LEAVES Website for the Sep-Oct 2018 Issue
Excerpted from “Leaflets” column:
Most of us encounter moments when we are earnestly trying to pray, but distractions keep leading us astray from our best intentions. Noises out of our control, movements of others, perhaps even sunshine one minute and clouds the next can assist the mind in wandering. What is a person to do?
Some people find it helpful to repeatedly say one word over and over that brings the focus back to the Lord. Words such as faith, love, peace, hope and mercy call to mind God’s exquisite nature. When you think of the Lord in your heart, what attribute comes through first and foremost? Whatever it is, use that word.
Another way to find a word on which to meditate is to determine what it is that you want to say to the Lord. Do you want comfort, support, guidance, aid? Before praying for help, focus for a few moments on the word that most identifies your need.
As in all prayerful situations we must acknowledge our appreciation for gifts we have received. Repeating words such as thanksgiving, gratitude, blessing and thankfulness can support our efforts to center our thoughts upon the Lord. When our hearts and minds are open, we are better able to offer our genuine and loving prayers of thanks.
The Rosary can be a meditative prayer to many. Repeating the Hail Mary over and over again can help us to more readily focus on the subject of a particular set of Mysteries. If you are experiencing difficulties or pain, praying the Sorrowful or Luminous Mysteries might be helpful. Happy celebrations could be heightened by praying the Joyful or Glorious Mysteries.
Remember that October is the Month of the Rosary. Although the Rosary bears much spiritual fruit any time of the year, we would do well to add another session with this fruitful prayer during October.
You may pray any set of Mysteries on any day of the week. However, if you wish to have a bit more structure in your prayer life, here is a traditional schedule for the Mysteries: The Joyful Mysteries on Mondays and Saturdays; The Luminous Mysteries on Thursdays; The Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays; and The Glorious Mysteries on Wednesdays and Sundays. That said, feel free to choose whatever days work best for you for any of the Mysteries.
There are those who pray all of the Mysteries of the Rosary each day. Doing so will lead you through all the major events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. What better concentration on prayer could you have?
Let us all make an effort to incorporate the Rosary into our regular prayer routine. For those who already do so, perhaps you might encourage family members or friends to pray the Rosary, either with you or alone. With the speakers on today’s cellphones joint prayer is possible and easy, no matter how far apart people may be.
Let our voices ring out: “Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”
The Holy Father’s Apostleship of Prayer Intentions for October is: “That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.” The ever-present ministry of Mariannhill has been to reach out to the needy in far-flung places. What we value is not wealth and privilege, but rather reaching the souls of everyone, both the humble and the strong.
While on earth the Lord did not associate with kings and queens. He embraced the unfortunate and lowly. While the world may have shunned those who looked less-than-desirable outwardly, Jesus held out His hands and His heart to these dear ones.
We are called to follow the example of the Lord. Too often society ignores the underprivileged, deeming them too insignificant for attention. It is then that we must use our hands and raise our voices on their behalf.
Love thy neighbor does not simply refer to the person who lives next-door to us. Rather, our neighbor is the unwashed man begging for change outside the local coffee shop. Our neighbor is the single, young mother struggling to raise her small children on minimum wages. The lonely, elderly person who cannot afford much-needed medicine is also our neighbor.
Let us reach out with voices and deeds to those less-fortunate. Let us be their champion. As Jesus admonished His disciples: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Lk 6:20). May God grant you abundant blessings always - Fr. Thomas Heier, C.M.M.
Excerpted from “Our Family Album”:
A Protestant & the
My neighbor, Audrey, paid me a visit, telling of her deep desire to have a grandchild. She was a believer in prayer, but she was not granted her request yet. Upon leaving my home, she mentioned the fact that she felt certain that her daughter would conceive.
A few weeks went by and, as I prayed, the inspiration came to me that I should not be alone in prayer for this intention and that, if my Protestant friends would place a Miraculous Medal on their person, our Lady would be instrumental in granting them a beautiful baby.
It took me awhile to deliver the message to Audrey for I had to recover from shyness, and the thought of her rejecting our Lady’s medal consumed me. In the meantime, a long-time friend’s young daughter was diagnosed with cancer. My friend asked for my medals.
After giving my friend the medals, I confidently went to Audrey and gave her four Miraculous Medals. Audrey, her daughter and husband, and the infant that she would conceive needed to be within the shelter of our Lady’s arms by wearing these medals. Fortunately, while Audrey listened to the events surrounding our Lady’s apparition, she was emotionally and firmly convinced of their power.
To watch our Lady’s grace touch Audrey was truly a marvelous gift. If our LEAVES readers would say a prayer, perhaps the blessed conception of this child will be honored soon - Andrea R.
St. Therese Appears
At age 21 I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and six years later it had spread to my central nervous system. My friend gave me the Novena Rose Prayer and I recited it daily in the days before my spinal tap.
I had two visions of St. Therese in my dreams. In one she was seated in a rocking chair and there was one red rose by her feet. In the second dream she was walking towards me carrying a bundle of red roses.
My spinal tap went well and I am being controlled with medications. I became very scared that St. Therese chose to come to me so readily and that I was not worthy. The nuns at my college agreed that they were indeed visions and said that I had them so quickly because I was praying for other people as well as myself.
Now I have returned to share my message of St. Therese. Thank you for coming unto me. I will never forget - Name Withheld.
Excerpted from Blessed Engelmar Testimonies:
A Life of
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.
I had been praying for my daughter to receive a job offer. No luck, so I turned to Fr. Engelmar’s novena. After praying it twice, my daughter received a job. Currently it is a temporary situation, but it has the possibility of becoming permanent. I continue to pray that it will happen. In the meantime, I am grateful for Fr. Engelmar’s intercession - P.A.D.
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I have been praying to many dear heavenly friends for some very urgent needs. I want to offer my donation ahead of time in thanksgiving to all of them, especially to Bl. Engelmar for his prayers for our family and for LEAVES. With thankful praise - Theresa R.U.
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Some years ago I came down with a condition known as blastocystis. Many doctors do not even know about it or think it is a joke. It is real and very unpleasant. It is untreatable and incurable! But it does not kill you.
At first it happened a time or two a month and after three or four years it was every other day. I missed a number of Sunday and Holy Day Masses because of it. I prayed and made a number of novenas. Finally, I prayed the novena to Fr. Engelmar. The last day of the novena I had one of worst cases of this disorder and then none for six months. Now for about four years I have had none.
I believe I was granted a favor from Fr. Engelmar. It is interesting that I have had 15-20 surgeries in my life, three bouts with cancer, open-heart surgery, a pacemaker put in and some other serious things. I was supposed to die with cancer 41 years ago. I am 87 years old and wonder why. Anyhow, I make and give away hundreds of crosses - Jim B.
Novena in Honor of
Abbot Francis Pfanner
Abbot Francis Pfanner founded Mariannhill Monastery, and 109 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.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary …
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary …
V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary …
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Truth
O Lord, give to your people, we pray you, the Spirit of Truth and of Peace, that they may know you with all their minds; and that, following with all their hearts after those things which are pleasing to you, they ever may possess the Gifts of your Bountiful Goodness. Amen.
By Doris T. Cameron
There are legions of angels -
All I’m sure very fine -
But the one dear to my heart
Is the one that is mine.
He is my daily companion
Leading along a holy way.
If I should start to wander,
He guards lest I stray.
I take strength from knowing
My angel is constantly beside
This frail human person
As a steadfast light and guide.
God in heaven is watchful
And as loving as can be.
In His kindness He has given
Guardian angels to you and to me.
Now Is the Time
By Bernice Laux
Don’t put off, oh, don’t delay
some kindly deed you wish to do.
Tomorrow may not come, you see,
now’s the time God gives to you.
Speak the love that’s in your heart.
Love, forgive and dry a tear
from eyes that now you see
while on earth you still are here.
Don’t put off, oh, don’t delay
to say kind words to make one glad,
some lonely heart to please
and never have to say, I wish I had!
The Glory of the Year
By Margaret Peterson
Autumn holds a loveliness
That is a culmination
Of all that the leaves once promised
In green anticipation.
Splendor fills the forest!
Leafy golds and scarlet red
Vie with leaves of brightest orange;
All the green has fled.
Is this an indication
Of the beauty we will see
When walking on the streets of gold
In Godly harmony?
By Sr. Marcella LaKoske, OP
Try to be a peaceful person
Amidst life’s strife and trials.
If you daily walk with God,
He will give you help to walk the miles.
The storm on the lake did not bring peace,
and the Apostles were filled with fear.
The ghost they saw walking on the water towards them
wasn’t recognized ’til He came near.
“It is Jesus!” they called out,
as well as a plea to save them.
His very words, “Do not be afraid,”
Brought peace to stouthearted men.
The water and the waves subsided
as peace descended on the lake.
They welcomed the Master into the boat
where love and peace resounded for their sake.