CBB Interview with Jake Byrne

Jake Byrne has battled with type 1 diabetes since a young teen and has since been proactive combating the disease and mentoring diabetic youth. He played football for the University of Wisconsin as a tight end and went on to compete in the NFL. Originally with the New Orleans Saints in 2012, Jake has also been a Houston Texan, Kansas City Chief, and San Diego Charger.Recently Jake I discussed his battle with diabetes and his new teen devotional First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About … [Read more...]

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A prayer to Mary for two graces, Mary: Day 124

A prayer to Mary for two gracesSt. Alphonsus asks the Blessed Virgin to grant him two graces. In the end, they are really just one: the grace to love and serve God forever.Greatest and most sublime of all creatures, most sacred Virgin, I salute you from this earth! I’m a miserable and unfortunate rebel against my God; I who deserve chastisements, not favors; justice, and not mercy.Lady, I don’t say this because I doubt your compassion. I know that the greater you are, the more you glo … [Read more...]

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Mary wants us to love God as she does, Mary: Day 123

Mary wants us to love God as she doesWe are lacking in our love for God, St. Alphonsus declares. So we must ask Mary for a share of her perfect love of God.Since Mary loves God so much, what she requires most of those who turn to her is that they also should love him to their utmost. She said to St. Bridget, “Daughter, if you desire to bind me to yourself, love my Son.” Mary desires nothing more than to see her beloved, who is God, loved.Because Mary was all on fire with the love of G … [Read more...]

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A prayer to Mary for perseverance, Mary: Day 122

A prayer to Mary for perseveranceSt. Alphonsus realizes that he’s always in danger of falling away from God’s grace. So he asks Our Lady to help him stand firm in temptations.Queen of Heaven, I was once a miserable slave of the enemy of my soul. But now I dedicate myself to you, to be your servant forever. I offer myself to honor you and serve you during my whole life. Accept me; don’t refuse me as I deserve.My Mother, in you I’ve placed all my hopes; from you, I expect every grace. I … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway – First and Goal

This week author and former NFL player Jake Byrne  is sponsoring the giveaway. One lucky winner  will receive one signed copy of his book First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up  (you can read my 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 12 AM EST 11/27 with a winner being announced later that day.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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A prayer for Mary’s help to obtain heaven, Mary: Day 121

A prayer for Mary’s help to obtain heavenThough we may legitimately ask Our Lady’s help in countless matters, St. Alphonsus here focuses on the most important matter of all: obtaining heaven.Queen of Paradise, you reign above all the choirs of angels, and you are the nearest of all creatures to God. Greeting you from this valley of tears, I beg you to turn your compassionate eyes toward me, for in whichever direction they turn, they dispense graces.See, Mary, in how many dangers I am … [Read more...]

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