Mary’s martyrdom lasted a lifetime, Mary: Day 336

Mary’s martyrdom lasted a lifetime St. Alphonsus explains why the name “Mary,” one of whose meanings is “bitter sea,” is fitting for our Lord’s mother.“The passion of Jesus,” St. Bernard says, “began with his birth.” Mary was in all things like her Son, so in a similar way, she endured her martyrdom throughout her life.“A bitter sea” is one of the meanings of the name of Mary, as St. Albert the Great asserts. So the words of Jeremiah can be applied to her: “Vast as the sea is your ruin” … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Julie Onderko

Julie Onderko has been married for 34 years to Tom. They belong to Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, Oregon. They are blessed with three grown sons and five grandchildren. Julie's past experiences include being a stay-at-home mom, a free-lance writer, a youth minister, and a real estate broker. Currently, she is the Director of Faith Formation at The Madeleine Parish in NE Portland, Oregon.She holds a bachelors degree in Theology and is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of … [Read more...]

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The soldier’s lance pierced Mary’s heart, Mary: Day 335

The soldier’s lance pierced Mary’s heart The lance that opened Christ’s side passed through the soul of the Blessed Virgin, St. Alphonsus tells us, because her soul could never leave her Son’s heart.So that the joy of the following Passover Sabbath wouldn’t be disturbed,the Jewish leaders wanted the body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross. This couldn’t be done unless the criminals were dead. So men came with iron bars to break our Lord’s legs, as they had already broken the legs o … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author. As news director and lead anchor for EWTN, he is seen in more than 200 million homes on six continents each week and heard on hundreds of AM/FM affiliates and on EWTN’s stand alone SiriusXM satellite channel. Mr. Arroyo created The World Over Live in 1996, which he hosts live each week from Washington DC.Known for his penetrating interviews, Mr. Arroyo has interrogated the l … [Read more...]

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Mary’s soul was crucified, Mary: Day 334

Mary’s soul was crucified In a sense, St. Alphonsus concludes, two crucifixions took place on Calvary: that of Jesus’ body, and that of Mary’s soul.O God, what a cruel sight it was to behold this Son in agony on the cross, and at its foot this mother in agony, suffering all the torments endured by her Son! Listen to the words in which Mary revealed to St. Bridget the sorrowful state in which she saw her dying Son on the Cross: “My dear Jesus was breath- less, exhausted, and in his last agony … [Read more...]

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Only a miracle spared Mary’s life at Calvary, Mary: Day 333

Only a miracle spared Mary’s life at Calvary St. Alphonsus insists that when Jesus sacrificed his body on Calvary, Mary sacrificed her soul through suffering.Mary was the Queen of Martyrs not only because her martyrdom was longer than that of all others, but also because it was the greatest of all martyr- doms. But who could ever measure its greatness? Jeremiah seems unable to find anyone to whom he can compare this Mother of Sorrows, when he considers her great sufferings at the death of h … [Read more...]

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