Our Lady of America, Pray for Us

USA7Happy Independence Day!  As we celebrate the birth of our nation, let’s pray for true independence for every soul: freedom from sin and all those things which keep us from loving God with our whole heart.

Below is a beautiful prayer to Our Lady of America, written by Sister Mary Ephrem, a Precious Blood Sister, to whom Our Lady appeared in the 1950s. The apparitions were approved, and actively promoted, by the former Archbishop of Cincinnati, Paul Leibold.  Our Lady called all Americans to turn from sin and live lives of purity, so that America could lead the world in purity and peace.  We know what you’re thinking – was Our Lady talking about the right country?  But with God all things are possible, and where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.  God’s grace is powerful, and when we cooperate with His plan by living in fidelity, there is no miracle He can’t perform.

Oh Immaculate Mother, Queen of our country, open our hearts, our homes, and our land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of God’s light shining in and about you. Be our leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, Who loves us with infinite charity.

We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil, without God and without your loving maternal care.

We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our Land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and our God, may be firmly established in us.

We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire.

Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate, with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments of peace among men and nations. Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us.

May your valiant spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints, assist you and us in “renewing the face of the earth.” Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom, where your Son reigns forever as King.

Amen.

Read Sr. Ephrem’s account of the messages of Our Lady, as well as those of Our Lord, St. Joseph, and the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.  They are beautiful messages and quite timely, as they speak of God’s desire for us to live in sanctifying grace, and for our families to be holy, modeled on the Holy Family of Nazareth.

By thy Holy and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, deliver us from evil.

Protecting Religious Liberty in Texas

the_village_weddingWe hope you have been reading the statements from the US bishops reaffirming their commitment to the Church’s teaching about marriage.  Civic leaders have been speaking out as well.  We are proud of our own Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, for his commitment to defend the religious liberty of all Texans and their belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.  Here is the statement he released after the Supreme Court handed down its decision to legalize so-called same-sex marriage:

The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.

Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.

The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.

As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans—including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.

Pray for Gov. Abbott, and all civic leaders, that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit as they seek to protect and defend traditional marriage, the family, and religious liberty.

Prayer for the Governor and Civic Leaders

God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the Governor and other civic leaders of this great state.
May they always seek
the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy.
Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protection
to lead their people with honesty and integrity.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The Two Pillars

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 2.39.20 PMIt’s the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul! Today is one of our most favorite feast days of the entire liturgical year.  What hope it gives us to meditate on these two men – one a betrayer, the other a murderer – who became such loyal friends of Our Lord that we call them the two Pillars of the Church.  They witnessed to Christ, even to the shedding of their blood.  How differently one looks at martyrdom in today cultural climate.  It’s no longer a romantic idea from the distant past.  We see it on the news weekly, if not daily, as Christians in the Middle East are brutally slaughtered for confessing Christ.  And as the hostility toward Christianity escalates in our own nation, we should consider that white martyrdom may not be the only kind of martyrdom to which we are called.  May we be strengthened by the example and intercession of Saints Peter and Paul, who loved Jesus unto death.

Petitions to St. Peter and St. Paul

O holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, I choose you this day and forever to be my special patrons and advocates; thee, Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because thou art the Rock, upon which Almighty God hath built His Church; thee, Saint Paul, because thou wast fore-chosen by God as the Vessel of election and the Preacher of truth in the whole world. Obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith, firm hope, and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, attention in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be able to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for endless ages, to enjoy His presence and love Him forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

V. Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.
R. They shall be mindful of Thy name, O Lord.

Let us pray:

O God, Whose right hand raised up blessed Peter, when he walked upon the water and began to sink, and thrice delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul from the depths of the sea, when he suffered shipwreck: graciously hear us and grant, by the merits of them both, that we also may attain unto everlasting glory: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen

(An Indulgence of 500 days.)

We found the above prayer here, and there are more beautiful prayers and information to be found there about today’s feast.

“Do not fear, only believe.”

Gabriel_Max,_La_Résurrection_de_la_fille_de_Jaïre_(1878)This has been a hard week for our nation. Followers of Christ may be tempted to lose hope, despair even, as the death knell of Western civilization tolls loudly throughout the land.  What are we to do, living in a time when Truth is turned on its head, when men call good evil, and evil good?  We know that God is unchanging, His Truth is unchanging, but we live in a culture that believes truth is about as stable as shifting sand, that’s more like quicksand under our feet.  Our task is to keep our feet planted firmly on the Rock, Who is Christ, and remain faithful in all things, especially remaining faithful to the teaching of the Church, and faithful to His Vicar, the Pope, and the Bishops in union with him.   Continue reading

A Tribute to El Doro

1496491_10153371594263544_8681973572236021074_oTonight at 5pm central Guadalupe Radio Network will be hosting a tribute to Doug Pearson,who passed away last night.  He was the Director of Radio Operations (which is where he got the nickname El Doro) for many years.  Please tune in to your local GRN station, or online at www.grnonline.com, to celebrate Doug’s life.  Please continue to pray for the repose of his soul, and for all who are grieving his loss, especially his wife, Tricia, and their children and grandchildren.  If you would like to help support the Pearson Family please click here.

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Rest In Peace, Doug Pearson

imageLate last night Doug Pearson passed away, after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer.  Many of you knew Doug through Catholic radio; he served the Guadalupe Radio Network in Dallas faithfully for many years.  Faithful is the best word to describe him: he was a faithful husband to Tricia, a faithful father to his nine children, a faithful grandfather to his ten grandchildren, and a faithful friend to many.  Most importantly, Doug was a faithful friend to Our Lord and His Church, and it was this love that was the wellspring of all his other relationships.

Many of you followed his journey of battling cancer through his blog, and his prayer was always to embrace God’s Will, even when it meant the Cross.  His surrender to Our Lord, his union with Christ on the Cross, was a beautiful, though difficult, message to each of us about hope, trust, love and surrender.  Please pray for the repose of Doug’s soul, and for the comfort and consolation of his beautiful family.

 

 

May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and lead you to where Lazarus is poor no longer, may you have eternal rest.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace.

 

Prayers for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  We thank God for all of you today, and pray that He strengthen and bless you.  May you live your lives in imitation of Our Heavenly Father, helped by the mighty intercession of St. Joseph.

God-the-Father-BlessingFor this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man, that Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity, you may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth:  To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God.

Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us; To him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus unto all generations, world without end. Amen. (Eph 3:14-21)

Below are a few prayers for this day – one for us to pray for our fathers, and two for fathers to pray.  There is also a prayer for those of us who didn’t have a father in our lives, or perhaps we had one who didn’t take up his role as protector and provider of our families.  We can cast ourselves into the loving arms of God the Father, Who is truly the Father of us all, and Whose love and care for us is everlasting.

Prayer for Fathers

St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. Pope John XXIII

A Father’s Blessing

Father,
I thank you for the gift of my family
for whom I now pray
and upon whom I now ask you
to shower your blessings.
With St. Joseph as my guide,
may I always be ready
to spend my life for them.Bless my wife whom you have given to me as my spouse,
sharing in your wondrous work of creation.
May I see her as my equal
and treat her with the love of Christ for his Church.
May Mary be her guide
and help her to find your peace and your grace.Bless my children with your life and presence.
May the example of your son
be the foundation upon which
their lives are built,
that the Gospel may always
be their hope and support.I ask you, Father, to protect and bless my family.
Watch over it so that in the strength of your love
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the gift of your peace and,
as the Church alive in this home,
always bear witness to your glory in the world.
Amen.
O gracious Father, Maker and Preserver of heaven and earth, who in the beginning didst institute matrimony, thereby foreshadowing the mystical union of the Church with our Savior Christ, who, during His ministry upon earth, did honor marriage with His first miracle: help me, I pray Thee, by Thy grace to live in holiness and purity with the wife whom Thou hast given me. Mortify in me all violence of earthly passion, all selfishness and inconsiderateness (here name any besetting sin which may be a hindrance to you), that I may love her as Christ loved His Church, cherish and comfort her as my own body, and have as great care for her happiness as for my own. Grant that we may live in peace, without contention; in unity, without discord. [Give us, O Lord, discreet heart and understanding minds, to bring up our childrenin Thy faith and fear, that they may be obedient to Thee and to Thy commandments, and to all that Thou requirest of them in their duties towards their parents.] And give us, O Lord, a sufficiency of those things necessary to maintain ourselves and our family according to that rank and calling wherein Thou hast placed us, without excess or vainglory, in singleness and pureness of heart. Grant this for Jesus Christ’s sake, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer to God the Father

Almighty God, my Eternal Father,
from the fullness of my soul I adore You.
I am deeply grateful that You have made me
in Your image and likeness,
and that You ever hold me in Your loving embrace.
Direct me to love You with all my heart,
with all my soul,
and with my whole mind.
Direct me to love all Your children as I love myself.
O, my Father, my soul longs to be united to You,
and to rest in You forever.
Have the Holy Spirit touch my soul
so that I may love You as He does,
and as Your Beloved Son Jesus does.
Amen.