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The Holy Name of Mary

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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THE NAME OF MARY

“Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising,  fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?”

Mary, our sweet loving other, Can my tongue her beauty tell?  All the splendor of her glory, raised on high with God to dwell. There is naught on earth to mirror our great Queen so chaste and fair,  Yet, the silent voice of nature whispers sweetly everywhere

THE NAME OF MARY.

She, Judea’s fairest lily, purer than the mountain’s snow, Brighter than the rays of sunshine,  than the diamond’s lustrous glow. Hence I love earth’s fragrant lilies, emblems of her purity, For their rare translucent whiteness, breathes so sweetly unto me.                             

THE NAME OF MARY.

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Pope Francis speaks about Our Lady

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

2013-05-31t193003z_1938558082_gm1e96109mq01_rtrmadp_3_pope[1]Pope Francis on vocations:  Christians need Mary, Church

On (a) Saturday evening, in the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis with a group of young people from the Diocese of Rome who are involved in vocational discernment.
 
He then proceeded to speak about the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives. “I thank you for this visit, this visit to the Madonna who is so important in our lives. And she accompanies even in the definitive choice, the vocational choice, because she accompanied her Son in his vocational path, which was so hard, so sorrowful. She accompanies us always.”

Pope Francis said he feels said when he hears Christians say they do not seek the Mary or pray to Mary. He recalled a conversation with two young catechists in the seventies, a couple with young children, who spoke beautifully about Jesus:

“At one point I said, ‘And devotion to the Madonna?’ ‘But we have passed that stage. We know Jesus Christ so well, that we have no need of the Madonna.’ And what came into my heart and my mind was ‘Oh… poor orphans!’ … because a Christian without the Madonna is an orphan. And a Christian without the Church is an orphan. A Christian needs these two women, these two women who are mothers, two women who are virgins: the Church and the Madonna.
And to make a ‘test’ of a good Christian vocation, you need to ask yourself: ‘How is my relationship with these two mothers going?’ with mother Church and with mother Mary. This is not a question of ‘piety,’ no, it’s pure theology. This is theology. How is my relationship with the Church going, with my mother the Church, with the holy mother the hierarchic Church? And how is my relationship going with the Madonna, who is my Mamma, my Mother?”
 
Finally, Pope Francis led the young people in singing the “Salve Regina” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, before leaving them with a blessing and the request that they pray for him. 

The Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 

The Seven Joys and Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph:

1. St. JOSEPH, Chaste Spouse of the Holy Mother of God, by the SORROW with which thy heart was pierced at the thought of a cruel separation from Mary, and by the deep JOY that thou didst feel when the angel revealed to thee the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation, obtain for us from Jesus and Mary, the grace of surmounting all anxiety. Win for us from the Adorable Heart of Jesus the unspeakable peace of which He is the Eternal Source.
 
2. St. JOSEPH, Foster-Father of Jesus, by the bitter SORROW which thy heart experienced in seeing the Child Jesus lying in a manger, and by the JOY which thou didst feel in seeing the Wise men recognize and adore Him as their God, obtain by thy prayers that our heart, purified by thy protection, may become a living crib, where the Savior of the world may receive and bless our homage.

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Our Will/ God’s Divine Will

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Try to grasp the fact – a very hard thing to do – that in the spiritual life ‘feelings’ count for nothing, that they are no indication of our real state; generally speaking they are just the opposite. . . You are perfectly right when you say that the first thing to do is ‘to give up your own will.

Why not aim at making God’s will alone yours in every detail of life, so that you would never desire or wish for anything except what He willed, and look on every detail as coming from His hand, as it does? Such a one is never ‘put out’ by anything — bad weather, unpleasant work, annoying incidents, they are all His doing and His sweet will. Try it, though it means high perfection.

+Fr. Willie Doyle

 

 

 

Desire to be a Saint

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

holiness1-3[1]On the Desire to be a Saint:

“When I spoke of you as a “chosen soul”, or words to that effect, I did not mean to imply that you were a saint–you have a long way to go yet. What I intended to imply was that I thought God had special designs on your soul and very great graces in store for you if only you will co-operate with Him in the work of your sanctification.
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With the record of much want of courage and generosity there is running through your life an undercurrent of earnest desire to be a saint. Not that desires alone will do the work: barren desires are most dangerous to a soul, making one content with intentions only; yet without a big ardent desire nothing will be done.
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“If thou wilt be perfect,” Our Lord once said, implying that sanctification is largely a question of good will. This, then, is the first grace you must pray for: the desire to be a saint.”
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Fr. Willie Doyle (1917)

 

Bl. Junipero Serra

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Lord Jesus Christ, reward the apostolic zeal of Your Seraphic son, Blessed Junípero Serra, who leaving home and fatherland, labored for the salvation of souls in Spain, Mexico and California. By Your Most Holy Name may he be raised to the full honors of the altar. Through the intercession of Blessed Serra, look with favor on our special prayers which have no earthly answer (mention request). This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Junipero Serra

(1713-1784)

A priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church, Junipero Serra was a driving force in the Spanish conquest and colonization of what is now the state of California. (more…)

Behold This Heart…

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 
“Behold the Heart which has so loved men that  it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and  consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love; and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love.
 
The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary:
1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced.
12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

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

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Prayer to St. Anthony, Franciscan Doctor of the Church

Friday, June 13th, 2014

One Minute Meditation

“Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints”
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O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me ( my request).
 
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
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St. Anthony’s Feast Day is June 13th

Prayer and Penance

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

We have in the Jewist teachings all the necessary preparation for the Christian Gospel, which is a Gospel of Penance.  Penance in the borad sense is a process that reverses the habit of sin in individuals and moves one toward a deeper conversion to God. Penance also reverses the consequence of sin, which is separation from God. Penance  consists ofprayer, sacrifice, and suffering, all done with a amind to Christ
 
Sacrifice refers to substituting God’s will for mine, and suffering consists of accepting all suffferings that come in the course of fulfilling my God-given duty in life. Prayer may be:1) adoration of praise, 2) thanksgiving, 3) repentance, and 4) petition.  Prayer may use words or be the silent prayer of a simple and pure love of God. 
 
All types of prayer reverse the habit of sin.  For example, praising and thankng God are expressions of love for God, precisely the reverse of sin, which is the exclusion of God and God’s will  out of self-love.
 
In this view of penance our eye is on God: I am praying to God, making little sacrifices of my will ot God, and accepting my sufferings with an eye on God without dwelling on those sufferings. More and more, I am forgetting my selfish interests and falling in love with God. Penance yields a deeper and deeper conversion of heart.
 
 Br.  Anthony Josemaria FTI

Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Litany of the Sacred Heart
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.  
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
 
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother, Have mercy on us.

June is the Month dedicated to the Sacred Heart

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer from Lourdes for May

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

As we come near the close of Our Lady’s month, here is the prayer of the month of May from Lourdes:

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day.

I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou has bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly forever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also.

I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ.

Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope.  Amen.

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

 

St. Joseph the Worker

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

As we enter into the month of May, Our Lady’s month, it is most appropriate to begin with a Feast, a salute, to her most chaste spouse and protector, St. Joseph, whose many titles include Foster-Father of Jesus Christ, Patron of the Universal Church, Terror of demons, and Patron of the Dying.  A lovely litany can be found here: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/litanies/joseph.htm

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.

+ Pope St. Pius X

ABCs of Divine Mercy

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach     Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and     asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon     the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does     to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know     that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our     trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will     receive.