Mary: The Most Pure Creature

“She who is full of grace, the object of God’s pleasure, exalted above all the angels and the saints, lived an ordinary life.

“Mary is as much a creature as we are, with a heart like ours, made for joy and mirth as well as suffering and tears. Before Gabriel communicates to her God’s plan, our Lady does not know that she has been chosen from all eternity to be the mother of the Messiah. She sees herself as a lowly creature. That is why she can acknowledge, with full humility, that ‘he who is mighty has done great things’ for her.”—St Josemaria Escriva, “Cause of Our Joy”, Christ is Passing By. 

The words of our Lady, ‘he who is mighty has done great things’ resound across the ages, He has done great things for many, and He continues to do so now. In my own life, I know how much He has done, how much He has been present when there have been doubts, worries, and dark periods. Throughout all of this ordinary life, He has sent messengers of His Love to me. We are told that the angel Gabriel came to our Lady: I believe that some of the people who have come to me during my Life although human, have nonetheless had the character of an angel: a messenger of God.

So today, celebrating our Lady’s ordinariness as well as her extraordinariness, let us praise God and this evening, when saying the Magnificat at Vespers, really thank God for all that He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.

Priestly Fraternity of the Dowry of Mary

penanceThought and meditations on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

By Mgr Alban FSDM

Today, we find ourselves in a strange place in the life of the Church. First of all, the Roman Catholic Church is without a leader, while the previous one is still living. We await with anticipation the election by the Cardinals of the new Bishop of Rome. It seems likely, though not certain, that there will be a new Holy Father by this time next week.

The Bishop of Rome is traditionally known as the Holy Father, as he is a spiritual father to us all. Even, we who are not in full communion with him, recognise him as the leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. We pray for him in the Canon of the Mass – though not during the period of Sede Vacante – as we recognise that he has a…

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A thought for those who make sacred vestments…

[St Mary Bernard Soubirous] spent the rest of her brief life there, working as an assistant in the infirmary and later as a sacristan, creating beautiful embroidery for altar cloths andvestments.

The work of a sacristan is never done. There is always work to be done. With the daily Mass and the other offices, vestments and altar cloths become worn and need replacing. But I wonder if many people consider how and by whom they are made.

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The Saint whose Feast Day our Fraternity celebrates today, one week after the great Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes last week, was one such sacristan. I wonder, if even today, there are vestments and altar cloths in use that were made by her.

Today, in my prayers at Mass, I remembered the work of all who strive to make the everyday materials that we use at Mass and the Sacraments the very best that they can make. May they continue to make items that are worthy of the King of Kings.

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Christians urged to pray for marriage on Sunday 3 Feb: a prayer for all

christiansequalmarriage5We thank you for the gift of sexual love, which You created at the dawn of time, to be a blessing for all generations throughout the earth, and an earthly reflection of Your passionate, possessive, jealous love for us through all the ages.

We pray that You would fill each and every marriage with Your love and grace, and that every husband and wife would know the joy that comes from sharing and giving.

We know, Lord, that every marriage is a model of Your love for us, but that it exists in this varied, evolving, finite, flawed world, that is created as You have seen fit. We thus ask Your blessing upon all married people, and upon all those whose love makes their union blessed and sacramental in Your eyes.

We thank You for all those who create homes and families of love, and wish to join with You in the Creation and Sustenance of all our children, especially those who chose to offer their parental love to those who are not their physical children. We see in Your Word so many examples of intense love between those who are bonded by commitment and choice, that we know that you live in ALL our families, whether they be Families of Birth, or Families of Choice.

We pray for all those who do not enjoy those blessings, remembering that you are Father and Mother to us all, especially the orphaned, and Husband and Wife to us all, especially to those who live lives of solitude, either by choice or by destiny.

We pray, as you have commanded us, for those in positions of civil authority.

We pray that Her Majesty’s Government will act with wisdom and righteousness, celebrating marriage as the recognition of lifelong love and commitment for all.

We pray for forgiveness for our nation, for a past in which Her Majesty’s Government has sought to make evil out of love, and to create artificial differences between Your Children, among whom we know You see not male or female, nor slave nor citizen.

And we pray for ourselves, that we would speak out in support of marriage for all with gentleness and kindness, but also with courage and confidence.

In the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord, and the spirit of Ruth and Naomi and of Jonathan and David, we pray.
Amen.

The above is presented as a response to the wide-publicised request from The Christian Institute for a day of prayer ahead of the vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday 5 February on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

“Our generation is immensely attracted to the statements of Pope Benedict XVI that ask for a return to tradition in liturgy. I hear countless, young Catholic college students, facebook-ers and bloggers begging: “Please, give this back to us.” ” – well said,

Catholic With A Vengeance +++

Attention Pastors, Youth Pastors, Music Directors, Deacons and Catechists:

 

I have oft heard the complaint from you that “The young people aren’t interested in Catholic faith, they don’t come to Mass and they don’t volunteer to sing, lector or help with ministries…it seems there is little hope these days!”

I’ve come to tell you, there is hope! The young people can be drawn to Catholic faith, Mass, choir and any church-related ministry. You can get them interested!

 

The Problem:

Frequently, young Catholics feel ignored, not that they aren’t being pampered or praised or given special attention, I mean they are trying to tell you exactly what they like, what they expect from the Church, what they are yearning for deep in their souls… but you simply aren’t listening.

I am in my twenties, part of the tail end of what they call “the John Paul II generation” I…

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Priestly Fraternity of the Dowry of Mary

Thoughts and meditation on the Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (Year C)1

By Mgr Alban FSDM

“You, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
the least of the clans of Judah,
our of you will be born for me
the one who is to rule over Israel;
his origin goes back to the distant past,
to the days of old…
…He himself will be peace.”

At this time each year, our thoughts are turned to that small city in the Holy Land, Bethlehem, the city of David, to where the Holy Family found itself heading for the census that was to be taken of ‘the whole world‘.

Each year, now as in the days of old, many people find themselves heading to Bethlehem. Today there are many obstacles in the way, but it is the place where first Our Blessed Lord laid his head to sleep. As we will hear at Midnight…

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O Adonaï — ‘come and redeem us’

The second of the great ‘O Antiphons’ O Adonai

O Adonai and Ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him your law.  Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us.1

Our God indeed reaches from the beginning of time, He was there in the burning bush appearing to Moses, gave the Ten Commandments forming the basis of the Law, and will come and redeem us all in due course. He was at the beginning, and is to be at the end, and in the middle He comes to redeem us all if we will let him.

Notes

1. Antiphons of Advent

Three sides to a story: the most important The Truth

We all know the old adage about there being two sides to every story. Well, recently I read that there are in fact three: your side, my side, and the truth. The truth is what we as Christians are about. It is what we try to follow and to show to the world around us.

The truth was also what our blessed Lord was about. In today’s Gospel, we hear him asked, “Are you the king of the Jews” The response ultimately to this line of questioning from Pilate was “Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into this world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.” 

All who are on the side of truth listen to my voice. Are we on the side of truth? Continue reading

Everyday we are filmed by security cameras as we move about. Watch this video and see what some of them have picked up. It’s not just about security…

Pills Coffee Heresy

6/12/12 It turns out the reason this video link kept going down is that its originally a coke commercial that someone else hijacked – it’s still cool 🙂

 

I’ve been sent this a bunch lately, I almost didn’t watch it. Thinking it would be one thing, it turned out to be something else & brought a smile to my face.
Sometimes security cameras catch something a little different.

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