The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary

PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS AND IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

 

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O Heart of Jesus pierced for our sins and giving us your Mother on Calvary! O Heart of Mary pierced by sorrow and sharing in the sufferings of your divine Son for our redemption! O sacred union of these Two Hearts! Praised be the God of Love who united them together!

May we unite our hearts and every heart so that all hearts may live in unity in imitation of that sacred unity which exists in these Two Hearts. Triumph, O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary! Reign, O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! – in our hearts, in our homes and families, in the hearts of those who as yet do not know you, and in all nations of the world. Establish in the hearts of all mankind the sovereign triumph and reign of your Two Hearts so that the earth may resound from pole to pole with one cry: Blessed forever be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and a fervent love of the spiritual life. May all my actions be done for the greater glory of God in unions with the divine heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Hear and answer our prayers and intentions (mention your petition) according to your most merciful will. Amen.

 

 

St. Frances of Rome

St. FRANCES OF ROME

 

St Frances of Rome

Frances’ life combines aspects of secular and religious life. A devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle of prayer and service, so she organized a group of women to minister to the needs of Rome’s poor.

Born of wealthy parents, Frances found herself attracted to the religious life during her youth. But her parents objected and a young nobleman was selected to be her husband.

As she became acquainted with her new relatives, Frances soon discovered that the wife of her husband’s brother also wished to live a life of service and prayer. So the two, Frances and Vannozza, set out together—with their husbands’ blessings—to help the poor.

Frances fell ill for a time, but this apparently only deepened her commitment to the suffering people she met. The years passed, and Frances gave birth to two sons and a daughter. With the new responsibilities of family life, the young mother turned her attention more to the needs of her own household.

The family flourished under Frances’ care, but within a few years a great plague began to sweep across Italy. It struck Rome with devastating cruelty and left Frances’ second son dead. In an effort to help alleviate some of the suffering, Frances used all her money and sold her possessions to buy whatever the sick might possibly need. When all the resources had been exhausted, Frances and Vannozza went door to door begging. Later, Frances’ daughter died, and the saint opened a section of her house as a hospital.

Frances became more and more convinced that this way of life was so necessary for the world, and it was not long before she requested and was given permission to found a society of women bound by no vows. They simply offered themselves to God and to the service of the poor. Once the society was established, Frances chose not to live at the community residence, but rather at home with her husband. She did this for seven years, until her husband passed away, and then came to live the remainder of her life with the society—serving the poorest of the poor.


Reflection

Looking at the exemplary life of fidelity to God and devotion to her fellow human beings which Frances of Rome was blessed to lead, one cannot help but be reminded of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who loved Jesus Christ in prayer and also in the poor. The life of Frances of Rome calls each of us not only to look deeply for God in prayer, but also to carry our devotion to Jesus living in the suffering of our world. Frances shows us that this life need not be restricted to those bound by vows.

(St. Frances of Rome is the Patron Saint of Motorists and Widows)


 

 

Most Holy Trinity (Sunday)

MOST HOLY TRINITY

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PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

Glory be to the Father,

Who by His almighty power and love created me,

making me in the image and likeness of God.

 Glory be to the Son,

Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,

and opened for me the gates of heaven.

 Glory be to the Holy Spirit,

Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,

and continues to sanctify me

by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.

 Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,

now and forever.

 Amen.

 

 

Thought for the week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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”The Lord is alive and wants to be sought among the living. After having found him, each person is sent out by him to announce the Eater message, to awaken hope in hearts burdened by sadness, in those who struggle to find meaning in life. However, we must not proclaim ourselves. Rather, as joyful servants of hope, we must announce the Risen One by our lives and by our love; otherwise we will be incapable of offering the hope for which the world longs. ’ Pope Francis.

Thought for the week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 

It is God the Father’s plan that the peace  which his beloved Son Jesus Christ won for us on Calvary should be communicated to every human being. It is vitally important for parents to transmit to their children an understanding of the faith and a deep appreciation of sacramental life, so that each generation may be aware of Christ’s peace. The success of the Church’s mission in this regard is intimately linked with the irreplaceable catechetical activity of the family.”  St. John Paul II

Novena to the Holy Spirit

NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

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The Ascension of the Lord

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

 

img215.tifAfter your passion, you appeared to your disciples, and they knew you to be alive: strengthen our belief that you are with us today. On this day you promised the Holy Spirit to the apostles, for the spreading of your gospel to the ends of the earth. Strengthen us by the power of the Spirit in bearing witness before the world.

Almighty God, fill us with a holy joy, teach us how to thank you with reverence and love on account of the ascension of Christ your Son. You have raised us up with him; where he, the head, has preceded us in glory, are called in hope, we pray through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Thought for the week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 

“O Lord, you are my repose, my happiness, my thanksgiving, my portion and my only love. I have no virtues, but you possess them all, and you are mine, divine and human. Having you, I have all I need to pay my debts and make amends to the divinity offended by my sins, that I may be purified and enter into heaven. O Mary, obtain for us from God that light that will eclipse the things of earth so that we may be able to enter into the sanctuary of the heart of Jesus and lose ourselves in the unfathomable depths of his love.”  Blessed Concepcion Cabrera de Armida.

 

 

A call from Fatima

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS

 

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From May to October 1917 Our Lady appeared six times to three peasant children (Sister Lucia dos Santos, who passed away in 2005, together with St. Jacinta and St. Francisco Marto), in a rural area near the town of Fatima in Portugal. She calls each of us to return to God, to do penance in reparation for our sins, and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners.

Our Lady went on to say “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with intention of making reparation to me.”

WHAT TO DO

GO TO CONFESSION on, or eight days either side of, the first Saturday of the month.

ATTEND MASS AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION on the first Saturday of five consecutive months.

PRAY THE ROSARY.

 

 

 

 

 

Thought for the week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 

“The only way to glorify God is Our Lord’s way. That is, we the adopted children must become as much like the only begotten Son as possible, and so in our own little way reflect the loving relationship of the Son and his Father. We can only do this if we grow in sensitivity to our Father’s will. His will must become our food, as it was for our Lord: it must sustain and nourish us, give us life, knowledge and love. But it cannot become our real nourishment until and unless we make frequent acts of union with our Father’s will. Thus, our will too will become wise, faithful, strong, beautiful, just and, above all, loving, a flame of love.” (Fr. Bonaventure Perquin, OP.)