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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Saint Francis wanted everyone to have a great veneration for this special place

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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.

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Spiritual Gems-Understanding Complete Abandonment to the Will of God

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.

Blessed Dina Belanger 


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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Explanation of the New Dogma: Message of Our Lady of All Nations, July 2, 1951






 

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…
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Our Lady of the Snows

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 it.

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.

The next day…
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The Fifth Marian Dogma

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.

With so many eyes and…
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Did Mary’s Assumption Really Occur? – and Does It Really Matter If It Did?

Part One
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 believe:
The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory (1).
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…
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Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Rubens)
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 glory.” (1)

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…
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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.
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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”

St. Philomena
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…
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At that time Istanbul celebrated the Assumption for a whole month!



* August 1 – Shrine of Hodegas (Constantinople) - Saint Alphonsus of Liguori (d. 1787)  * At that time Istanbul celebrated the Assumption for a whole month! ----- A Moment with Mary --

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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

In 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.

In 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.

Attilio GALLI
In Madre della Chiesa dei Cinque continenti, Ed. Segno, Udine, 1997

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Friday, July 31, 2015

He felt two strong hands helping him up




* July 31 – Ethiopian Church: Feast of the Densata (Conception of Mary) - Saint Ignatius of Loyola * He felt two strong hands helping him up ----- A Moment with Mary --

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July 31 – Ethiopian Church: Feast of the Densata (Conception of Mary) - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

He felt two strong hands helping him up


English: Title: Ms. 3 Weddasé Māryām, Anqaṣa B...
English: Title: Ms. 3 Weddasé Māryām, Anqaṣa Berhān, Yewédeswā Malā’ekt, Mālk’ā Māryām, Malek’ā Eyasus Project : Ethiopic Manuscripts Content Type : Manuscript (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In 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.

However, 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.

Nasser 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

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