Mary loved her neighbor, Mary: Day 045

Mary loved her neighborGenuine love for God leads inevitably to love for neighbor. St. Alphonsus points out that just as Mary loved God perfectly, she loved her neighbor perfectly.Love toward God and love toward our neighbor are commanded by the same precept: “And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also” (1 Jn 4:21). St. Thomas says the reason for this is that whoever loves God, loves all that God loves. This truth was confirmed for St. Cat … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: The Choice of the Family

This week Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness by Bishop Jean Laffitte (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 9/11 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Mary loved God with her whole heart, Mary: Day 044

Mary loved God with her whole heartSt. Alphonsus tells us that Mary perfectly fulfilled the greatest commandment: to love God with all her heart.St. Anselm says that “wherever there is the greatest purity, there is also the greatest charity.” The more a heart is pure, and empty of itself, the greater is the fullness of its love toward God. The most holy Mary, because she was all humility and had nothing of self in her, was filled with divine love—so much so that “her love toward God surpa … [Read more...]

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The Son of God chose his own mother, Mary: Day 043

The Son of God chose his own motherIf you could choose your own mother, what kind of woman would you choose? The Son of God actually had such a choice, St. Alphonsus reminds us, and Mary had the qualities he was seeking.It was fitting that the Son of God should preserve Mary from sin, since she was his mother. No other man could choose his mother. But if such a thing could ever be granted to anyone, who would wish for a slave, if he could choose a queen? Who would wish for a servant, if … [Read more...]

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CBB Special Edition Giveaway: Image Books Celebration

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Earlier this year Image Books announced they would no longer be taking new acquisitions. In other words, to the sadness of many, Image Books would no longer be publishing Catholic books after 2015. Here at The Catholic Book Blogger I decided to celebrate some of the great titles Image has released over the years. We are going to do that with this 10 book prize pack sponsored by Image Books. One lucky winner will receive on copy of each of the following titles:Catechism of the Catholic … [Read more...]

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It was fitting for Mary never to be a slave to Satan, Mary: Day 042

It was fitting for Mary never to be a slave to SatanIf Mary was to crush Satan’s head, St. Alphonsus reasons, it was fitting that she would never have been first subject to him because of sin.Great indeed was the injury imposed on Adam and all his posterity by his accursed sin. At the same time that he, to his own great misfortune, lost grace, he also forfeited all the other precious gifts with which he had originally been enriched, and drew down upon himself and all his descendants the e … [Read more...]

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