Friday, February 15, 2008

Saint of the Day: St.Claude de la Colombiere

This was the brilliant and saintly priest of the Society of Jesus who was the spiritual director and complete support of Saint Margaret Mary in establishing devotion to the Sacred heart of Jesus. He died eight years before Saint Margaret Mary, when he was only forty-one years old, but he let her know how pleasing to God was her work, to propagate devotion to the Sacred Heart, and also told her how welcome she would be in Heaven. In one of the apparitions of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary, Our Lord referred to Blessed Claude de la Colombiere as "My faithful servant and perfect friend." (Via St. Michael Center.)

Despair Prayer (Prayer for God's Mercy and Pardon for Sin)

Lord, I am in this world to show Your mercy to others. Other people will glorify You by making visible the power of Your grace by their fidelity and constancy to You. For my part I will glorify You by making known how good You are to sinners, that Your mercy is boundless and that no sinner no matter how great his offences should have reason to despair of pardon. If I have grievously offended You, My Redeemer, let me not offend You even more by thinking that You are not kind enough to pardon Me. Amen.

~Saint Claude de la Colombiere