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Tue May 23, 2006 7:27 am
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I found it helpful to come up with my own Fourteen Holy Helpers. The original ones were not Saints to whom I had a particular devotion, but I liked the idea. Coming up with my own list made me reflect deeply on sanctity, on the variety of God's graces, trust in the Church's teachings on the importance of prayer to Saints etc... James is my Name Saint, and I was born on the feast of St Francis Xavier so I figured Providence was trying to tell me something... But the rest I just "click" with in some special way. Maybe this could be a good spiritual exercise for others, just to draw up this list of Helpers. And certainly having fourteen saints you pray to every day would be a blessing. I suppose the whole point of devotions is to reenforce general doctrine on the particular level.

MY FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS

St James the Great (help in accepting the chalice of suffering as a means to closer union with Jesus)
St Francis Xavier (help in trusting in Providence: God knows when I should be born, die, be a Catholic)
St Francis of Assisi (help in keeping a joyful heart)
St Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face (help in trusting in the Love of the Heavenly Father)
St Francis de Sales (the perfect Christian gentleman, help in writing for the good of souls)
St John the Baptist (help in being humble, in recognizing the Truth about Jesus)
St Luke (help in recalling the deeds and words of the Lord Jesus at all times)
St Paul (help in maintaining zeal for souls, awareness that all that is not Christ is loss)
St Thomas Aquinas (help in keeping a clear head amidst theological storm and stress, in honoring Reason)
St Joan of Arc (help in doing God's will even if it leads to conflict with "Churchmen" of a certain kind)
St Charles of Sezze (little-known Franciscan brother I just like a lot, help in just getting to heaven)
St Isaac Jogues (my childhood hero, fellow New Yorker, help in remembering past Graces)
St Philip Neri (help in turning anger over the ways of this world to good humor and yearning for Heaven)
St Pius X (help in... well, this one is just too obvious...)

NOTE: Charles of Sezze was canonized by John XXIII. I don't quite know what I make of that yet as regards his being called a Saint. I need to pray to St Francis Xavier and St Thomas on this one...


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I have a very different devotion that I would like to share. I found out that St. Pious X was a smoker and I prayed for his help in quitting. I really was afraid of the cravings and urges with quitting smoking, so I prayed that I could quit with a mininmal amount of regret and cravings. My prayers were answered 8 years ago and I quit without and regret or suffering. So if you want to quit or know someone who should or wants , pray for the guidance from St. Pius X. just my way of sharing


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A devotion I have experienced personally to be helpful is devotion to the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

They, out of all the members of the church, suffer the greatest pains and are in need of our prayers. And if we help them (which is our duty in charity anyway), God will also be inclined to show mercy to towards us.

Prayer from St. Gertrude the Great,

"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"


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New post HERE IS TRADITIONAL NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST - starts today
THE NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

BEGIN FRIDAY AFTER THE ASCENSION – MAY 26, 2006 AD
END SATURDAY, JUNE 3 - BEFORE PENTECOST SUNDAY


NINE DAYS OF PRAYER IN UNION WITH THE BLESSED MOTHER AND APOSTLES IN UPPER ROOM.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST: (said each day)

On my knees / before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses / I offer myself, soul and body / to Thee O Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Thy purity / the unerring keeness of Thy justice / and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength / and Light of my soul. / In Thee I live and move and am. / I desire never to grieve Thee / Mercifully guard my every thought / and grant that I may always watch for Thy light / and listen to Thy voice / and follow Thy gracious inspirations. / I cling to Thee / and give myself to Thee / and ask Thee / by Thy compassion / to watch over me in my weakness. / Holding the pierced feet of Jesus / and looking at His five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood / and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart / I implore Thee / Adorable Spirit / Helper of my infirmity, / so to keep me in Thy grace / that I may never sin against Thee. / Give me grace / O Holy Ghost, / Spirit of the Father and of the Son / to say to Thee always and everywhere / "Speak, Lord / for Thy servant heareth."

PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST: (said each day)

O Lord Jesus Christ / Who, before ascending into heaven / did promise to send the Holy Ghost / to finish Thy work / in the souls of Thine Apostles and Disciples / deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me / that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Thy grace and Thy love. / Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom / that I may despise the perishable things of this world / and aspire only after the things / that are eternal, / the Spirit of Counsel / that I may ever choose / the surest way of pleasing God / and gaining heaven, / the Spirit of Fortitude / that I may bear my cross with Thee / and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, / the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself / and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, / the Spirit of Piety / that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, / the Spirit of Fear of the Lord / that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. / Mark me, dear Lord, / with the sign of Thy true disciples / and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. / Amen.

FIRST DAY

Holy Spirit! Lord of light!
From Thy clear celestial height,
Thy pure beaming radiance give!

The Holy Ghost: Only one thing is important ~ eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared ~ sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us."

Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy 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.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

SECOND DAY

Come Thou, Father of the poor!
Come, treasure which endure!
Come Thou, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Holy Fear: The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the 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."

Prayer: Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

THIRD DAY

Thou, of all consolers, best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety: The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires 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.

Prayer: Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle 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.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri to the Father - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

FOURTH DAY

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

The Gift of Piety: By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will, an impulse and energy which move it to undertake 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."

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

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once


FIFTH DAY

Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill!

The Gift of Knowledge: The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth ~ in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretence 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 possesseth it."

Prayer: Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

SIXTH DAY

If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay,
All his good is turned to ill.

The Gift of Understanding: Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding we 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."

Prayer: Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory, to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

SEVENTH DAY

Heal our wounds ~ our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew!
Wash the stains of guilt away!

The Gift of Counsel The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly, what must be 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."

Prayer Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

EIGHTH DAY

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray!

The Gift of Wisdom: Embodying 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 come 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 enlightens the 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 Saviour: "Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light."

Prayer: Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power, and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them forever. Amen.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

NINTH DAY

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess, and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

The Fruits of the Holy Ghost: The gifts of the Holy Ghost 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 Ghost, 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 Ghost. These Fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive, and become a powerful incentive for still greater effort in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

Prayer: Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits: charity, joy, peace, patience, long-suffering, benignity goodness, faith, mildness, and modesty, continency and chastity, 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 in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Pater Noster and Ave Maria - Once
Gloria Patri - Seven times

Act of Consecration and Prayer for the Seven Gifts - Once

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New post Correction: 4th Day - Gift of Fortitude
Pax et Bonum.

Sorry everyone. The Gift of Fortitude is the 4th day - today. It got by me. (Piety is 3rd Day).
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New post JUNE - MONTH OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS - LITANY HERE
LITANY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray

Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction

which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek

Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.
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Not sure if this would be considered a devotion - but it is a meditation that is well to be said daily. I think it is especially good to repeat if you or if the children are feeling an urge to complain of boredom.

Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life,-
God to glorify,
Jesus to imitate,
The angels and saints to invoke,
A soul to save,
A body to mortify,
Sins to expiate,
Virtues to acquire,
Hell to avoid
Heaven to gain,
Eternity to prepare for,
Time to profit of,
Neighbors to edify,
The world to despise,
Devils to combat,
Passions to subdue,
Death perhaps to suffer,
And Judgment to undergo.

ETA
(this is from The Golden Manual 1873 *yes I have two, the other dated 1855 does not contain this meditation)

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Drosera wrote:
Not sure if this would be considered a devotion - but it is a meditation that is well to be said daily.


Ah yes, I love that little meditation. Thanks for posting it.

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Day 4 - June 4th

From Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:


HEART OF JESUS, OF INFINITE MAJESTY, HAVE MERCY ON US.




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June 5th - From Litany of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:

5th intercession:

HEART OF JESUS, HOLY TEMPLE OF GOD, HAVE MERCY ON US.



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Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord

Thy way, not mine, O Lord.
However dark it be:
Lead me by Thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me.
Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;

Choose Thou for me, my God,
So shall I walk aright

Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill.

As best to Thee may seem;
Choose Thou my good and ill.

Choose Thou for me my friends,
My sickness, or my health;

Choose Thou my cares for me,
My poverty or my wealth.

Not mine, not mine the choice,
in things neither great or small;

Be Thou my guide my strength,
My wisdom, and my all.


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