Category Archives: Joyful Mysteries

Zechariah vs. Mary

How different was the “How will I know?” of Zechariah and the “How is this possible?” of Mary? They seem so similar, but the reaction of Gabriel could not be more different. Why? It appears to be due to the … Continue reading

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Edith Stein: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

“The surrender of the soul to God is the highest achievement of its freedom.” “Only the person who renounces self-importance, who no longer struggles to defend or assert himself, can be large enough for God’s boundless action.” “I felt that … Continue reading

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The sacrament of the present moment

T. S. Eliot suggested that “the time of death is every moment” in his long masterpiece poem Four Quartets. This New Years Day 2012, it’s an appropriate occasion to focus on how God sanctifies time via the Incarnation, wherein Christ … Continue reading

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The sword that pierced Mary’s soul

Blessed are the pure of heart. For they shall see God. Mary had the purest of hearts. She may very well have seen and understood what God was up to by allowing his only son (and hers) to be condemned … Continue reading

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Baptized at conception?

So many people have problems with the idea of Mary being conceived without sin, yet it is such a beautiful doctrine. Take the Annunciation. The first obvious thought is that being free from sin, Mary is more likely to say … Continue reading

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