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Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

May 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Signal Graces: How the Blessed Mother Encourages Her Little Ones

Praying the rosary is a devotional practice by which the faithful meditate on the mysteries of the lives of Jesus and Mary. In purposefully slowing down our pace by means of this prayer, we become open to what our Lady and our Lord have to say to us during the prayer, as well as in […]

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Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

May 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Simple, Little, Humble: A Newborn Symbolizes the Spirituality of St. Bernadette

On April 15, 2018, my first nephew was born. Though the birth of a new baby is always a precious occasion, the birth of my nephew was especially meaningful. After nine long months of waiting, this precious boy was finally here, resting peacefully in my arms. He was everything I could ever dream of, wrapped […]

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Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

May 20, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Celebration

Our Blessed Mother is honored under many titles. The faithful have often referred to Mary as “the Mother of God”, “the Mother of the faithful” or simply “our Mother” to stress her personal relationship with each one of us, her children. Pope Francis has recently declared that a new memorial will be celebrated in honor […]

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Lessons in Marriage from Mary

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Lessons in Marriage from Mary

In this article, I wish to examine three ways that Mary can teach us about marriage. This month presents us with the opportunity not only of thinking about Mary but also of our own mother and, perhaps, the institution of marriage as a whole. Mary’s “Yes” is the “Yes” that We Depend on in Marriage […]

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Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

May 10, AD2018 2 Comments
Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II […]

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It Also Took a Fiat From Joseph, Not Just From Mary

May 3, AD2018 15 Comments
It Also Took a Fiat From Joseph, Not Just From Mary

Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your […]

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Mary—Perfect Reflection of Christ’s Light

April 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Mary—Perfect Reflection of Christ’s Light

During a homily for the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2014, a priest provided the best analogy to describe the significance of Mary. He stated, “The best way to experience the light of Christ is through the atmosphere of Mary!” In other words, sometimes the truth of Jesus is too blinding for us to […]

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The Obedience of Mary vs. Eve’s Disobedience

April 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Obedience of Mary vs. Eve’s Disobedience

Mary truly is the Queen of heaven and earth. Her obedience shows us what true womanhood is. It is precisely through Mary’s surrender to God and her profound humility that we see how fierce and courageous she is. Mary placed all of her trust in God. She desired to only do God’s will, sacrificing her […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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Holy Week as a Reminder of Mary

March 31, AD2018 0 Comments
Holy Week as a Reminder of Mary

Hymns to Mary Half a gazillion years ago, which is defined as half a century give or take a decade or two, my primary education was at a parochial school in Groton, Massachusetts. Each morning, weather permitting, during the months of May and October, the student body processed out to a grotto which contained a […]

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Sins and Forgiveness – A Reflection on the Passion

March 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Sins and Forgiveness – A Reflection on the Passion

Thinking back on my life, reflecting on my past, I feel a deep sense of remorse, especially at this time of the year. I regret the sinful past I lived—those times when I had broken off my relationship with Jesus because of my sins. The nuns and monks who taught me through high school, and […]

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Life Hidden in Mystery

March 7, AD2018 1 Comment
Life Hidden in Mystery

The Catholic religion is full of mystery — the mystery of God. This mystery is not a human puzzle that a Sherlock Holmes can “solve” by the force of brilliant deductions. Nor is it the type of enigma that can be understood only by an intellectual elite. The ancient world was full of “mystery religions” of […]

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The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

The Brown Scapular: Mary’s Maternal Embrace of the Carmelite Order

I am celebrating my first Christmas as a Priest this year. I was ordained back in August by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. As I am working on homilies for the week leading up to Christmas and my Christmas Day homily, I just find myself approaching the infancy narrative texts in new ways. As […]

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God Had a Plan: He Asked Mary’s Permission

December 31, AD2017 7 Comments
God Had a Plan: He Asked Mary’s Permission

God had a plan to save us, billions of people, from our alienation from him due to Adam’s sin and due to our personal sins. He asked Mary’s permission. She said yes. Hail Mary, Cause of our Joy! When Adam sinned, it seemed that he and all his offspring were doomed to lives of futility, […]

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The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

December 21, AD2017 2 Comments
The Hail Mary, a Biblical Prayer to the Mother of God

The “Hail Mary” is one of the most beautiful prayers in the world. It combines the words of the Archangel Gabriel (who is a messenger from God), the words of St. Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in her womb), and ends with a very […]

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Mary the Blessed Mother, Full of Grace

December 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary the Blessed Mother, Full of Grace

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the ultimate expression of both mother and believer. Her immaculate character, her sacrificial love, and her total surrender to God’s plan should draw us to God and His perfect plan for His Church. Mary’s life stands as a powerful example of what it means to follow Christ to the […]

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When Mary Became Our Mother

December 14, AD2017 2 Comments
When Mary Became Our Mother

We Catholics have some very strong beliefs about Mary the mother of Jesus. We believe that she was conceived without original sin and then assumed into heaven body and soul at the end of her life. We consider her the queen of heaven and earth and celebrate her queenship with both a mystery of the […]

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A Sabbatical for Suffering with the Immaculate Conception

December 8, AD2017 1 Comment
A Sabbatical for Suffering with the Immaculate Conception

A year ago when I was 65 and working in Hawaii, I traveled 4,860 miles to Delaware to visit my Dad who had just been hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital. Dad was 90 and was suffering, we later found, from dementia. While I was home, I realized that the house was no longer spick and […]

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Our Lady’s Messages Carry a Grave Warning Against War With Korea

October 17, AD2017 13 Comments
Our Lady’s Messages Carry a Grave Warning Against War With Korea

“A full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula will be horrific by any stretch of the imagination, no one has any doubts about that.”- US Army chief, General Mark Milley, October 9 “There is no time to waste by hesitating. A safe tomorrow cannot be promised.”- Our Lady of Naju February 2, 1995 The Military Exhortation […]

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Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

October 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Understanding the Holy Spirit Through the Life of the Virgin Mary

As we look at Holy Spirit in the life of the Virgin Mary I want you to think about what our Catechism says at the start of its section on Mary “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines, in turn, […]

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Five First Saturdays – A Devotion for These Times

September 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Five First Saturdays – A Devotion for These Times

On December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, in her convent. Sister Lucia was one of the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady had appeared in 1917, at Fatima. Our Lady told Sister Lucia, “I promise to assist at the hour of death with […]

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The Petty Fight or Cheerful Parry

September 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Petty Fight or Cheerful Parry

The Petty Fight The petty fight started over the placement of my rather-large picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe near the top of our living room wall. My wife moved my picture back to the side-wall of the living room, where it previously had hung for 7 years. When I discovered this, I should have started […]

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The Mother of God and Modern Miracles- Jason’s Story

September 5, AD2017 5 Comments
The Mother of God and Modern Miracles- Jason’s Story

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek — Jesus, her Son.” — Saint Louis Marie de Montfort As I was undergoing […]

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Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
Why Mary’s Queenship Matters

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation (meaning everything in the universe). The Church recently celebrated the Assumption on August 15 and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. The imagery used in the Catechism to document […]

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