DAY 15 – VIRGIN MOST PRUDENT, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FEAR OF THE LORD!
“Serve the Lord in fear, and exult in him with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holiness is prudence.” (Proverbs 9:10)
“His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50)
“For I have learnt for a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains, and regains grace, as that we should always be found not high-minded before God, but filled with holy fear.” -St. Bernard
“We must fear God out of love, not love him out of fear.” -St. Francis de Sales
Gift of Fear: Infused gift of the Holy Spirit that confirms the virtue of hope and inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of his help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial. It is based on the selfless love of God, whom it shrinks from offending. Whereas in servile fear the evil dreaded is punishment; in filial fear it is the fear of doing anything contrary to the will of God. The gift of fear comprises three principal elements: a vivid sense of God’s greatness, a lively sorrow for the least faults committed, and a vigilant care in avoiding occasions of sin. It is expressed in prayer of the Psalmist, “My whole being trembles before you, your ruling fills me with fear” (Ps 119:120). One of its salutary effects is to induce a spirit of deep humility in dealing with others, especially with inferiors, since it makes a person aware that he or she stands constantly before the judgment of God. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)
PRAYERS FOR TRADITIONAL 54 DAY NOVENA
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!
In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses full blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother.
Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
The Resurrection – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. Fatima Prayer.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Ascension – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. Fatima Prayer.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. Fatima Prayer.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Assumption of Mary – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. Fatima Prayer.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. Fatima Prayer.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Say: The Hail Holy Queen.
Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request, see below). Hail Mary …
In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request, see below) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.
PETITION: May our Church and our country find hope as we unite at the foot of the cross. (Please add your own petitions to this powerful novena)
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National Red Wine Day- Do you whine about cheap box wine until you taste it?
OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
6, Verse 20
Herod FEARED John, knowing him to be a
righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak, he
was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.
Christ asks us to not be afraid; remember that those who are controlled by the devil are always deathly afraid. Therefore, trust in Him and remember that according to the Talmud God says to us: With thy very wounds I will heal thee. If you are unhappy, it is because of sin, therefore seek the healing that Christ gives in the sacrament of confession and receive joyfully the Holy Eucharist.
I find it
interesting to note the John the Baptist the last prophet and Paul the apostle
who was probably the first prophet after the resurrection where both beheaded.
Peter was crucified like our Lord on the same day as Paul but upside down in
humility. Quo Vadis Francisco.
Martyrdom of John the Baptist
The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life?
This great religious reformer was sent by God to prepare
the people for the Messiah. His vocation was one of selfless giving. The only
power that he claimed was the Spirit of Yahweh. “I am baptizing you with water,
for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not
worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”
(Matthew 3:11). Scripture tells us that many people followed John
looking to him for hope, perhaps in anticipation of some great messianic power.
John never allowed himself the false honor of receiving these people for his
own glory. He knew his calling was one of preparation. When the time came, he
led his disciples to Jesus: “The next day John was there again with two of his
disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37).
It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ. John’s life and death
were a giving over of self for God and other people. His simple style of life
was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered
on God and the call that he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart.
Confident of God’s grace, he had the courage to speak words of condemnation,
repentance, and salvation.
Each of us has a calling to which we must listen. No one will ever repeat the mission of John, and yet
all of us are called to that very mission. It is the role of the Christian to
witness to Jesus. Whatever our position in this world, we are called to be
disciples of Christ. By our words and deeds, others should realize that we live
in the joy of knowing that Jesus is Lord. We do not have to depend upon our own
limited resources but can draw strength from the vastness of Christ’s saving
Things to Do:
more about this feast:
this article, St. John the Baptist: Martyr for the Truth about Marriage.
this informational video at Gloria
Catholic Cuisine for feast day food ideas.
Christian Iconography for images of St. John the
- It is uncertain where the head of St. John the Baptist is. There are 4 purported heads around the world. There is also the relics of his arm and finger. It is hard to sift through authentic relics at times. It was a lucrative attraction to have popular saints' relics and sacred objects. The pilgrimages to venerate the relics financially helped regions. And with the destruction of various churches and abbeys during revolutions (such as in France) and persecutions (such as in England), it makes the provenance even harder to track down.
The International Day against Nuclear Tests seeks to raise
awareness about the negative effects of nuclear weapons and the need to achieve
a nuclear-weapon-free world. The day also serves to educate people everywhere
about the need to ban nuclear weapon tests in order to ensure world safety.
Since the first nuclear test in 1945, over 2,000 nuclear tests have been
carried out and led to accidents, such as the Chernobyl, Ukraine accident of
1986, ending in tragedy, long-term radiation poisoning and atmospheric damage.
International Day against Nuclear Tests was declared by the United Nations General
Assembly in December 2009. It is observed every year on the 29th of August, a
day that commemorates the 1991 closure of the Soviet Semipalatinsk site, the
world's largest nuclear testing facility, in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan.
Day against Nuclear Tests Facts & Quotes
The US, the Soviet Union and France have carried
out the most nuclear tests over the past 6 decades, with 1,032, 715 and 210
The cost of the Manhattan Project, where the
first nuclear bomb was ever built, is estimated to have cost $20 Billion.
The total number of nuclear missiles built from
the year 1951 to the present is 67,500.
There is an estimated total of 16,400 nuclear
weapons on Earth today.
So long as nuclear weapons continue to exist, so
will the temptation to threaten others with overwhelming military force. –
Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist philosopher, educator, author and anti-nuclear
Events and Things to Do
Watch a movie or documentary about nuclear
disasters. Some suggestions are: The Day After (1983), Threads
(1984), Trinity and Beyond (1995), Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and
Seconds from Disaster: Meltdown at Chernobyl.
Read a book about nuclear issues in the world
today. Some suggestions are: Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power
(2011), In Mortal Hands (2009), and Nuclear or Not? Does Nuclear
Power Have a Place in a Sustainable Energy Future? (2007).
Spread awareness about the day by using the
hashtag #InternationalDayAgainstNuclearWeapons, #notonuclear #againstnucleartests.
Catechism of the Catholic
PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN
CHAPTER ONE THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE AGE OF THE
Article 1 THE LITURGY - WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY
III. The Holy Spirit and the
Church in the Liturgy
1091 In the liturgy the Holy Spirit
is teacher of the faith of the People of God and artisan of "God's
masterpieces," the sacraments of the New Covenant. the desire and work of
the Spirit in the heart of the Church is that we may live from the life of the risen
Christ. When the Spirit encounters in us the response of faith which he has
aroused in us, he brings about genuine cooperation. Through it, the liturgy
becomes the common work of the Holy Spirit and the Church.
1092 In this sacramental
dispensation of Christ's mystery the Holy Spirit acts in the same way as at
other times in the economy of salvation: he prepares the Church to encounter
her Lord; he recalls and makes Christ manifest to the faith of the assembly. By
his transforming power, he makes the mystery of Christ present here and now. Finally,
the Spirit of communion unites the Church to the life and mission of Christ.
The Holy Spirit prepares for the reception of Christ.
1093 In the sacramental economy the
Holy Spirit fulfills what was prefigured in the Old Covenant. Since Christ's
Church was "prepared in marvellous fashion in the history of the people of
Israel and in the Old Covenant," The Church's liturgy has retained
certain elements of the worship of the Old Covenant as integral and
irreplaceable, adopting them as her own:
-notably, reading the Old Testament;
-praying the Psalms;
-above all, recalling the saving events and significant realities which have found their fulfillment in the mystery of Christ (promise and covenant, Exodus and Passover, kingdom and temple, exile and return).
1094 It is on this harmony of the
two Testaments that the Paschal catechesis of the Lord is built, and then,
that of the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church. This catechesis unveils
what lay hidden under the letter of the Old Testament: the mystery of Christ.
It is called "typological" because it reveals the newness of Christ
on the basis of the "figures" (types) which announce him in the
deeds, words, and symbols of the first covenant. By this re-reading in the
Spirit of Truth, starting from Christ, the figures are unveiled. Thus the
flood and Noah's ark prefigured salvation by Baptism, as did the cloud and
the crossing of the Red Sea. Water from the rock was the figure of the
spiritual gifts of Christ, and manna in the desert prefigured the Eucharist,
"the true bread from heaven."
1095 For this reason the Church,
especially during Advent and Lent and above all at the Easter Vigil, re-reads
and re-lives the great events of salvation history in the "today" of
her liturgy. But this also demands that catechesis help the faithful to open
themselves to this spiritual understanding of the economy of salvation as the
Church's liturgy reveals it and enables us to live it.
1096 Jewish liturgy and Christian
liturgy. A better knowledge of the Jewish people's faith and religious life as
professed and lived even now can help our better understanding of certain
aspects of Christian liturgy. For both Jews and Christians Sacred Scripture is
an essential part of their respective liturgies: in the proclamation of the
Word of God, the response to this word, prayer of praise and intercession for
the living and the dead, invocation of God's mercy. In its characteristic
structure the Liturgy of the Word originates in Jewish prayer. the Liturgy of
the Hours and other liturgical texts and formularies, as well as those of our
most venerable prayers, including the Lord's Prayer, have parallels in Jewish
prayer. the Eucharistic Prayers also draw their inspiration from the Jewish
tradition. the relationship between Jewish liturgy and Christian liturgy, but
also their differences in content, are particularly evident in the great feasts
of the liturgical year, such as Passover. Christians and Jews both celebrate
the Passover. For Jews, it is the Passover of history, tending toward the
future; for Christians, it is the Passover fulfilled in the death and
Resurrection of Christ, though always in expectation of its definitive
1097 In the liturgy of the New
Covenant every liturgical action, especially the celebration of the Eucharist
and the sacraments, is an encounter between Christ and the Church. the
liturgical assembly derives its unity from the "communion of the Holy
Spirit" who gathers the children of God into the one Body of Christ. This
assembly transcends racial, cultural, social - indeed, all human affinities.
1098 The assembly should prepare
itself to encounter its Lord and to become "a people well disposed." The
preparation of hearts is the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the assembly,
especially of its ministers. The grace of the Holy Spirit seeks to awaken
faith, conversion of heart, and adherence to the Father's will. These
dispositions are the precondition both for the reception of other graces
conferred in the celebration itself and the fruits of new life which the
celebration is intended to produce afterward.
The Holy Spirit recalls the mystery
1099 The Spirit and the Church
cooperate to manifest Christ and his work of salvation in the liturgy.
Primarily in the Eucharist, and by analogy in the other sacraments, the liturgy
is the memorial of the mystery of salvation. the Holy Spirit is the Church's
1100 The Word of God. the Holy
Spirit first recalls the meaning of the salvation event to the liturgical
assembly by giving life to the Word of God, which is proclaimed so that it may
be received and lived:
In the celebration of the liturgy,
Sacred Scripture is extremely important. From it come the lessons that are read
and explained in the homily and the psalms that are sung. It is from the
Scriptures that the prayers, collects, and hymns draw their inspiration and
their force, and that actions and signs derive their meaning.
1101 The Holy Spirit gives a
spiritual understanding of the Word of God to those who read or hear it,
according to the dispositions of their hearts. By means of the words, actions,
and symbols that form the structure of a celebration, the Spirit puts both the
faithful and the ministers into a living relationship with Christ, the Word and
Image of the Father, so that they can live out the meaning of what they hear,
contemplate, and do in the celebration.
1102 "By the saving word of
God, faith . . . is nourished in the hearts of believers. By this faith then
the congregation of the faithful begins and grows." The proclamation
does not stop with a teaching; it elicits the response of faith as consent and
commitment, directed at the covenant between God and his people. Once again it
is the Holy Spirit who gives the grace of faith, strengthens it and makes it
grow in the community. the liturgical assembly is first of all a communion in
1103 Anamnesis. the liturgical
celebration always refers to God's saving interventions in history. "The
economy of Revelation is realized by deeds and words which are intrinsically
bound up with each other.... (The) words for their part proclaim the works and
bring to light the mystery they contain." In the Liturgy of the Word
the Holy Spirit "recalls" to the assembly all that Christ has done
for us. In keeping with the nature of liturgical actions and the ritual
traditions of the churches, the celebration "makes a remembrance" of
the marvelous works of God in an anamnesis which may be more or less developed.
the Holy Spirit who thus awakens the memory of the Church then inspires
thanksgiving and praise (doxology).
The Holy Spirit makes present the
mystery of Christ.
1104 Christian liturgy not only
recalls the events that saved us but actualizes them, makes them present. the
Paschal mystery of Christ is celebrated, not repeated. It is the celebrations
that are repeated, and in each celebration, there is an outpouring of the Holy
Spirit that makes the unique mystery present.
1105 The Epiclesis
("invocation upon") is the intercession in which the priest begs the
Father to send the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, so that the offerings may become
the body and blood of Christ and that the faithful by receiving them, may
themselves become a living offering to God.
1106 Together with the anamnesis,
the epiclesis is at the heart of each sacramental celebration, most especially
of the Eucharist:
You ask how the bread becomes the
Body of Christ, and the wine . . . the Blood of Christ I shall tell you: the
Holy Spirit comes upon them and accomplishes what surpasses every word and
thought . . . Let it be enough for you to understand that it is by the Holy
Spirit, just as it was of the Holy Virgin and by the Holy Spirit that the Lord,
through and in himself, took flesh.
1107 The Holy Spirit's transforming
power in the liturgy hastens the coming of the kingdom and the consummation of
the mystery of salvation. While we wait in hope, he causes us really to
anticipate the fullness of communion with the Holy Trinity. Sent by the Father
who hears the epiclesis of the Church, the Spirit gives life to those who
accept him and is, even now, the "guarantee" of their inheritance.
The communion of the Holy Spirit
1108 In every liturgical action the
Holy Spirit is sent in order to bring us into communion with Christ and so to
form his Body. the Holy Spirit is like the sap of the Father's vine which bears
fruit on its branches. The most intimate cooperation of the Holy Spirit
and the Church is achieved in the liturgy. The Spirit who is the Spirit of
communion, abides indefectibly in the Church. For this reason, the Church is
the great sacrament of divine communion which gathers God's scattered children
together. Communion with the Holy Trinity and fraternal communion are
inseparably the fruit of the Spirit in the liturgy.
1109 The epiclesis is also a prayer
for the full effect of the assembly's communion with the mystery of Christ.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit" have to remain with us always and bear fruit
beyond the Eucharistic celebration. the Church therefore asks the Father to
send the Holy Spirit to make the lives of the faithful a living sacrifice to
God by their spiritual transformation into the image of Christ, by concern for
the Church's unity, and by taking part in her mission through the witness and
service of charity.
Day 15 IMMUNE SYSTEM-Revealed by Heaven to Luz De María
Boosts the immune system, given that it is a natural antibiotic capable of
activating leukocite production. Anti-inflammatory. Adjuvant in combating
infectious processes, viruses and bacteria. Echinacea has the following
properties regarding the immune system: Reinforces immune system. Maintains the
defenses of the organism. Fights intestinal bactericide infections. Expectorant
Scientific name: Echinacea purpurea Family: Asteraceae
name: Zingiber officinale Family: Zingiberaceae Ginger has the following
properties: Reinforces immune system. Maintains the defenses of the organism. Fights
intestinal bactericide infections. Expectorant and antibiotic.
As mother, I ask you observe, as part of your diet for life, the daily need to ingest VITAMIN C, to ingest raw garlic or ginger daily. Blessed Virgin Mary, 03.12.2017
30 DAY TRIBUTE TO MARY 15th ROSE: Transfiguration
Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus