Monday, June 6, 2022

† ". Into His Home . ."

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†Saint Quote
"Quote of the Day
"Do not be anxious: go straight on, forgetful of self, letting the spirit of God act instead of your own."
–St. Julie Billiart

†Today's Meditation
"True devotion to Our Lady is holy; that is to say, it leads the soul to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin, particularly her profound humility, her lively faith, her blind obedience, her continual prayer, her universal mortification, her divine purity, her ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelic sweetness and her divine wisdom. These are the ten principal virtues of the most holy Virgin."
— St. Louis De Montfort, p. 55
True Devotion to Mary
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True Devotion to Mary

†Daily Verse
"For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who [also] gives his holy Spirit to you."

–1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

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St. Marcellin Champagnat

St. Marcellin Champagnat (1789–1840) was born to a peasant family near Lyons, France, in the same year the French Revolution erupted. He grew up amid the havoc and instability it left in every area of life. Like many other children, St. Marcellin was poor and illiterate due to the collapse of education. Yet a visiting priest encouraged him to enter the seminary, which he did at the age of sixteen despite his poverty. Because of his lack of education he struggled academically, which inspired him to combat the illiteracy and spiritual poverty resulting from the violence and chaos of the French Revolution. With hard work, prayer, and the support of his family, he was ordained in 1816. The following year he bought a simple house, opened a school, and recruited other peasant men to join him in a new community devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and committed to giving young people a proper Christian education. He made his school year flexible with the farming seasons, and the fees were affordable to the poor. His congregation became The Little Brothers of Mary, now called The Marist Brothers. They were dedicated to the education of youth, especially the most neglected. When Marcellin died his order had 48 establishments in France with 278 Brothers. Today there are 5,100 Brothers working in over 80 countries. St. Marcellin Champagnat's feast day is June 6th.


Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Reading I Gn 3:9-15, 20
After Adam had eaten of the tree,

the LORD God called to him and asked him, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden;

but I was afraid, because I was naked,

so I hid myself."
Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,

from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"
The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me—

she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."
The LORD God then asked the woman,

"Why did you do such a thing?"
The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:

"Because you have done this, you shall be banned

from all the animals

and from all the wild creatures;

On your belly shall you crawl,

and dirt shall you eat

all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

He will strike at your head,

while you strike at his heel."
The man called his wife Eve,

because she became the mother of all the living.


Acts 1:12-14

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,

the Apostles returned to Jerusalem

from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,

a sabbath day's journey away.

When they entered the city

they went to the upper room where they were staying,

Peter and John and James and Andrew,

Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,

James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,

and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,

together with some women,

and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Responsorial Psalm 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

R. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
His foundation upon the holy mountains

the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,

more than any dwelling of Jacob.
R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
Glorious things are said of you,

O city of God!
And of Zion they shall say:

"One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her

is the Most High LORD."
R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:

"This man was born there."
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:

"My home is within you."
R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed mother of the Church,
you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 19:25-34
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother

and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,

and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,

he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."
Then he said to the disciple,

"Behold, your mother."
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,

in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,

Jesus said, "I thirst."
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop

and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,

"It is finished."
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day,

in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,

for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,

the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken

and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first

and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,

they did not break his legs,

but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,

and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

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From that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:27)

Even in the last hours of his crucifixion, Jesus was thinking of his mother. He didn't want her to be left alone after his death, nor did he want her to wonder what would happen to her after he was gone. So as Mary stood at the foot of his cross, he entrusted her to his disciple's care. And "from that hour," John took her into his home (John 19:27).

In caring so conscientiously for his mother, Jesus was, in a real sense, also caring for us. For just as he gave his beloved mother to John, he also gave her to each one of us. He knew that we would need a mother. We would need a mother's special compassion, mercy, wisdom, and tenderness, someone who would intercede and advocate for her children. This was the gift Jesus gave to us, one that we cherish on this special feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.

But perhaps Jesus also entrusted Mary to John's care because he wanted her to be integrally involved in what would happen next: his glorious resurrection, the waiting and praying in the upper room, and the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost. He could have carefully placed her away somewhere hidden and safe, but this would have put her far from all the action. As Mother of the Church, her role was to be right in the midst of all that was to come! She would take it all in, immersing herself in the breath of the Spirit. Imagine how exciting that was for her, this woman who had already lived her life deeply filled with the Holy Spirit!

Mary's role today is still to be right in the midst of all that is happening in our lives and all that is to come. So with freedom and confidence, turn to her in your need. You can count on Mary's devotion and heart of mercy. On this feast of Our Lady, turn to her and entrust her with the intentions you hold most dear. Ask her to intercede for you, as she always does, with her tender mother's heart.

"Mary, Mother of God, pray for me."

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7


From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
" "Why did you do such a thing?"
The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."

What do you eat?
The bread the world offers?
Or the bread of God?
What are you hungry for?


We pray in Psalms:
_"They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:

"This man was born there."
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:

"My home is within you."_

Our hearts must be His dwelling place....
Our hearts must be in His dwelling place.


In today's Gospel we heard our Lord:
_"Then he said to the disciple,

"Behold, your mother."
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."_

From Bishop Barron today;

"Friends, today we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.
We recall that, from the cross, Jesus pronounced this word to St. John: "Behold, your mother." In saying this, he was giving Mary not only to John, but through John to the whole Church. Mary would be the mother of all the beloved disciples of Jesus up and down the centuries.
Then we recall that, at the Annunciation, the angel declared to the maiden of Nazareth: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God." The two persons required for the Incarnation were the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother.

Now we can make the connection: in becoming the mother of Christ, Mary, by extension, would become the mother of all those members of Christ's Mystical Body across space and time. Just as the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother were required to bring about the Incarnation in history, so those same two agents are required to bring about the birth of Christ in our souls."

Because He knew we'd feel alone...He gives His mother.
My dad passed but I still got my love and to hold.
But she needs tending to too...yet in blessing others we are blessed.
We too should tend to Mother Mary's needs.
Lately she's had more requests than ever according to visionaries.
Most are requests to repent and get ready for our Lord.
It is a perennial request that never gets old.
For this is the day...always for our Lord.
Let us reach to Him for mercy and be mercy.

Mother of God...we need now more than ever.

Your brother in Christ our Lord and Savior, our Love in Heaven,


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Jeremiah 23:23–24
[Jeremiah 23]

23 "Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? 24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD


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