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Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mercy, Solemnity

Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ   Every sign of our times points to God doing something great and something new in the world. In practically every instance throughout the history of God’s people, God’s salvation does not come in the way people expect it. He uses the most unusual instruments at times, such as King Cyrus of Persia (an outsider of the Israelites, a Gentile), who liberated... Read More

A Declaration of Dependence

A Declaration of Dependence Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adams, 2nd President of the United States Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans! Recently, I spoke at a diocesan event in the heart of Fulton Sheen land, Peoria, Illinois. One of the talks was on Fulton Sheen’s Way to Happiness. At first hearing,... Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

December 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Feast Days, Mary

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization “The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.” These words of Venerable Fulton Sheen echoed across the radio waves back in 1947 when he spoke about the effects of communism on modern womanhood and the decision our age must make whether or not it will accept the gift of woman, which produces the strongest societies, or reject... Read More

December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family!

December 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Solemnity

December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family! Have you ever wondered the peculiar “coincidence” that the beginning and end of World War II began and ended on the two great Marian feasts that bookend Mary’s role in Salvation History? On the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 December 1941, the United States endured the “surprise” attack... Read More

Mary, Advent of Christ

December 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary

Mary, Advent of Christ Is it mere coincidence that the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception during Advent? Not if the Holy Spirit has anything to do with it (hint: He does). Moreover, is it mere coincidence that God should send Mary to the geographic center of the Americas to establish a beachhead in the pagan New World, in the West, on a day on which the Immaculate Conception... Read More

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 8th Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Mary Immaculate, my loving Mother, and listen to her invitation: “Come over to me all you who desire me, and I will declare to you what great things God has done for my soul” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Transferred)

December 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After having cursed the insidious... Read More

Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

December 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Immaculate Conception by Peter Paul Rubens The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Mary, crowned with living light, Temple of the Lord, Place of peace and holiness, Shelter of the Word. Mystery of sinless life In our fallen race, Free from shadow, you reflect Plenitude of grace. Virgin-Mother of our God, Lift us when we fall, ... Read More

Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

December 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary

Come let us celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; Let us Worship her Son, Christ the Lord! Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Solemnity Mary Immaculate, star of the morning, Chosen before the creation began, Chosen to bring, for thy bridal adorning, Woe to the serpent and rescue to man. Here in an orbit of shadow and sadness, Veiling thy splendor, thy course thou hast run; Now... Read More

Mary, Mother of the Son – Book Recommendation

One of the greatest barriers to my conversion to Catholicism was Marian tradition. To be clear, it wasn’t Mary herself, it was common practice and teaching about Mary that was difficult for me to stomach. As recently as this summer I still had unresolved internal tensions regarding these traditions and my own daily commitment to properly honor her. I was still stuck between my protestant past... Read More

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