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September 28, 2016, 9:11 pm

Saint Michael the Archangel Pray for us!

Feast of the Archangels 2016 - As we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel let us reflect on the power of their intercession in our lives. Following is the Chaplet of Saint Michael and its history.

"The Chaplet of St. Michael is a wonderful way to honor this great Archangel along with the other nine Choirs of Angels. What do we mean by Choirs? It seems that God has created various orders of Angels. Sacred Scripture distinguishes nine such groupings: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Isa 6:2; Gen 3:24; Col 1:16; Eph 1:21; Rom 8:38). There may be more groupings but these are the only ones that have been revealed to us. The Seraphim is believed to be the highest Choir, the most intimately united to God, while the Angelic Choir is the lowest.

The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d' Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.

The Chaplet of St. Michael

O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.

(Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels)

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen.

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven.
Amen.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.

Concluding prayers:

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of
Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen." - EWTN Devotional Prayer

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September 24, 2016, 12:14 am

Padre Pio's Wisdom

Pietrelcina, Italy - As we celebrate the Feast of Padre Pio let us give thanks to God for his example, prayer and many works of mercy. Following are some quotes which reflect Saint Pio's wisdom and grace. These are shared by Christina Mead.

"Don't be daunted by the cross. The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one, and if God suffered so much for love, the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself." 7/14/1914

"True and substantial devotion consists in serving God without experiencing any sensible consolation. This means serving and loving God for His own sake." 7/14/1914

"The greater your sufferings, the greater God's love for you." 9/9/1914

"He wants you entirely for Himself, He wants you to place all your trust and all your affection in Him alone and it is precisely for this reason that He sends you this spiritual aridity, to unite you more closely to Him."
7/14/1914

"We have close to us an angelic spirit who never leaves us for an instant from the cradle to the grave, who guides and protects us like a friend or a brother." 4/20/1915

"You must have boundless faith in the divine goodness, for the victory is absolutely certain." 5/25/1914

"You complain because the same trials are constantly returning. But look here, what have you to fear? Are you afraid of the divine craftsman who wants to perfect His masterpiece in this way? Would you like to come from the hands of such a magnificent Artist as a mere sketch and no more?" 1/1/1921

"When we suffer, Jesus is closer to us." 4/2/1912

"You say you are anxious about the future, but don't you know that the Lord is with you always and that our enemy has no power over one who has resolved to belong entirely to Jesus?" 3/29/1914

"I recommend calm and calm all the time." 2/3/1922

"How unbearable is pain when suffered far from the Cross, but how sweet and bearable it becomes when it is offered close to the Cross of Jesus!" 5/20/1915

"If we earnestly endeavor to love Jesus, this alone will drive all fear from our hearts and the soul will find that instead of walking in the Lord's paths, it is flying." 8/17/1913

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September 22, 2016, 1:06 am

Religious Leaders Gather in Assisi for Peace!

Assisi, Italy - Recently Pope Francis gathered in Assisi with religious leaders throughout the world to pray for world peace. Following is his appeal to all those that gathered with him, as well as to all peoples and nations. He asks us all to be artisans of peace.

"Men and women of various religions, we gather as pilgrims in the city of Saint Francis. Thirty years ago in 1986, religious representatives from all over the world met here at the invitation of Pope John Paul II. It was the first such solemn gathering that brought so many together, in order to affirm the indissoluble bond between the great good of peace and an authentic religious attitude. From that historic event, a long pilgrimage was begun which has touched many cities of the world, involving many believers in dialogue and in praying for peace. It has brought people together without denying their differences, giving life to real inter-religious friendships and contributing to the resolution of more than a few conflicts. This is the spirit that animates us: to bring about encounters through dialogue, and to oppose every form of violence and abuse of religion which seeks to justify war and terrorism. And yet, in the years that have followed, numerous populations have nonetheless been painfully wounded by war. People do not always understand that war harms the world, leaving in its wake a legacy of sorrows and hate. In war, everyone loses, including the victors.

We have prayed to God, asking him to grant peace to the world. We recognize the need to pray constantly for peace, because prayer protects the world and enlightens it. God's name is peace. The one who calls upon God's name to justify terrorism, violence and war does not follow Gods path. War in the name of religion becomes a war against religion itself. With firm resolve, therefore, we reiterate that violence and terrorism are opposed to an authentic religious spirit.

We have heard the voice of the poor, of children and the younger generations, of women and so many brothers and sisters who are suffering due to war. With them let us say with conviction: No to war! May the anguished cry of the many innocents not go unheeded. Let us urge leaders of nations to defuse the causes of war: the lust for power and money, the greed of arms' dealers, personal interests and vendettas for past wrongs. May there be a greater commitment to eradicating the underlying causes of conflicts: poverty, injustice and inequality, the exploitation of and contempt for human life.

May a new season finally begin, in which the globalized world can become a family of peoples. May we carry out our responsibility of building an authentic peace, attentive to the real needs of individuals and peoples, capable of preventing conflicts through a cooperation that triumphs over hate and overcomes barriers through encounter and dialogue. Nothing is lost when we effectively enter into dialogue. Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace. Through this gathering in Assisi, we resolutely renew our commitment to be such artisans, by the help of God, together will all men and women of good will."

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September 9, 2016, 2:01 pm

Papal Intentions for September - December

Rome, Italy - Please join us as we pray for Pope Francis' Intentions for the months of September through December. Know that your prayers are very important because Jesus and all the saints pray for us and with us.

September

Universal: Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.

October

Universal: Journalists
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

Evangelization: World Mission Day
That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.

November

Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees
That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.

Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity
That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.

December

Universal: End to Child-Soldiers
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe
That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

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September 9, 2016, 12:09 am

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2016

Scottsdale, AZ - We share this story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to extend the grace of this holy day in which we celebrate the birth of our Blessed Mother Mary. Let us give glory to God and thank Him for the gift of Mary our Spiritual Mother.

The Story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Father Don Miller OFM

"The Church has celebrated Mary's birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Scripture does not give an account of Mary's birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child that will advance God's plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary's life from the beginning.

Saint Augustine connects Mary's birth with Jesus saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. 'She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.' The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary's Son as the dawn of our salvation and asks for an increase of peace."

Reflection: "We can see every human birth as a call for new hope in the world. The love of two human beings has joined with God in his creative work. The loving parents have shown hope in a world filled with travail. The new child has the potential to be a channel of Gods love and peace to the world.

This is all true in a magnificent way in Mary. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God's love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning."

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September 4, 2016, 1:40 pm

Saint Teresa Our New Intercessor

The Vatican in Rome - Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta today. Please ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the world, in our country, in our homes and all those in most need of God's mercy.

Lord, continue to raise up an army of new saints that may do your will among the sick, the poor, the dying and for all those who have no one to pray for them. We thank you for the witness of Saint Teresa and ask her intercession for our personal intentions.

Pope Francis shared these words during his homily today to celebrate this holy day.

"Who can learn the counsel of God?" (Wis 9:13). This question from the Book of Wisdom that we have just heard in the first reading suggests that our life is a mystery and that we do not possess the key to understanding it. There are always two protagonists in history: God and man. Our task is to perceive the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must ask ourselves, "What is Gods will in my life?"

We find the answer in the same passage of the Book of Wisdom: "People were taught what pleases you" (Wis 9:18). In order to ascertain the call of God, we must ask ourselves and understand what pleases God. On many occasions the prophets proclaimed what was pleasing to God. Their message found a wonderful synthesis in the words "I want mercy, not sacrifice" (Hos 6:6; Mt 9:13). God is pleased by every act of mercy, because in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognize the face of God which no one can see (cf. Jn 1:18). Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God (cf. Mt 25:40).

We are thus called to translate into concrete acts that which we invoke in prayer and profess in faith. There is no alternative to charity: ...

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September 4, 2016, 1:40 pm

The Vatican in Rome - Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta today. Please ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the world, in our country, in our homes and all those in most need of God's mercy.

Lord, continue to raise up an army of new saints that may do your will among the sick, the poor, the dying and for all those who have no one to pray for them. We thank you for the witness of Saint Teresa and ask her intercession for our personal intentions.

Pope Francis shared these words during his homily today to celebrate this holy day.

"Who can learn the counsel of God?" (Wis 9:13). This question from the Book of Wisdom that we have just heard in the first reading suggests that our life is a mystery and that we do not possess the key to understanding it. There are always two protagonists in history: God and man. Our task is to perceive the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must ask ourselves, "What is Gods will in my life?"

We find the answer in the same passage of the Book of Wisdom: "People were taught what pleases you" (Wis 9:18). In order to ascertain the call of God, we must ask ourselves and understand what pleases God. On many occasions the prophets proclaimed what was pleasing to God. Their message found a wonderful synthesis in the words "I want mercy, not sacrifice" (Hos 6:6; Mt 9:13). God is pleased by every act of mercy, because in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognize the face of God which no one can see (cf. Jn 1:18). Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God (cf. Mt 25:40).

We are thus called to translate into concrete acts that which we invoke in prayer and profess in faith. There is no alternative to charity: ...

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September 2, 2016, 2:00 pm

Prayers for Creation from Fr Cantalamessa

Vatican City, Rome - Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Papal Household, urged Christians to glorify God for creation, saying "the primary duty of human beings towards creation is to lend it a voice." He said St Francis of Assisi did not pray "for creation" but instead prayed "with creation" or "because of creation." The preacher noted that "the sovereignty of human beings over the cosmos" does not entail "the triumphalism of our species but the assumption of responsibility toward the weak, the poor, the defenseless."

Fr Cantalamessas' remarks came during the homily delivered by him at the Vespers in St Peter's Basilica on September 1st for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, presided over by Pope Francis.

Some prayers he shared during his homily follow for your meditation:

". . . although you have no need of our praise,

yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift,

since our praises add nothing to your greatness

but profit us for salvation.

If Francis of Assisi still has something to say to us today about the environment, it is precisely what we have just said. He does not pray "for" creation, for its preservation (in his time there was not yet a need for that); instead he prays "with" creation or "because of creation" or even "on account of creation." All these nuances are present in the preposition "per" that he uses, which means "through" and "for": "Praised be you, Lord, through Brother Sun, through Sister Moon, through Mother Earth." His canticle is entirely a doxology and a hymn of thanksgiving. It is precisely from this that Saint Francis derives his extraordinary respect toward every creature, for the sake of which he desired that even wild plants be granted space to grow.

This message was also taken up by the Holy Father in his encyclical on the environment. It begins with the doxology "Laudato si" and ends significantly with two distinct prayers: one "for" creation and the other "in union with" creation. Let us draw a few invocations from that second prayer to conclude our reflection:

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,

teach us to contemplate you

in the beauty of the universe,

for all things speak of you.

Awaken our praise and thankfulness

for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined

to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world

as channels of your love

for all the creatures of this earth. Amen."

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September 2, 2016, 1:11 am

Pope Francis Encourages Prayer for Creation

Vatican City, Rome - Pope Francis encourages all peoples and nations to show Mercy to our Common Home. He further shares his optimism in his address today to the world on this 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

"United with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, and with the support of other Churches and Christian communities, the Catholic Church today marks the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation". This Day offers "individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live."

It is most encouraging that concern for the future of our planet is shared by the Churches and Christian communities, together with other religions. Indeed, in past decades numerous efforts have been made by religious leaders and organizations to call public attention to the dangers of an irresponsible exploitation of our planet. Here I would mention Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople who, like his predecessor Patriarch Dimitrios, has long spoken out against the sin of harming creation and has drawn attention to the moral and spiritual crisis at the root of environmental problems. In response to a growing concern for the integrity of creation, the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007 proposed celebrating a "Time for Creation" during the five weeks between 1 September (the Orthodox commemoration of Gods creation) and 4 October (the commemoration of Francis of Assisi in the Catholic Church and some other Western traditions). This initiative, supported by the World Council of Churches, has since inspired many ecumenical activities in different parts of the world. It is also encouraging that throughout the world similar initiatives promoting environmental justice, concern for the poor and responsible social commitment have been bringing together people, especially young people, from diverse religious backgrounds. Christians or not, as people of faith and goodwill, we should be united in showing mercy to the earth as our common home and cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion. ... etc

Lord, we thank you for the gift of life, the gift of creation and the gift of your presence throughout the universe. Thank you for providing us a sacred home within which to know, love and serve you. Help us to be good stewards of all your blessings and by your grace inspire us to care more deeply and responsibly for all creation as your sacred trust to us. Inspire works of mercy among all peoples and nations so that we may celebrate your goodness and generosity among us from the beginning of time unto eternity. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

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