If it is possible try to do the following:
- Attend mass weekly
- Try to occasionally say the Rosary. This is so important. If you asked your mother in this world to do something for you, would she say no. Of course not. Our mother in heaven loves us more. Praying the Rosary to her is the greatest act of love that you can pronounce for her. Our Lady repeatedly has requested for the Rosary to be said in the home regularly (daily if possible)
- Please pray each day to your Guardian Angel. Our Lord has placed this Angel with us to protect us daily.
- Say the Angelus at 12 noon and 6pm
- A morning prayer
- A night prayer
Do an amount of prayer comfortable to you. Smaller amounts but in a deeper spiritual way are sometimes better than rattling off prayer. A quiet location. Close your eyes. Speak in your mind to God about whats worrying you. Ask forgiveness for sin and think of what sin you are seeking forgiveness for. Thank God for different events of the day, ask for what you need and then pray in a way comfortable to you.
THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS
Prayers of devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus are a special way to honor our Lord. Find a quiet place. Just focus on the Holy Face. Dont force yourself into prayer. When you are comfortable, speak in your mind to Jesus about what is going on in your life. Tell him what is worrying you. Ask him for his help. Dont rush this. Just sit and focus on the Holy Face until you feel like speaking in your mind to Jesus.
Pray for Deceased Family and Friends.
Those deceased people cannot pray for themselves but can pray for you.
Some small short prayers are:-
– “Lord have Mercy on the Dead”.
– “Eternal rest be granted upon them oh Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace AMEN”
– ” May the souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace AMEN”
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
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The Five Joyful Mysteries
(said on Mondays and Saturdays)
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Nativity
4. The Presentation
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
The Five Luminous Mysteries
(Said on Thursdays)
1. The Baptism of Jesus
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
(said on Tuesdays and Fridays)
1. The Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crowning with Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion
The Five Glorious Mysteries
(said on Wednesdays and Sundays)
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation
(Note: we say the Sorrowful Mysteries during the Sundays of Lent and
the Joyful Mysteries on Sundays in Advent.)
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Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them, the fire of your love;
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of your earth
LET US PRAY
Oh God who taught the hearts of the faithful,
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant the gift of the same spirit, that he always be truely wise and ever rejoice in his consolation,
through Christ our Lord
- Oh Holy Spirit, You are the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. You are the Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things. … Fill my heart with a holy fear and a great love for Him
- O Holy Spirit, You gave Yourself to the Virgin Mary and she said “yes” to becoming the mother of the Messiah. Help me to say “yes!” to whatever it is You are calling me to do. I want to serve the Father and make Jesus’ love more evident in the world around me.
- O Holy Spirit, I have my own expectations about what I should and should not do. I now surrender to You my ideas, my limitations, my preferences, and my goals. Fill me, Holy Spirit, with all Your supernatural gifts! Empower me to accept and grow in the supernatural life as much as the early disciples did. I want to be useful to You. I want to go where You lead me. Holy Spirit, send me forth gifted and empowered to make a difference spreading the Good News of God’s forgiving love.
- Come, Holy Spirit; renew me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
In praying to the Holy Spirit, what can be achieved?
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as traditionally defined, are:
1) Wisdom: We receive the gift of wisdom to help us understand the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to his honor and glory. Wisdom helps us see the world differently and from God’s point of view. “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33)
2) Understanding: The gift of understanding enables us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith. “I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God” (Jeremiah 24:7).
3) Counsel (also known as Right Judgment): The gift of counsel helps us to discern what is right and what is wrong. It assists us in our ability to choose the path of God. “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7: 13-14).
4) Knowledge: When we receive the gift of knowledge, it enables us to discover God’s will in all things. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
5) Piety (also known as Reverence): The gift of piety helps us to love God, our merciful Father, and to obey his precepts out of love for him. It moves our heart from serving God out of duty and obligation into a relationship of love. “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
6) Fortitude (also known as Courage): While the gifts of knowledge and wisdom help us know what we should do, the gift of fortitude strengthens our will so that we can actually accomplish what is true, good and beautiful. This gift is sometimes called the gift of courage and helps a person stand firm, even when persecuted, in doing the right thing. “[T]hey will lay their hands on you and persecute you … This will be a time for you to bear testimony … I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict … you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish” (Luke 21:12-17).
7) Fear of the Lord (also known as Wonder and Awe): Commonly misunderstood as the fear of a wrathful God ready to smite us, the gift of fear of the Lord is actually more positive than negative. It consists of a recognition of the grandeur of God and his primacy over all things. Fear of the Lord recognizes that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe and we are his creatures. This gift helps us to understand how we must depend on God for everything. In other words, he is God, we are not. “[I]f God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you” (Luke 12:27).
Prayer to the Sacret Heart of Jesus
- “O Sacret Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in thee”
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request) Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
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Saint Kevin of Glendalough
Patron Saint of the Parish of Keash
Prayer – St. Kevin
O God, for the Christian education of the poor and the strengthening of the new generations in the way of truth, You raised up the holy Confessor, St Kevin, who was baptised, taught and buried by saints, and through him gathered together many souls in Your Church: grant, we pray You, that helped by his prayers and example, we may burn with zeal for Your glory in the salvation of souls, and become worthy to share his crown in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory be…
Some information on St. Kevin
- His life is not well documented, as no contemporaneous material survives.
- There is a late medieval Latin Vita, preserved among the records of the Franciscan Convent in Dublin, edited by John Colgan as part of the Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae. According to this account, Kevin (like St. Columba) was of noble birth, the son of Coemlog and Coemell of Leinster.
- He was born in 498 at the Fort of the White Fountain and baptized by Saint Cronan.
- His given name Coemgen (anglicized Kevin) means “fair-begotten”, or “of noble birth”.
- A tradition cited in the 17th century makes Kevin the pupil of Saint Petroc of Cornwall, who had come to Leinster about 492.
- Kevin was ordained by Bishop Lughaidh (or some say Lugidus) at Toomour in Keash
- Following his ordination, he moved on to Glendalough
- He lived as a hermit in a cave (a Bronze Age tomb now known as St. Kevin’s Bed), to which he was led, in the account of the Vita, by an angel.
- St. Kevin’s Bed can best be described as a man-made cave cut in the rock face very close to the edge of the mountain. It overlooks the upper lake from a height of about 30 feet (10 metres). The approach to the cave is very difficult, with access to it through a rectangular space and a short passageway 3 ft. (1 metre) high and 2½ ft. wide. The inner or main part of the cave is just 4 ft. wide (1.5 metres) and less than 3 ft.(1 metre) high. It is reasonable to assume that the cave could only have been used as a sleeping place, and would have been impossible for an adult to stand upright in, so it is quite likely that St Kevin only used it as his bed, or a place for pious prayer or meditation.
- Kevin lived the life of a hermit there with an extraordinary closeness to nature. His companions were the animals and birds all around him. He lived as a hermit for seven years wearing only animal skins, sleeping on stones and eating very sparingly. He went barefoot, and spent his time in prayer.
- Disciples were soon attracted to Kevin and a further settlement enclosed by a wall, called Kevin’s Cell, was established nearer the lakeshore. By 540 Saint Kevin’s fame as a teacher and holy man had spread far and wide. Many people came to seek his help and guidance. In time Glendalough grew into a renowned seminary of saints and scholars and the parent of several other monasteries.
- In 544 Kevin went to the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath to visit the holy abbots, Sts. Columba, Comgall and Cannich. He then proceeded to Clonmacnoise, where St. Cieran had died 3 days before. Having firmly established his community, he retired into solitude for four years, and only returned to Glendalough at the earnest entreaty of his monks.
- Until his death around 618 Kevin presided over his monastery in Glendalough, living his life by fasting, praying and teaching.
- St Kevin is one of the patron saints of the diocese of Dublin. He belonged to the second order of Irish saints. Eventually, Glendalough, with its seven churches, became one of the chief pilgrimage destinations in Ireland.
- Kevin of Glendalough was canonized by Pope Pius X on 9 December 1903.