Happy Birthday, Mary!

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Our “Yes”

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Today’s feast, formerly known as The Circumcision of Jesus, was replaced by Pope Paul VI in 1974 as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The law prescribed by Moses in Genesis 17:12 asked that males be circumcised on the eighth day. Apparently, this has proven to be scientifically accurate as a safe day to be circumcised. The number eight, according the Kabala, also represents the infinite and supernatural, whereas the number seven represents the finite. So Jesus would have Continue reading Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Our “Yes”

Feast of the Holy Family

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Today, the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. Strictly speaking, the feast celebrates the familial tie between Jesus, his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph. While all members of the Holy Family have their own feast day (and frequently, more than one day, celebrating different aspects of each), today is set aside to recognize and commemorate them as a family unit. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are held up as a Continue reading Feast of the Holy Family

Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

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Today, December 27th, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint John, the apostle. Of all the disciples (Peter being the exception), John seems to be held in the highest esteem, both by later Christians and by Christ himself. While Peter’s fame seems to derive from his prominent place in the Gospels as well as his leadership role among the apostles, John is known for both Christ’s affection for him, and for his sheer longevity. Although early Church Fathers considered the Continue reading Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the sixth and final article in a series focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the glorious mysteries are the conclusion of the cycle of prayers. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I Continue reading Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the fifth article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the sorrowful mysteries are where you may feel the most emotional connection during your meditation.  While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at Continue reading Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the fourth article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview In the past decade or so, we have experienced a lot of unusual circumstances in the Church: the resignation of a pope and the election of a Jesuit pope from the Americas, to name a few. The luminous mysteries of the Continue reading Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the third article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the joyful mysteries are where you will start. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I recommend praying those Continue reading Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

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This article, the second in a six article series, focuses on how to pray the rosary. If you missed the previous post, an introduction to the rosary, you will find it here. The remaining articles in this series will focus on the four sets of mysteries of the rosary. Preparing to Pray the Rosary As I mentioned in the previous post in this series, to pray the rosary is an exercise in contemplative prayer. To engage in contemplative prayer with Continue reading How to Pray the Rosary