My wife and I were blessed to be able to attend the Catholic New Media Celebration in Boston. We made it to the CNMC only after putting our names on the waiting list; Although we hoped to get in we did not expect it. We attended both the Friday meet and greet and the full day celebration on Saturday. While reflecting on our weekend I noticed a Marian thread woven through the weekend.
On Friday we were able to meet many of our favorite podcasters and many other new voices. Among the new voices we met were Brother Roderick and Brother Didymus Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. They have a website, Air Maria, that uses various media to preach the faith. According to their website their charism is founded on the spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe, which is both Franciscan and Marian. Everyone we met was very friendly and there was a real sense of Joy in the room. This Joy would carry over into Saturday.
On Saturday we arrived at the pastoral center of the Arch Diocese of Boston. As we were entering the building we met Father Kevin Manion Director of The Friends of Father Aloysius. We gave him a ride back into Boston to pick up some material he left in his hotel room for his display table. On the way we learned a little about Father Aloysius. Father Kevin shared that he once asked Father Aloysius how to pray and he recently uncovered a letter from Father Aloysius where he recommended the books: “The Mystical City of God” written by the Venerable Mary of Agreda and “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis DeMontfort. On our trip we also prayed the Rosary and the Angelus.
We arrived back at the conference in time for the first keynote. We were also surprised to find our new pastor was also in attendance and was very excited about the idea of creating a podcast for our parish (Holy Family). During the day my wife attended the blogger track and I attended the podcaster track. We both came home with a lot of new information and many new contacts. Here are a few sites you may want to explore:
Sister Anne Joan Flanagan of Nunblog: http://romans8v29.blogspot.com/
Father Jim Tucker and the Koala from New Jersey: http://www.catholiccreativity.net/
Lino Rulli of The Catholic Guy radio show: http://www.linorulli.com/Lino_Rulli/Home.html
Pat Padley of In Between Sundays: http://inbetweensundays.com/
Sean and Nancy McGaughey of Catholic Roundup: http://www.cc.ductapeguy.net/
Bo and Stacey Govea creators of 102030Go: http://www.102030go.com/index.html
This week I want to close with the Hail Mary or Ave Maria (Latin). The Hail Mary has its origins in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 1. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia The Hail Mary as an accepted devotional formula can be traced back as far as 1050. In its early form the prayer only included the greetings of the Angel Gabriel and the greeting from St. Elizabeth (Luke 1). It is in the 13th century that the addition of the Holy Name of Jesus is added. The petition was added some time later following the Reformation. I pray that Mary the Most Holy Theotokos and Mother of the Church will continue to pray for us. May we follow her example in our response to God and remember her words at the wedding in Cana, “Do whatever He tells you.”
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.