President’s Friday Message Nov. 5
Today is is the first Friday of the month. Let us take a moment today and reflect in prayer and adoration on the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
It is appropriate that this week’s virtue theme is Love for God. God so loved us that He sent His Son to save and redeem our fallen nature. God loves each of us and asks only that we love Him in return.
THE GOLDEN ARROW PRAYER
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of
God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored
and glorified in Heaven, on earth, and under the
earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the
Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the
Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
The Golden Arrow is an important prayer that Jesus gave to
Sister Mary of St. Peter, a Carmelite nun in France, in August
of 1843. Sister Mary called it “an Act of Praise that our Lord
Himself dictated to me, notwithstanding my unworthiness, for
the reparation of Blasphemy against His Holy Name.”
The virtue of Love for God, or Charity, is a gift
from God, placed or infused in our souls at
Baptism, that gives us the strength to love the
Lord Our God as the sovereign good, and purely
for His own sake.
How do we grow this virtue of
LOVE FOR GOD?
Reflect on Gods truth, goodness and beauty.
Reading and contemplating the
sufferings of Jesus.
Be grateful for all the gifts God has given you.
Love is the most powerful motivator.
Love gives us the WHY we should
live a virtuous life.
Love enables us to embrace sufferings and
difficulties with peace.
Love brings joy and true happiness.
God created us to know Him, to love Him, and to
serve Him in this world, and to be happy with
Him forever in HEAVEN in the next.
The virtue of LOVE FOR GOD is a necessary
strength which will help us achieve that goal.
Visit a Catholic cemetery with your family and pray for
your deceased loved ones and the poor souls in
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in
is granted to the faithful who,
on any and each day from November 1 to 8,
devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for
Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux
perpetua luceat ei (eis).
Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light
shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace Amen
Every day, take a short moment, to
reflect, pray and thank God for all of
the physical and spiritual blessings
He has given you throughout your life.
Visit a Catholic cemetery together as
a family and pray for your deceased
loved ones and the poor souls in
ALL SAINTS’ AND ALL SOULS’ DAY:
All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the
Catholic Church celebrated annually on
November 1. The day is dedicated to the
saints of the Church, that is, all those who
have attained heaven.
It should not be confused with All Souls’
Day, which is observed on November 2,
and is dedicated to those who have died
and not yet reached heaven.
Mark 12: 28-31
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked
him, “Which is the first of all the
Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind, and with all your
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.’ There is no other commandment
greater than these.”
“The smallest thing
when done for the love of God
– St. Teresa of Jesus
The opposing vice
THE WEAKNESS TO HAVE NO INTEREST IN GOD, HIS CHURCH
OR THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOUL.
STEPS TO CONQUER INDIFFERENCE
•Prayer. Ask God and our Blessed Mother to
help you overcome the different aspects of
indifference in your life.
•Go to Mass every Sunday. No excuses.
Excuses BUILD indifference.
•When you go before the Blessed Sacrament in
a chapel or church, make a good, reverent,
slow genuflection. This unique action helps us
to focus on God.
•Thank God for something every day.
•Ask others how they are and really mean it.
When we take a genuine interest in others that
weakens the tendency to be indifferent.
I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that
you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Revelation 3: 15-17
ACT OF LOVE
O my God, I love Thee above all things with my whole heart and
soul, because Thou art all good and worthy of all love.
I love my neighbor as myself for love of Thee.
I forgive all who have injured me, and I ask pardon for all whom
I have injured.
A special thank y0u to all veterans. November 11 is Veteran’s Day and without their sacrifices we would not have the country we have today. Thank you for your service, thank you to the families of those who served.
In Christ’s Peace
Assumption Catholic Schools