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The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part II)

November 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

The Presentation of Mary in the Temple Part II Editor’s Note: For today’s memorial last year, we shared with you the first part of this reflection, which can be read by clicking here.  Today we continue Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s presentation from his work “The Glories of Mary”. When the holy company had arrived at the temple, the eager child turned to her parents, kneeling... Read More

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast

May 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary, Mercy

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast In this year of mercy, today’s feast, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invites us to appreciate Our Lady’s own understanding of God’s mercy.  By reflecting on Our Blessed Mother’s visitation to her cousin, Saint Elizabeth, the Virgin Mary, who is called “Mother of Mercy”, can help us understand God’s... Read More

Spouse of the Holy Spirit – Divine Intimacy Meditation

May 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Spirit, Mary

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Spouse of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to be called the Mother and Spouse” of God. She became the Mother of God because she was the Spouse of the Holy Spirit: “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the... Read More

The Growth of Charity in Mary

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The Growth of Charity in Mary   Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of fair love, teach me the secret of steady growth in charity. MEDITATION We must not think that the Blessed Virgin Mary was excused from all personal activity and progress because she had been established from the beginning in a higher degree of sanctity than that which even the greatest saint could ever hope to attain. Quite... Read More

Mary’s Faith – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Mary’s Faith Presence of God – O my Mother, show me how to have firm faith in God and how to entrust myself entirely to Him. MEDITATION Using St. Elizabeth’s words, the Church says in praise of Mary: “Blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord” (Luke 1:45). Great things indeed were to be accomplished in Mary; and... Read More

Our Mother – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Our Mother Presence of God – O Mary, since you are really my Mother, make me your true and worthy child. MEDITATION When she consented to become the Mother of the Son of God, Mary bound herself by very close bonds not only to the person of Jesus, but also to His work. She knew that the Savior was coming into the world to redeem the human race; hence, when she agreed to become His Mother, she also... Read More

Mary Our Guide and Model

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Mary Our Guide and Model   Presence of God – Under your protection I take refuge, O Mary; be the guide and model of my interior life. MEDITATION Month of May, month of Mary! The heart of every Christian turns spontaneously toward his heavenly Mother, with a desire to live in closer intimacy with her and to strengthen the sweet ties which bind him to her. It is a great comfort on our spiritual... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2 Although the Christmas season formally ended last month, this beautiful feast is the farthest extension of it.  In the early centuries, it was originally known as the Presentation of the Lord. Being observant Jews, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in humility and obedience, went in accord with Mosaic law to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate... Read More

The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part III of III)

December 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

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THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part III of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church Editor’s Note:  In Part I, St Bernard began his homily by reflecting on the Kingdom of David and the House of Jacob, over which the King of Kings would reign.  In Part II, St Bernard imagines what Mary must have been thinking when the angel greeted... Read More

The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part II of III)

December 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

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THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part II of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church   Editor’s Note: In Part I, St Bernard began his homily by reflecting on the Kingdom of David and the House of Jacob, over which the King of Kings would reign.  Today, St Bernard imagines what Mary must have been thinking when the angel greeted her,... Read More

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