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I had hoped to finish my first post in a series where I will explain Catholic beliefs to non-Catholics but I haven’t been feeling well the past few days.

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Pope Francis and Archbishop Gomez speak about Mary’s Month

H/T XT3

 

 

Mary

 

 

From CatholicCulture:

The month of May (Overview - Calendar) is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).

This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, as Pope Leo XIII reminded us, is the soul of the Church: All the activity and service of the members of the Church, beginning with the supreme participation of the Blessed Mother in the work of the Church, is vivified by the Holy Spirit as the body, in all its activities, is vivified by its soul. The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, Advocate, and Comforter which Christ Himself sent to be our consolation in the sorrowful mysteries of life, our source of moderation in the joyful mysteries of life, our added principle of exaltation in the glorious mysteries of life.

So He was for the Blessed Mother; so also He is for the least of us; so also He is for the rest of the Church, even for those who are its unconscious but conscientious members.

Wherever there is faith there is the example of Mary, because she lived by faith as the Scriptures remind us….

If, then, piety is the virtue which binds us to the sources of all life, to God, to our parents, to the Church, to Christ, certainly Christian piety binds us, in grateful love, to Mary — or our acceptance of Christ and of the mystery of our kinship with Him is imperfect, partial, and unfulfilled.

— Cardinal John Wright

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I was going to post this in celebration of Pentecost yesterday evening but then there was a thunderstorm where we had to  turn the computer off so I am posting it now.

I found this excerpt from St. Irenaeus’ Against Heresies where he talks of Pentecost and the sending of the Holy Spirit at the site called The Crossroads Initiative.

St. Irenaeus, Pentecost, The Holy Spirit

This reading is used in the Roman liturgy’s Office of Readings for the Feast of Pentecost.  It is an excerpt of St. Irenaeus’ landmark work, Againt Heresies (Lib 3, 17, 1-3: SC 34, 302-306).  It contains beautiful imagery of the Holy Spirit as the rainfall of God as well as a fascinating allegorical interpretation of parable of the Good Samaritan to explain the role of the various persons of the Holy Trinity- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God.


He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy. So when the Son of God became the Son of Man, the Spirit also descended upon him, becoming accustomed in this way to dwelling with the human race, to living in men and to inhabiting God’s creation. The Spirit accomplished the Father’s will in men who had grown old in sin, and gave them new life in Christ.

Luke says that the Spirit came down on the disciples at Pentecost, after the Lord’s ascension, with power to open the gates of life to all nations and to make known to them the new covenant. So it was that men of every language joined in singing one song of praise to God, and scattered tribes, restored to unity by the Spirit, were offered to the Father as the first-fruits of all the nations.

This was why the Lord had promised to send the Advocate: he was to prepare us as an offering to God. Like dry flour, which cannot become one lump of dough, one loaf of broad, without moisture, we who are many could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water that comes down from heaven. And like parched ground, which yields no harvest unless it receives moisture, we who were once like a waterless tree could never have lived and borne fruit without this abundant rainfall from above. Through the baptism that liberates us from change and decay we have become one in body; through the Spirit we have become one in soul.

The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of God came down upon the Lord, and the Lord in turn gave this Spirit to his Church, sending the Advocate from heaven into all the world into which, according to his own words, the devil too had been cast down like lightning.

If we are not to be scorched and made unfruitful, we need the dew of God. Since we have our accuser, we need an advocate as well. And so the Lord in his pity for man, who had fallen into the hands of brigands, having himself bound up his wounds and left for his care two coins bearing the royal image, entrusted him to the Holy Spirit. Now, through the Spirit, the image and inscription of the Father and the Son have been given to us, and it is our duty to use the coin committed to our charge and make it yield a rich profit for the Lord.

I found this beautiful song on the internet.

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Teresa Rice:

Here is the original by Lee Greenwood.  These schools really need to stop this PC garbage. Don’t mess with God.  Thank you Lee Greenwood for standing up for the One who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life – God.

Originally posted on American Freedom:

Earlier this week I posted an article about an elementary school that had changed the words to Lee Greenwood’s song “God bless the USA” to “We love the USA”.

Mr. Greenwood weighed in, telling Fox News on Thursday that he wouldn’t allow the school to use his song if they planned to remove “God” from the lyrics.

“The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word ‘God,’ ” he said. “We can’t take God out of the song. We can’t take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance. We can’t take God off of the American currency.”

Source:  The Washington Times

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First I would like to apologize for not visiting everyone’s blogs recently.  The outside landscaping work has been very tiring.  In addition, I have had pain behind my eye (my prosthesis) and around my top eyelid that has been hurting me pretty bad lately.  I have an appointment to see an oculoplastic physician on Monday so hopefully they can figure out what is wrong and help me out, or fix what is causing the pain.  I really can’t complain though, since the surgery called enucleation has lasted since I was about a month old, and I haven’t had any problems up til now, almost 35 years later. I will visit your blogs soon.

Holy Thursday is when Jesus instituted Holy Communion so I thought that I would post this song to commemorate this special, holy occasion. God Bless.

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I have another blog called Tu Ne Cede Malis Sed Contra Audentior Ito which mainly covers topics on theology and philosophy.  Unfortunately on Catholibertarian I don’t have the availability to post videos from Godtube.  I thought you might like to hear this Gospel Choir Flash Mob that sang a Christian version of Lovely Day –  Supermarket Gospel Choir Flash Mob Sings Christian Version of Lovely Day - Enjoy!

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