Appreciating Mary in a New Way

Gifts of the Visitation

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste, to a town of Judah....  You know the rest of the story:  Mary went to the home of Zechariah, where she greeted her cousin Elizabeth, who was with child.Sometimes, though, it's really good to see the familiar tale from a different perspective.  That's what I enjoyed about Denise Bossert's new book, Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth.On the one hand, I knew about John leaping in his mother's wo … [Read more...]

What Is the Gift of Counsel?

 What is Counsel?That was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis today, in his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square.  Counsel, Pope Francis taught, is that gift by which the Holy Spirit enables us to make concrete decisions according to the logic of Jesus and the Gospel.Vatican Information Service has the report: The Holy Spirit “helps us to grow positively both inwardly and in the community, and helps us not to fall prey to selfishness or to our way of seeing thi … [Read more...]