MARY, OUR MOTHER

Friday, February 05, 2016

He always listens to her

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

February 5 – Our Lady of Chernigov (Russia)

He always listens to her

Let us meditate on the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11). It was the scene of Jesus’ first miracle, according to the Gospel. Does that seem a bit odd? Seemingly, a more obvious first miracle would have been the healing of the blind man, or the resurrection of the dead man, or the calming of the storm...

But no. At the request of His Mother, God made man did his first miracle in a “domestic” situation. He wanted to give joy to a newlywed couple, so that the feast would not be spoiled. Here, Christ’s attitude teaches us three points:

1. The small joys of a simple life are very important to God. They should be important to us too.
2. Jesus aims to help us understand that the souls who, like Mary, know how to find joy in their everyday tasks, live happy lives and feel the desire to transmit this joy to others.
3. By this miracle, Christ wants us to understand the power of Our Lady’s intercession with her Son, who always listens to her.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Mary teaches us the wonder of small daily joys



* February 4 – Our Lady of the Fire (Italy, 1428) - Saint Joan of France, foundress of the Order of the Annunciades (d. 1505)  * Mary teaches us the wonder of small daily joys  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

February 4 – Our Lady of the Fire (Italy, 1428) - Saint Joan of France, foundress of the Order of the Annunciades (d. 1505) 

Mary teaches us the wonder of small daily joys 

Saint Josemaria Escriva commented on the passage about the woman in the crowd who praised the mother of Jesus, and the Jesus’ enlightening response: "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!" (Lk 11: 27-28)

He wrote that this last statement "was the praise of his Mother and her fiat, manifested not by blind actions, but by daily, silent and hidden sacrifice." He added: "Here, we can understand the logic of God a little better. It is not the accomplishment of great actions that make up the supernatural value of our life, but the faithful acceptance of God's will and generosity in the sacrifice of each day…"

In a society like our own, dominated by consumerism and the search for pleasure, people lose the ability to appreciate small joys. Fewer and fewer people experience what Saint Augustine described: "When there is love, either the sacrifice does not cost us anything, or we like the sacrifice that it costs us."

Mary teaches us the pleasure of small everyday joys—those that are within the reach of all but that our hectic life make invisible... These are treasures that the frenetic pace of modern life wants to rob us of, and that we must recover.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Virgin of Good Success warned us



* February 3 – The Little Madonna (Italy, 1696)   * The Virgin of Good Success warned us ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

February 3 – The Little Madonna (Italy, 1696)  

The Virgin of Good Success warned us


Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has several Marian shrines, among which is the chapel of "Maria Santisima del Buen Suceso" (Our Lady of Good Success), in the convent of the Immaculate Conception.

The origin of this shrine dates back to the astonishing revelations received by Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (1553-1635), who was abbess and one of the foundresses of the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception of Quito.

Between 1588 and 1634, Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres was favored with several apparitions of the Virgin Mary. During the apparition of February 2, 1610, the Virgin Mary condemned Freemasonry and announced to Mother Mariana the severe persecution that the Masonic sect would inflict on the Church in the 20th century. The visionary offered her life in atonement for impiety in the 20th century.

Devotion to Our Lady of Good Success was officially approved by all the bishops of Quito since February 2, 1611. The cause of beatification of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres was opened on August 8, 1986, by the Archbishop of Quito.

In 1991, the chapel of the Immaculate Conception convent was declared a Marian shrine of the Archdiocese of Quito.

The Mary of Nazareth Team


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ASIA/INDIA - Catholic priest and three lay people beaten


Church of South India in Gingee, Tamil Nadu
Church of South India in Gingee, Tamil Nadu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Biosphere Reserves Location Map TamilNadu South India. From other version cropped and labeled using Adobe Photoshop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 

New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - Conviction for the serious gesture, solidarity with the victims, need for an immediate investigation: is what Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Bishops' Conference of India asks for, after what happened to a Catholic priest, Fr. Jose Kannumkuzhy, and three lay people near Coinbatore, a city in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. As reported in a note sent to Fides, on January 28 a crowd of young people, probably close to Hindu extremist groups, attacked the priest and three lay Catholics in the diocese of Ramanathapuram, hitting them with violence. The priest, 49, pastor of the church of San Sebastian in Arapparaora, is in shock and is in hospital in a state of semi-consciousness, given the many traumas and wounds due to the beating.
Fr. Jose Kannumkuzhy, and the lay Liji, Joseph and Kannumkuzhy, all members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, had gone to the local health center for AIDS patients, called "Assisi Snehalaya", created and run by the Friars Minor Conventual, where the death of a child with HIV occurred. The priest and the lay Catholics were on their way to the police to report the incident, but on the way, they were attacked by a mob of 30 persons that forced them to follow them and were accused of the child's death. The police, though warned, did not acted promptly to stop the aggression.
The Bishops' Conference has appealed to the authorities to act promptly and called for more protection for Catholic people. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 02/02/2016)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Mary is at the heart of the battle



* February 2 – The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple  * Mary is at the heart of the battle  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association
  

February 2 – The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple 

Mary is at the heart of the battle



"A sword will pierce your very soul," is what the aged Simeon predicted to Mary on the day of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple...

Mary is at the heart of the battle waged for or against her Son. The sword announced by Christ passes also through her, inviting us all to total abandonment. The more Mary lost her Son in a physical sense, the more she received him in faith. The next important episode after the presentation—the disappearance of Jesus, found in the Temple—illustrates this concept.

The more Mary becomes "the one who hears the word of God and puts it into practice," the more she is revealed as the Mother of God. The divine motherhood is not only a physical reality, it is above all a matter of faith. And when, before the crucified Christ, she physically lost her Son, she found him again, whole, as her glorious Son, present in the Church.

The law of the sword of Christ is the law by which we must lose in order to find. It is the law of total poverty in order to possess everything, to surrender ourselves in faith in order to be fully satisfied, comforted, and saved. Mary becomes, once again, the model of the perfect disciple, of the one who is faithful, and redeemed. 

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi
President of the Pontifical Council for Culture
Excerpt from his homily for the feast of the Presentation, given on January 2, 2013 (Zenit.org)


Presentation at the Temple by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1342
(Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence). [Wikipedia]