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Septuagesima Season

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Septuagesima Sunday
J.M.J.

SEASON OF SEPTUAGESIMA
From “The St. Andrew Daily Missal” (1937)

The Septuagesima season always begins with the ninth week before
Easter and includes three Sundays called respectively Septuagesima,
Sexagesima and Quinquagesima. These names which were borrowed from the
numeral system of the time, denote a series of decades working back from
the commencement of Lent, which is known in Latin as Quadragesima.


Easter is a movable feast and can be kept, according to the year in
which it occurs, between March 22 and April 25. When it falls early the
Septuagesima season encroaches on the time after Epiphany, some Sundays of
which are then kept between the twenty-third and the last Sunday after
Pentecost.
This liturgical period is a prelude to Lent and a remote preparation
for Easter. It serves as a time of transition for the soul, which must pass
from Christmas joys to the stern penance of the sacred forty days. Even if
the fast is not yet of obligation, the colour of the vestments worn is
already violet. As during Advent, the recital of the Gloria in excelsis is
suspended, since this hymn which celebrated Christ’s birth in our mortal
flesh, is reserved to extol Him when born in His undying body, i.e. when He
rises from the tomb. “Born once of the Virgin, thou art now reborn from
the sepulcre,” will then be the cry of the Church. Again the Martyrology
introduces Septuagesima Sunday as that on which “we lay aside the song of
the Lord which is Alleluia.” “How, said the people of Israel, “shall
we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?”
This “strange land” is for the people of Christ, the world, which
is a place of exile, while the Alleluia, the chant St. John heard in
heaven, will begin again in the liturgy at Paschaltide, which represents
the future life. In the Easter festivities we shall hail our Lord, the
conqueror of Satan, who while freeing us from the bondage of sin, will
re-open to us the heavenly kingdom. The season of Lent which lasts for
forty days (Quadragesima) and that of Septuagesima which is made up of the
following periods of ten days (Quinquagesima, Sexagesima and Septuagesima)
may well be taken as representing the seventy years passed by Israel in
exile under the harsh captivity of the Babylonians. The chant of Alleluia
is silent during this period in which the spirit and very name remind us so
strongly, that we are “poor banished children… mourning and weeping in
this vale of tears” (Salve Regina).
The Season of Septuagesima ends in the Temporal Cycle on Ash Wednesday.
In the Sanctoral Cycle its extreme limit is March 10, that is, when Easter
falls on April 25.


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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

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On Sunday, November 29, 2015 8:26 AM

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J.M.J.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
From “The Saint Andrew Daily Missal” (1937)

 

At Christmas Jesus will be born in our hearts, for at that time the
anniversary of His birth will be celebrated. He refuses nothing, to the
prayer of the Church, His spouse, and thus He will grant to our souls the
same graces which He gave the shepherds and the wise Kings.

 

Christ will come again also, at the end of all time, to “condemn the guilty
to the flames, and to call the just with a loving voice to heaven” (Hymn
for Matins).

 

The whole of to-day’s mass is a preparation for this double Advent of mercy
and justice. Some parts of it can be applied equally to either (e.g., the
Introit, Collect, Gradual, Alleluia), while others refer to our Divine
Redeemer’s lowly birth, and others again, (e.g. the Epistle and Gospel), to
His coming in the splendour of His power and majesty.

 

The same welcome will
be given to us by our Lord when He comes to judge us, as we give to Him now
when coming to redeem us. Let us prepare for the Christmas feast by holy
prayers and aspirations and by reforming our lives, that we may be ready
for that last great assize upon which depends the fate of our soul for all
eternity. And all this with confidence, for those “who wait upon the Lord
will never be confounded” (Introit ; Gradual ; Offertory).

 

In former times, on this First Sunday of Advent, all the people of Rome
made the station at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, to assist at the solemn
mass which the Pope celebrated, surrounded by his clergy. This particular
Church was chosen because it is Mary who gave us Jesus and because relics
of the crib in which the Blessed Mother placed her Divine Child are
preserved in this Church.

 

Every parish priest says Mass for the people of his parish.

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CHRISTMAS NOVENA
Prayer to Obtain Favors

Hail and blessed be the hour
And moment in which the Son of God
Was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
At midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
To hear my prayer and grant my desires,
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
And of His Blessed Mother. Amen

– To be recited fifteen times a day from the Feast
of St. Andrew (Nov. 30) until Christmas.


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Purgatory – God’s Mercy

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J.M.J.

Relief of the Holy Souls — For whom are we to Pray? — Great Sinners —
Father Ravignan and General Exelmans — The Widow in Mourning and the
Venerable Cure d Ars — St. Catherine of St. Augustine and the Sinner Dead
in a Grotto

 

Taken from the book “Purgatory Explained” by Fr. Schouppe, S.J. – Part II,
Chapter XXXIII (TAN Books).

Father Ravignan, an illustrious and holy preacher of the Society of Jesus,
also cherished great hope for the welfare of sinners carried away by a
sudden death,

when otherwise they had borne no hatred in the heart for the
things of God.

He lived to speak of the supreme moment, and it seems to
have been his opinion that many sinners are converted in their last
moments, and are reconciled to God without being able to give any exterior
sign thereof. In certain deaths there are mysteries of Mercy where the eye
of man sees nothing but strokes of Justice.

As a last glimmer of light, God
sometimes reveals Himself to those souls whose greatest misfortune has been
to ignore Him ; and the last sigh,

understood by Him who penetrates hearts,
may be a groan that calls for pardon ; that is to say, an act of perfect
contrition. General Exelmans, a relative of this good father, was suddenly
carried to the tomb by an accident,

and unfortunately he had not been
faithful in the practice of his religion. He had promised that he would one
day make his confession, but had not had the opportunity to do so. Father
Ravignan, who, for a long time had prayed and procured prayers for him, was
filled with consternation when he heard of such a death. The same day, a
person accustomed to receive supernatural communications thought he heard
an interior voice, which said to him,

“Who then knows the extent of God’s
mercy? Who knows the depth of the ocean, or how much water is contained
therein? Much will be forgiven to those who have sinned through ignorance.”

The biographer from whom we borrow this incident, Father de Ponlevoy, goes
on to say, “Christians, placed under the law of Hope no less than under the
law of Faith and Charity, we must continually lift ourselves up from the
depths of our sufferings to the thought of the infinite goodness of God. No
limit to the grace of God is placed here below;

while there remains a spark
of life there is nothing which it cannot effect in the soul. Therefore we
must ever hope and petition God with humble persistency. We know not to
what a degree we may be heard.

Great saints and doctors have gone to great
lengths in extolling the powerful efficacy of prayer for the dear departed,
how unhappy soever their end may have been. We shall one day know the
unspeakable marvels of Divine Mercy. We should never cease to implore it
with the greatest confidence.”

The following is an incident which our readers may have seen in the Petit
Messager du Coeur de Marie, November 1880. A Religious, preaching a mission
to the ladies at Nancy, had reminded them in a conference that we must
never despair of the salvation of a soul,

and that sometimes actions of the
least importance in the eyes of man are rewarded by God at the hour of
death. When he was about to leave the church, a lady dressed in mourning
approached him and said, “Father, you just recommended to us confidence and
hope; what has just happened to me fully justifies your words. I had a
husband who was most kind and affectionate,

and who although otherwise
leading an irreproachable life, entirely neglected the practice of his
religion. My prayers and exhortations remained without effect. During the
month of May which preceded his death, I had erected in my room, as I was
accustomed to do, a little altar of the Blessed virgin, and decorated it
with flowers, which I renewed from time to time.

My husband passed the
Sunday in the country, and each time he returned he brought me some
flowers, which he himself had plucked, and with these I used to adorn my
oratory. Did he notice this? Did he do this to give me pleasure, or was it
through a sentiment of piety towards the Blessed Virgin? I know not, but he
never failed to bring me the flowers.

“In the beginning of the following month he died suddenly, without having
had time to receive the consolations of religion. I was inconsolable,
especially as I say all my hopes of his return to God vanish. In
consequence of my grief, my health became completely shattered, and my
family urged me to make a tour in the south.

As I had to pass through
Lyons, I desired to see the Cure d Ars. I therefore wrote to him asking an
audience, and recommending to his prayers my husband, who had died
suddenly. I gave him no further details.

“Arrived at Ars, scarcely had I entered the venerable Cure’s room than, to
my great astonishment, he addressed me in these words: ‘Madame, you are
disconsolate; but have you forgotten those bouquets of flowers which were
brought to you each Sunday of the month of May?’

 

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It is impossible to
express my astonishment on hearing M. Vianney remind me of a circumstance
that I had not mentioned to any one, and which he could know only by
revelation. He continued, ‘God has had mercy on him who honoured His Holy
Mother. At the moment of his death your husband repented; his soul is in
purgatory; our prayers and good works will obtain his deliverance.'”

We read in the Life of a holy Religious, Sister Catherine of St. Augustine,
that in the place where she lived there was a woman named Mary, who in her
youth had given herself up to a very disorderly life, and as age brought no
amendment, but, on the contrary,

she grew more obstinate in vice, the
inhabitants, no longer willing to tolerate the scandal she gave, drove her
from the city. She found no other asylum than a grotto in the forest,
where, after a few months, she died without the assistance of the
Sacraments.

Her body was interred in a field, as though it were something
contagious.

Sister Catherine, who was accustomed to recommend to God the souls of all
those of whose death she heard, thought not of praying for this one,
judging, as did every one else, that she was surely damned.

Four months later the servant of God heard a voice saying, “Sister
Catherine, how unfortunate I am!

You recommend to God the souls of all; I
am the only one upon whom you take no pity!” “Who then are you?” replied
the sister. “I am poor Mary, who died in the grotto.” “What! Mary, are you
saved?” “Yes, by the Divine Mercy I am.

At the point of death, terrified by
the remembrance of my crimes, and seeing myself abandoned by all, I called
upon the Blessed Virgin.

 

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In her tender goodness she heard me, and obtained
for me the grace of perfect contrition, with a desire of confessing, had it
been in my power to do so.

I thus recovered the grace of God and escaped
Hell. But I was obliged to go to Purgatory, where I suffer terribly. My
time will be shortened, and I shall soon be liberated,

if a few Masses are
offered for me. Oh! have them celebrated for me, dear sister, and I shall
ever remember you before Jesus and Mary.”

Sister Catherine hastened to fulfill this request, and after a few days the
soul again appeared, brilliant as a star, and returning thanks for her
charity.

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In Time of Sickness ………….

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J.M.J.

From Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine’s
The Church’s Year

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

The Introit of the Mass is an humble prayer, by which we acknowledge that
we are punished for our disobedience:
INTROIT All that thou hast done to us, O Lord, thou hast done in true,
judgment: because we have sinned against thee, and have not obeyed thy
commandments: but give glory to thy name, and deal with us according to the
multitude of thy mercy. (Dan. III. 28.) Blessed are the undefiled in the
way: who walk in the law of the Lord. (Fs. CXVIII.). Glory etc.

COLLECT Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, in Thy mercy to Thy faithful pardon
and peace; that they may both be cleansed from all their offences, and
serve Thee with a quiet mind. Thro’.

EPISTLE (Ephes. V. 15-21.) Brethren, See how you walk circumspectly, not as
unwise, but as wise redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore, become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury: but be ye filled with the
Holy Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual

 
canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord: giving
thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God
and the Father; being subject one to another in the fear of Christ.

How may we redeem time?

By employing every moment to gain eternal goods, even should we lose
temporal advantages thereby; by letting no opportunity pass without
endeavoring to do good, to labor and, suffer for love of God, to improve
our lives, and increase in, virtue.

Do you wish to know, says the pious Cornelius a Lapide, how precious time
is: Ask the damned, for these know it from experience. Come, rich man, from
the abyss of hell, tell us what you would give for one year, one day, one
hour of time! I would, he says, give a whole world, all pleasures, all

 
treasures, and bear all torments. O, if only one moment were granted me to
have contrition for my sins, to obtain forgiveness of my crimes, I would
purchase this moment with every labor, with any penance, with all
punishments, torments and tortures which men ever suffered in purgatory or
in hell, even if they lasted hundreds, yes, thousands of millions of years!

 
O precious moment upon which all eternity depends! O, how many moments did
you, my dear Christian, neglect, in which you could have served God, could
have done good for love of Him, and gained eternal happiness by them, and
you have lost these precious moments. Remember, with one moment of time, if
you employ it well, you can purchase eternal happiness, but with all
eternity you cannot purchase one moment of time!

 

ASPIRATION Most bountiful God and Lord! I am heartily sorry, that I have so
carelessly employed the time which Thou bast given me for my salvation. In
order to supply what I have neglected, as far as I am able, I offer to Thee
all that I have done or suffered from the first use of my reason, as if I
had really to do and suffer it still; and I offer it in union with all the
works and sufferings of our Saviour, and beg fervently, that Thou wilt
supply, through His infinite merits, my defects, and be pleased with all my
actions and sufferings.

Be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury!

[On the vice of drunkenness see the third Sunday after Pentecost. Here we
will speak only of those who make others drunk by encouragement.] The
Persian King Assuerus expressly forbade that any one should be urged to
drink at his great banquet. (Esth. I. 8.) This heathen who knew from the
light of reason, that it is immoral to lead others to intemperance, will

 

 
one day rise in judgment against those Christians who, enlightened by the
light of faith, would not recognize and avoid this vice. Therefore the
Prophet Isaias (V. 22.) pronounces woe to those who are mighty in drinking
and know how to intoxicate others; and St. Augustine admonishes us, by no
means to consider those as friends, who by their fellowship in drinking
would make us enemies of God.

 

GOSPEL (John IV. 46-53.) At that time, There was a certain ruler whose son
was sick at Capharnaum. He having heard that Jesus was come from Judea into
Galilee, went to him, and prayed him to come down, and heal his son; for he
was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see
signs and wonders, you believe not. The ruler with to him: Lord, come down
before my son die. Jesus saith to him: Go thy way, thy son liveth.

 

The man  believed the word which Jesus said to him, and went his way. And as he was
going down, his servants met him, and they brought word, saying that his
son lived. He asked therefore of them the hour wherein he grew better. And
they said to him: Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. The
father therefore, knew that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him:
Thy son liveth: and himself believed. and his whole house.

INSTRUCTIONS
I.God permitted the son of the ruler to become sick that he might ask
Christ for the health of his son, and thus obtain true faith and eternal
happiness. In like manner, God generally seeks to lead sinners to Himself,
inasmuch as He brings manifold evils and misfortunes either upon the sinner
himself or on his children, property, etc. Hence David said: It is good for
me that thou hast humbled me, that I may learn thy justifications, (Ps.
CXVIII. 71.) and therefore he also asked God to fill the faces of sinners
with shame, that they should seek His name. (Ps. LXXXII. 17.) This happened
to those of whom David says: Their infirmities were multiplied: afterwards
they hastened in returning to God. (Ps. XV. 4.) O would we only do the
same! When God sends us failure of crops, inundations, hail-storms, dearth,
war, etc., He wishes nothing else than that we abandon sin and return to
Him. But what do we? Instead of hastening to God, we take refuge in
superstition, or we murmur against Him, find fault with or even blaspheme
His sacred regulations; instead of removing our sins by sincere penance, we
continually commit new ones, by murmuring and impatience, by hatred and
enmity, by rash judgments, as if the injustice and malice of others were
the cause of our misfortune. What will become of us if neither the benefits
nor the punishments of God make us better?

II. Christ said to this ruler: Unless you see signs and wonders, you
believe not. This was a reprimand for his imperfect faith; for if he had
truly believed Christ to be the Son of God, he would not have asked Him to
come to his house, but, like the centurion, would have believed Him able,
though absent, to heal His son. (Matt. VIII.) Many Christians deserve the
same rebuke from Christ, because they lose nearly all faith and confidence
in God, when He does not immediately help them in their troubles, as they
wish. He proves to us how displeasing such a want of confidence is to Him
by withdrawing His assistance and protection from the fickle and
distrustful. (Ecclus. II. 15.)

II. How much may not the example of the father of a family accomplish! This
ruler had no sooner received the faith, than his whole household was
converted and believed in Christ. Fathers and mothers by their good
example, by their piety, frequent reception of the Sacraments, by their
meekness, temperance, modesty and other virtues, may accomplish
incalculable good among their children and domestics.

CONSOLATION IN SICKNESS

There was a certain ruler whose son was sick. (John IV. 16.)
As a consolation in sickness, you should consider that God sends you this
affliction for the welfare of’ your soul, that you may know your sins; or
if you be innocent, to practice patience, humility, charity, etc., and
increase your merits. Therefore a holy father said to one of his
companions, who complained, because he was sick: “My son! if you are gold,
then you will be proved by sickness, but if you are mixed with dross, then
you will be purified.” “Many are vicious in health,” says St. Augustine,
“who would be virtuous in sickness;” and St. Bernard says: “It is better to
arrive at salvation through sickness, than to have health and be damned.”

It is also a powerful means of consolation in sickness, to represent to
ourselves the suffering Redeemer, who had no soundness from the top of His
head to the sole of His foot, and contemplating whom St. Bonaventure used
to cry out: “O Lord, I do not wish to live without sickness, since I see
Thee wounded so much.”

When sick, we should carefully examine, whether we possess any ill-gotten
goods, or have any other secret sin on our conscience; and if we are
conscious of any, we should quickly free ourselves from it by a contrite,
sincere confession, and by restoring the things belonging to others. Sins
are very often the cause of disease, and God does not bless the medicine
unless the sickness effects its object, that is, the sinners amendment.
Still less can we expect help, but rather temporal and eternal misfortune,
if we have recourse to superstition, and spells, as the King Ochozias
experienced, who was punished with death, because in sickness he had
recourse to the idol Beelzebub. (IV Kings I.)

PRAYER O Jesus, Thou true physician of souls, who dost wound and heal us,
yea, dost even permit sorrows and adversities to visit us that our souls
may have health, grant us the grace to use every bodily pain according to
Thy merciful designs for the promotion of our salvation.

INSTRUCTION ON CARE OF THE SICK

Come down before my son die. (John IV. 49.)
All who have the charge of sick persons, should be like this father, that
is, they should first of all endeavor to call upon Jesus to come in the
most holy Sacrament, before the sick person is unable to receive Him. The
devil seeks to hinder nothing more than this. He excites the imagination of
the sick person, making him believe that he can live longer, that he will
certainly get well again, in order to ruin him easier afterwards, because
he defers his conversion. Those contribute to this end who through fear of
frightening the sick person or of annoying him, fail to call the priest at
the right time. This is cruel love, which deprives the sick person of the
salvation of his soul and eternal happiness, and brings with it a terrible
responsibility. Where there is question of eternity, no carefulness can be
too great. We should, therefore, choose the safest side, because the
suffering may easily increase and finally make the sick person unable to
attend to the affairs of his soul. We should, therefore, not conceal from
him the danger in which he is, and if he has still the use of his reason,
should call in the priest that he may receive the Last Sacraments. He will
not die sooner on that account, but rather derive the greatest benefit
therefrom, since his conscience will be cleansed from sin, which may be the
cause of his sickness, and perhaps, he may regain his health, or at least
be strengthened by the newly received grace of God, to bear his pains with
greater patience and to die far easier, securer, and more consoled. We
should also endeavor to encourage the sick person to resignation, and a
childlike confidence in God, should pray with him to strengthen him against
desponding thoughts, and the temptations of the devil; we should present
him a crucifix to kiss; repeat the holy names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
and other consolatory ejaculations, such as are found in prayer-books;
should sign him with the sign of the cross; sprinkle him with holy water,
and above all pray for a happy death. We should not weep and lament, by
which death is only made harder for him, nor should we hold useless, idle
and worldly conversations with him which will prevent him from thinking of
God and the salvation of his soul, and from preparing himself for the last
dangerous struggle. Finally, we should by no means suffer in his presence
persons who have given him occasions of committing sin, because they would
be obstacles to his sincere conversion.
There is truly no greater work of charity than to assist our neighbor to a
happy death.

The above is taken from “The Church’s Year” by Fr. Leonard Goffine –
available online at http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/The_Church_Year/.


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October – dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

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J.M.J.

THE WEIGHT OF THE ROSARY AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF GOD

An excerpt from Saint Louis de Montfort’s “The Secret of the Rosary”
(Published by TAN Books)


“Whatever you do, do not be like a certain pious but stubborn lady in
Rome, so often mentioned when speaking about the Rosary.
She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy
life even the strictest religious in the Church.


“Having decided to ask Saint Dominic’s advice about her spiritual
life, she asked him to hear her confession.


For penance he gave her one whole Rosary to say and advised her to say
it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing
herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day,
that she wore sackcloth and a hair shirt, that she carried out so many
other penances and fasted so much.


Saint Dominic urged her repeatedly to take his advice and say the
Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional,
horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried
so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to
her liking.


“Later on, when she was in prayer, she fell into ecstasy and had a
vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord’s Judgment Seat. Saint
Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one tray of the
scales and all her sins and imperfections onto the other tray. The
tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by the tray with her
sins and imperfections.


“Filled with terror she cried for mercy, imploring the Blessed Virgin
Mary’s help. Her gracious Advocate took the one and only Rosary that
she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good
works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her
sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for
refusing to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not
saying the Rosary every day.


“As soon as she came to she rushed and threw herself at Saint
Dominic’s feet, and told him all that had happened. She begged his
forgiveness for her unbelief and promised to say the Rosary faithfully
every day. By this means she arose to Christian perfection and finally
to the glory of everlasting life.

 
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Martyrs of Compiegne

 

 

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July, the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood
J.M.J.


 

THE SIXTEEN CARMELITE MARTYRS OF COMPIEGNE


        The French Revolution reveals the titanic struggle between good and evil.
During the terror, over 40,000 Frenchmen were executed just for holding
fast to the Catholic Faith and objecting to the worst excesses of the
Committee of Public Safety. The blood lost in the years of 1792-1794
staggers the imagination even in the retelling and the campaign against the
Church was as diabolical as it was cruel.


        Contemplative religious communities had been among the first targets of
the fury of the French Revolution against the Catholic Church. Less than a
year from May 1789 when the Revolution began with the meeting of the
Estates-General, these communities had been required by law to disband. But
many of them continued in being, in hiding. Among these were the community
of the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne, in northeastern France not far from
Paris — the fifty-third convent in France of the Carmelite sisters who
followed the reform of  St. Teresa of Avila, founded in 1641, noted


throughout its history for fidelity and fervor. Their convent was raided in
August 1790, all the property of the sisters was seized by the government,
and they were forced to discard their habits and leave their house. They
divided into four groups which found lodging in four different houses all
near the same church in Compiegne, and for several years they were to a
large extent able to continue their religious life in secret. But the
intensified surveillance and searches of the “Great Terror” revealed their
secret, and in June 1794 most of them were arrested and imprisoned.


        They had expected this; indeed, they had prayed for it. At some time
during the summer of 1792, very likely just after the events of August 10
of that year that marked the descent into the true deeps of the Revolution,
their prioress, Madeleine Lidoine, whose name in religion was Teresa in
honor of the founder of their order, by all accounts a charming


perceptive, and highly intelligent woman, had foreseen much of what was to
come. At Easter of 1792, she told her community that, while looking through
the archives she had found the account of a dream a Carmelite had in 1693.
In that dream, the Sister saw the whole Community, with the exception of 2
or 3 Sisters, in glory and called to follow the Lamb. In the mind of the
Prioress, this meant martyrdom and might well be a prophetic announcement
of their fate.


        Mother Teresa had said to her sisters: “Having meditated much on this
subject, I have thought of making an act of consecration by which the
Community would offer itself as a sacrifice to appease the anger of God, so
that the divine peace of His Dear Son would be brought into the world,
returned to the Church and the state.” The sisters discussed her proposal
and all agreed to it but the two oldest, who were hesitant. But when the
news of the September massacres came, mingling glorious martyrdom with
apostasy, these two sisters made their choice, joining their commitment to
that of the rest of the community. All made their offering; it was to be
accepted.


        After their lodgings were invaded again in June, their devotional objects
shattered and their tabernacle trampled underfoot by a Revolutionary who
told them that their place of worship should be transformed into a dog
kennel, the Carmelite sisters were taken to the Conciergerie prison, where
so many of the leading victims of the guillotine had been held during their
last days on earth. There they composed a canticle for their martyrdom, to
be sung to the familiar tune of the Marseillaise. The original still
exists, written in pencil and given to one of their fellow prisoners, a lay
woman who survived.


Give over our hearts to joy, the day of glory has arrived,
Far from us all weakness, seeing the standard come;
We prepare for the victory, we all march to the true conquest,
Under the flag of the dying God we run, we all seek the glory;
Rekindle our ardor, our bodies are the Lord’s,
We climb, we climb the scaffold and give ourselves back to the Victor.
O happiness ever desired for Catholics of France, To follow the wondrous
road


Already marked out so often by the martyrs toward their suffering,
After Jesus with the King, we show our faith to Christians,
We adore a God of justice; as the fervent priest, the constant faithful,
Seal, seal with all their blood faith in the dying God….


Holy Virgin, our model, August queen of martyrs, deign to strengthen our
zeal
And purify our desires, protect France even yet, help; us mount to Heaven,
Make us feel even in these places, the effects of your power. Sustain your
children,


Submissive, obedient, dying, dying with Jesus and in our King believing.
        On July 17 the sixteen sisters were brought before Fouquier-Tinville. All
cases were now being disposed of within twenty-four hours as Robespierre
had wished; theirs was no exception. They were charged with having received
arms for the emigres; their prioress, Sister Teresa, answered by holding up
a crucifix. “Here are the only arms that we have ever had in our house.”


They were charged with possessing an altar-cloth with designs honoring the
old monarchy (perhaps the fleur-de-lis) and were asked  to deny any
attachment to the royal family. Sister Teresa responded: “If that is a
crime, we are all guilty of it; you can never tear out of our hearts the
attachment for Louis XVI and his family. Your laws cannot prohibit feeling;


they cannot extend their empire to the affections of the soul; God alone
has the right to judge them.” They were charged with corresponding with
priests forced to leave the country because they would not take the
constitutional oath; they freely admitted this. Finally they were charged
with the catchall indictment by which any serious Catholic in France could
be guillotined during the Terror: “fanaticism.” Sister Henriette, who had
been Gabrielle de Croissy, challenged Fouguier-Tinvile to his face:


“Citizen, it is your duty to respond to the request of one condemned; I
call upon you to answer us and to tell us just what you mean by the word
‘fanatic.'” “I mean,” snapped the Public Prosecutor of the Terror, “your
attachment to your childish beliefs and your silly religious practices.”
“Let us rejoice, my dear Mother and Sisters, in the joy of the Lord,” said
Sister Henriette, “that we shall die for our holy religion, our faith, our
confidence in the Holy Roman Catholic Church.”


        While in prison, they asked and were granted permission to wash their
clothes. As they had only one set of lay clothes, they put on their
religious habit and set to the task. Providentially, the revolutionaries
picked that “wash day” for their transfer to Paris. As their clothes were
soaking wet, the Carmelites left for Paris wearing their “outlawed”
religious habit. They celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in
prison, wondering whether they would die that day.


        It was only the next day they went to the guillotine. The journey in the
carts took more than an hour. All the way the Carmelite sisters sang: the
“Miserere,” “Salve Regina,” and “Te Deum.” Beholding them, a total silence
fell on the raucous, brutal crowd, most of them cheapened and hardened by
day after day of the spectacle of public slaughter. At the foot of the
towering killing machine, their eyes raised to Heaven, the sisters sang
“Veni Creator Spiritus.” One by one, they renewed their religious vows.
They pardoned their executioners. One observer cried out: “Look at them and
see if they do not have the air of angels! By my faith, if these women did
not all go straight to Paradise, then no one is there!”


        Sister Teresa, their prioress, requested and obtained permission to go
last under the knife. The youngest, Sister Constance, went first. She
climbed the steps of the guillotine “With the air of a queen going to
receive her crown,” singing Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, “all peoples
praise the Lord.” She placed her head in the position for death without

the executioner to touch her. Each sister followed her example,
those remaining singing likewise with each, until only the prioress was
left, holding in her hand a small figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The
killing of each martyr required about two minutes. It was about eight
o’clock in the evening, still bright at midsummer. During the whole time
the profound silence of the crowd about the guillotine endured unbroken.


        Two years before when the horror began, the Carmelite community at
Compiegne had offered itself as a holocaust, that peace might be restored
to France and the Church. The return of full peace was still twenty-one
years in the future. But the Reign of Terror had only ten days left to run.
Years of war, oppression and persecution were yet to come, but the mass
official killing in the public squares of Paris was about to end. The Cross
had vanquished the guillotine.

        These sixteen holy Carmelite nuns have all been beatified by our Holy
Father, the Pope, [Pope St. Pius X, 27 May 1906] which is the last step
before canonization. Blessed Carmelites of Compiegne,

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Countdown to D.C. Conference

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June – dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

 

 

 

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June, the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(The feast of the Sacred Heart is June 12 this year)

J.M.J.

DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART

(taken from http://www.olrl.org/pray/sacheart.shtml)

This is a chapter from the book: The Prophets And Our Times by Fr. P.
Gerald Culleton; the first edition appeared in 1941.

CHAPTER IV

There is evidence that it was the will of Our Divine Lord that Devotion to
the Sacred Heart be reserved for the last ages of the world, so that, in
the last great struggle between Himself and Satan, the souls that He loves
so dearly may be drawn to Him with renewed warmth, and thus strengthened
against the final desperate attacks of the enemy.
In the times preceding the end of the world, Satan and his cohorts were to
be loosed upon the earth in a mighty effort to draw as many souls as
possible away from God, before the power of Hell would be remarkably
restricted,

 

if not completely broken. Satan’s mission is one of hate. God
wins souls through love. Our Blessed Savior knew that the hatred which
would be rampant in those evil days could be best conquered by a devotion
which would inspire love and charity in the hearts of men. It was to serve,
as it were, as a magnet and a bulwark of strength by giving men a clearer
knowledge of God’s deep and abiding love and mercy. It would provide a
harbor of peace and security in those days of confusion and anguish, when
men’s souls would be tried almost beyond endurance.

In all times of great distress or danger, God has provided men with the
means of conquering evil, as evidenced by the history of the world, both
before the time of Christ, but especially since the Redemption. To mention
just one of the instances of Divine intervention when a special devotion
was given to the world at a crucial period, let us consider the Rosary. In
the 13th century when the Albigenses were preaching their vicious doctrines
against marriage, and the spread of this heresy seriously endangered the
morals of the people, St. Dominic began preaching against them. He had but
little success until Our Blessed Lady appeared to him and told him to
encourage devotion to the Rosary. This was done and the heresy quickly
disappeared.

St. Gertrude, in the 14th century, who often conversed with the Beloved
Disciple St. John, on one occasion asked him why he, who loved our Blessed
Lord so fervently, had never written anything about the love of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus. He explained to her his mission was to expound the Doctrine
of the Incarnation and that as for the Love of the Incarnate Word as
exemplified by His Divine Heart, it was reserved for the last ages to make
it known, “so that the world, carried away by follies, may regain a little
of the warmth of early Christian charity by learning of the love of the
Sacred Heart.”

It was on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, three centuries later in
1647, that Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and made certain
promises to those who had a special devotion to His Sacred Heart, which
promises were destined to become the means of salvation to so many
countless Christians. Regarding this vision, the Saint explained, “I
understand that this devotion to the Sacred Heart was a last effort of His
love towards Christians of these latter times, by proposing to them an
object and a means so calculated to persuade them to love Him.”

In 1815 Mother Maria Rafols wrote concerning her own visions at the urgent
insistence of Our Blessed Lord, in the hope that many, after reading what
He told her, would turn from their evil ways, and have recourse to His
Merciful Heart.

Much of what she has written is prophetic, and concerns itself, in part,
with the destiny of Spain. Referring to her own Mother House at Saragoza,
Spain, Mother Rafols wrote that the Sacred Heart would perform such wonders
there as to win many sinners away from their corrupted lives. It is worthy
of note that although the Communists laid siege to the city of Saragoza, it
was never captured, as foretold by Mother Rafols.

Our Lord promised her that no matter what means men might invent to destroy
the faith in Spain, they would be unsuccessful and that He would reign
there until the end of time, because of the love of the just and chaste
souls who would always live in Spain. This prophecy, only recently
unearthed, must have been of great comfort to the good Christians during
the trying days of the Civil War.

So forgotten would be the Word of God in the days to come, that men would
even scandalize and pervert innocent children, and endeavor to obliterate
His Blessed Name from their memory. This was true in Spain, and is true in
many other countries today.

There would be such moral corruption, not only in Spain, but in the entire
world, that God would be forced to destroy entire cities, should they fail
to reform, after His call. This is already being fulfilled and no doubt
vastly greater destruction will befall the world before God is appeased.

It was written that these things would be taking place when the documents
would be found. They were found in 1931. Our Lord further told Mother
Rafols that there is one thing that hurts His Sacred Heart still more, and
that is to be forgotten, offended and despised by souls consecrated to Him.

They sometimes forget how dearly He loves His chosen ones, how eagerly He
waits in the Tabernacle for them to come to Him for inspiration and
assistance in the great mission of saving souls. He wants them to be humble
and chaste, and to practice true charity towards one another, and thus,

avoid giving scandal. He desires that His priests be living models of
Himself and that they propagate devotion to His Sacred Heart.

He wishes that all men have greater love for one another so that there can
be peace on earth, and greater love for Him. The Sacred Heart was very sad
because of the sacrileges men would commit on account of their coldness
toward Him. He said that many would not only not heed the commands of Holy
Mother Church, but would actually persecute Her and seek to destroy Her.
Priests and religious would be treated with great disrespect.

He desires that men perform acts of satisfaction to forestall the wrath of
Divine Justice, and that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be made a Holy Day
of Obligation and that all the Faithful receive Holy Communion on that day.
(It is a Holy Day of Obligation in Spain.)

To those who devoutly wear the image of His Sacred Heart (i.e. a Sacred
Heart Badge), He promised great graces and special protection at the hour
of their death . He said that in times to come, many souls would propagate
the devotion to His Sacred Heart.

Since these three holy women connect this devotion with the latter days it
seems significant that its spread is quite modern. It was not extended to
the entire world until 1856 by Blessed Pope Pius IX; the whole human race
was commended to the Sacred Heart by Leo XIII only in 1899; and a special
act of consecration was prescribed by Pope Pius XI in 1929 to be recited
throughout the entire world on the Feast of Christ the King.

In conclusion we may note that the prayers ordered by Pope Leo XIII to be
said after Low Mass to “restrain” Satan are followed by the threefold
repetition of the invocation to invoke the aid of the Sacred Heart for this
purpose: “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!”

PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle;
Be our safeguard against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humble pray,
And do thou,
O prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell,
Satan and all the other evil spirits,
who prowl through the world,
seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us!

(This powerful prayer of exorcism was composed by Pope Leo XIII; in a
vision, he had been shown the fearful battle to be waged between Satan and
St. Michael, over the Church of the future. Now, as never before, the
Church needs the intercession of St. Michael! Please say this prayer every
day.)

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On Prayer

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Pentecost Sunday

J.M.J.

 

PRAYER

From the “Catechism of the Council of Trent”

issued by Pope St. Pius V

Whatever is necessary to the performance of the duty of prayer is comprised
in that divine formula which Christ the Lord deigned to make known to His
Apostles, and through them and their successors to all Christians. Its
thoughts and words should be so deeply impressed on the mind and memory as
to be ever in readiness. To assist pastors, however, in teaching the
faithful concerning this prayer, we have set down from those writers who
are conspicuous for learning and fullness in this matter, whatever appeared
to us most suitable, leaving it to pastors to draw upon the same sources
for further information, should they deem it necessary.

Necessity of Prayer

In the first place the necessity of prayer should be insisted upon. Prayer
is a duty not only recommended by way of counsel, but also commanded by
obligatory precept. Christ the Lord declared this when He said: “We should
pray always.” This necessity of prayer the Church points out in the
prelude, if we may so call it, which she prefixes to the Lord’s Prayer:

“Admonished by salutary precepts, and taught by divine instruction, we
presume to say,” etc.

Therefore, since prayer is necessary to the Christian, the Son of God,
yielding to the request of the disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray,” gave
them a prescribed form of prayer, and encouraged them to hope that the
objects of their petitions would be granted. He Himself was to them a model
of prayer; He not only prayed assiduously, but watched whole nights in
prayer.

The Apostles, also, did not omit to recommend this duty to those who had
been converted to the faith of Jesus Christ. St. Peter and St. John are
most diligent in their admonitions to the devout; and the Apostle, mindful
of its nature, frequently admonishes Christians of the salutary necessity
of prayer.

Besides, so various are our temporal and spiritual necessities, that we
must have recourse to prayer as the best means for communicating our wants
and receiving whatever we need. For since God owes nothing to anyone, we
must ask of Him in prayer those things we need, seeing that He has
constituted prayer as a necessary means for the accomplishment of our
desires, particularly since it is clear that there are blessings which we
cannot hope to obtain otherwise than through prayer. Thus devout prayer has
such efficacy that it is a most powerful means of casting out demons; for
there is a certain kind of demon which is not cast out but by prayer and
fasting.

Those, therefore, who do not practice assiduous and regular prayer deprive
themselves of a powerful means of obtaining gifts of singular value. To
succeed in obtaining the object of your desires, it is not enough that you
ask that which is good; your entreaties must also be assiduous. “Every one
that asketh”, says St. Jerome, “receiveth, as it is written. If, therefore,
it is not given you, this is because you do not ask. Ask, therefore, and
you shall receive”.

The Fruits of Prayer

Moreover, this necessity of prayer is also productive of the greatest
delight and usefulness, since it bears most abundant fruits. When it is
necessary to instruct the faithful concerning these fruits, pastors will
find ample matter in sacred writers. We have made from these sources a
selection which appeared to us to suit the present purpose.
Prayer Honours God

The first fruit which we receive is that by praying we honour God, since
prayer is a certain act of religion, which is compared in Scripture to a
sweet perfume. “Let my prayer”, says the Prophet, “be directed as incense
in thy sight”. By prayer we confess our subjection to God; we acknowledge
and proclaim Him to be the author of all good, in whom alone we center all
our hopes, who alone is our refuge, in all dangers and the bulwark of our
salvation. Of this fruit we are admonished also in these words: “Call upon
me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

Prayer Obtains What We Request
Another most pleasing and invaluable fruit of prayer is that it is heard by
God. “Prayer is the key of heaven”, says St. Augustine; “prayer ascends,
and the mercy of God descends. High as are the heavens, and low as is the
earth, God hears the voice of man”. Such is the utility, such the efficacy
of prayer, that through it we obtain a plenitude of heavenly gifts. Thus by

prayer we secure the guidance and aid of the Holy Spirit, the security and
preservation of the faith, deliverance from punishment, divine protection
under temptation, victory over the devil. In a word, there is in prayer an
accumulation of spiritual joy; and hence our Lord said: “Ask, and you shall
receive, that your joy may be full”.

Proof
Nor can we, for a moment, doubt that God in His goodness awaits and is at
all times ready to hear our petitions — a truth to which the Sacred
Scriptures bear ample testimony. Since, however, the texts are easy of
access, we shall content ourselves with citing as an example the words of
Isaias: Then shalt thou call, and the Lord will hear: thou shalt cry, and
he will say, “Here I am”; and again, “It shall come to pass, that before
they call, I will hear: as they are yet speaking, I will hear.” With regard
to instances of persons, who have obtained from God the objects of their
prayers, they are almost innumerable, and too well known to require special
mention.

Unwise And Indevout Prayers Unheard

Sometimes, indeed, it happens that what we ask of God we do not obtain. But
it is then especially that God looks to our welfare, either because He
bestows on us other gifts of higher value and in greater abundance, or
because what we ask, far from being necessary or useful, would prove
superfluous and injurious. “God,” says St. Augustine, “denies some things
in His mercy which He grants in His wrath.Sometimes, also, such is the
remissness and negligence with which we pray, that we ourselves do not
attend to what we say.”

Since prayer is an elevation of the soul to God, if, while we pray, the
mind, instead of being fixed upon God, is distracted, and the tongue slurs
over the words at random, without attention, without devotion, with what
propriety can we give to such empty sounds the name of Christian prayer?
We should not, therefore, be at all surprised, if God does not comply with
our requests; either because by our negligence and indifference we almost
show that we do not really desire what we ask, or because we ask those
things, which, if granted, would be prejudicial to our interests.

To Devout Prayer And Dispositions God Grants More Than Is Asked
On the other hand, to those who pray with devout attention, God grants more
than they ask. This the Apostle declares in his Epistle to the Ephesians,
and the same truth is unfolded ill the parable of the prodigal son, who
would have deemed it a kindness to be admitted into the number of his
father’s servants.

Nay, God heaps His favours not only on those who seek them, but also on
those who are rightly disposed; and this, not only with abundance, but also
with readiness. This is shown by the words of Scripture: “The Lord hath
heard the desire of the poor.” For God hastens to grant the inner and
hidden desires of the needy without awaiting their utterance.

Prayer Exercises And Increases Faith
Another fruit of prayer is, that it exercises and augments the virtues of
the soul, particularly the virtue of faith. As they who have not faith in
God, cannot pray as they ought, for “how can they call on him, whom they
have not believed?” So the faithful, in proportion to the fervour of their
prayers, possess a stronger and a more assured faith in the protecting
providence of God, which requires principally that in all needs we have
recourse to Him.

Prayer Strengthens Our Hope In God
God, it is true, might bestow on us all things abundantly, although we did
not ask them or even think of them, just as He bestows on the irrational
creation all things necessary for the support of life. But our most
bountiful Father wishes to be invoked by His children; He wishes that,
praying as we ought each day of our lives, we may pray with increased
confidence. He wishes that in obtaining our requests we may more and more
bear witness to and declare His goodness towards us.
Prayer Increases Charity

Our charity is also augmented. In recognising God as the author of every
blessing and of every good, we are led to cling to Him with the most
devoted love. And as those who cherish a mutual affection become more
ardently attached by frequent interviews and conversations, so the oftener
the soul prays devoutly and implores the divine mercy, thus holding
converse with God, the more exquisite is the sense of delight which she
experiences in each prayer, and the more ardently is she inflamed to love
and adore Him.

Prayer Disposes The Soul For Divine Blessings
Furthermore, God wishes us to make use of prayer, in order that burning
with the desire of asking what we are anxious to obtain, we may thus by our
perseverance and zeal make such advances in spiritual life, as to be worthy
to obtain those blessings which the soul could not obtain before because of
its dryness and lack of devotion.

Prayer Makes Us Realise Our Own Needfulness
Moreover, God wishes us to realise, and always keep in mind, that,
unassisted by His heavenly grace, we can of ourselves do nothing, and
should therefore apply ourselves to prayer with all the powers of our
souls.

Prayer Is A Protection Against The Devil
The weapons which prayer supplies are most powerful against our bitterest
foes. “With the cries of our prayers,” says St. Hilary, “we must fight
against the devil and his armed hosts.”

Prayer Promotes A Virtuous Life
From prayer we also derive this important advantage that though we are
inclined to evil and to the indulgence of various passions, as a
consequence of our natural frailty, God permits us to raise our hearts to
Him, in order that while we address Him in prayer, and endeavour to deserve
His gifts, we may be inspired with a love of innocence, and, by effacing
our sins, be purified from every stain of guilt.

Prayer Disarms The Divine Vengeance
Finally, as St. Jerome observes, prayer disarms the anger of God. Hence,
these words of God addressed to Moses: “Let me alone,” when Moses sought by
his prayer to stay the punishments God was about to inflict on His people.
Nothing is so efficacious in appeasing God, when His wrath is kindled;
nothing so effectually delays or averts the punishments prepared for the
wicked as the prayers of men.

The Parts Of Prayer
The necessity and advantages of Christian prayer being explained, the
faithful should also know how many, and what are the parts of which it is
composed; for that this pertains to the perfect discharge of this duty, we
learn from the Apostle. In his Epistle to Timothy, exhorting to pious and
holy prayer, he carefully enumerates the parts of which it consists: “I
desire therefore first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions,

and thanksgivings be made for all men.” Although the shades of distinction
between these different parts of prayer are delicate, yet the pastor,
should he deem the explanation useful to his people, should consult, among
others, St. Hilary and St. Augustine.

The Two Chief Parts Of Prayer Petition And Thanksgiving
There are two principal parts of prayer, petition and thanksgiving, and
since these are the sources, as it were, from which all the others spring,
they appear to us to be of too much importance to be omitted. For we
approach God and offer Him the tribute of our worship, either to obtain
some favour, or to return Him thanks for those with which His bounty every
day enriches and adorns us. God Himself indicated both these most necessary
parts of prayer when He declared by the mouth of David: “Call upon me in
the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

Who does not perceive how much we stand in need of the goodness and
beneficence of God, if he but consider the extreme destitution and misery
of man? On the other hand, all that have eyes and understanding know God’s
loving kindness toward man and the liberal bounty He exercises in our
behalf. Wherever we cast our eyes, wherever we turn our thoughts, the
admirable light of the divine goodness and beneficence beams upon us. What
have we that is not the gift of His bounty? If, then, all things are the

gifts and favor’s bestowed on us by His goodness, why should not everyone,
as much as possible, celebrate the praises of God, and thank Him for His
boundless beneficence.

Degrees Of Petition And Thanksgiving
Of these duties of petition and thanksgiving each contains many subordinate
degrees. In order, therefore, that the faithful may not only pray, but also
pray in the best manner, the pastor should propose to them the most perfect
mode of praying, and should exhort them to use it to the best of their
ability.

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The above is from the “Catechism of the Council of Trent” (available online

at http://www.catholicapologetics.info/ and in print from
www.angeluspress.org).

It was published in the May issue of “Catholic Family News”

(http://www.cfnews.org/).

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