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Glories of Mary

Descent of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the Apostles

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

 Holy Virgin, I beg you: enable me to receive Jesus from the Spirit, according to the same process by which you bore Jesus. May my soul possess Jesus thanks to the Spirit through whom you conceived Jesus. May the grace to know Jesus be granted to me through the Spirit who enabled you to know how to possess Jesus and bring him forth.

May my littleness show forth the greatness of Jesus in virtue of the Spirit in whom you recognized yourself as the handmaid of the Lord, desir­ing that it be done to you according to the word of the Angel. May I love Jesus in the Spirit in whom you adored him as your Lord and looked after him as your Son.
(Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo)

The White Ladder to Heaven: Our Lady

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

How Friar Leo saw a terrible vision in a dream

ONCE, in a dream, Friar Leo beheld a vision of the making ready of the Divine judgment. He beheld the Angels making music with trumpets and divers instruments, and calling together a marvellous great crowd in a meadow. And on one side of the meadow was set a ladder all rosy red, which reached from earth even unto heaven, and on the other side of the meadow was set another ladder all white, which descended from heaven to earth. On the top of the red ladder, Christ appeared a Lord offended and exceeding wrath. And St. Francis was nigh unto Christ but a few steps lower down; and he came farther down the ladder, and with a loud voice and great fervour called and said: “Come ye, my friars, come confidently, fear not, come, draw nigh unto the Lord, for He calleth you”. At the voice of St. Francis and at his bidding, the friars went and climbed up the red ladder with great confidence. And, when they were all thereon, some fell off the third step, and some off the fourth step, others off the fifth and the sixth; and at the last all fell, so that there remained not one upon the ladder. And so great ruin of his friars, St. Francis, as a pitiful father, was moved to compassion, and besought the Judge for his sons, that He would receive them to His mercy. And Christ showed His wounds all bloody, and said unto St. Francis: “This have thy friars done unto Me”.

And St. Francis delayed not, but, even as he interceded, came down certain steps, and cried unto the friars that were fallen from the red ladder and said: “Come ye, rise up, my sons and friars, be of good courage and despair not, but run to the white ladder and climb up it, for by it ye shall be received into the Kingdom of Heaven; run, friars, through paternal admonishment, to the white ladder”. And on the top of the ladder appeared the glorious Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, all pitiful and kind, and welcomed those friars; and without any difficulty they entered into the eternal kingdom. To the praise of Christ. Amen.

The Five First Saturdays

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

“See, My daughter, My heart surrounded by thorns which ungrateful men pierce at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude… Say to all those who, for five months, on the first Saturday, confess, receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep Me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, in a spirit of reparation, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”

 

The confession may be made on the First Saturday itself or some days before or after the First Saturday. This reparatory devotion was requested to atone for the five ways in which people offend the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

  1. attacks upon Mary’s Immaculate Conception;
  2. attacks against her Perpetual Virginity;
  3. attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept Her as the Mother of all mankind;
  4. for those who try to publicly implant in children’s hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother, and
  5. for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.

Our Lady Amidst the Flowers

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

The fairest flower of them all…

We honor the Mother of God and we have put all our hope in her because we know she can do everything. And do you know she can do everything? Her Son does not refuse anything she wishes, because He has not been able to give back to her what He took on loan from her.  He took His flesh from her, and made it divine, but He did not give it back. This is why we feel ourselves so safe in the garden of the Mother of God.

A Greek Orthodox monk to Pope Benedict XVI

The Marian Month of Mary

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

This month we will concentrate on Our Lady!

 “The mood of springtime informs the church’s interior; nature’s blossoming, the warm air of May evenings, human gladness in a world that is renewing itself — all these things enter in. Veneration of Mary has its place in this very particular atmosphere, for she, the Virgin, shows us faith under its youthful aspect, as God’s new beginning in a world that has grown old. In her we see the Christian life set forth as a youthfulness of the heart, as beauty and a waiting readiness for what is to come.”

-- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which is Above

The Glories of Mary #24: The Birth of Mary

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Mary was born a saint, and a great saint; for the grace with which God enriched her from the beginning was great, and the fidelity with which she immediately corresponded to it was great.

STORY

There were two young noblemen in Madrid, of whom the one encouraged the other in leading a wicked life, and in committing all sorts of crimes.  One of them one night in a dream saw his friend taken (more…)

The Glories of Mary #23: The Immaculate Conception

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

How befitting it was that each of the Three Persons should preserve Mary from Original Sin.

STORY

A woman came to a house of our little Congregation in this kingdom to let one of the Fathers know that her husband had not been to confession for many years, and the poor creature could no longer tell by what means to bring him to his duty; for if she named confession to him, he beat her. The Father told her (more…)

The Glories of Mary #22: Sweetness of the Name of Mary

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The Sweetness of the Name of Mary during Life and Death.

STORY

St Camilla de Lellis urged the members of his community to remind the dying often to utter the holy names of Jesus and Mary.  Such was his custom when assisting people in their last hour.  When he himself came to die he gave an edifying example of confidence in the holy names.  His biographer relates (more…)

The Glories of Mary #21: Clemency and Compassion of Mary

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

How great are the clemency and compassion of Mary.

STORY

In the life of Father Anthony de Colleli we find the following occurrence narrated:  “A certain unfortunate woman was having illicit relations with two young men.  One of these, prompted by jealousy, stabbed (more…)

The Glories of Mary #20: Mary Our Salvation

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Mary Leads Her Servants to Heaven.

STORY

The Franciscan Chronicles relate that a certain Brother Leo saw in a vision two ladders the one red, the other white.  On the upper end of the red ladder stood Jesus and on the other stood His holy Mother.  The brother saw that some tried to climb the red ladder; but scarcely had they mounted some rungs when they fell back, they tried again but with no better success.  Then they were advised to try the white ladder (more…)

The Glories of Mary #19: Mary Our Salvation

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Mary Succors Her Clients In Purgatory.

STORY

A noble lady, who had an only son, was informed one day that he had been killed.  The murderer had by chance taken refuge in her own palace.  She then (more…)

The Glories of Mary #18: Mary Our Salvation

Friday, March 26th, 2010

AND AFTER THIS OUR EXILE SHOW UNTO US THE BLESSED FRUIT OF THY WOMB, JESUS

STORY
In the year 1604, in a city of Belgium, there were two young men, students, but who, instead of attending to their studies, gave themselves up to a life of debauchery.  One night they were both in the house with an evil companion, when one of them, named Richard, returned home, leaving his companion there.  After he had reached home, and had begun to undress, he remembered he had not that day said some “Hail Marys,” that he was in the habit of reciting.  Feeling very sleepy he was loath to say them; he did himself violence, and repeated them, though without devotion, and half asleep.  He then lay down, and had fallen into a sound slumber, when he was suddenly roused by a violent knocking at the door, (more…)

The Glories of Mary #17: Mary Our Guardian

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

TURN, THEN, THINE EYES OF MERCY TOWARDS US.

STORY

In the kingdom of Valencia a great sinner resolved to become a Mohammedan, hoping thereby to escape from the arm of justice. On his way to the ship’s landing where he meant to set sail (more…)

The Glories of Mary #16: Mary Our Advocate

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Mary is the Peace-maker between Sinners and God.

STORY
In Braganza there was a young man, who, after giving up the confraternity, abandoned himself to so many crimes that one day, in despair, (more…)

The Glories of Mary #15: Mary Our Advocate

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Mary is so tender an Advocate that she does not refuse to defend the Cause even of the most miserable.

STORY
In one of our missions, after the sermon on the Blessed Virgin Mary, which it is always customary in our Congregation to preach, a very old man came to make his confession to one of the Fathers.  Filled with consolation he said, “Father, our Blessed Lady has granted me a grace.”  “What grace has she granted you?”  the confessor asked.  “You must know, Father,” he replied, “that for five-and-thirty years I have made sacrilegious confessions, (more…)