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The Angelus Prayer

Marianne Lorraine Trouv Fsp Pauline Books and Media ePub

Mary and the Angels

Today the holy Virgin Mary

is exalted above the choirs of angels

to the heavenly kingdom.

— Ancient antiphon for the feast of the Assumption

Queen of Angels

“Our Lady of the Angels” is a popular title for Mary. In fact, it’s probably one of her most used titles, even though many people who use it don’t think about its religious meaning. That’s because the name of one of the biggest cities in the United States, Los Angeles, is derived from it.

The story goes back to 1769. A Franciscan priest, Father Juan Crespi, was traveling with an expedition in southern California. On August 2, they came upon a beautiful river, with sparkling clear water. The Spanish explorers often gave religious names to the places they came upon, especially if it was a feast day. August 2 was a feast especially honored by the Franciscans, the Feast of Saint Mary of the Angels. The small chapel that Saint Francis had been given in Assisi was dedicated to Our Lady under that title and was known as the Porziuncola, or “little portion.” Father Crespi named the river Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciúncula. The area was eventually settled, and given the name El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula, or, more simply, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles.7 So the name “Los Angeles” honors not only the angels in general, but also specifically Mary as Queen of the Angels.

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Not Everyone Is Catholic

Danielle Bean Pauline Books and Media ePub

Not Everyone Is Catholic

I will never forget the night when my husband was working late and his brother stopped by for dinner. Before the meal, as we always do, we said grace. After the prayer, my then four-year-old Ambrose pointed accusingly at his uncle.

“You didn’t say grace!” he shouted indignantly.

My brother-in-law, who professes no particular religious beliefs, simply answered, “That’s right. I didn’t.”

But his inquisitor wanted more than a mere confession. “Why didn’t you say grace?” Ambrose demanded to know.

All the children’s eyes trained on their bewildered uncle. Now these are kids who before this time would generally walk around assuming that everyone they met was Catholic. They would hear about the post office being closed on Sunday and say, “Of course, it’s closed. Because the mailman needs to go to Mass.”

I could tell that my brother-in-law wasn’t sure how I wanted him to handle the question, so I tried to spare him.

“Your uncle doesn’t know our grace,” I jumped in.

It was true, after all. Perhaps that wasn’t exactly the primary reason their uncle hadn’t joined us in saying grace, but it was surely not a lie and I hoped it might save us a bit of awkwardness. My ploy worked. For a moment, anyway. The kids nodded their heads in understanding and began to talk about something else.

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In Our Daily Living

Sean M. David Pauline Books and Media ePub
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28 How Can We Make Good Choices?

Mary Kathleen Snd Pauline Books and Media ePub

Catechism  All Christians are called to holiness. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus said, “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (cf. no. 2013).

You probably know the story of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet carved by Geppetto. The puppet can become a real boy if he is brave, honest, unselfish, and follows his conscience. A cricket serves as Pinocchio’s conscience and gives him good advice. After getting into all kinds of trouble, Pinocchio acts unselfishly and does become human.

Acts that can be labeled right or wrong are called moral acts. Like Pinocchio, we are constantly faced with decisions to do right or wrong. We too have a conscience, but it is an inner voice, not a cricket!

Conscience is the power of our minds to judge what is right or wrong. We are free to choose which way to go: the path of good or the path of evil. Jesus is our example for making right choices. By following his way of love and obeying his commandments, we fulfill our vocation, the call to be holy. This insures that we will become the people God planned us to be when he created us. We will share divine life as God’s adopted sons and daughters.

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Bl. James Alberione

Anne Eileen Heffernan Fsp Pauline Books and Media ePub

Bl. James Alberione

(1884–1971)

November 26

“Michael…you must bring James…to be baptized…as soon as possible,” Teresa pleaded from her bed. “We just can’t let him die…without Baptism!”

“Rest now,” her husband reassured, “and don’t worry. I’ll go and speak to Father.” It was April 4, 1884, and a fifth child, tiny and frail, had just been born to Teresa and Michael Alberione, tenant farmers in the northern Italian town of San Lorenzo di Fossano.

Little James was baptized the very next day. As was the custom, after the ceremony, his mother consecrated him to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Although James continued to be weak and sickly as he grew up, his parents never spoiled him. He was given his own small chores to do on the farm. Gradually, he grew stronger. And little by little, through the example of his mother and father, he grew in his faith and love for God and prayer.

James had a very decisive character. When he made up his mind to do something, there was no changing it! When he was six years old, his teacher asked some of her students what they wanted to be when they grew up. “What about you, James?” she prodded. “What will you become?”

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