“Mondays with Mary” – Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of the Blessed Virgin

Since tomorrow, November 21, is the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the West (East – The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple), I thought I provide you with a litany to pray before or after Mass, or if you can’t make daily mass, you could recite in it your home in from a Marian image or statue. It is the Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of the Blessed Virgin Mary written by St. John Eudes.

In the book, The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God, written by the aforementioned saint, he explains the twelve mysteries that belong to the Holy Childhood of the Blessed Virgin. The eighth through the twelfth mysteries focus on tomorrow’s memorial, particularly the ninth mystery which is actually – her Presentation in the Temple. Mary’s presentation in the Temple of Jerusalem, at the age of three years old, was a great day for not just Mary and her parents, Sts. Joachim and Ann, but it was a glorious day for all of creation. It was the day that set forth the path for many great things to come beginning most notably at the Annunciation.

In the chapter focusing on the tenth mystery, St. John Eudes says,

“From the first moment of her entrance into the Temple she realizes that she is in the house of God, a house not less holy than heaven and meriting the same veneration and respect, since the God of heaven makes His dwelling there…She contemplates, adores, praises, loves, glorifies Him, and offers; consecrates and sacrifices herself entirely to His Divine Majesty. She renders to God adoration and praise more holy and more agreeable to Him than all which has risen from this Temple during the thousand years it has been in existence.”

Litany in Honor of the Holy Infancy of the Blessed Virgin Mary –

Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us,
Lord, have mercy on us.

Infant Jesus, hear us,
Have mercy on us.

Infant Jesus, graciously hear us,
Have mercy on us.

God the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Infant Mary,
Pray for us.

Infant Daughter of the Father,
Pray for us.

Infant, Mother of the Son,
Pray for us.

Infant, Spouse of the Holy Ghost,
Pray for us.

Infant, Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity,
Pray for us.

Infant, fruit of the prayers of thy parents,
Pray for us.

Infant, riches of thy father,
Pray for us.

Infant, delight of thy mother,
Pray for us.

Infant, honor of thy father,
Pray for us.

Infant, honor of thy mother,
Pray for us.

Infant, miracle of nature,
Pray for us.

Infant, prodigy of grace,
Pray for us.

Immaculate in thy Conception,
Pray for us.

Most holy in thy Nativity,
Pray for us.

Most devout in thy Presentation,
Pray for us.

Masterpiece of God’s grace,
Pray for us.

Aurora of the Sun of Justice,
Pray for us.

Beginning of our joy,
Pray for us.

End of our evils,
Pray for us.

Infant, joy of earth,
Pray for us.

Infant, joy of heaven,
Pray for us.

Pattern of our charity,
Pray for us.

Model of our humility,
Pray for us.

Infant, most powerful,
Pray for us.

Infant, most mild,
Pray for us.

Infant, most pure,
Pray for us.

Infant, most obedient,
Pray for us.

Infant, most poor,
Pray for us.

Infant, most meek,
Pray for us.

Infant, most amiable,
Pray for us.

Infant, most admirable,
Pray for us.

Infant, incomparable,
Pray for us.

Infant, health of the sick,
Pray for us.

Comfortess of the afflicted,
Pray for us.

Refuge of Sinners,
Pray for us.

Hope of Christians,
Pray for us.

Lady of the Angels,
Pray for us.

Daughter of the Patriarchs,
Pray for us.

Desire of the Prophets,
Pray for us.

Mistress of the Apostles,
Pray for us.

Strength of Martyrs,
Pray for us.

Glory of the Priesthood,
Pray for us.

Joy of Confessors,
Pray for us.

Purity of Virgins,
Pray for us.

Queen of all Saints,
Pray for us.

Infant, our Mother,
Pray for us.

Infant, Queen of our hearts,
Pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, Infant Jesus.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, Infant Jesus.

Infant Jesus,
Hear us.

Infant Jesus,
Graciously hear us.

LET US PRAY:

O almighty and merciful God,
Who through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost,
didst prepare the body and soul
of the Immaculate Infant Mary
that she might be the worthy Mother of Thy Son,
and didst preserve her from all stain,
grant that we who venerate with all our hearts
her most holy childhood,
may be freed,
through her merits and intercession,
from all uncleanness of mind and body,
and be able to imitate her perfect humility,
obedience and charity.
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Most Holy Blessed Virgin Mother…Pray for Us

Silence is Golden…especially before Mass begins

I remember in the early 2000’s every time I went to an AMC movie theatre, you would see a 1 minute and 3 second clip about being quiet in the movie theater. Well, in not so many words, Pope Francis said the same thing yesterday about not talking prior to Mass.

To this writer, this is a great thing! I have visited to many parishes around this country where “chitchat”, as the Holy Father referred to it, is done, and sometimes even encouraged. If you want to chat before Mass, I would say do it outside or in the church vestibule or foyer, but once you enter the nave of the church, talking (chitchat) should cease. I am glad the Holy Father taught about this yesterday.

Here is the article from the National Catholic Register speaking about what Pope Francis said  – Pope: Pre-Mass Time Is Meant for Silent Prayer, Not Chitchat

The Holy Father goes on to talk about prayer as well in his catechesis. To understand what Prayer is in the Catholic faith, check out a Quick Lesson from the Catechism on the very subject here.

“Mondays with Mary” – Our Lady of Šiluva

As the Protestant Reformation swept Europe, it seemed nowhere was safe, even the little town of Šiluva in the country of Lithuania. Fifteen years after Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, the local governor of Šiluva left Catholicism and became a Calvinist zealot, as did many intellectuals in the area who in-turn forced others to become Calvinists too.

The suppression of the Catholic faith as well as the lands owned by the Catholic Church was first authorized by Lutherans. The Protestant Reformation storm was so large that nobody could escape its onslaught. John Zavisa, the successor of the governor, and a Lutheran, tried to overrun the Catholic Church completely, but could not, even though the church’s land was taken. Lutherans ruled this land from 1532 to 1550. In 1551, the brother of Zavisa, Melchior Zavisa, took over the land and the church in Šiluva and brought with him the Calvinism.

Over the span of eighty years, the Catholic faith died out because there were no Catholic leaders to spread the faith. The elders of the small village were the only ones that could remember a Catholic church existing in the town. During this time, Calvinism ruled the land and children were educated with the creed of Calvin. However, all would change very soon.

In the summer of 1608, a few children were tending their sheep in a field some distance away from Šiluva. They were playing near a rock, very close to a wooded field. Suddenly, each child, one by one, became fixated on something near the rock. Within the silence, loud sobbing could be heard. The children then saw a young beautiful woman standing upon the rock. She was holding a small baby and weeping inconsolably. It seemed she was crying because her heart was broken. Her tears were so profound that they could be seen by the children splashing upon the rock. All the time, the lady did not say a word, but kept on weeping. She was dressed in blue and white robes and it seemed that a light consumed her and the child. After they finished tending their sheep, the children returned home telling their parents what they witnessed.

As you would imagine, the news of this spread very quickly. The next day many people gathered at the site where the children claimed to have seen their vision. Each child was questioned, and each child remember exactly what the others witnessed, even down to the smallest detail. One specific Calvinist catechist scoffed at the idea and even chastised the people for listening to the children. He said, if anyone did appear, that it was the devil trying to lead people away from the Calvinist faith.

As the catechist was talking, the lady appeared again as she did the day previously – standing on the rock, with the child in her arms, and weeping bitterly. Nearly everyone this time witnessed the image and all were frightened. The catechist courageously asked the woman why she was crying, in a very melancholic tone, she said, “Formerly in this place, my Son was honored and adored, but now all that the people do is seed and cultivate and land.” She then vanished from their sight.

The image of the lady was seen by many people. The Calvinist leaders could not deny it. The people were confused and the leaders said it was the devil playing tricks on them all.

The story of the lady appearing quickly spread to the surrounding the towns. In one case, and the most important, the story reached an old blind man who was 100 years old. He remembered that 80 years before he assisted a priest who buried many beautiful Catholic items in an ironclad chest beside an old rock. The villagers of Šiluva led the old man to the field. When arriving at the field, he miraculously regained his sight. After giving praise and thanksgiving, he pointed to the exact spot. Immediately, the chest was dug up from the ground. When it was opened, they found in perfect condition – a large painting of the Madonna and Child, gold chalices, liturgical vestments, parish deeds, and other church documents.

Once the Basilica of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built and completed, the painting was permanently enshrined. To this day, it is venerated by the faithful as the Miraculous Image of Šiluva. The apparition was proven to be an actual event because on August 17, 1775, Pope Pius VI, promulgated with a Papal Decree the authenticity of Our Lady of Šiluva. It is known as the first apparition of the Mother of God in Europe.

Over the years, many miracles have occurred on this site, but probably the greatest miracle is that the miracle happened in a village and region in Lithuania that was completely non-Catholic. The shrine has experienced much growth over the years and larger churches had to be built to accommodate the large crowds of pilgrims flocking to this little town.

The apparition site continued to grow rapidly, that’s until World War II, which brought devastation and ruin to Lithuania. However, even more troubling for this site was the Great Partition in 1795. The Great Partition was when Russian took over the lands of Lithuania. For many years, the Russians ruled over this land with a heavy hand.

During the years between 1918-1940, the Russians eased back their control, allowing for the apparition to grow in devotion throughout all of Europe. However, when Communist Russia took over control again after the war, devotions were allowed, but in a very subdued form. The apparition site of Our Lady of Šiluva became very popular after the 1993 Papal Visit by Pope St. John Paul II. Our Lady of Šiluva is known as “Lithuania’s Greatest Treasure.”

The feast day for Our Lady of Šiluva is usually celebrated on September 8, which is The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The reason I wrote about it today is because the 13th day of each month is known as “Mary’s Day” in Lithuania, and today is the 13th of November.

Thank you to John and Kathy who brought this apparition to my attention during our Queen of Heaven Study.

Our Lady of Šiluva…Pray for Us

 Source:

Lady of Siluva, Mary’s Pages , http://www.marypages.com/LadyofSiluva.htm.

I will be on Fiat Ministry Network Tonight at 9:00pm

Tonight, November 8 at 9:00pm Eastern Time, 7:00pm here in Arizona, I will be on the Fiat Ministry Network for an interview with Kent Kuholski.

The Fiat Ministry Network is a Catholic Internet Broadcasting TV Network which encourages us to to say “Yes” to Jesus Christ, just as the Blessed Virgin Mary said “Yes” when the Angel Gabriel came to her at the Annunciation announcing the coming of the Messiah.

Fiat Ministry Network

It’s my hope that many of you will be able to watch the show via the Internet. To watch the interview LIVE, just click on the Fiat Ministry Network above.

+AMDG 

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of Saint Charles Borromeo

Since this past Saturday, November 4, was the memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, I thought I would briefly share with you his Marian Prayer, which is also tied into his prayer for holy priests. St. Charles Borromeo is the patron of catechists, Bishops, Cardinals, seminarians and spiritual leaders.

He was born on October 2, 1538 and passed into Eternal Glory on November 3, 1584, at the age of 46. He was a great Bishop of Milan and a true leader in the Catholic Church when the Church need leadership greatly. Not only did forbid the selling of indulgences, which the Church always said was wrong, he educated his lay faithful as well as his clergy, since so many of his clergy were poorly catechized initially. At a time when the Protestant Reformation was gaining ground, this great Saint taught fearlessly and with great vigor the doctrinal teachings of the Church and stood his ground against the incoming onslaught of the Protestant revolution.

Mary, Mother of Priests

On May 12, 1605, Pope Paul V beatified him and eight years later, on November 1, 1610, he was canonized by the aforementioned Pope. To learn more about the interesting life of this 16th century saint, I could encourage you to read about him here. There is also a short video in that link that teaches on the saint.

As I always try to do with these Marian Prayers, I provide links to blog posts I have written in the past. Below is the Marian Prayer of Saint Charles Borromeo – 

O Holy Mother of God,
pray for the priests
your Son has chosen to serve the church.
Help them by your intercession,
to be holy,
zealous and chaste.
Make them models of virtue
in the service of God’s people.
Help them to be prayerful in meditations,
effective in preaching,
and enthusiastic in the daily offering of
the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
Help them to administer the sacraments with joy.
Amen.

Saint Charles Borromeo…Pray for Us

How to Make the Most of Our Podcasts

This article first appeared in the July 16, 2017 edition of Vidi Dominum, the parish bulletin of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Re-published here with permission. The all-time stats number below has been changed to reflect the numbers as of today.

Are you aware that the Sunday homilies and the Saturday Morning Speaker Series talks are available on iTunes and Google Play Music? Have you subscribed yet to receive our podcasts from one of these two sources?

As long as I can remember from the time I started working here at the parish, we have wanted to make our homilies available digitally. The Sunday homilies and Saturday Morning Speaker Series talks have now been available for download on iTunes and Google Play Music for 16 months. As of the final edit of this article, there have been 18,296 downloads (all-time) since the beginning of July 2016. Each month has seen a steady increase.

When I share this bit of information with my friends that work for other parishes across the country, they are always eager to learn how we do it. It’s definitely a small segment of the New Evangelization. Not only can our own parishioners download our homilies, but anyone that has an iPhone or Droid across the country and the world can access them as well.

We provide you with the homilies and talks for the simple reason that if you were unable to be physically (or mentally) present during the time that they were given, you can download them to your phone, computer, or tablet and listen at a time that’s convenient for you.

Some practical ways you can make the most of our podcasts: 

  1. If you have a long commute to work, you could listen to the podcasts as you drive into the office or job site. Do you travel on a plane for work? You could download them before you take off in order to listen in-flight.
  2. You could listen to the podcasts while you work out at the gym, or while you’re out for a walk or run (of course, when it’s not as hot as the surface of the Sun).
  3. Are you taking any vacation time this summer and spending time in the car for long hours? Here’s another time that podcasts might come in handy.
  4. Sometimes we get distracted at Mass or our children need our attention during the homily. If you missed something, you could always go back and listen to it again.
  5. Perhaps you particularly like the preaching style of one of our priests, and he wasn’t celebrating the Mass you attended. You could listen to his homily later for some mid-week inspiration!

Here is the simplest way to find the podcasts:

  1. On your phone, computer, or tablet, go to our website: smarymag.org
  2. In the right hand corner of the website are icons – if you have an iPhone click on the “Apple”; if you have a Droid, click on the “G” – you will then be brought to those respective sites where you can download the homilies and talks.
  3. Both iTunes and Google Play Music give you the ability to “subscribe” to the podcasts. If you choose to do this, then each week when we put up the homilies/talks, you will automatically receive them to your device. You might have to “refresh” your account to get them.

If you don’t have an iPhone or Droid, or maybe you’re not that technologically savvy, you can go to the Podcast page of our website and listen to the homilies and talks there as well: smarymag.org/audio

Only the homilies and talks from May 2017 to the present are available. If you want to listen to the homilies or talks from before this date, you can find them on the Podcast webpage listed above.

What can I do to help with the New Evangelization?

“The Church recognizes that these media, if properly utilized, can be of great service to mankind, since they greatly contribute to men’s entertainment and instruction as well as to the spread and support of the Kingdom of God.” (Inter Mirifica, 2)

You can share all of this information with your family and friends, no matter where they are. I know iTunes gives you the ability to share any homily or talk that you would like to give others the opportunity to hear. If you have any social media accounts, such as Facebook, share this information on there as well. You will be surprised how many Catholics are seeking this kind of service, but their own parish does not provide it.

10 Quotes on Sainthood from the Saints

Today in the Catholic Church we celebrate one of the great solemnities of the year – The Solemnity of All Saints. It is the solemnity that focuses on all the unknown saints who are now in Heaven. Since holiness is reachable by all and the call to be holy is given to us at our Baptism, it is through the Communion of Saints that each piece of the Mystical Body of Christ assists every other to grow and seek holiness.

Although today is about All Saints, particularly the unknown saints, below are 10 quotes about Sainthood from some of the more well-known Canonized Saints in the Catholic Church –

1. “We can, if we will, become a saint, for God will never refuse to help us to do so.” – St. John Vianney

2. “What saint has ever won his crown without first contending for it? – St. Jerome

3. “Let us become saints so that after having been together on earth, we may be together in Heaven.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

4. “After seven years in the religious life, I still am weak and imperfect. I always feels, however, the same bold confidence of becoming a great saint because I don’t count on my merits since I have none, but I trust in Him who is Virtue and Holiness.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

5. “The saints live not after the fashion of the world…The dignity of the saints is so great because they are not of this world, but ‘of the household of God.’” – St. Thomas Aquinas

6. “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step.” – St. Philip Neri

7. “A saint was once asked, while playing happily with his companions, what he would do if any angel told him that in a quarter of an hour he would die and have to appear before the judgment seat of God. The saint properly replied that he would continue playing because I am certain these games are pleasing to God.” – St. John Bosco

8. “Though you have recourse to many saints as your intercessors, go especially to St. Joseph, for he has great power with God.” – St. Teresa of Avila

9. “All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly.” – St. Francis de Sales

10. “The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.:” – St. Anthony of Padua

All Holy Men and Women of God…Pray for Us