MARY, OUR MOTHER

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We are a Eucharistic people with the Mother of God



* September 30 – Saint John Paul II created a Basilica and offered a gold rose (1979) * We are a Eucharistic people with the Mother of God ----- A Moment with Mary --

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

September 30 – Saint John Paul II created a Basilica and offered a gold rose (1979)

We are a Eucharistic people with the Mother of God


On Aug. 21, 1879, various people in Knock village saw a vision, or manifestation, on the outer gable wall of their small parish church, in this forgotten corner of the west of Ireland. On one side there were three persons, identified as Saint Joseph, Mary the Mother of God (crowned as Queen) and Saint John the Apostle. But the center of the vision was a Lamb, standing on an altar, with a large cross behind it and angels circling; a strong light came from the Lamb.

There was no spoken message; some 15 witnesses gave their testimony to what they had seen, which lasted two hours in the rain. A commission concluded that their testimonies were trustworthy... It’s worth noting that the pastor at the time of the apparition, Father Bartholomew Kavanagh, a young priest known for his piety and service to the poor, had just finished celebrating 100 consecutive Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (especially for all those who had died without the sacraments in times of famine). Prayer for our deceased and for the Holy Souls has always been a feature of Knock Shrine spirituality…

The Lamb in Knock represents our Lord Jesus... reminds us that we are a Eucharistic people…

Father Nigel Woollen
Chaplain at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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These Stone Walls: The Sins of the Press




A new Fall film shines a Hollywood “Spotlight” on the Boston Globe’s Catholic abuse story. In his new book, Sins of the Press, David F. Pierre shines a floodlight. Please, read and share: "Spotlight On Spin: The Sins of the Press."

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These Stone Walls

Prayers needed: Priest stabbed to death in central Philippines



ASIA/PHILIPPINES -
Tanjay (Agenzia Fides) - Catholic priest Antonio Magalso, 44, was stabbed to death yesterday morning, 29 September, in the city of Tanjay, Negros Island, central Philippines. This was confirmed to Agenzia Fides by Fr. Nathaniel B. Gomez, dean of St. Catherine College and priest of the diocesan clergy of Dumaguete diocese. "We are deeply shocked by a cold-blooded murder which is totally baseless. Fr. Magalso was a simple parish priest, much loved by his people, dedicated to the pastoral life. He was not an activist priest engaged in other battles. The murder was not motivated by theft: the police are investigating", reports Fr. Gomez. The priest was going to celebrate Mass in a village of his parish, when he was stabbed to death. He was brought to the hospital, but unfortunately was already dead. Thanks to some witnesses, the murderer was caught by the police and is being interrogated, it seems he is a man with mental problems.


As Fides learns, in the Diocese of Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes has announced "a holy hour of adoration in all parishes to pray for Fr. Magalso and his murderer". The Bishop went to the parish of the Holy Cross, where the priest was pastor, bringing consolation and encouragement to the community, asking "courage and prayer" and to "live this moment in an atmosphere of penance and mercy".
Fr. Magalso was also committed to evangelization, being the head of the Diocesan Commission of the Biblical Apostolate. "We are dismayed by this loss and also the people are very sad" said Fr. Gomez. The diocesan community will celebrate a Mass in the cathedral on October 5, the funeral will be celebrated on October 7 in his native village. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 30/09/2015)


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Virgin Mary is their Queen




* September 29 - Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael  * The Virgin Mary is their Queen  ----- A Moment with Mary --

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

September 29 - Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael 

The Virgin Mary is their Queen 

Scripture specifically mentions the Archangel Gabriel ("God's strength") who seemingly was made aware of everything concerning the mystery of the Incarnation and the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, the Archangel Raphael ("God heals") and the Archangel Michael ("Who is like God?").

Along with the Holy Archangels, the Church honors today all the good angels, including Saint Michael who was appointed leader and model on the day of the rebellion of Lucifer and the fallen angels. Michael was made not only the Prince of Angels, but also Prince of the souls who must fill the seats that remained empty after the demons’ fall.

Angels are divided into nine Choirs and three Hierarchies: Angels, Archangels and Virtues; Powers, Principalities and Dominions. Finally, higher still, Thrones, Cherubim and Seraphim.

Their occupation is to contemplate God, to love Him, praise Him and execute His Will for the movement of the universe and for the salvation of men. They are responsible for various missions on earth, regarding individuals, families, parishes, dioceses, kingdoms and the whole Church. The Virgin Mary is their Queen.

The Mary of Nazareth Team
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Monday, September 28, 2015

The name “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart” justifies the great intuition of Vatican II



* September 28 – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Issoudun, France, 1854)  * The name “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart” justifies the great intuition of Vatican II ----- A Moment with Mary --

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

September 28 – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Issoudun, France, 1854) 

The name “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart” justifies the great intuition of Vatican II

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is not just a name, it is above all a way to present and understand the Virgin Mary. It is a way to contemplate her and pray for her intercession.

In connection with the founding of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Issoudun (France), Father Chevalier promised to honor Mary under a new name that he revealed in 1859 as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Thus he brought together two names that were dear to his soul: the Sacred Heart (Christ) and Our Lady (Mary). We do not say “Our Lady of Issoudun” (in reference to the place) but “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart” (in reference to a person).

The new name, full of hope, expresses the unique relationship between Jesus and Mary, whom God chose to give birth to his beloved son. This name justifies the great intuition of Vatican II: "Mary is the one who makes us enter into the mystery of Christ and the Church."

Close because she is one of us, Mary, better than anyone teaches us to make our own the feelings that are in the Heart of Christ, according to the motto of Father Chevalier: "May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere, forever." 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

When Luxembourg was Spanish



* September 27 – Our Lady of the Alcazar (Toledo, Spain) – Luxembourg takes Mary for its patroness (1666) * When Luxembourg was Spanish  ----- A Moment with Mary --

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

September 27 – Our Lady of the Alcazar (Toledo, Spain) – Luxembourg takes Mary for its patroness (1666)

When Luxembourg was Spanish 


On December 8, 1624, the chaplain and students of the city of Luxembourg’s new college went in procession outside the city walls to install a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. From then on the city began to address their prayers to Mary as to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted.

The new pilgrimage is inscribed in the recent religious and ecclesial sensibility introduced by Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). At that time, the Duchy of Luxembourg had long lost its political autonomy and was part of the Spanish Netherlands.

In 1639, the first "Book of Miracles" mentions some answered prayers and healings that took place before Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted. As the pilgrimage gained popularity, a special week was set aside for the pilgrimage.

After the election of the Comforter of the Afflicted as patroness of the city in 1666 and patron-protector of Luxembourg in 1678, her veneration continued to spread. Today, Catholics still observe the Octave and pilgrimages.

Source : Michel Schmit
web.cathol.lu


Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted
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