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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Te Deum Laudamus!!!

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

The Te Deum is the official Hymn of Thanksgiving of the Church. It is attributed to St. Ambrose and St. Augustine. We sing it as part of Matins on feast days and also on special occasions of thanksgiving such as priestly ordinations, religious professions, and on Dec. 31st to thank God for the graces obtained during the year which has come to an end. Often the saints were known to sing the Te Deum for special graces received. Like the saints, we recite with great gratitude to God:



Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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

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

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christian Martyrs of Nagasaki


Martyrs in Nagasaki, 1622; (Housed in the Church of the Gesù of Rome.)
Taken from Wikipedia:

While there were many more martyrs, the first 26 missionary and convert martyrs came to be especially revered, the most celebrated of whom was Paul Miki. The Martyrs of Japan were canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on June 8, 1862, by Pope Pius IX,[2] and are listed on the calendar as Sts. Paul Miki and his Companions, commemorated on February 6, since February 5, the date of their death, is the feast of St. Agatha

In 1587, Japan’s most powerful daimyo, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, issued an edict expelling Jesuit missionaries. In 1597, he had 6 missionaries and 20 laypeople crucified on a hill in Nishizaka, Nagasaki.

Here is a list of the 26 martyrs of 1597:
  • Saint Antonio Dainan
  • Saint Bonaventura of Miyako
  • Saint Cosme Takeya
  • Saint Francisco Branco
  • Saint Francisco of Nagasaki
  • Saint Francisco of Saint Michael
  • Saint Gabriel de Duisco
  • Saint Gaius Francis
  • Saint Gundisalvus (Gonsalvo) Garcia
  • Saint James Kisai
  • Saint Joaquim Saccachibara
  • Saint Juan Kisaka
  • Saint Juan Soan de Goto
  • Saint Leo Karasumaru
  • Saint Luis Ibaraki – Born in Owari (Nagoya). He was pressed by a samurai for apostasy, but declined it clearly. 12 years old, the youngest.
  • Saint Martin of the Ascension
  • Saint Mathias of Miyako
  • Saint Miguel Kozaki
  • Saint Paulo Ibaraki
  • Saint Paul Miki or Saint Paulo Miki – Born in Japan in 1562, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1580 and was the first Japanese member of any Catholic religious order. He died one year before his ordination to the Catholic priesthood. Miki's remaining ashes and bones are now located in MacauChina.
  • Saint Pablo Suzuki
  • Saint Pedro Bautista or Saint Peter Baptist – He was a Spanish Franciscan who had worked about ten years in the Philippines before coming to Japan. St. Peter was a companion of St. Paul Miki when Christianity was made illegal.[6]
  • Saint Pedro Sukejiroo
  • Saint Philip of Jesus - Born in Mexico in 1572 (at the time "New Spain"). Upon his martyrdom he became the first Mexican saint and the patron saint of Mexico City.
  • Saint Thomas Kozaki
  • Saint Thomas Xico
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Japanese depiction of Francis Xavier, dated to the 17th century.
From the Kobe City Museum collection.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

O Immaculata! You are our Ideal!

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

Happy FEAST DAY of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of Our Lady Immaculate!

Today's post will quote from quite a few sources. 

POPE PIUS IX PROCLAIMS THE DOGMA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION 

On December 8, 1854, having spent all of his holy life – his boyhood, his priesthood, as bishop, cardinal and Pope – at the feet of the Mother of God, the most Blessed Virgin Mary, and having deeply considered also, in his exile at Gaeta, the earnest petitions of Catholics all over the world in its behalf, Pope Pius IX defined ex cathedra, in the glorious Basilica of Saint Peter's before one hundred and seventy bishops and innumerable pilgrims come literally from the ends of the earth, the divine dogma of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception. The voice of the Sovereign Pontiff broke and tears filled his eyes as he paused before uttering the infallible words:

    "We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful...."
As the Holy Father finished speaking, the cannon of the Castle of Sant' Angelo boomed and the bells of the basilicas and churches of Rome long rang out the glorious news, which ushered in the Age of Mary – the last age of the world. The Catholic faithful rejoiced, and grace flooded their souls as they prayed the prayer Our Lady herself had given twenty years before to Catherine Laboure, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."


Pope Blessed Pius IX writes beautifully when he quotes from St Ephrem of Our Immaculata in Ineffabilis Deus December 8, 1854 [Apostolic Constitution]:

This doctrine so filled the minds and souls of our ancestors in the faith that a singular and truly marvelous style of speech came into vogue among them. They have frequently addressed the Mother of God as immaculate, as immaculate in every respect; innocent, and verily most innocent; spotless, and entirely spotless; holy and removed from every stain of sin; all pure, all stainless, the very model of purity and innocence; 

more beautiful than beauty, more lovely than loveliness; more holy than holiness, singularly holy and most pure in soul and body; the one who surpassed all integrity and virginity; the only one who has become the dwelling place of all the graces of the most Holy Spirit. 

God alone excepted, Mary is more excellent than all, and by nature fair and beautiful, and more holy than the Cherubim and Seraphim. To praise her all the tongues of heaven and earth do not suffice.

Papal encyclical taken from: http://www.papalencyclicals.net/




And here, another reading from the bible on Our Immaculata:
Canticle Of Canticles (Song Of Solomon) Chapter 4

Christ sets forth the graces of his spouse: and declares his love for her.
[1] How beautiful art thou, my love, how beautiful art thou! thy eyes are doves' eyes, besides what is hid within. Thy hair is as flocks of goats, which Come up from mount Galaad. [2] Thy teeth as flocks of sheep, that are shorn which come up from the washing, all with twins, and there is none barren among them. [3] Thy lips are as a scarlet lace: and thy speech sweet. Thy cheeks are as a piece of a pomegranate, besides that which lieth hid within. [4] Thy neck, is as the tower of David, which is built with bulwarks: a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armour of valiant men. [5] Thy two breasts like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.
[1] How beautiful art thou: Christ again praises the beauties of his church, which through the whole of this chapter are exemplified by a variety of metaphors, setting forth her purity, her simplicity, and her stability.
[5] Thy two breasts: Mystically to be understood: the love of God and the love of our neighbour, which are so united as twins which feed among the lilies: that is, the love of God and our neighbour, feeds on the divine mysteries and the holy sacraments, left by Christ to his spouse to feed and nourish her children.
[6] Till the day break, and the shadows retire, I will go to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. [7] Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee. [8] Come from Libanus, my spouse, come from Libanus, come: thou shalt be crowned from the top of Amana, from the top of Sanir and Hermon, from the dens of the lions, from the mountains of the leopards. [9] Thou hast wounded my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast wounded my heart with one of thy eyes, and with one hair of thy neck. [10] How beautiful are thy breasts, my sister, my spouse! thy breasts are more beautiful than wine, and the sweet smell of thy ointments above all aromatical spices.
[11] Thy lips, my spouse, are as a dropping honeycomb, honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments, as the smell of frankincense. [12] My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up[13] Thy plants are a paradise of pomegranates with the fruits of the orchard. Cypress with spikenard. [14] Spikenard and saffron, sweet cane and cinnamon, with all the trees of Libanus, myrrh and aloes with all the chief perfumes. [15] The fountain of gardens: the well of living waters, which run with a strong stream from Libanus.
[12] A garden enclosed: Figuratively the church is enclosed, containing only the faithful.
[12] A fountain sealed up: That none can drink of its waters, that is, the graces and spiritual benefits of the holy sacraments, but those who are within its walls.
[16] Arise, O north wind, and come, O south wind, blow through my garden, and let the aromatical spices thereof flow.
Taken from the Militia Immaculata website: http://www.militia-immaculatae.info/pages/en/the-immaculate.php

Again and again we can hear the cry of the saints: „Who are you, o Immaculate?" The name of the Immaculate – without imperfection – for Mary is like a preparation from the announcement of the dogma of the immaculate conception of Mary (1854) and of the apparitions in Lourdes (1858), where Mary introduced herself to saint Bernadette with the words "I am the Immaculate Conception". Saint Maximilian gave Mary almost every time the title of Immaculate. Without knowing what to say, human beings are facing uncountable miracles and mysteries, which have its origin in her. She is representing the masterpiece of God only because of her perfection and power. The church praises her merits and wants us to honour her more than all angels and saints (Hyperdulia). 

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee and for everyone who do not have recourse to thee, especially for all freemasons and for all those who are entrusted to thy care.

(Quick prayer of the MI from saint Maximilian)


A Prayer written by St Bernard of Clairvaux:


"O, whoever you are – because you can see, that you are more drifting in the storm of our time amidst the storms and tempests than one could say you are walking on some savely ground, do not turn away your eyes from the light of the head, if you do not want to go down in the storms. 
When the storm will start, which is the temptation, when you will be blown against the cliffs of fear, look up to the star, pray to Mary! When you will be torn away by the waves of arrogance or of ambition or of slander or of jealousy, look up to the star, pray to Mary! 
When anger or greed, the craving for flesh try to capsize the small boat of your soul, look up to Mary!  
When you are ashamed and feel guilty because your conscience is stained, horrified by the fright of court, in danger of falling in the abyss of sadness, in the precipice of despair – then think of Mary! 
In danger and fears, in doubt and hardship think of Mary, pray to Mary! Do not leave her from the rosemunde, do not let her out of your heart! And to have your prayer getting heard, do not cease imitating her life.  
When you follow her, you are not getting lost; when you pray to her, you will not despair; when you keep her in your mind, you will not do anything wrong; when she holds your hand, you cannot fall; when she protects you, you do not have to fear anything; when she leads you, you will never become tired; with her assistance you will reach the port!" 

And another quick link because I am a Biologist and I really love plants and wish that I could have green fingers: http://www.fisheaters.com/marygardens.html



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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