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

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

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Virgin of Sorrow Surrounded by Angels, by Christoph Unterberger, 1780

Prayer to Our Mother of Sorrows

Our mother of sorrows,
with strength from above you stood by the cross,
sharing in the sufferings of Jesus,
and with tender care you bore Him in your arms,
mourning and weeping.

We praise you for your faith,
which accepted the life God planned for you.
We praise you for your hope,
which trusted that God would do great things in you.
We praise you for your love,
in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.

Holy Mary,
may we follow your example,
and stand by all your children
who need comfort and love.

Mother of God,
stand by us in our trials
and care for us in our many needs.
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Amen

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Grace be unto you, and peace…

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Stanza della Segnatura, by Raphael, 1509

Prayer to Obtain the Grace of All the World’s Masses

Eternal Father, we humbly offer Thee
our poor presence and that of the whole of humanity,
from the beginning to the end of the world,
at all the Masses that ever have or ever will be prayed.
We offer Thee all the pains, sufferings,
prayers, sacrifices, joys and relaxations of our lives,
in union with those of our dear Lord Jesus here on earth.
May the Most Precious Blood of Christ,
All His Blood and Wounds and Agony save us,
through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Amen!

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  

1 Corinthians 1:3-9  

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