If you’re anything like me, once Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas can’t come soon enough. There’s just something about decking the halls and James Taylor At Christmas that brings out my inner child and an even greater sense of joy during the month of December. But with all the excitement of the Christmas season, […]
Prayer & Inspiration
A few years ago, a close friend introduced me to the 10 virtues of Mary. Although I had completed St. Louis de Montfort’s total consecration to Mary, I didn’t know anything about the 10 virtues formally associated with Our Lady. I was fascinated when I learned about the Blessed Mother’s virtues and before long, they were something that had become near and dear to my heart. What are her 10 virtues?
For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things. Whatsoever I may receive during the day, teach me to accept them tranquilly, with the firm conviction that everything comes by Your holy will. Govern my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say. When unforeseen things occur, do not let me forget that everything comes from You.
Every November 2nd the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of All Souls, a day devoted to remembering and praying in a special way for the Church Suffering— the Holy Souls in Purgatory who are being purified on their way to heaven after death. The Church sees this practice as so important that the entire month […]
The Holy Souls in Purgatory are members of the Church who await the purification of their souls before joining the saints in heaven for all eternity. The souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves, they cannot do anything to hasten their entrance into heaven. But we can pray for them. St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) was a bishop, founder of the Redemptorists, Doctor of the Church, and patron saint of moral theologians. He composted the following novena (9 days of prayer for a particular intention) for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Prayers for the faithful departed pleases God, who makes use of our prayers to help purify these souls that He loves. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those souls whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them. Here are some ideas for praying for these suffering (and often neglected) souls, especially during the month of November dedicated to their memory.
The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary’s special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.
The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and protection, one of the most powerful sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said, “There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families . . . that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
There is no sacramental or devotion in the Catholic Church that is more widely praised, preached, and practiced than the Holy Rosary. And for good reason . . . it works! Outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer is Our Lady’s Holy Rosary. After all, it was given to the faithful as a spiritual weapon by the Blessed Virgin herself!
Below is a tender and powerful litany that St. Faustina wrote to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, her support through the bitter suffering she experienced in her soul, trials allowed by Jesus himself. But first, the strength and beauty of her litany is better appreciated by better understanding the deep interior darkness that her soul was plunged into which produced such a heart-rending prayer.