Carols for Christmas Booklet

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming!  Carols for Christmas Circling around the tree, we would begin to sing Christmas Carols. It was a mixture of genuine joy; of pure joy; I dare say, of virginal joy. This joy gave something that I do not know how to express, but it was the idea of…

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Carols for Christmas VI

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming! Carols for Christmas The joy of Christmas! It was intense, calm, sweet, elevated, bringing “order” and “equilibrium”! Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Still, Still, Still Still, Still, Still is a lullaby for the Infant Jesus that originated in Austria. Sign up to receive email updates and the Christmas Carol Book!…

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Carols for Christmas V

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming!  Carols for Christmas As Christmas approached, everything was taken by a certain peace and recollection. It was something that my soul felt, like a whisper coming from on high, more eloquent than any discourse, an invitation to no longer pay attention to other things. It seemed to me…

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Carols for Christmas IV

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming!  Carols for Christmas IV The Holy Family provided a cave for their Son’s first abode and a manger for His cradle. But this Son is the Incarnate Word Himself, for whose birth the night is illuminated, Heaven is opened and the Angels sing, and for Whom, from the…

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Carols for Christmas III

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming!  Carols for Christmas III We are held by Our Lady like the Child Jesus: carried in her arms. This is what She does with our souls: She leads us and directs us to the highest pinnacles of the spiritual life, but it is She who is carrying us…

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Carols for Christmas II

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming!  Carols for Christmas II Christmas has this special privilege: it interrupts time. Someone may be in a state of distress, but Christmas arrives and an opening appears in the wall: misfortunes and tears are on one side of the wall, but the bells ring out on the other side;…

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Carols for Christmas – the Perfect Gift for the Divine Infant!

What a beautiful gift for the Christ Child—to learn new carols before Christmas to help make this the most special and grace filled Christmas—whether you live alone or can gather your family together to prepare your hearts for His coming!  Carols for Christmas The scene that is most harmonious with the blessings of Christmas is the one framed and adorned with snow. It speaks to us of innocence without stain, of pure and virginal beauty that has the ability to enchant our eyes and hearts.Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira…

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A Gift from Dona Lucilia

A Message from one of our Book Study Participants Salve Maria! It is with a lot of  joy that I will now tell you about a great gift that I received through the hands of Dona Lucilia on the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. We have the grace of having a daughter in the II Order of the Heralds, and  and it was she who called us one day to invite us to a meeting of  parents that would happen in May, but because our financial situation…

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“I decided to implore Dona Lucilia’s intercession”

Problems that arise in a friendship, sudden illnesses, difficulties in paying the rent… Various favours have been obtained through the intercession of Dona Lucilia, a loving mother who does not abandon those who turn to her in their daily lives. During her earthly life, Dona Lucilia always showed compassion for her neighbour by earnestly seeking to resolve the problems of anyone who turned to her. Today, from eternity, she continues to be a tireless protector of those most in need of help.One only needs to place a problem in…

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Preparing the children for First Holy Communion – November 19, 1917

Mama was the Beacon Preparing the children for First Holy Communion The years were passing by, the children were maturing, and it was almost time for them to make their First Holy Communion. The atmosphere of authentic piety and ardent faith that Dona Lucilia created at home was the best preparation that there could be. Her overflowing kindness helped the youngsters understand that Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who had shed all of His Precious Blood for the salvation of souls, loved them infinitely more than even their own…

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Week 26

Chapter 10, Part 1: Pages 384 - 399 Our Preparation for the Tempest: 3 Questions to Ponder https://youtu.be/coPzjv4tq-0 Week 26 Questions Question 1 How very prophetic Dr. Plinio’s words in the 1920 letter to his friend are. Ten years before its outbreak, he talks of the inevitability of a world war in which the “putrefaction” of the “sad twentieth century” will reach its climax. He foresees the rising of the worst elements in society and the persecution of the Church. What Dr. Plinio calls the ‘sad twentieth century” is a…

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Week 25

Chapter 9: Pages 371 – 383 7 Suave and Subtle Counter-Revolutionary Responses https://youtu.be/e7D-mjMUKqEWeek 25 QuestionsQuestion 1Dr. Plinio became aware that a stray cat and her kittens were residing in the backyard.  seeing this as a mere nuisance, in his usual decisive way, he directed the maid to  "Get a broom or a garden hose and expel them from the yard."   "Ah, the poor thing. . ." Dona Lucilia responded.  "Don't do that."In reply to his perfect reasoning as to why he saw this as an acceptable solution, she…

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Serenity in Face of the Worst Tragedies
Da. Clara com suas filhas, em convalescença - Foto: Reprodução

Serenity in Face of the Worst Tragedies

In the midst of the dramas and difficulties of life on this earth, more and more people are turning to Dona Lucilia’s generous intervention. And they write to tell us of her consoling assistance. Attracted by the serenity that so characterized Dona Lucilia’s innocent soul, many write to tell us of the graces obtained through her intercession, emphasizing this lady’s unfailing and resourceful protection in seemingly hopeless situations. Besides successfully overcoming difficulties, a common factor in all the benefits attributed to her intercession is the peace with which the…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part X

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part X Here is the "Tenth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's New Insights on the Gospels that complements this commandment and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first eight commandments visit the blog index:  Tenth Commandment Choose a good priest — a good priest who will know how to help your child in his or her difficulties of…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part IX

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part IX Here is the "Ninth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first eight commandments visit the blog index:  Ninth Commandment Help each child to love the Eucharist and be devoted to Mary because it is…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part VIII

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VIII Here is the "Eighth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video to illustrate the principle further. For the first seven commandments visit the blog index: Eighth Commandment A child should never be punished or scolded when a parent is upset or angry. In the Heralds we…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part VII

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VII Here is the "Seventh Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first six commandments visit the blog index:  Seventh Commandment Never deceive your children to get out of a tight situation. Therefore, you should not mislead…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part VI

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part VI Here is the "Sixth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first five commandments visit the blog index:  Sixth Commandment Do not provoke your children to anger (Eph. 6:4). To provoke the anger of children is not…

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Week 24

Chapter 9 - Part 3: Pages 356-371 True Friendship vs. False Friendship https://youtu.be/J-kQDA2NOPg Week 24 Questions Question 1 The Author, Msgr. Joao Cla, describes the relationship between Dona Lucilia and her son, Dr. Plinio, in this way: "Unless seen with eyes of Faith, it may be difficult to comprehend this closeness and union of soul between mother and son. It was the fruit of an ardent love of God, which led them to admire one another's supernatural virtues - gifts of Providence." It seems that Msgr. Joao intends by…

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Week 23

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Chapter 9 - Part 2: Pages 344 - 356 Reaction to Stressful Trials https://youtu.be/kFx3xpYlXIsWeek 23 QuestionsQuestion 1At the death of Dona Gabriela, Dona Lucilia "... although filled with sorrow … did not flee from the onerous duty of receiving the condolences of friends... siblings and close relatives ... "She has expanded so much as a person since, at the time of the death of her father she was unable to face these duties.What was the source of her consolation, and…

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