Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Holy Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us!

 

In many countries, including the USA, today is a holy day of obligation, meaning you need to go to Mass if at all possible. In the UK it is a solemnity (so you do not need to abstain from meat) but it is not an obligation to go to Mass.

 

 

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Centenary of the Miracle of the Sun

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!

Death of Cardinal Caffarra

Cardinal Caffarra is the second of the four Dubia cardinals to die in the last two months, the first being Cardinal Meisner. This just leaves Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller. The issuing of the Dubia will have its first anniversary this month. Let us pray that Pope Francis answers the Dubia in accordance with the Church’s teaching, or that a Formal Act of Correction comes soon.

And for Cardinal Caffarra:

Eternal Rest, grant unto him, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
Amen.

St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

‘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.

St Monica, the mother of Augustine

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.