Sunday, May 31, 2020

Heavenly Dove

Heavenly Dove

Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove, Holy Spirit, Rest on us!

Blessed Pentecost!

Come, Holy Spirit! 
Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the Fire of Your Love.

As many of you know, every song has a story. This song was inspired by a friend, Josephine Kramer Lucci. She asked us, “Can you write a song to the Holy Spirit, as we see Him as a dove. Include what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are because I can never remember them or what they signify.” This was a challenge.

In preparing the lyrics and music, we pray first to receive guidance on how to proceed. We believe this is God’s work. He knows who will hear this song. He will use the song to touch people’s hearts.

We first had to name the Gifts, Wisdom, Knowledge, Counsel, Piety, Courage (Fortitude) and Fear of the Lord.  That was easy to find in the Baltimore Catechism. (Do you remember that straightforward book?) Now we wanted to make the definitions clear yet short so we could remember the essence of its meaning. Sometimes, we had to use an alternate word like “Courage” instead of Fortitude. Courage and strength are included in the meaning of Fortitude. It also work better with the music.

The refrain of “Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove, Holy Spirit, Rest on us,” was created for groups of people who would sing throughout the song when there was no lyrics available for everyone. We knew everyone would remember this. 

The lyrics for the 4 verses describe the Gifts with a short reflection to remember it. We also added a counter melody with the lyrics “Come, Holy Spirit, come, by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Your well beloved spouse.”  

Below are the complete lyrics of the song. The song is found on the CDs, “Songs of Inner Healing” and “Songs of Hope.”

This day, May the Holy Spirit fill us all with the Fire of His Love. Alleluia!

Heavenly Dove
(Isaiah 11: 1-3)

Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove, Holy Spirit, rest on us.

1. Spirit of Wisdom, Heavenly Dove, Come fill our minds.
Spirit of Truth, Heavenly Dove, Give us understanding.  (Chorus)

2. Spirit of Counsel, Heavenly Dove, Guide us in truth.
Spirit of Piety, Heavenly Dove, Enflame our hearts with Love. (Chorus)

3. Spirit of Knowledge, Heavenly Dove, Teach us Your Way.
Fear of the Lord, Heavenly Dove, Lead us to worship You.   (Chorus)

4. Spirit of Courage, Heavenly Dove, Strengthen our wills.
Spirit of Pow’r, Heavenly Dove, Send us in Your Holy Name.  (Chorus)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mother of America

This song video, “Mother of America," was composed in 2001 on Sept. 14th, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The United States of America did not have a national song to the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of our country like many other countries such as Fátima, Portugal and Lourdes, France.

We used the 3rd verse and the chorus to make this video. The complete song can be found on our CD, “Mother of America.”

It was especially important to us to compose this song to our Blessed Mother as our nation had just suffered from the attack upon our citizens on 9.11.2001 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. It was a time of great sorrow and fear of the future for everyone as the whole country came to a ‘STOP.’

We need to pray to our Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in these catastrophic times, then and now. Our Blessed Mother will come to comfort and console us but also help us to turn to our God if we have strayed. Prayer will see us through all difficulties and sadness as well as joys and peace. But we have the choice to pray and repent as a nation. “Let us stand together, one Nation, one Nation under God!

Mother of America
Music and Lyrics by
Maria C. French & Gloria E. Giannuzzi

1. America, the beautiful, my country ‘tis of Thee,
God blessed America, our home, the land of the brave and free.
The Mother of America, the Immaculate Conception,
Prays for her suffering children in peace and tribulation.

Let us stand together, One nation,
One nation under God.
In peace and tribulation
With faith and hope and love of God.

2. Attacked in peace with unbelief and lies that seem the truth
That draw us away from Life Itself to the way of sin and death.
But the Mother of America, The mirror of the Just,
Teaches her children Wisdom That in God we trust. (Chorus)

3. In tribulation we’re attacked
with violence and hate.
Yet in the womb and until death the violence is the same.
But the Mother of America, Who before God’s Throne she stands,
Weeps for the Holy Innocents and children of her land. (Chorus)

© 2001, 2005, 2013 RIA Music Ministry Inc

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Saints Never Complain

Thoughts and Sayings from St. John Vianney

Curé of Ars

Ars, France

"The saints never complain."

We also found a beautiful story from his life
in the book Cure of Ars:
"...a woman..told....Vianney that she was devastated because her husband had committed suicide. She wanted to approach the great priest but his line often lasted for hours and she could not reach him. She was ready to give up and in a moment of mystical insight that only a great saint can receive,...Vianney exclaimed through the crowd, “He is saved!” The woman was incredulous so the saint repeated, stressing each word, “I tell you he is saved. He is in Purgatory, and you must pray for him. Between the parapet of the bridge and the water he had time to make an act of contrition."

Sanctuaire (Shrine) D'Ars

Here are pictures of the Basilica in Ars from our pilgrimage to France in 2012

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Grace will move you

God evening!

We wanted to share two thoughts by one of our favorite writers, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. He was a Catholic priest spanning 60 years, evangelist who had his own radio show, "The Catholic Hour and is own TV show, "Life is Worth Living," and writer of many books. He is on his way to Sainthood (canonization process) in the Catholic Church having become "Venerable," with one approved miracle in which he will be called "Blessed." In the final stage he would require another miracle to be proclaimed "Saint."

The quote we wanted to share is:

"After your car is filled with gasoline, it will not drive itself.

Grace will move you

when you want it to move you,

And only when you let it move you."

- Venerable Fulton J Sheen

Friday, May 8, 2020

Two Hearts

Blessed Mother's Day!

The idea for this song came from the apparition of Our Blessed Mother to St. Catherine LaBouré in Paris, France on July 18, 1830. Our Lady described to her a medal that she was to have made. On one side was to be the image of Our Lady with the words, "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Numerous miracles have been granted to people who wear this medal and became known throughout the world as the "Miraculous Medal."

But when asked about what was on the back of the medal, no one knew the answer. That answer became the lyrics to this song.

We have used this song extensively on pilgrimages to Marian Shrines throughout the world. You will see many pictures of the Our Lord and Our Lady, the "Two Hearts." May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary bring you peace.

Two Hearts
(Miraculous Medal)

1. Sacred Heart of Jesus,Fire of Divine Love. (2x)
Sacred Heart of Flesh and Blood,Crowned with thorns. (2x)

Chorus: O purify my heart. (2x)

2. Holy Mother of God magnifies the Lord. (2x)
Mediatrix of all graces pierced with a sword. (2x)

Unite our hearts with the Two Hearts!
St. Joseph, be our guide!

3. Hearts of Jesus and Mary purify our hearts! (2x)

Music and Lyrics 
Maria C. French & Gloria E. Giannuzzi
Ria Music Ministry
©  1996, 2005 RIA Music Ministry Inc 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

A Prayer for Strength by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
A Prayer for Strength
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

My God,

fill my soul with joy, courage and strength to serve You.

Enkindle Your Love in me and then walk with me

along the next stretch of road before me.

I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived

where the horizon now closes down,

a new prospect will open before me,

and I shall meet it with peace.


Read more about St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross by clicking the link below

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