Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Blessed Nellie of Holy God!

Little Nellie of Holy God

“There! That is the sign for which I was waiting.” -Pope St. Pius X after hearing about the holy life of little Nellie. A few months later in 1910 he issued “Quam Singulari” which significantly lowered the age of Holy Communion for children.

 Little Nellie Organ lived to be only four and one-half years old, and yet for very good reason she is known as “The Little Violet of the Blessed Sacrament.” The remarkable story of her short yet holy life begins with her birth on August 24, 1903. Her father, William Organ and her mother Mary Aherne Organ were married on July 4, 1896 and their marriage was soon blessed with four children: Thomas, David, Mary and, lastly, Nellie. Because unemployment was very high at that time in Ireland, her father William Organ had to choose between emigration and enlistment as a soldier. He chose the latter and in October, 1897, he joined the British Army then in occupation in Ireland, in a garrison in the maritime town of Waterford.

Little Nellie was born in the "married quarters" of the Royal Infantry Barracks in Waterford, Ireland. Soon afterward she was brought to the parish Church of the Trinity where she was Baptized with the name of "Ellen," though she would be familiarly called "Nellie." It was just three weeks after Pius X was elected Pope. Nellie’s father, William, with his family, were transferred to the barracks on Spike Island in Cork Harbor and Nellie’s mother died there. William decided that he could not care for the children and the two girls were given to the care of the Good Shepherd Sisters at St. Finbarr’s Industrial School in Sunday’s Well, Cork and the two boys were sent to another location. Nellie spent only one year in Sunday’s Well before she died due to illness. She had whooping cough when she arrived and it was also discovered that she had a spinal injury which was later found out to have been caused when the family’s child-minder dropped her as a baby. She also had tuberculosis and caries, a rotting disease of the gums and jaws.

Nellie is famous for her outstanding love of Jesus in the Eucharist. A Jesuit, Fr Bury was giving a retreat in the convent and visited Nellie’s bedside each day. He realized that Nellie, although only four years of age, had reached the age of reason. Fr Bury asked her, ‘What is Holy Communion?’ She answered, ‘It is Holy God’ Fr Bury asked her what would happen when she would be allowed to receive Holy Communion. She answered, ‘Jesus will rest on my tongue and then he will do down into my heart’ One could scarcely find a more beautiful description for receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. One night when the Mother Superior was wishing Nellie good night Nellie asked her if she would bring Holy God up to her in the morning. Mother Francis said she would come to see her after Mass which Nellie misunderstood as meaning that she would bring her Holy Communion. When Mother Francis came without Holy Communion Nellie was devastated. Then Nellie asked people to come to her bedside for a moment after receiving Jesus in Holy Communion and then they could return to the chapel to finish their thanksgiving. That was the closest she could get to receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. During the retreat Fr Bury realized that Nellie, although only four years and three months, met all the criteria necessary to receive Holy Communion. And at that time children had to wait until the age of twelve to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. Fr Bury heard her confession and contacted the bishop of Cork for permission to give her Holy Communion. The bishop agreed. She was dressed in white and taken down to the convent chapel for her first Holy Communion. This is what Mother Francis said of Nellie receiving Holy Communion,

At the moment of her First Communion, which she received in a transport of love, Nellie’s features shone as if the presence of the great light in her heart reflected itself in her face. Yes, those who saw Nellie then are well convinced that the child’s appearance was not at all ordinary. This phenomenon was seen more particularly at her other Communions because, after the first, she was taken almost immediately out of the chapel and there were only a chosen few who had the happiness to witness the transformation which took place. Then Nellie had not only a countenance more recollected, an attitude more pious than she customarily had, but an extraordinary radiance.

It is said that Nellie’s thanksgiving for receiving Holy Communion would continue until late in the afternoon. From the day of her First Holy Communion the odor from Nellie’s mouth caused by the rotting of her gums and jaws ceased. Less than two months after receiving her First Holy Communion Nellie died on Sunday 2nd February 1908 ages 4 years, 5 months and 8 days and was buried in St Joseph’s Cemetery in Cork. Eighteen months after her death permission was granted to have Nellie’s remains transferred to the Good Shepherd Convent Cemetery and upon opening her grave her body was found to be incorrupt. Her body was fresh with no sign of the wasting disease she had at her death.

"May God enrich with every blessing Father Prevost and all who recommend frequent Communion to young boys and girls, proposing Nellie as their model"
-Pope Pius X
June 4, 1912

http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2011/03/nellie-organ-little-nellie-of-holy-god.html
http://www.abandonedireland.com/mc_nellie.html
http://knocknovena.com/littlenellie.htm
http://www.frtommylane.com/homilies/year_b/20-2.htm

Friday, January 01, 2016

Te Deum Laudamus... and... Veni Creator Spiritui!!!

2016.. a year in preparation of 2017


Invocation to the Sacred Heart

In my difficulties: help me
From the enemies of my soul: save me
In my errors: enlighten me
In my doubts and pains: comfort me
In my solitudes: be with me
In my illness: invigorate me
When others despise me: encourage me
In temptations: defend me
In difficult hours: strengthen me
With your Sacred heart: love me
With your immense power: protect me
And, into your arms, when I die: receive me.
Amen.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Guardian Angel of Portugal appears to the 3 Children of Fatima in 1916



The Holy Guardian Angel of Portugal appears to the 3 Children of Fatima in 1916 to prepare them for Mother Mary's visits in 1917. Here is a short compilation of the prayers he taught the 3 children, Lucia, Jacintha and Francisco to pray. He knelt with the children and showed them with what devotion they ought to pray and adore Our Lord Jesus Christ. Reparation, we need to make of everything we can think of, a sacrifice. 

My God, I believe in Thee! I adore Thee! I hope in Thee, and I love Thee! I ask pardon of Thee for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee. (3 times)

Most Holy Trinity-Father, Son and Holy Ghost-I adore Thee profoundly, I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.


Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and as a petition for the conversion of sinners. Bring peace to your country this way. 

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

St Catherine Labouré

Adapted from Saint Catherine Labouré of the Miraculous Medal by Joseph I. Dirvin, C.M.

The great apparitions of Virgin Mary by St Catherine Labouré: For these was she born, for these came she into the world, even as Christ came to bear witness to the truth. They are the reason for her being and the wellspring of her holiness. The years of sanctity that went before them, the years of sanctity that followed after, cluster about them like a setting about a gem. Not that St Catherine Labouré was holy because she saw the Blessed Virgin; she was holy because she was faithful to the mission given her to do. God's plan for her life and sanctification was: that she should cultivate a deep devotion to the Mother of God; that she should receive, at first hand, important instructions from this great Lady; that she should carry out these instructions to the letter; and, while doing all this, she should remain hidden, living an ordinary religious life in doing ordinary religious works.

All the graces given her by God worked to this end. St Catherine Labouré corresponded to every grace; she did what was expected of her and did it well. This is why she is a saint.

St Catherine Labouré, please help us all to be able to do what God expects of us, what He wills of us, what He wants to us do. Please help us to ask our Dearest Mother to intercede for us, to shower upon us graces we ought to have asked her. Please help us. Please help us make our way to heaven to be with you and all the Angels and Saints with Jesus and Mary. St Catherine Labouré, ora pro nobis. Amen.

St Catherine Labouré's Incorrupt Body

Our Blessed Mother appears to St Catherine Labouré when she was a novice

St Catherine Labouré (Zoé)

St Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal

St Catherine Labouré's Incorrupt Body for veneration by faithful
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, November 02, 2015

The Wisdom of God

Deo volente, if it is the Will of God that anyone should compile a book on Biology and Science (and teaching methodologies for these topics), the book should be entitled The Wisdom of God

A simple study of Science will tell you that something exists to serve a God-given purpose.

excerpts taken from A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture translated and adapted from the 16th German Edition, by Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, D.D.

Almighty God made everything to fulfill the end for which He destined it. 

The whole of creation testifies to the wisdom of God. 

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, fresco painting, ceiling of Sistine Chapel c.a. 1512, 280 cm × 570 cm
Examples from two instances in Creation:

A Summary: The Water Cycle
Rivers and streams, many of which are of considerable breadth, are ceaselessly flowing into the sea, carrying into it, even in one single day, a tremendous volume of water. This goes on all the year round, and has been going on for thousands of years, and yet the sea does not overflow! How is this? God has so made it that as much water is incessantly rising into the air from the sea as is being poured into it. But how is it, then, that the streams and rivers do not dry up? Whence comes that volume of water which they are continuously pouring into the sea? The mists and clouds which rise from the sea are driven over the land by the wind, and fall back on the earth in the form of either dew, fog, rain or snow. This moisture collects in the ground and forms springs. These springs feed the streams and rivers which carry the water back again to the sea. It is owing to this continuous circulation of water that the sea does not overflow, or the rivers dry up. Moreover, those damp exhalations supply the air with that moisture which is necessary to the life of men and beasts, and to the growth of plants.

You know that water turns foul when it remains for some time without being stirred. How is it that though it is shut in one place, the water of the sea never turns foul? The goodness of God has provided against this by the constant motion of the sea. Twice everyday the water flows from the centre of the sea toward the shore, and back again. Besides this, from time to time God sends winds and storms which stir the sea to its very depths. 

Another summary: The Water Cycle
Such phenomena as these show us the wonderful wisdom manifested in the creation and preservation of the world. In like manner all other creatures bear witness to the wisdom of God. Bees, ants, ears of corn, leaves of the trees - in a word, all things teach us to admire His wisdom. Whether we contemplate nature in its greater or lesser aspects, we must exclaim with David, 

Quam magnificata sunt opera tua, Domine! omnia in sapientia fecisti; impleta est terra possessione tua.

"How great are Thy works, O Lord! Thou hast made all things in wisdom: the earth is filled with Thy riches" 

Psalm 103: 24

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

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

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Words of Tobias (Elder) to Tobias (Junior) for my little one, Maria

Everything here is important.

Quoted directly from Tobias 4:2-20, 23

Hear, my son, the words of my mouth, and lay them as a foundation in thy heart. [3] When God shall take my soul, thou shalt bury my body: and thou shalt honour thy mother all the days of her life: [4] For thou must be mindful what and how great perils she suffered for thee in her womb. [5] And when she also shall have ended the time of her life, bury her by me.

[6] And all the days of thy life have God in thy mind: and take heed thou never consent to sin, nor transgress the commandments of the Lord our God. [7] Give alms out of thy substance, and turn not away thy face from any poor person: for so it shall come to pass that the face of the Lord shall not be turned from thee. [8] According to thy ability be merciful. [9] If thou have much give abundantly: if thou have a little, take care even so to bestow willingly a little. [10] For thus thou storest up to thyself a good reward for the day of necessity.

[11] For alms deliver from all sin, and from death, and will not suffer the soul to go into darkness. [12] Alms shall be a great confidence before the most high God, to all them that give it. [13] Take heed to keep thyself, my son, from all fornication, and beside thy wife never endure to know a crime. [14] Never suffer pride to reign in thy mind, or in thy words: for from it all perdition took its beginning. [15] If any man hath done any work for thee, immediately pay him his hire, and let not the wages of thy hired servant stay with thee at all.

[16] See thou never do to another what thou wouldst hate to have done to thee by another. [17] Eat thy bread with the hungry and the needy, and with thy garments cover the naked. [18] Lay out thy bread, and thy wine upon the burial of a just man, and do not eat and drink thereof with the wicked. [19] Seek counsel always of a wise man. [20] Bless God at all times: and desire of him to direct thy ways, and that all thy counsels may abide in him.

Fear not, my son: we lead indeed a poor life, but we shall have many good things if we fear God, and depart from all sin, and do that which is good.

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, September 23, 2015

The Dominican Sisters of Fanjeaux in their Pilgrimage to Rome Feb 2015

http://gloria.tv/media/SLdb74MWzJP

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St Maurice and his Companions! September 22!

Today is the feast day of St Thomas of Villanova but also of St Maurice and his companions!


Chapel built at the spot where St Maurice and His Companions were martyred
St Maurice was an officer in the Theban Legion, a unit in the army of the Emperor Maximian Herculius. This Legion, from Upper Egypt, was entirely Christian, and when Maximian ordered his soldiers at Octodurum (now called Martigny, Switzerland) to sacrifice to the gods as a way of ensuring victory in battle, Maurice and two other officers led the Theban Legion in refusing, and the legion withdrew to Agaunum (now St. Maurice, in the Swiss Canton of Valais). 

With Maurice encouraging the legionnaires to remain constant, even after the Emperor had the legion decimated (every tenth man killed), the legionnaires answered, "We have arms in our hands, but we do not resist because we would rather die innocent than live by any sin." 

Cows in the fields were the Theban Legion encamped when they withdrew to Agaunum, now St Maurice, in the Swiss Canton of Valais
Maximian ordered the rest of his army to kill the Christian legionnaires. The Theban Legion numbered about 6,600 men, but the actual number killed remains unclear. Others were martyred for refusing to share in the spoils of the legionnaires. St Eucherius, a fifth-century bishop of Lyons, noted that many miracles took place at the shrine of these martyrs. They are buried under the Basilica of St. Maurice-en-Valais in Switzerland.

from the Martyrology for today:

At Sion in Valais, at a place called Agaunum, the birthday of the holy martyrs Maurice, Exuperius, Candidus, Victor, Innocent, and Vitalis, with their companions of the Theban Legion, who were massacred under Maximian for the name of Christ, and filled the whole world with the renown of their martyrdom.

from The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger O.S.B.:

Let us unite with Rome in paying honour to these valiant soldiers, the glorious patrons of Christian armies as well as numerous churches. 

"Emperor," said they, "we are thy soldiers, but we are also the servants of God. To Him we took our first oaths; if we break them, how canst thou trust us to keep our oaths to thee?

No command, no discipline can overrule our baptismal engagements. Every soldier is bound, in honour and in conscience, to obey the Lord of hosts rather than all human commanders, who are but His subalterns.

Prayer

Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that the festive solemnity of thy holy martyrs, Maurice and his companions, may give us joy, that we may glory in their festival on whose help we rely. Through our Lord. 

Amen.



Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori

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

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

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

For my reference

http://angeluspress.org/blog/free-audio-education-of-the-youth-by-fr-michael-mcmahon-sspx/

www.edocere.org

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Keeping Catholic Education Alive!

Keeping Catholic Education Alive!

The way to love anything, is to realise it might be lost. 
- G.K. Chesterton

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Here on earth, to live for love, does not mean settling on Thabor; it means climbing Calvary with Jesus and looking at the Cross as a treasure.

- St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face
my wonderful patron, Ora pro nobis

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Friday, April 17, 2015

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

Airs sur les hymnes sacres, 
Paris 1623
Ancient Harmonisation

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


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

Happy Easter 2015!!! YAY!!!

I really love O Filii et Filiae! 


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Friday, April 03, 2015

To Our Lord on the Cross

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

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

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

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



To Our Lord on the Cross: 



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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen.

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

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

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

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

Deus propicias esto mihi peccatori.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Without sacrifice, saying I love You is NOTHING

Without sacrifice, saying I love You is NOTHING.


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

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

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

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


The Apparition at Tuy (1929)

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

Sister Lucy describes the communication:

(to be continued)

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

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

Deus propicias esto mihi peccatori.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stabat Mater Dolorosa: At the Cross Her Station Keeping

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

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




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

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

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

Hail Mary ...

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

Hail Mary ...

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

Let us pray:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Attende Domine




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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

Laetare Sunday: Pink - a little pink for Lent!

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



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

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


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

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

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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