Mary comes to the aid of soldiers, Mary: Day 104

Mary comes to the aid of soldiersSt. Alphonsus recalls the story of one soldier who was protected by Our Lady, and another who was healed of a battle wound through her assistance.Fr. John Crasset reports that a military commander told him how once he was present when a trumpeter of his company received a pistol shot from a man who stood near him. When the trumpeter examined his breast, where he said he was wounded, he found that the ball had been stopped by a scapular of the Blessed … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Patrick Flanagan

PETE: What inspired you to take on the massive project that became your book Jesus Christ & The Virgin Mary in Art: A visual Prayer Book?PATRICK FLANAGAN: This inspirational and devout book started 4 years ago after I became severely ill from being exposed to mold and was totally feeling hopeless. I began to literally “collect” oil paintings of Jesus Christ & The Virgin Mary so that I could focus on them, feel their richness and pray in the hope that I could feel something other than … [Read more...]

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Mary, ask for me what is best for me, Mary: Day 103

Mary, ask for me what is best for meWhen we don’t really know what we should pray for, St. Alphonsus instructs, we can simply ask Mary to pray for whatever she knows to be best for us.Pray for me, Mary, and entrust me to your Son. You know my miseries and my needs far better than I do. What more can I say?Have pity on me. I’m so miserable and ignorant that I don’t know, nor can I even seek for, the graces that I stand the most in need of.My most sweet Queen and Mother, seek and ob … [Read more...]

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Mary gathers after the reapers, Mary: Day 102

Mary gathers after the reapersMissionaries, preachers, and confessors are constantly reaping souls for God, says St. Alphonsus. But the “hard cases” who aren’t part of that harvest are a special concern of Mary.The Scriptures say that in ancient Israel, Boaz allowed Ruth to gather the ears of grain that the reapers had left behind (see Ru 2:3). St. Bonaventure comments, “Just as Ruth found favor with Boaz, so has Mary found favor with our Lord. She too is allowed to gather the ears of gra … [Read more...]

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The greatness of Mary’s mercy, Mary: Day 101

The greatness of Mary’s mercySt. Bernard of Clairvaux preached extensively about Our Lady throughout his life. In this prayer, he praises the depths of the mercy she shows to those who turn to her for help.Blessed Virgin, did anyone ever call upon you in need yet fail to receive your assistance? Only that kind of person could remain silent about your mercy. But as for us, your poor servants, we rejoice because of all your virtues, but we especially exult in your mercy toward us.We pr … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Jesus Christ and The Virgin Mary in Art

This week Giclee  Creative Publishing, LLC is sponsoring the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Jesus Christ and The Virgin Mary in Art: A Visual Prayer Book and Art Anthology edited by Patrick Flanagan (you can read my 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 12 AM EST 11/06 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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