CBB Media Review – Acts of the Apostles Volume 1

Steve Ray presents a gem in the Acts of the Apostles CD set from Saint Joseph Communications. In total this is a three volume set. This review will focus on the six CD first volume.In volume one Steve takes a deep dive look at the first four chapters of the book of Acts. Leading off the talks is a discussion on the origins of the book itself. Steve provides some valuable background on historians believe wrote the book and when it was written.I was totally blown away by Steve's … [Read more...]

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Imitate Mary’s response at the Annunciation, Mary: Day 195

Imitate Mary’s response at the AnnunciationBlessed John Henry Newman counsels us to learn this lesson from Mary: Grow in holiness through the everyday challenges of life, so that it won’t be necessary for God to purify us through great adversity.Observe the lesson which we gain for ourselves from the history of the Blessed Virgin: that the highest graces of the soul may be matured in private, and without those fierce trials to which the many are exposed for their sanctification. The aids … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Kathleen Beckman

Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., is the Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org), an international apostolate at the service of the Congregation for the Clergy for the sanctification of priests and spiritual maternity.The author of several books on prayer and sacraments, she has served the Church for twenty-five years as an international Catholic evangelist, retreat director, radio host, Ignatian certified spiritual director, and a writer for … [Read more...]

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With Mary’s fiat, God became man, Mary: Day 194

With Mary’s fiat, God became manWhen the angel spoke to Mary, declares St. Alphonsus, the world breathlessly awaited her yes to God. The salvation of the human race depended upon her fiat.Our Lord would not become Mary’s Son without her previous consent. So the angel speaks, and in humility she hesitates to respond. But why this delay, Mary? “The angel awaits your reply,” says St. Bernard; “and we also—on whom the sentence of condemnation weighs so heavily—we await the word of mercy.” … [Read more...]

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Consecration to the child Mary, Mary: Day 193

Consecration to the child MaryAlluding to the ancient tradition that Mary consecrated herself to God when she was quite young, St. Alphonsus laments the fact that his own childhood was not consecrated that way.Beloved Mother of God, most amiable child Mary! You presented yourself in the temple, and with readiness and without reserve you consecrated yourself to the glory and love of God. If only I could offer you, this day, the first years of my life, to devote myself without reserve to … [Read more...]

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A prayer to the infant Mary, Mary: Day 192

A prayer to the infant MarySt. Alphonsus imagines himself speaking to the Blessed Virgin when she was just a baby, as he looks forward to the day when she will conceive the holy Son of God.Holy and heavenly infant Mary, you who are the destined mother of my Redeemer and the great mediatrix of miserable sinners: Pity me. Behold at your feet another ungrateful sinner who turns to you and asks your compassion.It’s true that for my ingratitude to God and to you, I deserve that God and y … [Read more...]

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