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Are Action and Contemplation Mutually Exclusive?

Many believe that action and contemplation are mutually exclusive efforts. Some argue that a prayerful life is an escape from the difficult effort of loving service. Others argue that the apostolic life lacks a certain depth and devotion to the Lord. Yet the greatest mystics never saw a tension between apostolic service and contemplative prayer — for them, it would be impossible to have one without... Read More

What Mary Does for Priests

September 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Prayer, Prayers, Priests

What Mary Does for Priests   Most people are aware that Pope John Paul II credited Mary’s intercession for sparing his life when four bullets from a would-be assassin struck him while he was blessing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. A year to the day later, the pope placed one of those bullets in Mary’s crown at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal. This leaves little... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Editor's Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your meditation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,”... Read More

The Beads and Repetition of the Rosary

May 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Beads and Repetition of the Rosary We should begin with what is most obvious in the Rosary. An aid is used in this prayer: a string or a chain of beads. Some of these beads are larger or are marked apart from the others by a greater distance. Ten smaller beads follow a larger one and form a decade. The whole chain has five such decades. The decades taken together are preceded by a sort of preface,... Read More

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary

May 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

If You Want Peace in Your Life, Pray the Rosary   Editor's Note: Today is the first memorial of “Mary, Mother of the Church” as prescribed by Pope Francis earlier this year. Dr. Peter Howard makes a strong case for doing what “Mary, Mother of the Church” told us to do at Fatima: Pray the Rosary! This is probably my tenth revision of this blog post. With it being the month... Read More

The Journey to Bethlehem

December 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Charlie McKinney, Christmas

The days of Mary’s expectation were gradually nearing their fulfillment. Then there went forth throughout the land a decree of the Roman emperor Augustus that all the subjected kingdoms, which included the Jewish provinces, should be enrolled together with their inhabitants. The census was carried out by Herod agreeably to the ancient custom according to tribes, houses, and families, each head of... Read More

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part III)

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial

The Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple (Part III) Editor's Note: This third part of the “Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple” concludes our series for this celebration from the “Glories of Mary” by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Doctor of the Church. You may read the entire series by clicking here to begin with part one and clicking here to continue reading... Read More

Lingering on Mary in the Rosary

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

The life of Mary, as the Gospel tells it, is as humanly true as it can possibly be, but in this human quality it is filled with a mystery of divine communion and love, the depth of which is unfathomable. The Rosary points in this direction. Jesus is the substance of Mary’s life, just as the child is the lifeblood of its mother, for whom it is the one and all. But, at the same time, He is also her... Read More

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mary, Spiritual Reading

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

Love gives new life to the heart. By its nature, the heart lives for itself; when it is struck by love, it begins a new life for the one it loves. So the Blessed Virgin lived by the strength of her love. Her condition was one of mortal sorrow, a crucifying sorrow, and, amid this sorrow, she lived by love. She always kept before her eyes Jesus Christ crucified. For the efficacy of faith is such that,... Read More

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth... Read More

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