Tag Archives: Catholic Devotions

Meditation on the Immaculate Conception – by Saint Pio

Eternal Love, Spirit of Light and Truth, make a way into my poor mind and allow me to penetrate as far as it is possible to a wretched creature like myself, into that abyss of grace, of purity and of … Continue reading

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Miraculous Medal: Are You Wearing Yours? #RueduBac

November 27 – Day of the apparition of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Labouré (Rue du Bac, Paris) From Rorate Caeli: Along with the Brown Scapular, another significant item Catholics should wear is the Miraculous Medal. From the Catholic encyclopedia: … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI: Listen to Jesus and then follow him without losing heart when faced by difficulties

It seems fitting on this solemnity of All Saints to recall Pope Benedict’s invitation “to be witnesses of Christ in this epoch of ours”: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our Eucharistic celebration began with the exhortation: “Let us all rejoice in … Continue reading

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Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us!

St. Simon the Apostle St. Simon the Apostle is often named St. Simon the Zealot, to distinguish him from St. Peter and St. Simeon. St. Simon was a Galilean, born at Cana in Galilee. He was called Simon the Zealot … Continue reading

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Meditations on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Mary dies; but how does she die? She dies entirely detached from any affection for created things, and dies consumed with that divine love with which her most holy heart was always and entirely inflamed. Oh holy mother, thou hast … Continue reading

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Our Lady’s promise to every soul who faithfully prays the ‘Three Hail Marys’

Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn (1241-1299), a Benedictine nun from the monastery of Helfta (Germany), received three visions of the Virgin Mary. Concerned for her eternal salvation, she begged the Virgin to be present at the hour of her death. During … Continue reading

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The Portiuncula Indulgence

A re-blog from Fr Z: From today until midnight 2 August, you can gain the “Portiuncula” Indulgence. Catholic Encyclopedia St. Francis, as you know, repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary … Continue reading

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Prayer to Saint Anne and Saint Joachim

Dear Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus, our Divine Saviour, have pity on thy loving and trusting client, and listen to the petition which I present before thee. Oh, blessed Saints, … Continue reading

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Saint Anselm’s prayer to Saint Mary Magdalen

  St. Mary Magdalene, thou didst come with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from Him thy burning thirst was abundantly refreshed, through Him thy sins were forgiven; by Him thy bitter sorrow was consoled. My dearest lady, … Continue reading

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Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord

The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. Today’s feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers taught that the Church … Continue reading

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Helping the Holy Souls

The Church teaches that the Holy Souls cannot help themselves, but that we can gain indulgences, have Masses said, offer our sacrifices, prayers, works of mercy and almsgiving for their release from Purgatory. We can, and indeed should, help the Holy Souls … Continue reading

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St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us!

Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your … Continue reading

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Saint John Eudes and the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary

St John Eudes, (November 14, 1601 – August 19, 1680) was a French priest, missionary, founder of religious congregations and writer. In his book La Vie et le Royaume de Jésus, St John Eudes taught about the mystically united hearts of Jesus and Mary: “You … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ, for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock.” — St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am … Continue reading

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Pentecost Novena

Most of us need the occasional nudge to look up to heaven. So it was good to be reminded that with Pentecost round the corner, the time has come to follow Our Lady and the Apostles as they eagerly awaited … Continue reading

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