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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 Continue reading

Gifts of the Visitation, by Denise Bossert – Book Review

Gifts of the Visitation Today we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth. Earlier this month, I browsed through my stash of unread books. I came across Gifts of the Visitation – Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth, by Denise Bossert. With it being the month of May, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, I thought what better book to read? Especially with the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurring today, May 31st!

Gifts of the Visitation – Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth, by Denise Bossert, is filled with virtue! I Continue reading

Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Our Blessed Mother

Blessed Mother 1 Because Saint Ann conceived our Blessed Mother in her womb without original sin, and because Mary remained sin-free for her entirely earthly life, God assumed Mary into Heaven, body and soul, at the end of her earthly life. Mary’s refraining from sin resulted in no need for her earthly body to decay; to experience death as we know it.

In stark contrast, for everyone else, our souls separate from our bodies at the time of our earthly deaths. Our bodies decay because of the original sin committed by Adam and Eve, and from our own concupiscence to sin. God Continue reading

Model of Obedience: Our Blessed Mother

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Obedience, what does it really entail? Everyone always wants to know just how much we can get away with before we are deemed disobedient. Instead, how about giving some thought to what it means to truly obey God, with our free will fully exercised? Does that concept sound daunting? Well, Peter Kreeft offers an excellent definition of obedience to God while fully exercising our free will, and this quote gives me hope that I can be obedient to God:

Since our highest freedom means freedom to be ourselves, we are most free when we are most obedient to God’s will, Continue reading