Tagged: Catholic prayers

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teenagers

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore eyes. The 16th century was very similar to the 21st century.  The times were lax, morally careless, self-indulgent. Aloysius saw the decadence around him and was determined not to be part...

St. Germaine: Patroness of the Abused and Disabled

Today, June 15 is the feast day of St. Germaine Cousin, a simple and devout young girl who lived in Pibrac, France in the late 1500s. She was born in 1579 to a humble family. Her father was a farmer, and her mother died when she was still an infant. She was born with a deformed right arm and hand, as well as the disease...

St. Ephrem: Doctor of the Church

  June 9 is the optional memorial of St. Ephrem of Syria, deacon, Doctor of the Church, hymnographer, and theologian of the 4th century. Known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”, St. Ephrem was born around 306 A.D. in Nisibis, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). He is the only Syrian Father who is honored as a Doctor of the Universal Church. Ephrem was baptized at the...

Beautiful Prayers for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day...

St. Philip Neri: Patron Saint of Joy

May 26 is the feast of St. Philip Neri. He has a special place in my heart because he was on fire with love for the Lord and had a wonderful way of drawing others to the Faith — through his warm sense of humor and charismatic personality. He treated everyone with equal dignity and respect and dedicated himself to helping others, regardless of their...

St. Ignatius of Laconi: Man of Charity and Humility

  The saint of the day for May 11th is St. Ignatius of Laconi, a Capuchin Friar. Born on December 18, 1701 the second of seven children, to a poor Italian farming family, he received the name Francis Ignatius Vincent after St. Francis of Assisi, who had interceded for his safe delivery at birth. In turn, his mother promised the saint that she would name her...

Our Lady of Fatima Novena starts Thursday

On May 13, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1917, she appeared six times to three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal. The three little children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The message that she shared...

Our Lady of Good Counsel: Patroness of those seeking enlightenment

  Today is the optional memorial of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the patroness of those seeking enlightenment. On the Feast of Saint Mark, the Evangelist, April 25 1467, the people of Genazzano, Italy witnessed a marvelous sight. A cloud descended upon an ancient church dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel. When the cloud disappeared, an image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus was...

Good Friday: Divine Mercy Novena Begins

    Divine Mercy Novena Prayers First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena Intention: Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me. Novena Prayers: Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on...

St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland

  March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was a missionary and bishop and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.” St. Patrick is the patron saint of: engineers, excluded people, those who fear snakes, and snake bites. St. Patrick was born in Wales about 385 AD. His given name was Maewyn. Until he was 16, he considered...