Mary, Morning Star, Mary: Day 167

Mary, Morning StarBlessed John Henry Newman considers why a star—and in particular, the morning star—is such a fitting symbol of Mary.What is the nearest approach in the way of symbols, in this world of sight and sense, to represent to us the glories of that higher world which is beyond our bodily perceptions? What are the truest tokens and promises here, poor though they may be, of what one day we hope to see hereafter, as being beautiful and rare? Whatever they may be, surely the Ble … [Read more...]

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Run to your mother!, Mary: Day 166

Run to your mother!When small children are in danger, to whom do they run and call for help? To their mother, of course! And so should we, says St. Alphonsus.Our Blessed Lady herself in a vision addressed these words to St. Bridget: “Just as a mother, if she saw her son surrounded by the swords of his enemies, would use every effort to save him, so will I. And I will do this for all sinners who seek my mercy.” For this reason, in every engagement with the pow- ers of hell we will always c … [Read more...]

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Two occasions when Mary became our mother, Mary: Day 165

Two occasions when Mary became our motherWe typically think of Jesus’ words from the Cross, “Behold your mother!” (Jn 19:27) as the moment when we all became her spiritual children. But St. Alphonsus points to two other occasions when Mary became our spiritual mother.On two occasions, according to the holy Fathers of the Church, Mary became our spiritual mother. The first, according to St. Albert the Great, was when she merited to conceive in her virginal womb the Son of God. St. Bernar- … [Read more...]

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Mary, Mother of the Church, Mary: Day 164

Mary, Mother of the ChurchSt. Louis de Montfort teaches us that Mary is our mother in the order of grace, the Mother of the Church. Since she’s the mother of Christ, the Head of the Mystical Body, then she’s also the mother of all that Body’s members.Just as in the natural and bodily generation of children there are a father and a mother, so in the supernatural and spiritual generation there are a Father, who is God, and a mother, who is Mary. All the true children of God have God for the … [Read more...]

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Mary, Mirror of Justice, Mary: Day 163

Mary, Mirror of JusticeIf Mary is called a Mirror of Justice, whose justice did she reflect? Blessed John Henry Newman observes that it was the justice of her Son, with whom she lived so closely.When Our Lady is called the “Mirror of Justice,” it is meant to say that she is the mirror of sanctity, holiness, supernatural goodness. But what is meant by calling her a mirror? A mirror is a surface which reflects, such as still water, polished steel, or a looking glass.What did Mary refl … [Read more...]

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2015 Top Ten Picks

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What a year 2015 was. It seemed as soon as I finished a book, three more showed up for review consideration. What follows are my top picks of the 50 books I read this past year. I have stated before and will repeat again, these picks by no means lessen the others……they stood out to me as the best of the best shall we say. Without further delay here are the Catholic Book Bloggers top ten of 2015. Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization by Kathleen BeckmanThis was one of t … [Read more...]

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