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The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Mary, Memorial

The Sorrowful Mother at the Cross* Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows The martyrdom of the Virgin is set forth both in the prophecy of Simeon and in the actual story of our Lord’s passion. The holy old man said of the infant Jesus: He has been established as a sign which will be contradicted [Luke 2:34]. He went on to say to Mary: And your own heart will be pierced by a sword [Luke 2:35]. Truly, O... 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

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

Spouse of the Holy Spirit – Divine Intimacy Meditation

May 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Spirit, Mary

Spouse of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to be called the Mother and Spouse” of God. She became the Mother of God because she was the Spouse of the Holy Spirit: “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the... Read More

Mary’s Faith – Divine Intimacy Meditation

Mary’s Faith Presence of God – O my Mother, show me how to have firm faith in God and how to entrust myself entirely to Him. MEDITATION Using St. Elizabeth’s words, the Church says in praise of Mary: “Blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord” (Luke 1:45). Great things indeed were to be accomplished in Mary; and... Read More

Mary Our Guide and Model

Mary Our Guide and Model   Presence of God – Under your protection I take refuge, O Mary; be the guide and model of my interior life. MEDITATION Month of May, month of Mary! The heart of every Christian turns spontaneously toward his heavenly Mother, with a desire to live in closer intimacy with her and to strengthen the sweet ties which bind him to her. It is a great comfort on our spiritual... Read More

Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me   Presence of God– O Jesus, obedient even unto the death of the Cross, teach us to follow Your example. MEDITATION Jesus said to the young man who was aspiring to perfection, “If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,”—the evangelical counsel of poverty — “and come follow Me” (Matthew 19:21)—the counsel of voluntary obedience, according... Read More

St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Humility, Lent, Pride

 St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we... 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

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 II of III)

December 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part II 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.  Today, St Bernard imagines what Mary must have been thinking when the angel greeted her,... 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

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

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