THE BRITTANY PROJECT

Apr. 12, 2019

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This week, we learn that Jesus Christ first instructs His Mother about the Mystery of Redemption at twelve years of age, the same age when the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph find Christ teaching in the temple. The above scene is found at the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in San Paolo, Italy. Sadly, this church has also been taken over and become the haunt of demons.

The Flame of the Holy Ghost says that the Mother of God has always made great efforts to keep her people under the protection of the Lord. At this moment, She is making a last effort with her Son; an effort of sighs, tears, and anguish, which encloses a great bruise in her virginal Heart. It is because She sees, at a time very near, the children to whom She gave birth at the foot of the Cross denying the God of true Faith and falling into the abyss of hell.

The Flame says:

“Oh, most holy Virgin, how many sinners escape thee after so many efforts!”

She says:

“The sinners escape Thee. At this hour hell releases the malice of human powers. The waves escape from it, and perverted hearts, with so much more violence than Thy people, do not have much longer to wait before the light of sorrow is made in their eyes. There is no longer going to be any doubt and uncertainty: the time is coming when the voices of Justice and of Grace will stop at the same time.”

At the feet of her Son, the Holy Virgin asks again for a delay of peace and rest for her people. The Lord answers her:

“My Mother, I have, at all times, granted what Thy heart asked. This time I cannot. If I wait a little longer I will see thousands of Christians escaping from Me, those whom I want to reserve for the moment when my Voice will sound. If I delay again, hell will seize the harvest and Heaven will be far from seeing its places occupied in Glory.”

These words of Jesus, says the Flame, have renewed the effect of the words of old Simeon on the Blessed Virgin Mary. This time, her heart will not be pierced by a single sword, but by a multitude of sharp swords.

The most painful ones will be those which the Apostles and ministers of God sink into Her Heart by their weakness. In the near future, they will sell Heaven to save their perishable lives. But even before the end of the repose of their peaceful lives, their souls will lose their mortal remains and suffer terrible destruction.

The Flame says, with an angry voice:

“The irreparable loss of little people will be caused by those to whom the Lord has said: Go to preach the Gospel; go, go throughout the universe to proclaim the Truth.”

It will be a beautiful resurrection at the time when peace will be restored on earth, but after it has been covered with darkness, after it will have become the tomb of the people, after the sown harvests will not have borne their fruit, after the plants have been suffering from a visible suffering…

The Hand of God has just signed the judgment of these terrible calamities, according to all the crimes and all the forfeits which already sound inside the hearts of the impious.

The Flame says that even before Jesus was twelve years old, He instructed His Mother about the mystery of the Redemption. When She received these confidences, She asked her Son that in times of unhappiness and sorrow, She might have empire over His Omnipotence. The Lord granted her this to a certain extent, but told her that at the moment when the outrages were over, He would not forgive any more.

The devil knew this word of Jesus to His Mother, and told his infernal legions:

“Let us watch at the hour when evil will be at its height, when the righteous are expelled from their jobs, at the hour when faith will apparently be only degenerate weakness; at the hour when the people will be ruled only by men who, by their abominable life, will have practically denied their Saviour.

He has watched, the enemy of salvation, and the way has opened… He has already composed his motto. Here it is: “I will conquer ten thousand when Christ will conquer only three.”                                                                 (19 January 1881)

[Source: pages 103-105, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].

 

Reflection on this prophecy:

If we listen to the proud devil, who is the father of lies, then we shall be deceived as well as disheartened.

Let us know his bragging for what it is: lying arrogance. The ratio of the lost to the saved, 10,000 : 3, cannot be correct.

For one thing, we know that a full 1/3 of people will NOT die in the 3 Days of Darkness, so really, the ratio is closer to 2 : 1, but even then, we know that some good people will die with the evil during the 3 Days of Darkness, so the figure is more likely to be 1 : 1.

We must keep on praying to the Queen of the Holy Rosary for the salvation of souls, of our loved ones and neighbours; but especially, let us pray for the salvation of souls who have no one to pray for them, no one to speak of Christ and His Church to them. These are truly lost souls!

Our trust in the Virgin Mother of God is our hope; Her prayers for souls is our strength.

How heartening it is to discover that Christ our Lord will not delay the Chastisement much longer because He wants us to be saved:

"If I wait a little longer I will see thousands of Christians escaping from Me, those whom I want to reserve for the moment when my Voice will sound."

Therefore, a delay of the Chastisement would allow more souls to go to their eternal damnation:

"If I delay again, hell will seize the harvest and Heaven will be far from seeing its places occupied in Glory.”

If this vision teaches us anything, it is to trust Christ our Lord with peace in our hearts, for He loves us and wants to save us!

The Blessed Virgin Mary also advocates for us without stop!

Her greatest pains are caused by "the Apostles and ministers of God, [who] ... by their weakness, ... will sell Heaven to save their perishable lives."

What happens to these weak bishops and priests?

" [T]heir souls will lose their mortal remains and suffer terrible destruction."

They are damned because they have led the simple souls astray:

“The irreparable loss of little people will be caused by those to whom the Lord has said: Go to preach the Gospel; go, go throughout the universe to proclaim the Truth.”

Think of that Conclave of 1958. Think of all the cardinals who opposed Pope Gregory XVII, all those who pushed God's Pope aside for all those decades!

And today, all those who continue to live for their bellies and to deny the Vicar of Christ His rightful place on the seat of Saint Peter... where will they go for eternity? Who will be their master then?

And we who live under the silence order of today's "anything is good except Christ and Catholicism":

Why do we allow ourselves to be so controlled by our fears? When we deny Christ and His Church by our silences, when we put Him outside of our life, where will we go for our eternity?

Holy Mother of God and Refuge of Sinnners, pray for us! Show us the way to Heaven!

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Apr. 5, 2019

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Our Lady of Victory was Pope Gregory XVII's favourite Marian devotion. Let us pray to Our Lady of Victory, the Ark of Salvation, for the Papal Restoration.

 From the eyes of the soul, I see the Holy Virgin Mary cover, with her love, the entire universe, and extend it there as a powerful bulwark, outside of which none of His [faithful] remain.

She knows the moment when all is going to be decided for the triumph of evil and grief. She throws this last rampart of her power [her love] on the earth to serve as a shelter for her people.

She has supplicated her Son with so much love, that He answered her with only a word:

--“My Mother, the moment is decided. I cannot keep back the hour determined by My Father, I obey His orders.”

The Holy Virgin affirms that she is the Ark of Salvation, and that at the decisive moment it will be necessary for all to enter, and that not one of them will perish… She is like a powerful and vast sea: the waves of her love will carry all hearts into the refuge of the wound of her Son. This will be the shelter of the poor people of France, this country so dear to her heart.

By the right which her Son has given her, she draws out, without measure, from the source of all graces and pours these graces on the earth with abundance. Not for one moment is even the most hardened heart deprived of these graces. She knocks at the door of this heart, and asks for a small place there, in order to snatch it from hell. As soon as she has the smallest hold, she spreads so many graces into this heart, that she seems to be exhausting the source. But Heaven is inexhaustible in its graces.

In her love, the Holy Virgin employs herself in every way to bring back the guilty; her goodness, her tenderness, everything agrees with her voice to bring them back to salvation. If she sees that she does not succeed, she makes her pain and her tears speak… She exhausts the last resources, before the great danger and the great grief.

She proposes to train us on her model of virtue and charity. As a Good Mother, she responds to our weakest sighs with a kindness which cannot be sufficiently admired. No one, on earth, will be able to give back to her what, often in secret, she has done and obtained for humanity.

(23 May 1882)

[Source: pp. 98-99, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].

Reflections on this vision :

In this time of suffering amidst demonic influences all around us, it is most important for we Catholics, those who are in communion with His Holiness, Pope Gregory XVIII, to understand what a great power the Queen of Heaven yields for the Pope and for the Church in Her exile, both now and in the future.

Saint John Bosco refers to the Blessed Mother of God as “the exceeding great fortress of the Church.”

Before we go into the particulars of Marie-Julie’s vision (above), let us first look at how our Blessed Mother protects the Papacy and the Church during these times of great trial.

The source is an excerpt from St. John Bosco’s famous Papal prophecy, The Venerable Old Man:

“Now Heaven’s voice is addressed to the Shepherd of the shepherds. You are now in conference with your advisors. The enemy of the good does not stand idle for one moment. He studies and practices all his arts against you. He will sow discord among your consultors; He will raise up enemies amongst my children. The powers of the world will belch forth fire, and they would that the words be suffocated in the throats of the custodians of My Law. That will not happen. They will do harm—harm to themselves. You must hurry. If you cannot untie the knots, cut them. If you find yourself hard pressed, do not give up but continue until the head of the hydra  of error is cut off. This stroke will make the world and hell beneath it tremble, but the world will be safe and all the good will rejoice. Keep your consultors always with you, even if only two. Wherever you go, continue to bring to an end the work entrusted to you. The days fly by, your years will reach the destined number; but the great Queen (Mary) will ever be your help, and in time past so in the future She will always be the exceeding great fortress of the Church.”

[Source: pp.208-209, The Prophets and Our Times, by Rev. R. Gerald Culleton, imprimatur 1941].

And now let us connect the vision of the Queen of Heaven as the great fortress of the Church with the particulars given to Marie-Julie Jahenny about the power of our Blessed Mother as we fight this earthly battle, our day-to-day life:

First, we are shown that the Blessed Virgin’s power is more than enough to protect all who have the Faith:

Our Lady’s love covers all of the faithful. There is not one of us who is without the protection of Her Immaculate Heart.

As a “powerful bulwark,” she provides protection and support.

But even more precious than mere bodily protection, Our Blessed Mother affirms that She is the “Ark of Salvation.”

And here, the vision begins to refer to the 3 Days of Darkness.

What we need to realize about this great Chastisement is that:

“[A]t the decisive moment it will be necessary for all to enter, and that not one of [us] will perish…”

Our Blessed Mother even pleads for the delay of the great Chastisement, as we can determine from what Jesus Christ says:

“My Mother, the moment is decided. I cannot keep back the hour determined by My Father, I obey His orders.”

And so, She works unceasingly to “carry all [our] hearts into the refuge of the wound of her Son,” like a wave which pulls things off the sand and into the sea.

“She pours her graces upon us…[and]…spreads graces into our hearts.”

Our Blessed Mother actively seeks each sinner:“She knocks at the door of this heart, and asks for a small place there, in order to snatch it from hell.”

Sinners who accept her love receive “so many graces… [because] Heaven is inexhaustible in its graces.”

The Holy Virgin even works “to bring back the guilty;” that is, believers who have fallen into sin.

We who know her as the Sorrowful Mother will know that She wants her Son’s Holy Sacrifice on the Cross not to be in vain, for “[S]he makes her pain and her tears speak.”

Who can resist such loving pleas?

Until the hour of our death, the Blessed Virgin Mary never gives up on our salvation: “She exhausts the last resources, before the great danger and the great grief.”

Always, always, our Blessed Mother wants to instruct us to greater holiness: “She proposes to train us on her model of virtue and charity.”

May we always receive the graces to lovingly hear our Holy Mother who speaks so persistently to our hearts!

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!

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Mar. 29, 2019

The Blessed Virgin Mary has suffered the greatest of pains.

One day I saw Mary in the little temple of Saint John, looking very thin and very poor. In the company of Jesus and a multitude of Angels, I heard the plaintive words of the Holy Virgin:

“O my Son! Why have you left me groaning on this earth? You do not seem to hear the desires of those who would like to be united to You in Heaven.”

--My Mother, if I leave you upon the earth, it is only so that you serve as an example to the souls who desire to see Me and to unite themselves forever to Me. I will prolong their martyrdom. I leave them your sighs, as an example of submission: they must also wait for the time when the earthly link will break, the time when the sky will open to welcome them.

The Flame says that, after these ardent sighs, the Holy Virgin could not leave her little house. She could not go to the temple of Saint John, for love had nailed her to a kind of death bed. The Apostle brought her Divine Son to her every day.

She remained as if asleep in the love of her Beloved and had only one thought:

“I will go to see Him whom I have nourished and brought up for the salvation of souls. I will go, languidly, to lean on Him. I will go, the heart laden with fruit, and I will sing the Canticle of Canticles; I will be with Him eternally.”

The Canticle of Canticles was the divine refrain that she repeated, after her Holy Communions, in the last days of her life.

(25 April 1882)

[Source: pp. 46-7, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].

Reflection on this vision :

This week’s vision is a lesson on what true loneliness feels like.

If anyone has ever felt lonely and panicked in the loneliness of their existence, they should pray to the Virgin Mary for help, for she has known true, deep loneliness.

Consider this: for all of you women who have borne children, feeling them grow inside your womb for nine months, you can well imagine Our Lady’s loneliness after the baby Jesus’ Divine Presence left her womb at His miraculous birth.

The feeling inside of her would have been a huge feeling of loss, despite holding her blessed Baby Jesus in her arms and embracing Him.

Although revelations do not show us her feelings of loss after the death of her parents, or of Saint Joseph, her holy spouse, she surely would have felt these losses just as we do in our own earthly lives.

These earthly companionships and friendships can be a joyful treasure which we do not realize we had until we are left without them.

Such an absence can change our day-to-day life in a drastic way, and leave us searching for meaning.

But the death of Christ left the Blessed Mother suffering with the greatest intensity, as this vision of Marie-Julie's reveals.

In this vision, Marie-Julie sees our Lady completely lonely for our Lord after His death and resurrection into Heaven.

Although Saint John has taken her into his home, she is seen alone and pining for Our Lord.

The Blessed Mother’s sense of loss is so keen, so crippling to her, that she seems barely able to maintain the desire to eat, “looking very thin and very poor” in Marie-Julie Jahenny’s eyes.

These are the last days of Our Blessed Mother on this earth; yet, despite her own greatest of griefs, the loss of not having Christ our Lord with her, she continues to connect our pleas to her own, saying:

“O my Son! Why have you left me groaning on this earth? You do not seem to hear the desires of those who would like to be united to You in Heaven.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells His Mother: “if I leave you upon the earth, it is only so that you serve as an example to the souls who desire to see Me and to unite themselves forever to Me.”

And now it is our turn to be brave, for here is the Truth of why we may have to endure long lives in this Valley of Tears:

“I will prolong their [our] martyrdom. I leave them [us] your sighs, as an example of submission: they [we] must also wait for the time when the earthly link will break, the time when the sky will open to welcome them [us].”

But the Virgin Mary has known Christ’s presence so deeply that her love for Him has “nailed her to a kind of death bed. The Apostle [brings] her Divine Son [the Blessed Sacrament] to her every day.”

Our holy Mother’s last ties to this earth have been cut away and she waits on her death, repeating to herself:

“I will go to see Him whom I have nourished and brought up for the salvation of souls. I will go, languidly, to lean on Him. I will go, the heart laden with fruit, and I will sing the Canticle of Canticles; I will be with Him eternally.”

When we are lonely, sad, and feeling lost, let us go to our Lady of Sorrows to console us.

But most especially, let us always remember to pray to our Blessed Mother for her help in our last days and at our death. May she who prayed so much for us, plead for us in our individual judgment before Almighty God.

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us!

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Mar. 22, 2019

Contemplating the Word: The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Monday, March 25, you can consecrate yourself, your children, and your family to the Blessed Virgin Mother of God. These three acts of consecration follow after the reflection.

“I receive all my children at my feet, when they greet me. Today, on this feast which is so dear to me, I address myself to everyone on earth. The Annunciation reminds me of so much sweetness: it was the great news that was to rejoice the world.

“It is for your happiness, my children, that I have given you my Son, my greatest treasure. I know that today the earth suffers. I come to prepare for you a heavenly rose…

“Come to me, mothers who suffer, fathers who have trouble and you also, young people and young girls…

“My children, I was purified and I have found grace. It flooded my heart so much that the divine Creator alone made all my happiness and all my joy. I stood in solitude and humility. I meditated the sweetness of the Most High. I have passed, on earth, days of joy and of happiness, but also days of sorrow and of pain.

“I am your model. Follow my example and the Holy Ghost will cover you with his lights.” (Annunciation, 25 March 1878).

[Source: pages 102-103, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].

Reflection:

This March 25, is the wonderful Feast of the Annunciation. For all of us who have consecrated ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, this is a special day to pray and renew our consecration, putting our eternal souls under the protection of her Immaculate Heart.

The words she tells Marie-Julie in this ecstasy are just as valid for us today:

“I know that today the earth suffers. I come to prepare for you a heavenly rose…”

Our Blessed Mother consoles us with confidence and hope when she says: “I receive all my children at my feet, when they greet me.”

Especially because of the times we are living in, we should prepare to receive the heavenly rose that our Blessed Mother is preparing for us.

On Monday, March 25, remember to take the opportunity of this great Feast Day to consecrate yourself, your children, and your families, to the Blessed Virgin Mary – all three prayers for consecration follow here:

  1. 1.    Consecration to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, through the Blessed Virgin Mary (according to Saint Louis de Montfort)

O Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine Incarnation.

I give Thee thanks for that Thou have annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou have been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou have given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O Immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and Earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee. I, N., a faithless sinner—I renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, 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 all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity.

Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity, in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou love and teach, whom thou lead, nourish and protect as thy children and thy slaves.  

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fulness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

(A plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception and April 28 – Preces et Pia Opera, 75).

[Source: True Devotion to Mary, by Saint Louis de Montfort. Imprimatur 1949].

  1. 2.    How a Child is Consecrated to Mary

 “Many Christian mothers have the pious practice, before the birth of a child, of praying nine Hail Marys every day, in honour of the nine months in which Our Lady bore her Divine Son in her womb, to implore the favor of a safe delivery.

 “A mother who wishes to dedicate a child to Mary takes it to an altar of the Mother of God, or better still, to a shrine of the Blessed Virgin, and there presents and dedicates the child, giving it to the Mother of God as her property and begging her to accept it as her own, to take it under her special protection and lead it to everlasting life. If she prefers, the mother may ask a priest to make the consecration. The mother promises Mary to bring up the child carefully and to early implant in its heart a tender love for its Heavenly Mother. On the day of the dedication, the mother, if she has the means, may offer some gift to Mary in the name of the child, such as an alms to some charitable work, or she may have a Mass offered for her child in honor of Mary.

 “A child consecrated to the Mother of God has its soul and body placed under her special care during life and at death. Children consecrated to the Blessed Virgin do not easily lose their innocence, nor do they fall as deeply, or if they fall they sooner or later return to true repentance. Such children, it is quite safe to say, will not be lost, for Mary will find ways and means to save the souls dedicated to her. Venerable Catherine Emmerich relates how she once assisted at the bedside of a dying hermit. For years he had led a wicked life. Three years before his death, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him, saying that at his birth his mother had consecrated him to her, and he should not defer his conversion any longer. He amended his life, did penance and died a happy death. From this example we may judge the efficacy of consecration to Mary.”

Consecration of Children to the Blessed Virgin Mary

 O most holy Mother of God, I esteem myself happy to entrust to thy motherly and powerful protection this child and to consecrate it today to thee. May it be forever the object of thy most tender care. Watch over it and preserve it in innocence and health. Under thy guidance may it grow in wisdom and virtue. Effect that it may become the joy of its parents, the glory of our Holy Church, and that, after having faithfully served God in this life, it may hereafter share the reward of the saints in eternity. O dearest Mother Mary, do thou obtain these graces for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.

[Source: Under Mary’s Mantle, Imprimatur 1944].

  1. 3.    Dedication of a Family to Mary

O Blessed Virgin, Immaculate Queen and our Mother Mary, refuge and consolation of all who turn to thee, prostrate before thy throne, with my whole family, I choose thee for my Lady, Mother and Advocate with God. I dedicate myself, with all who belong to me, forever to thy service, and beseech thee, O Mother of God, to receive us into the number of thy servants, by taking us all under thy protection, helping us in life and still more at the hour of our death. O Mother of Mercy, I appoint thee as Lady and Queen of my whole house, of my relatives, of my interests and of all my affairs. Disdain not to take charge of them; dispose of all as it pleases thee. Bless me, then, and all my family, and do not permit that any of us should offend thy Son. Do thou defend us in temptations, deliver us from dangers, provide for us in our necessities, counsel us in our doubts, comfort us in our afflictions, assist us in our infirmities and especially in the sorrows of death. Never allow the devil to glory in having any of us who are now consecrated to thee in his power; but grant that in Heaven we may with thee, and thanking thee, praise and love Jesus our Redeemer through all eternity. Amen.

[Source: Under Mary’s Mantle, Imprimatur 1944].

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Mar. 15, 2019

CATHOLICVS: 19 de marzo: solemnidad del Patriarca San José

Saint Joseph takes care of Holy Mother Church in her Silent Exile.

[ Also, today (March 16) begins the novena for the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25). You will find the full novena included after the reflection].

Saint Joseph brings some sweet consolations to souls that he visits in their last years. He tells them this one thing:

 “If you want that I help you and that I obtain for your soul the most beautiful gifts, avoid attachment to creatures. Love them, but God alone counts in His Grace. The time that we use to think about mortal creatures is wasted time.”

 Saint Joseph submitted to the ministers of the holy Temple. This earned him many slanders. The world of then, like the world of today, despised him. There was no perfect charity toward the Holy Family, and God experienced it.

 “Friends,” says the Flame,” God only proves those that He loves. He permits disregard for those who are His intimate friends. It is a glory for Him and a profit for the Christian.”

 Saint Joseph is so powerful that, all that he asks, he obtains. He watches over families, and provides for the needs of the true children of God.

 It is he whom Jesus sends, and His Holy Mother, to assist those who die and to bring them a death as sweet as sleep.    (28 March 1882)

 [Source: pages 122-123, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel].

 Reflection:

 Saint Joseph’s feast will be this Tuesday, March 19. What will you ask him to obtain for you? A holy death? The conversion of a family member?

Have trust in the powerful intercession of this Saint who is the Step-Father of Jesus, and is therefore so close to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Do not be afraid of being rejected or refused.

 Come to him honestly.

 He who followed a simple, honest life will reward your simple honesty.

 Saint Joseph will open for you the door to Heaven.

 Become his friend, and you will smile as you leave this world.

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Novena for the Annunciation

(beginning March 16)

Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

V.    Send forth thy Spirit and they shall be created;

R.    And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God, who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost; grant us by the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ our Lord.

R.    Amen.

I venerate and admire thee, most holy Virgin Mary, as the humblest of all the creatures of God on the very day of thy Annunciation, when God Himself exalted thee to the most sublime dignity of his own Mother. O mighty Virgin, enable me, wretched sinner that I am, to know the depths of my own nothingness, and at once with all my heart to humble myself before all men.

Ave Maria…

Mary most holy Virgin, when thou was saluted by Gabriel the Archangel, and the message from God was conveyed to thee, and thou wast exalted by God above all the Choirs of Angels, then thou didst humbly say, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” Oh, obtain for me true humility and angelic purity, enabling me so to live on earth that I may ever be worthy of the blessing of God.

Ave Maria…

 O Virgin ever blessed, I rejoice with thee because solely by thy humble Fiat thou didst draw from the bosom of the Eternal Father the divine Word into thy own pure bosom. Draw then ever my heart to God; and with God draw grace into my heart, that I may ever bless thy Fiat!, and cry with devotion, “O mighty Fiat! O efficacious Fiat! O Fiat to be venerated above all Fiats”(St. Thomas of Villanove).

Ave Maria…

O Virgin Mary, on the day of thy Annunciation thou wast found by Gabriel the Archangel quick and ready to do God’s will, when it pleased the most Holy Trinity to await thy consent in order to redeem the world. Enable me in every good and bad fortune to turn to God with resignation and say: Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Ave Maria…

 Most holy Mary, I well understand that thy obedience made the union between thy God and thee more intimate than shall ever again be possible for any other creature: (“No creature could be in closer union with God.” B. Albertus Magnus). I am confounded to see how sin has separated me from God. Help me then, kind Mother, truly to do penance for my sins, that thy own loving Jesus may yet once more live in me and I in Him.

Ave Maria…

 Most holy Mary, thou was troubled by reason of thy modesty, when Gabriel the Archangel stood before thee in thy house; but I, when I come before thee, am troubled because of my great pride; wherefore do thou in thy incomparable humility, “which brought forth God for men, reopened Paradise, and set the captive souls free from hell beneath” (S. Aug. Sermo de Sanct.), draw me, I pray thee, out of the deep pit of my sins, and enable me to save my soul.

Ave Maria…

 Most holy Virgin, though I have an unhallowed tongue, I have the boldness to salute thee all hours of the day: “Hail, hail Mary, full of grace.” I pray thee from my heart to replenish my soul with a little of that grace wherewith the Holy Ghost, when He overshadowed thee, filled thee to the full.

Ave Maria…

 Most holy Mary, “The Lord is with thee”; I know by faith that the great God who has been ever with thee from thy Conception, is, by his Incarnation in thy purest womb, made still more closely one with thee; make it thy care, I pray thee, that I may ever be one in heart and soul with that same dear Lord Jesus, by means of his sanctifying grace.

Ave Maria…

 Most holy Mary, “Blessed art thou amongst women”; pour out upon my heart and soul thy heavenly blessing, as thou thyself wast ever blessed of God among all women; for I have this sure hope, that if, my dear Mother, thou wilt bless me while I live, then when I die I shall be blessed of God in the everlasting glory of Heaven.

Ave Maria…

The Litany of Loretto

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.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Mother of Christ, pray for us.

Mother of divine grace, pray for us.

Mother most pure, pray for us.

Mother most chaste, pray for us.

Mother inviolate, pray for us.

Mother undefiled, pray for us.

Mother most amiable, pray for us.

Mother most admirable, pray for us.

Mother of Good Counsel, pray for us.

Mother of our Creator, pray for us.

Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.

Virgin most prudent, pray for us.

Virgin most venerable, pray for us.

Virgin most renowned, pray for us.

Virgin most powerful, pray for us.

Virgin most merciful, pray for us.

Virgin most faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us.

Seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Cause of our joy, pray for us.

Spiritual Vessel, pray for us.

Vessel of honour, pray for us.

Vessel of singular devotion, pray for us.

Mystical Rose, pray for us.

Tower of David, pray for us.

Tower of Ivory, pray for us.

House of gold, pray for us.

Ark of the covenant, pray for us.

Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

Morning star, pray for us.

Health of the sick, pray for us.

Refuge of sinners, pray for us.

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of Angels, pray for us.

Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.

Queen of Prophets, pray for us.

Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.

Queen of Confessors, pray for us.

Queen of Virgins, pray for us.

Queen of all saints, pray for us.

Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.

Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.**

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.

Queen of Peace, pray for 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.    The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R.    And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Let us pray.

O God, who by the message of an angel didst will that the divine Word should take flesh of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant unto us thy suppliants that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee.

 O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, graciously look down upon thy servant Pope Gregory XVIII, whom Thou hast chosen to be the Pastor of thy Church; and grant him, we beseech Thee, both by word and example, so to direct those over whom Thou hast placed him, that together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may attain eternal life.

 O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all holiness, listen to the pious prayers of thy Church, and grant that what we ask in faith we may effectually obtain, through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

[Source: the 1910 Raccolta, except the **inclusions to the Litany of Loretto, which were added after 1910].

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