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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 Name of Mary – Optional Memorial of the Holy Name of Mary

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

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O DULCIS VIRGO MARIA! Oh sweet Virgin Mary! How Sweet is the Name of Mary in Life and in Death* Optional Memorial of the Holy Name of Mary   THE great name of Mary…given to the divine mother, was not found on earth, neither was it invented by the mind or will of men, as were all other names in use among them; but, it came from heaven and was given to the Virgin by divine ordinance, as St.... Read More

Mary’s Hope – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Mary’s Hope Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of Good Hope, teach me the way of complete confidence in God. MEDITATION In the Magnificat, the canticle which burst forth from Mary’s heart when she visited her cousin Elizabeth, we find an expression which specially reveals Mary’s interior attitude. “My soul doth magnify the Lord … because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid”... Read More

Mary’s Humility – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Mary’s Humility   Presence of God – O Mary, humblest of all creatures, make me humble of heart. MEDITATION St. Bernard says: “It is not hard to be humble in a hidden life, but to remain so in the midst of honors is a truly rare and beautiful virtue.” The Blessed Virgin was certainly the woman whom God honored most highly, whom He raised above all other creatures; yet no creature was... 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

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

Questions on Prayer – Part 2

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Questions on Prayer Part 2 Dan and Melissa answer more listener questions on prayer (click here for part 1). They discuss the benefits of a spiritual community to one’s prayer life, some specific meditation practices, advice we can take from the Saints and Mystics, and much more in “Questions on Prayer Part 2”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is there something wrong with me... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

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The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to... 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

Who is St Januarius?

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

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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

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