Mary’s body rests in the tomb, Mary: Day 277

Mary’s body rests in the tomb Immediately after her death, Mary’s body is laid in her tomb. St. John of Damascus imagines that tomb, and venerates the body resting there. But it won’t rest there for long.O sacred and wonderful, holy and venerable body, ministered to nowby angels, standing by in lowly reverence! Demons tremble. Men approach with faith, honoring and venerating her, greeting her with their eyes and lips, and in doing so, drawing down upon themselves abundant bless … [Read more...]

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The mother of Life passes through death, Mary: Day 276

The mother of Life passes through death Because she was sinless, St. John of Damascus notes, Mary didn’t merit death, for death is the wages of sin. But neither did Jesus merit death, yet he willingly took it on for our sakes. And so Mary followed her Son’s example.I don’t know whether I can trust my lips to speak of this day! For todayMary, the life-giving treasury and abyss of charity, is hidden in immortal death. But the one who conceived death’s destroyer meets it without fear—if we … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Spring Meditations

This week Liguori Publications sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Spring Meditations (you can read the review 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 04/29 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Mary’s death was the cause of rejoicing, Mary: Day 275

Mary’s death was the cause of rejoicing St. John of Damascus ponders the reasons for the joy surrounding Mary’s death.O wonder surpassing nature! Death, once feared and hated, has here become an occasion of praise and blessing. In days of old it was the forerunner of grief, dejection, tears, and sadness. But now it shines forth as the cause of joy and rejoicing. The death of God’s servants is celebrated, because we conclude from their holy end that they have his good pleasure. So we assume t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Spring Meditations

In our technologically heavy world most people tend to allow the natural wonder of God’s creation pass them by. As the seasons pass from Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter and back to Spring once more, the only way nature grabs people’s attention is during a mishap. For the believer there is much untapped spiritual potential in simply walking outdoors, taking a deep breath and gazing upon God’s handiwork. Father John Bartunek has given a book to promote our “slowing down” and enjoying the wonder … [Read more...]

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Mary died from her love for God, Mary: Day 274

Mary died from her love for God Did Our Lady die of old age? No, says St. Alphonsus; just as her love for God gave her life, so it caused her death.Well did Mary herself know that her heart was continually burning with divine love. As Bernardine de Bustis says: “Mary, by a unique privilege granted to no other saint, loved God, and was always truly loving God, in every moment of her life, with such fervency, that St. Bernard declares it required a continuous miracle to preserve her life in t … [Read more...]

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