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Pray for the canonization of JPII

God our Father, you reward all who believe in you. May your servant, John Paul our Pope, vicar of Peter and Shepherd of your Church, who faithfully administered the mysteries of your forgiveness and love on earth, rejoice with you for ever in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen!

Pledge to pray

kofcPledge to Pray is a prayer campaign, launched by the Knights of Columbus, asking Catholics to sign an online petition and to tweet prayer commitment for the church. 

“Until a new pope is elected, we ask Catholics worldwide to pledge to say this prayer daily for Pope Benedict, for the church, and for our future pope, and to encourage their friends and families to do the same ” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

For more information, and to pledge your prayers, visit PrayerfortheChurch.com or follow the campaign on Twitter at @KofC.

Prayer for the Church

O Lord Jesus Christ , Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter’s faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

– written by Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore

For those in the path of Hurricane Irene

This is a repost for all those in the path of Hurricane Irene:

Our Lady of Prompt Succor protected New Orleans during the Great Fire of 1812, and again during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. She is the patroness of both the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. Today she is prayed to for protection against hurricanes. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin runs from June 1 to November 30. In the eastern Pacific, the season began on May 15 and ends November 30. Please join in prayer with all who are threatened by hurricanes.

Image below: Dedicated by Archbishop Schulte on May 18, 1997, this seventy-seven-square-foot mosaic by Professor Sergio Papucci of Florence Italy, is on the site of the Almonester Chapel where the nuns prayed before the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. It depicts a scene from the Battle of New Orleans.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, ever Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God, you are most powerful against the enemy of our salvation. The divine promise of a Redeemer was announced right after the sin of our first parents; and you, through your Divine Son, crushed the serpent’s head. Hasten, then, to our help and deliver us from the deceits of satan. Intercede for us with Jesus that we may always accept God’s graces and be found faithful to Him in our particular states of life. As you once saved our beloved City from ravaging flames and our Country from an invading army, have pity on us and obtain for us protection from hurricanes and all other disasters. (silent pause for individual petitions). Assist us in the many trials which beset our path through life. Watch over the Church and the Pope as they uphold with total fidelity the purity of faith and morals against unremitting opposition. Be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death, that we may gain everlasting life through the merits of Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. (Three times)

2 Chronicles 7:14 Prayer Campaign for USA 

“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

– 2 Chronicles 7:14

From the Knights of Divine Mercy:

So many of us believe there is something distinctive about the days in which we are now living; that we are facing an end times “immortal combat.”  Now we see that the feasts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are aligning this year in an astounding way.

This is why we are asking you to choose this time to join a prayer army willing to pray any one or all of the following:

1) Sacred Hearts Novena from June 22 to June 30.
2) Nine First Fridays Devotion, July to March
3) Five First Saturdays Devotion, July to November

Prayer Intention: Strengthen our bishops and convert our hearts to You (remember family and friends here).

Get more information.

National Day of Prayer — May 5, 2011

This email came today:

Once again, AFA is joining the National Day of Prayer Task Force for the 60th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, May 5, 2011, where you and I join with government leaders and people in communities all around the country to lift our needs and concerns for America before the Lord.

Now more than ever before, it is imperative that we as God’s people remain on our knees for our nation and fellow citizens. The critical challenges facing the United States and the culture at large call for faithful, persevering intercession – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.

Visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org to find an event in your area, or to learn more about National Day of Prayer.

Divine Mercy novena starts today

Our Lord’s Mercy grants forgiveness of all sins and punishment on Divine Mercy Sunday. Begin your novena today, Good Friday, and end on Easter Saturday, the day before the Feast of Divine Mercy.

divine mercy

Different souls are prayed for on each day of this powerful novena:

  • Day 1, Good Friday – All mankind, especially sinners
  • Day 2, Holy Saturday – Souls of priests and religious
  • Day 3, Easter Sunday – All devout and faithful souls
  • Day 4, Easter Monday – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
  • Day 5, Easter Tuesday – Souls of separated brethren
  • Day 6, Easter Wednesday – Meek and humble souls and the souls of children
  • Day 7, Easter Thursday – Souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
  • Day 8, Easter Friday – Souls who are detained in purgatory
  • Day 9, Easter Saturday – Souls who have become lukewarm

And, Waltzing Matilda has a lovely Divine Mercy coloring page.

Pro-life Prayer Remembers JPII

Fr. Frank Pavone has composed a special prayer for the occasion of the May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, Beatification of Pope John Paul II:

Prayer in Honor of Blessed Pope John Paul II

Father of Love and Life,
In every age you inspire your people
Through the teaching and example
Of leaders who are living witnesses of your Kingdom.

We thank you for Blessed John Paul II,
Whom you raised up to point the way
To a Culture of Life.

May we learn from his teachings
That the defense of the unborn
Stands at the center of our moral priorities.

May we learn from his example
How to defend life with courage and joy.

May we echo his conviction
That the outcome of the battle for life
Has already been decided,
Because Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead.

May we, remembering Blessed John Paul II,
Always proclaim, celebrate, and serve
The Gospel of Life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Pleasing to the Lord

It’s a feast-filled week of Advent!

Thanks to Jen at Family in Feast and Feria, here is a lovely coloring page of the Miraculous Medal.

Prayer to Our Lady Immaculate

Most holy Virgin, who wast pleasing to the Lord and became His Mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on the wretched who implore thy powerful patronage. The wicked serpent, against whom was hurled the first curse, continues fiercely to attack and ensnare the unhappy children of Eve. Do thou, then, O Blessed Mother, our queen and advocate, who from the first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of the enemy, receive the prayers which, united with thee in our single heart, we implore thee to present at the throne of God, that we may never fall into the snares which are laid out for us, and may all arrive at the port of salvation; and, in so many dangers, may the Church and Christian society sing once again the hymn of deliverance and of victory and of peace. Amen.

In Thy conception, O Virgin Mary, thou wast immaculate; pray for us to the Father, Whose Son, Jesus Christ conceived of the Holy Ghost, thou didst bring forth.

– from Blessed Be God, Complete Catholic Prayerbook

Our Lady of Guadalupe novena

The December 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is fast approaching. Begin your novena on Friday, December 3 to end on the eve of her Feast Day. Here is the novena in its entirety, written by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., and approved by Bishop Burke, now Cardinal Burke, for use preceding Consecration/Renewal. I will also repost the prayers for each day as we move through the novena. And please, join my Our Lady of Guadalupe feast-day link up!

Novena to Our Lady Of Guadalupe

This novena prayer, written by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., is approved by Bishop Burke, now Cardinal Burke, for use preceding Consecration/Renewal.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, 
According to your message in Mexico 
I venerate you as “the Virgin Mother 
Of the true God for whom we live, 
The Creator of all the world, 
Maker of heaven and earth.” 
In spirit I kneel before your most holy Image 
Which you miraculously imprinted 
Upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Diego, 
And with the faith 
Of the countless numbers of pilgrims 
Who visit your shrine, 
I beg you for this favor: 
To be a generous, self-sacrificing, 
Faithful Marian Catechist all the days of my life.

Remember, O Immaculate Virgin, 
The words you spoke to your devout client, 
”I am a merciful Mother to you 
And to all your people 
Who love me and trust in me And invoke my help. 
I listen to their lamentations and solace
All their sorrows and their sufferings.” 
I beg you to be a merciful Mother to me, 
Because I sincerely love you and trust in you 
And invoke your help. 
I entreat you, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 
To grant my request, 
If this should be the Will of God, 
In order that I may 
”Bear witness to your love, your compassion, 
Your help and protection.” 
Do not forsake me in my needs. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Hail Mary . . . (3 times)

First Day
Dearest Lady of Guadalupe, 
Fruitful Mother of holiness, 
Teach me your ways 
Of gentleness and strength. 
Hear my humble prayer 
Offered with heartfelt confidence
To beg this favor (State your petition).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Second Day
O Mary, conceived without sin, 
I come to your throne of grace
To share the fervent devotion 
Of your faithful Mexican children 
Who call to you 
Under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. 
Obtain for me a lively faith 
To do your Son’s holy will always: 
May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Third Day
O Mary, 
Whose Immaculate Heart 
Was pierced by seven swords of grief, 
Help me to walk valiantly 
Amid the sharp thorns 
Strewn across my pathway. 
Obtain for me the strength 
To be a true imitator of you. 
This I ask you, my dear Mother.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Fourth Day

Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, 
I beg you for a fortified will 
To imitate your divine Son’s charity, 
To always seek the good of others in need. 
Grant me this, I humbly ask of you.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Fifth Day
O most holy Mother, 
I beg you to obtain for me 
Pardon of all my sins, 
Abundant graces to serve your Son 
More faithfully from now on, 
And lastly, the grace to praise Him
With you forever in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Sixth Day

Mary, Mother of vocations, 
Multiply priestly vocations 
And fill the earth with religious houses 
Which will be light and warmth for the world, 
Safety in stormy nights. 
Beg your Son to send us 
Any priests and religious. 
This we ask of you, O Mother.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Seventh Day
O Lady of Guadalupe, 
We beg you that parents live 
A holy life and educate their children
In a Christian manner; 
That children obey and follow
The directions of their parents; 
That all members of the family 
Pray and worship together. 
This we ask of you, O Mother.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Eighth Day
With my heart full 
Of the most sincere veneration, 
I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, 
To ask you to obtain for me 
The grace to fulfill the duties 
Of my state in life 
With faithfulness and constancy.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Ninth Day
O God, You have been pleased 
To bestow upon us unceasing favors 
By having placed us 
Under the special protection
Of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. 
Grant us, your humble servants, 
Who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, 
The happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Prayers for the dead podcast


Lisa Johnston, at the St. Louis Review, sent me a link today for this lovely podcast, that she had a hand in, about the importance of praying for the dead.

The podcast features Benedictine Father Bede Price, rector of the Oratory of Sts. Gregory and Augustine in West County St. Louis.

Accompanied by chanted prayers from a Requiem mass by the Benedictine Schola choir of the Abbey of St. Mary and St. Louis, Fr. Bede explains why prayers for the dead are essential to our Catholic faith.

There is also an accompanying story: Helping the faithful to heaven.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

40 Days for Life daily meditations for days 36-40

From the 40 Days for Life – St. Louis Prayer Team:

Daily Mediations
October 27th – 31st

Day 36: Wednesday, October 27th

1 Peter 2:15:
For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people.

We are called as Christ’s ambassadors to do all we can to display God’s love and compassion to all involved in this horror of abortion. The story was told of how a prolife worker hugged an abortion mill owner… what power is displayed in such an act. However we are called to be his ambassadors in this crazy situation we protest, we have need to make sure that our actions ‘may silence the ignorance of foolish people.’

Day 37: Thursday, October 28th

1 Peter 2:16:
Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God.

Freedom is given to be able to choose the good. However if our love of God and our choice for God is to be truly free, true freedom must then allow for the possibility of evil. But just because we have the freedom to choose evil does not mean we should choose it. And just because men have given us freedom of law to kill children in the womb, does not mean that it is rational to do so. Just because men have given us freedom of law to murder does not mean it is sanctioned by God.

Day 38: October 29th

Exodus 20:13:
Thou shalt not murder/kill.

What more is to be said?

Day 39: Saturday, October 30th

Isaiah 49:15:
Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name; your walls are ever before me.

Too many by far are the women and men who believe that they can forget their children, erase them from memory by abortion. Sacred Scripture tells us that it is rare that a mother can forget the child that took refuge in their womb. It takes love and compassion to help a mother through the hurt after they realize their mistake. And we must make it clear to these broken mothers that God still loves them and could no more forget them than they will forget their child. For their names are written in love on the Palms of the Crucified Christ, who died to redeem them.

Day 40: Sunday, October 31st

Matthew 28:2:
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

By the power of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, may we too, using the power of God, throw back the stone of death to the soul that is abortion, and sit on it in victory, with all of our brothers and sisters believing in the uncompromising sanctity of life. By the power of God, may we throw back the stone of death and experimentation of the unborn caused by a lack of respect, and sit on it in victory seeing the unborn as known by God before being formed in the womb, and dedicated by God before birth [see Jeremiah 1].

Amen, Amen, come Lord Jesus! May you always be victorious!
Consider the dignity of all men and women before God. All these souls are assigned a majestic angel to protect them in their life’s journey. These little ones conceived in the womb are given a mighty angel to safeguard them throughout life. That is how important every soul, born and unborn, is.

40 Days for Life daily meditations for days 22-28

From the 40 Days for Life – St. Louis Prayer Team:

Daily Mediations
October 13th – 19th

Day 22: Wednesday, October 13th

Jude 1:9:
Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!”

The dignity that St. Michael offers even to the fallen adversary, Satan, doomed forever to hell is a reminder of the respect we owe all human beings. Clearly, if St. Michael would not chastise Satan, knowing even fallen Satan still to be loved by God and having the dignity of being loved by God, how much more are we to have a similar respect for those who believe in abortion. They remain fiercely loved by God. Yes, we judge deeds as objectively evil as we are called to do; we judge laws as unhealthy for society, and so on as we are called to do. But we also follow the example of St. Michael, and are reminded by St. Michael of the dignity we owe all peoples. And so it is with the Hope that God in His mercy will lead our misguided, sometimes broken, brothers and sisters to redemption that we revile them not, but gently call them Home.

Day 23: Thursday, October 14th
Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

Philippians 2:6-8:
Though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

That Jesus came as a child is no small matter. In a world cursed in Genesis 3 due to sin, Jesus recasts all humanity because He Himself was human. He recasts the dignity of the womb, because He Himself was in the womb. He recasts being a child, because He Himself was a child. He recasts work, and leisure, and friendship, and even death because He Himself did not find these things beneath Him, but enjoyed them as a Human and as God. If Jesus Himself was all of these, who dares to say a baby in the womb is not a human.

Day 24: October 15th
Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

Philippians 2:6-8:
Though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

Christ is the fullness of revelation of Who God is and who man is. So when Jesus follows the plan the Father has laid out, we should realize that we are to follow in His Footsteps and follow the plan God has laid out for us. So when our Lord permits the Gift of Life, a soul, to infuse a body, it means He longs for that person to come and bless HIS world. And it is His plan that we should accept with love that child, and not destroy it as nothing, for it is His plan we interfere with, and His child we destroy through abortion.

Day 25: Saturday, October 16th

Jeremiah 1:5:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.

How much more plain can our God be? Each person is accounted for in His wonderful plan; each person has a mission. Each person is part of God’s work to make this world the mosaic of beauty the our Lord has always desired it to be.

Day 26: Sunday, October 17th

Deuteronomy 31:6:
Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

It is the Lord who has ordained that all life is Sacred. Have no fear to demonstrate your conviction of this Truth. It is His Truth that you speak, not a Truth made from human conventions or human respect. And His Truth and wisdom surpasses all human wisdom. His power surpasses all human power.

Day 27: Monday, October 18th

Luke 1:39-41:
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

Consider this child, St. John the Baptist, three to four months along, had the Spiritual Insight to recognize the savior, who could have been no more than a month a long in the womb of Mary.

Day 28: Tuesday, October 19th

Exodus 4:11:
Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

It is the Lord who has us fearfully and wonderfully made. We are His creation, male and female, He created us. Can man even begin to create such beauty, and even should we learn to clone a human being, we are in essence playing with God’s priceless building blocks. So how do we dare terminate something so wondrous that God has made?  Consider the dignity of all men and women before God. All these souls are assigned a majestic angel to protect them in their life’s journey. These little ones conceived in the womb are given a mighty angel to safeguard them throughout life. That is how important every soul, born and unborn, is.

Praying for vocations to the Saint Louis Abbey

One day each month, the Benedictine Monks at the St. Louis Abbey ask the Abbey family for prayers for vocations. Please join us today, October 8, 2010.

Listen and attend with the ear of your heart. — St. Benedict


Our most powerful weapon

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast, established by Pope Pius V and previously referred to as Our Lady of Victory, commemorates the 16th century Battle of Lepanto which secured Europe against the Turks. Devotion to the rosary is what won this battle. It is still our most powerful weapon.

Prayer To Our Lady of the Rosary

O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.

– taken from Blessed Be God, A Complete Catholic Prayerbook

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

St. Francis of Assisi loved all animals. He is very special to us, and with all the animals we have in our house I like to think we are special to him too. One custom that many parishes have in honor of the Feast of Francis is a procession of animals and a blessing of pets. If you can’t get to a pet blessing, or, like us, can’t get all the pets to the blessing, there are other ways to celebrate the life of this great saint.

  • Take a trip to the park and feed the ducks or birds.
  • After serious consideration, head out to your nearby animal shelter and adopt a pet.
  • How about a trip to the zoo?
  • Get a St. Francis medal for your pets to wear.
  • Send a St. Francis e-card. It’s a very nice slideshow timeline of the life of St. Francis.
  • Feast on animal crackers, or bake your own animal shaped cookies.
  • Get the crayons out for Waltzing Matilda’s great iconic coloring page.
  • And of course, pray:

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

40 Days for Life daily meditations for days 8-14

From the 40 Days for Life – St. Louis Prayer Team:

Daily Mediations
September 29th – October 5th

Day 8: Wednesday, September 29th
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Galatians 1:8-9:
If we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!

Veritatis Splendor: we are taught early on that people are naturally drawn to the Truth – the Gospel, and the beauty of the Gospel, and the joy of the Gospel, and so the souls we long to draw to Christ and away from the horror of abortion should see us ‘Thank God now and forever continue to thank him every day; praise him with song’, that they may see our Christian joy and be drawn to Jesus Christ.

Day 9: Thursday, September 30
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Revelation 1:
4a-6: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever (and ever). Amen.

Even in the book of Revelation that speaks of the chastisement of sinners, God’s mercy and desire that all men and women shine through.  May we always see the abortion provider, the men and women who promote and seek this violation of human dignity, as our brother and sister.  May we remember it is God’s greatest wish that they be safely brought into His Kingdom.

Day 10: Friday, October 1
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Exodus 23:20-22:
See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and heed his voice. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority resides in him. If you heed his voice and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.

Angels are often used by God as instruments of the Holy Spirit, and as messengers.  May we be attentive to the various inspirations and messages of God through the Holy Spirit, and His holy angels, heeding God that we may lovingly bring His merciful message of Life to those who are slaves to the Culture of Death.

Day 11: Saturday, October 2
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Acts 5:17a, 18-20:
Then the high priest rose up…, laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.”

Many are resistant to the message of Life, and are willing to do much that we might lose hope.  May we realize that our ministry is protected by the Angels, who they themselves fight in the heavens for us, and thus be ready like the Apostles to go out and proclaim the Gospel of Life.

Day 12: Sunday, October 3
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Acts 12:7:
Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, “Get up quickly.” The chains fell from his wrists. The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.”

Through the intercessory ministry of Angels and our prayer, may the souls of abortion workers, mothers, and fathers be released from the shackles of the Culture of Death, and brought into the life-filled, love-filled, mercy-filled Kingdom of God.

Day 13: Monday, October 4
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Acts 10:3b-5:
saw plainly in a vision an angel of God come in to him and say to him, “Cornelius.” He looked intently at him and, seized with fear, said, “What is it, sir?” He said to him, “Your prayers and almsgiving have ascended as a memorial offering before God. Now send some men to Joppa and summon one Simon who is called Peter.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons in our ministry to save souls.  Should God open the heart of a worker, or a mother, or a father, may we be gentle shepherds like St. Peter, and bring these men and women to Christ.

Day 14: Tuesday, October 5
From the Feast of Guardian Angels

Revelation 8:3-4:
Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne. The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel.

Consider the great roll of intercessory prayer throughout the History of Christendom.  If all the people in this world who claim they were proLife prayed for an end to this sorrow that kills children and kills the souls of abortion workers, mothers, and fathers who commit it, God would end this scourge to our humanity would end.  Let us, along with the angels, pray constantly that the smoke of our prayers moves our God to open the hearts of all who believe in abortion.