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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 »

ACT OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for menis requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, beholdus prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act ofhomage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Thy lovingHeart is everywhere subject.

Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a sharein such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depthsof our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readinessto atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses,but also for the sins of those, who straying far from the path ofsalvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee,their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism,have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorableoutrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amendsfor the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecomingdress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnarethe feet of the innocent, for the frequent violation of Sundaysand holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Theeand Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to whichThy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the
profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege,of the very Sacrament of Thy divine love;
and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rightsand the teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash awaysuch abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation forthese violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didstonce make to Thy eternal Father on the cross and which Thou dostcontinue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union withthe acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints andof the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to makereparation, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for allneglect of Thy
great love and for the sins we and others have committed in thepast. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purityof conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospeland especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our powerto prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possibleto follow Thee.

Oloving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Maryour model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offeringwe make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverancekeep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we oweto Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, whereThou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God,world without end. 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

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

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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