Mary, mountain of shade, Mary: Day 345

Mary, mountain of shade St. Germanus gathers together a great heap of common Marian images in this hymn of love to the Blessed Mother. But he adds as well some that are uniquely his, giving us reason to pause and consider their meaning.Hail, Mary, full of grace!You are more holy than the saints, higher than the heavens,more glorious than the angels,more venerable than every creature. Hail, heavenly paradise of fragrance,lily giving off the sweetest scent, perfumed rose … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Summer Meditations

Just a few short months ago I shared with you a little seasonal meditation book by Father John Bartunek called Spring Meditations. Just as surely as we went from spring to summer we also have another book in the series. Summer Meditations is your twelve week companion through the season of summer and like its spring counterpart this little book is a deep source for renewal.This book offers twelve weekly meditations, one for each week of the season, just like the spring volume. This time … [Read more...]

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Mary’s long passion after Calvary, Mary: Day 344

Mary’s long passion after Calvary The English poet Francis Thompson acknowledges the terrible pain that Mary must have suffered as she stood by the Cross. But he proposes that she endured “a longer Calvary” in the following years, as she waited for death to reunite her at last with her Son.O Lady Mary, thy bright crown is no mere crown of majesty; for with the reflex of his own resplendent thorns Christ circled thee. The red rose of this passion-tide doth take a deeper hue from thee,in t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Meet Your Spiritual Father

Review by Michele CraigMark Miravalle begins his book Meet Your Spiritual Father: A Brief Introduction to St. Joseph by sharing the importance of St. Joseph as a key intercessor in our lives. He explains from his personal experience that “ At the greatest times and also the most trying times of my life, St. Joseph has been there as the “Mirror of Patience,” the “Terror of Demons,” and the “Glory of Home Life,” making up for my failings through his most generous and powerful intercession. From … [Read more...]

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Mary returns home to weep for Jesus, Mary: Day 343

Mary returns home to weep for Jesus St. Alphonsus imagines the first hours Mary spends at home after returning from Jesus’ burial.After accompanying Jesus’ body to the tomb, and adoring the Cross as she passed by it, Mary returned home. Once she arrived, the afflicted mother cast her eyes around, and no longer saw her Jesus. Instead of the sweet presence of her dear Son, the memory of his beautiful life and cruel death presented itself before her eyes.She remembered how she had pressed t … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Mother Dolores Hart

Dolores Hart was a bright and beautiful college student when she made her film debut with Elvis Presley in Paramount’s 1957 Loving You. She acted in nine more movies with other big stars such as Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn, Warren Beatty, and Myrna Loy. She also gave a Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in television shows, including The Virginian and Playhouse 90. An important chapter in her life occurred while playing Saint Clare in the … [Read more...]

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