Friday, April 17, 2015

O Filii et Filiae!!! Happy Blessed Easter!!!

Airs sur les hymnes sacres, 
Paris 1623
Ancient Harmonisation

Jean Tisserand, O.F.M., d. 1491


I finally have the time to post a blogpost!!! 

Happy Easter 2015!!! YAY!!!

I really love O Filii et Filiae! 


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saint Catherine of Alexandria!!! My birth-day Saint!!!

Taken from: http://edocere.org/articles/st_catharine_alexandria.htm

ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA,
HEROINE OF THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT
From a Lenten conference given by Father de la Tour to students


  A recent survey among young people asked them to name their heroes. Of the top ten persons they regarded as "heroes," nine were movie stars movie stars, persons often of loose morals. No, these are not real heroes. It is good to have true heroes, and these we find among the saints.
  One of these is St. Catherine. Usually when we hear this name, we think of St. Catherine of Siena, but there are other saints who bear this name, and St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr, is one of them.
  This St. Catherine has been a very popular saint, especially in the Middle Ages. In the 12th century the Crusaders returning from the East brought back her story and introduced devotion to her in Europe. She became patroness of maidens, women students, philosophers, preachers and apologists, wheel-makers and millers.
  You will remember how, in the 15th century, St. Joan of Arc was guided by voices she heard. She had apparitions of the saints whose voices these were: St. Michael, St. Margaret, and St. Catherine.
  It was at St. Catherine's of Fierbois, a shrine to the martyr, that St. Joan found her sword. She dug beneath the stone and found the old sword used by Charles Martel when he fought the Moslems, and which Joan would take in battle to free her French people from the English invaders.
St. Catherine's Life
  Catherine was a young girl of 18 who had attended the schools of Alexandria in Egypt in the early days of Christianity. She was both holy and learned. And she was also brave. When she saw that Maximin, the local prince, was executing Christians, she boldly went to him and reproached his evil actions, shaming him by giving him many good reasons in support of the truths of the Christian faith. Maximin was amazed at her wisdom. He could not answer her arguments against his gods, so he tried to get her to give up her faith. He used three methods:
  1. First, he gathered the most learned men from all parts of the country and promised them a reward if they could refute Catherine's arguments and lead her to give up her faith and worship idols. The men got up to convince Catherine of how man could be independent of the One True God. And what happened? Just the opposite of what Maximin thought. Catherine explained her points so well that many of the pagan philosophers who had come to refute her were so struck by the force of her reasoning that they became Christians ready to die for Our Lord!
  2. When Maximin saw that his first attempt had failed, he then tried to seduce Catherine by flatteries. He also promised her many things of the world. "If you give up Christ," he said, "I will give you a fine house and riches." The first attack had been directed toward Catherine's intellect. Now, his second attack was more toward the passions of the young girl. But it failed as the first did.
  3. Then Maximin tried finally to conquer Catherine by torture of her body. He had her scourged with whips which were tipped with lead. And then he locked her up in prison for 11 days without food or drink. Imagine 11 days without food! We are so weak if we fast without food for just one whole day.
  During this time an amazing thing happened. Maximin's wife and Porphyrius, the leader of the army, went to see Catherine maybe out of curiosity and were converted by her ardent faith. Both of them later became martyrs.
  Maximin was furious. He had Catherine brought to a wheel -she is usually shown in pictures with this wheel and the wheel had sharp knives attached around it. But at her prayer the wheel was broken. Seeing this miracle, many of the soldiers became Christians.
  Maximin became more obstinate, and finally ordered to have Catherine beheaded and be done with her. She offered her head bravely to the sword, and at her death her soul went straight to heaven.
Catherine as a Model of the Spiritual Combat
  The life of St. Catherine illustrates well the spiritual combat. She fought for God and won. We too have to fight for God, and we too hope to win this spiritual battle. We cannot avoid fighting against our enemies. The Holy Ghost told us, "none shall be crowned who has not fought well." Yes, life is a combat.

  1. Our first enemy is the DEVIL who profits by our pride, our desire for independence from God. This is illustrated in St. Catherine's life by the pagan philosophers who tried to put false reasonings in her mind. But she defeated her enemies through HUMILITY. Let us imitate her when we practice obedience to God and to the persons over us to whom God gives His authority. Sometimes we think it is not so hard to obey God, but it is hard to obey the persons He puts in authority over us. But, by obeying them we draw humility from the meek and humble Sacred Heart Himself, and we crush the head of the devil.
  2. Our second enemy is the WORLD which acts upon our selfishness, our desire for worldly success. Maximin attacked Catherine by flattering her passions. She overcame this enemy through PRAYER. Her soul was steeped in the interior life so she did not care for the world and all its riches. Let us imitate her by acquiring a good spiritual life. Practice some time of silence and recollection each day. This will be the best means to keep our mind turned toward the things of Heaven instead of getting wrapped up in the things of the world.
  3. Our third enemy is our own FLESH, which draws us down through our desire for comfort. We hear the voice of our fallen nature, "Take it easy; don't be too hard on yourself. To become a saint is too difficult; God does not want you to go that far." Maximin tortured Catherine's body, but she was victorious through her LOVE for Our Lord. Let us imitate her in making an effort to be generous in our love for Jesus, rather than selfish in our love for ourselves. Love is the most powerful weapon against mediocrity. Love renders all things easy. To deny ourselves will not seem so difficult if we do it for Our Lord's sake.

  So, during our life, let us be brave in the spiritual combat as St. Catherine was. Let us fight our enemies: the DEVIL, the WORLD, and OUR FALLEN NATURE with the weapons of HUMILITY, PRAYER, and GENEROSITY.

  And if we pray to the Blessed Virgin often as her children, Our Lady Our Mother will give us the victory.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

To Our Lord on the Cross

It is Maundy Thursday, and I love Thee my Jesus for having to endure the pains of this night, for us all, for me. Help us all to persevere in this long and arduous journey here on earth and help us to do so as cheerfully and as happily as we can, because we know why we are persevering and it makes everything all so worth it. 

Courage, my dears, is not the absence of fear. 

And this is what exactly you show us dearest Jesus, on this night, when you knelt on the bare stones of Mount Olivet, surrounded by the beauty of the olive trees, the insect sounds that perpetuate the night, you so created, but yet you were suffering, yet you were suffering so much, that blood and tears and sweat fell and oozed through the pores of the human flesh, you so wonderfully created. 

By the fruits of the Most Precious Cross, help us all to persevere, help us all to love You and Your Mother as much as we should, help us, help us, we need you. 



To Our Lord on the Cross: 



My Crucified Jesus, mercifully accept the prayer which I now make to Thee for help in the moment of my death, when at its approach all my senses shall fail me. 

When, therefore, O sweetest Jesus, my weary and downcast eyes can no longer look up to Thee, be mindful of the loving gaze which I now turn on Thee, and have mercy on me. 

When my parched lips can no longer kiss Thy most sacred wounds, remember then those kisses which now I imprint on Thee, and have mercy on me. 

When my cold hands can no longer embrace Thy Cross, forget not the affection with which I embrace it now, and have mercy on me.

And when, at length, my swollen and lifeless tongue can no longer speak, remember that I called upon Thee now.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, to you I commend my soul. 

Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of my soul.

My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of Thy Most Sacred Wounds.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Deus propicias esto mihi peccatori.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Without sacrifice, saying I love You is NOTHING

Without sacrifice, saying I love You is NOTHING.


Our Lady, Queen of All Martyrs - She suffered all that She could and much much more than anyone else in the whole earth.

Can you imagine the extent of Mamma Mary's pain as she stood at the foot of the Cross of her Son? 

Can you imagine her incredible pain, considering that Our Lord, who was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and sweated drops of His Precious Blood?

Mary's suffering began on the day of the Annunciation (March 25) 
and it did not end until Easter Sunday.


The Apparition at Tuy (1929)

In 1926, Sister Lucy left the convent in Pontevedra to enter the Dorothean noviciate at Tuy, a Spanish city near Pontevedra. She took her habit on October 26, 1926, and pronounced her first vows on October 3, 1928. It was here in Tuy that Our Lady's promise contained in the Secret of July 13, 1917 was fulfilled: "I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia..."

Sister Lucy describes the communication:

(to be continued)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis Corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Deus propicias esto mihi peccatori.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stabat Mater Dolorosa: At the Cross Her Station Keeping

The wee hours of the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is now here! : )) A happy and O so beautiful feast day for all of us as we labour through Passion Week!!!

It was on this day so many years ago, in the Holy House of Loreto (Nazareth), that Our Dearest Mamma Mary humbly said YES to God, through the Angel, so that Our Dearest Saviour, Jesus could come into this world




1) The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And She conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee, Blessed art Thou amongst women and Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

2) Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary ...

3) And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt amongst us.

Hail Mary ...

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

So great was this huge decision that was made, that this changed the entire course of events for the whole world. It was because of this decision that dearest Mother Mary, through the grace of the Most High, made, that allowed for the Saviour of the world to come into this darkness.

It was this decision, that thereby, the fate of all souls since the beginning of time to the end of time was changed. She was the one that said yes to God and thus, to a certain extent, helped accomplish for us, our salvation. In a sense, she made the first committed step, and there was no turning back after she said yes to God. This is one of the reasons why the dearest Blessed Virgin has been given the title, the Co-Redemptrix of mankind, our salvation, because, by virtue of this huge decision she made, she helped save mankind. That is why, we Catholics love her as our dearest Mother.

We need to remember something that St Pio wrote / said:

"Even Mary, the Mother of Jesus, knew that through His death, man would be redeemed, and yet She cried and suffered, and suffered much."


My favourite Stabat Mater Dolorosa: At the Cross Her Station Keeping hymn

Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Lk 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus and has been attributed to Pope Innocent III (d. 1216), St. Bonaventure, or more commonly, Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306), who is considered by most to be the real author.

The hymn is often associated with the Stations of the Cross. In 1727 it was prescribed as a Sequence for the Mass of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (September 15) where it is still used today. In addition to this Mass, the hymn is also used for the Office of the Readings, Lauds, and Vespers for this memorial. There is a mirror image to this hymn, Stabat Mater speciosa, which echoes the joy of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the birth of Jesus.

STABAT Mater dolorosa
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius. 
AT, the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last. 
Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius. 
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed. 
O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti! 
O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One. 
Quae maerebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti. 
Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son. 
Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio? 
Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ's dear Mother to behold? 
Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio? 
Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother's pain untold? 
Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum. 
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
she beheld her tender Child
All with bloody scourges rent: 
Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum. 
For the sins of His own nation,
saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent. 
Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam. 
O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord: 
Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam. 
Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord. 
Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide. 
Holy Mother! pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my Savior crucified: 
Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide. 
Let me share with thee His pain,
who for all my sins was slain,
who for me in torments died. 
Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero. 
Let me mingle tears with thee,
mourning Him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live: 
Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero. 
By the Cross with thee to stay,
there with thee to weep and pray,
is all I ask of thee to give. 
Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere. 
Virgin of all virgins blest!,
Listen to my fond request:
let me share thy grief divine; 
Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere. 
Let me, to my latest breath,
in my body bear the death
of that dying Son of thine. 
Fac me plagis vulnerari,
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii. 
Wounded with His every wound,
steep my soul till it hath swooned,
in His very Blood away; 
Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii. 
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
lest in flames I burn and die,
in His awful Judgment Day. 
Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae. 
Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
by Thy Mother my defense,
by Thy Cross my victory; 
Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen. 
While my body here decays,
may my soul Thy goodness praise,
safe in paradise with Thee. Amen. 

From the Liturgia Horarum. Translation by Fr. Edward Caswall (1814-1878)The Stabat Mater speciosa: By the Crib Wherein Reposing
Stabat Mater speciosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time and one of the tenderest. It is based upon the Gospel account of the birth of Jesus. The hymn originated in the 13th century and has been attributed to Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306). There is a mirror image to this hymn, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which echoes the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
STABAT Mater speciosa
iuxta faenum gaudiosa,
dum iacebat parvulus. 
BY, the crib wherein reposing,
with His eyes in slumber closing,
lay serene her Infant-boy, 
Cuius animam gaudentem
laetabundam et ferventem
pertransivit iubilus. 
Stood the beauteous Mother feeling
bliss that could not bear concealing,
so her face o'erflowed with joy. 
O quam laeta et beata
fuit illa immaculata,
mater Unigeniti! 
Oh, the rapture naught could smother
of that most Immaculate Mother
of the sole-begotten One; 
Quae gaudebat et ridebat,
exultabat, cum videbat
nati partum inclyti. 
When with laughing heart exulting,
she beheld her hopes resulting
In the great birth of her Son. 
Quisquam est, qui non gauderet,
Christi matrem si videret
in tanto solatio? 
Who would not with gratulation
see the happy consolation
of Christ's Mother undefiled? 
Quis non posset collaetari,
Christi Matrem contemplari
ludentem cum Filio? 
Who would not be glad surveying
Christ's dear Mother bending, praying,
playing with her heavenly Child 
Pro peccatis suae gentis
Christum vidit cum iumentis
et algori subditum. 
For a sinful world's salvation,
Christ her Son's humiliation
She beheld and brooded o'er; 
Vidit suum dulcem Natum
vagientem, adoratum,
vili deversorio. 
Saw Him weak, a child, a stranger,
yet before Him in the manger
kings lie prostrate and adore. 
Nato, Christo in praesepe
caeli cives canunt laete
cum immenso gaudio. 
O'er that lowly manger winging,
joyful hosts from heaven were singing
canticles of holy praise; 
Stabat, senex cum puella
non cum verbo nec loquela
stupescentes cordibus. 
While the old man and the maiden,
speaking naught, with hearts o'erladen,
pondered on God's wondrous ways. 
Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim ardoris
fac, ut tecum sentiam. 
Fount of love, forever flowing,
with a burning ardor glowing,
make me, Mother, feel like thee; 
Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amatum Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam. 
Let my heart, with graces gifted
all on fire, to Christ be lifted,
and by Him accepted be. 
Sancta Mater, istud agas,
prone introducas plagas
cordi fixas valide. 
Holy Mother, deign to bless me,
with His sacred Wounds impress me,
let them in my heart abide; 
Tui Nati caelo lapsi,
iam dignati faeno nasci,
poenas mecum divide. 
Since He came, thy Son, the Holy,
to a birth-place, ah, so lowly,
all His pains with me divide. 
Fac me vere congaudere,
Iesulino cohaerere,
donec ego vixero. 
Make me with true joy delighted,
to Child-Jesus be united
while my days of life endure; 
In me sistat ardor tui,
puerino fac me frui
dum sum in exilio. 
While an exile here sojourning,
make my heart like thine be burning
with a love divine and pure.

Spotless Maid and sinless Woman,
make us feel a fire in common,
make my heart's long longing sure. 
Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me parvum rapere. 
Virgin of all virgins highest,
prayer to thee thou ne'er denyest,
let me bear thy sweet Child too. 
Fac, ut pulchrum infantem portem,
qui nascendo vicit mortem,
volens vitam tradere. 
Let me bear Him in my bosom,
Lord of life, and never lose Him,
since His birth doth death subdue. 
Fac me tecum satiari,
Nato me inebriari,
stantem in tripudio. 
Let me show forth how immense is
the effect on all my senses
of an union so divine.

All who in the crib revere Him,
like the shepherds watching near Him,
will attend Him through the night, 
Inflammatus et accensus,
obstupescit omnis sensus
tali me commercio. 
By thy powerful prayers protected,
grant, O Queen, that His elected
may behold heaven's moving light. 
Fac, me Nato custodiri,
verbo Dei praemuniri
conservari gratia. 
Make me by His birth be guarded,
by God's holy word be warded,
by His grace till all is done; 
Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
tui nati gloria. Amen. 
When my body lies obstructed,
make my soul to be conducted,
to the vision of thy Son. Amen. 

From Latin Hymns, March, 1894. Translation by Denis Florence MacCarthy

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Attende Domine




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Feast Day of St Patrick! and Laetare Sunday: Rejoice! :D

Laetare Sunday: Pink - a little pink for Lent!

Taken from: http://www.fisheaters.com/customslent7.html
Laetare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae. (Psalm) Laetatus sum in his, quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus. Gloria Patri. 
       
Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. (Psalm) I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: we shall go into the house of the Lord. Glory be to the Father.



Originally it was natural rose, then a single  golden rose of natural size, but since the fifteenth century it has consisted of a cluster or branch of roseswrought of pure gold in brilliant workmanship by famous artists. The popes bless one every year, and often confer it upon churches, shrines, cities, or distinguished persons as a token of esteem and paternal affection. In case of such a bestowal, a new rose is made during the subsequent year. (The Golden Rose at right was given to the Shrine at Knock, Ireland)

The golden rose represents Christ in the shining splendor of His majesty, the "flower sprung from the root of Jesse," and it is blessed with these words: 


The rose vestments on Laetare Sunday is a custom originating in the fact that, as a symbol of joy and hope in the middle of this somber Season, popes used to carry a golden rose in their right hand when returning from the celebration of Mass on this day (way back in 1051, Pope Leo IX called this custom an "ancient institution.")
O God! by Whose word and power all things have been created, by Whose will all things are directed, we humbly beseech Thy Majesty, Who art the joy and gladness of all the faithful, that Thou wouldst deign in Thy fatherly love to bless and sanctify this rose, most delightful in odor and appearance, which we this day carry in sign of spiritual joy, in order that the people consecrated by Thee and delivered from the yoke of Babylonian slavery through the favor of Thine only-begotten Son, Who is the glory and exultation of the people of Israel and of that Jerusalem which is our Heavenly mother, may with sincere hearts show forth their joy. Wherefore, O Lord, on this day, when the Church exults in Thy name and manifests her joy by this sign, confer upon us through her true and perfect joy and accepting her devotion of today; do Thou remit sin, strengthen faith, increase piety, protect her in Thy mercy, drive away all things adverse to her and make her ways safe and prosperous, so that Thy Church, as the fruit of good works, may unite in giving forth the perfume of the ointment of that flower sprung from the root of Jesse and which is the mystical flower of the field and lily of the valleys, and remain happy without end in eternal glory together with all the saints.
Note: you can remember to differentiate between Advent's Gaudete Sunday and Lent's Laetare Sunday -- the two "rose vestment" Sundays -- by remembering that Laetare Sunday comes in Lent, both of which begin with the letter "L."

We must always be happy and cheerful, 
even during lent! 

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Thoughts as we begin March 2015: Ite ad Joseph!!!

"Lord, teach me to be generous: to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek to rest; to labour and to ask for no reward save that of knowing I do your holy will. Amen."
- Saint Ignatius of Loyola
St Ignatius of Loyola
A little snippet into the life of St Ignatius of Loyola:

Ignatius keeps vigil at Montserrat, offering up his earthly sword for that of a heavenly one.
March 1522
This picture is taken from this websiteThe Life of St Ignatius Loyola
by Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)  1577 - 1640) 
by Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640) 
And as March is the month of St Joseph!!! a little something from St Alphonsus Liguori to spur us on in our devotion to St Joseph:

Ite ad Joseph!!!
Ite ad Joseph: St Joseph's heart, is so pure, so holy. Our Lord Jesus Christ chose him as His father on earth!


Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to St. Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard him as the advocate of the dying who had honoured him during their life, and they do so for three reasons:

1) because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint.

2) because Saint Joseph has obtained special power against evil spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigour at the hour of death.

3) the assistance given Saint Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary. 

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis Corde, fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Thoughts this Lent

It was a privilege to hear this before the imposition of the ashes. I thank God for this. 

the four last things:
Death
Judgment
Hell
Heaven

And to help us with this meditation, I found this online, it may be useful for you, it will be useful for me. I pray that it will be Deo volente that I will be able to read all I want to read and fulfil all my lenten resolutions - the BEST time of the year, really, because it is so meaningful, even with all it's fastings and abstinences and all the crosses. 

I found this on www.catholictradition.org








PRAYERS FROM THE RACCOLTA

TO OUR LADY (642) 

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. O Refuge of sinners, Mother of the dying, do not forsake us at the hour of our death. Obtain for us the grace of perfect sorrow, sincere contrition, the pardon and remission of our sins, a worthy receiving of the holy Viaticum, and the consolation of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, in order that we may appear with greater security before the throne of the just but merciful Judge, our God and our Redeemer. Amen. 

TO OUR LORD JESUS (643)

Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, ever to follow the example of Thy Holy Family, that in the hour of our death Thy glorious Virgin Mother together with blessed Joseph may come to meet us and we may be worthily received by Thee into everlasting dwellings: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

(644)

Lord Jesus Christ, Who wilIest that no man should perish, and to Whom supplication is never made without the hope of mercy, for Thou saidst with Thine Own holy and blessed lips: "All things whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, shall be done unto you"; I ask of Thee, O Lord, for Thy holy Name's sake, to grant me at the hour of my death full consciousness and the power of speech, sincere contrition for my sins, true faith, firm hope and perfect charity, that I may be able to say unto Thee with a clean heart: Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth, Who art blessed for ever and ever. Amen (St. Vincent Ferrer). 

(645) 

O my adorable Creator, I ask of Thee the greatest of all Thy graces, that is to say, a holy death. No matter how greatly I have hitherto abused the life Thou gavest me, grant me the grace to end it in Thy holy love. 

Let me die, like the holy Patriarchs, forsaking this valley of tears without sadness, to enter into the joy of eternal rest in my own true country. 

Let me die, like the glorious Saint Joseph, in the arms of Jesus and Mary, repeating in turn each of these sweet Names which I hope to bless throughout eternity. 

Let me die, like the immaculate and blessed Virgin, in the purest love and desire to be reunited to the only object of my love. 

Let me die, like Jesus on the Cross, with the most lively sentiments of hatred for sin, of charity toward Thee, O heavenly Father, and of perfect resignation in my agony. Holy Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. Be merciful unto me. Jesus, Who didst die for me, grant me the grace of dying in an act of perfect love for Thee.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me now and at the hour of my death. 

My Guardian Angel, my holy Patron Saints, forsake me not at the hour of my death. 

Saint Joseph, obtain for me the grace of dying the death of the just. Amen. 

O my God, sovereign Lord of life and of death, Who, by an immutable decree for the punishment of sin, hast determined that all men must die, behold me humbly kneeling before Thy dread Majesty, resigned and submissive to this law of Thy justice. With all my heart I detest my past sins, by which I have deserved death a thousand times; and for this cause I accept death in reparation for my sins and in obedience to Thy holy will. Yes, great God, send death upon me where Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, and in what manner Thou wilt. Meantime I shall avail myself of the days which it shall please Thee to bestow upon me, to detach myself from this world and to break every tie that holds me in bondage to this place of exile, and to prepare myself to appear with sure confidence before Thy judgment seat. 

Wherefore I surrender myself without reserve into the hands of Thy fatherly Providence. May Thy Divine will be done now and for evermore! Amen. (S. P. Ap., Jan. 15. 1920 and Aug. 18. 1936) 


Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.


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God of Mercy and Compassion


Giovanni Battista Pergolesi "Stabat Mater"(1736)

O Sanctissima 

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Januar Thoughts

+ J.M.J.A.T.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam per Immaculata



A quote from Archbishop Lefebvre:

Indeed, if there were ever a Heart, which suffered with the Heart of Jesus pierced on the cross, if ever there were a soul whose thoughts were united with those of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, it was the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! 

She had never sinned, and like Our Lord, she did not need to make reparation for herself. Yet both wanted to suffer, to suffer horribly, to suffer deeply, to suffer in their bodies.

Archbishop Lefebvre with Venerable Pope Pius XII

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Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37, Krystian Zimerman, conducted by Leonard Bernstein

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37, Vladimir Ashkenazy, conducted by Sir George Solti
 
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Wladyslaw Szpilman plays F. Chopin: Nocturne C sharp-minor Op. posth. Recorded in Warsaw at home in 1997. Cameraman Jaroslaw Mazur. Copyright 1998 by Andrzej Szpilman

Chopin Ballade no. 1 op. 23 in G minor (Michiel Roosen)

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor meum. (ter)

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

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Bach Partita No. 2 BWV 1004

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Veni Creator Spiritus!!! für 2015

+ J.M.J.A.T.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam per Immaculata

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Dominus tecum
Benedictatu in mulieribus
et Benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesus.

Sancta Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.

Amen.

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Dominus tecum
Benedictatu in mulieribus
et Benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesus.

Sancta Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.

Amen.

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Dominus tecum
Benedictatu in mulieribus
et Benedictus fructus ventris tui Jesus.

Sancta Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.

Amen.

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.

Veni Creator Spiritus

Veni Creator Spiritus
Mentes tuorum visita:
Imple superna gratia
Quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
Altissimi donum Dei,
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas
Et spiritalis unctio.

Tu septiformis munere,
Digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris
Sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus,
Infunde amorem cordibus,
Infirma nostril corporis
Virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius,
Pacemque dones protinus,
Ductore sic te praevio
Vitemus omne noxium.

Per te sciamus da Patrem,
Noscamus atque Filium,
Teque utriusque Spiritum
Credamus omni tempore.

Deo Patri sit Gloria,
Et Filio qui a mortuis,
Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
In saeculorum saecula.
Amen.

V. Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus
Deus qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti, da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius simper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum.
Amen.

Gloria Patri, et Filii, et Spiritui Sancti!!!

Sicut erat in principio
et nunc et semper 
et in saecula saeculorum.

Amen.



Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne, Therese, I love You; Save Souls!

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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