Mary goes to Jesus’ tomb, Mary: Day 342

Mary goes to Jesus’ tomb St. Alphonsus recalls the speculations of several saints about what Mary did as her Son was buried, and as she returned home.The disciples raised the stone and closed up the holy sepulcher, and in it the body of Jesus, that great treasure—a treasure so great that neither earth nor heaven had a greater one. Mary’s heart was buried with Jesus, because Jesus was all her treasure: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Lk 12:34).Before leaving the s … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with James A. Toups

James A. Toups is a husband, father of six, and a grandfather formed by the rich, Christian, cultural experience of the Deep South of the United States of America (US). As a Catholic, he has been active in evangelization with the parish of his church, and served on various parish and school boards. Toups works to answer God's call for his life through his vocation as a husband and father, while weaving his faith into the deeds of his consulting business.Educated in Catholic schools and a … [Read more...]

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All sinners have crucified Mary’s son, Mary: Day 341

All sinners have crucified Mary’s son St. Alphonsus reflects on Mary’s grief as she holds her Son’s lifeless body. She laments the cruelty of sinners of all the ages who have crucified him.It was revealed to St. Bridget that three ladders were placed against the cross of Jesus to take down his sacred body. According to a compiler of stories about the saints, the holy disciples first drew out the nails from the hands and feet and gave them to Mary. Then one supported the upper part of the bod … [Read more...]

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Mary adores Jesus’ wounds, Mary: Day 340

Mary adores Jesus’ wounds St. Alphonsus imagines Mary’s grief as she holds her Son’s lifeless body.Devout souls, listen to what the sorrowful Mary says on the day of her Son’s death: “My beloved children, I don’t want you to try to console me. No, for my soul is no longer capable of consolation in this world after the death of my dear Jesus.” My sovereign Lady, since you won’t be consoled, and you have so great a thirst for sufferings, I must tell you: Even with the death of your Son, your s … [Read more...]

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Grieving with Mary in her final two sorrows, Mary: Day 339

Grieving with Mary in her final two sorrows Pope Pius VII approved for the use of the faithful a series of “Seven Prayers in Honor of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” In this final portion of the devotion, we grieve with Mary in her final two sorrows.I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your com-passionate heart when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance and his heart was pierced before his body was removed from the cross. Dear Mother, by your hea … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: The Storm OR The Ear of the Heart

This week we have two titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Storm: A Time of Mercy, Choices and Hope by James Toups and sponsored by publisher Hope and Life Press (you can read the review here). A second lucky winner will receive one copy of The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows by Mother Dolores Hart and sponsored by Carmel Communications, marketing firm for Ignatius Press (you can read the review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my give … [Read more...]

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