Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

A. M. D. G. stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, which translated means “For the Greater Glory of God.” 

~ St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Motto

Ignatius-Loyola

SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Confessor 

Traditional & New Calendar:  Feast Day: July 31

Commemoration of SAINT IGNATIUS

In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to equip himself for Christ's service by acquiring a good classical and theological education. On the feast of the Assumption, 1534, the seven pioneer Jesuits pronounced their vows in Paris. The members of the Society of Jesus became the shock troops of the Church in the battle against the spread of Protestantism in Europe, as well as one of the greatest foreign mission organizations that the world has known. Ignatius died on July 31, 1556.

O God, in order to promote the greater glory of Your name, You fortified Your Church militant with a new army through the work of blessed Ignatius. may his help and example bring us through our battle on earth to be crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord . . .

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anima christi

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Patron: Basque country; Jesuit Order; Jesuits; retreats; soldiers; Spiritual Exercises (by Pope Pius XI).

Symbols: Book; chausible; Holy Communion; a rayed IHC or IHS; heart with crown of thorns; sword and lance upon an altar; book with words Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.

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ignatius1“Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my under-standing, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. All is yours, dispose of it wholly, according to Your will. Give me your love and your grace, for this is sufficient for me.” ~St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

Homeschooling Novena - Day 9

“The blessing of offspring, however, is not completed by the mere begetting of them, but something else must be added, namely the proper education of the offspring. For the most wise God would have failed to make sufficient provision for children that had been born, and so for the whole human race, if He had not given to those to whom He had entrusted the power and right to beget them, the power also and the right to educate them.”

~ ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XI
ON CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

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Homeschooling Novena

July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.

Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

(to be said both morning and night for nine days)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).

(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

Lord, I NEED YOU!

Today was to be a day of rest and relaxation. Dad was away for work and I did not want to venture out in the heat. I had planned to finish some craft projects with the girls while I let the boys loose with their water table. My plans were derailed.

I was sitting on the couch getting ready to publish my entry for the Homeschooling Novena. All the Littles were in the room with me. Sweetie went to the kitchen to get a drink of water and her tail (Dragogio's hospital stay for choking 7.30.11nfly) followed. Sparkles was giving Irish step lessons to Papi while Rose prepped our morning crafts. This normal, joyfilled morning changed in a flash.

Sweetie gave a quick yell from the kitchen. My girls are rather dramatic so when I turned and saw her carrying on with her water, I carried on with my novena. She continued, “He’s holding on to me! He’s choking!” Sadly, I did not jump to the rescue. She was within 10 steps from me and was in clear sight. She was just standing there with her cup of water at her mouth. Surely, if Dragonfly were choking she would be down with him sweeping his mouth, as she has done in the past. Sweetie’s voice turned stern, “ROSE, HE IS CHOKING!!!” Rose jumped up as I attempted to hobble off the couch. (I’m a bit slow these days due to my ankle.) Rose arrived to Dragonfly’s side and confirmed that he was choking. By that time, I was right behind her. Still I was not worried--did I mention that my girls are very dramatic.

Rose shifted to the side so I could check out Dragonfly. Immediately I knew that he was indeed choking. He was whaling his arms in the air and could not make a noise. He’s eyes spoke to me, “Help me mama!” I gave an ejaculation, “Here we go Lord.  I NEED YOU!” He was clearly in distress so I did a sweep of Dragonfly’s mouth and felt something lodged. I wasn’t able to get it the first time and was nervous that I wouldn’t get it on the second attempt. I was on my knees with Dragonfly in my arms trying to decide what to do next, another sweep, thrusts or Heimlich. I yelled for Rose to call 911, Dad, and Papa (he lives 5min from us). He became limp, his eyes rolled back, and he began to foam from the mouth. I immediately went in to sweep his throat. I felt the object but only managed to push it further down. Dragonfly took a breath!

I needed more help. My lifeless baby was breathing but still in distress. He lethargically laid in my arms and took shallow breaths. I instructed Sparkles to get our next-door neighbor who is a nurse. Rose went outside to make the additional contacts and flag down the emergency crew. I remained in the house near the phone while the 911 tech waited with me. The girls came back without the nurse. “Mama she’s not home, what do we do?” they asked. “PRAY! PRAY FOR YOUR BROTHER! STAY CALM AND PRAY!” I ordered. They went weeping into the holy room to pray. They (unknowingly) sat beside the largest crucifix in the house and an image of Dragonfly’s patron saint, St. George.

Within minutes, the emergency crew arrived, followed by Nana and Dad. The crew assessed the situation and took Dragonfly’s stats. They inquired about my daycare, identified all my family members including my sister--Rose, and my brother--Dad. I politely informed him that; they were all mine; Rose was in fact my daughter; and my brother was really my husband.  Dragonfly’s stats were great but he was still a bit lethargic. We all decided that it would be best for him to go to the hospital via the ambulance. Dad followed.

Dad managed to call our Spiritual Director and parish for prayers.  I pulled out my rosary that I stash in the diaper bag and stormed heaven during the ambulance ride.

The hospital visit was rather uneventful. Everything checked out and he was released to go home. Praise God!

Now we are left to observe Dragonfly and wait to identify the swallowed object.  We’ll take it!

We give praise and thanks to the Good Lord for keeping our beloved son in our arms, giving us the graces to handle the situation, intercession of the saints (especially St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. George, and Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta), and for the communion of prayer warriors.

This day was derailed from my plans but not His plans--the plans that I wish to conform to with a peaceful and joyful heart.

 

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What To Do If Your Toddler Is Choking

Question: What's the first thing you should do to clear a choking child's airway?

A. Pat your toddler square on the back
B. Perform the Heimlich maneuver from behind
C. Press between her navel and breastbone
D. Reach down her throat with your fingers

Answer: B.

If your child is conscious but can't cough, talk, or breathe or is beginning to turn blue, you should perform the Heimlich maneuver. Put your arms around her from behind and use the Heimlich maneuver to try to dislodge the object in her airway. First clench one hand into a fist and rest it against your child's abdomen, just over her navel. Then put your other hand over the first one and quickly thrust upward several times. Continue until the child starts to breathe or cough.
• Learn more about preventing choking and what to do if the Heimlich doesn't dislodge the object lodged in her throat or she stops breathing.

Toddler First-Aid for Choking and CPR

Toddlers choke all the time — because they're constantly putting objects in their mouth and they often attempt to swallow too-big pieces of certain foods. Children can lose consciousness within a matter of minutes once they start choking, so it's important to learn how to clear a blocked airway and to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) if it becomes necessary.

We compiled this basic step-by-step guide to show you what to do in an emergency, but please don't rely on it as your sole source of CPR information. Set aside a day to take a child CPR course; it's one of the most important things you can do to protect your toddler from harm. Airway obstruction injuries (choking, suffocation, and strangulation) are a leading cause of accidental death in children under age 14. You can find a class in your area by calling your local chapter of the American Red Cross (check the white pages).

The following instructions are for children ages 1 to 3. To find out what to do when a baby chokes, see our illustrated guide to baby CPR.

Choking

Step 1: Figure out what's causing the problem
If your toddler is suddenly unable to cry, cough, or speak, she probably has something blocking her airway, and you will need to help her get it out. She may make odd noises or no sound at all while opening her mouth, and her skin may turn bright red or blue. If she is coughing or gagging, her airway is only partially blocked, most likely because some food or liquid has gone down her windpipe instead of her esophagus, the tube that leads to the stomach. In this case, let her continue to cough; this is the most effective way of dislodging the blockage. (If you suspect that an allergic reaction or an infection has closed off your baby's airway by swelling her throat, call 911 immediately. You will not be able to clear her airway yourself.) If your child cannot clear her airway on her own and you believe something is trapped there, begin Step 2.

Step 2: Administer the Heimlich maneuver or give abdominal thrusts
If your child is conscious but can't cough, talk, or breathe or is beginning to turn blue, put your arms around her from behind and use the Heimlich maneuver to try to dislodge the object in her airway. First clench one hand into a fist and rest it against your child's abdomen, just over her navel. Then put your other hand over the first one and quickly thrust upward several times. Continue until the child starts to breathe or cough. If your child is unconscious, place her on her back and position yourself at her feet (kneel if she's on the ground, stand if she's on a table or other elevated surface). Put the heel of one hand on your toddler's abdomen between her navel and breastbone. You can put your second hand on top of the first, but you don't need to. Once your hand is in position, thrust inward and upward five times — the thrusts should be gentle but quick.

With either method, stop if your child starts to cough and let her try to spit out the obstruction. Otherwise, open her mouth — tilt her head backward while bracing her jaw with your fingers and holding her tongue down gently with your thumb — and look inside. If you can clearly see the object she's swallowed, use your finger to try to sweep it out of the way. Don't try this if you can't see the object, though — you could end up pushing it further down her airway by accident. If you cannot see the object continue with the abdominal thrusts. If the object comes out but your child is still not breathing, check her pulse and start rescue breathing (see below). Ask someone to call 911 right away. If you're alone, give your toddler rescue breathing or CPR for one minute before you stop to call for help.

Rescue Breathing and CPR

Step 1: Check your child's breathing and pulse
Swiftly but gently place her on her back on a firm surface. Make sure her airway is open by lifting her chin gently, then tipping her head back slowly. For at least five seconds, look, listen, and feel for signs of breathing. To check for a pulse, gently place your first two fingers on your child's neck and feel for the artery that's under her ear and just below her jawbone. Feel for a pulse for at least five seconds.

Step 2: If your child is not breathing but has a pulse, begin rescue breathing
Pinch your child's nose shut, place your mouth over hers, and exhale into her lungs until you see her chest rise. (If her chest doesn't rise, her airway is blocked. Resume the abdominal thrusts.) Give one slow breath every three seconds. Stop every 20 breaths and check her pulse. Continue rescue breathing until she starts breathing on her own or until you can no longer find a pulse. If you can't feel a pulse, begin Step 3 below.

Step 3: If your child is not breathing and has no pulse, begin CPR
With your toddler still lying on her back, put the heel of your hand on the lower third of her breastbone. Depress her chest between 1 and 1 1/2 inches. Repeat five times within about three seconds. (Count "one and two and three.") With your child's head still tilted, pinch her nose shut, put your mouth over hers, and give one slow, gentle breath. Repeat the cycle of compressions and breathing about 10 times, then stop and check for a pulse. Call 911 now if no one has done so for you. Resume CPR, checking for a pulse every few minutes, until help arrives or your child resumes breathing. Once your toddler does resume breathing, get her to an emergency room as soon as possible. Even if she seems fully recovered, a doctor needs to make sure that her airway is completely clear and that she has not sustained any internal injuries.

*www.babycenter.com

Homeschooling Novena - Day 8

“I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.''

~Saint Augustine

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Homeschooling Novena

July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.

Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.

~~~

Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

(to be said both morning and night for nine days)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).

(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

Homeschooling Novena - Day 7

“Keep your priorities in order – Jesus first, your husband second, your children third, etc.  The best thing you can do for your husband is to love Jesus and see Him in your husband, despite any faults and weaknesses your husband might have.  The best thing you can do for your children is to let them see you love their father.  Try not to work outside the home.  If you do need to work outside the home, try to make sure that your work does not interfere with your primary responsibilities as a Catholic Christian wife, mother and woman living in the midst of the modern world.  There is great dignity in the domesticity of this three-fold aspect of your one vocation.  Develop a weekly schedule setting aside primary time for Jesus, for your husband and for each child.”

~Fr. Wade Menezes C.P.M., TEN COMMANDMENTS OF A WIFE & MOTHER (II)

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Homeschooling Novena

July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.

Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

(to be said both morning and night for nine days)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).

(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

Homeschooling Novena - Day 6

“Through God's mysterious design, it was in that family that the Son of God spent long years of a hidden life. It is therefore the prototype and example for all Christian families. It was unique in the world. Its life was passed in anonymity and silence in a little town in Palestine. It underwent trials of poverty, persecution and exile. It glorified God in an incomparably exalted and pure way. And it will not fail to help Christian families-indeed, all the families in the world-to be faithful to their day-to-day duties, to bear the cares and tribulations of life, to be open and generous to the needs of others, and to fulfill with joy the plan of God in their regard.” 

~Pope John Paul II, FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO

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Homeschooling Novena

July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.

Amen.

~~~

St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.

~~~

Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

(to be said both morning and night for nine days)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).

(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Summer Edition

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

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brothers

Dragonfly and Papi.

elissa swim

Rose enjoyed time with her cousin at a swim team party.

we got spirit...

We had some family fun with tie-dye for the swim meet.

liss swim meet

Rose swam the backstroke, freestyle and relay.

swim meet ella

Sparkles swam butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle.

fhr toothless

Sweetie lost her her two front teeth within a week of each other.

popemobile cars

Papa took the kids to watch Cars.  They were excited to have seen the Papamobile.

summer gian lexi

The kids are willing to to anything to stay cool.  summer gian washing the carsummer gio washing car v2summer gio and giansummer gio with drip systemsummer gio with sprinkler

Dragonfly loves getting others wet.

all for!

I’m far from my goal but persevering to be healthy and glorify God.  I’m embracing all obstacles and offering them up for those in need.  My toes have been one of those obstacles.  Running has taken its toll.  I’m officially without toe nails.  All for!

(Disclaimer:  Rose did not want me to show this pic.)

Big Boy

1st hair cut

Mama sat me down in brother’s chair.

She went for the shinny scissors while daddy went for the sticky sweets.

Daddy gave me a lollipop. Mama showed me the tools.

I had no fear and put up no fight.

My sissies and brother stood by my side.

Then it happened, everything was clear and I had no more long hair to grin and bear.

All were smiling with joy at the sight of me becoming a big boy!

1st hair cut collage July 22, 2011

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem - Day 2

Day 2:  Salinas to Marina– 15 miles 

On the second day of Pilgrimage, the patron saint was  St. Maria Goretti and the sub-theme was The Gospel of Life, a Gift for Man.*

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Day 2:  Salinas to Marina

Our Lady*dove*consolations*early morning*community meals*city streets*country*fields* peace*fellowship*dust*breeze*mist* novena to the Holy Ghost*reflection*song*rosary*honks*waves*solitude*mortification* beach*tents*litany*scripture*sweet smells*vast beauty*reparation*witness*hope*JOY

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day 2 hillsday 2 articday 2 lissday 2 barndoveday 2 olgday night novena to the holy ghostJOYfilledfamily

 

 

*The theme for Chartres 2011 was "The Gospel of Life." Each day of Pilgrimage had a sub-theme and a Patron Saint. I adopted Chartres theme and Patron Saints for our OLB Pilgrimage.

Homeschooling Novena - Day 5

“The primary educators of children are parents. The child is the child of the parent first, and the parents are the first to answer to God for their children…Train children in a way that gives them hope.”

~ Cardinal Francis Arinze
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July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)
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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.
Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.
Amen.

~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.
~~~
Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
(to be said both morning and night for nine days)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).
(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)
V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.
O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.
~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

St. Anne

trad holy card of st anne

SAINT ANNE
Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 26

Traditional Calendar:  St. Ann (St. Joachim's feast day is celebrated on August 16.)  - New Calendar: Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary

DOUBLE, SECOND CLASS / WHITE
Anne and Joachim, her husband, were both of the royal house of David. They served God continually in prayer and good works, but were looked down upon by the Jews because they were childless. At length God gave them a daughter, who was to become the mother of His own divine son. Because St. Anne devoted herself ceaselessly to educating her child in innocence and sanctity, she is patron of all Christian mothers. St. Paul says that it is by a holy exercise of their parenthood that parents are to be saved (Col. 3:18-21).

~~~

Family Prayer on the Feast of St. Anne


Father:   We all rejoice in the Lord,
          As we keep holiday in honor of blessed Anne,
          Of her whose feast fills angels with joy,
          And sets them praising the Son of God.

All:      Amen.

Father:   Spotless Anna, Juda's glory,
          Through the Church from East to West
          Every tongue proclaims thy praises,
          Holy Mary's mother blessed.

All:      From thy stem in beauty budded
          Ancient Jesse's mystic rod;
          Birth from thee received the Mother
          Of the almighty Son of God

Father: Let us pray. O God, You were pleased to bestow Your grace
upon Anne so that she might fitly become the mother of her who
was to bear Your only-begotten Son; grant that we who keep her
feast will be helped by her protection. Through Christ, our Lord.

All: Amen. Christ conquers, Christ reigns!

~ MY NAMEDAY--COME FOR DESSERT

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BVM Jesus and St. Anneimage

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Prayer to St. Anne

Prayer to obtain special favors through the intercession of St. Anne, the grandmother of Jesus, the mother of Mary. Her feast is July 26.

Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee, and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take the present affair which I recommend to thee under thy special protection.

Vouchsafe to recommend it to thy Daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with thee and Mary and all the saints, praising and blessing Him to all eternity.

Good St. Anne, mother of her Who is our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope, pray to her for us, and obtain our request. (3 times).

~~~

Litany of Good St. Anne

taken from the Litany of Good St. Anne

    Saint Anne, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, mother of Mary the Queen of Heaven, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, instrument of the Holy Ghost,Pray for us.
    St. Anne, faithful spouse of St. Joachim, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, mirror of the married, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, example of widows, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, miracle of patience, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, mother of confidence, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, mother of constancy, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, mother of prayer, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, mother of blessing, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, vessel of sanctity, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, merciful mother,Pray for us.
    St. Anne, comfortress of the afflicted, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, help of the poor,Pray for us.
    St. Anne, protectress of virgins, Pray for us.
    St. Anne, support of the oppressed,Pray for us.
    St. Anne, refuge of thy clients, Pray for us.
    ~~~

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Good Saint Anne,  you were especially favoured by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary,  and thus grandmother of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  By your intimacy with your most pure daughter and her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the graces that we seek.  Secure for us the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary.  Amen.

Homeschooling Novena - Day 4

“It is necessary not only that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every other subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence.”

~ Pius XI, On Christian Education

~~~

Homeschooling Novena

July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)

~~~

Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.

Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.

Amen.

~~~

St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.

~~~

Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola

(to be said both morning and night for nine days)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).

(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

~~~

St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

 

Homeschooling Novena - Day 3

“True followers of Christ were meant to be at odds with the world: The pure of heart will be laughed at by the Freudians; the meek will be scorned by the Marxists; the humble will be walked on by the go-getters; the liberal Sadducees will call them reactionaries; the reactionary Pharisees will call them liberals.”
~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen
~~~
July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)
~~~
Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.
Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.
Amen.

~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.
~~~
Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
(to be said both morning and night for nine days)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).
(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)
V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.
O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.
~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

Homeschooling Novena - Day 2

“True Education has to be an education where truth matters.”
~ Prof. Joseph Pearce
~~~
July 23 – July 31 (feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola)
~~~
Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.
Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.
Amen.

~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer
Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.
~~~
Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
(to be said both morning and night for nine days)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).
(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)
V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Let us pray.
O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.
~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

Homeschooling Novena - Day 1

I try to start my homeschooling year with a novena.  This year I was prompted to share with others.  I went searching some of my past novenas for direction.  I came across a novena that a parish friend had initiated in 2009.  It was providential!


She sent the novena invitation on July 23, nine days prior to the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Here’s what she wrote, it’s my invite to you.  Let us form a communion of prayer to discern God's will, Glorify God and raise one another up.
Dear Homeschooling Families,
It seems that no matter, how many years one has been at this, the balancing of interests and needs of our families, while ever-changing never gets any clearer or even any easier.Smile   Each year we are faced with decisions about our children’s education, what grade, what subjects, what books along with trying to fit into a 24 hour day all the other things we do that are necessary to keeping our homes, like laundry, dishes, etc.  We wonder how many outside activities we can reasonably take on, what to make sure we include and what we may have to omit.  In the end each of us desires to do the Will of God, for ourselves and for our families, each and every member.  The desire to do His Will does not necessarily always translate though into a clear understanding at all times what exactly His Will may be and so we try very hard to balance all the decisions that our multi-faceted vocation entails and discern what He is really asking us to do.
A couple of months ago I approached two of our Priests at St. S’s to ask them which Saint’s intercession would be the most efficacious for discernment.  Both responded – St.Ignatius of Loyola.  I know everyone else probably already knew this.Smile  I tried to find a Novena prayer to post to this group, so we could all join together, praying for our families and each other, but I was distracted and delayed.  The time has come, however, since today begins the nine days prior to July 31, the Feast of St. Ignatius.  So I invite you to join my family in praying for discernment of God’s Will in our homeschooling families, that we are able, as much as God will allow, to know which choices to make in all areas of our lives that will reflect His Holy Will and work always for God’s greater glory for this upcoming school year.
In Christ,
XXX
~~~
Here are a few novena options.  You may pick one.  I generally pick one novena to pray as a family, one privately and one with my husband.  Let’s just say, I have much to pray for and discern.

Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.


Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Thy holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Thy greater honor and Thy greater glory.


Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be


O my God, teach me to be generous:
to serve you as you deserve to be served;
to give without counting the cost;
to fight without fear of being wounded;
to work without seeking rest;
and to spend myself without expecting any reward,
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.

Amen.

~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Prayer

Holy Father Ignatius,
through the centuries millions must have known
the influence of your inspiration.
Our world today needs to find your secret
of finding God everywhere,
of putting Him first in our intention and endeavor,
of desiring nothing but what He wants,
of yearning for nothing but His love and grace.
Teach us the freedom that comes from committing ourselves
to God’s designs for a world laden with creative beauty
yet marred by our violent ways.
You knew that Christ was your companion
at every step of life.
You joined him in his ongoing work
for the salvation of us all.
Help us to find courage in his presence,
to feel that he works with and in us.
May God,
through the power of your prayer
give us peace and joy
and grant us our most intimate requests
in this Novena
if they be for His greater glory
and our greater good.
Amen.
~~~
Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola
(to be said both morning and night for nine days)
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father (three times).

(The Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus or the Litany of the Blessed Virgin may be added.)


V. Pray for us, O Holy Father, Saint Ignatius.
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.


Let us pray.

O God, who, for the increase of the greater glory of Thy Holy Name, hast been pleased by Blessed Ignatius to strengthen the Church militant with new help, grant that, aided by his prayers during our warfare on earth, we may so imitate his virtues as to be happily crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.


Let us pray.

O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, who, imparting to the bodies of the sick Thy gracious blessing, dost guard Thy creature by Thy manifold tenderness, graciously assist us to invoke Thy Holy Name, that, by the intercession of Thy Confessor, Saint Ignatius, Thy servants, freed from sickness and blessed with health, may be raised up by Thy right hand, strengthened by Thy help, guarded by Thy protection, and restored to Thy Holy Church with every blessing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

~~~
St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ ora pro nobis!

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