Ave Maria Living

Life in the town of Ave Maria, Florida. News & information for residents & visitors.

Angelic inspiration from Father Fessio’s anti-blog

Angel of SilesiaNot a few of us miss that great Jesuit and AMU co-founder, Father Joseph Fessio, the founder of publisher Ignatius Press. Back when he lived here in Ave Maria, he came to the house for dinner and gave us a book, The Grain of Wheat, a collection of aphorisms by the great theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. The book’s short thoughtful sentences – each one a complete thought – made my prayer time extremely fruitful. They offer a sublime concision.

Now Father Fessio has a new project that he calls his anti-blog. These are the two reasons he calls it an anti-blog:

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Great News: Scanlon new athletic & formation director at Donahue Catholic

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Two sources have confirmed that beloved Shamrock football coach Rich Scanlon has been hired by Donahue Catholic as its Director of Athletics, Director of Formation, and Physical Education Instructor. Last week Coach Read the rest of this entry »

Sunset carriage ride in Ave Maria

A friend whose home overlooks Annunciation Circle posted this amazing photo and its caption on social media. She gave me permission to share it here. Thanks, MR!

Update: You might be able to arrange a similar ride by contacting Ave Maria’s own equestrian center, The Stable Life.

A beautiful evening here in Ave. A family is taking a carriage ride through the town of Ave and enjoying the sunset.

A beautiful evening here in Ave. A family is taking a carriage ride through the town of Ave and enjoying the sunset.

 

Typical Saturday in Ave Maria: cappuccino, Mass, little league, rugby, confession, brewing beer, etc.

Many people arrive at this blog by googling terms such as “what is Ave Maria really like”. This post tries to give some insight by sharing what a typical Saturday looks like for an Ave Maria family. These are some of the things members of my family did yesterday: walked to adoration and morning Mass, made cappuccino for a neighbor, biked to the little league game, walked to church to make First Confession, biked to Brewing IPA in Ave Marialocal ice cream shop to celebrate, walked across the street to play/watch rugby matches, biked to neighbor’s porch to brew (and consume) India pale ale, visited grandmother down the street who just got home from hip replacement (and arranged to have pastor bring Holy Communion to her on Sunday), High School Rugby in Ave Maria - Papistswatched toddler of a young couple who had a date night, brought guitar to neighbor for restringing, walked over to a praise festival at the university, and walked to the Catholic school to play organized games at the gym. I’m sure I only left out a dozen other things.

Afternoon pilgrimage with Mother Teresa: “If there are poor on the moon we will go there”

Mother Teresa as a young woman

I had wanted to see the new Mother Teresa exhibit in Ave Maria since it opened on April 2. After some good news at work, I walked downstairs and headed down the block toward the exhibit to make an act of thanksgiving to God. And I am so glad I did. The exhibit was very moving. For anyone who felt Mother’s absence when she left this world it will be hard not to well up with emotion at every information panel in the exhibit.

Mother Teresa Exhibit 2.1 Mother Teresa Exhibit 7.2 Mother Teresa Exhibit 14.1

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Palm Sunday with Fr. McTeigue: History might not repeat itself but it rhymes

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The readings for today’s Mass for Palm Sunday, which focus on the Lord’s Passion, were the inspiration for this homily given by Father Robert McTeigue, SJ, a homilist par excellence who teaches Philosophy at Ave Maria University and preaches almost every day to the students and parishioners of Ave Maria:

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Throwback Saturday: Oratory dedication 2008

It was a great day! Click image below for full story (it’s short but worth a read). Can you find the two references to AMU’ s two mottos?

bishop dewane dedicates ave maria Oratory 2008

This was written when Bishop Dewane dedicated the Ave Maria Oratory in 2008

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Click thumbnails to go to Naples Daily News coverage.

Click here for the video.

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