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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What did Jesus and Mary talk about?, Mary: Day 232

What did Jesus and Mary talk about?Blessed John Henry Newman speculates about the subjects of conversation between Mary and Jesus during the thirty years he lived with her.What was the grand theme of conversation between Mary and her Son but the nature, the attributes, the providence, and the works of Almighty God? Wouldn’t our Lord be ever glorifying the Father who sent him? Wouldn’t he unfold to her the solemn eternal decrees, and the purposes and will of God? Wouldn’t he from time to t … [Read more...]

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Jesus, remember your mother’s immeasurable love, Mary: Day 231

Jesus, remember your mother’s immeasurable loveBlessed Henry Suso imagines the fond playfulness of mothers with their chil- dren, and asks, in that light, how Mary’s Son could ever possibly deny her request.Exalted Lady of heaven and earth, arise now and be to us a mediatrix who obtains grace from your tender Child, the Eternal Wisdom. And you, Eternal Wisdom, will you deny me anything? Even as I present you before your heavenly Father, so I present your tender mother before you.Look … [Read more...]

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Jesus was obedient to His mother, Mary: Day 230

Jesus was obedient to His motherWhile other virgins follow the Lamb of God (see Rv 14:4), St. Alphonsus reminds us, the Lamb followed Mary.So great is the authority that mothers possess over their sons that even if they are monarchs, and have absolute dominion over every person in their kingdom, yet never can mothers become the subjects of their sons.It is true that Jesus now in heaven sits at the right hand of the Father. He has supreme dominion over all, and also over Mary. … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Father Michael Mitchell

Father Michael Mitchell, LC received his BA in Theology and MA in Philosophy from the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum, graduating summa cum laude in 2011. Having studied in Spain, Italy, and the United States, he is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian. He is chaplain to the apostolate Mission Youth and is the superior of the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in Chicago. He frequently travels to Haiti and Mexico to do missionary work. He also regularly leads … [Read more...]

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Mary’s hidden life in Nazareth, Mary: Day 229

Mary’s hidden life in NazarethThe Gospels are silent about the life of Jesus between the ages of about twelve and thirty. St. John Paul II explores the meaning of Mary’s “hidden life” with him, as these years are called, before his public ministry began.During the years of Jesus’ hidden life in the house at Nazareth, Mary’s life too is “hid with Christ in God” (see Col 3:3) through faith. For faith is contact with the mystery of God. Every day Mary is in constant contact with the inef- fa … [Read more...]

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