SPRINGFIELD CURIA ANNUAL RETREAT: Sept. 24th, 2016
Spiritual Theme: 'The Faith of Mary' by Br. Osbaldo Mendez
'The Mercy of Mary': by Rev. Jose Siesquen
'The Year of Mercy by Deacon Angel Peres
Origins of Legion of Mary: its founding
Turn back to God
Judith accomplished her Mission with her Handmaid
The body is essential for salvation. We are presently not in Heaven because the body is not in Heaven yet.
Promise to David that his descendant would sit on his Throne
God is present in every situation
LEGION OF MARY BOSTON SENATUS ANNUAL RETREAT: JUNE 25-28, 2015
LaSalette Retreat Center,Attleboro, MA
Retreat Master: REV. JOSEPH MEDIO, Franciscan Priest of Primitive Observance
Marian Theme: ‘Mary, Ark of the Covenant’
Program consisted of: Daily Mass, Holy Hour, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary; Daily Sacrament
of Reconciliation at LaSalette Shrine /or given by Retreat Priest
Members of Legion of Mary attended with their family and friends. Fr. Joseph Medio gave an enlightening teaching on Mary, Ark of the Covenant.
Pearls from Fr. Joseph's teaching together with reflections from some attendees of the Retreat:
Discussions began with the old Testament Ark that God instructed Moses to build. It was built of acacia wood which resisted decay. In the Ark were two tablets of God's Commandments: the first commands Love of God; the second Love of neighbor; the manna (prefigured Jesus the Living Bread come down from Heaven) and the rod of Aaron which budded symbolized fruitfulness of the Priesthood. The old Testament Ark prefigured Mary as the incorrupt Ark of the New Covenant, as willed by God, So the Ark of the New Covenant is a person, Mary, the new Eve prepared to bring the New Adam to the world.
By Mary's 'Fiat' the Son of God, The Word who was from the beginning, Mighty God, took on her flesh in her womb, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and became a human being, becoming our brother, Emanuel (Infinite Love and Eternal Life). Her 'Fiat' was a Perpetual 'YES' to God's will throughout her life unto eternity. By Mary's 'Fiat', she bore and gave birth to God Our Savior, presenting Him to the world to restore us for God. Thus God has exalted humanity by the Incarnation; the Word made flesh.
Our Lord Jesus has consecrated Mary in the fullness of the Holy Spirit to us. So she also has consecrated herself to us by being Our Mother and the Holy Spirit through her inspires us to live out Mary's virtues, our light. Mary is in perfect union with God. By this union with God, her will is God's will: so we should be attentive to her words of wisdom. At the Wedding Feast at Cana, moved by great compassion, she told Jesus 'there is no wine'. She trusted that her Son would respond to what she asked of Him in love, even as Jesus asked her: 'what is this to you; my hour has not yet come'. At that she understood Jesus' desire for her to participate in beginning His Public Mission with Him; at that moment Mary gave Jesus her 'second Fiat', actually a continuation of her perpetual Fiat, (this is to emphasize another prominent way-point in her life's mission) to begin for Him His Public Ministry with Him, through Him and in Him.
So with her assent she commanded the servants: 'Do as He say'. This counsel should echo continuously in the hearts of All Baptized, inspiring them to live the life of Jesus Christ, thus becoming True Disciples of the Lord Jesus, who is not only a Person but who is Mighty God, Wonder Counselor, God Hero, Prince of Peace, and wellspring of Ineffable Love. When Jesus says 'Come follow me', He is inviting us to become like Him, by living out daily His teachings . This was the path Mary embraced with perfect trust, eventually leading her to stand at the foot of the Cross at Calvary. She has thus become our Guiding Star and Model.
Her Pre-eminent Virtues are: Constancy (prayer, absolute trust in God, giving whole heart and mind, and soul, to the will of God); total Detachment from all influences / relationships opposed to God's will. She stood at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, glorifying God in total submission to God's will with love, strength, endurance, and courage, with complete detachment from the world, in union with the Passion and Glory of her Son Jesus on His Cross, enduring indescribable anguish. At the foot of the Cross Jesus gave her to be Our Mother. At that moment Mary gave the Lord her 'third Fiat', (a third prominent way-point emphasized here), when she accepted her Lord's invitation to be the Mother of Grace; Mother of the Church, for humanity. After the Assumption of Mary, humanity has a Mother in Heaven, Our Mother of Salvation, perpetually interceding for us. She gave great attentiveness to Interior Life, co-operating with God as the Holy Spirit fills her soul with Wisdom, Confidence, Holiness, Obedience, Patience, Angelic Sweetness.
All our offerings are stained to varying degrees, so if we go to Jesus directly, all our offerings are many thorns to Him (He will still accept our thorns no matter how sharp), but if we offer them through Mary, she lessens the sharpness of the thorns, making them beautifully delightful for presentation to Jesus. Mary never fails to bring us to a True and Loving Relationship with Jesus, (this is her only mission: she draws no attention to herself): so with complete trust in her, we consecrate ourselves to Mary: ' Totus Tuo, Mary My Queen, my Mother'.
All who attended the Retreat were greatly renewed in their Faith, with a deepened understanding of Legionary commitment to True Devotion to Mary, based on 'Treatise of True Devotion to Mary', written by St. Louise Marie De Montfort, 150 anniversary-2016.
PAST RETREATS / PILGRIMAGES-2014: VALUABLE BENEFIT FOR ALL SEASONS
(Northeastern Chapter of Legion of Mary of America)
READINGS AT MEALS
God loves the Humble who trusts Him totally
To heal society every family needs a Dad
CONCLUDING MASS OF RETREAT CELEBRATED AT LASALETTE SHRINE CHURCH, FOLLOWED BY LEGION PRAYERS AND HOLY ROSARY AT SHRINE ROSARY POOL
Questions / discussions-the Angel of Fatima giving Communion, not the same as communion given by a priest . Only priests can consecrate, but not angels.
God wants us to mirror Mary's trust in Him
Reflections on Marian Theme, among Legionary Retreat Participants, together with Rev.Michael Sheehan emphasized True Mission of Mary in the Holy Spirit is to inspire Catholics to live the Divine Life of Jesus. If we live the Mystical School of Mary immersed in the sacramental life of the Church: daily Holy Rosary to daily Mass, Holy hour, study of Scripture, regular confession, we will fulfill God's Holy Will in our station in life, and in fulfilling the Charism of Holy Orders or Religious Organizations, and thus arrive at the goal of becoming a Saint. All the Saints, including St. Francis of Assisi, and in our present time Pope Francis have faithfully modeled after the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit only sees us when He sees Mary in us; Jesus sees us when He sees Mary in us.When we have Mary in us the people we serve will see Jesus in us.
Examination of conscience
The power of Silence
FIRST CONFERENCE OF RETREAT
Judith was received Divine Inspiration to save Israel
Ruth and Boaz loved each other and built up Israel together
God has given Mary limitless power
Gospel by Celebrant, V. Rev. Beauregaard, FPO
PAST RETREATS / PILGRIMAGES: 2015-GREAT FOR DEEPENING OF FAITH
Day 2: Mass-1st Martyrs of Rome: June 30th
SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: REV. JAMES SULLIVAN
CONFERENCE THEME OF PILGRIMAGE: MARY ARK OF THE COVENANT
Mary was the Ark of the Covenant because she bore the Son of God to be Our Redeemer by the power of the Holy Spirit. Opening Legion prayers, Holy Rosary, Catena and Closing Legion Prayers were prayed. The Pilgrimage greatly renewed the Spirit of Comitia members of the Legion of Mary of Connecticut. They were very thankful to Fr. Sullivan for being their Spiritual Director for their Pilgrimage.
Retreat Master: Rev. Michael Sheehan, Franciscan Priest of Primitive Observance
ANNUAL SENATUS RETREAT AT LASALETTE RETREAT CENTER, ATTELBORO, MA, JUNE 29-JULY1, 2018
RETREAT MASTER: REVEREND FR. ANDREW BEAUREGAARD, FPO
SPIRITUAL THEME: 'HOW IS THE IMAGE OF GOD IN YOU? LIVE THE SCHOOL OF MARY WHO IS IN UNION WITH JESUS'
RETREAT PROGRAM: Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, conferences, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Legionary Prayers and Holy Rosary, Reading at meals on Who Mary is in God's Salvation Plan and Why?, daily Sacrament of Reconciliation.
REFLECTIONS INSPIRED BY THE RETREAT: God chose a Woman whose Son will Crush the serpent's head; this serpent the cause of deadly pride (the greatest obstacle to Salvation) in every man until crushed. This Woman who knew God Heart Mind and Soul, the Most Humble of human beings, had entrusted herself to God, her every thought is absorbed with God, and thus has united herself to God's Will; so that Mary's Will is God's Will through out her earthly Life. She knew God's Fiat first when He sent the Angel Gabriel to present to her God's Marriage Proposal to her to bear His Son by the Power of the Holy Spirit. She knew God's Greater Humility when He asked His creature for her Fiat to His Nuptial Proposal. In the Legion of Mary Handbook written by Frank Duff in the Mary in the Holy Spirit, and published in the Canon of Vatican, he wrote that we have nothing if we do not have Humility; it means we do not have Love as Humility is the Fruit of Love and so we are nothing without Love which comes from God who is Infinite Love and Mercy. By her Fiat she was privileged with Divine Motherhood, and so loved by God that it pleased God to give through her All His Graces He wants to give to us. So she is Mediatrix of God's Grace by her Divine Motherhood and in equal importance is she Glorified God by suffering in union with the suffering of Jesus as she stood at the foot of the Cross. God has given Mary limitless power: Jesus ascended into Heaven has awesome power: but God and Mary need our co-operation i.e our Co-Creation and Co-Redemption with God for our Salvation. Mary was given as a Gift to be the Mother of Believers by Jesus at the Foot of the Cross: 'Woman behold your son'; also Jesus gave us as a Gift to be her Children, when He said to John: 'Son Behold your Mother'. A Mother gives the Best Nourishment to her Children, especially Spiritual Nourishment, and would want all her children to be in Heaven with her, by interceding for us unceasingly.
In God's Justice the Accuser of the Innocent is punished
Recognize many people are crying out in pain
Mary Mother of God is always the same person and Loving Mother
'Feed my sheep'
We are going on a Pilgrimage with Mary-starting with her Home, her extended Family
Simlarities of Neo-Catechumenical Way with Legion of Mary
ANNUAL RETREATS AT LASALETTE SHRINE, ATTELBORO
Homily: The Church during the reign of Nero
Handing oneself over to God
by fear is not authentic
We must discern what is True Marian Piety
In the time of Alexander Jews were forced to worship Zeus
Experience the Thirst of Jesus at the foot of the Cross, brings us right at Calvary, hearing the 7 Last Words of Jesus, which will be read at meals during Retreat. Jesus marries human nature when He takes on human flesh. Man is created with an incarnate thirst for God. Our intellect feeds on Truth (God is Truth). Anyone who denies Mary denies the humanity of Jesus.
Mary is Apostolate, hears from Jesus 'I Thirst'
Mary: Apostle of the world
Past Annual Retreat (2016) of Boston Senatus-Great for Spiritual Development
We must learn how the Faith of Church has received Mary
CONFERENCE II: Very important Women of the old Testament
The Mystery of Mary as Mother of God
What does Jesus thirst for? He has a thirst as a man, but He has a deeper thirst for man, so much so that He dies to save our eternal life, yet He gives us complete freedom to love Him or not.
In Paradize Mary is serves as a Mother
The Immaculate Conception
Joseph chosen to be the Foster Father of Jesus was a descendant of David
Jewish customs designed to protect the Family
Mary chosen to be the Mother of God, became Our Mother of Salvation. Marian Devotion must extend beyond Mary along the Road of Faith
FIRST CONFERENCE CONTINUED
PILGRIMAGES, RETREATS AND MARIAN DEVOTIONS OF 2017-2018
Fr. Adolph introduced himself with a short history of his Ministries
of Most Blessed Sacrament
Steady decline in Mass attendance since 1950
God gives Mary as Gift to us
Mary is Queen
Conference and Pearls of Truth discovered along the Way of the Cross to be Pondered and Treasured: Most important for the Faithful is to enter into the mystery God, especially through the mystery of Mass and Eucharistic Life, the mystery of the Cross and Redemptive Suffering, the Sacraments and Jesus in His Salvation Plan for us; fully submitting to God's Will, living out the Lord's Gospel, becoming alive in the Joy of Jesus Our Salvation, Who is ever present in Scriptures and the Breaking of Bread, the Faith community; but our very weak human nature does not easily recognize Him. But through daily Holy Rosary asking for Mary's intercession, praying with Mary the Life of Jesus, and with daily Mass, and Holy Eucharist, Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, at least half to one hour a week or more often, our awareness and attention to God increases.
Because Mary has a most unique relationship with Jesus in her Divine Motherhood, conferred on her because of her 'FIAT', which allowed God to Incarnate Jesus in her womb. Thus God has taken her humanity for Himself, making God visible in the flesh; coming to Man, in tragedy and poverty as to be born in a stable, lying in a trough for animal feed. Love, God Himself, deigned to come to us in the most humble state, completely emptied out, as a most vulnerable Newborn Babe. Our Lord came to speak to us (He is the Word); living and suffering among us, He fulfilled in Love His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension for our Salvation.
What Wondrous Love, humbled into such Littleness, Sure Boundless Mercy reaching out to us, totally entrusted to Mary to present Him to Man as Mary's Babe, our Savior, Lord and King, such Indescribable Love, despised by men throughout His Life, mostly unrecognized, because He came poor, (nowhere to lay His Head) and vulnerable because He made Himself vulnerable, reaching out to ALL, ready to die for us for the cause of Truth! Let us join with Jesus when we experience rejection and sufferings; never ever reject the Trial of our sufferings and rejection (we share with Jesus the Way of the Cross, when offered to be in union with Jesus on His Cross, and bear joyfully the insult which He bore). Suffering is therefore Redemptive when we unite them with Jesus; also Suffering is the Purest Offering man can offer to God .
Mary sustained by Grace (Full of Grace), shared the Lord's Crosses all through, from the Lord's Birth, fleeing with HIM as refugees, and arriving at the Foot of the Cross to witness in the depths of anguish, the Lord's Death. By way of her Cross she became Mother of the Church, by God's Will. Thus Mary's intercession is incomparably powerful indeed because of her Divine Motherhood, Queen Mother, and the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is specially given by Jesus on the Cross to be Our Very Own Mother, Mother of the Church for our Spiritual Life. She accepted with Love what Jesus commissioned her, as He hung on the Cross. So let us ALL invite her into our home as St. John the Beloved Apostle did.
In our extreme weakness we are like babies whom Mary Our Mother of Mercy caresses tenderly in her arms, perpetually and powerfully interceding for us, hushing away our fears (this is Mary's constant Loving Gaze on us), prompting us to give our hearts to Jesus in total trust as she did. By loving Mary she helps us see the True Face of Jesus, because she mirrors the True Face of Jesus, as her Immaculate Heart is the True Mirror of the Most Sacred Heart. This is how Mary helps us truly love Jesus: discerning God's Will fulfilled perfectly by Mary, (we have True Faith when we like Mary say to God: 'Be it done unto me according to your Word', so that loving and trusting in Jesus, we say as Jesus did: 'Not my will but yours be done'). Thus with humble and trusting hearts, Mary leads us with Great Confidence and Hope to the Confessional, God's Tribunal of Infinite Mercy; she prompts us to receive eagerly the Body and Blood of Jesus Our True Bread of Life. This is how Mary puts us into the outstretched arms of Jesus by her intercession, Who in His Infinite Love and Mercy, delights in forgiving us poor sinners, and with Holy Eucharist (Jesus), as Our daily Bread, Jesus perfects us, inflaming our hearts into a deeper to a Total Trust and Love of God, growing in Humility to allow God to be Great in us, and progressing in Virtue, Purity and Strength and in Faith, Hope and Charity. In this way one begins to desire to possess the Inheritance God wants us so much to claim through his Son, enabling us to share more and more the Divine Life of God. Thus persevering in God's Will, we become faithful and fruitful, arriving at Union with Him, if He so chooses to bestow on us, as He gave merit of Union to Mary, in Heavenly Glory in Eternal Life. This is the new Creation Jesus accomplished, when He came as a Bridegroom to us at His Birth, Suffered and Died and Rose again and brought our humanity to Heaven when He ascended to Heaven, to the great delight of His Holy Angels.
To remain with only an intellectual knowledge of God is to be spiritually stunted, and one will not become the new man in Our Risen Lord. So let us go forward confidently in God, to become this new man by resolutely living out the Life of Jesus, as Mary showed us: 'It is not I who live, but Christ Lives in me', when by the Grace of God's Will, we arrive in Union with Jesus Our Redeemer.
Hymn of Praise for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Mary's relationship with the Most Holy Trinity
Homily on Nero
EVENING LITURGY OF THE HRS.
Mass: First Reading by Br. Patrick Murphy, Legion of Mary Member
The Church is presently in a state like the Babylonian exile
Mary is like the neck transmitting Grace and Strength from head to Body
SENATUS RETREATS / PILGRIMAGES / DAY OF RECOLLECTION-2017
We are body and soul and both need nourishment
Joseph spouse of Mary from whom was born Jesus
Blessed Sacrament reposed
Mary is Apostolate of the Interior Life.
Frank Duff: Charity necessary for fruitful ministry;
begins at home , in the Church
Authentic Marian Devotion as defined by the 2nd Vatican Council
First Reading contin'd
2) The second Marian Doctrine: Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary-Resurrection of Mary-raised by Jesus body and soul into Heaven.Jesus would never let her body suffer corruption.
Catholic Theology has cohesion and Mary is that cohesion as she has lived 30 yrs with Jesus; she knows her Son, having intimately experienced His Birth, Life and Death
THE FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA WAS CELEBRATED WITH AN OVERNIGHT VIGIL OF ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT OVERNIGHT TILL 9.30 AM OF THE FEAST DAY. REPOSITION WAS FOLLOWED BY CELEBRATION OF MASS.
MAIN CELEBRANT: REV. SUCESS JEANTY, CON-CELEBRATING PRIESTS: REV. FRANCIS ALVAREZ AND REV. PLINIO MARTINS.
After Mass Holy Rosary was prayed, followed by a talk of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to 3 Young Seers- Lucy Dos Santos-10 yrs old, Francisco Marto-9 yrs. old, and Jacinta Marto-7 yrs. old. Both Francisco and Jacinta were canonized at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Portugal, by Pope Francis, on the Centenary Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, making them the youngest Saints of Holy Mother Church.
I will put enmity between you and the woman
Group Leader Daniel of the Neo-catechumenical Way addressed Legion of Mary Members
Elizabeth inspired by the Holy Spirit exclaimed: 'Blessed are you among women!'
Marian Theme: ‘The Holy Spirit Living in Mary’
Program consisted of: Daily Mass, Holy Hour, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary; Daily Sacrament
of Reconciliation at LaSalette Shrine /or given by Retreat Priest
Try to Love everyone
Marian Doctrines: 1) The Immaculate Conception; 2) The Perpetual Virginity of Mary; 3) Theotokos, Mother of God / God bearer; and 4) the Assumption. These Marian Doctrines are non-negotiable, because they are central to the Catholic Faith.
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE BY MEMBERS OF NEW HAVEN COMITIUM AND HARTFORD COMITIUM
BOTH ARE COUNCILS IN CONNECTICUT ATTACHED TO LEGION OF MARY BOSTON REGIONAL SENATUS
Members of New Haven Comitium, and Hartford Comitium, made their Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
Go will complete His Plan in His own time and place
(Our Lady of LaSalette/ Our Lady of Reconciliation, Feast Day on Sept. 16th:
Her message is: 'Make Me Known')
Offertory Hymn: Hail Mary, Gentle woman
DAY OF RECOLLECTION, OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE, HOLLISTON, MA, WAS CELEBRATED ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2018.
THE EVENT BEGAN WITH MASS CELEBRATED BY FR. DENIS, FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST, THEN CONFERENCE DIVIDED INTO 2 SESSIONS-MARIAN THEME: 'WALK WITH MARY TO TOTAL SURRENDER TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY FR. ALDOLPH MENENDEZ,(XAVERIAN MISSIONARY), HOLY ROSARY, STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.
God's plan of Liberating His people
Prayer is the Fruit of Faith
READINGS DURING MEALS
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA SHRINE BRIGHTON, MA, ON MAY 13TH, 2017, FEAST DAY OF
OUR LADY OF FATIMA, IN THIS CENTENARY YEAR OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
FIRST APPARITIONS IN FATIMA, PORTUGAL IN 1917
Mass: Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Attributes of man's body: the body is a gift; it is nuptial, it is fruitful and it is essential.
Declaration of Marian Doctrines: the Immaculate Conception-Pope Pius IX-1854; Assumption of Mary-Pope Pius II-1950; Perpetual Virginity-Pope Martin I at Church Council-649; Theotokos-Council of Ephesus.
The Immaculate Conception is a gift from God as an act of Mercy, first given to Mary.
ANNUAL RETREAT OF BOSTON REGIONAL SENATUS, LASALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO, MA
JUNE 23RD-JUNE 25TH, 2017
RETREAT MASTER: VERY REV. ANDREW BEAUREGAARD, FPO:
MARIAN THEME: EXPERIENCE THE THIRST OF JESUS WITH MARY AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
RETREAT PROGRAM: Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, conferences, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Legionary Prayers and Holy Rosary, Reading of the Seven Last Words of Jesus at meals, daily Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier
BOSTON REGIONAL SENATUS EVENTS OF 2018
Very important women Witnesses of the Old Testament
RETREAT BEGINS WITH MASS OF SOLEMNITY OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL: JUNE 29TH
'Be it done to me according to your word'
Judith accomplished her Mission by God's action
The Annual Retreat was attended by 60 Legionaries the Curia with their families and friends. Rev. Jose Siesquen was the Spiritual of the Retreat, assisted by Deacon Ly Cao of an attached Vietnamese Praesidium; Deacon Cao gave testimony of his time spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, because he bore witness to his Faith and to Mary as the Mother of Jesus.
An award was presented to Ramonita Nieves for her 47 years of faithful service to the Church as a member of the Legion of Mary.
Everyone who attended the Retreat was refreshed with joy, gratitude, and greater resolve in persevering as a Faithful Member of the Legion of Mary, serving the common good and reaching out and bringing the Light of Christ to all peoples as led by the Holy Spirit through Mary, by seeing Jesus and Mary in all they serve.
We need a personal relationship with Jesus
Boston Regional Senatus
A person who denies God is crying out for help
We do not adore Mary; we need her love and Intercession asas Our Mother, and
The present culture has made us more isolated
Gospel: Mt 11:20-24
Homily: Fr. Beauregaard FPO
Cataena prayed after Mass
Mary's Peperpetual Virginity before birth, during birth and after the birth of Jesus (Pope Martin I at the Lateran Council, AD 649), symbolizes the Church in its intactness and totality of the Faith as in Mary giving everything back to the Lord. The body is nuptial (wedding), to be perpetually the faithful bride of Christ, giving everything back to God as Mary does.The body was made to be nuptial, male and female, the woman to receive the man. The body is a gift from God, to express God's Love, body and soul, to return back to God.
Why Mary? What has she to do in my life? Everything. Without Mary Man has nothing: because Man will not receive Jesus Incarnate as his Redeemer and Brother.