Blessed Catholic Saints and Angels

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Novena to Saint Pope Pius X ( Day 1 )

Today starts the Novena to Saint Pope Pius X's Feast ( August 25  ends September 2 )

Glorious Pope of the Eucharist, Saint Pius X, who sought "to restore all things in Christ."
Obtain for me a true love of Jesus so that I may live only for Him.
Help me to acquire a lively fervor and a sincere will to strive for sanctity of life,
and that I may avail myself of the riches of the Holy Eucharist in sacrifice and sacrament.
By your love for Mary, mother and queen of all, inflame my heart with tender devotion to her.

(Here we mention our prayer intention ).

Blessed model of the priesthood, obtain for us holy, dedicated priests, and increase vocations to the religious life.
Dispel confusion and hatred and anxiety, and incline our hearts to peace and concord.
so that all nations will place themselves under the sweet reign of Christ. Amen.

Saint Pius X, ora pro nobis

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Novena In Honor Of Saint John Vianney ~ Day 9 ~

O Holy Priest of Ars,
your precious remains are contained in a magnificent reliquary,
the donation from the priests of France.
But this earthly glory is only a very pale image
of the unspeakable glory which you are enjoying with God.
During the time you were on earth,
you used to repeat in your dejected hours,
'One will rest in the other life."
It is done,
you are in eternal peace,
and eternal happiness.
I desire to follow you one day.
Until then, I hear you saying to me:
"You should work and fight as long as you are in the world."
Teach me then to work for the salvation of my soul,
to spread the good news and good example
and to do good towards those around me
in order that I will receive the happiness of the Elect with you.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for
( our prayer intention )

Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be

O St John Vianney,
Patron of Priests,
pray for us and for all priests!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Novena In Honor Of Saint John Vianney ~ Day 8 ~

O Holy Priest of Ars,
a witness of your life made this magnificent praise of you:
'We would have taken him for an angel in a mortal body."
You so edified others:
the modesty and the exquisite purity radiated from your body.
With such charm and with such enthusiasm
you preached to others about these beautiful virtues
which you said resembled the perfume of a vineyard in bloom.
Please I beg you to join your entreaties
to those of Mary Immaculate and Saint Philomena
in order that I guard always,
as God asks me,
the purity of my heart.
You, who have directed so many souls towards the heights of virtue,
defend me in temptations
and obtain for me the strength to conquer them.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for
( our prayer intention here )

Recite the following prayers
Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be..
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Friday, August 5, 2011

Novena in Honor of Saint John Vianney ~~ Day 7 ~~

O Holy Priest of Ars,
the infamous attacks of the devil
which you had to suffer
and the trials which disheartened you by fatigue
would not make you give up the sublime task of converting souls.
The devil came to you for many years
to disturb your short rest
but you won because of mortification and prayers.
Powerful protector,
you know the temptor's desire to harm my baptized
and believing soul.
He would have me sin,
by rejecting the Holy Sacraments
and the life of virtue.
But good Saint of Ars dispel from me the traces of the enemy.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for

( our prayer intention here)

Recite the following prayers
Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Novena In Honor Of Saint John Vianney ~ Day 6 ~

O Holy Priest of Ars,
whose only comfort in this world
was the real presence of Jesus in the tabernacle,
was it not your great joy to distribute the Eucharist
to the pilgrims who visited you?
You refused Communion to the souls
who refused to reform
but to souls of goodwill
you opened wide the doors of the Eucharistic Feast.
You, who each day at Holy Mass received Holy Communion with great loves,
give me some of your fervor.
With freedom from mortal sin,
obtain for me a sincere desire
to profit from receiving Holy Communion.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for.

( our prayer intention here )

Recite the following prayers

Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be..

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Novena In Honor Of Saint John Vianney ~ Day 5 ~

O Holy Priest of Ars,
you knew how important was a good confession
for the Christian life.
It was to procure the happy fruits of millions of souls
that you agreed to be in an uncomfortable confessional,
which was like a prison,
up to 15 to 16 hours on certain days.
I will try to develop the habit of frequent confession,
to prepare properly each time
and to have always regret for my sins,
so that the grace of final perseverance
but also the sanctification of my soul will be assured.
Ask this grace for me.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for
( our prayer intention here )

Recite the following prayers..

Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be..
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Novena In Honor Of Saint John Vianney ~ Day 4 ~

Saint John Mary Baptist Vianney,
you were so adamant against sin,
yet so sympathetic and so ready to welcome the sinner.
I come to you today as if you were still alive,
as if I were kneeling at your feet and you could hear me.
Bend towards me,
listen to the repentant confidence
for the weaknesses and miserable deeds of mine.
Priest of the Lord,
inexhaustible Confessor,
obtain for me the horror for sin.
You wanted us First to avoid the occasion of sin.
I want to take your advice
and make the resolution to break bad habits
and to avoid the dangerous occasions of sin.
Help me today to examine my conscience.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for..
( our prayer intention here..)

Recite the following prayers...

Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be..

Blessed Feast of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori Feast ( meditation taken from the Liturgical Year, 1909 )

Yesterday we admired, in Saint Peter's miraculous liberation from chains and the Machabees, the substructure of the palace built by Wisdom in time to endure for eternity. Today, in conformity with the divine ways of that Wisdom, who in her playing reaches from end to end, we are suffered to contemplate the progress of the glorious building, to behold the summit of the work, the last row of stones actually laid. Now, summit and foundation, the work is all one; the materials are all priceless: witness the diamond of fine water which displays its luster today.

To this great Saint, Saint Alphonusus de Liguori , great both in works and in doctrine, are directly applied these words of the Holy Ghost: they that instruct many to justice shall shine as stars for all eternity (Dan. xii. 3). At the time he appeared, an odious sect was denying the mercy and the sweetness of our heavenly Father; it triumphed in the practical conduct of even those who were shocked by its Calvinistic theories. Under pretext of a reaction against an imaginary school of laxity, and denouncing with much ado some erroneous propositions made by obscure persons, the new Pharisees had set themselves up as zealous for the law. Stretching the commandments, and exaggerating the sanction, they loaded the conscience with the same unbearable burdens which the Man-God reproached the ancient Pharisees with laying on the shoulders of men; but the cry of alarm they had raised in the name of endangered morals, had none the less deceived the simple, and ended by misleading even the best.

Thanks to the show of austerity displayed by its adherents, Jansenism, so clever in veiling its teachings, had too well succeeded in its designs of forcing itself upon the Church in spite of the Church. Unsuspecting allies within the holy city gave up to its mercy the sources of salvation. Soon in too many places, the sacred Keys were used but to open hell; the Holy Table, spread for the preservation and increase of life in all, became accessible only to the perfect; and these latter were esteemed such, according as, by a strange reversion of the Apostle's words, they subjected the spirit of adoption of sons to the spirit of servitude and fear. As to the faithful who did not rise to the height of this new asceticism, "finding in the tribunal of penance, instead of fathers and physicians, only exactors and executioners (Supplices litterae Episopatus pro concessioine tituli Doctoris S. Alphonso Mariae)," they had but to choose between despair and indifference. Everywhere legislatures and parliaments lent a hand to the so-called reformers, without heeding the flood of odious unbelief that was rising around them, without seeing the gathering storm-clouds.

Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men, for you yourselves do not enter in; and those that are going in, you suffer not to enter. . . . Wo to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him the child of hell twofold more than yourselves (St. Matth. xxiii. 13, 15). Not of your conventicles was it said that the sons of Wisdom are the Church of the just, for it was added: Their generation is obedience and love (Eccli. iii. 1). Not of the fear which you preached did the Psalmist sing: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom (Ps. cs. 10); for even under the law of Sinai the Holy Spirit said: Ye that fear the Lord, believe him: and your reward shall not be made void. Ye that fear the Lord, hope in him: and mercy shall come to you for your delight. Ye that fear the Lord, love him: and your hearts shall be enlightened (Eccli. ii. 8-10). Every deviation, whether towards rigour or weakness, offends the rectitude of justice; but, especially since Bethlehem and Calvary, no sin so wounds the divine Heart as distrust; no fault is unpardonable except in the despair of a Judas, saying like Cain: My iniquity is greater than that I may deserve pardon (Gen. iv. 13).

Who then, in the sombre quietism into which the teachers then in vogue had led even the strongest minds, could find once more the key of knowledge? But Wisdom, says the Holy Ghost, kept in her treasures the signification of discipline (Eccli i. 31). Just as in other times she had raised up new avengers for every dogma that had been attacked: so now, against a heresy which, in spite of the speculative pretensions of its beginning, had only in its moral bearing any sort of duration, she brought forth Alphonsus Liguori as the avenger of the violated law and the Doctor by excellence of Christian morality. A stranger alike to fatal rigorism and baneful indulgence, he knew how to restore to the justices of the Lord their rectitude, and at the same time their power of rejoicing hearts, to his commandments their luminous brightness, whereby they are justified in themselves, to his testimonies the purity which attracts souls and faithfully guides the simple and the little ones from the beginnings of Wisdom to its summits (Ps. xviii. 8-10). It was not only in the sphere of casuistry that Alphonsus succeeded, in his Moral Theology, in counteracting the poison which threatened to infect the whole Christian life. Whilst on the one hand he never left unanswered any attack made at the time against revealed truth, his ascetic and mystical works brought back piety to its traditional sources, the frequentation of the Sacraments, and the love of our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

The Sacred Congregation of Rites, after examining in the name of the Holy See the works of our Saint, and declaring that nothing deserving of censure was to be found therein (Decretum, 14 and 18 Maii. 1803), arranged his innumerable writings under forty separate titles. Alphonsus, however, resolved only late in life to give to the public, through the press, the lights which flooded his soul; his first work, the golden book of Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin, did not appear till the author was nearly fifty years of age. Though God prolonged his life beyond the usual limits, he spared him neither the double burden of the episcopate and the government of the Congregation he had founded, nor the most painful infirmities, nor still more grievous moral sufferings.
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Novena In Honor Of Saint John Vianney ~ Day 3 ~

Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney
because of your love of God
you showed great charity towards your neighbour.
You could not preach on the Love of God
without burning tears of love.
During your last years,
it seemed as though you could not talk about any thing else
or live for anything else.
Thus you sacrificed yourself to your neighbor by consoling,
absolving and sanctifying them to the limits of your strength.
Your charity inspires me to greater love of God,
a love which is shown more by acts then by words.
Help me to love my neighbor generously as Christ loves them.
Holy Priest of Ars,
I have confidence in your intercession.
Pray for me during this novena especially for...

(our prayer request here )

Recite the following prayers.

Our Father..Hail Mary..Glory Be..