St. Vincent de Paul – To Be Christ Like Begins With Charity

 

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Let us love God; but at the price of our hands and sweat of our face.” 

You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. And the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them.- St. Vincent de Paul

Another Meditation on the Poor

Even though the poor are often rough and unrefined, we must not judge them from external appearances nor from the mental gifts they seem to have received. On the contrary, if you consider the poor in the light of faith, then you will observe that they are taking the place of the Son of God who chose to be poor. Although in his passion he almost lost the appearance of a man and was considered a fool by the Gentiles and a stumbling block by the Jews, he showed them that his mission was to preach to the poor: “He sent me to preach the good news to the poor.” We also ought to have this same spirit and imitate Christ’s actions, that is, we must take care of the poor, console them, help them, support their cause.

Since Christ willed to be born poor, he chose for himself disciples who were poor. He made himself the servant of the poor and shared their poverty. He went so far as to say that he would consider every deed which either helps or harms the poor as done for or against himself. Since God surely loves the poor, he also loves those who love the poor. For when one person holds another dear, he also includes in his affection anyone who loves or serves the one he loves. That is why we hope that God will love us for the sake of the poor. So when we visit the poor and needy, we try to be understanding where they are concerned. We sympathize with them so fully that we can echo Paul’s words: “I have become all things to all men.” Therefore, we must try to be stirred by our neighbors’ worries and distress.

It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity. With renewed devotion, then, we must serve the poor, especially outcasts and beggars. They have been given to us as our masters and patrons.

~ from the writings of St. Vincent de Paul

 

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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

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Prayer:  Do not forsake me, sweet Mother of Sorrows, because you are my spiritual Mother.  If I confide my salvation to your loving care and faithfully imitate your virtues, I know you will keep me in your Immaculate Heart both now and at the hour of my death.  Amen.

Mary… the Mother of God… the Mother of our Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… Her heart pierced with sorrow… her heart full of pain… For all of Her obedience…for all of her purity and humility… she was rewarded with the suffering of swords… Oh, what a gift to be given! Not just one, but seven swords to pierce her Immaculate Heart. A pain she’d carried with her throughout her life… a pain that was prophesied from the moment of Jesus’ birth... Today, with this feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we celebrate the spiritual martyrdom of the Blessed Mother. As we contemplate her suffering, let us unite our sorrow with that of this Pure, Compassionate, Blessed Virgin… let us offer her our prayers of consolation for our sins…those sins which helped nail Christ to the Cross…

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Oh Thou Mother, font of love! Touch my spirit from above, make my heart with Thine accord, Make me feel as Thou hast felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ the Lord.

And let us also remember that Mary was able to do all that God asked of her, not because She was the Mother of God… no, she was able to bear all things… all sufferings, because she lived her holiness. She clung to her Faith… living it…breathing it… every moment… everyday. She sought to unite herself so closely to the One Who created her, that she was able to view all the events... in all their dreadful agony, with the eyes of God. She did not put herself first… She thought only of God’s plan and His workings for man’s salvation. She gave God her yes… not just once... but with all of her life.

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On this feast of The Most Sorrowful Heart of Mary we are reminded of the tremendous evilness of sin and how damaging it is, not only to our souls, but to the very breath of Christ, which is the Church in the world today. Let us contemplate our acts of sinfulness with repentance… and be truly sorry for having offended God.  Finally, let us pray:  Most Sorrowful Heart of Mary, pray for us, that by uniting our sufferings to yours, and truly being sorry for our sins, that we made be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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“We adore Thee oh Christ and we praise Thee … Because By Your Holy Cross, Thou has redeemed the world.”

In this feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Church invites us to celebrate Jesus Christ’s definitive triumph over sin and death through His sacrifice on the Cross. The Church, with the authority given to Her, directly from Jesus Christ, is calling each of us in a special way to unite our own sufferings and difficulties to our Savior’s Passion.

For the members of the Body of Christ on earth… which is the Church… His Church… it is yet another sign of God’s goodness… another sign of His mercy. As we go through our days… regardless of whatever befalls us… He calls us to look to the Cross… He reminds us of the gift of salvation that He won for us…

During this time when our Dear Mother Church’s image has been tarnished by the dirtied hands of men, God calls us to rejoice… to look to His Cross with Exaltation… It is His Son’s work of Salvation…He is keeping His promise to the Faithful. Instead of mourning in despair we should rejoice at this precious gift that none of us deserve. We need to remember in these dark hours that the Church will survive.  Regardless of the impurity of man, the Church will remain pure and un-spotted… She will remain the Spotless Bride even though many who walk Her halls have been led astray and are stained with sin… the Church will remain Pure and Holy.

As faithful Catholics…as Faithful Christians… We must not lose our focus on the Cross… It is this Cross, which proved to be a stumbling block for so many, that has won us victory. And it is Christ Crucified that we, as His new disciples… His new missionaries, now seek to bring to the whole world so that He may reign in the hearts of all men. Including those who have brought so much scandal to the very heart of our Holy Mother Church. Let us pray that God may have mercy on us all.

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thine arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

The day our Queen of Heaven was born, ranks as one of the most beautiful moments in the history of the world, bringing with it the announcement which the long condemned mankind, had awaited… it was about to receive it’s liberation from the chains of sin.

The Redemption of mankind was now at hand…Begun on this day, with the birth of Mary. Who from her very first moments of life, would illuminate the desolate earth with the grace of her sweet smiles. Her entire being radiated with continence and joy.

Her birth is the signal… her birth is the joyous cry out unto the world; a world that had grown accustomed to darkness; that our Savior would soon appear… Born to a young Jewish girl, Jesus, with His Precious Blood, will wash away the sentence of our condemnation due to our sin…

Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to Thee.”

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou among women, And blessed is the fruit Of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners Now and at the hour of our death. Amen

 

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Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy On Us, for We Have Sinned

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Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (official text) 

Most sweet Jesus, You have bestowed on men the benefits of Your charity, but their ingratitude only responds with forgetfulness, negligence and spite. Thus here we prostrate ourselves before Your altar, inspired by the desire to make reparation through a special homage for their culpable indifference and the outrages which, in all ways, they oppress Your most loving Heart.

Nevertheless, we remember that we ourselves have been guilty of unworthy conduct in the past, and filled with profound sorrow, we implore Your mercy for us first of all. By voluntary expiation, we are ready to atone for the faults we have committed, ready also to expiate for those who, led astray from the way of salvation and remaining obstinate in their infidelity, refuse to follow You, their Shepherd and chief, thus throwing off the yoke of Your law and trampling the promises of their Baptism.

We would like to expiate for too many lamentable faults, making reparation for each of the following: our disorderly conduct, indecent fashions, scandalous corruption of innocent souls, profanation of Sundays and feasts, detestable blasphemies against You and against Your Saints, insults to your Vicar and to Your priests, reckless violations and odious sacrileges to the divine Sacrament of Your love, and finally the public sins of nations who revolt against the rights and authority of Your Church.

If only we could erase so many offenses with our own blood! At the least we wish to make reparation to Your outraged honor. We present to You even the satisfaction that You have offered to Your Father on the Cross, and the offering You have renewed each day on the altar. We present that sacrifice to You, accompanied with all the acts of atonement made by the Most Holy Virgin Your Mother, the Saints, and by faithful Christians. We promise You with all of our hearts, with the help of Your grace, to use all our means to do penance for our past faults and those of our neighbor. By the fervor of our faith, the purity of our life, and by perfect docility to the precepts of the Gospel, we desire to atone for the indifference toward such a great love, to which belongs all charity. We also promise You to make every effort to spare You new offenses and to lead the most souls possible to follow You.

Agreed, we offer You in this matter, O most good Jesus, by the intercession of the gracious Virgin Mary, Reparatrix, this spontaneous homage of expiation. Guard us until death, keeping us unshakably faithful to our duty and to Your service. Accord to us this precious gift of perseverance, which leads us finally to our native land where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, You reign, God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days. Plenary indulgence one time per month for the customary recitation (with confession, communion and visit to a church). For public recitation on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Indulgence of seven years and 280 days, and a plenary indulgence for those who confess and receive communion.

Confession and the act of Reparation…They go hand in hand… seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness...For what we have confessed with our lips…let us then make amends. We need to do penance… we need to make reparation for we have sinned... But getting there is only half the battle. We need to realize that we have sinned... as a whole, we have turned our backs on Heavenly Father. We have complied with the devil…We have sinned against the Lord. We are no better than those who stand accused. We have sinned as well. Oh, not in the same way as the bishops and cardinals…but we have sinned… unfortunately, some of us are guilty for so much more. All of us should be praying for forgiveness … falling prostrate and begging for mercy…

As we end this first week of September, with the scandals of the Church  still swirling around... still gaining steam…there is a division growing in the hearts of many men. It seems that many outside of the Church are acting a bit smug at the turmoil that is rocking the Faith of so many. Many protestant church ‘ministers’ are so attached to their protest against the True Faith, that they seem somewhat ‘giddy‘ at the disorder that is causing Catholics to question their faith, while causing others to abandon the Faith all together. But nothing can compare to the arrogance of those who have sinned, to laugh and mock… to pretend that they have done nothing wrong… In our pride we often scoff at the notion of sin … Dear Lord, have mercy…

Well, as part of the Church Militant, we have our tasks. It is up to us. It is our job to fight against this evil. It is our duty to serve the Lord... to protect His beautiful Bride here on earth. We must gather ourselves for the storm. In order to properly prepare ourselves for this battle, we must first ask God for His forgiveness…we must confess our sins… we need to free ourselves from all of our distractions… from our attachment to our disorders, so that we may stand in the ready.  And then we must be willing to make amends…to offer sacrifice as a remedy for our sins… for the sins of men. We must be willing to stand at the front of this line… fighting the temptations of the world…Giving ourselves to God. We are the soldiers of this present time.  We are His soldiers. We have been called to fight this battle… against sin…. against temptation… against evil in the world. We have been called to fight this work of the devil. As the book of Ephesians notes; we are to battle against  “the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.”  It will prove to be a difficult ride. Not for the faint of heart. May the Good Lord bless us all.

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First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Most sweet Jesus, redeemer of the human race, look down upon us, humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are yours
and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us
freely consecrates himself today
to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known Thee while many others, despising Thy precepts, have
rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be King,
O Lord,
 not only
of the faithful who have never
forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they
may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by 
erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that
soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry
or of Islamism, a
nd refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the
children of that race, once Thy chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the blood of the Savior; may it
now descend upon them, a layer of
redemption
 and of life. Grant,
O
Lord, to Thy Church, assurance of freedom and
immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth re
sound from pole to pole with one cry:
Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to
it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.
(The Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart is taken from the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII of May 25, 1899 and
contains the additions made by the Sacred Congregation of Rites in October 1925).
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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta prayed this prayer everyday.

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen.

 

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

 

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https://i.pinimg.com/736x/71/7c/f6/717cf6a47a1b5263aa38c4fe90fcf3b6.jpg  Today is the feast day of one of most recently canonized saints…Mother Teresa of Calcutta… a small framed  Albanian woman who had a very big heart that was full of love for God and all of His children. She took care of the poorest of the poor… those who disappear in the nooks and cracks of society… those people who most others did not even see. She fed the hungry, one person at a time. She cared for them and cleaned their wounds. She did all of this not because she was better than you or I…. No, she did it out of love for God and because by loving God with all her heart she was able to see the dignity of every one she met.  She was able to carry the Light of Christ into the dark streets of despair and shine a bit of hope for those who were hopeless… those who were suffering. I realize that there are still controversies surrounding this saintly woman… but we should all try to live as she did…Humbly…. simply… and with love for the Lord.

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