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SAINTS ABDON AND SENNEN Martyrs; OUR LADY"S SATURDAY Sanctae Mariae Sabbato



SAINTS ABDON AND SENNEN
Martyrs
OUR LADY"S SATURDAY

SIMPLE / RED
These Persian nobles were taken to Rome as captives by Emperor Decius, after his campaign in their country. During those years of persecution, they bore courageous witness to Christ and reverently buried the bodies of the martyrs. Abdon and Sennen were themselves arrested and exposed to wild beasts in the Colosseum, about A.D. 250.

INTROIT Ps. 78:11, 12, 10
Let the sighs of the imprisoned come before You, O Lord. Pay back to our neighbors seven times over into their bosoms, and avenge the shedding of the blood of Your saints.
Ps. 78:1. O God, strangers have come into Your inheritance; they have defiled Your holy temple, they have made Jerusalem desolate as an orchard watchtower.
V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
O God, Your saints Abdon and Sennen came to their present glory through Your abundant gifts of grace. Grant the forgiveness of sins to all Your servants that they may be delivered from all harm through the merits of Your saints. Through our Lord . . .

EPISTLE II Cor. 6:4-10
Brethren: But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, In the word of truth, in the power of God: by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left: By honour and dishonour: by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true: as unknown and yet known: As dying and behold we live: as chastised and not killed: As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as needy, yet enriching many: as having nothing and possessing all things.

GRADUAL Ex. 15:11, 6
Glorious is God in His saints, marvelous in majesty, worker of wonders.
V. Your right hand, O Lord, is magnificent in power, Your right hand has slain the enemy.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Sap. 3:1
The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matt. 5:1-12
At that time, Jesus, seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth he taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart: they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice for your reward is very great in heaven."

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 67:36
God is wonderful in His saints. The God of Israel Himself gives power and strength to His people. Blessed be God!

SECRET
May this Sacrifice, O Lord, which we offer in remembrance of the birthdays of Your saints, free us from the slavery of sin and win for us the gift of Your mercy. Through our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 78:2, 11
They have given the dead bodies of Your servants, O Lord, as food to the birds of the air, and the flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth. With Your great power, save the sons of those who have been put to death.

POSTCOMMUNION
O Lord, may this sacred rite wash away our sins and fulfill our reasonable desires, through the intercession of Your holy martyrs Abdon and Sennen. Through our Lord . . .


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Saint Martha

Martyrdom of Sts. Simplicius & Faustinus

SAINT MARTHA
Virgin

SAINTS FELIX, SIMPLICIUS, FAUSTINUS,AND BEATRICE
Martyrs

SIMPLE / WHITE

Martha was the active and anxious sister of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, and Mary, the contemplative, whom the Lord said "has chosen the best part." [Luke 10:42]

Introit
Ps 44:8
You love justice and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
Ps 44:2
My heart overflows with a goodly theme; as I sing my ode to the King.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
You love justice and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

COLLECT

Hear our prayer, O God our Saviour, and let us learn the spirit of true devotion from Your blessed virgin Martha, as we joyfully celebrate her feast.

Commemoration of SAINTS FELIX, SIMPLICIUS, FAUSTINUS, AND BEATRICE

Pope Felix II was martyred in Tuscany, Italy, in the fourth century. The brothers Simplicius and Faustinus and their sister, Beatrice, gave their lives for Christ at Rome, A.D. 303.

O Lord, all Christian nations joyfully unite today to celebrate the feast of your martyrs Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrice. Grant that the faithful may rejoice in it through all eternity and share the triumph of Your saints which they commemorate. Through our Lord . . .

Lesson
Lesson from the second letter of St Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
2 Cor. 10:17-18; 11:1-2
Brethren: He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord. For he is not approved who commends himself, but he whom the Lord commends. Would to God that you could bear with a little of my foolishness! Nay, do bear with me! For I am jealous for you with a divine jealousy. For I betrothed you to one spouse, that I might present you a chaste virgin to Christ.

Gradual
Ps 44:5
In your splendor and your beauty ride on triumphant, and reign.
V. In the cause of truth and mercy and for the sake of justice: may your right hand show you wondrous deeds. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 44:15-16
V. Behind her the virgins of her train are brought to the King. They are borne in to You with gladness. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Luke 10:38-42

At that time, Jesus entered into a certain town: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary. who, sitting also at the Lord's feet, heard his word. But Martha was busy about much serving. Who stood and said: "Lord, hast thou no care that my sister hath left me alone to serve? Speak to her therefore, that she help me." And the Lord answering, said to her: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and art troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her."

SECRET

Accept this gift, O Lord, from a people dedicated to You. We offer it in honor of Your saints for the help we have received from them when we were in trouble.

Commemoration of SAINTS FELIX, SIMPICIUS, FAUSTINUS, AND BEATRICE

We offer our gifts, O Lord, in memory of Your holy martyrs Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrice, and pray that they may obtain forgiveness and salvation for us. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION

O Lord, You have feasted Your family with the Food of Heaven. may we always be refreshed through the intercession of Your saint whose feast we celebrate this day.

Commemoration of SAINTS FELIX, SIMPLICIUS, FAUSTINUS, AND BEATRICE

We ask, Almighty God, that the celebration of this heavenly Sacrifice on the feast of Your martyrs Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, and Beatrice, may bring us Your merciful pardon. Through our Lord . . .







 
      (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ
July 29, 2016
St. Martha
Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2016)

As I was sitting here looking very stupidly at my computer screen, not knowing what to write, I got a text from Kelly, a shipmate in Texas. She asked me a great question:
"I have been very concerned about Our Lady's last message. I know you said it was good news that she is looking at us, but I'm worried about the lost part. I didn't know I was lost. ("Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost;)
"It reminds me of a time when I was a new driver heading to my friend's house. I was driving along when I realized I didn't know where I was or how to get back! I was lost and scared. I had to call my dad from the toll booth lady for directions home! No GPS then! Can you say something about this??"
Hmmm.... Kelly was headed to her friend's house. This was a good destination, a good choice. But somehow she missed her way, and ended up in unknown territory. She got lost, but it took a while to realize it! Thank the Lord for the toll booth lady, through whom she could call her dad!!!
I think Our Lady may be warning us about the direction we are going in. Even if we think we have chosen a good destination, we may be misdirected, headed the wrong way. And it could take a while to realize it! We may be choosing heaven, but we may not be going the right way to get there.
I think the answer is in the next sentence of the message. Our Lady says, "Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man." Kelly was driving along, independent, enjoying her new found freedom as a driver, and she got lost. But how did she find her way? She called her dad!! She called her father, the one who was responsible for her and knew the way! What does Our Lady tell us: "Put God in the first place and not man." She tells us not to think that the human race can find its own way. We can't. We need to be directed by the Father of the human race, God Himself. He is the one who knows the way to life, to eternity, to happiness, to home. We need to phone God the Father, if we can find the toll booth lady!!
All kidding aside, it seems to me that in our age of the world, with our technology, our power, our science, our systems, we humans think we know the way home, the way to happiness and peace. We are listening to each other all the time, with our opinions about what is good and evil, what is human and not human, what is just and not just, what is love and what is not love. And most of those opinions have been formed without God. They are leading us on a wild goose chase, and we are getting more and more lost from the Truth.
The fruit of putting man in the first place is complete chaos.
But we have a toll booth lady, Mary, our Mother! And she is waiting for us to come to her booth, borrow her phone, and call our Dad!! She will help us find the way home! She will get us in touch with the One who made us and knows exactly what will make us happy, peaceful, just, holy, and ready for eternity. She will give us a direct line to our Dad if we let her. It is through prayer.
I believe it is easy to get lost these days. One day spent without prayer, without the prayer Fr. Maximilian was talking about in his homily, is all it can take to get us hopelessly off track. We need to stay in touch with our heavenly GPS, the Father! He will give us the road signs we need to find our way to Him, if we stay on the line, and listen to Him every day.
I don't think Our Lady is telling each of us that we are lost. Most of you are already in communication with the Lord, and finding your way. But she is looking at us collectively, and she sees where our human societies are headed. And she knows how powerful the pull is on us, even those of us who pray, to go with the flow and get lost. We must do as she says: "Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you."
Maybe we can help others to turn off the wrong road as well, if we pray with the heart and seek God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength! The key is putting God in the first place!!!  (And finding the toll booth lady!!  She's in Medjugorje!)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016
PS. On Monday, August 1, the 27 Mladifest Medjugorje 2016 begins!! From August 1 to 6, 2016, youth from all over the world will gather in Medjugorje for six days of prayer, witnessing and worship!! Mary TV will live stream as much of the youth festival as we possibly can. Here is a link to the daily schedule:
During this time, we will have to change our streaming schedule to accommodate the festival:
There will be no "Hour of Mercy" from August 1 through 5
The Daily Rosary will air at 3:00 pm Medjugorje time (9:00 am EDT) from August 2 through 5
We will also record Mirjana's Apparition on August 2, Lord willing, and post it on Tuesday as soon as we can!
Join us for this joyous and very important festival. And pray for our team, as they will be working in the heat all day long to film and transmit this time of prayer and sharing for young people!!
God bless!!




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"When the well is dry, we will know the worth of water." ~ Benjamin Franklin
Help us bring clean water to these school children in Mutomo, Kenya.
Dear Friends,

The people of Mutomo, Kenya, know the worth of water.

They are thirsty every day.

For children in this region, dehydration is the norm. Too many of these boys and girls are expected to make long, dangerous journeys to and from water. And, at the end of these journeys, the water that they collect is often contaminated, leading to a host of health issues.
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This July, let the Spirit of the Lord flow through you and help us reach our goal of delivering clean water to six primary schools in Mutomo, Kenya. Your support will allow us to purchase sustainable filtration systems, which will quench the thirst of thousands of children.
"Those who drink the water I will give them, will never be thirsty again.” John 4:14

This summer, the weather for many of us has been very hot. Most of us are fortunate that we can quench our thirst with a short walk to the sink. Today, I humbly ask you to consider being a spring of salvation for these school children in Kenya, so that they may have access something we often take for granted.
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MARIAN INSPIRATIONS: Mary TV July 28, 2016 Reflection - Return to prayer!!



 
      (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ
July 28, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2016)

"Return to prayer, little children..."
Fr. Maximilian gave a homily on prayer at English Mass in Medjugorje, July 24, 2016. It was the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. And the readings were Gen 18:20-32, Col 2:12-14, Lk 11:1-13.
Lord, teach us how to pray. We should always ask this question. Jesus, teach us how to pray. Jesus, pray in us, for we don't know how to pray. We should never say, "I know how to pray." Because we are always beginners.
Prayer (the first word makes it clear) - Father - is a relation. A relation is always new. A relation is not a technique. If I enter into a relation with a technique, I don't love that person, I am trying to manipulate. It easily becomes a temptation to possession. And when there is possession in a relationship, there is no love. It is the opposite of love, because love is to give oneself.
And so in prayer, we start, empty handed. We give ourselves, and God gives Himself. That is a loving relation. When the disciples ask Jesus, "Teach us how to pray," He teaches them a vocal prayer. Vocal prayer is the foundation of all other prayers. If we see our spiritual lives like a building, vocal prayer is the ground floor, the earth. Because the earth is a sign of our body. It is the participation of our body in prayer. We pronounce words.
Vocal prayer can be said either in forms or in written prayer like the "Our Father", the prayer that Jesus gave us. Or they can also be free words. Both are good. Obviously when we pray according to forms already given to us, like the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Psalms, or when we pray with the Word of God, God teaches us how to speak with Him. Because by ourselves, we as human creatures in relation to God, we only stutter. We don't know how to pray as St. Paul says to us. The Holy Spirit is guiding us into prayer, because without God we don't know what to say.
But as St. Paul says, He teaches us to pray, and in these prayers we read in the Holy Bible, God teaches us which words to use. It's wonderful. It's wonderful to pray the Our Father, and the Hail Mary (which contains words from the Bible, at least the first part, with the very important words, the words of the Incarnation) and in the Psalms we learn how to speak to God in the way that He wants us to speak to Him, like the way the mother and father teach a child to speak!
We don't know the language of God yet, which is the language of love. It is the language of relation, father and son. John Paul II spoke about prayer, that prayer is a relation between "I" and "you".   We think in the beginning when we start to pray that the "I" is more important. I have to say this prayer, I have to finish this novena, I have to pray the Rosary and say this and that prayer, and inform God about all my needs. That is all good and holy.
But as we go along we discover that it is not all about the "I" but about the "you". Because for God, from the heart of God, He starts our prayer. Our prayer is always an answer. We have to learn to listen to the voice of God, to allow the Holy Spirit to breath on us and to guide us into the depths of prayer.
Vocal prayer is the foundation. After that comes meditation, comes contemplation, which are higher levels that reach up to heaven. But we should never climb up there by ourselves. Only if we are guided by the Holy Spirit. Theresa of Avilla makes it very clear. "He who wants to arrive at contemplation by himself makes a big mistake." We enter humbly, we pray vocal prayer, we meditate, and we listen to the Holy Spirit. And if He wants He helps us up.
In His house we know there is an elevator. If we go in that elevator which is the heart of Mary, she brings you straight up to the highest contemplation by saying a simple Our Father or Hail Mary!
Prayer is a relation. A familiar relation, Father. We ask the Father the greatest things. We ask the Father for His Glory. The first thing to ask is always the Glory of God because that is the end of all creation, is for God to be glorified.
And the best way is our sanctification, His Kingdom in us, in our midst and our hearts. And in the rest of the Our Father are the means to achieve these two fundamental goals. The first one, God Glorified, is the primary one. But how is this, that through our earthly relations, our familiar relations we can be heard. It may be difficult for us to speak to the Father in a friendly way because maybe we have not known our father or he has beaten us, so Jesus, for this reason and also other reasons, immediately he brings the parable about the friend.
In this parable, He speaks about a friend who speaks with another friend about a third friend. What does it mean but that God wants to be your friend? Mary has said in her messages, "You forget that God is your greatest friend." And if there is true friendship with God, no storm can destroy it.
Now friends trust. And you can ask a friend anything. You see Abraham in the first reading, (Gen 18:20-32) that he dared to ask God again and again, please for more and more, he asked for more. But he stopped at 10, he should have stopped at one. He didn't know Jesus! We can and we should ask God for the impossible, for the salvation of all. Obviously every prayer is heard. Jesus says, "Ask and you will receive, knock and it will be open to you." He means that when we pray according to His will, when we pray for something which is needed, necessary and according for salvation, then He wants to give us all, all, everything. Because it is He Himself who prays in us.
Paul stated clearly, twice, that the Holy Spirit speaks in us, He prays in us, He cries in us. It is not only speaking, when we compose a prayer or contemplate our piety, but it becomes a cry, it becomes loud "Abba, Father!!!" We don't say it, but the Holy Spirit in us does. In Romans 8 it says that the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray "Abba Father". And in Galatians, the Holy Spirit in us prays. It is a collaboration with the Holy Spirit. In our prayer we have to listen to the Holy Spirit.
More and more it is not just a form, it is not just a duty, like the elder son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son who says, "I have always slaved for you, and you have never even given me a kid goat for my friends - to celebrate with my friends." Because the father is not his friend, he was just the master and the son was the servant. That is not the way that God wants us to be with Him. Pray, worship Him, love Him, like a father, like a friend, like the best friend, the true friend. The word "charity" actually means friendship with God.
And so Abraham, through many tries becomes the "friend" of God. Why? Because he trusted God. He trusted God and so he could ask. And it was not he who asked good things and God was hesitating. Ok for fifty, ok for forty, ok for thirty, ok for even ten. No it was the Holy Spirit prompting Abraham, but Abraham was ready to ask so much because he had a heart full of mercy.
So God now is looking through Mary here in Medjugorje, and in the whole world, for people who have a friendship with God, who believe in His mercy so much that they dare to ask for the salvation of all. For mercy for all in the Year of Mercy where we talk about mercy, we read about mercy, we should start to invoke mercy.
Invoke mercy for our countries, for our families, for the world. God needs those friends who believe in His mercy, so that the Holy Spirit through us can cry out to God and God will listen to this cry. (English Mass Homily, July 24, 2016. Fr. Maximilian Dalve)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016




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Saint John Paul II
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      (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ
July 28, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2016)

"Return to prayer, little children..."
Fr. Maximilian gave a homily on prayer at English Mass in Medjugorje, July 24, 2016. It was the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. And the readings were Gen 18:20-32, Col 2:12-14, Lk 11:1-13.
Lord, teach us how to pray. We should always ask this question. Jesus, teach us how to pray. Jesus, pray in us, for we don't know how to pray. We should never say, "I know how to pray." Because we are always beginners.
Prayer (the first word makes it clear) - Father - is a relation. A relation is always new. A relation is not a technique. If I enter into a relation with a technique, I don't love that person, I am trying to manipulate. It easily becomes a temptation to possession. And when there is possession in a relationship, there is no love. It is the opposite of love, because love is to give oneself.
And so in prayer, we start, empty handed. We give ourselves, and God gives Himself. That is a loving relation. When the disciples ask Jesus, "Teach us how to pray," He teaches them a vocal prayer. Vocal prayer is the foundation of all other prayers. If we see our spiritual lives like a building, vocal prayer is the ground floor, the earth. Because the earth is a sign of our body. It is the participation of our body in prayer. We pronounce words.
Vocal prayer can be said either in forms or in written prayer like the "Our Father", the prayer that Jesus gave us. Or they can also be free words. Both are good. Obviously when we pray according to forms already given to us, like the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Psalms, or when we pray with the Word of God, God teaches us how to speak with Him. Because by ourselves, we as human creatures in relation to God, we only stutter. We don't know how to pray as St. Paul says to us. The Holy Spirit is guiding us into prayer, because without God we don't know what to say.
But as St. Paul says, He teaches us to pray, and in these prayers we read in the Holy Bible, God teaches us which words to use. It's wonderful. It's wonderful to pray the Our Father, and the Hail Mary (which contains words from the Bible, at least the first part, with the very important words, the words of the Incarnation) and in the Psalms we learn how to speak to God in the way that He wants us to speak to Him, like the way the mother and father teach a child to speak!
We don't know the language of God yet, which is the language of love. It is the language of relation, father and son. John Paul II spoke about prayer, that prayer is a relation between "I" and "you".   We think in the beginning when we start to pray that the "I" is more important. I have to say this prayer, I have to finish this novena, I have to pray the Rosary and say this and that prayer, and inform God about all my needs. That is all good and holy.
But as we go along we discover that it is not all about the "I" but about the "you". Because for God, from the heart of God, He starts our prayer. Our prayer is always an answer. We have to learn to listen to the voice of God, to allow the Holy Spirit to breath on us and to guide us into the depths of prayer.
Vocal prayer is the foundation. After that comes meditation, comes contemplation, which are higher levels that reach up to heaven. But we should never climb up there by ourselves. Only if we are guided by the Holy Spirit. Theresa of Avilla makes it very clear. "He who wants to arrive at contemplation by himself makes a big mistake." We enter humbly, we pray vocal prayer, we meditate, and we listen to the Holy Spirit. And if He wants He helps us up.
In His house we know there is an elevator. If we go in that elevator which is the heart of Mary, she brings you straight up to the highest contemplation by saying a simple Our Father or Hail Mary!
Prayer is a relation. A familiar relation, Father. We ask the Father the greatest things. We ask the Father for His Glory. The first thing to ask is always the Glory of God because that is the end of all creation, is for God to be glorified.
And the best way is our sanctification, His Kingdom in us, in our midst and our hearts. And in the rest of the Our Father are the means to achieve these two fundamental goals. The first one, God Glorified, is the primary one. But how is this, that through our earthly relations, our familiar relations we can be heard. It may be difficult for us to speak to the Father in a friendly way because maybe we have not known our father or he has beaten us, so Jesus, for this reason and also other reasons, immediately he brings the parable about the friend.
In this parable, He speaks about a friend who speaks with another friend about a third friend. What does it mean but that God wants to be your friend? Mary has said in her messages, "You forget that God is your greatest friend." And if there is true friendship with God, no storm can destroy it.
Now friends trust. And you can ask a friend anything. You see Abraham in the first reading, (Gen 18:20-32) that he dared to ask God again and again, please for more and more, he asked for more. But he stopped at 10, he should have stopped at one. He didn't know Jesus! We can and we should ask God for the impossible, for the salvation of all. Obviously every prayer is heard. Jesus says, "Ask and you will receive, knock and it will be open to you." He means that when we pray according to His will, when we pray for something which is needed, necessary and according for salvation, then He wants to give us all, all, everything. Because it is He Himself who prays in us.
Paul stated clearly, twice, that the Holy Spirit speaks in us, He prays in us, He cries in us. It is not only speaking, when we compose a prayer or contemplate our piety, but it becomes a cry, it becomes loud "Abba, Father!!!" We don't say it, but the Holy Spirit in us does. In Romans 8 it says that the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray "Abba Father". And in Galatians, the Holy Spirit in us prays. It is a collaboration with the Holy Spirit. In our prayer we have to listen to the Holy Spirit.
More and more it is not just a form, it is not just a duty, like the elder son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son who says, "I have always slaved for you, and you have never even given me a kid goat for my friends - to celebrate with my friends." Because the father is not his friend, he was just the master and the son was the servant. That is not the way that God wants us to be with Him. Pray, worship Him, love Him, like a father, like a friend, like the best friend, the true friend. The word "charity" actually means friendship with God.
And so Abraham, through many tries becomes the "friend" of God. Why? Because he trusted God. He trusted God and so he could ask. And it was not he who asked good things and God was hesitating. Ok for fifty, ok for forty, ok for thirty, ok for even ten. No it was the Holy Spirit prompting Abraham, but Abraham was ready to ask so much because he had a heart full of mercy.
So God now is looking through Mary here in Medjugorje, and in the whole world, for people who have a friendship with God, who believe in His mercy so much that they dare to ask for the salvation of all. For mercy for all in the Year of Mercy where we talk about mercy, we read about mercy, we should start to invoke mercy.
Invoke mercy for our countries, for our families, for the world. God needs those friends who believe in His mercy, so that the Holy Spirit through us can cry out to God and God will listen to this cry. (English Mass Homily, July 24, 2016. Fr. Maximilian Dalve)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS PROPERS IN ENGLISH: Saints Nazarius & Celsus Martyrs (68 A.D.); Saints Victor & Innocent, Popes






SAINTS NAZARIUS AND CELSUS
Martyrs

SAINTS VICTOR I AND INNOCENT I
Popes
SIMPLE / RED
Nazarius, an ardent Christian of the first century, left his native city of Rome to preach the Faith to pagans in many Italian towns and villages. He took with him on his missionary journeys a young co-apostle by the name of Celsus. Both of these missionary pioneers died for Christ at Milan, about A.D. 68.
Pope Victor I, born in Africa, was martyred under Septimus Severus, A.D. 198. Pope Innocent I was a contemporary of St. Jerome, who urged Christians to keep the faith of Pope Innocent and to "receive no other doctrine, however wise and attractive it may appear." Pope Innocent died A.D. 417.

Mass of
SEVERAL MARTYRS, except

COLLECT
Defend us, O Lord, through the blessed martyrdom of Your saints Nazarius, Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, and may their merits support us in our weakness. Through our Lord . . .

LESSON Wisdom 10:17-20
God rendered to the just the wages of their labours, and conducted them in a wonderful way: and he was to them for a covert by day, and for the light of stars by night: And he brought them through the Red Sea, and carried them over through a great water. But their enemies he drowned in the sea, and from the depth of hell he brought them out. Therefore the just took the spoils of the wicked. And they sung to thy holy name, O Lord, and they praised with one accord thy victorious hand, O Lord our God.

Gradual
Ex 15:11, 6.
God is glorious in His Saints, wonderful in majesty, a worker of wonders.
V. Your right hand, O Lord, is magnificent in power; Your right hand has shattered the enemy. Alleluia, alleluia.
Sir 44:14
V. The bodies of the Saints are buried in peace, but their name lives on and on. Alleluia.


Gospel
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen.
P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with thy spirit.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 21:9-19
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; these things must first come to pass, but the end will not be at once. Then He said to them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be great earthquakes in various places, and pestilences and famines, and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all these things they will arrest you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, dragging you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It shall lead to your bearing witness. Resolve therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how you are to make your defense. For I Myself will give you utterance and wisdom, which all your adversaries will not be able to resist or gainsay. But you will be delivered up by your parents and brothers and relatives and friends; and some of you they will put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake; yet not a hair of your head shall perish. By your patience you will win your souls.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.


SECRET
Let Your wrath be appeased, Almighty God, by the gifts we offer You in honor of Your saints Nazarius, Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, and grant us new life through these offerings as we receive them back from You. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION
May the prayers of Your saints Nazarius, Celsus, Victor, and Innocent, win forgiveness for us, O Lord. Grant that the Sacrifice we offer in this life may be our everlasting possession in the life to come. Through our Lord . . .

DEACON FOR LIFE: LifeNews Report: Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Want Free Abortions



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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Want Free Abortions on Babies After 20 Weeks
• Cecile Richards Tells Democrats: Hillary Clinton Will Stand Up for Abortion
• Lena Dunham: Elect Hillary Clinton Because She Thinks Abortion Should be a “Human Right”
• Planned Parenthood CEO at Private “Sex” Party: “I Can’t Wait Until Hillary’s in the White House”


More Pro-Life News
• Planned Parenthood CEO Blasts Donald Trump for Wanting to Overturn Roe: That’s “Disturbing”
• Activist Brags About Her Abortion at Democrat Convention: It Was a “Compassionate” Decision
• White House Won’t Say if Obama Agrees With Democrat Platform Promoting Free Abortions
• Tim Kaine, the Pro-Abortion “Catholic,” Officially Becomes Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate
• After Aborting 24-Week-Old Disabled Baby, Doc Says “The Abortion Went Well, The Patient is Good”
• Veteran Condemned to Die: Put on “Death Pathway” After Doctors Claim He Can’t be Saved
• Tim Kaine Flip-Flopped to Win Hillary Clinton’s VP Slot, Now Supports Free Abortions
• UNSAFE: Eleventh Woman Rushed to Hospital from Bakersfield Abortion Facility
• Judge Won’t Dismiss Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood for Claiming Pro-Lifers Support Violence
Less Activism and More Factivism: No Group is More Vulnerable Than the Unborn

• Scientists Cloning More Animals Using Dolly the Sheep, May Lead to Human Cloning
• Illegal Pro-Abortion Mural Calling for Repeal of 8th Amendment is Removed


Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood Want Free Abortions on Babies After 20 Weeks
During the past eight years, President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion position has been devastating to unborn babies and the Americans who fight to protect their rights.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Cecile Richards Tells Democrats: Hillary Clinton Will Stand Up for Abortion
During last night’s Democratic Convention, Planned Parenthood abortion biz CEO Cecile Richards made it clear what ever single pro-life voter needs to remember when heading to the polls this November:

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Lena Dunham: Elect Hillary Clinton Because She Thinks Abortion Should be a “Human Right”
During last night’s Democratic convention, abortion activists ad Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Lena Dunham applauded pro-abortion Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton for saying abortion should be a human right.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Planned Parenthood CEO at Private “Sex” Party: “I Can’t Wait Until Hillary’s in the White House”
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards called abortion a right and said she can’t wait for abortion activists Hillary Clinton to be elected president.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Planned Parenthood CEO Blasts Donald Trump for Wanting to Overturn Roe: That’s “Disturbing”
During last night’s Democrat convention, the head of the nation’s biggest abortion company blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying his pro-life worldview and desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned is “disturbing.”

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


Activist Brags About Her Abortion at Democrat Convention: It Was a “Compassionate” Decision
NARAL president Ilyse Hogue spoke to the Democratic national convention on Wednesday and bragged about the abortion she had.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

White House Won’t Say if Obama Agrees With Democrat Platform Promoting Free Abortions
In a surprising move, the White House backed down this week when asked if pro-abortion President Barack Obama supports the Democratic Party’s new extreme pro-abortion platform.

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Tim Kaine, the Pro-Abortion “Catholic,” Officially Becomes Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate
The Democratic National Convention formally nominated Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as the party’s vice presidential candidate by acclamation this afternoon.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


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MARIAN INSPIRATIONS: Mary TV July 27, 2016 Reflection - Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us!





      (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016
JMJ
July 27, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!


"Dear children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (July 25, 2016)

I find this message to be strangely comforting. Our Lady assures us that she is looking at us. That alone is good news!! She is concerned for each of us. She is watching over each of us. And she has "got our number", if you know what I mean. She is not fooled by anything. She knows when we are lost. She knows when we are not praying, especially when we are not praying with the heart. And she knows when our priorities are off.
Our Lady is very shrewd. And we will never fool her. So, as I say, this is very comforting! I feel that we are in good hands.
That said, this message gives us a serious warning. We are lost. Or at least in danger of getting lost. Why? Because we are not praying and our joy is gone. Perhaps the difficulties of our time have driven prayer out of our hearts. Perhaps our fears have dampened our spirits, and we are losing our confidence in God. Perhaps we are running scared!
If so, this is no time to lose track of God.
I am including a beautiful litany to Our Lady - the Litany to Our Lady of Good Counsel. It seems to me to be a good response to this message. In this litany we recognize our weaknesses and fears and put them in Our Lady's hands. Then we recount Our Lady's great gifts and blessings from God, and we allow those wonders to fill our hearts with hope.
Let's begin to respond to this message with this litany:
Litany to Our Lady of Good Counsel
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 Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father, pray for us.
August Mother of God the Son, pray for us.
Blessed Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, pray for us.
Living temple of the Holy Trinity, pray for us.
Queen of Heaven and earth, pray for us.
Seat of Divine Wisdom, pray for us.
Depositary of the secrets of the Most High, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
In our doubts and difficulties, pray for us.
In our tribulations and anguish, pray for us.
In our discouragements, pray for us.
In perils and temptations, pray for us.
In all our undertakings, pray for us.
In all our needs, pray for us.
At the hour of death, pray for us.
By thine Immaculate Conception, pray for us.
By thy happy nativity, pray for us.
By thine admirable presentation, pray for us.
By thy glorious Annunciation, pray for us.
By thy charitable Visitation, pray for us.
By thy Divine Maternity, pray for us.
By thy holy Purification, pray for us.
By the sorrows and anguish of thy maternal heart, pray for us.
By thy precious death, pray for us.
By thy triumphant Assumption, 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. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. And obtain for us the gift of good counsel.
Let Us Pray:
V. Lord Jesus, Author and Dispenser of all good, Who in becoming incarnate in the womb of the Blessed Virgin hast communicated to her lights above those of all the Heavenly intelligences, grant that in honoring her under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel, we may merit always to receive from her goodness counsels of wisdom and salvation, which will conduct us to the port of a blessed eternity.
R. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016




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Saint Pantaleon, Martyr (305 A.D.)

SAINT PANTALEON

Martyr

SIMPLE / RED
The name of this Eastern saint means "the all-compassionate." He is said to have been a physician at Nicomedia. Mindful of the opportunities of charity which his profession afforded him, he treated the needy sick without payment. When Diocletian's persecution reached Nicomedia, the Christlike doctor prepared himself for martyrdom by distributing all his goods to the poor. He was urged to apostatize, but steadfastly confessed Jesus. He was beheaded about A.D. 305.

Mass of a
MARTYR

COLLECT
O Almighty God, through the intercession of Your blessed martyr Pantaleon, shield us from bodily harm and purify our minds from evil thoughts. Through our Lord . . .

SECRET

May our offering be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, and may it benefit us by the prayer of him on whose feast it is offered. Through our Lord . . .

POSTCOMMUNION

Refreshed by partaking of Thy sacred Gift, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that through the intercession of blessed Pantaleon, Thy Martyr, we may perceive the fruit of the rite which we celebrate. Through our Lord . . .