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St. Francis’ Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

All-powerful, most holy, most high, and supreme God Holy and just Father; Lord, King of heaven and earth, we thank You for Yourself for through Your holy will and through Your only Son with the Holy Spirit You have created all things spiritual and corporal and, having made us in Your own image and likeness, You placed us in paradise. And through our own fault we have fallen.

And we thank You for as through Your Son You created us so also, through Your holy love, with which You loved us You brought about His birth as true God and true man by the glorious, ever-virgin, most blessed, holy Mary and You willed to redeem us captives through His cross and blood and death. And we thank You for Your Son Himself will come again in the glory of His majesty to send the wicked ones who have not done penance and who have not known You into the eternal fire, and to say to all those who have known You and have adored You and have served You in penance: ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom, which has been prepared for you from the beginning of the world.’

And because all of us wretches and sinners are not worthy to pronounce Your name, we humbly ask that our Lord Jesus Christ Your beloved Son in whom You were well pleased together with the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, give You thanks as it pleases You and Him for everything, Who always satisfies You in everything through Whom You have done such great things for us. Alleluia!

And through Your love, we humbly beg the glorious Mother, the most blessed Mary ever-Virgin, Blessed Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and all the blessed choirs of seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations, principalities, powers, virtues, angels, archangels, blessed John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Peter, Paul, and the blessed patriarchs, prophets, the Innocents, apostles, evangelists, disciples, martyrs, confessors, virgins, the blessed Elijah and Henoch, and all the saints who were, who will be, and who are to give You thanks for these things as it pleases You, the supreme and true God eternal and living with Your most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

St. Francis of Assisi


The King of Love

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The King of Love My Shepherd Is
By: Henry W. Baker

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul He leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me. (more…)

A Prayer after Confession from St. Mother Cabrini

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

My dearest Jesus, I have told all my sins as well as I could. I tried hard to make a good confession. I feel sure that you have forgiven me.  I thank You. It is only because of all Your sufferings that I can go to confession and free myself from my sins. Your Heart is full of love and mercy for poor sinners. I love You because You are so good to me. My loving Savior, I shall try to keep from sin and to love You more each day.

My dear Mother Mary, pray for me and help me to keep my promises. Protect me and do not let me fall back into sin. Almighty God, kneeling before Your Divine Majesty, I adore You and because You command me, I dare approach Your divine Heart. But what shall I say if You do not enlighten me with a ray of Your divine light?

Speak to my soul, O Lord, and command me to listen to Your voice. Enlighten my will to put Your words into practice. Pour Your grace into my heart; lift up my soul weighed down by my sins; raise my mind to heavenly things, so that earthly desires may no longer appeal to me. Speak to my soul with Your divine omnipotence, for You are my salvation, my life, and my peace, in time and in eternity. Strengthen me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit and give Your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless worry and care. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You so that Your Will may be my will, Grant that I may rid myself of all unholy desires, and that for Your love I may remain unknown in this world, and be known only to You.

Do not permit me to attribute to myself the good that You perform in me and through me, but rather, referring all honor to Your majesty, may I glory only in my weakness, so that  renouncing sincerely all vain glory which comes from the world, I may aspire to the true and lasting glory which comes from you. Amen. (more…)

Graces Lost by Missing One Holy Communion

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

We have access to the greatest Gift in the world, even every day!

Graces lost by missing one communion:

1: visit to our soul of Jesus the Author of every Grace and holiness 

2: increase of sanctifying grace

3: sacramental grace which gives the right to actual graces needed to avoid sin, discharge duties a state, etc.

4: remission of every venial sin

5: remission of mortal sin if forgotten

6: preservative from sin; extinguish fire of passion

7: entire or partial remission of temporal punishment

8 spiritual joy and sweetness

9: special glory of the body at the resurrection

10 merit greater degree of glory

11 indulgences lost or possible graces lost. In one communion lost through one’s own fault may depend: complete victory over a fault or passion; some particular Grace long prayed for; conversion, salvation of some soul; deliverance of a soul in purgatory; graces for others.

+Fr. William Doyle

Peace in Jesus

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Peace is the simplicity of spirit, the serenity of conscience, the tranquility of the soul and the bond of love. Peace is order, it is the harmony in each one of us, it is a continual joy that is born of witnessing a clear conscience. It is the holy joy of a heart wherein God reigns. Peace is the way to perfection or, even better, in peace dwells perfection.

And the devil, who knows all this very well, does everything possible to cause us to lose our peace. The soul need to be saddened but only one thing: an offense against God. But even on this point one must be very prudent. One must certainly regret one’s failures, but with a peaceful sorrow and always trusting in divine mercy. One must be aware of certain reproaches and remorse against oneself which most of the time come from our enemy who wants to disturb our peace in God.

If such reproaches and remorse humble us and make us quick to do the right thing, without taking away our confidence in God, we may be assured that they come from God. However, if they confuse us and make us fearful, distrustful, lazy, or slow to do the right thing, we may be sure that they come from the devil and we should consequently push them aside, finding our refuge and confidence in God.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

A Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

One Minute Meditation

Let us pray daily for the poor souls in Purgatory that they may every more quickly be released to the beatitude of heaven!  We can offer our Holy Masses and Communions and indulgenced acts. It is a work of mercy to pray for the holy souls.  Here is one small prayer:

O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them.  Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace.  Amen.

Accepting all from the Hand of God

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

All the sufferings, all the humiliations and annoyances that may come upon you, come from the hand of your Father who knows what is most expedient for you. He knows by what road, by what winding paths, He will bring you to beatitude; He knows the form and the measure of your predestination. 

Do not then let us be afraid of the sufferings, humiliations, temptations and desolation so that come upon us; let us try to “support God”: that is to say, to accept everything, absolutely everything, that He would have you accept. 

The Father is the vinedresser who purges the vine, says Christ Himself, so that it may bring forth more fruit. He wishes to enlarge our capacity; He wishes to sound the depth of our weakness, our insufficiency, so that convinced of our powerlessness to pray, do work, or to advance, we may place all our trust in Him. Only let us remain docile, generous, and faithful. The hour will come when having emptied ourselves of ourselves, God will fill us with His own fullness. 

Bl. Columba Marmion

From the “Beatitudes” of St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Where there is love and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.

Where there is poverty with joy, there is neither greed nor avarice.

Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

Where the fear of the Lord stands guard, there the enemy finds no entry.

Where there is mercy and moderation, there is neither indulgence nor harshness.

Blessed is the servant who stores the favors that God has shown him as treasure in heaven and has no wish to disclose them to others in the hope of some advantage, for the Most High will reveal divine workings to whomever the Most High pleases.

Blessed is the servant who keeps the secrets of the Lord locked away in the heart. For whatever a man is in the sight of God, that he is and no more. 

St. Francis of Assisi

It is Still Good Advice!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

One Minute Meditation

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

— St. Teresa of Avila

To Act out of Love

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

To Act out of Love:

Seek in all things to give pleasure to Our Lord; do all with a great purity of intention. Before each action say to our Lord, “My Jesus, I wish to do this solely for love of You; and if this action did not please You, I would not do it.” If we do everything solely for love of Christ, it is impossible for Him to fail to unite Himself to us. Our Lord will keep us ever united to Himself if we do all things with the sole intention of pleasing Him.

In the course of the Christian life there are deserts to be traversed and days of darkness and obscurity when we feel powerless and forsaken. Without that, your love would never be deep nor strong. But if you are faithful and abandoned to Him, Jesus will always hold you by the hand. (Remember:) “Though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will see no evil for Thou art with me”.

Bl. Columba Marmion

A Prayer for Priests from a Priest

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations:  Let us pray for the faithfulness of those involved in the Synod for the Family

A prayer for priests from a priest:

O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become victims, to be burnt up for souls, to live without ordinary joys, to be often the objects of distrust, injustice, and persecution.
The words they say every day at the altar, “This is my Body, this is my Blood,” grant them to apply to themselves: “I am no longer myself, I am Jesus, Jesus crucified. I am, like the bread and wine, a substance no longer itself, but by consecration another.”
O my God, I burn with desire for the sanctification of Thy priests. I wish all the priestly hands which touch Thee were hands whose touch is gentle and pleasing to Thee, that all the mouths uttering such sublime words at the altar should never descend to speaking trivialities.
Let priests in all their person stay at the level of their lofty functions, let every man find them simple and great, like the Holy Eucharist, accessible to all yet above the rest of men. O my God, grant them to carry with them from the Mass of today, a thirst for the Mass of tomorrow, and grant them, laden themselves with gifts, to share these abundantly with their fellow men. Amen
+Fr. William Doyle, SJ

“I am the Lady of the Rosary”: Pray the Rosary Daily

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sixth and last apparition of Our Lady at Fatima:

On 13 October 1917 the children surrounded by a crowd of 70.000 persons under a torrential rain, Lucy asked again of the Lady: “What do you want from me?” she answered: “I am the Lady of the Rosary, I desire here a chapel in my honor to be built, that people continue to recite the Rosary every day.  The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.” Then Lucy asked: “may I ask you for cures and conversions, will you grant them?”. “Some yes, others no. It is necessary that they ask pardon for their sins, that they don’t offend God our Lord, and that he is already too much offended.” …

The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.

The 15 Promises Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan: (more…)

Father St. Francis: What is Perfect Joy?

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations


One day in winter, as St Francis was going with Brother Leo from Perugia to St Mary of the Angels, and was suffering greatly from the cold, he called to Brother Leo, who was walking on before him, and said to him: “Brother Leo, if it were to please God that the Friars Minor should give, in all lands, a great example of holiness and edification, write down, and note carefully, that this would not be perfect joy.”

A little further on, St Francis called to him a second time: “O Brother Leo, if the Friars Minor were to make the lame to walk, if they should make straight the crooked, chase away demons, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb, and, what is even a far greater work, if they should raise the dead after four days, write that this would not be perfect joy.”

Shortly after, he cried out again: “O Brother Leo, if the Friars Minor knew all languages; if they were versed in all science; if they could explain all Scripture; if they had the gift of prophecy, and could reveal, not only all future things, but likewise the secrets of all consciences and all souls, write that this would not be perfect joy.”

After proceeding a few steps farther, he cried out again with a loud voice: “O Brother Leo, thou little lamb of God! if the Friars Minor could speak with the tongues of angels; if they could explain the course of the stars; if they knew the virtues of all plants; if all the treasures of the earth were revealed to them; if they were acquainted with the various qualities of all birds, of all fish, of all animals, of men, of trees, of stones, of roots, and of waters – write that this would not be perfect joy.” (more…)

St. Therese to her Guardian Angel

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Therese of Lisieux (Feast is Oct. 1) had a wonderful devotion to her Guardian Angel (Feast of Guardian Angels is Oct. 2)  Enjoy her poem!

To My Angel Guardian:

O glorious guardian of my frame!

In heaven’s high courts thou shinest bright,

As some most pure and holy flame,

Before the Lord of endless light.

Yet for my sake thou com’st to earth,

To be my brother, Angel dear;

My friend and keeper from my birth,

By day and night to me most near.

Knowing how weak a child am I,

By thy strong hand thou guidest me;

The stones that in my pathway lie,

I see thee move them carefully.

Ever thy heavenly tones invite

My soul to look to God alone;

And ever grows thy face more bright,

When I more meek and kind have grown. (more…)

The Wisdom of the Cross

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The spiritual victory of the church has always been proportionate to her application of the wisdom of the cross. Whenever her members have depended on worldly wisdom, they have failed spiritually. When they have acted on the wisdom of the cross, they have marked up one victory after another. This is vividly illustrated in the Saints, who have chosen poverty rather than riches, humiliation rather than honor, self denial rather than pleasure, death rather than a life characterized by betrayal of God and His truth.

None but unbelievers would question the victory that the Saints have achieved through the application of the wisdom of the cross. Their triumph is decisive and eternal. If the evil forces of injustice and hate have had a series of passing victories, it has been because the cross has been ignored as the symbol of divine wisdom, justice, and love. 

The essential fact about the cross is brought out by St. Paul when he says that Christ was obedient, even to death on a cross. Thus on Calvary, our divine Master was exemplifying the one teaching that summed up his whole doctrine: that the entire purpose of life on earth is to carry out God’s will.

Here Mary could not have better fulfilled her role as co-teacher. The supreme achievement of Christ was the saving of the human race from eternal doom by means of His redeeming cross. As His cooperator par excellence in this tremendous work, His Mother shared in His achievement. So important and intimate was Mary’s participation in the saving of mankind from eternal perdition that the church has never hesitated to give her the title of co-Redemptrix. 

(And yet) The passion of Christ, without His resurrection, would have availed us nothing. St. Paul make this evident when he says “And if Christ is not risen, vein is your faith, for you are still in your sins.” Nothing could show better than these words how important for our understanding of the faith, and our spiritual progress, is the association in our thinking of our Lord’s death and resurrection. All this is paramount for a growth in the virtue of hope, a virtue which, along with faith and love, is necessary for salvation.  

+Fr. Bertrand Weaver C.P.