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, in Eglise du Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Parish Church, the site of St. Bernadette's baptismal font, in Lourdes, France and at Basilica Papale de San Pietro in Vaticano (St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City) at Mass celebrated at the tomb of St. John Paul II in Rome, Italy.

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

June 23, 2017

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus + Annual Global Rosary Rally for Priests

Today is the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and it is the World Day for Priests and the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. Saint Pope John Paul II established the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day, the entire world is encircled in praying the rosary for our beloved priests. Pray the rosary today for all these intentions asking Mary, Mother of Priests, to be a refuge for her beloved sons, keeping them in her Immaculate Heart.

First Friday devotions in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: 
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Act of Reparation, The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Promises of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus given by Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque: 
1. "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life."
2. "I will establish peace in their homes."
3. "I will comfort them in their afflictions."
4. "I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all in death."
5. "I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings."
6. "Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy."
7. "Tepid souls shall grow fervent."
8. "Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection."
9. "I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored."
10. "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts."
11. "Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out."
12. "I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."

Saint Thérèse, the Little Flower, Prayer for Priests

‘O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy Divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the Cross; priests: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the souls of men.

May Thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for Thy beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless love.’

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for and protect your beloved sons, our priests.

Today we join with the entire world in praying the rosary for our beloved priests: Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests

June 22, 2017

Reflection: Our Father...

As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  John 15:9

Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Our Father and He teaches us, as well:

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Place yourself in a quiet setting to pray, open your hands, palms upward, and pray the Our Father. As you pray to the Father in heaven, consider how He is gazing upon you with great love. He knows what you need and He is delighted when you come to Him asking that your needs be granted. You are the Father's beloved child. Raise your heart and mind in prayer to Him each day. As you rest in the Father's Presence, talk to Him from your heart. Pour out your heart's desires and tell Him how much you long for Him. Then be still and listen. Allow His Presence to envelop you with grace and peace. You are His beloved. Rest in Him...

Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2761
"The Lord's Prayer "is truly the summary of the whole Gospel." "Since the Lord...after handling over the practice of prayer, said elsewhere, 'Ask and you will receive,' and since everyone has petitions which are peculiar to his circumstances, the regular and appropriate prayer (the Lord's Prayer) is said first, as the foundation of further desires." 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. Colossians 1:2-5

We pray in the Name of our Heavenly Father, and of the Son Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit. Where the Holy Trinity dwells, our Blessed Mother Mary is in the center.

June 18, 2017

Reflection: Corpus Christi...

Corpus Christi Procession. We have received the Bread of Heaven. Let us choose to become what we consume. These Feasts are not just rituals on a Church calendar. They are actually invitations to encounter the Lord Jesus Christ, and be changed in the encounter. On this Feast of Corpus Christi, let us ask the Lord to come and take up residence within us anew. Then, let us process into the world waiting to be born again and proclaim the Good News.
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It is a time of thanksgiving and adoration for the gift of the Holy Eucharist. It is also a time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and carried in procession in a public way, bringing Jesus outside the Church to the rest of the world.  The Real Presence of Jesus is a powerful encounter.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.  John 6:51-58

Last fall, my husband and I were on pilgrimage in Lourdes, France, during an annual meeting of altar servers from all over France. We were blessed to witness a Eucharistic procession of priests and seminarians and 2,600 altar servers and their families. It was the most beautiful sight to be in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament during this procession in Lourdes. The world would have you believe the faith is not alive but do not believe the world. The faith is alive and living in all these families in France, as well as throughout the whole world. Lourdes is a place of peace where the presence of Our Lady is felt and where families come from all over the world to know her and to know the peace that comes from Jesus in the Eucharist.

I have said these things to you, that in Me, you may have peace. In the world, you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi 
While on Holy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, today is for giving thanks and adoration. And in fact, there is a traditional procession with the Most Holy Sacrament on this day. To adore Eucharistic Jesus and to walk with Him. These are two inseparable aspects of today's feast, two aspects that characterize the entire life of the Christian people: a people who adore God and a people who walk: who do not stand still, who journey!

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me." Luke 22:19

As you prepare receive the Bread from Heaven this day, ask the Lord to come into your heart in a new way. Ask Him for an encounter with the living God that you may be changed by this encounter and that this encounter will lead you on a journey, walking with the living God and inviting others to walk with you.

For we are members of His Body, of His flesh and of His bones. Ephesians 5:30

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment thine.

June 11, 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Every time we pray the Sign of the Cross, we call upon the Trinity to be with us as we pray. Where the Trinity dwells, our Blessed Mother Mary is with them. The Holy Trinity is Love.

The Angel Prayer of Fatima Prayer to the Holy Trinity was given by an angel to the children a year before the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. With the Blessed Sacrament suspended in the air, the Angel of Peace recited this prayer during the third apparition to the children in Fatima in 1916. The children were illuminated with Love in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament and they were consumed with zeal to pray and offer sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. They imitated the Angel and prostrated themselves before the Eucharist for long periods of time. The Angel prepared their hearts for the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, who came to them and to us as Our Lady of the Rosary.

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

O glorious Mother Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, you were crowned by God the Father as His beloved daughter, by Jesus, the Son, as His dearest Mother and by the Holy Spirit as His chosen spouse. You are the most perfect adorer of the Blessed Trinity. Help us imitate you. You are our most powerful intercessor and merciful Mother. We entrust our prayers and petitions for all the names we receive through this ministry into your loving care.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.  John 3:16

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2761

"The Lord's Prayer "is truly the summary of the whole Gospel." "Since the Lord...after handling over the practice of prayer, said elsewhere, 'Ask and you will receive,' and since everyone has petitions which are peculiar to his circumstances, the regular and appropriate prayer (the Lord's Prayer) is said first, as the foundation of further desires."

The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13

We pray in the Name of our Heavenly Father, and of the Son Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit. Where the Holy Trinity dwells, our Blessed Mother Mary is in the center.

June 09, 2017

Anima Christi (Latin for Soul of Christ)

Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from Christ's side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds, hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious enemy, defend me. In the hour of my death, call me. And bid me come unto Thee. That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels. Forever and ever. Amen.

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

Jesus said to His disciples, "As the Father loves Me so I love you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in My love."  John 15:9-10

During Eucharistic Adoration or after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, pray the 14th century prayer, Anima Christi, and ask Jesus to be with you as He gazes upon you with great love. Meditate on the Passion of Our Lord as you speak to Him from the depths of your heart. Anima Christ is a prayer to ask the Lord for comfort, strength and guidance.

But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into His side, and immediately Blood and Water flowed out. John 19:33-34

June 06, 2017

Reflection: Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary...

Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria...
Our Mother Mary knows your sufferings and hurts. Offer them to her and ask for her intercession to her Beloved Son Jesus. Her heart was pierced when she heard Simeon's words, as she held her precious Child. She pondered this in her heart though she did not understand. Look to Mary and pray the Memorare.

Mary was petitioned as "Mother of God" at least by the 3rd Century, in the Sub Tuum prayer:  This prayer, known in Latin as "Sub tuum Praesidium" was first found in a Greek papyrus, c. 300, and is the oldest known prayer to the 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.

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

Last weekend, my husband and I invited a family to our home for dinner. They are friends and John 10:10 prayer partners. We had a wonderful visit with them and their four children. They recently visited the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and they brought me a beautiful image of our Blessed Mother Mary and the Memorare Prayer. I was so moved to receive this gift, especially because the Memorare is the prayer we pray daily for all the intentions we receive. This family and their young children pray for the John intentions 10:10 in their rosary intentions. We know that Jesus loves the prayers of little children. They rise up to the Throne of God like incense from the altar.

Saint Bernard wrote to our Blessed Mother in a wonderful prayer:
"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."

Let us always turn to Mary and ask her to receive our petitions and bring them to Jesus.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

June 04, 2017

A Pentecost Meditation...Veni Sancte Spiritus

Let us enter the Upper Room with Mary. The disciples are filled with fear. Mary is standing in their midst, comforting them. Let her comfort you. Invite Mary into your heart.

Suddenly, a noise came from the sky like a strong driving wind. As we stood there, tongues of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on everyone. All were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues. We were no longer afraid. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and pour out His gifts that we may proclaim the love of Jesus!

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke of the great things God had done, alleluia. Acts 2:4, 11

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." John 20:19-22

The Sequence for Pentecost Sunday, Veni Sancte Spiritus, a prayer to the Holy Spirit, is a beautiful melody of Gregorian chant. The words and melody blend together so well that it is a fine example of Saint Augustine's observation that one prays twice through song. The melody reflects supplication to the Holy Spirit, revealing a desire for His Love to fill us. Alleluias are not always joyous acclamations, but are often humble interior prayers as is this sequence. It has become the customary prayer to the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over all the names we have received through this ministry. Let the Holy Spirit live in their hearts. May Our Blessed Virgin Mary be our Advocate. God of Spirit and Truth, today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Like the Apostles and Mary in the Upper Room, we are, at times, afraid and need to be assured that You are with us. As Your Spirit enlightened them, may Your Spirit give us the gifts we so desire. Like the Apostles and Mary, may we go out into the world to proclaim Your word.

Come Holy Spirit. Come through Mary.

May 31, 2017

Reflection: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Elizabeth greeted Mary with the words, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." Mary burst forth with the song of praise which we call the Magnificat, beginning with the words, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord."  From the Gospel Luke 1:39-56

It is this meeting, The Visitation, that we celebrate today.

John the Baptist, unborn, leaped for joy in Elizabeth's womb. He sensed the Presence of Jesus. Two women meet. Elizabeth seemed to be too old to have a child, but she was destined to bear a son John, the last prophet of the Old Covenant; Mary, seemed to be not ready to have a child, but she was destined to bear a Son Jesus, the One Who was the beginning of the New Covenant.

And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For He has looked upon His handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.  Luke 1:46-49

On this day, find a quiet place to ponder the Visitation. Ask Mary to come into your home and visit with you. As you spend time with Mary, share with her all the things on your heart. She is your Mother. Ask her to help you have faith and expectant hope like she does.

Mary traveled. in haste, to be with her cousin. She went to serve. Her act of self-giving teaches us how to serve one another. Imagine the joy both women experienced in sharing the miraculous events that they were both "with child." Our God is a God of surprises! He loves to delight us and often does the unexpected. He wants you to trust in Him and to expect miracles for nothing is impossible with God.

For nothing will be impossible for God. Luke 1:37

May 30, 2017

True Devotion to Mary

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort wrote in the Treatise about the meaning of True Devotion to Mary:  True devotion to Mary is interior; it comes from the mind and heart. It is the tender trust in the Virgin Mary, like the confidence a child has in its mother who the child looks for in all its needs. It is holy and leads us to avoid sin and to imitate Mary in her virtues, unceasing prayer and mortifications. It is constant, gives us courage and strengthens us to do good. It inspires the soul to seek, not itself, but God above everything else.

Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
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."

O Mary, Our Lady, Our Queen and Our Mother, in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we implore you to take our cause into your hands and grant it good success.  Amen.  Fr. Dermot Roache, SMA

Let us entrust our lives, our families and all those for whom we pray through this ministry to Our Blessed Mother Mary.

Take my hand, Maria.

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: We remember our fallen heroes...

Freedom isn't free. On this Memorial Day, we honor all those who have given their lives for our freedom. May they rest in eternal peace.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13 

As we look at this image of the American flag and the resting place of our military, we remember, with great gratitude, all our brave military men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and we remember their families, especially the children. May the Lord bring them comfort that they know He is near and with them always.

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:18

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. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff comfort me. You set a table before me in front of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.  Psalm 23

Jesus is our strength and our comfort. We have nothing to fear. He is with us always and He gives us courage in times of distress.

In the world, you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.  John 16:33