Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Queenship of Mary...

 "I shall sing a hymn to the mother, the Queen, whom I joyously 
approach in praise, gladly celebrating her wonders in song. . . 
Our tongue cannot worthily praise thee, O Lady; for thou who 
hast borne Christ the king art exalted above the seraphim. . .  
Hail, O Queen of the world; hail, O Mary, Queen of us all."
-  Axathistos (Byzantine hymn) 


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Feast of Queenship of Mary
August 22*
*Octave of Feast of the Assumption (August 15)

 Feast established - Pope Pius XII - October 11, 1954
Encyclical Letter "Ad Caeli Reginam."
He points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, 
because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, 
because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.

“When she became Mother of the Creator,
she truly became Queen of every creature.”St. John Damascene

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"Every time the Son of God comes again to us in the “poverty” of the sacramental signs of bread and wine, the seeds of that new history wherein the mighty are “put down from their thrones” and “those of low degree are exalted” (cf. Lk 1:52), take root in the world. Mary sings of the “new heavens” and the “new earth” 
which find in the Eucharist their anticipation and in some sense their programme and plan. The Magnificat expresses Mary's spirituality, and there is nothing greater than this spirituality for helping us to experience the mystery of the Eucharist. 
The Eucharist has been given to us so that our life, like that of Mary, may become completely a Magnificat!   

Ecclesia de Eucharistia (58)



Mary, then, is a Queen; but for our common consolation, be it known 
that she is a Queen so sweet, clement, and so ready to help us
that Holy Church wills that we salute her as Queen of Mercy.  
Mary is Queen of Mercy as Jesus is King of Justice.” 

St. Alphonsus de Liguori - Glories of Mary

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“It is true that Our Lady is Queen of Heaven and earth,
but at the same time she is more Mother than Queen.” - St. Therese of Lisieux


 Mary, our Mother, Queen of Heaven, 

pray for us!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Most noble, most profitable, sweetest...

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; 
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
... in thy presence there is fullness of joy... - Psalm 16: 6,11b


"The devotion to the Eucharist
is the most noble
because it has God as its object;
it is the most profitable for salvation,
because it gives us the Author of Grace;
it is the sweetest,
because the Lord is Sweetness Itself."

St Pius X
"Pope of the Eucharist"
Italy~ 1835-1914
257th Pope - 1903 to 1914
Papal motto: "To renew all things in Christ"
To his credit: Extended age of First Communion to age seven.
Advocated frequent Communion, continual Catechesis for all, 
daily Scripture reading by all. 
Reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies,
brought Gregorian chant back, condemned the Modernist heresy.
Feast Day - August 21

 

Describing St Pius X, an historian wrote that he was
“a man of God who knew the unhappiness of the world
and the hardships of life, and in the
greatness of his heart wanted to comfort everyone.”


 St Pius X, pray for us!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The power to heal...

Of Eucharistic Adoration, Peter Kreeft wrote:
 
"Adoration will heal our Church
and thus our nation and thus our world... 
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Adoration touches everyone and everything...
[because it touches the Creator, Who touches everything and everyone]...
 
When we adore, we plug into infinite dynamism and power. 
Adoration is more powerful for construction
than nuclear bombs are for destruction."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Be the Heart of my heart...

Prayer by St. John Eudes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Heart all lovable and all loving of my Savior, be the Heart of my heart, 
the soul of my soul, the spirit of my spirit, the life of my life and the 
sole principle of all my thoughts, words and actions, of all the faculties 
of my soul, and of all my senses, both interior and exterior. Amen.

 

"Your most loving Heart, O Jesus,
dwells in this Sacrament
burning with love for us. 
It is there continually performing
thousands of good deeds towards us."


St. John Eudes
France ~ 1601-1680
Priest, gifted preacher and confessor
Encouraged devotions to twin Hearts of Jesus and Mary 
Central theme of his writings: Jesus as the source of holiness, 
Mary as the model of the Christian life.



Dedicated to counsel and defend morally endangered women, 
he founded an association of priests (Eudists) and religious - 
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity 
(later known as Good Shepherd Sisters)
FEAST DAY - August 19



“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to 
form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, 
 His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. 
All our religious exercises should be directed to this end.
It is the work which God has given us to do unceasingly.”-

From: The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls, St. John Eudes

St John Eudes, pray for us!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ask great things...

"Without doubt, the Lord grants all the favors
which are asked of Him in Mass,
provided they be those fitting for us..." St Jerome
 
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"Take my advice,
and in every Mass ask God to make you a great saint.
Does this seem too much? It is not too much. 
Is it not our good Master Who protests in the holy Gospel that,
for a cup of cool water given out of love of Him,
He will, in return, give paradise?
 
How, then, while offering to God
the blood of His most blessed Son,
should He not give you a hundred heavens,
were there so many?...
 
O blessed Mass!
Expand yet more and more your heart,
and ask great things of Him,
with the reflection that you ask of a God
Who does not grow poor by giving, and, therefore,
the more you petition for, the more you will obtain."
 

St Leonard of Port Maurice