From Mary to the Angels a new journey awaits

One year ago we embarked on a journey through Paul Thigpen's book A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God. Two years ago we worked our way through Mike Aquilina’s book A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living.  I was able to do this through the generous support of my friends, Mike Aquilina, Paul Thigpen and publisher Saint Benedict Press. I hope you have gotten as much out of these past 730 days as I have. If at anytime you wish to go back and look at the … [Read more...]

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From the Church Fathers to Mary, a new year begins

365 days ago we embarked on a journey through Mike Aquilina's book A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living.  I was able to do this through the generous consent of my friend, Mike Aquilina and publisher Saint Benedict Press. I hope you have gotten as much out of these past 365 days as I have. If at anytime you wish to go back and look at these posts simply click on the "A Year with the Church Fathers" logo in the right hand column.I encourage you to join me for … [Read more...]

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Continue in the Word, Church Fathers: Day 365

Continue in the WordIt’s not enough just to listen to what Christ teaches us, says St. Augustine: we have to continue in the word—to keep living it all the time. Even if that’s hard work, think what a great reward we’re working for: to know the truth!You certainly know, dear friends, that we all have one Master, and we are fellow disciples under him. I’m not your master, just because I speak to you from this elevated place. He who dwells in us all is the Master of all.“If you contin … [Read more...]

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See what God has done for you, Church Fathers Day: 364

See what God has done for youNothing in us deserved what God has done for us, says St. Hilary of Poitiers. The Son of God, through whom all things were made, actually took on human flesh through Mary and became one of us.The Virgin, the birth, the Body, then the Cross, the death, the visit to the lower world—these things are our salvation. For the sake of mankind the Son of God was born of the Virgin and of the Holy Spirit. In this process he served him­self; by his own power—the power … [Read more...]

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Imitate Mary’s modesty, Church Fathers: Day 363

Imitate Mary’s modestySt. Ambrose holds up Mary as an example of modesty. She spent her time alone with Scripture, and instead of being proud to be chosen by God she became even more humble.When the angel entered, Mary was found at home in privacy, without a companion, so that no one might interrupt her attention or disturb her. She did not desire any women as companions, because she had the companionship of good thoughts. In fact, she seemed to herself to be less alone when she was a … [Read more...]

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Learn from Mary how to live, Church Fathers: Day 362

Learn from Mary how to liveGod sees us on the inside, but the outside is all other people can judge. The way we present ourselves should convey an image of the soul inside. As St. Ambrose tells us, there is no better example to follow than the Virgin Mary.The first thing that inspires enthusiasm in learning is the greatness of the teacher. Who is greater than the Mother of God? Who is more glorious than the one whom Glory itself chose? Who is more chaste than the one who bore a body … [Read more...]

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