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Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mercy, Solemnity

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Mercy, Mary, and the Advent of Christ   Every sign of our times points to God doing something great and something new in the world. In practically every instance throughout the history of God’s people, God’s salvation does not come in the way people expect it. He uses the most unusual instruments at times, such as King Cyrus of Persia (an outsider of the Israelites, a Gentile), who liberated... Read More

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

Mother of a Seminarian

October 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Jo Flemings, Mary, Motherhood, Religious Life, Vocations

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Mother of a Seminarian I am not usually a girl’s girl. I have always faced something of a challenge in developing closer relationships with women. So, it is not much of a surprise that when I converted to Catholicism I found it harder to identify with Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, a few years into my conversion experience, about fourteen years ago, actually, God began answering my prayers about... 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

The Growth of Charity in Mary

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The Growth of Charity in Mary   Presence of God – O Mary, Mother of fair love, teach me the secret of steady growth in charity. MEDITATION We must not think that the Blessed Virgin Mary was excused from all personal activity and progress because she had been established from the beginning in a higher degree of sanctity than that which even the greatest saint could ever hope to attain. Quite... 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

Mary Our Guide and Model

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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

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

Greatest Mother: Happy Mother’s Day Mary!

May 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Mary, Motherhood, Praying Through Art

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 The Greatest Mother: Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Greatest Mother Our Blessed Mother is the highest honor of our race!  She has done so much for us in saying yes to God and His plan.  She has enabled our salvation by her fiat.  And, she continued to intercede for us every day.  She like mothers everywhere, she is very busy doing God’s work.  And, just like all good mothers, she takes... Read More

The Greatest Act of Human Freedom in History

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The Greatest Act of Human Freedom in History (Solemnity of the Annunciation) My favorite solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Annunciation. I have to admit, Fulton Sheen is the one who opened my eyes to this great mystery like no other. When one looks at the mystery of Mary from the perspective of any of her great dogmas – the Immaculate Conception, her Perpetual Virginity, her predestined... Read More

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