Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

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The Three Archangels, by Marco d’Oggiono, 16th Century

Prayer to St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, Archangels

Heavenly King, You have given us archangels
to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.

Saint Michael is our protector;
I ask him to come to my aid,
fight for all my loved ones,
and protect us from danger.

Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News;
I ask him to help me
clearly hear Your voice
and to teach me the truth.

Saint Raphael is the healing angel;
I ask him to take my need for healing
and that of everyone I know,
lift it up to Your throne of grace
and deliver back to us the gift of recovery.

Help us, O Lord,
to realize more fully the reality of the archangels
and their desire to serve us.

Holy angels, pray for us.

Amen.

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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.

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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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