Monthly Archives: August 2013

Prayer Of Consecration To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary

22 August 2013

By His Holiness Pope Pius XII

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Help of Christians, Refuge of the human race, Conqueror in all God’s battles, we humbly prostrate ourselves before thy throne. We are confident of obtaining mercy, grace, and help in the present calamities, not for our own merits, to which we make no claim, but only because of the great goodness of thy Maternal Heart.

In this tragic hour of human history we confide, entrust, and consecrate to thy Immaculate Heart the Holy Church, Mystical Body of thy Son, Jesus, which bleeds now from so many wounds and is so sorely tried. We consecrate likewise to thy Immaculate Heart the whole world torn as it is by deadly strife, afire with hatred and paying the penalty of its own wickedness. Be moved to pity by the sight of so much destruction and ruin of souls, by the grief and agony of fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, and innocent children. Look with compassion on the lives cut off in the flower of youth, on the bodies mangled in horrible slaughter, on the many souls torn with anguish, and on all those in danger of being lost forever. Mother of Mercy, obtain for us peace from God and the grace that is able in an instant to change the heart of man, the grace that brings and fosters peace, and makes it lasting. Queen of Peace, pray for us and give to the warring world that peace for which the nations long, a peace in the truth, in the righteousness, and in the love of Jesus Christ.

Turn their weapons aside and let peace possess their souls so that God’s kingdom may be set up in quiet order. Stretch out a helping hand to the unbeliever and to all who live in the shadow of death. Give them peace and grant that enlightened by the truth they may repeat with us before the one Saviour of the world “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.”

Give peace also to the peoples separated from us by error or strife and in particular to those who have professed a special devotion to thee and in whose homes thine ikon was always an object of veneration. It is hidden away now maybe to await the dawn of better days. Bring them back to the one fold of Christ under the one true shepherd. Grant perfect peace and freedom to the holy Church of God. Stem the flood of modern paganism. Let the love of purity increase among the children of God. Make us live as true followers of Christ, as zealous apostles, so that God’s servants may grow in merit and increase in number. And as the whole human race was consecrated to the heart of thy Jesus that through hope in Him He might become for all the sign and pledge of victory and salvation, so we in like manner consecrate ourselves forever to thee and to thy Immaculate Heart, 0 Mother and Queen of the world. This we do so that thy love and protection may hasten the triumph of God’s kingdom. Thus may all nations at peace with one another and with God proclaim thee blessed, and sing with thee from pole to pole the unending Magnificat of glory, love, and thanksgiving to the Heart of Jesus in which alone they can find truth, life, and peace. Amen.

H/T to David Forster at Liturgia Latina for the prayer.

Please Join Us at Always Catholic Blog in Praying for Thomas Peters

2 August 2013

2 August 2013
Posted by Sofia Guerra

I have been out of the loop for a few weeks as I am spending these last days with Sarah as she prepares to leave for boot camp. The days move so quickly that I have only put up a few posts.

Sadly, I missed the report on Thomas Peters (@AmericanPapist on Twitter, blogger at and Communications Director and Blog Manager for the National Organization for Marriage) and his accident but I want his wife and family to know we have been storming Heaven with prayers ever since we found out.

We are posting this information from Dr Ed Peters (the esteemed Canon Lawyer) who is Thomas’ father.

From Dr Ed Peters, JD JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap. at his blog,

In the Light of the Law
A Canon Lawyer’s Blog

Please consider invoking Felix Cappello, SJ, for Thomas Peters
July 18, 2013

Update: Thom’s friends have set up a website to track his progress.

I tell my kids what my mom told me: to pray for the sick and the poor every day if only because any of us can find ourselves being either or both at any time.

As many of my blog readers already know, my oldest son Thomas (the American Papist) was seriously hurt in a swimming accident two days ago and remains in critical condition with spinal cord injuries at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He, his wife of three months Natalie, and our families are overwhelmed with the outpouring of prayers and support that we have received so far, and now I would like to ask a special favor.

Please consider invoking the intercession of Fr. Felix Cappello SJ (1879-1962), one-time Confessor of Rome and the greatest sacramental lawyer of the 20th century, for Thomas’ speedy and complete recovery. I draw on Cappello’s canonical works in almost everything I write—no joke, I am finishing a scholarly article right now that he provided the crucial insight for—but I never thought I’d suggest drawing on his intercession for one of my very own. Well, I am doing so now.

Naturally, if you have your own favorite go-to saints in urgent cases, by all means, go! But if you are looking for a suggestion, I’d offer Fr. Cappello.

And thank you.

Here is the prayer (for private use) we will be praying for Thomas.

P. FELICE M CAPPELLO S.J. (1879-1962)

Prayer (private) to obtain graces through the intercession

of Rev Felix Maria Cappello, S.J.

O Jesus, for the welfare of the Church and the comfort of the faithful, you filled your servant Felice Maria Cappello with the gifts of your Spirit and made of him a pious and zealous priest, an exemplary religious, a luminary of learning, a reliable advisor, and an untiring worker, now grant the grace hoped for in evidence of his intercession and let us imitate his piety, humility, patience, and kindness before your Divine Heart and the Immaculate Heart of your Most Holy Mother

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. O Lord,

glorify your faithful servant on earth!


Please join us in this prayer daily and check HERE for updates on his condition.

Happy Anniversary to my Bishop, Robert C. Morlino

1 August 2013

Thank you to Father John Zuhlsdorf for remembering His Excellency, Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, WI on his tenth year as Bishop.

I had the pleasure of meeting my Bishop right after Benediction following the public Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi this year. He was kind, warm and thrilled when I told him that he was one of my main factors in deciding to move to Madison!

He responded with a jolly Santa-like laugh and thanked me with a hug when I told him I had escaped from NJ. A lovable, charitable man.

I wanted to write a personal tribute to Bishop Morlino but I have taken some time off since July 17th to spend tome with Sarah (@CatholicTeen) before she goes to Boot Camp with the National Guard in August. there are many things to do and so I am cross-posting FatherZ’s piece which is wonderful.

Thank you, Father Z!

Bp. Morlino … ad multos annos

Posted on 1 August 2013 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf at his blog,
“Father Z’s Blog

On 1 August 2003, His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino was installed as Bishop of Madison. Madison, one of the great liberal bastions of these USA, has been described by some as “47 square miles surrounded by reality”.

Happy 10th anniversary of ministry in MadCity.

With his clear eye fixed on the Church’s mission and doctrine, and his sense of humor, and his willingness to be attacked in the liberal press (and in Madison that’s just about the only kind) Bp. Morlino has been a source of encouragement for many in these cultural wars we are experiencing.

You could in a small way express your congratulations to Bp. Morlino for this milestone by sending online a donation to the Diocese. In the last 10 years the number of seminarians has quintupled, nearly sextupled, from 6 to about 35. To this this strains the budget – but in a good way – doesn’t quite capture the need. Click HERE.

Last year I heard with my own ear him tell the seminarians that he wanted them to know the Extraordinary Form before he ordained them.

More from Father Z, just go HERE!

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