Thursday, October 7, 2021

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary


When Pope Pius V implemented the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1573, he was celebrating the victory at Lepanto over the Turkish military. The victory by Christians was credited to the Virgin Mary after the faithful of Lepanto prayed the rosary.

The rosary developed as a Catholic devotion over hundreds of years. Today, we pray the rosary to remember key moments - and key teachings - in the life of Jesus Christ. We pray to Mary to intercede on our behalf, to give thanks, and to spread the love of Jesus around the world. Mary, as Jesus' human mother, participated in his work to bring salvation to all humans. And we revere her as a role model of wisdom, strength, courage, patience, and love for all women.

Let us pray:

"O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen."

Dawn Pisturino

October 7, 2021

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Ten Principal Virtues of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary


St. Louis de Montfort devoted his life to the Blessed Holy Mother.

Her constant love and compassion help us through difficult times.

Her patience and humility help us to model her virtues.

Her faith and obedience help increase our faith in God.

Her suffering and sorrow help increase our devotion to Jesus. 

Pray unceasing for the world and the Mother's Protection!

Dawn Pisturino, RN

September 28, 2021

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mary and the Angels


This 1881 painting by W.A. Bouguereau (1825-1905) captures the unique place that Mary holds among the angels. She is, in fact, designated "Queen of Heaven," placing her above the angelic hosts. The painting is entitled "Song of the Angels," and I love its beautiful and restful depiction of a celestial concert given to the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. It fills my heart with joy. With the Christmas holidays right around the corner, it is the perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about.

St. Padre Pio devoted his life to Holy Mother Church and delivered this blessing in honor of the Blessed Holy Mother:

"May Mary fill your heart with the flowers and fragrance of ever fresh virtues, and place Her maternal hand on your head. Always keep close to your Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea that must be crossed in order to reach the shores of eternal splendor in the kingdom of Dawn."

In other words, Mary - as God's chosen vessel and Jesus' mother - is our guiding light in developing all the virtues needed to reach our Heavenly Father. She answered God's call. She raised God's Son. She was a positive influence on all the people around her. She gave unconditional love and support. She was a hard worker and a strong woman. She never abandoned her faith. 

In a world where so many women have been corrupted and misled by abortion, abandonment of the FAMILY, and self-aggrandizement, Mary is the role model for what a real woman represents. 

Dawn Pisturino

September 15, 2021

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe

                                                     Painting by Viktor M. Vasnetsov

Wild air, world-mothering air,

Nestling me everywhere,

That each eyelash or hair

Girdles; goes home betwixt

The fleeciest, frailest-flixed

Snowflake; that's fairly mixed

With, riddles, and is rife

In every least thing's life;

This needful, never spent,

And nursing element;

My more than meat and drink,

My meal at every wink;

This air, which, by life's law,

My lung must draw and draw

Now but to breathe its praise,

Minds me in many ways

Of her who not only

Gave God's infinity

Dwindled to infancy

Welcome in womb and breast,

Birth, milk, and all the rest

But mothers each new grace

That does now reach our race --

Mary Immaculate,

Merely a woman, yet

Whose presence, power is

Great as no goddess's

Was deemed, dreamed; who

This one work has to do --

Let all God's glory through,

God's glory which would go

Through her and from her flow

Off, and no way but so.

       I say that we are wound

With mercy round and round

As if with air: the same

Is Mary, more by name.

She, wild, web, wondrous robe,

Mantles the guilty globe,

Since God as let dispense

Her prayers his providence:

Nay, more than almoner,

The sweet alms' self is her

And men are meant to share

Her life as life does air.

       If I have understood,

She holds a high motherhood

Towards all our ghostly good

And plays in grace her part

About man's beating heart,

Laying, like air's fine flood,

The death dance in his blood;

Yet no part but what will

Be Christ Our Savior still.

Of her flesh he took flesh:

He does take fresh and fresh,

Though much the mystery how,

Not flesh but spirit now

And makes, O marvelous!

New Nazareths in us,

Where she shall yet conceive

Him, morning, noon, and eve;

New Bethlehems, and he born

There, evening, noon, and morn

Bethlehem or Nazareth,

Men here may draw like breath

More Christ and baffle death;

Who, born so, comes to be

New self and nobler me

In each one and each one

More makes, when all is done,

Both God's and Mary's Son.

       Again, look overhead

How air is azured;

O how! nay do but stand

Where you can lift your hand

Skywards: rich, rich it laps

Round the four finger gaps.

Yet such a sapphire shot,

Charged, steeped sky will not

Stain light. Yea, mark you this:

It does no prejudice.

The glass-blue days are those

When every colour glows,

Each shape and shadow shows.

Blue be it: this blue heaven

The seven or seven times seven

Hued sunbeam will transmit

Perfect, not alter it.

Or if there does some soft,

On things aloof, aloft,

Bloom breathe, that one breath more

Earth is the fairer for.

Whereas did air not make

This bath of blue and slake

His fire, the sun would shake,

A blear and blinding ball

With blackness bound, and all

The thick stars round him roll

Flashing like flecks of coal,

Quartz fret, or sparks of salt,

In grimy vasty vault.

So God was god of old:

A mother came to mould

Those limbs like ours which are

What must make our daystar

Much dearer to mankind;

Whose glory bare would blind

Or less would win man's mind.

Through her we may see him

Made sweeter, not made dim,

And her hand leaves his light

Sifted to suit our sight.

       Be thou then, thou dear

Mother, my atmosphere;

To wend and meet no sin;

Above me, round me lie

Fronting my froward eye

With sweet and scarless sky;

Stir in my ears, speak there

Of God's love, O live air,

Of patience, penance, prayer:

World-mothering air, air wild,

Wound with thee, in thee isled,

Fold home, fast fold thy child.

~Gerard Manley Hopkins~

19th century English Jesuit priest


Sunday, August 8, 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

On August 15th, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Virgin Mary, according to Catholic theology, was born without sin. Filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, she carried in her womb the Divine Child who would come into the world as a guiding light for all of humanity. It is more than fitting that the Mother of God would not suffer corruption of the body after death but be assumed full-body into Heaven. In fact, it is not clear that she ever died at all. Her tomb in Jerusalem is empty, and there is no tradition that she actually died. What a beautiful way for a Mother and Son to be reunited in heaven!

Let us pray:

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you. 


Dawn Pisturino

August 8, 2021

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Our Lady of Hope at Pontmain, France


At the height of the Franco-Prussian war, when it looked like France would lose, the Virgin Mary appeared at Pontmain, France on January 17, 1871 to Joseph and Eugene Barbedette, aged ten and twelve, respectively.

The Prussian army was marching towards the tiny village at the time. When Eugene looked into the evening sky, he saw a beautiful woman smiling down at him. She was dressed in a blue gown that sparkled with shiny stars. On her head, she wore a black veil and golden crown.

When Joseph joined his brother, he, too, saw the beautiful lady. But the boys' mother and father could see nothing. Other adults who came to witness this apparition could see nothing but three stars which formed a triangle in the night sky. When two little girls examined the star-studded sky, they vividly described the lady in the blue gown and golden crown.

As more people joined the crowd, the villagers began to pray. Every child could see the beautiful shining lady in the sky. As the crowd began to pray the Rosary, the children cried out in amazement as the lady's shimmering blue gown turned to gold. A banner appeared beneath her feet bearing these words: "But pray, my children. God will hear you in time. My Son allows Himself to be touched."

The villagers began to sing the hymn "Mother of Hope." The lady smiled. But when the villagers sang "My Sweet Jesus," the lady became sad, and a red crucifix appeared in her hands. The words "Jesus Christ" appeared. Eventually, the crucifix disappeared. The lady smiled down upon the crowd and vanished.

Miraculously, the Prussian army halted its advance and, a few days later, on January 23, 1871, the war was over. All the soldiers from Pontmain returned safely home.

Dawn Pisturino
August 1, 2021
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patroness of the Carmelite Order. One of the important saints of the Carmelite order is Saint Simon Stock.  

Simon Stock was born in England.  He became a hermit and allegedly lived inside a hollow tree. He joined the Carmelite Order when he visited the Holy Land. When he returned to Europe, he founded many Carmelite Orders. On July 16, 1251, at Cambridge, England, the Virgin Mary appeared to Simon Stock and gave him a scapular. This scapular was meant to represent Mary's own garment. Anybody who wore it would receive her special protection. These are Mary's words to Saint Simon Stock:

"Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection."

As a result of this special visitation by Mary, Simon Stock was canonized as a saint.

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16th. We honor her with prayer and penance on that day.

Flos Carmeli (The Flower of Carmel)

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (Repeat three times.)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (Repeat three times.)


Dawn Pisturino
July 13, 2021

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