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Saint Joseph of Cupertino

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The love of God is honorable wisdom and they to whom she shows herself love her by the sight and the knowledge of her great works.
God, our Father, your wisdom disposed that your only-begotten Son, when lifted above the earth, should draw all things to himself. May the merits and example of Saint Joseph help us to rise above earthly desires and become perfectly conformable to your Son.

*Saint Joseph of Cupertino is a firm patron of students, particularly seminary students. So, please for me and fellow seminarians here at Saint Joseph’s Seminary (though this Joseph is the husband of Mary). He’s also the patron saint for astronauts and pilots & stewards.

Stigmata of our Holy Father Francis

The liturgical calendar can vary from country to country and the various religious orders may have their calendar of saints, e.g., the Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, Jesuit, etc. On the universal Roman calendar today is the optional memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, a Jesuit, bishop, cardinal and Doctor of the Church (see the prayer in the entry below). On the Franciscan sanctoral calendar, today is this the feast of Saint Francis’ stigmata. And so I offer these Mass prayers for  prayer.

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May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)
Almighty God, you renewed the marks of the sufferings of your Son in the body of our holy Father Francis in order to inflame our hearts with the fire of your love. Through his prayers may we be conformable to the death of your Son and thus share also in his resurrection.
Lord, may the humble and devout prayer of Saint Francis sustain us. Through this offering may we always experience within us the saving benefit of the sufferings of your Son. (Prayer over the Gifts)
Almighty God, in many ways you displayed the wondrous mystery of the cross in our holy Father Francis. May we follow the example of his devotion and find strength in constant meditation on the same cross. (Prayer after Communion)

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

St Maximilian Kolbe.jpgWe know that we have passed out of death into life,
because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

God, you filled your priest and martyr, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, with zeal for
souls and love for his neighbor. Through the prayer of this devoted servant of
Mary Immaculate, grant that in our efforts to serve others for your glory we
too may become like Christ your Son, who loved his own in the world even to the
end, and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.

Militia Immaculata Prayer of Marian Consecration
(Composed by St.
Maximilian Kolbe)

O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners
and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy
to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly
imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as
your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and
body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it
pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish
what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and “You alone
have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.”

Let me be a fit
instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing
your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and
thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred
Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and
growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us
from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred
R. Give me strength against
your enemies.

Hymn to Saint Clare of Assisi

Can anyone think of Clare without Francis? Is it possible to conceive of the mendicant orders without the witness of Saint Clare? Saint Clare of Assisi is a pivotal figure in Catholic
spirituality and religious life that I think she’s been studied and followed by
very few. James Thompson, a composer of sacred music, wrote the following piece
on Clare which deserves our attention. I have posted Thompson’s texts here before
with the thought that they provide food for thought and prayer. He captures
well the spirit and life of this companion of Francis.

O Light from Light,
all splendor’s Source,
Whose clear beams shine with heaven’s joy,
We give
You thanks for Mother Clare
And ev’ry form of praise employ.

Enticed by
Francis’ preaching sweet,

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Christ Crucified became her Spouse;
She gathered
sisters to her side
Where Poverty would grace the house.

She left behind
all earthly gain
That riches true might be her all;
In poverty, obedience,
chastity she heard Christ’s call.

As mother to her flock, she lived
modeled Christ to ev’ryone;
In loving service spent herself
In toil from dawn
to setting sun.

As she has shown us, Lord,
Your way, So give us grace like her
to be,
That we may turn from self to You
And in your Way be truly free.

high, omnipotent, good God,
O Father, Son and Spirit blest,
With Mother Clare
and all your saints Bring us,
Your Church, to endless rest.

88 88 (LM) no suggested
James Michael Thompson (c) 2009 World Library Publication

Saint Clare of Assisi

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The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls, who, when he had found one of great price, gave all that he had and bought it.

Hear us, O God our Savior, that as we rejoice in the feast of blessed Clare, Thy Virgin, so may we also be strengthened in the love of true piety.

Saint Clare once said, “They say we are too poor. Can a heart which possesses God be really called poor!”

The Poor Clares nuns never ate meat. They walked without socks and shoes. The sisters wore a hair shirt and ate only bread and water during Lent.

Explore the Poor Clare vocation; there’s also this new monastery of Poor Clares.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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