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Eucharistic Prayer of Our Lady of Akita

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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist,
I consecrate my body and my soul to be entirely one with Your Heart
being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world
and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom.
Please receive this humble offering of myself.
Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.
Most holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Your Divine Son.
Please defend and protect me as Your Special Child.
Amen.

The meaning of the messages (Approved) of Akita, Japan

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Orphans at risk in aftermath of Cyclone Nargis

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In the shelters, many children must fend for themselves.
“It’s survival of the fittest,” said Fred Bemak, a professor of
counseling at George Mason University in Virginia, who was in Yangon
training counselors when the cyclone hit.
“Their schools are gone, their homes are gone,
their parents are often dead or lost,” he said.
“Many children are wandering around separated
from their families and communities, and they are
highly vulnerable right now.”
The youngest children may not know their surnames,
their parents’ names or the names of their villages,
Conradt said — and there is no system in place for reuniting families.
“Our experience is when resources are very scarce
and the relief operation is on,
the unaccompanied children are the ones
who pay the toll,” said Alex Kreuger, a child protection specialist with Unicef.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/17/world/asia/17burmese.html?ex=1368763200&en=213e8b4331bb2fad&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

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Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. St.John 14:13

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Blessed Columba Marmion
The Doctor of Divine Adoption Foreword to Abbot Columba Marmion’s Union with God Fr. David L. Toups, S.T.D.

http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2007/toups_fwdunionwgod_aug07.asp

Union With God was first compiled ten years after Abbot Columba Marmion’s death in 1923, and then, as now, it brilliantly captures his insights into the spiritual life. This work is a collection of letters of spiritual direction which only can be described as being very simple yet very deep, encouraging childlike confidence in God as our loving Father. Blessed Columba’s letters simplify the complexities of life and helped his spiritual directees stay focused on what Jesus was asking of them in the present moment.

His letters are effective, because he himself strove to live in attentiveness of God’s love and presence in his own daily life.

Marmion is referred to as the “Doctor of Divine Adoption.” He emphasized that Christians are truly adopted children of God through baptism and are thus to abandon themselves into the loving hands of the Father at all times.

To entrust oneself to the Father and model oneself on the life of Christ was everything to Dom Marmion.Abbot Marmion’s writings were a staple of spirituality in the twentieth century for the generation preceding the Second Vatican Council. Recently, a resurgence of interest has been occurring, which recognizes that this master of spirituality has something profound to offer Christians today in the twenty-first century.

He was dedicated to writing to his spiritual children and encouraging them in their struggles to keep moving forward on their journey of faith. He helped countless men and women draw ever closer to Christ.

It is well documented by classmates of Karol Woytyla, the future Pope John Paul II, that he was an avid reader of Marmion’s writings. Columba Marmion was beatified during the Jubilee Year 2000.

In the homily at the beatification, Pope John Paul II stated: “May a widespread rediscovery of the spiritual writings of Blessed Columba Marmion help priests, religious and laity to grow in union with Christ and bear faithful witness to him through ardent love of God and generous service of their brothers and sisters.”

This recognition by the Church Universal reveals not only Marmion’s personal sanctity, but also the profundity of his writings.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta considered Union with God to be her favorite work from which she drew great solace.
It should be no surprise that Marmion’s teaching of childlike trust in Divine Providence and abandonment to the will of the Father would find in Mother Teresa such a devotee.
The entire order of the Missionaries of Charity continues to draw inspiration from Marmion’s works. Mother Teresa would quote from him extensively, even citing him in her original hand-written copy of the Constitutions of the Missionaries of Charity.

In an early letter to her sisters dated 1961, she paraphrases Marmion: “Fidelity to the rule is the most precious and delicate flower of love we religious can offer to Almighty God.”

In 1967 she wrote: “In reading Dom Marmion I find in him so much of what our Society expects of us, Holiness!”
Marmion’s theme of joyfully persevering in the midst of struggles was Mother Teresa’s attitude for the order which she founded and to which she herself subscribed.

Marmion’s uncomplicated yet insightful wisdom, as found in the pages of this book, should be a gift for many in today’s seemingly complicated world.
His very readable presentation of the gospel truths for everyday life is as relevant now as when it was first written.
This work will edify all readers to be more faithful to Christ, to His Church, and to their vocation in life.
There is encouragement in these pages to live as children of our loving Father and to be ever more faithful to Him in both the simple and the profound moments of life.
The whole of the Christian life is to be one of union with God.
The key for Dom Marmion was abandonment to the will of the Father in all things, doing all for the love of God.
Fr. David L. Toups, S.T.D., is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.
Related IgnatiusInsight.com Articles:• Blessed Columba Marmion: A Deadly Serious Spiritual Writer Christopher Zehnder• Christ, the Priest, and Death to Sin Blessed Columba Marmion• The Religion of Jesus Blessed Columba Marmion• Seeking Deep Conversion Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.• Catholic Spirituality Thomas Howard• The Liturgy Lived: The Divinization of Man Jean Corbon, OP• The Scriptural Roots of St. Augustine’s Spirituality Stephen N. Filippo• The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Christian Spirituality Mark Brumley
Union With God: Letters of Spiritual Direction by Blessed Columba Marmion Selected and Annotated by Dom Raymond Thibaut

One of Mother Teresa’s favorite books, Union with God is a collection of letters written by Blessed Columba Marmion to the many persons who sought his spiritual counsel with questions about prayer, faith, temptation, suffering, and the struggles of daily life. Marmion excelled in the art of letter-writing and his advice was always simple and direct, yet profound. In his letters we see him bringing to bear his great depth of theological knowledge in a practical and human way. Union with God offers warm, practical counsel from a spiritual master whom Popes and Bishops looked to for inspiration.

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Saint Ephrem, Doctor of the Church: Hymn on the Holy Trinity

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The Most Holy Trinity, solemnity

Today the Church celebrates : St. John I
Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), Deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church Hymn on the Trinity

«One only God, one only Lord, in the Trinity of their persons and unity of their nature» (Preface)
Refrain: Blessed be He who sends you!

Take as your symbols, the sun for the Father,light for the Son,heat for the Holy Spirit.Though he is only one in beingwe see him in trinity.Who, indeed, can grasp the inexplicable?He who is unique is also multiple: one is formed of threeand three of one –What great mystery! What manifest wonder!The sun is distinct from its shiningeven though joined to it;its ray is also sun.Yet no one speaks of two sunseven though, here below,the ray is also sun.No more do we say there would be two Gods.Our Lord himself, is he not God?,he, too, is raised above all creaturesWho can show how or wherethe sun’s ray and its heat are joined,free as they are?Neither separated nor confused,united and yet distinct,free but bound: O wonder!Who, by studying them, can master them?Yet do they not seemso simple, so uncomplicated?…Whereas the sun remains whole above,its brilliance and heat are a clear symbolfor those of us below.Indeed, its shining has come down to earthand remains in our sightas if covering our flesh.When our eyes close like those of the dead at the time of sleeping, it leaves themwho will later be awakened.But how light penetrates the eyeno one knows.Even so was it with Our Lord in the womb…Even so our Saviourput on a human body in all its weaknessthat he might come to sanctify the world.Yet, when the sun’s ray returns to its source,it has still not been separatedfrom the one who gave it birth.It leaves its heat to those belowas Our Lord left the Holy Spiritto the disciples.Consider these images within the created world;as to the Three, allow yourself no doubtlest you be lost!I have clarified for you what was obscure:how the Three form but One,Trinity composing one single essence!

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Purity of Heart

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Put away every attachment, all care and solicitude, and serve, love, honor, and adore our Lord and God with a pure heart and mind … A man is really clean of heart when he has no time for the things of this world but is always searching for the things of Heaven.
– Saint Francis of Assisi
Franciscan Rule and Admonitions
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The Practice of the Presence of God

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How deeply wounded and afflicted is my Heart of Mother of the Church

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by the scandal, even of Bishops
who do not obey the Vicar of my Son
and who drag a great number of my children
along the path of error.
And therefore you should at this time
proclaim to all,
by your words,
that Jesus has made Peter alone
the foundation of His Church and
the infallible guardian of the Truth.
– To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons
7 August 1976, 106 g-j

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St. John 16:20-22 No one will take your joy away from you

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Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. ….
-post communion Ordination-

“Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament,
but the world will rejoice;
you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.
21 “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come;
but when she gives birth to the child,
she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy
that a child has been born into the world.
22 “Therefore you too have grief now;
but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.

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Father, it’s how you celebrated the Mass that’s increased my devotion…4 February 2008, 23 September 2007

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“I don’t know it all theologically, and I don’t know it all academically,” said Father Q . “But I do know what I’m conferring, and that is the Eucharist. I’m devoted to that which I’m conferring. People will come to me and say, ‘Father, it’s not what you said about the Eucharist, it’s how you celebrated the Mass and your devotion that’s increased my devotion to the Eucharist.’”

“We’re revisiting who we are: a Eucharistic people,” said Father Q “And that our church, at the center of our church, that is what makes us Catholic, universal. And there is going to be a groundswell of appreciation for the priesthood because both of them (the Eucharist and the priesthood) were instituted at the same time (during the Last Supper). You can’t talk about the Eucharist without talking about the priesthood.”

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Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests – Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted on May 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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The Congregation for Clergy
has issued a letter [PDF format]
regarding the Day of Prayer
for the Sanctification of Priests
on the Feast of the Sacred Heart
this year
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