Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Marian mystery is the principle of incarnation, and customization of theology

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November 25 – Mary Consoler of the Afflicted (Rome, Italy)

The Marian mystery is the principle of incarnation, and customization of theology

The Marian mystery is the "nexus mysteriorum," the inner link of the other mysteries as they face each other in their unity. It is the link between Israel and the Church, and between the Old and the New Testament…

In this sense Mary is indeed "victorious over all heresies," the Scepter of Orthodoxy, by her pure faith which is that of the Church pure from all contamination.

The Marian element is the principle of incarnation and adaptation of theology. It protects it from being dry or sentimental, by uniting in the Church—who a perfect adorer like Mary (the Church does not praise Christ without joining her voice to Mary’s)—theological rationality and faithful affectivity.

The Marian element brings us back to the concrete face of God, to his manifestation in his relationship with humanity... It is impossible to detach Christ from his mother, or Christ and his Church, without the risk of turning him into an abstract ball of fire…

The mysteries of the Church and Mary certify the significance of the Incarnation. They testify to God’s plan, which is to associate the creature with his work of salvation, so that with the help of his grace that makes freedom possible, man can cooperate with grace.

Source: Le Sénevé (Pentecost 2005)

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Is Mary not in the procession of those who follow the Lamb?

Coptic icon /Dormition of Virgin Mary/
Coptic icon /Dormition of Virgin Mary/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

* November 23 – Our Lady of the Assumption (Italy, 1624)  * Is Mary not in the procession of those who follow the Lamb? ----- A Moment with Mary --

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November 23 – Our Lady of the Assumption (Italy, 1624) 

Is Mary not in the procession of those who follow the Lamb?

Some say: You cannot pray to the Virgin Mary, holy as she is, because she died. And the dead can do nothing.

Note the contradiction. In this life, we believe that we can pray for one another, but not in the next!

Have you not read that on Mount Tabor the transfigured Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah? And have you not read in the Gospel that Jesus told the Good Thief: "This evening you will be with me in paradise"? So Moses, Elijah and the good thief are in paradise, but not Mary who was called "full of grace"? The one whom all generations must proclaim blessed would not be with God in heaven, but only the Good Thief? In the book of Revelation, is she not in the procession of those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes?

Hervé Marie Catta

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Do You Know Our Lady of America?

English: The Basilica of the National Shrine o...
English: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception located on The Catholic University of America campus in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do You Know Our Lady of America?

A movement of great consequence has commenced for a definite response by the United States Catholic Bishops in answer to private revelations, which long ago received official Church recognition as having occurred in the United States. The revelations included apparitions of Our Lord, St. Joseph, St. Gabriel and St. Michael, as well as apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary as “Our Lady of America” to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), of the Precious Blood Sisters (1933-1979), who was later a Contemplative of the Indwelling Trinity (1979 until death).

Sister Mary Ephrem, who died on January 10, 2000 at the age of 83, said she was asked by The Blessed Virgin Mary to draw a picture, according to the vision, of Our Lady of America and have a statue constructed accordingly and placed after a solemn procession in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The History of Our Lady of America

The following excerpt is from Adrienne von Speier’s Mary in the Redemption (Ignatius Press).  Von Speier was a visionary who was the close collaborator to the famous Swiss theologian, Hans Urs Von Balthazar, who once commented, “To find my best theological contribution, look to the writings of Adrienne van Speier.”  Von Speier reports to have received the following insights regarding Our Lady’s role as Co-redemptrix as a direct mystical dictation from Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin. -Ed.

At the Cross, Mary receives a new role through the Son’s suffering. She is not only a regular mother who is losing her human son and standing by him in his hour of death. In addition to this, she is standing here in faith and in obedience to her Son, who is God, in obedience to his will and in supernatural solidarity with his suffering. However, this solidarity now expresses itself precisely in the fact that the Son is unapproachable to the Mother in his dereliction. She must therefore endure something that at first seems hopeless, even though it springs from the mystery of the Son. It could be compared to suffering in purgatory where a soul has to get to know the power of sin but meanwhile does not get to quibble over its personal involvement. It is a purifying suffering, under the weight of sin and the recognition associated with it.

Our Lady of America, “The Immaculate Virgin”

We wish to provide our readers with the full body of messages which have been released for public distribution regarding the apparitions of Our Lady of America. These apparitions, so closely connected with the “Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States,” should be more deeply appreciated, not only by the faithful in the United States, but by all who seek a greater understanding of Our Lady’s call for purity and peace, in virtue of her own Immaculate Conception. The apparitions of Our Lady of America have the implicit ecclesiastical approval of Archbishop Paul F. Leibold, spiritual director of the visionary Sr. Mildred Mary Neuzil from 1940 to 1972. He authorized the first and second printing of these messages and had the medal of Our Lady of America struck. – Ed.

The following lines were penned by a religious Sister from her cloister cell. This Sister was professed as a religious in 1933. Exteriorly she was much like any other Sister in the Community, trying to be faithful to the Rule and the religious practices of the Community. She received her assignments to work in various houses, mostly in domestic work. From 1951 to 1954 she taught kindergarten classes in a parish school and enjoyed working with the little ones very much.

The Messages of St. Joseph in Our Lady of America

The following are messages of St. Joseph as contained in the messages of Our Lady of America. Cardinal Raymond Burke (then Bishop Burke) wrote a letter to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 31, 1997. He establishes that, in his canonical opinion, these apparitions are already approved in virtue of the repeated support of Archbishop Paul F. Leibold, spiritual of the visionary Sr. Mary Ephrem. These messages of St. Joseph comprise one of the most extraordinary and profound revelations regarding the truth that, after Our Lady, St. Joseph is the greatest saint of all time. – Ed.

Message of Early October, 1956

In early October, 1956, about a week after Our Lady’s first appearance, St, Joseph, though I did not see him at this time, spoke to me the following words:

“It is true, my daughter, that immediately after my conception I was, through the future merits of Jesus and because of my exceptional role of future Virgin-Father, cleansed from the stain of original sin.

I was from that moment confirmed in grace and never had the slightest stain on my soul. This is my unique privilege among men.

Our Lady of America and the Present U.S. Situation

The following article is a homily delivered on August 5, 2006 by Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, on the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. It was delivered at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. – Ed.

Our Lady of America. This is the title by which the Virgin Mother, in a series of private revelations and apparitions to Sr. Mary Ephrem Neuzil (1916-2000) of the Congregation of Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, indicated how she wished to be known and honored in the United States, first of all in the Basilica-sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., national Shrine of Mary for the United States, and then in the entire American nation, as it were the connatural extension of this Marian sanctuary under this title.


Mary in Private Revelation

We exhort you to listen with simplicity of heart and honesty of mind to the salutary warnings of the Mother of God….

Bl. Pope John XXIII, February 18, 1959
Closing of the Marian Year

Contemporary humanity finds itself at the climax of what has been called the “Age of Mary.” The last two centuries have received more Church-approved Marian apparitions than any other time in the history of the Church. These Marian apparitions convey the urgent call of a Mother’s heart for humanity to return to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to become more generous in prayer and penance in reparation and for the conversion of sinners; and to offset through prayer and sacrifice any conditioned purification that may face contemporary humanity due to its rejection of God, his law, and his love.


Our Lady of Grace and the Miraculous Medal

Our Lady of Grace, who gave the Miraculous Medal to Sr. Catherine Labouré, brings to the world a message of hope for those who trust in her maternal care. Dr. Miravalle traces the historical events and the wondrous meaning of the Miraculous Medal. This article, excerpted from a longer article on the three prominent messages of the Age of Mary, was taken from Private Revelation: Discerning with the Church. – Assistant Editor.

The Marian Message to the Modern World

The universally designated “Age of Mary,” which had been anticipated by the historic Marian apparitions at Guadalupe some three centuries earlier, is generally accepted to have begun in 1830 with the ecclesiastically approved apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Labouré in what have been named the “Miraculous Medal” apparitions.


Mother Teresa and the Miraculous Medal

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, renowned for the worldwide mission of charity that she began in 1946, used a simple "tool" as a symbol of that charity: the "Miraculous Medal."  A common sight it was to watch Mother take a fistful of such medals, kiss them, and hand them out to the poor.  Queues of people would form outside her convents when word would spread that Mother Teresa had come to town.  One by one she would welcome young and old, the sick and the needy, lay and clergy, the significant and the insignificant.  Rarely would any leave without Mother pressing Miraculous Medals into their hands.

On her last visit to the South Bronx of New York in June 1997, sitting in a wheelchair less than three months before her death, Mother cradled a full basket of these medals on her lap.  Her sisters kept refilling the basket as Mother gave sizeable quantities to each priest greeting her after Mass.  Noteworthy was the reverence with which she handled these religious sacramentals, and the earnestness with which she suggested they be used as tools for spreading the Gospel message of love.

Mother Teresa’s Letter of Support for Mary Co-redemptrix

Mary is our Coredemptrix with Jesus. She gave Jesus his body and suffered with him at the foot of the cross.

Mary is the Mediatrix of all grace. She gave Jesus to us, and as our Mother she obtains for us all his graces.

Mary is our Advocate who prays to Jesus for us. It is only through the Heart of Mary that we come to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

The papal definition of Mary as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate will bring great graces to the Church.

All for Jesus through Mary.

God Bless you,
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Living the revolution of tenderness, like Mary

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November 22 – Virgin of Quinche (Equador)

Living the revolution of tenderness, like Mary

We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness as Mary, our Mother of Charity, did. We are invited to “leave home” and to open our eyes and hearts to others.

Our revolution comes about through tenderness, through the joy which always becomes closeness and compassionand leads us to get involved in, and to serve, the life of others.

Our faith makes us leave our homes and go forth to encounter others, to share their joys, their hopes and their frustrations.

Our faith, “calls us out of our house,” to visit the sick, the prisoner and to those who mourn. It makes us able to laugh with those who laugh, and rejoice with our neighbors who rejoice.

Like Mary, we want to be a Church which serves, which leaves home and goes forth, which goes forth from its chapels, forth from its sacristies, in order to accompany life, to sustain hope, to be the sign of unity of a noble and worthy people.

Like Mary, Mother of Charity, we want to be a Church which goes forth to build bridges, to break down walls, to sow seeds of reconciliation.

Like Mary, we want to be a Church which can accompany all those “pregnant” situations of our people, committed to life, to culture, to society, not washing our hands but rather walking together with our brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis
Excerpt from Homily in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre,” Santiago de Cuba, September 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Spiritual Gems-Uniting with Mary in Praying-November 21, 2015

Text of "Our Father" prayer with Tri...
Text of "Our Father" prayer with Trinity in central column (God the Father, dove of the Holy Spirit, Jesus) and Biblical and symbolic scenes in left and right columns. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Uniting with Mary in Praying

We must unite ourselves to Mary in our conversations with Jesus.  Part of the problem most people have in praying is that they forget to speak to Jesus as their best friend. They think He already knows and does not want to hear all we have to say.  This is simply not true!  By uniting with Mary, and asking her to help you, she will help you to begin and sustain those intimate conversations, which she had.  Mary spent her whole life pondering on the mysteries and on the person of her Son!  As Mother, she wants to give what she has to her children!  She will help us feel and understand what she felt and understood, and our prayer life will take on a whole new dimension.  While we must always be reverent,  the secret to real prayer is intimacy.  Who was more intimate and understanding of Jesus than Mary?  Always call Mary before you begin and use your imagination to see yourself in her Immaculate Heart as you pray.  God is immediately drawn to the daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son and spouse of the Holy Spirit!  Pray with Mary to better pray to the Most Holy Trinity!

Adapted from Father Emil Neubert in "My Ideal: Jesus Son of Mary"

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