Monday, November 24, 2014

for the FIRST SUNDAY of ADVENT

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Immaculata

I haven't had the chance to post in a long long long while and just because I have some time now, I have decided to post something for the start of the Advent season. This second lent is a most treasured and precious time that I hope that I do not waste, as we spend waiting for a most beautiful feast, that of dearest Infant Jesus being brought onto this earth. A moment most special and dear to so many of us!

It is so easy to talk to Our Dearest and Most Loveliest Infant King! So helpless He lies, but in the bosom of Our Dearest and Most Loveliest Mother Mary, under the watchful gaze of St Joseph! How beautiful it is, just to picture the Holy Family in the oh ever so cold, yet warm stable in Bethlehem. As I wrote the last few lines, the Christmas Novena comes ever into my mind. 

CHRISTMAS NOVENAPrayer to Obtain Favours
Hail and blessed be the hourAnd moment in which the Son of GodWas born of the most pure Virgin Mary,At midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,To hear my prayer and grant my desires,Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,And of His Blessed Mother. Amen 
(To be recited fifteen times a day from the Feastof St. Andrew (30th of Nov.) until Christmas)
It is piously believed that whoever recites this prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew, on November 30th, until Christmas will obtain what is asked. 

[Imprimatur: +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897. 

Here is what I want to sing all week, since it is going to be a second lent : )) :

The Glory of these Forty Days
Clarum decus jejunii, 6th century 
Tr. Maurice Bell, d. 1906, alt.
Geistliche Lieder, 1543
Alt. & arr. Marc Chapleau

  1. The glory of these forty days, We celebrate with song upraised; For Christ, through Whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed.
  2. So Daniel trained a mystic sight, Delivered from the lion's might; And John, the bride-groom's friend, became the herald of Messiah's name.
  3. Then grant us, Lord, like them to be, Full oft in fast and pray'r with Thee; Our spirits strengthen with Thy grace, And give us joy to see Thy face.
  4. O Father, Son and Spirit blest, To Thee be every pray'r address'd; Who art in three-fold name adored, From age to age the only Lord. 

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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A Song for Nagasaki

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam et Immaculata

For me, the truth makes me free
(And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
Et cognoscetis veritatem, et veritas liberabit vos.
John 8:32

The reason why this book resonates with me is because I can identify with the life of Dr Takashi Nagai and his wife, Midori, especially that of their married life. I understand and can imagine and feel how Midori must have felt, having to wait long hours for her husband to come back home from the lab, especially when it was apparent to everyone (her the most) that he was suffering from leukaemia because of what he was so passionate about: his research on X-Rays. 

His passion for x-rays and his love for the scientific endeavour can be gleaned from these quotes:

"Microscopes brought a breakthrough into the vast microscopic world, once thought the ultimate frontier, but the atomic world is utterly smaller. The size of planet earth is to an apple what an apple is to an atom! Will x-rays make it possible for us to see this ultramicroscopic world?"

Dr Takashi Nagai experienced "a sense of exhilaration because we are in pursuit of truth, which is eternal! He believed that our laboratory is actually the threshold of the house of God, who created the universe and its very truth."

On one occasion, while studying a kidney case and looking at the brilliant formation of urine crystals, he "felt a great urge to kneel". I feel the same!!! Dr Takashi Nagai clearly saw "that a laboratory could be the same as the cell of a monk."

The Life of Takashi Nagai as told by Paul Glynn, S.M.

A snip from Angelus Press's website about the book (press book image for link):

On August 9, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands of people in the blink of an eye, while fatally injuring and poisoning thousands more. Among the survivors was Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology research and a convert to the Catholic Faith. Living in the rubble of the ruined city and suffering from leukemia caused by over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the remainder of his remarkable life by bringing physical and spiritual healing to his war-weary people.

A Song for Nagasaki tells the moving story of this extraordinary man, beginning with his boyhood and the heroic tales and stoic virtues of his family's Shinto religion. It reveals the inspiring story of Nagai's remarkable spiritual journey from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism.

Mixed with interesting details about Japanese history and culture, the biography traces Nagai's spiritual quest as he studied medicine at Nagasaki University, served as a medic with the Japanese army during its occupation of Manchuria, and returned to Nagasaki to dedicate himself to the science of radiology. The historic Catholic district of the city, where Nagai became a Catholic and began a family, was ground zero for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb disaster that killed thousands, including Nagai's beloved wife, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki University, threw himself into service to the countless victims of the bomb explosion, even though it meant deadly exposure to the radiation which eventually would cause his own death. While dying, he also wrote powerful books that became best-sellers in Japan. These included The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with the Japanese people in their great suffering as it explores the Christian message of love and forgiveness.

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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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sancta Albertus Magnus!!!

My dear readers,

I know that it has been some time since I last posted. I have been very supremely busy at home and at work, and so tired after that (good : )) ), I could not find any time to post anything because, I had also to fulfill my duties of state =) and to pray .. but ora et labore is really, really beautiful. 

I pray and urge my dear readers to please pray for all of us, to do the will of God!

A book review on: A Song for Nagasaki, about Dr Takashi Nagai is in the works. I pray that it will be Deo volente and it will be done. If I do not find enough time, I will "advertise" for the book by introducing you, first, to quotes and some examples of brilliance.


=)) It's the Feast Day of Saint Albert the Great, or Albertus Magnus in Latin! 

I posted on him a long time ago (in 2007) and here is the post again: http://rachelanne25.blogspot.com/2007/11/saint-albert-great-albertus-magnus.html

Today's the Feast of Saint Albert the Great! The patron saint of scientists! =)
The picture on your right shows Saint Albert the Great and Saint Thomas Aquinas, Professor and Student, and very good friends!, wonderful servants of God. :) Saint Thomas is the one on the left while Saint Albert is the one on the right with the bishop's mitre. (Convent of Albertinum in Fribourg Switzerland)
Here’s more about Albertus Magnus from the Catholic Encyclopedia. Very good article on this beautiful saint. :)

Time flies, it doesn’t wait for you. I feel so helpless every time I think of time (because of the way it just slips past you), but at the same time, a sense of strength and confidence that one day, in time to come, my time will come. It’s almost like a paradox, but I think St Peter explains this really well and beautifully if you think about it, in his second epistle: “But of this one thing be not ignorant, my beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. ” (2 Peter 3:8)

I remember some time last year before the men went for their first ever Ignatian retreat, we had Fr. Pfeiffer passing by Singapore en route to Batam to co-preach the men’s retreat together with Fr. Couture. Fr. Pfeiffer gave a Sunday sermon, a very interesting one on Saint Albert the Great and how he became a saint, his life and how Mother Mary helped him in his life. It was hilarious and thought provoking at the same time and o dear me, very very interessant. I will try to relate what I remembered hearing from Fr. Pfeiffer’s sermon, but please forgive me if I do get the facts wrong because, like I said, I heard this 1 year ago. :) Like how one day when Saint Albert was young, he was so very helpless in his studies. He decided to run away from where he was studying, and when he was running away (or something to this extend) Mother Mary dearest appeared to him and told him to go back for she would help him. And when he went back to his studies, he became a genius. Its very amazing how God uses people to fulfill His will. For in this manner, the Mother of God prepared Albertus Magnus, dear saint, to be the teacher of another very dear dear saint, Saint Thomas Aquinas!! Both professor and student, Saint Albert and Saint Thomas Aquinas worked together at the Universität von Köln (Cologne). And of course, my dear reader, you know how great Saint Thomas was and still is. Thomistic Philosophy rocks! Saint Thomas’s Summa has helped the Church in so many ways and it gives the answer to many difficult questions in this our modern times. Thomism is the only answer to Modernism, as Pope Saint Pius X knew very well and as we can see from his encyclical Pascendi. Then, when Saint Thomas died and when after Saint Albert helped to defend his pupil’s writings, Saint Albert reverted back to what he was before Mother Mary appeared to him as a child. (or something like that) For I know he suffered a lapse of memory; his strong mind became clouded and his body weakened.

Saint Albert the Great was beatified by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, his feast is celebrated on 15th November. The bishops of Germany assembled in Fulda in September 1872 and sent to the Holy See a petition for his canonization. Saint Albert the Great, became, finally, Saint Albert the Great (was canonized) in 1931.

Saint Albert trained and directed a pupil (St. Thomas) who gave the world a concise, clear and perfect scientific exposition and defence of Christian doctrine; under God, therefore, we owe to Albertus Magnus the “Summa Theologica” of St. Thomas.

On a side note, St Thomas Summa has also helped me very well when I was writing my history essays. I found the only rational definition of what a war really is from his book, and dear Saint Thomas explains things so rationally, truthfully and beautifully, the dear saint helped me a lot to “grow up”, in a way. =) Deo gratias et Mariae.
Well now, back to dear St Albert Magnus. He’s the patron saint of scientists and a very good and dear saint, I must say. ;) I was having an email discussion with a friend [Anthony Tardiff @http://hardsayings.blogspot.com/] some time ago and we were talking about Saint Albert and Saint Thomas. Most of what I’m about to post is stuff I took from emails from him, so thus, credit all goes to him. =)

Saint Albert the Great is the patron saint of scientists for a reason.
He was the one who correctly interpreted Aristotle as saying something different from Plato when he spoke of forms. Before, everyone tried to interpret Aristotle in neoplatonic terms, but it was Albert who showed that Aristotle actually disagreed with his teacher, Plato, and had a very different idea of matter and form. This proper understanding of Aristotle allowed Albert to utilize the scientific method to study natural science. Albert was a great natural scientist. Our entire tradition of experimental science can be traced back to Albert and to this period in the 13th century — that was the REAL scientific revolution, not the 17th century like so many people think. It was in the 13th century that the Latin west got the complete works of Aristotle for the first time, and discovered that 80% of his works were natural science, rather than what we think of as philosophy. Using Aristotle as a base, natural science took off. People think the medieval times were "dark ages," but they most decidedly were not — they were very enlightened, far more than the "enlightenment" later on! It was then, in the 13th century that the system of experimental science that is used today first came to be practiced, because of the influx of Aristotle's writings on the natural sciences into the Latin West, and the works of great men like Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas in interpreting Aristotle correctly (others at the time were trying to interpret him as a Platonist, which caused no end of problems).

Of course, with the influx of all this science there was an apparent conflict between the new science and religion. Until that time, the Catholic Faith had always been intellectually articulated in neoplatonic, Augustinian terms, which did not mesh well with the view of the world that Aristotle gave, the view which allowed for the new science. Albert was concerned with finding a way to reconcile the two, arguing that since science and faith both have the same end — truth — they must agree. St. Thomas took up this great work of reconciliation with resounding success, and gave us a new intellectual articulation of the Catholic Faith in Aristotelian terms, including scientific proof of God's existence! (yay, see how Thomistic philosophy rules!)

Saint Albert the Great, together with his contemporary, Roger Bacon, proved to the world that the Church is not opposed to the study of nature, that faith and science may go hand in hand; their lives and their writings emphasize the importance of experiment and investigation.

The 13th century was when the true scientific revolution occurred! =)

“The aim of natural science is not simply to accept the statements [narrata] of others, but to investigate the causes that are at work in nature” (De Miner., lib. II, tr. ii, i).

“In studying nature we have not to inquire how God the Creator may, as He freely wills, use His creatures to work miracles and thereby show forth His power: we have rather to inquire what Nature with its immanent causes can naturally bring to pass” (De Coelo et Mundo, I, tr. iv, x).

Dearest Sancte Albertus Magnus, ora pro nobis!
From the Collect of today’s Holy Mass:
O God, Who didst make blessed Albert, Thy Bishop and Doctor, great by his bringing human wisdom into captivity to divine faith: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to follow the guidance of his teaching that we may enjoy perfect light in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sub Tuum Praesidium
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix; nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus; sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God! Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
O Mary, conceived without sinPray for us those who have recourse to thee!
Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.
Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!
Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St Teresa of Avila!

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Happy feast day of St Teresa of Avila! The patron saint of dearest St Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, therefore my patron too!!! : D 



I love St Teresa of Avila's poems! From the very little I know of her poems, they are extremely rich, even though I only know them from the English translation and not in their original Spanish. They tell us of her beautiful spirituality. 

Quoting from the Foreword taken from St Therese of Lisieux's Autobiography, Story of a Soul: 

“In fact this reading moves the hearts of men, inclines their wills, amends their lives, kindles charity and produces other salutary results which absolutely transcend human power, and can find no adequate explanation except in the action of Divine Grace itself.”3”

Excerpt From: Saint Therese of Lisieux. “The Story of a Soul.”

“3. The proclamation of the heroic Virtue of Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus by the Congregation of Rites, 14th August, 1921.”

Deo gratias et Mariae et Teresa of Avila for the beautiful poems! 

Let me share with you a short but beautiful poem by St Teresa of Avila "On Those Words: "Dilectus Meus Mihi":


Myself surrendered and given, The exchange is this:My Beloved is for me, And  I am for my Beloved. 
When the Gentle hunterWounded and subdued me,In love's arms,My soul fallen;New life receiving,Thus did I exchangeMy Beloved is for me,And I am for my Beloved. 
The arrow he drewFull of love,My soul was onesWith her Creator. Other love I want not,Surrendered now to my God,That my Beloved is for me,And I am for my Beloved. 

- St Teresa of Avila, taken from "The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Volume Three"


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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Monday, October 06, 2014

Marking Music



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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I posted several videos on the Rachmaninov piece in 2010. 

This is posted here for my reference, and yours, if you wish to listen to it.

I think that these pieces have been executed very brilliantly. 

Deo gratias et Mariae.


Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major Op. 73 "Emperor"

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Happy Feast Day of our DEAREST HOLY GUARDIAN ANGEL! :D

From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.~from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.


When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: he trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel. - St. John Bosco

Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. without being seen, they are present with you. - St. Francis de Sales

I bind to myself today the power in the love of the Seraphim, in the obedience of the Angels, in the ministration of the Archangels, in the hope of Resurrection unto reward, in the prayers of the Patriarchs, in the predictions of the Prophets, in the preaching of the Apostles, in the faith of the Confessors, in the purity of the holy Virgins, in the deeds of Righteous men. - St. Patrick of Ireland

For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: And the angel that spoke in me, said to me... He does not say spoke to me but in me. - St. Augustine

An angel can illume the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates. - St. Thomas Aquinas

A Poem that St Therese wrote to her Holy Guardian Angel


TO MY ANGEL GUARDIAN
O glorious guardian of my frame!
In heaven's high courts thou shinest bright,
As some most pure and holy flame,
Before the Lord of endless light.
Yet for my sake thou com'st to earth, 
To be my brother, Angel dear:
My friend and keeper from my birth,
By day and night to me most near.
Knowing how weak a child am I,
By thy strong hand thou guidest me;
The stones that in my pathway lie,
  I see thee move them carefully. 
Ever thy heavenly tones invite
My soul to look to God alone;
And ever grows thy face more bright,
  When I more meek and kind have grown.
O thou who speedest through all space
More swiftly than the lightnings fly! 
Go very often, in my place,
To those I love most tenderly.
With thy soft touch, oh! dry their tears;
Tell them the cross is sweet to bear; 
Speak my name softly in their ears,
And Jesu's name, supremely fair.
Through all my life, though brief it be,
I fain would succor souls from sin. 
Dear Angel, sent from heaven to me,
Kindle thy zeal my heart within!
Naught but my holy poverty,
And daily cross to give have I; 
O join them to thine ecstasy,
And offer them to God on high.
Thine are heaven's glory and delight,
The riches of the King of kings; 
The Host in our ciboriums bright
Is mine, and all the wealth pain brings. 
So with the Cross, and with the Host,
And with thine aid, dear Angel Friend,
I wait in peace, on time's dark coast,
Heaven's happiness that knows no end.
                                                                                                       February, 1897

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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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sancte Pio, Ora pro nobis!



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Monday, September 15, 2014

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

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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:


The Miracle of the DOLOROSA DEL COLEGIO
Quito, Ecuador
1906 

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.

+AMDG

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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.

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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

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