6/17 – And for Father’s day: Information on the Consecration and Feast Day for the Father of All Mankind

GOD OUR FATHER

(Click here for more information on the Consecration and Feast Day
for the Father of All Mankind)

A son honors his father, and a servant his master.
if then I am a
 father, where is my honor? (Mal 1:6)

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But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.  (Jn 4:23-24)

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And for their sake I consecrate myself,
that they also may be consecrated in truth.
(Jn 17:19)

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Wouldn’t it be appropriate to consecrate ourselves and the world to the One we were created to return to-God Our Father?  Wouldn’t it be, equally appropriate to recite this consecration publicly and to renew it annually on a feast specifically celebrated for God Our Father–“The Father of All Mankind”?  Isn’t it time to cleanse, purify, and re-dedicate the Temple of God Our Father–individually and as the Body of Christ?

A chaplet, medal, and litany have been specially designed for the octave approach of this consecration and feast day.  All God’s children are invited to use the following spiritual practices and format to consecrate themselves to God Our Father.  Although the consecration can be done at any time by setting aside an eight-day period (preferably Sunday to Sunday), it is suggested that (1) it be renewed formally each year on the proposed date (an octave ending on the first Sunday of August, July 29 – August 5 for 2012. The first seven days serve as preparatory steps leading to the final day of assembly and solemn consecration–The Feast of the Father of All Mankind.) and that (2) it be renewed informally each day by praying the chaplet.  In addition, the short prayer, “I love You, Father, and I give myself to You” can be prayed throughout the day to help us live our consecration more fully.

 

6/15 Blessed Birthday Wishes in the Most Holy Divine Will to Fr. Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci!


Father Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci


May Fr. Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci a Very Blessed Birthday in the Most Holy Divine Will of God!  Fr. Bucci has been instrumental in actively promoting the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, the Little Daughter of the Divine Will.

Father Bucci is one of the last living personal witnesses of Luisa. He is a Franciscan Priest, and lives currently in Trinitapoli (Foggia), not far from Corato. Father Bucci is the nephew of Rosaria Bucci, “Luisa’s faithful and silent confidant”, who lived with her and assisted her for forty years.

Father Bernardino Bucci visited the house of Luisa between 1942 and 1947 – the last five years of her life – when he was still a child.

The following Certificate was written at Trani, Italy on July 30, 2003 by Msgr. Savino Giannotti, the Vicar General, concerning Fr. Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci, author of the biographies and other information about the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta contained in this heading’s sub menus:

ARCHDIOCESE
Trani – Barletta – Bisceglie – Nazareth
70059 TRANI – VIA BELTRANI, 9 – TEL.0883-583498

The Vicar General

Trani, July 30, 2003

CERTIFICATE

Fr. Bernardino Giuseppe BUCCI was born in Corato, on June 15, 1935; he was
ordained a priest on March 14, 1964; he belongs to the Franciscan Order of the
Capuchins; he has been the Pastor of the Parish Church of the Immacolata in
Trinitapoli (Fg) since January 1, 1997.

He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Diocesan Tribunal for the Cause of
Beatification of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, and since 1998 he has
been a member of the Diocesan Commission for the same Cause.

He has already published several booklets about the life of the Servant of God,
Luisa Piccarreta, with the Imprimatur of the Archdiocese.

He is in charge of diffusing the spirituality of the Divine Will according to
the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, in conformity with the oath of not
diffusing truths contrary to the Catholic doctrine.

In faith,

THE VICAR GENERAL

Msgr. Savino Giannotti

6/13 Apparition of June 13, 1917

In Portugal the 13th of June is a great feast, the feast of St. Anthony of Lisbon, known to most Catholics as St. Anthony of Padua. This Franciscan miracle-worker was born in Lisbon and had entered religious life as a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross, residing first in Lisbon and then Coimbra,  before leaving the Portuguese order for the new Order of Friars Minor and a hope of martyrdom. It was, and is, THE children’s feast in Portugal, so the parents of Lucia naturally thought that the festivities at the parish church in Fátima would distract her from the appointment at the Cova. However, undismayed by this tactic Lucia and the Marto children proceeded to the apparition site to keep their noon day rendezvous.

When they arrived they found a small crowd awaiting them. 

After having said the rosary with Jacinta and Francisco and other people who were present, we saw again the reflection of light nearing us, (we used to say it was lightening), and following, Our Lady on the holm oak as in May.

“Please tell me, Madam, what it is that you want of me?”

I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. And after each one of the mysteries, my children, I want you to pray in this way: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins , save us from the fire of hell. Take all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need. I want you to learn to read and write, and later I will tell you what else I want of you.

“Will you take us to heaven?”

Yes, I shall take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.

“Must I remain in the world alone?”

Not alone, my child, and you must not be sad. I will be with you always, and my Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God.

The moment she said the last words, opening her hands, She transmitted to us, for the second time, the reflection of that intense light. In it we felt we were submerged in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which was rising to Heaven, and I in the part spreading over the earth. In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart encircled with thorns which appeared to pierce it. We understood it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary offended by the sins of mankind, craving reparation.

The apparition then concluded as on the first occasion, with the Lady going off toward the east and disappearing in the “immensity of heaven.”

Despite the joy of those precious moments the sorrows of the children continued in the following weeks, moderated by the belief of very many at the Cova that day. They knew that something unusual had occurred – they saw the “lightening,” some perceived a certain dimming of the sun, others a little gray cloud that came and went as the apparition did and they believed. However, the difficulties with their families did not abate, especially with their mothers, who became genuinely alarmed that the events were not just continuing but expanding. To this was added the painful caution of the parish priest, that after all it might be real but of demonic origin.

6/12 NOVENA to ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

S_Aloysius Gonzaga1

NOVENA to ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA
Feast Day June 21st

JUNE 12 – 21

V. In the Name (✠) of the Father…

R. Amen. 

Prayer to Saint A. Gonzaga V. Saint Aloysius, adorned with angelic virtues,

R. I, thy most unworthy client, * commend to thee most earnestly * the chastity of my mind and body. 

V. I beseech thee, for the sake of thine angelic purity,

R. To commend me to the immaculate Lamb, * Christ Jesus (), * and to His most holy Mother, * the Virgin of virgins; * and to protect me from every grievous sin.

V. O most tender and gracious saint,

R. Permit me not to defile myself by any spot of impurity; * nay, when thou seest me in temptation * or in the danger of sin, * banish far from my heart * every unclean thought and desire.

V. Awaken in me the thought of eternity and of Jesus (☨) crucified;

R. imprint deeply in my heart * a lively sense of the holy fear of God; * set me on fire with the love of God; * grant me the grace to imitate thee on earth * that I may worthily enjoy the possession of God * in heaven with thee. * Amen.

Marian Prayer of Saint A. Gonzaga

V. O Holy Mary, my Mother,

R. Into thy blessed trust and custody, * and into the care of thy mercy * I this day, every day, * and in the hour of my death, * commend my soul and my body. * To thee I commit all my anxieties and miseries, my life and the end of my life, * that by thy most holy intercession * and by thy merits * all my actions may be directed and disposed * according to thy will * and that of thy Son. Amen.

Novena Prayer V.

O most innocent and pure St Aloysius Gonzaga, by thy illustrious merits we beseech thy gracious intercession before the throne of Almighty God, that He may grant us:

(Pause and state your intentions)

V. If it be for the greater glory of God and our sanctification.

R.  Amen. 

V. Let us pray. O God, the Giver of all heavenly gifts, who in the angelic youth, Aloysius, didst join wondrous innocence with equal penance: be entreated by his merits and his prayers and grant unto us who have not followed him in his innocence the grace to imitate him in his penance. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R.  Amen. 

V. In the Name (✠) of the Father…

R. Amen

6/11 In 2010 the First Theologian gave full approval for the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta

When her Cause for Beatification and Canonization was officially proposed, Cardinal  Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI),  at that time the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nullified the previous condemnations of the Index, thereby removing the impediment to her Cause. Thus on the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday November 20, 1994, the process for the Cause of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, was finally opened.

On June 11, 2010 the First Theologian gave full approval for the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.

The second theologian assigned to evaluate the writings of Luisa Piccarreta by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has also given a positive, that is, a favorable judgement. This means that both of the official censors librorum for the cause of Luisa have found nothing contrary to the faith in her writings, and her cause can now go forward.

-Source: Padre Bernadino Bucci

On July 23, 2010 Sister Assunta Marigliano, President of the Pious Association announced unoficially ‘great news which brings great joy’:

“We are glad to inform you that the second Theologian, which the Holy See had appointed to review the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, has completed his task and given his approval.”

On July 24, 2010 it was officially announced that the two Theological Censors appointed by the Holy See to review the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta had given their approval

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(Note: This has been posted previously, but it is well worth repeating) 

A letter issued from Trani to EWTN, written in 2003, requested priests be appointed to guide the Prayer Groups following the Spirituality of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreata. The following is an excerpt from the 2003 letter from Trani to EWTN, point No. 10:   

“The Archbishop, therefore, blesses all prayer groups inspired by Luisa Piccarreta, but does not intend to assume responsibility for them, which is deferred to the ordinary authorities of each place for the verification of their authenticity and orthodoxy.  It would be desirable that these be guided by prudent priests, and of proven orthodoxy.”

The importance of priests teaching the spirituality of Luisa can also be found in other letters published by Trani. For example, the talk given by Archbishop Picherria on October 27, 2005 at the Corato Congress, he states the following:

“As Pastor of this beloved Church I feel the responsibility . . . of showing them to the sister Dioceses, where there are present groups who are inspired by the Divine Volition, directing myself to the Brother Pastors—those who have the duty of overseeing so that one is not led astray—the thinking contained in the writings of Luisa, accepting the reliable studies of theologians who present them with a critical and correct preparation according to the sound doctrine of the Church; . . .”

In Protocol No. 31/06VGG, Archbishop Piccheria has left the enforcement of guidelines to local bishops where Divine Will Prayer Groups are located and functioning:

“. . . those who talk about Luisa Piccarreta must have the il nulla osta of the Bishop of the place where there are groups of the Divine Will or where one is invited to guide groups of spirituality.”

The reason for this guideline can be found in the following excerpt taken from the March 9, 2006 letter of Archbishop Picchieri of Trani, which may allude to the January 22, 1998 letter issued by his predecessor Archbishop Carmelo Cassati to seven promoters of Luisa concerning an incident reported by William G. Bilton to Arthur & Joanne Kirby, April 04, 1997:

. . .  “All of you who have taken part in the meeting of October, certainly feel as one called and feel a duty shared with everyone in the Church, the Spirituality lived by Luisa.

Nevertheless, the experiences of these years says to us that the Doctrine of the Divine Will has not always been presented in a respectful and correct way, according to the Doctrine and the Magisterium of the Church, placing in the mouth of Luisa statements that one does not find even implicitly in her writings.  This causes trauma in consciences and even confusion and refusal in the people and among the Presbyteries and Bishops.

Other times they distort certain essential themes or points of this spirituality,presenting them outside of the context and the totality of the writings. They make unauthorized deductions or conclusions; subjective thoughts are given as objective truth, or else they emphasis secondary aspects as if they were essential, in this way distorting the substance and diverting attention to less important things.  From this is the need of seeing possible deformations, inaccurate interpretations, imprudent or inappropriate teachings, in order to correct them and to present everything in full conformity with the Doctrine of the Church.”

6/9 Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary In the Kingdom of the Divine Will

Book of Heaven; Volume 34 – April 21, 1936

“Blessed daughter of my Volition, you have reason, the waves of my Volition inundate you, drown you and your little capacity remains lost and needs your Jesus in order to better explain that which you see, but don’t know how to say.  Now know my daughter, our love is such and so much for one who wants to live and lives in our Divine Volition that we want to make them participant with all our works, for as much as (a) creature it is possible, also giving her the merit of our divine works.  As the creature enters in our Will, He calls in act his Divine work as if in that instant the same (was) operating, and uniting her in his act, he makes her see the prodigies of his work, and receives and confirms her in the good, making her feel the new life of his act; you have seen the conception of the Sovereign Queen, and how you being in my Will, you have found yourself conceived in her Maternal Heart, you see the great difference for who lives in my Volition, the prodigies of the Immaculate Conception were unheard of.  My Will that animated this conception, which no one can escape from, called present all creatures, so that they might remain conceived in her virgin Heart, and might receive her maternity, her help, her defense, they might find the refuge, the support in this Celestial Mother.