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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

In Praise of Gentleness

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Gentleness, Liz Estler, Mercy, Spiritual Direction

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In Praise of Gentleness from a text written by St Ambrose Has anyone asked for your mercy yet during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy?  No?  Then, perhaps a meditative reading of St. Ambrose’s words here may help engender the kind of demeanor in us, which might inspire them to do so. St. Ambrose, who lived in the 4th century, and who baptized St. Augustine, is one of the original Doctors... Read More

Vanity of the World

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VANITY OF THE WORLD “What doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” Matthew 16:26 An ancient philosopher, called Aristippus, was once shipwrecked, and lost all his goods. When he reached the shore, the people, through respect for his great learning, presented him with an equivalent of all he had lost. He wrote to his friends, exhorting them... Read More

Peace of the Just at Death

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PEACE OF THE JUST AT DEATH “The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die…but they are in peace.” Wisdom 3:1-2a, 3b The souls of the just are in the hands of God. If God holds fast in his hands the souls of the just, who can snatch them from him? It is true that hell does not cease to tempt... Read More

Death of the Just

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DEATH OF THE JUST “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 Considered according to the senses, death excites fear and terror; but, viewed with the eyes of faith, it is consoling and desirable. To sinners it appears full of terror; but to the saints it is amiable and precious. “It is precious,” says St. Bernard, “as the end of labors,... Read More

The Most Holy Name of Mary (Optional Memorial)

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Mary, Meditations

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The Most Holy Name of Mary O Dulcis Virgo Maria O Sweet Virgin Mary! How Sweet is the Name of Mary in Life and in Death “The great name of Mary, which was 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 that are in use among them; but it came from heaven, and was given to the Virgin by divine ordinance, as St. Jerome,... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Presence of God— O Lord, grant that the [Solemnity] of these Apostles may strengthen my faith and my fidelity to the Church. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Princes of the Church, awakens in our souls a greater love for the Church and for our Holy Father the Pope. The liturgy today gives the place of honor to St. Peter,... Read More

Prayer and Orthodoxy

July 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Creed, Prayer

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Prayer and Orthodoxy Dan Burke recently began posting a three part response, in the National Catholic Register, to a question about false teaching on prayer.  The question was how do we know when a teaching is false. The answer is not easy, but even in the very first part of his answer, Dan gets us pointed in the right direction.  He identifies two key problems: one of collapsing the different expressions... Read More

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