CBB Review: Live Today Well

Review by Michele CraigFr. Thomas F. Daily, O.S.F.S (Oblate of St. Francis de Sales) has taken St. Francis de Sales’s classic The Devout Life and made it user friendly!  I began reading The Devout Life about two years ago and struggled to apply it to my everyday life, but Fr. Thomas has mastered that task beautifully in Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales's Simple Approach to Holiness.To live well, Fr. Thomas explains: “...St. Francis de Sales considers the ordinary, everyday expe … [Read more...]

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Prayer of total consecration to the Immaculata, Mary: Day 357

Prayer of total consecration to the Immaculata Several saints have urged us to make an act of total consecration to Mary. Here is the prayer of consecration to the Immaculata, “the Immaculate One,” composed by St. Maximillian Kolbe.O Immaculata, Queen of  Heaven and Earth, Refuge of  Sinners andour most loving mother: God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wh … [Read more...]

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Son of God, help me to praise your mother!, Mary: Day 356

Son of God, help me to praise your mother! If we feel inadequate to praise our Blessed Mother, says St. John of Damas- cus, then we should ask her Son to help us.Our Lady is the Mother of God, who alone is good and infinite in his condescension, who preferred to many splendid gifts the two copper coins of the widow in the temple. She will indeed receive us, who are paying off our debt through praise, and make us a return out of all proportion to what we offer.What shall we say, O Queen? … [Read more...]

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Mary will accept our meager praise, Mary: Day 355

Mary will accept our meager praise St. John of Damascus recalls a story to illustrate that we should tell Mary our gratitude, even if we can’t adequately express it.Neither  human  tongue  nor  angelic  mind  can  worthily  praise her through whom it is given to us to look clearly upon the Lord’s glory. What then? Shall we be silent through fear of our insufficiency? Certainly not. Mingling fear with desire, and weaving them into one crown with reverent hand and longing soul, let’s show fort … [Read more...]

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Mary, my greatest consolation, Mary: Day 354

Mary, my greatest consolation St. Germanus recites the difficulties that may afflict us in this life, and turns to the Blessed Virgin as the remedy for each one.Most Holy Virgin!You are the greatest consolation that I receive from God.You are the heavenly dew that soothes all my pains.You are the light of my soulwhen it is surrounded by darkness. You are my guide in unfamiliar paths, the support of my weakness,my treasure in poverty, my remedy in sickness, my consolation … [Read more...]

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Mary, be warmth to the world, Mary: Day 353

Mary, be warmth to the world Caryll Houselander was an English Catholic spiritual writer, poet, and art- ist. In the concluding verses of a poem about Mary, whom she calls “The Reed” into which God breathed to make “infinite music,” she asks Our Lady to soothe our troubled world with her lullaby.Mary, Mother of God, we are the poor soil and the dry dust;we are hard with a cold frost.Be warmth to the world; be the thaw,warm on the cold frost; be the thaw that melts,that the te … [Read more...]

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