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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 the fifth Glorious Mystery. This glorious event deserves some meditation, on our part.

As Bishop Barron articulates in this video, 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.
  3. Because Mary was free from sin, her body should not, and would not, experience corruption in the grave, as noted 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 a Christ-like life.

Saint Dominic – Preacher and Traveler

Dominic, a 12th century Diocesan priest, was an exceptional preacher 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 I find fascinating about this Gospel passage is that, as with Jesus’ Baptism, we once again, hear the voice of Continue reading

Intrinsic Evil: Know It, Fight It, Defeat It

Intrinsic evilDefining Intrinsic Evil

I see much intrinsic evil surfacing in our society. Whether it be racism, hatred, or lying – they all stem from selfishness. What makes many of these acts intrinsically evil is that nothing good comes from them. What makes an intrinsically evil act different from a morally unjust act is the intention of the sinner. For example, if a person steals a loaf of bread with the intention of feeding his starving family, the act of stealing is evil, but the intention does not make it intrinsically evil. Contrast that with the sins of racism, hatred and lying.

  • When a person expresses racial slurs, aimed at demeaning or dehumanizing another human being/race, nothing good comes from that. Continue reading

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount CarmelToday marks the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This feast day, in honor of our Blessed Mother, originated in the early 1700’s. It is a day to celebrate the universal church. On this special day, we call on Our Lady to pray for us. We ask for prayers just like when we ask a neighbor to pray for us. Yet, the power of Mary is far greater, as she is the Mother of God.

In honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I found this prayer on catholic.org to share with you:

A Prayer to the Most Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

(State your intention/need)

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Continue reading

Feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia

Saint BenedictToday is the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy. Saint Benedict was a late 5th, early 6th century saint, who founded the Benedictine Order. He is considered the father of monasticism, most notable for building twelve monasteries used to house laity. During this time in history, monasteries were built for housing the religious. However, God had other plans for monasteries! This beloved saint is a great example of how God uses us to work in accordance with His plan, and sometimes we don’t even know it until we look back and see his handiwork.

Saint Benedict, the Builder of Monasteries

Saint Benedict came from Roman nobility, and could have had a very easy life. Yet, all Continue reading

We Live in a Crazy Mixed Up World

crazy mixed up worldLet’s face it! We live in a crazy mixed up world! With trade wars threatening to plummet us into another Great Depression, and children being separated from their parents while trying to enter the country seeking asylum, we simply carry on. Sometimes, the only way we can cope is to ignore the news. While evil acts seek to destroy us as a society, we carry on with our hope placed in Christ. Yes, we live in a crazy mixed up world, but we don’t have to cave in to the crazy. We can rise above it.

When life gets crazy, I enter into some serious prayer time; for I know that some of the messes that we get ourselves into, Continue reading