Our Lady holding Jesus as He accepts flowers from the shepherd child

Our Lady holding Jesus as He accepts flowers from the shepherd child

Welcome to our intercessory prayer ministry for families, babies, little ones and those who love them.

In our prayers for families, we pray for the sanctity of all life and for vocations to marriage, the priesthood and consecrated life, which are born and nurtured in families.

Prayer of Entrustment to Mary was prayed for this ministry at the icon of the Madonna Salus Populi Romani (Salvation of the Roman People, Our Lady of Good Health) in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica of Mary Major) in Rome, Italy, in Nossa Senhora do Rosario da Fatima (Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary) in Fatima, Portugal, in Eglise du Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart Parish Church), the site of St. Bernadette's baptismal font, in Lourdes, France and at The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents before Our Lady of Guadalupe and at Basilica Papale de San Pietro in Vaticano (St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City) at the Tomb of St. John Paul II in Rome, Italy and at the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe) in Mexico City, Mexico.

This ministry is consecrated to Jesus Christ, Wisdom Incarnate, through the hands of Mary and dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. In our prayers to Mary, we honor and worship her Son Jesus. When He was on the Cross, He gave His Mother to John and she became our Mother as well. "Behold, your Mother." John 19:27

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the greater glory of God

January 22, 2020

Reflection: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Today is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. We remember the tens of millions of little ones lost to abortion since 1973, the tragic 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade in the United States. We pray for all souls wounded  by abortion.

Let us pray one Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be for an end to abortion.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, intercede for the protection of life in the womb as you did when you appeared to Juan Diego. Merciful Jesus, we ask you to open hearts and minds to the sanctity of all LIFE. We pray through the intercession of Saint John Paul II and through his prayers and beautiful writings, Theology of the Body.

Unborn children are entitled to the unalienable Right to Life endowed by God.

From the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding His voice, and holding fast to Him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the Lord swore He would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20

What can you do to promote a culture of life? 
Pray, Fast, Penance, Witness
Pray for all those wounded by abortion and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life for the unborn. Fast and offer Penance for the sins against the dignity of life through abortion and Witness to the truth and sanctity of life.

Your Hands made me and fashioned me. Psalm 119:73 

As we pray for the unborn, we ask Jesus for a conversion of hearts so that every person will come to know the dignity and sacredness of all life.

Kiss of Mercy Prayer  To be recited while kissing an image of Jesus
Jesus I trust in You.  May my kiss and Your grace, convert, heal and reconcile to the Father one soul wounded by abortion. Amen,  Recite one Hail Mary.

January 21, 2020

Saint Agnes, young Virgin and Martyr, pray for us!

We celebrate today the Feast Day of Saint Agnes of Rome. She was a martyr and is the patron saint of girls, virgins, engaged couples, victims of rape and for the virtue of chastity. Agnes consecrated her life and virginity to Jesus and promised Him that He would be her spouse.

When she rejected suitors, she was punished for being a Christian. She was placed in a brothel. Miraculously, she left unharmed. One man attempted to violate her and he was struck blind. She prayed for him and he was healed. During the persecutions of Christians, which were ordered by Diocletian, Agnes was beheaded at the age of thirteen.

The name Agnes means lamb. Amidst great sufferings and persecutions, she had courage and remained steadfast in her love and promise she made to Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi,
Lamb of God, who take away sins of world,
dona nobis pacem. grant us peace.

We have witnessed persecution and martyrdom of Christians throughout the world today. Saint Agnes is our powerful intercessor. We can ask her to help us have courage and to witness to Jesus. He dispels the darkness and shines His beautiful light.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace in our hearts, in our families, in our country and in the world.

O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You. Jesus I trust in You.  From the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us!

January 19, 2020

Reflection: The Sign of the Cross

Man is set apart because he is a person, made in the image and likeness of God. 

Saint Ephrem, the Syrian, liked to compare our life to the fingers of a hand, both to emphasize that its length is no more than a span, and to indicate that each phase of life, like the different fingers, has its particular character, and “the fingers represent the five steps by which man advances.”

In one of Saint Ephrem's hymns, he speaks of the pearl as a symbol of the riches and beauty of faith: "I placed the pearl, my brothers, on the palm of my hand, to be able to examine it. I began to look at it from one side and from the other: it looked the same from all sides. Thus is the search for the Son inscrutable, because it is all light. In its clarity, I saw the Clear One who does not grow opaque; and in His purity, the great symbol of the Body of Our Lord, which is pure. In His indivisibility, I saw the truth which is indivisible."

With the Sign of the Cross, we send a visible sign to the world and follow the advice of Saint Ephrem of Syria (died A.D. 373):

"Mark all your actions with the sign of the life giving Cross. Do not go out from the door of your house till you have signed yourself with the Cross. Do not neglect that sign whether in eating or drinking or going to sleep, or in the home or going on a journey. There is no habit to be compared with it. Let it be a protecting wall round all your conduct, and teach it to your children that they may earnestly learn the custom."

The Sign of the Cross
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Signum Crucis
In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

I recall a time when there were some workers at my home. When the first one, Robert, came in the door, he said in a bellowing voice, "Where's the holy water?" I have a holy water font at my front door and it apparently had run dry. I came to the door with holy water in hand and filled it. Robert smiled, gave me a thumbs up, placed his hand in the holy water and said, "In Nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen." Then, he told me he loves the Latin Mass. He asked me if I knew about True Devotion to Mary. I said yes and I asked him he was consecrated to Jesus through Mary and he said yes. I told him I am too.

How awesome is our God! Robert went about his work. I had to leave and when I returned, Robert was standing outside, waiting for me. He told me how he had been very involved with the Consecration in his parish but how he felt recently that he was slipping away. When he walked into my home and saw the holy water font and the images of Jesus and Mary, he knew they were speaking to him, calling him back.

Isn't God so good! The Lord showed me through this encounter with Robert how He is always seeking us. God also showed me that when your life is consecrated to Jesus through Mary, they will not let you go!

Lord, grant that we may lovingly accept Your Will, and place ourselves each day in Your merciful Hands. Mary, Our Mother, pray for us, “now and at the hour of our death.” Keep us ever close to Jesus, your Beloved Son, the Lord and Giver of life. Amen.

January 17, 2020

Reflection: Rise, pick up your mat and go home.

Your faith makes a difference! When you pray, God's heart is moved. Never give up or become discouraged. The Lord is near. He will act when He desires. Be patient and wait; pray and persevere.

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Romans 12:12

In today's Gospel of Mark, the paralytic was healed as a result of the faith of his friends. "When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that He was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and He preached the Word to them. They came bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above Him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Child, your sins are forgiven.'" Mark 2:1-5

What an amazing faith the paralytic's friends had! They had such love for their friend that they would go to the great length of opening up the roof to bring him to Jesus.

Do you know someone who needs healing or someone who is far away from Jesus, maybe a friend or a loved one? 

Consider what you could do to bring that person to Jesus. Sometimes, it is simply an invitation. The most important thing you can do is pray for that person. God will hear your prayers. He will answer them, sometimes right away, but most often, God waits. At just the right time, He will move. We are God's workers, but the growth is God's work.

"What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who causes the growth. The one who plants and one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building." 1 Corinthians 3:5-9

Jesus performed a miracle for the paralytic because his friend's had faith and acted on it. All acts of faith and love begin with prayer in the heart.

"Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk. But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth.' He said to the paralytic, 'I say to you, rise, pick up your mat. and go home.' He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, 'We have never see anything like this.'" Mark 2:9-12

The paralytic was physically healed but Jesus did even more. He healed him spiritually by forgiving his sins. Jesus has authority to do this and He does more than any of us can imagine!  Jesus wants to do this for you too and for those you pray for.

Pray, pray, pray. Prayer shakes the Heart of God. Prayer is a spiritual work of mercy. Ask Jesus to stretch out His hand and heal you or your loved ones. Ask Him to increase your faith and pray with the confident trust of a child.

"This is My commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from My Father. It was not you who chose Me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He may give you. This I command you: love one another." John 15:12-17

Rise, pick up your mat and run to Jesus!

Jesus is your friend and He is waiting to hear from you...

January 12, 2020

The Baptism of the Lord

Today is the Feast Day of the Baptism of Our Lord. In the life of Christ, His Baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist marks the beginning of His public life. A dove descended upon Him representing the power of God and the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist knew his mission to proclaim the coming of the Lord had ended:

"So this joy of mine has been made complete; He must increase, I must decrease." John 3:29-30

Let us make it our mission to humbly bring others to the Lord as John the Baptist did: Jesus must increase; we must decrease.

The Baptism of Jesus occurred when He was thirty years old and marked the beginning of His three year public ministry of teaching, healing, delivering and performing miracles.

"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and He went along doing good and healing all who were in the power of the devil, for God was with Him."  Acts 10:38

An anointing means an intimate union or covenant between God and one of His servants. God the Father speaks at this moment, to make clear who this Person is, His Divine Son, begotten from all eternity.

Through His Baptism, Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was without sin, took on Himself the sins of the world. He descended into the purifying waters and made the water holy to make us children of God and to take away our sins. His Baptism was to redeem us. Jesus went out to be baptized by John the Baptist, not for repentance, but to show us way to approach the Heavenly Father. The mystery of His Baptism is mercy.

"This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth." 1 John 5:6

After Jesus was baptized, He came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him. And a voice came from the heavens came, saying, "This is My Beloved Son; with whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism seals the Christian with an indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. CCC 1272  Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life. CCC 1274

In the Baptism of Jesus, we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity. May the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with Our Blessed Mother Mary, heal and protect all those we pray for through this prayer ministry.

January 08, 2020

Reflection: “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

About the fourth watch of the night, He came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen Him and were terrified. But at once, He spoke with them, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid." He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. Mark 6:48-50

Jesus came to the disciples, walking on water, and they thought He was a ghost. The disciples, even though they spent much time with Jesus, did not recognize Him. Sometimes we do not recognize the Lord when He comes to us in the middle of our "storms."

Taking our eyes off Jesus, and focusing on the difficult circumstances will cause us to get under our problems. But when we cry out to Jesus, He catches us by the hand and raises us above the seemingly impossible surroundings.

When Jesus got in the boat, the wind died down, the storm ceased. Invite Jesus in your life, into your boat. When you have Jesus in your boat, the storms of life will not have as much affect on you.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Jesus spoke to the disciples: "Take courage, it is I do not be afraid." He speaks those words to you too. Trust in the Divine Providence of Jesus. Be not afraid.

Though we may not walk across water, we will go through difficult, faith-testing circumstances. Let us reach out to Jesus and take His Hand when we are feeling alone, abandoned or tempted to sink into despair and we will see His miraculous power will help us. 

January 05, 2020

Reflection: The Epiphany...Follow the Star

The Feast of the Epiphany has special meaning to me. A little Baby, lying in a manger in a stable in Bethlehem, came into my heart and filled me with joy.

"And behold, the star which was seen in the East went before them, til it came to rest over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy, and going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary, His Mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him. Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way." Matthew 2:9-12

The Magi saw Love, Truth and Mercy when they gazed at the Child. After they saw Him, they were changed and they returned a different way. Every time we have an encounter with Jesus, we are changed forever and we can never go back the old way. Jesus desires to shine His Light upon you. He is calling you to an intimate encounter with Him. Open your heart and invite Jesus in. He will change you forever. When that happens, you can never go back to your old ways.

The Epiphany is when God revealed His Son to the Magi and to the world. When the Magi saw the Child with His Mother, they rejoiced and bowed down and worshipped Him. Meditate on the Scripture and choose a word or phrase that touches your heart...star, behold, joy, Child with Mary, fell down, worshipped, gifts.  Ponder the word or phrase and ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you.

As we ponder the Epiphany, let us follow the light of the star. Watch as Mary holds the Babe and Joseph protectively looks over Him. Come close to Him...

O Come let us adore Him.

January 01, 2020

The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

On this first day of 2020, we celebrate the Octave Day of Christmas and the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

Novena Prayer of Mary, Mother of God
Lord Jesus, we come before you this day mindful of the presence of your Mother Mary. As we pray, we are aware of how Mary proclaimed her yes, her Fiat with joy. We reflect on how Mary lived each and every event in her life with deep trust in God, with the assurance that God was with her every step of the way and with the love of God constantly dwelling within her being.  May we grow in our trust in God, deepen our longing to know God and proclaim everyday our belief in the almighty and everlasting God who is constantly calling us to live a grace filled life. Like Mary, may we be able to say Yes, to proclaim our Fiat, with the sure and constant faith that allowed Mary to walk the path of life God called her to live. We ask this in Your Holy Name. Amen.

The Church Fathers wrote of the great gift that was bestowed upon Mary, the humble handmaid of the Lord, the Mother of God.

Irenaeus "The Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God." Against Heresies, 5:19:1 A.D. 189

Hippolytus "To all generations they [the prophets] have pictured forth the grandest subjects for contemplation and for action. Thus, too, they preached of the advent of God in the flesh to the world, his advent by the spotless and God-bearing (theotokos) Mary in the way of birth and growth, and the manner of his life and conversation with men, and his manifestation by baptism, and the new birth that was to be to all men, and the regeneration by the laver of baptism." Discourse on the End of the World 1 A.D. 217

Gregory the Wonderworker "For Luke, in the inspired Gospel narratives, delivers a testimony not to Joseph only, but also to Mary, the Mother of God, and gives this account with reference to the very family and house of David." Four Homilies 1 A.D. 262  "It is our duty to present to God, like sacrifices, all the festivals and hymnal celebrations; and first of all, the feast of the Annunciation to the holy Mother of God, to wit, the salutation made to her by the angel, ‘Hail, full of grace!’"

Peter of Alexandria "They came to the church of the most blessed Mother of God, and ever-virgin Mary, which, as we began to say, he had constructed in the western quarter, in a suburb, for a cemetery of the martyrs." The Genuine Acts of Peter of Alexandria A.D. 305

Methodius "While the old man [Simeon] was thus exultant, and rejoicing with exceeding great and holy joy, that which had before been spoken of in a figure by the prophet Isaiah, the holy Mother of God now manifestly fulfilled." Oration on Simeon and Anna 7 A.D. 305

Cyril of Jerusalem "The Father bears witness from heaven to his Son. The Holy Spirit bears witness, coming down bodily in the form of a dove. The archangel Gabriel bears witness, bringing the good tidings to Mary. The Virgin Mother of God bears witness. Catechetical Lectures 10:19 A.D. 350

Ephraim the Syrian "Though still a virgin she carried a child in her womb, and the handmaid and work of his wisdom became the Mother of God." Songs of Praise 1:20 A.D. 351

Athanasius "The Word begotten of the Father from on high, inexpressibly, inexplicably, incomprehensibly, and eternally, is he that is born in time here below of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God." The Incarnation of the Word of God 8 A.D. 365

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,  you are our most powerful intercessor.  We thank you and we entrust our lives, our families and all those for whom we pray through this ministry to you and your Beloved Son Jesus.

December 31, 2019

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary...

Saint Bernard sums up the great spiritual advantage of true devotion to our Blessed Mother. Let us pray as a trusting child of Mary:

"Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary…in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart … If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination."

Mary, Our Mother, understands our sufferings and those we carry when our loved ones hurt. Let us bring them to her and ask her to intercede to her Beloved Son Jesus. Her heart was pierced when she heard Simeon's words, as she held her precious baby. She did not understand, but she kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Let us unite our sufferings and those of our loved ones and those for whom we pray with Mary.

Mary was petitioned as "Mother of God" at least by the 3rd Century, as is evidenced by the discovery of the Sub Tuum prayer:

This prayer, known in Latin as "Sub tuum Praesidium" and first found in a Greek papyrus, c. 300, is the oldest known prayer to the Virgin.

We turn to you for protection, Holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and help us in all our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

The "Memorare" is a sixteenth-century version of a fifteenth-century prayer that began "Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria." Claude Bernard (1588-1641) popularized the idea that the "Memorare" was written by Saint Bernard.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother, to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

On earth, the Blessed Virgin offered her life in obedient service of God. In heaven, she leads the song of eternal praise which rises like incense before the throne of God. O Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.

December 29, 2019

Reflection: O Holy Family, pray for us!

As we ponder the Nativity, let us gaze at the Baby Jesus, the Light of the World. He came to us as a little Baby.

Let us enter the scene. Mary and Joseph are watching over the newborn King with awe and wonder. They beckon you to come. As you draw close to the Holy Family, the love of Jesus comes pouring into your heart. Kneel before Him and adore Him. As you gaze at the Baby Jesus, He gazes at you with great love.

This is a beautiful image of the Nativity scene. In the painting, circa 1515, art historians and doctors say it depicts a child with Down syndrome as the angel nearest to Mary, possibly the child of the person who commissioned the painting. The painting is called "Adoration of the Christ Child" by Jan Joest of Kalkar in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The John 10:10 Prayer Ministry began through all the prayers offered for a beautiful baby with Down syndrome, Lily Grace. She is now a happy, healthy thirteen year old who brings light and love to everyone she encounters.

I recall our family was visiting at a beautiful Nativity scene on the grounds of our parish. As we walked up the pathway, the lights suddenly came on shining on the Holy Family. Lily Grace and her little sister Norah, were amazed at how the lights came on at that very moment! As we drew near, they touched the Holy Family, the shepherds and the animals who were near them. Above the Holy Family, is a large Angel, holding a banner, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo Glory to God in the Highest." Norah asked why the angel looked so serious. I told her that the Angel has a very important job: to protect and guide the Holy Family and the Angel took his job very seriously. I explained that God gives each one of us a Guardian Angel who stays with us from the moment we are born to the moment we die. Our guardian angels protect, guide and enlighten us throughout our lives. We can talk to and thank our guardian angel.

O Holy Family, as we gaze at you, your light comes down to shine upon us and we give you our hearts. Saint Joseph and Holy Mary, Mother of God, help us to always keep our eyes fixed on the Baby. Sweet Baby Jesus, the Light of the World, let us look at the angels surrounding You, especially the little angel with Down syndrome, and bow in adoration of You asking for the love and pure heart of this special little angel.  

O Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.