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St Kateri


July 14 is the feastday of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha patron of the environment and ecology. She was the daughter of a Mohawk Warrier. She had a life of trial from 4 years old, losing her parents and brother to chicken pox and she survived but with her body disfigured by the chicken pox. She was adopted by family but discovered Jesus and was soon baptized. She suffered a lot of hostility because of her faith and zeal, but she still pursued her christian faith, attending Mass, helping the elderly, sick and poor. Due to poor health she passed away at the age of 24 years.

Her canonization was attributed to a miraculous cure of a little boy Jake aged 5 years, who in 2006 had an accident and was infected seriously by the flesh eating bacteria. He was critically ill and underwent intensive treatment and surgeries. A priest was called to pray for him at the hospital and it so happened that the parish was holding a novena to Blessed Kateri at that time. The priest asked the congregation of the church to pray for Jake. He was miraculously cured. St Kateri was canonized in 2012.

Saint Kateri pray for us!

Here is a photo of Pope Benedict giving Holy Communion to Jake the boy who was cured, at the canonization ceremony in Rome in 2012.


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“God most powerful!
No evil can resist you because you are goodness itself,
no smallness can oppose you for you are greatness;
no time, for you are eternity;
no weakness, for you are power;
no ignorance, for you are wisdom;
no hate, for you are love;
no vice, for you are virtue;
no falsehood, for you are truth;
no suffering, for you are glory;
no imperfection, for you are perfection itself.
Therefore can anything resist, deflect, or diminish you? “
– Blessed Raymond Lull (1234-1316), martyr, Feast day June 30

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Faith seeks understanding. I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.
– Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), Benedictine abbot, Doctor of the Church, Feast day April 21

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Holy Jesus, as the prioress of her Dominican convent, Saint Agnes of Montepulciano served her sisters as if she were serving You personally. She believed that You—and not herself—was the one who was really in charge of the convent. In everything she did, she put You first and found great satisfaction in doing difficult penances and in humbling herself toward others. I ask her to pray for the right attitude in the way I treat people. Remind me that it is always You whom I serve, and give me eyes that can see You when I look at everyone else. Teach me how to put You in charge of my home, my job and my ministry.
Saint Agnes, pray for me. Amen.
– Saint Agnes of Montepulciano (1268 – 1317), Dominican prioress, Feast day April 20

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6a4113eba39b54c2d1ce30909b714028Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us.

Both are good when both are possible.

Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.

If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly.

When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.

Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636),
Doctor of the Church,
Feast day April 4

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Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults
Which Thou has borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly,
Day by day. Amen.
– Saint Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), Feast day April 3

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On 2 June 1938, Our Lord Jesus appeared to St Faustina and asked her to be His Secretary – to write down from now on what He would tell her, to tell the world of His Divine Mercy and to prepare the world for His Second Coming.

In this day and age of spiritual warfare, we need to be reminded time again of this book by St Faustina –

Jesus began, “My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare” (1760). 

  1. Never trust in yourself but abandon yourself totally to My will.
  1. In desolation, darkness and various doubts, have recourse to Me and to your spiritual director. He will always answer you in my name.
  1. Do not bargain with any temptation; lock yourself immediately in My Heart.
  1. At the first opportunity, reveal the temptation to the confessor.
  1. Put your self-love in the last place, so that it does not taint your deeds.
  1. Bear with yourself with great patience.
  1. Do not neglect interior mortifications.
  1. Always justify to yourself the opinions of your superiors and of your confessor.
  1. Shun murmurs like a plague. (Rumors, gossip)
  1. Let all act as they like; you are to act, as I want you to.
  1. Observe the rule as faithfully as you can.
  1. If someone causes you trouble, think what good you can do for the person who caused you to suffer.
  1. Do not pour out your feelings.
  1. Be silent when you are rebuked.
  1. Do not ask everyone’s opinion, but only the opinion of your confessor; be as frank and simple as a child with him.
  1. Do not become discouraged by ingratitude.
  1. Do not examine with curiosity the roads down which I lead you.

The need to know, and curiosity about the future is a temptation that has led too many people into the backrooms of psychics, witches, etc. Choose to walk in faith. Decide to trust in God who leads you on the path to heaven. Resist the spirit of curiosity always.

  1. When boredom and discouragement beat against your heart, run away from yourself and hide in My heart.
  1. Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us.
  1. Always fight with the deep conviction that I am with you.
  1. Do not be guided by feeling, because it is not always under your control; but all merit lies in the will.
  1. Always depend upon your superiors, even in the smallest things.
  1. I will not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations; on the contrary, prepare for great battles.
  1. Know that you are on a great stage where all heaven and earth are watching you.
  1. Fight like a knight, so I can reward you. Do not be unduly fearful, because you are not alone.

For more information on “fighting like a knight” please visitwww.foundationforpriests.org spiritual warfare section.

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Do not begin to paddle unless you intend always to paddle.
– Saint John de Brebeuf (1593-1649), martyr, Feast day March 16

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O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below your Heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.

Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.

This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Whosoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle.

Make this prayer known everywhere.

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193   “God’s will —  peacefully do at each moment what at that moment ought to be done.
– Saint Katharine Drexel (1858-1955), Feast day March 3

Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She began by donating money but soon concluded that more was needed – the lacking ingredient was people. Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Black and Native American peoples, whose members would work for the betterment of those they were called to serve. From the age of 33 until her death in 1955, she dedicated her life and a fortune of 20 million dollars to this work. In 1894, Mother Drexel took part in opening the first mission school for Indians, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other schools quickly followed – for Native Americans west of the MississippiRiver, and for the blacks in the southern part of the United States. In 1915 she also founded Xavier University in New Orleans. At her death there were more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country. Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988.

Because of her lifelong dedication to her faith and her selfless service to the oppressed, Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 1, 2000 to become only the second recognized American-born saint

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