By Fr. Simione Volavola, MSC (Pennsylvania Community – St. Joseph the Baptist – Ottsville, PA) Father Simi professed his first vows on February 20, 1995 and was ordained on January 27, 2001. He is working in Ottsville, Pennsylvania as Pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish.  “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my…

MARY, OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART “From the heart of your Son, our sole Mediator, obtain for us the grace best suited to us, for which in union with you we thank him. Amen.”          Almighty God, it is true that you know us better than we know ourselves. In your wisdom…

MARY, MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL”Help us . . . to do whatever he tells us.”          God, your Word teaches us that we can know if we are alive in your love by our observance of your commandments. Your Son’s love for you was demonstrated by his perfect obedience to your will…

MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS”Help us to live in his love…”          God, in your plan for us you did not intend salvation to be a momentary event. It is your will that we come to live a new life in your love. You willed that once we come to know you we…

MARY, MOTHER OF DIVINE GRACE “Lead everyone to the source of living water opened in the side of your Son and pouring forth for the life of the world hope and peace, mercy and salvation.”           Lord, we call your special love for us grace. In the water flowing from the…

MARY, VIRGIN MOST POWERFUL “Take into consideration our requests and our needs. . .”           God, through your Son, you taught us to pray and to call you our Father. Christ insisted that we should come to him, and through him to you, no matter what our need or trouble. We…

MARY, VIRGIN MOST VENERABLE “We praise you and we thank you.”           God, our Father, when we think of all that you have done for us and still do for us each moment, but especially when we consider the immense grace you have granted us in your Son, we are filled…

By Fr. Simione Volavola, MSC (St. John the Baptist Parish-Ottosville, PA) As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (John 13:34)             The gospel takes us back to the Last Supper. We see here something utterly new. God’s glory is being revealed in the loving of Judas and the first disciples…

MARY, OUR MOTHER           “Relying on Christ’s choice from the cross when he made you our Mother, we pray you speak for us now that you stand in his presence.”           Almighty God, it was your will that Christ be, in all things, the first man, the…

MARY, THE SERVANT OF THE LORD “. . . Our Father . . . has maintained you faithful, the servant of the Lord all the way to the cross.”         God, in your providence you decreed that all men should obey you and seek your will above all things. In becoming man…

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