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Sanguis Christi, Inebria Me!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!

Blood of Christ, inebriate me!

It is the spilled Blood of Christ that through the ages has inebriated souls to the point of martyrdom. One has to be enlivened and beyond one’s own possibilities to be a martyr. One has to be, in the mystical and profoundly spiritual sense, quite “drunk” with God. The martyrs were the outstanding inebriates, enlivened and exhilarated beyond their nature, their potential.

Nature claims fiercely to life. The spiritual inebriate runs singing to martyrdom. All the saints of God were inebriated by the Blood of Christ. And if we are to excel our own meager possibilities, we must also be made drunk with that most Precious Blood. It is the Blood of Christ alone that can enliven us to respond with service beyond ourselves, that can achieve the overextension of ourselves without harm and, in fact, with glory…we are enabled to do the impossible when we are inebriated with the blood of Christ.

+Sr. Mary Frances PCC

A Prayer After Communion

Monday, January 26th, 2015

One Minute Meditations

 

 

 

Silence leads to Prayer

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditation

“O my God, teach me the secret of the silence which reaches unto interior silence.” 

“I have often had this experience: when I pour myself out on creatures and waste my time in long, useless conversations, my spirit becomes dry, dissipated and empty; and then, if I want to be recollected in prayer, I am unable to silence that little world of impressions, talk, imaginings, and idle thoughts which continually brings me back to creatures.” 

“O Lord, I know that You want greater fidelity to silence and more care to avoid spending myself on creatures. Yes, O God, I will be silent with creatures so that I can hear Your voice which speaks in silence.” 

“But whenever I dally with my ‘self’, preoccupied with my sensitiveness; when I pursue useless trains of thought or any sort of useless desire, I am wasting my strength, and my soul is not perfectly ordered toward You, O Lord. My lyre is not in tune, and when You, my divine Master, strike it, You cannot bring forth the divine harmonies. It is still to human and there is discord.” 

+Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity OCD

Help me, O Lord, to attain this beautiful interior unity which unites all my faculties in silence in order to concentrate them on You, which makes my soul attentive to every one of Your words, capable of perceiving the slightest inspiration and motion of the Holy Spirit. 

+Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene OCD

More On Prayer

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer is the secret of nurturing the Christian life. Do not believe in someone who performs a miracle but does not pray. Are you surprised that there are many people who have lost the grace of God, lost their faith, or have turned against the church? There are many reasons for this, but there will always be one main reason: lack of prayer.

Do not neglect vocal prayer. When the apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He replied, “Pray like this: our Father who art in heaven” (Mt 6:9); Jesus taught them vocal prayer. You are taught to recite prayers in order to help you to pray, but prayer itself is the encounter and conversation between Father and child. “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door; pray to your Father who is hidden, and your Father who sees what is hidden will reward you” (Mt 6:6).

There is no need to be formal; simply pray from the heart as a child speaks to his or her father. A seemingly holy person who does not pray is not a saint. Wait and see, the mask will crumble before long. You can judge the effectiveness of a person’s ministry by looking at his or her prayer life. If you are not a person of prayer, no one will believe that you work for God alone.

+Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

St. Pio teaches

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

In the Boat with Jesus

Whatever can I say in order to stop the multitude of your thoughts? Don’t try, excessively, to heal your heart, as your efforts would only make it more infirm. Don’t make too great an effort to overcome your temptations, as this violence would only make them stronger. Despise them and don’t dwell on them too much.
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Keep Jesus Crucified present to your imagination; in your arms and on your breast and, kissing his side, say a thousand times: ‘This is my hope, the living source of my happiness; this is the heart of my soul; nothing will ever separate me from his love. I possess him and will not leave him, until he places me in a safe place.”
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Often say to him: “What can I have on earth, or what can I expect in heaven, if not you, oh my Jesus? You are the God of my heart and the inheritance I desire for all eternity.”
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Whom should we fear, therefore? Listen to Our Lord who says to Abraham and to you also: “Do not fear, I am your protection.” Therefore, be steadfast in your resolutions. Stay in the boat in which he has placed you and let the storm come. Long live Jesus! You will not perish. He may sleep, but at the opportune time he will awaken to restore your calm.
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Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Mother of the Eucharist

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The simplest way to express what Christ asks us to believe about the Real Presence is that the Eucharist is really He.  The Real Presence is the real Jesus! We are to believe that the Eucharist began in the womb of the Virgin Mary, that the flesh which the Son of God received from His Mother at the incarnation is the same flesh into which He changed bread at the Last Supper; that the blood He received from His Mother is the same blood into which He changed wine at the Last Supper. Had she not given Him His flesh and blood there could not be a Eucharist.
 
+Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon

Holy Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed

  
St. Anselm

 

 

Holy Family Prayer

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Holy Family Prayer: 

JESUS, Son of God and Son of Mary, bless our family. Graciously inspire in us the unity, peace, and mutual love that you found in your own family in the little town of Nazareth.

MARY, Mother of Jesus and Our Mother, nourish our family with your faith and your love. Keep us close to your Son, Jesus, in all our sorrows and joys.

JOSEPH, Foster-father to Jesus, guardian and spouse of Mary, keep our family safe from harm. Help us in all times of discouragement or anxiety.

HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH, make our family one with you. Help us to be instruments of peace. Grant that love, strengthened by grace, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass. May we always have God at the center of our hearts and homes until we are all one family, happy and at peace in our true home with you. Amen.

The Fulfillment of the Long Awaited Promise

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

   The birth of Jesus fulfilled numerous Old Testament prophecies given centuries before. St Matthew would note that: So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet.(1:22) Our Lord would fulfill over 300 prophecies in His life on earth. Here are only a few:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Mt 1:23).

In reference to the birth of Jesus, St. Matthew would cite a prophecy from Isaiah made more than 700 years earlier: Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Is 7:14) Just as foretold, the virgin Mary would conceive and bear a Son who would be God with us. (more…)

Looking to Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

O gentle Queen, the Spirit’s chaste abode: help us prepare for Him a worthy throne.  The way is dark and life a weary road; our will is weak, ‘neath sorrow’s sting we groan.  To thee we turn in exile and alone, to see His presence singing in thy heart.  Our consecration to His love we own; as thou thyself His tabernacle art:  His temples we shall be, and ne’er from Him depart.

God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of Your Word made flesh.  Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to Your Word, that we may bring Your life to the waiting world. Grand this through Christ Our Lord.

taken from The Complete Marian Prayerbook

The Reed of God

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“It is in emptiness like the hollow in the reed, the narrow riftless emptiness which can have only one destiny: to receive the Piper’s breath and to utter the song that is in His Heart”

It is in Our Lady that God fell in love with Humanity. It is upon her that the Dove descended, and the love of God for Humanity culminated in the conception of Christ in the human race.  When she surrendered herself to God, there was indeed a miraculous New Heaven and New Earth. The Spirit entered the world – light and wisdom and love, patience, fortitude and joy entered the human heart and mind, and in the sight of God a springtime of loveliness woke in the world. In the virginal emptiness of the girl, Mary of Nazareth, Christ was conceived; it was the wedding of God to a human child, and the wonder of it filled the earth for all time.

This proved that God knew Our Lady’s trust in Him was absolutely without limit. Everything that He did to her in the future emphasized the same thing. His trust in her trust in Him.  The one thing that He did ask of her was the gift of her humanity. She was to give Him her body and soul unconditionally, and – what in this new light would have seemed absurdly trivial to anyone but the Child Bride of Wisdom – she was to give Him her daily life…

He asked for her ordinary life shared with Joseph. She was not to neglect her simple human tenderness, her love for an earthly man, because God was her unborn child. On the contrary, the hands and feet, the heart, the waking, sleeping, and eating that were forming Christ were to form Him in service to Joseph.

Yes, it certainly seemed that God wanted to give the world the impression that it is ordinary for Him to be born of a human creature. Well, that is a fact! God did mean it to be the ordinary thing, for it is His will that Christ shall be born in every human being’s life and not, as a rule, through extraordinary things, but through the ordinary daily life and the human love that people give to one another. (more…)

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness for the Unborn

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Dearest Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe: to you we offer our efforts to protect the unborn.  You who are our life, our sweetness and our hope:  we do believe with St. Juan Diego that you are with us as our spiritual Mother. 

We seek your powerful intercession as we stand witness to the dignity of unborn persons and all persons who are made in the image and likeness of God.  We are in need of grace and strength to shine a light into the dark Culture of Death.  Help us to know that we must fight evil with good and to love even those who persecute us as we are to love our enemies and pray for salvation for them. 

Please obtain the grace for us not to grow weary or discouraged when do not see many results from our efforts. Help us to know that no prayer is ever wasted and we are heard in heaven and that there are many conversions that we will not know of until that day when we hope to see God face to face in eternity.  We thank you and love you, O dearest Lady of Guadalupe!

 

 

Who are you, Immaculate Conception?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: These words fell from the lips of the Immaculata herself. Hence, they must tell us, in the most precise and essential manner, who she really is. Since human words are incapable of expressing Divine realities, it follows that these words, “Immaculate” and “Conception”, must be understood in a much more profound, much more beautiful and sublime meaning than usual: a meaning beyond that which human reason at its most penetrating commonly gives to them…

Who then are you, O Immaculate Conception? Not God, of course, because He has no beginning. Not an angel, created directly out of nothing. Not Adam, formed out of the dust of the earth. Not Eve, molded from Adam’s rib. Not the Incarnate Word, Who exists before all ages, and of Whom we should use the word “conceived” rather than “conception.” Humans do not exist before their conception, so we might call them created “conceptions.”

But you, O Mary, are different from all other children of Eve. They are conceptions stained by Original Sin; whereas you are the unique, Immaculate, Conception. Everything which exists, outside of God Himself, since it is from God and depends on Him in every way, bears within itself some semblance to its Creator; there is nothing in any creature which does not betray this resemblance, because every created thing is an effect of the Primal Cause… (more…)

A Little Treatise on Mary

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

A Little Treatise on Mary by St. John Damascene, Doctor of the Church (Feast is December 4th)

But we, who consider God the object of adoration—–a God not made out of anything, but existing from all eternity, beyond every cause, word, or concept of time and nature —–we honor and venerate the mother of God. The cult of Mary, even though inferior to that owed to God, is superior to the honor paid to the other Saints and to the Angels in Heaven.

Because she is queen and mistress of all things, she merits the veneration suited to her greatness and unique dignity: If the memory of all the Saints is celebrated with panegyrics, who will refuse to praise the font of justice and the treasury of holiness? This is not done to glorify her but so that God might be glorified with an eternal glory.  

O daughter of Joachim and Anna, O Lady, receive the word of a sinful servant, who nevertheless burns with love and places in you his only hope of joy; in you he finds the guardian of his life, not only a Mediatrix in your Son’s presence, but also a sure pledge of salvation. We today also remain near you, O Lady. Yes, I repeat, O Lady, Mother of God and Virgin. We bind our souls to your hope, as to a most firm and totally unbreakable anchor, consecrating to you mind, soul, body, and all our being and honoring you, as much as we can, with psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles.

Video – Marian Shrines of the World #20: Our Lady of Andacollo

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Join Fr. Andre as he relates the story of Our Lady of Andacollo, Chile in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World”.

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