[Hail holy Queen] … and after this; our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb; Jesus: …
I have always had a strong Marian tradition to my prayer and faith life. Jesus, being merciful, and loving to all – including the unwanted and underprivileged, had to be brought up in such a loving home. And everyone knows, the home is run by the mother. One of my favorite exultations, especially to my children, is: “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”
Once I leave this mortal world, where evil abounds to those unprepared are weak, I pray that I will be with Jesus & His Mother; and my mother as well, in eternal paradise. I actually see Mary as a young woman with a sense of humor, and loving quality that cannot be equalled. Mary is proud of her son, and proud of us. Who would not want to be with her and Jesus?
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: John XXIII, Pope (SFO)
Angelo Roncalli was born November 25, 1881, at Sotto il Monte near Bergamo in Northern Italy. His parents were small farmers, and in a large family Angelo learned the give and take which later made him so excellent a diplomat. After work in the fields, he entered the Bergamo seminary in 1892. Here he began the practice of making spiritual notes, which he continued in one form or another until his death, and which have been gathered together in the Journal a Soul. Here he also began the deeply cherished practice of regular spiritual direction. In 1896 he was admitted to the Secular Franciscan Order by the spiritual director of the Bergamo seminary, Fr Luigi Isacchi; he made a profession of its Rule of life on 23 May 1897. He won a scholarship to the Pontifical Seminary at Rome. Ordained in 1904, he said his first Mass in St. Peter’s.
Shortly after, Cardinal Roncalli was made Patriarch of Venice. He proved himself to be a people’s patriarch, always accessible. Vigorous yet kindly, he led his flock in the path of Christian virtue.
He was elected Pope on October 28, 1958. John XXIII, as he chose to be called, soon showed himself to be an energetic man with far-reaching plans. On January 25, 1959, he announced plans for a general or ecumenical council which would be called the Second Vatican Council. He opened it on October ll, 1962. By then he knew of his own fatal illness. His death on June 3, 1963, followed a long agony. It evoked an astonishing wave of sympathy from all quarters which was a response to his exceptionally warm and outgoing personality.
Various sources, incl. Vatican
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)