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The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Mary, Memorial

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The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross* Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows The martyrdom of the Virgin is set forth both in the prophecy of Simeon and in the actual story of our Lord’s passion. The holy old man said of the infant Jesus: He has been established as a sign which will be contradicted [Luke 2:34]. He went on to say to Mary: And your own heart will be pierced by a sword [Luke 2:35]. Truly, O... Read More

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Solemnity

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On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From a Sermon by St. John Damascene Editor’s Note: Although the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother was promulgated less than 75 years ago (1950), and is relatively new to those teachings which we, as Catholics, owe the assent of faith to, this excerpt from one of Saint John Damascene’s homilies on the Assumption (from around the... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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Actions speak louder than words   Editor’s Note: For so many of us, St Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon, Portugal towards the end of the 12th century, is the go-to saint for finding lost things or people. He was initially an Augustinian, but spent most of his monastic life as a Franciscan, making his way to Italy where he was an itinerant preacher, or mendicant, on fire for the Gospel. ... Read More

The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World

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The Divine Plan for the World: A Mirror for the Spiritual World* Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem Doctor of the Church   Lord, shed upon our darkened souls the brilliant light of your wisdom so that we may be enlightened and serve you with renewed purity. Sunrise marks the hour for men to begin their toil, but in our souls, Lord, prepare a dwelling for the day that will never end. Grant that... Read More

Making the Stations of the Cross Worthwhile, Courtesy of St Alphonsus Liguori

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Making the Stations of the Cross Worthwhile, Courtesy of St Alphonsus Liguori   Have you ever done the Stations of the Cross, but thought perhaps you had been reading an airline flight schedule? There are odd versions of the Stations out there. Whether they’re disjointed, sappy, or downright heterodox, some booklets have caused people to think of the Stations of the Cross as not being worthwhile.... 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

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

December 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

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THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part I of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church Who doubts that the praises we give to the Mother of God redound to the honour of the Son of God; and, in like manner, that in honouring the Son we are also honouring the Mother? For if, according to Solomon, “A wise son is the glory of the father”... Read More

On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (III/III)

December 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

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On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (Part III of III) (from the Advent Homilies of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church) * Advent’s Fifth and Sixth Circumstances Editor’s Note:  We began, in part one, to look at Advent’s first circumstance.  In part II, we examined the second, third and fourth circumstances of Advent.  Today, we’ll conclude our... Read More

On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (II/III)

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

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On the Advent of Our Lord and Its Six Circumstances (Part II of III) (from the Advent Homilies of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church) * Advent’s Second, Third and Fourth Circumstances Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at the first of the six circumstances of Advent.  Today we will continue our examination, by looking at Advent’s second, third and fourth circumstances. * Circumstances... Read More

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