Mary was without even a venial sin, Mary: Day 181

Mary was without even a venial sinIn order to make Mary a mother worthy of her Son, St. Alphonsus observes, God preserved her even from venial sins.Given that Mary was worthy to be the Mother of God, “what excellency and what perfection was there that was not fitting for her?” asks St. Thomas of Villanova. St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Angelic Doctor” of the Church, writes: “When God chooses anyone for a particular dignity, he renders him fit for it. So God, having chosen Mary for his mother, … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl

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His Emminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl is known for his teaching ministry and is involved in many education, health care and social service organizations. He is the author of numerous articles and over a dozen books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way. His recent books include, The Church (2013), The Light Is On For You (2014), Open to the Holy Spirit: Living the Gospel with Wisdom and Power (2014),  The Marriage God Wants for You (2015), To the Marty … [Read more...]

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Mary reversed the course of the ages, Mary: Day 180

Mary reversed the course of the agesIn Mary, Blessed John Henry Newman tells us, the tradition of evil handed down from our first parents was broken, so that Light could enter the darkness.Kings of the earth, when they have sons born to them, immediately scatter some large bounty, or raise some high memorial. They honor the day, or the place, or the heralds of the auspicious event, with some corresponding mark of favor. Nor did the coming of Emmanuel change the world’s established c … [Read more...]

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God made Mary a worthy habitation for his Son, Mary: Day 179

God made Mary a worthy habitation for his SonFor the honor of his Son, St. Alphonsus insists, God the Father built a perfect home, spotless and flawless.Here is the most important reason why it was fitting for the Eternal Father to keep Mary, his daughter, unspotted by Adam’s sin. As St. Bernardine of Siena remarks, it was fitting because he destined her to be the mother of his only-begotten Son: “You were preordained in the mind of God, before all crea- tures, that you might conceive God … [Read more...]

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A fitting dwelling for the Lord, Mary: Day 178

A fitting dwelling for the LordSt. Alphonsus considers the reasons why God would preserve from all sin the mother of his Son.When speaking of Mary for the honor of our Lord Jesus, whom she merited to have for her Son, St. Augustine insists he would not even consider the possibility of sin in her. “For we know,” he says, “that through the One who was clearly without sin, whom she merited to conceive and bring forth, she received grace to conquer all sin.”Therefore, as St. Peter Damian … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: To the Martyrs

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This week Emmaus Road Publishing sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of To the Martyrs: A Reflection on the Supreme Christian Witness by Cardinal Donald Wuerl (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 01/22 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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