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Monthly Archives: May 2014

& the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary… are we open to the Holy Spirit?

  Tomorrow (Friday, May 30th) begins the Pentecost Novena, nine days of intense prayer in preparation to receive the Holy Spirit in fullness at Pentecost. Are we preparing our hearts, our lives, our minds for the Holy Spirit. Let us … Continue reading

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Do you blame Jesus, or do you allow Him to heal you?

DOCTOR JESUS “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God and have faith in Me.” –John 14:1 Imagine that you are scheduled to undergo open heart surgery tomorrow. You’ve met with your surgeon, and you have complete … Continue reading

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Can Mary teach us?

In union with christ The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that “Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time…In her, the ‘wonders of … Continue reading

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Jesus, Mary, & the Rosary

 Paragraph 971 – II. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin 2673-2679 “All generations will call me blessed”: “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.”515 The Church rightly honors “the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the … Continue reading

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Mary – Mother of Jesus

Mary, Model of Charity Pope Benedict XVI Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself. She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (cf. Lk 1:38, 48). She … Continue reading

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HIT THE ROAD — FOR JESUS

“I have been sent by the Lord Jesus Who appeared to you on the road.” –Acts 9:17 Saul went to Jerusalem and then to Damascus to arrest those who were “living according to the new way” (Acts 9:2). The exact … Continue reading

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Mary’s greatness

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May – Mary

Mary & the month of May Have you ever read that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? It’s kind of like that. If you mention May and the Blessed Mother, you have to mention May Crowning. If you … Continue reading

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St Joseph – a Model for our time

May 1 – Feast of st joseph the worker What is the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker? Apparently in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the … Continue reading

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