November 14 St. Nicholas Tavelic and Companions

As Jesus had made me realize that the Cross was the means by which He would give me souls, the more often it came my way, the more suffering attracted me.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

The quintessence of love is sacrifice and suffering. Truth wears a crown of thorns. Prayer involves the intellect, the will, and the emotions.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer to St. Therese

O little St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own—speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life. Defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity.

Amen.

November 13 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

…I now beseech you in behalf of my mother’s sins. Hear me for the sake of him who is the medicine of our wounds, of him who hung upon the tree, of him who now sits at your right hand and makes intercession for us. I know that she was merciful to others and that from her heart she forgave her debtors their debts. Do you also forgive her her debts, if she contracted any in so many years after receiving the water of salvation. Forgive her, Lord, forgive her, I beseech you. Enter not into judgment with her. Let your mercy be exalted above your justice, for your words are true, and you have promised mercy to the merciful.

-St. Augustine

 

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Lord Jesus, have mercy on the souls detained in Purgatory. It was for their salvation that you took on our human nature and suffered a most painful death. Have mercy on their burning desire to see you, have mercy on their tears of repentance. Through the merits of your Passion, remit the sentence they incurred by their sins.

Dear loving Jesus, may your Blood descend on those dear souls! May it shorten their time of atonement and may they soon be called to eternal happiness in your Presence!

Amen.

November 12 St. Josaphat

I am very fond of the story of how, when Saint Peter was fleeing from prison, Our Lord appeared to him and told him to go back to Rome and be crucified. We never recite the Office on his festival, in which this story is found, without my deriving a special consolation from it. How did Saint Peter feel after receiving this favour from the Lord? And what did he do? He went straight to his death; and the Lord showed him no small mercy in providing someone to kill him.

-St. Teresa of Avila

 

Prayer of Self-Offering to God

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me. I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your Will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more.

Amen.

November 11 St. Martin of Tours

My Jesus, I now see that I have gone through all the stages of my life following You: childhood, youth, vocation, apostolic work, Tabor, Gethsemane, and now I am already with You on Calvary. I have willingly allowed myself to be crucified, and I am indeed already crucified; although I can still walk a little, I am stretched out on the cross, and I feel distinctly that strength is flowing to me from your cross, that You and You alone are my perseverance. Although I often hear the voice of temptation calling to me, “Come down from the cross!” the power of God strengthens me.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

For Divine Mercy for the World

O Greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to your mercy—to your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth’s exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death’s hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation’s enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your final coming—that day known to You Alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: Through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven.

Amen.

November 10 St. Leo the Great, Veterans Day

But why this desire to tell others the secrets of Your love? Can You not, Yourself, reveal to others what You have revealed to me? I know You can, and I beg You to do so. I implore You, cast Your eyes upon a multitude of little souls; choose from this world, I beg of You, a legion of little victims worthy of Your LOVE.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

The eyes of the world see no further than this life, as mine see no further than this wall when the church door is shut. The eyes of the Christian see deep into Eternity.

-St. John Vianney

 

Prayer to Imitate the Suffering Christ

O Jesus, You have called me to suffer because You on Your part suffered for me, leaving me an example that I might follow. When You were insulted, You did not return the insult. When You were mistreated, You did not counter with threats but entrusted Yourself to the One Who judges justly. By Your wounds we are healed. Help me to imitate You in suffering. Let me break with sin by means of my sufferings, so that I may no longer live according to the lusts of sinners but according to the Will of the Father.

Since You Yourself have suffered and been tempted I know that You are able to bring aid to all who suffer and are tempted. I entrust myself to You and to the Father, my Creator, knowing that You will never fail me.

Amen.

 

Prayer on Veterans Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, those whom we honor today are examples of Your words: “Greater love than this no one has: that he lay down his life for his friends.” They gave up their lives in the defense of freedom for their loved ones and their country.

Teach me to appreciate the virtue of patriotism–a true and Christian love of country. Let me love my country not to follow it blindly but to make it the land of goodness that it should be. Let my patriotism be such that it will not exclude the other nations of the world but include them in a powerful love of country that has room for all others too.

Amen.

November 9 Dedication of St. John Lateran

This is the path by which Jesus leads strong souls. Here you will learn the better to recognize your true homeland and to look on this life as a brief pilgrimage.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

When it is all over you will not regret having suffered; rather you will regret having suffered so little, and suffered that little so badly.

-Bl. Sebastian Valfre

 

Act of Hope

O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it, who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful. In this hope I intend to live and die.

Amen.

November 8 Four Crowned Martyrs

…when I began to think seriously of perfection, I knew that to become a Saint, one had to suffer much, always aim at perfection and forget oneself.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

I assure you…that they have no lack of crosses, but these do not unsettle them or deprive them of their peace. The few storms pass quickly, like waves of the sea, and fair weather returns, and then the Presence of the Lord which they have within them makes them forget everything.

-St. Teresa of Avila

 

Prayer for the Church in Need

God of power and of mercy, you gave courage to the martyrs who died for their faith. In many places in the world, our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to suffer for their belief in you and in your Son. Strengthen all those who suffer religious persecution. May we work for the day when all your children may worship you in freedom and in joy.

Amen.

November 7 St. Didacus

Make a particular effort to practice sweetness and submission to the will of God, not only in extraordinary matters, but even in the little things that occur daily. Make these acts with tranquil and joyful spirits.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Everywhere a greater joy is preceded by a greater suffering.

-St. Augustine

 

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.

November 6 St. Demetrian

Praise to you, O my Lord, for our Sister Death
and the death of the body from whom no one
may escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin,
but blessed are they who are found walking by
your most holy will,
For the second death
shall have no power to do them any harm.

-St. Francis of Assisi

 

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

I know that my Redeemer lives, and on that final day of days, his voice shall bid me rise again: unending joy, unceasing praise!

This hope I cherish in my heart: to stand on earth, my flesh restored, and, not a stranger but a friend, behold my Savior and my Lord.

Amen.

November 5 St. Guido Maria Conforti

Tribulation is more precious than gold and rest, to those whom God has chosen: “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.” Now during these days, you have been in a state of extreme discouragement in the house of our Lord, but the agony that tortured your heart did not cause you to lose hope in divine goodness. On the contrary, you always conformed your will to that of God’s, and with your will, you assiduously dwelled on the holy mount of Calvary. So the Lord wishes to reward the sadness you bore for love of him.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

Prayer in Time of Sickness

O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering; teach me to understand my suffering as You do; to bear in in union with You, to offer it with You to atone for my sins, and to bring Your grace to souls in need. Calm my fears; increase my trust. May I gladly accept Your holy will and become more like You in trial. If it be your will, restore me to health so that I may work for Your honor and glory and salvation of all.

Amen.