Saint for Head Injuries
Saint Joseph and Child Jesus
O St. Joseph
whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne
of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph do
assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your
Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord;
so that having engaged here below your heavenly power I may offer my
Thanksgiving and Homage to the Most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph,
I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I
dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my
name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss
when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph,
Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
Cards for Your Inspiration"
This Prayer to St.
Joseph is over 1900 years old. It was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord
Jesus Christ. Say 9 consecutive days for anything you may desire. It was
seldom been known to fail.
In the 1500s, it was sent by the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going
Whoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden
death, nor be drowned, nor will poison take effect on them. They will not
fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, not will they be
defeated in battle.
Make this prayer known everywhere.
Quotable Quote on
Saint Joseph a just man,' fully responsible
before God and before Mary, provides
encouragement for everyone on the path to the
priesthood. We see him ever-attentive to the
voice of the Lord Who guides the events of
history, ready to follow His guidance; always
faithful, generous and impassive in his service,
an effective master of prayer and work in the
obscurity of Nazareth.
Pope Benedict XVI
Joseph the Worker -
Start 9 day Novena from 4-22 to
and quote from
"He Gently Calls Us"
"I do not
remember even now that I have ever asked
anything of him which he has failed to grant. I
am astonished at the great favors which God has
bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and
at the perils from which He has freed me, both
in body and in soul." ~~~St. Teresa of Avila
You can start today a 9-Day Novena Prayer in
honor of St. Joseph the Worker. May 1st is
the Feast Days of the Ascension of the Lord
and St. Joseph the Worker. In some dioceses
Ascension of the Lord has been transferred
to the following Sunday after May 1st.
Joseph, you are the faithful protector, and
intercessor of all who love and venerate
you. I have special confidence in you. You
are powerful with God and will never abandon
your faithful servants.
I humbly invoke you and commend myself, with
all who are dear to me, to your
intercession. By the love you have for Jesus
and Mary, do not abandon me during life, and
assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the
immaculate Virgin, Foster- father of Jesus
Christ, obtain for me a pure, humble, and
charitable mind, and perfect resignation to
the Divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and
my model through life that I may merit to
die as you did in the arms of Jesus and
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of
Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to
implore your powerful intercession in
obtaining from the Heart of Jesus all the
graces necessary for my spiritual and
temporal welfare, particularly the grace of
a happy death, and the special grace I now
implore: (Mention your request).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I am
confident that your prayers in my behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne
Prayer to Saint
Joseph the Worker
Joseph, by the work of your hands and the sweat
of your brow, you supported Jesus and Mary, and
had the Son of God as your fellow worker. Teach
me to work as you did, with patience and
perseverance, for God and for those whom God has
given me to support. Teach me to see in my
fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in
them, that I may always be charitable and
forbearing towards all. Grant me to look upon
work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall
recognize in it my share in God's own creative
activity and in Christ's work of our redemption,
and so take pride in it. When it is pleasant and
productive, remind me to give thanks to God for
it. And when it is burdensome, teach me to offer
it to God, in reparation for my sins and the
sins of the world. Amen
Below is a link to a website with beautiful
prayers to St. Joseph. It is also a place
to purchase many beautiful things of St. Joseph.
I have purchased from there and it is a safe
(without and adware or spyware).
The man who runs this website is a dedicated
husband, father and an awesome catholic whose
humbleness and patience has blessed me and many
Daily Prayer to St. Joseph from the year 1505
St. Thomas Apostle
and My God"
Feast day July
St. Padre Pio
Padre Pio, holy bearer of
the Wounds of Christ, accept
us this day as your
spiritual sons and daughters
and keep us always on the
narrow path by your
intercession. And do thou, O
our Spiritual Father, stay
there at the Gates of Heaven
until all of your spiritual
children have entered
through, even and including
us. Through Christ our Lord,
Padre Pio's Calendar of
Daily Prayer Reflections
Efficacious Novena to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Pio said the
above Novena everyday)
Prayer After Holy Communion
Stay with me, Lord,
for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You
know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need
Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without
You I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and
without You I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very
much and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful
Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it
to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the
day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity
approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop
along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death
approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross,
the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its
dangers, I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the
breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which
disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my
death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by
grace and love.
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for,
Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love
You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart
while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.
Saint Anne (Anna)
Protect us as you protected
the Virgin Mary...
Poverty; broom makers; cabinetmakers; carpenters; childless people;
equestrians; grandmothers; grandparents; homemakers; horse men; horse women;
housewives; lace makers; lace workers; lost articles; miners; mothers;
old-clothes dealers; poverty; pregnancy; pregnant women; riders;
seamstresses; stablemen; sterility; women in labor.
Prayer to St. Anne...
Good Saint Anne, you were especially
favored by God to be the mother of
the most holy Virgin Mary, the
Mother of our Savior. By your power
with your most pure daughter and
with her divine Son, kindly obtain
for us the grace and the favor we
now seek. Please secure for us also
forgiveness of our past sins, the
strength to perform faithfully our
daily duties and the help we need to
persevere in the love of Jesus and
St. Peregrine's Feast Day is
Feast day Novena starts,
Saturday, April 26 to
Sunday May 4th
St. Peregrine Shrine at the
Glorious wonder-worker, St.
Peregrine, you answered the
divine call with a ready spirit,
and forsook all the comforts of
a life of ease and all the empty
honors of the world to dedicate
yourself to God in the Order of
His holy Mother. You
labored manfully for the
salvation of souls. In union
with Jesus crucified, you
endured painful sufferings with
such patience as to deserve to
be healed miraculously of an
incurable cancer in your leg by
a touch of His divine hand.
Obtain for me the grace to
answer every call of God and to
fulfill His will in all the
events of life. Enkindle in my
heart a consuming zeal for the
salvation of all men.
Deliver me from the infirmities
that afflict my body
Obtain for me also a perfect
resignation to the sufferings it
may please God to send me, so
that, imitating our crucified
Savior and His sorrowful Mother,
I may merit eternal glory in
St. Peregrine, pray for me and
for all who invoke your aid.
At age 60 Peregrine
was diagnosed with
cancer of the leg
brought on by many
years of disciplined
in varicose veins
ulcerous. On the
night before the
of his leg,
himself to the foot
of the cross in the
room and fell into a
sleep. Upon waking,
he discovered that
this leg was
Because of the
miracle wrought by
prayer, the Church
canonized him in
1726 and named him
patron of cancer
sufferers. His Feast
Day is May 4.
Peregrine's trust in
God can be a model
for us in dealing
with the pain,
sickness and crosses
of our lives.
O great St. Peregrine, you have
been called "The Mighty," "The
Wonder-Worker," because of the
numerous miracles which you have
obtained from God for those who
have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in
your own flesh this cancerous
disease that destroys the very
fiber of our being, and who had
recourse to the source of all
grace when the power of man
could do no more. You were
favoured with the vision of
Jesus coming down from His Cross
to heal your affliction.
Ask of God
and Our Lady, the cure of the
whom we entrust to you.
(Pause here and silently
think of the names
of all sick for whom you are praying)
Aided in this way by your
powerful intercession, we shall
sing to God, now and for all
eternity, a song of gratitude
for His great goodness and
Patron Saint for Cancer
St. Peregrine is the Patron
saint for individuals, family
members and care-givers whose
lives have been touched by
cancer and other serious
illnesses to come to pray for
healing, to come in thanksgiving
for a petition answered or to
come in remembrance of a loved
one who has died from cancer.
St. Peregrine...thank you for
all your prayers for our family
ones, friends and all
the people with lifted in prayer
to you that we don't even know...you are
truly a blessing to us...
Please give the Holy family
a big hug..Amen.
Friend and follower of Jesus. Filled with sorrow over her sin, she anointed
Christ, washed his feet with her hair. Exorcised by Him. Visited by the
apothecaries; contemplative life; contemplatives; converts; druggists; glove
makers; hairdressers; hairstylists; penitent sinners; penitent women; people
ridiculed for their piety; perfumeries; perfumers; pharmacists; reformed
prostitutes; sexual temptation; tanners; women
When Mary Magdalen came to the tomb and did not find the Lord's body, she
thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they
came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text
then says: "The disciples went back home," and it adds: "but Mary wept and
remained standing outside the tomb."
We should reflect on Mary's attitude and the great love she felt for Christ;
for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still
seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning
with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken
away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was
the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as
the voice of truth tell us: "Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved."
from a homily by Pope
Saint Gregory the Great
Gregory the Great
Day September 3rd
Dear Father...thank you
for all our Saints and the example they show us.
St. Gregory...Fr. Mark has told me about you and I was so excited to
learn your devotion to God and the Holy Spirit. St. Gregory
you made me feel at peace in my heart when I heard how you listened
to the Holy Spirit...you are a true inspiration to us in this
St. Gregory the Great
Pope, Doctor of the Church
Gregory, you were a true example of unceasing prayer.St. Gregory the Great you were an awesome Pope in the
5th century, I ask your prayers for our priest, sisters,
brothers and all the heads of the church so our direction will always be in
God's will. Please pray for the heads of all the
countries too. Bless all the clergy and lay people who serve
our Precious Lord.
Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ
O Lord, you received affronts without number from your blasphemers, yet each
day you free captive souls from the grip of the ancient enemy.
You did not avert your face from the spittle of perfidy, yet you wash souls
in saving waters. You accepted your scourging without murmur, yet
through your meditation you deliver us from endless chastisements. You
endured ill-treatment of all kinds, yet you want to give us a share in the
choirs of angels in glory everlasting.
You did not refuse to be crowned with thorns, yet you save us from the
wounds of sin.
In your thirst you accepted the bitterness of gall, yet you prepare yourself
to fill us with eternal delights. You kept silence under the derisive
homage rendered you by your executioners, yet you petition the Father for us
although you are his equal in divinity.
You came to taste death, yet you were the Life and had come to bring it to
the dead. Amen.
Saint Gregory the Great
Prayer - Saint Gregory the Great
O God, You look upon Your people with compassion, and rule them with love.
Through the intercession of Pope Saint Gregory, give wisdom to the leaders
of Your Church that the growth of Your people in holiness and love of You
may be the everlasting joy of our pastors. Amen.
Saint Gregory's Easter Prayer
It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You
Father and Your Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, by
Your wondrous condescension of Loving-Kindness toward us, Your servants, You
gave up Your Son. Dear Jesus You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal
Father by Your Blood poured forth in Loving-Kindness. You cleared away the
darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection. You broke the
bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror. You reconciled Heaven
and earth. Our life had no hope of Eternal Happiness before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and
brought us joy. How inestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!
We pray You, Lord, to preserve Your servants in the peaceful enjoyment of
this Easter happiness. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives
and reigns with God The Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and
St. Francis of Assisi
THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
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;
Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to
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;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Claude de la Colombiere
Act of Confidence in God
Saint Claude de la Colombière
My God, I’m so persuaded that You watch over all who hope in You
and nothing can be lacking to those who await from You all
things, that I have determined to live from now on without any
concern, letting go and giving You all of my anxieties. I will
sleep and rest in peace because You, O Lord, and only You, have
secured my hope.
Men can deprive me of possessions and reputation; illnesses can
take away my strength and means to serve You; I myself can lose
Your grace because of sin; but I will not lose my hope; I will
conserve it until the last instant of my life and all the
efforts from demons trying to take it away from me will be
useless. I will sleep and rest in peace.
May others expect happiness in their richness and talents; some
may lean on the innocence of their lives, or the rigor of their
penitence, or above all on the amount of their good works, or
the fervor of their prayers. As for myself Lord, all my
confidence is my confidence itself. Because You Lord, only You
have secured my hope.
No one has been deceived by this confidence. No one who has
waited in the Lord has been frustrated in their confidence.
Therefore, I am sure that I will be eternally happy because I
firmly hope to be; and because You, Oh, My God, are in Whom I
expect all. In You I hope Lord, and never will I be confused.
I know very well . . . too well that I am fragile and
inconstant, I know well the power of temptations against the
most firm virtue; I have seen the stars fall from heaven and
columns from the firmament; but none of this can frighten me. As
long as I maintain firm my hope, I will be conserved from all
calamities; and I am sure to hope always, because I hope the
same in this unchanging hope.
In conclusion, I am sure that I cannot hope in excess in You and
that I will receive all that I would have hoped for in You.
Therefore, I know You will sustain me on the most rapid and
slippery slopes, that You will strengthen me against the
assaults and make my weakness triumph over the most tremendous
I hope You will always love me and I will love you without
interruption; to take once and for all my hope as far as it can
reach. I hope in You and only in You! Oh, My Creator! In time
and for all eternity. Amen.
St. Theresa of
"Her Little Way"
A poem by St. Theresa
All the earth with snow is
Everywhere the white frosts
Winter and his gloomy
Hold their court on earth
But for you has bloomed
Of the fields, Who comes to
From the fatherland of
Where eternal spring has
Near the Rose of Christmas,
In the lowly grasses hide,
And be like the humble
Of heaven’s King
the lowly bride!
Dear St. Theresa pray for us that we
may be closer to Jesus to Love and
Serve Him in this world...Amen.
Extensive Prayers on EWTN website
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Avila
Some quotes of her writings below...
The Lord does not look so much at the magnitude of
anything we do as at the love with which we do it.
—St. Teresa of Avila
say, "Prayer is an act of love, words are not needed.
Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is
needed is the will to love."
Teresa sympathizes with those who have a
difficult time in prayer: "All the trials we endure
cannot be compared to these interior battles."
"For mental prayer in my opinion is
nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends;
it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who
we know loves us. The important thing is not to think
much but to love much and so do that which best stirs
you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to
please God in everything."
She believed in obedience to God more
than penance. If you do something wrong, don't punish
yourself -- change. When someone felt depressed, her
advice was that she go some place where she could see
the sky and take a walk.
St. Teresa is the patron saint of
Headache sufferers. Her symbol is a heart, an arrow, and
a book. She was canonized in 1622.
Prayer by St. Teresa
Prayer to Redeem Lost Time
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your
sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that
are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant
turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly
believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me
the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the
future, that I may appear before You in "wedding
garments." Amen. Saint Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa's Bread
Pan De Santa Teresa
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 good piece of lemon peel
12 slices Italian/French bread (a little stale)
1/2-3/4 inch thick
Pinch of salt
Cinnamon-sugar for sprinkling on the toast
Olive oil for frying
Combine the milk with the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon
peel. Simmer gently for 5 to 10 minutes, until the
milk has become well flavored. Place the bread in a
large flat dish or pan, and strain the milk over it.
Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl with a pinch of
salt. With a spatula, lay the slices of bread in the
egg, turning them to coat both sides. Beat
additional eggs and salt together if necessary to
finish coating bread slices. Fry the bread in the
olive oil until it is browned and crusty on both
Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Yield: 4-6
St. Teresa of Avila's
alone is enough
Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
all it seeks.
Whoever has God
God alone is enough
- St Teresa Avila
has no body
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ's compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.
- St Teresa Avila
nothing trouble you
nothing trouble you.
Let nothing scare you.
All is fleeting.
God alone is unchanging.
Who possesses God
God alone suffices.
St Teresa Avila
Information above found on various
sites online and email inspirations received from
friends and love ones...
Women for Faith and Family
Quotes from Catholic on line
Prayers from Catholic-forum/saints
One of the “Three Marys” who served Christ. She was the
mother of St. James the Great and St. John,
Christ's death on the cross, his entombment, and his
resurrection. Mark mentions Salome as one of the women
who came to anoint the body of Jesus on the morning of
This is one of my favorite prayers
by Mother Teresa...
to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul
with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole
being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance
of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that
every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me
and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.
Blessed Mother Teresa of
Day September 5th
“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an
Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to
my calling, I belong to the world. As to my
heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of
Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother
Teresa of Calcutta was entrusted with the
mission of proclaiming God’s thirsting love
for humanity, especially for the poorest of
the poor. “God still loves the world and He
sends you and me to be His love and His
compassion to the poor.” She was a soul
filled with the light of Christ, on fire
with love for Him and burning with one
desire: “to quench His thirst for love and
This luminous messenger of God’s love was
born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, a city
situated at the crossroads of Balkan
history. The youngest of the children born
to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu, she was
baptised Gonxha Agnes, received her First
Communion at the age of five and a half and
was confirmed in November 1916. From the day
of her First Holy Communion, a love for
souls was within her. Her father’s sudden
death when Gonxha was about eight years old
left in the family in financial straits.
Drane raised her children firmly and
lovingly, greatly influencing her daughter’s
character and vocation. Gonxha’s religious
formation was further assisted by the
vibrant Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart in
which she was much involved.
At the age of eighteen, moved by a desire to
become a missionary, Gonxha left her home in
September 1928 to join the Institute of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of
Loreto, in Ireland. There she received the
name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Thérèse of
Lisieux. In December, she departed for
India, arriving in Calcutta on 6 January
1929. After making her First Profession of
Vows in May 1931, Sister Teresa was assigned
to the Loreto Entally community in Calcutta
and taught at St. Mary’s School for girls.
On 24 May 1937, Sister Teresa made her Final
Profession of Vows, becoming, as she said,
the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity.”
From that time on she was called Mother
Teresa. She continued teaching at St. Mary’s
and in 1944 became the school’s principal. A
person of profound prayer and deep love for
her religious sisters and her students,
Mother Teresa’s twenty years in Loreto were
filled with profound happiness. Noted for
her charity, unselfishness and courage, her
capacity for hard work and a natural talent
for organization, she lived out her
consecration to Jesus, in the midst of her
companions, with fidelity and joy.
On 10 September 1946 during the train ride
from Calcutta to Darjeeling for her annual
retreat, Mother Teresa received her
“inspiration,” her “call within a call.” On
that day, in a way she would never explain,
Jesus’ thirst for love and for souls took
hold of her heart and the desire to satiate
His thirst became the driving force of her
life. Over the course of the next weeks and
months, by means of interior locutions and
visions, Jesus revealed to her the desire of
His heart for “victims of love” who would
“radiate His love on souls.” “Come be My
light,” He begged her. “I cannot go alone.”
He revealed His pain at the neglect of the
poor, His sorrow at their ignorance of Him
and His longing for their love. He asked
Mother Teresa to establish a religious
community, Missionaries of Charity,
dedicated to the service of the poorest of
the poor. Nearly two years of testing and
discernment passed before Mother Teresa
received permission to begin. On August 17,
1948, she dressed for the first time in a
white, blue-bordered sari and passed through
the gates of her beloved Loreto convent to
enter the world of the poor.
After a short course with the Medical
Mission Sisters in Patna, Mother Teresa
returned to Calcutta and found temporary
lodging with the Little Sisters of the Poor.
On 21 December she went for the first time
to the slums. She visited families, washed
the sores of some children, cared for an old
man lying sick on the road and nursed a
woman dying of hunger and TB. She started
each day in communion with Jesus in the
Eucharist and then went out, rosary in her
hand, to find and serve Him in “the
unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”
After some months, she was joined, one by
one, by her former students.
On 7 October 1950 the new congregation of
the Missionaries of Charity was officially
established in the Archdiocese of Calcutta.
By the early 1960s, Mother Teresa began to
send her Sisters to other parts of India.
The Decree of Praise granted to the
Congregation by Pope Paul VI in February
1965 encouraged her to open a house in
Venezuela. It was soon followed by
foundations in Rome and Tanzania and,
eventually, on every continent. Starting in
1980 and continuing through the 1990s,
Mother Teresa opened houses in almost all of
the communist countries, including the
former Soviet Union, Albania and Cuba.
In order to respond better to both the
physical and spiritual needs of the poor,
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of
Charity Brothers in 1963, in 1976 the
contemplative branch of the Sisters, in 1979
the Contemplative Brothers, and in 1984 the
Missionaries of Charity Fathers. Yet her
inspiration was not limited to those with
religious vocations. She formed the
Co-Workers of Mother Teresa and the Sick and
Suffering Co-Workers, people of many faiths
and nationalities with whom she shared her
spirit of prayer, simplicity, sacrifice and
her apostolate of humble works of love. This
spirit later inspired the Lay Missionaries
of Charity. In answer to the requests of
many priests, in 1981 Mother Teresa also
began the Corpus Christi Movement for
Priests as a “little way of holiness” for
those who desire to share in her charism and
During the years of rapid growth the world
began to turn its eyes towards Mother Teresa
and the work she had started. Numerous
awards, beginning with the Indian Padmashri
Award in 1962 and notably the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1979, honoured her work, while an
increasingly interested media began to
follow her activities. She received both
prizes and attention “for the glory of God
and in the name of the poor.”
The whole of Mother Teresa’s life and labour
bore witness to the joy of loving, the
greatness and dignity of every human person,
the value of little things done faithfully
and with love, and the surpassing worth of
friendship with God. But there was another
heroic side of this great woman that was
revealed only after her death. Hidden from
all eyes, hidden even from those closest to
her, was her interior life marked by an
experience of a deep, painful and abiding
feeling of being separated from God, even
rejected by Him, along with an
ever-increasing longing for His love. She
called her inner experience, “the darkness.”
The “painful night” of her soul, which began
around the time she started her work for the
poor and continued to the end of her life,
led Mother Teresa to an ever more profound
union with God. Through the darkness she
mystically participated in the thirst of
Jesus, in His painful and burning longing
for love, and she shared in the interior
desolation of the poor.
During the last years of her life, despite
increasingly severe health problems, Mother
Teresa continued to govern her Society and
respond to the needs of the poor and the
Church. By 1997, Mother Teresa’s Sisters
numbered nearly 4,000 members and were
established in 610 foundations in 123
countries of the world. In March 1997 she
blessed her newly-elected successor as
Superior General of the Missionaries of
Charity and then made one more trip abroad.
After meeting Pope John Paul II for the last
time, she returned to Calcutta and spent her
final weeks receiving visitors and
instructing her Sisters. On 5 September
Mother Teresa’s earthly life came to an end.
She was given the honour of a state funeral
by the Government of India and her body was
buried in the Mother House of the
Missionaries of Charity. Her tomb quickly
became a place of pilgrimage and prayer for
people of all faiths, rich and poor alike.
Mother Teresa left a testament of unshakable
faith, invincible hope and extraordinary
charity. Her response to Jesus’ plea, “Come
be My light,” made her a Missionary of
Charity, a “mother to the poor,” a symbol of
compassion to the world, and a living
witness to the thirsting love of God.
Less than two years after her death, in view
of Mother Teresa’s widespread reputation of
holiness and the favours being reported,
Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of
her Cause of Canonization. On 20 December
2002 he approved the decrees of her heroic
virtues and miracles.
BEATIFICATION OF MOTHER THERESA OF CALCUTTA
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
World Mission Sunday
Sunday, 19 October 2003
1. "Whoever would be first among you must be
slave of all" (Mk10: 44). Jesus' words to
his disciples that have just rung out in
this Square show us the way to evangelical
"greatness". It is the way walked by Christ
himself that took him to the Cross: a
journey of love and service that overturns
all human logic. To be the servant of all!
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Foundress of the
Missionaries of Charity whom today I have
the joy of adding to the Roll of the
Blesseds, allowed this logic to guide her. I
am personally grateful to this courageous
woman whom I have always felt beside me.
Mother Teresa, an icon of the Good
Samaritan, went everywhere to serve Christ
in the poorest of the poor. Not even
conflict and war could stand in her way.
Every now and then she would come and tell
me about her experiences in her service to
the Gospel values. I remember, for example,
her pro-life and anti-abortion
interventions, even when she was awarded the
Nobel Prize for peace (Oslo, 10 December
1979). She often used to say: "If you hear
of some woman who does not want to keep her
child and wants to have an abortion, try to
persuade her to bring him to me. I will love
that child, seeing in him the sign of God's
2. Is it not significant that her
beatification is taking place on the very
day on which the Church celebrates World
Mission Sunday? With the witness of her
life, Mother Teresa reminds everyone that
the evangelizing mission of the Church
passes through charity, nourished by prayer
and listening to God's word. Emblematic of
this missionary style is the image that
shows the new Blessed clasping a child's
hand in one hand while moving her Rosary
beads with the other.
Contemplation and action, evangelization and
human promotion: Mother Teresa proclaimed
the Gospel living her life as a total gift
to the poor but, at the same time, steeped
3. Whoever wants to be great among you must
be your servant" (Mk 10: 43). With
particular emotion we remember today Mother
Teresa, a great servant of the poor, of the
Church and of the whole world. Her life is a
testimony to the dignity and the privilege
of humble service. She had chosen to be not
just the least but to be the servant of the
least. As a real mother to the poor, she
bent down to those suffering various forms
of poverty. Her greatness lies in her
ability to give without counting the cost,
to give "until it hurts". Her life was a
radical living and a bold proclamation of
The cry of Jesus on the Cross, "I thirst" (Jn
19: 28), expressing the depth of God's
longing for man, penetrated Mother Teresa's
soul and found fertile soil in her heart.
Satiating Jesus' thirst for love and for
souls in union with Mary, the Mother of
Jesus, had become the sole aim of Mother
Teresa's existence and the inner force that
drew her out of herself and made her "run in
haste" across the globe to labour for the
salvation and the sanctification of the
poorest of the poor.
4. "As you did to one of the least of these
my brethren, you did it to me" (Mt 25: 40).
This Gospel passage, so crucial in
understanding Mother Teresa's service to the
poor, was the basis of her faith-filled
conviction that in touching the broken
bodies of the poor she was touching the body
of Christ. It was to Jesus himself, hidden
under the distressing disguise of the
poorest of the poor, that her service was
directed. Mother Teresa highlights the
deepest meaning of service - an act of love
done to the hungry, thirsty, strangers,
naked, sick, prisoners (cf. Mt 25: 34-36) is
done to Jesus himself.
Recognizing him, she ministered to him with
wholehearted devotion, expressing the
delicacy of her spousal love. Thus, in total
gift of herself to God and neighbour, Mother
Teresa found her greatest fulfilment and
lived the noblest qualities of her
femininity. She wanted to be a sign of
"God's love, God's presence and God's
compassion", and so remind all of the value
and dignity of each of God's children,
"created to love and be loved". Thus was
Mother Teresa "bringing souls to God and God
to souls" and satiating Christ's thirst,
especially for those most in need, those
whose vision of God had been dimmed by
suffering and pain.
5. "The Son of man also came... to give his
life as a ransom for many" (Mk 10: 45).
Mother Teresa shared in the Passion of the
crucified Christ in a special way during
long years of "inner darkness". For her that
was a test, at times an agonizing one, which
she accepted as a rare "gift and privilege".
In the darkest hours she clung even more
tenaciously to prayer before the Blessed
Sacrament. This harsh spiritual trial led
her to identify herself more and more
closely with those whom she served each day,
feeling their pain and, at times, even their
rejection. She was fond of repeating that
the greatest poverty is to be unwanted, to
have no one to take care of you.
6. "Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we
place our trust in you". How often, like the
Psalmist, did Mother Teresa call on her Lord
in times of inner desolation: "In you, in
you I hope, my God!".
Let us praise the Lord for this diminutive
woman in love with God, a humble Gospel
messenger and a tireless benefactor of
humanity. In her we honour one of the most
important figures of our time. Let us
welcome her message and follow her example.
Virgin Mary, Queen of all the Saints, help
us to be gentle and humble of heart like
this fearless messenger of Love. Help us to
serve every person we meet with joy and a
smile. Help us to be missionaries of Christ,
our peace and our hope. Amen!
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Blessed Mother Teresa...
Teresa of Calcutta
I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot. But together we can
do something beautiful for God”
Blessed Mother Teresa
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
(1910-1997), founder of the Missionary Sisters of
No Greater Love
"We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were
obliged to do."
Always be faithful in little things because our strength
is to be found in them. Nothing is too small for God. He
does not mean anything to diminish. All things are
infinite for Him. Practice fidelity in the tiniest
things, not for their own sake but because of that great
thing we call the will of God… for which I myself have
Don’t look for spectacular deeds. We should deliberately
give up any desire to see the results of our work, only
carry out what we are able to do as best we can, and
leave the rest in God’s hands. What matters is your gift
of self, the amount of love you put into each of your
Don’t give in to discouragement when confronted with
failure so long as you have done your best. Turn away
from praise, too, when you succeed. Offer everything
back to God with deepest gratitude. If you feel
demoralized it is a sign of pride, showing you how much
faith you place in your own strength. Don’t worry any
more about what other people think. Be humble and
nothing will ever upset you. The Lord has bound me where
I am; he is the one who will unbind me.
Jesus we bring you all the flowers in the world...Amen
God, Who has graciously chosen
Saint Dymphna to be the
patroness of those afflicted
with mental and nervous
disorders, and has caused her to
be an inspiration and a symbol
of charity to the thousands who
invoke her intercession, grant
through the prayers of this
pure, youthful martyr, relief
and consolation to all who
suffer from these disturbances,
and especially to those for whom
we now pray.
mention those for whom you wish
We beg You to accept and grant
the prayers of Saint Dymphna on
our behalf. Grant to those we
have particularly recommended
patience in their sufferings and
resignation to Your Divine Will.
Fill them with hope and, if it
is according to Your Divine
Plan, bestow upon them the cure
they so earnestly desire. Grant
this through Christ Our Lord.
NOVENA TO ST. DYMPHNA
(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)
St. Dymphna, a great wonder
worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful
intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick.
You are filled with love and compassion for the thousands of patients
brought to your shrine for centuries and for those who cannot come to your
shrine but invoke you in their homes or in hospitals. Show the same love and
compassion toward me, your faithful client. The many miracles you have
wrought through your intercession give me great confidence that you will
help me in my present need. (state your specific request or intention here!)
I am confident of obtaining my request, if it is for the greater glory of
God and the good of my soul. For the sake of Jesus and Mary, whom you loved
so earnestly, and for whom you offered your life in martyrdom, grant my
St. Dymphna, young and beautiful, innocent and pure, help me to imitate your
love of purity. You chose to be martyred by your own fathers sword rather
than consent to sin. Give me strength and courage in fighting off the
temptations of the world and evil desires.
As you have given all the love of your heart to Jesus, help me to love God
with my whole heart and serve Him faithfully. As you bore the persecution of
your father and the sufferings of an exile so patiently, obtain for me the
patience I need to accept the trials of my life with loving resignation to
the will of God.
St. Dymphna, through your glorious martyrdom for the love of Christ, help me
to be loyal to my faith and my God as long as I live. And when my hour of
death comes, stand at my side and pray for me that I may at last merit the
eternal crown of glory in God's Kingdom.
Good St. Dymphna, I beg you to recommend my request to Mary, the Health of
the Sick, and Comforter of the Afflicted, that both of you may present it to
Jesus, the Divine Physician.
O God, You gave St. Dymphna to Your Church as a model of all virtues,
especially holy purity, and willed that she should seal her faith with her
innocent blood and perform numerous miracles. Grant that we who honor her as
patroness of those afflicted with nervous and mental illness may continue to
enjoy her powerful intercession and protection and attain eternal life. We
ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Nine Prayers to Saint Dymphna
Dear Saint Dymphna, you gave us an example in your own life of firm faith.
Neither flattery, earthly rewards nor the threat of death caused you to
waver in your fidelity to God. Please help us then, amid the uncertainties
of life, to imitate your wholehearted dedication to Christ. Be
good enough to come to our aid in our need, and pray for us to God. Amen.
Good Saint Dymphna, you placed all your hope in Christ's promises, and
sacrificed even your life in that hope. The Lord, God, rewarded your
constancy by making your name known and loved over many centuries by the
thousands whom you have aided in time of difficulty. Please assist us now in
our present necessity, and intercede before God for our intentions. Obtain
for us a firm hope like your own in God's unfailing protection. Amen.
You are celebrated Saint Dymphna, for your goodness to others. Both in your
lifetime, and even more in the ages since, you have again and again
demonstrated your concern for those who are mentally disturbed or
emotionally troubled. Kindly secure for me, then, some measure of your own
serene love, and ask our Lord to give us a share in His life and boundless
You were marked in life, Saint Dymphna, by a high degree of prudence. You
sought and followed the advice of your confessor and spiritual guide. You
fled from temptation even when it meant exile and poverty. In your last
extremity you chose to die rather than offend God. Please help us now by
your merits not only to know what is right, but procure for us also the
strength to do it. Amen.
Admirable Saint Dymphna, how just you were to all whom you encountered, and
how careful you were to give every person his due, and more than he might
desire or expect. By your power with God please come to assist us to be just
to all we meet, and even to be generous in giving everyone more than strict
justice requires. Amen.
Generous Saint Dymphna, like all Christ's martyrs you gained this crowning
grace because you prepared for it by a life of self denial. By faithfulness
in smaller things you were ready for your final trial. Please teach us by
your example and help to use the good things of life so that we may not miss
our chance for life eternal. Help us, too, to watch and pray for ourselves
and others. Amen.
Courageous Saint Dymphna, your strength was from God. His grace enabled you
to resist evil, and to prefer exile to a life of sinful luxury. Christ's own
power preserved you faithful to Him in life and in death. In your kindness
help us to imitate your example in little things, and gain for us fortitude
to bear with the misfortunes we meet, and strength to overcome our weakness.
Most pure virgin, Saint Dymphna, we live at a time when many are intent on
satisfying every carnal appetite. Your single-minded dedication to Christ
alone is providential and inspiring. Please help us by your power with God
to see life in proportion as you did. With your aid we propose to perform
all our actions for a pure motive, and promptly to resist all our evil
Most faithful Saint Dymphna, you remained true to your baptismal promises to
the very end. You are, therefore, honored, known, and loved after 1,400
years by people you have aided all over the world. We do not know how long
or short a time is left to us of this life here, but help us in any case to
be faithful to God to the end. Please gain for us the grace to live one day
at a time as if each were to be our last. Amen.
Thank you for sharing Jesus with me today.