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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Saint Project

OK, Mouseketeers! Here it is:

1- Select a saint under whose patronage you wish to be.

2- Cut and paste (physically or electronically) a picture of the saint you have chosen. Put it on the cover of your report.

3- Write a brief biography of your saint. There are books in the CCD library, the St. Theresa library, the assorted public libraries and your school library (especially if you attend a Catholic school). There are, of course, many sources online as well, such as http://www.catholic-forum.com/SAINTS/.

4- Describe what are the patronages of your chosen saint. (Patron of accountants, truck drivers, people suffering pleuresy, whatever) Mention how these apply to you.

5- Describe the qualities of your saint which you admire most. Mention how these apply to you.

6- Write down the "official prayer" to your chosen saint. For example, "my" saint is St. Michael the Archangel, and his prayer is:

Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And you, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

7- Select a "venerable" or a "blessed" and include a VERY brief biography, and also include the prayer for this venerable/blessed's interecession. For example, you may choose Venerable Mother Luisita, OCD or Blessed Father Miguel A. Pro, SJ and include her/his prayer for intercession in some matter. Perhaps you have a grandparent who has had a stroke or heart attack, or know someone who struggles with, for example, diabetes. I'm certain you can come up with your own examples. Pray for their intercession.

Here is the intercessory prayer that applies to Blessed Miguel A. Pro:

Blessed Miguel, before your death, you told your friend to ask you for favors when you were in Heaven. I beg you to intercede for me and in union with Our Lady and all the angels and saints, to ask Our Lord to grant my petition, provided that it be God's Will.
[Here mention your request.]
We honor and adore the triune God. (Gloria)
We ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. (Come Holy Spirit)
We pray as Jesus taught us to pray. (Our Father)
We venerate with love the Virgin Mary. (Hail Mary)
All you angels, bless you the Lord forever.
Saint Joseph, Saint [name of your patron], and all the saints, pray for us.
Blessed Miguel, high spirited youth, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, loving son and brother, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, patient novice, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, exile from your homeland, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, prayerful religious, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, sick and suffering, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, defender of workers, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, courageous priest in hiding, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, prisoner in jail, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, forgiver of persecutors, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
Blessed Miguel, holy martyr, pray for us. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!


Here is the intercessory prayer that applies to Venerable Mother Luisita:

O Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, King and center of all hearts! Look with merciful love on the petitions we present to You through the intercession of Your servant, Mother Mara Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
[Pause and request your petition]
We humbly beseech You to glorify her who was always such a fervent lover of Your Sacred Heart by granting us these favors if they are for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

Others could include Pope John Paul II, Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, etc.

OK, off you go. We now return to this blog, already in progress.

AMDG,

-J.