CBB Review: Julie reviews Talking to God – Prayers for Catholic Women

Calm and peaceful - that is how I felt while reading Julie Cragon’s newest book, Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women. Throughout the day, I do not realize how tight I am or how I hold my breath until I pray and then I feel the tension slide off my body and my breathing slows and deepens.  Truly, as I read through the prayers in this book, one after the other, I caught myself feeling joy and peace.  Mind you, none of the situations in my life had changed, but the reminders from the author t … [Read more...]

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The Joyful Mysteries, Mary: Day 294

The Joyful Mysteries Blessed Bartolo Longo, a convert from Satanism who became a Third Order lay Dominican, was called the “Apostle of the Rosary.” Some of his writings form the basis for the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary established by Pope St. John Paul II. Here are his prayers for the Joyful Mysteries.First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation. O Mary, immaculate lily, through the joy you felt when at the angel’s message you became the Mother of God: Obtain for me the virtue of purity and … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Michele reviews Talking to God – Prayers for Catholic Women

As women, we are born to love, nurture and care for others, particularly those we love.  We want to be examples of love, comfort, joy, peace and holiness.  But how?  How can we help our loved ones in their day to day lives, while leading them to heaven, and getting ourselves there, too?Julie Dortch Cragon has the same questions... but she has the answer!  In her book Talking to God: Prayer for Catholic Women she writes: “How can we be such examples?  And how can we gather the strength that we … [Read more...]

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St. Dominic confronts demons with the Rosary, Mary: Day 293

St. Dominic confronts demons with the RosarySt. Alphonsus recalls the story of a demon-possessed man who misled the people by his false religious teaching. When he confronted St. Dominic, he was liber- ated from the evil spirits by the power of the Rosary.The Rosary is a powerful weapon against the demons.St. Dominic was once preaching in the town of Carcassone in France. A heretic there, who had publicly ridiculed the devotion of the Rosary and was possessed by demons, was brought … [Read more...]

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Michele Craig joins CBB

A few weeks ago I announced that Julie Abell would be joining the Catholic Book Blogger as a reviewer. This week I am equally as excited to announce that Michele Craig is joining CBB as well. With the addition of Michele I feel we have a well-rounded approach to book reviews and subjects. Read my announcement post about Julie to get you the background as to the history of CBB and why I am adding more writers.Michele brings to the table an angle to the faith that I cannot. Julie comes to the … [Read more...]

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St. Dominic and the rosary, Mary: Day 292

St. Dominic and the rosary St. Louis de Montfort was famous for his zeal for the Rosary, called the “angelic psalter” because of the greeting of the angel Gabriel at the Annun- ciation. Here, St. Louis tells us how Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic, giving him the rosary as we have it today.St. Dominic, seeing that the gravity of people’s sins was hindering the conversion of the Albigensian heretics, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse, where he prayed unceasingly for three days and three ni … [Read more...]

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