No, the Rosary is not “vain repetition”; here’s why

From my "Ora Pro Nobis" column at The Catholic AnswerHow often do we think of Christmas in April? In praying a daily Rosary, one will ponder the Nativity of the Lord, and the whole great mystery of His incarnation, twice a week, throughout the year. The entirety of the Gospel is therefore alive for us at all times, and the insights and consolations that arise from our contemplation, or the intentions of those whose names enter into our awareness, render the prayer continually changed, bead … [Read more...]

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Antidote to Pride and Vanity: Cesspool Problems

So, I have an announcement I want to make -- it's an exciting announcement, and I thought I would make it first thing this morning. But instead, first thing this morning, the cesspool made itself known to us in a literal and olfactorily disturbing way.My announcement will be held off for a few hours, while we address this rather urgent need.Perhaps it is because I am so devoted a daughter to Saint Philip Neri, but I'm finding the whole thing -- and the timing of it -- pretty … [Read more...]

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As I Lay Like Broccoli: A Personal Prayer Request

Regular readers know I rarely ask for prayers for myself, but I find that I need all I can get as I deal with a stubborn infection and a physician's command to remain "flat on your back, leg elevated over your heart."My head says, "yay, bedrest, I can catch up on my reading." Somehow, I can't seem to concentrate on that very much, though, and I end up alternately binge-watching "Bob's Burgers", reading my Magnificat and dozing off in the middle of the rosaries I keep beginning, for the … [Read more...]

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Ashley Bridges Still Lives, but in Hospice

You recall this post from six months ago, concerning Ashley Bridges -- the young mother who was ten weeks pregnant with her daughter, Paisley, when she diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.Her daughter Paisley will be a year old in July, and Ashley has been told she will probably not be alive to see it, but she is a fighter:“I am really pushing for Paisley’s first birthday. This is what I do. I do October, OK, I just got to make it to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving comes around — OK, let … [Read more...]

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Pray Litany of Sacred Heart of Jesus With Me Thru June!

Photo courtesy of shutterstock.comJune is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.It's one of my favorite litanies. If you'd like, let's pray it together with my podcast!:*after each invocation, respond with “have mercy on us.”Lord, have mercy Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us* God, the Holy Spi … [Read more...]

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Triduum Arrives Just in Time for a World in Need

The world needs prayer.Last year, heading into the Triduum, I had a spiritual experience that stayed around. This year, I am thinking how fortunate we are -- in the midst of so much social and political chaos -- once again within the Easter Triduum, a time of great spiritual power.Let us pray together the Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer).And here are the liturgical prayers for Good FridayThings are about to get quiet around here, for a little while. Just until the time when … [Read more...]

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Candlemas Illuminated: Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which as Deacon Greg explains, is also called … [Read more...]

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The Prayer for Ashley

Just did a few minutes on Relevant Radio as Hot Air's Ed Morrissey sits in for Drew Mariani, and we discussed the plight of Ashley Bridges, and prayed for her on the air, using this prayer, which I am posting here for anyone who is seeking it out:Lord, the one you love is sick...it's Ashley Bridges, whose love has been so great, and whose desire, in the wealth of your greatness and your mercy, is so very small. Have mercy upon this dying mother, O Divine Physician, as in scripture you had … [Read more...]

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The Kirby Vacuum Salesman Who Became a Star

You know, just about the time you need to feel good about something, just about the time you need to believe that people are more -- so, so much more -- than the formless ranting that comes through to us over the ether every day, as we dip further and further into the reality/unreality that is the internet, you click on Twitter and a story like this comes along, and it gives all the headlines, all the divisive narratives, and all the prophets of doom a good, sharp kick in the derriere:Ever … [Read more...]

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Shall We Storm Heaven, Seek a Miracle for this Young Mom, Ashley Bridges?

'I'm not going to kill a healthy baby because I'm sick'24 year-old Ashley Bridges, mom to her young son Braiden, was ten weeks pregnant when she discovered that she had an aggressive bone cancer: Bridges underwent surgery to replace her knee and remove the majority of her femur. The doctors also said she should start chemotherapy immediately, but there was a very big risk. [...]"They told me what would likely happen to Paisley, that you know, she most likely wouldn't make it and I just … [Read more...]

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