Mary, the root preserved from sin, Mary: Day: 012

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Mary, the root preserved from sinIn the Old Testament, the prophet Daniel interprets a dream of the Babylo- nian king Nebuchadnezzar (see Dan 4:10–18). St. Lawrence Brindisi finds in that dream a foreshadowing of Jesus and Mary.Great was the happiness of human nature in the Garden of Eden before original sin, as long as man remained in the state of innocence and origi- nal justice. Then, human nature was like that tree seen by King Nebuchadnezzar in his dreams. It was tall, with its top t … [Read more...]

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Mary, the Ark of God, Mary: Day 011

Mary, the Ark of God In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant was the place of God’s special presence, carried up to Jerusalem. With other Church Fathers, St. John of Damascus saw the Ark as a foreshadowing of Mary, carried up to the heav- enly Jerusalem in her assumption.People of Christ, let’s acclaim Mary today in sacred song, acknowledge our own good fortune, and proclaim it! Let’s honor her in an evening vigil; let’s delight in her purity of soul and body, for she, after God, surpa … [Read more...]

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Mary: the vine, the cedar, the Ark, Mary: Day 010

Mary: the vine, the cedar, the Ark St. Alphonsus notes several additional images of Mary from the Old Testament. Mary is said to be “terrible” to the powers of hell, “as an army in battle array” (Sg 6:10). She is called terrifying because she knows well how to array her power, her mercy, and her prayers, to the defeat of her enemies, and for the benefit of her servants, who in their temptations turn to her most powerful aid. “As the vine, I have brought forth a pleasant odor” (Ecclus 24:23). Th … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway – A Year with Mary

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This week Saint Benedict Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of their book A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God (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 8/07 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Rebecca is an image of Mary, Mary: Day 009

Rebecca is an image of MaryIn her preparation of food for her husband Isaac, St. Alphonsus notes, Rebecca foreshadowed Mary’s desire to render sinners dear to her Lord.The Old Testament patriarch Isaac desired to eat some wild game. So he promised his blessing to his son Esau if he would procure this food for him. However, Rebecca was anxious for her other son, Jacob, to receive the blessing. So she called him and said, “Go to the flock, and fetch me two good kids, that I may prepare fro … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God

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Saint Benedict Press and Paul Thigpen have recently released yet another volume in their “A Year with” series. Thus far I have reviewed A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God by Paul Thigpen. We have also just finished daily posts from Mike Aquilina’s A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living. This year we have A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God. This is a fine addition to the series and one we will be working through dail … [Read more...]

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