This beautiful prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was written by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (1647-1690), the French nun and mystic who promulgated the Sacred Heart devotion, in a letter of spiritual direction to a fellow religious sister, Sister Felice-Madeleine de la Barge, at the Moulins monastery in France.
It is the heart of Jesus that was pierced on the cross for our redemption; not just for all mankind in general, but for each person in particular. This popular litany honors and praises that Sacred Heart which suffered and died out of inexpressible love for each one of us.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers! Now more than ever, our world is in great need of strong, loving dads who are present to their family with a loving heart. Fatherhood is a holy responsibility, because it is a reflection of God the Father. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and to pray for them—an important and beautiful task! Here is a prayer that a father can say daily for his family.
In 1672, Christ appeared to a French Visitation nun, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Over a series of visits, Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary the importance of devotion to His Sacred Heart. He asked that His heart, wounded on the cross and continually wounded by ingratitude of men for his sacrifice for them, be venerated and adored as an embodiment of His Divine mercy and love.
This hymn is traditionally sung in the liturgy for the feast of Pentecost, and other occasions when the Holy Spirit is solemnly invoked. The Veni, Creator Spiritus is also the official opening prayer for Church councils and synods.
According to tradition, towards the end of her life the Blessed Virgin moved from Jerusalem to Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). No longer able to retrace the steps of her Son’s passion where they actually occurred, she set up an identical Stations of the Cross on her property using stones and markings. This became the first devotional Stations of the Cross. This is described in detail by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich according to her visions.
Historically, this Marian title is closely connected with the Church triumphing over her enemies through the protection and intercession of the Blessed Mother. Mary under her title Help of Christians was the special devotion of St. John Bosco and the Salesian order he founded. This was based on his Prophetic Vision of the Two Columns in which he saw the Church being saved through its devotion to Mary, under her title Help of Christians, and the Holy Eucharist.
Historically, the Solemnity of the Ascension is an ancient and major feast for the Church (thus, its status as a holy day of obligation). In order to think of it and treat it with the same reverence as Christians of days past, it helps to understand it more deeply. Here are three aspects of Ascension Thursday that we can reflect on today.
This beautiful prayer is attributed to St. Brendan the Navigator (484-577 A.D.), also known as St. Brendan the Voyager, an ancient Irish monk, abbot, sailor, and explorer. He is the patron saint of mariners, sailors, travelers, and the U.S. Navy. His feast day is May 16th.
In her apparitions the Blessed Mother always has a mission, a specific message, to proclaim. What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world? According to this Message of Fatima Document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.”