Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Eight – 10 December

Eighth Day

With my heart,
full of the most sincere veneration,
I prostrate myself
before you, O Mother,
to ask you to obtain for me
the grace to fulfil the duties of my state in life
with faithfulness and constancy.
I pray especially today
for all the mothers
and the mothers-to-be
of the world.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be and the Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life

Prayer for the Unborn and the Protection of all Human Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you,
who are the protectress of unborn children
and ask that you intercede for us,
so that we may more firmly resolve to join you
in protecting all human life.
Let our prayers be united
to your perpetual motherly intercession
on behalf of those whose lives are threatened,
be they in the womb of their mother,
on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.
May our prayers
also be coupled with peaceful action
which witnesses to the goodness
and dignity of all human life,
so that our firmness of purpose may give courage
to those who are fearful and bring light
to those who are blinded by sin.
O Virgin Mother of God,
present our petitions to your Son
and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.


Thought for the Day – 10 December – The Feast of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

Thought for the Day – 10 December – The Feast of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

There are some curious facts about the Holy House.

The stone on which the original walls are built and the mortar used in their construction have never been indigenous to the neighborhood of Loreto.   But both stone and mortar are alleged to be chemically identical with the materials most commonly found in Nazareth.

The Holy House does not rest and has never rested upon foundations sunk into the earth where it now stands.   The point was formally investigated in 1751 under Pope Benedict XIV.   What was then found is, therefore, fully in accord with the tradition of a building transferred whole from some more primitive site.

There are other strange facts in The House of the Virgin Mary.   So much is this the case, that when one turns the final page, the Holy House of Loreto continues to be as enigmatic as when one started reading.   In fact, it remains as puzzling, perhaps, as when it first appeared so far from the Holy Land.   It holds its secrets yet.   For those who come as pilgrims, however, it leaves its mark.   Our faith is tied to Mystery and this is one of them!

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Quote of the Day – 10 December – Bl John Henry Newman on the Holy House of Loreto

Quote of the Day – 10 December –

The Feast of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

“I went to Loreto with a simple faith,
believing what I still believe,
even more so after having seen.
Now I no longer have any doubts.”

Blessed Cardinal Henry John Newman (1801-1890)
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Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori

Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori

10 December – Monday of the Second week of Advent

God’s Son demonstrates His love in the Redemption

“Consider that the eternal Word is so infinitely happy that even the salvation of all humankind could not have added anything to this happiness or diminished it in any way.
Consider also, that despite this, He has nevertheless suffered so much for us – only God is capable of loving to such excess humankind, who is so unworthy of being loved.

A devout mother once wrote ‘if Jesus Christ had permited us to ask Him to give us the greatest proof of His love, who would have asked that He should become a child, that He should clothe Himself with all of our miseries and make Himself poor, despised and ill-treated, even to being put to death by the hands of an executioner and to be cursed and forsaken by all?’

O my Jesus, I am a poor creature and I was lost through my sins but You came to save the lost. What then should I fear, if I am willing to amend my life and become Yours?”


“But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”, He said to the man who was paralysed—“I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose before them and took up that on which he lay and went home, glorifying God.”
Luke 5:24-25


Almighty Lord and God
do not let us turn aside to any sin
but let our every thought,
word and deed,
aim at doing what is pleasing in Your sight.
Protect us by Your power,
even as You have enable us to begin it.
Guide our feet in the ways of Your happiness.
Accept our prayers for our neighbour in need.

Advent Action
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives life to the dead limbs of a paralytic.   In Jesus, all the prophecies of life springing from our ‘dead limbs’ find their fulfilment and become alive. Blessed was this paralytic who had such wonderful friends who were so convinced of the power of Jesus.   Thank you Lord, for all the good friends who have helped me to come into Your presence when my spirit was numb and paralysed.   Let us add all those in trials to our daily Advent prayer.   For the prayers on behalf of others, brings us all together to become sharers in the faith of the Saints and of the whole Church.   Let us pray for all those in need, each day of Advent.Luke 5 24-25 - I say to rise - what then should i fear - adventwithstalphonsus 10dec2018


Our Morning Offering – 10 December – The Feast of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

Our Morning Offering – 10 December – The Feast of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

Prayer to Our Lady of Loreto
By Pope Benedict XVI

Mary, Mother of the “Yes”, you listened to Jesus,
and know the tone of His voice
and the beating of His heart.
Morning Star, speak to us of Him,
and tell us about your journey
of following Him on the path of faith.

Mary, who dwelt with Jesus in Nazareth,
impress on our lives your sentiments,
your docility, your attentive silence,
and make the Word flourish in genuinely free choices.

Mary, speak to us of Jesus,
so that the freshness of our faith
shines in our eyes and warms
the heart of those we meet,
as you did when visiting Elizabeth,
who in her old age rejoiced with you for the gift of life.

Mary, Virgin of the Magnificat
help us to bring joy to the world and, as at Cana,
lead every young person involved in service of others
to do only what Jesus will tell them.

Mary, look upon the Agora of youth,
so that the soil of the Italian Church will be fertile.
Pray that Jesus, dead and Risen, is reborn in us,
and transforms us into a night full of light, full of him.

Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, Gate of Heaven,
help us to lift our eyes on high.
We want to see Jesus, to speak with Him,
to proclaim His love to all.

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Saint of the Day – 10 December – St Pope Gregory III (Died 741)

Saint of the Day – 10 December – St Pope Gregory III (Died 741) Cardinal Deacon until his Papal Ascension on 11 February 731 – 28 November 741, on his death of natural causes.

As the funeral procession of St Gregory II moved slowly along, there was a sudden outcry.   The clergy and people shouted that Gregory, a Syrian who was walking with the Pope’s bier, should be the next pope.   And they hurried him off without further ado and elected him.   The man who could arouse such unusual and universal enthusiasm must have been a striking personality.   And indeed the biographer of Gregory paints him in glowing colours.   He was an educated man who knew both Latin and Greek, polished in style, learned in Holy Scripture, pious, zealous for the faith and a lover of the poor.SaintGregoryIII

Consecrated on 18 March 731, Gregory immediately appealed to the Byzantine Emperor Leo III to moderate his position on the iconoclastic controversy.   When Gregory’s representative was arrested on the orders of the emperor, Gregory called a synod in November 731, which condemned iconoclasm outright.   Leo responded by trying to bring the Pope under control, although the fleet he sent to enforce the imperial will was shipwrecked in the Adriatic Sea.    He then proceeded to appropriate papal territories in Sicily and Calabria and transferred ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the former praetorian prefecture of Illyricum to the Patriarch of Constantinople.   However, his attempt to force the Duke of Naples to enforce an imperial decree to confiscate papal territory in the duchy failed, as the duke was supportive of the pope’s stand.

Gregory, in the meantime, demonstrated his opposition to iconoclasm by emphasising his veneration of icons and relics.   He repaired or beautified numerous churches, which involved their decoration with icons and images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints.    He ordered to be erected in the heart of St Peter’s Basilica an iconostasis, situated between six onyx and marble columns which had been sent to Gregory as a gift from the exarch Eutychius.

He built a new oratory in St Peter’s Basilica to house the relics of a number of saints, convoking a synod in 732 in order to regulate the prayers and masses to be said there.  Gregory was an enthusiastic supporter of monasticism, he established the monastery of St Chrysogonus and rebuilt the hospice of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, near St. Peter’s, endowing it for the support of the poor._st pope gregory III my edit

The Emperor also transferred the Church in Calabria, Sicily, and Illyricum from the jurisdiction of the bishop of Rome as patriarch to the jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople.   This arbitrary act was a remote cause of the unhappy Eastern Schism.   It made the patriarchate of Constantinople practically coterminous with the Eastern Empire.   And in spite of the fact that it had been thus arbitrarily given to them by a heretical emperor, the patriarchs of Constantinople clung to their increased jurisdiction.

Gregory promoted the Church in northern Europe.   He supported the continuing mission of Saint Boniface (c 675-754) in Germany, elevating him to the rank of archbishop of Germany in 732 and, after a personal visit to Rome from Boniface in 737, where he was meant to attend a synod which does not appear to have been held, Gregory made Boniface a papal legate in Germany and asked him to reorganise the episcopal sees in Germany.   Gregory sent Boniface back to Bavaria with three letters. One commanded the bishops and higher ecclesiastical officers to provide Boniface with as much help as they could.   A second was addressed to the nobles and people of Germany, urging them to obey Boniface.   A third, addressed to the bishops in Alamannia and Bavaria, confirmed Boniface’s status as the papal vicarus, ordering them to assemble in a council twice a year at Augsburg under Boniface’s authority.   Gregory promoted the mission of St Willibald (c 700-c 787) in Germany.

Once more a pope was troubled by the Lombards.   Liutprand, King of the Lombards, strove to break the Lombard Dukes of Spoleto and Benevento and to overrun all Italy.  He ravaged Ravenna and marched south.   The Dukes allied themselves with Pope Gregory but nothing could stop Liutprand.   Once more the Lombards ravaged Roman territory. The Pope, at a loss, appealed to Charles Martel, the Frankish “hammer.”   Charles sent an embassy to Rome but no help.   Actually he could do little, for his health was failing.

In the middle of all this trouble, late in 741, St. Gregory III died. He was succeeded by Pope Zachary. He was buried in St Peter’s Basilica, in the oratory he had built at the start of his pope gregory III edit


Feast of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto and Memorials of the Saints – 10 December

Our Lady of Loreto 10 December – The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born and where the Annunciation occurred and to an ancient statue of Our Lady which is found there. Tradition says that a band of angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia in 1291, then Recanati, Italy in 1294 and finally to Loreto, Italy where it has been for centuries. It was this flight that led to her patronage of people involved in aviation and the long life of the house that has led to the patronage of builders, construction workers, etc. It is the first shrine of international renown dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and has been known as a Marian center for centuries. Popes have always held the Shrine of Loreto in special esteem and it is under their direct authority and protection.loreto-statue3.jpg

The Holy House of Loreto – The feast is so named from the tradition that the house where the Holy Family lived in Nazareth, was transported by angels to the city of Loreto, Italy. The Holy House is now encased by a basilica. It has been one of the famous shrines of the Blessed Virgin since the 13th century.
A complete background here:

St Abundius
St Albert of Sassovivo
St Angelina of Serbia
Bl Brian Lacey
BL Bruno of Rommersdorf
St Caesarius of Epidamnus
St Carpophorus
St Deusdedit of Brescia
St Edmund Gennings
St Emérico Martín Rubio
St Eulalia of Merida
St Eustace White
St Florentius of Carracedo
St Fulgentius of Afflighem
St Gemellus of Ancyra
St Gonzalo Viñes Masip
St Pope Gregory III (Died 741)
Bl Guglielmo de Carraria
St Guitmarus
St Hildemar of Beauvais
Bl Jerome Ranuzzi
Bl John Mason
St Julia of Merida
St Lucerius
Bl Marco Antonio Durando
St Maurus of Rome
St Mercury of Lentini
St Pope Miltiades
St Polydore Plasden
Bl Sebastian Montanol
Bl Sidney Hodgson
St Sindulf of Vienne
St Swithun Wells
St Thomas of Farfa
Bl Thomas Somers
St Valeria
Martyrs of Alexandria – 3 saints – A group of Christians murdered for their faith in the persecutions of Galerius Maximian – c312. The only details that have survived are three of the names – Eugraphus, Hermogenes and Mennas.