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May 29, 2007

Some Words from Fr. Founder on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 2:26 am

“The one who tries to praise Mary aims high. I could rightly claim, that to express the praise of she who exceeds the happiness and dignity of all people, all of the tongues of the world would not suffice. A hundred lips of poets could attempt to say something great, but here even a thousand would not do. The one who will try to praise the Immaculate Mother of God with devotion, rather than with words, will do the best.”

(Prodromus Reginae Artium)

Preparing for the Beatification of Ven. Stanislaus Papczynski

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May 28, 2007

Our Lady

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 5:03 pm

Jesus Gave Mary to His Church

6. The mystery of Christ’s immense love for us is revealed with dazzling brilliance in the fact that the dying Saviour bequeathed His Mother to His disciple John in the memorable testament: “Behold thy son.” Now in John, as the Church has constantly taught, Christ designated the whole human race, and in the first rank are they who are joined with Him by faith. It is in this sense that St. Anselm of Canterbury says: “What dignity, O Virgin, could be more highly prized than to be the Mother of those to whom Christ deigned to be Father and Brother!”(2) With a generous heart Mary undertook and discharged the duties of her high but laborious office, the beginnings of which were consecrated in the Cenacle. With wonderful care she nurtured the first Christians by her holy example, her authoritative counsel, her sweet consolation, her fruitful prayers. She was, in very truth, the Mother of the Church, the Teacher and Queen of the Apostles, to whom, besides, she confided no small part of the divine mysteries which she kept in her heart.

7. It is impossible to measure the power and scope of her offices since the day she was taken up to that height of heavenly glory in the company of her Son, to which the dignity and luster of her merits entitle her. From her heavenly abode she began, by God’s decree, to watch over the Church, to assist and befriend us as our Mother; so that she who was so intimately associated with the mystery of human salvation is just as closely associated with the distribution of the graces which for all time will flow from the Redemption.

from the Encyclical Adiutricem by Pope Leo XIII

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May 24, 2007

Back from Fatima

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 8:49 pm

I just returned from a trip to Fatima! I also visited Balsamão, a monastery owned by my congregation in northern Portugal. Here’s a picture from the Shrine of Our Lady of Balsamão.

Our Lady of Balsamao

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May 14, 2007

Bike for Life – NC to DC

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 11:54 pm

Read about it at: Bike for Life.

From the site:

Join us in a 9 day cycling pilgrimage from Raleigh North Carolina to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception! We will cover between 25 and 40 miles per day, a pilgrimage for all! Our mission is to encourage the faithful to endeavor to live out their vocational call in the light of the “Gospel of Life”. Responding to the request of the late Pope John Paul II (Servant of God) to ‘”Place your intelligence, your talent, your enthusiasm, your compassion, and your fortitude at the service of life! Have no fear.” We heard his words “Young pilgrims, Christ needs you to enlighten the world and to show it the ‘path of life’ (Ps 16:11).”‘ and we are saying Yes!

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May 8, 2007

Something for the MP3 player

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 5:26 pm

Catholic Praisecast

It does not appear to have been updated recently, but there are a number of shows available.

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May 7, 2007

Motu Proprio Special Ops

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 12:06 am

They are waiting….

Must see special ops-in-action footage:

The Metamorphosis of an Altar

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May 6, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 6:22 pm

The record player (brand new) and the MP3 player (about 2 years old) coexist. I tend to listen to the record player more at this time. If I listen to the MP3 player, I’m often playing an Old Time Radio program.

In case you wonder what the record is, it has something to do with St. Bernadette (in particular the village she is from).

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May 1, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 1:30 pm

A picture from our trip.

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Back from West Virginia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fr. John Larson @ 1:52 am

Back from some hiking and living in a cabin for a few days. I’ll put up some pictures soon.

In searching for video clips, I noticed that some of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have a band of their own. Here is some poor quality video of “Ain’t No Party Like a Catholic Party.”

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