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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Transferred)

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Transferred) Presence of God— At your side, O Mary, I wish to learn how to repeat in every circumstance your “Ecce ancilla Domini!” Behold the handmaid of the Lord. MEDITATION Let us try, through the inspired narrative of St. Luke (Gospel: 1: 26-38), to enter into the dispositions of Mary’s soul at the time of the Annunciation. The Angel sent by God finds the Virgin recollected... Read More

Saints See Christ — Glory Truly Hidden

November 1, 2015 by  
Filed under All Saints, Anthony Lilles, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

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Saints See Christ – Glory Truly Hidden Someone once told me that the greatest tragedy in this life is not to become a saint.  But what does it mean to be holy?  The holy ones of God see his glory – not passively, but ardently and with initiative.  To this end, C.S. Lewis offers a beautiful reflection on the glory of the Lord which is a glory vere latitat, a glory truly hidden, accessible only to the life of faith,... Read More

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Born at Capernaum, St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, was working as a tax collector when he was called by Jesus. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew and is said to have preached in the East [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast of Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21), Liturgy of the Hours]. He was the son of Alpheus and is known as Levi in the gospels of Mark and Luke. Thus,... Read More

Solemnity of the Ascension 2015

May 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Ascension, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

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Solemnity of the Ascension 2015 Pope Benedict XVI taught in a 2009 homily on the Ascension, that this solemnity “invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Lord’s Ascension…[wherein] we [are] urged to fix our gaze on our Redeemer: who died ‘for sins once for all’ that he might bring us back to God, … [and who] ‘has gone into Heaven’ and is at the right hand of God ‘with... 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 time for us, listening to us,... Read More

Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

April 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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Feast of St Mark the Evangelist St Mark the Evangelist, copyright 2013 by Corbert Gauthier St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark’s gospel. Mark is said to be the founder of the church of Alexandria [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast of Mark, Evangelist (April... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not lose heart. This is the great... Read More

Holy Saturday 2015

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Holy Saturday “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 633, referencing the Council of Rome and Pope Benedict XII)   “Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden, we read in an ancient Homily: ‘What has happened? Today the earth is shrouded in deep silence,... Read More

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

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This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a milestone in the life of Christ and our Christian story. As an adult, Jesus lost none of that child-like trust in the Father. He who was like us in all things but sin, having taken on himself the weight of human sin, humbled Himself to be baptized. He did not need to do this, but, like everything else He did and does, He did it out of love for us and for the Father. Humility draws God:... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God — O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition by making it the object of a... Read More

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