CBB Interview with Mike Aquilina

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Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than forty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, theologian Scott Hahn, and singer-songwriter John Michael Talbot, among others. His works have been translated into many languages, from Hungarian and Portuguese to German and Braille. The Grail Code has appeared in ten languages since … [Read more...]

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Mary, Tower of Ivory, Mary: Day 152

Mary, Tower of IvoryThe popular term “ivory tower” refers to a disinterest in, a disconnectedness with, the world. But as Blessed John Henry Newman explains, calling Mary the “Tower of Ivory” means something quite different from that, for it sym- bolizes her strength and beauty.A tower is a structure which rises higher and more conspicuous than other objects in its neighborhood. Thus, when we say a man “towers” over his fellows, we mean to signify that they look small in comparison to him … [Read more...]

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Mary, the Mystical Rose, Mary: Day 151

Mary, the Mystical RoseBlessed John Henry Newman proposes that Mary is called the “mystical” (or “hidden”) rose because after her assumption, her body has been hidden from us in heaven.Mary is the queen of spiritual flowers; and therefore she is called the rose, for the rose is fitly called of all flowers the most beautiful. But moreover, she is the mystical, or hidden, rose; for “mystical” means “hidden.” How is she now “hidden” from us more than are other saints? What does this unique t … [Read more...]

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Mary, the Awesome Virgin, Mary: Day 150

Mary, the Awesome VirginThe awe that is struck in human hearts by angelic visitors cannot compare to the awe and wonder we should feel in Mary’s presence. Blessed John Henry Newman tells why.The holy Daniel, when St. Gabriel appeared to him, “fainted away, and lay in a consternation, with his face close to the ground” (see Dan 8:17). When this great archangel came to Zechariah, the father of St. John the Baptist, he too was troubled, and fear fell upon him (see Lk 1:12). But it was otherw … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway – Keeping Mary Close

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This week Servant Books is sponsoring the giveaway. One lucky winner  will receive one copy of Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady Through the Ages by Mike Aquilina and Father Frederick Gruber (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 12/25 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, Mary: Day 149

Mary, Consoler of the AfflictedBlessed John Henry Newman explains that Mary can console us in adversity because she herself has suffered affliction. She knows especially the hardships of dealing with difficult people.St. Paul says that his Lord comforted him in all his tribulations, so that he also might be able to comfort those who are in distress, by the encouragement which he received from God (see 2 Cor 1:4). This is the secret of true consola- tion: Those are able to comfort others … [Read more...]

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