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The Virtues of St. Patrick

March 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Memorial, Prayer, Saints

The Virtues of St. Patrick* Saint Patrick's Day A Discussion of the Virtues Found in His Confession “We have no difficulty in realizing the moral grandeur of St. Patrick’s character, because it is revealed to us in all its features not only in his active life and labours, but even still more strikingly in his Confession. In the Confession, we see his character reflected as in a mirror, so that we can have no doubt as to... Read More

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, March 3rd, 2018, by the... 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 part two. *** St. Anselm... Read More

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Seven Dolors Chaplet)

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Chaplets, Devotions, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows The Seven Dolors Chaplet Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows On the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, today, we bring you this devotion, which began in the 13th century and was reintroduced to the world by Our Blessed Mother during the approved apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Kibeho, Rwanda with some slight variations. It honors the Sorrows the Virgin Mother of God endured in compassion for... Read More

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 asked for their benediction;... 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

Our Mother of Sorrow and Love

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

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

Saint Dominic’s Nine Ways of Prayer

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 has collected... Read More

Actions Speak Louder than Words

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, speak... Read More

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