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MyCatholicSource.com Newsletter - September, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of September: Dedicated to the Seven Dolors of Mary / The Sorrowful Mother

* Reflection of Fr. Faber on the Dolors of Mary

* Setting the Record Straight About Luther (Part 1)

* Liturgical Feasts in September

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Didn't the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?

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Dear Friend,

"Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord." (cf. 1 Tm. 1:2, 2 Tm. 1:2)

Greetings to you and best wishes for a blessed Fall, which starts this month on 9/22.

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Prayer of Veneration of the Sorrowful Mother: "O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious Mary, Mother and Virgin: grant in thy mercy, that we who call to mind her sorrows with veneration, may obtain the happy effect of thy Passion. Who livest." (Collect)

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MCS News & Notes

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The Month of September: Dedicated to the Seven Dolors of Mary / The Sorrowful Mother

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"And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed." (Lk. 2:34-35)

"[W]hat anguish unutterable must have filled the soul of this Mother, when raising up her eyes, she sees the mangled Body of her Son, stretched upon the cross, with His face all covered with blood, and His head wreathed with a crown of thorns!" (Gueranger)

"Oh! In what floods of tears, in what an abyss of sorrow is she whelmed, that Virgin Mother, as mourning she beholds her Son taken down from the blood-stained tree and laid in her arms!" (Liturgical Year)

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Related Resources...

* Devotion to the Seven Sorrows - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/popular_marian_devotions.htm

* Mary / The Passion & Death of Jesus Reflections - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/qt/mary_our_mother_reflections_passion_and_death_of_Jesus.htm

* Scapulars (Incl. Black Scapular of the Seven Dolours of Mary) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/scapulars.htm

* Marian Prayers - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pr/prayers_and_hymns_Marian.htm

* Marian Facts - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/facts.htm

* Blessed Virgin Mary Reflections - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/qt/mary_our_mother_reflections.htm

* Blessed Virgin Mary (Papal Writings) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pd/classic_encyclicals_by_category.htm

* Marian Scriptural References - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/the_Blessed_Virgin/marian_scriptural_references.htm

* Blessed Virgin Mary (Topic Page) - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-Blessed_Virgin_Mary.htm

* Mary, Our Mother Section - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/mary_our_mother.htm

Looking For Something Else? Try Our Various Indexes For 15,000+ Entries - http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/help.htm

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"In martyrs, the intensity of their love mitigated their sufferings, but with Mary it was different; the more she loved, the more she suffered, and the greater was her martyrdom." {Richard of St. Victor}

"Nor was Mary less than was befitting the Mother of Christ. When the apostles fled, she stood before the Cross and with reverent gaze beheld her Son's wounds, for she waited not for her Child's death, but the world's salvation." (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, 396 A.D.)

"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own." (Jn. 19:25-27)

"Look at the holy and immaculate Mother; she holds in her lap the lifeless body of her divine Son. Could you possibly imagine that the sorrowful Mother would murmur against God? That she would ask the reason for such suffering? We would not have been redeemed, if that Mother had not seen her Son die in torment and there would not have been for us any possibility of salvation." (Pope Pius XII)

"The silence is again broken: Jesus speaks His third word, and it is to His Mother; but He does not call her by that dear name, for it would redouble her pain: 'Woman!' He says, 'behold thy son!' Then looking upon John, He says to him: 'Son! Behold thy Mother!' What an exchange was here for Mary! But oh! What a blessing it brought upon John, and through him to all mankind: The Mother of God was made our Mother!...[L]et us, today, gratefully receive this last testament of our Jesus, who, having by His Incarnation made us the adopted children of His heavenly Father, now, in His dying moments, makes us children of His own blessed Mother." (Gueranger)

"In the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is in an agony; in the judgment-hall, where He is scourged, crowned with thorns, condemned to death, not there do we find Mary. But she knew beforehand all these agonies; she knew and saw them. When she professed herself the handmaid of the Lord for the mother's office, and when, at the foot of the altar, she offered up her whole self with her Child Jesus - then and thereafter she took her part in the laborious expiation made by her Son for the sins of the world. It is certain, therefore, that she suffered in the very depths of her soul with His most bitter sufferings and with His torments. Moreover, it was before the eyes of Mary that was to be finished the Divine Sacrifice for which she had borne and brought up the Victim. As we contemplate Him in the last and most piteous of those Mysteries, there stood by the Cross of Jesus His Mother, who, in a miracle of charity, so that she might receive us as her sons, offered generously to Divine Justice her own Son, and died in her heart with Him, stabbed with the sword of sorrow." (Pope Leo XIII, "Iucunda Semper Expectatione", 1894 A.D.)

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Reflection of Fr. Faber on the Dolors of Mary

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The following is taken from Fr. Frederick William Faber's work entitled "The Foot of the Cross, or the Sorrows of Mary". [Note: We have made some changes to the original text (e.g. spelling changes, some changes to paragraphing)]

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It was another fountain of peculiar sorrow to [the Blessed Virgin Mary] that she was an eye-witness of the Passion. We learn from the revelations of holy persons that, though she was absent in body, she was present in spirit at the sufferings of Gethsemane, and even followed in her soul with mysterious and supernatural sympathy the various phases of our Savior's agony. She was present bodily at the scourging, at the Ecce Homo, along the way of the Cross, and for the whole time on Calvary. It appears most probable that she was not in the houses of Annas and Caiaphas, but that she was at the doors, and heard not only the insults, but even the blows, which were given to Jesus, and that she suffered an especial torture in the separation from Him at those moments. Yet it was a fearful thing for a mother, particularly one of such exquisite sensibilities and profound love as Mary, to have to follow her only child through every step of that bloody drama. It would have been a terrific martyrdom, if she had spent those hours retired in the women's apartments of an oriental house, hearing the distant cries of the raging multitude, or listening to the mournful intelligence which would be brought her from time to time. Still she could better have collected herself there to suffer in quietness and peace. Others at least could have spent the time all the more undistractedly in prayer. But it was not so with her. Her Son was God. It was better to be nigh Him. The nigher God the better, always, for all of us; but for God's Mother most of all. Unbroken as was her union with the invisible God at all times and in all places, she would pray better when she saw Jesus. Besides, she had not the helpful distraction which Christian women have in their afflictions. She was not divided between the dear Child who was being taken from her, and the all-holy God who was inflicting this blow upon her. Her grief and her religion did not fall two different ways. The suffering Child and the all-holy God were one and the same. This was the overpowering unity of her dolours.

She must go forth therefore, and follow the footsteps of Jesus, and wet her feet in the blood He has left behind Him. She must listen to the fierce singing of the scourges as they cleave the air, and count the stripes, and take into her heart the variety of deadly sickening sounds they made as they lit on this or that part of His Sacred Body. She must see the mocking of Jews and Gentiles, as Pilate half in worthless pity, and half in merciless derision, exposed Him to the crowd, and she alone adored His royal majesty almost out of the very annihilation of herself by the violence of grief. She must hear the dull hammering of the nails on Calvary, whose sounds, muffled by the soft flesh of His Hands and Feet, pierced her soul through and through. She must listen to the seven beautiful words upon the Cross, as if He Himself were singing His own dirge, with such melancholy sweetness as was enough to have drawn her living soul out of her weak, worn, and aching body. All this was terrible. Yet she was a true mother. Not for one instant would she have consented to have it otherwise. It was a portion of the royalty of her heart.

Nevertheless, it was an unspeakable aggravation of her suffering. It was true that the whole of it had lain before her in clearest prevision, at least since the hour of Simeon's prophecy. But sense is something more than prevision, something different from it. The senses "betray the succors which reason gives." They interrupt that interior tranquility in which the darkest visions may possess the soul, without disturbing it. Sight interferes with that self-collection, which is our attitude of strength in the endurance of interior pains. It throws the soul off its guard, or elicits from it a painful strain of inward fortitude in order to preserve its guard. Moreover the senses have special things of their own in sights and sounds and touches of grief; and they pierce the flesh causing it to tremble with chilly pains, torturing the nerves, freezing and firing the blood by turns, stabbing the brain like daggers, and nipping the convulsed heart as if it were within an iron vice. It was this eye-witnessing of the Passion, which made Mary's martyrdom to be in her body as well as in her soul, and which was something more than the aching physical exhaustion in which excess of mental effort leaves the frame, because it laid each limb upon the rack, and made every pulse a beating instrument of pain.

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"As the sun surpasses all the stars in luster, so the sorrows of Mary surpass all the tortures of the martyrs." (St. Basil)

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Setting the Record Straight About Luther (Part 1)

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INTRODUCTION

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the so-called "Reformation", it is unfortunately to be expected in our age that much misinformation concerning the events and the person of Martin Luther will be disseminated. Sadly (scandalously!), certain prelates in the Church have already hailed the arch-heretic as a "Gospel witness and teacher of the Faith". Therefore, it seemed appropriate to counter such assertions with facts concerning Martin Luther, a prideful, vile, insidious, excommunicated, vow-breaking apostate priest, lying, hypocritical, hater of the Church, whose doctrines (which were approved by Satan) and whose warfare against the Church caused bloodshed, harmed families, led to a widespread loss of morality, and has subsequently led to a loss of countless eternal souls.

[Note: Adjectives above may be based on writings of Catholic priests who have studied and written about Luther. See below for sources.]

Advisory: The following may contain adult language/content. Note also that Luther's vileness/coarseness can be quite offensive, especially to those with delicate sensibilities. Regrettably, however, we find it necessary to include such material here (occasionally in a masked fashion, to avoid email filtering) in order paint a more accurate picture of Luther. We apologize for any offense and advise younger persons & sensitive persons to skip this section and *not* read the material below. Also, those who are not well-grounded in the Catholic faith should not read the following in order to avoid being confused/led astray by the arch-heretic.

Note to readers: This is part 1 of 2 parts. We plan to include the second part of this article in the October 2016 newsletter. Although both parts of this article are longer than we normally prefer for our newsletters, we think the content is important to disseminate. Therefore, please pardon the length of this article. Also, please be advised that we had to prepare this article (both parts) in an unusually rapid manner, so we regret that it has not been checked over as we would normally prefer to do. We regret if we have missed any issues/errors. Also, please note that we have made various changes to applicable items below (e.g. punctuation, capitalization, spelling, paragraphing, wording changes, exclusion of special characters/footnotes, etc.). A brief outline of the article appears below.

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BRIEF OUTLINE

1. Introduction (above)

2. Some quick facts concerning Luther, which demonstrate that he was not sent by God

3. Some results of Luther's teachings

4. Some papal quotes regarding Martin Luther

5. More on Luther, his teachings/practices/behaviors, and their results [Note: This section to be continued in a subsequent newsletter]

6. Conclusion [Note: This section to appear in subsequent newsletter]

Note: Sources appear at end.

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Liturgical Feasts in September

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for September as they appear at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/saints/feasts.htm

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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September 1 - St. Giles (T)

September 1 - Twelve Holy Brothers (T)

September 2 - St. Stephen, king of Hungary (T)

September 3 - St. Pius X, pope (T)

September 3 - St. Gregory the Great, pope (N)

September 5 - St. Laurence Justinian (T)

September 7 - St. Cloud (T)

September 8 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

September 8 - St. Adrian (T)

September 8 - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

September 9 - St. Gorgonius (T)

September 9 - St. Peter Claver (T)

September 9 - St. Peter Claver (N)

September 10 - St. Nicholas of Tolentino (T)

September 11 - Sts. Protus & Hyacinth (T)

September 12 - The Most Holy Name of Mary (T)

September 12 - The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

September 13 - St. John Chrysostom (N)

September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross (T)

September 14 - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (N)

September 15 - Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

September 15 - St. Nicomedes (T)

September 15 - Our Lady of Sorrows (N)

September 16 - Sts. Cornelius (pope) & Cyprian (T)

September 16 - Sts. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus (T)

September 16 - Sts. Cornelius (pope) & Cyprian (N)

September 17 - Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi (T)

September 17 - St. Robert Bellarmine (N)

September 18 - St. Joseph of Cupertino (T)

September 19 - St. Januarius & others (T)

September 19 - St. Januarius (N)

September 20 - St. Eustace & others (T)

September 20 - Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & companions (N)

September 21 - St. Matthew, apostle & evangelist (T)

September 21 - St. Matthew, apostle & evangelist (N)

September 22 - St. Maurice & others (T)

September 22 - St. Thomas of Villanova (T)

September 23 - St. Linus, pope (T)

September 23 - St. Thecla (T)

September 23 - St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) (N)

September 24 - Our Lady of Ransom (T)

September 26 - Sts. Cyprian & Justina (T)

September 26 - Sts. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues & companions (T)

September 26 - Sts. Cosmas & Damian (N)

September 27 - Sts. Cosmas & Damian (T)

September 27 - St. Vincent de Paul (N)

September 28 - St. Wenceslaus (T)

September 28 - St. Lawrence Ruiz & companions (N)

September 28 - St. Wenceslaus (N)

September 29 - Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel (T)

September 29 - Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, archangels (N)

September 30 - St. Jerome (T)

September 30 - St. Jerome (N)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, try here: http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/latin_mass_and_tradition/traditional_liturgical_calendar.htm . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/mcs_daily_digest.asp

Also...

9/21/16 - Ember Wednesday (T)

9/23/16 - Ember Friday (T)

9/24/16 - Ember Saturday (T)

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. What is the meaning of "Hosanna"?

2. Complete the passage... "Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not ___ yourselves. I am the LORD." (Lev. 19:28)

3. What are Scripture 'senses'?

4. What do the scripture passages Ex. 20:5 and Deut. 5:9 have in common?

5. How does St. Cyril interpret the Apostles' names?

6. Complete the passage... "You shall not lie with ___; such a thing ___." (Lev. 18:22)

7. It is acceptable to attribute dogmatic changes to a "deeper understanding"?

8. Complete the passage... "A woman shall not wear an article ___, nor shall a man ___; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

9. What do the following saints have in common? St. Clotilde, St. Thomas More, and St. William of Rochester

10. Does St. Paul tell us to remain yoked with unbelievers?

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Answers:

1. Hosanna means "Save!" or "Give salvation!"

2. "Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves. I am the LORD." (Lev. 19:28)

3. "In the interpretation of the Bible the Church recognizes two senses: (a) the literal sense, which is the objective, actual and immediate truth which God prompted the writer to convey; (b) the typical sense (also called mystical or spiritual, which is the truth intended by God to be expressed by means of a figure or type) which itself must be a matter of historical fact; this must be distinguished from any subjective or symbolical sense. It is the office of the Church to declare the sense of any given scriptural passage; according to St. Thomas [Aquinas], the literal sense alone can be used for purpose of argument from the Scriptures." (Catholic Dictionary) An "accommodated sense" refers to the sense "given to a scriptural text other than that originally intended" (Catholic Dictionary). Also, note that when persons speak of "four senses of Scripture", they are actually referring to the two senses (literal and spiritual), but have subdivided the spiritual sense into the allegorical sense, the moral sense, and the anagogical sense.

4. They contain the same text...

"...you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation" (Ex. 20:5)

"...you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishments for their fathers' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation" (Deut. 5:9)

5. "But if we may learn the interpretation of the Apostles' names, know that Peter means, 'loosening or knowing'; Andrew 'glorious power', or 'answering'; James, 'apostle of grief'; John, 'the grace of the Lord'; Matthew, 'given'; Philip, 'large mouth', or the 'orifice of a torch'; Bartholomew, 'the son of him who lets down water'; Thomas, 'deep or twin'; James the son of Alphaeus, 'supplanter of the step of life'; Judas, 'confession'; Simon, 'obedience'." (St. Cyril, Doctor of the Church)

6. "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination." (Lev. 18:22)

7. No. As the First Vatican Council has stated: "Hence, too, that meaning of the sacred dogmas is ever to be maintained which has once been declared by holy mother church, and there must never be any abandonment of this sense under the pretext or in the name of a more profound understanding." And: "May understanding, knowledge and wisdom increase as ages and centuries roll along, and greatly and vigorously flourish, in each and all, in the individual and the whole church: but this only in its own proper kind, that is to say, in the same doctrine, the same sense, and the same understanding." And: "If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the church which is different from that which the church has understood and understands: let him be anathema."

8. "A woman shall not wear an article proper to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's dress; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God." (Deut. 22:5)

9. St. Clotilde, St. Thomas More, and St. William of Rochester are all patrons of adopted children.

10. No. He says, "Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said: 'I will live with them and move among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come forth from them and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch nothing unclean; then I will receive you and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.'" (St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14-18)

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Didn't the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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Topic: Didn't the Catholic Church Burn Bibles?

Consider: This question is commonly put forward by those outside the Catholic Church who are attempting to portray the Church as an enemy of the Bible. In reality, the Church is the Bible's greatest friend - it was her children (under the influence of the Holy Spirit) who wrote the Bible, it was she who gathered and preserved the books, and it was she who determined which books comprise the bible. And, when poor translations have arisen, she has taken steps to prevent her children from reading these corrupt versions. The Church has not burnt bibles to keep Scripture away from people. The Church has burnt bibles - that is, poorly translated bibles - to protect her flock. Remember that St. Peter says that scripture can be distorted to one's destruction (see 2 Pt. 3:16*), and that history proves that corrupted scriptures can have dangerous consequences. Further, remember that the burning of dangerous books is biblical (see Acts 19:19**). Finally, ask yourself, does not the Church that wrote, determined, preserved and protected the Bible have a right to dispose of poor translations as she deems appropriate?

Ref. http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/non_catholics__church_history.htm

* "And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you, speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures." (2 Pt. 3:15-16)

** "Moreover, a large number of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in public." (Acts 19:19)

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In Closing...

Virgo dolorosíssima, ora pro nobis. [Latin for: Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.]

"Being the sure means and the straight and immaculate way to go to Jesus Christ and to find Him perfectly, it is by [the Blessed Virgin Mary] that the souls who are to shine forth especially in sanctity have to find Our Lord. He who shall find Mary shall find life (cf. Prov. 8:35), that is, Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14:6). But no one can find Mary who does not seek her; and no one can seek her who does not know her; for we cannot seek or desire an unknown object. It is necessary, then, for the greater knowledge and glory of the Most Holy Trinity, that Mary should be more than ever known." (St. Louis Marie de Montfort)

"The blood of Christ shed for our sake, and those members in which he offers to his Father the wounds he received as the price of our liberty are no other than the flesh and blood of the Virgin: 'The flesh of Jesus is the flesh of Mary, and however much it was exalted in the glory of his resurrection, nevertheless the nature of his flesh derived from Mary remained and still remains the same.' (St. Augustine)" (Pope Leo XIII)

Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

"Can we say that we are walking in His footsteps if we are not on the road to Calvary?" (Liturgical Year)

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