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LITANY FOR PRIESTS

Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
give all priests Thy spirit of humility;
Jesus, poor and worn out for souls,
give all priests Thy spirit of zeal;
Jesus, full of patience and mercy for sinners,
give all priests Thy spirit of compassion;
Jesus, victim for the sins of the world,
give all priests Thy spirit of sacrifice;
Jesus, lover of the little and the poor,
give all priests Thy spirit of charity.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us;
and obtain for us numerous and holy
priests and religious.
Amen.

LITANY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
(For private use with expanded version)
Lord, have mercy on us.
-- Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
-- Christ, graciously hear us.
God, Our Father, Creator and Sustainer of all, -- have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Lord and Redeemer of the human family, -- have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Defender and Guide, -- have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, -- have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, ** Resp.: Have mercy on us, or Fill us.
Holy Spirit, co-equal with the Father and the Son, **
Holy Spirit, our Comforter (Jn 14:16), **
Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier, **
Holy Spirit, our Advocate/Paraclete, **
Promise of God the Father, most bounteous, **
Ray of Heavenly Light, **
Author of all good, **
Source of Divine Water, (Jn 4:10)**
All Consuming Fire, consume us, **
Spiritual Unction, **
Spirit of Truth (Jn 14:17) and Power (Acts 1:8), **
Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, (Is 11:2)**
Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, " **
Spirit of Knowledge and piety, " **
Spirit of Fear (Reverence) of the Lord, " **
Spirit of Compunction, **
Spirit of Grace and Prayer (Rm 8:26), **
Word of Wisdom and Knowledge, (1 Cor 12:8), **
Spirit of faith, healing and miracles, (1 Cor 12:9), **
Spirit of prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation, (1 Cor 12:10), **
Spirit of love, peace and joy, (Gal 5:22), **
Spirit of patience, endurance, kindness and generosity, (Gal 5:22), **
Spirit of faith, mildness and chastity, (Gal 5:22), **
Spirit of modesty and continence, **
Spirit of adoption as children of God, **
Spirit of praise, worship and adoration, **
You through Whom spoke holy men and women of God, **
You Who overshadowed the Virgin Mary, **
You by Whom Mary conceived Jesus, our Savior, **
You Who reinstated us into the Kingdom of God at our Baptism, **
You Who give us ministry gifts at our Confirmation, **
You Who empower at in the other Sacraments, **
You by Whom we are reborn, ** (sanctified or made holy)
You Who dwell in us as in a Temple, **
You Who govern and animate Your Church, **
You Who are the Heart of God's holy Church, **
You Who fill the whole world, **
That You will renew the human family, *** we beseech You hear us.
That You may shed Your Light upon us, ***
That You may pour Your Love into our hearts, ***
That You may inspire us to love ourselves and others, ***
That You may teach us to ask for the graces we need each day, ***
That You may enlighten us with your heavenly wisdom or (inspirations), ***
That You may guide us in the way of holiness, ***
That You may make us obedient to Your commands, ***
That You may teach us how to pray, ***
That You may always pray with and for us, (Rm 8:26) ***
That You may inspire us with horror for sin, ***
That You may direct us in the practice of virtue, ***
That You may make us persevere in a Holy life, ***
That You may make us faithful to our vocation, ***
That You may grant us good bishops, priests, deacons and religious, ***
That You may make us good men and women of God, ***
That You may give us good Christian parents and families, ***
That You may grant Your Church Spiritual Renewal, ***
That You may continue to protect, guide and console our Holy Father, ***
Lamb of God, You take away our sins, (3 x's)
-- Spare us, O Lord.
-- Graciously hear us, O Lord.
-- Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Holy Spirit, hear us. -- Holy Spirit, Graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy. -- Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Create a clean heart in us, O Lord.
-- Renew a right spirit in us, O Lord.

Let us pray: Merciful Father, grant that Your Divine Spirit may cleanse, inflame and enlighten our minds and hearts. Enable us thereby to be fruitful in good works for the glory of Your Majesty and for the spiritual and material well-being of Your people Redeemed by the Blood of Your Beloved Son. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit of Love. Amen.


ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.

 
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SAINT MICHAEL
St. Michael the Archangel Story
History of St. Michael the Archangel Prayer
St. Michael the Archangel Prayers
St. Michael the Archangel Apparitions
The Chaplet of St. Michael Archangel
Novena to St Micheal the Archangel
Litany of St. Michael the Archangel


SAINT GABRIEL

St. Gabriel Prayer

SAINT RAPHAEL

St. Raphael Prayer
 
PHOTO OF THE MONTH


Tour of the Relics of the Passion
(International Center for Holy Relics)
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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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