Mercy in the hour of death, Mary: Day 315

Mercy in the hour of death St. Alphonsus relates the deathbed conversion of a notorious sinner through the help of Our Lady.We read in the life of Sr. Catherine of St. Augustine about a  woman she knew named Mary. In her youth Mary was a sinner, and in her old age she remained so obstinate in wickedness that she was driven out of the city and lived in a secluded cave. There she died, half consumed by disease, without the sacraments.Sr. Catherine always prayed to God with great fervor … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Intimate Graces

I am always on the look out for Catholic books about marriage, and to my delight Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage written by husband and wife team Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) and Dominick Pastore.... is a great one!The Pastore’s invite us into their marriage to explain “...all the ways God has transformed our lives through small, consistent acts of kindness and mercy that we have experienced within the island of mercy that is our marriage. By the m … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Leila M. Lawler and David Clayton

Leila M. Lawler is a wife of one, mother of seven, and grandmother of four (and counting), living in central Massachusetts. She is a convert to Catholicism from nothing-ism with a brief, completely uninformed and unconvincing stop as a Moslem (now called Muslim but not when she made that stop, which was sometime in middle school). Leila practices "kitchen-sink philosophy" at “Like Mother, Like Daughter”, a website offering practical and theoretical insight into all aspects of daily lif … [Read more...]

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A monk calls on Mary at death, Mary: Day 314

A monk calls on Mary at death St. Alphonsus recalls how Mary helped a canon regular in his final battle with the Devil.In the Austrian town of Reichersberg there was a canon regular named Arnold, surnamed “the Pious” because of the sanctity of his life. He had the most tender devotion to our Blessed Lady. At the point of death, he received the last sacraments, then summoned his religious brothers. He begged them not to abandon him in his last journey. Scarcely had he uttered these words, whe … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis is a successful film and television actor with a varied body of work encompassing a wide range of compelling performances spanning more than two decades.He currently stars in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” alongside Kim Dickens. The show premiered on August 23, 2015, and was the most watched series premiere in cable TV history. Set in Los Angeles, Curtis plays English teacher Travis Manawa, who struggles to keep his family together during the onset of a zombie apoca … [Read more...]

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Mary, the last word on our lips, Mary: Day 313

Mary, the last word on our lips St. Alphonsus recalls the words and experiences of several holy men who witnessed to the power of Mary’s name when invoked at death.“The invocation of the sacred names of Jesus and Mary,” says Thomas à Kempis, “is a short prayer, which is as sweet to the mind, and as powerful to protect those who use it against the enemies of their salvation, as it is easy to remember.”“Blessed is the one who loves your name, Mary!” exclaims St. Bonaventure. “Yes, truly bl … [Read more...]

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