Prayer to Mary, Queen of Martyrs, Mary: Day 154

Prayer to Mary, Queen of MartyrsThis popular traditional prayer asks for the grace to become a companion of Our Lady’s sorrowful heart at the foot of the Cross.Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into your heart, pierced by so many swords, you welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of your sorrows at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With you, O sorrowful Virgin, I will g … [Read more...]

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Mary, the Mystical Rose, Mary: Day 153

Mary, Queen of Martyrs Though Mary never suffered a bodily martyrdom, Blessed John Henry New- man insists that her soul suffered a worse sort of martyrdom. Why is Mary called the Queen of Martyrs? She never had any blow, or wound, or other injury to her consecrated person. How can she be exalted over those whose bodies suffered the most ruthless violence and the keenest torments for our Lord’s sake? She is, indeed, Queen of All Saints, of those who “walk with Christ in white, for they are wor … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than forty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, theologian Scott Hahn, and singer-songwriter John Michael Talbot, among others. His works have been translated into many languages, from Hungarian and Portuguese to German and Braille. The Grail Code has appeared in ten languages since … [Read more...]

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Mary, Tower of Ivory, Mary: Day 152

Mary, Tower of IvoryThe popular term “ivory tower” refers to a disinterest in, a disconnectedness with, the world. But as Blessed John Henry Newman explains, calling Mary the “Tower of Ivory” means something quite different from that, for it sym- bolizes her strength and beauty.A tower is a structure which rises higher and more conspicuous than other objects in its neighborhood. Thus, when we say a man “towers” over his fellows, we mean to signify that they look small in comparison to him … [Read more...]

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Mary, the Mystical Rose, Mary: Day 151

Mary, the Mystical RoseBlessed John Henry Newman proposes that Mary is called the “mystical” (or “hidden”) rose because after her assumption, her body has been hidden from us in heaven.Mary is the queen of spiritual flowers; and therefore she is called the rose, for the rose is fitly called of all flowers the most beautiful. But moreover, she is the mystical, or hidden, rose; for “mystical” means “hidden.” How is she now “hidden” from us more than are other saints? What does this unique t … [Read more...]

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Mary, the Awesome Virgin, Mary: Day 150

Mary, the Awesome VirginThe awe that is struck in human hearts by angelic visitors cannot compare to the awe and wonder we should feel in Mary’s presence. Blessed John Henry Newman tells why.The holy Daniel, when St. Gabriel appeared to him, “fainted away, and lay in a consternation, with his face close to the ground” (see Dan 8:17). When this great archangel came to Zechariah, the father of St. John the Baptist, he too was troubled, and fear fell upon him (see Lk 1:12). But it was otherw … [Read more...]

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