CBB Giveaway – Sonnets from the Spirit

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This week Hope and Life Press sponsors their first CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Sonnets from the Spirit by Christopher Villiers (you can read the review here) . I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 02/12 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Mary, you have found grace, Mary: Day 198

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Mary, you have found graceWith a keen attention to detail, St. Albert the Great notes carefully the impor- tance of the angel’s declaration that Mary had “found” grace with God (see Lk 1:30).“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” For behold, Mary, you have found grace, you have not taken it as Lucifer tried to do. You have found grace, you have not lost it as Adam did. You have found favor with God because you desired and sought it. You have found uncreated Grace … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Sonnets from the Spirit

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I recently had the opportunity to read a book I normally wouldn’t read. So goes the life of a book reviewer! I am glad I was afforded this opportunity and hope you do the sane. The book Sonnets from the Spirit is a masterfully written collection of poetry by Christopher Villiers and one like no other.The book consists of fifty-two poems based upon major and familiar events from Sacred Scripture. Christopher utilizes the ancient practice of midrash in this book to compose these. Midrash is a m … [Read more...]

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Mary exceeds the angels in fullness of grace, Mary: Day 197

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Mary exceeds the angels in fullness of graceSt. Thomas Aquinas explores the ways in which Mary is truly “full of grace,” as the angel declared.The Blessed Virgin exceeded the angels in fullness of grace. It was to indi- cate this that the angel showed her reverence, saying, “full of grace,” as if to say, “I will show you reverence because you excel me in the fullness of grace.”He says that the Blessed Virgin is full of grace with respect to three things. First, with respect to her sou … [Read more...]

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CBB Media Giveaway – Acts of the Apostles Vol. 1

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Saint Joseph Communications is back to sponsor another media giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of the 6 CD set, Acts of the Apostles Vol. 1 by Steve Ray (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12 AM EST 02/10 with a winner being announced later that day. a  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Why the angel showed reverence to Mary, Mary: Day 196

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Why the angel showed reverence to MarySt. Thomas Aquinas examines the reasons why the angel Gabriel showed such reverence to Mary, saying, “Hail!”In ancient times it was an especially great event when an angel appeared to men, so that men might show them reverence, for they deserve the greatest praise. It was written in praise of Abraham that he received angels hospitably and that he showed them reverence. But it was never heard that an angel showed reverence to a human being until he sal … [Read more...]

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