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A woman is capable of more sacrifices than a man. Man is more apt to be a hero, through some great passionate outburst of heroism. But a woman’s love makes a thousand small sacrifices, sprinkling them through the days and the months; their very repetition gives them the character of the commonplace. Not only her soul, but her body, has some share in the Calvary of Redemption; furthermore, she comes closer to death than man, whenever she brings forth a child.
—  Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, “Life is Worth Living

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint René Goupil, pray for us.
Saint Jean de Lalande, pray for us.
All ye holy North American Martyrs, pray for us.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.
Saint John Neumann, pray for us.
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us.
Saint Katharine Drexel, pray for us.
Saint Mother Théodore Guérin, pray for us.
Saint Damien de Veuster of Molokai, pray for us.
Saint Marianne Cope of Molokai, pray for us.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.

Blessed Eduardo Farre, pray for us.
Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, pray for us.
Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, pray for us.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, pray for us.
Blessed Junípero Serra, pray for us.
Blessed Lucas Tristany, pray for us.

Venerable Antonio of Jesus, pray for us.
Venerable Nelson Baker, pray for us.
Venerable Frederic Baraga, pray for us.
Venerable Solanus Casey, pray for us.
Venerable Cornelia Connelly, pray for us.
Venerable Henriette DeLille, pray for us.
Venerable Teresa Demjanovich, pray for us.
Venerable Maria Kaupas, pray for us.
Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik, pray for us.
Venerable Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, pray for us.
Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, pray for us.
Venerable Michael McGivney, pray for us.
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us.
Venerable Pierre Toussaint, pray for us.
Venerable Félix Varela, pray for us.

Be merciful, Spare us O Lord.
Be merciful, Graciously hear us O Lord.
From all evil, deliver us O Lord.
From all sin, deliver us O Lord.
From Thy wrath, deliver us O Lord.
From injustice, deliver us O Lord.
From oppression, deliver us O Lord.
From hatred and intolerance, deliver us O Lord.
From anger and ill-will, deliver us O Lord.
From violence and bloodshed, deliver us O Lord.
From indifference to suffering, deliver us O Lord.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us O Lord.

Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy Coming, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy Nativity, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy Baptism and holy fasting, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thine institution of the most Blessed Sacrament, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy Cross and Passion, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy Death and Burial, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy holy Resurrection, deliver us O Lord.
Through Thy glorious Ascension, deliver us O Lord.
Through the coming of the Holy Ghost, deliver us O Lord.
In the day of judgment, deliver us O Lord.
Be merciful, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst spare us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst pardon us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy Holy Church, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate and all orders of the Church in holy religion, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of the Church, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and unity to the whole Christian people, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to guide all those who serve us in civil government, we beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to protect all those who serve in our armed forces, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all those who have died in defense of liberty, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give courage to those who stand for justice, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring back to the unity of the Church all those who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from eternal damnation, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to graciously hear us, we beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father… and lead us not into temptation.
But deliver us from evil.

Let us pray:
Defend us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all dangers of mind and body: and through the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever Virgin, mother of God, of Saint Joseph, of Thy holy apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy loving-kindness grant us safety and peace; that, all adversities and errors being overcome, Thy Church may serve Thee in security and freedom.

—  Litany of American Saints

“The conflict of the future will be between a God-religion and a State religion, between Christ and anti-Christ in political disguise.”
–Venerable Fulton J. Sheen,
(Characters of the Passion, pg. 39)

Earth had been cruel to Him; His feet wandered after lost sheep and we dug them with steel; His hands stretched out the Bread of everlasting life and we fastened them with nails; His lips spoke the Truth and we sealed them with dust. He came to give us Life and we took away His. But that was our fatal mistake. We really did not take it away. We only tried to take it away. He laid it down of Himself. Nowhere do the Evangelists say that He died. They say, “He gave up the ghost.” It was a willing, self-determined relinquishment of life.

It was not death which approached Him, it was He who approached death. That is why, as the end draws near, the Saviour commands the portal of death to open unto Him in the presence of the Father. The chalice is gradually being drained of its rich red wine of salvation. The rocks of earth open their hungry mouths to drink as if more thirsty for the draughts of salvation than the parched hearts of man; the earth itself shook in horror because men had erected God’s Cross upon its breast. Magdalene, the penitent, as usual clings to His feet, and there she will be again Easter morn; John, the priest, with a face like a cast moulded out of love, listens to the beating of the Heart whose secrets He learned and loved and mastered; Mary thinks how different Calvary is from Bethlehem.

Thirty-three years ago Mary looked down at His sacred face; now He looks down at her. In Bethlehem heaven looked up into the face of earth; now the roles are reversed. Earth looks up into the face of heaven- but a heaven marred by the scars of earth. He loved her above all the creatures of earth, for she was His Mother and the Mother of us all. He saw her first on coming to earth; He shall see her last on leaving it. Their eyes meet, all aglow with life, speaking a language all their own. There is a rupture of a heart through a rapture of love, then a bowed head, a broken heart. Back to the hands of God He gives, pure and sinless, His spirit, in loud and ringing voice that trumpets eternal victory. And Mary stands alone a Childless Mother. Jesus is dead!

—  Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Calvary and the Mass
When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.
—  Venerable Fulton J. Sheen