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2022 Prayer Cards

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."

November—Portrait of St. Martin de Porres, c. 17th century,
Monastery of Rosa of Santa Maria in Lima.
(This portrait was painted during his lifetime,
hence it is probably the most true to his appearance.)
Racism is a sin almost nobody confesses. Like pollution, it is a “sin of the world”
that is everybody’s responsibility but apparently nobody’s fault.
One could hardly imagine a more fitting patron of Christian forgiveness—on the part of those discriminated against—and Christian justice—on the part of reformed racists—than Martin de Porres.

December—The miracles of St. Francis Xavier
by Peter Paul Rubens (1618) Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
A model of humility, Xavier was a companion of Ignatius of Loyola
and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity.
He lived with the poorest people, sharing their food and rough accommodations
and spent countless hours ministering to the sick and the poor, particularly to lepers.

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