St. Angela Merici, pray for us.
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3-4)
St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, humbled herself in the service of the young, by founding schools for young women. May her example of spiritual motherhood and the importance she put on the education of young women inspire us.
St. Angela Merici, pray for us.
"To dwell in the Spirit of the Lord and to be receivers of the divine life is the ultimate goal of the spiritual life. Yet this goal is so close to us. It is within our souls. We need only to enter into the holiness of the Trinity dwelling within us and fully embrace it. It is the relationship that God yearns to have with each one of us. Let us turn our lives from all that is not God and follow the way of holiness, and be safe within His loving arms." -Magnificat
"No longer will I hide my face from them, for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God." (Ez 39:29)
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you." (Lk 15:18)
The story of the prodigal son is the story of each one of us when we choose, foolishly, to cast away the home we have with God for a cold and hungry exile. Let us never hesitate to return and confess our sins, for we will always find the prodigal's welcome from a Father who loves us more than we can ever imagine."
Join with us in prayer today as we remember the unborn, for the healing of all those affected by abortion, in reparation for all sins against the sanctity of human life and for the conversion of our society - to return to the Merciful Father.
Return of the Prodigal Son by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
“How do we pray? Do we pray piously and calmly out of habit or do we place ourselves courageously before the Lord to ask for grace, to ask for what we are praying for? Prayer that is not courageous is not real prayer." - Pope Francis
Francis, Go and REBUILD my Church! St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Reparation because of his call by God to "repair" the Church.
We were blessed to spend a time of prayer and penance with Padre Umile and the Franciscan Friars in Sicily at a very austere monastery built in the 15th century. It was a rigorous schedule getting up every night from 1am to 2am for a Holy Hour and the Liturgy of the Hours, and a blessed experience to reflect on the love of Christ coming to us as man. On our return we were able to pray at the Holy Doors in Rome for you and all those we have promised to pray for! We brought you with us in prayer! We encourage you to make a visit to the Holy Doors whether in Rome or close to home. During the Year of Mercy you can obtain a plenary indulgence by visiting the Holy Doors at a church designated in your Diocese. Pope Francis is extending the graces of the Year of Mercy to many churches throughout the world. To find out more visit: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/12/17/pope-francis-stresses-that-the-year-of-mercy-is-worldwide/