Friday, May 30, 2014

Lessons from Fatima: What We Can Learn From Blessed Francisco Marto

I am sharing this blog post because it highlights the love of Our Lady to us her children and also because it mentions Consoling the Heart of God.
Fr. Gaitley's books and parish programs 33 Days to Morning Glory and  Consoling the Heart of Jesus are a great ways to learn more about these aspect of our faith. /jkm

Lessons from Fatima: 
What We Can Learn From Blessed Francisco Marto

Michelle Laque Johnson
Michelle Laque Johnson
Guest post By Michelle Laque Johnson, EWTN


Think you know everything there is to know about Our Lady’s 1917 apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal? I had the privilege of speaking to Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, the postulator for the cause of canonization of Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco and there is more to the six apparitions than you may have realized.

Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children at www.insideewtn.wordpress.com
Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children athttp://www.insideewtn.wordpress.com
Our Lady appeared at Fatima to ask us, her children, for prayer, (especially the rosary and the First Saturday devotion); acts of reparation (for our own sins and those of the world); and consecration to her Immaculate Heart, (especially the consecration of Russia). Our Lady said all of this is necessary to bring peace to the world.
Here Sister Angela shares about Blessed Fransisco, which highlight his spirituality.
How faithful am I to the graces I have received from God – often through the hands of Our Lady?
Contrary to popular opinion, the fact that someone sees Our Lady does not make them holy. In fact, Sister Angela says there are examples of seers in other apparitions who did not become saints. “What made the children holy was their faithfulness, their reaction, the way they dealt with the graces they were receiving. Each one of us receives graces, but how do we deal with them? The key was their commitment to everything they saw and heard.”
Am I happy with the graces God has granted me – or do I constantly compare myself with others?
The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.
The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.
“Francisco never heard Our Lady,” Sister Angela said. “He saw, but he couldn’t listen. That never bothered him. In this world, we are called to be ‘the best.’ If not, we think, ‘I’m not worthwhile. I’m trash.’ He was so humble that he accepted his apparently less privileged role in the history of Fatima. He was loved by God, so who cares that he couldn’t listen! He never felt humiliated. He never felt he was less than his cousin (Lucia) and his sister (Jacinta). He never asked God, ‘Why her and not me?’ One of our mistakes is comparing ourselves with others. That is pride. For me, among the three, the one who understood God the most, who had the deeper knowledge of the mystery of God, was Francisco Marto.”
Sister noted another problem with that “Gotta Be #1” mentality: “What about the millions and millions of people who are not Number One? Are they condemned to be unhappy? God calls us all to be happy. The Good News is a Gospel of Joy. That’s the great message of Easter!”
When things I don’t like happen in my life, do I demand that God explain Himself to me?
The mother of Francisco told Sister Angela that, in the beginning, Francisco couldn’t see Our Lady. When Lucia realized this, she asked Our Lady why Francisco couldn’t see her. “Our Lady did not say why,” Sister said. “But she said to Lucia, ‘Tell him to pray the rosary and he will see me.’ Francisco obeyed with simplicity. After the sixth or seventh Hail Mary, he started to see Our Lady. Many of our whys will not get an answer, but if we surrender ourselves [like Francisco], everything will be alright.”
Sister Angela notes that this story also tells us the immense importance Our Lady attaches to the rosary.
Do I do my best to console the heart of God – do I even understand what that means?
Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.
Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.
Sister Angela said that Francisco was horrified when he realized how much our sins sadden the heart of God. What most defined this little boy’s spirituality was his insistence on the fact that we must all do our best to console the heart of God. Sister said Francisco’s father frequently heard him crying in the middle of the night. He would go to his son’s bedside and ask why he was crying. The child, who first saw Our Lady at age 8 and died at age 10, would say, “I’m thinking about God who is so sad. If only I could make him happy.” Sometimes, says Sister Angela, he did not sleep the whole night. He simply prayed.
Do I believe that only people with big important jobs have the ability to change the world?
In October 1996, Sister said that then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict) gave an interview to a Portuguese radio station where he said (and she was paraphrasing): “It’s one of the most frequent mistakes, even among Catholics, to think that only big political or economic events have an effect on the history of the world. Here, in Fatima, we think about prayer, conversion, and penance. It seems they are nothing, but they are the true efficacious things that can change the history of the world!”
 excerpted from: http://insideewtn.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/lessons-from-fatima-what-we-can-learn-from-francisco-marto/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Parish consecration fills the church!

St John Fisher in Richmond ,Texas was filled to capacity with parishioners making the total consecration on April 16 of Holy Week this year.  Parish coordinator Theresa Morales took this picture, above, before the church even filled up!

The 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat was given over 6 weeks as the parish lenten "mission." The parish offered the group meetings at four different times in both English and Spanish.

To prepare for consecration and for Easter, Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez, the pastor, held confessions the Monday of Holy week, with 20 priests for 2 hours. Cardinal-Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was one of the priests hearing confessions.

Cardinall DiNardo

Theresa Morales testified,  "It was awesome!!! Fr. Manuel had the video translated into Spanish so everyone could participate. Our Blessed Mother used him mightily to encourage everyone to take part in using The 33 Days to Morning Glory as our Lenten retreat."




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Get ready for Summer with a 10 week study Wisdom and Works of Mercy by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Plan your Summer Small Group - 

Wisdom & Works of Mercy


Join Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, in a 10 week group study as he delves into the great key to wisdom: The Most Holy Trinity. Using his popular book The 'One Thing' is Three as a primary guide (and his DVD-based lessons, of course!) Fr. Gaitley shares:
  • fresh insights into the relevance of the Trinity to our daily lives
  • how the Trinity illuminates every aspect of our faith
  • how knowing and loving our Triune God allows us to live our faith to the fullest

This group also uses Fr. Michael Gaitley's brand new book 'You Did It to Me' - A practical Guide to Mercy in Action

Coordinator Kit
 
Start by getting your coordinator kit, $59.95. Then set your dates for June, July and August. and invite friends and family to your parish or home. The Coordinator kit includes everything in the participant packet (see below) as well as the DVD set and the Leader guide.
 
participant kit
Each person who joins the group will need the Participant Packet which includes the following 3 books:
  1. Wisdom and Works of Mercy: A Two-in-One Companion (group workbook)
  2. 'You Did It to Me': A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action
  3. The 'One Thing' Is Three: How the Holy Trinity Explains Everything
and also
  • Prayer Card with the Three Points of Communion
  • 10 Divine Mercy business card size prayer cards
  • CD with the "Farewell Discourse" from The Gospel According to John by St. Luke Productions
  • 8 1/2" x 11" full-color Three Points of Communion Certificate
  • Full-color bookmark with reading assignment
The participant kits for $39.95

 
Start planning your group today!
Allow 2 weeks before your start date when you place your orders.
I am happy to assist you with ideas and orders.
 
Julie Musselman
727-709-8649
jkmuss@gmail.com
Just want a great summer read? Get a copy of the book, The 'One thing' is Three. CLICK HERE for the book, just $14.95

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima ~ 7 consecrate in Miami, FL



Fr.  Lazaro De La Fe, a Carmelite Priest in  Miami Florida led a group through 33 Days to Morning Glory.  They consecrated together on May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima at the Carmelites Descaled House of Prayer.
Group member Karla Adrien said "It was an amazing experience.  Fr. Lazaro renewed his consecration to our celestial Mother together with the 6 of us!"

The group is proudly displaying their certificates. Certificates are included in the participant packet and coordinator kits. Additional certificates are available in English and Spanish for only $.99.


English Consecration Certificate
Spanish Consecration Certificate
  


To get your group started, please contact Julie Musselman for ideas and resources.
727-709-8649    jkmuss@gmail.com

 




Friday, May 9, 2014

Group begins consecration at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Pembroke Pines, FL


St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL has started the 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration. They had 21 people join the group. Melinda Thibodeau, group leader commented: "We are excited to learn about st. Maximilian Kolbe's teaching on Mary this week since he is our parish patron saint!"

33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration focuses on the lives of four great Marian saints. In addition to St. Maximilian Kolbe, Fr. Gaitley writes about St. Louis de Montfort, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and our newest saint, St. John Paul the Great.

To get a group started at your parish, just contact me:
Julie Musselman
727-709-8649 
jkmuss@gmail.com


Parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish watch the DVD of Fr. Gaitley as he lectures on their patron saint!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Stage Two: Wisdom and Works of Mercy materials now available from Fr. Gaitley!

Stage One of the Hearts Afire Parish Programs consists of:


Stage Two is now available:

  • Wisdom and Works of Mercy

Stage Two Coordinator Kit with The 'One Thing' is Three Book $59.95

 includes:

*Coordinator's Guide

*DVD set The 'One Thing' Is Three: Talks for the Group Study by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
(DVD set: 10 sessions, approximately 35-min each)

* Book: The 'One Thing' Is Three: How the Holy Trinity Explains Everything by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC 394 pages
 
* Participant Packet 
-Wisdom and Works of Mercy: A Two-in-One Companion 
-Prayer Card with the Three Points of Communion
-10 Divine Mercy business card size prayer cards
-CD with the "Farewell Discourse" from The Gospel According to John

-8 1/2" x 11" full-color Three Points of Communion Certificate

 -Full-color bookmark with reading assignments
- Book: 'You Did It to Me': A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC 200 pages


Stage Two Coordinator Kit withOUT The 'One Thing' is Three Book $49.95

 

Stage Two Participant Packet with The 'One Thing' is Three  Book $39.95

 
This Participant Packet contains all the materials you will need for the Stage Two: Wisdom and Works of Mercy Small-group Study, including the book The 'One Thing' Is Three. Each item in this packet was thoughtfully chosen as an aid to bring participants deeper into the Catholic faith and the Works of Mercy.

* Book: The 'One Thing' Is Three: How the Holy Trinity Explains Everything by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC 394 pages
 
* Participant Packet 
-Wisdom and Works of Mercy: A Two-in-One Companion 
-Prayer Card with the Three Points of Communion
-10 Divine Mercy business card size prayer cards
-CD with the "Farewell Discourse" from The Gospel According to John

-8 1/2" x 11" full-color Three Points of Communion Certificate

 -Full-color bookmark with reading assignments
- Book: 'You Did It to Me': A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC 200 pages

Stage Two Participant Packet withOUT The 'One Thing' is Three  Book $29.95

 Please Note: Stage Two Packets and Kits are expected to ship 2-3 weeks after April 27, 2014.

 

Call me to help you get your group started and to place orders:

Julie Musselman

727-709-8649

jkmuss@gmail.com 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Signs help Alabama parish gather members to consecrate



Sanctuary of Little Flower Catholic Church
Guest Post by Mary Jo Wilder, Marian Specialist  
and parishioner of Little Flower Catholic Church, Mobile AL
Divine Mercy - Canonization of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II - 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration to Jesus Through Mary!!
One moment in history and our Little Flower Parish Community shared in it in a powerful way!!  At the suggestion of Father Gaitley to all of the Marian Specialists, we took advantage of this unique opportunity at Little Flower Parish in Mobile, Al. to journey during Lent to the culmination of this powerful event and reaped all the great blessings that it offered!!  We began the middle of February by posting signs around our parish, "33 Days........beginning March 15th!!"  
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A group of us spoke at each Mass the weekend of February 22-23 inviting our parishioners to join in on a do-it-yourself Lenten retreat!  We passed out 145 "33 Days to Morning Glory" books to those who were interested.  Our first meeting was on March 15th and we had a consistent group between 25-30 to watch the DVDs and join in our small group discussions!
Our readings ended on the Wednesday of Holy Week and we began the Novena of Divine Mercy on Good Friday!!  Over 30 parishioners consecrated themselves at all the Masses on the weekend of Divine Mercy!!  Many chose to do it privately so we are not certain of total number!!  However, many graces have been poured out as parishioners shared with me small miracles that our Blessed Mother had already brought into their lives!!

We watched our last DVD presentation on Saturday, April 26th and shared in a lunch together.  

We already have requests for the "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" Program!!  We will look to do that in the Fall!!

Thanks to the intercession of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and SAINT John Paul II!!  We love you!!