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October 28, 2016, 8:32 pm

Prayers for Holy Souls in Purgatory

Feast of All Saints and All Souls 2016 - Have you lost a loved one who passed away, or know someone who has? Prayers for souls in purgatory can help them! While we can derive great comfort from the hope that our loved ones are enjoying Eternal Life with God, it never hurts to pray for their souls now and in the future.

In purgatory, the souls of many of those who have died in God's grace undergo purification so that they may enter heaven.

The Prayer of St. Gertrude, below, is one of the most famous of the prayers for souls in purgatory. St. Gertrude the Great was a Benedictine nun and mystic who lived in the 13th century. According to tradition, our Lord promised her that 1000 souls would be released from purgatory each time it is said devoutly.

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen"

Many of the Fathers of the Church, such as St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom, considered prayers for souls in purgatory to be essential. The church has endorsed the doctrine of purgatory from the Councils of Florence and Trent in the 15th and 16th centuries right up through Vatican II in the 1960's.

The most famous scriptural reference, among others, concerning these prayers comes from the Old Testament where it is called "a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins" (2 Macabees 12:46).

November is traditionally an especially important month to pray for those in purgatory, and many visit the graves of the departed on All Souls' Day, November 2nd.

Remember to pray for all your loved ones this November living and deceased.

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October 24, 2016, 10:44 pm

Saint John Paul II Reflection

October 22, 2016 - Today is Saint John Paul II's feast day. Let us remember his legacy and pray for all our intentions with some of his famous quotes in mind.

"The liberating message of the Gospel of Life has been put into your hands... Like the great Apostle Paul, you too must feel the full urgency of the task. ... This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops!" - Homily at World Youth Day, Denver, August 15th, 1993.

"We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the "culture of death" and the "culture of life". We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life." - Evangelium Vitae, 28.

"It is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

"It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal." - Address at World Youth Day, Rome, August 19th, 2000.

"Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ!" - Homily at Mass for his inauguration as Pope, October 22nd, 1978.

"A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying." - Address to the new ambassador of New Zealand to the Holy See, May 25th, 2000.

"There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us.

"And on the far side of every cross we find the newness of life in the Holy Spirit, that new life which will reach its fulfillment in the resurrection. This is our faith. This is our witness before the world." - Homily in Baltimore, MD, October 8th, 1995.

"We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery - the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!" - Angelus given in Adelaide, Australia, November 30th, 1986.

"As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live." -
Homily in Perth, Australia, November 30th, 1986.

Saint John Paul II, pray for us and our Nation.

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October 20, 2016, 2:00 pm

Vote Vote Vote 2016

Scottsdale, AZ - As November 8th draws near and our National Election of Leadership for our Country, let us vote according to God's Commandments and our Christian values. Following is a prayer for the Election asking Our Blessed Virgin Mary's guidance and intercession:

"O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care.
Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.

Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God's law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life." - EWTN Prayer

Vote, Vote, Vote! Every vote counts and has eternal value, which affirms life and promotes Christian family values. Your vote makes a difference to God and history.

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October 16, 2016, 2:39 pm

Five New Saints Canonized by Pope Francis

Vatican City - Pope Francis will canonize five new saints today, including the French Carmelite mystic, Elizabeth of the Trinity; the "Bishop of the Tabernacle"; and a Roman Catholic Brother martyred during the French Revolution for refusing to swear allegiance to the new government.

Presiding at the Mass celebration Pope Francis decreed that the following blesseds are enrolled in the canon of saints as of Sunday, October 16, 2016:

- Salomone Leclercq (born: Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclercq), a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, was martyred during the French Revolution. Leclercq was killed in 1792 after he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new French government almost two weeks before the kingdom was dissolved. He was killed in the garden of a Carmelite convent (which had been turned into a prison) around a fortnight after he had been arrested and imprisoned in Paris.

- Manuel Gonzlez Garca was Bishop of Palencia, Spain, from 1935 until his death. He was the founder of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth and also established both the Disciples of Saint John and the Children of Reparation. He was known for his strong devotion to the Eucharist and became known as the "Bishop of the Tabernacle."

- Lodovico Pavoni was a Roman Catholic priest from the northern Italian city of Brescia, located in the region of Lombardy. In 1825 he founded the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate, a congregation dedicated to forming and educating young men, which later expanded to serve the deaf and blind.

- Alfonso Maria Fusco (March 23, 1839 - February 6, 1910) was an Italian priest and founder of the Sisters of Saint John the Baptist. The new congregation's mission was to evangelize, educate, and promote the Catholic Faith among adolescents, especially the poor or abandoned. Blessed Alfonso's birth has been attributed, in part, to the intercession of St. Alphonsus de Ligouri. After his parents married, they visited the tomb of the saint. A Redemptorist priest assured them at the time: "You will have a son; you will name him Alfonso; he will become a priest and will live the life of Blessed Alphonsus." Two months after the birth of Alfonso (the first of the couple's five children), Alphonsus de Ligouri was canonized.

- Elizabeth of the Trinity (born: Elizabeth Catez) was a French professed nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, a mystic and spiritual writer, and has been described as the "sister in the Spirit" of St. Thrse of Lisieux. Before entering Carmel, Elizabeth received several offers of marriage but declined them to fulfill her desire to give herself wholly to God as a cloistered contemplative religious. Known for her focus on the indwelling presence of the Trinity in the baptized soul, after entering the Dijon Carmel in France on August 2, 1901, she said: "I find Him everywhere, while doing the wash as well as while praying." Just five years after her entrance into Carmel, Elizabeth died at the age of 26 from Addison's disease. Her last words were: "I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!" She also said before her death: "I think that in heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself." A true contemplative, she once wrote: "We shall not be purified by looking at our miseries, but by gazing on Him who is all purity and holiness."

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October 11, 2016, 11:20 pm

Fatima's First Apparition

Fatima, Portugal - The first apparition at Fatima teaches us to pray for souls.

"In the spring of 1916 Luci,, Francisco and Jacinta, had their first encounter with a heavenly messenger. Writing in her memoirs, composed under obedience to the Bishop, Lucia tells of that first meeting.

We went on that occasion to my parents' property, which is at the bottom of the Cabeco, facing east. It is called Chousa Velha.

About the middle of the morning it began to drizzle and we climbed up the hill, followed by our sheep, in search of a rock that would shelter us. And so it was that we entered for the first time into that blessed place. It is in the middle of an olive grove that belongs to my godfather, Anastacio. From there one can see the village where I was born, my father's house, and also Casa Velha and Eira da Pedra. The olive grove, which really belongs to several people, extends as far as these places.

We spent the day there, in spite of the fact that the rain had stopped and the sun was shining in a clear sky. We ate our lunch and began to say the Rosary. After that we began to play a game with pebbles. We had only been at it a few moments when a strong wind began to shake the trees and we looked up to see what was happening, since it was such a calm day. And then we began to see, in the distance, above the trees that stretched to the east, a light whiter than snow in the form of a young man, quite transparent, and as brilliant as crystal in the rays of the sun. As he came near we were able to see his features. We were astonished and absorbed and we said nothing to one another. And then he said:

'Do not be afraid. I am the angel of peace. Pray with me.

He knelt, bending his forehead to the ground. With a supernatural impulse we did the same, repeating the words we heard him say:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.

After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us:

Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you.

And he disappeared. He left us in an atmosphere of the supernatural that was so intense we were for a long time unaware of our own existence. The presence of God was so powerful and intimate that even among ourselves we could not speak. On the next day, too, this same atmosphere held us bound, and it lessened and disappeared only gradually. None of us thought of talking about this apparition or any pledge of secrecy. We were locked in silence without having willed it.

The intense effect that the apparition of the Angel had on the children, quite different from the more serene experience of the Virgin the following year. Lucia states,

'I don't know why, but the apparitions of our Lady produced in us effects quite different from the angel's visitations we felt in both instances the same intimate happiness, peace and joy, but instead of the physical prostration the angel imposed, our Lady brought a feeling of expansion and freedom; and instead of this annihilation in the divine presence, we wished only to exult in our joy. There was no difficulty of speech when our Lady appeared; there was rather on my part a desire to communicate.

This difference can perhaps be explained in this way. The angels of whatever choir share in common with God a spiritual nature, unmixed with matter. The goodness of their being, filled with the divine justice according to the degree of glory granted to each, radiates that holiness unmediated, though proportioned to the capacity of human beings to experience it. Not without reason Scripture shows how easily an angel appearing to men can be confused with God Himself (Rev 19:10, 22;9). When our Lady appears, however, although her glory is greater than that of the highest seraphim her human nature cloaks that glory in the familiar, just as did Our Lord's human nature, even after the Resurrection.

Although the angels, too, can appear in more mundane fashion, it must have suited the divine purposes to reveal to the children something of the holiness of God. Lucia tells us of the lingering effect it had on them.

His words sank so deeply into our minds that we never forgot them, and ever after we used to spend long periods on our knees repeating them, sometimes until we fell down exhausted.'" - EWTN Fatima Apparition Spring 1916

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October 10, 2016, 11:30 pm

The 100th Anniversary of Apparitions at Fatima

October 13, 2016 - As our year long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions begins, let us recall the legacy of the message of Fatima and its powerful revelations which have changed the world, healed thousands of souls and shaped the course of history.

"The most important dimension of the Fatima event was not the supernatural and preternatural phenomena but the content and the meaning of the message communicated to the children. By following this message their spiritual lives were elevated to the heights of sanctity, to which the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco testifies, and the hope and possibility of the conversion of the world from its ruinous course was offered to mankind.

This message can be seen as comprising two essential elements, to which all others can be related in some way. The first of these elements is the singular role of the Immaculate One in the economy of salvation, a dogmatic fact. God does not have whims, and so the request of the Almighty that devotion to the Immaculate Heart be established in the world must be founded on reality and presumes that such devotion is justly given to the Mother of God.

The second of these elements involves the practical order, the value of devotion to the Immaculate Heart for the individual life and for the future of the human race. To this element are connected the various spiritual practices encouraged by the Angel and by the Lady, as well as the prophetic content of the message, upon which the fate of the world depends. Without the first element, the dogmatic, the practical dimension of the message of Fatima would be entirely arbitrary." - From EWTN Home Page

Our Lady of Fatima pray for us and all souls who are in special need, especially the sick, the poor, the dying, the homeless, victims of war and violence and all those who suffer.

"Hail Mary full of grace, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen'

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October 10, 2016, 11:23 pm

100th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions

October 13, 2016 - As our year long celebration of the 100th Annivesary of the Fatima Apparitions begins, let us recall the legacy of the message of Fatima and its powerful revelations which have changed the world, healed thousands of souls and shaped the course of history.

"The most important dimension of the Ftima event was not the supernatural and preternatural phenomena but the content and the meaning of the message communicated to the children. By following this message their spiritual lives were elevated to the heights of sanctity, to which the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco testifies, and the hope and possibility of the conversion of the world from its ruinous course was offered to mankind.

This message can be seen as comprising two essential elements, to which all others can be related in some way. The first of these elements is the singular role of the Immaculate One in the economy of salvation, a dogmatic fact. God does not have whims, and so the request of the Almighty that devotion to the Immaculate Heart be established in the world must be founded on reality and presumes that such devotion is justly given to the Mother of God.

The second of these elements involves the practical order, the value of devotion to the Immaculate Heart for the individual life and for the future of the human race. To this element are connected the various spiritual practices encouraged by the Angel and by the Lady, as well as the prophetic content of the message, upon which the fate of the world depends. Without the first element, the dogmatic, the practical dimension of the message of Ftima would be entirely arbitrary." - From EWTN Home Page

Our Lady of Fatima pray for us and all souls who are in special need, especially the sick, the poor, the dying, the homeless, victims of war and violence and all those who suffer.

"Hail Mary full of grace, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen'

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October 7, 2016, 2:06 pm

Consecreation to Mary

October 7, 2016 - As we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, let us consecrate our lives to Mary and ask for her prayers and help throughout of lives. Let us live with Mary and Jesus as our constant companions. All for God's glory! Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. - ipraytoday prayer team

Consecration to Mary:

"O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.

We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families, our country.
We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion.

We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him.
We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day.

We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do.

Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves whole heartedly to the service of thy blessed family, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in heaven. so on earth. Amen." - EWTN Marian Prayer

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October 6, 2016, 2:09 pm

Saint Faustina Pray for us!

October 5, 2016 - As we celebrate the memorial of Saint Faustina, we ask for your continued prayers and good works for all those souls in need of God's mercy, especially the sick, the poor, the homeless, the dying, and all those who are suffering because of war, violence or abuse. May our Lord's most merciful heart and providential care provide the assistance and healing needed.

"Eternal Father I offer you the Body, blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of your sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." - from the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. - the ipraytoday prayer team

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October 3, 2016, 11:25 pm

Saint Francis Pray for Us!

Feast of Saint Francis - Let us entrust our prayers for creation and respect for all life to Saint Francis as we celebrate his Feast day on October 4th.

"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life."

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October 2, 2016, 2:52 pm

Saint Therese' Daily Prayer

October 1, 2016 - Let us God for the gift of Saint Therese, her intercession and the many blessings we have received because of her witness and little way of serving the Lord. Following is a prayer written by Little Therese, may it inspire your prayer and service in God.

A MORNING PRAYER WRITTEN BY ST. THERESE

"O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen."

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October 1, 2016, 12:05 am

Pope Francis in Georgia

Georgia, Russia - Pope Francis is visiting Russia and gathers with the Eastern Religious leaders to pray for peace and highlight the needs of all peoples and nations for basic human rights and freedoms. Let us pray for the safety of the Pope and blessings on all who meet and greet him.

Lord, we lift up all of Pope Francis' intentions as he visits Georgia and Azerbaijan. May your perfect will be accomplished as he travels in your name. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for all families and nations during this holy visit. Amen

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