The figure of the Faith, Mary: Day 028

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The figure of the FaithThe celebrated English convert to the Catholic faith, G. K. Chesterton, tells what Mary meant to him before his conversion.The unconverted world . . . has a very strange notion of the collective unity of Catholic things or thoughts. Its exponents . . . give the most curious lists of things which they think make up the Catholic life; an odd assortment of objects, such as candles, rosaries, incense . . . vestments, pointed windows, and then all sorts of essentials or … [Read more...]

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The name of Mary is my love, Mary: Day 027

The name of Mary is my loveSt. Alphonsus wants to call on Mary’s name, not just with an expectation of assistance, but with great love.Great Mother of God and my Mother, Mary, it’s true that I’m unwor- thy to speak your name. But despite the impurity of my tongue, you love me and desire my salvation. So grant that I may always invoke your most holy and pow- erful name for my aid, for your name is the help of the living, and the salvation of the dying. Most pure Mary, most sweet Mary, gra … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Matthew Kelly

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Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and business consultant. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages, have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold more than fifteen million copies.He is also the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute a Cincinnati based non-profit organization whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that in … [Read more...]

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Your compassion surpasses my sins, Mary: Day 026

Your compassion surpasses my sinsSt. Alphonsus confesses his sinfulness to our Blessed Mother, but declares his confidence in her mercy.Mother of holy love, our life, our refuge, and our hope, you well know that your Son Jesus Christ, not content with being himself our perpetual advo- cate with the Eternal Father, has willed that you too should concern yourself, with him, in obtaining the divine mercies for us. He has decreed that your prayers should aid our salvation, and he has made … [Read more...]

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A prayer to the Lady worthy of all love, Mary: Day 025

A prayer to the Lady worthy of all loveSt. Alphonsus prays that his love for Mary will become a great flame that consumes his heart.Queen of Heaven and Earth! Mother of the Lord of the world! Mary, of all creatures the greatest, the most exalted, and the most lovable! It’s true that there are many in this world who neither know you nor love you. But in heaven there are many millions of angels, and blessed spirits, who love and praise you continually. Even in this world, how many happy s … [Read more...]

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You became Mother of God for our sake, Mary: Day 024

You became Mother of God for our sakeSt. Anselm reminds Our Lady (and himself) that there’s no doubt she will help him reach heaven, since God took human flesh from her, not to condemn sinners, but to save them.We beg you, most holy Lady, by the favor that God did you in raising you so high as to make all things possible to you with him, to act in such a way that the fullness of grace that you merited may make us partakers of your glory. Strive, most merciful Lady, to obtain for us what … [Read more...]

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