October is a Marian month . . . , it is a month set aside for special Marian activities.
I love the month of October for many reasons, the changing colors of the leaves and the beautiful color scheme that takes over New England, and let’s not forget the beginning of brisk evenings. October is a Marian month, and much like her twin, that is the month of May, it is a month set aside for special Marian activities. Of course one of the best ones is the Rosary, and perhaps this reminder to pray it each night might come in handy. I love the prayer entitled the Memorare (pronounced memo-rar-ree) it goes…
“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 to 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.”
Like the act of contrition (below) it should be prayed daily.
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
I also love this month as it features two Saints feast days I have taken as special intercessors. The first is on October 2nd and it celebrates the life of St Theresa of the Child Jesus, who was both Virgin and Doctor of the Church. One of the greatest books on spirituality, in my limited opinion, was penned by her, “The Story of a Soul.’ It is about 140 pages long and so simple to understand; actually she became a saint by the ‘simple way.’ I know everyone will relate to her story and the experiences she shares therein. I took her as a special intercessor at my Ordination to Holy Orders. My second special saint’s feast day is October 28th, and you, you got it right, the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude. At Confirmation I took St Jude, partly because I had been praying to him since I was 12, and as the special saint for hopeless causes, he just seemed appropriate. He brought me to Priesthood and she (St Theresa) brought me the joy of Priesthood. Try them they are quite powerful. ~ Father Carmichael