World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
February 2, 2024
(Celebrated in Parishes February 3-4, 2024)
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. We hope that you find the following resources helpful for your own celebrations of World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life!
Prayers of the Faithful
For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…
For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…
More Prayers of the Faithful
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World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2024, and in parishes over the weekend of February 3-4, 2024. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
WORLD CANCER DAY-HOMEMADE SOUP DAY
Psalm 112, Verse 7-8
7 He shall not FEAR an ill report; his heart
is steadfast, trusting the LORD. 8 His heart is tranquil,
without fear, till at last he looks down on his foes.
is the blessed state of the righteous. Yes, we are in a battle and yes in our
modern world the news cycles are all in league with the unholy secularized
world. Do not fear the ill reports or the radicals. Remember God tests those he
loves yet during the trial those that are faithful can still hear the whisper
are not paralyzed by problems
was the 11th son of Jacob’s 12 sons, and he was despised by his
brothers because of jealousy over Jacob’s favor. Yet, in the face of many
troubles he accomplished much because he had:
1. Vision because he knew God had something
special in mind for him.
Love of God and he walked in the spirit and God
was with him.
Strong Character with each trial Joseph grew
Practical with his abilities and experience
in all his trials.
Used his giftedness in interpreting dreams to make a
difference in many lives.
6. Faith in the Blessing of God and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
THE LORD'S DAY HOLY
The Day of the Risen Lord
and of the Gift
of the Holy Spirit
The first day of the week
21. It was for this reason that, from
Apostolic times, "the first day after the Sabbath", the first day of
the week, began to shape the rhythm of life for Christ's disciples (cf. 1
Cor 16:2). "The first day after the Sabbath" was also the day
upon which the faithful of Troas were gathered "for the breaking of
bread", when Paul bade them farewell and miraculously restored the young
Eutychus to life (cf. Acts 20:7-12). The Book of Revelation gives
evidence of the practice of calling the first day of the week "the Lord's
Day" (1:10). This would now be a characteristic distinguishing Christians
from the world around them. As early as the beginning of the second century, it
was noted by Pliny the Younger, governor of Bithynia, in his report on the Christian
practice "of gathering together on a set day before sunrise and singing
among themselves a hymn to Christ as to a god". And when Christians spoke
of the "Lord's Day", they did so giving to this term the full sense
of the Easter proclamation: "Jesus Christ is Lord" (Phil 2:11;
cf. Acts 2:36; 1 Cor 12:3). Thus, Christ was given the same title
which the Septuagint used to translate what in the revelation of the Old
Testament was the unutterable name of God: YHWH.
Sexagesima-The perils of exile (persecution) and the fruits of asceticism (the Word being sown into our hearts).
Sexagesima literally means "sixtieth," though it only falls 56 days before Easter. During these weeks contemplate the ways you can build up your fear of the Lord remembering that fear of the Lord is really a deep abiding love for God.
The Introit of
the Mass is taken from the forty-third psalm: Arise; why sleepest Thou, O Lord?
Arise, and cast us not off to the end; why turnest Thou Thy face away, and
forgettest our trouble? for our soul is humbled down to the dust; our belly
cleaveth to the earth. Arise, O Lord, help us, and redeem us for Thy name’s
sake. We have heard, O God, with our ears; our fathers have declared to us.
O God, Who seest that we confide in no action of our own, grant, in Thy mercy, that we may be defended from all evils by the protection of the Doctor of the gentiles. Amen.
EPISTLE, ii. Cor. xi. 19; xii. 9.
gladly suffer the foolish: whereas yourselves are wise. For you suffer if a man
bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take from you, if a man
be lifted up, if a man strike you on the face. I speak according to dishonor,
as if we had been weak in this part. Wherein if any man dare (I speak
foolishly) I dare also: they are Hebrews, so am I: they are Israelites, so am
I: they are the seed of Abraham, so am I: they are the ministers of Christ (I
speak as one less wise), I am more: in many more labors: in prisons more
frequently, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. Of the Jews five times
did I receive forty stripes, save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once I
was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I was in the depth
of the sea. In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils
of my own nation, in perils from the gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils
in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false brethren: in labor
and painfulness, in much watchings, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in
cold and nakedness. Besides those things which are without: my daily instance,
the solicitude for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is
scandalized, and I am not on fire? If I must needs glory, I will glory of the
things that concern my infirmity. The God and Farther of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who is blessed forever, knoweth that I lie not. At Damascus, the governor of
the nation under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes to
apprehend me: and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and
so escaped his hands. If I must glory (it is not expedient indeed), but I will
come to the visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not, or out of the body, I know
not, God knoweth), such an one rapt even to the third heaven. And I know such a
man (whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth) that he
was caught up into paradise: and heard secret words which it is not granted to
man to utter. For such an one I will glory: but for myself I will glory
nothing, but in my infirmities. For though I should have a mind to glory, _
snail- not be foolish: for I will say the truth: but I forbear, lest any man
should think of me above that which he seeth in me, or anything he heareth from
me. And lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given
me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me.
For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me: and
He said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in
infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may dwell in me.
By the example of St. Paul, the Church would incite us to work out our salvation by cooperating faithfully with the grace of God. Let us, like this great apostle, be not irritated at temptations, but firmly combat and overcome them by the help of divine grace.
Grant me, O God, Thy grace, that I may in these evil days keep steadily to Thy holy doctrine, and never be seduced from obeying it, either by the allurements of the world, or the reproaches of the wicked. Amen.
Luke viii. 4-15.
At that time: When a very great multitude was gathered together and hastened out of the cities unto Him, He spoke by a similitude: The sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside and was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it, choked it. And other some fell upon good ground: and being sprang up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, He cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And His disciples asked Him what this parable might be. To whom He said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. And they by the wayside, are they that hear; then the devil cometh, and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved. Now they upon the rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots: for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away. And that which fell among thorns, are they who have heard, and going their way, are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life and yield no fruit. But that on the good ground: are they who in a good and a very good heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.
Why is the word of God here compared to seed?
Because as good fruits spring from good seed, so do good works from the word of God; and as it is impossible for any soil not sown to produce good fruits, so neither can men produce the fruits of the Spirit without the seed of the divine Word.
Why did Our Savior cry out, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear?”
To declare the necessity of heeding the word of God, since without the instruction in our holy religion which we derive from that word we cannot know what we must do to please God, and save our souls.
How, then, does it happen that, notwithstanding the excellence of the divine word, there are so many bad Christians?
The fault is with men, who, though they hear the word of God, hear, read, and meditate superficially. The divine seed finds no moisture or root in their hearts; they are overgrown with the piercing thorns of cares, riches, and sensual lusts, so that the seed of the divine word is choked up, and can neither grow nor bear fruit.
What is the effect of the word of God when heeded?
To wash away sin, implant virtue, and create the world anew. Jeremias says: “Are not My words as a fire” (Jer. xxiii. 29) which bursts out from within, consuming the vapors of sin, drying up the marshes of vice, and killing the deep roots of bad habits? Again, it is “a hammer,” breaking in pieces the rocks of hardened hearts. St. Paul says: “It is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two-edged sword: reaching into the division of the soul and spirit, of the joints also and the marrow” (Heb. iv. 12) that is, cutting away from the spirit sensual lusts. St. James calls it a mirror, in which a man beholding himself and his sins becomes ashamed, and tries to get free from them (James i. 23). It is, finally, the good seed, which, falling upon good ground, yields fruit a hundredfold.
What must we do BEFORE a sermon?
St. Chrysostom asks, “Who pours a precious liquid into an unclean vessel, before he has washed it?” We should, therefore, cleanse our hearts before a sermon by contrition, for wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul (Wis. i. 4). As the ground to be sown must first be prepared, so must our hearts be cleansed, and made ready by a holy desire of learning what is good.
What must we do DURING a sermon?
We must listen attentively and respectfully, for it is God Who speaks to us through the preacher: “He that heareth you, heareth Me” (Luke x. 16). If an ambassador reading the letters of his king is listened to with great attention, quiet, and respect, says St. Chrysostom, how much greater veneration should we not pay to the minister of God announcing His holy will? Be careful, therefore, not to show contempt for the preacher, for that will reach back to God, Who has said, “He that despiseth you, despiseth Me” (Luke x. 16). Be careful not to apply what is said in the sermon to others, but rather take heed to thyself (i. Tim. iv. 16). If you are free from those sins which the sermon points at, thank God, arid pray that you may not fall into them.
What must we do AFTER a sermon?
We must endeavor to practice what we have heard;
for God justifies, not the hearers of the law, but only the doers (Rom. ii. 13)
of it. In order to practice what we hear in the sermon it is necessary, in the
first place, to keep it in our minds, to ponder it carefully and remember it.
Christ, therefore, blesses those who hear the word of God and keep it (Luke xi.
28). The seed cannot bring forth fruit if not well covered with good ground,
warmed by the sun, moistened by the rain and dew, and cared for in other ways.
Finally, pray often to God, that He may keep alive in you the divine truths
which you have heard.
O my God, I am covered with shame, because the seed of Thy divine word, which Thou hast so abundantly sown in my heart, has brought forth so little fruit. Have mercy, O Lord, and change my heart, that it may become good ground, in which Thy word may take root, thrive, grow, and finally bring forth the fruit of salvation, which Thou requirest of me. Amen.
Novena to the Holy Face
To prepare ourselves for union with God; I recommend we start a Novena to the Holy Face of Christ. I try to do this yearly in preparation for lent.
The Novena will end on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the day that Judas went to the Sanhedrin to betray Christ.
NOVENA TO THE HOLY FACE
The Golden Arrow
(as dictated by Our Lord to Sister
Marie of St. Peter)
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in Heaven, on Earth, and under the Earth by all the creatures of God and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son for the honor and glory of Thy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of the dying. Amen.
All those who honor My
Face in a spirit of reparation will by so doing perform the office of the pious
Veronica. According to the care they take in making reparation to My Face,
disfigured by blasphemers, so will I take care of their souls which have been
disfigured by sin. My Face is the seal of the Divinity, which has the virtue of
reproducing in souls the image of God.
Those who by
words, prayers or writing defend My cause
2. By offering My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing
will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained.
By My Holy Face,
they will work wonders, appease the anger of God, and draw down mercy on
As in a kingdom
they can procure all that is desired with a coin stamped with the King's
effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven they will obtain all they desire with the
precious coin of My Holy Face.
Those who on
earth contemplate the wounds of My Face shall in Heaven behold it radiant with
They will receive
in their souls a bright and constant irradiation of My Divinity, that by their
likeness to My Face they shall shine with particular splendor in Heaven.
I will defend
them, I will preserve them and I assure them of Final Perseverance.
Novena in Honor of
the Most Holy Face of Jesus
"I firmly wish that my
face reflecting the intimate pains of my soul, the suffering and love of my
heart, be more honored! Whoever gazes upon me already consoles me." (Our
Lord Jesus Christ to Sister Pierina)
DAILY PREPARATORY PRAYER
O Most Holy and Blessed
Trinity, through the intercession of Holy Mary, whose soul was pierced through
by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of her Divine Son, we ask your
help in making a perfect Novena of reparation with Jesus, united with all His
sorrows, love and total abandonment.
We now implore all the Angels
and Saints to intercede for us as we pray this Holy Novena to the Most Holy
Face of Jesus and for the glory of the most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy
"All those who,
attracted by my love, and venerating my countenance, shall receive, by virtue
of my humanity, a brilliant and vivid impression of my divinity. This splendor
shall enlighten the depths of their souls, so that in eternal glory the celestial
court shall marvel at the marked likeness of their features with my divine
countenance." (Our Lord Jesus Christ to St. Gertrude)
Holy Face and recite Daily Preparatory Prayer)
Psalm 51, 3-4.
Have mercy on me, O God in your goodness, in your great tenderness wipe away my faults; wash me clean of my guilt, purify me from my sin.
O most Holy Face of Jesus,
look with tenderness on us who are sinners. You are a merciful God, full of
love and compassion. Keep us pure of heart, so that we may see Thee always.
Mary, our Mother, intercede for us; Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Through the merits of your
precious blood and your Holy Face, O Jesus, grant us our petition, Pardon and
Prayer to Our Almighty Father
Father come into our hearts, and so fill us with your love that forsaking all
evil desires, we may embrace you, our only good. Show us, O Lord our God, what
you are to us. Say to our souls, I am your salvation, speak so that we may
hear. Our hearts are before you; open our ears; let us hasten after your voice.
Hide not your Face from us, we beseech you, O Lord. Open our hearts so that you
may enter in. Repair the ruined mansions, that you may dwell therein. Hear us,
O Heavenly Father, for the sake of your only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen.
Pray one (1) Our Father, (3) Hail Mary’s,
(1) Glory Be,
O Bleeding Face, O Face Divine, be every adoration Thine. (Three times)
Manhood of the Master
In 1913 the renowned Harry Emerich Fosdick wrote a 12-week study on the Manhood of Jesus Christ. Fosdick writes, “This work is not a portrait of the life of the Master or a study of his teaching. It is an endeavor to understand and appreciate the quality of his character. Neither this this work an attempted to contribution to the theology; it is an endeavor, rather, to get back behind the thoughts of the centuries about him, and to see the Man Christ Jesus himself as he lives in the pages of the gospels.
During the Lenten period we will utilize the work to come closer to Christ’s manhood using this source as fruit for a study of Christ. Hopefully our study will help us rise with Christ and become true sons of Mary and the Church.
World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day aims to save lives by raising awareness and educating the population about cancer. The day also serves to pressure governments and individuals to take action in order to prevent, treat and control cancers. Cancer is a heterogeneous group of diseases that result from abnormal cell growth and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. On February 4, 2000, World Cancer Day was officially established by the Paris Charter at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris. The Paris Charter sought to promote research for a cure, prevention, services for patients and support from the global community.
World Cancer Day Facts & Quotes
Breast, lung and prostate
cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States.
Approximately 70% of patients with lung cancer die, while only 16% and 14% of
patients with breast and prostate cancer suffer the same fate.
Childhood cancers are not
common. Less than 1% of all cancer diagnoses in a given year will be for a
child under the age of 15.
· Since cancer knows no boundaries, and individual countries cannot address the challenges of cancer in isolation, a new cooperative approach to research, advocacy, prevention and treatment must be established. - Paris Charter
World Cancer Day Top Events and Things to
Watch a documentary about
cancer and cancer related topics. Some of our favorites are: Understanding Cancer: The Enemy Within, Cancer: The Forbidden Cures and The Quest
for the Cures: Cancer.
Understand the risks of
smoking and urge those that you know to quit smoking. Smoking is the cause of
22% of the cancers every year.
Donate to cancer research
organizations. The American
Cancer Society accepts donations that
help with patient treatment and exhaustive research in the hopes of curing
Join the fundraising
activities to support cancer victims, their families and the continued research
efforts to find a cure. Many communities offer Walks for the Cure and
other types of fundraising events that can support cancer survivors or those currently
Learn to recognize some
of the general signs and symptoms of cancer. Although the signs and symptoms
differ from cancer type, these are some of the American Cancer Society's
general signs and symptoms:
1) the presence of an obvious mass (a bump)
2) unexplained weight loss
3) loss of appetite
4) frequent fevers.
Homemade Soup Day
When the cold winter winds are blowing and snow falls around your feet, nothing takes the chill away like a bowl of homemade soup! You may think that to make a pot of simmering heaven you would need to be highly skilled in the kitchen and have all day free. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! With some well used short cuts and easy, beginner-friendly recipes all over the internet, there is no reason why you can’t impress family and friends alike with a wonderful creation to celebrate Homemade Soup Day! Soup has been warming the stomachs of the masses for nearly 9000 years! It’s about time there was a day devoted to it! Not just any soup mind you. Do not even think about opening a boring, bland can of soup on Homemade Soup Day. It’s all about the fresh, easy, homemade kind of soup! It’s a good thing that it falls in one of the coldest months of the year, near the end of winter (or so we hope the end is near!). Meals and snacks can get a little boring and repetitive when there isn’t the abundance of fresh offerings. Taking some time to put together a pot of soup is a great way to break up the monotony. What are your favorite flavors? There are many easy recipes out there. Make some chicken soup, or tomato, or maybe something more adventurous? That is what today is all about. Experiment and try something new.
How to celebrate Homemade Soup Day
If you are new to creating culinary masterpieces you can use this day as a motivation to try something new. Already a kitchen wizard? Use today to gather up some friends and have a tasting of several different homemade soups. Or better yet have a cook off! Each friend shows up with their own homemade masterpiece and you and your friends have a lively night of fun to see whose soup is crowned the winner.
Looking for some inspiration? Try this recipe on for size!
32 oz Chicken Broth
4 c water
3 cups bite-size chicken
2 t seasoning
1/2 of a 12 oz. bag
2c frozen vegetables
(corn, peas, etc)
· Salt and pepper
In large stock pot, add
broth, water, chicken, and seasonings. (Add more seasoning to taste, if
desired.) Bring to a boil.
Add egg noodles and
continue boiling to cook noodles as directed on package. Soup is ready to serve
when the noodles are done. Season with salt and pepper to taste or allow your
guests to season their own.
Set this on the table
with a loaf of dark bread and you have a meal worthy of being part of the
celebration for Homemade Soup Day!
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER THREE-GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND
Article 3-THE CHURCH, MOTHER AND TEACHER
I. Moral Life and the Magisterium of the Church
2032 The Church, the
"pillar and bulwark of the truth," "has received this solemn
command of Christ from the apostles to announce the saving
truth." "To the Church belongs the right always and everywhere
to announce moral principles, including those pertaining to the social order,
and to make judgments on any human affairs to the extent that they are required
by the fundamental rights of the human person or the salvation of souls."
2033 The Magisterium of the
Pastors of the Church in moral matters is ordinarily exercised in catechesis
and preaching, with the help of the works of theologians and spiritual authors.
Thus from generation to generation, under the aegis and vigilance of the
pastors, the "deposit" of Christian moral teaching has been handed
on, a deposit composed of a characteristic body of rules, commandments, and
virtues proceeding from faith in Christ and animated by charity. Alongside the
Creed and the Our Father, the basis for this catechesis has traditionally been
the Decalogue which sets out the principles of moral life valid for all men.
2034 The Roman Pontiff and the
bishops are "authentic teachers, that is, teachers endowed with the
authority of Christ, who preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the
faith to be believed and put into practice." The ordinary and
universal Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him teach
the faithful the truth to believe, the charity to practice, the beatitude to
2035 The supreme degree of
participation in the authority of Christ is ensured by the charism of
infallibility. This infallibility extends as far as does the deposit of divine
Revelation; it also extends to all those elements of doctrine, including morals,
without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, explained, or
2036 The authority of the
Magisterium extends also to the specific precepts of the natural law, because
their observance, demanded by the Creator, is necessary for salvation. In
recalling the prescriptions of the natural law, the Magisterium of the Church
exercises an essential part of its prophetic office of proclaiming to men what
they truly are and reminding them of what they should be before God.
2037 The law of God entrusted
to the Church is taught to the faithful as the way of life and truth. The
faithful therefore have the right to be instructed in the divine saving
precepts that purify judgment and, with grace, heal wounded human
reason. They have the duty of observing the constitutions and decrees
conveyed by the legitimate authority of the Church. Even if they concern
disciplinary matters, these determinations call for docility in charity.
2038 In the work of teaching
and applying Christian morality, the Church needs the dedication of pastors,
the knowledge of theologians, and the contribution of all Christians and men of
good will. Faith and the practice of the Gospel provide each person with an
experience of life "in Christ," who enlightens him and makes him able
to evaluate the divine and human realities according to the Spirit of
God. Thus the Holy Spirit can use the humblest to enlighten the learned
and those in the highest positions.
2039 Ministries should be
exercised in a spirit of fraternal service and dedication to the Church, in the
name of the Lord. At the same time the conscience of each person should
avoid confining itself to individualistic considerations in its moral judgments
of the person's own acts. As far as possible conscience should take account of
the good of all, as expressed in the moral law, natural and revealed, and
consequently in the law of the Church and in the authoritative teaching of the
Magisterium on moral questions. Personal conscience and reason should not be
set in opposition to the moral law or the Magisterium of the Church.
2040 Thus a true filial spirit
toward the Church can develop among Christians. It is the normal flowering of
the baptismal grace which has begotten us in the womb of the Church and made us
members of the Body of Christ. In her motherly care, the Church grants us the
mercy of God which prevails over all our sins and is especially at work in the
sacrament of reconciliation. With a mother's foresight, she also lavishes on us
day after day in her liturgy the nourishment of the Word and Eucharist of the
Today in honor of the Holy Trinity do the Divine Office giving your day
to God. To honor God REST: no shopping after 6 pm Saturday till Monday. Don’t
forget the internet.
John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership
Abraham Lincoln February 12