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

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, 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 the sound of rolling thunder,... Read More

Mary sees us

September 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Mary, Meditations, Prayer

“Just try to imitate the Blessed Virgin,” my old pastor would always counsel me. This was when I was a teenager struggling with all the usual teenager sins. The only thing I could see that Mary and I had in common was the color blue: her mantle, my hair. So his advice, while technically excellent, was entirely unhelpful. When I became a mother, I thought the imitation would come more naturally. But the opposite happened: The... Read More

Do you have a minute?

August 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer

Do you have a minute?

Click here – pause - pray – and then send this post to someone you know who needs to take a minute too. Here’s a tip, 1) click on the link, 2) take your hand off of the mouse (no, really, take it off), 3) okay, now, join that hand to your other hand…  you know the rest. About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award... Read More

Mary, Mother of the Son – Book Recommendation

November 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Books, Church Teaching, Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Resources

One of the greatest barriers to my conversion to Catholicism was Marian tradition. To be clear, it wasn’t Mary herself, it was common practice and teaching about Mary that was difficult for me to stomach. As recently as this summer I still had unresolved internal tensions regarding these traditions and my own daily commitment to properly honor her. I was still stuck between my protestant past and my Catholic present in this... Read More

I am a convert and am struggling with the idea of praying to Mary, can you help? (III/IV)

August 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer

Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary.  Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it.  What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? We have already looked briefly at the source of Mary’s greatness and the power of her presence.  Now we are ready... Read More

I am a convert and am struggling with the idea of praying to Mary, can you help? (IV/IV)

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer

Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary.  Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it.  What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? She has the role of helping you cling more closely to her Son, Jesus Christ – that’s what first examined, the theological... Read More

I am a convert and am struggling with the idea of praying to Mary, can you help? (II/IV)

August 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Saints

Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? God in his wisdom has given us a mother in the order of grace, Mary. He didn’t have to do it that way, but he chose to,... Read More

The problem with “Praying to Saints”

August 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Saints

The Problem with “Praying to Saints” At one time in my life I viewed Christians as shallow people blindly following silly rules. As I was to discover, these perceptions were not only wrong, they were worlds away from reality. The root cause of my misconception was my confident ignorance. Until I allowed Christians to speak to me and define their faith in their words, I was unable to get anywhere near the truth. As a... Read More

I am a convert and am struggling with the idea of praying to Mary, can you help? (I/IV)

August 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer

Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? This is a great question for the month of August, with the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption right around the corner. As... Read More

Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena

July 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Prayers of Saints

History 800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary.... Read More