The soul is God’s temple

not your own, [Pope] Francis warns
By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2018 / 05:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Like Jesus cast out the merchants from the temple in Jerusalem, we should drive the desire for personal gain and advantage from our hearts, replacing it with love, Pope Francis said Sunday.

“We are called to keep in mind those strong words of Jesus: ‘Do not make a market of my Father’s house.’”

“They help us to reject the danger of making our soul, which is the abode of God, a marketplace,” the Pope said March 4, “living in continuous search of our personal profit, rather than in generous and supportive love.”

Speaking before the Angelus, Francis noted that “this teaching of Jesus is always relevant, not only for ecclesial communities, but also for individuals, for civil communities and for societies.”
Recounting the day’s Gospel reading from John, he said that it is a common temptation to want to take advantage of some good and necessary activity in order to cultivate “private, if not even illicit, interests.”

“It is a serious danger, especially when it exploits God himself and the worship due to him, or service to man, [who is made in God’s] image. So Jesus used ‘strong ways’ that time to shake us from this deadly danger,” he explained.

The Pope also pointed out that when Jesus drove out the merchants and moneychangers from the temple, it wasn’t considered a violent act by those who witnessed it, but a typical action of prophets, who would often denounce abuses and excesses in the name of God.

That is why in the Gospel passage the Jews ask Jesus: “What sign do you show us to do these things?” They are asking what authority Jesus has to speak and act in the name of God.
The “sign” that Jesus will give as proof of his authority is his death and resurrection, the Pope continued. Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up,” and as the evangelist notes: “He spoke of the temple of his body.”

“The attitude of Jesus recounted in today’s Gospel passage urges us to live our lives not in search of our advantages and interests, but for the glory of God, who is love,” he said.
“May the Virgin Mary support us in our commitment to make Lent a good opportunity to recognize God as the one Lord of our life, removing every form of idolatry from our heart and our works.”

Pray for your Enemies

“Silence implies consent.” St. Thomas More, OFS

A Christian can never remain silent in the face of violence, poverty, hunger, corruption or abuse of power. –
Pope Benedict XVI


The Lord said, “Pray for your enemies”
I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
The Catholic Church and its faithful followers have many enemies who are hostile to the Church.

      • Hollywood: The amount of filth and immorality publicly promoted is baffling. The show, SMILF, on SHOWTIME is outright blaspheming Mary, the Mother of God and mocking the the Lord’s prayer.
        Please pray for the writers and promoters who attack the Church.
      • Prime Time News: There are some prime time news outlets that are underreporting important Church news or by innuendo distorting the news.
        Pray for those enemies who distort the news or promote fake news.
      • Educational Institutions: Some institutions who educate the younger generation have an anti-Christian agenda or turn away anyone who wishes to express their christian values.
        Pray for educational administrators.
      • Democratic Party’s Pro Abortion support: An example of abortion support is what congressional minority speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said, “being a practicing Catholic” she believed “abortion is sacred.” Her statement implies she is speaking for the Catholic Church. This is heresy.
        Pray for her. Pray for our bishops to report strongly and often that killing children in the womb is an evil offense against God.
      • Enemies of Marriage: According to the Institute for Family Studies, only about half of the children in the United States are living in a household headed by married parents, The steady increases in divorce, out-of-wedlock births, and cohabitation threatens what God intended. Pray for those who believe that Marriage is passé.
      • Enemies within the Catholic Church We live in a time when Church teaching is under attack by members of the clergy, i.e., “Rev. James Martin, S.J. said, “Catholics should “reverence” homosexual “marriage,” he favors homosexual kissing during Mass and supports transgenderism for children. Pray for the enemies of Church teaching.
      • Read the Prophecies of Our Lady of Good Succcess.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle,
be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares
of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and
do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of
God, cast into Hell, Satan and all other evil spirits who
prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph. 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into Heaven. Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him and “cast him into the bottomless pit, that he may no longer seduce the nations.” (Rev. 20:2-3)

LITANY FOR THE CONVERSION OF AMERICA

Invocations I
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Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Our Lady of America,
pray for us.

Immaculate Conception,
pray for us, sinners.

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
deliver us from all infanticide.

Our Lady of Fatima,
deliver us from the errors of Russia.

Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs
deliver us from spiritual sloth, undue curiosity and unease of mind.

Our Lady, Help of Christians,
deliver us from apostasy.

Our Lady of Refuge,
deliver us from Sodom.

Our Lady, Comfortress of the Afflicted,
deliver us from moral complacency.

Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners,
deliver us from a lack of shamefulness.

Our Lady, Health of the Weak,
deliver us from vain perceptions.

Our Lady, Morning Star,
deliver us from envy and avarice.

Our Lady, Gate of Heaven,
deliver us from impenitence.

Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant,
deliver us from constitutional manipulation.

Our Lady, House of Gold,
deliver us from unjust taxation.

Our Lady, Tower of Ivory,
deliver us from incompetent and corrupt leaders.

Our Lady, Tower of David,
deliver us from political scandals and malice.

Our Lady, Mystical Rose,
deliver us from all scandal and gossip.

Our Lady, Vessel of Singular Devotion,
deliver us from mindless entertainment.

Our Lady, Cause of Our Joy,
deliver us from needless self-pity and sadness.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Faithful,
deliver us from national dissolution and a loss of sovereignty.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Merciful,
deliver us from our own worst inclinations in compromise.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Renowned,
deliver us from the culture of celebrity.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Venerable,
deliver us from cultural depravity and perversion.

Our Lady, Mother of Our Redeemer,
deliver us from heresy and persecution.

Our Lady, Most Amiable,
deliver us from rudeness and incivility.

Our Lady, Mother Undefiled,
deliver us from the all social turpitude.

Our Lady, Mother Most Pure,
deliver us from immodesty in daily life.

Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace,
deliver us from contraception, sterilization and experimentation.

Our Lady, Holy Mother of God,
deliver us from the rejection of fathers as just heads of families.

Our Lady, O Holy Mary,
deliver us from all blasphemy.

Our Lady of Prosperity,
deliver us from unjust wages and money speculation.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
deliver us from socialist tendencies.

Our Lady of Consolation
deliver us from fear and a lack of courage.

Our Lady of Good Counsel,
deliver us from the deceit of pride.

Our Lady of Good Succor,
deliver us from a lack of due vigilance.

Our Lady of the Dove,
deliver us from the schemes of rash and perilous dreamers.

Our Lady of Lourdes,
deliver us from medically induced suicide.

Our Lady of the Thorn,
deliver us from petty quarrels.

Our Lady of Victory,
deliver us from all lying and dissimulation.

Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Graces,
deliver us from lip service.

Our Lady of Tears,
deliver us from the removal of Christ the King in society.

Our Lady of Divine Providence,
deliver us from ego and false optimism.

Our Lady of Consolation,
deliver us from despair.

Our Lady of Good Remedy,
deliver us from the tyranny of the self-anointed and their ambitious.

Our Lady of Deliverance,
deliver us from broken families.

Our Lady of Confidence,
deliver us from imperial courts of sanctimony.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
deliver us from perjurious leaders.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
deliver us from the rejection of the natural law.

Our Lady of the Poor,
deliver us from perduring usury and national debt.

Our Lady of Fire,
deliver us from God’s chastisement, although thoroughly merited.

Our Lady of the Bells,
deliver us from silence in the face of evil.

Our Lady of Good Tidings,
deliver us from deception in and disinformation by the media.

Our Lady of Great Power,
deliver us from foreign entanglements.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea,
deliver us from unexpected storms and disasters.

Our Lady of Safety,
deliver us from onerous bureaucracies.

Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy,
deliver us from faithless priests and prelates.

Our Lady of Ransom,
deliver us from legal inequity.

Our Lady, Immaculate Heart,
deliver us from unclean hearts and lassitude of mind.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,
deliver us from a reliance on sentimentality.

Our Lady of the Assumption,
deliver us from the culture of the body.

Our Lady of the Holy Cross,
deliver us from the love of ease and luxury.

Our Lady of Sorrows,
deliver us from deadness of soul.

Our Lady of Miracles,
deliver us from the conceit of technology.

Our Lady of the Star,
deliver us from infidels.

Our Lady of Good Help,
deliver us from dependence on false saviors.

Our Lady of Angels,
deliver us from paganism, witchraft and superstition.

Our Lady of Light,
deliver us from our self-induced blindness.

Our Lady of the Rosary,
deliver us from the neglect of piety.

Our Lady of Life,
deliver us from the culture of death.

Our Lady of Peace,
deliver us from unjust and meddlesome wars.

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
deliver us from the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance.

Our Lady of America,
deliver us from all enemies.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R. And obtain for us our own conversion and that of our country.

This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.

Original Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph. 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into Heaven. Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize “the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan,” bind him and “cast him into the bottomless pit, that he may no longer seduce the nations.” (Rev. 20:2-3)
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