St. Anthony of Padua Doctor of the Church

Prayer to St Anthony of Padua, “Hammer of Heretics”

No Catholic who takes the salvation of his immortal soul seriously can ignore the intercessory power of Saint Anthony of Padua. Over and above all of the little things we ask Saint Anthony to find after we have lost them, Saint Anthony of Padua, an exemplary preacher of the truths of the Catholic Faith, must be invoked today in our times under one of his most important titles, “The Hammer of Heretics.” We may wonder at the zeal that consumed St. Anthony to proclaim the truth of Christ Jesus among the dangerous heretics, but it is no wonder that his[…]

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Virgin Mary crushing dragon

Marks of False Devotion to Virgin Mary

From “The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” by Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort. Now that we have established these five basic truths, it is all the more necessary to make the right choice of the true devotion to our Blessed Lady, for now more than ever there are false devotions to her which can easily be mistaken for true ones. The devil, like a counterfeiter and crafty, experienced deceiver, has already misled and ruined many Christians by means of fraudulent devotions to our Lady. Day by day he uses his diabolical experience to lead many more to their doom, fooling them,[…]

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Anointing of the Sick

Extreme Unction: Anointing of the Sick in the Light of Catholic Faith

The following guide on the Anointing of the Sick comes from an informative and rare book: “Saints to Help the Sick and the Dying“. The purpose of this book is to bring before the minds of the faithful, in all walks of life, priests and Religious as well, the various saints who are invoked against specific ailments and diseases. The book also includes a chapter on the Sacraments of Confession, Communion of the Sick,  and the Last Rite prayers (the rite is sublime) from the Roman Ritual. THE ANOINTING IN THE sorrow-laden hour of sickness we turn to the Church for[…]

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BLESSING PSALTER by St. Arsenios of Cappadocia

BLESSING PSALTER by St. Arsenios of Cappadocia

THE PSALTER AS A BOOK OF NEEDS, according to the usage of St. Arsenios of Cappadocia, as transmitted by the Athonite Elder Paisios. Translated for the St. Pachomius Library by Vassilios Kollias edited by Karen Rae Keck. This document is in the public domain. Copying it is encouraged. A collection of Psalms as has been given by the Orthodox Saint ordered after the type of their specific use. “Father Arsenios proclaimed true Orthodoxy with his Orthodox life. He mortified his flesh in asceticism from his ardent love of God, and modified souls with the Grace of God. He believed deeply and[…]

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Marks of Authentic Devotion to Our Lady

From “The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” by Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort. After having explained and condemned false devotions to the Blessed Virgin we shall now briefly describe what true devotion is. It is interior, trustful, holy, constant and disinterested. Marks of Authentic Devotion to Our Lady First, true devotion to our Lady is interior, that is, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her, the high regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her.  Second, it is trustful, that is to say, it fills[…]

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Red Rose - the Symbol of Pure Intentions

41st Rose of The Secret of Rosary

On the 41st Rose of The Secret of Rosary St. Louis De Montfort said that one who is in mortal sin and desires not come out of it should not pray the Rosary because the Rosary would become the weapon of destruction instead of help from Mary for that sinner. Clearly, one can pray the rosary and wear the brown scapular without being a good Catholic. These devotions are powerful means of grace even in the hands of obstinate sinners, but it would be presumptuous to lead a bad life and expect to be saved.  St. Louis De Montfort further highlights that[…]

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Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Annunciation, also referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary or Annunciation of the Lord, is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation. Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus, meaning “Saviour”. It is one of the twelve Great Feasts of the church year.  Many Christians observe this event with the Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, nine full months before Christmas, the birthday of Jesus. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope[…]

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Prayer to Our Queen of Victory

Prayer to Our Queen of Victory

O Mary, merciful Refuge of Sinners and Mother of all mankind! Behold how many souls are lost every hour! Behold how countless millions of those who live in India, in China, and in barbarous regions do not yet know Our Lord Jesus Christ! See, too, how many others are far from the bosom of Mother Church which is Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman! O Mary, … life of our hearts … let not the Precious Blood and fruits of Redemption be lost for so many souls! Grant that a ray of Heavenly light may shine forth to enlighten those many blinded[…]

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Our Lady of the Rosary

The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

For the Feast of THE MOST HOLY ROSARY – [October 7] It is customary with men of the world to balance their accounts at the end of the year, and ascertain their profits. The Church is now preparing to do the same. We shall soon see her solemnly numbering her elect, taking an inventory of her holy relics, visiting the tombs of those who sleep in the Lord, and counting the sanctuaries, both new and old, that have been consecrated to her divine Spouse. But today’s reckoning is a more solemn one, the profits more considerable: she opens her balance-sheet with[…]

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The Sign of the-Cross

The Sign of The Cross

Mgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume has compiled a magnificent collection of history and commentary from the saints and fathers and doctors, as well as his own meditations and exhortations regarding this most powerful prayer. With the Brief of His Holiness, Pope Plus IX, who attaches, to the Sign of the Cross, an indulgence of Fifty Days. BRIEF OF HIS HOLINESS PIUS IX, POPE. FOR ETERNAL REMEMBRANCE. Being fully certain that the salutary mystery of the redemption and the divine virtue are contained in the Sign of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the faithful of the primitive Church made the most frequent[…]

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Act of Contrition

Act of Contrition – Traditional Version

O MY GOD, I am heartily sorry for offending Thee.And I detest all my sinsbecause I dread the loss of heaven and the fires of hell,but most of all,because they offend Thee, my God,Who art all good and deserving of all my love.I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,to confess my sins,to do penance and to amend my life.Amen. On The Number Of Sins Beyond Which God Pardons No More “Non tentabis Dominum Deum tuum Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” – Matt., 4:7 Virgo SacrataVIRGO SACRATA is a Christian mission-driven online resource and shop inspired[…]

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Our Lady of Victory

The Litany to Our Blessed Lady of Liberation and Victories

In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted “Our Lady of Victory” as an annual feast in thanksgiving for Mary’s patronage in the victory of the Holy League over the Muslim Turks in the Battle of Lepanto. Two years later, in 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of this feast day to Feast of the Holy Rosary. And in 1716, Pope Clement XI extended the feast to the whole of the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic Calendar and assigning it to the first Sunday in October. In 1913, Pope Pius X changed the date to October 7, as[…]

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