Archive for September, 2011

September 8th: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (http://papastronsay.blogspot.com/) have a very beautiful post on today’s Feast, and the Devotion to the  Baby Mary.  I hope that they don’t mind, but I copied it in its entirety to our weblog, so that those who read Salemcatholic can easily view it.  There is a link from Salemcatholic to the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer in the “Springtime of the Church” sections of links.  St. Mary Parish also receives 25 subscriptions to their fantastic quaterly, Catholic: these can always be found (until they run out) in the special rack outside the Ushers’ Closet in the rear of St. Mary Church (labeled “Transalpine Redemptorists”).  Please support this wonderful community and their apostolate.  It would be a singular blessing to one day have them found a Monastery in our diocese of Sioux Falls!  What a dream…but with Our Lady’s powerful intercession, anything is possible!

O Holy and Heavenly Infant Mary!

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“Divine grace did not come into Mary by drops as in other Saints,
‘but like rain on the fleece,’ as it was foretold by David.
The soul of Mary was like fleece, and imbibed the whole shower of grace,
without losing a drop.
How delightful a sight must the beautiful soul
of this happy child
have been to Heaven and earth…
“Mary… in each moment, doubled that sublime grace
which she possessed from the first instant for,
corresponding with her whole strength,
and in the most perfect manner in her every act,
she subsequently doubled her merits in every instant. ..”
But multiplied thus for an entire day,
multiplied for nine months,
consider what treasures of grace,
merit, and sanctity
Mary had already acquired
at the moment of her birth!
Happy Feastday of our Lady’s Nativity!

Maria Bambina,
make us to love thee,
make us little and holy,
and bless us!

“So that supposing she had a thousand degrees of grace
in the first instant,
in the second she had two thousand,
in the third four thousand,
in the fourth eight thousand,
in the fifth sixteen thousand,
in the sixth thirty-two thousand.
And we are as yet only at the sixth instant…

She is the most amiable creature in the eyes of God,
because she was already loaded with grace
and merit, and could say,
‘When I was a little one I pleased the Most High.’”

St Alphonsus explains…

“Let us, then, rejoice with our beloved infant, who was born so holy,
so dear to God, and so full of grace.
And let us rejoice, not only on her account,
but also on our own
for she came into the world full of grace,
not only for her own glory,
but also for our good.”

“Compared with thee the greatest Saints of Heaven are little,”
wrote St Alphonsus of the Holy Infant Mary, “Maria Bambina”.
Why did he and other saints
like St Annibale Maria di Francia,
(pictured below with the a holy Maria Bambina)
love the Child Mary whose birth we celebrate today?
Why has the Church shown such reverence for
this tiny baby throughout the centuries?
“It is certain that Mary’s soul was the most beautiful that God had ever created:
nay more, after the work of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word,
this was the greatest and most worthy of Himself
that an omnipotent God ever did in the world…”

McCook County 4 – H Achievement Days

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

On Wednesday, August 10th, the Feast of the great Martyr and Deacon of the Church of Rome, St. Lawrence, the Priest of Salem participated in the McCook County 4-H Achievement Days at the Salem Armory.  About six weeks before, the Priest of Salem was asked if he would be willing to “show” a sheep, and have his photo glued on three collection jars, to be placed in three different Salem businesses in order to raise money for a needy 4-H Family.  Needless to say, the shoppers were merciful to the city-born priest, and his ugly mug was so funny that it raised the most cash.  A great time was had  by all at the 4-H Achievement Days, especially the Priest of Salem…who  would like to thank the young people and their parents, and Kevin (from the Bank), Dr. Mike and John McCormick for making the day so much fun.  He would also like to thank Pastor Sue for loaning him her shepherd’s staff.