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Archive for January, 2011

Video – Marian Shrines of the World #6: Our Lady of Rocamadour

Monday, January 31st, 2011
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Marian Shrines of the World #6 – Our Lady of Rocamadour ( 8 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre takes us on a tour of the medieval shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour in France.

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Video – Immaculate Music #32: A Concert for Mary, part 3

Monday, January 31st, 2011
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Immaculate Music #32 – FI Choir at Santa Maria in Aula Regia ( 08min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

We hope you enjoy this concert that our friars – primarily those who are studying for the priesthood – recently performed in the town of Comacchio, Italy, at the shrine of Our Lady of the Royal Hall, or “Santa Maria in Aula Regia” in Italian.  Included in the choir are Fra Pio Maximilian, Fra Alan Bernard (recently ordained to the diaconate), Fra Josemaria Mary, and our own Fra Terrance behind the camera.

Ave Maria!

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The Two Pillars Dream of St. John Bosco

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

A majestic ship, representing the Church and commanded by the Pope, was defending itself amid stormy seas from an opposing fleet. Innumerable enemy ships tried to sink the Church using everything in their arsenals, including writings or books or inflammable materials.

Safe Harbor Dream of St John Bosco

Safe Harbor Dream of St John Bosco

In the immense expanse of sea, two mighty columns of great height arise a little distance from each other. On the top of the higher and bigger column stands the Sacred Host of great size and beneath is a placard with the words: Salus Credentium – “Salvation of the faithful.” On the top of the other column was a statue of the Immaculate Virgin with a placard with this inscription: Auxilium Christianorum – “Help of Christians.”

The Pope tries with all his might to steer the ship toward the two columns to anchor to them. Whenever the enemy strikes a formidable blow against the ship, a gentle breeze blows from the two columns repairing the damage to the Church.

Ultimately, the Church finds safe harbor between the two Pillars:

First Pillar: Devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
Second Pillar: Devotion to Our Blessed Mother

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Jan 31 – Homily – Fr Angelo: St. John Bosco’s “Preventive Method” of Education

Monday, January 31st, 2011
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Homily #110131 ( 16min) Play – Fr. Angelo explains St. John Bosco’s “Preventive Method” of Education – Reason, Religion, and Kindness.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Bosco, Confessor – Third Class – Form: EF, Dedit Illi Deus
Readings:

1st: phi 4:4-9
Gsp: mat 18:1-5

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Jan 30 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Contradiction or Paradox

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
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Homily #110130 ( 27min) Play – In today’s homily Fr. Angelo explains how often the things that Jesus said that seem to be contradictions are really paradoxes. The hallmark of the Catholic Religion is that Faith is reconcilable with reason.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Form: OF
Readings:

1st: zep 2:3; 3:12-3
Resp: psa 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
2nd: 1co 1:26-31
Gsp: mat 5:1-12

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Video – Roving Reporter #119: Fr Michael Shields – A Follower of Bl Charles de Foucauld in Siberia

Saturday, January 29th, 2011
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Roving Reporter #119 – First Timer to “March for Life”  ( 09min) >>> Play

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Fr Michael originally from Alaska, moved by Divine inspiration headed to Russia in 1989. “Ten abortions (per woman in Russia) is not uncommon”

Ave Maria!

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Video – Variety #117: Abby Johnson – A Woman Who Makes A Life Changing Decision

Saturday, January 29th, 2011
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Variety #117 – Author of “unPLANNED” ( 05min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Abby Johnson is a woman who worked as a leader for Planned Parenthood, but when she decides to make a choice, a choice not in accorded with Planned Parenthood, they try to take away her right.

Ave Maria!

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ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times All Ignore March for Life | LifeNews.com

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Ave Maria! Media ignores the March for Life where an estimated 400,000 marchers attended this year!!

None of the broadcast news programs from Monday evening and Tuesday morning covered the 2011 “March for Life” in Washington, DC, a pro-life rally that reportedly drew at least tens of thousands of attendees.

Neither NBC, ABC, nor CBS gave any coverage Monday to the March for Life on their respective evening news programs; none of the networks covered the story Tuesday morning. The New York Times did not cover the story, as the MRC’s blog “Times Watch” documented. The Washington Post, however, did provide a fair account of the rally in its Metro section.

via ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times All Ignore March for Life | LifeNews.com.

Marchers protest abortion rights | City & State | Indiana Daily Student

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Marchers protest abortion rights

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Pro-life supporters prayed in front of the Planned Parenthood center on South College Avenue Monday, two days after the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision regarding abortion.

The group — made up of area lay and ordained Catholics — started in St. Charles Catholic Church on the east side of the IU campus at about 11 a.m. and marched down Third Street.

Marchers protest abortion rights | City & State | Indiana Daily Student.

Prayers from St. Thomas Aquinas

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of your 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.  Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness.

May I receive the bread of angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with humble reverence, with the purity and faith, the repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation.  May I receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood, and its reality and power.

Kind God, may I receive the Body of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and so be received into His mystical Body and numbered among his members.  Loving Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now receive your beloved Son, under the veil of a sacrament, may I one day see Him Face to face in glory, who lives and reigns with You forever. Amen.

 

Virgin full of goodness, Mother of mercy, I entrust to you my body and my soul, my thoughts and my actions, my life and my death. O my Queen, come to my aid and deliver me from the snares of the devil. Obtain for me the grace of loving my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, with a true and perfect love, and after Him, O Mary, of loving you with all my heart and above all things. Amen.

Video – Variety #116: TimeLapse March for LIFE DC 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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Variety #116 – Time Lapse ( 01min) >>> Play

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The time it took for the March to pass our camera was 1 hour 31 minutes.

Ave Maria!

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Fi News – Two Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate make Solemn Profession

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Ave Maria!

On Sunday 23 Jan, 2011, during a Missa Cantata Mass held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Griswold, CT, two Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, Sr Maria Lydwine Pia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sr Maria Consolatrice Stefania of the Immaculate Conception and of the Most Holy Eucharist, made their Solemn Profession of Vows.  The Chapel was filled to near capacity as family and friends gathered to witness this moving ceremony where these two religious sisters vowed for the rest of their lives to live the evangelical councils of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and totally consecrated themselves to Our Blessed Mother by the Marian Vow.


Kneeling on the steps of the Altar is Fr. Angelo Geiger flanked by his two MCs, Friar Isaac and Friar Augustine. In the foreground, the two sisters lie prostrate covered with a Pall during the Litany of the Seraphic Order. The Cantor, Friar David, can be seen in the Pulpit. PHOTOS BY JACQUELINE GIRARD

This was the first time that a Solemn Profession by the Franciscans of the Immaculate has been done in the United States during the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. The friars combined the new with the old as they used high-tech equipment with the 1500 year old form of the Mass.  There was a camera set up in the Choir loft covering the whole of the Sanctuary which was wired into the vestibule where one friar stood in front of a television set monitoring the progress of the ceremony and directing the two MC’s who were  wearing concealed earpieces and listening to the instructions and directions so as to be able to choreograph the various intricate movements of the servers during the Mass. Friar Isaac commented afterward that the communications had worked brilliantly. When he first arrived at the Foot of the Altar, his mind went blank as to what was going to happen next when he heard over his earpiece, “The Priest and MC’s genuflect in plano, ascend the Altar steps, and turn towards the Congregation while the Cross Bearer brings over the chair to the Predella”. Thanks be to God for modern technology!


Sr Maria Lydwine Pia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (closest to camera) and Sr Maria Consolatrice Stefania of the Immaculate Conception and of the Most Holy Eucharist, kneeling during the ceremony.

Lost in the Archives

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Well, not totally lost.  I am just reading most of the time that I don’t have other duties to which I must attend.  I hope to soon have a post on an interesting aspect of the occult pertaining to the difference between Christian mysticism and neopagan, magical consciousness.  The attraction of “alternative religion,” is that it promises “supernatural” or transcendent consciousness, the experience of unity, integration and joy without dogma.  It is a big temptation.

Please pray that I get this book on Harry Potter and the occult done soon.

I am uploading here a very cogent list of 10 non-religious reasons why same-sex marriage should not be legalized for your consideration.  (I am not the author of the list.  I neglected to mention this.  The author is anonymous.) BTW, did you know that 85% of all abortions, according to Planned Parenthood research arm, the Guttmacher Institute, are obtained by unmarried women.  My understanding is that the latest statistic has it up to 87%, but I have not been able to verify that.  Either way, it is a tremendous statistic.  The erosion of marriage is directly related to the incidence of abortion, and the elimination of children from the culture of marriage is obliterating the most fundamental social institution of our race.  If we want to stop abortion we have to address the problem with marriage.

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Jan 27 – No Homily

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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Sorry, no Homily from Griswold today.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Chrysostom, Confessor and Doctor of the Church – Third Class – Form: EF, In Medio Ecclesiae
Readings:

1st: 2ti 4:1-8
Gsp: mat 5:13-19

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Video – Mission Down Under #13: Marian Cenacle 10th Anniversary

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
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Mission Down Under #13 – Marian Cenacle 10th Anniversary ( 5 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

The Marian Family Prayer Cenacles in Perth celebrated their 10th anniversary recently with Holy Mass followed by refreshments.

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