Tuesday, May 31, 2016

THE VISITATION



The archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary the miraculous motherhood of her cousin Elizabeth and invited her to visit her home.  Charity urged her to make this visit at once to the hill country to a town of Judea.  Christ, Whom she was now carrying prompted her to begin her mission of bringing Him to souls.  The trip must have lasted about four days, for the little village to which she was going was located a few miles beyond Jerusalem.  

Mary entered the house of Zachary and greeted Elizabeth.  As soon as Elizabeth heard the greeting, the child in her womb gave a start.  Filled with the Holy Spirit, she exclaimed, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."  She asked herself why she was so honored that the Mother of her Lord should come to her.  Now that the Holy Spirit Himself had revealed the mystery of her Divine Motherhood to her cousin, Mary spoke her thanksgiving prayer, the Magnificat.  She sang of the marvelous goodness of God to her in spite of her nothingness.  She praised God for His mercy to mankind in sending a Savior.  Mary remained with her relatives about three months, till John the Baptist was born.  They were months of great happiness for her and of blessings for Elizabeth and her son.  The aged priest Zachary suddenly recovered his power of speech which he had lost because he did not believe the angel in the temple who announced that his wife would give him a son who would prepare the way for the Messias.  In the inspired canticle, the Benedictus he began to praise God for having come to redeem His people.

The feast of the Visitation commemorates Our Lady's visit to her cousin St. Elizabeth, the sanctification of St. John the Baptist in his mother's womb, and the occasion on which the Blessed Virgin uttered her hymn of thankgtiving, the Magnificat.  


PRAYER

Mary, My Mother, may the thought of your tenderness and charity increase my confidence in you and make me look up to you in all the dangers that surround me in life.  I am sure that you, who are all-powerful as my advocate, will not desert me but will bring to my poor afflicted soul grace and sanctification.  

                   Hail, bright Star of ocean,
                   God's own Mother blest,
                   Ever sinless Virgin
                   Gate of heavenly rest! 


Last Salute to Our Mother for the Month of May

Friday, May 13, 2016

MAY 13TH - OUR LADY OF FATIMA - FEAST DAY








Hugo da Silva: (after witnessing the miracle) Only the fool saith "There is no God"


Ricardo Montalban SHAKES you by your Shoulders!







Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


     It was not because she was the Mother of God that Mary could bear all her sorrows, but because she saw things from His point of view and not from her own―or rather, she had made His point of view hers.  Try to do the same, and you will be amazed at the courage, and strength, and power of endurance that you will possess.  The Mother of Sorrows will be on hand to help you.

     Prayer:  Do not forsake me, sweet Mother of Sorrows, because you are my spiritual Mother.  If I confide my salvation to your loving care and faithfully imitate your virtues, I know you will keep me in your Immaculate Heart both now and at the hour of my death.  Amen.


A Sorrowful Journey

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The above information was borrowed from Our Lady in Catholic Life by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, 1957Macmillan Company

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Birthday Prayer

On that blessed Nativity all the angels descended from heaven to the house of St. Anne, to salute the child which that happy mother then gave to the world. (St. Bernardine of Siena)
 
 TODAY'S ROSARY
HERE - September 8th

   
Birthday Prayer to My Mother Mary

Mary, My Mother, I rejoice with the Blessed Trinity on your birthday because you were to take part in the Incarnation and Redemption of the world.  
I rejoice with all mankind because you became the Mother of our Redeemer.  
I rejoice with the whole Church because you are our life: you bore Jesus, Who is the Way and the Truth and the Life, and Who was to restore to mankind that supernatural life which had been lost.  
I have every reason to rejoice, for as the Mother of Jesus and my Mother, you are my hope of salvation. Through your prayers and the prayers of your holy parents may I learn to know and love you more and ever remain your faithful child.  This is my sure way of reaching heaven and my God.  

Bestow on Your servants, we beg of You, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that we, for whom the Blessed Virgin's motherhood was the beginning of salvation, may be blessed with peace on the sacred feast day of her Nativity.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

(Prayer by Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February 11th - Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes


Our Lady of Lourdes

Feast Day-February 11th

Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin came down from heaven eighteen times and showed herself at Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous, a little shepherdess who was only fourteen years of age.  On February 11th, while gathering wood, Bernadette heard a whistle of wind.  With astonished eyes the child saw a niche in the upper part of a rock filled with golden light, and there in the midst of it stood a Lady of great beauty.  Her robe glowed with the whiteness of snow in the sunshine and swept in majestic folds to the ground.  Her head and shoulders were framed by a white veil, which fell the full length of her robe.  A blue sash encircled her waist, and its two ends, wide and unornamented, reached down in front almost to her feet.  Each of her feet bore a rose of purest gold.  A rosary whose beads were white and whose cross and chain were of gold, hung from her right arm.  Her hands were open, and her arms outstretched slightly in front.  

In her apparitions Our Lady appealed for penance and prayers for sinners.  On March 25th, the day of the Annunciation, the Blessed Mother declared her name to Bernadette and to the world.  On that day Bernadetette made this request:  "My Lady, would you be so kind as to tell me who you are?"  This is how how Bernadette describes what happened in that last apparition:  "Three times I asked the Apparition her name.  At the third instance, she stretched out her hands,  which until then she had held joined, raised them, and she said: 'I am the Immaculate Conception.' "  And having thus completed her great message to the world, the Lady smiled on Bernadette and withdrew without further word of farewell.  

Less than four years before these apparitions, on December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed that Mary in the first instant of her conception was preserved free from all stain of original sin through the merits of her Divine Son.  At Lourdes the spotless Queen had come to confirm the infallible utterance of God's Vicar on earth and declared herself not only immaculately conceived, but "the Immaculate Conception."  Mary's purpose in appearing to Bernadette, who later became a saint, was to warn the child to pray and make sacrifices for sinners.  The many miracles performed every year at Lourdes are the proof that this message was an authentic warning from the Queen of the Universe to her children and that she is deeply interested in their welfare.



Prayer

Mary, Mother of God, I firmly believe in the doctrine of Holy Mother Church concerning your Immaculate Conception; namely, that you were, in the first instant of your conception, by the singular grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary have prepared a worthy dwelling for Your Son, we humbly beg of You that we who celebrate the Apparition of the same Virgin may obtain health of mind and body.  Through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.  



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Friday, December 12, 2014

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE - DECEMBER 12th

Credits:
Written content - Our Lady in Catholic Life, MacMillian Co.,  by Fr. Lawrence Lovesik, 1957
Photos - Diocese of Phoenix Facebook
Guadalupe, in the Aztec Indian tongue, means "She shall crush thy head," but has been extended to the church containing the picture and to the town that grew up around it. Guadalupe is three miles northeast of Mexico City, Mexico. Pilgrimages have been made to this shrine almost uninterruptedly since 1531.

The picture which has aroused all this devotion is a representation of the Immaculate Conception, with the sun, moon, and stars, accompaniments of the text in the Apocalypse. Mary, clothed in a blue robe dotted with stars, stands on the crescent moon. Underneath the crescent is a supporting angel. The rays of the sun shoot out on all sides from behind the central figure.



According to tradition the Blessed Virgin appeared to a fifty-five-year-old neophyte named Juan Diego, who was hurrying to hear Mass in Mexico City, on Saturday, December 9, 1531. She sent him to Bishop Zumarraga to ask that a temple be built on the spot where she stood. She was at the same place that evening and Sunday evening to get the bishop's answer. After cross-questioning Juan, the bishop ordered him to ask for a sign from the lady who had said she was the Mother of God. Juan was occupied all Monday with Bernardino, an uncle, who seemed dying of fever. On Tuesday, December 12th, the grieved nephew had to run for a priest and, to avoid the apparition, slipped around where the chapel now stands. But the Blessed Virgin crossed down to meet him and said, "What road is this thou takes, son?" A tender dialogue ensued. Reassuring Juan about  his uncle-whom at that instant she cured and in an apparition to him also called herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe-she bade him go again to the bishop. Without hesitating he joyously asked for a sign. She told him to go up to the rocks and gather roses. He knew it was neither the time nor the place for roses, but he obeyed. Gathering the roses into the long cloak worn by Mexican Indians, he returned to the Blessed Mother, who rearranged them and warned him to keep them untouched and unseen till he reached the bishop. When he arrived at the bishop's home, Juan unfolded his cloak and the roses fell out. Startled to see the bishop and his attendants kneeling before him, he looked at the cloak and saw glowing there the life-sized figure of the Virgin Mother, just as he had described her. The picture was venerated in the bishop's chapel and soon after carried in procession to the first shrine.



The coarsely woven material which bears the picture is as thin and open as poor sacking. It is made of vegetable fiber and consists of two strips, about seventy inches long by eighteen wide, held together by weak stitching. The chief colors imprinted on this material are deep gold in the rays and stars, blue-green in the mantle, and the rose in the flowered tunic.



In 1709 a rich shrine was erected; in 1904 it was made a basilica. Nineteen Popes favored the shrine and its tradition. Pope Pius X decreed that Our Lady of Guadalupe should be the national patron, and made December 12th a holy day of obligation (no longer so) and ordered a special Mass and Office.



When Our Lady imprinted her image on the cloak of Juan Diego, there was no United States. From the Gulf to the St. Lawrence was one continent, and that continent had been dedicated to Our Lady by the Spaniards. The United States was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception by the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1846. The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the image of the Immaculate Conception. She is The Woman of the Apocalypse, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, and, though without the crown of stars, wears them on her mantle. Significantly, the Child Jesus does not appear. The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mary's only recorded appearance in North America. Pope Pius XII said, "We are certain that so long as you (Our Lady of Guadalupe) are recognized as Queen and Mother, America and Mexico are saved."



Be reason of the fact that we live and work for God in one section of the earth, joined together by common interests and common needs, the people of the Americas are bound to love one another with a special charity. The force of charity by which the peoples of the Western Hemisphere must be bound together is one of those graces which the Mother of God can and will procure for her children in Christ. As the patroness of Pan-American unity, Our Lady of Guadalupe influences her children to turn toward one another in common affection for her and for Our Lord.  



PRAYER


Mary, Mother of God, in honoring you as Our Lady of Guadalupe, we honor you as the Immaculate Conception. The picture you imprinted on the cloak of the Indian at Guadalupe was the image of the Immaculate Conception. You appeared as the Woman of the Apocalypse, clothed with the sun, standing on the moon.



I believe the doctrine of the Church concerning your Immaculate Conception, which teaches that at the first moment of your conception you were, by the singular grace and privilege of the omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved from all stains of original sin. The foundation of this doctrine is to be found in Sacred Scripture where we are taught that God, the Creator of all things, after the sad  fall of Adam, addressed the serpent in words which the Church applies to you: "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head" (Gen. 3:15). If at any time you had been without Divine grace, even for the shortest moment, there would not have come between you and the serpent that everlasting enmity spoken of by God.



Since the angel saluted you "full of grace" and "blessed . . . among women" (Luke 1:28), you were the abode of all divine graces, adorned both the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, so that you were never subjected to the evil spirit.

This doctrine was received in the early Church and handed down by the Fathers who praised you with extraordinary titles and most important writings.



Mary, My Mother, may the example of your sinlessness urge us to that innocence and purity of life which flees from and abhors even the slightest stain of sin. Forming with your Divine Son one spiritual body, we experience the rage of Satan until the end of time. But we, too, by our union with Jesus, and by the power of His grace, will also be united with Him in His victory over the devil. As the seed of the serpent includes all those descendants of the first man and woman who by their sinful lives bear within them the traits of the devil, so, too, the seed of the woman includes all who in the course of ages will take their stand with your Son, Jesus Christ, in His ceaseless conflict with the enemy of God.

Mary, Mother of God, your apparition at Guadalupe teaches me that devotion to you is a source of great graces. The Church has always taught that God has entrusted to your hands all heavenly treasures, and many of the saints assure me that you give to your clients as much of these treasures as you wish and when you wish to do so.



How consoling it is to know that you have these heavenly blessings at your disposal! I have but to ask for them for the salvation of my soul. There is nothing you want more than to give them to me, because you are even more anxious to save my soul than I am, for you know better than anyone else the price your Son has paid for it and the precious worth of each grace He so graciously offers to me through you.

Devotion to you brings with it sweetness and consolation for the soul. As a child runs to its mother in every need, and finds comfort in her glance and kind word, I can turn to you for help when I need it, for you are truly my Mother, whose heart is overflowing with kindness and mercy.

Mary, My Mother, the Church puts these words of the Canticles on you lips: "I love those who love me." I want to love you with all my heart that I may in some way merit that you love me in return. I already know of your great love for me for the sake of your Son Who entrusted the care of my soul to you. But I want to beloved by you even more; hence give me an ever growing love for you. This love for you was the source of great joy in the hearts of the saints. May I have more of their love for you that I may experience more of their joy in being devoted to you. Take my cold heart; put it into your own and inflame it with a fire of love like your own.

Mary, Mother of God, because the United States was dedicated to your Immaculate Conception, be pleased to take our country under your special protection and grant that, guided by justice and nurtured by charity, it may serve God faithfully and be blessed with peace and prosperity. Continue to work wonders on our shores for our spiritual and material prosperity and keep us in peace and charity. Intercede for us that we may win the victory over evil and that we may live and reign with Jesus, your Son. Our Lady of Guadalupe, who we acclaim our Queen and Mother, lead our country to God.

Mary, My Mother, your apparition at Guadalupe as the Immaulate Conception is your only recorded appearnnce in North America. Bless the people of the Americas, to which uncounted thousands have come to seek refuge and livelihood. Preserve their faith, assailed at every hour by the forces opposed to Christ. Petition God that their hope may never fail amid the troubles and the cares of this life. We beg you for a burning charity for God to imitate the works of Christ. We ask you to procure for us, by your prayers, the great grace of final perseverance so that those who are joined to honor you in the kingdom of your Son on earth may be together always in heaven.  


INDULGENCED PRAYER


Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, make intercession for holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke you in their necessities, and since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity and the precious gift of final perseverance.  Amen.


Sign of Salvation with Jesus the Light, Clothed with the Sun thou art radiant bright! Promised of old as the serpent's defeat, Queenly adorned with the moon 'neath thy feet!
Garden of Eden, where sin has no part,Life-giving Tree, bearing Christ in our heart.Ark, where the Manna was hidden away,Holy of Holies, Immaculate Way!
City of God, with the Lamb as thy Light, Dawn of Eternal Day knowing no night! Bride of the Spirit and Form of our God, Heavenly Path which the Blessed have trod!

O God, Who bestowed upon us unceasing favors by having place us under the special protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, grant us, Your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


The Immaculate Conception - Murillo, 17th century

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed virgin Mary consists essentially in her exemption from original sin.  From the first moment of her existence her soul was adorned with sanctifying grace which made her a beloved child of God.  She was never in that state of separation from God in which all men find themselves before baptism.  Mary was preserved from sin in view of the merits of her Son.  The grace of the Redeemer prevented her from being tainted by original sin; whereas, we have been rescued from this sin through baptism.  


PRAYER

Receive, O Most Sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us that, one day, happy with you, we may repeat before your throne that hymn which today is sung on earth around your altars: You are all-beautiful, O Mary! You are the glory, you are the joy, you are the honor of our people!  Amen.

Our Lady in Catholic Life
The Reverend Lawrence G. Lovasik, 1957