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Padre Pio Reminds you to recite the Holy Rosary during lent

Padre Pio Reminds you to recite the Holy Rosary during lent

Padre Pio reminds you: Satan will never destroy this prayer!

At Pio da Pietrelcina it was once said:
“Father, today they say the Rosary has had its time …
In many churches we can not pray it anymore ».

Padre Pio replied:
“Satan always aims to destroy this prayer,
but it will never succeed:
it is the prayer that triumphs over everything and everyone.

It is she who taught it to us,
as Jesus taught us the Pater Noster “.
A few days before his death,
Padre Pio was asked to say some good words.
Padre Pio answered with a deep and fatherly voice:
“Love the Madonna and Always pray the Rosary ».
It was  his testament, all Marian.

“Father Eusebio, take my weapon from the pocket of my clothes.
Father Eusebio did not understand and Padre Pio pointed to the pocket of his habit
where his crown was.
His most intimate spiritual children understood well
what was the Rosary for Padre Pio.
Cleonice Morcaldi writes:
“The night before he died he was in his usual place,
on the verandina, with the weapon in hand “.

“The Meeting of the Moms” (Luke 1:39-45)-Wow!

“The Meeting of the Moms” (Luke 1:39-45)-Wow!

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Meeting of the Moms

Over these three midweek Advent services, we’ve been looking at readings from Luke chapter one, which is the lead-up to the Christmas Gospel itself in chapter two. Back in our first midweek service, we heard the angel Gabriel announce to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child named John, John the Baptist.

Then last week we heard Gabriel announce to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Now today these two storylines intersect. Mary goes to visit her relative Elizabeth. It’s the account of “The Visitation,” that is, the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, while both women were expecting their very special children. I’m calling this story “The Meeting of the Moms.”

The Meeting of the Moms”:

Aged Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. And young Mary, the mother of Jesus the Christ. Both women were granted these children under very unusual circumstances, to say the least! Elizabeth was well advanced in years and had been unable to have children. Mary was not yet married, and she became pregnant as a virgin in a most miraculous way. Both women received their special roles in God’s plan with humility and faith. Both women rejoice in realizing what God is doing through them. So today we’re dropping in on the greatest baby shower of them all, the meeting of these two expectant mothers, Mary and Elizabeth. And while we see “The Two in the Room,” let’s not forget “The Two in the Womb,” John the Baptist and Jesus.

Elizabeth is about six months along, and Mary has just conceived. Our text in Luke begins: “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” Now here there is an interesting parallel with something that happened in the Old Testament. In 2 Samuel we read about the time when David was wanting to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. Now what was so special about the ark of the covenant? Well, it was the dwelling place of the Lord, the place where the Lord located his gracious presence in the midst of his people to bless them.

Now in our text from Luke, it says that Mary arose and went into the hill country of Judah. In 2 Samuel, it says that David arose and was bringing the ark into the hill country of Judah. Mary enters Elizabeth’s house and remains there for three months and brings great blessing to that household. David brings the ark to the house of Obed-edom, and the ark remains there for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his household. Quite the parallels!

You see, it’s almost like Mary herself is a human ark of the covenant, because she is bearing the Lord’s presence within her. She’s carrying the Christ child wherever she goes. And where Jesus is, there is great blessing. Mary is bearing within her the Word made flesh, who comes to make his dwelling among us. “And the Word became flesh and ‘tabernacled’ among us.”

Mary enters the house and greets Elizabeth. As she does, something remarkable happens: The baby leaps in Elizabeth’s womb! Remember what the angel Gabriel had said about John: “He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” And so here, even inside Elizabeth’s womb, “John the Baby” can sense that he is in the presence of the Messiah whose way he will prepare. For everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go–Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, as John himself would proclaim years later.

Then Elizabeth, herself filled with the Holy Spirit, tells Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” It’s as though Elizabeth is saying: “Mary, you have been given a great honor, to bear the Savior of the world. I mean, I am honored to bear my son, the forerunner of the Lord, but you get to give birth to the Lord himself! What a blessing!”

Elizabeth continues: “And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Hear the humble faith in Elizabeth’s words. She realizes that she is not worthy of such a visitation. At the same time, she realizes that her Lord is coming to her, and this means great blessing. Such humble faith is truly the work of the Holy Spirit.

Do you have the humility and the faith of an Elizabeth? Do you recognize that you are not worthy to have God grace you with his presence? Do you realize you’re a sinner, that you have broken God’s commandments, that you deserve judgment and not a gracious visitation from the Lord? I hope you do know this. For Jesus comes into our midst precisely to forgive sinners like you and me and to bring us his blessing.

As with Elizabeth, the Holy Spirit works in your heart through the gospel, so that you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This gospel tells you that this little child came as our brother, in the flesh, so that he could do the only job that saves us. Jesus came to keep God’s law perfectly on our behalf. He came to offer the one holy, perfect sacrifice that atones for all our sins. He suffered and died a sinner’s death on the cross, taking the punishment we deserve. Jesus came to be our peace and our life. He did this when he rose victorious over sin and death, and now he grants us blessing and joy in their place. Yes, when Jesus enters the house, you get all of these blessings with him. And this is enough to make anyone leap for joy!

Elizabeth continues and tells Mary: “For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” So here we’ve got John filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth filled with the Holy Spirit, and Mary, whose child was conceived by the Holy Spirit. In each one of them, the Holy Spirit is pointing to Jesus and producing joy.

That’s how it is with us, isn’t it? The presence of Christ among us brings us great joy. The gospel sound that greets us here in church lets us know that Jesus is here, present. And so we rejoice. The Holy Spirit is doing his work in our hearts, pointing us to our Savior Jesus Christ, and nothing could be more joyful than that. John leaped for joy, he was so glad to be in the presence of Jesus. Now some of us here may be past our leaping prime, but the coming of Christ in our midst should get at least ten Lutherans a-leaping.

Elizabeth has one more word for Mary: “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Faith is what we’re seeing here, faith all around. The faith that Elizabeth had, to know that this was no ordinary child Mary was bringing into the room. And the faith of Mary. Elizabeth commends Mary for her faith, that she believed the great things the angel had told her about the son she would have.

Dear friends, the meeting of the moms is a meeting of two great women of faith. Both Mary and Elizabeth stand out as wonderful examples for us. They believed the Lord’s words, and they received his gifts. The Holy Spirit produced this faith in them. And now the Spirit will do this same work in you. The Holy Spirit will lead you to trust the words and promises of God. The Spirit will work a Mary-and-Elizabeth-like faith in you.

There are a whole bunch of miracles that we see in our text today. The way that both Elizabeth and Mary got pregnant, of course. But also the way that both Mary and Elizabeth believed and rejoiced in the good news of the coming Savior. That too is a miracle. Even little John got in on the believing-and-rejoicing act. Anytime anyone is given the gift of faith and joy in the Lord, that is a miracle of God. It’s the work of the Holy Spirit, working through the Word, to produce a saving faith and a blessed joy in our hearts.

Today we have heard the story of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. It was the meeting of the moms. But don’t forget those boys! Mary and Elizabeth are the two in the room, but Jesus and John are the two in the womb. So they meet also, Jesus and John do. Because everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go. Even in the womb, Jesus brought great blessing and joy to the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah.

And Jesus brings blessing and joy to our homes, too. When you gather with your family this Christmas, Jesus will bring the joy with him. And when we gather here in God’s house, with our church family, Christ will surely be present to bless us with his gifts. Wherever Mary’s baby boy goes, he brings the blessing and the joy with him.

Is the Rosary an Idol Worship?

Is the Rosary an Idol Worship?

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The Rosary

A day before yesterday, i wrote an article about the three most powerful prayer for the Catholic Faithful and many comments were encouraging and some others were a bit of the extreme regarding idol. One of the them personally criticize the praying of the Rosary; questioning the originality and authenticity of it. In fact she called the Rosary an Idol Worship.

The viewers wrote me personally and said, i quote,

The Rosary is nothing nor is it important. It’s a set of beads that are deceiving people and taking them away from God It’s idol worship. Wake up people, before the rapture.

Am using this medium to clarify the arguments that which was started by one of my viewers. We shall be using this medium to answer relating Rosary, Its Originality and Authenticity.

Rosary; An Idol Worship

Rosary does not in any way represents any form of idol worship. The Prayer in itself can never be an idol. If that is the case, then anything in our home that takes our time and seems to help us to meditate or thing of the past is an Idol. Here it includes and not limited to pictures frames of loved ones, articles from friends, gift from loved ones and lots of them.

While rosary help us to meditate on the birth of Jesus, Baptism, Ministerial work, Passion, Crucifixion and death and culminated to His resurrection other objects can and will never help do that.

Origin of the Rosary- The Bible

The rosary prayer was a prayer coined from the words of Angel Gabriel, who visited Mary in Bethlehem and Greeted with the words,

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee……. You Have found Favour with God….. Luke 1: 26 – 38 (Read)

The other parts of the prayer was introduced by the Church to requesting the Mother of God to Pray for US. Starting with the Sign of the Cross down to the Mystery that would be said depending on the day of the prayer, is about Jesus And All that He came to Do and not even about Mary.

Our Lord’s Prayer taught by Jesus Himself is there and coupled with deeep reverence for the Person of God from beginning to end.

Authenticity of the Rosary

God said in a Place ,” Do not worship anything that is represented in Heaven or earth and below the earth” and In another place, He Said again, ” Make for my people a Golden Snake that whoever shall look at it, even when bitten by the Poisonous snake, will live”. God is not author of contradiction.

Rosary is a prayer that even the devil fears. Try it with any difficult situation. Test God and see if God will not manifest through it.

Ask yourself, Can God manifest in anything idolatry? No. He hates it with Passion. Because of the evil days, People have turn the things of God to be Evil and the things of the World (Devilisg) as Good or coming from God.

Watch it that Ye may not be deceived. Glory to Jesus, Honour to Mary

Habit By Mary

Habit By Mary

The religious attitude: It’s what demarcates, on sight, the laity from the professed religious (and, for that matter, the secular clergy.) And of the dozens and dozens of religious orders, congregations, and societies, only a very few wear a white habit: the Camoldolese, the Dominicans (also known as the Order of Preachers, with a great black cape), the Cistersians, the Carthusians, the Camoldolese, the Carmelites (are known as the “White Friars” though most of their habit is actually brown), the “White Fathers” of Africa, and the Norbertines also known as the Canons Regular of Premontre or the Premonstratensians.

However of this small, select group only the latter can claim that their vesture came to them from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Legend has it that Mary appeared to St. Norbert in a dream/vision and showed him that the Praemonstratensian habit should be “white, like those worn by the angels who declared the Resurrection. At the same time, not dying the unbleached fabric will match your poverty.”

What’s less clear is how the pope’s current regalia matches, almost similar to, that of a Norbertine abbot.

While most church historians point to Innocent V (1276) as the first pope to wear all white — as a Dominican he apparently just kept wearing the vesture of the Order of Preachers — it wasn’t until St. Pius V (1566-72), another Dominican pope — laid down the tradition of the pope always wearing white (as distinct from the cardinaliate red.)

St. Norbert” by Maarten Pepyn:

But to return to St. Norbert: His family was successful in the wool business. This makes for a historic component of the Norbertine habit. Wool is, naturally, a gift from the lamb — which further permits no small amount of poetic musing and symbolic relations, along with its white coloring. Not for nothing are lambs (agnus) presented to the pope on the feast of St. Agnes (a lamb-like pure virgin-martyr) so that their wool may be fashioned into the pallium — a narrow, circular band placed around the shoulders with short lappets hanging from front and back — that adorn metropolitan archbishops and patriarchs.

It’s good to remember that most religious habits were simply the clothing of the day at that particular time, slightly changed to set apart the wearer from the laity. But traditionally the parts of a habit are:

The tunic: A garment whose origins are so old we know that Christ himself wore one. It may have been an outgrowth of the Roman toga. Button-less and often woven in one piece, the clerical version of this would be the cassock, set apart by its buttons (traditionally 33 in number, one for each year of Jesus’ life), and always black. Prelates wear a simar, which is technically not a cassock, but functions in an same sartorial vein.

The scapular: Many devout Catholics wear a truncated version of a brown (or red) scapular under their clothes. However, professed religious, including Norbertines, wear a full-length scapular over their tunic. Its lay-equivalent is the apro.

The hood: Those winter nights are cold! As with our modern-day hooded sweatshirt (“hoodies”), lay and ecclesiastic personages alike wore a hood to keep their heads warm. The hood may or may not have been part of the tunic. Or in the case of the Norbertines …

The shoulder cape: The hood may have been attached to the shoulder cape, also called a mozetta. This garment later became the province of high-ranking prelates — one still sees bishops, archbishops, and cardinals wearing them. The front has a series of small buttons running down the placket. The Norbertines have a tiny vestigial hood attached to the back of their shoulders representing that they had begun as a quasi-monastic order.

Monks of the Order of St. Benedict singing vespers on Holy Saturday at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey. Photo: John Stephen Dwyer/Public Domain.

The monastic cowl: Monks — at least Benedictines — find the full expression of their final profession when they take on the monastic cowl.

The cincture/sash/fascia: Holding all of the above together, literally and figuratively, is the cincture, or belt, or sash. The pope wears a sash (fascia) with his coat of arms on the bottom of it, followed by tassels. The Norbertines — when fully professed — wear a white sash.

The zuchetta and biretta: While clerics may wear a biretta (black for priests, violet for bishops, scarlet for cardinals, while Norbertines sport a unique white one), the pope wears a white zuchetta or skull cap (though Benedict XVI brought back the ermine camauro, as had St. John XXIII). A Norbertine abbot may wear a zucchetta — but it should be black.

Back to the pope 

So how did the pope go from wearing the white habit of the Dominicans to the white habit of the Norbertines? And why?

Part of the answer is the types of orders shown here: the Dominicans were a mendicant — that is to say, “begging” — order. Like their Franciscan brethren (known for their brown habits and rope-belt), they were not confined to an abbey or monastery — at least not initially: rather they went about preaching (hence the name “The Order of Friars Preachers”).

On the other side, the Norbertines were canons regular, which means they were neither monks nor parish clerics and not mendicants. They lived in an abbey and followed a common Rule, but served in parish churches. This set-up traces itself all the way back to St. Augustine and his Rule (written in the fourth century) in which he more or less built up the idea if not the juridical definition of a “canon regular.”

So the Norbertine character had elements of the monastic life (as mentioned above, the small vestigial hood), but since they were in the main clerics (and not lay-brothers) their habit was in the keeping of the style of priests — albeit in all white, right up to the white biretta!

The pope’s power comes from being the bishop of Rome. And bishops, of course, have a unique form of clothing. Coincidentally it is a vesture and accoutrements that is very much like that of an abbot (the miter, the pectoral cross, the ring, and as a sign of authority, the crozier).

As long as all of the orders that wear white are either monastic (Camoldolese, Carmelite, Carthusian, Cistersian), mendicant (Dominican) or missionary (the White Fathers) they identify less with the clerical nature than with that of their order or society — except for the Canons Regular of Premontre (also known as the Norbertines) who are that unique hybrid of cleric/religious and whose identity is very much tied into that of their priesthood.

Thus as time went on (and no more Dominicans were elected pope!), the pope’s vesture retained the Dominican whiteness, while taking on the form of that of a bishop (if you think about it, the pope wears almost precisely what a bishop does, but all in white).

And the Norbertines — whose history extends back to the 12th century, a full 100 years before the founding of the Dominicans — have always kept not only a white habit, but one that showed their status as priests who live in common as well.