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Devotional

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Litany of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Protector and Patroness of Third Order Franciscans

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us. O Christ, graciously hear us.
O God the Father, of heaven: have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy on us.
O God, the Holy Ghost: have mercy on us.
O Holy Trinity, one God: have mercy upon us.
Holy Mary: Pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin: Mother and Mistress of our Order: Pray for us.
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St. Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary:  Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Duchess of Thuringia: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, queen in the Kingdom of God: Pray for us.
 St. Elizabeth, consoler of sinners: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, nurse of lepers: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, devoted wife of Louis the Good: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, famous exemplar of Christian widowhood: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, fervent spouse of the Son of God: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, humble in prosperity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, patient in adversity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, mighty in penance: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, wondrous in prayer: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, first-born of the Tertiaries: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Protectress of our Order: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, the “dear saint” of Holy Church: Pray for us.
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O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
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V. Pray for us, O blessed Elizabeth. Alleluia.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Alleluia.
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Let us pray: Merciful Lord, we pray Thee to pour the bright beams of Thy grace into our hearts: that, by the glorious prayers of Thy Saint Elizabeth, we may learn to despise all worldly prosperity, and ever to rejoice in all Heavenly consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christians in the World

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Christians in the world 

“Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign. 

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives.  

They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them.

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Prayer for the Canonization of Bl. John Duns Scotus

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations November 8th is the Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus

O Most High, Almighty and gracious Lord,  Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart,  grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized.

He honoured Your Son with the most sublime praises;  he was the first to defend successfully  the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary;  he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father,  to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O

Most Holy Father, God of infinite love,  hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer,  through the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and of His Mother,  Coredemptrix and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St. Joseph: Patron of the Dying

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

In this month of November let us remember the souls in Purgatory in a special way every day and let us also pray for the great blessing of a happy death in a state of grace for ourselves.  St. Joseph is the Patron of a Blessed Death; let us ask him for this grace.

Petition Prayer to St. Joseph:
 
O glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favor we now request…
 
(State your request here.)
 
O guardian of the Word Incarnate,
we feel animated with confidence that your prayers
in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
 
O glorious St. Joseph,
through the love you bear to Jesus Christ
and for the glory of His name,
hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
 
Amen.

November 2nd: All Souls Day

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

November is a month especially dedicated to praying for the souls in Purgatory.  Let us begin with these thoughts:

According to tradition, our Lord promised St. Gertrude the Great that 1000 souls would be released from purgatory each time it is said devoutly.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

other prayers:

O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: “Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

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Loving Jesus

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus is the most loving of lovable friends; there never was a friend like Him before, there never can be one to equal Him, because there is only one Jesus in the whole wide world and the vast expanse of Heaven; and that sweet and loving friend, that true lover of the holiest and purest love is my Jesus, mine alone and all mine. Every fibre of His divine nature is thrilling with love for me, every beat of His gentle Heart is a throb of intense affection for me, His sacred arms are round me, He draws me to His breast, He bends down with infinite tenderness over me, His child, for He knows I am all His and He is all mine.

O Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! who would not love You, who would not give their heart’s blood for You, if only once they realised the depth and the breadth and the realness of Your burning love? Why not then make every human heart a burning furnace of love for You, so that sin would become an impossibility, sacrifice a pleasure and a joy, virtue the longing of every soul, so that we should live for love, dream of love, breathe Your love, and at last die of a broken heart of love, pierced through and through with the shaft of love, the sweetest gift of God to man.
 
+Fr. Willie Doyle, SJ
WWI chaplain killed in the war

Love is Repaid by Love Alone

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The self-giving of Christ constitutes a pressing call for correspondence with that love: love is repaid with love. Man was created in the image and likeness of God. And God is Love. Therefore the heart of mean is made for love and he more he loves, the more he becomes identified with God; only when he loves can he become happy. And God wishes us to be happy, here on earth too. Man cannot live without love.
 
Personal holiness is not centered in the fight against sin but in love for Christ who shows Himself to us as being truly human, fully aware of everything about us. The love of God for me and of men for God is a love of mutual friendship. \And one of the specific characteristics of friendship is relationship. In order to love Our Lord it is necessary to know Him , to speak to Him. We get to know Him by meditation on His life in the Holy Gospels. In them He shows Himself to us as being endearingly human and very close to our life. We meet Him in prayer and in the Sacraments, especially in the Blessed Eucharist.
 
Meditation on the Most Sacred Humanity of Our Lord, especially when we read the Gospel and when we consider the Mysteries of the Rosary, constantly nourishes our love of God and constitutes a living teaching as to how we have to sanctify our day.

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Another Saintly Son of Our Lady

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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A favorite quote from this Saintly son of Mary:

“What has our Lord not done for the glory of His Father and for the salvation of souls? Ah, I see Him agonizing on the cross, despised, and loaded with suffer­ings. Then am I, for the same reason, and aided by His grace, firmly resolved to suffer, to toil, to be despised, to be laughed at, calumniated and persecuted, and even to suffer death itself. Thanks be to God I am having my share of these crosses in my life.

I live, but my life is that of Christ’s, and in possessing me, my poor Lord possesses a nothing, and I, in possessing Him, posses everything. I pray to Him like this: O Lord, you are my love. You are my honor, my hope, and my refuge, my glory, and my last end.  O my love, my happiness, my conserver, my joy, my reformer and my master! You are my father, the spouse of my life and of my soul!

I do not seek or desire to know anything but your holy will, in order to do it. I love only you, my God, and all other things only for you, in you, and for your sake. You are more than sufficient for me, and I love you, my strength, my refuge, and my consolation. You are my Father, my brother, my spouse, my friend, and my all. Help me to love you as you love me, and as you will that I should love you.

For myself, I say this to you: The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he deserves and works with all this strength to inflame all men with the fire of God’s love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labors strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate Him by his prayers, his labors, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”

from the writings of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, feast day is October 24th 

Consecration

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
 

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
 

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
 

Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as you choose.
 

Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
 

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.
 

+Frances R. Havergal 1874

 

 

 

Jesus, I Love YOU

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

I love You , Lord Jesus, with my whole heart, my whole soul,  and my whole strength; and if you see that I don’t love You as I ought, I desire at least to love You so; and if I don’t desire it sufficiently, I want at least to desire it in this way.

 
O most Sacred Body torn open by five wounds, put Yourself as a seal upon my heart and impress Your charity upon it!  Seal my feet that I may follow Your steps; seal my hands, that they may always do good works; seal my side that it may ever burn in fervent acts of love for You. O most Precious Blood that washes clean and purifies all men:  Wash my soul and put a sign on my face so that I may never love any one else but Thee.
 
+Cardinal Bona

 

Salus Populi Romani

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Mary is the mother, and a mother worries above all about the health of her children, she knows how to care for them always with great and tender love. Our Lady guards our health. What does this mean: Our Lady guards our health? I think above all of three things: she helps us grow, to confront life, to be free.
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1. A mother helps her children grow up and wants them to grow strong; that is why she teaches them not to be lazy — which can also derive from a certain kind of wellbeing — not to sink into a comfortable life-style, contenting oneself with possessions. The mother takes care that her children develop better, that they grow strong, capable of accepting responsibilities, of engaging in life, of striving for great ideals. The Gospel of St Luke tells us that, in the family of Nazareth, Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him” (Lk 2:40). Our Lady does just this for us, she helps us to grow as human beings and in the faith, to be strong and never to fall into the temptation of being human beings and Christians in a superficial way, but to live responsibly, to strive ever higher.
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Our Lady of Victories

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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O Victorious Lady, Thou who has ever such powerful influence with Thy Divine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for those for whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the ways of Divine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true Faith, through Christ, our Lord. Amen

+ Fr. Nelson Baker

 

For information on Our Lady of Victory (Our Lady of the Rosary), see the history of the Feast at http://www.olvrc.com/history/olvhistory.html 

 

St. Francis and Our Lady

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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St. Francis Prayer Praising Mary the Mother of Jesus:

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin. You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven, consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.

Hail His Palace. Hail His Tabernacle. Hail His Robe. Hail His Handmaid. Hail His Mother. And Hail, all holy Virtues, who by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state, they may be made faithful servants of God through you. Amen.

 

Novena Prayer to St. Therese

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations:

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O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands.

Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… 

(State your intention here….) 

and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of Your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love You and make You much loved. Amen.

St.Michael, the Archangel: Defend Us in Battle!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Original Prayer to St. Michael by Pope Leo XIII: “O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage.

Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. “These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. (more…)