Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Saint October 3 : St. Mother Theodore Guérin the Founder of the Sisters of Providence

THÉODORE GUÉRIN (1798 – 1856)

“What strength the soul draws from prayer! In the midst of a storm, how sweet is the calm it finds in the heart of Jesus. But what comfort is there for those who do not pray?” These words, written by Mother Théodore Guérin after surviving a violent storm at sea, perhaps best exemplify her life and ministry. Truly, Mother Theodore drew strength from prayer, from conversations with God, with Jesus and with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Throughout her life, she encouraged prayer as she sought to share the love of God with people everywhere.
Mother THÉODORE—ANNE-THÉRÈSE GUÉRIN—was born Oct. 2, 1798, in the village of Etables, France. Her devotion to God and to the Roman Catholic Church began when she was a young child. She was allowed to receive her First Communion at the age of 10 and, at that time, told the parish priest that someday she would be a nun.
The child Anne-Thérèse often sought solitude along the rocky shore near her home, where she devoted hours to meditation, reflection and prayer. She was educated by her mother, Isabelle Guérin, who centered lessons on religion and Scripture, thus nurturing the child’s love of God. Anne-Thérèse’s father, Laurent, who served in Napoleon’s navy, was away from home for years at a time. When Anne-Thérèse was 15 years old, her father was murdered by bandits as he traveled home to visit his family. The loss of her husband nearly overwhelmed Isabelle and, for many years, Anne-Thérèse bore the responsibility of caring for her mother and her young sister, as well as the family’s home and garden.
Through those years of hardship and sacrifice, indeed through all the years of her life, Mother Théodore’s faith in God neither wavered nor faltered. She knew in the depths of her soul that God was with her and always would be with her, a constant companion.
Anne-Thérèse was nearly 25 years old when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé-sur-Loir, a young community of women religious serving God by providing opportunities for education to children and by caring for the poor, sick and dying.
While teaching and caring for the sick in France, Mother Théodore, then known as Sister St. Theodore, was asked to lead a small missionary band of Sisters of Providence to the United States of America, to establish a motherhouse, to open schools and to share the love of God with pioneers in the Diocese of Vincennes in the State of Indiana. Humble and prone to feelings of unworthiness, Mother Theodore could not imagine that she was suitable for such a mission. Her health was fragile. During her novitiate with the Sisters of Providence, she became very ill. Remedies cured the illness but severely damaged her digestive system; for the remainder of her life she was able to consume only soft, bland foods and liquids. Her physical condition added to her doubts about accepting the mission. Nevertheless, after hours of prayer and lengthy consultations with her superiors, she accepted the mission, fearing that if she did not, no one would venture to the wilderness to share the love of God.
Equipped with little more than her steadfast desire to serve God, Mother Théodore and her five companion Sisters of Providence arrived at the site of their mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the evening of October 22, 1840, and immediately hastened along a muddy, narrow path to the tiny log cabin that served as the chapel. There, they knelt in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to thank God for their safe journey and to ask for God’s blessings for the new mission.
Here, on this hilly, ravine-cut, densely forested land, Mother Théodore would establish a motherhouse, a school and a legacy of love, mercy and justice that continues to this day.
Throughout years of sorrow and years of peace, Mother Théodore relied upon God’s Providence and her own ingenuity and faith for counsel and guidance. She urged Sisters of Providence to “Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence.” In letters to France, she stated, “But our hope is in the Providence of God, which   has protected us until the present, and which will provide, somehow, for our future needs.”
In the fall of 1840, the mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods consisted only of a tiny log cabin chapel that also served as lodging for a priest, and a small frame farmhouse, where Mother Théodore, the sisters from France and several postulants lived. During that first winter, harsh winds blew from the north to rattle the little farmhouse The sisters were often cold and frequently hungry. But they transformed a porch into a chapel and were comforted by the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the humble motherhouse. Mother Théodore said, “With Jesus, what shall we have to fear?”
During the early years at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Théodore encountered numerous trials: prejudice against Catholics and, especially, against Catholic women religious; betrayals; misunderstandings; the separation of the Congregation in Indiana from the one in Ruillé; a devastating fire that destroyed an entire harvest leaving the sisters destitute and hungry, and frequent life-threatening illnesses. Still she persevered, desiring only that “In all and everywhere may the will of God be done.” In correspondence to friends, Mother Théodore acknowledged the tribulations. She wrote: “If ever this poor little Community becomes settled, it will be established on the Cross; and that is what gives me confidence and makes me hope, sometimes even against hope.”
Less than a year after arriving at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Théodore opened the Congregation’s first Academy and, in 1842, established schools at Jasper, Indiana, and St. Francisville, Illinois By the time of her death on May 14, 1856, Mother Théodore had opened schools in towns throughout Indiana, and the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence was strong, viable and respected. Always, Mother Théodore attributed the growth and success of the Sisters of Providence to God and to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, to whom she dedicated the ministry at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods.
Mother Théodore’s holiness was evident to people who knew her, and many described her simply as “saintly”. She possessed the ability to draw out the best in people, to enable them to attain more than they thought possible. Mother Théodore’s love was one of her great hallmarks. She loved God, God’s people, the Sisters of Providence, the Roman Catholic Church and the people she served. She did not exclude anyone from her ministries or her prayers, for she dedicated her life to helping people know God and live better lives.
Mother Théodore knew that alone she could do nothing, but that all things were possible with God. She accepted trials, trouble and occasions when she was treated unjustly as part of her life. In the midst of persecution, Mother Théodore remained true, a faithful woman of God.
Mother Théodore died sixteen years after she arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. During those fleeting years, she touched a countless number of lives—and continues to do so today.
The gift she gives to each succeeding generation is her life as a model of holiness, virtue, love and faith.
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5 Amazing Facts about Guardian Angels - You Need to Know and SHARE!

1. Every Person (from conception) has his/her own Guardian Angel (even those with no Faith) who is with them all the time.
2. Your Angel is trying to help(protect) you Love God and get to heaven.
3. Angels cannot sin and are great examples.
4. Your Angel can send you  or others signals to warn you and try to tell you something.
5. Your can talk/pray to your Angel and ask them to help you. 
Daily Prayer to your Guardian Angel:
Angel of God 
My guardian dear 
To Whom God's Love 
Commits me here 
Ever this day 
Be at my side 
To light and guard 
To rule and guide. Amen

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Pope Francis explains ".. evangelization means letting yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit, let him be the one to push the announcement with witness, even with martyrdom.." Full Text


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles - 10. "He announced to him Jesus" (Acts 8:35). Filippo and the "race" of the Gospel on new roads.

Dear brothers and sisters!

After the martyrdom of Stephen, the "race" of the Word of God seems to suffer a setback, for the outbreak of "a violent persecution against the Church of Jerusalem" (Acts 8: 1). Following this, the Apostles remain in Jerusalem, while many Christians scatter to other places in Judea and Samaria.

In the Book of Acts, the persecution appears as the permanent state of the disciples' life, in accordance with what Jesus said: "If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you" (Jn 15:20). But the persecution, instead of extinguishing the fire of evangelization feeds it even more.

We heard what the deacon Philip did that began to evangelize the cities of Samaria, and there are numerous signs of liberation and healing that accompany the proclamation of the Word. At this point the Holy Spirit marks a new stage in the journey of the Gospel: it pushes Philip to go towards a stranger with a heart open to God. Philip stands up and starts off with enthusiasm and, on a deserted and dangerous road, meets a high official of the queen of Ethiopia, administrator of her treasures. This man, a eunuch, after having been in Jerusalem for worship, is returning to his country. He was a Jewish proselytist from Ethiopia. Sitting in a carriage, he reads the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, in particular the fourth chant of the "servant of the Lord".
Philip approaches the carriage and asks him: "Do you understand what you are reading?" (Acts 8.30). The Ethiopian replies: "And how could I understand, if no one guides me?" (Acts 8:31). That powerful man recognizes that he needs to be guided to understand the Word of God. He was the great banker, he was the minister of the economy, he had all the power of money, but he knew that without explanation he could not understand, he was humble.

And this dialogue between Philip and the Ethiopian also makes us reflect on the fact that it is not enough to read Scripture, we need to understand its meaning, find the "juice" going beyond the "bark", drawing the Spirit that animates the letter. As Pope Benedict said at the beginning of the Synod on the Word of God, "exegesis, the true reading of Sacred Scripture, is not just a literary phenomenon, [...]. It is the movement of my existence "(Meditation, 6 October 2008). Entering the Word of God is being willing to go out of one's own limits to meet and conform to Christ who is the living Word of the Father.
So who is the protagonist of this who read the Ethiopian? Filippo offers his interlocutor the key to reading: that mild suffering servant, who does not react to evil with evil and who, even if considered bankrupt and sterile and finally taken away, frees the people from iniquity and bears fruit for God, it is precisely that Christ whom Philip and the Church all announce! Who redeemed us all at Easter. Finally the Ethiopian recognizes Christ and asks for baptism and professes faith in the Lord Jesus. It is beautiful this story but who pushed Philip to go to the desert to meet this man? Who pushed Philip to approach the carriage? It is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist of evangelization. "Father, I'm going to evangelize" - "Yes, what do you do?" - "Ah, I announce the Gospel and I say who Jesus is, I try to convince people that Jesus is God". Dear, this is not evangelization, if there is no Holy Spirit there is no evangelization. This can be proselytism, publicity ... But evangelization means letting yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit, let him be the one to push you to the announcement, to the announcement with witness, even with martyrdom, even with the word.

After having brought the Ethiopian together with the Risen One - the Ethiopian meets the risen Jesus because he understands that prophecy - Philip disappears, the Spirit takes him and sends him to do another thing. I said that the protagonist of evangelization is the Holy Spirit and what is the sign that you Christian, Christian, are an evangelizer? Joy. Even in martyrdom. And Philip full of joy went to another part to preach the Gospel.

May the Spirit make baptized men and women who announce the Gospel to attract others not to themselves but to Christ, who know how to make room for God's action, who know how to make others free and responsible before the Lord.

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les personnes de langue française, en particulier les pèlerins de la paroisse de Villeneuve, le Collège Maitrise de Massabielle de Pointe-à-Pitre, le Collège Saint-Joseph de Oyonnax et le groupe de pèlerins du Diocèse de Québec. La rencontre de Philippe avec l’Ethiopien nous révèle l’importance de la compréhension de la Parole de Dieu et des sacrements pour une vie nouvelle en Dieu. Et la joie est la caractéristique de tout chrétien disciple du Christ mort et ressuscité. Que l’Esprit Saint fasse de nous des hommes et des femmes amoureux du Christ et joyeux dans l’annonce de son message d’espérance. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
[Saluto calorosamente i fedeli francofoni, in particolare i pellegrini della Parrocchia di Villeneuve; il Collegio Maîtrise di Massabielle di Pointe-à-Pitre; il Collegio Saint-Joseph di Oyonnax; e il gruppo di pellegrini della Diocesi di Quebec. L'incontro di Filippo con l'Etiope rivela l'importanza di comprendere la Parola di Dio e i Sacramenti per una nuova vita in Dio. E la gioia è la caratteristica di tutti i cristiani, discepoli di Cristo, morto e risorto. Possa lo Spirito Santo rendervi uomini e donne amanti di Cristo, e gioiosi nell'annuncio del Suo messaggio di speranza. Dio vi benedica!]
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Botswana, Australia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States of America. In a particular way my greeting goes to the seminarians of the Pontifical North American College and their families gathered for the ordination to the Diaconate to be celebrated tomorrow. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!
[Saluto i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all’odierna Udienza, specialmente i gruppi provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Irlanda, Danimarca, Paesi Bassi, Norvegia, Svezia, Botswana, Australia, Cina, Indonesia, Filippine, Canada e Stati Uniti d’America. In particolare saluto i seminaristi del Pontificio Collegio Americano del Nord e i loro familiari, riuniti per l’ordinazione diaconale che si terrà domani. Su di voi e sulle vostre famiglie invoco la gioia e la pace del Signore Gesù Cristo. Dio vi benedica!]
Einen lieben Gruß richte ich an die Pilger und Besucher deutscher Sprache, insbesondere die Schüler des Cusanus-Gymnasiums in Koblenz und die Schützen aus Werl. Der Hauch des Heiligen Geistes mache uns fähig, dem Handeln Gottes in uns Raum zu verschaffen, indem wir den geringsten und schwächsten Brüdern und Schwestern beístehen. Der Herr segne euch und eure Familien!
[Rivolgo un caro saluto ai pellegrini di lingua tedesca, in particolare agli alunni del Cusanus-Gymnasium di Koblenz e agli Schützen di Werl. Il soffio dello Spirito Santo ci renda capaci di fare spazio all’azione di Dio in noi, aiutando i fratelli e le sorelle più piccoli e bisognosi. Il Signore benedica voi e le vostre famiglie!]
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y de Latinoamérica. Hoy, memoria litúrgica de los ángeles custodios, pidamos al Señor que nos conceda, por su intercesión, el don de su Espíritu Santo, para que haga de todos nosotros los bautizados anunciadores valientes del Evangelio, dando cabida en nuestra vida a la acción de Dios, que nos hace criaturas nuevas y criaturas libres. Que el Señor los bendiga.
Queridos peregrinos do Brasil e todos os outros de língua portuguesa, sede bem-vindos! Que esta peregrinação a Roma vos encha de luz e fortaleza para anunciardes Jesus Cristo, único Salvador e Senhor da vida: fora d'Ele, não há vida, nem esperança alguma de a encontrar. Com Cristo, pelo contrário, sucesso eterno à vida que Deus vos confiou. Assim Deus vos abençoe a vós e às vossas famílias! Rezai pelas missões.
[Cari pellegrini del Brasile e tutti gli altri di lingua portoghese, benvenuti! Possa questo pellegrinaggio a Roma riempirvi di luce e fortezza per annunciare Gesù Cristo, unico Salvatore e Signore della vita: fuori di Lui, non c'è vita, né speranza alcuna di trovarla. Con Cristo, invece, eterno successo alla vita che Dio vi ha affidata. Così Dio benedica voi e le vostre famiglie! Pregate per le missioni.]
أرحب بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من العراق، ومن الأردن، ومن الشرق الأوسط. من المستحيل، بدون مساعدة الرب لنا، أن نفهم الكتاب المقدس بعمق، والعكس صحيح أيضا: فبدون الكتاب المقدس، تظل أحداث رسالة يسوع وكنيسته في العالم غير مفهومة. وقد كتب القديس إيرونيموس بحق: "أن نجهل الكتاب المقدس هو أن نجهل المسيح ذاته". ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم دائما من الشرير!
[I warmly welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those from Iraq, Jordan and the Middle East. Without the Lord it is impossible to understand in depth the Holy Scriptures, but the opposite is also true: without the Sacred Scriptures the events of the mission of Jesus and his Church in the world remain undecipherable. Saint Jerome could rightly write: "The ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ". May the Lord bless you and always protect you from the evil one!]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, wczoraj rozpoczął się Nadzwyczajny Miesiąc Misyjny. „Obchody tego miesiąca pomogą nam przede wszystkim w ponownym odkryciu misyjnego znaczenia naszego przylgnięcia wiary do Jezusa Chrystusa, wiary darmo otrzymanej jako dar w sakramencie Chrztu św.” Wszyscy bowiem, jako „Ochrzczeni i posłani”, jesteśmy wezwani, byśmy sami byli świadkami Chrystusa i byśmy wspierali misjonarzy, którzy niosą Ewangelię wszystkim ludom na świecie. Niech im zawsze towarzyszy nasza modlitwa i konkretne dzieła solidarności. Z serca wam błogosławię.
[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Dear brothers and sisters, yesterday the Extraordinary Missionary Month began. "Celebrating this month will help us in the first place to rediscover the missionary meaning of our adhesion of faith to Jesus Christ, faith freely received as a gift in Baptism". In fact, all of us, as "Baptized and sent", are called to be witnesses of Christ and supporters of the missionaries who bring the Gospel to all the peoples of the world. Our prayer and the concrete gestures of solidarity always accompany them. I bless you from my heart.]
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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the participants in the meeting promoted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on Mahatma Gandhi; and the Priests of the Pontifical International Missionary College Saint Paul the Apostle, in Rome.

I greet the parishes of Copertino and Livizzano; and the group of young Chinese Catholics, from Prato.

I am particularly interested in young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds.

Today we celebrate the memory of the Holy Guardian Angels. Their presence strengthens in you the certainty that God accompanies each person's life journey. Support you in announcing and living the Gospel of Christ for a world renewed in God's love.

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Glorious "Hymn of the Cherubim" by Tchaikovsky - Hauntingly Beautiful will Touch you Soul!

~Listen to this Beautiful Cherubic Hymn which is the primary cherubikon (Gr: χερουβικόν), or song of the angels, sung during every Divine Liturgy of the year. The Cherubic Hymn was added to the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom near the end of the sixth century. 
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Translation in English:
 "We, who mystically represent the Cherubim, And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity, Let us set aside the cares of life That we may receive the King of all, Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts." 
Lyrics in Greek:

Οἱ τὰ Χερουβεὶμ μυστικῶς εἰκονίζοντες,
καὶ τῇ ζωοποιῷ Τριάδι τὸν Τρισάγιον ὕμνον προσάδοντες,
πᾶσαν τὴν βιοτικὴν ἀποθώμεθα μέριμναν.
Ὡς τὸν Βασιλέα τῶν ὅλων ὑποδεξόμενοι,
ταῖς ἀγγελικαῖς ἀοράτως δορυφορούμενον τάξεσιν.

Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα.

Image Source : Google : 1854 Louis Janmot (French; 1814-92) 

US Ambassador to the Vatican Remarks on “Pathways to Achieving Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations”

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in honor of the Symposium: (FULL Video at Bottom)
“Pathways to Achieving Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations”

Villa Richardson
Rome, Italy
October 1, 2019

Full Text: As Delivered:

Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – good evening! Newt and I are delighted to welcome you to Villa Richardson.

We’re gathered this evening to launch the U.S. – Holy See Symposium, “Pathways to Achieving Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations.”

I’d like to thank His Eminence Cardinal Parolin, His Excellency Archbishop Gallagher, and the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, for their partnership and support in making this symposium possible.

I am also grateful to my colleagues from the U.S. Department of State who join us this evening, including, Mary Kissel, Senior Advisor to Secretary Pompeo; Kip Tom, our U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome; and Kevin Moley, our Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs.

Also here this evening are two of my esteemed colleagues who will speak at tomorrow’s symposium: Sam Brownback, our U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom; and John Cotton Richmond, our U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking-in-Persons.  Thank you so much for your participation!

Finally, I’d like to thank all of our symposium panelists for being here this evening, and for lending their expertise to our program.

Tomorrow, I will have the distinct honor of introducing our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, as he delivers opening remarks at our symposium.

Secretary Pompeo’s participation in tomorrow’s symposium illustrates the importance that the United States places on its diplomatic relationship with the Holy See.
Secretary Pompeo – like President Trump – is deeply mindful of the role the Vatican plays in addressing global challenges.

I’d like to say a few words about how and why our symposium became a reality.  As many of you know, 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See.

To celebrate, we’ve hosted a number of special events this year to commemorate our anniversary.

From symposia to exhibits, to receptions, to concerts, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has been working hard to highlight the many ways we partner with the Vatican to advance our shared priorities and objectives.

Tomorrow’s symposium, in many ways, is the capstone to an incredible year of collaboration.  It is dedicated to promoting the role of faith-based organizations in advancing peace, freedom, and human dignity around the world.

The United States, under President Trump’s leadership, is proud of its steadfast support of faith-based organizations.

Faith-based organizations distribute aid to those in need, serve as lifelines for those experiencing unprecedented hardships, and advocate for the oppressed.

They provide humanitarian assistance and support to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet, including:  victims of religious persecution, human trafficking, and natural and man-made disasters.

It is my hope that, through our discussions tomorrow at the Vatican, we will send a clear and unified message that by partnering with faith-based organizations, we can achieve real and lasting human dignity for all.

Thank you for being here, and for your participation in our symposium.  God bless
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Novena to Guardian Angels - Special Prayers with Litany, Chaplet that will help you in Life!

Guardian Angel Prayers

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this night/day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Litany to the Guardian Angels 
Angel, my counselor, inspire me.
Angel, my defender, protect me;
Angel, my faithful friend, intercede for me;
Angel, my consoler, fortify me;
Angel, my brother, defend me;
Angel, my teacher, instruct me;
Angel, witness of all my actions, purify me;
Angel, my helper, support me;
Angel, my intercessor, speak for me;
Angel, my guide, direct me;
Angel, my light, enlighten me;
Angel, whom God has assigned to lead me, govern me.

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 Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Queen of the Angels, pray for us.
St. Michael, pray for us.
St. Gabriel, pray for us.
St. Raphael, pray for us.
All holy Angels and Archangels, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who unceasingly behold the Face
of the heavenly Father, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who never part from us, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who are devoted to us in heavenly friendship,
pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, our faithful admonishers, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who preserve us from many evils of body and soul,
pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, our mighty defenders against the attacks
of the evil enemy, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, our support in the time of temptations, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who help us when we stumble and fall, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who comfort us in troubles and sufferings,
pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who uphold our prayers and carry them before the
Throne of God, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who through your inspirations and encouragement help us to progress in the good, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who despite our faults never leave us, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who rejoice over our improvement and advancement inperfection, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who watch over us and pray for us even when we rest, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who do not abandon us in our agony of death,
pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who console the souls in Purgatory, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, who lead the righteous into Heaven, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels, with whom one day we hope to eternally praise and
behold God, pray for us.
Noble Princes of Heaven, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord!

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father...

Bless the Lord, all His Angels, you mighty ones who do His Will.
He has sent His Angels before you, to guard you on all your ways.
My God, in the presence of the Angels, I will bless You.
    I want to adore You and praise Your holy Name.
Lord, hear my prayer. And let my cry come unto You.

Almighty, Eternal God, in Your ineffable goodness You have assigned a special Angel to all men, from the womb onwards, as a protection for body and soul. Graciously grant that I may follow my holy Angel so faithfully and love him so dearly, that through Your grace and under his protection I may one day reach the heavenly Father's House and may merit to behold Your Divine Countenance together with him and all the holy Angels.  Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

A Mother's Prayer to the Guardian Angels of her children
I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company. Amen

Prayer to One's Guardian Angel
When Unable to Assist at Mass for Spiritual Communion
Go, my Angel Guardian dear, To Church for me, the Mass to hear. Go, kneel devoutly at my place and treasure for me every grace. At the Offertory time Please offer me to God Divine. All I have and all I am, present it with the Precious Lamb. Adore for me the great Oblation. Pray for all I hold most dear, be they far or be they near. Remember too, my own dear dead for whom Christ's Precious Blood was shed. And at Communion bring to me Christ's Flesh and Blood, my Food to be. To give me strength and holy grace , a pledge to see Him face to Face. And when the Holy Mass is done, then with His blessing, come back home. Amen.

Chaplet to the Guardian Angel
Heavenly Father, the moment You created my soul, You gave me to the care of an angel to enlighten, guard, rule, and govern me. I thank You for Your infinite goodness to me. I thank you also, my guardian angel, for accompanying me every day on my journey back to heaven. It is a great comfort for me to know that you give me holy inspirations, that you defend me from dangers to soul and body, and that you pray to the Father for me.
O angel of God, to whose guardianship I have been committed by the divine mercy,
enlighten and guard, rule, and govern me. Amen.
My guardian angel, you always contemplate the Lord and you want me to be your fellow citizen in heaven. I beg you to obtain for me pardon from the Lord for being very often deaf to your counsels, and for sinning, unmindful of your presence.
O angel of God, to whose guardianship I have been committed by the divine mercy,
enlighten and guard, rule, and govern me. Amen.
My guardian angel, faithful and strong in virtue, you are among the angels in heaven who, led by St. Michael, conquered Satan and his followers. That fight of old continues on earth today: the powers of evil are against Jesus Christ to ensnare souls. Pray to the Immaculate Queen of Apostles for the Church, the city of God that fights against the city of Satan. O Archangel St. Michael, with all your followers, defend us in the war; be our strength against the malice and snare of the demon. O that the Lord would subdue him! And you, the prince of the heavenly court, drive away into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who seek to ruin our salvation.
O angel of God, to whose guardianship I have been committed by the divine mercy,
enlighten and guard, rule, and govern me. Amen.
O angels of paradise, take care of writers, technicians, and distributors of all media and all who use them. Guard them from spreading evil, guide them in truth and obtain for them true charity. Ask the Lord for necessary vocations to combat evil and accompany them in their delicate mission. Inspire all people to contribute with deeds, prayers, and offerings for the conversion of hearts and the salvation of souls. Pray that we serve to raise the standard of human life and direct the human race towards eternal good.
O angel of God, to whose guardianship I have been committed by the divine mercy,
enlighten and guard, rule, and govern me. Amen.
All you angels of the Lord, you have been called to form a noble court, to praise and bless continuously the Holy Trinity, to make up for our forgetfulness. You are true lovers of God and of souls, and you continue to sing, "Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to people of good will."
We pray that all may know the true and only God, the Son sent by Him, and the Church, the pillar of truth. Pray that the Name of God may be held holy, that the kingdom of Jesus Christ may come, and His will may be done on earth as it is heaven. Protect and guide the civil authorities, the workers, and the suffering; obtain blessings and salvation for all those who search for truth, justice, and peace.
O angel of God, to whose guardianship I have been committed by the divine mercy,
enlighten and guard, rule, and govern me. Amen.
(Prayers Shared from 2HeartsPrayerNetwork)


[Say the novena for nine consecutive days.] 

O holy angels, whom God, 
by the effect of His goodness and His tender regard for my welfare, 
has charged with the care of my conduct, 
and who assists me in all my wants 
and comforts me in all my afflictions, 
who supports me when I am discouraged 
and continually obtains for me new favors, 
I return thee profound thanks, 
and I earnestly beseech thee, 
O most amiable protector, 
to continue thy charitable care and defense of me 
against the malignant attacks of all my enemies. 
Keep me away from all occasions of sin. 
Obtain for me the grace of listening attentively 
to thy holy inspirations 
and of faithfully putting them into practice. 
In particular, I implore thee to obtain for me 
the favor which I ask for by this novena. 

[Here mention your need(s).] 

Protect me in all the temptations and trials of this life, 
but more especially at the hour of my death, 
and do not leave me until thou hast conducted me 
into the presence of my Creator 
in the mansions of everlasting happiness.


Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - #Eucharist - Memorial of the Guardian Angels

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
Lectionary: 457/650

Reading 1NEH 2:1-8

In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,
when the wine was in my charge,
I took some and offered it to the king.
As I had never before been sad in his presence,
the king asked me, “Why do you look sad?
If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart.”
Though I was seized with great fear, I answered the king:
“May the king live forever!
How could I not look sad
when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins,
and its gates have been eaten out by fire?”
The king asked me, “What is it, then, that you wish?”
I prayed to the God of heaven and then answered the king:
“If it please the king,
and if your servant is deserving of your favor,
send me to Judah, to the city of my ancestors’ graves,
to rebuild it.”
Then the king, and the queen seated beside him,
asked me how long my journey would take
and when I would return.
I set a date that was acceptable to him,
and the king agreed that I might go.

I asked the king further: “If it please the king,
let letters be given to me for the governors
of West-of-Euphrates,
that they may afford me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah;
also a letter for Asaph, the keeper of the royal park,
that he may give me wood for timbering the gates
of the temple-citadel and for the city wall
and the house that I shall occupy.”
The king granted my requests,
for the favoring hand of my God was upon me.

Responsorial PsalmPS 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

R. (6ab) Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
Though there our captors asked of us
the lyrics of our songs,
And our despoilers urged us to be joyous:
"Sing for us the songs of Zion!"
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
How could we sing a song of the LORD
in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand be forgotten!
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
May my tongue cleave to my palate
if I remember you not,
If I place not Jerusalem
ahead of my joy.
R. Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

AlleluiaPS 103:21

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Bless the LORD, all you angels,
you ministers, who do his will.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 18:1-5, 10

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
"Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?"
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
"Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."