Monday, September 15, 2014

Mater Dolorosa: Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, Our Dearest Mother


Today is the feast day of the Seven Sorrows of Our Mother Dearest:

The Mater Dolorosa del Colegio in Quito, Ecuador.
Use the picture to help you understand the 7 sorrows of Our Dearest Mother. See the swords (seven in total) piercing her Most Immaculate Heart. Look at her expression. See that she is holding the nails that pinned dearest Jesus, Her Only Son to the cross! Notice her clutching the most dreadful crown of thorns? She is hugging them all. Why does she hug them at all? She knows, oh yes she knows how much it is so necessary for our salvation.  

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:

  1. The announcement by Simeon, "and thy soul a sword shall pierce." (during the Feast of the Presentation of Dearest Baby Jesus in the Temple)
  2. The flight into Egypt.
  3. The loss of Jesus in the temple at the age of 12.
  4.  The meeting with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.
  5. Standing at the foot of the Cross.
  6. The taking of Jesus down from the Cross.
  7. 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

The story behind the first picture in this blog post:

Quito, Ecuador

On April 20, 1906, the thirty-six boarding students at St. Gabriel's Academy, conducted by the Jesuit Fathers in Quito, Ecuador, had just finished their evening meal. Brother Luis Alberdi was about to take them to the study hall when Father Andrés Roesch, the Prefect, came in and gave the boys a recreation. While the younger lads played or talked as usual, Father Roesch began speaking to the older boys about the recent earthquake in San Francisco. [1] 

As four of the younger boys, who had recently made their First Communion, were conversing on pious subjects, Jaime Chaves, the youngest of the four, lifted his eyes to a picture of Our lady of Sorrows hanging on a wall 
in the refectory about three meters away.

Prompted by an interior inspiration, the lad gazed attentively at the picture. Then he saw the Blessed Virgin slowly open and close Her eyes. 

Without attempting to explain what he saw, he told his three classmates. Frightened, they drew the attention of the Prefect and the other students. The phenomenon lasted around a quarter of an hour. Father Prefect claimed that it was an illusion and led the boys to the chapel to say the Rosary even before the prodigy had ended.

The picture in question is an oil painting of medium size (15" x 17"---38 cm x 42 cm), which represents the Mother of Sorrows holding the crown of thorns and the three nails, Her Heart pierced by seven swords. This very expressive painting inspires devotion, above all by the profound sorrow and indescribable kindness visible on the face of the Mother of God.
The miracle is repeated 

The miracle of the animation of the Virgin's eyes occurred on several occasions. The second time it was again on behalf of the students at the academy. It took place at eight o'clock in the evening as the students were praying before the holy image, which had been moved into the chapel. After they finished the Rosary, when they came to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, all the boys spontaneously exclaimed, "Her eyes are moving!"

Such extraordinary events, observed by so many people, soon became the object of a serious examination by the Ecclesiastical Authorities. The canonical procedures were conducted with great prudence, much to the consolation of the faithful. 

Solemn triduum 

Six weeks after the first miracle, the Vicar General of the diocese ordered the transfer of the miraculous image. It was carried in procession from the academy chapel to the adjacent Jesuit Fathers' church, where a solemn triduum was to be celebrated.

It was a magnificent procession. All the communities in the city, the various associations and solidarities, the academies and schools, most of the aristocracy of the capital and over thirty thousand people took part. Such a manifestation of faith, so spontaneous and on such a grand scale, had seldom been seen in the peaceful city of Quito. In the church, the wonder was renewed several times before the crowd; many conversions followed.

"A tree is known by its fruit" 

One remarkable conversion was that of the editor of the Tiempo, one of the most anti-religious newspapers of the period. The unbelieving journalist had joined the crowd of the faithful with the sole intention of mocking the Blessed Virgin. However, almost as soon as he saw Her open and close Her eyes, he fell to his knees and broke into tears of true repentance. His way of life subsequently proved the sincerity of his conversion.

Another unbeliever came to church at the very moment the people were enthusiastically exclaiming that the prodigy was being renewed. With great insolence he remained standing in front of the image. When he saw the Blessed Virgin's eyes move, he exclaimed, "I don't believe it!" and then left. Once outdoors, he retraced his steps, saw the movement of the eyes as he had the first time, repeated the same declaration of unbelief and left again. But something kept forcing him to go back to the church. This disturbed him, and he went in a third time. Grace triumphed over his obstinacy at last and he fell to his knees, weeping like a child.

Many people who witnessed this miracle attested that when they saw it, they felt strongly moved by grace and drawn to the practice of virtue. Numerous conversions ensued.

Further developments 

Shortly after the triduum, a novena was begun to ask for Our Lady's help on behalf of Ecuador. The prodigy of the eyes was renewed on three consecutive days and witnessed by many people.

When the first miracle had occurred, the episcopal see of Quito was vacant. Bishop Federico Gonzáles Suárez of Ibarra was named to fill the vacancy. Appointed Archbishop of Quito, he took possession of his new see on July 6, 1906; that day the miracle was renewed three times. The third occurrence took place at two o'clock in the afternoon, at the very moment the new archbishop entered the city, and as the choir was singing: 

Once again, O Mary, 
Turn thy motherly eyes 
Upon those who kneel before thee, 
Imploring thy compassion. [2] 

The Blessed Virgin in the picture moved Her eyes slowly. Then the background of the image faded and only the face stood out in relief. Its complexion was that of a living person. The Blessed Virgin opened and closed Her eyes. Twice She lifted them to Heaven. At times She seemed to be making an effort to hold back Her tears. Then Her face turned pale and waxen, as though She were about to die. Filled with dismay, the faithful burst into tears and cried out, begging for pardon and mercy. At last the face of the Blessed Virgin returned to its usual serenity and natural color. 

The same miracle took place in Riobamba with a reproduction of the holy image. Members of one of the leading families of that town and over twenty other persons, including the local president, saw Her eyes open and close very distinctly. 

Canonical investigation

As we mentioned above, the canonical investigation was conducted with all due gravity. Before the new Archbishop's appointment, the Vicar General had gathered all the witnesses, over forty in number, and explained the importance and magnitude of the written declaration they were about to sign. These declarations were to be made under oath before unbiased witnesses. The Commission of Inquiry also proceeded scrupulously in the scientific study of the event in question. Several commissions made up of men of science were formed; they were to establish whether any kind of natural explanation were possible. Physicists, chemists, photographers, physicians and theologians deliberated at great length. To avoid the slightest suspicion of partiality or self-interest, the Jesuits were not authorized to participate in these commissions.

Calumniators did not fail to attack these proceedings and label everything as a hoax. Therefore, it had to be proven that there was no reasonable foundation to their critical allegations.

Once the inquiry and the prescribed formalities were concluded, the Vicar General issued the following declaration in Quito on June 3, 1906: 

1. The event which occurred on April 20th in the Jesuit Fathers' Academy is established as historically certain. 
2. The event, considering the circumstances in which it occurred, cannot be explained by natural laws. 
3. The event, because of what preceded it as well as what followed it, cannot be attributed to any diabolical influence. 

And the decree adds: Consequently, it is permitted to believe in it. The faithful may render to the image that occasioned this event the public devotions permitted by the Church, [3] and pray before the image with legitimate confidence. 

To understand the declaration in the third paragraph in reference to what preceded the phenomenon, let us mention that this miracle had been predicted, though obscurely, by the Blessed Virgin Herself to a young girl of high virtue, well known for her supernatural gifts. Several days before the event, Mary had revealed to her that She intended to give a special sign of Her approval of the practice of children being raised by religious. St. Gabriel's Academy had reached a point of total decline. But then, in 1906, at the height of the anti-clerical era, the April 20th miracle occurred in the presence of the students and Fathers of the academy. The academy received a new lease on life, and from that day on it experienced a flourishing revival. 

[1] That earthquake, 8.3 on the scale, occurred on April 18, 1906; it almost entirely destroyed the city of San Francisco and took the lives of about 3,000 people.
[2] Vuelve otra vez, Maria, Los maternales ojos, A los que aqui de hinojos, Te piden compasión.
[3] Devotions permitted by the Church: that is, to honor, venerate and expose the image and pray before the image, which reminds us of the Mother of God and Her kindness. Those who oppose the cult of images or call it an idolatry are simply manifesting their ignorance. We are happy to display photos of our loved ones in our home or carry them on our person, to remind us of them and to prove our love. Can that be called idolatry? 

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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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Sancte Pie Decime! Gloriose Patrone! Ora! Ora! pro nobis!!!!!!! (ter) :D

Instaurare omnia in Christo!

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

Prayer to St. Pius X

Glorious Pontiff, St. Pius the X, devoted servant of Our Lord and loving child of Mary, I invoke you as a saint in Heaven. I give myself to you that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of holiness and salvation.
Aid me in observing the duties of my state in life. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life after your own example.
Pope of the Blessed Sacrament, teach me to love Holy Mass and Holy Communion as the source of all grace and holiness and to receive this Sacrament as often as I can. 
Gentle father of the poor, help me to imitate your charity toward my fellowmen in word and deed. 
Consoler of the suffering, help me to bear my daily cross patiently and with perfect resignation to the will of God. Loving Shepherd of the flock of Christ obtain for me the grace of being a true child of Holy Mother Church.
St. Pius the X beloved Holy Father, I humbly implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare. I recommend to you in particular this favor [mention your request].
Great Pontiff, whom Holy Mother Church has raised to the honor of our altars and urged me to invoke and imitate as a saint, I have great confidence in your prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s Holy Will, my petition will be granted through your intercession for me at the throne of God.
St. Pius the X pray for me and for those I love. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, do not abandon us in our needs. May we experience the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.
Imprimatur: John M. Gannon, Archbishop of Erie, Pennsylvania

Most interestingand intriguing character

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori

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


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


2014 Conference for Catholic Tradition

if only Rachel could go... one day! Deo volente!


It will be on:

"The Mass - The Heart of the Church"

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

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

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.


Monday, July 21, 2014

the Rosary

what Mother Mary says, is still very true! Pray the Rosary! 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

A repost: I look at Him and He looks at me!

Happy Pentecost!!! & soon to be Corpus Christi!!! :D 

I look at Him and He looks at me!

Excerpts from [The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus de Maria Ligouri], [Alone with God by Fr Heyrman S.J.], [20 Holy Hours by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey SS.CC.] and [The Imitation of Christ by Blessed Thomas a Kempis]

Every religious house has a "domestic chapel", where the Blessed Sacrament is "reserved". This is an honour and a privilege, on which we should reflect these days: do we truly value Christ's presence so close to us, and do we remember it, and use it to make progress in the spiritual life? The Cure of Ars had noticed an elderly man who often knelt at the back of the church, and kept his eyes fixed on the tabernacle. The Saint once asked him what he was doing, and the old man answered, "Je l'avise et Il m'avise, I look at Him and He looks at me." Simple words, flowing from a humble heart: but Christ loves to converse with the humble ...

The Eucharist as a Sacrificial Banquet, A Mystery of Love and Intimacy:

Love longs for the presence of the beloved, and for union with him. Divine love satisfies this longing in a divine manner.

And therefore Jesus deigned "to close His earthly pilgrimage with this most wonderful dispensation" (Sui moras incolatus, Miro clausit ordine) through the institution of the Blessed Sacrament He would remain in our midst till the end of time. Indeed it is a sacramental presence veiled and hidden: but both in Holy Communion and in the tabernacle, He is really and truly with us. We can go and prostrate ourselves before Him, we can greet Him; His quiet presence supports and feeds our prayer.
But what Jesus intended through the institution of the Holy Eucharist touches our inmost being even more closely. The Council of Trent says, "Not only did the Lord intend to give to His Bride, the Church, a visible sacrifice, as is demanded by our human nature; He also gave her His sacred Body to be the spiritual food of our souls, that we might become partakers of His very life." "He that eateth me, the same also shall live by me." "He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood abideth in me and I in him" (John 6: 57,58). Is it possible to devise a more intimate way of being united? It is like mutual compenetration, brought about by the partaking of materiel food: but here materiel signs point to the most sublime spiritual reality: the wisdom of God, and His infinite power in the service of His boundless love.
When Jesus trod the roads of Galilee, power went out from His mortal Body, which healed all those that merely touched the hem of His garment: and we, whenever we eat His flesh we are privileged to have the most intimate contact with His glorified Body. O Lord, heal all our ailments!
In His discourse at Capharnaum Jesus laid stress on the intimate union of the soul with Him through the eating of His Flesh and the drinking of His Blood. From this St. Paul concludes to the oneness of all those that believe in Christ, "The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord? For we, being many, are one bread, one body all that partake of one bread" (1 Cor. 10:16,17).
Sitting at the same table, and partaking of the same food, betokens and fosters harmony and friendship. The Fathers of the Church, especially St. Augustine, regard the Eucharist as the Sacrament of unity, symbolising the unity of the Church, and moulding it into the one mystical Body of Christ. "O Mystery of piety, O sign of unity, O bond of love!"
This makes us grasp how appropriately the Bride of Christ, our Holy Mother the Church, prepares her children for Holy Communion by exhorting them to fraternal charity, and by the kiss of peace. "That they may be one, as we also are one; I in them, and thou in me; that they may be perfect in one" (John 17: 22,23).
“You envy,” said St. John Chrysostom, “the opportunity of the woman who touched the vestments of Jesus, of the sinful woman who washed His feet with her tears, of the women of Galilee who had the happiness of following Him in His pilgrimages, of the Apostles and disciples who conversed with Him familiarly, of the people of the time who listened to the words of grace and salvation which came forth from His lips. You call happy those who saw Him … But, come to the altar and you will see Him, you will touch Him, you will give to Him holy kisses, you will wash Him with your tears, you will carry Him within you like Mary Most Holy.”

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!”
Mary and the Holy Eucharist
"True Body, Born of Mary Ever Virgin"
Jesus said: "I am the living bread which came down from heaven" (John 6:51). In the virginal womb of Mary the "Bread of Angels" (Panis Angelorum) assumed the form in which it would become "the food of mortal man". Even before she had become the Mother of God, the angel had greeted her "full of grace". This fullness received a further increase when. as the first living tabernacle of God among men, she carried within herself the very fountain of all graces. "He that is mighty hath done great things to her:" for she is the true Mother of the true Body, that is born of her. On the feast of Corpus Christi the Church most appropriately concludes all her hymns with the same words as on the feasts of Our Lady:
O Jesus, born of Virgin bright, Immortal glory be to Thee, Praises to the Father infinite, And Holy Ghost eternally.
Mary Offers Christ on Calvary
Mary's womb was the first altar on which the Son of God, made man, offered Himself to the Father. "Wherefore, when He (Christ, the High Priest) cometh into the world, he saith Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldst not: but a body thou hast fitted to me. Holocausts for sin did not please thee; then said I, Behold, I come. In the head of the book it is written of me that I should do thy will, O God" (Heb. 10: 5-7).
When the appointed hour had come, the sacrifice of Calvary was consummated: Mary stood by the cross, and at that supreme moment she joined her Fiat to the "consummatum est", of her Son. It is true that nothing was lacking to the sacrifice of Jesus, but the Lord willed that His Holy Mother, who was to be the Mother of all the living, should participate in His oblation in a unique and universal, even though subordinate, manner.
No one could participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice as did Mary: therefore we say in the Canon of the Mass, "In communion with, and honouring the memory of, especially the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ ..." Mary's role in the work of our redemption is a subordinate one nevertheless by God's will a necessary, and therefore a universal one. When giving us His Son, God gave us all things: in a certain sense we may say that, by giving us her Son, Mary gave us all things.
The moment Mary had given her assent to the angel's message, the Word of God was made flesh; with her assent the Lamb was nailed to the cross; in a unique and most sublime manner, she has offered her Son to the Father for the redemption of mankind.
Of a pure and spotless Virgin
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
Mary in the Infant Church
Our Lady was "not present" when Jesus instituted the Blessed Sacrament, and ordained the Apostles to be His priests and "dispensers of the Divine Mysteries". Holy Writ explicitly mentions her presence when the Paraclete came down on the Apostles: indeed she, the new Eve and Mother of all the living, could not be absent at the moment when the Church was born, which is her Son's Mystical Body. When the brethren at Jerusalem gathered to celebrate the Eucharist, "breaking bread in commemoration of Him," the Mother of the Lord was surely with them. Though she was full of grace, and had been favoured by God in such a wonderful manner, still she remained the humble "handmaid of the Lord", and took her place among the faithful. For her, as for all the other believers, the Apostles "broke the Bread". To her also Holy Communion became the food of her soul to comfort and strengthen her till the end of her pilgrimage, and also the intimate experience of the "Communion of Saints".
Hail, true Body, born of Mary, ever Virgin,
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!
Ave Verum
The Eucharist as Centre of Our Life
Whenever we visit the Blessed Sacrament, we go and draw at the fountain of all graces, we cooperate with grace, and we make it bear fruit. "For every devout soul may approach without fear, every day and hour, to a spiritual communion with Christ ... As often as he devoutly dwells on the mystery of Christ's Incarnation and Passion, he communicates mystically, and is invisibly strengthened and inflamed to love" (4 Imitation of Christ, 10:6).
Prayer: Grant, O Lord, that we, who have been fed with the Bread of Angels, may imitate the purity of angels in our conduct, and like him, whom we honour today never cease to give thanks to Thee. Through our Lord (Postcommunion of Mass of St. Aloysius).
The Eucharist Cleanses Our Soul (A Preservation Against Sin)
Every increase of grace implies further safeguard against sin. When the body receives appropriate food, it is immune against illness and protected against contagion. Often the Church prays, "Mundet et muniat nos, quaesumus, Domine, divini Sacramenti munus oblatum: May the offering of this Divine Sacrifice purify and protect us, we pray Thee, O Lord."
Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
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.
O Salutaris hostia, Quae caeli pandis ostium,Bella premunt hostilia,Na robur, fer auxilium.Uni trinoque Domino,Sit sempiterna gloria:Qui vitam sine termino,Nobis donet in patria.Amen.
O Saving Victim! opening wideThe gate of Heaven to man below!Our foes press on from every side;Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.To thy great Name be endless praise,Immortal Godhead! One in three!O grant us endless length of daysIn our true native land with Thee!Amen.
The above hymn is sung during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament when the priest opens the tabernacle and incenses the Blessed Sacrament.
We adore Thee, Eucharistic God and we Bless Thee, Redeemer of the world. We love Thee, Jesus, in the sublime beauty of Thy agonizing Heart. Thou alone art great! Thou alone art Holy, O God, in the humiliation of the divine Host! Thou alone are the most High, hidden in the unbloody sacrifice of this altar!
Glory be to Thee, Lord God, King of Heaven, but willing to live in the Gethsemane of a humble Tabernacle. Glor be to Thee, Eucharistic Jesus, in the celestial heights, the abode of Angels. Praise to Thee on earth, the abode of men!
O Lord, in the name of all Thy brothers and sisters, and especially in the name of all those who suffer with love and faith, kneeling before Thee, we adore the tears, the solitude, the anguish, the weariness, all the bitterness, all the agony of Thy Sacred Heart. We believe, Jesus, that Thou art the Christ, the God-Man of redeeming sorrows.

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)
Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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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

O marvellous Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who, in thy brief mortal career, didst become a mirror of angelic purity, of daring love and of whole-hearted surrender to Almighty God, now that thou art enjoying the recompense of thy virtues, turn thine eyes of mercy upon us who trust in thee. Obtain for us the grace to keep our hearts and minds pure and clean like unto thine, and to abhor in all sincerity whatever might tarnish ever so slightly the ouster of a virtue so sublime, a virtue that endears us to thy heavenly Bridegroom. Ah, dear Saint, grant us to feel in every need the power of thy intercession; give us comfort in all the bitterness of this life and especially at its latter end, that we may be worthy to share eternal happiness with thee in paradise. Amen.

V: Pray for us, O blessed Therese,
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord, who hast said, "Unless you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven"; grant us, we beseech Thee, so to walk in the footsteps of thy blessed Virgin Therese with a humble and single heart, that we may attain to everlasting rewards: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

An indulgence of 300 days, once a day.
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)

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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!!! : )

Composer: Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D, Opus 61
Violinist: Issac Stern
New York Philharmonic, 1959
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

Allegro ma non troppo
Rondo (Allegro)

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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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Padre Pio

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 do think that the invention of the moving camera (or the camera capable of storing moving images) is such a wonderful invention! - I always wish that I could see dearest St Pio when he was alive - but the hope is not all gone - we all can pray that we will see him one day together with Jesus and Mary and all the angels and saints : ) but with the video camera, at least the videos and images produced can help us here on earth. : ) It was such a wonder, watching videos of Padre Pio moving around !!! Can you imagine what it would be like, if only we can see our real and dear St Therese, walking and praying about while on earth?

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. : /
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.


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!

Max Bruch (1838-1920)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Yehudi Menuhin, violin

performed in 1961

Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay 
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

the next few videos are of the same music, but performed (and thus interpreted) by different people:
Itzhak Perlman (b. 1945), violin
André Previn (b. 1929), conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Written in 1866.

Recorded in 1973.

I. Prelude: Allegro moderato
II. Adagio

III. Finale: Allegro energico

For my easy reference, again: 6 hours worth of Beethoven:

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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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.

[1] At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? [2] And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them, [3]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. [4] Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. [5] 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

Trustful Surrender

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 Gospelcharacteristics 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:

[6] But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. [7] Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. [8] And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. [9] And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. [10] See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
[6] Shall scandalize: That is, shall put a stumblingblock in their way, and cause them to fall into sin.
[7] It must needs be: Viz., considering the wickedness and corruption of the world.
[8] Scandalize thee: That is, cause thee to offend.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Chapter 18:

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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