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A Prayerbook of Favorite Litanies - 116 Favorite Catholic Litanies and Responsory Prayers

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Litanies are one of the most ancient and beautiful forms of prayer in the Catholic Church.  Sublime, poetic, and full of intense fervor, the invocations etch themselves more deeply into a Christian's mind and soul each time they are prayed.  Arranged for responsory prayer, litanies are also excellent for silent prayer by an individual.  Each litany is full of instruction on the glories and virtues of some aspect of the life of Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or on the life of a saint, so that with each litany a person sees a whole new panorama of the beauty of the Holy Catholic Church, like looking at a many-faceted diamond.  And after a litany has become familiar, it continues to be a never-ending wellspring of holy insights and affections. Prayerbook of Favorite Litanies contains 116 of the most beautiful and best-loved litanies in the Church.  Included, of course, are the six official litanies:  Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of the Precious Blood, of the Holy Name, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of St. Joseph, and of the Saints.  Also included are litanies to the Holy Spirit, the Infant Jesus, the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the Holy Guardian Angel, St. Therese the Little Flower, St. Philomena, St. Anne, St. Rita, St. Jude, St. Anthony, plus litanies for special needs--and many, many more.  Prayerbook of Favorite Litanies is a treasure chest of spiritual jewels for the mind and heart of every Catholic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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St. Anne (Ann, Anna)

St. Anne (Ann, Anna) Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 7/25
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/26
Tridentine Calendar - 7/21


Patron Of: Cabinet Makers, Canada, Grandmothers, Mothers, Horseriders, Housekeepers, Women In Labor, Carpenters, Against Poverty, Sterility

Memorial

    * 26 July

Profile

    Mother of Our Lady. Grandmother of Jesus Christ. Wife of Saint Joachim. Probably well off. Tradition says that Anne was quite elderly when Mary was born, and that she was their only child. The belief that Anne remained a virgin in the conception and birth of Mary was condemned by the Vatican in 1677. Believed to have given Mary to the service of the Temple when the girl was three years old. Devotion to her has been popular in the East from the very early days of the Church; widespread devotion in the West began in the 16th century, but many shrines have developed since.

Canonized

    * devotion is Pre-Congregation
    * cultus extended to the whole Church in 1584

Name Meaning

    * gracious one; grace (= Anne)

Patronage

    * against poverty
    * against sterility
    * broommakers
    * cabinetmakers
    * carpenters
    * childless people
    * equestrians
    * expectant mothers
    * grandmothers
    * grandparents
    * homemakers
    * horse men
    * horse women
    * housewives
    * lace makers
    * lace workers
    * lost articles
    * miners
    * mothers
    * old-clothes dealers
    * poor people
    * pregnancy
    * pregnant women
    * riders
    * seamstresses
    * stablemen
    * turners
    * women in labour
    * Canada
    * France
    * Micmaqs
    * Caxito, Angola, diocese of
    * Detroit, Michigan, archdiocese of
    * Norwich, Connecticut, diocese of
    * Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Québec, diocese of
    * Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
    * Boschi Sant’Anna, Italy
    * Brittany, France
    * Caserta, Italy
    * Castelletto d’Erro, Italy
    * Corinaldo, Italy
    * Marsaskala, Malta
    * Molo, Philippines
    * Nueva Valencia, Philippines
    * Quebec, Canada
    * Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec
    * Santa Ana Indian Pueblo
    * San Joaquin, Philippines
    * Taos, New Mexico

Representation

    * door
    * holding Mary or Jesus in her arms or lap
    * at her betrothal to Joachim
    * teaching Mary to read the Bible
    * greeting Saint Joachim at Golden Gate
    * woman with a book in her hand

 



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St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/13


Patron Of: Amputees, Barren Women, Butchers, Cemetery Workers, Faith In The Blessed Sacrament, Grave Diggers, Lost Articles, Poor, Sailors, American Indians, Boatmen

Also known as

    * Antonio da Padova
    * Evangelical Doctor

Memorial

    * 13 June

Profile

    Anthony’s wealthy family wanted him to be a great nobleman, but for the sake of Christ he became a poor Franciscan. Priest.

    When the remains of Saint Berard and his companions, the first Franciscan martyrs, were brought to be buried in his church, Anthony was moved to leave his order, enter the Friars Minor, and go to Morocco to evangelize. Shipwrecked at Sicily, he joined some other brothers who were going to the church in Portiuncula. Lived in a cave at San Paolo leaving only to attend Mass and sweep the nearby monastery. One day when a scheduled speaker failed to appear, the brothers pressed him into speaking. He impressed them so that he was thereafter constantly travelling, evangelizing, preaching, and teaching theology through Italy and France.

    A gifted speaker, he attracted crowds everywhere he went, speaking in multiple tongues; legend says that even the fish loved to listen. Miracle worker. One of the most beloved of saints, his images and statues are found everywhere – though none of them portray him as a heavy-set man, which some reports claim he was. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946.

    One source of the well-known patronage for the recovery of lost objects comes from a legend that, long after Anthony’s death, his old prayer book was kept as a treasured relic, and one day it disappeared. People prayed for help in finding the lost item, a novice found it and returned it; he later admitted that he had “borrowed” the book and returned it after receiving a vision of an angry Anthony.

Born

    * 1195 at Lisbon, Portugal

Died

    * 13 June 1231 of natural causes

Canonized

    * 30 May 1232 by Pope Gregory IX at Spoleto, Italy

Patronage

    * against barrenness
    * against shipwreck
    * against starvation
    * against starving
    * against sterility
    * American Indians
    * amputees
    * animals
    * asses
    * boatmen
    * domestic animals
    * elderly people
    * expectant mothers
    * faith in the Blessed Sacrament
    * fishermen
    * harvests
    * horses
    * lost articles
    * lower animals
    * mail
    * mariners
    * oppressed people
    * paupers
    * poor people
    * pregnant women
    * sailors
    * seekers of lost articles
    * starving people
    * swineherds
    * travel hostesses
    * travellers
    * watermen
    * —
    * Brazil
    * Portugal
    * Tigua Indians
    * Beaumont, Texas, diocese of
    * Masbate, Philippines, diocese of
    * Timmins, Ontario, diocese of
    * Amantea, Italy
    * Anzio, Italy
    * Cianciana, Agrigento, Italy
    * Dorado, Puerto Rico
    * Favara, Italy
    * Ferrazzano, Italy
    * Giano Vetusto, Italy
    * Lisbon, Portugal
    * Nicolosi, Italy
    * Padua, Italy
    * San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico
    * San Fulgencio, Spain
    * Sandia Indian Pueblo

Representation

    * book
    * bread
    * Infant Jesus
    * lily

 



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St. Gabriel

St. Gabriel Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/29
Tridentine Calendar - 03/24


Patron Of: Clergy, Broadcasters, Communication Workers, Diplomats, Messengers, Postal Workers, Radio Workers, Secular Clergy, Telecommunications, Television Workers

Profile
    Archangel. Messenger of God. One of the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible. Appeared to the prophet Daniel to explain the prophet's visions relating to the Messiah. (Daniel 8:16-26; 9:21) Appeared to Zachary in the temple to announce the coming of Zachary's son, John the Baptist, and to strike Zachary mute for his disbelief. (Luke 1:11-20) Appeared to Mary to let her know she'd been selected to bear the Saviour. (Luke 1:25-38)

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St. Joseph

St. Joseph Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/19


Patron Of: Belgium, Carpenters, Confectioners, Doubt, Dying, Engineers, Families, Happy Death, Hesitation, Married Couples, Peru, Pioneers, Universal Church, Workers

Also known as

    * Joseph the Betrothed
    * Joseph the Worker

Memorial

    * 19 March
    * 1 May (Joseph the Worker)

Profile

    Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster and adoptive father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do.

Died

    * 1st century, prior to the Passion, of natural causes

Name Meaning

    * whom the Lord adds (Joseph)

Patronage

    * against doubt
    * against hesitation
    * bursars
    * cabinetmakers
    * Candian Armed Forces (in 1941)
    * carpenters
    * Catholic Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX)
    * civil engineers
    * confectioners
    * craftsmen
    * dying people
    * emigrants
    * expectant mothers
    * families
    * fathers
    * happy death
    * holy death
    * house hunters
    * immigrants
    * interior souls
    * laborers
    * married people
    * Oblates of Saint Joseph
    * people in doubt
    * people who fight Communism
    * pioneers
    * pregnant women
    * protection of the Church
    * social justice
    * travellers
    * unborn children
    * Universal Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX)
    * Vatican II
    * wheelwrights
    * workers
    * working people
    * Americas
    * Austria
    * Belgium
    * Bohemia
    * Canada
    * China
    * Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliment)
    * Korea
    * Mexico
    * New France
    * New World
    * Peru
    * Viet Nam
    * Anchorage, Alaska, archdiocese of
    * Balanga, Philippines, diocese of
    * Bangued, Philippines, diocese of
    * Baton Rouge, Louisiana, diocese of
    * Biloxi, Mississippi, diocese of
    * Buffalo, New York, diocese of
    * Butuan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Cheyenne, Wyoming, diocese of
    * Cologne, Germany, archdiocese of
    * Daet, Philippines, diocese of
    * Edmonton, Alberta, diocese of
    * Gatineau, Québec, archdiocese of
    * Hartford, Connecticut, archdiocese of
    * Itanagar, India, diocese of
    * La Crosse, Wisconsin, diocese of
    * Libmanan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Louisville, Kentucky, archdiocese of
    * Lubango, Angola, archdiocese of
    * MacKenzie – Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, diocese of
    * Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese of
    * Mangalore, India, diocese of
    * Menevia, Wales, diocese of
    * Nashville, Tennessee, diocese of
    * Osnabrück, Germany, diocese of
    * Ottawa, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Rarotonga, Cook Islands, diocese of
    * Romblon, Philippines, diocese of
    * Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, diocese of
    * San Jose, California, diocese of
    * San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines, apostolic vicariate of
    * San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, diocese of
    * Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, diocese of
    * Sioux Falls, South Dakota, diocese of
    * Tagbilaran, Philippines, diocese of
    * Virac, Philippines, diocese of
    * Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, diocese of
    * Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, diocese of
    * Winnipeg, Manitoba, archdiocese of
    * Birkirkara, Malta
    * Carinthia, Austria
    * Castelplanio, Ancona, Italy
    * Deschambault, Quebec, Canada
    * Florence, Italy
    * Fonte Nuova, Italy
    * Kalkara, Malta
    * La Spezia, Italy
    * Ladispoli, Italy
    * Laguna Indian Pueblo
    * Msida, Malta
    * Orvieto, Italy
    * Qala, Gozo, Malta
    * Querceta, Italy
    * Radazzo, Sicily, Italy
    * Santa Marinella, Italy
    * Sicily, Italy
    * Spadafora, Sicily, Italy
    * Styria, Austria
    * Turin, Italy
    * Tyrol, Austria

Representation

    * bible
    * branch
    * carpenter‘s square
    * carpenter‘s tools
    * chalice
    * cross
    * hand tools
    * infant Jesus
    * ladder
    * lamb
    * lily
    * monstrance
    * old man holding a lily and a carpenter‘s tool such as a square
    * old man holding the infant Jesus
    * plane
    * rod

 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Jude

St. Jude Feast Day:
Eastern Calendar - 06/19
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/28
Tridentine Calendar - 10/28


Patron Of: Desperation, Hopeless Cases, Impossible Situations

Profile
    Son of Cleophas, who died a martyr, and Mary who stood at the foot of the Cross, and who anointed Christ's body after death. Brother of Saint James the Lesser. Nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus Christ, and reported to look a lot like him. May have been a fisherman. Apostle.

    Writer of canonical letter. Preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon. Healer. Exorcist. Could exorcise pagan idols, which caused the demons to flee and the statues to crumble.

    His patronage of lost or impossible causes traditionally derives from confusion by many early Christians between Jude and Judas; not understanding the difference between the names, they never prayed for Jude's help, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause.

Died
    beaten to death with a club, then beheaded post-mortem in 1st century Persia; relics at Saint Peter's, Rome, at Rheims, and at Toulouse, France

Name Meaning
    sweetness or gentleness of character (Thaddeus)

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St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/29


Patron Of: Mariners, Sailors, Seafarers, Artists, Bakers, Bankers, Battle, EMTs, Germany, Grocers, Paratroopers, Peril At Sea, Police Officers, Radiologists, Temptation, Holy Death, Against Temptations, Ambulance Drivers, Fencing, Knights, Hatters

Memorial

    * 29 September
    * 8 May – Apparition of Saint Michael and Protector of Cornwall

Profile

    Archangel. Leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews, and there are writings about him in all three cultures. Considered the guardian angel of Israel, and the guardian and protector of the Church. In the Book of Daniel (12:1), Michael is described as rising up to defend the Church against the Anti-Christ.

    The feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael commemorates appearance of the archangel to a man named Gargan in 492 on Mount Gargano near Manfredonia in southern Italy. Gargan and others were pasturing cattle on the mountain; a bull wandered off and hid in a cave. An arrow was shot into the cave, but it came flying back out and wounded the archer. The cowherds went to their bishop who ordered three days of fasting and prayer to seek an explanation for the mystery. At the end of the three days Michael appeared to the bishop and requested a church built in the honour of the Holy Angels in the cave. If you find medals or holy cards with ‘relics‘ of Michael, they are probably rock chips from the cave, or pieces of cloth that have touched it.

Born

    * wasn’t

Died

    * hasn’t

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Name Meaning

    * Who is like God? (the battle cry of the army of heaven)

Patronage

    * against danger at sea
    * against temptations
    * ambulance drivers
    * artists
    * bakers
    * bankers
    * banking
    * barrel makers
    * battle
    * boatmen
    * coopers
    * dying people
    * emergency medical technicians
    * EMTs
    * fencing
    * Greek Air Force
    * greengrocers
    * grocers
    * haberdashers
    * hatmakers
    * hatters
    * holy death
    * knights
    * mariners
    * milleners
    * paramedics
    * paratroopers
    * police officers
    * radiologists
    * radiotherapists
    * sailors
    * security guards
    * sick people
    * soldiers
    * Spanish police officers
    * storms at sea
    * swordsmiths
    * watermen
    * England
    * Germany
    * Coimbatore, India, diocese of
    * Iligan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Mobile, Alabama, archdiocese of
    * Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, diocese of
    * Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, diocese of
    * San Angelo, Texas, diocese of
    * Seattle, Washington, archdiocese of
    * Sherbrooke, Canada, archdiocese of
    * Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese of
    * Toronto, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Albenga, Italy
    * Argao, Cebu, Philippines
    * Basey, Samar, Philippines
    * Brecht, Belgium
    * Brendola, Italy
    * Brussels, Belgium
    * Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
    * Caltanissett, Sicily, Italy
    * Carpineto Sinello, Italy
    * Castel Madama, Italy
    * Cerveteri, Italy
    * Cornwall, England
    * Cuneo, Italy
    * Dormagen, Germany
    * Dunakeszi, Hungary
    * Gaby, Italy
    * Gravina, Italy
    * Greccio, Italy
    * Iklin, Malta
    * London, England
    * Marcianise, Italy
    * Naranjito, Puerto Rico
    * Papua, New Guinea
    * Puebla, Mexico
    * Salgareda, Italy
    * San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines
    * San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
    * Sant’Angelo Romano, Italy
    * Saracinesco, Italy
    * Sibenik, Croatia
    * Siegburg Abbey
    * Toronto, Ontario, city of
    * Umbria, Italy
    * Vallinfreda, Italy
    * Zeitz, Germany
    * Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel

Representation

    * balance (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
    * banner (as the leader of the army of God)
    * dragon (representing the defeated devil)
    * scales (helping to judge at the Last Judgment)
    * sword (as a soldier of God)

 



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St. Philomena

St. Philomena Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/11


Patron Of: Giving Birth, Imprisoned, Infertility, Mother In Need Of Help Raising Children, Students Undergoing Exams, Married Couples, Orphans, Children, Bodily Ills, Desperate Causes, Forgotten Causes, Lost Causes

Also known as
    Filomena; Filumena; Philumena; Philomene; Thaumaturga of the Nineteenth Century; Wonder Worker of the Nineteenth Century
Memorial
    11 August; cultus suppressed in 1961 by Pope John XXIII due to the lack of historical information
Profile
    Little is known of her life, and the information was have was received by private revelation from her. Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church.

    In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was covered by stones, the symbols on which indicated that the body was a martyr named Saint Philomena. The bones were exhumed, cataloged, and effectively forgotten since there was so little known about the person.

    In 1805 Canon Francis de Lucia of Mugnano, Italy was in the Treasury of the Rare Collection of Christian Antiquity (Treasury of Relics) in the Vatican. When he reached the relics of Saint Philomena he was suddenly struck with a spiritual joy, and requested that he be allowed to enshrine them in a chapel in Mugnano. After some disagreements, settled by the cure of Canon Francis following prayers to Philomena, he was allowed to translate the relics to Mugnano. Miracles began to be reported at the shrine including cures of cancer, healing of wounds, and the Miracle of Mugnano in which Venerable Pauline Jaricot was cured a severe heart ailment overnight. Philomena became the only person recognized as a Saint solely on the basis of miraculous intercession as nothing historical was known of her except her name and the evidence of her martyrdom.

    Pope Leo XII granted permission for the erection of altars and churches in her honor. Pope Gregory XVI authorized her public veneration, and named her patroness of the Living Rosary. The cure of Pope Pius IX, while archbishop of Imola, was attributed to Philomena; in 1849, he named her patroness of the Children of Mary. Pope Leo XIII approved the Confraternity of Saint Philomena, and raised it to an Archconfraternity. Pope Pius X raised the Archconfraternity to a Universal Archconfraternity, and named Saint John Vianney its patron. Saint John Vianney himself called Philomena the New Light of the Church Militant, and had a strong and well-known devotion to her. Others with known devotion to her include Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Saint Euphrasia Pelletier, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini, Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, Saint Madeline Sophie Barat, Saint Peter Chanel, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, and Venerable Pauline Jaricot.
Died
    relics discovered on 24 May 1802; relics translated to Mugnano, Italy on 10 August 1805
Canonized
    by Pope Gregory XVI
Patronage
    babies; barrenness; bodily ills; children; children of Mary; desperate causes; forgotten causes; impossible causes; infants; infertility; lost causes; Living Rosary; newborns; orphans; poor people; priests; sick people; sickness; sterility; toddlers; young people; youth

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St. Raphael the Archangel

St. Raphael the Archangel Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/29
Tridentine Calendar - 10/24


Patron Of: Travelers, Apothecaries, Happy Meetings, Lovers, Safe Journey, Sheep Raisers, Blind People, Nurses, Sick, Druggists, Pharmacists, Physicians, Insanity, Mental Illness, Youth, Blindness, Eye Diseases, Doctors, Against Nightmares, Eye Problems, Love, Mentally Ill People

Also known as
    Azariah; Angel of Love; Angel of Joy
Memorial
    29 September; formerly 24 October
Profile
    Archangel. One of the three angels mentioned by name in Scripture, and one of the seven that stand before God's throne. Lead character in the deutero-canonical book of Tobit in which he traveled with (and guarded) Tobiah, and cured a man's blindness; hence his connection with travelers, young people, blindness, healing and healers. Traditionally considered the force behind the healing power of the sheep pool mentioned in John 5:1-4.
Born
    wasn't
Died
    hasn't
Name Meaning
    God has healed or Healer of God
Patronage
    against nightmares; apothecaries; blind people; bodily ills; doctors; druggists; archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; eye disease; eye problems; guardian angels; happy meetings; insanity; love; lovers; mental illness; mentally ill people; nightmares, against; nurses; pharmacists; physicians; archdiocese of Seattle, Washington; shepherdesses; shepherds; sick people; sickness; travelers; young people


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St. Rita of Cascia

St. Rita of Cascia Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/22


Patron Of: Infertility, Healing Of Wounds, Loneliness, Tumors, Difficult Marriages, Sick, Sickness, Widows, Desperation, Impossible Situations, Abuse Victims, Sterility, Bodily Ills, Desperate Causes, Forgotten Causes, Lost Causes, Against Loneliness, Parenthood, Victims of physical spouse abuse, Wounds

Also known as
    Margarita of Cascia; Rita La Abogada de Imposibles
Memorial
    22 May
Profile
    Daughter of Antonio and Amata Lotti; known as Peacemakers of Jesus, they had Rita late in life. From her early youth, Rita visited the Augustinian nuns at Cascia, and showed interest in a religious life. However, when she was twelve, her parents betrothed her to Paolo Mancini, an ill-tempered, abusive individual who worked as town watchman, and was dragged into the political disputes of the Guelphs and Ghibellines. Disappointed but obedient, Rita married him when she was 18, and was the mother of twin sons.

    She put up with Paolo's abuses for eighteen years before he was ambushed and stabbed to death. Her sons swore vengeance on their father's killers, but through Rita's prayers and interventions, they forgave the offenders.

    Upon the deaths of her sons, Rita again felt the call to religious life. However, some of the sisters at the Augustinian monastery were relatives of her husband's assassins, and she was denied entry for fear of causing dissension. Asking for the intervention of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, she managed to bring the warring factions together, not completely, but sufficiently that there was peace, and she was admitted to the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalen at age 36.

    Rita lived 40 years in the convent, spending her time in prayer and charity, and working for peace in the region. She was devoted to the Passion, and in response to a prayer to suffer as Christ, she received a chronic head wound that appeared to have been caused by a crown of thorns, and which bled for 15 years.

    Confined to her bed the last four years of her life, eating little more than the Eucharist, teaching and directing the younger sisters. Near the end she had a visitor from her home town who asked if she'd like anything; Rita's only request was a rose from her family's estate. The visitor went to the home, but it being January, knew there was no hope of finding a flower; there, sprouted on an otherwise bare bush, was a single rose blossom.

    Among the other areas, Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life - wife, mother, widow, and nun, she buried her family, helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled - and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him.
Born
    1386 at Roccaparena, Umbria, Italy
Died
    22 May 1457 at the Augustinian convent at Cascia of tuberculosis
Beatified
    1 October 1627 by Pope Urban VIII
Canonized
    24 May 1900
Patronage
    abuse victims; against loneliness; against sterility; bodily ills; desperate causes; difficult marriages; forgotten causes; impossible causes; infertility; lost causes; parenthood; sick people; sickness; sterility; victims of physical spouse abuse; widows; wounds


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St. Therese Of Lisieux

St. Therese Of Lisieux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/01
Tridentine Calendar - 10/01
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/10


Patron Of: Aviators, Tuberculosis, Florists, Missionaries, Missions, Domestic, France, Loss of Parents, African Missions, AIDS Sufferers, Air Crews, Aircraft Pilots, Flower Growers, Illness

Also known as
Teresa of the Infant Jesus; Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus
Profile
    Born to a middle-class French family. Her father, Louis, was a watchmaker, her mother, who died of cancer when Therese was 4, was a lace maker, and both have been declared Venerable by the Church. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Carmelite nun at age 15. Defined her path to God and holiness as "The Little Way," which consisted of love and trust in God. At the direction of her spiritual director, and against her wishes, she dictated her famed autobiography Story of a Soul. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

    "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." - Saint Therese of Lisieux

Born
    2 January 1873 at Alcon, Normandy, France

Died
    7pm Thursday 30 September 1897 at Lisieux, France of tuberculosis

Venerated
    14 August 1921 by Pope Benedict XV

Beatified
    29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI


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