Saturday, April 25, 2009

To have Mass offered for the Holy Souls is the most efficacious relief

Blessed Sacrament
To have Mass offered for the Holy Souls is certainly the most efficacious way of relieving them.

"Since it is certain by the doctrine of the Catholic Church, that the souls detained in purgatory are benefited by the prayers of the faithful, and especially by the august Sacrifice of the Altar, we think we can give them no more useful and desirable pledge of our love than by everywhere increasing the offering of the pure oblation of the Most Holy Sacrifice of Our Divine Mediator, for the extinction of their pain."

Pope Leo XIII, encyclical Quod Anniversarius, 1888

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The Visit to the Blessed Virgin

According to St. Alphonsus de Liguori the opinions of St. Bernard regarding the most Blessed Virgin Mary is as follows:

"God dispenses no graces otherwise than through the hands of Mary - 'God wills that we should receive nothing that does not pass through Mary's hands.'

Hence Father Suarez declares that it is now the sentiment of the universal Church, that 'the intercession of Mary is not only useful, but even necessary to obtain graces.'"

This declaration is based on Sacred Scripture according to St. Bernard.

In me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me. Eccl 24:26

Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. Prov.8:34

He that shall find me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord. Prov. 8:35

Hence it is not without reason that the Holy Church wills that we should all call her our common hope, by saluting her, saying, 'Hail, our hope!'"

St. Bernard called Mary the "the whole ground of our hope." He said "seek for graces" and "seek them through Mary".

St. Antoninus taught that if we ask for graces without her intercession, we shall be making an effort to fly without wings, and we shall obtain nothing. He wrote: "He who asks without her as his guide, attempts to fly without wings."

St. Alphonsus writes of a Father Auriemma's book Affetti Scambievoli where the good Father wrote of innumerable favors granted by the Mother of God to those who practiced the devotion of visiting her often in her churches or before her image.

The Blessed Mother of God would grant many graces, especially in the gift of understanding to those who visited her regularly such as St. Albert the Great, Abbot Rupert, the aforementioned Fr. Suarez. They became renowned throughout the Church for their great learning.

She also granted graces to St. John Berchmans who visited our Lady daily in the chapel of the Roman college. He declared that he renounced all earthy love, to love no other after God than the Most Blessed Virgin and had written at the foot of the image of his beloved lady "I will never rest until I shall have obtained a tender love for my Mother".

St. Bernadine of Sienna visited our lady, in his youth and declared that Our Lady had ravished his heart. He referred to her as his beloved and visited her often. She in turn obtained for him the graces necessary to renounce the world.

So says St. Alphonsus:
"Do you then, be also careful always to join to your daily visit to the Most Blessed Sacrament a visit to the most holy Virgin Mary in some church, or at least before a devout image of her in your own house. If you do this with tender affection and confidence, you may hope to receive great things from this most gracious Lady, who, as St. Andrew of Crete says, always bestows great gits on those who offer her event he least act of homage."
Mary, Queen of sweetest hope,
Who can e'er forget thee?
By thy mercy, by thy love.
Have pity, Queen on me?

-from the Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Acquiring the Perfect Christian Life

Sacrado Corazon de Jesus
Sagrado Corazón de Jesús by Antonio Kiernam Flores

Source here

According to St. Louis de Montfort, the perfect Christian life is acquired through the following manners:

1. An ardent desire

2. Continual prayer

3. Universal mortification

4. A tender and true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Louis de Montfort stresses that among these four means devotion to Mary is the surest, the easiest and the quickest way to the perfect development of the Christ-life in us.

- The Love of Eternal Wisdom by St. Louis de Montfort

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Movie - The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M

There is a new movie opening up this June, 2000 from the producers or The Passion of the Christ and starring Jim Caviezel. It is based on the international best-selling book by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam.
This film is based on a true story. Stranded in a remote Iranian village, Sahebjam is approached by Zahra, a woman with a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death just two weeks before. Her story exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the lack of rights for women. Her last and only hope for justice lies in the hands of the journalist who must escape with the story - and his life - in order to communicate the violence to the world.
Source Wikipedia

The Stoning

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Prayer for the Dying

Passing the Oil Extreme Unction
Passing the Oil, Extreme Unction by Nicholas Poussin

May Christ Who was crucified for your sake
free you from excruciating pain.
May Christ Who died for you
free you from the death that never ends.
May Christ the Son of the living God,
set you in the ever green loveliness of His Paradise,
and may He, the true Shepherd
recognize you as one of His own.
May you see your Redeemer face to face
and standing in His presence forever,
may you see with joyful eyes
Truth revealed in all its fullness.


From the depths of my misery, I adore Thee and I give Thee thanks.
Thy holy Name was invoked over my cradle to be my profession of faith,
my plan of action,
and the only goal of my earthly pilgrimage.
Grant, O most Holy Trinity, that I may ever be inspired by this faith,
and may carry out this plan with perseverance,
so that, when I have reached the end of my journey upon Earth,
I may be able to fix my gaze upon the blessed splendors of Thy glory.


Thanks to Sue

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Novena to St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker
St. Joseph, Patron of Workers
(Feast – May 1)

Model of all who are devoted to toil,
Obtain for me the grace to toil
In the spirit of penance,
In order thereby to atone
For my many sins;

To toil conscientiously,
Putting devotion to duty
Before my own inclinations;
To labor with thankfulness and joy,
Deeming it an honor
To employ and to develop by my labor
The gifts I have received from Almighty God;

To work with order,
Peace, moderation and patience,
Without ever shrinking
From weariness and difficulties;

To work, above all,
With a pure intention
And with detachment from ourselves,
Having always before my eyes
The hour of death
And the accounting
Which I must then render
Of time ill-spent,
Of talents unemployed,
Of good undone
And of empty pride in success,
Which is so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus,
All through Mary,
All in imitation of you,
O Patriarch Joseph!

This shall be my motto
In life and in death.


Source My Catholic Tradition

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A Prayer for Priests

St. John Vianney

Father, send us many holy priests;
for it is through Christ's presence in the priest,
that we, at the Holy Sacrifice,
partake of the Sacred Feast.

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Deliverance Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel
"Almighty God and Father we beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All saints of Heaven, come to our aid.

From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

From hatred, fornication, envy, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

From thoughts of jealousy, rage and death, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

From every thought of suicide or abortion, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

From every form of sinful sexuality, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

From every sort of spell, malefice, witchcraft, and every form of the occult, we implore Thee, deliver us O Lord.

Thou who said "Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you." Grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every demonic influence and enjoy Thy peace always. In the name of Christ, Our Lord. Amen."


H/T to Sue
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Congratulations to the New Archbishop of St. Louis

Archbishop Carlson Picture source American Papist

There is news on all over the Catholic blogosphere about this new appointment.

But I would like to add what my mom said "What a very handsome archbishop!"...and pro-life :-)

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Scenes from a Church's Rededication Mass

Rose Window
Rose Window

Blessed Sacrament Church
The interior of the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Church

Altar Servers
Blessed Sacrament Altar Servers

Bishop Rodimer
Bishop Rodimer in the Processional

Bishop during Processional
Bishop Serratelli in the Processional

Father Patrick
Father Patrick

Fr. Heriberto Gospel
Associate Pastor Fr. Heriberto Guerra and the Gospel Reading

Bishop's Homily

Bishop Serratelli Holy Communion
Bishop Serratelli Giving Holy Communion to the Faithful

Gift presented to the Bishop by the Blessed Sacrament parishioners

Recessional LofC
Legionaries of Christ in the Recessional

Bishop Serratelli Greeting People
Bishop Serratelli greeting the faithful after Mass. I got to kiss the Bishop's ring

This past Divine Mercy Sunday, Bishop Arthur Serratelli of the Diocese of Paterson, celebrated the rededication Mass of Blessed Sacrament Church in Paterson, New Jersey.

This is the church that I remember as a little girl of 4 or 5. The huge edifice and marble interior used to intimidate me. Actually, I used to be afraid to go into the Church. This was supposed to be our parish church.

We were parishioners there during my early youth. Then we attended Our Lady of Victories Church for a few years. When we were enrolled at St. John's Cathedral school, (I was in 8th grade then), we attended Mass at the beautiful Cathedral in downtown Paterson.

In our early adult years, nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Church became our church home.

Now over 20 years later, my mother, sister and her husband are back home at Blessed Sacrament Church.

This rededication Mass was very beautiful and fitting for a glorious Divine Mercy Sunday.

It was standing room only. My brother in law who was an usher that day said there were over 100 people standing in the back. There were many invited guests too. A few notables were past pastors like Fr. Trapasso, Monsignor Vincent Puma, former bishop of Paterson, Frank Rodimer, Father Eugene Palumbo, the Legionaries of Christ priests, brothers and seminarians, civic leaders, the Sheriff of Passaic County, etc. We felt privileged to be among the many faithful that day.

The day before was Bishop Serratelli's birthday. We all sang Happy Birthday to him at Father Patrick's prompting.

Credit for this successful and very special occasion has to go to the pastor Fr. Patrick Ryan. He really did a spectacular job in ensuring that everything went well.

Here are some photos from the Mass.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Mother Angelica

Mother Angelica

A very happy and blessed birthday to dear Mother Angelica of the Eternal Word Television Network.

Thanks to Heather, the Catholic Mom in Sweden for the reminder!
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy

This is the Divine Mercy image at Blessed Sacrament Church. I caught my mom praying prior to Mass.

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday Everyone!

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Before and after photos of the Vilnius Image after the restoration process in 2003 by the Archbishop of Vilnius, Lithuania.

"Jezu Ufam Tobie"
Today there are many variations of the Divine Mercy Image around the world, the most famous being the Hyla, Vilnius, and Skemp Images. The Vilnius Image, featured on this page, is the original and only Divine Mercy Image painted under Sister Faustina's direction. It was painted in 1934 by Vilnius artist Eugene Kazimirowski, who was retained by Fr. Michael Sopocko, Sister Faustina's spiritual director. This image is named after the town where the Image was painted and first hung for public display. Both the Hyla and the Skemp are named after the artists who painted them...

Vilnius Image and the Shroud of Turin

Because Sister Faustina was not an artist, her spiritual director, Father Michael Sopocko, took her to a local Vilnius artist named Eugene Kazimirowski, who painted this Image directly under Faustina’s supervision. From the time Sister received the vision in 1931 to paint this Image, to the time it was finished, three and one-half painful years had elapsed. Painful because of the many conflicts Sister Faustina had to endure. Sadly remarking, “Lord, who will paint You as beautiful as you are” (Diary 313), Faustina had the artist change the face at least 10 times. Finally, Our Lord told Faustina that it was good enough - to leave it in the state it’s in. In the mid 1990's it was accidentally discovered that the face on this Image perfectly matched the one on the Holy Shroud of Turin...

I will save those cities and houses in which this Image will be found. He also said: I will likewise protect the persons who will honor and trust in My Mercy."
To learn more about the history of this original image of the Divine Mercy, please visit Mercy Images

Divine Mercy Sunday Videos

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Jesus, I Trust in You by Angelina

Angelina traveled to Krakow, Poland then on to Lagiewniki Sanctuary of Divine Mercy where she met with the Congregation of Sister's of Our Lady of Mercy. Angelina's favorite place to have visited, Lagiewniki is filled with love and peace. A person can meditate and pray as they walk the grounds of this enormous area. The Basilica is truly magnificant with the tabernacle in the shape of the world.

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