The saints welcome Mary into heaven, Mary: Day 281

The saints welcome Mary into heaven The angels weren’t the only citizens of heaven to welcome Mary when she arrived there; the saints of all the ages came to honor her as well. St. Alphon- sus imagines the scene.The angels have welcomed Mary at her assumption into heaven. Nowall the saints in paradise at that time come to welcome her and salute her as their queen. All the holy virgins come: “The maidens saw her and called her blessed; the queens . . . and they praised her” (see Sg 6:9). … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

Julie Abell makes her debut this week here at CBB with her review of Dan Burkes’ 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, the third book in his Navigating the Interior Life Series. I reviewed the second book in the series Finding God Through Meditation in May 2015. Read on to see what Julie though about this one.I cannot remember, since it has been about a year, why I picked this book up off the shelf at my local Catholic bookstore, A & B Religious Store, but I am very glad I did.  Maybe it was the … [Read more...]

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The angels welcome Mary into heaven, Mary: Day 280

The angels welcome Mary into heaven St. John of Damascus imagines the joyous reception of Our Lady into heaven by the angels awaiting her there. His rich imagery draws from the biblical book called the Song of Songs, in which the bride is welcomed by the bride- groom and his companions.In your assumption, Mary, angels with archangels bear you up. Unclean spirits tremble at your departure. The air raises a hymn of praise at your passage, and the atmosphere itself is purified. Heaven receives … [Read more...]

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RISEN is coming to Digital, Blu-ray and DVD

Today Carmel Communications announced the release of the epic biblical film RISEN to Digital download on May 10th and Blu-ray / DVD on May 24th. You can read the full release below.Archbishop Charles Chaput, Philadelphia has said about the film, “RISEN is more than a good film for believers; it’s a great piece of film story-telling by any standard”.Mark Brumley, President, Ignatius Press says, “RISEN is an adventurous, thrilling, spiritual detective story.”You can visit Amazon now to … [Read more...]

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A riot of praise for Christ and his mother!, Mary: Day 279

A riot of praise for Christ and his mother! St. John of Damascus imagines that at Mary’s departure to heaven, a great choir of saints and angels shook both heaven and earth with their praise.At Mary’s departure to heaven, the Apostles—eyewitnesses and ministers of the Word—were there, duly ministering to our Lord’s mother, and drawing from her a rich inheritance and a full measure of praise. For how could anyone doubt that she is the source of blessing and the fountain of all good? Their fol … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Father John Bartunek

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD, a graduate of Stanford University in 1990, comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He is the author of The Better Part and Inside the Passion: An Insider's Look at the Passion of the Christ. Fr. Bartunek splits his time between Michigan, where he continues his writing apostolate and assists at Our Lady Queen of the Fa … [Read more...]

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