Rejoice! Mary was born for us, Mary: Day 190

Rejoice! Mary was born for usWe should celebrate Mary’s nativity, St. Alphonsus declares, because she came into the world full of grace, not only for her own glory, but also for our benefit.St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that “God gives each person grace in pro- portion to the dignity for which he destines him.” St. Paul teaches us the same thing when he says that God “has made us fit ministers of the New Testament” (see 2 Cor 3:6)—that is, the apostles received gifts from God in proportion t … [Read more...]

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Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, Mary: Day 189

Mary’s parents, Joachim and AnneSt. John of Damascus summarizes an ancient tradition about Mary’s par- ents, Joachim and Anne.Joachim and Anne were the parents of Mary. Joachim kept as strict a watch over his thoughts as a shepherd over his flock, having them entirely under his control. For the Lord God led him as a sheep, and he lacked none of the best things. When I say “the best things,” I mean the good things that are desired by those who possess true knowledge, delighting in God; thi … [Read more...]

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Lenten Suggestions from CBB

Lent is just around the corner and it can be a remarkable season for us all if we only take the opportunity to allow it. There is the typical practice of “giving things up” but I suggest something more. Why not add something this Lent? Here are a few suggestions for faith building reading and study. Some I have reviewed and some I plan on featuring these next few weeks.Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle has recently released the fourth addition to her Bringing Lent Home series from Ave Maria Press. T … [Read more...]

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Let no one lament over paradise lost, Mary: Day 188

Let no one lament over paradise lostBlessed Henry Suso exults in the marvelous work of redemption, and Mary’s role in it. We’ve lost one paradise, yes; but we’ve gained two more, infinitely more wonderful!Mary, how often have you put to flight the hostile powers of wicked spirits! How often have you allayed the angry justice of the severe Judge! How often have you obtained from him grace and consolation! How shall we ever acknowledge such great goodness?If all angelic tongues, all pur … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

In the past 30 years, María has been published broadly in the U.S., including the New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, Our Sunday Visitor and other national and regional publications. She is a Director on the Catholic Press Association Board, and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, an international community of intellectuals.Maria has traveled broadly on international assignments in Central America and the Caribbean, Israel, Turkey, and throughout Europe. Perhaps her favorite … [Read more...]

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Jesus the sun, Mary the moon, Mary: Day 187

Jesus the sun, Mary the moonSt. Alphonsus concludes that if Jesus is the Sun of justice, as the prophet Malachi called him, then Mary is the moon reflecting his light.In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, we read that “God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Gn 1:16).The Dominican biblical commentator Cardinal Hugh of Saint-Cher says that “Christ is the greater light to rule the just, and Mary the lesser light t … [Read more...]

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