Archive for August, 2007

22nd August – Feast of the Queenship of Mary

22 August, 2007


“I received your note and now things are going well. Unite yourself with pure intentions of that dear Infant and sacrifice yourself to God in a odour of sweetness in the pure Heart of Mary Most Holy.

That great heart, which after the Heart of Jesus is the Queen of Hearts, has loved and loves God more than all of paradise together. I mean more than all the angels and saints who have been , are, and will be. So you must desire to love the Sovereign Good with that most pure heart, with the intention of exercising all the virtues that she exercised.”

Letter of St. Paul of the Cross to Agnes Grazi, 31st August 1743


Father, you have given us the mother of your Son to be our queen and mother. With the support of her prayers may we come to share the glory of your children in the kingdom of heaven.

Read excerpts from the the Encyclical of Pope Pius XII proclaiming the Queenship of Mary  here

The Earthquake in Pisco, Mexico

20 August, 2007

In Pisco, where 150 Mass-goers died while attending a funeral as the earthquake hit, statues recovered from the collapsed church of San Clemente were put on an emotional public display.

Desparate and ragged residents, most of them hungry people who hadn’t slept under a roof since the quake, thronged around the Christ statue in amazement as it was carried in procession into the square by half a dozen men in hard hats and masks.

The survival of the religious figures gave people hope and something to celebrate in their desolation.

“The Lord is present here with us, along with the saints, it’s a miracle they weren’t destroyed,” said Amelia Ugaz de Aria, whose home was flattened by the earth quake.

Lourdes Girau sobbed as she knelt before Jesus and with a rag dusted off the wooden cross he was nailed to.

“The fact that he’s here, shows Jesus continue to live to fight so much tragedy.” Girua said.

Blessed Dominic Barberi C.P., and John Henry Cardinal Newman

14 August, 2007

The College in Littlemore, England, where Blessed Dominic Barberi, C.P., received John Henry Cardinal Newman into the Catholic Church is entrusted to the Society of the Work.

Read more about the Society  here  and  here

Church of Blessed Dominic Barberi C.P.

14 August, 2007

Near the Newman Oratory in Littlemore, England, is the Catholic Church of Blessed Dominic Barberi.

Read more about Littlemore  here

Blessed Dominic Barberi C.P. – Feast 26th August

14 August, 2007

Dominic Barberi, known in religious life by the title “of the Mother of God”, was born in 1792 at Viterbo, in Italy. At twenty two years of age, he experienced the call of God to the apostolate. Leaving his farm work, he entered the Congregation of the Passion where he manifested extraordinary gifts of mind and heart. After he was ordained to the priesthood in 1818, he spent himself diligently in teaching, in the ministry of the word, in the direction of souls and in writing many philosophical, theological and homiletic works. Filled with the spirit of St. Paul of the Cross, he gave particular attention to the work of leading the English people to the unity of the Church. Thus, after having established the congregation of the Passion in Belgium in 1840, he went to England in 1842 where he spent himself tirelessly in the apostolate to which God had called him. He had the consolation of bringing many Anglicans into the Church, among them Cardinal John Henry Newman. He died at Reading in England on 27th August 1849.

Passionist Proper Offices, p. 118