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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 »

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.)

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

AUGUST 1
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

St. Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1732. Read More »

AUGUST 2
ST. EUSEBIUS

St. Eusebius was born on the island of Sardinia, Italy, around 283. Read More »

AUGUST 3
ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

St. Peter Julian Eymard was born in a small town in the diocese of Grenoble, France in 1786. Read More »

AUGUST 4
BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

Blessed Frederic Janssoone was born in Flanders in 1838. Read More »

AUGUST 5
DEDICATION OF ST. MARY MAJOR

St. Mary Major is important to Christendom for three reasons: Read More »

AUGUST 6
THE TRANSFIGURATION

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AUGUST 7
ST. CAJETAN

St. Cajetan was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1480, the son of a count. Read More »

AUGUST 8
ST. DOMINIC

St. Dominic was born in Castile, Spain, in 1170. Read More »

AUGUST 9
BLESSED JOHN OF RIETI

Blessed John lived in the first half of the fourteenth century. Read More »

AUGUST 10
ST. LAWRENCE

St. Lawrence, the famous martyr of Rome, lived in the third century. Read More »

AUGUST 11
ST. CLARE

St. Clare was born around 1193 in Assisi, Italy. She lived at the time of St. Francis of Assisi.Read More »

AUGUST 14
ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Raymond Kolbe was born in Poland in 1894. Read More »

AUGUST 15
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

This feast of Mary celebrates a special privilege of Mary, our Mother.Read More »

AUGUST 16
ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

St. Stephen was born around 969 in Hungary. This saint's name.. Read More »

AUGUST 17
BLESSED JOAN DELANOUE

St. Joan Delanoue was born in 1666. Her family had a small but..Read More »

AUGUST 18
ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL

St. Jane was born in Dijon, France, in 1572.Read More »

AUGUST 19
ST. JOHN EUDES

St. John Eudes was born in Normandy, France, in 1601.Read More »

AUGUST 20
ST. BERNARD

St. Bernard was born in 1090 in Dijon, France.Read More »

AUGUST 21
ST. PIUS X

St. Pius X, the great pope, was named Joseph Sarto. He was born in 1835, the son of a mailman in Riese.. Read More »

AUGUST 23
ST. ROSE OF LIMA

St. Rose, the South American saint, was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586.Read More »

AUGUST 24
ST. BARTHOLOMEW

"Bartholomew" was one of the first followers of Jesus.Read More »

AUGUST 25
ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE

St. Louis was born on April 25, 1214. His father was King Louis VIII of France and his mother was Queen..Read More »

AUGUST 25
ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ

St. Joseph was born in 1556, in his father's castle in Spain. He went to college and became a lawyer.Read More »

AUGUST 26
ST. ELIZABETH BICHIER

St. Elizabeth was born in 1773. As a little girl, her favorite game was building castles in the sand. Read More »

AUGUST 27
ST. MONICA

St. Monica, the famous mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332 in Tagaste, northern Africa. Read More »

AUGUST 28
ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine was born in Tagaste in modern Algeria on November 13, 354. This famous son of St. Monica spent many years in wicked living and in..Read More »

AUGUST 29
BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

St. John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus. His mother was St. Elizabeth and his father was Zechariah. Read More »

AUGUST 30
ST. PAMMACHIUS

"St. Pammachius was a distinguished Christian layman who lived in the fourth century.Read More »

AUGUST 31
ST. AIDAN

St. Aidan was a seventh-century Irish monk. He lived at the great monastery of Iona, which St. Columban had founded.Read More »

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