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SAINT MARY MAGDALEN – Feast: 22 July. Gospel Reading: John 1:1,11-18

Saint Mary Magdalen was one of Christ’s disciples and was present at His death. On the morning of Easter day she was the first to whom the risen Redeemer appeared, according to Saint Mark’s Gospel (16:9). Devotion to her spread throughout the Western Church especially in the twelfth cenntury.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Only-begotten Son Jesus Christ made Mary Magdalen the first heraald of Easter joy. Grant that, following her example and helped by her prayers, we may, in this life, proclaim the living Christ, and come to see Him reigning with You in glory. We pray this in the most precious name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 22 July 2017

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SAINT BONAVENTURE [1221-1294], Bishop & Doctor of the Church – Memoria: 15 July

St. Bonaventure was born about the year 1218 at Bagnoregio in Tuscany. He studied philosophy and theology at Paris, where he gained his Master’s degree, and then taught the students of the order. He became Minister General of the Franciscan Order and ruled the order with great wisdom and prudence, and later became Cardinal Bishop of Albano. He wrote many influential works in philosophy and theology, and died at Lyons in the year 1274.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, on this feast of Saint Bonaventure, enlighten our minds with the splendor of his teaching, and help us to imitate his ardent love of you. We pray this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 15 July 2017

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SAINT THOMAS, APOSTLE – FEAST: 3 JULY

Thomas is renowned among the apostles chiefly because of his lack of faith which was dispelled when the risen Christ appeared to him.  He proclaimed what is in fact the Easter faith of the Church when he said: “My Lord and my God”. Nothing certain is known of his life aart from whaat is given in the gospels, but tradition has it that he preached to the people of India. From the sixth century a feast of the translation of his relics has been kept at Edessa on 3 July.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, let our celebration of the feast of St. Thomas the apostle be the source of his unfailing help and protection. Fill us with Your life giving grace through Faith in Your Son, our Jesus, whom Thomas acknowledged to be his Lord and God. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 3 July 2017

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THE BIRTHDAY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST – SOLEMNITY: 24 JUNE

God called great prophets to foretell the coming of His Son;

The greatest, called before His birth, was John, the chosen one.

John searched in solitude for Christ and knew Him when He came.

He showed the world the Lamb of God and hailed HIm in our name.

That lonely voice cried out truth, derided and denied.

As witness to the law of God His mighty martyr died.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You sent Saint John the Baptist to the people of Israel to make them ready for Christ the Lord. Give us the grace of joy in the Spirit and guide the hearts of all the faithful in the way of salvation and peace. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

Jakarta, 24 June 2017

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THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS – Solemnity: Friday after the Second Sunday of Pentecost

God has loved us with an everlasting love; therefore, when Jesus Christ was raised up from the the death He showed us His mercy and drew us to love His Sacred Heart.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Almighty God, we glory in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your beloved Son, as we call to mind the great things His love has done for us. Fill us with the grace that flows in abundance from the Heart of Jesus, the source of heaven’s gifts. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 23 June 2017

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SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA, PRIEST AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIA/FEAST: 13 JUNE

Anthony was born in Portugal about the end of the 12th century. He became a canon regular of Saint Augustine but after being ordained priest he joined the Friars Minor so that he might preach the Gospel among the people of Africa. But it was in France and Italy that he exercised the ministry of preaching with great profit and brought many heretics back to the faith. He became the first theologians of his Order and wrote a number of sermons which are renowned for their doctrine and their gentleness. He died at Padua in the year 1231.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You gave Saint Anthony of Padua to Your people as a preacher of great power and a patron in their needs. Grant that, with his help, we may follow the Christian way of life and feel Your aid in all our trials. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 13 June 2017

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SAINT MARK, EVANGELIST – FEAST: 25 APRIL

John Mark was a cousin of Saint Barnabas. He accompanied Saint Paul the Apostles on his first missionary journey and later followed him to Rome. He was a disciple of Saint Peter and reproduced his teaching in his Gospel. He is said to have founded the Church of Alexandria.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You chose out the evangelist Saint Mark and ennobled him with grace to preach the Gospel. Let his teaching so improve our lives that we may walk faithfully in the footsteps of Christ. We make our prayer in the most holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 25 April 2017

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