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Mater et Magistra – From Father’s Sermon on Mother’s Day
Let all Mothers look to Holy Mother Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary, two great works of the Holy Ghost, to learn what it means to be a mother. May she be a giver of life, guide her children with maternal care, teach them well, and be a pillar of truth in her home.
A Prayer for Mothers: “O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our mother, infuse into our souls the spirit of Christ. Teach us thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient and submissive to the will of God.”
Fifteen way in which you can grow in your devotion to Our Blessed Mother:
(1) Take a short time from your recreation to spend in solitude conversing with Mary or in meditation on the mysteries of her life.
(2) Visit in spirit one of her great sanctuaries.
(3) Mortify your will three times as an offering to Mary.
(4) Say three Glorias in honor of the saints and doctors who have explained and defended her prerogatives.
(5) Gain indulgences for the soul in purgatory most devoted to the Blessed Virgin in life; offer Mass and Holy Communion for this purpose.
(6) Ask Mary to be present with you during the day to drive away evil spirits.
(7) Perform some act of kindness with inconvenience to yourself.
(8) Say three Hail Marys in reparation for the blasphemies utters against her.
(9) Give an alms in honor of her poverty.
(10) Burn a candle before her image or picture.
(11) Say a Hail Mary in honor of St. Gabriel who brought the Ave to earth.
(12) Before going to sleep, place yourself with the infant Jesus in Mary’s arms.
(13) Say seven Glorias with extended arms in honor of her seven dolors.
(14) Say a Memorare to obtain Mary’s help at the hour of death
(15) Say nine Hail Marys in union with the nice choirs of angels who are ever praising her.
San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, Diocese of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A
This used to be our parish home. However, one week after the Triumph of the Cross and Feast of Mater Dolorosa (2011), our parish priest was reassigned and now the Tridentine Mass is no longer offered at San Juan. Here is the brief description we had posted of our parish life at San Juan.
San Juan is centrally located within the city of El Paso. Overall, it is one of the smaller and poorer parishes of the diocese. Nevertheless, by the marvelous grace of God, a pearl of great price may be found within its adobe walls: the Ancient and perennial Rite of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. San Juan Bautista was the only diocesan parish where the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) was offered. We are immensely grateful to God for this remarkable grace. The primary apostolate of our parish is to work towards the restoration of the Roman Catholic Faith, and the restoration of our beloved Catholic Mass, “the Mass of All Time.” This is certainly not an easy apostolate, given that there is plenty of opposition to the Traditional Mass throughout our diocese. Nevertheless, our mission is to do our best in this regard out of love for Christ and His Church, while striving to maintain proper respect and obedience towards Church Authority. We would like to remind all Catholics, especially those of our diocese, that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has emphasized that the Traditional Latin Mass is a precious treasure that is to be valued, loved, and preserved. We entrust the life of our parish to the powerful protection of the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. John the Baptist.