Wednesday, November 28, 2018

5 Powerful Prayers against Evil by Late Exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth to SHARE

Father Gabriele Amorth the Chief Exorcist from the Diocese of Rome recently died at the age of 91. He performed thousands of Exorcisms.
In one of his books he revealed the secret to being free from the Devil.
It is really not something one says but rather keeping oneself free from sin and striving to live a Holy life. He noted in particular that Regular Confession and reception of the Holy Eucharist are most important. The following prayers were recommended by Fr. Gabriele these prayers should be said together with the Our Father Prayer and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
 Prayers of Deliverance
 1. Prayer Against Malefice from the Greek Ritual
Kyrie eleison. God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and All-mighty, You Who made everything and Who transform everything simply by Your will. You Who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the ‘seven-times hotter’ furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to You. We beseech You to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence, and machination; every evil influence, malefice, or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against Your servant [name of person/s]. Where there is envy and malice, give us an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory, and charity. O Lord, You Who love man, we beg You to reach out Your powerful hands and Your most high and mighty arms and send the angel of peace over us, to protect us, body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of Your authority may we sing, in gratitude, ‘The Lord is my salvation; whom should I fear? I will not fear evil because You are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages.” Yes, Lord our God, be merciful to us, Your image, and save your servant [name of person/s] from every threat or harm from the evil one, and protect him/her by raising him/her above all evil. We ask You this through the intercession of our Most Blessed, glorious Lady, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of the most splendid archangels and all Your saints. Amen!
 2. Anima Christi Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; within Thy wounds, hide me; let me never be separated from Thee; from the evil one, deliver me; at the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to Thee, that with Thy saints, I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen.
 3. Prayer Against Every Evil Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Most Holy Trinity, Immaculate Virgin Mary, angels, archangels, and saints of heaven, descend upon me. Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with yourself, use me. Banish all the forces of evil from me, destroy them, vanish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds. Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefice, ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealously, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical aliments. Burn all these evils in hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. I command and bid all the power who molest me – by the power of God all powerful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary – to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting hell, where they will be bound by Saint Michael the archangel, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.
 4. Prayer for Inner Healing Lord Jesus, You came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. I beg You to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg You, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin. I beg You to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused through my life. Lord Jesus, You know my burdens. I lay them all on Your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech You – by the merits of the great, open wound in Your heart-to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You Who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart. Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness. I offer You my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of Your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that You are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to Your Resurrection, Your victory over sin and death, Your living presence among us. Amen.
 5. Prayer for Deliverance My Lord, you are all powerful, you are God, you are Father. We beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All saints of Heaven, come to our aid. From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we beg You. Free us, O Lord. From hatred, fornication, envy, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every thought of suicide and abortion, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every form of sinful sexuality, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every sort of spell, malefic, witchcraft, and every form of the occult, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. Lord, You Who said, “I leave you peace, My peace I give you,” grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every evil spell and enjoy your peace always. In the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Wow Justin Bieber Thanks Jesus for help with Marriage to Hailey Baldwin "..God’s grace is sufficient!” #JustinBieber - #Belieber

Justin Bieber, the star singer, who recently married model Haley Baldwin, admits that marriage has not been smooth.
 “Relationships are hard," he said, "and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Every day is a learning process, trying to be more like Him, patient, kind, selfless, boy I got a long way! But God’s grace is sufficient!” 
Bieber wrote: 
 "Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. 
I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make," Bieber wrote this on Instagram.
 Bieber, has said recently that he's committed to living  his Christian faith.
Bieber, 24, and Hailey, 22, attend Hillsong NYC Church with Pastor Carl Lentz. The minister is credited with bringing the pop star back to his faith and baptizing him.
The couple had met originally in 2011 with her famous dad Stephen Baldwin:

Pope Francis "contemplate Christ to open us to receive his heart, to receive his desires..." FULL TEXT + Video at Audience


GENERAL AUDIENCE

Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Catechesis on the Commandments, 14-B: The new law in Christ and the desires according to the Spirit.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In today's catechesis, which concludes the path on the Ten Commandments, we can use as a key theme that of desires, which allows us to retrace the journey made and summarize the steps taken by reading the text of the Decalogue, always in the light of full revelation in Christ .

We started out of gratitude as the basis of the relationship of trust and obedience: God, we have seen, does not ask for anything before we have given much more. He invites us to obedience to redeem ourselves from the deception of idolatries that have so much power over us. In fact, to seek one's own fulfillment in the idols of this world empties us and enslaves us, while what gives stature and consistency is the relationship with Him who, in Christ, makes us children from his fatherhood (cf. Eph 3,14-16 ).

This implies a process of blessing and liberation, which is true, authentic rest. As the Psalm says: "Only in God does my soul rest: from him my salvation" (Ps 62: 2).

This liberated life becomes the acceptance of our personal history and reconciles us with what, from infancy to the present, we have lived, making us adults and capable of giving the right weight to the realities and people of our lives. On this path we enter into the relationship with the neighbor who, starting from the love that God shows in Jesus Christ, is a call to the beauty of fidelity, generosity and authenticity.

But in order to live this way - that is, in the beauty of fidelity, generosity and authenticity - we need a new heart, uninhabited by the Holy Spirit (cf. Ez 11,19; 36,26). I ask myself: how does this "transplant" of heart, from the old heart to the new heart? Through the gift of new desires (cf. Rom 8: 6) that are sown in us by the grace of God, especially through the Ten Commandments brought to completion by Jesus, as He teaches in the "discourse of the mountain" (cf. Mt 5, 17-48). In fact, in contemplating the life described in the Decalogue, that is a grateful, free, authentic, blessing, adult life, guardian and lover of life, faithful, generous and sincere, we, almost without realizing it, find ourselves before Christ. The Decalogue is his "X-ray", he describes it as a photographic negative that lets his face appear - as in the Holy Shroud. And so the Holy Spirit fertilizes our heart by putting in it the desires that are a gift of his, the desires of the Spirit. To desire according to the Spirit, to desire at the rhythm of the Spirit, to desire with the music of the Spirit.
Looking at Christ we see beauty, goodness and truth. And the Spirit generates a life which, following these desires, triggers hope, faith and love in us.

Thus we discover better what it means that the Lord Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it, to make it grow, and while the law according to the flesh was a series of prescriptions and prohibitions, according to the Spirit this same law becomes life ( cf. Jn 6:63; Eph 2:15), because it is no longer a norm but the very flesh of Christ, who loves us, seeks us, forgives us, comforts us and in his Body reconciles communion with the Father, lost for the disobedience of sin. And so the literary negativity, the negativity in the expression of the commandments - "do not steal", "do not insult", "do not kill" - that "not" becomes a positive attitude: love, make room for others in my heart, all desires that sow positivity. And this is the fullness of the law that Jesus came to bring us.
In Christ, and only in him, the Decalogue stops being condemned (cf. Rom 8: 1) and becomes the authentic truth of human life, that is, the desire for love - here is born a desire for good, to do good - desire for joy, desire for peace, magnanimity, benevolence, goodness, fidelity, meekness, self-control. From those "no" we pass to this "yes": the positive attitude of a heart that opens with the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is what it is necessary to look for Christ in the Decalogue: to fecundate our heart so that it may be full of love, and open itself to the work of God. When man favors the desire to live according to Christ, then he is opening the door to salvation, which can not but arrive, because God the Father is generous and, as the Catechism says, "he thirsty that we are thirsty for him" (No. 2560).
If it is the evil desires that ruin man (cf. Mt 15: 18-20), the Spirit lays down in our hearts his holy desires, which are the seed of new life (cf. 1 Jn 3,9). New life in fact is not the titanic effort to be consistent with a norm, but new life is the Spirit of God who begins to guide us to its fruits, in a happy synergy between our joy of being loved and his joy to love each other. We meet the two joys: the joy of God to love us and our joy of being loved.

Here is what the Decalogue for us Christians is: to contemplate Christ to open us to receive his heart, to receive his desires, to receive his Holy Spirit.
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Greetings in Various Languages 
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins de langue française, en particulier le groupe des personnes malades et handicapées venues de Lyon. Frères et sœurs, laissons le Saint Esprit faire germer en nous le saint désir d’une vie nouvelle, qui est le désir même de Dieu de nous aimer et d’être aimés de lui. Que Dieu vous bénisse.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Australia and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger deutscher Sprache. Die Sehnsucht nach Gott lässt uns unsere wahre Identität finden. Prüfen wir uns, was das tiefste Streben unseres Herzens ist und ob wir die Freude des Heiligen Geistes wirklich zu unseren Nächsten bringen. Der Herr geleite euch auf euren Wegen.
[Rivolgo un caloroso saluto ai pellegrini di lingua tedesca. Il desiderio di Dio ci fa trovare la nostra vera identità. Chiediamoci quale sia l’aspirazione più profonda del nostro cuore e se portiamo veramente la gioia dello Spirito Santo ai nostri vicini. Il Signore vi accompagni sul vostro cammino.]
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española provenientes de España y América Latina, y además veo ahí un grupo de jóvenes mexicanos, que también saludo. Y también en modo particular al grupo de Obispos y sacerdotes de la República Dominicana que celebran sus cuarenta años de sacerdocio. Animo a todos a descubrir a Cristo en el decálogo, a dejar que nuestro corazón, pleno de amor, se abra a su acción y podamos acoger así el deseo de vivir la vida que él nos propone. Muchas gracias.
Dirijo uma cordial saudação aos peregrinos de língua portuguesa aqui presentes. Ao concluir o Ano Litúrgico, somos convidados a ir ao encontro de Jesus, que nos espera em cada dia nos sacramentos, na oração e no próximo, sobretudo nos mais necessitados. Que Deus vos abençoe!
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، إنَّ الروح القدس يُخصِّب قلبنا ويضع فيه الرغبات التي هي عطيّته، ويولِّد حياة، وإذ تدعم رغباته هذه، تطعّم فينا الرجاء والإيمان والمحبّة. فلنستدعه بتواتر ليقودَنا على درب تلاميذ يسوع الحقيقيِّين. ليبارككم الرب!
Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich, a szczególnie Organizatorów wystawy, otwartej wczoraj w Papieskim Uniwersytecie Urbanianum, poświęconej polskiej Rodzinie Ulmów, rozstrzelanej w czasie II wojny światowej przez niemieckich nazistów za ukrywanie i niesienie pomocy Żydom. W kontekście rozważań o Dekalogu, niech ta wielodzietna Rodzina Sług Bożych, oczekujących na beatyfikację, będzie dla wszystkich przykładem wierności Bogu i Jego przykazaniom, miłości bliźniego oraz szacunku dla ludzkiej godności. Wszystkim wam z serca błogosławię.
Man džiugu pasveikinti piligrimus iš Lietuvos, atvykusius kartu su Vyskupais padėkoti man už neseniai vykusią mano kelionę į tą šalį. Sveikinu taip pat ir Popiežiškosios lietuvių Švento Kazimiero Kolegijos bendruomenę, švenčiančią 70-ies metų jubiliejų! Brangūs broliai ir seserys, mielai prisimenu kelionę į Lietuvą ir dėkoju jums visiems už svetingumą! Viešpats tedrąsina jus ir telaimina!
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I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus-Dehonians; the Priests who participate in the "Second Announcement Project", with the Bishop of Albano, Mons. Marcello Semeraro and the members of the Claretian Family.

I greet the parishes, especially those of Canosa di Puglia and Barletta; The Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association; the Nova Facility Group of Treviso; the Association new special talents, from Verona, and the Association for the fight against breast tumors.

A particular thought I address to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.

Next Sunday we will begin the liturgical season of Advent. Let's prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus the Savior; we recognize in Christ the encounter of Christ with humanity, especially that which still lives on the margins of society, in need and suffering, and in so many wars.


Saint November 28 : St. Catherine Labore : with Incorrupt body : #Nun Promoter of the #MiraculousMedal

Feastday: November 28 - Above is the Incorrupt Body of St. Catherine
 - Also known as: Zoe Laboure; Catherine Labore
Zoe Laboure was born at Fain-lès-Moutiers, Burgundy, France to the farmer Pierre Labouré and Louise Laboure as the ninth of eleven children on May 2, 1806. From an early age felt a call to the religious life. When Catherine was nine years old, her saintly mother died on October 9, 1815. After the burial service, little Catherine retired to her room, stood on a chair, took our Lady's statue from the wall, kissed it, and said: "Now, dear Lady, you are to be my mother." On January 25, 1818, Catherine made her First Communion. One day she had a dream in which a priest said to her: "My daughter, you may flee me now, but one day you will to come to me. Do not forget that God has plans for you." Sometime later, while visiting a hospital of the Daughters of Charity at Chatillon-sur-Seine, she noticed a priest's picture on the wall. She asked a sister who he might be, and was told: "Our Holy Founder Saint Vincent de Paul." This was the same priest Catherine had seen in the dream. Catherine knew she was in the right place.
 Later, on January 1830, Catherine began her postulancy at Chatillon. On Wednesday, April 21, 1830, Catherine Labouré entered the novitiate of the Daughters of Charity, located at their motherhouse, Rue du Bac 140, Paris.  taking the name Catherine. On the eve of the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul, July 19, the Sister Superior spoke to the novices about the virtues of their Holy Founder and gave each of the novices a piece of cloth from the holy founder's surplice. Because of her extreme love, Catherine split her piece down the middle, swallowing half and placing the rest in her prayer book. She earnestly prayed to Saint Vincent that she might, with her own eyes, see the Mother of God. 
1st apparition of the Blessed Virgin: 19th July, 1830 Chapel Rue du Bac 140, Paris

It is 11.30 pm; Sister Catherine Laboure (24 years old) wakes up as she hears her name called three times. She opens the curtains of her cell and sees her Guardian Angel in de form of a 5 year old child. He says: "follow me to the chapel, where the Virgin Mary awaits you". Catherine Laboure hastily dresses herself and follows him to the chapel. The chapel is lit as for midnight-Mass, but she can't see the Blessed Virgin. She then kneels and prays. After half an hour her guardian angel says: "there is the Blessed Virgin Mary". Catherine Laboure hears a rustle like that of silk and to the left of St. Joseph she sees the Blessed Virgin Mary descend and sit herself on the chair of the Priest. Within a moment she is on her knees in front of the Blessed Virgin, with her hands confidently folded on Mary's knees. This is the beginning of a two hour long conversation. The Blessed Virgin Mary tells her that God will charge her with a mission. In the process she will experience many difficulties. The Blessed Virgin already speaks of bad times ahead. The whole world will be plunged into confusion through all sorts of incidents. The Cross will be treated with contempt; it will be cast to earth. The side of our Lord will be pierced again. The Blessed Virgin says this with a very sorrowful look on her face. Encouragingly though, she adds:
"but come to the foot of this altar and here graces will be bestowed upon all, 
who ask with confidence and fervour. they will be given to the rich and to the poor"

2nd apparition of the Blessed Virgin: 27th November, 1830 Chapel Rue du Bac 140, Paris
It is 5.30pm, and the Sisters are in the chapel for the hour of Meditation. Suddenly Catherine Laboure hears, to her right, the same rustle as before; it is the Blessed Virgin Mary. She stops to the left near the painting of St. Joseph. This whole apparition is conducted in scenes and sign-language. The Blessed Virgin "standing in space". She was dressed in white, standing on a globe and holding a golden ball, with rings on her fingers flashing with light. An inner voice told her that the ball represented the whole world and that the rays coming from Mary's fingers represented graces for individuals. Then, a second phase: The golden ball then vanished as this apparition changed to represent Mary with her arms outstretched, inside an oval frame with golden lettering:"O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you." This was the front side of the medal that was to be made."

The reverse side of the Medal


Mary gave her this instruction: "have a medal struck on this model. All those who carry this will receive Grace in abundance, especially if they wear the medal around their neck and say this prayer confidently, they will receive special protection from the Mother of God and abundant graces". Then it is although the whole scene turns around and Catherine Laboure can see the back of the medal: in the centre is the letter M, from where a Cross ascends with at its base a cross-beam which passes through the letter M and below this the two hearts of Jesus and Mary, one crowned with thorns the other pierced by the sword of sorrow. The whole is surrounded with a crown of 12 stars recalling the vision of St. John in the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse or Book of Revelation. Catherine Laboure hears: "the M with the Cross and the two hearts say enough".
During the next year this apparition occurred five times and each time with the same instructions: "have a medal struck on this model, and all those who wear it will receive great graces, especially when worn around the neck".Sister Catherine endured many humiliations, but she persevered. It took two years before her confessor, Father Aladel, a Vicentian priest, had the medal struck. The original name of the medal is that of  holy Mary’s Immaculate Conception; only after 7 years was the name changed to the “Miraculous Medal”. Because of the many answered prayers, the conversions and the cures, some 10 million medals were sold during the first 5 years. The short prayer: "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee", has since been prayed innumerable times by believers, so that the entire Christianity became familiar with Mary's "Immaculate Conception". It was Pope Pius IX who made it a rule of faith. This was received with great joy by the entire Church. Four years later, Mary came as though to confirm this, when She said to Bernadette at Lourdes:I am the Immaculate 
 
Catherine Laboure died on 31st December 1876.  When her body was exhumed, after fifty-seven years of burial, it was found to be completely incorrupt and supple. Her eyes were as blue as the day she died. On 28th May, 1933 she was beatified by Pope Pius XI. This occasion was witnessed by 50,000 people, of which there were 8,000 children of Mary, veiled in white, all wearing the Miraculous Medal. On 27th July, 1947 Catherine Laboure was canonized by Pope Pius XII. Here again many believers were present, including more than 10,000 children of Mary, veiled in white.
Many healings, including those of people for whom there was totally no hope, were attributed to the "Miraculous Medal". Just in the American city of Philadelphia alone, between 1930 and 1950, more than 750.000 favours were granted and registered. Catherine Laboure is still lying in state at the right of the altar in the chapel Rue du Bac 140, in Paris and she still looks as though she only died yesterday!
Patroness of architects, miners, and prisoners.
SHARED FROM MARY PAGES


"These apparitions of Mary and the Miraculous Medal by Catherine Laboure are fully approved by the Holy See: 1836"

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. November 28, 2018 - #Eucharist


Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 505

Reading 1RV 15:1-4

I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:
seven angels with the seven last plagues,
for through them God's fury is accomplished.

Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.
On the sea of glass were standing those
who had won the victory over the beast
and its image and the number that signified its name.
They were holding God's harps,
and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb:

"Great and wonderful are your works,
Lord God almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O king of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
or glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All the nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed."

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3AB, 7-8, 9

R. (Rev. 15: 3b) Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
Before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!

AlleluiaRV 2:10C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain faithful until death,
and I will give you the crown of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
"They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives."

Saint November 28 : St. James of the Marches : #Franciscan Missionary


FRANCISCAN FRIAR AND MISSIONARY

Born:1391, Monteprandone, Marche of Ancona, Italy
Died:November 28, 1476
Canonized:10 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Major Shrine:Franciscan church of St. Maria la Nuova
Patron of:Patron of the city of Naples, Italy

Franciscan, b. of a poor family named Gangala, at Monteprandone, March of Ancona, Italy, 1391; d. at Naples, 28 Nov., 1476. He is generally represented holding in his right hand a chalice, out of which a snake is escaping --an allusion to some endeavours of heretics to poison him or, less likely, to the controversy about the Precious Blood.
He began his studies at Offida under the guidance of his uncle, a priest, who soon afterwards put him to school at Ascoli. At the University of Perugia he took the degree of Doctor in Civil Law. After a short stay at Florence as tutor in a noble family, and as judge of sorcerers, James was received into the Order of the Friars Minor, in the chapel of the Portiuncula, Assisi, 26 July, 1416. Having finished his novitiate at the hermitage of the Carceri, near Assisi, he studied theology at Fiesole, near Florence, under St. Bernardine of Siena. On 13 June, 1420, be was ordained priest, and soon began to preach in Tuscany, in the Marches, and Umbria; for half a century he carried on his spiritual labours, remarkable for the miracles he performed and the numerous conversions he wrought. From 1427 James preached penance, combated heretic, and was on legations in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Bohemia, Poland, Hungary, and Bosnia. In the last-mentioned country he was also commissary of the Friars Minor. At the time of the Council of Basle he promoted the union of the moderate Hussites with the Church, and that of the Greeks it the Council of Ferrara-Florence. Against the Turk, he preached several crusades, and at the death of St. John Capistran, in 1456, James was sent to Hungary as his successor. In Italy he fought the Fraticelli, instituted several montes pietatis, and preached in all the greater cities; Milan offered him the bishopric in 1460, which he declined. St. James belonged to the Observant branch of the Friars Minor, then rapidly spreading and exciting much envy. How much he suffered on this account is shown in a letter written by him to St. John Capistran, published by Nic. Dal-Gal, O.F.M., in "Archivum Franciscanum Historicum", I (1908), 94-97. Under Callistus III, in 1455, he was appointed an arbiter on the questions at issue between Conventuals and Observants. His decision was published 2 Feb., 1456, in a papal Bull, which pleased neither part . A few years later, on Easter Monday, 1462, St. James, preaching at Brescia, uttered the opinion of some theologians, that the Precious Blood shed during the Passion was not united with the Divinity of Christ during the three days of His burial. The Dominican James of Brescia, inquisitor, immediately cited him to his tribunal. James refused to appear, and after some troubles appealed to the Holy See. The question was discussed at Rome, Christmas, 1462 (not 1463, as some have it), before Pius II and the cardinals, but no decision was given. James spent the last three years of his life at Naples, and was buried there in the Franciscan church of S. Maria la Nuova, where his body is still to be seen. Beatified by Urban VIII, 1624, he was canonized by Benedict XIII, 1726. Naples venerates him as one of its patron saints (feast, 28 Nov.).
The works of St. James of the Marches have not as yet been collected. His library and autographs are preserved in part at the Municipio of Monteprandone (see Crivellucci, "I codici della libreria raccolta da S. Giacomo della Marca nel convento di S. Maria delle Grazie presso Monteprandone", Leghorn, 1889). He wrote "Dialogus contra Fraticellos" printed in Baluze-Mansi, "Miscellanea", II, Lucca, 1761, 595-610 (cf. Ehrle in "Archiv für Litt. u. Kirchengeschichte", IV, Freiburg im Br., 1888, 107-10). His numerous sermons are not edited. For some of them, and for his treatise on the "Miracles of the Name of Jesus", see Candido Mariotti, O.F.M., "Nome di Gesù ed i Francescani", Fano, 1909, 125-34. On his notebook, or "Itinerarium", See Luigi Tasso, O.F.M., in "Miscellanea Francescana", I (1886), 125-26: "Regula confitendi peccata" was several times edited in Latin and Italian during the fifteenth century. "De Sanguine Christi effuse" and some other treatises remained in manuscript.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia