Articles of Faith | The Rosary: Joyful Mysteries

The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition. It's also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn't have to be. Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother. I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire.  Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries.  We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary. For more, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | Mary, Queen of Heaven

Each year on August 22nd the Catholic Church celebrates a memorial feast recognizing the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. This, like all other Marian feasts, reminds us that we can turn to Mary in every need, counting on her intercession and mediation.

For more about the Queenship of Mary and saints who had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, please click on the image. Remember, in the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, "Never worry about loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You could never love her more than Jesus did."

Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Each August 15th, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950. As Pope Benedict XVI also shares in his book, "An Invitation to Faith", "Mary's greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself."

For more about this feast day, please click on the image.

Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | The Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries

The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition. It's also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn't have to be. Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother. I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire.  Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries.  We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary. For more, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Articles of Faith | Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord. Today, we celebrate the day the Angel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would be the Mother of God. In her response, in Mary's "yes" - which in the Catholic tradition we call this Mary's fiat - she left the ego-drama, the plans she had for herself and her life, and entered the Theo-drama, the plans God had in store for her when she responded, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Lk 1:34). Let us remember as creatures made in the image and likeness of God, we are meant to participate fully in what God has in mind for our lives. We are not meant to live in the close confines of our own ego. We are meant to allow God to break into our humanity, that we can participate in his divinity, and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do so, when we give our "yes," the Word Made Flesh breaks into our lives, plants deeply into our souls, that this Word can bud and grow new life within each one of us. Then can we be transformed with Emmanuel - God is with Us - and like St. Paul it will no longer be I who live, but Christ who lives in me (cf. Gal 2:20). Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ, every time you go to Mass and receive the Eucharist you are giving your “fiat” like Mary’s fiat - her “Yes” to God. It is in giving our yes that allows God to break into our lives to give us the life He desires for us, and that is true freedom, that is true joy. On this Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord, let us say, “Let it be done to me according to your will, O Lord.” For more from this Solemnity of the Annunciation please click on the image. Peace be with you!