Prayer to be Said by a Sick Person

 

                                                                     PRAYER TO BE SAID BY A SICK PERSON

                                                                     (MAY BE USED FOR A NOVENA TO INFANT JESUS)

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O Merciful Infant Jesus! I know of Your miraculous deeds for the sick, How many diseases You cured during Your blessed life on earth, and how many venerators of Your Miraculous image ascribe to You their recovery and deliverance from most painful and hopeless maladies. I know, indeed, that a sinner like me has merited his sufferings and has no right to ask for favours. But in view of the innumerable graces and the miraculous cures granted even to the greatest sinners through the veneration of Your holy infancy, particularly in the miraculous statue of Prague or in representations of it, I exclaim with  the greatest assurance: O most loving infant Jesus, full of pity, You can cure me if You will! Do not hesitate, O Heavenly Physician, if it be Your will that I recover from this present illness; extend Your most holy Hands, and by Your power take away all my pain and infirmity, so that my recovery may be due, not to natural remedies, but to You alone. If, however, You in Your inscrutable wisdom have determined otherwise, then at least restore my soul to perfect health, and fill me with heavenly consolation and blessing, that I may be like You, O Jesus, in my sufferings, and may glorify Your providence until, at the death of my body, You bestow on me eternal life.

Amen

 

 

 

 

St, Raphael

 

                                                                                                       St. RAPHAEL

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St. Raphael whose name signifies “Medicine Of God” seems to be at the head of Angelic Medical Staff. His reputation as physician and as a guide of travelers is due to the story in Holy Writ which relates how he brought healing to the elder Tobias, released Sara from being molested by the devil and gave to the youthful pilgrim in his charge, safety, guidance and most noble companion-ship. The Archangel Raphael finally revealed himself to Tobias.

“I am Raphael one of the Seven Angels who stand ever ready to enter the presence of the glory of  the  Lord.”   {Tobit 12 : 15}

St. Raphael is the angel of peace, of health, and of joy. “Joy be to thee ,” always was his salutation to Tobias, He is the angel sent in God’s providence to guide and guard, to heal and save,

Oh, St, Raphael, Medicine of God, Angel of happy Meetings, of Peace and Joy, we beseech you, cure our infirmities of soul and body in virtue of the Divine Blood, source of all healing graces.

{Full story of St. Raphael: Book of Old Testament “Chapter 5 -  12″)

 

 

 

 

Thought for the week

                                                     THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

 

“And finally, Margaret, this I know very well that without my fault God

will not let me be lost. I shall therefore with good hope commit myself

entirely to him. Nothing can come but that which God wills. And I make

myself very sure that whatever that be, seem it never so bad in sight,

it shall in deed be best.”

(St. Thomas More writing to his daughter from the Tower of London

before his execution.)

Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

THIS FRIDAY IS THE FEAST OF SACRED HEART OF JESUS

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O GOD, WHO DOST DEIGN MERCIFULLY TO BESTOW UPON US INFINITE TREASURES OF LOVE IN THE HEART OF THY SON, WHICH WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR SINS; GRANT WE BESEECH THEE, THAT WE WHO PAY HIM THE DEVOUT HOMAGE OF OUR PIETY, MAY IN LIKE MANNER SHOW UNTO THEE OUR DUE OF WORTHY SATISFACTION.

THROUGH THE SAME CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.

•No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends 

 John 15: 13

 

 

CORPUS CHRISTI

 

 

                                                                                                           CORPUS CHRISTI

img093 I AM THE LIVING BREAD WHICH HAS COME DOWN FROM  HEAVEN   SAYS THE  LORD.  ANYONE WHO EATS THIS BREAD WILL LIVE  FOR EVER.   (Jn 6: 51-52)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

                                                              WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS                 

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 WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS, ALL OUR SINS AND GRIEFS TO BEAR! WHAT A PRIVILAGE TO CARRY; EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER. ! O WHAT PEACE WE OFTEN FORFEIT! O WHAT NEEDLESS PAIN WE BEAR! ALL BECAUSE WE DO NOT CARRY EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER.    

HAVE WE TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS? IS THERE TROUBLE ANYWHERE? WE SHOULD NEVER BE DISCOURAGED: TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER. CAN WE FIND A FRIEND SO FAITHFUL – WHO WILL ALL OUR SORROWS SHARE? jESUS KNOWS OUR EVERY WEAKNESS; TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER.

ARE WE WEAK AND HEAVY-LADEN, CUMBERED WITH A LOAD OF CARE? PRECIOUS SAVIOUR, STILL OUR REFUGE TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER. DO THY FRIENDS DESPISE , FORSAKE THEE? TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER; IN HIS ARMS HE’LL TAKE AND SHIELD THEE, THOU WILT FIND A SOLANCE THERE.                                                                                    

 

St Joan of Arc

 

                                                                                         St JOAN OF ARC

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St Joan of Arc, the co-patroness of France, was born on January 6, 1412 to pious peasant parents in a village called Domremy.

From an early age she could hear saints speaking to her, including St Michael, St Catherine and St Margaret. By the time she was 13 the messages had gone from personal and general to a specific instruction to drive the English from French territory. They also told her to bring the Dauphin of France to Reims for coronation. Joan said that after the saints left their messages, she wept because they were so beautiful.

By the time she was 16, through her tenacity and persuasiveness, Joan was granted a meeting at the royal court in a private audience with Charles VII and won his trust. Joan had previously made accurate prediction about the outcome of military battles and proved to be of great assistance to the French army for the rest of her life. She persuaded Charles VII to allow her to join other battles to reclaim cities – all ending in victory

                                                                               SOLD TO THE ENGLISH

When Joan travelled to Compiegne to help defend against an English and Burgundian siege, she was captured by Burgundian troops and held for a ransom. She was subsequently sold to the English for 10,000 gold coins, imprisoned at Rouen and tried as a heretic and witch.

The trial record includes statements from eyewitnesses who claimed that Joan astonished the court with her ability to escape theological traps – given that she was an illiterate peasant. But despite the lack of incriminating evidence against her, Joan was condemned to die.

Accounts of Joan’s execution by burning, on May 30, 1431, report that she was tied to a pillar at the Vieux-Marche in Rouen.

She asked Fr Martin Ladvenu and Fr Isambart de la Pierre to hold a crucifix before her, and an English soldier made a small cross which she placed in the front of her dress.  

 

 

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

 

                                                                             HOLY YEAR OF MERCY

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                                           “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke. 6:36)

 

A detail from Samuel

 

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A DETAIL FROM SAMUEL AND ELI (1780) by JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY

“Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, Speak, Lord your servant is listening.”

Thought for the week

                                                                       THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“It is not a headlong leap into heroism that makes someone a saint, but patiently and humbly walking with Jesus, step by step. Holiness does not consist in adventurous achievements of virtue, but in joining him in loving. Hence the real saints are also the quite human, quite natural people in whom through the Easter transformation and purification what is human appears afresh in its total originality and beauty”  (Pope Benedict XVI)