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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"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? Read More »

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS


Suggested short prayers for making the Stations. Begin by expressing sorrow for all the sins of your life and rejecting all attachment to sin. If possible, move from Station to Station.


Say before each Station:
V.  We adore Thee, Oh Christ, and we Bless Thee
R.  Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Say after each Station:

1 Our Father.

1 Hail Mary.

1 Glory Be.

And concluding prayer for the intentions of Our Holy Father, The Pope.


First Station - JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

It was for our sins, Oh Jesus, that you were condemned to suffer. Grant that we may detest our sins and by this repentance, obtain Your Mercy and pardon.

 

 

 

 

 


Second Station - JESUS IS BURDENED WITH THE CROSS

Oh Jesus, grant us, by virtue of Your Cross, that we may accept the difficulties of our state with meekness and cheerful submission. May we always be ready to take up our cross and follow You.

 


 

 

 

Third Station - JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

O Jesus, it was for our sins that you bore the heavy burden of the Cross and fell under its weight. May the thought of Your sufferings make us watchful over ourselves and save us from falling into sin.

 

 




Fourth Station - JESUS MEETS HIS SORROWFUL MOTHER

O Jesus, by the compassion which you felt for Your Mother, have compassion for us and give us a share of her intercession. Our most afflicted Mother, intercede for us, that through the sufferings of Your Son, we may bear with courage the sorrows of this life.

 

 



Fifth Station - SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY THE CROSS

O Jesus, just as Simon relieved You of Your burden, inspire us also to console You by our prayers of reparation and love.

 

 

 

 



Sixth Station - VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

O Jesus, may the contemplation of Your Holy Face enkindle in our hearts a more fervent love for You, and may Your image be graven on our minds and souls until we are transformed into Your likeness.

 

 



Seventh Station - JESUS FALLS FOR A SECOND TIME

O Jesus, our repeated falls into sin have added to the burden which You carried for our redemption. As you are weakened by the weight of our sins, we are the cause of this second fall. Please give us the strength never to offend You again.

 




Eighth Station - JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

O Jesus, just as You instructed the women of Jerusalem, please instruct us in the ways of virtue and help us to escape the dreadful judgements prepared for all who reject or neglect You in this life.

 




Ninth Station - JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME

O Lord Jesus, we entreat You, by the merits of this third most painful fall, to pardon our frequent relapse and our long continuance in sin. May the thought of Your sufferings grieve us and move us to make frequent acts of love and reparation.

 

 


Tenth Station - JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

O Jesus, by the pain You suffered in having Your clothing torn from Your bleeding body, please strip us of all conceit and pride, and instruct us in the ways of humility, purity of intention and simplicity of heart.

 




Eleventh Station - JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

As You were nailed to the Cross, O Jesus, fasten our hearts there also, that they may be united to You until death.

 

 

 

 


Twelth Station - JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

O Jesus, we devoutly embrace the holy Cross whereon You loved us even unto death. We thank You for Your sacrifice, and we desire to love You as much as You love us.

 

 



Thirteenth Station - JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS HOLY MOTHER

We grieve with You, O Mary, for the sorrow you experienced as you examined the wounds on the body of your dear Son. By these sacred wounds may we obtain pardon and mercy for our sins.

 

 



Fourteenth Station - JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB

O Jesus, some day our bodies will also be placed in a tomb. Freed from the bonds of this earth, may we be received into Heaven by You and Your Holy Mother, so that we may praise and love You for all eternity. Amen.

 

 




PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FREQUENTLY MAKE THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS.

According to Br. Stanislaus, (1903-1927) of the Christian Schools at Bugedo, these promises were given to him by Our Lord. According to his Master of Novices, Br. Stanislaus was an especially privileged soul who received messages from Heaven.


1. I will grant everything that is asked of Me with faith when making the Way of the Cross.


2.I promise eternal life to those who from time to time pray the Way of the Cross.


3. I will follow them everywhere in life, and I will help them especially at the hour of death.


4. Even if they have more sins than blades of grass in the fields and grains of sand in the sea, all of these sins will be erased by The Way of the Cross. (This promise does not eliminate the obligation to confess all mortal sins and this before receiving Holy Communion.)


5. Those who pray the Way of the Cross often will have a special glory in Heaven.


6. I will deliver them from purgatory - indeed, if they go there at all - the first Tuesday or Friday after their death.


7. I will bless them at each Way of the Cross, and My blessing will follow them everywhere on earth and after death, in Heaven for all eternity.


8. At the hour of death I will not permit the Devil to tempt them; I will lift all power from him in order that they may repose tranquilly in My arms.


9. If they pray it with true love, I will make each one of them a living ciborium in which it will please Me to pour My grace.


10. I will fix My eyes on those who pray The Way of the Cross often; My hands will always be open to protect them.


11. As I am nailed to the Cross, so also will I always be with those who honor Me in making the Way of the Cross frequently.


12. They will never be able to separate themselves from Me, for I will give them the grace never to commit a mortal sin.


13. At the hour of death I will console them with My presence, and we will go together to Heaven. Death will be sweet to all those who have honored Me during their lives by praying the Way of the Cross.


14. My soul will be a protective shield for them and will always help them whenever they have recourse to it.


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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. Read More »

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS

St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly.. Read More »

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES

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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. Read More »

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

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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.. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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

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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.. Read More »

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

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

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.. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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, heodoric the Goth.. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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..Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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.. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

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