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Lessons on Motherhood from the Visitation

Monday, May 31 st, is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a feast day that proceeds us into a deeper ardour of Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother. It is too through the Visitation that mothers can enter more seriously into the joy of their vocation, as well as the exhilaration […]

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Mary Grows in Love Through the Sacraments

We can distinguish in Mary a triple motherhood: her joyful motherhood at the bed, her rueful motherhood at the Annunciation and the Crucifixion, and her majestic motherhood in the Cenacle. At Bethlehem, she returned birth to Jesus according to the flesh; at the Annunciation and Calvary, she afforded birth to spirits at the cost of […]

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Five Ways Your Family Can Honor Mary in May

I have a huge devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I’m impeded by a lack of design skill( or interest, genuinely) and a stripe of laziness that allows me to be overwhelmed at the lower of a flower. Last year, I attracted myself together sufficient to clear a gap on a rack and have […]

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Accompany Mary Throughout Your Holy Week Pilgrimage

Are You Ready for Your Pilgrimage? Although the Blessed Virgin was carried away fainting after the sad meeting with her Son laded with His Cross, more she soon recovered consciousness, for love, and the fervent lust of witnessing Him once more, transmitted to her a supernatural feeling of strength. — Anne Catherine Emmerich, The Dolorous […]

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New Year’s Resolutions, Confession, and the Mother of God

New Year’s Day ever struck me as something of an odd vacation. Why do we humen find it necessary to set aside a daylight to mark yet another full outing around the sun? Different cultures have celebrated the new time at different times: the Jewish people celebrate the brand-new time in their observance on Rosh […]

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That Angel

Image: The Annunciation, by Andrea del Sarto, 1512 I’ve spent the past several days looking at pictures from across the centuries of the Annunciation.  They’re all a little different, as each artist takes the story and the history of its imagery and makes it his or her own.  So, while there’s usually a lily or […]

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Our Lady of Walsingham: The Sublime Beauty of the Ordinary

In a descent world-wide, there is always the temptation( and the fuel) to focus on the macabre and the dramatically pain, letting the small and beautiful pass by, unnoticed and uncelebrated. So it is with the apparition and letter behind the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham. While it seems foolish to imagine that Our […]