Dominus vobiscum, Et cum spiritu tuo.
The Lord be with You, And with thy spirit ...
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Mater Dolorosa: Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, Our Dearest Mother
|The Mater Dolorosa del Colegio in Quito, Ecuador.|
What sorrow it must have been, coming from such an intense, most loving heart of our dearest mother? How a mother must feel, when people tell you things about your child, when you lose your child, when you have to watch your child suffer, unjustly?
The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady:
- The announcement by Simeon, "and thy soul a sword shall pierce." (during the Feast of the Presentation of Dearest Baby Jesus in the Temple)
- The flight into Egypt.
- The loss of Jesus in the temple at the age of 12.
- The meeting with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.
- Standing at the foot of the Cross.
- The taking of Jesus down from the Cross.
- The burial of Our Lord - Desolation of Our Lady.
|Yesterday's Feast Day: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross |
(A relic of the true cross is shown in veneration on this side altar that was prepared specially on Good Friday)
|Padre Pio on The Mother of Sorrows|
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Sancte Pie Decime! Gloriose Patrone! Ora! Ora! pro nobis!!!!!!! (ter) :D
Thursday, August 14, 2014
#16670: St Maximillian Maria Kolbe, OFM
Today is the feast day of St Maximilian Maria Kolbe OFM! Ora pro nobis!
He died 14th August 1941, in Auschwitz (Oświęcim) I. He offered his life in place of a man, Franciszek Gajowniczek who had a wife and two sons. Franciszek Gajowniczek was present at his beatification and canonisation in the Vatican. Imagine how he must have felt! St Kolbe was placed in a cell to starve to death in the blackest of conditions, even if he did not die by the gas chamber. When he did not die after two weeks of dehydration and starvation, he was given a lethal injection of carbolic acid straight into his heart as the soldiers wanted to clear the cell to make way for new prisoners.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us those who have recourse to thee. And those who do not have recourse to thee, especially the freemasons and those who are commended to thy care. Amen.
"There is no kind of heroism a soul cannot achieve with the help of the Immaculata." --Saint Maximilian Kolbe, founder of Niepokalanów (1927) in Teresin (42 km to the west from Warsaw), Poland
Labels: St Maximillian Kolbe
2014 Conference for Catholic Tradition
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, June 08, 2014
A repost: I look at Him and He looks at me!
Thus Jesus is truly with us. “Jesus is there!” The holy Cure of Ars could not finish repeating these three words without shedding tears. And St. Peter Julian Eymard exclaimed with joyful fervour, “There Jesus is! Therefore all of us should go visit Him!”
Born for us on earth below,
He, as man with man conversing,
Stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
Then He closed in solemn order
Wondrously His life of woe. Sui moras incolatus, Miro clausit ordine
Pange Lingua by St. Thomas Aquinas
Truly suffering, immolated on the cross for man.
Blood and water forth there flowed
From the wounded side.
In the moment of our death
Be Thou a foretaste of heaven.
O sweet Jesus! O good Jesus!
O Jesus, Son of Mary!
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from Thee.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee,
Forever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
St Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, ora pro nobis
taken from the Raccolta
Prayer invoking the help of dearest St Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if these prayers are said daily with devotion for an entire month (S. P. Ap. , July 2, 1925 and Sept. 30, 1935)
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D Op. 61
The violin has been serenading my soul these past 2 days.
This is absolutely brilliant.
Happy historical Feast Day of the Apparition of St Michael the Archangel on this otherwise Ferial day!!! : )
Violin Concerto in D, Opus 61
Violinist: Issac Stern
New York Philharmonic, 1959
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Allegro ma non troppo
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
I seem to be doing the most here when marking is piling on my table. Deo gratias et Mariae I am getting along fine with marking : ) the pile is still there and will be higher tomorrow, but I am only making full use of all my break times to wonder and think, to deliberate and seek counsel, to ... : )
I found this video:
I found a documentary on St Pio. However, I have yet to watch it. I have embedded it here so that I can easily find it later when I have the time to watch. Content, thus, I'm not too sure about. : /
Labels: Padre Pio
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor: Max Bruch & Beethoven :))
I have been listening to this, since Saturday. It has been keeping me sane, amidst the marking frenzy. : )
Mother Dearest, Mother Fairest, in this month of May, ora pro nobis (for all teachers), dankeschoen! Deo gratias et Mariae!
performed in 1961
André Previn (b. 1929), conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Written in 1866.
Recorded in 1973.
I. Prelude: Allegro moderato
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Trustful Surrender: How to be like a CHILD ... Some thoughts
I was thinking about this today, while at a concert listening to Ravel's (!!!) Mother Goose's Suite.
 At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them, And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.  And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Chapter 18:
How does one become as like little children? How does one be like a child? What does it mean to become as like little children?
These questions may baffle a young adult coming from the throes of teenage life (how so? since a young adult has just graduated from being a child!), may baffle an adult, a middle aged adult, or a person of any age, not a child. How does one pick out the essentials of being like a child?
The answer came to me rather suddenly, Deo volente, Deo gratias et Mariae.
Juxtaposing my experience as a new mother, my thoughts about Mother Mary and Jesus, my thoughts....
What does it mean to become as like little children?
It is an express command from dearest Jesus - to stop being adult like, to portray and live out (!) (note the bolded point: because the word converted is used in the Gospel) characteristics of children - or else we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.
There are 3 main points to this section:
(1) Children are totally "in the mercy" of their parents, even though they have the opportunity to exercise their own free will
(2) Children are innocent. (Innocent is defined as: free from moral wrong, not corrupted and doing everything with absolutely no malicious intention)
(3) It is so easy to make a child extremely happy! The little things in life, the "Little Way" especially of St Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face
(I will need to mark now, but I will come back to this as soon as I can. : ( please pray for me)
and I will like to end this post with this excerpt from the same Gospel quoted above, in my state of life as a mother and in my job as an educator, I need to remind myself of this: