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Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast Day

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin MaryToday, we celebrate another Marian Feast Day, the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is on this day that we honor Mary, as Queen of Heaven. As the Mother of God, and the spouse of the Holy Spirit, she holds a special place in the hearts of the faithful. It is only right that, as the Mother of God, she should be crowned as Queen of Heaven, as Christ is the King!

As Catholics, when we pray the Rosary, on Wednesdays and Sundays, we recognize the crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven, when we recite Continue reading

Calvary Road – Journey from Judaism to Calvary – Book Review

Calvary RoadCalvary Road, by Marty Barrack, is an interesting memoir/conversion story of Barrack’s conversion from Judaism to Catholicism. Roughly, the first 60% of the book is a memoir of Barrack’s life. We read about Barrack growing up in New York City and meeting the love of his life, Irene.  We learn about Barrack’s profession as a Customs officer. Very little touches on Barrack’s faith. I must admit, as I was reading the book, I kept questioning, “When do we get to the conversion part?”  With the title, Calvary Road, I expected more conversion and less memoir.

However, Continue reading

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of MaryToday we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We celebrate this day every year, for several reasons:

  1. Mary was conceived without Original Sin. In accordance with God’s plan for salvation, Mary should be a pure vessel bringing forth the Son of God, because Jesus is sinless. He deserved a tabernacle (womb) free from sin.
  2. Mary never sinned during her entire lifetime. Because she was born without Original Sin, she did not have the concupiscence (tendency to sin) like the rest of us. She was “full of grace” and could therefore resist all temptation, unlike us. Continue reading

Do You Pay Your Fair Share?

Fair ShareIn today’s Gospel from Matthew, we hear Jesus ask some questions, as it relates to the payment of Temple tax. He is asking if we pay our fair share.

What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners? (Matt 17:25)?

These are rather tricky questions to answer. You see, Jesus and His Disciples are part of the Kingdom of God. So, with that understanding, they would be considered subjects, not foreigners. Therefore, they should not be subject to the Temple tax. However, if we read Continue reading

Feast Day of Saint Dominic

Saint DominicTo all my friends, who are Third Order Dominicans, I wish you a happy Feast Day of Saint Dominic. We honor this gifted saint by acknowledging him as the founder of the Order of Preachers; otherwise known as the Dominicans. The laity who follow in Saint Dominic’s ways represent the Third Order Dominicans. Like Dominic, they embrace poverty and obedience. They do their part to carry on in Saint Dominic’s name by evangelizing the faithful. Some do it through their writing, others through public speaking. Then, there are those who simply preach the Good News by their witness in living Continue reading

Transfiguration of Our Lord

TransfigurationToday, we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. In Mark 9:2-10 we read about Jesus going up the high mountain to converse with Elijah and Moses. During this conversation, Jesus’ clothes became dazzlingly white, evidence of Jesus’ divinity and glory. The fact that He is having a conversation with Elijah and Moses is evidence of the fact that death, as we know it, is not the end of life. For, here are two souls of ancient history conversing with Jesus!  This should give us all hope in Christ’s promises of salvation and eternal life with Him in Heaven!

What Continue reading

Heading to the Catholic Writers Guild Conference

Catholic Writers GuildThis week I head north to Lancaster, PA to attend the annual Catholic Writers Guild (CWG) Conference (8/1 to 8/3/18). I’m looking forward to spending time with my fellow Catholic authors and publishers, as this conference gives writers an awesome chance to network with skilled professionals. My ability to review many of the books you’ve read about, on this website, results from the development of personal relationships, cultivated with quality Catholic authors and publishers.

This week holds great promise for me. I will be speaking at one of the breakout sessions on The Reality of Self-Publishing. This is my Continue reading

Jesus Asks: What Do You Wish?

what do you wishIn today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the mother of James and John, what do you wish (Matt: 20:21)? Their mother asks Jesus to allow her sons to sit on Jesus’ right and left in the Kingdom of Heaven. This mother has a lot of moxie! In response, Jesus asks an additional question, directed at James and John: “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink” (Matt 20:22)?

What do you wish?

I find the question, what do you wish, to be quite intriguing. If Jesus were sitting at a table across from you right now, and asked you Continue reading