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Missionaries of Mercy


Jesus I Trust in You!



Witnessing to Divine Mercy in word, deed and sacrament for the salvation of souls

through serving the neediest of the needy affected by man-made and natural disasters

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has

embraced all continents,all people in prayer.”

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 1-15, 2016

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General Rosary Intention: That the Father in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Mercy, may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Moses the Black, the Patron Saint of Africa, may come to the aid of those affected by rebel machete attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Rebel Machete Attacks  Map of Democratic Republic of the Congo Extract from Scores ‘hacked to death’ in machete attack in DR Congo: “At least 64 people have been killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an attack carried out by suspected rebels. Nyonyi Bwanakawa, the mayor of Beni in North Kivu, told Al Jazeera the attack on Saturday night happened in the town’s Rwangoma district. DRC troops and local officials recovered 64 bodies, but the number could rise as the search was still going on, Bwanakawa said on Sunday. Other officials said the death toll was closer to 75. DRC army spokesman Mak Hazukay also confirmed to AFP news agency that bodies have been recovered in Rwangoma.Reports said the victims were “hacked to death”. See also: Ugandan rebels accused of massacring dozens of villagers in DR Congo.

Saint Moses the Black: Patron Saint of Africa (Feast Date: August 28) Extract from Life of St. Moses the Black: “One of the more exciting of the early monks in the period of desert Christian monasticism was a Black African (Nubian) now honored as St. Moses the Black. The Lausiac History of Palladius is the main historical source for his life. There is also an account found in the “Bibliotheca Sanctorum” by J. W. Sauget, and approximately 49 apophthegmata found in “The Desert Christian” by Sr. Benedicta Ward. The life of Moses is well documented. He had been a slave of a government official in Egypt who discharged him for theft and suspected murder. He became the leader of a gang of bandits who roamed the Nile Valley and had the reputation for being associated with terror and violence. Moses was a large and imposing figure; he became rather notorious for his escapades. . . . On one occasion, when he sought to hide from local authorities, he took shelter with some monks in a monastic colony in Skete in the western desert near Alexandria. The dedication of their lives and their peace and contentment seem to have influenced him deeply. Eventually, he gave up his old way of life and became a monk himself. The conversion of Moses was not instantaneous, he had a rather difficult time adjusting to regular monastic discipline. His flair for adventure remained with him. Once, while living in a small cell, he was attacked by four robbers. Much to their surprise, Moses fought and overpowered them, tied them together and dragged them to the chapel where the other monks were praying. He dumped the crew in front of the other monks and exclaimed that he did not think it ‘Christian’ to hurt the intruders. He asked what he should do with them. According to tradition, the overwhelmed robbers repented, were converted, and themselves became monks under the influence of Moses.”  See PICTURES of Saint Moses the Black. Saint Moses the Black.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Teresa of Avila, the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by golden staff infection in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: Golden Staff Infection Map of Oceania Extract from Parents warned on golden staph symptoms: “The first sign in your child might be a skin infection, fever or a wound that won’t heal. Or maybe one of their joints or bones – a knee or elbow, perhaps – is persistently sore. If you observe any of these things, particularly in combination, your child might have a golden staph infection that has got into their blood. Hundreds of children are going to hospital with golden staph infections in their blood each year. About 350 Australian children are going to hospitals with potentially fatal golden staph infections in their blood each year – more than double the estimated 165 who suffer meningococcal disease. And in a surprising finding, about 70 per cent of these children are picking it up in the community, not in hospitals where golden staph has become a notorious pest. Associate Professor Steven Tong, an infectious diseases physician at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, said he wanted to investigate golden staph infections among children because 30 per cent of people carry the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus in their nose or on their skin. For most people, it does not cause a problem, he said. But if it gets into your blood – through a wound, for example – it can be fatal.” See also: Staphylococcus aureus – golden staph, Golden staph vaccine in the pipeline | Pharmacy News.

Saint Teresa of Avila: Patron Saint of the Sick (Feast Dates: August 27) Extract from St. Teresa of Avila: “The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer. As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She was “her own woman,” entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, a womanly woman. Teresa was a woman “for God,” a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her ongoing conversion was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful; she struggled with her own mediocrity, her illness, her opposition. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful. A woman of prayer; a woman for God.” See PICTURE of Saint Teresa of Avila. PRAYER to Saint Teresa of Avila. Saint Teresa of Avila


Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Helena, the Patron Saint against Fire, may come to the aid of those affected by the fatal birthday party fire in Rouen, France. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Fatal Birthday Party Fire  Map of France Extract from Rouen fire: at least 13 dead in birthday disaster at bar in French city: “A fire thought to have been caused by the candles on a birthday cake killed 13 people at a bar in the French city of Rouen and left at least six others injured, one critically. Reports said the fire broke out in the basement of the Cuba Libre where the private party was being held on Friday night. At least six people were rescued and received treatment for injuries. The victims were described as being aged between 18 and 25. Authorities were describing the fire as an accident, possibly started by candles on the birthday cake setting fire to flammable material in the ceiling. According to French media, one of the party-goers was said to have stumbled while carrying a cake with lit candles down the stairs to the lower floor. Flames spread quickly to polystyrene ceiling tiles which gave off a cloud of noxious fumes that choked victims, who were unable to escape. ‘There was no explosion, but candles used for a birthday party set light to the ceiling made of polystyrene, giving off a gas that poisoned the victims,’ a police official told the AFP news agency. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze at the bar in the city centre, said the French cabinet minister Bernard Cazeneuve, praising their quick action after they arrived at 12.50am local time.” See also: France Rouen: Fire kills 13 at birthday party in bar, See also:  Bar fire kills 13 people in France’s Rouen

Saint Helena: Patrons Saint against Fire (Feast Date: August 18, May 21) Extract from Saint Helena: “She used her high position and wealth in the service of her religious enthusiasm, and helped build churches throughout the empire. At the age of 80 she led a group to the Holy Land to search for the True Cross. She and her group unearthed three crosses in 326. At the suggestion of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem, she took them to a woman afflicated with an incurable disease, and had her touch each one. One of them immediately cured her, and it was pronounced the True Cross. She built a church on the spot where the cross was found, and sent pieces to Rome and Constantinople; the Feast of the Holy Cross on 14 September celebrates the event. Thus in art, she is usually depicted holding a wooden cross.” See also: St. Helena.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Mary, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, the Patroness of Louisiana, may come to the aid of those affected by severe flooding there. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Severe Flooding Map of Louisians, U.S.A. For those displaced in historic Louisiana floods, an uncertain future: “Tom Kelly of Prairieville, Louisiana, has one wish for Monday: To wake up in his own bed and put his feet on dry ground. As he sat on his neighbor’s porch Sunday afternoon, watching floodwater from Bayou Manchac creep above his patio, he knew it was unlikely. ‘It’s epic,’ Kelly said of historic flooding that swept across southeastern Louisiana over the weekend. ‘It’s as high as I’ve ever seen it.’ Shoes, children’s toys and household items floated through knee-deep water outside his home. With their homes largely intact they know they’re the lucky ones. We’re praying it stops where it is,’ said Kelly’s neighbor, Jenny Ragland, whose home on a ridge was spared similar damage. Flooding in Louisiana over the weekend forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, including more than 7,000 who had to be rescued, and left at least three dead, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference Sunday.” See also: President Declares Emergency in Louisiana Floods: More than 18,000 Rescued From Cars and Homes, Four dead, 7,000 rescued from Louisiana flooding. Responses to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Prompt Succor: Patron Saint of Louisiana (Feast Date: August 21) Extract from Our Lady of Prompt Succor: “Many miracles have been attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Two historical events are especially associated with the Virgin. The first occurred during the eruption of a great fire in New Orleans devastating the Vieux Carré. The Ursuline convent was facing imminent destruction as the winds blew the terrible fire toward Jackson Square. An order was given to evacuate the convent, however at that moment, a nun named Sr. Anthony placed a small statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on a window seat and Mother St. Michel began to pray aloud, “Our Lady of Prompt Succor, we are lost unless you hasten to our aid!” Immediately, the wind shifted direction, blowing the flames away from the convent allowing for the fire to be extinguished. The Ursuline convent was one of the few buildings spared from destruction. Upon seeing the inexplicable occurrence, witnesses unanimously cried out, “Our Lady of Prompt Succor has saved us!” See also:  Our Lay of Prompt Succor NOVENA. Our Lady of Prompt Succor.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by war in Syria. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: War Map of Syria  Extract from Syria war: ‘More than 180 civilians killed’ in two days: “Hundreds of civilians have been killed in both Syrian government and rebel attacks across the war-torn country in recent days, according to local activist groups. More than 180 civilians have been killed across Syria since Friday, including 22 children and 23 women, the Local Coordination Committees, a grassroots network of activists, said on Sunday. At least 90 people were killed on Friday, while a further 83 civilian deaths were recorded by Saturday night, with most of them occurring in the Aleppo province. ‘Even with the deadly standards of this war, these death tolls are staggering,’ Al Jazeera’s Reza Sayah, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border, said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which records daily developments in Syria, also released figures on Sunday detailing the killing of at least 327 civilians, including 76 children and 41 women, in Aleppo over the last 15 days.”

Saint Francis of Assisi: Patron Saint of Peace (Feast Dates: September 17, October 4) Extract from St. Francis of Assisi: “Because his father called him Francis, so did everyone else, although he was baptized Giovanni shortly after his birth in the town of Assisi His father, Pietro di Bernardone, was a successful cloth merchant, and Francis grew up with a love of fine clothes and good times. He led the other young men of the town in enjoying good food and drink, singing, and dancing. When Francis was 20, he was taken prisoner in a war between Assisi and Perugia. A year later, sobered by jail and sickness, he underwent several religious experiences in quick succession. While praying in the decrepit chapel of S. Damiano outside Assisi, he heard a voice from the crucifix telling him, “Francis, go repair my house, which is falling in ruins.” Taking the words literally, Francis went quickly back to the city, sold his horse and some cloth from his father’s shop, and came back to give the money to the priest at S. Damiano. His father, furious at Francis’ squandering money on churches and beggars, hauled him before the bishop to bring him to his senses. When the hearing began, Francis calmly took off all his clothes, gave them to his father (the astonished bishop quickly covered Francis with a cloak), and said that he was now recognizing only his Father in heaven, not his father on earth. His life from this time on was lived without money and family ties.” See PICTURES of Saint Francis. Franciscan PRAYERS. Saint Francis of Assisi.

Holy Year of Mercy: December 8, 2015 – November 30, 2016


Universal–Sports:  That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

Evangelization–Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.

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