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.

The 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 and in Eglise du Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Parish Church, the site of Saint Bernadette's baptismal font, in Lourdes, France.

The Consecration Prayer by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort and the Prayer of Entrustment to Mary was prayed for this ministry at The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents before Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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

March 26, 2017

Reflection: I am the Light of the world...

In the Gospel of John, Jesus passed by and saw a man who was blind since birth.

"While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, 'Go wash in the Pool of Siloam' which means Sent. So he went and washed and came back able to see." John 9:5-7

This morning, my husband and I attended the Children's Mass and witnessed something beautiful. The Second Reading was being read by one of the children, a young boy who looked like he might be ten years old.  The boy stood up to the microphone, looked at the Reading and said, "A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul." He looked up at the people in the church, dropped his head and froze. The adult lector stood by trying to encourage him, but he was frozen in fear. Out of the crowd, came the little boy's father. He stood next to his son, put his arm around him and the father read the Reading. After the Reading, the father scooped up the little boy in his arms and returned to their seats.

After the Gospel, the priest, our pastor, gathered the children in front of the altar for the homily. He told the children that priests and deacons give homilies and preach God's Word. He said that Saint Francis said, "Preach always. If necessary, use words."

Then the priest asked the children how they can pray without using words. He said they can pray with their actions. He went on to say that we saw God's action at the Second Reading today. He said when we are faced with a challenge, God always sends someone to help us. God will never leave us alone.

The priest said that during the Stations of the Cross, God sent people to help Jesus. God sent Mary, His Mother to comfort Him, He sent Simon of Cyrene to help Him carry the Cross and He sent Veronica to wipe His face with a cloth. They came out of the crowd to comfort and strengthen Jesus. God took action.  He said, today we saw God's action during the Second Reading, in the midst of the challenge, God came forward from the crowd, placed his arm around the little boy and took the necessary action. God the Father ACTS. He comes to us every time we face a challenge, just like the little boy's father came to him.

In the Second Reading today, we hear these words of Saint Paul:

"Brothers and sisters, you were once in darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth." Ephesians 5:8-9

Today ponder how you can be light to others. Ask God to send you out of the crowd to help someone in need. Ask Jesus to open your eyes, as He did for the blind man, that you may see.

"I am the Light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows Me will have the light of life. John 8:12

March 25, 2017

Reflection: The Annunciation...

Today we celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that she had been chosen by God to be the Mother of the Son of God, the Mother of the Savior of the world.

Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary,for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."  Luke 1:30-33

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.  Luke 1:36-37

The angel Gabriel gave Mary two personal messages to encourage and strengthen her.

"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God"  
"For nothing will be impossible for God." 

This was a blessing to Mary that would strengthen her for the rest of her life, especially during times of trial. Then the angel Gabriel revealed to Mary the pregnancy of Elizabeth. Both woman would bear a child through Divine Intervention. This represents two of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, the Annunciation and the Visitation.

Mary responded with her FIAT, her Yes to God:

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38

How can you give your fiat to God the way Mary did?
Ask Mary to come to you and help you to trust God the way she did. Every time you pray the Hail Mary, you call upon her to come to your assistance.  This is a powerful prayer through which you greet Mary the way the Angel Gabriel greeted her. God loves you so much and He wants to overcome you with His love. Enter into His Presence and allow Him to touch you with His healing grace. Remember that the Angel Gabriel told Mary to be unafraid. Bring your fears to God and say yes to Him, knowing that all things are possible for Him.

God created us because us and wants us to live with Him eternally. He places the highest value on human life. He loves us so much that he became one of us, took on our human nature and became an innocent, completely dependent infant.

When we repeat the words of the angel by praying the Hail Mary, the Word of God dwells among us. Through Mary's humble, obedient Fiat, heaven and earth meet.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee...

March 19, 2017

Kiss of Mercy Apostolate + 1st Anniversary

The Kiss of Mercy Apostolate began on March 19, 2016, the Feast Day of Saint Joseph, during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and is under the spiritual guidance of Rev. Wayne Belschner.

It was inspired by Venerable Fulton Sheen. During his talk on Confession, he prophetically said,

"Just think how many mentally disturbed women we are going to have in the United States...when the guilt of abortion begins to attack the mind and soul...Years from now, the guilt will come out in a peculiar way, though at present there may not be any."

My friend Helen and I were so struck by his words and we thought about how abortion effects so many, not only the women. Today the problem of abortion seems insurmountable. As we prayed about this, we thought of Saint Therese of Lisieux and the simplicity and power of her Little Way which is the Love and Mercy of God.

We wrote a simple prayer and sought the spiritual guidance of Rev. Gregory Staab, OMV and Bishop Arthur Kennedy.

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.

Recite one Hail Mary

Nihil Obstat  +Arthur L. Kennedy S.T.L., Ph.D. Auxiliiary Bishop of Boston
Permission  +Sean P. Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M., Cap., Archbishop of Boston
Date  January 25, 2017

Through this Kiss of Mercy Apostolate, we call upon Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, to intercede for those who have been harmed by abortion. She took the name Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Her Little Way was a way of simple trust and love of God. She said she could not do great things but she could do little things with great love for God. We can do something little, a kiss and a prayer, Saint Therese prayed, in confident trust, that God would hear and answer her prayers. We can pray with that confident trust too!

"If God only stooped to the level of the most beautiful flowers, the symbol of the Holy Doctors, His love wouldn't be quite absolute, because it is Love's nature to stoop to the farthest limit...Just as the sun shines at the same time on the cedars and on every little flower as if it were the only one on earth, so does Our Lord take care of every soul as if there were no other soul like it."  Saint Therese, the Little Flower

Let us pray with the bold, audacious and confident trust of Saint Therese of Lisieux that Jesus will take all our Kisses of Mercy and make them flow into a River of Mercy for these suffering souls. In this Little Way, we ask Jesus to bring hope and healing out of so much suffering.

A Mass will be celebrated for the 1st Anniversary of the Kiss of Mercy Apostolate on Monday March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church 420 High Street Dedham, Massachusetts.

Saint Therese of Lisieux and Venerable Fulton Sheen, pray for us!

Kiss of Mercy Apostolate for healing from abortion

March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick, pray for us!

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Patrick. Let us pray to him and ask for his powerful intercession.

Saint Patrick's Breastplate
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

From the Confessions of Saint Patrick

I give unceasing thanks to my God, who kept me faithful in the day of my testing. Today I can offer him sacrifice with confidence, giving myself as a living victim to Christ, my Lord, who kept me safe through all my trials. I can say now: Who am I, Lord, and what is my calling, that you worked through me with such divine power? You did all this so that today among the Gentiles I might constantly rejoice and glorify your name wherever I may be, both in prosperity and in adversity. You did it so that, whatever happened to me, I might accept good and evil equally, always giving thanks to God. God is never to be doubted. He answered my prayer in such a way that in the last days, ignorant though I am, I might be bold enough to take up so holy and so wonderful a task, and imitate in some degree those whom the Lord had so long ago foretold as heralds of his Gospel, bearing witness to all nations.

How did I get this wisdom, that was not mine before? I did not know the number of my days, or have knowledge of God. How did so great and salutary a gift come to me, the gift of knowing and loving God, though at the cost of homeland and family? I came to the Irish peoples to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions,even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others.

If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for his name. I want to spend myself in that country, even in death, if the Lord should grant me this favor. I am deeply in his debt, for he gave me the great grace that through me many peoples should be reborn in God, and then made perfect by confirmation and everywhere among them clergy ordained for a people so recently coming to believe, one people gathered by the Lord from the ends of the earth. As God had prophesied of old through the prophets: The nations shall come to you from the ends of the earth, and say: “How false are the idols made by our fathers: they are useless.” In another prophecy he said: I have set you as a light among the nations, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.

It is among that people that I want to wait for the promise made by him, who assuredly never tells a lie. He makes this promise in the Gospel: They shall come from the east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is our faith: believers are to come from the whole world.

Saint Patrick, courageous missionary, teach us to speak the truth in love as you did and  pray for us and all families for whom we pray.

March 12, 2017

Reflection: This is My Beloved Son...

Jesus brought Peter, James and John to the top of the mountain and He was transfigured before them.

"His Face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light." Matthew 17:2

Jesus wanted His disciples to see His glorified Body to console them in the sufferings to come. He was preparing them that they would know He will always be with them.  Then a cloud came over them and a voice came out of the cloud, saying,

"This is My Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." Matthew 17:5

When the disciples heard this voice, they fell prostrate and were filled with fear.

"But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and do not be afraid." Matthew 17:7


Have you ever been filled with fear? Do you feel alone in your fears?
Find a quiet area at home or go to a chapel or Eucharistic adoration. Place yourself in the Presence of the Lord. Ask Him to help you quiet your mind and your heart.  Be still. Allow Jesus to come to you and place His arms around you. Talk to Jesus and tell Him your fears. As you pour out your heart to Jesus, He holds you close and says, "Rise, and do not be afraid." Listen to Jesus speak words of comfort to you and give Him your fears. He loves you so much. He will never leave you alone. He is always near.

Listen, rise and do not be afraid...

March 09, 2017

Reflection: Hail Mary, teach us how to pray...

The Blessed Virgin Mary teaches us how to pray as she taught the Child Jesus how to pray. As a little boy, she held His hand and guided Him. Mary wants to take you by the hand and guide you. Be still and reach out to her.

Mary will take you into her heart, When you receive the Eucharist, ask Mary to be with you, She will wrap her mantle around you and she will hold you close to her Immaculate Heart.

She will teach you how to pray by pondering and keeping all things in your heart as she did. She will teach you how to listen in prayer and how to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. She will teach you how to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary. She will teach you how to reflect on the hidden life of Jesus, the sufferings of His Passion, the Triumph of His Resurrection and the Institution of the Eucharist. She will teach you how to listen and quiet your heart so you can hear God's Will for your life and how to do whatever He tells you to do. Above all, she will teach you how to love Jesus with all your heart, mind and soul. Draw close to Mary and she will draw you close to Jesus, her Beloved Son.

Go to Mary and ask her to bless you, take you by the hand and teach you how to pray...

Just as two friends, frequently in each other's company, tend to develop similar habits, so too, by holding familiar converse with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin, by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and by living the same life in Holy Communion, we can become, to the extent of our lowliness, similar to them and can learn from these supreme models a of life of humility, poverty, patience and perfection. Blessed Bartolo Longo

After Holy Communion, close your eyes and recollect yourself. Then usher Jesus into the heart of Mary: you are giving Him to His Mother who will receive Him with great love and give Him the place of honor, adore Him profoundly, show Him perfect love, embrace Him intimately in spirit and in truth, and perform many offices for Him of which we, in our ignorance, would know nothing.  Or, maintain a profoundly humble heart in the presence of Jesus dwelling in Mary. Or be in attendance like a slave at the gate of the royal palace, where the King is speaking with the Queen. While they are talking to each other, with no need of you, go in spirit to heaven and to the whole world, and call upon all creatures to thank, adore and love Jesus and Mary for you. "Come, let us adore."  Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

Holy Mary, Mother of God, teach us how to pray...

March 04, 2017

Reflection: Restorer of ruined dwellings...

Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins; the foundations from ages past You shall raise up; "Repairer of the breach, they shall call You; Restorer of ruined dwellings."  Isaiah 58:12

When a house is a home, the people care for the house, as they care for one another. When a house is abandoned, it does not take long for it to fall into disrepair. Houses require routine maintenance and upkeep. Over time, things inside and outside break, faucets drip and doors creak, ice dams build up and roofs leak.

And so it is with our souls. When we abandon God and stop receiving the Sacraments, our souls suffer. Before long, we move away from God. It can happen, little by little, in subtle ways. Our souls were created for eternal life with our Father. Our Creator infused a soul into our bodies and He gave us a guardian angel to protect and guide us along the way.

How do our souls become ruined?  Sin ruins our souls. Sin breaks our relationship from God. To keep our souls from being ruined, God gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation where we confess our sins. When we sin, we turn our back on God, but God always provides a way for us to return to Him.

To the penitent, God provides a way back. He encourages those who are losing hope and has chosen for them the lot of Truth. Sirach 17:24

God gave us the Ten Commandments. They are commands; they are not suggestions. We are all sinners. God gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation to restore our souls.

God loves us so much. Jesus told Saint Faustina to bring her miseries to this Throne of Grace. It is where Truth and Mercy meet. In confession, Jesus is there, waiting for you and He desires to pour out His grace and mercy upon you. Receive this Sacrament often and you will come to recognize your sins more easily and you will come to know yourself better.

"Confession is an act of honesty and courage, an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God."  Saint John Paul II

How does God restore our souls in confession? Jesus pours His grace, light and love upon you when you confess your sins. It is Divine Mercy for your soul. Bring your miseries and sufferings to confession and the priest will speak words of healing for your soul. After you have made your confession, the priest will absolve your sins. He will tell you to go in peace and to sin no more. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we receive forgiveness of sins, mercy, healing and grace.

Don't let your soul fall into disrepair. Make a promise to Jesus that you will go to confession often and ask Our Lady to help you keep your promise...

The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. In green pastures, He makes me lie down; to still waters, He leads me; He restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of His Name. Psalm 23:1-3

March 01, 2017

Prayer, Almsgiving, Fasting and Helpful Hints for Lenten Mountain Climbers

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.
What will you do for Jesus during these 40 days? 

In the Gospel of Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us about almsgiving, prayer and fasting...

Teaching about Almsgiving
Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Teaching about Prayer
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

The Lord’s Prayer

This is how you are to pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one. If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.

Teaching about Fasting
When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.

Treasure in Heaven
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

What will you do for Jesus these 40 days of Lent?

Let us ask our Mother Mary to make our hearts like hers and to show us what we can do for Jesus during these 40 days.  

Five Helpful Hints for Lenten Mountain Climbers

February 26, 2017

Reflection: Do not worry about your life...

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus speaks to the disciples and to us:

"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" Mark 6:25

Close your eyes and think about the things that you worry about. Imagine you are sitting with Jesus. Open your heart and tell Him your worries, fears and anxieties.

"Can any of you by worrying, add a single moment of your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wildflowers grow. They do not work or spin." Mark 6:27-28

Find a quiet place and ponder these words about Jesus by Saint Therese, the Little Flower:

"He set the book of nature before me and I saw all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realized that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay. It is just the same in the world of souls which is the garden of Jesus. He has created great saints who are like lilies and roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His Will, in being that which He wants us to be."

Ponder the book of nature as you sit with Jesus in a field of wildflowers. Place your worries, fears and anxieties in His hands and gaze at the beauty of each little flower...knowing that God created YOU, just as He created each little seed and flower petal. God wants to shower You with His grace so you can go and bear fruit.

"You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father, in My Name, He may give to you."  John 15:16

February 18, 2017

30 Day Novena to Saint Joseph

The Feast Day of Saint Joseph is March 19th. Today we begin 30 Days of Prayer and the novena will conclude on Saint Joseph's Feast Day. This is a powerful novena. Let us pray for the next thirty days and ask Saint Joseph to intercede for our intentions.

Thirty Days Prayer to St. Joseph
In honor of the 30 years he spent with Jesus and Mary

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.

Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable Infant.

I ask it by that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt. I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the Child Jesus. I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God. O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask: (Name your petitions or think of them.)

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of: JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH. 

O Holy Family, pray for us and for all the intentions we bring to you.