The Rosary in Real Life

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Oct 7, 2019 7:02:00 AM

October is the month of the Rosary, and as the Church celebrates Our Lady of the Rosary today, I find myself reflecting on how this prayer has shaped my life of faith. Inevitably, my mind returns to my childhood, to praying the Rosary with my family.

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Topics: devotional prayer, Mary, rosary

Singing to the Queen

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Aug 22, 2019 10:09:16 AM

Our newborn son cried out with terror in the hospital. In order to run a test, they needed to obtain a vial of blood. They couldn’t find a vein. So, they continued to poke him here and there and, at least to his limited experience of the world, everywhere.

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Topics: liturgical music, Queenship of Mary, Mary, liturgical year

Praying with Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Jun 28, 2019 11:48:39 AM

What could “tough love” possibly have to do with the dual sense of consolation I experienced last month in a special prayer service? My wife and I gathered with our parish family to express solidarity with fellow Christians and to see more clearly our need for trust in Our Lord and the Blessed Mother.

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Topics: art, communion of saints, Mary, saints, martyrdom, iconography

An uplifting poem for the Feast of the Visitation

Posted by Sarah O'Brien on May 31, 2019 7:00:00 AM

A few days after last year’s Feast of the Visitation, I started working on this poem. I had recently come across a villanelle (a form of poetry that’s a bit like a puzzle, definitely structured but not too strict) and wanted to try writing one myself. I looked back at it today and was surprised how much I liked it—enough to share it, I guess.

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Topics: Mary, poetry

Cultivating docility, a lesson from Our Lady of Good Counsel

Posted by Theresa Smart on Apr 26, 2019 7:03:00 AM

Yesterday’s post discussed the human need for counsel on the path to heaven, an important point for today’s feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. It is the virtue of docility, or “teachableness,” that opens our hearts and minds to receive counsel from prudent friends, mentors and teachers who are also seeking holiness.

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Topics: discipleship, prayer, Mary, saints, virtue, discernment

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