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Why Catholics Honor Mary

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Why Catholics Honor Mary All relationships, of course, are a two-way street. They require something from us — phone calls and visits, acts of thoughtfulness, time spent together. They demand that that we give something of ourselves to the other. In our relationship with Mary, she helps give new life to our souls, prays for us, and provides us with what we need to grow in grace. In return, she deserves... Read More

Mary’s Motherhood in the Order of Grace

January 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God The Virgin Mary, who at the message of the angel received the Word of God in her heart and in her body and gave Life to the world, is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer. Redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son and united to him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed... Read More

The Mother of God

The Mother of God   Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Incarnate... Read More

Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother

January 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Mary, Solemnity

Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother Contemplating Our Lady as mother of Jesus when He was an infant and little boy, it is easy to imagine her doing all the things mothers do for their children – singing Him to sleep, kissing a skinned knee if He fell while at play, holding His hands helping Him to balance as He was first learning to walk. Such things she surely must have done throughout... Read More

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother... Read More

The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part III of III)

December 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSEDVIRGIN'S CONSENT (Part III of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church Editor's Note:  In Part I, St Bernard began his homily by reflecting on the Kingdom of David and the House of Jacob, over which the King of Kings would reign.  In Part II, St Bernard imagines what Mary must have been thinking when the angel greeted her and told... Read More

The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part I of III)

December 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations

THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN'S CONSENT (Part I of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church Who doubts that the praises we give to the Mother of God redound to the honour of the Son of God; and, in like manner, that in honouring the Son we are also honouring the Mother? For if, according to Solomon, “A wise son is the glory of the father” (Proverbs... Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Renaissance of Civilization

December 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Feast Days, Mary

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

December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family!

December 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Solemnity

December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family! Have you ever wondered the peculiar “coincidence” that the beginning and end of World War II began and ended on the two great Marian feasts that bookend Mary’s role in Salvation History? On the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 December 1941, the United States endured the “surprise” attack... Read More

On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part II of II)

December 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations: Seasonal

On the Words to Ahaz: “Ask Thee a Sign” (Part II of II) Advent Homily of St. Bernard of Clairvaux   Editor's Note: In part I, we looked at Isaiah's prophecy of the sign given by God Himself: a virgin who will give birth to Emmanuel.  We also examined that, as opposed to Adam, Emmanuel would choose good and reject evil.  Today, we will look at St. Bernard's interpretation of the spiritual... Read More

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