Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Our Lady of Prompt Succor – Feast Day – January 8
The national votive shrine of our lady of prompt succor serves God and all God’s people as the center of devotion to the Mother of Jesus under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor—Our Lady of Quick Help. The Shrine is a place of pilgrimage, worship and prayer. It welcomes all who try to live in faith and love, with a special commitment to those whose hope and trust in Mary lead them to seek her motherly care and consolation.
Since 1727, long before her statue arrived on November 10th,1810 and was enshrined in the Ursuline Convent Chapel in the French Quarter, devotion to Notre Dame de Prompt Secours had spread among the Ursuline Sisters, their students and the women and men of New Orleans. Prayers for deliverance from wars, fire, pestilence, disease, storms, despair and hopelessness were made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
In 1815, in gratitude for the miracle of America's victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the Ursulines, along with Bishop Louis Du Bourg, made a promise to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving each year on the feast day of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
In 1895, the statue, gilded in gold, was crowned by Decree
of His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII; and in 1928, the Holy See approved and
confirmed the naming of Our Lady of Prompt Succor as the Principal Patroness of
the City of New Orleans and of the State of Louisiana. Standing in the central
niche over the main altar on State Street, she welcomes all who come to honor
her, to thank her for intercession, and to pray for her help and protection,
not only from global wars and devastating storms, but, also, in overcoming
greater enemies…poverty, illness, ignorance, racism and violence.
Taking Mary’s virtues to work
“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the
vocation of woman is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which
women acquire in the world an influence, an effect, and a power never hitherto
achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep
a transformation, women impregnated with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much
to aid humanity in not falling.” (Closing speeches Vatican Council II,
Mother Mary is a perfect role model for all women, of
course, but for women who work in particular. According to St. Louis de
Montfort, Mary has principal virtues, which when practiced help to lead us to
her Son and create a home and world that celebrates the greatness of the Lord.
Profound Humility: Are you focused
on others more than yourself? Do you recognize the work of the team, or are you
taking credit for the work? Do you care who gets the credit? Does this impact
the way you treat others?
Ardent Charity: How can you
demonstrate great love at work? This is not the same love as a spousal love, of
course. How do you approach your employees? Your supervisors? Your clients?
Your customers? Is your approach focused on valuing a relationship more than a material
good? Are you able to articulate information and ideas in a mutually respectful
Angelic Sweetness: Is your approach
nurturing and relational? Do you avoid calumniation of fellow co-workers and
supervisors? Even when difficult, do you respond to others at work by extending
grace and mercy?
Heroic Patience: Do you really
listen at work? Are you able to rise above a situation in order to assist
others as they learn new tasks? Do you hold your temper or judgment about your
supervisor when you disagree with them? Are you willing in your attitude to
seek understanding of others, even when it is difficult?
Divine Wisdom: Recalling your
baptism, and especially your confirmation, do you recall and use the gifts of
the Holy Spirit in your work decisions? Do you pray for guidance? Do you seek
Biblical and Church tradition answers and solutions? Do you show gratitude to
God when you recognize divine wisdom at work?
Mary’s virtues bring us to a very feminine leadership style: one steeped in relationship building, not shying away from truth or faith, but approaching others in grace. When practiced at work, these virtues of Our Lady can lead us to Holiness and a fulfilled leadership at the job.
Monday Night at the Movies
Carl Theodore von Dreyer, The Passion of Joan of Arc, 1928.
BAPTISM OF THE LORD-ELVIS’ BIRTHDAY
Isaiah, Chapter 12, Verse 2-4
2God indeed is my salvation; I am confident and UNAFRAID. For the LORD is my strength and my might, and he has been my salvation. 3With joy you will draw water from the fountains of salvation, 4And you will say on that day: give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; Among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name.
Indeed, the birth of Christ is the beginning of the salvation of his people, when on Christmas morning the virgin gave him birth and he is born the angels proclaim His victory over death. Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.
He has torn down the barricades of hell and overthrown the
power of Satan. Today our Savior has shattered the bars and burst the gates of
Plough Monday is the traditional start of the English agricultural year. While local practices may vary, Plough Monday is generally the first Monday after Twelfth Day (Epiphany), 6 January. The day traditionally saw the resumption of work after the Christmas period.
As we begin our working year let us remember that our primary work in the world as a follower of Christ is to do his will for us putting our hand on the plough and looking forward to the year; may all of our days and rows be straight.
No man, having put his hand ... - To put one's hand to a plow is a proverbial expression to signify undertaking any business. In order that a plowman may accomplish his work, it is necessary to look onward - to be intent on his employment - not to be looking back with regret that he undertook it. So, in religion; He that enters on it must do it with his whole heart, He that comes still loving the world - still looking with regret on its pleasures, its wealth, and its honors - that has not "wholly" forsaken them as his portion, cannot be a Christian, and is not fit for the kingdom of God. How searching is this test to those who profess to be Christians! And how solemn the duty of all people to renounce all earthly objects, and to be not only "almost," but "altogether," followers of the Son of God! It is perilous to tamper with the world - to look at its pleasures or to seek its society. He that would enter heaven must come with a heart full of love to God; giving "all" into his hands, and prepared always to give up all his property, his health, his friends, his body, his soul to God, when he demands them, or he cannot be a Christian. Religion is everything or nothing. He that is not willing to sacrifice "everything" for the cause of God, is really willing to sacrifice nothing.
Candles are a symbol of
Christ, the Light of the World. The wax is regarded as typifying in a most
appropriate way the flesh of Jesus Christ born of a virgin mother. From this
has sprung the further conception that the wick symbolizes more particularly the
soul of Jesus Christ and the flame the Divinity which absorbs and dominates
both. — Catholic
A closing celebration of Christ's initial
manifestations to the world through His life and early ministry, especially in
His baptism by St. John.
"Seek the Lord while he
may be found, call upon him while he is near" (Is
These words from the second
part of the Book of Isaiah ring out on this Sunday that ends the Christmas
season. They are an invitation to go more deeply into the meaning for us of
today's Feast, the Baptism of the Lord. In spirit let us return to the banks of
the Jordan where John the Baptist administered a Baptism of repentance,
exhorting to conversion. Coming up to the Precursor is Jesus, and with his
presence he transformed that gesture of repentance into a solemn manifestation
of his divinity. A voice suddenly comes from heaven: "You are my
beloved Son; in you I am well pleased" (Mk 1, 11) and, in the form of
a dove, the Spirit descends upon Jesus. In that extraordinary event, John saw
realized what had been said about the Messiah born in Bethlehem, adored by the
shepherds and the Magi. He was the very One foretold by the prophets, the
beloved Son of the Father; we must seek him while he can be found and call upon
him while he is at hand. In Baptism every Christian personally meets him; he is
inserted into the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection and receives a new
life, which is the life of God. What a great gift and what a great
The commemoration of our
Lord's Baptism in the Jordan led to a number of impressive blessings concerning
water. In Palestine, the river Jordan itself was blessed, with
throngs of the faithful immersing in it three times to obtain the blessing,
while in Egypt, the whole Christian population and its livestock would show up
for the blessing of the Nile and
do the same thing. In Byzantium,
Epiphany water was blessed in church and then distributed. Rome followed this custom, instituting
it on the Vigil of the feast. The formula for the blessing may be found in the
of Baptismal Vows
Dear brethren, through the
Paschal Mystery we have been buried with Christ in Baptism, that we may walk
with him in newness of life. And so, let us renew the promises of Holy Baptism,
which we once renounced Satan and his works and promised to serve God in the
holy Catholic Church.
And so, I ask you:
Do you renounce Satan?
R. I do.
And all his works?
R. I do.
And all his empty show?
R. I do.
On Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis
Presley was born in a two-room house in Tupelo, Miss. Every year, Graceland —
Elvis' estate in Memphis — hosts a five-day-long birthday celebration. Rise
bright and early for the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on Graceland’s North Lawn and stay
for the birthday-cake cutting.
and the Nun
Hart began her career as an actress when she was only 19 years old, making her
screen debut in 1957 as Elvis' sweetheart in Loving You. Dolores became an overnight success story
and starred with Elvis again in King
Creole the following year in 1958. She then took on Broadway,
starring in The Pleasure of His
Company in 1959, for which she won a Tony Award nomination for Best
Featured Actress. Further movie hits followed, including the hugely popular Where the Boys Are and Lisa, the story of a young
Holocaust survivor, which earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best
Picture/Drama. By now one of Hollywood's rising stars, she went on to make six
more films, among them St. Francis
of Assisi, where she portrayed Clare, a woman who gives up
everything to follow Saint Francis and founds the Order of Poor Clare’s.
Dolores' last film role was opposite Hugh O'Brien in 1963 in Come Fly with Me.
the height of her career, Dolores stunned the world by making the decision to
become a cloistered nun and enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis. "I just knew that this was what God wanted
from me," she said years later. Mother Dolores' mission as an
actress did not end, but rather took a contemplative turn. "I never felt I
was 'walking away from Hollywood'" she said recently. "I felt I was walking into something
more significant and by that, I took Hollywood with me."
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
ONE-THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
V. The Proliferation of Sin
1865 Sin creates a proclivity
to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. This results in
perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the concrete judgment
of good and evil. Thus sin tends to reproduce itself and reinforce itself, but
it cannot destroy the moral sense at its root.
1866 Vices can be classified
according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins
which Christian experience has distinguished, following St. John Cassian and
St. Gregory the Great. They are called "capital" because they engender
other sins, other vices. They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust,
gluttony, and sloth or acedia.
1867 The catechetical tradition
also recalls that there are "sins that cry to heaven": the blood of
Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, The cry of the people oppressed in
Egypt, The cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice
to the wage earner.
1868 Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
- by participating directly and voluntarily in them;
- by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;
- by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;
- by protecting evildoers.
1869 Thus sin makes men
accomplices of one another and causes concupiscence, violence, and injustice to
reign among them. Sins give rise to social situations and institutions that are
contrary to the divine goodness. "Structures of sin" are the
expression and effect of personal sins. They lead their victims to do evil in
their turn. In an analogous sense, they constitute a "social sin."
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Monday: Litany of
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 HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II, Sistine Chapel, Sunday, 12 January 2003