A throne of divine mercy, Mary: Day 041

A throne of divine mercyThe Divine Mercy message didn’t begin with our Lord’s revelations to St. Faustina Kowalska in the twentieth century. Nearly seven centuries before, St. Alphonsus reports, St. Bonaventure wrote about Mary’s role in the Divine Mercy.“Who can there be in the world,” exclaims St. Bonaventure, “who refuses to love this most amiable queen? She is more beautiful than the sun, and sweeter than honey. She is a treasure of goodness, lovable and courteous to all. I salute you … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Choice of the Family

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The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness is a timely book leading up to The World Meeting of Families. The book is a collection of interviews with Bishop Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family. It is a wide ranging interview covering marriage, cohabitation, divorce and parenting and taken as a while is a true manifest on the importance of treating marriage as a genuine and beautiful sacrament of the Church."The sacrament … [Read more...]

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The mother was like the Son, Mary: Day 040

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The mother was like the SonSt. Ignatius of Loyola reminds us that the Son and the mother bear a resem- blance, not just in body, but in soul.What creature was more like Jesus than Mary? The laws of nature ordain that the son should resemble the mother; the laws of grace ordained beforehand that the mother should possess all the characteristics suitable to the Son. Here recall with profound respect:First, her immaculate conception, which renders her a stranger to sin and its … [Read more...]

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Mary’s perpetual virginity, Mary: Day 039

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Mary’s perpetual virginityIn the fourth century, one Scripture interpreter cited a passage in the Gospel of Matthew to claim that Mary gave birth to other children after Jesus. In response, the great Bible scholar St. Jerome showed how the passage doesn’t contradict the Church’s ancient tradition that Jesus was Mary’s only Child.Joseph had no relations with Mary, the Gospel says, “until she had borne a son” (Mt 1:25). In this passage, some people insist, until implies a fixed and defi- ni … [Read more...]

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Mary’s special gifts help her witness to Christ, Mary: Day 038

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Mary’s special gifts help her witness to ChristBlessed John Henry Newman considers how Mary’s special gifts, and her special dignity in the Church, are necessary for her to bear proper witness to her Son.If the Mother of God is to bear witness to Emmanuel, she must be necessarily more than the Mother of God. For consider: A defense must be strong in order to be a defense; a tower must be, like that Tower of David (which is one of her titles), “built with bulwarks”; “a thousand bucklers ha … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway – Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith

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This week Franciscan Media sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12 AM EST 9/04 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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