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June 26, 2014, 4:04 pm

Blessings on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of the Sacred Heart - Please join us in prayer as we lift up all souls who are suffering from a broken heart for whatever reason. May our prayers for them be a source of comfort and grace through the intercession of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These Feast days remind us to be thankful for the Great Mercy of God and the out-pouring of His love on all souls. In God, nothing is impossible, so we should never despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to His holy will, which is love and mercy itself.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy life and a happy death. Amen.

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June 24, 2014, 3:01 pm

Prayer for the Fortnight for Freedom

Washington, DC - The United States Conference of Bishops request we pray this "Fortnight for Freedom Prayer" from now until July 4th:

Fortnight for Freedom Prayer

"O God our Creator, from your providential hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience for all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, Heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all our sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and ever danger overcome - for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us - this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen"

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June 19, 2014, 7:42 pm

Fortnight for Freedom June 21 - July 4th

WASHINGTON D.C. - Dioceses across the country are preparing for the upcoming and Fortnight for freedom now in its second year by organizing a variety of prayer and educational activities with a religious liberty theme.

The purpose of the Fortnight for Freedom is "to educate people about the nature of religious freedom (and) to point out intrusions against religious liberty," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore in a video posted online by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In addition, the fortnight aims to show "how people exercising their religious freedom enriches society in terms of charity, education and really building what we would call a civilization of love," he said.

Archbishop Lori, who is the chair of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, explained that the Fortnight for Freedom will run from June 21 to July 4. The two-week initiative will highlight threats to religious liberty in various areas, such as immigration, health care, marriage and humanitarian services.

Among these threats to religious freedom is a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services to require employers to offer health insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortions.

Lord, conquer evil with good; injustice with mercy, a lack of conscience with the many virtues of goodness and a world wide respect for life. Through your intercession influence policy and law makers with your wisdom and your plan for Divine Providence. Let love, prudence and freedom prevail in our society and throughout the world. May thy will be done and thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

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June 17, 2014, 10:50 pm

Fr Kenneth Walker and Fr Joseph Terra, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ - It has been one week since the murder of Father Kenneth Walker, age 28 at Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix, AZ. Father Joseph Terra was also beaten and sustained multiple injuries as well. Everyone is in shock. How could this happen in the United States? Yet millions of Christians are being persecuted and risk death for their beliefs in the Middle East, Asia and Africa every day. There have been more martyrs in the twentieth century than ever before. When will the violence end?

Let us continue to pray for the end of violence in the world. Too many innocent women, children, clergy and religious are being killed for their beliefs.

Lord, we ask for eternal rest for all those who have died for being Christian. Grant their families continued comfort and consolation. We ask for Divine protection, intervention and deliverance for all peoples and religious in war-torn countries.

Lord, hear the cry of the poor, the homeless and the victims of war. Come to their aid. Change the hearts of all mankind so all may seek peace, not war; so children may be safe in their homes and our priests may be safe in their churches. No more war! We beg for peace in Iraq, Syria and in the deserts of the Sudan. We beg for peace in our homes, on our streets and in our schools.

Mary, Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.
Jesus, Our Savior and Redeemer, have mercy.
Holy Trinity, Author of life, protect all your children now and forever. Amen

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June 11, 2014, 10:41 pm

Blessings on All Fathers

Father's Day Prayer 2014 - "Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.

Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children's love and respect. Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us praise those men who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us." - Prayer by K. Loadman

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June 10, 2014, 11:15 pm

Miracle Baby James Fulton Engstrom

Illinois - On September 16, 2010 James Fulton Engstrom became a miracle child who continues to inspire us all. He was delivered at home stillborn. CPR was administered, 911 was called, James was transported to a hospital, and after 61 minutes of being without a pulse - just as the doctors were preparing his death certificate - baby James came back to life.

The doctors believed there would be massive organ damage from the lack of oxygen which might meant James would die very soon. When he didn't die they believed he might be a "vegetable". When it was clear that he wouldn't be dependent on machines they warned his family that he would be severely disabled.

From the very beginning and throughout it all the Engstrom family and friends prayed for full restoration of Baby James through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The newborn, who was clinically dead for 61 minutes, became a witness of God's love and miraculous intervention instead. His family attributes the miraculous recovery to the intercession of Archbishop Sheen.

Over many months it became increasingly clear to all that God had answered their prayers through the intercession of Bishop Sheen. Believing that God had worked a miracle the Engstrom family contacted the Sheen Foundation. This started the investigative tribunal process into the miracle for the beatification Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

On June 28, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI declared Fulton Sheen "Venerable". The Sheen Foundation has submitted James' story as the official alleged miracle for the beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Baby James is now four and enjoying a normal life. Let us thank God for this miracle and the many untold miracles we know of in our lives. Let us thank God for the out-pouring of His Holy Spirit and the many miracles we experience each day. Thank you Lord for making each day a new Pentecost.

Lord, we thank you for your servant Archbishop Fulton Sheen and ask you to raise him to the highest honors of your Church. May he continue his life of love and service in the company of your saints all for your glory. Amen

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June 6, 2014, 8:07 pm

Gifts of Pentecost 2014

Pentecost 2014 - Pray with us for the Gifts of Pentecost on all those who enter and pray with us.

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Act of Consecration: Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Fear fill us with a sovereign respect for God, and make us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. Fear arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is this fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

The Gift of Piety beget in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. Inspire us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Kindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

The Gift of Fortitude strengthen our souls against natural fear, and support us to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to under take without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain our efforts after holiness, strengthen our weakness, give us courage against all the assaults of our enemies, that we may never be overcome and separated from Thee, our God and greatest Good. Amen.

The Gift of Knowledge enable our souls to evaluate created things at their true worth - in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesses it."

The Gift of Understanding help us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion by faith we know them, but by Understanding help us learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Gift of Counsel endow us with supernatural prudence, enabling us to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.

The Gift of Wisdom embody all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written "all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlighten our mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light.

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. May these Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, who is to reign forever.

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee! Amen

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June 3, 2014, 10:32 pm

Healing of Broken Relationships

Washington, DC - The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us remember all those suffering from loss and separation due to broken relationships. Thousands of families each year experience the tragedy of divorce and emotional scarring due to unresolved issues and the inability to communicate.

Lord, we entrust to you all children and family members, who are suffering due to a lack of love and solidarity in their relationships. Let there be peace where there is division; healing where there are deep emotional wounds; communication where there is discord and respect where there is abuse and selfishness. We ask this through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Amen

Please pray this morning offering for the end of violence and the blessing of all families:

"O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our Pope, our Bishops, Priests and all the Laity. May your Sacred Heart be honored and adored in all tabernacles and homes throughout the world. Amen"

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