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1 Peter 1:6

Jesus in Manager Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.

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    Prayer: Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

There never was a moment from eternity that God did not think of us and did not love each one of us (Jeremiah 31:3). Our Mother of Perpetual Help, intercede for me to Jesus, Son of God.

‘Do not fear adversities because they place the soul at the foot of the cross, and the cross places it at the gates of Heaven where it will find He who triumphed over death and will introduce it to eternal life’. St. Padre Pio, Franciscan Friar (Capuchin)

"Kiss the Child Jesus when you receive Him sacramentally or spiritually." St. Don Bosco, a Secular Franciscan (OFS)

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    Mary Therese shared this quote . . . “Stand before the Lord Who hangs from the cross with His heart torn open. He poured out the blood of His heart in order to win your heart. In order to follow Him in holy chastity, your heart must be fre...e from every earthly aspiration. Jesus Crucified must be the object of your every longing, of your every desire, of your every thought. The world is in flames: the fire can spread even to our house, but above all the flames the cross stands on high, and it cannot be burnt. The cross is the way which leads from earth to heaven. Those who embrace it with faith, love, and hope are taken up, right into the heart of the Trinity. The world is in flames: do you wish to put them out? Contemplate the cross: from His open heart the blood of the Redeemer pours, blood which can put out even the flames of hell. Through the faithful observance of the vows you make your heart free and open; and then the floods of that divine love will be able to flow into it, making it overflow and bear fruit to the furthest reaches of the earth. Through the power of the cross you can be present wherever there is pain, carried there by your compassionate charity, by that very charity, which you draw from the divine heart. That charity enables you to spread every- where the most precious blood in order to ease pain, save and redeem. The eyes of the Crucified gaze upon you. They question you and appeal to you. Do you wish seriously to renew your alliance with Him?! What will your response be? “Lord, where shall I go? You alone have the words of life.” Ave Crux, spes unica!” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross speaking of the Cross

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    St. Rita Feastday: May 22 Patron of impossible cases 1381 - 1457 St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated his wife. He taught their children his own evil ways. Rita tried to perform her duties faithfully and to pray and receive the sacraments frequently. After nearly twenty years of marriage, her husband was stabbed by an enemy but before he died, he repented because Rita prayed for him. Shortly afterwards, her two sons died, and Rita was alone in the world. Prayer, fasting, penances of many kinds, and good works filled her days. She was admitted to the convent of the Augustinian nuns at Cascia in Umbria, and began a life of perfect obedience and great charity. Sister Rita had a great devotion to the Passion of Christ. "Please let me suffer like you, Divine Saviour," she said one day, and suddenly one of the thorns from the crucifix struck her on the forehead. It left a deep wound which did not heal and which caused her much suffering for the rest of her life. She died on May 22, 1457. She is the patroness of impossible cases. Her feast day is May 22.

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    A Prayer to the Heart of Mary O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother, most amiable Heart, object of the complacency of the most adorable Trinity, and worthy of all the veneration and affection of Angels and men; Heart most conformable to that of Jesus, of which Thou art the most perfect likeness; Heart full of goodness and compassion for our miseries, vouchsafe to melt our frozen hearts, and grant that they may be entirely turned towards the Heart of our Divine Saviour. Infuse into them the love of thy virtues; inflame them with that sacred fire with which thou continually burnest. Take under thy protection the Holy Catholic Church; defend it, and be always its consolation, its asylum and its invincible fortress against every assault of its enemies. Be thou our way to come to Jesus, and the channel through which we receive all graces necessary for our salvation. Be thou our help in our wants, our relief under afflictions, our comfort in temptations, our refuge in persecutions, and our support in all dangers; but especially in our last conflict at the time of death, when all the powers of hell will use their utmost endeavours to seize our souls in that awful moment, in that terrible crisis, on which depends our eternal lot. Do thou, at that time, O most pious Virgin, make us experience the sweetness of thy maternal Heart, and the efficacy of thine influence with Jesus, thine all-powerful Son, by opening unto us, a secure refuge in the source itself of mercy, a secure refuge, that we may enjoy the happiness of blessing Him in Heaven for all eternity. Amen. May the Divine Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, be known, praised, blessed, loved, served, and glorified for ever, by all His creatures! Amen. —

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    A pray of Papa Francis, before the bishops in Rome, to holy Mother Mary: 'I place you, and I place myself, too, under the mantle of Mary, Our Mother. Mother of the silence that preserves the mystery of God, deliver us from the idolatry of the present, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes of pastors with the balm of memory: that we might return to the freshness of the beginning, for a praying and penitent Church. Mother of the beauty that blossoms from fidelity to daily work, remove us from the torpor of laziness, of pettiness, and defeatism. Cloak Pastors with that compassion that unifies and integrates: that we might discover the joy of a humble and fraternal servant Church. Mother of the tenderness which enfolds in patience and mercy, help us burn away the sadness, impatience, and rigidity of those who have not known what it means to belong. Intercede with your Son that our hands, our feet and our hearts may be swift: that we may build the Church with the truth in charity. Mother, we will be the People of God, on pilgrimage towards the Kingdom. Amen.'

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    Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, friend of Jesus, we place ourselves in your care at this difficult time. Pray for us; help us know that we need not face our troubles alone. Please join us in our needs, asking God to send us consolation in our sorrow, courage in our fear, and healing in the midst of our suffering. Ask our loving God to fill us with the grace to accept whatever may lie ahead for us and our loved ones, and to strengthen our faith in God's healing power. Thank you, St. Jude, for the promise of hope you hold out to all who believe, and inspire us to give this gift of hope to others as it has been given to us

Holy Spirit Novena Prayers - Day 2 Joy

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    Today's prayers are for Joy. Joy is one of those signs that shows the world that there is something different about followers of Christ. So, let us pray today for a greater Joy that will shine through to the rest of the world! Here are the prayers for today: Holy Spirit Novena Prayers - Day 2 Joy Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus' name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar's heart for Your gift of Joy within us. All of the Saints are marked with an uncompromisable Joy in times of trial, difficulty and pain. Give us, Oh Holy Spirit, the Joy that surpasses all understanding that we may live as a witness to Your love and fidelity! Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Our Lady "Queen of Peace" of Medjugorje. Revelation 12:1 "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars."

Mary, mother of a lost child, model of patience, woman patient and waiting, intercede for those families whose members are separated from one another; may they find their way home; may they find reconciliation and peace. Send your intentions today and they will be placed before the original icon in Rome. www.maryprayforus...

Prayer to St. Philomena     O faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me.Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs.  + Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee … (Here mention your