This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL
Genesis, Chapter 20, Verse 8
Early the next morning
Abimelech called all his servants and informed them of everything that had
happened, and the men were filled with fear.
Abimelech was a
pagan King warned in a dream not to take Sarah; who by accounts in the
scripture was a most beautiful and alluring woman, into his Harem because she
was the wife of Abram (Abraham) a visitor to his kingdom. Abimelech even though
a pagan was a righteous man; so, he was warned in a dream from God about Sarah.
Abimelech and his servants and men demonstrated holy fear when they realized
how close the King came to culminating a grievous sin that surely would have
caused the ruin of the entire kingdom. Being honest men they may have listen to
that small still voice of God’s spirit that calls men to right actions knowing
instinctively the words God spoke on mount Sinai to Moses “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; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth
generation on the children of those who love me and keep my
I would like to share something of why Sarah was one
of the most beautiful women of all times.
apparent implication is that Sarah was beautiful inside and out—and what’s
more, that the inside and outside were interdependent. Her face was a
transparent canvas from which emanated her inner radiance. Chassidic philosophy
demonstrates three ways in which the body and soul can interact:
soul can try and mitigate the urges of the body. Things that look good, taste
good and feel good are stimulating and addictive. Most of us live life with our
body in the driver’s seat. The soul just can’t compete. And so, the soul tries
to negotiate reasonably, and encourages moderation.
the soul can choose to reject the body and abhor anything associated with
materialism. The soul-driven person would then rebel against society’s shallow
and false veneers. Simplicity and ascetism become the ultimate goals of the soul.
third scenario is not a compromise between the first two. It is an entirely new
approach, where the body and soul learn to work together. The soul neither
leans towards the body nor rejects it. It does not react; it pro-acts. In a
proactive position, the soul directs and channels the body’s inclination in a
this last approach, instead of repressing the body’s needs, the soul views them
as an opportunity to serve God in a whole new
Now is the time to plan to attain a religious retreat
or conference before Easter. This book was conceived after attending a Marian
Christmas when you make out your gift list try to give a gift to those you love
that truly helps them to prosper!
Let us pray for the conversion of
Jerusalem and the fullness of Christ to all mankind. Let us reflect on the catechism
of the Holy Catholic Church which states:
COMES TO MEET MAN
50 Through an utterly free
decision, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. This he does by
revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in
Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending
us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
51 "It pleased God, in his
goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his
will. His will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ,
the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine
52 God, who "dwells in
unapproachable light", wants to communicate his own divine life to the men
he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son.3 By
revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of
knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.
64 Through the prophets, God
forms his people in the hope of salvation, in the expectation of a new and
everlasting Covenant intended for all, to be written on their hearts. The
prophets proclaim a radical redemption of the People of God, purification from
all their infidelities, a salvation which will include all the
nations. Above all, the poor and humble of the Lord will bear this hope.
Such holy women as Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Judith and
Esther kept alive the hope of Israel's salvation. The purest figure among them
There will be no further Revelation
66 "The Christian economy,
therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away;
and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious
manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ."
67 Yet even if Revelation is
already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for
Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the
68 By love, God has revealed
himself and given himself to man. He has thus provided the definitive,
superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning
and purpose of his life.
69 God has revealed himself to
man by gradually communicating his own mystery in deeds and in words.
70 Beyond the witness to himself
that God gives in created things, he manifested himself to our first parents,
spoke to them and, after the fall, promised them salvation (cf. Gen 3:15)
and offered them his covenant.
71 God made an everlasting
covenant with Noah and with all living beings (cf. Gen 9:16).
It will remain in force as long as the world lasts.
72 God chose Abraham and made a
covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people
and revealed his law to them through Moses. Through the prophets, he prepared
them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity.
73 God has revealed himself
fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant forever.
The Son is his Father's definitive Word; so there will be no further Revelation
In the year 1830, Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine
Laboure, a Daughter of Charity in Paris, and told her that God had a mission
for her. Standing upon a globe, the Virgin Mary held a golden ball which she
seemed to offer to God, and on her fingers were rings with gems that emitted
rays of light. She told St. Catherine, "These rays symbolize the graces I
shed upon those who ask for them. The gems from which rays do not fall are the
graces for which souls forget to ask. The Blessed Virgin instructed St.
Catherine to have a medal made of these images, and she promised many graces to
all who wear it.
we see a woman, the Mother of God, encircled by a short and famous prayer:
"O Mary conceived without sin. . . . " Being conceived without
sin—the mystery of her Immaculate Conception—means that from the beginning this
woman was full of grace. Mary stands on a globe, the world. Around her feet a
twisted serpent, the devil, struggles for mastery. It is a conflict between
good and evil. Satan's is a world of darkness and disgrace; Mary's is a world
of light and grace. But hers is the victory won by Christ—the light of the
world. So we see the light and grace of Christ flowing from her hands; and
those who choose grace rather than darkness turn to her for help: "pray
for us who have recourse to thee."
the back of the medal we see a large letter M with a cross above it. M is for
Mary and Mother because she is indeed the Mother of God's people—a people founded
on the twelve Apostles, signified by the twelve stars arranged around the rim.
The two hearts are those of Jesus and Mary. God's message for Mary was one of
suffering "a sword will pierce your heart too"—just as the heart of
her Son would be pierced by a soldier's lance. The showing of the two hearts in
one grand alliance is a reminder of God's love for us. Mother and Son are
united in the work of redemption as Christ offers himself on the cross and Mary
stands compassionately at his feet, assenting in faith so that the world might
be saved. The medal, then, is a summary in itself of the Church's teaching on
Our Lady—a mini-catechism of the faith for everyone.
The MI Movement
of the most celebrated cases of a conversion, through the use of the Miraculous
Medal, was that of the agnostic, Alphonse Ratisbonne. In January 1917, while
still a seminarian at the Conventual Franciscan Friars' Seraphicum in Rome, St.
Maximilian Kolbe heard the Miraculous Medal conversion story of Ratisbonne.
This wonderful account inspired St. Maximilian to recognize the powerful role
that God had given Mary in the work of leading people to conversion and growth
in holiness. He understood that the Miraculous Medal symbolized her active
presence in the Church as Mediatrix of All Graces. For the next nine months St.
Maximilian meditated upon the Miraculous Medal, the apparition of Our Lady to
St. Catherine Laboure, and the marvel of Ratisbonne's conversion.
the evening of October 16, 1917, St. Maximilian was ready to put these Marian
insights into a concrete plan of action. He gathered six Franciscan companions
in a room at their seminary on Rome's Via San Teodoro to establish what he
called in Latin the Militia Immaculatae (MI), that is, the "Knights of the
Immaculata." This movement, which now numbers millions of members
worldwide would bind people together around one compelling and fruitful ideal:
spiritual union with Mary the Immaculata. This ideal would attract various
kinds and classes of people
(clergy, religious, and laity), stirring each to
form a person-to-person relationship with Mary.
Maximilian made the Miraculous Medal the iy means of the "Act of Total Consecration," and entrustment of self to her.nsignia of the MI movement. He
recommended that people wear it as an external sign of their Total Consecration
to the Immaculata. Mindful of Mary's promise to St. Catherine that "all
who wear it will receive great graces," St. Maximilian saw the medal as a
means of safeguarding the consecration. It reminds MIs that by their
consecration they are to belong to Mary, work for her, and become one with her,
so that she might act through them as her instruments.
Miraculous Medal helps MIs to love Jesus through Mary, so as to hasten the
transformation of individuals, families, and society into a "civilization
Purpose of the MI:
the conversion and growth in holiness of all people, under the sponsorship of
the Blessed and Immaculate Virgin Mary.
May I join the MI?
Catholics are welcome to join. One's "work" in the MI is simply to
live the spirit of Total Consecration to Mary as taught by the saints and
popes. MIs try to bring the presence of Mary into daily life, by offering up
daily duties, prayers, sufferings, and good works for the conversion and sanctification
of souls. MIs need not attend meetings, nor pay dues, nor follow complicated
Miraculous Medal Invocation Prayer
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us
who have recourse to you, and for all who do
not have recourse to you, especially the enemies
of the Church and those recommended to you.
Meditation Prayer with the Miraculous Medal
Mary, this medal is a sign and a guarantee
of your presence. You are present because your power is present, your voice is
present and your love is present. Therefore, O wonderful Sinless Woman and our
Mystical Mother, we call on you now to fulfill your guarantee. Bring us the
great graces you promised to those who carry this medal, especially to those
who wear it around their neck. Make us perceive our presence now and always.
Make us consciously experience your power, your love and your guidance, that in
their strength we may begin to share in your perfect response to God and to
each of his creatures, and join in your war with the ancient Serpent. Help us utterly
abandon our self-centered feelings and preoccupations. Help us hear and
understand you. Teach us to listen and learn. Help us respond to you today and
always;, that made one with you we might more fully respond with the rest of
the Church to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, participating in their life and
Giving Tuesday aims to celebrate and promote charity and generosity. After two
of the largest shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday aims
to provide people with a day to give back to the world. Giving back can be
through donations, volunteering time or any other form of charitable action. Giving
Tuesday was first celebrated in 2012. Since its inception, there has been a
470% increase in online donations for the cause. It is celebrated annually on
the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a reminder of
the importance of generosity over consumption.
Giving Tuesday Facts
year, Giving Tuesday saw a year over year increase of 300% on total donations
and a 28% increase in new monthly donors.
2015, there were a total of 1.3 million social media mentions of Giving
Tuesday. It officially went viral.
2015, the mean gift size (meaning the average between everybody who donated) on
Giving Tuesday was $107.47.
71 countries around the world support and participate in Giving Tuesday.
may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might
want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the
Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and
donate what they can to charity. – Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft.
Giving Tuesday Top
Events and Things to Do
a movie on the joys of gifts and giving. Some suggestions are: Pay it
Forward (2000), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946),
and Millions (2004).
awareness on social media by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday,
#TuesdayGiveawayDay and #TuesdayMeansDonate.
your time at a local homeless shelter or volunteer organization. Giving can be
much more than simply giving your money or things away. Giving your time is
equally as valuable and, in some ways, more important.
a book about the joys of sharing. Some suggestions are: The Giving
Book, giving: How Each of Us Change the World and The Giving
to a charity of your choice. Charity
Navigator can help you find a charity that suits you.
these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things
that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a
father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will
only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so
you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in
the end you will be a more worthy soul."
Don't you feel that greater peace and closer union await you when
you respond to that extraordinary grace which demands your total detachment? Struggle
for him, to please him: