Monday, October 1, 2018

Saint October 2 : Guardian Angels Feast : #GuardianAngels

This feast, like many others, was local before it was placed in the Roman calendar. It was not one of the feasts retained in the Pian breviary, published in 1568; but among the earliest petitions from particular churches to be allowed, as a supplement to this breviary, the canonical celebration of local feasts, was a request from Cordova in 1579 for permission to have a feast in honour of the guardian angels. (Bäumer, "Histoire du Breviaire", II, 233.) Bäumer, who makes this statement on the authority of original documents published by Dr. Schmid (in the "Tübinger Quartalschrift", 1884), adds on the same authority that "Toledo sent to Rome a rich proprium and received the desired authorization for all the Offices contained in it, Valencia also obtained the approbation in February, 1582, for special Offices of the Blood of Christ and the Guardian Angels."
So far the feast of Guardian Angels remained local. Paul V placed it (27 September, 1608) among the feasts of the general calendar as a double "ad libitum" (Bäumer, op. cit., II, 277). Nilles gives us more details about this step. "Paul V", he writes, "gave an impetus to the veneration of Guardian Angels (long known in the East and West) by the authorization of a feast and proper office in their honour. At the request of Ferdinand of Austria, afterwards emperor, he made them obligatory in all regions subject to the Imperial power; to all other places he conceded them ad libitum, to be celebrated on the first available day after the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. It is believed that the new feast was intended to be a kind of supplement to the Feast of St. Michael, since the Church honoured on that day (29 September) the memory of all the angels as well as the memory of St. Michael (Nilles, "Kalendarium", II, 502). Among the numerous changes made in the calendar by Clement X was the elevation of the Feast of Guardian Angels to the rank of an obligatory double for the whole Church to be kept on 2 October, this being the first unoccupied day after the feast of St. Michael (Nilles, op. cit., II, 503). Finally Leo XIII (5 April, 1883) favoured this feast to the extent of raising it to the rank of a double major.
Such in brief is the history of a feast which, though of comparatively recent introduction, gives the sanction of the Church's authority to an ancient and cherished belief. The multiplicity of feasts is in fact quite a modern development, and that the guardian angels were not honoured with a special feast in the early Church is no evidence that they were not prayed to and reverenced. There is positive testimony to the contrary (see Bareille in Dict. de Theol. Cath., s.v. Ange, col. 1220). It is to be noted that the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael is amongst the oldest feasts in the Calendar. There are five proper collects and prefaces assigned to this feast in the Leonine Sacramentary (seventh century) under the title "Natalis Basilicae Angeli in Salaria" and a glance at them will show that this feast included a commemoration of the angels in general, and also recognition of their protective office and intercessory power. In one collect God is asked to sustain those who are labouring in this world by the protecting power of his heavenly ministers (supernorum . . . . praesidiis . . . . ministrorum). In one of the prefaces, God is praised and thanked for the favour of angelic patronage (patrociniis . . . . angelorum). In the collect of the third Mass the intercessory power of saints and angels is alike appealed to (quae [oblatio] angelis tuis sanctisque precantibus et indulgentiam nobis referat et remedia procuret aeterna" (Sacramentarium Leonianum, ed. Feltoe, 107-8). These extracts make it plain that the substantial idea which underlies the modern feast of Guardian Angels was officially expressed in the early liturgies. In the "Horologium magnum" of the Greeks there is a proper Office of Guardian Angels (Roman edition, 329-334) entitled "A supplicatory canon to man's Guardian Angel composed by John the Monk" (Nilles, II, 503), which contains a clear expression of belief in the doctrine that a guardian angel is assigned to each individual. This angel is thus addressed "Since thou the power (ischyn) receivest my soul to guard, cease never to cover it with thy wings" (Nilles, II, 506).
For 2 October there is a proper Office in the Roman Breviary and a proper Mass in the Roman Missal, which contains all the choice extracts from Sacred Scripture bearing on the three-fold office of the angels, to praise God, to act as His messengers, and to watch over mortal men. "Let us praise the Lord whom the Angels praise, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim Holy, Holy, Holy" (second antiphon of Lauds). "Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared. Take notice of him, and hear his voice" (Exodus 23; capitulum ad Laudes). The Gospel of the Mass includes that pointed text from St. Matthew 18:10: "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." Although 2 October has been fixed for this feast in the Roman calendar, it is kept, by papal privilege, in Germany and many other places on the first Sunday (computed ecclesiastically) of September, and is celebrated with special solemnity and generally with an octave (Nilles, II, 503). (See ANGEL; INTERCESSION.) The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis "Holiness is the way of true reform of the Church, which..." FULL TEXT


Hall of the Popes
Monday, 1 October 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of your General Congregation and I greet you all with affection, starting with the General Superior, Fr. Vito Nardin, whom I thank for his words. Your visit shows the attachment to the Church and to the Holy See recommended and lived by your Founder, Blessed Antonio Rosmini. He lived heroically. He loved to repeat: "The Christian must nourish in himself a love, an attachment, and a respect without any limit for the Holy See of the Roman Pontiff" (Maxims of Christian perfection adapted to all kinds of persons, Lesson III, No. 6 ). Fidelity to the seat of Peter expresses unity in diversity and ecclesial communion, an indispensable element for a fruitful mission.

During your assembly, you have proposed to reflect on the theme "Be perfect ... be merciful". It is a question of bringing to the fore the joyful news that every Christian is called to holiness, and to walk this path together in charity. This perspective, exquisitely evangelical, is a focal point of the teaching of your Founder, which can be found in a special way in the book of the Maxims. Sanctity and the exercise of virtues are not reserved for the few, or even for any particular moment of existence. Everyone can live them in daily fidelity to the Christian vocation; consecrated persons, in particular, in faithful adherence to religious profession. In this sense, Blessed Rosmini prayed: "O God, send us your heroes." It was evident in him what I emphasized in the recent Motu proprio Majorem hac dilectionem on the heroism of life, that is, "an offering of life for others, maintained until death" (No. 5). Holiness is the way of true reform of the Church, which, as Rosmini clearly saw, transforms the world to the extent to which it reforms itself.

Your Founder has wanted to attribute to his religious family the denomination "Institute of charity", precisely to highlight the supremacy of the virtue of charity, which, as the Apostle says, must be placed "above all" (Col 3:14) ). And Rosmini accompanied charity with a strong "inner firmness", intrepid in the "silence": his example spurs you to progress in the fecundity of inner silence and in the heroism of external silence. This is the path that produces fruits of good and holiness, the path that the Saints have traveled and which the Church indicates to every believer. It is also important to maintain that "holy indifference" that your Founder drew from St. Ignatius of Loyola: without it it is not possible to implement an authentic universal charity.

In your ecclesial activity, I invite you to arrange the works of corporal, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral charity in such a way as to always indulge the Holy Spirit who indicates where, when, and how to love. As far as educational action is concerned, it is not limited to simple instruction, but it is intellectual charity. In fact, the living center of Christian education is the science that is transmitted starting from the Word of God, whose fullness is Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Your apostolic presence has radiated in India, Tanzania and Kenya, as well as in the United States of America and Europe: I encourage you to be men with hands always stretched towards the suffering, to bring them the help of the faith and charity. I am thinking in particular of your confreres and the Rosminian Sisters who work in Venezuela, called to witness spiritual and material closeness to the hard-tried people.

It is also good that your Institute should continue to reflect carefully on its own charism and, considering the fruits that have matured over the years, may increasingly open itself to the expectations of the Church and of the world. With the light of the Holy Spirit, you will find ways to continue with renewed enthusiasm, catching the signs of the times, the social urgencies and spiritual and material poverty of those who await words and gestures of salvation and hope. In this apostolic work you are joined by the "Ascritti", clerics and laymen who, living in the world, wish to attain evangelical perfection in communion with your Institute. It is good that they are made more and more involved in your community life.

Dear brothers, your Institute, with the specificity of the Rosminian charism, can still offer a valid service in the proclamation of the Gospel. I urge you to propose with constancy and foresight the spiritual and doctrinal heritage that you have inherited. The inevitable difficulties do not discourage you, but they encourage you to trust always in God to continue with joy and hope the mission that He has entrusted to you. May the Holy Spirit make you living instruments of universal charity in the Church and in the world, capable of helping those you meet in your apostolate to incessantly renew hope, which "does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts through Holy Spirit who has been given to us "(Rom 5: 5). I entrust you to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you. Please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
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#BreakingNews Death Toll at over 830 People Killed from Earthquake in Indonesia and Rising - Please Pray

Sulawesi, 832 the dead in the earthquake. Jakarta asks for help and announces mass burials
by Mathias Hariyadi
The death toll is destined to rise: thousands are missing feared dead. Rescue teams race against the weather and lack of heavy equipment or machinery. President Widodo: "Priority to save the missing". The displaced persons are over 17 thousand. They have found shelter in at least 24 centers set up in military bases, churches, schools and other open spaces.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The Indonesian government is appealing for international aid to cope with the emergency caused by a series of devastating earthquakes and a tsunami on the island of Sulawesi, where at least 832 people were killed: 11 in Donggala and 821 in Palu, capital of the Central Sulawesi province. The authorities say the death toll is set to rise and announce mass burials, in a desperate attempt to prevent the spread of disease.
A first earthquake, of magnitude 7.4 with its epicenter 27km away from the city and at a depth of 10km, struck Donggala at 18.02pm on the evening of three days ago. A few minutes later, another 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Palu. The two shocks caused waves of up to 3 meters that devastated Talise Beach and the Donggala coast between 18.22 and 18.36.
Rescue teams struggle against time and the lack of heavy equipment or machinery to rescue those still trapped in the rubble. It is feared that there are 60 people blocked under the Roa Roa Hotel in Palu, dozens of those hit by the collapse of several hotels and a shopping mall, hundreds of victims of landslides that hit the surrounding villages. The Indonesian government confirms that 1,200 detainees have fled from three detention centers, two in Palu and one in Donggala. In the latter, a fire caused all 343 prisoners to flee.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has reached the locations of the disaster along with military leaders and several government ministers. Widodo states that the priority is to save the missing. "The evacuation has not ended - he says - There are many places where it was not possible due to the lack of equipment, but it is coming. Several airplanes loaded with food will also come from Jakarta ".
At the moment, there are over 17 thousand displaced persons. They found shelter in at least 24 centers set up in military bases, churches, schools and other open spaces. Since communications have been interrupted, it is not yet possible to establish the number of people evacuated to Donggala. However, the authorities published a detailed bulletin on victims and injured in local health facilities:
Wirabuana Hospital of Palu: 10 dead, 184 injured.
Masjid Raya Hospital: 50 dead, Bhayangkara Hospital: 161 dead, Pantoloan Indouk Hospital: 20 dead, Kayumalue Pajeko Hospital: two dead. RS Undata Mamboro Palu: 141 dead, 160 injured. Woodward Hospital: 28 injured. Budi Agung Hospital: 144 injured. Samaritan: 54 injured.
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Pope Francis to Priests "..I encourage you to keep your gaze fixed on Jesus Christ and to cultivate the particular bond..." FULL TEXT + Video


Sala Clementina
Monday, 1 October 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

With joy I welcome you on the first day of this strong and fraternal time that your Bishop and his Council have proposed to you to live in Rome. I thank Bishop Santier for his words and for this initiative, and through you I extend my cordial greeting and my spiritual closeness to all the faithful of the Diocese of Créteil. Je lui disait: "Vous êtes un évêque qui travaille!".

I wish first of all to give thanks to God who has called you and "chosen for the service of his Gospel" (cf. Rom 1: 1), to be among his people faithful administrators of the mysteries of Christ. We live in a context in which the boat of the Church is hit by contrary and violent winds, especially because of the serious faults committed by some of its members. It is all the more important not to forget the humble daily fidelity to the ministry that the Lord allows us to live to the great majority of those who have given to his Church as priests! We know that, responding to the Lord's call, we were not consecrated by the gift of the Spirit to be "superheroes". We were sent with the awareness of being forgiven men, to become shepherds in the manner of Jesus, wounded, dead and risen. Because our mission as ministers of the Church is, today as yesterday, to witness the strength of the Resurrection in the wounds of this world. In this way we are called to progress humbly on the path of holiness, helping the disciples of Jesus Christ to respond to their baptismal vocation, so that they may be ever more missionaries, witnesses of the joy of the Gospel. After all, is not this the meaning of the diocesan Synod that you celebrated in 2016?

Dear friends, taking the time to reflect on the revision of the organization of your Diocese, do not be afraid to look at the wounds of our Church, not to complain, but to go up to Jesus Christ. He alone can heal us allowing us to start again from him and find, with him and in him, the concrete means to propose his life to everyone, in a context of poverty and lack. Because "if something must radically worry us and worry our conscience is that so many of our brothers live without the strength, the light and the consolation of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith that welcomes them, without a horizon of meaning and life "(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 49). In this perspective, insistently ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and enlighten you: He will help you, in the exercise of your ministry, to make the Church of Jesus Christ lovable and loving, according to the beautiful expression of the Venerable Madeleine Delbrȇl. With this force coming from above, you will be urged to go out to make you closer to everyone every day, especially those who are hurt, marginalized, excluded.

During your pilgrimage to Rome, you will discuss the revival of the pastoral care of vocations to the ordained ministry and to the consecrated life. Let us remember that "where there is life, fervor, desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations arise" (ibid., 107). But it is also through your way of living the ministry that you will allow young people to welcome the Lord's call to the priesthood or to the consecrated life. Therefore, I encourage you to keep your gaze fixed on Jesus Christ and to cultivate the particular bond that unites you to him, through personal prayer, listening to his Word, the celebration of the sacraments and the service of the brothers. It is important to foster and develop the quality of fraternal life, among you and within your communities, so that the value and beauty of ministry and of consecrated life are recognized by all as the service of true missionary communion! Drawing from the source of the grace of your call and with the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be witnesses to that hope which does not disappoint (cf Rom 5: 5), despite the difficulties and fatigue of every day; you will manifest, through your daily life, and even in the experience of your fragility, that the gift of life at the service of the Gospel and of the brothers is a source of joy that no one can take away from us. It transpires in you this joy which is deepened in friendship with the Lord and in the constant renewed attention to others, especially the little ones and the poor. But above all, let yourselves be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit to recognize the word that the Lord Jesus wants to offer to the world through your life and your ministry (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate, 24).
With this hope, I entrust you to the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary and the prayer of the Venerable Madeleine Delbrȇl, and impart my Apostolic Blessing to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Créteil. And please, pray for me as I pray for you! Thank you.
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Pope Francis on Health Ethics "...if the person feels loved, respected, accepted, the negative shadow of euthanasia disappears..." FULL TEXT + Video


Consistory Room
Monday, October 1, 2018

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen:

I welcome you to this meeting and I thank Bishop Alberto Bochatey, OSA, Auxiliary Bishop of La Plata, President of the Health Commission of the Argentine Episcopal Conference, Mr. Cristian Mazza, President of the Health Consensus Foundation, and the that represent, for the opportunity of this seminar that, with the auspice of the Pontifical Academy for Life, is organized to address issues of the health field that have great importance in society, from an ethical reflection based on the Magisterium of the Church.

The world of health in general, and particularly in Latin America, lives a period marked by the economic crisis; and it can make us discourage the difficulties in the development of medical science and access to the most appropriate therapies and medicines. But the care of the brothers opens our hearts to welcome a wonderful gift. In this context I propose three words for reflection: miracle, care and trust.

Those responsible for the care institutions will tell me, rightly, that miracles can not be done and we must assume that the cost-benefit balance means a distribution of resources, and that the assignments are conditioned by an infinity of medical, legal, economic, social and political, as well as ethical.

However, a miracle is not doing the impossible; the miracle is to find a brother in the sick person, in the helpless one in front of us. We are called to recognize in the receiver of benefits the immense value of his dignity as a human being, as a child of God. It is not something that can, by itself, undo all the knots that objectively exist in the systems, but will create in us the willingness to untie them to the extent of our possibilities and, in addition, will give way to an inner change and mentality in us and in society.

This awareness - if it is deeply rooted in the social substrate - will allow the legislative, economic, and medical structures necessary to face the problems that arise. The solutions do not have to be identical in all moments and realities, but they can be gestated with the combination of public and private, legislation and deontology, social justice and entrepreneurship. The inspiring principle of this work can not be other than the search for good. This good is not an abstract ideal, but a concrete person, a face, who often suffers. Be brave and generous in the intentions, plans and projects and in the use of economic and techno-scientific means. Those who benefit, especially the poorest, will appreciate their efforts and initiatives.

The second word is careful. Healing the sick is not simply the aseptic application of appropriate medications or therapies. Not even its original meaning is limited to seek the restoration of health. The Latin verb "curare" means: attend, worry, take care, be responsible for the other, the brother. We would have to learn a lot about the "cures", because that is what God calls us for. The priests are to take care, to heal.

This provision of the health agent is important in all cases, but perhaps it is perceived with greater intensity in palliative care. We are living almost universally a strong tendency to legalize euthanasia. We know that when a calm and participative human accompaniment is made, the chronic serious patient or terminally ill patient receives this request. Even in those harsh circumstances, if the person feels loved, respected, accepted, the negative shadow of euthanasia disappears or becomes almost non-existent, because the value of his being is measured by his ability to give and receive love, and not by his or her productivity.

It is necessary that health professionals and those engaged in health care engage in a continuous updating of the necessary skills, so that they can always respond to their vocation as ministers of life. The New Charter of Health Care Agents (NCAS) is a useful tool for reflection and work for you, and is an element that can help in the dialogue between private and state, national and international initiatives and projects. This dialogue and joint work enriches concretely the health benefits and goes out to meet the many needs and health emergencies of our Latin American people.
The third word is confidence, which we can distinguish in several areas. First of all, as you know, it is the patient's own confidence in himself, in the possibility of being cured, because that is where a great part of the success of the therapy lies. No less important is for the worker to be able to perform his function in an environment of serenity, and this can not be separated from knowing that he is doing the right thing, as humanly as possible, depending on the resources available. This certainty must be based on a sustainable system of health care, in which all the elements that comprise it, governed by sound subsidiarity, support each other to respond to the needs of society as a whole, and of the patient in its uniqueness

Putting oneself in the hands of a person, especially when life is at stake, is very difficult; However, the relationship with the doctor or nurse has always been based on responsibility and loyalty. Today, due to the bureaucratization and complexity of the health system, we run the risk that the terms of the "contract" are those that establish this relationship between the patient and the health agent, thereby breaking that trust.

We must continue fighting to keep this link of profound humanity intact, since no health care institution can replace the human heart or human compassion (cf. Therefore, the relationship with the patient requires respect for their autonomy and a strong burden of availability, attention, understanding, complicity and dialogue, to be an expression of a commitment assumed as a service (see NCAS, 4).

I encourage you in your task of bringing so many people and so many families the hope and joy they lack. May our holy Virgin, Health of the Sick, accompany you in your ideals and work, and she who knew how to welcome Life, Jesus, in your bosom, be an example of faith and courage for all of you. From my heart, I bless you all. May God, Father of all, give each of us prudence, love, closeness to the sick in order to fulfill their duty with great humanity. And please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
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#Novena to St. Therese Little Flower - Litany, Rosary and Special Prayers - SHARE

Prayers to St. Therese
of the Child Jesus,
the Little Flower

Patroness of the Missions & Missionaries
O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your Miraculous Intercession.
So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles...the Greatest Saint of Modern Times." Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention specifics here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good upon the earth...of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses.
Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere" and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.
Little Flower Prayer
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love; ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more. Amen.

The Little Flower Rosary
Make the Sign of the Cross, and say on the first bead:
St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us!
On each of the remaining 24 beads say 1 Glory be in honor of the Blessed Trinity, in thanksgiving for giving the world the Little Saint who lived only 24 years.
Concluding prayer to St. Therese:
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavently garden and sent it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.

Litany of the Little Flower of Jesus 
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us,
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us,
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us,
Holy Mary, Pray for us
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us
Our Lady of Victory,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  servant of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  victim of the merciful love of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  spouse of Jesus, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  gift of Heaven, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  remarkable in childhood, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  an example of obedience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  resigned to the Divine Will of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of peace, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of patience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of gentleness, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  heroic in sacrifices, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  generous in forgiving, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  benefactress of the needy, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of Jesus, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  devoted to the Holy Face, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  consumed with Divine love of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  advocate of extreme cases, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  persevering in prayer, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  a powerful advocate with God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  showering roses, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  doing good upon earth, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  answering all prayers, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of Holy Chastity, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of voluntary poverty, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of obedience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  burning with zeal for God's glory, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  inflamed with the Spirit of Love,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  child of benediction, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  perfect in simplicity,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  so remarkable for trust in God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  gifted with unusual intelligence, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  never invoked without some answer, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  teaching us the sure way, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  victim of Divine Love, Pray for us
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O LordLamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us.
   Let us Pray:
         O God, Who didst inflame with Thy Spirit of Love the soul of Thy Servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love Thee and make Thee much loved.   Amen.

For Healing
Dearest Saint Therese, you are the Little Flower of Jesus. Pray this day that I may be made well in body, mind, and spirit. Help me to always see, as you so clearly did, that my sufferings and trials are meant to cleanse and purify me so that I may be more worthy to receive God's unending Love. Amen.

Little Flower Novena (to be prayed for 9 consecutive days)
Prayers to be said each day:
Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love.
V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us prayO God, who have instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be ever truly wise and rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love: O my God! I believe in Thee: strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in Thee: do Thou secure them. I love Thee: teach me to love Thee daily more and more.
The Act of Contrition: O my God! I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance , and to amend my life. Amen.

Concluding Prayer Prayed Each Day:
O Lord, You have said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven; grant us, we beg You, so to follow, in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the Virgin blessed Thérèse, that we may attain to an everlasting reward. Amen.
Special Prayers for Each Day:
First Day
St. Thérèse, privileged Little Flower of Jesus and Mary, I approach you with childlike confidence and deep humility. I lay before you my desires, and beg that through your intercession they may be realized. Did you not promise to spend your heaven doing good upon earth? Grant me according to this promise the favors I am asking from you.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but specially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Confidence in God. We can never have too much confidence in the good God who is so powerful and so merciful. We obtain from Him as much as we hope for. If you are nothing, do you forget that Jesus is everything? You have only to lose your nothingness in His Infinity and think only of loving Him.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Second Day
O dear little Saint, now that you see the crucified Jesus in heaven, still bearing the wounds caused by sin, you know still more clearly than you did upon earth the value of souls, and the priceless worth of that Precious Blood which He shed to save them. As I am one of those children for whom Christ died, obtain for me all the graces I need in order to profit by that Precious Blood. Use your great power with our divine Lord and pray for me.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Sin. The only grace I ask, O Jesus, is never to offend Thee. By love and not by fear, does a soul avoid committing the least fault. Yes, even if I have on my conscience every possible crime, I should lose none of my confidence; my heart breaking with sorrow, I should go and throw myself into the arms of my Savior. The remembrance of my faults humbles me and makes me afraid to rely on my own strength, which is nothing but weakness.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Third Day
Dear Little Flower, make all things lead me to heaven and God, Whether I look at the sun, the moon, the stars and the vast expanse in which they float, or whether I look at the flowers of the field, the trees of the forest, the beauties of the earth so full of color and so glorious, may they speak to me of the love and power of God; may they all sing His praises in my ear. Like you may I daily love Him more and more in return for His gifts. Teach me often to deny myself in my dealings with others, that I may offer to Jesus many little sacrifices.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: The Use of God’s Gifts. How much benefit have I received from the beauties of nature, bestowed in such abundance. How they raise me to Him who placed such wonders in this land of exile which is only to last a day. O sparkling nature, if I did not see God in you, you would be naught but a great tomb. With your little hand which caresses Mary, You sustain the universe and bestow life; and You think of me, O Jesus my little King. I do not wish creatures to have one atom of my love. I wish to give all to Jesus, since He has shown me that He alone is perfect happiness.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Fourth Day
Dear Little Flower of Carmel, bearing so patiently the disappointments and delays allowed by God, and preserving in the depths of your soul an unchanging peace because you sought only God’s will, ask for me complete conformity to that adorable Will in all the trials and disappointments of life. If the favors I am asking during this Novena are pleasing to God, obtain them for me. If not, it is true I shall feel the refusal keenly, but I too wish only God’s Will, and pray in the words you used, that I "may ever be perfectly fulfilled in me."
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Abandonment to God. I fear only one thing---to keep my own will; take it, my God, for I choose all that You choose. The only happiness here below is to strive to be always content with what Jesus gives us. I can demand nothing with fervor, except the perfect accomplishment of God’s will in my soul. O my Beloved, I offer myself to You, that You may perfectly accomplish in me Your holy designs, and I will not allow anything created to be an obstacle in their path.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Fifth Day
Little Flower of Jesus, from the very first moment of your religious life you thought only of denying yourself in all things so as to follow Jesus more perfectly; help me to bear patiently the trials of my daily life. Teach me to make use of the trials, the sufferings, the humiliations, that come my way, to learn to know myself better and to love God more.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Patience in Sufferings. I do not fear trials sent by Jesus, for even in the most bitter suffering we can see that it is His loving hand which causes it. When we are expecting nothing but suffering, we are quite surprised at the least joy; but then suffering itself becomes the greatest of joys when we seek it as a precious treasure. Far from resembling those beautiful saints who practiced all sorts of austerities from childhood, my penance consisted in breaking my self-will, in keeping back a sharp reply, in doing little kindnesses to those about me, but considering these deeds as nothing.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Sixth Day
St. Thérèse, Patroness of the Missions, be a great missionary throughout the world to the end of time. Remind our Master of His own words, "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." Your zeal for souls was so great, obtain a like zeal for those now working for souls, and beg God to multiply their numbers, that the millions to whom Jesus is yet unknown may be brought to know, love and follow Him.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Zeal for souls. Let us work together for the salvation of souls. We have only the day of this life to save souls and to give them to the Lord as proofs of our love. I tell Jesus that I am glad not to be able to see, with the eyes of my soul, this beautiful heaven which awaits me, in order that He may vouchsafe to open it forever to poor unbelievers. I cannot perform brilliant works; I cannot preach the Gospel or shed my blood. But what matter? My brothers work in place of me, and I a little child, keep very close to the royal throne. I love for those who are carrying on the warfare. My deeds, my little sufferings, can make God loved all over the world.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Seventh Day
O little martyr of Love, you know now even better than in the days of your pilgrimage that Love embraces all vocations; that it is Love alone which counts, which unites us perfectly to God and conforms our will with His. All you sought on earth was love; to love Jesus as He had never yet been loved. Use your power in heaven to make us love Him. If only we love Him we shall desire to make Him loved by others; we shall pray much for souls. We shall no longer fear death, for it will unite us to Him forever. Obtain for us the grace to do all for the love of God, to give Him pleasure, to love Him so well that He may be pleased with us as He was with you.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Love of God. I will love God alone and will not have the misfortune of attaching myself to creatures, now that my heart perceive what He has in store for those who love Him. What attracts me to the kingdom of Heaven is the call of our Lord, the hope of loving Him as I have so desired and the thought that I shall be able to make Him loved by a great number of souls who will bless Him forever. When Christ said, "Give Me a Drink," it was the love of His poor creatures that He, the Creator of all things, desired. He thirsted for love. Remember that the dear Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone. Remember that He is consumed with a desire to come into your heart.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Eighth Day
Dear St. Thérèse, like you I have to die one day. I beseech you, obtain from God, by reminding Him of your own precious death, that I may have a holy death, strengthened by the Sacraments of the Church, entirely resigned to the most holy Will of God, and burning with love for Him. May my last words on earth be, "My God. I love You."
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Death. It says in the catechism that death is nothing but the separation of the soul and body. Well, I have no fear of a separation which will unite me forever with the good God. I am happy to die because I shall be able to help souls who are dear to me, far more than I can here below. Life is not sad; it is very joyous. If you say, "This exile is sad," I understand you. We are wrong to give the name "life" to something which will end; it is only to the things of Heaven that we should apply this beautiful name.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Ninth Day
Dear Little St. Thérèse, by love and suffering while you were on earth, you won the power with God which you now enjoy in heaven. Since your life there began, you have showered down countless blessings on this poor world; you have been an instrument made use of by your divine Spouse to work countless miracles. I beg of you to remember all my wants. Sufferings must come to me also, may I use them to love God more, and follow my Jesus better. You are especially the little missionary of love. Make me love Jesus more, and all others for His sake. With all my heart I thank the most Holy Trinity for the wonderful blessings conferred on you, and upon the world through you.
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: The Mission of the Little Flower. I do not intend to remain inactive in Heaven. I want to work for the Church and for souls. I have asked this of God and I am certain that He will grant my request. I will spend my Heaven doing good upon earth. This is not impossible, since the angels though always enjoying the beatific vision, watch over us. No, I cannot be at rest until the end of the world. I beseech Thee, O Jesus, to cast Thy divine glance on a great number of little souls. I beg of Thee to choose in this world a legion of little victims, worthy of Thy Love.
Pray the Concluding Prayer

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday October 1, 2018 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 455

Reading 1JB 1:6-22

One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,
Satan also came among them.
And the LORD said to Satan, "Whence do you come?"
Then Satan answered the LORD and said,
"From roaming the earth and patrolling it."
And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job,
and that there is no one on earth like him,
blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?"
But Satan answered the LORD and said,
"Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?
Have you not surrounded him and his family
and all that he has with your protection?
You have blessed the work of his hands,
and his livestock are spread over the land.
But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has,
and surely he will blaspheme you to your face."
And the LORD said to Satan,
"Behold, all that he has is in your power;
only do not lay a hand upon his person."
So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And so one day, while his sons and his daughters
were eating and drinking wine
in the house of their eldest brother,
a messenger came to Job and said,
"The oxen were ploughing and the asses grazing beside them,
and the Sabeans carried them off in a raid.
They put the herdsmen to the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you."
While he was yet speaking, another came and said,
"Lightning has fallen from heaven
and struck the sheep and their shepherds and consumed them;
and I alone have escaped to tell you."
While he was yet speaking, another messenger came and said,
"The Chaldeans formed three columns,
seized the camels, carried them off,
and put those tending them to the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you."
While he was yet speaking, another came and said,
"Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine
in the house of their eldest brother,
when suddenly a great wind came across the desert
and smote the four corners of the house.
It fell upon the young people and they are dead;
and I alone have escaped to tell you."
Then Job began to tear his cloak and cut off his hair.
He cast himself prostrate upon the ground, and said,

"Naked I came forth from my mother's womb,
and naked shall I go back again.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!"

In all this Job did not sin,
nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.

Responsorial PsalmPS 17:1BCD, 2-3, 6-7

R. (6) Incline your ear to me and hear my word.
Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
attend to my outcry;
hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.
R. Incline your ear to me and hear my word.
From you let my judgment come;
your eyes behold what is right.
Though you test my heart, searching it in the night,
though you try me with fire, you shall find no malice in me.
R. Incline your ear to me and hear my word.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my word.
Show your wondrous mercies,
O savior of those who flee
from their foes to refuge at your right hand.
R. Incline your ear to me and hear my word.

AlleluiaMK 10:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples
about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child
and placed it by his side and said to them,
"Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest."

Then John said in reply,
"Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company."
Jesus said to him,
"Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you."