Catholic Medical Association: “Embers”, the FIRE Committee Newsletter, November 2018

November 2, 2018 4:14 pm
FIRE Committee Newsletter
November 2, 2018
This month opens with All Soul’s Day on November 2,  when we remember the souls of all the faithful departed with visits to cemeteries and praying novenas for our deceased loved ones. The week of November 4 is National Vocation Awareness Week. Never before have we been more aware of the need for holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, S.J. (Nov. 23), a priest executed in Mexico during the Cristero War, is a wonderful role model for priests. During the CMA’s pilgrimage to Mexico City in April, Fr. Gutowski celebrated Mass for us in Holy Family Church where the tomb of this priest-martyr resides.
Those called to marriage or the single life should also be striving each day to live out their vocations with growth in personal holiness. We suggest reciting the following prayer for our current and future priests:

  O my Jesus, I beg Thee on behalf of the whole Church: Grant her love and the light of Thy Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; Thou Thyself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Thy mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Thy mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for Thou canst do all things (1052).

Jesus, my most beloved, I beg Thee for the triumph of the Church, for blessings on the Holy Father, and on all the clergy; for the grace of conversion for impenitent sinners. And I ask Thee for a special blessing and for light, O Jesus, for the priests before whom I will make my confessions throughout my lifetime (240). 

We also would recommend saying the Chaplet of Reparation on your rosary.
Did you know there was an encyclical on the value of reparation written by Pope Pius XI in 1928? You can read it here.
The vocation of medicine is undergoing tremendous changes with many physicians reporting occupational burn-out. Read more about the reasons for physician.  Our suggestion this month to deal with this in your life is to spend some time each day listening to Gregorian Chant. You could start with listening to ChantThe Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos,  on your way to and from work. Also consider going to a daily Mass on your day off or Saturday morning. For a better appreciation of the Mass we suggest reading A Devotional Journey Into the Mass by Christopher Carstens.
Our first saint this month is St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Nov. 13), the youngest of 13 children and born two months early, she founded a religious order to assist the Italian immigrants coming to the U.S. in the early 20th century. She is the first American citizen to be canonized. 
St. Gertrude the Great’s feast day is Nov. 16. She was a German Benedictine nun and mystic in the 13th century who had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a special love for the holy souls in purgatory. This prayer was composed by her:
Eternal Father I offer you the most precious blood of your Divine Son Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
Lastly, November 25 marks the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar and is the Feast of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Pope Pius XI established this feast day in the liturgical calendar in 1925 to commemorate the close of the holy year dedicated to the 1600th anniversary of the Council of Nicea. You can read more about this here.
Please do not feel you have to do everything we suggest in the monthly EMBERS but please choose something extra to do this month leading up to Advent 2018.

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