Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saintly Quote: Imitating Mary's Humilty

May Crowning 2012

"We ought to have a special devotion to those saints
who excelled in humility, particularly to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
who declares that the Lord regarded her on account of her humility."

- St. Vincent de Paul

Thoughts and Counsels of the Saints for Every Day of the Year

Friday, July 27, 2012

Unique documentary explores the lives of persecuted Christians

Mother Angelica's Spirituality

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I found the following in EWTN Media Missionaries Devotional Guide.  If you want to be saintly like Mother Angelica, following the example of her spiritual life is a good way to begin.

"Like St. Francis, her spirit also consists in:

- Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

- Devotion to the Cross of Christ.

-  Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

-  Having complete faith and trust in God.

-  Being faithful to the Holy Father and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

-  A generous giving of self, even while enduring extreme suffering.

-  Courage in the face of the risks involved in media ventures.  Mother Angelica once said, faith to me is having one foot in the air, one on the ground and a queasy feeling in your stomach (Sr.  Mary Raphael, PCPA, My Life With Mother Angelica, p. 40).

-  With God, all things are possible.  IN one of her books, Mother Angelica writes that there are times when, unless, w are wiling to do what seems humanly ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous.  (Mother Angelica, Answers, Not Promises, p. 51).

-  A family spirit.  As Mother often said, 'We're Family!'"

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Saints Joachim and Anne

Holy Family with Sts. Joachim and Anne by Giovanni Bellini

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Lord Jesus,
you were born of the Virgin Mary,
the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment
for families, for the Church and for all of society.
Support them! As they grow older,
may they continue to be for their families
strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardian of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations the fruits
of their mature human and spiritual experience.
Lord Jesus,
help families and society
to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living,
keep grandparents constantly in your care,
accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
and by your prayers, grant that all families
may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
where you await all humanity
for the great embrace of live without end. Amen!

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Whose Patron is St. Anne's?  See following list provided by Mary Jane.

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
against poverty
Boschi Sant'Anna, Italy
Brittany, France
Saint Anne the patron saint of cabinetmakers
Ann the patron saint of Carpenters
Castelletto d'Erro, Italy
childless people
Corinaldo, Italy
Detroit, Michigan, archdiocese of
Saint Anne the patron Saint of Grandmothers
Saint Ann patron saint of grandparents
Anne the patron saint of homemakers
horse men
horse women
St. Ann the patron saint of housewives
lace workers
lost articles
Marsaskala, Malta
Molo, Philippines
Anne patron saint of Mothers
Norwich, Connecticut, diocese of
Nueva Valencia, Philippines
old-clothes dealers
St Anne the patron of pregnancy
St. Ann patron saint of pregnant women
Quebec, Canada
Santa Ana Indian Pueblo Riders
San Joaquin, Philippines
Taos, New Mexico
Saint Anne patron saint of women in labor