5/8 Our Blessed Mother starts the Marian Movement of Priests through Fr. Gobbi in 1972

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“On the 8th of May, 1972, Don Stefano Gobbi was taking parti in a pilgrimage to Fatima and was praying in the little Chapel of the Apparitions for some priests who, besides having personally given up their own vocations, were attempting to form themselves into associations in rebellion against the Church’s authority.

“An interior force urged him to have confidence in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Our Lady, making use of him as a poor and humble instrument, would gather all those priests who would accept her invitation to consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart, to be strongly united to the Pope and to the Church united with him, and to bring the faithful into the secure refuge of her motherly Heart.

“Thus a powerful cohort would be formed, spread through every part of the world and gatherered together, not with human means of propaganda but with the supernatural power which springs from silence, from prayer, from suffering and from constant faithfulness to one’s duties.

“Don Stefano asked Our Lady interiorly for a little sign of confirmation.  She gave it to him promptly, before the end of that same moth, at the Shrine of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

“The Origin of the Marian Movement of Priests stems from this simple and interior inspiration which Don Stefano received in prayer at Fatima.”

From the Preface for the book To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons

5/3 Feast Day of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

S_St PhilipSt. Philip

 

 

S_St James the Less

 St. James the Minor

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Tomb of St. Philip and St. James the Minor

St. Philip, like Sts. Peter and Andrew, was of Bethesda in Galilee.  He died at Hierapolis in Phrygia on the cross, like them.  It is he whom Jesus addresses at the multiplication of the loaves, and it is through him as intermediary that the Gentiles seek to address the Savior.  To him also we owe what the Master said in His discourse at the Last Supper:  “Philip, who seethe Me, seethe My Father”.  To go to Christ is to go to God, for the works of the Messiah have proved His Divinity.  It is in virtue of His Divine nature that He rose again, and the two apostles whose Feast coincides with the Easter Feasts, by their martyrdom, confirm the truth of which they have been witnesses.

St. James, called the Minor, was of Cana in Galilee.  A cousin of our Lord, he had for brother the apostle Jude, and was made, by Peter, bishop of Jerusalem.  It is of him that St. Paul speaks when he says:  “I did not see any apostle except James the brother of the Lord.”  Called upon by the High Priest to deny Jesus, he was thrown down from the terrace of the Temple and his head was broken by the blow of a club.

Following the example of the Holy Apostles Philip and James, let us confess by a generous life the Divinity of the risen Christ.

5/2 – Saint Athanasius Feast Day

SAINT ATHANASIUS – Feast Day May 2
Bishop, Doctor of the Church
(296-373)

Saint Athanasius was born in Alexandria, Egypt, towards the end of the third century, and from his youth was pious, learned, and deeply versed in the sacred writings. He left the paternal home to be raised by the bishop of Alexandria like a new Samuel in the Lord’s temple, as befitted one whom God had chosen to be the champion and defender of His Church against the Arian heresy, which denied the Divinity of Christ.

While still a deacon, he was chosen by Saint Alexander, his bishop, to go with him to the Council of Nicea, A.D. 325. There he attracted the attention of all the prelates by the learning and ability with which he defended the Faith. Five months later, as Saint Alexander was dying, he recommended Athanasius for his successor as Patriarch of Alexandria, and in that office for forty-six years the new Patriarch bore the whole brunt of the Arian assault, often virtually alone and undefended.

When the invincible Athanasius refused to restore Arius to Catholic communion, he was exiled to Treves in France, and the Emperor ordered the Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople to receive the heresiarch. The end of that man of error is very instructive. He took an oath that he had always believed as the Church believes, though he taught that there was a time when the Word of God WAS NOT. Thereupon the Catholic Patriarch of Constantinople, with Saint James of Nisibe, who was in Constantinople at that time, Saint Athanasius in France and the Catholics everywhere, had recourse to fasting and prayer, that God would avert from the Church the frightful sacrilege. The day came for the solemn entrance of Arius into the great church of Saint Sophia. The heresiarch and his party set out, elated, in triumph. But before he reached the church, death smote him in an exemplary, swift and terrible way, and the dreaded sacrilege was averted.

Saint Athanasius stood unmoved against four Roman emperors, was banished five times, was the butt of every insult, calumny and wrong the Arians could devise, and lived in constant peril of death. Though strong as diamond in defense of the Faith, he was meek and humble, pleasant and winning in conversation, beloved by his flock, unwearied in labors, prayer and mortifications, eloquent in speech, and unsurpassed in zeal for souls. From his places of exile he wrote many great works for the instruction and strengthening of his flock, writings rich in thought and learning, clear, keen and stately in expression. He is honored as one of the greatest of the Doctors of the Church.

His admirers told the story of his response to a search party pursuing him downstream, as he retreated by boat. Knowing of their approach, he ordered the captain to change direction and return. When he crossed the search party on the river, they hailed him and asked whether he had seen the bishop of Alexandria pass by. He replied, “Continue; he is not far from here.” Restored to his see by the emperor Valens for fear of a popular uprising, the stormy life of the Saint closed in peace on May 2nd of the year 373.

5/1 Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker

     

Today is the Feast Day of St. Joseph

In the Unity of the Most Holy Divine Will, one with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, united to all souls past present an future, united to all the Hosts of Heaven and with the voice of all Creation,
we humbly kneel before
the Throne of Our Triune God,
linked to the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta
let us pray:
Dearest St Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary
through little mamma Luisa
may our Blessed Mother
lead us, teach us, mold us, refine us
into the True Image and Likeness of Her Son
during this holy month of May;
and write our names and the names of all our families
in Her Most Immaculate Heart. 
May Saint Joseph protect us and help us
as he did the Holy Family of Nazareth
with our families, our jobs, our countries
and in our Most Holy Catholic Church.
Amen.

5/1 The Mother of God in the Word of God

“Hold fast to the traditions that we have taught you,
 both by word of mouth and by letter.”
 -2 Thess. 2:15

 

Volume 24; August 15, 1928
Our Lord:  “This is why Her Maternity is extended to all, and all can boast and say:  ‘The Mother of Jesus is my Mother, and this Mother so Sweet, Lovable, Loving, gives Her Beloved Son to each one of us as pledge of Her Maternal Love.’  Only My Will could give Her this Virtue of conceiving all creatures as Her children, and of multiplying Her Jesus so many times for as many children as She had.”

5/1 – Feast of St. Joseph the Worker – prayers, YouTube videos and litany

May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  Please pray for all you know who are seeking steady work (or those who are in difficult work situations. Below are prayers, including prayers on YouTube and litany to St. Joseph.

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St. Joseph is also the patron of:

families, fathers, married people, social justice, realtors, against doubt, against hesitation, people in doubt, Americas, dying people, a happy death, expectant mothers, interior souls, immigrants, laborers, travelers and unborn children.  For a complete list: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-joseph/ 

 

  1. Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker
  2. Another Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker
  3. One minute video prayer on YouTube to St. Joseph for employment  and miraculous prayer on YouTube to St. Joseph in any need
  4. Prayer to St. Joseph for employment
  5. Litany of St. Joseph
  6. Prayer to St. Joseph for all your intentions

(1) Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

O glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.

(2) Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph, by the work of your hands and the sweat of your brow, you supported Jesus and Mary, and had the Son of God as your fellow worker. Teach me to work as you did, with patience and perseverance, for God and for those whom God has given me to support. Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all. Grant me to look upon work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall recognize in it my share in God’s own creative activity and in Christ’s work of our redemption, and so take pride in it. When it is pleasant and productive, remind me to give thanks to God for it. And when it is burdensome, teach me to offer it to God, in reparation for my sins and the sins of the world.

O good father Joseph! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows and joys, to obtain for me what I ask.


(insert your specific employment request here.)

 

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers, everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Be near to me in my last moments, that I may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)

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(3)                          Video Prayer to St. Joseph for employment:

 and

 


Video – Miraculous Prayer to St. Joseph

 

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(4) Prayer to St. Joseph for Employment


Dear Saint Joseph, you were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon me in my anxiety over my present inability to support my family. Please help me to find gainful employment very soon, so that this heavy burden of concern will be lifted from my heart and that I am soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to my care. Help us to guard against bitterness and discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. Amen.

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(5) Litany of St. Joseph,

 

Lord, have mercy on us

Christ, have mercy on us

 

Lord, have mercy on us

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 Spirit, have mercy on us

Holy Mary,  pray for us

 

St. Joseph, pray for us

Blessed offspring of David, pray for us

Light of patriarchs, pray for us

Spouse of the mother of God, pray for us

Chaste custodian of the Blessed Virgin, pray for us

Guardian of the Son of God, pray for us

Defender of Christ, pray for us

Head of the Holy Family, pray for us

O Joseph, most just, pray for us

O Joseph, most chaste, pray for us

O Joseph, most prudent, pray for us

O Joseph, most forceful, pray for us

O Joseph, most obedient, pray for us

O Joseph, most faithful, pray for us

Mirror of patience, pray for us

Lover of poverty, pray for us

Model of laborers, pray for us

Patriarch of the home, pray for us

Protector of virgins, pray for us

Strength of the family, pray for us

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us

Hope of the sick, pray for us

Patron of the dying, pray for us

Terror of demons, pray for us

Protector of the church, pray for us

 

Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world,

forgive us O Lord

Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, 

hear us O Lord

Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

 

Let us pray

 

Lord Jesus, through the merits of the devoted spouse

of your most holy Mother, help us, we beseech thee,

that what of ourselves we cannot obtain,

may be granted through the intercession

of the Most Holy Patriarch, Saint Joseph.

You who reign with God, the Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and forever.

 

Amen.

 

(6) Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you. You are powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with all who are dear to me, to your intercession. By the love you have for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and assist me at the hour of my death. Glorious Saint Joseph, be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.  Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.  Through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.   (MENTION YOUR INTENTIONS)