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.

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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

March 01, 2021

Reflection: Fr. Greg Staab, OMV + Well done, My good and faithful servant

Today we remember, with great fondness, Fr. Greg on the 3rd anniversary of his passing to his eternal home on March 1, 2018.

I have been blessed to know so many beautiful priests, good shepherds. Today I want to remember Father Greg Staab, OMV (Oblates of the Virgin Mary). Fr. Greg was a dear friend and prayer partner of the John 10:10 Prayer Ministry and the first spiritual director of the Kiss of Mercy Prayer Apostolate for Healing from Abortion which began 5 years ago on the Feast Day of Saint Joseph, March 19, 2016.

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. Sirach 6:14-15

Fr. Greg was a holy, saintly priest who lived his life "all for Jesus through Mary". He was ordained in Rome by Saint John Paul II in 1984. When he was a 19 year old seminarian, he was with his fellow seminarians one day and they were all discussing where their priestly ministries would bring them. Fr. Greg said, "I want to be a saint." His desire to be a saint shaped his life, his priesthood and his ministry. He had a deeply rich priestly ministry which took him from Rome to Boston, Massachusetts, then to California, Argentina, the Philippines and back to Boston. His humility had a profound effect on countless souls.

Fr. Greg had a very rare disease and spent over three years in the hospital where he continued his priestly ministry from his hospital bed. He had the assistance of his brother priests and seminarians of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, as well as two very special friends, Walter and Ria. Being in the presence of Fr. Greg, you were not aware of his suffering for he said he had offered it to God. He had the same twinkle in his eye and love for others that he had before his illness began. Fr. Greg loved everyone.

There was a constant flow of visitors to see Fr. Greg: priests, seminarians, sisters, friends, hospital patients and hospital workers. As long as he was able, he celebrated Mass followed by a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration every day. He continued to offer spiritual direction and the Sacraments from his hospital bed. He inspired me and so many others with his deep love for the Eucharist and for Mary, our Immaculate Mother, his love for prayer and for the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, his devotion to his Guardian Angel and all the Holy Angels, to Saint Joseph, Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Faustina, Saint Francisco and Saint Maximilian Kolbe. He had a burning love for The Divine Mercy of Jesus and continually spread the message of The Divine Mercy of God in Jesus Christ who bestows upon us unimaginable graces when we approach the Fount of His Mercy. Fr. Greg worked tirelessly for the salvation of souls. He offered spiritual direction, based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and taught others to make and renew their consecration to Jesus through Mary through Saint Louis de Montfort.

It was a great grace for me to be at Masses Fr. Greg celebrated from his hospital bed. At one Mass, during his homily on the Gospel of Luke 7, Fr. Greg spoke about the widow whose only son had died and how Jesus raised the young boy from the dead. He said Jesus performed the miracle of raising someone from the dead only three times in the Gospels.

The only son of the widow had died and his body was being carried out. A large crowd was with the widow.  Jesus saw her and was moved with pity and said, "Do not weep."  Then Jesus moved forward and touched the coffin and said,

"Young man, I tell you, arise!" Luke 7:14

Immediately, the dead man got up and spoke. Then Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized the crowd and they glorified God.

During the homily, Fr. Greg said the greatest miracle occurs when a person goes to confession. 

Fr. Greg said, "Never stay away from confession.  Go often and go immediately, if you have mortal sin.  If your house is on fire, do you wait six months before you call the fire department?  Of course not.  What would happen if you didn't clean your kitchen for a month?  You can't wait if your house is on fire or if your kitchen has not been cleaned for a month.  And so it is with your soul.  Confession is the place where a soul is resurrected from the death of sin to new life through the Sacrament of Reconciliation."

On my way to Mass the next morning, I was pondering Fr. Greg's homily and I noticed clumps of little yellow flowers which seemed to be sprouting out of the cement at the foot of my church stairs. Drawing closer, I saw beautiful little yellow pansies coming out of a crack between the sidewalk and the granite foundation of the church. I was struck by the beauty of God's creation and how God brings new life in unexpected ways.

The story of the widow whose only son had died is a story of how Jesus brings new life out of death. He wants us to know that all things are possible with Him. He wants us to come to Him, as we are, and He will make new life in us. Jesus will bring new life to you, in unexpected ways.

God brings new life in our spiritual lives too, sometimes in unexpected ways. 

Have you experienced a loss or gone through a period of sadness, when someone speaks a word of comfort that lifts your spirits? 

Have you read a verse of Scripture which touched your heart deeply? 

Have you listened to the music during Mass and felt a surge of love come upon you? 

Have you received the Sacraments and experienced God's love in a new and profound way? 

Have you prayed for something or for someone and your prayers were answered? 

Have you prayed, in confident trust, that your prayers will be answered, in God's perfect timing?

Our hearts are made for love. Fr. Greg led a life of love, love for God and for others. God is always near and He waits for the perfect moment to come inside, to bring us new life. There may be times that we are not open to receive His grace. God will come, even through the tiniest crack or opening in our hearts, like the crack between the sidewalk and the granite foundation of my church, where new life burst forth in tiny yellow pansies.

God delights in you and He wants to do something new and unexpected in your life. Open your heart and invite Him in. Ask Him to help you let go of the things that keep you away from His Presence. He will come to you.  He will help you and He will bring new life in you. Go to confession and go often. Like the little yellow pansies coming out of the crack, Jesus will come into your heart and He will say to you, "Arise!"

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Priests, pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Fr. Greg Staab, OMV.  May he rest in eternal peace. 

His master said to him, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21

February 28, 2021

Reflection: This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.

The Transfiguration...

Jesus brought Peter, James and John to the top of the mountain. And He was transfigured before them, and His clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." He hardly knew what to say they were so terrified. Mark 9:2-6

Jesus wanted His disciples to know that He would always be with them. He was preparing them for the sufferings to come. Jesus appeared as the Light of the World in dazzling white. On either side of Him, Moses and Elijah appeared.

Always remember that Jesus is with you and He wants to console you. As you draw near, ponder the Father's words to listen to Jesus.

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, "This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him." Mark 9:7

The Father’s voice spoke that this was His Beloved Son. The Holy Spirit appeared as a cloud of glory.  The Transfiguration was an experience that did not last very long. Peter wanted to erect tents and stay there, but this was not the purpose. Jesus gave them this experience to build up their hope so that they would be sustained for the sufferings to come. The path called the Via Dolorosa lay before Him and before them. The Transfiguration was to show them that there would be suffering on the Way of the Cross but that His death would lead to new life.  

Through the Transfiguration, Jesus gave Peter, James and John a glimpse of eternal life. As we journey through life, we may have many sufferings, as Mary did on the Way of the Cross. Jesus gave hope to the Apostles at the Transfiguration and He gives us that hope. 

Draw close to Jesus and allow Him to transform you. Spend time in silent prayer in Eucharistic adoration or before the tabernacle in a chapel. Jesus will speak to you in the silence. 

Listen to Him...

February 20, 2021

Shepherd Children of Fatima, Saints Jacinta and Francisco, pray for us!

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of, Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco Marto, sister and brother and two of the Fatima shepherd children.

In 1916, the Angel of Peace appeared to them three times to prepare them for the apparitions of Our Lady. Through the Angel's apparitions, the shepherd children were consumed with zeal to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. They were infused with love for the Eucharist, the Hidden Jesus, and for making reparation for sinners.

The Angel told them: "The Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you."

Isn't that beautiful! The Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you too!

Our Lady of Fatima appeared to them and their cousin, Blessed Lucia, between May 13 and October 13, 1917 and entrusted them with messages from God for the world.

Our Lady told them to pray the Rosary daily for peace and an end to war, to offer penance and make sacrifices for sinners. These messages are for us too. 

The children endured great ridicule, suffering and persecution but remained faithful to Our Lady's requests. Jacinta and Francisco died in 1918, as very young children. and were canonized saints on May 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.

Let us ask their intercession for all our intentions.

Prayer to Saints Jacinta and Francisco
God of infinite goodness, You love the innocent and exalt the humble; please grant, through the intercession of the Immaculate Mother of Your Son, that, in imitation of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, we may serve You in simplicity of heart and thus may enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who is God with You in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Lady wants us to consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart, promising her that we will:

Pray the Rosary every day. Offer little daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Make five Communions of Reparation on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months. Make visits often to the "Hidden Jesus" in the tabernacle or Eucharistic adoration.

In the last apparition at Fatima, Our Lady appeared as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, holding the Scapular in her outstretched hand. The Scapular is the sign of our consecration to Mary's Immaculate Heart. It can be worn as a reminder of the promise we have made to Mary.

"I am the Lady of the Rosary" are the words the Mother of God used to identify herself to the shepherd children of Fatima. Repeatedly during Our Lady's series of apparitions, she emphasized praying the Rosary daily and meditate on the mysteries. She said to pray the Rosary for the salvation of souls, the conversion of sinners, world peace, and the conversion of Russia. Let us pray the Rosary every day for Our Lady's intentions and for our own.

Our Lady of Fatima, Saint Jacinta, Saint Francisco and Blessed Lucia, we entrust all the names we receive through this ministry to your loving care. 

February 19, 2021

Novena to Saint Joseph for the Unborn

Today we begin Thirty Days of Prayer to Saint Joseph. This powerful Novena will conclude on Saint Joseph's Feast Day, March 19. Saint Joseph is Patron of Families, Fathers and the Universal Church. 

Let us pray for the next thirty days and ask Saint Joseph to intercede for the protection of the baby in the womb and the baby in the delivery room.

Thirty Days Novena Prayer to Saint 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:

For the protection of the baby in the womb and the baby in the delivery room.

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 the intentions of this novena.

A copy of the novena can be printed:
30 Day Novena to Saint Joseph

In praying for the protection of life, we pray for those wounded by abortion:
Kiss of Mercy Prayer Apostolate For Healing From Abortion

February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday...Let us grow in virtue...

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, a time to contemplate our spiritual life and look within at the areas we need to work on. Let us spend these 40 days in prayer and penance, purifying our inner selves and drawing closer to Jesus.  Lent is deeply personal, our time of intimacy with the Lord, drawing close to Him and seeking Him.

Let us grow in virtue. Lent is a time to renew our minds and hearts. It's more than giving up things. It is making Jesus the center of our lives. Lent is a time of "dying to self" and growing in love and virtue.

What will you do for Jesus these 40 days of Lent?
Let us turn away from sin, follow the Commandments, keep our fixed eyes on Christ, attend Mass and receive the Eucharist and Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as possible. 

Let us pray and fast and ask our Mother Mary to make our hearts like hers and to show us what we can do for Jesus during these 40 days. Let us ask Mary to accompany us to confession and help us grow in virtue.

How to make a Good Confession and Grow in Virtue:
Good Confession + Growing in Virtue

What will you do for Jesus during these 40 days? 
Prayer: Talking with God (asking for God's help and thanking Him)
Fasting: Giving up something for God (dying to self)
Almsgiving: Doing something good for someone (growing in love)

The Gospel of Matthew teaches us about Almsgiving, Prayer and Fasting:

Teaching about Almsgiving  Matthew 6:1-4
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  Matthew 6:5-15
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  Matthew 6:16-18
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  Matthew 6:19-21
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.

A clean heart create for me O God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. Psalm 51:12

February 14, 2021

Reflection: Saint Valentine and Love

Saint Valentine’s Day is a day we celebrate romantic love. A great love, a romantic love, is good and it brings an abundance of blessings!

My lover speaks; he says to me,"Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!" For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance. "Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,and come!" Song of Songs 2:10-13  

Let us pray for all marriages and for the return to the sanctity of Life and Marriage. This Scripture from Corinthians is often prayed at marriage ceremonies. May we always remember that "Love never fails."

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Romantic love, eros, has a purpose in God’s plan to draw man and woman toward marriage, family and ultimately toward God. The deep desire that man and woman have for each other is a sign of the desire of the human heart for deep union with God.

There is an even greater love, agape love. Agape love is loving God above ourselves, above all things and above all people. There is no greater example of agape love than that of the martyrs. They were willing to give up everything for Christ, paying the supreme price of love, the gift of their very own life.

Christian tradition recognizes the Roman priest Valentine who became a bishop. Bishop Valentine was a renowned healer. He was imprisoned for converting people to Christianity. An attempt was made to force him to sacrifice to pagan gods. When he refused, an attempt was made to club him to death. When that failed, he was beheaded in 273 AD for the crime of trying to convert a member of Emperor Claudius.

In the Reading from Genesis, God made woman out of man. Out of Adam, God made Eve.

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, He took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib that He had taken from the man. Genesis 2:21-22

Saint Valentine, Protector of Marriages, pray for marriages and for all those we pray for.


February 12, 2021

Reflection: "Ephphatha! Be opened!"

And people brought to Jesus a deaf man with a speech impediment and begged Him to lay His hand on him. He took him off by Himself away from the crowd. He put His fingers into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then He looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is "Be opened!" And immediately the man's ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed and he spoke plainly. Mark 7:32-35

Jesus took the man and asked him to come away from the crowd. Jesus invites you to come away with Him every time you come to Mass, every time you come to Him in prayer and every time you come to Him in Eucharistic adoration. To hear God's voice, you need to come to Him in the silence. 


Jesus touched the deaf man's ears and said to him, "Ephphatha!: that is, "Be opened!"  When you come to Jesus, He asks you to be open. Come to Jesus, be open to hear his voice and be open to receive His healing touch.

They were exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."  Mark 7:37

Once Jesus has called you to come to Himself, He asks you to be open. In your openness and docility, bow down and adore Hum. Jesus wants to astonish you. Come to Him and adore Him. 

O come let us adore Him.

"Come. Be open. Adore."

The deaf man was blessed that the people in the community cared about him. They brought him to Jesus and begged Jesus to heal him. He could not speak for himself so they brought him to Jesus. The healing of the deaf man was an intimate encounter with Jesus.

"Come. Be open. Adore."

Jesus wants to have this kind of intimate encounter with you. Once you do, everything changes. With Mary, our Mother, may the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit dwell in us and open our hearts.

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. 1 John 3:1

February 11, 2021

Reflection: Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us!

I am the Immaculate Conception.

Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen year-old girl in Lourdes, France on February 11, 1858. The Blessed Mother told Bernadette to drink from the fountain within the grotto. This fountain was unknown and there was no sign of its location. Bernadette scratched the ground and a spring gushed forth from the spot from which she was asked to build a chapel. This is where The Blessed Mother proclaimed that she was the Immaculate Conception.

Since Our Lady appeared to Bernadette, Lourdes has been a site for miracles. There have been 67 miracles from the site that have been proven scientifically inexplicable. Mount Saint Mary's Grotto of Lourdes was built two decades after the apparitions of Mary to Bernadette. The grotto at Lourdes is a place of miracles, healings, laying on of priestly hands, and blessings for the sick.

Bernadette entered the convent of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Nevers in 1866, serving our Lord with dignity, grace, and love in her short life. She passed away from tuberculosis in 1879 and was canonized as a saint in 1933. To this day, her body remains incorruptible, showing no signs of decomposition or decay, a sign of the miracles associated with her.

In October 2016, my husband and I were blessed to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. In the evening, we walked in the beautiful candlelight Rosary Procession, listening to the sounds of the rosary being prayed in so many languages. The first morning, our priest concelebrated Mass at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette. It was overwhelming to be in that sacred place, gazing at the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes which overlooks the Grotto. We were amazed that the huge basilica is built on top of the Grotto. We toured the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Basilica of Saint Pius X, the largest underground basilica in the world. Truly spectacular!

Day and night, people gathered in the Grotto, the sick and disabled, young and old, priests, seminarians and sisters, all praying to Our Lady of Lourdes. It was particularly moving to see the sick and disabled children who were wheeled to the Grotto. There was one family who remain in my heart and prayers. The father was pushing his son in a wheelchair. There were five younger boys and the mother was carrying a baby in her arms. The father was leading the rosary and praying with his young family as they walked the grounds near the Grotto.

My husband and I witnessed a Eucharistic Procession, a gathering of altar servers from all over France. The procession began with the Eucharist, held by a priest under a canopy, followed by many priests, seminarians and 2,500 altar servers, followed by their families. The procession crossed over the river by the Grotto. I thought about the Eucharist as the "river of life" flowing from the sanctuary and this verse came to mind:

"Then the angels showed me the river of life-giving water sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its street. "  Revelation 22:1

As I have pondered this pilgrimage, there is no doubt in my mind that Our Lady called us to her beautiful shrine to shower us with her graces. We each went to confession to be cleansed spiritually through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and we went to the miraculous baths at the Grotto. Both of us experienced the presence of Our Lady, each in our own unique and special way. We were together, yet apart. I remember being immersed in prayer and overwhelmed by the love of Jesus and Mary.  When I came out of the baths, as I prayed at the beautiful statue of Our Lady, I noticed it was the Hour of Divine Mercy. How amazing that was to me! We met afterwards, hugged each other and immediately went to pray in the adoration chapel, overcome with joy and emotion, pondering all Our Lady had done for us.

Saint Bernadette once said of the spring she discovered that “one must have faith and pray; the water will have no virtue without faith.” Let us all be inspired by this prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes approach her with faith, hope and love!

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Mary, you showed yourself to Bernadette in the crevice of the rock. In the cold and grey of winter, you brought the warmth, light and beauty of your presence. In the often obscure depths of our lives, in the depth of the world where evil is so powerful, bring hope, return our confidence!

You are the Immaculate Conception, come to our aid, sinners that we are. Give us the humility to have a change of heart, the courage to do penance. Teach us to pray for all people. Guide us to the source of true life. Make us pilgrims going forward with your Church, whet our appetite for the Eucharist, the Bread for the journey, the Bread of Life.

The Spirit brought about wonders in you, O Mary, by His power, He has placed you near the Father, in the glory of your eternal Son. Look with kindness on our miserable bodies and hearts. Shine forth for us, like a gentle light, at the hour of our death.

Together with Bernadette, we pray to you, O Mary, as your poor children. May we enter, like her, into the spirit of the Beatitudes. Then, we will be able, here below, begin to know the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven and sing together with you: Magnificat!

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.

February 05, 2021

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us and come to our assistance in the Spiritual Battle

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.  Ephesians 6:12  

How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from evil?

Daily Mass, Eucharist, Frequent Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, Prayer, Fasting, Mortifications, Sacrifices, Pray daily the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, The Angelus, The Lord's Prayer, The Hail Mary, The Memorare, Prayer to St. Michael, the Archangel, Guardian Angel Prayer, House Blessing, Crucifix, Holy Water, Blessed Salt, Scapular, Miraculous Medal

Prayer to Our Blessed Mother Mary for assistance in the Spiritual Battle  From a book of prayers titled, "The Lion Roars, Prayers for the Remnant" by Dave VanVickle

"O Mary, conceived without sin! O Woman clothed with the Sun! Come now and intercede for us in this battle against evil. You who are despised and feared by the father of lies, help us powerfully. You whose beauty is so bright, so pure that devils tremble in fear, help us powerfully. You who strike at the head of the old serpent, the devil, help us powerfully. O Mary whose name is so sweet, come and cover us with your protective mantle and protect us in this battle with evil. O humble Woman, vanquish the evil one. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

I will put enmities between you (satan) and the woman, and your seed and her seed; she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel.  Genesis 3:15

O Mary, conceived without sin, our most powerful intercessor, bless and protect our families from evil and pray for us who have recourse to thee.

February 02, 2021

The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) and World Day for Consecrated Life

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation, which took place 40 days after the birth of Jesus, as Jewish law required. This day is also referred to as Candlemas. 

Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem because every firstborn child was to be dedicated to the Lord. When Mary and Joseph entered the temple with the Child Jesus, Simeon immediately recognized Him, the Savior he had been waiting for and he gave thanks to the Lord.

Luke 2:25-35  Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

Today is also World Day for Consecrated Life. On this day, the candles are blessed, symbolizing Christ, the Light of the world. By their profession of vows, consecrated men and women are called to be this Light of Christ in the world.  Let us pray for all those who have consecrated their lives to Christ that they will be filled with His Light that they may draw others into His Light and Love by the witness of their lives.

Saint John Paul II Prayer for Vocations
Lord Jesus, once You called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men. Continue to let resound today Your sweet invitation: "Come and follow me." Grant to young men and young women the grace of responding promptly to Your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are fulfilling an ideal of a life of total consecration to Your service. Enkindle in our communities a missionary zeal. Send Lord, workers into Your fields and do not let mankind be lost because of lack of pastors, missionaries and people dedicated to the cause of the Gospel. Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, help us say Yes to the Lord Who calls us to collaborate in the Divine Design of Salvation. Amen.

Ave Maris Stella Traditionally sung at the first Vespers of Candlemas Hail, Star of the Sea, Blessed Mother of God, yet ever a Virgin! O Happy Gate of heaven. Thou that didst receive the Ave from Gabriel's lips, confirm us in peace, and so let Eva be changed into an Ave of blessing for us. Loose the sinner's chains, bring light to the blind, drive from us our evils, and ask all good things for us. Show thyself a Mother, and offer our prayers to Him, who would be born of thee, when born for us. O incomparable Virgin, and meekest of the meek, obtain us the forgiveness of our sins, and make us meek and chaste. Obtain us purity of life, and a safe pilgrimage; That we may be united with thee, in the blissful vision of Jesus. Praise be to God the Father, and to the Lord Jesus and to the Holy Spirit: to the three one self-same praise. Amen

O Mary, Star of the Sea, you carried the Light of the World in your arms. On this day, we entrust to you all those who have consecrated their lives to Jesus and we ask you to give them strength in every trial. O Most Loving Mother, your heart was pierced by a sword; when they are suffering, help them to turn to the Light of the World, your Beloved Son Jesus, for healing, consolation and peace.