St Maria Maravillas of Jesus: A Model of Serenity, her feast is December 11th

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St. Maravillas of Jesus was a saint that stayed calm under horrible times during the Spanish Civil War. On December 11, 1974, whilst repeating “What joy to die a Carmelite” she experienced a peaceful death in the Carmel of La Aldehuela, Madrid, one of the many Carmels she founded.

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Today is the Solemnity of St. John of the Cross

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(St. John of the Cross painted by St. Therese’s sister, Mother Agnes (Pauline)

Prayer to St. John of the Cross For His Intercession

O glorious St. John of the Cross, through a pure desire of being like Jesus crucified, you longed for nothing so eagerly as to suffer, to be despised, and to be made little of by all; and your thirst after sufferings was so burning that your noble heart rejoiced in the midst of the cruelest torments and afflictions. Grant, I beseech you, O dear Saint, by the glory which your many sufferings have gained for you, to intercede for me and obtain from God for me a love of suffering, together with strength and grace to bear with firmness of mind all the trials and adversities which are the sure means to the happy attainment of all that awaits me in heaven. Dear Saint, from your most…

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Litany of St. John of the Cross – for his Solemnity feast today

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Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. 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 Ghost, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.

Queen and Beauty of Carmel, Pray for us.

Saint John of the Cross, Pray for us.

St. John, our glorious Father, Pray for us.

Beloved child of Mary, the Queen of Carmel, Pray for us.

Fragrant flower of the garden of Carmel, Pray for us.

Admirable possessor of the spirit of Elias, Pray for us.

Foundation stone of the Carmelite Reform, Pray for us.

Spiritual son, and beloved Father of St. Teresa, Pray for us.

Most vigilant…

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For the Feast of St. John of the Cross

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Fr. Joachim, of the Franciscans of the Immaculate on the life of St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, how he had early mystical and miraculous experiences, entered religious life, started a reform of the Carmelites which resulted in many persecutions and wrote many classic spiritual books.

St. John of the Cross teaches us to find delight in spiritual things and to wean ourselves from the delights of the world. The depths of his insights on mystical prayer have earned him the title of Doctor of the Church.

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Today’s Mass readings

Friday, November 29, 2013 
All Saints of the Seraphic Order (Feast)
First Reading:
Sirach 44:1, 10-15
Psalm 24:1-6
Mark 10:17-21

The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work. Thus, if you wish to be close to Christ, we again today repeat, “Go to Joseph” (Gn 41:44)

— Pope Pius XII

Novena of the miraculous medal

O immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus and our Mother

penetrated with the most lively confidence in your all powerful and never-failing intercession manifested of so often through the miraculous medal, we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this novena, is they be beneficial to our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray
(Here form your petition)
You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your son who hates iniquity.
Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to his greater glory
Obtain  for us also a spirit of prayer and self denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the Queen of angles and of men.