Mary has shown herself to be your mother, Mary: Day 048

Mary has shown herself to be your motherSt. Ignatius Loyola recalls all the good reasons we have to call Mary our mother, and to honor her accordingly.Mary has always shown herself to be your mother. She received you to her heart when Jesus gave you to her as her child. For this reason the Scripture calls Jesus Christ her “firstborn” (see Mt 1:25). You ought to be born in her and by her, after him. She has nourished you, not only by the graces her prayers have obtained for you, but also i … [Read more...]

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More reasons why Mary loves us so much, Mary: Day 047

More reasons why Mary loves us so muchSt. Alphonsus observes that Mary has multiple compelling reasons for loving us.Our mother loves us so much because we were entrusted to her by her beloved Jesus, when he said to her before he died, “Woman, behold your son!” (Jn 19:26). For St. John represented us all. These were our Lord’s last words; and the last requests made before death by those we love are always treasured and never forgotten.In addition, we are extremely dear to Mary on acco … [Read more...]

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Mary loves us because her Son died for us, Mary: Day 046

Mary loves us because her Son died for usMary’s beloved Son loved us so much that he gave his life for us. What greater reason, St. Alphonsus asks, could she have for loving us as well?Yet another motive for the love of Mary towards us is this: In us, she beholds what has been purchased at the price of the death of Jesus Christ. If a mother knew that a servant had been ransomed by a beloved son at the price of twenty years of imprisonment and suffering, how greatly would she esteem that s … [Read more...]

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Mary loved her neighbor, Mary: Day 045

Mary loved her neighborGenuine love for God leads inevitably to love for neighbor. St. Alphonsus points out that just as Mary loved God perfectly, she loved her neighbor perfectly.Love toward God and love toward our neighbor are commanded by the same precept: “And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also” (1 Jn 4:21). St. Thomas says the reason for this is that whoever loves God, loves all that God loves. This truth was confirmed for St. Cat … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: The Choice of the Family

This week Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness by Bishop Jean Laffitte (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 9/11 with a winner being announced later that day.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Mary loved God with her whole heart, Mary: Day 044

Mary loved God with her whole heartSt. Alphonsus tells us that Mary perfectly fulfilled the greatest commandment: to love God with all her heart.St. Anselm says that “wherever there is the greatest purity, there is also the greatest charity.” The more a heart is pure, and empty of itself, the greater is the fullness of its love toward God. The most holy Mary, because she was all humility and had nothing of self in her, was filled with divine love—so much so that “her love toward God surpa … [Read more...]

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