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Ave Maria Meditations

Loving Jesus

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus is the most loving of lovable friends; there never was a friend like Him before, there never can be one to equal Him, because there is only one Jesus in the whole wide world and the vast expanse of Heaven; and that sweet and loving friend, that true lover of the holiest and purest love is my Jesus, mine alone and all mine. Every fibre of His divine nature is thrilling with love for me, every beat of His gentle Heart is a throb of intense affection for me, His sacred arms are round me, He draws me to His breast, He bends down with infinite tenderness over me, His child, for He knows I am all His and He is all mine.

O Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! who would not love You, who would not give their heart’s blood for You, if only once they realised the depth and the breadth and the realness of Your burning love? Why not then make every human heart a burning furnace of love for You, so that sin would become an impossibility, sacrifice a pleasure and a joy, virtue the longing of every soul, so that we should live for love, dream of love, breathe Your love, and at last die of a broken heart of love, pierced through and through with the shaft of love, the sweetest gift of God to man.
 
+Fr. Willie Doyle, SJ
WWI chaplain killed in the war

Love is Repaid by Love Alone

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The self-giving of Christ constitutes a pressing call for correspondence with that love: love is repaid with love. Man was created in the image and likeness of God. And God is Love. Therefore the heart of mean is made for love and he more he loves, the more he becomes identified with God; only when he loves can he become happy. And God wishes us to be happy, here on earth too. Man cannot live without love.
 
Personal holiness is not centered in the fight against sin but in love for Christ who shows Himself to us as being truly human, fully aware of everything about us. The love of God for me and of men for God is a love of mutual friendship. \And one of the specific characteristics of friendship is relationship. In order to love Our Lord it is necessary to know Him , to speak to Him. We get to know Him by meditation on His life in the Holy Gospels. In them He shows Himself to us as being endearingly human and very close to our life. We meet Him in prayer and in the Sacraments, especially in the Blessed Eucharist.
 
Meditation on the Most Sacred Humanity of Our Lord, especially when we read the Gospel and when we consider the Mysteries of the Rosary, constantly nourishes our love of God and constitutes a living teaching as to how we have to sanctify our day.

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Another Saintly Son of Our Lady

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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A favorite quote from this Saintly son of Mary:

“What has our Lord not done for the glory of His Father and for the salvation of souls? Ah, I see Him agonizing on the cross, despised, and loaded with suffer­ings. Then am I, for the same reason, and aided by His grace, firmly resolved to suffer, to toil, to be despised, to be laughed at, calumniated and persecuted, and even to suffer death itself. Thanks be to God I am having my share of these crosses in my life.

I live, but my life is that of Christ’s, and in possessing me, my poor Lord possesses a nothing, and I, in possessing Him, posses everything. I pray to Him like this: O Lord, you are my love. You are my honor, my hope, and my refuge, my glory, and my last end.  O my love, my happiness, my conserver, my joy, my reformer and my master! You are my father, the spouse of my life and of my soul!

I do not seek or desire to know anything but your holy will, in order to do it. I love only you, my God, and all other things only for you, in you, and for your sake. You are more than sufficient for me, and I love you, my strength, my refuge, and my consolation. You are my Father, my brother, my spouse, my friend, and my all. Help me to love you as you love me, and as you will that I should love you.

For myself, I say this to you: The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he deserves and works with all this strength to inflame all men with the fire of God’s love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labors strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate Him by his prayers, his labors, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”

from the writings of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, feast day is October 24th 

Consecration

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
 

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
 

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
 

Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as you choose.
 

Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
 

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.
 

+Frances R. Havergal 1874

 

 

 

Jesus, I Love YOU

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

I love You , Lord Jesus, with my whole heart, my whole soul,  and my whole strength; and if you see that I don’t love You as I ought, I desire at least to love You so; and if I don’t desire it sufficiently, I want at least to desire it in this way.

 
O most Sacred Body torn open by five wounds, put Yourself as a seal upon my heart and impress Your charity upon it!  Seal my feet that I may follow Your steps; seal my hands, that they may always do good works; seal my side that it may ever burn in fervent acts of love for You. O most Precious Blood that washes clean and purifies all men:  Wash my soul and put a sign on my face so that I may never love any one else but Thee.
 
+Cardinal Bona

 

Salus Populi Romani

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Mary is the mother, and a mother worries above all about the health of her children, she knows how to care for them always with great and tender love. Our Lady guards our health. What does this mean: Our Lady guards our health? I think above all of three things: she helps us grow, to confront life, to be free.
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1. A mother helps her children grow up and wants them to grow strong; that is why she teaches them not to be lazy — which can also derive from a certain kind of wellbeing — not to sink into a comfortable life-style, contenting oneself with possessions. The mother takes care that her children develop better, that they grow strong, capable of accepting responsibilities, of engaging in life, of striving for great ideals. The Gospel of St Luke tells us that, in the family of Nazareth, Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him” (Lk 2:40). Our Lady does just this for us, she helps us to grow as human beings and in the faith, to be strong and never to fall into the temptation of being human beings and Christians in a superficial way, but to live responsibly, to strive ever higher.
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Our Lady of Victories

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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O Victorious Lady, Thou who has ever such powerful influence with Thy Divine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for those for whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the ways of Divine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true Faith, through Christ, our Lord. Amen

+ Fr. Nelson Baker

 

For information on Our Lady of Victory (Our Lady of the Rosary), see the history of the Feast at http://www.olvrc.com/history/olvhistory.html 

 

St. Francis and Our Lady

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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St. Francis Prayer Praising Mary the Mother of Jesus:

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin. You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven, consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.

Hail His Palace. Hail His Tabernacle. Hail His Robe. Hail His Handmaid. Hail His Mother. And Hail, all holy Virtues, who by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state, they may be made faithful servants of God through you. Amen.

 

Novena Prayer to St. Therese

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations:

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O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands.

Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… 

(State your intention here….) 

and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of Your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love You and make You much loved. Amen.

St.Michael, the Archangel: Defend Us in Battle!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Original Prayer to St. Michael by Pope Leo XIII: “O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage.

Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. “These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. (more…)

40 Days for Life begins internationally

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis on the Right to Life:

In April the Holy Father addressed a pro-life group saying, “One of the gravest risks our epoch faces, amid the opportunities offered by a market equipped with every technological innovation, is the divorce between economics and morality, the basic ethical norms of human nature are increasingly neglected. It is therefore necessary to express the strongest possible opposition to every direct attack on life, especially against the innocent and defenseless, and the unborn in a mother’s womb is the example of innocence par excellence. Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: ‘Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes‘ (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, n. 51). ….

Anyone who is Christian has a duty to bear witness to the Gospel: to protect life courageously and lovingly in all its phases. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”

 

 

St. Joseph Cupertino

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

joseph_cupertino[1]“Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.”

St. Joseph of Cupertino, from the reading for his feast in the Franciscan breviary.

Patron Saint of:  Air travelers, Astronauts, Pilots, students, exam takers.  Feast Day: September 18

Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

BVM_OL_sorrowsThe martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy, is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: ‘This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted'; and to Mary: ‘A sword will pierce your soul.’

Blessed Mother, a sword did pierce your soul. For no sword could penetrate your Son’s flesh without piercing your soul. After your own son Jesus gave up his life – he was yours in a special sense though he belongs to all – the cruel lance opened his side and would not spare him in death though it could do him no injury and could not touch his soul. But it pierced your soul. His soul was no longer there, but yours could not be set free, and it was pierced by a sword of sorrow. We rightly speak of you as more than a martyr, for the anguish of mind you suffered exceeded all bodily pain.

“Mother, behold your son”. These words were more painful than a sword thrust for they pierced your soul and touched the quick where soul is divided from spirit. What an exchange! John was given to you in place of Jesus, a disciple in place of the Master, a son of Zebedee in place of the Son of God, a mere man in place of the true God. These words must have pierced your loving soul, since just to recall them breaks our hearts, hard and stony though they be. Do not marvel, brethren, that Mary is said to have endured martyrdom in her soul. Only he will marvel who forgets what Paul said of the Gentiles, that among their worst vices was that they were without compassion. Not so with Mary! May it never be so with those who venerate her.

Someone may say: “Did she not know in advance that her Son would die?” Without a doubt. “Did she not have sure hope in his immediate resurrection?” Full confidence indeed. “Did she then grieve when he was crucified?” Intensely. Who are you, brother, and what sort of judgment is yours that you marvel at the grief of Mary any more than that the Son of Mary should suffer? Could he die bodily and she not share his death in her heart? Charity it was that moved him to suffer death, charity greater than that of any man before or since: charity too moved Mary, the like of which no mother has ever known.

St. Bernard

The Holy Name of Mary

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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THE NAME OF MARY

“Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising,  fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?”

Mary, our sweet loving other, Can my tongue her beauty tell?  All the splendor of her glory, raised on high with God to dwell. There is naught on earth to mirror our great Queen so chaste and fair,  Yet, the silent voice of nature whispers sweetly everywhere

THE NAME OF MARY.

She, Judea’s fairest lily, purer than the mountain’s snow, Brighter than the rays of sunshine,  than the diamond’s lustrous glow. Hence I love earth’s fragrant lilies, emblems of her purity, For their rare translucent whiteness, breathes so sweetly unto me.                             

THE NAME OF MARY.

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Pope Francis speaks about Our Lady

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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On (a) Saturday evening, in the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis with a group of young people from the Diocese of Rome who are involved in vocational discernment.
 
He then proceeded to speak about the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives. “I thank you for this visit, this visit to the Madonna who is so important in our lives. And she accompanies even in the definitive choice, the vocational choice, because she accompanied her Son in his vocational path, which was so hard, so sorrowful. She accompanies us always.”

Pope Francis said he feels said when he hears Christians say they do not seek the Mary or pray to Mary. He recalled a conversation with two young catechists in the seventies, a couple with young children, who spoke beautifully about Jesus:

“At one point I said, ‘And devotion to the Madonna?’ ‘But we have passed that stage. We know Jesus Christ so well, that we have no need of the Madonna.’ And what came into my heart and my mind was ‘Oh… poor orphans!’ … because a Christian without the Madonna is an orphan. And a Christian without the Church is an orphan. A Christian needs these two women, these two women who are mothers, two women who are virgins: the Church and the Madonna.
And to make a ‘test’ of a good Christian vocation, you need to ask yourself: ‘How is my relationship with these two mothers going?’ with mother Church and with mother Mary. This is not a question of ‘piety,’ no, it’s pure theology. This is theology. How is my relationship with the Church going, with my mother the Church, with the holy mother the hierarchic Church? And how is my relationship going with the Madonna, who is my Mamma, my Mother?”
 
Finally, Pope Francis led the young people in singing the “Salve Regina” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, before leaving them with a blessing and the request that they pray for him.