Pope Pius XII and the Assumption

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  “The beginning of the twentieth century witnessed extraordinary attacks on the truth that underlies this dogma…” Pope Pius XII declared in 1950, “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Munificentissimus Deus, 44). While this is a… Continue reading Pope Pius XII and the Assumption

Where Does Mary Fit in My Life?

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

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Standing at the Foot of the Cross

“The obedience at the Annunciation comes to full flower at the foot of the Cross.” “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala” (Jn 19:25). Mary stands at the foot of the cross. Stabat Mater. She stands there as a mother,… Continue reading Standing at the Foot of the Cross

Mary and the Early Church

There are many unknowns about Mary’s life during the public ministry of Christ and especially after His death and resurrection. We know that she was present at the Cross, that John the Apostle took her into his home, and that she was present in the Upper Room during the time of the prayer preceding Pentecost.… Continue reading Mary and the Early Church

Overcoming Obstacles Between Us and Christ in the New Year

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

As I considered what to write for today’s post, I reflected on years of well-intended resolutions to lose weight, go to daily Mass, pick up a new hobby, play more tennis, etc. which ended in failure as my desires clashed with the reality of my busy schedule and stubborn resistance to change. I like goals,… Continue reading Overcoming Obstacles Between Us and Christ in the New Year

Four Helpful Tips for When You Find the Rosary Difficult

My guardian angel has prayed more rosaries than I have.  There’s a pious saying that if you fall asleep while praying your prayers, your guardian angel finishes them. Well, for many years, I knew I should be saying a daily rosary, but I thought if I started the Creed as my head hit the pillow… Continue reading Four Helpful Tips for When You Find the Rosary Difficult

Raising Independent Catholic Kids in an Age of Conformity

Sexting, drugs, alcohol, cyber-bullying, teen suicide, rampant materialism, technology addiction, and me-first mindsets – the list of challenges to young people today can seem overwhelming.  As parents of two boys, ages 14 and 18, I feel like my wife and I are on the front lines of a never-ending war for the very souls of our… Continue reading Raising Independent Catholic Kids in an Age of Conformity

Mary, the Most Flexible Woman I Know

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

I’m not known for my flexibility.  It’s not just that I’m neither athletic nor interested in becoming more so.  It’s that I want my world situated into a planner, complete with alphabetized lists and prioritized to-dos. It’s not that I don’t like surprises, as long as they come when I’ve planned for them (like at… Continue reading Mary, the Most Flexible Woman I Know

A Woman Changed By Grace

Some place, some time there was a woman who woke alone on Christmas Day. The cachinnation in the club from the night before still rattled in her ears, the smell of cocktails rancid on her breath, makeup chalky, long hair awry. She’d hoped someone would love her. She’d waited in her car for the one… Continue reading A Woman Changed By Grace