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2022 Prayer Cards

May—St. Matthias
Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1611) — Oil Painting
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation that another should take his office. “Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection”
— Acts 1:21-22

June—St. Ephrem
Deacon and Doctor | “Harp of the Holy Ghost”
Patron Saint of Spiritual Directors
Ephrem founded a theological school and was deeply involved in catechesis through preaching, liturgy, and music.
“Blessed the one who continually humbles himself willingly; he will be crowned by the One who willingly humbled himself for our sake” — St. Ephrem

July—St. Bonaventure, Doctor of the Church
“Saint Bonaventure receiving the Habit from Saint Francis”
by Francisco de Herrera the Elder at Museo Nacional del Prado
“Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary” - St. Bonaventure

August—Saint Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans)
“The vision of St. Dominic receiving the Rosary from the Virgin”
by Bernardo Cavallino in the National Gallery of Canada
The spread of the Rosary is attributed to the preaching of Dominic
"The Rosary of Mary is the principle and foundation on which the very Order of Saint Dominic rests for making perfect the life of its members and obtaining the salvation of others."
— Pope Pius XI

September—Saint John Chrysostom,
Patron Saint of Lecturers, Orators and Preachers
John Chrysostom’s preaching, by word and example, exemplifies the role of the prophet to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.
"If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the Chalice."
— Saint John Chrysostom

October—‘Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy’ is a painting/tapestry by the Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
It is now in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.
Francis had a mystical vision of Jesus Christ in the forsaken country chapel of San Damiano, just outside Assisi, in which the Icon of Christ Crucified said to him:
"Francis, Francis, go and repair My church which, as you can see, is falling into ruins."

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