A thousand flames of love turned to grief, Mary: Day 329

A thousand flames of love turned to grief St. Alphonsus talks about the intensity of Mary’s love for her Son—and how devastated she would have been to meet him as he carried his cross to Calvary.St. Bernardine says that to form an idea of the greatness of Mary’s grief in losing her Jesus by death, we must consider the love that this mother bore to her Son. All mothers feel the sufferings of their children as their own. But what mother ever loved her son as Mary loved Jesus? He was her only S … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Discover Your Next Mission From God

Review by Michele Craig“For our entire lives, we’ve been conditioned to make decisions based on what we want,  and it goes against our grain to relinquish control to anyone, even to God.  It seems as if to do so would require us to give up our freedom.  But the opposite is true:  we are most free and most human when we are squarely in God’s will.”“Perhaps we have messed up God’s plan for us.  It could be that God had a certain job in mind for us that would use our abilities and talents to … [Read more...]

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Mary cared for her Child with sorrow, Mary: Day 328

Mary cared for her Child with sorrow Like a mother whose child has been born with a terminal illness, Mary could never escape for long thoughts about her Son’s death. St. Alphonsus considers how these thoughts would have served as a continual stream of sorrow for her.King David, in the midst of all his pleasures and regal grandeur, heardfrom the prophet Nathan that his son would die: “The child that is born to you shall die” (2 Sam 12:14). The king could find no peace, but wept, fasted, … [Read more...]

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Mary’s sufferings grew as Jesus grew, Mary: Day 327

Mary’s sufferings grew as Jesus grew When we speak of Mary’s sorrows, we typically focus on seven occasions in her life that brought her untold suffering. But St. Alphonsus points out that Mary’s suffering grew throughout her life as she became increasingly devoted to her Son, knowing what lay ahead for him.The sufferings of Our Lady as she offered the infant Jesus to God in the temple didn’t end there. No, they only began; for from that time forward, during the whole life of her Son, Mary h … [Read more...]

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The only sorrow in which Mary complained, Mary: Day 326

The only sorrow in which Mary complained When the Blessed Mother found her young Son at last in the temple, her words were not a rebuke, St. Alphonsus insists. But they were a loving complaint.The only sorrow in which Mary complained was her search for the boy Jesus in Jerusalem. She lovingly and earnestly asked of Jesus, after she had found him in the temple: “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously” (Lk 2:48).By these words she had … [Read more...]

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The greatest of Mary’s sorrows, Mary: Day 325

The greatest of Mary’s sorrows Which of Mary’s sorrows was the greatest? Some have suggested, St. Alphon- sus reports, that it was her loss of her young Son in Jerusalem for three days.The third of Mary’s traditional seven sorrows was not knowing what had happened to Jesus when she returned from the Passover in Jerusalem. Some have reasonably asserted that this wasn’t just among the greatest of her sorrows, but was in fact the greatest and most painful of all. Why is this?First, Mary, ha … [Read more...]

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