and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. October falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
Evangelization – The Mission of Religious: That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice. (See also http://www.popesprayerusa.net/)
During October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis is calling upon Catholics worldwide to pray the Rosary daily “asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael the Archangel to protect the Church from the devil.”
The Holy Father has also asked us to conclude our daily Rosary with the ancient invocation Sub Tuum Praesidium (We Fly to Thy Protection) along with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel who protects against the devil and all evil.
The universal call to prayer for the Pope’s intention:
“…that the Holy Mother of God will place the Church under her protective mantle: to protect her from the attacks of the evil one, the great accuser, and at the same time make her ever more aware of the sins, errors, and abuses committed in the present and in the past, and committed to fighting without hesitation so that evil does not prevail.”
Let us also pray for the purification and sanctification of all members of the Catholic clergy and laity!
Praying the Sub Tuum Praesidium
The Saints of all the ages, in moments of spiritual turmoil, exhort us to turn to the protection of the Holy Mother of God by praying the “Sub Tuum Praesidium.” The words of the prayer are as follows:
Latin: Subtuum praesidium confugimus Sancta Dei Genitrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo Gloriosa et Benedicta.
Translation: We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Praying the St. Michael Prayer
The St. Michael Prayer was originally composed by His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII, who on October 13, 1884 saw a vision during Mass in which the devil asked God for permission to act undisturbed for a hundred years so that he might destroy the Church. In the vision, Pope Leo XIII saw swarms of demons descend upon St. Peter’s Basilica to invade the Petrine See.
After the vision, Pope Leo XIII wrote the prayer to St. Michael to invoke his aid in the combat against the devil and all the evil spirits. Pope Leo XIII required that it be recited after every Mass.
The words of the prayer:
Latin: Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.
Translation: Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
May Our Lady of Fatima and St. Michael bless and strengthen you and your loved ones!
And may they defend the One, Holy, Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church from all evil!
Today in the dioceses of the United States the Church celebrates the optional memorial of Sts. Issac Jogues and John de Brébeuf (priests and martyrs) and their companions (martyrs). They were Jesuit missionaries who died as martyrs in North America where they preached the Gospel.
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Peter of Alcantara, priest. He was one of St. Teresa’s spiritual directors and encouraged her in her reformation of the Carmelite Order.
St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brébeuf and Companions
French Jesuits were the first missionaries to go to Canada and North America after J. Cartier discovered Canada in 1534. Their mission region extended from Nova Scotia to Maryland. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, Noel Chabanel, Charles Garnier, Anthony Daniel, Rene Goupil and John de Lalande (the first six Jesuits, the last two laymen) preached the gospel to the Iroquois and Huron Indians, and after being tortured, they were martyred in the area of what is now Auriesville, New York. The martyrdoms took place between 1642 and 1649. Ten years after the martyrdom of St. Isaac Jogues, Kateri Tekakwitha was born in the same village in which he died. These martyrs are co-patrons of Canada.
The missionaries arrived in Canada less than a century after its discovery by Cartier in 1534, in the hope of converting the Indians and setting up “New France.” Their opponents were often the English and Dutch colonists. When Isaac Jogues returned to Paris after his first capture and torture, he said to his superior: “Yes, Father, I want whatever our Lord wants, even if it costs a thousand lives.” He had written in his mission report: “These tortures are very great, but God is still greater, and immense.”
In the Office of Readings we have an excerpt from the mission journal of St. John de Brébeuf, who had been a student of the great Jesuit spiritual writer, Louis Lallemant. He wrote:
For two days now I have experienced a great desire to be a martyr and to endure all the torments the martyrs suffered…. I vow to you, Jesus my Savior, that as far as I have the strength I will never fail to accept the grace of martyrdom, if some day you in your infinite mercy should offer it to me, your most unworthy servant…. On receiving the blow of death, I shall accept it from your hands with the fullest delight and joy of spirit…. My God, it grieves me greatly that you are not known, that in this savage wilderness all have not been converted to you, that sin has not been driven from it.
Excerpted from Saints of the Roman Calendar by Enzo Lodi
Patron: Americas; Canada.
Symbols: men dressed in Jesuit black robes with crucifix in hands; IHS is the symbol for the Society of Jesus; red (color for martyrdom); red roses (symbol of martyrdom);
Things to Do:
- Pray to the Holy Spirit to renew the evangelization of distant countries as well as the re-evangelization of our own nation.
- More Christians have been martyred in the 20th century than in the previous nineteen centuries combined. For example, pastors are being arrested and sometimes shot in China and Cuba. Believers are forbidden to buy goods or own property in Somalia. Christians who testify to their faith in Iran or Saudi Arabia may be put to death for blasphemy. Mobs have wiped out whole villages of Christians in Pakistan. Pray for courageous and zealous missionaries in these countries where the Church is persecuted.
- Support the Indian Missions in the USA.
- Visit the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, New York. This site offers a wonderful gallery of pictures of the shrine.
- Learn more about each of the martyrs. You might also like to read this definitive scholarly biography, Saint Among Savages: The Life of St. Isaac Jogues, by Francis Talbot, S.J.
- Learn for Christmas the Indian Christmas Carol, the first American Christmas carol John de Brébeuf wrote to teach the Christmas story to the Huron Indians.
St. Peter of Alcantara
Peter, surnamed Alcantara after the town of his birth, was eminent among the saints of the sixteenth century for an extraordinary spirit of penance and for attaining the heights of contemplation. He was a great mystic. Born in 1499, at the age of sixteen he entered the Order of Friars Minor. He was an apostle of spiritual reform in his own community and aided St. Teresa in her reform of the Carmelites. God revealed to her that no one would remain unheard who begged in the name of Peter; thereafter she was most eager to have his prayers and honored him as a saint while he was still alive. With great humility Peter shunned all favors from eminent personages, even though they esteemed him as the mouthpiece of God or asked his counsel; for instance, he declined the request to act as confessor to Charles V. Although she was at quite a distance at the time of his death, St. Teresa saw his soul entering heaven. Later he appeared to her and said: “O happy penances which won for me such blessedness!”
Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch
Patron: Brazil (named by Pope Blessed Pius IX in 1862); Estremadura, Spain (named in 1962); watchmen.
Symbols: Cross of twigs or boughs; ladder and star; dove; star.
Things to Do:
- Born of wealthy parents, highly educated, and eminently successful, Peter of Alcantara left all things so that he might find in the poverty of Christ the inestimable riches of God. Meditate on how to be poor in spirit (Fr. Thomas Dubay’s book, Happy Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom, is a good place to start).
- Pray for all those with power, authority, status, privilege and assets, that they will come to Jesus in humility and poverty of spirit and that as a result of this on-going conversion, they will change their ways and manners of living.
- Imitate St. Peter’s self-denial by fasting and sacrificing a little sleep by getting up early enough to go to Mass.
Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
Do not be afraid. (Luke 12:7)
From time to time, we receive letters from our readers telling us about how the Lord has worked in their lives. The letter below, edited for space and clarity, tells one such story.
“Last week I was driving my seemingly healthy son, Josh, to the emergency room as waves of panic rose up in me. We had gone to the doctor, assuming he had picked up some minor bug, only to be told to go straight to the hospital. Josh’s blood sugar level was dangerously high, and he needed immediate treatment.
“Within a few hours his life changed dramatically: Josh had diabetes. The news shocked us. Josh needed to adopt a completely alien health regimen, one that included administering shots at least three times a day. My son, who loved eating sweets and lots of carbs, would now have to pay very close attention to his diet. All of a sudden, the future became cloudier.
“‘Do not be afraid.’ These words from Luke’s Gospel spoke to my motherly heart. What if he were to miss a glucose reading or a shot of insulin while he was at college—hours away? Who would remind him? Who would be able to drop everything and rush him to the hospital?
“But Jesus said, ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God’ (Luke 12:6). My fear led me to ask some unsettling questions. Had it escaped the notice of God that our son has a life-altering chronic illness? Did he miss the fact that my boy will now need to exercise more discipline and self-control than most kids his age?
“That was last week. Today, I am watching Josh take advantage of the grace that God has provided him, and my fear is subsiding. I still have moments of frustration and discouragement when I think about how difficult life will be for him. But I am also seeing many ways that God has proved himself true to his promise. He is clearly giving my son the ability to accept his new reality. Josh isn’t living in fear, so surely I can follow his lead—surely I can stake my life on Jesus’ words.”
“Lord, when fear rises up within me, give me the grace to trust in your promises.”
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Holy Days for 2018*
- Sunday, January 1, 2018 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God –NO
- Thursday, May 10, 2018– Ascension of the Lord – a holy day of obligation
- Tuesday, August 15, 2018 – Assumption of Mary – a holy day of obligation
- Wednesday, November 1, 2018 – All Saints – a holy day of obligation
- Friday, December 8, 2018 – Immaculate Conception – a holy day of obligation
- Monday, December 25, 2018 – Christmas – always a holy day
- Monday, January 1, 2018 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
*Whenever January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.
Other important liturgical days:
- Ash Wednesday: February 14, 2018
- Palm Sunday: March 25, 2018
- Holy Thursday: March 29, 2018
- Good Friday: March 30, 2018
- Easter Sunday: April 1, 2018
- Pentecost Sunday: May 20 , 2018
- The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Sunday,June 3, 2018
- The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Friday, June 8, 2018
- First Sunday of Advent: December 2, 2018
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with Thee;
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death. Amen
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, etc.
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, etc.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
May the Divine assistance remain always with us and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
When prayed in a group setting a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary’s in between each verse, as shown above.
Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am, noon and 6 pm, you can pray it at anytime especially at NOON. It is still accompanied by the ringing of a bell (the Angelus bell) in some places such as Vatican City and parts of Germany and Ireland.
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen
- PRAYER TO THE INFANT OF PRAGUEO Infant of Prague, who said, “The more you honor me, the more I will bless you,” give us the strength to bear the burden of daily life in this sinful world. Give us a firm purpose of amendment and a resolve to lead a better life. Help us endure our afflictions and sorrows with patience and courage. Finally, O beloved Infant King if it be your will grant my petition (mention petition here). But whatever you choose, give me the strength to submit to your will in all things. Amen.HEALING PRAYER
LORD, JESUS CHRIST, I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR MY SINS. HAVE MERCY ON ME. In Your name, JESUS, I ask You for the grace to forgive myself. I ask your forgiveness for hurting others. I ask for the grace to forgive all those who have hurt me in this life, and especially the one person who has hurt me the most. I renounce forever Satan, ALL the evil spirits and all their works. I give you my entire self Lord JESUS, now and forever, you are my Lord, God, SAVIOR AND REDEEMER. Please heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, mind and spirit for my greater service in Your Kingdom. Allow me to lead other souls to You through my good example. JESUS I trust in you! Come Lord JESUS, cover me with Your most precious blood, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, I praise You, I thank You, I glorify Your name, JESUS. I love You JESUS WITH MY WHOLE HEART, SOUL, MIND, BODY AND MY WHOLE BEING. O’ Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with Holy Raphael the Archangel and all the holy Angels and Saints, pray for us! Amen
Holy Raphael says in Chapter 12 in the
BOOK OF TOBIT 12:7-10
7 A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you.
8 Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold;
We must work in the Vineyard and
not return to GOD with empty hands!
THE CORPORAL ACTS
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To clothe the naked;
- To visit the imprisoned;
- To visit the sick;
- To shelter the homeless;
- To bury the dead.
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish the sinner;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offences willingly;
- To comfort the sorrowful;
- To pray for the living and the dead.
|44 Messianic Prophecies of Jesus|
|Prophecies of Jesus||Old Testament|
|1||Messiah would be born of a woman.||Genesis 3:15||Matthew 1:20|
|2||Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.||Micah 5:2||Matthew 2:1|
|3||Messiah would be born of a virgin.||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:22-23|
|4||Messiah would come from the line ofAbraham.||Genesis 12:3|
|5||Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.||Genesis 17:19|
|6||Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.||Numbers 24:17||Matthew 1:2|
|7||Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.||Genesis 49:10||Luke 3:33|
|8||Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne.||2 Samuel 7:12-13|
|9||Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.||Psalm 45:6-7|
|10||Messiah would be called Immanuel.||Isaiah 7:14||Matthew 1:23|
|11||Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.||Hosea 11:1||Matthew 2:14-15|
|12||A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.||Jeremiah 31:15||Matthew 2:16-18|
|13||A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah||Isaiah 40:3-5||Luke 3:3-6|
|14||Messiah would be rejected by his own people.||Psalm 69:8|
|15||Messiah would be a prophet.||Deuteronomy 18:15||Acts 3:20-22|
|16||Messiah would be preceded by Elijah.||Malachi 4:5-6||Matthew 11:13-14|
|17||Messiah would be declared the Son of God.||Psalm 2:7||Matthew 3:16-17|
|18||Messiah would be called a Nazarene.||Isaiah 11:1||Matthew 2:23|
|19||Messiah would bring light to Galilee.||Isaiah 9:1-2||Matthew 4:13-16|
|20||Messiah would speak in parables.||Psalm 78:2-4|
|Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35|
|21||Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|22||Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.||Psalm 110:4||Hebrews 5:5-6|
|23||Messiah would be called King.||Psalm 2:6|
|24||Messiah would be praised by little children.||Psalm 8:2||Matthew 21:16|
|25||Messiah would be betrayed.||Psalm 41:9|
|26||Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.||Zechariah 11:12-13||Matthew 27:9-10|
|27||Messiah would be falsely accused.||Psalm 35:11||Mark 14:57-58|
|28||Messiah would be silent before his accusers.||Isaiah 53:7||Mark 15:4-5|
|29||Messiah would be spat upon and struck.||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67|
|30||Messiah would be hated without cause.||Psalm 35:19|
|31||Messiah would be crucified with criminals.||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38|
|32||Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.||Psalm 69:21||Matthew 27:34|
|33||Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.||Psalm 22:16|
|34||Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.||Psalm 22:7-8||Luke 23:35|
|35||Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.||Psalm 22:18||Luke 23:34|
|36||Messiah’s bones would not be broken.||Exodus 12:46|
|37||Messiah would be forsaken by God.||Psalm 22:1||Matthew 27:46|
|38||Messiah would pray for his enemies.||Psalm 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|39||Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:34|
|40||Messiah would be buried with the rich.||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|41||Messiah would resurrect from the dead.||Psalm 16:10|
|42||Messiah would ascend to heaven.||Psalm 24:7-10||Mark 16:19|
|43||Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.||Psalm 68:18|
|44||Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.||Isaiah 53:5-12||Romans 5:6-8|
|MIRACLES OF JESUS CHRIST|