September 2 St. Diomedes

You have not suffered or do not suffer in vain. Pain matures you in spirit, purifies you in heart, gives you a real sense of the world and of life, enriches you with goodness, patience, and endurance, and—hearing the Lord’s promise reecho in your heart: “Blessed are those who morn, for they shall be comforted” (Mt. 5:4)—gives you the sense of deep peace, perfect joy, and happy hope. Succeed, therefore, in giving a Christian value to your suffering, succeed in sanctifying your suffering with constant and generous hope in him who comforts and gives strength. I want you to know that you are not alone, or separated, or abandoned in your Via Crucis; beside you, each one of you, is the Blessed Virgin, who considers you her most beloved children…

-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.

September 1 St. Beatrix da Silva

Together with Mary, Mother of Christ who stood beneath the cross, we pause beside all the crosses of contemporary man and we ask all of you who suffer to support us. We ask precisely you who are weak to become a source of strength for the Church and humanity. In the terrible battle between the forces of good and evil revealed to our eyes by our modern world, may your sufferings in union with the cross of Christ be victorious.

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer to Grow in Grace through Sorrows

Most holy Virgin and Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of your Divine Son, and in His glorious Resurrection you are filled with never-ending joy at His triumph. Obtain for us who call upon you the grace to partake in the trials of the Church and the sorrows of the Pope so that we may be found worthy to grow in grace and rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the love and peace of the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

August 28 St. Augustine

To succeed in your intention, entrust yourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary always, but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. “From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God….Learn from her to be always faithful, to trust that God’s Word to you will be fulfilled, and that nothing is impossible with God.”

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer of Confidence in the Immaculate Heart

Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Consolation, with confidence I take refuge in your most loving heart. You shall be the dearest object of my love and veneration. I shall always have recourse to you who are the dispenser of the treasure of heaven, that I may have peace in my sorrows, light in my doubts, protection in dangers, and help in all my needs.

Be therefore my refuge, strength, and consolation, O Mary the Consoler. At the hour of my death, graciously received the last sighs of my heart and obtain for me a place in your heavenly home, where all hearts will praise with one accord the adorable Heart of Jesus as well as your most lovable heart forever.

Our tender Mother, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Amen.

August 15 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

As Paul the Apostle says: “We know that our home is in heaven, where we also await our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior, who will change our vile body that it may be fashioned like his magnificent body “ (Phil. 3:20-21).  Holy Mary has already reached her heavenly home, and after exile on earth gained entrance immediately to glory. So, let your sufferings, your anxieties, your hopes be directed toward her, that her help in joining her after this exile on earth will not fail.

-St. John Paul II

 

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother, to you do I come, before you I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

August 11 St. Clare of Assisi

In such a concept, to suffer means to become particularly susceptible, particularly open to the working of the salvific powers of God, offered to humanity in Christ. In him God has confirmed his desire to act especially through suffering, which is man’s weakness and emptying of self, and he wishes to make his power known precisely in this weakness and emptying of self.

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer for those who Care for the Sick

Lord Jesus, our brother, you showed your compassion for the sick when you reached out in love of them. We praise you for the saving love that is exercised among those who care for the sick. Conform them more and more to your image, that they may be your healing touch to the sick, and share the peace of your Holy Spirit with all they meet.

Glory and praise to you, Christ Jesus, the Incarnation of the Father’s love, you are Lord forever and ever.

Amen.

Novena to the Assumption

August 8 St. Dominic

Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother means returning beneath the cross of the Son. It means consecrating this world to the pierced heart of the Savior, bringing it back to the very source of its redemption.

-St. John Paul II

 

O my Jesus, I understand well that, just as illness is measured with a thermometer, and a high fever tells us of the seriousness of the illness, so also, in the spiritual life, suffering is the thermometer which measures the love of God in a soul.

-St Faustina Kowalska

 

Prayer of Confidence in the Immaculate Heart

Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Consolation, with confidence I take refuge in your most loving heart. You shall be the dearest object of my love and veneration. I shall always have recourse to you who are the dispenser of the treasure of heaven, that I may have peace in my sorrows, light in my doubts, protection in dangers, and help in all my needs.

Be therefore my refuge, strength, and consolation, O Mary the Consoler. At the hour of my death, graciously received the last sighs of my heart and obtain for me a place in your heavenly home, where all hearts will praise with one accord the adorable Heart of Jesus as well as your most lovable heart forever. Our tender Mother, Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Amen.

Novena to the Assumption

August 5 Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica

Into the hands of this Mother, whose “fiat” marked the beginning of that “fullness of time” in which Christ accomplished the reconciliation of humanity with God, to her Immaculate Heart—to which he has repeatedly entrusted the whole of humanity, disturbed by sin and tormented by so many tensions and conflicts—I now in a special way entrust this intention: that through her intercession humanity may discover the path of penance, the only path that can lead it to full reconciliation.

-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.

July 15 St. Bonaventure

I suddenly saw a ciborium with the Blessed Sacrament. The ciborium was uncovered and quite filled with hosts. From the ciborium came a voice: These hosts have been received by souls converted through your prayer and suffering. At this point, I felt God’s presence as a child would; I felt strangely like a child.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

 

He wanted to make himself the bread which is broken so that everyone can be nourished by his very life through participation in the sacrament of his Body and Blood.

-St. John Paul II

 

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.

July 14 St. Kateri Tekakwitha

In one of her apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré, our Lady said to the young sister—frightened by the greatness and the difficulty of the mission which had been entrusted to her—“It is here at the foot of the tabernacle that you must seek the strength and consolation!” The heavenly Mother addresses the same words to each of you. With the Eucharist, near the tabernacle, may you be holy and fearless sisters, today and for the rest of you lives!

-St. John Paul II

 

Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties toward you. Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son.

O most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment of our lives. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death; so that, in union with you, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever.

Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. (3 times)

July 12 St. Veronica

The parable of the Good Samaritan belongs to the Gospel of suffering. For it indicates what the relationship of each of us must be toward our suffering neighbor. We are not allowed to “pass by on the other side” indifferently; we must “stop” beside him. Everyone who stops beside the suffering of another person, whatever form it may take, is a Good Samaritan.

-St. John Paul II

 

Prayer for those who Care for the Sick

Lord Jesus, our brother, you showed your compassion for the sick when you reached out in love of them. We praise you for the saving love that is exercised among those who care fore the sick. Conform them more and more to your image, that they may be your healing touch to the sick, and share the peace of your Holy Spirit with all they meet.

Glory and praise to you, Christ Jesus, the Incarnation of the Father’s love, you are Lord forever and ever.

Amen.