How Mary demonstrated humility, Mary: Day 236

How Mary demonstrated humilitySt. Alphonsus points out that several biblical accounts of Mary’s conduct reveal her humble spirit.It’s a part of humility to serve others. Consider how Mary didn’t hesi- tate to go and serve Elizabeth for three months. For this reason, St. Bernard says: “Elizabeth wondered that Mary should have come to visit her. But still more admirable is that she came not to be ministered to, but to minister.” Those who are humble are retiring, and choose the last places … [Read more...]

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How Mary demonstrated hope in God, Mary: Day 235

How Mary demonstrated hope in GodSt. Alphonsus observes that in all the events of Mary’s life recorded in the Gospels, we find that she demonstrated a firm hope in God the Father and in her Son.Mary showed her confident hope in God when she knew that the time for the birth of our Lord approached. For she was driven from even the lodgings of the poor in Bethlehem, and obliged to bring forth her Son in a stable, “because there was no place for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). She didn’t speak a s … [Read more...]

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When God seems far away, Mary: Day 234

When God seems far awayMary suffered great sorrow when she couldn’t find the boy Jesus for three days. St. Alphonsus says we can learn from the way she suffered in those days how we ourselves can suffer yet have peace.The sorrow of Mary at losing the boy Jesus for a while should serve as a consolation to those souls who are desolate because they no longer enjoy, as they once enjoyed, the sweet presence of their Lord. They may weep, but they should weep in peace, as Mary wept over the a … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Messy and Foolish

This week Dynamic Catholic sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Messy and Foolish: : How to Make a Mess, Be a Fool, and Evangelize the World by Matthew Warner (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 at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 03/18 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Mary searches for Jesus in Jerusalem, Mary: Day 233

Mary searches for Jesus in JerusalemSt. Alphonsus ponders the anxiety Mary must have felt when she was search- ing for three days before she found young Jesus in the temple.In the second chapter of his Gospel, St. Luke tells us that every year at the Passover feast, the Blessed Virgin used to visit the temple with her spouse, St. Joseph, and Jesus. When her Son was twelve years of age, she went as usual, and when she returned, Jesus remained in Jerusalem. Mary didn’t at once realize it, t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Messy and Foolish

Pope Francis during the 2013 World Youth Day festivities told us he wants us to make a mess. That’s right. And what does that mean? Go out and gets your hands dirty. Do something, anything to build Christ’s church. Don’t be afraid, just do it. Matthew Warner gives us a guide on just how to do that in his book Messy and Foolish: How to Make a Mess, Be a Fool, and Evangelize the World.Matthew tells us early in the book: “So our purpose - your purpose - is to help the God of the universe change … [Read more...]

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