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O Glorious Saint John, you were so loved by Jesus that you merited to rest your head upon his breast, and to be left in his place as a son to Mary.  Obtain for us an ardent love for Jesus and Mary.  Let me be united with them now on earth and forever in heaven.

Acknowledgement

Unknown.  “The Last Supper.”  Source/Photographer Acervo de Obras de Arte Europeia em Coleções Brasileiras.  

Text: http://www.catholicwalton.com/prayer-to-st-john-the-evangelist/

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O most Holy Virgin, immaculate in body and spirit,
look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession.

O most Holy Mother, receive my prayers as I present them to God.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, you intercede for us with your Son.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Acknowledgement

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.  Immaculate of Soult.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Murillo_immaculate_conception.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose of Milan.  His prayer seems very appropriate to the Advent season, and in some ways reminds me of the conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge (let us remember that love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable):

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake,
Amen.

Acknowledgement

AmbroseOfMilan.jpg ‎(312 × 600 pixels, file size: 84 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) — https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AmbroseOfMilan.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

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O good St. Nicholas, you who are the joy of children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood, which the Gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me.  You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas, open my faith to the mystery of God made man.  You good bishop and shepherd, help me to find my place in the Church and inspire the Church to be faithful to the Gospel.  O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless, watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs, as well as over those who humble themselves before you.  Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem, when true joy and peace are found.  Amen.

Aknowledgement

Bjoertvedt.   24 November 2010.   Russian icon depicting St Nicholas with scenes from his life. Late 1400s or early 1500s. National Museum, Stockholm ( NMI 272).

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Part 2 of my current film commentary isn’t quite ready yet, so I thought I’d share another treat from Bishop Barron. 🙂

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As many of you know, Blesséd Teresa of Calcutta — more commonly known as Mother Teresa — is set to be declared a saint this coming Fall.

Take a couple minutes to watch the following interview (really, it’s only about 2 minutes long; this video features the same interview three times in a row, for some reason), in which the great saint shares her beautiful philosophy of life.  And have a few tissues ready, just in case 🙂

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