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From: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
Reception in Beroea (Continuation)
Paul’s Speech in the Areopagus
 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold,
or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man.  The
times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere
to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in
righteousness by a man whom he has appointed and of this he has given assu-
rance to all men by raising him from the dead.
 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but
others said, “We will hear you again about this.”  So Paul went out from
among them.  But some men joined him and believed, among them Diony-
sius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
Paul in Corinth, with Aquila and Priscilla
22-33. Of all Paul’s addresses reported in Acts, this address in the Areopagus is
his longest to a pagan audience (cf. 14:15ff). It is a highly significant one, paral-
leling in importance his address to the Jews of Pisidian Antioch (cf. 13:16ff). It is
the first model we have of Christian apologetic method, which tends to stress the
reasonableness of Christianity and the fact that it has no difficulty in holding its
own with the best in human thought.
The speaker is clearly the same person as wrote the first three chapters of the
Epistle to the Romans, someone with a lot of experience of preaching the Gos-
pel; his method consists in first talking about the one, true, living God and then
proclaiming Jesus Christ, the divine Saviour of all men (cf. 2 Thess 1:9-10).
After an introduction designed to catch the attention of listeners and highlight
the central theme (vv. 22ff), the address can be divided into three parts: 1) God
is the Lord of the world; he does not need to live in temples built by men (vv. 24f);
2) man has been created by God and is dependent on him for everything (vv. 26f);
3) there is a special relationship between God and man; therefore, idolatry is a
grave sin (vv. 28f). Then, in his conclusion, Paul exhorts his listeners to accept
the truth about God, and to repent, bearing in mind the Last Judgment (vv. 30f).
The terminology Paul uses comes mainly from the Greek translation of the Old
Testament—the Septuagint. Biblical beliefs are expressed in the language of the
Hellenistic culture of the people.
22-24. “To an unknown God”: St Paul praises the religious feelings of the Athe-
nians, which lead them to offer worship to God. But he goes on to point out that
their form of religion is very imperfect because they do not know enough about
God and about the right way to worship him; nor does their religion free them
from their sins or help them live in a way worthy of human dignity. Religious A-
thenians, he seems to say somewhat ironically, are in fact superstitious, and
they do not know the one true God and his ways of salvation.
Paul criticizes pagan religion and points out its limitations, but he does not to-
tally condemn it. He regards it as a basis to work on: at least it means that his
listeners accept the possibility of the existence of a true God as yet unknown
to them. They are predisposed to receive and accept the supernatural revelation
of God in Christ. Revelation does not destroy natural religion: rather, it purifies it,
completes it and raises it up, enabling a naturally religious person to know the
mystery of God, One and Triune, to change his life with the help of the grace of
Christ and to attain the salvation he needs and yearns for.
23. “Those who acted in accordance with what is universally naturally and eter-
nally good were pleasing to God and will be saved by Christ [...], just like the righ-
teous who preceded them” (St Justin, “Dialogue with Tryphon”, 45). The Church’s
esteem for the positive elements in pagan religions leads her to preach to all men
the fullness of truth and salvation which is to be found only in Jesus Christ. “The
Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. She
has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines
which, although differing in many ways from her own teaching, nevertheless often
reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men, yet she proclaims, and is in
duty bound to proclaim without fail, Christ who is the way, and the truth, and the
life (Jn 14:6). In him, in whom God reconciled all things to himself, men find the
fullness of their religious life” (Vatican II, “Nostra Aetate”, 2).
24. Paul’s language is in line with the way God is described in the Old Testament
as being Lord of heaven and earth (cf. Is 42:5; Ex 20:21). The Apostle speaks of
God’s infinite majesty: God is greater than the universe, of which he is the crea-
tor. However, Paul does not mean to imply that it is not desirable for God to be
worshipped in sacred places designed for that purpose.
His words seem to echo those of Solomon at the dedication of the first Temple:
“Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee; how much less
this house which I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27).
Any worship rendered to God should be “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24). But the
Lord has desired to dwell in a special way and to receive homage in temples built
by men. “The worship of God”, St Thomas Aquinas writes, “regards both God
who is worshipped and men who perform the worship. God is not confined to any
place, and therefore it is not on his account that a tabernacle or temple has to be
made. Worshippers, as corporeal beings, need a special tabernacle or temple set
up for the worship of God; and this for two reasons. First, that the thought of its
being appointed to the worship of God might instill a greater sense of reverence;
second, that the way it is arranged and furnished might signify in various respects
the excellence of Christ’s divine or human nature. [...] From this it is clear that the
house of the sanctuary was not set up to receive God as if dwelling there, but that
his name might dwell there, that is, in order that the knowledge of God might be
exhibited there” (”Summa Theologiae”, I-II, q. 102, a. 4. ad 1).
25. The idea that God does not need man’s service and does not depend on
man for his well-being and happiness is to be often found in the prophetical books.
“Now in Babylon you will see”, Jeremiah proclaims, “gods made of silver and gold
and wood, which are carried on men’s shoulders and inspire fear in the heathen.
Their tongues are smoothed by the craftsmen, and they themselves are overlaid
with gold and silver; but they are false and cannot speak. [...] When they have
been dressed in purple robes, their faces are wiped because of the dust from the
temple, which is thick upon them. Like a local ruler the god holds a scepter,
though unable to destroy any one who offends it. [...] Having no feet, they are
carried on men’s shoulders, revealing to mankind their worthlessness. And those
who serve them are ashamed because through them these gods are made to
stand, lest they fall to the ground” (Bar 6:4, 8, 12-13, 26-27).
This does not mean that the Lord does not want men to respond to the love-offe-
ring which he makes them. “Hear, O heavens,” Isaiah prophesies, “and give ear,
O earth; for the Lord has spoken: Sons have I reared and brought up, but they
have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib;
but Israel does not know, my people does not understand” (1:2-3).
In addition to being offensive and senseless, sin implies indifference and ingrati-
tude towards God, who, in an excess of love, is tireless in seeking man’s friend-
ship. “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,”
we read in the prophet Hosea. “The more I called them, the more they went from
me. [...] Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but
they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of compassion, with
the bands of love” (11:1-4).
By far the greatest sign of God’s love for men is the Redemption, and the sacra-
ments of the Church, through which the fruits of the Redemption reach us. His
love is expressed in a special way in the Blessed Eucharist, which provides the
Christian with nourishment and is where Jesus wishes us to adore him and keep
26. “From one”: St Paul is referring to the text of Genesis 2:7: “then the Lord
God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath
of life”; in other words, he is speaking of the first progenitor of the human race.
The expression “from one” should not be interpreted as meaning from “one princi-
ple” but from “one man”.
27-28. St Paul is speaking about the absolute nearness of God and his myste-
rious but real presence in every man and woman. St Augustine echoes this tea-
ching when he exclaims, “Yet all the time you were within me, more inward than
the most inward place of my heart, and loftier than the highest” (”Confessions”,
III, 6, 11).
Merely to exist, man needs God, his Creator. He also needs him if he is to con-
tinue in existence, to live and act. He needs him if he is to think and love. And
in particular he needs him in order to love goodness and be good. It is correct to
say that God is in us. This intimate union of God and man does not in any way
take from the fact that there is a perfect distinction and radical difference be-
tween God, who is infinite, and man, who is finite and limited.
“Men, who are incapable of existing of themselves,” St Athanasius writes, “are
to be found confined by place and dependent on the Word of God. But God ex-
ists of himself, he contains all things and is contained by none. He is to be found
within everything as far as his goodness and power is concerned, and he is out-
side of everything as far as his own divine nature is concerned” (”De Decretis Ni-
caenae Synodi”, 11).
Christian spirituality has traditionally seen in these ideas an invitation to seek
God in the depth of one’s soul and to always feel dependent upon him.
“Consider God”, says St John of Avila, “who is the existence of everything that
exists, and without whom there is nothing: and who is the life of all that lives, and
without whom there is death; and who is the strength of all that has capacity to
act, and without whom there is weakness; and who is the entire good of every-
thing that is good, without whom nothing can have the least little bit of good in it”
(”Audi, Filia”, chap. 64).
St Francis de Sales writes: “Not only is God in the place where you are, but he
is in a very special manner in your heart and in the depth of your soul, which he
quickens and animates with his divine presence, since he is there as the heart
of your heart, and the spirit of your soul; for, as the soul, being spread throughout
the body, is present in every part of it, and yet resides in a special manner in the
heart, so God, being present in all things, is present nevertheless in a special
manner in our spirit and therefore David called God ‘the God of his heart’ (Ps 73:
26); and Paul said that ‘we live and move and have our being in God’ (Acts 17:28).
By reflecting on this truth, you will stir up in your heart a great reverence for God,
who is so intimately present there” (”Introduction to the Devout Life”, II, chap. 2).
This quotation — in the singular — is from the Stoic poet Aratus (3rd century B.C.).
The plural in the quotation may refer to a similar verse in the hymn to Zeus writ-
ten by Cleanthes (also 3rd century).
“The devil spoke words of Scripture but our Saviour reduced him to silence”, St
Athanasius comments. “Paul cites secular authors, but, saint that he is, he gives
them a spiritual meaning” (”De Synodis”, 39). “We are rightly called ‘God’s off-
spring’, not the offspring of his divinity but created freely by his spirit and recrea-
ted through adoption as sons” (St Bede, “Super Act Expositio, ad loc”.).
29. If men are God’s offspring, and are in some way like him, clearly an inanimate
representation cannot contain the living God. Men have God’s spirit and therefore
they should recognize that God is spiritual. However, material representations of
God do serve a useful purpose, due to the fact that human knowledge begins from
sense experience. Visual images help us to realize that God is present and they
help us to adore him. Veneration of images — as encouraged by the Church — is,
therefore, quite different from idolatry: an idolater thinks that God dwells in the i-
dol, that he acts only through the idol, and in some cases he actually thinks that
the idol is God.
30. St Paul now moves on from speaking about natural knowledge of God to ex-
plaining the knowledge of God that comes from faith.
Although man can know God by using his reason, the Lord has chosen to make
known the mysteries of his divine life in a supernatural way, in order to make it
easier for man to attain salvation. “The Church maintains and teaches that God,
the beginning and end of all things, can be known with certainty, by the natural
light of human reason, from created things. [...] However, it pleased him in his
wisdom and goodness to reveal himself to mankind and to make known the eter-
nal decrees of his will in another, supernatural way” (Vatican I, “Dei Filius”, chap.
“It was also necessary for man to be instructed by divine Revelation concerning
those truths concerning God, which human reason is able to discover, for these
truths, attained by human reason, would reach man through the work of a few,
after much effort and mixed in with many errors; yet the entire salvation of man,
which lies in God, depends on knowledge of these truths. So, for salvation to
reach men more rapidly and more surely, it was necessary for them to be ins-
tructed by divine Revelation concerning the things of God” (St Thomas Aquinas,
“Summa Theologiae”, I, q. 1, a. 1).
Supernatural Revelation assures man of easily attained, certain knowledge of
divine mysteries; it also includes some truths—such as the existence of God —
which unaided human reason can discover (cf. Rom 1:20).
“It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom”, Vatican II teaches, “to reveal
himself and to make known the mystery of his will (cf. Eph 1:9). His will was that
men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in
the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature (cf. Eph 2:18; 2 Pet
1:4). By this revelation, then, the invisible God (cf. Col 1: 15; 1 Tim 1 :17), from
the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends (cf. Ex 33:11; Jn 15:14-15),
and moves among them in order to invite and receive them into his own company”
(”Dei Verbum”, 2).
The knowledge of the triune God and his saving will which supernatural revelation
offers men is not just theoretical or intellectual knowledge: it has the aim of con-
verting man and leading him to repent and to change his life. It is, therefore, a cal-
ling from God; and God expects man to make a personal response to that call.
“The obedience of faith” (Rom 16:26; cf. Rom 1:5; 2 Cor 10:5-6) must be given to
God as he reveals himself. By faith man freely commits his entire self to God,
making ‘the full submission of his intellect and will to God who reveals’ (Vatican I,
“Dei Filius”, chap. 3), and willingly assenting to the Revelation given by him. Be-
fore this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and as-
sist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart
and converts it to God” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 5).
This practical knowledge of the living and true God revealed in Christ is in fact the
only way for man to know himself, despise his faults and sins, and find hope in
divine mercy. It is a self-knowledge—given by God—which enables the repentant
sinner to begin a new life and work freely with God at his own sanctification: “As
I see it, we shall never succeed in knowing ourselves unless we seek to know
God,” St Teresa writes. “Let us think of his greatness and then come back to our
own baseness; by looking at his purity we shall see our foulness; by meditating
on his humility, we shall see how far we are from being humble” (”Interior Castle”,
I, 2, 9).
31. On Jesus Christ as Judge of all, see the note on Acts 10:42.
32. When St Paul begins to tell the Athenians about Jesus’ resurrection from the
dead, they actually begin to jeer. For pagans, the notion of resurrection from the
dead was absurd, something they were not prepared to believe. If the Apostle
speaks in this way, the reason is that the truths of the Christian faith all lead into
the mystery of the Resurrection; even though he may have anticipated his liste-
ners’ reaction, he does not avoid telling them about this truth, which forms the
bedrock of our faith. “See how he leads them,” Chrysostom points out, “to the
God who takes care of the world, who is kind, merciful, powerful and wise: all
these attributes of the Creator are confirmed in the Resurrection” (”Hom. on Acts”,
The Apostle fails to overcome the rationalist prejudices of most of his audience.
Here we have, as it were, an application of what he wrote later to the Corinthians:
“The Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified.... folly to the Gentiles”
(1 Cor 1:22), the reason being that if people do not have an attitude and disposi-
tion of faith, then reason goes out of control and haughtily rejects mysteries. If
the human mind is made the measure of all things, it will despise and reject any-
thing it does not understand—including things which are beyond human understan-
ding. The mysteries God has revealed to man cannot be grasped by unaided hu-
man reason; they have to be accepted on faith. What moves the mind to accept
these mysteries is not the evidence they contain but the authority of God, who is
infallible truth and cannot deceive or be deceived. The act of faith, although strict-
ly speaking an act of the assenting mind, is influenced by the will; the desire to
believe presupposes that one loves him who is proposing the truth to be believed.
34. “Those careful to live an upright life do not take long to understand the word;
but the same does not go for others” (Chrysostom, Hom. on Acts, 39).
Among the few converts in Athens St Luke mentions Damaris. She is one of the
many women who appear in Acts—which clearly shows that the preaching of the
Gospel was addressed to everyone without distinction. In all that they did the A-
postles followed their Master’s example, who in spite of the prejudices of his age
proclaimed the Kingdom to women as well as men.
St. Luke told us about the first convert in Europe being a woman (cf. 16:14ff).
Something similar happened in the case of the Samaritans: it was a woman who
first spoke to them about the Saviour (cf. Jn 4). In the Gospels we see how atten-
tive women are to our Lord—standing at the foot of the Cross or being the first to
visit the tomb on Easter Sunday. And there is no record of women being hypocri-
tical or hating Christ or abandoning him out of cowardice.
St Paul has a deep appreciation of the role of the Christian woman—as mother,
wife and sister—in the spreading of Christianity, as can be seen from his letters
and preaching. Lydia in Philippi, Priscilla and Chloe in Corinth, Phoebe in Cen-
chrae, the mother of Rufus—who was also a mother to him—, and the daughters
of Philip (Acts 21:9): these are some of the women to whom Paul was ever-
grateful for their help and prayers.
“Women are called to bring to the family, to society and to the Church, charac-
teristics which are their own and which they alone can give—their gentle warmth
and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition,
their simple and deep piety, their constancy...” (St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”,
87). The Church looks to women to commit themselves and bear witness to hu-
man values and to where human happiness lies: “Women have received from
God”, Bl. John Paul II says, “a natural charism of their own, which features great
sensitivity, a fine sense of balance, a gift for detail and a providential love for life-
in-the-making, life in need of loving attention. These are qualities which make for
human maturity” (”Address”, 7 December 1979).
When these qualities, with which God has endowed feminine personality, are de-
veloped and brought into play, woman’s “life and work will be really constructive,
fruitful and full of meaning, whether she spends the day dedicated to her husband
and children or whether, having given up the idea of marriage for a noble reason,
she has given herself fully to other tasks.
“Each woman in her own sphere of life, if she is faithful to her divine and human
vocation, can and, in fact, does achieve the fullness of her feminine personality.
Let us remember that Mary, Mother of God and Mother of men, is not only a mo-
del but also a proof of the transcendental value of an apparently unimportant life”
(St. J. Escriva, “Conversations”, 87).
Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.
From: John 16:12-15
The Action of the Holy Spirit (Continuation)
13. It is the Holy Spirit who makes fully understood the truth revealed by Christ.
As Vatican II teaches, our Lord “completed and perfected Revelation and con-
firmed it...finally by sending the Spirit of truth” (Vatican II, “Dei Verbum”, 4). Cf.
note on John 14:25-26.
14-15. Jesus Christ here reveals some aspects of the mystery of the Blessed
Trinity. He teaches that the Three Divine Persons have the same nature when
He says that everything that the Father has belongs to the Son, and everything
the Son has belongs to the Father (cf. John 17:10) and that the Spirit also has
what is common to the Father and the Son, that is, the divine essence. The ac-
tivity specific to the Holy Spirit is that of glorifying Christ, reminding and clarify-
ing for the disciples everything the Master taught them (John 16:13). On being
inspired by the Holy Spirit to recognize the Father through the Son, men render
glory to Christ; and glorifying Christ is the same as giving glory to God (cf. John
17:1, 3-5, 10).
Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.
Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.
|First reading||Acts 17:15,22-18:1 ©|
|Psalm||Psalm 148:1-2,11-14 ©|
|Gospel||John 16:12-15 ©|
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Jesus, High Priest
We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.
Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.
Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.
Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.
Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.
Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priestsThis icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.
The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.
The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.
Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem. He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.
St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.
1. Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. The Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
3. 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.
4. (3) Hail Mary: HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)
5. Glory Be: GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.
Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer. Repeat the process with each mystery.
End with the Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Final step -- The Sign of the Cross
The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:
"Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8"
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May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.
Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
Hail Mary (three times).
Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.
Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou shalt stand before the face of the Lord, that thou speak favorable things in our behalf and that He may turn away His indignation from us.
Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.
FOR THE HELP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
THE SALVE REGINA
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
PETITION TO MARY
Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed.
God who is mighty has done great things for me,
holy is his name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm; he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry he has given every good thing, while the rich he has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of his mercy; Even as he promised our fathers, promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
TO MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS
Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.
FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
Cardinal Merry del Val
TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR MAY
O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.
May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.
TO OUR LADY
Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
Saint John Vianney
ACT OF REPARATION
O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.
Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954
|Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary!
That never was it known
That anyone who fled to thy protection,
Implored thy help or sought thy intercession
Was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee!
O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!
To Thee I come before Thee I stand,
Sinful and Sorrowful,
Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
Hear and answer me.
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Mariaphobic Response Syndrome: Part One
A Mothers Love, The Blessed Virgin Mary Saying YES To God
Chesterton on devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary [Ecumenical]
The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary
A Comparison is Instituted Between the Disobedient and Sinning Eve and the Virgin Mary..
Magnificat: The Hymn of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus]
The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal... (Pt 2) (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
The Blessed Virgin Mary's Role in the Celibate Priest's Spousal and Paternal Love (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
Discovering Mary [Excellent New Book For Converts]
Beginning Our Lady's Month [Catholic Caucus]
Give it all to Mary [Catholic Caucus]
JESUS LIVING IN MARY: HANDBOOK, SPIRITUALITY OF ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT, ROSARY [Ecumenical]
Mary, Tabernacle of the Lord By Archbishop Fulton Sheen(Catholic Caucus)
Mary is our Mother and Queen of the New Davidic Kingdom (Scriptures Agree With Catholic Church)
Holy Water Silhouette (Virgin Mary -video))
How could Mary be the Mother of God?
Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)
Calling Mary Mother of God Tells Us Who Jesus Is
The Holy Spirit And Mary (Catholic Caucus)
Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing
Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)
Radio Replies First Volume - Devotion to Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Discovery of America(Catholic Caucus)
Mary is the star that guides us to holiness, says Holy Father during Angelus [Catholic Caucus]
The Efficacy and Power of One Hail Mary [Ecumenical]
When Did Belief in the Virgin Birth Begin?
Mary, Motherhood, and the Home BY Archbishop Fulton Sheen
On Mary, Mother of Priests
Benedict reflects on Mary and the priesthood [Catholic Caucus]
Radio Replies First Volume - Mary
Mary and the Sword Continued Part #2 by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
Mary and the Sword by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen(Catholic Caucus)
Why Did Mary Offer a Sin Offering? [Ecumenical]
Mary and Intercessory Prayer
Mary: Holy Mother
Mary not just for Catholics anymore
Pope concludes Month of Mary in the Vatican Gardens
Consecration to Mary(Catholic Caucus)
Marys Marching Orders
Praying the Hail Mary Like Never Before [Ecumenical]
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament [Catholic Caucus]
Catholic Caucus: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - THE HAIL MARY
Our Roots: The Immaculate Conception [Ecumenical]
The Blessed Virgin in the History of Christianity [Ecumenical]
Archbishop Sheen Today! -- Mary and the --------
Mary Immaculate: Patroness of the United States [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
"The Woman He Loved": Fulton Sheen and the Blessed Mother(Catholic Caucus)
September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary and -----
Catholic Devotional: Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
A Homily on the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholic Caucus: Mary, The Power of Her Name [The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
Administrators of Justice. That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience.
Seminaries. That seminaries, especially those of mission churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.
"When he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth"
Through the Spirit of Life, a fountain of water springing up to life eternal (Jn 4,14), the Father gives life to men, dead in sin, until, in Christ, he brings to life their mortal bodies.(Rm 8,11) The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful, as in a temple (1Cor 3,16). In them he prays on their behalf and bears witness to the fact that they are adopted sons (Gal 4,6). The Church, which the Spirit guides in the way of all truth and which He unified in communion and in works of ministry, he both equips and directs with hierarchical and charismatic gifts and adorns with his fruits. By the power of the Gospel he makes the Church keep the freshness of youth. Uninterruptedly he renews it and leads it to perfect union with its Spouse. The Spirit and the Bride both say to Jesus, the Lord, "Come!"(Rv 22,17)...
The entire body of the faithful, anointed as they are by the Holy One, cannot err in matters of belief. They manifest this special property by means of the whole peoples' supernatural discernment in matters of faith when "from the Bishops down to the last of the lay faithful" (Saint Augustine) they show universal agreement in matters of faith and morals. That discernment in matters of faith is aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth. It is exercised under the guidance of the sacred teaching authority, in faithful and respectful obedience to which the people of God accepts that which is not just the word of men but truly the word of God.(1Thes 2,13) Through it, the people of God adheres unwaveringly to the faith given once and for all to the saints,(Jude 3) penetrates it more deeply with right thinking, and applies it more fully in its life.
It is not only through the sacraments and the ministries of the Church that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and leads the people of God and enriches it with virtues, but, "allotting his gifts to everyone according as he wills,(1Cor 12,11), he distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank. By these gifts he makes them fit and ready to undertake the various tasks and offices which contribute toward the renewal and building up of the Church, according to the words of the Apostle: "The manifestation of the Spirit is given to everyone for the profit of all" (1Cor 12,7).
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This prayer, which dates from the twelfth century, is substituted for the Angelus during Easter Season.
Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia,
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus: Deus qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus, ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia: For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia, Has risen as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.
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