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April 28, 1998
SECTION TWO   vol 9, no. 82
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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today's Prayer is the ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY composed by Saint Louis de Montfort. For the full consecration, click on ACT OF CONSECRATION in today's special PRAYER & DEVOTION page.
ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT'S ACT OF TOTAL CONSECRATION AND PRAYERS TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
The Act of Total Consecration that follows may be made after careful study
of this book on true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and after due
preparation. A good confession ideally should precede the consecration,
which is best made, when possible, before Jesus Christ present in the Most
Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. The Act of Consecration should be
made only when one is prepared to live its spirit henceforth. Ideally, it
should be renewed on occasion, especially on its anniversary. The Act may
be renewed daily in the shorter form, easily memorized, that follows this
longer form. Select a feast of Mary on which to make the Act of
Consecration, which may be signed and dated as shown below.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, I, who have been a ungrateful sinner, today
renew and reaffirm, to your holy and glorious person, the vows of my
baptism. I reject Satan, his evil works, and his empty promises forever,
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, incarnate Wisdom and my Savior,
to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more
faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of God the Father, to whom you, Mary, are the most favored
daughter; in the presence of God the Son, the Word incarnate, to whom you
are Mother; in the presence of the Holy Spirit, to whom you are spouse, and
before the entire heavenly court, all the holy angels and saints, I
consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, O Mary. I intend that the
consecration I make today will continue for all time and for eternity.
I entrust and consecrate to you, O Immaculate Heart of Mary, my Queen and
my Mother, my body and soul and all my goods, interior and exterior,
spiritual and natural. I thereby consecrate to you the value of all my
good thoughts, words, and actions, past, present, and future, leaving to
you the entire right to dispose of me, and all that belongs to me without
exception, according to your holy will, for the greater glory of God in
time and eternity.
I consecrate to your all-pure person, O Mary, my eyes, my mouth, my heart,
all my sense, my whole person. I am totally yours, my Queen, my Mother,
and all that I have is yours.
Heavenly Mother Mary, refuge of sinners, I come to your sweet, most
lovable heart, to offer myself to you; to consecrate my entire life, all
that has gone before and will follow this day, to your Immaculate Heart.
In this consecration of my total person, I offer you my body and soul, with
all their miseries and weaknesses; my heart, with all its affections and
desires; my prayers, works, joys, and sorrows. I offer you all temptations
that come to me, so that my every thought and desire may be purified
through your holy intercession.
My Queen, my Mother, I offer you in consecration all pleasures and
sufferings that come into my life, both physical and spiritual. I offer
you especially my death, with all that will accompany it in my last agony.
Accept all this, my Mother, and take all into your Immaculate Heart as I
give to you irrevocably all that I am and all that I have, together with
all property and possessions. I offer you my family and all who are near
and dear to me. Take them all into your Immaculate Heart and keep everyone
I your Son, Jesus Christ.
Keep me ever faithful to God and to the Holy Catholic Church, loyal and
obedient to the Holy Father, the Pope. I desire to pray the Rosary
properly, meditating on its mysteries. I desire to participate in the
Sacrifice of your incarnate Son, perpetuated at Holy Mass, and to receive
Him frequently in Holy Communion. I attach special importance to the First
Saturday of the month in reparation to your Immaculate Heart, and I will
work for the conversion of sinners. I will strive to live constantly the
spirit of eucharistic reparation.
O Queen of the angels, my Queen and my Mother, I humbly prostrate myself
before you as I approach you with my guardian angel. I desire to join all
the holy angels, and especially my guardian, in venerating you always as
Queen of heaven and earth. Command my guardian angel to keep me always in
your love and in the union of grace with your divine Son, and the entire
Blessed Trinity dwelling in my soul. Send forth your angels to assist me
in spreading devotion to your Immaculate heart so that through your
intercession there may be peace in the world and in the Church, and the
Kingdom of Christ may come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
provided by Catholic World News Service
"Never Guatamala Again" Report silences Guatamala Bishop forever!
The killings continue in Central America, the most recent being the shocking murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedra, an auxilary prelate who was an outspoken critic of the lack of accountability on the part of the Guadalupe military for over 150,000 deaths and 50,000 missing in action. Two days after releasing his human rights document at his cathedral in Guatamala City Friday, he was brutally dragged from his bed and murdered with severe blows to the head. For more, click on Murder
GUATEMALAN BISHOP MURDERED AFTER HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT
GUATEMALA CITY (CWNews.com) - The auxiliary bishop of
Guatemala City was killed on Sunday, just two days after he
presented a report detailing human rights violations during
the country's 36-year civil war.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedra was the head of the
archdiocesan human rights office and released the report,
"Never Again in Guatemala," at the cathedral on Friday.
Sunday night, the 75-year-old bishop was dragged from his
bed and killed by blows to his head with a cement block,
police said. Investigators said they have not determined a
motive, but Church sources said the timing is suspicious.
The report was critical of the Guatemalan army and
paramilitary groups under its control, blaming them for
nearly 80 percent of the 150,000 deaths and 50,000
disappearances during the war. In one of Latin America's
longest civil conflicts, leftist rebels fought the
Guatemalan government, demanding land reform and greater
democracy. A peace accord was signed in 1996. Bishop
Gerardi is the first bishop slain in Guatemala, and his
death is the first killing of such a high-ranking church
official in Central America since the peace accords.
China playing hardball with the Vatican by refusing to allow two bishops to attend Asian Synod in Rome
So much for a softening of religious tolerance in Red China as the Communist government promised last month during the U.S. tour of three religious leaders. Instead of allowing two bishops to attend the Asian Synod, they have been denied their passports, greatly saddening the Holy Father who had been holding those two chairs at the Synod open in hopes they would be able to attend. Many believe one or both are the unnamed newly appointed cardinals "in peccatore" for their protection. For more, click on Bishops denied.
CHINA REFUSES PERMISSION FOR BISHOPS TO ATTEND SYNOD
VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - Communist Chinese officials
denied passports for two bishops who had been invited by
Pope John Paul II to attend the ongoing Synod on Asia, the
Italian ANSA news agency reported on Monday.
ANSA quoted Bishop Mathias Duan Yinming in Beijing as
saying that he and Bishop Joseph Xu Zhixuan had been
refused permission by the government religious affairs
office. He said the officials blamed the refusal on the
Vatican's lack of diplomatic relations with Communist
China, a situation caused by the Vatican's diplomatic
relations with Taiwan, and because the Vatican did not ask
permission from the Communist-sanctioned Chinese Patriotic
Bishops Duan and Xu are members of the Patriotic
Association, which eschews ties with the Universal Church
and certain Catholic doctrines including the primacy of the
pope. Most Catholics in China worship in underground
churches with bishops and priests who maintain loyalty and
fealty to the Church and the Pope.
The Vatican said it was still waiting for clarity on
whether the two bishops would attend the synod. "The Holy
See ... is awaiting a precise indication from the Chinese
authorities," chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls
said in a statement. The month-long synod discussing the
role of the Church in Asia began on April 19. Bishop Duan
is 90 years old and was consecrated as a bishop in 1949.
Bishop Xu is 82 years old and was consecrated as a bishop
by Bishop Duan.
Culture of Death visits Chiapas via coerced sterilization of women
Poor Indian women in the troubled state of Chiapas are being coerced to receive free sterilizations in an effort to curb population of the peoples. This policy being forced on the poor people of southern Mexico has been decried and condemned by Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City who lashed out at the government for considering the people "a disease" rather than God's children for whom the government exists. For more, click on sterilization to read more.
MEXICAN CARDINAL DENOUNCES MASSIVE STERILIZATION OF INDIANS
MEXICO CITY (CWNews.com) - During a press conference held
at the end of the Mexican Bishops' Conference ordinary
assembly on Thursday, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of
Mexico City denounced a massive sterilization campaign
launched by the government among the Indian population in
the southern state of Chiapas, "taking advantage of the
tension and violence that currently reigns in the region."
According to Cardinal Rivera, in the recent weeks several
health workers have begun to convince large groups of poor
women in the Indian region of Chiapas to be sterilized. The
cardinal said these actions were "the climax of a process
started in early 1997, when the Mexican government launched
a national campaign to reduce the poor population through
the massive distribution of contraception methods,
preservatives, and recently free sterilization surgeries."
Chiapas has been gripped by violence since 1994 when
Zapatista rebels, mainly drawn from Indian villages, took
up arms against the government.
"It is regrettable that in the context of Chiapas, where so
many things are dramatically needed, the government has a
sterilization campaign as its official response to the
native people," the cardinal said. "It is easier to
sterilize native people than to propose a development and
educational program," he said, adding: "The government must
launch new developments and peace strategies instead of
fighting the poor as if they were the disease and not the
reason for government."
Three Days of Darkness in Bosnia as Serbs continue to attack Croats
On the heels of the near fatal attack on Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo and his pilgrimage tour of six-hundred Croats, more violence erupted in and around Sarajevo as Catholics sought to attend Mass but were prevented by Serbian attacks. The recent eruptions have curtailed the calendar for returning refugees to their original homes by UN peace-keeping troops because it is not safe. Many have been homeless since the three-year civil war that ended in 1995. For more, click on Serb violence to read more.
THIRD DAY OF VIOLENCE IN BOSNIA AGAINST CROATS
SARAJEVO (CWNews.com) - Bosnian Serbs attacked ethnic
Croatians attempting to return to their home villages to
attend Mass in the third day of such attacks on Saturday,
UN officials said.
The Mass was to have been held in Serb-controlled Plehane,
but organizers canceled the liturgy after their caravan was
attacked. UN spokesman Liam McDowall said the Croats were
confronted by roadblocks manned by Serbs armed with sticks,
clubs, and stones. Plehane is close to Derventa where
Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo was attacked by a mob on
Thursday when he tried to celebrate a Mass there. In Drvar,
80 miles to the west, about 1,500 ethnic Croats rioted the
next day over the Serbs' attack on the cardinal.
The violence is a setback for plans to return refugees to
their homes from which they were displaced during the
1992-95 war. UN officials said the violence was
orchestrated by Serbian and Croatian hardliners who are
afraid their power bases will erode if other ethnic groups
are allowed to return.
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LITURGY FOR THE DAY
Today is the Feast of both Saint Peter Chanel, the first martyr in Oceania, and Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort religious founder who fostered devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For the liturgy, readings, meditations and vignettes on these saints as well as preparation for tomorrow's feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Tuesday, April 28, 1998
Tuesday, April 28:
Tuesday in the Third Week of Easter and
Feast of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Religious Missionary Martyr and
Feast of Saint Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, Priest, Writer and Religious Founder
First Reading: Acts 7: 51-60; 8: 1
Psalms: Psalm 31: 3-4, 6-8, 17, 21
Gospel Reading: John 6: 30-35
SAINT PETER CHANEL, PRIEST & RELIGIOUS MISSIONARY MARTYR
Considered the first martyr of Oceania, Saint Peter Chanel was born in Belley, France in 1803 where he was raised as a shepherd boy. While in the fields tending the sheep he heard God's call to shepherd men and became a priest in 1827 where he became a parish priest near Geneva, Switzerland. Nine years later in the year Pope Gregory XVI approved the new Marist Order of Priests - Society of Mary, Peter was assigned to Polynesia as part of the Marists' missionary efforts in Oceania. There he worked tirelessly for Jesus and Mary in spreading the faith. A year later he and a companion sailed to the island of Futana, just west of Tahiti where they began evangelizing and baptizing. When the pagan chief discovered that his own son wanted to be baptized by Peter, he went ballistic and dispatched a band of warriors to massacre the missionary and his companion on April 28, 1841. Shortly after this dastardly deed, the people rebelled against the chief for the saintly priest's murder and the entire population of Futana became Catholic, once again fulfilling Tertian's words, "The blood of marytrs is truly the seed of the Faith." Fr. Peter Chanel was canonized in 1954 by Pope Pius XII as the first Marist martyr.
SAINT LOUIS MARY GRIGNON DE MONTFORT, PRIEST, WRITER, & RELIGIOUS FOUNDER
Though not officially recognized in the United States as a feast day, we nevertheless celebrate the feast of Saint Louis Mary Grignon de Montfort on April 28. It is an official feast day in Canada. This Dominican, following in the footsteps of his founder Saint Dominic became a great writer, preacher and prophet for the end times. His devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Holy Rosary are the substance of his works, including the Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with 33 days of special preparation of prayers and fasting before this Consecration which is professed on the feast of the Purification (February 2), the feast of the Annunciation (March 25), St. Louis de Montfort's feastday (April 28), the feast of the Visitation (May 31), the Solemnities of the Assumption (August 15) and the Immaculate Conception (December 8). Other works of this devoted saint are "How to say your Rosary," "True Devotion to Mary,", "God Alone," "Friends of the Cross," "Reign of Jesus through Mary," "The Secret of Mary," and, of course, "Preparation for Total Consecration." These works are available through Montfort Publications, Queen of
All Hearts Confraternity, Bay Shore, NY 11706.
St. Louis de Montfort was a devoted Dominican Tertiary who was an extraordinary preacher of the Rosary and prophecied many things about Mary's role in our times and of the Second Coming in which he predicted Mary would have a special role saying: "In the Second Coming of the Lord, Mary will be made known in a special way by the Holy Spirit so that through her, Jesus may be better known and served...Mary will shine forth higher than ever in these latter days to bring back poor sinners who have strayed from the Family of God." Well before Fatima, he prophecied that Mary's Heart would triumph and of her role as Co-Redemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix of all graces. Pope John Paul II has called de Montfort "one of the great doctors of Marian Spirituality." This saint, totally devoted to Mary, founded the Congregations of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (the Montfort Fathers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, an order of nuns devoted to Our Lady and the Holy
Spirit. Born during the reign of Pope Clement X in 1673, St. Louis de Montfort died peacefully in 1716 during the papacy of Pope Clement XI.
Wednesday, April 29, 1998
First Reading: Acts 7: 51-60; 8: 1
Psalms: Psalm 31: 3-4, 6-8, 17, 21
Gospel Reading: John 6: 30-35
SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA, VIRGIN AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
One of the great Doctors of the Church, Saint Catherine, born in 1347 in Sienna, was blessed with
apparitions of Our Lord when she was only seven years old. Jesus requested of Catherine, "Please give
Me your heart." Catherine willingly did so and in return, He gave her His Most Sacred Heart for God had a
special mission for this special saint He raised up for the Church. At 15 she entered the Third Order of St.
Dominic. Though courted by many young and noble bachelors, Catherine remembered what Christ had
asked her and turned down numerous offers of marriage to become a bride of Christ with the
Dominicans. Catherine did not know what exactly her mission was, but prepared for it through penance
and prayer, devoting herself to the poor. She knew in her heart the Pope belonged in Rome, the seat of
Christianity. Therefore, she made a pilgrimage to Avignon in Southern France to persuade the Pontiff
Pope Gregory XI to return from exile to Rome where he belonged. Heeding the advice of this simple nun,
he did as she requested for he knew intuitively that it was God's Will for God had sent Catherine as a light
in the darkness during this dark time in Church history. Dissension followed Gregory's decision to return
and those who followed their own will tried to elect a false pope and keep him in Avignon, but again
Catherine intervened and lovingly, wisely counseled those in power to accept Gregory as the true pope
and desist from promoting anyone else. They, too, understood this was God's Will and they obeyed, lifting
all barriers and allowing Gregory to return the papacy to Rome. Both Gregory and his successor Pope
Urban VI asked her counsel often, knowing it was of the Holy Spirit. Catherine died at the same age as Christ, 33 years old, receiving not only Jesus' Heart but His wounds as well as she was bestowed with
the stigmata. The world mourned this great saint in 1380 for she had touched and brought many nations
and princes back to the true faith through her simple, but firm faith. She also prophecied the schisms that
would come in the following centuries. In 1970, Pope Paul VI officially proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church.
April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message for
Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call. For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE
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