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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Litany of the Holy Name of Mary

On September 12 Holy Mother Church honors the most Holy Name of Mary, that name which is so sweet, so beautiful. The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary was established by Pope Innocent XI upon the victory of Christian forces against the Muslims attacking Vienna in 1683.

St. Anthony of Padua describes our Lady's beautiful name, exclaiming, “O name of Mary! Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody to the ear of Her devout clients!" St. Peter Canisius also speaks of the name of our Lady. "After the most holy and adorable Name of Jesus, there is no name more glorious or more powerful than the name of Mary. At the mention of this name, the Angels rejoice and the devils tremble; through this invocation of this name, sinners obtain grace and pardon." May we always honor the beloved name of our Lady with prayers of love and gratitude.


Litany of the Holy Name of Mary

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Son of Mary, hear us.
Son of Mary, graciously hear us.
Heavenly Father, of Whom Mary is the Daughter,
Have mercy on us. ***
Eternal Word, of Whom Mary is the Mother, ***
Holy Spirit, of Whom Mary is the spouse, ***
Divine Trinity, of Whom Mary is the Handmaid,***

Mary , Mother of the Living God, pray for us.
Mary, daughter of the Light Eternal, pray for us.
Mary, our light, *.
Mary, our sister,*
Mary, flower of Jesse, *
Mary , issue of kings, *
Mary, chief work of God, *
Mary, the beloved of God, *
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, *
Mary, all fair, *
Mary, light in darkness, *
Mary, our sure rest, *
Mary, house of God, *
Mary, sanctuary of the Lord, *
Mary, altar of the Divinity, *
Mary, Virgin Mother, *
Mary, embracing thy Infant God, *
Mary, reposing with Eternal Wisdom, *
Mary, ocean of bitterness, *
Mary, Star of the Sea, *
Mary, suffering with thine only Son, *
Mary, pierced with a sword of sorrow, *
Mary, torn with a cruel wound, *
Mary, sorrowful even to death , *
Mary, bereft of all consolation, *
Mary, submissive to the law of God, *
Mary, standing by the Cross of Jesus, *
Mary, Our Lady, *
Mary, Our Queen, *
Mary, Queen of glory, *
Mary, glory of the Church Triumphant, *
Mary, Blessed Queen,*
Mary, advocate of the Church Militant, *
Mary, Queen of Mercy, *
Mary, consoler of the Church Suffering, *
Mary, exalted above the Angels, *
Mary, crowned with twelve stars, *
Mary, fair as the moon, *
Mary, bright as the sun, *
Mary, distinguished above all, *
Mary, seated at the right hand of Jesus, *
Mary, our hope, *
Mary, our sweetness, *
Mary, glory of Jerusalem , *
Mary, joy of Israel, *
Mary, honor of our people, *

Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, *
Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption, *
Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, *
Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, *
Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, *
Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa, *
Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, *
Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, *
Mary, Our Lady of the Angels, *
Mary, Our Lady of Dolors, *
Mary, Our Lady of Mercy, *
Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, *
Mary, Our Lady of Victory, *
Mary, Our Lady of La Trappe, *
Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence,*

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord Jesus.
Lam of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord Jesus.
Son of Mary, hear us. Son of Mary, graciously hear us.
V. I will declare thy name unto my brethren. R. I will praise thee in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Us Pray. O Almighty God, Who beholdest Thy servants earnestly desirous of placing themselves under the shadow of the name and protection of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, that by her charitable intercession, we may be delivered from all evil on earth, and may arrive at everlasting joys in Heaven, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

“O amor mei nomen matris Dei.” -St. Anselm (Oh name of the Mother of God, thou art my Love.)


God bless!
+JMJ+

Saturday, August 29, 2020

On the Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary

On September 2 Holy Mother Church honors the Apostle of Hungary, St. Stephen the king.  Renowned for establishing Hungary as a Catholic country, he was crowned king in 1001 on the feast of the Assumption of Mary.  St. Stephen held a great love for our Lady and declared her to be the patroness of Hungary.  His zeal for the souls throughout his kingdom brought him to spend many nights in humble prayer and penance for them.  St. Stephen is also recognized for his great care for the poor, and he often disguised himself to attend to them in secret, serving their every need.  As a sign of his charity towards the poor, St. Stephen's right hand remains incorrupt.  
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St. Stephen desired his eldest son Emeric, a saintly young man, to follow the path of leading Hungary as a Catholic nation, and instructed him thus, “My dearest son, if you desire to honor the royal crown, I advise, I counsel, I urge you above all things to maintain the Catholic and apostolic faith with such diligence and care that you may be an example for all those placed under you by God and that all the clergy may rightly call you a man of true Christian profession. Failing to do this, you may be sure that you will not be called a Christian or a son of the Church... My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I command, that at every time and in everything, strengthened by your devotion to me, you may show favor... to all who come to you... Be merciful... Be patient with everyone, not only with the powerful, but also with the weak. Finally be strong lest prosperity lift you up too much or adversity cast you down. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.  All these virtues I have noted above make up the royal crown and without them no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the heavenly kingdom.”

However, Emeric died seven years before St. Stephen; the king's remaining children also died, leaving him with no heirs to protect the Catholic faith in Hungary.  In 1038 St. Stephen died on his favorite day, the feast of the Assumption of Mary after receiving the Last Sacraments.  His final prayer was to our Lady, whom he loved much.   “To thee, O Queen of heaven, and to thy guardianship, I commend the holy Church, all the bishops and the clergy, the whole kingdom, its rulers and inhabitants; but before all, I commend my soul to thy care.”  St. Stephen and Emeric were canonized on the same day in 1083.

In imitation of the devotion and love towards our Lady by St. Stephen of Hungary, may we remember to honor our Heavenly Mother, offering her acts of love and reparation.  May we always remember to entrust our Lady with our own souls.
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Reparation for Insults to the Blessed Virgin Mary
O Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from Heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offences that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God’s handiwork.

I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever Virgin, conceived without stain of sin, Co-Redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father Who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate Who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honour, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights.

O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy Divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.
(--The Raccolta)

God bless!
+JMJ+

Saturday, August 15, 2020

On the Feast of St. Louis IX

"Fair son, the first thing I would teach thee is to set thine heart to love God; for unless he love God none can be saved. Keep thyself from doing aught that is displeasing to God, that is to say, from mortal sin. Contrariwise thou shouldst suffer every manner of torment rather than commit a mortal sin."  --from St. Louis IX's last instructions to his eldest son.
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On August 25 Holy Mother Church honors St. Louis IX, holy King of France and defender of Christianity.  At the age of 12, St. Louis inherited the throne, but he did not reign fully until the age of 21.  Until this time St. Louis was guided by his devout mother, Queen Blanche, who once told her young, royal son, "I love you my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should commit a mortal sin.” His mother’s influence was to direct St. Louis' life, guiding him to be a king filled with compassion for the poor, devoted to his kingdom, to his wife and eleven children, and especially to his Faith.  St. Louis heard two Masses a day and spent hours in prayer, even reciting the Office while imprisoned with two priests.  Just as his mother gave him advice to direct his life towards God, St. Louis did likewise with his eldest son, leaving him with final instructions before his death.  He was canonized in 1297.
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"If God send thee adversity, receive it in patience and give thanks to our Saviour and bethink thee that thou hast deserved it, and that He will make it turn to thine advantage. If He send thee prosperity, then thank Him humbly, so that thou becomest not worse from pride or any other cause, when thou oughtest to be better. For we should not fight against God with his own gifts."--from St. Louis IX's last instructions to his eldest son.


Litany in Honor of St. Louis IX
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear 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 Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, . .
Holy Virgin of virgins, . . .
Saint Louis of France, . . .
Saint Louis, scion of devout parents, . . .
Saint Louis, constant protector of the children of God, . . .
Saint Louis, steadfast teacher of piety, . . .
Saint Louis, true model of Christian virtue, . . .
Saint Louis, faithful confessor of the living Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, kingly bearer of humiliations, . . .
Saint Louis, staunch defender of the glorified Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, true martyr of the flesh by mortification, . . .
Saint Louis, detester of worldly pride and honor, . . .
Saint Louis, saviour of souls, . . .
Saint Louis, ardent lover of God, . . .
Saint Louis, kind friend of enemies, . . .
Saint Louis, rapt in prayer to God, . . .
Saint Louis, hope of sinners, . . .
Saint Louis, giver of gifts, . . .
Saint Louis, founder of charitable institutions for the afflicted, . . .
Saint Louis, generous giver of alms, . . .
Saint Louis, lavish dispenser of riches, . . .
Saint Louis, guard of the holy places of pilgrimage, . . .
Saint Louis, detester of immoderate people, . . .
Saint Louis, protector of widows and orphans, . . .
Saint Louis, defender of the sepulchre of Our Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
Saint Louis, victor over the Saracens, . . .
Saint Louis, protector of those in pagan slavery, . . .
Saint Louis, converter of unbelievers to the Christian faith, . . .
Saint Louis, visitor of hospitals and dispenser of favors to the infirm, . . .
Saint Louis, healer of the sick, . . .
Saint Louis, intercessor and patron of the French King, . . .
Saint Louis, from whom those who flee to thee obtain the infallible help of God, . . .
Saint Louis, at whose request divers diseases are miraculously cured, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

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

Our Father (secretly). Hail Mary (secretly).

℣. Pray for us, Saint Louis:
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O Lord, King of kings, Jesus Christ, Who didst love Saint Louis and didst lead him into the heavenly Kingdom: grant that by his intercession and good works, we may participate in his glory for all eternity. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.


"Finally, my very dear son, cause Masses to be sung for my soul, and prayers to be said throughout thy realm; and give to me a special share and full part in all the good thou doest. Fair, dear son, I give thee all the blessings that a good father can give to his son. And may the blessed Trinity and all the saints keep and defend thee from all evils; and God give thee grace to do His will always, so that He be honored in thee, and that thou and I may both, after this mortal life is ended, be with Him together and praise Him everlastingly. Amen." --from St. Louis IX's last instructions to his eldest son.

God bless!
+JMJ+

Friday, July 17, 2020

For the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Holy Mother Church honors St. Mary Magdalene on July 22.  Pope St. Gregory the Great spoke of St. Mary Magdalene, saying,
“Thinking upon the repentance of Mary Magdalene, I am more ready to weep than to say anything. For what heart of stone would not be softened to a like repentance by the tears of this sinner? She considered what she had done, and would not be mod­erate in what she was then doing. She broke in upon the guests, she came uninvited, she brought her tears to the banquet. You may un­derstand with what sorrow she burns, in that she is not ashamed to weep even at a feast.
But this woman, whom Luke calls a woman who was a sinner, is named by John—it is Mary; and we believe she was that Mary from whom, as Mark bears witness, seven devils were cast forth. And what is typified by seven devils, if not all the vices? For since all time is counted by periods of seven days, by the number seven, completeness is rightly represented. Mary then had seven devils, be­cause she was full of all the vices.
But, behold, when she saw the stains of her foulness, she ran to wash herself at the fountain of mercy, and had no shame before the guests. Indeed, since she felt so much shame in herself, she counted it as nothing to be out­wardly disgraced...” (Pope St. Gregory the Great, Homily 33 on the Gospels).
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Known as the Penitent, St. Mary Magdalene was also present at Our Lord's Crucifixion and one of the first at the empty tomb.  Fourteen years after Jesus' death, St. Mary Magdalene, with Sts. Martha and Lazarus, Maximin, who baptized her, Sara, her maid, Sidonius, who was the man born blind, and the body of St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, were set adrift, eventually landing on the shores of southern France.  From that time, St. Mary Magdalene continued her life of penance, living in a cave as a contemplative and mystic.  Her only food was the Blessed Sacrament that she received daily from her angel.  After being transported miraculously to the chapel of St. Maximin, she received the last sacraments and died at the age of 72.  Like St. Mary Magdalene, we, too, should strive daily to do penance for our sins and grow in love of Our Lord, leaving no excuses for lives of mediocrity.


You can listen to they hymn at his link:

Maria Magdalene

(Music by Andrea Gabrieli)
Maria Magdalena et altera Maria
Ibant diluculo ad monumentum Jesum,
Jesum, quem quaeritis, non est hic,
Surrexit, praecedet vos in Galilaeam,
Ibi eum videbitis. Alleluia.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
Went forth at dawn to the tomb of Jesus;
Jesus whom you seek, is not here;
He has risen, and has gone before you into Galilee;
There you will see Him. Alleluia.


Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Tears of St. Mary Magdalene with Promise

St. Mary Magdalene said to St. Mechtilde: "Whoever shall give God thanks for all the tears I shed upon the feet of Jesus, our most merciful God will grant him, through my intercession, remission of all his sins before his death, and a great increase of love of God."
O most merciful Jesus, I give Thee thanks for that work of piety which the blessed Mary Magdalene wrought on Thee, when she washed Thy feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed them and anointed them with fragrant ointment; whereby she obtained from Thee such signal grace that Thou didst pour into her heart and soul so great a love of Thee, that she could love nothing apart from Thee; beseeching Thee, that by her merits and intercessions Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give me tears of true repentance and pour into my heart Thy Divine love. Amen.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Act of Consecration to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, when in ecstasy, once exclaimed: "Every time a creature offers up the Blood by which he was redeemed, he offers a gift of infinite worth, which can be equaled by no other." God revealed the practice of making the offering of His Precious Blood to St. Mary Magdalen, telling her that little effort is made by people to lessen His Divine justice against sinners. In response St. Mary Magdalen daily offered the Precious Blood fifty times for the souls of the living and the dead. She did this with so much love that our Lord revealed to the numerous souls who had thereby been converted or delivered from Purgatory.

We would do well to imitate St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, each day offering the Precious Blood of our Lord in reparation for sins, the conversion of sinners, and for the poor souls in Purgatory.  The month of July, dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus, is a fitting time to begin this devotion in earnest.  Two prayers are provided for devotion to the Precious Blood of our Lord.
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Precious Blood Offering
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, in satisfaction for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church [especially for the soul of (Name)].

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Act of Consecration to the Most Precious Blood

Blood of Jesus, inebriate me! O Jesus, my Beloved Savior, ever present in the Tabernacle, to be the strength, the joy and the food of souls, I come to consecrate myself to Thy Precious Blood, and to pledge Thee my sincere love and fidelity. Pierced with sorrow at the remembrance of Thy sufferings, the contemplation of the Cross, and the thought of the outrages and contempt lavished by ungrateful souls upon Thy dear Blood, I long, O my Jesus, to bring joy to Thy Heart, and to make Thee forget my sins, and those of the whole world, by consecrating my body and soul to Thy service. I desire, my Jesus, to live henceforth, only by Thy Blood and for Thy Blood. I now choose It as my greatest treasure and the dearest object of my love.

O merciful Redeemer, deign to regard me as a perpetual adorer of Thy Most Precious Blood, and be pleased to accept my prayers, my deeds and my sacrifices, as so many acts of reparation and love.

Heavenly Wine, giver of purity and strength, pour down upon my soul. Make of my heart a living chalice from which grace shall constantly flow on those that love Thee, and especially on poor sinners that offend Thee. Teach me to honor Thee and to make Thee honored by others. Give me power to draw to Thee cold and hardened hearts, that they may feel how Thy consolations surpass those of the world.

O Blood of my Crucified Savior, detach me from the world, and the spirit of the world. Make me love suffering and sacrifice, after the example of St. Catherine of Sienna, who loved Thee so much[and whom I choose again today as my special patroness].

O Precious Blood, be my strength amid the trials and struggles of exile. Grant that at the hour of death I may be able to bless Thee for having been the comfort and the sanctification of my soul, before becoming, in Heaven, the everlasting object of my love and praise.

Saints of God, who owe thy happiness to the Blood of Jesus; Angelic spirits, who sing Its glory and power, august Virgin, who to It owest the privileges of thine Immaculate Conception and Divine Maternity, help me to pay to the Precious Blood of my Redeemer a perpetual homage of adoration, reparation and thanksgiving.  Amen.

God bless!
+JMJ+

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Flos Carmeli

On July 16 Holy Mother Church honors Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On July 16, 1251 Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock after he prayed for help for his Order, the Carmelites. She appeared to him with the scapular and said, "Take, beloved son, this scapular of thy order...; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant."

Later the Carmelite scapular was modified to the small form for use by the laity that they may share in the great graces associated with it once they are enrolled in it. These graces, called the Sabbatine privilege, meant that Mary promised to intercede and pray for those in Purgatory who, while on earth, wore the scapular worthily, lived chastely according to their state, recited the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Rosary daily, and departed earthly life in charity.

Wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady is not a guarantee of salvation, but it is a sign of our decision to follow Jesus and a way to honor Our Mother, reminding us of how we should act to fulfill God's plan for us. It is a sign of our trust in Mary to pray for and care for us as our Mother and Queen in heaven.

"Flos Carmeli," which means Flower of Carmel is a Carmelite hymn and prayer, written by St. Simon Stock.  Tradition states that St. Simon prayed this prayer for the first time during that time of great difficulty for the Carmelite Order.  He begged our Lady with love and faith to help him in his need, and she answered his plea.  Thus the Flos Carmeli prayer continues to be prayed to our Lady, with faith that she will hear our prayers. 
Originally Holy Mother Church used the sequence on the feast of St. Simon, but in 1663 it became the sequence for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  The following novena prayer is from the first two verses of the sequence.  As a novena, this prayer would be prayed from July 7-15 to finish the day before this feast of Our Lady.


Flos Carmeli Novena Prayer
Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel,
fruitful vine, splendor of heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin,
assist me in this my necessity. (name your intention)
O, Star of the Sea,
help me and show me herein you are my mother.

O holy Mary, Mother of God,
Queen of Heaven and Earth,
I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart,
to succor me in this necessity;
there are none that can withstand your power.
O show me herein that you are my Mother.

Our Lady, queen and beauty of Carmel,
pray for me and obtain my requests.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.

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Flos Carmeli Sequence

Flower of Carmel,
Tall vine blossom laden;
Splendor of heaven,
Childbearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.

Mother so tender,
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel's children
Thy favors bestow.
Star of the Sea.

Strong stem of Jesse,
Who bore one bright flower,
Be ever near us
And guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.

Purest of lilies,
That flowers among thorns,
Bring help to the true heart
That in weakness turns
and trusts in thee.

Strongest of armor,
We trust in thy might:
Under thy mantle,
Hard press'd in the fight,
we call to thee.

Our way uncertain,
Surrounded by foes,
Unfailing counsel
You give to those
who turn to thee.

O gentle Mother
Who in Carmel reigns,
Share with your servants
That gladness you gained
and now enjoy.

Hail, Gate of Heaven,
With glory now crowned,
Bring us to safety
Where thy Son is found,
true joy to see.  Amen.

Flos Carmeli,
florigera,
splendor caeli,
virgo puerpera
singularis.

Mater mitis
sed viri nescia
Carmelitis
esto propitia
stella maris.

Radix Iesse
germinans flosculum
nos ad esse
tecum in saeculum
patiaris.

Inter spinas
quae crescis lilium
serva puras
mentes fragilium
tutelaris.

Armatura
fortis pugnantium
furunt bella
tende praesidium
scapularis.

Per incerta
prudens consilium
per adversa
iuge solatium
largiaris.

Mater dulcis
Carmeli domina,
plebem tuam
reple laetitia
qua bearis.

Paradisi
clavis et ianua,
fac nos duci
quo, Mater, gloria
coronaris. Amen

God bless!
+JMJ+

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

At Fatima, our Lady told the three children, “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore, because He is already so much offended.”  These words greatly affected the children, making them realize how sad sins makes our Lord, and they vowed to pray, make reparation, and work to sin no more.  We, too, should heed the words of our Lady, making reparation to Our Lord's Sacred Heart for the indifference, scorn, contempt, and hatred that He is given by those who call themselves His children.


Prayer of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Adorable Heart of Jesus, glowing with Love for us and inflamed with zeal for our salvation. O Heart that understands the misery to which our sins have brought us, infinitely rich in Mercy to heal the wounds of our souls, behold me humbly kneeling before Thee to express the sorrow that fills my heart for the coldness and indifference with which I have so long returned the numberless benefits which Thou hast bestowed upon me.

With a deep sense of the outrages that have been heaped upon Thee by my sins and the sins of others, I wish to make reparation to Thy most Sacred Majesty. It was our sins that filled Thy Heart with bitterness; it was the weight of our guilt that pressed down Thy Face to the earth in the Garden of Olives and caused Thee to die in agony on the Cross. But now, repentant and sorrowful, I implore Thy forgiveness.

Adorable Heart of Jesus, Source of true consolation and ever merciful to the penitent sinner, impart to our hearts the spirit of penance that we may be sincerely sorry for our sins. Pardon them, O Lord, in Thy Mercy, and let all who have sinned against Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love be converted and return unto Thee. Deliver us from our sins. And in order to repair the sins of ingratitude by which we have grieved Thy most tender and loving Heart, may we love and honour Thee in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar, where Thou art present to hear and grant our petitions and to be the food and life of our souls.

Merciful Jesus, be our Mediator with Thy Heavenly Father, Whom we have so grievously offended. Help us to amend our ways. As Thy Sacred Heart is our refuge and our hope when we have sinned, so let it be the strength and support of our repentance, and nothing in life or death shall ever separate us from Thee. Amen.


God bless!
+JMJ+
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