Wednesday, December 29, 2010

6th Annual World Peace Day Inter-Faith Prayer Service

Time Sunday, January 2, 2011 · 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Location First Congregational United Church of Christ
25 East Benton Street
Naperville, IL

Created By Peace and Social Justice Ministry - Catholic Diocese of Joliet

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Speaker: Rev. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Bob (Robert) Bossie, SCJ, has been a staff person at the 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago since 1980. He works on issues of peace, human rights, economics and non-violence. Bob has traveled around the world working for peace; most recently in Iraq where he lead numerous delegations to deliver medicines at a time when economic sanc...tions prohibited this activity. Bob is a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation and is part of a small faith community in Uptown Chicago committed to justice, peace and nonviolence.

World Peace Day Sponsors: Pax Christi Illinois, First Congregational United Church of Christ of Naperville, Buddha’s Light International Association, , St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Naperville, Congregation Beth Shalom, Naperville, St. John United Church of Christ, Naperville, Baha'i Community of Naperville, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Naperville, Islamic Center of Naperville, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Naperville, DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, Knox Presbyterian Church (USA), Naperville, St. Raphael Catholic Church, Naperville, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Naperville, Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Naperville, St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, West Chicago, Diocese of Joliet Peace & Social Justice Ministry Office, West Suburban Faith-based PEACE Coalition and others.

How To Plant Your Garden

How To Plant Your Garden

First, you Come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses...


1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul


1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness


1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another


1. Turnip for love
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another


1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends


My instructions were to send this to people that I
wanted God to bless and I picked you!--From Friends of Ben Wolf

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prayer To The Immaculate Heart of Mary from The Vatican, Rome, Italy

From a prayer card gift received from Mary Jane at the Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe, National Shrine of Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe, in St. Pius X Catholic Community Church

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love,
heart of mercy, ever listening, caring,
consoling, hear our prayer.
As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus Your Son.
Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially______________________________(special intention).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust your gentle care and intercession, those whome we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever. Amen.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Catholic Seminary for Priests in Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro has attended the inauguration of the first new Catholic building on the communist island in more than half a century.

Mr Castro joined priests, including Vatican officials, at a new seminary outside of the capital, Havana.

Ties between the Roman Catholic Church and state soured in the aftermath of the 1959 Cuban revolution.

Relations have eased in recent years and Church officials recently helped to broker the release of 52 dissidents.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, had warm words for Mr Castro and his brother Fidel during the opening of the new San Carlos and San Ambrosio seminary on Wednesday.

"In the name of the Church, I thank both the former president, as well as current President Raul Castro, who honours us with his presence, for the state's support of this work," Cardinal Ortega said.

The inauguration was also attended by senior Vatican officials and a group of bishops from the US, including Thomas Wenski, the Archbishop of Miami, which is the centre of the Cuban exile community.

Papal visit

The new seminary, where students will be trained for the priesthood, is a symbol of just how far Church-state relations have improved in recent years, says the BBC's Michael Voss in Havana.

Raul Castro turned to the Church to broker a deal over dissidents The original seminary was taken over by the Cuban authorities in 1966 and men wanting to become priests were forced to study at an old building in Havana.

After the 1959 revolution, many priests left Cuba and Fidel Castro declared the island an atheist state, although diplomatic ties with the Vatican were never severed.

The major turning point in relations came in 1998 when Pope John Paul II was permitted to visit Cuba.

Earlier this year, President Raul Castro, facing growing international pressure, turned to the Catholic Church to help arrange the release of 52 political prisoners.

Under the agreement, the government promised to free - by 8 November - 52 political prisoners imprisoned in 2003 after a crackdown on opposition activists, government critics and commentators.

So far, 39 have flown to Spain, along with members of their families. However, seven of the 13 dissidents still in prison have rejected the Church deal because they do not want to leave Cuba.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen, Síol Dóchais

22 October 2010: Where To Find True Happiness

"Dear son in Jesus, you know where to find true happiness: this true happiness is found only in Him.
Work with the Heart of Jesus, and you will always be good, patient, strong, rich and wise.
Pray especially for those in misery, those who are sad or anxious, and all who are weary.
Yes, pray that they may not succumb to temptation, and that no one become discouraged.
As for you, remain the faithful servant by doing your duty fearlessly.
Always have your smile; at every moment, day or night, say: 'Whatever God gives me or takes away from me, Thy will be done!' "

Clemence Ledoux, Letter to Claude Masurel, 17 September 1939
Each Fraternity priest offers Mass once a month for our benefactors - with our thanks for prayers and donations.
Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen
"Síol Dóchais", Ballard, Barna, Co. Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353-91-592196
Email: - for all correspondence, to subscribe/unsubscribe to "Thought of Mere" (monthly email), or to receive the "Letter to the Messengers of Mary Immaculate Queen" (quarterly magazine)
Fraternity website: - see "Activities" for coming events

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Catholic Council of Women Present The Living Rosary

CCW at St. Pius X Catholic Church and the National Shrine of Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe are sponsoring our Annual Living Rosary on Wednesday, October 6th, starting at 8:00 p.m. Visit St. Pius X Catholic Church Community at 1025 East Madison, Lombard, Illinois 60148. Call Linnea Warda at 630-629-0154

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen

22 September 2010: Trust

"If we understood everything on earth, there would be no more mystery, no merit or surprises in Heaven.
We should not seek to understand, but we should trust and have faith in his way of doing things.
His ways are not those of mortal men. We just have to let Him act."

Clemence Ledoux, 1954
Each Fraternity priest offers Mass once a month for our benefactors - with our thanks for prayers and donations.
Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen
"Síol Dóchais", Ballard, Barna, Co. Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353-91-592196
Email: - for all correspondence, to subscribe/unsubscribe to "Thought of Mere" (monthly email), or to receive the "Letter to the Messengers of Mary Immaculate Queen" (quarterly magazine)
Fraternity website: - see "Activities" for coming events

Friday, September 3, 2010

September 8th, 2010: 50th Anniversary Celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Charity, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Cubans get set to mark patron saint's anniversary

Preparations are beginning to honor the 50th anniversary of a historic celebration in Miami of Cuba's patron saint.


On Sept. 8, 1961, 30,000 exiled Cubans crowded Miami Stadium to attend their first celebration outside of Cuba to honor the nation's patron saint, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre.

The parishioners were in for a great surprise -- the arrival, on that same day, of a famous image of the patron saint from their homeland.

``This symbol helped them relive their motherland's history with all its joys and sorrows,'' said Monsignor Agustín Román, chaplain emeritus of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, also known as Ermita de la Caridad in Miami. ``The exiled community received the sign of love that would unite them in the future.''


A novena to the Virgin -- nine consecutive days of prayer -- begins Monday, culminating with the start of yearlong festivities to honor that 1961 event. It will be celebrated during the 2011-2012 Jubilee Year, when many Cubans everywhere will celebrate four centuries of the Virgin's first apparition in Cuba's northeast seas.

The parish, which has 57,000 members, plans an active program of evangelization during the year with the goal of reaching every believer.

The program is called ``Family Night'' and aims to unite families in prayer and joy.

``Since charity is love, the parish wants to begin waking up love within the family,'' said Román, 82. ``In the current environment, families do not have the time to communicate or know each other; they are strangers living in the same house.''

In this fraternal spirit, the Jubilee Year will be celebrated in Miami from Sept. 8, 2011, to Sept. 8, 2012.

After the apparition of the image in the 17th century, faith in the Virgin spread rapidly throughout the island, even though communication then was very limited. In 1916, Pope Benedict XV proclaimed Cuba's patron saint in response to the request of hundreds of veterans who had fought for the country's independence.

With the Virgin's arrival to the exile community, devotions to the saint began to increase among the parishioners of the Archdiocese of Miami, under the sponsorship then of Archbishop Coleman Carroll. That eventually led to the construction of the Ermita, a national sanctuary next to Biscayne Bay that attracts a half-million faithful every year.


Iraida Yocham-Añorga, a Cuban gospel singer, attended the Sunday evening Mass at the Ermita, which has a majestic mural of the Virgin's image, together with Cuba's patriotic symbols, Cuban historic heroes and remembrances of the island's geography.

She was expected to sing and register for the novena, which will end at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 with the Festivity of the Virgin at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.

``The Virgin's image is a Cuban symbol of the motherland, which helps us unite us to our people in intercession before God,'' Yocham-Añorga, 66, one of the organizers of the vigil, said before the festivity. The ceremony will include a serenade of songs and poetry.

Following tradition, the event will end at midnight with the entrance of mariachis singing to the saint.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

National Shrine of Mary Immaculate Queen


On October 11, 1954, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of the Queenship of Mary to be celebrated throughout the world, and commanded that on that day each year, the world should renew its consecration to her. The feast is celebrated on August 22nd.

The purpose of the feast is that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful motherly sovereignty of her who bore God in her womb.--(Pius XII, Ad. Coeli Reginam)

On the day of her Assumption, Mary our Mother was solemnly crowned by Christ and received by the whole court of heaven as Queen.

What Christ has done in heaven and the Church has done on our behalf, we should now do individually. We should recognize Mary's Queenship, enthrone her in our homes, consecrate ourselves to her, and by this means, establish in our lives the reign of Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe.

National Shrine of Mary Immaculate Queen
Saint Pius X Catholic Church
1025 East Madison Avenue and Westmore-Meyers Road
Lombard, Illinois 60148 USA
Rosary and Benediction, Wednesday at 8:00 PM

For further information about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart & Mary Immaculate Queen, or other requests, please contact:

Fraternity of M.I.Q.
Post Office Box 1102, Lombard, Illinois 60148

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen: Feast of the Queenship of Mary

22 August 2010: Stay close to us to make our lives flower once more!

"O Mary Immaculate Queen, in honour of your arrival in this dwelling place today,
give a grace of communion to all those here present
and to all your children throughout the universe:
may they all be one with Christ and the Church.

Grant that each and every one of them may feel the marvellous effects of your motherly tenderness.
May the Church receive extraordinary graces of light in order to transform all her children,
may the suffering of the Holy Souls in Purgatory be lessened,
and may these new times no longer rebel against grace.

Oh, stay close to us to make our lives flower once more!"

Clemence Ledoux, 27 September 1957
(prayer composed for the arrival in Bois le Roi of Mary Immaculate Queen's statue for the Oratory)
Blessed Feast of the Queenship of Mary to all our messenger friends!
Each Fraternity priest offers Mass once a month for our benefactors - with our thanks for prayers and donations.
Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen
"Síol Dóchais", Ballard, Barna, Co. Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353-91-592196
Email: - for all correspondence, to subscribe/unsubscribe to "Thought of Mere" (monthly email), or to receive the "Letter to the Messengers of Mary Immaculate Queen" (quarterly magazine)
Fraternity website: - see "Activities" for coming events

Friday, August 20, 2010

Prayer to St. Pius X

Glorious Pope of the Eucharist,
Saint Pius X, you sought "to restore all things in Christ."
Obtain for us a true love of Jesus, so that I may live only for Him.
Help us to acquire a lively fervor and a sincere will to strive for sanctity in life, and that we may avail for ourselves of the riches of the Holy Eucharist in sacrifice and sacrament. By your love of Mary, mother and queen of all, inflame my heart with tender devotion to her.

Blessed model of the priesthood, obtain for us holy, dedicated priests, and increase vocations to the religious life. Dispel confusion and hatred and anxiety, and incline our hearts to peace and concord, so that all nations will place themselves under the sweet reign of Christ. Amen.

Saint Pius X, Pray For Us

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Franciscan Chapel: Portiuncula Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi

A Franciscan Chapel: Portiuncula Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi from Gardenia Hung on Vimeo.

A replica of the Chapel of St. Francis at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, from the original structural design in Assisi, Italy. The Portiuncula Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1926 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in memory of Mr. Peabody, who founded the family estate in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Portiuncula Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi celebrates the induction of Francis of Assisi into a monastic life during the 13th century when St. Francis of Assisi became a friar to answer God's calling. During the 21st century, the Mayslake Peabody Estate is managed by the DuPage Forest Preserve District in Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S.A.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

La Capilla de la Estrella en Sevilla España.wmv

Featuring La Giralda Tower at the Cathedral of Seville known for the Chapel of the Star, gilded in gold, precious stones, and a radiant diamond star scepter held by Immaculate Mary and the baby Jesus crowned in gold. In addition, there is an embedded pipe organ, ornamented in precious woods from Cuba and the Americas. The Cathedral of Seville is one of the largest holy sites in the world, following the Cathedral of Aya Sophia.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cardinal Francis George Visits Cuba To Pray at the Shrine of Our Lady Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Cardinal Francis George visits Cuba
June 23, 2010|By Manya A. Brachear, Tribune reporter
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George arrived by private plane in Cuba on Wednesday to meet with local Roman Catholic parishioners and pray at a shrine for the island nation's patron saint.

Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago, Cuba, invited George to his archdiocese after a visit to Chicago last year for a film premiere that raised money for humanitarian work in Chicago and Cuba.

George's trip will include a Mass at the Santiago cathedral and a visit to the national shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. Catholic Cubans in Chicago celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Charity on Sept. 8, with Mass at St. Ita in Chicago, St. Lambert in Skokie and Sacred Heart in Melrose Park.

AdvertisementColleen Dolan, communications director for the Chicago archdiocese, said the timing of the cardinal's visit had nothing to do with a recent five-day meeting in Havana between President Raul Castro and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign minister.

The purpose of the visit is "not an analysis for the government life of the area," Dolan said. "He's interested in church life. There is a Catholic church in Cuba. That's what he's going to see."

But in recent months, Catholic bishops have had a number of successful negotiations with the Cuban government. Mamberti, for example, did not meet with dissidents during his visit. And shortly after a meeting between Cuba's Cardinal Jaime Ortega and Castro, Cuba transferred about a dozen political prisoners closer to their families.

Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver who specializes in Cuban religion and politics, said George's 24-hour pastoral visit could carry long-term significance.

"It is up to the religious leaders to begin to deal with the Judeo-Christian issue of reconciliation," De La Torre said. "One of the problems I have with the U.S. embargo of Cuba is it prevents U.S. citizens from mingling and talking to Cuban citizens. The quickest way to begin to melt this animosity is for the people to begin to talk to each other, and hopefully the government will be able to catch up."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Victorian Palace in 2010 XXI: Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois USA

Eden Palais: A Victorian Palace from Gardenia Hung on Vimeo.

Browsing through Sr. CONNECTION, I found the Sanfilippo Estate, once again, on the front page, for the Victorian Palace in 2010 XXI. Have you ever visited a Victorian Palace in the 21st century? Look for the European Salon Carousel and the Tiffany Dome at the Victorian mansion with crystal chandeliers in Barrington Hills, Illinois USA.

Seven years ago, the Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest and the French American Chamber of Commerce Midwest invited joint members with the Groupe Professionel Francophone for a Sunday afteroon soirée at the Victorian Palace for the Sanfilippo Estate Plum Tree Farm in Barrington Hills. All guests were personally greeted by Jasper Sanfillippo and his wife. We were treated to a special tour of the Victorian Palace at the Sanfilippo Estate, valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, refreshments, good-hearted hospitality and a warm personal welcome from Jasper Sanfililippo and his wife at the Plum Tree Farm in Barrington Hills.

Everyone was dazed and amazed at the objet d’art and wonderful memorabilia displayed at the Victorian Palace.

I remembered the beautiful antique organ played by classical organist Frank Pugno who entertained the guests all afternoon at the Grand Salon. During his performance, I interviewed Ray Pugno, who was kind to share his impressions with me during the visit to the Victorian Palace. I filmed a Digital Video for San Filippo Plum Tree Farm, Barrington Hills, Illinois, English in color, 2H30, 2000 for Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc.

Now on May 22, 2010, Catholic Charities is sponsoring another dinner event at the Sanfilippo Estate. Hearts for the Homeless in the Eighth Wonder of the World Tour is making a public effort to raise funds for homeless families in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. This fundraising dinner and auction offer unique auction items which include a yacht cruise, a TV news station tour and talk time with Garry Meier, WGN Radio personality, to benefit Catholic Charities Northwest Regional Services and the New Hope Apartments Program, a supportive housing initiatives program intended to help end the cycle of homelessness for local families.

The Sanfilippo Estate reminds us of Victorian Times (1837-1901), when young Victoria became Queen of Britain at age 18, on June 1837, and many changes took place along with her reign until 1901. Queen Victoria defined her time, trends, fashions, mores, world exploration, navigation, progress, thought, and places, as a turning point in the history of Europe and the world. The 19th century is also known as Victorian Times; in turn, these gave way to the Industrial Revolution. Victorian times marked a transition point between the old and the new modern era in Europe and the Americas, driven by new thoughts, ideas, and man-made machines during the 20th century.

The Victorian Palace is a private residence displaying treasured antiques which include the world’s renown theatre organs with 8,000 pipes, the 1881 Grant Steam Locomotive, featuring the 1890 European Eden Palais Carousel at the Sanfilippo Estate; Victorian memorabilia, antique music, arcade, gambling machines; original Comfort Tiffany lamps and dome; an old-fashioned ice cream parlor; 200 gramaphones used as mechanical music boxes; phonographs; 64 coin-operated pianos; automated violins; and a street clock standing 20 feet tall.

In the 21st century, the Victorian Palace is still drawing attention and recollections when we remember things from past centuries at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois USA.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Franciscan Prayer on National Prayer Day

The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer. It is attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi, although the prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in France in French, in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette (The Little Bell) as an anonymous prayer, as demonstrated by Dr Christian Renoux in 2001. The prayer has been known in the United States since 1936 and Cardinal Francis Spellman and Senator Hawkes distributed millions of copies of the prayer during and just after World War II.[1]

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith ;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Perhaps the original publication of the prayer was submitted anonymously to the French publication La Clochette in 1912.

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l'amour.
Là où il y a l'offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l'union.
Là où il y a l'erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l'espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.
Ô Maître, que je ne cherche pas tant à être consolé qu'à consoler,
à être compris qu'à comprendre,
à être aimé qu'à aimer,
car c'est en donnant qu'on reçoit,
c'est en s'oubliant qu'on trouve, c'est en pardonnant qu'on est pardonné,
c'est en mourant qu'on ressuscite à l'éternelle vie.
An alternate version is found in Chapter 11 (Page 99) of the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", a book published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
The hymn version of Make Me A Channel of Your Peace is an anthem of the Royal British Legion and is usually sung every year at the Service of Remembrance in November at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It goes as follows:

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury your pardon Lord,
And where there's doubt true faith in you.
Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy.
O Master grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Monday, May 3, 2010

European Citizens' Convention Connected to Human Rights

Ines Caloisi May 1 at 1:22pm Reply
Dear ALL,

I'd like to invite you to the European Citizens' Convention that will be held in Rome at University Roma Tre organized by MFE ( European Federalist Movement)-
I enclose the fb weblink to visualize the event!/group.php?gid=204445492816&ref=ts
and the website
It could be a good chance to support a European event connected to Human rights !
All the best


un invito a partecipare alla Convenzione Europea dei Beni Pubblici e diritti comuni organizzata dal Movimento Federalista Europeo.
Prego visitate il link di fb per i dettagli!/group.php?gid=204445492816&ref=ts
e il sito web online
Un altro modo per sostenere e promuovere i diritti umani,

Friday, April 16, 2010

On Friday morning, April 16, 2010, I found a Prayer To Obtain Favors While Walking...

Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

Today is a blessed day to reach out to others and share the faith in Jesus Christ, Our Lord, as the son of God, begotten by the Virgin Mary.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Aramaic is an Endangered Language in the 21st century, BBC News

The common language in the time of Jesus, Aramaic, is now so endangered the written version has become practically extinct.

Now the only place left in the world where it has remained virtually unchanged since biblical times is losing its Aramaic speakers, as people leave to find work elsewhere.

Natalia Antelava reports from Maaloula in Syria.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen

22 February 2010: Grace

"Grace purifies us, calms us, and delivers us from ourselves. But this is not all: after having accomplished this primary work, grace covers our whole being with its beauty and perfection. It enrobes us in light, clothing us with holiness, simplicity, brightness and truth.

Dear children, grace is wedded to the nature of each person: it adapts itself to correspond to each one's needs, their character and temperament, the dispositions of their heart and mind. But also, grace utterly transforms our nature, enriching and illuminating us, making us grow in beauty. Grace corrects our imperfections, bringing us harmony; it adorns us with a celestial and divine splendour."

Clemence Ledoux, December 1964

NEW: "You Are My Beloved Child" by Father Marie Pierre Faye (based on a preached retreat, 118 pages).
You can order from us in Barna (address below), label cheque to "Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen".
Cost - Ireland: Euro 13 + 1.50 postage; Britain: £12 + £3 postage;
Other Europe: Euro 13 + 3 postage; USA: $20 + $4.50 postage.

Each Fraternity priest offers Mass once a month for our benefactors - with our thanks for prayers and donations.

Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen
"Síol Dóchais", Ballard, Barna, Co. Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353-(0)91-592196
Email: - for all correspondence, to subscribe/unsubscribe to "Thought of Mere" (monthly meditation), or to receive the "Letter to the Messengers of Mary Immaculate Queen" (quarterly magazine)
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for the World Council of Churches

Olivier Schopfer January 12 at 1:50am Reply

Dear Friend of the World Council of Churches,

At the beginning of a new year, let me share the poem that our new general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, quoted in his introductory sermon, when he took office yesterday:

This is the dream we carry through the world
that something fantastic will happen
that it has to happen
that time will open by itself
that doors shall open by themselves
that the heart will find itself open
that mountain springs will jump up
that the dream will open by itself
that we one early morning
will slip into a harbour
that we have never known.

Olav H. Hauge (Norwegian poet)

The full text of the sermon can be found here:

For many communities, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will start on the 18th of January. Resources for this week are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese on the WCC website:

A Facebook group on the Week of Prayer allows you to learn about related events and share the events that you are aware of:

With friendly greetings from the WCC Communications Team.

Rev. Olivier Schopfer
Executive web editor