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School of Mary- Hiddeness

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Day #5: Hiddenness
MARY: Do you know what is the real cause of the life and the beauty of a flower? … You see its brilliant shades, smell its delicate fragrance and yet you don’t recognize that all of this buds forth from those humble roots which are hidden in the barren and often muddy earth. It is the humble earth that secures the vital part of a flower and in it that the roots are hidden and these cannot give life to the flower if they are not hidden! Virtue is always born from an intimate and profound hiddenness! Flowers must certainly be seen for Jesus says: “Let your good deeds be seen by others”, but the seeds from which they bud, the life of the heart must remain concealed and hidden.
How many times do you not love to appear virtuous before those who see you and seek the vain praise of others? Then you remove the root from being hidden, it unhappily dries up and also the flower wilts and dies. The paid gardener cuts the flower and ties it to an artificial stem so that it may be admired … but in doing this he kills it! When you seek human praise, you cut the flower of virtue and you place it on an artificial stem … After empty praise it is nothing more than a mass of withered leaves. Therefore love hiddenness and desire that only God sees you and reads the secret of your heart.
THE SOUL: O Mary, open your humble Heart to me as a refuge so that I may hide myself in it! Humanpraise disturbs me, agitates me, makes me so ugly and I recognize that I get worse after praise. I’m full of pride and I can’t free myself of it except by hiding myself in God! O Mary, give me the strength to flee human praise and my vanity!
ASPIRATION: O Mary, give me humility of heart.
LITTLE WORK: When something redounds to your praise, don’t say it for the love of holy humility.
About the Meditations

The daily School of Mary meditations come from the book, A Month with Mary, written by a holy Italian priest Father Dolindo Ruotolo (1882-1970). Originally written as spiritual thoughts to his spiritual daughter, the work is comprised of thirty-one meditations for the month of May.
Father Dolindo wrote A Month with Mary on pocket-sized pages joined into small fascicles of 8 to 12 pages. He sent them to Laura de Rosis every two to three days and later transcribed them with some modifications in volume III of his autobiography: The Story of My Life in the Plan of the Great Mercy of God, pp. 1140ff (cf. Epistolario 1:212n, 218n). This work is from 1912: one of those years which passed in the life of Father Dolindo with the cadence of a “Way of the Cross” … But he, serene as ever, loved Christ the more, loved Our Lady the more and reflected on this love in these few pages to which he wished to give the significant title: A Profound Reform of Heart in the School of Mary. These meditations are written in the style of the Imitation of Christ. (90pp. laminated gloss, saddle stitch)
To obtain a copy of A Month with Mary or other books published by the Academy of the Immaculate, visit our on-line bookstore at http://www.marymediatrix.com/bookstore/academy
Ave Maria!

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What Does ‘Rite’ Mean in the Context of Christian Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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Card. Castrillon Hoyos about the TLM on the new DVD

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Remember that Card. Castrillon Hoyos consented to speak on the new DVD produced by the FSSP and EWTN?

Remember how he essentially said that priests don’t need to wait for requests from the faithful to begin having the TLM in their parishes?

Rememeber how he indicated that the Holy Father desires that celebrations of the TLM become normal?
Here is a YouTube of the section on the DVD.

from:WDTPRS

see also for free dvd http://www.fsspdvd.com/

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Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere…

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Prayer of Cardinal Newman
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may
feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way which You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by my words but by my example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You.
Amen.

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Fr. Bonaventure, FI- Air Maria- Pentecost Homily 2008

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Pentecost Homily Father Bonaventure, FI – Air Maria
http://www.airmaria.com/?sn=080511&vp=1436&prefx=hmly&plyrnb=1&ttl=Homily
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May the Virgin who listens,the Mother of the Church, obtain for our community and for all Christians a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit…

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2008 (Zenit.org)
At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave life to a community
that is at the same time
both one and universal, says Benedict XVI.
ThePope affirmed this today during the homily at a Mass he celebrated on the feast of
Pentecost in St. Peter’s Square.”I would like to reflect on a particular aspect of the Holy Spirit, on the intertwining of multiplicity and unity,” he said. “In the event of Pentecost it is made clear that multiple languages and different cultures belong to the Church; they can understand and make each other fruitful. St. Luke clearly wants to convey a fundamental idea, namely, in the act itself of her birth the Church is already’catholic,’ universal.”She speaks all languages from the very beginning, because the Gospel that is entrusted to her is destined for all peoples, according to the will and the mandate of the risen Christ.””The Church that is born at Pentecost is not above all a particular community — theChurch of Jerusalem — but the universal Church, that speaks the language of all peoples,” the Holy Father explained. “From her, other communities in every corner of the world will be born, particular Churches that are all and always actualizations of the one and only Church of Christ. The Catholic Church is therefore not a federation of churches, but a single reality: The universal Church has ontological priority. A community that is not catholic in this sense would not even be a Church.”
Peace and reconciliation- Benedict XVI also emphasized the gift of peace, which Christ won with the price of his blood.“John’s Gospel offers us a word, which accords very well with the mystery of the Church created by the Spirit,” the Pope said. “The word spoken twice by the risen Jesus when he appears in the midst of the disciples in the Cenacle on Easter evening: ‘Shalom — Peace to you!'”
The expression ‘shalom’ is not a simple greeting; it is much more,” the Holy Father explained. “It is the gift of the promised peace and is won by Jesus with the price of His blood, it is the fruit of this victory and His struggle agains the spirit of evil. It is this a peace ‘not as given by the world’ but as God alone can give it.”
The Pontiff continued: “On this feast of the Spirit of the Church we would like to thank God for having given to his people, chosen and formed from all nations, the inestimable gift of peace, of his peace!”At the same time we renew the awareness of the responsibility connected with this gift: the Church’s responsibility to constitutionally be a sign and an instrument of the peace of God for all peoples. […]
The Church realizes her service to the peace of Christ above all in her ordinary presence and action among men, with the preaching of the Gospel and with the signs of love and mercy that accompany it.”
Benedict XVI said that among these signs, the sacrament of reconciliation should be emphasized.”How important and, unfortunately, how insufficiently understood is the gift of reconciliation that brings peace to hearts,” the Bishop of Rome affirmed.
“Christ’s peace spreads only through the renewed hearts of men and women who have been reconciled and made themselves servants of justice, ready to spread peace in the world
only with the force of truth, without compromising with the mentality of the world, because the world cannot give Christ’s peace.”
This is how the Church can be a ferment of that reconciliation that comes from God.
She can do this only if she remains docile to the Spirit and bears witness to the Gospel,
only if she carries the cross like Jesus and with Jesus.
This is preciselywhat the saints of every age testify to!”
In light of this word of life, dear brothers and sisters, may the prayer that today
we address to God in spiritual union with the Virgin Mary become ever more fervent
and intense.
May the Virgin who listens, the Mother of the Church, obtain for our community and for all Christians a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.”
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The defenseless power of love… constitutes the new Divine intervention…

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God’s ways are not as we imagine them or

as we might wish to them to be.
God does not enter into competition
with earthly powers in this world.
He does not marshal his divisions alongside other divisions.
God did not send twelve legions of angels
to assist Jesus in the Garden of Olives (cf. Mt 26:53).
He contrasts the noisy and ostentatious power of this world
with the defenseless power of love,
which succumbs to death on the Cross
and dies ever anew throughout history;
yet it is this same love which constitutes the new divine intervention
that opposes injustice
and ushers in the Kingdom of God.
+Pope Benedict XVI
WYD 2005- Germany

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
[Pope Benedict XVI] Vatican retreat 1983
We hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God” (Acts 2,11)

The day of Pentecost reveals to us
the catholicity and universality of the Church.
The Holy Spirit makes his presence known by the gift of tongues.
Thus he renews, while reversing, the incident at Babel (Gn 11),
that outward expression of the pride
of those who want to be as God is
and who, by their own strength
– that is to say, without God –
build a bridge to heaven,
the tower of Babel.

Such pride stirs up divisions in the world
and sets up walls of separation.
Because of pride, man acknowledges his own intelligence alone,
his own will, his own heart.
As a result, he is no longer able either to understand
the speech of others
nor hear the voice of God.
The Holy Spirit, Divine Love, both understands and effects
an understanding of other tongues.
It creates unity in diversity.
Thus, the Church speaks all languages from its first inception.
From the start she is catholic and universal.
The bridge between heaven and earth truly exists:
this bridge is the cross
and our Lord’s love has created this bridge.
The construction of this bridge exceeds technology’s capability:
Babel’s aim must and does fail.
Only God’s incarnate love could answer to such an aim…
The Church is catholic from the first moment of her existence;
she embraces all tongues.
The sign of tongues expresses a very important aspect
of an ecclesiology that is faithful to Scripture:
the universal Church precedes any particular church;
unity comes before the different parts.
The universal Church does not consist in
a secondary fusion of local churches.
It is a Church that is universal and catholic which gives rise to particular churches
and these latter can only remain churches so long as
they are in communion with catholicity.
Moreover, catholicity demands the multiplicity of languages,
sharing in common, and the bringing into harmony of humanity’s riches
in the love of the Crucified.
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see
Ephesians 2:14-16
For he is our peace, who hath made both one,
and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
Making void the law of commandments contained in decrees;
that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace;
And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross,
killing the enmities in himself.
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God can work miracles again in the Church, restoring the bonds of unity.- Pope Benedict XVI

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Benedict XVI affirmed that this Sunday, the feast of Pentecost,
“We will pray in a particular way for the unity of the Church. […]
If our hearts and minds are open to the Spirit of communion,
God can work miracles again in the Church,
restoring the bonds of unity.
Striving for Christian unity is an act of obedient trust
in the work of the Holy Spirit,
who leads the Church to the full realization of the Father’s
plan, in conformity with the will of Christ.”
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Father Z – Pentecost posts

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The ultimate “anti-Bable”

Roman Pentecost Sunday dawn

WDTPRS SERIES
PRO MULTIS
Patristic Rosary Project
PODCAzT
Parody Songs
SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM

PRAYERCAzT: What Does The (Latin) Prayer Really Sound L
ASK FATHER Question Box
RSS feed for blog posts
Some stuff about Fr. Z

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The Work of God – Only Love is Creative

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Until we are convinced that prayer is the best use of our time
we will not find time to pray.
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at
the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty,
but at the love with which we do them.
+St. Therese

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Jesus answered, and said to them: This is the work of God,
that you believe in him whom he hath sent.
St John 6:29

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