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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 kissed their hands, and... Read More

Mary, Teach Us How to Pray

October 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary

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 Mary, Teach Us How to Pray   Many times we cry out in the midst of interior and exterior trials, “Dearest Mother, help me!” When the world is in crisis, the Church cries out: “Mary, our Mother, help us!” What has been her response? The answer given to St. Dominic (early 13th century) against the radical and militant heretics of his time, the answer spoken through Pope St. Pius V during the famous Moslem battle of... Read More

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

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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 blessed Mother, a sword has pierced... 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. Jerome and others attest. “From... Read More

On the Queenship of Mary

August 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

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On the Queenship of Mary Memorial of the Queenship of Mary In 1954, Venerable Pope Pius XII formally promulgated the memorial of the Queenship of Mary with his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (Queen of Heaven). It was initially celebrated on May 31st but subsequently transferred to August 22nd, seven days after the Solemnity of the Assumption. In this encyclical, Pope Pius set down in writing what had long been part of our Catholic... Read More

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer

August 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Memorial, Prayer

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Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer A Summary Memorial of Saint Dominic Editor’s Note: On this liturgical memorial of Saint Dominic (ca 1170-1221), who founded the order of Preachers, we bring you a short summary of Saint Dominic’s famous “Nine Ways of Prayer.” As Pope Benedict XVI said in a General Audience in 2012, St. Dominic himself: “left no writings on prayer, but the Dominican tradition... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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Actions speak louder than words   Editor’s Note: For so many of us, St Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon, Portugal towards the end of the 12th century, is the go-to saint for finding lost things or people. He was initially an Augustinian, but spent most of his monastic life as a Franciscan, making his way to Italy where he was an itinerant preacher, or mendicant, on fire for the Gospel.  His actions did, indeed,... 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 being directed toward God,... 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 talents of gold, but her whole... Read More

St Therese: To My Angel Guardian

October 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Memorial, Poetry, Prayer

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TO MY ANGEL GUARDIAN A Poem by St Thérèse of Lisieux Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels October 2nd O glorious guardian of my frame! In heaven’s high courts thou shinest bright, As some most pure and holy flame, Before the Lord of endless light. Yet for my sake thou com’st to earth, To be my brother, Angel dear: My friend and keeper from my birth, By day and night to me most near.   Knowing how weak a child am... Read More

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