St. Kathryn’s Church
Hudson, New Hamsphire
May 7 - May 8, 2006


Flower offering by Miss Charlotte Keating. We thank you, and may the Lord and his Blessed Mother continue to bless,
to strengthen and to take good care of you in all, body, soul, spirit and mind. Amen.

St Benardette and Minh asking our beautiful Lady to pray for usMay 26, 2006  A few months after I became a Catholic on Easter 1998, I came to the realization (or shall I say the Spirit urged me) that I needed to get to know the Blessed Virgin Mary since all the faithful and devout Catholics love her.  They seem to have a very strong and loving relationship with the loving and compassionate mother who helps them to get to know her Son in a most personal and intimate way. Who would understand and love Jesus most if not his loving mother who faithfully devoted her whole being and life to bear, shelter, love, nourish, teach and support him throughout his ministry on earth?  During his Passion and death, faithfully and wholeheartedly she was united with him in accepting the will of the Heavenly Father.  Excruciatingly, she bore his suffering wounds and humiliation and death.  She is now with him in glory.  She is our loving advocate mother who feels our every pain and anguish and so readily intercedes for our every supplication. 

With God’s generous and special grace, urged by the Holy Spirit, I was open to be taught and eventually I got to know our Lady.  I know her well enough to have the confidence to trust that she is always present to help guide me in my seeking to love the Lord more intimately and to serve him more faithfully.  Sustain by God’s grace and mercy, the more I live my vocation, with the spiritual guidance and teaching as well as the encouragement of my spiritual father -  the good shepherd given me by my Lord, the more I trust that THE LORD IS my courage, my strength, my spirit and my very life.  He sure is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”.

 

As I do my active ministry, I come across many devout convert Catholics who too would like to get to know our Lady.  In my experience, I believe that if the Spirit puts the desire in me to seek to know her, He knows that His spouse is so ready to reveal herself to me.  Thank you Blessed Mother! So instead of me getting so busy and trying so hard to find books, articles, religious objects and going to shrines to initiate my friendship with her, there is a simple and contemplative way, but child-like in faith which worked for me.  For instance, my spiritual father reminded me often that I need to be more attentive and aware of God’s presence in everything I do and encounter daily.  If I want to get to know the Blessed Mother, he said: “You have to learn to be like her in virtues”.  “Well, that would take more than a lifetime for me!”, I told myself.  But God’s love makes all things possible.  Like our dear poor St. Bernadette who did not have the means and the intellect to pursue ways to find our Lady, in hope and trust, I, bearing what my spiritual father advised in mind, waited with an open child-like spirit.  When the time was right, she finally came.  After the many encounters I had with her through dreams and consolations, in faith, I got to know her.  Now that I have grown a little stronger in the Spirit, I do not have those same consolations, instead, I feel united with her more intimately in living my vocation.  That includes imitating her virtues with whatever gifts God gives me.   One of the unique consolations about the Blessed Mother’s abiding presence in guiding me to her Son was my meeting with Pat Alioto.  She might or might not see how our Lady came to her as simple and loving as that, but the Blessed Mother did.  Through Pat’s sincere search and love for God and to do his will, she helped connected me to St. Kathryn’s Church in Hudson, NH.  On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I received the official invitation in the mail and felt consent to say YES to it.

 

July 27, 2006 A few days ago, I sent the finished update of the Marian Children Rosary we did at the church of Holy Spirit in Rochester, New York to spiritual friends who pray for and support the Marian Children ministry.  I received a wonderful email response from Fr. Alberic, a former superior of Our Lady of the Philippines Trappist Abbey  He wrote:

With St. Louis the Montfort we can graciously affirm that: "the Holy Ghost, the more He finds Mary, His dear and inseparable spouse, in any soul, the more active and mighty He becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul, and that soul in Jesus Christ." He goes on to say: "When the Holy Ghost, her spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there. He enters there in His fulness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His spouse."   In Christ and Mary,  Fr. Alberic  

 

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