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Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The Church, he said, “is a true mother who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters.”

Pointing to the mother of Jesus, the Roman Pontiff explained that “The model of maternity for the Church is the Virgin Mary” who “in the fullness of time conceived through the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Son of God.”

“Her motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the Word of God,” he said.

“The birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as firstborn of many brothers is a prelude of the new life that Christians receive in baptism.”

via Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Journalist James Foley Turned to the Rosary for Strength

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ave Maria!

James Foley who recently died at the hands of his ISIS captors turned to praying the Rosary in his previous captivity in Libya. No doubt he did so again in his much longer and less hopeful captivity in Syria. Let us offer prayers for his soul and for his family.

From the Register:

Rosary’s Strength

Previously detained for six weeks in Libya in 2011, James Foley wrote a letter to his alma mater, Marquette University, a Catholic university in Wisconsin, about how he turned to prayer, specifically the Rosary, during his captivity and how the prayers of family and friends also gave him strength.

“I began to pray the Rosary.” he wrote. “It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.”

When he was first allowed to call home after more than two weeks in captivity, Foley said his mother told him about the prayers others had offered up for him. This news made him wonder if, instead of his own prayers, “it was others’ prayers strengthening me, keeping me afloat.”

“If nothing else, prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom,” Foley said, “an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us.”

Marquette University offered its prayers for Foley and his family at the news of his death and stated that it will hold a memorial Mass for Foley on Aug. 26.

via Journalist James Foley Turned to Prayer for Strength | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

PHOTOS: Corpus Christi Bloomington, Indiana

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Corpus Christi at “Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center” and friary of “Our Lady Coredemptrix” 2014


Video – Harvard “Black Mass”: Eucharistic Procession Down Streets of Cambridge – Variety 246

Friday, May 16th, 2014
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Solemn Eucharistic Procession down the streets of Cambridge in Harvard Square. Hundreds join the police escorted procession, ending with over a thousand in St. Paul’s for a Holy Hour in response to the satanic “black” Mass that was to be held on campus.

Fr. Clancy led the procession from the MIT Chapel to St. Paul Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Drea lead the Holy Hour attended by Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, while students organized the petition drive that reached all around the world. Ave Maria!

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PHOTOS: Pope Francis with FI Superior

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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TIME’s Person of the Year 2013 Pope Francis, The People’s Pope | TIME.com

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the garbage-strewn Mariano Acosta. There is a church, the Immaculate Virgin, toward the end of the ­pasaje—Spanish for passage—where, on one occasion, the local priest and a number of frightened residents took refuge deep in the sanctuary when rival drug gangs opened fire. Beyond the church, Pasaje C branches into the rest of the parish: more rutted mud and cracked concrete form Pasajes A to K. Brick chips from the hasty construction of squatter housing coagulate along what ought to be sidewalks. The word asesino—­murderer—is scrawled in spray-paint on the sooty wall of a burned-out house, which was torched just days before in retaliation for yet another shooting. Packs of dogs sprawl beneath wrecked cars. Children wander heedless of traffic, because nothing can gather speed on these jagged roads. But even Pasaje C can lead to Rome.

As Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a metropolis of some 13.5 million souls, Jorge Mario Bergoglio made room in his schedule every year for a pastoral visit to this place of squalor and sorrow.­ He would walk to the subway station nearest to the Metropolitan Cathedral, whose pillars and dome fit easily into the center of Argentine power. Traveling alone, he would transfer onto a graffiti-blasted tram to Mariano Acosta, reaching where the subways do not go. He finished the journey on foot, moving heavily in his bulky black orthopedic shoes along Pasaje C. On other days, there were other journeys to barrios throughout the city—so many in need of so much, but none too poor or too filthy for a visit from this itinerant prince of the church. Reza por mí, he asked almost everyone he met. Pray for me.

When, on March 13, Bergoglio inherited the throne of St. Peter—keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven—he made the same request of the world. Pray for me.

via TIME’s Person of the Year 2013 Pope Francis, The People’s Pope | TIME.com.

Dedication of JPII Eucharistic Center This Sunday| Our Lady of the Angels Monastery

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Ave Maria!
Cardinal Raymond Burke will dedicate the JPII Eucharistic Center this Sunday, Dec 8th at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, AL, home to Mother Angelica of EWTN which will broadcast the event worldwide starting at 12 noon.

From the Shrine website:

Eucharistic Center

This is a small little preview of the much-asked-about John Paul II Eucharistic Center here at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. To Catholics and believers of all faiths alike, the reason for the Shrine, while prominent, remains an inexhaustible mystery. At the center and heart of the chapel here is Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. The JPII center is a ‘small’ yet significant and innovative tribute to Jesus’ unfathomable gift to us – Himself in the Eucharist. Here, visitors to the Shrine can step into recreations of a Jewish home at Passover (a foreshadowing of the Eucharist) and a constructed synagogue like the one where Christ gave the discourse in John chapter 6.

On display are immense paintings depicting the price Christ paid to give us this memorial of His passion and death. Multi Media presentations including stunning reenactments of historical Eucharistic miracles as well as dynamic question and answer segments at various booths. Not least of all are tributes to Saints and martyrs who gave the ultimate confession of faith in Christ’s Real Presence – their own life. Your prayers and support for this great work are truly appreciated! Adoro te devote!

JPII Eucharistic Center | Our Lady of the Angels Monastery.

CNS STORY: Pope prescribes daily rosary for what ails you

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

By Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis admitted he wasn’t a pharmacist, but he didn’t hesitate being the spokesman for the heart-healthy benefits of 59 little pills strung together: the rosary.

“I want to recommend some medicine for all of you,” the pope said Nov. 17 at the end of his Sunday Angelus address. “It’s a spiritual medicine.”

Holding up a white medicine box with an anatomical drawing of the human heart on it, Pope Francis told some 80,000 people gathered for the midday prayer that the boxes contained a rosary.

“Don’t forget to take it,” he said. “It’s good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life.” (more…)

Whispers in the Loggia: Tomorrow, “Francis Comes Home”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Well, folks, greetings from the calm before what could just end up being the defining day of this pontificate…

…after the last almost seven months, that’s saying something, no?

Before 8am local (2am ET) tomorrow, what was unthinkable not all that long ago will be realized as the first Pope called Francis begins a daylong pilgrimage in Assisi, to the Poverello’s home on his feast – the place where, eight centuries after him, the spirit of the most beloved of saints isn’t merely still felt, but remains the Umbrian town’s ethereal, pervading element.

As no less than six speeches are planned – all of them looking to be drawn from the template of Francesco di Bernardone and his radical embrace of “Lady Poverty” for the sake of witnessing to the Gospel – the more sensitive among us might want to brace yourselves. Whatever the case, let’s all just breathe, pray and take it easy while easy can last.

For now, as ever, look to your right sidebar for the running updates – more here once the words are sufficient… even as these have stood the test of the ages:

Most High, glorious God,

enlighten the darkness of my heart

and give me true faith,

certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge,

that I may carry out, Lord,

Your holy and true command.

via Whispers in the Loggia: Tomorrow, “Francis Comes Home”.

Religion and war in Syria: A sonorous appeal | The Economist

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Ave Maria!

This article is a bit old but I thought it spoke so eloquently of Our Lady and a call for peace in a troubled land that we could do well to reflect on it.

IN THE shimmering air of an arid mountainside, a graceful animal can suddenly speak with a human voice of succour; and a beast that seems to offer its own flesh to a hungry traveller turns out instead to be a provider of water, which is even more desperately needed. That, at any rate, is the story of what happened to the eastern Roman Emperor Justinian as he was marching across Syria with a thirsty army. Spying a lovely gazelle in the distance, he chased the animal until it led him to a cool, refreshing spring. Before he could slay the animal, it transformed into an (more…)

Pope’s General Audience: Embrace unity within the Church. Don’t give in to gossip – YouTube

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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The Pope gave a strong message on unity in the Church at the General audience on Wednesday.

What I like most about this video is the size of the audience! This is on a Wednesday, middle of the week and middle of the workday and St Peter’s Square is packed! The unity of this diverse crowd is a great backdrop for the Pope’s message. It also ties in with his homily in Calgari at Our Lady of Bonaria where he says that Our lady will teach us to look out for each other. Here he calls on Christians to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their faith.

There were two videos on Rome Reports on the event. The first is shorter and focuses on the pope and the large audience. The second is longer and includes a reading of the entire message in English by a prelate and an address of welcome to the many English speaking pilgrims in attendance from around the world.

http://en.romereports.com During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about unity within (more…)

The world’s biggest celebration of Mary’s Birthday

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Ave Maria!

One more post on Mary’s Birthday which was on the 9th of September. This is from Bangalore, India where Catholics are a small minority but they sure get the world prize for celebrating the Birthday of Mary at their Cathedral.

via Bangalore: CM, K J George among lacs of devotees at St Marys Fest.

Bangalore, Sep 9: The St Mary’s birthday festival, which is popular among Konkani Catholics from the coastal region as Monthi Fest, was celebrated with devotion and even pomp with lacs of devotees thronging the St Mary’s Basilica at Shivajinagar. The nine-day novena of prayers and devotion in honour of Mother Mary, which is being celebrated in all parishes with those having substantial number of Konkani Catholics from the coastal region having special services in their mother tongue, culminated at the St Mary’s Basilica with a traditional car festival which was flagged off by Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah after a special blessing of the chariot by Bangalore Archbishop Bernard Moras.

here is an Indian news video from the one in 2011:

Here are pictures form the 2013 event:


Marian devotees visit underwater statue | Cebu News

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Ave Maria!
This one is interesting. Marian devotion takes all forms in the Philippines!

Divers from different groups say a prayer and offer flowers at an image of the Virgin Mary 80 feet underwater in Bien Unido, Bohol. The dive was in line with the birthday celebration of the Holy Mother yesterday. FERDINAND EDRALIN

BIEN UNIDO, Bohol, Philippines — Devotees of the Virgin Mary here, as well as divers, commemorated her birthday yesterday with a solemn prayer at an area in Danajon Bank where her 14-foot statue lies about 80 feet underwater.

There was a brief fluvial parade attended by Bien Unido residents, mostly coming from the neighboring small islands. Flowers were offered to the Virgin Mary while the “Happy Birthday” was sung. The divers, meanwhile, went underwater to clean the Virgin Mary’s statue from algae.

This was the second time the town held a similar event. During last year’s celebration, divers from all over the country participated in the underwater pilgrimage.

via Marian devotees visit underwater statue | Cebu News, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com.

Panama celebrates 500 years of Christianism and anniversary of its first diocese

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

September 10, 2013. Romereports.com More than 500 years ago, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa made a promise to the Virgin Mary: if his army won a battle, he would name the first Central American colony Santa Maria La Antigua. The name was a way to honor Our Lady who was venerated at Spains Sevilles Cathedral.   Now, Panama is celebrating 500 years since its first diocese was founded in the mainland of the American continent. Everything from religious ceremonies, processions and fireworks have been part of the celebration. To mark the anniversary, Catholics carried the image of Our Lady throughout the country. It has been about a year now, since Pope Benedict XVI blessed that very image at St. Peters Square last October. The archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa, welcomed the image before taking it to the Cathedral.

MSGR. JOSE DOMINGO ULLOA Archbishop of Panama “The best gift is understanding that we are Gods loved children. That Mary, our mother, has been at our side, and above all, understanding our commitment to become disciples and missionaries. To listen to Marys voice, which says, Do as He commands, and spread His good word.” The final part of the trip ended with this sea-side procession through Panamas bay, precisely to mark the arrival of the Spaniards 500 years ago. Thousands of people flocked to the streets to join the image as it made its way to the Cathedral. After the procession, came an impressive firework display. The celebration ended in the early morning with a serenade to honor Our Lady, a rosary prayer and a Mass led by the countrys bishops. In this way the diocese marked 500 years of Christianism in Panama, which changed the course of its history.

via Panama celebrates 500 years of Christianism and anniversary of its first diocese.

Thousands heed Pope’s call to prayer vigil at St. Peter’s Square – YouTube

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Ave Maria! Looks like a big turn out for the Pope Francis’s Prayer Vigil.


via Thousands heed Pope’s call to prayer vigil at St. Peter’s Square – YouTube.