Stella Maris

After attending the September twenty-first TX Tropical Trail Region outing in Rockport, Steven and I went in search of the chapel I’d discovered online a couple of years ago. 

Although we’d anticipated that Stella Maris might be closed on a Tuesday afternoon, we were disappointed nonetheless but perked up at the thought of returning for Mass, October 9th.

What a joy to hear Father Ralph’s stories about his first-class
St. Peregrine relic and the miracles God has performed!








Prayers to St. Peregrine

O God, in Saint Peregrine you gave us an outstanding example of faith and patience.  We humbly ask you that, by imitating him and by the help of his prayers, we may believe more fully in your healing help, bear the suffering of this life without wavering, and come with joy to the peace of heaven.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For strength and healing…  Loving and gracious God, in faith and trust we place ourselves before you.  Fill me with your healing love.  In St. Peregrine you have given the world an outstanding example of courage, faith, and hope in the midst of pain and affliction; and you showed your greatness and compassion by the miracle of his cure.

Now I ask you, through the intercession of St. Peregrine, to help me, your servant, to endure my illness with courage; and, if it be your will, to restore me to health.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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Contact information

St. Peregrine prayers are from Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551-0598.


Father Ralph’s homilies: 10 Oct 2010 / 22 Jan 2012 / 16 Sept 2012

Links of interest…  Fr. Ralph Jones (d. 2.13.18) / Franciscan Mission Associates…  Gratitude…  Relics…  Msgr. Rory Deane (d. 3.6.16)…  Signs, miracles, & worship…  St. Peregrine: about / articles (prayer card) / “cancer saint” / chaplet / feast / friends of / healing power / May 1st / novena / prayers (requests) / shrine…  Stella Maris: anniversary / facebook / history (more) / Lamar, TX / marker

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One prayer

Two Sundays in August and one in September, Father Frank, chaplain at Christus Spohn on Shoreline Drive, celebrated Mass with us during our parish priest’s absence.

Steven and I first met Father some years back at an all day pre-Cana class, so we delighted in his presence all over again not only because of his effervescent personality, but also because of his spiritual messages from the ambo.

One request

Father Frank’s prayers of the faithful touched my mind, heart, and soul.

Lord God, my life is in your hands.

We pray for any of us who are mentally or physically suffering or spiritually suffering that we may take the opportunity to see the face of God in each other, to find healing within our own families and within him, our Lord. We pray to the Lord.

Lord God, my life is in your hands.

I’m sure you have a lot of prayers, so let’s beg God for one prayer right now in this church. That one prayer that you want to beg God to hear, let’s have it in our thoughts and prayers at this time in silence. [Quiet pause.] We pray to the Lord.

Lord God, my life is in your hands.

Almighty God and Father, we ask you. Continue to hear all our concerns through Christ, our Lord.


One word

One name was all that I visualized and, within moments, I was so overcome with emotion that I burst into tears and couldn’t stop sobbing.

We’d just been down to Brownsville the day before, and my heart was heavy with longing for peace and harmony within our family. So, of course, Father’s one prayer addressed my heartfelt concerns.

Hopeful outcome

Five days later, changes began to take place through unexpected, last-minute events that required our being in Brownsville three Saturdays in a row.

By focusing on just one prayer, we now have hope— real hope— despite the seemingly overwhelming setbacks; and, amazingly, we’re experiencing peace of mind as the drama unfolds in God’s perfect time, without our assistance or our impatience.

Prayer of abandonment by Venerable Charles de Foucauld

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures— I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

Psalm 121: The Lord, my guardian

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.  From where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

God will not allow your foot to slip; your guardian does not sleep.  Truly, the guardian of Israel never slumbers nor sleeps.  The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.  By day the sun cannot harm you, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will guard you from all evil, will always guard your life.  The Lord will guard your coming and going both now and forever.

September 23, 2011

Virginia, a kindred spirit, shared these two promises from Ezequiel 34:

The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal [but the sleek and the strong I will destroy], shepherding them rightly (16). I will place them about my hill, sending rain in due season, rains that shall be a blessing to them (26).

August 17, 2012

“Pray for the grace” is an excerpt from The Ignatian Adventure (Kevin O’Brien, SJ; E-Magis).

Ignatian spirituality taps into our deepest desires. In them we can discern God’s noble desires for us.

Thus, at the beginning of each prayer period, Ignatius advises that we pray for a certain grace, or gift from God: “Ask God our Lord for what I want and desire” (SE 48).  Simply naming what we deeply desire opens us to receive the gift God wants to give us.  Moreover, praying for a grace helps us to notice when we actually receive that gift later on.  In this way, we realize that the grace is not of our own making but is the result of God’s generosity to us.  Finally, praying out of our desires grounds us in the present, keeping our prayer real.

June 5, 2013

Father, rather than asking, “Why me?” I want to thank you for your greatness and majesty today.  I want to entrust my burdens to your care, knowing that you have a perfect plan for my life (the Word among us, June 2013, p. 25).

October 4, 2014

“My longing for truth was a single prayer” (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; Edith Stein).

May 27, 2015

Divine hope is not like earthly hope.  The latter is subject to disappointment, for however strong our se­curity, it can either be realized or not realized.  Who is the fortunate person who has seen all his hopes fulfilled in this world?  But the theological virtue of hope is not subject to disappointment; it gives us the holy, invincible certainty that we shall obtain what God has promised (Luis M. Martinez, When God is silent).

June 5, 2015

When praying to God, we can only ask for God, since he is everything; and in giving himself, he gives us all.  In asking for him, we ask for all.  When we possess him, we can wish and ask for nothing more (Dom Augustin Guillerand, The Prayer of the Presence of God).

July 28, 2015

“It is our part to seek, his to grant what we ask; ours to make a beginning, his to bring it to completion; ours to offer what we can, his to finish what we cannot” (St. Jerome).

August 12, 2015

“Surrender yourself completely to the care and the everlasting love God has for you” (St. Jane Frances de Chantal).

September 18, 2015

God answers every prayer, but sometimes the answer is no.  And, if it is no, we’re better off— if we love God.  That’s why Jesus wants us to say, “Thy will be done” in the Our Father.  That is the sure way to happiness— the will of God (Fr. T. G. Morrow, Overcoming Sinful Anger).

January 29, 2016

When we’re anxious or distressed we question where Jesus is, even though we know he watches over us.  We want an immediate response, but we should take comfort in his lack of urgency.  That’s the surest sign that the situation isn’t as bad as it seems.  Calm my fears, Lord, and help me to trust in your protection (Patricia Russell).

February 28, 2017

Let nothing disturb you, nothing cause you fear.  All things pass; God is unchanging.  Patience obtains all.  Whoever has God needs nothing else; God alone suffices (St. Theresa of Avila in Saintly Solutions to Life’s Common Problems).

March 11, 2017

“Pray as if all depended on God; work as if all depended on self” (St. Ignatius of Loyola).

August 9, 2017

“My longing for truth was a single prayer” (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross).


Dominican St. Jude Shrine – St. Pius V Church – Chicago

Links of interest… Answer to prayers…  Come, pray the rosary (virtual: English & Spanish)…  Don’t give in to discouragement: Finding hope in the trials of life…  Lord, teach us how to pray: special prayers / birthday blessing…  Luis M. Martinez: about (more) / books (moretitles) / hope that banishes fear / When God is silent…  Martha & Mary: Learning not to worry…  Mary Page: Marian prayers / one’s special intentions / prayer corner…  Miracle prayer (Fr. Peter Mary Rookey; YouTube)…  Popular devotions…  Prayers: for the sick / of a grateful heart / twelve prayers to help you receive all the gifts God has for you…  Praying when you are at a loss for words…  Santos y vidas ejemplares…  Scriptural stations of the Cross (audio)…  Seeking signs…  Surrender novena: Let Jesus take care of everything…  Thomas Aquinas says these four things will ensure your prayer is answered…  Treasure of 3,569 prayers…  USCCB daily reflections…  Venerable Charles de Foucauld: about (more) / biography (more) / Little Brother Charles of Jesus / prayer (about) / spirituality

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Venerable Margaret

HolyInfant92310Early in September I searched for links to the Holy Infant of Prague and found one particularly interesting, since it offered the means through which one could request a relic of the Venerable Margaret.

Although I’d never heard of the Carmelite nun associated with the Holy Infant’s chaplet, I bookmarked the site, Devotions to the Child Jesus Around the World, before starting an email to Ana C, its webmaster.  Only I didn’t send the message right away.  I placed it in my draft folder instead and went off in octopus mode as usual.

For two weeks the “draft (1)” reminder on my Yahoo’s left sidebar beckoned until it screamed so loudly that I finally sent the email.

Within hours I received a response from Ana C, asking to confirm my mailing address.

My packet would be mailed from the Carmelite monastery in Australia, and I could hardly wait!

A week later

Surprise, surprise!  Even though I’d been expecting the packet, I’d never thought it’d arrive so quickly.  I was over the moon with joy that Sister had included a lovely note.

Carmelite Monastery – 591 Ballina Road
Goonellabah, NSW 2480 Australia

Praised be Jesus Christ!  Thank you.

I have enclosed a relic card of Little Margaret (as I call her).  The relic is on the Spanish card, but I have enclosed an English copy also.

I have also enclosed a chaplet of the Child Jesus that I made.  Please carry it with you.  Little Margaret is helping many people all over the world.

I have put your name under the Child Jesus and am burning a lamp for you daily and continuously, asking Little Margaret to help you and to intercede for all your intentions.

A detailed book on her life, entitled A Gem from the Diamond Mine, is available.

God bless you.

With love and prayers, gratefully in Jesus….


I emailed Ana C right away to thank her. 

Re: Requesting a relic card…
Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:46 PM 

What a glorious, extraordinary surprise to find a small packet in the mailbox this afternoon!

I had no idea who it was from until I turned it around and saw Australia on its back side.

WOW!!!!!!!!!  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  I was overjoyed!!!

It took just one week to receive more than I’d ever imagined.  Everything is just so beautiful.

I intend to write to Sister to thank her for the wonderful surprise!  She sent so much!!!  What a treasure-trove!

Thanks so much for posting the information on your website, as I wouldn’t have received my gifts had it not been for you.

God bless you infinitely much! 

The following day

Sister emailed, thanking me for the message that Ana C had forwarded to her; and a few days later, Ana replied.

Re: Requesting a relic card…
Monday, September 27, 2010 9:51 AM 

I am very happy you are pleased.  Actually, for about one year I was the one mailing out the relics that Sister would send me; but this year I don’t have the time to keep up with the numerous requests, so Sister is mailing them herself.

She is very generous.  She also offers objects for sale (beeswax candles, which she makes; and a book, A Gem from the Diamond Mine, which is the biography of Sister Margaret) to help raise funds for her convent and her ministry.  She wants to see Sister Margaret raised to the altar of the saints.

You may want to consider sending her a small donation, if this is within your means.  She will never ask for a donation, but I’m sure it can get costly mailing relics from Australia to the U.S.  It’s up to you and just a suggestion.

Thank you for your email about my site.

In the future I am planning to take a web developer course.  I have plans for my site to reach more people.  So far I have had visitors from many countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.  It has been a true blessing!

God bless you….

Since then Ana and I have emailed back and forth, and she made a couple of suggestions.

About Sister, maybe send her an email and ask her which way she would prefer to be contacted?  I’m not sure.  As for donations, I have sent her checks before; and she can cash them.  Just a thought, if anyone wants to send her any in the future. 

Days later

I emailed Sister.

Re: Relic card…
Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:03 PM 

Thank you so very much for your prayers!  They sure have made a difference!

Like you, I’m a devotee of the Holy Infant of Prague.  Isn’t he a darling child?!!

I have a question for you…  Since I want very much to share the packet with those who read my WordPress blog, I’m wondering if you’ll allow me to post your contact information.  This way, anyone interested in requesting a chaplet can do so.

Your monastery has a contact page, so I intend to include that link on my blog.  May I post the email address that accompanied your packet?

Again, thank you so very, very much for my wonderful, glorious surprise!  It’s a treasure-trove that I’ll cherish for a lifetime!

God bless you infinitely much! 

Sister responded.

Re: Relic card…
Saturday, October 2, 2010 4:38 AM 

Praised be the Holy Child Jesus!

Thank you, and I am happy that you have received my little parcel.

Our Lord has told us that, unless we become like little children, we will not enter heaven.

When I entered Carmel fifteen years ago, the first thing I remember being told was that, when we enter heaven, it will be the Child Jesus that will lead us in!  I owe my vocation to Him.  He is everything to me.

I would very much or, rather, He would like his bride Little Margaret to be known and bring honor and glory to his holy childhood.  A detailed book on her life, entitled A Gem from the Diamond Mine, is available.  I would like that book also to be known.

Gail Hodgson is the one who got the book reprinted and updated.  You can share the package on your blog, but please do not mention my name.  The email address is okay.

The Infant Jesus has promised to grant special graces, especially purity and innocence, to those who carry the chaplet with devotion, especially children who need it very much at this time. 

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.

May the Holy Child Jesus bless you and Steve and all your loved ones abundantly.

With lots of love and prayers,
Gratefully in the Child Jesus…

So, if anyone wishes to contact the Flower of Carmel Monastery, please keep Sister’s request in mind.

Venerable Margaret Parigot

The Infant Jesus deigned to make known his faithful servant, Venerable Sister Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, a Carmelite nun.  How pleasing this holy practice is to him.  He promised to grant special graces… above all, purity and innocence… to those who carry this chaplet with devotion and recite it in honor of the mysteries of his holy infancy.  Parents, do you wish to preserve the baptismal innocence of your children?  Inspire them with a tender devotion, calling on their divine model whom they should love and imitate (Carmel Monastery,
n. d.).


Little Margaret…  O divine Jesus, you deigned to manifest to Venerable Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament the mysteries of your holy childhood.  You revealed to her who you are and relived in her the phases of your life.  You filled her with the most precious graces.  We beg you, for the glory of your name and the extension of your reign in souls, to hasten the day of her beatification so that we may give fitting praise for her merits and virtues according to the designs of your divine wisdom and the accomplishment of your adorable will.  We therefore humbly ask you.  Amen.

Memorare to the Child Jesus…  Remember, O holy Child Jesus, that you have said to Venerable Sister Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament these words so full of consolation for our poor, burdened, and suffering humanity:

Draw from this divine heart.  Ask all that you desire through the merits of my holy childhood.  Nothing will be refused to you.

Full of confidence in you, O Jesus who are truth itself, we come to make known all our misery to you.  Help us to lead a holy life in order to attain a blessed eternity.  Grant us through the infinite merits of your incarnation and of your childhood, the graces of which we are most in need.  No, we shall not be deceived in our hope.  We abandon ourselves to you, O omnipotent God, that, in virtue of your divine promise, you will favorably receive and deign to grant our prayer.  Amen.


Venerable Margaret relic prayer card – Carmelite Monastery – Australia

Pdf file…  Child Jesus chaplet prayers

Links of interest…  Carmelitessaints / spirituality…  Catholic books & podcasts (free downloads)…  Child Jesus: chaplet (more) / devotion / history / little crown / petitions…  Cloistered communities: about / a day within the walls / want to pray for you…  Flower of Carmel (Goonellabah): contact / home / prayer…  Lessons from a monastery…  Quotes of St. Teresa…  September martyrs…  Sisters of Carmel…  Various rosaries & chaplets…  Venerable Margaret: 1619-1648 (Parigot) / about / biography / book (1892) / chaplet / religious order

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St. Jude novena

Today I received a beautiful pamphlet from the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus informing me of its scheduled novena.

The shrine has held an extra special place in my heart since January 2004, when I went there to pray for our baby granddaughter, Kylie, who’d been hospitalized for the second time since her birth, October 29, 2003.

If you have a special petition in mind, the Dominican shrine is a perfect place to frequent either online, through mailed requests, or in person.



March 1, 2011 

Besides its user-friendly website, the Dominican shrine, through its mailings, offers anointing oil, prayer candles, novenas, perpetual memberships, and so much more. 

For instance, we requested that a memorial candle be lit for Acacia-Darling, our oldest grandchild, and then received this lovely card.

Displayed atop the bookshelf next to my workspace, the card’s universal message is one of unconditional love and commitment, for “where there’s prayer, there’s hope” (Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus, n. d.).

May 6, 2011 

Father Robert at the shrine sent his St Jude prayer today.

“If you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you” (John 16:23).

With unbounded faith in the power and efficacy of the intercession of
St. Jude, you are urged to pray that God will grant you what He deems good for you. 

O loving and dear St. Jude, look aside from my unworthiness and look on to the mercy and love of Jesus.  Please take to God’s heart my prayerful intentions. 

St. Jude, my saintly protector, I promise that I will encourage others to seek your aid and that I will do all I can to tell others how great and good you are to those who need and implore your help.  With faith and with hope, I place myself in your hands.  Amen.

May 9, 2011

The shrine sent this healing prayer today.

Remember, the pain will pass.  Your brokenness will heal.  The sun will rise again in your soul.  Peace will come.  You will survive.

You are never alone.  God walks with you.  God holds you tenderly and close.  God’s grace will sustain you. 

You are loved.


May 27, 2011

Father Robert explains the solemn novena.

After the ascension of Jesus, the apostles returned… to an upper room [in Jerusalem] where “they all devoted themselves single-mindedly to prayer, along with some women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers”
(Acts 1:14).

The Catholic tradition of praying novenas has its roots in the earliest days of the Church.  Whether a novena is made solemnly in a particular church or shrine or in the privacy of one’s home, we never pray alone, for we are always united with the communion of saints when we pray.  It is not necessary to be physically present in order to enjoy and benefit from our solemn novena.  There is no limit to God’s presence, and prayer knows no limit in distance and time.  Therefore, the many “friends of St. Jude” scattered around the country can participate as partners in the novena….

May 28, 2011

Father Robert prays for our collective needs.

For those we love, for the needs of the world that it will be a better place in which to live, and for all people that they will have proper human conditions in which to live.

Let us pray.  

We thank you, Lord, for all the gifts you have given us this day… for the needs of all those in our Church who minister to us that they may lead holy lives… for world leaders that they may govern with integrity, safeguarding the rights of all persons, and provide for the needs of their people… for those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit that the healing touch of God will help them… and, particularly, for all caregivers, hospice workers, medical research people, and those who are terminally ill… and, finally, for those who have died that they might enjoy light, happiness and peace in the joy of heaven forever.  Amen.

September 30, 2011

Steven mailed my letter (part of a bound booklet) to Father Robert, OP at the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Chicago.

October 17, 2011

What a heartwarming response from Father Robert today!

April 29, 2012

This chilly Sunday morning, Steven and I attended nine-thirty Spanish Mass in South Chicago. 

What joy for me to finally return there!  What an unexpected realization to discover that the St. Jude shrine is actually part of St. Pius V Church.  What an incredible experience for us to celebrate Mass so uniquely.

One of the highlights was seeing Acacia-Darling’s green candle among so many within St. Jude’s shrine.  How heartwarming to know that she’s in St. Jude’s care!  But the singular most amazing discovery was finding what I’d missed during my brief first visit there— St. Jude’s first-class relic!

November 29, 2015

“I have never gone out to mingle with the world without losing something of myself”
(St. Albert the Great).



Links of interest…  Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus…  OP Central: Bridge between Sundays & videos…  Pope to Dominicans: Your good works give glory to God…  St. Jude: chaplet (photo) / novenas (in Spanish, too) / prayers

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Corpus Christi…  Sweet Jesus