Jesus comes to embrace Mary as she dies, Mary: Day 267

Jesus comes to embrace Mary as she dies St. John of Damascus imagines a conversation between Mary and Jesus as she prepares for her assumption.As Mary was about to die, the King was there to receive with a divine embrace the holy, undefiled, and stainless soul of his mother, now on her way home. We can imagine what she might have said:“Into your hands, my Son, I commend my spirit. Receive my soul, which is so dear to you, which you kept spotless. I give my body to you, not to the earth. … [Read more...]

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Mary died certain of her salvation, Mary: Day 266

Mary died certain of her salvation Mary knew that she was full of grace, St. Alphonsus observes, and that she belonged to God. Imagine, then, her joyful confidence that death would take her to heaven!The certainty of eternal salvation renders death sweet. Death is called apassage, because by death we pass from a short life to an eternal life. Those who die in doubt of their salvation, and who approach the solemn moment with a well-grounded fear of passing into eternal death, have a … [Read more...]

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Mary’s assumption into heaven was fitting, Mary: Day 265

Mary’s assumption into heaven was fitting Catholics affirm that Mary was assumed into heaven because of the Church’s ancient testimony to the event and her eventual definition of that truth as dogma. But Blessed John Henry Newman points to yet another reason for believing: It was a fitting end to her life.We accept that our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God, was assumed into heaven on the authority of age-old belief. But viewed in the light of reason, it is the fitness of this termination of h … [Read more...]

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CBB interview with Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author. As news director and lead anchor for EWTN, he is seen in more than 200 million homes on six continents each week and heard on hundreds of AM/FM affiliates and on EWTN’s stand alone SiriusXM satellite channel. Mr. Arroyo created The World Over Live in 1996, which he hosts live each week from Washington DC.Known for his penetrating interviews, Mr. Arroyo has interrogated the l … [Read more...]

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In the Assumption, Jesus honored his mother, Mary: Day 264

In the Assumption, Jesus honored his mother St. John of Damascus suggests that Mary’s assumption was a sign that Jesus continued faithfully to obey the fourth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” (Ex 20:12).Realize, beloved in the Lord, the grace of today, the Feast of theAssumption of the Blessed Virgin. Understand its marvelous solemnity. Its mysteries are not terrifying, nor do they inspire overwhelming awe.Blessed are those who have eyes to see. Blessed are those who … [Read more...]

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Death cannot claim Mary as its prey, Mary: Day 263

Death cannot claim Mary as its prey St. John of Damascus explains why death could not hold Mary in the grave.Long ago the Lord God banished from the Garden of Eden our first parents after their disobedience. They had dulled the eyes of their heart through their sin, and weakened their mind’s discernment, and fallen into deathlike apa- thy. But now, won’t paradise receive her who broke the bondage of all passion, sowed the seed of obedience to God and the Father, and was the beginning of lif … [Read more...]

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