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Happy Feast of Our Lady, Queen of Perpetual Help
Gilbert: the Return of the Father

After falling out of fashion for a few decades, fatherhood is returning to the Western World, and not for any newfound appreciation by the world. If the world had its way, fatherhood would be relegated to museums, stashed within a few dusty cases along the far wall of the “World Religions” wing. Fatherhood, like all […]

June 20, 2021

“Vatican City” by Robin Hickmott is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Happy Father’s Day, to all our friends who are fathers by nature or in spirit.

O Virgin of Perpetual Help, great sign of our hope, Holy Mother of the Redeemer, we invoke Your name. Help your people who desire to be renewed. Give us joy as we walk towards the future in conscious and active solidarity with the poorest of our brothers and sisters, announcing to them in a new and courageous way, the Gospel of Your Son, the beginning and the end of all human relationships that aspire to live a true, just and lasting peace. As does the Child Jesus, Whom we admire in this venerable icon, so we also want to hold your right hand. You have both the power and the goodness to help us in every need and circumstance of life. This moment is yours. Come then, and help us; be for us our refuge and our hope. (mention your petitions here) AMEN 

A prayer by JPII, as part of the
Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help by Catholic Action for Faith and Family

“Beware of the new ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family. It is not born of the dream that we have from God and prayer; it comes from outside, and that’s why I call it a colonization. Let us not lose the freedom to take forward the mission God has given us: the mission of the family. And just as our peoples were able to say in the past, “No”, to the period of colonization, as families, we have to be very wise and strong to say “No” to any attempted ideological colonization that could destroy the family. And to ask the intercession of St Joseph to know when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”.

Pope Francis, Meeting with Families, Manila, January 16, 2015, as discussed on
First, Do No Harm

Brothers and sisters:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you received a Spirit of adoption,
through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if only we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:14-17
Father Michael Mary’s homily for Pentecost

Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. It ends the Easter season. Jesus is giving the Holy Spirit on the Church. We see that Jesus told the Apostles to stay in Jerusalem to wait for the promise of the Father. “For John baptized with water but before many days you shall be baptized with the […]

May 23, 2021

Father Zifac: “I am with you always.”

Cross-posted from Benedict XVI Institute for Africa We are gathered here in prayer, with St. Joseph and with Our Lady. They are here with the legion of angels and saints in heaven and so no one of us here is wasting his time even if you came here because somebody forced you or bribed you […]

May 23, 2021

What thou givest to them they shall gather up: when thou openest thy hand, they shall all be filled with good.

But if thou turnest away thy face, they shall be troubled: thou shalt take away their breath, and they shall fail, and shall return to their dust.

Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Psalm 104 (103):28-30 (DRA)

The Lord appeared once again to his disciples after his resurrection, and questioning Peter, who from fear had thrice denied him, extracted from him a threefold declaration of love. Christ had been raised to life in the flesh and Peter to life in the spirit; for when Christ died as a result of the torments he endured, Peter was also dead as a result of denying his master. Christ the Lord was raised from the dead; Christ the Lord raised up Peter through Peter’s love for him. And having obtained from him the assurance of that love, he entrusted his sheep to Peter’s care.

We may wonder what advantage there could be for Christ in Peter’s love for him. If Christ loves you, you profit, not Christ; and if you love him, again the advantage is yours, not his. But wishing to show us how we should demonstrate our love for him, Christ the Lord made it plain that it is by our concern for his sheep.

“Simon, son of John, Do you love me?” he asked. “I do love you.” “Then feed my sheep.” Once, twice, and a third time the same dialogue was repeated. To the Lord’s one and only question, Peter had no other answer than “I do love you.” And each time the Lord gave Peter the same command: “Feed my sheep.” Let us love one another then, and by so doing we shall be loving Christ.

Saint Augustine of Hippo, Guelferbytanus Sermon 16,1, via DailyGospel.org

Father Linus Clovis: Mary Immaculate Mediatrix

At that time, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, he said to his mother, “woman behold your son”. Then he said to the disciple, “behold your […]

May 16, 2021

Prayers and blessings to all mothers, both natural and spiritual, from all of us at WQPH.

Many persons, feeling that the word penance implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of lukewarmness and sin.’ Then she said Our Lord explained to her: ‘The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.

Our Lady of Fatima to Sr. Lucia

[Please join Cardinal Raymond Burke and Catholic Action For Faith and Family’s Novena to Our Lady of Fatima, which begins today]

In July of 1917, Our Lady of Fatima granted the children a frightening vision of hell and said sadly, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.”

“As horrible as are the physical chastisements associated with man’s disobedient rebellion before God, infinitely more horrible are the spiritual chastisements for they have to do with the fruit of grievous sin: eternal death. As is clear, only the Faith, which places man in the relationship of unity of heart with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the mediation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, can save man from the spiritual chastisements which rebellion against God necessarily brings upon its perpetrators and upon the whole of both society and the Church.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke
The Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross and the Name of Jesus prayer

Dear listeners and readers. Today is the feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross. One listener sent us the following prayer suggestion, which is to say the name of Jesus 1000 times in honor of today’s feast. And at each 50 times, say “If the devil tempts me in the day of my death […]

May 3, 2021

Father Zifac: The Secret of Fruitfulness

Cross-posted from the Benedict XVI Institute for Africa To make plants, God spoke to the earth: “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants” (Gen. 1:11). To make the fish, He spoke to the water: “Let the waters swarm and abundantly produce living creatures…” (Gen. 1:20). To make man, God spoke to Himself. And the Lord […]

May 2, 2021

Caffrey: Retreat, Then Go Forward!

Cross posted from FaithPilgrims.com In mid-February I attended a retreat at Discovery House, an oasis of spiritual healing nestled at the intersection of Wharton State Forest and the blueberry farms that, long ago, helped earn New Jersey its “Garden State” nickname. The group of faithful Catholic men, in whom I humbly claim membership, is known as […]

April 22, 2021

Gilbert: basis of trust

Overarching the debate about the vaccines and the ethical problems of how they were produced, America faces a more fundamental question: what is the greater good that we are striving for here? It must be said that America is a post-Christian society (Fulton Sheen remarked as much decades ago), and the good that comes about […]

April 22, 2021

A Catholic who publicly and obstinately opposes the truth regarding faith and morals may not present himself or herself to receive Holy Communion and neither may the minister of Holy Communion give him or her the Sacrament.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, April 7th, 2021

Five years ago, my aunt had to be put in a nursing home, and when we put her in the nursing home, my sister remembered, “where is that Jesus picture”, and Catherine always called it ‘that Jesus picture’. It was in an old ratty box, so it was falling apart. It was in terrible shape. We opened the box and took it out. The frame was all broken on the back. The image itself wasn’t even in the frame any longer, and we didn’t know what it was. We had never known. We knew my grandmother kept it around forever and that she got it from her mother and father, but nobody knew what it was. We knew it was important because it had a red wax seal on the front.

It is one of the Holy Face images from the original images that came about from the miracle of 1849 in St. Peter’s Basilica. At that time, the Pope had fled Rome because of a revolution that was threatening Catholic France and threatening Rome itself. And when he had he ordered Veronica’s Veil to be put on exposition for three days so that people could venerate and pray to save Rome, and on the third day the image on the veil began to glow and became lifelike, and the eyes were deep sunken and wore an expression of really great pain. And this stayed that way. The glow and the image stayed that way for three hours, and they rang the bells of the basilica so hundreds of people came to see what was happening.

Vicki Schreiner of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face