Homily Assumption of Mary, Mary embodying hope for faithful

My homily for the Assumption of Mary, (English only homily), Mary embodying hope for faithful, Assumption of Mary 2018

bilingual, Mary embodying hope for faithful, Assumption of Mary 2018


Marian Mission Days 6 and 7

Praise be Jesus Christ, son of Mary! Where Mother Mary comes Jesus comes afterwards.

We brought the Mother of Life, the pilgrimage image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to our Marian mission over the last few days. On Sunday we paraded her through the streets between the two churches, St. Hugh of Cluny and St. Veronica’s. The procession ended at our sisters convent, the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin Matara. Many in the neighborhood were impressed with the procession. Later in the day we walked the last few streets praying the rosary for some hours which were not covered. Some hearty Mexicans came from Southern Philadelphia to pray with me. Later I prayed with the Spanish legion when it started to shower. A grace this was the only time that we really got rained on. Through the providence of God we prayed over virtually every street.

Monday, we finished the Marian mission with a small journey of the pilgrimage image and a Mass. I took the pilgrimage image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the four cardinal limits of the parish, West, North, South, East. We had a little incident at one location with a small car accident. When someone swiped our car door as the Deacon was getting out of the car. Nobody was hurt and only cosmetic damage on the cars. A little reminder of the devil, who does not like our prayers. Everywhere I went I prepared by calling on angels, the precious blood of Jesus and Mother Mary to protect us. In the Lord’s providence we suffered just a little sacrifice to bring Our Lady to the area. I had to delay finishing the journey until after Mass, but we finished. We trust Our Lady will take our parish into her hands presenting it to Jesus. Many people would like to do it again for a day and maybe across the whole archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Marian Mission day 5

Praise be Jesus Christ, son of Mary! Where Mother Mary comes Jesus comes afterwards.

On paper there was few signed up for today and heavy rain forecast. However, I think our prayer warriors standing behind the mission opened up the skies for us and brought us souls to pray over the area. Groups just seemed to flow in today to pray over different areas, including the family of one of our religious sister, SSVM, from outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area with children. The various legion of Mary presidium are the heart of the rosary marching crew. WE NEED MORE LEGIONNAIRES! Standing behind it all is my growing crew of prayer warriors from all over the country. I recruited 5 contemplative monasteries of nuns praying for the mission including two in Philadelphia. I asked former parishioners from my old parishes Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California, Mankato, Minnesota, and Virginia to pray for us, as well as family. Generous souls responded from all over the country. One faithful soul here at St. Veronica’s, Diane Hagey was praying at least 1.5 hours every day for the mission. I know her heart would like to walk with us, but her body will no longer allow it. I too have been trying to do special fasts and sacrificial prayers in support of the mission outside of the hours of the mission itself.

It is pray that grounds everything and Mother Mary whose pray come to Jesus that will conquer.