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School of Mary

The Presentation of Mary and Religious Profession

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

According to tradition, Our Lady was presented at an early age to the Temple having to leave behind her beloved family and home.  November 21st commemorates this event and is often a date chosen for new members of religious orders to make their professions, those who also leave behind ‘the world’ and their beloved families.  Here is a thought on religious profession from Venerable Mary of Agreda:


444. My dear daughter, I will not deny thee the instruction thou askest of me with the desire of putting it into practice ; but do thou receive it with an appreciative and devout mind, ready to follow it in deed…Accordingly he who has made vows to God has bound his own will; so that he has no freedom of acting except according to the will and direction of Him to whom he has bound himself; for he is chained down by the words of his own mouth uttered in the profession of his vows. Before taking his vows, the choice of his ways was in his own hands; but having once bound and obliged himself, let him know that he has entirely lost his liberty and had delivered himself up to God in his superiors. The whole ruin or salvation of souls depends upon the use of their free will; but since most men use it ill and damn themselves, the Most High has established religious life under the sacred vows. Thus the creature, by once using its liberty to make a perfect and prudent choice, can deliver up to his Majesty that very liberty, which so many pervert, if it remains free and unhampered in its choice.


445. By these vows the liberty to do evil is happily lost, and the liberty for doing good is assured. It is like a bridle, which leads away from danger and directs into the smooth and sure road. (more…)

On Blessed John Duns Scotus

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

The theology of John Duns Scotus (Feast day is November 8th) is that of defense of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. His eloquence, reason, and rational thought on the subject—joined with a faithful heart to the doctrine of the Church– led the Franciscan Pope Sixtus IV to approve the liturgical office of this Marian feast in 1480. In 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX officially declared a dogma of faith the doctrine on the Immaculate Conception.

One of the outstanding figures in the Franciscan Order during the 19th century, the venerable servant of God Gabriele Maria Allegra OFM wrote of John Duns: “I see Scotus as the Doctor of the Immaculate Conception, of Christ as king of the universe, of the Church as the bride of Christ, as a defender of Christ’s vicar on earth, as a theologian of the mystery of the Eucharist.”

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus:
O Most High, Almightily and gracious Lord, Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart, grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized. He honored Your Son with the most sublime praises; he was the first to successfully defend the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father, to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O most holy Father, God of infinite love, hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer, thorough the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and His Mother, the Gate of Heaven and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

The Mother of my Lord

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

HAIL MARY, beloved Daughter of the eternal Father. Hail Mary, wonderful Mother of the Son. Hail Mary, faithful Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Lady, my powerful Queen. You are all mine through your mercy, and I am all yours.

Take away from me all that may be displeasing to God. Cultivate in me everything that is pleas­ing to you. May the light of your faith dispel the dark­ness of my mind, your deep humility take the place of my pride; your continual sight of God fill my memory with his presence; the fire of the charity of your heart inflame the lukewarmness of my own heart; your virtues take the place of my sins; your merits be my enrichment and make up for all that is want­ing in me before God. 

My beloved Mother, grant that I may have no other spirit but your spirit, to know Jesus Christ and His divine will and to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may love God with burning love like yours.

+St. Louis de Montfort


Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #31: The Offering of One?s Heart to Mary

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Day #31: The Offering of One?s Heart to Mary

THE SOUL: O Mary, O my dear Mother, (more…)

Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #30: The Presence of God

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Day #30: The Presence of God

MARY: Wherever you turn, God sees you! Whether you ascend into the heavens, whether you sink into the abyss, God always sees you! He sees you, but his glance is infinite love because he is present to sustain your life, to help you, (more…)

Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #29: Death

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Day #29: Death

THE SOUL: I am full of life and it seems as if I will never have to die. Fantastic! I want earthly joys; however, (more…)

Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #28: The Goodness of God in Forgiveness

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Day #28: The Goodness of God in Forgiveness

MARY: Do you want to give yourself an idea of the goodness of God and the hardness of creatures? (more…)

Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #27: The Medicine of the Soul

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Day #27: The Medicine of the Soul

THE SOUL: Even with so many means of sanctification and salvation, I recognize, unfortunately, that I am weak and empty. (more…)

Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #26: The Transformation of the Soul

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Day #26: The Transformation of the Soul

JESUS: ?He who eats my flesh and drinks my Blood will have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day … He who feeds on me lives because of me … Your fathers ate the manna and died, but he who feeds on me will not die … I am the bread of life come down from heaven.? (more…)

Don Dolindo Ruotolo – School of Mary – Day #25: The Eucharist

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Day #25: The Eucharist

MARY: Jesus was not content merely to open to you the channels of grace with the Sacraments; he wished to give you himself so that you could live totally by him and in him. (more…)

Don Donlindo Routolo – School of Mary – Day #24: A Canticle of Love

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Day #24: A Canticle of Love

(According to the Spirituality of the Canticle of Canticles)

THE SOUL: O Jesus … the only desire of my soul, only good of my being, come! (more…)

School of Mary – Day #23: The Aspirations of the Heart

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Day #23: The Aspirations of the Heart

MARY: A soldier who wants to keep himself really faithful to his duty should not be one who serves under constraint; he should have an ideal toward which he aspires. (more…)

School of Mary – Day #22: The Misery of Human Judgment

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Day #22: The Misery of Human Judgment

MARY: You are so afraid of human judgment and so many times you betray God in order not to contradict a poor creature, (more…)

School of Mary – Day #21: Human Respect

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Day #21: Human Respect

MARY: Among the enemies you must fight against, my child, there is one which is small, wretched, foolish, but which can paralyze you. (more…)

School of Mary – Day #20: Spiritual Combat

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Day #20: Spiritual Combat

MARY: The life of man is warfare on the earth. He, like a soldier, (more…)