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St. John Paul II

Month of Mary 29 – Marian Entrustment and Divine Mercy

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Month of Mary #29 ( 07min) Play – Today we look at the homily St. John Paul II gave at Fatima, Portugal, on May 13th, 1982, exactly 65 years after the first apparition of Mary at that spot, and exactly one year after he was shot in an assassination attempt which, according to him, was foiled by Our Lady. In this important homily, the newly canonized Holy Father reflects on the link between Divine Mercy and Marian Entrustment. It is Mary who brings us to the cross, which is the source of Divine Mercy, and by entrusting ourselves to her, we abandon ourselves to her and by her maternal mediation She helps us offer ourselves more fully to Christ in His own self-offering to the Father for our own redemption.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Draw me in, with, and through Mary to the Fountain of Love and Mercy.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 28 – And He Took Her Into His Home

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Month of Mary #28 ( 07min) Play – Having looked as St. John Paul II’s teachings on the preparation Mary was lead through, we now look at what he says about Marian Consecration, or as he phrases it, Marian Entrustment. We return to the Foot of the Cross, and hear the words, “Behold, your Mother”. What does it mean, how should we respond to this gift? The Holy Father tells us to look at the next phrase, “And … he took her unto his own home”. Father unpacks what this means, and shows how by entrusting ourselves to Her, She will lead us to Jesus. And that’s the point!

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Prepare me to entrust myself completely to Mary so she can bring me closer to Christ.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 27 – God’s Mother, Your Mother, My Mother

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Month of Mary #27 ( 08min) Play – For a third day, we continue to look at the God’s preparation of Mary. Today, we look at the final preparation and actualization of Mary’s Spiritual Maternity: the Crucifixion. Let us reflect that as She, the Coredemptrix, stood beside the Cross, Her love for us was intensified, She heard the same “I Thirst” Mother Teresa did, and also the words “Behold your son”. Notice the concreteness of this, we are given Mary as our Mother individually, and She receives us not as a vague crowd, but, as any mother receives her children, as individuals with a unique relationship with Her. She is God’s Mother, She is Your Mother, and She is My Mother; uniquely, particularly, and personally.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Thank you for the gift of my loving Mother, Mary.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 26 – Mary’s Preparation (cont.)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Month of Mary #26 ( 06min) Play - Today we continue reflecting on Our Lord’s preparation of Mary for Her role as spiritual mother and mediatrix. We focus on the Wedding at Cana, examining St. John Paul II’s teaching from paragraphs 21 and 22 from his encyclical Redemptoris Mater (bit.ly/RedemptorisMater). We can take three points away for our meditation, (1) Mary’s role is not by necessity, but by the will of God, (2) Mary needs servants to carry out the will of God under Her direction, and (3) Mary’s mediation is in union with and subordinate to the one mediation of Jesus Christ, Her savior and ours.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Remind me to ask for Mary’s powerful intercession in my times of need.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 25 – Mary’s Preparation

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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Month of Mary #25 ( 10min) Play – Today we start a reflection on what we know of Mary’s life, described as Her “retreat”, and how God prepared Her for the role He had predestined Her for. Today we especially reflect on some of the puzzling passages where it seems Jesus is rebuking His Mother, such as Mark 3 (when His cousins came to rebuke Him while He was preaching in Nazareth), Luke  2 (Finding in the Temple), Luke 11 (the woman crying out from the crowd).

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to be faithful to heart-pondering prayer, as was Mary.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 24 – Marian Consecration & Vatican II

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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Month of Mary #24 ( 11min) Play – Father Joachim tells us that our final guide, St. John Paul II, is a triple blessing. Not only is he a saint and theologian, he is also a Pope, and as Pope, developed his Marian Teachings from those of the Second Vatican council. So, before we start with St. John Paul II, we look at the teachings of Vatican II, particularly the Eighth Chapter of the Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, as it speaks of Mary’s “Maternal Mediation” which is not a repudiation of Jesus’ sole mediation, but a profound participation in it. Father stresses that Mary’s cooperation with the work of her Son didn’t end after the Nativity, Ministry, Crucifixion, Resurrection, or Ascension, but continues to this very day and with us.

The excerpt from Lumen Gentium may be found here (from paragraphs 61 & 61): http://bit.ly/S4OALj

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Fill my heart with praise to God for giving me Mary as my spiritual mother.

Ave Maria!

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St. John Paul II: a Homily Given at Fatima

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

In a homily given at Fatima, St. John Paul II spoke about Our Lady at the foot of the Cross: 

“On the Cross Christ said: “Woman, behold, your son!” With these words he opened in a new way his Mother’s heart. A little later, the Roman soldier’s spear pierced the side of the Crucified One. That pierced heart became a sign of the redemption achieved through the death of the Lamb of God.  The Immaculate Heart of Mary, opened with the words “Woman, behold, your son!”, is spiritually united with the heart of her Son opened by the soldier’s spear. Mary’s Heart was opened by the same love for man and for the world with which Christ loved man and the world, offering himself for them on the Cross, until the soldier’s spear struck that blow.

Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means drawing near, through the Mother’s intercession, to the very Fountain of life that sprang from Golgotha. This Fountain pours forth unceasingly redemption and grace. In it reparation is made continually for the sins of the world. It is a ceaseless source of new life and holiness.  (more…)

Video – JPII & Marian Consecration P2 – CONF 253

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. John Joseph Cook, FI gives the second talk for our Marian Day on May 3rd, 2014 at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center on the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II regarding Marian Consecration. He continues with the theme he started in the first talk on the connection between Marian Consecration and Marian Coredemption. Here he highlights Mary’s role as motherly example in following Jesus, in being a good disciple at the foot of the cross.

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Video – JPII & Marian Consecration P1 – CONF 252

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. John Joseph Cook, FI gives the first conference for our Marian Day on May 3rd, 2014 at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center on the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II regarding Marian Consecration. On this talk he underscores the connection between Marian Consecration and Marian Coredemption which focuses on the some of the last words of Our Lord on the Cross,  “Woman, behold you son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” John 19:26-27. He uses the synthesis of Mons. Authur B. Calkins who has authored the official compendium of the Marian teachings of John Paul II.

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Bl.John Paul: On Marian Consecration

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Blessed Pope John Paul II made the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. In his apostolic letter, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” the Pope noted that his personal motto “Totus Tuus” (Totally Yours) was inspired by the Total Consecration.

Further, the Holy Father said that reading St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary” marked a turning point in his life. Blessed John Paul II talked about this in an Oct. 2000 address to the 8th International Mariological Colloquium in Rome. Blessed John Paul II noted that he had read and reread de Montfort’s book. “Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity,” he said, “who willed to begin and fulfill the great mysteries of the history of salvation with the responsible and faithful collaboration of the humble handmaid of Nazareth.”

from myconsecration.org

Video – Marian Shrines of the World #18: Our Lady of Aparecida

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
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Ave Maria!

In this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World” Fr. Andre takes us to the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Patroness of Brazil.

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Ave Maria – Karol Wojtyla from 1976 – YouTube

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Ave Maria – Karol Wojtyla from 1976 – YouTube.

Ave Maria sung by Karol Wojtaya (Pope John Paul II) from 1976. So this was before he was Pope.

Do Not be Afraid, Mary, for You have Found Favor with God

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

When we read that the messenger addresses Mary as “full of grace,” the Gospel context, which mingles revelations and ancient promises, enables us to under­stand that among all the spiritual blessings in Christ, this is a special blessing. In the mystery of Christ she is (more…)

Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Blessed John Paul II’s Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes:

Hail Mary, poor and humble Woman, Blessed by the Most High! Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era, We join in your song of praise, to celebrate the Lord’s mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity.

Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord, Glorious Mother of Christ! Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word, Teach us to persevere in listening to the Word, and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit, attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience and to his manifestations in the events of history.

Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows, Mother of the living! Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve, Be our guide along the paths of the world. Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ, to stand with you before the innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified.

Hail Mary, woman of faith, First of the disciples! Virgin Mother of the Church, help us always to (more…)

St. Thomas More: Franciscan Saint and Martyr

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

THE KING’S GOOD SERVANT BUT GOD’S FIRST…

St. Thomas More, a Franciscan Tertiary, has been named the patron for lawyers and politicians.  This holy and wholly Catholic man was a husband and father in addition to being a lawyer and became Lord Chancellor of England so much was he respected and regarded in his own time. He was beheaded in witness of the Truths of the Faith in 1535.

Blessed Pope John Paul II would write of him: “Precisely because (more…)