On this, the last day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we offer to our dear Mother this token of love:
Sweet Heart of Mary, make my heart
With love like thine for Jesus burn.
O Heart aflame with heavenly fire,
To learn this love, to thee I turn.
Light in my heart this conflagration
Sweet Heart of Mary be my salvation
Sweet Heart of Mary, purest heart,
Not whitest lily can compare,
With spotless purity like thine,
O Mary, take me to thy care.
In every danger and temptation,
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
"My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength, Without this there is no salvation. Keep yourself, my son, from everything that you know displeases God, that is to say, from every mortal sin. You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you would allow yourself to commit a mortal sin.
"All spotless heart, no breath of sin e'er marred thy purity,
The shining choirs of angels show quite dim and dark by thee.
O fountain sealed, O garden closed where God doth take delight,
Obtain for us pure hearts to love and honor thee aright.
Most tender heart, no floods of grief thy love could ever drown,
The sorrows which once pierced thee through are now thy fairest crown
O Mother dearest, sweetest, best, their love who can restrain?
Right well thy grateful children know they cannot trust in vain."
~From the hymn "All Spotless Heart" by James Errington and C.A. Carroll
Ave Regina Caelorum, Hail, Queen of Heaven,
Ave Domina Angelorum, Hail, Lady of the Angels,
Salve, radix, salve porta, Hail root and gate,
ex qua mundo, lux est orta. from which the light of the world was born.
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa, Rejoice, glorious Virgin,
super omnes speciosa, Fairest of all,
Vale, o valde decora, Fair thee well, most beautiful,
et pro nobis Christum exora. and pray for us to Christ.
~The Ave Regina Caelorum, traditional Marian antiphon for Compline on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary
A blessed Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Queenship of Mary to all! Take a moment and do something today to honor our most dear Mother and Queen.
"Oh, how happy is the soul that freely lets herself be molded to the liking of this divine Savior!"
This Wednesday marks the beginning of the school year for Cardinal Newman High School, our diocesan high school here in Santa Rosa. One of our apostolates had been to teach an Advanced Theology course and Campus Ministry classes at Cardinal Newman. May our Lord bless this new school year and all of the faculty, administration, and students of Cardinal Newman and guide all closer to His Most Sacred Heart.
Our Lady the Teacher, pray for us!
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, pray for us!
"Oh! How beautiful is religion! I was thinking a little while ago that between Our Lord and these good religious, His mystic brides, there took place a contest in generosity. But, do what they may, Our Lord invariably proves the winner. The Sisters said, "I renew my vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience." Yet, it was they who received most, for I, in my turn said, "May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ keep thy soul unto life everlasting."
A blessed Feast of St. John Marie Vianney and St. Dominic to one and all!
Today is the glorious feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. A magnificent manifestation of the Divinity of Jesus, as well as a sign of love for His Apostles. Foreseeing that they would not be able to handle the scandal of the Crucifixion, Jesus gave Peter, James, and John a glimpse of His Divinity to strengthen their faith. Those He chose to be present on Mt. Tabor were also to be chosen to witness His bitter Agony in the Garden of Olives.
Take a moment to consider some of the great events of this mystery. Jesus, Whom the Apostles have seen live the life of a man and all that comes with it, except sin, see Him in resplendent light. Even His clothing is whiter than any white has ever been (Mark 9:2)! Then, they see Moses and Elijah conversing with Him. They who symbolize the Law and the Prophets (i.e. the core of the Jewish faith), are converging on Christ. As if that was not enough, God the Father spoke to them those beautiful words, "This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, listen to Him." (Matthew 17:5)
After all of this - the glory, the amazement, the fear (proper fear of the Lord); Peter, James, and John fell the ground. Then, Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise and fear not." (Matthew 17:7). The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the God-man, touched His Apostles and encouraged them. How beautifully tender.
May this Feast of the Transfiguration be blessed and holy for you all!
August is the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and what a joy it is to celebrate that pure and devoted heart of our Blessed Mother. For a past reflection on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, click here. May we strive to spend this month in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to love Jesus more and more each day.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, be our refuge!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!.