A meditation on the Hail Mary, Mary: Day 289

A meditation on the Hail Mary St. Alphonsus reflects on the words of this famous prayer, pondering the mean- ing of each phrase.Immaculate and holy Virgin! Before you, who are so humble, though endowed with such precious gifts, I’m ashamed to appear—I who am so proud in the midst of so many sins. But miserable as I am, I too will salute you.“Hail, Mary, full of grace.” You are already full of grace; impart a portion of it to me.“The Lord is with you.” The same Lord who was always wit … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Experience Grace in Abundance

Julie returns this week with the review of a book she really enjoyed.Maybe some of you can relate to what I am about to say.  When I read a good novel, the house can fall down around me and I would never notice; I am that absorbed.  It is the reason why several years ago I swore off reading fiction more than once a year.  I figured once a year my family should be able to fend for themselves for 48 hours, but I would not put them through more than that. With non-fiction books, I can usually pu … [Read more...]

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The Hail Mary is pleasing to Our Lady, Mary: Day 288

The Hail Mary is pleasing to Our Lady Do you want to say a prayer that pleases our Blessed Mother? St. Alphonsus assures us that she finds no prayer more agreeable than a Hail Mary.The Hail Mary comes, of course, from the angelic greeting to the ever- blessed Virgin. It’s most pleasing to her, because whenever she hears it, she seems to experience anew the joy that she felt when St. Gabriel announced to her that she was the chosen Mother of God. With this purpose in mind, we should often s … [Read more...]

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A great sign appeared in heaven, Mary: Day 287

A great sign appeared in heaven St. John Eudes explains the symbolism in the Book of Revelation’s vision of Mary in heaven.“A great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (see Rv 12:1). What is this great sign? Who is this miraculous woman? . . . The woman is Mary, the queen among women, the Sovereign of angels and men. . . .Mary appears in heaven because she comes from heaven, because she is heaven’s m … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Stoop of Mastodon Meadow

My daughter Katie reviews the second in Daniel McInerny’s Patria series below. You can read review of the first book, Stout Hearts & Whizzing Biscuits: A Patria Story, here.Oliver Stoop’s adventures in Patria continue in the second book in the Patria series - Stoop of Mastodon Meadow by Daniel McInerny. The lovable characters Princess Rose and her brother Farnsworth return for another adventure in this book full of more humor, suspense, and quirks of the Kingdom of Patria.Oliver’s dad … [Read more...]

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The Blessed Trinity welcomes Mary to heaven, Mary: Day 286

The Blessed Trinity welcomes Mary to heaven Once Mary has been welcomed by the angels, her family, and all the saints, the Most Holy Trinity receives her and places her on her throne. St. Alphonsus imagines the scene.After having been greeted by the angels and the saints, the humble andholy virgin kneels and adores the divine Majesty. She is totally absorbed in the awareness of her own nothingness. So she thanks him for all the graces bestowed upon her by his pure goodness, and … [Read more...]

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