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The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Sacramentals

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What is the scapular, and why is it so important to Carmelites? Do you remember what Our Lady was wearing when she appeared to Bernadette? How about her appearance as Our Lady of La Salette? How did Juan Diego describe her or how did she appear on his tilma? It seems Our Lady had a different wardrobe each time! Whenever a visionary describes the appearance of Our Lady when she makes herself visible... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity

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“At the beginning, at the center of the event of the Incarnation stands Mary, the perfect handmaid, who consents to become physically and spiritually the mother of her Son as well as of his work” (The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 2007, Ignatius Press, San Francisco).  It is no surprise, then, that our Blessed Mother, the New Eve, is so prominently... Read More

How to Have God’s Favor Rest on Us this Christmas

December 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary Kaufmann

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Imagine that you hear it, maybe ever so softly, the sound of the angels singing in Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!” (Luke 2:14). Servant of God Archbishop Luis Martinez, in Meditations to Prepare for Christmas, tells us that the angels not only sang this 2000 years ago to the shepherds, they can sing it now in our hearts if we prepare... Read More

Should I Grow Closer to Mary as a Wife and Mother? I Feel Distant

October 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Drs. Franks, Featured, Marriage Spirituality

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Q.  Dear Angela and David, as a wife and mother, I’ve always thought that I should find Mary to be a spiritual example. But instead, I really feel distant from her. She’s sinless, and I’m not. Should I be trying to grow closer to her, and, if so, how? A.  What a beautiful and honest question. We have both grown tremendously in our love for Our Blessed Mother. One of us, Angela, is a cradle... Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary: The Little Catholic Shrine

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Featured, Mary, Prayer

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THE LITTLE CATHOLIC SHRINE   I sought shelter in the little shrine, inside from falling rain. Away from all my crosses and away from all my pain. October’s angry storm outside no way compared to mine, As I knelt within the shadows of The Little Catholic Shrine. I could smell the burning incense left from the morning Mass, While I watched the candles melting on their candlesticks of brass. With... Read More

Marriage Spirituality Index – A List of Marriage Spirituality Posts

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Marriage, Marriage Spirituality

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Dear Friends, I thought it might be helpful to provide an index to our posts on this topic for you.  Here are the current list of posts to date: Posts by Greg and Julie Alexander: How Do the Two Become One? Posts by Drs. Angela and David Franks: Should I Grow Closer to Mary as a Wife and Mother?  I Feel Distant Is there Anything Wrong with Remaining Childless? Posts by Dr. Lilles: Marriage,... Read More

The Rosary – Mary’s School (Part I of II)

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Rosary

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October is traditionally the month of the Rosary.  As we get ready to observe that month, I’d like to reflect on a great Catholic tradition that I believe is one of the best ways to practice meditation and to progress in contemplative prayer: the Rosary.  Catholics, and others, pray the Rosary to contemplate more deeply the mysteries of Christ’s life. Obviously, the Rosary is a set of beads. ... Read More

The Trouble with Mary (Part II of II): Pray Tell

July 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary, Paul McCusker

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Life, As I Find It I was in my RCIA Class one evening and the speaker stood up to teach about Mary and the Communion of the Saints. At one point she said confidently, “Now, all Catholics know that we don’t actually pray to Mary or the Saints. We only ever pray to God.” I was instantly confused. I knew over the past several months that I’d heard the word “pray” used in connection with how... Read More

The Trouble with Mary (Part I of II)

July 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary, Paul McCusker

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Life, As I Find It I remember sitting in a conference where the speaker, an Evangelical Protestant, began to talk about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in complimentary terms. He stopped quickly then said, “I know it makes some of you uncomfortable talking about Mary like this. You’re afraid we might accidentally slip up and start worshipping her.” The line got a laugh and I thought, as an Evangelical... Read More

CSD Book Club – 33 Days to Morning Glory (Week 7 of 7)

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After the Consecration… Because of the greatness of this gift, we should strive all the more to unite ourselves with Mary and aim to do everything through her, with her, and in her.  At least out of gratitude, we should make it our aim to have an attitude of growing mindfulness of and dependence on her.  Yet there should be more at work here than just trying to be grateful to Mary.  For the... Read More

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