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Stuart’s Study: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Continuing with the Rosary Crawl this one is the Presentation fromStuart Dunn at Stuart’s Study

From Stuart’s Study: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl Day 3.

MON DVD Mary of Nazareth    The Visitation    SpecialToday, I am pleased to be part of another blog tour, sponsored by Carmel Communications, which you can learn more about here. This one is for a wonderful movie being released (today in fact) by Ignatius Press, entitled Mary of Nazareth. In order to promote this beautiful film and companion book, Mary of Nazareth: The Life of Our Lady in Pictures, we on the blog tour are going to share with you a video clip that corresponds to a mystery of the Rosary, and either an interview, a review, or our own personal thoughts on Mary and the specific mystery. Today, I will be sharing with you my thoughts on The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, which is the Fourth Joyful Mystery. Before I share my reflections, let us first get our minds right by praying this decade of the Rosary. We will then view the clip, and I will provide a brief reflection on it.

More at Stuart’s Study: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl Day 3.
Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple

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

MON DVD Mary of Nazareth    The Visitation    Special

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.

Pope Francis to Visit the Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


Pope Francis will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Friday, November 28th at 9:00am. He will arrive at Ankara at 1:00pm and will visit the tomb of Kemal Atatürk, the father of modern day Turkey.

The welcoming ceremony will take place at the Presidential Palace where the Pope will meet with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will also meet with the president of Religious Affairs.

On Saturday he will arrive in Istanbul for the most important part of trip. He will visit the former basilica of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. He will then preside over a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and attend an ecumenical prayer service with Patriarch Bartholomew I.

On Sunday, he will celebrate a Divine Liturgy at the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew.

That same day, Pope Francis will depart Istanbul at 5 in the afternoon and will arrive in Rome shortly before 7:00pm.

via Pope Francis to Visit the Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Early Velazquez oil painting returns to Spain for exhibition

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Valezquez_Education_of_the_Virgin

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.

Pope Francis’ Address Conclusion of Synod | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Pope Francis gave a very interesting address at the conclusion the Synod. It gives a good view of the breadth of his understanding of the pastoral dimensions of the predicament of the family in modern times and the various exaggerations that pastors can fall into. He ends by invoking Our Lady and Joseph, heads of the Holy Family, and wins resounding applause from the attendants.

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Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.

In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that “personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits, as St Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace.”

“Instead, I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage: and of parrhesia. And I have felt that what was set before our eyes was the good of the Church, of families, and the ‘supreme law,’ the ‘good of souls; (cf. Can. 1752).”

Read the rest at News Briefs/Rss | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

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.

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!

 

Seven facts you didn’t know about Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Cardinal Montini was worried during the conclave, knowing full well what was waiting for for him. During his 15 years as Pope, he fearlessly confronted the challenges of his time through 7 surprising gestures.

He sold the tiara

Believing that the Pope is not a monarch, he renounced the triple tiara one year after the conclave. It was sold with the money going to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. No Pope has used the tiara since.

A group of American Catholics purchased the tiara for $1 million. Today, it is housed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The First traveling Pope

Pope VI exchanged the boat of Peter for an airplane. He visited 19 countries throughout

via Seven facts you didn’t know about Paul VI.

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

It was a symbolic morning at the Vatican which was led by three Popes: Pope Francis declared Paul VI blessed, accompanied by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI, although frail, followed the ceremony attentively.

In front of thousands of people, the Pope inscribed Paul VI in the Book of Saints.

“…Ut Venerabilis Servus Dei Paulus VI, papa, Beati nomine in posterum appelletur.” (“We declare that the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI, Pope, shall henceforth be invoked as Blessed…”)

As is usual during beatifications, this tapestry was unveiled

via Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI.

Marriage Prep Key to Low Divorce Rate Among Catholics in Latvia | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Ave Maria! In a country that has an astronomically high divorce rate of 86% the Catholic couples have only a 16% rate!! This Bishop explains how it was achieved.

Archbishop Stankevis explained that such a low number of divorces inside the Church is due in part to a ‘serious preparation for marriage, because we have an obligatory course for persons who want to get married in the Church’

BY ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS 10/17/2014 Comment

Archbishop Zbigevs Stankevis of Riga, Latvia

– Latvian Bishops’ Conference

VATICAN CITY — In synod discussions last week, the Baltic Sea nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to hear why the number of divorces among their Catholic population is so low.

“In Latvia, it is a pity, but we have the highest number of divorces: 86% of marriages are divorced civil marriages. But when our civil mass media started to check how it is in the Church, they discovered that we just have 16%, and they asked why,” Archbishop Zbig?evs Stankevi?s of Riga told CNA Oct. 9.

via Marriage Prep Key to Low Divorce Rate Among Catholics in Latvia | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Card. Caffarra: Church Doctrine on divorced couples doesn’t mean they’re rejected

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Since his arrival to the Diocese of Bologna in Italy, Cardinal Caffarra has developed a specific pastoral ministry for divorced and remarried people.

CARD. CARLO CAFFARRA

Archbishop of Bologna (Italy)

“I wanted to reach out to those people who felt rejected by the Church. I wanted to meet with them to tell them one thing: The Church does not reject you. Jesus loves you.”

He began by meeting with 200 divorced and remarried couples to thoroughly explain Church doctrine. Through his experience, the Cardinal said, divorced couples have been able to understand the Church’s stance on receiving Communion.

via Card. Caffarra: Church Doctrine on divorced couples doesn’t mean they’re rejected.

Whispers in the Loggia: To Every Family, “We Stand At the Door and Knock” – The Synod’s Last Word

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

At the close of a truly extraordinary, sometimes explosive fortnight, here below is the English text of the just-released final message of the Synod, said to have been approved by a “wide majority” (later said to be 158 of 174 voting members).

Alongside the following text, the 174 Synod Fathers are slated to vote later today on a considerably more extensive final report summarizing the discussions, the publication of which rests in the judgment of the body’s president – the Pope.

via Whispers in the Loggia: To Every Family, “We Stand At the Door and Knock” – The Synod’s Last Word.