ASCENSION OF CHRIST

The Feast of the Ascension is observed by certain dioceses on May 30, otherwise on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2nd.

I remember well this Bethany chapel and the rose stone from which Jesus ascended back to the Father in heaven to prepare each of us a room.  Then He told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel of Luke 24

JESUS

Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

“If you think the name ‘Jesus’ continually, it purges your sin and kindles your heart; it clarifies your soul, it removes anger and does away with slowness.  It wounds in love and fulfills charity.  It chases the devil and puts out dread.  It opens heaven, and makes you a contemplative.  It puts all vices and phantoms out from the lover.”

by English Hermit Richard Rolle, The Form of Perfect Living and other Prose Treatises

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140104-57615-76128594-m750x740-u2ac9fThank You, Abba Father and Mary, Mother of God

for giving us your only begotten Son Jesus to be our Lord and Savior

WOMAN WARRIOR

The Queenship of Mary by Andrea di Bartoli

Today August 22, Mary is honored as Queen of the Universe alongside her King.  By Mary’s seed, her son Jesus, she will crush the head of the serpent, that diabolical force of evil in the world (Revelation 12:1-5).

This tradition is supported by the writings of Saint Ephrem (4th century) and Saint Damascene (7th century).

Mary stands as Woman Warrior ready to receive all her children in need and danger.

Hail! Virgin Bride of Christ

Pray for us now and at the hour of our death, amen.

 

MARY ASSUMED

The Assumption of Mary

by Nicolas Poussin

Today August 15, the Roman Catholic Church honors Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, who was assumed body and soul into Heaven after 69 years on earth.  This event took place in Jerusalem’s Upper Room with the Apostles and followers of Christ gathered together.

Details of Mary’s life and glorious transition is contained in the book entitled “The Mystical City of God.”  Through visions given by Mary to a 17th century Spanish nun, Mary of Agreda, Mary’s history is recorded.  Most everything one could wish to know and encounter about the Mother of God is found in this magnanimous text – each time I re-read this book, I am singularly transformed with reverence and awe.

Mary’s lasting prayer to the world

“Dearest Children, always have I kept you with that tender love and charity, which was given to me by my divine Son, whom I have seen in you, his chosen friends…I now go to the eternal mansions, where I promise you as a Mother I will look upon you by the clearest light of Divinity.”

“My Children, love the Church, and love one another with that bond of charity, which your Master has always inculcated upon you.”

(Chapter VI, p. 768 and John 13, 34)

Holy Mother Mary, Pray for us