Gifts to Seek God and Live in Him – Prayer of Saint Benedict of Nursia

“During his life, St. Benedict was known to work many miracles using the power of the Holy Cross. Among these included his heroic flight from temptations and miraculous escapes from traps set to kill him.

Saint Benedict became known for his power over the Devil, with the Holy Cross as his efficacious instrument to make the Devil flee. The St. Benedict medal is based on this tradition.

The medal as we commonly know it today (the Jubilee medal) was first made in 1880 to commemorate the fourteenth centenary anniversary of St. Benedict’s birth by the Archabbey of Monte Cassino, the most important monastery established by the Saint in the 6th century.”
Source: The Catholic Company


Gifts to Seek God and Live in Him
Prayer of Saint Benedict of Nursia

Father, in Your goodness
grant me the intellect to comprehend You,
the perception to discern You,
and the reason to appreciate You.
In Your kindness
endow me with the diligence to look for You,
the wisdom to discover You,
and the spirit to apprehend You.
In Your graciousness
bestow on me a heart to contemplate You,
ears to hear You,
eyes to see You,
and a tongue to speak of You.
In Your mercy confer on me
a conversation pleasing to You,
the patience to wait for You,
and the perseverance to long for You.
Grant me a perfect end,
Your holy presence.
Amen.

Saints Joachim and Anne

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Joachim and Anna, by Willem van Herp, 17th Century

Prayer to Saints Joachim and Anne,
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O glorious Saints Joachim and Anne,
Grandparents of the Most High!
Great indeed is our Lord’s affection for you.
We honor your faithfulness in marriage,
and your openness to God’s hidden plan.
It was from your marital embrace that the Spirit
fashioned your fair daughter Mary to be sinless;
the dawning of a new creation
awakening from her Immaculate Conception.
It was in your family that she learned to love God
and grow in every virtue.
By a life of obedience to the Law of God
lived in your home,
Mary was prepared to receive the Eternal Word
into her heart and into her womb.
From your tender love Mary learned
a motherhood that knew no bounds,
and by the example of your married life,
Mary knew what it was to be a faithful wife to Joseph,
her most chaste spouse.
O Saints Anne and Joachim,
great indeed are you who gave life
to the Mother of our Savior!
It pleased God to create from your union
a woman freed from the stain of sin,
by the saving death of the son
she had not yet conceived.

Dearest Saints Joachim and Anne,
pray that our families may grow in holiness
and that our homes may become grace filled
sanctuaries of love.
By your powerful intercession,
protect and guide all grandparents
that they may be great examples of faith.
Amen.

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

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Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene, by Rembrandt, 1651

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.  Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.  So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.  And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.  Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,  And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.  Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.  For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.  Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,  And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?  She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.   Jesus saith unto her, Mary.  She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

John 20:1-20


Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins,
who by conversion
became the beloved of Jesus,
thank you for your witness
that Jesus forgives
through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness
in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me,
so that some day
I may share in the same everlasting joy.
Amen.