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Friday, May 29, 2015

Why 5 Saturdays to honor Our Lady? - A Moment with Mary



* May 29 - Apparition of Mary to Sister Lucia of Fatima at the Convent of Tuy (1930)  * “Why 5 Saturdays to honor Our Lady?” ----- A Moment with Mary --

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May 29 - Apparition of Mary to Sister Lucia of Fatima at the Convent of Tuy (1930) 

“Why 5 Saturdays to honor Our Lady?”


Picture taken in Coimbra, Portugal, Sister Lucia's Memorial Museum
One day, Sister Lucia (one of the three visionaries of Fatima in Portugal) was at the Motherhouse of her convent in Tuy (Spain). She had to respond in writing to a number of questions from her confessor about the reparatory devotion of the five first Saturdays of the month requested by Mary.

One of the questions was "Why five Saturdays and not nine or seven in honor of Our Lady?" At night, in the chapel, the visionary was as usual doing a holy hour, from 11:00 pm to midnight, according to the requests of the Sacred Heart at Paray-le-Monial. A divine presence revealed to her that there are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies uttered against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
  1. Blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception;
  2. Blasphemies against her perpetual virginity;
  3. Blasphemies against her divine and spiritual motherhood;
  4. Blasphemies from those who neglect to implant in the hearts of children a knowledge and love of our her;
  5. Offenses involving the rejection and dishonoring of her images.

Reference Website of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima

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Statue of Jesus Christ stolen from Castro Valley church

Church isn't looking for retribution, just wants crucifix back
He also believes the suspects may have taken the statue because of its metallic value.
The church’s parochial administrator, Father Terry O’Malley, believes the suspects may have taken the statue because of its metallic value.
The following comes from a May 27 Castro Valley Patch article by Autumn Johnson:
A Castro Valley Catholic church is hoping the people responsible for taking a life-sized bronze statue of Jesus Christ from the church grounds last week will return it. The statue stood outside the Church of the Transfiguration, located at 400 E. Castro Valley Blvd., for nine years before it was taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the church’s parochial administrator Father Terry O’Malley.
Church officials noticed the figure was missing from the cross it was
After the vandalism
After the vandalism
bolted to after Wednesday morning mass. Church officials notified the Alameda county sheriff’s office that same day, according to spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson. Deputies are currently investigating the incident, Nelson said. O’Malley said he thinks two or three people may have been involved in the alleged burglary, since the statue was very heavy. He also believes the suspects may have taken the statue because of its metallic value. O’Malley said because the church is situated away from the main road, an incident like this is unusual.
“We have relatively been free from any vandalism for years,” O’Malley said. “This is the first time anything like this has happened.” The church is looking into putting up security cameras soon. Although the church is hoping to get the statue back, O’Malley said they are not looking for retribution. “That’s not our sentiment, we’re willing to forgive and forget,” he said.

From http://cal-catholic.com/

Mary TV Daily Reflection 5/29/2015



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Break through my deafness, dispel my blindness...

J.M.J.   
May 29, 2015

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Also today I am with you and with joy I call all of you: pray and believe in the power of prayer. Open your hearts, little children, so that God may fill you with His love and you will be a joy to others. Your witness will be powerful and everything you do will be interwoven with God's tenderness. I am with you and I pray for you and your conversion until you put God in the first place. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 2015)

Yesterday we discussed what it means to open our hearts. It makes sense that being "open-hearted" has to do with honesty and being candid with the Lord. This is what the Lord is really looking for in us. He wants us to openly talk with Him in prayer, hiding nothing from His gaze and handing over everything that keeps us from Him in an honest exchange between us.

I discovered a reading in the Office for May 27 that demonstrate this very thing, opening of the heart to God. It is from St. Augustine's Confessions. And it blew me away!!

Let me share just a little of St. Augustine's very honest and candidly straightforward conversation with Jesus.

Where did I find you, that I came to know you? You were not within my memory before I learned of you. Where, then, did I find you before I came to know you, if not within yourself, far above me? We come to you and go from you, but no place is involved in this process. In every place, O Truth, you are present to those who seek your help, and at one and the same time you answer all, though they seek your counsel on different matters.

You respond clearly, but not everyone hears clearly. All ask what they wish, but do not always hear the answer they wish. Your best servant is he who is intent not so much on hearing his petition answered, as rather on willing whatever he hears from you.

Late have I loved you, O beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you; now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

St. Augustine was in total awe at the reality of the Lord, at His omnipotence, His limitless love, and His omnipresence, always there waiting for Augustine to reach out to Him. Just as the eyes and ears of the men in Rome were closed to Paul's words, so Augustine's eyes and ears were closed to the presence of God. But when Augustine finally realized how much he needed the Lord, it was time for God to break through to him.

Augustine became open-hearted! He realized his great need for God, and that was enough. His heart was ready. He opened up in honesty, and the Lord rushed in with His love.

God is waiting to do just the same for us, right now, in our need. If we can stop hiding from Him, stop closing off in our agony of soul, and reach out for help, the Lord will be there immediately. He will break through our deafness and dispel our blindness! We will not have to wait!

"Open your hearts, little children, so that God may fill you with His love and you will be a joy to others."

St. Augustine, pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Suffer for God's Sake

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Suffer for God's Sake

May 28, 2015 A.D.

 

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Our Lady in Medjugorje said on September 2, 2009:

“…You suffer injustice, betrayals and persecutions, but by that you are closer to and dearer to God…”

The Cross on Krizevac in Medjugorje
A lone pilgrim praying at the foot of the Cross, at sunset on Cross Mountain in Medjugorje, a reminder of Jesus’ suffering for us.

A Friend of Medjugorje spoke of the fruit of suffering and persecution, if offered for God and His plans for you.
“I can say the good times in my life, those moments when it went well for me, when everything went my way, when everything was perfect – that didn’t build my character – that didn’t help me. It made me slack. It made me lazy. Pain is of great value. It is what builds character. What I have in me as far as character came from pain, came from tribulation, came from suffering. It molds character. If you add God to it, you do something – it turns you into a new being. You are purified, undefiled. That is what Purgatory is about, that you can enter into the presence of God. If we can enter into Heaven without feeling the passage from this life to the next, so too can we go ahead and be purified in the time of invitation. To suffer, because everybody’s going to suffer, for your own sake leads to nothing. Many people who have problems today, suffer for their own sake. If you are going to suffer, then suffer for God’s sake. It is worth something. There is power in that. Scripture says that. If you are going to be persecuted, if you are going to suffer, suffer because of God not for evil doings.”
“Change Now or Miss the Boat”
A talk given by a Friend of Medjugorje, December 1998
 

From Mark Mallett: On Gay Marriage

On Gay Marriage

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THE HARD TRUTH – PART II
 

WHY? Why would the Catholic Church be against love?
That is the question many people ask when it comes to the Church’s prohibition against gay marriage. Two people want to get married because they love each other. Why not?
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The Lady of All Nations: May 31, 1955 Message


 

May 31, 1955 Message

Dear friends,
In light of the gravely troubling worldwide “Signs of the Times” right now, at the outset of 2013, I believe the admonitions and directions of Mary, the Lady of All Nations, as contained in her May 31, 1955 “Message to the Nations” is as important now, if not more so, than when she first revealed it to the Dutch visionary, Ida Peerdeman (Church approval, May 31, 2002).
In this historic, paramount message, the Lady tells us: “I have come to warn the nations: Satan is not yet banished.” Our Blessed Mother then warns and instructs us on a number of globally crucial events. Please take a moment and just read the following one or two headline excerpts from the main themes of this extraordinary supernatural message:
Nations, be warned against false prophets…”
The Lady of All Nations is now permitted to come in order to banish Satan. She comes to…
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The Lady of All Nations Confirms Fifth Marian Dogma

Pope Francis’ entrustment of the world to Our Lady of Fatima has rekindled interest among Catholics about Marian apparitions.  The Lady of Fatima apparition came to Portugal in the last stages of bloody World War I, while another, largely ignored Marian apparition occurred in another small European country, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in the last gasps of World War II.  While Fatima is well known for the Blessed Mother’s warnings and predictions of coming events in world politics, the apparitions in Amsterdam had even more to say about the future of the world and humanity.  And the apparitions in Amsterdam offered a new Marian dogma much as the Rue Du Bac, Paris apparitions to Saint Catherine Laboure in 1830 heralded the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  The Amsterdam apparitions, moreover, offered humanity help should the Church proclaim a fifth and final Marian dogma.
Our recent article on the…
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The Fifth Marian Dogma: The Church’s Unused Weapon

Pope Francis will be welcoming the Our Lady of Fatima statue from Portugal to the Vatican next month.  He plans to use the occasion to consecrate the world in to the Immaculate Heart of Mary—as Pope John Paul II had done in 1984 and 2000—just as the Blessed Mother had requested in her 1917 apparition to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal in order to foster world peace.  Indeed, with the crises in Syria and Egypt boiling and threatening to spillover to neighboring states, the looming crisis over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, and Russia’s growing anti-western foreign policy stance and a more assertive role in the rapidly deteriorating Middle East, Pope Frances’ consecration to Our Lady of Fatima is urgently needed.
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Why the Time is Ripe for the Fifth Marian Dogma

This exceptional presentation by Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, on the solution to the great crises facing the Church and the world today: the need to re-Marianize the Church by recognizing the Blessed Mother’s universal mediation through the solemn definition of her roles as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate, was given at the Mary, “Unique Cooperator in the Redemption” Symposium held at Fatima on May 3-7, 2005. – Ed.

I have chosen to entitle this final, concluding conference of our symposium, the “Cause of Mary, Advocate.” Etymologically, cause is a legal term. If its use to summarize our discussion of the mystery of Mary Immaculate and of her unique place in the divine counsels governing the economy of salvation retains a legal scent, that is quite intentional. For the cause of Mary in the economy of salvation, the place she…
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The “What” and “Why” of the Fifth Marian Dogma

In simple, yet poetic and profound language the third chapter of the Book of Genesis narrates the story of the fall of man. Three creatures play the major roles in this momentous drama: the serpent, the woman and the man. The serpent beguiles. The woman who was given to the man as his helpmate lets herself be beguiled and the man follows suit. The story seems deceptively simple, but it has monumental implications. The man, Adam, is the progenitor and head of the human family. The woman, Eve, is his companion. As partners they are equal, but they have different roles. He is the head of his wife and the head of the human family. “The whole human race is in Adam ‘as one body of one man.’ By this ‘unity of the human race’ all men are implicated in Adam’s sin” (1).
At the same time it…
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The Fifth Marian Dogma, the Commission: Theological Gaps

In this year of the Holy Spirit, as we approach Pentecost Sunday, I rejoice to discuss one most intimately united with the Spirit of all human beings. Vatican II calls Mary “the temple” (sacrarium) of the Holy Spirit, that which St. Paul says of all Christians (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). Saints and four Popes have sought to express this mysterious relationship between the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit by the word “Spouse,” and even this word scarcely expresses the amazing relationship between this unique creature and the divine Person.

We are dealing with an aspect of Our Lady’s life which concerns us beneficiaries of the Redemption achieved by her divine Son. I will note and discuss the opposition to a papal definition of Our Lady as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate, and I ask those so opposed to pause and reflect a little. These titles relate to…
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A Bishop’s Plea for the Fifth Marian Dogma

Every true Catholic has devotion to Our Lady. Our Lady is not only honored as Mother of God, admired as im­maculately conceived, appreciated as perpetual virgin and sought after as Queen assumed to heaven, but she is consid­ered as our own Spiritual Mother.

In India, Marian devotion is quite strong. Mary is the Chief Patron of India, especially since independence was granted to the country on the Feast of her Assumption on the Fifthteenth of August. Culturally in India, women are held in high esteem, although in practice there may be cases of ill treatments. Ac­cording to the Hindu mentality women are loved and revered. The Godhead is conceived as having a female counterpart. God Vishnu has Goddess Lakhmi and God Siva has Parvathi. The Hindus think that by placating these female deities, they…
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Novena for the Fifth Marian Dogma “Day of Dialogue” : March 25, 2010

On March 25, 2010, a “Day of Dialogue” will take place at the Vatican Forum on the issue of the appropriateness of a fifth Marian Dogma, the solemn papal definition of Our Lady as the Spiritual Mother of all humanity, the Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate.  Bishops and theologians from different parts of the world have been invited by Inside the Vatican Magazine, moderator of the discussion, to partake in the Church dialogue, one which could have significant and even historic effects of the solemn definition of Our Lady’s spiritual motherhood and thereby on the entire Church and world.

The following Annunciation Novena has been adapted and initiated by members of the Christian faithful to pray for the success of this Roman Day of Dialogue and for the eventual definition on the Fifth Marian Dogma.  We are happy to forward…

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5th Dogma a Marian Antidote: Interview With Syro-Malabar Cardinal Vithayathil

KERALA, India, MAY 21, 2008 (Zenit.org)—An antidote to the challenges facing the Church and society today is the glorification of Mary through the proclamation of a fifth Marian dogma, says Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

Cardinal Vithayathil, major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, is one of the five cardinals who sent a letter in January inviting prelates worldwide to join them in petitioning Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma they said would “proclaim the full Christian truth about Mary.”

The text includes the petition that asks the Pope to proclaim Mary as “the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the Co-redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer, Mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one Mediator, and Advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race.”

In…
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“Why should we be afraid?” - A Moment with Mary




* May 28 - Beatification of Catherine Labouré by Pius XI (1933)  * “Why should we be afraid?” ----- A Moment with Mary --
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May 28 - Beatification of Catherine Labouré by Pius XI (1933) 

“Why should we be afraid?”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Catherine Labouré, D.C.
Saint Catherine Labouré was born on May 2, 1806 at Fain-lès-Moutiers (France). She died on December 31, 1876 in Paris. Catherine was a Daughter of Charity who was favored with apparitions of the Virgin Mary in July and November 1830, during her novitiate, inside the chapel of the convent of the Rue du Bac in Paris. This event is the cause of the spread of the "Miraculous Medal," worn today by many Catholics. She was canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII.

On the day of her death she asked that 63 children recite around her bed each invocation of the Litany of Our Lady ... Catherine saw in the figure 63 the illustration of an oral tradition that attributes to the Virgin a life of 63 years: fifteen years on each side of Christ’s 33 years of life.

This is how Catherine wished to dedicate to Our Lady the 70 years of her own hard-working life, but also her happiness to go to heaven. “Why fear to go see Our Lord, his Mother and Saint Vincent?” These were some of Saint Catherine’s last words before she closed her blue eyes.

Father René Laurentin

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Mary TV Daily Reflection 5/28/2015



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Open your hearts!

J.M.J.   
May 28, 2015

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Also today I am with you and with joy I call all of you: pray and believe in the power of prayer. Open your hearts, little children, so that God may fill you with His love and you will be a joy to others. Your witness will be powerful and everything you do will be interwoven with God's tenderness. I am with you and I pray for you and your conversion until you put God in the first place. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 2015)

Our Lady encourages us to open our hearts so that God may fill us with His love. We have heard this quite often. She is very keen to have us open our hearts to God. Our Lady has used the phrase "Open your hearts" at least 65 times in her messages. I am sure she has said it many more times in so many words. It is really important to her that we open our hearts to the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and to herself.

It might be good to think about what it means to open one's heart. There is a scripture that describes what a heart that is not open looks like. It is in the last chapter of Acts. St. Paul has spent an entire day trying to help the Jews to understand who Jesus is, but they just can't get it. And so as they leave, he recites a scripture to them in exasperation:

So, as they disagreed among themselves, they departed, after Paul had made one statement: "The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:
`Go to this people, and say,
You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
For this people's heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.'
Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen." (Acts 28: 25-28)

The Jews could not accept Jesus. The ears of their hearts were closed, the eyes of their hearts were blind, and so their hearts could not understand the great love that was being extended to them and they could not turn to God to be saved. Closed hearts are hearts that will not see or hear or understand.

It could be that the men in this case had gotten used to using their own intellect to understand everything, and they had gotten so far away from the truth about their own hearts and souls, that they just didn't realize that they needed to be saved by Jesus. They did not see the truth about themselves, and so they were content to argue over trivialities. Their own brokenness and need was unknown to them.

I checked the dictionary for definitions of "open-hearted" and found this: "freely communicative; candidly straightforward".

To communicate freely and be candidly straightforward one must be honest. It is necessary to be able to recognize everything that is in one's heart, good and bad, and be willing to communicate about it with the other.

This is what I think Our Lady is getting at when she asks us to open our hearts to God. She wants us to be candid with Him, to speak freely, to show Him everything about us without fear. She wants us to open up our heart, revealing all the wounds, the sorrows, the joys, the hopes, the disappointment, the fears, and even the sins within us. This is opening our heart to the Lord.

The men who argued with Paul could not imagine doing that with the Lord. They could not allow themselves to see or hear anything honest coming from within them. Therefore they could not understand the love that was being offered to them, the sacrificial, forgiving, rejuvenating love of Christ.

We are being offered a great gift. Our Lady is helping us to open our hearts to the Lord, in straightforward, candid honesty. She is making it easy for us, by her presence with us. She wants us to let it all out before the Lord. This is not so that we will be humiliated. No. It is so that we may be healed. To be open-hearted with God means that we let Him in to the deepest and darkest parts of our hearts, to unburden us of our shame and guilt, and to bring His light into our past, our present and our future.

"Open your hearts, little children, so that God may fill you with His love and you will be a joy to others."

God's love is not fluff. God's love is the creative power of the universe. His love will come into us in power and heal us, renew us, forgive us, and strengthen us to be the children of God we are intended to be. We will then be a joy to others.

Lord, give us eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to understand how very much we need You and want You to come into our hearts to heal us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

10 Commandments for Lovers of the Most Blessed Sacrament

English: Pyx for communion of the sick, from K...
English: Pyx for Communion of the sick, from Kiev-Pecherski Lavra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As a daily Mass attendee, especially on Sundays, I notice less and less attention and devotion to Our Lord's True Presence in the Tabernacle. Many totally ignore Our Lord as they pass in front of the Sacred Place. Many run out of church after Mass as if they had a special date or are late for work, yet most of us are retired folk. And the talking after Mass, sometimes so loud as to annoy those who do stay to pray in thanksgiving for Whom they have just received. I was like that once and it took someone to teach me the right way to adore Christ when in church. I'm sure it was the Blessed Mother Mary, who has been and still is my teacher and spiritual guide! Here are some excellent tips on true worship:





Do You Refrain from Useless Chatter before the Tabernacle?
How About Dressing Modestly and Reverently for Mass?

by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan:
1. Attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, even daily if possible.
2. Prepare well for every Mass by: abstaining from food and drink (medicine and water may be taken) for at least one hour before receiving Holy Communion; going to Confession to a priest and stating any and all mortal sins that you have not confessed before (a mortal sin is a thought, word, desire or action that concerns grave matter carried out with sufficient reflection and full consent of the will); praying before Holy Mass and performing acts of charity and self-denial Furthermore, only those persons who are practicing Catholics, who believe as the Church does regarding the Most Holy Eucharist and whose marriages are recognized as valid by the Holy Catholic Church may receive Holy Communion.
3. Genuflect when entering and leaving the Church and whenever passing before the Tabernacle or the Altar on which the Body and Blood of Christ rest. Dress modestly—avoiding revealing and sloppy clothes—and do not chew gum. Speak accurately about the Most Holy Eucharist, never referring to It as “bread and wine.” And if you assist with the sacred music in your parish, do all you can to ensure that the texts reflect the truth about the Real Presence.
4. Refrain from useless chattering before the Tabernacle before, during and after the Holy Mass in order to adore Him and to concentrate attention on the Risen Lord Jesus. Talking unnecessarily in the holy presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament destroys a golden occasion to learn at the Feet of the Master.
5. Receive Holy Communion with joy and fervor. We receive Jesus on our tongues or, in a country where it is permitted by the Episcopal Conference, in our hands (a profound bow before receiving Holy Communion is very appropriate). When we receive Jesus on our tongues, we simply say “Amen” and permit the priest, deacon or installed acolyte to place Christ there. If we receive in the hand, then we make a throne for the Lord, placing our “stronger” hand on the bottom and our “weaker” hand on top. Proclaiming “Amen,” we receive the Host (rather than lunging for It), take a step to the side, stop and place the Host in our mouth using the stronger hand underneath. We must never receive the Sacred Host “on the run.”
6. Pass time with the Eucharistic Jesus outside of the Holy Mass. The Eucharist is always to be adored—before, during and after the Mass, whether exposed in the Monstrance or reposed in the Tabernacle.
7. Make frequent Spiritual Communions in which we invite the Lord into our souls in a similar manner as when we sacramentally receive Holy Communion. These may be made anytime and anywhere.
8. Cultivate a special relationship with Mary, the Woman of the Eucharist. Pray her Most Holy Rosary. Wear her Brown Scapular and her Miraculous Medal. Ask her for the virtue of chastity for yourself and in all your dealings with your neighbors. Purity is vital. If you fall grievously, go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion.
9. Develop a friendship with the Saints who are remembered for their incredible love for the Holy Eucharist. To become aware of their affection for Holy Communion stimulates our capacity to develop in love for and adoration of Our Eucharistic Jesus.
10. Request the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to be offered for the living and the dead. There is no gift more beautiful and effective than the Holy Mass.




Mary teaches us reconciliation - A Moment with Mary




* May 27 – Madonna del Popolo (Italy, 1645): Our Lady of the People * Mary teaches us reconciliation  ----- A Moment with Mary --

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May 27 – Madonna del Popolo (Italy, 1645): Our Lady of the People


Mary teaches us reconciliation



If you want to be like Mary, be happy. Humility and joy are found in our faith that reminds us how much God loves us and how much he wants us to be happy and well-balanced. As a matter of fact, the Virgin Mary was very well-balanced.

Do not think that you either are or are not well-balanced! We have to acquire balance, human balance which is a source of joy. At first we must we must seek it out courageously, because we are all sort of off-kilter. This is called original sin!

Original sin, maintained by our own sinfulness, causes a profound imbalance within us which lets suspicion and fear seep into our relationship with God, with others and with ourselves. Mary was conceived without original sin, therefore without this imbalance!

And this gift of God is not only for herself or Jesus, but also for us. Mary wants to share this gift with us, and teach us to be reconciled with creation, with ourselves, with others and with God.

Father Emmanuel Gobilliard
Current Rector of the Cathedral of Le Puy en Velay (France)

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Français : Le Puy-en-Velay (préf. de la Haute-...
Français : Le Puy-en-Velay (préf. de la Haute-Loire, France). Statue de Notre-Dame de France, « J. Bonnassieux, 1857 ». (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
Amen.
 

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