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Mary treasured all these things....

Mary treasured all these things....

“Mary treasured all these things and pondered on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19).For several years now I have been curating a blog called “The Angelus Project." Every week it presents a different image of the Annunciation as a way of encouraging people to pray the Angelus (though now that we are in the Easter season, that prayer yields pride of place to the Regina Coeli). The process of selecting and posting these weekly images from so many different eras and cultures has tau...
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Meditation on Our Easter Candle

Meditation on Our Easter Candle

Each year we purchase a plain Easter Candle. Sr Mary Leonora then lovingly creates a unique and exquisite image on the candle. On the left is a closeup of the candle for this year.The theme for this year’s candle is The Victory of the Lamb as portrayed in the book of Revelation. The symbol of the Lamb takes us from Genesis (the sacrifice asked of Abraham), through the Exodus Passover and the suffering servant prophecies of Isaiah, to the proclamation of John the Baptist (Behold, the L...
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Love is the Real Power at Play

Love is the Real Power at Play

It has been but four days after 17 teens died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the pain of this event, born primarily by those closest to these teens and their community, still lies heavy on my heart. The only prayer that makes sense at a moment like this is the Way of the Cross. Did you ever notice how the Stations of the Cross are an astounding portrayal of the power of love in the experience of violence?In this prayer, where violence seems to have the last wor...
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May it be Jesus who lives in me

May it be Jesus who lives in me

A. Deep. Breath. That was what I needed first to break the power of the day's lingering memories. Another breath and another...I imagined the tension and worry flowing out from my fingers and my toes until I relaxed enough to bring my day to the only One who could show me the way through the struggles to the radiance of surrender. I showed it  all to him and then listened.Like the people who met Jesus in the Gospels. They showed him their leprosy, their fears, their sins, their doubts.....
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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows: a Prayer

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows: a Prayer

 September 15 is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This woman and mother who was greeted by the Angel Gabriel as “full of grace,” is also the woman and mother who is full of sorrow. At weddings and religious professions and ordinations, I rejoice with the young people beginning their lives with such joy, knowing that one day they will also drink their chalice of sorrow.Life is beautiful that way. It doesn’t allow us to run through the years of our life getting everything w...
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Prayer to the angels for those in the path of Hurricane Irma

Prayer to the angels for those in the path of Hurricane Irma

To the angels who watch over usour guardians who see the face of Godstrong spirits who hold our handshearts of flame, loving God and guiding us on our way,a silence shrouds the country as we wait out the stormas we wade through the floodsas we worry about loved onesas we evacuate and seek shelterGo before uswatch behind usshield usprotect usbring us togetherto care for each otherAs you stand before the face of our Father in heavenintercede for usask for mercyhear our plea, when anxiety is our pr...
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2 Secrets for the Journey to Heaven

2 Secrets for the Journey to Heaven

There are days when we are reminded more than others that life only makes sense if we remember where we are going. Blessed James Alberione succinctly states: "We are travelling toward the Lord; we are on a journey in this life. Let each one of us, then, fix our eyes on the Lord."The other morning the first reading at Mass was read from the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 24. In this reading, Joshua states how Esau was given by God Mount Seir to possess it, but Jacob and his sons...
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