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Thursday

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Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help, your name inspires confidence and offers hope. We come before your holy image in praise and thanksgiving to God, seeking your intercession with Jesus, your Son, for all the needs of our lives. In celebrating your holy motherhood we proclaim Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer.

You answered when called to be mother of Our Lord. Obtain for us the grace to be alive to our baptismal call and especially to embrace the gospel of life and to reverence all of creation.

You wondered as your Son grew in wisdom, knowledge, and grace. Intercede for us so that we may welcome the Word of God in our lives and be bearers of the good news to all people.

You delighted as your Son healed the sick. Intercede for our sick that they may receive good health and, in turn be healers to others.

You enjoyed peace as your Son comforted the afflicted. Intercede for all who suffer. May we share their burdens with compassion and fulfill the Law of Love.

You rejoiced as your Son forgave sins. Obtain for us the forgiveness of our sins and strengthen us to forgive others and set them free.

You suffered at the wounds your Son endured for our salvation. Help us to bind up the broken hearted and to give hope to the down trodden.

You experienced the power of your Son’s Resurrection. Obtain the same power for us that we may persevere in his way all the days of our life and be embraced by him in heaven.

Remember, O Most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.

 

 

Wednesday

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“Listen!” your eyes seem to say to us, Mother Mary. You did not know how things would turn out 33 years later, let alone the day after the Annunciation. And yet you said “Yes” after hearing God’s message: “Do not be afraid,” and “The Lord is with you.” When I am at my best, I live this. With your aid, I will listen and believe that you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. 
 
Hail Mary …
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¡Madre del Perpetuo Socorro — ese color dorado que te rodea y te envuelve en el icono donde vives! El dorado simboliza el cielo donde tú vives ahora como Reina del Cielo y de la Tierra.
 
Sé que un día moriré, como cualquier otro. Nadie puede vivir para siempre en este mundo. Ayúdame a recordar que hay un cielo que me espera.
 
Dios te salve Maria …

 

Tuesday

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Acceptance has two sides: my crosses and my crowns. Mother Mary, help me to know my potential and accept my powerlessness. You who magnify the Lord and are blessed among all women, give me the strength to change what I can and accept what I cannot. Be my Simon and help me carry my crosses so that I may always trust that you are with me, Mother of Perpetual Help.  
 
Hail Mary …
 
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¡Oh Madre del Perpetuo Socorro — esos Arcángeles Miguel y Gabriel! Ellos cargan la cruz que un día tu Hijo tendrá que enfrentar. Nosotros sabemos que los Ángeles son buenos mensajeros. Por medio de la cruz de Jesús tenemos esperanza y vida. Ayúdame a comprender mejor que hay una bendición en cada sufrimiento.
 
Dios te salve Maria …

 

Monday

From the Summer edition of Plentiful Redemption.

Editor’s Note: During this Year of Faith, we present a series of reflections from Redemptorists who began their religious and/or priestly lives in the years during or immediately after the Second Vatican Council.

By Rev. Kevin Milton, C.Ss.R.

When I think back 50 years ago when Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council, I remember it was novitiate year when I was preparing to become a Redemptorist. The Council began on October 11, 1962, and I recall the extra time I spent in chapel that day!

It would be a different kind of Council. There were no immediate crises to address, as had been the case for previous councils. The hope and prayer of the Council was for the Church to look at various 20th century issues and address them as fully as possible. Simply put, the Council’s goal was to update the Church’s teaching for the present age, in keeping with the call found in page after page of the Scriptures, challenging us to reform and to be renewed in each age!

What decisions of the Second Vatican Council affected me the most?

Most important for me was the ability to pray and worship God in my own language. I enjoyed praying publically in Latin before the Council, but I felt most comfortable praying in English!

Another development was the increased use of Scripture at weekday and weekend Masses, and in the celebration of the other Sacraments. Over the new three-year cycle, we are exposed to many beautiful passages in both the Old and the New Testaments. The Council ended in 1965, and in the Council’s shadow, I enjoyed four marvelous years of Scripture study at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, NY. To this day I still cherish what I learned during those years, and I share it at Mass and on other occasions. It was a definite gift that came out of the Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

The Council opened a whole new world for me in the area of dialogue among Catholics, Christians and non-believers. In 1954, when my cousin graduated from grade school there was a ceremony in a Lutheran church. I asked my parish priest if I could attend, and he said, “Don’t you dare put your foot in that church.” Years later, after the Council, Cardinal Suenens of Belgium gave a refreshing reflection on the issue. He said, “Catholics and Protestants, as they meet and pray together, some feel that Catholics are becoming more Protestant and Protestants are becoming more Catholic.” He said neither situation was the case. Rather, “It is both groups giving in to the Holy Spirit!” How refreshing and how far we have come in a half-century!

The Document on the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World drew a fine line between the Church “in the world” and the Church “not of this world.” Furthermore, we were introduced to other ways of describing the nature of the Church that were different from the familiar “Church as Institution.” Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ wrote what I think is a post-Vatican II classic called, Models of the Church. These models were always there, but weren’t accentuated prior to the Council. Cardinal Dulles suggested these models: the Church as Mystery, Mystical Communion, the Herald of the Good News, as Sacrament, and as Servant. The last chapter in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church discussed Mary, the Mother of Christ, as Mother and Model of the Church.

On a very personal level, I can say we are the Church!

Fr. Milton professed vows as a Redemptorist in 1962 and was ordained in 1967. He is currently associate pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Annapolis, MD.

Monday


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Unity in diversity is your specialty, Holy Mother. How many millions venerate your image in Mexico, Portugal, France and so many countries around the world. People of every language and culture speak their fears to you and you understand all. Move me from prejudice and bring me to tolerance and patience with those who sound different. Strangers to me are your children; help me to see all as brother and sister. 

Hail Mary ….

 
 
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¡Oh Madre del Perpetuo Socorro — ese tu asustado Nino! ¡Hasta perdió una de las sandalias del pie corriendo hacia Ti! Ver la cruz y la lanza lo horrorizaron. Un día serán los objetos usados para matarlo.

¡Madre, yo quiero vivir! No dejes que ni el mal ni el pecado me engañen, pues sólo traen muerte consigo.

Dios te salve Maria …