Sunday, August 05, 2018

August - The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Green Scapular

Dear readers, if only I have the time to write more, I would! but here, something I read from somewhere else on the web... and how important that we hold dear to our devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! 

August, the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(taken from

The Green Scapular or Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is, like the Miraculous Medal, a gift of our Blessed Mother to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. 

On November 27, 1839, Justine Bisqueyburu, destined by Providence to make known this devotion, entered the Novitiate of the Daughters of Charity, 140 Rue du Bac, Paris. On January 28,1840, during her first retreat, the young sister was favored with a celestial vision. Our Lady appeared to her clothed in a long white robe over which hung a bright blue mantle. In her hands she held her Heart, from the top of which issued brilliant rays. The same apparition was repeated four or five times during her novitiate. This favor seemed to have no other end than to increase in the Sister herself tender devotion to Mary Immaculate. 

Clothed with the habit, on September 8, 1840, feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Sister Bisqueyburu was favored during prayer with an apparition of the Mother of God, who held in her right hand her Heart surrounded by flames, and in her left a sort of scapular, consisting of a single piece of green cloth suspended from a cord of the same color. On one side was a picture of the Blessed Virgin as she had shown herself in the apparitions; on the other, a Heart all inflamed with rays more brilliant than the sun, and clearer than crystal. This heart pierced with a sword was surrounded by an oval inscription, surmounted by a cross. The inscription read: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death." At the same time an interior voice revealed to the Sister the meaning of this vision. She understood that this new Scapular, through the medium of the Sisters of Charity, would contribute to the conversion of those who have no faith, and above all, procure for them a happy death, and that it should be distributed with confidence. As the scapular was distributed, wonderful conversions and some bodily cures were produced. 

The Scapular is not the badge of a confraternity but simply a double image attached to a single piece of cloth and suspended from a cord. The Blessed Virgin declared to her faithful servant that no special formula of blessing was necessary. It suffices that it be blessed by a priest and worn by the one for whom it is intended. It may be placed in the clothing, on the bed, or simply in the room. The only prayer to be recited is the inscription surrounding the heart on the reverse of the Scapular: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death." This should be repeated daily, if not by the one wearing it, by the one giving it. The Scapular may be distributed everywhere. Although wonderful graces are attached to it, they are proportionate to the confidence with which it is given. The Green Scapular was twice approved by Pope Pius IX, in 1863, and again in 1870 when he said: "Write to these good Sisters that I authorize them to make and distribute it." 

Rev. Leo Steinbach

When I first came in contact with this devotion, I read an explanation which seemed to give the impression that it was intended only for lax Christians. I thought it might be useless for me since I had very little contact with Christians, be they good, bad or indifferent. My contacts were mostly with Buddhists and Shintoists whom I was trying to christianize. However I put a few scapulars in my pocket and decided to try one out. That very day I went to a nearby hospital where I discovered a non-Christian woman patient who had been unconscious for 10 days previously. The doctor explained to me that she would very probably die within three days without regaining consciousness. He and a nurse escorted me to the room. I addressed the sick woman but she gave no indication whatsoever that she understood a word I was saying. Thereupon I took a green scapular from my pocket, applied it to her forehead and repeated the invocation, "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death." 

And what happened? The woman immediately regained consciousness, joined her hands and very devoutly asked God to forgive her sins. I was amazed. The doctor and the nurse both non-Christians were also flabbergasted. I immediately instructed and baptized the dying patient that same day much to her joy. She remained perfectly conscious for three days more during which time she very devoutly received Holy Viaticum. She breathed her last while praying to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

News of this double miracle spread rapidly. People kept asking me for green scapulars and since I only had a couple dozen which I had received from an army chaplain and since I had no means of replenishing my supply, I started to lend my remaining scapulars with a proviso that they be returned after three days. I did this in order to help as many people as possible. Meanwhile a Catholic newspaper reporter helped me procure the necessary materials and we began making them. During the past 25 years we have made and distributed many tens of thousands to people living all over Japan. We have also sent quite a number to the United States, Brazil, Paraguay, Korea and Indonesia. A Catholic magazine here in Japan published an explanation of the green scapular about a year ago and we have been receiving requests daily ever since. On one single day we received 140 letters and we try to fulfill each request promptly. We never charge for them nor do we ask for postage. However we have never been in debt. Grateful people send us donations which cover the cost of materials and postage. 

It is edifying to read the letters of gratitude. Many people report spiritual blessings and there have been miraculous cures too of almost every type of human ailment including blindness, deafness, cancer, tuberculosis, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis etc. Luke-warm Catholics and non-Catholics seem to receive more favors than good practicing Catholics. 

An 80-year-old non-Christian lady said she would like to visit the church in her vicinity but she was unable to walk because of arthritis. Every winter both her ankles and wrists were swollen and very painful. She was given a green scapular which she applied daily but since she could not remember the prayer she merely asked the Mother of Christ for help. Within a few days she was completely cured. After a brief instruction and Baptism, she attended mass daily and always received Holy Communion. She kept up this habit for two years until she was called to her reward. During this interval she converted her aged friend who lived just across the street from her home and she had the happiness of being her godmother. Her good husband, a staunch Shintoist, also treasured his green scapular but no one could induce him to become a Christian. However, just three days before he died, he had a change of heart. He died very happily after receiving the sacraments. 

The owner of a fleet of 60 taxis in Kyoto asked his pastor to bless his vehicles on New Year's Day, whereupon he presented each of his drivers a new green scapular. He encouraged them, although they are non-Christians, to recite the prayer at least once a day. During the year there were just a few bent fenders but there were no accidents that caused a personal injury. The Blessed Mother is never invoked in vain. Her prayers are powerful. Japanese "kamikaze" drivers moving at a high speed in all kinds of weather, day and night, are very grateful to their Protectress. 

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Monday, July 02, 2018

The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

From the Divine Office  
Matins for July 1 - The Most Precious Blood
A homily of St. Augustine, Bishop
Treatise 120 on John

The Evangelist uses a carefully chosen word. He does not say that the soldier “struck” Christ’s side or “wounded” it or anything else of the kind, but that he “opened” it. This wording gives us a picture of the door of life opening to let the sacraments of the Church flow out, those sacraments without which no one can enter into life which is true life. The outpoured Blood was poured out for the remission of sins. The water is an ingredient of the cup of salvation : it serves both for washing and for drinking. All this was foreshadowed when Noe was commanded to make a door in the side of the ark. This door was to admit the living creatures who were not to perish in the flood: they prefigured the Church. To foreshadow the same mystery, the first woman was made from the side of the man as he slept, and she was called Life and Mother of the Living. Thus a great good was prefigured before the great evil of sin. Here the second Adam, bowing His head, slept on the cross, that a wife might be formed for Him out of the water and Blood that flowed from His side as He slept. O death, by which the dead return to life! What is more cleansing than this Blood? What is more health-giving than this wound?


All hail, wounds of Christ, pledges of a measureless love; from you flow endlessly the red streams of His blood.
You surpass the stars in brilliance, roses and balsam in fragrance, jewels from India in worth and honeycombs in sweetness.
Through you there lies open for our souls entrance to a welcome refuge, and no angry foe can ever pursue us there with his menaces.
How many the stripes Jesus received, all naked in Pilate’s hall; how many the drops of blood that His torn skin lets fall all round Him.
And now a crown of thorns pierces His noble brow, and nails with blunted points bore their way through His hands and feet.

And after He had breathed His last, all love and sacrifice to the end, His side is pierced by a soldier’s lance, and there gushed forth the two fold stream of water and blood.
To pay our ransom in full, Jesus is crushed completely in the wine-press and, forgetful only of Himself, is drained of His blood to the very last drop.
All that are corrupted by sin’s deadly infection, come to these healing streams; for if a man bathe himself at this atoning spring, purity of soul will be his.
Thanks are due to Him who sits at the Father’s right hand, for He has redeemed us by His blood and strengthens us by the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pray for vocations!

Mitte, Domine, operarios in messem tuam!


Friday, June 08, 2018

This is so beautiful

I am very sorry for my ingratitude to Thy infinite goodness. I now resolve, with the help of Thy grace, never to offend Thee again. And, sinful as I am, I consecrate to Thee my entire self, my whole will, my affections, my desires, and all that I have. 
From now on, do with me and mine as Thou pleasest.

I ask for and desire only Thy love, final perseverance, and the grace always to do Thy holy will.

My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart.

Snipped from: Daily Sacred Heart Devotional Email - June 2018
Taken from the book:  "Holy Hour of Reparation"


Sunday, June 03, 2018

Sharing: A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Updated)

A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Updated Version) from Jesus of Nazareth Video Channel on Vimeo.

From the person who made the video: 

Video Credit - The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson
Please purchase 'The Passion of the Christ' here:
UPDATED VERSION: On August 6th, 2014 I published an updated version of the “Meditation” video. The primary difference relates to the Offertory of the Mass. A few of the scenes were in the wrong order. This is now fixed without affecting the flow of the original video. In addition to this, I have also made a few other adjustments in this version:
- New video overlays with improved color matching to highlight the earth tones in the video
- Improved sound effects
- Smoother transitions in various sections
I hope everyone likes the improved version. May God bless you for watching! Please subscribe and select the Like button.
"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" represents a difficult journey over the course of one week.
Some days back, a viewer on YouTube forwarded a kind request, asking me to produce a film showcasing the beauty and richness of the Latin Mass. I started the project, but never imagined where it would lead.
I worked on the video each day after work from 7pm - 3am for five consecutive nights. It was a draining experience. But I am satisfied with the end result.
"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" is not meant to be a mere inspirational drama, but a heartfelt prayer, a Catholic meditation. 
It should be viewed as such: Focused. Silent. Penitent.
My sincere hope is that you will grow in your love for God, and your Faith will be strengthened.
After previewing the movie for my family, they expressed concern about some of the symbolism, particularly the scene of the Kiss of Judas and the priest kissing the altar. Please know that I based everything on ancient Catholic teaching. For example:
"When the priest kisses the altar, he is kissing Christ, *faithfully,* in contradiction to the kiss of betrayal by Judas." In a sense, the priest is making atonement for the betrayal of Judas.
"The priest reading the Introit represents Christ being falsely accused by Annas and blasphemed."
"The priest going to the middle of the altar and saying the Kyrie Eleison represents Christ being brought to Caiphas and these three times denied by Peter."
"The priest saying the 'Dominus vobiscum' represents Christ looking at Peter and converting him."
"The priest saying the 'Orate Fratres' represents Christ being shown by Pilate to the people with the words 'Ecce Homo.'"
"The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ being mocked and spit upon."
"The priest blessing the bread and wine represents Christ being nailed to the cross."
"The priest elevating the host represents Christ being raised on the cross."
"The priest goes to the Epistle side and prays signifying how Jesus was led before Pilate and falsely accused."
"The priest goes to the Gospel-side, where he reads the Gospel, signifying how Christ was sent from Pilate to Herod, and was mocked and derided by the latter."
"The priest goes from the Gospel side again to the middle of the altar - this signifies how Jesus was sent back from Herod to Pilate."
"The priest uncovers the chalice, recalling how Christ was stripped for the scourging."
"The priest offers bread and wine, signifying how Jesus was bound to the pillar and scourged."
"The priest washes his hands, signifying how Pilate declared Jesus innocent by washing his hands."
"The priest covers the chalice after the Offertory recalling how Jesus was crowned with thorns."
"The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His spirit."
Taken from "The Catholic Church Alone: The One True Church of Christ" by the Catholic Education Company, New York, page 551. The book has been out of print for many decades; used copies sell for about $200.00 or more, but can be read freely on Google Books.
FINAL THOUGHTS by Fulton J. Sheen
Too many of us end our lives, but few of us see them finished. A sinful life may end, but a sinful life is never a finished life.
Our Lord finished His work, but we have not finished ours. He pointed the way we must follow. He laid down the Cross at the finish, but we must take it up. He finished Redemption in His physical Body, but we have not finished it in His Mystical Body.
He has finished the Sacrifice of Calvary;
we must finish the Mass.
Audio Credit (in order)
Mary Goes to Jesus -- The Passion Soundtrack
Kyrie Eleison -- Monks of Fontgombault Introit -- Monks of Fontgombault
Miserere -- Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) O Magnum Mysterium -- Morten Lauridsen (1943-present)
Crucifixion -- The Passion Soundtrack
Mary Goes to Jesus -- The Passion Soundtrack
Text Credit
Introductory text -- Padre Pio
Spoken Bible Verses -- Max McLean
Closing text -- Fulton J. Sheen, Calvary and the Mass
Spanish translation --

Saturday, June 02, 2018

To reveal the Heart of Jesus to us, you have only to reveal your own (Cardinal Pie).

Cor Jesu sacratissimum, miserere nobis. (ter)

The process to heal and soothe a very tired soul is also a very tiring and trying process, but the fruit of this whole process is sweet and it is made so much easier because we know that we have an infinitely loving Heart who is always with us, whose LOVE is so great, one can subsist inside of this great love and be so content and so fully reassured

To reveal the Heart of Jesus to us, you have only to reveal your own 
(Cardinal Pie).

Taken from the website above.

One day, St. Catherine of Sienna asked Our Lord why He allowed His side to be opened. The Divine Master gave the saint His goal:

“The principal goal I had in mind was to reveal to men the secret of My Heart in order that they might understand that My love is even greater than the exterior signs I give of it; for while there is an end to My sufferings, there is no end to My love.
How shall we study the Heart of Jesus? How shall we obtain this knowledge? Ah! For anyone who knows the mysterious depths of all the evangelical facts, there is a mystery here. It is that we only find Jesus with Mary and through Mary; we only obtain a sure knowledge of the Son through His Mother.
Indeed, who better knew Jesus than Mary, His Mother? Therefore, who better than she can teach us to know Him?
A mother knows not only the exterior features, the face, and the gait of her son; she knows him through and through, she penetrates into the deepest corners of his heart, she guesses his most intimate thoughts, and even his most secret desires. That is how Mary knew Jesus. She studied Him both with a sentiment of motherly tenderness and respectful admiration as her Son and as her God. She kept all His words in her heart and drew her inspiration from the spirit of all His works.
No one knew as well as Mary the interior life of Jesus that Scripture calls the life of the heart, that is to say, the true life. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart! Yes, truly, o Mary, this name belongs to you; for this adorable heart was transparent for you, you read openly in all its thoughts, movements, and sentiments. What am I saying? Your Heart was the mirror in which all the traits of your Son’s Heart were reflected. To reveal the Heart of Jesus to us, you have only to reveal your own (Cardinal Pie).
Meditations sur le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus pour tous les vendredis de l’année par un directeur de grand séminaire, Rome, 1909, p. 5 and 6.
Ps 32: 11, 19: Cogitationes Cordis eius in generatione et generationem: ut eruat a morte animas eorum et alat eos in fame. (Ps 32:1: Exsultate, iusti, in Domino, rectos decet collaudatio.) Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. 

Ps 24: 8-9: Dulcis et rectus Dominus: propter hoc legem dabit delinquentibus in via. Vs. Diriget mansuetos in judicio, docebit mites vias suas. Alleluia, Alleluia. 
Mt 11:29: Tollite jugum meum super vos, et discite a me, quia mitis sum et humilis Corde, et invenietis requiem animabus vestris. Alleluia.

Ps 68:21: Improperium exspectavit Cor meum et miseriam, et sustinui qui simul mecum contristaretur et non fuit; consolantem me quae sivi et non inveni. 

John 19: 34: Unus militum lancea latus eius aperuit, et continuo exivit sanguis et aqua. 

Please don't forget that you are not only saved by the blood of Jesus, but that blood of Jesus is complimented by the tears of Mary. Would you believe that? Mary cried for us at the Cross, will she still abandon us in our problems? No! That is why she is the Mother of Perpetual Help. Jesus and Mary (are) not very far away from us. They are only a prayer away from us. 

- Quoted from the video link above: Excerpt from the Spiritual Conference of Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX [Uniting with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, posted on Facebook by FSSPX-Illigan]

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Resources Collated Post

A post to compile resources (this post will be updated as soon as I find more resources):

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Panis Angelicus Lambillotte

A most beautiful piece by Fr. Louis Lambillotte (1796-1855) a Belgian Jesuit.  

The text for "Panis Angelicus" is from Sacris Solemniis, a hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas (1225--1274) for the Feast of Corpus Christi (now called the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ). 

The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music by many composers. 

Panis angelicus, fit panis hominum; dat panis caelicus, figuris terminum; 

Thus Angels' Bread is made, the Bread of man today: the Living Bread from heaven with figures dost away: 

O res mirabilis: manducat Dominum, pauper, servus et humilis. 

O wondrous gift indeed! the poor and lowly may upon their Lord and Master feed. 

Te, trina Deitas, unaque, poscimus: sic nos tu visita, sicut te colimus; 

Thee, therefore, we implore, O Godhead, One in Three, so may Thou visit us as we now worship Thee; 

per tuas semitas duc nos quo tendimus, ad lucem quam inhabitas 

and lead us on Thy way, That we at last may see the light wherein Thou dwellest aye.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lauda Sion [St Thomas Aquinas]

When Pope Urban IV (1261-1264) first established the Feast of Corpus Christi, he requested St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) to compose hymns for it. This is one of the five beautiful hymns Aquinas composed in honor of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In addition to Lauda Sion, St. Thomas wrote Adoro Te Devote, Pange Lingua, Sacris Sollemnis and Verbum Supernum. Lauda Sion is the Sequence before the Gospel on Corpus Christi. The last two verses comprise the well known Bone pastor, panis vere.

A metrical translation by St. Robert Southwell. 

Southwell — a Jesuit priest who secretly ministered to Catholics in England who still clung to their faith - was eventually caught and, having suffered bravely for three years, became a martyr for Jesus Christ in 1595 A.D. 

Sequence for the Feast of Corpus ChristiTranslation by St. Robert Southwell
Lauda Sion salvatorem
Lauda ducem et pastorem,
In hymnis et canticis
Praise, O Sion! praise thy Saviour, 
Praise thy captain and thy pastor, 
With hymns and solemn harmony. 
Quantum potes, tantum aude:
Qui major omni laude,
Nec laudare, sufficis
What power affords perform indeed;
His worths all praises far exceed,
No praise can reach His dignity.
Laudis thema specialis,
Panis vivus et vitalis
Hodie proponitur.
A special theme of praise is read,
A living and life-giving bread,
Is on this day exhibited; 
Quem in sacrae mensa coenae,
Turbae fratrum duodenae
Datum non ambigitur.
Which in the supper of our Lord,
To twelve disciples at His board
None doubts was delivered.
Sit laus plena, sit sonora,
Sit jucunda, sit decora
Mentis jubilatio.
Let our praise be loud and free,
Full of joy and decent glee,
With minds’ and voices’ melody;
Dies enim solemnis agitur, 
In qua mensae prima recolitur
Hujus institutio. 
For now solemnise we that day,
Which doth with joy to us display
The prince of this mystery. 
In hac mensa novi Regis, 
Novum Pascha novae legis,
Phase vetus terminat.
At this board of our new ruler,
Of new law, new paschal order
The ancient rite abolisheth;
Vetustatem novitas, 
Umbram fugat veritas,
Noctem lux eliminat.
Old decrees be new annulled,
Shadows are in truths fulfilled,
Day former darkness finisheth. 
Quod in coena Christus gessit, 
Faciendum hoc expressit
In sui memoriam.
That at supper Christ performed,
To be done He straitly charged
For His eternal memory.
Docti sacris institutis,
Panem, vinum in salutis
Consecramus hostiam.
Guided by His sacred orders,
Bread and wine upon our altars
To saving host we sanctify.
Dogma datur christianis, 
Quod in carnem transit panis,
Et vinum in sanguinem.
Christians are by faith assured
That to flesh the bread is changed,
The wine to blood most precious.
Quod non capis, quod non vides,
Animosa firmat fides,
Praeter rerum ordinem.
That no wit nor sense conceiveth,
Firm and grounded faith believeth,
In strange effects not curious.
Sub diversis speciebus,
Signis tantum, et non rebus, 
Latent res eximiae. 
Under kinds two in appearance,
Two in show but one in substance,
Lie things beyond comparison;
Caro cibus, sanguis potus:
Manet tamen Christus totus
Sub utraque specie.
Flesh is meat, blood drink most heavenly,
Yet is Christ in each kind wholly,
Most free from all division.
Asumente non concisus, 
Non confractus, non divisus: 
Integer accipitur.
None that consumers doth rend Him,
None that takes Him doth divide Him,
Received He whole persevereth. 
Sumit unus, sumunt mille: 
Quantum isti, tantum ille:
Nec sumptus consumitur.
Be there one or thousands hosted,
One as much as all received 
He by no eating perisheth. 
Sumunt boni, sumunt mali: 
Sorte tamen inaequali,
Vitae vel interitus. 
Both the good and bad receive Him,
But effects are diverse in them,
True life or true destruction. 
Mors est malis, vita bonis: 
Vide paris sumptionis
Quam sit dispar éxitus.
Life to the good, death to the wicked,
Mark how both alike received
With far unlike conclusion. 
Fracto demum sacramento,
Ne vaciles, sed memento
Tantum esse sub fragmento, Quantum toto tegitur.
When the priest the host divideth, 
Know that in each part abideth 
All that the whole host covered.
Nulla rei fit scissura: 
Signi tantum fit fractura, 
Qua nec status, nec statura Signati minuitur.
Form of bread, not Christ is broken,
Not of Christ, but of His token,
Is state or stature altered. 
Ecce panis angelorum
Factus cibus viatorum: 
Vere panis filiorum, Non mittendus canibus. 
Angels’ bread made pilgrims’ feeding
Truly bread for children’s eating,
To dogs not to be offered. 
In figuris praesignatur, 
Cum Isaac immolatur, 
Agnus Paschae deputatur, Datur manna patribus. 
Signed by Isaac on the altar,
By the lamb and paschal supper,
And in the manna figured. 
Bone pastor, panis vere, 
Jesu, nostri miserere: 
Tu nos pasce, nos tuere, Tu nos bona fac videre 
In terra viventium.
Jesu, food and feeder of us,
Here with mercy feed and friend us,
Then grant in heaven felicity! 
Tu qui cuncta scis et vales, 
Qui nos pascis hic mortales: 
Tuos ibi commensales, 
Coheredes et sodales Fac sanctorum civium.
You know all things, can do all things, and feed us here on earth.
Make us Your guests in heaven, co-heirs with You and companions of heaven’s citizens. 

Amen. Alleluia. 

Ultima hominis felicitas est in contemplatione veritatis. - Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Some thoughts ...

I saw this on one of the social apps I'm using ... a memory of something I saw and experienced, posted exactly 2 years ago. Many things have happened in between the picture (2015), my post (2016) and now (2018) ([!] like duh right!), but there are also things that haven't changed... like MOUNTAINS :D, Deo gratias et Mariae! 

Somewhere on the Great Saint Bernard Pass, oh... the mountain air
Anyway, just a compilation of my rest time reading: somehow as I sat to rest and read, the stuff that popped out, are links and that picture above, I want to keep in my long term memory: filed and retrieved when necessary, hence a note on this blog. 

part of something I'm interested in: my work in school

"The study, funded by the Fetzer Institute, included 14 Christian participants ranging in age from 24 to 76. They attended an Ignatian retreat based on the spiritual exercises developed by St. Ignatius Loyola who founded the Jesuits. Following a morning mass, participants spent most of the day in silent contemplation, prayer and reflection and attended a daily meeting with a spiritual director for guidance and insights. After returning, study subjects also completed a number of surveys which showed marked improvements in their perceived physical health, tension and fatigue. They also reported increased feelings of self-transcendence which correlated to the change in dopamine binding. [I want to read the actual paper but I am trying to get access ...]

“In some ways, our study raises more questions than it answers,” said Dr. Newberg. “Our team is curious about which aspects of the retreat caused the changes in the neurotransmitter systems and if different retreats would produce different results. Hopefully, future studies can answer these questions.”

"Those who had to leave the convent or seminary can likewise make this their prayer. Notice Zélie did not put down the religious state, which some people may be tempted to do after leaving, but she still held it in high regard even though it was not her calling. Notice also how she makes it very clear that she wishes to accomplish His holy Will, not her will which was likely to be a nun, but His. That needs to be our focus. Following a way we perceive is more perfect is not going to sanctify us if it is not God’s Will for us."

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

It's updated! :) “Blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28

Sharing this link again - and it's constantly being updated! :))

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Friday, March 30, 2018

For the souls in purgatory, for our dear Loved ones

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Confraternity of St Joseph, Patron of the Dying | Ite ad Joseph!

From: St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin (by Father Prosper Gueranger 1870)

Such a life could not close save by a death that was worthy of so great a Saint. The time came for Jesus to quit the obscurity of Nazareth, and show himself to the world. His own works were henceforth to bear testimony to his divine origin; the ministry of Joseph, therefore, was no longer needed. It was time for him to leave this world, and wait, in Abraham's bosom, the arrival of that day, when heaven's gates were to be opened to the just. As Joseph lay on his bed of death, there was watching by his side He that is the master of life, and that had often called this his humble creature, Father. His last breath was received by the glorious Virgin Mother, whom he had, by a just right, called his Spouse. It was thus, with Jesus and Mary by his side, caring and caressing him, that Joseph sweetly slept in peace. The Spouse of Mary, the Foster-Father of Jesus, now reigns in heaven with a glory which, though inferior to that of Mary, is marked with certain prerogatives which no other inhabitant of heaven can have.

From heaven, he exercises a powerful protection over those that invoke him. In a few weeks from this time, the Church will show us the whole magnificence of this protection; we shall be having a special Feast in honour of the Patronage of St. Joseph. What the Liturgy proposes to us today, are his glories and privileges. Let us unite with the Faithful throughout the world, and offer the Spouse of Mary the Hymns, which are this day sung in his praise.

Important prayers to have close by:

From the Thirty Days Prayer to St Joseph, 

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity thou didst show in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life and from the company of Jesus and Mary (!). I ask it by the joy which filled thy soul when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and Hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led thee into it with special honours. 

PS: I found this: - beautiful site!

There's a beautiful piece on St. Joseph, written by a Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876. I obtained one of the pictures above from this site:

In regard to the degree of glory to which St. Joseph is elevated in heaven, we behold him by the side of Jesus, in company with the Blessed Virgin Mary. This exaltation points, at the same time, to the degree of his union with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in the Most Holy Trinity. How indeed could God the Father refuse to hear the prayer of him whom He appointed to be His representative here on earth? In like manner how could God the Son deny him a request, since He was subject to him on earth as his foster-Son? And how could God the Holy Ghost remain deaf to any prayer of his, since He made him protector and spouse of her whom we have the right to designate as spouse of that Divine Spirit? Besides, St. Joseph stands at the side of Jesus, who is at the same time Man, with Mary, His mother. Let him but give the faintest sign, and Mary surely will not refuse to unite her prayer with his that Jesus will grant the petition; for Jesus is almighty, and, through this union with the Saviour and His mother, St. Joseph becomes, so to say, almighty himself.


St. Joseph lived in retirement and silence--a hidden life. He lived in the deepest recollection of spirit, keeping God ever in view. And here we perceive one of the principal obstacles which stands in the path of so many who fain would think that they are seeking the most rapid way to perfection.

The constant turmoil in which they live is not conducive to a holy life. They shrink from that solitude wherein the Holy Ghost would speak to their hearts. They are given to much conversing, and that, where neither duty nor Christian charity demands it, is a great source of tepidity and lukewarmness. It sets a most pernicious example, which in many instances destroys whatever efforts are made for the sanctification of souls.

To this is added an excessive fondness for pleasure. What was at once the solace, the joy, and the recreation of St. Joseph, was his intercourse with Jesus and Mary; and this will impart to us a very important lesson. Christ our Lord is the model of all perfection, and after Him ranks Mary as the most faithful imitator of the splendor of those virtues which adorned her Son. For thirty years St. Joseph had this immaculate Mother and her divine Son daily before his eyes. He lived with Jesus and Mary, which circumstance gave him occasion to regulate his life in accordance with their example; and this he did with an assiduity and a fidelity proportionate to his knowledge of and love for them, and the ardor of his desire to resemble them daily more and more.

Hail Holy Joseph Hail!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

An excerpt from the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

An excerpt from the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Simple Exposition of the Passion: Chapter V: Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Olives (p.174-176)

I.    And a hymn being said, they went out to Mount Olivet…  Then Jesus came with them to a country place, which is called Gethsemani.  

As soon as they had said grace, Jesus leaves the supper room with his disciples, goes into the garden of Gethsemani, and begins to pray. But, alas, at the commencement of his prayer, he is assailed with a great fear, an oppressive tediousness, and an overwhelming sadness. He began to fear and be heavy, says St. Mark. St. Matthew adds, He began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Hence our Redeemer, overwhelmed with sadness, said that his blessed soul was sorrowful even unto death. Then was presented before him the melancholy scene of all the torments and ignominies which were prepared for him. In his Passion these afflicted him one by one; but in the garden, the buffets, the spittle, the scourges, the thorns, the nails, and the reproaches which he was to suffer, came all together to torment him. He there embraced them all, but in embracing them, he trembled, he agonized, and prayed: And being in an agony, He prayed the longer. But, my Jesus, who compels Thee to submit to such torments? The love, he answers, which I bear to men constrains me to endure them. Ah, how great must have been the astonishment of heaven at the sight of omnipotence become weak, of the joy of paradise oppressed with sadness! A God afflicted! And why? To save men, his own creatures. In the garden he offered the first sacrifice: Jesus was the victim, love was the priest, and the ardor of his affection for men was the blessed fire with which the sacrifice was consummated.

II.   My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me. Thus Jesus prayed. 

My Father, he says, if it be possible, save me from drinking this bitter chalice. But he prayed thus not so much to be delivered from the torments that he was to endure, as to make us understand the pain which he suffered and embraced for the love of us. He prayed thus, also, to teach us that in tribulations we may ask God to deliver us from them, but that we should at the same time conform entirely to his divine will, and say with him, Nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt. And during the whole time of his prayer he repeated the same petition. Thy will be done…And He prayed the third time, saying the self-same word.
Yes, my Lord, for Thy sake, I embrace all the crosses which Thou wilt send me. Thou, an innocent, hast suffered for my sake, and shall I, a sinner, after having so often deserved hell, refuse to suffer in order to please Thee, and to obtain from Thee the pardon of my sins, and Thy grace? Not as I will, but as Thou wilt: let not my will, but Thine, be always done.

III.   He fell flat on the ground. In his prayer in the garden, Jesus fell prostrate on the ground, because, seeing himself clothed with the sordid garment of all our sins, he felt, as it were, ashamed to raise his eyes to heaven.

My dear Redeemer, I would not dare to ask pardon for so many insults which I have committed against Thee, if Thy sufferings did not give me confidence. Eternal Father, look on the face of Thy Christ: look not on my iniquities, behold this, Thy beloved Son, trembling, agonizing, and sweating blood in order to obtain Thy pardon for me. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. But, my Jesus, in this garden there are not executioners to scourge Thee, nor thorns, nor nails to torture Thee: what, then, extracts so much blood from Thee? Ah! I understand Thee: it was not the foresight of Thy approaching sufferings that then afflicted Thee so grievously; for to these pains Thou didst spontaneously offer Thyself: He was offered because it was His own will. It was the sight of my sins; these were the cruel press which forced so much blood from Thy sacred veins. Hence, it was not the executioners, nor the nails, nor the thorns, that were cruel and barbarous in Thy regard: no, my sins, which made Thee so sorrowful in the garden, have been barbarous and cruel to Thee, my sweet Redeemer. Then, in Thy great affliction, I too have added to Thy sorrows, and have grievously afflicted Thee by the weight of my sins. Had I been guilty of fewer sins, Thou shouldst have suffered less.

Orazio Borgianni ca. 1575 – 1616

Agony in the Garden

oil on canvas (100 × 123 cm) — 1610MuseumHerzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig
From the sky a beam of light falls on the praying Jesus. He is supported by an angel. In the foreground his followers are sound asleep.

It is late at night, after the Last Supper. Jesus knows what is about to happen. Here in the Garden of Gethsemane he prays "take away this cup from me".

From the right, soldiers with torches approach the Garden. They are on their way to arrest Jesus.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Clock of the Passion


Stations of the Cross & The Shroud of Turin


I found these while looking for resources for M and K!

and this:

and this too!!


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

“Blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28

Here is a very good link and sharing it for your use, dear reader:

To Love Jesus and Mother Mary and Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

“Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ”   Romans 10:17

You will find in it good resources in these topics: 
- jurisdiction
- obedience
- spiritual life

and the resources are constantly growing!,so please do save the link and click back for more from time to time! 

- Marian Conferences
  1.    Our Lady -  Mother of God     
  2.    Our Lady - Immaculate Conception
  3.    Our Lady - Mother of Grace
  4.    Our Lady's Perpetual Virginity
  5.    Our Lady - Mother of the Saviour
  6.    Our Lady - Mother of the Redeemer
- Education Conferences 
    - the three operations of the soul
    - logic
    - training the will [I think Education is not merely just instructing the intellect, rather, also training the will and forming the character]

- Archbishop Lefebvre

- Other Conferences
  1. Luther and the New Mass
  2. Problems in the Church                
  3. Preparation for Confession
  4. Our Lady of Fatima             
  5. Questions & Answers   
  6. Enthronment of the Sacred Heart 
  7. Rose Hu Toyko Interview  [Joy in Suffering!]
  8. Mental Prayer                  
  9. Fatima Conference at 2005 Pilgrimage Part 1             
  10. Fatima Conference at 2005 Pilgrimage Part 2             

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