Alma Redemptoris Mater
“Loving Mother of the Redeemer, gate of Heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen, yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before. You who have received Gabriel’s joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners. Amen.”
Fr. Richard Rohr: “It is not who you are. It is ‘Whose’ you are that gives you a clue to your true identity.”
St. Augustine:”The Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot.”
St. John of the Cross: “The soul of one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeping holiday, and is always in the mood for singing.”
St. Paul: “Rejoice always; again I say rejoice; the Lord is near.”
In the Hebrew canon, the Book of Malachi is the last book. It says that God will send “Elijah, the prophet, before the Day of the Lord…” John fulfills that prophecy. Yet, John was beheaded. Jesus says He will suffer also. If John and Jesus suffered, we, too, can expect to suffer.
Somebody once said that although we are made in the image and likeness of God, we have been reversing things ever since! There is some truth to that, I think. God is God! We’re not. Our role is simply to grasp who God actually is and, as best we can, live our lives in service to Him and one another.
Through the centuries many great men have been named, John. Today, John the Baptist is prominent in the gospel reading and John of the Cross has his required memorial. Those who have the name of John have many role models to select from. My favorite is John XXIII.
Prayer for personal Healing
“Loving God, I come to You in prayer, seeking the blessing of good health, that I may serve Your Divine Son more faithfully and love Him with greater sincerity. I wish to be well and strong, that I may use the talents and gifts You have given me, in Your honor, in service to my family, and for the good of others. Help me to bear patiently with illness, and to grow always in Your wisdom and grace. Amen.”
Words From Our lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego
“Listen my son to what I tell you now. Do not be troubled by anything; do not fear illness or any other occurrence or pain. Am I not your Mother? Am I not life and health? Have I not placed you on my lap and made you my responsibility? Do you need anything else?”