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St. Ignatius Delgado

2020-07-13T05:04:54+08:00

St. Ignatius Delgado, whose feast we celebrate on July 12, was a Spanish missionary and is now one of the martyrs of Vietnam.He was born in Villafeliche, Spain, in 1761, and was raised in a pious family. He became a Dominican priest and served as a missionary in Vietnam for almost 50 years.He was named coadjutor vicar-apostolic at East Tonkin, Vietnam. However, government-sanctioned persecution of Christians began soon after. Ignatius was arrested and locked in a cage, then put on public display for ridicule and abuse, and left to die. He died of hunger and exposure in 1838.The martyr was canonized by Pope John Paul II [...]

St. Ignatius Delgado2020-07-13T05:04:54+08:00

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Prayer of the Day for Monday, July 13, 2020

2020-07-13T03:00:07+08:00

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Prayer of the Day for Monday, July 13, 20202020-07-13T03:00:07+08:00

St. Benedict

2020-07-12T05:00:05+08:00

On July 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the sixth-century abbot who gave Christian monasticism its lasting foundation in Western Europe. For his historic role as the “Father of Western Monasticism,� St. Benedict was declared a co-patron of Europe (along with Saints Cyril and Methodius). St. Benedict is also the patron saint of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate.In a 2005 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI said St. Benedict was a “powerful reminder of the indispensable Christian roots� of Europe. He cited the monk's instruction to “prefer nothing to the love of Christ,� and asked his [...]

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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Saint Francis Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, July 12, 2020

2020-07-12T03:05:04+08:00

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to ...

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Saint Francis Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Sunday, July 12, 20202020-07-12T03:05:04+08:00

Martyrs of Damascus

2020-07-11T05:05:21+08:00

Beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1926, these eight Franciscan friars and three Maronite laymen were offered the choice of converting to Islam or suffering death in Damascus on July 9, 1860.Thousands of Maronite Christians had already been killed by the Druz in Southern Lebanon in that year and the Druz, an offshoot sect of Shiite Islam, had turned their attention to Damascus where they killed nearly two thousand more.When they had reached the Franciscan convent there, the superior, a spaniard named Fr. Emmanuel Ruiz, who had sheltered the Christians that lived around the convent inside the chapel, was threatened [...]

Martyrs of Damascus2020-07-11T05:05:21+08:00

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Saturday, July 11, 2020

2020-07-11T03:06:37+08:00

O Miraculous Infant Jesus, we prostrate before Your Image and beseech You to cast your merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let Your tender Heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore You. [Mention your request] Take from us all despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden. For Your Sacred Infancy's sake, hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid that we may praise You, with the Father and the ...

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer: Prayer of the Day for Saturday, July 11, 20202020-07-11T03:06:37+08:00

Press North Korea more on human rights, less on denuclearization says federal commission

2020-07-10T12:05:15+08:00

CNA Staff, Jul 9, 2020 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- A federal commission is calling on the U.S. to push for greater respect for human rights in North Korea, in exchange for a freeze on their nuclear program and not full denuclearization. In a new report released on Wednesday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) advocates that the U.S. take a new approach to working for the denuclearization of North Korea and a peace agreement. While the U.S. has viewed human rights advocacy as a potential obstacle to denuclearization talks, pushing it to the side, it should instead view [...]

Press North Korea more on human rights, less on denuclearization says federal commission2020-07-10T12:05:15+08:00

120 Martyrs of China

2020-07-10T05:05:34+08:00

On July 9 the Church celebrates the feast of the 120 Martyrs of China. Religious persecution has a long history in China, especially persecution of Christians, thousands of whom have died for their faith in the last millennium.On October 1, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonised 120 men, women, and children who gave their lives for the faith in China between the years 1648 and 1930. The martyrs include 87 native Chinese and 33 foreign missionaries. The majority were killed during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.“Chinese men and women of every age and state, priests, religious and lay people, showed [...]

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A Prayer for Peace # 4: Prayer of the Day for Friday, July 10, 2020

2020-07-10T03:00:08+08:00

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed, kindle in the hearts of all men the true love of peace, and guide with Your pure and peaceable wisdom those who make decisions for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility Your kingdom may go forward, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of Your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Peace # 4: Prayer of the Day for Friday, July 10, 20202020-07-10T03:00:08+08:00

Sts. Aquila and Priscilla

2020-07-09T05:00:06+08:00

Saints Aquila and Priscilla were a Jewish couple from Rome who had been exiled to Corinth, and were friends of St. Paul in the first century. They hosted St. Paul on his visit to that city and were probably converted by him. They are mentioned a few times in the New Testament in glowing terms by their friend Paul, who calls them "my helpers in Christ, who have for my life laid down their own necks" (Romans 16:3-4).They were tentmakers, thus sharing the same profession as Paul, and because of this it is thought that Paul may have worked with them. [...]

Sts. Aquila and Priscilla2020-07-09T05:00:06+08:00