Author: Shirley Aaron

St. Anthony Of Padua And The Heretics Mule 

St. Anthony Of Padua And The Heretics Mule 

St. ANTHONY of Padua and the Heretics Mule.

In the region of Tolosa, Blessed Anthony, having vehemently argued with a hardened heretic about the redeeming sacrament of the Eucharist, had nearly convinced and attracted him to the Catholic faith, except that, after many arguments in which he tried to back out, he added these words: 

“Let’s cut the chat and come to the facts. If you, Anthony, can prove with a miracle that in the Eucharist of believers there is, however hidden it may be, the true body of Christ, I will renounce every heresy and submit myself to the Catholic faith”. 

The Lord’s servant replied with great faith:

“I trust in my Saviour Jesus Christ that, for your conversion and for that of others, thanks to His mercy I will obtain what you ask”. 

The heretic stood up and, asking for silence with a gesture of his hand, said: 

“I’ll keep my beast of burden locked up for three days and I will starve him. After three days, in the presence of other people, I’ll let him out and I’ll show him some prepared fodder. You, on the other hand will show him what you believe to be the body of Christ. If the starving animal, ignoring the fodder, rushes to adore his God, I will sincerely believe in the faith of the Church”. 

The saint agreed straight away. The heretic then exclaimed: “Listen well, everyone!”. Why delay with many words? The day of the challenge arrived. People arrived from far and wide and filled up the square.

Christ’s servant, Anthony, was present surrounded by a crowd of faithful. The heretic too, with a number of his accomplices. God’s servant entered a nearby chapel, to perform the rites of the Mass with great devotion. Once finished, he exited where the people were waiting, carrying reverently the body of the Lord. The hungry mule was led out of the stall, and shown appetising food. Finally, asking for silence the man of God said to the animal with great faith: 

“In the name of virtue and the Creator, who I, although unworthy, am carrying in my hands, I ask you, o beast, and I order you to come closer quickly and with humility and to show just veneration, so that the malevolent heretics will learn from this gesture that every creature is subject to the Lord, as held in the hands with priestly dignity on the altar”. 

God’s servant had hardly finished speaking, when the animal, ignoring the fodder, knelt down and lowered his head to the floor, thus genuflecting before the living sacrament of the body of Christ. The faithful were filled with uncontrollable joy, the heretics and non-believers were filled with sadness and humiliation. God was praised and blessed, the Catholic faith was honoured and exalted; heretical depravity was shamed and condemned with everlasting insults. The heretic, renounced his doctrine in front of all present, and from then on was obedient to the precepts of the holy Church.

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil.

My dear Jesus, by Thy most loving Heart, I implore Thee to inflame with zeal for Thy love and glory all the priests of the world, all missionaries, and those whose office it is to preach Thy word. Inflamed with this zeal, may they snatch souls from the devil and lead them into the shelter of Thy Heart, where they may glorify Thee forever.

Amen.

(This prayer was received by Sr Josefa Menendez from Our Lord, who said to her: “Repeat these words every day”).

On entering the convent, Therese was asked to state the reasons she chose the life of Carmel. Her answer was couched in simple though meaningful words: 

“I have come to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” 

Therese, needed no one to tell her of the dignity and the responsibility of the priesthood. The Holy Ghost had secretly instructed her in this important lesson. She saw that by praying for one priest, she could benefit thousands of souls to whom that priest would minister. She had learned on her trip to Rome that priests were human and subject to temptations as are other mortals. She perceived that Satan is especially anxious to bring about the ruin of a priest because the priest never falls alone, but drags thousands of other souls with him to perdition. It was equally evident to her that the good priest was a source of special joy to the Sacred Heart of Christ. By praying for priests, she would be multiplying the number of souls that she might offer to the Thirst of Christ. She had something real, something definite, something noble, something far-reaching and far-embracing for which to pray and suffer.

Saint Therese of Lisieux Daily Prayer for Priests.

O Almighty Eternal God, Look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him, Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray to Thee, for Thy faithful and fervent priests, for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests, for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields, for Thy tempted priests, for Thy lonely and desolate priests, for Thy young priests, for Thy aged priests, for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests, for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly [name a particular priest of your choosing here]. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Source:

(The Life Of The Little Flower By Rev. Albert M. Hutting, Imprimatur: Most Reverend Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit July 8, 1941).

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil.

My dear Jesus, by Thy most loving Heart, I implore Thee to inflame with zeal for Thy love and glory all the priests of the world, all missionaries, and those whose office it is to preach Thy word. Inflamed with this zeal, may they snatch souls from the devil and lead them into the shelter of Thy Heart, where they may glorify Thee forever.

Amen.

(This prayer was received by Sr Josefa Menendez from Our Lord, who said to her: “Repeat these words every day”).

On entering the convent, Therese was asked to state the reasons she chose the life of Carmel. Her answer was couched in simple though meaningful words: 

“I have come to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” 

Therese, needed no one to tell her of the dignity and the responsibility of the priesthood. The Holy Ghost had secretly instructed her in this important lesson. She saw that by praying for one priest, she could benefit thousands of souls to whom that priest would minister. She had learned on her trip to Rome that priests were human and subject to temptations as are other mortals. She perceived that Satan is especially anxious to bring about the ruin of a priest because the priest never falls alone, but drags thousands of other souls with him to perdition. It was equally evident to her that the good priest was a source of special joy to the Sacred Heart of Christ. By praying for priests, she would be multiplying the number of souls that she might offer to the Thirst of Christ. She had something real, something definite, something noble, something far-reaching and far-embracing for which to pray and suffer.

Saint Therese of Lisieux Daily Prayer for Priests.

O Almighty Eternal God, Look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him, Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray to Thee, for Thy faithful and fervent priests, for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests, for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields, for Thy tempted priests, for Thy lonely and desolate priests, for Thy young priests, for Thy aged priests, for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests, for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly [name a particular priest of your choosing here]. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Source:

(The Life Of The Little Flower By Rev. Albert M. Hutting, Imprimatur: Most Reverend Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit July 8, 1941).

Prayer For Our Priests 

Prayer For Our Priests 


Prayer For Our Priests.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony:  and they loved not their lives unto death. 

(The Apocalypse of St. John Ch 12:11).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

(I Cor. 3:16).

Do you not know that we shall judge angels?

(1 Cor. Ch.6:4).

Prayer for Bishops and Priests.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Divine and Eternal High Priest, let the life-giving waters of Thy love flow into the hearts of Thy Bishops and Priests and transform them into living images of Thee. By Thy grace make them true apostles of Thy Sacred Heart. Save souls through Thy Bishops and Priests, accompany them through life. Give them the special grace of drawing sinners to Thy Sacred Heart, Refuge of sinners, that they may find forgiveness and salvation. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I pray for the fulfillment of this promise which Thou didst make to Saint Margaret Mary: 

“I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts”. 

May Thy Kingdom come to the hearts of men through the activity of truly saintly Bishops and Priests. Do Thou, O Mary, Mother of the High Priest, protect all Bishops and Priests from dangers to their holy vocations. May Thy Immaculate Heart be their refuge and consolation during temptations, trials and loneliness, that we may soon see all things restored in Christ.

We know that to combat the spiritual terror assailing Holy Mother Church in our time, the Incarnate Wisdom sent the Immaculate Heart of Mary to Fatima to help us, counsel us, enlighten us, and protect all the faithful of Jesus Christ, so that we could save our own soul and the souls of those that God puts on our path. We acknowledge that the Blessed Virgin also gave a most important request to the Pope and the Bishops to solemnly and publicly, on the same day, consecrate specifically Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We pray that they all will receive the necessary grace to do this duty soon, so that we can attain worldwide peace and the salvation of billions of souls now. Amen.

Jesus, Savior of the world,

sanctify Thy priests and sacred ministers. 

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them and for us,

Obtain for us many and holy Bishops and Priests…

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