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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 »

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.

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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

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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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