Archive for the ‘Mary’ Category

Your “yes” can change the world

February 4, 2009

The site http://unbornwordoftheday.com has many beautiful reflections as well as artwork depicting the unborn Child Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary.

Today that site has a particularly good point for meditation in its post titled “Let It Be Done To Me According To Thy Word” which talks about how Mary’s “yes” led to the world’s transformation:

Let us ponder the power and grace that flooded the world when Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb. At the one cell stage, Christ fundamentally changed the world.

Christ wanted to show humanity how special that one cell stage is by fundamentally changing the world at that beginning point of His Incarnate life.

He raised that moment in each person’s life to a dignity and beauty that we will never fully comprehend.

Each of us can carry that message to others, as we urge others to say “yes” to the Culture of Life in our local communities, our nation, and our world. (You can read the full posting at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2009/02/04/let-it-be-it-done-to-me-according-to-thy-word/.)

Here is one example of the artwork (part of the January 31 posting) on that blog. In this case, the image is a photo taken during the March for Life, rather than the art directly.

The caption given with the photo says:

From the ByzanTEENS at the March for Life this year, an icon of the Visitation, showing not only Mary and Elizabeth, but John the Baptist and Jesus in their mothers’ wombs. Notice that John is kneeling and Jesus is blessing him.

(You can click the photo to enlarge it and see the details better.)

Finally, their December 31, 2008 post is titled “2000 Years Marks 42 Years of Prophetic Pro-Life Witness in America” and can be read at http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/12/31/2009-marks-40-years-of-prophetic-pro-%e2%80%93-life-witness-in-america/. The words there may encourage you to persevere in your pro-life work as St. Paul said,

“I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith” (in 2 Timothy 4:7).

More about Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 17, 2008

Here is another view of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is a photograph (i.e., rather than a painting) of the tilma. The photo is found at

http://www.sancta.org/cgi/display.nor?image=imagen_pic_300w.jpg.

 imagen_pic_300w 

That site has much information and many freely downloadable images. But one caution: there is a page that does have two images of babies after abortion. The images are about midway down (i.e., when you scroll) the page at this address:
http://www.sancta.org/patr-unb.html#prayer

They are shown with an article that describes the parallels between the human sacrifice happening in Mexico prior to Our Lady’s appearance there, and the modern day human sacrifice of abortion.

Here are tips to help you avoid seeing those images if you want to read the article and prayers on the page. (You will have to skip reading the end of the article, unless you cover the right-hand side of the screen while scrolling down.)

  • The title of the page is “Protectress of the Unborn: Our Lady of Guadalupe Versus the Culture of Death”.
  • Below the images is a section of the page with two of the many prayers available on the site. So if you click (i.e., in one of the indexes) to view the prayers named “A Prayer for Abortion Victims” or “Prayer of John Paul II for Life”, be cautious about scrolling upward on the page, if you prefer not to look at the images.

I am not aware of anywhere else on the site where you might run into that kind of graphic image. The site is definitely worth visiting, but wasn’t included in the list on Dec. 12 because it needs this caution to be stated.

Be assured that I will always try to warn you of such images when I’m aware of them. Please let me know of any that I miss. In general, though, I will avoid such sites.

But since the site sancta.org has so much beneficial material, I think the link  is worth sharing despite the portion that is difficult for some people to see. Among other reasons, I really wanted you to see as authentic an image of Our Lady on the tilma as I can possibly share with you. There are many painted representations of it and (other than visiting the actual basilica in Mexico) the only way to see it is with a photograph.

Dedication renewal

December 12, 2008

As indicated in the very first post, this blog is under the protection of

Our Lady of Guadalupe,

whose feast we celebrate today.

She is the Patroness of the Americas and
the Protectress of the Unborn.

There are many sites where you may read about the story of the miraculous image that she gave to Saint Juan Diego in 1531.

Here are a few (in no particular order):

http://www.maryourmother.net/Guadalupe.html

http://www.ourladyofguadalupe.org/ologimage.htm

http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/ladyguad.htm

As noted at the maryourmother.net site:

To the Christian one cannot help but
identify Our Lady of Guadalupe
with the Woman of the Apocalypse.

This interpretation was first recorded by
Father Miguel Sanchez in 1648.

“A great sign appeared in the sky,
a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon at her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

Revelation 12:1 12

Our Lady of Guadulupe,
pray for us!!!

For the benefit of readers who may be uncomfortable with talking about Mary, the mother of Jesus, here are some notes that may help you understand the context of Catholic devotion to (not worship of !) this great role model of Christians. 

Please remember that Catholics meditate on Mary
only in the light of Christ.

Jesus Christ is the heart of the Church.

It was St. Catherine of Siena, who lived during
the fourteenth century, who said that

All the way to heaven is heaven,
because Christ is the Way
.

The Englishwoman Caryll Houselander
(1901-1954), in The Reed of God,
has captured the beauty of Mary
in a simple yet profound way:

“The one thing she did is the one thing that
we all have to do, namely,
to bear Christ into the world.”

Our joy is that Mary did this as a human,
“as a lay person and through the ordinary
daily life that we all live.”

You can read more at http://www.maryourmother.net/Mary.html.

Go Jeb!

December 9, 2008

This is what Florida needs, and I am ready now to vote for Jeb for President, too!

“Pro-Life Former Governor Jeb Bush Considering Senate Run”
by Kathleen Gilbert

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/dec/08120807.html

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Please don’t miss this list of evidence of his pro-life stance:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/may/06051005.html

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Now is perhaps a good time to re-visit an article on Unborn Word of the Day that indicates Governor Jeb Bush’s devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

http://unbornwordoftheday.com/2008/09/25/our-lady-of-guadalupe-please-pray-for-the-unborn/

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Since today is the feast of St. Juan Diego, I’ll close with the quote that that post begins with:

‘Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief.

Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.

Am I not here who am your Mother?

 Are you not under my shadow and protection?

Am I not the fountain of life?

 Are you not in the folds of my mantle?
In the crossing of my arms?

 Is there anything else you need?’

 

Words spoken by
Our Lady of Guadalupe
to Saint Juan Diego
on December 12, 1531

National Night of Prayer for Life – tonight!

December 8, 2008

When I started to write this post, I didn’t readily find a Web site specifically about this event, but did find several links to blogs and other sites that tell what their parishes are doing about it. These links also are a view into what various pro-life groups around the country are doing in their ministries. (You’ll see that one of them does provide a link to a main Web site, but I decided that this tour of pro-life communities is still worth sharing!)

http://tarriverlife.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/national-night-of-prayer-for-life-2008/

December 8 through 9 – Spanning the Feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe’s first apparition to St. Juan Diego….The National Night of Prayer is celebrating its [18]th year of uniting parishes across the country in an effort to end abortion and make prayers of reparation through Eucharistic Adoration. …The hour of unity will be from midnight-1am when parishes in all four time zones will be praying simultaneously for life. 

http://youth-for-life.blogspot.com/2008/12/night-of-prayer-for-unborn-on-december.html

Has many great links about other pro-life matters.

http://www.fargodiocese.org/respectlife/pro-life.htm

Is a calendar type of page, so at some point in the future the announcement about this event probably will no longer be shown, but you might still appreciate seeing how the diocese sets up its pro-life site.

http://www.stlouisreview.com/article.php?id=16551

Shows a large number of parishes participating

http://www.prolifesja.com/Home/life-office-weekly-update-1

Another busy diocese

http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/life/calendarOfEvents.asp

19th Annual National Night of Prayer for Life. It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (then celebrated on December 9th) that Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego. The National Night of Prayer for Life bridges these two feasts to honor Our Blessed Mother and to pray for the sanctity of all human life. During the Hour of Unity, 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM EST., we will be united in churches across the country in prayer to end abortion and in reparation for sins against the Gospel of Life. Prayerfully join us in Unity of Prayer across the country, highlighting Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary. Visit: NationalNightofPrayerforLife.org for full details.

http://sites.google.com/site/nationalnightofprayerforlife/

2008—19th Annual
National Night of Prayer for Life

Uniting the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
with the Feast of St. Juan Diego

9PM Dec. 8th (Monday) to 1AM Dec. 9th (Tuesday)

It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (then celebrated on December 9) that Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, and the unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego. The National Night of Prayer for Life bridges these two feasts to honor Our Blessed Mother and to pray for the sanctity of all human life.

We ask each parish to join in praying on this holy occasion.

During the HOUR OF UNITY, 12PM-1AM EST, we will be united in churches across the county in prayer to end abortion in reparation for sins against the Gospel of Life.

The National Night of Prayer for Life is a pro-life prayer service consisting of exposition and adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, 20 decades of the Rosary, prayer to St. Michael, meditation and hymns.

Contact your local priests, religious & Right to Life Organizations and inform your friends and family across the nation.

Donations Welcome. Your Donation will help with the cost of mailing and allow for continuation of this program.

Holy Mary, pray for “U.S.”

December 8, 2008

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States, since Our Lady, as the Immaculate Conception, is patroness of our country.

Visit Catholic Fire for more information and a video. Jean provide quotes from the Catechism and beautiful pictures.

http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2008/12/solemnity-of-immaculate-conception.html

Also, visit Causa Nostrae Laetitiae for a story that may be as new to you as it is to me. Leticia credits the Felician sisters for providing the full story that she has on her blog, and I will share some excerpts.

http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae.blogspot.com/2008/12/feast-of-immaculate-conception-hour-of.html#links

Excerpts:

During the period of November 24, 1946 to December 8, 1947, the Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Pierrina in a little church in Montichiari, Italy, eleven times.

On the first appearance the Blessed Mother told Sister Pierrina that She wanted to be known as the ‘Mystical Rose’ and that an hour of grace should be kept at noon, December 8th in all the Catholic Churches of the world. The Blessed Mother wanted this to be known through all of Italy and the entire world.

… [November 16, 1947] The Blessed Mother spoke these words. “My Son is greatly offended by the sins of impurity. He is already planning to end the deluge upon the people, for their destruction, but I have asked him to show mercy and not send the destruction. So that is why I have appeared to ask for penance and atonement for the sins of impurity.”

… [Nov. 22] Again Our Lady asked for penance. She said, “Penance is nothing more than accepting all our crosses daily willingly. No matter how small, accept them with love. “At this time, she told Sister Pierrina to come again on December 8th at noon. “This will be My Hour of Grace.”. The Sister asked how she was to prepare for this Hour of Grace? To which the Blessed Mother said, “With Prayers and Penance. Pray the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms three times.

During the Hour of Grace, many spiritual graces would be granted. The most hard-hearted sinners will be touched by the grace of God.” The Blessed Virgin promised that whatever a person asked Her for during this Hour of Grace (even in impossible cases) would be granted to them, if it was in accordance with the will of the Eternal Father.

… [Dec. 8] Suddenly a brilliant white light appeared from the ceiling. Stairs were coming from the light down to the floor of the Church about fifteen feet in length. The staircase was beautifully decorated with red, white and yellow roses. The Blessed Virgin appeared so radiant, dressed in white, with Her Hands folded. She was standing on a splendid carpet at the top of the stairs made of the red, white and yellow roses.

In the most gentle and loving voice, Our Lady smiled and began to speak. “I am the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of all graces and the Mother of my Beloved Son, Jesus. I want to be known as the Mystical Rose. My wish is that every year on the 8th of December at noon an ‘Hour of Grace’ will be installed. Many spiritual graces and physical blessings will be received by those who pray undisturbed during this hour.”

Then slowly she began to ascend the staircase gracefully scattering roses as She went along until She reached midway of the staircase. Here again the Blessed Mother spoke, “I am very happy to see this great demonstration of Faith.” Sister Pierrina asked for many of the sinners to be forgiven. The Blessed Mother replied. “My Divine Son will show his Greatest Mercy as much as the people will pray for them. I want this to be known and told to Pope Pius XII. Tell him I want him to install the ‘Hour of Grace’ throughout the whole world and even for those who are not able to go to Church during this time, can obtain this grace in their homes at noon time.”

She also asked that a Statue be made and placed on the spot where she stood. This should be called the ‘Rosa Mystica’ and carried in procession through the town at which time many graces will be given and cures will take place. Then the Statue is to be returned to the Church.

REQUEST OF BLESSED MOTHER FOR THE HOUR OF GRACE

1. Day and time of Hour of Grace – December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception – to be started at 12 noon and will continue until 1 PM (one full hour of prayer)

2. During this hour the person making the ‘Hour of Grace’ either at home or in the Church must put away all distractions (do not answer the telephone or answer any doors or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this Special Hour of Grace)

3. Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms. …

4. The rest of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent communication with God meditating upon the Passion of Jesus saying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, meditating upon other Psalms, etc.

Please distribute this message to as many people as you can. Remember to pray for your country during this hour. The Blessed Mother has requested that Her message be sent throughout the entire world. Please help the Blessed Virgin Mary to fulfill Her Mission well … that all souls be drawn to God and that Jesus will be loved in every heart. This is the Perpetual song of her Heart. Let it also be ours.

More about the Rosary and Respect Life Month

October 11, 2008

Here’s a post from a blog that I tend to like: http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae.blogspot.com/2008/10/fr-george-rutler-on-our-lady-of-victory.html#links. The post’s title on that blog is “Our Lady of Victory and the Election” and that pretty well describes its contents. Starting with a description of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the article (by Father George W. Rutler, who can be seen on EWTN) moves into the pastoral letter issued by Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The blogger (Leticia) has used bold type for emphasis and I will copy those quotes here for your convenience.

Father Rutler’s words:

“We are now engaged in a clash of cultures even more widespread, and to reduce it to a mere political or economic paradigm would be to ignore its spiritual significance.”

“Today bishops are also moved to speak out in defense of life when it is threatened in an unprecedented way.” 

Bishop Martino’s quote from Bishop Timlin (his predecessor):

“The taking of innocent human life is so heinous, so horribly evil, and so absolutely opposite to the law of Almighty God that abortion must take precedence over every other issue. I repeat. It is the single most important issue confronting not only Catholics, but the entire electorate.”

To read the full article, please go to Leticia’s blog (at the link in the beginning of this post). There you will also see a beautiful picture of “Our Lady of Victory” with the Child Jesus.

You could also read the same article (dated October 5, 2008) at the Web site of the parish where Fr. Rutler is pastor: http://oursaviournyc.org/pastor-s-corner.

In searching for the source of Fr. Rutler’s article, I not only found his parish’s Web site, but also the Web site of one of his parishioners. That site has multiple posts about Fr. Rutler and the parish. I include the link here (http://rgoing.livejournal.com/tag/rutler) since there might be some interesting information for anyone living in or visiting the area.

To close this post, I return to the blogger whose site brought the article to my attention: Leticia Velasquez. Since mid-July on an infrequent basis I’ve read/skimmed posts on her blogs and generally have been pleased with what I’ve seen. That’s why I included her blog link (http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae.blogspot.com/) in the sidebar of my own blog. Maybe you’ll want to read more of her work there and the other places where she writes.

Worldwide Rosary for the Unborn

October 10, 2008

It’s very soon! On Saturday, October 18th, preferably during the 9:00 a.m. hour in whichever time zone you are in, please pray the Rosary for this specific intention:

“For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn babies.” 

In the meantime, please do two things to prepare:

  • Spread the word to as many people as you can between now and the 18th. The Website provides an email-able information sheet in at least 12 languages!

As stated on the Web site:

“…it is hoped that the earth will be circled with multiple waves of Rosaries within a 24-hour time period.”

You can order the following bumper sticker from that Web site:

 

Bumper Sticker Available

This closing comment is not part of the event, but it is a timely connection that I make personally and maybe you will, too. I see the timing as part of God’s plan to increase the prayers being offered prior to the election. Who other than God would have known the sharp contrast of candidates that we would face this November? The human organizer of this event has conducted several variations of the “worldwide rosary” and “one million rosaries” for the unborn, so I know that this one is not something he suddenly decided to do. It could only be our Father in Heaven who ordained that the timing coincide. I imagine that Our Lady is the one who gave the organizer the idea. And now it’s up to us to follow through, by praying together for the stated intention and perhaps including an additional intention for the outcome of the election which is a little more than three weeks away.

Our Lady of the Rosary: Pray for Us!

October 7, 2008

That is today’s feast. Please visit these sites for some meditations you might want to include when praying the rosary:

For meditations on all the mysteries of the rosary, try www.priestsforlife.org/prayers/Rosary.html 

See also the materials at www.usccb.org/prolife.

October is a special month

October 1, 2008

This month is special for at least two particular reasons:

  • Respect Life Month – this year’s “Respect Life Sunday” is October 5th.
  • Month of the Holy Rosary – especially the “Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary” on October 7 (a Tuesday this year).