I would like to pledge

A Million Hearts Consecrated to Jesus thru Mary

My Personal Pledge and Offering for Fatima Centennial Year (1917-2017)

Dear Lady of the Rosary, our Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace, you promised at Fatima, to bring Peace to all mankind. As I join a million of your Filipino faithful – Bayang sumisinta kay Maria – as a fitting end to this Centennial of Fatima (1917-2017), I offer this gift – a spiritual bouquet of prayer, sacrifice and thanksgiving to honor your Immaculate Conception:

This I promise, dear Blessed Mother:

  1. To consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, offering to Our Lord the tasks of my daily duty with the sacrifice they demand;
  2. To pray the Rosary (the five decades) daily, whenever possible with my family, especially during the 33 days from November 5 to December 8, 2017.
  3. To observe the devotion to the Five First Saturdays in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with Confession, Receiving Holy Communion, and prayer of the Holy Rosary, meditating on the mysteries for 15 minutes.

These, I promise, asking that through your intercession and supplication, your Son will lead our country to true conversion of heart, to a true moral and spiritual renewal in life, to the practice of justice and reconciliation, so that our troubled nation may come to lasting peace.

Accept these promises, dear Blessed Mother. Take them into your own Immaculate Heart, and bring them before your Son, Jesus, that He may take them into his own Sacred Heart. Amen.

I would like to pledge

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

Go to Pledge

The year 2017 marks the centennial of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima where our Blessed Mother appeared multiple times to three children- Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. This November 5 we will be launching the 33 days to Morning Glory in preparation for this Marian consecration.

Our inspiration for this 33 days is St. Louis de Montfort where he lays out a course of preparation for Marian consecration that lasts 33 days.

Why 33 Days to Morning Glory?

The 33 days refers to the days of reparation where everyday you prepare yourself spiritually. The 33-day preparation includes a preliminary period of twelve days during which we endeavor “to free ourselves from the spirit of the world.” This initial 12 days is followed by a second period of three weeks. The first of these three weeks is devoted to the knowledge of ourselves, the second to that of the Blessed Virgin and the third to that of Jesus Christ.

Consecration

The object of this consecration is to cast off the spirit of the world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ, in order to acquire fully the spirit of Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin. Hence the practices suggested by St. Louis De Montfort: renouncement of the world and knowledge of self, of the Blessed Virgin and of Jesus Christ.

The 34th day will be the Marian feast. In our case, the Marian feast is the Immaculate Conception. It’s called Morning Glory because it really captures what Marian consecration is all about: A new way of life in Christ.

The act of consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary marks the beginning of a gloriously new day, a new dawn, a brand new morning in one’s spiritual journey. It’s a fresh start, and it changes everything. – Michael E. Gaitley, MIC

Saint John Paul II describes the consecration to Mary as having the same effect on him. His reading of de Montfort’s book was a “turning point” in his life. For those of us who have witnessed his papacy, this Marian consecration was so important that even his papal motto was a summary to the total consecration to Jesus through Mary – “Totus Tuus” (Totally Yours). The pope was even cited to recite the long version of de Montfort’s consecration prayer everyday.

Several other people who have consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary can completely relate to the Pope’s words about how it was a turning point in their lives. It truly does make a difference. It is truly the “surest, easiest and the most perfect means” to becoming a saint.

What is Marian Consecration?

To properly understand the essence of total consecration to Jesus through Mary, we’ll first need to reflect on an important point: Jesus wants to include all of us in his work of salvation. In other words, he doesn’t just redeem us and them expect us to kick back and relax. On the contrary, he puts us to work. He wants all of us to labor in his Father’s vineyard in one way or another.

Why he didn’t just snap his fingers and so order things that everyone in the world would individually hear and understand the Gospel by some private, mystical revelation, we don’t know. What we do know is that Jesus relies on others to spread his Gospel and that he commission his disciples to preach it to all (Mt. 28:19-20).  God wants to include us in his work of salvation.

The Role of Mary

Among the various roles God has given to his children, there’s one that’s radically more important than all the others: the task he gave to Mary.

It did not begin or end in conceiving, bearing and nurturing Jesus Christ our Savior.

Jesus fully revealed Mary’s role when at the cross, he looked down and said to Mary, “Woman, behold, your son” and to John, “Behold your mother” (Jn. 19:26-27) At that moment, Jesus gave us one of his greatest gifts: his mother as our mother. As our spiritual mother, Mary’s task is to give spiritual birth to Christians, to feed and nurture us with grace, and to help us grow to full stature in Christ. In short, Mary’s job is to help us grow in holiness. It’s her mission to form us into saints.

The Marian Consecration Pledge

For 33 (November 5 to December 8) we do the following as a pledge:

  1. To consecrate ourselves to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, offering to Our Lord the tasks of our daily duties with the sacrifice they demand;
  2. To pray the Rosary (the five decades) daily, whenever possible with our families, especially during the 33 days;
  3. To observe the devotion to Five First Saturdays in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with Confession, Receiving Holy Communion, and prayer of the Holy Rosary, meditation on the Mysteries for 15 minutes.
  4. We have a dedicated page:  http://mariansolidarity.org/pledge so you can enroll and register your name. You can also opt-in to the email so we can send the meditations and prayers for each day.
Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

St. Michael and Our Lady of Fatima
Posted by Msgr. Charles Pope of ncregister.com

I have written elsewhere about why I think that 2017 will be a critical year. I believe it will be a year of hidden blessings or one of something so shocking that it will usher in a blessing that will only be understood later. It has been 100 years since the apparitions at Fatima and 500 since the Protestant revolt. The 1517 revolt ushered in a shocking, wrenching pruning of the Church. So did the apparitions in 1917, when Our Lady warned of great suffering if we did not pray and repent. God seems to permit (not cause) such things either as penance or as purification.

The last 100 years have seen horrifying warfare, death tolls in the hundreds of millions driven by ideological conflict, abortion on demand, the destruction of marriage and the family, sexual confusion and misbehavior, and the rise of the culture of death (the demand for the right to die and the right to kill). Indeed, Christendom in the West is in the midst of a great collapse: tepid and compromised faith, a tiny minority who attend Mass, and the growth of militant secularism. Who among us can deny that the Church, especially in the affluent West, has been under attack. We have preferred to sleep through most of it and make one compromise after another. Who among us can deny that we need another “counter-reformation”?

Two significant prophecies warned us of these events if we did not repent. For indeed, Scripture says, Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). And while many apparitions occurred (some approved, some not), two in particular stand out…

continue

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

Missal of Bernhard von Rohr, Archbishop of Salzburg ca.1481

The Lord, coming into his own creation in visible form, was sustained by his own creation which he himself sustains in being. His obedience on the tree of the cross reversed the disobedience at the tree in Eden; the good news of the truth announced by an angel to Mary, a virgin subject to a husband, undid the evil lie that seduced Eve, a virgin espoused to a husband.

As Eve was seduced by the word of an angel and so fled from God after disobeying his word, Mary in her turn was given the good news by the word of an angel, and bore God in obedience to his word. As Eve was seduced into disobedience to God, so Mary was persuaded into obedience to God; thus the Virgin Mary became the advocate of the virgin Eve.

Christ gathered all things into one, by gathering them into himself. He declared war against our enemy, crushed him who at the beginning had taken us captive in Adam, and trampled on his head, in accordance with God’s words to the serpent in Genesis: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall lie in wait for your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.

The one lying in wait for the serpent’s head is the one who was born in the likeness of Adam from the woman, the Virgin. This is the seed spoken of by Paul in the letter to the Galatians: The law of works was in force until the seed should come to whom the- promise was made.

He shows this even more clearly in the same letter when he says: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman. The enemy would not have been defeated fairly if his vanquisher had not been born of a woman, because it was through a woman that he had gained mastery over man in the beginning, and set himself up as man’s adversary.

That is why the Lord proclaims himself the Son of Man, the one who renews in himself that first man from whom the race born of woman was formed; as by a man’s defeat our race fell into the bondage of death, so by a man’s victory we were to rise again to life.

from crossroadsinitiative.com

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

Happy birthday Mama Mary!

“They whom God destined, He called.
They whom He called, He justified.
They whom He justified, He glorified.”
(Rom 8:30)

Our Blessed Virgin Mary was destined from the very beginning of time, to be the bearer of our salvation (Mt 1:23). She was called to be the Mother of the Son of God (Lk 1:31). Thus God justified her at conception to be worthy of her role, and He glorified her with a crown of 12 stars (Rev 12:1).

Her holy life inspires us to be a living link in her Rosary:
– a link of Faith to the weak of heart
– a link of Hope to the despairing
– a link of Charity to the helpless.

And accompanying Him to Calvary, she links us to the Cross of Jesus.

We honor her for her great YES!, enabling Jesus to be firstborn among many children of God (Rom 8:29). Today is Her birthday. Let our birthday gift to her be our own YES! to Brother Jesus and to His Gospel. Ave Maria! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA MARY!

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

Saint IrenaeusBy far the greatest anti-heretical writer—indeed, the greatest second-century theologian—was St. Irenaeus of Lyons. Irenaeus is sometimes called the father of Catholic theology because of the comprehensive detail in which he explained and defended the articles of the true faith. He did this in the course of his other main achievement: dealing a mortal blow to Gnosticism.

The “gnosis falsely so-called” against which Irenaeus directed his main treatise was a product of intellectual speculation unbounded by humility. The heretics wanted to create a version of Christianity suitable to their own intellects; they pretended to have discovered a new and higher doctrine which superseded the revelation of the New Testament, which they considered full of “symbols for the symbol-minded” (to borrow a pun from the atheist comedian George Carlin). So they embellished doctrines to please their finite and puffed-up intellects, inventing convoluted systems of divine beings beyond the God of revelation.

For Irenaeus, though, everything comes down to the one rule of faith which all Christians hold in common. This is the universal teaching handed down unaltered from the Apostles, the canon of faith stated in the baptismal creed.

If the apostolic tradition preserves the same faith for all, then intellectuals cannot improve upon it nor can the simple-minded take away from it. Pope Benedict XVI said in an address on St. Irenaeus:

The true teaching, therefore, is not that invented by intellectuals which goes beyond the Church’s simple faith. The true Gospel is the one imparted by the Bishops who received it in an uninterrupted line from the Apostles. They taught nothing except this simple faith, which is also the true depth of God’s revelation. Thus, Irenaeus tells us, there is no secret doctrine concealed in the Church’s common Creed. There is no superior Christianity for intellectuals. The faith publicly confessed by the Church is the common faith of all.

While Irenaeus emphasized tradition and was not one for speculative theology, neither was his faith static and formalized. Benedict again illuminates his thought for us:

For Irenaeus, Church and Spirit were inseparable: “This faith”, we read again in the third book of Adversus Haereses, “which, having been received from the Church, we do preserve, and which always, by the Spirit of God, renewing its youth as if it were some precious deposit in an excellent vessel, causes the vessel itself containing it to renew its youth also…. For where the Church is, there is the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and every kind of grace” (3, 24, 1). As can be seen, Irenaeus did not stop at defining the concept of Tradition. His tradition, uninterrupted Tradition, is not traditionalism, because this Tradition is always enlivened from within by the Holy Spirit, who makes it live anew, causes it to be interpreted and understood in the vitality of the Church.

know more about St. Irenaeus

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

St Mark the Evangelist

The Lord of all bestowed on his apostles the power of proclaiming the Gospel. And it is through them that we have come to understand the truth, that is to say the teaching of the Son of God. To them the Lord said: “Whoever listens to you, listens to me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me and rejects the one who sent me” (Lk 10,16). For we have not known the message of salvation from any besides those who brought the Gospel to us.

This is the Gospel they first of all preached. Then, by God’s will, they handed it on to us in their Writings so that it might become “the pillar and foundation” of our faith (1Tm 3,15). It is not permissible to say they preached before they had acquired perfect understanding, as some people rashly claim who boast of being correctors of the apostles. For indeed, after our Lord had been raised from the dead and the apostles had been “clothed with power from on high” (Lk 24,49) by the coming of the Holy Spirit, they were filled with assurance about everything and possessed perfect knowledge. Then they went forth “to the ends of the world” (Ps 19[18],5; Rom 10,18), proclaiming the Good News of all the good things that have come to us from God and announcing peace on earth to men. Each and all possessed the Gospel of God in equal measure.

by Saint Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.208), Against the heresies, III, 1

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

1- Saint Stanislaus being ordained as bishop. 2- Saint Stanislaus resurrects Peter. 3-King Bolesław murders Saint Stanislaus. 4-Stanislaus' body is cut in pieces. Image from the Hungarian Kings' Anjou Legendarium of the 14th century.

1- Saint Stanislaus being ordained as bishop. 2- Saint Stanislaus resurrects Peter. 3-King Bolesław murders Saint Stanislaus. 4-Stanislaus’ body is cut in pieces. Image from the Hungarian Kings’ Anjou Legendarium of the 14th century.

The Polish bishop and martyr St. Stanislaus (1030-1079) was born near Krakow in Poland. After initial studies in Poland, he completed his education in Paris, where he spent seven years studying canon law and theology; this entitled him to a doctorate, but he refused it out of humility, and returned home. When his parents died, Stanislaus gave away his inheritance, and was ordained a priest.

Stanislaus was appointed as preacher and archdeacon to the bishop of Krakow; his great eloquence and piety generated a spirit of renewal and conversion in the local community. When the bishop died in 1072, Stanislaus was unanimously elected as his successor; because of the importance of this position, he soon found himself involved in the political affairs of the Polish kingdom.

Bishop Stanislaus was outspoken in his attacks upon political and social injustice, particularly that of the bellicose and immoral King Boleslaus II, who warred with his neighbors and oppressed the peasantry. The king at first made a show of repenting, but soon returned to his evil ways. Stanislaus continued to denounce him, accusations of treason and threats of death notwithstanding.

In 1079 the bishop excommunicated Boleslaus. The enraged king ordered his soldiers to murder Stanislaus; when they refused, he killed the bishop with his own hands while Mass was being celebrated. Because of Stanislaus’ popularity, King Boleslaus was forced to flee to Hungary, where he’s said to have spent the rest of his life doing penance in a Benedictine monastery. St. Stanislaus is considered the patron of Poland.

Lessons

1. A complete “separation of Church and State” isn’t always possible, nor — from a Christian perspective — always desirable. As St. Stanislaus knew, Christians must use their influence to oppose injustice, even if this means becoming involved in politics.

2. Humility and generosity are “gentle” virtues, but they can help prepare us for fierce and difficult struggles. Stanislaus’ humility (in refusing a doctorate) and generosity (in giving away his fortune) allowed God to fill him with the courage and strength needed to resist the king.

from catholicexchange.com

Posted on Ave Maria
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

Annunciation

Today the Gospel tells us that at the end of this chain of ‘yeses’ is the beginning of another ‘yes’ which is starting to grow: the ‘yes’ of Mary. It is with this ‘yes’ that God not only watches how man is doing, He not only walks with his people, but becomes one of us and takes on our flesh. In fact Mary’s ‘yes’ opens the door to the ‘yes’ of Jesus: ‘I come to do your will’. And it is this ‘yes’ that goes with Jesus throughout his life, up to the Cross: ‘Father, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done’. It is in Jesus Christ that, as Paul says to the Corinthians, there is this ‘yes’ of God: He is the ‘yes’.

It is a beautiful day to thank the Lord for teaching us this way of ‘yes’, but also for caring about our life. Indeed, “some of us”, he said, as he turned toward the priests attending the Mass, “are celebrating the 50th anniversary of priesthood: a beautiful day to think about the ‘yes’ of your life”. But all of us, every day, must say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and think about whether we always say the ‘yes’ or if we often hide ourselves, lowering our head, like Adam and Eve, to avoid saying ‘no’, pretending not to understand “what God is asking”.

Today is the celebration of the ‘yes’. Indeed, in Mary’s ‘yes’ there is the ‘yes’ of all of salvation history and there begins the ultimate ‘yes’ of man and of God: there God re-creates, as at the beginning, with a ‘yes’, God made the earth and man, that beautiful creation: with this ‘yes’ I come to do your will and more wonderfully he re-creates the world, he re-creates us all. It is God’s ‘yes’ that sanctifies us, that lets us go forth in Jesus Christ.

excerpt from Pope Francis’ Celebrate the Yes morning meditation

Posted on Pope Francis Support
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

I think we too are the people who, on the one hand, want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, at times, like to find a stick to beat others with, to condemn others. And Jesus has this message for us: mercy. I think — and I say it with humility — that this is the Lord’s most powerful message: mercy.
— Homily on March 17, 2013

It is not easy to entrust oneself to God’s mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! … “Oh, I am a great sinner!” “All the better! Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things!” He forgets, He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you and He simply says to you: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more” (Jn 8:11).
— Homily on March 17, 2013

Jesus’ attitude is striking: we do not hear the words of scorn, we do not hear words of condemnation, but only words of love, of mercy, which are an invitation to conversation. “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.” Ah! Brothers and Sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not tire of forgiving us if we are able to return to Him with a contrite heart. “Great is God’s mercy,” says the Psalm.
— Angelus on March 17, 2013

In the past few days I have been reading a book by a Cardinal … Cardinal Kasper said that feeling mercy, that this word changes everything. This is the best thing we can feel: it changes the world. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient. … Let us remember the Prophet Isaiah who says that even if our sins were scarlet, God’s love would make them white as snow. This mercy is beautiful.
— Angelus on March 17, 2013

God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). … Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.
— Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013

Together let us pray to the Virgin Mary that she helps us … to walk in faith and charity, ever trusting in the Lord’s mercy; He always awaits us, loves us, has pardoned us with His Blood and pardons us every time we go to Him to ask His forgiveness. Let us trust in His mercy!
— Regina Caeli on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

In today’s Gospel, the Apostle Thomas personally experiences this mercy of God. … Thomas does not believe it when the other Apostles tell him: “We have seen the Lord.” … And how does Jesus react? With patience: Jesus does not abandon Thomas in his stubborn unbelief … He does not close the door, He waits. And Thomas acknowledges his own poverty, his little faith. “My Lord and my God!”: with this simple yet faith-filled invocation, he responds to Jesus’ patience. He lets himself be enveloped by Divine Mercy; he sees it before his eyes, in the wounds of Christ’s hands and feet and in His open side, and he discovers trust.
— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013 

Let us … remember Peter: three times he denied Jesus, precisely when he should have been closest to him; and when he hits bottom he meets the gaze of Jesus who patiently, wordlessly, says to him: “Peter, don’t be afraid of your weakness, trust in Me.” Peter understands, he feels the loving gaze of Jesus and he weeps. How beautiful is this gaze of Jesus — how much tenderness is there! Brothers and sisters, let us never lose trust in the patience and mercy of God!
— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013 

I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father. … The Father, with patience, love, hope and mercy, had never for a second stopped thinking about [his wayward son], and as soon as he sees him still far off, he runs out to meet him and embraces him with tenderness, the tenderness of God, without a word of reproach. … God is always waiting for us, He never grows tired. Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope — always!
— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to Him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. … It is there, in the wounds of Jesus, that we are truly secure; there we encounter the boundless love of His heart. Thomas understood this. Saint Bernard goes on to ask: But what can I count on? My own merits? No, “My merit is God’s mercy. I am by no means lacking merits as long as He is rich in mercy. If the mercies of the Lord are manifold, I too will abound in merits.” This is important: the courage to trust in Jesus’ mercy, to trust in His patience, to seek refuge always in the wounds of His love.
— Homily on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013

from www.thedivinemercy.org

Posted on Pope Francis Support
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

 

Ave Maria Online Magazine
Extravagant displays of devotion to Mary gets curtailed as world culture emphasizes the rational, scientific and technological aspects of life. There seems to be no more time for the more affective expressions of religion.

  Then, after a while, people get fed up with the absolutely rational and logical culture, and rediscover religion and the affective part of the human soul and its needs.

  And Mary is one of those.

Pledge to pray the rosary

Love and support for Pope Francis
The Church is certainly a human and historical institution with all that entails, yet her nature is not essentially political but spiritual: the Church is the People of God, Holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ. Only from this perspective can a satisfactory account be given of the Church's life and activity.

  Christ is the Church's Pastor, but his presence in history passes through the freedom of human beings; from their midst one is chosen to serve as his Vicar, the successor of the Apostle Peter.

  Yet Christ remains the center, not the Sucessor of Peter: Christ, Christ is the centre.

Pledge 3 Hail Marys for Pope Francis

A Million Roses for the World
A gift of love, faith and goodwill from the people of the Philippines. Pope Pius IX once said: “Give me an army praying a million rosaries a day and we will conquer the world.” We are not out to conquer the world…but to save it for God to whom it rightly belongs.

Browse our archives