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Prayer of a Penitent

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

My Lord Jesus behold me defiled by sin. Again I have stained the holy garment of grace in my soul that Your Blood has cleansed so often. O, Father of mercy, hear my prayer. Give me a true spirit of penance that through the humble supplication of a contrite heart I may again receive pardon.

Since my last confession I have fallen more frequently than usual. My Jesus, I have gone back. But do not for sake me, though I richly deserve to be rejected as obstinate and incorrigible. Behold me prostrate before You, O my God. My sinfulness weighs me down. Alas, Jesus my God and Savior, I do not raise my eyes to you. How can I who have so often violated my past resolves presume to ask pardon again?

O my soul, crushed by the load of sin, take courage: your Redeemer will console you in your desolation. Reject me not, though I have miserably broken my promise of amendment. Cast not off Your wretched child or I shall be forever lost. From my heart I grieve for having offended you.

O holy Mother of God, my guardian angel, my holy patrons: intercede for me with my Judge and obtain for me the pardon of my sins. O Jesus, grant me a true spirit of penance. My Jesus, have mercy on me.

+St. John Neumann

FiNews – Fr. Peter Wins Card. John J. Wright Mariological Award

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Ave Maria!

We wish to give our hearty congratulations to our very own Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner as we announce that he has been accorded the prestigious Cardinal John J. Wright Award of the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.


The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation.  Through its annual meeting and in its publication, Marian Studies, the Society seeks to promote original research in Marian doctrine and devotion.

The Cardinal John J. Wright Mariological Award is conferred in memory of Cardinal Wright, long-time member of the MSA and its Episcopal chairman from 1951 until his death in 1979.  As defined by the Board of Directors in 1991, the award is given, upon recommendation of a designated three-member committee, to recognize and encourage significant publications on the Virgin Mary.  Its recipient need not be a member of the MSA.

Past recipients of the Mariological Award include Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M. (1951); Wenceslaus Sebastian, O.E.M. (1952); Lawrence W. Monheim, S.M. (1953); Stanley Maruzewski, M.S. (1954); Bernard Le Frois, S. V. D. (1955); Dominic J. Unger, O.F.M. Cap. (1956); Cyril Vollert, S.J. (1957); Walter J. Burghardt, S.J. (1958); Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. (1959); William G. Most (1960); George W. Shea (1961); Edward D. O’Connor, C.S.C. (1962); Kenneth E Dougherty, S.A. (1966); Ovidio Casado Fuente (1966); Charles W. Neumann, S.M. (1967); Cletus J. Wessels, O.P. (1968); John E Craghan, C.Ss.R. (1971); Theodore A. Koehler, S.M. (1973); Manuel Miguens, O.F.M. (1975); William H. Marshner (1979); Roger M. Charest, S.M.M. (1983); James T. O’Connor (1986); Alfred Boeddeker, O.F.M. (1989); Nicholas Ayo, c.s.c. (1995). Bertrand Buby, S.M. (1997); Luigi Gambero, S.M. (2005); Johann Roten, S.M. (2010).

This is great news indeed and a great honor to a well deserved mariologist and a very dear confrere. Congratulations Fr. Peter!!!

Ave Maria!

On Mary’s Graces

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Graces of Mary’s Immaculate Heart:

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is the principle of the life of a…world…. What is this world? It is the God Man, filled with countless rare marvels. Now, this God-Man is the Son of Mary, and Mary’s Heart is consequently the source of his life since the mother’s heart is the principle of the child’s life as well as her own.
St. John Chrysostom is surely right when he says that the heart of Saint Paul was “the heart of the whole world. For it is through that apostolic heart that the Spirit of Life was poured forth on all things and given to the members of Jesus Christ.” But how much more true is this of the incomparably loving Heart of the Queen of Apostles…


Video – Variety 257: March for LIFE DC 2015: We Must Fight For Life

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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Ave Maria!

The “March for Life” was a peaceful demonstration/rally held in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2015. Here are mini interviews of some participants and footage from the March in the streets of our nation’s capital. Ave Maria!

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Photos – FINEWS: Mt. St. Francis Hermitage Community

Monday, November 24th, 2014

group community shot web

Back row L to R: Mathew (New York), Friar Camillo M.(Maryland), Carl (Florida), Joseph (Pennsylvania), Nathan (Kentucky), José (Minnesota), Andrew (Arizona)

Front row L to R: Fr. John Joseph M. (Michigan), Friar Felix M. (Ohio), Fr. Louis Maximilian (Georgia), Friar Augstine (Perth, WA.)

Missing from photo: Fr. Johannes M. (New York)

Photos – FINEWS: 8 US Postulants

Monday, November 24th, 2014

old new postulants shot web

2 postulants are missing: Stephen (Canada) and  Joshua (California)

L to R: Andrew (Arizona), Joseph (Pennsylvania), Carl (Florida), Nathan (Kentucky), Jose (Minnesota), Mathew (New York) (more…)

Video – FINEWS 151: All 160′ for the Immaculate

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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Fi News #151 – ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

The friars from Mount Saint Francis Hermitage recently erected their new 160′ radio tower for the radio station they operate out of the friary in Maine, NY, Holy Virgin Mary Radio, WHVM 91.9 FM.

The erection of the tower completed months of preparation work over the course of the summer to lay a new foundation, pour new ground anchors, and assemble the tower on the ground before lifting it into position with a 200′ crane and securing it down. This occurred on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2. (more…)

Typewriter Artist – YouTube

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Amazing art, indeed, including of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other Catholic themes. Check out this heart warming video.

KING-TV (2004): An extraordinary man with a severe disability creates incredible works of art using a typewriter.

via Typewriter Artist – YouTube.

Pray that Our Lady of America be put in National Shrine

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Ave Maria!

This would be great! Storm heaven with prayers!

Supporters of Our Lady of America may want to read this National Catholic Register blog (Matt & Pat Archbold) published on Monday, as you continue to pray:

Our Lady of America: A Light in the Darkness

“As the Bishops of the United States gather in Baltimore this week for their fall meeting, the family and the recent Synod on the Family are forefront in many bishops’ minds. Now more than ever, there is a need to focus people on the sanctification of the family. Our culture is trying to push impurity as the accepted standard of moral behavior within families and purity is viewed as an unachievable standard for normal people. But we know that Our Lord calls us all to purity and fifty years ago he sent his mother…” (Read More)

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Fra Gabriel Skates his way to Rome Reports: Check it out!

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Ave Maria!

You may have caught our previous post of the video done by Spirit Juice Films with Fra Gabriel skateboarding to the Salve Regina with his own vocals. It now has over twenty-two thousand views and has caught the attention of Rome, or at least Rome Reports, who did a video on him as well. Check it out:

It’s not very common to see a Franciscan friar skateboarding, but for Fra Grabriel, it’s business as usual.

He left it behind temporarily when he started his religious life. But a few years later, his superiors encouraged him to take on his hobby once again. Now he uses it as way to reach out to people and talk to them about God.


“God has so many ways of using people’s talents to give Him glory. And when I still make use of this sport of skateboarding, I can help others to see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul. As St. Francis says, we are always to preach the Gospel, and if necessary, sometimes use words. And so that’s what I do.”

via Rome Reports A Skating Friar? Check it out!.

Here is the video by Spirit Juice Studios again. It is worth another look … and listen:

Go Fra Gabriel! Ave Maria!

Four Things You Need to Know about John Duns Scotus

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today we all must be dunces for Christ!

That’s right. Saturday, November 8th, is Bl. John Duns Scotus’ feast day from whom the term “dunce” was derisively coined by both Protestants (with their God-alone doctrine) and Renaissance Humanists (with their man-alone doctrine). Centuries earlier, Scotus taught a both/and synthesis of the two, the Absolute Primacy of Christ, focusing on the importance of the Incarnation of Jesus as true God and true man. In doing so, he strikes a quintessentially Catholic balance between these perennial extremes. In fact, he taught that the entirety of God’s plan to create our universe revolved around His desire to be incarnated in the human family, which then put a special spotlight on Mary, His mother, and thus formed the basis for Scotus’ theological defense of her Immaculate Conception. The Protestants and Humanists could not refute the pesky Franciscan so they resorted to name calling.

Did you catch some of the connections to our order here, Bl. John Duns Scotus, the Franciscan theologian who successfully defended the Immaculate Conception? Just in case you were wonder why we Franciscans of the Immaculate are making such a big fuss about him. So, yes, please pray that we FI’s can be good “dunces” today for Jesus and Mary!

Stephen Beale at Catholic Exchange writes a great summary of four important things to know about Scotus’ teachings:

  1. The Immaculate Conception. His enduring theological defense of the Immaculate Conception based on his teaching of the Absolute Primacy of Christ.
  2. The Necessity of the Incarnation. Again, his doctrine of the Absolute Primacy of Christ, that Jesus would have come even if Adam had not sinned.
  3. Divine Being as Infinity. That infinity is the primary attribute of God and how he gives many beautiful insights to the significance of this.
  4. Will and intellect. That loving God is more important than knowing Him (although both are necessary).

via Catholic Exchange  Four Things You Need to Know about John Duns Scotus:

Every faithful Catholic—if they don’t already—should get to know John Duns Scotus, the 13th [Century] Franciscan whose brilliant flights to the heights of speculative theology earned him the nickname the “Subtle Doctor.”

John Duns Scotus, whose feast day is Saturday, may have earned a permanent place in the pantheon of Catholic theologians if for no other reason than the mark he left on Marian dogma, but his reflections on the nature of divine being and the necessity of the Incarnation—that’s with or without original sin—compel our curiosity. Here are four reasons it’s worth getting to know Scotus.

1. The Immaculate Conception. Perhaps his lasting contribution to the faith and devotion of the Church is in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. To be sure the Church had long believed that Mary had lived a sinless life. (St. Augustine famously declared that “When sin is treated, there can be no inclusion of Mary in the discussion.”) But the question of original sin was a thornier one. Many of the greatest saints of the Church—like St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Thomas Aquinas—found themselves caught between a theological rock and a hard place. While wanting to affirm her exceptional purity as Mother of God they also did not want to exempt anyone from the need for salvation through Christ.

More at Four Things You Need to Know about John Duns Scotus.

Mary Is the Center of the Communion of Saints, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said that it is a joy to have a spiritual family living in eternity and stressed that Mary is the first of the saints who guides us to her Son.

“In the great assembly of saints, God has wanted to reserve the first place for the Mother of Jesus,” the Holy Father said before his Nov. 1 weekly recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.

Mary, he said, “is the center of the communion of saints, as the singular guardian of the bond of the universal Church with Christ.”

Whoever wants to follow Jesus on the path of the Gospel can find a secure guide in Mary, the Pope explained, saying that she is an attentive and caring mother with whom we can entrust every desire or difficulty.

via Mary Is the Center of the Communion of Saints, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Edward Sri | Mary, Bethlehem and the Cross – Rosary Crawl

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Ok, this finishes the Rosary Crawl which we started at the midpoint (or is that mid-crawl?)  when I noticed it on Catholic World Report.  This one is the Nativity at Bethlehem from Edward Sri at To Keep and to Ponder

From Edward Sri | Mary, Bethlehem and the Cross.:

I am happy to be part of a blog tour for a new movie being released by Ignatius Press, entitled Mary of Nazareth. Each person on the tour is offering a reflection on one of the mysteries of the Rosary, and I’ve been tasked with Mary at the Nativity. For a sample clip of this scene from the movie, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch v=O9VyT9sY_Dc&authuser=0. If you want your family and friends to know Mary better, this movie is worth seeing!


I am especially excited to be a part of this because I am in Israel right now leading a “Walking with Mary” Holy Land pilgrimage, in which we use the 20 mysteries of the Rosary as our itinerary and pray right in the places where these mysteries unfolded. The following is based on my reflections from our group’s visit to Bethlehem this week.



The Mary of the Bible is not fully portrayed by the Mary of your grandmother’s nativity set.

Not that the classical depiction of Our Lady kneeling before the manger with her hands folded and her eyes gazing upon the infant child is wrong. It beautifully captures the Blessed Mother’s ardent devotion to her newborn Son.

But if we read the Bible carefully, we can see there was a lot more going on in Mary’s life in those days, and some of it would be been quite troubling for her.

More at Edward Sri | Mary, Bethlehem and the Cross.

Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl – Finding In The Temple

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Ave Maria!

Continuing with the Rosary Crawl this one is the Finding in the Temple from Fr. Shenan J. Boquet at Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation

From Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl – Finding In The Temple.:

MON DVD Mary of Nazareth    The Visitation    Special

Harvesting The Fruits of Contemplation, along with many other inspiring bloggers, is delighted to be a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl. To learn more CLICK HERE.

When I first watched Mary of Nazareth, I was reminded of the words Father George P. Schommer, O.P. shared during a retreat some years ago:

“Praying the rosary with Mary is a memorial – making present in our own time an event in salvation history. By meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, Mary brings that event to us, so we can experience its power and grace.  Mary draws us to her Son.  Use your imagination. Meditate on the mysteries.  It will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.  We are with Him and with Mary in these events.”

Viewing Mary of Nazareth – the equivalent of praying the rosary with one’s eyes – breathed new life into the good Friar’s words and provided much to ponder.

More at Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl – Finding In The Temple.:

The Annunciation – Mary of Nazareth – RosaryCrawl – Snoring Scholar

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Ave Maria!

Continuing with the Rosary Crawl this one is the Annunciation from Sarah Reinhard at Snoring Scholar

This post is part of the Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour and Rosary Crawl.

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary” (Lk 1:26-27).

“The Annunciation to Mary inaugurates the ‘fullness of time’ (Gal 4:4), the time of the fulfillment of God’s promises and preparations” (CCC, 484).

via The Annunciation – Mary of Nazareth #RosaryCrawl – Snoring Scholar.