December 25 Christmas

Desire nothing, refuse nothing. Look upon the little Jesus in the crib; He receives poverty, nakedness, the society of beasts, the inclemency of the weather, and all that His Father permits to happen to Him. It is not written that He ever reached out His hands to be lifted up into the bosom of His Mother. He abandoned Himself entirely to her care and her foresight. He did not refuse the little comforts she gave Him, and received the services of St. Joseph, the adoration and presents of the shepherds and the kings, all with a holy equanimity.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

Prayer for Union with Christ

Lord Jesus, open our hearts to Your renewed coming. Help us to be conformed to You in a new birth. Cast out all fear, which shuts us up within ourselves, suffocates Your gifts, and prevents You from working in us Your perennial newness. Grant that we may always discern Your coming so that we may remain united with You and work out our salvation and the salvation of the world.

Amen.

 

Prayer to the Infant Jesus

O Lord Christ, You were pleased so to humble Yourself in Your incarnate Divinity and most sacred Humanity, as to be born in time and become a little Child.

Grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a Child, power in weakness, and majesty in humiliation.

Adoring Your humiliations on earth, may we contemplate Your glories in heaven, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign forever.

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.

July 30 St. Leopold Mandic

We should all be seized with fear, the whole world should tremble, all the heavens exult, when Christ, the Son of the living God, is on the altar in the hands of the priest! How lofty and exalted, what sublime humility! What humble sublimity that the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles himself for our salvation that he hides himself within a simple piece of bread! Look at the humility of our God, brothers, and “pour out your hearts before him.”

-St. Francis of Assisi

 

When we touch the sick and needy, we touch the suffering body of Christ.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata

 

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.

July 5 St. Anthony Zaccaria

Our Savior has instituted the most august sacrament of the Eucharist, which contains his flesh and blood in their reality, so that whoever eats of it shall live forever. Therefore, whoever turns to it frequently and devoutly so effectively builds up his soul’s health that it is almost impossible for him to be poisoned by evil affection of any kind.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesus, listen to me;
In Thy wounds I fain would hide;
Never to be parted from Thy side;
Guard me, should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end.

Amen.

June 28 St. Irenaeus

My Good Shepherd, who have shown Your very gentle mercy to us unworthy sinners in various physical pains and sufferings, give grace and strength to me, Your little lamb, that in no tribulation or anguish or pain may I turn away from you.

-St. Francis of Assisi

 

Let us always worship and bless the almighty hand of God. It strikes only to heal us and make us see the emptiness of the things in this valley of tears where we are only passing through.

-St. Bernadette Soubirous

 

Prayer for Perseverance

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and life-giving fountain of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and glowing furnace of love, You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O adorable and glorious Savior, consume my heart with the burning fire that ever inflames Your Heart. Pour down on my soul the graces that flow from Your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours that our wills may be one, and mine may in all things be conformed to Yours. May Your Will be the rule both of my desires and of my actions.

Amen.

 

Litany of the Saints

June 10 St. Bardo

If the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored to the degree to which is right, as the one who bore God in her most holy womb; if the blessed Baptist trembled and did not dare to touch the holy forehead of God; if the tomb in which Christ lay for a time is venerated, how holy, just, and worthy should a man be who is to touch with his hands, receive with his heart and his mouth, and offer to others to be received the One who cannot die, but will triumph in glory for eternity—“things into which angles long to look!”

-St. Francis of Assisi

 

Prayer for Priests

Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Jesus, who is the eternal High Priest, and have pity on Your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation. Keep them close to You so the enemy may not prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests, for the unfaithful and tepid ones; for those laboring at home and abroad in distant mission fields; for those who are tempted; for those who are lonely and desolate; for those who are young; for those who are dying; and for those who are in Purgatory.

But, above all, I recommend to You the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly (your priest’s name here). O Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

Amen.

 

Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests.

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.

April 27 St. Simeon

The fear of trials that he was wont to have is now largely assuaged, because he has a more lively faith, and realizes that, if he endures these trials for God’s sake, His Majesty will give him grace to bear them patiently, and sometimes even to desire them, because he also cherishes a great desire to do something for God. The better he gets to know the greatness of God, the better he comes to realize the misery of his own condition; having now tasted the consolations of God, he sees that earthly things are mere refuse; so, little by little, he withdraws from them and in this way becomes more and more his own master.

-St. Teresa of Avila

 

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.

April 10 St. John Francis Regis

The only cure for most of our maladies and infirmities, whether corporal or spiritual, is patience and conformity to the Divine Will, resigning ourselves to the good pleasure of God…

-St. Francis de Sales

 

I am perfectly content to go on suffering in body and soul for years, if that would please God. I am not in the least afraid of living for a long time; I am ready to go on fighting.
The Lord is the rock upon which I stand.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

 

Regina Coeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
for the Son you were privileged to bear, alleluia,
is risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia!

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the Resurrection of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech You, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

February 5 St. Agatha

In the old Law, God would accept no victim as a holocaust if it had not first been flayed; in like manner, our hearts can never be immolated and sacrificed to God until they have been stripped of the old skin of their habits, inclinations, repugnances and superfluous affections.

-St. Francis de Sales

 

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.