Imitate Mary’s modesty, Church Fathers: Day 363

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Imitate Mary’s modestySt. Ambrose holds up Mary as an example of modesty. She spent her time alone with Scripture, and instead of being proud to be chosen by God she became even more humble.When the angel entered, Mary was found at home in privacy, without a companion, so that no one might interrupt her attention or disturb her. She did not desire any women as companions, because she had the companionship of good thoughts. In fact, she seemed to herself to be less alone when she was a … [Read more...]

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Learn from Mary how to live, Church Fathers: Day 362

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Learn from Mary how to liveGod sees us on the inside, but the outside is all other people can judge. The way we present ourselves should convey an image of the soul inside. As St. Ambrose tells us, there is no better example to follow than the Virgin Mary.The first thing that inspires enthusiasm in learning is the greatness of the teacher. Who is greater than the Mother of God? Who is more glorious than the one whom Glory itself chose? Who is more chaste than the one who bore a body … [Read more...]

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Honor the virginity of Mary, Church Fathers: Day 361

Honor the virginity of MaryIn this well-known passage, Origen talks about the “brothers of Jesus” men­tioned in the Gospels. Taking careful note of both Scripture and Tradition, Ori­gen concludes that the perpetual virginity of Mary is the most reasonable belief.Now those who say this (that the “brothers of Jesus” were not sons of Mary) wish to preserve the honor of Mary in virginity to the end, so that that body of hers which was appointed to minister to the Word who said, “The Holy Sp … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway – A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

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This week the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation sponsor the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of their book A Short Guide to Praying as a Family: Growing Together in Faith and Love Each Day (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 7/24 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Honor Mary in Christ’s flesh, Church Fathers: Day 360

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Honor Mary in Christ’s fleshSome heretical Christians said that Christ took nothing from Mary when he was conceived in her. St. Irenaeus says those people are badly mistaken. It was Mary’s human nature that made Christ truly human enough to be hungry, tired, or grieving.Those who suppose that Christ took nothing from the Virgin are badly mistaken. In order to cast away the inheritance of the flesh, they also reject the analogy between Christ and Adam.And his descent into Mary would … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – A Short Guide to Praying as a Family

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Prayer can be beautiful in more ways than one. Not only is there spiritual beauty in the act of prayer, there is also beauty in the prayer aids available. The Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation have joined with Saint Benedict Press to release their new book A Short Guide to Praying as a Family: Growing Together in Faith and Love Each Day. This book succeeds in joining prayer and stained glass resulting in a stunningly, beautiful volume.From the inside jacket sleeve: “Praying t … [Read more...]

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