Let no one lament over paradise lost, Mary: Day 188

Let no one lament over paradise lostBlessed Henry Suso exults in the marvelous work of redemption, and Mary’s role in it. We’ve lost one paradise, yes; but we’ve gained two more, infinitely more wonderful!Mary, how often have you put to flight the hostile powers of wicked spirits! How often have you allayed the angry justice of the severe Judge! How often have you obtained from him grace and consolation! How shall we ever acknowledge such great goodness?If all angelic tongues, all pur … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

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In the past 30 years, María has been published broadly in the U.S., including the New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, Our Sunday Visitor and other national and regional publications. She is a Director on the Catholic Press Association Board, and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, an international community of intellectuals.Maria has traveled broadly on international assignments in Central America and the Caribbean, Israel, Turkey, and throughout Europe. Perhaps her favorite … [Read more...]

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Jesus the sun, Mary the moon, Mary: Day 187

Jesus the sun, Mary the moonSt. Alphonsus concludes that if Jesus is the Sun of justice, as the prophet Malachi called him, then Mary is the moon reflecting his light.In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, we read that “God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Gn 1:16).The Dominican biblical commentator Cardinal Hugh of Saint-Cher says that “Christ is the greater light to rule the just, and Mary the lesser light t … [Read more...]

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My Lady, my refuge, Mary: Day 186

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My Lady, my refugeSt. Germanus cries out in confidence to the pure and powerful mother who can answer his prayers and keep him in safety.My Lady! My refuge, life, and help, my armor and my boast, my hope and my strength: Grant that I may enjoy the gifts of your Son, unspeakable, beyond understanding, your God and our God, in the heavenly kingdom. For I know with certainty that you have power to do as you will, since you are mother of the Most High. Therefore, Lady most pure, I beg … [Read more...]

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My soul, step joyfully forth!, Mary: Day 185

My soul, step joyfully forth!Blessed Henry Suso urges his dejected soul, burdened with sins, to take heart and go to Mary for help.When our poor souls are in the narrow prison house of unfathomable sorrow of heart, and we can stir neither here nor there, nothing remains for us except to lift up our miserable eyes to you, O chosen Queen of Heaven! For this reason, this day I and all penitent hearts salute you, you mirror reflecting the brightness of the Eternal Sun, you hidden treasure of … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run

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This week Our Sunday Visitor sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Shepherd Who Didn't Run: Father Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda (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 01/29 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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