Devotion in Honor of the Five Holy Wounds of Christ

As I kneel before Thee on the Cross, most loving Savior of my soul, my conscience tells me it is I who have nailed Thee to that Cross with these hands of mine, as often as I have fallen into mortal sin, wearying Thee with my monstrous ingratitude.

My God, my chief and most perfect Good, worthy of all my love, seeing Thou hast ever loaded me with blessings, I cannot now undo my misdeeds, as I would most willingly, but I can and will loathe them, grieving greatly for having offended Thee, Who art infinite Goodness. And now, kneeling at Thy Feet, I will try at least to compassionate Thee, to give Thee thanks, to ask of Thee pardon and contrition. Wherefore, with heart and lips I say:

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Anima Christi: A prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola

 Anima Christi

 

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus

 

Alma de Cristo

 

Alma de Cristo, santifícame.
Cuerpo de Cristo, sálvame.
Sangre de Cristo, embriágame.
Agua del costado de Cristo, lávame.
Pasión de Cristo, confórtame.
¡Oh, buen Jesús!, óyeme.
Dentro de tus llagas, escóndeme.
No permitas que me aparte de Ti.
Del enemigo, defiéndeme.
En la hora de mi muerte, llámame.
Y mándame ir a Ti.
Para que con tus santos te alabe.
Por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

por San Ignacio de Loyola, fundador de la Compañia de Jesus

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Ginger Tea and its Benefits to a Healthier Lifestyle

A couple of days ago, I got an email with a recipe to prepare ginger tea along with some information about its qualities and benefits. I’ve been aware of ginger for many year, knowing that is widely used in some of the oriental food that I love so much, and to make cookies, specially during Christmas time. But other than that, I didn’t know much about it until this week when I decided to do a little research, and taste the tea. This is what I found, and my advice to prepare the tea.

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Do you want to achieve more? Change your Habits

It is almost one week since the New Year 2015 started. In a heartbeat we will be in June, and after a second, God willing, we will be celebrating another new year, looking at yet another resolution list. But maybe that resolution list will have many of the same goals we have been trying to achieve over and over again.

Why it is that time passes by so fast and it is so hard to achieve many things we really want? The answer to that question is simple: Habits

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Let Us Invoke Completely the Holy Name of Jesus to Reach Salvation

The Holy Name of Jesus

Miraculous Imposition from Heaven, in the words of the Archangel Saint Gabriel on behalf of God: “You will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Luke 1:31, Matthew 1:21). During the seventies, the jewish word Messiah, was often translated to the greek soter, savior, (Cornelius a Lapide).

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The Most Important Resolution for the New Year

Today is the second day of the New Year 2015. It is also the first Friday of the month, a great opportunity to consider the start of the devotion to the Sacred Hear of Jesus as He revealed it Himself to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.

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Why God Wanted to Become a Child

Why God wanted to become a Child and be conceived in a woman’s womb if He was able to take a male human body, just like He formed Adam’s body?

These were the reasons:

Love, Humility and Mortification.

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Teaching Prayer to Children in Their Formative Years

Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God. With this thought clearly before him, the religion teacher will realize that there is a great difference between teaching a child to pray and teaching a child its prayers. In the first instance we lead the child to raise his mind and heart to God to speak to God as one would speak intimately, lovingly, and confidently to one’s own father. In the second instance we place before the child definite forms which the Church has approved and which people have used through the ages to address God in a more formal manner.

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Let Nothing Disturb You.

We are living in a fast paced world full of trials and tribulations, and distractions. We have forgotten how to pause and relax; to reflect about the way we see the days pass. We flood and drown in worldly matters and usually leave what is really important for last.

Depression, Anxiety and Stress are the standard jargon nowadays and are causing many diseases, disorders of all kinds, and even death. It seems like Patience is an ancient word.

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The Pursuit of True Happiness – Part 2: It is a Choice

“One who is content with what one has is always happy.” – Chinese Proverb

Summarizing Part 1 of this article, we defined True Happiness as a supernatural and eternal value we come to possess after this earthly and temporary life. But we also mentioned that we can still be Happy in the process, every day of our life if we practice Gratitude and Charity, and even in the midst of suffering or under any other circumstances. Happiness, we said, is a choice that involves all of your spirit, your mind and your body. It is a conscious choice we are free to make every day of our life.

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