Author: Benedict

Do You Need Financial Blessings? Here are 7 Saints to Help You Out

Do You Need Financial Blessings? Here are 7 Saints to Help You Out

A lot of times we are financially in need. It could be due to an unexpected job loss, lack of education,  reliable transportation. Or it could be from an illness, health condition or overwhelming debt or responsibilities. It could even be from honest mistakes we’ve made. No matter what the causes are, we sometimes need financial help.

In Matthew 6:24, Jesus cautions His disciples about money. He tells them that it is impossible for one to serve two masters at a time. in that case, You cannot serve God and wealth because not heeding His warnings leads to greed.

However, Both individual and corporate greed has so far destroyed careers, relationships, families, marriages, communities, the environment and life itself.  For the fact we give in to the temptation of greed, we also find it much more difficult to do God’s Will.  How can we even hope to follow God’s command to love one another and God above all else if we become focused on accumulating more wealth, acquiring more things and living lives of luxury?

Despite this, since we know that God wants us to call upon Him whenever in need and because we know we should pray about any important decisions, it’s vital that we first ask God, in prayer, to help us find positive solutions to our financial problems. Additionally, we can also ask saints for their intercession. Because they are holy saints already living in Heaven and their generous prayers strengthen ours. They can intercede for you!

THESE ARE  7 SAINTS YOU CAN  TURN TO FOR FINANCIAL AID

  (1) Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, being the patron saint of the Universal Church and the patron of fathers, is also the patron of all workers. He had constant faithfulness to God’s will and the unconditional love and protection he gave to Our Blessed Mother and Jesus, Our Savior, has always provided men with an excellent example of how to be a good husband and father. His dedicated, hard-working, humble attitude also provides a shining example for all workers, including those who find themselves temporarily unemployed or underemployed. Those who are in need of financial help as a result of unemployment or underemployment might consider joining the many Christians who seek his help in finding a good job.

Popular prayer always said to this saint:

Dear Saint Joseph, You were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon me in my anxiety over my present inability to support my family. Please help me to find gainful employment very soon, so that this heavy burden of concern will be lifted from my heart and that I am soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to my care. Help us to guard against bitterness and discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. Amen. 

   (2)   Saint Cajetan

Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of the unemployed, gamblers, workers and job seekers is another saint whose intercession can be sought by people with serious financial problems. In addition to being the patron saint of several countries, he is the patron saint of them all.

Saint Cajetan in the early 1500s, was as disgusted with the immorality within the Catholic Church as Martin Luther, so he tried to change it from within the Church. He contributed in reviving a brotherhood called the Oratory of the Divine Love, and he founded an order for members of the clergy, known as Theatines Clerks Regular, that sought to live holy lives for Jesus by studying Scripture, leading moral lives, caring for people’s spiritual needs and caring for the poor and the sick.

Prayer to Saint Cajetan:

 O glorious St. Cajetan, you studied to be a lawyer, but when you felt that the Lord was calling you to his service, you abandoned everything and became a priest. You excelled in virtues, shunning all material rewards for your labor, helping the many unemployed people of your time. You provided loans without interest and you attracted a lot of benefactors who donated to your resources so that you could go on with your activities. Look on us with mercy. We wish to find employment that could help us and our families live with dignity. Listen to our petitions, dear saint; you, who could easily give up the food on your table for the needy, bring our petitions to Jesus (here make your request). Amen.

  (3) Saint Anthony of Padua

Due to his devotion to Jesus, he is known as the “Wonder Worker” because his intercession has resulted in so many miracles.  Originally from Portugalthis humble Franciscan friar preached and taught the Gospel with such integrity, zeal and simplicity, and many heretics were converted.  But while Saint Anthony is frequently called upon to find lost objects, people could also call upon him to find lost income, lost savings, lost resources, or they could also call upon him to find suitable employment.

One prayer to St. Anthony for employment:

Blessed St. Anthony, who in life was ever mindful of the needs of the afflicted, consuming yourself in the service of God and for the good of souls, who was the enemy of idleness and a tireless worker in the vineyard of the Lord, beseech God to grant me a suitable job, which may procure for me and my loved ones a decent livelihood, and be at the same time a means of personal sanctification and of real service to others. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be…St. Anthony, helper in all necessities, pray for us.

(4)  Saint Matthew

Lots of people might be surprised to learn that there is a patron saint of finances and there is! However, that designation belongs to the Apostle Matthew. He is one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus, Saint Matthew was a tax collector for the Romans. The saint, who was the author of the first Gospel, was sitting at a tax booth when Jesus called him to become one of His Apostles. Without hesitation, St. Matthew followed Him, spread Christianity and was eventually martyred.

One prayer to St. Matthew that could be combined with a personal request for the saint’s intercession concerning financial hardships :

 O Glorious St. Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah who fulfilled the Prophets of the Old Covenant and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant. Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow his teachings in our lives on earth so that we may live forever with him in Heaven.

  (5) Saint Jude Thaddeus

He is another Apostle who can be always called upon to help in times of helpless financial crises. Saint Jude is the patron saint of hope, desperate causes and the impossible – who was so devoted to Jesus to the extent of being martyred just like St. Matthew.  His intercession for Danny Thomas, when he was in need of financial aid and employment, inspired the actor to build St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his honor.

Popular prayer to this saint is:

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant, and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hope: Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that particular privilege given to you to bring hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven as I work with my challenges, particularly (here make your request). I praise God with you and all the saints forever.  I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

  (6) Saint Bernadette

Among other things, Saint Bernadette is the patron saint of illness and poverty. She is an ideal saint to turn to for people who are living in poverty and those who are struggling financially due to illness. She was born into a poor family and was ill for most of her 35 years of life. She became a devout nun after having many holy encounters – as a teenager – with an apparition of Blessed Mother at a grotto in Lourdes, France. However, because she followed Blessed Mother’s instructions, the grotto’s muddy waters were miraculously cleansed, and more than 60 people were determined to have been miraculously healed there.

Prayer to this saint:

St. Bernadette, pure and simple child, you who were privileged to behold the beauty of Mary Immaculate and to be the recipient of her confidence eighteen times at Lourdes; you who did desire from then on to hide yourself in the cloister of Nevers and there live and die as a victim of sinners, obtain for us that spirit of purity, which will lead us also to the glorious vision of God and of Mary in Heaven. Amen

(7) Saint Nicholas

In addition to being considered a protector of children and sailors and a patron saint of many people, places and things, Saint Nicholas is also considered a protector of the poor. It is believed that he once saved a man and his three daughters from living sinful lives. Because the man couldn’t provide dowries for his daughters, the daughters were going to be sold into slavery. To save them from that fate, the saint went to their home on three nights and threw a bag of gold into the home for each of the girls, providing them all with dowries. A legend states that the gold landed in some stockings (or shoes) that were hanging by the fireplace.

A Prayer to Saint Nicholas:

Glorious St. Nicholas, my special patron, from thy throne in glory, where thou dost enjoy the presence of God, turn thine eyes in pity upon me and obtain for me from our Lord the graces and helps that I need in my spiritual and temporal necessities (and especially this favor [mention your request], provided that it be profitable to my salvation). Be mindful, likewise, O glorious and saintly Bishop, of our Sovereign Pontiff, of Holy Church, and of all Christian people. Bring back to the right way of salvation all those who are living steeped in sin and blinded by the darkness of ignorance, error, and heresy. Comfort the afflicted, provide for the needy, strengthen the fearful, defend the oppressed, give health to the infirm; cause all men to experience the effects of thy powerful intercession with the supreme Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

As we seek for financial help, it’s also necessary to reflect on the words of Jesus in Matthew 6.  Not only do His words remind us to ask for help and not wealth, but the rest of the verse also reminds us that we shouldn’t worry about material things while neglecting our faith. He tells us, essentially, to be more concerned with the things of Heaven and less with those of the world, however, Jesus tells us that God will provide.

Is It A Sin, To Be Late At Mass?

Is It A Sin, To Be Late At Mass?

As far as the issue of punctuality at Mass is concerned. It’s good that we as Catholics get to Mass early not late, because it is during the introductory rites that we begin to adore God in communion with the brethren and to prepare the heart for the Eucharistic celebration with the community.
I vividly remember being told as a child that if you didn’t get to the church before the proclamation of the gospel, the Mass didn’t count. Obviously, then, lateness had consequences. Anyone who goes to church late commits a mortal sin and had to go to confession or, if available, had to stay for the next scheduled Mass.

Whereas before the Second Vatican Council some moral theology manuals placed coming to church before the gospel or the offertory as the “dividing line” in deciding if one fulfilled their Sunday obligation, most priests and liturgists are so reluctant to give a defined answer to the question: “How late is too late?”

There are also those who talk of lateness to Mass as an “abuse of communion”. Which means that if you are late to church, don’t receive communion. A story was told of a woman who would habitually come for daily Mass at communion time. When she asked why comes to church late, she reported that she does the readings at home and didn’t feel the need to hear what the priest had to say and that she only needed the Eucharist. In other Words, we need to remind ourselves that the liturgy of the Word is not a prerequisite for receiving communion. Lately people have talked of lateness to Mass as a “vice” and have blamed this increasing tendency on technology and the Millennial generation.

But in everything, try as much as possible to be early to mass so as to prepare yourself for the Eucharistic celebration. In fact, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri once wrote that if we had 100 years to properly prepare ourselves for our first communion, it would not be enough for us. Coming to Mass early puts us in the right state of mind for what we are about to enter into.

In some Churches, the priests would always wait for people to show up before he starts the Eucharist celebration? Some Priests most times delay the Mass until the church is filled up. Most of them starts a 10 o’clock Mass at 10:15. And this doesn’t solve the problem, instead the late coming becomes worst and people start arriving at 10:25. In this case, It’s advisable for the priest to start the mass at the scheduled time. Whoever will be late will still be late.

If you have the habit of criticizing or judging people that comes to church. Be reminded that it’s not a crime nor a sin when people show up late at mass. Be it 5, 10, or even 20 minutes late, what matters is that they are there to give thanks and praise to God, to be strengthened by the Eucharist, to say pray with a community that shares their faith, and to pass on that faith to their children and grandchildren. And in all, they choose to be at Mass rather than hitting the snooze button and turning over or meeting friends for brunch. If we in any way judge and criticize them we run the real risk of losing them.

So even if you are a like me that judges those coming late to church, let’s hold our judgment and our tongue and welcome all to our liturgies, even if they miss the gospel.

Four Major Marian Dogmas You Need To Understand As A Catholic

Four Major Marian Dogmas You Need To Understand As A Catholic

What is a Dogma?

A dogma is a definitive article of faith that has been solemnly promulgated by the college of bishops at an ecumenical council or by the pope when speaking in a statement et cathedra in which the magisterial of the church presents a particular doctrine as necessary for the belief of the Catholic faithful.

There are two elements of a dogma, namely;

  • Immediate divine revelation from scripture or sacred traditions
  • Proposition of the dogma which not only announces the dogma but declares it binding to the faith.

Four Major Marian Dogmas Of The Catholic Church

Perpetual Virginity – This refers to the divine acknowledgment of Mary being a virgin before the birth of Christ even though she was engaged to be married to the foster father of Jesus, Joseph. Vatican II reiterated the teaching about Mary, the Ever-Virgin, by stating that Christ’s birth did not diminish Mary’s virginal integrity but sanctified it. Mary was a virgin before Christ’s conception and remained ever-virgin after the birth of Christ. It was proclaimed by Council of Lateran 649.

Mother Of God – which translates the more accurately stated Greek term “Theotokos” or “Birth-giver of God.”This dogma was proclaimed by the council of Ephesus in 431. It is accepted by all Christian doctrines. This emanates from the Bible where Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. It is important to note that Mary’s Divine Motherhood was not the object of an independent or exclusive dogmatic declaration. The statement is embedded in texts defining the person and natures of Jesus Christ which makes the motherhood of Christ an essential Christian doctrine.

Immaculate Conception – It was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in his apostolic constitution “In effabillus Deus” on December 8, 1854. It stresses the dignity and holiness required to become “Mother of God”. The privilege of the Immaculate Conception is the source and basis for Mary’s all-holiness as Mother of God.

This lays particular emphases on the fact “that the most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” – [Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus (1854): DS 2803].

Assumption – There is a great difference between Ascension and Assumption. Jesus Christ, Son of God and Risen Lord, ascended into heaven, a sign of divine power. Mary, on the contrary, was elevated or assumed into heaven by the power and grace of God. This dogma has no direct basis in scripture. It was nonetheless declared “divinely revealed,” meaning that it is contained implicitly in divine Revelation. It was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on the first of November, 1950, on his Encyclical Munificentissimus Deus. Mary has stronger support in the tradition that she lived, glorified, in body and soul which means Mary is already in the state that will be ours after the resurrection of the dead.

Is It A Sin To Be Angry?

Is It A Sin To Be Angry?

ANXIETY of mind (Anger) is the mental grief we feel due to our involuntary ailments. Whether the evil is exterior like poverty and illness or interior, such as lack of knowledge, dryness, depression or temptation. Then we at once begin to try to eliminate it, and find a way to shake it off. For it is natural to us all to desire good, and take off that which we take to be evil.

If any one wishes to be delivered from his troubles out of love of God, he will strive patiently, gently, humbly and calmly, looking for deliverance rather to God’s Goodness and Providence than to his own efforts. However, if self-love is the prevailing object, he can grow hot and eager in seeking relief as though all depended more upon himself than upon God. I do not say that the person thinks so, but he acts eagerly as though he actually think so. Then if he does not realize what he desires at once, he becomes extremely impatient and troubled, which does not settle matters, but on the contrary makes them worse. And so he goes into an unjust state of anxiety and distress, till he begins to see that there is no cure for his trouble. By then, you would see how a disturbance, which was right at the offset, begets anger, and anger goes on into an excessive distress, which is exceedingly bad.
Anger is the highest evil which can happen to the soul, which is a sin solely excepted. Just as internal commotions and seditions ruin a commonwealth, and create it incapable of resisting its enemies, so if our heart be troubled and anxious, it loses power to hold unto such graces as it has, as well as the energy to resist the temptations of the Evil One, who is all the more eager to fish (according to an old proverb) in troubled waters.

Anxiety arises from an unregulated want, to be delivered from any pressing evil. Birds that are caught in nets and snares become inextricably entangled inside the cage, because they flutter and struggle a lot. Therefore, whenever you desperately want to be delivered from any evil, or to get a hold of some good thing, attempt above all things to keep a calm and a restful spirit, steady your judgment and will, then go quietly and simply after your object, taking all necessary means to achieve that.
When I say “simply” I do not mean carelessly, but without keenness, uneasiness or anxiety.

Examine yourself daily , at least night and morning, as to know whether your soul is at peace or whether it has been twisted thence by any passionate or anxious emotion. See whether your soul is totally under control, or whether it has run into some unruly love, hate, envy, lust, fear, vexation or joy. And if it has gone a strayed, before everything else look out for it and quietly bring it back to the Presence of God, and again placing all your hopes and love under the direction of His Holy Will. Just as one who is scared to lose some precious possession holds it tight in his hand, so, like King David, we ought to be able to say, “My soul is always in my hand, and therefore I have not forgotten Thy law”.

Do not give way to any desires to disturb your mind under the pretext of their being trifling and unimportant; for if they have their way that day, higher and heavier matters will find your heart more accessible to disturbance. When you are acutely aware that you are growing anxious, put in yourself to God, and decide deeply not to take any steps whatever to obtain the result you desire, until your disturbed state of mind is totally in peace.

If you will be able to lay your anxiety before your spiritual director or at least before some trusty and faithful friend, you may be sure that you will find greater peace. The heart finds relief in trusting its troubles to another, just as the body when suffering from constant fever finds relief from bleeding.