, so He is just as powerful today to heal all spiritual maladies and that of course includes spiritual blindness. Our prayer should be: “Lord grant me light to contemplate the beauty of your face now and for all eternity!”  

Following are three ways that we can use our eyes so as to glorify God, sanctify our souls, and live out the beatitude: “Blessed are the pure of heart for they will see God.”  ( Mt.5:8)

1. Meditate on the Word of God.

What chlorine is to water, the Word of God is to the human mind. If our mind has been contaminated by indecent and impure images, they must be dislodged, purified and discarded. One of the most efficacious tools to rid one’s mind of bad images and to restore spiritual sight is the daily reading, meditating and even memorizing of the Word of God.

The Psalmist describes the Word of God as a light and lantern for our steps. Jesus is the Word of God and the Light of the World who came to dispel darkness and even blindness.

2. Contemplate the Eucharistic God. 

When Jesus lived 2000 years ago people could not always see Him. When He was in Galilee, He was not at the same time in Jerusalem. In other words, even though Jesus could have been in many places at the same time, He decided to limit His presence to one time and place. Right now, we have an extraordinary grace: contact and exposure to the Real Presence of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament.  In all the Catholic Churches throughout the world Jesus is present in either the Tabernacle or exposed in the monstrance; and sometimes both at the same time! He invites all to come to Him: “Come to me all of you who are Weary, and you will find rest for your souls because my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. I am meek and humble of heart” (Mt. 11:28-30)  What a privilege we have right now: to visit Jesus, look at Him present in the Blessed Sacrament and to love Him with all our hearts.  The Psalmist once again invites us: “Look to the Lord and be radiant with joy.”

3. Contemplate the Face of Mary.  

All of us should form the wonderful habit of praying to Mary every day: The Morning Offering, Angelus, Memorare, Litany, and especially the Holy Rosary. While praying to Mary it is of great help to have before our eyes a beautiful image of Mary—statue, painting, icon, mural, mosaic, stain-glass window.

Prayer is the lifting-up of the mind and heart to God.  By contemplating a beautiful image of Mary, such as Our Lady of grace, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a transformation takes place in our eyes, mind, heart, soul and even in our body!  The scales of our spiritual blindness fall from our interior eyes and we are unable to see God and all that refers to God with greater clarity. Indeed, among the many beautiful titles given to Mary, several refer to light. 

Blessed Pope John Paul II, in his Apostolic letter on the Rosary, stated that we should strive to contemplate the Face of Jesus through the eyes of Mary. Let us cure our spiritual blindness by contemplating the beauty of the face of Mary, the “Masterpiece of creation” (St. Louis de Montfort

St. Maria Goreti




St. Maria Goretti is the youngest canonized saint in the Church. The attendance at her canonization exceeded one half million Souls, the largest of any canonization up to that point and time. And when you learn more about Saint Maria Goretti, it’s not hard to tell why so many people showed up ;)Saint Maria Goretti was born to a poor farming family in Italy. Maria was one of six children. The family lived and worked on the property of another family’s farm, the Serenelli’s family farm. The Serenelli family consisted of the father and the son, Alessandro. The Gorettis lived downstairs on the property while the Serenelli’s lived upstairs. When Maria was only 9 years old, her father died from malaria. After that, Maria had to begin taking care of the rest of the children in the family while her mom worked in the fields. She also cleaned and cooked for the Serenelli’s, and all the while, she did not complain. Rather, she was a source of encouragement and joy for her mother. She would told her mom that Jesus would take care of them.

Maria was a pious child. She attended Mass often, loved the Lord with all her heart, and she grew in many virtues. She was also very beautiful Alessandro Serenelli noticed her beauty and began to have impure thoughts of her. He spoke to her cruelly and often would make sexual advances on her. Maria would always rebuke his advances and say, “No, never, that is a sin! God forbids that and we would go to hell” This harassment continued for months and Maria tried to avoid Alessandro. On July 5, 1902, Alessandro approached Maria one more time and told her that if she didn’t allow him to have sex with her that he would kill her. She again refused. She said she would rather die than allow him to do what he wanted to do to her. In a rage, Alessandro stabbed Maria fourteen times with a file, which was used to sharpen farm tools. The file passed through Maria’s small body from the front all the way through to the back. Maria was only 11 at the time.

She was found and taken to the hospital where she had surgery, but she was not going to survive. She died the next day, but not first without forgiving her attacker. Her last words were, “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” ( St. Maria Goreti pray for us)

St. Maria Goreti’s feast day is July 6th.







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