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Archive for category Saints / Mary

Gift Idea from St. John’s Abbey: Gregorian Chant CD

Selections from the Graduale Romanum and Graduale Simplex for Mass, and the Antiphonale Monasticum and Liber Hymnarius for the Divine Office, that honor Our Lady and her divine Son.

Ars Praedicandi: The Immaculate Conception

God’s forward-looking way is our key to appropriating the mystery of the Immaculate Conception.

Another little ecumenical first, by Pope Francis

The Pope has halted the canonization process for Aloysius Stepinac, the Croation Catholic Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 until his death in 1960.  Pope John Paul II had beatified the fiercely anti-communist archbishop, who spent many years in prison and under house arrest in Communist Yugoslavia, in 1998. The archbishop’s actions during World War II, […]

Book Review: There is No Rose of Such Virtue (Aidan Nichols, OP)

My “gap” in Marian knowledge reflects perhaps a wider trend for Catholics whose subconsciouses were formed not during the heyday of Marian piety in the 1950s, but in the post-Conciliar decades of the 1970s and 1980s.

Viewpoint: All Saints’ Day Includes Every Man and Woman of Good Will

“For the church is, and has always been, a net that has caught all sorts of fish. She is, and has always been, a strange combination of the drab and the magnificent, the squalid and the heroic, the shabby and the beautiful.”

Field Report: Canonization Mass of Blessed Junípero Serra

Everyone else is writing about the Pope. Why not me?

On the Saturday holy day and the Sunday obligation

Ergo, Saturday evening Masses should be of the Assumption, not Sunday, but they do fulfill the Sunday obligation.

Assumption, Dormition, Mary & Pascha

In reflecting on this feast and its deep roots in global Christian liturgical tradition, I am moved to the painful confrontation with death each of us faces on a daily basis.

Martha et Labora

Maybe Martha is busy, even bossy. But, Martha is my spiritual hero.

Who’s That Lady with the Egg?

In an unguarded moment of blunt ignorance, I blurted out, “Who’s that lady with the egg?” My teacher looked at me, and with a patient voice, informed me that “That ‘Lady with the Egg’ is Mary Magdalene.”