Mary follows Jesus to Calvary, Mary: Day 243

Mary follows Jesus to CalvaryWould Jesus have tried to keep his mother from following him to Calvary because of his desire to protect her? St. Alphonsus and others imagine what might have happened.When Margaret, the daughter of St. Thomas More, met her father on the way to his execution as a martyr, she could only exclaim, “Father! Father!” and fall fainting at his feet. But Mary, at the sight of her Son on his way to Cal- vary, does not faint. No—for it’s not fitting, as Fr. Francisco Su … [Read more...]

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Mary did not plead with Pilate, Mary: Day 242

Mary did not plead with PilateMary refrained from appearing before Pilate to plead for Jesus’ life, notes St. Alphonsus; she appeared publicly only to be with Jesus at the Cross. Why was she silent the whole time?Why was Mary silent during the passion of Jesus, when he was unjustly accused? Why did she say nothing to Pontius Pilate, who was somewhat inclined to set him at liberty, knowing, as he did, his innocence? Yet she appeared in pub- lic only to attend the great sacrifice to be a … [Read more...]

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Mary prepares to see Jesus crucified, Mary: Day 241

Mary prepares to see Jesus crucifiedSt. Alphonsus recounts St. Bridget’s vision of the hours during which Mary prepared to watch her Son die.The Blessed Virgin revealed to St. Bridget that when the time of the passion of our Lord was approaching, her eyes were always filled with tears as she thought of her beloved Son, whom she was about to lose on earth. The prospect of that approaching suffering caused her to be seized with fear, so that a cold sweat covered her whole body. When the a … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Last Priest Standing

This week Lambing Press sponsors their first CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Last Priest Standing by Father Richard Infante (you can read about this book 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 03/25 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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The Magnificat of the ages begins, Mary: Day 240

The Magnificat of the ages beginsPope St. John Paul illuminates further our Lord’s response to the woman who cried out, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” (Lk 11:28).Is Jesus thereby distancing himself from his mother according to the flesh? Does he perhaps wish to leave her in the hidden obscurity which she herself has chosen? If this seems to be the case from the tone of those words, one must nevertheless note that the new and different motherhood whic … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Last Priest Standing

Catholic fiction in recent years has been finally seeing the well-deserved light of day. When I first heard that Lambing Press was releasing a collection of short stories, written by a priest no less, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I was not disappointed and neither will you be.Father Richard Infante has assembled six stories released in various other venues and an all new seventh novella to form the book The Last Priest Standing. The majority of the stories include priests as the … [Read more...]

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