“Praying at the Foot of the Cross | Holy Week”

As Fr. Toups invites us to prepare for confession and most of us probably won’t be able to receive this sacrament until we are freed from the nation wide isolation we are enduring do to the Corona Virus or COVID 19.

Note to SELF:

“Do not become burdened or overwhelmed but stand at the foot of the Cross, examine my conscience, and tell Jesus how sorry I am, and when I am able, I will run to a priest for confession to receive the blessing of absolution.”

Be NOT afraid!

St. Francis of Paola

From @The Catholic Company, today is the feast of St. Francis of Paola. Did you know his parents struggled with infertility? You are not alone… in fact, you are in very good (holy) company. Sts. Francis of Paola and Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 🙂🙏

St. Francis of Paola (1416-1507) was born in Calabria, Italy, to a husband and wife known for their holiness. After suffering childlessness for many years, his parents had recourse to prayer, especially the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi. They eventually had three children, and the eldest, Francis, was named after St. Francis in thanksgiving for his birth. Francis of Paola grew in sanctity, and after having a vision of St. Francis he spent a year in a Franciscan convent to fulfill a vow his parents had made to the saint. After his time there, he returned to his parents and accompanied them on a pilgrimage to Assisi. Upon returning home, Francis retired to a private spot on his parents’ estate to live as a hermit. He later moved his dwelling to a lonely cave by the seashore, living there in prayer, solitude, and mortification for six years. Disciples gradually came to him to imitate his manner of life, so many that St. Francis of Paola, with the permission of his bishop, built a monastery and church to accommodate them. He later obtained permission from the Holy See to found a new religious order called the Minims, or “The Least,” as they were to live hidden lives of poverty, abstinence, and humility. St. Francis of Paola became famous and was sought out by others for his prophecies and miracles. He spent the last three months of his life in solitude in preparation for his death. On Good Friday, after receiving Last Rites, he died while the Passion of Christ was read to him aloud. His feast day is April 2.

Shared from Springs in the Desert

Sarah’s Hope Abraham’s Promise – ROSARY

Please join us ** TONIGHT ** (Monday, March 30, 2020) on the Sarah’s Hope & Abraham’s Promise page at 8pm CST as we pray the rosary together on Facebook Live using meditations specific to the PREGNANCY LOSS EXPERIENCE. Being Monday, we will pray the Joyful Mysteries. Join us here on the SHAP FB page. If you are looking for the prayers we will be using to the pray the Rosary, find them at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/prayers-of-the-rosary.cfm. See you soon!

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Prayer to St. Raymond Nonnatus

August 31:St. Raymond Nonnatus

Patron of: Newborns, Midwives, Obstetricians, Expectant Mothers, Women In Labor, Falsely Accused, Secrets, Fever.

O Blessed Saint Raymond Nonnatus, so loving to all your devotees, I being last of them all, I am happy to know that through the infinite goodness of God, He has deigned to make you a Saint, adorned thee with special graces and help, for which I am most thankful.

On the Most Holy Trinity, and you my adorable patron saint, through your merits and those of the blood poured by our Savior Jesus Christ, and through the Immaculate Conception of Mary, I most humbly beg thee, deign to intercede from the most sublime God, protection for the holy Mother Church, that through your prayers, God’s wrath be taken away, see the progress of true faith, defeat the wrong doctrines, the peace and understanding of all Christians, peace of the whole country and the redemption of the Christian captives.

I am humbly begging you my devoted saint, that you be may be my intercessor. Since for many hours you did not die of the womb of your dead mother an you were successfully delivered from her side, to be the joy of the world, and that my soul may live in grace in this earthly world, may I imitate you and live in exemplary holiness, so that when the hour of my death comes, I may detest all evil thoughts and temporary wealth of this world, so that with the burning love for God, my soul may reach heaven and together with you and the angels and all the saints, praise God Almighty forever.

Deign to grant me most amiable father the favor I am asking in this novena (mention the request). I firmly believe most amiable father that you will be my protection since you are merciful to any one imploring thy help.

But if the favor I am asking will not be for the glory of God and the good of my soul, then beg from God that I will be resigned to his Divine Will, so that I may have the peace of soul while I live, till the hour of my death and that I enjoy true happiness in heaven.