Destroyed by Madness

Madness is ascendant as men mistake darkness for light as they prefer lies rather than truth. What do I mean by this? For starters, the very use of the word “man” as it has been used for centuries to represent mankind or the human race born of Adam and Eve is now said to be offensive to the sensibilities of many “enlightened” and “woke” moderns. Turn on the news on the TV and radio, read a newspaper, look at social media, or talk to people and it will become clear that insanity is more and more becoming the norm. Basic objective scientific facts are now called into question and are under siege as insanity drives men to pridefully strive to overthrow reality. There are a growing number of individuals who not only deny objective laws and facts of nature but seek to overturn them in favor of their own delusional fantasies.

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Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen.

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A prayer of the Catholic Church

Hieronymus Bosch   :    The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things   . Date: between 1500 & 1525. This work is in the public domain. {{   PD-US   }}

Hieronymus Bosch: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things. Date: between 1500 & 1525. This work is in the public domain. {{PD-US}}


Rest eternal grant them, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
A hymn befits Thee, O God, in Zion;
and to Thee shall be paid a vow in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer,
to Thee all flesh shall come.
Rest eternal grant them, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi redetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis. Amen.

Litany of Loretto

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, Pray for us.

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The Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
For he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation, on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly.

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Regina Caeli

Regina Caeli

Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
For He Whom thou did merit to bear, Alleluia.

Has risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary! Alleluia.
R. Because Our Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray:
O God, Who by the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known
That anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
But in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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The Angelus

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail, Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

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Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


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Veni Creator Spiritus

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

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Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created

R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Amen.

Let us pray:

O God, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary Before Mass (Layman)

Prayer of the Catholic Church

Artist: unknown. Title: Allegory of the Eucharist. Allegory of the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist. Date: circa 1676-1725. Google Art Project. This work is in the public domain.

Artist: unknown. Title: Allegory of the Eucharist. Allegory of the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist. Date: circa 1676-1725. Google Art Project. This work is in the public domain.

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin MARY Before Mass (Layman)

Mother of mercy and of love, most blessed Virgin Mary, I, a poor and unworthy sinner, fly to thee with all my heart and all my affection. I implore thy loving-kindness, that even as thou didst stand beside thy dear Son as He hung upon the Cross, so wilt thou also stand by me, a poor sinner, and beside all thy faithful people receiving the most sacred Body of thy Son. Grant us, that by thy grace, we may receive Him worthily and fruitfully. Amen.

Oratio ad Beatam Mariam Virginem Ante Missam (Laicus)

O Mater pietatis et misericordiae, beatissima Virgo Maria, ego miser et indignus peccator ad te confugio toto corde et affectu; et precor pietatem tuam, ut, sicut dulcissimo Filio tuo in Cruce pendenti astitisti, ita et mihi, misero peccatori, et fidelibus omnibus sacrosanctum Filii tui Corporis sumentibus, clementer adsistere digneris, ut, tua gratia adiuti, digne ac fructuose Illud sumere valeamus. Amen.

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas after Holy Mass

Lord, Father all-powerful, and ever-living God, I thank Thee, for even though I am a sinner, Thy unprofitable servant, not because of my worth, but in the kindness of Thy mercy, Thou hast fed me with the precious Body and Blood of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this holy communion may not bring me condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in power to do good. May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May it unite me more closely to Thee, the one true God and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with Thee.

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Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas before Holy Mass

Almighty and ever-lasting God, I approach the sacrament of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, and poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.

Therefore, I implore Thee in Thy great generosity, to heal my sickness, to wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, to enrich my poverty, and to clothe my nakedness, so that I may receive the bread of angels, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords with reverence and humility, with contrition and devotion, with purity and faith, and with such purpose and determination that will be expedient to the salvation of my soul.

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Prayer of St. Bonaventure after Holy Mass: Transfige

PIERCE, O most Sweet Lord Jesus, my inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, with true, serene, and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with love and longing for Thee, that it may yearn for Thee and faint for Thy courts, and long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the bread of angels, the refreshment of holy souls, our daily and supersubstantial bread, having all sweetness and savor and every delight of taste; let my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, upon whom the angels desire to look, and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savor; may it ever thirst after Thee, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of eternal light, the torrent of pleasure, the richness of the house of God.

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