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The Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries

Sunday, September 07, 2014
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"The Transfiguration", Raphael

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and the Glory of all the Saints

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is alive with her Son in heaven. Alleluia! Read more

Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Monday, August 11, 2014

Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

Saturday, August 09, 2014
Even after enduring death, and overcoming it in the Resurrection, Christ does not do away with his humanity. Christ’s humanity is not like a garment that is discarded once it has been worn. The real and enduring reality of Jesus’s humanity remain the point of connection between man and God, just as it was in his earthly ministry so it remains today: the Sacred Humanity is the organ through which redemptive grace flows to us (especially in the Sacraments). Christ, then, continues to relate to us in and through his humanity, even though we do not see it (except sacramentally). Thus the Ascension is not a moment of sadness—the definitive disappearance of the Messiah from the world that He has redeemed—but the glory of a bodily ‘withdrawal’ that is enacted precisely—and only—so that the Lord can be present to us in a new and more intimate fashion. The coming of the Holy Spirit (the Third Glorious Mystery) casts this in stark relief.  Read more

The Rosary: The Glorious Mysteries

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion of Our Lord

Monday, July 28, 2014

That we Catholics so frequently see crucifixes in our homes and churches might, in a certain way, desensitize us to the horrors that it represents in a relatively sanitised form. The crucifix—which we proudly wear as a symbol of our faith and a sign of hope—is a remembrance of a gruesome and barbaric act of inhumanity, a depiction of the gravest historical injustice imaginable (simultaneously the cruel murder of a totally innocent man, perpetrated for personal expedience but enacted in the name of a fake justice, and the desecration of God’s only begotten). Read more

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Friday, July 25, 2014

When we pray the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery we bring to mind our Lord's anguish and pain as he carried the weight of our sins on the cross, knowing the greater sacrifice that awaited him on the summit of Calvary. Read more

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

Monday, July 21, 2014

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34) Read more

2nd sorrowful mystery: the scourging at the pillar

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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