Now and at the hour of our death, Mary: Day 307

Now and at the hour of our death St. Alphonsus illuminates the last phrase of the Hail Mary.“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity,” says the Book of Proverbs (17:17). We can never know our friends and relations in the time of prosperity; it is only in the time of adversity that we see them in their true colors. People of the world never abandon a friend as long as he is in prosperity; but should misfortunes overtake him, and more particularly should he be at the p … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Elizabeth Scalia

Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and Editor-in-Chief of the English edition of Aleteia. She is a known by her blog The Anchoress. She is also a columnist at First Things and for The Catholic Answer. Scalia was a featured speaker at the Vatican’s much-noted 2011 meeting with bloggers from around the world and has a multi-media presence that includes contributions to NPR and CBS News Online, and a stint as a regular panelist on the Brooklyn-diocese-produced current events program, In the Ar … [Read more...]

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An aqueduct flowing with grace, Mary: Day 306

An aqueduct flowing with grace St. Alphonsus reminds us that Jesus is the Source of grace, while Mary is its channel.St. Anselm says, “There is no one who does not partake of the grace of Mary. Who was ever found to whom the Blessed Virgin wasn’t kind? Who is there whom her mercy doesn’t reach?”We must understand, of course, that Jesus is the One from whom we receive grace as the Author of grace; grace comes through Mary as a mediatrix. Grace comes from Jesus as a Savior, but through Mar … [Read more...]

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A salutation to Mary, Mary: Day 305

A salutation to Mary This prayer was composed by St. John Eudes, a French missionary and priest who founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary. A copy of it was found in a book belonging to St. Margaret Mary after her death.Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father!Hail Mary, mother of God the Son!Hail Mary, spouse of God the Holy Spirit!Hail Mary, temple of the Most Blessed Trinity!Hail Mary, pure lily of the radiant Trinity!Hail Mary, celestial rose of the ineffable love … [Read more...]

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A young man is freed of immoral habits, Mary: Day 304

A young man is freed of immoral habits St. Alphonsus tells a story that illustrates how even a small daily habit of devotion to Mary, faithfully practiced, bears wonderful and lasting fruit.An event recorded by Fr. Paul Segneri, in the work entitled Christian Instructed, is rightly well known. A young man of immoral habits, and laden with sins, went to Confession to Fr. Nicholas Zucchi in Rome. The confessor received him with charity.Filled with compassion for the young man’s u … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Little Sins Mean a Lot

Today, Our Sunday Visitor sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bads Habits Before They Kick Us by Elizabeth Scalia (you can read the review here) I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts NOW and will end 12AM EST Friday 05/27 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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