CBB Review – Caritas Press Rosary Meditation books

Caritas Press has recently released a six book series of rosary meditations for the entire family. There is a book for fathers, mothers, grandparents, children, teenagers and altar servers. For this review a member of our family took one of the books to write about.A Father’s Heart: Rosary Meditations for Dads reviewed by PeteFather Doug Lorigpresents fathers with a series of meditations that takes the mysteries of the rosary and effectively ties them to the everyday challenges of f … [Read more...]

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Mary, Mother of Mercy, Mary: Day 141

Mary, Mother of MercySt. Alphonsus explains why it seems that Mary has no other desire or concern than to grant us mercy.A demon-possessed person was once being exorcised, and the exorcist questioned the demon about what Mary did. The demon replied, “She descends and ascends.” By this it meant that this benevolent Lady is constantly descend- ing from heaven to bring graces to men, and re-ascending to obtain the divine favor for our prayers. With good reason, then, St. Andrew Avellino use … [Read more...]

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Mary, Mother of Hope, Mary: Day 140

Mary, Mother of HopeMary gives birth to a holy hope in our hearts, St. Alphonsus observes, both by her example of hope, and by her powerful intercession.We rightly and reasonably call the Blessed Virgin our hope, trusting, as St. Robert Bellarmine says, “that we shall obtain, through her intercession, what we couldn’t obtain by our own unaided prayers.” “We pray to her,” says the learned scholar Francisco Suárez, “so that the dignity of the intercessor may supply for our own unworthiness … [Read more...]

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Mary, Mother of Fair Love, Mary: Day 139

Mary, Mother of Fair LoveSt. Alphonsus celebrates the love of a mother unlike any other.The Church applies to Mary these words of the Book of Sirach: “I am the mother of fair love” (see Sir 24:18). A commentator, explaining them, says that the Blessed Virgin’s love renders our souls beautiful in the sight of God, and also makes her, as a most loving mother, receive us as her children, “since she is all love towards those whom she has adopted in this way.” St. Bonaventure says to her: “Don … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Douglas Leonard

PETE: Before discussing your book Sacred Reading: The 2016 Guide to Daily Prayer, can you tell us a little about your group The Apostleship for Prayer and your role in it?DOUGLAS LEONARD: The Apostleship of Prayer was invited by Ave Maria Press to author this series of prayer experiences (lectio divina) in response to the daily Gospels throughout the liturgical year. I consented to be the author of this series because the editors at Ave Maria Press were familiar with my work editing several … [Read more...]

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Mary, Advocate of Sinners, Mary: Day 138

Mary, Advocate of SinnersDo you need a patron to represent you in the divine court? St. Alphonsus says let Mary be your advocate.Perhaps there may be a sinner who, though not doubting Mary’s power, might doubt her compassion—fearing that she might be unwilling to help him on account of the greatness of his sins. If so, let him take courage from the words of St. Bonaventure:“The great, the special privilege of Mary, is that she is all-powerful with her Son. . . . But to what purpose wo … [Read more...]

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