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VIA A Moment With Mary: Today, September 8, 2014, the Virgin Mary will be proclaimed Queen of Corsica
Today, Bishop de Germay will renew the consecration of Corsica to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In his own words: “On October 13th of last year, Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, thus renewing the previous acts of consecration already made by his predecessors Pius XII in 1942, and John Paul II in 1984, in conformity with the requests of Our Lady of Fatima.
My wish is that we too could join in this act of the Holy Father, by renewing the consecration of Corsica to the Immaculate Virgin, like my predecessor, Bishop Rodié, did in 1935… Thus, together, we will be able to entrust the Island of Corsica and her population to Mary's intercession and protection."
The renewal of this consecration will be officially pronounced by the bishop in three places: in the night of September 7th in Lavasina, at 8 o’clock in the morning in Casamaccioli, and in the afternoon in Ajaccio.
The same consecration is also being made in the different parishes of the diocese, by the wish of the pastors. A common prayer was distributed for this
VIA DIOCESE WEBSITE: Mary, Queen of Corsica
What is the meaning of such a consecration?
Christ came into the world to bring him back to the Father after removal due to sin. Why he wants to make all men disciples, men and women who are consecrated in truth (cf. Jn 17:19), a people for God (cf. 1P 2.9). This mission, Christ realizes over time through his Church. So we are as members of the Church, together with the work of salvation.
Jesus, who himself is our salvation, we came by a woman (Gal 4.4), the Virgin Mary. Today, it takes flesh in our lives through spiritual motherhood of the Mother of the Church. Before dying in fact, as a testament, Jesus gave it to us to make it our Mother (cf. Jn 19:27). Thus, it "cooperates in the birth and education of the son and daughters of the Church" (John Paul II).
Therefore, as members of the Church in Corsica, in a "lively sharing in Mary's faith" (John Paul II), we wish to entrust to her Immaculate Heart our island and all its inhabitants, and through it, to renew our own baptismal consecration.
VIA BHLA2@yahoogroups.com: *The Birth of Mary* (Divine Office)
Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God, heralded joy to all the world.
For from thou hast risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God.
Destroying the curse, He gave blessing; and damning death, He bestowed on us life everlasting.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
For from thou hast risen of Sun of justice, Christ our God.
The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion
57. Poemen also said, 'If a thought about your bodily needs comes to you, and you put it aside; and then it comes again, and you put it aside, what will happen? If it comes a third time, you will not notice it, and it will do you no harm.'
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