Sunday, July 5th - 5th Sunday after Pentecost - St Anthony Mary Zaccharia
Monday, July 6th - Feria - St Thomas More M
Tuesday, July 7th - Ss Cyril & Methodius BbCc
Wednesday, July 8th - St Elizabeth of Portugal QW
Thursday, July 9th - St Maria Goretti VM
Friday, July 10th - Seven Holy Brothers Mm - St Leo II PC
Saturday, July 11th - BVM Saturday - Commemoration of All Holy Popes
Sunday, July 12th - 6th Sunday after Pentecost - St John Gualbert Ab - Ss Nabor & Felix Mm

  • Thank You! to all who remembered Father Gregory this past week, on the anniversary of his Ordination. He is truly blessed to be here in the midst of so many who have a fond love for God and His Holy Mother.

A Practice of Preventing Mortal Sin

A Practice of Preventing Mortal Sin by offering the Precious Blood of Jesus

According to St. Bernard, "Sin murders God in so far as it is possible for man to do so."

The least sin is so great an evil that the Saints say: "If we could open the gates of Hell and liberate all the souls enclosed therein, and could release all the suffering souls from Purgatory - all this by one little lie, we would not be permitted to do so." By preventing one mortal sin, we render an inestimable service to the honor of God. And how easily this can be done!

Father Faber writes: "If every evening we would ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to offer to God the Precious Blood of her Divine Son Jesus for the intention that one mortal sin be prevented that night, and if every morning this offering were renewed, we could prevent many mortal sins." What joy and happiness this practice would bring us! We could thereby atone for our own sins and merit immeasurable treasures for Heaven.

Here is a striking example: St. Paphnutius (died circa 350) lived many years in a desert and labored at his sanctification by austere works of penance. Once he petitioned God, in all humility and simplicity, to introduce to him a person who had the same degree of merit as he himself. God deigned to grant his request, and gave Paphnutius to understand that at this moment a certain flutist living in Egypt ranked equal to him in merit.

The Saint at once started on a journey to find the flutist. Having arrived at the appropriate village and making inquiries, he was informed that the man he sought was engaged in amusing the patrons of a neighboring tavern. "How strange!" thought Paphnutius. Nevertheless, he sent word to the musician, begging him for a short interview. When the musician came, the Saint took him aside and spoke to him regarding the condition of his soul. "What good deeds have you done?" asked Paphnutius.

"Good deeds?" replied the flutist; "I do not remember ever having done any; all I remember is that one day, while I was pursuing my former trade of stealing, I saved the honor of a virgin consecrated to God, and another time I gave my money to a poor woman who, in her great distress, was about to commit a crime." From this, our Saint realized that God had given the flutist graces similar to his own, because for the honor of his Creator, this man had prevented two mortal sins.

Say this little prayer morning and evening:
Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, that one mortal sin may be prevented this day / night.

Perform this devotion with fervor and perseverance, and teach it to other devout souls. You will thereby acquire immeasurable merit.

Oh, let us do our utmost, let us use every possible means, especially prayer and the offering of the Precious Blood of Jesus, to prevent mortal sins!

Wit and Wisdom of Saint Thomas Moore

  • The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
  • God made the angels to show Him splendor, as He made animals for innocence and plants for their simplicity. But Man He made to serve Him wittily, in the tangle of his mind.
  • Some men may be snared by beauty alone, but none can be held except by virtue and obedience.
  • Pride thinks its own happiness shines the brighter, by comparing it with the misfortunes of other persons; that by displaying its own wealth they may feel their poverty the more sensibly.
  • What greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?
  • What is deferred is not avoided.
  • The devil and the proud spirit cannot endure to be mocked.
  • Fortune doth both raise up the low and pluck down the high.
  • It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world.
  • I pray you, I pray you, Mr Lieutenant, see me safe up; for my coming down, I can shift for myself. [On ascending the platform to his execution]

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill my veins.
Water from Christ’s side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be:
O good Jesus, listen to me:
In Thy wounds I fain would hide,
Ne’er to be parted from Thy side.
Guard me should the foe assail me;
Call me when my life shall fail me.
Bid me come to Thee above,
With all Thy saints to sing Thy love,
World without end. Amen.
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