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Passion and Compassion

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Love of the Heart of Jesus for His Mother

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“Jesus loved His Virgin Mother. At the very beginning of His public life He wished to give proofs of His filial love. It was at Cana in Galilee. Jesus and His holy Mother were present at a wedding feast and, the wine having failed, the servants came and gave the news to Mary. Immediately, the Blessed Virgin turning to her divine Son said to Him: ” They have no wine ” (John II, 3). And Jesus answering His Mother: “Woman,” said He to her, (Woman par excellence, the unique, the only one among all, who is without sin), “What is it to Me and to thee ? My hour is not yet come ” (John II,4).

I have not yet commenced to work the great miracles which I am to accomplish. But by addressing yourself to Me in this circumstance, you wish, doubtless, to recall to Me what is common between us; you wish to remind Me of the sweet bonds which unite us, the community of life, of blood, of thought, of desire and of love which exists between us. Could I resist your prayer and not anticipate the hour which I had fixed ? And the Mother of Jesus understanding His thoughts, sure of His filial Heart, turned towards the servants and said, “Whatever He shall say to you, do ye.” (more…)

The Presentation: Fruit of the Mystery is Obedience

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Mary and Joseph take the baby Jesus to Jerusalem “to present him to the Lord” (Lk 2:22). The presentation of Jesus in the temple is in fulfillment with the Jewish law. Every male child must be taken to the temple and an animal must be offered as a sacrifice. That is why Joseph is usually artistically depicted in this scene holding a cage with two doves in it.

The prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna meet the Holy Family while at the temple in Jerusalem. Simeon was told by God that he would see the Savior before he died. When Simeon sees baby Jesus he takes him from Mary and holds Him in his arms and praises God proclaiming, “Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation” (Lk 2:29).

Simeon then blesses Mary and Joseph and prophesies to Mary: “Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.” (Lk 34-35)  Even though this is a joyful occasion you can see in the words of Simeon a foreshadow of the sorrows that will be shared between Jesus and his Mother Mary. Mary suffered with Jesus from the beginning to the end.

Anna also proclaims that this child, the baby Jesus, is the long awaited Messiah. After all this the Holy Family leaves Jerusalem and returns to Nazareth. There they live in peace and joy for many years before Jesus begins His public life.

For the Bible says… “The child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him.” (Lk 2:40)

From: http://www.how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com/presentation-of-jesus-in-the-temple.html

Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Mary, Coredeptrix

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Homily #140118n ( 09min) Play – Fr. Matthias proclaims the wondrous nature of our Faith–God had become Man and died for the sins of Mankind! And, just as Eve initiated cooperated in the fall of Mankind, Mary is, by the explicit will of God, associated in our redemption as the Coredemptrix! She was spiritual crucified with Jesus out of love for us and God’s will. Let us always firmly entrust ourselves to Her power and mercy, and she will make us saints.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 1st Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: 1sa 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1
Resp: psa 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mar 2:13-17

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

One Minute Meditation

 Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.





Sweet Heart of the Immaculata!

Saturday, June 8th, 2013


The Five First Saturdays:

The Child Jesus spoke these words: “Have pity on the heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.”

Our Lady was holding a heart encircled with sharp thorns and then She said to Sister Lucia:

“Behold my heart surrounded with the thorns which ungrateful men place therein at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me. Announce in my name that I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall:

1. confess and receive Holy Communion;

2. recite five decades of the Rosary;

3. and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

 Why Five Saturdays? (more…)

Stabat Mater

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

The mangled Body of Jesus is restored to His Mother. We cannot imagine the grief of the Blessed Virgin Mary at this moment. Never did a mother love her child as Mary loved Jesus. Never did a human heart beat with more tenderness for the word Incarnate than did the heart of Mary.

May owed all to Jesus: her Immaculate Conception, the privileges that make of her a unique creature had been given to her in prevision of the death of her Son.  What unutterable sorrow was hers when she received the blood-stained Body of Jesus into her arms!

Let us cast ourselves down at her feet and ask her forgiveness for the sins that were the cause of so many sufferings. “O Mother, font of love, make me understand the strength of your love. so that I may share your grief, make my heart glow with love for Christ, my God, so that I may think only of pleasing Him.”  Amen.

Bl. Columba Marmion

The Sorrows of Our Lady

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

“And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many may be revealed.”  (Lk 2:35)  

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady with Meditations

1. The prophecy of Simeon: “And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed” (Luke II: 34-35).

Meditation: How great was the shock to Mary’s Heart at hearing the sorrowful words, in which holy Simeon told the bitter Passion and death of her sweet Jesus, since in that same moment she realized in her mind all the insults, blows, and torments which the impious men were to offer to the Redeemer of the world. But a still sharper sword pierced her soul. It was the thought of men’s ingratitude to her beloved Son. Now consider that because of your sins you are unhappily among the ungrateful. (more…)

On the Ideal of Reparation

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

(There is a) basic teaching of the Church that is rarely mentioned today:  That Christ came to the world to repair our sins.  Many within the Church today preach an easy Christianity where the Cross of Christ is emptied of its meaning or of the demands it places on Christians.  In truth Christ came to earth to repair His divine work which sin had ruined and to restore to man his supernatural life.  He came to expiate by His own suffering the consequences of human sinfulness which began with the fall and have continued during the whole history of mankind.

Christ, Who in His divine nature could have performed this work alone, wished to associate every Christian with this work. This is why St. Paul affirms that “we fill up those things that are wanting in the sufferings of Christ” (Col.1:24).  He associated all Christians with His work and Passion, not because they were insufficient in themselves but because He wanted to elevate us to the rank of co-redeemers of His Mystical Body.  So, as a consequence, all Christians are called to participate in the redemptive sufferings of Christ. (more…)

Our Lady Gave All

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

  Brought to Perfection with Mary“Our Lady gave God a human heart. She made it possible for Him, for Christ to love me. She gave her life to be his life. She gave Him her body, what He asked for. She gave Christ His capacity for pain. Giving Him life she gave Him death. She was made for Christ and then literally her life became His life.”

“She gave birth not only to the Christ in history, but to the Christ in all of us, she gave her good and simple life to be the substance of His life in us. Her love for Him always radiated, always went out to the whole world, always touched all sinners. When she held Him to her heart, she took all broken sinful men to her heart. Giving Him her life, she gave us our life.” (more…)

Descent of the Holy Spirit on Our Lady and the Apostles

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

 Holy Virgin, I beg you: enable me to receive Jesus from the Spirit, according to the same process by which you bore Jesus. May my soul possess Jesus thanks to the Spirit through whom you conceived Jesus. May the grace to know Jesus be granted to me through the Spirit who enabled you to know how to possess Jesus and bring him forth.

May my littleness show forth the greatness of Jesus in virtue of the Spirit in whom you recognized yourself as the handmaid of the Lord, desir­ing that it be done to you according to the word of the Angel. May I love Jesus in the Spirit in whom you adored him as your Lord and looked after him as your Son.
(Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo)

Our Lady of Akita

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer given to Sr. Agnes on July 6th, 1973: 

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.”

Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.”

“Most holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your Special Child. Amen.”

Our Lady of All Nations

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster, and war.  May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our Advocate.  Amen.

Porta Caeli

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

I am your Mother of Perpetual Help and I am the Mediatrix of all graces for my dear children. My eyes of mercy are turned toward you. My Heart is open to you. My hands are ever raised in prayer for you, or open over you, to shower abundant graces upon you and upon those for whom you pray.

I am pleased that you want to imitate my son Saint John in making your home with me, in opening to me every part of your life. In this way, you allow me to act upon you, but also you allow me to act with you and through you.

My presence and my action are revealed in gentleness, in sweetness, and in mercy. I want you to resemble me spiritually just as my Jesus resembled me physically. Jesus, looking at me, saw the perfect reflection of all the dispositions and virtues of His Adorable Heart. I, looking at you, want to see my own Immaculate Heart mirrored in yours. I want to communicate to you and to all my priest sons the virtues of my Heart.  By consecrating yourself to me, you have made this possible, and already my transformation of you has begun. (more…)

The White Ladder to Heaven: Our Lady

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

How Friar Leo saw a terrible vision in a dream

ONCE, in a dream, Friar Leo beheld a vision of the making ready of the Divine judgment. He beheld the Angels making music with trumpets and divers instruments, and calling together a marvellous great crowd in a meadow. And on one side of the meadow was set a ladder all rosy red, which reached from earth even unto heaven, and on the other side of the meadow was set another ladder all white, which descended from heaven to earth. On the top of the red ladder, Christ appeared a Lord offended and exceeding wrath. And St. Francis was nigh unto Christ but a few steps lower down; and he came farther down the ladder, and with a loud voice and great fervour called and said: “Come ye, my friars, come confidently, fear not, come, draw nigh unto the Lord, for He calleth you”. At the voice of St. Francis and at his bidding, the friars went and climbed up the red ladder with great confidence. And, when they were all thereon, some fell off the third step, and some off the fourth step, others off the fifth and the sixth; and at the last all fell, so that there remained not one upon the ladder. And so great ruin of his friars, St. Francis, as a pitiful father, was moved to compassion, and besought the Judge for his sons, that He would receive them to His mercy. And Christ showed His wounds all bloody, and said unto St. Francis: “This have thy friars done unto Me”.

And St. Francis delayed not, but, even as he interceded, came down certain steps, and cried unto the friars that were fallen from the red ladder and said: “Come ye, rise up, my sons and friars, be of good courage and despair not, but run to the white ladder and climb up it, for by it ye shall be received into the Kingdom of Heaven; run, friars, through paternal admonishment, to the white ladder”. And on the top of the ladder appeared the glorious Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, all pitiful and kind, and welcomed those friars; and without any difficulty they entered into the eternal kingdom. To the praise of Christ. Amen.