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Pope Benedict: follow the witness of Saint Benedict


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Every time we celebrate Holy Mass, we hear echo in our heart
the words that Jesus left with his disciples at the Last Supper as a precious
gift: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you” (John 14:27). How much
the Christian community and the whole of humanity need to taste completely the
riches and the power of Christ’s peace! St. Benedict was a great witness,
because he welcomed it in his existence and fructified it in works of authentic
cultural and spiritual renewal. “Pax” (“Peace”) is posted
as a motto at the entrance to the Abbey of Monte Cassino and every other
Benedictine monastery: the monastic community in fact is called to live
according to this peace, which is the paschal gift par excellence
. As you know,
in my recent trip to the Holy Land, I went as a pilgrim of peace, and today —
in this land marked by the Benedictine charism — I have the opportunity to
emphasize, once again, that peace is in the first place a gift of God, and
therefore its power is in prayer.

It is a gift given, however, to human care. Even the energy
that is needed to actualize it is drawn from prayer. So, it is essential to
cultivate an authentic prayer life to assure the social progress of peace
. Once
again the history of monasticism teaches us that a great growth in civilization
is prepared by daily listening to the Word of God
, which moves believers to a
personal and communal effort in the struggle against egoism and injustice
. Only
in learning, with the grace of Christ, to combat and defeat the evil within
ourselves and in relationships with others, can we become authentic builders of
peace and civil progress. May the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, help all
Christians, in their different vocations and situations in life, to be
witnesses of that peace that Christ gave us and left us as a demanding mission
to realize everywhere.

Today, March 24, liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Help of Christians — who is venerated with great devotion at the shrine
of Sheshan in Shanghai — we celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Church in
China. My thoughts turn to all the people of China. In particular I greet the
Catholics of China with great affection and I exhort them to renew on this day
their communion of faith in Christ and of fidelity to the Successor of Peter.
May our common prayer obtain an effusion of gifts of the Holy Spirit, so that
unity of all Christians, the catholicity and the universality of the Church
always will be deeper and more visible.

Pope Benedict XVI, Regina Caeli Address, Miranda Square, May 24, 2009

Mary, Help of Christians


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Most Holy and
Immaculate Virgin, Help of Christians, we place ourselves under your motherly
protection. Throughout the Church’s history you have helped Christians in times
of trial, temptation and danger. Time and time again, you have proven to be the
Refuge of sinners, the Hope of the hopeless, the Consoler of the afflicted, and
the Comforter of the dying. We promise to be faithful disciples of Jesus
Christ, your Son, to proclaim His Good News of God’s love for all people, and
to work for peace and justice in our world. With faith in your intercession, we
pray for the Church, for our family and friends, for the poor and abandoned,
and all the dying.

Grant, O Mary, Help of Christians, the graces of which we
stand in need. (mention your intentions. May we serve Jesus with fidelity and
love until death. Help us and our loved ones to attain the boundless joy of
being forever with our Father in heaven. Amen.

Mary, Help of
Christians, pray for us!

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for Belmont Abbey!

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for China!

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for the Salesians of Don Bosco!

 

Consecration of
the Home to Our Lady, Help of Christians

Most holy Virgin
Mary, appointed by God to be the Help of Christians, we choose you as the
Mother and protectress of our home. Favor us with your powerful protection.
Preserve our home from fire, flood, lightning, storm, earthquake, thieves,
vandals, and every other danger. Bless us, protect us, defend us, keep as your
own all who dwell in this home: protect them from all accidents and
misfortunes, and obtain for them the grace of avoiding sin. Mary, Help of
Christians, pray for us. Amen.

The Novena to Our Lady, Help of Christians

What does the Church say about the liturgical memorial of Blessed Virgin Mary?

Madonna with Child Granducca.jpgThis most Holy Synod [Vatican II] deliberately teaches this
Catholic doctrine and at the same time admonishes all the sons of the Church
that the cult, especially the liturgical cult, of the Blessed Virgin, be
generously fostered, and the practices and exercises of piety, recommended by
the magisterium of the Church toward her in the course of centuries be made of
great moment, and those decrees, which have been given in the early days
regarding the cult of images of Christ, the Blessed Virgin and the saints, be
religiously observed. But it exhorts theologians and preachers of the
divine word to abstain zealously both from all gross exaggerations as well as
from petty narrow-mindedness in considering the singular dignity of the Mother
of God. Following the study of Sacred Scripture, the Holy Fathers, the
doctors and liturgy of the Church, and under the guidance of the Church’s
magisterium, let them rightly illustrate the duties and privileges of the
Blessed Virgin which always look to Christ, the source of all truth, sanctity
and piety. Let them assiduously keep away from whatever, either by word or
deed, could lead separated brethren or any other into error regarding the true
doctrine of the Church. Let the faithful remember moreover that true devotion
consists neither in sterile or transitory affection, nor in a certain vain
credulity, but proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to know the
excellence of the Mother of God, and we are moved to a filial love toward our
mother and to the imitation of her virtues. (Lumen gentium, 67)

Consider living according to the virtues of Mary, Mother of God

OL Tenderness.jpg…true devotion to our Lady is holy, that is, it leads
us to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of Mary. Her ten principal virtues
are: deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant
self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness,
and heavenly wisdom.


Saint Louis-Mary de Montfort, True Devotion to the
Blessed Mother

Our Lady of Fatima

JP II & OL Fatima.jpgBlessed are you, holy Virgin Mary and worthy of all praise. For the sun of justice, Christ our God, was born of you.


Lord, take away the sins of your people. May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us, for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
Today is the 28th anniversary of the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II by the Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca. The pope credited his survival to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and subsequently made a pilgrimage to her shrine in Portugal to place the bullet in her crown.

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The press reports that he now wants to convert to Christianity after his release from prison on January 18, 2010. May the Holy Spirit warm the heart of Agca and the rest of us to closely follow Christ.
The booklet published by the Catholic Information Service titled “The Message of Our Lady of Fatima” by Father Frederick L. Miller will give you the needed theology and context for this 1917 Marian apparition.
Pray the Rosary!

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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