Live in the presence of the Lord

Feast Days of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Saint Cyril of Alexandria

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Scriptures of the Day

Psalm: 15:2–3A, 3BC–4AB, 5

He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 7:6, 12–14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

Questions of the Day

  • If you die today, do you believe that you will go to Heaven or Purgatory? Or have you not given the afterlife much thought?
  • Look around at the road you are on. Is it broad and leading to destruction, or does it lead to life?

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

 

Reveal for all the light of hope

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
on the on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions

Prayer of the Day
From Pope Saint John Paul II’s Consecration of the Modern World to Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1982, which he renewed in 1983, and his Consecration of All Individuals and Nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, March 25, 1984

“We entrust, O Mary, and consecrate the whole world to your Immaculate Heart!”

Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call!

Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son!

Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope, and love! Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world.

In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in your motherly Heart.

Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!

From famine and war, deliver us.

From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.

From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.

From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.

From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.

From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.

Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world’, sin in all its manifestations.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”

Prayer and Consecration Resources

Question of the Day

What was the message of Fatima?

War is man’s punishment for sin. God desires to give us his peace. Do we desire to receive it? The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three innocent shepherd children and through them tells us how (pray the Rosary daily for peace in the world). More specifically, Our Lady asked the children for prayer, penance, reparation, and sacrifice, which they did with great fervor to help convert and save sinners.

Will we listen and convert, or will we continue to choose war?

Pilgrim of light, peace, and hope

Today Pope Francis arrived in Fatima, Portugal, first as a pilgrim, and also as Christ’s Vicar on earth, to commemorate the centennial of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children. Tomorrow Pope Francis will celebrate a Canonization Mass for two of those children, brother and sister Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta Marto. It is a great day to ask for graces.

Following is the Holy Father made at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. He opens his prayer and repeats again toward the end that the Virgin Mary is both a refuge and also the way to God. God chose to come to us through the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we can be assured that if we go to her, she will lead us to her son, for Jesus himself gave his mother to us and entrusted us to her when he said from the cross to his mother, “Woman, behold your son,” and to his beloved disciple John, “Behold your mother” (John 19:26).

Prayer of the Day
Pope Francis’ prayer of entrustment to the Blessed Virgin of Fatima

Hail Holy Queen,
Blessed Virgin of Fatima,
Lady of Immaculate Heart,
our refuge and our way to God!

As a pilgrim of the Light that comes to us from your hands,
I give thanks to God the Father, who in every time and place
is at work in human history;
As a pilgrim of the Peace that, in this place, you proclaim,
I give praise to Christ, our peace, and I implore for the world
concord among all peoples;
As a pilgrim of the Hope that the Spirit awakens,
I come as a prophet and messenger to wash the feet of all,
at the same table that unites us.

Hail, Mother of Mercy,
Lady robed in white!
In this place where, a hundred years ago
you made known to all the purposes of God’s mercy,
I gaze at your robe of light
and, as a bishop robed in white,
I call to mind all those who,
robed in the splendour of their baptism,
desire to live in God
and tell the mysteries of Christ in order to obtain peace.

Hail, life and sweetness,
Hail, our hope,
O Pilgrim Virgin, O Universal Queen!

In the depths of your being,
in your Immaculate Heart,
you keep the joys of men and women
as they journey to the Heavenly Homeland.
In the depths of your being,
in your Immaculate Heart,
you keep the sorrows of the human family,
as they mourn and weep in this valley of tears.
In the depths of your being,
in your Immaculate Heart,
adorn us with the radiance of the jewels of your crown
and make us pilgrims, even as you were a pilgrim.

With your virginal smile,
enliven the joy of Christ’s Church.
With your gaze of sweetness,
strengthen the hope of God’s children.
With your hands lifted in prayer to the Lord,
draw all people together into one human family.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary,
Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!
Grant that we may follow the example of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta,
and of all who devote themselves to proclaiming the Gospel.
Thus we will follow all paths
and everywhere make our pilgrim way;
we will tear down all walls
and cross every frontier,
as we go out to every periphery,
to make known God’s justice and peace.

In the joy of the Gospel, we will be the Church robed in white,
the whiteness washed in the blood of the Lamb,
blood that today too is shed in the wars tearing our world apart.
And so we will be, like you, an image of the column of light
that illumines the ways of the world,
making God known to all,
making known to all that God exists,
that God dwells in the midst of his people,
yesterday, today and for all eternity.

Hail, Mother of the Lord,
Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!
Blessed among all women,
you are the image of the Church robed in paschal light,
you are the honour of our people,
you are the victory over every assault of evil.

Prophecy of the merciful love of the Father,
Teacher of the Message of Good News of the Son,
Sign of the burning Fire of the Holy Spirit,
teach us, in this valley of joys and sorrows,
the eternal truths that the Father reveals to the little ones.

Show us the strength of your protective mantle.
In your Immaculate Heart,
be the refuge of sinners
and the way that leads to God.

In union with my brothers and sisters,
in faith, in hope and in love,
I entrust myself to you.
In union with my brothers and sisters, through you, I consecrate myself to God,
O Virgin of the Rosary of Fatima.

And at last, enveloped in the Light that comes from your hands,
I will give glory to the Lord for ever and ever.
Amen.

May we, too, live as pilgrims of light, peace, and hope, consecrated to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, his mother and mother of the Church. To learn more about how the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is a path to Jesus, read True Devotion by Saint Louis de Montfort.

Let us meet at the feet of the Virgin Mother

Tomorrow Pope Francis will arrive in Portugal on pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of  Apparitions of Our Lady to three young shepherd children. At the feet of our Mother, he will present “the brothers and sisters of the world redeemed by His blood without excluding anyone.” Let us join Pope Francis on pilgrimage and be united with him spiritually in prayer and in oneness of heart, pleading for the peace that only Jesus can give, making reparation for those who do not believe and for our own sins.

Video of the Day
Pope Francis’ Message to the People of Portugal in advance of his pilgrimage to Fatima

Quotes of the Day
from Pope Francis’ message to Portugal

 Prayer enlarges our hearts and makes them ready to receive God’s gifts.

Prayer illuminates one’s eyes to know how to see others as God sees them, to love them as he loves them.

I come to you in joy to share with you the Gospel of Hope and Peace.

United in prayer for peace

Rosary Warriors Needed for Operation Storm Heaven
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

GOAL: one million prayer warriors united in faith and intention for peace in the world

Message of Cardinal Raymond Burke About Operation Storm Heaven

The first temptation Satan uses to break us down is discouragement. This temptation is only an illusion, for Christ alive within us always gives us courage, even in the most trying of times. In such times, as today, we must pray more than ever, especially in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and all throughout the day.

While we witness evil advance in minds and hearts, and become enshrined in law even as it becomes the social norm, we must remember that God is always victorious. God is testing our Faith at this most difficult time, but He remains always with us. Christ alive for us in the Church and in our individual souls speaks to us: Be not afraid!

Be courageous, my beloved brothers and sisters! Stand fast with sure Hope! Let us together, storm Heaven with steadfast prayer, through Operation Storm Heaven, in order to obtain from Our Beloved Savior, through the intercession of His and our Blessed Mother, the victory of Good, Truth, and Beauty in all things. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

Intentions

Each Mass and rosary is offered to obtain from God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the following graces and for the following intentions:

  • For Holy Mother Church: that Our Lord guide the Pope, the bishops and all members of the clergy to be holy in all things, faithful shepherds, beacons of Truth, and defenders of Good;
  • In reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
  • May all confusion be dispelled from the hearts and minds of all people and may the Light of Truth shine in them;
  • For our families and the family institution that is being so attacked in our world;
  • For the conversion of all sinners to the True Faith;
  • For the salvation of my soul, the souls of my loved ones, and the souls of all;
  • For the sanctification of each and every Catholic, especially for my personal sanctification. May I live holy every moment of every day of my life. May I be a true follower of Jesus Christ in all things;
  • To make each and every one of us a faithful soldier of Christ in the struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil;
  • To obtain the graces necessary to stop abortion, stop the onslaught of the homosexual revolution, to overturn legalized same-sex marriage, to stop the spread of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and to stop the culture of death in all its forms and establish the Culture of Life in all souls, in all minds and in all hearts;
  • For our beloved Nation and for every nation on earth;
  • For all the personal intentions that have been submitted to Operation Storm Heaven.

Spiritual Crusaders

The rosary is the “weapon” for these times. — Saint Padre Pio

PLEDGE (and add your petitions to the list of intentions) to pray the rosary on the first day of every month in union with the Mass offered by Cardinal Raymond Burke and the intentions of Operation Storm Heaven

Already pledged? UPDATE your prayer intentions each month

LEARN MORE at Catholic Action for Faith and Family

How to Pray the Rosary

Prostrate in prayer before the Lord

Prayer / Scripture of the Day: Esther C:12, 14, 23–25

Prayer of Esther, a Jew, married to the King of Persia

Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,
had recourse to the LORD.
She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,
from morning until evening, and said:
“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.
Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,
for I am taking my life in my hand.
As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers
that you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.
Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you,
O LORD, my God.

“And now, come to help me, an orphan.
Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion
and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy,
so that he and those who are in league with him may perish.
Save us from the hand of our enemies;
turn our mourning into gladness
and our sorrows into wholeness.”

Background

Though it features real people, the Book of Esther is not a historical document. It is the basis for the Feast of Purim, a feast commemorating a time when God saved his people. The setting of the narrative is Persia in the 5th century BC. When King Xerxes falls for a plot to kill all the Jews, Queen Esther is the only one who can save her people. Yet she can do so only by risking her own life. The king does not know that his Queen, Esther, is a Jew. And, anyone who went to see the king without being summoned would be killed. The story is one of a reversal of fortune, where the lives of the prospering wicked come to an abrupt and violent end, and the God’s people, who are enslaved, are saved.

Quote of the Day

 “God remembered his people and vindicated his inheritance.” — Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, Esther 10: 12

Question of the Day

Do we trust God enough to begin to pray? T o persevere in prayer? Do we believe he hears and answers? Do we believe in God’s provision and protection? What will we sacrifice to make more time for prayer? Do we turn to God only for the “big things,” or do we engage God in every area of our need?

Gospel of the Day: Matthew 7:7–12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”

Ask, Seek, Knock

Like Esther, we, too, have recourse to the Lord. With the courage and humility of Esther, may we, this Lenten season, offer, with a spirit of repentance, an enduring prayer of adoration and petition, with great confidence in our loving and merciful God. Our enemy, we know, is not flesh and blood, and the enemy to banish is Satan and his minions, the fallen angels. May they be cast into hell forever, and may the kingdom of God come. May we find in Christ the wholeness for which we long. May God set us free.