Indulgence of the Portiuncula, 1 – 2 August

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One night of the year 1216 St. Francis had a strong carnal temptation. To win it he jumped without hesitation in the middle of the bush surrounding his cell. Immediately the bush turned into a beautiful rose garden without thorns. There appeared two angels that took him in the chapel of Santa Maria Porziuncola, where he found waiting for him, sitting on thrones and surrounded by numerous light shining angels, Christ and the Madonna.
The Savior asked him what reward he wanted for his heroic act. St. Francis answered: “I wish to grant an extraordinary indulgence to anyone, confessed, repented and acquitted, to enter into this chapel.” The Lord replied: “What you ask, or Francis, is great, but you are worthy of greater things.”

Such indulgence is lucrative for themselves or for the souls in Purgatory, by all the faithful every day once a day throughout the year in that holy place and, for once, by noon on August 1st to midnight the next day, visiting a Franciscan church or any other minor basilica or cathedral or parish church.
To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary to fulfill three conditions:

  1. sacramental confession;
  2. Eucharistic communion;
  3. prayer for the intentions of the Pope (Our Father, Hail Mary and a Glory Be).
    It is also required detachment from any inclination to sin, even venial.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – july 16th

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The devotion to the Lady of Mount Carmel is a type of Marian mercy lived and promoted by the Family of the Carmelo. It is a devotion which has had wide spread among the faithful because it is easy and agrees with whichever mentality and continues to produce great spiritual fruits.

It places at the first place the Inner attitude, the simple, spontaneous and filial love coming from a free and total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Carmel Mount.

Devotions

Like all true devotions, it comes from the authentic faith making you to recognise the greatness of the Mother of God and driving to the filial love towards the Lady and to the imitation of Her virtues.
To express and to manifest the initiative of the maternal love of Mary and our will to be “property” of Mary, there is the SCAPULAR Of the CARMINE. Pious XII defined it “Marian garment” for antonomasia and called it “sign and guarantee of the protection of the Mother of God”.

The Scapular is sign of the protection of the Mother of God for those people who love Her: it is the symbol of belonging and consecration to Mary helping Her sons in life, in death and after death.
Besides to be sign of the protection of the Most Holy Mary against the dangers of the soul and the body, the Scapular is above all a means to make us to live in obedience of Jesus Christ and in imitation of Mary, His Mother. Who is wearing the Scapular professes that “he belongs to Our Lady”, as Pious XII said, and that he behaves himself as Her true son whenever and wherever.

Who receives the Scapular is admitted in the Family of the Carmelo, he shares merits, graces and Indulgences of the Order as well as all benefits coming from good and prayers within the Order.

The DELIVERY of the Scapular, also said ceremony of taking the habit, can be made by whichever priest. The first scapular must be of cloth, blessed and imposed by a priest. When it must be replaced, another blessing is no more requested. It can be used the Ritual formula or the simple sign of cross.
The Scapular can be replaced with a blessed medal with the image of the Lady under whichever title – preferably of the Carmine – on one side and the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the other side.

The faithful promises: to wear the Scapular of cloth or the Medal-Scapular night and day;

to do every day an action of Marian mercy (for example: the Rosary, or 7 Hail Mary, or at least an Hail Queen); to pray for the Scapular of the Carmine and go on loving Mary with a valid witness of Christian life.
The Scapular is not an amulet which promotes superstition, but it is a token of the predilection of Our Lady, a call-back to the exercise of the charity and a profession of consecration and belonging to the Mother and Queen of the Carmelo.

The privileges

The privileges of the Scapular are graces and favours that the Lady obtains from Christ for Her devout sons, as reward of their dedication and this promise might have been made by Our Lady to Saint Simon Stock and to Pope John XXII.

The Eternal Salvation

The blessed Virgin said: “This is the privilege that I grant to you and to all the Carmelites: anyone who dies with this scapular will not suffer the eternal fire”.
Pious XII said in his celebrating speech: “How many good souls have had their supreme conversion and their eternal salvation also in humanly hopeless circumstances thanks to the Scapular that they wore! Moreover how many people have felt the maternal protection of Mary in the dangers of the body and the soul thanks to it! The devotion to the Scapular has made rivers of spiritual and temporal graces to be poured onto the world”.

The Saturday’s Privilege

The Lady has promised to preserve Her devout people, wearing the scapular, and to free them from the Purgatory on the first Saturday after their death.
Pious XII assures the devout of the Scapular that the very blessed Mother will not forget to ask God with the prayer that Her sons, who are expiating their sins in the Purgatory, reach the heavenly home as soon as possible, according to the so called “Saturday’s privilege” handed on by tradition “. Read more…

Saint Anthony of Padua – june 13th

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Faith is the principal virtue and who does not believe is similar to those Jews who rebelled against Moses in the desert. Without faith no one can enter the kingdom of God, it is the life of the soul. The Christian is one who, with the eye of the heart, enlightened by faith, understands the mysteries of God and makes public profession.
The true faith is accompanied by charity. Believing in God for the Christian, not so much believe that God exists and even believe that He is trustworthy, is to believe in love, abandoning believe in God, joining and conforming to Him”.

(Saint Anthony of Padua)

Saint Anthony as Francis was fascinated by war-time life and attracted by the easy life that was permitted by the social position of his family. The young Anthony, as it was for Francis, came the call of God Young received this call and immediately turned into the path that led him to follow Jesus Christ.

He left the palace of the family to get rich first Abbey of St. Vincent at the Canons Regular of St. Augustine and then in another in Coimbra. In this monastery drew on religious education, a deep knowledge of Scripture. After completing school, he was ordained priest at age twenty.

When he was in the city of Rimini, Anthony tried to convert an heretic and the dispute had centered around the sacrament of the Eucharist which is the real presence of Jesus. The heretic named Bonville, launches a challenge to Anthony saying: If you, Anthony, can you try a miracle that the Communion of believers is, however veiled, the true body of Christ, I renounced all heresy, my head will submit without delay to the Catholic faith.
Anthony accepts the challenge because he was convinced by the Lord to get everything for the conversion of the heretic. Then Bonfillo, calling with his hand to silence him: I’ll keep my donkey closed for three days deprived of food. The past three days, I’ll pull out the presence of people, show him the corn ready. Meanwhile you’ll be in contrast with what claims to be the body of Christ. If the animal while hungry will refuse the corn and worship your God, I sincerely believe the Church’s faith. Anthony prayed and fasted for all three days. On the appointed day and the square filled with people all waiting to see how it ends. Anthony celebrated Mass in front of large crowd and then with great reverence leads the Lord’s body in front of hungry mare that had been brought into the square. Simultaneously Bonfillo showed him the oats.
Anthony imposed silence and ordered the animal: By virtue and in the name of the Creator, that I, unworthy as it is, I hold in my hands, I say, I order you to get close to animals and promptly with pay due reverence and humility so the wicked heretics clearly learn from this gesture that every creature is subject to its Creator. The mare refused fodder, and bowing her head down to the hocks, went to genuflect before the Sacrament of the Body of Christ in adoration. Seeing the incident, including all present and heretics Bonville knelt adoring. Read more…