August 15th – Feast of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary – Meditations by Father John Gregory of the Trinity, O.D.M.
July 2nd – Feast of the Magnificat and of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Her cousin Elizabeth. Extracts of Conferences of Father John Gregory on Gratitude and the Magnificat.
Story of the Apparitions of the Angel of Fatima in 1916. To prepare ourselves for the Centenary of the great Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (1917), let us say as often as possible the prayers taught by the Angel. Article drawn from the Magnificat Magazine, June 2016.
Special Edition for the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima – Illustration each month of an episode of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, a major event for the Church and the whole world. Painted in our Monastery, these exclusive illustrations impart an outline of the important message of the Virgin Mary. Our good Mother reveals to us what She expects of Her children to effect the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the remedy to worldwide turmoil.
The Gospel is a story: the most beautiful, captivating, sublime story in the world. We should cherish it all the more because it is so closely bound to our destiny and it reveals to us the mystery of our own life. The hero of this story is God — God who came down from heaven and was made Man for love of us. During the years of His earthly life, He was seen going from town to town and village to village, climbing mountains, sailing to little islets and watering all the roads of Palestine with His sweat, in order to proclaim to one and all the Good News that He was bringing to the world. He dwelt among us like a friend with his friends, a brother among his brothers. As much and more than we, He worked, He suffered, He wept; but above all He loved… He loved even unto death!
The Eucharist is Christ, and Christ is the source of all grace. Corpus Christi is the feast of grace par excellence. The source of grace, God Himself, makes Himself the food of our souls. The transformation of souls will follow upon true devotion to the Eucharist.
On April 28, 1716, at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France, Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, passed away. He is a Doctor of the Church and an incomparable -Apostle of the Virgin Mary. This great Saint – who is unfortunately not very well known – was a champion of the glory of God. “What do I ask of You, my God? Nothing for myself, everything for Your glory!” he cried in a fiery prayer. As Prophet of the Apostles of the Latter Times and special Protector of the Order of the Mother of God, we owe him our homage on the occasion of the tricentennial of his death.
The Acts of the Apostles, supplemented and continued up to the death of Saint John, with explanatory notes by the Rev. Canon Alfred Weber. Canon Weber writes: “In the Gospels we see the grain of mustard seed fall into the ground where it is buried in scorn, steeped in the Blood of the divine Sower. Its life would seem to have ended, but this small, insignificant seed contained an immortal kernel; in the Acts of the Apostles we see it emerge from the earth filled with the sap of life. A vigorous stem shoots upward… What a wonderful spectacle is presented to us by the history of the early years of the Holy Church! In it we see the fulfillment of Our Lord’s prophecies, and it sets the seal upon His divine Work.”
Our Lord laid the foundations of His Church during His public life, and after His Resurrection He gave it the powers necessary for its mission. It was by the Holy Ghost that the Apostles were to be trained and endued with strength from on High. At Pentecost we celebrate the first manifestation of the Holy Ghost among our Lord’s disciples and the foundation of the Church itself.
He fought for Christ. Saint Louis Mary de Montfort knew that he had received the mission to combat the world and the devil, his pomps and his works, in order to establish and extend the reign of Jesus and Mary. He was faithful to this glorious role, and he accomplished it wonderfully. Everywhere he went, people regarded him as the envoy of God and the enemy of Satan.