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September 4, 2015  

(Rev 12:5-6) And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her, a thousand two hundred sixty days.

ALETEIA: Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to Travel to Syria to Protect Christians

EXCERPT TODAY'S CATHOLIC NEWS: Mary's Hand in the Journey of Faith

“One of the titles of our Blessed Mother is ‘spes nostra,’ ‘our hope,’” he said. “The beautiful mystery of Mary’s Assumption into heaven, the title of this church and patroness of this parish, is a great mystery of hope. The Blessed Virgin Mary, our mother, at the end of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven. The hope of humanity became a reality, entered the world and its history, many years earlier when Mary said ‘yes’ at the Annunciation. ‘She opened the door of our world to God Himself’ (Spe salvi 49). In her, God took flesh and became one of us. Through her, the Lord of life came into the world.”

“… The Virgin Mary is, therefore, for us a consoling sign of our hope,” Bishop Rhoades continued. “We can experience so much peace and consolation and hope when we are close to the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we take hold of her motherly hand as we journey through life. She will never let go. How many of the faithful, your ancestors in the faith here at Saint Mary’s Parish, grasped Mary’s hand in their journey of faith. They passed on to you the most beautiful gift, the gift of our Catholic faith. They taught you to follow Christ and to love Him and His holy mother. We all need Mary’s help and comfort to face the trials and challenges of daily life. We live in hope, that one day we will share in her same destiny. May Our Lady, who was assumed body and soul into heaven, assist us so that we may follow her into our Father’s house, the Kingdom of her Son!”

Holy Souls: September, the month dedicated to Our Mother of Sorrows

Let us always remember with humble and grateful hearts the great and selfless love which the Mother of Our Rdeemer - and our Mother - Our Dear Mary - has for each one of us !


VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: "The Blessed Virgin has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary"

Many think that the Rosary is essentially a weapon for the spiritual realm. This is a serious mistake. The Rosary is also an effective weapon to solve temporal problems of any kind, especially problems of political or military nature.

Sister Lucia (visionary of Our Lady of Fatima) confided to Father Fuentes on December 26, 1957: "The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families... that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."

History gives us many examples of military or political victories won by the Rosary. They were won against various opponents: the Cathars, Islam, the Protestants and the Communists.

VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: Mary’s tears are true signs

A bas-relief of painted plaster representing the Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Heart crowned with thorns and inflamed (as in Fatima), was displayed in a humble home, at the head of the bed of the Lannuso spouses. From August 29, 1953, to September 1, 1953, this framed image shed real tears, which were tested in scientific labs.

The Sicilian bishops recognized the supernatural origin of the phenomenon and began building a church. At its dedication, Saint John Paul II said:

"Mary wept in La Salette, in the second half of the last century... at a time when Christianity in France was facing increasing hostility. She is weeping again here, in Syracuse, at the conclusion of the Second World War. We can interpret this in the context of these tragic events—the immense carnage caused by the conflict; the extermination of the sons and daughters of Israel; and the threat to Eastern Europe from openly atheistic Communism.

Mary’s tears are true signs—they indicate the presence of the Mother in the Church and in the world. A mother cries when she sees her sons threatened by an evil, whether spiritual or physical."

VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: The Rosary saved Brazil

In the 1960s in Brazil, the farmers were suffering and some people were pushing for a redistribution of the land. It was the Cold War, and Communist committees, taking advantage of the people’s poverty, were forming everywhere, concealing arms depots to perpetrate an imminent coup and seize power.

Around the same time, a priest named Father Patrick Peyton gathered a crowd of nearly two million faithful in Rio de Janeiro for a Rosary crusade. When a Communist congress, which was to decide on a coup to seize power, opened in Belo Horizonte (one of the largest cities in the country), tens of thousands of women poured into the city streets, Rosary in hand that they recited aloud, and went to occupy the congress hall just before the session, preventing the Communists from entering.

The news of the fiasco spread as similar scenes were repeated elsewhere, prompting the Communists to flee abroad. It was the Rosary that saved Brazil from the takeover. This momentous episode was compared to a 'new Lepanto.'

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility

48. Syncletica of blessed memory said, 'A ship cannot be built without nails and no one can be saved without humility.'

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