Jesus gives Mary his Body one last time on earth, Mary: Day 268

Jesus gives Mary his Body one last time on earth St. Alphonsus, like St. John of Damascus, imagines a conversation between Jesus and Mary when she is about to die. He sees her receiving Holy Com- munion from the hands of her Son.The death of Mary was at hand. The angels came in choirs to meether, as if to be ready for the great triumph with which they were to accompany her to paradise. Mary was indeed consoled at the sight of these holy spirits. But she wasn’t fully consoled, because s … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Walls Are Talking

In the pro-life debate both sides of the argument have become very good at catchy slogans. As with any task we partake in there are times where we need a reminder of what the root cause of our efforts are. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson provides a book that gets to the heart of the abortion industry. The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories is a difficult but necessary read. What you will find in this book is the … [Read more...]

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Jesus comes to embrace Mary as she dies, Mary: Day 267

Jesus comes to embrace Mary as she dies St. John of Damascus imagines a conversation between Mary and Jesus as she prepares for her assumption.As Mary was about to die, the King was there to receive with a divine embrace the holy, undefiled, and stainless soul of his mother, now on her way home. We can imagine what she might have said:“Into your hands, my Son, I commend my spirit. Receive my soul, which is so dear to you, which you kept spotless. I give my body to you, not to the earth. … [Read more...]

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Mary died certain of her salvation, Mary: Day 266

Mary died certain of her salvation Mary knew that she was full of grace, St. Alphonsus observes, and that she belonged to God. Imagine, then, her joyful confidence that death would take her to heaven!The certainty of eternal salvation renders death sweet. Death is called apassage, because by death we pass from a short life to an eternal life. Those who die in doubt of their salvation, and who approach the solemn moment with a well-grounded fear of passing into eternal death, have a … [Read more...]

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Mary’s assumption into heaven was fitting, Mary: Day 265

Mary’s assumption into heaven was fitting Catholics affirm that Mary was assumed into heaven because of the Church’s ancient testimony to the event and her eventual definition of that truth as dogma. But Blessed John Henry Newman points to yet another reason for believing: It was a fitting end to her life.We accept that our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God, was assumed into heaven on the authority of age-old belief. But viewed in the light of reason, it is the fitness of this termination of h … [Read more...]

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CBB interview with Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author. As news director and lead anchor for EWTN, he is seen in more than 200 million homes on six continents each week and heard on hundreds of AM/FM affiliates and on EWTN’s stand alone SiriusXM satellite channel. Mr. Arroyo created The World Over Live in 1996, which he hosts live each week from Washington DC.Known for his penetrating interviews, Mr. Arroyo has interrogated the l … [Read more...]

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