A meditation on the Visitation, Mary: Day 206

A meditation on the VisitationSt. Alphonsus explains that St. Elizabeth knew what we should know: Whenever Mary comes, she brings her Son.Jesus was the fruit of Mary, as St. Elizabeth told her: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Lk 1:42). Whoever, then, desires the fruit must go to the tree; whoever desires Jesus must go to Mary; and whoever finds Mary will most certainly find Jesus.St. Elizabeth saw that the most Blessed Virgin had come to visit he … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Stations of the Cross resources

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This week Ave Maria Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the Cross by Amy Welborn and Michael Dubriel. A second lucky winner will receive a copy of Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus  by Rev. William Prosper, S.J. and edited by Father James Kubicki (you can read the review of both here) . I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight … [Read more...]

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Mary hoped in God, Mary: Day 205

Mary hoped in GodMary demonstrated her hope, St. Alphonsus points out, when she saw St. Joseph’s anxiety.Hope takes its rise in faith. For God enlightens us by faith to know his goodness and the promises he has made, so that by this knowledge we may rise by hope to the desire of possessing him. Since Mary had the virtue of faith to its highest degree, she also had hope to the same degree of excellence. She could say with David, “But for me it is good to be near my God, to put my hope in t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Stations of the Cross resources

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The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion that many take advantage of during the Lenten season. It is an ancient practice used to commemorate fourteen stations or events Christ experienced during his Passion.  Ave Maria Press has two valuable resources available to aid in this devotion and I will cover them here.John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the CrossAmy Welborn and Michael Dubriel present their version of the Stations by utilizing the format created by Saint Pope John Paul II. Th … [Read more...]

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The Word was made flesh, Mary: Day 204

The Word was made fleshIn a lyrical, exquisitely beautiful portrayal of that moment when the Blessed Virgin conceived, Fr. Frederick Faber tells how, beyond all expectations, “the creature has added a fresh liberty to the Creator.”That Mary should have any choice at all is a complete revelation of God in itself. How a creature so encompassed and cloistered in grace could have been free in any sense to do what was less pleasing to God is a mystery that no theology to be met with has ever y … [Read more...]

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Let it be to me according to your word, Mary: Day 203

Let it be to me according to your wordSt. John of Damascus ponders the intentions behind Mary’s words to Gabriel at the Annunciation.“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). Mary considered what this greeting might mean. Then the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Lk 1:30). In fact, she who was wor- thy of grace had found it. She found grace, the one who had done the deeds of grace, and had reaped its fullness. She found grace, th … [Read more...]

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