Feast of Mary’s birth

Bible does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. It reflects the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning.

Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.”(1)


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Ave Maria de Lourdes France

On our fifth visit to Lourdes France, we were able to participate in the nightly rosary vigil. It starts at 9 pm and lasts for about an hour. Same feeling of peace and hope enveloped me as we sang to the hymns and recitation of the rosary. Chanted with various languages I may not know but still familiar and heartfelt. The procession is more than a ceremony that for devotees like us – is a time of prayer and peace. 

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I’d like to share the hymn – “Ave Maria de Lourdes” in French. As seen on a short clip I recorded below.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

O Vierge Marie, le peuple Chrétien,
à Lourdes vous prie, chez vous il renvient.

Le fond de la roche s’éclaire à l’instant:
la dame s’approche, fait signe à l’enfant.

“Venez, je vous prie, ici, quinze fois,
avec vos amies entendre ma voix.”

Avec insistance la dame,
trois fois, a dit: “pénitence”
Chrétien, c’est pour toi!

“A cette fontaine venez et buvez;
dans l’eau pure et sainte
allez vous laver.”

“Je veux qu’ici même,
au pied de ces monts,
le peuple que j’aime
vienne en procession.”

 

 

much love,
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Our Lady of Fatima 100th anniversary

Intercessory Hymn to Our Lady of Fatima 

Dear Lady of Fatima, We come on bended knees. 

To beg Your intercession, For peace and unity. 

Dear Mary, won’t You show us, The right and shining way,

We pledge our love and offer You,A Rosary each day.

You promised at Fatima,Each time that You appeared, 

To help us if we pray to You, To banish war and fear.

Dear Lady, on First Saturdays. We ask Your guiding hand,

For grace and guidance here on earth, 

And protection for our land.

our lady of Fatima procession

Intercessory Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary,

you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message.

We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary.

By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein, may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. 

Amen.

 

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu

Cebu has their version of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when a town named Guadalupe was plagued with cholera and miraculously healed because of their strong devotion to Mary. Here’s the prayer sent out from the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu

O Virgin of Guadalupe de Cebu, our Mother, look upon us now and turn to us your merciful eyes.

Without ceasing we sought refuge in you and without ceasing you have showed yourself truly as our Mother.

Years ago the bishop of Cebu sought refuge in you during the cholera pestilence and when your image was brought out in procession,

the pestilence ceased.

Now, once more, together with our bishops and priests,

we seek your protection from all dangers and evil we are facing today,

especially the forces that seek you undermine the integrity and dignity

of marriage and family.

O Mary, cover us and protect us.

O beloved patroness, keep far away from us all evil.

Once more, show yourself a Mother to us,

O gentle, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary of Guadalupe of Cebu

Queen and Principal Patroness of Cebu.

Amen.

 

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be… (3x)

Our Lady of Guadalupe… pray for us

Padre Pio

In the Catholic calendar, September 23 is the feast day of Padre Pio.

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina is known for his miracles of healing and intercession. Born on May 25, 1887 and noted as a friar who was experiencing stigmata. His real name is Francesco Forgione and even as a young boy he already showed signs of extraordinary gifts of grace. He was able to see and talk to his guardian angel, and even with Jesus and the Virgin Mary. God endowed him with spiritual gifts including bilocation, prophecy, miracles, discernment of spirits, the ability to read hearts, the ability to speak in tongues (speak and understand different languages he had never studied), and other supernatural powers.

Padre Pio was a friar, mystic and now venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church who continues to perform miracles through his relics and one’s surrender to Jesus.

“In books we seek God, in prayer we find Him.

Prayer is the key which opens God’s heart”

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I’m sharing with you his beautiful prayer

STAY WITH ME, LORD

Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina after Holy Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.

anyway

 

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat on you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

  • Mother Teresa

In our lifetime, we all experience pain, sufferings and sorrow. It used to give me a bitter outlook of the world that’s filled with heartaches. Both my partner and I encountered perfidious relationships from the past so when we met it was quite challenging. It was more hurtful for him because it involved his family. You will not know the exact meaning of pain until you’re cheated by someone you loved. And I believe it is the greatest tragedy of mankind.

People doubt, deceive, forget and are unkind…

There will always be a few, who would disagree and dislike. I don’t need to recount the myriad times I was judged and criticized, maybe all these are part of my “purification” I guess.

Having gone through a lot, lest we didn’t know God was there. He is always there… Until present day that I realized, all I need to do, all these time, I just need to talk to Him. to surrender,

“Lord… I do not trust my weakness, I can’t bear this pain, I can’t do this alone, I need You and I trust You… Your love for me is greater than anything else so I lift all these up to You…”

and it is only Him, who can judge, who can deliver, and can help us.

I’m glad I didn’t end up being bitter after all, there’s always a hint of hope inside of me. Perhaps, that is God’s grace over me…

When I lost my only brother this year, it was an awakening and it hurt so much because of a few regrets, I felt I could have done something before he died. The guilt being the eldest  and most able, forgiveness was not easy. As I thought I will not be able to recover, but I did. One of the countless blessings God has given me… I was healed, forgiven, heard and loved…

anyway.

 

A prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

This July 16 is the feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It is well known as the Lady of the brown scapular with Virgin Mary’s apparition to St. Simon Stock. I will be writing a pithy story of this apparition in my future post. For now, I’m sharing with you all the prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It is said to be derived from an antiphon, “Flos Carmeli” (the Flower of Mt. Carmel) and written by St. Simon Stock himself after she appeared to him last July 16 year 1251. This prayer is recited as a novena before the feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel but can uttered in times of great need…

A prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this… my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this… my necessity. There is none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (pray 3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands (pray 3 times)