Mother of Compassion

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The Virgin in Prayer, by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, 1640-1650

Mother of Compassion 

O Holy Virgin, in the midst of all your glory,
we ask you not to forget the sorrows of this world.
Cast a look of pity upon all who
struggle against life’s difficulties,
and who cease not to feel all its bitterness.
Have pity on all who have been separated
from those they love.
Have pity on the lonely and friendless.
Pardon the weakness of our faith.
Have pity on those whom we love.
O Holy Mother, show a mother’s compassion
toward the sorrowful
and those who tremble under life’s afflictions.
Give them hope and peace.
Amen.

Feast of Saint Matthew

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Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757

Prayer to Saint Matthew, the Apostle

O Glorious Saint Matthew,
through the grace of God our Father
you gave us the Holy Gospel,
which brings us joy and life.
Inspired by your example,
I ask for your assistance in all my needs.
Help me to follow Christ
and remain faithful to His service.
Amen.

Catechetical Sunday

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St. John Baptist de la Salle Stained Glass Window

Your faith must be a light that guides you in all things and a shining beacon to lead to heaven those you instruct. (MDF 178.1)

Do you have such faith that you are able to touch the hearts of your students and to inspire them with the Christian spirit? This is the greatest miracle you can perform and the one that God asks of you, for this is the purpose of your work. (MDF 139.3)

Meditations by St. John Baptist de la Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers

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St. John Baptist de la Salle