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7 Lessons From the Visitation

The church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation on May 31, bringing to a conclusion the month devoted to our Blessed Mother. The account of Mary's Visitation to Elizabeth from Luke's Gospel (Luke 1:39-56) is reflected upon by Catholics in  the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, and I number it as one of my favorite scriptural accounts. Here are seven lessons the actions of Mary and Elizabeth in the Visitation have taught me. -1- Put a little pep in your step.  Luke's account of the Visitation opens with the following line: "During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste..." (Luke 1:39) . The phrase that always jumps off the page at me is "in haste". Mary went in haste to be of service to her cousin, Elizabeth, whom she had just found out was pregnant in her old age. Let's consider a few things here: First, Mary is pregnant. Second, she didn't jump in her SUV, stop at Dunkin Donuts for an Iced Coffee on

You Will Receive Power: A Prayer For My Son at His Confirmation

To my son as you receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, On this day, you will receive a new anointing of the Holy Spirit: the same Holy Spirit that hovered over the chaos when God created the world, the same Holy Spirit that God breathed into Adam to give him life, the same Holy Spirit that anointed Jesus at his Baptism and then drove him into the desert to prepare for his public ministry, and the same Holy Spirit that fell in tongues of fire on the heads of the Apostles and led them to boldly proclaim to the nations the Good News of the saving power of Jesus. As you receive this same Holy Spirit at your Confirmation, you will receive the promise of the Father, and the power that he brings. My prayer for you this day is that you will receive power to radically surrender your life to our Lord Jesus. power to discern and follow the will of the Holy Trinity in your life. power to seek the Lord in prayer and study each day. power to boldly proclaim your faith, both

Pentecost Quotes

As the Church prepares to celebrate her birthday - the great Feast of Pentecost, here are a few of my favorite quotes and prayers.  Please feel free to pin and share on Social Media (of course, tell 'em where you got 'em).  -1- This quote is the opening portion of a beautiful prayer to be recited during the Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer on the Solemnity of Pentecost. The line "with the power of a mighty wind" has always given me pause. By inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives, things will never be the same.  A mighty wind's power transforms the landscape in ways that cannot be imagined in advance.  This Pentecost, let us ask the Father to send the Spirit to transform our lives according to his good plan!  -2- I love these next three quotes from Blessed Pope Paul VI, Saint Pope John Paul II and most recently, Pope Francis . They all speak of the fact that Pentecost needs to be an on-going reality in the life of each individual Christian and

31 Ways to Grow in Devotion to Mary

I have a confession to make. I was raised a cradle Catholic, but for most of my life I have had a bit of a "distant" relationship with the Blessed Mother. The idea of this perfect, sinless woman was a bit of an obstacle to me - I mean, I am far from perfect and light-years away from sinless. She and I, it seemed to me, had very little in common.  Oh, I prayed my rosary and attended May crownings at my parish like the good Catholic woman I am striving to be,  but honestly, I always felt like a bit of a fraud. I just couldn't get my heart to catch up to where my mind told me I should be with regards to Mary.  That is, until recently. Over the past several months, by the grace of God, I have come to realize that the Mother of God is my mother too, entrusted by the Lord himself to me (and all of humanity) from the cross. I have discovered that at several challenging times in my life, it was the intercession of the Mary that saw me through - without me even deliberately as