Mary is a fountain of grace, Mary: Day 035

Mary is a fountain of graceSt. Alphonsus encourages us to seek Mary’s help by reminding us that she’s eager to give it.What the Venerable Sister Mary Villani saw in a heavenly vision is experienced by many. This servant of God once saw the Mother of God as a great fountain. Many went to the fountain, and from it they carried off the waters of grace in great abundance.But what then happened? Those who had jars without cracks kept the graces they received. But those who brought broken v … [Read more...]

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The price of redemption is found in Mary’s womb, Mary: Day 034

The price of redemption is found in Mary’s wombSt. Bonaventure considers what kind of magnificent price had to be paid to purchase so great a redemption as ours.“Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her” (see Prv 31:10). This is the price about which the Apostle Paul speaks: “You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20).This price had to be great to redeem the whole world and the entire human race. So it was nece … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Ann Margaret Lewis

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Born and raised in Waterford, Michigan, Ann Margaret Lewis attended Michigan State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She began her writing career writing tie-in children’s books and short stories for DC Comics. She then published two editions of the book Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species for Random House.After attacking the Star Wars universe, Ann plunged into writing science fiction/fantasy, historical fiction, and, of course, mys … [Read more...]

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The sweetness of Mary’s name, Mary: Day 033

The sweetness of Mary’s nameSt. Alphonsus tells why those who are devoted to Mary take such great plea- sure in speaking her name.Among the other privileges of the name of Mary given to it by God is the peculiar sweetness found in it by the servants of this most holy Lady during life and in death. “Name of Mary!” said St. Anthony of Padua. “Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody to the ear of the devout who seek her assistance!”It’s reported in the life of the Venerable Juvenal … [Read more...]

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A name better than earthly riches, Mary: Day 032

A name better than earthly richesSt. Alphonsus wonders: What price could we possibly place on a name like Mary’s, so full of graces and eternal benefits?St. Bernard, enflamed with love, raises his heart to his good mother and says with tenderness, “O great one! O pious one! You who are worthy of all praise, most holy Virgin Mary!“Your name is so sweet and amiable that it can’t be pronounced without enflaming those who do so with love toward you and God. The thought of it need only occ … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Murder in the Vatican and The Watson Chronicles

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This week author Ann Margaret Lewis sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one signed copy of both Murder in the Vatican and The Watson Chronicles (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 8/28 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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