LEAVES Website for July-August 2020 Issue

Excerpted from “Leaflets” column:

        In the next few months Mariannhill celebrates feasts that are special to our congregation. July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict, a sixth century abbot who is considered the Father of Western Monasticism. The Rule of St. Benedict, a guideline for monks living in community, a model for monastic life, can be summed up: pax (peace) and ora et labora (pray and work).

On July 26 we celebrate St. Anne, the secondary patroness of the Mariannhill congregation, followed by the patronal feast of our congregation on Sept. 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Just as we take time out of our daily routine with special devotions to acknowledge these days, so too do we encourage our LEAVES family to investigate and celebrate their own patrons.

Were you named for a saint? Is your middle name one that refers to a saint? How about your profession? Is there a patron saint for the work that you do? Are you a teacher or a healthcare worker? What about your station in life? There are patron saints for grandparents, parents and children and for those who are married and those who are single.

Certain places have patron saints, even countries do. Parish churches and dioceses have patron saints. Of course, shrines and other places of worship likely have a patron associated with them; some are obvious and others might take some investigation.

Look into the many patron saints connected to you. Check out their biographies. Learn about their special charisms and gifts. Find a prayer they prayed or one that is prayed to them and memorize it. Pray that prayer for nine days in a row, making a novena of prayer.

As we ask for the intercession of these holy patrons, let us remember to offer prayers of thanksgiving for what they have done to build up the kingdom of God here on earth and in heaven. The influence of our dear saints reaches far and wide throughout the ages. There are no borders of time or space that contain them.

We, the Mariannhill Missionaries, offer prayers of sincerest thanksgiving to our patrons, Our Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Anne. We are profoundly grateful for their continuing intercession on our behalf and on behalf of all our friends, especially our dear LEAVES family.

       July provides us with feasts particular to us here in North America: July 14 is the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, July 18 celebrates St. Camillus de Lellis and on July 30 we remember Bl. Solanus Casey.

Numerous miracles have been associated with St. Kateri (1656-1680), who was known as the “Lily of the Mohawks.” Well-known for spending her days in prayer and in caring for the sick and elderly, she was the first Native American recognized as a saint and is the patron of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.

St. Camillus de Lellis was born in the 16th century. Having a diseased leg and overcoming an addiction to gambling, he founded a congregation to care for the sick in Rome. His confreres even cared for those who were stricken with the plague and soldiers in battle. He is patron of hospitals, nurses and the sick.

Bl. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar (1870-1957), was believed to have the gifts of healing and prophecy; his prayers were powerful. He was known to have said: “I have two loves: the sick and the poor.” Known as a holy man, Bl. Solanus demonstrated that true holiness was not simply a goal, but was actually achievable.

A common denominator of all three of the holy ones mentioned above is their love and care for the sick and suffering. We know too that Jesus extended His compassion and love to those who suffered. This should serve to put us all on notice that we must do what we can to assist the sick.

Distance may prevent us from physically helping suffering members of our family and community, but our prayers can certainly traverse both time and space for the benefit of those who are ill. We must keep in mind that sometimes there is no overt evidence of suffering, particularly for those who have mental and emotional challenges. These sometimes can result in greater pain than a broken body.

If we are fortunate enough that we do not know someone personally who suffers, petitioning on behalf of the one most in need of healing will be a tremendous kindness to a suffering soul. No name is necessary as the Lord will provide it. We need only a sincere heart.

So, let us all make it a habit to daily remember the sick and suffering, especially those in our families and in the LEAVES family. St. Kateri, St. Camillus and Bl. Solanus, please heal and comfort all those in need.

May God grant you abundant blessings always – Fr. Thomas Heier, C.M.M.

Excerpted from “Our Family Album”:

Daily Thanks for Blessings

I want to thank the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Ss. Jude, Joseph, Anne, Therese, Anthony, Mother Seton and all the angels and saints in heaven. I cut out prayers from the newspaper and they give me comfort.

My mother received LEAVES, and when I got married, I ordered it. I am now 86 years old and still look for the magazine every other month. I live with congestive heart failure. My husband died of cancer in 2012. We were married for 57 years and had six children, two boys and four girls. I have 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

I thank the good Lord every day He lets me live longer. I thank God for all the blessings He gives me. I have aches and pains, but I thank God that they are bearable. Please pray for my children. They all have health problems. All are married, except one who is divorced, but he and his wife are friendly. Neither one remarried. Please pray for my granddaughter who is on drugs and has four children. She needs help.

I thank God every day for all the blessings He has given me. I leave everything in His hands. Please pray for me – Maddy S.

nfant Jesus
Is “Our Friend”

I made a promise to the Infant Jesus of Prague to send a letter. I wrote previously about answered prayers for our grandson Tyler who had his fourth heart surgery and our son who had brain tumor surgery. Many years ago I wrote to LEAVES about the Infant Jesus of Prague. I thought it would be great to again introduce the Infant Jesus to all who read LEAVES. My promise was that I would try to bring Him to the readers again.

For many years the Infant Jesus has been there for our family, answering our prayers. I met Him when I was 12 years old when my mother bought me a gorgeous statue of Him. He has brought us through extended family illnesses and through worry of my mother getting cancer and recovering and then through my mother getting Alzheimer’s.

A few times there was the possibility that I might have cancer, and in answer to prayers there was no cancer. My husband retired from the Air Force and he had the protection of the Infant Jesus for those 20 years in the military.

When our children were born, they both were healthy and I attribute that to the Infant Jesus. After all the answered prayers through the years we have come to call the Infant Jesus “Our Friend”! We have set up a statue of Him on our living room wall and a much larger statue of Him in front of our house, which was from a promise made that my husband would be safe in the military.

So, here we are in recent times. Our grandson had his fourth heart surgery. The first one was at birth and he is only 22 months now. “Our Friend” saw him through each surgery with His protection. We are a family with a strong faith and a special friend added our grandson to a prayer chain, as she did for our son.

After our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Infant Jesus helped us through. Our son is recovering well from surgery, and with time and therapy he will get his strength back on his left side, which was weak from the tumor.

Today my husband found out there were some concerns with his spine and back pains from which he has suffered for 20 years. We are hoping for something to relieve the pain. We have complete faith that, any trials we have in the future, the Infant Jesus will be there right alongside us. BECAUSE HE IS OUR FRIEND!

We mainly put our faith in the Infant Jesus, but we also trusted prayers to St. Theresa (after whom our daughter is named) and recently started praying to Padre Pio. May God and the Infant Jesus of Prague bless you – Mrs. Dorothy B.

Recovery Through the
Intercession of St. Therese

In 1954, the year before the Salk Vaccine was developed for polio, when Gina’s mom was pregnant with her fifth child, she came down with polio in the severest form. She was paralyzed.

Her family prayed for the intercession of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. They prayed earnestly because her mother, as well as her unborn baby, faced death. After many months she returned home and gave birth to a son. She gave birth to three more children later and died in 2011. She had a good life. 

Thank you, God and St. Therese, for your intercession — Name Withheld.

Excerpted from Blessed Engelmar Testimonies:

A Life of
Blessed Engelmar

There is now available a booklet of the life of Blessed Engelmar Unzeitig, C.M.M. You may receive a free copy of it by sending a stamped (postage for one ounce), self-addressed envelope to us at: LEAVES, P.O. Box 87, Dearborn, MI 48121-0087.

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I had been praying to Bl. Engelmar Unzeitig for my granddaughter to pass her tests and state boards, as she was taking courses to become a physician’s assistant. She did pass her tests and state boards. Then I began to pray that she would get a good job as a physician’s assistant and she just recently obtained a good position. I am very grateful to Bl. Engelmar for answering my prayers. I am sending this letter because I feel my prayers were answered through the intercession of Bl. Engelmar – Beverly L.

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I thank you for all the years I have received LEAVES. I am an 83-year-old married grandmother. My husband and I were married in St. Pius R.C. Church in 1957. I enjoy every issue of the magazine and thank you for your efforts in publishing it. I now have a prayer request for myself: for relief from the asthma attacks that have occurred for the past two weeks, after years of it being under control. The breathing treatments and other medications only last a few hours at most. I also request prayer for some relief for my brother’s Parkinson’s Disease, which has very sadly progressed very quickly, and he fights help when offered. I ask prayers to Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig for my petitions and pray to God my prayers will be answered – Eleanor S.

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I made the novena to Fr. Engelmar and he answered my prayers. Someone owed me money for quite a while and kept promising to pay it back, but neglected to do so. I made the novena and today received a phone call that my money will be sent to me. Thanks – R.F.

Novena in Honor of
Abbot Francis Pfanner

Abbot Francis Pfanner founded Mariannhill Monastery, and 111 years ago its monks became the Congregation of Missionaries of Mariannhill. He was not only a great missionary, but also a holy man. The cause for his beatification has begun. We have available a novena in his honor and will send you a free copy of it when you send a stamped (postage for one ounce), self-addressed envelope to us at: LEAVES, P.O. Box 87, Dearborn, MI 48121-0087.

Daily Prayer for the Dying

O most merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray, by the agony of your Most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of your Immaculate Mother, cleanse in your Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their final agony and are to die this day. Amen.

Prayer for a Reunion

Lord, bless our family, all of us now together, those far away and those who have gone back to you. May we know joy and may we bear our sorrows in patience. Let us be grateful for one another.

God of all goodness, through the breaking of bread together you strengthen the bonds that unite us. Bless us and these, your gifts. Grant that, as we sit together at table in gladness and sincerity, we may grow always closer to one another and to you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to
St. Clare of Assisi

O glorious St. Clare!

God has given you the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress; we beseech you, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and for the good of our souls.

St. Clare, pray for us. Amen.

Words of Wisdom
From Pope Francis

“Care for the environment is always a social concern as well. Let us hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (4-30-19).

By Margaret Larrivee

Take me in Your arms of love,
press me to Your tender breast,
immerse me in Your Sacred Heart
where I long to take my rest.

Speak to me and tell me
of the love that never dies.
I long to see the splendor
that shines from my Savior’s eyes.

I yearn to give You thanks and praise
for all You’ve done for me,
to walk with You, and talk with You,
close to You forever be.

My days are quickly passing
one by one upon the earth,
drawing me closer ever closer
to my final glorious birth.

Welcome Home
By Bernice Laux

I was seeking something,
something I knew not what,
so then I tried to find what
I earnestly had sought.

I know that only God
could fill the empty heart.

Our very being lies in Him;
from Him we should not part.

For all that mirrors life
from God is ever in His care.
Everything that man can be
You, my God, are present there.

In heart, soul and body
we long to be united
with the God we do not see,
and everything is righted.

Heaven is the only place
we can really call our home,
where God with outstretched arms
will say, “Dear one, welcome home.”

By Margaret Peterson

My thoughts flow lightly under God’s;
New sentiments come stealing.
I all at once am glad for hurts
So I may know His healing.

Beautiful Roses
© By Cecilia Edwards-Stacey

Beautiful roses grow in heaven’s garden,
Down to earth for us they will fall.
The thorns and the teardrops, they no longer matter,
For the beautiful roses make up for it all.

Wishes and miracles, a symbol of love,
A gift of great beauty sent from above,
A rose is so precious, so fragile and fair,
A message that God has answered your prayer.

God gives us crosses mixed with blessings
But He gives us courage to conquer our fears.
Along with the sunshine, you will see rainbows;
He sends only crosses He knows you can bear.

Beautiful roses I grow in my garden,
They still need God’s sun and showers to grow.
The most beautiful thing in all creation,
Only God’s greatness can match that of the rose.

Beautiful roses grow in heaven’s garden,
Down to earth for us they will fall.
The thorns and the teardrops they no longer matter
For the beautiful roses make up for it all.
God’s beautiful roses make up for it all.