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Oct 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. John Paul II and Marian Consecration

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141022b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias for the feast day for St. John Paul II, gives an account of the influence of his life especially regarding Marian devotion which was inspired by his fellow country man and contemporary St. Maximilian Kolbe. Father specifically focuses on consecration to the Mary and even as a fourth vow in religious life, first approved by him when he erected the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a pontifical institute.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Paul II – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 3:2-12
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:39-48

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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.

Early Velazquez oil painting returns to Spain for exhibition

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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SEVILLE, Spain–An oil painting attributed to 17th-century Spanish master Diego Velazquez, found languishing in a back room of Yale University, has been returned to Spain for an exhibition in Valazquez’s hometown Seville.

The large painting, “The Education of the Virgin Mary,” has been on show since Wednesday at the Santa Clara arts centre as part of a show of the painter’s early works made when he still lived in the southern Spanish city.

The painting, which portrays St Anne teaching the Virgin Mary to read, is dated 1616 when Velazquez was just 17.

via Early Velazquez oil painting returns to Spain for exhibition – The China Post.

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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Oct 21 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Fighting Hate with Grace

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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Homily #141021b ( 05min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of Bl. Josephine Leroux, virgin and martyr during the French Revolution. She was condemned to death for the horrible crime of being a Poor Claire nun. Listen how in contrast to the radical hate of the atheists, she returned kindness and graciousness.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Josephine Leroux – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
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

 

 

 

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.

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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Oct 20 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: From Death to Life

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Homily #141020 ( 09min) Play – Through the riches of God’s mercy, we have passed from death (mortal sin) to life (sanctifying grace).
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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Oct 20 – Homily – Fr Alan: How does one Possess?

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Homily #141020b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Alan Bernardino Wharton gives his first homily at Bloomington after having arrived from our mission in Brazil. He reflects on the need to be detached from things that we possess based on the account in the Gospel of the man who asked Jesus if He could tell his brother to give him a share in the inheritance. Father points out that it is not so much of how much we possess or how little, but that we don’t cling to what we have in our abundance nor crave for more in our poverty.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Paul of the Cross – 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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Marian Cultural Devotions Continue to Draw Crowds in a Distracted World

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

I thought the title of this article was interesting “As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever“. It shows how Marian cultural devotions have a universal appeal that will remain as a good basis from which to build a renewal even when religious convictions are otherwise on an ebb. Mother Mary, pray for us. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and strengthen our faith.

BELEM, Brazil — More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging it inch by inch through the sweat-soaked crowd. Bursts of fireworks marked its passage.

Cirio de Nazare is Brazil’s largest religious event of the year and it takes place at the mouth of the Amazon in the northern state of Para.

via As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever | Crux.

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.

Gigantic Pro-Family Demonstration in Paris

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

via Gigantic Pro-Family Demonstration in Paris.

A reader writes:

I just had to drop you a line to share this with you. Last week, my wife and I were in France on a business trip and, on our last day, happened to run into a massive protest in Paris by La Manif Pour Tous, the French group which stands up for families and marriage between a man and a woman. With our recent Supreme Court non-decision, it can be easy to get discouraged, but witnessing this march gave us hope. It was huge, boisterous, intensely patriotic, largely secular, and full of joy.

I’m sure it didn’t make the news here, but as Americans in Paris, we were deeply moved and encouraged. Please feel free to share this little video we made!