On Mary: Communion of the Saints

Last Sunday, I read a weekly feature from Billy Graham, someone who I admire for his love of the Lord. I don’t expect his advice on the Christian faith to be Catholic, but I was still surprised at his answer to a person who asked him who in the Bible can we look to for…

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Perfect Intellect and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our family prayed the Rosary last night, and while meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries, I tried to ask God to help me develop certain qualities – ones that would help me be a better imitator of our Lord and His Blessed Mother. I was meditating on the Agony in the Garden, and I thought about…

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Reminder to Self

“Leave at the door of the place where you are going to converse with God all extraneous thoughts, saying, with St. Bernard, “O my thoughts, wait here. After prayer we shall speak about other matters.” –St. Alphonsus Liguori [quote via Daily Gracelines from Women of Grace] [image via Patron Saints Index]

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Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

New Advent has a lot of information on Saint Patrick, as well as this prayer.  I love the entire thing.  What a beautiful way to pray! I bind to myself todayThe strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:I believe the Trinity in the UnityThe Creator of the Universe. I bind to myself todayThe virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,The virtue of His coming on…

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Why Reinvent the Wheel?

It’s Saint Patrick’s feast day.  No, that doesn’t mean you are supposed to drink unholy amounts of beer or gorge yourself on corned beef and cabbage.  It is Lent, remember? I’d post about the wonderful man who converted Ireland, but Jay’s done such a nice job.  Just go read his summary and links.  🙂 No…

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Would Saint Patrick Celebrate? (Multiple Updates)

There seems to be a lot of hubbub about Saint Patrick’s Day falling during Holy Week. “It’s not fair!” whine the people who want parties. “We shouldn’t have to stop celebrating just because it’s Holy Week!” Excuse me, people, but aren’t you placing your emphasis on the wrong person here? There’s Someone who is the…

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Jolly and Good-Natured, or Pugilist?

New to my blogroll is The Charcoal Fire, written by the son of one of my friends. (He’s under Catholic Dads, but that is pre-emptively – the baby is due next month.) Since today is Saint Nicholas’ feast day, I thought I’d share his post on the beloved saint with you. It’s called “Saint Nicholas:…

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