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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Angela was born in 1248 of a prominent family in Foligno, three leagues from Assisi. As a young woman, and also as a wife and mother, she lived only for the world and its vain pleasures. But the grace of God intended to make of her a vessel of election for the comfort and salvation of many. A ray of the divine mercy touched her soul and so strongly affected her as to ring about a conversion.
During the process of conversion God hearkened to the earnest desire of the penitent: her mother died, then her husband, and soon afterwards all her children. These tragic events were very painful to her; but she made the sacrifice with resignation to the will of God. Being freed from these ties, she dispossessed herself of all her temporal goods with the consent of her confessor, so that being poor herself, she might walk in the footsteps of her poor Savior. She also entered the Third Order of St. Francis, probably in 1291.
Angela became still more immersed in the contemplation of the Passion of Christ, and she chose the Sorrowful Mother and the faithful disciple John as her patrons. The sight of the wounds which the Lord suffered for her sins urged her to the practice of still greater austerities. Once our Lord showed her that His Heart is a safe refuge in all the storms of life. She was soon to be in need of such a refuge because God permitted her to be afflicted with severe temptations. The most horrible and loathsome representations distressed her soul, and the fire of concupiscence raged so furiously. These painful trials lasted over two years; but then the purified and tried servant of the Lord was filled with great consolations. She obtained a marvelous insight into divine things and was very frequently found in ecstacy. For many years Holy Communion was her only food, until at last, completely purified, she entered into the eternal joy of the Supreme Good on January 4, 1309.
Pope Innocent XII approved the continual devotion paid to her at her tomb in Foligno. He beatified her in 1693. Pope Francis canonized her on 9 October 2013.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You sweetness of hearts and light of the inhabitants of heaven, who did refresh Saint Angela, Your servant, with a marvelous insight into heavenly things, grant us through her merits and intercession so to know You upon earth, that we may found worthy to rejoice in the vision of Your glory in heaven. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 4 January 2018
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Prayer to Saint Lucy
Years ago I was in the middle of a car accident that caused many lacerations on my face including my left eye. After two eye surgeries I was yet blind with ten sutures in the shape of a 'V' in my left eye. I got used to living with one eye which I had full vision of.
Years later I was shocked when I found that my right eye was developing a Pterygium. I was told that the Pterygium could grow towards the centre of the eye and if it did, I would lose that eye.
Although surgery was an option, the eye surgeon was hesitant due to the risks. Because I was already blind in my left eye, he said that it was too risky. Cornea replacement in the left eye was another option, but I did not have the funds. It cost a fortune.
In desperation, I prayed and it was during that time that I found the prayer to Saint Lucy.
Initially, I could not see anything through my left eye. But gradually, I began to see light. Then blurry shapes, colours and moving objects. Yet I cannot read with my left eye. However, if a printed page is brought very close to my face, I am able to now see blurry letters. I believe that God through the intercession of Saint Lucy has begun His healing process.
I know that God can heal me in an instant, but I trust that God has good reasons which I don't understand for taking His time. I believe that in God's time I would be healed. I also know that Saint Lucy is praying for me, more for the healing of my soul.
Saint Lucy is well known as the patron saint for eyes. December 13th is the feast day of Saint Lucy and providentially, it was on that day that I found the prayer to Saint Lucy.
I believe that through Saint Lucy’s intervention, in God's time, God will heal me.
Prayer to Saint Lucy
Whose beautiful name signifies 'LIGHT'
by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you
increase and preserve His light in my soul
so that I may avoid evil,
Be zealous in the performance of good works
and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and
the darkness of evil and sin.
Obtain for me, by your intercession with God
Perfect vision for my bodily eyes
and the grace to use them for God’s greater honour and glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr
hear my prayers and obtain my petitions.
Amen.I also used the Prayer to Saint Lucy to pray for my friend Sue, who was going through an eye surgery. Sue too was in a similar situation, who lived with just one good eye. She then lost vision in that eye. I asked St Lucy to intercede on behalf of her and we together prayed a novena to St Lucy.
A few months later Sue told me that she had completely recovered from the surgery and regained the full vision in that eye.
In gratitude, I created this webpage, Prayer to Saint Lucy in honour of this zealous saint of God. She is a virgin and martyr. Given below is a link to the life story of St Lucy.
Although, there are many different prayers to St Lucy, the above is my favourite prayer to Saint Lucy. Some invoke Saint Lucy’s prayers for woman with bleeding problems. The reason being, that her mother was healed through St Lucy’s faith and intervention.
I encourage young people to pray to St Lucy at times they are bullied, laughed at or mocked for their faith. This type of persecution happens at schools, universities, work places and even in their own homes. Saint Lucy stood strong in her faith and she will definitely pray for you for courage and joy.
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