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Mary, Mother of the Church

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church   Pope Francis very recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed Mother under the title: Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae). Fittingly, this memorial will take place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. The decree was signed on February 11th (the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) and released this past Saturday,... Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

December 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family, Feast Days, Prayer

Feast of the Holy Family Nazareth, a model* Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ's life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God's Son came to be known, profound yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually, we may even learn to imitate him. Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here... Read More

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part I of II

Why Communion on the Tongue? Part I of II Editor's Note: Today we are pleased to introduce to you Christopher Carstens, Editor of the Adoremus Bulletin, and a wonderful addition to the cadre of authors on our site.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home.  + Christopher Carstens The “Sacrament of Unity,” the Eucharist, demonstrates great diversity. In its celebration, ritual families... Read More

Intimacy and Evangelizing — A Heart for Evangelizing

Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Avila Professor, and Dan Burke (who also teaches at the Avila Institute!) Editor's Note: Dan Burke says that Dr. Joseph Hollcraft “reveals that the advance of the Kingdom of God must begin first within our own hearts and then extend to those around us. Without this inner work of conversion and union with God, our efforts will yield far less than we would desire.” Professor... Read More

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   In today's solemnity (which was celebrated last Thursday, May 26th in some locations), we honor the most holy Body and Blood of Christ. This feast was promoted by St. Juliana of Liège (also known as St. Juliana of Cornillon), who lived between 1191/2 and 1258, an Augustinian nun in charge of a leper colony. Jesus appeared... Read More

Praying the Clausular Rosary on Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary

Praying the Clausular Rosary on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows “Let us adore Christ, the Savior of the world, who called his mother to share in his passion.” – Liturgy of the Hours Last year when this solemn memorial emerged I was unprepared. The Liturgy of the Hours helped me to enter into the memorial a bit but I felt like I needed it to permeate my day. I remembered, years... Read More

The Month of Our Blessed Lady

May 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary

The Month of Our Blessed Lady May is one of my favorite months. The budding of new flowers, longer periods of daylight, the warmth of Spring and the joy of singing the Regina Caeli. All very welcome, especially when one lives in the mountains. But there is one very special reason I love the month of May. It is the month of Mary, who gives all those characteristics of Spring a deeper significance. Speaking... Read More

St Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Saints and Blesseds

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity and True Friend of Christ This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends . . . This I command you, to love one another. (John 15:12-13, 17) These words of Christ come during his farewell discourse to His Apostles on Holy Thursday, immediately before He embraces... Read More