May 31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

And in the moments of weariness raise your eyes to Mary, the Virgin who, forgetting herself, set out “with haste” for the hills to reach her elderly cousin Elizabeth who was in need of help and assistance (cf. Lk 1:39ff). Let her be the inspiration of your daily dedication to duty; let her suggest to you the right words and opportune gestures at the bedside of the sick; let her comfort you in misunderstandings and failures, hoping you always keep a smile on your face and hope in your heart.

-St. John Paul II

 

Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for He has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children forever.

Amen.

May 30 St. Joan of Arc

The Cross is the gift that God makes to His friends.

-St. John Vianney

 

True love causes pain. Jesus, in order to give us the proof of his love, died on the cross. A mother, in order to give birth to her baby, has to suffer. If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata

 

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

May 29 St. Julia Maria Ledóchwska

Let us offer ourselves to God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the act of thanks and willingness; let us offer our sacrifices in union with Christ the Redeemer and, with our souls in prayer of atonement and conciliation, let us repeat: Lord Jesus, it is for love of you, in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.

-St. John Paul II

 

Salve, Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy: Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Amen.

May 28 St. Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes

My only regret is that I have no adequate means by which to thank the Blessed Virgin Mary, through whose intercession I have received so much strength from the Lord to bear with sincere resignation the many humiliations to which I am subjected day after day.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Prayer of Consecration to Mary

O my Queen and Mother, I give myself entirely to you. To show my devotion to you I consecrate to you this day my eyes, ears, mouth, heart, and whole being without reserve.

Therefore, good Mother, since I am your own, keep me and guard me as your proper and possession.

Amen.

May 27 Holy Trinity Sunday

…To make the sign of the cross we put a hand to the head to indicate God the Father, who proceeds from no one.

When we put our hand to the middle it indicates His Son, Our Lord, who proceeds from the Father and who came right down to the womb of the most holy Virgin Mary.

When we put our hand to one side and then to the other it indicates the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

When we join our hands, this indicates that the Three Persons are one true essence.

-St. Ignatius Loyola

 

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.

 

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end.

Amen.

May 26 St. Philip Neri

All her earthly life was a “pilgrimage of faith.” For, like us, she walked in shadows and hoped for things unseen. She knew the contradictions of our earthly life. She was promised that her Son would be given David’s throne; but, at his birth, there was no room even at the inn. Mary still believed. The angel said her child would be called the Son of God; but she would see him slandered, betrayed, condemned, and left to die as a thief on the cross.

-St. John Paul II

 

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

O Virgin Mary, our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, you are the glory of the Christian people, the joy of the universal Church, and the salvation of the whole world. Pray for us, and awaken in all believers a vibrant devotion for the most Holy Eucharist, so that they may be worthy to partake daily of this holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Amen.

May 25 St. Gregory VII

[However] then I think that these illnesses and other temporal mishaps frequently come from the hand of God Our Lord, so that we may have greater self-knowledge and a diminished love for created things, along with a deepened realization of the brevity of this life of ours. In that way we can equip ourselves for the next life which is to last for ever. As I realized that through these things God is visiting those whom He greatly loves, I cannot feel sadness and pain because I am convinced that a follower of God comes out of an illness already half way to being a doctor in the skill of directing and organizing life for the glory and service of God Our Lord.

-St. Ignatius Loyola

 

Prayer to St. Joseph

O blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of thy chaste spouse, the virgin Mother of God, I choose thee this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor thee all the days of my life. Therefore I humbly beseech thee to receive me as thy client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death.

Amen.

May 24 Our Lady Help of Christians

Our labor here is brief, but the reward is eternal. Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow. Do not let the false delights of a deceptive world deceive you.

-St. Clare of Assisi

 

We always find that those who walked closes to Christ Our Lord were those who had to bear the greatest trials. Consider the trials suffered by His glorious Mother and by the glorious Apostles.

-St. Teresa of Avila

 

Our Lady, Hope of Christians

Hail Mary, hope of Christians, hear the prayer of a sinner who loves you tenderly, honors you in a special manner, and places in you the hope of salvation. I owe you my life, for you obtain for me the grace of your Son and you are the sure pledge of my eternal happiness.

I entreat you, deliver me from the burden of my sins, take away the darkness of my mind, destroy the earthly affections of my heart, defeat the temptations of my enemies, and rule all the actions of my life. With you as my guide may I arrive at the eternal happiness of heaven.

Amen.

May 23 St. John Baptist Rossi

Dear sick people, I call upon you to address a thought of fervent devotion to Mary, the joy of our hearts, the consoler of all those who suffer. Even if we are tried by pain, we cannot but rejoice in our God, who has clothed us with the garments of salvation and with the robes of righteousness (cf. Is. 61:10), in order to be able to change our suffering into a loving offer, in imitation of our Lady, the co-redeemer. May Mary nourish in you sentiments of sincerity and hope, and may she strengthen also the blessing, which I impart upon you from the bottom of my heart.

-St. John Paul II

 

Our Lady of Lourdes

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, you are the refuge of sinners, the health of the sick, and the comfort of the afflicted. By appearing at the Grotto of Lourdes you made it a privileged sanctuary where your favors are given to people streaming to it from the whole world. Over the years countless sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities—whether of soul, mind, or body.

Therefore I come with limitless confidence to implore your motherly intercession. Loving Mother, obtain the grant of my requests. Let me strive to imitate your virtues on earth so that I may one day share your glory in heaven.

Amen.

May 22 St. Rita of Cascia

Dear friend, show your gratitude to Our Lord by becoming humble and obedient. Let us ask the Most Holy Virgin and the Holy Child Jesus for these two virtues for each other every day. Let us remember that the means of obtaining new graces is to thank Our Lord and the Most Holy Virgin for those that we have already been granted.

-St. Bernadette Soubirous

 

Prayer to St. Rita

O glorious St. Rita, your pleadings before the divine crucifix have been known to grant favors that many would call the impossible. Lovely St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so devoted in your love for thy crucified Jesus, speak on my behalf for my petition which seems so impossible from my humbled position. (Your request)

Be propitious, O glorious St. Rita, to my petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy supplicant. Be lavish to me, as thou has been in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. I promise, dear St. Rita, if my petition is granted, to glorify thee, by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus I pray.

Amen.