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Spiritual Life

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 Word of Warning from St. John Paul II

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.

We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ. With your and my prayers, it is possible to mitigate the coming tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectively renewed.

How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from the shedding of blood? This time, too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared and trust in Christ and His holy Mother and be very, very assiduous in praying the holy rosary.

St. John Paul II

Marital Imagery

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

In the beginning, in Genesis, we are told that God made man in His image, “in the image and likeness of God”, and that He made us male and female. For most of us, it is clear to us that our spiritual souls are in the image of God but we forget that so also are our bodies. In creating man, male and female in His likeness, the image of God is also in our sexuality. For God said, “Let us make man in our image. Let us make them male and female.”

God is Trinity, and it has been revealed to us that in God, there is paternity. There is one who begets and there is, Jesus Christ, the One who is begotten. And the love of the One who begets, for the One who is begotten, is the third Person of the holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. When the Word took flesh; when God, in the person of Jesus Christ, took on our human nature from the blessed virgin Mary, He gave to that human nature His own existence. Christ and His Person brought together the union of the human and the divine. This union in His Person we call the Hypostatic Union.

God came into our midst, not simply to proclaim who He is; not simply to communicate truth to us; but the ultimate purpose why Jesus came, was that He wanted to enter into a mystical union of life and of love with God’s people. Through all the Scriptures this mystical union is expressed in marital terminology, namely, God being called the Groom and Israel being the bride. In the new covenant, this union of life and love of Christ with the people of God, we called the Mystical Body of Christ. The marital couple makes present in a very special way the Church, namely the union of Christ with the bride.

Msgr. Philip Reilly

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…)

Video – Are You a Co-Redeemer? – MNOW 15

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
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Mary Now #15 ( 07min) Play – Dr. Mark Miravalle asks, “Are You a Co-Redeemer?” Listen as he gives, and explains, the answer … YES!

Ave Maria!

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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

Veritatis Splendor

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The light of God’s face shines in all its beauty on the countenance of Jesus Christ…

From the Introduction of Veritatis Splendor by St. John Paul II:

Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens everyone

1. Called to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, “the true light that enlightens everyone” (Jn 1:9), people become “light in the Lord” and “children of light” (Eph 5:8), and are made holy by “obedience to the truth” (1 Pet 1:22).

This obedience is not always easy. As a result of that mysterious original sin, committed at the prompting of Satan, the one who is “a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44), man is constantly tempted to turn his gaze away from the living and true God in order to direct it towards idols (cf. 1 Thes 1:9), exchanging “the truth about God for a lie” (Rom 1:25). Man’s capacity to know the truth is also darkened, and his will to submit to it is weakened. Thus, giving himself over to relativism and scepticism (cf. Jn 18:38), he goes off in search of an illusory freedom apart from truth itself.

But no darkness of error or of sin can totally take away from man the light of God the Creator. In the depths of his heart there always remains a yearning for absolute truth and a thirst to attain full knowledge of it. (more…)

God of the Unexpected

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

God has a great plan also in what we call the unexpected. It isn’t unexpected to God! He planned it from all eternity. There is no happenstance in life, certainly not in the spiritual life. So often we say, “Oh, I didn’t expect that to happen!” Well God did.

We could think, “Oh, that is what caused everything to go wrong,” but actually that is what is supposed to make everything go right. There is nothing unexpected in all of creation.

There is a plan in what we would call the unexpected. Wasn’t the incarnation the most unpredictable thing that could ever have happened? God has His whole master plan for each of our lives, for the community, and for the church. We should delight to remember that nothing should ever take us by surprise, expect the wonder of God’s plan.

Our Lady was certainly not expecting the annunciation, and the whole plan of redemption was most unexpected to humanity: the whole idea of it, that the Father’s Divine Son, Himself God, should become a man, should be incarnated through the agency of this young, unknown girl in a city of which someone was to say, “Can anything good come out of that little place?” What was more unexpected? This was the whole plan.

+Mother Mary Francis P.C.C.

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