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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

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

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Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother... 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 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

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

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

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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

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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

On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part II of II)

December 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

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On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part II of II) Advent Homily of St. Bernard of Clairvaux   Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at Isaiah’s prophecy of the sign given by God Himself: a virgin who will give birth to Emmanuel.  We also examined that, as opposed to Adam, Emmanuel would choose good and reject evil.  Today, we will look at St. Bernard’s interpretation... Read More

Presentation of Mary in the Temple (Part I)

November 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial

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Presentation of Mary in the Temple The offering which Mary made of herself to God was prompt, without delay; entire, without reserve. “THERE never has been, and there never will be, any offering of a pure creature greater and more perfect than that which Mary made to God, being yet only a child of three years, when she presented herself in the temple to offer him, not spices, nor calves, nor... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Feast of the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of God, deign to accept my humble homage and grant that I, too, may enjoy the blessed fruits of your maternity. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] we celebrate today honors Mary under her most beautiful title and in her most glorious prerogative: Mother of God. This title and... Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Mystical Rose

December 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Feast Days, Mary

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Mystical Rose The famous image and story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an important part of the history of the evangelization of the Americas – a continent evangelized more quickly than any other in all of Church history.  Mary appeared to a poor Indian [St. Juan Diego] with a message for the local bishop – that a church should... Read More

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