I won’t attempt to give a better account than those already widely available on the Internet.
I will only encourage you to pray the Rosary and carry out the Five First Saturdays devotion in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
‘Jesus wept.’ – John 11:35
St John the Baptist, pray for us.
‘Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.’
‘There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.’
Faith is to believe what we do not see and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
‘God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.’
‘If you believe what you like in the Gospels and reject what you do not like, it is not the Gospels you believe, but yourself.’
If you are struggling with habitual sin, errant children, or a lack of motivation to repent of your sins, pray to St Augustine (and to his mother, St Monica).
St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, pray for us.
On this day two years ago, my grandmother passed away, having been taken ill suddenly and suffering kidney failure. I like to think it can also be her feast day, as she received the last rights and remained a faithful Catholic all her life.
St Monica, pray for us!
Bridie Mullen, RIP.
St Monica’s patronage includes alcoholics, mothers, wives, difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of unfaithfulness and verbal abuse, and the conversion of relatives.
In the face of the deaths of loved ones, her joy was ultimately greater than her sorrow, knowing that they had come to love God and that she would see them again.
She died shortly after her son’s conversion, having wept many years for his soul.
St Monica is as familiar as any of us with great suffering, and is a great intercessor.
She is also the saint I took as my patron at my Confirmation.
St Monica, model of Christian mothers, pray for us.
According to tradition, St Bartholomew’s missionary work was based largely in India and then, accompanied by St Jude, in Armenia.
Accounts of his death vary, with events including beheading, upside-down crucifixion, drowning after being beaten unconscious, and the most popular version being that he was flayed alive.
St Bartholomew, pray for us.
Pope Pius X fought tirelessly against modernism and other heresies. Miracles were attributed to him even during his lifetime.
St Pius X, pray for us.
‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Mary, assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alexandra Pope, a nineteen-year-old girl who died on Wednesday of a heart attack. She was not Catholic (or even religious), and so needs many prayers. Please also pray for her family’s consolation and conversion. Being atheists, their pain is all the more horrible.
Thank you. God bless.