Holy Spirit, Spirit of Wisdom, of Science, of Intelligence, of Counsel, fill us, we pray, with the knowledge of the Word of God. May we, under Your guidance, be able to understand the Gospel of this Marian solemnity. Holy Spirit, we need You. And we turn to you, Mary, Mother of Jesus and of the Church, you who have lived the inebriating and total presence of the Holy Spirit, you who have experienced the power of His force in you, who has seen it operating in your Son Jesus from the time when He was in the maternal womb.
Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.
"Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did." - St. Maximilian Kolbe
Father Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died in Auschwitz on 14 August 1941. A theologian and teacher noted for his devotion to Mary, he undertook missionary work in China and Japan before returning to Poland because of ill-health before the war.
When war broke out he refused to take advantage of his mixed German-Polish parentage to claim German citizenship. His monastery at Niepokalanów hid up to to 2,000 Jews from the Nazis and produced anti-Nazi publications and radio broadcasts.
Kolbe was arrested on February 17, 1941, and transferred to Auschwitz on May 28. He was subjected to beating and other ill-treatment. When three prisoners escaped, 10 others were selected to be starved to death in an underground bunker. When one of them cried out "My wife! My children!", Kolbe volunteered to take his place. He was the last left alive after two weeks of starvation and dehydration and was eventually killed by an injecton of carbolic acid. He is said to have raised his arm and waited calmly for the needle.
Kolbe was canonized as saint by Pope John Paul II in 1982. 'No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.' [John 15:13]
"That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both." St. Maximilian Kolbe, age 12, 1906
Hoje, solenemente, celebramos o fato ocorrido na vida de Maria de Nazaré, proclamado como dogma de fé, ou seja, uma verdade doutrinal, pois tem tudo a ver com o mistério da nossa salvação. Assim definiu pelo Papa Pio XII em 1950 através da Constituição Apostólica Munificentissimus Deus: “A Imaculada Mãe de Deus, a sempre Virgem Maria, terminado o curso da vida terrestre foi assunta em corpo e alma à glória celestial.” Antes, esta celebração, tanto para a Igreja do Oriente como para o Ocidente, chamava-se “Dormição”, porque foi sonho de amor. mAté que se chegou ao de “Assunção de Nossa Senhora ao Céu”, isto significa que o Senhor reconheceu e recompensou com antecipada glorificação todos oséritos da Mãe, principalmente alcançados em meio às aceitações e oferecimentos das dores. Maria contava com 50 anos quando Jesus subiu ao Céu. Tinha sofrido muito: as dúvidas do seu esposo, o abandono e pobreza de Belém, o desterro do Egito, a perda prematura do Filho, a separação no princípio do ministério público de Jesus, o ódio e perseguição das autoridades, a Paixão, o Calvário, a morte do Filho e, embora tanto sofrimento, São Bernardo e São Francisco de Sales é quem nos aponta o amor pelo Filho que havia partido como motivo de sua morte. É probabilíssima, e hoje bastante comum, a crença de a Santíssima Virgem ter morrido antes que se realizasse a dispersão dos Apóstolos e a perseguição de Herodes Agripa, no ano 42 ou 44. Teria então uns 60 anos de idade. A tradição antiga, tanto escrita como arqueológica, localiza a sua morte no Monte Sião, na mesma casa em que seu Filho celebrara os mistérios da Eucaristia e, em seguida, tinha descido o Espírito Santo sobre os Apóstolos. Esta a fé universal na Igreja desde tempos remotíssimos. #nossasenhora#bomdia#salvemaria#bomdiaa#catholicchurch#rezar#rainha#catolicos#Deus#terçafeira#imaculada#rainhadapaz#catholic#igrejacatolica#linda#romancatholic#imaculadaconceição#nossasenhoradaassunção#totustuus#fatima#avemaria#mãe#salverainha#ourlady#catolica#benção#imaculada#santa#assunção#virginmary
Feast today of the great St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Franciscan martyr of Auschwitz.
With the simple statement, "I am a Catholic Priest!", he gave the reason behind his offer to be executed in place of another man. Sentenced to death by starvation, his faith transformed the execution cell into a place of prayer and praise of God.
The camp commandant fearing the conversion of the soldiers who were guarding him finished him with an injection of acid.
His last words were praise of God and the Blessed Virgin to whom he devoted his life.
As a child he had seen a vision of Our Lady who offered him one of two crowns, a white one representing purity of heart and a red one representing martyrdom. When asked which he chose he said he would pick both and both he received.
As we remember him bringing love into the darkness of Auschwitz let us ask his intercession that love may once again transform places of darkness into places of light and peace.
May we, like him, ask the Virgin that we may follow her in her total yes to God always!
St. Maximilian pray for us +
Who needs a filter when you have Harry Clarke windows?! "O wondrous exchange! Mankind's Creator taking to Himself a human body, deigned to be born of a virgin. He became man without man's intervention, and made us sharers in His divinity." We sing this at the end of Vigils every morning at about 4.45am. At this very moment, whatever we are doing, we live in the light of this wondrous exchange. To consider that we have become sharers in His divinity is to contemplate our very purpose, even amidst the ordinariness of life - amidst the commute, the relationships, the weather, the boredom, the joys, the rest, the early mornings, the late nights, the illness, the health. He is the one who raises us up, regardless. We ask Our Lady to be with us this morning and lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ.
Photo: one of our Harry Clarke windows. #harryclarke#harryclarkestainedglass#mountstjosephabbey#cistercian#monastery#trappist#ourlady#marymotherofgod
I love sitting by the pool reading a good book while the kids play! It was a beautiful evening! I have read many books about Our Lady of Medjugorje but in this one Mirjana, one of the visionaries, tells the story of her experience with Our Lady. I have been blessed to be able to go to Medjugorje twice and reading this books makes my heart yearn to go back again! .
We got some happy mail today!! The sweetest little @shininglightdolls for my baby boy👼🏼 looks like I’m going to need a couple more since he’s gone missing from his shelf since I sat down to write this👧🏼👧🏻