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Fra Gabriel and Salve Regina Goes Viral

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Here is Fra Gabriel an FI friar whom many of you know. He traveled from Australia this year to Chicago to do this video with our friends at Spirit Juice. The accompanying music is the Salve Regina to which he does the vocals. As of this posting the video has racked up 16,000 views in about a week on YouTube!  I guess its “gone viral”. So it is destined for large numbers of views in the years ahead. Great job Fra Gabriel and Spirit Juice!!

You can also see him on these other videos:

Spirit Juice Limit Break on Youtube

On AirMaria:

Video – FI News #32: Friar Gabriel Skates Again

Video – Fra Gabriel – Skateboarding Down Under to Schubert’s Ave Maria!

Video – FiNews #53 – Skateboarding Habit

Video – Fi News #89: Blazing Friar

Video – Mission Down Under #2: Friar Gabriel – Perth skatepark

Wow! I didn’t know we had so many videos on Fra Gabriel’s skateboarding at AirMaria. Here is the new one from Spirit Juice:

via Salve Regina – YouTube.

Pray. Skate. Live.

Friar Gabriel of the Franciscan Immaculate not only preforms all of his own stunts but also sings his own songs too. All the tricks and vocals are done by Friar Gabriel. Original score by Sean Beeson. http://seanbeeson.com/

Friar Gabriel skated for 7 years as a teenager, but felt his vocation was religious life. He was prepared to abandon his passion for skateboarding to live a life of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience as Friars of the Immaculate. Six years after becoming Friars and having not skated, he was given obedience to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week – to “preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words” as Saint Francis stated. Friar Gabriel explains that God has so many ways of using peoples talents to give Him glory. Skateboarding allows the Friars to help others see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul.

http://spiritjuicefilms.com

 

See also:

Friar Spreads Gospel While Riding a Skateboard – Secular site that gives Friar Gabriel two rousing thumbs up.

Behind the Scenes – Salve Regina – the making of the video by Spirit Juice.

Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Ave Maria!

So here is the first day of the Rosary Crawl that I am publishing after the fact since the event is over but as advertised I would start at the beginning when it is done since I started in the middle. So here it is from discerninghearts.com on the Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth:

From Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts.

Discerning Hearts is a part of the  MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, of which we are delighted to be a part of, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Here is a clip from the movie which features the “mystery” surrounding the events of the “VISITATION” –

How extraordinary this moment is, especially as seen in this film!  So often in movie depictions of the “Visitation”, we see only the two women coming together in a private encounter.  But in “Mary of Nazareth”, not only does Mary and Elizabeth share a heavenly revelation with each other, but they joyfully share this “good news” with everyone around them.    Elizabeth freely “expresses” what the Holy Spirit has revealed, Mary joyfully “proclaims” the glory of the Lord to the seeking hearts caught witnessing the moment!  This is “Evangelization” at its finest!  This “communication” really becomes a time of “communion” for those who have ears to hear, and eyes to see.   Hope, Faith, and Love, all are captured so beautifully in this scene.   Mary’s “Magnificat” becomes a glorious expression of faith which touches the hearts that surround her.  Oh, and that lovely touch  which gives us Elizabeth and her unborn child as the first in that “communion” line to embrace Christ in the womb of the Mother is truly priceless.

via Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts.

Schönstatt Movement’s Centenary: Transforming the World with Our Lady’s help

Friday, October 24th, 2014


100 years ago, at the dawn of World War I, German priest Josef Kentenich preached to a group of seminarians in a shrine like this one. He invited them to change the world with the Virgin Mary’s help.

FR. PATRICIO MOORE

Schönstatt Movement’s Centenary

“He gave them a sermon on October 18th in a shrine like this one, in Germany, and that sermon remained as the founding act of Schönstatt. And there he called them to transform the world and themselves through a covenant of love with Mary.”

A hundred years later, the Schönstatt Movement has more than 300,000 followers in 50 countries.

via Schönstatt Movement’s Centenary: Transforming the World with Our Lady’s help.

Catholic Church celebrates feast day of St. John Paul II, for the first time

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

October 22 marks the feast of St. John Paul II, and for the first time, the Church celebrates it.

This same date marks the opening Mass of his pontificate. He presided over it six days before his election on October 16, 1978.

“Don’t be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ!”

The Pontificate of John Paul II  lasted 26 years. It was one the longest in history. His tomb is one of the most venerated by pilgrims who visit Rome.

Pope Francis canonized John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014. It was one of the most crowded ceremonies at St. Peter’s Square.

via Catholic Church celebrates feast day of St. John Paul II, for the first time.

Mary of Nazareth: A Beautiful Reflection of the Blessed Mother | Faith & Family Media Blog

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today is the last day of the Rosary Crawl for the Film Mary of Nazareth. Today it is the Crucifixion of Jesus at Faith & Family Media Blog.

We were asked to be a part of the blog tour/rosary crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers, for the release of Mary of Nazareth on DVD and we were happy to say “yes”!  See the recap of the #RosaryCrawl HERE.

As part of the tour I am excited to share a clip from the film.  This scene is of the Crucifixion and Death of our Lord.“And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ …It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last” Lk 23:33-46.

via Mary of Nazareth: A Beautiful Reflection of the Blessed Mother | Faith & Family Media Blog.

View from the Domestic Church: Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today’s installment of the Mary of Nazareth Rosary Crawl

View from the Domestic Church is delighted to be a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

In this visit along the blog crawl we are focusing on the  Second Sorrowful Mystery: The scourging at the pillar.

Watch this newly released clip on the Scourging at the Pillar

“Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and struck him with their hands” (Jn 19:1-3).

“Jesus’ sufferings took their historical, concrete form from the fact that he was ‘rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes’ (Mk 8:31 ), who ‘handed him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified’ (Mt 20:19)” (CCC, 572).

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.

via View from the Domestic Church: Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar.

Catholic Fire: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl:The Miracle at Cana

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today’s installment for the Mary of Nazareth Rosary Crawl is hosted by Catholic Fire with the second Luminous Mystery, the miracle at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. It is a great scene. And a great reminder to always invite Jesus to your wedding for good spiritual reinforcements!

 

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Catholic Fire is a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, of which we are delighted to be a part of, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl Itinerary HERE.

Second Mystery of Light: The wedding feast of Cana.”On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you”‘ Jn 2:1-5.”On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign ­at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast: The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” CCC, 1613.Our Father, 10 Hail Marys contemplating the mystery, Glory be to the Father

via Catholic Fire: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl:The Miracle at Cana.

Early Velazquez oil painting returns to Spain for exhibition

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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SEVILLE, Spain–An oil painting attributed to 17th-century Spanish master Diego Velazquez, found languishing in a back room of Yale University, has been returned to Spain for an exhibition in Valazquez’s hometown Seville.

The large painting, “The Education of the Virgin Mary,” has been on show since Wednesday at the Santa Clara arts centre as part of a show of the painter’s early works made when he still lived in the southern Spanish city.

The painting, which portrays St Anne teaching the Virgin Mary to read, is dated 1616 when Velazquez was just 17.

via Early Velazquez oil painting returns to Spain for exhibition – The China Post.

The Way of the Cross: #RosaryCrawl Unites Us in Prayer

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Here is the next installment of the Rosary Crawl for the film Mary of Nazareth. This time at Lisa Henley’s blog at Patheos and it is for the fourth sorrowful mystery the Way of the Cross. I am not sure what the rest of the schedule will be. Their itinerary is here but the content of the future stops are not yet posted. I seem to be posting these half way through the crawl so I will post the previous ones when their itinerary is finished on Thursday, the twenty third. Apparently it is a promo of the DVD release of the film.

 

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I am pleased to be a part of the “MARY of NAZARETH” Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl itinerary here.

Alissa Jung as Mary in “Mary of Nazareth”

I remember the night I sat in a movie theater and participated as a sold out audience watched a premier of the film Mary of Nazareth. Seated next to me in the theater that night was the talented actress Alissa Jung, who portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary in the film. I had interviewed Alissa earlier in the day, asking her all about the experience of portraying Mary. I also vividly recall glancing to my side as we sat watching the movie together, interested in seeing how Alissa reacted there in the theater during the most excruciatingly challenging parts of the film. Alissa is obviously not Mary, but I can only imagine what it must be like for any woman — any mother — to so fully interact with the emotions of the Blessed Mother.

One of the times I most felt the emotion of a mother’s pure love and grief that night (and in the times I’ve watched the film since then) was during the scenes depicting the Way of the Cross. A few years ago, on my trip to Israel, I had prayed along the Via Dolorosa. To view Mary of Nazareth is to step back onto the Way and to again unite myself to Christ’s carrying of the cross, as we see depicted in this scene from the film:

More at: The Way of the Cross: #RosaryCrawl Unites Us in Prayer.

10 quotes from Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, October 20th, 2014

via “Mondays with Mary” – Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary | TOM PERNA.

I’ve said in my posts before that it’s an exciting time to be a Catholic. Yesterday’s beatification of Pope Paul VI is yet another indication of this time. We now have three popes that served nearly one after the other in the 20th century as saints of the Catholic Church. Although Paul VI has not been officially canonized, we know that he is there in Heaven with his predecessor, Pope St. John XXIII and his successor, Pope St. John Paul II.

In honor of our newest beatification, I now give you some of the words on the Blessed Virgin Mary from Blessed Pope Paul VI –

1. “This pious practice, by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people enriched with spiritual gifts, gladdens and consoles us. Mary remains ever the path that leads to Christ. Every encounter with her can only result in an encounter with Christ himself” – Mense Maio #2

2. “The general norm ‘Through Mary to Jesus’ is therefore valid also for the imitation of Christ. Nevertheless, let our faith not be perturbed, as if the intervention of a creature in every way similar to us, except as regards sin, offended our personal dignity and prevented the intimacy and immediacy of our relationships of adoration and friendship with the Son of God.” – Signum Magnum, Part 2, Section 2.

via “Mondays with Mary” – Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary | TOM PERNA.

Marian Cultural Devotions Continue to Draw Crowds in a Distracted World

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

I thought the title of this article was interesting “As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever“. It shows how Marian cultural devotions have a universal appeal that will remain as a good basis from which to build a renewal even when religious convictions are otherwise on an ebb. Mother Mary, pray for us. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and strengthen our faith.

BELEM, Brazil — More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging it inch by inch through the sweat-soaked crowd. Bursts of fireworks marked its passage.

Cirio de Nazare is Brazil’s largest religious event of the year and it takes place at the mouth of the Amazon in the northern state of Para.

via As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever | Crux.

Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: “Beatitudes–Sermon the Mount” | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Well, this is the month of the Rosary and Catholic World Report is participating in a “Rosary Crawl” of Ignatius Press’ movie Mary of Nazareth. I am not sure what it means. The link they have to explain it involved some sort of download that I want to check out when I get a chance.  For now, I will post their first installment which is on the Sermon on the Mount and so relates to the third mystery of the luminous mysteries and they have a clip from the movie of this reenactment. I hope there will be others.

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Excerpt from Catholic World Report

Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God is the focus of the Third Mystery of Light: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15). This calls to mind the words of Saint Paul, writing to the Christians in Galatia: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law…” (Gal 4:4). That woman, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not a mere instrument or a pious bystander, but was an active participant in the advent of the Kingdom. But her active participation was not a matter of sensational public display, but of perfect, humble faith, made known through her quiet yet astonishing Fiat–a prayer “revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time” (CCC, par 2617).

via Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: “Beatitudes–Sermon the Mount” | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

Gigantic Pro-Family Demonstration in Paris

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

via Gigantic Pro-Family Demonstration in Paris.

A reader writes:

I just had to drop you a line to share this with you. Last week, my wife and I were in France on a business trip and, on our last day, happened to run into a massive protest in Paris by La Manif Pour Tous, the French group which stands up for families and marriage between a man and a woman. With our recent Supreme Court non-decision, it can be easy to get discouraged, but witnessing this march gave us hope. It was huge, boisterous, intensely patriotic, largely secular, and full of joy.

I’m sure it didn’t make the news here, but as Americans in Paris, we were deeply moved and encouraged. Please feel free to share this little video we made!

 

North American Martyrs – YouTube

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today is the feast day of the North American Martyrs. Here is an excellent video on St. John De Brebeuf.

HT Fra Charles, FI

North American Martyrs – YouTube.

St. John De Brebeuf and The North American Martyrs, the “Founding Fathers” of Faith in North America show us how to win people for Jesus. It might not require our deaths, but it always costs our lives.

Ave Maria sung by a Child

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ave Maria! I thought this would be good for the Annunciation. It is from the Holland version of America’s got Talent. Enjoy!