DAUGHTER SION SING O IZRAEL

 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3, 14-18

And Mary said,
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my savior,”
for he has looked with favor on his lowly handmaid.
From henceforth, all generations will call me blessed;
for He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.”
Luke 1, 46-49

The Hebrew name Tzion (ציון), or as translated “Zion”, appears over 150 times in the Bible. Interchangeably these verses refer simply to “Zion”, to a “Mount Zion,” “the daughter of Zion,” and “virgin daughter of Zion”. Zion is first mentioned in 2 Samuel 5:7: ‘David captured the fortress of Zion, which is the City of David.’ Zion was originally an ancient Jebusite fortress that David captured, allowing the Israelites to take possession of Jerusalem. The royal palace and the temple were subsequently built there, as Zion or Jerusalem, became the seat of power in the kingdom of Israel (Judah after the schism) and the chief site of worship. Thus, Zion is called “the City of David” and “the City of God”. The metaphorical term extends to the Temple (Synagogue) and God’s kingdom on earth.

The name Zion basically means “fortification” and carries with it the idea of being “raised up” as a monument and a sign of God’s presence among the Israelites and His rule on earth. As a fortress, it served as a place of refuge and protection for the Israelites from their enemies. Situated on top of a hill on the southeast side of Jerusalem, Zion was the strongest and safest place in the city for its inhabitants who would take shelter there. Inviolable from David’s time, through the reign of the righteous Davidic kings, no enemy ever entered this fortress which had been established by God’s providential design.

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From a spiritual perspective, it is here God protects His virgin daughter from the rape her enemies intend to commit upon her; He keeps her pure in good measure from the gross idolatry wherewith the people of the surrounding pagan nations are defiled, viz., spiritual whoredom. God has removed His chosen people from their original prostitution in the world and has consecrated them to be his very own in holiness by establishing His covenant with them, which He shall faithfully keep despite their occasional infidelity. God’s covenant with His chosen people is perpetual. With the people’s transgressions against His laws and established precepts comes Divine chastisement as forewarned. Yet, on Mount Zion, the faithful remnant of Israel shall never be conquered and destroyed by their enemies under God’s gracious protection.

From Zion is where the word of God dwells and comes forth. ‘For out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’ (Isa. 2: 3). It is in the temple where God dwells and from whence His word is proclaimed and His laws are prescribed. Those who hear the word of God and observe it are like Mount Zion, which shall never be shaken (Ps. 151:1). The name Zion also refers to God’s chosen people and faithful servants from whom the promised Messiah shall come forth and rule all nations in righteousness and justice with a rod of iron.

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We see in Mary’s Canticle of Praise or the Magnificat that the first Jewish converts to the Christian faith in Apostolic time perceived Mary to be the personification of Daughter Zion. And for them, Mary was much more than a metaphor or an abstract figure representing a corporate entity and nation. She was the mother of their Lord (Lk. 1: 43), the Woman of Promise in the flesh of whom her Divine offspring was made (Gal. 4:4). They could relate to Mary on a personal level as much as they could with her divine Son and thereby deeply appreciate her contribution in His redemptive work (Lk. 1:45). She was someone they could personally relate to and love no less than they could the resurrected Jesus in their personal relationship with him, now that his mother had been gloriously assumed body and soul into Heaven.

The parallel Luke draws between Mary and Zion, by echoing the Old Testament prophets and alluding to the Psalms, clearly shows that this Marian tradition of the infant Church in Palestine was a vibrant part of the faith as part of a Judaic legacy. In the first part of the Magnificat, Mary refers to her position with God in the order of grace. All four verses in Luke 1:46-49 parallel Old Testament passages pertaining to Daughter Zion.

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And Mary said,
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my savior, 

I will rejoice greatly in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robes of righteousness.
– Isaiah
 61, 10 (cf. Zech. 9:9; Zeph. 3:14

“for he has looked with favor on his lowly handmaid.

The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
he has cast out your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall fear evil no more.
– Zephaniah 3, 15 (cf. Lk. 1:28, 30)

But you, O Lord, will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favour on her;
the appointed time has come.
– Psalm 102, 13

“From this day, all generations will call me blessed;

At that time, I will bring you home,
at the time when I will gather you together;
yea, I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes, says the Lord.
– Zephaniah 3, 20

I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore, the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
– Psalm 45, 17

“because the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
then we thought we were dreaming.
Our mouths were filled with laughter;
our tongues sang for joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done
 great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
Oh, how happy we were.
– Psalm 126,
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And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those
who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those
whom the Lord calls.
Joel 2, 32

The early Hebrew Christians certainly understood the soteriological and eschatological significance of Mary’s designation. They regarded her as an intermediary of divine grace (Lk 1:44) and as a place of refuge from their enemy Satan, especially since she was at enmity with the Devil and had crushed his head by her perfect faith in charity and grace (Gen 3:15). Mary could be regarded as a spiritual fortress because of the power of her prayerful intercession (Jn 2:3-5) and opposition to the dragon which could not conquer her (Rev 12:13-14). Mary constantly observed the word of God and kept it (Lk 11:28), even to the point of giving her beloved Son back to God for the salvation of the world, despite the terrible sorrow she would have to endure by the will of God for the sins of the world in union with her offspring’s afflictions (Lk 2:34-35). God hears the prayers of the righteous (Jas. 5:17) and so, all the children of their heavenly mother can seek refuge in her supernatural merits and the power of her heavenly intercession for the actual graces they need to persevere in faith and conquer the dragon and its wicked offspring once and for all in alliance with her.

It is through the desolation that Mary has experienced at the foot of the Cross that she morally contributes to the deliverance of mankind from exile in sin and its restoration to friendship with God in collaboration with Him as His righteous spouse and handmaid (Isa 54:1-3; Lk 1:35, 38). And by having done so, Mary becomes the spiritual mother of all the living. All who believe in Jesus and keep God’s commandments are her sons and daughters (Rev 12:17), being the rightful heirs of a promised inheritance together with Mary and Jesus, the Son of Promise and the first-fruit of the royal inheritance: resurrection to eternal life with God (Gal 3:29; 1 Cor 15:22-23).

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For thus the LORD said to me, As a lion or a young lion growls
over its prey, and — when a band of shepherds is called out against it —
is not terrified by their shouting or daunted at their noise, so the LORD of hosts
will come down to fight upon Mount Zion and upon its hill.
Isaiah 31, 4

Mary is at enmity with Satan, the prowling lion who is out to devour souls. The Devil is her adversary, as he continues to make war with her and her children (1 Pet 5:8-9; Rev 12:17). It is through Mary’s maternal patronage and powerful intercession in heaven that Christ protects his Church and all her inhabitants from the enemy who seeks to destroy her. The Devil shall never conquer those who seek refuge in Mary’s Immaculate Heart. God has established her to be the security and protection of the Church. Through the intercessions of our Blessed Mother, our eternal inheritance is virtually assured. She is Advocatrix of the Church. She who never succumbed to adoring the false idols of this world can through her just merits protect all the Church’s inhabitants from worshiping pagan idols and defiling themselves, if only they seek refuge in her Immaculate Heart for the graces they need to persevere in faith.

Because of the power of Mary’s prayerful intercession at the right hand of her divine Son by the throne of grace, the faithful of the pilgrim Church on earth assuredly receive the actual graces they need from her Son to persevere in faith to the end and attain their salvation. The pilgrim Church on earth has much cause to rejoice in their salvation because of her mother’s merciful patronage which has been established by God.

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Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst,
says the LORD.
Zechariah 2, 10

Mary has cause to rejoice, for God has chosen her to conceive and bear His Son, who shall redeem the world and restore mankind to friendship with Him. And through her, God has chosen to execute His judgments on all His adversaries and those of His chosen people in all nations. God shall raise up the poor in spirit and cast the proud and mighty from their thrones; for, through Mary, Christ shall be born to regenerate mankind unto God. People of all nations will renounce their idolatry by the saving power of God’s grace. They shall join God with the purpose of heart in establishing His heavenly kingdom on earth. All nations shall be blessed in Mary, for the salvation of the world will come from her. Her virgin womb provides the pure, untilled soil for the Gentiles who shall hear the Word of God and be taught in His ways. In the hypostatic order of Christ’s incarnation through his blessed mother, God physically manifests His presence among us and dwells with us that we may learn of His ways, as to be eternally united with Him at the end of the course of our earthly existence.

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O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
Psalm 53, 6

Jesus (Heb. Yeshua or “God is salvation”) comes to us from Mary. The salvation of the world comes from her. Mary is the dwelling place of God the Word, “exempt from putridity and corruption.” From Mary, we receive the true manna come down from Heaven, He who has called himself the “Bread of Life” that lasts to life everlasting with God and has delivered us from the slavery of sin and the power of death (Jn 6: 32, 35-54; 11:25) Through Mary, our Lord has established the New Covenant of his blood poured out for all humanity to the joy of all Abraham’s faithful descendants, the true heirs of the promise (Mt 26:28; Lk 22:20).

And so, Mary has been clothed with purity instead of fine gold which can be corrupted, for, in her, holy Divinity resides and comes forth for the redemption of mankind and its deliverance from subjection to the powers of darkness. From the time God restores Mary to His grace, by her Immaculate Conception, all mankind has cause to rejoice, for she has been blessed to be the mother of our Lord and Savior. Humanity’s re-creation has begun with God’s creation of Mary in fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham and the birth of Jacob.

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The LORD is exalted, he dwells on high;
he filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
Isaiah 33, 5

Our God who saves takes His holy flesh from the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom God has separated from the rest of sinful humanity, as to be worthiest of being the mother of His Only-begotten Son. To glorify the Son who glorifies the Father, God makes Mary holy and pure by His sanctifying grace. God has set her apart and consecrated her to Himself to be His holy bride as He is holy in preparation for the coming of the divine Messiah (Lev 20:26; Lk 1:35, 42) By Divine election, Mary is pledged to be the mother of our Lord and Savior. He first appears in his glory tabernacled within the pure womb of his most blessed Mother, who by the grace of God has no affinity with sin whatsoever. God is glorified by His most perfect creation in the person of Mary, the mother of our Lord when He enters and dwells in her sacred womb. From the sacred womb of Mary, the holiest Offspring comes forth “full of grace and truth” to regenerate mankind unto God for His glory (Jn 1:14).

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Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah
rejoice because of your judgments.
Psalm 48, 11

Mary rejoices in God her Saviour, for He has looked with favor on His daughter’s humility. The Lord has done great things for Mary by removing the judgment he has passed on sinful humanity from her by restoring her to His grace upon the creation of her soul (Lk 1:46-49). She has no cause to fear God’s justice, for her love of God and neighbor drives out all fear which must do with punishment (Lk 1:30; 1 Jn 4:18). The spirit of the Torah or the natural law of love and freedom fills her soul and enriches her heart. Thus, God judges her to be the worthiest of all women to be the mother of the Son. No pride and selfishness separate Mary from God’s love and His mercy. She rejoices in the love and kindness God shows her because He has judged her to be faithful and loving to Him, which is what she most desires. Mary stands opposed to the daughter of Babylon whose soul is corrupted by false idols. God’s faithful and loving daughter proclaims the glory of God in the depths of her soul where there is no place for the profane objects of dark worldly desires.

Our Blessed Lady has cause to rejoice in her salvation because her affections gravitate towards the righteousness of her Son. It is covetous and the worldly-minded who mourn, for their minds are set on perishable material things whose false glory is finite and shall eventually slip away from their grasps. Mary rejoices, for she desires nothing less than the things of God and the imperishable heavenly treasures that await her because of her love and fidelity towards Him. Mary is confident that God has blessed her as he does all His faithful servants who humble themselves before Him and refuse to offend Him by bowing to false idols, but rather wish to observe His will always, placing God – the source of all life and true happiness in His goodness and love – above all created and perishable things which offer no true and lasting joy.

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And all nations shall call you blessed:
for you shall be a delightful land,
says the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:12

Babylon or sinful humanity has fallen and lies in ruin because of God’s judgment against her. There is no fear of condemnation for those who humbly love God and obey His commandments. In faith, Mary knows this, and so she is encouraged to rejoice in her salvation and praise God for His goodness and kindness to her and all the humble and poor in spirit who find favor with Him (Lk 1:50-56). All generations of the Christian faithful shall rejoice with Mary for the blessings God has conferred on their Blessed Mother Zion from whose pure, untilled virgin soil of her sacred womb has sprung new life in God (Lk 1:48). The Church rejoices in the Gospel of Luke for the streams of the Divine mercy that have flowed as living water down upon the Lord’s chosen handmaid from His loving kindness. The Lord has done “great things” to her – the mother of the Divine Messiah, sprung from the pure virgin soil of her womb – and holy is His name (Lk 1:49).

Mary is blessed for having been chosen to be the mother of our Lord and Savior, but she is further blessed for having received the privileges of being the Mother of God, viz., her Immaculate Conception, and Assumption body and soul into heaven. God has made her be a delightful land that consists of all peoples from all nations who are regenerated unto God through her pure womb as brothers and sisters of her Son (Rom 8:29). The offspring of the free promised woman are the ones who sing her praise because of the spiritual gifts she has received from God (Lk 1:48-49). And by God’s graciousness towards her, Mary can nourish and protect the souls of her children provided they remain faithful to her divine Son.

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Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shined.
Psalm 50, 2

Luke presents Mary as likened to the Kingdom of God. She is blessed (eulogemene) above all the women on earth no less than Israel is blessed above all the nations on earth, both being declared holy and consecrated to God. The kingdom of God dwells in her (Lk 1:42; Mk 11:10). This is because God has established His covenant with her and His Word dwells within and radiates her soul as a light for all peoples. From her, the word of God is proclaimed as a model for all mankind to follow. The temple of her body is made sacred by the quality of her sanctified soul. Mary’s interior state is ruled by the word of God who reigns in her life of faith and charity in grace. She is like “Mount Zion that shall never be shaken,” for the word of God abides in her soul.

The Spirit of God dwells within her, and so Satan has no dominion over her soul. The holiness and justice of Mary’s divine Son are reflected in her person. She is like God, for the Holy Spirit dwells in her and she abides in His love. Unlike the sinful pagans of this world, Mary does not try to be like God apart from Him and in His place. The light of the Holy Spirit shines from her soul. He bears witness to the perfect beauty of its divine constitution by His presence and works within her that ultimately redounds to His glory. Mary is God’s work of art, and thus we cannot praise the Artist without praising His artistic work. St. Augustine reminds us that “God is glorified in His saints.”

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And you, O tower of the flock, hill of daughter Zion,
to you it shall come, the former dominion shall come,
the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.
Micah 4, 18

By partaking of the divine nature, Daughter Zion is free from all the corruption that defiles the pagan world within the devil’s domain caused by dark human passions. Divinity shines forth from Mary’s soul, for God’s Holy Spirit dwells and rules within it. The kingdom of God is in Mary (Lk 1:42). She can withstand the onslaught of the wicked ways of the ungodly world, for she is God’s re-creation in grace. In her blessed state, she is mystically united with God who has endowed her with the fullness of His lasting sanctifying grace (Lk 1:28). Mary is at enmity with Satan and all his offspring who still belong to his kingdom and make war with her and her offspring. By her unwavering love of God and faithfulness, she crushes the devil’s head together with God (Gen. 3:15). Sheltered and inspired by God’s grace, Mary observes the word of God and keeps it throughout her life.

Satan can never conquer and rule over the Lord’s faithful handmaid and virgin bride as he has ruled over his subjected offspring who are enslaved in sin within his dominion. Mary possesses the innocence in the life of God’s grace that Eve lost for herself and her offspring. She is the free woman who God promised would crush the serpent’s head with her “immaculate foot” which shall help destroy its dominion on earth. In the order of grace, our most Blessed Lady immeasurably surpasses all the saints combined in holiness because of her intimate association with God in the hypostatic order of Christ’s incarnation. Jesus has chosen his mother to be his helpmate in the redemption and salvation of mankind, which requires that she be pure as he is pure in their shared humanity (1 Jn 3:3).

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The LORD sends out from Zion your mighty sceptre.
Rule in the midst of your foes.
Psalm 110, 2

Mary, daughter of Jerusalem and of the House of David, gives birth to the child “who shall rule all nations with a rod of iron” (Rev 12:5). “All kings shall fall down before him, and all nations shall serve him” (Ps 72:11). His scepter of justice is his living and guiding word for the entire world to heed, the rod of rectitude that dashes all pride and wicked desires to pieces. From Mary, the Divine Word takes his humanity and assumes his sovereignty over his enemies who oppose his word. These are the offspring of the serpent, who are equally at enmity with Jesus and his blessed mother. Rightfully established as King who shall rule over all earthly monarchs and powers, Christ shall be victorious over his enemies. He shall conquer the powers of darkness that rule in this world in opposition to him with his Queen Mother (Gebirah) standing by his side.

By his laws, Christ shall pass judgment on all those who reject his word. The subjects of his spiritual kingdom are the ones who believe and abide in him by observing his word. They are blessed in the righteousness, peace, and joy of the Holy Spirit. Their souls are predestined to grace and through perseverance in grace predestined to glory, as the souls of Christ’s adversaries are destined for spiritual ruin because of their selfishness and moral corruption. Thus, from Mary’s pure womb, the living Word of God in the flesh has come forth to proclaim his truth and justice to humanity, establish his laws by Divine authority, and pass judgment on the world from his heavenly throne in righteousness and justice (Lk 1:31-33; Rev 19).

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What can I say for you, to what compare you,
O daughter Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you,
O virgin daughter Zion?
For vast as the sea is your ruin; who can heal you?
Lamentations 2, 13

Mother Zion has cause to lament because of her miserable state. In His justice, God has abandoned her because of the sins of her children by allowing her enemies to victoriously destroy Jerusalem and the sacred temple. In the wake of her ruin, Zion has been deprived of all that is related to public worship, including the institution of the priesthood, the sacrifices, and the solemn festivals. She is in terrible distress because of the desolation the Israelite’s have brought upon themselves by heeding the words of false prophets and worshiping the false gods of their neighbors. The dark cloud of God’s just anger has covered Zion for the unfaithfulness of her children.

No longer is she protected by God as she was when He led her out of Egypt and provided safe passage for her children across the Red Sea, manifesting His guardian presence in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. With the destruction of all the habitations in Israel, including the sacred places, God no longer manifests His presence in the glory cloud (Shekinah) that once descended upon the temple and filled the sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant. The children of Zion have alienated themselves from Him, and in their sinful condition, God is no longer manifested among them. It appears to the lost house of Israel that the God of their fathers has abandoned them. Zion weeps not only for their infidelity to God but also in compassion for their despair.

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For she saw the wrath that came upon you from God,
and she said: Listen, you neighbours of Zion,
God has brought great sorrow upon me.
Baruch 4, 9

God has distanced himself from His daughter, for her children have distanced themselves from Him. Even the most fortified palaces, castles, towers, and citadels have been entirely laid waste by the wrath of God because of the grave sins of Israel. Zion is no longer that fortress which cannot be shaken because of the people’s infidelity. God has drawn back His right hand from the enemy because even His appointed kings and princes of the House of David are defiled by sin. The light and splendor of Zion have gone out since she no longer exalts in the glory of the Lord through her offspring. No ally and earthly power can rescue her from the hands of her enemy. Only by humbly returning to God in faith and appealing to His mercy can the Israelites be delivered from ruin and captivity by Divine intervention which shall give Mother Zion cause for renewed joy.

The prophecies of Jeremiah, Baruch, and Malachi, pertaining to the misery and sorrows of Mother Zion, because of the apostasy and idolatry of her sons and daughters, find their secondary fulfillment in Mary’s sorrow at the foot of the Cross. Her interior suffering serves to make temporal reparation and satisfaction to God in His justice for the sins of the world. On Golgotha, she grieves for her sacred Son, King, and High Priest, whose death is brought about by his enemies. Mary’s heart is pierced not only by the mockery and insults they hurl on her beloved Son as he is cruelly put to death but also by the soldier’s lance that pierces the sacred temple of his body (Mt 27:38-44; Jn 19:33-34; Lk 2:34-45). Because of sin, God does not spare even that which is sacred to Him, rending the Mother’s heart in two. In His justice, “He who [is] without sin is made sin for us” as a propitiation for sin to make eternal satisfaction to God and appease His wrath (2 Cor 5:21). To redeem the world, God has allowed the unclean to defile that which is sacred and clean, all to the sorrow and anguish of our Blessed Mother beneath the Cross. But “destroy this temple” (of his body) and our Lord “will raise it in three days” (Jn. 2:19; Lk 24:1-7).

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Now, why art thou drawn together with grief?
Hast thou no king in thee, or is thy counsellor perished,
because sorrow hath taken thee as a woman in labour.
Micah 4, 9

Beneath the Cross, Mary is overwhelmed with sorrow and misery, for God has withheld His right hand and allowed the unclean to defile what is most sacred to her. The agonizing words of her Son must penetrate the depths of her soul as she suffers because of her love for him: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me!” The mother cannot be comforted in the loss of what is most precious to her. “How can [she] sing one of Zion’s songs on alien soil” (Ps 137:4). Only God can deliver Mary from having been drawn into the dark, alienated world of sin and death through mankind’s idolatry and ungratefulness to God by not letting her Son see corruption. Her sorrow is turned to joy upon his glorious resurrection, and as all the inhabitants on earth are reconciled to God and freed from the slavery of sin and oppression of death by her Son’s atoning death and the grace of redemption which he has merited for them in his paschal sacrifice (Rev 12:4).

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For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor,
anguish as of one bringing forth her first child,
the cry of daughter Zion gasping for breath,
stretching out her hands,
“Woe is me! I am fainting before killers!”
Jeremiah 4, 31

Mary’s suffering has the character of satisfaction in union with Jesus in that she suffers because of sin and the offence it offers to God. She suffers because of her love of God whom sin offends, by the love of her Son who is crucified for the sins of the world, and by the love she has for humanity which is ravaged by sin. The faithful remnant of Israel who must share in the suffering of those who brought about the ruin of the Hebrew nation by their sins and offences against God suffer in the same capacity that Mary does. It is they who acknowledge the sins of the nation and the need of making atonement for all the transgressions of the Divine laws handed down by Moses. Only by acknowledging their sins as a people and accepting their suffering as just shall they be delivered from captivity and restored to God’s friendship as a nation.

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Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.
Then all your people will be righteous
and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
the work of my hands,
for the display of my splendor.
Isaiah 60, 20-21

The sorrowful scene at the Cross is Old Testament imagery and symbolism related to prophecy and the Judaic traditions. Isaiah 49:21, 54:1-3. and 66:7-11 carry the theme of Mother Zion amid sorrow over the loss of her children, when suddenly she is given a new and large family restored in God’s grace which is cause for rejoicing (Lk 1:46-49; Zeph 3:14-17). In the words of Raymond E. Brown (The Gospel According to John): “The sorrowful scene at the foot of the Cross represents the birth pangs by which the Spirit of salvation is brought forth (Isaiah 26:17-18) and handed over (John 29:30). In becoming the mother of the beloved disciple (The Christian), Mary is symbolically evocative of Lady Zion who, after birth pangs (interior sorrow) brings forth a new people in joy.”

Paul D. Hanson (Isaiah 40-66) adds: “Zion is not destined to grieve because of the loss she has endured, viz., the death of her Son. Instead, she will be able to compare her former desolation with the bustling activity of returnees (from exile) filling her towns and cities.” According to the author, the three-fold references to the children represent repopulated Zion. The returnees from exile foreshadow all believers in Christ who have been freed from the bondage of sin and impending eternal death, having been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ, but at the reparative cost of his blessed mother’s sorrow and anguish beneath the Cross in union with him (Rev 12:4).

Yet her sun shall never set again, nor her moon ever again wane, since she has helped make satisfaction to God for the sins of the world in union with her Son’s temporal satisfaction and thereby eternal expiation. Lady Zion finds its final consummation in the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is much more than a metaphor. Historically and tangibly, she is the mother of our Redeemer and our co-Redemptrix. Because of her impeccable faith working through love, she is forever “clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet” (Rev 12:1) gloriously reigning in heaven as Queen with her Son, our Lord and King.  Thus, Mary’s saving office is ratified on Calvary and from there continues even in Heaven. She remains to be a spiritual fortress and refuge of sinners in their spiritual combat with the Dragon. All those who bear witness to Christ her Son and keep God’s commandments implore Our Lady of Perpetual Help in their daily warfare with the Prince of Darkness in alliance with her until the consummation of this age (Rev 12:17).

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GIVE praise, O thou barren,
that bearest not: sing forth praise,
and make a joyful noise,
thou that didst not travail with child:
for many are the children of the desolate,
more than of her that hath a husband,
saith the Lord.
Isaiah 54, 1

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On the Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe
12 December 2019

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      SanFrancisco, CA 94109
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      Auxiliary Bishop of HartfordArchbishop Daniel A. Cronin
      Archbishop Emeritus of HartfordArchbishop Henry J. Mansell
      Archbishop Emeritus of HartfordBishop Christie A. Macaluso
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      201 Broadway
      Norwich, CT 06360
      norwichdiocese.org/. . . Bishop Michael R. Cote
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      milarch.org/. . . Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio
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      Auxiliary Bishop for the Military Services, USABishop William J. Muhm
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      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus for the Military Services, USAArchdiocese of Washington
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      Washington, DC 20017
      adw.org/. . . Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
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      Auxiliary Bishop of WashingtonBishop Mario E. Dorsonville-Rodríguez
      Auxiliary Bishop of WashingtonBishop Michael W. Fisher
      Auxiliary Bishop of WashingtonCardinal Donald W. Wuerl
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      MiamiShores, FL 33138
      miamiarch.org/. . . Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
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      Auxiliary Bishop of MiamiArchbishop John C. Favalora
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      P.O. Box 1800
      Orlando, FL 32802-1800
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      11 North B Street
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      ptdiocese.org/. . . Bishop William Wack CSC
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      11625 Old St. Augustine Rd.
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      Bishop of St. AugustineBishop Victor B. Galeone
      Bishop Emeritus of St. AugustineDiocese of St. Petersburg
      6363 9th Avenue N.
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      dosp.org/. . . Bishop Gregory L. Parkes
      Bishop of St. PetersburgBishop Robert N. Lynch
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      1000 Pinebrook Road
      Venice, FL 34285
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      archatl.com/. . . Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer OFM Conv
      Archbishop of AtlantaBishop Joel M. Konzen SM
      Apostolic Administrator of AtlantaBishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III
      Auxiliary Bishop of AtlantaDiocese of Savannah
      2170 East Victory Drive
      Savannah, GA 31404-3918
      diosav.org/. . . Reverend Daniel F. Firmin
      Diocesan Administrator of SavannahBishop J. Kevin Boland
      Bishop Emeritus of SavannahHAWAII
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      Bishop of HonoluluIDAHO
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      Boise, ID 83705
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      835 N. Rush Street
      Chicago, IL 60611-2030
      archchicago.org/. . . Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
      Archbishop of ChicagoBishop Mark A. Bartosic
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      419 N.E. Madison Avenue
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      cdop.org/. . . Reverend Louis Tylka
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      12615 Parallel Parkway
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      3940 Poplar Level Road
      Louisville, KY 40213-1463
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      Owensboro, KY 42301
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      St. Joseph Catholic Ctr.
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      P.O. Box 2028
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      2779 Highway 311
      Schriever, LA 70395
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      Bishop of Houma-ThibodauxBishop Sam G. Jacobs
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      1408 Carmel Drive
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      414 Iris Street
      LakeCharles, LA 70601-5234
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      7887 Walmsley Avenue
      NewOrleans, LA 70125
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      3500 Fairfield Avenue
      Shreveport, LA 71104
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      Auxiliary Bishop of BostonBishop Robert P. Reed
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      3 VFW Parkway
      Roslindale, MA 02131
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      47 Underwood Street
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      49 Elm Street
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      Bishop Emeritus for the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Thomas the ApostleArchdiocese of Detroit
      12 State Street
      Detroit, MI 48226-1823
      aodonline.org/. . . Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron
      Archbishop of DetroitBishop Gerard W. Battersby
      Auxiliary Bishop of DetroitBishop Arturo Cepeda
      Auxiliary Bishop of DetroitBishop Robert J. Fisher
      Auxiliary Bishop of DetroitBishop Donald F. Hanchon
      Auxiliary Bishop of DetroitCardinal Adam J. Maida
      Archbishop Emeritus of DetroitBishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
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      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of DetroitDiocese of Gaylord
      611 W. North Street
      Gaylord, MI 49735
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      360 Division Avenue S.
      GrandRapids, MI 49503
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      Bishop of Grand RapidsBishop Walter A. Hurley
      Bishop Emeritus of Grand RapidsBishop Robert J. Rose
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      215 N. Westnedge Avenue
      Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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      228 N. Walnut Street
      Lansing, MI 48933
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      Bishop of LansingBishop Carl F. Mengeling
      Bishop Emeritus of LansingDiocese of Marquette
      1004 Harbor Hills Drive
      Marquette, MI 49855
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      5800 Weiss Street
      Saginaw, MI 48603-2799
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      Bishop of SaginawMINNESOTA
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      1200 Memorial Drive
      Crookston, MN 56716
      http://www.crookston.org/ Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner
      Bishop of CrookstonBishop Victor Balke
      Bishop Emeritus of CrookstonDiocese of Duluth
      2830 E. Fourth Street
      Duluth, MN 55812
      dioceseduluth.org/. . . Reverend James Bissonette
      Diocesan Administrator of DuluthDiocese of New Ulm
      1400 6th Street North
      NewUlm, MN 56073-2099
      dnu.org/. . . Bishop John M. LeVoir
      Bishop of New UlmDiocese of St. Cloud
      P.O. Box 1248
      StCloud, MN 56302
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      Bishop of St. CloudArchdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
      777 Forest Street
      SaintPaul, MN 55106-3857
      archspm.org/. . . Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
      Archbishop of Saint Paul and MinneapolisBishop Andrew H. Cozzens
      Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul-MinneapolisArchbishop John C. Nienstedt
      Archbishop Emeritus of St. Paul-MinneapolisBishop Lee Anthony Piché
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of St. Paul and MinneapolisDiocese of Winona-Rochester
      55 W. Sanborn
      P.O. Box 588
      Winona, MN 55987
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      Bishop Emeritus of WinonaMISSISSIPPI
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      1790 Popps Ferry Road
      Biloxi, MS 39532
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      237 East Amite
      P.O. Box 2248
      Jackson, MS 39225
      jacksondiocese.org/. . . Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz
      Bishop of JacksonBishop Joseph N. Latino
      Bishops Emeritus of JacksonMISSOURI
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      2207 West Main Street
      P.O. Box 104900
      JeffersonCity, MO 65110-4900
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      Bishop Emeritus of Jefferson CityDiocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
      Post Office Box 419037
      KansasCity, MO 64141-6037
      diocese-kcsj.org/. . . Bishop James V. Johnston Jr.
      Bishop of Kansas City-St. JosephBishop Robert W. Finn
      Bishop Emeritus of Kansas City-St. JosephMaronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon
      1021 S. 10th Street
      StLouis, MO 63104
      eparchy.org/. . . Bishop Abdallah Elias Zaidan MLM
      Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of LebanonDiocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
      601 S. Jefferson Avenue
      Springfield, MO 65806
      dioscg.org/. . . Bishop Edward M. Rice
      Bishop of Springfield-Cape GirardeauBishop John J. Leibrecht
      Bishop Emeritus of Springfield-Cape GirardeauArchdiocese of St. Louis
      20 Archbishop May Drive
      StLouis, MO 63119-5738
      archstl.org/. . . Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski
      Archbishop-designate of St. LouisBishop Mark S. Rivituso
      Auxiliary Bishop of Saint LouisArchbishop Robert J. Carlson
      Archbishop of Saint LouisBishop Robert J. Hermann
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of St. LouisMONTANA
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      Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
      P.O. Box 1399
      GreatFalls, MT 59403-1399
      http://diocesegfb.org/. . . Bishop Michael W. Warfel
      Bishop of Great Falls-BillingsDiocese of Helena
      P.O. Box 1729
      Helena, MT 59624
      diocesehelena.org/. . . Bishop Austin A. Vetter
      Bishop of HelenaNEBRASKA
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      Diocese of Grand Island
      2708 Old Fair Road
      GrandIsland, NE 68803-5221
      gidiocese.org/. . . Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt
      Bishop of Grand IslandBishop William J. Dendinger
      Bishop Emeritus of Grand IslandDiocese of Lincoln
      3400 Sheridan Boulevard
      Lincoln, NE 68506
      dioceseoflincoln.org/. . . Bishop James D. Conley
      Bishop of LincolnBishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz
      Bishop Emeritus of LincolnArchdiocese of Omaha
      2222 N. 111th Street
      Omaha, NE 68164-3817
      archomaha.org/. . . Archbishop George J. Lucas
      Archbishop of OmahaArchbishop Elden F. Curtiss
      Archbishop Emeritus of OmahaNEVADA
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      Diocese of Las Vegas
      336 Cathedral Way
      LasVegas, NV 89109-0716
      lasvegas-diocese.org/. . . Bishop George Leo Thomas
      Bishop of Las VegasBishop Joseph A. Pepe
      Bishop Emeritus of Las VegasDiocese of Reno
      290 S. Arlington Avenue
      #200
      Reno, NV 89501-1713
      dioceseofreno.org/. . . Bishop Randolph R. Calvo
      Bishop of RenoBishop Phillip F. Straling
      Bishop Emeritus of RenoNEW HAMPSHIRE
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      Diocese of Manchester
      153 Ash Street
      Manchester, NH 03104-4348
      catholicnh.org/. . . Bishop Peter A. Libasci
      Bishop of ManchesterBishop Odore J. Gendron
      Bishop Emeritus of ManchesterBishop John B. McCormack
      Bishop Emeritus of ManchesterNEW JERSEY
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      Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic
      445 Lackawanna Av. West
      WestPaterson, NJ 07424
      eparchyofpassaic.com/. . . Bishop Kurt R. Burnette
      Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of PassaicDiocese of Camden
      631 Market Street
      Camden, NJ 08102
      camdendiocese.org/. . . Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan
      Bishop of CamdenEparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the USA
      317 Avenue E
      Bayonne, NJ 07002-4678
      syriaccatholic.us/. . . Bishop Yousif Habash
      Bishop of Our Lady of Deliverance of Syriac Catholic Diocese in the USDiocese of Metuchen
      P.O. Box 191
      Metuchen, NJ 08840-0191
      diometuchen.org/. . . Bishop James F. Checchio
      Bishop of MetuchenBishop Paul G. Bootkoski
      Bishop Emeritus of MetuchenArchdiocese of Newark
      171 Clifton Avenue
      Newark, NJ 07104-0500
      rcan.org/index.cfm. . . Cardinal Joseph William Tobin CSsR
      Archbishop of NewarkBishop Manuel A. Cruz
      Auxiliary Bishop of NewarkBishop Elias Lorenzo OSB
      Auxiliary Bishop of NewarkBishop Michael Saporito
      Auxiliary Bishop of NewarkBishop Gregory Studerus
      Auxiliary Bishop of NewarkArchbishop John J. Myers
      Archbishop Emeritus of NewarkBishop John W. Flesey
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of NewarkBishop Dominic A. Marconi
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of NewarkDiocese of Paterson
      777 Valley Road
      Clifton, NJ 07013
      patersondiocese.org/. . . Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney
      Bishop of PatersonBishop Arthur J. Serratelli
      Bishop of PatersonDiocese of Trenton
      P.O. Box 5147
      Trenton, NJ 08638
      dioceseoftrenton.org/. . . Bishop David M. O’Connell CM
      Bishop of TrentonNEW MEXICO
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      P.O. Box 1338
      Gallup, NM 87305
      dioceseofgallup.org/. . . Bishop James S. Wall
      Bishop of GallupDiocese of Las Cruces
      1280 Med Park Drive
      LasCruces, NM 88005
      rcdlc.org. . . Bishop Peter Baldacchino
      Bishop of Las CrucesBishop Ricardo Ramírez CSB
      Bishop Emeritus of Las CrucesArchdiocese of Santa Fe
      4000 St. Joseph’s Pl. NW
      Albuquerque, NM 87120-1741
      archdiocesesantafe.org/. . . Archbishop John C. Wester
      Archbishop of Santa FeArchbishop Michael J. Sheehan
      Archbishop Emeritus of Santa FeNEW YORK
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      Pastoral Center
      40 North Main Avenue
      Albany, NY 12203
      rcda.org/. . . Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
      Bishop of AlbanyBishop Howard J. Hubbard
      Bishop Emeritus of AlbanyDiocese of Brooklyn
      Chancery Office
      310 Prospect Park West
      Brooklyn, NY 11215
      dioceseofbrooklyn.org/. . . Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
      Bishop of BrooklynBishop Raymond F. Chappetto
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrooklynBishop Octavio Cisneros
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrooklynBishop James Massa
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrooklynBishop Witold Mroziewski
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrooklynBishop Paul R. Sanchez
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrooklynBishop Neil E. Tiedemann C.P.
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrooklynBishop Guy Sansaricq
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of BrooklynDiocese of Buffalo
      795 Main Street
      Buffalo, NY 14203
      buffalodiocese.org/. . . Bishop Edward Scharfenberger
      Apostolic Administrator of BuffaloBishop Edward U. Kmiec
      Bishop Emeritus of BuffaloBishop Richard J. Malone
      Bishop Emeritus of BuffaloBishop Edward M. Grosz
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of BuffaloEparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn
      109 Remsen Street
      Brooklyn, NY 11201
      stmaron.org/. . . Bishop Gregory John Mansour
      Bishop of St. Maron of BrooklynArchdiocese of New York
      1011 First Avenue
      NewYork, NY 10022
      archny.org/. . . Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
      Archbishop of New YorkBishop Peter J. Byrne
      Auxiliary Bishop of New YorkReverend Gerardo J. Colacicco
      Auxiliary Bishop of New YorkBishop John J. O’Hara
      Auxiliary Bishop of New YorkMonsignor Edmund J. Whalen
      Auxiliary Bishop of New YorkBishop Josu Iriondo
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New YorkBishop John J. Jenik
      Auxiliary Bishop of New YorkBishop Dominick John Lagonegro
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New YorkBishop James F. McCarthy
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New YorkBishop Gerald T. Walsh
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New YorkDiocese of Ogdensburg
      P.O. Box 369
      622 Washington Street
      Ogdensburg, NY 13669
      dioogdensburg.org/. . . Bishop Terry R. LaValley
      Bishop of OgdensburgDiocese of Rochester
      1150 Buffalo Road
      Rochester, NY 14624
      dor.org/. . . Bishop Salvatore R. Matano
      Bishop of RochesterBishop Matthew H. Clark
      Bishop Emeritus of RochesterDiocese of Rockville Centre
      50 North Park Avenue
      P.O. Box 9023
      RockvilleCentre, NY 11571-9023
      drvc.org/. . . Bishop John O. Barres
      Bishop of Rockville CentreBishop Robert J. Coyle
      Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville CentreBishop Richard G. Henning
      Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville CentreBishop Andrzej Zglejszewski
      Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville CentreBishop Luis M. Romero Fernandez M. ID.
      Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville-CentreBishop William F. Murphy
      Bishop Emeritus of Rockville CentreBishop John C. Dunne
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Rockville CentreBishop Emil A. Wcela
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Rockville CentreDiocese of Syracuse
      240 East Onondaga Street
      Syracuse, NY 13201
      syracusediocese.org/. . . Bishop Douglas J. Lucia
      Bishop of SryacuseBishop Robert J. Cunningham
      Bishop Emeritus of SyracuseSyro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA
      Exarchial Chancery
      1500 De Paul Street
      Elmont, NY 11003
      http://syromalankarausa.org/. . . Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos Thottathil
      Bishop of Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in USANORTH CAROLINA
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      Diocese of Charlotte
      1123 South Church Street
      Charlotte, NC 28203
      charlottediocese.org/. . . Bishop Peter J. Jugis
      Bishop of CharlotteDiocese of Raleigh
      7200 Stonehenge Drive
      Raleigh, NC 27613
      dioceseofraleigh.org/. . . Bishop Luis R. Zarama
      Bishop of RaleighNORTH DAKOTA
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      Diocese of Bismarck
      The Chancery
      P.O. Box 1575
      Bismarck, ND 58502-1575
      bismarckdiocese.com/. . . Bishop David D. Kagan
      Bishop of BismarckDiocese of Fargo
      5201 Bishops Boulevard
      Suite A
      Fargo, ND 58104-7605
      fargodiocese.org/. . . Bishop John T. Folda
      Bishop of FargoOHIO
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      Archdiocese of Cincinnati
      100 East Eighth Street
      Cincinnati, OH 45202
      catholiccincinnati.org/. . . Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr
      Archbishop of CincinnatiBishop Joseph R. Binzer
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of CincinnatiDiocese of Cleveland
      1404 East Ninth Street
      Cleveland, OH 44114
      dioceseofcleveland.org/. . . Bishop Anthony M. Pilla
      Bishop Emeritus of ClevelandBishop Roger W. Gries OSB
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of ClevelandDiocese of Columbus
      197 E. Gay Street
      Columbus, OH 43215
      colsdioc.org/. . . Bishop Robert J. Brennan
      Bishop of ColumbusBishop Frederick F. Campbell
      Bishop Emeritus of ColumbusBishop James A. Griffin
      Bishop Emeritus of ColumbusEparchy of Parma
      5000 Rockside Road
      Suite 310
      Independence, OH 44134
      parma.org/. . . Bishop Milan Lach SJ
      Bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of ParmaBishop John M. Kudrick
      Bishop Emeritus for the Eparchy of ParmaEparchy of St. George in Canton for the Romanians
      1121 44th Street NE
      Canton, OH 44131
      romaniancatholic.org/. . . Bishop John Michael Botean
      Bishop of St. George in Canton for the RomaniansDiocese of Steubenville
      422 Washington Street
      P.O. Box 969
      Steubenville, OH 43952
      diosteub.org/. . . Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton
      Bishop of SteubenvilleBishop Gilbert I. Sheldon
      Bishop Emeritus of SteubenvilleDiocese of Toledo
      1933 Spielbusch Avenue
      Toledo, OH 43604
      toledodiocese.org/. . . Bishop Daniel E. Thomas
      Bishop of ToledoUkrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat-Parma, OH
      P.O. Box 347180
      Parma, OH 44134-7180
      stjosaphateparchy.com/. . . Bishop Bohdan Danylo
      Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat- Parma, OHBishop Robert M. Moskal
      Bishop Emeritus for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat-Parma, OHDiocese of Youngstown
      144 W. Wood Street
      Youngstown, OH 44503
      doy.org/. . .OKLAHOMA
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      Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
      7501 N.W. Expressway
      OklahomaCity, OK 73132
      archokc.org/. . . Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
      Archbishop of Oklahoma CityArchbishop Eusebius J. Beltran
      Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma CityDiocese of Tulsa
      P.O. Box 690240
      Tulsa, OK 74169-0240
      dioceseoftulsa.org/. . . Bishop David Konderla
      Bishop of TulsaBishop Edward J. Slattery
      Bishop Emeritus of TulsaOREGON
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      Diocese of Baker
      641 SW Umatilla Avenue
      Redmond, OR 97756
      http://dioceseofbaker.org/. . . Bishop Liam Cary
      Bishop of BakerArchdiocese of Portland in Oregon
      2838 East Burnside Street
      Portland, OR 97214-1895
      archdpdx.org/. . . Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
      Archbishop of Portland in OregonBishop Peter L. Smith
      Auxiliary Bishop of Portland in OregonArchbishop John G. Vlazny
      Archbishop Emeritus of Portland, ORBishop Kenneth D. Steiner
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Portland, ORPENNSYLVANIA
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      Diocese of Allentown
      P.O. Box F
      Allentown, PA 18105-1538
      allentowndiocese.org/. . . Bishop Alfred A. Schlert
      Bishop of AllentownBishop Edward P. Cullen
      Bishop Emeritus of AllentownDiocese of Altoona-Johnstown
      2713 West Chestnut Avenue
      Altoona, PA 16601
      ajdiocese.org/. . . Bishop Mark L. Bartchak
      Bishop of Altoona-JohnstonByzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh
      66 Riverview Avenue
      Pittsburgh, PA 15214
      archeparchy.org/. . . Archbishop William C. Skurla
      Archbishop for the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of PittsburghDiocese of Erie
      P.O. Box 10397
      Erie, PA 16514-0397
      eriercd.org/. . . Bishop Lawrence T. Persico
      Bishop of ErieBishop Donald W. Trautman
      Bishop Emeritus of ErieDiocese of Greensburg
      723 East Pittsburgh St.
      Greensburg, PA 15601
      dioceseofgreensburg.org/. . . Bishop Edward C. Malesic
      Bishop of GreensburgBishop Lawrence E. Brandt
      Bishop Emeritus of GreensburgDiocese of Harrisburg
      4800 Union Deposti Road
      Harrisburg, PA 17111
      hbgdiocese.org/. . . Bishop Ronald W. Gainer
      Bishop of HarrisburgArchdiocese of Philadelphia
      222 North 17th Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299
      archphila.org/. . . Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez
      Archbishop of PhiladelphiaBishop Edward M. Deliman
      Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaBishop Michael J. Fitzgerald
      Auxiliary Bishop of PhiladelphiaBishop John J. McIntyre
      Auxiliary Bishop of PhiladelphiaBishop Timothy C. Senior
      Auxiliary Bishop of PhiladelphiaCardinal Justin F. Rigali
      Archbishop Emeritus of PhiladelphiaArchbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap
      Archbishop Emeritus of PhiladelphiaBishop Robert P. Maginnis
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of PhiladelphiaDiocese of Pittsburgh
      111 Blvd. of the Allies
      Pittsburgh, PA 15222
      diopitt.org/. . . Bishop David A. Zubik
      Bishop of PittsburghBishop William John Waltersheid
      Auxiliary Bishop of PittsburghBishop William J. Winter
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of PittsburghDiocese of Scranton
      300 Wyoming Avenue
      Scranton, PA 18503
      dioceseofscranton.org/. . . Bishop Joseph C. Bambera
      Bishop of ScrantonBishop Joseph F. Martino
      Bishop Emeritus of ScrantonBishop James C. Timlin
      Bishop Emeritus of ScrantonBishop John M. Dougherty
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of ScrantonUkrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia
      810 N. Franklin Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19123-2005
      ukrarcheparchy.us/. . . Archbishop Borys Andrij Gudziak
      Archbishop of Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of PhiladelphiaBishop Andriy Rabiy
      Auxiliary Bishop of Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of PhiladelphiaArchbishop Stefan Soroka
      Archbishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of PhiladelphiaBishop John Bura
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of PhiladelphiaRHODE ISLAND
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      Diocese of Providence
      One Cathedral Square
      Providence, RI 02903
      dioceseofprovidence.org/. . . Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
      Bishop of ProvidenceBishop Robert C. Evans
      Auxiliary Bishop of ProvidenceBishop Louis E. Gelineau
      Bishop Emeritus of ProvidenceSOUTH CAROLINA
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      901 Orange Grove Road
      Charleston, SC 29407
      catholic-doc.org/. . . Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone
      Bishop of CharlestonSOUTH DAKOTA
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      Diocese of Rapid City
      606 Cathedral Drive
      RapidCity, SD 57701-5407
      rapidcitydiocese.org/. . . Bishop Peter M. Muhich
      Bishop-elect of Rapid CityDiocese of Sioux Falls
      523 N. Duluth Avenue
      SiouxFalls, SD 57104
      diocese-of-sioux-falls.org/. . . Bishop Donald E. DeGrood
      Bishop of Sioux FallsBishop Paul J. Swain
      Bishop Emeritus of Sioux FallsTENNESSEE
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      Diocese of Knoxville
      805 S. Northshore Drive
      Knoxville, TN 37919
      dioknox.org/. . . Bishop Richard F. Stika
      Bishop of KnoxvilleDiocese of Memphis
      5825 Shelby Oaks Drive
      Memphis, TN 38134-7316
      cdom.org/. . . Bishop David P. Talley
      Bishop of MemphisBishop Martin D. Holley
      Bishop Emeritus of MemphisBishop J. Terry Steib SVD
      Bishop Emeritus of MemphisDiocese of Nashville
      2800 McGavock Pike
      Nashville, TN 37214-1402
      dioceseofnashville.com/. . . Bishop J. Mark Spalding
      Bishop of NashvilleTEXAS
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      Diocese of Amarillo
      P.O. Box 5644
      Amarillo, TX 79117
      amarillodiocese.org/. . . Bishop Patrick J. Zurek
      Bishop of AmarilloBishop John W. Yanta
      Bishop Emeritus of AmarilloDiocese of Austin
      6225 Highway 290 East
      Austin, TX 78723-1025
      austindiocese.org. . . Bishop Joe S. Vásquez
      Bishop of AustinDiocese of Beaumont
      710 Archie Street
      Beaumont, TX 77701
      dioceseofbmt.org. . . Bishop David L. Toups
      Bishop-elect of BeaumontBishop Curtis J. Guillory SVD
      Bishop Emeritus of BeaumontDiocese of Brownsville
      1910 University Boulevard
      Brownsville, TX 78520
      cdob.org/. . . Bishop Daniel E. Flores
      Bishop of BrownsvilleBishop Mario Alberto Avilés C.O.
      Auxiliary Bishop of BrownsvilleBishop Raymundo J. Peña
      Bishop Emeritus of BrownsvilleDiocese of Corpus Christi
      620 Lipan Street
      CorpusChristi, TX 78401
      diocesecc.org/. . . Bishop Michael Mulvey
      Bishop of Corpus ChristiBishop Edmond Carmody
      Bishop Emeritus of Corpus ChristiBishop Rene H. Gracida
      Bishop Emeritus of Corpus ChristiDiocese of Dallas
      3725 Blackburn Street
      Dallas, TX 75219
      cathdal.org/. . . Bishop Edward J. Burns
      Bishop of DallasBishop J. Gregory Kelly
      Auxiliary Bishop of DallasDiocese of El Paso
      499 St. Matthews Street
      ElPaso, TX 79907
      elpasodiocese.org/. . . Bishop Mark J. Seitz
      Bishop of El PasoDiocese of Fort Worth
      800 West Loop 820 South
      FortWorth, TX 76108
      fwdioc.org/. . . Bishop Michael F. Olson
      Bishop of Fort WorthArchdiocese of Galveston-Houston
      1700 San Jacinto
      Houston, TX 77001-0907
      diogh.org. . . Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
      Archbishop of Galveston-HoustonBishop George A. Sheltz
      Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-HoustonArchbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza
      Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-HoustonBishop Vincent M. Rizzotto
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Galveston-HoustonDiocese of Laredo
      1901 Corpus Christi St.
      Laredo, TX 78043
      dioceseoflaredo.org/. . . Bishop James A. Tamayo
      Bishop of LaredoDiocese of Lubbock
      4620 Fourth Street
      Lubbock, TX 79499-8700
      catholiclubbock.org/. . . Bishop Robert M. Coerver
      Bishop of LubbockBishop Plácido Rodríguez CMF
      Bishop Emeritus of LubbockDiocese of San Angelo
      804 Ford Street
      SanAngelo, TX 76905
      sanangelodiocese.org/. . . Bishop Michael J. Sis
      Bishop of San AngeloBishop Michael D. Pfeifer OMI
      Bishop Emeritus of San AngeloArchdiocese of San Antonio
      2718 West Woodlawn Avenue
      SanAntonio, TX 78228-5124
      archsa.org/. . . Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller MSpS
      Archbishop of San AntonioBishop Michael J. Boulette
      Auxiliary Bishop of San AntonioDiocese of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
      7730 Westview Drive
      Houston, TX 77055
      ordinariate.net/. . . Bishop Steven J. Lopes
      Bishop of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. PeterMonsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson
      Ordinary Emeritus of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. PeterDiocese of Tyler
      1015 ESE Loop 323
      Tyler, TX 75701-9663
      dioceseoftyler.org/. . . Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
      Bishop of TylerDiocese of Victoria
      P.O. Box 4070
      1505 E. Mesquite Lane
      Victoria, TX 77901
      victoriadiocese.org/. . . Bishop Brendan J. Cahill
      Bishop of VictoriaBishop David E. Fellhauer
      Bishop Emeritus of VictoriaUTAH
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      27 C Street
      SaltLakeCity, UT 84103
      utahcatholicdiocese.org. . . Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis
      Bishop of Salt Lake CityVERMONT
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      55 Joy Drive
      SouthBurlington, VT 05403
      vermontcatholic.org/. . . Bishop Christopher J. Coyne
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      P.O. Box 301825
      StThomas, VI 00803-1825
      catholicvi.com/. . . Bishop Herbert A. Bevard
      Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin IslandsVIRGINIA
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      Diocese of Arlington
      200 North Glebe Road
      Arlington, VA 22203
      arlingtondiocese.org/. . . Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
      Bishop of ArlingtonBishop Paul S. Loverde
      Bishop Emeritus of ArlingtonDiocese of Richmond
      7800 Carousel Lane
      Richmond, VA 23294-4201
      richmonddiocese.org/. . . Bishop Barry C. Knestout
      Bishop of RichmondWASHINGTON
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      Archdiocese of Seattle
      710 9th Avenue
      Seattle, WA 98104
      seattlearchdiocese.org/. . . Archbishop Paul D. Etienne
      Archbishop of SeattleBishop Eusebio L. Elizondo MSpS
      Auxiliary Bishop of SeattleBishop Daniel H. Mueggenborg
      Auxiliary Bishop of SeattleArchbishop J. Peter Sartain
      Archbishop Emeritus of SeattleDiocese of Spokane
      P.O. Box 1453
      1023 W. Riverside Avenue
      Spokane, WA 99210-1453
      dioceseofspokane.org/. . . Bishop Thomas A. Daly
      Bishop of SpokaneBishop William S. Skylstad
      Bishop Emeritus of SpokaneDiocese of Yakima
      5301-A Tieton Drive
      Yakima, WA 98908
      yakimadiocese.org/. . . Bishop Joseph J. Tyson
      Bishop of YakimaBishop Carlos A. Sevilla SJ
      Bishop Emeritus of YakimaWEST VIRGINIA
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      Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
      1300 Byron Street
      Wheeling, WV 26003
      dwc.org/. . . Bishop Mark E. E. Brennan
      Bishop of Wheeling-CharlestonBishop Michael J. Bransfield
      Bishop Emeritus of Wheeling-CharlestonWISCONSIN
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      Diocese of Green Bay
      P.O. Box 23825
      GreenBay, WI 54305-3825
      gbdioc.org. . . Bishop David L. Ricken
      Bishop of Green BayBishop Robert J. Banks
      Bishop Emeritus of Green BayBishop Robert F. Morneau
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green BayDiocese of La Crosse
      3710 East Avenue South
      P.O. Box 4004
      LaCrosse, WI 54602-4004
      diolc.org/. . . Bishop William P. Callahan OFM Conv
      Bishop of La CrosseDiocese of Madison
      702 South High Point Road
      P.O. Box 44983
      Madison, WI 53719
      madisondiocese.org/. . . Bishop Donald J. Hying
      Bishop of MadisonArchdiocese of Milwaukee
      P.O. Box 70912
      Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
      archmil.org/. . . Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki
      Archbishop of MilwaukeeBishop Jeffrey R. Haines
      Auxiliary Bishop of MilwaukeeBishop James T. Schuerman
      Auxiliary Bishop of MilwaukeeArchbishop Rembert G. Weakland OSB
      Archbishop Emeritus of MilwaukeeBishop Richard J. Sklba
      Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of MilwaukeeDiocese of Superior
      1201 Hughitt Avenue
      Superior, WI 54880
      catholicdos.org/. . . Bishop James P. Powers
      Bishop of SuperiorWYOMING
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      Diocese of Cheyenne
      2121 Capitol Avenue
      Cheyenne, WY 82001
      dioceseofcheyenne.org/. . . Bishop Steven Biegler
      Bishop of CheyenneBishop Joseph H. Hart
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http://glasnik-sim.hr/prvi-dan-devetnice/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeKuqtTT1H PRESVETO TIJELO I KRV KRISTOVA. TIJELOVO Svetkovina (četvrtak nakon Presv. Trojstva) VEČERNJA MOLITVA Isuse, ostavio si nam Sebe u sakramentu svoga Tijela i Krvi. Dao si nam neizreciv dar. Dar bogat ljubavlju. Darovao si nam čitavog Sebe. Hvala Ti, Isuse. Hvala Ti, Isuse, što si oduvijek bio čovjek blizine. Uz Tebe se svatko osjećao prihvaćen i ljubljen. Nitko nije imao dojam da si ga olako shvatio ili površno slušao. I danas je tako, Isuse. Utaži, Gospodine, moju glad za osobom povjerenja, osobom koja ima vremena i ljubavi za drugoga. Osobom koja ne važe, koja ne mjeri, koja nije zaokupljena prvenstveno sobom. Koja zna čuti nečije teškoće i onda kada samo šutnja progovara. Osobom koja će bez uvrijeđenosti saslušati ono što možda i ne želi čuti. Pomozi mi da tu osobu tražim jedino u Tebi. Znaš i sam koliko sam puta ranjena zbog neprisutnosti osoba koje bi mi trebale biti blizu. Razočarana jer se netko od najbližih ne sjeti da mi je potreban ili se ne sjeti nečega što nije trebao previdjeti. Boli me kada primijetim da me netko uopće ne sluša ili me potpuno ignorira. Gospodine, pomozi mi ispuniti te praznine. Pomozi mi drugome biti poput Tebe. Biti netko tko zna drugome biti blizak, tko zna biti bližnji. Biti netko tko ima vremena i ljubavi za drugoga. Isuse, održao si svoje obećanje da ćeš biti s nama u sve dane do svršetka svijeta. Dao si nam sebe u Kruhu života. Na Tebe više nitko ne mora čekati, Isuse, u svakom času si sama prisutnost. Na svakoj Misi, u svakoj Pričesti. Hvala Ti, Isuse, na tom daru. Hvala ti što se i meni daruješ svojim Tijelom i svojom Krvlju. Više nisam sama, nisam prepuštena samoj sebi. Hvala Ti, Isuse …

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  1. The prophecies of Jeremiah, Baruch, and Malachi, pertaining to the misery and sorrows of Mother Zion, because of the apostasy and idolatry of her sons and daughters, find their secondary fulfillment in Mary’s sorrow at the foot of the Cross. Her interior suffering serves to make temporal reparation and satisfaction to God in His justice for the sins of the world. On Golgotha, she grieves for her sacred Son, King, and High Priest, whose death is brought about by his enemies. Mary’s heart is pierced not only by the mockery and insults they hurl on her beloved Son as he is cruelly put to death but also by the soldier’s lance that pierces the sacred temple of his body (Mt 27:38-44; Jn 19:33-34; Lk 2:34-45). Because of sin, God does not spare even that which is sacred to Him, rending the Mother’s heart in two. In His justice, “He who [is] without sin is made sin for us” as a propitiation for sin to make eternal satisfaction to God and appease His wrath (2 Cor 5:21). To redeem the world, God has allowed the unclean to defile that which is sacred and clean, all to the sorrow and anguish of our Blessed Mother beneath the Cross. But “destroy this temple” (of his body) and our Lord “will raise it in three days” (Jn. 2:19; Lk 24:1-7).

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  2. Unlike friars who are active through retreat centers, parishes, and churches, Discalced Carmelite nuns live in cloistered (enclosed) monasteries and follow a completely contemplative life.
    Monasteries of Discalced Carmelite Nuns under the jurisdiction of the Province
    Barrington, Rhode Island
    Carmelite Monastery
    25 Watson Avenue
    Barrington, RI 02806-4009

    Tel: 401-245-3421
    Fax: 401-245-6872

    E-mail: barringtoncarmel@fullchannel.net

    Latrobe, Pennsylvania
    Carmel of the Assumption
    5206 Center Drive
    Latrobe, PA 15650-5204

    Tel: 724-539-1056
    Fax: 724-539-0752

    E-mail: contact@latrobecarmel.org

    Website: http://www.latrobecarmel.org

    Terre Haute, Indiana
    Carmelite Monastery
    59 Allendale
    Terre Haute, IN 47802-4751

    Tel: 812-299-1410
    Fax: 812-299-5820

    E-mail: carmelth@heartsawake.org

    Website: http://www.heartsawake.org

    Denmark, Wisconsin
    Carmelite Monastery
    6100 Pepper Road
    Denmark, WI 54208-9473

    Tel: 920-863-5055
    Fax: 920-863-3007

    E-mail: carmel@catholicfamilies.net

    Clinton Township, Michigan
    Monastery of St. Therese
    35750 Moravian Drive
    Clinton Twp, MI 48035

    Tel: 586-790-7255
    Fax: 586-790-7271

    E-mail: CarmelClintonTwp@aol.com

    Lowell, Vermont
    Monastery of St. Joseph
    386 Stephenson Road
    Lowell, VT 05847
    Phone: 802-744-2346

    Monasteries of Discalced Carmelite Nuns Under the Jurisdiction of the Order
    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    4300 Mount Carmel Drive NE
    Ada (Parnell), MI 49301-9784
    (616) 691-7625

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    1318 Dulaney Valley Road
    Baltimore, MD 21286-1399
    (410) 823-7415

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    265 Morrison Road
    Barre, VT 05641
    (802) 476-0454

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    25 Watson Avenue
    Barrington, RI 02806-4009
    (401) 245-3421

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    89 Hiddenbrooke Drive
    Beacon, NY 12508-3599
    (845) 831-5572/5579

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    61 Mount Pleasant Avenue
    Boston, MA 02119-3399 (Roxbutry)
    (617) 442-1411

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    3176 Fairmount Blvd
    Cleveland Hts, OH 44118-4199 (
    216) 321-6568

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    35750 Moravian Drive
    Clinton Township, MI 48035-2138
    (586) 790-7255

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    275 Pleasant Street
    Concord, NH 03301-2590
    (603) 225-5791

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    15 Mount Carmel Road
    Danvers, MA 01923-3796

    Carmels in Kenya Africa within the Washington Province Territory
    Carmelite Monastery
    Tindinyo
    PO Box 12
    Kaimiosi 12
    Kenya Africa

    Tel: 0326 2592

    Carmelite Monastery
    P.O. Box 269
    Kisii Kenya

    Tel: 0733-841.341

    Carmelite Monastery
    Mount Carmel Convent
    PO Box 40958
    Nairobi
    Kenya Africa

    Tel: 011 254-2 442 874
    Fax: 011 254 2 442 947
    Monasteries of Discalced Carmelite Nuns directly under the Apostolic See and within the boundaries of the Washington Province
    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    75 Carmel Road
    Buffalo, NY 14214-1098
    (716) 837-6499

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    1101 North River Road
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (847) 298-4241

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    510 East Gore Road
    Erie, PA 16509-3799
    (814) 825-0846

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    26 Harmony School Road
    Flemington, NJ 08822-0206
    (908) 782-4802

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    P 0 Box 397
    Iron Mountain, MI 49801-0397
    (906) 774-0561

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    8251 DeMontreville Tr.
    N. Lake Elmo, MN 55042-9547
    (651) 777-3882

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    189 Madison Avenue
    Morristown, NJ 07960-6101
    (973) 539-0773

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    1931 West Jefferson Road
    Pittsford, NY 14534-1041
    (716) 427-7094

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    428 Duane Avenue
    Schenectady, NY 12304-2691
    (518) 346-4752

    Discalced Carmelite Nuns
    3501 Silver Lake Road
    Traverse City, MI 49684-8949
    (231) 946-4960

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  3. Matthew 24 “let the reader understand” is better because When you solve the math in Daniel 12: 9-12 you can go solves the one in Revelation 11: 1 and you have Objectively proven the Anti-Christ is the Madhi (12th Imam) and that Jesus is absolutely the Son of God. “I can objectively prove God is God in any reasonable court of law.” Daniel 12: 3, 4.

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