Mary watches as Jesus is buried, Mary: Day 251

Mary watches as Jesus is buried St. Alphonsus imagines the scene as Jesus is laid in the tomb, and Mary looks on in unspeakable grief.Mary, with the body of her Son locked in her arms, was absorbed in grief. The holy disciples, fearful that the poor mother might die of grief, approached her to take the body from her arms, to bear it away for burial. This they did with gentle and respectful force, and having embalmed it, they wrapped it in a linen cloth already prepared. On this shroud, … [Read more...]

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Mary receives the body of Jesus, Mary: Day 250

Mary receives the body of Jesus St. Alphonsus describes St. Bridget’s vision of Mary’s petition to receive the body of her Son.The Mother of God herself revealed to St. Bridget: “When the spear was drawn out from Jesus’ side, the point appeared red with blood. Then, seeing the heart of my most dear Son pierced, it seemed to me as if my own heart was also pierced.” An angel told the same saint that “the sufferings of Mary were so great, it was only through a miraculous intervention by God tha … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Stephen Binz

Stephen J. Binz is a biblical scholar, award-winning author of over 40 books, psychotherapist, and popular speaker, offering keynotes, seminars, and workshops at national and regional conferences and churches. Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for three decades and has offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages. His work is focused on biblical … [Read more...]

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Jesus gave you Mary as your mother, Mary: Day 249

Jesus gave you Mary as your mother As he was dying on the cross, Jesus gave Mary to John as his mother, and in doing so, he gave her to us all. St. Ignatius Loyola urges us to ponder carefully the circumstances surrounding this gift so that we can more fully appreciate it.Mary has been given you as a mother. Consider, then, in your heart allthe circumstances of this gift. First, she was given to you by Jesus Christ, God and Master of all creatures, from whom comes all power, paternal … [Read more...]

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“Behold your mother!”, Mary: Day 248

“Behold your mother!” Because of Mary’s ardent desire to aid in our salvation, St. Alphonsus declares, Jesus made her on Calvary the mother of our souls.Our most loving mother Mary was always, and in all things, united to the will of God. “And for this reason,” says St. Bonaventure, “when she saw the love of the Eternal Father toward men to be so great that, in order to save them, he willed the death of his Son; and, on the other hand, when she saw the love of the Son in wishing to die for u … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Transformed by God’s Word

This week Ave Maria Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Transformed by God's Word: Discovering the Power of Lectio and Vision Divina by Stephen Binz (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 04/01 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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