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Devotional

Little White Guest

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

LITTLE WHITE GUEST

You have come to my heart, dearest Jesus, I am holding You close to my breast;

I’m telling You over and over, You are welcome, Little White Guest.

I love You, I love You, my Jesus, O please do not think I am bold;

Of course, You must know that I love You, but I am sure that you like to be told.

I’ll whisper, “I love You, my Jesus,” and ask that we never may part;

I love You, O kind, loving Jesus and press You still nearer my heart.

And when I shall meet You in Heaven, my soul then will lean on Your breast;

And You will recall our fond meetings, when You were my Little White Guest.

 

Our Lady: Throne of Grace

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Our Lady is the throne of grace, in a very profound way. To her we can apply these words from the epistle to the Hebrews: Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The throne is a symbol of the authority which belongs to Christ, Who is the King of the living and the dead. But the throne is a throne of grace and mercy, and we can apply it to Mary according to ancient liturgical texts; through her all graces come to us.

Mary’s protection is like a spiritual river which has been pouring down upon all men for nearly two thousand years.It is a tree that keeps giving fruit, a tree that God willed to plant with so much love. It is the immense treasure of Mary who is constantly caring for her children. What better way to obtain divine mercy than by having recourse to the Mother of God, who is also our Mother?

The plenitude of grace with which God wished to fill her soul is also an immense gift for us. Let us give thanks to God for having given us his Mother as our own, for having made her so exquisitely beautiful in her whole being. And the best way to thank him is to love her very much, to deal with her throughout each day, to learn to imitate her in her love for her Son – and in her complete availability for whatever refers to God. (more…)

A Call to Love

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Each one is called to fullness of life through the love of Jesus. He came to make all things new, to restore all things in Him, that our humanness, though weak, might be strong in Him. The Father sent His Son to take on a human nature to share with us the power of His Spirit that our inner nature might grow to the full stature in Christ. The only thing that can make us complete and whole is the love of God given to us through the Heart of Jesus.  Only when we are free can we be completely human. We are freed through the love of Jesus and His suffering humanity. 

The freedom gained in the love of Jesus unshackles the mind and empowers the spirit of man to expand to his full stature. Through his strengthening of our our humanness we grow in the love that makes us whole.  We can be completely human only when we give ourselves completely in love.  Only love makes our actions human. Our call to bea new man is essentially dependent on our ability to love with Christ’s love.
 
Humans are able to speak, but if we speak with tongues of angels and men but do not have love, we are nothing. Humans are able to believe, but if we have faith to move mountain but have not love, it is worthless. As humans we can make  sacrifices, even our own bodies; but if we have not love, we are nothing at all. We need love to be completely human. Our call to humanness is a call to love.
 
from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

In the Midst of War: Still Loving Jesus

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Jesus is the most loving of lovable friends there never was a friend like Him before, there never can be one to equal Him, because there is only one Jesus in the whole wide world and the vast expanse of Heaven; and that sweet and loving friend, that true lover of the holiest and purest love is my Jesus, mine alone and all mine.
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Every fibre of His divine nature is thrilling with love for me, every beat of His gentle Heart is a throb of intense affection for me, His sacred arms are round me, He draws me to His breast, He bends down with infinite tenderness over me, His child, for He knows I am all His and He is all mine.
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O Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! who would not love You, who would not give their heart’s blood for You, if only once they realised the depth and the breadth and the realness of Your burning love? Why not then make every human heart a burning furnace of love for You, so that sin would become an impossibility, sacrifice a pleasure and a joy, virtue the longing of every soul, so that we should live for love, dream of love, breathe Your love, and at last die of a broken heart of love, pierced through and through with the shaft of love, the sweetest gift of God to man.
 
+Fr. Willie Doyle, SJ
WWI chaplain killed in the war on August 16, 1917
http://fatherdoyle.com/

St. Maximilian: a Short Guide to a Holy Life

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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In any case, those who on this earth have had a chance to taste in advance a little bit of heaven can get some idea of what it will be like. Now everyone can have this experience. All he needs to do is:
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1) Go to confession with sincerity, diligence, a deep sorrow for his sins and a firm resolve to amend his life. He will suddenly feel a peace and happiness compared with which all the fleeting, unworthy pleasures of this world are really an odious torment.
2) Let everyone seek to come and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist with proper preparation.
3) Let him never permit his soul to remain in sin, but let him purify it immediately.
4) Let him do his duty manfully.
5) Let him address humble and frequent prayers to God’s throne, especially through the hands of the Immaculate Virgin.
6) Let him welcome his brethren with a charitable heart, bearing for God’s sake the sufferings and difficulties of life.
7) Let him do good to all, even his enemies, solely for the love of God and not in order to be praised or even thanked by men.
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Then he will come to understand what it means to have a foretaste of paradise; and perhaps more than once he will find peace and joy even in poverty, suffering, disgrace, or illness.
 
+ St. Maximilian Kolbe

Our Lord’s Love for Us through the Holy Eucharist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

priesthood3-5eymard[1]Ave Maria Meditations

“WE BELIEVE in the love of God for us.” That is a profound saying. Belief in the truth of the words of God is required of every Christian; but there is another belief, which is more perfect and is the crown of the first: belief in Divine love. Belief in the Divine truths will be vain if it does not lead to belief in Divine love.

What is this love in which we must believe? It is the love of Jesus Christ; the love which He manifests to us in the Eucharist, a love that is Himself, a living and infinite love. But what proofs of His love does our Lord give us in the Eucharist? FIRST of all we have His word, His veracity. Jesus tells us that He loves us, that He instituted His Sacrament only out of love for us. Therefore, it is true. We believe an honest man on his word. Why should we not trust our Lord as much? When someone wants to give his friend a proof of his love, he tells him personally that he loves him and he gives him an affectionate handshake. Well, our Lord sends neither Angels nor ministers to assure us of His love; He comes in person. Love will have no go-between. And so He perpetuates Himself only to tell us over and over again: “I love you. You see that I love you!” (more…)

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)

 

Reparation

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

jesus-mary-magdalene[1]Ave Maria Meditations

It is easy to understand that we must make reparation for our own sins, but sometimes we do not see as clearly that reparation should also aim at consoling the Heart of Jesus. “But indeed, can acts of expiation console Christ who now reigns happily in heaven?” asks Pius XI. “‘Give me a lover and he will understand what I say’”, replies the great Pope in the words of St Augustine.

In fact, a soul who lovingly penetrates the mystery of Jesus will realize that when, in Gethsamane, He saw all our sins, He also saw the good works we would do in order to comfort Him. What we do today with this intention consoled Him then in reality. This thought spurs us on to further acts of reparation, so that Jesus finds no reason to complain sorrowfully to us: “My Heart hath expected reproach and misery … I looked for one that would comfort Me, and I found none” (Mass of the Sacred Heart).

The idea of reparation brings to mind that of “victim of reparation” well-known to lovers of the Sacred Heart, and officially recognized by the Church in the Encyclical of Pius XI on reparation. (more…)

The Rosary and Adoration with Our Lady

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis: “This evening I am united to all of you in praying the Holy Rosary and in Eucharistic adoration under the gaze of the Virgin Mary. s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look!
Affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say.
 
At whom is the Virgin Mary looking? She is looking at each and every one of us. And how does she look at us? She looks at us as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy and love. That was how she gazed at her Son Jesus at all the moments of his life – joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious – as we contemplate in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, simply and lovingly.

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Prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

olc[1]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.(3 times)

This is My Blood…

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Conduct yourselves reverently during your sojourn…Realize that you were delivered not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold, but by Christ’s Blood beyond all price: the Blood of a spotless unblemished Lamb.” (1 Pet 1:17b-19)

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And the Monastery of the Precious Blood notes that Jesus spoke dynamic words at the Last Supper: “This is My Blood of the new and eternal covenant which shall be shed for you and for many so that sins may be forgiven…”

Jesus Himself has told us that it is through His Blood that we are reconciled to His Father. The Church, realizing that Jesus meant what He said has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem. It is a devotion of life and joy! Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we know of no possible means of reconciliation with God when we have sinned.

That is why the Blood of Jesus is a cause of joy to the whole world…we are redeemed by His Blood! Because Jesus shed His own life-giving Blood for me on Calvary, I am saved, I can find peace with God.  At any moment of the day or night, I have the merits of this redeeming Blood at my disposal. It is so easy and meritorious to say: “Blood of Jesus, help me!”

When I give honor to His Blood, I am in fact honoring the Person of Our Lord. His Precious Blood is the pledge, the sign, the symbol of what He has done for me. Daily I can renew my personal acceptance of salvation by attending Mass and by receiving the Blood of Jesus in Communion. The world today is so much in need of hope and peace and joy…what better time to spread devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus…our Hope, our Peace, and all our Joy!

from the Monastery of the Precious Blood, Watertown, NY

 

 

 

 

For the Love of Christ

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

love_jesus_web[1]“Christ says:  “If you love me … ”  Faith does not just mean accepting a certain number of abstract truths about the mysteries of God, of man, of life and death, of future realities.  Faith consists in an intimate relationship with Christ, a relationship based on love of him who loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:11), even to the total offering of himself. 

love_image[1]What other response can we give to a love so great, if not that of a heart that is open and ready to love?  But what does it mean to love Christ?  It means trusting him even in times of trial, following him faithfully even on the Via Crucis, in the hope that soon the morning of the Resurrection will come.  Entrusting ourselves to Christ, we lose nothing, we gain everything.  In his hands our life acquires its true meaning.  

Love for Christ expresses itself in the will to harmonize our own life with the thoughts and sentiments of his Heart.  This is achieved through interior union based on the grace of the Sacraments, strengthened by continuous prayer, praise, thanksgiving and penance.  We have to listen attentively to the inspirations that he evokes through his Word, through the people we meet, through the situations of daily life.  To love him is to remain in dialogue with him, in order to know his will and to put it into effect promptly.

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Litany to the Most Precious Blood

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

July is the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously 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.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word or God,  save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,  save us.

Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony,  save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,  save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,  save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,  save us.
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,  save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness,  save us.

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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…)