Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scapular Stories

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July 16th is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel! Our Lady said to St. Simon Stock: “Take this scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire . . . wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”

Sabbatine Privilege:

1. Wear the scapular devoutly and continually.
2. Observe chastity according to one’s state in life.
3. Recite daily the Little Office of Our Lady, or abstinence on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or the rosary with permission from a priest to substitute.

Our Lady promised to liberate the soul from purgatory who fulfills these requirements upon the Saturday after their death.


Here's just one miraculous story of Our Lady's protection of those who wear her scapular: "A French priest on pilgrimage was on his way to offer Mass, but realized he forgot his scapular. He knew he would be late if he went back for it, but he could not accept offering Mass at Our Lady’s altar without wearing her scapular. The priest returned with it and was in the middle of offering Mass when a man approached the altar with a gun. He shot the priest in the back, but somehow the priest continued to say the Mass prayers as if nothing happened. The faithful thought the bullet miraculously missed the priest; however, they discovered afterwards the bullet had been found ADHERING TO THE BROWN SCAPULAR, which the priest had refused to be without." While this story is truly amazing and inspiring, most importantly, Our Lady helps those who wear her scapular receive eternal life.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Parents of the Little Flower


July 12th is the feast of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese, the Little Flower. If you are looking for good reads on them, the books above are excellent! Both parents originally wanted to enter religious life, but God called them to marriage. They raised up a family of saints and became saints themselves! Their heroic virtue in family life is an inspiration and example of how we are to live.

"To the love of God, to the spirit of faith and hope was joined in my father's character an immense charity toward his neighbor. That was his outstanding virtue." ~ Celine Martin

"Our mother was abnegation personified, gifted with great courage, and an extraordinarily energetic character. She had a very sensitive and very generous heart, turned always to God, in whom she had a truly heroic confidence." ~ Celine Martin

"My parents always seemed to me to be saints. We were filled with respect and admiration for them. I sometimes asked myself if it were possible to find their equals on earth. Around me I could see nothing like them." ~ Pauline Martin (Mother Agnes of Jesus)

"God gave me a father and a mother who were more worthy of heaven than of earth." ~ St. Therese Martin (the Little Flower)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Precious Blood Chaplet



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PRECIOUS BLOOD CHAPLET


The 33 beads symbolize the 33 years of Our Lord’s life. The seven mysteries honor the seven principal sheddings of the Precious Blood of Jesus. Pope Pius VII granted a plenary indulgence to those who recite this chaplet daily for a month.

Begin with the ejaculation: “O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me.”
One Glory Be.

First Mystery: The Circumcision
Pray for chastity of soul and body.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Second Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
Pray for the spirit of prayer.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Third Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar
Pray for the grace of mortification.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Fourth Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
Pray for the grace to despise worldly honors.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Fifth Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross.
Pray for patience.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Sixth Mystery: The Crucifixion
Pray for true contrition of your sins.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Seventh Mystery: Piercing of the Side of Jesus
Pray for the grace of perseverance.
Three Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Conclude with: 
“Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Savior of the world, and hast willed to be appeased with His Blood; grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate this Blood, the price of our salvation, and so to be defended by its power upon earth from the evils of this present life, that in Heaven we may enjoy its everlasting fruit. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.”

“The more you shall have contemplated My Painful Wounds on earth, the higher shall be your contemplation of them in Heaven.” ~ Our Lord to Sister Mary Martha Chambon