6/16 OUR FATHER . . .

Our Father Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom come,

Thy Will be done, on earth as It is in Heaven,

give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Amen

 

6/16 – And for Father’s day: Information on the Consecration and Feast Day for the Father of All Mankind

V35 – 1.10.38
“We Love You, our Father Who Are in Heaven.  
We Love You, our Father Who Dwell in our hearts.”

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?

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. 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.

 

6/16 “The Sun of My Will”: the opinion of the bishops

The Sun of the DW book

Originally Posted 1/26/16 on the Official Luisa Piccarreta website

The book about the life of Luisa Piccarreta, which introduces the reader to a first acquaintance of the divine message entrusted to her, receives approval even from Church authorities

Behind her ordinary, simple life, made of a few daily acts, as working and praying, an extraordinary scene opens, a mystical life, full of deep spirituality that only Luisa  and the priests who were at her side knew

“The seas” of the Divine Will to which Luisa refers in her writings are not yet known. God has his own time and He alone knows when His Kingdom will reach its fulfillment. We need to pray that this happens, spreading those that are our knowledges, after “studying” to be faithful to the message left by the Servant of God in communion with the Church.

With Luisa at our side we are sure to take the right steps. Her mission, in addition to that of “victim soul”, is to bring to everyone the gift of the Divine Will that God made her to experience at first hand to testimony “living as a son and not as a servant.”

Now, it’s time that also others receive this Gift!

Already in October 2005, at the conclusion  of the Diocesan inquiry, our Archbishop Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri had “felt the need to elaborate a biographical sketch  of the Mystic from Corato, which has been achieved in 2014 with the first official publication of the biography “The Sun of my Will” by Prof. Maria Rosaria Del Genio (LEV). Through a conscientious work of research and study Prof.Del Genio, an expert on mystique and the lives of saints, gave birth to the above – mentioned volume, a valuable “document” offering, anyone reads it, the opportunity to know the life and therefore the spirituality of Luisa Piccarreta, so that “the message of the Divine Will may radiate throughout the world … fiat voluntas tua sicut in caelo et in terra, as claimed by Mons. Pichierri in his afterword to the text.

He himself wanted to share this “extraordinary message ” with the bishops from Puglia and the prelates interested in the Cause for beatification of the little daughter of the Divine Will, gifting them with the book. Many responses and opinions about it came to Mons. Pichierri that he faithfully turned to the Association Little Children of the Divine Will.

Here are some of them, with the promise of further updates:

“Thank you for the gift that I really appreciated … I read with attention and spiritual utility the biography of Piccarreta … This beautiful book shows the extraordinary figure of “The Saint from Corato “… example of a life dedicated to the love of Christ in a state, at the same time, of mystical tension and suffering. The book also highlights the particular message and spirituality of the Servant of God on adherence to the Divine Will … The great aspiration of us all is certainly attend the Beatification of the Servant of God … we look forward to the conclusion of the work … to know exactly the theological and mystical vision of Piccarreta. “(Card. Francesco Monterisi- CTV).

“I received the book on Luisa Piccarreta and I thank you wholeheartedly for this initiative, which has become indispensable to make this ” little servant of the Divine Will. ” fully known.
It ‘s true that when the Good and the Truth come from God and reside in humble souls who are completely entrusted to the Church, they cannot remain immersed in darkness… Providence has its way… I remember when with Mons. Cassati we went to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints … now finding myself  in front of a book written by a respected author and researcher, published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana was a surprise that filled me with joy. “(Msgr. Michele Seccia-Bishop Teramo-Atri).

“Sending you my regards, I leave you all in the immense sea of the Divine Will” .

FIAT!

6/15 Today is the day Padre Bucci’s was born in 1935

 

Fr. Bucci sent a Birthday prayer in 2020: “God Bless us all!”

Biographical notes

Father Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci was born in Corato, on June 15, 1935. In 1955, he entered the Holy Novitiate of the Capuchin Friars of Alessano, in the province of Lecce, and completed his philosophical studies in the city of Scorrano. On March 14, 1964, in the Capuchin Church of Triggiano, he was ordained a priest by His Excellency Mgr Nicodemo, Archbishop of Bari.  He was sent to Rome to the International College to specialize in Missionary Theology. When he returned, he was assigned to the Convent of Scorrano, as spiritual Father of the Seraphic Seminary.  He attended the Licentiate and Doctorate Course at the Ecumenical Faculty of St. Nicholas in Bari; at the same time, in 1972, he qualified in literatures.

Father Bernardino  was the nephew of Rosaria Bucci (1898-1978) who was a disciple of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. He collaborated with Sister Assunta Marigliano in the birth of the Association in Corato and for many years he was its Spiritual Assistant.  He strongly promoted the opening of the Diocesan Inquiry into the life, virtue and reputation for holiness of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (1994-2005) and became a member of the Tribunal as Promoter of the Faith. He always kept alive the memory of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta and her writings.

6/13 Feast Day of St. Anthony of Pauda

P_Sister St Anthony
 
A Sister from one of St. Annibale Maria di Francia’s Religious Institution
in Prayer before Statue of St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua is a Doctor of the Church known for his miracles and being one of the greatest preachers of all times.  He is known as the “Hammer of the Heretics,” “Living Ark of the Covenant,” and “Wonder Worker.”  He is Patron of the Poor.  In art he is depicted holding the Christ Child.  He is widely invoked for the return of lost articles.

St. Anthony of Padua also assisted St. Annibale di Francia in his life’s mission:   “Even though there was no center of those devoted to St. Anthony in those days, aid for the orphans and the poor were increasing, owing to the devotion to St. Anthony’s bread, to the press, to the alms boxes, and to the devotion to the saint in the church of the Annunciation.  Hence the padre felt inspired to make St. Anthony the special patron of this orphanages.  Our founder was urged to do so by his helper Fr. Bernardo of the Friars Minor.” (Rogationists)

It seems no accident that this great Saint was placed in charge of and protection of St. Annibale Di Francia’s Orphanages and Religious Institutions.  Luisa also lived 10 years in the Orphanage of St. Anthony in Corato. These two saints are also important to Luisa’s cause because of the necessity of St. Annibale di Francia as “an anticipator and precursor of the modern pastoral care of vocations” (St. Pope John Paul II) and St. Anthony’s help to return man’s greatest loss—that of the Holy Divine Will.

 

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.