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View from the Domestic Church: Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today’s installment of the Mary of Nazareth Rosary Crawl

View from the Domestic Church is delighted to be a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

In this visit along the blog crawl we are focusing on the  Second Sorrowful Mystery: The scourging at the pillar.

Watch this newly released clip on the Scourging at the Pillar

“Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and struck him with their hands” (Jn 19:1-3).

“Jesus’ sufferings took their historical, concrete form from the fact that he was ‘rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes’ (Mk 8:31 ), who ‘handed him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified’ (Mt 20:19)” (CCC, 572).

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.

via View from the Domestic Church: Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar.

Catholic Fire: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl:The Miracle at Cana

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today’s installment for the Mary of Nazareth Rosary Crawl is hosted by Catholic Fire with the second Luminous Mystery, the miracle at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. It is a great scene. And a great reminder to always invite Jesus to your wedding for good spiritual reinforcements!

 

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Catholic Fire is a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, of which we are delighted to be a part of, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl Itinerary HERE.

Second Mystery of Light: The wedding feast of Cana.”On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you”‘ Jn 2:1-5.”On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign ­at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast: The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” CCC, 1613.Our Father, 10 Hail Marys contemplating the mystery, Glory be to the Father

via Catholic Fire: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl:The Miracle at Cana.

Oct 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Vigilance!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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Homily #141021n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the gospel reading, and stresses we must be vigilant in our spiritual lives by prayer, especially the Rosary, and by a virtuous life. For we do not know when the Master will return…
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 2:12-22
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: luk 12:35-38

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The Way of the Cross: #RosaryCrawl Unites Us in Prayer

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Here is the next installment of the Rosary Crawl for the film Mary of Nazareth. This time at Lisa Henley’s blog at Patheos and it is for the fourth sorrowful mystery the Way of the Cross. I am not sure what the rest of the schedule will be. Their itinerary is here but the content of the future stops are not yet posted. I seem to be posting these half way through the crawl so I will post the previous ones when their itinerary is finished on Thursday, the twenty third. Apparently it is a promo of the DVD release of the film.

 

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I am pleased to be a part of the “MARY of NAZARETH” Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl itinerary here.

Alissa Jung as Mary in “Mary of Nazareth”

I remember the night I sat in a movie theater and participated as a sold out audience watched a premier of the film Mary of Nazareth. Seated next to me in the theater that night was the talented actress Alissa Jung, who portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary in the film. I had interviewed Alissa earlier in the day, asking her all about the experience of portraying Mary. I also vividly recall glancing to my side as we sat watching the movie together, interested in seeing how Alissa reacted there in the theater during the most excruciatingly challenging parts of the film. Alissa is obviously not Mary, but I can only imagine what it must be like for any woman — any mother — to so fully interact with the emotions of the Blessed Mother.

One of the times I most felt the emotion of a mother’s pure love and grief that night (and in the times I’ve watched the film since then) was during the scenes depicting the Way of the Cross. A few years ago, on my trip to Israel, I had prayed along the Via Dolorosa. To view Mary of Nazareth is to step back onto the Way and to again unite myself to Christ’s carrying of the cross, as we see depicted in this scene from the film:

More at: The Way of the Cross: #RosaryCrawl Unites Us in Prayer.

Consecration

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
 

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
 

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
 

Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as you choose.
 

Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
 

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.
 

+Frances R. Havergal 1874

 

 

 

Oct 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Does Your House Have a Door?

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Homily #141020n ( 03min) Play – Commenting on today’s gospel, Father relates an incident when a man was glorying in the new house he just completed, and another asked if his new house had a door…
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. James of Strepar – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 2:1-10
Resp: psa 100:2, 3, 4, 5
Gsp: luk 12:13-21

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Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: “Beatitudes–Sermon the Mount” | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Well, this is the month of the Rosary and Catholic World Report is participating in a “Rosary Crawl” of Ignatius Press’ movie Mary of Nazareth. I am not sure what it means. The link they have to explain it involved some sort of download that I want to check out when I get a chance.  For now, I will post their first installment which is on the Sermon on the Mount and so relates to the third mystery of the luminous mysteries and they have a clip from the movie of this reenactment. I hope there will be others.

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Excerpt from Catholic World Report

Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God is the focus of the Third Mystery of Light: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15). This calls to mind the words of Saint Paul, writing to the Christians in Galatia: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law…” (Gal 4:4). That woman, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not a mere instrument or a pious bystander, but was an active participant in the advent of the Kingdom. But her active participation was not a matter of sensational public display, but of perfect, humble faith, made known through her quiet yet astonishing Fiat–a prayer “revealed to us at the dawning of the fullness of time” (CCC, par 2617).

via Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl: “Beatitudes–Sermon the Mount” | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

North American Martyrs – YouTube

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today is the feast day of the North American Martyrs. Here is an excellent video on St. John De Brebeuf.

HT Fra Charles, FI

North American Martyrs – YouTube.

St. John De Brebeuf and The North American Martyrs, the “Founding Fathers” of Faith in North America show us how to win people for Jesus. It might not require our deaths, but it always costs our lives.

Oct 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: St. Luke, Apostle?

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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Homily #141018n ( 00min) Play – Father comment that while St. Luke was not an apostle, he is celebrated as one in the liturgy of today. The reason is that his apostleship is through the Gospel he wrote, he brings us the news of Salvation and points us towards the Way, which is by following Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Luke the Evangelist – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ti 4:9-17
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
Gsp: luk 10:1-9

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Jesus, I Love YOU

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

I love You , Lord Jesus, with my whole heart, my whole soul,  and my whole strength; and if you see that I don’t love You as I ought, I desire at least to love You so; and if I don’t desire it sufficiently, I want at least to desire it in this way.

 
O most Sacred Body torn open by five wounds, put Yourself as a seal upon my heart and impress Your charity upon it!  Seal my feet that I may follow Your steps; seal my hands, that they may always do good works; seal my side that it may ever burn in fervent acts of love for You. O most Precious Blood that washes clean and purifies all men:  Wash my soul and put a sign on my face so that I may never love any one else but Thee.
 
+Cardinal Bona

 

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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Oct 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: How to Clean Out Your Insides

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Homily #141014n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on today’s saint and on the gospel reading, telling us that in order to avoid merely focusing on the externals, we need to attend to what is inside ourselves, and that the best way to do this is to imitate the selfless love of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Callistus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:1-6
Resp: psa 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
Gsp: luk 11:37-41

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Oct 13 – Homily – Fr Matthias: What is Freedom?

Monday, October 13th, 2014
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Homily #141013n ( 03min) Play – Father asks what seems like a simple question, “What is freedom.” He quotes from Pope Pius XII: Freedom is the capability of autonomously choosing good and putting it into practice. Commenting on this, he emphasizes the need for penance and prayer that we all may escape the slavery of sin and live in true freedom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 11:29-32

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Oct 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Seeking the Lord in Mary

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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Homily #141012n ( 00min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the readings of today, and tells us that our appraisal of sin is not the same as God’s. Indifference to sin, which characterizes our age, is punished severely to God. We must seek God in order to be saved, and if we seek Him through Mary, she will we to our salvation. Seeking the Lord in Mary is the recipe for rejoicing!
Ave Maria!
Mass: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 25:6-10
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
2nd: phi 4:12-14, 19-20
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Salus Populi Romani

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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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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