Friday, May 31, 2013

The Visitation


In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said,

 "My soul magnifies the Lord, 
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. 
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 
for he who is mighty has done great things for me, 
and holy is his name. 
And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. 
He has shown strength with his arm, 
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, 
he has put down the mighty from their thrones, 
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich he has sent empty away. 
He has helped his servant Israel, 
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers, 
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever." 

And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

~Luke 1: 39-56

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

St. Rita of Cascia



Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life.

Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died, Rita tried to join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Unsuccessful at first because she was a widow, Rita eventually succeeded.

Over the years, her austerity, prayerfulness and charity became legendary. When she developed wounds on her forehead, people quickly associated them with the wounds from Christ's crown of thorns. She meditated frequently on Christ's passion. Her care for the sick nuns was especially loving. She also counseled lay people who came to her monastery.
Beatified in 1626, Rita was not canonized until 1900. She has acquired the reputation, together with St. Jude, as a saint of impossible cases. Many people visit her tomb each year.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pentecost


"So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. With one heart all these joined constantly in prayer, together with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as theSpirit gave them power to express themselves. Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, and each one was bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. 'Surely,' they said, 'all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia,Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; residents of Rome- Jews and proselytes alike -- Cretans and Arabs, we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.' Everyone was amazed and perplexed; they asked one another what it all meant."


~ Acts 1: 12-14, 2: 1-12 



Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Lady of Fatima


My mind has been all over on what to say about these extraordinary apparitions. I don't know how to put anything, since there are so many parts to this complex puzzle. There is some great information on this website:
http://www.ewtn.com/fatima/


"I AM THE LADY OF THE ROSARY"



Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima


O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary,

 you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. 
We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for 
the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption 
that are recalled there in may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, 
through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.

Amen.

Lucia, Bl. Francisco & Bl. Jacinta

People looking at the Miracle of the Sun

Basilica of the Rosary


Apparition chapel


Apparition site



"In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph."



Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Crowned statue of Our Lady in my room

Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy,
Our Life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor, banished children of Eve,
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us,
And show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement,
O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen.

Happy Mother's day to my wonderful mother, and all mothers out there, especially Our most Blessed Mother.