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The Magnificat: Part IV of IV

December 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

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THE MAGNIFICAT:  Part IV of IV “He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.’ And Mary abode with her about three months, and she returned to her own house.” Luke 1:54-56 1. At the close of the canticle Mary again very emphatically reveals to us the material source of all her inspiration. She has always dwelt upon the past. She has... Read More

The Magnificat: Part I of IV

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THE MAGNIFICAT (Part I of IV) “And Mary said: ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Luke 1:46-47 1. Here more than anywhere else are we able to detect the soul of Our Lady; here we have her authentic biography, coming spontaneously, almost unconsciously from her lips, and in the language with which her lips are most familiar. Secondly, this hymn, as the first hymn of the... Read More

The Magnificat: Part II of IV

December 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

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THE MAGNIFICAT (Part II of IV) “Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid, for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation unto generation to them that fear him.” Luke 1:48-50 1. By “humility” the original Greek here intends not the virtue of humility, which is in itself a great grace... Read More

Mary, Advent of Christ

December 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dr. Peter Howard, Featured, Mary

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Mary, Advent of Christ Is it mere coincidence that the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception during Advent? Not if the Holy Spirit has anything to do with it (hint: He does). Moreover, is it mere coincidence that God should send Mary to the geographic center of the Americas to establish a beachhead in the pagan New World, in the West, on a day on which the Immaculate Conception would be first celebrated in... Read More

Mary Alone

December 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

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MARY ALONE “And the Angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 1. There can be few more beautiful or more fruitful matters for contemplation than the sight and the thoughts of Mary after the Angel had “departed from her.” If there is “joy before the angels of God upon one sinner that doth penance,” what must have been the joy in heaven when the “fiat” of Mary had been spoken, and the gate had thereby been opened... Read More

The Fiat of Mary

December 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

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THE FIAT OF MARY “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. And the Angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 1. The Angel had spoken three times. First he had showed the deepest reverence for Mary; and to this she had answered nothing, but, disturbed in mind, had pondered much and waited. Then he had announced to her the great message with which he had been entrusted; and to this Mary... Read More

The Work of the Holy Ghost

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THE WORK OF THE HOLY GHOST “And Mary said to the Angel, How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the Angel answering said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with... Read More

The Trouble of Mary

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THE TROUBLE OF MARY “Who having heard was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the Angel said to her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne... Read More

The Salutation of the Angel

December 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations: Seasonal, The Prince of Peace

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THE SALUTATION OF THE ANGEL “And in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the Angel, being come in, said to her, ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women.'” Luke 1:26-28 1. The evangelist is determined to leave... Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Mystical Rose

December 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Feast Days, Featured, Mary

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Mystical Rose The famous image and story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an important part of the history of the evangelization of the Americas – a continent evangelized more quickly than any other in all of Church history.  Mary appeared to a poor Indian [St. Juan Diego] with a message for the local bishop – that a church should be built.  As a sign, he collected... Read More

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