On May 13, 2017, the Apostles of Love solemnly celebrated the centenary of the First Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal (May 13, 1917) to the little shepherds, Lucia dos Santos (10 years old), Francisco (9) Jacinta (7) Marto. The entire day was spent in prayer, from nine in the morning to 11 in the evening.
Never could any man in this world comprehend all the greatness of Joseph. To understand it, one would have to compass the entire extent of the mystery with which his earthly mission put him in relation as a necessary instrument. Thus we are not surprised that this Foster Father of the Son of God was prefigured in the Old Testament under the features of one of the noblest Patriarchs of the chosen people…
The holy season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter Sunday, was instituted by the Apostles in imitation of Our Lord’s forty-day fast in the desert…
My brothers and sisters, those two words, Prayer and Penance, will be the watchword this year. It is the watchword that we also wish to see all of Christianity adopt, to answer the pressing call of the Virgin Herself. It is Her watchword. May all souls of good will unite this year to walk on this road which Heaven is pointing out to us. The Blessed Virgin said those words at La Salette in 1846, She said them again at Lourdes in 1858 and again, one hundred years ago, at Fatima. By giving you this watchword, Prayer and Penance, I am simply repeating what our heavenly Mother said.
The Magi adore the Christ Child. Gospel account.
The true story of Christmas. Gospel relating the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Novena to the Holy Child Jesus of Bethlehem – December 16 to 24
Inspired by the book Bethléem ou l’École de l’Enfant-Jésus (Bethlehem, or the School of the Child Jesus), by Msgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume.
These beautiful prayers are also proper as meditations all through the Christmas season and even all year round.
Prayer to Mary Immaculate, for Her feast day, December 8.
My dear brothers and sisters, we have entered the holy season of Advent, which prepares for the great feast of Christmas. Religious feast days are grand and important, depending upon the way we prepare ourselves for them. Simply from the human standpoint, even if people often do not know exactly what they are celebrating at Christmas time, look at all the preparations they make for the feast: there is so much activity, commotion and running around, it is such a production! Everyone puts an incredible amount of energy into preparing for this feast. This is because subconsciously, at least as a tradition, Christmas is a great celebration for them. Christmas is certainly among the prominent feast days of the year. And I repeat, a feast takes on importance depending on the care we take in preparing for it.
The Miraculous Medal comes directly from the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. It is a gift from Heaven that has never ceased to work wonders of grace throughout the world. It is a simple and very efficacious way of benefitting from the protection of Mary in all our spiritual and temporal needs.