A Marian Homily

~”His (referring to Fr. Fehlner, added by SF) spiritual and mystical relationship with the Blessed Mother became such a natural aspect of his daily life that he likened her, with the poet Hopkins to the ‘air we breathe’: ‘Be thou then, O thou dear Mother, my atmosphere.'” ~from the funeral of Fr. Peter Fehlner The following is a link to a brief homily (circa 2016) from +Fr. Peter Fehlner on the Blessed Virgin Mary as perfect Queen, and perfect Mother. Fr. Fehlner was a Franciscan priest, and Marian scholar, who passed away in 2018. His words in this homily (see link below) remain pertinent, and are filled with Catholic thought and belief. I think you will enjoy it. Link to homily. May you have a good day. ~SCF

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 27

“As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.”  ~ Ecclesiasticus 24: 23-31, Epistle from today’s Mass, source   Today, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The original icon which represents Our Lady of Perpetual Help is housed in Rome in the…

Our Mother, Our Confidence

Mater Mea, Fiducia Mea. My Mother, My Confidence. The Roman Catholic people have loved Our Lady in the beautiful image of Our Lady of Confidence (above) for generations.  They have invoked her aid by the simple prayer, “My Mother, My Confidence.” In the short prayer we invoke our mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, in a very personal and simple way; in a way of trust and confidence. It is a way which is naturally taken by children towards their mothers; and, as children of Mary, Catholics have historically taken this child-like approach towards the Blessed Virgin Mary. May this tradition, of invoking Our Lady in our daily needs, continue in us, in our homes, and in our families. #rememberIsabelle May God bless you all. ~SCF

May 31, The Queenship of Mary

Today, for the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I am posting an article (in bold print with source cited at the end) by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski which was published in New Liturgical Movement. The article is titled, “Mighty, Conquering Warrior”: The Queenship of Mary. I think you will find it to be most informative on this special day; and the article begins now: “May 31, on the calendar of the Roman Rite, is the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (plus a commemoration of St. Petronilla). We bring this to mind every time we pray the Fifth Glorious Mystery. It is worth our while to ponder why she is, and is called, our Queen. Always feeling much safer when relying on a worthy authority, in this case I am happy to lean on Blessed Columba Marmion, who writes in his Rosary meditations: What is the purpose of all the mysteries of Christ? To be the pattern of our supernatural life, the means of our sanctification, the source of all our holiness. To create an eternal and glorious society of…

Fr. Frederick William Faber, Devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of God, He broke thy heart That it might wider be, That in the vastness of its love There might be room for me. Fr. Frederick William Faber (b. 1814- d. 1863) Fr. Frederick William Faber was a talented poet and hymn writer, incorporating his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary into his writings. As we have done in the past, during this month which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we will peruse some of his works, for they never fail to inspire and delight. Fr. Faber wrote of Our Lady in the poem Mother of Mercy Day by Day:  Mother of mercy day by day my love of thee grows more and more. Thy gifts are strewn upon my way like sands upon the great sea shore. (2) Though poverty and work and woe the masters of my life may be, when times are worst who does not know darkness is light with love of thee? (2) But scornful men have coldly said thy love was leading me from God; and yet in this I did…