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Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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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.

Oct 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: On the Holy Father’s Address to the Synod

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Homily #141024n ( 18min) Play – Fr. Mattias comments briefly on the life of St. Anthony Mary Claret who was a demanding and rigorous pastor, but because of his zeal and charity, the faithful were happy to live up to the demands of the Christian life. Moving from this example of episcopal zeal, Father comments on the closing address of Pope Francis to the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. First he looks at three canons the Holy Father alluded to, and then presents Pope Francis’ comments on some of the modern temptations that pastors may fall into. The Holy Father ends by directing the pastors of the Church not just to welcome the lost sheep, but to proactively search for them. Let us too take this advice and ask for the apostolic zeal ad charity of St. Anthony Mary Claret.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony Mary Claret – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 4:1-6
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:54-59

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Mary of Nazareth: A Beautiful Reflection of the Blessed Mother | Faith & Family Media Blog

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today is the last day of the Rosary Crawl for the Film Mary of Nazareth. Today it is the Crucifixion of Jesus at Faith & Family Media Blog.

We were asked to be a part of the blog tour/rosary crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers, for the release of Mary of Nazareth on DVD and we were happy to say “yes”!  See the recap of the #RosaryCrawl HERE.

As part of the tour I am excited to share a clip from the film.  This scene is of the Crucifixion and Death of our Lord.“And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ …It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last” Lk 23:33-46.

via Mary of Nazareth: A Beautiful Reflection of the Blessed Mother | Faith & Family Media Blog.

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.

Oct 19 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: What is God’s?

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
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Homily #141019n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s Gospel, and tells us that Our Lord’s response is deeper than it first appears, for everything belongs to God, we have our civic duties, yes, but even those are ultimately rendered to God. All things come to us from the Love of God, and we must return everything back to God with love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 45:1, 4-6
Resp: psa 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
2nd: 1th 1:1-5
Gsp: mat 22:15-21

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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.

Oct 13 – Homily – Fr Matthias: What is Freedom?

Monday, October 13th, 2014
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Homily #141013n ( 03min) Play – Father asks what seems like a simple question, “What is freedom.” He quotes from Pope Pius XII: Freedom is the capability of autonomously choosing good and putting it into practice. Commenting on this, he emphasizes the need for penance and prayer that we all may escape the slavery of sin and live in true freedom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 11:29-32

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Oct 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: May We Not Waver

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Homily #141010n ( 05min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the collect for today and on the first reading. He observes that faith has a life, and this life is charity, and good works must flow from this living, loving faith, or they are useless. He offers a further observation about the distinction between “tradition” and “traditionalism.” One is the “living faith of those who are dead” and the other, defined as a zeal for the faith and its traditional expression but without charity or zeal for personal spiritual progress, is the “dead faith of those who are alive.” May we always have this living faith, asking God for support that our faith may not waver through a lack of charity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Daniel and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 3:7-14
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 11:15-26

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Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ, the Rock on Which the Family Stands

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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Homily #141005n (26min) Play – In this hard-hitting homily, Father tells us that at various times, the forces of hell have raged against Christ and His Church with particular ferocity. One such time was the mass rebellion against the Church’s teaching on birth control, and we are in the midst of another when they are raging against the Christian Family. In order to firmly plant our understanding of marriage and the family on the Rock of Jesus Christ, Father comments on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on marriage and the family, showing that the love of spouses is the form of human love that–though dimly–reflects the love of Christ for His Church and for each one of us. For marriage to be Christian it must be built on the Rock of Christ, and though this is demanding, God gives the grace to the spouses through His sacramental blessing on their union. Marriage without Christ or His Cross is doomed to fail, since it is only through the grace of the sacrament of marriage that human love can be elevated to faithfully reflect the love that God has for humanity. In this context, we see that the fidelity and self-sacrifice of spouses is intrinsically linked to the faith love of God for humanity. And it is in this context we can see how divorce is alien to a truly Christian understanding of marriage. And for those in difficult situation, whether through their fault or not, peace and joy can only be found by remaining faithful to the teachings of Christ and the requirements of revealed truth and divine love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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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.

 

Oct 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Sacred Heart and Our Nation

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141003n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the 2nd of the Promises connected with devotion to the Sacred Heart: I will establish peace in their homes. Quoting from a dialogue between Napoleon III and a bishop, Father underlines that if a nation is indifferent to the truth, then Truth Himself will be indifferent to that nation, if we refuse to ask the protection of God, we will not get it, and will fall. The Heart of Jesus must reign in our society, He is the antidote to our confused and chaotic condition.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 26th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
Gsp: luk 10:13-16

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St.Michael, the Archangel: Defend Us in Battle!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Original Prayer to St. Michael by Pope Leo XIII: “O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage.

Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. “These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. (more…)

Sep 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Michael and the Popes

Monday, September 29th, 2014
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Homily #140929n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias shows us the importance of having recourse to St. Michael by pulling from the words and actions of the modern Popes. Let us call upon St. Michael to defend us from sin and evil, from that which is outside of us and especially that which is inside of us. We cannot overcome evil with evil, but only with good!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (alt Reading) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:7-12
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: joh 1:47-51

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40 Days for Life begins internationally

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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Pope Francis on the Right to Life:

In April the Holy Father addressed a pro-life group saying, “One of the gravest risks our epoch faces, amid the opportunities offered by a market equipped with every technological innovation, is the divorce between economics and morality, the basic ethical norms of human nature are increasingly neglected. It is therefore necessary to express the strongest possible opposition to every direct attack on life, especially against the innocent and defenseless, and the unborn in a mother’s womb is the example of innocence par excellence. Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: ‘Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes‘ (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, n. 51). ….

Anyone who is Christian has a duty to bear witness to the Gospel: to protect life courageously and lovingly in all its phases. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”