Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
August 2 – Feast of Our Lady of the Portiuncula (Our Lady of the Angels, Italy)
Saint Francis wanted everyone to have a great veneration for this special place
The miracle of the Porziuncola; painting by Antonio de Oliveira Bernardes (1698); Cathedral of Évora, Portugal. (Public Domain)
Today’s feast day is very important to the Order of Friars Minor of Saint Francis of Assisi. The saint cherished and loved this little chapel of Our Lady of Angels near Assisi… It was where the Lord had intended for him to start his Order—which is why he wanted to call that church Our Lady of the Portiuncula, since it was destined to be the mother and head of a small flock of Friars Minor.
Saint Francis wanted everyone to have a great veneration for this special place. In January 1223, accompanied by Brother Francis Massé, he went to visit Pope Honorius III, who was then in Perugia, and obtained from him a plenary indulgence on this day each year for those who would come to the Church of Our Lady of the Angels from the sunset of the first day of August and stay until the sunset of the feast day, on the second day of that month, on which day the church had been solemnly dedicated by seven bishops by order of the Pope.
Saint Bonaventure said that at the time of his death, Saint Francis had asked to be carried to the Church of Our Lady of the Angels, so as to finish his temporal life in the special place where he had received the spiritual life and the life of grace.
Antoine-Martial Lefevre Historical Calendar, chronological and moral of the Very Holy and Very Glorious Virgin Mary Mother of God… Paris, Ed. Claude Hérissant Fils, 1749.
Understanding Complete Abandonment to the Will of God
Our Lord wants abandonment of the past and of the future, of joy, pain, desire, thought, word and action. We are to abandon everything to His mercy and good will. Complete abandonment brings freedom from sensitivity and all anxiety. I left everything in the care of Jesus. Jesus in return undertook to do everything: to think, to speak, to act, etc. not only with me, but in my place. He substituted Himself for me and I let Him have His way. Oh! What a choice gift it is to understand how to let the Savior live within one's self! I wish I could obtain this Grace for every soul: the earth would be a valley no longer of bitter tears, but tears of joy! Self Abandonment is the greatest happiness on earth...I want nothing....Yes, I am happy, because my happiness lies not in the events that take place, but in God alone.
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Explanation of the New Dogma: Message of Our Lady of All Nations, July 2, 1951
A Great Action for God
I see the Lady again, standing in a bright light. She smiles and says,
while looking around her, “I am content. See to the outspreading. I have
said: from here a great action for God is to begin, and all are to
cooperate in it.”
Explanation of the New Dogma
“Now look carefully and listen. The following is an explanation of the
new dogma. As Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate I stand on the globe
before the Cross of the Redeemer. By the will of the Father, the
Redeemer came to the world. For this, the Father used the Lady. Thus,
from the Lady the Redeemer received only—now I am stressing the word
‘only’—the flesh and blood, that is to say, the body. From my Lord and
Master the Redeemer received His Divinity. In this way the Lady became
the Coredemptrix. I have said: this…
On the night of August 4-5 in the year 358, a miracle took place in
answer to a prayer. A Roman patrician by the name of John and his wife
had been praying to the Blessed Virgin, asking her what to do with their
wealth. Childless, they desired to give their entire fortune to Our
Lady but needed to know what the Blessed Mother would have them do with
That night in a dream, the Blessed Virgin appeared to them and told that
she wanted a church to be built on the Esquiline hill in Rome, and that
she would show them where the church was to be built by covering the
area with snow. Our Lady also appeared that night in a dream to Pope
Liberius, telling him of her desire that a church be built and
instructing him to go to the same hill.
Could it be that Pope Francis is the pope designated
by Our Lady to proclaim the Fifth Marian Dogma and usher in the Triumph
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
The signs of the times certainly point to the absolute necessity of this
dogma’s being solemnized now. Until the public, solemn proclamation of
the Fifth Dogma ushers in that new Pentecost and outpouring of Grace
that Our Lady’s Triumph will bring, we can expect the continual downward
spiral of immorality, which is even being enshrined into public law
codes almost everywhere. This is resulting in both the loss of souls and
that devastation of good order and peace prophesied by Our Lady in all
of Her 20th century apparitions. Add to this daily escalation of
“degeneration and war” the latest environmental “disaster” to hit our
globe, namely, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, tragically happening
also, exactly as Our Lady warned at Amsterdam.
Did Mary’s Assumption Really Occur? – and Does It Really Matter If It Did?
What happened to the mother of Jesus Christ at the end of her life?
The answer you get depends upon whom you ask. “Nothing at all unusual,”
say Protestants. “A miracle! She was taken directly to heaven!”, say
Catholics—at least those who know that Pope Pius XII solemnly proclaimed
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a dogma which we must
The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed
the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly
As a general matter, Protestants have been averse to honoring the
Blessed Virgin Mary ever since the Reformation persuaded them that such
veneration is a vestige of “Popery” (2). Moreover, their view of an
individual’s conscience as being the supreme moral arbiter has led them
to reject papal infallibility and the binding nature of the Magisterium
in general. But, for… Read more...
Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Rubens) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Infallible Definition of the Assumption
The fourth Marian dogma is the Assumption of Our Lady. The dogma of
Mary’s Assumption, like her Immaculate Conception, has the added
certainty of an infallible papal statement. Pope Pius XII in 1950
defined the Assumption of Mary in the following ex cathedra statement:
“The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed
the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly
What evidence is present in the sources of divine revelation for the
dogma of Mary’s glorious Assumption into heaven? Pope Pius XII, in his
papal document, declares the Assumption a dogma “revealed by God” and
refers to several sources.
The Magisterium of the Church
The dogma of Mary’s Assumption received the unanimous consensus from the
Magisterium of the Church. In 1946, Pope Pius XII petitioned the
bishops of the world asking them whether the Assumption of Mary could
be… Read more...
The Mystics and Mary’s Assumption and Coronation
When Mary’s soul left her body, the soft
chanting of the angels seemed to withdraw slowly from the Cenacle. Peter
and John must have perceived the glory of her soul in this moment of
its liberation, for they both looked up, while the other apostles
remained absorbed in prayer, with their heads bowed to the ground.
The Blessed Virgin’s body lay radiant with light, surrounded by her
thousand invisible guardian angels. Her eyes were closed, and her hands
were folded on her breast.
When at last all the apostles, disciples, and holy women present
realized that their beloved spiritual Mother had indeed left them, their
sorrow was so intense that only a special dispensation of divine power
prevented some of them from dying of grief. Read more...
July 25, 2015 Message of Queen of Peace at Medjugorje
“Dear children! With joy I am with you also today and I call all of
you, little children, pray, pray, pray so as to comprehend the love
which I have for you. My love is stronger than evil, little children,
therefore draw closer to God so as to feel my joy in God. Without God,
little children, you do not have a future, you do not have hope or
salvation; therefore leave evil and choose good. I am with you and, with
you, I intercede before God for all of your needs. Thank you for having
responded to my call.”
Contemporary Message from St. Philomena: “You Must Be Joyful At This Time”
Souls must understand that heaven and earth are joined. There is no
separation except in the ability of earthly souls to experience heaven.
Brothers and sisters, fellow soldiers for Christ, we are with you. Jesus
is with you. There are countless angels with you. Truly, heaven is with
you. Ask for more faith and more faith shall be yours. In order to have
confidence, and you need confidence, you must understand what we are
saying to you. View every day, every event, and every experience as
something that you are seeing side by side with us. We are by your side
in everything. Why is this so important? We want your view to be similar
to our view. Souls discard holiness often because they think they will
have to give up too much to be great saints. Do not try to be a great
saint. Try to be… Read more...
August 1 – Shrine of Hodegas (Constantinople) - Saint Alphonsus of Liguori (d. 1787)
At that time Istanbul celebrated the Assumption for a whole month!
Pix from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
the shrine of Hodegas, 'Our Lady of Hodegui' (of the guides) in
Istanbul, Turkey, the people used to venerate an icon of the Madonna and
Child that is believed to be the original work of Saint Luke.
According to tradition, the Virgin Mary led two blind men there for them to be healed by her prayer.
thanksgiving for her special protection during a revolution, Andronicus
II Palaeologus (d. 1328) published a decree ordering a fast from August
1st-14th. At that time, the feast of the Assumption (August 15th) lasted
8 days and finally concluded between the 28th and the 31st of August!
These practices lasted until the day that the shrine was sacked by Muslims in 1453.
In Madre della Chiesa dei Cinque continenti, Ed. Segno, Udine, 1997
the 1980s, Nasser, a young Muslim paratrooper in the Jordanian army in
Amman, displaced one of his vertebrae during a jump, and could no longer
stand up on his feet. The doctors were able to do nothing for him. He
was engaged to a young Muslim girl, a student at the school of the
Sisters of the Rosary. The betrothed were both devastated. Nasser was
sent to London where, after an unfortunate injection, he returned
paralyzed for life. Back in Amman, the parents of the bride wanted the
girl to break the engagement and Nasser himself agreed with them.
a friend of the girl, Sister L. of the Rosary, came to visit Nasser,
and moved by the Holy Spirit, gave him a Miraculous Medal. Nasser kissed
it and put it around his neck. Sister L. said, "What doctors cannot do,
God will do, and he will heal you." That night, Nasser heard a voice
within him: "Nasser, I am the Mother of Jesus, in His name, I have
healed you, get up." At the same time, he felt two strong hands helping
him up. He was cured. He awoke in the hospital bursting with joy and
fully healed, to the amazement of the medical staff.
became a defender of Mary. Bishop Sinnaan, the bishop of Amman, was
informed of the inexplicable healing and received Nasser’s request to
become a Christian.
Article from Message et Messagers, issue #163, December 1984
Story told in the Recueil marial – 1986, by Brother Albert Pfleger, Marist