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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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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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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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May 23 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis on the Church

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140523n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias  points out the need for the living Magisterium of the Church, and the inherent problems with Protestantism’s “Sola Scritpura”. Then Father highlights some recent comments from Pope Francis about the need to be part of the Church and to think with the Church. The two addresses may be found here, http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-at-mass-we-are-not-christian-without-the-chur, and here, http://www.news.va/en/news/vatican-the-popes-mass-at-santa-marta.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:22-31
Resp: psa 57:8-9, 10-12
Gsp: joh 15:12-17

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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…)

Pope Francis: Look to Mary

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

We implore her maternal intercession that the Church may become a home for many peoples, a mother for all peoples, and that the way may be opened to the birth of a new world. It is the Risen Christ who tells us, with a power that fills us with confidence and unshakable hope: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5). With Mary we advance confidently towards the fulfillment of this promise…

—Pope Francis
Evangelii Gaudium, n. 288

May 06 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Ecumenism of Blood

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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Homily #140506n ( 09min) Play – In the first reading, we hear the account of the first Christian martyr. Fr. Matthias takes the opportunity to reflect over martyrdom, emphasizing that we still live in an Age of Martyrdom, and that not only Catholics are being martyrs, but all Christians. Using a phrase from Pope Francis, “Ecumenism of Blood,” he suggests that the growing persecution of Christians will forge paths towards unity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 7:51-8:1
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: joh 6:30-35

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Month of Mary 4 – Fr. Joachim – Popes on True Devotion

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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Month of Mary #4 ( 09min) Play – On this fourth day of May, Fr. Joachim presents us with the influence St. Louis de Montfort had on the Church and the approval the modern popes gave to his Marian teachings.
Today’s Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, living in Mary, prepare me for living out this true and solid devotion.

Ave Maria!

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Video – JPII & Marian Consecration P2 – CONF 253

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
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Conferences #253 – ( 39min) >>> Play

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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May 04 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Resurrection of Hope

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
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Homily #140504b ( 15min) Play – Fr. John Joseph on the remedy for the sorrow in our life which is the hope that is enshrined in the resurrection where Our Lord rises from the grim shadows of the crucifixion to the bright light of Easter, shining a light on the promise of eternal life for those who believe in Him. This dawning of great joy in the midst of despair is what the disciples on the road to Emmaus experienced when the resurrected Christ made Himself manifest to them. He bases these reflection on the writing of Pope Benedict XVI.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 3rd Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:14, 22-28
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
2nd: 1pe 1:17-21
Gsp: luk 24:13-35

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