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Mary, Teach Us How to Pray

October 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary


 Mary, Teach Us How to Pray   Many times we cry out in the midst of interior and exterior trials, “Dearest Mother, help me!” When the world is in crisis, the Church cries out: “Mary, our Mother, help us!” What has been her response? The answer given to St. Dominic (early 13th century) against the radical and militant heretics of his time, the answer spoken through Pope St. Pius V during... Read More

On the Queenship of Mary

August 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial


On the Queenship of Mary Memorial of the Queenship of Mary In 1954, Venerable Pope Pius XII formally promulgated the memorial of the Queenship of Mary with his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (Queen of Heaven). It was initially celebrated on May 31st but subsequently transferred to August 22nd, seven days after the Solemnity of the Assumption. In this encyclical, Pope Pius set down in writing what had... Read More

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer

August 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Memorial, Prayer


Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer A Summary Memorial of Saint Dominic Editor’s Note: On this liturgical memorial of Saint Dominic (ca 1170-1221), who founded the order of Preachers, we bring you a short summary of Saint Dominic’s famous “Nine Ways of Prayer.” As Pope Benedict XVI said in a General Audience in 2012, St. Dominic himself: “left no writings on prayer,... Read More

Elements of Christ’s Memorial

August 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Life of Christ (Week 17 of 27) To be honest, I’ve never given much thought to the why of bread and wine for Mass. Why do we use bread and not olives or hummus or crackers? Why do we use wine and not water or milk or beer? Leave it to Fulton Sheen to smack me across the head with an explanation that not only explains it beautifully, but that also inspires further reflection. I’ll... Read More

Mary Stored Up All These Things in Her Heart

June 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial

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Mary Stored Up All These Things in Her Heart* Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary As Mary contemplated all she had come to know through reading, listening, and observing, she grew in faith, increased in merits, and was more illuminated by wisdom and more consumed by the fire of charity. The heavenly mysteries were opened to her, and she was filled with joy; she became fruitful by the Spirit, was... Read More

St Therese: To My Angel Guardian


TO MY ANGEL GUARDIAN A Poem by St Thérèse of Lisieux Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels October 2nd O glorious guardian of my frame! In heaven’s high courts thou shinest bright, As some most pure and holy flame, Before the Lord of endless light. Yet for my sake thou com’st to earth, To be my brother, Angel dear: My friend and keeper from my birth, By day and night to me most near.   Knowing... Read More

Who is St Januarius?

September 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage


Today is the feast of St Januarius, also known as San Gennaro.  The streets of Little Italy in New York City are filled with festival goers, eating Italian foods and all sorts of yummy things. Do you think if you stopped any one of these party-goers on the street and asked them who San Gennaro is and why a whole day is dedicated to his memory… would they know? Maybe. Maybe not. But hey!... Read More

Praying the Clausular Rosary on Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary


Praying the Clausular Rosary on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows “Let us adore Christ, the Savior of the world, who called his mother to share in his passion.” – Liturgy of the Hours Last year when this solemn memorial emerged I was unprepared. The Liturgy of the Hours helped me to enter into the memorial a bit but I felt like I needed it to permeate my day. I remembered, years... Read More

Mary, Ark of Salvation – “Last Call! All Aboard!”

September 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial


Mary, Ark of Salvation – “Last Call! All Aboard!” Global stock markets beginning to crash, Christian persecution on the rise, the moral cache of western civilization bankrupt, totalitarianism under all forms is on the rise, the God-created institutions of marriage and family under all-out assault, Planned Parenthood’s horrendous evils finally being exposed, the war on truth and reality shifting... Read More

Celebrating the Ruins of A King

August 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage


Recently, on a trip to Jordan, I had the opportunity to visit Mukawir, the ruins of what was once called Machaerus, the mighty fortress where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist for about 2 years, then had him beheaded. Mukawir in the foreground with the Dead Sea in the distance There isn’t much to see at Mukawir but some ruins amidst the rocks and scattered bushes. Still, I highly recommend... Read More

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