Mary hoped in God, Mary: Day 205

Mary hoped in GodMary demonstrated her hope, St. Alphonsus points out, when she saw St. Joseph’s anxiety.Hope takes its rise in faith. For God enlightens us by faith to know his goodness and the promises he has made, so that by this knowledge we may rise by hope to the desire of possessing him. Since Mary had the virtue of faith to its highest degree, she also had hope to the same degree of excellence. She could say with David, “But for me it is good to be near my God, to put my hope in t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Stations of the Cross resources

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion that many take advantage of during the Lenten season. It is an ancient practice used to commemorate fourteen stations or events Christ experienced during his Passion.  Ave Maria Press has two valuable resources available to aid in this devotion and I will cover them here.John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the CrossAmy Welborn and Michael Dubriel present their version of the Stations by utilizing the format created by Saint Pope John Paul II. Th … [Read more...]

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The Word was made flesh, Mary: Day 204

The Word was made fleshIn a lyrical, exquisitely beautiful portrayal of that moment when the Blessed Virgin conceived, Fr. Frederick Faber tells how, beyond all expectations, “the creature has added a fresh liberty to the Creator.”That Mary should have any choice at all is a complete revelation of God in itself. How a creature so encompassed and cloistered in grace could have been free in any sense to do what was less pleasing to God is a mystery that no theology to be met with has ever y … [Read more...]

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Let it be to me according to your word, Mary: Day 203

Let it be to me according to your wordSt. John of Damascus ponders the intentions behind Mary’s words to Gabriel at the Annunciation.“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). Mary considered what this greeting might mean. Then the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Lk 1:30). In fact, she who was wor- thy of grace had found it. She found grace, the one who had done the deeds of grace, and had reaped its fullness. She found grace, th … [Read more...]

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God waited for Mary’s consent, Mary: Day 202

God waited for Mary’s consentWhen Gabriel announced that Mary had been chosen to bear God’s Son, did she really have a choice in the matter? Fr. Frederick W. Faber considers the matter.Mary’s created spirit was busied in adoration when the Uncreated came, and took his Flesh and Blood, and dwelt within her. Yet his coming was not abrupt. He sent his messenger before he came himself.But what is the special purpose for which the messenger has come? To ask in the name of God for Mary’s co … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Christopher Villiers

Christopher Villiers is a British theologian and freelance writer who has written about religious matters for a wide variety of publications, both academic and popular. He holds the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from Durham University, United Kingdom, with a specialization in the history of Christian doctrine. His postgraduate thesis addressed the Divine impassibility in the theology of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, with reference to modern theological debates on divine impassibility d … [Read more...]

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