Chaplet of St. Michael

Another prayer resource for everyone, and one I’m rather biased towards…the chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel.  The chaplet is very easy to pray; you can find an easy how-to guide – as well as some interesting background information – on EWTN’s page.

I also want to link to this story of Saint Michael and Pope Saint Gregory the Great – how the Holy Father had a vision of the Archangel defending the city of Rome during a terrible plague around the year 590 AD.

My video-creating skills still need some work; I cut off the closing Sign of the Cross on this one, and I wasn’t about to redo things.  I keep saying I’ll get better at this.  I hope that’s true.  So, let’s pray…

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

In a time like this, I figure, the more prayer resources, the better.  So today I share with you the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

I imagine many of you are already familiar with it; but for if not, don’t worry – it’s very easy to pray.  It’s a devotion that comes to the universal Church through the writings and revelations of Saint Faustina.

The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception have a website with a lot of information on both the chaplet and the Divine Mercy in general, including this handy guide on how to pray the chaplet.

I would encourage you to pray the chaplet often in these days of quarantine, and offer it especially for those suffering – and dying – from COVID-19.

Further thoughts on St. Joseph

I started talking…and forgot to shut up.  Very un-Joseph-like of me.

The encyclical I mention is Quamquam pluries.  It’s pretty short, so check it out.

This is the prayer to St. Joseph that Pope Leo concludes the encyclical with.  I meant to conclude my post by reading it, but completely whiffed on it.  I’ll eventually get better at this…

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succor us in our need by thy power and strength.

Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.