Saturday, May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
In every good choice, as far as depends on us, our intention must be simple. I must consider only the end for which I am created, that is, for the praise of God our Lord and for the salvation of my soul! Hence, whatever I choose, must help me to this end for which I am created.
I must not subject and fit the end to the means but the means to the end.
ST IGNATIUS FROM LOYOLA
Monday, May 16, 2016
Nostra Signora delle Grazie
A vintage holy card of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Grace in Nettuno, Italy.
The statue in Nettuno is believed to originate from Ipswich in England, which before the Reformation was an important shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Graces. According to one account, the image was brought to Italy by sailors, who had smuggled it onto a ship just before it was meant to be publicly burned in London by Protestant iconoclasts.
PRAY TO HER. SHE IS OUR MOTHER READY TO SHOWER HER GRACES THE MOMENT WE CALL HER
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Praised be God…who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing……Eph 1:3
REFLECTION – Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God.
The Father is your Table, the Son is your Food and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you…..St Catherine of Siena
Saturday, May 14, 2016
“The purpose of marriage is to help married people sanctify themselves and others. For this reason they receive a special grace in the sacrament which Jesus Christ instituted. Those who are called to the married state will, with the grace of God, find within their state everything they need to be holy, to identify themselves each day more with Jesus Christ, and to lead those with whom they live to God.” - St. Josemaría Escrivá
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Ignatius is another sainted begging brother. He was the second of seven children of peasant parents in Sardinia. His path to the Franciscans was unusual. During a serious illness, Ignatius vowed to become a Capuchin if he recovered. He regained his health but ignored the promise. A riding accident prompted him to renew the pledge, which he acted on the second time; he was 20 then. Ignatius’s reputation for self-denial and charity led to his appointment as the official beggar for the friars in Cagliari. He fulfilled that task for 40 years; he was blind the last two years.
While on his rounds, Ignatius would instruct the children, visit the sick and urge sinners to repent. The people of Cagliari were inspired by his kindness and his faithfulness to his work. He was canonized in 1951.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers!- May 8
we thank You for the love of the mothers You have given us,
whose love is so precious that it can never be measured,
whose patience seems to have no end.
We pray for those mothers who fear
they may run out of time or love or patience,
We ask You to bless them with Your own special love. Amen
Saturday, May 7, 2016
St Rose made the right choice: She was a born teacher, and the free school for girls she opened in 1685 was well received.
Soon the cardinal invited her to oversee the training of teachers and the administration of schools in his Diocese of Montefiascone. As Rose’s reputation grew, she was called upon to organize schools in many parts of Italy, including Rome. Her disposition was right for the task as well, for Rose often met considerable opposition but was never deterred.
She died in Rome in 1728, where a number of miracles were attributed to her. She was beatified in 1952 and canonized in 2006. The sodality, or group of women she had invited to prayer, was ultimately given the rank of a religious congregation. Today Venerini Sisters can be found in the United States and elsewhere, working mostly among Italian immigrants.
O Mary, Mary, temple of the Trinity. O Mary, bearer of fire. O Mary, dispenser of mercy. O Mary, restorer of human generation, because the world was repurchased by means of the sustenance that your flesh found in the Word. Christ repurchased the world with His Passion, and you with your suffering of mind and body.
O Mary, peaceful ocean. O Mary, giver of peace. O Mary, fruitful land. You, O Mary, are that new plant from which we have the fragrant flower of the Word, Only-begotten Son of God, because this Word was sown in you, O fruitful land. You are the land and the plant.
Today I ardently make my request, because it is the day of graces and I know that nothing is refused to you, O Mary. Today, O Mary, your land has generated the Saviour for us. O Mary, blessed are you among women throughout the ages! Amen