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Spiritual Life

A Thought on Mercy

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations

(Mercy) seems to be more particularly His, His Virtue, His own inclination…Yes, mercy is truly the attribute of the Heart of Jesus. Holy Scripture, and especially the immortal songs of David, resound with the praises of the mercy of God, exalt it, and magnify it in a thousand ways. It was, however, only when Our Savior had been given to us, that divine mercy appeared to us under a sensible form, palpable, so to speak, to the intellect of man and to his love. Under the law of fear, people got a glimpse of mercy; under the law of grace, it has been seen and touched.

“Love was God; and Love was with God; and It has come into the world” (John 1:1,14); and when It covered Itself with the veil of humanity, when It descended upon the earth, It remained Love, but It took a new name and a new form. It took the name and the form of Mercy; It became Jesus or Mercy. Mercy or Jesus is the same adorable form of Love! (more…)

A Sword Shall Pierce…

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations

Sing of the blessed Mother
Who received the angel’s word,
And obedient to the summons
Bore in love the infant Lord;
Sing we of the joys of Mary
At whose breast that child was fed
Who is Son of God eternal
And the everlasting bread.
 
Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows,
Of the sword that pierced her through.
When beneath the cross of Jesus
She His weight of suffering knew,
Looked upon her Son and Savior
Reigning from the awful tree,
Saw the price of our redemption
Paid to set the sinner free.
 
Sing again the joys of Mary
When she saw the risen Lord,
And in prayer with Christ’s apostles,
Waited on His promised word:
From on high the blazing glory
Of the Spirit’s presence came,
Heav’nly breath of God’s own being,
Tokened in the wind and flame.

Compassion that Cures

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations

 In Haiti just as in England, Spain, Italy, or India there are unhappy people everywhere. Not only because they don’t have any bread to eat. No, they hunger for love, understanding, and companionship. They suffer from loneliness, the feeling of being unwanted and rejected, a poverty of the soul. These are the things that can be far worse than being hungry or not having enough material goods….
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Let’s not live distracted lives. Let us know ourselves so that we can better understand our brothers and sisters. lf we want to understand those with whom we live, we need to understand ourselves first of all. Sometimes we see how joy returns to the lives of the most destitute when they realize that many among us are concerned about them and show them our love.
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Even their health improves if they are sick, after all, was it not Christ himself who said, “Every time you did it to the least of my brethren, you did it to me?” You are not to be indifferent to the suffering of others, but it is meant to affect you deeply.
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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Winter in the Soul

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Ave Maria Meditation

Now it is Christ’s will to grow in us, gradually, gently, assimilating our lives to himself. There will be seasons in which we feel no stir of the life within us and see nothing but the earth’s hard crust. Then the daily conquest of sin will be as exacting as the daily pulling up of weeds that grow as fast as they are pulled.
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Every honest Catholic knows how useless it sometimes feels to go on day after day finding the same sins cropping up in the examination of conscience, week after week confessing the same sin the same number of times! He feels it is useless, but knows that he does it so that when at last the supernatural life pierces the hard ground, it will not be choked.

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Prayer for the Unborn

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations

Pope Benedict’s Prayer for the Unborn: 

Lord Jesus, You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence the Church and the history of men; You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood render us participants in divine Life and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life; We adore and bless you.  Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life, truly present and alive among us, we beg you: Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life, make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb the miraculous work of the Creator, open our hearts to generously welcoming every child that comes into life.
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Bless all families, sanctify the union of spouses, render fruitful their love. Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies with the light of your Spirit,so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

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A Prayer to St. Joseph

Friday, January 15th, 2016

One Minute Prayer

Petition Prayer to St. Joseph:
 
O glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favor we now request…
 
(State your request here.)
 
O guardian of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.  O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.   Amen.

A Prayer for Priests

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

One Minute Prayer

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the whole work of Your redemption, the welfare and salvation of the world, to priests as Your representatives, through the hands of Your most holy Mother and for the sanctification of Your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I offer You this present day wholly and entirely, with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of Your divine love, seek nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of our souls.

And you, Mary, good mother of priests, protect all priests in the danger of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their vocation and have gone astray. Amen.

On the Subject of Merit

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations

Merit is the right to a reward because of the works we do, and literally all of our works can be meritorious, enabling us to turn our whole life into a time of merit. Theology teaches us that merit in the proper sense is that by which a recompense is owed in justice, or at least by virtue of a promise. Thus in the natural order, the worker merits his salary…

In the supernatural order we seek merit, a recompense which far exceeds all the honor and glory which the world can offer. By fulfilling his duties in his ordinary life the Christian in the state of grace gains more grace in his soul and merits eternal life. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us and eternal wait of glory beyond all comparison.(cf Lk 6: 20-26)

The works we do each day are meritorious if we do them well and with an upright intention, if we offer them to God at the beginning of the day and in the holy mass, when we with the right intention start some task as well as when we finish it. Our works will be especially meritorious if we unite them to the merits of Christ and to those of our Lady. In this way we gain possession of those graces infinite value which our Lord won for us, principally on the cross, and which our Lady also won for us, co-redeeming with her Son in an exceptional manner. God our Father then sees our works invested with a new and infinite character, for we have become shares in the merits of Christ. (more…)

An Epiphany Blessing for the Home

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations 

(Here is one form of the blessing):

+Epiphany Blessing Of A Home+

All make the Sign of the Cross.
Head of Household: “Peace be to this house and: to all who dwell here, in the name of the Lord.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Reader: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things come to be through him, and without him nothing came to be….. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3.14)

Using chalk, write on the outside of your house, above or next to an entrance (or all entrances):
write the first half of the current year and the first letters of the prayer for blessing followed by the second half of the year date:
+20+C+M+B+16+

(which stands for “may Christ Bless this House”: Christus  Mansionem Benedicat)

or optionally you may use the first letter of the names of the Magi:   +20+C+M+B+16+
(Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar)

All: Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness and the keeping of your law. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our love for each other may go out to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Mary, Mother of God

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Ave Maria Meditations

By her simple “fiat”, Mary brought to pass the most wondrous miracle of all time. In silent expectation the Heavenly Court had watched the great archangel speed on his way towards the humble home in Nazareth. With joy they heard the virgin’s humble words of meek submission which brought the Maker of the world to dwell within her womb, and now they see their God, the great God of all creatures, dwelling as a little babe among sinful man.

What must have been Mary’s thoughts when she first felt that infant child within her womb and realized that from her pure blood He had fashioned to Himself a human form? She, His mother; He her Son! What sweet converse between the two, what words of love, of ardent tender love, the promptings of a heart so pure and so good and holy…

+Fr. William Doyle

Holy Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

One Minute Prayer:

Heavenly Father, through the motherhood of the Virgin Mary, You gave the human race eternal salvation. May we feel the powerful help of her prayers in our lives, for through her we received the very source of life, Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

The Slaughter of the Innocents: Then and Now

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The jealously of a king brought about the murder of innocents even as the death of the One sought was evaded.  In this day, there is still many innocents killed,  often by force, but even sadder by the decision of parents as they find the unborn child inconvenient…

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents Of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Prayer to end abortion, the present day slaughter of Innocents:

O Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth and all things, You create today millions of human beings who are never permitted to see the light of day because of the sin of abortion. Grant to mankind the wisdom to respect human life at every stage of development.

You infuse souls into innocent babies even while still in their mothers’ wombs, their temporary homes. Grant that no one deprives your most innocent ones the privilege of your holy Baptism whereby they may be born again to Your supernatural life by grace. One soul in Your eyes, Almighty God, is of more value than the whole created universe.

Accept the precious blood of Your Son Jesus Christ, present on our altars and in our tabernacles, throughout the world in reparation for the sins of abortive murder. Even before Your Divine Son was born of Mary, dear God, when Your holy Mother greeted Elizabeth shortly after the conception of the Divine Child. Elizabeth asked, “How am I worthy that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” Long before the birth of the Divine Child the Holy Spirit inspired Elizabeth to call Mary “Mother” and the unborn Child, her “Lord.”

Almighty God, remove the scourge of abortion from the face of the earth. Amen. (more…)

Dec 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Which He Himself Formed…

Monday, December 28th, 2015
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Homily #151227n ( 16min) Play – When God came into the world, he came “in a family which he himself had formed” as Pope Francis recently said. This shows how important the family–mother, father, and children–is in God’s eyes. Our Lady of Fatima warned us against the “errors of Russia”, and the fundamental error is the abolition of the family. And how can we best combat this error? By faithfully praying the Rosary as a family!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Family – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 3:2-6, 12-14
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
2nd: col 3:12-21
Gsp: luk 2:41-52

Audio (MP3)

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Sweet Child, Sweet Eucharist

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus speaks: I was born, born for you in a cave in December, in the cold, homeless, in the middle of a winter’s night, in the unheard-of poverty of the extremely poor, in solitude, in an abandonment unique in this world.

What, my children, do I want you to learn from my birth? To believe in My love, to believe that I have loved you until now. To hope in Me, who have loved you so dearly. I want to teach you to despise the world, which was so unimportant to Me. I want to teach you poverty, lowliness, soli­tude, humility, penance.

I want to teach you to love me, for I was not content with giving Myself to the world in the Incarnation, sanctifying it invisibly in the visitation; no, that did not satisfy My love. From the moment of My birth onward, I showed myself to you, giving myself wholly to you, putting myself in your hands. From then on, you could touch Me, hear Me, possess Me, serve Me, console Me. Love Me now; I am so close to you. (more…)

Awaiting the Savior

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Wait when the seed is planted,

Wait for the rain to fall;

Wait for the restless green sprout,

Wait while the plant grows tall.

Wait for the coming Savior,

Wait through the heart’s slow race;

Wait for the kingdom’s dawning,

Wait till we see his face! 

Hope when the sun is setting, Hope through the dark of night;

Hope though the moon is waning, Hope as we long for light.

Hope for the coming Savior, Hope through the heart’s slow race;

Hope for the kingdom’s dawning, Hope till we see his face!

Trust in the new spring’s promise, Trust through the summer’s heat;

Trust in the dying autumn, Trust through the winter sleet.

Trust in the coming Savior, Trust in the heart’s slow race:

Trust in the kingdom’s dawning, Trust till we see His face!