- Marian Consecration – More readings to give all to Jesus through Mary (at very end of e-weekly)
-www.staycatholic.com - website that will fortify your faith and help family know they receive the fullness of the Faith (computer)
- May Devotions: What my family and I pray during May to Mary (at end of e-weekly-Praying Hands)
-Why Go to Church? - A clear concise response to those who think it a waste of time. (Helpful Hints of Life)
Receiving the Gospel, Serving God and Neighbor
Month of Mary—Marian Consecration
"You are all-beautiful, my beloved, and there is no blemish in you." Song of Songs 4:7
May Devotions is a general term which describes all sorts of prayers, services, and actions that express love, honor, and calls upon the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May. They are generally in parish churches and in the homes of families and individuals.
At the parish churches I am blessed to serve we have a May Crowning, we bring flowers to Blessed Mary all May long, we pray the Holy Rosary before Sunday Masses, we display and talk about different images and titles that she has been given, and perform Marian Consecration.
To this day at home where I was born and raised, my family still prays May Devotions in a form that my parents were given from their parents. It simply involved adding several prayers and invocations of affection along with Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Mary in front of statue and sort of May altar that we have in our home.
Why all this for Mary? So that we can love Jesus better and conform our lives completely to Him in this life, and help bring our family and all to heaven one day forever!!!
As the Month of Mary continues, don't miss the opportunity to come to Jesus through her and to love those around you as you should be loving them by invoking and loving the Blessed Virgin Mary!
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. This coming Sunday is the Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. > > > Readings
P.S.S. Marian Consecration explanation and Week Three readings attached to end of this e-weekly.
Homilies (second one contains the Gospel) from Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Easter and more of this Fourth Week of Easter can be found below (varied minutes length):
May Devotions (Anglo-French mai, Latin Maius "May" + Latindevotus "vowed")
- special prayers, services and prayers held during the month of May to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.(or Saturday)' I've gone for 30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all'
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
'I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!'
"This treasury (the Communion of Saints) includes as well the prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly immense, unfathomable, and even pristine in their value before God. In the treasury, too, are the prayers and good works of all the saints, all those who have followed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord and by his grace have made their lives holy and carried out the mission in the unity of the Mystical Body."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church #1477
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Catholics are sometimes talked into leaving the Church by those who claim that many of its teachings are unbiblical. They contend that such teachings were late inventions and not part of the original deposit of faith. StayCatholic.com features essays and articles that refute such contentions by presenting the patristic and biblical evidence for Catholicism. Bookmark the site and use it as a mini apologetics library. A "Doctrinal Concordance of the Bible" is also available. It demonstrates the biblical case for Catholicism in short form.
Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 12:52 pm (EWTN News/CNA) - After becoming the first Pope to author a children's book earlier this year, Pope Francis will soon come out with another, based on his responses to questions posed by youth through a new online platform.
Speaking at the May 27-29 World Encounter of the Directors of Scholas Occurrentes, Italian journalist and author Tiziana Lupi explained the idea behind the new book, which she said seeks to “open a door” to dialogue with youth.
Scholas was founded by Pope Francis in August 2013 as an initiative to encourage social integration and the culture of encounter through technology, arts and sports. The foundation has organized several events at the Vatican, including two Google hangout sessions with Pope Francis, as well as 2014’s interreligious Match for Peace.
Both Richard Gere and George Clooney were present for the May 29 meeting between the Pope and participants in the encounter.
Lupi, who works with Italian editorial Mondadori, said May 29 that the publication has joined efforts with Scholas in creating a new technological platform “which allows all youth from all over the world, all social classes, all religious to ask Pope Francis a question without filters.”
While it’s generally journalists who ask the questions, this time it will be the youth who open their hearts to the Pope through the new webpage “Ask Pope Francis,” which is already up and running.
Since there will obviously be too many questions to include all of them in the book, only certain questions, which come more authentically from the heart, will be selected.
“We’ll select the ones that seem more from the heart and which allow Pope Francis to touch on topics he hasn’t been able to until today,” Lupi said, adding that the book will likely be released sometime in October or November.
Pope Francis met with participants in the gathering May 29, which also marked the presentation of the platform the new book project, called “Chiedete” in Italian. In addition to the announcement of the new book, several other projects and initiatives were presented to the Pope.
After hearing the tearful testimony of a teen girl from Mexico who was bullied after coming to the United States following her parents’ separation, the Pope was told that a new anti-bullying campaign was being launched by Scholas with the hashtag “#nosotrossomosunicos,” meaning “#weareunique.”
Following the girl’s testimony, 12 young, influential Youtube users from around the world asked the Pope how to build a better, more diverse and integrated world.
In his response, Francis said that each person must be recognized for their own personal identity, explaining that “there is no future” if a person lacks a clear identity.
He spoke of the importance of the “language of gestures” in making someone feel included. These gestures, he said, can be “pat, a smile, a smile that gives hope, looking into one’s eyes. Gestures of approval or patience, tolerance.”
If bullying is ever going to stop, we must leave aggressions behind, he said, adding that “bullying is an aggression that hides a profound cruelty.”
“The world is cruel. Wars are monuments of cruelty,” he said, and pulled out from his pocket graphic pictures sent to him by a nun living in an African country torn apart by civil war.
Showing the pictures to the participants, Francis lamented how they depicted grotesque images such as a child with their throat cut and another “butchered in the head.”
“If this happens, how will bullying not? It’s the same cruelty,” he said, explaining that if we want to build a better world, we must first eliminate “all forms of cruelty. War is a form of cruelty.”
Instead of aggression, we must gain the ability to listen to one another and to dialogue, rather than argue, he said, telling attendees “don’t be afraid of dialogue,” because with dialogue “everyone wins, no one loses.”
Pope Francis also stressed the importance of leaving one’s pride and superiority behind, because these attitudes “always end badly.”
The world today “needs to lower the level of aggression, it needs tenderness, it needs to listen, it needs to walk together,” he said, and, pointing to the photos, said added that “this is happening today because all these attitudes are lacking.”
Francis was then presented with several other initiatives before receiving a signed copy of all the commitments made by participants during the three-day gathering.
Mention of the second interreligious Match for Peace, to be played June 10 in Rome’s Olympic Stadium and which draws together major soccer stars from around the world, was also mentioned.
The Pope closed the gathering by offering his gratitude to participants for their prayers and work, and praying for youth around the world.
PLEASE, THANK YOU, SORRY Vatican City, 13 May 2015 (VIS) - “Please, thank you and sorry” are the three words that Pope Francis “would write on the door of every family home” as they are the key to living well and in peace both inside and outside the home. They are simple words, much easier to say than to put into practice, but “they contain great strength: the strength of protecting the home, even through a thousand difficulties and trials; instead, when they are lacking, cracks gradually open up that can even lead it to collapse”.
The Pope dedicated the catechesis of today's general audience to these three words, normally considered as the words of politeness. “A great bishop, St. Francis of Sales, said that kindness is halfway to holiness. However, beware”, he warned, “as in history we have also known a formalism of good manners that can become a mask to conceal an arid heart and lack of interest in others. … Not even religion is immune to this risk, in which formal observance may slip into spiritual worldliness. The devil who tempts Jesus shows off his good manners and cites the Sacred Scriptures. His style appears correct, but his intention is to deviate from the truth of God's love”.
The first word is “please. “To enter into the life of another person, even when that person forms part of our life, requires the delicacy of a non-intrusive attitude, that renews trust and respect. Confidence, then, does not authorise us to take everything for granted. Love, the more intimate and profound it is, the more it demands respect for freedom and the capacity to wait for the other to open the door of his or her heart”.
The second phrase is “thank you”. “At times”, observed the Holy Father, “it seems that we are becoming a civilisation of poor manners and unpleasant words. … Politeness and the capacity to thank are seen as a sign of weakness, and at times even arouse distrust. This tendency should be opposed within the family itself. We must become intransigent in the education of gratitude and recognition: the dignity of the person and social justice both come from this. If this approach is neglected in family life, it will also be lost in social life”.
The third word is “sorry”, as “when it is lacking, small cracks become larger … to the point of becoming deep trenches. It is not by chance that in the prayer taught by Jesus, the Lord's prayer that summarises all the essential questions for our life, we find the expression 'forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us'. Acknowledging our errors and being willing to restore what has been removed – respect, sincerity, love – makes one worthy of forgiveness. … If we are not capable of apologising, it means we are not capable of forgiveness either. … Many hurt feelings, many lesions in the family begin with the loss of those precious words: 'I am sorry'. In married life there are many arguments … but I advise you never to let the day end without making peace. And for this, a small gesture is enough”.
“These three key words for the family are simple words, and perhaps at first they make us smile. But … perhaps our education neglects them too much. May the Lord help us to restore them to their rightful place in our heart, in our home, and also in our civil co-existence”.
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The Holy See has made its foray into the social networking platform Twitter by launching a feed in six languages, including English and Spanish. Twitter is a free, micro-blogging service that allows users to send or receive brief messages ("tweets") through a computer or smart phone. Vatican Radio and the other media sources of the Holy See will diffuse information through Twitter channels. The Vatican also launched a new Web page (www.resources.va) that offers multimedia information on current topics.
but also those already in the glory of heaven. In communion with and commemorating
the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the Church offers the Eucharistic sacrifice.
In the Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the cross with Mary,
united with the offering and intercession of Christ..."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church #1370
During a visit to the senior’s home, I asked the director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized?
"Well," said the director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No." said the director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"
They Gave Their All
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it. The seven-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, 'Good morning Alex. ''Good morning Pastor,' he replied, still focused on the plaque. 'Pastor, what is this?' The pastor said, 'Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.' Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, 'Which service, the 8:30 or the10:45?'
Goat for Dinner
The young couple invited their elderly pastor for Sundaydinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.
"Goat," the little boy replied.
"Goat?" replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?"
"Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom, 'Today is just as good as any to have the old goat for dinner.' "
Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth.
(V.- Leader R.- Everyone else)
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
R. as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
V. Open our lips, O Lord, to bless thy holy name in venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary; cleanse our hearts from all vain, evil, and distracting thoughts; enlighten our understanding, inflame our affections, so that we may perform this devotion with due attention, and may deserve to be heard before the presence of thy Divine Majesty through Christ our Lord.
V. My queen! My mother! Remember I am thy own.
R. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.
V. Holy Mary, Queen of May, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Mistress of the whole world, who forsakes no one, and despises no one, look upon us with an eye of pity, and beg of thy beloved Son the forgiveness of all our sins; that we, who now devoutly venerate thee, may receive the reward of eternal joy, through the mercy of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Whom thou, pure virgin, did bring into the world, and who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, world without end.
V. Thy help, propitious Mother, lend us,
R. and from the dreadful foe defend us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, we are assembled here today to show our love and veneration for thee. We rejoice at the dignity and glory which the Lord has bestowed upon thee; we praise and bless Him for having given us a Mother adorned with such a pure and tender heart.
We consecrate to thee, O Holy Virgin and dearest Mother, this entire month, and especially this day. We choose thee as our mother our patroness, and our advocate with Jesus thy beloved Son, now and forever. We consecrate to thee our soul and body; to the do we recommend all our wishes and desires, our sorrows and miseries, our whole life, and especially the end thereof. Show thyself a mother to us.
We recommend to thee the whole Catholic Church, our Sovereign Pontiff, our Bishop, the priest and religious, our temporal rulers, our parents, superiors, benefactors, relations, friends and enemies, and the souls of the faithful departed.
V. Mary, Mother of God, and Mother of mercy.
R. Pray for me and for the departed.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, graciously hear our prayers and receive our petitions, which we unite with those of all the faithful on earth and of the angels and saints in heaven. Intercede for us and obtain for us the greatest of all grace: to be faithful to thee and to thy beloved Son unto death, and after death to obtain happiness in heaven of praising, blessing, and thanking thee with all the angels and saints, and with them love and adore thy beloved Son Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Trinity, through all eternity.
V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us, who have recourse to thee!
[Meditation or short reading from a book on the Blessed Virgin Mary] (Then say three "Hail Mary's" and)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly into thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother! To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
(V.- Leader R.- Everyone else)
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us (repeat "pray for us" after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin, most prudent,
Virgin, most venerable,
Virgin, most renown,
Virgin, most powerful,
Virgin, most merciful,
Virgin, most faithful,
Mirror of Justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Vessel of honor
Singular vessel of devotion,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of Heaven,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into Heaven,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
Queen of families
Queen of Peace,
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord!
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His Passion and cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The following may be added:
V. Pray for us, O holy Joseph,
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Assist us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what of ourselves we are unable to obtain, may be granted to us by his intercession, who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.
"This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity - this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed - is called "heaven." Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness."-Catechism of the Catholic Church #1024