Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.

Welcome to today’s Spiritual Lift for Tuesday.  May it bless and encourage you as you read and reflect.

Here is our Scripture for this week, once more, which comes from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. (Matt. 11:28-30) Our verses this week come from the CTS New Catholic Bible. They are some very special words from Jesus to us today.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.  Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

Today we remember St Faustina Kowalska.  She was a Polish nun whom we associate with wonderful revelations from the Lord Jesus Christ for the world, telling everyone about His abundant love and merciful forgiveness.  She was asked by Jesus to paint an image of Him as He appeared to her, and this became the wonderful Image of Jesus the Divine Mercy.  We celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on the Second Sunday after Easter and at 3pm each day we encouraged by Jesus to remember the sacrifice of Himself that He gave to the Father for our salvation on Calvary.   3pm is traditionally the hour when Jesus died on the Cross and His Sacred Heart was pierced, which flowed with blood and water, the gifts of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.  Here is some more information about St Faustina from

St. Faustina Kowalska – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

October – the Month of the Holy Rosary and Our Blessed Lady:  

During this month of October we focus upon the Holy Rosary.  We are encouraged to think about Our Lady as we dedicate this month to Her as Queen of the Holy Rosary.  On Thursday, 7th October we will remember the special Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This month is a beautiful way to offer our prayers to Our Blessed Lady and say Her special prayer, which is the dearest to Her heart, the Rosary.   

During this special month, let’s make a special effort to pick up our Rosary beads again and begin praying this beautiful prayer.  

Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Sorrowful Mysteries.  

Today we remember the sad and sorrowful times of Our Lord Jesus and Mother Mary, especially when Jesus suffered and died on the cross.  In these Mysteries, may we offer all that is painful, difficult and stressful in our lives and ask Our Blessed Mother in her loving care and concern to pray for us.

The Sorrowful Mysteries are:

The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; The Scourging of Jesus at the pillar; The crowning of Jesus with thorns; Jesus carries the Cross; The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – October:  Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for October:

Pope’s prayer intention – October 2021 – Missio

Our MAC Prayer: 

Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen.

We continue to be in Ordinary Time- Autumn:

The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the beauty of the earth and the gathering in of the harvest and giving thanks to God for all His many blessings and gifts to us. 

Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:

As we are now in Ordinary Time – Autumn, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn (

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn – Liturgy Office

The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation. especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.

The Year of Saint Joseph continues!

Here is the information from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales with more details about the Year of Saint Joseph.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (

Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph.  These are from

Prayers to St. Joseph: To the Most Loving of Fathers (

Here are some special prayers from Daily which are all in honour of Saint Joseph.  Some prayers have been written by Pope Francis. 

Prayer to St Joseph | DAILY PRAYERS (

Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 130:1) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading.”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a special prayer candle burning for you and will remember you and your prayer intentions before the Lord.

Let us ask…..

Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.  Amen.

Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us. Amen.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.  Amen.

St Joseph, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Luke, Beloved Physician (Doctor) and companion of St Paul the Apostle, Patron of Doctors and Healthcare professionals, pray for us. Amen.

St Jude Thaddeus, Patron of impossible or difficult circumstances, pray for us.  Amen.

St Raphael, Archangel, God’s healing Angel, pray for us.  Amen.

St Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses, pray for us.  Amen.

St Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.

St Sebastian, patron of the sick and plagues of disease, pray for us.  Amen. 

St John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Faustina Kowalska, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes



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