OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
O sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men
is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold
us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of
homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Thy loving
Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a share
in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths
of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness
to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses,
but also for the sins of those, who straying far from the path of
salvation, 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 deplorable
outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends
for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming
dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare
the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violation of Sundays
and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee
and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which
Thy 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 rights
and the teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.
Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away
such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for
these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou didst
once make to Thy eternal Father on the cross and which Thou dost
continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with
the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and
of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make
reparation, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all
neglect of Thy
great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the
past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity
of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel
and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power
to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible
to follow Thee.
loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary
our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering
we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance
keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe
to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where
Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God,
world without end. Amen.
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OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
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?