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Oct 16

The Rule of St. Benedict and the Twelve Steps of Humility


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Oct 15

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, – OCTOBER 16

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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St. Margaret Mary was born in Lauthecourt, France, on July 22, 1647, and entered the convent of the Visitation nuns at Paray-le-Monial in 1671. From 1673 to 1675, she was especially favored by God with mystical graces and revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord made three requests of her: (1) to spread devotion to his Sacred Heart; (2) to promote the practice of receiving Holy Communion on the first Fridays and of keeping a Holy Hour of reparation; and (3) to establish a special feast in honor of his Sacred Heart. When she tried to comply with our Lord’s instructions, she at first met opposition from her superiors and sisters.

But when St. Claude La Colombière  arrived in Paray to be the sisters’ confessor, Sr. Margaret Mary informed him of our Lord’s revelations, and he assured her that these were, indeed, from God and that he would assist her in realizing our Lord’s requests. With the eventual appointment of a new superior of the convent, Sr. Margaret Mary was made mistress of novices. In this role, she was able to spread the devotion among the younger sisters. In 1686, the feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated in the convent for the first time, and two years later a chapel was dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Devotion thus began to spread to other religious houses, and from there throughout France and eventually the world. St. Margaret Mary died on October 17, 1690, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.


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Oct 15

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XXIX Sunday of Ordinary Time

The arms outstretched and the cry “day and night”.


Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

In the parable of today’s Gospel, Jesus links indissolubly two important themes for the Christian life: the need and insistence of prayer. The importance of praying with insistence seems to be the main theme of the parable of the unjust judge. As he fulfills the constant demands of the widow so the Father will be ready to grant our prayers. We can develop this theme with the important elements that Jesus provides in the same parable. The choice of characters, for example, is significant.

The widow is a person who hadn’t many social protections as today we might call them. The Mosaic law had tried to give some protection for widows and other underprivileged people such as orphans and foreigners. In the Acts of the Apostles, the appointment of deacons arose precisely in relation to the lack of attention towards the widows.

Unceasing prayer, lived in faith, but especially with the offering of one’s whole life, wins God. Several times Luisa, in her prayer, was very insistent with Jesus who eventually, almost to the point of exhaustion, gave in to her requests, but everything was offered and lived in the Divine Will

In the passage of August 12, 1927, Luisa presents the experience of how the intercession prayer is powerful, through what Jesus says to her about the manifestation of the Kingdom of the “Fiat”.

Luisa’s interior is a continuous speaking before God, and a continuous act. And a speaking ever unceasing before God, wanting the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat, brings with itself the certainty of victory.

So, either Luisa has won or she is about to win. A continuous doing and speaking acquires the nature of a winning power before God, and it is as if God would lose the resisting strength, while the soul acquires the winning strength. An exchange takes place: God is disarmed and the soul is armed with divine weapons, but the Supreme Being is not given to being able to resist.

Does that asking Him continuously for the Kingdom of the Eternal Will seem trivial to us? – going around through the whole Creation, and, over and over again, in all the acts Jesus did in Redemption, as well as in the seas of the acts of love and of sorrow of the Sovereign Queen of Heaven, to ask for the Kingdom of God?

Luisa sought nothing for herself, and she went round and round, asking over and over again that the Divine Will be known, and that It dominate and reign. Not a shadow of what is human enters into this, nor any personal interest; it is the holiest and most divine prayer and act; it is prayer of Heaven, not of the earth, and therefore the purest, the most beautiful, the invincible one, which encloses only the interest of the divine glory.

Until now no one has prayed Jesus with such insistence.

The Virgin Mary prayed Him with such insistence for the sake of Redemption, and She was victorious; but for the Kingdom of the Divine Will – no one until now with such insistence as to conquer a God. Therefore, Luisa’s insistence says much, the very uproaring of all nature says much. In these times, all the elements, uproaring, are bearers of goods, and this is necessary to reorder the Kingdom of the “Fiat”. It is the greatest thing, and it takes the uproaring in order to purify the earth. Therefore, Jesus doesn’t want Luisa to oppress herself too much, but rather she keeps on with her continuous flight, with her insistence, so as to acquire the complete strength to win the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat.”

We might ask ourselves: today, who cries out to the Lord, day and night, one’s sorrow?

Jesus says: You must pray continually. Certainly we, every so often, pray, we say prayers, we think about the Lord. But what does the expression “always to pray and not lose heart” mean ? We find that through the several moments of prayer we learn to love and it’s love that is the true prayer and we can love forever.

Today we meditate and deepen the theme of prayer, although it is better to talk little about it and dedicate ourselves to prayer, to give our time and heart for the encounter with the Lord. I would like also ask myself  and each one of you: ” Do I really wish to learn to pray, or do I consider prayer as something boring, useless? Am I ready to make progress in prayer, by planning precise timetables for prayer, by helping myself with supports, by searching for the essential of prayer, the core, that is a true love relationship with the Lord? “

If my wish is sincere, “Lord teach me to pray,” if I have this desire, if I am willing to change attitudes, lifestyles, schedules, the Lord will transform my spiritual life and help me. Since, as someone said, “learning to pray is learning to live”; “Prayer is the breath of the soul”; “Prayer is God’s power in our lives, it’s God’s Omnipotence placed in our hands, in our faith.”

Jesus told his disciples this parable, about the need to pray always, without tiring.

Moses who prays, standing on top of the hill, becomes the model of constancy in prayer. He is the intercessor. The people is in desperate need of his constant prayer. This let us understand that prayer is the support for action and that the claim to change the world, on our own, is an illusion. A psalm says: ” Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain”.

Msgr. Câmara, a tireless apostle of the poor in Brazil, says: “Two hands clasped get much more than two clenched fists.” These are the words of a very active man and they are confirmed by many examples.

Saint Teresa of  Calcutta openly confessed: ” I can do nothing without prayer”! She did a lot, but knew and recognized that everything started from prayer. Prayer requires perseverance and commitment. To Pray well, pray with confidence, pray without ever growing tired: to pray when it gives joy, pray when we find difficult, this is the teaching of Jesus. In this way, we nourish our faith, we welcome the salvation of the Lord.

don Marco


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Oct 15

The Garden of Gethsemane


The Garden of Gethsemane

For nearly sixteen hundred years this Garden of Gethsemane, in the Valley of Kedron, has been fixed by the devout as the place of the prayer of our Savior at the time of his “agony” just before his death. John says: “Jesus went forth with his disciples over the brook Kedron, where was a garden into which He entered with his disciples.” Mark says: “And they came to the place which was named Gethsemane, and He said to his disciples, Sit ye here while I shall pray.” Since the days of the visit of the Empress Helena to Jerusalem, in the fourth century, this garden has been identified by tradition. The Valley of Kedron (Jehoshaphat) is here deep and narrow, and Gethsemane occupies about an acre of ground, to the north of which are rugged and barren heights in which the kings of Jerusalem are buried. To the west are the massive walls of Jerusalem. To the east, and rising directly above it about three hundred feet, is the Mount of Olives. The Valley of the Kedron falls into a deep ravine to the south. We have above a view of the garden within, taken by our artist on the 27th of April, 1894. It is a beautiful spot; the trees are very venerable, although they can not have been the identical trees which overshadowed the Son of Man in that hour of his distress. Those who are familiar with Eastern life will easily understand that Christ would often find rest and sleep and opportunity for devotion on the hillside and under the open canopy of heaven. “Nearly all the inhabitants of Palestine sleep, during the greater part of the year, in the open air.”

From the Hours of the Passion:

Fifth Hour From 9 to 10 PM – First Hour of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

Sixth Hour From 10 to 11 PM – Second Hour of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

Seventh Hour From 11 PM to Midnight – Third Hour of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane


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Oct 06

Our Lady of the Rosary


Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary in relation to the Rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on October 7, the anniversary of the decisive victory of the combined Christian fleet in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, defeating an Ottoman fleet off western Greece. It was formerly sometimes known as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary In the Divine Will


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Oct 04

Reflections on the Rounds

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Reflections On Effects of Praying the Complete Round Each Day


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Oct 04

St. Francis: Canticle of the Sun


Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy willl,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.



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Oct 03

St. Francis of Assisi


St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis was born in Assisi, Umbria, Italy, in 1182, and was baptized John. His father was Pietro di Bernardone, a wealthy textile merchant, and after returning from a business trip to France, and to mark his esteem for that country, he began calling his son Francis. Francis’s youth was spent in comfort and fine clothes. During Assisi’s war with Perugia, Francis joined his city’s forces. But when Assisi was defeated, Francis was unfortunately taken prisoner and remained such for a year. After his release, he volunteered to fight with the papal army in southern Italy, but while passing through Spoleto, on his way south, he had a dream in which a voice told him “to follow the master and not the man.” Thus he returned to Assisi and began to change his way of life. Then in the fall of 1205, while praying in the Church of San Damiano, a short distance from Assisi, he heard a voice coming from the crucifix telling him: “Francis, go and repair my church, which as you see is in ruins.” To purchase the materials needed to repair that church’s fabric, he sold some of his father’s cloth. Because his father did not agree with his son’s action, Francis left home and spent the following two years praying, repairing churches, and visiting the poor and sick.
Sometime in 1208 or 1209, he heard a passage from Matthew’s Gospel (10:5–14) read in church, in which our Lord sent his apostles out to preach and they were to take nothing with them. In imitation of this, Francis lived a life of simplicity, poverty, and humility, and constantly went about preaching God’s love. His joy in following Christ was so evident and attractive that others soon joined him, and thus he wrote a rule for them, with the gospel as their way of life. He called his group Friars Minor, but they are better known as Franciscans. In 1212, he founded an order of nuns, known today as Poor Clares, after St. Clare of Assisi (see August 11). Others also wanted to follow his manner of life—prayer and penance—and for these he established what is known as the Third Order of St. Francis.
In 1219, Francis traveled to the Middle East with the Fifth Crusade, in a vain attempt to convert Sultan Malik al-Kamil of Egypt. Then, on September 14, 1224, he received the stigmata on Mount Alvernia; he is the first individual known to have received it. Throughout his life, Francis remained a deacon—he felt himself unworthy to be ordained a priest. He died at the Portiuncula (St. Mary of the Angels), the cradle of his order, in Assisi, on October 3, 1226, and was canonized two years later (1228) by Pope Gregory IX. Francis was the most extraordinary saint of the Middle Ages and is one of the most attractive of saints. Today’s opening prayer tells us that St. Francis reflected the image of Christ, through his life of poverty and humility, and asks that we too may imitate his joyful love.

Tylenda, J. N. (2003). Saints and Feasts of the Liturgical Year (pp. 212–214). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.


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Oct 02

Guardian Angels



Guardian Angels

It is the teaching of the Church, and in accordance with what we read in the Old and New Testaments, that the angels, who are divine messengers, exercise a particular care and protection over individuals on earth, and help them in attaining salvation. In Exodus (20:20), the Lord God told Moses, “I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared,” and after the angel had liberated St. Peter from prison, the latter remarked, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel to rescue me from Herod’s clutches” (Acts 12:11). The common teaching of theologians is that every human being, not merely the baptized, has a special guardian angel from birth, and this they derive from Christ’s words: “Do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father, who is in Heaven” (Matt. 18:10.) Referring to the same text, St. Basil (see January 2) writes: “Every one of the faithful has an angel standing at his side as educator, and guide, directing his life” (Against Eunomius III, 1). Devotion to the angels began with St. Benedict (see July 11) and then steadily increased from the time of St. Gregory the Great (see September 3) to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (see August 20), who was perhaps the most eloquent exponent of devotion to the Guardian Angels. The final prayer in today’s Mass speaks of the angels keeping us free from danger in this life and bringing us to the joy of eternal life. A feast in honor of the Guardian Angels was celebrated in Valencia, Spain, as early as 1411; it then spread through Spain and into France. Pope Paul V introduced it into the Roman Calendar in 1608, and Pope Clement X later (1670) set its celebration for October 2.

For some 300 years now, the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels has been celebrated in the Catholic Church on October 2. Few things, however, have become as alien to the contemporary Christian as the concept of guardian angels. The Old Testament says of the angel that guards the people of Israel: “Heed him and hearken to his voice”—that means that I should become open to this image of a God who is everywhere around me and that I should not stubbornly oppose to him my own fleeting wishes and whims. It is based on the fact that we ourselves have become manipulatable and believe in no other design for our life than that which we have made for ourselves. In consequence, we end by becoming the movable scenery of a technical world that we try to maneuver this way and that. We no longer speak, then, of guardian angels, except perhaps in a few idiomatic expressions that even we ourselves do not take too literally. Granted, we speak all the more frequently about security and about how we can protect ourselves against the negative aspects of modern life. The flight of humanity from humanity as from its own work is on the increase, and we come to recognize the inadequacy of our protective devices—however sophisticated they may be—only when new refinements reveal that they have already been superseded. It would, of course, be foolish and unrealistic on our part to place our trust in guardian angels rather than in technology; the divine protection is not so easily commandeered and is not intended to be thrown into bold relief. Speaking of angels means being convinced that the world is everywhere filled with the divine presence of God and that his presence is bestowed on each and every one of us as a power that summons and protects us.

Ratzinger, J. (1992).

Litany to the Holy Angels

The Consecration to the Holy Angels


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