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10 quotes from Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, October 20th, 2014

via “Mondays with Mary” – Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary | TOM PERNA.

I’ve said in my posts before that it’s an exciting time to be a Catholic. Yesterday’s beatification of Pope Paul VI is yet another indication of this time. We now have three popes that served nearly one after the other in the 20th century as saints of the Catholic Church. Although Paul VI has not been officially canonized, we know that he is there in Heaven with his predecessor, Pope St. John XXIII and his successor, Pope St. John Paul II.

In honor of our newest beatification, I now give you some of the words on the Blessed Virgin Mary from Blessed Pope Paul VI –

1. “This pious practice, by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people enriched with spiritual gifts, gladdens and consoles us. Mary remains ever the path that leads to Christ. Every encounter with her can only result in an encounter with Christ himself” – Mense Maio #2

2. “The general norm ‘Through Mary to Jesus’ is therefore valid also for the imitation of Christ. Nevertheless, let our faith not be perturbed, as if the intervention of a creature in every way similar to us, except as regards sin, offended our personal dignity and prevented the intimacy and immediacy of our relationships of adoration and friendship with the Son of God.” – Signum Magnum, Part 2, Section 2.

via “Mondays with Mary” – Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary | TOM PERNA.

Pope Francis’ Address Conclusion of Synod | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Pope Francis gave a very interesting address at the conclusion the Synod. It gives a good view of the breadth of his understanding of the pastoral dimensions of the predicament of the family in modern times and the various exaggerations that pastors can fall into. He ends by invoking Our Lady and Joseph, heads of the Holy Family, and wins resounding applause from the attendants.

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Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.

In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that “personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits, as St Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace.”

“Instead, I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage: and of parrhesia. And I have felt that what was set before our eyes was the good of the Church, of families, and the ‘supreme law,’ the ‘good of souls; (cf. Can. 1752).”

Read the rest at News Briefs/Rss | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

Seven facts you didn’t know about Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Cardinal Montini was worried during the conclave, knowing full well what was waiting for for him. During his 15 years as Pope, he fearlessly confronted the challenges of his time through 7 surprising gestures.

He sold the tiara

Believing that the Pope is not a monarch, he renounced the triple tiara one year after the conclave. It was sold with the money going to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. No Pope has used the tiara since.

A group of American Catholics purchased the tiara for $1 million. Today, it is housed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The First traveling Pope

Pope VI exchanged the boat of Peter for an airplane. He visited 19 countries throughout

via Seven facts you didn’t know about Paul VI.

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

It was a symbolic morning at the Vatican which was led by three Popes: Pope Francis declared Paul VI blessed, accompanied by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI, although frail, followed the ceremony attentively.

In front of thousands of people, the Pope inscribed Paul VI in the Book of Saints.

“…Ut Venerabilis Servus Dei Paulus VI, papa, Beati nomine in posterum appelletur.” (“We declare that the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI, Pope, shall henceforth be invoked as Blessed…”)

As is usual during beatifications, this tapestry was unveiled

via Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI.

Oct 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Authentic Christian Prayer

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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Homily #141015n ( 12min) Play – On the memorial of the Doctor of Prayer, St. Teresa of Avila, Father Matthias comments on some texts from the Magisterium about authentic Christian forms of prayer. He emphasizes that “Christian prayer is always determined by the structure of the Christian faith, in which the very truth of God and creature shines forth (Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, CDF, 1989)” and that we must beware of unknowingly committing ourselves to another religion by using prayer techniques which implicitly deny a transcendent, personal God. Concluding, Father reminds us that the love of and union with God are not acquired by a method and technique, but through the intimate, loving encounter of the soul with its creator.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa of Jesus – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:18-25
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 11:42-46

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Salus Populi Romani

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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Mary is the mother, and a mother worries above all about the health of her children, she knows how to care for them always with great and tender love. Our Lady guards our health. What does this mean: Our Lady guards our health? I think above all of three things: she helps us grow, to confront life, to be free.
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1. A mother helps her children grow up and wants them to grow strong; that is why she teaches them not to be lazy — which can also derive from a certain kind of wellbeing — not to sink into a comfortable life-style, contenting oneself with possessions. The mother takes care that her children develop better, that they grow strong, capable of accepting responsibilities, of engaging in life, of striving for great ideals. The Gospel of St Luke tells us that, in the family of Nazareth, Jesus “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him” (Lk 2:40). Our Lady does just this for us, she helps us to grow as human beings and in the faith, to be strong and never to fall into the temptation of being human beings and Christians in a superficial way, but to live responsibly, to strive ever higher.
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Sep 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Michael and the Popes

Monday, September 29th, 2014
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Homily #140929n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias shows us the importance of having recourse to St. Michael by pulling from the words and actions of the modern Popes. Let us call upon St. Michael to defend us from sin and evil, from that which is outside of us and especially that which is inside of us. We cannot overcome evil with evil, but only with good!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (alt Reading) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:7-12
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: joh 1:47-51

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40 Days for Life begins internationally

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis on the Right to Life:

In April the Holy Father addressed a pro-life group saying, “One of the gravest risks our epoch faces, amid the opportunities offered by a market equipped with every technological innovation, is the divorce between economics and morality, the basic ethical norms of human nature are increasingly neglected. It is therefore necessary to express the strongest possible opposition to every direct attack on life, especially against the innocent and defenseless, and the unborn in a mother’s womb is the example of innocence par excellence. Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: ‘Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes‘ (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, n. 51). ….

Anyone who is Christian has a duty to bear witness to the Gospel: to protect life courageously and lovingly in all its phases. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”

 

 

Pope Francis speaks about Our Lady

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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On (a) Saturday evening, in the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis with a group of young people from the Diocese of Rome who are involved in vocational discernment.
 
He then proceeded to speak about the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives. “I thank you for this visit, this visit to the Madonna who is so important in our lives. And she accompanies even in the definitive choice, the vocational choice, because she accompanied her Son in his vocational path, which was so hard, so sorrowful. She accompanies us always.”

Pope Francis said he feels said when he hears Christians say they do not seek the Mary or pray to Mary. He recalled a conversation with two young catechists in the seventies, a couple with young children, who spoke beautifully about Jesus:

“At one point I said, ‘And devotion to the Madonna?’ ‘But we have passed that stage. We know Jesus Christ so well, that we have no need of the Madonna.’ And what came into my heart and my mind was ‘Oh… poor orphans!’ … because a Christian without the Madonna is an orphan. And a Christian without the Church is an orphan. A Christian needs these two women, these two women who are mothers, two women who are virgins: the Church and the Madonna.
And to make a ‘test’ of a good Christian vocation, you need to ask yourself: ‘How is my relationship with these two mothers going?’ with mother Church and with mother Mary. This is not a question of ‘piety,’ no, it’s pure theology. This is theology. How is my relationship with the Church going, with my mother the Church, with the holy mother the hierarchic Church? And how is my relationship going with the Madonna, who is my Mamma, my Mother?”
 
Finally, Pope Francis led the young people in singing the “Salve Regina” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, before leaving them with a blessing and the request that they pray for him. 

Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The Church, he said, “is a true mother who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters.”

Pointing to the mother of Jesus, the Roman Pontiff explained that “The model of maternity for the Church is the Virgin Mary” who “in the fullness of time conceived through the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Son of God.”

“Her motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the Word of God,” he said.

“The birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as firstborn of many brothers is a prelude of the new life that Christians receive in baptism.”

via Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Aug 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Anointed and His Minister

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Homily #140824n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian goes over some of the themes present in today’s Gospel reading, focusing particularly on Jesus as the Messiah, the Anointed One, and His appointment of Peter as the “Rock” upon which the Church stands. Let us look to the Holy Father for guidance and keep Him constantly in our prayers.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 22:15, 19-23
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:33-36
Gsp: mat 16:13-20

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Aug 21 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Pope Pius X and “The Oath”

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Homily #140821n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias preaches on the legacy of the great modern Pope, St. Pius X who was, as the collect of today’s Mass says, “filled … with wisdom and … the strength of an apostle.” One of his greatest legacies is the diagnosis and condemnation of Modernism, which he calls the “sum of all heresies,” and to combat this, he promulgated the “Oath against Modernism.” Father reads from this bracing document, and encourage us to ask for Pope St. Pius X’s intercession in order to stand firm in the confession of our Faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Pius X – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 36:23-28
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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The Rosary and Adoration with Our Lady

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

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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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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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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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