Praised by angels, born in poverty; Angels: Day 175

Although as God he was  without beginning, says  St. Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Christ’s life on earth began the way every child’s life begins. The God whom Cherubim praise was a child who shared our misery so he could lift us out of it.Turn, congregations, and come—let us all praise him who is born of the Virgin. Praise him because, although he was the glory and image of the Divinity before the ages, he still came to suffer poverty along with us. Although he was the power and image of God be … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Icons, The Essential Collection

Some of the most beautiful pieces of art are not meant to be art at all. Icons are created by professional iconographers to tell a story without words. They either focus on a person or saint or they portray an event about the faith. They also serve as wonderful sources for prayer. Recently Sister Faith Riccio compiled a book titled Icons: The Essential Collection. This book is a perfect prayer companion and small enough to carry to a chapel or church setting for Eucharistic adoration.Sister … [Read more...]

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Why did the angel wait to tell Joseph?; Angels: Day 174

St. John Chrysostom  answers an obvious question: why  didn’t the angel tell Joseph about the coming birth of Jesus at the same time he told Mary? In his explanation,  he points out the value of  discretion, not just truth, in choosing what we say and when we say it.It’s worth asking why the angel didn’t speak sooner, before the husband had such thoughts, but came when he thought about it, and not until then—for it is said, “as he considered this,” the angel comes (Matt. 1:20). And yet to her … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – The Church is Our Mother

Review by Michele Craig“A mother journeys with her children all the way through their lives. She does not abandon her maternal mission when they are grown, though that mission certainly takes on different characteristics. The Church, too, accompanies us every step of the way. While baptism gives us birth into the Church, the other sacraments in their own way also nurture our souls as needed.”Gina Loehr continues by explaining how our Mother, the Church, “mothers” us through all of the Hol … [Read more...]

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Hail O favored one; Angels: Day 173

If we imitate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, says St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, then we, too, will be included in that angelic salutation, “Hail,  O favored one!”With what spiritual song or word shall we honor her who is most glorious among the angels? She is planted in the house of God like a fruitful olive that the Holy Spirit overshadowed; and by means of her we are called sons and heirs of the kingdom of Christ. She is the ever-blooming paradise of incorruptibility, in which is plan … [Read more...]

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The perplexity of Gabriel; Angels: Day 172

We find it easy to imagine how amazed Mary was by the Annunciation. But what was Gabriel thinking? St. Gregory, known as the Wonder-Worker,  imag- ines Gabriel’s  perplexity when he’s given his assignment. The mystery  of  the Incarnation is as baffling to archangels as it is to humans (1 Peter 1:12).“Speak in the ears of my rational Ark” (God said to Gabriel), “to prepare a way for me in her hearing. But do not disturb or trouble the soul of the Virgin. Show yourself in a way befitting that … [Read more...]

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