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OUR LADY OF SORROWS – Memoria: 15 September

The martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy [Luke 2:33-35], is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: “This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted”; and to Mary: “A sword will pierce your soul”.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when Jesus, Your Son, was raised up on the cross, it was Your will  that Mary, His mother, should stand there and suffer with Him in her heart. Grant that, in union with her, the Church may share in the passion of Christ, and so be brought to the glory of His resurrection. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 15 September 2017

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THE BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – FEAST: 8 SEPTEMBER

The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary announced joy to the whole world, for from her has risen the Son of Justice, our Lord Jesus Christ. He released us from the ancient curse and made us blessed. He destroyed death and gave us eternal life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the day of our salvation dawned when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to Your Son. As we celebrate her nativity grant us Your grace and Your peace. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 8 September 2017

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OUR LADY, QUEEN AND MOTHER – Memoria: 22 August

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You have given us Mary, the Mother of Your Son, to be our Mother and Queen. Grant that, supported by her prayers, we may come to the Kingdom of Heaven and to the glory destined for Your children. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 22 August 2017

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THE ALMIGHTY HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME: Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Luke 1:39-56

Jakarta, 13 August 2017

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THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

 (A biblical reflection on the Solemnity of THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY – Sunday, 13 August 2017)

 

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 

First Reading: Revelation 11:19;12:1-6,10; Psalms: Psalm 45:10-12,16; Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56 

The Scripture Text

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of thos who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. The comes the end, when He delivers the Kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:20-26 RSV)

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not just a celebration of a glorious event in Mary’s life. It’s a celebration of the destiny that awaits all of us. Mary assumption proves that we too can rise again in body and n spirit – just as she was taken body and soul into heaven.

St. Paul taught that through baptism into God’s family, we are set free from the bondage to sin. Yet He also knew that we are still subject to pain and suffering. Living in this world is tough at times, as our bodies and spirits experience the effects of sin and death. One day, however, all of this will be gone – and that’s what we celebrate today. One day, we will die and rise again with Jesus, and all of our wounds will be healed. We will live with Jesus with glorified bodies and divinized spirits, and we will never have to endure the pain and sorrow of this world again.

How should we celebrate this day? By imagining the heaven that was Mary’s destination and that is ours as well. In heaven, we will have never-ending energy to worship God. We will be able to dance and sing and run and jump without ever feeling tired or sick. All the things that have hurt us or could hurt us will not be there. No more sickness or pain. No more tears. No more insecurity. No more distrust or fear or anger or envy. We will know how much we are loved because we will have full communion with God. We will know the acceptance and peace of belonging to our heavenly Father.

In prayer today, let’s us meditate on God’s plan for our resurrection. Imagine what it will be like when we are with Him. Then, as we go about our day, let’s look for ways to bring a little piece of heaven to earth. It only takes one prayer time to begin making a difference. We only need a taste of heaven before we can start spreading the hope and promise of life in Christ to our friends, neighbors, and family. Christ is risen; His mother is in heaven with Him; and we can all join them one day. Who says there’s no good news in the world?

Prayer: All praise to You, Jesus, for conquering death for all of us! You are an amazing, glorious God! Amen. 

Jakarta, 11 August 2017 

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SAINT JOACHIM AND SAINT ANNE, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Memoria: 26 July

An old tradition going back to the second century gives these names to the parents of he Blessed Virgin Mary. The veneration of Saint Anne dates from the sixth century in the East and spread throughout the West to the tenth century; that of Saint Joachim is more recent.

Prayer: Lord, God of our fathers, You bestowed on Saint Joachim and Saint Anne this singular grace that their daughter, Mary, should become the Mother of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant, at their intercession, the salvation You promised to Your people. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 26 July 2017

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THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – FEAST: 31 MAY

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You inspired the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she was carrying Your Son, to visit Elizabeth. Grant that, always docile to the voice of the Spirit, we may, together with our Lady, glorify Your Name. We pray this in the most precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 31 May 2017

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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in MARY, SAINTS WE LOVE

 

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