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There are Modern Holy Innocents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Franciscus (Evangelii Gaudium)

Thanking the Creator of Life

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“Creator of Life–Thank You!”

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”
That is an assurance of God’s love solid and true
We are the beloved and precious in His sight
How did our society get to this current plight

Children are viewed as a burden to be discarded
Planned Parenthood is abundantly rewarded
The liberal media calls it “women’s health care”
The reality is a truth too heart-wrenching to bear

“Pro-choice” sounds liberating, sensible, and kind
The deception it promotes is the tie that will bind
“Pro-abortion” is not appealing to the one who hears
Accurate terminology could instill worry and fears

Language matters, and progressives know the drill
Don’t let anyone know that abortion really does kill
“A woman’s right to choose” is now firmly entrenched
Pro-lifers are seen as the radicals who should be benched

“Follow the money” has been an accurate trail in the past
Cut off tax dollars and watch Planned Parenthood move fast
Litigation or legislation—it’s all about abortion on demand
Roe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton—the law of the land

There have been over 40 years of tragedy since that fateful time
Millions have died—and a civilized society doesn’t see a crime
Is it apathy and complacency—or is it something much deeper
What has caused us to fail in being our brother and sister’s keeper

To the many women (and men) who are experiencing pain
It is not necessary to be isolated and suffering in vain
All of the wounds and painful memories you can freely bring
There is healing and forgiveness from Jesus Christ our King 

For the gift of life, we give thanks and praise to our God! 

used with permission from Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

Pope Francis on Marriage and the Consecrated Life

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

The Pope stressed the importance of vocation: both that of marriage and of virginity. The question about the sacrament of marriage was asked him by a young couple, carrying their small baby.

“Two Christians who are married,” said Francis, “have recognized the Lord’s call in their love, the vocation to form from two, male and female , one flesh , one life. And the Sacrament of Marriage envelops this love with the grace of God, rooted in God himself. With this gift, with the certainty of this call, you can start off safe, afraid of nothing, in the knowledge that you can deal with it together.”

The pontiff recalled the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, “were married in conditions much poorer than ours, some in time of war, or post-war, and some emigrated, like my parents . Where did they get their strength from? From the certainty that the Lord was with them , that their family is blessed by God in the sacrament of marriage, and blessed is the mission of giving birth to children and educating them. Based on these assurances they survived even the most severe trials. They were simple, but real certainties, which formed of the pillars that supported their love. Their lives were not easy. There were so many problems, but these certainties helped them to move forward and make a beautiful family.” (more…)

PHOTOS: All Hallows Eve Celebration Bloomington Indiana

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Pio

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FiNews – PHOTOS: 2013 Friarworks

Friday, August 16th, 2013

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Here are a few photos from the annual Rosary procession and fireworks in honor of the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother. This is held each year at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat, just 4 miles west of downtown Bloomington.

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July 13th: Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The married couple, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, whose Feast Day is their wedding anniversary of July 13, 1858.

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin:

God of eternal love, You give us Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as an example of holiness in marriage. They remained faithful to You and your commandments in all the duties and trials of life. They desired to raise their children to become saints.

May their prayers and example help Christian family life to blossom in our world today.  If it be Your Will, grant us the grace we now ask of You through the intercession of  Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, and let them be counted among the Saints of the Church.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us!

Video – Variety #231: 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger, Perth

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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Ave Maria!

This is a video summary of the 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger in Perth, Australia in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Rosary Procession is organized by the local Legion of Mary.

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Video – Mary’s Concern for US Election – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts176

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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MaryCast Specials #176 ( 10min) Play – In this episode Dr. Mark Miravalle discusses our faith in regard to the moral issues in our upcoming 2012 elections.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: mary@motherofallpeoples.com

Ave Maria!

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Video – How Should A Catholic Vote? – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts175

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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MaryCast Specials #175 ( 11min) Play – Dr. Mark Miravalle outlines the hierarchy of moral values as taught by our Catholic faith and discusses their relevance regarding some very important issues effected by the upcoming 2012 US elections.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: mary@motherofallpeoples.com

Ave Maria!

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Video – Conferences #185: Families and the Catholic Faith

Sunday, October 14th, 2012
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias gives a talk to local homeschool families here in Indiana on Friday morning,  October 12th  on the role of families in maintaining and spreading the Catholic faith. He discusses the importance of faith, that it is a great gift that needs to be treasured and maintained. He links this to the Year of Faith that the Holy Father has started a few days ago on the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Second Vatican Council. He emphasizes the continuity of the Council with Tradition and how we are to continue with this great Tradition in our lives and pass them on to our children. Accepting this faith will make us happy now and in eternity. So we should hold on to it, nourish it and help others receive it as well. He also covers:

  • Sanctity will make us happy
  • Following what God is calling us to do will make us happy, vocations
  • Importance of the family for faith
  • Payer in the family, Rosary
  • Protection against falsehoods
  • Family is a Domestic Church
  • Discerning good from evil
  • Exercising our faith
  • Surviving bad times and temptations
  • Consecration to Our Lady
  • Importance of Mary for Faith in Jesus
  • Miracle of the sun on the 13th of Oct is the 95th Anniversary.

Ave Maria!

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The Fall 40 DAYS FOR LIFE Prayer campaign: September 26th-November 4th

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Please consider being a part by prayer and/or presence in your nearest 40 Days for Life campaign: to find the location nearest you, see http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm

What 40 Days for Life has witnessed (so far!)

  • During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:
  • 1,894 individual campaigns have taken place in 440 cities
  • More than 525,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
  • More than 15,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Reports document 5,928 lives that have been spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about
  • 69 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
  • 23 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Hundreds of women and men have been spared from the tragic effects of abortion, including a lifetime of regrets
  • More than 2,100 news stories have been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio shows and TV programs from coast to coast … and overseas
  • Many people with past abortion experiences have stepped forward to begin post-abortion healing and recovery

After so many years of legalized abortion, many people of faith are experiencing a renewed sense of HOPE!

Video – Variety #217: The Clovis Family – Pro Life in London England

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Ave Maria!

Meet Joe and Theresa Clovis a pleasant pro life Catholic couple from London. The video of Euro Pro Life contained within this video was produced by Joe.

Ave Maria!

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A Mother’s Prayers heard

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Many of us know the story of St. Monica who prayed for decades for her son Augustine.  Her steadfast faith that God would hear her prayers did lead to the conversion of her son who became one of the most brilliant Doctors of the Church.  Let us never cease in our prayers!

Dear St. Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine; your prayers were answered. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea for   

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and grant me the grace to accept His Will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

A Beautiful Prayer by St. Augustine

I beg of You, my God, let me know You and love You
so that I may be happy in You. And though I cannot do this fully in this life, yet let me improve from day to day till I may do so to the full.  Let me know You more and more in this life, that I may know You perfectly in heaven. Let me know You more and more here, so that I may love you perfectly there, so that my joy may be great in itself here, and complete in heaven with You. O Truthful God, let me receive the happiness of heaven which You promise so that my joy may be full. In the meantime, let my mind think of it, let my tongue talk of it, let my heart long for it, let my mouth speak of it, let my soul hunger after it, let my flesh thirst after it, let my whole being desire it, until such time as I may enter through death into the joy of my Lord, there to continue forever, world without end. Amen.

 

The Most Blessed of Grandparents

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Saints Joachim and Anne: parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Jesus Christ

PRAYER TO ST JOACHIM AND ST ANNE:

Great and glorious patriarch, St Joachim, and good St Anne, what joy is mine when I consider that you were chosen among all God’s holy ones to assist in the fulfillment of the mysteries of God, and to enrich our earth with the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. By this singular privilege, you have become most powerful with both the Mother and her Son, so as to be able to obtain for us the graces that are needful to us.

With great confidence I have recourse to your mighty protection, and I commend to you all my needs, both spiritual and temporal, and those of my family. Especially do I entrust to your keeping the particular favour that I desire and look for from your intercession.

And since you were a perfect pattern of the interior life, obtain for me the grace to pray earnestly, and never to set m heart on the passing goods of this life. Give me a lively and enduring love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me also a sincere devotion and obedience to Holy church and the sovereign pontiff who rules over her, in order that I may live an die in faith and hope and perfect charity. Let me ever invoke the holy Names of Jesus and Mary. And may I thus be saved. Amen.

Video – Variety #204: 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
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Ave Maria!

May 22nd 2012 Rally For Life organized by the Coalition for the Defense of Human Life in Perth, Western Australia.

Ave Maria!

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