Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Darkness is Deepening in a Land Overshadowed by Abortion by Msgr. Charles Pope

The Darkness is Deepening in a Land Overshadowed by Abortion by Msgr. Charles Pope | Deaconjohn1987's Blog

Léon Cogniet (1794-1880), “The Massacre of the Innocents”
It is hard to argue that the whole world is not in some sort of seismic upheaval, of which the deplorable U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday is but another sign. Perhaps a few thoughts about the decision but also on the deepening darkness that it reflects.
The pro-abortionists for years have said that they wanted abortion to be “Safe and Legal.” In the wake of horrific stories of abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, Texas and other states passed common sense bills that sought to regulate abortion “clinics” and subject them to the same medical requirements and protocols as any other clinic. Simple norms were proposed such as cleanliness, proper space to get gurneys in and out in the event of an emergency, and that abortion “doctors” have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Opposition to such norms by abortion supporters puts the lie to the “safe” in their “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal” cry.  Abortion for them is the main point, not dangers to a woman’s health or well-being. For all their talk about coat-hangers and what will happen, if abortion is made illegal, it is just that, talk. When given the opportunity to demonstrate their concern for the safety and well-being of women, they tip their hand: abortion comes first, health and safety are a distant second.
We pro-lifers make no pretense that we want to limit abortions. Nevertheless, that does not cancel the legitimate insistence that abortion “clinics” should meet the same requirements as any other medical clinic or hospital where surgical procedures are performed. Not so said the Court, in a decision that reflects a politically divided court more than a group of Justices who apply the law in a way that is above politics. This decision, like too many others today reflect a Court that has been deeply corrupted by the influence of politics and a desire to change the law more than interpret it.
This is a dark day for this country. Those who support unrestricted abortion, no matter how commonsensical the proposed regulating initiatives, were handed another victory. The right to abortion was said by the Court in 1973 to have been found in the penumbra of the Constitution. Penumbra refers to the outer edges of a shadow, and this shadow that has crept into this land of ours is increasingly dark and deep. Yes, this was a dark day in a deepening darkness of the evil of abortion. Though great progress has been made in winning hearts, the legal system seems politically and ideologically locked down, especially at the Federal level.
No amount of medical evidence or knowledge of the glory of fetal development will sway those who have hardened their hearts. Even in the specter of the sales of baby parts by Planned Parenthood will not sway them. Still, many champion dreadful practices like partial birth abortion, Hilary Clinton brashly says unborn children have no rights in our legal system and Planned Parenthood which illegally sells baby parts is uncharged, and the journalists who exposed the evil must face trial instead.
Abortion has deeply corrupted our land and legal system. But is it both a cause and a symptom of a deeper and worldwide evil that seems to have extended its depth and reach. There is a kind of a judgement upon us as we are handed us over to fuller depth of our collective iniquity.
Throughout the globe, terrorism, growing religious and ethnic strife, and moral decline has reached dizzying, rapid rates and seems increasingly irreversible. Moral debasement and sexual confusion in the West seem to know no depth. Justice Robert Bork once wrote of how the West was “slouching toward Gomorrah.” But now our slouch has become a rapid sprint toward the edge of an abyss, and the pace of the decline is shockingly rapid.
Things almost unimaginable sixty years ago are now common and celebrated: The right to kill unborn children, divorce on demand, open and widespread cohabitation, fornication, and the consequent huge increases in sexually transmitted diseases, herpes and AIDs. There is an explosion in single motherhood, absent fatherhood, the open practice of homosexuality and “Gay Pride” parades, same-sex “marriage,” transgenderism featuring “identities” such as bigender, cisgender, gender-nonconforming, genderqueer, intersex, non-binary, pangender…. Add to this a rising secularism, a militant atheism and a growing criminalization of religious beliefs and practices, and an uncertain trumpet in Rome.
Any time traveler from 1950 would conclude that some widespread insanity and delusion had gripped the world and that we have obviously taken leave of our senses.
Yes, our slouch to Gomorrah has gone to warp speed. Even race relations which would seem improved to our time traveler would still appear to be tainted by a kind of obsession that so emphasized every distinction that any sense of common humanity was lost.
I cannot say that I am not very alarmed and concerned at the rapid and deepening darkness about us. I will continue to preach and work for the repentance and salvation of us all and of this once great land. But I must say my prayer is increasingly filled with dismay. The Lord promised that the Church would be indefectible, but that promise does not extend to cultures and civilizations. Greater civilizations than our have disappeared from the face of the Earth.
Yet, still I will work and pray. And for now, these words from the Book of Psalms strike me as pertinent to our times:
Help, O Lord, for good men have vanished;
truth has gone from the sons of men.
Falsehood they speak one to another,
with lying lips, with a false heart.

May the Lord destroy all lying lips,
the tongue that speaks high-sounding words,
those who say: “Our tongue is our strength;
our lips are our own, who is our master?”

“For the poor who are oppressed and the needy who groan
I myself will arise,” says the Lord,
“I will grant them the salvation for which they thirst.”

The words of the Lord are words without alloy,
silver from the furnace, seven times refined.

It is you, O Lord, who will take us in your care
and protect us forever from this generation.
See how the wicked prowl on every side,
while the worthless are prized highly by the sons of men.  (Psalm 12)

Yes, help Lord. Keep for yourself a faithful remnant and give me the courage and strength to be found in that remnant.
Source: The Darkness is Deepening in a Land Overshadowed by Abortion |Blogs |

On Why God Wants Us Always Smiling or Intending to Do So

As mentioned in the first article in this series on “He and I” from our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis, He always asked her to smile at Him within her and to smile at Him in others.  He constantly reminded her that He was truly within her (with the Father and Holy Spirit) as long as we are in a state of Grace, and even when others drove Him out with mortal sin, as their Creator, there is still a trace of Him which He wants acknowledged by us in everyone whom He has created, since nothing exists without His cooperation.
Our Lord so desires this from us to comfort Him for the billions of people who never think about Him, because they either don’t know Him or don’t care to speak with Him even if they believe in His existence.  He further reminds Gabrielle that everything He does or permits is for our ultimate spiritual good for all eternity, a much greater eternal reward of Love; and therefore in those who are truly striving to please Him, He expects constant joy from us.  And His Great Joy is to see us constantly in union with Him in thought and word, and our joy to know and relish His Presence within us.  This Joy should take the form of a smile as often as we think about Him within us.  This is the sole purpose of His giving us the Gift of “He and I” through Gabrielle, so we can finally come to know and experience, truly experience, in our daily life this Joy that only God can give to those who desire to know and love Him now (as far as one can in this life) as in Heaven, and who seek to give this same Joy back to God.
Our Lord taught Gabrielle as He did St. Therese, the need for Faith and Trust.  He taught her: “Believe in My Love and you will have over and above all you ask or think….The Three Equal Persons are for you, for everyone. Try to think often of Their Presence in you. It is Love.”  Here are just a few examples of the many times He reminded her to smile:
–“Continue Me. Smile in your soul when you look at Me.”
–“Don’t aim at saying an exact number of wordy prayers. Just love me simply: a look of your heart, the tender smile of a friend.”
–“Take the little daily trials with a smile and you will dress My wounds.”
–“Today, I will take every smile of yours for Myself.”
–“Smile at everyone and I will make your smile a blessing.”
–“The joy of having more of Me brings about all other joys.”
–(Do) You understand, if you keep smiling before My face, you will always have a smile for others, and it will warm their hearts.”
–Be full of joy when you are misunderstood or overlooked, because this makes you just like Me.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sister Emmanuel's Medjugorje Report for June

From the Desk of Sr. Emmanuel Maillard
Medjugorje, June 21, 2016

Dear Children of Medjugorje, Praised be Jesus and Mary!
1. On June 2, 2016, Mirjana received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross, in the presence of a fairly large crowd. After the apparition, she shared the following message: 

"Dear children! as the Mother of the Church, as your mother, I am smiling as I look at you: how you are coming to me, how you are gathering around me, how you are seeking me. My comings among you are proof of how much Heaven loves you. They indicate to you the way to eternal life, to salvation. My apostles, you who strive to have a pure heart and to have my Son in it, you are on the good way. You who are seeking my Son are seeking the good way. He left many signs of His love. He left hope. It is easy to find Him if you are ready for sacrifice and penance-if you have patience, mercy and love for your neighbors. Many of my children do not see and do not hear because they do not want to. They do not accept my words and my works, yet through me, my Son calls everyone. His Spirit illuminates all of my children in the light of the Heavenly Father, in the unity of Heaven and Earth, in mutual love-because love invokes love and makes works more important than words. Therefore, my apostles, pray for your Church, love it and do works of love. No matter how betrayed or wounded, it is here because it comes from the Heavenly Father. Pray for your shepherds so that in them you may see the greatness of the love of my Son. Thank you." 

2. Back from Asia

Please forgive me for the delay in sending this report to you, I have just returned from a long trip to Asia where I visited Mongolia (in the North of China) and Indonesia. Here are a few short stories to share with you. On the first night we stayed in a simple village, yet we were received with so much warmth that tears came to my eyes. These people had nothing, but they gave us a real treat! 

In the morning, since there was no running water and not even a bathroom, we took a basin outside to wash ourselves. Even the "toilets" put up in the yard had no door, something common in China, especially in the countryside. And in such precariousness, I was filled with admiration for our host's goodness and deep joy.
We stayed with a local from the village. When we arrived at this mere little house composed of 2 rooms, we looked for beds but there was none. In one of the rooms there was a kind of dais (like a wooden platform) which had underneath it a heating system where coal was burnt in the winter. It turned out it was the dais that would be the bed for the three of us! It was normal for my 2 Chinese assistants but hard for the French woman I am who is used to sleeping on a mattress. 
With her modest income, she had stitched some new blankets together for us. Her treasures were her pictures on the wall: the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, her greatest friends! Faded and a little warped by the smoke and the humidity in winter, I looked at them, praying, "O Jesus, if there is a place in the world where you love to stay and be consoled, this is it!" There I was, an eye-witness of the 1st Beatitude, "Happy are the poor in spirit, for the Kingdom of God is theirs."

In the parish, the young priest found just 12 believers when he arrived 2 years ago. Today there are 200. When they asked us to share with them the wonders of our lives, how many came? 200!
The 2nd part of this trip was in Indonesia, but the report of that will come later.
3. The Medjugorje effect! 

Writing a letter to Our Lady is never fruitless (See PS7). As all mothers, she loves to receive mail from her children, and as our Heavenly Mother she answers divinely. Martina (from Milan) shares her own experience:

"Shorly after writing to the Gospa, I understood that we should go to Medjugorje as a family. Great news, my parents accepted to joins us. Of course, for them, the touristic side of the trip on the Adriatic coast was the most important.
From an early age, I had seen my parents fight. My brothers and I suffered a lot from this. Their emotions, crises, and arguing always ended badly: One of them would leave home for a few hours while the other one would weep. The worst was that their reputation for constant fighting stuck to them.  Our friends were aware of it and we could feel it.

We did not know what peace was. The threat of divorce was constant. As a little girl, I would tell myself, "Well, let them divorce, that will make them happier!" Yet, during 40 years of marriage, the divorce did not happen, thanks be to God!

In October 2015, there we were in Medjugorje. How did grace reach my parents' hearts? On the first evening, my mother agreed to go to confession, dragging her feet. She joined a long line in front of a confessional. But tired of waiting, she left her spot and I found her sitting in a coffee bar. I thought, "Well, this is a bad start to the pilgrimage!" She bombarded me with questions, "God exists, yes, but what does he want from me? My life is fine! God, OK, I don't mind a little bit, but I like my life. I don't want to end up in a convent. And then confession... I never know what to say to the priest, and I am not sure it is worth anything. The last time i went was 7 years ago."

However, she gave it a go the next day. Surprise! There was a free confessional, so she entered it right away. What happened inside that confessional? I have no idea! But several weeks later, I happened to spend a few days at my parents'. I was anticipating the atmosphere and I prepared myself to be hurt as usual. But to my great surprise no fight started between them during that time, absolutely none! Even better, my parents invited me to share their morning prayers, the rosary and other prayers, on our knees in front of a nicely displayed small altar - something new- and my mother wanted to close the prayers singing the Ave Maria with her beautiful voice.

Peace and reconciliation was restored again after 40 years of quarrels. This is one of the gifts I had asked for in my letter to the Gospa. Since then, my parents have become the model couple of my Christian faith. I am so happy to think that this radical change in them, towards peace and love, will inspire many people."
4. Thank you, Martina for giving this beautiful testimony! It reveals to us several things that many still find hard to believe:

- With God, it is never too late! "Patience obtains everything" (Teresa of Avila).

- Our Blessed Mother unfailingly works on everything we confide to her with faith and she ultimately wins the case one day or another.

- Divorce is not the best solution, "For God," Mary said. "Divorce does not exist." If divorce does not exist for God, it is because he has a better solution in store for us and he will reveal it to us in prayer.
- If there is a major obstacle in your life, impossible to overcome with human means, remember that nothing is impossible for God. Pray and trust! Also, as Martina did, write a letter to the Blessed Mother: There are countless examples where she has answered positively. Does she not come every day particularly to help us? In your letter to her, start with a warm thank you! "Prayers of thanksgiving are the first ones to reach heaven", said Vicka.

On June 25 we will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Apparitions. Let us prepare for this blessed day in prayer! Everyone will find in their own hearts what present to offer her. For example, read again some of the key-messages that we have never lived so far. We can share this with her in our letters! We will then console her Immaculate Heart that "is bleeding as I look at you in sin and sinful habits", as she said on April 25.

5. Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4th in Rome. This summer it could be very helpful for us to read or reread her writings, to let her voice resonate in our hearts! Her voice expresses bright lights for our time, which is so confused and so poor in spiritual warfare. Happy are those who will put into practice the wisdom of this great saint! She certainly does not show an easy way, for those who want an effortless life, but she shows the way of holiness!

Her path is one highlighted in the Gospel in its purity. As Jesus clearly said, "narrow is the door that leads to God's kingdom!" (Matt 7:13) When a saint is canonized, he or she sends exceptional graces on that day. So let us grab them and not miss the boat! (See PS1). 
I happened to meet Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1975, a year before I entered my Community, and she blessed me, looking at me straight in the eyes. A look of fire, indeed! Please ask her to remember me from Above, as I'm asking her to remember you too in her prayers!

May she inspire us on the way to holiness, the way that Mary calls us to be "My apostles" and also the "Apostles of Revelation" (See PS2). 

The following quote is an adaptation of the Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith. Mother Teresa asked that it be painted on the wall of her orphanage in Calcutta for all who visited there to see: 

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. 
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. 
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest people may cheat you. 
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. 
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, may be forgotten tomorrow. 
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. 
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

6. The Next Live Talk From Sr. Emmanuel In French  
On June 26th at 9 pm, Bosnian time. I will speak in French about the 35th Anniversary. 

On July 3 and August 3, there won't be a Live, the next one will be on Sept. 3. 

The Live of June 3 is rebroadcast at
For English Speaking friends, watch the videos with my 10-minute "Pearls of the Gospel" which can be found on our website:

Dearest Gospa, Mother and Queen of peace, please come in our homes, our buildings, our families so threatened by division and destruction! Your mere presence attracts so much peace, we need you more than ever!
Sister Emmanuel +
(Translated from French)

P.S. 1. "Come, Be My Light!" By Mother Teresa, edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk.
P.S. 2. See the report of May 13, 2016 where sister Emmanuel talks about "the broken crosses".

P.S. 3.  We are looking for a good Italian-chinese translator to translate 30 pages from sister Emmanuel's book on Fasting. Please pray for this intention!  Contact
P.S. 4. Get this smartphone application! Here you will find Mary's official messages since 1984. It's free and available in English and in other languages on app store. In the search box, type Medjugorje Friends of Mary. Share this great news with your friends! Evangelize!
PS 5.  Click   
You'll find the messages of Mary, the monthly Medjugorje News, other news, etc. You can send in your prayer intentions, and subscribe to the News by email. 

P.S. 6. The Youth Festival August 1 to 6, 2016.  Send young people that you know here for the festival! It is a great opportunity for them to open their hearts and to find the direction they need.

P.S. 7. Write a letter to your Blessed Mother!  She will answer you during prayer! Mail it to "Queen of Peace", BP 2157, F-06103 Nice cedex, France. We will deliver it to a visionary.

P.S. 8. Sister Emmanuel's Newsletter can be received in many languages!

In Italian:
In English:
In Flemish:
In Chinese:

Children of Medjugorje, INC, PO Box 18430, Denver, CO 80218

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Intimate Daily Life of Divine Love with Jesus Through Mary

The Intimate Daily Life of Divine Love with Jesus Through Mary


We will begin a new series from the Masterpiece entitled “He and I” given by our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis with Imprimatur from Archbishop Jean-Marie Fortier, former Archbishop of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. I have often commented that I believe this is the greatest practical book in the history of the Church on what a moment by moment relationship of love with the Trinity is…what this relationship actually entails each moment of each day. It is a simple, but incredibly detailed, daily blueprint of exactly what the Lord desires and expects of each one of us called to love Him as we should. In addition, this Masterpiece doubles as an outstanding meditation treatise and with the Gospels provides all one needs if one is so inspired.
One way to think about this extraordinary Gift from God is this: it is a combination of the “Story of a Soul”, the “Practice of the Presence of God” and “Self Abandonment to Divine Providence” in one Book, but made so simple that one could not help but absorb it. In addition, it is an outstanding example of how to live the Flame of Love Grace each day. How can one avoid or ignore what is, in essence, a Divine Love Letter written by our Lord Himself to all His little ones (always with complete docility and obedience to Holy, Mother Church with whom is the final say on whether God Himself wrote the lines).
There are several overarching themes in “He and I” and two that have always struck me are the need God has chosen for Himself, in His infinite condescension, for us to be living Heaven on earth now by treating Him as if He were a loving member of our family, but with the respect due Him as our Lord and Creator. The second one is His desire to see us smile at Him in our soul and at Him in others constantly throughout the day and to engage in a loving, ongoing conversation throughout the day with Him as if He were actually with us…because He is when we are in a state of Grace! Our Lord also gave very detailed instructions on the spiritual life, which are exceptionally helpful to all the little ones seeking to imitate our dear model of littleness, St. Therese of Lisieux and our model of reparation, Elizabeth Kindelmann. Here is one example of how to go about your day:
“Divide your day into three parts. In the morning, as soon as you awaken, give yourself to the Father Creator, who offers you His Son as your food. After Mass, give yourself to the Son, who is in you. And fall asleep in the Holy Spirit, who is Love.”
“…I asked you to wake up in the arms of the Father, because each one of your mornings is a new creation. I asked you to fall asleep in the Holy Spirit, because your last conscious breath should be in Love.”

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace Coming to Scranton, Pa

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima under the auspice of the World Apostolate of Fatima USA will visit the Diocese of Scranton on June 19, 20, 21, 2016. The statue has visited more than 100 countries, including Russia and China, bringing the great message of salvation and hope, "the peace plan from Heaven," to countless millions of people. The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima will visit St. Ann Parish, Williamsport on June 19; St. Paul Parish, Scranton on June 20 and St. Ignatius Parish, Kingston on June 21. For more information on the schedule, please contact David Baloga at 570-207-2213, ext. 1158 or at

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Voices of Millions Pray for the Sanctification of Priests

Father Patrick Peyton, CSC in the Philippines,...
Father Patrick Peyton, CSC in the Philippines, shaking hands with Filipinos who gathered for the Rosary Rally in the Archdiocese of Manila in 1953 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Voices of Millions Pray for the Sanctification of Priests
Contact: Marion Mulhall, 646-355-4106 
NEW YORK, May 31, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- This year there is a special focus on Rome as the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests gets underway on 3 June. 

The Annual Global Rosary Relay idea is a simple one. Each of the 100 participating shrines in some 50 countries prays a specific mystery of the rosary at a particular half hour on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons. With the coming of midnight on the 3 June 2016, the entire world will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this The Annual Rosary Relay Day.

It was the great Irish priest Fr. Patrick Peyton who never tired of saying that 'The family that prays together stays together.' As the family of the Church, you are invited to join your prayers to the prayers of millions throughout the world on 3 June this year. It is an opportunity for all of us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry, praying that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God's grace for their priesthood. We ask that through this worldwide communion of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support and that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd the Lord's flock to the safe pastures of his Kingdom.

At 10:30 on the morning of 3 June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, a special Mass will be celebrated in St Peter's Square by Pope Francis, which will be attended by priests, bishops and cardinals from around the globe. World Priest founder Marion Mulhall and her colleagues Niall Kennedy and Anne Brady will attend this Mass. What a wonderful way this will be to celebrate the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests day by being present in Rome, the eternal city, at a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis!

On 1 June the Jubilee for Priests, given by Pope Francis, commences in the Vatican and is a very important event on the calendar of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, marking a very special time of retreat for priests. This three-day retreat closes in St Peter's Square on the evening of 3 June at 6 pm, the feast of the Sacred Heart with the praying of the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, with five priests praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in five languages. This represents a most historic moment in time for the World Priest Apostolate and all who have supported this Apostolate will share in the blessings of this great day.

People in Rome on the day are invited to mark the end of these days of prayer for the work of priests by joining the rosary in St. Peter's Square. You can of course join in spiritually from wherever in the world you are with young and old people alike, from over 50 countries at over 100 shrines.

Join your prayers with the voices of millions of others for the sanctification of all priests serving throughout the world. Pray also for Pope Francis, who has imparted his Apostolic Blessing to this unique global event.


'A world at prayer is a world at peace' - Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Join the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests -- 3 June 2016

The Clock is Ticking as the Countdown Begins
Contact: Marion Mulhall, WorldPriest, 646-355-4106,
NEW YORK/DUBLIN, May 23, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- In just two weeks' time you can share in a world at prayer at over 100 locations in some 50 countries. Join the seventh Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests -- 3 June 2016
The clock is ticking as the countdown begins for the start of the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, which will take place this year as usual on the feast of the Sacred Heart. On the stroke of midnight on 3 June, the biggest-ever prayer relay will start, continuing all around the world for a full twenty-four hours. It will begin in Siberia and end in Guatemala.
World Priest has been working hard during the year to ensure that this huge event, involving millions of the laity along with their priests, will participate in this rapid growing global prayer relay. Its purpose is clear - to pray for the sanctification of the priests who serve the needs of humanity on a daily basis.
'What makes this year different is the extent of local involvement,' says World Priest founder, Marion Mulhall. 'There is a significant trend now for things to intensify on a local level, as people find ways to increase participation. In a way you could say that the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests goes local.'
This is the second year that Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian is leading his people in prayer in Guatemala, Central America. Last year, commenting on the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests he stated that 'Guatemala could be the opening door for this event to spread within Central America and the rest of Latin America.' Not too far away in the Caribbean a new shrine is participating at La Gruta de Lourdes at Trujillo Alto. Another newcomer -- one of many this year -- is a shrine at Basilica Svaty Hostyn in the Czech Republic.
The Children's Rosary prayer group movement will participate again, with groups from some twelve countries either attending local shrines or joining the event in their homes, where children will pray with their parents and friends.
Once again there will be strong media interest in this massive support for priests through prayer. This will include a number of television broadcasts relayed via EWTN, the global Catholic network. Events will be broadcast on national television by TelevizeNoe in the Czech Republic and Televisión Arquidiocesana in Guatemala.
So remember the date -- 3 June. If you have any questions about this unique prayer event in your area or if you want to see the full list of participating shrines visit  
Follow this prayer relay via Facebook and Twitter.
For full details or any questions Phone 646 355 4106

Monday, May 16, 2016

v Novena, Our Lady Help of Christians, Starts Today, May 16-24

The novena ends on the Feast of: Our Lady Help of Christians - May 24
Prayers for  All Nine Days listed Below:
First Day Second Day Third Day
Fourth Day Fifth Day Sixth Day
Seventh Day Eigth Day
Ninth Day
Hail, Star of the sea, Blessed Mother of God, ever fruitful Virgin, happy gate of heaven.
 PRAYER: O Virgin Most Holy, powerful help of Christians, I confidently appeal to the throne of your mercy. Hear the prayers of this poor sinner that begs your help, so I may always flee from sin and from the occasions of sin. Behold the first grace that I ask from this novena. Amen 
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us. 

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Apoc. 12: 1)
“And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Apoc. 12: 17)
Two distinguishing signs of the authentic faithful: Jesus and Mary, salvation of believers and help of Christians. Unto death I promise that I shall remain faithful to my religion: the Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

Taking that sweet Ave, which from Gabriel came, peace confirm within us, changing Eve's name.
PRAYER: Mary Most Holy, Mother of goodness and mercy, who with your visible help oftentimes freed the Christian people from the assaults and barbarism of Moslems, I ask you, my Lady, to deliver my soul from the onslaughts of the world, the devil and the flesh; and grant that I may obtain, at all times, complete victory over the enemies of my soul.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us
“And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38)
In short, Mary Most Holy offers us an example of humility, obedience and readiness to do the Will of God and to cooperate in bringing about His Plan of Salvation. "Lord, what do You wish me to do? Make me an instrument of Your peace."

Break the sinners' fetters, make our blindness day; chase from us all evils, for all blessings pray.
PRAYER: O Mary, most powerful Queen, who alone triumphed over the false doctrines that sought to take away so many children from the bosom of Holy Mother Church, help me, I beg you, to keep and preserve my faith firmly and my heart pure amidst the snares and venom of such harmful errors.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth… And Mary abode with her about three months. And she returned to her own house.” (Luke 1: 39-40, 56)
Certainly, Mary remained until the birth of St. John the Baptist, for she knew that expectant mothers need special care and help. Here, we have a beautiful example of charity. I too promise to always practice charity and acts of mercy.

Show thyself our Mother by taking our voice to the One Who deigned to be born for us, from you.  
PRAYER: O Mary, my most sweet Mother, you who are Queen of Martyrs, through so many heroic acts of courage and fortitude, which you performed on earth, deign to instill in my heart the necessary strength to always serve you. Help me to despise human respect, and fulfill all my religious duties openly and without shame; may I remain your devout child at all times, even unto death.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us
“And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why have you done so to us? Behold your father and I have sought you sorrowing.” (Luke: 2, 48)

With what admirable kindness Mary admonishes her lost Son found in the temple. It is a beautiful example to parents. Children grow in wisdom, stature and grace before God and men when they receive the good example of their parents. In raising my children, I promise to always practice patience, prudence and seriousness.

O Virgin unexcelled and most gentle, make us meek and pure and preserve us from evil.
PRAYER: Mary, beloved Mother, who showed your precious Patronage in the triumph of Pope Pius VII, extend your holy mantle over Holy Mother Church, especially over her august head, against the assaults of so many enemies; deliver him from temporal sufferings and assist him always that he may securely steer the barque of Peter in Truth, and overcome the proud waves attempting to sink it.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.” (John 2:1)
And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage. Realizing that the wedding feast lacked wine, Jesus performed a miracle upon the trusting entreaty of his mother. She invites us to also obey Jesus in a special way, saying:
"Whatsoever he shall say to you, do it." (John 2:5)
"Happy are those that hear the Word of God and keep it" (Luke 11:28).

Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore.
PRAYER: O Mary, Queen of the Apostles, take under thy precious protection the Sacred Ministers and all the faithful of the Catholic Church, obtain for them the spirit of unity, and fervent zeal for the salvation of souls; particularly extend your loving help to missionaries, so they may lead all peoples of the earth to the true faith. Thus may the world become one fold under the guidance of only one Shepherd, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

The Lord “is your praise, and your God, that has done for you these great and terrible things, which your eyes have seen.” (Deut. 10:21)
In fact, God, gazing at the humility of his faithful servant, Mary Most Holy, gave us through her the Savior of all men, Our Lord Jesus Christ. "O Mary, grant us the grace to imitate thy love of God and neighbor."

Praise be to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.

PRAYER: O Mary, Mother of mercy, who so often saved Christians from the plague and other bodily scourges by your powerful intercession, help them and deliver them now from the plague of impiety and irreligion, which insinuates itself in a thousand ways into their souls keeping them from the Church and pious practices, especially through sects, the press and perverse schools. I humbly ask you to help the good, that they may persevere; strengthen the weak; call the wayward and sinners to repentance, so that the Truth and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ may triumph here on earth, thus increasing your glory and that of your Son, and saving souls. 
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day's journey. And when they had come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus, Simon Zelotes, and Jude, the brother of James. All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” (Acts 1: 12-14)
O Mary, teach us to pray, trust and persevere.

Glorious Lady, more brilliant than the sun, at your breast you nourished the God who created thee.

PRAYER: O Mary, the Church's spiritual pillar and Help of Christians, I beseech you to keep me firm in the Divine Faith, and safeguard in me the freedom and dignity of God's children.
For my part I promise you never to stain my soul with sin, nor be a part of any society condemned by the Holy See. I promise you to obey the perennial teachings of the Church, since I want to live and die within the bosom of the Catholic Religion, the only one in which I can expect with certainty my eternal salvation.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he says to his mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, he says to the disciple: Behold your mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19: 25-27)
We can never forget the words of the dying Jesus, “Mother, behold thy son. Son, behold thy Mother." Before dying, he entrusted his mother Mary to his disciple so that the faithful might have such a Mother present in their last agony. 

What Eve had destroyed, was created, through you, Holy Mary, once again in the Son, opening Heaven’s gate and giving refuge to the downcast.

PRAYER: O Mary, my most gracious Mother, at all times so ready to be the help of Christians, assist me with your powerful patronage throughout my life and especially at the hour of death. Grant that, having loved and revered you on earth, I may sing your mercies in Heaven. Amen.
O God You who established the Mother of Your beloved Son as Mother and Help of Christians, grant, we beseech, that we may live under Your protection, and that the Church may rejoice in Your everlasting peace.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father... 
Hail Mary...
Glory Be… 
Hail Holy Queen…
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us

“When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he says to his mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, he says to the disciple: Behold your mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.” (John 19: 26-27)
Mary Most Holy, lovingly consenting to the immolation of the Victim she bore, was given as a mother to the disciple and to all of us. The Virgin Mary is the Church's model of faith and charity. Mary, Help of Christians, cooperates in the work of the Redeemer to restore the supernatural life in souls.
“Behold, your Mother." (John 19: 27)

 Prayers to be said with the Novena:
Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
 Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. Our 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
 Glory Be
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
 Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God... that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen