Blessed Virgin Mary: first Saturday of the month and devout affections, fifth prayer

Blessed Virgin Mary: first Saturday of the month and devout affections, fifth prayer

    O Jesus, King most beloved, remember now the mournful desolation of Thy Heart, when Thou forsaken by all, wert mocked as Thou didst hang on the Cross;   when Thou didst find none to comfort Thee but Thy beloved Mother, who stood by Thy Cross to the last, and whom Thou didst commend to the disciple:   Woman, behold thy son   and to the disciple:   Behold thy Mother   I beseech Thee, O compassionate  Jesus, by that sword of anguish which then pierced her Heart, do Thou condole with me and console me in all my tribulations. Amen +PAX   St Gertrude the Great Herald of Divine Love, meditations on the passion of Christ, Tan...

Call upon Mary

Call upon Mary

  On this feast of The Holy Name of Mary may ~ “…The devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” —Venerable Thomas à Kempis   In these most turbulent days, we are counseled by the saints who knew that, ” In dangers, in straits, in perplexity, call upon Mary. Let her name be always in your mouth and heart. —Saint Bernard   I love this painting by Antonio da Messina, titled, The Virgin Mary Reading c 1460-1462. It depicts the Virgin Mary in her status as Queen of Heaven- characterized by a calm, austere fortitude- quietly sitting and reading. Mary is not being tossed about by the worries and cares of the world under her feet....

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary

  The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.   Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.   Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. Hail Mary . . .   And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. Hail Mary . . .   Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 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...

I Met Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Yesterday

I Met Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Yesterday

  Homeless and Pregnant. That was the sign she held in her hands; her blond hair blowing in the wind as if waving to me from the sidewalk of the busy neighborhood crossroad. Maybe I didn’t read it right, I thought..Maybe she’s advertising for the fast food place behind her. However, a second look as I waited at the light, confirmed what I’d first read.  The light turned green, but as I drove off I asked the Lord, Now what? What do you want me to do? Instantly, the grace came; probably fueled from thoughts of what I knew could happen to her if the wrong person stopped to help. As I changed lanes to make the U turn and head back around, I had two thoughts: if  a report came on the news that night of a young pregnant girl kidnapped and harmed,...

Not a Wacko Catholic Superstition

Not a Wacko Catholic Superstition

On the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary   It’s not a scientific study, but the results are very interesting. On an average, I see about sixty patients a week at the hospital and give away a lot of rosaries. When patients see them dangling from my left pant pocket and I ask, Would you like a rosary? Hardly anyone says no; even if they’re away from the church or only a nominally practicing Catholic. What’s also revealing is that no one, with the exception of those from the ‘greatest generation’, knows how to pray the mysteries or what is the real purpose of the rosary. I’ve mentioned here before that I’ve had the misfortune of tangling with a modernist priest who teaches that the rosary is not really a prayer and that...