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Early Velazquez oil painting returns to Spain for exhibition

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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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.

The Way of the Cross: #RosaryCrawl Unites Us in Prayer

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Here is the next installment of the Rosary Crawl for the film Mary of Nazareth. This time at Lisa Henley’s blog at Patheos and it is for the fourth sorrowful mystery the Way of the Cross. I am not sure what the rest of the schedule will be. Their itinerary is here but the content of the future stops are not yet posted. I seem to be posting these half way through the crawl so I will post the previous ones when their itinerary is finished on Thursday, the twenty third. Apparently it is a promo of the DVD release of the film.

 

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I am pleased to be a part of the “MARY of NAZARETH” Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl itinerary here.

Alissa Jung as Mary in “Mary of Nazareth”

I remember the night I sat in a movie theater and participated as a sold out audience watched a premier of the film Mary of Nazareth. Seated next to me in the theater that night was the talented actress Alissa Jung, who portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary in the film. I had interviewed Alissa earlier in the day, asking her all about the experience of portraying Mary. I also vividly recall glancing to my side as we sat watching the movie together, interested in seeing how Alissa reacted there in the theater during the most excruciatingly challenging parts of the film. Alissa is obviously not Mary, but I can only imagine what it must be like for any woman — any mother — to so fully interact with the emotions of the Blessed Mother.

One of the times I most felt the emotion of a mother’s pure love and grief that night (and in the times I’ve watched the film since then) was during the scenes depicting the Way of the Cross. A few years ago, on my trip to Israel, I had prayed along the Via Dolorosa. To view Mary of Nazareth is to step back onto the Way and to again unite myself to Christ’s carrying of the cross, as we see depicted in this scene from the film:

More at: The Way of the Cross: #RosaryCrawl Unites Us in Prayer.

10 quotes from Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, October 20th, 2014

via “Mondays with Mary” – Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary | TOM PERNA.

I’ve said in my posts before that it’s an exciting time to be a Catholic. Yesterday’s beatification of Pope Paul VI is yet another indication of this time. We now have three popes that served nearly one after the other in the 20th century as saints of the Catholic Church. Although Paul VI has not been officially canonized, we know that he is there in Heaven with his predecessor, Pope St. John XXIII and his successor, Pope St. John Paul II.

In honor of our newest beatification, I now give you some of the words on the Blessed Virgin Mary from Blessed Pope Paul VI –

1. “This pious practice, by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people enriched with spiritual gifts, gladdens and consoles us. Mary remains ever the path that leads to Christ. Every encounter with her can only result in an encounter with Christ himself” – Mense Maio #2

2. “The general norm ‘Through Mary to Jesus’ is therefore valid also for the imitation of Christ. Nevertheless, let our faith not be perturbed, as if the intervention of a creature in every way similar to us, except as regards sin, offended our personal dignity and prevented the intimacy and immediacy of our relationships of adoration and friendship with the Son of God.” – Signum Magnum, Part 2, Section 2.

via “Mondays with Mary” – Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary | TOM PERNA.

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.

Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: “Beatitudes–Sermon the Mount” | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Well, this is the month of the Rosary and Catholic World Report is participating in a “Rosary Crawl” of Ignatius Press’ movie Mary of Nazareth. I am not sure what it means. The link they have to explain it involved some sort of download that I want to check out when I get a chance.  For now, I will post their first installment which is on the Sermon on the Mount and so relates to the third mystery of the luminous mysteries and they have a clip from the movie of this reenactment. I hope there will be others.

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Excerpt from Catholic World Report

Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God is the focus of the Third Mystery of Light: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15). This calls to mind the words of Saint Paul, writing to the Christians in Galatia: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law…” (Gal 4:4). That woman, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not a mere instrument or a pious bystander, but was an active participant in the advent of the Kingdom. But her active participation was not a matter of sensational public display, but of perfect, humble faith, made known through her quiet yet astonishing Fiat–a prayer “revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time” (CCC, par 2617).

via Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: “Beatitudes–Sermon the Mount” | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

Oct 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Seeking the Lord in Mary

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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Homily #141012n ( 00min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the readings of today, and tells us that our appraisal of sin is not the same as God’s. Indifference to sin, which characterizes our age, is punished severely to God. We must seek God in order to be saved, and if we seek Him through Mary, she will we to our salvation. Seeking the Lord in Mary is the recipe for rejoicing!
Ave Maria!
Mass: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 25:6-10
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
2nd: phi 4:12-14, 19-20
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Salus Populi Romani

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Mary is the mother, and a mother worries above all about the health of her children, she knows how to care for them always with great and tender love. Our Lady guards our health. What does this mean: Our Lady guards our health? I think above all of three things: she helps us grow, to confront life, to be free.
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1. A mother helps her children grow up and wants them to grow strong; that is why she teaches them not to be lazy — which can also derive from a certain kind of wellbeing — not to sink into a comfortable life-style, contenting oneself with possessions. The mother takes care that her children develop better, that they grow strong, capable of accepting responsibilities, of engaging in life, of striving for great ideals. The Gospel of St Luke tells us that, in the family of Nazareth, Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him” (Lk 2:40). Our Lady does just this for us, she helps us to grow as human beings and in the faith, to be strong and never to fall into the temptation of being human beings and Christians in a superficial way, but to live responsibly, to strive ever higher.
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Oct 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The One Who Heard

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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Homily #141011n ( 03min) Play -Commenting on today’s readings, Father emphasizes that, while it may seem Our Lord is repudiating His Mother, we need to remember that Mary is the one who heard and kept the Word of God perfectly, and that this is the true source of Her glory. Being the one most conformed to Jesus, She can help us as we “put on Christ,” let us turn to Her, and share in the blessedness of hearing the Word and following it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday in the 27th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 3:22-29
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 11:27-28

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News Briefs/Rss | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2014 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics praying the rosary must rediscover the contemplative nature of the prayer and not just recite it speedily if they wish for it to truly transform their lives, said a Dominican priest in the nation’s capital.

“It [the rosary] will produce – if prayed correctly – a lot of grace in our personal lives,” said Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. However, in the past few decades, “it wasn’t taught. It was just simply said…it was therefore not devotional, it did not bring grace.”

Fr. Cole is a professor of moral, spiritual, and dogmatic theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He has written and spoken about the rosary and previously served as the temporary head of the Rosary Center in Portland, Oregon.

via News Briefs/Rss | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

Our Lady of Victories

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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O Victorious Lady, Thou who has ever such powerful influence with Thy Divine Son, in conquering the hardest of hearts, intercede for those for whom we pray, that their hearts being softened by the ways of Divine Grace, they may return to the unity of the true Faith, through Christ, our Lord. Amen

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For information on Our Lady of Victory (Our Lady of the Rosary), see the history of the Feast at http://www.olvrc.com/history/olvhistory.html 

 

Oct 07 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Wear It Out

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Homily #141007n ( 06min) Play – Father speaks on the source of today’s feast, the Battle of Lepanto, and tells us to listen to Our Lady when She told us at Fatima to pray the Rosary daily. This is the most powerful prayer we have after the Sacred Liturgy. Finally, Father relates when our Father Founder, Fr. Stefano, came back from Fatima and gave him a rosary, telling him, “Wear it out.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Rosary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:12-14
Resp: luk 1:46-55
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Video – Marian and Franciscan Day – CONF 265

Monday, October 6th, 2014
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Conferences #265 – ( 32min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias on the Feast of St. Francis and on our fall semi-Annual Marian Day gives the conference in the afternoon to a crowd of over one hundred people at our Sacred Heart Chapel at the Mother of the Retreat Center. He reflects on the Marian Charism of St Francis and how St. Maximilian, the early Twentieth Century Franciscan, exemplified the Marian-Franciscan spirituality and thus imitated St. Francis in his conformity with Jesus.

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Poncho the Parrot prays the Hail Mary – CNA Blog

Monday, October 6th, 2014

 

Poncho the Parrot prays the Hail Mary – CNA Blog.

Just saw this. It is a couple of years old but thought it was worth posting for the feast of the Rosary tomorrow, Oct 7th. Although Poncho the parrot cannot truly pray, its ability to mimic the prayer is definitely the fruit of its owner’s family saying many Hail Marys. Either way this is one cool bird. It is interesting too that Poncho can’t say the word “womb” probably because it requires lips, regarding which the poor parrot is rather challenged. He sure tries hard. God bless Poncho and his prayerful family.

St. Francis and Our Lady

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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St. Francis Prayer Praising Mary the Mother of Jesus:

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen, Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin. You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven, consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.

Hail His Palace. Hail His Tabernacle. Hail His Robe. Hail His Handmaid. Hail His Mother. And Hail, all holy Virtues, who by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state, they may be made faithful servants of God through you. Amen.

 

Sep 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Our Lady of Ransom

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Homily #140924n ( 04min) Play – Today, Fr. Maximilian celebrated the votive Mass in honor of Our Lady of Ransom, and he reflected on this title of Mary.  The Blessed Virgin is the one creature through whom Christ chose to come to us, and She is the one through whom He has ordained that we should return to Him.  While our Lord is the one Mediator between God and man, He chooses to save us through the creature He perfectly redeemed, and who participated in His work of Redemption in a totally unique way as Coredemptrix.  It is only by joining ourselves to Mary that we can help change the world for the better, even in today’s dire situation; but apart from Her, we will accomplish nothing.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday in the 25th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: pro 30:5-9
Resp: psa 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Gsp: luk 9:1-6

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