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The Annunciation: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

April 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Annunciation, Dan Burke, Mary, Solemnity

The Whole World Awaits Mary's Reply Solemnity of the Annunciation (Transferred) From a Homily in Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot* You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit [cf Luke 1:31, 34-35]. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion;... Read More

On the Resurrection of the Lord

April 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Meditations, Prayer, Resurrection, Solemnity

On the Resurrection of the Lord* (A Homily by Pope Leo the Great) We must all be partakers in Christ’s Resurrection life In my last sermon,** dearly-beloved, not inappropriately, as I think, we explained to you our participation in the cross of Christ, whereby the life of believers contains in itself the mystery of Easter, and thus what is honored at the feast is celebrated by our practice. And how useful this is you yourselves... Read More

Solemnity & Litany of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

March 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Litanies, Prayer, Saints, Solemnity

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary *There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster father of our Lord and the... Read More

The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord Presence of God – I recognize in You, O little Jesus, the King of heaven and earth; grant that I may adore You with the faith and love of the Magi. MEDITATION “He whom the Virgin bore is acknowledged today by the whole world…. Today is the glorious Feast of His Manifestation” (Roman Breviary). Today Jesus shows Himself to the world as God. The Introit of the Mass brings us at once into this spirit,... 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 with the high office and... Read More

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us

The Word was Made Flesh … and Dwelt Among Us * Then He summoned an archangel, Saint Gabriel: and when he came, Sent him forth to find a maiden, Mary was her name. Only through her consenting love Could the mystery be preferred That the Trinity in human Flesh might clothe the Word. Though the three Persons worked the wonder It only happened in the One. So was the Word made incarnation In Mary's womb, a son. So He who only... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul is preparing for the coming of the Redeemer, it is fitting to think of her, the all-pure one, who was His Mother. The very promise of a Savior was joined to, or rather, was included in the promise of this peerless Virgin. After having cursed the insidious... Read More

Christ is King … or is He?

November 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Christ the King, Liz Estler, Solemnity, Spiritual Direction

Christ is King … or is He? (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relatively new festival in the Church’s liturgical calendar, this feast was established by Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas, less than one hundred years ago, in 1925. Today, we rejoice that He is the firstborn of all creation and that all things exist in Him. We acknowledge Christ... Read More

Litany of the Saints – Solemnity of All Saints

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under All Saints, Devotions, Litanies, Liz Estler, Prayer, Solemnity

  Litany of the Saints   Lord, have mercy on us.                       Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.                     Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.                       Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.                                     Christ, graciously hear us. God,... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Solemnity Saints Peter and Paul “This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. ‘For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message.' These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it. “Saint... Read More

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