Happy Feast of Our Lady’s Assumptioneditor
Wishing all our bloggers and readers a very happy Feast of the Assumption. Feel free to share your favourite prayers, hymns, stories – even your favourite jokes, of the good clean fun variety – to celebrate the Feast. But first, click here to read Munificentissimus Deus – the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII defining the dogma of the Assumption in 1950.
Happy Feast to one and all…
Today would be a good day to place those among our family and friends who are lapsed or in some spiritual danger into Our Lady’s care. She loves to be asked for her help as this beautiful remark of one of the Church’s great saints confirms:
“Not only do they offend thee, O Lady, who outrage thee, but thou art also offended by those who neglect to ask thy favours . . . He who neglects the service of the Blessed Virgin will die in his sins . . . He who does not invoke thee, O Lady, will never get to Heaven . . . Not only will those from whom Mary turns her countenance not be saved, but there will be no hope of their salvation . . . No one can be saved without the protection of Mary.” (Saint Bonaventure, Cardinal-Bishop and Doctor of the Church).
Happy Feast to everyone. I love listening to the hymn Ave Maria, it does lift the heart up to Heaven.
Spectacular! Truly beautiful.
Thank you for posting that gorgeous rendering of Ave Maria, Theresa Rose.
Watching it, I thought three things: how can anyone not see the beauty of our Catholic religion? How can anyone fail to love Our Lady? And, thirdly, no wonder the Devil has targeted the Catholic Church for especially vicious attack, at this time. Just when, given the diabolical state of the world, people would be rushing to her, as happened in the years before “that Council”… He’s a clever devil, we have to give him that!
Again – a very happy Feast day to you and all our bloggers.
Happy Feast Day everyone.
What a sad and sickening start to the day however, with the news from Pennsylvania, where the State Grand Jury found that the Church was found to have covered up abuse of ~1,000 minors by some 300 (!) priests over 70 years.
Cardinal Wuerl is apparently mentioned in the region of 200 times in the report.
This seems never ending and, with men like McCarrick and Wuerl in charge, it is small wonder.
Our posts went up at the same time – I’ve alluded to these sordid cases in my praise for the Ave Maria posted by Theresa Rose. The Devil knows what he’s about.
The infiltration of homosexuals into the priesthood is the reason for the sex abuse scandal – the majority of assaults being on boys, it seems obvious, even if we didn’t know that the seminaries have long ignored the prohibition on accepting homosexuals into the priesthood.
We should pray especially to Our Lady today for any sound bishops in the Church to come out (excuse the pun) and insist on cleaning out the stables. There’s no need for all these enquiries into child abuse cases. Canon Law already provides for reducing priests to the lay state in certain cases and abusing children has to be one such occasion when a priest must be “defrocked”. Definitely.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
While, of course, all this stuff must come out in the open – I am not surprised that the BBC radio news led with reports about historic Catholic abuse in the USA, as if to overshadow the contemporary trial of 30 muslim abusers in yorkshire:
Yes, I noticed that, as well.
Also, I am always suspicious about the claims of abuse that are about people now deceased, whether priests or not. It’s a basic injustice to accuse someone of something when they can’t defend themselves. I know there are some cases, Jimmy Saville is one, where the sheer volume of cases makes a difference, but apart from that, I would be reluctant to believe that someone who can’t defend himself was an abuser, unless there was irrefutable evidence.
I notice that the Pennsylvania cases include girls as well as boys – it would be very interesting to discover the actual stats on how many girls as opposed to how many boys, were allegedly abused by priests.
A Blessed Feast of the Assumption to you all!
And while we’re on the top of the current blasphemous scandals, my open letter to the US Bishops:
Agreed, I think it stands to reason. There is also of course the horrific possibility that some of them do believe, and compound their sacrilege by abusing the Blessed Sacrament for demonic reasons. For instance, I was much struck by the terrible testimony which has been made public in the last day of 2 of the 7-year old boy who was forced to strip naked and was then photographed by the evil clergy present in a cruciform position. That strikes me as satanic.
To all the Maries,
I wish a holy and happy feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
May she bless you and accompany you in this life!
Thank you to everyone who paid tribute to Our Lady by contributing to this Feast Day thread.
I’ll close it now – God bless.
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