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Mother of Mercy…free us from … easy compromises with the world

Posted on April 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In the past few weeks phrases from the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary used by the Marian Movement of Priests have been ringing in my heart. (emphasis mine)

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary(For Religious & Laity)

Virgin of Fatima, Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Refuge of Sinners, we who belong to the Marian Movement of Priests consecrate ourselves in a very special way to your Immaculate Heart.
By this act of consecration we intend to live, with you and through you, all the obligations assumed by our baptismal consecration.

We further pledge to bring about in ourselves that interior conversion
so urgently demanded by the Gospel,
a conversion that will free us
of every attachment to ourselves and to easy compromises with the world
so that, like you,
we may be available only to do always the Will of the Father.

And as we resolve to entrust to you, O Mother most sweet and merciful, our life and vocation as Christians, that you may dispose of it according to your designs of salvation in this hour of decision that weighs upon the world, we pledge to live it according to your desires, especially as it pertains to a renewed spirit of prayer and penance, the fervent participation in the celebration of the Eucharist and in the works of the apostolate, the daily recitation of the holy rosary, and an austere manner of life in keeping with the Gospel, that shall be to all a good example of the observance of the Law of God and the practice of the Christian virtues, especially that of purity.

We further promise you to be united with the Holy Father, with the hierarchy and with our priests, in order thus to set up a barrier to the growing confrontation directed against the Magisterium, that threatens the very foundation of the Church.

Under your protection, we want moreover to be apostles of this sorely needed unity of prayer and love for the Pope, on whom we invoke your special protection.

And lastly, insofar as is possible, we promise to lead those souls with whom we come in contact to a renewed devotion to you.

Mindful that atheism has caused shipwreck in the faith to a great number of the faithful, that desecration has entered into the holy temple of God, and that evil and sin are spreading more and more throughout the world, we make so bold as to lift our eyes trustingly to you, O Mother of Jesus and our merciful and powerful Mother, and we invoke again today and await from you the salvation of all your children, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

(with ecclesiastical approval)

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Mother of Mercy…free us from … easy compromises with the world

Posted on April 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In the past few weeks phrases from the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary used by the Marian Movement of Priests have been ringing in my heart. (emphasis mine)

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary(For Religious & Laity)

Virgin of Fatima, Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Refuge of Sinners, we who belong to the Marian Movement of Priests consecrate ourselves in a very special way to your Immaculate Heart.
By this act of consecration we intend to live, with you and through you, all the obligations assumed by our baptismal consecration.

We further pledge to bring about in ourselves that interior conversion
so urgently demanded by the Gospel,
a conversion that will free us
of every attachment to ourselves and to easy compromises with the world
so that, like you,
we may be available only to do always the Will of the Father.

And as we resolve to entrust to you, O Mother most sweet and merciful, our life and vocation as Christians, that you may dispose of it according to your designs of salvation in this hour of decision that weighs upon the world, we pledge to live it according to your desires, especially as it pertains to a renewed spirit of prayer and penance, the fervent participation in the celebration of the Eucharist and in the works of the apostolate, the daily recitation of the holy rosary, and an austere manner of life in keeping with the Gospel, that shall be to all a good example of the observance of the Law of God and the practice of the Christian virtues, especially that of purity.

We further promise you to be united with the Holy Father, with the hierarchy and with our priests, in order thus to set up a barrier to the growing confrontation directed against the Magisterium, that threatens the very foundation of the Church.

Under your protection, we want moreover to be apostles of this sorely needed unity of prayer and love for the Pope, on whom we invoke your special protection.

And lastly, insofar as is possible, we promise to lead those souls with whom we come in contact to a renewed devotion to you.

Mindful that atheism has caused shipwreck in the faith to a great number of the faithful, that desecration has entered into the holy temple of God, and that evil and sin are spreading more and more throughout the world, we make so bold as to lift our eyes trustingly to you, O Mother of Jesus and our merciful and powerful Mother, and we invoke again today and await from you the salvation of all your children, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

(with ecclesiastical approval)

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Icon of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God

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The icon of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God commemorates an event in the early 10th century when Constantinople was attacked by a Muslim horde.

The faithful gathered in a church to implore the aid of the Holy Virgin.
She appeared in a vision to St. Andrew, Fool for Christ, and to his disciple, St. Epiphanios, high above all accompanied by a multitude of saints.
She knelt, removed and extended Her veil over the people in a sign of protection for those who sought Her intercession.
Heartened by this the Greeks repulsed the Muslims and saved the city.
We remember this event on October 1, Feast Day of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God.

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Sister Carmela of the Holy Sprirt- Meditations from Carmel

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Sister Carmela of the Holy Spirit

“O Lord, may I come to you by the straight road of truth and simplicity! Grant me a right intention, that single-minded regard of the soul that desires only to please you and is not concerned about how others interpret its actions. In my dealings with my neighbor, may I always follow the straight road of pure good-will, loving you in your creatures without seeking any natural satisfaction. Let my relationships be inspired by sincerity, sisterly charity and holy freedom. In the vicissitudes and unexpected events of life, make me know how to walk straight toward wherever you call me without any lingering or disctractions. Teach me to follow the way of the love that does not know procrastination, and of the simplicity which knows no deviation, and of the trugh that knows no subterfuge. This is the way that pleases you, O Jesus, for you wanted to be called “the straightest way,” the way that leads to the Father, for you said; “No one comes to the Father but by me.” It is the way by which the Holy Spirit guides us, for he “leads the just along the straight road.” Therefore, O God, I beg you with all fervor and desire: “create a pure heart within me and renew your Spirit within me.”

http://web.mac.com/stl_ocds/iWeb/Meditations%20from%20Carmel/Podcast/D2426E2D-844F-4925-9ACD-59427CAC6142.html

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The Flame of True Love – St. Maximilian Daily- AirMaria

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“The souls who continually love God cannot live without continually renouncing themselves in order to continually burn and grow on fire ever more with the flame of true love that does not consist in sweet sensations, but in a will which is always ready, everywhere and in everything, to fulfill only the will of God, that they discover with the eyes of faith, and love even more than their own lives, in holy obedience.” (cf. SK #329)
http://www.airmaria.com/2008/04/27/apr-27-stmax-the-flame-of-true-love/

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O dearly loved daughters, know, then, your holy vocation

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

your great dignity, and high state of perfection!
Ignorance is very dangerous; understanding is fruitful.
And know your true way of entrance through the gate
of Divine inspiration and your precious vocation.
For our sweet Savior said “No one can come to Me unless
my Father draw him by His inspiration.”

#5 The original testament of our Mother St. Colette

800 years of valiant women -a timeline ttp://www.stanthonyshrine.org/PoorClares/800years_timeline.html

Corbie, images, architecture
Immaculate Music #13 AirMaria

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Backlash Against Kumbaya Catholicism has anyone under 40 clamoring for Mass in Latin

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

all the 25-year-olds want Mozart and all the 60-year-olds want adult-contemporary. The kids think the adults are too wild. The backlash against “Kumbaya Catholicism” has anyone under 40 allegedly clamoring for the Tridentine Mass in Latin, while the old folks are most sentimental about Casual Sunday (even more rockin’, the Saturday vigil Mass), and still cling to what’s evolved from the lite-rock guitar liturgies of the 1970s. The result, for most parishes, has been decades of Masses in which no one is entirely satisfied, and very few enjoy the music enough to sing along.

“The great majority [of Catholics] are totally inert at Mass,” says Thomas Day, 65, a humanities and music professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Day wrote a book called “Why Catholics Can’t Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste,” which is often cited by those who’d like to see a return to Mass music that is to them more sacred. “Most Catholics have either forgotten or never knew traditional music,” Day says.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/15/AR2008041503369.html

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Icon of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The icon of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God commemorates an event in the early 10th century when Constantinople was attacked by a Muslim horde.

The faithful gathered in a church to implore the aid of the Holy Virgin.
She appeared in a vision to St. Andrew, Fool for Christ, and to his disciple, St. Epiphanios, high above all accompanied by a multitude of saints.
She knelt, removed and extended Her veil over the people in a sign of protection for those who sought Her intercession.
Heartened by this the Greeks repulsed the Muslims and saved the city.
We remember this event on October 1, Feast Day of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God.

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Regina Pacis

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In times of sorrow and suffering, then, call upon Mary. She will help you to see God’s will and fatherly concern at work in every trial, and never to doubt that He can bring good out of every difficult situation if only we trust in Him. She will teach you to go to the sources of peace: the tabernacle, the confessional, and her own Immaculate Heart. She will remind you of your eternal destiny which outweighs in importance all your earthly goals. When moments of anxiety, or fear, or sadness have obscured the remembrance of the price Jesus paid to bring us peace, she will invite you to stand beside her in prayer at the foot of the Cross; and not only will your problems seem very small in comparison, but you will see them in a different light. Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

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Looking ahead & Looking back- Mass readings

Posted on April 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Confirmation & Mass 6:00 P.M.
20 November 1988
Vigil of the Feast of Christ the King (that year)
(also the Vigil of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary- if it were not a Sunday on the 21st)

The Bishop who confirmed me was ordained a Bishop by Pope John Paul II.
May he rest in peace.

Epistle Of Saint Jude
He exhorts them to stand to the faith first delivered to them and to beware of heretics.

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James: to them that are beloved in God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.

2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and charity be fulfilled.

3 Dearly beloved, taking all care to write unto you concerning your common salvation, I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.

4 For certain men are secretly entered in, (who were written of long ago unto this judgment,) ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord God into riotousness, and denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5 I will therefore admonish you, though ye once knew all things, that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, did afterwards destroy them that believed not:

6 And the angels who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, he hath reserved under darkness in everlasting chains, unto the judgment of the great day.

7 As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.

8 In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty.

9 When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee.

10 But these men blaspheme whatever things they know not: and what things soever they naturally know, like dumb beasts, in these they are corrupted.

6 “Principality”… That is, the state in which they were first created, their original dignity.

8 “Blaspheme majesty”… Speak evil of them that are in dignity; and even utter blasphemies against the divine majesty.

9 “Contended about the body”… This contention, which is no where else mentioned in holy writ, was originally known by revelation, and transmitted by tradition. It is thought the occasion of it was, that the devil would have had the body buried in such a place and manner, as to be worshipped by the Jews with divine honours.

9 “Command thee”… or rebuke thee.

11 Woe unto them, for they have gone in the way of Cain: and after the error of Balaam they have for reward poured out themselves, and have perished in the contradiction of Core.

12 These are spots in their banquets, feasting together without fear, feeding themselves, clouds without water, which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up by the roots,

13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion; wandering stars, to whom the storm of darkness is reserved for ever.

14 Now of these Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying: Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of his saints,

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to reprove all the ungodly for all the works of their ungodliness, whereby they have done ungodly, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against God.

11 “Gone in the way”… Heretics follow the way of Cain, by murdering the souls of their brethren; the way of Balaam, by putting a scandal before the people of God, for their own private ends; and the way of Core or Korah, by their opposition to the church governors of divine appointment.

14 “Prophesied”… This prophecy was either known by tradition, or from some book that is since lost.

16 These are murmurers, full of complaints, walking according to their own desires, and their mouth speaketh proud things, admiring persons for gain’s sake.

17 But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful of the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,

18 Who told you, that in the last time there should come mockers, walking according to their own desires in ungodlinesses.

19 These are they, who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the Spirit.

(reading begins here)
20 But you, my beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

17 “But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful”… He now exhorts the faithful to remain steadfast in the belief and practice of what they had heard from the apostles, who had also foretold that in aftertimes (lit. in the last time) there should be false teachers, scoffing and ridiculing all revealed truths, abandoning themselves to their passions and lusts; who separate themselves from the Catholic communion by heresies and schisms. Sensual men, carried away and enslaved by the pleasures of the senses.

20 “Building yourselves upon your most holy faith”… Raising by your actions, a spiritual building, founded, 1 st, upon faith; 2 d, on the love of God; 3 d, upon hope, whilst you are waiting for the mercies of God, and the reward of eternal life; 4 th, joined with the great duty of prayer.

21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.

22 And some indeed reprove, being judged:

23 But others save, pulling them out of the fire.

And on others have mercy, in fear, hating also the spotted garment which is carnal.

24 Now to him who is able to preserve you without sin, and to present you spotless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

25 To the only God our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and magnificence, empire and power, before all ages, and now, and for all ages of ages. Amen.
(end of reading for Mass)

22 “Reprove, being judged”… He gives them another instruction
to practice charity in endeavouring to convert their neighbour,
where they will meet with three sorts of persons:

1 st, With persons obstinate in their errors and sins; these may be said to be already judged and condemned; they are to be sharply reprehended, reproved, and if possible convinced of their error.

2 d, As to others you must endeavour to save them, by pulling them, as it were, out of the fire, from the ruin they stand in great danger of.

3 d, You must have mercy on others in fear, when you see them through ignorance or frailty, in danger of being drawn into the snares of these heretics;

with these you must deal more gently and mildly,
with a charitable compassion,
hating always, and teaching others to hate the carnal garment which is spotted,
their sensual and corrupt manners, that defile both the soul and body.

24 “Now to him”… St. Jude concludes his epistle with this doxology of praising God, and praying to the only God our Saviour, which may either signify God the Father, or God as equally agreeing to all the three persons, who are equally the cause of Christ’s incarnation, and man’s salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, being God from eternity, took upon him our human nature, that he might become our Redeemer.

looking ahead

May 28, 2008
Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 11 Pt 1:18-25Beloved:Realize that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,handed on by your ancestors,not with perishable things like silver or goldbut with the precious Blood of Christas of a spotless unblemished Lamb.He was known before the foundation of the worldbut revealed in the final time for you,who through him believe in Godwho raised him from the dead and gave him glory,so that your faith and hope are in God.Since you have purified yourselvesby obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love,love one another intensely from a pure heart.You have been born anew,not from perishable but from imperishable seed,through the living and abiding word of God, for:“All flesh is like grass,and all its glory like the flower of the field;the grass withers,and the flower wilts;but the word of the Lord remains forever.”This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

Responsorial Psalm147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20R. (12a) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.or:R. Alleluia.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.or:R. Alleluia.
He has granted peace in your borders;with the best of wheat he fills you.He sends forth his command to the earth;swiftly runs his word!
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.or:R. Alleluia.He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.He has not done thus for any other nation;his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. or:R. Alleluia.

Reading II
1 Cor 10:16-17
–>GospelMk 10:32-45The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem,and Jesus went ahead of them.They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell themwhat was going to happen to him.“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Manwill be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes,and they will condemn him to deathand hand him over to the Gentiles who will mock him,spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death,but after three days he will rise.”Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee,came to Jesus and said to him,“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?”They answered him,“Grant that in your glorywe may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.Can you drink the chalice that I drinkor be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”They said to him, “We can.”Jesus said to them, “The chalice that I drink, you will drink,and with the baptism with which I ambaptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to givebut is for those for whom it has been prepared.”When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.Jesus summoned them and said to them,“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentileslord it over them,and their great ones make their authority over them felt.But it shall not be so among you.Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serveand to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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