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NOVENA OF OUR LADY
OF LOURDES

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, you are the refuge of sinners, the health of the sick, and the comfort of the afflicted. By your appearances at the Grotto of Lourdes you made it a privileged sanctuary where your favors are given to people streaming to it from the whole world. Over the years countless sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities – whether of soul, mind, or body. Therefore I come with limitless confidence to implore your motherly intercession.

Loving Mother, obtain the grant of my requests. Let me strive to imitate your virtues on earth so that I may one day share your glory in heaven.

First Day: THE VIRGIN’S NAME WAS MARY
Scripture Reading: “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary” (Luke 1:26-28).

Prayer: Sometimes the messages God sends into my life are difficult to hear, as you told Bernadette. I need to do penance for the salvation of my life and all those in this world whom God loves. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Second Day: THE LORD IS WITH YOU
Scripture Reading: “He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favored! The Lord is with you’” (Luke 1:28-29).

Prayer: You came to seek out Bernadette for the love you bear your children on this earth. In telling her what pleased God you could tell us all! Help me to rejoice and tell others wha God wants of them. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Third Day: SHE WAS DISTURBED
Scripture Reading: “She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean” (Luke 1:29-30).

Prayer: Often I am disturbed, as was Bernadette, when I hear of how poorly your children treat one another. Help me to be the example of love and concern for others as you are. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Fourth Day: DO NOT BE AFRAID
Scripture Reading: “The angel said to her, Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor’” (Zephaniah 2:3).

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary, who brought God’s favor to this earth, help me not to be afraid of life with all the challenges and changes it brings but to live it free from sin and please God in all things. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Fifth Day: HOW CAN THIS BE?
Scripture Reading: “Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’” (Luke 1:34-35).

Prayer: I often wonder how can my life be in such a disarray? I must do something to change the way I live so I may conform to the will of God and be an example, as was Bernadette, to brings others to God. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Sixth Day: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD
Scripture Reading: “Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:36-38).

Prayer: I know, because of your appearance to Bernadette, that nothing is impossible with your help! I pray for the health of (name) who is in disparate need of your aid. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Seventh Day: I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD
Scripture Reading: “’I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her” (Luke 1:38).

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary, you asked Bernadette to dig a hole in the dirt. She obeyed your wish as a loyal handmaid. God made the earth send out healing water. The holy water of the river has cured many. I ask that you extend the healing gift to (name) for body and soul. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Eighth Day: THE CHILD LEAPT
Scripture Reading: “She went to Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:40-42).

Prayer: In your greeting to Bernadette you told her you are the Immaculate Conception. Help me to be filled with the Holy Spirit so I may live free from sin and treat others with the same love of God that Bernadette had. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention).

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

Ninth Day: YOU ARE MOST BLESSED
Scripture Reading: “She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are most blessed, and blessed if the fruit of your womb’” (Luke 1:42).

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary you came to us to tell us we needed God’s forgiveness. Help me to become more forgiving and not to hold grudges so I may become one of God’s blessed. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention).

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

(Nihil Obstat: Rev. Msgr. Adrian I. Dwyer, Meditations written by the
Rev. Francis M. Vivona, J.C.L.)

 

 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

JULY 1
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma 

JULY 2
ST. OTTO.
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria. 

JULY 3
ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."

JULY 4
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.

JULY 5
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.

JULY 6
ST. MARIA GORETTI

St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.

JULY 7
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY

These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.

JULY 8
BLESSED EUGENE III

Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.

JULY 10
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.

St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.

JULY 11
ST. BENEDICT

St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.

JULY 12
ST. JOHN GAULBERT

St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.

JULY 13
ST. HENRY II.

St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.

JULY 14
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.

JULY 15
ST. BONAVENTURE.

St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.

JULY 16
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.

JULY 17
ST. LEO IV.

St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.

JULY 18
ST. FREDERICK.

St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.

JULY 19
ST. MACRINA.

St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.

JULY 20
SAINT CHARBEL.

St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.

JULY 21
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.

St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.

JULY 22
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.

JULY 23
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.

JULY 24
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB

St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.

JULY 25
ST. JAMES THE GREATER

St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.

JULY 26
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE

St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

JULY 27
ST. PANTALEON

St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.

JULY 29
ST. MARTHA

St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.

JULY 30
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS

St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.

JULY 31
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.

 
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REFLECTIONS

“Jesus’ Baptism”

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God?

 
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