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Today is the #feastday of St. Rita of Cascia who lived during the troublesome times of 14th century Italy. She is the patroness of impossible causes and hopeless circumstances because of her difficult and arduous life. Through her trials God used her in remarkable ways, not only while she lived, but now from heaven she assists those who plead for her intercession for their seemingly impossible and hopeless circumstances. Read her story at the link. St. Rita, pray for us!
May 22 is the feast day of St. Rita. St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun from 14th century Italy. She is the patroness of impossible causes and hopeless
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Finally, the smallest country in Central America has something big to be proud of: the beatification of El Salvador's Archbishop, Monsignor Oscar Romero, this Saturday. Reflections on this Servant of God from our coworker from El Salvador at the link below.  #OscarRomero
I don't remember when was the last time that I saw happy news about El Salvador. The country is infamous for its high rate of homicides---most of them committed
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Today is the #feastday of St. Bernardine of Siena (1380–1444). He was born to a noble family in Siena, Italy. As a young man, when the plaque raged mercilessly through his city, he volunteered to care for the sick in the hospital. He also spent much time praying and fasting to know God's will for his life. Inspired by the love of God, he joined the Franciscans at the age of 22 and became a priest. He lived in solitude for over a decade before being sent to preach in the streets, which he did with incredible skill, despite having a weak voice, so much so that he became the greatest preacher of his day. He traveled on foot to strife-torn cities, attacking sin and paganism and encouraging all to a life of faith and virtue. Huge crowds of tens of thousands would come to hear him preach. The Holy Father compared him to St. Paul the Apostle. Bernardine was especially known for his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and for promulgating devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. It was he who devised the IHS symbol over a blazing sun as a monogram and logo for the name of Jesus in Greek to replace the public display of insignias of rival family tribes which disturbed the peace. The symbol began appearing in churches and on public buildings, even to this day. He also served as general of his Franciscan community. When he began there were 300 friars; when he died there were 4,000. He is the patron saint of lung and chest problems, gambling addicts, advertising, public relations and communications workers.
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O God, who gave the Priest Saint Bernardine of Siena a great love for the holy Name of Jesus, grant, through his merits and prayers, that we may ever be set aflame with the spirit of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Blessed Mother Teresa's canonization coming soon? Rumors and denials: http://bit.ly/1FnUCuV 
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May 22nd is the #feastday of St. Rita of Cascia, patron saint of impossible causes, abuse victims, loneliness, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, and the sick. She had a difficult life of great suffering, yet through prayer and fidelity to Christ, she triumphed over her tragic circumstances and became a saint. Read her story here: https://www.catholiccompany.com/blog/st-rita-of-cascia-patron-saint-of-the-impossible
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O Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the Hopeless and even of the Impossible; St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou askest, on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant; be lavish to us, as thou hast been in so many wonderful cases, for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of thine own devotion, and for the consolation of those who trust in thee.

We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making know thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee grant that [here mention your request].

By the singular merits of thy childhood, Obtain for us our request.
By thy perfect union with the Divine Will, Obtain for us our request.
By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life, Etc. {repeat Obtain for us our request after each line]
By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband,
By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God,
By the miraculous entrance into the convent,
By thy severe penances and thrice daily bloody scourgings,
By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of thy Crucified Savior,
By the Divine love which consumed thy heart,
By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament,
on which alone thou didst exist for four years,
By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse,
By the perfect example thou gavest to people of every state of life.
Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

LET US PRAY.

O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, Blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward of her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promise, have pity on our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
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Wedding season is here, and in honor of the sacred bonds of matrimony being made across the world during the warm summer months, and marriage anniversaries being celebrated, here’s a warming quote from one of the most important Doctors of the Catholic Church, who, apparently, is also a bit of a romantic.
St. John Chrysostom was a bishop, a renowned preacher, and one of the most celebrated Doctors of the Church. In his day he was considered one of the most
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Comment your #prayerintentions and we'll add them to our Regina Caeli prayer today. Please read through some of the comments and pray for one another too! 
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