Prayer Request

Everything went fine.  Thank you for your prayers!

Please say a Rosary at 6:15pm tonight for the safety of the Cathedral.  A biker gang is going to do a protest at the nearby mosque tonight and we want to make sure the city doesn’t become a war zone.  Thank you!

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This post is dedicated to St. Joan of Arc.

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My Litany of Love

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Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Jesus Most Beautiful, I love You!

Jesus Most Merciful, I love You!

Jesus Truest Love, I love You!

Jesus Most Perfect, I love You!

Jesus Desire of My Heart, I love You!

Jesus Omnipotent, I love You!

Jesus Compassionate, I love You!

Jesus Savior of My Soul, I love You!

Jesus Holiness Itself, I love You!

Jesus Healer of My Heart and Body, I love You!

Jesus Most Humble, I love You!

Jesus Prince Most Charming, I love You!

Jesus My Everything, I love You!

Jesus Beloved Bridegroom of Souls, I love You!

Jesus Wisdom Incarnate, I love You!

Jesus My Comforter, I love You!

Jesus With Me Always, I love You!

Jesus Always Caring, I love You!

Jesus Without Beginning or End, I love You!

Jesus High Priest, I love You!

Jesus So Vulnerable in the Eucharist for My Sake, I love You!

Jesus Dying for Me on the Cross, I love You!

Jesus My Atonement, I love You!

Jesus My Protector, I love You!

Jesus Who Fills Me with Awe, I love You!

Jesus My Lord and My God, I love You!

Jesus My Creator, I love You!

Jesus Giver of All Good Gifts, I love You!

Jesus My Master, I love You!

Jesus My Joy in Life, I love You!

Jesus Prince of Peace, I love You!

Jesus My Essence, I love You!

Jesus My Future, I love You!

Jesus Best Friend Ever, I love You!

Jesus My Love, I love You!

Jesus without Whom I Am Incomplete and Lost, I love You!

Jesus Suffering for My Sake, I love You!

Jesus My Guide and Teacher, I love You!

Jesus Who Gives Your Very Self to Me, I love You!

Jesus My Companion, I love You!

Jesus My Answer, I love You!

Jesus My King, I love You!

Jesus My Helper, I love You!

Jesus Divine Word, I love You!

Jesus Messiah, I love You!

Jesus My Lamb, I love You!

Jesus Most Pure, I love You!

Jesus Most Amazing, I love You!

Jesus Most Adorable, I love You!

Jesus Most Worthy of Love, I love You!

Jesus for Whom I Will Suffer Anything, I love You!

Jesus Son of Mary, I love You!

Jesus My Example in All Things, I love You!

Jesus God in the Flesh, I love You!

Jesus My Very Life, I love You!

Jesus Whom I Adore, I love You!

Jesus Whom I Cherish, I love You!

Jesus Whom I Worship, I love You!

Jesus Son of the Eternal Father, I love You!

Jesus My Hope, I love You!

Jesus Whom I Trust, I love You!

Jesus of Infinite Majesty, I love You!

Jesus My Fulfillment, I love You!

Jesus My Sustenance, I love You!

Jesus My Song, I love You!

Jesus My Delight, I love You!

Jesus My Path, I love You!

Jesus Eternal Truth, I love You!

Jesus My Light, I love You!

Jesus My Refuge and My Hiding Place, I love You!

Jesus Fascination of My Soul, I love You!

Jesus My Rescuer, I love You!

Jesus My Enlightenment, I love You!

Jesus My Treasure, I love You!

Jesus My Support, I love You!

Jesus Upon Whom All Depends, I love You!

Jesus Never Failing, I love You!

Jesus Most Faithful, I love You!

Jesus Burning with Ardent Love for Me, I love You!

Jesus Most Noble, I love You!

Jesus Taking the Form of a Slave, I love You!

Jesus of Constant Strength, I love You!

Jesus My Rest, I love You!

Jesus Source of True Peace, I love You!

Jesus My Advocate, I love You!

Jesus My Righteousness, I love You!

Jesus My God, I adore You! Jesus My God, I adore You! Jesus My God, I adore You!

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ I love You, because You first loved me.

Let us pray: Most Gracious God and Father, through the perfect unmerited love Your Only Begotten Son Jesus has shown for us, grant us for His sake, that we may be able to worthily adore and love Him throughout eternity. May we His precious children never forget His infinite love and mercy toward us. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

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This post is dedicated to the Suffering Savior, King of Martyrs.

Happy Birthday Mother Church!

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Dearest Mother,

Since Pentecost is said to be your birthday, I would like to take a moment to thank you for some of the amazing gifts you’ve given me (there’s too many for me to list them all):

  • Thank you for the Mass!  Today’s Mass was so beautiful that I almost cried several times!  Such beautiful consolations!
  • Thank you for the priesthood!  Having an alter christus on earth and a spiritual Father is joy beyond description!
  • Thank you for Confession and indulgences!  I definitely need them!
  • Thank you for the other Sacraments!  They’re amazing!
  • Thank you for Liturgy!  It is SO awesomely beautiful!
  • Thank you for such a rich treasury of prayers!  Especially the Rosary!
  • Thank you for the Saints!  They’re awesome beyond words!
  • Thank you for your wisdom!  I’m glad I can turn to you for the counsel I need!
  • Thank you for everything!

With all the love of my heart,

your daughter Grace

The Mass is the Church’s love song to her Beloved.

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This post is dedicated to the Sorrowful Mother, Queen of Martyrs.

Click the menu button in the top right corner of the screen blog button to check out my two newest pages: “Table of Contents” and “Prayer Intentions for the Little Flowers”.  Happy Pentecost!

A Message for Today’s Catholics Part 2

Cardinal Burke video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pnvGWzSsNg

A message from our Holy Father: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/pope-prepare-for-martyrdom

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“Verily, there is no happiness but in the cross.” — St. John Vianney

“What a cross, to be without a cross!” — St. Louis De Montfort

“I do not fear trials sent by Jesus, for even in the most bitter suffering we can see that it is His loving hand which causes it. When we are expecting nothing but suffering, we are quite surprised at the least joy; but then suffering itself becomes the greatest of joys when we seek it as a precious treasure.” — St. Therese of Lisieux

We all know that an age is coming, the “last age”, when a great persecution will afflict the Church preceding the return of Christ. In this age, Revelation tells us, many will be martyred. Whether this age will come upon us in the near future or not, this world is certainly entering into some sort of battle against the Church and we need to be ready for whatever sacrifice may be required of us as Confirmed soldiers of Christ (be it small or great). Even if the “last age” isn’t coming any time soon, even if another age of martyrdom doesn’t come upon us (like that of ancient Rome, the Reign of Terror, or the Elizabethan Persecution), it is good for us to prepare anyway for two reasons:  1) If such sacrifice is required of us, we do not want to be caught completely unprepared.  2) This degree of the love of God is something every Catholic should strive for as he or she works toward sainthood.  Even though St. Therese never suffered red martyrdom, she was ready. Here are her words: “But above all, my Beloved Savior, I would like to shed my blood for You until the last drop….Martyrdom: That is the dream of my youth. That dream has grown within me under the cloisters of Carmel….But there again I feel that my dream is foolishness, because I would not know how to limit myself to one type of martyrdom….To satisfy me I would have to have all of them….Like You, my Beloved Bridegroom, I would like to be scourged and crucified….I would like to die by being skinned alive like St. Bartholomew….Like St. John, I would like to plunged into boiling oil. I would like to undergo all the tortures inflicted on the Martyrs….With St. Agnes and St. Cecilia, I would like to present my neck to the sword, and like Joan of Arc, my dear sister,  I would like to be burned at the stake, murmuring your name, Jesus….When I think about all the torments that will be the lot Christians at the time of the Antichrist, I feel my heart leap, and I would like for those torments to be reserved for me….Jesus, Jesus, if I wanted to write down all my desires, I would have to borrow Your book of life [Rev. 20:12]. In it are the records of the actions of all the Saints, and those actions, I would like to have accomplished them for You….Oh, my Jesus! To all my foolishness, what are You going to reply?….Is there a soul that is smaller and more powerless than mine!….However, even because of my weakness, You were pleased, Lord, to fulfill my little childish desires, and You now want to fulfill other desires that are bigger than the universe….” Some of the excellent resources Jesus and His Church provide for us as we prepare for the times ahead include: The Most Holy Eucharist, Devotion to the Blessed Mother (especially St. Louis De Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary), meditation on the Passion, study of and devotion to the holy martyrs, the little crosses of day to day life, the cord of St. Philomena, the Brown Scapular, mortification and sacrifice, sanctification, and the various spiritual warfare resources. And of course, we must pray, for only God can give us the graces we seek.

In light of this, I will dedicate each of my future posts to one of the holy martyrs.

This post is dedicated to St. Cecilia.

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video: http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/coming-persecution-10-21

article: http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/are-you-prepared-to-be-persecuted-5884406350741504

A Message for Today’s Catholics

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature+player_embedded&v=E5D33ttzauk

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“The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians!” — Tertullian

“There is a baptism [His Passion] with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!” — Jesus (Luke 12:50 NAB)

“We must declare the truth and not keep silence out of fear, but be ready generously to give our life for Holy Church.” — St. Catherine of Siena

“But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.” — From today’s first Mass reading.

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As today’s world rapidly grows more and more anti-Catholic, it would do well for us to prepare for whatever price (big or small) we may soon have to pay for our love of Jesus Christ.

This post is dedicated to St. Paul Miki.

Saints’ Classics Online

Excerpts from the sermons of St. John Vianney http://www.theworkofgod.org/Library/Sermons/JdVianey/Sermons.htm
Catechism Lessons of St. John Vianney http://www.ewtn.com/library/CATECHSM/CATARS.HTM
other works of St. John Vianney http://www.sjv.org/our-patron-saint
works of Pope St. John Paul II http://www.papalencyclicals.net/JP02/
Story of A Soul by St. Therese http://www.storyofasoul.com/
The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis De Montfort http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/secretrosary.pdf
The Secret of Mary by St. Louis De Montfort http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/secretmary.pdf
True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis De Montfort http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/truedevotionmary.pdf
Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/lifeofteresa.pdf
Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/loyola.html
Butler’s Lives of the Saints Volume I (every saint’s favorite book) http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/saintsv1.html
Apologia Pro Vita Sua by Bl. John Newman http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/apologia.html
Loss and Gain by Bl. John Newman http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/newman.html
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/devoutlife.pdf
The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/wayofperfection.pdf
Enchiridion On Faith, Hope, and Love by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/enchiridion.html
Uniformity with God’s Will by St. Alphonsus http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/godswil.pdf
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/spiritualexercises.pdf
On Prayer and the Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/contemplative.html
Counsels and Reminiscences of St. Therese http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/counselsreminiscences.pdf
On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/incarnation.pdf
Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/ascentcarmel.pdf
Letter to the Friends of the Cross by St. Louis De Montfort http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/friendscross.pdf
Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation by St. Thomas More http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/comfort.html
Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/summap1.html &
10 Reasons…. by St. Edmund Campion http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/campion.html
De Spiritu Sancto by St. Basil the Great http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/spiritu.html
Statement of Faith by St. Athanasius http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/faith.html
Apologia Contra…. by St. Athanasius http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/apol.html
Life of St. Anthony by St. Athanasius http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/ant.html
Ad Episcopus…. by St. Athanasius http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/ad.html
Against the Heathen by St. Athanasius http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/aga.html
On the Sermon on the Mount by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/ser.html
On the Catechizing of the Uninstructed by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/cate.html
Of Faith and the Creed by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/cre.html
Concerning Faith of Things Not Seen by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/conc.html
On the Profit of Believing by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/pro.html
Sermon to Catechumens….. by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/serm.html
Of the Morals…. by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/morals1.html
On Nature and Grace by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/naturegrace.html
On Man’s Perfection…. by St.Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/naturegrace.html
On Grace and Free Will by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/gracewill.html
On Rebuke and Grace by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/rebuke.html
On the Predestination…. by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/predes.html
Homilies on 1 John by St. Augustine http://www.storyofasoul.com/resources/firstjohn.html
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament…. by St. Alphonsus http://www.stalphonsusbalt.org/stavisits.htm
The Rule of St. Benedict http://www.holyrule.com/
The works of Ss. Francis and Clare http://74.50.53.208:8080/FAED/toc.jsp
 The Divine Prisoner’s Little Flower (St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Favorite Childhood Poem) http://site.paracletepress.com/samples/exc-divineprisoner.pdf